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Antibiotics – Treatments, the good, the bad and the ugly - Children s colds It s normal for a child to have eight or more colds a year. This is because there are hundreds of different cold viruses and young children have no immunity to any of them as they ve never had them before. Gradually they build up immunity and get fewer colds. Caesar babies immune system is [ ] The post Antibiotics Treatments, the good, the bad and the ugly appeared first on Noster ProBiotics.
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Streptococcus thermophilus a Noster ProBiotics ingredient - Streptococcus thermophilus-From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Streptococcus thermophilus Scientific classification Phylum: Firmicutes Class: Bacilli Order: Lactobacillales Family: Streptococcaceae Genus: Streptococcus Species: S. thermophilus Binomial name Streptococcus thermophilus (ex Orla-Jensen 1919) Schleifer et al. 1995 Synonyms Streptococcus salivarius subsp. thermophilus (Orla-Jensen, 1919) Farrow et Collins 1984 Description of the Streptococus thermophilus Streptococcus thermophilus (sometimes called Salivarius subsp. [ ] The post Streptococcus thermophilus a Noster ProBiotics ingredient appeared first on Noster ProBiotics.
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The Best Diet For Your Brain

One of the reasons given for people who have a healthy diet are also happier is that they take more care of themselves and are 'active' in their lives. That is they are taking positive steps within their lives and they are aware of this.

For me I don't often care how things work. I am curious but if the placebo effects works for someone and they have a positive outcome then that is what is important. I do think actively doing things in your life, taking control of your life does make you feel better.

The most frightening thing about the Western diet was it effects on the brain. People on it have a significantly reduced hippocampus, part of the brain critical for memory formation.

The thinking, excuse the pun, here is that the high sugar content results in run away inflammation which cause impaired brain functioning. It is like an autoimmune disease for the brain. Inflammation has been shown to play a role in conditions such as depression, bipolar disorder, autism, schizophrenia and Alzheimer's disease (my big fear).

I will continue with this next week but for the moment we can examine where we are in this Brain Diet. So our Banting Lifestyle incorporates parts of the Mediterranean, we are supposed to eat nuts, my favourite being almonds, we have no to low levels of carbohydrate (sugar).

If we look at our lifestyle we are being active ie taking control, we do not have lots of sugars. So we can conclude that our lifestyle is a good one for our brain and our emotions.

As an added thing that I have not spoken about, but reading about the inflammation in the brain I feel that I should mention it, is probiotics. They have an anti-inflammatory effect in the body and so will help to reduce the problem of inflammation in the brain. My son, Torin, and I both take a probiotic daily called is Noster ProBiotic. https://www.facebook.com/nosterprobiotics and the website http://www.nosterprobiotics.com/. It is a live culture kept in the fridge. 

As always, love yourself and only positive people succeed!

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Best Diet for your Brain

Continuing our discussion on food for brain and emotional health.

A surprise result for scientist lead to the investigation of foods and diet being important in our emotional well being. A group of depressed people were either given psychiatric treatment, ie taught coping skills, or were counselled by a dietitian on correct foods. The second group was the control for the study. The surprise result was that both groups ended up with the same result. Instead of the usual 25% of them suffering major depression, only 8% did. So food is as important as coping skills.

In reality we shouldn't be surprised. If drugs can change our moods so can food. As an example high sugar content increases aggression.

On looking through the various diets, to recap the Mediterranean, Scandinavian and Okinawa diets, the biggest thing that all three have in common is the lack of sugar. Fortunately our Banting Lifestyle is also zero sugars.

A study in Spain of 7500 men and women showed those on the Mediterranean diet with extra nuts had significantly less cardiovascular disease as well as depressive episodes compared to those on a generic diet.

An interesting observation was that typical Western (read American) diets are high in sugars and processed foods and a nutritional psychiatric researcher, Felice Jack of University of Melbourne, was one of the first to show a link between this type of diet and depression and anxiety.

Another interesting fact was the eating of fermented foods such as sauerkraut can ease anxiety. These foods however have some side effects, ie gas. Take a probiotic instead. It should be a live culture, kept in the fridge and not a freeze dried culture on the shelf. The one I take every day is Noster ProBiotic. https://www.facebook.com/nosterprobiotics and the website http://www.nosterprobiotics.com/

As always, love yourself and only positive people succeed!

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The Optimal Brain Diet

Over the next few weeks I will be exploring the best diet for our mental health and for preventing conditions such as Alzheimers, one of my biggest fears.

The saying "we are what we eat", is something we should all consider whenever we put anything in our mouths. The effect of food on our health is profound. This is one of the reasons we all follow the Banting Lifestyle. But it is far more than weight loss it also includes our mental health and our emotional state. 

As an example sugars increase our aggression and warm milk calms us and makes us drowsy.

The next few posts are going to investigate traditional diets that promote mental health as well as physical health. We need to take a holistic view of all things we do. It is pointless having a superb body when you end up as a vegetable.

Three diets come to mind, the most well known in the western world would be the Mediterranean diet, another is the Scandinavian diet, and lastly from the east the Okinawa diet.

We will compare these diets with our own Banting Lifestyle and if need be we will alter our foods to accommodate this new information. We already incorporate much of the Mediterranean diet, so maybe we will end up with an amalgamation of all these. I do not believe in being dogmatic about what is allowed and what isn't. Flexibility is essential in a successful diet.

So hopefully you will enjoy this and share it with your friends.

As always, love yourself and be positive as only positive people succeed!

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Hi in the last proper Banting Lifestyle post I gave a recipe for the first time. So building on that success I will give you another very easy to do recipe. One thing you will find is that all the recipes are simple and easy to follow. I am certainly no "Naked Chef", although I have done that before, just have to make sure you are not frying anything, the splashing fat can be very painful.

So a quick diversion, my son, Torin, and I have started a new venture as agents for "Nodter ProBiotics". Have a look at the Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/Noster-ProBiotics-1662865270631851/, and the website, http://www.nosterprobiotics.com/. Join our "Noster Updates List" and get a R20.00 coupon on your first order.

I spoke about the magic of a slow cooker previously, my other cooking methods are frying and roasting. Roasting I put the food in the stove set my phone for 10 minutes and go upstairs to my computer and check the food when the phone goes off. Frying is hands on but quick, the reason why I like this recipe, half an hour from start to finish.

Coconut Chicken Breast

This tastes amazing, is simple to do and fits right in with all the Banting Lifestyle requirements, and did I say it tastes great.

Ingredients
3/4 cup coconut milk (180 mls)
1 egg
170 grams unsweetened flaked coconut (not flakes like in fish scales, but thin strands)
About 900 grams skinless, boneless chicken breast halves (I find that skinless chicken ends up very dry so I try to use chicken with skin)
1/4 cup butter (60 ml)
A plastic bag big enough to put the chicken in with a fair amount of extra space

Directions
Shake the coconut milk to disperse the solid bits in the liquid, measure out the 180 mls, add the egg and the coconut milk to a bowl. Beat until smooth.
In a long Tupperware container, with a lid, add the coconut flakes.
This is the fun part especially if you had a bad day. Put the chicken in the bag and pound it either with the smooth side of the meat mallet or if like me you can use your fists, much more satisfying. The thinner the better, around 15 mm.
Dip into the liquid mixture.
Add to the Tupperware container, close the lid and shake briefly. Take it out of the container, wiggle it a bit to get rid of the excess coconut flakes.
Do this process to all the pieces. Do not stack the completed strips, place them next to each other.
Place the butter in a frying pan and melt on medium heat. Add all the pieces as quickly as possible. They tend to cook quickly, about 7 minutes per side. Leave until brown then turn and do the same for the other side.

I hope you enjoy this as much as I do.

As usual love who you are, and be good to yourself.

Be positive, only positive people succeed.

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I am going to try a different post today. A number of people have asked about food and meals. I have always avoided trying to give people cooking advice. But I think that this might help.

I used to eat a lot of grilled chicken breasts, left the skin on for the fats and taste. I added grilled vegetables to that. I was always happy yo eat that. My son, Torin, was unfortunately spoilt by his mother who is a very good cook. So he started to complain about chicken and vegetables every day.

My mother had asked me a number of times if I wanted her slow cooker and I had continually refused. Eventually I took it and it has transformed my life. 

One of the biggest issues for regarding cooking was waiting for things to cook and make sure they don't burn etc. Now it is easy. I prepare everything in the morning before work and put in the slow cooker, go to work and come back to a cooked meal.

I will be updating my ebook Banting Lifestyle to add in my own recipes.

A little taste of one, pardon the pun.
Slow cooker chicken
2 tablespoons butter 
1 package dry Italian-style salad dressing mix 
1 can condensed golden mushroom soup 
1 container chive and onion cream cheese 
1/2 cup dry white wine
4 skinless, boneless chicken breast halves

Melt the butter in a saucepan over medium heat, and stir in the salad dressing mix, mushroom soup, cream cheese, and wine until the sauce mixture is hot, smooth and well combined. Place the chicken breasts into the bottom of a slow cooker, and pour the sauce mixture over the chicken. Cover and cook on Low setting until chicken is tender, about 4 hours.

That is the official version. 

I used 
organic natural yoghurt instead of cream cheese
naturally sweetened rose instead of dry white. I didn't want to open a new bottle for half a cup, so I added the rose and drank the last glass. Fortunately it was a weekend when I tried this.
Italian herb mix instead of the salad dressing mix.

As usual love who you are, and be good to yourself.

Be positive, only positive people succeed.

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Life has finally returned to normal, Torin is back from his Nana in Thabazimbi, Limpopo and I am back at work, but wait I never had a holiday!

On the 1st of January I started running again after almost a year of enforced rest. I had a foot operation and had to rest for 5 months. I thought it would be a 6 week rest then start again but I had to be in bed for 2 weeks and no running for 5 months.

This post is about the benefits of exercise.

It is possible to lose weight without exercise but the a much higher percentage of people are more successful when the correct eating habits are combined with exercise.

Apart from the weight loss benefits exercise is good for you on a whole range of levels.

Just 2 hours walking a week, that's right a week, about 20 minutes a day will reduce your heart attack risk by around 40%. Anyone can find the time for that.

My recommendation is to start with a brisk walk in the early morning. Leave at 5am and be back by 6am. You will find, if you ask at your local running club, a group of people in your area that walk. It may need a little drive to a meeting point. I personally run on my own, but the vast majority of people are social creatures and walking in a group provides protection in numbers and a social experience. The group also adds a little extra pressure to be there every day as people are expecting you.

I have been running since the 1st of January, only 4km. My muscles let me know that they were there but I wasn't aching. You must start slow and build up. We want this to become part of our daily life. Four days ago I kicked my toe on the stairs at home. I thought I had broken it. I couldn't put a shoe on. So I am back in couch mode. I will be starting again tomorrow, Tuesday.

I am hoping for an injury free year this year. No visits to the orthopaedic ward. The last 3 years have seen me in that ward at least once a year, broken finger (2 operations), broken shoulder, and a foot operation. Hopefully that is the end of that bad run.

As usual love who you are, and be good to yourself.

Be positive, only positive people succeed.

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