Thoughts and insights from a Holistic Health practitioner
So you feel sick and / or have no appetite. Why?
What is your body telling you and are you listening?
When we understand why we feel like this it makes it easier to deal with.
It is very simple.
There are 2 main processes that use a huge amount of energy in the body.... self-healing / regeneration and digestion.
When we are un-well or have an injury or are pregnant (ladies) our body requires all the energy that it can get to get back to balance. While we still need nutrition, this comes second to the need to heal or regenerate. This explains why the nausea / loss of appetite generally comes in waves, to give us the opportunity to provide the nutrition required while not interfering with the body's most urgent needs.
So what can you do to help and feel better?
Find out the cause and treat if needed.
Drink plenty of water...stay hydrated.
Eat food that is easily digestible and when your body signals that it needs it. i.e. in between the waves of nausea or when you feel hungry.
Here are some suggestions to consider -
Avoid pre-prepared / packaged processed foods.
Eat fresh foods and organic when possible.
Steamed Vegetables - Most vegetables are rich in fiber, but steaming them until they become soft will reduce the amount of indigestible fiber in them. The good thing is that steaming will not affect the mineral and vitamin content of vegetables.
Juicing - You can process vegetables and fruits in a juicing machine to get rid of fiber and feed your body with all the nutrients. Blended smoothies will make your vegetables and fruits even more digestible, but they may still contain fiber.
Nuts - Most all types of seeds and nuts are great for easy digestion. The reason for this is that these foods contain lots of omega 3 fatty acids as well as natural types of oils that also give the digestive system a boost. Nuts and seeds are considered to be in the top 10 of easy to digest foods.
FOODS TO AVOID OR EAT IN MODERATION.
Depending on the cause of the nausea / loss of appetite your body will require different nutrition please seek advice from a nutritional adviser if you can.
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Calling all dieters....hear ye! hear ye!
So you want to lose weight.
You have tried all the diets, starved yourself exercised until you ache all over and it´s just not working.
You managed the diet , exercised, looking great however struggling to keep to what you feel is your ideal weight.
What you believe about dieting and how to lose weight is arse about face as we say in Scotland.
Successful dieting is not about losing the excess fat, it´s about keeping it off.
Diets, no matter what kind, don´t work. As soon as you come off the diet the weight starts piling on again, and it´s harder to shift this time around. That´s why most diets are referred to as the yo-yo diet.
This is the BIGGY - diets are NOT a long term solution to weight control.
As always I like to KISS - Keep It Super Simple
In order to lose weight and keep your ideal weight you need to first of all
Then and this is what we need to look at arse about face.......
In general the only people that think about their blood sugar are people who have been diagnosed as diabetic, however, this is the key to successful weight loss and control.
Your body is constantly striving for balance, when any system is out of balance it results in dis - ease and your health suffers. Every illness and disease is simply an imbalance in the body. Find the imbalance, correct it and we restore health.
Excess weight is an imbalance in the body.
Your blood sugar level is the amount of glucose, from what you eat, that’s circulating in your bloodstream to provide energy to cells immediately or be stored for future use.
When we eat, our body converts carbohydrates into glucose, this is how we get our energy. When our blood sugar levels rise the body produces a hormone called insulin in order to allow the glucose to enter your cells and give you energy.
Insulin and weight gain
When glucose is able to enter your cells then glucose levels in your blood drop. The higher your blood sugar , the more insulin you produce. Glucose that your body cells do not use accumulates as fat. If you have too much insulin circulating it will also hinder the body´s ability to break down fat. So as you can see increased blood sugar leads to increased insulin production.
Ironically, not getting enough sugar can also lead to putting on extra pounds!
Eating too little glucose can lead to a low blood sugar level, causing your body to go into “starvation mode” and then it will burn your lean muscle instead of the fat .
So how do we do this using the KISS method?
1. Make sure you drink enough good water daily.
Are you hungry or thirsty? Quite often when we feel hungry the body is actually thirsty.
Water helps the body metabolize stored fat, rid the body of waste (as in unwanted fat and toxins), and is a natural diuretic and a natural laxative.
The way to tell if you are hydrated enough is how often you have to pee and whether your urine is clear with no strong smell. If you do not have to pee every 1 - 1.5 hours during the day and your urine is concentrated and smells then you need to drink more water. What simpler way could the body have to tell us we are dehydrated. How many of us listen!
2. Maintain a healthy acid/alkaline balance in the body.
This can be done with diet.
3. Eat regularly throughout the day to maintain blood sugar levels.
Avoid eating white flour products , eat more fruit, vegetables, nuts and berries.( these all help to burn fat and maintain blood glucose levels) Avoid drinking soda, replace with carbonated water if you need the bubbles!
You do not have to suddenly become the most frequent visitor at the gym. Take a walk, stretch and bend, whatever you are doing do it consciously and exaggerate the movement a little.
The biggest hurdle people face when they are focusing on their weight is , they are focusing on losing weight. Change the focus = lose the weight!
The above is meant to give you an oversight into how easy it can be to maintain your natural body weight. It does not have to be difficult and it is not about depriving yourself. If you would like more details contact me for a chat!
Since the beginning of time the wise ones have known that food is medicine.
Many people today do not think about what they eat in this way.
Our body cannot thrive or survive without balance. Our body will do whatever it takes to maintain balance, it will take whatever nutrients it requires from the body´s own stores, it will oxygenate the vital organs before the hair, nails and skin and it will compensate for physical imbalance of the skeleton.
The most vital balance in the body is the acid / alkaline balance also known as PH balance.
Our blood PH has a very small range of between 7.35 - 7.45.
OUR BODY PH BALANCE IS VITAL TO OUR LIFE and OUR HEALTH !
An imbalance in the body´s PH may lead to serious health issues such as:
Weight gain / loss
and many more
........and, if left unchecked eventually death.
Research has proven that disease CANNOT SURVIVE in an alkaline environment, however it THRIVES in an acidic environment.
We all have different nutritional requirements, however if out blood is not alkaline, we will become unwell.
There are 2 types of nutrition that we have to look at :
If our intrinsic nutrition is not working efficiently our diet is ineffective. You can eat and drink a "healthy" diet however if the body is unable to get the nutrients to the cells and the cells are unable to process it you are wasting your time.
In order for our intrinsic nutrition to function it requires :
ALL of the above are easy to achieve.
If you are interested in reaching and maintaining your optimum health contact me NOW!
I was having a conversation with my son about his diet and it prompted me to write this. You see my son is a healthy 17 year old boy who trains for his football team 4 nights a week and plays a football match at the weekend. He also works all day and goes out with his friends, in other words a normal boy of his age. He will not however eat what I call a balanced diet. As a child he ate all manner of fruit and vegetables and growing up all 3 of our children had few sweets and did not eat processed foods as a rule. As our children get older it becomes more difficult for us as parents to influence what they eat, and I can say that whether they have always eaten a "healthy" diet or not does not always make any difference.
As I was having, what is becoming a routine conversation with my son about his diet it occurred to me that part of the problem is that he feels well.
You see our bodies are amazing , we can do many potentially damaging things for fairly long periods of time and our body will strive to maintain that balance that allows us to live what appears to be a healthy life. Just because we have no "real" symptoms of illness we assume that all is well. In simple terms, our body will take what it needs to maintain life. If you can imagine that in our body all our organs, cells, bones and muscles need energy and nutrition, if we are not putting the correct form or amount in then the body has to prioritize which areas get what first and that is exactly what happens. What this means is that the body will "rob" certain areas to provide nutritional support for other more vital areas, this happens continually in all humans. When we are young we have more supplies and as we get older, if we do not replenish these supplies, then they will diminish, we then start to get signs and symptoms of illness / dis-ease and we wonder what on earth can be causing it!
As I explained to my son, the fact that he is not giving his body the nutritional support that it needs right now, is not a big issue for him, right now, he is young and has other areas that the body can get what it needs to maintain life from, however, in future, if he continues as he is now, he will find that he will perhaps have less energy, allergies, skin problems, and a whole host of other "signs" to tell him there is a problem to be addressed. If he ignores these signs that can then lead to more serious illness.
It is too easy for us to wait until we get signs and symptoms to look at our lifestyle. It is also not difficult or as boring as people think to get into balance. It is also never too late to do something about it.
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K.I.S.S. (keep it super simple) and beat cancer
Cancer.......It is only a word, a word that strikes fear and panic in most of us. Why is that? Our belief and perception of what this word means to us has been built up over our lifetime depending on the experience we have had with the illness and what we have seen in the media.
We are taught all our life to listen to the professionals, take advice from people who know more than we do. In lots of areas this is good advice. I believe, however, that when it comes to our own bodies we have our own intuitive knowledge that we are taught to ignore. Our body has its own innate intelligence that strives to maintain balance, this is essential to health. Notice that I say health and not survival. There are a lot of people on this planet who are surviving purely because their body is constantly self-healing, self-medicating and regenerating, this never stops, how well your body does this depends on you. Do you listen to your body? or do you run to the Doctor or take a pill at the first symptom?
Cancer is a sign that there is something wrong with your body's balance, in fact it is a sign that there has been a problem for quite some time and you may have ignored or missed other signs. It is never too late to take notice of what your body is saying to you.
FACTS about Cancer & health :
FACT: we all have cells in our body that have the ability to become cancerous and our immune system works continuously to destroy these cells when it is functioning properly.
FACT: there are hundreds of ways to kill cancer cells and get the body back in balance.
FACT: Every person and every cancer is unique.
FACT: cancer is a symptom
FACT: cancer is a systemic, not a localised disease. It is one way that your body uses to tell you that your lifestyle needs to change.
FACT: STRESS is the major cause of almost ALL illness and Dis—ease
FACT: a healthy immune system keeps cancer away.
FACT: Bicarbonate increases tumour PH and inhibits spontaneous metastasis. (Robey 2009).
FACT: high levels of oxygen increase the chance of beating cancer.
FACT: physical activity increases oxygen levels.
FACT: Cancer cells cannot survive in an oxygenated alkaline environment.(Dr. Otto H.Warburg , Nobel prize 1932)
FACT: cancer is an ACIDIC condition, acidic tissue is low in oxygen.
FACT: Sodium Bicarbonate is the mainstream universal treatment of acidosis.
FACT: Sodium Bicarbonate is used by oncologists to neutralise the heavy acid nature of the chemotherapy .
FACT: water is the most basic of medicines.
FACT: A good nights sleep helps to keep your immune system healthy and strong.
FACT: Most people do not know how to BREATHE properly and breathe = life!
Cancer, above all other diseases, has countless secondary causes. But, even for cancer, there is only one prime cause. Summarized in a few words, the prime cause of cancer is the replacement of the respiration of oxygen in normal body cells by a fermentation of sugar.
—Otto H. Warburg, 
I am not advocating that anyone with cancer, or any illness, ignores advice from their physician, I am saying that it is important however that you listen to your body and allow it to help you to heal. Whether we are professional , trained people or not we only know what we know, we do not know what we do not know, and that may be the answer.
Most of the time it all seems so complicated and so much easier to let other people make the decisions. It does not have to be. My motto is K.I.S.S. (keep it super simple) for all things. We can have as much difficulty and complications as we want in life or we can K.I.S.S.
If you would like any further information on how to keep your body in a balanced state please feel free to contact me.
K.I.S.S. for life!!
Linda Ledwidge -
Qualified General Nurse
Certified Practioner Level IV
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