Fibre, what does this mean? For many the thoughts is the rough stuff that is hard to chew. You are right, but there are other types of fibres that are also essential to help maintain our health.
However, if you react to other chemicals in the plant produce such as amines, salicyltes and glutamates, oxolates, phytates,gluten, starches etc., then increasing your dietary fibre from fruit, vegetables, grains can trigger other problems. For more information on this please see this article: Fruit, Vegetables and Grains, are they causing you harm?
Why is fibre so important? It's not only important but vital....When we don't eat enough, our body start clog up and become 'toxic' as it is difficult to nourish the bowel and to remove the waste. A quick run down is in the infographic below, prepared by two of my attending students a while ago. Thanks Nick and Kirra.
The best bit it doesn't take long for the health benefits to become evident in the body. The microbiome changes within 24-48 hours which translates to healthier guts, more relaxed immune system and the beginning of serious detoxification.
Keep in mind, if you are not used to eating fibre, if you eat too much too soon, you are likely to either become quite constipated, or have a major clean out. Start small, an extra serve here an there over the week; legumes or lentils once per week to get the guts used to those fibres being there.
Another word of caution, fibre needs water to keep it soft, so if you are not a water drinker, and only increase fibre then you are more than likely to become clogged up and undermining your good intentions. :( So, drink up, eat and and reap the rewards of a healthier body.
Bottom line, is that fibre, with gut microbes and on their own works within the intestinal tract to support the following organs:
Water, a life giving force, some thing we just can't do with out. Fresh, clean water is becoming an issue in many countries and even in Australia, we have issues. Newcastle's contamination of the ground water near the Airport, the Hunter River, the Darling Basin's salination just to name a few. Then the problems with old pipes: lead, copper come to mind, and possible plastic leaching in the newer ones; cleaning process and the contamination of what is meant to be clean water. A solution? Water filters and purifiers. I am not a supplier, but do believe it is important to install and use them.
Reverse osmosis is the optimum, moving through to purchasing, what one would hope to be clean water. I encourage every one to do their homework, consider what is possible for their own household.
Our body responds really well when we drink the optimum amount and type of fluids best for our body. Approximately 35ml/Kg of body weight is required to keep our body hydrated and do all the things it does. What this equates to is for a 80kg person, 2.8Lts over the day, a 103Kg person requires approximately 3.6Lts per day. Yes, this is a lot, and many are struggling to drink even 500mls.
Why is water so important? Not only important but vital....When we don't drink enough, our body start to look and feel like the outback - dry, dusty and potentially desert like.
Water helps in the following ways, and not in order of value:
At times I think it is invaluable to ask this Question: "What is right, and by who's 'right' am I working from?" In a society of political correctness, rules, etc., we can easily be overwhelmed by all the right things we should be doing. When it comes to health there seems to be an endless array of information telling us what the 'right' thing is.
So, from a health and wellness perspective, what is the right thing? As a Health Professional i can't give you a blanket answer and this isn't meant to be a cop out statement, but the truth is, there is no right for everyone and so I can't make the claim. What I can tell you and for previous clients I would hope you recall my approach to be one of guidance and self discovery. In the theme of medicine - do no harm an inquiry is needed into what could cause harm. Food, as I would hope you have worked out by now some foods can be elixir of life, but for some the same foods can be poison. Therefore it is important to get to your yourself and with help determine your elixir foods, and which to avoid.
How is this done? There are a few basic things that when followed makes life easier, well it does in the end. The path to the end that is the problem. (Problem being putting a question out there knowing there is an answer NLP 101) So this is the steps generally taken to improve health and guiding a person through the journey.
Bed wetting, or urinary incontinence is generally an developmental/age related occurrence, with young children growing out of it by the age of approximately 3. For some through, bladder control, or recognition to urinate may not kick in, or may regress at various times. This can occur at any age, and is not isolated to young children or the aged.
There are many reasons for this to occur. Physical – bladder structure, infections, communication between the bladder, the brain and the muscles that relax the urethra. Stress, anxiety and other emotional triggers can also increase bed wetting and or urinary incontinence. All possibilities should be investigated, including the lessor known or considered trigger of food chemicals; both naturally occurring such as Salicylates, Amines and Glutamates and those used in food manufacturing.
While there seems to be a lack of scientific evidence for this relationship between chemicals and bladder control, anecdotal client reports and a collection of other material shows there is a likely relationship. The possible trigger links could be irritation of the bladder lining, nerve involvement and over firing of signals to void. The actual link is not as yet known.
It is essential for physical issues to be ruled out – infections, structural changes or damage to the urinary system. Stress, anxiety and emotional issues, but sensitivities can also increase emotions, at time to irrational levels.
If the medical tests come back ‘normal, or inconclusive’ then it may be well worth Common chemicals eaten include:
Trialing an elimination process to identify which foods the body is responding to. If you thought caution is needed to remove healthy foods, you are correct. It is invaluable to speak and work with a Dietitian who understands the process and the associations between foods and symptoms.
The RPAH Allergy Unit in Sydney are the world leaders in allergies and food intolerance and the associated symptoms, relationships and management, and I feel we are very fortunate to have such wonderful people looking at non-invasive treatment for the many symptoms associated with food intolerance/sensitivities. For a more comprehensive list of possible associations then check out www.fedup.com.au and go to the bottom of the page, You will be surprised!! If you feel you are reading about yourself, then it is well worth considering looking at the foods you eat, they may be causing your harm, yes, even your fruit and vegies.
Client reports suggest bed wetting, and urinary urgency improves within days of removing the offending chemical and relapses occur soon after the re-introduction. Hence the name Food Elimination. For specific client reports, look at Client Testimonials
A dietitian with an interest in mind, body, skill development and empowering people to help themselves. After living a lifetime in the first 40, it is now time take it easier and let things be and help others get their their 'life'.
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