Category Archives: Nutrition

Bloated and Uncomfortable

After meals, many times I experience bloating. This is uncomfortable and I’d like to avoid it. What can you suggest?

Abdominal bloating can be caused by many conditions; one common reason is excessive gas in the intestines. Improper food combining which results in delayed or poor digestion can also cause bloating; for example, combining carbohydrates and proteins at the same meal or eating fruit and drinking milk with other foods.

Excessive amount of refined foods and poor food combining can make the bowel very thick and enlarged due to a lack of bowel movements. Enemas may help but colonics are more effective as they irrigate the bowel more extensively.

Kefir, a fermented milk drink, may assist in establishing a healthy G.I. tract. While it can cause bloating or perhaps diarrhea if you drink too much, too quickly – with continued use these symptoms will disappear.

Regular cleaning of the bowel is important. Drinking plenty of fluids is the core requirement for healthy bowels. Most people think one bowel movement a day is the norm but actually two or three times a day, to match the number of big meals you consume, is more the norm.

Regular use of herbal teas is helpful, but use caution as some may cause cramping. Organic apple cider vinegar (ACV) can also help with bowel movements. Place 1–2 teaspoons of ACV in a glass of pure water and drink 2–3 glasses a day. You may add a couple of drops of stevia, a natural sweetener, to the solution. Over time, these methods will help to reduce the enlargement of the colon and bowel. Cortisol, the stress hormone, is a particular reason for bloating of the abdomen, especially in the area around the navel.

Excerpt from Handbook for Healers by Almine.

 

Feeling Nervous

One of my children is shy, nervous and socially awkward. I’d like to help her learn to relax and also to deal with her feelings. I try to make time to read to her every night at bedtime to help calm her and ease into sleep. This seems to help. Can you recommend any books?

Children and adults will benefit from the following books and you can read them to younger children. If you teach your child the world around is supportive and healing, you raise a self-reliant child. These books teach about the value of all life and how we support nature when we work in cooperation with it: The Vision and Grandfather by Tom Brown[1].

A few other suggestions we can recommend for your child and all family members:

  • Limit and/or remove foods that contain artificial dyes/sweeteners/flavorings, caffeine and sugar from the daily diet, including chocolate, soda beverages (they contain caffeine and lots of sugar or artificial sweetener). Eat organic foods as much as possible.
  • Spend time in nature as much as possible. Walking barefoot in the grass grounds the body and helps to alleviate tension from our environment of noise and exposure to electrical devices (phones, tablets, music players, TV, cell phone towers, etc).
  • Make times for breaks during the day and get enough sleep.  Children may enjoy a healthy snack or smoothie after school and it marks a break from school to home before they begin homework. Work breaks have been proven to ease tension and improve concentration. Lack of sleep releases cortisol, a stress hormone. Sleep requirements vary between individuals with less sleep required by adults, see details below for sleep recommendations.

Sleep

  • School-age children: 9-11 hours per day
  • Adolescents: 9-10 hours per day
  • Adults: 7-8 hours per day


[1] Excerpt from Handbook for Healers by Almine.

Healthy and Fun Food Tips

Nutritional Health for Everyone

It is a cosmic law that you strengthen what you oppose – an impor­tant principle to remember when raising a child. Good nutritional habits are built not from what you tell them not to eat, but from what they grow to love from your cooking.

The same principle applies to other areas of your child’s life. Op­posing drug use does not take away the root cause. Whether it is ad­diction to food or drugs, any addiction comes from abandoning the self. When you encourage your child to listen to their dreams, their body signals, and their hearts, they learn to live a life of authenticity. In touch with themselves, they have no need to reach out for some­thing to fill a gap.

Many books are available on nutrition, but if your child has ever had a bout of antibiotics, the essential one is The Body Ecology Diet, by Donna Gates.

(Excerpt from Almine’s book How to Raise an Exceptional Child.)

Nutritional Pointers

  • Spend time with your children in selecting healthy food choices, whether dining in a restaurant or during grocery shopping. Shared activities build relationships with our children as well as setting a trend of healthy eating. Many children enjoy cooking and baking, thus gaining a hobby and a life-long skill.
  • Diet is crucial in treating teenager’s acne and in establishing skills in choosing healthy foods. Avoid dairy, grease and fast foods. Getting children to drink enough water each day to pro­mote proper elimination may not be easy. Naturally flavored waters such as mint water or lemon are appealing and preferable to sugary so-called juice drinks or sport drinks. Add stevia as a sweetener if desired to your flavored waters. Try chilled herbal tea sweetened with stevia drops (those that don’t contain alcohol). Lymph flow is the key factor in clearing acne as well as the liver.
  • Finding a healthy sweetener is a core challenge of a good diet for teen-agers, kids and adults. We suggest liquid stevia, pure maple syrup or honey as sweeteners.
  • Cow’s milk, wheat and corn are the biggest offenders as far as food allergies are concerned. Eliminate them if the immune system seems stressed.
  • Condiments such as ketchup contain high amounts of sugar plus mold, which is an allergen for many people. Chocolate and beverages popular with teens and adults (including coffee, teas, cola and non-cola sodas), may contain caffeine that can contribute to hyperactivity, headaches and stomach upsets.

Fun Food Tips for Everyone

Q. My grandson was a preemie and had a feeding tube when he was an infant. He was also given a lot of liquids such as juice because he couldn’t eat solid food. I am trying to educate his mom plus help him gain weight and eat healthier food. Do you have any suggestions?

A. Try green shakes, also known as green smoothies:  Kids and adults enjoy blending vegetables such as kale, baby spinach, romaine, cucumbers, avocado, celery, carrots, etc. Water, almond, coconut milk, kefir, organic milk or plain yogurt may be used as a base for your shake with some fruits added for a bit of healthy sweetness including apple, pineapple, banana and berries (high in anti-oxidants). Making these drinks teaches some cooking skills and kids may enjoy ‘driving’ the blender with your help!

Can Depression Be Due to Food Allergies?

Q. My stomach really hurts. For days I have only been eating rice. I have a history of inflammation. When the weather is damp, my body hurts and I become depressed and don’t want to live. It passes within a day or a few hours. I also have a list of food allergies. If I eat them, I get inflammations in my joints. If I eat gluten, my stomach and intestines can swell up and I also get feelings of not wanting to live. What can I do to improve my situation?

A. Vitamin C and B vitamins are not being absorbed properly due to the fact that you need to follow the entire Chronic Disease protocol (see more about this 5-month purification and detoxification program here). I recommend that you have Psy-stabil[1] (the homeopathic remedy for anxiety, mood swings, etc) on hand at all times and take it every day for at least 2 months.

You have a lot of allergies. You must build up your system (through the progressive healing approach of the 5-month healing program) or the allergies will persist.  The reason you feel so depressed is systemic and medically/physically based – not from mental health.

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[1] Pekana remedies can be ordered through our office, call 1-877-552-5646, toll-free in the US.

 

Xylitol as a Sweetener

Handy Health Hint:

Regarding the us of Xylitol as a sweetener: ”After writing the program for How to Facilitate the Healing of Chronic and Systemic Disease, I have subsequently found that Xylitol may be carcinogenic and I recommend only the use of Stevia as a sweetener (without alcohol, organic if possible).  Stevia is a super-food and has many health benefits beyond its use as a sweetener.”

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