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If you have taken antibiotics, you must take this.

Have you heard of probiotics? Maybe not but I am sure you  have heard of antibiotics.

Literally translated  antibiotics mean:  against life. Antibiotics are prescribed when people have inflammations, extremely high fevers or when they need an operation. Sometimes people are also advised to take antibiotics for joint complaints ( these are also inflammations).

 

Of life importance

There are times that we really need an antibiotic cure as it will kill the causes of an illness. In some cases this can be of vital importance. It is such a shame that by killing the bad bacteria also the good bacteria in the gut are killed. This can then lead to all sorts of other health problems. It is crucial that after each antibiotic cure one takes a course of probiotics. In many cases this does not happen: each person should, no matter their state of health, use a probiotic twice a day.

Issues where probiotics can be helpful : 

  • Hay fever and allergies:
    • Animal sudies have shown that probiotics can surpress inflamatory reactions that are caused by harmless substances in our environment. Think about hayfever which is a reaction to (for most people) harmless polls.
  • Poor resistance:
    •  A good resistance starts in the gut. By making the intestines healthier, your resistance will improve.
  • Cancer risk:
    • Cancer is one of the major causes of death. Probiotics, in the fermented form, could inhibit tumor growth partly due to the stimulation of the immune system. This was shown in research and animal testing.
  • High cholesterol in the blood:
    • It seems that probiotics can absorb cholesterol which can reduce the chance of arteriosclerosis.
  • High bloodpressure
  • Unhealthy skin:
    • Among them acne, rosacea, eczema and other skin conditions.
  • Being overweight:
    • In 2013 a report was published that researched 210 test persons with a lot of belly fat. During a period of 12 weeks they where given probiotics. The test persons lost on average 8.5% of their belly fat. When they stopped taking the probiotics the fat returned within 4 weeks. Therefor probiotics can be a useful for weight loss and in  preventing obesity.
  • Lastly probiotics can have a positive effect on heart health.

Kefir

There are several foods that have a probiotic effect . These are yoghurt, raw sauerkraut, cacao, miso and tempeh but  kefir is shown to be one of the best.

 

 

Health benefits of kefir

  • Kefir is more powerful as a probiotic than for example yoghurt, cacao or raw sauerkraut. Because it has more powerful anti-bacterial properties it can give you a perfect protection against all sorts of illnesses.
  • Kefir is a good source of several nutritents for example vitamin D, magnesium, calcium, proteins, fosfor, vitamin B12 en vitamin B2.
  • The advantage of kefir is that even people who are lactose intolerant can (in most cases) tolerate it. Because the lactose has been converted to lactic acid, kefir contains far less lactose than normal milk. If you are extremely sensitive to lactose make the kefir with organic soya milk.
  • Kefir can have a positive influence on bone density and reduce the risk of bone loss. In most cases it is recommended to take extra calcium with vitamnin D (ask your coach) and it seems that kefir enhances calcium absorbtion in the bone cells.
  • Depression: kefir contains tryptophan, a building block for the brain chemical serotonin, the happy hormone. Your body can make the serotinin out of the tryptophan and as a result you will feel better in yourself  and much happier.

How to make kefir.

In this video I show you how to make kefir from live kefir grains:

 

Kefir can also be made from dehydrated kefir  grains. You can disolve the grains in organic soya milk or cows milk. The first time you add the kefir grains to the milk (soya or normal milk) at room temperature, leave it  outside the fridge for 48 hours.  He kefir will look like a yoghurt. You could also compare it with buttermilk but maybe a bith thicker. Then store it in the fridge. You make the next portion of kefir by taking 3 table spoons of the kefir you made before and add it to a new pack of milk, again at room temperature. Then you only need to leave it out of the fridge for 24 hours before it ready for consumption. You can get by for months with one sachet but there will be a time you will have to start the process again.  You can make a delicious breakfast with the kefir, add fibres and seeds or even fruits. Kefir is very vesatile. and as a result you will have a yoghurt like substance.

You can buy kefir online at: https://happykombucha.co.uk/

To better health,

Leonie x

Warning: Worst ever winter flu: but not for you. 8 tips on how you can avoid getting it.

Hospitals are ordered to clear wards amid warnings that they can expect twice the usual number of cases.

Hospitals have been given six week to empty their beds, amid fears that the NHS may be about to face the worst flu season in its history. The head of the NHS, Simon Stevens warned recently that a great deal of work needs to be done to make sure the health service can cope with a possible doubling of cases.

Mr Stevens said scientists were currently re-examining vaccine stocks to address fears about how much protection the jabs offer. His warnings come after Australia’s worst flu season in at least 15 years, with two and a half times as many cases as last year.

The NHS is already under severe strain, amid warnings from regulators that hospitals are extremely crowded. Health officials have now urged hospitals to go much further than they have managed in previous years to empty as many beds as possible and advised GP’s to refrain from referring all but the most serious cases to hospitals.

The flu vaccine used in the Northern Hemisphere is a modified version of that used in Australia and New Zealand , and though based upon the prevalent southern flu strains, they can mutate leading to mismatches – as they did in 2015 when only one in three NHS flu jabs worked. Clearly the NHS advises all eligible people to take up free jabs and, whilst this may be sensible, there are ways in which we can build our natural resistance through improved diet, complemented by the right supplements.

There are certain nutrients you need to prevent a cold. There are also some foods you need to eat to fight a cold if you do get one.

Here are my tips:

  1. Avoid all forms of sugar, sugar substitutes and grains from your diet: viruses and bad bacteria feed of sugar.
  2. Eat a lot of raw vegetables especially those high in vitamin C like kale, spinach, broccoli and red peppers. Another excellent vegetable to have is celery which is loaded with electrolytes (nutrients (or chemicals) that among other things regulate your heartbeat to allow your muscles to contract so you can move).
  3. Eat fruits that are low in sugar like berries and high in vitamin C such as lemons, limes, grapefruits and oranges, strawberries and kiwis. It is best to avoid bananas, pears and grapes for a while.
  4. Eat raw cloves of garlic. It is a loaded with allicin which is a natural antiviral and will kill of any viruses, bad bacteria and fungi in your system. It is nature’s natural medicine and is great for boosting your immune system and for prevention as well. Eat a clove a day.
  5. Don’t drink orange juice, it is pasteurised, all the fibre is taken out and you will just be loading up your body with sugar, eat an orange instead or make yourself lemon or lime juice by squeezing the juice of a lemon or lime into filtered water.
  6. Get plenty of sleep, 8 – 10 hours a night would be ideal. It gives your body time to recuperate and restore.
  7. Drink plenty of water or herbal tea. This is to get rid of the toxins and the bad stuff in your system. I recommend to drink 30ml of water per kg you weigh which is on average 2 -21/2 litres a day.
  8. Use extra food supplements to help boost your immune system. I would recommend taking:  extra vitamin C from raw vegetables and fruit: 3 x a day 1000 mg. Vitamin D which you can get from the sun, so go out and soak up the rays. If you can’t, find a good raw vitamin D supplement and take 5000-10000 iu’s a day. Zinc, a mineral that will to help to boost your immune system., about 50-100 mg a day. Elderberry, this is probably the number one thing to take if you are getting sick. A study in Norway found that 93% of people who had a cold or flu had recovered after 2 days. It is loaded with anti-oxidants and really gives you a great boost. The liquid form is best: take 1 tablespoon, 3 times a day preferably of the black elderberry.

I hope the above tips will prevent you from getting ill this winter.

However if you want to reach optimum health now and do not know how; I can help.

In a short space of time you will be strong enough to fight of any nasty bacteria and colds. And it is very simply, you just need to cleanse your body of all its’ rubbish by eating delicious and nutritious food. As a result you will feel and look great and be full of energy rather than spending time in bed fighting of colds and flues.

Interested?  Have a look at my 6 week healthy eating programme which has 10% off for the month of October:  http://www.eatwright.co.uk/work-with-leonie-wright/

To Better Health,

Leonie x

Hair in your Bread?

Do you know what bread consists off?  There is quite a discussion about this. As always there are advocates and opponents and lots of contradictory information. And to be honest … what could be the problem; generations have grown up with it? True but … also many people have become sick of it and still do daily nowadays … Time to take a closer look at bread. What is actually in it?

 

Ingredients in bread

In 99 out of 100 cases bread is made from cereals. Think of wheat, rye, spelt, rice, corn, etc. Many of these grains contain gluten. Gluten is a protein that makes the bread dough elastic and rise. And because the consumer is nowadays increasingly asking for (yet) more airy bread, additional gluten powder is added to the dough. In addition to being a rising agent, the gluten protein is also a flavour enhancer causing you to want to eat more. And we are not finished here. On top of that L-cysteine is added which keeps bread fresh for a week, it is a bread-enhancer. Very useful for the consumer and beneficial to the trade. Long-lasting bread reduces the cost of the production process, which ultimately yields more profit for the food industry. Logically, companies want to earn money. What I find less laudable is that money is being made over the back of the less knowledgeable and often good-natured consumer and that it can endanger his or her health. But bread is okay isn’t it? The whole-meal lobby unfortunately isn’t quite that honest with its message.

Gluten

I’ hear you say: “I am not bothered about gluten and I can tolerate them very well”. I hear this a lot from my clients who come into the practice for the first time. People often think that as long as they do not have coeliac disease they can tolerate gluten. Coeliac sufferers (a long term autoimmune disorder primarily affecting the small intestine that occurs in people who are genetically predisposed) can absolutely not eat any bread, not even a crumb. They will get unbearable complaints such as chronic diarrhoea, abdominal distention, malabsorption, loss of appetite, and among children failure to grow normally. But for the majority of people gluten are just as harmful and complaints might only occur at a later age.

L-cysteine: the bread-enhancer

Bread is a stable in most people’s diet. But unless you’re buying limited batch loaves from a local bakery, chances are you won’t be able to be sure what’s in it. If you’re buying your loaf from a commercial producer, it’ll probably contain human hair. You heard. Amino acids are the building blocks of life, but they’re not all created in the same way. L-cysteine, for example, is an amino acid used to extend shelf-life in things like commercial, factory-made bread, and its most often synthesised from human hair (as well as duck feathers, cow horns and pig bristles). The hair—mostly gathered from the floors of hair salons in China, it seems—is dissolved in acid and, through chemical isolation; the L-cysteine is isolated, packed up and shipped off to commercial bread producers.

But I can’t miss my bread

Wheat has the ability to completely destroy your health. The big problem is that bread can be very addictive. In the past I also thought “Help, I cannot do without bread!” And many of my clients say the same: “What am I going to do without MY bread?” In practise however bread is hardly ever missed if you decide not to eat it any longer. I have a wonderful recipe for making bread; my chia nut bread which is sugar and gluten free (see My CookWright recipe book) And next year I will be able to offer ready made EatWright bread mixes to make life even easier for you.   Still loving that delicious fluffy and light bread that stays fresh for a week?  Please watch the video below. Not normal isn’t it? Duck feathers and human hair!!! Can it become crazier?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bUMB3LCFwhQ

Has it always been like this?

That whole gluten story … has it always been like this? No certainly not. So why has this suddenly become more of a problem? It has only become a problem in the last 50 years. In the past, you had long-grassed wheat that waved in the wind, small grains and a low yield. But through modern science, spraying agents have been developed that makes the wheat grass shorter.  Short straw, bigger grains and more yield for the farmers as less earth is needed:  quite understandable. But this genetic engineering has increased the amount of gluten in wheat. Add the gluten powder and L-cysteine and you understand what the consequences will be for the health of the consumer.

 

What can the complaints be?

The short or long-term side effect of eating bread (gluten) may be:

  • Stimulation of appetite, and partly because of it
  • Obesity
  • Excessive increase in blood sugar levels and partly because of this
  • Diabetes type 2
  • Encourages inflammation
  • Has an acidifying effect on the body
  • Consequently, cartilage loss and
  • Bone injury
  • A disturbed immune system
  • Destruction of the intestinal flora
  • Consequently, in some cases coeliac disease
  • Neurological disorders
  • Cardiac disorders
  • Arthritis
  • Skin rash
  • Eliminating delusions, including schizophrenia

I realise that I am making some strong claims here. If you are in doubt and want to investigate these issues more I highly recommend you read: Wheat Belly by Dr William Davis, a prominent cardiologist.

What are the alternatives for bread?

Don’t make it too difficult or complicated; it’s really not worth it. I am a fan of salads or leftovers from a hot meal I had the day before. A lot of vegetable dishes are very suitable to be eaten cold or hot for lunch the next day. Nevertheless, there are always people who are really fond of their sandwiches. Then you can consider the bread baking mixes of The EatWright Plan that will be available soon or take a few gluten-free crackers or oatcakes to work. Alternatively few cold banana pancakes are ideal. Or maybe a cold omelette, a bowl of yoghurt or cottage cheese with nuts and fruit. There are plenty of options to replace your lunch.

Any questions or concerns; ping me a message and I will be very happy to give you advice.

Yours is good Health,

Leonie

Source: https://munchies.vice.com/en_us/article/53jx5n/theres-human-hair-in-your-bread

Obesity crisis among Children; 12 Tips for turning it around.

Unfortunately more and more children are overweight or obese. The latest research shows that more than 1 in 5 children are overweight or obese when they begin school. Almost 1 in 3 children are overweight or obese by the time they leave primary school. And obesity rates are highest in the most deprived 10% of the population – approximately twice that of the least deprived 10%. These are frightening statistics. Being obese or overweight as a child can have serious implications for the physical and mental health of a child, which can then follow on into adulthood. The numbers of children, who continue to have an unhealthy, and potentially dangerous, weight, is a national public health concern. In this article I want to take a closer look at the causes and consequences and whether children can really eat differently.

Children’s eating habits have changed over the years.  Burgers and snacks are available at many schools, or there are shops nearby where children go in the breaks to get sweets. In addition, many children spend more pocket money than before. For many children, food has become a stimulant and sometimes even a status symbol.

Whose fault is this?

Sometimes it is difficult to find out why children are overweight. There are several causes. Parents often do their best. There is one thing I want to make clear. It is not always the parents fault Most children will follow their parents example but if the parents do not know what is the ‘right’ thing to do, how can they be blamed.  Just look at how many different opinions there around on all kinds of health issues. Years ago we were told to eat less fat so we could lose weight; nowadays it is the other way around. And there is much more conflicting information around. Who do you believe and what is the right thing to do?

Is it the time we live in?

It is not easy to know what the healthiest food choices for your children are. Most people will by their groceries at the supermarket which is one big jungle. And the entire food industry is focused on child marketing. Have you noticed how products for children are advertised at their height? In addition, children move less than they did in the past. I still remember that when I used to play outside and my mom called me for dinner, I was really not happy. I always wanted to play outside for longer. And nowadays? You can’t get them to play outside; playing on the computer or tablet is far more interesting.

Can something be done?

You wonder if there’s a way back. I think it is not easy.  Parents need to be re-educated and informed so they know what food is best for their children. If they know and set an example, the children will follow. I see it as my mission to give lectures throughout the country to make people aware of the role of nutrition, exercise, a positive mind set, enough relaxation and what impact this can have on their health.  I’m 100% convinced that there’s a way back.

What are the causes of being overweight or obese?

Let’s have a look at what causes obesity, specifically in children:

  • Heredity
  • Nutrition
  • Drinking: children tend to drink more and more fizzy drinks and fruit juices. These are full of sugar.
  • The amount of sugar that children consume on a daily basis is a major contributing factor to gaining weight. The National Diet and Nutrition Survey found that sugary drinks account for 30% of 4 to 10 year olds’ daily sugar intake. Children’s consumption of added or processed sugars (non-milk extrinsic sugars) significantly exceeds the maximum recommended level. Their consumption of saturated fat, as part of their daily food energy, significantly exceeds the maximum recommended level of 11% of total food energy.
  • Advertising and temptations: The food industry plays an important role here. Marketing campaigns are aimed at tempting parents to buy things that they could better leave in the supermarket.
  • Children don’t exercise enough due to spending a lot of time on social media and computer games. Low levels of physical activity, and increased sedentary behaviours, of children and young people exacerbate the problems of poor diet and nutrition. In England, only 21% of boys and 16% of girls aged 5 to 15 achieve recommended levels of physical activity. As children grow older, the decrease in activity levels is greater for girls than boys: 23% of girls aged 5 to 7 meet the recommended levels of activity, but by ages 13 to 15 only 8% still do.
  • Disturbance of the melatonin in our children due to using screens (laptop, phones and tablets). Not having a good night sleep can cause weight gain.
  • Depression again caused by disturbance of the melatonin levels. As a result, children are less able to relieve stress, which causes emotional eating, which causes the child becoming overweight and uncertain, which in turn causes depression. A vicious circle.
  • Medication
  • Setting a bad example. If parents set a good example the children will follow. But because they don’t know what is right or wrong either, you cannot be blaming them entirely.

What are the risks?

Obesity and being overweight are linked to a wide range of diseases, most notably:

  • diabetes (type 2)
  • asthma
  • hypertension
  • cancer
  • heart disease
  • stroke

Obesity is also associated with poor psychological and emotional health, poor sleep, and many children experience bullying linked to their weight. Obese children are more likely to become obese adults and have a higher risk of morbidity, disability and premature mortality in adulthood.

Is there a way out?

I’m 100% convinced that there is a way out. I am sure that both parents and children can adopt a new lifestyle.

Here 12 tips that might help:

  1. Involve the children in the determining what to eat and in making a shopping list.
  2. Take your children with you to the supermarket and only buy what is on the shopping list.
  3. Teach children to read the labels.
  4. Make shopping fun and make a game out of it i.e. who is the first to find the carrots or I spy with my little eye etc.
  5. Make sure you fill your trolley with all the colours of the rainbow. The more colour in your choice of vegetables and fruits the better it is. Each fruit and vegetable contains different nutrients.
  6. Involve the children in preparing and cooking a meal.
  7. Give them ‘cool’ things to eat at school in ‘cool’ lunch boxes.
  8. Get them moving more. You could give them a pedometer and see who does the most steps.
  9. When they get treats given to them by others tell them not to eat it all at once and allow them to have one treat a day.
  10. Join in as a family and do not focus just on the child(ren).
  11. Reward the children when they are doing well by taking them to the cinema or park.
  12. Work with lots of colour and hide vegetables in soup.

I am therefore convinced that there really is a way back. The most important tip however is not to be too strict. The occasional sweet or fizzy drink is fine; it will not harm them. I allowed our children 1-2 treats a day consisting of a packet of crisps or/and a sweet.  What is important is that in their early years you create habits that don’t have them craving for sweet things so that they will be less in need of it later. They will benefit from this their entire life.

Please feel free to share this post with those you think might be interested.

To Better Health,

Leonie x

Worried about your waistline while on holiday; don’t be. 8 tips to help you.

At the beginning of this month my husband and I went on holiday to the Amalfi Coast in Italy. It was in one word: fantastic. Beautiful scenery, lovely people and delicious food. We had a fabulous time although it was very hot: around 30 degrees most days but I wore my sun hat, sun cream and my new sunglasses to protect me from the rays. The emphasis is on new sunglasses as on the way to the airport I realised that I forgot to pack them. Wearing contact lenses, I absolutely need them otherwise I get headaches. So I bought myself a trendy, new pair at Gatwick airport.

So where am I going with this story you might think? Well, that it is really important to plan and prepare what you take on holiday, the same you need to do when you’re changing your lifestyle in order to get healthier and feel great again. If you don’t plan and prepare the foods you are going to eat beforehand, you will most certainly make, or will be forced to make, the ‘wrong’ choice and go for the unhealthy food options. I’m referring of course to those which are highly addictive and full of refined sugar, bad fats and salt. The funny thing is that I had planned what to bring food-wise but then I forgot my sunglasses, which shows you where my priorities lie!

Typically when we go away on holiday, many of us are concerned about eating and drinking more than we would at home. We’re out of our normal routine and don’t know if we can find the healthy foods that we are used to and which are available at home.

How can you minimise weight gain and maybe even return home lighter?

With these 8 Tips you can enjoy your holiday without feeling guilty or have any nasty surprises upon your return.

  1. Bring emergency provisions. I always bring some food with me that I can have in case I am hungry when “out and about”. These are, just to mention a few, nuts, seeds, a couple of tins with fish and some small individually wrapped little pieces of low fat cheese.
  2. Breakfast. What do you eat for breakfast when at home? Porridge? Yoghurt with seeds and fruit? All fine. Why should you change that for a croissant, a glass of orange juice, a piece of fruit and a slice of toast with marmalade? A breakfast like this will cause an enormous spike in your blood sugar level, you will feel tired and you risk putting on weight. Choose eggs, scrambled, boiled or as an omelette with vegetables, plain yoghurt with fruit and or nuts for breakfast and you will be full of energy to take on the day.
  3. Snacks. When you have had a healthy breakfast you will not need a cake with your 11.00 am coffee or tea. However if you feel peckish take some nuts (30g), a boiled egg or a piece of fruit with you. That way you avoid that tempting piece of cake or ice cream.
  4. All-inclusive resort. When staying in a resort where food is included and available all day, choose to eat fish, chicken or meat, vegetables or salad or fruit from the buffet rather than the tempting desserts and biscuits. Plan the times you want to eat beforehand to avoid grazing all day and don’t over eat.
  5. Eating out. Going out for a meal often means having a pizza, fish and chips, a burger etc. When eating out try the following:
    1. avoid bread and butter before your meal,
    2. drink a glass of water with every glass of alcohol,
    3. choose a protein such as fish, meat or chicken as a main course and combine with vegetables or a salad
    4. avoid chips, potatoes, white rice and pasta. They contain starch which will be transferred into sugar once in the body and therefore will raise your blood sugar level.
  6. Alcohol. Lovely to sit down and relax with a cocktail, a glass of wine or a beer. It is just such a shame that these drinks contain loads of sugar and that the body doesn’t like it as much as you do. It will try to flush out the alcohol as soon as it can and will use the water in your body to do so. This can cause dehydration. Be careful with alcohol consumption and drink lots of water. Allow yourself a fixed number of drinks and don’t drink before dinner. Start your day with 2 large glasses of lukewarm water and have a glass of water every time before you eat.
  7. Exercise. Stay active while on holiday. Here is how:
    1. Explore your surroundings by foot or bike and when visiting a town or village go on foot. You avoid the traffic jams and buses with sweaty tourists
    2. Go for a swim and do some lengths. Avoid hanging at the pool bar!
    3. Participate in beach activities.
    4. Keep on the move; it will give you more satisfaction. You will see more of your surroundings, you will burn off excess energy and you will feel a lot fitter.
  8. Enjoy and don’t go on a diet. If you assume you will put on weight while on holiday and plan to go on a diet once you’re home, you give yourself permission to eat what you feel like. This is called the ‘last supper syndrome’. Do you recognise this? You are allowing yourself to eat and drink as much as you like and as a result you will have put on a stone in weight rather than the 4 pounds you expected to put on. It is not a problem because once you’re back home you will sort yourself out and go on a diet. Please don’t!

My advice is to follow the 80/20 rule; if you eat healthily for 80% of the time then you may eat less healthily for the other 20%.

I hope you find these tips helpful and if you have any other tips you would like to share please do let me know.

Enjoy your well-deserved break. After all holiday is a time for relaxation and rest and not for worries.