Lisa is a qualified Nutritional Therapist. She has been practicing nutrition for 12 years across a broad spectrum of health conditions. She has a special interest in Rosacea, and her research, together with experience, led to the writing of her thesis entitled “The Nutritional Management of Rosacea”.
Over the coming weeks, I want to advise you about food and help you make beneficial changes to your diet and assist in getting your Rosacea under control. This data also applies to anyone with non-optimum health, making it pertinent to all the family.
The word Nutrition means diet, food, or nourishment. It can be further defined as the provision of the correct mixture of nutrients to supply each and every cell with all nutrients required to function at full potential.
The field of Nutritional Therapy is the foundation of all complimentary therapies and indeed medical interventions to address dis-ease. This is because the most important aspect of any health programme, healing therapy or recovery from illness is the provision of nourishment for the body to heal/repair and be able to resume a balanced harmony.
The initial aim of Nutritional Therapy is to regain one’s health by manipulating the diet, supplying nutrients that are in greater demand at that time, by adjusting lifestyle factors and commonly by prescribing quality supplements. Regained health can be sustained by eating at least 80% in the form of whole-foods. In addition, those foods should be as close to their natural state as possible.
They should be free from additives, preservatives, pesticides, fertilizers, E-numbers, artificial compounds or genetically modified organisms (all stressors on the body and that contribute to malnourishment and hinder recovery).
The fundamentals to bear in mind when aiming to achieve healing and balance are nutritious foods, hydrating fluids, regular exercise and quality sleep. One particular food toxin I want to focus your attention on is Aspartame, an artificial sweetener.
This is because it is one of the most dangerous substances added to foods and drinks. What most people are not aware of, is just how dangerous the chemicals in this product have been demonstrated to be, in countless scientific studies.
The approval for aspartame for human consumption is questionable, and many health advocates claim it should never have been allowed on the market.
Studies performed to determine the safety of aspartame, in the process of applying for approval as a food additive, have severe conflicts of interest. This is mainly due to their funding by Searle, the very same company that produces NutraSweet (a pseudo name for aspartame). The studies are also flawed, and many health authorities state that these studies are not ‘scientific’.
Research has repeatedly demonstrated that artificial sweeteners make you gain equal or more weight than regular sugar. In fact, research has shown that diet drinks may double your risk of obesity because Aspartame increases your appetite.
How? In a nutshell, when you eat something sweet, your brain releases dopamine, which supplies you with a jolt of pleasure. Your brain’s reward centre is activated.
The appetite-regulating hormone leptin is also released, which informs your brain that you are “full” once a certain amount of calories has been eaten. When you consume something sweet that supplies zero-calories, your brain’s pleasure pathway is activated by the sweet taste, but there’s nothing to deactivate it; the body is still ‘waiting’ for the calories. As a result, you may end up overeating, especially on carbohydrates to supply sugar in the form of glucose.
A diet coke consumed at 2pm could easily lead you to the pastry counter by 3pm? There are different names for aspartame that may be an effort to disguise it in products and fool the consumer. Additional names used at this time are NutraSweet, Spoonful, Splenda, Sweet ‘n Low, Canderel and Equal Measure.
Products that commonly contain aspartame are low-calorie diet drinks (the biggest source), and foods marketed as low fat / low calorie / low or no sugar. Aspartame is often in supplements (for example Redoxon vitamin C and Berocca multivitamin). Children’s supplements may also contain Aspartame, and some supplements prescribed by medical doctors (e.g. Calcium prescribed for osteoporosis). Aspartame is also used in some medications.
Typical symptoms reported by aspartame users: memory loss, headaches, nausea, slurred speech, vision problems, vertigo, tinnitus (ringing in the ears) ‘fuzzy’ thinking, insomnia, anxiety, depression, weight gain, changes in behaviour, hyper-activity, stomach disorders, skin lesions, rashes, and less frequent but more alarming: multiple sclerosis, dementia, brain lesions, seizures, and cancers such as leukaemia, myeloma and Non-Hodgkin lymphoma.
I strongly advise you AVOID Aspartame at all costs.
There are many other toxins in our food supply that are detrimental to health. I will not explain these in great details, but knowing what some of them are, informs you of what to look out for and avoid: HFCS (High-Fructose-Corn-Syrup)/corn syrup/corn sugar, glucose-fructose-syrup (check sauces in particular but these appear frequently in processed foods of all kinds), sucralose (Splenda), MSG, Agave nectar/syrup, carmine, partially hydrogenated or hydrogenated oils, trans fats, and genetically modified organisms (GMO).
The first step on the road to health through nutrition is removing as many sources of toxins as possible.
Do you really know what ingredients are in the foods and drinks you put into your body? Take a look at the labels on the foods at home right now, and see how many of these toxins you are consuming, knowingly or unknowingly.
I encourage you to embark on an experiment, an adventure, to discover for yourself, how avoidance of foods and drinks that are robbing you of nutrients, while eating a varied and balanced diet does change the way one feels, looks and lives!
This Week’s Quote:
“True healthcare reform starts in your kitchen, not in Government” Anonymous