Everybody’s favourite problem

I don’t know what I did or am doing, but all of a sudden my digestive system seems okay. I am a lot less bloated than even a week ago, and a lot more regular, too. Sorry for sharing that, but these things matter. A lot. My skin is almost clear and I am sleeping better (when I can find the time). The girls have seasonal rhinitis, but otherwise things are pretty good in our household at the moment.

It’s a little creepy, to tell the truth, since I really am not sure what’s changed.

It’s true that I have cut back on the coffee (not cut out, note). The same goes for sugars – I have less than one fruit a day, and about half a teaspoon of honey in the same period. (Unless I run out of coconut oil, in which case I need something in my cocoa besides the cinnamon, don’t I?). I’ve been having a quarter teaspoon of baking soda in half a glass of water every morning and evening, and taking market-made Swedish bitters (rather than the commercial kind). Maybe those things are helping?  I’ve also been drinking less water. I know that’s a little unusual in a health improvement, but I was having up to three litres a day until a couple of weeks ago, and I’ve read that doing that can dilute your nutrients and make you tired. Although in the end it turned out that missing out on four or five hours of sleep a night was in fact the cause of my exhaustion. Ta Da! Mystery solved.

So now my stomach is flat and comfortable, my skin is nearly presentable in public, my hair is shiny and I am slowly getting back my energy (which is sleep-related and not diet-related).

Here’s the problem: I can’t stop losing weight. When I stared this, I was at a comfortable weight. I wouldn’t have minded shifting two or three kilos, but I really wouldn’t have minded not shifting those kilos, either. I was fine. My main thought was better concentration and – most of all – a comfortable gut! okay, I have those, but even though I eat all the time, I am now *technically* underweight. What shall I do? It’s not a problem I thought I’d face in my life, ya know?

As a potential remedy, yesterday we introduced sweet potatoes. I was a little bloated afterwards, but nothing serious and that could well have been from the fact that, breaking my pattern, I’d had TWO bananas AND a pear during the day. I’ll try the sweet potatoes again today, and see what happens.

I also had the most amazing night’s sleep last night, weird dreams notwithstanding. So it’s Friday, and the outlook is good.

 

Getting the balance right.

Aromat: packaged poison.

Aromat: packaged poison.

Last week I posted a frustrated update on our health and how exhausted and sick I felt. I did some serious soul-searching and realised that the cause for these symptoms lay not with SCD, but with me. Firstly, I had eaten a miniscule piece of a pork chop which was literally covered in Aromat (pure MSG!) I thought a tiny bit would be okay but, evidently, I was wrong. (I also had about 3 tablespoons of red wine – which was delicious. Between the sulphur and the yeast-feeding alcohol and my personal convictions, this was not smart).

Secondly, I was getting up at 4AM to go running every day (which is awesome), and then working until after 10 at night. Not smart. After reading a fascinating article at brainpickings (LOVE this site), I realised that I really need to pay more attention to getting enough rest, and stop equating sleep with laziness and sloth.

I also spoke to others on SCD and saw how well they’re doing – including my sister, who is very like me in many ways. I finally realised that my old friend Candida had reared it’s ugly head, and that it was time to really address this issue properly. I’ve been trying to cut out sugar (well, fruit and honey), and found it nearly impossible to do so. Apparently this is a symptom of a candida infestation. I was very motivated and inspired by an article at Health Extremist, which outlines the reasons to follow the yeast free diet, how to do it (very basically) and how long it takes to see results. I’ve often given up if I don’t see results within a week or so, but it really takes up to three months to see any improvement. So, we’ll see. I’ll go sugar free from tomorrow (since today’s already shot), and monitor the results. I’m very hopeful about the outcome, and looking forward to MUCH better health!

Under the weather

Despite eating no carbs, drinking no alcohol, completely eschewing all processed foods, and focusing on organic and healthy choices, I am bloated, constipated and sore. My skin is terrible – I look like a wrinkle-faced teenager who’s just hit puberty! My joints ache and I’m exhausted. My hair is dull and lifeless. I am utterly despondent – my so-called SCD lifestyle miracle is not helping me right now, and neither is the two grand’s worth of supplements in my medicine cabinet. Despite working out six days a week (cardio AND weights), in moderation, and getting enough sleep, I have no energy, no motivation. I am focusing on cultivating a more joyful attitude to life, and today, it’s not happening. I want to be svelte and unbloated. I want clear skin, bright eyes, and shiny hair. I want energy, passion and zest for life.

I want health.

If this isn’t the way to get it, what in the world is?

Pump iron

Chelated iron supplements hold the key to addressing iron deficiency without the harmful side effects.

Chelated iron supplements hold the key to addressing iron deficiency without the harmful side effects.

For centuries, scientists, philoophers and doctors of all kinds have prescribed iron as a cure for just about every ailment known to man. As early as the 1700s, iron was found to be a vital component of blood, and used as a treatment for anaemia. Iron is a trace mineral essential for human health. Unfortunately, iron is very poorly absorbed by the human body with as much as 95% of our iron intake being eliminated.

However, the iron that is absorbed is very efficiently used within the body. The body’s iron supply isn’t depleted or destroyed – it is used and reused. Minute amounts of iron are lost through physical activity and menstruation, and this needs to be replaced regularly.

Iron is found in our diets in meat, legumes, dates, nuts, spinach, apricots, tofu, rice, oatmeal and other foods. Alarmingly, modern food processing techniques and decreased soil richness have resulted in adecline in the iron content of our food. Surprisingly, the growing tendency not to use iron cook ware has also impacted the quantity of iron we take in on a regular basis.

Why do we need iron?

Iron functions primarily as a component of haemoglobin, the coloured substance in red blood cells. Haemoglobin and iron transport oxygen from the lungs to the  cells. There oxygen is used to sustain life. In muscle cells, oxygen forms part of a chemical reaction that cause contraction. Iron is also present in the enzymes that digest protein.

Iron deficiency – a global trend
Around the globe there has been an alarming increase in iron deficiency symptoms, which include:

  • lack of energy or tiredness;
  • extreme fatigue and a feeling of weakness;
  • light-headedness;
  • decreased concentration, inability to focus and trouble completing tasks;
  • headaches;
  • pale skin on the lining of the eyes, the inner mouth and the nails;
  • rapid and forceful heartbeat;
  • low blood pressure with position change from sitting to standing up;
  • finger nails that become thin, brittle and white – they may grow abnormally and get a spoon-shaped appearance;
  • tongue may become sore, smooth and reddened;
  • decrease in appetite;
  • shortness of breath during exercise;
  • brittle hair;
  • reduction in immunity and increased vulnerability to infection;
  • a strong desire to eat nonfoods such as ice, paint or dirt (a condition called Pica);
  • disturbed sleep;
  • abdominal pain.

Depression and uncharacteristic impatience may also point to an iron deficiency. Studies show that more than 55% of all children are iron deficient.

But I’ve heard iron supplements can cause health complications. Is that true?

There has been scientific and anecdotal evidence of side effects to taking oral iron supplements, especially when taken by very young children in large quantities. These symptoms include:

GNLD's patented chelation process bonds two amino acids to one iron molecule to maximise the body's absorption.

  • Digestive difficulties;
  • Abdominal pain and cramping;
  • Constipation and diarrhoea;
  • Heartburn;
  • Nausea;
  • Vomiting;
  • Blackened stools.

How can a health supplement be harmful, and what can I do about my iron deficiency?
First of all, ALWAYS ensure that your children’s supplement intake is carefullymonitored. Never allow children to administer their own nutritional supplements: they are too young to be given that responsibility and the results of doing so can be severe.  Treat nutritional supplements as medicine and keep them far out of reach of children.

The symptoms described above are the result of poor absorption of iron into the body. GNLD’s Chelated Iron has been bonded to specially selected amino acids in a 2:1 ratio during a process known as chelation, which ensures maximum absorption. Each tablet contains 25mg of iron, the ideal amount for adults. We recommend breaking a tablet in two for children under the age of 12.

Vitamin C has been shown to have a dramatic effect on the uptake of iron in the body, improving absorption from both supplements and food sources. Vitamin C is an essential antioxidant component of GNLD’s Carotenoid Complex.

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