- ADHD is a BRAIN condition and the amygdala- the primitive emotional centre of the brain has shown to be smaller in children with ADHD in many brain scans.
- ADHD- symptoms are varied, some children are distracted & disorganised whilst others are restless and impulsive, and some are both.
- Control over attention’ for e.g. wilful control to turn away from a preferred activity & focus on an activity that may not be as compelling or immediately rewarding. So those with ADHD have plenty of attention, (can play video games, lego, for hours) but maybe unable to easily shift that focus to less stimulating activities.
We cannot live without fats as they form an essential component of our bodies and serve numerous roles in the body and brain. Fats line the membrane of each of our cells, provide insulation and protection for our organs and are needed to manufacture some vitamins and hormones and also are a great storage for energy. Different types of fats react
differently inside the body and not all the fats are unhealthy. The omega 3 and 6 family of essential fats found in marine and plant oils. These are long chain fatty acids which the body cannot be manufacture, hence they are termed essential and have to be consumed in the diet. EPA and DHA are the two omega 3 fats researched to show the most physiological health benefits. Their numerous health benefits include:
-Lowering triglyceride levels- important risk factors in coronary heart disease, improving blood vessel elasticity, and reducing blood pressure.
– Preventing and treating depression and additional mental health disorders. Research also shows a positive improvement in attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Fats for a positive mood are important.
-They are safe to take in pregnancy as they contribute to the normal development of the fetal brain and eyes.
-Omega 3’s also exert anti-inflammatory effects in the body and can reduce inflammation in the body, which forms the basis of many conditions including arthritis, skin conditions such as psoriasis, eczema, allergies and autoimmune conditions.
For vegans, vegetarians or anyone that does not consume oily fish omega 3’s can be obtained from supplementing with algae oil which is dominant in DHA. Flaxseed oil can be taken in conjunction however the minerals zinc, magnesium and some vitamin B’s are needed for the oil in flaxseed to be broken down into the longer fatty acid chains which are EPA and DHA.
Gamma linolenic acid (GLA) is an essential fatty acid from the omega 6 family. It can be difficult to obtain from the diet. GLA also exerts anti-inflammatory effects in the body similar to the omega 3’s. Evening primrose oil, blackcurrant seed oil and borage oil also known as starflower oil are rich sources of GLA. Hemp seed oil and spirulina also contains a small amount. Continuing research into both omega 3’s and GLA will give us further insights into the many other health benefits of omega 3 fats.
Past research including a recent study conducted in June 2012 published in the Molecular Nutrition & Food Research journal found that nutrients are better untilised from fruits and vegetables when consumed with a fat dressing and the ones that showed the strongest benefits were the monounsaturated fats found in avocado and olive oil. The polyunsaturated fat dressings required higher amounts of fat to get the same benefit. The concept of food synergy has and is still being followed by many traditions. Certain foods are paired up to obtain greater health benefits, for example tomatoes drizzled with olive oil and a dollop of butter on cooked vegetables. Tasty and nutritious of course
I really try to avoid looking at other people’s shopping baskets when I’m out and about. But sometimes I cannot help a two second glance whilst waiting in the queue for example. It never fails to surprise me how people still choose certain foods. I remain non-judgemental however! The food companies and advertising companies are partly to blame as they do influence people’s food and drink choices and as I’ve mentioned before lead one astray to what they think maybe ‘healthy’. Nonetheless they cannot pull the cotton wool over my eyes!
So my observations tell me that what people are eating or not eating is leading to dis-ease (in other words -some ease basically) in the body. I continue to meet individuals suffering from an array of symptoms such as low energy levels, low mood, raised cholesterol and blood pressure sleeping issues, weight gain, compromised bone density, impaired digestion, bloating, skin complaints and hair thinning and loss. For me, the most important thing is one’s health. Of course nutrition is just one leg on the stool of health. And I will be writing more about this in due course and for those of you that have seen me for 1-1 consultations, I’ve spoken to you about this too.
Anyhow, Easter is just around the corner. So of course please do enjoy your chocolate eggs. The darker the chocolate the better! I do not want to be seeing a basket overflowing with only chocolate and sweets, it needs to be balanced with nutritious food too! Carrot sticks in hummus- great snack, not just for bunny rabbits. Carrots don’t have to be eaten raw, feel free to cook them too. They are bursting with B-carotene (a family of antioxidants) which the body needs to form vitamin A -which is lacking in many people’s diet.
Hello Ladies and Gentlemen, if you are exercising and still not able to lose body fat or weight, why not consider having a Nutritionist look over your diet? A Nutritionist can identify what may be missing from your diet and identify areas of imbalances which are influencing your body to hold on to the weight. Although exercise and an active lifestyle is important for balancing weight. For me what is further important is the fuel you provide your body with day in, day out. Without adequate nutrients every system in your body including: hormones, metabolism, muscle strength, repair, recovery, energy, mood and sleep are affected.
Spring is also a magnificent time for new changes in any areas of your life and it is never too late to improve your diet. I am meeting a lot of people who also want to ‘de-tox’. If you are thinking of embarking on any detox consult a qualified Nutritionist first who can work with you and advise on the safest and healthiest way of doing this for your body’s needs and requirements. There is a no size fits all with personalised nutrition. That is why it works so successfully. We can teach you how to maintain the benefits without going on any restrictive diets that actually serve no long term purpose.
Recently a certain enzyme called Serrapeptase has been cropping up a lot in conversation. I have been researching it and have found information that correlates well and although I have not taken it yet myself, I am amazed of its supposed benefits. I am collating my own research both anecdotal and from scientific papers. However in the mean time, I have copied the research in the text below from Life Extension (www.lef.org). They are an organisation based in the states which have their own magazine and supplement brand. They pretty much have summed up the research to date in a great way. There is also a book on the enzyme. Have attached the front cover on the right.
For the millions of people who take anti-inflammatory medications to relieve pain and to promote cardiovascular health, there is a supplement that shows great promise. The name of this supplement is Serrapeptase and doctors in Europe have been prescribing it to treat everything from pain to atherosclerotic plaques. (1)
Serrapeptase, technically called Serratio Peptidase, is a proteolytic enzyme, which means that it chops up or digests protein. It is produced by bacteria in the gut of silkworms and is used to digest their cocoons. When this enzyme is isolated and coated in the form of a tablet, it has been shown to act as an anti-inflammatory and a pain-blocker, much like aspirin, ibuprofen and other nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). What’s more, preliminary research indicates that Serrapeptase may even help inhibit plaque build-up in arteries, thereby preventing atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries) and a resulting heart attack or stroke. Therefore, much like aspirin, this naturally derived enzyme may work to prevent inflammation, pain, heart attack and stroke. Unlike aspirin and other over-the-counter (OTC) NSAIDs, Serrapeptase has not been shown to cause ulcers and stomach bleeding.
Serrapeptase is thought to work in three ways:
- It may reduce inflammation by thinning the fluids formed from injury, and facilitating the fluid’s drainage. This in turn, also speeds tissue repair.
- It may help alleviate pain by inhibiting the release of pain-inducing amines called bradykinin.
- It may enhance cardiovascular health by breaking down the protein by-products of blood coagulation called fibrin. Conveniently, Serrapeptase is able to dissolve the fibrin and other dead or damaged tissue without harming living tissue. This could enable the dissolution of atherosclerotic plaques without causing any harm to the inside of the arteries.
Serrapeptase has been used in Europe and Asia for over 25 years. Because the enzyme digests or dissolves all nonliving tissue, including blood clots, cysts and arterial plaque, it is used to treat a variety of conditions, including sprains and torn ligaments, postoperative swelling, venous thrombosis (clots in the legs), ear, nose and throat infections and atherosclerosis.
Abroad, Serrapeptase is marketed under a variety of names including, DanzenTM, AniflazymTM, and SerraZymeTM. In the United States, it has been used and marketed as Serrapeptase since 1997. A pain-reliever and anti-inflammatory supplement that has anti-clotting activities without the risk of stomach bleeding? Sounds too good to be true? Let’s look at the research.
When searching PubMed for Serrapeptase, one can find close to 40 clinical studies, most of which are from European or Asian researchers, since Serrapeptase has not hit the mainstream in the U.S. The studies, on the whole, conclude that Serrapeptase can have tremendous benefits.
For example, one multi-center, double-blind, randomized trial done at the Institute of Clinical Otorhinolaryngology at the University of Naples, in Italy, found that Serrapeptase acted as an effective anti-inflammatory to improve ear, nose and throat disorders, and the supplement reduced pain. The study, which used 193 people and lasted eight days, also found that Serrapeptase caused no significant side effects. (2)
Another multi-center, double-blind study, published in the journal, Pharmatherapeutica, found that Serrapeptase reduced swelling in patients who underwent surgery to treat empyema (a collection of pus in the cavity between the lung and the membrane that surrounds it). This study included 174 patients and showed no adverse side effects. Another study involving post-operative swelling, and done by German researchers, showed that patients who had ankle surgery and were given Serrapeptase had a 50% reduction in swelling, while those patients who did not receive Serrapeptase had no reduction in swelling. Patients taking the supplement were also relieved of all pain by the tenth day after surgery. (3)
A small study (involving 20 patients) done over a period of six weeks and published in the Journal of the Association of Physicians in India, found that Serrapeptase may help improve carpal tunnel syndrome. No significant side effects were observed. (4)
Another use for Serrapeptase involves the treatment of fibrocystic breast disease. In one double-blind study published in the Singapore Medical Journal, 70 women with breast engorgement were randomly divided into a treatment and placebo group. There was more reduction of breast pain and swelling in the women receiving Serrapeptase than there was for the women who did not receive the supplement. Again, no adverse reactions were reported. (5)
As for the cardiovascular benefits of Serrapeptase, the evidence supporting this is mostly anecdotal and based in large part on the research of the late Hans A. Nieper, M.D., an internist from Hannover, Germany, who is widely known and also considered antiestablishment. He studied the effects of Serrapeptase on plaque accumulations in the arteries. A book about Dr. Nieper’s work, entitled, The Curious Man: The Life and Works of Dr. Hans Nieper (Avery Penguin Putnam, December 1998), provides insight into his studies. An Italian study done at the University of Naples in the department of vascular surgery, did show that Serrapeptase was effective and well tolerated in patients with inflammatory venous diseases. But more research is necessary to accurately and specifically determine the effects Serrapeptase can have on cardiovascular health.
As with every substance one consumes (from food to pills), there is the potential for risk. Just because something is “natural” doesn’t mean it is automatically harmless. Certainly, the ongoing and recent controversy over the regulation of nutritional supplements indicates that one needs to be cautious and informed when using any supplement. While naturally derived supplements can be beneficial and safe, they can also be harmful if used carelessly or without the help of a medical professional.
That said, Serrapeptase is a powerful enzyme that comes with a few cautions. In elderly people who use the product over a long period of time, gastrointestinal irritation can occur, though this is rare. There is also the increased risk of infection of the lung and pneumonia when using Serrapeptase. This is rare (as evidenced by a few isolated letters to the editor in medical journals)6 but is a possibility because Serrapeptase thins mucus secretions, which can lead to lung complications if one has a history of lung problems. Also note that the studies involving Serrapeptase do not extend over a long period of time. Therefore, the long-term effects of this supplement have not yet been determined.
The recommended dose is 10 mg to 30 mg per day. For prevention, 10 mg daily. For arthritis, sinusitis, fibrocystic breast, bronchitis and cardiovascular problems, 20 mg daily. For pain, start with 10 mg daily and work up to 20 mg if needed. For injury, trauma or post surgery recovery, take 30 mg daily for two days, then go down to 20 mg daily until swelling and pain subside. Be sure to take Serrapeptase on an empty stomach, meaning that Serrapeptase should be taken at least two hours after eating, and no food should be consumed for a half hour after taking Serrapeptase.
It is important to note that not all Serrapeptase products are created equal. The enzyme activity is measured in units and clinical studies are based on the ratio of 10 mg of Serrapeptase equaling 20,000 units of activity. When purchasing the product be sure that the ratio of mg to units is 10 mg for every 20,000 units, or 5 mg for 10,000 units and so on. The average dose, therefore, is 20 mg–or 40,000 units.
1. Harris Interactive Over-The-Counter Pain Medication Study Sponsored by the National Consumers League. January 30, 2003. Chairman of Harris Poll, New York, NY: Humphrey Taylor. Contact: www.harrisinteractive.com and www.nclnet.org.
2. Mazzone A, et al. Evaluation of serratia peptidase in acute or chronic inflammation of otorhinolaryngology pathology: a multicentre, double-blind, randomized trial versus placebo. J Int Med Res.; 1990; 18 (5); 379-88.
3. Tachibana M, et al. A muti-centre, double-blind study of serrapeptase versus placebo in post-antrotomy buccal swelling. Pharmatherapeutica; 1984; 3(8); 526-30.
4. Panagariya A, Sharma AK. A preliminary trial of serratiopeptidase in patients with carpal tunnel syndrome. J Assoc Physicians India; 1999; 47 (12); 1170-1172.
5. Kee WH, et al. The treatment of breast engorgement with Serrapeptase (Danzen): a randomized double-blind controlled trial. Singapore Med J.; 1989 30 (1); 48-54.
6. Sasaki S, et al. Serrapeptase-induced lung injury manifesting as acute eosiniphilic pneumonia. Nihon Kokyuki Gakkai Zasshi. 2000; 38 (7); 540-4.
February is the perfect month to continue with our health goals and lifestyle changes and even begin health changes that have been put off. January was the month of transition and reflection where many of you have begun evaluating your diets and trying to shape up after the festive period. So for this month, focus on what you need and what makes you happy. If something isn’t- make the change. Its incredible to feel light, energetic and fit most of the time. You feel good, inside out and this radiates outwards to others.
If you are experiencing any health complaints, and you can take a look at the Synergy Nutrition tab page for a list of what I can help with and the troublesome symptoms: digestive imbalances, food sensitivities, acid reflux, poor sleep quality. Please do contact me. Its what I do best converting Londoners, half zombie like to vibrant, slim, happy souls.
February is also a common time when couples think about conceiving; and the diet can often be forgotten about. However it is paramount for a healthy conception and to maintain the pregnancy. Many nutrients are required for healthy eggs and sperm quality and also for hormonal balance. I can check that you are receiving these from the foods you are eating.
Not everyone cherishes the wrinkles and lines on their face. We know that adequate hydration, sufficient sleep, reducing smoking, and eating foods rich in anti-oxidants can slow down and prevent wrinkle formation. Hooray! Recently I was pondering on how stress can age the skin, and how it shows up on the face so quickly! Lo and behold there is research to show that meditation can slow down wrinkle formation. I had heard of this before and had forgotten about meditation’s positive effects on a physiological cellular level. My observations is that most people who meditate actually do look youthful.
Meditation appears to slow some of the cell loss which causes wrinkling of the skin. Telomerase’s -which are basically enzymes that looks after the long-term health of your cells and are added to many expensive lotions. Telomeres are structures at the end of chromosomes, sometimes envisaged as the equivalent of the cap on the end of a shoelace. They get shorter each time a cell divides and when they drop below a specific length, that cell can no longer divide and dies. By maintaining telomere levels or promoting their activity, it’s possible to slow down cell loss. It’s this cell loss that causes wrinkling and other signs of ageing. The researchers believe that this beneficial side effect of meditation is down to the reduced stress that practitioners feel. They base this theory on the fact that those study participants who showed the highest levels of telomerase activity were also those who showed the greatest improvement in terms of positive psychological changes. If meditation makes you feel good, de-stressing you and giving you a general sense of wellbeing, then it may also increase your telomerase activity. But if gardening or painting gives you a similar sense of wellbeing, it may well be just as effective.
If you would like an energy boost, clear skin, shiny hair, clear thinking, improved sleep and weight loss then why not book a session of nutritional therapy? You will enjoy these benefits and much more. Put your self first and enjoy my tailor made post festive detox plan for you. Receive a delightful £10.00 off with Synergy Nutrition for your first consultation booked in January 2015.
There are many superfoods, and each season a new one is touted to have more antioxidants than the next one. For a while now Kale has topped the charts…not music but antioxidant chart! A study published this year in 2014 by: Di Noia J. (Defining Powerhouse Fruits and Vegetables: A Nutrient Density Approach. Prev Chronic Dis 2014;11:130390) found that watercress ranked the list at number 1. It measured 17 nutrients and was given a score of 100. Kale on the other hand was given a score of 49. Chinese cabbage, beet greens and spinach were also high up on the list. I’m delighted by these results as I’ve been munching on watercress daily for years. It can be quite spicy and hot, making it a popular addition to plain or neutrally flavoured foods. I adore watercress and use it raw daily in salads and on rye bread. This humble green gives me bundles of energy. Watercress belongs to the same family as Brussels sprouts, broccoli, cauliflower and cabbage. This family of vegetables is known as the Brassicacaea family. It contains vitamins: B1, B2, B6, C, E and the minerals: manganese, carotene, calcium, fiber, iron and copper. amongst other nutrients. You will also notice improved energy levels when you starting eating watercress this is because of the chlorophyll content and nitrates which oxygenate blood.
There is a lot of research surrounding the negative effects of milk consumption to health and bone health especially. I meet countless individuals who are intolerant to milk. Many cannot digest the milk sugar lactose. Others experience an allergic reaction and the common symptoms they experience include a runny nose, persistent sore throat, bronchitis and recurring ear infections. Many of you may be aware of the ‘milk paradox’. Which basically is that we are led to believe drinking milk is good for our health as it contains nutrients such as calcium and vitamin D. However research from countries around the world including Sweden have found those consuming the most dairy products have the highest rates of osteoporosis. Worse still these dairy products can increase the rate at which calcium is lost from the body thus influencing fractures. The body needs adequate amounts of the mineral phosphorous to help calcium absorption. Phosphorous is found in fruits and vegetables.
Researchers at Upsala University in Sweden postulate D-galactose (an energy providing nutrient) to be the root cause of this milk paradox. It is produced by the body when digesting lactose and is known to to accelerate the ageing process and trigger inflammatory pathways in the body. Milk also contains: Casein which is a protein molecule linked to developing certain cancers in the body Lactose- a sugar, so if you want to manage your weight…this is a no no. Antibiotic and pesticide residues and Pus cells, which can be excreted into milk. According to EU regulations the white cell limit is 400,000 cells/ml in bulk milk which means it is legal to be sold for human consumption. Yuk!!!