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Sunday 4 February 2024

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La idea de que hay alimentos que ayudan a calentarnos y otros a enfriarnos está presente desde hace más de dos milenios en el concepto de Yin y Yan de la medicina china y en la ayurvédica.
Conocer el efecto de los alimentos en términos de reacción térmica puede ser interesante para las mujeres que sufren los sofocos de la menopausia, las personas muy frioleras o muy calurosas, o simplemente para no padecer tanto calor en verano o tanto frío en invierno.
 
Nos referimos al efecto a largo plazo de los alimentos, no a la sensación inmediata de calor que produce una sopa o de frío de un helado.
Como mujer en edad de la menopausia he experimentado en mi propia piel cómo diferentes alimentos agravan o aligeran los sofocos. Por otra parte, soy una persona con tendencia a ser bastante friolera, y también he podido discernir qué alimentos favorecían esta condición hasta el punto de padecer el síndrome de Raynaud (falta de riego sanguíneo en la punta de los dedos cuando la temperatura es baja).

Alimentos que enfrían: hortalizas con fécula (patata, boniato, yuca, etc.), cereales (trigo, maíz, arroz, etc.), legumbres (garbanzos, lentejas, etc.), azúcar, jarabes, miel, fruta seca (uvas pasas, dátiles, orejones, etc.)
Alimentos que calientan: proteínas animales (carne, pescado, marisco, huevos), frutos secos (almendras, avellanas, nueces, etc.), especies, verduras sin fécula.
Alimentos neutros: frutas

Los alimentos que contienen una cantidad elevada de carbohidratos complejos perturban la circulación sanguínea enlenteciéndola. El mecanismo que explica este efecto es la glicación, según el Dr. Perlmutter; o ciertas toxinas derivadas de la digestión de estos alimentos, como el etileno, según la Dra. Campbell-McBride. En el artículo dedicado al Síndrome de Raynaud y neuropatías se explica con más detalle cómo estos alimentos dañan en sistema vascular.
En cuanto a los alimentos ricos en proteínas, el calor interno es achacado a las grasas saturadas de la carne, las cuales aceleran el ritmo cardíaco, según la medicina convencional. La tendencia de salud natural del Higienismo defiende que la consumición de proteínas animales de todo tipo produce toxinas, como el ácido úrico, que el organismo debe eliminar rápidamente, por lo que se activa el sistema cardiovascular.  Lo mismo sucede con los frutos secos, las especies y las verduras sin fécula; contienen substancias que deben eliminarse rápidamente, como por ejemplo los anti-nutrientes de los frutos secos (fitatos, lectinas, oxalatos, etc.), las alicinas del ajo y la cebolla, o la curcumina del cúrcuma.
La fruta fresca, sin haber sufrido ninguna transformación, es el único alimento que no perturba la temperatura del organismo.

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Wednesday 17 May 2023

Although we don’t know exactly what is the cause of cramps, it is usual to recommend the supplementation of magnesium or the intake of food that is rich in this mineral in order to treat and prevent cramps.
But magnesium supplementation has some side effects, and food rich in magnesium is not very effective.
In this article I suggest another option that addresses the origin of the lack of magnesium, and consequently, cramps.


Continue reading Cramps and sugar

There are many studies about the effectivity of magnesium for cramps, and the results are contradictory; some of them are positive and other are negative.
Besides the doubtful effectivity, the intake of therapeutic dosis of magnesium is associated with some side effects, mainly gastrointestinal such as diarrhoea and a mineral unbalance.
So instead of searching a remedy of cramps, it is better to research the reason why it is appearing in the first place.
It is admitted that sugar leads to a lack of magnesium. Specifically, in order to metabolise every molecule of sacarose of sugar, the body needs to spend 54 molecules of magnesium. ( “L’équilibre glycémique”, Jacques Fontaine).
This problem coming from sugars doesn’t happen with fresh fruit, because fruit contains all the needed minerals in order to metabolise sugar. But it is also appearing with the intake of dried fruit (dates, raisin, dried figs, etc.), because the concentration of sugar is much higher. Sometimes some highly sweet grape varieties are also problematic, as well as any kind of sugars, syrups and honey.
I encourage you to verify it yourself. Next time you have a cramp think if you had eaten any of this kind of products.
Sugars, in addition to cramps, are also associated with a long list of health issues: it feeds undesirable bacteria in the intestine, provoking cavities, intestinal worms, candidas, etc.; it weakens the immune system; it can induce diabetes; it is related to cardiovascular diseases; it is inflammatory, so it is involved in different aches, etc. In this article you will find more information about the ravages of sugars.

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Wednesday 17 May 2023

Although we don’t know exactly what is the cause of cramps, it is usual to recommend the supplementation of magnesium or the intake of food that is rich in this mineral in order to treat and prevent cramps.
But magnesium supplementation has some side effects, and food rich in magnesium is not very effective.
In this article I suggest another option that addresses the origin of the lack of magnesium, and consequently, cramps.
There are many studies about the effectivity of magnesium for cramps, and the results are contradictory; some of them are positive and other are negative.
Besides the doubtful effectivity, the intake of therapeutic dosis of magnesium is associated with some side effects, mainly gastrointestinal such as diarrhoea and a mineral unbalance.
So instead of searching a remedy of cramps, it is better to research the reason why it is appearing in the first place.
It is admitted that sugar leads to a lack of magnesium. Specifically, in order to metabolise every molecule of sacarose of sugar, the body needs to spend 54 molecules of magnesium. ( “L’équilibre glycémique”, Jacques Fontaine).
This problem coming from sugars doesn’t happen with fresh fruit, because fruit contains all the needed minerals in order to metabolise sugar. But it is also appearing with the intake of dried fruit (dates, raisin, dried figs, etc.), because the concentration of sugar is much higher. Sometimes some highly sweet grape varieties are also problematic, as well as any kind of sugars, syrups and honey.
I encourage you to verify it yourself. Next time you have a cramp think if you had eaten any of this kind of products.
Sugars, in addition to cramps, are also associated with a long list of health issues: it feeds undesirable bacteria in the intestine, provoking cavities, intestinal worms, candidas, etc.; it weakens the immune system; it can induce diabetes; it is related to cardiovascular diseases; it is inflammatory, so it is involved in different aches, etc. In this article you will find more information about the ravages of sugars.

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Wednesday 22 February 2023

Cholesterol level is one of the most usual blood tests, and reaching certain age, the level often exceeds the normal range.
Doctors recommend to adopt certain nutritional mesures and more physical activity, but if it is not effective enough to get the levels down, they recommend to take statins.
It is admitted that statins have some associated side effects, such as muscle, liver and neurologic damage, and an increase of blood sugar and type 2 diabetes. But because the severity of the adverse effects associated to a high cholesterol rate, such as heart attack or embolism, it is argued that the benefits of this medicine overweight the drawbacks.
Is there not any other solution besides statins to control the cholesterol? What is the reason why some people have high cholesterol?


Continue reading The cholesterol

The problem of cholesterol are the plaques that build up in the inner lining of the arteries that prevent the proper blood flow and develop cardiovascular diseases.

But medicine doesn’t explain why this plaques are formed.

Cholesterol has different functions in the body. It is a required substance in the membrane of every cell, but the body uses it to repair the tissue damages, as Dr. Campbell-McBride explains in her book “Put your heart in your mouth”.

So when for some reason the blood vessels have been damaged, the cholesterol is one of the substances that the organism needs to repair them, creating the famous cholesterol plaques.

The liver produces the amount of cholesterol that the body needs in every moment, and a high production means that there is a considerable tissue damage in the different body tissues.

Lowering the cholesterol levels with medicines leads to slowing down or impairing the healing.

Evidently, we must avoid the risk of developing these cholesterol plaques.

So the solution is to find out the reason why the body is needing so much cholesterol, this is, there is so many tissue damage.

There are mainly two kind of substances that can be pointed out: a toxic agent, and the free radicals derived from an inmune reaction or a radiation, it means, any disease that activates the inmune system or any toxicity we have been exposed to.

But the reaction of the inmune system is not the same in every kind of disease. The mechanism depend on the agent the action is directed to: virus, bacteria, food, toxics, allergens, etc. Which one of these kind of substances are more probably the source of the tissue damage of an inmune response? If the responsible were virus and bacteria, then when we suffer a cold, a flu, etc., the cholesterol level would increase, and infarcts as well; but this is not the case. There is not an association between these two diseases. Neither between allergies and cardiovascular diseases. So food and toxics must be the cause. This is reasonable, as the exposition is chronic, as well as cardiovascular diseases are.

In which circumstances the body reacts against food? In many different reasons, mainly: food intolerances, genetically modified organisms and other synthetic and artificial food.

Concerning food intolerances, the most usual ones are dairy products, gluten and modern grains, nuts, eggs and soy. But any food can be concerned by an intolerance.

Food intolerances can be detected by functional tests in alternative medicine, as well as other different techniques, such as the elimination and reintroduction diet.

So the necessary actions in order to decrease the cholesterol are the same in order to enjoy a good health: decrease our exposition to toxics and follow a good nutrition.

So doctors are correct when they recommend to improve the nutrition and exercise. The problem is that a “balanced diet” is not enough. Food intolerance must be investigated, as well as toxicity of any kind (chemicals, negative emotions, stress, radiation, etc.)

Food intolerances lead not only to cardiovascular diseases; they are involved in most diseases: respiratory, gastrointestinal, muscular, inflammatory, neurological, etc.

I would like to add an observation about how to consider diseases in general. The same way that high cholesterol is a reaction of our body against a harmful agent, and we must avoid this agent, and we mustn’t impede the body action, because it is the way that it is defending and repairing itself; the same can applied in every disease.

Our mis-conception is that the body is wrong when cholesterol rises, or with coughing, fever, mucus, etc., and we alleviate the symptoms lowering these reactions with drugs. But we are preventing a good body recovering.

Our body doesn’t make mistakes; all the contrary, it is very wise. So in general, the way we must behave is always to search the source of these reactions our body is taking, and respecting them.

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Tuesday 17 January 2023

The effect that every food has in our health is extremely complex; it is multifactorial. In a same person, it could be different, depending on their physical and emotional condition, and evidently, it differs depending on the person. But studying many cases, it is possible to infer the tendency of certain food.
In most of the people, the body usually adapts to the consumption of our daily food, developing a tolerance. Even if these food are unhealthy, the body apparently doesn’t show any adverse effect; the same way that when starting to smoke or consuming alcohol the effects are prominent, but after some time the body gets use to it and it doesn’t react anymore, the same applies to certain food.
In this article I summarize the link between the intake of certain food and our health.
Due to this tolerance that the body develops to certain food that are harmful, in order to experience if a certain food is really good or bad for us, it could be a good idea to avoid eating it during a certain time. The length of time is the necessary amount until the body looses its apparent “tolerance” to it. Then it must be reintroduced it again.
When removing a harmful food it is possible that the person feels better or worse, depending on several factors. But in the reintroduction, it is the moment when the person will feel a worsening, which could happen in some hours or even in some days after the reintroduction started.
Taking into account the following list of possible links, we can be aware and make the relationship between disease and food easily.
I have got this information from my experience as nutritionist. Some links are known by most nutritionists, but most of them are the fruit of my observations, and they are new contributions.
 
Diseases Food
Breast cancer soy (when it is removed from the diet after it has been taken during several years)
Osteoporosis dairy, meat, fish, grains
Cardiovascular diseases fats and oils
Nervousness, insomnia, tachycardia coffee, tea, chocolate
Constipation gluten, carrot, rice, fish. In lesser degree: meat, green leafs
Laxative avocado, citric fruits, fats
Circulatory problems, cold sensitive, Raynaud syndrome fast carbs (sugar, syrup, honey, dried fruit) and slow carbs (starch)
Brittle nails fast carbs (sugar, syrup, honey, dried fruit) and slow carbs (starch)
Nightmares nuts, grains, seeds, dairy
Premenstrual syndrome heggs, nuts, grains, dairy, meat, fish
Lack of memory, mental sluggishness meat, fish
Fatigue and/or muscular pain tomato, bell peeper, citric fruits, kiwi, pineapple
Diuretics vegetables
Somnolence, fatigue, bags under the eyes alcohol, dairy, meat, fish. In lesser degree: green leafs, salt
Headaches dairy, smoked products, alcohol. In lesser degree: salt
Leg pain eggs
Dermatological diseases oils, avocado, coconut, olives, nuts
Liver inflammation dairy, chocolate, fats, banana
Muscular cramps sugar, syrup, honey, dried fruit, excess of fruit
Ophthalmological diseases, conjunctivitis sugar, syrup, honey, dried fruit
Enfermedades de las articulaciones fats and oils
Hemorrhoids fats and oils
Intestinal worms sugar and syrups
Gastrointestinal diseases gluten, dairy, legumes
Kidney diseases herbs and infusions

After reading this list you may ask yourself: then, what can we eat? I think that our best food are  fruit and vegetables, knowing that they can have some undesirable effects too, although the repercussion is much lower compared with the other food. For example, citrus may be excessively laxative and result in some muscular pain and fatigue, as well as tomate and bell peeper; and vegetables are quite diuretic.
















 

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