YOUR KIDS HEALTH: THREE IMPORTANT CHANGES TO MAKE

 

CHILDREN DESERVE THE BEST

You love your children more than anything and want what’s best for them. Today I want to share with you three things you can do differently for your children in 2018. These three things will significantly improve your kids health NOW and in the years to come. These will help every cell in their bodies function much more optimally and help them grow and develop in a much more efficient and superior way than before. Children are so special and they deserve the correct nutrients so their bodies can grow as designed to. Looking after your kids health will enable them to reach their genetic potential.

3 CHANGES TO MAKE FOR YOUR KIDS HEALTH

  1. Remove empty carbohydrate snacks from their diet and replace with nutrient-dense snacks.

Remove biscuits, potato chips, lollies, white bread, fast food burgers, chips etc from your children’s diets. These are full of sugar, chemicals and grains that have had all their good nutrients taken out of them. They are hard on digestion, often causing all sorts of issues from constipation to eczema. They are among the worst things you can do for your kids health.  You can still pack the following suggestions into lunch boxes, all your school mums out there! By removing empty carbohydrate foods, you are also opening up more space to give your child lots of great, much needed nutrients!

Replace with quality protein to help with every area of their growth, such as

  • Chicken drumstick
  • Boiled egg
  • Lamb chop
  • Bowl of yoghurt

OR Replace with quality whole carbohydrates to give them much needed minerals such as selenium:

  • Blue corn chips
  • Other veggies chips (you can easily make these yourself also)

AND/ OR Replace with a bowl of veggies for loads of minerals, vitamins and the best quality fibre.

  • Steamed frozen peas with butter or yoghurt
  • Steamed veggies such as a corn cob, or carrot sticks etc with butter or yoghurt.

2. Change their sugary carbohydrate breakfast cereal to high quality, real, highly nutritious foods to keep them full for longer.

Some suggestions:

  • Boiled or poached eggs with vegetables
  • Bowl of frozen steamed peas with runny eggs on top
  • Sardines mixed through mashed sweet potato
  • Silverbeat quiche (this can be made in advance and eaten cold- yummo!)
  • Scrambled eggs with veggies

3. Eliminate all drinks except good quality spring water or carbon-filtered tap water.

Most drinks are full of refined sugar, rotting kids health- their teeth and their insides. Even fruit juices are full of natural fructose which rots the teeth also. Kids (and adults) need much more water than they are getting. Think of each cell in their bodies as either grapes or sultanas. You want body cells to be big, plump, hydrated grape-cells, not shrivelled up, dehydrated sultana– cells. The latter does not allow nutrients to get into the cells so they can work properly. The sultana cells also do not allow the waste that the cell generates to get out of the cell and out of the body! GO FOR GRAPE CELLS! Get them to drink plenty of good quality water, between meals.

  • Buy convenient sized spring water from your local supermarket and pop a straw in for the little tackers to drink throughout the day.
  • Buy a carbon-filter to filter your own tap water.

POSITIVELY IMPACT YOUR CHILD’S HEALTH

These three changes will honestly make such as big impact on your kid’s health. Put one into practice each week over the next 3 weeks and you would have formed some great new habits with your kids, just in time for the beginning of the school year! Watch your kids grow and blossom and excel at school next year. Your kids will thank you for it in years to come.

NUTRITIONAL BALANCING FOR CHILDREN

If you are serious about getting your kids happy, healthy and thriving, then a Nutritional Balancing program is perfect! It will balance your child’s body chemistry so that every cell is working optimally. Minerals are the building blocks of our bodies. If there is too much of something and not enough of another, things start to go wrong and not work properly. Even if your child is not a sick child, they may suffer from behaviour issues, skin problems, digestive discomfort etc. Balancing their body will ensure these seemingly small issues are resolved. Check out the Nutritional Balancing information and get serious about your family’s health. Sign up for Sari’s Natural Medicine Nothing But Health Tips on the side panel on the website to receive health tips direct to your inbox.

Contact me for a tailor-made personalised health care plan for your child or yourself today!

Happy healing!

 

Sari

DEEP BREATHING FOR GREATER HEALTH AND WELL-BEING

Ah, deep breathing is truly a wonderful thing. At its simplest, it clears your head and relaxes you beautifully.  If you’d like to decrease your anxiety and stress levels, improve your cognitive achievements, enhance your memory, improve your mood, and increase your blood oxygenation, then you better learn how to practice breathe deeply now!

Proven benefits of deep breathing

Anxiety improves

In fact, a research study just published illustrated how primary school children’s anxiety levels were reduced, and test performance increased, by simply practicing deep breathing before their school test (Khng, KH 2017).

Stress levels improve

Another recently published research study (Perciavalle et al 2017), found that adults practicing deep breathing induced an effective improvement in their mood and stress levels. This was measured using both self-reported subjective evaluations and objective parameters such as heart rate and salivary cortisol levels.

Blood oxygenation  levels improve

Practicing your deep breaths is even more effective if you do it standing up! A group of researchers measured the blood oxygenation level, heart rate, subjective breathing ability, blood pressure and pain of patients who had cardiac surgery performed a couple of days prior (Pettersson et al 2015). This randomised control study illustrated that the group of patients who practiced the deep breathing standing up, had significantly improved blood oxygenation levels when compared with the sitting group. This was also the case after resting for 15 minutes after the deep breathing.

Improved memory

Still haven’t convinced you? Well, yet another study, published in Scientific Reports has shown that deep breathing enhances complex cognitive functions such as memory, in particular the retention of motor memories ( Yadav & Mutha 2016). After the experimental group practiced deep breathing for 30 minutes, they retained a motor skill ‘strikingly’ better than the controls whom simply rested for 30 minutes. This was true immediately after the breathing, and also 24 hours later. The experiment was repeated and it was found that there was significantly improved retention after 24 hours.

Increase in test scores

An Iranian research study (Haghani & Shariatpanahi 2011) examined medical students who were either given the task of deep breathing and stretching during their genetics class, or not. There was a significant difference between the two groups. The stretchers and deep breathers had significantly increased test achievement scores. The researchers highly recommended all classes and educational workshops include deep breathing and stretching.

 

Deep breathing recommendations

I recommend doing at least 30 minutes of deep breathing daily. And since I love to SMILE and find any excuse to do it, I recommend you smile on the exhale for even MORE health benefits. Get yourself a little alarm app on your phone and set a subtle alarm for every 30 minutes. When you hear that little ‘blip blip’ go off, take 4 big deep breaths and smile on each exhalation. Ahhhhh, how can you not be in a good mood after that?

I highly recommend you read Dr. Wilson’s article Breathing Properly for Health for instructions on how to learn to breathe deeply and properly. You won’t regret it.

Tell me your thoughts regarding Deep Breathing in the box below, and please ask me any questions you may have!

Breathe deeply, and heal happily!

Sari

 

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NUTRITIONAL BALANCING HEALTHY HOLIDAY TIPS

Have a healthy holiday on NB

If now’s the time for you to rest and have some fun (when isn’t that the time?) then this blog may be for you! You have been doing Nutritional Balancing for a little while now and are feeling so much better that you decide to go away on a healthy holiday! Once you have got into your Nutritional Balancing (NB) ‘Spa Routine’ at home, the next challenge is to maintain this routine whilst you are away from home. Depending on how long you will be away, and where you are going, will dictate how appropriate each of the following NB Healthy Holiday tips are.

‘Take rest; a field that has rested gives a beautiful crop’ -Ovid.

My family of 6 has successfully traveled whilst all maintaining our Nutritional Balancing schedules. It can be done! And we’ve had lovely relaxing, fun times away together whilst have a healthy holiday. I have used each of the following tips in different circumstances with good effect. You can do it too!

Healthy holiday NB tips

Here is a list of suggested Healthy Holiday tips to help you continue on Nutritional Balancing whilst you are away on holidays, or with work. I hope this helps minimise any overwhelming feelings regarding travelling on a NB program.

SUPPLEMENTS

  • Take a bottle of each of your prescribed supplements with enough tablets inside to get you through. If your body chemistry has been changing a lot lately, then take a bottle of any others that you have recently been prescribed. In the event that your body chemistry does change whilst you are away, the last thing you want is to be without those supplements! You can take a big sigh of relief if I make a prescription change and you have the correct supplements with you.

DIET FOR HEALTHY HOLIDAYS

  • Take your organic fresh vegetables, including juicing carrots with you. Or, work out where the closest Organic Green Grocers is to your accommodation, and the hours they open, and purchase once you arrive.
  • Take some blue corn chips for easy snacks or ‘NB nacho’ style meals. They are sold at Coles around Australia, but perhaps not in smaller areas. I always take lots with us (yes we do fit all of this food and 6 persons worth of stuff in our car!)
  • Chose accommodation that has the required space in the fridge and freezer.
  • Cook up anything that you can freeze and take with you. There is definitely room to compromise on NB when on holidays. One compromise we make is taking cooked frozen quiche for breakfasts, cooked frozen thick soups for lunches, and cooked frozen vegetable muffins for snacks. Cook up big batches of chicken/ lamb/ beef casseroles with loads of vegetables. Freeze and take with you.
  • If you have a large family and your accommodation only has small saucepans and steamers, then take your large one with you. It is very time consuming having to steam vegetables in batches. You can fit corn chips or other food/ items into your big saucepan when you pack it, to maximise space.
  • Take the required amount of frozen organic meat with you in an esky, or find out ahead of time if there is somewhere to purchase it near where you’ll be staying.
  • You can also choose to compromise and eat the best meat that local butches or supermarkets have to offer, instead of organic meat.
  • Purchase frozen peas or frozen vegetables from the supermarket. This makes a quick and easy steamed vegetable breakfast and helps get those 6-9cups of cooked vegetables in! Add butter, sea salt, herbs or spices to your liking.
  • When eating out, choose dishes that comply with food combining. Choose either protein and vegetables, or starch/carbohydrate and vegetables. Ask for double or triple serves of the cooked vegetables. For breakfasts, the egg options are usually best, or go for a carbohydrate. You’re unlikely to get many vegetables in though! Steaming frozen vegetables is your best option.
  • In small motel rooms, microwaves are usually available, or you can pack your electric steamer and use that to cook your vegetables.
  • You can also take a supplement called EndoVeggies to help mitigate your decrease in vegetable consumption. Please discuss this with me prior to your trip.
  • For your daily carrot juice you can take your juicer with you. Either purchase or pack your juicing carrots. You can buy organic bottled carrot juice in some areas.

WATER

  • You can choose to pack a carbon-filter jug with you and filter the tap water.
  • You can purchase bottled spring water throughout most of Australia.
  • If you are travelling in the outback, drinking any safe water is appropriate.

DAILY HABITS

  • Try to maintain your gentle walking, stretching and the spinal twist. Perhaps some gentle walks and stretching at the beach would be pleasant!
  • Maintain your good sleep habits with perhaps a night off here and there to stay out late if you desire.
  • You can still maintain your meditation, deep breathing, relaxation and reflexology and your morning and evening Nutritional Balancing ‘Spa Routine’ with the odd night off.

SAUNA

  • This is the one thing we do not take with us! I do not even take a single red heat lamp, though others have with success. Before you leave, find out where a close sauna is, ideally a NIR, however gyms often have FIR ones that will do the trick whilst you are away. Many resorts also have saunas and some offices if you are on a working trip.
  • You can safely skip saunas whilst you are away. Upon resuming once you’re settled back home, just ease back into it, depending on how long you stopped for. Discuss this with me and I will advise accordingly.

ENEMAS

  • Pack your enema kit and your ground coffee beans. It is much easier to not grind your beans while you are away! You can of course, purchase your ground coffee beans whilst away too.
  • Most bathrooms have somewhere to hang your bag. I haven’t enough room to take my yoga mat, so I just lie on towels on the bathroom floor. Once there was not enough room for that, so I used the hallway between the bathroom and the toilet! Where there’s a will, there’s a way!
  • If you are unable to do your enemas and are worried about your bowels, discuss this with me and I can adjust your digestive enzyme and other supplement dosages.
  • GB3 and Betaine HCL and pepsin will kill most organisms that you may unknowingly ingest!

Lastly, please remember I am only an email away! If you become unwell or have a healing reaction whilst on holidays, please let me know! The only thing worse than suffering in silence, is suffering in silence whilst holidaying!

Please ask me if you have any questions regarding your next healthy holiday away and Nutritional Balancing. There are many options to assist you to keep up your good healthy habits, minimise any unwanted symptoms, and have a fantastic time away!

Happy Holiday Healing!

Sari.

 

ALL THINGS CARROTS!

CARROTS ARE HIGHLY NUTRITIOUS

Carrots are tasty, sweet and extremely good for you. Eating cooked carrots is far more important than drinking carrot juice, however drinking the juice does provide you numerous yummy benefits. This article focuses on all things carrots, just to give you a boost in your carrot- consumption- motivation!

Carrots contain many minerals

Carrots are so nourishing because they contain high levels of a very useable form of calcium and other minerals such as potassium. They also contain Vitamin K, B vitamins, bioflavanoids, and anti-oxidant substances such as carotene. The carotenes are what give the carrots their gorgeous colour and it is converted into Vitamin A in the body. Vitamin A is exceptional for eye health, and proper immune system function.

Few other foods contain as much calcium as carrots do. Dairy is a great source however the pasteurisation and homogenising destroys most of it. Raw dairy is preferable.

Research has shown that carrots lower blood cholesterol, decrease risk of several types of cancer, aid in eye health and digestion, and promote weight loss.

Carrots do so much good… but I ask you: Why did the carrot get an award? Because he was out standing in his field!!

Cook your carrots

Please cook and juice your (preferably organic) carrots. Do not eat them raw, as the tough fibre makes it very difficult for your body to extract the many beneficial minerals. The cooked fibre feeds all your good bacteria in your gut, improving your overall health and decreasing your risk of illness. Cooked and juiced, the humble carrot helps to alleviate constipation and keeps you using your bowel regularly.

 

The best ways to enjoy your carrots:

  • Cooked via pressure cooking. Chop carrots and place in pressure cooker with a small amount of water depending on how many carrots you are cooking. Cook for 5-7 minutes.
  • Cooked via steaming. Cut up and then place in steamer basket over some water in a saucepan. Steam for 30-40 minutes until the fibres have turned soft. Place some butter on top and serve. Drink the water or add it to your stock pot.
  • Cooked via roasting. Cut carrots and place in baking dish with a little olive oil and cumin seeds. Roast for 1-1.5hours at 180C.
  • Juice them alone or with a small amount of greens such as kale, silverbeat, spinach or parsley.
  • Feed them to your babies/ young children after simply mashing the cooked carrot up.
  • Eat carrots either alone as a mono-meal, or with a variety of other vegetables. Due to their sweetness, they go well with vegetables that aren’t so sweet, such as turnips and rutabagas. They combine well with a protein such as lamb, chicken, eggs, sardines or cheese. OR they combine well with a complex high quality carbohydrate/ starch such as quinoa, millet, amaranth, rice or blue or yellow corn.

Juice your carrots

Whilst on a Nutritional Balancing Program, and indeed if you are not, carrot juice is a delicious treat to enjoy.

  • Drink 300-350ml of fresh organic carrot juice daily. This is not essential on NB, however you will be providing your body with a burst of nutrients especially calcium which will speed your healing! Don’t drink more than this as you will be interrupting your digestion and unbalancing your blood glucose levels!
  • Make and drink your carrot juice as fresh as possible to gain the most goodness. It lasts well for 24 hours in the fridge. Purchasing a home juicer is worth the extra health you will obtain. There is no need to pay hundreds of dollars for a top quality juicer. The best things to look out for are cold-pressed juices, and ones that actually juice- don’t blend. You want the juice to be extracted and the fibre to be separated out. I give all our carrot fibre to our chooks!
  • You can purchase carrot juice from some health food shops, and supermarkets. Try and get one with no additives, and one that hasn’t been pasteurised for maximum benefit.
  • Please don’t give carrot juice (and definitely not fruit juices) to children under age 10. It is very sweet and young children are usually fast oxidisers and cannot handle the extra carbohydrates.
  • Drink your carrot juice 1.5 hours after a meal, and 15 minutes before a meal. The liquid will dilute your stomach digestive enzymes and inhibit proper digestion of your food if you drink it close to or with a meal. Drink it alone.

Carrot juice a day

So with so much goodness, and such a lovely sweet flavour, how could you NOT incorporate carrots into your daily lives? A carrot juice a day is a great afternoon snack, and a large serve of carrots every second day will serve you and your body well.

Of course, you could make thick carrot soup. But how do you make gold soup? You put 24 carrots in it!

 

Happy Healing!

Sari

Pressure cookers and why you’ll love one

Invest in a pressure cooker

 

Want to learn about pressure cookers and how they can make your life much easier? Here are my thoughts on why you should invest in a pressure cooker today!

Pressure cookers save time

Firstly, pressure cookers are a huge time saver for people on Nutritional Balancing programs. Investing in a pressure cooker makes life much easier on Nutritional Balancing programs! The amount of vegetables required to eat each day can be very time consuming to cook, especially if you have many mouths to feed like I do!

Pressure cookers cut cooking time down dramatically- by 50% or more! And 90-95% of nutrients are retained! You can cook anything that can be steamed, boiled and braised in them. You can brown your meat first, then add all your cooked vegetables. After a few short minutes (4-6) they are all cooked. Much less time! The food is also more nutritious!

Casseroles, stews, and curries are all delicious from a pressure cooker. If you are cooking for small numbers, you can cook a big batch of vegetables and then enjoy them for your next 3 meals of the day! You can cook so many different things in them, but I concentrate on meat and veggies, or just veggies.

Pressure cooker size

I have invested in a large 12L size pressure cooker. It feeds my family of 6 for one meal. The bigger the better, so that  there is less time spent on cooking/preparation throughout the day for you. Electric and stove-top pressure cookers are available in various sizes. Search the internet to ascertain which size is best for you.

Stove top or electric

Mine is a stove-top, as they don’t make electric ones big enough for my family! It is just a big pot with a special pressure lid. You can use it like a normal saucepan. The pressure builds up when you place the lid on, and then once cooked, you release the pressure through a valve. It is very safe and easy to use. It is noisy as the steam escapes, but this only lasts one minute. Search the internet to work out if an electric or stove top pressure cooker is best for you.

Stainless steel pressure cookers

Lastly, choose a stainless steel pressure cooker to avoid unwanted toxins from teflon or the like. You are working so hard to regain your health and happiness, you don’t want to add toxins back in again!

I hope this helps many of you cut down your cooking time, and therefore have more time to spend with your loved ones.

Happy Healing!

Sari.