Nutrition is about food and lifestyle. Whatever changes you undertake need to be sustainable and as non-stressful as possible. Try reducing processed foods (basically anything containing white flour and/or sugar and salt) and reducing fizzy drinks, caffeine, alcohol, cigarettes and other drugs. If you mostly eat and drink processed foods then choose a few fresh foods you can enjoy and start adding these into your diet... your body can only use live foods to cleanse and rebuild... preferably foods grown without use of chemicals. Drinking at least 3 glasses of pure water a day, walking for a minimum of 12 minutes daily and focusing on relaxing deep breathing will do wonders to de-stress you. 

Rather than overriding the body's response by suppressing symptoms Naturopathy works to improve and assist the body's innate functions, which involves addressing the underlying factors contributing to the problem(s) being experienced.

For example-Taking Antacids for digestive problems may fix the symptom but it doesn’t address the underlying cause, and in some cases the body was actually under producing hydrochloric acid, so the antacid which further decreases production isn’t treating the cause of the original problem. 

When you decrease stomach acid production for any extended periods of time then you could be at risk of mineral deficiency 

Iron and zinc malabsorption being two of the most common ones. (Adequate Hydrochloric acid production is needed to absorb minerals). 

Vitamin B12 deficiency is also a possibility as it is liberated from protein complexes in food by gastric enzymes and assuming gastric function is normal then B12 combines with intrinsic factor (secreted by gastric parietal cells in the stomach) and is transported to the bone marrow and other tissues. B12 is stored in your liver so it may take a few years before your stores deplenish. 

Which brings me to another point; how HEALTHY is your liver? 

Unfortunately, the typical blood tests your doctor orders to check your liver don't always give you evidence of how well your liver is functioning. In fact, it's only when the liver is very congested and the cells start dying, that they will spill their contents and this is then picked up during a blood test. The damage has already happened when it gets picked up in the blood. Not a particularly good preventative test. 

The good news is that your liver can regenerate itself. As long as you give it a break - a certain time period where it doesn't have as many of the specific liver damaging foods/drugs going through it, plus eating certain liver supporting foods, then it'll not only stop being damaged but it'll start regenerating itself. It's one of the only organs that will do such a thing. You can damage it, even chop about a third of it off, but treat it right and it will start healing itself. 

Overweight people commonly have what’s called a fatty liver. Many people know that alcoholics can have liver damage, but what they don't understand is that alcohol isn't the only thing that causes a congested, fatty liver. There's a condition called Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease (NAFLD) and many overweight people suffer from it unknowingly. Instead of alcohol being the culprit, certain foods and pharmaceutical medications cause the fatty congestion. 

You don’t have to have a medically diagnosed condition like this to benefit from giving your liver a detox. Over the years I have seen many people who tell me they have been feeling unwell but their blood tests are normal. By changing their diet and detoxing them, they feel renewed and happy to be alive.

I have a simple gentle detox I use for the whole family, so call me and take 10 minutes to discuss the possible benefits for you and your family.


Posted: Sun 17 Jul 2011

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