Cow's milk protein intolerance in babies
Cow's milk protein intolerance is now becoming an epidemic. Many babies are now developing symptoms of CMPI and this should not be confused with Lactose Intolerance ; the latter refers to the inability to digest lactose whereas CMPI refers to a immunological reaction where there is damage to the digestive tract , including the oesophagus incurred by proteins passing through the mother’s milk, to the baby, after she has consumed dairy products.
“About 1 in 50 babies have the problem – most grow out of cow’s milk allergy by the age of 4 years and cow’s milk allergy in adults is rare.”
Symptoms of CMPI generally includes: unsettled behaviour, unhappiness , bad sleeping and most of the times doctors misdiagnose CMPI as Acid Reflux due to the similarity of symptoms.
CMPI “…is easily missed and needs to be considered as a cause of infant distress”
The best treatment for this condition is a very restricted diet to the mother (when beast feeding). This dietary changes is based on the elimination of dairy, including milk, chocolate, cheese, butter, eggs and all products including dairy derivatives. Soy should also be avoided as this is considered a high allergen food. Mothers should also pay attention in processed food, you will be amazed with the high amount of dairy and soy in these foods.
Dairy products are rich in Calcium, when eliminating it all from your diet is important to find other types of food which contain calcium, as calcium deficiency is another major issue in our society. Dairy free calcium supplements is a good option.
Mothers who suspect their babies are suffering from this condition should see a medical professional for assessment and advice. It is not recommended that anyone attempt an elimination diet without medical supervision.
Elimination diet is very challenging for some mothers, specially for the vegetarian ones. A good option is tahini treats, it taste great , are high in protein and are free from allergens!
Tahini is one of the ingredients use to make humus.
Carrot and Celery sticks with humus can be a great afternoon snack!
The information contained in this article should NEVER be used as a substitute for the advice of a licensed physician. The information provided here is for educational and informational purposes only. In no way should it be considered as offering medical advice. Please see a physician if you think you or your child are unwell.
Before, During and Beyond
Yesterday I went to this amazing metagenics seminar .“Better Babies” was a seminar focused on women who are planning on getting pregnant, pregnancy and post partum women.
It is necessary to prepare the body for a healthy pregnancy. There are some fundamental aspects that are important to pay attention in order to have a healthy baby/child.
When treating a patient with infertility problems or someone who is planning to have a baby I like to treat both, the women and the men too. The importance of a healthy pregnancy has total effect on children disease, allergies and brain function.
The main aspect to look at is Diet. If we think about it, diet is everything. For the sperm to enter in the egg is not an easy job and we need very healthy and strong cells. There is nothing better than a healthy diet to make our cells happier and ready for the job.
By a healthy diet I mean: 5 serves of fruit and 3 serves of vegetables everyday
Another important point is our friend ‘STRESS’. Stress will damage the whole process. So it is important to look at things that will reduce the everyday stress in our life.
My best advices to reduce stress are: Exercise and Sunlight
20 minutes in the Sun everyday
Exercise 3 to 4 times a week.
Factors that contribute for infertility and an unhealthy pregnancy:
- Toxicity - Poor digestion, poor thyroid function, inflammation and poor diet.
- Weight Management: 10 to 13 kg during pregnancy is enough!
- Reduce Toxicity/inflammation: Supplements and exercise
- Detox program: before pregnancy, never during it.
And to finalise I will tell you about my secret formula for men and women who are planning to have a baby and for pregnant and breastfeeding women.
- Vitamin A,C and E
- Tribulus terrestris
- Fish Oil
- Fish Oil
- Folic acid
- Vitamin D
o Always see a Naturopath before starting a treatment
What do you know about Epilepsy?
The disease of the XIX century, described as an electric disturbance. Over a billion of people are subjected to experience an epileptic episode every year. The signs of an epileptic attack are: Loss of movement, foam in the mouth and eye disturbance.
Experts in this field are speculating that first symptoms develop at young age and are related to memory loss, depression, infertility, erectile dysfunction and frequent headaches.
We might be too young too worry about that now, but it is important to prevent any kind of symptom mentioned above and deal with it since now.
Memory loss can be treated with supplements like Fish oil, Phytotherapy (herbal medicine) and cross words or sudoku type of game
Infertility and Erectile dysfunction can also be treated with herbal medicine,a healthy diet and exercise
Depression is linked to a series of factors and anti depressants can cause headache. Therefore, seek for advice since young age to prevent serious problems in future.
For more information ask your health care professional julia@well
bido during pregnancy
It can happen a drop in libido in about 80% of women. It's the peak of progesterone in the ovary and it lessens the desire. A pregnant woman is more in the cocoon while the baby starts to develop. The breasts are more sensitive and some women experience nausea. The increased urination is the result of pressure that the growing uterus exerts on the bladder. A little more drowsiness and fatigue resulting from vascular dilatation can also cool sex.
During this period, the woman tends to gain energy because of the growth hormone, GH. By accelerating the metabolism of cells and tissues rehydrate the body, this hormone increases vitality, then, gives a boost in libido. The vagina is sensitive due to increased vascularity of the region. Self-esteem also increases because uncertainties and doubts about the baby's gone. No more nausea, urinary frequency is back to normal.
The belly, or rather, the big belly and the approaching birth can bring some anxiety. Vaginal lubrication decreases slightly, hindering the penetration.According to sex therapist Laura Muller, this can be mitigated by using water-based lubricants and the choice of more comfortable positions. "If the penetration is still uncomfortable, better not to insist. Pleasure can come from oral sex, masturbation and of several strokes, "says Laura.
Foods that Increase and Decrease PMS symptoms
Small adjustments in diet can reduce cramps, headaches and fluid retention related to hormonal changes. A study by Columbia University in the United States, shows that eating fat dairy foods may reduce by half the symptoms of premenstrual syndrome. Other foods also seem to have a positive effect - or negative - on women's health. Check the list below and make the necessary changes on your plate.
Yoghurt - The food helps regulate calcium levels, especially in the days before menstruation. Eat yogurt near the time of ovulation helps regulate mood and reduces fluid retention. Prefer the version without sugar and no coloring.
Fish - Some fish, like salmon and sardines, are very rich in vitamin D.The nutrient helps the body absorb calcium and reduces cramps. Those whom keeps a diet rich in vitamin D during the month usually has up to 40% less PMS symptoms, a study done in Turkey.
Beans - The legume contains high amounts of magnesium, a nutrient that helps reduce fluid retention and also increases levels of serotonin, the feel of well-being. Several studies show that women with a higher level of magnesium in the body do not have PMS.
Chick-peas, oats and brown rice - Foods that have three important nutrients to woman, magnesium, manganese and vitamin B6. Manganese helps to balance mood and improves symptoms of depression, and vitamin B6 helps to reduce irritability and pain in the breasts.
Fried foods and red meat - Excess fat increases the production of prostaglandins, substances that can increase sensitivity. Furthermore, chronic inflammation increases the fat body and worsen the cramps, the headaches and mood swings.
Sugar - For some women, the substance causes changes in mood and increased irritability.
Also worsening fluid retention and can cause swelling of the hands and feet. Cutting sugar in the diet is not the solution, since it can exacerbate the mood. The ideal is to go exchanging sweets with fruit and cereal bars or by downsizing portions.
Diet soda, salt and canned food - all these foods are full of sodium, which increase fluid retention and breast tenderness. To reduce the effects of swelling, decrease their consumption at least one week before menstruation and increase consumption of fruits,vegetables and whole grains.
Coffee, black or green tea and chocolate - in small doses, caffeine has its benefits to the body.
But in excess, increases irritability and worsening the quality of sleep.
Herbs that reduce sugar craving
A well-balanced, nutritionally adequate diet helps to stabilise blood sugar levels and decreases cravings. Eliminating simple sugars, increasing complex carbohydrates, consuming adequate protein, avoiding caffeine, increasing essential fatty acids and decreasing saturated fats and fried foods can all help to keep your blood sugar levels stable.
The key to stabilising blood sugar levels is eating regular meals (including breakfast) based on slow releasing foods such as fresh fruits and vegetables, wholegrains (rather than refined white rice and breads), beans , meat and fish. Have regular protein snacks, and meals in the diet that are low on the glycaemic scale such as eggs and nuts as protein, are some of the best foods you can eat to get rid of cravings of sugar. Adding spices such as cinnamon and cloves has also been shown to reduce sugar cravings.
Serotonin is manufactured in the brain from amino acid called tryptophan, which can be found in food such as meat, tofu, almond, pumpkin seeds, sesame seeds and tahini. These foods are much better choice than refined carbohydrates that are often craved when serotonin levels need a boost
Some herbs help to reduce sugar craving. Ask your Naturopath for a herbal tincture composed by Gymnema, Adaptogenic herbs and Liver herbs
This ayurvedic herbs is a great choice to reduce sugar craving when used in low doses. Adding a few drops of the liquid herbs to your tongue will anaesthetise the sweet tastebuds and destroy the taste for sweet foods for several hours afterwards, rendering sweet foods tasteless
Herbs that are classed as adaptogens enable the body to adapt to stress with fewer fluctuations in appetite, mood and sleep patterns. They are very helpful for those who overeat due to emotional stress. Adaptogenic herbs includes: Withania, rhodiola, Panax ginseng, Siberian ginseng and licorice root.
The liver has hundred jobs to do including metabolism of carbohydrates, proteins and fats. Enhancing the function of this vital organ with the use of liver herbs such as St. Mary's thistle and dandelion roots will help to ensure the nutrients from your food are correctly absorbed and utilised and reduce the risk of developing cravings arising from the malabsorption of nutrients.
The Power of the Nuts
Nuts are an easy type of snack to have when you have to spend the day out and we don't wanna end up buying junk food! Check it out to know more about these powerful NUTS. They are all very rich in protein and a very good source of vitamins and minerals.
Walnuts:Improve Brain function! Proteins, Fibers , Magnesium, Phosphorous(396 mg), Manganese, Calcium, Potassium (533 mg), Zinc(2,1 mg), Selenium,
vitamin E and B group vitamins. 6 a day is enough!
Pistachio: Good source of energy! monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fat, fibers, Magnesium (176 mg), Calcium (110 mg), Phosphorous (485 mg)
Almonds: Fibers (11,6 g) , Magnesium(222 mg), Iron, Zinc, Potassium
Brazil Nuts: Very Antioxidant!!Proteins (14,5 g), Selenium, Iron, Potassium (651 mg), Phosphorous ( 853 mg)
Peanuts : To live a Long Life! Magnesium, Phosphorous, Potassium
Macadamia: For a healthy heart! Potassium, Zinc Selenium
Cashew Nut: To live longer....Zinc, Potassium, Phosphorous
Hazelnut: The less caloric. Iron (4,7 mg) , Magnesium (163 mg), Calcium (114 mg)
As you can see they are all a good source of Antioxidants and very rich in minerals such as Magnesium, which is a great muscle relaxant, Iron, Calcium.They can be high in calories but its the best type of fat. Best to have before exercise.
Eat right for your blood type
Do you feel the need to follow a new diet or take up the latest exercise regime because nothing has been working for you? You might not be doing the right one for your blood type, suggests naturopath James L. D'Adamo, creator of the Blood-Type Diet.
D'Adamo's latest book, Just an Ounce of Prevention is Worth a Pound of Cure proposes that the best prescription to your overall health is written in your blood. "The people who use this information rise to the level of health that nature intended for their unique bodies, while at the same time helping to prevent the most common degenerative diseases," he says. Find out what your blood type says about you:
The O is constitutionally the strongest of all the blood types and has the longest life expectancy. Type O usually has a well-developed physique and thrives on physical activity. O's, in fact, are the athletes of the world. Although they tend to be muscular, their blood flow can be sluggish, and without a vigorous exercise program of an hour or more per day to stimulate the circulatory system, they (more than any of the other blood types) will rapidly grow lethargic. Through vigorous physical exercise, people who are Type O not only recharge their batteries and optimize their physical energy, but they also gain the kind of mental clarity needed by high achievers.
This takes us back to the O's need for animal protein. If we return to an earlier period of humankind's development, the first blood type to appear was an O. Early man was a hunter, dependent on physical prowess to track and kill his food. The fight-or-flight syndrome was also never called upon more than in our ancestors whose daily survival was exceedingly tenuous. That man required high-octane fuel, and that fuel came from his regular consumption of the most energy-packed food substance: animal protein.
Although few of us today hunt for our next meal, and our fight-or-flight mechanism is triggered far less than in other periods of human history, Type O's still bear the imprint of their predecessors and require daily helpings of animal protein to meet their physical needs.
An O who tries to lead a vegetarian lifestyle will always be hungry and constantly snacking — usually on a carbohydrate — to get a quick boost. O's who follow this regimen will ultimately develop low blood sugar.
For optimal health, O's should include several servings of turkey, lamb, fish, and occasionally organic beef in their daily diet. However, an O should limit or entirely eliminate dairy and wheat products.
Milk, cheese, and eggs produce an excessive amount of mucus in the O,
which often leads to chronic respiratory and circulatory conditions. Type O's who eliminate or grea
tly reduce dairy products from their diet will prevent or dramatically improve their asthma or chronic sinus conditions.
The optimal preventive diet for an A is vegetarian based. Whereas the O's were nomadic hunters and cave dwellers, the A's developed during a time when people created settlements and turned to farming. Lifestyle changes led to nutritional changes. You can appreciate this better by thinking about your daily life.
If you work all day in an office, are a suburbanite who drives more than you walk, or if you spend too much time in front of the television or on the Internet, you don't have the same need for large protein-based meals as someone who has a more physically demanding occupation, such as a farmer, a forest ranger, or a plumber.
A's, in general, are less active than O's, and their bodies don't have the same need for animal protein. Because Type A's typically suffer from mucous-related conditions and frequently experience colds, sinus infections, allergies, and other respiratory problems, they must avoid dairy products. Any dairy — a drop of milk or a slice of cheese — in an A's body is absolute poison.
In addition, an A should avoid whole-wheat products (although an A can tolerate germinated wheat, as the acid is neutralized). The most beneficial foods to the A will always be those that are more alkaline-forming, including leafy green vegetables, tofu, soy milk, and an assortment of grains like rice, quinoa, spelt, amaranth, and rice- or soy-based pastas.
Exercise is as important to the A as it is to the O, but the A's workout must be oriented toward soothing the body, not further exciting it. Activities such as jogging, calisthenics, gymnastics, or contact sports will have a stimulating effect on the nervous system and further agitate an A. Those who are Type A should practice yoga, tai chi or qi gong, which will help elongate rigid muscles and release stored tension.
Practicing yoga upon rising will help center and prepare A's for the day. For those who have difficulty sleeping, I recommend that they remain in a lotus position after completing their asanas (yogic postures) and repeat the wordpeace as a mantra. Words affect internal states, and this will help soothe the mind.
Meditation, too, will help center Type A individuals and encourage a sense of peace, especially if practiced first thing in the morning. They may find it difficult to turn off their active minds, but they can learn to harness their mental energy as they develop a daily discipline. Five-minute meditation breaks every few hours will keep their minds quiet and focused, and also have a rejuvenating effect.
We all know the expression "Everything in moderation." No blood type epitomizes the middle way more than a B. The preventive diet and exercise regimen for a Type B falls right in between the O and the A. When in a balanced state of health, a B requires the best of both kingdoms: animal protein and a vegetarian diet.
When not in a balanced state of health, the body of a B will either react like the O who's deprived of protein and become fatigued, or like the A, who produces excessive amounts of mucus. Type B individuals generally have a strong constitution and good autoimmune system.
They can tolerate moderate amounts of dairy products, but if they eat or were fed excessive amounts of milk, cheese, and butter as children, they, like the A, will frequently suffer with catarrh (excessive mucus generally caused by an inflammation of the mucous membranes, particularly in the nose and throat). They may also be prone to respiratory diseases, food allergies, sinus problems, and asthma.
Like the A, the B doesn't tolerate whole-wheat products well. Wheat substitutes like spelt, quinoa, and amaranth, and pastas made from rice would be preferable. Like the O, the B requires animal protein and can choose from many foods including turkey, lamb, salmon, and halibut. A Type B in a balanced state of health can also choose meals from a variety of vegetables and grains — the key is moderation.
Exercise is less important for the B than for the O, although more important than it is for the A. Here, moderation is again an important word. B's tend to do well with brisk wal
king, swimming, hatha yoga, or light jogging. Whereas O's require an hour of aerobic exercise, B's should do no more than 30 minutes a day. After that, their bodies will start to feel fatigued.
Type B's fare well in competitive sports, such as basketball or tennis, but as the brain rules over brawn, they wouldn't find success as long-distance runners. But they perform exceptionally well in sports that require a creative and strategic mind. While they may not have the endurance of an O, the combination of physical strength and creativity can overcome that deficit and help them defeat an O.
AB's possess the tolerances of both A and B; and when in a balanced state of health, their immune systems tend to have an enhanced capacity to produce antibodies against infections. As a result, they're less prone to the allergic conditions and the autoimmune weaknesses typically seen in an A.
The best preventive diet is a mixture of the A and B diets. People who are Type AB do well on a diet geared toward vegetarianism, with the modest additions of some animal protein. Like Type A's, they don't tolerate dairy foods and are similarly subject to mucus production and respiratory conditions. Dairy products — cheese, milk, butter, and so forth — should be greatly reduced or entirely eliminated. Like the B, the AB can't tolerate whole wheat and should substitute it with products made from spelt, amaranth, quinoa, and rice flour.
Like Type A, AB's have a more active mind than body, although they tend to be slightly stronger constitutionally and more physically active. The perfect balance is 15 to 20 minutes of aerobic exercise at night to obtain cardiovascular benefits, and yoga in the morning to create the inner peace and calmness they require.
This article was published on www.ninemsn.com.au
How to improve Digestion
How to improve Digestion
Do you feel bloated after meals? It has lots to do with what foods you are mixing together. According to the very famous Gracie Diet, foods are separated in 6 different groups. Check it out each group and make the right combinations. If you follow this strategy for 2 weeks your digestion will be improved and consequently you will loose weight!
Group A - Animal proteins, fats & oils and Greens & leafy Vegetables
Foods that combine with each other and one from group B
Group B - Starch, grains and cereals
Foods incompatible with each other
Group C - Sweet Fruits
Foods that combine with each other and one food from group B, as long as they are not prepared using fat
Group D - Acid foods
These foods don't combine with each other or any other
Group E - Raw Banana
Combine with milk, cooked egg yolk and all dairy products
Do not combine with foods from Group A, Avocado, Egg whites, Oils and Fats, oily fruits, olives, meat of any kind, SUgar in general, Sweets
Group F - Milk
Is compatible with Foods from Group B, Avocado, Baked or Raw banana, cooked or baked apple, Egg yolk, Milk and Dairy products (except butter) and Pumpkin
Incompatible with: Apple juice, butter, curd and yoghurt, egg white, greens meat, oil and fat, sweet fruits
For more information about The Gracie Diet you can check the website www.gracie.com/diet