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Colic – is it just one of those things?

If you ever cared for a baby with colic you will no doubt have felt frustrated at the lack of answers about what causes it and what can be done to help your baby. It seems the answers may lie in the health of the mother before giving birth.

Understanding Colic
Colic is the name given to the discomfort felt by many babies in their early months. The general view is that a baby’s gastro-intestinal system is not fully matured and so struggles to digest the milk that he/she is given. As their system matures, colic tends to disappear. But for some babies the discomfort can continue for much longer.

New research
Recent research in the Netherlands has highlighted a difference in the developing gut flora of babies with colic to those without. Babies suffering with colic presented with much higher levels of proteobacteria and less bifidobacteria. These proteobacteria types are often associated with excessive wind and could cause discomfort.
This research supports what many nutrition practitioners have speculated. That the gut flora is imbalanced, it hasn’t developed appropriately and is causing discomfort.

Last year a randomised controlled trial of eighty infants with colic revealed that probiotic supplementation could reduce the length of crying time and duration of crying in predominantly breast-fed babies.

Gut Flora and Health
An imbalanced gut flora has been linked to a number of health issues including allergies and eczema. Further research could reveal that those babies that suffer from colic are more likely to have asthma, eczema and allergies later on. As nutritional therapists we see altered gut flora present in many conditions, including autism and obesity (http://blog.nutritionmission.co.uk/category/articles/feb-12/weight-gain-antibiotics-and-gut-health/).

How Gut Flora Develops in a new born baby
A baby’s gut is initially sterile; they inherit their gut flora from their mother at birth. The health of the mother is paramount at this time. If mother has issues with bloating, IBS, recurrent thrush, etc. these all suggest that the mother’s gut flora may be imbalanced. Many factors can affect this including antibiotics and stress. If babies are delivered by caesarean section then they are not exposed to the gut flora from the birth canal. These babies tend to develop different gut flora.

The research being undertaken in the Netherlands gives us better understanding of the possible causes of colic.

Pregnancy preparation
In the meantime, it would be prudent for expectant mothers, or those planning a pregnancy to consider the balance of their own gut flora and the influence that could have on their baby’s health.
 Sarah Hanratty BSc N.Med CNHC Registered


http://blog.nutritionmission.co.uk/2013/02/16/colic-is-it-just-one-of-those-things/
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The Truth About Fat.

Fat has been the bad guy for a while now. We hear about how bad fat is for us. That it clogs up our arteries, encourages us to become overweight or obese and can lead to all sorts of diseases and conditions including cancer, diabetes, heart disease and so on and the truth is that some fats are bad for us.

This said we need some fats. Essential fatty acids are so called because our body cannot make them but we need them. They are essential because it is essential that we get them in our diet. The essential fatty acids are omega-6 and omega-3 fatty acids.

Omega-6 (also known as Linoleic acid) is obtained from vegetable oils, seeds and nuts, evening primrose oil, blackcurrant and borage (starflower). Up to this point in the omega-6 pathway the foods eaten provide a mild anti-inflammatory action. However, this pathway continues and some of the linoleic acid becomes arachodonic acid, which is obtained from meat and dairy products – staples of most people’s diets. Arachodonic acid is inflammatory and while we need inflammation to help with healing and repair too much can lead to conditions such as heart disease and stroke, arthritis, cancer, hormone disorders, decreased immune system, digestive problems, skin conditions such as psoriasis and eczema…. the list goes on.

Omega-3 (also known as Linolenic acid) is obtained from green vegetables, flaxseeds, walnuts, canola, Brazil nuts and oily fish such as mackerel, sardines, salmon and tuna. This is the anti-inflammatory pathway. It doesn’t change, it stays anti-inflammatory but as you can see from the list of sources it may be missing from the diets of a lot of people

The best eating plan will have a ratio of 2:1 of the Omega-6:Omega-3 foods. This will mean that inflammation is only there for its naturally intended purpose of healing and repair, and not all of the time, which, as we’ve seen, can lead to some pretty nasty diseases.

Some of the benefits of omega-3 essential fatty acids include:
Less Pain and Inflammation. Omega-3 fatty acids, particularly EPA, have a very positive effect on your inflammatory response. Through several mechanisms, they regulate your body’s inflammation cycle, which prevents and relieves painful conditions like arthritis, prostatitis, cystitis and anything else ending in “itis.”

Cardiovascular Health. Omega-3 fatty acids have also been proven to work wonders for your heart and the miles and miles of arteries and veins that make up your cardiovascular system. They help to lower cholesterol, tryglicerides, LDLs and blood pressure, while at the same time increasing good HDL cholesterol. This adds years to your life expectancy.

Protection from Stroke and Heart Attack. When plaque builds up on arterial walls and then breaks loose, it causes what’s known as a thrombosis, which is a fancy way of saying clot. If a clot gets stuck in the brain, it causes a stroke and when it plugs an artery, it causes a heart attack. Research shows omega-3 fatty acids break up clots before they can cause any damage.
Better Brain Function and Higher Intelligence. Pregnant and nursing mothers can have a great impact on the intelligence and happiness of their babies by supplementing with fish oil. For adults, omega-3 improves memory, recall, reasoning and focus. You’ll swear you’re getting younger and smarter.
Less Depression and Psychosis. Making you smarter is not all omega-3 does for your brain. Psychiatry department researchers at the University of Sheffield, along with many other research studies, found that omega-3 fish oil supplements “alleviate” the symptoms of depression, bipolar and psychosis (Journal of Affective Disorder Vol. 48(2-3);149-55).
Lower Incidence of Childhood Disorders. Just to show how fish oil fatty acids leave nobody out, studies show that children (and adults) with ADD and ADHD experience a greatly improved quality of life. And those with dyslexia, dyspraxia and compulsive disorders have gotten a new lease on life thanks to omega-3 oils.

Reduction of Breast, Colon and Prostate Cancer. And finally, omega-3 fish oil has been shown to help prevent three of the most common forms of cancer – breast, colon and prostate. Science tells us that omega-3s accomplish this in three ways. They stop the alteration from a normal healthy cell to a cancerous mass, they inhibit unwanted cellular growth and they cause apoptosis, or cellular death, of cancer cells.
So eating green vegetables, flaxseeds, walnuts, canola, Brazil nuts and oily fish such as mackerel, sardines, salmon and tuna is good for your health and should be eaten daily.

It’s also worth bearing in mind that low fat products are usually high sugar, or sugar substitutes, that are bad for your health but we’ll talk about sugar another time.

Written by:

Debi-Ann Wrigglesworth

Dip CNM MBANT MFNTP

http://blog.nutritionmission.co.uk/2013/02/04/the-truth-about-fat-2/

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The Truth About Fat.

Fat has been the bad guy for a while now. We hear about how bad fat is for us. That it clogs up our arteries, encourages us to become overweight or obese and can lead to all sorts of diseases and conditions including cancer, diabetes, heart disease and so on and the truth is that some fats are bad for us.

This said we need some fats. Essential fatty acids are so called because our body cannot make them but we need them. They are essential because it is essential that we get them in our diet. The essential fatty acids are omega-6 and omega-3 fatty acids.

Omega-6 (also known as Linoleic acid) is obtained from vegetable oils, seeds and nuts, evening primrose oil, blackcurrant and borage (starflower). Up to this point in the omega-6 pathway the foods eaten provide a mild anti-inflammatory action. However, this pathway continues and some of the linoleic acid becomes arachodonic acid, which is obtained from meat and dairy products – staples of most people’s diets. Arachodonic acid is inflammatory and while we need inflammation to help with healing and repair too much can lead to conditions such as heart disease and stroke, arthritis, cancer, hormone disorders, decreased immune system, digestive problems, skin conditions such as psoriasis and eczema…. the list goes on.

Omega-3 (also known as Linolenic acid) is obtained from green vegetables, flaxseeds, walnuts, canola, Brazil nuts and oily fish such as mackerel, sardines, salmon and tuna. This is the anti-inflammatory pathway. It doesn’t change, it stays anti-inflammatory but as you can see from the list of sources it may be missing from the diets of a lot of people

The best eating plan will have a ratio of 2:1 of the Omega-6:Omega-3 foods. This will mean that inflammation is only there for its naturally intended purpose of healing and repair, and not all of the time, which, as we’ve seen, can lead to some pretty nasty diseases.

Some of the benefits of omega-3 essential fatty acids include:
Less Pain and Inflammation. Omega-3 fatty acids, particularly EPA, have a very positive effect on your inflammatory response. Through several mechanisms, they regulate your body’s inflammation cycle, which prevents and relieves painful conditions like arthritis, prostatitis, cystitis and anything else ending in “itis.”

Cardiovascular Health. Omega-3 fatty acids have also been proven to work wonders for your heart and the miles and miles of arteries and veins that make up your cardiovascular system. They help to lower cholesterol, tryglicerides, LDLs and blood pressure, while at the same time increasing good HDL cholesterol. This adds years to your life expectancy.

Protection from Stroke and Heart Attack. When plaque builds up on arterial walls and then breaks loose, it causes what’s known as a thrombosis, which is a fancy way of saying clot. If a clot gets stuck in the brain, it causes a stroke and when it plugs an artery, it causes a heart attack. Research shows omega-3 fatty acids break up clots before they can cause any damage.
Better Brain Function and Higher Intelligence. Pregnant and nursing mothers can have a great impact on the intelligence and happiness of their babies by supplementing with fish oil. For adults, omega-3 improves memory, recall, reasoning and focus. You’ll swear you’re getting younger and smarter.
Less Depression and Psychosis. Making you smarter is not all omega-3 does for your brain. Psychiatry department researchers at the University of Sheffield, along with many other research studies, found that omega-3 fish oil supplements “alleviate” the symptoms of depression, bipolar and psychosis (Journal of Affective Disorder Vol. 48(2-3);149-55).
Lower Incidence of Childhood Disorders. Just to show how fish oil fatty acids leave nobody out, studies show that children (and adults) with ADD and ADHD experience a greatly improved quality of life. And those with dyslexia, dyspraxia and compulsive disorders have gotten a new lease on life thanks to omega-3 oils.

Reduction of Breast, Colon and Prostate Cancer. And finally, omega-3 fish oil has been shown to help prevent three of the most common forms of cancer – breast, colon and prostate. Science tells us that omega-3s accomplish this in three ways. They stop the alteration from a normal healthy cell to a cancerous mass, they inhibit unwanted cellular growth and they cause apoptosis, or cellular death, of cancer cells.
So eating green vegetables, flaxseeds, walnuts, canola, Brazil nuts and oily fish such as mackerel, sardines, salmon and tuna is good for your health and should be eaten daily.

It’s also worth bearing in mind that low fat products are usually high sugar, or sugar substitutes, that are bad for your health but we’ll talk about sugar another time.

Written by:

Debi-Ann Wrigglesworth

Dip CNM MBANT MFNTP

http://blog.nutritionmission.co.uk/2013/02/04/the-truth-about-fat-2/
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The Truth About Fat.

Fat has been the bad guy for a while now. We hear about how bad fat is for us. That it clogs up our arteries, encourages us to become overweight or obese and can lead to all sorts of diseases and conditions including cancer, diabetes, heart disease and so on and the truth is that some fats are bad for us.

This said we need some fats. Essential fatty acids are so called because our body cannot make them but we need them. They are essential because it is essential that we get them in our diet. The essential fatty acids are omega-6 and omega-3 fatty acids.

Omega-6 (also known as Linoleic acid) is obtained from vegetable oils, seeds and nuts, evening primrose oil, blackcurrant and borage (starflower). Up to this point in the omega-6 pathway the foods eaten provide a mild anti-inflammatory action. However, this pathway continues and some of the linoleic acid becomes arachodonic acid, which is obtained from meat and dairy products – staples of most people’s diets. Arachodonic acid is inflammatory and while we need inflammation to help with healing and repair too much can lead to conditions such as heart disease and stroke, arthritis, cancer, hormone disorders, decreased immune system, digestive problems, skin conditions such as psoriasis and eczema…. the list goes on.

Omega-3 (also known as Linolenic acid) is obtained from green vegetables, flaxseeds, walnuts, canola, Brazil nuts and oily fish such as mackerel, sardines, salmon and tuna. This is the anti-inflammatory pathway. It doesn’t change, it stays anti-inflammatory but as you can see from the list of sources it may be missing from the diets of a lot of people

The best eating plan will have a ratio of 2:1 of the Omega-6:Omega-3 foods. This will mean that inflammation is only there for its naturally intended purpose of healing and repair, and not all of the time, which, as we’ve seen, can lead to some pretty nasty diseases.

Some of the benefits of omega-3 essential fatty acids include:
Less Pain and Inflammation. Omega-3 fatty acids, particularly EPA, have a very positive effect on your inflammatory response. Through several mechanisms, they regulate your body’s inflammation cycle, which prevents and relieves painful conditions like arthritis, prostatitis, cystitis and anything else ending in “itis.”

Cardiovascular Health. Omega-3 fatty acids have also been proven to work wonders for your heart and the miles and miles of arteries and veins that make up your cardiovascular system. They help to lower cholesterol, tryglicerides, LDLs and blood pressure, while at the same time increasing good HDL cholesterol. This adds years to your life expectancy.

Protection from Stroke and Heart Attack. When plaque builds up on arterial walls and then breaks loose, it causes what’s known as a thrombosis, which is a fancy way of saying clot. If a clot gets stuck in the brain, it causes a stroke and when it plugs an artery, it causes a heart attack. Research shows omega-3 fatty acids break up clots before they can cause any damage.
Better Brain Function and Higher Intelligence. Pregnant and nursing mothers can have a great impact on the intelligence and happiness of their babies by supplementing with fish oil. For adults, omega-3 improves memory, recall, reasoning and focus. You’ll swear you’re getting younger and smarter.
Less Depression and Psychosis. Making you smarter is not all omega-3 does for your brain. Psychiatry department researchers at the University of Sheffield, along with many other research studies, found that omega-3 fish oil supplements “alleviate” the symptoms of depression, bipolar and psychosis (Journal of Affective Disorder Vol. 48(2-3);149-55).
Lower Incidence of Childhood Disorders. Just to show how fish oil fatty acids leave nobody out, studies show that children (and adults) with ADD and ADHD experience a greatly improved quality of life. And those with dyslexia, dyspraxia and compulsive disorders have gotten a new lease on life thanks to omega-3 oils.

Reduction of Breast, Colon and Prostate Cancer. And finally, omega-3 fish oil has been shown to help prevent three of the most common forms of cancer – breast, colon and prostate. Science tells us that omega-3s accomplish this in three ways. They stop the alteration from a normal healthy cell to a cancerous mass, they inhibit unwanted cellular growth and they cause apoptosis, or cellular death, of cancer cells.
So eating green vegetables, flaxseeds, walnuts, canola, Brazil nuts and oily fish such as mackerel, sardines, salmon and tuna is good for your health and should be eaten daily.

It’s also worth bearing in mind that low fat products are usually high sugar, or sugar substitutes, that are bad for your health but we’ll talk about sugar another time.

Written by:

Debi-Ann Wrigglesworth

Dip CNM MBANT MFNTP

http://blog.nutritionmission.co.uk/2013/02/04/the-truth-about-fat-2/
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How to avoid piling on the pounds over the festive period

It’s that time of year again, where you look forward to the treats over the festive period, but dread what it will do to your waistline!  Don’t let a few weeks of temptation cause months of effort to get the weight back off; instead follow some helpful hints which will help you avoid the pitfalls without spoiling the party season -

Buffets and Nibbles:
These small bites are easy to eat and can be full of calories, so beware. Avoid foods that are deep fried, loaded with mayonnaise or contain pastry, as they are very calorific.  Ensure you add some salad to your plate, as well as a handful of dates and nuts (unsalted) rather than crisps and cheese biscuits. Satsumas are another healthy festive snack, full of vitamin C.  Eat tomato based dips like salsa instead of cream based dips like sour cream and chive and eat them with raw vegetables rather than crisps. Don’t arrive at the buffet table ravenous, it will prevent you from over indulging.

Christmas Day:
Turkey meat is good lean meat but avoid eating the skin, which contains most of the fat. Roast the potatoes in olive oil, not goose fat. Be careful of the trimmings, which can be full of calories: swap sausage meet stuffing for a chestnut stuffing with fruits such as cranberries.  Chestnuts are low fat and a good source of potassium.  For the gravy, make sure all the turkey fat is skimmed off the juices. Use skimmed or semi-skimmed milk in bread sauce, custards and Yorkshire puddings. Steam the vegetables. Don’t add salt when making the dinner.  Instead chop fresh herbs and use lemon zest for flavouring. Avoid wrapping sausages in bacon and grill them instead of frying or baking.  Avoid cream on pudding and have low fat custard or Greek yoghurt instead.

Drinks:
Try longer alcoholic drinks that are lower in calories such as white wine spritzers and avoid creamy drinks such as baileys and cocktails with added sugar.  Alternating alcohol with a glass of water will also help reduce the calories and the hangover! Avoid winter warmer drinks such as coffees with added syrup and hot chocolates with whipped cream.  Instead try a nice herbal tea with winter spices, such as a chai tea.

Exercise:
Getting on the dance floor at the Christmas party will help to reduce some calories.  Consider going for a walk with the family on Christmas day and don’t avoid the gym over the festive period, it will only make it harder to return.

Remember, keep everything in moderation, don’t over do the portion sizes and come January your scales may give you a nice surprise.  For further help and advice on your diet please contact one of our fully qualified nutritional therapists who will be happy to assist.


http://blog.nutritionmission.co.uk/2012/11/30/how-to-avoid-piling-on-the-pounds-over-the-festive-period/
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