Multivitamins

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Q: Is it true that it’s a waste of money taking multivitamin supplements as they just go straight through you?

A: That can be partly true, according to Dr Rachael Eckel, a consultant cosmetic dermatologist who has a special interest in nutrition. While eating fresh food is always the baseline, Dr Eckel supports taking a supplement: ‘Multivitamins are your daily insurance policy against an imperfect diet,’ she explains. This may be due to choice of food, skipping meals and/or methods of production or the cooking process. Read More…

What Is The Paleolithic Diet?

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If early Paleolithic era cavemen were living their lifestyle today, they would be amongst the healthiest and fittest human beings.  Their primitive lifestyle included walking long distances in search of animals to hunt and to gather berries and leaves as primary food sources. When they ran out of food sources in one area, they would move and take root in another area.  This active lifestyle together with the use of unprocessed and unrefined foods made early man healthier than the majority of people living today.

The Paleolithic era ended approximately 20,000 years ago.  The agricultural revolution began approximately 10,000 years ago and hence up to this time, the caveman diet was a basic one. They did not have legumes, grains or dairy in their diet.  Mankind were limited to eating animals that they could hunt together with gathering natural resources such as leaves, berries and grasses.  Current scientific research indicates that it takes hundreds of thousands of years for our bodies to evolve to a state where the body can cope with dietary changes.

We are genetically very close to our Paleolithic ancestors, but the food we consume is dramatically different and it is now considered that the reason for countless diseases that did not exist in the Paleolithic era may be directly linked to our dietary changes since the agricultural revolution.  Subsequently this may explain why so many people in our modern world are sensitive to wheat and gluten which are prevalent in our food chain, foods that were not available in the Paleolithic era.

The Paleolithic Diet

The Paleolithic Diet, commonly referred to as the Paleo Diet, was first theorized by a gastroenterologist, Walter L Voegtlin in the 1970′s, but it really received media attention when Loren Cordain published the book The Paleo Diet in 2001. Essentially Voegtlin states that gross differences in the anatomy of man and the herbivorous animals make us unable to successfully adapt to a diet which is solely based on plant foods, particularly carbohydrate-rich grains, as well as adhering to a diet in which milk products, rich in lactose, predominate; he believed that the whole range of modern diseases stem from our abandonment of the food choices of our primitive ancestors.

The Paleo Diet encourages people to eat as the cavemen ate. This means cutting out all processed and packaged foods and adding a variety of fresh, natural foods. If any food was not available to the cavemen, then it should not be included in the diet according to Voegtlin.

Foods to cut out include:
All grain products including pasta, bread and wheat derived foods.
All sugar treats.
All dairy products.

Foods to eat include:
Fresh vegetables and fruits.
Lean meats – sirloin steak, turkey breast, chicken breast, pork loin & lean beef mince.
Eggs – no more than six in a week since these were not a major component of the caveman’s diet.
Nuts and seeds except peanuts which are legumes. These provide omega essential fats.

The benefits of the Paleolithic Diet

The proponents of the Paleolithic diet claim that eating how cavemen ate is better for you. There is most definitely logic in this approach because we survived for millions of years eating only natural foods and since the agricultural revolution, we have been exposed to new food groups which our digestive system cannot cope with.  This is evident because we are now seeing more gastrointestinal diseases than ever before particularly inflammatory bowel concerns such as IBS, colitis and diverticular disease.

Eating fresh healthy food means greater availability of nutrients to our bodies.  These foods are easily broken down by your digestive system and the transient time that food stays in the gut is longer which creates a feeling of fullness so that you are not hungry within a few hours which is common place in the modern diet. You will feel more satisfied and full of energy.

Many people following the Paleolithic diet claim to lose weight and feel toned. This can occur because carbohydrates are replaced with protein leading to lower insulin levels in the bloodstream.  Higher insulin levels mean higher fat deposition.

There are disadvantages to the Paleolithic diet.  This diet is more a lifestyle choice and is unlike other diets specifically for weight loss which one should use for short periods of time.  While many of us consume healthy foods, most of us have not exclusively consumed cavemen’s foods and this can be challenging.

The Paleo Diet can be high in saturated fat.  Even using lean meat, the total fat content over the day can be high which would be fine for the cavemen who spent the majority of the day searching for food. This can be a problem in the modern world since we spend more time hunting for information than hunting for food.

Regardless of whether you are contemplating the Paleo diet, I firmly believe in the principle of cleansing and nourishing the entire body and I highly recommend taking an excellent supplement called PaleoGreens, which would be worth incorporating into your daily regimen. It is suitable for anyone wishing to enhance their nutrient intake, enhance energy, support the immune system, support detoxification or simply nourish the body.

PaleoGreens is a green food powder with a massive point of difference.  It combines vegetables, fruits and berries from organic sources together with a powerhouse of greens including chlorella, spirulina and barley grass.  PaleoGreens provides high concentrations of food state nutrients and has a very high ORAC value which means that it can neutralise damaging free radicals effectively. Unlike the vast majority of green food powders and capsules, PaleoGreens does not contain inexpensive fillers or binding agents and is free from pesticides, insecticides, gluten, wheat, dairy, corn and numerous other known allergens.

 

August Newsletter

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Welcome to the August newsletter where we take a look at some new products, we have a bit of a tea party as I write a section about some new infusions and we throw the focus on several common health concerns.  Because sharing is paramount, there are a couple of treats, so you will need to read carefully and yet again I have to write about the death of a product, but to balance that, I will tell you about the resurrection of another product. With all the usual news and feedback, I am now going to kick off with one of the treats, which we have done before and I make no apology for doing it again because last time it went wild, so here it comes. Let’s go:

Fabulous Skin

The ageing of skin is a multi-faceted process, which is impacted by lifestyle, dietary choices and genetics.  The cells of our bodies are programmed to have a finite lifespan.  Each time a cell divides, some genetic material is lost, so that on average thirty to forty cell divisions are usually the maximum and after this the cell is considered to be aged. In order to maintain healthy and radiant skin, you need to protect, nourish and help prevent damage to the cells of the skin. Read More…

Tackling Dry Eyes Syndrome

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Dry Eyes Syndrome, also known as keratoconjunctivitis sicca, is the inflammation of the particular part of the eye called the conjunctiva or the tear gland. This condition affects nearly 30% of the adult population and the typical sufferer is female and middle aged, and it is one of the leading causes for visits to the optician.

Dry Eyes Syndrome can be very uncomfortable and typically the sufferer may experience dry, gritty or scratchy sensations in their eyes. Other symptoms include burning sensations, constant itching, redness, blurred vision and light sensitivity. These symptoms worsen in dry and windy climate especially when the humidity of the air is low. Symptoms also worsen with prolonged use of eyes such as reading, watching television and using the computer. Whilst Dry Eyes Syndrome is not a serious condition, it can really affect the quality of daily life. Read More…

Coconuts

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Ever since man – and woman – were first cast away on a desert island, beauty-hunters have known about the powers of the coconut.  Split one of these strange-looking fruits open, and it’s an instant, whisk-you-to-a-paradise-beach experience, seducing with the lush sweetness of its flesh and milk.  But that’s not all:  for thousands of years, the coconut has been part of tropical beauty rituals:  a hair re-glosser, skin nourisher – and if Cleopatra had been living closer to a palm-fringed beach, would she not have bathed in coconut milk, rather than the asses’ variety?

More recently, the oil-rich coconut fell from favour.  It was too calorific, insisted the fat-phobic waistline-watchers.  More:  that fattiness was of the saturated variety, explained the nutritionists – which surely had to be bad news for our hearts.  (And for the farmers who grew coconuts, too:  since the mid-70s, demand for coconut oil fell, so many were forced to abandon their plantations and head for the cities, to make a living.)  Meanwhile, in body oils and hair masks, coconut’s unrivalled, skin-compatible richness was often replaced by man-made moisturisers.
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