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A Dastardly Clever Beetroot Smoothie

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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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CAM is not just for practitioners

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We think you may like this very informative magazine that is edited by an old friend of Han van de Braak. Simon Martin has been the editor at CAM magazine (complementary alternative medicine) for almost as long as our MD has been in clinical practice. CAM magazine is available online and gives you excellent articles for a ridiculously inexpensive price: £17.00 for a two year digital subscription (when we last looked). Click here to check their offer.

Many registered CAM practitioners recommend Aloeride Extra Strong. So if you are a registered practitioner who wants to refer and who is not yet on our Referrer list, then please let us know your details. Jan de Vries ND MRN DHom.Med. MBAcA DSc(Hon), who has been a lecturer at almost every CAM Conference, recommends Aloeride so you’ll be in good company. Jan studied pharmacy and understands the value of having a 100% natural and organic product made at a UK pharmaceutical clinical trial company.

Aloe vera is a natural plant that research has shown can be of great benefit to your health. The disappointing part from a medical point of view is that most products which list aloe vera in their ingredients contain nowhere near enough active ingredients to pass on the many advantages aloe vera can provide.

In fact, Aloeride is the first and only aloe vera product I have seen that can actually deliver what research has shown aloe vera is capable of. Conditions which affect the digestive system are very complex and often difficult to successfully cure. However, what I have seen from Aloeride is a remarkable improvement in the health of individuals affected by such complaints. There is no doubt in my mind that Aloeride is the best aloe vera product around for treating digestive problems.

Evidence has also shown that the number of active molecules in Aloeride makes it highly effective at adding much needed moisture to the skin. This means that skin stays healthier and younger looking for longer as well as becoming much more effective at healing itself. Patients who use Aloeride have commented that it has had a very positive effect on their lives, I fully recommend Aloeride.

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What Do Smoothies Do

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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.
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Use Aloeride in context

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We believe that you should use Aloeride in context. This is not a cop out, far from it, we simply advocate what is sensible. You see, growing a healthy you, or restoring a not-so-healthy you, has a lot in common with good gardening. Assuming that wisdom is intelligence in context, we suggest we aim for that.

You settle down – a spot in the park, a table at a restaurant – where you like it best. Your choice of true friend is whom you’re comfortable with. All species and organisms operate in this naturally, self-preserving way, both good and bad bugs do this too. Aloeride helps promote an environment that your vital-for-your-good-health gut bacteria thrive in.

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Organically Fertilise Soil + Optimise Microbiome: Aloeride delivers nutrients and helps your gut microbiome grow in favour of health-beneficial bacteria, i.e. it ‘prepares the soil’ to create an environment that healthy bacteria like best. Research shows aloe vera to change the gut pH, normalise stool bacteria (which is reflective of a better bacterial balance in your gut), improve protein digestion (bacterial cultures make enzymes that digest food), improve food transit (faecal transit time) not least because aloe vera makes stools retain water (i.e. remain flexible), and improve nutrient absorption.
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Optimise Microbiome: Now you’ve got a more favourable environment for growing healthy bacteria, it makes excellent sense to increase the number of them and the variety of them. You can do this at almost zero-cost. A milk kefir starter culture gives you a limitless quantity of DIY probiotic bacteria that work better than most products sold in shops. Milk kefir works fine even if you’re lactose sensitive, just let it ferment for longer. Drink 250mL every day, it tastes delicious, and is much more exciting (and more effective!) than natural yoghurt. You can add it to smoothies.

Human microbiota consists of 10 times more bacteria than human cells in the body, including up to more than 1,000 species dominated by anaerobic bacteria and encode for 100 to 200 times more genes than our own genome. This conservatively estimated population is FUNCTIONAL and this means that, as you change, it changes. But here’s the thing, it also changes you! You know already of course that your gut flora has a huge say in your immune system’s capabilities. Did you realise the following?

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Microbiome Changers: Stress – via your brain to gut axis direction – changes the composition, diversity and number of intestinal bacteria. The communities of bacteria become less varied, and there are greater numbers of potentially harmful bacteria. However many good bacteria you ‘plant and water’, stress bats for the opposing team. Everyday stress often stems from conflicts in your brain (T-junction do I go left, do I go right uncertainty) and this where a little mind mapping can bring a lot of clarity, so you know which turn to take. Hence why brain gain is in our approach. Whilst clearing up these conflicts in your attic, grow your good gut bacteria at the same time (aloeride + kefir), it helps you cope with panic and anxiety [Long term administration of Lactobacillus rhamnosus induced anxiolytic (antipanic or antianxiety) and antidepressant effects by modulating the expression of GABA receptors in the brain .

Stress is the fight or flight reaction as you know: a flight response may root in a fear of failure (common a muck) and a fight response may root in ‘anger’ to yet another thing on the plate when life is already too busy (common as muck). You may not know that animals raised in a germ-free environment show exaggerated HPA (hypothalamus-pituitary-adrenal) responses to psychological stress, and that this normalises when guts are colonised by certain bacterial species including Bifidobacterium infantis. So, by growing more good gut bacteria you affect how well your body and you can stand up to stress.

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Microbiome Changers: Exercise, because in a case-control study Irish athletes had a far wider range of intestinal microbes than did matched controls who weren’t athletes. Athletes also had a far higher diversity of gut bugs — 22 phyla, 68 families, and 113 genera compared with just 11 phyla, 33 families and 65 genera for controls with a low body mass index (BMI), and 9 phyla, 33 families and 61 genera for controls with a high BMI. [Source: Source Reference: Clarke SF, et al “Exercise and associated dietary extremes impact on gut microbial diversity” Gut 2014; DOI: 10.1136/gutjnl-2013-306541] It is plain sensible to include exercise in order to yield maximum benefit out Aloeride and kefir. Hence why move it is in our approach.

We simply advocate what is sensible, the kefir is zero-cost if you DIY it with starter cultures (ready-made also available), the mapping is zero-cost as we help Newsletter subscribers to free advice, the exercise is zero-cost and brisk walking is just perfect, and the Aloeride we sell at 20% discount and worldwide free delivery. So, will Aloeride work only when you use it in context? No of course not, we just want you to get the best possible results out of Aloeride.

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Too much medicine is killing us

Too much medicine is killing us
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If someone would say to you that “too much medicine is killing us” would this ring true to you? This is the discussion that’s slowly gaining momentum outside doctor’s surgeries. In 2015 Sir Bruce Keogh, Medical Director of NHS England and former cardiac surgeon, admitted that 1 in 7 NHS treatments including operations are unnecessary and should not have been carried out on patients. Professor Peter Gøtzsche MD (research design and analysis at the University of Copenhagen) voices deep concerns over the impact of psychiatric drugs including antidepressants and dementia drugs. Consultant Cardiologist Aseem Malhotra says commercial conflicts of interest are contributing to an epidemic of misinformed doctors and misinformed patients.

Is this the stuff of conspiracy theorists and alarmists or are these sensible people calling for sensible action? Despite NHS funding having gone up under every successive government (Labour/Conservative/Coalition), NHS hospitals are 930 million Pounds overspent in 2016 and we see junior doctors taking to the barricades. To put £930m in perspective: Tamiflu, a flu drug the NHS spent 473 million Pounds stockpiling, proved no more effective than paracetamol… the final conclusion in this evidence based medicine Cochrane Report stated “The influenza virus-specific mechanism of action proposed by the producers does not fit the clinical evidence” which means that it doesn’t do what it says on the tin… £473m profit for pharmaceutical industry, £473m heamorrhaging of NHS funds. Worldwide Oseltamivir (Tamiflu) has generated sales in excess of £11bn ($18bn; €13bn) for Roche since 1999. And that’s just one example from the mountain of prescribed medications!

With the current “more medicine is better” culture coming to an end, your question may be what do I do instead. The best prevention and frequently even the cure comes from a different lifestyle. That starts with a return to clever food, the cultivation of happiness and enjoyable physical exercise and we’ll gladly help you with this.

If haemorrhaging money from our NHS budget isn’t bad enough, “more medicine is better” increases the NHS workload. The FDA reports that adverse events from prescribed medications have more than tripled in the past decade in the United States (more than 123,000 deaths in 2014 and 800,000 total serious patient outcomes including hospitalisations and life threatening disability). Of course the FDA is America but the pattern in the UK is the same. That is why The Queen’s former doctor Sir Richard Thompson has called on the Parliament’s Public Accounts Committee to conduct an urgent public enquiry into drugs firms’ ‘murky’ practices, he is one of six eminent doctors to raise the alarm:


  • Professor John Ashton, president of the Faculty of Public Health
  • Professor Rita Redberg, Cardiologist and Professor of Medicine, Chief Editor of JAMA Internal Medicine
  • Professor James McCormack, a pharmaceutical scientist
  • Sir Richard Thompson KCVO, Consultant Gastroenterologist and past president of the Royal College of Physicians
  • Dr. Aseem Malhotra, Honorary Consultant Cardiologist
  • Dr. Jaswinder Bamrah, Consultant Psychiatrist and Chairman of the British Association of Physicians of Indian Origin



One of them, Dr. Aseem Malhotra, explains that “institutions such as universities, medical journals and doctors collude wittingly or unwittingly with the medical industry for financial gain” and, in case you wonder how such a systemic error can seep into a public healthcare system, you need not look further than follow the money [motion picture All The President’s Men]. For example, the NHS drugs rationing watchdog NICE lowered the threshold for prescribing statins in 2014 to encourage GPs to prescribe these drugs to more people. But it later emerged that six of that twelve-strong panel received funding from drugs manufacturers – either by being paid directly to give speeches or ‘advice’, or through funding for research. Precisely this is what Dr. Peter Rost MD (former marketing vice president of pharmaceutical giant Pfizer) explains in the below video. What doctors are taught, what doctors read in medical literature, what subsequently you are being told, is subject to what the former editor of the British Medical Journal Dr. Richard Smith MD calls research misconduct

There are safe low-cost answers to many medical problems and one such 100% safe alternative for asthma for instance is Buteyko breathing. Dr Gerald Spence MD (a British General Practitioner) said this slashed his surgery’s asthma medication bill by two-thirds. All it takes is for registered healthcare providers to suspend their prejudices and disbelief, and encourage patients to try it.

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Breathing more air delivers less oxygen

Breathing more air delivers less oxygen, Buteyko Breathing explained
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Breathing more air delivers less oxygen sounds controversial and yet, it is the essence of an astonishingly helpful breathing technique developed by the late physician Dr. Konstantin Buteyko. It’s helpful not only for those with bronchial asthma! When people get stressed they develop a degree of (chronic) hyperventilation. They breathe too quickly, too deeply, too much. And what in modern life seems ‘normal’, is nine out of ten unknowingly stressed already. The result of breathing more than you should, is permanently more oxygen and less carbon dioxide than what your body would thrive on. Here’s how you can help yourself…

Benefits of oxygen deprivation training are well known in top sport. The Buteyko breathing method is something similar but for everyman. Its slower rate of breathing increases the pCO2 which decreases the tension of the smooth muscle around blood vessels and airway ducts, which in turn improves the flow of blood and air, which in turn improves the delivery of blood to tissue, which in turn improves the delivered amount of nutrients absorbed in your red blood cells, and also improves the delivered amount of oxygen to tissues, organs or even your brain (thinking and remembering). From research in exercise we know that oxygen deprivation increases the capillary-to-fibre ratio (a functional adaptation thanks to an increase in vascular endothelial growth factor) which is good. It also gives a reduction in arterial stiffness and prevents arteriosclerosis which also is good. For sport the trick is short-burst, high-intensity, intermittent training. For everyman there is Buteyko breathing…

Han van de Braak“Decades ago I read a book about Pranayama yoga wherein the author said to have suffered from asthma which he helped dramatically by swimming under water. The same in all but a name, that author also was normalising his pCO2 via oxygen deprivation.” Han van de Braak

How can I check myself

Dr. Buteyko found that the level of CO2 in our lungs correlates to our ability to hold breath after normal exhalation. It makes for an easy test that everybody can do safely:

  • sit down legs apart in a comfortable, upright position, breathe comfortably through your nose, keep mouth closed all the time
  • after comfortably breathing out pinch your nose, hold your breath and start a stopwatch (most smart phones have one)
  • when you feel slight ‘suffocation’ discomfort [your individual benchmark], stop stopwatch and resume comfortable breathing
  • note down the length of time in seconds you could hold your breath for, this is your Control Pause (see next line)
  • comfortable pauses of 5-20 seconds promote or prolong poor health, 20-40 is neutral, 40-60 upwards promotes or prolongs good health

Control Pause is the interval in seconds that reflects the tolerance of your body to CO2. If your breathing exceeds the metabolic requirements of your body, resulting in chronic depleted CO2 levels, then in time you will shift the goal posts and ‘get used’ to low levels of CO2 and, as a result, have a lower tolerance to CO2, thus your Control Pause is shorter. The reason why you must breathe through your nose is to control your airflow, your nose is your natural air filter, and your paranasal sinuses generate large amounts of Nitric Oxide (a pluripotent gaseous messenger with potent vasodilating and antimicrobial activity) to clean what you breathe in and help open up your airways. Nasal NO concentration becomes higher at lower flow rate, hence the relaxed small breath in.

Dr Gerald Spence MD (General Practitioner) told the QED Science Programme (broadcast on BBC 1) that Buteyko Breathing had had a major impact on his practice: “The simple fact is that 34 patients, prior to Buteyko, were costing £15,000 for their asthma medication. After Buteyko, they were costing £5,000. That’s a reduction of two-thirds in their drugs bill. If this was extended to the rest of the country, very significant savings could be made.”

How do I do Buteyko breathing

Sit down in a comfortable, upright position. With your mouth closed the whole time, take a small breath in (through your nose obviously), small breath out, now gently squeeze your nose, relax and let your stopwatch run… right up to (or beyond as you improve) your individual current Control Pause, resume your breathing. When ready, repeat, practice makes perfect. As you have seen, it takes 40-60 seconds before you fundamentally change your asthma or other health issues. This isn’t a race, simply aim to improve your own time. Practice Buteyko breathing for a minimum of 15 minutes every day (as you want to see improvement in your Control Pause) and persist for 30 days, then review your progress. You have nothing to loose. If you need help then contact the Buteyko Clinic International (Patrick McKeown) or the Buteyko Breathing Centre (Linda Meads).

Too busy to sit down… do Buteyko during your daily constitutional walk, with your mouth closed the whole time, take a comfortable breath in, comfortable breath out, now simply stop breathing (you’d look weird pinching your nose whilst walking) and in your head count to say 5, or 14, or whenever you feel that slight suffocation discomfort, now resume comfortable breathing. Repeat, repeat, repeat as perseverance is the only way to success. Improving your tolerance to CO2 via breathing is not something you can get lucky at. Oh and if, after holding your breath, you’re gasping for air then you haven’t fully taken the instructions to heart. If you have asthma then you may want to use a pulse oximeter (available via internet) to verify that your oxidised to deoxidised haemoglobin ratio is improving i.e. more oxygen gets delivered to peripheral cells thanks to you training yourself not to chronically hyperventilate.

Other things that ease lung problems are dietary changes notably the exclusion of dairy products as these are mucous forming which effectively narrows the diameter of your airways. Many people with lactose sensitivity improve by improving their bowel flora (microbiome) which is achieved by combining Aloeride with probiotics. Your ability to keep inflammation and infection under control will be helped greatly by what I call Environmental issues like dust mite, particulates in the air (e.g. pollen, spores, dust), or mould obviously can aggravate respiratory symptoms.

Science behind it

Lloyd (1963) established in healthy individuals a negative dependence between the degree of bronchial constriction and the level of CO2 in alveoli. Quoting from the first paper listed below: “as a result of hyperventilation (mean duration of the tests : 1min.45sec) pCO2A dropped to 26 mmHg, respiratory frequency increased to 22/min, tidal volume to 0.764 L, minute ventilation to 23.22L/min, Δ pCO2A to 6.4 mmHg/sec. As a result of reduced pulmonary ventilation (i.e. Buteyko Breathing) pCO2A increased to 29 mmHg, respiratory frequency decreased to 13.5/min, tidal volume to 0.430 L, minute ventilation to 5.620 L/min, Δ pCO2A to 4.84 mmHg/sec, symptoms of bronchospasm disappeared in all patients within an average duration of 105 seconds“.

– Buteiko KP, Odintsova MP, Nasonkina NS. Ventilation Test In Patients With Bronchial Asthma. Vrach Delo. 1968 Apr; 4:33-6. PMID: 5664602
– Bowler SD, Green A, Mitchell CA. Buteyko breathing technique in asthma: a blinded randomised controlled trial. Med J Aust. 1998 Dec 7-21;169(11-12):575-8.
– McHugh P, Aitcheson F, Duncan B, Houghton F., Buteyko breathing technique for asthma: an effective intervention., N Z Med J. 2003;116(1187).
– Cooper S, Oborne J, Newton S, et al. Effect of two breathing exercises (Buteyko and pranayama) in asthma: a randomised controlled trial. Thorax. 2003;58:674–9.
– Lundberg JO. Nitric oxide and the paranasal sinuses. Anat Rec (Hoboken). 2008 Nov;291(11):1479-84. doi: 10.1002/ar.20782.
– Kon M, Ohiwa N, Honda A, Matsubayashi T, Ikeda T, Akimoto T, Suzuki Y, Hirano Y, Russell AP. Effects of systemic hypoxia on human muscular adaptations to resistance exercise training. Physiol Rep. 2014 Jun 6;2(6). pii: e12033. doi: 10.14814/phy2.12033. Print 2014 Jun 1.

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Proton Pump Inhibitors

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Are you taking a Proton Pump Inhibitor (PPI) to lower the acidity in your stomach? If you are taking them short term, then possibly all well and good. If you take them all the time, then you really should take note of yet more writing on the wall. Here is why, together with advice on how to keep your stomach happier.

PPIs’ already known flip sides

  • PPIs risk a 16% increased risk of myocardial infarction (heart attack) and a twofold greater risk of dying from this [Nigam H. Shah, MBBS, PhD, from Stanford University in California, and colleagues published this in Vasc Med. 2015 Aug; 20(4): 309–316].
  • PPIs are associated with a 20–50% increase in the risk of developing chronic kidney disease [JAMA Internal Medicine 2015].
  • PPI use is associated with an increased risk of fractures of the hip, wrist, and spine.
  • PPIs increase the risk of Clostridium difficile infection [Consistent findings from prospective and retrospective studies].
  • PPIs increase the risk of community-acquired pneumonia [Consistent findings from case-control studies].
  • Discontinuation of PPI therapy is associated with symptoms of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) from gastric acid rebound [Randomized double-blind studies demonstrate symptomatic gastric acid rebound lasting several weeks after discontinuation of PPI therapy]. Back to square one because the stomach’s protective lining didn’t repair whilst on PPIs, so you still have no natural tolerance to stomach acid.
  • PPI therapy is known to cause hypergastrinaemia which in turn may promote the development and progression of pancreatic cancer. [Proton pump inhibitors on pancreatic cancer risk and survival, Malcolm D.Kearns, BenBoursi, Yu-XiaoYang; Cancer Epidemiology, Volume 46, February 2017, Pages 80-84]

And now there’s further disclosure that may prompt you to manage stomach burning differently…

Association of Proton Pump Inhibitors With Risk of Dementia

Researchers evaluated nearly 74,000 adults aged 75 and older without dementia in 2004, using claims from a large German health insurer’s pharmaceutical database. However, by 2011, close to 40% of the initial cohort were diagnosed with dementia. According to the researchers, 4% of all participants used PPIs regularly during at least one 12-to-18-month interval during the study period. When the investigators adjusted for confounders such as age, stroke, history of depression and polypharmacy (taking more medication than only PPIs), use of PPIs was associated with a 44% increased risk for incident dementia [JAMA Neurol. Published online February 15, 2016].

Interesting then to look at the findings of Alzheimer’s Disease International. “There are an estimated 46.8 million people worldwide living with dementia in 2015. This number will almost double every 20 years, reaching 74.7 million in 2030 and 131.5 million in 2050. Much of the increase will be in developing countries. Already 58% of people with dementia live in developing countries, but by 2050 this will rise to 68%. The fastest growth in the elderly population is taking place in China, India, and their south Asian and western Pacific neighbours.” Those regions are adopting the Western way of life with its price tag attached, so you may not be surprised that there’s an appreciable increase in the use of PPIs in China [BMC Health Serv Res. 2015; 15: 11].

Stress and modern foods

The run up to gastric ulceration and GERD is that you have low stomach acidity (hypochlorhydria) to start with, without that natural defence helicobacter pylori can flourish in your stomach and damage your protective lining, without protective lining you become intolerant to natural levels of acidity necessary for digestion and for protection of your gut, you now have symptoms of gastric ulcer and reflux. So what can you do yourself to ease your tummy? The answer is food choices and life perspective choices.

Baking Soda NaHCO3 If discomfort gets out of hand take ½ – 1 teaspoon dissolved in a medium glass of water as its alkalinity buffers the stomach acid. Like PPIs this is not your ongoing solution.
Raw Oats An overnight soak in water removes the oats’ phytic acid and together with the alkalinity of milk this is a time honoured remedy.
Glutamine Research published in 2009 found that gastrointestinal damage caused by Helicobacter pylori can be helped with the amino acid Glutamine found in foods such as beef chicken fish eggs dairy products and some fruits & vegetables. L-glutamine is the biologically active isomer of glutamine and is widely available as a supplement.
Aloe vera Research aplenty about its gastroprotective properties. Beware of the type of supplement you take and make sure that laxative molecules are removed i.e. non-latex and that dosage is meaningful. Consider Aloeride Extra Strong at 1 capsule once or twice a day.
Pomegranate Punicalagin in pomegranate juice produces significant gastroprotective effects via suppression of mucosal oxidative stress and inflammation through NFκB pathway as well as replenishing of nitric oxide and mucin content lacking the effects on acid secretions and prostaglandins.
Ginger root Research aplenty about its gastro-protective properties. Add two slices of fresh ginger root to a cup of hot water and allow to brew; drink when tepid.
Slippery Elm Stimulates nerve endings in your gastrointestinal tract which helps increase mucus secretion that in turn protects your gastrointestinal tract against ulceration. Make tea from powdered bark.
Lower your revs Take a break go on holiday retire happily or learn to deal with life’s stress – nobody with gastric ulceration or GERD has a relaxed attitude towards the challenges of life. Consider this.
Clever Smoothies the mixture of alkaline raw vegetables fruit berries herbs and probiotic milk kefir.
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The cure is in the kitchen

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This phrase is right on the button, it was coined by Dr. Sherry Rogers MD who is a registered physician who is totally clued up about nutrition (I attended her lectures in Oxford decades ago). How you fuel yourself up for your journey is open to lots of debate and opinions, ranging from being vegetarian to doing the paleolithic diet. But, well before that tug of war, there’s something clever that everybody can afford, and that can make all the difference… a clever smoothie.

This morning’s fuel was 2 pints of smoothie and it was called my breakfast. It tasted delicious, it brimmed with healthy nutrients including electrolytes, antioxidants, fibre and other health promoting nutrients you can check in PubMed. Just two delicious pints and I wasn’t hungry until tea time… there isn’t a cereal or a porridge that comes close to how healthy this stuff is. As you may have read in Our Approach, I advocate you using Aloeride together with natural, DIY probiotics to make sure your digestion is able to make the most of your clever smoothies.

Ingredient Why it’s in there
Water Kefir broad spectrum probiotic cultures at negligible cost and it keeps the smoothie fluid (I use milk kefir also)
Tart cherries (a very good handful) are known to lower C-Reactive Protein i.e. help with inflammation and raises melatonin to help with sleep duration and aids recovery by reducing post-exercise muscle damage inflammation and oxidative stress e.g. reduces several phenotypes of metabolic syndrome and reduces both systemic and local inflammation thereby reducing risk for the development of type 2 diabetes and heart disease
Goji Berries powder (heaped soup spoon) antioxidant like other berries and thins the blood and increases subjective feelings of general wellbeing and improves neurological/psychological performance and gastrointestinal function
Kale (a good handful) usual green nutrients benefits high in antioxidants plus anti-inflammatory properties (cooking destroys 89% of its vitamin C and 56% of its polyphenols content)
Turmeric powder (heaped tea spoon) contains many anti-inflammatory compounds including six different COX-2-inhibitors (the COX-2 enzyme promotes pain swelling and inflammation; inhibitors selectively block that enzyme)
Spinach leaves (a good handful) standard greens nutrients with significant total phenolic content and antioxidant and antigenotoxic activity
Banana (very ripe) looked lonely in the fruit bowl and compared to unripened bananas they produce Tumor Necrosis Factor and also have a higher level of anti-oxidants
Kiwi looked lonely in the fridge and contains twice the serotonin of tomatoes and has folate also

This admittedly boring video serves no purpose other than to show you that we ‘walk the talk’. Every day 1 or 2 pints of a nutritional abundance. In addition we eat, sometimes a delicious bird that has lived out in the wild, sometimes local grass fed beef with loads of different vegetables (Dr. William Hay MD not mixing protein with starch) or often a vegetarian meal that also grew in the wild. The clever smoothie is part of the baseline, so’s the Aloeride. Doing it once in a while will not make a dent in anything, but doing it daily gives huge benefits to what you can do (top athletes experience a very big lift in performance), to how you perform mentally or academically, and to how you growing older is going to pan out.

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Breastfeeding immunity

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What triggered this post is the announcement that all babies in the UK will soon have a potentially life-saving vaccine against meningitis B. Think for a moment, is vaccination your only option to reduce a meningitis B risk, could you do much more or even do it differently by breast feeding immunity.

Meningitis is a devastating disease, 5% to 10% of those who get it die and about a third will have disability including limb loss. This vaccine seeks to address MenB, one of the twelve serogroups of Neisseria meningitidis, six of which (A, B, C, W, X and Y) can cause epidemics. Bacteria are transmitted from person-to-person through droplets of respiratory or throat secretions from carriers. According to the World Health Organisation, in nonepidemic settings 10% to 20% of asymptomatic i.e. healthy individuals at any time carry Neisseria meningitidis in their upper airway. Which goes to show that a sufficiently robust immune system offers protection. This page highlights a few things you should know.

A bacterial infection wins when your baby or infant’s immune response cannot fight it off. So fuel your child’s immune system so it can fight infection off… right? Here’s the thing, a year on year increase in Diabetes II, Obesity proves that many people are not feeding right at all. So start with the glaringly obvious, it’s why our approach includes more nutrients for healthy babies as well as for mum’s postnatal health and wellbeing.

Opportunities to improve what’s in your breastmilk:

The amount of macro-nutrients (protein, carbohydrates, fats) in breast milk varies little because mostly dietary intake of them is sufficient. However, the types of fats in your breast milk are affected by the types of fats you eat, so smart mothers ingest more Omega 3 oils. DHA-enriched fish oil targets B cell lipid microdomains and enhances in vivo and ex vivo B cell function i.e. bolster immune function. [J Leukoc Biol April 2013 93:463-470; doi:10.1189/jlb.0812394] Even smarter mothers also ingest antioxidants to stop good oils from going rancid due to free radical damage, advice in More Nutrients,right and in Clever Smoothies‘ see to that without extra effort.

It’s not so straight forward with micro-nutrients in breastmilk (e.g. Iron, Calcium, Zinc, Copper). Said to stay within healthy ranges in breast milk except in cases of extreme malnutrition of the mother and yet, it is well known that mum’s Iron deficiency during pregnancy can lower Iron stores in the baby… So, if it works like that for Iron, then it works like that for Zinc, Copper, Manganese… which is where feeding for immunity gets really interesting. Because experimental animal studies have demonstrated that even marginal trace element deprivation during critical periods of growth and development or, alternately, during prolonged deficiency in adults can significantly alter immunologic function. [Nutr Cancer 1982;3(3):172-91] For zinc, copper and iron the importance of adequate nutrition in maintaining immunocompetency cannot be understated. [J Nutr 1992 Mar;122(3 Suppl):604-9] Good news is that properly done ‘More Nutrients’ gives mum lots of micro-nutrients to pass on in breastmilk to her baby.

The fat-soluble vitamins are A, D, E and K of which E fulfils fat’s protective anti-oxidant role. Deficiency in vitamin D is associated with increased autoimmunity as well as an increased susceptibility to infection. Vitamin A is a key factor in a tolerant, highly functional immune system. Vitamin K1 and K2 (MK-7) -important for bone and cardiovascular health- do not boost the immune system. If you do Rocket Fuel right, vitamin A, E and K are sorted. Vitamin D3 is widely available, also from our shop (see below).

Water soluble vitamins like vitamin C and vitamin B1, B2, B6, B12 levels in breast milk are related to your intake. B12 is a special case for mothers following a vegan diet. Vitamin C has been shown to stimulate both the production and function of white blood cells especially neutrophils, T-lymphocytes and phagocytes. Notably B6 has a beneficial effect on immune responses (total lymphocyte count, T-helper and T-suppressor cell numbers, the percentage of T-lymphocyte cells and T-suppressors significantly increase). If you do clever smoothies right, vitamin C as well as the Bs helps your breast milk fuel your baby’s immunity.

Innate lymphoid cells are the most recently discovered group of immune cells and are very task-specific unlike the above nutrients. Found to influence immunity, inflammation, and tissue homeostasis, these essential cells have only been studied for the past ten years. Researchers from Augusta University have detected the presence of ILCs in human breast milk. The most prevalent, type 1, are transferred to the baby via breastmilk and survive in the infant’s gut for at least several days. Their findings, which were based on extensive cell analysis of milk from four lactating women, were published in Journal of the the American Medical Association Pediatrics.

Fuel up mum to fuel up breastmilk to fuel up baby

Common causes of bacterial meningitis vary by age group:

Newborns Group B Streptococcus Escherichia coli Listeria monocytogenes
Infants and Children Streptococcus pneumoniae Neisseria meningitidis Haemophilus influenzae type b
Adolescents and Young Adults Neisseria meningitidis Streptococcus pneumoniae
Older Adults Streptococcus pneumoniae Neisseria meningitidis Listeria monocytogenes

In most newborn infections, Escherichia coli or other gram-negative bacteria have usually been passed from the mother’s genital tract to the newborn during childbirth. A good reason to make sure prospective mums are healthy before or at least during the period she is knowledgeable of her pregnancy. Group B Streptococcus or Streptococcus agalactiae is the most common cause of life threatening infections in newborn infants and are usually passed on to a baby during birth if the mother carries the bacteria.

Looking very very far ahead… it is illuminating that there is an increased risk for meningococcal disease among College Freshmen and Armed Forces recruits in their initial training camps (they are at substantially greater risk than regular troops). Illuminating only because what freshmen have in common with recruits is exhaustion (lowers immune system) and certainly for students the diet tends to have low micro-nutrient value and parties get in the way of sleep. Thus creating a locus minoris resistentiae (weakest link) and all that’s needed then is exposure, which is provided by comparatively crowded living conditions. It’s decades on from you feeding your baby’s immune system now, but it shows you that ingesting lots of clever smoothies to build innate strength is wise, always.

Make no mistake you DO have influence with nutrition. We use kefir as one ingredient in our approach’s clever smoothies, most kefir contains live active cultures of Lactobacillus Rhamnosus which have been found to inhibit group B streptococcus. [Mikrobiyol Bul. 2005 Jan;39(1):17-23] So, fuel up mum to fuel up breast milk to fuel up baby.

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See our product up close

Aloeride Extra Strong organic aloe vera
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You want to see our product up close, what it is that you’re about to buy, like holding it in your hand in a shop. We hope the header image helps with that. It takes 2.4 litres of Soil Association Certified Organic aloe vera barbadensis miller to fill our 28 vegetarian coni-snap capsules (2cm x 0.5cm) per pack. Most people will simply ingest Aloeride Extra Strong capsules whole (you can open them and use powder only) to deliver aloe vera working molecules to your digestive tract for absorption.

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