Sarcoidosis – Foods To Add + Foods To Eliminate

7 Mar

Millions of people worldwide are affected by an auto-immune disorder known as Sarcoidosis.  Sarcoidosis consists of pockets of inflammatory cells which grow in diverse parts of the body including the lungs, lymph nodes, eyes and skin.  It is not known why some people develop it and others do not.  It can be controlled but not cured.  If not treated, it could possibly lead to organ damage.

People who are susceptible to the disorder may be affected by environmental toxins that are breathed in.  Therefore, it is pertinent to not inhale any harsh toxic odors.  An indoor air purifier may be helpful.

Allopathic physicians are treating the disorder with corticosteroids (under the brand name Prednisone).  The dilemma with this form of treatment is the long list of side effects which consist of excessive weight gain, insomnia, acne, diabetes, high blood pressure, glaucoma, cataracts, osteoporosis, depression and emotional irritability and skin bruising.

From a nutritional dietary perspective, it is advisable to consume a diet rich in fresh organic vegetables and fruits which are a good source of antioxidants.  The antioxidants may protect healthy cells from damage and neutralize free radicals which destroy cells.

To help rid inflammation from the body, it is best to lean towards an alkalinizing diet as opposed to a heavily acidic one.  An alkalinizing diet consists of more fresh vegetables and fruits eaten in the raw state which are cleansing and contain high amounts of enzymes which will help eliminate inflammation and aid with digestion.  It is best to steer clear of lots of dairy, heavy fatty meat consumption, white flours and sugar and cold cuts which contain nitrates.  In addition, all foods containing caffeine such as coffee and chocolate need to be eliminated as well as alcohol and tobacco.

Include in the diet foods that are high in vitamin C such as peppers or kiwi which are also low in natural sugar as well as zinc and healthy fatty acids which help repair cell damage.  Omega 3 fatty acids are important and can be found in flax seed/oil, chia seeds and sardines.

It is also crucial to consume foods which are high in calcium since Sarcoidosis may weaken bones and lead to osteoporosis.  Turmeric is an Asian spice which has anti-inflammatory properties.  It can be taken as a dietary supplement or used as a spice in food preparation.

Eat foods that are rich in the mineral magnesium which may offset the negative effects of Sarcoidosis on the cells.  Foods rich in magnesium include avocados, potatoes, corn, oats, brown rice and bananas to name a few.  The compound known as quercetin which is found in apples and onions has been found to be helpful in reducing inflammation in Sarcoidosis.

Note:  Avoid high levels of calcium-rich foods if you have high blood or urine levels of calcium.

Sources:

http://www.collectivewizdom.com

http://www.diethealthclub.com/health-issues-and-diet/sarcoidosis.htm/

http://www.livestrong.com

Ilia is a nutritional healing foods chef, health and wellness advisor, writer, blogger and lecturer.  She can be reached by email at:  healthynourishedbody@gmail.com

Foods To Steer Clear Of For Irritable Bowel Syndrome

6 Sep

I am reporting on the FODMAP diet which is a diet developed in Australia which includes many foods that cause poor absorption in the intestines.  FODMAP is an acronym which stands for Fermentable, Oligosaccharides, Disaccharides, Monosaccharides + Polyols.  It is a collection of molecules found in food which is poorly absorbed by certain individuals.  When this food is eaten and not absorbed in the small intestine, it passes into the large intestine where bacteria ferment it.  This produces gas and results in bloating and flatulence.

Some examples of foods that are problematic include the following:  Excess fructose:  in honey, apples, pears, mangoes, watermelon,  Fructans:  in artichokes, onion family including garlic, wheat, rye, barley, Lactose:  in milk, ice cream, yogurt, certain cheese, Galacto-Oligosaccharides:  in legumes, Polyols: in apples, apricots, avocados, cherries, nectarines, pears, plums, prunes.

The above mentioned food needs to be completely eliminated from the diet for the first 6-8 weeks.  Beyond the 6-8 week period, experimentation with certain foods can occur by reintroducing one food at a time and waiting up to 72 hours to see if there is any adverse reaction.  If there is no reaction, small amounts may be included in the diet.

According to US News + World Report, a low FODMAP diet shows a reduction of symptoms in people who suffer from IBS by 80%.

Ilia Regini is a holistic nutritional consultant, healing foods chef, speaker, writer and blogger.  She can be reached at 914-714-9773 or by email:  healthynourishedbody@gmail.com

Sources:

ibsdiet.org

shepherdworks.com.au

health.usnews.com/best-diet/low-fodmap-diet

Nutritional Information for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders

7 May

Each and every day we hear about more and more synthetic chemicals being added to most of the processed food in this country. The result is that children are increasingly being diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorders.  I have outlined below suggestions for what to eliminate and what to add.

Trial elimination of most common foods that cause allergens (wheat, dairy, eggs, soy, corn, peanuts, citrus fruit, chocolate, tomatoes, sugar, yeast)

Implementation of a rotation diet high in protein, fresh fruits and vegetables which are high in fiber, vitamins and minerals and low in sugar and refined carbohydrates

Trial elimination of gluten and casein from the diet.  Gluten containing grains include wheat, oats, barley, rye, semolina, spelt, triticale and kamut.  Acceptable grains are brown rice, sweet rice, quinoa, amaranth, teff and millet.

Casein is a protein found in dairy products.  The following dietary foods need to be eliminated:  milk, butter, cheese, yogurt, lactose, whey and caseinates.

Trial elimination of food containing yeast and molds such as all baked goods, condiments, candy, mushrooms, vinegar, most fruits.

Supplementation with a multi-vitamin in order to repair any nutritional deficiencies that may exist as a result of malabsorption or improper diet.

Supplementation with nutrients that promote digestion such as digestive enzymes.

Supplementation with nutrients that have healing properties for the gut wall such as colostrum, certain amino acids and lactoferrin.

Supplementation with probiotics in order to maintain a healthy balance of beneficial intestinal microflora.

Try to consume as many foods that do not contain ingredients as possibile.  These will be your best bet.

Nutritional Information for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders

7 May

Each and every day we hear about more and more synthetic chemicals being added to most of the processed food in this country.  The result is that children are increasingly being diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorders.  I have outlined below suggestions for what to eliminate and what to add.

Trial elimination of most common foods that cause allergens (wheat, dairy, eggs, soy, corn, peanuts, citrus fruit, chocolate, tomatoes, sugar, yeast)

Implementation of a rotation diet high in protein, fresh fruits and vegetables which are high in fiber and vitamins and minerals and low in sugar and refined carbohydrates

Trial elimination of gluten and casein from the diet.  Gluten containing grains include wheat, oats, barley, rye, semolina, spelt, triticale and kamut.  Acceptable grains are brown rice, sweet rice, quinoa, amaranth, teff and millet.

Casein is a protein found in dairy products.  The following dietary foods need to be eliminated:  milk, butter, cheese, yogurt, lactose, whey and caseinates.

Trial elimination of foods containing yeasts and molds

Supplementation with a multi-vitamin in order to repair any nutritional deficiencies that may exist as a result of malabsorption or improper diet.

Supplementation with nutrients that promote digestion such as digestive enzymes.

Supplementation with nutrients that have healing properties for the gut wall such as colostrum, certain amino acids and lactoferrin.

Supplementation with probiotics in order to maintain a healthy balance of beneficial intestinal microflora

Try to consume as many foods that do not contain ingredients as possible.  These will be your best bet.

 

Ilia Regini is a nutritional healing foods chef, teacher, health & wellness advisor, writer and blogger.  I can be reached at: healthynourishedbody@gmail.com

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