How Sugar Affects Our Kid’s Health

How Sugar Affects Our Kid’s Health

Santosa Detox Wellness Center Refined Sugar And Sugar Cubes

You are what you eat. This is familiar phrase used around the world. Everyone knows this phrase as it is often used to encourage a healthy diet or a dietary change. However, are we really what we eat? Let’s be realistic. There are many people worldwide who hope they are not what they eat.

It is no secret that on a global level, obesity is one the rise. People are getting fatter and fatter every year, and with the weight gain comes a shorter life expectancy. Do you really want to shorten your life span? Sadly, in today’s world, many children are hooked on pizza, fast food, sweets, fried foods, pre-packaged frozen foods and have difficulty in naming fresh vegetables.

The biggest culprit of obesity is sugar, and unfortunately, sugar is everywhere. While many people know the dangers of carbonated, fizzy drinks, they are still consuming them at an alarming rate. Natural sugars can be found in fruit and vegetables, however, it is the added sugars that we need to worry about. To understand if sugar has been added to your food, it’s important to read labels and to remember that even if something says it’s sugar-free, chances are that it isn’t as sugar is often labeled by a variety of other names.

Jamie Oliver’s Teach Every Child About Food

British celebrity chef and restaurateur, Jamie Oliver, suggests that if there is to be a change from such eating habits, everyone will need to help in creating a better and longer life, especially for future generations. Many countries around the world are unhealthy and there are high obesity rates around the globe.

Jamie Oliver breaks it down into a pyramid which consists of Main Street (fast food companies), home and school and says that everyone involved in this pyramid needs to step up to break the vicious cycle of getting fatter and fatter and shorter lifespans.

In Jamie’s pyramid, Main Street is made up of fast food companies and supermarkets. The supermarkets are plagued by misleading labels. For example, low in fat means high in sugar. Home represents the homes we belong to and live in, where unfortunately unhealthy food is often served as it’s often viewed as more convenient than taking the time to prep and cook a more healthy meal. School is obviously where the majority of children spend their time. Again, it’s an unfortunate situation as most schools serve highly processed foods such as burgers, pizza and sloppy joes as well as flavored milk full of sugar instead of normal white milk. All of these factors combined lead to childhood obesity which carries over into adulthood and shortens a person’s lifespan.

In Jamie’s vision for the future, he envisions all three parts of the pyramid getting on board for a healthier lifestyle and healthier eating. He suggests adding Food Ambassadors to popular supermarket and retail chains which help customers shop and teach them about healthier recipes. He also hopes that world governments will help get big brands to help put food education at the heart of their businesses. After all, education is key. The more you know, the further you’ll go.

Jamie is a passionate chef and really believes in a food revolution that consists of simple, healthy recipes and loads of fresh food to replace unhealthy menus for healthier ones. His touching speech ends with his TED Prize wish: “For you to help a strong, sustainable movement to educate every child about food, inspire families to cook again and empower people everywhere to fight obesity.”

Learn to Live a Healthier Life at Santosa Detox & Wellness Center

If you are looking to make a change in your life, especially where your relationship with food is concerned, come visit us at Santosa. We have a wide variety of detox & wellness programs that can help you ditch old eating habits and kickstart a nutritious vegan diet and restart your system.

For more information, simply fill out the inquiry form below. See you soon at Santosa.

Cortisol and Adrenal Function in the Body

Cortisol and Adrenal Function in the Body

Santosa Detox Wellness Spa Phuket Women Fells Stress

Cortisol is a stress hormone produced by the adrenal glands. Located in each kidney, the adrenal glands release cortisol in a rhythmic pattern throughout the day. Cortisol influences or regulates many of the changes that occur in the body due to stress including blood sugar levels, blood pressure, immune responses and anti-inflammatory actions. Cortisol also metabolizes fat, protein and carbohydrates to sustain blood glucose levels.

The release of cortisol is regulated by the pituitary gland in the brain and is active during times of both internal and external stress. Cortisol is protective and helps to activate, defend and protect the body. However, the protective effects of cortisol can often occur at the expense of other functions in the body, especially when cortisol levels remain exceptionally high or elevated over a period of time, which is often a result of chronic stress.

The best way to battle the adverse or negative effects of cortisol in the body is through daily stress management. Some good examples of daily stress management include doing something you enjoy, such as a hobby or creative activity, meditating or taking part in an exercise class you enjoy, whether it is gentle or rigorous.

What are the effects of cortisol in the body?

Cortisol is really great for containing and controlling internal inflammation. Cortisol-based medicines are often used to treat asthma, lupus and some forms of arthritis as well as types of cancers that effect the immune system.

However, higher and more prolonged levels of circulating cortisol, especially those associated with chronic stress, have been shown to have negative effects such as blood sugar imbalances, decreased muscle mass, sleep deprivation or disruption, lowered immune functions, slow wound healing and problems with thyroid function.

Increased abdominal fat is also a negative sign of higher levels of circulating cortisol and can lead to more serious health problems such as heart attacks, strokes, lower levels of good cholesterol and higher levels of bad cholesterol. Brain fog and impaired cognitive functions are also signs of too much circulating cortisol.

Cortisol and stress

We know that cortisol plays an important role in the body’s 24-hour cycle as well as defending the body during periods of acute stress. This is normal and natural, however, when stress becomes chronic and cortisol levels remain elevated for a very prolonged period, cortisol can compromise the overall body functions as a whole, especially suppressing the immune system and creating hormone resistance. All of this can lead to diabetes, insomnia, weight gain, fatigue and exhaustion.

It is important to combat stress to keep cortisol levels regulated and to keep us healthy. Daily stress management can help keep cortisol levels in check. Breathing techniques, yoga, meditation  and conscious relaxation reduce cortisol levels. Take advantage of daily stress management ideas, breathe deep and keep your stress hormone cortisol in check.

Manage your stress at Santosa Detox & Wellness Center

It is easy to manage your stress at Santosa. Set amongst a jungle-clad hillside, Santosa is a serene wellness retreat on the island of Phuket in southern Thailand. If you are looking for daily stress management activities, Santosa offers yoga, breathwork, meditation and the chance to pamper yourself with a massage. Our One Day Detox, One Day Relax and Spring Clean programs aim at reducing stress and rejuvenating the body. If you are feeling overwhelmed and looking to eradicate stress from your lives, come spend some time with us and slow down.

For further information, simply fill out the inquiry form below. We are looking forward to welcoming you to Santosa Detox & Wellness Center and helping you get on a healthy journey.

The Benefits of Coconut Oil Pulling

The Benefits of Coconut Oil Pulling

Santosa Detox Wellness Spa Phuket Coconut Oil Pulling

An ancient Ayurvedic practice, oil pulling is an efficient way to remove bacteria from the mouth while promoting healthy teeth and gums. Those who practice oil pulling regularly will tell you it is even better than flossing! If you are looking for a good way to whiten your teeth naturally, oil pulling is definitely worth trying.

Oil pulling is a wonderful oral detoxification program that can be done every day. The oil that we prefer, and without a doubt that one that works best, is coconut oil. Oil pulling is easy to do – simply swish a tablespoon in your mouth for 10-20 minutes. Although the first few times might be a bit difficult, use the time you are practicing oil pulling to focus on something else. Perhaps read a book, get your bag ready for work or even choose your clothes for the day.

How does it work?

Oil pulling works in a similar way that soap cleans dirty dishes. It cleans and detoxifies the oral cavity by sucking the dirt out of your mouth. Coconut oil pulling creates a clean, antiseptic oral environment which in turn contributes to and enhances the proper flow of dental liquid. The proper flow of dentil liquid is necessary to treat oral diseases and prevent cavities.

Although recently it has gained a lot of popularity, coconut oil pulling has been around for many years and it has a number of benefits including:

  • Whitening teeth
  • Preventing cavities
  • Treating tooth decay
  • Eradicating bad breath
  • Healing irritated gums

Coconut oil pulling really can help transform your health. It is no secret that the mouth is home to millions of types of bacteria, fungi, viruses and other toxins. The coconut oil acts like a cleanser and pulls all of the nasty stuff out of your mouth before it has a chance to spread throughout the body. Coconut oil pulling helps to free up the immune system, reduce stress and aids in the overall well-being of the body.

Another awesome benefit of coconut oil pulling is that it keeps the skin clear. As the coconut oil pulling helps remove toxins from the body, it means that the same toxins are not able to get into the bloodstream which gives skin the chance to glow and shine. Once you start practicing oil pulling, skin issues and rashes are often reduced dramatically and acne can even clear up.

Coconut oil pulling is definitely worth trying. It’s an effective method to whiten teeth naturally and it also removes toxins from the mouth ensuring better oral hygiene moving forward. It only takes 10-20 minute per day, so why not give coconut oil pulling a try?

Learn more at Santosa Detox & Wellness Center

Are you interested in coconut oil pulling for oral detoxification? Would you like to know more about detox in general? Get to know Santosa. We are a state-of-the-art detox & wellness center located on tropical Phuket, Thailand. Our programs are tailor-made to each individual guest to ensure you get the best health experience.

Santosa also has a variety of fitness classes, yoga classes and an exceptional vegan restaurant. The options at Santosa are endless. Awaken life’s potential by spending time us. For more information, simply fill out the inquiry form below.

Natural Skin Care: Dry Skin Brushing for Body Detox

Natural Skin Care: Dry Skin Brushing for Body Detox

Santosa Detox Wellness Spa Phuket Women Brushes Her Skin

Are you looking for a new way to take care of your skin?

You should try dry skin brushing. It is a simple and effective way to take care of your skin naturally. Take a minute to stop and think, and it will make sense. We brush our teeth everyday, we brush our hair everyday, so why not brush our skin on a daily basis? While it might not be incredibly popular, dry skin brushing is an age-old process of brushing skin with a natural brush to improve circulation, stimulate lymph flow, exfoliate skin and help cellulite.

Let’s get down to basics

Dry skin brushing is literally what is sounds like. You strip down to your birthday suit right before you are about to take a shower or bath, and take a natural brush to your skin. To do it right, start at the feet and hands and brush the skin towards the chest and heart. Dry skin brushing feels really great, and it will make your skin silky smooth.

In addition to having softer skin, dry skin brushing offers other health benefits, too. For example, dry skin brushing gives great lymphatic support. Did you know that the lymphatic system is a huge part of the body’s immune system? So, many of our lymph vessels run just below the skin. Advocates of dry skin brushing state that brushing the skin daily will help to stimulate the normal lymph flow within the body, which in turn will help the body detoxify itself naturally. Sounds great, don’t you think?

Another perk is that dry skin brushing is one of the simplest and most natural ways to exfoliate the skin. Exfoliating helps loosen and remove dry skin cells, and this benefit is one that is sure to be noticed after the first time you dry brush your skin. Your skin will feel much softer, and let’s be honest, we all like having smooth, silky skin!

When the skin is exfoliated, oil, dirt and residue are cleared from its pores. When toxins and debris are removed from the pores, they shrink and appear less visible than before. Plus, dry skin brushing also helps to cut down on the oiliness of skin. Additionally, many people proclaim that dry skin brushing has helped cellulite patches on their skin appear smoother.

Dry skin brushing is a great, natural body detox

We recommend brushing your skin every morning as it is sure to give you a real energy boost. Dry skin brushing increases circulation which, in theory, can also increase energy. Plus, it only takes a few minutes. It’s a great addition to any morning routine as dry skin brushing is a natural, effective way to take care of the skin. We love it so much for the burst of energy and smoother skin.

There are a few things to remember for the first time you decide to dry brush your skin. Firstly, make sure you choose a brush with a firm, natural bristle. We like a brush with a long handle as it allows us to reach our entire backs and brush the backs of our legs easily. While dry skin brushing can be done daily, you have to remember not to brush too hard!

Start with soft pressure, as you can always work up to a firmer brush and more firm pressure over time. It is important to note that dry skin brushing should never hurt! A good rule of thumb is to remember to brush the skin toward the center of the body, so if you start with your feet or hands make sure that you are moving the brush in a motion towards your chest or heart. When it comes to the stomach and armpits, brush lightly in a circular, clockwise motion.

Have you ever tried dry skin brushing? What did you think of it?

If you are interested in learning more about natural ways to detox the body and remedy health issues, contact Santosa Detox & Wellness Center. Simply fill out the inquiry form below and a member of staff will get back to you.

Santosa is a state of the art detox retreat on tropical Phuket, Thailand. We look forward to helping you in your journey to a healthier, happier life.

Detox is a Way to Quality Life

Detox is a Way to Quality Life

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Aging is the process of becoming older. As we all know, it begins with the appearance of wrinkles or discovering a few gray hairs and it can continue to escalate from there. While we are all aware to expect changes in the body during the aging process, often times the changes that occur can feel overwhelming.

One of the most noticeable changes of growing older is that the body’s metabolism begins to change and slow down. With the slowing down of the body, some things that were once easy can start to become difficult. For example, day by day it can become a bit harder to climb the last flight of stairs in your home as perhaps you find yourself out of breath or maybe all of the climbing hurts your knees.

It is quite normal to feel like the quality of health we are used to has begun to spiral downward as we age. While there may be no diagnosis of serious or fatal disease, some chronic issues might have started to pop up to remind us that we are getting a bit older.

Detox and Chronic Diseases

Chronic diseases tend to be the result of the body’s overexposure to internal and external toxins, stressful living situations or poor nutrition. Many of today’s modern chronic diseases are surprisingly, perhaps not surprisingly, resistant to medical treatment. Often times, those of us who suffer from chronic diseases believe it might be difficult to find relief.

This is where the importance of detox comes in. Detox programs have increasingly become important to all of us who suffer from chronic diseases. In order to heal, we must cleanse our body systems. There are immense benefits that come from reducing the toxic burden in the body, and all of these benefits are positive and encouraging to living a better quality of life as we age.

Some of the chronic diseases that tend to become more common with age include arthritis, cardiovascular disease, obesity and cancer. These diseases can persist in our bodies for a long time become of the continuous accumulation of toxins in our bodies.

The natural healing approach to chronic diseases is beneficial and produces favorable results for anyone suffering from a chronic disease. Maintaining a healthy lifestyle by eating a diet of majority plant-based foods and exercising will, without a doubt, help in the self-healing of the body.

Many clients come to Santosa with a variety of health ailments and chronic diseases. Their goal is to enhance the current quality of life that they have, and they are often amazed at how quickly the results can be seen upon completion of a detox program. More often times than not, energy levels return to higher than what they once were, hip problems ease up, ankle swelling goes down, and there is an overall sense of mental clarity.

It is possible to grow older gracefully. You don’t have to feel sluggish, in pain or sick all of the time. Santosa can help. Going through a detox will help clear the toxins in the body and some of the numerous benefits include stronger immune and digestive systems, weight loss, improved memory and focus as well as healing of skin issues and other minor ailments. A detox program can also help with an elevated and much happier mood and a greater sense of overall wellbeing.

Experience a Higher Quality of Life at Santosa Detox & Wellness Center

Detox is the way to quality life. Whether you want to restart your digestive system, kickstart your health journey or just fine tune some ailments that have been perplexing your body, a detox can offer a fresh start and a more positive outlook in looking after yourself once you have completed a program.

If you are looking for an all-inclusive detox retreat, Santosa Detox & Wellness Center is a good choice. Here at Santosa we combine a holistic approach with tried and true methods to help you live a longer, happier life.

Our vast range of detox programs, wellness program, fitness activities, yoga classes, meditation and more will help you reconnect and awaken life’s potential. In addition, the staff at Santosa is always available to answer questions or give advice before, during and after your program.

Located in the tropical surroundings of Phuket, Thailand, Santosa provides the perfect detox holiday. For further information, simply fill out the inquiry form below. We look forward to welcoming you to Santosa.

Say Goodbye to Stomach Bloat

Say Goodbye to Stomach Bloat

Santosa Detox Wellness Center Women Eats Fresh Mixed Salad

While it is important to maintain a healthy diet loaded with nutrient dense whole food, are you aware that the manner in which you eat is equally important? Last week we started our “Santosa Healthy Eating Tips” series and got a very positive response. Through 4 tips we explained what happens when we are in the early stages of digestion, from the brain to the mouth to the stomach, and just how important gastric acid is. Now we would like to sum up these 4 tips to talk about the whole upper GI system.

Obviously the stomach plays an important part in digestion, however, did you know that the stomach is all about acid? The acid in the stomach helps with digestion and can also play a part in suffering a gassy or bloated stomach.

Always Remember to Chew Your Food

When eating, it is recommended that the food is chewed at least 25 times. Digestion starts from the brain, and when you smell and see food the brain will pass a message to the salivary glands. While chewing food in the mouth, the salivary glands excrete saliva and the most important enzyme, named amylase, will break down starches in the mouth. If you eat carbs, it is during this stage that they taste sweet. It is important to always chew your food well. If you don’t, the unbroken down starches will eventually end up in the intestine, and they can fuel the digestive issue known as candida.

What Happens in the  Stomach?

After the food is chewed, the bolus moves through the esophagus to the stomach. Here, the stomach continues the breakdown of the food as well as some chemical activities. When the food arrives in the stomach, the gastric acids of Mucous, Pepsinogen and Hydrochloric (HCL) are secreted into the stomach. Once the stomach churns the bolus and mixes it with gastric juice, the food is broken down even more into an acidic paste called chyme.

In this stage, HCL plays the most important role. The PH of HCL is 0.8, almost purely acid. If you don’t have enough gastric acid (HCL), meaning the chyme is not acidic enough, the pyloric sphincter will not let it pass through to the small intestine. Instead, they will stay in the stomach longer. The carbs will be fermented, protein will be putrefied and the fat will go rancid. All the good food you take into your body becomes toxins instead of nutrients.

When it doesn’t go down, you start to feel bloated and gassy. Sometimes it will even come back up, though it’s not acidic enough to let the pyloric sphincter open, but it’s way too acidic for the esophagus and that’s why you have a burning sensation. The stomach truly is all about acid. When we have enough gastric acid, the food is able to move to the small intestine in an efficient way.

The Importance of Gastric Acid

Gastric Acid is important because it plays an essential role in the immune system by killing bacteria and harmful parasites that are often ingested with food. Healthy gastric juice disinfects the stomach and stimulates gastrin. Gastrin is produced by G cells. When the food enters the body, G cells trigger the release of gastrin into the blood. In turn, food is broken down and digested.

Proteins are digested with stomach acid and enzymes, and they are much needed by the body to complete the digestion process. Enzymes break down protein and rely on stomach acid to turn them on.

If your body has a lack of gastric acid, you could feel bloated, gassy or suffer from heartburn. There are many factors that can contribute to a lack of gastric acid production, however, stress really is the biggest factor. If one eats when stressed, the body remains in sympathetic nerve system. This means the body is ready to fight and digestion isn’t its top priority. During this time, the brain will not pass any signal to your stomach to produce gastric acid, so you won’t be able to digest your food.

Avoid being stressed when it is time to eat. If you are a working professional, try not to schedule lunch meetings. If you are a parent, don’t scold your children before the eat so that they are anxious. All of us would be best to remember to put away our smartphones and tablets when it’s time to eat. Enjoy the moment and the food and digestion is sure to come easily and naturally.

Healthy Eating at Santosa

Here at Santosa, we have an exceptional Healthy Eating Program that is designed to teach you about healthy eating habits, introduce you to a vegan diet and prepare your body for a more intense detox, if you choose to do that.

For more information, simply fill out the inquiry form below. We look forward to welcoming you to our state-of-the-art detox retreat in Phuket, Thailand.