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Detox with water and why?

WATER: the source of life

Water is the most important treasure on earth, without drinking water you could die in about three days. If you are one of the many people that do not drink enough water, either you are a sedentary person or a sport person, here are some reasons for you to start drinking more of this precious liquid.

 

Why should we drink 8 glasses of water per day?

Normally, approximately 2.5 litre of water is required each day for a fairly sedentary adult in a normal environment to replace the total loss of water that occurs though urine, faeces, skin and lungs (Naghii).

To replace the water loss about 1 to 1.2 litre needs to be in drinks, (manly water or cold herbal teas), 0.9 ml is taken through food and 0.3ml will be made my the body (oxidative metabolism) (William A. et al).

Effect of water restriction-

What happens if you don’t drink enough?

The following are a series of changes in a case of water restriction:

  • Increase in pulse rate and in rectal temperature.
  • Increase in respiration.
  • Tingling and numbness of fingers and feet.
  • Increase in concentration of blood
  • Diminution of blood volume and more difficult circulation.
  • Could lead to kidney stones.
  • Frequent urinary infections as bacteria such the E. Coli are not eliminated from the urethra. (Tortora & Derrickson).

y and inadequacy of the circulation of blood under these conditions leads to difficult breathing, to gastro-intestinal upsets accompanied by nausea and appetite failure and eventually to difficulty in muscular movements and emotional instability. (Lloyd).

In an animal study, where water was restricted the animal were highly irritable and in some cases bad tempered (Lloyd).

Thirst

It has been shown that under intense activity a man will voluntarily drink only about half as much water as what is needed to replace his losses from sweating and urine. Only after food and rest does a person crave the water needed to replace the deficit. (Llyod)

Herbal teas

Ingestion of hot drinks may cause internal body temperature to rise, which will result in sweating in order to cool the body down. Hot drinks are sometimes used in medical practice when it is desired either to temporarily increase body temperature or induce sweating (Llyod). Therefore cold or cool drinks are preferred to hot drinks to replace fluid during the day, especially if the hot drinks are the only fluid daily intake.

In high intensity exercise and in competitive sports

In a sport or activity with duration of at least 30 minutes of continuous exercise, there is a risk of impaired performance and even health damage due to hypo hydration (low of water). Sweating is usually the form accounting for most water loss during exercise or high environmental temperatures. The major danger of low fluid intake during a high performance is dehydration. This fluid deficit can rapidly reach level that impede heat dissipation, reduce heat tolerance and severely compromise cardiovascular function and exercise capacity. Prolonged dehydration will lead to cell death and multiple cell losses can lead to the person’s death (Naghii).

The need for replacement of water will depend on the extent of the losses incurred during exercise. Ingestion of plain water for a short duration (less than 90 minutes) is enough to replace the water lost.

In high intensity activity and competition in ingestion of plain water in the post-exercise period results in a rapid fall in the plasma sodium concentration and in plasma osmolality (Maughan). The changes have the effect of reducing the stimulus to drink (thirst) and of increasing urine output, both of which will delay rehydration. Rehydration after the high activity can only be achieved if the sodium lost in seat is replaced a swell as the water (Maughan). There is no need to take any extra sodium tablets, unless dehydration is so severe, for most individuals the normal dietary intake of minerals is adequate to maintain sodium and electrolyte balance during repeated days of training (Wiliam A).it is sufficient to eat a salty food or food high in natural salt.

Sports drinks typically provide quantities of sodium, chloride and potassium (electrolytes), which can be drunk if in high activity or in competing in a hot environment.

 Sugary drinks

During physical activities lasting less than 90 minutes, water is generally the beverage of choice, however, the inclusion of small concentrations of carbohydrate (6%-8% carbohydrate) have been shown to better sustain power output over water alone during physical activities that produce fatigue in 60 minutes or longer (William A.).

References

Latzka William A. and Montain Scott J (1999)’Water and electrolyte requirements for exercise’. Clinics in Sports Medicine Volume 18 (number 3 issue).

Lloyd L.E., McDonald B. E. and Crampton E.W. Fundamental of Nutrition (1978)  (chapter 3 water & metabolism, 2nd Ed).. W.H. Freeman & Company; San Franscisco.

Maughan R. J. (1992) ‘Fluid Balance and Exercise’. Int. J. Sports Med. 13:S132-S135.

Naghii M. R. (2000) ‘The significance of water in sport and weight control’. Nutrition and Health: volume 14 pp. 127-132.

Tortora GJ & Derrickson BH (2009). Principle of anatomy and Physiology (12th ed). John Wiley & Sons; Asia.

The Magic of Craniosacral therapy and nutrition

Since I have been working as a craniosacral therapist I know that the foetus can feel the parents voices and the mother feelings. There have been some studies now undergoing and many infants and children psychologist that have just about confirmed that the mother state of mind and health is very important during pregnancy. Also they are now connecting the fact the diet can trigger genetic predispositions in the womb if the mother eats in an unhealthy way or certain foods that can trigger that. Now the majority of mothers eating very healthy and the majority have a bit of stress and anxiety during pregnancy or their life in general. The problems arises when the mother eats very unhealthy or certain foods she knows are not that great for her. We also know that nutrition as well as emotional and mental health is very important during pregnancy as that would shape some of the traits in the unborn baby. Most of them can be changed afterwards, however some might not. Again usually is on the extreme cases such as alcohol abuse or drug abuse. Now the other very important concept to develop a healthy positive brain for the baby is the way as mothers, connect to the baby from the beginning. I used to sing and read books to my son since birth. I kept doing that when I was changing him or when he was on the back of the car bored or upset so that he would know we as parents were there and he would not get scared. One thing that I remember is that he had an amazing vocabulary since the age of 14 months and full sentence at the age of 2. Because of our reading the Dr Zeus books he recognised at the age of 2 a Yuk! That is pretty impressive. Academically he still does very well and most of the time quite easy to learn for him. [read more…]

Cranio-Sacral Therapy (CST)

Cranio-sacral therapy is a subtle and profound healing form.

In a typical cranio-sacral session, you will usually lie fully-clothed on a treatment couch. The therapist will make contact by placing their hands usually lightly on your body and tuning in. The first thing you will probably notice is a sense of deep relaxation, which will generally last throughout the session. This release of tension often extends into everyday life.

Sometimes the benefits are not immediately noticeable but become obvious on returning to a familiar environment. The work is often deeply moving and exhilarating.

The benefit can also be noticed after few days in some people. The experience is different from each baby, child or adult according to their own need of balance and adjustments.

I use CST by itself or with Nutritional advice and NAET treatments to integrate the entire body mind system at a deeper level. I notice that the body respond much more to the NAET treatments and the person feels more complete and healthier in body and mind, each time by releasing old patterns and old issue stored in the body.

CST has been used for babies as soon as they come into life to help the baby system to settle into a normal rhythm and vitality. Very helpful for mothers as well as it help with rebalance the normal rhythmic motions of their system after their labor that is traumatic or not.

Mothers that have seen me for CS also see a benefit from the therapy when their children are teething. I would put an big advice to all mother to have their own treatments after birth and in time of stress as that helps the children as well. As mothers we are connected very much to our children and vice-versa. Quite often we forget that our emotional and physical health is as important as our children…

Testimonial: “We found that Luis was much calmer and present after the Cranio Sacral sessions. It had a very positive effect on him as well as on us”. click here to see more

My experience of Cranio-sacral therapy and my clients experience of what it does:

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  1. It is called cranio-sacral because the of the spinal fluid going from the cranio to the sacral is what makes everything function well and properly. All the nerves and nerve transmition from the brain to the body and from the body to the brain go through there and it is all connected like a tree with branches and roots. What the cranio-sacral therapist does is listening to the rhythm of that fluid and feel if there is any blockage in the body, memory cells of the tissue and the mind as well as the energetic field around that body to see if it is breathing well and properly. If there is a blockage just our training and knowledge will help the mother, baby and adult unblock the blockage and rebalance the system or body function.
  2. Memory cells – my experience with Cranio-sacral therapy was amazing. My labor and my son birth were very traumatic. My son kept having colds and coughs from the time I stopped breastfeeding at 14 months. As I did not want to give antibiotics all the time I sought for  other ways of dealing with that. Homeopathy vitamin C and nutrition helped to get rid of the colds or reduce them when he had them but he still kept having more colds and coughs that he should have had. So I took him to cranio-sacral and it took a while as I took him to the Student clinic but they got rid of his traumatic birth and finally his colds and coughs were reduced to once a year and now not even once a year.He can now fight the colds very easily and usually gets over anything much easier than any other child that I know. My own experience with CS was that even after 7 years since the labor my memory cells body still retained that trauma.I had epidural so I did not feel mentally any pain, but my body did. And all that pain and trauma was still pretty stored in my tissues. Finally I got rid of it with CS and it is amazing the difference it made even to my personal life physically and emotionally.
  3. Some of the children and babies that I treated with CS had some traumatic birth or even not and what some of the issues that reduced were:
  • Colic’s which are very frequent in babies,
  • Frequency of throwing up the milk
  • Sleeping better and more peacefully
  • Stronger connection with mother and babies (the mother needs to be treated as well as the baby for both Reflux and connection with the baby)
  • clinging babies or toddlers

Other problems that have been helped with my treatment of CS are:

  • teething,
  • coughing,
  • frequent colds for the babies,
  • toddlers and children,
  • reduction of allergies,
  • reduced irritation, which have led to a happier and more communicative toddler,
  • Reduction and or elimination of night terror in toddlers and children in general.

Starting life with a great balance system is one of the huge benefit that the baby will have in coping any of the issue that life brings. Babies treated with CS have a more positive and happier attitude in life and feel more confident of their journey.

Coconut Chana Saag (kale recipe)

This recipes was tried and tested by one of my client (courtesy of Bonny). Website  that the recipe was taken is

http://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2014/feb/11/coconut-chana-saag-vegan-recipe?CMP=twt_gu

(Serves 6)
2 tbsp refined coconut oil
1 medium yellow onion, diced
3 cloves garlic, minced
2 tbsp minced fresh ginger
2 tbsp mild curry powder
1 tsp salt
Several pinches freshly ground black pepper
½ tsp anise seeds (or crushed fennel seeds)
¼ tsp garam masala
½ tsp ground cumin
¼ tsp cayenne (or more or less, depending on how spicy you like it)
1 (680g) tin whole tomatoes
2 (425g) tins chickpeas, rinsed and drained (3 cups)
225g kale, chopped
1 (396g) tin regular or lite coconut milk
2 tbsp fresh lime juice

For serving: cooked brown basmati rice

Preheat a large saucepan over a medium heat and add the coconut oil. Saute the onion in the oil for 5-7 minutes, until lightly browned.

Add the garlic and ginger and saute until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Add the curry powder, salt, pepper, anise seeds, garam masala, cumin and cayenne, and toss to coat the onions, letting the spices toast for a minute or so.

Add the tomato juice from the tin, scraping the bottom of the pan to deglaze. Simply hold the tomatoes and let the juice strain through your fingers. Now add the tomatoes from the tin, squishing them with your fingers as you put them in the pot, to mash them up. Add the chickpeas and mix well.

Cover the pan and bring the heat up a bit. Let it simmer for about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add the kale and stir until wilted, then let it simmer, uncovered, for 5 minutes more to cook it down even further.

Add the coconut milk and heat through. Add the lime juice, then taste for seasoning. It tastes best if you let it sit for 10 minutes or so, but if you can’t wait, then just dig in. Serve over basmati rice with a little mango chutney and coriander on top.

• This recipe is taken from Isa Does It: Amazingly Easy, Wildly Delicious Vegan Recipes for Every Day of the Week by Isa Chandra Moskowitz, published by Sphere, price £20.

 

Eggplant salad (wheat/gluten free)

Eggplant Salad
Slice 2 large eggplant, place them in a dish.

Sprinkle with salt & leave for 20 – 30 minutes (to remove juices)

Grill slices so they are brown on both sides

Chop up the slices & place in a bowl.

chop 2 or 3 tomatoes finely, keeping as much of the juice as possible,

place in the bowl.

Chop a handful of parsley and coriander

Mix well and season (season with olive oil and or vinigar if you can, as well as add chopped garlic for more flavor and chilly pepper (optional)

Leave for flavours to develop, then devour.

Potato bake (wheat/gluten free)

Potato Bake

Slice 2lbs potatoes (e.g.: King Edwards or any other suitable baking potatoes).

Lightly oil an oven proof dish. Chop up two handfuls of parsley (optional).  Layer the potatoes in the dish, placing a sprinkle of parsley and some seasoning in each layer and two or three spoonfuls of chopped tinned tomatoes. Bake in an oven (180 C) for about 1 1/2 hours or until a knife goes through the potatoes easily (IE: until

they are cooked)

 

Scrambled tofu (wheat free)

Scrambled Tofu  (10 minutes max including preparation)

s   1 Block of tofu

s   1 frying pan

s   1-tablespoon olive oil

s   Tamari

s   Nori flakes

Discard sachet of water, into a colander squeeze with your hand the

Excess water from the tofu allowing it to crumble. Heat a little olive oil in a pan adding a drizzle of tamari (soya sauce without the wheat). As the oil begins to heat place the tofu into the pan crushing it with a fork so it resembles(dry) scrambled egg. Add tamari and nori flakes to taste, but make sure to mix in well. Cook for 3-5 minutes or until golden.

Scrambled tofu goes well with stir-fried vegetables, mushrooms or even a bed of rocket/spinach.

No pasta- vegetable lasagne

No-pasta vegetable lasagne

s  (collegues recipe)

1 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil

s   1 onion, finely chopped

s   ½ green pepper, finely chopped

s   1 carrot, finely chopped

s   1 stick celery, finely chopped

s   2 oz mushrooms, sliced

s   pinch of mixed herbs

s   1 large can organic chopped tomatoes

s   4 oz brown lentils, washed and boiled until soft

s   dash of tamari sauce

s   1 large aubergine, thinly sliced

Preheat oven to 200C.  In a large, heavy-based saucepan or wok, stir-fry the chopped vegetables and mushrooms with the olive oil until soft.  Add the herbs and chopped tomatoes with their juice.  Stir in the cooked lentils and tamari sauce.  Allow to simmer until most of the juice has been absorbed.

Put a third of the mixture in a shallow oven-proof dish and cover with a layer of aubergine slices.  Cover with another third of the vegetable mixture and then aubergine slices.  Finish with the remaining vegetable mixture.  Cover the dish with foil and bake for 1 hour. Serve with salad.

 

Guacamole recipe

Guacamole

s   2 ripe avocados

s  2 ripe avocados

s   juice of a lemon

s   2 cloves of garlic, crushed

s   2 spring onions, finely chopped

s   1 large red beef tomato,

s   skinned and roughly chopped.

s   black pepper

s   chopped, fresh coriander.

Cut the avocados in half, pick out the stones and liquidise the flesh

together with the lemon juice. Add all the other ingredients and blend.

Serve as soon as possible. Eat with organic natural corn chips rice cakes, corn cake, celery, carrots or hot wholemeal pitta bread (if not wheat / gluten free) or wheat/gluten free bread.

Kidney beans recipe

Kidney bean stew with rice (collegue recipe)
(cooking time 30 minutes with cooked kidney beans or tinned beans) Serves 2

s   2 cups of dried beans* or 1 tin of organic beans

s   1 carrot sliced

s   1 stalk of celery (cut in small cubes)

s   1 small onion sliced

s   2 cloves of garlic

s   half green pepper

s   half red pepper

s   1 tin of sliced tomatoes (organic if possible) or half kilo of fresh red tomatoes

s   bunch of parsley cut in small pieces

s   pinch of salt (optional)

s   pinch of chilly

s   1 tablespoon of olive oil

s   brown basmati rice (see recipe below)

Put onion and garlic, add salt and chilly in the pan, stir continuously so it doesn’t stick to the pan, cook for few minute. Add tin sliced tomatoes and cooked kidney beans or tin of kidney beans. Cook at low gas for 20 minutes or when sauce is thicker. Add the rest of vegetables, cook for further 5 minutes and add the parsley and oil at the end. Serve with rice or buckwheat or with tortilla.

* Recipe for cooking dried beans:

Soak the beans overnight. Change water in the morning and soak until lunch or dinner. Change water and wash the beans. Cook at high gas for 10 minutes, then simmer the beans for 40 minutes or until soft and cooked. Add water accordingly, as the water will evaporate. Drain the beans if too much water left at the end, or if some water left add it to the tomatoes sauce for the recipe above.

For tin kidney beans make sure that they are organic and they don’t contain sugar or salt. If you don’t find organic beans, make sure to wash the beans well before adding them to the tomatoes sauce.

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