FOOD AS MEDICINE
Have you lost your zip, your mojo, your sharpness, your sparkle?
Could it be iron deficiency?
Iron deficiency anaemia effects around one quarter of the worlds population
HOW WILL I KNOW IF MY IRON IS LOW?
Here are some signs & Symptoms of iron depletion
Feeling tired and sluggish
Sore cracks in the corners of your mouth
Shortness of breath
Heart palpitations when exercising
Feeling more sensitive to the cold
Poor growth (kids & teens)
Some of the largest selling pharmaceuticals today are antidepressants along with sleeping pills. This reflects the rise in anxiety and depression in our modern society. We're even medicating our children in an effort to assist them to function in school and social settings.
Whilst these medications are effective in reducing symptoms its important to look for and to address the root cause as there is evidence that long term use may create additional health concerns.
Besides the need for every increasing dosing you might expect digestive disorders and neurological damage further down the track if the root cause is not addressed.
It seems to me that we’re being told what to eat and more importantly what NOT to eat at every opportunity. I suspect that most of the current diet advice is more about selling books or supplements than sensible, factual or traditional food wisdom.
What I would like to do is
1. Allay any fears surrounding this food group
2. Back it with traditional wisdom and practices
3. Give you tools to ensure that your food does heal and not harm you
I was privileged to have the opportunity to speak with Louise Saunders on her evening show here in Hobart. Louise is keen to clarify just what a functional medicine nutritionist is/ does and what influences my nutritional recommendations compared to the food pyramid and other dietary influences of today.
Have a listen and leave a comment. I'd love to hear your thoughts.
WHAT ARE THIOLS - and why should we avoid them?
You really don’t need a great deal of protein in order to be well which brings me to the worrying trend of the high protein diets including protein powders, soy isolates and shakes. Too much protein intake together with a low fat diet can lead to vitamin A deficiency, it burdens the digestive system and has been linked to cancer. (16) Unfermented processed soy ‘foods’ are problematic for a number of reasons- from blocking protein digestion to hormone disruption.
This article delves into the world of protein - the building blocks of nature without which we would have no structure, strength, motion or Emotional resilience. Protein is essential not only for tissue and muscle integrity but also immune, mental & emotional health, detoxification, energy production and so much more. Having some knowledge of the many functions of protein in your body can help us to better understand the signs and symptoms of deficiency when they occur.
Welcome back to our series on Traditional Foods- the foods which our forefather enjoyed, back when modern diseases like obesity and diabetes were a rarity. (1) Having read part one and two in this series you’re now aware of the importance of good quality fats in your diet along with the powerful healing capacity of organically produced, fresh, heirloom vegetables and fruit. Today we will look at nuts, seeds, grains and legumes, a group of foods which are similarly nutrient-dense and at the same time the source of much confusion and discussion around the health blogosphere.
Welcome back to my series on Traditional Foods- the very foods which early researchers such as Weston A Price found to be the hallmarks of the most robustly healthy folk on the planet. Today- thanks to supermarkets, food is not nearly so tricky to come by as it was in pre-industrial times. At the same time the quality of our convenience foods does not appear to be doing our health any favours. (7) With a little guidance and research however you too can whip up gourmet, healing remedies in your own kitchen from locally sourced produce.
A FOUR PART SERIES
Healthy Fats & Oils and the consequences of a 'low fat diet'.
Hands up if you’ve tried them all- diets that is. It seems that with the explosion that is electronic and social media has come an equally contagious rash of diet regimes. ‘Lose weight fast’ diets, ‘teen’ diets, ‘very low carb’ diets, ‘primal’, ‘paleo’, ‘vegan’, ‘raw food’ diets, ‘detox’, ‘ketogenic’, ‘two five’ diet, not mention plain old fashioned ‘I’m seriously starving- low calorie’ diets. It hasn’t always been this way you know- if Great Grandma or the original Australians could only see us all now- what would they have to say about our multi-billion dollar diet industry that for many of us can consume our every waking moment and drive us to depression or at the least total despondency.
Jillaine is passionate about Traditional FOOD AS MEDICINE. She lives on an organic farm in Cygnet Tasmania.