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How to stop your smoothies being bitsy

How to stop your smoothies being bitsy., healthy advice from Aloeride.
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One of our Irish friends cannot stand bitsy things in her mouth, she doesn’t like the smoothies. As an athlete she would benefit from smoothies so she asked me to write about how to stop your smoothies being bitsy. The trick is to create a soft mush first, before you add the lumpier ingredients.

This morning a VERY large, diced beetroot was accompanied by a large, diced carrot. Between these two, smoothies can end up tasting bitsy which may turn people off. So, first in go the banana and a pinch of spinach, then add milk kefir to almost cover them. We use the Nourish Kefir. Now close container and WHIZZ. Glorious mush achieved! Open container, add diced carrot and beetroot and WHIZZ. Open container and you can see that it still looks a bit bitsy. Stuff in more spinach, add a generously heaped tablespoon of turmeric, a little black pepper and a slither of ginger. Now pour in as much milk kefir as the container is allowed to hold according to Nutribullet. Close container and WHIZZ with stops and starts. Perfectly fine to whizz for blips of 20 seconds at a time and there’s no need to cool with ice.

The most important of turmeric’s curcuminoids is curcumin. This is the active ingredient that gives turmeric its powerful anti-inflammatory effect, it also is a good antioxidant. There is about 3%wt of curcumin in turmeric which is why we use a heaped tablespoon in every smoothie. Curcumin is poorly absorbed into the bloodstream. Therefore we add some black pepper, this contains piperine, to enhance the bioavailability (absorption) of curcumin by 2,000%. [Planta Medica 1998 May;64(4):353-6; Influence of piperine on the pharmacokinetics of curcumin in animals and human volunteers. Shoba G1, Joy D, Joseph T, Majeed M, Rajendran R, Srinivas PS.] Curcumin is fat soluble and the milk kefir helps not only to offset the impossible taste that 1 heaped tablespoon of turmeric has, but also helps its absorption. We get our organic turmeric powder from in a 1kg bag @ £14.83 which is very inexpensive for the anti-inflammatory-help-without-side-effects it provides.

The cup of a Nutribullet Pro allows Mr van de Braak to have 1 pint of smoothie every morning and Mrs van de Braak ½ a pint. Cup and blade-end are rinsed with lukewarm water immediately afterwards and the whole exercise is all very easy and sustainable. We both take our Aloeride vegicapsules at the washstand in the morning .

Doesn’t doing a 10-20 second whizzing blip add temperature to the mixture and destroy enzymes? Bollocks! Our beetroot, carrots, spinach and kefir live in the fridge, if WHIZZING gets their temperature a little closer to my 37 degree body temperature then this is very welcome because I drink a 1 pint smoothie for breakfast. For as long as I have been making smoothies, they’ve always felt ‘cold’ to my tongue and cheeks. No worries about their enzymes then 😉

What do smoothies do
A dastardly clever beetroot smoothie

1 large beetroot
1 large carrot
1 big handful of spinach
1 tbsp (heaped) organic turmeric
½ tsp ground black pepper
1 slither of ginger
1 small banana
200ml milk kefir

1 Aloeride vegicapsule at the washstand morning and night

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A Dastardly Clever Beetroot Smoothie

What do smoothies do advice from Aloeride aloe vera
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Few people realise that underlying many diseases is chronic inflammation. Take your pick, diabetes II, arthritis, arterial plaque (atherosclerosis) with subsequent risk of heart attack, or a stroke… a list longer than you or I can shake a stick at. The answer is not half an Aspirin a day, nor is it non-steroid anti-inflammatory drugs unless you’re keen on gastro-intestinal side effects. Instead use nutrients cleverly. A dastardly clever beetroot smoothie is one  example of where ‘the cure is in the kitchen’ comes into its own and research in PubMed backs this up.

The only thing that can go wrong with a dastardly clever beetroot (beet for Americans) smoothie is you spilling a drop of it on your shirt/dress and ruin it forever (the pig of pigments). This is safe to do for everybody! Our clever smoothies are not the prettily coloured, beautifully layered smoothies you see in blogs. No Gucci smoothies here, instead we make them so they kick bottom (Johnny English), they inhibit the activity of cyclo-oxygenase enzymes (including both COX-1 and COX-2), support Phase 2 detoxification and much more… Here’s what builds very robust health:

Ingredient How Much What Effects Its Benefit
Water Kefir ½ pint first in Boosts gut microbiota with a far wider spectrum of bacteria than yoghurt would and is fine even for those who’re lactose-sensitive/intolerant; microbiota specific functions are host nutrient metabolism; xenobiotic and drug metabolism; maintenance of structural integrity of the gut mucosal barrier; immunomodulation and protection against pathogens.
Organic Sour/Tart Cherries stoned 1 cup full (i.e. more than shown in header picture) Next to vitamin C and Anthocyanins they contain Perillyl alcohol (POH) Limonene and Ellagic acid which are particularly protective against breast lung liver skin and colon cancers; anthocyanins and bioflavonoids slow down cyclo-oxyygenase enzymes COX-1 and COX-2 and this helps inflammatory conditions (laboratory tests at Michigan State University found that tart cherry compounds are at least 10 times more effective than aspirin in reducing inflammation without any of aspirin’s side effects); you need to put them in first with that ½ pint as they’ll rattle around before everything becomes smooth and only then you can add the next ingredient!
Carrots 1 left in fridge scrubbed and chopped Carotenoids in carrots not only help prevent oxidative damage inside our body they prevent oxidative damage to their Polyacetylenes (falcarinol and falcarindiol) that inhibit growth of abnormal cells in the colon; also 50-75g/day reduces the risk of cardiovascular disease; vitamin A represents highest % of vitamins; inorganic minerals Mb-K-Mn-Cu-P.
Spinach stalks I’m post-war waste-not want-not generation so stalks are used Invariably stalks do not contain the same nutrient levels as our home-grown spinach leaves do (used in a smoothie yesterday) and they will contain lots of fibre; but given that nutrients travel up the stem from the soil they will contain lots of nutrients bar the photosynthesis dependent B vitamins. More fibre causes a smoothie to thicken so add water kefir (unless you like chewing your way through a smoothie).
Apple only 1 quarter left in fridge Significantly alters colon microbiota (notably the amount of Clostridiales and Bacteriodes); apple polyphenols ease the regulation of your blood sugars (Quercetin inhibits alpha-amylase and alpha-glucosidase); malic acid improves hepatobiliary flow i.e. fat-soluble detox. Obviously too little apple to do much good but it looked forlorn so in it went.
Beetroot 1 top tail scrub and slice that’s all Raw beetroot (don’t buy the cooked ones!) provide antioxidant anti-inflammatory and detoxification support. Beetroot pigments have been shown to lessen tumour cell growth through a number of mechanisms.
Freeze Dried Cherry Powder 1 heaped soup spoon Anthocyanins and bioflavonoids (e.g. Queritrin and Isoqueritrin) -but not as many as in the sour/tart cherry- of course they give your smoothie a lovely flavour.
Organic Goji Juice Powder 1 heaped soup spoon Increases subjective feelings of general well-being and improves neurologic/psychologic performance and gastrointestinal functions; its antioxidant Zeaxanthin is a powerful vision protector that accumulates in the macula (the prominent bright yellow spot in the centre of the retina that allows you to distinguish fine detail).
Turmeric 1 heaped tea spoon Among the most potent anti-inflammatory and anti-proliferative agents in the world. It is currently being tested in 16 clinical trials on cancer (prostate breast colon osteosarcoma). For absorption it’s best to combine fat-soluble turmeric with a dash of extra virgin olive or coconut oil and a pinch of black pepper (piperine increases turmeric’s absorption). More often than not I use a heaped soup spoon full of turmeric (buying in 1kg from makes this dirt cheap) but you MUST buffer this amount of turmeric with enough (e.g. 250ml) nourish milk kefir to keep it palatable!
Extra Virgin Oil tea spoon Helps absorption of turmeric (curcumin) but milk kefir also provide the lipids of course; no real need to do both.
Milk Kefir last in fill jug to top  Milk kefir has a much broader probiotic spectrum than yoghurt or water kefir and it also provides lipids for turmeric’s absorption.

Beetroot detox

The detoxification of lipid-soluble toxins happens in the liver where Phase I creates an intermediate substance that then needs to through Phase II in order to make it water-soluble, so your kidneys/bladder can excrete it. Beetroot’s pigments (betacyanins in red beetroot used in this smoothie) trigger Phase II via glutathione-S-transferase (GST). Those familiar with Dr. Max Gerson MD will immediately recognise that this is what palmitic acid does in coffee enemas. Facilitating clean-up improves your chance of cells replicating without error and function normally. The ample Manganese in beetroot is a necessary component for the antioxidant enzymes superoxide dismutase (MnSOD) that protects cells from damage induced by free radicals, notably the mitochondria (every cell’s energy creator). Increased expression of MnSOD has been found to suppress the malignant phenotype of human breast cancer cells suggesting that MnSOD is a tumour suppressor gene in human breast cancer [Li,J.J., Oberley,L.W., StClair,D.K., Ridnour,L.A. and Oberley,T.D. (1995) Phenotypic changes induced in human breast cancer cells by overexpression of manganese-containing superoxide dismutase. Oncogene, 10, 1989–2000].

Beetroot anti-inflammatory

Beetroot’s anti-inflammatory properties are thanks to betanin, isobetanin and vulgaxanthin that inhibit the activity of cyclo-oxygenase enzymes (including both COX-1 and COX-2). Such enzymes are messenger molecules that cells use to trigger inflammation; a useful functional mechanism when it’s triggered short term, a destructive mechanism when it’s triggered long term. Next to betacyanins in red or betaxanthins in yellow beetroot, and carotenoid phytonutrients, beetroot gives you betaine (made from choline, which is a vitamin B-complex, and it helps keep inflammation-causing homocysteine at healthy levels). Betaine itself is associated with lower levels of several inflammatory markers, including C-reactive protein, interleukin-6, and tumor necrosis factor alpha. Now you know why I regularly add beetroot to my smoothies

The inorganic nitrate in beetroot is associated with a significant reduction in systolic blood pressure [Source: J Nutr. 2013 Jun;143(6):818-26. doi: 10.3945/jn.112.170233. Epub 2013 Apr 17], inorganic nitrate in beetroot also helps oxygen to get into your red blood cell (oxygen saturation). It works via the ‘nitrate‐nitrite‐nitric oxide (NO) pathway’. It’s worth remembering that Viagra (nitric oxide – phosphodiesterase type 5 inhibitor PDE5i) started life as an anti-angina drug until of course other effects were noted and the rest is history! Beetroot doesn’t mimic the blue pill but its NO will help your circulation and cardiac architecture.

Kindly note that some people pass red/pink urine after consuming beetroot. It’s called beeturia which points to unmetabolised betalain pigments which normally lose their colour via oxidation by hydrochloric acid, ferric ions and colonic bacteria. So, if you pee is reddish after a beetroot smoothie, then you either have hypochlorhydria (not enough stomach acid), or a problem with iron metabolism, or a problem with gut bacteria balance. Not everybody has the capacity to absorb (so combine aloeride + milk kefir) and metabolise enough betacyanins and betaxanthins to get full antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, Phase II triggering benefits. It is however completely harmless, so there’s nothing to worry about if the No#1 or No#2s become reddish after a good helping of beetroot.

Bottom line is that by reducing chronic inflammation you reduce the chance of diseases that follow in its wake.

Some patients in my Practice were too busy to smoothie regularly, but they wanted the increase in raw nutrients and so they used the Juice Plus Premium supplement. These are encapsulated (dehydrated) raw vegetables, fruits, grapes and berries. It’s horses for courses.

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What Do Smoothies Do

What do smoothies do advice from Aloeride aloe vera
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What do smoothies do for you? Well, one single smoothie is not going to do anything much, irrespective of what you put in it. The same goes for the optimistic 3-day detox in a 365-day year… In matters of natural healthcare it is not the ‘incidentals’ but the ‘what you do repeatedly’ that shapes the outcome. When you use smoothies consistently (minimum 1 pint 3 times a week, maximum 1 pint 3 times a day every day) then your body – almost without exception – will respond favourably: from digestion, to hormones, energy levels, physical movement, skin complexion, pain levels, with improved laboratory tests to quantify positive change… Because making smoothies takes elbow grease, I recommend that you keep things simple and thus sustainable. The smoothie below is what I made for my family last Sunday, another easy-peasy example of ‘open the fridge and let’s see what we’ve got’. Of course thanks to a clever, one-woman buying department, I found that I had quite a choice…

Ingredient How Much What Effects Its Benefit
Milk Kefir 200 ml Boosts gut microbiota with a far wider spectrum of bacteria than yoghurt would and is fine even for those who’re lactose-sensitive/intolerant; microbiota specific functions are host nutrient metabolism; xenobiotic and drug metabolism; maintenance of structural integrity of the gut mucosal barrier; immunomodulation and protection against pathogens
Organic Sour/Tart Cherries stoned 1 cup full Next to vitamin C and Anthocyanins they contain Perillyl alcohol (POH) Limonene and Ellagic acid which are particularly protective against breast lung liver skin and colon cancers; anthocyanins and bioflavonoids slow down the enzymes Cyclo-oxyygenase-1 and -2 and this helps inflammatory conditions (laboratory tests at Michigan State University found that tart cherry compounds are at least 10 times more effective than aspirin in reducing inflammation–without any of aspirin’s side effects); you need to put them in first with that ½ pint as they’ll rattle around before everything becomes smooth then you can add the next ingredient
Sliced Curly Kale 1 mug full Vitamin A/K/C/B6; Inorganic Minerals Mg-Ca-Cu-K-Mn; Omega-3 alpha linolenic acid; 45 different flavonoid antioxidants including Quercetin and Kaempferol; Isothiocyanates inhibit growth of abnormal cells and fuel detox via Glutathione S-Transferases
Carrots 4 left in fridge scrubbed and chopped Carotenoids in carrots not only help prevent oxidative damage inside our body they prevent oxidative damage to their Polyacetylenes (Falcarinol and Falcarindiol) that inhibit growth of abnormal cells in the colon; also 50-75g/day reduces the risk of cardiovascular disease; vitamin A represents highest % of vitamins; inorganic minerals Mb-K-Mn-Cu-P
Apple 1 washed quartered and only pips removed Significantly alters colon microbiota (notably the amount of Clostridiales and Bacteriodes); apple polyphenols ease the regulation of your blood sugars (Quercetin inhibits alpha-amylase and alpha-glucosidase); malic acid improves hepatobiliary flow i.e. fat-soluble detox
Avocado cut lengthwise twist to open use ½ and peel High levels of monounsaturated fat i.e. Oleic acid (polyunsaturated omega3:omega6 ratio is about 1:10) increase absorption of lipid-soluble vitamin ADEK and lowers risk of Cardio Vascular Disease; most phytonutrients are in the dark green pulp on the peel so scrape and include in smoothie
Freeze Dried Cherry Powder 1 heaped table spoon Anthocyanins and bioflavonoids (e.g. Queritrin and Isoqueritrin) -but not as many as in the sour/tart cherry- of course they give your smoothie a lovely flavour
Organic Goji Juice Powder 1 heaped table spoon Increases subjective feelings of general well-being and improves neurologic/psychologic performance and gastrointestinal functions; its antioxidant Zeaxanthin is a powerful vision protector that accumulates in the macula (the prominent bright yellow spot in the centre of the retina that allows you to distinguish fine detail)
Turmeric 1 heaped table spoon Among the most potent anti-inflammatory and anti-proliferative agents in the world and has benefits also for depressive disorder (MDD) and Diabetes Mellitus Type 1; kindly note that, without the milk kefir buffer, a heaped table spoon (soup spoon) full of turmeric would make this smoothie completely unpalatable, add a few turns of the black pepper mill as this improves turmeric absorption
Water Kefir Top jug up to the top similar to milk kefir but not nearly as broad spectrum, very easy to make yourself

As I was making this smoothie, I noticed that our Moulinex jug blender seemed to struggle a teensy bit. Before I proffer the easy solution, let me say this: the single most important thing when buying a smoothie maker is not its revs per minute, or its blades, or its pre-programmed settings, but how often you use the ruddy thing. Just like in other aspects of life, it’s not what you’ve got but what you do with it that counts. Let’s move on! The deep whirring of our Moulinex meant that my smoothie was getting thick (there’s avocado for you!) which is why I added the water kefir that we make ourselves from water kefir cultures. This sorted things out for the dyed in the wool, hardened smoothie aficionados section of this family (honestly, we’re not as hardy as Tom and Barbara in the ‘Good Life’).

Our youngest daughter however complained that my smoothie had ‘too much taste’. Despite me watering it down with water kefir to ameliorate its consistency, she wanted a rescue ingredient. When it comes to smoothie rescue remedies nothing tops ‘banana to the rescue’ and, for those fretting about Glycaemic Index, just think how fabulously well a ripe banana compares to a Mars bar or a glass of Fanta… As a rule of thumb you should aim to keep smoothies at the bitter end of sweet. The bottom line is, that all the above nutrients found their way in meaningful quantities into each family member. Well worth the elbow grease it took, considering that it much increases their chance of making their life’s journey unimpeded by health issues (notwithstanding trauma or injury). A never failing array of reasons why one should make use of raw nutrients is found in research published in and other peer reviewed sources.

Why smoothies and not juicing

One of my heroes in Medicine is Dr. Max Gerson MD, a German physician who treated critically ill patients with a dual approach: clean up serum, extracellular and intracellular environment and simultaneously bombard the body with known-to-be-useful nutrients so it can stand up for itself, fight back and conquer. Next to one particular detox method, Dr. Gerson only used juicing and this is because in his protocol absolutely everything that was ingested by mouth had to be filled with nutrients. Throughout 24hrs in any day, nobody on the Gerson approach would drink water, they’d drink freshly pressed juices. His is the extreme end of nutritional intervention (called hypernutrition) and the frequency of fluid ingesting dictated juicing rather than smoothies (for how much fibre can anyone tolerate). Optimally juiced raw vegetables (grinding followed by high-pressure pressing) create a fluid that is as swiftly absorbed into the blood stream as alcohol is i.e. it completely bypasses the digestive system and any shortcomings thereof. That is why Max Gerson advocated hypernutrition juicing. For preventative, run of the mill looking after your health, smoothies are great. Excellent equipment for smoothies (we bought a Nutribullet after the aforementioned jug blender died) is a lot less expensive than excellent equipment for juicing (Norwalk). Horses for courses.

Beyond the obvious Dr. Max Gerson nutrients bombardment benefit, I like smoothies for these reasons: this affordable-to-all approach provides fibre that helps prevent colorectal adenoma, helps protect against breast cancer, helps lower blood cholesterol levels, helps your stools be softer. My goodness why did I say that? Because it’s statistically worrying quite how many heart attacks and strokes occur during defeacation and this happens, in most cases, as a result of straining. Because raised inter-abdominal pressure to get things out the back door proves too much for the vascular pipework in either the heart or the brain. So sad because constipation is utterly avoidable with clever smoothies so, logically from there on, you should be able to meet your Maker under happier circumstances than whilst visiting the porcelain.

Guidelines for smoothies

Below are the guidelines Han van de Braak BSc LicAc MCSP MBAcC (Retd.) uses for making smoothies. Nothing particularly fancy, just common sense with the objective being improving and maintaining health:

  • We put ingredients into the nutribullet in such a sequence that the smoothie becomes as smooth as it can be (hard veggies or those with lots of fibre invariably make a smoothie bitsy).
  • We offset very bitter vegetables with the sweetness of fruit, be mindful to keep the overall concoction to the bitter end of sweet i.e. keep your smoothie low glycaemic index
  • When we add a significant amount of spices (a heaped tbsp turmeric in VDB’s case) or herbs (dandelion or stinging nettle – doesn’t sting in a smoothie) or use very bitter veg (arugula), we offset this with Nourish milk kefir (to taste e.g. 150-200mL in the 1.6 pint -32oz- nutribullet jug). This is similar to using a cucumber raita with a spicy Indian meal.
  • We never use protein powder (in smoothies or otherwise) nor chocolate powder (Nutribullet provided a sachet of the latter when we bought the machine, it tasted weird if not awful in a vegetable smoothie).
  • At the height of VDB’s auto-immune disease problem we added 1 tbsp of C-Reactive Protein lowering powders each: Organic Sour Cherries 500g (Sussex Wholefoods), Freeze-Dried Cherry Powder 100g (Healthy Supplies), Organic Goji Juice Powder 150g (Sussex Wholefoods).
  • We never use ice in smoothies.
  • We use food rotation i.e. we rarely use the same ingredients in a smoothie two days running, the obvious advantage is that one gets a wider variety of nutrients entering the body.
  • We exercise a sense of humour when it comes to our smoothies… not all qualify for a Michelin star.
  • We do smoothies most days but definitely not all days, we just don’t manage it every day (e.g. fridge content unappealing, or in winter it’s too cold and we’ll have porridge, or we got out of bed too late and need to dash to the avalanche that is working life)
  • We have Juice Plus Premium every day which helps to bridge a gap between what we eat and what our bodies need.

How to use Para Rizol for Pinworm infection

How to use Para Rizol for Pinworm infection
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Pinworm (threadworm) is a parasitic infection that most commonly occurs among school-age children and as a result among members of the child’s household. Beyond specialist general advice, this page helps you with how to use Para Rizol for Pinworm infection.

The microscopic eggs are spread easily from child to child to adult. Accidentally swallowing embryonated pinworm eggs is what causes the pinworm infection. Enterobius vermicularis are white ¼ – ½ inch long, thin roundworms that can live in the intestines of humans (not in animals). Once swallowed, the larvae hatch their eggs in the small intestine and mature into adult worms within a few weeks. Although these larvae feed on the nutrients inside the host’s small intestine, weight loss is not particularly common (unless the pinworm infection is very severe).

While the infected person sleeps, gravid female pinworms lay thousands of eggs in the folds of skin surrounding the host’s anus. The larvae inside these eggs mature within 4-6 hours. Not all people infected with pinworms have symptoms, but many complain of anal itching, restless sleep and urgency to scratch the anal area. The problem with the latter is that eggs cling to fingers and get under fingernails. Eggs then get transferred to other surfaces, such as bed linens, pyjamas, toilet seats, faucets, towels, food, liquids, clothes, toys or other people. Pinworm eggs can survive for two to three weeks on surfaces.

Pinworm strict hygiene

checkmark Aloeride aloe vera - Best British Aloe Vera by farWash hands: To reduce the risk of getting or spreading a pinworm infection, wash everybody’s hands and nails regularly throughout every day, notably after visiting the loo for a number one and especially a number two. After a poo, clean the rectal area with soap and water using clean washcloths or paper towels each time. Scrub the toilet seat daily with disinfectant or soap and water. Also, as you would and should do always anyway, wash hands before eating. Make it a part of your family’s routine, children love routine! To encourage children to wash their hands thoroughly, sing any song that he/she likes and don’t quit scrubbing hands and nails until the song is finished. Natural, foaming soaps encourage kids to wash and are less harsh than chemical soaps.

Soaps and detergents contain surfactant molecules. Positively-charged surfactants kill bacteria and worms by bursting their negatively-charged cell walls. Researchers believe that surfactants work by distorting the surface membranes to bursting point. Dead pinworm, dead egg! (Journal of the Chemical Society, Chemical Communications, issue 24, p 1844).

checkmark Aloeride aloe vera - Best British Aloe Vera by farWash bottom: Because pinworms lay their eggs at night, washing the perianal area in the morning helps to reduce the number of pinworm eggs on the body. Having a (hand held) shower is better than risking recontamination in bath water (see undies).

checkmark Aloeride aloe vera - Best British Aloe Vera by farUndies: Wear tight-fitting underpants or knickers at night (akin to lycra cycling or running pants). That way, if your child scratches his/her bottom whilst asleep, he/she will not touch the skin near the anus. Upon rising put your child wearing his/her undies under the shower (or hand shower in bath) so the egg shedding starts there and not in his/her bed. Normal PJs can be worn over the undies, under the circumstances an extra layer helps rather than hinders.

checkmark Aloeride aloe vera - Best British Aloe Vera by farFingers: Avoid scratching the anal area (undies + PJs at night; as pinworm infection eases the itching becomes less) not least because irritated perianal skin may not tolerate para rizol oils as well. In such case, alternate focal Para Rizol with calendula ointment or some Vaseline. Simply watch out for the skin around the anus becoming red or tender. Make sure the fingernails of everybody in the household are cut short (i.e. less space for eggs to collect). Teach children to wash under their nails with a nail brush. If yours is a nail biter, a thumb or a finger sucker, then consider this a motivational opportunity to quit! Since parents do not know for sure where little hands have been during the night, wash their hands and nails straight away after getting out of bed.

checkmark Aloeride aloe vera - Best British Aloe Vera by farEnvironment: To remove eggs, change underwear, pyjamas and bed linen daily but be very careful with how you handle them (spilling eggs). Do not share towels or washcloths. Wash bath towels and washcloths in hot water after each use. Change hand towels daily. In order to get the egg count down, vacuum carpets and mop floors particularly where children play (bedrooms and bathrooms). Damp-dust smooth surfaces with a cloth rinsed in hot water, again, particularly in places where children play. Do not overlook faucet knobs, toilet flush handles and door knobs. A strong chlorine-based disinfectant works best.

checkmark Aloeride aloe vera - Best British Aloe Vera by farOthers: Call your child’s school or child care centre and let them know that your child has a pinworm infection. Other household members also need to be treated, or at the very least examined because constant reinfection from a carrier is why pinworm infections can be so very persistent. Yes it’s a bit painful to buy medicine for the whole household, and get your kids to take it, and then the endless cleaning but you’ll be glad when you do not have a recurrence in a few months. Females should take note that Enterobius vermicularis can travel from the anus to the vagina to the uterus, fallopian tubes and pelvic organs. In worst case scenario this can cause problems such as inflammation of the vagina (vaginitis) and inflammation of the inner lining of the uterus (endometritis).

checkmark Aloeride aloe vera - Best British Aloe Vera by farThink outside the box: One consistent feedback of horses (!) on Aloeride aloe vera is that their faecal egg count goes down. They don’t need deworming drugs as much. Like pinworm infections in children, parasite infections in horses also enter via the mouth. Parasites then need to survive stomach pH and hostile enzymes in the small intestine before they can set up shop. Beyond strict hygiene, Aloeride aloe vera helps to build such a healthily, naturally inhospitable gut ecosystem.

How to use Para Rizol for Pinworm infection

Of the several types of Para Rizol available, Steidl’s original formulation is the most appropriate. Para Rizol Gamma Liquid formula contains Ricinus communis (ozonised castor oil), Olea europea fruit oil (ozonised olive oil), Eugenia Carophyllis (clove oil), Juglans Regia oil (walnut oil), Artemisia absintium (wormwood). Of course Para Rizol can be used in tandem with Para Rizol Zeta (if the infection is recent then you do not have to). Both formulas do not contain ozone, but ozonides that are contained in the Rizol raw material as an active substance; they do not contain ozone or alcohols such as ethanol or isopropanol. You should use both the drops (follow the pinworm top down) as well as the suppositories (pinworm bottoms up). In young children we suggest that you consider using the complex homeopathic Viburcol suppositories also. More about that later.

Killing parasitic infections in children, adults and horses causes die-off and paradoxically prudent use means that you don’t kill parasites too quickly. It doesn’t matter whether you use pyrantel pamoate, mebendazole, albendazole or a natural remedy like para rizol. The dosage of Para-Rizol always should be increased gradually and according to individual response. On day one and day two 1 drop a day in cold water about 1 hour before meals, on day three and day four: 1 drop 2x a day in cold water about 1 hour before meals, on day five and day six: 1 drop 3x a day in cold water about 1 hour before meals; on day seven: 2-3 drops 3x a day in cold water about 1 hour before meals. Nine drops a day is about right for a child. The challenge is, will they drink the mixture? If para rizol in water isn’t liked, try adding a little Ribena, needs must when the devil drives! So where do the suppositories fit in (pun intended). Dosage is easiest tweaked by oral dosage, so use oral drop increase to gauge how the pinworm infected individual responds. If 2-3 drops 3x a day is tolerated then the local Para Rizol suppository should be tolerated (in respect of speed of detox) too. Para Rizol suppositories do not only work in the rectal area, via the entero-hepatic circulation they also works systemically. That is why, on the day you use a suppository, you either skip the oral dosage or you halve it. Using a suppository every other day or every third day is sufficient for children.

To insert a Para Rizol suppository in pinworm infection, the parent puts the hand that will do the job in a disposable glove. Put a tiny bit of Vaseline on the tip of the suppository and that Vaselined end goes in first into the child’s rectum, gently push, it doesn’t hurt and push in until it disappears. As with the hand washing, singing any song that he/she likes takes his/her mind of things happening below. Job done, take off glove and dispose of it. Adults using para rizol suppositories for pinworm infections use the same method minus the singing.

Adult dosage increases beyond the 2-3 drops 3x a day in cold water about 1 hour before meals right up to 10 drops 3x a day. The suppositories can be used every other day, every third day and again, on the day a suppository is used you lower (halve) the dosage of the para rizol by mouth but, because adults tend to have more robust detoxification capacity than children, you do not have to lower the dosage. It all depends on personal response, bottom line is to start up slowly and avoid making big increases in dosage.

Pinworm at night

As you have read, at night gravid female pinworms lay thousands of eggs in the folds of skin surrounding the infected host’s anus. The larvae inside these eggs mature within 4-6 hours i.e. become worms. There are several ways in which you can make that area unpleasant to female pinworms. You can put coconut oil around the anus (use non-hydrogenated organic, virgin coconut oil) because it has anti-parasitic properties but it is nothing like para rizol. You can crush garlic to a pulp and mix this in vaseline and smear that on, but the anti-parasitic properties are nothing like that of para rizol. You can put drops of para rizol gamma around the anus and leave to dry. If a bum feels sore then use calendula ointment to soothe it and you can mix para rizol in with that.


Para Rizol for Pinworm infectionIn pinworm infections you want a diet that is high in fibre because this creates a ‘mop’ going through your intestines that physically brushes parasites (hookworms excluded) towards the exit. That is where the clever smoothies come in handy, lots of fibre that you can make to taste very nice too! As snacks go, thinly sliced carrots, thinly sliced apples with skin on, pears with skin on, oranges with much of the pith on, are very useful. What about psylium husk? Yes that is fine but too much of it may slow bowel movement. What about eating herbs? The following are useful against parasites: black walnut, sweet wormwood, garlic, oregano, pumpkin seed, goldenseal, bearberry, grapefruit seed, wormseed, guarana, passion flower, lavender. This is where you recognise why you are taking para rizol! Indian food is anti-parasitic because of the spices in it. Hot countries develop their cuisine not just because it tastes delicious, but because it helps the people stay healthy i.e. infection-free. Garlic kills bacteria and parasites (allicin and ajoene compounds), turmeric is effective against parasites, raw pumpkin seeds contain curcurbitin which is anti-parasitic and can paralyze worms in the intestines, papaya seeds (mix with a little honey) are effective against parasites including tapeworm, cloves kill parasitic larvae and eggs because they contain eugenol. Ginger is part of a group of herbs called carminatives along with peppermint, anise, cardamom, cumin, coriander, caraway seed, fennel seed and these are all useful for intestinal health. Have a look at the recipes of Mallika Basu, there are plenty of spicy but not hot dishes that even a four year old would enjoy.

Pinworm prevention

Become anal about hygiene, that is, become the mother from hell in respect of washing hands regularly. When your child announces that it is off to the loo, remind him/her to wash their hands properly afterwards. If you do not get the exasperated response “yessss mummmm” then you must try harder 😉 Friends of your children must tell their moms how you ‘make them’ wash their hands. Anyone who asks you why they need to obey mummy can be shown the bottom picture… that should do the trick. Prevention against pinworm infection also includes building a healthily, naturally inhospitable gut ecosystem. You achieve that with milk kefir + Aloeride + eating foods that keep the gut healthy. Cleaning a household of pinworm is such a nightmare that we are sure there will be no lack of motivation for effective prevention.

The use and usefulness of Para Rizol Gamma and Para Rizol Zeta

The use and usefulness of Para-Rizol Gamma and Para-Rizol Zeta
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If you want to decrease a pathogen count then it is useful to separate them into those that need and tolerate oxygen, and those that do not. Because you can use this very broad difference to your advantage: by adding oxygen to an environment in which an anaerobic pathogen has settled, you change the environment into something inhospitable and unsustainable for an anaerobic pathogen. This non-targeted assault differs from immune system cells attacking a pathogen. The former is changing the Biological Terrain, the latter is a direct immune response. There almost always is more way than one to kill a cat and this is where the use and usefulness of Para Rizol Gamma and Para Rizol Zeta comes into it. You may find it reassuring that adding oxygen beyond normal breathing is used also in Orthodox Medicine. In a hyperbaric oxygen therapy chamber the air pressure is increased to three times higher than normal air pressure. Under these conditions, lungs can gather more oxygen than would be possible breathing pure oxygen at normal air pressure. Blood carries this oxygen throughout the body and this helps fight bacteria and stimulate the release of substances called growth factors and stem cells, which promote healing. So, in Para Rizol only the use of oils to deliver oxygen molecules is novel, that oxygen kills off anaerobic pathogens frankly is old hat.

The structure and properties of plant Endoperoxides and Ozonides are identical, that is what makes the Para-Rizol so attractive and effective. Its Rizol raw material consists of 69.3% – 70.0% of long chain ozonide from olive oil and castor oil, dissolved in excess olive oil and castor oil. It is safe, the Karl and Veronica Carstens Foundation researched any mutagenic properties according to OECD guidelines (mouse lymphoma cells) which showed it to be non-mutagenic, also mitochondrial activity revealed no decrease. The addition of medicinal herbs in Para Rizol (Gamma as well as Zeta) enhances and extends the desired effects on bacteria, fungi and parasites.

When do I use which Para Rizol

Aerobic Anaerobic Pathogens Para Rizol Gamma Para Rizol ZetaPara Rizol Gamma is the original formulation and for most of you, it will be your starting point. It differs from Para Rizol Zeta not because of the oxygen donating property of ozonides (both contain these) but because of the monograph (characteristics) of the added herbal oils. Ozonides only compromise anaerobic pathogens (see example list on the left) and errant cells functioning on what paradoxically is known as aerobic glycolysis. From our product description you can see that the 10% Juglans Regia seed oil in Gamma is reduced to 1.8% in Zeta with the 8.2% difference divided between Nigella sativa, Artemisia vulgaris and Origanum majarana. Juglans Regia (English walnut) is used for helminthiasis (a metazoa parasite; Gamma also helps with protozoa parasites), it has strong anti-fungal and bacteriocidal properties, it even has human cancer cell antiproloferative and antioxidant activities. [Food Chem Toxicol. 2010 Jan;48(1):441-7. doi: 10.1016/j.fct.2009.10.043. Epub 2009 Oct 31.] Not difficult to understand why Steidl included walnut in his original formulation!

In Para Rizol Zeta the Juglans Regia is replaced with: Nigella sativa (black cumin belongs to the Ranunculaceae family) is placed among the top ranked evidence based herbal medicines. Most of its wide spectrum of therapeutic properties are thanks to thymoquinone. Artemisia Vulgaris (mugwort) is widely used in the Philippines for its anti-inflammatory properties, it exerts antimicrobial activity (antibacterial, antifungal, antiparasitic) and is an emmenagogue (stimulating blood flow in pelvic area and uterus). Origanum majorana (sweet marjoram) in a randomised controlled pilot study improved insulin sensitivity and reduced the levels of adrenal androgens, it also showed preventative effects on haematological changes and cardiotoxicity, and, as one aspect in Ayurvedic medicine, it inhibits enteric parasites. Plants being plants, there is overlap in their properties. The registered pharmacy in Germany that makes Para Rizol for us suggests that one decides on Gamma, or Zeta, or any of the other Rizols, via Applied Kinesiology or Electro-Dermal Screening. This doesn’t help you when you shop online or if you’re not keen on AK or EAV. My advice is to use Para Rizol Gamma as your first port of call, it is after all Steidl’s original recipe. Use Para Rizol Zeta as one part of an anti-viral approach and in candida overgrowth (Small Bowel Overgrowth). Use both concurrently if you have a complex or ongoing issue and then you simply leap frog the two. Meaning that on Day One you’d use the right dosage for Gamma, and on Day Two you’d use the right dosage for Zeta. On Day Three you take the right (higher) dose for Gamma, on Day Four the right (higher) dose for Zeta, and so on and so forth. Of course it takes longer to go from 1 drop three times a day to the maximum of 10 drops three times a day, but your herbal footprint is much broader.

When it comes to parasites, the Para Rizol oils are safe and effective for Protozoa (single cells) and Metazoa (multiple cells). Examples of protozoa are Cryptosporidium, Entamoeba, Giardia, Leishmania, Plasmodium, Toxoplasma, Trichomonas. Examples of metazoa are Helminthi, Taenia, Clonorchis, Paragonimus, Schistisoma, Nematoda, Enterobius, Filaria, Ancyclostoma, Necator, Strongloides, Toxocara, Trichinella, Trichuris. It was notably the Para Rizol Gamma that was designed and used for fighting anaerobic parasitic infections.

Pacing the dosage of Para Rizol

Dosage must begin cautiously, 1 drop in cold water 3 times daily 1 hour before meals, increasing day by day up to 10 drops 3 times a day. Tolerance must be tested. Overdose may lead to a flood of toxins from destroyed bacteria, fungi and parasites resulting in blisters and vesicles breaking out on the skin of the hands, arms and the feet, accompanied by severe pruritus (itching). This is a Herxheimer reaction and shows that your dosage is too high, so simply ease off your dosage. By delivering ozonides to your body’s environment, and mimicking plant Endoperoxides, Para Rizol not only makes you more inhospitable to anaerobic pathogens but also more inhospitable to abnormal cells that for energy rely mainly on the anaerobic part of cell energy production dependant on glucose i.e. glycolysis. Normal adult cells produce most of their energy needs from oxygen which is an aerobic process that is not affected by ozonides. This ingeniously simple way of changing your Biological Terrain is one of the reasons why Para Rizol is considered the gold standard for body detox and sanitation. At our request (we do not keep these in stock) the pharmacy also makes Para Rizol Suppositories for us and these can be used in conjunction to oral Para Rizol Gamma and Zeta. Para Rizol Suppositories are not available during the warmer months as they melt during postal transit! On three consecutive days you ingest liquid, the next day you only insert one rectal suppository, then three more days of liquid, then another suppository only day etcetera. It helps a lot if you would make a little wall chart to write down how much of what you took when. We hope that the use and usefulness of Para Rizol Gamma and Para Rizol Zeta is clearer for reading the above

Dr. Dietrich Klinghardt MD PhD gives presentations about Lyme disease in which he explains that Para Rizol Zeta is one part of his approach in viral infections such as the Herpes family, Bornavirus or a gammaretrovirus like Xenotropic murine leukemia virus-related virus (XMRV). In any infection, be these bacterial, viral, fungal or parasitic, lots of attention must go towards building up your host resistance. For this Han van de Braak BSc LicAc MCSP MBAcC (Retd.) always used our approach as an effective baseline. On the topic of parasites, Dietrich Klinghardt points out that the gradual decrease in salt intake has altered our Biological Terrain, making us a more susceptible host. In 1832 Drs. Thomas Latta and Robert Lewins used a Sodium Chloride (NaCl) infusions successfully against cholera for the first time. This goes to show what NaCl can do to help infection, nothing new really as anybody who swims in sea water regularly will attest to. Salt water clears up all sort of afflictions! The antiseptic and bactericidal qualities of salt on the skin and mucous membranes has been known for a very long time. Normal saline (e.g. used for intravenous drips) contains 9 grams of Sodium Chloride per 1 litre of water and approximates the osmolarity of NaCl in blood. So, if salt has been regarded so highly throughout the ages, why do key governmental advisory boards now tell you that NaCl salt is bad? The reason for this is that it’s the cheapest answer to the modern problem of high blood pressure (the governmental cost factor comes from related stroke and ischaemic heart disease mortality).

Adding salt only works for you (rather than against you) if you avoid vascular stiffness i.e. if you keep the walls of your blood vessels pliable. You achieve that via anti-inflammatory foods, foods that contain high level and broad spectrum antioxidants (not least to preserve the healthy lipids) – our clever smoothies tick these boxes – and by pumping the blood around via daily exercise that increases heart rate and breathing rate. Patients diagnosed with hypertension who start running very often achieve completely normal blood pressures after a while… This is why I am so keen on More Nutrients because if you do that right you stand a greater chance of preserving vascular compliance. Should you add salt to your More Nutrients then use natural coarse grey sea salt (Gros Sel de Guérande) because this contains more inorganic minerals than only Sodium. Better still, do what Dr. Max Gerson MD used in his protocol (an education video is being prepared by us on the Gerson Approach) and add Potassium Compound salt (Potassium Gluconate, Potassium Acetate, Monopotassium Phosphate in equal parts). One teaspoon of Potassium Compound provides approximately 150 mg or 3.82 mEg of potassium. Ask your healthcare practitioner for instructions how to use the Potassium compound properly. Do monitor your blood pressure regularly (120/80 is a healthy systolic/diastolic pressure). If it goes up despite daily More Nutrients + regular exercise then your compliance isn’t up to scratch, and you must ease off salt or you may suffer cardio-vascular disease (CVD).

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When a racehorse jockey breaks his back

When a racehorse jockey breaks his back
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During a chat at a racing yard that uses Aloeride, banter moved from the benefits of Aloeride and the training of Thoroughbreds to a detailed talk about an injury sustained by a young jockey. When a racehorse jockey brakes his back twice, what can one do and what should one do? This page offers help.

The header picture shows the old L5 pars fracture on the right. The gap you see isn’t a vacuum but a connection known as a soft callus; cartilage and fibrous tissue exist in the fracture gap between the broken fragments. The recent pars interarticularis fracture on the left also occurred at the L5 vertebra, the brightness confirms the inflammatory stage to be active when the scan was made. Imagine both left and right rein breaking at the bridle… where does that leave the horse’ head. Potentially out of control, so you can understand the jockey’s concern. It is called spondylolysis which is commonly the result of axial (vertical direction) loading of a spine in extension (bending backwards). It is a common fracture in adolescent gymnasts, in bowling cricketers and may occur in jockeys who become unseated. The jockey saw two Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeons and got two differing opinions.


The first Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon recommended internal fixation of the fracture. Placing a screw directly across the fracture site(s) and using bone morphogenic protein – a synthetic protein that induces the patient’s own stem cells to turn into bone healing cells – to speed up the healing process and increases success rate of fusion. Surgical repair typically takes about 3-6 months to unite but it may take longer. The young jockey neither had significant degenerative disc disease nor a significant slip of one vertebra on the other, hence was a good candidate for fracture repair. But some adults with bilateral pars fractures don’t develop lower back symptoms in their lifetime, many adults with bilateral pars fractures will develop degenerative disc disease and/or a slip of one vertebra on the other (isthmic spondylolysthesis). The thing is, so do people who have never fractured their spine or have ridden Thoroughbreds at any speed… A young daughter of friends of ours had titanium screws-rods fitted to correct her scoliosis. Her Consultant confirmed that her transpedicular fixation had broken – by doing yoga of all things – and she now faces revision surgery. Fortunately the jockey’s pars fractures would only need screw implants.

Conservative Approach

The second Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon advised a conservative approach. This is what unintentionally occurred after the undetected fracture on the right side. The fact that you see a gap, known as a soft callus, means that this didn’t go well: cartilage and fibrous tissue exist in the fracture gap between the broken fragments that prevented healing. It is not bone hard. My suggestion is that conservative treatment should consist of concerted efforts to encourage a hard callus to form. The advice given in this web page aims to help with what to do when a racehorse jockey breaks his back.

Fracture Repair

In order for a fracture to knit back together 1) the two pieces must remain close enough together to be able to fuse, 2) minimal movement at fracture site encourages the formation of a hard callus (e.g. low-magnitude high-frequency vibration), 3) tissue pH, tissue oxygenation and micronutrient levels should be such to encourage/fuel healing. Fracture repair happens in three phases.

  • The inflammation phase is the first stage: fracture > a blood clot forms which brings inflammatory cells to the wound area > a cytokine cascade brings repair cells into the fracture gap > these cells immediately begin to differentiate into specialized cells that build new bone tissue (osteoblasts) and new cartilage (chondroblasts). Over the next few months, these cells begin the repair process, laying down new bone matrix and cartilage. At this initial stage, osteoclast cells dissolve and recycle bone debris.
  • The reparative stage is the second stage. Two weeks after fracture > proteins produced by osteoblasts and chondroblasts consolidate into a primary soft callus > in the presence (!) of micronutrients this hardens into a hard callus over a 6 to 12 week period.
  • The remodeling phase is the third stage: the callus begins to mature and remodel itself. Woven bone is remodeled into stronger lamellar bone by the orchestrated action of both osteoblast bone formation cells and osteoclast bone resorption cells.

Later into the reparative stage, gentle and strictly isometric muscle setting exercises help low-magnitude vibration over the fracture site. Note that the tissue formed (hard or soft callus) is determined by the microenvironment: high oxygen concentration and mechanical stability favours bone formation whereas low oxygen and instability leads to formation of cartilage. During the inflammation phase, when you are immobilised, you cannot boost tissue pO2 by fitness but you can boost it with daily alkaline clever smoothies in which sulphur-rich proteins (such as those found in fermented diary products) increase oxygenation of the body: add 3-6 tbsp flaxseed oil and 4 oz. (1/2 cup) cottage cheese or natural yogurt or 125ml milk kefir in the 1.6 pint (32 fl oz) Nutribullet smoothie. A ketogenic diet will increase your lung oxygen intake levels per minute as will Buyeko breathing.

More nutrients, better healing

Inflammation is a very necessary phase but too much inflammation hinders healing. Nutrients such as vitamin C, bioflavonoids, flavonols (e.g. Quercitin and Proanthrocydins) and omega-3 fatty acids moderate the inflammatory cyclooxygenase enzymes COX-1 and COX-2.

A 2006 Swedish hip fracture study found fracture patients given complex multi-nutrient supplementation containing protein, carbohydrates, amino acids, sodium, potassium, calcium, magnesium, chloride, trace minerals, and lipid soluble vitamins, had only a 15% rate of complications as compared to a 70% complications rate among the non-supplemented group. A Swedish meta-analysis of 17 such clinical hip fracture trials which reported that oral multi-nutrient supplementation (including nutrients such as carbohydrates, protein, arginine, zinc, and antioxidants) reduced deaths and complications from hip fracture by nearly 50%. A placebo controlled, multi-nutrient study from India administered vitamin C, Lysine, Proline, and vitamin B6 to tibial fracture patients. In those receiving multi-nutrient therapy, fracture healing time was reduced by approximately two weeks, with a larger percentage healing in 10 weeks (33%) as compared to the 11% in the placebo group. As an aside, aloe vera contains 20 of the 22 necessary and 7 of the 8 essential amino acids next to raft of other nutrients, hence why research found aloe vera to be helpful in fracture healing.

A lesser known nutrient for bone health and repair is Boron (we obtain it from food primarily as boric acid H3BO3 which is naturally present in chickpeas, almonds, beans, vegetables, bananas, walnuts, avocado, broccoli, prunes, oranges, red grapes, apples, raisins, pears, and many other beans and legumes). Another such nutrient is inorganic Silica (best food sources for Silica again come from unrefined food, notably Equisetum arvense, but who puts leaves and stems of common horsetail in their smoothies… In April 2015 a report by Britain’s Chief Medical Officer Dame Sally Davies again highlighted the rise in rickets, a disease that many people would have assumed died out in Victorian times, with one quarter of infants –more in some areas– deficient in vitamin D. According to the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, fractures can be reduced by 25%-50% via improving serum vitamin D levels. Magnesium, in particular, pays bone-health dividends by suppressing parathyroid hormone release and thus decreasing osteoclast activity. Vitamin K2 (MK-7) is a ‘Calcium chaperone’ and activates the protein osteocalcin which enables it to shunt Calcium out of circulation and into the bone, where it strengthens the collagen-mineral matrix.

Bone stress reaction i.e. diagnosis with lumbar stress fractures is prevalent among cricket fast bowlers. From research published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine, it is interesting to note that there is no consistency in the relationship between pain and CT scan results. Which is why this jockey’s first pars fracture remained unnoticed until the recent scan. CT scans do not provide objective evidence for ongoing management or decision concerning return to sport in fast bowlers (cricket), nor does it in racehorse jockeys. Taking 1 Aloeride vegicapsule 2-3x a day provides support for the skeletal system as well as for the greater uptake of nutrients from your diet.

Force versus Strength

As you know, the definition of insanity is doing the same thing and expecting a different outcome. The thin ice with a conservative approach is that no comprehensive guidance may have been given to the patient about prevention. ‘See how you get on’ doesn’t cut it. A conservative approach should embrace 1) improving/maintaining mobility i.e. how movement is distributed throughout the spine so as not to get abnormal focal loading and 2) improving/maintaining bone density i.e. all of the above in respect of building bone that is as strong as can be and 3) improving/maintaining core stability, so that’s training. A pars fracture of course may be caused by ordinary misadventure, based on a practice with 5,600 patients however, I know that diet in youngsters may not give a spine all it needs to stand up to force. The greater your innate strength, the better you can cope with force.

Improving mobility

In a L5 pars fracture, after it has healed, you want to avoid overloading L5 and its L5-S1 joint level. This means that you want the spine above L5 to shoulder its proper share of mobility within the kinetic chain. The same goes for below L5 i.e. hip mobility, that is, the joint itself as well as the iliopsoas and hamstrings muscles. If there is any early morning stiffness then this may be overcome by dietary changes (all of the above) plus cardio-respiratory workouts. Your efforts to mobilise soft tissue will be more effective once early morning stiffness is sorted. The safest way to minimise L5/L5-S1 overload is with electro-acupuncture to visible contractions for a minimum of 20 minutes per treatment (apophyseal joint level L2/L3 – Bl23 Shenshu and apophyseal joint level L4/L5 – Bl25 Dachangshu; if you want to avoid L5 then use L2/3 and L3/4). Electro-acupuncture (pre)mobilisations must be followed immediately by active (mobilising) movement through the newly gained range. The most appropriate ones are those yoga exercises that allow you total control. Beyond that, osteopathic or gentle chiropractic mobilisations (not using L5 spinous process as a lever) may be possible later on when complete fracture healing is secured.

Improving strength

Ultimately the range passive of range of movement must be covered by active movement, so you will have muscle control at every stage. Back lifts from a position of semi-lumbar flexion is safe to start with. Low crunches with your heels nearly touching your buttocks is safe to start with. Side plank on elbows is safe to start with. Rotation against resistance definitely is not good to start with because it uses the spinous processes as a lever. Chartered Physiotherapists with a keen interest in and knowledge of sporting injuries will know more exercises than you can shake a stick at.

Aloeride Aloe Vera Greatly Helps Endurance Sport Athletes

Aloeride aloe vera greatly helps endurance sport athletes
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Soil Association Certified Organic Aloeride aloe veraAloeride aloe vera greatly helps endurance sport athletes with the problem of Exercise-Induced Diarrhoea which mostly affects runners but cyclists also can find this a challenge. An obvious difference between running (or even speed walking) and cycling, is the vertical pounding that is absent in cycling. The specialist, organic aloe vera in Aloeride settles your entire gut and helps it to work better, not least in how it can cope with mechanical stress. That’s why many top athletes use Aloeride during training and on race days.

Exercise-Induced Diarrhoea

As you know, in musculoskletal injuries the damage happens mostly where muscle joins fibrous (connective) tissue, or where fibrous (connective) tissue joins bone. Friction injury (e.g. Achilles tendon against shoe) is a different cookie altogether! Here’s the thing, your gut wall, as well as its suspension structure in the abdomen, contains a lot of connective tissue. Bar elastin, connective tissue is collagen that doesn’t stretch. Depending on pH, it remains flexible and tolerant to pulling forces. So, if core muscles lose tone/strength during endurance exercise (certainly in running), your abdominal mass is less controlled and its collagen ‘moves’ more. Unguarded movement increases the strain on connective tissue with a greater chance of micro-inflammation. This is the key… and your cue.

Runner’s diarrhoea and cyclist’s diarrhoea are any degree of colitis (inflammation of the colon) and, if symptoms persist for longer than a few days up to a few weeks, brought on by long mileage or the intensity of a run or cycle, then you must consult your medical doctor. Your ability not  to develop inflammation, or to contain it if it does, is your solution. Precisely that is what Aloeride, in its broadest sense, helps endurance spot athletes with. We hope it helps you too.

Hydration for the gut

Beyond the container itself (your gut), also what is being contained  makes all the difference to strain. Heavier and harder bowel content frictions/strains a bowel wall more than lighter and softer content would do. So it’s hardly surprising that hydration is the very first issue here. If you become dehydrated, your body looks where it can replenish from, and stools is an obvious candidate. Wouldn’t that make you constipated… well yes but, by the time gut (micro)inflammation occurs in earnest, protective reflexes take prevalence and diarrhoea occurs to save an irritated bowel wall from further harm or ultimately rupture. The easy solution is to drink appropriately for the occasion which will be different from race to race (marathon, 5K, 1 mile, triathlon). You will maintain better gut function by consuming 300 to max 600 ml (2 UK cups) every 15 to 20 minutes than by consuming frequent small sips. Running on an empty gut is best for sure, but as you know, pre-race you’d evacuate only the distal end of the colon (rectum). Leaving quite a bit of unevacuated colon material to fuel exercise-induced diarrhoea; pre-race lavatory visits go some but not all the way. We definitely do not recommend that you take magnesium sulphate in day(s) leading up to races. You’re clever enough to manage this better!

Hydrate with electrolytes

As you sweat and breathe out damp air during endurance sport, you must put H2O back in and ideally you re-hydrate together with electrolytes. To replenish your electrolytes look no further than Gros Sel Guérande , this delicious salt is dirt cheap (1kg for £3.25!) and has a naturally broad electrolyte spectrum (Cl, Na, K, Mg, Mn, Se, Cu, Fe, Zn, P, Sulfate). You simply mix it with filtered water until there’s just a slightly salty taste to it, a quarter to half a teaspoon of Gros Sel Guérande  per one litre of water should do. Electrolytes are present in your sweat but in much smaller quantities, so truly you should have this covered with your pre-event nutrient-loading diet and broad spectrum electrolytes in Aloeride. Exercise-Associated Hyponatraemia (EAH) is sometimes called water intoxication which markedly lowers blood sodium concentration and this can cause the brain to swell, causing confusion, loss of consciousness and seizures. More often than not, EAH happens in amateurs who don’t appreciate the need for appropriate-to-their-sport nutrition. As electrolytes are water-soluble, you don’t build a reservoir, but you do build a full spectrum if you do the pre-event nutrient loading right. Professional and semi-professional runners and cyclists in my clinic are advised to take one Aloeride 2x/day (on race days 3-4x/day) next to clever, sport-legal, performance-promoting smoothies. Don’t search for difficult when straight forward works.

Alistair Brownlee helping his brother Jonny (Olympic silver medallist at Rio 2016 and a bronze medallist at London 2012) over the finish line was a dramatic end to the Triathlon World Series. It was a dramatic showcase for the danger of a body overheating (dehydration + heat stroke). Alistair’s comment was “I wish the flippin’ idiot had paced it right and crossed the finish line first. He could have jogged that last two kilometres and won the race. You have to race the conditions”. One problem of EAH is that brain functioning changes, making the right decision for Jonny clearly had become agonisingly impossible.

A study published in the European Journal of Applied Physiology showed that 120 mmol/L of Sodium provides the best balance between boosting plasma volume and not having to visit the portapotty, at least in a protocol that involves drinking 1 liter of water in six equal doses between 120 and 60 minutes before the race. Don’t drink a fixed amount, let thirst guide you (about 500ml per hour). If you are thirsty but everything you drink creates urine without quenching your thirst, you may be low on electrolytes.


During endurance sport some 88% of your blood is shunted away from the GI tract to the working muscle groups, the percentage depends on the intensity of the performance. Reduced GI blood flow causes relative ischaemia leading to a high production of stress hormones and cytokines (inflammatory proteins). At the same time shunting deprives the bowel of the anti-inflammatory molecules in blood, so your ability to control inflammation in the gut becomes markedly less. This shunting is totally functional, evolutionary design, so it may be contributory to Exercise-Induced Diarrhoea but it’s not causal. Running 26 miles and 385 yards is a great achievement, but you’re running in the footsteps of Philippides (battle of Marathon 490 BC) and scores of others since who ran without suffering loose stools. By the way, there’s no point in you eating anything until this shunting blood away from the GI tract has subsided, so a quick snack at 8 or 16 miles is completely useless, no nutrients will be absorbed from it, your snack will just sit there waiting. This is the right advice for all who suffer from Exercise-Induced Diarrhoea. It would be impossible however not to eat for Ironman triathletes or for Ultra-runners, they have to eat and they digest with relative few problems once they have found a food they can handle. Ironman and Ultras eat when their heart rate and breathing rate are in a comfortable place (often during cycling), it changes the shunting and incomplete uptake of calories is better than no in/uptake. Finding food you can handle is a highly personal issue, think beyond off-the-shelf-products and have a look at Scott Jurek’s recipes. Between Aloeride and Milk Kefir probiotics, your GI tract becomes more robust and Exercise-Induced Diarrhoea becomes less of a problem.

Upper GI symptoms

Endurance sport can result in delayed gastric emptying (not so much for running), so a stomach content stays where it is rather than moving south. If your stomach sphincter should fail to seal properly (the diaphragm muscle tone isn’t quite up to snuff), acidified stomach content may irritate the lower oesophagus (leading to nausea and vomiting). Other than crunches indirectly helping the diaphragm, the best diaphragm exercises are those that voice artists (singers) and wind instrument players do. Whilst we are on the topic of stomachs, your diet is spot on when your plate is overflowing with fruits, vegetables, lean protein and complex carbohydrates; when you avoid junk foods (including large amounts of processed energy bars and gels) and fatty foods; when you limit your intake of alcohol to one or two drinks a day and keep caffeine to a minimum. Many athletes think that their performance starts with training, it actually starts with fuel: nutrient intake, nutrient uptake and nutrient expenditure. You are doing things right when your performance improves consistently, when you recover quickly and when you don’t crave sweets. Consume 1 to 1.2 grams of carbohydrate per kilogram of body weight and 10 to 25 grams of protein after a workout. Fat, which inhibits carbohydrate absorption, should wait until a few hours later. When you feel satiated, energetic and light in all your training (irrespective of time of day) and you cannot remember the last time you got sick, or injured then you’re doing things right.

Reversed Constipation

When you’re prone to Exercise-Induced Diarrhoea, then near race days avoid everything that alleviates constipation… avoid fatty food, avoid high fibre food, avoid dairy products, limit or avoid caffeine, avoid wheat products, prepared proteins, avoid vitamin C (antioxidant but laxative in higher dosage), limit or avoid high sugar and sorbitol containing foods. After your endurance event start food intake with BRAT foods (banana, white rice, apple, toast), see if your digestive system copes with this and if so, progress to normal meals. Activated charcoal tablets is a proven natural remedy for diarrhoea (even when caused by food poisoning), this is an internally porous microcrystalline, non-graphitic form of carbon which is highly adsorbent… it readily binds to nutrients* which is why you must ingest it on its own 30 minutes away from food intake. Activated charcoal absorbs inflammatory cytokines which is useful for the colitis that underpins exercise-induced diarrhoea. * Activated charcoal is one of the agents most commonly used for accidental poisoning. It can absorb large amounts of toxins quickly.

Control your exercise-induced diarrhoea

With a predominant alkaline-ash, antioxidant-rich diet you make sure that your mesenchyme acidosis remains minimal, so connective tissue remains flexible and able to withstand pull without damage. It’s the biochemistry surrounding your ‘hardware’. Alkaline-ash diets encourage better ability to cope with inflammation, Aloeride helps with that also as do good, natural probiotics (start these up slowly). We strongly recommend 250-500 ml of milk kefir daily and, because it is fermented already, you don’t have to worry about the lactose dairy issue. Prebiotics, synbiotics and probiotics are well researched to have anti-inflammatory properties and not just for the bowel. Hydrate yourself sufficiently and add natural electrolytes to replenish the macro electrolytes whilst your mineral-rich diet plus Aloeride should see to the micro electolytes. Two things for event nerves, the better you prepare yourself (the 7Ps) the less there is to worry about on the day. On the endurance event day, use mindfulness technique (I am breathing in, I am breathing out – through nose), this works, as does the mental discipline simply to keep your cool. Your leading-up-to-the-event diet was sensible and your race-day diet and fluid intake is impeccable. That’s how many athletes overcame their exercise-induced diarrhoea.


Floating stools indicate them to have a high fat content, meaning that you don’t produce enough lipases to break down lipids in food. This may coincide with your pancreas not making enough of its other enzymes either, in which case a degree of malabsorption may occur. If you are even thinking of taking Imodium for your marathon, make sure you use it and practice it for your long runs many, many times. General consensus seems to be 2 loperamide caplets sometime between 1-2 hours before the gun. Be sure to carry enough TP in a ziplock bag to get you through the race.

What Does Aloe Vera Do

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What does aloe vera do, well… aloe vera is a desert plant that contains some 95% water that, without a proper water-tight container, would evaporate in a jiffy. That is why one of the things an aloe vera plant is acutely focused on, is the preservation of that ‘container’ which in biology terms is called ‘Epithelium‘.

People also have epithelium and so do horses. It is our skin, our hair and our nails. It is also the lining of our digestive tract, the lining of our respiratory tract and the lining or our urogenital tract. That is an enormous area of very differently looking tissue. But anatomically it all is covering epithelial tissue. In horses some epithelium is named differently e.g. coat, mane, tail, hooves but structurally it is the same as in humans and it is responsive to the same nutritional building blocks.

When you ingest properly-grown (Organic is best), properly-processed whole leaf aloe vera (you do not wish to eat homegrown aloe vera because this will give you diarrhoea), you ingest molecules that focus on the repair and renewal of epithelial tissue. Small wonder what flourishes… skin, hair, nails, digestion and to a lesser degree breathing and bladder.

When an aloe vera plant gets damaged, there’s a breach that needs to be seen to quickly before its water evaporates. When people get skin damage (including sunburn) or a breach along the digestive tract (the further down the tract, the more decomposed its content), the ingested aloe vera does what this plant is so superbly good at, it swiftly supports the body’s fixing of the breached area. Stopping you from ‘evaporating’ in a way. As well you know, the best and always the safest way to fix anything is from the inside out. So always feed your body cleverly to support this to happen better. We advocate daily clever smoothies of which Aloeride aloe vera is one ingredient.

There is however a strong caveat to aloe vera!  How good and how useful a by-mouth aloe vera food supplement is, depends totally on the species you grow, on how aloe vera was grown/irrigated, how it was harvested/processed, how it was preserved and what the serving quantity is. ‘How good and how useful’ doesn’t at all depend on aloe vera being a liquid, or a gel or a powder although, with the latter, it is much easier to concentrate. Also the Seal of Approval initiated by an MLM company turns out to have little meaning when you do – like we did – comparative laboratory measurements of the same aloe vera gel brand. Poorer year on year laboratory values that you would never know from the product label or the marketing. A German Institut tests aloe for harmful constituents (broadly useful) but they’re not equipped to measure the quality of the aloe vera, so even their label means much less than people think it does. Smoke and mirrors aplenty…

Soil Association Certified Organic Aloeride aloe veraYou see, that is why we like multiple independent  laboratory tests and we share these because we think it is in the public interest. Aloeride is Soil Association Certified Organic, is grown under optimal conditions, is processed in stages to the ultimate extraction, is served without additives in meaningful quantities, and we make the proven best in whole leaf aloe vera barbadensis miller as affordable as we can possibly make it. So, when someone asks you what does aloe vera do , you now can give a well-informed answer.

What does aloe vera do it with

The magic of aloe vera is not in its water, it is in the working solids of the plant. Aloe vera barbadensis miller is the most nutrient-dense aloe vera species on the planet, so this is the species we use to make Aloeride. The below table shows you the list of known constituents (working solids) in aloe vera:

Plant Substance Physiological Effect
Gibberellin plant hormones for growth including stimulation of enzyme production (α amylases) it also delays plant senescence (anti-ageing)
Amino Acids 20 of the 22 necessary and 7 of the 8 essential vital building blocks for the building of cells DNA enzymes muscles hormones… anything
Inorganic Ions: Calcium Magnesium Sodium Potassium Zinc Copper Iron Manganese Molybdenum Chromium Boron Phosphorus absolutely vital for too many physiological functions to list here – Magnesium for instance is a necessary part to make 200 different enzymes work whilst Chromium for instance is vital for building glucose tolerance factor
Vitamins: B1 B2 B6 Choline B12 vitC vitA Niacin Folic Acid absolutely vital for too many physiological functions to list here
β [1-4] linked glucomannan polysaccharides different lengths of these polysaccharide have different functions and they direct other nutrients to assist in their task – their functions: immunomodulatory intracellular antioxidant anti-inflammatory and blood sugar support
Enzymes such as peroxidase catalase alliase lipase cellulase carboxypeptidase(Zn) amylase alkaline phosphatase absolutely vital for the transformation of one substance into another
Steroids plant steroids help aloe vera quench inflammation within its tissue
Sterols plant sterols are a subgroup of the steroids and help aloe vera quench inflammation within its tissue
Unsaponifiable phytosterols: cholesterol lupeol β-sitosterol campesterol help aloe vera quench inflammation within its tissue
Lignins help transdermal penetration
Lectin like substances role in plant germination and in mammals regulation of cell adhesion to glycoprotein synthesis and control of protein levels in the blood
Salicylic acid -active chemical component of aspirin pain relief and temperature control
Saponins glycosides cleansing and antiseptic properties
Triglycerides fatty acid building blocks
Uric Acid increases short term plasma antioxidant activity

The Problem of Spring Grass Colic

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Why don’t wild horses get spring grass colic? Why does the problem of spring grass colic affect domesticated horses? From the plethora of articles, every horse owner knows about it and yet, every year vets are called out for cases of it. So what is being overlooked? The crux of every article on spring grass colic is controlled introduction to a fence-to-fence carbohydrate load. Quite rightly articles warn you to limit ‘how often a hoof may dip in the cookie jar’, explain about grass composition, but few articles advise on digestive interventions to help domesticated horses cope with spring grass more like wild horses do.

Spring Grass

If you are a gardener – notably if you grow plants from seed – then you know that you can speed up the growth of sprouted plants by adding a little glucose to the water. Well, that’s what Nature knew before any (commercial) gardener discovered this! Nature uses Non-Structural Carbohydrates (NSC) which is a mixture of sugar, starch and fructan (these are fructose polymers, the natural storage carbohydrates of a variety of vegetables and grasses). NSC are produced through photosynthesis during sunlight hours and are used up by the plant during growing. During sunlight hours photosynthesis outpaces growth, which is why NSC levels peak around 16:00-20:00hrs. During night hours growth outpaces absent photosynthesis, causing NSC levels to be lower by early morning (04:00-08:00hrs). However, if you get a spring ‘frost’ with night temperatures below 4.5° Celcius, grass switches from growth to repair (because water molecules naturally expand during the freezing process, so plant cells are damaged as the moisture ruptures cell walls), thus grass doesn’t use NSC and continues to have similar NSC levels compared to late in the previous day. NSC are implicated in acute equine digestive diseases associated with rapid fermentation and chronic metabolic disorders. Blood glucose and insulin concentrations in grazing horses tend to follow NSC patterns throughout the day.

Fructans are the primary storage carbohydrate in cool-season grasses (tall fescue, orchardgrass, timothy), while starches are the primary storage carbohydrate in legumes (clover, alfalfa) and warm-season grasses (Bermuda grass, crabgrass, bahiagrass). Fructans are fructose units connected with β-2,1 linkages, their shortest members are called Oligofructose or Fructooligosaccharides and consist of 2–9 units, while fructans with 10 or more monomeric units are categorized as Inulin. As you know, Inulin is used commercially as a prebiotic. Nature’s design for all fructans is to exert a significant growth enhancement but it takes Bifidobacteria and Lactobacillus species to produce the 2,1-β-d-fructan-fructanohydrolase enzyme to hydrolyze these fibers. By ingesting an abundant microbiome, wild horses actively cultivate this enzyme. Domesticated horses on hard feed may find themselves deprived of what cultivates this enzyme.

Focusing solely on grass type, cool-season grasses accumulate higher amounts of carbohydrates because they store their fructans outside the chloroplast (i.e. not photosynthesis dependent) in vacuoles that doesn’t limit their storage accumulation. In warm-season grasses, starch production and storage is limited to within the chloroplast where it is synthesized (i.e. photosynthesis dependent).

In human Medicine we know about fructan intolerance and non-coeliac gluten sensitivity. Fructan intolerance is not an immunological response but an enzyme deficiency, a shortage of hepatic fructokinase turning fructose into glycogen. The small intestine only breaks down a small proportion (5-15%) of these long chain fructose polymers, so the large bowel needs to ferment them with whatever available (take note!), naturally occurring bacterial flora. An enzyme deficiency in humans leads to fructan intolerance. The result is IBS symptoms, irritable bowel syndrome being the more empathetic name for spastic colon. NSC tolerance in horses is linked to enzyme deficiency in a similar way. The human gut just goes into painful spasm, the equine gut goes into spasm and may contort… creating a life challenging medical condition.

Remember what grass grows on

Soil changes with the seasons and, as a consequence, forage composition changes. In the transition from winter to summer, Sodium, Calcium and Magnesium decrease in forages, but Potassium levels elevate (wide K-Ca ratios). If there was a deficiency of Calcium and Sodium and excessive Potassium and Nitrogen in the soil (i.e. take samples), it is likely there will be a spike in Potassium and Nitrate in pasture forages during and after frosts and freezes. Why is this important? Because Potassium promotes the overgrowth of saprotrophic (microorganisms that normally grow on dead matter), commensal (organisms that live together but don’t harm each other) and pathogenic (microbes that cause disease) microorganisms in plants, especially plants damaged by droughts, frosts and freezes. Thus forage may become the source of opportunistic, potentially pathogenic bacteria and fungi. After ingesting them, horses may face an overgrowth of opportunistic, pathogenic organisms in their gut. The organisms rapidly proliferate to produce toxic by-products, like excessive ammonia, which is detrimental to their immune system and, if your horse is in foal, toxic to a foetus [peptide conjugation using Acyl CoA and amino acids glycine, taurine and glutamine are important for ammonia detoxification].

“I knew nitrate was involved so I measured nitrate in their blood and put some of the horses on salt, and some on no salt. I found that without salt, the nitrate spikes. When horses had an adequate amount of salt, blood nitrate went down to very low levels.”

Veterinary pathologist professor Thomas W. Swerczek DVM PhD (Department of Veterinary Science, University of Kentucky who worked as an equine diagnostic research pathologist for 15 years) raised this point about high Potassium, particularly spikes in Potassium in lush spring grass during/after sudden climatic change. When grazing, horses may not consume enough Sodium for essential electrolyte and mineral balances. It is known to be associated with grass tetany (involuntary contraction of muscles) in cattle when cattle does not have access to loose Sodium Chloride. It affects horses also. Put an old fashioned salt house in your field (little run-in sheds with a feed bunk for loose salt) so as to provide plain NaCl or naturally balanced mineralised sea salts that are high in Sodium Chloride and excellent sources of many essential macro- and micro-minerals. Voluntarily horses may not consume enough salt if there is excess Potassium and Nitrate in the diet or forages… Such natural, in-ratio mineralisation is provided with Aloeride, in addition to which it promotes the growth of a healthy microbiome and provides amino acids for detox.

Size matters

After being on limited grazing all winter, spring grazing should be introduced slowly. Wait for grasses to grow up to 6″ to 8″ so the top of the blades won’t contain many NSC. Begin grazing for 15 minutes, increase grazing time each day by 15 minutes until 4 – 5 hours of consecutive grazing is reached. After that, unrestricted or continuous grazing can resume. Spring grazing should stop (i.e. move horses to another field) when forages have been grazed down to 3″ to 4″. If you are likely to run out of fields to graze, then be more sparing with grazing time. Make a mental note how far 4″ is away from the tip of your middle finger, by putting your middle finger to the ground in areas of your pasture you know when it is time to move your horse to another field.

Eager horses

Here is something you may read in articles that is incorrect “another concern owners should have when eager horses consume large quantities of spring grass”. When your horse completely goes to town on feeding anything and everything it means that your horse is micro-nutrient deprived. Your horse is not a naughty horse feeding on luscious grass, yours is a horse trying to make up for deprivation. The problem is that, in trying to rectify his/her deprivation, he/she consumes more NSC than his/her digestive tract may be able to handle. A horse is eager for a reason! It would be helpful to capitulate to the truth that innately horses do things right and often by ignorance we do things wrong. Horses eating more is not the gluttony we know from human behaviour. Make allowances for ‘eager’ to be the logical response to mastication not delivering what their bodies are crying out for… the right micro-nutrients. Between feeding ample forage and Aloeride in the stable you should ameliorate gorging in the field and lessen the problem of spring grass colic.

The 7Ps

Every horse owner knows that condition diminishes during winter stabling. One of the first things Victoria Bax (RoR) mentioned to us, is that her horses on Aloeride came out of winter stabling condition-ready for the XC season. Why was that? Because as a horse owner you can choose to feed for this. First of all, there are six minerals that improve how you or your horse can better manage total carbohydrate load: Chromium (enhances effect of insulin), Magnesium (helps regulate blood glucose), Zinc (diabetics tend to have a natural deficiency), Vanadium (influences blood glucose and reduces insulin requirements), Selenium (lowers risk if diabetes), Calcium (reduces risk of diabetes by 33% when combined with vitamin D – i.e. horse needs to be neither stabled nor rugged).

Indispensable also is the diversity and quantity of your horse’s microbiome (his gut flora) which you can and should support also. Your horse is not yeast deficient – so forget about quasi probiotic yeast-based products, your horse is low in actual probiotic bacterial live cultures like there would have been on raw feed. You see, in order to improve shelf life and adhere to feed hygiene regulations, modern (compound) feeds expose raw feed material to high heat. In doing so, the heat-sensitive microbiome in and on the blades of feed is decimated. Scoops of dry feed never provide a significant microbiome life source as compared to its raw material. So your horse’s gut bacteria cannot construct/produce the enzymes required to deal with NSC…

Instead of the yeast ‘probiotic’ misnomer, feed strains like Lactobacillus ruminis KK14, L. equi KK 15, L. reuteri KK18, L. johnsonii KK21, and Bifidobacterium boum HU. Such probiotic straines suppress pro-inflammatory interleukin-17 production, exhibit intestinal barrier protective activity – with significant suppression of barrier impairment by L. reuteri KK18 – and of course they help your horse’s gut to metabolise NSC. Global Markets Insights quotes that the animal feed probiotics market size is estimated to grow at above 7.5% by 2024… in case you wonder what next you’ll find at your feed merchants. On a shoestring you could also feed your horse milk kefir that you can cultivate yourself. From our articles on clever smoothies you may already know that we are very keen on well-made milk kefir.

Top Tips for the Problem of Spring Grass Colic

  • Increase Spring turnout gradually
  • Avoid afternoon grazing
  • Possibly strip graze fields
  • Migrate to another field when grass is grazed down to 4″
  • Plentiful access to forage in stable is vital
  • Feed Aloeride daily and some live probiotics during winter stabling
  • Salt house in field with loose NaCl and sea salt rock near clean fresh water
  • If colicing, walk/trot for about 10 minutes (longeline/round pen) and observe
  • Collect vital signs, especially 4-quadrant intestinal sounds
  • Offer very sloppy mash which may stimulate intestinal motility, avoid grain and fermentable feed
  • Call vet if a colic doesn’t resolve completely within 30 mins
  • During significant discomfort allow your horse to rest (standing on feet or lying down)
  • Be sure to not put yourself in a position where you could be trapped or injured
  • Obviously your horse should have access to clean, fresh water

Fabulous Skin Top Tips That Movie Stars and Models Use

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Aloeride aloe vera Soil Association certified organic1Aloeride Extra Strong is used by actresses and photomodels on both sides of the Atlantic (Hollywood as well as Ealing, Shepperton and Pinewood). We got into Hollywood because we knew a former actress who started the word of mouth. We’re equally fortunate with a sprinkling of A-listers at this end of the pond. Then there’s the modelling world and for all these beautiful people there are the unforgiving lenses… This page gives you the fabulous skin top tips that movie stars and models use!

Most of us mill around in less lofty circles, but we do want to have fabulous skin too. Quite how true this is, is shown by skincare products representing 35.5% of the cosmetic market, facial skincare alone is 27%. The 2014 the US cosmetic industry revenued 56.63 Billion Dollars. Bewildering in a way, because your skin grows from the inside out, and nothing put on the skin will ever have as much influence as what skin gets 24/7/365 from your bloodstream.

We advocate that you focus on what reaches your skin via your bloodstream, and in addition to that, sure enough, you apply the acqueous cream, the hydroactive cellular face oil, the shimmering skin perfector, whatever delights. Three recipes for effective facials are below. We help you to grow the best skin your body can grow, we really do love to help you! Too much fun not to.

Here’s how you grow fabulous skin

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Skin cell renewal: Skin fully exfoliates every month, so you have ‘a new face’ every 30 days. WOW! Epithelial cells continuously grow outwards and what comes to the surface are either nutrient-laden cells or waste-laden cells. A stronger case for clever smoothies, Aloeride and safe detox we cannot give you. You can help exfoliation by gentle micro(epi)dermabrasion that removes old cells (stratum corneum) and reveals the softer, younger skin cells. Please do not ever use products that contain microbeads (e.g. polyethylene, polypropylene, polystyrene) because such plastics end up inside sealife and birds and damage their health.
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H2O hydration: Increased hydration helps skin look good. Starting with drinking enough (filtered) water, it requires electrolytes, healthy lipids and small pore size to make water stay where it should. Bunkum are the skin hydration products applied to the outside . The electrolytes (remember how osmosis works, remember the need for salt tablets in the tropics… nothing new under the sun, if you want results you work from the inside out, in the tropics you do not survive by spraying a moisturiser on) and the smaller pore sizes you’ll get from clever smoothies (and additional raw juicing if you want more nutrients but not more fibre), Aloeride and perhaps Juice Plus Premium is how you keep water in. Clean (and lipid-soluble-antioxidant protected!) omega-3 oil may be a great help to boost your lipids.
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Skin circulation: Nutrition that provides lots of antioxidants and lots of phytonutrients helps your blood flow and (skin) tissue perfusion. Low glycaemic index foods keep your blood viscosity low, so again blood flows easier. If you do clever smoothies, juicing and Juice Plus Premium right, then you get antioxidants, phytonutrients on a low GI index. Happy outdoor exercise helps also (not least because fresh outside air contains more O2). Warm towelling after a facial works only whilst it makes contact. Dry heat like a sauna might help, but the view is never as great as you would have during a brisk walk outdoors. The University of Binghamton found that the average adult burns up 600 calories in 30 minutes using a Infrared Sauna. Brisk walking for 30 minutes (4 mph 15min/mi) burns between 135 and 200 calories depending on your weight (Harvard University). Random I know but it puts skin circulation into perspective.
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Inflammation: The snake in everyone’s grass is micro-inflammation, it quietly chips away at all health including skin health. Collagen and elastin become injured by inflammation, in a nutshell, micro-inflammation causes micro-scarring. As you know, in scars (micro or macro) collagen tissue has replaced normal skin cells. Fibrous tissue does not renew itself as normal skin cells… So the trick is to take control of micro-inflammation as early in life as possible. Nutrition that is high in raw vegetables, fruit, grapes and berries has been shown to cause an improvement in reduction of inflammation. Long chain beta-linked polysaccharides and other molecules in Aloeride further help, aloe vera being the skin herb par excellence. Lipid-soluble-antioxidant protected omega-3 oils may be useful but only ever indirectly. Clever smoothies is what we love and advocate, you cannot start them early enough in life and the health benefits are massive.
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Skin cell density: Nutrition rich in antioxidants, phytonutrients, flavenoids and other micronutrients increase the density of skin, so the pore sizes get smaller. Not only does this make your skin look more beautiful and younger, but it is one of the mechanisms via which skin keeps moisture in! Skin hydration is never properly achieved via bottled moisturisers, it’s the close-packed position of skin cells that does this. Light reflecting makeup enjoys a growing popularity, it seeks to reflect light into the ‘shadows’ that larger pore sizes and lines cast. A useful last resort perhaps.
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Clean skin cleverly: Skin is your largest organ and is colonised by a diverse milieu of microorganisms, a delicate balance exists between you and your microbiome. Next to providing shelter, you provide the food your microbiome feeds on (skin health form the inside outwards). A healthy microbiome offers multiple skin health benefits. You cleaning with soap not only dissolves fats, it ruins your microbiome. Antibacterial soap kills microorganisms obviously but so do products containing sodium lauryl sulphate, even soaps made with only vegetable oils or animal fats strip the skin of bacteria. So instead rinse and scrub thoroughly with water -unless you’re properly mucky after digging over the garden or overhauling a car engine- and use soap sparingly. In case you worry, malodorosity stems mainly from ‘a diet not being right for an individual’.
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Happiness: One of our favourite sayings is “you are never fully dressed without a smile”. Happiness and a twinkle in the eye are the irresistible makeup you can’t get from the cosmetics industry. Nothing spoils even the most beautiful of faces like (underlying) unhappiness does, it’s like letting air out of a tyre. A makeover with our approach may help you pump yours back up, well… we hope so anyway.
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Systemic Approach: When you do all of the above you don’t just do the fabulous skin top tips that movie stars and models use, you help ALL of your body. With respect but Facetheory for instance may be a fabulous skin product but it is what Arnica is to injury, it only helps superficial bruising. Aloeride excels at skin repair (we know that from burn injury patients) and Aloeride firmly helps the health & function of the digestive tract (we know that from IBD and IBS patients); clever smoothies help energy, lower cholesterol (notably LDL), lower risk of (colorectal) cancer, lower risk of cardio-vascular disease (heart attack and stroke), lower risk of diabetes, boost your immune system, add turmeric buffered by milk kefir and you have the necessary anti-inflammatory action everywhere as well as all the benefits of one of the broadest spectrum probiotics… honestly there are more benefits than you can shake a stick at. Psychodermatogy addresses the impact of an individual’s emotion in relation to the skin, that is why we embraces this with manageable help like personal growth one step at at time. Our help doesn’t cost you a penny and can make a galaxy of a difference. The systemic approach requires elbow grease and yes some days you get out of bed and find that jar is empty. But if you do this 80% of the 365 days in any year then you will always look and feel way better than those who place their hope in and pay for external facial products. Being naturally beautiful is not difficult, it requires discipline and that irresistible cherry on the cake is your wicked sense of humour. A pint of clever aloeride smoothie every day… not a difficult choice to make.
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Acupuncture: In clinic, Han van de Braak BSc LicAc MCSP MCSP (Retd.) would stimulate tiny needles, signalling* to the brain cortex that the needled facial area was ‘in acute pain’. Tricking actually, because acupuncture is not painful. When the brain cortex registers acute pain, a physiological cascade of wound healing follows. How strong this is depends on your state of health and nutrition. Acupuncture’s absence of side effects contrasts with botulinum injections. Overuse of the latter often results in the waxy, frozen forehead and taut smile that disallow communication-useful facial expression. Acupuncture is useful as adjunct treatment to the above approach, not instead of it.*Any injury to the skin activates the sensory receptors of small afferent nerve fibres of Aδ and C axon size. Nerve fibres are classified by size and according to whether they originate in skin or muscle: large diameter myelinated nerves Aδ (skin) or type I (muscle) carry touch and proprioception respectively. Small diameter myelinated Aδ (skin) or types II and III (muscle) carry pain. The smallest unmyelinated C (skin) and type lV (muscle) also carry pain. Types II, III, IV and C also carry non painful information.

Aloeride Extra Strong

In ‘What Does Aloe Vera Do‘ you will have read that aloe vera is acutely focussed on looking after epithelial tissue. Your skin is epithelial tissue, so, by ingesting meaningful dosage of exemplary aloe vera, you give your body herbal molecules that actively look after skin. That is why A-listers use Aloeride Extra Strong. Those who face the unforgiving lenses as a profession use one vegetarian capsule twice or thrice a day every day.

Fantastic facials

For those who love freshly-prepared facial masks, here are three fabulously easy to do and effective facial mask recipes with Aloeride Extra Strong aloe vera. Beyond the quality of your skin we hope that you’ll also nurture that twinkle of benevolent mischief in your eyes, an all too often overlooked ingredient we think.

Cooling Facial
Mix the capsule content of 1 or more Aloeride Extra Strong vegicapsules with 2 heaped teaspoons of curcumin (turmeric root powder) into 2-3 tablespoons of plain, natural yogurt (no whey as this may make the mask too runny). Apply to your face and neck (must avoid eyes) and leave it on for 20 minutes, then gently rinse off with lukewarm water. Turmeric is a member of the ginger family and has potent anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, antiviral, antifungal and antioxidant properties. It overlaps with Aloeride which provides an even broader range of constituents. Aloeride aloe vera stimulates production of collagen, keratinocyte activity, wound repair, kills pathogens and of course by combining Aloeride taken by mouth with Aloeride containing face masks, you help your skin to nutrition from both sides.

Dry Skin Facial
Crush the meat of a ripe, raw organically grown avocado with a sturdy fork, mix in the capsule content of 1 or more Aloeride Extra Strong vegicapsules and apply this mixture to your face and neck (must avoid eyes) and leave it on for 20 minutes, then gently rinse off with lukewarm water. Avocado contains high levels of unsaponifiable plant steroids (sterolins); vitamins A, D, E, K (fat soluble), B complex, C, beta-carotene; minerals Magnesium, Potassium, Copper, Iron, Calcium; all essential amino acids and then some; Lecithin (the cell membrane component phosphatidyl choline); and more than 20% essential unsaturated fatty acids. This mask may help diminish facial lentigos (liver/age spots) and your beauty inside out approach should include daily ingestion of good oils, a broad spectrum of oil preserving antioxidants and Aloeride.

Oily Skin Facial
Blend uncooked oatmeal (absorbent) with an apple (its malic acid dissolves fats) in a blender, add filtered water as necessary with possibly some fresh lemon juice (dissolves fats), mix in the capsule content of 1 or more Aloeride Extra Strong vegicapsules and apply this mixture to your face and neck (avoid eyes) and leave it on for 20 minutes, then gently rinse off with lukewarm water. French green clay is another favourite for oily skin, again because of its oil-absorbent property (mix ½ – 1 tablespoon powder to 1-2 tablespoon water). A diet review and hormone balancing should form part of your beauty inside out approach. Clay masks should be used in moderation.