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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10 ways that minerals have changed my life

 

 

I get asked regularly in what ways minerals and the ‘Root Cause Protocol’ have changed my life… there are SO many, I struggled to shorten this list… but here’s something to have a think about.

    1. Migraines are a thing of the past. I used to get them from food, from hormonal shifts, from my neck being “out”, from twisting at the wrong time. I was always inflamed and I was a super-responder to histamines from food and stress.I no longer fearing migraines from the food I eat. Just yesterday I drank a full milkshake with dairy, cream and more – no migraine today. Mangos and bananas have been a LONG-term triggers – I now freely use them in my cooking.


      A few years ago – look at something with high histamines = migraine 24 hours later. A mouthful in the past of those triggers would have been a blinding migraine where I would be in the ‘migraine shadow’ for days after it left.Now – histamine reaction? What is that? It’s not a common thing for me now. If I do get an inkling of a reaction – what do I do? Take some minerals!

    2. Saving on medical costs. Our family rarely visits the Doctor for typical sicknesses and even a-typical sicknesses. We rarely get sick now, and if we do, we kick it with our own immune system, quickly.


      We have transitioned from spending $1000’s each year on various specialists, medicines for asthma, eczema, winter sicknesses, etc… to none – we do spend some on our mineral supplements and whole foods to deliver our ‘medicine’ (“let food be thy medicine“), but the cost is nothing like we used to spend!

    3. Skin conditions – BE GONE! No more eczema on my son (years of treatments before that, which never touched it)…… or dermatitis on my husband’s hands (15+ years worth of history – gone in 3 weeks).
    4. No more asthma and breathing related problems for my kids.

      My twins had been on preventative medications for years, two extreme bouts of pneumonia including hospital treatments. One of them literally spent 6 months straight on antibiotics as a toddler/preschooler and many times after that on shorter course. No medications have been needed in 3 years+.
    5. My youngest and originally sickest child has NEVER required ANY invasive treatments, despite a serious diagnosis at 4 months old. I started introducing mag when she was less than a year old. I slowly transitioned into adding more minerals to my regime, which helped her.We have watched our  “allergic to the world” child grow and develop as ‘normal’ (whatever that is!) as we introduced more minerals to her and I.She started our journey having 15 ‘safe’ foods (both for her and me, since she reacted via my milk) and I suspect still reacting to some of those at a low level.We were told by the time she started school at 5, she may have 30-40 foods she would tolerate.Children with her diagnosis of ‘Eosinophilic Oesophagitis’ frequently have heavy intervention and challenges in their development – hospital visits, medications, elemental formula, very restricted diets, many days away from childcare and school (etc). Instead, my daughter has never had a hospital visit, never drank elemental formula, never needed to see a doctor for an infection, or anything except her early childhood checks, vaccinations (though that’s another story) and occasional blood tests as we check her progress with her minerals.


      She starts school in early 2018 and she can eat all except for about 30-40 foods now… and realistically, she probably can have many more of those on occasion without issue.

      Her body is strong and resilient – we have even had other parents comment on how little time she is away from kindy even during the peak of sickness seasons!

    6. Clarity of mind – the brain fog is gone! I didn’t realise until the fog started to clear, just how foggy my mind had become for the years before…I can now cope with stress better than ever before – without a big metabolic crash, migraine or tiredness hitting! 

    7. My digestive system works more effectively! Not only do I not get histamine responses now, but food generally ‘sits’ better too and goes through my body without causing discomfort. I never realised how much certain foods did this to me until it stopped!
    8. Leg cramps are a thing of the past…. for both myself and my husband.
    9. Regular, pain free periods (sorry guys, I’m sure the females in your life will be happy to hear about that!). I have a history of PCOS and longer/irregular cycles, cramping and headaches/migraines tied in…. no more!
    10. Chronic back, neck and shoulder pain that I have had for over 20 years has almost completely GONE. It used to contribute to the migraines I dealt with many times each month… to many visits to my favourite osteopath, chiropractors, massage therapists, you name it just to keep it manageable.Now I have one maintenance visit to Bowen Therapy once every 4-6 weeks, and I don’t stagger to her door each month as I would for the other therapies!

 

 

If you would like to understand more, why not come along to the workshops we have scheduled next February? OR join into our retreat? Find out more 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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The sympathetic vs parasympathetic nervous systems…

You know the feeling of nervousness, stress or panic when we perceive danger or anticipating danger? Many of us know of the ‘fight or flight’ response being related to survival – but do you know much about the physiology of it?

How it affects your body in the long term to stay in that mode all the time?

 

Once upon a time we would have had to run from a predator, another opposing tribe or flee during bad weather… but in modern life, what is defined as things to escape from have somewhat taken on a new ‘cloak’. We now have ‘stress’ around us all the time, and what is physical or perceived stress WILL impact on our bodies, and sustained stress will turn into changes in our physiology.

Our bodies are designed to have short bursts of stress, and times of recovery in between so that we can maintain homeostasis and health.

The sympathetic nervous system is the one which activates our ‘fight or flight’ response… that includes activating thyroid and adrenal glands to provide energy so we can get away from the danger.

The energy this system uses is ‘destructive’ to the body – short bursts won’t necessarily harm, but long-term, the body ends up scrambling energy from any source it can, as quickly as it can, not discriminating where it comes from – it can be using muscles and other energy stores not normally used for ’emergency’ functions.

 

Of big focus to many who watch their waistline and wonder why it doesn’t change – the sympathetic nervous system won’t necessarily burn the fat you want it to!

 

If you stay in this ‘flight or fight’ mode… you will be burning through minerals, vitamins, potentially healthy muscle and other stores, and it will be detrimental to your adrenals and thyroid over time. You may feel great now, and amazed at how you can ‘keep on keeping on’, but a more major stressful life event will happen, and “suddenly” you will have a chronic illness, an autoimmune condition or even just get everyday sicknesses all the time, and not seem to ever fully recover.

You also have a parasympathetic nervous system which is involved in nourishing, healing, elimination and regeneration of the body.

The parasympathetic system gets ‘closed down’ to minimal operation when the sympathetic is active – imagine your body not being able to give much ‘attention’ at a metabolic level to your liver, pancreas, stomach and intestines? What do you think would happen to your body……?

  • Digestive disruption (slow motility, low stomach acid levels)
  • Low energy availability (where’s that energy coming from if you aren’t digesting?)
  • “Dis-ease” in these organs – diabetes/insulin resistance/blood glucose regulation, low digestive enzyme availability, gall stones, low liver function, etc
  • Constipation or diarrhea

“So what do I need to do?” I hear you say…

Working with your body to bring it into the parasympathetic state is really important – this means REST! Also nourishing your body fully so that when it needs to go into the ‘fight or flight’ mode, it has the energy sources, minerals and vitamins it needs to do it.

If you also contend with anxiety, depression, insomnia and the like, this can be extremely difficult – all of these conditions are heavily tied to mineral imbalances, so get testing done and learn about how they impact on your body, your brain and your life overall!

A few other things come to mind…

  • Be aware of your stresses in life – remove them where you can. If you can’t remove them, consider thinking outside the box on how to reduce them.
  • Relaxation, meditation, ‘me time’, anything to give you positive thoughts – do something EVERY day!
  • Eat whole foods, know what’s in your food… avoid all additives in ALL foods – not just the ‘numbers’ you know to be bad…..iron fortification, vitamin b, calcium
  • Empower yourself to understand your own health and that of your family – read, learn, ask questions, trust your gut… if it doesn’t seem ‘right’ for you… don’t do it.

Consider checking out the options and getting your minerals tested so you have a starting point. Remember, if you are always ‘running on empty’, this can be made worse by mineral imbalances and you are likely to continue to make the imbalances worse the longer you push through it.

Mineral imbalances don’t just fix themselves…nor do over the counter ‘quick fixes’ solve them. They are just band-aids…

Until next time!

– Kristan.

Filed under Calcium, Iron Dysregulation, Magnesium, Mineral Balance

International Health Coach Week 2017!

This week coming is ‘International Health Coach Week’ – and we want to help coach you to better mineral health.

Feel like you need to keep digging for answers?

Have you ever wanted to learn more about minerals, to get help you to understand?

Thought “wouldn’t it be great if there was someone I can talk to who could help me understand?”…

To get help so you can have a light bulb moment or two…….?

Well now’s your time to get learning! In the next week, Morley Robbins and I have scheduled TWO learning sessions scheduled to help you connect the dots, to help you understand and to support you taking control of your own health! The investment in better health is $25 US for each session.

To find out more or to book in, click on the session titles (Session 1, Session 2) and below. Sessions will be approximately 1.5 hours total including question time after the main learning session.

Please note – these sessions will have attendees from all around the world. To try to make this as easy as possible for everyone, I have included some major timezones so you can work out what your local time will be. If you aren’t sure which time to choose, please reach out for assistance!

Session 1 (now completed!)

Timezones:
Brisbane – 9:30am Wednesday 15th February
Berlin – 12:30am Wednesday 15th February
London – 11:30pm Tuesday14th February
US Central – CST – 5:30pm Tuesday14th February
US Pacific – PST – 3:30pm Tuesday 14th February

Session 2 (now completed!)

Timezones:
Brisbane – 8:30am Saturday 18th February
Berlin – 11:30pm Friday 17th February
London – 10:30pm Friday 17th February
US Central – CST – 4:30pm Friday 17th February
US Pacific – PST – 2:30pm Friday 17th February

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Focus on Family Webinar – with Morley and Kristan

 

This webinar was a special presentation hosted by myself with Morley Robbins and provided a great introduction to many aspects of mineral balance to those who attended.

Topics covered include:

  • What is the Root Cause Protocol?
  • How do we end up with mineral imbalances? What does magnesium do? What do other minerals such as iron, copper, ceruloplasmin have to do with anything?
  • What do minerals have to do with health conditions such as digestive and gall bladder problems, brain fog, allergies, joint and muscle pain, fatigue, sleep challenges, etc?
  • How do minerals impact on me and my daily life/challenges?
  • If I get testing done, how will I know what to do to fix imbalances? What do HTMA and blood tests show?
  • Some details on the Root Cause Protocol (Stops, Starts and some of the ‘whys’ behind them).
  • Q & A and open discussion from participants on the day.

This is a valuable session for those wishing to broaden their knowledge on the Root Cause Protocol, to gain confidence in how they slot into the protocol (or how other family/friends may slot in) and those planning on getting further testing done, but who want to understand it a little more.

Please firstly complete registration of your details so we can keep in touch about updates on this event (including letting you know of future events), and to help us in the case you have trouble down the track accessing this product.

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Please complete payment of $25 USD to view the webinar and notes.

This webinar will be available for you to view more than once, and an email will be sent within 24 hours including extra details which are discussed during the event.  The email address used to pay with paypal will be used to send this message unless you otherwise advise an alternative.

 

PLEASE make sure you hit ‘Return to Merchant’ once you have successfully paid. This takes you to the location which will allow you to view the video.

You will be able to come back to this final page with the video details in the future. I would suggest bookmarking it if you wish to come back, or refer to your email.




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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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Our story continued….

My story starts 4 years ago when my third baby was born. I had twins 6 years before who I also breastfed, so I was very familiar with many challenges in this area, and to being creative with coping… how to juggle babies, but it was a different story with this baby, she was a massive challenge!

She was so sensitive to foods that me eating a couple of strawberries could have her projectile vomiting for hours, and the lingering affects for weeks. 

I have actually noted the start to my story on my blog… but this entry is the next step.


March 2013 – you wouldn’t know what we lived through day to day here!

I had gone through various specialists and testing, she had been given a diagnosis of likely eosinophilic oesophagitis (EoE), multiple food protein intolerances and possibly FPIES. Much of this by 6 months old.

She and I were on about 15 foods from somewhere around 4-5 months old until 18 months, so as many will understand, she was super sensitive!!

I started to realise that there must be SOMETHING that we can do to help her gain foods. I started to read on the ‘beyond failsafe’ and how to improve. Minerals really resonated with me too as I have an animal science biology qualification and keen interest in biology and science in general. 

At around this time – when she was about 8 months old, a pharmacist asked me what we were doing for her magnesium levels – then going on to me that the adult dose of reflux medication she was on would be causing a magnesium deficiency….many doctors across three severely refluxy children and NONE told me this! It’s a known function of the medications 😳

Once I started to switch on to magnesium deficiency, researching more and more, I ended up in the Magnesium Advocacy Group care of a friend, and started to add mag ever so slowly to my regular routine. 
It all began when she was around 10 months old, with just 4 sprays of magnesium oil at first per day. Then a week in, I went up to 6, and then to 8 another week later. 
At this point the most mag I gave directly her was to give her some Epsom salt (ES) baths. She had been a baby who preferred to be showered so she rarely had a way to give her ES baths anyway before we made the effort to swap it in.  

When I was on 8 sprays/day, she started sleeping through at night and longer in the day too. She used to wake hourly or more anywhere starting from 10pm to 1am – depending on what I had eaten!
I couldn’t believe it! Is it the mag? No couldn’t be!!

By the time she had her first birthday, I had introduced egg directly to her (yet at 6 months old, indirect exposure via me caused screaming for days)…! I couldn’t believe it.

I continued to raise the number of sprays, and she became more and more stable just with that extra mag indirectly via me. 

A couple of months in, I traveled and got out of routine. I didn’t think it would matter that much to stop the mag. She turned right back where she was! Screaming, feeding throughout the night obviously due to pain. Sooo much worse. 

It took me a few days at home again to connect the dots, so a few days after we got home, I started again. Within 24h she was sleeping again and settled!!

After 6 months of adding magnesium slowly, I had introduced oral mag plus the topical, and I felt so much better in me too! I could get away with trying other foods at work events, and she wouldn’t react as badly or for as long. 

I booked in for a consult with Morley Robbins (from gotmag.org) about this time, and suddenly what we were seeing plus what I had been experiencing throughout my life in my own food reactions (migraines!), made sense. 

My Mum and Nan both showed signs of magnesium deficiency throughout their lives….plus what I’ve since learned to be further mineral imbalances as the mag is really a symptom of bigger things….so by the time I was born as the third child, then had twins myself, an ectopic pregnancy that nearly killed me and less than a year later, I was pregnant again with my super reactive child….it’s not really a surprise I didn’t have a lot minerals-wise to give her!!

At that point I set to start implementing Morley’s recommendations. 

I added extra salts to support my tanked out adrenal system….that’s what takes care if you during flight or fight responses – I had tanked it after yeaaaars of being under perpetual stress. 

I used digestive enzymes to help add lemon juice to make the recommended adrenal cocktail drink (oranges were a trigger of migraines in me, had been for years!)….the fear of something so naturally high in chemicals was petrifying! But I felt the challenge was needed. 

Step by step I added things. Step by step we felt better and saw changes in development and health. 

I had another consult and Morley recommended again adding whole food vitamin c – it was a huge thing to contemplate to me at that point still, soooo much chance for big reactions from all the unknown natural chemicals in a pill! It took until later to realise that metabolically, reactive kids like her NEED to have these foods in order to recover. 

I was so terrified of the implications of adding things like whole food vitamin c, yet when we did it, it was a non event reactions wise, and turned into the best way for us to get another step in improvements!

Along the way we had her tested – we had started with my (older) son and me and just implemented across the board where it seemed we could. 

When my littlest one was 24 months old, she just barely weighed 11kg.

We built up to her doing everything Morley recommended by her second birthday….at 25 months old, she was 11.5kg!!

It has continued for us and now at just over 4, she has well over 50 safe foods, we can talk about what foods she can’t have easier than what she can (!!)….she’s developing normally and is on no drugs. So many kids with her diagnosis (“eosinophilic oesophagitis”) end up on elemental formula, steroids, ending up also with other autoimmune conditions including eczema, asthma, chronic sickness…. 


This 4 year old in her natural environment…Elsa dresses and stickers!

Her reactions when she has them now are nothing like what they were, and it’s such a different path to where we were!

Her siblings are now 10 and have seen similar results – no asthma (it was severe!), eczema, constant colds in winter. 

They eat pretty much anything except gluten without issue, though we all avoid eating additives. We eat tomatoes, watermelons, mangoes, herbs, spices. 

Something else to consider – we were basically on one income throughout this period of discovery. I was made redundant from my job during 2013…so the cost of testing and supplements was something that I feared terribly. 

Instead of $1000’s on Drs visits, eczema, asthma and reflux medication for just the kids, we now eat whole food, use limited supplements and see Drs to get blood test checks only…we don’t get sick like we all did (& we weren’t super sickly in the scheme of things!). We have saved thousands by having taken a leap of faith to go down this path.

This is a snippet of the changes for us…most of it since January 2014, but mag started ~August or September 2013.

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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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Why did I persevere with breastfeeding a reactive baby?

I just replied to a post in a special group where many Mum’s are in the same shoes that I have been in for the last 3 years…it got me thinking it was time for a new post.

Why do Mum’s like myself, continue to endure the challenges that come from breastfeeding a baby who reacts to the foods we eat? To keep taking more and more foods (it seems) away, when you never know when it will stop?

The poor Mum who asked it has a very unhappy 4.5 month old, and was curious on what had kept other Mum’s going.  She’s not the first person to ask me this… and I thought I would share, because I’m sure someone else will read this who needs a little encouragement to continue the hard work!

SO these were what came to mind…

1) Since she was so reactive, we expected formula would make it worse even the hydrolysed ones

2) Couldn’t afford formula (though its not as if the Dr’s visits etc are cheap… but then we could have had formula AND that)


3) We would have to challenge foods/triggers directly with her, whereas I could lessen the blow by doing it through me

4) It unlocked insight into my own health and made me a healthier person (though this took a lot longer to realise)

5) The protection to her digestive system from the easier-to-digest food and probiotic component I provided… the increase in minerals she needed as I healed me was apparent in her

6) (and this should probably be higher) the comfort I could provide when she was reacting. To be able to breastfeed her, and often feeding in bed and continuously feeding so I got *any* sleep….. if she was formula fed and reacting, I had no way to comfort her pain besides potentially more drugs

7) Related to 3… could challenge foods and find safe ones while she was exclusively BF so that we had some insight into what would be safe foods for her to wean onto.

You have to decide to keep going for reasons that are relevant to you. Only you can decide. Do NOT let others decide for you, to tell you that you have to do give up feeding because your milk is “bad”… especially if you feel that there’s more to it than that.

You need to trust your gut. That is the real root reason I think I continued. It felt right, and stopping didn’t.

Good luck Mummas!

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