Does your nutrition need a boost?

All disease is fundamentally linked to cellular health and if we optimise that we are less likely to struggle with illness.  Now you may eat a fundamentally good diet.. Plenty of raw fruit and veg however, one thing to consider is that we do not have the nutritional value in our food even organic food that we did decades ago – due to the modern farming methods depleting our soil plus as a nation we eat a lot of processed food too both of which mean we are not getting enough of the vitamins and minerals that we need.

How to know?

Do you have a lack of energy?

Are you fatigued or irritable?

Get a lot of coughs and colds?

Poor bone health?

Joint discomfort?

Weak skin, hair and nails?

All these are signs or symptoms of vitamin and mineral deficiency plus the diet many of us eat is very pro-inflammatory and inflammation is the root cause of many diseases.  So how to get out of this?

Choose a supplement rich in vital micronutrients and potent in anti-oxidants.

There is no fairy dusting in the LLV – what is fairy dusting – it when companies put a large load of ingredients into a product so you think it impressive but the thing is most of those extra ingredients are there in such small quantities that they don’t cause benefit to the body.  Anything you see on a doTerra label is there because it is there is sufficient quantities to be beneficial.

In a single serving of LLV you are getting the equivalent of 12 plus servings of fruits and vegetables.

The product is made up of 3 items

Alpha CRS – a powerful source of anti-oxidants to reduce inflammation

XEOmega or VEOmega (vegan version) – provides 3 essential fatty acids either from fish oil that is filtered and free of pesticides and heavy metals or plant based sources.  In addition it also contains other oils that provide beneficial antioxidants

Microplex VMz as well as all your essential micronutrients this supplement is also rich in plant botanicals

All the nutrients in these supplements are bonded with a healthy yeast to create a protein matrix that the body sees as food and allows total absorption and so you get full benefit from taking them unlike many other products on the market that have poor absorption.  

How long do you need to take them for ?

Well most people will see a benefit within a few days but blood cells completely replenish every 120 days so for maximum benefit you need 120 days of good nutrition.

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How to Have Good Mobility and Pain-Free Living Throughout Your Life.

So one of the things I see as a doctor and coach is chronic pain and poor mobility as a result and far from it being just the way it is there is actually a lot that can be improved.

This post is one of a series but for today lets talk about nutrition.

I fully believe that a wholefood plant- based (WFPB) diet is the way ahead here and the only way.  Meat and animal products are highly inflammatory and the root cause of all pain is inflammation therefore it is not hard to see why this might cause problems.  WFPB is widely acknowledged to be anti-inflammatory due to the high level of antioxidants it supplies to the body – these can prevent or slow damage to cells caused by free radicals which are unstable waste molecules that the body produces as a reaction to environmental and other pressures including that caused by our diet.

Please see the here for the Plant- Based Health Professionals Guide to Healthy eating – whilst this may not be what you want to do completely – incorporating what aspects you can will only aid your health and skeletal system.

Good nutrition is essential and the Lifelong Vitality (LLV) supplement pack is definitely worth getting for  the abundance of multi-vitamin and minerals, essential fatty acids and the high levels of phytonutrients containing those amazing anti-oxidants – see separate info for full details on why adding in supplements is essential.

Protein especially soya is highly beneficial (2 portions a day – 1 can be soya milk with the other tofu), cows milk does not confer benefit but that is a whole other subject I will examine another day.

Omega 3 and 6 are the bone promoting fatty acids – due to concerns about fish stocks and also pollution personally I would advise using a vegan source such as that from flax-seed and algae – there is no agreed value on what level or omega 3 is beneficial for the body in general but 1000mg is widely used – just over that in LLV.

Prevent calcium loss by avoiding alcohol, fizzy drinks, antacids, stress, cortisol secretion, salt and sugar

To maintain bone health – weight-bearing exercise is essential – walking is not enough on its own while it does prevent loss of bone stock it does not improve density but if you add in a weighted vest or leg weights or backpack it will fit the bill, as well running, skipping, dancing are all good forms to do this.

Risk of osteoporosis increases due to micronutrient shortage of vitamin D which is also sequestered in fat and those who are overweight.

Protein needs – adults 0.83gm/kg, in the over 60s 1gm/kg for strength athletes 1.3-1.9gm/kg and for endurance vegan athletes 1.3-1.5gm/kg

Studies have shown that there is an increased risk of fracture with higher rates of animal protein ingestion but more study is needed.  We do know that plant-protein is more alkaline and therefore more bone promoting.

Other essential micronutrients are vitamin B12 – 167% of RDA in LLV also vitamin C and vitamin K again at recommended levels.  Minerals such as magnesium, boran and potassium are all vital for healthy bones and present abundantly in a variety of green veg as well as the supplements.

What about calcium supplementation? Well this is a tricky area as  actually too much can cause more trouble that it is worth with higher risks of cardiovascular disease and that of strokes and the evidence is unclear of how much is actually beneficial  – most multi-vitamin supplements don’t include it the LLV does at a level of 50% of the RDA.  Top up with low oxalate green veg to improve absorption such as broccoli, bok choy, kale, napa, cabbage, watercress, mustard and turnip greens – these all absorb at a rate of 40-60% whereas my beloved spinach has a low absorption of only 5%

To be continued

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Are your essential oils in the bottle what they say on the bottle?

When I first started learning about essential oils I realised it was a minefield out there with so many different choices it seemed impossible trying to figure out what the best one was to pick.  I also realised there was a lack of regulation so it was hard to sort the wheat from the chaff but I was realistic enough to realise that 10ml of lavender oil at £7.50 would not be worth buying.

I was prompted to write this after browsing an online shop for other items when I came across the fact they sold essential oils – £7 lavender was too cheap so I looked at the description and it was labelled 100% pure lavender oil – great you may think but no, read on and I will tell you more.

 It is estimated that 80% of essential oils are adulterated in some way either with pesticides or contaminants at distillation or being diluted so much so that the buyer at source may not even be aware and even if this is known lack of regulation means you the consumer don’t get what you think you are getting.  

There are several different methods of oil extraction some ensure purity and some methods mean solvent such as alcohol is left in the product.  For example real Rose Oil is extremely expensive.  It takes 242,000 rose petals to distill approximately 5 mL of rose oil making this an extremely costly oil to produce.  Rose Absolute that you may see labelled is a cheaper option but this is not a pure oil – it includes the solvent usually alcohol left at the end of the distillation process.  In fact some cheaper “rose oils” are in fact absolutes but poorly labelled.  This is the same for many of the expensive to produce flower oils.

And  in some distilleries or bottling plants  they will dilute the oil with some cheaper oil in order to maximise production but again you the consumer will often have little to no knowledge of this.

Going back to the lavender bottle – further giveaways that the aforementioned product might be less than pure were the words “for external use only”.  Lavender is a hugely beneficial plant internally yet this producer limits this as an option.  Why?  Further testing to achieve food grade is costly and that could be the reason they may argue but if the oil is pure why not embrace that.  So that definitely flags up concerns that it is not the purity that is suggested.

 The next thing I noticed on this other oil was the advice to avoid in pregnant women and babies – lavender oil is safe in both these groups and especially beneficial and the only reason to advise avoidance would be if the oil was not pure.  

I searched a long time to find oils that were good quality, ethical and fitted with my evidence based approach and doTerra oils do all that and so much more. All doTerra oils are batch tested and these are the tests carried out to ensure essential oil purity:

  1. Organoleptic testing
  2. Microbial testing
  3. Gas chromatography
  4. Mass spectrometry
  5. Fourier-transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR)
  6. Chirality testing
  7. Isotopic analysis
  8. Heavy metal testing

Plus doTerra employ a third party to carry out further tests and what is even more credible about this latter round of testing is that doTerra are the only company to allow this third party to publish their results to the public.  Therefore you can be guaranteed that what you are getting in the bottle is exactly what is on the outside of the bottle.

This is why doTerra can seem more expensive than other brands because what you are getting is the proper stuff, another point to touch on is the fact that doTerra not only pay farmers fair wages, they pay promptly and help them grow their businesses and communities by provide a whole lot of support – but that is for another time.

Next time you look to buy a bottle of essential oil think about what is in it please get in touch to learn more and join one of my free essential oils made easy classes. 

Do we need supplements?

So if you had asked me this 6 months ago I would have firmly said NO if you have a good balanced diet.  I ate a great diet, I was very nutritionally aware and incorporated daily the necessary food sources to accomplish that.  And as a vegan I didn’t take any vitamin B12 supplements either, prefering to source my requirements from nutritional yeast and yeast extract and my bloods were all easily in the right range and my vitamin B12 had actually increased since adopting my daily yeast consumption.  

So what changed? February I didn’t feel 100% – winter is never great for me and my Greek heritage, I need sunshine, anyway I noticed that a few people who had started on the supplements I sold without any recommendation from me I should add commented how much better they felt.  So I thought what the hell let’s give them a go!  With a 30 day money back guarantee I couldn’t exactly go wrong.  

Within 2 days I felt more energised and well, it was remarkable, now not everyone gets such an obvious response sometimes they don’t notice til they stop them thinking they are doing nothing and then wham they realise that they did and start back on them!  So I was pretty hooked but the medical side of me said did they actually match up?

I then, coincidentally, started my diploma in nutrition and so I went through the supplements I sell with a fine tooth comb and found that yes they in fact do!  

So why if I had this amazing diet did I benefit and don’t think it is because my vegan was not healthy -the science is there to prove that it is and I could wax lyrical about it but let’s stick to the case in point, so what I found from doing my nutrition diploma was that how our soil fertility has decreased massively and estimates are that within about 40 to 50 years the soil fertility will be completely eroded.   

Why is this? Well modern farming methods employ the use of tillage that is where you see those heavy ploughs going around and turning over the soil – what they actually do is only turn over the top 18 inches of soil and actually compact the area underneath.  This means that the biodiversity that we need in the soil to provide fertility is massively reduced because there’s only 18inches now because the underneath of it is compacted like concrete from the impact.  This also means that for this area of soil the rainwater can’t be absorbed in the field and is one of the contributing factors to the reason we have got so many flooded areas when we have periods of intense rain because the soil can’t drain away as the water is effectively lying on something akin to concrete.  This floodwater also washes away the nutrients in the soil.  It’s been proven that this intensive farming method actually yield less produce due to the reduced nutrients in the soil and reduced nutrients means less going into the fruit and vegetables that we actually eat. 

So what can we do?   Well, switch to organic produce yes but not all organic farmers employ no tillage methods and definitely look towards smaller farmers as well that will help the environment and your health.  Interestingly the no tillage methods are popular in the USA but the UK still slow to embrace the change.

What are these methods?

1. Continuous no or minimum mechanical soil disruption

2. Permanent mulch on soil surface to protect and feed soil life

3. Diversification of species – through rotational, sequences or associations

So what this means is that even with the best will in the world and adherence to good quality produce it is very likely we will still be lacking in essential nutrients plus our bodies are subjected to more toxins in the environment than ever before from the pollutants in daily life meaning that we need extra support than we can currently always get.  It would be great if we could all live somewhere by the sea or in the countryside breathing beautiful fresh air and eating from our gardens but that sadly isn’t  always possible and although, I grow a lot of my own stuff I live in a city centre subject to the air pollution plus the soil is poor quality from old building rubble.  And even if we are not lacking in nutrients (I wasn’t) stress and other factors that can affect our well-being all require a bit of a boost at times.

So supplements are worth having but not all supplements are created equally and for further investigation I decided to look at all the supplements that were for sale in a well known chain store and compare them.   So regulations state that as long as you have a certain level of ingredient in the supplement you can put that on the label and that doesn’t have to be the recommended daily allowance level.   Therefore, all multi-vitamin & mineral supplements are not created equal. I was quite shocked with the results.  

So let’s use Vit D3 as an example the recommended daily allowance is 600 international units daily for men and women rising to 800 international units for the over 70s the vast majority of these supplements had 400 IU or even less and I found one product only had 100 IUs in them.  

Yes I sell supplements and so I have a vested interest in promoting them but this is what I have come to learn after a lot of research, and a bit of eating of humble pie as I was totally and utterly against them.  

Get in touch if you would like to know more about the lifelong vitality pack and a 30 day money-back guarantee and feel free to do your own research and let me know your thoughts.

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Are you keen to have less aches and pains and improved skin and gut health?

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