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Bits & Pieces

Just a few of those pesky bits and pieces you have to deal with when you are getting older.  Go to bed one night looking like you are in your forties and wake up in the morning with saggy skin, puffy eyes, dry mouth, stiff joints and constant bathroom visits due to the onset of diabetes type 2……….eventually you have to face facts and start researching some simple but effective solutions and do some maintenance on the old engine, realising all this is connected in some way…

So here was my list of symptoms:- (no laughing unless you resonate!)

  • Dry mouth
  • Constant trips to the bathroom
  • Thrush – at both ends
  • Saggy skin – appeared from nowhere
  • Irregular sleep
  • Stiff joints
  • Puffy eyes
  • Bloating
  • Blurred eyesight
  • Fogginess

Just to name a few… At first, they are all individual symptoms that you don’t connect until you start to research one and then you find it’s connected to the other.  Being type 2 diabetic, I was constantly researching improvements in my diet.  For example, I didn’t know that bananas and watermelon were high glycaemic and I liked both.  I knew I had to reduce and even cut out certain carbs.  I did all this with minor improvements but the thrush was lingering on for a long time.  

So here are a few things I discovered and implemented:-

Flax Seeds

Flaxseeds are a simple way to incorporate omega-3s into your diet on a daily basis. These seeds are also ideal for vegetarians and vegans who cannot use fish oil or eat fish due to their dietary constraints. They have also been linked to helping ward off the effects of dementia and improve cognitive behaviour in adults, as well as combat anxiety and depression. They are good for your eyes and are essential in pregnancy development. Some studies show these remarkable fatty acids are also linked to the improvement of symptoms of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder in children. They can fight belly fatreduce fat in the liver, eliminate menstrual pain, improve joint and bone health, and provide your skin with a youthful glow.

Yes, I think I need some of them and they are inexpensive from your health food deli.

Hydrolysed Collagen Powder

Getting older means we make less collagen that keeps our skin tight and firm and our joints supple.  Therefore, we need to stimulate its production to slow down its reduction effects. Hydrolyzed collagen, also known as collagen peptides or collagen powder, is more than just protein powderCollagen contains amino acids your body uses to form the connective tissue in your skin, hair, nails, bones, and joints.  We use to get this from bone broth when I was younger but our western food habits means very few of us do this now.  You can buy bone broth, liquid or powder. Buy a good product that has the right level of Neocell Collagen and Biotin and with Vitamin C.  I will put some links at the bottom of this blog for you to check the details around hydrolysed collagen and why it is needed.

Add hydrolysed collagen to your favourite drinks, meals, and baked goods. It’s worth paying for a good one.  I will add it to my products soon.

Methylated B12

Being type 2 diabetic and taking Metformin, I knew that this reduces the production and/or the absorption of B12.  Vitamin B12 acts as a coenzyme, a substance that plays a role in virtually every chemical reaction in your body. Although the functions of vitamin B12 are widespread, it has notable roles in keeping both your brain and nervous system healthy.

Vitamin B12 also helps your body create new red blood cells. According to Medical News Today, your body creates millions of new red blood cells every minute; and without adequate amounts of vitamin B12, these cells aren’t produced properly. Your metabolism also relies on vitamin B12. The vitamin helps break down fatty acids so that you can use them for energy and is vital for the proper absorption of another B vitamin, folate.

Vitamin B12 is water soluble, so any excess amounts of the vitamin are excreted in your urine, rather than stored in the body. Because of this, there is a low potential for developing a toxicity or side effects from taking even high doses of the vitamin.

Note:- Ensure its Methyl B12 otherwise it may not absorb.  I will add to my product list soon

Apple Cider Vinegar

This little gem I have been taking for a couple of years now and because of its acidity, I put half a spoon of baking soda in it to make it more palatable. By far, the most successful application of vinegar to date is in people with type 2 diabetes. Type 2 diabetes is characterized by high blood sugar levels, either because of insulin resistance or an inability to produce insulin.  However, high blood sugar can also be a problem in people who don’t have diabetes. It is believed to be a major cause of various chronic diseases.

Pretty much everyone should benefit from keeping their blood sugar levels in the normal range. The most effective (and healthiest) way to do that is to avoid refined carbs and sugar.

Vinegar has been shown to have numerous benefits for blood sugar and insulin levels:

  • Improves insulin sensitivity during a high-carb meal by 19–34% and significantly lowers blood sugar and insulin responses (6).
  • Reduces blood sugar by 34% after eating 50 grams of white bread (7Trusted Source).
  • 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar before bedtime can reduce fasting blood sugar in the morning by 4% (8).
  • Numerous other studies in humans show that vinegar can improve insulin function and lower blood sugar levels after meals.

For these reasons, vinegar can be useful for people with diabetes, pre-diabetes, or those who want to keep their blood sugar levels low for other reasons. If you take medications just check with your doctor before you take vinegar. Apple cider vinegar has shown great promise in improving insulin sensitivity and helping lower blood sugar responses after meals.

Magnesium

Now, this I have written a whole blog on so please refresh under the Balance tab. I use the powder and I will have a whole range of Magnesium products available for you very soon. 

So now there was just the THRUSH to combat and it was proving pretty stubborn!!  My Naturopath put me on a very good ProBiotic to tackle things from the inside and a CandidAID supplement to help reduce the discomfort in the mouth.  I did this for one month and cleared a very uncomfortable fourteen-month problem.

The flax seeds and Collagen put in a smoothie:- 

KC’s smoothie recipe

1 cup of spinach or celery leaves (I keep the broccoli stem for this too)

1 cup of blueberries

A handful of almonds

Collagen powder

Handful of flax seeds 

A spoon of honey

The Magnesium I take before bed and the apple Cider vinegar I take in the morning.  This keeps the process simple without feeling like you are a walking pharmacy.  For diet, I do like the Keto style as it sits well with my body and diabetes.  This subject will be down to your own personal situation and preferences.  There are a couple of treats that I really enjoyed, pepperoni pizza and Ice cream so watch this space for my healthy Pizza discovery and “KC can do Ice Cream”

Until then, happy healthy and happy life.  Get the body right and you will be able to tackle all of those new goals you are about to set for 2020.

Some of my favourite online youtube specialists: work through all of the videos, Dr Berg and Dr Oz and excellent to follow:-

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