Lifestyle Q & A

Our team of experts, led by Stella Kazazis will be glad to answer all your “Lifestyle Management” questions, covering topics such as Diet, Acid/Alkaline levels & Alkaline Diets, Nutrition, Supplementation, Exercise, Sleep patterns, helping you translate what your body is trying to tell you and much much more.

Stella is a registered Therapeutic Reflexologist studied under Inge Dougans at the International Academy of Reflexology & Meridian Therapy majoring in Mapping & reflex treatment, Anatomy & Physiology and Pathophysiology. (The only academy registered with the Department of Education, Higher Education and the Health Department.)

She is the author of “Healthy Kids Guide”, has been lecturing at the International Academy of Reflexology & Meridian Therapy for the last 4 years and is also a practising therapist in “Traditional Chinese Medicine” (TCM) specialising in Meridians and the diseases relating to each Meridian, the Psychology behind the disease (5 Elements), and Body Assessment!

Stella can also be heard on UK Health Radio and she will soon be hosting her own show.

Please note that all information received is only intended as additional information to your general knowledge and does not substitute professional medical advice or treatment. So please do not delay or disregard any medical advice received due to something you have read on 1-stop-health-shop.

Diet

  • What are acid/alkaline levels and what is an alkaline diet?
    Here we focus more on keeping your diet 70 % alkaline and 30% acidic. All disorders and disease thrive in an acidic environment. Whether you are suffering with sinusitis or leukaemia - the bases is high acidic levels. Diet info that will be given here will not be things to measure but more on food groups and what foods are very acidic and which are not.
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Nutrition

  • Are the products gluten-free and lactose-free?
    Yes, they are both gluten and lactose free.
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  • Do the products contain preservatives?
    No, all products are 100% natural with no added chemicals or preservatives.
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  • "Use By" date
    Two years after the date of manufacturing.
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  • Can vegetarians and vegans use these products?
    Yes they are suitable for both Vegans and Vegetarians.
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  • What are the benefits of papaya?
    Called the ‘fruit of the angels’ by Christopher Columbus, Papayas are native to Central America and have long been revered by the American Indian populations in that area. The Papaya is a nutritional powerhouse, containing the anti-oxidant vitamins C and E, and well as high concentrations of folic acid and potassium. Papayas are high in fibre, magnesium, and the carotenes. Papayas contain Papain a digestive enzyme which is documented to be antibacterial, antifungal and antiviral. In addition it can assist in the digestion of proteins. Due to their unique and dynamic nutritional profile Papayas are also know for their anti-inflammatory effects, immune supporting properties, maintenance of heart health, maintenance of healthy eyes and vision and maintenance of our respiratory system.
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  • What are nutraceutical products?
    Nutraceutical a term combining the words nutrition and pharmaceuticals, is a food or food product that provides health and medical benefits, including the prevention and treatment of disease. Health Canada defines Nutraceutical as: “a product isolated or purified from foods, and generally sold in medicinal forms not usually associated with food and demonstrated to have a physiological benefit or provide protection against chronic disease.” On the 1-stop-health-shop.com the Nutraceutical products are products that are derived from food sources that provide extra health benefits in addition to the basic nutritional value found in food. “Products typically claim to prevent chronic diseases, improve health, delay the ageing process, and increase life expectancy.” These dietary supplements are products that contain concentrated nutrients and are usually either in a liquid or a capsule form. Hippocrates, considered by most to be the father of Western medicine had the following to say “Let food be thy medicine.”
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  • Can the products be taken with other medication?
    Yes - but if in doubt please consult your health care practitioner. All natural product have the same blood thinning effect as for instance eating garlic and onions.
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  • Why papaya (Carica Papaya Linn)?
    Papaya is a tropical fruit which has long been recognised for its health giving properties. Papayas are rich in protein digesting enzymes, such as Papain, which offer enormous benefits to digestive health. As digestive health and immunity decline as we age, papayas have been recognised as an excellent anti-ageing fruit. Green papayas are natural cleansers as the high concentration of enzymes can dissolve debris, mucus and old tissue. They are also rich in vitamins C and A, important antioxidant nutrients. The enzyme, vitamin and phyto rich nutrients of the fruit and leaves supports immune function and can assist in the maintenance of a healthy immune system.
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  • Fermentation
    The Fermentation process transforms the papaya fruit by a process of pre-digestion which breaks down nutrients into the simpler forms. This supports digestion, promotes healthy flora in our digestive tract, produces beneficial enzymes and helps us to absorb nutrients more efficiently from our foods. A healthy digestion is fundamental in supporting our overall health and particularly our immune system. Fermented Papaya has been found to support the immune and antioxidant systems. Free radicals in excess cause oxidation of cell membranes and tissues. Fermented papaya supports our in built antioxidant systems which maintain the right balance of free radicals within the body.
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  • What does pomegranate do?
    A University of Naples study has shown that pomegranate juice can prevent hardening of the arteries, or atherosclerosis, which is a serious form of heart disease. Pomegranate juice benefits your heart and arteries in a few different ways. It protects them by improving blood flow It also prevents your arteries from hardening and becoming inflexible. This can help to protect you against a heart attack or stroke According to the results of one study in Clinical Cancer, pomegranates may help to slow down the growth of prostate tumours. Pomegranate juice may help to lower the blood pressure of people who suffer from high blood pressure (hypertension).
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  • Do the products have to be refrigerated?
    No but we do recommend to refrigerate before opening because it might fizz.
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  • What is fermented papaya?
    It is highly concentrated mature green papaya fruit, fermented over several months and then dried. It contains a broad spectrum of important amino acids, phyto nutrients and the powerful protein digesting enzyme Papain. It is naturally rich in lactobacillus acidophilus a gut friendly bacteria.
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  • Do the products contain sugar?
    The products are 99% sugar free, only natural fruit sugar from Papaya, Pomegranate etc
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  • Fermentation process
    Fermented Papaya, the main ingredient in Papaya 35 is produced by the fermentation of green papaya – the breakdown of carbohydrates, fats and proteins by yeast under special conditions – over an eight-month period. Once fermented, the papaya is dried and ground into a fine powder.
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  • Why do the products have a bitter taste?
    This is because of the natural fermentation process, similar to apple cider vinegar.
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Supplementation

  • Are the products organic?
    Yes they are and the factory is organic certified.
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  • What type of capsule are used
    Vegetable capsules only
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  • Can pregnant women use the products?
    No, not for pregnant women.
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  • What is the difference between capsules and liquid?
    The liquid is always better absorbed but the capsules are handy for travelling and has the “only one capsule a day” formula.
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  • Can dried papaya leaves / papaya leaf extract help increase blood platelet count?
    There has been a lot of research done on Papaya leaf extract and several testimonials to support the evidence that Papaya leaf extract may boost the platelet count and promote immune system function. The research study performed by University of Florida researcher Nam Dang, M.D., Ph.D., and colleagues in Japan have documented papaya’s dramatic anticancer effect against a broad range of lab-grown tumors, without the harmful side effects of Chemotherapy. The researchers used an extract made from dried papaya leaves, and the anticancer effects were stronger when cells received larger doses of the tea. In a paper published in the Feb. 17, 2010 issue of the Journal of Ethno pharmacology, Dang and his colleagues also documented for the first time that papaya leaf extract boosts the production of key signaling molecules called Th1-type cytokines. This regulation of the immune system, in addition to papaya’s direct antitumor effect on various cancers, suggests possible therapeutic strategies that use the immune system to fight cancers.
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  • What are antioxidants
    An antioxidant is a molecule capable of preventing the oxidation of other molecules. Oxidation reactions can produce free radicals. Papaya is one of the richest sources of Antioxidants up to twenty times more powerful than Vitamin E. It helps to protect the body from oxidative stress and free radical damage. To completely explain antioxidants and radicals is to delve into the atomic theory in Chemistry. Let’s start with the radicals. They are a natural byproduct of cell metabolism in your body. Free radicals are formed when the body burns oxygen. However, free radicals have unpaired electrons and when they roam through the body, they cause cellular damage by disrupting the structure of other molecules by stealing their electrons. Such cell damage is believed to contribute to aging and various health problems such as cancer. The antioxidants are used to counteract free radicals in the human body. When the Antioxidants meet with a free radical, an available electron from the antioxidant will bond with the unpaired electron nullifying the harmful molecule.
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  • What extraction process is used for papaya and papaya leaf extract?
    Our extraction process is done during the fermentation process. Dried papaya fruit and leaves are “freeze dried” and then micronized. This is a pure and natural process – all organic. No alcohol, glacerite or anything else is used.
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  • Why is organic / GMO-Free so important?
    Organic/GMO-Free supplements are from Nature itself. The ingredients grow in premium soil that is not treated with pesticides, antibiotics or hormones. They contain all of the benefits of the natural product in its whole and unaltered state. These organic supplements are not chemically processed, synthetic, isolated compounds or drugs, they are natural whole food supplements that provide complete and balanced nutrition as nature intended.
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  • Can children use the products?
    The products are not for children under the age of two. Olive leaf extract (immune system building) for example is very popular for children, quarter adult dosage for children two to six years and half adult dosage for children six to twelve years. For allergies at an early age Papaya 35 MultiplyPLUS is recommended, quarter adult dosage for children two to six years and half adult dosage for children six to twelve years. The My-Range is not recommended for children under the age of six years. (Even though all our products are purely organic we advise all our customers to consult a health care practitioner.)
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