Preparing for my 1st Big Cleanse/Detox

I’m so excited to be preparing for the biggest cleanse/detox of my life!

I’ve tested out a new product and within 48 hrs I dropped 3 lbs!

I had the best energy and mental alertness of my life and I slept like a baby!
Not bad for someone with ‘Chronic Fatigue’, ‘Brain Fog’ and who is normally kept up at night due to mis-regulated adrenaline production from Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome.

Now a super cleanse and a months worth of the product is due any day – Eek!!

As you know I believe it is of paramount importance to ensure that we all (people and pets) get sufficient, bio-available, quantities of all 90 essential nutrients daily.  This is something I’m highly passionate about and will never be swayed otherwise on, but what about energy and fat loss?

I seem to have discovered the answer…

Most people have heard of a ‘Ketogenic Diet’ and upon further investigation discovered that it can be highly complex, can take months to achieve ‘ketogensis’ (natural fat burning), that there’s something really horrible called ‘Keto Flu’ that everyone goes through and that you’ve only got to look at your ‘favorite foods’ to get kicked out of Ketosis and have to start again.

That’s what I discovered last year.  I tried it (well a lazy version) again and again and failed over and over.  I only reached ‘natural ketosis’ once in all that time, I cheated most weekends and eventually daily.  I found it incredibly hard, although I knew it was what is best for me, I simply couldn’t resist those carbs.

On the plus side, I did go down a jeans size, which is quite amazing when you think about it, but honestly I was going to bed at the same time as my toddler as I was completely exhausted and my energy for the day was pretty much completely gone by 3 pm.

Well I’m happy to say, that is no longer the case.

Following a simple routine of a ‘Protein Shake’ in the morning with my full days nutritional supplementation, a balanced lunch (ketogenic), a delay long enough to let that go down and then a drink that contains ‘the magic formula’, followed by fasting until the next morning I can satiate my hunger, easily get into ketosis without feeling the need to snack, skip ‘Keto Flu’ and not have any carb cravings!

I’ve also had to start adding a belt to those jeans that I bought last year.

Hurrah!!

Can’t wait for the full Reboot: looking forward to seeing my fat drop, whilst maintaining muscle, and watching energy levels, clarity of mind and sleep soar!

 

 

What’s in your Supplements

Were you aware that the familiar RDA (Recommended Daily Allowance) has now been changed to NRV (Nutrient Reference Values), and that this occurred in 2014?

No, me either!

OK, so are they the same?

Yes.

But what do they mean anyway?

As of May 2016 the daily NRVs are:

13 Vitamins:

Vitamin A 800 µg / 2664 IU
Vitamin D 5 µg / 200 IU
Vitamin E 12 mg / 17.9 IU
Vitamin K 75 µg
Vitamin C 80mg
Thiamin 1.1 mg
Riboflavin 1.4 mg
Niacin 16 mg
Vitamin B6 1.4 mg
Folacin/Folic Acid 200 µg
Vitamin B12 2.5 µg
Biotin 50 µg
Pantothenic Acid 6 mg

14 Minerals

Potassium 2000 mg
Chloride 800 mg
Calcium 800 mg
Phosphorus 700 mg
Magnesium 375mg
Iron 14 mg
Zinc 10 mg
Copper 1 mg
Manganese 2 mg
Fluoride 3.5 mg
Selenium 55 µg
Chromium 40 µg
Molybdenum  50 µg
Iodine 150 µg

NRV covers 27 nutrients

The Office of Dietary Supplements recommends between 75 & 90 mg of vitamin C a day to prevent scurvy in an adult and a minimum of 40mg per day in a newborn, however the NIH proposes 200mg per day.  Further research suggests that due to absorption rates 2000 – 3000 mg should actually be minimum intake and 30,000 – 200,000 mg when ill.

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends 400 iu per day of Vitamin D to prevent rickets, the Vitamin D Council recommends 1000 iu per day in children, per 25kg of body weight, other information says 125-250 iu per lb of body weight.

Taking Selenium at a rate of 400 mcg per day has been scientifically proven to reduce the risk of a number of cancers.

So how does the supplement you take/give measure up?

Well, unfortunately it’s not that easy.

Some products claim 100% NRV, but are using synthetic vitamins that are not absorbed properly. Some use natural ones, but do not include the co-factors necessary for the body to utilize them.

Some ‘Children’s Multi-Vitamins’ only contain 25% of the NRV for a newborn and are recommended for children aged 3-12.

On top of this the average absorption of supplements is around 12%!

So many products don’t have any where near the variety of nutrients required by the body to function, and they also contain insufficient amounts of the nutrients they do contain, that’s if they are bio-available and not synthetic.

One supplement deficiency can lead to multiple diseases e.g. a calcium deficiency can lead to 147 different diseases.

Further, billions of dollars worth of research has found that we require, 90 essential nutrients (essential meaning we cannot produce them ourselves), including:

  • 60 Mineral
  • 16 Vitamins
  • 12 Amino Acids
  • 2-3 EFAs (Essential Fatty Acids)

So what do I do?

I refer to Naturopathy, and go to the gentleman who did the billions of dollars worth of research and produced the supplements that contain all #90forlife at amounts that benefit my body that are often well in excess of RDA/NRV :

e.g. some of the nutrients in BTT 2.0 Tablets

  • Vitamin A 200%
  • Vitamin C 2083% (plus I take more on top)
  • Vitamin D3 250% (plus I take more on top)
  • Vitamin E 200%
  • Thiamin (B1) 2000%
  • Riboflavin (B2) 1765%
  • Niacin 200%
  • Vitamin B6 1500%
  • Vitamin B12 16,667%
  • Pantothenic Acid 1500%

they also contain all the necessary co-factors and a 90-98% absorption rate and list the ORAC value (amount of anti-oxidants), it is recommended that you take 100,000 ORAC per day, you can get some from your food, but it’s a challenge to get that many:

  • Cranberries 9,090
  • Blackcurrants 7,957
  • Plums 6,100
  • Blackberries 5,905
  • Red Raspberries 5,065
  • Blueberries 4,669
  • Strawberries 4,032
  • Broccoli (Raw) 3,086
  • Apples 3,049

(ORAC per 100 grams)

the BTT 2.0 tablet example above, which contains all 90 essential nutrients, have an ORAC value of 160,000.

I also eat/feed a diet that eliminates the ’12 Bad Foods’ which would prevent absorption even from the quality of supplements that we take.

If you’d like to know more and learn how Nutritional Competence can help you,

please feel free to get in touch

Healing is Easy

I absolutely love this 1 hr talk from Dr. Peter Glidden

Your body needs 90 Essential Nutrients a Day to be healthy, and if you’re not healthy, you’re missing some.
He describes how Naturopaths don’t cure anything, they just give the body what it needs, cut out the foods that are holding you back, and give the body a chance to do what it does best…

Here are the ‘Healthy Body Paks‘ he’s talking about.

 

 

 

Lets Talk… Legumes

Legumes are defined as ‘members of the pea family’ 

Legumes: Beans, Peas, Lentils, Soy and Peanuts

Legumes contain Phytic Acid which binds to nutrients in food preventing their absorption, earning them the label ‘anti-nutrients’, the knock on effects of this is highly dependent on intake quantity. Legumes also contain galaco-ligosaccharides which are associated with digestive issues. However, the main issue with legumes is their lectin content.

Lectins are known to damage the intestinal wall by reducing the speed of cell renewal, which leads to ‘leaky gut’, this causes digestive issues, specifically with vitamin and mineral absorption and autoimmune problems. Lectins are a plant form of defence that are resistant to digestion and lead to antibody production to them, which means certain lectin containing foods can literally be intolerable to a body, stimulating an immune response i.e. allergic reaction, and too much lectin consumption leads to vomiting, cramping and diarrhoea. Immune responses include skin rashes, joint pain and general inflammation, thankfully these will stop, as soon as consumption stops.

Legumes are also high in starch, which we know turns to sugar during the digestive process and feeds insulin resistance, weight gain and cancer.

Peanuts (unless you’ve picked them yourself) contain the FDA declared “unavoidable contaminant” aflatoxins, long-term consumption of which are linked to cancer and other diseases.

Soy, ignoring the fact that 93% of soy produced is GMO, as well as containing lectins and phytic acid which inhibit calcium, magnesium, copper, iron and zinc absorption, also contain phytoestrogens, which are hormone disruptors linked with infertility and some forms of cancer. Soy also contains trypsin inhibitors which have a negative effect on protein digestion and increase the bodies need for vitamins B12 and D, as well as a clot-promoting substance called Haemagglutin, which causes red blood cells to clump together, that can be painful and lead to health issues. Its isoflavones have been shown to stimulate growth of cancer cells, its aluminium content is connected to kidney and nervous system issues and soys high levels of goitrogens block the production of thyroid hormone.

Unfortunately the pet food industry have adopted a number of legumes as ‘protein sources’ instead of the species appropriate protein source meat. i.e. soy in ‘cat food’ (those meaty pieces) and ‘pea protein’ in kibble, also peanut husks are used as a source of fibre.

There are a number of ways that lectins can be processed that reduce the negative effects, such as sprouting and fermenting, however these processes are costly and not normally utilised in ‘pet food’ or even in home preparation.

Bearing all of this in mind you can possibly see why personally I recommend against feeding legumes, and in fact other than the odd handful of peanuts or spoonful of hummus, I don’t eat them myself (thankfully coffee beans are not legumes lol).