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The dangers of Aspartame and MSG

Louise Kinesiology Posted on Thu, May 12, 2016 15:06:32

Aspartame

Aspartame is an artificial sweetener that is promoted as being healthier than sugar. The reality however is far more worrying.

Aspartame is made up of aspartic acid and phenylalanine. The latter has been synthetically altered to carry a methyl group, which is responsible for aspartame’s sweet taste. The phenylalanine methyl bond, called methyl ester, allows the methyl group on the phenylalanine to easily break off and form methanol. Methanol is not bonded into anything that can help eliminate it from your body and humans are unable to break it down. Once inside your body, the methanol is converted by alcohol dehydrogenase (ADH) enzyme into formaldehyde, which can wreak havoc on your DNA and sensitive proteins.

85 percent of all complaints registered with the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) are for adverse reactions to aspartame, including five reported deaths. A closer look at the unscientific studies, suspicious approval methods, and its harmful ingredients, reveal the hidden dangers of this artificial sweetener. In reality, aspartame poses a public health threat.

Just a few of the many disorders associated with Aspartame intake include:
– birth defects
– brain cancer
– diabetes
– emotional disorders
– epilepsy / seizures
To find out more about the fascinating story in how this poison has ‘slipped through the net’ and the multiple studies which have shown its toxic effects, check out:
http://www.mercola.com/article/aspartame/hidden_dangers.htm

Until then, look carefully at packaging! The most common places you will find aspartame are artificial sweeteners, diet drinks, ‘sugar free’ products, sweets, medicines, chewing gum, cereals, yoghurts – even some vitamins!!

MSG

MSG, or monosodium glutamate is an additive put in food. It is neuro-excitatory, which means that it excites your body’s nerves by stimulating them. When you eat MSG, you think the food you’re eating has more protein and tastes better. It does this by tricking your tongue, using a little-known fifth basic taste: umami. MSG is more than just a seasoning like salt and pepper, it actually enhances the flavour of foods, making processed meats and frozen dinners taste fresher and smell better, salad dressings more tasty, and canned foods less tinny.

It is commonly used in canned soups, crackers, meats, salad dressings, stock, frozen dinners and much more. It’s found in your local supermarket and restaurants, in your child’s school cafeteria and, amazingly, even in baby food and infant formula. Manufactures know that many people now know to avoid it, so have hidden with other names, such as spices, flavourings, yeast extract to name but a few. A more extensive list can be found at:
http://lifespa.com/sneaky-names-for-msg-check-your-labels/

So what is the problem? MSG contains glutamate which is a neurotoxin. That’s because MSG overstimulates our nervous system — exciting our nerves and causing an inflammatory response. With time, these repetitive inflammatory responses cause our nerves to start producing more and more nerve cells that are sensitive to this kind of stimulation. The more overly-sensitive nerve cells we have, the stronger our immediate response to MSG will be.

Many people have ill effects after consuming MSG, including:

  • Numbness
  • Burning sensation
  • Tingling
  • Facial pressure or tightness
  • Chest pain or difficulty breathing
  • Headache
  • Nausea
  • Rapid heartbeat
  • Drowsiness
  • Weakness

However, MSG is also an excitotoxin, which means that over time it can overexcite your cells to the point of damage or death, causing brain damage to varying degrees – and potentially even triggering or worsening learning disabilities, Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, Lou Gehrig’s disease and more.



Healthy eating habits

Louise Kinesiology Posted on Thu, May 12, 2016 14:45:25

Healthy eating habits

The fuel – or lack of it – that we put into our bodies is one
of the biggest factors contributing to our state of health. In society today,
we tend to be in such a rush and have so many demands on our time that we have
slipped into poor eating habits. These can range from eating ‘on the go’ or
bolting down our food; eating ready meals full of salt, sugar and additives;
buying less fresh ingredients etc. If you are reading this, you are aspiring to
lead a healthier and happier life. One of the biggest ways you can make that
happen is to nourish your body properly.

There is an old saying: ‘Eat breakfast like a king, lunch
like a prince and supper like a pauper’. This makes perfect sense: despite some
diets’ advice, we do need to start our day by fuelling our body
properly. Our digestive systems are at their strongest at the start of the day:
we have replenished our stomach’s enzyme and acid levels, ready to break down a
hearty meal. By 7pm, our digestive system is all but shut down and the body
will really struggle to process what is for most their main meal of the day.
Some people skip breakfast altogether, others grab just a tea or coffee, most
fill up with sugary cereals. If you look on the back of your cereal packets,
you will probably be shocked: most cereals have between 3-4 teaspoons of sugar
per bowl (4 grams of sugar = one teaspoon). Even many cereals touted as the
‘healthy’ option, like granola, are packed with sugar. You have to look
carefully. In addition to this, there is little nutritional value in these
cereals. Whilst companies will state that they contain added vitamins or iron,
most of these are in a form unrecognisable to the body and therefore unable to
be absorbed.

So, you start the day with a significant
sugar spike – a ‘high’ which your body works hard to balance and then results
in an inevitable late morning ‘dip’, meaning our energy levels slump, you feel
tired and lethargic and often irritable! That’s when you turn to a ‘pick me
up’, and then you carry on the day in this fashion – sugar highs and lows, with
our body working incredibly hard at trying to balance out its blood sugars.
It’s not a coincidence that diabetes type 2 has risen 60% in the past ten years

It’s easy to change this. Firstly, if you
choose to continue having cereals, look very carefully at the nutritional value
and sugar levels in it. Add nuts and seeds to it in order to increase the
protein, as this provides a longer lasting energy store. Try rotating healthy
breakfasts: some other ideas include porridge, eggs, salmon or other fish, good
quality meat, avocados, oat cakes, rye toast, yoghurt (plain), fruit (low GL),
smoothies with a mixture of green leaves and low GL fruit – I ‘bulk’ out mine
by getting extra protein from nuts, seeds, almond butter and a scoop of pure pea
protein powder. Be aware that honey has a very high sugar content, as do many
jams; try almond butter or salt and sugar free peanut butter instead.

GL stands for Glycaemic Load. You may have
come across this term before, or heard of GI (Glycaemic Index). GI measures the
rate at which carbohydrates are released from a food into your bloodstream. Low
GI foods are better than high GI, as they release the carbs at a slower rate,
thus avoiding the spikes and dips that were mentioned earlier. However, measuring
foods in terms of GL is even more sophisticated, as this includes GI, but also
takes into account how much of the
food is carbohydrate. Patrick Holford pioneered this and you can find out more,
along with lists of what has high and low GL on: https://www.patrickholford.com/topic/low-gl. There is also a
great resource which allows you to type in meal ideas and find out their GL
load: http://gl.patrickholford.com

There are some basic rules to follow:


Do not start your day with tea or coffee. They are an assault
on both your stomach and your adrenals. Have a glass of warm water (with lemon
if you wish) first and if you have to have this stimulant then have it with
food.


Try to eat organic. Some crops can be sprayed with
insecticides and herbicides up to thirty times before they reach your plate.


Increase your intake of whole grains, varying what you eat;
try to replace wheat with brown rice, quinoa, oats, barley, buckwheat etc. Any
bread or pasta needs to be brown.


Have 3-4 servings of pulses and beans per week.


Increase your fruit, salad and veg intake past the 5 a day,
to 8-10 a day.


Do not assume that all fat is bad; essential fatty acids are
just that – essential for our bodies
and brains. Nuts, seeds, avocados, eggs, good quality cheese are examples.


Increase your intake of oily fish (wild salmon, sardines,
herrings, pilchards etc)


Avoid refined, processed foods.


Avoid MSG (an artificial flavouring) and Aspartame (an
artificial sweetener). Check out my blog to find out why.


Limit red meat intake to 1-2- servings a week; white meat and
fish are much healthier.


Limit your sugar and salt intake. Foods advertised as ‘low
fat’ are nearly always pumped full of sugar in order to replace the flavour.


Replace sugar with Xylitol, which is plant sourced and one of
the few sweeteners that is neither carcinogenic or neuro-excitatory and doesn’t
feeds pathogenic gut flora.

Healthy snacks include: low GL fruit, nuts,
seeds, oatcakes, rye toast or vegetable sticks with hummus, mashed avocado or
cottage cheese. Avoid dried fruit, as the sugar content can be outrageously
high: a single date has the equivalent to an entire punnet of strawberries!



Sizzling Minerals

Louise Kinesiology Posted on Thu, May 12, 2016 14:42:37

Clients often ask me whether there is a product that I can recommend for them to continue taking after their treatments have successfully finished, or that I would recommend to their family or friends. I don’t generally have an answer for this, as everyone’s bodies are so biochemically unique. However, we are all – despite our best efforts – mineral depleted.

This is due to the fact that our diets sadly can no longer provide the level of minerals we need, no matter how healthily we eat: soil in the UK and Europe is 72% depleted due to poor farming methods and in the US it has been estimated that you would need to eat a massive 27,575 calories per day to get our required intake! Minerals are crucial to our health; our immunity, bone health, enzyme function, pH balance, cellular health, ability to absorb vitamins – to name but a few – are all dependant on sufficient mineral levels.

The 75 essential minerals which make up Sizzling Minerals are all derived from 70 million year old prehistoric organic plant vegetate; the fact that their source is not metallic is worth noting: approximately only 10-20% of metallic (and even chelated) mineral supplements are able to be absorbed by the body due to their molecular structure. The molecular structure of vegetate minerals is tiny in comparison – 7,000 times smaller than a blood cell and therefore much easier to absorb.

You can sign up using this link https://www.simplynaturals.com/116456 then choosing from four delicious flavours (natural, orange, cherry berry or lemon/lime). It benefits you to ensure that the ‘monthly autoship‘ is ticked, as you save £5 per month by buying in this way, which means they cost just 80p per day. It also means that the minerals will be sent to your home automatically every month – shipping is free and you have one less thing to have to remember! You are not tied in for a specific period and the autoship option can be cancelled easily at any time by logging into your account or ringing customer services – no cancellation charges are incurred. Although many people notice significant benefits to their health within weeks or even days, everyone’s experience is different and it is recommended that you try them for a period of at least three months.

Rest assured that you are ordering a 100% natural, plant-based product that is free from artificial colourings and preservatives, sugar and fat. Now you can sit back and watch your health improve as your body receives some of the vital toolsit needs to heal itself! If you would like to find out more about the product, you can watch a video presentation here: www.thehealthvideo.com