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Inflammation, the silent threat

Inflammation has become a buzzword in nutrition and for good reasons. Inflammatory states are now linked to pretty much any condition you can think of, from rheumatoid arthritis, eczema and asthma all the way to heart disease and cancer.

What is inflammation? Broadly speaking, it is a naturally occurring, healthy response of our immune systems to the presence of bacteria, viruses or damaged tissue.

Acute inflammation is often easy to understand: if you cut yourself while chopping leeks to make this yummy cabbage and bean soup for instance, the immune system will rush blood flow to the area of the cut, resulting in redness and heat. Pain or localised discomfort will alert you of the problem and make sure you are taking care of the wound.

More technically speaking, blood vessels become “leaky” and fluid, proteins, red blood cells, and white blood cells escape from the intravascular space to flood the spot under injury. This process will address the issue rapidly and depending on the severity of the cut, will kill bacteria, clear debris and rebuild tissue very efficiently. Oh, the wonders of our immune systems!

inflammation, detox,

There is also a less benign form of inflammation, one that can linger around for months, years or even decades. The unhealthy response to environmentally induced imbalances we are constantly being exposed to.

Chronic, low level, subclinical inflammation happens when your immune system is exposed to a number of different triggers and constantly fights them without having a specific, well defined target or resolution. There’s no large wound to heal, no clear focus, but a number of low grade reactions to pro inflammatory agents. Micro damage to tissue, foreign matter your breathe in through your nose and mouth, toxins in the food you eat, oxidised lipids or too much glucose in your bloodstream, just to mention a few, have the potential to strain your immune system for a very long time.

Psychological stress, experiences of social threat and adversity, up-regulates components of the immune system called cytokines, involved in inflammation.

Allergies and sensitivities to food can upset hormonal homeostasis, creating inflammation and possibly leading to depression.

Signs of inflammation at the sites of atherosclerotic plaques lead to heart disease.

You can’t feel chronic inflammation, it’s painless at first but sooner or later you will know your body is fighting an enemy it can’t defeat. You might experience mild symptoms, a headache, digestive discomfort, maybe mood swings, low energy, back aches. If you grow awareness, you’ll know the type of lifestyle you are leading is taxing for the body.

relax in natureTo prevent and fight inflammation, you can move towards a balanced lifestyle by following some of the ideas and tips below:

  • Detox from the junk, cut down on stress levels and exposure to toxins, exercise regularly.
  • Go for a walk in nature, sensibly expose your bare skin to the sun for at least 10-15 minutes a day.
  • Make sure you sleep 7 or 8 hours every night and regularly give your body and mind plenty of rest.
  • Take a vacation and visit our wonderful detox centre in Koh Samui!


Natural whole foods can be a fantastic way to reduce inflammation. Greatly reduce or ideally eliminate refined carbohydrates and sugars, industrial fats and oil, processed meat and dairy products.

Add anti-inflammatory foods to your diet, including:

  • Dark leafy greens e.g. kale, spinach.
  • Cruciferous vegetables e.g. broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower.
  • Coloured vegetables e.g pumpkin, carrots, red cabbage, sweet potatoes, beetroot.
  • Fruit e.g. berries, apples, plums, papaya, cherries.vegetables-1212825_1280
  • Whole grains, and pseudograins e.g. quinoa, buckwheat, wild brown rice.
  • Legumes e.g. pinto beans, chickpeas, lentils.
  • Herbs and spices e.g. rosemary, oregano, ginger, garlic, turmeric, tarragon, cinnamon.
  • Omega 3 rich oily fish e.g. sardines, salmon, mackerel.
  • Omega 3 rich seeds e.g. chia, flaxseeds.
  • Water and herbal teas e.g. green tea, tulsi, lemon balm tea.

Toxicity, deficient? How a detox can help.

Toxicity, deficient? How a detox can help. Although we may see people who are very toxic, they are also very deficient in many ways due to dietary inadequacies, eating of inappropriate substances and excess unrelenting stresses. Along with all this, we also see that there has been sleep deprivation (80% of Americans are sleep deficient –  lack of deep sleep or not enough hours of sleep per day) as well as excess use of drugs (prescribed, over the counter or street), excess coffee, carbohydrates, sugar and alcohol. This syndrome is becoming more and more prevalent.

So what can you do?

Support Vitality, clear toxicity, detox! Fast! Practical tips to balance your Qi

I would like to explain some Oriental concepts of healing that might help you obtain another viewpoint on this problem. This explanation is for those with no background in Oriental systems:

In traditional Chinese medicine, there is a concept called ‘Jing,’ or the energy that is given to you at conception, which is the vital foundation of energy which  will carry you through your life.  Jing is the substance associated with the slow movement of organic change.  It can be described as dark, quiescent, moist, and warm and is the inner essence of growth and decline. In Ayurvedic medicine this concept is the same but called “Ojas.”  I liken this Jing or Ojas to an inheritance that you are given at birth. This inheritance comes from the parents,  and, in my way of thinking, includes the incarnating soul’s own personal karma and needs.  Some people are given a large inheritance and others a minimal one. Thus, we will notice that some people have a strong constitution while others are much weaker.  But no matter how much Jing or Ojas you are given, it is best to utilize it in a very conscious way.

The aging process occurs when this stored energy becomes spent or exhausted.  Most of the signs of aging, such as loss of hearing, teeth, hair , diminished sexual desire,  reduced mental clarity and quickness, degeneration of the bones, and the wrinkling and drying up of the skin are largely due to the natural consumption of the Jing or Ojas over time. This energy, according to Chinese medicine, is stored in the Kidneys which governs the bones, brain, marrow, nerves, the reproductive organs and their energies.  Thus, it is stated that one is basically ‘as old or young as the Kidneys are.”

Although Jing/Ojas is the initial and deepest source of vitality, it is not the only source of vitality in the body, which brings us to our next concept called “post-natal Qi’ in Chinese medicine and ‘digestive Agni’ in Ayurveda.

Qi can be loosely translated as vital force but in Chinese thought  it perhaps can be thought of as matter on the verge of becoming energy.

Post -natal Qi is obtained from the food, air, and water that are consumed each day.  The digestive fires (enzymes etc) are the capacity of the body to break down food to obtain the life force stored in it. Post-natal qi can be likened to a checking account in which we put our energy. Each day we use most of this energy in order to go about our business of living. Anything left over goes into a savings account so that we are not living ‘paycheck to paycheck.’ This is called Post-natal Jing. This account is tapped into when necessary before dipping into our deepest energy resource, Pre-natal Jing.

So to summarize, Kidney Jing/Ojas is like an IRA or Inheritance which slowly is utilized throughout life, Post natal Qi is the paycheck we receive each day from our food, air and water, and Post Natal Jing is our savings account which will back us up with more energy if we need it for emergencies.

The thrust of rejuvenation and revitalization is dependent on our consumption and proper digestion of food, air, and water. If we skip meals repeatedly or live on coffee, donuts, sugar products, sodas, re-circulated air, unclean water, microwaved foods, and denatured food year after year then we will find ourselves without any energy in the checking or savings account.  We will have to cash in the IRA ahead of time and with penalties!  When we have to do this then we are shortening our lives, and may experience symptoms of premature aging and diminished well being.

What else can deplete us? Not taking time to rest, being emotionally overly stimulated day after day, upsetting relationships that do not come to a resolution, long term use of pharmaceutical drugs, recreational drugs, alcohol, tobacco, excess noise, excess sexual activity, too much worry, too much  stimulation from computers, games, TV. I can go on and on.  As you can see our modern life is not conducive to promoting great inner peace and longevity that is full of vigor.

What really amazes me is that so many people do not have time to eat! They grab a bagel in the morning, maybe a piece of fruit for lunch and possibly a little sandwich or a can of soup for dinner.  Also, eating and driving is becoming a common practice in our society. On the other end of the spectrum, we see people who are eating too much but their foods lack vital life force or substance. These folks may be big and overweight but “empty” inside with no substance, thus they are exhausted, too! When this type of lifestyle is continued for a period of time than the deep Jing energy is prematurely drained, thus creating the picture of what the Western medical system may call adrenal exhaustion.

When you are the exhausted person, the first thing to do is realise that your choices in foods and lifestyle each day are more important than taking a few herbs now and then. These basic choices are what create the basis from which herbal therapy can function! To try this or that herb without the basic foundation of healthy diet and lifestyle will only lead to failure. Sometimes taking certain herbs will give us the insight to make the changes needed but dietary changes have to be implemented because the herbs just won’t do it 100%.  The process of healing will be a slow one because rebuilding takes time. If you follow a lifestyle that is nourishing and nurturing for a year, you should feel yourself slowly moving out of ‘debt’ and into a stronger place. According to the Ayurvedic paradigm, it takes 35 days for one drop of Ojas to be replaced in the deep tissue.

Even if we have depleted Jing/Ojas, we can create good functioning checking and savings accounts so that we do not have to burn out the rest of our inheritance prematurely.

The first thing to do is to regulate the digestion and encourage intake of vital food, water and air. The foods should be organic whenever possible; cooked – soups, stews or casseroles are easy to digest; water should be pure without fluoride, chlorine or other toxins and mineral rich hence mineral water from deep in the earth. Not purified water. And the air you breathe should be clean – air purifiers as well as the use of essential oil diffusers help.

Along with the foods, a person may need to take probiotics (acidophilus supplementation), digestive aids such as spices, perhaps fennel or ginger tea after meals, or bitters before meals depending on the constitution of the client.

You may also have to implement some exercise into your life to the get the digestive metabolism going. This may be done with simple walking after meals or by using a rebounder (trampoline), gentle step aerobics, Nordic track or whatever else you are willing to do. Rigorous, heavy aerobic exercises, and running may deplete you too much and thus use up that which you are trying to build. So keep the exercise within the parameters of rebuilding vital force and moving it without depleting it.

At Health Oasis Resort we offer a fasting detox program with herbs and suppliments. We also offer a raw food detox and have an inhouse Traditional Chinese Medicine Doctor and an inhouse Ayurvedic Doctor  who can assist your Qi, Jing and Ojas. Removing toxins from your body with one of our well-crafted detox programs is the best way to turn this process around. Our tranquil location on a quiet beach of the tropical Thai island, Koh Samui is an ideal environment to relax in and focus on healing.

We offer daily yoga, massages, steam room, ozone therapy, talks, meditations, workshops etc support your regain of health.

Hope to see you soon!

Beach Buffalo Koh Samui

Beach buffalo Koh Samui!!

Every now and again we are lucky enough to spot the local Thai people walking their buffalo on the beach in Koh Samui. Then you get to see the majestic beach buffalo walk past our resort.

But unfortunately, these beautiful beasts are used traditionally for buffalo fighting. If you would like to see a fight, follow this link (beware this video is NOT for sensitive viewers, its very graphic):

As sad as this practice may be, its a strong part of Thai culture. We see these buffalo in the jungle, so peaceful and serene. You can’t imagine that the very same buffalo is a fighter.

Beach Buffalo


Beach Buffalo

Some Thai cultural connotations to the buffalo:

For the same reason it is offensive to call someone a female dog (“bitch”), a pig, or a whale in English. It’s demeaning to call another human being an animal. “kwai” [ควาย] Means buffalo and in Thai culture, buffalos are regarded as a dumb animal.

Why are buffalos regarded as dumb in Thai culture?

It could’ve come from this Thai proverb สีซอให้ควายฟัง which translates to “play the fiddle for the buffalo to hear”, meaning that whatever it is you’re saying, it’ll fall on deaf ears because the other party won’t listen (too stupid to understand).

fiddle for buffalo

What is the origin of this Thai proverb?

Interestingly, it is from this Chinese proverb 对牛弹琴 [duì niú tán qín] which translates to “play the zither for the ox to hear” and means the exact same thing as the Thai proverb.

buffalo proverb

Why was the animal switched from the ox to the buffalo?

I’m not sure. Also, ox isn’t a derogatory term in China. My guess is that the proverb was adapted to better fit the local culture.

In addition, you should not call other people these animals in Thailand:

  • Buffalo “kwai” [ควาย]
  • Dog “măa” [หมา]
  • Creature “sàt” [สัตว์]
  • Pig “mŏo” [หมู], unless it’s the person’s actual nickname


Dietary and herbal advice for pregnancy

by Michael Tierra, L.Ac, OMD

Here’s an absolutely fantastic discussion about dietary and herbal advice for pregnancy:

Historically, women often have had to find their own ways to attend to the concerns and issues of the expectant mother. For over a thousand years, men dominated the professional class of healing in most societies, and women found little sympathy (as a result of the biblical tale of the Fall caused by Eve first partaking of the forbidden fruit). Without any imposed legal responsibility, men generally felt little consequence from sexual intercourse. This left the job of attending to the special needs of pregnancy to the ‘˜wise women,’ ‘˜old wives’ and midwives.

Despite this, during the Dark Ages, women who would assume the role of herbalist/helper/midwife to other women were condemned as witches and executed. Nevertheless, the valuable experiences and knowledge accumulated by those courageous women who carried forth the tradition have become a part of the herbal and practical lore of caring for the care of women both during and after pregnancy.

When a woman becomes pregnant, she it is common for her to experience and take on a healthy, vibrant aura ‘“ nature’s reward for fulfilling a biological destiny. It is a major physiological change that has a profound and lasting effect. The bond between a mother and child, born or unborn, is probably the deepest connection that can a human may achieve. Often, this connection is so powerful that men (i.e., the husband or father of the child) wishing to share in the excitement may to have to put forth an extra effort to feel included. I call that sense of alienation that some men can feel, especially after childbirth when they are no longer the primary focus of their mate’s attention, the “St Joseph Syndrome.”

(Why St. Joseph?” you may ask. In the Bible, St. Joseph, the husband of Mary and the father of Jesus, is hardly given any consideration except as guardian; even his physiological role is denied by the church with the doctrine of the Immaculate Conception.)

The first piece of dietary and herbal advice for pregnancy I have is this: Enjoy your changes. Along with the new positive energy bestowed upon women during pregnancy is the responsible realization that all you think, do or eat will have an effect on your developing fetus. The first thing is to consider avoiding all those problematic habits and foods because their effect may no longer just be on your own life but the life of your unborn child.

Following are a few valuable dietary and herbal approaches that should prove useful to women both during and after childbirth.

Eating for Two

Although it is said that you are “eating for two,” this doesn’t mean that you double your normal caloric intake. The truth is you are only eating for about one and an eighth. This means that during the second and third trimesters, the baby should only necessitate an increase of approximately 300 calories per day.

The nutritional needs of the unborn child will be met by the best of all the foods and drinks you consume. If your nutrition is not sufficient or of the best quality, the first to suffer will be you, the mother-to-be. Pregnancy is definitely not a time to follow an extreme, rigid diet. An expectant mother often develops unusual food cravings, which are the body’s way of signaling a need for specific nutrients. One of the most useful foods to include during pregnancy are mineral-rich sea vegetables (edible seaweeds). Learn to include seaweeds such as nori (best known as the seaweed used to roll sushi ‘“ but avoid raw fish during pregnancy), kombu (kelp), and wakame added to soups and stews. One can make a tasty condiment with roast kombu.

The most important macronutrient is protein ‘“ especially first class protein derived from dairy, fish and meat. Second class protein derived from vegetal sources such as beans can serve the needs of some women but not all. Each of us has a unique biological genetic history that may not be changed during the course of a single lifetime. When we experience frequent hunger and sweet cravings this often signals a need for more protein. Protein is the building block of life and everything about pregnancy is building.

Variety Is Important

One should eat a wide variety of foods each day to ensure getting all the vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients needed for you and your baby. Have different meals with a varied assortment of fruits and vegetables daily. The colors of foods indicate different nutrients so that you can have fun choosing different colored foods for the different nutrients they provide. The cheapest and best quality protein are eggs; two (ideally soft boiled) eggs daily each morning is a good daily practice. Otherwise it also good to vary the proteins you eat by alternating meats, fish, poultry, pork, eggs, beans, and nuts in your diet. Cultivating a taste for organ meats such as liver or heart also helps to strengthen those organs. Finally, eat a variety of whole grains in various forms.

Following the Pyramid

Like the rest of the non-pregnant world, expecting mothers should look to the Food Guide Pyramid to determine what and how much to eat.

It is recommended that pregnant women consume a daily minimum of

  • 9 servings of breads, cereals, grains, and/or pastas
  • 4 servings of vegetables
  • 3 servings of fruit
  • 2-3 servings of low fat milk, cheese, and/or yogurt
  • 2 servings (6 oz) of lean meat, poultry, fish, beans, eggs, and/or nuts

Each food group provides different nutrients, so eating from all the food groups daily will help ensure a complete diet.

Fresh and Organic is Best

Select whole, organically grown and/or raised foods rather than processed foods when available. Prepackaged foods not only lack nutrients, but they are often laced unnecessarily with sugar, preservatives and additives which neither you nor your baby need.

Foods to Avoid

Although most foods are perfectly safe for expecting women, certain foods and substances can be harmful to a growing baby. Avoid the following during pregnancy because of possible fetal toxicity:



Sushi containing raw fish

Shark, swordfish, king mackerel, tilefish (limit intake of other fish to no more than 12 ounces/week)

Raw or undercooked meat, poultry, eggs, fish, shellfish

Smoked seafood, cured ham

Soft cheeses such as Brie, blue, feta, goat cheeses

Hot dogs, sausages, other processed meats containing nitrates

Alfalfa sprouts

Unpasteurized milk, juices


Think about Your Drink

During pregnancy, the amount of fluid in your body increases, as do your daily fluid needs. Your baby needs fluids as well. Aim for at least eight 8 oz. glasses of fluid per day. This includes water, low fat or fat free milk, 100% fruit and vegetable juices, decaffeinated coffee and tea, and soup. While juices are a nutritious alternative to soda, they still contain a large amount of sugar, so avoid consuming excessive amounts. Also, limit caffeinated beverages to no more than two per day.

Avoid Extreme Dieting

Women are often concerned about having difficulty losing the weight postpartum and consequently attempt to diet and restrict food intake. Pregnancy is not an appropriate time to diet. By possibly decreasing the amount of nutrients your baby receives such diets will affect the baby’s growth and development. Your growing baby needs to be nourished consistently throughout the day. Furthermore, most of the weight gained during pregnancy is not body fat. Following is an interesting breakdown of the additional weight distribution in your body:

  • Baby 7-1/2 lbs
  • Your breasts ‘” 2 lbs
  • Your protein and fat stores ‘” 7 lbs
  • Placenta ‘” 1-1/2 lbs
  • Uterus ‘” 2 lbs
  • Amniotic fluid ‘” 2 lbs
  • Your blood ‘” 4 lbs
  • Your body fluids ‘” 4 lbs

Prenatal Vitamins

It has been proven that pregnant women have an increased need for folic acid, iron, and calcium. Therefore, it is recommended that expectant women take a prenatal vitamin to supplement a balanced diet. However, too much of certain vitamins and minerals can be harmful to your baby. Talk to your health care provider for the appropriate supplement and be wary of supplements that provide more than 100% of the daily value for any vitamin or mineral.

Morning Sickness and Nausea

During the initial stages of pregnancy, many women suffer from severe nausea, morning sickness and food aversion. This may be seen as a period of cleansing and detoxification that precedes building. For some it can be extremely difficult to assuage.

The simplest treatment is ginger and red raspberry leaf tea. Raspberry leaf may be regarded as the best and safest herb to use throughout all stages of pregnancy. Two to four slices of fresh ginger, steeped for 15 minutes in a covered cup of boiling hot water or hot raspberry leaf tea, often relieves morning sickness. (For more on red raspberry leaf and its usefulness during pregnancy, see below.)

Ayurveda views morning sickness as an aggravation of ‘˜pitta’ or the fire humour. There is an increase of digestive acids in the stomach, and an increased sense of smell, which both promote greater digestion and assimilation. Unfortunately, this increased sensitivity may also create the counter effect of (often extremely nauseating) aversion to certain foods and smells.

In addition to the raspberry leaf/ginger tea mentioned above, pregnant women can ward off morning sickness and nausea by consuming several small nutritious, protein-rich meals a day.

B vitamins (especially folic acid) are essential during pregnancy. Rather than taking a folic acid or other B vitamin pill supplement, try a daily teaspoon to a tablespoon of brewer’s or torula yeast in a little juice or water. Not only does it fulfill a nutritional demand of the body, but this simple remedy has brought total relief to many women from morning sickness.

Another good practice is to soak 10 raw almonds overnight. In the morning, peel off the brown outer skin and eat the nuts. This provides much needed protein and also helps to relieve nausea.

The Chinese herbal tradition recommends a tea of processed pinellia root, poria mushroom and fresh ginger as a treatment for morning sickness. Make sure you obtain any formulas containing pinellia from a trusted source and be sure that the root is properly processed to remove its natural toxicity.

Preventing Miscarriage

The Ayurvedic herb called shatavari (Sanskrit for “100 husbands” because of its traditional use for strengthening a women’s reproductive capacity) is commonly used during pregnancy taken with calcium to prevent miscarriage.

To prevent miscarriage, Western herbalists will recommend a tea of false unicorn root, cramp bark, raspberry leaf and squaw vine. This is taken as a strong decoction, simmering an ounce of the herbal combination in a half quart of water over a low flame for 30 minutes. This is then strained and taken 1/2 to 1 cup three or four times a day.

Chinese herbalists use a special species of mistletoe (Viscum coloratum or Loranthus parasiticus) called sang ji sheng that grows on the mulberry trees to prevent miscarriage. It should be noted that other species of mistletoe should not be used for this purpose. It’s best that you make an appointment with a traditional Chinese medicine doctor to have a formula specially prescribed.

The Benefits of Red Raspberry Leaf During Pregnancy

Of all the herbs recommended for use to relieve all the discomforts associated with pregnancy and childbirth, the most enduring is red raspberry leaf (Rubus idaeus).

Raspberry leaf tea has been used medicinally for centuries to assist a woman throughout all phases of pregnancy. It strengthens the uterus while softening the cervix for ease of childbirth. It contains flavonoids, tannins, gallic and ellagic acid and fragarin. The tannins make it useful to regulate bleeding and to strengthen tissue while fragarin is known to be mildly oxytocic, which means that in very large doses it helps induce labor. In lower doses, this is not a problem; in fact, the tannins are more likely to overpower any oxytocic effects of fragarin and actually prevent miscarriage.

Raspberry leaf has the following uses:

  • Relieves symptoms of morning sickness especially when taken with ginger
  • Relaxes the smooth muscles of the uterus when it is contracting (Burn and Withell, 1941)
  • Soothes and prevents bleeding gums which many pregnant women experience
  • Assists with the birth of the baby and the placenta
  • Calms cramping of the uterus
  • Provides a rich source of iron, calcium, manganese and magnesium. The magnesium content is especially helpful in strengthening the uterine muscles.
  • Raspberry leaf also contains vitamins B1, B3 and E, which are valuable in pregnancy
  • Stops bleeding after childbirth

Outside of pregnancy, raspberry leaf is also used for the following:

  • Treats diarrhea
  • Regulates menses
  • Relieves sore throat
  • Reduces fevers
  • Aids fertility

Raspberry leaf has been found to have potent antibiotic effects against infections and inflammations.

Many of the unsuccessful or mixed results using raspberry leaf is dosage related. Throughout the earlier stages of pregnancy, one should use a weaker dose. Steep a teaspoon to a tablespoon of the dried leaf in a cup of boiling water, then cover and allow it to sit until cool enough to drink.

The following is offered not as a recommendation but for historical reference and to illustrate that dose figures extremely importantly when using this (and any) herb.

Based on an article published in Rodale’s Encyclopedia of Home Remedies, to achieve the full benefit of raspberry leaf during childbirth, it should be made full strength: steep one ounce of dried raspberry leaves in a pint (2 cups) of boiling water, covered, for 30 minutes. This is then strained. If made well in advance, the tea can be frozen in ice cube trays and then sucked during the pangs of labor. In addition a pot of strong brew should be prepared in the same way and taken all at once as warm as possible. This is not to induce labor but to facilitate and ease its course and to prevent complications.

Pregnancy is a natural process of life and should present no serious complications in normal circumstances. However, it is important that it be competently supervised by a qualified health care practitioner and any supplements offered should be with their consent and on the spot guidance.


RM, CM BaHS(Nsg), GradDip EdMyra Parsonsa, (Childbirth), Midwife and Research Assistant, RN, CM Dip Remedial TherapyMichele Simpson

b and RN, CM Cert Antenatal EdTerri Pontona, Nursing Unit Manager, Raspberry leaf and its effect on labour: Safety and efficacy, Australian College of Midwives Incorporated Journal Volume 12, Issue 3, September 1999, Pages 20-25


Improvements and changes at Health Oasis Resort

Improvements and changes at Health Oasis Resort

There’s been many Improvements and changes at Health Oasis Resort in the last year. First and foremost there has been a change of management as of 2015. With this comes many positive additions to an already great detox experience for all our customers. Our list of improvements and changes for Health Oasis Resort keeps growing. See the latest updates for Oct 2017 in bullet points below:

  • Free afternoon yoga/meditation 3 days a week
  • Free trash hero stainless steel water bottles for all detox guests
  • Recycling initiatives, new bins to separate all recyclables
  • Natural essential oil based guest soaps
  • All interconnecting doors removed between rooms for better sound insulation and privacy
  • Essential oils and vinegar used in cleaning rooms
  • Revised tastier recipe for broth soups
  • Several variations of healthy herb teas
  • New stronger more effective strain of probiotic implant
  • Post detox menu: breakfast and lunch included. Probiotic rich foods + kombucha drink
  • New exercise equipment (treadmill, elliptical, cycling, rebounder, weight training machine)
  • Option of stainless steel hot water jug instead of plastic for colonics
  • Beautiful gardens
  • Fresh herb and vegetable gardens
  • Feedback form to receive constructive criticism and constantly improve our services
  • Natural essential oil based anti-mosquito spray always available in Reception
  • Natural essential oil based mosquito coils used in Reception.
  • We offer free natural medicines first aid for any acute detox reactions
  • Ozone therapy: now up to 3 machines for less waiting and more booking slots (High season only)
  • Reorganised seminar room with comfortable seating area for health talks and documentaries
  • More activities including night markets, health talks, demonstrations, documentaries, meditation and visiting freelancers
  • More private A/C massage areas for cellulite and spa treatments
  • More staff in all departments for better service
  • More sun beds and new sun mattresses. More deckchairs.
  • Health managers always on duty during the day for questions + support
  • Organic cold pressed Massage oils
  • Organic cold pressed coconut oil used only for cooking
  • New supplier of resort drinking water, independently tested Reverse osmosis
  • 100% Msg-free in kitchen. Includes all sauces.
  • Revised healthier menu local fresh superfoods post detox specials
  • Cold pressed slow moving juicer machines now used for all Resort juices
  • Self-serve hot water for colonics with garlic and organic coffee option
  • Addition of zeolite heavy metal chelation to Total Transformation program
  • Liver flush changed from lime to grapefruit juice for better taste and digestion
  • Higher quality glass bottles instead of plastic for all liquid herb and supplement bottles
  • Higher quality linen throughout Resort
  • Open air Yoga Sala, double the size
  • Umbrellas offered ☔️ in all rooms
  • Yoga towels for sanitation and comfort
  • New upstairs area for use with shade and tiling coming soon
  • Renovated Reception area with lounge for relaxation and socialising
  • Steam room renovated doubled in size
  • Spirit house for good fortune and energy
  • Accounts manager on duty. All bills and charges  double checked
  • Better updated website
  • Housekeeping standards improved, revised and improved. Better schedule to clean common areas
  • Improved maintenance team now always on duty
natural remedies for hypothyroidism

Natural Remedies For Hypothyroidism


There are many natural remedies for hypothyroidism that one can use. Generally speaking a combined approach using multiple natural remedies for hypothyroidism are recommended for the best results.


1: Teas

Teas are easy to integrate and provide both hydration and the medicinal action of herbs to assist. A favourite of ours which targets thyroid health is Dr. Christopher’s Original Formulas, Kelp-T Powder.

2: Herbs

Herbal medicines, specifically liquid tinctures are very potent and effective. Specific herbs recommended are as follows. Bladderwrack, Ashwaganda, coleus, kelp, medicinal mushrooms such as chaga. Good companies available online are planetary herbals and natures answer available on

3: Food

Food really can be your medicine. Foods recommended are those which are naturally nutrient dense, specifically high in mineral content. Mushrooms of any kind, up to 1 cup per day. Iodine rich sea vegetables like dulse, wakame, kombu etc. Himalayan salt, molasses, tahini, nuts and seeds of any kind. Also warming foods like cayenne, cinnamon, black pepper etc.

4: Supplements

There are certain natural based supplements that combine a number of herbs and nutrients in one product specifically targeted to assist endocrine and thyroid health. These can be easy and effective. For an all rounder, herbs of gold thyroid support, and for thyroid and weight loss focus, fusion weight loss is also very good containing high dose good quality herbs.

5: Lifestyle

Lifestyle changes are very useful and recommended. Stress management is key and absolutely needed. Yoga Nidra Deep Relaxation is a quick and easy practice that is very effective. Hot and cold therapy, yoga exercises like surya namaskar (sun salutations), breathing practices like bhastrika (bellows breathing) are also useful.

6: Personal Care Products

There are many personal care products that contain chemicals classed as endocrine disruptors. These chemicals must be eliminated to reverse the condition. Learn more about some of the foods and products that aggravate hypothyroidism here.

weight loss, diet, what foods to avoid when trying to lose weight

What foods to avoid when trying to lose weight?


People often ask, “What foods to avoid when trying to lose weight?” Search on google and you’ll receive a huge list of conflicting information. Avoid this, eat more of that, drink this etc and in the end we often walk away more confused than when we started. At Health Oasis Resort if we could sum it up in one sentence of what you should be eating more of, it would go something like this:

Eat more: Antioxidant rich, nutrient dense, 100% natural plant based food.

So lets break that down bit by bit.

Antioxidant rich

Foods that contain high levels of antioxidants are very useful. They combat inflammation which is the back bone of all disease and also a trigger of weight gain. Some foods to include are purple cabbage, berries of any kind, amla known as indian gooseberries, cloves, turmeric, green tea, and plant based foods of any kind assuming they are not modified from their original state. Learn more here.


Nutrient dense

Food that contains high levels of nutrients and are naturally low in calories are know as nutrient dense. Example are green superfoods like spirulina, chlorella, wheat grass, barley grass. Maca powder from the highlands of Peru. Molasses, tahini sesame seed butter, seaweed products like dulse, nuts and seeds, beans and pulses, medicinal mushrooms and of course fruits and veg. See more here.


100% natural plant based

This is more self explanatory, however often easier said than done. It basically means taking plant based foods fresh from the market in their original state, and preparing your meals directly from these. It requires a shift in the way you shop. The majority of packeted food that comes from the supermarket would not fit into this category. Also any food that is from animal origin, i.e. if it had eyes, it comes from an animal. See more about the health benefits of plant based diets here.

In terms of what foods to avoid when trying to lose weight? Specifically?


Well there would be a few foods that we would definitely recommend to avoid:


1: MSG (monosodium glutamate) of any kind or form

How? Read the ingredients. Why? It is one of the quickest methods to fatten up mice and rats of various ages. Give them MSG and they will gain weight. So it goes without saying we should avoid it. Learn more here.

2: Endocrine disrupting foods and products

How? Eat plant based foods and not hormone rich animal foods. Store them in glass not plastic. Prepare them in stainless steel or cast iron and never non stick substances. Check your personal care products. Why? Research has shown your hormones play a huge role in weight gain, by modifying ones diet and lifestyle to remove these disruptors it assist in natural weight loss. Learn more here.

3: Artificial sweeteners of any kind

How? Check the nutritional information on the products you are buying. Why? Research has shown these products in the long term actually contribute to weight gain. Learn more here.

new lounge area health oasis resort samui detox

New lounge area

A new lounge area at Health Oasis Resort has been created and the whole reception area has been recently refurbished. Both the lobby structurally and with new furniture. New sofas, tables, chairs, lamps and much more. It is now a very comfortable place to relax and chill out while enjoying the sea views and the fresh air.

Part of the joy of coming to Health Oasis Resort is simply relaxing and enjoying the view, reading a good book or chatting with the many like minded guests from around the world. This new lounge area makes the whole experience more comfortable and enjoyable. Over the years we have found many guests enjoy spending their time in the reception area so we made the effort to renovate it to a more modern standard.

Renovated gym at Health Oasis Resort detox Samui

Renovated Gym

Our newly renovated gym and fitness room at has been cleaned up, repainted, and beautified by our talented receptionist Elle. While completing a fasting detox we generally don’t recommend strong aerobic exercise. The reason being is that it can create ketones and disturb the blood sugar balance. Stretching, yoga, walking etc are all fine, along with gentle use of the gym equipment.

Movement of the body is actually an important part of the detox program. The lymphatic system is like the garbage dump and removes toxins and filters the blood. Gentle exercise greatly assists this process.

We have also included the use of a rebounder. Many types of exercise are done to target specific muscles or just to increase cardiovascular function. Rebounding is unique since it uses the forces of acceleration and deceleration and can work on every cell in the body in a unique way. There are many studies that show positive benefits, hence we recommend it to all our fasting detox guests.

So when you feel like moving your body while detoxing, this is the place to be.

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Greener Gardens at Health Oasis

Greener gardens, full of life and beauty here at Health Oasis Resort so as to make your detox program more enjoyable. The trees and gardens provide vital energy and the ocean brings cool fresh breezes which all contribute to a very positive and relaxing detox experience. All this combined with an abundance of sunshine will slowly bring tranquility and peace.

This simple principle of daily fresh air and sunshine is something that has been overlooked in the modern ways of living. It was once considered an important aspect for achieving sound health of body and mind. We recommend at least 20 minutes of sunbathing and a daily swim in the ocean during your stay at Health Oasis Resort. This and a walk to enjoy the greener gardens and breath the fresh air.

We are super excited to share with you the new changes at Health Oasis Resort and will keep you up to date as things progress.