06 June 2009

My Health while Pregnant.

I have a history of being really ill during my pregnancies. From as early as 5 ½ weeks the nausea starts. I will be tremendously tired, accompanied by very low blood pressure (100 over 60) and will have no choice but to leave the little ones with the older children and lie down at least once a day. On top of it, I have insomnia for the whole 8 months

During my pregnancies, Christo really took good care of me. He would do research on supplements that help for nausea, insomnia, low blood pressure and heart burn. He also made sure I took my supplements every day. But it was almost like it was more important to him than to me. I didn’t really care what I took; I just swallowed what he gave me. After all, bad health is part of my pregnancy, right? Wrong!

I believe I had the wrong attitude towards my health and decide to chance it. I once read: Fail to plan is a plan to fail. With this pregnancy I will have a plan and take responsibility for my own health. I’m going to make sure I have optimum health and then I will rest in God to sustain me during this pregnancy. After all I’m in His will, when I’m pregnant!

Over the past 2-3 months I’ve really made sure I keep my pH on 7 – 7.5. When your pH is 7.5, it can absorb all the nutrients it need for optimum health. More on pH, later in this posting. I also make sure I drink lots of filtered water, between 3 and 4 liters per day, with coral Calcium sachets (more on this too). I also take natural digestive enzymes, half an hour before every meal, to optimize the digestion of my food. I need a starch and protein with every meal, to keep my blood sugar levels stable during the day. We also include at least 2 fresh salads with our main meal every day. I don’t take anything that taste sweet (no jam, xylitol, or fructose, not even my occasional Lint chocolate!) or any rooibos tea.

So far, I’m doing better than ever. I’m already 7 weeks pregnant and don’t have any of the symptoms I experienced with the past four pregnancies. Praise the Lord!!!

I’ve asked Christo to share with us some basic principles of health. I will periodically post some more, as time allows Christo to write, under Health Wise.

Three steps to help you REGAIN HEALTH

Often I consult with people that are severely ill. They don’t have the common cold or even flu. I am talking about all kinds of cancer, fibromyalgia, diabetes, depression, constant headache, eczema, chronic sinusitis, cardio vascular diseases, infertility and the like. These are things that take over your whole existence, it’s in your face, and sometimes it debilitates you.

WHY, do you get these diseases?

Is it simply the parents you chose or the ‘luck of the draw’ or are there other factors that can cause these debilitating or life threatening situations?
If you had to ask your doctor he might confirm the above, with the view, that many of these cannot be cured only managed through chemical treatment.

Is that the whole truth? If you have been involved in Natural Medicine for as long as I have, and have witnessed what I have, then you will strongly disagree with the above statement.
If you visit your doctor and tell him that you are healthy, and would like to stay that way, what would he recommend you do? He may think that you are joking! See there are no Symptoms that he can treat, and when there is no symptom, he is clueless. A doctor’s function is to diagnose and treat illness, not to maintain optimum health…..

Why we get sick.
Living in Durbanville or any modern day city, chances are very good that exhaust fumes, cell phone radiation, food additives, household chemicals and toxic chemicals in your toiletries may poison you. These accumulate on a cellular level and as time goes by, start damaging your cellular “plan” (the DNA). With a damaged plan, and accumulated toxins in the cells, the builders starts getting confused and may build something that it’s not supposed to.
If left unattended and it spirals out of control, you would start to develop a serious illness.

The way that unnatural medicine looks at this situation is to cut out the part of the body that is ‘built incorrectly’ or to poison it by giving you a drug or by irradiating it. You may spot the problem here. No amount of cutting, radiating or poisoning can supply a hungry cell with food or nutrients. That is in essence why a disease can only be managed (called treatment) by medicine, but symptoms keep on coming back. If a symptom is suppressed effectively, the body usually finds another way to let you know there is a problem by presenting another symptom.
This is the reason why people with severe asthma often started off having sinus. When suppressed effectively, it develops into eczema, which suppressed effectively, then develops into the current asthma. If this is suppressed effectively it could turn into something more serious.

Here are three steps to help you REGAIN HEALTH

A better model is to start off by CLEANING the cells – this is a very special detoxifying process on a cellular level. When the cells are clean, we need to NOURISH the cells by supplying the body with the missing micronutrients. When the body gets what it needs, it can start the self-healing process. If the hormonal system of the body is out of balance, we need to do something to BALANCE the body again. This usually means that you need to take an herbal supplement for a limited time period to balance your body e.g. your menstrual cycle or imbalances like high blood sugar or depression

1. Is your body too acidic?
The human body is able to repair itself it we provide it with the means.
Virtually all degenerative diseases, including cancer, heart disease, osteoporosis, arthritis, kidney and gall stones, and tooth decay are associated with excess acidity in the body. The body does have a homeostatic mechanism, which maintains a constant pH 7.4 in the blood. This mechanism works by depositing and withdrawing acid and alkaline minerals like Calcium from other locations including the bones, soft tissues, body fluids and saliva. Therefore, the pH of these other tissues can fluctuate greatly. The pH of saliva offers us a window through which we can see the overall pH balance in our bodies.

Cancer cannot exist in an alkaline environment. All forms of arthritis are associated with excess acidity. Acid in the body dissolves both teeth and bones. Whatever health situation you are faced with, you can monitor your progress toward a proper acid/alkaline balance by testing your saliva pH.

How to Perform the Saliva pH Test
Firstly you must wait at least two hours after eating. Fill your mouth with saliva and then swallow it. Repeat this step to help ensure that your saliva is clean. The third time put some of your saliva onto (Litmus) pH paper. Take the reading IMMEDIATELY.

The pH paper should turn blue. This indicates that your saliva is slightly alkaline at a healthy pH of 7.5. If it is not blue, compare the colour with the chart that comes with the pH paper. If your saliva is acid (below pH of 7.0) you should take action.

What the Reading means:
When healthy, the pH of saliva is 7.5. The pH test of saliva represents the most consistent and most definitive physical sign of the Ionic Calcium Deficiency Syndrome. The pH of the non-deficient and healthy person is in the 7.5 (dark blue) alkaline range. The range from 7 (neutral) to blue 7 (blue-green), which is weakly acidic, to 4.5 (light yellow), which is strongly acidic, represents states from mildly deficient to strongly deficient, respectively. Most children are dark blue, a pH of 7.5. Over half of adults are green-yellow, a pH of 6.5 or lower, reflecting an Ionic-Calcium deficiency of aging and lifestyle defects.
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2. What to do if you are too acid
Before you rush out to buy the first calcium supplement you can lay your hands on, hold on. Firstly you need to get the correct form of calcium. Then there are some changes you can make to your diet, which will greatly affect your pH.

Changing your diet
Foods that greatly influence the intra-cellular fluid pH towards ACID would be the following:
• Processed meats like; salami, viennas, bacon, cold meats and polony.
• White or brown sugar and products containing sugar like, confectionary, normal or diet fizzy drinks, concentrated fruit juices
• Cakes, muffins, pastries, biscuits, sweets, chocolates, ice-cream, puddings, milkshakes, tea, coffee, alcohol and Rooi bos tea
• Pasta made from wheat, white rice, white bread (Spelt Bread or Essene Bread is fine), meat pies, hamburgers, gravies, green peppers, potatoes, tomatoes, aubergine (night-shade family of plants)

Supplements that BOOSTS your pH to be ALKALINE
• Take 2L of FILTERED water per day. The best kind of filter to use is the KDF type of filter. KDF is not a specific make, but rather a kind of filter medium. I strongly advise AGAINST using Reverse Osmosis water on a regular basis.
• Now that you have clean water, purchase some Ionic Coral Calcium sachets, made by Sevenpointfive. Add one sachet to the 2L of filtered water and drink during the day.

3. Are you taking the CORRECT variety of supplements?

How do you become who you are?
A VERY simple explanation: your body has a ‘plan’ (called DNA) for each cell in your body. This plan, contained inside every cell, contains information on what the cell looks like, what properties it has, and what it needs to function and what it needs in order to re-produce. Then we have little ‘builders’ called metabolic enzymes. Their job is to read the plan and take the building material (the food you ate) and build or maintain the body – and viola - YOU!

On a daily basis our body needs a lot of micronutrients, among these are:
• 72 Trace minerals
• 26 Vitamins
• 21 Amino Acids
• 8 Sugars
• 2 Essential Fatty acids (Omega 3 being the most important)
• A wide range of anti oxidants to protect our bodies against environmental and other toxins
• Fresh clean water
On average, because of our modern day diet, we do not get these. If you follow a balanced diet, as prescribed by a ‘Registered Dietician’ you can be assured that you will get all these in a day’s balanced diet.
The problem arises when the farmers, only put back into the soil what is needed to make the produce look good. So, irrespective of what the dietician’s textbook teaches, if the farmer does not put it into the soil, the plant does not contain or cannot manufacture what you need for optimum health.

When we do not get all the above nutrients on a daily basis, it means that some of the building blocks will be missing. When a building block is missing, the end product (a cell of the body) will be missing or will start malfunctioning – that is what your doctor calls a “disease” .


teresa said...

Hi Linnie, you and Christo are doing such a great job with your children!! I can't believe how they have grown. What are you planning for CJ in grade 12, will he write the SAT exams?
Teresa from Pinelands

Linnie said...

Dear Teresa, thanks so much for taking the time to stop by for a visit. Yes, at this stage we plan the SAT exams for CJ, four to five years from know, but we are open for any changes from the Lord.

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