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FOOD COMBINING MAY BE THE KEY FOR YOUR DIGESTIVE HEALTH – PART I (THE THEORY)

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Have you ever thought that the way you combine your food may help or worsen your digestion?

Have you noticed that some meals creates you bloating, gass, delay in you digestion?

Are you constantly constipated?

Even if you are not having obvious signs of digestive impairment you should begin considering the way you combine your foods!

Especially those who face digestive problems should take seriously the idea of how to combine their foods in each meal.

But lets start explaining the idea behind food combining…

The food combining system, as a whole, is simple and easy to understand. It logically evolved from the study of gastric physiology and the actions of enzymes and digestive juices. It is not what we eat, but what we digest and assimilate, that determines the nourishment our bodies receive. Food combining is based on the discovery that certain combinations of food may be digested with greater ease and efficiency than others.

Correct food combinations result in an immediate improvement in health by lightening the load of the digestive organs. Better nutrition is assured, and there is better digestion, less fermentation and putrefaction, more comfort, less distress and less gas. So-called food allergies often disappear as a result of proper food combining.

Foods and our body

Food is any substance which is eventually convertible into such end-products as tissues, body fluids, etc., and can be utilized by the organism in the performance of its functions. Foods help you when you are oxidized, contribute decisively to growth, maintenance and repair. They are capable of being stored within the body and produce no nutritionally significant toxic effects.

Nutrients in foods are chemical substances of known composition and structure, classified as carbohydrates (such as sugar, starch and glycogen); lipids (fats); proteins (amino acids linked together); salts (minerals); and vitamins, needed in small quantities (or, traces) by the body. In addition, foods contain indigestible materials—cellulose (fiber).

Water, oxygen and vitamins, together with proteins, carbohydrates, fats and minerals, form the constituents of the body—the blood, tissue, bones, organs, muscles and so forth. Foods must be taken into the digestive tract and prepared for use by the organism before their constituents may be used by the body.

BASIC PHILOSOPHY IN FOOD COMBINATION

Food combination theory is based on the functioning of enzymes. Digestive enzymes are enzymes that break down foods into their smaller building blocks, in order to facilitate their absorption by the body.

Each digestive enzyme is specific in its action. It acts only upon one class of food substance. Each stage in the digestion of food requires the action of a different enzyme, and the various enzymes can perform their work efficiently only if the preceding work has been properly performed.

Body chemistry is, to a large extent, determined by the the food we eat. When certain foods are eaten regularly, the digestive enzymes and secretions are of a character to handle those foods. When the diet is altered, more and more of the digestive juices secreted will be of a character to digest the foods in the new diet, and less and less of the digestive juices will be of the character to digest the foods in the old diet.

The type of digestive juice fitted for the digestion of one type of food is of no value in digesting another type of food. Therefore, it is essential that food be taken in combinations that do not interfere with enzymatic action.

When two foods are eaten that have different or even opposite, digestive needs, the precise adjustment of digestive juices to meet requirements becomes impossible.

Digestive speed and efficiency vary with individuals and circumstances. However, certain general statements can be made:

  • Simple carbs, or sugars, only require one step for digestion, which is why they digest faster. An enzyme in the lining of the small intestine transforms sucrose into glucose and fructose to then be absorbed in that one step. (eg Juices and Water: 20-30 minutes, Soups, Fruits, Vegetables or Smoothies: 30-45 minute)
  • Complex carbs, or starches, require more steps to digest, and therefore digest more slowly than simple carbs. Complex carbs include starchy vegetables, legumes, whole-grain breads and cereals. The enzymes in saliva break complex carb molecules into maltose, which is a smaller and simpler molecule. Next, an enzyme in the small intestine’s lining splits maltose molecules into glucose molecules, which is then absorbed into the bloodstream. The blood transports glucose to the liver, where is is either used for energy or stored for later use. (eg Grains, Starches: 2-3 hours)
  • Protein requires more digestion time in the stomach than carbs. Giant protein molecules are in foods like beans, eggs and meat. Because the molecules are so large, it takes a longer process to break them down before they can be used as fuel. An enzyme in the stomach begins to digest protein. Protein molecules then move into the small intestine, where several more enzymes break down the molecules into amino acids. The smaller amino acid molecules pass through the walls of the small intestine to get into the bloodstream. When you run out of the energy you got from glucose, which started as carbs, your body turns to protein or fats for energy. This process is known as gluconeogenesis. To make more glucose from protein, the body converts amino acids into glucose to use for fuel. (eg Beans, Poultry, Meat, or Fish: more than three hours)
  • Fats take more time to digest than carbs or proteins. Fats pass through the stomach and into the small intestine as other nutrients do. The body breaks fat molecules into fatty acids and glycerowhich the villi in the small intestine can absorb. The fatty acids and glycerol travel to areas of the body for storage in cells or for use as energy. Your body can only use about five percent of absorbed fat for fuel by converting it to glucose. Your liver absorbs the rest of the glycerol and uses it to assist in breaking down glucose for energy.
  • Some foods may take five or six hours or more to leave the stomach. Some examples are combination starch/protein foods like legumes (including beans), grains, cooked cabbage and flesh foods.

Most digestion occurs in the stomach and small intestine. Digestion, especially starch digestion, actually begins in the mouth, with mastication and insalivation of the food. This sends the proper signals for the release of the digestive juices suited to the character of the food eaten. Digestive juices are present in the saliva and in the gastric secretions of about five million microscopic glands in the walls of the stomach.

Food Sequencing Is also very important: Organize your meals

A well ordered meal allows your digestive system to handle digestion more smoothly, with less time and more absorption of nutrients. A well ordered meal is one in which you introduce different foods systematically.

You should start by introducing the easiest or quickest to digest foods first and work your way up to the more complex. By doing this you keep foods that digest more easily flowing through your digestive system and prevent a “food traffic jam”.

Denser and less liquid foods are harder to digest and take longer to pass completely through the digestive system.

Think of your digestive system as a highway; if the slower vehicles are allowed to go first, the result will be a traffic jam. If the slower vehicles follow the faster vehicles you’re highway will run smoothly and efficiently.

It is important to note that when choosing a beverage, milk products are hard to digest and should be taken alone. The easiest type of beverage to digest is water or one high in water content.

Sources:

  • http://www.puristat.com
  • http://www.livestrong.com
  • http://www.rawfoodexplained.com

10 Foods That Fight Inflammation

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1. Extra-virgin olive oil – an unrefined type of olive oil – contains a substance called oleocanthol that interferes with two enzymes (COX-1 and COX-2) involved with inflammation in the body. In fact, a 2005 study in the journal Nature found that oleocanthol inhibits inflammation in a way that’s identical to the painkiller ibuprofen.

Comment: 100% true!

2. Red wine contains a compound called resveratrol, which has been found to have both anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer properties. Scientists say the presence of this compound may help explain the so-called “French paradox” as to why the French –who drink red wine with most meals – can eat a diet that’s actually quite high in saturated fats and yet have healthy arteries and hearts.

Comment: Generally true but for MSers alcohol could be more harmful than resveratrol’s benefit. A very good quality organic wine can accompany meat but no more than a small glass and not in dily basis. If you want to try resveratrol try a good natural supplement.

3. Tea. Generally, any beverage that is high in water content will have anti-inflammatory qualities, and tea is a great choice. Teas such as white tea, oolong, and green tea are full of catechins, antioxidant compounds that reduce artery plaque and inflammation. Tea also has been linked to reduced risks of heart disease, diabetes, and cancer.

Comment: Generally true. For MS you must keep in mind that green tea also contains caffeine which is not good for your central nervous system. Green tea though contains EGCG a major catehin to help discard iron overload (Helps MSers diagnosed with CCSVI). The best way to get it is with supplementing with a non caffeine product. Herbs are good depending on each occasion. You should not take them all the time and you should definitely change between one another.

4. Grass-Fed Beef. If you’re eating beef that’s not specifically sold as “grass-fed,” it means the cows were fed a high-calorie diet of corn and grain in an effort to fatten them quickly. Corn and grain are full of omega-6 fatty acids, which have been linked to inflammation. Grass-fed cows are leaner, and their meat is rich in healthy compounds such as omega-3 fatty acids and vitamin E.

Comment: True. Besides that more than 90% of corn today is mutated. For MS meat protein is irreplaceable. You should try different choices (best choices are rabbit, turkey, goat, grass-fed beef – not a very good choice is chicken, unless it is organic and completely avoid pork). Always combine your meat with fresh vegetables and olive oil. Don’t eat the same meat every day.

5. Oily Fish. You’ve probably seen bottles of fish oil supplements in your pharmacy or grocery store, but you can get the same healthy boost from going straight to the source, as well. Oily fish such as salmon, sardines, and tuna are fish that have fatty oils throughout the fillets and in the area around the gut, rather than just in just the liver. Experts say eating one to two servings of these fish per week can reduce inflammation and also decrease your risk for heart disease and sudden death.

Comment: Sea is daily polluted with tons of chemicals and toxic waste. So big fish are usually much more overloaded with poisons. You should always prefer small fish (anchovy, fry, sardines etc). Swordfish, salmon and tuna are famous for their accumulation of mercury (very toxic heavy metal) especially from the atlantic and indic ocean. Avoid them! Also avoid any kind of canned fish.
It is true that food would and especially fish could be a very good source of essential fatty acids. This tends to be history. Be sure you find a very good source (pharmaceutical grade) Fish Oil. I prefer this one which tastes great.

6. Cocoa contains anti-inflammatory compounds called flavanols, substances that reduce both blood clotting and inflammation in the body. Enjoying a cup or two of hot cocoa per week can help reduce inflammation, particularly if it’s made with skim or low-fat milk to keep down the drink’s content of saturated fats. Keep in mind, however, that trying to get your cocoa in the form of candy will load you up on saturated fats.

Comment: 100% true. Prefer organic cocoa and you can drink it more often than twice a week. Of course do not add any sugar or sweeteners.

7. Cranberries are a powerhouse food, with studies linking the red berry to such benefits as inhibiting cancerous tumors and lowering bad (LDL) cholesterol. Scientists say the fact that the berries are rich in anti-inflammatory antioxidants contribute to their healthful effects. As a bonus, cranberries also contain tannins, substances that can act as a natural antibacterial agent to fight urinary tract and E. coli infections.

Comment: 100% true.

8. Grapes. A 2004 study in the medical journal Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis and Vascular Biology found that people with stable coronary disease lowered the amount of inflammatory markers in their blood by drinking Concord grape juice. This finding was likely due to the presence of resveratrol in the grapes’ skins, which inhibits inflammation and may even help to fight cancer. Eating grapes – and not drinking them – also adds fiber to the grapes’ benefits and eliminates any added sugar.

Comment: This may be true but grapes have a very high glycemic load. That is why they taste so sweet. In my opinion in MS anything which tastes sweet should be avoided or completely removed from diet (such sugar, candys etc). Grapes contain a very powerful antioxidant, resveratrol, which was mentioned in red wine. I must repeat that resveratrol is best taken from a good quality supplement.

9. Walnuts contain the “plant version” of omega-3 fatty acids, a substance known as ALA, which reduces inflammation in the body. In a 2004 study published in the Journal of Nutrition, scientists found that people who ate at least 2.3 ounces of walnuts and flaxseed (which also contains ALA) daily had reduced levels of inflammatory markers such as C-reactive protein (CRP), a major indicator of a person’s risk for heart disease.

Comment: True, but don’t forget that many people could be allergic or intolerant to walnus which is very common. In that case they should be avoided for sure. Nuts generally is a good source os essential fatty acids and vitamins. You should not though consume it in high quantities or try to replace Fish Oil with them. ALA can be obtained from other sources as well like flaxseeds, flaxseed oil, pumpkin seeds and pumpkin seed oil, perilla seed oil, tofu, animal organs, eggs etc .

10. Broccoli is a virtual disease fighter, rich in such healthy compounds as beta-carotene, vitamin B folate, vitamin C, and the inflammation-fighting flavanoid kaempferol. Broccoli also contains sulforaphane, which experts say helps the body cleanse itself of cancer-causing compounds.

Comment: 100% true.

ALL COMMENTS ARE MINE AND EXPRESS MY OPINION. THE ARTICLE IS TAKEN FROM http://www.healthcentral.com
My story on CCSVI combined with the protocol is on www.mymultiplesclerosis.gr”
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Wrong Nutrition

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Many people suffer from Food Intolerance. This means their organism cannot “identify” one or more foods. I would characterise Food Allergy as a subclass of Food Intolerance. The question is: are we aware of this indisputable fact? In some cases these problems cause symptoms which are visible but in many other cases we are not able to notice. For example I’m sure you’ve heard that eggs, milk, mushrooms or other foods may cause almost instant skin allergies (inflammations etc) and it’s true. Other symptoms maybe pains (eg headaches), diarrhoeas, vomiting, often dizziness etc.

But, what happens if you are affected inside your body from certain foods without being able to notice? Or what if you suffer from a disease (such as MS) which one of its basic causes is food intolerance? This is totally different because you are not in the position to notice directly or imagine that your problem is connected to food allergy.
The best thing to do is consult a dietitian or a nutritionist to give you a food allergy test.

WHAT REAHomer's RecipiesLLY HAPPENS WHEN FOOD INTOLERANCE – ALLERGIES OCCUR?

Human body in such situations performs several abnormal reactions eg not digesting one or more foods, constipation problems, celiac disfunctions etc. Chronic experience of these problems can leads mathematically to serious illnesses such MS or numerous other health problems. Substances coming from wrong nutrtion keeps accumulate into our body and here is where real dangers begin. Our immune system cannot in a way identify these substances and it’s being challenged. The “enemies” (antigens) must be destroyed so the im

mune system produces antibodies in order to attack them. The results sooner or later become noticable. Our immune system attacks to healthy tissues and several autoimmune diseases are born. We are attacked by our own defense!

Of course it is not necessary that wrong nutrition will for sure lead someone to MS but it is a very important factor which if we do not take into serious consideration we will never make a significant progress to what we call MS confrontation.

 

THE SOLUTION

First of all try to think if any obvious symptoms of the above or others happens to you often. Secondly visit a doctor to give you a food allergy test. The soonest you are aware of the foods that you are intolerant to the better. Then simply remove them from your diet for as long as your dietist advises you. In most cases this incudes the use of food supplements or/and other substances such as vitamins.

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Constipation

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The Importance of Bowel Function

The intestine is divided into two major sections: small intestine and large intestine. The small intestine is about 6 meters (20 feet) long and the large intestine has a larger width but is only 1.5 meters (5 feet) long. The small and large intestines perform different functions. The small intestine is where the most extensive part of digestion occurs. Most food products are absorbed in the small intestine. The large intestine is responsible for absorption of water and excretion of solid waste material. Food and waste material are moved along the length of the intestine by rhythmic contractions of intestinal muscles. Having regular bowel cleanses in MS is crucial because among other things your intestine is one of the most important detoxifying organs. If you want your body to deal with your disease instead of loading it with extra very dangerous toxins make sure you have a good daily bowel movement in order to:

  • Clean, revitalize and detoxify your body.
  • Lower toxins in your body, which will help increase your physical health and energy levels.
  • Have a healthier immune system, which means you will get sick less often.

The various health problems that occur in the human colon take place when impacted fecal matter and toxins are allowed to remain in the intestines for a long period of time when they’re not being eliminated properly. The longer this waste material sits in your colon, the more likely it is that these toxins will be absorbed into your blood stream.

As these toxins remain in your body, you become more susceptible to health problems like irritable bowel syndrome, colitis, diarrhea, weight problems, haemorrhoids, joint pains, vision problems, loss of memory – to name a few and of course feeling your MS symptoms more intensely.
The colon absorbs vitamins, salts, nutrients, and water. When these essential, life-giving ingredients are being properly absorbed, we feel good. But when the colon is not working well it begins to absorb toxins into the blood stream rather than expelling them. The result is a myriad of problems ranging from constipation and gas, to candida (Candidiasis), diverticulitis, and various other chronic health issues. The colon plays host to a zoo of bacteria: over one hundred trillion microorganisms (fungus, parasites, worms etc) call the colon home. There are more microorganisms in the colon than are contained within the skin, heart, bone, brain, and the rest of the body’s cells combined. A proper balance of healthy bacteria must be maintained inside the colon to avoid being constantly plagued with digestive ailments.

My doctor says that the most severe diseases come from the colon. Some toxins found in the intestines are used to cause cancer to mice within weeks for special experiments!!! A day of a bad bowel cleanse can be generally a bad day according to experience. Constipation is a chronic common problem to most MS patients and can certainly cause symptoms that have remained calm for some time, suddenly cause a bad day by appearing again, or make symptoms that you may currently have feel much worse. Constipation in MS may have both neurological as well as nutritional base. In most cases  good nutrition combined with the right supplements can be extremely helpful.

  • Nutrition.

Be sure of the kind and amount of water you drink. Make sure it’s clean, fresh and at least 1 lt per day.
Have all of your vitamins in time and make sure you have the correct Calcium/Magnesium analogy. The types we suggest taking is Calcium Carbonate, Citrate (same goes for Magnesium). I take the Citrate for both and works fine. Make sure: a) Calcium should be taken on it’s own, at least 1 hour before a meal, or several hours after. The reason for this is that Calcium is “antagonistic” to Magnesium, plus the fact, that calcium has been proven to “grab” and take with it, micronutrients, vitamins, that are taken with it. b) CALCIUM, which is important, and works in many of the same ways as magnesium, when it comes to relaxing muscles and blood vessels, relieving spasticity, etc., can cause constipation, however, by balancing it with the correct amount of magnesium there will be no problems. c) Raise your magnesium, until you find your own level that brings out soft easy stools, that are passed once, or even twice daily, clearing the colon.

d) Take your Magnesium WITH all of your other vitamins at meals. e) There is something else concerning magnesium which I would suggest as a last option. Use magnesium Oxide type additionally to the Calcium / Magnesium intake. It’s like a mild natural cathartic. Use a small amount because it is strong (70mg at a time). The best way to have ν natural and long term control of your constipation is by applying all of the above and use any type of cathartic as a last option at the same time with the rest of the measures not more than three times weekly.

  • Try to move or exercise as much as your condition allows you. Exercise with the help of a professional will improve your mobility and bowel function.

SPICES and some fruits MAY HELP!

A good nutritional program is a necessity in order to maintain a good bowel health. The protocol stresses on a high protein diet but this is not enough on it’s own. You should combine your protein (fish, meat, sea algae) with “good” carbs  like vegetables (juicing of 2-3 different vegetables is better for absorption – avoid artichoke and aubergine) and fruits (avoid anything that is too sweet, orange and grapes because they are very acidic and have a high glycemic load). Try to create a ratio of 1:3 proteins to good carbs. Try using olive oil on a daily basis. Also it is good to have a food allergy/intolerance test to see what foods you may eat. Definitely quit gluten (bread, spaghetti, wheat, rye, barley), any kind of milk and diary (I think at least a three month quit of all dairy is necessary and then try to eat some goat or sheep yogurt or cheese – NOT DAIRY CATTLE PRODUCTS), sugar, mushrooms. Also quit carbs with a high glycemic load such as rice, corn or starch (eg potatoes). Replace the above with milks from almond, coconut etc from health food stores or with gluten free bread (amaranth, quinoa, millet) but in low quantities. Make sure you eat at specific times every day and generally that everything happens in a systematic way. Don’t eat very late at nights, food shouldn’t be taken later than 2 hours before bedtime,  except a small snack.. Don’t skip meals. Make sure you eat enough food but not excessive portions. Everything about the protocol must be done in a systematic way for best results.
Many spices are used against Candida overgrowth and for their antioxidant, anti fungus properties. Grape fruit is against Candida (not in juice). Also berries are known for their antioxidant effects and effectiveness on the bowel.
Add some Turmeric spice along with your meals. It comes as a powder and it’s extremely antioxidant as well as antifungal spice. You can either cook it but simultaneously make sure you use it raw, just use it like pepper. It comes from the root of the Curcuma long plant and has a tough brown skin and deep orange flesh. It is a powerful medicine that has long been used by the Indian and Chinese systems of medicine as an anti-inflammatory agent to treat a wide variety of conditions. Peppers can be good (black pepper, cayenne pepper, chili pepper) Cinnamon and nutmeg is considered antifungal and said to have antimicrobial properties also. You can use it with most of your fruits. You shouldn’t have an excessive consumption of fruits though.

6. Beverages like unsweetened organic cocoa. Cocoa powder is low in fat and an excellent antioxidant.
7. Chlorella is a magic solution for helping the bowel normal function. Chlorophyll, is found in all green vegetables, especially the green, leafy vegetables. The problem we find here is that food greens contain less than half of one percent chlorophyll. Alfalfa, from which chlorophyll is commercially extracted, has only 8 or 9 pounds per ton, about 0.2% when extracted, and alfalfa is one of the plants highest in chlorophyll. Get Chlorella tablets and use 2-3 grams daily. Increase the dose slowly. Chlorella cannot be toxic because it is basically a food. See more on Chlorella

DEFINITELY QUIT
The most important thing to cut out is sugar.  This includes all cookies, candies and anything else of that nature. Yeast feeds off sugar and the only way to keep it at bay is to starve it.
Vinegar must also be avoided as it is depletes the stomach of acids and can cause inflammation.  The only vinegar that has been known to successfully combat yeast is apple cider vinegar and it can be used as a food or as a wash. It’s a little odd, but it appears to have an alkalizing effect inside the body and out.
Mushrooms must also be avoided for obvious reasons.  They are the most common fungus among us! Some of the above are suggestions, not rules. You should check them on yourself and see how they affect you. Anything you try which makes you feel uncomfortable in any way (like cocoa or cinnamon) you should stop at once. Of course some of them are a must like quitting sugar and vinegar and having a combined healthy nutrition.

Το έντερο διαιρείται σε δυο κύρια τμήματα: το λεπτό έντερο και το παχύ έντερο. Το λεπτό έντερο έχει μήκος περίπου 6 μέτρων και το παχύ έντερο έχει μεγαλύτερη διάμετρο αλλά μόνο 1,5 μέτρα μήκος. Το λεπτό και το παχύ έντερο εκτελούν διαφορετικές λειτουργίες. Στο λεπτό έντερο γίνεται το μεγαλύτερο μέρος της πέψης και απορροφώνται οι περισσότερες τροφές. Το παχύ έντερο είναι υπεύθυνο για την απορρόφηση του νερού και την αποβολή των στερεών άχρηστων υλικών. Τροφές και άχρηστα υλικά κινούνται κατά μήκος του εντέρου με τη βοήθεια των ρυθμικών περισταλτικών κινήσεων των εντερικών μυών.

Η κανονική λειτουργία για τον καθαρισμό του εντέρου έχει μεγάλη σημασία στη ΣΚΠ, επειδή μεταξύ άλλων το έντερο είναι ένα από τα πιο σημαντικά όργανα αποτοξίνωσης. Αν θέλετε το σώμα σας να αντιμετωπίσει την ασθένειά σας αντί να αναγκάζεται να αντιμετωπίσει επικίνδυνες τοξίνες, εξασφαλίστε μια καλή καθημερινή κένωση, έτσι ώστε:

Το σώμα να καθαρίζεται, να αναζωογονείται και να αποτοξινώνεται.

Να μειώνονται οι τοξίνες του σώματος, πράγμα που θα βοηθήσει στη βελτίωση της φυσικής υγείας και του επιπέδου ενέργειάς σας.

Να έχετε ένα πιο υγιές ανοσοποιητικό σύστημα, πράγμα που σημαίνει να αρρωσταίνετε πιο σπάνια.

Όταν συμπιεσμένο άχρηστο υλικό και τοξίνες αφήνονται να παραμείνουν στο έντερο για μεγάλα χρονικά διαστήματα επειδή δεν κενώνονται κατάλληλα, τότε παρουσιάζονται στον οργανισμό διάφορα προβλήματα υγείας. Όσο περισσότερο παραμένουν αυτά τα άχρηστα υλικά στο έντερο, τόσο μεγαλύτερη είναι η πιθανότητα οι τοξίνες αυτές να απορροφηθούν στο αίμα. Όσο οι τοξίνες αυτές παραμένουν στο σώμα, γινόμαστε πιο επιρρεπείς σε προβλήματα υγείας. Μερικά από αυτά είναι το σύνδρομο ευερέθιστου εντέρου, η κολίτιδα, η διάρροια, τα προβλήματα βάρους, οι αιμορροΐδες, οι πόνοι στις αρθρώσεις, τα προβλήματα στην όραση, η απώλεια μνήμης κ.ά. και φυσικά εντείνονται τα συμπτώματα της ΣΚΠ.

Το έντερο απορροφά βιταμίνες, άλατα, θρεπτικές ουσίες και νερό. Όταν αυτά τα βασικά, ζωογόνα συστατικά απορροφώνται κατάλληλα, αισθανόμαστε καλά. Όταν όμως το έντερο δε δουλεύει καλά, αρχίζει να απορροφά τοξίνες στο αίμα και όχι να τις αποβάλλει. Το αποτέλεσμα είναι πλήθος προβλημάτων, που κλιμακώνονται από δυσκοιλιότητα και αέρια ως κάντιντα (Candidiasis), εγκολπώματα και διάφορα άλλα χρόνια προβλήματα υγείας.

Το έντερο φιλοξενεί έναν ολόκληρο «ζωολογικό κήπο» από βακτηρίδια: πάνω από ένα τρισεκατομύριο μικροοργανισμοί (μύκητες, παράσιτα, σκουλίκια κτλ) κατοικούν εκεί. Υπάρχουν περισσότεροι μικροοργανισμοί στο έντερο παρά στο δέρμα, στην καρδιά, στα κόκαλα, στον εγκέφαλο και σε όλα τα άλλα κύτταρα του οργανισμού μαζί. Η διατήρηση της κατάλληλης ισορροπίας υγιών βακτηριδίων μέσα στο έντερο εμποδίζει την εμφάνιση ασθενειών του πεπτικού συστήματος.

Ο γιατρός μου λέει πως οι περισσότερες σοβαρές ασθένειες προέρχονται από το έντερο. Μερικές τοξίνες που βρίσκονται στα έντερα χρησιμοποιούνται για να προκαλέσουν καρκίνο μέσα σε μερικές εβδομάδες όταν χορηγούνται σε ποντίκια για ειδικά πειράματα!!!

Μια μέρα κακού καθαρισμού του εντέρου μπορεί γενικά να είναι μια κακή μέρα, σύμφωνα με την εμπειρία μου. Η δυσκοιλιότητα είναι ένα κοινό χρόνιο πρόβλημα των περισσότερων ασθενών με ΣΚΠ και μπορεί σίγουρα να κάνει συμπτώματα που έχουν μείνει ανενεργά για κάποιο διάστημα να εμφανιστούν και να προκαλέσουν ξαφνικά μια κακή μέρα ή να κάνει τα συμπτώματα που ήδη έχετε να γίνουν πολύ χειρότερα.

Η δυσκοιλιότητα στη ΣΚΠ μπορεί να έχει τόσο νευρολογική όσο και διατροφική βάση. Στις περισσότερες περιπτώσεις η καλή διατροφή σε συνδυασμό με τα σωστά συμπληρώματα μπορεί να βοηθήσει αποτελεσματικά.

ΛΑΒΕΤΕ ΜΕΤΡΑ

1. Διατροφή.

Ένα καλό διατροφικό πρόγραμμα είναι αναγκαίο για τη διατήρηση της καλής λειτουργίας του εντέρου. Το πρωτόκολλο βασίζεται σε μια δίαιτα υψηλών πρωτεϊνών, αλλά αυτό δεν είναι από μόνο του αρκετό. Πρέπει να συνδυάζετε την πρωτεΐνη σας (ψάρι, κρέας, θαλάσσια φύκια) με «καλούς» υδατάνθακες, όπως λαχανικά (οι χυμοί από 2-3 διαφορετικά λαχανικά απορροφώνται καλύτερα – αποφεύγετε την αγκινάρα και τη μελιτζάνα) και φρούτα (αποφεύγετε οτιδήποτε πολύ γλυκό, τα πορτοκάλια και τα σταφύλια γιατί είναι πολύ όξινα και έχουν υψηλό γλυκαιμικό φορτίο). Προσπαθήστε να διατηρήσετε μια αναλογία 1:3 πρωτεϊνών και καλών υδατανθράκων.

Προσπαθήστε να χρησιμοποιείτε ελαιόλαδο σε καθημερινή βάση. Είναι επίσης καλό να κάνετε ένα τεστ τροφικών αλλεργιών/δυσανεξιών για να δείτε ποιες τροφές μπορείτε να τρώτε. Σίγουρα κόψτε τη γλουτένη (ψωμί, μακαρόνια, σιτάρι, σίκαλη, κριθάρι), κάθε είδος γάλακτος και γαλακτοκομικών προϊόντων, τη ζάχαρη, τα μανιτάρια. (Νομίζω πως είναι απαραίτητη μια τρίμηνη αποχή από όλα τα γαλακτοκομικά και μετά να προσπαθήσετε να φάτε λίγο κατσικίσιο ή πρόβειο γιαούρτι – ΟΧΙ ΓΑΛΑΚΤΟΚΟΜΙΚΑ ΠΡΟΪΟΝΤΑ ΑΠΟ ΒΟΟΕΙΔΗ).

Επίσης κόψτε τους υδατάνθρακες με υψηλό γλυκαιμικό φορτίο, όπως ρύζι, καλαμπόκι ή άμυλο (πχ. πατάτες). Αντικαταστήστε τα παραπάνω με γάλατα από αμύγδαλα, καρύδα κτλ. από καταστήματα υγιεινών τροφών ή με ψωμί χωρίς γλουτένη (από αμάρανθο, κινόα, κεχρί), αλλά πάντα σε μικρές ποσότητες. Να τρώτε καθορισμένες ώρες την ημέρα και γενικά όλα να γίνονται με συστηματικό τρόπο. Μην τρώτε πολύ αργά το βράδυ, το δείπνο πρέπει να καταναλώνεται τουλάχιστο δυο ώρες πριν πάτε για ύπνο, οπότε μπορείτε να φάτε ένα μικρό σνακ. Μην παραλείπετε γεύματα. Τρώτε αρκετά αλλά όχι υπερβολικά. Κάθε μέρος του πρωτοκόλλου πρέπει να γίνεται με συστηματικό τρόπο για βέλτιστα αποτελέσματα.

2. Το είδος και η ποσότητα του νερού που πίνετε είναι πολύ σημαντικά. Πρέπει να πίνετε καθαρό, φρέσκο νερό σε ποσότητα τουλάχιστο 1 λίτρου την ημέρα.

3. Να παίρνετε όλες σας τις βιταμίνες στην ώρα τους και να εξασφαλίσετε τη σωστή αναλογία Ασβεστίου/ Μαγνησίου. Οι συνιστώμενοι τύποι είναι Carbonate και Citrate (τόσο για το ασβέστιο όσο και για το μαγνήσιο). Χρησιμοποιώ Citrate και για τα δυο και φέρνουν αποτελέσματα. Εξασφαλίστε ότι:

α) Το ασβέστιο παίρνεται μόνο του, τουλάχιστο 1 ώρα πριν ή αρκετές ώρες μετά το φαγητό. Ο λόγος είναι πως το ασβέστιο δρα ανταγωνιστικά προς το μαγνήσιο και επιπλέον το ασβέστιο έχει αποδειχτεί πως «δεσμεύει» και παρασύρει μαζί του βιταμίνες και ιχνοστοιχεία. Το ασβέστιο, που είναι σημαντικό και δουλεύει με πολλούς τρόπους όπως και το μαγνήσιο όσον αφορά τη χαλάρωση των μυών και των αιμοφόρων αγγείων, ανακουφίζει από τη σπαστικότητα κ.ά., μπορεί να προκαλέσει δυσκοιλιότητα. Εξισορροπώντας το όμως με τη σωστή ποσότητα μαγνησίου δε θα υπάρχουν προβλήματα.

β) Αυξήστε τη δόση του μαγνησίου σας μέχρι να βρείτε την αναλογία που δημιουργεί μαλακές και εύκολες κενώσεις μια ή δυο φορές την ημέρα, καθαρίζοντας το έντερο. Να παίρνετε το μαγνήσιό σας ΜΑΖΙ με όλες τις άλλες βιταμίνες σας με τα γεύματα.

γ) Υπάρχει κάτι άλλο σχετικά με το μαγνήσιο, που θα το συνιστούσα ως τελευταία επιλογή. Πρόσθετα με το ασβέστιο/μαγνήσιο που παίρνετε, μπορείτε να χρησιμοποιήσετε οξείδιο του μαγνησίου. Είναι σαν ένα ήπιο φυσικό καθαρτικό. Χρησιμοποιήστε μια μικρή ποσότητα γιατί είναι δυνατό (70 γρ τη φορά). Ο καλύτερος τρόπος για να έχετε φυσικό και μακροπρόθεσμο έλεγχο της δυσκοιλιότητάς σας είναι να εφαρμόσετε όλα τα παραπάνω και να χρησιμοποιείτε οποιοδήποτε είδος καθαρτικού ως τελευταία επιλογή μαζί με τα υπόλοιπα μέτρα και όχι περισσότερες από τρεις φορές την εβδομάδα.

4. Προσπαθήστε να κινείστε ή να ασκείστε όσο σας επιτρέπει η κατάστασή σας. Ασκηθείτε με τη βοήθεια ενός επαγγελματία κι αυτό θα βελτιώσει την κινητικότητά σας και τη λειτουργία του εντέρου σας.

5. Μερικά ΚΑΡΥΚΕΥΜΑΤΑ και ΦΡΟΥΤΑ μπορούν να βοηθήσουν!

Πολλά καρυκεύματα χρησιμοποιούνται για την καταπολέμηση της κάντιντα και για τις αντιοξειδωτικές, αντιμυκητικές τους ιδιότητες.

Το γκρέιπφρουτ καταπολεμά την κάντιντα (όχι σε χυμό). Επίσης τα μούρα είναι γνωστά για την αντιοξειδωτική τους δράση και την αποτελεσματικότητά τους στην καλή λειτουργία του εντέρου.

Προσθέστε κουρκουμά στα φαγητά σας. Υπάρχει σε μορφή σκόνης και είναι εξαιρετικό αντιοξειδωτικό και αντιμυκητικό. Μπορείτε να το προσθέσετε κατά το μαγείρεμα ή και να το χρησιμοποιήσετε ωμό όπως το πιπέρι. Προέρχεται από τη ρίζα του φυτού curcuma longa και έχει σκληρή καφέ φλούδα και σκούρα πορτοκαλί σάρκα. Έχει από παλιά χρησιμοποιηθεί στην Ινδική και Κινέζικη ιατρική ως φάρμακο για τη θεραπεία μεγάλης ποικιλίας ασθενειών και ως αντι-φλεγμονώδες.
Τα διάφορα πιπέρια μπορεί να κάνουν καλό (μαύρο πιπέρι, πιπέρι καγιέν, πιπέρι τσίλι).
Η κανέλλα και το μοσχοκάρυδο θεωρούνται αντιμυκητικά και λέγεται ότι έχουν επίσης αντιμικροβιακές ιδιότητες. Μπορείτε να τα χρησιμοποιήσετε στα περισσότερα φρούτα σας. Ωστόσο, δεν πρέπει να καταναλώνετε υπερβολικές ποσότητες φρούτων.
Μπορείτε να πίνετε άγλυκο οργανικό κακάο. Η σκόνη κακάο είναι χαμηλή σε λιπαρά και αποτελεί εξαιρετικό αντιοξειδωτικό.

ΣΙΓΟΥΡΑ ΚΟΨΤΕ!

Το πιο σημαντικό πράγμα που πρέπει να κόψετε είναι η ζάχαρη. Περιλαμβάνονται όλα τα μπισκότα, γλυκά και οτιδήποτε παρόμοιο. Η κάντιντα τρέφεται από ζάχαρη και ο μόνος τρόπος να την κρατήσετε υπό έλεγχο είναι να την κάνετε να λιμοκτονήσει.

Το ξύδι πρέπει επίσης να αποφεύγεται γιατί γεμίζει το στομάχι με οξέα και μπορεί να προκαλέσει φλεγμονή. Το μόνο ξύδι που είναι γνωστό πως καταπολεμά την κάντιντα είναι το μηλόξυδο και μπορεί να χρησιμοποιηθεί ως φαγητό ή ως μέσο έκπλυσης. Είναι λίγο παράξενο, αλλά φαίνεται να προκαλεί αλκαλικό περιβάλλον μέσα και έξω από το σώμα.

Τα μανιτάρια πρέπει επίσης να αποφεύγονται για προφανείς λόγους. Είναι ο πιο συνηθισμένος μύκητας ανάμεσά μας!
Μερικά από τα παραπάνω είναι προτάσεις, όχι κανόνες.

Πρέπει να τα ελέγξετε στον εαυτό σας και να δείτε πώς σας επηρεάζουν. Κάθε τι που δοκιμάζετε και σας κάνει να αισθάνεστε άσχημα με οποιονδήποτε τρόπο (πχ. η κανέλλα ή το κακάο), πρέπει να το σταματάτε αμέσως. Βέβαια μερικά από τα παραπάνω είναι απαραίτητα, όπως το να κόψετε τη ζάχαρη και το ξύδι και να διατηρήσετε μια υγιεινή διατροφή με τους κατάλληλους συνδυασμούς.

April 2006 – September 2006

Finally after 10 years I was about to test myself to something new. I visited a nutritionist in April of 2006. You can contact him through his website here. I was in no good condition at all. He was specialized in otolaryngology for quite some years before he began to turn his interest into alternative medicines such as homeopathy, acupuncture, Nutrition etc. He has been outspeaking for many years that he could no longer help his patients with drugs or his lance. I will never forget his first question to me: "First of all do you believe that everything someone eats drinks or breaths is very important for his health?"

His method round nutrition is based on a way of finding out about food intolerance and food allergy which is called Vega Allergy Testing comined with kinesiology, energy testing. He also examines which organs inside your body are weak searching what is going on in a mollecular level. For example if you suffer from MS, insufficiency to your immune system will appear clearly according to his method or weaknesses to other parts or systems of your body acoording your symptoms or not. Besides you are subjected to live blood analysis. An examination which helps to exclude important conclusions (eg the candida fungus which flows in your blood, the tolerance of your blood cells etc). The first visit lasted 4 hours! I was informed about Multiple Sclerosis in a very different way. I learnt about the worst enemies of MS. I was given to search through some new information such as the Klenner’s Protocol for MS. My blood was full of candida and my cells seemed really weakened.

I told him what every doctor claimed until then: That the cause of my problem was unknown. He claimed that this wasn’ t right and that MS is a multifactorial syndrome cause by many parameters . In my situation wrong nutrition, Nutrition, wrong medicines, accumulation of Toxins, vaccination stress, Acidulus Enviroment etc. The antidotes to the pathologic findings were vitamins, several supplements, proper nutrition, drinking clean and Fresh Water, whatever composes a healthy life. In all cases a compound therapy is necessary for such a complicated syndrome. Before that I had tried homeopathy and eventhough I was relatively helped it was not enough. I was really amazed by the power of my doctor’ s arguments, even though I was reluctant at first and I was trying to challenge him in every word. I was examined thoroughly and the results showed a very tired organism. The first diet I had to follow was very strict. I left the consulting room full of thoughts. I had to stop the drug treatment I had followed for years. Otherwise, there would be no result. I was afraid and anxious to see what will follow. Finally, I decided to move on. A new way of life was ahead of me. Within a month diarrheas began and my doctor told me this was encouraging because this showed I reacted to the new treatment. Toxins finally begun to discard. The second month I felt my legs much more stable and I gained balance. My memory was much stronger and I felt full of energy. Tremulousness wasn’ t troubling me while I was walking and this made me feel confident. As time went by I felt even better. I drove my bike without being afraid and I didn’ t want to go to bed early anymore because I felt alive again. Sex activity became unexpectedly strong. Numbness in my legs was not so intense and faded day by day. Today I can much more easy bend my leg and walk much more normal. I have no sleep problems except the days I feel really anxious about something but this happens to anyone. I visit the toilet everyday(!) and this is unbelievable and crucial for me after all these years. The second time I visited my nutritionist (July 2006 – after three months) he was surprised as well. He did not expect all this improvement so fast. The same test I had the first time was much more promising. The improvement was obvious. I went the best vacation I have ever had with my girlfriend in the summer of 2006. I will never forget it. I felt so much stronger. This time I was ready to eat more foods. It happens very often. Your organism tolerates some substances again after a period of certain diet. I changed some vitamins and supplements according to new data. This time I would use intramuscular Vitamin B1 and Vitamin B12. After about 5 months period my main goal is not just to get better and better but, why not, to go symptom free! There are extremely few pathologic reactions nature cannot reverse. Besides, I believe to my self, to my doctor. I’ve never lost hope regardless of the seriousness of my situation. It took me ten years to finally discover that MS is not incurable (…See more in personal stories 1 and 2). I had never came across to such a statement. I believe this is the only way not just to deal with MS but to totally defeat it. And I promise you, I will but before that I will share with you every second of this experience because I need it and you need it. I hope you the best. I was now ready on September of 2006 to take a much more thorough test on a much wider range of foods. Here you can see details about my Anti-Candida, Anti-Fungus based Diet. I follow it until now. During this period I was given some procain injectons in my tonsils. According to my doctor the stress I felt on my Knees was because of a block of flow of energy in tonsils! I’m better now. After 6months I must admit that my present situation has nothing to do with my previous state (before 6 months). Ofcourse my improvement lately is slower I dare say but this is absolutely normal because it’s not the same when you first begin a new treatment and after a period of time. I’m feeling my body fighting hard to heel. For example there are short periods of time where Constipation Problems occur and affect my general situation. I will visit my nutritionist on the 23 of December. Until then…

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