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My ‘why’… why do I help others? Why do I want you to keep asking ‘why’?

I came across this picture yesterday while searching for something – it made me stop and think about why I do what I do.

It made me reflect on how I have come to be here, encouraging others to be empowered about their health… to understand their bodies and what is happening on the inside.

The little baby crying in this picture spent most of her days at this time 5 years ago, doing exactly that. Crying. She didn’t sleep much… often only upright, strapped to me. She breastfed, or cried, or was carried about to relieve her pain, then would breastfeed some more.

A very long story short, she was diagnosed with a serious condition ‘eosinophilic oesophagitis’ at about this time in 2013… days after this photo was taken. It’s an allergic condition where the body reacts to food ingested, or environmental triggers (or both). Later (about 8 months old) she was also given a ‘multiple food protein intolerance’ diagnosis – meaning if she wasn’t allergic to a food, there was a high chance she would still react to it in another way. Soon after that, I had a lucky encounter with a pharmacist who clued me up on the importance of magnesium… and then the next twist in my life began.

About 4 years ago now, I was preparing for testing with Morley, and that consultation at the end of Jan 2014, or early Feb, was life changing for me, for our own family.

So why do I do what I do? If I can lessen someone’s pain, discomfort and most of all, EMPOWER you to find your way, and have confidence in your ability to trust your instincts, then that’s my driving force.

That little baby is starting school in 6 days… she’s now eating most foods without reactions, unlike ANY of the expectations that her various specialists had. We left them long ago, when all their suggestions focused around managing symptoms and not any way of healing her body……. she’s still got a way to go, but she’s ever improving each year, and has gone from tolerating 15 foods, to tolerating all EXCEPT about 30 foods (probably less now). When I see her, and my clients, progressing to live in relative-normality, then it makes my heart sing.

So what is your why?

Why are you curious on health and wanting to understand how minerals tie in?

Are you trying to satisfy that hunger on ‘why things happen’ and stumbled on the Root Cause Protocol? Or you are already living the RCP and telling others?

Your intuition and ‘gut feeling’ is a powerful tool – make sure you keep asking why, and keep empowering yourself with knowledge… you will be surprised where that can take you.

Thanks for reading – see you next time!

– Kristan

PS You can read our story here, and about 10 ways that minerals have changed my life here

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Calcium trickery…

Fact for the day!

Following from my recent post discussing your sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous systems… did you know that calcium activates the sympathetic nervous system? Particularly excess calcium from supplementation and that is not eaten in balance with other minerals such as magnesium?

Excess calcium is also known to cause hardening of the arteries and can contribute to heart disease… a diet balanced in minerals, including calcium protects you against such issues, yet supplemental calcium may raise the risk by up to 22%! These figures are from a 10 year study on more than 2,700 people which was published in 2016. The study investigated the impact of dietary and supplemental calcium on coronary artery calcification and they discovered a link. Interestingly, in their article they wrote:

 

However, we found evidence that calcium supplement use was independently associated with incident CAC, whether or not we adjusted for total calcium intake. This finding suggests that calcium loading with supplements may not be entirely free of undesirable side effects, especially considering evidence for events in randomized trials of calcium supplementation like the Women’s Health Initiative.

 

NOTE: calcium doesn’t need to be from dairy – it’s not very ‘available’ to the body in that form anyway……

 

 

So, what’s the moral? Eat whole food to get your calcium – fresh seasonal fruit and vegetables, nuts, seeds, meat (if you choose to)… AVOID supplementation unless thorough and specific testing (& I’m not talking standard testing from your GP) tells you that you need it.

There is actually an important link between iron in the body and this triggering release of calcium too – but more on that another day…

Until next time!

– Kristan

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Iron, magnesium, inflammation – how do they relate?

Morley has shared before in his MAG-pie alert #3 about the relationship between iron and mag, but the connection may not have been fully obvious unless you read on. 

This quote from the paper he mentions gives you a little insight…

“This key feature leads us to postulate that when iron accumulates, chelatable iron replaces magnesium at the corresponding metal-binding site, promoting selective damage to these proteins.” 
Source: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18280258/

Chelate just means bonds between things – so when there is an accumulation of iron, it can end up bonding to the same sites as magnesium should be present at.
Magnesium – has two electrons to donate… (source)


Iron – also has two electrons to donate…(source)

So, when we consider Morley’s quoted figure of 3,571 proteins in the body that require magnesium to do their work… if iron accumulates in these positions within proteins and this damages them…what do you think that means for those proteins? They can no longer work. 

What about those individuals who get more and more build up of iron from the excesses in our food and environment? Less and less places for magnesium to be stored and bonded to proteins, and more and more inflammation to be present within the body.

The proteins cannot do their job and the body will switch off the functions and over time, go more and more into survival mode. This may be activating gene mutations (have you heard of mthfr?) or could be reactions happening to food or the environment, auto-immune conditions like diabetes, or so many other things. 

If there isn’t sufficient magnesium, then inflammation becomes more and more prevalent. 

Places where iron are stored and normally wouldn’t have it, also are irritated and inflamed. But now there’s insufficient magnesium to offset it, so chronic inflammation sets in. 

Consider this – relocate the excess iron outside of the body, or to places it’s needed inside the body (by building Ceruloplasmin in the blood), providing enough magnesium to build up stores, not just maintain levels, and to stop adding extra iron from non-food sources (which make the situation worse). 

But my iron results are always low?

Are they? Have you been told you have anaemia, low ferritin or low hemaglobin? Have you supplemented with iron yet it never goes up?

Do you understand what your results actually mean?

The more you supplement, the more it doesn’t seem to help (or to ‘last’), so the more medications you need to be on to support the new diagnoses you are constantly getting?

Does your healthcare professional understand what ceruloplasmin is and how critical it is? 

Have they tested your full iron panel, serum copper, serum ceruloplasmin, RBC Magnesium and understand how they relate? Do they take the time to explain it to you and discuss?

If the answer is no, maybe you should consider watching the video of Morley Robbins on his website

Get the right testing, empower yourself and don’t just blindly take things without understanding what is going on. 

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Christmas contemplation

As Christmas 2016 comes to a conclusion here in Queensland, Australia, I’m finding myself reading articles on topics seemingly unrelated to Christmas, yet really relevant all at once!

The time when we so often over-indulge in foods, possibly dealing with food reactions and that ‘food baby’ related tiredness…let alone the stress on our bodies and minds leading up to the big day….!

It all has a toll…

The first article is one I shared a couple of years ago on my personal Facebook profile discussing magnesium’s role in diabetes and insulin resistance. I just found it again yesterday, but now I understand so much more now so it seems even more pertinent now!
Read it here.  

I find this excerpt very relevant…

“A lesser known fact is that insulin also stores magnesium. If your cells become resistant to insulin, since you can’t store magnesium so you lose it, in the urine. What is one of magnesium’s major roles? To relax muscles. Intracellular magnesium relaxes muscles. You lose magnesium and your blood vessels constrict, which increases blood pressure, and reduces energy since intracellular magnesium is required for all energy producing reactions that take place in the cell. But most importantly, magnesium is also necessary for the action of insulin. It is also necessary for the manufacture of insulin. So then you raise your insulin, you lose magnesium, and the cells become even more insulin resistant. Blood vessels constrict, glucose and insulin can’t get to the tissues, which makes them more insulin resistant, so the insulin levels go up and you lose more magnesium. This is the vicious cycle that goes on from before you were born.”

So drawing on this…if this is accurate…consider that there’s a high chance the last generation or two in Australia have been low in Magnesium and/or imbalanced minerals wise, then consider what that means for each generation? Could you see each one being more   prone to insulin resistance and early onset diabetes….?

Hang on, here we are in an epidemic of obesity with our children, type 2 diabetes coming in earlier and earlier…. yet our physicians just prescribe drugs and mayyyybe say to eat better food? If an unwell person gets a ‘good’ GP, they may even send their patients to a dietitian…but then they are bound to recommend grains and often foods the body requires insulin for…perpetuating the problem! Let alone how many will put them onto foods which they may not like, know how to prepare without full support on how to succeed with the changes (recipes, meal plans, etc). 

Food is critical of course, however,  in my experience, many who would have been trying to get help from the GP can’t digest their food properly and/or have insufficient stomach acid (not reflux from too much!!), reduced enzymes to break down the food, etc….so then food alone won’t solve it. 

The second article ties in with this side of food metabolism too – this time on the topic of potassium. 

Watch the video here

So if someone has poor diet or isexperimenting  with food to an extreme (eg high protein diets), has a condition like diabetes, highly stressed people and those with adrenal fatigue…potassium gets tanked. This translates to some very serious symptoms!  

Eric even talks about how sugar has a negative impact – which we also had in the first article on mag – very important relationship!!

….those people affected by low potassium are more likely to have high blood pressure, be fatigued, have heart irregularities and even be prone to constipation!

I’m confident many who will read this have crossed this path at some stage, and may even live with it day to day. I have lived this too and only realised in 2016 how I still wasn’t managing potassium intake well for myself even with a couple of years knowing I have had severe adrenal fatigue. 

Magnesium and potassium are interrelated, so if one is low, the other often will be too. These electrolytes are part of the daily stress respond mechanism of our bodies too – so if you inherited low magnesium, you probably struggle to hold onto potassium too. Both will be harder to get up without further addressing other underlying mineral imbalances.  

Worth noting, suddenly adding too much magnesium too quickly can cause your body to offset it with potassium shifts, which can give you a headache and generally make you feel washed out like you have had a big day in the sun and dealing with sunstroke (…dehydration anyone?). 
Do Doctors generally test correctly for either magnesium or potassium? 

No. They test for serum levels, which is what floats around in the blood and is highly regulated for both potassium and magnesium. 

Do they understand the critical role these two minerals/electrolytes play?

Yes and no. They get taught of the importance, but they also get taught about wonderful drugs and medications which can ‘manage’ things like diabetes too. 

Imagine if the population as a whole got the right testing on basic minerals and it was found we were lacking, but that it would be pretty simple to improve outcomes and help 1000’s off medication?

I think some big pharmaceutical companies may not be fond of that….

Want to understand more? 

Watch this space, and head over to gotmag.org too and review the articles and ways to determine your mineral levels. 

Merry Christmas and a happy festive time to you!

– Kristan. 

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An exciting few months ahead: Feb 2014 Newsletter

January was an amazing month for me – busy with Thermomix work, kids at home, baby doing well with minimal reactions but allowing a bit of experimentation with foods…  I got to write some posts on here, do demonstrations, experiment with recipes… never thought I would be happy and excited about that!

This month’s newsletter has some details about the offers available to new and existing Thermomix customers, as well as some links to research I’ve been doing, recipes and some food photos too.

View it here… February Newsletter

Summer holidays

Dreaming of the beach…….!

February 4, 2014 · 4:53 am

Useful Thermomix and other links…

I like to give a list of useful links to people who attend my Demonstrations, so I thought instead of an email which has a massive amount of information to read all in one hit, that I would create a list here, and people can more easily refer back to it down the track.

Take what information you need, when you need it!

My Newsletters

Recent newsletters can be found by clicking the following links:

  • November 2013 – click here
  • December 2013 – click here
  • January 2014 – click here

Useful general links to Thermomix-related websites

These pages have recipes, information about the Thermomix or other relevant information…

Once you have your Thermomix, these may become even more useful to you:

Favourite Recipes I use…

My family and I are on a restricted diet at present – free of additives (numbers – flavours, preservatives, colours etc) and low or moderate in most natural chemicals (salicylates, amines, glutamates). We generally are dairy and gluten free as well, though we have been using enzymes to help us to digest several food types lately with excellent success.

I often mention the recipes that I use for our family…

  • My version of a great gluten, dairy, egg, soy etc free fluffy bread – click here
  • Quirky Jo’s Rice (& Almond) milk – we omit the nuts, but its still great – click here
  • No Tomato Sauce – Thermomix version – click here
  • ‘Pear Ketchup’ – Thermomix versions – my normal recipe of choice = here, or a similar alternative, click here
  • Failsafe Hummus (uses Pear Ketchup) – click here
  • I’ve got cook books from Kersten’s Kitchen, and I love how she has transitioned her family onto a healing diet away from purely eliminating troubling foods – click here
  • I’ve just seen a new one from The Truthful Kitchen… Failsafe Waffles! These will be added to our menu soon I think…click here

Magnesium

Aside from my Thermomix discussions, I have been known to mention my own journey involving magnesium to improve tolerances to food for myself/my youngest daughter. Here are some useful links…

  • Details on Magnesium deficiencies symptoms and diagnosis – here
  • Got Mag – Magnesium Deficiencies 101 – click here
  • Gluten sensitivity and magnesium deficiency – click here
  • Dr Carolyn Dean – ‘The Magnesium Miracle” – click  here
  • Magnesium and pregnancy – how to help reduce morning sickness – here
  • Over 300 Enzymes Need Magnesium to Function – click here

You can get magnesium oil at a number of different suppliers, please contact me if you would like to know who I buy from (no I don’t officially stock/supply any magnesium oil at this stage, though I do keep extra bottles at my home incase anyone is needy… I just sell them at cost price to me).

I will qualify the above links with a suggestion/warning… DO NOT just go and get any old magnesium supplement… DO NOT just assume that what you are taking within something else is enough either. Have a chat with me if you like, or read the links above, they explain why.

I can make suggestions on how much oil to spray on your skin… adults and kids do vary as to how much to apply and you should go steady so that other minerals don’t get out of balance and give you a headache, tiredness etc. See this link to understand why you need to take it steady.

Mineral balance in general is an area I’m still learning on… some really useful references can be found from the following sites.

  • Copper toxicity and its relationship with our health (relevant for MANY people, not just those with food intolerances)… click here
  • Understanding allergies in relation to minerals… click here. Follow the links on that page to also learn more about hair mineral analysis… worth considering
  • Want to know where your mineral balance is at? Even those of us in Australia can use this service to test a sample of our hair and to get guidance on how to rebalance things. The solutions offered are not automatically hideously expensive and self-promoting product lines… we will be getting these done for us soon.

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I’ll add more here as I find them 🙂

Enjoy!

December 15, 2013 · 12:06 pm

November 2013 Newsletter

Customer offers from Thermomix in November 2013

Customer offers from Thermomix in November 2013

Want to know about what’s happening around Elimin-ATE in November 2013? Check this out. I’d love you to have a read and leave any feedback you may have 🙂

Got an idea for a future topic of discussion? Send me a message, ask away…

November 2013 – Vol 1 Issue 1

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