starBeneficial Foods

Another HUGE benefit of the Blended diet is that your child can access some really nutritious and healthy foods. This not only helps with their weight and growth but also their overall health giving them shiny hair and beautiful skin. Below are some really great food options to add heat benefits and extra calories:

starCoconut Oil

The health benefits of coconut oil include hair care, skin care, stress relief, maintaining cholesterol levels, weight loss, increased immunity, proper digestion and metabolism, relief from kidney problems, heart diseases, high blood pressure, diabetes, HIV and cancer, dental care, and bone strength. These benefits of oil can be attributed to the presence of lauric acid, capric acid and caprylic acid, and its properties such as antimicrobial, antioxidant, anti-fungal, antibacterial and soothing properties. 50 percent of the fat content in coconut oil is lauric acid which is rarely found in nature. Lauric acid is a powerful virus and gram-negative bacteria destroyer, and coconut oil contains the most lauric acid of any substance on earth!

Did you know that multiple studies on Pacific Island populations who get 30-60% of their total caloric intact from fully saturated coconut oil have all shown nearly non-existent rates of cardiovascular disease?  Coconut oil is about 2/3 medium-chain fatty acids (MCFAs), also called medium-chain triglycerides or MCTs. These types of fatty acids produce a whole host of health benefits. It’s nature’s richest source of these healthy MCFAs.

It also does not produce an insulin spike in your bloodstream. It acts on your body like a carbohydrate, without any of the debilitating insulin-related effects associated with long-term high carbohydrate consumption!

Coconut oil is exceptionally helpful for pregnant women, nursing moms, the elderly, those concerned about digestive health, athletes (even weekend warriors), and those of you who just want to enhance your overall health. Honourable mentions of edible oils worthy of discussion include walnut, avocado and hemp oils which I will elaborate on further in future reports.

How to…and what you need:

starManuka Honey

Hydrogen peroxide is a component of honey. It gives most honey its antibiotic quality. But some types of honey, including manuka honey, also have other components with antibacterial qualities.

The major antibacterial component in manuka honey is methylglyoxal (MG). MG is a compound found in most types of honey, but usually only in small quantities. Manuka is an expensive product, mainly because it is a mono-floral honey (made by bees that interact with just one species of flower), derived from blooms which flower for just 2-6 weeks a year.

Each tub of Manuka honey bears its own Unique Manuka Factor (UMF) – a scale that identifies the level of anti-bacterial potency in that particular supply. A UMF rating of 10+ is the minimum required to gain the UMF rating and thus be considered effective for purpose. Honey that meets this minimum requirement is commonly referred to as Active Manuka Honey. Optimum levels of UMF are 10+ to 15+. All honeys boast some level of antibacterial powers, but Manuka is accepted to contain properties that are superior to those found in other strains.

Please note not all honey labelled as manuka honey contains significant levels of MG. To be considered potent enough to be therapeutic, manuka honey needs a minimum rating of 10 UMF. Honey at or above that level is marketed as “UMF Manuka Honey” or “Active Manuka Honey.”

starDigestive Health

If you’re feeling bloated and uncomfortable then give Manuka honey can aid a variety of issues, including bloating, acid reflux, indigestion, stomach ulcers and irritable bowel syndrome. Simply stir into a mug of hot water or tea to soothe your pains.

Immunity:

Feeling a cold or sore throat coming on? Stir a teaspoon of Manuka honey into your hot lemon drink to prevent the cold bug taking a grip. Manuka honey is high in antibacterial levels and recommended in the treatment of ulcers, strep throat, cold sores, skin infections, cuts and abrasions.

Skin Ailments:

When applied directly, Manuka honey provides excellent treatment for skin conditions such as eczema, insect bites, burns, and surgery wounds. It also helps reduce scarring and healing time and can also be used as a facemask or to soothe sunburn.

Acne and rosacea sufferers can benefit from the use of Manuka honey as a skin cleanser; its anti-inflammatory qualities help skin conditions without removing natural oils.

Energy:

Manuka honey is great for a short-term energy boost as it is it made up purely of carbohydrates, such as fructose and glucose – your body’s primary energy source.

Having a Manuka honey-swirled hot drink in the morning should give you an energy lift for your early commute, but do remember to eat complex carbohydrates such as wholegrain bread and fibre breakfast cereal too, to avoid any potential energy slumps that can occur when consuming Manuka honey by itself.

Be careful of consuming too much honey in general as this is a source of sugar, meaning that an excessive intake can lead to weight gain, regardless of the honey’s source.

starManuka Honey and Reflux

The way Active UMF®(MGO™) Manuka Honey works is by coating the stomach and oesophagus and healing the damages in the tissue and lining provoked by acid reflux.

It is recommended to take Active UMF®(MGO™) Manuka Honey for at least 3 month, every day, 3 spoons full of honey per day. While taking Active UMF®(MGO™) Manuka Honey it is common to feel a big difference within only 3-6 days.

Active UMF®(MGO™) Manuka Honey has an antibacterial effect of 4 times greater than common antiseptic. Active UMF®(MGO™)) Manuka Honey helps revive the natural cultures of good bacteria in ones stomach. The good bacterium helps digestion and increase the immune system.

starFlaxseed or Linseed

Flaxseed is a source of healthy fat, antioxidants, and fibre; modern research has found evidence to suggest that flaxseed can also help lower the risk of diabetescancer, and heart disease.

  1. Boost immunity:
    Flaxseed is one of nature’s richest plant sources of Omega 3 fatty acids and in particular the alpha linolenic acid (ALA) which the body uses to contribute to normal blood cholesterol levels.  The ALA created by the body from Omega 3 fatty acids works alongside lignans to affect the white blood cells that help the immune system, helping your body to fight of disease.  Adding flaxseed to your child’s diet can help strengthen and develop their bodies immune defence system.
  2. Muscle and bone development:
    Flaxseed is a great source of protein and this can be a great contributor to the development and maintenance of muscles and normal bones.  As well as this, protein helps repair tissues and cells, which is good news for all those bumps and bruises kids tend to get growing up.
  3. Reduce fatigue:
    A big challenge for children can be keeping their body and mind fuelled throughout the day.  This can become difficult when they are at school and you have no control over whether or not they eat their school lunch.  Sweets and fizzy juice are extremely popular among children and can give them a quick energy spike before a lull.  Adding flaxseed to their diet can help reduce the effect of tiredness and fatigue by carrying oxygen around their body.  It can also help to keep them full and alert for longer by slowly releasing energy through protein.

starSupport

Support is definitely growing for this new Blended Diet. The NHS still have their hands tied when it comes to ‘actively’ supporting this diet but Consultants and Nurses have all seen the benefits this diet can bring. I can assure you that not one of Jago’s Consultants has expressed concerns and in fact they have been very satisfied with the benefits seen from this diet.

I spoke with the (BDA) British Dieticians Association and although they also do not yet promote the diet, they recognize its value and more talks are taking place around this subject. I think we will see a shift in the not too distant future.

The BDA have issued some guidelines for the Blended Diet that you may want to look at.

BAPEN is a Charitable Association that raises awareness of malnutrition and works to advance the nutritional care of patients and those at risk from malnutrition in the wider community. It is encouraging to see that at their 2014 annual conference they concluded the following on the Blended Diet:

“Due to a speaker being unable to attend, an impromptu debate was organised to discuss a highly contentious issue in enteral nutrition – the administration of liquidised food via feeding tubes. Ailsa Kennedy explained that a manufacturer of PEG tubes is advocating this method of feeding and how the PEN Group are working to produce guidance on this topic for dieticians. Pete Turner outlined some of the concerns about liquidised food – it is of unknown nutritional content, usually low energy density when of low enough viscosity to go through a tube, may lead to tube blockage, would in theory need to be administered at >68oC or < 8 oC to comply with FSA hygiene regulations, and there are numerous reports of food poisoning from this method of feeding when it was commonplace in the 1970s. Blenderized food is often used in the US, as insurance companies often will not pay for commercial formula and 20 – 30Fr feeding tubes are commonly used to prevent blockage. Carolyn Wheatley, Chair of PINNT, however, put a compelling case for using liquidised food in some cases as she has numerous reports from patients of improved wellbeing and bowel function. The PEN Group are working with experts to carryout research in this field and produce guidance for healthcare professionals.”