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Foods that harm and foods that help Sleep

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Best and Worst Foods for Sleep – Health.com. Who knew cherries were good to eat before bed time?

Bowl of cherries

via Foods that harm and foods that help Sleep.

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October 9, 2012 at 8:24 pm

Narcolepsy Diet: What do i eat now?

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I have read A LOT about what types of food are advisable to eat for narcoleptics and tonight I came across this blog/website called http://www.sleeping-with-a-sleeping-disorder.com and it pretty much lists what I have found elsewhere on the net and through experience. It is not just about what you eat but also the regularity and when you eat that is important.

Narcolepsy Diet: What do i eat now?.

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January 1, 2011 at 11:27 pm

Mood and Energy elevating Supplements/Foods

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Hawaiian Spirulina

Hawaiian Spirulina

I am from a family background/generation that thinks that all the nutrients you need should come from food you eat. Supplements should not be a substitute for a healthy diet. Still, I think that if it makes me feel better why not take it? A lot of people live in toxic environments with many commitments, it can be difficult to  ensure that you are always eating a balanced meal. It is also very tempting to get addicted to nicotine, caffeine, diet coke, sugars that will give you a quick lift and if supplements can help keeping cravings at bay, I will take them. I am the most vulnerable to junk food when I feel sleepy as I will automatically reach for something that will lift my mood and energy levels straight away.

The most successful supplements that I have tried have been: Hawaiian Spirulina, Equazen eye q- 180 capsules and Coenzyme Q10. Ginseng is also supposed to be very good but I have not yet tried it. If you know any good makes or variations do let me know. Spirulina gives your energy a boost and contains concentrated chlorophyll which help to alkalies the body, especially good  when you eat Christmas foods.

It is well-known that people who suffers from auto-immune diseases naturally have low levels of Vitamin D. Narcolepsy was identified in May 2010 as an auto-immune disease does that mean I should be taking supplements of Vitamin D? Apparently, spending time outside does not cover the recommended daily dosage.  More oily fish…

As associative depression is the third most common condition after narcolepsy and cataplexy, I have been looking at ways of keeping body blues away. Reference: When your Body gets the Blues by Marie – Annette Brown ph.D, RN and Jo Robinson. It’s a brilliant book with useful advice that is do-able. In terms of supplements they recommend: vitamin B1 (relieves fatigue and improves memory), B2 (improves mood, thinking and composure and improves efficiency of anti-depressants) and B6 (helps to convert tryptophan into serotonin) will help to keep depression at bay. Low levels of Folic Acid and depression has known for decades and the lower the folic acid the deeper the depression. Next one mentioned in the book is: Vitamin D3. Vitamin D has already been mentioned. It is spending time in the sun, other reliable sources are: cod liver oil,  oily fish and vitamin D fortified milk. Finally, Dr. David Benton proved in the 1990’s that selenium has mood-elevating properties probably because it may enhance the dopamine activity in the brain, increasing the sense of arousal and pleasure. If you are taking an anticonvulsants drug you should consult your doctor before taking vitamin B6 and folic acid.

Mackerel

Yummy Mackerel!

Let me just add that you can get the following vitamins from the following foods:

Vitamin B1: Meat (pork), yeast, legumes, whole grains or enriched cereals and breads.

Vitamin B6: oily fish such as tuna, trout, mackerel and sardines (oily fish capsules).
Vitamin D3: cod liver oil,  oily fish and vitamin D fortified milk.

Folic Acid: Brewers yeast, liver, kidney, orange juice, green leafy vegetables, fortified grain products, dried beans and peas and most berries.

Sweet dreams and healthy meals!

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December 22, 2010 at 11:36 am

Helping the Body Clear Medicinal Residues

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Healing with Whole Foods: Oriental Traditions and Modern Nutrition written by Paul Pitchford,  brings together traditions of oriental medicine with western research on health and nutrition in order to plan and prepare the optimal diet. It was recommended to me by a friend who has been a student of several martial arts, Shiatsu and Chinese medicine. It quickly became my nutrition bible and I slowly started to change the way I eat. It is also a brilliant reference book on nutrition.

Now and again, I worry about the amount of medicinal drugs I consume. What is it doing to my body? Are there and long-term effects? What are they? Would it be better if I stopped taking the medication and tried to manage it myself? Ideally, I would prefer to be able to be drug-free now but realistically I know that I could not manage the cataplexy effectively yet. My life would turn into a zombie like existence with moments of brilliance;).

My specialist recommends me to have drug free weekends/weeks occasionally so that I don’t build up too strong resistance to the medication. It will also give the body an opportunity to rest.

Chaparral

Chaparral

Healing with Whole Foods writes that residues in the body from medicinal drugs are very often stored throughout a person’s life in the liver, brain and other tissues. Paul Pitchford recommends a grain and vegetable diet supplemented with green foods to help remove these residues. Basically, he must mean a vegetarian diet with lots of greens. If you have used medicinal drugs for a pro-longed time, he recommends the herb chaparral (Larrea divaricata). If you want to remove intoxicant and drug-related deposits, take chaparral, once a day for twenty days, then take one week off, then continue the daily consumption for another 20 days. It’s important that you consume the whole herb, take it as an alcohol-extracted tincture, powder (in licorice or mint tea) or capsule form.

He also recommends the Ayurvedic remedy, herb calamus root (Acorus calamus and subspecies) to help restore metal damage that has occurred as result of drug usage or other causes.

The easiest way to consume these herbs are as infusions. They are made from dried or fresh flowers or leaves. To infuse, pour boiling water onto herbs in a non-metal; cover, steep for 20min, and strain to drink. Use approximately one ounce of the combined total of dried herbs to each pint of water. Herb teas can also be  brewed in a thermos bottle. It will keep the infusion warm all day and you can take it with you to work or on your travels. Drink the infusion 1/2 cup  2-4 times a day, in between meals.

Sleep well!

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October 24, 2010 at 7:16 pm

Liver and Kidney Cleansing Foods

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Milkthistle

Milkthistle

Liver & Kidney Cleansing Foods

All medication will eventually pass through the liver and the kidneys.

Everyday I take a lot of medication that together with all the other toxins my body is exposed to – goes straight to the liver and the kidneys. I have put together a list with the help of Gillian McKeith’s book “You Are What You Eat”.  The foods listed will assist the liver and kidney breaking down toxins and keeping you even more healthy and happy! Remember to rotate your foods – don’t eat the same thing every day. You are probably eating some or many of these foods already but if you don’t: Start Now!

Kidneys

Grains Beans Fish Legumes Vegetables
Barley, Quinoa, Wheat berries, Sweet rice Adukibeans, Black beans, Kidney beans Salmon, Trout Mung beans, Water chestnuts, Black sesame seeds, Walnuts Fennel, Onions, Spring onions, Chives, Beetroot, Parsley, Celery
Fruits Superfoods Supplements Herbs/Teas
Blackberries, Blueberries Seaweeds, Chlorella Magnesium, Horsetail Cloves, Cinnamon bark, Fenugrek, Garlic, Ginger, Raspberry, Blckberry, Schisandra, Gravel root, Rose hips, Dandelion, Uva Ursi.

Liver

Grains Legumes Vegetables
Amaranth Millet Quinoa Kidney beans, Peas, Soy beans, Tofu, Flax, Sunflower, Pumkin seeds Asparagus, Basil, Bayleaves, Beets, Black pepper, Cardamom, Celery, Cucumber, Cumin Daikon radish, Dill, fennel, Garlic, Ginger, Lemon, Mustard Greens, Onions, Red beets, Radish, radish leaves, Romaine Lettuce, Rosemary, Seaweeds, Umeboshi Plums, Watercress
Fruits Supplements Herbs/Teas Liver building foods that contains sulphur
Dark grapes, Black berries, Huckleberries, Strawberries, Blueberries and Raspberries Milk Thistle Sage Broccoli, Brussels Sprouts, Cabbage, Cauliflower, Garlic, Eggs, Kohlrabi, Turnip roots,

Please observe that these lists are not exclusive or exhausted. Remember to consult your GP or specialist before  taking supplements or embarking on a completely new nutritional plan. Reference – You Are What You Eat – Dr. Gillian Mckeith

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October 22, 2010 at 3:11 pm

Bliss Bar

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Yummy snack to beat stress and fatigue

Last week I went into health food shop Mother Earth in Highbury Islington and they were offering samples of vegan, no added sugar, dairy free, gluten free, soya free and non GM chocolate snack from ulsin called Bliss Bar. OMG! They are so tasty and lifts my mood on a gloomy day such as this instantly. They claim it is a nutritious snack to beat stress and fatigue. I don’t really care – but boy they are nice. You do wonder what they contain when they are virtually free of everything;)

They contain Raw chocolate, Maca and Ashwagandha. The fat content is 5.9g but you need very little of this delicious bar to notice a difference – cut it up into small pieces, keep it sealed and store it in your cupboard. I am pretty much a virgin in health food land so I had to look up Maca and Ashwagandha:

Maca is related to the adaptogens. Adaptogens, are herbs such as ginseng that are traditionally thought to help the body to adapt to increased or ambiguous stressors. Maca is a root from Peru. It looks like a little turnip or radish, and is a traditional staple food in Peru. It is also thought to be useful for men who want to increase sperm count /quality of sperm.

Ashwagandha, the species name somnifera means “sleep-inducing” in Latin, indicating that to it are attributed sedating adaptogen. Some herbalists refer to ashwagandha as Indian ginseng, since it is used in ayurvedic medicine in a way similar to that ginseng is used in traditional Chinese medicine properties, but it has been also used for sexual vitality.

Mm yummy. If you have any more information do let me know – like how you eat it why you take it etc.

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February 25, 2010 at 7:25 pm

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