In my last blog I mentioned both ME (Metabolic Effect) and SoS (Smarter Science of Slim).
They are both along Palaeolithic dietary lines.
I got and read the ME book 1st, and loved it!
I then found, not sure how!, the SoS podcasts, FREAKIN AWESOME!
So I got the SoS book, yet to read it.
I prefer SoS. For a couple of reasons; The podcasts make me feel like I now know the author and as I mentioned feeling like a carb addict, SoS is more about abstinence whereas ME is about control.
ME gives great insights into yourself and into nutrition, but some of the statements are a little ambiguous/mis-leading, but you should never blindly read+believe anything huh?!
The control element depend on your ‘metabolic typing’ and mine was to restrict 5 bites or 5 TbleSps of complex carbs at each meal! NOT gonna happen LoL! None, yes, as I am showing, but show restraint to only 5 mouthfuls, piss off!
SoS is more about abstinence, that the route of the obesity epidemic and a LOT of todays health problems stem from homo-sapiens inability to process refined/overly-processed carbohydrates.
The podcasts are awesome fun, Carrie (Brown) grew up in Britain so her sense of humour is dry and fantastic against the science that Jonathan (Bailor) dishes out, which he does in a really digestible manner (rubbish pun I know!).
Ingredients from yesterday’s post:
Almond Flour: http://www.jillybakes.co.uk/index.html
The following is from an emailing from the loverley people at ME.
It’s awesome advice. I was quite poorly, but never felt at any point, as I have in the past, that I might never lift a weight again, LoL!
The vitamin concoction felt like it worked. I’ve also become a born again advocate of aspirin, really seemed to hit the spot, and apparently it actually does where a cold’s concerned: http://scienceisbrilliant.tumblr.com/post/26291515019/paracetamol-vs-aspirin-vs-ibuprofen
I also took every 3-4 hours in/with a pint of water:
http://www.oneon.co.uk/store/products,lglutamine-powder_1.htm (1Tsp – not this particular brand, but recently ordered with them and they seem good)
I also made sure I kept my fluid intake high 2-3L a day as normal.
Better include their disclaimer too eh?!
**REMEMBER TO ALWAYS TALK TO YOUR PHYSICIAN WHEN ILL AND BEFORE MAKING ANY CHANGES TO DIET EXERCISE AND SUPPLEMENT HABITS**
Minimizing Sore Throats, Colds, Flus and Upper Respiratory Infections
When the symptoms of a sore throat, cold, flu or other upper respiratory infection begin, there are steps you can take to boost your immunity and avoid becoming ill or to shorten the duration of illness. The earlier you take these measures, the more helpful they will be. Ninety percent of common colds are due to viral infections. Though commonly prescribed, antibiotics are not effective against viruses (only bacteria). The reason antibiotics are prescribed is to prevent rheumatic fever following Strep throat in children or to avoid a secondary bacterial infection, tonsillitis or abscess that may be likely to occur or would be dangerous to a particular patient.
Call your physician if your symptoms become severe.
Contamination studies have demonstrated that viral infections are spread much more readily by direct contact (as opposed to airborne). Cleanliness tips to help avoid contamination by direct contact include not sharing utensils or toothbrushes, etc., frequent hand-washing and frequent laundering of clothing, bedding and towels (especially for children sharing rooms and bathrooms).
Steps You Can Take to Minimize Contraction or Duration of Cold, Flu or Other Upper Respiratory Infection:
Eat Very Lightly:
With most illnesses, appetite is diminished. This is a natural response because energy is needed to fight off the pathogen (virus, bacteria, etc.) and the body doesn’t have the energy to process food. Give your digestive system a rest! Avoid mucous producing foods such as dairy and any foods that produce allergy or intolerance symptoms. Choose whole foods (not highly processed or refined).
You will also want to avoid sugary and starchy foods. High blood sugar is known to suppress the activity of white blood cells, the cells responsible for helping fight infection. Warm soup, protein smoothies, hot herbal teas and easily digested vegetable juices work well.
Rest (As Soon As Possible):
Many people ignore the early warning signs of illness and keep working until they “drop”. This allows the infection to multiply and gain a stronger foothold. If you feel symptoms beginning (sore throat, headache, congestion, fever, etc.), take it easy. Take a day off if possible, as this may prevent you from having to take three days off later on. Keep your bedroom cool and humid. If you are cold, add covers. If you are too warm, uncover or take a lukewarm bath. Humid air is helpful in keeping mucous membranes moist.
Drink Plenty of Fluids:
Drink large amounts of filtered water, herbal teas, broths and soups. Fruit juices and sweetened beverages (such as sodas) are not good choices, as their high sugar content will actually inhibit your immune cells from doing their respective job(s). If you do choose to drink fruit juices, dilute them with water (1:1). Avoid alcohol.
Avoid cigarette smoking and exposure to second-hand smoke, as it is an irritant to respiratory tract tissues.
Warm salt-water/xylitol gargle: ¼ to ½ teaspoon each of salt and or xylitol in one cup warm water. Gargle 2-3 times daily after brushing teeth and tongue. (Xylitol is a natural sweetener derived from birch or corn. It is a natural bacteriostatic which means it blocks the adherence of bacteria to the mucus membranes. Using it as a sweetener has been shown to inhibit ear infections).
Immunity Boosting Supplements (Adult dosages)
Note: Consult your physician regarding infants, children, pregnant women or persons with additional medical conditions
- Vitamin C: 500 mg every 3-4 hours with a small amount of food. Cut back on the dosage if stools become loose or you experience gas and/or cramping.
- Vitamin A: 10,000 IU three times daily. Women who are pregnant should not take high doses of Vitamin A as the fetus can be adversely affected—pregnant women should consult their physician for recommended dosages and signs of Vitamin A toxicity.
- Zinc: 30-50 mg once daily with a small amount of food. This can be continued for 1-2 weeks without depleting copper stores.
- Bioflavanoids: 1,000 mg (1 gram) daily
- Bromelain (Naturally thins mucous. For sinus infections) combined with Xlear nasal spray (a saline xlitol wash). Take Bromelain 2-4g on an empty stomach every 4 hours while awake. Spray Xlear nasal spray into each nostril while gently inhaling. Do as often as needed through the day.
Viral Infections (general advice):
- Hyperthermia baths: Spend as long as is comfortable in a hot bath. Then remove yourself, wrap up in warm clothes and climb under covers to sweat. This induces an “artificial fever”. Viruses do not like high temperatures and this can greatly reduce the length of a cold or flu.
- Zinc: zinc gluconate lozenges. Suck on these throughout the day. Don’t exceed more than 30mg zinc per day. Zinc is anti-viral and depleted during stress and illness.
- Glutamine powder: take 15 to 20g per day while sick. Glutamine is needed by your white blood cells to fight infection.
- Allicillin: This is a concentrated garlic compound that is wonderful to fight viruses and bacteria. 200mg to 400mg 1-4 times daily
- Olive Leaf extract: This is another natural anti-viral and antibacterial. The dose is 500mg 1 to 4 times daily. http://patient.designsforhealth.com/Catalog_2/Olive-Leaf-Extract-90