Bye Bye Amalgams

Today I had the last of my amalgams (mercury fillings) removed.  I’ve had them for years, as these were the only fillings available to us baby boomers all those years ago!  It’s taken 3 sittings – each roughly 40 minutes and quite honestly, it was a breeze.  Yes, it came at a price, but hopefully the health benefit will far outweigh the financial cost and my private health fund paid a bit too, which was a bonus.  For someone who hates the dentist, this was nowhere near as bad as I thought it would be. But, let me say it right here and now, the removal of amalgams MUST ONLY be done by a holistic or biological dentist. The procedure is not complicated,  but preventing mercury toxicity during the removal is critical not only to the patient’s health but also the dentist and technician’s health.

I had quizzed my previous dentist many times about the risk of heavy metal poisoning from the mercury in the mouth and always got the same reply: “Just leave them be, they are safer in your mouth than trying to remove them!” What a load of hogwash. As part of my health crusade, I was determined to have them removed as all my research pointed to chronic long term health issues as a result of mercury toxicity.

Our bodies are designed to naturally detoxify mercury and other heavy metals, but can only cope with incidental exposure, not chronic long term exposure. How effectively we detoxify naturally depends on how healthy we are, our genes, our gene expression, the exposure levels, and whether we are slow or fast detoxifiers.  Mercury fillings emit vapour all the time, the fillings are in our mouths, next to our mucous membranes and a few inches below our brains…it would be unreasonable to believe that our body can cope with this exposure 24/7 and effectively detox us fully. As mercury crosses the blood brain barrier (it is fat soluble and the brain is 60% fat), neurological symptoms including depression, anxiety, memory loss and even Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease have been attributed to toxic exposure and accumulation. Besides our brain, the vapour leaches into our saliva, which we swallow and so expose our entire digestive tract to mercury too.  And what do we have in our digestive tract other than our digestive system?  Our immune system!  So what effect does mercury have on our immune system?  And don’t forget that neurotransmitters are made in our gut and in our brain, so this is a double whammy for mercury causing neurological issues!

But how does the body cope with what it is exposed to?  Well it can’t so it stores what we don’t detoxify naturally and it stores it in our body fat … and we are supposed to lose this fat in the winter and whoosh, out goes the mercury.  In a perfect world, yes this would be so, but I was fat for so many years, not much mercury had a chance to leave my body!  So yes, I’m sure my amalgams have contributed to my health issues.

So in order to support my body’s natural detoxification pathways and safely eliminate mercury from my body, I put myself on a “detox” programme of sorts. The critical first step was to ensure that my diet was optimal, and mine is by the mere nature of what I eat and don’t eat and I’ve eaten like this for almost 2 years. The second step is – go slow and proceed with caution, under the care of someone who knows how to coach you through this. Certain foods and supplements can help support your body and its detoxification pathways and are essential to help rid your body of accumulated mercury.  You can’t go from 6 amalgams to no amalgams in a couple of weeks. Your biological dentist is the one who will decide and advise you on how long you need to detoxify for and at what rate the amalgams should be removed. If you go too fast, your body won’t be able to remove the mercury quickly enough and you could end up with severe kidney issues.  Mercury leaves the body via urine, faeces, breathing out and breast milk!

Besides dental amalgam exposure, mercury is found in fish, air, drinking water, vaccines, fluorescent light bulbs, thermostats and thermometers, batteries, red tattoo dye, and many more readily available products.

Thank you Simon at Ozone Dental, Adelaide, for helping me on my journey.

Obesity Determinants

There are many different factors that contribute to the world-wide problem of obesity today.  If solving this problem was as easy as eating less fatty foods and exercising more, we would not have a problem.  Unfortunately it is not as simple as that.  While the “calories in, calories out” theory looks good on paper, it doesn’t take into account the complex metabolic pathways that different foods go through when we eat them or the effects that different foods have on our hormones and brain.  Calories in vs calories out in general therefore fails to work at a grassroots level.

We are all different and thank heavens for that!  We all have different genes, come from different cultures, are of different social classes and live in different environments.  Obesity is complex.  Weight loss is more complex.  It is an individual thing, there is no “one size fits all” and all calories are not created equal.

Living in cities we are surrounded by fast food chains and supermarkets that are open from early morning to late at night.  Food is freely available, most of it is processed and the more processed it is, the cheaper it is.  So if we can’t afford to be a food snob and only buy the healthiest organic food our bodies need,  then we will buy the cheaper, more addictive foods that the food industry likes to advertise.  And we can and do become addicted to the processed food.  We eat more and exercise less, so yes in this case calories in vs calories out does come into play.  However, if we ate more healthy foods, e.g. vegetables, healthy fats and good quality protein, but of the same caloric value as the cheaper, addictive carbohydrate-laden processed foods that the food industry love, then weight loss would actually happen.  All calories are certainly not equal.  The food we eat control the hormones that regulate how much we eat and when we eat as well.  Different foods go through different metabolic pathways in the body, some cause hormone changes that encourage weight gain, while others increase satiety and boost the metabolic rate.

We live hectic lives, we are often stressed and sleep badly.  This too impacts on our hormones and prevents weight loss no matter how minimal our calorie intake is or how excessive our calorie output is.

Toxins surround us.  We inhale them, we consume them, we apply them to our skin and they are disrupting our endocrine systems and poisoning us slowly, day by day. This too has an impact on obesity.

Throughout the world, cultures are threatened as well. Younger people are not taught basic home cooking and even older baby boomers have become accustomed to making use of quick and easy meals prepared with packaged ingredients.  Kitchen skills are not being passed down from generation to generation.  Urbanisation, modernisation of lifestyles and globalisation of food are robbing cultures of their heritage and this is having an impact on obesity and health.  We can’t solve this problem by eating less fat and exercising more.  We have to change our mindset and go back to the basics.  We need to live and eat like our grandparents and great grandparents used to.  And this also involves eating healthy fats!  Like our grandmothers we should render our own lard and tallow and use it for cooking. It may be higher in calories, but less is consumed as it satiates us quicker.

Surrounding ourselves with like-minded people, being part of a caring community, being aware of the nutrient value of food, partaking in regular physical activity (a daily 30 minute walk will do, it doesn’t have to be 60 minutes of cardio!), sleeping well, stressing less, having “me” time and holding ourselves accountable, all affect energy in, energy out and can prevent or treat obesity and ultimately keep us healthy.

So don’t cut out the fatty food, just make sure it is healthy fatty food. You may just be surprised by the result.

Multivitamins, yes or no?

As a registered, practicing pharmacist, with 30 plus years experience, I can honestly say that I have never recommended any adult take a general multivitamin just for the sake of taking one, or just for the sake of selling something to a customer! I have however, spent many counselling sessions with patients explaining how to increase their natural multivitamin intake using everyday food, in place of swallowing a pill a day! It has always been my gut belief that all our general “multivitamin” requirements should come from our diet and by ensuring we eat nutrient dense food, incorporating fresh, good quality vegetables and fruit along with the best quality protein we can afford, we can rest assured we will always be getting enough general “vitamins” in the best possible form, in the ideal recommended daily amounts, straight from mother nature, just as she intended us to consume them. There are times however, when clinically implicated, that I have recommended individualised, targeted supplementation of a vitamin or mineral. This recommendation has always been done in combination with dietary advice and with an end point in sight. I have worked in hospital pharmacy, community pharmacy, clinical trials and drug information. I have read medical, pharmaceutical and nutritional journals for more than 30 years. I have read the good, the bad and the ugly regarding multivitamins. I remember the Pan Pharmaceutical debacle. So what do I believe? For the person who eats a well balanced diet, supplementing with multivitamins is only of benefit to the drug company that manufactures the multivitamin!

Multivitamins by definition, are preparations containing a combination of vitamins. The discovery of various vitamins and how they could prevent certain diseases in days gone by, was by far one of the best success stories of modern medicine. We all know the historical story of the sailors with scurvy and the miracle of it’s prevention with Vitamin C. We need to remember however that vitamins are just like other medications and are associated with both benefits and risks, so prescribing them should be evidence based and with an end date or point in sight. Indiscriminate use should be discouraged as it could have negative consequences.

Over the last 30 years, I have witnessed a huge growth in the Complementary Medicines industry. Television, radio and print advertising and or marketing are powerful factors in convincing the general public they would be more “healthy” if they took one or other branded multivitamin. Popular, well-known and usually local, Australian personalities, are also generally used as ambassadors to sell these products. The day after any complementary medicine is featured on “A Current Affair” or “Today Tonight” or the day after a write up in a major city newspaper (locally for me, this would be The Advertiser), I have experienced a huge increase in demand for the product featured. Most times the articles or features are slanted in such a way that the true benefit of the product is not revealed, or there is much more to the story than what was reported. This is pure marketing to increase sales and ultimately could be detrimental to the unsuspecting public.

The complementary medicines market is tipped to grow at a rapid rate in the coming years. Complementary Medicines Australia (cma) in its industry survey published last July 2014, predicted that the Australian $3.5 billion complementary medicines market value is expected to grow to $4.6 billion in 2017/2018 (1). Multivitamins and other complementary medicines are aggressively marketed to the general public, who are generally vulnerable and all in search of vitality, good health and longevity.

Surveys have shown that multivitamin and supplement use increases with age, income and education and within this group, there would be more women than men seeking and using supplements. Generally the supplement users have already adopted a healthier lifestyle by improving their diet, exercising more and removing/reducing unhealthy habits like smoking (2). Ironically these are the people that theoretically should have no need to take multivitamins or supplements.

The Iowa Women’s Health Study concluded that several commonly used vitamin and mineral supplements, when taken by older women (and we know from surveys that older women are consuming more supplements than younger women) may be associated with increased total mortality risk and that this association is strongest with supplemental iron (3).

There is a large body of accumulated evidence to support the fact that routine multivitamin use is of very little or no benefit to healthy adults and it is suffice to advise against the routine use of supplements. Most supplements do not prevent chronic disease or death, their use is not justified and they should be avoided, seeing that the population of people who are routinely taking these supplements already have improved their diet and lifestyle (4).

At last the tide appears to be turning. Good, old fashioned, healthy food, including fermented food is at last receiving the attention it deserves. Just earlier this month at the American Psychiatric Association 2015 Annual Meeting, a paper entitled “Beans, Greens and the Best Foods for the Brain” was presented by Bret S Stetka, MD (5).

A survey conducted by Dickinson, MacKay and Wong (6), showed that the 80% of those surveyed agreed that dietary supplements should not be used to replace healthy dietary or lifestyle habits, and 82 % agreed that people considering taking a high dose, single nutrient supplement should talk with their physician.

In conclusion, I would like to add that in my search for ultimate health, I have researched the use of multivitamins, minerals and supplements as a means of helping one achieve the best health one can. No amount of chemical manipulation of ingredients used in the pharmaceutical manufacturing process should ever take the place of consuming healthy macro and micronutrients across all the colours of the rainbow, in our search for health. Safe exposure to the sun, reducing stress, good quality sleep, some form of exercise, minimising environmental toxin exposure together with good dietary habits are essential for our health and longevity. I truly believe that we owe it to ourselves to treat our bodies with respect and in turn they will hopefully reward us with vitality, health and longevity.

  1. Complimentary Medicines Australia. Industry Survey. 2014 http://www.cmaustralia.org.au/ resources/Documents/Reports/CMA Industry Audit 2014.pdf
  2. Dickinson A, MacKay D. 2014. Health habits and other characteristics of dietary supplement users: a review. Nutrition Journal. Volume 13. http://www.nutritionj.com/content/13/1/14.
  3. Mursu J, Robien K, Harnack LJ, et al. 10 Oct 2011. Dietary supplements and mortality rate in older women: the Iowa Women’s Health Study. Archives of Internal Medicine. 171 (18) 1625-33
  4. Guallar E, Stranges S, Mulrow C, et al. 17 Dec 2013.Enough Is Enough: Stop Wasting Money on Vitamin and Mineral Supplements. Annals of Internal Medicine. Vol 159 (12) 850-51Bret S.
  5. Stetka B. Jul 07, 2015. Beans, Greens, and the Best Foods for the Brain. Medscape. www.medscape.com/viewarticle/847304_2
  6. Dickinson A, MacKay D, Wong A. 2 July 2015. Consumer attitudes about the role of multivitamins and other dietary supplements: report of a survey. Nutrition Journal. Volume 14. http://www.nutritionj.com/content/14/1/66

Better health can be achieved by changing your spots

Change your spots for better health
Can you change your spots?

I’m sorry if your bubble is about to burst, but better health depends on so much more than the number “spot” on your scale.  Whatever the number, it is only part of what makes you healthy.  Your gene “spots”, your sleeping habit “spots”, your stress “spots”, your exercise “spots”, your hormonal status “spots”, the health of your gut microbiome “spots”, the food you eat “spots”, the level of low grade inflammation in your body “spots”, your exposure to environmental toxin “spots”, the risks you take “spots” and many more “spots” all work together to determine how healthy you are.   They all need to be in sync to ensure homeostasis and better health.

The only thing about me that people who have known me for a long time notice, is I’m thinner than I used to be.  They all want to know how I did it.  They all want the magic formula.  They all want to lose x amount of weight.  A quick fix.  They don’t ask if I’m in better health.  If they listen long enough for me to explain how I was searching for better health and the weight loss was a side effect, that’s good, but most of them lose interest when they realise it isn’t just about what I eat.  And it has taken a lot of effort.  You can’t buy a magic potion and expect miracles to happen.  You can’t buy a bottle of new “spots” either.

“I don’t have time for breakfast”

“I can’t give up cheese”

“But I love pasta”

“You don’t eat tomatoes?”

“What do you eat?”

“You obviously never eat out anymore”

“Just tell me I don’t have to give up my coffee”

“Can I still have my wine?”

I’ve heard it all and more.

I am still a work in progress, but I have tried to fix as many “spots” as I can in my life to reduce the toxic/inflammatory load from my food, my environment and my personal space.  I feed my microbiome on a daily basis with fermented coconut kefir and/or probiotics.  I aim for good quality sleep every night and I regularly use technology to check that I’m getting it.  (There’s an app for that).  I refuse to allow myself to get stressed, those days are over.   (There’s no app for that, but there are “mindfulness” apps you can use to help you relax).  I “move” my body daily, I certainly don’t over do it.  I keep track of how many steps I walk per day.  (There’s and app for that too).  I don’t count calories, or keep track of fats, proteins or carbs.  I eat when I’m hungry, but I only eat what I know will be of nutritional benefit to me and steer clear of my known inflammatory causing foods.

So, all in all, I’ve managed to change my “spots” and have found better health.  Change, like happiness is an “inside” job.  Nobody or nothing can change you, you have to do it yourself.  Don’t try and change all your “spots” at once.  Start with one and when you’ve changed it, move onto the next and so on.  You will be surprised how many “spots” you can change in your quest for better health.

Quality of Life

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Almost 18 months ago I embarked on a health crusade to help my husband reverse his pre-diabetes.  Along the way, as a side effect to the new way of eating, I inadvertently dampened down my chronic low grade inflammation, lost the pain in my hands, hips and feet, started sleeping like a baby and shed 31kg! You can read about this here.

This started me on a crusade.  A crusade to be as healthy as I could. A crusade to help others to achieve the same improvement in quality of life that I have experienced.  My zest for life is greater than it was in my 30’s.

My personal quality of life has improved beyond my wildest dreams.  No magic potions, no magic pills, no intense cardiovascular exercise, just good, wholesome, nutrient dense food, avoiding inflammatory foods and foods to which I am sensitive to and buckets of persistence!  And boy has it all paid off.  I am pain free and motivated to keep going for the rest of my life.  I never want to suffer like I did before.  Nothing is more debilitating than chronic pain and lack of sleep.

We all know that with the tremendous advances made in medicine regarding the treatment of trauma and disease, that our lifespan has been significantly increased.  We will all be living longer and can be kept alive for longer, but my big question is what about our health during this time?  Factors that influence our lifespan include our genes, environment and behaviours. I don’t want to be living longer if I have no quality of life.   I want to live longer and still have the same if not better quality of life.  I still want to do the things I love doing.  I want to get out there and walk on the beach, swim in the sea, take photographs, play with my grandchildren and travel even more than I travel now.  I have lots of things still in my bucket that I want to do and believe me I am doing them as fast as I can, because we never know what the future holds for us.  I don’t want to slow down as I age.  Life is for living and I intend to live it to the full!

….and so to get back to where I started this entry from, by me dampening down my low grade inflammation, I worked out what had caused or contributed to it.  I healed my gut and changed my diet drastically.  Yes, hindsight is an exact science and I’m so glad the way things worked out and I was fortunate enough to work it all out!  Diet, exercise, sleep, stress and hormones.  All of these need to be optimal in order for us to function optimally and have a healthy lifespan or “health span”!

Why oh why do we think we are untouchable?  Why do we think we are invincible?  Why or why, do we wait until the last minute before we make changes?  Sometimes this is too late.  Why do we wait until tragedy strikes in the form of an incurable illness before we make the changes?  Why, why, why???  As I write this I’ve just been told that someone I studied with has end stage lung cancer.  Yes I know that the dietary and lifestyle changes I have made is no guarantee that some illness won’t strike me, but hey, I’m giving it my best shot.  And in case something does strike out of the blue, well I want my body to be in the best possible position it can be, to beat whatever it is.

Just today I listened to the most incredible podcast…I stumbled onto it by mistake.  Ironically it was a podcast with a longevity doctor that I have consulted.  The podcast reminded me of how much I have changed in my everyday life, how far I’ve come at biohacking my health and how I should be ready to have a healthy lifespan (all things withstanding) or “health span”, a term that I feel sums up everything so well.  A frightening static that was shared on the podcast:  at the age of 40 we have the potential to have 10 undiagnosed medical conditions, waiting in the wings, so to speak.  At age 70 this escalates to around 23.  This is frightening.  On a positive note, we are capable of living up to the age of 120, provided of course we make the necessary changes to promote our longevity.   We are also on the cusp of people living healthily for much longer, up to 150 years.   It is of the belief that the child has been born already who will reach that age.  You have to listen to the podcast.  Make the time, it’s about an hour long.  Here is the link.

So God willing, I think I’m good to go for many more years…don’t know how happy my family will be to hear this as I know I’m a pain…but no pain, no gain, the squeaky wheel get the grease, etc, etc!  I’m always looking out for them and of course my nearest and dearest friends.  I almost feel as if I was “lucky” enough to have been given a second chance and that my job now is to help as many as I can to achieve their own “health span”. I have this insatiable, impatient desire to learn and understand everything…

So please, don’t wait until it’s too late.  I wish I’d started 20 years ago.  If I can do it, anybody can.  For without “health span”, what good is a long lifespan?

Magnesium

Many everyday disease states or illnesses are associated with magnesium deficiency.  Magnesium is a required for the electrical stability of every cell in the body.  Everyday things like consuming caffeine, alcohol, a diet of refined carbohydrates or taking blood pressure or acid reducing medications can all lead to (amongst other things) magnesium deficiency.  Symptoms of an existing magnesium deficiency may include:

  • Muscle cramps and chronic pain
  • Facial tics or muscle spasms
  • Headdaches
  • Anxiety, hyperactivity, depression and sleep problems
  • Weakness
  • Calcium deficiency and bone loss
  • Increased blood viscosity resulting in increased blood pressure and risk of stroke
  • Vasoconstriction and increased blood pressure
  • Hypercholesterolaemia

By treating symptoms only and not finding the cause, many more problems can be encountered.  For example, if I was deficient in magnesium and my blood pressure was elevated, a diuretic would most probably be prescribed as first line treatment. Diuretics can cause magnesium depletion and so the problem is compounded.  Increased blood viscosity could see warfarin being added into the treatment plan.  Warfarin reduces vitamin K which leads to bone loss, so more complications.  And so on and so on.

You can watch a very interesting video dealing with these types of scenarios here

Magnesium-rich food sources were once commonly consumed, but have diminished drastically due to industrialized agriculture, excessive food processing,  farming in minerally-depleted soils as well as a change in dietary trends. Read about it here

Many commonly prescribed and over-the-counter medicines are called “drug muggers” by Suzy Cohen, America’s most trusted pharmacist, as they deplete your body of essential nutrients like magnesium.  Replenishing the nutrients helps the body to function properly.  Suzy Cohen has written a book on “drug muggers” that you may find useful to purchase and read.

More information on magnesium deficiency, including signs and symptoms, is available  here

There are different ways of supplementing with Magnesium.  Epsom salt baths, transdermal magnesium oil sprays or oral magnesium tablets can be used.  Baths may not be ideal for “older” folk from a safety point of view, oral tablets can cause gastric upset and transdermal sprays may not be freely available.  To help you make the right choice for yourself if you feel you could benefit from supplementation, here is some more information .

As usual, any information given here is purely for reference and self education. 

I personally use Thorne Magnesium Citrate from iHerb. Click here to save up to $10 off your first order from iHerb.

 

Back to basics…

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We have forgotten the basics, relied on processed junk, replaced full cream with low fat everything, abolished healthy fats for highly inflammatory vegetable oils, skimped on nutrient dense foods, been exposed to GMO’s and environmental toxins, and abandoned our kitchens as we are so time-poor … and we wonder why we are not healthy anymore! We are surrounded by our nearest and dearest, work colleagues, acquaintances and friends and so many of them are experiencing one or more of the following:  brain fog, joint paint, fatigue, eczema, auto-immune conditions, diabetes, obesity, heart disease, autism, digestive disorders, depression and anxiety, hormone imbalance, cancer, and many more chronic diseases.

There is so much we can do to prevent so much by merely making the right food choices.  And it is not rocket science.  Just go back to the basics.  By doing the following, my husband’s pre-diabetes was reversed and my arthritis pain resolved.

Taken from Dr Axe’s website, in order for us to be “healthy” and prevent illnesses, we need to follow a diet that:

  1. Decreases Inflammation – Most chronic, modern diseases all have the same underlying issue – inflammation.  Inflammation controls our lives. It damages our cells and blood vessels resulting in High Blood Pressure, High Cholesterol, Arthritis, Inflammatory diseases like Crohn’s, Peripheral Neuropathy, Diabetes, Thyroid Disease, Stroke, Alzheimer’s, and so many more.  Many people find it hard to understand that the majority of inflammatory diseases start in the gut when an auto-immune reaction develops over time into systemic inflammation. By reducing inflammation our body is better able to recover from any disease and a good place to start is by healing your gut.
  2. Alkalizes our body – an acidic body is usually sick and fat.  The pH of our body should be around 7.4.  Green vegetable juices like spinach can restore the body’s correct pH.   All diseases, including infections, osteoporosis and cancer thrive in an acidic environment.  By alkalizing our body, our cells can heal and become healthy again.  We do need to understand though that our body thrives for balance or homeostasis and so it will adjust to whatever we are feeding it.
  3. Lowers Blood Glucose – one of the main causes of obesity and diabetes is burnt out insulin receptors.  Lowering blood glucose levels by restricting your sugar and carbohydrate intake, allows these receptors to heal and start secreting insulin again.
  4. Includes nutrient dense foods – the food we eat today is not the same as it was 50 years ago, even if you are eating organic food.  Soils are devoid of nutrients and if we are eating processed foods, there are no vitamins, minerals, anti-oxidants or enzymes in them, so we are starving ourselves of good nutrition.  This accelerates aging and is damaging to the body at a cellular level.  By consuming the best nutrient dense, organic, free range foods that you can, you will slow down the aging process, maintain your energy levels, improve your brain function and in a nutshell, be healthy.
  5. Eliminates toxins – food toxins, environmental toxins, household toxins, cosmetic and skincare toxins are all detrimental to our health.

The ideal, healthy diet for most people would be to include equal amounts of clean (organic, free range) protein, healthy fats and low glycemic index carbohydrates (ie fruits and vegetables, not bread and pastries!)

Remove the BAD FATS (trans fats, soybean oil, canola oil, vegetables oil) – replace them with GOOD FATS.  Bad fats are high in omega 6’s and create chronic inflammation throughout the body which cause diseases like heart disease, stroke, diabetes, cancer, etc.  Good fats are essential for hormone production, cancer prevention, brain development, weight loss and anti-inflammation.

Change the MEAT AND CHICKEN you eat – feeding grain to animals that are meant to eat grass changes their fatty acid ratios and denatures good fats which leads to modern day disease.  Pesticides, herbicides, antibiotics and hormones in meat are contributing to modern diseases too.

Change the FISH you eat – try and source sustainable, wild seafood, not farmed which are fed pellets.  Eat smaller fish…the larger ones are not as abundant, take a long time to reach maturity and potentially can harbour more mercury…try to be sustainable in your choice.

Eliminate refined SUGAR and GRAINS from your diet, including white rice, pasta, bread, soft drinks, pizza, store bought sauces, soups, yoghurt, mayonnaise, tomato sauce, etc.  High glycemic index foods increase your blood glucose level which elevates your insulin and results in premature aging, diabetes, heart disease and cancer. Sugar, gluten and dairy are also highly inflammatory for many people.  Elevated blood glucose levels also increase your susceptibility to develop Alzheimer’s Disease.

Low glycemic index carbohydrates in the form of fruits and vegetables have high amounts of vitamins, minerals, fiber and antioxidants that all slow aging, detoxify our cells, help us lose weight and improve energy levels.

 

 

 

 

A Healthy Breakfast

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We have our evening meal around 6.30pm and breakfast is at least 12 – 14 hours later.  So I think of this food-free overnight time as an “intermittant” fast.  The liver has done its thing detoxing overnight and so breakfast should be something wholesome and healthy to give you a boost and get all your systems firing for the day.  Prior to my health journey, I would have a coffee with milk first thing in the morning, no breakfast, run out the door and only eat after another couple of milky coffees and a few hours later, at lunchtime!  I now appreciate how bad this was for me and my health.

This is what I had for breakfast this morning.

GREEN SMOOTHIE

I tossed the following into the Thermomix, but you could also use a blender, nutribullet or similar:

1 cucumber – old fashioned one, so peeled and cut into a few cubes – organic
1 small red apple cut into quarters – organica handful of baby spinach – organic
grated fresh turmeric (about 2cm) – organic so unpeeled
grated fresh ginger (about 2 cm) – organic so unpeeled
juice of 1 homegrown lemon

Blitzed on speed 9 for about 30 seconds, scraped down the inside of the bowl
Added about 200ml of filtered water
Glutamine powder
Maca powder
and blitzed on speed 4 for a couple of seconds to mix only.

Enjoyed it so much.

I haven’t included how much Glutamine or Maca I added as there are different purities so amount depends on this.

Cucumber aids detoxification and also increases alkalinity of the body and more.

Lemon stimulates digestion and aids in detoxification plus much more.

Maca, a superfood, is an adaptogen, so in essence a “regulator” of the body’s hormonal systems and it also supports your immune system. You can read more about Maca here

Glutamine is a non essential amino acid (that can be “conditionally” essential) that has muscle building properties (glutamine is the most abundant amino acid in our muscles), but it is also used to help heal leaky gut. I now know that most of my health problems stemmed from leaky gut and in essence I think I’ve had leaky gut for decades. Read more about Glutamine here

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Ginger is a potent anti-oxidant and is also anti-inflammatory. You can read more about the benefits of ginger here.

Ready for the day …