The Nutriclean Program for true detoxification

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What is it? 

The Nutriclean program is a 2 week program using dietary changes and nutritional supplements to support a therapeutic detox. The aim of the program is to improve or remove unpleasant symptoms of poor health. This is a product from Nutri Advanced – a leading supplier of therapeutic nutritional supplements.

What’s different about this program?

Detox is a trendy topic at the moment, and to most people it simply means removing perceived unhealthy food from your daily diet. There appears to be a common view that a period of abstinence after a period of indulgence (e.g. Christmas or a holiday) will reverse the wrongs, lose the excess weight etc. Indeed, the main reason that many people go on a ‘detox’ is usually to lose weight.

However a true therapeutic detox is much more than that.

Toxicity settles in the body tissues at a deep cellular level. Getting it out is a complicated two-stage process which requires energy and the right materials for the job. In order words you need the correct food intake and supporting supplements.

Simply cutting down on food and drink is not going to have the desired effect.

The NutriClean Programme offers a 14 day approach to address a vast array of health issues by using a specific supplement regime and targeted food plan. It is advocated that a therapeutic detox such as provided by this program can help cleanse the body, increase vitamin and mineral absorption, reduce symptoms of toxicity, clear the skin and aid weight loss while improving cellular health and mitochondrial function.

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And what is so great about this program is that everything has been worked out for you. It comes as a ‘kit’ containing all the supplements and a  comprehensive  information pack containing all the information that is needed to carry out the programme  – menus, shopping lists, recipes and schedule.

This program has been tried and tested by hundreds of nutritional therapists, including myself. The results continue to be impressive. In a recent run of the program, undertaken by 55 participants,  the following results were demonstrated.

Weight: 84% of participants recorded a reduction in weight at the end of the 2 weeks. The average weight loss was 2.2kg (5 pounds). The largest weight loss was 6kg (13 pounds). Seven participants recorded their weight as staying the same.

BMI:  84% of participants recorded a reduction in BMI.

Waist: 78% lost centimetres off their waist with an average loss of 3.3cm.

Hips 75% lost centimetres off their hips with an average loss of 2.4cm. The largest loss was 7cm.

Waist-to-Hip Ratio 62% of participants recorded a reduction in waist-to-hip ratio.

MSQ Scores:  100% of participants recorded a reduction in symptoms at the end of the detox compared to at the beginning of the detox. There was an average reduction in overall score of 28. The highest drop in score recorded was 97. The score reduced from 120 to 23.

I generally follow this program twice a year. Following the excesses of Christmas, an enforced period of less activity than normal due to a knee injury and subsequent medical procedure I realised it is time to implement the program again.

Look out for my next article, where I shall describe my experiences and results.

How to manage Lymphoedema. A new approach using simple and effective Reflexology techniques

courtesy of www.reflexologylymphdrainage.co.uk

courtesy of www.reflexologylymphdrainage.co.uk

Managing Lymphoedema

There is no cure for lymphoedema, but it is usually possible to control the main symptoms using techniques to minimise fluid build-up and stimulate the flow of fluid through the lymphatic system.

The standard approach includes wearing compression garments, having specialised bandaging, taking good care of your skin, moving and exercising regularly, and using Manual Lymphatic Drainage (MLD) techniques.

But most sufferers do not like having to wear compression garments – they are uncomfortable and unsightly, whilst bandaging and MLD are labour intensive techniques, which take time, money and have to be repeated frequently.

However a new technique has been devised which shows great promise in the treatment and management of Lymphoedema

Reflexology Lymph Drainage (RLD)

Reflexology Lymph Drainage(RLD) is a technique developed by Sally Kay, and used by specially trained reflexologists to provide relief from symptoms of secondary lymphoedema.  Sally’s work and clinical trials focused initially on treating Breast Cancer patients. Up to 20% of breast cancer patients develop lymphoedema symptoms such as painful swelling, stiffness or difficulties with body image.

RLD mimics the effects of manual lymphatic drainage techniques and is effective in  alleviating the swelling, pain and stiffness associated with lymphoedema.

Reflexology is a complementary therapy which uses the stimulation of areas (reflexes) on the feet or hands which it is believed are related to different parts of the body.  RLD is given via the reflex points of the feet, and targets the body’s lymphatic system to promote correct drainage of lymphatic fluid.

Click here for a video demonstrating RLD

My experiences with RLD

Over the last few months I have been using RLD as part of my treatment regime for patients suffering from the effects of Lymphoedema. I am continually amazed at the dramatic effects this quick and simple technique brings about. Not only are reductions in swelling effective immediately, but the effects appear to be long lasting.

Here are a couple of examples:

Ian is a 63 year old man, diagnosed with kidney cancer and having further tumours in his upper chest area. Treatment has included surgery and radiotherapy which has led to poor lymph drainage in this area. Lymphoedema was present in his right arm, and also his legs and feet. He wore a compression sleeve on his arm, and had restricted mobility of the right arm and shoulder.
After the 1st treatment he immediately had more mobility of the shoulder and arm. His shoes, which had been tight fitting before the session, went on easily.
On arriving for his 2nd session Ian reported that the swelling in his legs and feet had disappeared.
Over the next few treatments Ian continued to report improvements in his arm and shoulder.
By the 5th treatment Ian reported that the swelling in his right arm had almost gone, that the mobility of his arm and shoulder had improved considerably and that he no longer had to wear his sleeve all the time.
At the 6th appointment some 3 months after we started, the lymphoedema was all but gone and Ian only had to use his sleeve on rare occasions.

Pat is an 80 year old lady, who has had extensive thoracic and abdominal surgery due to her treatment for Cancer. Her main problems were peripheral neuropathy in her feet which made walking very difficult and extensive swelling to her legs and feet. She reported that at times she could gain almost 1 stone in weight due to fluid accumulation.

After just 1 treatment, Pat judged that she had regained 75% of the feeling in her feet and the swelling was greatly reduced.
We continue with regular maintenance treatments and continue to make steady progress.

What is Lymphoedema?

Lymphoedema is swelling that develops because of a build-up of fluid in the body’s tissues. This happens when the lymphatic system, which normally drains the fluid away, isn’t working properly.

The lymphatic system is a network of vessels and glands distributed throughout the body. Its major functions are helping to fight infection and drain excess fluid from tissues. Unlike the cardio-vascular system it does not have a ‘pump’ to maintain circulation, but relies on movement, gravity and pressure instead. Therefore it can easily become blocked or sluggish.

Lymphoedema develops when lymph nodes or vessels become damaged or blocked. The lymph fluid is unable to drain away leading to congestion and overload of the lymphatic system.  Fluid then builds up between the tissues and causes swelling. Surgery, injury, infection, medical treatments and lack of movement are the most common causes of lymphatic system blockage and damage.

Lymphoedema can occur in any part of the body, but is most likely to affect an arm or a leg. Other symptoms can include an aching, heavy feeling in affected body parts and difficulty moving them.

Loving your liver – simple steps for improving liver health

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Image courtesy of dream designs at FreeDigitalPhotos.net

At this time of year your liver is probably still recovering from over indulgence if you ate and drank too much over the festive period! But there’s plenty you can do to support liver function and keep healthy and energised, ready to face the winter period ahead.

When your liver is healthy, so are you. It’s no coincidence that colds, coughs and flues are much more virulent at this time of year as we take less care of our diet and general health, staying indoors and eating comforting foodstuffs to ward off the winter cold. This all results in a lowered immunity and toxic build up: the perfect environment for viruses and bacteria to take hold.

So here are some simple changes you can make to help support this major bodily organ.

 

 5 simple dietary changes to help your liver
  • Instead of your usual drink of tea or coffee, start your day with a mug of hot water and slices of fresh lemon.
  • Make sure you are eating plenty of fresh vegetables. Cruciferous vegetables like broccoli, cabbage, Brussels sprouts, cauliflower, kale, and pak choi are particularly beneficial. Other liver supportive vegetables include more bitter green leafy vegetables such as endive, watercress, and spring greens which help to encourage the bile flow. Also eat plenty of carrots and beetroot.
  • Eat plenty of garlic and onions. They can be incorporated into most cooked dishes, or if you are feeling brave you could try them raw!
  •  Start juicing. Have one large glass of fresh vegetable juice each day (use plenty from the above list). You can also add apple, pineapple, carrot or orange if you prefer your juice a little sweeter. If you find it ‘too green’ then adding lemon, lime or ginger will give the juice a bit of a lift. Not only will this help to cleanse your liver but it will also provide you with a whole host of good nutrition.
  • Add turmeric to your food. This spice is a natural liver cleanser and tastes good too.

 

Supplements to support liver health

Lecithin is one of the richest natural sources of choline and inositol, both of which are much heralded ‘cleaning’ materials for overworked liver cells. They literally encourage the transport of fatty toxins out of the liver (and eventually the body) via the gut. Choline and inositol are both lipotropic agents that play an important role in fat metabolism in the liver and the emulsification of fats in the body. Lecithin often comes as granules which can be sprinkled onto food. Choline and Inositol generally come together in capsule form.

Milk Thistle  is a unique herb, often referred to as the “Liver Herb” or known as Silymarin after its main therapeutic ingredient. Extracts of Milk thistle protect liver cells and improve liver function. Milk Thistle has been the focus of over two hundred high quality scientific research trials, which highlight the fact that it has the rare healing property of being able to enhance the cellular reproductive processes in the liver, i.e. it helps to repair any damage to the liver. It also alters bile makeup, thereby potentially reducing risk of gallstones. It is typically used to treat liver cirrhosis, chronic hepatitis (liver inflammation), and gallbladder disorders. The herb can be taken as capsules, tinctures, and infusions (strong teas).

6 good reasons to exclude wheat from your diet

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Many people will benefit from excluding wheat based products from their diet. Even if you do not have a specific intolerance to wheat and its constituent parts such as gluten you may find that it suppresses the function of your gut and makes you feel sluggish. The effects of wheat are increasingly being linked to autoimmune diseases such as lupus and arthritis, weight gain and insulin resistance, nerve damage, and severe mineral deficiencies. Hence it is often excluded from therapeutic diets.

In terms of mankind’s history and ancestry, wheat and other grains such as rye and barley are relatively new additions. For some 248,000 years humans lived on the so-called ‘stone age’ or ‘Paleo’ diet of hunter gatherers which was grain free. Then 12, 000 years ago grains were introduced. Some anthropologists believe that we are still in the process of adapting to this new diet, and that is why these foods can have adverse effects on our health.

Here are 6 good reasons to avoid wheat.

Wheat can be toxic. Wheat contains a substance known as wheat germ agglutin (WGA), about 1 mcg in each grain, which even in small quantities can have profoundly adverse effects. It is highly inflammatory and is toxic to the heart, brain and immune system. WGA can also affect the nervous system. It can make conditions like arthritis and multiple sclerosis much worse.

Wheat can lower your uptake of essential nutrients. Phytates –which constitute part of the fibre content of wheat,  inhibit the absorption of calcium, iron, zinc and magnesium. Phytates do not cause a problem in standard bread because they are broken down by the leavening process; but they do become a problem when whole grains are added. In particular, phytates in wheat fibre reduce iron absorption. If you are at risk from iron deficiency (young children, menstruating women, non-meat eaters) then avoid unleavened bread, whole grain bread and bran based foods.

Wheat can make you fat. WGA disrupts endocrine function and contributes to weight gain and insulin resistance by blocking leptin receptors. It can also interfere with the production of digestive hormones from the pancreas leading to gut and digestive problems.

Wheat can damage your nervous system. Wheat contains high levels of glutamic and aspartic acid. These are two toxins which can over excite your nerve cells.

Wheat can contribute to autoimmune diseases. WGA promotes inflammation and can be toxic to cells, preventing them from replicating normally. It is believed that this can then trigger autoimmune conditions such as lupus and arthritis.

Wheat can affect your brain function. WGA can cross the blood-brain barrier and often drags other substances along with it. This can lead to various neuro-toxic effects and neurological problems. Unsteady gait, clumsiness, peripheral neuropathy and muscle deterioration are all linked to a sensitivity to gliadin – another component of wheat.

Many people who follow a standard western diet have an over reliance of wheat in their diet. For example toast or wheat based cereal for breakfast, sandwiches for lunch, pasta, pizza or pies for dinner, are commonplace. Not to mention the cakes and biscuits that we often snack on.

So if you have a major illness such as an autoimmune disease, severe joint pains, a neurological disorder or abdominal discomfort and bloating, then you are likely to benefit from excluding wheat based foods from your diet. Try cutting out such foods and notice the difference in your health.

Aromatherapy can help you to get pregnant

It can be very stressful when you are desperately trying to conceive and it just isn’t happening.  Even if everything else in your life is going perfectly and according to plan, an inability to get pregnant can really upset your emotional well-being and cause tensions between you and your partner.

A great way to help the stress to melt away is to give yourself a long soak in a hot bath with some of your favourite oils. But what if I told you that not only are essential oils good for stress relief but that they could also be helping to improve your chances of conception by the time your next monthly cycle comes around?

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Aromatherapy, which is the considered and systematic application of essential oils to improve physical, spiritual and emotional well-being, can assist in treating a wide range of physical and emotional problems.

Aromatherapy can easily be used as a self-help tool .Here are some ideas on how to incorporate it into your self-care routines.

 

How to use essential oils

Baths

One of the easiest ways to use essential oils at home is in the bath. Run the bath first and then add the oils just before you get in – otherwise they will evaporate too quickly and you will get a diluted version. Add 5 -1 0 drops of essential oil to the water (depending on the volume of your bathwater and the desired strength of fragrance). Swish the water with your hand to mix in the oils before getting in.

Stay in the bath for 15 – 20 minutes to get maximum benefit.

[If you don’t want to, or are unable to get into a bath then you could just use a footbath. Use about 4 drops of oil in a foot-spa or bowl of warm water]

Massage

Although massage is always better when administered by someone else you can do self massage. Essential oils must always be diluted in a carrier oil. For every 10 millilitres of carrier oil add 3-5 drops of essential oil. The more common carrier oils are Grapeseed, Almond oil, and Jojoba.

Vapourisation

Essential oils can be diffused into the air through dry heat, steam, mist or by fan assisted evaporation. Use an oil burner or aromatic diffuser to fragrance a room and spread the essential oil throughout.

Oils to Boost Fertility

There are several essential oils that may positively affect fertility by helping to balance hormones, reducing inflammation, reducing pain, boosting the immune system and reducing stress. Some of the best essential oils to use include the following:

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Geranium: This oil is known as ‘the balancer’ and is particularly good for balancing the whole of your hormonal system and regulating your cycle. It also has the soothing effect of calming emotions and bringing you back to emotional balance. For women with endometriosis, Geranium may be especially beneficial.

Roman Chamomile: This oil is well known for its anti-inflammatory properties and is especially good for helping to reduce pain caused by cysts, fibroids or menstrual cramps. It is also another calming oil.

Sweet Fennel: Fennel is well known for its effects on the female reproductive system. It can help to regularise your menstrual cycle, particularly if your periods are scanty and painful. It can reduce the symptoms of PMT.

Yarrow: A detoxifying oil, Yarrow helps to relieve pelvic congestion and prevent inflammation. It is also beneficial for the urinary tract and can help to treat cystitis and other infections

Clary Sage: Influencing your oestrogen levels, Clary Sage helps your body to regulate its hormones naturally. It also has the added effect of being a libido booster, which can be important when failed conception efforts have started to affect enjoyment in the bedroom. This oil may also help with male infertility, treating hormone imbalances and impotence.

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Ginger: This oil has antispasmodic, anti-inflammatory and antioxidant benefits. It also aids in the digestive system and supports healthy circulation.

Myrrh – Clears obstructions in the womb, regulates scanty periods, and contains phytoestrogens which help to regulate hormone imbalances

Ylang ylang– this oil is a well-known aphrodisiac. It acts as an anti-depressant and induces a feeling of calm and well-being. It energizes the reproductive organs, and brings about balance.

Rose Otto: An oil that helps relax the uterus and regulate your menstrual cycle, Rose Otto also has a libido enhancing effect and improves cervical mucus.

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