Chia Seeds, benefits

Chia seeds:

Chia is a plant that grows biannually and is considered to be from the mint family. The plant is grown for its seeds mainly and it is one of the foods used in South America and Aztec. Chia seeds contains protein, fats and carbohydrates, as well as fiber.  It is high in omega 3 and 6 and hens fed on chia seeds have higher omega 3 versus other eggs. Chia has vitamins and minerals and is high in anti-oxidants. It is one of the newest superfoods in our modern society and England as well. The content of the chia omega 3 and 6 depends on where they grow. The plant frown in high altitude had less of omega 3 and 6. The plant grown in the hottest months had less protein contents. hotter it is the less of omega 3 and 6 there is. As a snack in yogurt (any type of yogurt) soaked for 10 minutes added to your porridge it adds the extra protein, essential fatty acid and anti-oxidant benefit of your breakfast as well as being slow blood sugar release and keep you more focused during the day. Add fruits into the yogurts (cow, sheep, goat, soya or coconut yogurt will do),with chia seeds and you have a delicious and nutritious breakfast and snack.

Trapped emotional can lead your life in a different direction

 My thought today is how much our emotions can makes us ill or well. As a child I used to have coughs all the time but no allergies or any physical cause was ever found. I kept having bronchitis up to when I moved to London. I had them twice e year and had to take penicillin to get rid of it. I was wandering why I had those. I stopped having bronchitis twice a year when I moved to London even though I felt the London air was much heavier than the countryside air and the sea air where I was living. So what changed! Well I moved away! Even though Italy is wonderful I felt it was time to have a wider look at the world from a different angle. A client had a similar experience. She had a cough for a year and stopped after she had a treatment with Cranio-Sacral Therapy. She managed to find the courage to change her life and move on to another country.

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Vitamin A – what is the importance of it? what is its function in the body

Vitamin A has had a bad reputation for a while and many people think that they have to be away from it. The most danger from vitamin A is if you eat the liver of a bear or liver everyday, which can contain a lot of the vitamin A and other nutrients. The following are facts about vitamin A:

Vitamin A is one vitamin that has a bed reputation for being bad in pregnancy. But a vast majority of pregnant women and children in the third country and some in the western world are deficient of this vitamin. This leads to many problems in the foetus and pregnancy as well as reducing the activity and function of the immune system. [read more…]

Do you know the role of vitamin C?

Do you know the role of vitamin C? and Why it is important? Where would you get it from?

  • Vitamin C is made by many animals such as primates, fruit bats, guinea pigs and some birds. Because of a lack of the last enzyme in the vitamin C pathway, humans are among the species that lost the ability to make it (Murray, 2005).
  • Main sources of vitamin C are vegetables and fruits. The highest are acerola (berries found in Mexico, Barbados, California, in dryland,) red chilli, guavas, bell peppers, kale and parsley; many others contain much less of vitamin C including oranges, lemons, limes, which they are most consumed (Groff, 2000).
  • Vitamin C is a very unstable molecule; heat, processing, exposure to light, alkali will destroy it. Even though vitamin C is easily absorbed, zinc and pectin (found in apples), will reduce its absorption (Barasi, 2003).
  • Vitamin C function is mainly as an anti-oxidant, it is a reduction agent; it donates a hydrogen molecule to reverse oxidation.
  • Vitamin C is co-factor for a number of reactions that makes collagen (found on the skin, ligaments and tendons). It supports the structure of the arteries and capillarie (Murray, 2005).
  • Vitamin C interacts with iron, lead and copper, and vitamin E (they work together to and sometimes against each other such as for lead).
  • Ascorbic acid deficiency will cause scurvy and some of the symptoms are bleeding gums, petechiae (rupture of small blood vessels), poor wound healing, excessive bruising and joint pain.
  • Other symptoms of low vitamin C include susceptibility to infections, depression, low iron uptake, especially in vegan and vegetarians. People with alcohol abuse, diabetes and poor diet have a higher need of the vitamin (Groff, 2000).
  • It is a natural anti-histamine. He breaks down much quickly the histamine overload in allergic people. In many of my clients just taking vitamin C during the day up to 1000 mg a day spread during the day, made a huge difference.

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Cranio-sacral therapy for mothers and babies (John Upledger)

The following from  John Upledger book  “your Inner physician and you”. It describes in his experience the benefit for CST during pregnancy and the connection between the mothers and the baby. “If Cranio-Sacral Therapy (CST) is used for the mother during pregnancy, much of the physiological stress can be eased. The muscular, connective tissue and bony adaptations can be facilitated. Through the use of CST, combined with SomatoEmotional Release (SER), many of the emotional issues that may be related to pregnancy can be resolved. My feeling is that the emotions of the mother are ABSORBED by the fetus in the uterus” (pg185, “Your Inner physician and you”).

In my experience with the above statements I have felt the same, especially with the emotional related issue, which have been resolved after 1 or 2 treatment after birth, combined with the physical relaxation of the baby and mother. click here to read more about CST

Child constipation ( for adults too)

Help for a child bowl movements: (even though I am writing about children, the following is valid for adults too).

Children can become constipated as a result of holding back stool. They might no want to stop playing to go to the loo. That means that the stool becomes drier and more painful to pass. That will lead to avoid going to the loo because is too painful and etc….

Important points:

  1. Make sure that your child drinks up to a litre of water of more per day, throughout the day. Have her/him drink water, herbal tea, very very diluted juices and soups readily available and encourage your child to drink them often.
  2. Increase the fiber in their diet: Simply add a piece of fruit such as banana, apple, orange, pear or prune. The whole fruit provide the most fiber. Give your child a fruit half an hour or an hour before the main meals or 1 hour after her meal.

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Hygiene hypothesis, environmental and connection with allergies …

intestinal-barrierHygiene hypothesis, environmental connection with inflammatory diseases and allergies (intestinal problems, asthma, eczema, etc.)

 A recent study has come out regarding the connection with old bacteria and commensal microorganism and the modern urban disorders such as allergies. Asthma and inflammatory disorders, including depression and low moods connection. The author of the study has research all the papers connecting health and the amount and type intestinal ecosystem from babies to adulthood. Few of the studies are from animal research and others from humans. He states facts from our way [read more…]

Leaky gut – What is it?

Leaky Gut Syndromeintestinal-barrier

Leaky gut syndrome, or increased intestinal permeability, is a condition that occurs when the intestines become damaged, resulting in an enlargement of the pores in the intestinal wall. The increased pores size allows harmful toxins, bacteria and proteins to enter the body, thus overloading the liver and immune system (4).

 How Leaky Gut occurs?

Many factors have been shown to increase intestinal permeability.  These include food allergies, intestinal infections, aging, alcohol, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (eg. aspirin), intestinal dysbiosis, chemical toxins, maldigestion and the Pill (1,2,3, 4)

 Disease associated with Leaky Gut (2)

  • Chronic Arthritis
  • Acne
  • Eczema
  • Psoriasis
  • Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)
  • Multiple food and chemical sensitivities

How do you know if you have Leaky Gut? [read more…]

Macular degenaration

Prevention of macular degeneration

Macular degeneration is usually something  that occurs in old age but some studies have shown that it can start quite earlier in life and maybe in my opinion can be prevented. Some studies have shown an improvement with small amount of macular degeneration and even reverse the problem. They have shown that with taking specific anti-oxidants. Many studies have shown in vitro and with animal studies as well as humans that there is a vascular improvement in taking the anti-oxidants and other nutrients [read more…]

Celiac. What is it and who could be celiac

Celiac Disease (intolerance to gluten)

Celiac disease is caused by intolerance to gluten, which is found in wheat, rye, barley and oat. Gluten will trigger the immune system in certain individuals and will lead to flattening of the villi in the intestine, preventing any nutrients to be absorbed, leading to loss of weight and serious deficiency of essential vitamins and minerals as well as protein, carbohydrates and fats.

15 High Risk Groups Prone to Celiac Disease

 All chronic, severe headache sufferers not responding to conventional therapies, especially when associated with dizziness or imbalance.

  • All patients with chronic neurological conditions of unknown cause (primary ataxias & peripheral neuropathies)
  • All insulin-dependent diabetic (IDDM) patients and all 1st degree family members of IDDM Patients.
  • All 1st degree family members of biopsy proven celiac patients
  • All patients with under-& overactive autoimmune thyroid disease (Hashimoto’s and Grave’s disease, respectively)
  • All anaemia of unknown cause, especially iron & folic acid deficiency anaemia in pre-menopausal women & children. [read more…]