Is coconut oil pure poison, or not?

A few days ago the headline of the most read article in a Dutch newspaper said something like: ‘Away with the coconut oil myth,’ followed by a quote from a professor from Harvard University: ‘Coconut oil is pure poison’.

As a nutritionist and Master’s student in Nutrition & Health at Wageningen University, I’m always interested in what people have to say about nutrition. In my opinion, people often say more than that they know. And we actually don’t know that much, because nutrition science is extremely hard! But of course, newspapers are always keen for shocking headlines and definitely won’t wait for follow up studies to be done for a nuanced article, because that can take years.

I fully understand, for people who are not studying nutrition, that it is hard to know what to believe. Opinions about a certain product vary completely, there’s a marketing hype around all the so-called superfoods, we can buy food from all over the world and there are 3 foodies on every square meter with different opinions. But at the same time, we experience crowded hospitals, many people with allergies, burnouts and welfare diseases.

 

 

I watched the lecture the professor, Karin Michels, from Harvard University gave, it’s in German, you can watch it here [UPDATE: the video has been removed] and the reason she gives for coconut oil being  ‘pure poison’ is that ‘it is a saturated fat, which blocks your blood vessels’. I’m not a doctor, but I know, with current scientific knowledge, that the link between saturated fat and risk of cardiovascular disease has been seriously called into question. But like I said before, food research is extremely complicated and fats alone is an immense topic to research. There are various types of fatty acid chains, and the body processes them in different ways. But every body is different. Also, those fats all work together with other nutrients, so where to start? But let’s just have a closer look at coconut oil because obviously, the ‘Coconut oil is pure poison’ statement confused people, so lets at least create some clarity by looking at some scientific studies.

 

IS SATURATED FAT BAD OR NOT?

Back in 2010, a meta-analysis of prospective epidemiologic studies showed that there is no significant evidence for concluding that dietary saturated fat is associated with an increased risk of coronary heart disease or cardiovascular disease.

What happened is that the different kinds of fats we ate were out of balance. The ratio of saturated/unsaturated fats should be 1:1 and for a while, this was 7:1 in our common diets, and that’s not good. A nice rule of thumb is to eat the amount of fat the size of your thumb per meal, and in the right ratio: as many saturated fats as unsaturated fats (omega-3, -6 and -9) and twice as many omega-3’s as omega-6’s, and avoid trans fats at all costs, that’s all!

Often in research, all saturated fats are tarred with the same brush. It would take years and years for researchers to take them all apart and see what each individual type of fat does, to different groups of people with different kinds of lifestyles and with a different combination of other food types. There is increasing evidence to support that the total matrix of a food is more important than just its fatty acid content when predicting the effect of a food on, for example, coronary heart disease. Exclusion or inclusion of any one food or nutrient is something we should not do. And that brings us back to the coconut oil.

 


BACK TO COCONUT OIL 

I like to start with a nice fact reported by the Demographic Yearbook of the United Nations in 1978 (since our professor went back in time, I’m going with her for a second): Sri Lanka had the lowest death rate from ischemic heart disease and is the only country, of all the countries giving reliable data, where coconut oil is the main dietary fat.

Also, most of the saturated fats in coconut oil are medium-chain fatty acids, ‘which are digested differently compared to long-chain fatty acids – they are absorbed directly into the blood and go straight to the liver, so in a healthy person, they tend to be used efficiently for energy and may be less likely to be stored as body fat. Long-chain fatty acids are absorbed via the lymphatic system.’ This says Dr Libby, a nutritional biochemist from New Zealand. This is backed up by an article in a medical journal about coconut and palm oil’s role in nutrition, health and national development. This is contrary to what professor Karin Michels says in her lecture, that all saturated fats are transported directly to your heart vessels.

One of those medium chain fatty acids in coconut oil (50%) is lauric acid.’ Lauric acid is one of the fatty acids found in breast milk. An article about different stages of lactation states that lauric acid ‘has antimicrobial effects and may play an important role in modulating body weight and preventing gut infection.’ Dr Libby says: ‘Lauric acid has potent antimicrobial properties, so coconut oil may help to protect against certain types of infections. There are also some studies that suggest that coconut oil may aid weight management.’

 

AND BACK TO YOU

So how can you know what to believe and what not? First of all, we think it is extremely important to listen to your body! Trust your intuition, use your common-sense! In our new program ‘Reset Your Health’ which will be launched soon, we teach you how to do that. And of course, there are always Google Scholar and Pubmed to do your own research!

We use coconut oil for sure but in moderation. I have a cow milk allergy, and coconut oil is a perfect substitution. It doesn’t oxidise easily at high temperatures, so it is a great oil to cook with, same as ghee, olive oil or avocado oil. I don’t really like cakes made with lots of coconut oil unless you eat a piece as small as the size of a bonbon. It’s way too filling, I like to stick to the ‘thumb of fat per meal’ rule.

I also use it in summertime as a sunscreen, but only when I’m going to be sunbathing for a maximum of 10 minutes (what I try to do every day when it is sunny). I won’t use it if I’m going to the beach for the day, I would use something ‘stronger’ then.

And concerning the different kinds of fat, always make sure to eat enough omega-3, which can be found in oily fish (salmon, herring, mackerel, sardines), linseed oil, vegetable oils like walnut oil, hemp oil, soy oil, fresh nuts especially walnuts and seeds. We tend to consume enough omega-6, and only those 2 are essential, meaning our bodies don’t make omega-3 and omega-6 themselves. Happily, our professor agrees on this point! Never heat those oils though, because then they will become trans fats.

 

 

And always remember, one food won’t change your health! It is way more important to eat a varied diet to eat in moderation, to use the right cooking methods, to eat whole foods and to listen to your body.

If you want to understand more of what to eat so that you will be at the right weight, have a radiant skin, are healthy, happy and have plenty of energy, if you want to reset your health, you should watch our free workshop about how to heal your gut. You’ll learn about: 

  • 7 foods everyone needs to be careful with or remove from their diets,
  • 3 things you should apply in your daily life,
  • essential foods & drinks to support the health of your gut.

 

We do more harm than good to our gut nowadays and it needs to stop! Watch our workshop now.

Hokkaido pumpkin miso soup

This Hokkaido pumpkin miso soup is super tasty, healthy (because of the gut healing properties and many valuable nutrients it contains) and easy to make. We eat it a lot and the taste reminds me so much of one of my favorite countries: Japan! Who has been there??

We eat it a lot, this Hokkaido pumpkin miso soup. And the taste reminds me so much of one of my favorite countries: Japan! Who has been there?? I (Robien) have been a few times, and love it so much. There is something really calm about that country. I often wonder how that works, because nature there is wild, with the ocean and high volcanic mountains, and there is an overload of people in certain places. I think it’s something in the Japanese culture. There really is something zen about how people interact there. I mean, I’m used to people pushing each other forward on the station platforms to get in the train as fast as possible and preferably first. And then there’s Japan: neat lines in exactly in front of each train door. Love it! And I can’t wait to go back there.

 

For me, the best thing in Japan is visiting my friends in Hokkaido and to snowboard together. And the second best thing: trying things that are completely normal in Japan, but not for me. Therefore I’m always resistant to do them because it’s out of my comfort zone. I don’t really know how to behave in a ryokan – a traditional Japanese inn, but I want to do it right. I love sleeping in the beds on the tatami-matted floors. But I don’t really know how the communal bathing works (my friends in Hokkaido took me to several amazing onsens – Japanese hot springs, and I learned the rules there – sort of). I also don’t know how to order ramen, especially when there is a ticket machine. Even if I did know, I’m way too slow (I have had queues appear behind me). Japanese people can order and eat very quickly. And there we go again, I really don’t know how I always feel so calm there, since many things are so fast.

 

But let’s talk about Japanese food because that is something special, isn’t it? It is definitely something I sometimes love and sometimes despise. I love tamari (FYI, I never eat ‘normal’ soy sauce since it contains wheat, which I’m allergic to). I also love ume su, a vinegary flavoring made from fermented ume fruits, comparable to apricots or plums. But I really can’t come near nattō, made from fermented soybeans. My friends there love it and buy it as a snack after snowboarding. But I honestly get queasy from the smell alone. Another thing I find difficult is a traditional Japanese breakfast. It’s interesting, but not my thing. Please give me my smoothie bowls!

 

Anyway, back to the stuff I love. I love miso! Miso is, like nattō, made from fermented soybeans, but there are many ways to ferment, thank god. Because of the fermentation, it is really healthy for your gut (if you are interested in gut health, you should look into our program Reset Your Health). There are many ways to use miso in your diet. Below, I will share one of my favorite soups in which I use it: Hokkaido pumpkin miso soup. I prefer a lighter version of miso for this recipe. As you may know, miso comes in various colours. To me, they all look brown. But in the stores, you will see white, yellow, red, brown and dark brown miso. The lighter the color, the sweeter and milder it usually tastes. Darker miso is often saltier, richer, has a sharper taste. You should try different ones if you’re interested. But make sure to always choose a paste, organic (so non-GMO) and unpasteurized

 

 

Talking about Japan, I looked through my pictures and will show you some. The first one: my favorite ryokan in Tokyo; a calm idyllic place. If you are there, you would never guess you are in Tokyo. The middle one: me doing something I used to do all the time: visiting friends all over the world who live in snowboard meccas, in this case: Niseko. The one on the right: me trying to be grateful for the food 😉 – a typical Japanese breakfast in a ryokan in Tsumago.

HOKKAIDO PUMPKIN SOUP

Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 15 minutes
Quantity: 2 or 3 for dinner, 4 as a starter
Equipment: blender

INGREDIENTS

  • 1/2 cup quinoa (another lovely option: 75 g pp buckwheat noodles)
  • 1 medium Hokkaido pumpkin (or another one of your choice)
  • 3 cup broth OR water*
  • 1 – 2 tbsp white/light miso
  • 1 tbsp minced fresh ginger

TOPPINGS

  • sesame seeds
  • seaweed (dried flakes)
  • other options are for example mushrooms of our choice (tip: sautéed shiitakes, very good), spring onions or an egg (raw if you dare)

INSTRUCTIONS HOKKAIDO PUMPKIN MISO SOUP

  1. Wash or brush the pumpkin. Do it really well, since you will be eating the skin, and cut into chunks.
  2. Put the pumpkin in a large pot and add the broth or water. Bring to a boil, and reduce to simmer for about 15 minutes, until the pumpkin is ready.
  3. Cook the quinoa according to the instructions on the package (if you want to know how to prepare grains in a way your gut loves and maximizes the nutritional values, check out our program Reset Your Health).
  4. Lightly toast sesame seeds.
  5. Transfer the soup to a blender, and blend until smooth. Add more water if necessary (according to how thick you want the soup). Then, add the miso and ginger, and blend again until smooth. Taste and see if it needs any seasoning to your liking. Transfer back to the pot (never bring it to a boil after you’ve added the miso since that ruins the gut loving qualities of the miso) or serve straight away with the toppings.

 

*Choosing between water or broth: miso itself can be used as a broth, so choosing a broth and miso is double up. But if we’re able to visit our local organic butcher, we do use broth for extra gut loving ingredients. The one we buy isn’t salted (miso contains salt). Or sometimes we buy this Dutch brand (and add some water). It does contain a little salt, but since we’re not using that much miso, it’s not too much.

Have you checked out our new program, Reset Your Health? It’s all about your gut, about metabolism, about the basis of feeling good and healthy. Within 3 weeks you can completely heal and reset your gut, and with that, your immune system, your health!

 

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Listen Today’s mind-blowingly easy hummus recipe

I remember the day when a friend introduced me to hummus, I remember thinking that it looked a bit weird and had a funny color. If she hadn’t convinced me, I probably wouldn’t even have tried it. But now I LOVE hummus. Whenever I make hummus, I pretty much add it to any meal I eat: salads, as a dip for veggies, sandwiches, or with some oven-baked sweet potatoes. The options are endless.
Since that friend introduced me to hummus, I’ve tried lots of different recipes and believe I’ve finally perfected my favorite easy hummus recipe. In a way that’s easy, quick and delicious. I seriously can eat it by the spoonful after making it.

 

HUMMUS AND GUT HEALTH

And the great thing is, it’s not only tasty to eat, but it’s also a very healthy thing to add to your diet, especially when you make it yourself. Chickpeas are high in fiber and therefore doing amazing things for our gut health. It promotes digestive health and feeds your good gut bacteria. And if your gut is in a healthy state, your immune system is a healthy state. If you’re worried about legumes causing gas or making you feel bloated, that’s because of the anti-nutrients they contain. If that’s the case with you, if you feel bloated after eating legumes, the state of your gut can be better! In that case, we recommend you to watch our free workshop ‘Reset Your Health’ about the most important thing you can do for your health: supporting your gut. We all do more harm than good nowadays, without even knowing it. So we all need to help our gut. 

Hummus also provides a good mix of micronutrients, the vitamins and minerals that help to keep all your body’s systems running smoothly. It contains a lot of B-vitamins and especially folate (B9). Folate reduces the risk of heart disease, promotes the health and function of the brain, encourages a positive mood, slows down the ageing process, and promotes a healthy pregnancy, just name a few things. But hummus is also rich in minerals like iron, phosphorus, magnesium, copper and manganese. Minerals are needed to help your body grow, develop and to stay healthy.

 

THE GOOD KIND OF FAT

And lastly, it contains extra virgin cold pressed olive oil. Extra virgin cold pressed olive oil is a monounsaturated fat and full of antioxidants. Monounsaturated fat helps to improve your cholesterol levels and lower your risk of cardiovascular disease. The oil used in most of the hummus you buy in the store (rapeseed, palm, sunflower) are full of omega-6. The ‘problem’ with hummus is, that it’s easy to eat a lot of it. And you don’t want to eat too much omega-6. You need it, but not in big quantities and we often eat too much of it. Omega-9 on the other hand, in olive oil, is something you can eat a lot of.

Enough reasons to give this recipe a go!

Preparation time: 15 mins
Quantity: 1.5 to 2 cups
Equipment: (hand) blender

Ingredients
  • 1 can of chickpeas
  • 2 cloves of garlic (optional, some people can’t sleep after eating garlic)
  • 3 tbsp tahini
  • half a cup of lemon juice (I used one huge lemon)
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • salt (I used about half a tsp, but go by taste and what you like)
  • 3 tbsp extra virgin cold pressed olive oil

 

Instructions
  1. Rinse the chickpeas thoroughly.
  2. Place all the ingredients in the blender.
  3. Blend till it’s a smooth paste, add a little more olive oil if you prefer a thinner consistency. Or you can just add water to the mixture until you reach the consistency you want.

 

Do you know people who would love to make this easy hummus recipe? Please share this blog with them!

 

And as we mentioned above, we have an amazing free online workshop ‘Reset Your Health’. Gut health is a big topic in the health industry right now, and rightly so. Because you are not what you eat, you are what you digest (well, there are many other components of course, but your digestion is such an important one). Our workshop is the best start you can get! And if you need more, you can totally reset your gut with our program ‘Reset Your Health’, now available in the webshop. Within 3 weeks, you gut is in the best state it can be in! 

Hay fever – proven remedies that will help you through it

Natural hay fever remedies. Are you also sick and tired of dealing with the symptoms hay fever gives you? But taking antihistamines is not an option because of the side effects? Here are 7 natural, proven ways to keep your hay fever symptoms at bay. The best treatments and remedies for quick relief and long-term solutions in this blog.

 Yes, it’s that time of the year (in the northern hemisphere at least) when, if you’re like me, you’re dealing with itchy eyes, lots of sneezing and a snotty nose. It’s hay fever season. Statistics show that 10% to 30% of the world population suffers from hay fever. That’s a lot and the shitty thing about hay fever is that it’s hard to avoid. It’s not like a food that you can just cut out of your diet, the stuff that causes hay fever is all around us in the air.
After reading this blog, you’ll understand what hay fever is exactly, the reason for those annoying symptoms, why antihistamine is not for everybody (not for me at least!) and 6 proven natural hay fever remedies that will help you through it. Some of them will help you immediately, some are more long term remedies to prep your body, so that you won’t react to it so much.

 

WHAT EXACTLY IS HAY FEVER?

Hay fever is an allergic reaction to the pollen of grasses, trees and other plants that rely on pollination by the wind. This reaction happens when the pollen enter your system, through your nose and eyes. The weather plays a big role in hay fever and how bad you’re getting it. When it’s dry and sunny more flowers are blooming and there’s a lot more pollen in the air, when it’s raining not so much. And the reason why this pollen causes the annoying symptoms is because of histamine.

HISTAMINE

When you have hay fever your immune system reacts strongly when the pollen comes in contact with the mucous membrane of the nose and eyes. These mucous membranes are always ready to fight off intruders like bacteria, viruses, and anything your body recognizes as harmful. Normally when something enters that your body sees as harmful, your immune system produces a normal amount of antibodies and these antibodies deal with ‘the problem’ and don’t make you feel like crap. But when you have an allergic reaction, in this case to the pollen, this process gets disrupted and your immune system reacts in an extreme way to the allergen. It starts producing large, instead of normal amounts of antibodies which cause histamine to be released. It’s the histamine that causes the inflammation and irritation, like a blocked or runny nose and swollen, red or itchy eyes.

 

Natural hay fever remedies. Are you also sick and tired of dealing with the symptoms hay fever gives you? But taking antihistamines is not an option because of the side effects? Here are 7 natural, proven ways to keep your hay fever symptoms at bay. The best treatments and remedies for quick relief and long-term solutions here: listentoday.nl/natural-hay-fever-remedies/


Of course, you can go to the doctor if you suffer from hay fever and get antihistamines, these reduce or block histamines, so they basically stop the allergy symptoms. Antihistamine is one of the most prescribed medicine in the world. But they come with a bunch of side effects.

Common side effects of antihistamines include:

  • Drowsiness or sleepiness
  • Dizziness
  • Dry mouth, nose, or throat
  • Nausea
  • Changes in vision
  • Feeling nervous or irritable

 

Not so cool if you ask me. One of the things that is recommended for people with hay fever is to stay inside with the windows closed, but that’s never really been an option for me. I already go crazy if I’m inside too much and especially when the sun is out. Too much of an outdoors person I’m afraid and that’s why I go for other solutions. Here’s a list of 6 natural hay fever remedies.

 

1. NUTRIENTS WITH ANTIHISTAMINE

Instead of taking medical antihistamine, there are also certain plants that have an effect similar to antihistamine, plants rich in flavonoids for example. Flavonoids have an inhibiting effect on the release of histamine. The herb Scutellaria for example is full of flavonoids and Scutellaria has been shown to reduce the symptoms of hay fever. You can take this herb in capsule form, always read the instructions on the package for the right dosage and if it’s suitable for you. You should start taking these before the allergy season begins, just like quercetin. This is a type of flavonoid that can be found in leafy greens, onions, garlic, tomatoes, berries and broccoli. It reduces the symptoms of hay fever because it reduces the release of histamine. Quercetin is also an antioxidant, therefore its known to reduce inflammation, an added bonus when you’re stuck with a blocked nose! Quercetin can be bought in a capsule form as well. And again, always read the package and dosage guidelines carefully.

 

2. VITAMIN C

Vitamin C is an antioxidant and a natural antihistamine without the unpleasant effects of antihistamine medication. Good food sources of vitamin C include red, yellow and green capsicum, parsley, kiwi fruit, broccoli, chicory, turnip, Brussel sprouts, papaya and red cabbage. Vitamin C works especially well against hay fever when consumed with flavonoids. Vitamin C and flavonoids can be found in broccoli, capsicum, kiwifruit and citrus fruits or you may like to take a supplement. Ester C is a readily available and for most people easily absorbable form of vitamin C.

 

Natural hay fever remedies. Are you also sick and tired of dealing with the symptoms hay fever gives you? But taking antihistamines is not an option because of the side effects? Here are 7 natural, proven ways to keep your hay fever symptoms at bay. The best treatments and remedies for quick relief and long-term solutions here: listentoday.nl/natural-hay-fever-remedies/


3. SUPPORT YOUR LIVER

It’s important to prepare your liver for the allergy season. The liver is the most important cleansing and detoxification organ of the body. Too much histamine in the blood can be toxic and it is the liver’s job to remove it quickly. So if the liver is overburdened and because of this struggling to deal with detoxifying the blood, the histamine will not be dealt with quickly. This will cause your hay fever symptoms to be worse. So before the allergy seasons starts, consider doing a liver detox. Simply remove foods and drinks that are a burden on the liver, like alcohol, coffee processed and junk foods.

 

4. SUPPORT YOUR GUT

80% of your immune system is in your gut. When this complex ecosystem in your gut is in balance it is full of beneficial microflora like bacteria and yeast that make sure your digestive system and your immune system are functioning properly. It’s your immune system that ‘decides’ if something that enters your body is good or bad. If it considers it bad it treats the intruder, in the case of hay fever the pollen, as a threat. Even though the pollen is not really a threat, unfortunately when your immune system thinks it is, you’ll suffer from the symptoms of hay fever. So it’s very important to support the gut and stimulate the immune system in the case of hay fever. Research has linked the presence of a large number of diverse and beneficial bacteria in the gut with being less prone to allergies. So how can you support your gut health? Eat more probiotic foods. Probiotics support the beneficial bacteria in your gut, which will help your immune system. Examples are: sauerkraut, kefir, kombucha, miso. Eating foods rich in fiber is also important to support your gut health. Foods rich in fiber are: whole grains, peas and beans, broccoli, avocado, berries. Much more about gut health is coming up soon, sign up here if you’re interested (you should be)!

 

5. LOCAL HONEY

Another thing you can do, if you suffer from hay fever, is to slowly but surely built up your body’s resilience to the allergen. This can reduce the reactivity of your immune system to it. One way of doing this is by eating local honey. The bee pollen in the honey can help in desensitizing your immune system to the pollen that is the air. The bees in your local area will be pollinating the plants around you, some of which that may be causing you grief, so always make sure that you choose a local honey. Continue to eat small amounts of it throughout the year, and not just around hay fever season, for the best results.


6. A. VOGEL

I’ve been using Pollinosan from A. Vogel for a couple of years now. It is a 100% natural remedy and contains 7 tropical herbs. These herbs help to free up your respiratory passages and greatly reduce the symptoms of hay fever. You can buy this product in a nose spray or in tablet form. I’ve only tried the tablets and find that they really help me when my immune system dealing with the pollen in my system. I haven’t noticed any negative side effects.

We really hope these natural hay fever remedies will give you some relief this hay fever season! If you have any other suggestions besides the ones above, please feel free to share them with us. If you know anyone with hay fever, make sure to pass this blog on to them. It may be just what they need :-).

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Vitamin D deficiency, why most of us are at risk and how to fix it

Sources are saying that 70% of the Dutch population has a vitamin D deficiency. In this blog, we’ll explain to you why this could easily be you, since most of us are avoiding the most important sources of vitamin D, and why you don’t want that. It can be dangerous even! But of course, you will also learn how to fix it, to make sure your levels are optimal again. Read all about it here: https://listentoday.nl/vitamin-d-deficiency

In the northern hemisphere, the days are getting longer, with a little more sun every day (at least, that’s what we hope for). A great time to talk about vitamin D! Did you know that many people have a vitamin D deficiency? Some sources even say that 70% of the Dutch population has a D deficiency. This can be a huge risk for your health, which we’ll tell you all about in this blog. For a sufficient level of vitamin D in your body, there are two very important things you need. And it’s exactly those things many of us are avoiding! But not after reading our vitamin D manual, where we will explain to you why we need this micronutrient so much, the mistake we make, how much we actually need and how we can fix it.

 

WHY VITAMIN D IS ESSENTIAL

Scientists are discovering more and more important functions vitamin D performs in the body. We won’t bore you with a long list, but you need to know that it plays an important role in your muscles and joints, bones and teeth, energy management, emotions and mood, fat metabolism, blood sugar control, hormones, immune system and skin. To name a few!!! You don’t want to underestimate this little vitamin D wonder.

 

WHY YOU WON’T WANT TO BE  VITAMIN D DEFICIENT

Your body can get into serious trouble, being vitamin D deficient. You may have heard of osteoporosis, rickets and osteomalacia, the reason why our parents were forced to consume a dreadful teaspoon of cod liver oil every day ;-). But before one of these serious disorders develops, your immune system has already weakened, with all its consequences. A weak immune system obviously means that you’re very susceptible to infections, viruses, bacteria and fungi. You might have the flu more often than other people, get colds a lot, or maybe you notice a lot of inflammation in your body. But there are also more serious diseases linked to a vitamin D deficiency like an increased risk of cancer, type 1 and 2 diabetes, infections, preterm birth, muscle weakness, depression, schizophrenia, asthma and dental problems. The list is actually even longer, but you get the idea.

 

WHY ARE SO MANY PEOPLE DEFICIENT?

One of the causes so many people are vitamin D deficient is the way we live nowadays: most of us are inside all day long (no, artificial light and sunlight through a window won’t do the job). And then, when we have a day off, we carefully protect ourselves against the sun, with layers of sunscreen. But sunlight is such an important source of vitamin D. I hear you think: skin cancer! But humans have spent their lives outdoors in the sunlight for millions of years, without problems. Dorien and I are no doctors, nor did we do any scientific research on this ourselves. But research shows that a bigger risk of getting skin cancer is eating and drinking processed foods and trans fats and living in a toxic environment. To make things even worse; some sunscreens we put on, contain chemicals which have been proven to cause skin cancer.

 

Sources are saying that 70% of the Dutch population has a vitamin D deficiency. In this blog, we’ll explain to you why this could easily be you, since most of us are avoiding the most important sources of vitamin D, and why you don’t want that. It can be dangerous even! But of course, you will also learn how to fix it, to make sure your levels are optimal again. Read all about it here: https://listentoday.nl/vitamin-d-deficiency

 

Another thing you need for sufficient levels of vitamin D is something many of us are avoiding as well: fats! In our course Reset Your Diet (right now only available only in Dutch, unfortunately) we teach you all about the right fats. But did you know that vitamin D is made from cholesterol in our skin when it is exposed to sunlight? It’s important to know that vitamin A, D, E and K are fat-soluble vitamins; low-fat diets in general lead to a deficiency of those vitamins.

No wonder there is such a vitamin D deficiency epidemic in the Western World, since many people are avoiding the biggest sources. Let’s stop that right now!

Other causes of a deficiency can be poor absorption via the intestines, or because people use medicines inhibiting the absorption. Unfortunately, when you get older (men over 70, women over 50), you are less able to make vitamin D yourselves. Also, pregnant woman and kids (up to 4 years old, also babies) can be deficient because they need a lot. People with darker skin get less vitamin D conversion through sunlight, so they need to be careful also. Oh, and if you wash your skin a lot with soap, you can lose the precursors of vitamin D (which can be converted into vitamin D under the influence of ultraviolet light) as well.

 

HOW MUCH DO WE NEED

If you search for numbers on Google, you’ll find that the recommended amount of vitamin D is 10-20 mcg. However, some studies recommend a higher daily intake of 25-100 mcg, which many health practitioners keep as a guideline. It is almost impossible to achieve this without supplements, as you will find out in a minute.

Good to know though, supplementation with vitamin D is safer than we initially thought. A Dutch expert on this matter, Dr. Gert Schuitemaker, advises supplementing with 50 mcg of vitamin D per day. When you’re outside a lot and it’s very sunny, 5-25 mcg will do.

If you’re like us and your days are jam-packed, it is impossible to calculate and measure everything you eat and drink. If you have a shortage, or if you don’t have a clue about your intake, it might be wise to find out what your intake is. Otherwise, you just have to do what we say! Of course we’re joking, but we hope our advice below is useful.

 

HOW TO FIX A VITAMIN D DEFICIENCY?

 

Sunshine

First of all: enjoy the sun! Make sure you get some sunshine every day. Even in cold weather, we produce vitamin D. In the Netherlands not so much though. But if you get outside (hands and head exposed) for 15-30 minutes, between 11:00 and 15:00 every day, you receive 7 mcg/day (10 if the weather is amazing). So that’s a good start. Of course, this does not apply if you protect your skin with sunscreen, a hat and gloves.

 

Sources are saying that 70% of the Dutch population has a vitamin D deficiency. In this blog, we’ll explain to you why this could easily be you, since most of us are avoiding the most important sources of vitamin D, and why you don’t want that. It can be dangerous even! But of course, you will also learn how to fix it, to make sure your levels are optimal again. Read all about it here: https://listentoday.nl/vitamin-d-deficiency


To give you an example: exposing your entire body to the sun on a sunny beach day, just until the moment your skin becomes red (and you need to get out of the sun asap), yields about 250 to 500 mcg vitamin D. If you have a darker skin, you need more sun hours for the same amount of vitamin D. But for everyone, sunburn is bad. Normally, when you are in the sun, your skin starts producing pigment and turns brown. When the skin turns red, it’s burned, and that’s when there is a risk for, for example, skin cancer. So yes you need to be careful, but find the balance!  Know that you need some exposure to the sun for your vitamin D intake!

Aim for 15-30 minutes per day, in summertime that is. In wintertime, we need to pay particular attention to our diet, making sure we consume plenty of foods with a good amount of this vitamin.

 

Food

So, which foods? When we look at traditional diets of people around the world, the further from the equator they live, the more people consume fatty fish, fish livers and polar animal livers, particularly in the winter. So if we take that into consideration, what can we do?

Vitamin D occurs predominantly in fatty fish, liver oils (especially cod), with lower levels in meat, egg (yolk), and dairy products. Cod liver oil contains around 210 mcg/100g, after that comes egg yolk, containing 5 mcg/100g. If you go with the bare minimum of 10 mcg of vitamin D, you will have to eat 200g of egg yolks per day! Butter provides not even 1 mcg/100g, so you would have to consume a kilogram of butter to get to the daily recommended amount of vitamin D.

 

Sources are saying that 70% of the Dutch population has a vitamin D deficiency. In this blog, we’ll explain to you why this could easily be you, since most of us are avoiding the most important sources of vitamin D, and why you don’t want that. It can be dangerous even! But of course, you will also learn how to fix it, to make sure your levels are optimal again. Read all about it here: https://listentoday.nl/vitamin-d-deficiency


For many people, these sources are problematic. Finding affordable fish, which is not polluted and without destroying the ocean, is hardly impossible. Another problem is that many people cannot tolerate dairy products very well, so that eliminates another source. And if you’re vegan, we hear you. We admire you and definitely keep on reading!  

 

Supplement

Honestly, it may be wise to supplement with vitamin D. You can buy vitamin D2, and D3. Often it’s thought that vitamin D2 is less effective than vitamin D3, because it seems to be easier to absorb and you can reach a level of toxicity with D2. But the levels in your blood (which you can measure), remain high for a longer period of time with vitamin D2. We use D3 though and this is the one I’m using right now, from Premier Research Lab. If you’re vegan and want to supplement D3, Suntrex has the solution for you, produced by extracting oil from lichens. It’s wise to measure your D levels (see below) and discuss the amount you should supplement with a health practitioner. But if you are not able to do this, go for an extra intake of 25-50 mcg per day.

For the perfect balance A, D and fats, of course, there is cod liver oil. We like Nordic Naturals and Arctic Blue. We know that there have been concerns about the amount of vitamin A cod liver oil contains because an excess of vitamin A can become toxic for the body. But mother nature designed it this way, and your body knows how to deal with it. Vitamin A and D work together and need fat to do their job. It’s all there, in cod liver oil!

 

Measure to know for sure

So if you’re in one of those groups who are at risk of a deficiency or when you’re vegan, it might be smart to measure your D levels with your GP every now and then. Again, there is (as it seems, with everything in the food industry) a lot of discussion about the optimal vitamin D value in the blood. Many Dutch laboratories currently have a target value of 50-150 nmol/l with an optimum of 75-80 nmol/l. Vitamin D experts aim for a higher value for high-risk groups, such as people with (an increased risk of) cancer, cardiovascular diseases and autoimmune diseases. Their level should be between 100-150 nmol/l. Do you want to test it yourself? You can by ordering a test kit here.

 

Sources are saying that 70% of the Dutch population has a vitamin D deficiency. In this blog, we’ll explain to you why this could easily be you, since most of us are avoiding the most important sources of vitamin D, and why you don’t want that. It can be dangerous even! But of course, you will also learn how to fix it, to make sure your levels are optimal again. Read all about it here: https://listentoday.nl/vitamin-d-deficiency


That’s it! You now know everything. You know why D is essential for your health, the reasons you don’t want to be deficient, but also why so many people are. You know how much we need, and how to make sure we reach these levels. There is one more thing we want to say: a vitamin D deficiency has, as we explained in the first paragraph, many consequences, amongst others for your metabolism. If that’s the case with you, we have something for you: our new program, Reset Your Health. It’s all about your gut, about metabolism, about the basis of feeling good and healthy. Within 3 weeks, you can completely heal and reset your gut. Check it out. 

How do you keep your D levels up to date? Let us know in the comments below!

 

Sources
Dr. Gert Schuitemaker – Nieuw licht op vitamine D en chronische ziekten
Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride – Gut and Psychology Syndrome
Natuur Diëtisten Nederland

 

RECEPT: Easy Nasi Goreng

Dit is een geweldig recept, omdat het én ontzettend lekker is, én super makkelijk en snel te maken. Heb je geen inspiratie om iets gezonds te eten? Dat ken ik, en dan is dit één van mijn classics! Bovendien: wie houdt er nou niet van satésaus? 🙂 Geniet van deze heerlijke makkelijke nasi goreng!

Makkelijke nasi goreng. Toen ik in Nieuw Zeeland woonde was er één gerecht dat ik af en toe echt miste, en dat was de nasi goreng die mijn moeder vroeger vaak maakte. Dat is zo’n lekker recept en daarnaast: wie houdt er nou niet van satésaus :). Nasi goreng betekent letterlijk ‘gebakken rijst’ in het Indonesisch. En omdat Indonesië ooit een Nederlandse kolonie was, hebben we het geluk dat er wat Indonesische gerechten in Nederland zijn beland. Als ik de keuze heb tussen de Hollandse pot of een Indonesische nasi goreng, dan is dat een simpele: nasi goreng! 

Ik ben toen mijn eigen (super makkelijke) versie van nasi goreng gaan maken, en het recept daarvan deel ik vandaag met je. De basis bestaat uit een paar ingrediënten die ik bijna altijd wel in huis heb. Dit gerecht is het ALLERlekkerste met rijst van de dag ervoor, maar het lukt mij lang niet altijd om zo georganiseerd te zijn, en met vers gekookte rijst smaakt het ook super.

Voorbereidingstijd: 20 minuten (om de groenten te snijden)
Kook- of baktijd: 20 minuten (tot alle groenten gaar zijn)
Hoeveelheid/aantal personen: 3 personen

Ingrediënten
  • 1 el olie
  • 1 ui
  • 1 wortel
  • 2 knoflooktenen
  • 1 el gember
  • 1 cup witte rijst (het liefste dus leftover rijst van de avond ervoor)
  • ½ cup doperwten
  • optioneel extra groenten naar keuze, bv. bloemkool of broccoli
  • 1 ei
  • snufje zout
Ingrediënten
‘satésaus’
  • 2 el olijfolie
  • 4 el tahin
  • 2 el azijn (ik gebruik vaak appelciderazijn of ume su)
  • 2 el tamari
  • 1 el ahornsiroop (kokosbloesemsuiker of honing kan ook)
Instructies voor de makkelijke nasi goreng
  1. Kook de rijst volgens de instructies op het pakje.
  2. Snij de ui, knoflook en gember fijn, en de wortel (en optionele andere groenten) in kleine stukjes.
  3. Verhit de olie in een middelgrote pan op een medium vuur en bak de uien, wortel, knoflook en gember 5 minuten. Voeg een snufje zout toe.
  4. Voeg groenten toe. Als je voor bloemkool hebt gekozen, voeg dat dan nu toe. Als je hebt gekozen voor broccoli, voeg je het wat later toe. Bak het geheel totdat alle groenten gaar zijn.
  5. Voeg de rijst en doperwten toe en roer het geheel goed door elkaar, totdat alles goed warm is.
  6. Voeg het ei toe en roer totdat het helemaal geroerbakt is.
  7. Roer de ‘satésaus’ erdoorheen.

Heb je zelf ook een overheerlijk go-to gerecht, zoals deze easy nasi goreng, onze Nieuw-Zeelandse black bean soep of deze gezonde indiase dal, wanneer je even geen inspiratie in de keuken hebt? Laat het ons weten! Deel deze blog vooral als je denkt dat vrienden en vriendinnen er wat aan kunnen hebben.

 

En kom je er niet helemaal uit met je dieet? Je kunt altijd een voedingsconsult bij ons boeken. Soms is 1 sessie al voldoende om je probleem op te lossen. Voor meer informatie, kijk hier maar even:

 

>>> https://listentoday.com/product/nutritional-consultation/

RECEPT: Dorien’s Quick ‘n Easy Dal

Deze gezonde Indiase dal is heel simpel om te maken en ontzettend lekker! De heerlijke Indiase smaken doen het bij mij altijd goed als ik een keer geen inspiratie heb om te koken. Het leuke is dat dit een makkelijk en vooral flexibel recept is. Enjoy en laat ons weten hoe je ‘m vond!

I LOVE Indiaas eten en dal is altijd één van mijn go-to gerechten als ik even geen inspiratie heb om te koken. Deze gezonde Indiase dal is heel simpel om te maken en ontzettend lekker. Het recept is op zichzelf al heerlijk, maar vaak voeg ik er nog ingrediënten aan toe waar ik op dat moment zin in heb, of die ik gewoon in huis heb. Soms heb ik zin in een kokossmaak en voeg ik er een blikje kokosmelk aan toe. Soms heb ik behoefte aan groenten, dan  voeg ik spinazie, bevroren erwten of bloemkool toe en kook die mee tot alles gaar is. Je kunt helemaal zelf invullen hoe jij het wilt.

Voorbereidingstijd: 20 minuten (het snijden van de groenten)
Kook- of baktijd: 30 minuten (totdat de linzen en groenten gaar zijn)
Hoeveelheid/aantal personen: 4 personen

Ingrediënten dal
  • 1 cup rode linzen
  • 2 cup water
  • 1 ui
  • 4 knoflooktenen
  • 2 cm gemberwortel
  • 1 rode chili (optioneel)
  • 2 verse tomaten of 1 blik tomatenblokjes
  • een handje koriander als garnering
  • zout en peper naar smaak
Ingrediënten
kruidenmix
  • 2 el olie
  • 1 el komijnzaad
  • 1 el mosterdzaad
  • 1 el kurkuma poeder
  • 1 el paprikapoeder
Instructies gezonde Indiase dal
  1. Spoel de linzen goed af in een zeef, totdat het water helder is
  2. Snij de ui, knoflook en gember (en eventueel de chili) fijn en de tomaten, als je verse gebruikt, in stukjes.
  3. Voeg alle ingrediënten van de dal (zonder zout, peper, koriander en de kruidenmix) samen en breng het aan de kook.
  4. Zet vervolgens het vuur laag en laat het pruttelen totdat de linzen gaar zijn.
  5. Voeg dan pas het zout toe – als je dat eerder doet, duurt het namelijk langer voordat de linzen gaar zijn.
  6. Terwijl de linzenmix kookt, verwarm de olie in een pan met het vuur op medium tot hoog. Als de olie heet is voeg je er komijn- en mosterdzaad aan toe totdat de zaadjes beginnen te poppen. Voeg daarna de gemalen kruiden toe tot het geheel begint te sissen en bubbelen, dit heet ‘blooming’. Laat het niet langer dan 30 seconden bloomen, want dan branden de kruiden aan. Als de geuren vrijkomen is het goed, dat betekent namelijk dat ook de smaken zijn vrijgekomen.
  7. Voeg vervolgens het kruidenmengsel toe aan de linzenmix, en eventueel nog andere ingrediënten naar keuze (zie suggesties hierboven). Kook tot alles gaar is en breng het op smaak met zout en peper.
  8. Maak het af met wat koriander als garnering.

We zijn heel benieuwd of jij ook heerlijke go-to gerechten hebt zoals deze gezonde Indiase dal, onze easy nasi goreng of deze Nieuw-Zeelandse black bean soep. Zo ja, laat het ons weten! En als je altijd al veel interesse in voeding hebt gehad en je komt er niet helemaal zelf uit, dan kun je altijd een voedingsconsult bij ons boeken. Soms is 1 sessie al voldoende om je probleem op te lossen. Voor meer informatie, kijk hier maar even >>> https://listentoday.com/product/nutritional-consultation/

RECEPT: Nieuw-Zeelandse Black Bean Soep

Deze gezonde zwarte bonensoep maak ik al járen! Het is zo lekker en zo simpel, dat het bijna niet te geloven is! Een Nieuw-Zeelandse vriendin van mij die ontzettend van koken houdt, heeft mij dit recept ooit gegeven. Sindsdien heb ik het heel vaak gemaakt en ik geef er eigenlijk elke keer weer een andere draai aan. Wat, dat ligt simpelweg aan wat ik op dat moment in huis heb, of waar ik op dat moment zin in heb. Soms pureer ik de soep gedeeltelijk met de staafmixer en soms heb ik zin in hele stukken groenten. Het is zo’n soep die je helemaal zelf kunt invullen!

De basis van deze gezonde zwarte bonensoep zijn ui, knoflook, tomaat en en natuurlijk zwarte bonen, in combinatie met rode wijnazijn en bouillon. Soms doe ik er bijvoorbeeld een fijngesneden wortel bij, die gaat dan gelijk met de ui de pan in. Of ik gooi er op het laatst bijvoorbeeld wat broccoli of spinazie bij. Er zijn weinig groenten die er in niet bij passen. Dus get creative!

Voorbereidingstijd: 20 minuten (om de groenten te snijden)
Bak- en kooktijd: 20 minuten (totdat de groenten gaar zijn)
Hoeveelheid/aantal personen: 4 personen

Ingrediënten
  • 1 el olie
  • 2 uien
  • 2 knoflooktenen (of hoeveel je wilt)
  • 1 rode chili (optioneel)
  • 2 el tomatenpasta (of een klein blikje)
  • 2 el rode wijnazijn
  • 1 liter bouillon (naar keuze: vlees- (dan het liefst echte botten-) of groentebouillon)
  • 1 blik tomatenblokjes
  • 1 blik zwarte bonen
  • groenten naar keuze of wat je nog hebt liggen
  • zout en peper naar smaak
  • 1 handvol koriander (optioneel als garnering)
Instructies gezonde zwarte bonensoep
  1. Was de zwarte bonen in een zeef, totdat het water helder is.
  2. Verhit de olie in een middelgrote pan en bak de uien, knoflook en chili 5 minuutjes tot ze zacht zijn. Voeg een snufje zout toe.
  3. Voeg de tomatenpasta toe en blijf roeren tot het bijna op de bodem van de pan blijft plakken, voeg vervolgens de rode wijnazijn toe en roer het geheel.
  4. Voeg de bouillon, het blik tomatenblokjes en de zwarte bonen toe.
  5. Pureer als je dat lekker vindt.
  6. Voeg groenten toe die je hebt of waar je zin in hebt.
  7. Kook het geheel totdat de groenten gaar zijn.
  8. Garneer met wat koriander (optioneel).

Heb je zelf ook een overheerlijk go-to gerecht zoals deze gezonde zwarte bonensoep, voor als je even geen inspiratie in de keuken hebt? Laat het ons weten! Ik maak zelf ook vaak deze easy nasi goreng of deze gezonde Indiase dal. En deel deze blog vooral als je denkt dat vrienden en vriendinnen er wat aan kunnen hebben.

 

Mocht je nou vragen hebben over je dieet en je komt er niet helemaal uit, dan kun je altijd een voedingsconsult bij ons boeken. Soms is 1 sessie al voldoende om je probleem op te lossen. Voor meer informatie, kijk hier maar even:

 

>> https://listentoday.com/product/nutritional-consultation/

RECEPT: Vegan slagroom zonder soja

Deze vegan slagrom zonder soja is een favoriet van ons, een heerlijk alternatief voor ‘gewone’ slagroom, gemaakt met kokosmelk en in 5 minuten klaar (plus 12 uur koelkast tijd van te voren). Lees verder voor het super makkelijker recept!

Of je slagroom bij de taart wilt… Ja natuurlijk, maar niet als je een allergie voor koeienzuivel hebt, dan is dat het gewoon niet waard. Daarnaast vinden wij het ook vaak te zoet, veeeels te zoet. Dit is een favoriet van ons als alternatief, vegan slagroom zonder soja, dus lactosevrij, en met natuurlijke suikers. Een heerlijk alternatief voor ‘gewone’ slagroom, in 5 minuten klaar (plus 12 uur koelkast tijd van te voren). Heerlijk bij deze geweldige appeltaart.

 

En misschien vraag je je af: waarom geen soja? Omdat soja bedoeld is om te eten zoals ze het bijvoorbeeld Azië doen, in een hele kleine hoeveelheid en gefermenteerd. Room is wellicht gefermenteerd, maar ook weer gepasteuriseerd. Bovendien eet je met een dot slagroom zo veel tegelijk, dat het sowieso lastig is voor je spijsvertering (onder andere). Daar heb je met onderstaande vervanger allemaal geen last van!

 

Voorbereidingstijd: 5 min (plus 12 uur koelkast tijd van te voren)
Hoeveelheid / aantal personen: 2 personen (meestal, het verschilt per merk kokosmelk)
Speciale benodigdheden: glazen potje, garde of mixer

Ingrediënten

 

  • 1 blik pure kokosmelk (400 ml en let erop dat het BPA-vrij is)
  • 1 el ahornsiroop (optioneel)
  • 1/2 tl vanillepoeder, ongezoet (optioneel)
Instructies vegan slagroom zonder soja


1. Zet het blik kokosmelk één nacht, of in elk geval 12 uur, in de koelkast. Het moet zo koud mogelijk staan, zodat de crème bovenop komt te ‘liggen’ – niet schudden dus!

2. Open het blik en schep de bovenste dikke (best harde) laag met een lepel in een kommetje of in een glazen pot. Je kunt het overgebleven vocht opdrinken of bijvoorbeeld bewaren voor een smoothie, als je het zonde vindt om weg te gooien.

3. Voeg naar smaak wat ahornsiroop en vanillepoeder toe (zonder is het ook lekker trouwens) – bijvoorbeeld 1 el ahornsiroop en 1/2 tl vanillepoeder.

4. Je kunt nu kiezen; als het in een glazen pot zit, doe dan de deksel erop en schud het geheel. In een kommetje kun je een garde gebruiken, of een mixer. Zorg dat het helemaal glad wordt. That’s it!

Heb je vrienden, collega’s of familieleden die hier wat aan kunnen hebben? Deel deze blog dan met ze! En kom je er niet helemaal uit met je dieet? Je kunt altijd een voedingsconsult bij ons boeken. Soms is 1 sessie al voldoende om je probleem op te lossen. Voor meer informatie, kijk hier maar even >>> https://listentoday.com/product/nutritional-consultation/

There’s a pill for every ill, of toch niet?

Wanneer westers, wanneer complementair? In deze blog ga ik wat dieper in op wanneer je een reguliere arts zou moeten bezoeken, en wanneer je beter op zoek kunt gaan naar een alternatieve oplossing. Het is namelijk niet zomaar óf óf. Voor acute gevallen en bijvoorbeeld chirurgie is westerse geneeskunde geniaal. Maar voor chronische ziektes of pijn vaak niet en kunnen complementaire geneeswijzen de oplossing bieden. Een combinatie kan ook heel nuttig zijn. Lees verder:

Wanneer westers, wanneer complementair? Ik wil iets met je delen wat ik heel belangrijk vind. En ik heb meerdere malen ondervonden dat het belangrijk IS. Maar eerst even een vraagje: als jij ziek bent, en het gaat niet over, ga je dan naar een dokter? En wat als de dokter het niet weet? Blijf je er dan mee rondlopen? Ga je zelf op onderzoek uit? Of zoek je iemand in het alternatieve circuit? Ik ben benieuwd.

 

Wanneer westers, wanneer complementair?

Ik zou het zo fijn vinden als voor iedereen duidelijk zou zijn wanneer en waarvoor je naar een westerse arts gaat, en wanneer en waarvoor je op zoek gaat naar een alternatieve oplossing. Zelf denk ik altijd, kort door de bocht: voor acute gevallen en bijvoorbeeld chirurgie is westerse geneeskunde geniaal. Maar voor chronische ziektes of pijn vaak niet. Dan zou ik in sommige gevallen eerder naar een alternatieve oplossing gaan zoeken.

 

Holistisch versus symptoombestrijding

Ik vind dit een goed artikel, geschreven door iemand die voor huisarts heeft gestudeerd. Het schetst heel duidelijk wat je dan kan, maar ook wat niet. Als je voor huisarts studeert, stel je diagnoses en bestrijd je je symptomen volgens Jenaida van Wijk, alias Miss Natural. Ziekten worden behandeld, maar meestal niet voorkomen. Je kent de uitdrukking wel: ‘There’s a pill for every ill.’ Dat kan heel handig zijn, maar de symptomen worden vaak bestreden met een middel wat bijwerkingen kan hebben. Daar is soms nog mee te dealen, maar de vraag: ‘waarom heb ik dit, wat gaat er mis in mijn lichaam’ wordt zelden gesteld. Dat is ook nauwelijks onderdeel van de studie. Een traditionele arts is in eerste instantie niet opgeleid om te werken met voeding, supplementen, lichaamsbeweging, meditatie en andere therapieën die soms nodig zijn om gezond te blijven. Sommigen studeren dat er wel bij. Verder zijn er heel veel specialismen, wat geweldig kan zijn. Maar voor sommige gevallen moet je naar het holistische plaatje kijken, het één beïnvloedt het ander. En dan moet je verder gaan zoeken; welke alternatieve/complementaire geneeswijze past bij mijn situatie.

 

Wat zou het fijn zijn als…

In de ideale wereld verwijst een dokter je dan direct door, en ben je daarvoor ook verzekerd, maar zo ver is het nog niet helemaal helaas. In ons buurland Duitsland zijn ze daar al wat verder mee, en volgens mij begint het in Nederland ook te komen. Het lastige blijft, dat de farmaceutische industrie een winstoogmerk heeft, en heus geen wetenschappelijk onderzoek gaat sponsoren naar een plantje waar ze geen cent mee kunnen verdienen. Er zijn wel meer en meer bedrijven die deze belangrijke taak op zich nemen. Maargoed, dit is een ingewikkeld en politiek verhaal, daar wilde ik helemaal niet naartoe met deze blog.

 

Mijn eigen zoektocht

Ik geef je een voorbeeld uit m’n eigen leven. Toen ik erachter kwam dat ik psoriasis had, kreeg ik daar een zalfje voor en dat was fijn, de jeuk ging weg. Sommige plekken verdwenen, sommige niet. Ook werd mijn huid er heel dun door. Dus het was geen optie voor de lange termijn. Door dat zalfje werden de ergste symptomen bestreden, maar het ‘waarom’ was me niet duidelijk. Dus ik ben toen gaan zoeken naar de oorzaak. Waarom kreeg ik een auto-immuunziekte? Ik ben er met een natuurarts en natuurdiëtist achter gekomen dat ik een aantal allergieën had, mijn immuunsysteem was aan de zwakke kant, ik had te weinig zuurstof in m’n bloed, mijn bijnieren waren overwerkt, er waren wat virussen overgebleven in m’n lichaam waar m’n lichaam nooit tegen gevochten had en ik had een aantal tekorten. Na anderhalf jaar een dieet te hebben gevolgd (inclusief supplementen) en veel acupunctuur, yoga en meditatie te hebben gedaan, was ik van m’n psoriasis af. Grappig detail: ik had nog iets heel vervelends, al van kinds af aan, namelijk een vreselijke kriebelhoest. Daarvoor zat ik aan een astma-inhalator. Maar omdat me dat minder kon schelen op dat moment, dat zag je niet, had niks met m’n uiterlijk te maken, lag de focus daar minder op. Maar ook dat verdween als sneeuw voor de zon. Het kost tijd, maar ik had het geluk gelijk de juiste personen te hebben gevonden die me zo goed hebben geholpen. Ik had uiteraard dit allemaal ook kunnen laten, en de psoriasis gewoon kunnen accepteren. Maar de symptomen die ik had, hadden kunnen uitmonden in veel grotere problemen dan alleen psoriasis en kriebelhoest.

 

Helemaal gezond, ben jij dat?

Een gezond lichaam hangt van zoveel aspecten af; of je gelukkig bent, of je een doel in je leven hebt, of je het juiste (voor jouw lichaam) eet en drinkt, of je dingen weglaat uit je dieet die jouw lichaam stress opleveren, of het microbioom van je darmen in orde is, of je hormonen in balans zijn, of je genoeg beweegt (op de juiste manier voor jouw lichaam), of je niet te veel stress hebt, of je goed slaapt, ga zo maar door. Als er iets uit balans is, dan kun je ziek worden. Dus zorg je dat dat allemaal in balans is, dan heb je heel weinig kans om ziek te worden. En dat voorkomen vinden wij zo belangrijk, dat is één van de redenen dat Listen Today bestaat. We weten hoe je dat voorkomt. Zoveel mensen om ons heen springen niet vol energie uit bed in de ochtend. Dat moet eigenlijk wel, ongeacht je leeftijd! Als dat niet zo is, dan functioneert er iets niet optimaal in je lichaam, dan is er iets uit balans, en moet je naar de oorzaak op zoek gaan.

 

Mijn wens

Tot slot deze uitspraak van Hippocrates, de grondlegger van de geneeskunde, een hele belangrijke: ‘Niet de geneesheer, maar de natuur geneest. De geneesheer is de dienaar van de natuur. Hij mag alleen maar het natuurlijke proces ondersteunen.’ Mooi toch? Deze instelling, in combinatie met de geweldige ontdekkingen van de westerse geneeskunde, maar weer zonder het winstoogmerk van de farmaceutische industrie, is wat ik iedereen toewens.

 

Oh en we zeiden al: Listen Today helpt met het voorkomen dat je ziek wordt! Doe deze test (EN), om te kijken hoe gezond je op dit moment eigenlijk bent. Je krijgt dan ook een kadootje!

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