Posts Tagged ‘Nutrition’

Relief or Ransom???

Yes I know you all are thinking what’s this all about? This is very different from the topics she writes on. Well, I have been thinking to do this since long and finally today is the day. You will come to know what’s this about as you read on. I know its long but hang in there.

As a full-time practising Holistic Nutritionist & Natural health counsellor I come across many (almost 90%) clients who come to me as the last resource after trying “everything under the sun” like literally after spending not only their hard-earned money but their energy as well as peace of mind.

Trust me, I have very high regards for all the “Health care Professionals”- Doctors,nurses, dieticians, surgeons, pathologists, pharmacists and so on who practice ethically and guide their patients with “True to the time” knowledge and treatment. I have many in my family ūüôā

It is ironic to see “malpractice” in a place where one goes with full faith of getting better. Doctors just prescribing medicines after medicines without going to the root of the problem. If one medicine doesn’t ¬†work the patient is put on another one saying “this will definitely show results”.No advise on dietary and lifestyle changes is given what so ever or to add to the dilemma dietary advises are given by those who are not well read in the subject of nutrition. Dieticians prescribing same age-old diet plan without upgrading on the recent nutrition research like excluding egg yolk in the diet etc. And this is not limited to human care. It’s worst in animal care genre and why not, after all “Yeh kutta/billi/gai/Bakra thodi bolega kya ho raha hai?” – Translation:- “The dog/cat/cow/goat will not be able to tell whats happening to them.” Antibiotics after antibiotics are prescribed for pets without proper investigation and poor pet parents, who do not have any knowledge about such things, blindly trust the doctors and keep shelling out money in desperation of saving their fur babies.

case 1: I had a client who came to me 3 months back in desperation of loosing weight because she was trying to conceive for which all possible “check ups” and tests were done FIRST and she was finally asked to loose weight to help her conceive. Don’t you think it would have been more feasible & economical for her if she was rather advised to loose weight and eat right first and see if that worked before putting her through bijillion uncomfortable tests? At least for non complicated cases this should be the right protocol. what say? Several research confirms PCOD/PCOS which is one of the major cause in conception issues can be managed well through proper holistic diet and scientific exercise program.

Case 2: A close friend of mine was going to join a new company for which ¬†he was asked to get a complete medical check done. The night before he went for the test he feasted on mutton biriyani and sweets and before that for 3 days continuously he was feasting as it was a friend’s wedding. Next day morning his blood was drawn for blood test. His blood sugar and cholesterol reports came messed up- (Obviously). Without asking him about his previous day’s diet recall or medical history or family history the doctor immediately prescribed him cholesterol lowering “STATIN” medication to a fairly young man, 25 yrs of age. He than came to me with the reports and as surprised as I could be since I knew he was regular with his workouts and proper diet, i asked him to give me his 3 days diet recall. i recommended him to Detox, change his diet for a month and continue his workouts and get another blood test done a month later. This time the reports were all normal.

By the way new studies confirm Cholesterol is not a threat. Click herehttps://radhinaturalhealth.wordpress.com/2016/12/31/cholesterol-stay-cool/

I can go on and on with such examples but I hope you got the point.

All I am saying here is that practice of prescribing medicines and getting lab tests done from “a particular lab” even if the patient has recent reports as soon as some form of discomfort is noted is increasing day by day. What different is this than asking “RANSOM”???It would be so much more “Ethical” and “Humane” to work in the right path by associating the right professionals together to bring the right solution. This will happen when the patients/consumers will start learning about the truth (at least the basics) and not blindly trust anything that any professional says. Start asking questions until you get a satisfactory answer.

Here is a note about an “ETHICAL” Doctor’s Dilemma that came floating a few weeks back on my whats app:-

Doc note

I would like to add to this that they eat and drink all of the above + alcohol, smoking and lot more and when a dietitian prescribes them vitamin and mineral supplements they say “Ummmm…. are those really necessary?? Actually I would like to go the Natural way.” ¬†And one more, “No offence my Doctor readers but this is happening day in day out. As soon as one is diagnosed with Hypothyroidism that person is asked to stop eating peanuts, cabbage,broccoli etc by the doc. Why not ask them to stop BISCUITS, pastries, pizzas, burgers and the like first and ask them to start exercising for better metabolism. After all thyroid is there for Metabolism, isn’t it?”

Lastly, Kudos to all the medical professionals who genuinely want to help their patients by keeping their well-being as utmost priority for which ¬†these professionals make sure to upgrade their “professional” knowledge from time to time and pass that on to their patients/clients in the form of “True to the time” treatment. These are the professionals who don’t hesitate to recommend alternative care to their patients to help them recover sooner, better & with least side effects. I know quiet a few of these guys which keeps my faith going in healthcare but I would definitely like to see more ūüôā

And advise to you all ,please use common sense when it comes to your health and wellness. As Dr. Mercola states in one of his FB posts “STOP being fooled by the common money grab. Arm yourself with information so you can take control of your health”. Do not let them put “Profits” before “People”. “Jaago grahak Jaago.”

Not to bore you any further here is a link to the latest money-making hack going around. Do read it :- http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2014/02/26/mammograms.aspx?utm_source=facebook.com&utm_medium=referral&utm_content=facebookmercola_ranart-ths&utm_campaign=20170719_mammograms

Vitamin B6 ‚ÄúYES IT IS ESSENTIAL”

We all know well about Vitamins B12, D, C and several other antioxidants but we are not informed much about the very essential ‚Äúvitamin B6‚ÄĚ.

Here is why Vitamin B6 is an ‚ÄúEssential Vitamin for human body‚ÄĚ

  • In our body vitamin B6 is involved in more than 100 metabolic functions. Several researches show that Vitamin B6 may help the heart. One study found that low levels of this vitamin showed an independent risk factor for coronary artery disease.
  • Vitamin B6 plays an important role in women‚Äôs health. It helps convert estradiol, one of the three forms of estrogen hormone into estriol, which is the least carcinogenic of the estrogens. Many women with an overgrowth of the Candida albicans yeast don‚Äôt metabolize B6 properly as their bodies can‚Äôt convert it into the active form (pyridoxal-5-phosphate). Pregnancy ¬†depletes Vitamin B6, and so does birth control pills.
  • Vitamin B6 is very important for mood, as it is needed to convert tryptophan into serotonin, which is the ‚ÄúFeel Good‚ÄĚ neurotransmitter in the brain. Balanced level of this vitamin has shown to be helpful in reducing PMS mood swings due to it’s ability to convert tryptophan into the FEEL GOOD hormone Serotonin as the levels of serotonin frequntly drop before and during ¬†menstruation times.
  • This Vitamin is also required to manufacture different brain chemicals and enzymes.
  • ‚ÄúIn an article published online on August 10, 2009 in the American Heart Association journal Circulation, Harvard researchers report an association between higher plasma levels of vitamin B6 and a reduction in the risk of myocardial infarction (heart attack) in women.‚ÄĚ

Visit this link for the full study (https://www.jonnybowden.com/vitamin-b6-may-lower-heart-attack-risk-in-women/)

Here is a list of few of the foods rich in Vitamin B6  by Dr. Axe.

Beetroot, Banana, Wild caught TUNA, Salmon, cooked spinach, chicken breast, hazelnut, garlic, turkey.

** The above information is for educational purposes only. Consult your doctor for specific medical advice, diagnosis and treatment. **

Reference:

  1. Bowden, J. (2016, November 7). Vitamin B6. Blog Post

  2. Bowden,J, Ph.D.,C.N.S(2011). The Most Effective Ways to Boost Your Energy. Beverly,M. A: Fair Winds Press.

  3. DrAxe.com

Diabetes- know it better

“Hey dude don’t be sooo sweet, you will give me DIABETES.” , “I just found out I have DIABETES. I am not surprised. I knew i would get it sooner or later since my dad and his side of the family has it.” , “I don’t understand how I got DIABETES? No one in my maternal or paternal family has it.” – These are common questions and statements I hear daily either through my clients or through friends and family.

If you notice, the 1st statement relates diabetes to “Sweet”= food/taste and the 2nd and 3rd to “genetics” and lack of correct “knowledge”.

Since November is the National Diabetes month, I decided to write about Diabetes but with a “DIFFERENCE”. ¬†I am going to stick to the preventive care measures “Nutrition” and “Exercise” to avoid or delay the onset of Diabetes (if heredity turns out stronger here ;)) but these changes will also help those who are already suffering from Diabetes.

Diabetes is a metabolic disorder. Here, our cells are basically starving for the nutrients they need to perform at optimum level. The lack of insulin (secreted by our pancreas) create abnormalities in the metabolism process of the macro nutrients, carbs, protein and fat.

2 types of Diabetes:

Type 1: Autoimmune. Genetic. Present from Childhood.

Type 2: This is the type that comes as a result of  ageing, lifestyle and of course our eating habits.

I am going to talk about type 2 (adult on-set) diabetes.

The main causes of type 2 diabetes, as described by some “biological doctors” ¬†are overeating ¬†and consequent obesity. Excess intake of not just sugar and carbohydrates, but also protein and fat, which¬†convert¬†into sugar if taken in excess, is harmful to the¬†pancreas¬†as it puts too much load on our pancreas and eventually paralyses its activity (the recommended protein intake for a person with¬†sedentary lifestyle is 1 gram per kilogram of body weight). The other cause is too much worry, anxiety, stress and grief. These have deep influence on the metabolism process thus causing sugar to appear in urine.¬†Heredity also plays a role in the development of diabetes.It has been said that “Heredity is like a cannon and obesity pulls the trigger” (Bakhru, H.K. 2007,pp 346).

Just because your father, mother, aunt or uncle had diabetes does not mean you will get it or you have to get it. In fact, if you know that you have a family history of diabetes, this is a heads up for you to start taking preventive measures by making few positive changes in your lifestyle and eating habits (by the way-same goes for those with hypothyroid and PCOD) . ¬†Stress, another rising cause of young people becoming victims of over eating/abnormal eating which leads to weight gain and obesity, which ultimately leads to diabetes and other such health dis-eases. ¬†In today’s time of competition, everyone wants to be at the top, want to make more money, want to touch different heights (of course after all, Sky is the limit ūüėČ ) but, all this they do at the cost of health. In achieving these things, people are putting their health in the last bogey (not even in the back seat). I regularly see clients who wake up with a “get your act straight” alarm after being diagnosed with diabetes or any other heredity and lifestyle oriented disease and run to the gym and dietitian/nutritionist for help.

It is very important for all to understand that, to avoid getting diabetes or to say “good-bye” to this “invited” guest (yup, not bin bulaye at all) from our house (our body), we should look at the actual cause of the disease and focus at building the whole health. ¬†1st importance should be given to changing the diet as it plays a vital role in diabetes.

1st things 1st- STOP getting scared of carbs. Just chose ¬†the wholesome ones like whole wheat, whole grain, rice, jowar,bajri, nachni (raagi) , wheat, instead of the processed and the fiber enriched variety. ¬†Yes, include some wholesome carbs for dinner as well. ¬†Include foods rich in micro minerals like Selenium, chromium and zinc in your diet as ¬†it’s shown that they ¬†help your insulin respond better. (Go to the link mentioned at the end of this article). Adequate protein and fat is also required for the insulin to function properly. It is best to have well-balanced meals with all the three macro nutrients carbs, protein and fats. Avoid foods that have “added fiber”, “fiber fortified” as too much fiber comes in the way of absorbing the important mineral Zinc. Also, “added” fiber is shown to reduce the “good” bacteria present in our intestines. lack of good bacteria results in poor digestion of food which then results in high fat percentage. Ideal is to eat 3 wholesome meals and 2-3 small (healthy) snacks.

Get up and going ( Exercise): If you are not doing any type of exercising yet then start today. You don’t have to be diagnosed with any health problem to get up and get going. Exercise helps stabilize blood sugar (in this case and has lots of other health benefits). ¬†Even though walking is a good form of exercise, just walking daily is not sufficient to bring about change in insulin response. Aerobic exercises as well as Weight-training is proven to be really effective for all including those who already suffer from diabetes.When we do weight training, the main fuel that is used is the glucose which is stored in the muscles in the form of glycogen. If less insulin is present or insulin is not functioning properly then extra glucose enters the blood stream thus¬†increasing¬†blood glucose levels. Weight training helps us increase muscle size, this provides larger storage area for glucose and these two factors, 1) regular flushing of glycogen and 2) increased muscle size, helps improve body’s glucose processing which is very important in preventing and managing diabetes (type 2).¬†It is advised though that you keep a personal trainer for weight-training exercises as correct posture and medical condition are the main concerns here or you can end up injuring/harming yourself.

Sleep: Proper rest- a good night’s sleep plays an important role in preventing and managing diabetes. It is very important to give your body that proper, undisturbed rest it needs after the workout and after daily chores, for the body to recover properly. If you don’t rest well than all your diet and exercise efforts are futile.

It is still not too late, especially for those who are not diagnosed with such “self-induced” health conditions. Spend money on pharmaceutical drugs, Doctors and hospitals later or spend money on preventive care today. The choice is your’s to make.

Stay healthy, Stay happy

Check this link to know about the micro minerals- http://www.freefitnesstips.co.uk/the-17-microminerals-explained.html

** The above information is for educational purposes only. There is absolutely no intension to diagnose, prevent, treat or cure any health problems or diseases. Consult your doctor  for specific medical advice, diagnosis and treatment and a diet and exercise expert for advice on diet, herbs and exercise.**

References: 

1.Bakhru, H.K. (2007). Healing through natural foods. Mumbai, India: Jaico publishing house.

2. Diwekar, R (2010). Women and the weight loss tamasha. Delhi, India: Westland Ltd.