We study and consult the important index Glycemic Load. Based on recent research this index is even more important than the Glycemic Index. Here’s why:
The Glycemic Index indicates how fast a food raises blood sugar. The Glycemic Load indicates how fast and in what quantity a food raises blood sugar.
What are functional laboratory tests and how are they used by the science of nutritional therapy-nutrigenomics
Why have tests?
People applying a proper balanced diet along with appropriate supplements and other natural techniques usually see significant progress in many of their health problems.
“A healthy mind in a healthy body”. This hackneyed expression of our ancestors sounds so true and timely nowadays! Can we separate our body from our mind? “With the mind comes knowledge” I would say, continuing with the wisdoms. Besides, our brain is part of our body. But why do I go back and forth between head and body? I will talk to you now about a new science called Psycho-neuro-immuno-endocrinology!
Suppose you just got the results of blood tests that you have decided to do to see how things are going... First of all, you should not panic when you see the indication “Total Cholesterol” which might be slightly up. This is because total cholesterol is the sum of two terms that may be familiar to you, i.e. “bad” and “good” cholesterol. On the results of the microbiological tests you will see it written up all scientific and probably in English as LDL (the “bad”), HDL (the “good”) and the total as “Total Cholesterol” or “TC”. It is well known that the “good” cholesterol should be at a high level.
The rewards for sticking to the rules of proper nutrition, which promotes our health, are large and multifaceted: more energy, beautiful skin, sharp mind, bett
er mood, fewer diseases, better digestion and managing our weight.So let’s define the proper diet, listing the (+) positive effects and the (-) negative effects of food and water in different areas:
Recognize it in order to eliminate it!
Is it long since the situation with your dandruff or a hard spot in your elbow which peels or on the knots of your fingers or on your knees has become unbearable? I can mention many parts of the body where psoriasis starts unnoticed and if it is not treated properly it strikes mercilessly!
The intestinal walls are covered by the intestinal membrane, which consists of cells connected with tight links. Our intestine is intimately connected with our health and plays an important role in the digestion and absorption of nutrients that we need from food, while acting as a barrier for toxins and germs. Under conditions of stress, however, like the use of pesticides, heavy use of drugs such as antibiotics, painkillers, steroids, poor regulation of blood sugar, low protein consumption, high consumption of coffee and alcohol, and even high production of substances in our bodies such as histamine (see Food Allergies & Intolerances), the “tight links” of our intestinal membrane may be loosened.
Studies on nutritional factors that affect the onset of depression
Study 1: EPA, DHA, Omega 3 fatty acids and fish reduce the occurrence of depression in adolescents.
A large study published in 2010 in the prestigious Journal of Pediatrics showed that teenagers, especially boys, who consumed higher amounts of EPA, DHA, precursors of Omega 3 fatty acids found in high concentration in fish such as tuna, salmon, small fish with bones, sardines, mackerel, herring, eel, trout, had lower incidence of depressive symptoms.
Drugs may cause nutrient deficiencies in our body
As you will see in the following table, many drugs chemically react with the nutrients in our body and can cause deficiencies of some very important ones that are necessary for the smooth function of our body, like vitamins, minerals, trace elements, carnitine and others.
Is the role of nutrition trivial or important for the health of our gut?
While conventional medicine rather agrees with the negligible role of nutrition, the environmental approach emphasizes its important role and seeks the hidden causes of bowel dysfunction.
The normal monthly cycle.
The female menstrual cycle is a true wonder of nature. At 13, most girls already have begun the journey of fertility with or without difficulties. The pituitary gland, located practically in the center of our brain, starts producing hormones in order to wake up the ovaries which in turn produce estrogen and progesterone, hormones that are necessary for the development of the characteristics of the female sex. When everything is fine estrogens don’t have particularly large variations during the cycle.
Enhance the guardians of our defense how our guardians become enemies!
Among many studies on the relation of our immune system with nutrition, a recent one by Australian scientists, which directly correlates the two, stands out. Professor Charles Mackay of the Garvan Institute of Medical Research in Sydney found a direct link between dietary fiber and our immune system’s proper function.