Monthly Archives: April 2015

Synergy Nutrition’s Six Tips for Fast Energy

1) Get Minty- Have a peppermint tea that can stimulate the mind

SYNERGY NUTRITION2) Breath deeply – Inhale for 3 seconds, then exhale for 3 seconds AND repeat this 10 times.

3) Laugh- A good chuckle releases endorphins, the body’s own feel good hormones.

4) Yawning- can perk you up as it can send blood to the brain

5) Getting some natural light & fresh air – which boosts serotonin which is important for a balanced mood and sleep and to reduce cravings for carbohydrates.

6) See RED- it is a stimulating colour. So you can wear red or surround yourself with red objects.

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The Hyper Disease

I have been reading about Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and autism recently as I encounter so many families with children who display one of these traits. What’s interesting is that as I’ve been finding out more, I’m actually wondering how many of us also display these symptoms?
Anyhow useful tidbits of information I would like to share with my readers:
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  • 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.
The Hyper disease, that’s what John Gray calls it (John is the author of Men are from Men, women are from venus).
Symptoms of ADHD show up in many different ways. Just adding the word ‘hyper’ to almost any normal temperament and you get ADHD. Hyperactive, hyper-focused, hyper-impulsive, hyper-impulsive, hypersensitive, hyper-distracted, or hyper spaced out and unable to focus at all.
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Possible causes:
1) Oxidative stress (OS)- in gut & brain. Acetaminophen- in pain relief pills this drug component inhibits glutathione resulting in OS WHICH leads to low glutathione which inhibits development of myelin sheath which insulates nerves & protects the brain against overstimulation.
2) MSG- food enhancers and HVP makes the brain more vulnerable to free radical oxidation. Can be neurotoxic. ADHD and dementia can be triggered by heavy metals like mercury.
3) Sugar- raised blood sugars cab lead to OS in neutrons & brain inflammation
High blood sugars in pregnancy- overstimulate a developing baby’s brain, causing a decrease in dopamine receptor sites which downreuglates of dopamine receptors.
Children then regularly consume more sugar to compensate for poor dopamine function.
4) Unfermented soy and pasteurised dairy – prevents the production of metabolic enzymes & aa’s necessary for brain function.
5) A sedentary lifestyle- physical movement is necessary fir brain development and production of neurotranmitters.
6) Stress- high blood sugar levels via cortisol- OS
7) DRUGS -excess dopamine stiulation from street drugs (crack, cocaine,) can alter & injury the brain.
8) Video Games- the stimulation increases blood flow to the nucleus accumbent (pleasure centre in the midbrain) at the same time blood flow decrease to the prefrontal cortex (where decisions are made). Extended time on video games in ceases ability to play the game, but decreases control behaviours that can lead to substance abuse & pathological gambling. And to lesser degrees, watching TV, listening to loud music, eating junk food and processed bread have similar effects on the nucleus accumbens.
9) Induced Labour- with piton
10) Divorce- stress of family break up, having one parent, etc.
11) Antibiotics, pesticides, plastics and GM Foods can destroy beneficial bacteria   Glyphosphate in GM foods also linked to ADHD. BESIDES GUT PROMBLEMS, children with ADHD and autism have hormone imbalances which can be caused by exposure to toxic chemmicals like BPA and phthalates (in plastic bottles, toys)
12) Gluten-   gut inflammation and brain inflame -linked!
13) Toxicity- air, water, food –    5- in particular – lead, methyl mercury, PCB’s arsenic, and toluene are ‘developmental neurotoxicants’ contributing t ADHD & other mental disorders.
15) Nutritional deficiencies – iodine, soils depleted.

Low down on Fats

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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.

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The beautiful starflower plant ( borage), rich in GLA fatty acids. Take as a capsule supplement.

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 🙂

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