Top 16 Lies of Agencies and Regular Media about Nutrition

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Top 16 Lies of Agencies and Regular Media about Nutrition

Despite the scientific progress, we make every year in the field of nutrition and health, some dietary myths do not seem to go away.

There are a lot of untruths about healthy food on the internet and on television. Most people, therefore, think they know a lot about weight loss and healthy food.

They have heard what is and is not healthy through agencies, regular media, friends, family and nutritionists. Whether this is all right, they have not really thought about.

In this article, I count for good with the 16 biggest myths, misconceptions and lies that are about healthy food.

You learn, among other things:

  • The biggest misconceptions about food
  • Which products are a better alternative than bread (to prevent iodine deficiency)
  • Why dinner is not as bad as you think (if you pay attention to one thing)
  • How many pieces of fruit you can eat every day if you want to lose weight
  • Why the use of vegetable oil is not as healthy as you think
  • What is most important for permanent weight loss (more important than exercise)
  • Why eggs help very well in weight loss
  • How many grams of salt you can consume daily (it is more than you think)
  • How is saturated fat in bad daylight
  • And much, much more …

# 16: if you do not eat bread you get an iodine deficiency

Bread basketMany Western people eat a few slices of bread daily with their meals. It has become an important part of the modern diet.

Because iodine is the biggest shortage in many western countries, the governments have decided to enrich the baking salt with iodine (not surprisingly that the Nutrition Center will continue to recommend bread forever).

The recommended daily amount of iodine is 150 mcg. Each slice of bread contains 25 micrograms of iodine and at 6 sandwiches you reach 150 mcg.

Iodine is a mineral that is important for a properly functioning thyroid gland. The mineral increases the production of thyroid hormones. If you have a shortage (together with selenium and other factors) you can develop a slow thyroid gland.

A common claim is that you have to eat bread to prevent an iodine deficiency with eg misleading messages from different mdia sources. It states that you do not necessarily get too much salt if you eat bread because it depends on what you eat more BUT you do get by definition an iodine deficiency if you do not eat bread.

If you think somewhat logically, you know that the previous reasoning can never be correct …

Whether you get an iodine deficiency also depends on what else you eat. You can also extract iodine from many more products than bread. A piece of cabbage or haddock (fish) already yields 4 times more iodine than bread and in its natural form.

Below you can see an overview of products with a high iodine content:

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# 15: skipping breakfast is bad for you

Breakfast egg with toast and baconBreakfast is still seen as healthy, more important than other meals. The Nutrition Center even calls breakfast ‘an indispensable start of the day’.

These are pretty hefty claims. But are they scientifically proven?

Is skipping breakfast bad for you? The results from recent studies will surprise you.

Let me start by saying that people who eat breakfast are generally healthier than people who skip breakfast. They are less likely to be overweight and have a lower risk of different chronic diseases. That is because they mainly eat healthy.

However, the studies that show this are observational. In other words, these studies show that breakfasters are healthier on average, but they can not prove that breakfast is responsible for this.

It is more plausible that people who skip breakfast are also the people who drink more, smoke more often, are more often unemployed, go out late, etc. And that is reflected in bad health.

So you do not measure if breakfast is bad, but you measure the health of people who have an unhealthy lifestyle.

However, new randomized controlled trials (also called RCT) show a completely different story. RCT is seen as the gold standard for scientific research.

From these new studies, it appears that:

Breakfast does not stimulate your metabolism

Some people claim that skipping your breakfast slows down your metabolism. But this is big nonsense. These people mean the thermal effect of food. This is the increase in calories that are burned after you have eaten something.

The only thing that matters for your metabolism is the total amount of food you eat one day. It actually makes no difference at what time you eat or how often you eat.


Over a period of 24 hours, scientists saw no difference in the number of calories burned between breakfasters and people who had skipped breakfast.


Skipping breakfast does not cause weight gain

Contrary to what is often thought, skipping breakfast does not make you fatter. The theory behind this is that skipping your breakfast later on triggers your metabolism and that you will eat more for the rest of the day to compensate.

I have now negated the metabolic myth. But what about overeating the rest of the day when you skip breakfast?

That would be logical in the first instance, but is not supported by scientific evidence. It is true that you may be a bit more hungry at lunch, but this is not enough to compensate for your skipped breakfast.


Several studies show that skipping breakfast can reduce the total calorie intake by 400 calories per day. This is not surprising when you realize that you have removed a full meal from your diet.


Interestingly, this was not reflected in a 4-month study, in which more than 300 obese men and women were examined.

The participants were divided into two groups: one group had a daily breakfast, the other group skipped breakfast. After 4 months there was no difference in weight between the two groups. It simply did not matter whether you opted for a breakfast or not.

These results are supported by other studies, which show that skipping breakfast has no visible effects on weight loss or weight gain.

There are a whole series of more benefits of skip meals such as accelerating growth hormone production, delayed cell aging, becoming more insulin sensitive, etc. So please review my article on intermittent fasting about this or watch the video in which the myths about breakfast skipping are debunk:


In summary: high-quality studies show that it makes no difference whether people eat breakfast or not. Skipping your breakfast does not cause a delayed metabolism.


# 14: eating late in the evening makes you fat

Eating in the eveningYou’ve probably heard that eating before you go to bed is bad for you. I used to think exactly the same thing, but it is a bit more nuanced than you think at first.

That late dinner in the evening would be bad for you comes from the idea that these calories are automatically stored as fat.

You may think that sleeping causes a slower metabolism, but that is incorrect. Your basal metabolic rate remains the same on average during the night as during the day. Your body also needs sufficient energy during your sleep.

There is also no evidence that the calories you eat late in the evening count more heavily than during the day. But despite the fact that there appear to be no physiological reasons, several food studies before bedtime have been linked to weight gain.

How is that possible? The reason for this is simpler than you would expect.

Suppose you have eaten three meals a day and met your caloric needs, then a snack before bed is an extra meal and extra calories.

Not only that, but the evening is also the last part of the day where people feel most hungry. Eating before bed can, therefore, ensure that you take more calories than you really need. This ultimately causes weight gain.

Add to that that most people snack when they watch TV. You then stand less still at what you put in your mouth.

Some people also become extremely hungry before they go to bed because they do not eat enough during the day. This can lead to an unhealthy cycle where you do not eat anything in the morning because you are full of the night before and in the evening eat more calories than you need.


To summarize: the evening meal is not necessarily bad. It concerns the total number of calories you get. It is the unhealthy eating habits at bedtime that can cause overweight.


# 13: eat little or no fruit because it contains a lot of sugars

Fruit basketFruit is an important part of a healthy diet.

Fruit contains many nutrients and has been linked to all kinds of health benefits.

Several studies show that eating fruit daily reduces the risk of premature death.

Some people, however, eat little or no fruit because of the high amount of natural sugars. Sugar is indeed sugar, that is chemistry, but how the sugar is packed has an enormous influence on your body.

What we see again and again is that something you eat in its entirety has very different effects on your body. We should therefore not overshoot too much by wanting to dissect substances in products.

For example, it is impossible to get all the substances from an apple together and make an apple. You will not succeed.

Why not?

Because a real apple consists of much more than the sum of the combined substances. We call this concept gestalt, namely the whole is more than the sum of the constituent parts.

Many people think that eating more fruit than that is bad and increases the chance of illness and obesity, but that is not true. Fruit in its entirety is very healthy and has little effect on the blood sugar level (source), but extracting fruit from a processed product is far from healthy.

In addition, fruit is high in fiber, which actually slows down the digestion and absorption of sugar and ensures that the blood sugar content remains stable.

The dietary fiber in fruit can also reduce insulin resistance and help against type 2 diabetes. Fruit also contains antioxidants (polyphenols), which help regulate blood sugar levels.

How much fruit is healthy?

A meta-analysis from 2017 analyzed no fewer than 95 studies on fruit and vegetables. The meta-analysis included 2 million people from populations worldwide. It emerged that eating 2 to 5 pieces of fruit per day (80 grams per portion) is optimal. But eating more fruit is even healthier.

And you do not have to be afraid of being overweight. There is a study where people ate 20 servings of fruit a day and did not gain weight after weeks or months.

The daily eating of fruit can even help with weight loss. Research shows that people who had fruit in their diet eventually lost more weight than the group who refrained from fruit.

Another study shows that every 100 grams of fruit you eat per day is associated with 300 grams of weight loss in 6 months, regardless of what you eat differently, do sports or not. Vegetables gave better weight loss results in this study.

So feel free to eat fruit if you feel like it. Only people with type 2 diabetes have to watch out with unlimited fruit. For them, I mainly recommend fruit with a low glycemic index such as small fruit.


To sum up: eat at least 2 to 5 pieces of fruit per day (80 grams per portion). But eating more fruit is even healthier. Fruit contains sugar, but the fibers and antioxidants keep the blood sugar level stable and protect you against type 2 diabetes.


# 12: vegetable oil is healthy because it comes from plants

vegetable oilMany vegetable oil products (sunflower oil, soy oil, walnut oil, corn oil) contain polyunsaturated fats.

Polyunsaturated fatty acids can be divided into two groups:

Omega-3 fatty acids and omega-6 fatty acids.

Vegetable oil generally contains a lot of omega-6 fatty acids, which are pro-inflammatory. The Nutrition Center advises you to use sunflower oil or olive oil, but if I strongly advise you to use it then it is sunflower oil.

Much omega 6 compared to omega 3 is associated with an increase in infections and an increased risk of diseases related to the metabolic syndrome such as cardiovascular diseases.

Coconut oil contains saturated fatty acids, but these are mainly medium fatty acids. They work anti-inflammatory. Thanks to these saturated fatty acids, coconut oil is also more stable when heated than, for example, sunflower oil.

Baking with vegetable oil that contains a lot of omega 6 is not a smart idea, because the unsaturated fatty acids from vegetable oils can oxidize when heated.

Basque researchers have shown that harmful substances such as aldehydes and ketones are formed during prolonged heating (40 hours at 190 degrees) of certain vegetable oil products (sunflower, linseed and olive oil).

Many people also think that heating fat leads to trans fat, but that is not true. Trans fat is created by hardening oil such as palm oil. You can find this in margarine, peanut butter and hundreds of other products. The packaging then contains hardened palm oil, hardened palm or hardened palm fat.

Incidentally, fully hardened palm fat is better since almost all of the trans fat is converted into saturated fat, something that is certainly not the case with partially hardened palm fat. But I do not recommend it both.

Or watch the video about the healthiest oil for baking and eating cold:

# 11: for losing weight, exercise is more important than nutrition

thick-despite-sportsWhen it comes to losing weight and achieving a healthy weight, what you eat and what you eat is much more important than exercise.

Of course ,sports contribute to a healthy lifestyle, but it is not the most important thing to get a flat stomach.

Then what? Food!

A report with all the studies from 25 years before 1997 examined whether diet or exercise had more impact on weight loss, with participants being overweight (around 90 kilos).

If we look at studies that look at approximately 15 weeks, then what is importnat for weight loss:

what is important for weight loss

Sometimes I get criticized that I am taking a 1997 study but also recent studies show that nutrition is more important than losing weight. A study in 2007 even showed that extra physical exercise resulted in only 2.5% weight loss.

most important - least important

Another recent American study has shown that with sports and exercise you will not lose much of your weight. Most athletes overestimate the number of calories they burn while performing exercises.

As an example, let’s take a woman with a lot of overweight. She consumes 1000 calories more than her daily calorie requirement. This means that she will have to burn 1000 calories again to get in balance.


Often, the number of calories burned with sports is grossly overestimated.


With 30 minutes of jogging or swimming, you burn an average of 350 calories. Chances are that you do not have the will to do physical exercise 30 minutes a day. It is much easier to replace or omit certain foods from your diet.

In addition, exercise also ensures increased appetite. When you burn a lot of calories, your brain gets a signal to replace them.

A lot of people can just manage to go to the gym for an hour, but in the meantime, they complain that they do not have time to make a healthy, homemade meal. Which is natural big nonsense. You will see much better weight loss results if you are more aware of what you put into your mouth and switch to healthy eating.


In summary: apply the Pareto principle (80/20 rule) to your diet. By that I mean that you eat 80% of your time healthy and also eat 20% unhealthy. This yields far more results than just being focused on sports.


# 10: red meat is bad because it increases the risk of cancer and many other diseases

Red Meat plateWe are constantly warned about eating red and processed meat.

Recently, an observational study showed that eating red and processed meat would increase the risk of premature death.

But if we dive deeper into this study, we see some problems. The first problem we encounter is that the researchers have thrown processed and unprocessed meat under one group.

For example, the red meat category contained unprocessed meat such as beef, pork tenderloin, hamburger and steak, but also processed meat such as smoked bacon, ham, frankfurters and hot dogs.

In the category of white meat, unprocessed meat was also combined with processed meat.

In total, 25% of the red meat consumed was processed, while only 9% of the white meat had been processed. So people who ate less red meat during the study also ate less processed meat in general.

The reported mortality figures from the research stem mainly from eating more processed meat, not from eating more red meat. Even common sense tells us that eating more processed meat is not healthy.

Of course, this does not mean that we have to eat unlimited red meat. In a study where people were followed for 6 years, almost vegetarians appeared to have the smallest chance of premature death, cancer and cardiovascular disease. With the emphasis on ‘almost’ because vegans did worse in this study.


To sum up: raw red meat is not necessarily unhealthy. It is especially processed meat which is bad.


# 9: eating too much protein leads to kidney failure

Eggs, meat, fish and cheeseEvery now and then I still come across it: a diet that consists of a high protein content could lead to osteoporosis and kidney failure.

It is true that proteins increase calcium secretion of the bones in the short term, but the long-term studies actually show the opposite effect.

In the long term, proteins are associated with improved bone health and a lower risk of bone fractures.

Moreover, studies do not show a link between a higher intake of proteins in healthy people and the risk of kidney failure. Unless you have kidney disease, a diet consisting of many proteins has no harmful effects on your kidney function


When it comes to healthy eating, proteins are indispensable.


However, I advise you not to extract more than 50% of your proteins from animal proteins. This is because the kidneys have to remove organic acids from animal protein, whereas this is not the case with vegetable protein sources.


In summary: eating high quality proteins ensures the good bone health and a lower risk of bone fractures. A protein diet is not harmful to the kidneys in healthy people.


# 8: only people with a gluten allergy suffer from gluten

Gluten Free DietYou would think that only people with celiac disease (a severe form of gluten intolerance) have to go through life without gluten.

But nothing is less true. A much larger group of people is non-celiac gluten-sensitive and would benefit from a gluten-free diet.

Gluten can be seen as a family of proteins found in grains such as wheat, rye, spelled and barley. Wheat is the most consumed of the grains containing gluten.

It is not known exactly how many people suffer from gluten intolerance, but it is estimated that 0.5 to 13% of the population suffers to some extent.

Symptoms of gluten intolerance are:

  • Diarrhea
  • Stomach ache
  • Fatigue
  • Bloated feeling
  • Dejection

The number of gluten has also increased considerably in our diet, in particular with wheat bread. I think this is the logical explanation why more and more people are being bothered. Yet the regular media and agencies still pretend that these people imagine it.

Some professors even call this nocebo. This means the opposite of placebo, namely that getting rid of something would expect a better result despite the fact that what you take away should have no effect.

Not only is wheat packed with an aggressive form of gluten and it will increase your blood sugar level considerably, but it has been genetically modified in the last decades, so that the concentrations of zinc, copper, iron and magnesium have become 19-28% lower.

Scientists also believe that gluten-free diets can reduce the symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome, schizophrenia, autism and epilepsy.


In summary, studies have shown that many people can benefit from a gluten-free diet, not just patients with celiac disease.


# 7: eating too many eggs is bad because it increases your ‘bad’ cholesterol

Eggs

People have been advised for decades not to eat too many eggs, because it would be bad for your cholesterol levels.

It was mainly small studies that arrived.

But several studies from recent years have shown that eggs do not increase bad cholesterol in the blood and there is no link between cardiovascular disease and eggs.

There is fat and cholesterol in the yolk, but the fat is mainly unsaturated.


What remains is a source of high-quality proteins, important amino acids and no less than 13 different vitamins and minerals, healthy unsaturated fats and antioxidants.


You would be crazy not to eat an egg every day as part of a healthy diet. Moreover, high-quality proteins in eggs have been proven to reduce appetite and stimulate the feeling of satiety.


To sum up: Eggs do not raise bad cholesterol. Eating up to 3 eggs per day has been examined and found to be healthy.


# 6: salt is bad because it increases the risk of high blood pressure

SaltAccording to the Nutrition Center, eating too much salt causes increased blood pressure (and therefore the risk of cardiovascular disease). The Heart Foundation also advises us to eat a maximum of 6 grams of salt.

Finally, the consumer TV program constantly insists on consciously eating less salt.

However, new large-scale research shows that there is no difference at all between a high and low intake of salt consumption! It turns out that the so-called ‘bad’ LDL cholesterol gets higher if you eat less than 7.5 grams of salt per day.

The researchers recommend eating up to 17.5 grams of salt a day, because you have an increased risk of stomach cancer. The results are at odds with the old recommendations to eat less salt.

A large study also shows that salt does not play an important role in cardiovascular diseases. However, the researchers say that the intake of salt in people who already suffer from cardiovascular disease should be reduced.

However, it has been concluded that increasing the intake of potassium lowers the blood pressure, what you can find in banana, avocado, black chocolate etc. Read more about lowering your blood pressure here.


Although eating less salt can lower blood pressure by an average of 1-5 mm / Hg, it has no effect on cardiovascular disease.


Finally, I would like to mention that this is not a plea for eating processed food with lots of salt. For example, too much salt can increase the chance of a brain haemorrhage.


In summary: new studies recommend a salt intake of 7.5 to a maximum of 17.5 grams per day. Too much salt is related to stomach cancer, but a salt deficiency is actually a lot more dangerous. In particular, the increase in potassium lowers blood pressure.


# 5: saturated fat is bad and the cause of cardiovascular disease

saturated fatsThe idea that saturated fat and cholesterol would be bad was helped by the American scientist Ancel Keys a few decades ago.

It was his research from 1958 that caused cholesterol and saturated fat to be associated with cardiovascular disease.

This was a weak observational study because it only involved 7 countries. Fifteen other countries were not included because Keys did not find the data from these countries reliable, but possibly ignored them because they did not support his theory.

Through this weak study, the idea that saturated fat and cholesterol were bad in the world and synonymous with silted up veins, narrowed blood vessels and heart attacks.

Yet correlation (relation) does not mean causality (cause-effect). Even an agency like the American Heart Association (AHA) makes this mistake and says that elevated LDL is an important cause (‘a leading cause’) for arteriosclerosis. They use a handful of studies from 25 to 50 years ago, including animal studies.

The AHA also takes money from the food industry and pharmaceutical industry, including the Ag Canada and the Canola Oil Council, who would like to put their vegetable oil in a good light. In this way, you probably better understand their report, where we have to use vegetable oil in bulk and not coconut oil.

The idea that saturated fat is bad for cardiovascular disease is at least odd, because of a study from 2014 – with a total of 650,000 participants – confirmed that there is no connection between the intake of saturated fat and heart. and vascular diseases. A study from 2011 – with a total of 350,000 participants – also indicates that there is no link between saturated fat and cardiovascular disease.

There are more and more bloggers, doctors, dietitians etc. who question whether saturated fat is really so bad.

The fact that the saturated fat and cardiovascular disease relationship does not exist is possible because saturated fat does not increase LDL or minimally. The studies on this are often decades old, give inconsistent results and are only observational.

Incidentally, the question is whether a low LDL is so good because LDL also has functions. A study with elderly aged 60 or older indicates that the lower your LDL is, the greater the chance of mortality.

Since one is negative about saturated fat, coconut oil is sincerely seen as unhealthy. The saturated fatty acids in coconut oil would increase the ‘bad’ cholesterol (LDL) and thus the risk of cardiovascular disease.

There are three major pitfalls in my view:

  • As mentioned, there is no connection between the intake of saturated fat and cardiovascular diseases.
  • It is not necessarily about the height of the LDL but its oxidation. This usually only occurs in combination with low-grade inflammations. A high LDL therefore does not have to be bad in itself.
  • Nothing is said about the quality differences of coconut oil, while virgin coconut oil contains anti-oxidants that can even help against the oxidation of LDL.

Finally, I would like to mention that this is not a plea for eating unlimited saturated fats. That too is unhealthy. But that is with everything you eat too much (except vegetables).


To summarize: it is not the saturated fats that increase the risk of cardiovascular disease, but the refined (processed) carbohydrates and sugars.


# 4: all calories are the same so no matter what you eat

good-and-bad-calories

It is true that a calorie is a calorie.

Energy can not escape, but this does not mean that the packaging in which the calorie is delivered is the same.

The amount of energy (kcal / joule) that your body receives depends on the macronutrient you eat.

Macronutrients (proteins, fats and carbohydrates) are the most important components of our food.

Fats, proteins and carbohydrates contain different amounts of calories per gram.

Here are the calories per macronutrient:

  • Protein: ± 4 kcal per 1 gram
  • Carbohydrates: ± 4 kcal per 1 gram
  • Fats: ± 9 kcal per 1 gram

If you look purely at these numbers, then the most logical thought is that you should eat as little fat as possible to lose weight. But that reasoning is incorrect! You also have to look at the effect of the type of packaging of the calorie.

Insulin production vs satiety diagram

In this figure you see the following:

  • Egg whites: Mediocre insulin production,  Highest satiety feeling
  • Fats: Least insulin production, Moderate satiety
  • Carbohydrates: Highest insulin production, Lowest satiety feeling

 

The food we eat can have a huge impact on the biological processes that determine when, what and how much we eat. Especially the saturation of food is an important point.

In this way, people fall off faster who eat a handful of almonds every day than people who do not. Almonds contain a considerable amount of protein and healthy fats that saturate very well and suppress hunger.

You probably now understand that getting too many calories from refined carbohydrates is not smart. They barely saturate, have a high through-eating factor and stimulate the body to produce the fat storage hormone insulin in large quantities.


In summary: You can get calories from proteins, fats and carbohydrates. A calorie is an energy and you always keep it, but one calorie does something different with the body than the other.


# 3: the majority of your diet should consist of carbohydrates

To much carbohydrates 2The general view is still that a low-fat diet is the best choice when it comes to healthy food and weight loss.

Carbohydrates should be your biggest source of calories.

Bodies stubbornly adhere to the idea that – in particular – saturated fat is the main cause of cardiovascular disease, despite the fact that new studies have proved the opposite.

The majority of your diet must consist of carbohydrates, especially whole grain products. The Nutrition Center recommends that people get 40 to 70% of your energy from carbohydrates. This is, of course, ridiculously much.

We now know better. This amount of carbohydrates is not good for people who want to lose weight and want to work on their overall health.

Research shows that a low-carbohydrate diet is much healthier and more effective to lose weight than a low-fat diet. This has been thoroughly studied and the results are consistently in favor of low-carbohydrate diets.

In my view, refined carbohydrates (bread are not unprocessed grains) are also stronger in connection with cardiovascular diseases than eg saturated fat.

Not only that because large amounts of glucose (you get out of carbohydrates) affects the cholesterol because cholesterol attaches to proteins that are everywhere in the body, called crosslinking. Normally cholesterol can move freely but the excess of glucose ensures that cholesterol remains stuck in blood vessels with arteriosclerosis as a result.


In summary: with a low-carbohydrate diet you get maximum results in the area of fat burning. It is also much healthier and easier to maintain than the low-fat diet.


# 2: Eating a lot of small meals leads to a faster metabolism

Small meal on a plate“Eat multiple, small meals throughout the day to keep your metabolism (metabolism) high.”

You will undoubtedly have heard of a diet expert or nutritionist.

However, I am still waiting for a study that shows this, because they are not there.

The truth is that it does not matter how many meals you eat in a day. At least, not for your metabolism.


Eating 2-3 meals a day has exactly the same effect on your energy consumption as 5-6 smaller meals (with the same energy balance)


There will be no more thermogenesis if you increase the meal frequency in a day. Thermogenesis is the increase in resting metabolism, in response to food intake, effort or exposure to cold or hot temperatures.

Eating more often may prevent you from feeling hungry, but it is incorrect that this has some influence on the amount of calories you burn one day.

In fact, there are even studies showing that eating much smaller meals can be harmful to your health.

In a 2014 study, healthy men were exposed to a high-calorie diet. The excess calories consisted mainly of fat and sugar and were eaten during or between the three main meals, thereby increasing the meal size or the meal frequency.

Not a larger meal, but an increase in the meal frequency turned out to provide more liver and abdominal fat.

# 1: fat and cholesterol is bad and makes you fat

Eating fat makes you fat, so you should avoid fat if you want to lose weight and eat healthy food. Sounds logical at first, but it is not.

A diet that consists of many fats and carbohydrates can make you fat, but that is not so much because of the fats. A low-carbohydrate and high-fat diet causes more weight loss than a low-fat diet, even if participants in the low-fat group did caloric restriction.

A low-carbohydrate diet is therefore much more effective than a low-fat diet.

Cholesterol is a fatty substance that people need to survive. You now know that cholesterol in food does not cause cardiovascular disease.

The truth is that cholesterol is so important that the body has developed many complex mechanisms to ensure that we always have enough. Your body makes 70-80% of the cholesterol itself.

If you eat a lot of cholesterol, your liver makes less cholesterol and vice versa. It balances out.

What about the ‘bad’ LDL cholesterol?

Actually, ‘bad’ cholesterol (LDL) does not exist. It is about lipoproteins. Lipoproteins are the packages with which cholesterol is transported. The filling (cholesterol) of the package is not bad but the type of package (lipoproteins) can be good or bad (although they both have a function).

Many small LDL particles (small dense LDL pattern B) would increase the risk of cardiovascular disease. These are much more sensitive to oxidation than the larger LDL particles (pattern A).

Virtually no blogger or agency speaks about the benefits of saturated fatty acids on cholesterol. Here are two important advantages:

  • Saturated fatty acids change the small LDL particles to larger LDL particles, which should reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease
  • Saturated fatty acids increase the HDL, which should also reduce the risk

But what is the cause of many small LDL particles? Below you can find my opinion about this.

The cause of developing many small LDL particles are:

  • Trans fats
  • Refined sugars and carbohydrates
  • Omega 6 fatty acids

The above diet leads to inflammatory reactions that narrow the veins, causing arteriosclerosis. In addition, cholesterol tries to tackle the inflammatory reactions so that the veins remain smooth and elastic.

Cholesterol is therefore probably not the cause of arteriosclerosis but a consequence. The cause is inflammatory reactions (source).


So what is the cause of an increased risk of cardiovascular disease?

No:

  • High total cholesterol
  • High ‘bad’ cholesterol (LDL)
  • Many small LDL particles

Basically, you should see cholesterol as firefighters trying to extinguish a fire or a plaster that wants to heal a wound. We can not say that firefighters are the cause of the fire, just as the plaster is not the cause of the wound. They are strongly burned into each other (correlation), but that does not give cause-and-effect relationship (causality).

Yes:

Inflammatory reactions that are increased by eating a lot of:

  • Trans fats
  • Refined sugars and carbohydrates
  • Omega 6 fatty acids

And did you know that foods that contain a lot of cholesterol are often super healthy and nutritious? Full fat dairy, fish oil, eggs, shellfish and sardines are foods that are incredibly nutritious, so avoid them because of their cholesterol content.

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FLUORIDE NOW OFFICIALLY TOXIC + HAS FLUORIDE SIDE EFFECTS?

Fluoride side effects - Lady shows healthy teeths

FLUORIDE NOW OFFICIALLY TOXIC + HAS FLUORIDE SIDE EFFECTS?

The mineral fluoride would be necessary for healthy teeth, but in pure form, it is also a toxic industrial waste product. So the question is whether fluoride, certainly in high doses, is as healthy for our body and our health, and whether it outweighs the so-called beneficial effect on our teeth.

You can read more about this in this article.

This waste product is released when producing aluminum and phosphate fertilizer. It is a widely used ingredient of toothpaste, mouthwash and other tooth products and in several countries, such as America, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and Brazil, it is even added to the drinking water. In Austria, the Netherlands and Belgium no additional fluoride is added to the water. However, the water naturally contains a small amount of fluoride. In the Netherlands, in 1973, the Supreme Court ruled that the government was not allowed to add fluoride to the drinking water, something the government wanted to prevent tooth decay. The World Health Organization (WHO) states that the teeth of people in countries where fluoride is added to the water nowadays are not stronger, firmer or better protected against holes.

water-fluoridation-infographicThere is no difference in the percentage of people with holes in the different countries. In America, it is then added to the drinking water, but the tablets with fluoride prescribed there for people who do not drink the water, have never been approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), in fact, the tablets that they have examined have been rejected. Fluoride returned to the news when a major medical journal, The Lancet, wrote last month that six chemicals are now classified as a neurotoxin. In many countries, it’s banned.

These six chemicals, including fluoride, have been added to an existing list of five chemicals from 2006. A neurotoxic substance can damage the brain and other organs under a prolonged load. Neurotoxins can block or strengthen the impulse transfer, which means that the nervous system can partially fall out or become overactive. This involves large quantities. According to research, which once again came to the fore in the publication of The Lancet, these chemicals, including fluoride harmful to the development of the brain, have been demonstrated in children in this study (Dr. Philippe Grandjean and Dr. Philip J Landrigan).

This is not the only study that shows that fluoride may cause brain damage: there are more than 34 studies performed on humans and more than 100 studies that demonstrate this via animals. One of these studies, of Harvard University in 2012, has received a lot of publicity and has been published in ‘Environmental Health Perspectives’ by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences. The conclusion of this research (Choi et al.)

States that children living in areas where more fluoride is added to the water have a significantly lower IQ than children living in areas where a lower percentage of fluoride is added to the water. Research from 2011 (Ding) states that water with a lower percentage of fluoride has negative effects on the brain and even the intelligence of children.

Researcher Choi later said about the research: “For us, it is incomprehensible that both children and adults are exposed to a substance that can cause brain damage, under the guise of protection against tooth decay. Does the reduction of tooth decay have more priority than brain health? “Choi and his team also state that fluoride is a substance that reaches an unborn child through the placenta and can already cause damage to the developing brain. Although no additional fluoride is added to our drinking water, these examples say something about the effect of fluoride on our body. Moreover, our drinking water naturally contains a small amount of fluoride.

Maybe you are afraid of this information, but it involves large quantities or years of use that will accumulate in the body. The intention of this article is to raise awareness so that you have more information about a subject and can make your own choices.

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Fluoride is good for our teeth?

Enamel Fluorosis accurate photosIt was discovered at a certain point that the teeth of people were harder and stronger in areas where there was more fluoride in the water (even though the extra was not added). When fluoride is absorbed by the tooth enamel, the teeth are more resistant to tooth decay. The favorable effect on tooth enamel is supported by statistics showing that less caries occurs when using fluoride.

Even though there have been later studies that contradict this. Such as research in 2001, published in the International Journal of Pediatric Dentistry, in which children in South Africa who drank water that naturally contained more fluoride (3 ppm) had more problems with tooth decay than the children in areas with water with less fluoride ( from 0.19 to 0.48 ppm, parts per million). The enormous amount of scientific documentation about fluoride shows a multifaceted picture, that is reason enough to be alert and careful with this substance.

It is known that if there is too much fluoride, white and / or brown spots may appear on the teeth that will not go away. Maybe you think now, I do not swallow the toothpaste anyway?

But much of the fluoride in toothpaste is absorbed by the mucous membranes, even if you do not swallow it. Fluoride also accumulates in our body, the body can not break down fluoride, so even though you get a little bit inside every day, after a long time this can possibly affect your physical health because it ultimately involves a higher dose.

Fluoride warning for kidsIn America, it is mandatory to put exactly how much fluoride it contains on the tube of toothpaste, as well as a warning about the dangers of fluoride in high doses for health, but in the Netherlands, this is not necessary. In the Netherlands, as of 2009, there must be a warning text on toothpastes containing fluoride for children up to and including six years. How much fluoride there is in toothpaste is therefore not always clear. The question remains whether fluoride, certainly in high doses, is as healthy for our body and our health, and whether it outweighs the so-called beneficial effect on our teeth.

Does fluoride have side effects?

In addition to the studies that focus on fluoride damage on depression, concentration disorders, the nervous system, the brain, bones and kidneys, a lot of research is being done into the possible link between fluoride and cancer. As early as 1977, a long-term study showed that death rates due to cancer in ten major cities in America where fluoride is added to the water were higher and faster than in ten major cities in America where no fluoride is added to the water. . After correction of, among other things , age.

did you know this about fluoride?

In 2001, the British researcher J. Luke discovered that fluoride can accumulate in the pineal gland and stated that this affects the effect. For example, the pineal gland makes the hormone melatonin from serotonin and thus ensures a good night’s sleep. Serotonin affects your mood, self-confidence, sexual activity and sleep. Funny detail: by (natural) peoples in ancient times the pineal gland was called the third eye because it would have to do with clairvoyance and the French philosopher Descartes called the pineal gland the seat of the soul.

The retired American scientist William Hirzy of American University states that it would be a biological miracle if such a toxic substance as fluoride would have no side effects in the body.

What do we brush our teeth with?

If you want to choose to brush your teeth without fluoride, then in every drugstore and natural store toothpaste without fluoride is for sale. Azadirachta indica, also known as neem, has a strong purifying effect and is antibacterial.

It is scientifically proven that mouthwash on the basis of neem has much less risk of side effects, compared to regular mouthwashes (Anirban Chatterjee, Mini Saluja et al.), But with the same positive characteristics. You can also find toothpaste based on propolis, a substance made by bees that works bactericidal and fungicidal, according to studies (Wells 1976, Cuéllar et al. 1987).

On the internet, you can also find recipes to make your own toothpaste, for example on the basis of organic coconut oil. Regular rinsing (oilpulling) with organic coconut oil and sesame oil is also proven effective against plaque, mouth odor and bacteria in the mouth (2008 and 2009 Asokan S, Emmadi P, et al.). The less factory-based food and sugar, a major culprit for holes, the better for your teeth. Prevention is always better than cure.

Do I have to avoid it now?

Fluoride is a big topic with much to say about, we can not go into all aspects in one article and not all questions that are answered on this subject. The intention of this article is to shine a light on an underexposed subject, so that more information is available and there is a choice that you might not have been aware of before.

You certainly do not have to worry about the fluoride you have in your body so far.

Stress is also harmful to your health!

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CBD Oil: Explanation, Operation, Experiences and Buy Advices

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CBD Oil: Explanation, Operation, Experiences and Buy Advice

CBD oil is currently flying over the counter. For real. According to some druggists the best selling product in decades.

This oil is available without a prescription and is used in chronic pain, epilepsy and sleep problems to name just a few examples. And on the internet, you really stumble on the health claims that are made.

Because CBD oil is not a medicine but a food supplement, only a limited amount of scientific research has been done. In this article, I will zoom in on the health claims that have a scientific basis.

What you will learn in this article:

  • What CBD oil is used for
  • What CBD oil is used for
  • What the health claims are with a scientific basis
  • What the experiences of others are
  • What is the best variant to buy

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What is CBD oil?

CBD oil is a food supplement and not a medicine and may, therefore, be sold freely. You can simply order it at the pharmacy or order it at a webshop.

The oil is made from hemp and is therefore also called cannabis oil.

medical marijuanaYou’ve probably heard of medicinal cannabis.

In the United States, this has received a lot of attention in recent years because of the strict policy against (soft) drugs is relaxed and more and more states can sell (medicinal) weed.

Thanks to the tolerance policy in the Netherlands, they do not know better than that you can simply buy cannabis in the coffee shop and quietly smoke your joint in a park without being fettered.

That weed also has a medicinal effect has been known for a long time. A disadvantage of weed is the side effects. You become stoned and high. That can sometimes be just as good, but that is of course not desirable if you have to go to work and it is downright dangerous and irresponsible if you still have to drive a car.

The difference between cannabis oil and hemp oil

The substance THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) in weed is responsible for the feeling of being high. For use as a soft drug, cannabis is consciously grown with an extremely high THC content.

A chemical that looks chemically like THC is CBD (cannabinal). CBD does have medicinal properties without the side effect of stoned and high from THC.

fiber hemp plantageCBD oil is extracted from fiber hemp. This is a hemp variety that can be legally grown because it contains only minimal amounts of THC.

Calling CBD oil ‘weed oil’ is therefore not entirely correct. The term weed is used for hemp (marijuana) with a high THC content that (usually) high as a target. CBD oil can, therefore, better be called hemp oil. Or just CBD oil of course.

The term cannabis oil is meant for THC oil. THC oil can not be sold legally. You can simply make THC oil yourself from cannabis that you have bought at the shop or have grown yourself.

THC oil

THC oil, like CBD oil, has medical applications and reportedly mainly cancer patients benefit from THC oil, this in combination with CBD oil. The CBD oil inhibits the high feeling of what is caused by a high dose of THC oil. CBD inhibits the breakdown of THC by the liver enzymes.

If you want to make CBD oil yourself, remember that the cannabis that you can buy to smoke a joint is not suitable for this. This weed has been grown with the highest possible THC content at the expense of the CBD content.

Fiber hemp

For CBD oil you need hemp that is grown as fiber hemp. Hemp can be grown on most farmland throughout the U.S. This CBD oilfiber hemp has a very low THC content and a high CBD content.

Another advantage of CBD oil is that you can not become dependent on it as can be the case with THC. It does not work mind-expanding and it does not cause hallucinations.

CBD oil that is not pure can cause hallucinations, this is because there is (accidentally) THC in the oil. This may be due to, for example, poor final inspection or insufficient sampling in the production of CBD oil.

What is CBD oil used for?

I will list here what CBD oil is all used for.

Note: that CBD oil is used for something, does not necessarily mean that it works (for everyone).

  • In epilepsy
  • With chronic pains; arthritis (joint inflammation), MS (multiple sclerosis), muscle pain, spinal cord disorders
  • In osteoarthritis (Degenerative joint disease)
  • In rheumatism
  • With anxiety disorders
  • At ADHD
  • When stressed
  • In PTSD (post traumatic stress disorder)
  • With insomnia
  • In Parkinson’s disease
  • In Alzheimer’s disease
  • In case of a stroke
  • In cancer
  • With acne
  • With a headache and migraine
  • With tremor and spasms
  • In Crohn’s disease
  • With warts
  • In the syndrome of Ehlers-Danlos
  • With phybromyalgia
  • With psychoses
  • With the Kanner syndrome
  • At COPD
  • With muscle tension
  • With OCPS (obsessive-compulsive personality disorder)
  • In depression
  • Tics in Gilles de la Tourette syndrome
  • Reducing blood sugar levels (important in diabetes)
  • Nerve pain; phantom pain, pain due to nerve damage, facial pain, pain after shingles
  • Quit smoking; CBD reduces the need for nicotine by 40% (source)
  • In case of nausea including nausea caused by medication or chemo

As you can see an impressive list of diseases and diseases in which CBD oil is used.

The use of CBD oil in epilepsy and Parkinson’s disease appeal most to the imagination for many people.

cbd-oil-epilepsy- Father with his daughter between hemp potsOn the internet, you can find videos of people with epilepsy and Parkinson’s where you can see the symptoms disappear within a few minutes after taking CBD oil.

That CBD oil works in these cases are very tangible for their environment and it is great that these people benefit from this gift from mother nature.

That CBD oil works in pain complaints are only for the user of the oil to assess and less well by his or her environment.

What also plays with some complaints, such as pain, is the placebo effect. If you hear so many good things and read about CBD oil then the expectations are high so you have to take this effect into account.


After using the CBD oil for several weeks, it should be made clear whether an improvement in the symptoms is due to the oil or is due to the placebo effect.


Proven health effects of CBD oil

self-cbd oil-makingAs mentioned, CBD oil is used for many diseases and diseases. On the internet, you will find all kinds of claims about CBD oil.

Claims are also made by parties that sell CBD oil and accessories.

Now I am not going to claim that they make claims that are not correct.

But you can imagine that they are trying to mirror some aspects of CBD more beautifully than they are. After all, they want to sell their products and because of their enthusiasm about CBD oil, they may have a tunnel vision.

My opinion is that you always have to verify claims with other sources when you read them on a website that sells related products. Whether it is CBD oil, coconut oil, turmeric, chlorella or any other dietary supplement.


I’m trying to reduce the enthusiasm here for people with a condition that is considering CBD oil.


 

It certainly seems to be a panacea; freely available, a natural product, hardly any side effects and can be used for almost every conceivable condition or ailment.

Remember that some people benefit enormously from CBD oil while others do nothing or do little or even counterproductive. The success stories of the people who benefit greatly from CBD oil can be read on the internet, you see on YouTube and pass by in documentaries.

If someone does not benefit from CBD oil and the oil in the dustbin disappears then this person will not be so inclined to make a YouTube video about it. Such cases receive no attention from the media while the success stories are widely measured.


In certain areas, the medicinal effects of CBD oil have not (yet) been scientifically proven. This does not necessarily mean that CBD oil would not work for these disorders, it can also be simply that it has not yet been investigated or that there is still insufficient evidence.


Certain uses of CBD oil are based on positive experiences from others, and why not use CBD oil if you find yourself benefiting?

The effect of CBD oil has already been scientifically proven for a number of disorders. I will discuss this here.

Health claim # 1: treatment of epilepsy

CNN CBD oilThe treatment of epilepsy is what made CBD oil known to the general public.

In 2013 there was a documentary on CNN about a young American girl with severe epilepsy. Thanks to CBD oil, her parents have largely controlled the intense and frequent attacks.

This documentary, which received a lot of media attention worldwide, can be seen as the starting shot of the run on CBD oil by parents with children suffering from epilepsy.

If you search on the internet, you will find many other videos of cases where epilepsy is successfully treated with CBD oil.

Scientists are currently investigating to what extent CBD oil reduces the number of seizures in people with epilepsy and whether it is safe to use.

The American Epilepsy Society declares to be hopeful about CBD oil for the treatment of epilepsy and that it is currently being investigated whether the use is safe.

In 2016, a study was conducted among 214 people with epilepsy. The participants in this study received CBD oil as a supplement to the medication that they already used. The participants were followed for 12 weeks and it appeared that they had 36.5% fewer attacks per month thanks to the CBD oil.

Unfortunately, the oil did not work equally well for all participants. Some of the participants in the study suffered from side effects and for some of them, they were so drowsy that they stopped using the CBD oil. Side effects of which some participants reported are:

  • Decreased appetite
  • Diarrhea
  • Sleepiness
  • Fatigue
  • Convulsions

Whether and to what extent CBD oil works in epilepsy will be different for everyone. The same applies to the possible side effects, some will suffer from this and others will not.

So it is really a question of trying out whether CBD oil works. You do this objectively by registering the number of attacks and the duration well before and after using the oil.

You will also have to be aware of the side effects. So far there are no reports that indicate that the use of CBD oil is dangerous for people with epilepsy, so for the time being the motto ‘run it, then it does not harm’.

Health claim # 2: anxiety disorders

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Researchers suspect that CBD affects the way receptors in the brain respond to serotonin.

Serotonin plays an important role in brain chemistry as a neurotransmitter. This neurotransmitter is involved in regulating mood and behavior and is important for good mental health.

In a study of people who are diagonalized with a social anxiety disorder according to the DSM-5, CBD helped to speak for groups

Other studies have been done in animals. This showed that CBD:

  • Stress reduces
  • The symptoms of PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder) decrease
  • The physiological effects of stress, such as increased heart rate, decrease
  • Sleep improved in cases of insomnia

In 2017, researchers examined the available studies that have been done with the treatment of mental illness with CBD. This concerns the treatment of conditions such as anxiety disorders, depression, bipolar disorders and schizophrenia.

They found contradictions and concluded that there is still too little evidence that CBD is active in mental illnesses. More research will have to be done on safety and the right dose.

Health claim # 3: reduces pain

chronic painMany people use CBD oil in chronic pain. CBD reduces pain because it affects the receptors in the brain that register the pain.

For example, a medication (Sativex) has been approved by the Medicines Evaluation Board for people with MS. The active substances in Sativex are THC and CBD. Sativex is intended to combat the pain in people with multiple sclerosis.

Researchers still differ on how CBD helps people with MS. Some suspect that it is due to the effect of CBD on the receptors in the brain while others suspect that it is due to anti-inflammatory properties of CBD. In any case, it is a fact that many MS patients benefit from this drug.

Studies show that CBD is effective in the following types of pain:

  • MS pain
  • Chronic pains
  • Arthritis pain
  • muscle strain
  • Backbone injury

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Health claim # 4: cancer

Cancer CellsClaiming that something can cure cancer is always very dangerous. To begin with, there are many types of cancer and there are many different types of stages in which cancer can develop. In addition, each body reacts differently to a treatment such as a chemotherapy or radiation.

Some stories on the internet would make you believe that CBD and/or THC can cure cancer. Unfortunately, this is not the case; this has never been scientifically proven. Nevertheless, people with cancer can benefit from CBD oil.

For example, it helps some to relieve nausea and vomiting caused by the chemo. Because the scientific evidence for this is weak, medical cannabis is unfortunately no longer reimbursed by various health insurers.

research petri dishThat cannabis could have an anti-cancer effect is not something new. Research into the active substances THC and CBD in cannabis has been conducted since the 1970s. There are indications that cannabis can kill cancer cells, inhibit the growth of tumors and prevent sowing. However, this does not mean that cannabis can cure cancer.

Remember that many studies are done in vitro; only on the (cancer) cells in a test tube or on a Petri dish and not on the entire human body.

Many substances cause the growth of cancer cells to decrease in vitro studies, unfortunately, this does not say much about the effect on cancer cells in the body. For example, you will see that cancer cells die if you store them in chlorine. Of course, you have nothing to do with this because you yourself die if you drink chlorine.


CBD has an anti-inflammation effect. For this reason, CBD could, in theory, be useful in cancer. But as said: that CBD has an effect in cancer has never been demonstrated. So far, cannabis may only be useful against the symptoms of cancer. This helps against pain, anxiety, better sleep and nausea.


So far, the effect of CBD and/or THC in cancer has only been demonstrated in a limited number of studies in mice with a certain form of cancer and in test tubes.

Anything that has an anti-inflammatory effect is also potentially useful in cancer, or at least in the prevention of cancer. Another dietary supplement with a very strong anti-inflammation effect is turmeric.

Oncologists are familiar with the special effects and benefits of THC and CBD for cancer patients. If they suspect that a patient can benefit from this, they can prescribe medicinal cannabis. Does or does your oncologist does not do this then you are of course always free to investigate whether you can alleviate the symptoms of cancer with CBD oil and/or THC oil. Just as with people with epilepsy, it is a matter of trying out under the motto ‘if it runs, then it does not harm’.

Health claim # 5: Neurodegenerative disorders

A receptor (CB1) in the brain is involved in neurodegenerative disorders. These are diseases that cause the brain and nerves to deteriorate over time.

CBD acts on this receptor and has an anti-inflammatory effect that is important for the treatment of neurodegenerative disorders. Researchers look at the use of CBD for the treatment of:

  • MS
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Strokes
  • Alzheimer’s disease (the most common form of dementia)

cbd-oil-parkinson-Parkinson’s disease is not curable at the moment and the disease slowly progresses. In this disease, a small group of cells dies in the brain, so that dopamine can no longer be produced. Characteristics of this disease are trembling, difficulty speaking and stiffening arms and legs.

Due to the clearly observable characteristics (trembling and difficulty in speaking), it is easy to determine whether CBD oil offers a solution. Various videos can be found on the internet of people with Parkinson’s disease who, after taking CBD oil, are significantly less trembling and calmer in their movements and speech.

In the case of Parkinson’s disease, it is best to use a combination of CBD oil and THC oil. This ensures that the muscles can relax.


The usefulness of CBD / THC oil in Parkinson’s disease is based on user experiences and only limited scientific research has been done. Given the good results achieved by some people, it is certainly worth a try.


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Health claim # 6: acne

cbd-oil-acne (Girls face with and without acneHormones and inflammation play a role in acne (pimples). Owing to excessive sebum production, dead skin and horn cells remain suspended in the hair follicle and inflammation may develop.

Due to hormonal changes in puberty, there is an excessive sebum production that can cause small pimples. Bacteria can start to proliferate in the hair follicles and these inflammatory symptoms become visible as red nodules.

With CBD oil the activity of the sebaceous glands is slowed down, resulting in less sebum production. In addition, CBD oil has an anti-inflammation effect that is also useful in the treatment of acne.

Health claim # 7: a migraine

A migraine attack lasts between 4 and 72 hours and is much more severe than a ‘normal’ a headache such as stress or migraine woman laying in bedallergies. During a migraine attack, there is often no other option than to close the curtains in bed, take painkillers and hope that it will soon pass.

The disadvantage of painkillers are the side effects and often they only offer some relief. A study conducted among 48 participants showed that 40% of participants had less trouble with migraine attacks when they used CBD oil.

Another study, among 26 participants, showed that the people who used CBD oil had a better quality of life than the people who used painkillers.

These are only a few, small-scale studies, but at least it seems worthwhile to try CBD oil if you often suffer from a migraine.


In case of acute migraine attacks, you can also inhale CBD oil with the help of a vaporizer. This ensures that the active substances are absorbed almost directly into the bloodstream.


Health claim # 8: fibromyalgia

FibromyalgieFibromyalgia is a condition that causes a lot of chronic pain in the muscles and connective tissue, in combination with stiffness over the entire body.

Because CBD oil works as a painkiller, you will not be surprised that some people with fibromyalgia benefit from this oil. Convincing scientific evidence for this is still lacking. An investigation has been done with nabilone. Nabilone is a synthetically derived THC derivative.

This study was small-scale, it was held among 40 people with fibromyalgia. After 4 weeks, participants had a considerable reduction in pain and improved quality of life.

Health claim # 9: sleep

insomnia woman in bed watching the time past byMany people have sleep problems. Approximately 10% of the population suffers from chronic insomnia and 30% experience it temporarily at some point in their lives.

Marijuana is known to help sleep problems. The species with a high THC content reduce the amount of REM sleep (source).

This is useful for people with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) because it reduces dreaming, reducing nightmares.

In the case of insomnia, CBD appears to be better suited than THC

Sleeping is assumed to have a more deep sleep if you dream less. Deep sleep is the most useful because you are most recovered and at rest in this.

User experiences teach that CDB improves sleep for many while others benefit more from THC. Again this is a matter of trying. Although THC can solve sleep problems in the short term, there are also indications that THC can impair sleep quality in the long term.

Experiences with CBD oil

It is of course very interesting to read what the experiences of CBD oil users are, all the more because only a limited amount of scientific research has been done.

I have collected a number of interesting experiences that I have read on various forums here.

Experiences regarding sleeping


CBD does not help against better sleep, at least for most people. THC is better for that. Many take the cbd during the day and in the evening thc.


Henny 70 y/o on a woman’s forum


is indeed not for sleeping. You get more energy, happier and less pain. At least that does it for me. I take 2x 2 drops a day. In the morning and in the afternoon, not too late, I bounce my bed out. Use 4% cbd oil.


anonymous  date 17/2/2017


I have been using cbd oil for months. The result is nil. No improvement. Do not sleep better, pain is not reduced. So I can say that it is fake for me. I also know some others where the result is nil.


P.C.M. the Jongh on a forum related to insomnia


I have used t for sleep problems. Worked very well, slept fine. Only I was very down, almost depressed. So after a couple of months, I stopped feeling mentally better now. Note that I now have more unrest in my head now that I do not use it anymore.


Mr. Siersmay on a forum related to insomnia


Yes, CBD oil is also for sleeping. Some become relaxed and others active. I’m pretty relaxed. I suffer from insomnia with sleep and sleep problems. It has helped me pretty much with falling asleep but not sleeping through …


Mrs. Romy on a forum related to insomnia

Experiences in MS


My experience: CBD does not do anything for me. Have tried three bottles. Three or more droplets at a time.


Ms. Misty


I now use 2 weeks of cbd oil of 12%. The first few days I thought it was better, but then back again.


Ms. Angie


I am satisfied with the cbd oil. Today a little more trouble, just take an extra drop. It does not really help for sleeping.


Mrs. Esther

Experience with ADHD


In short, I take my home-made cannabis oil before bedtime, and start the day with a few drops of CBD oil, supplemented with 2 tablespoons of hemp seed oil, and I feel excellent, especially as prevention.


Mr. Coen


On the CBD oil webshopsites you can also find plenty of experiences. I do not take this over because I can not judge to what extent these experiences are moderated by the owners of these web shops.


If you are looking for search terms such as ‘CBD oil review’ in Google, you can indulge yourself. The best you are looking for experiences. You do this by including the application for which you want to use the oil in your search term.

I would definitely recommend you to search for experiences with CBD oil on YouTube. There are many interesting documentaries (especially English) and other material on YouTube.

Side effects

CBD oil has virtually no side effects. There is no risk of addiction and it has no psychoactive effect.

In clinical studies conducted in 2010, the researchers concluded that CBD can be used safely and well tolerated.

Some people get side effects from CBD oil. These can be:

  • Nausea
  • Sleep problems
  • Irritability
  • A dry mouth
  • Low bloodpressure
  • Slower digestion
  • A light feeling in the head
  • Hallucinations
  • Sleepiness
  • Mood swings

If you take too much CBD oil then you have an increased chance of side effects. If the CBD oil you use is not pure (THC contains) then you have a chance of side effects such as hallucinations. Switching to a different brand CBD oil can then offer a solution.

Which CBD oil to buy?

A consumer review program had a broadcast about CBD oil. They had tested dozens of bottles and some of them found relatively high concentrations of THC. Because they had only done a small sample, she did not want to make known to cbd-oil buying showing different brands of CBD oilwhich brands this was the case.

THC in the CBD oil is not desirable. This can affect driving ability, drowsiness, hallucinations and increased heart rate. So for the time being, it is a question of trying out whether the CBD oil you bought does not cause any side effects such as hallucinations or nightmares. Such side effects indicate CBD oil contaminated with THC.

There are almost always minimal traces of THC in fiber hemp and therefore also CBD oil. You will have no side effects from these minimal traces. CBD oil that is completely free of THC also exists, for this, the oil has to be made through a costly process. Most of the CBD oil available on the market will not have been obtained through this expensive process, because the necessity is not in principle because fiber hemp contains only minimal amounts of THC.

If you are going to buy CBD oil you will notice that you are faced with percentages. This percentage indicates the relative amount of CBD. The higher this percentage, the more concentrated the oil is and the less you need for the same effect.

Now you would think that you should therefore simply buy the brand with the highest percentage. Unfortunately, it is not easy. Research by Radar showed that the labels are often incorrect. For example, 10% can be on the label, while only 1% appears to be in measurement.

The advice I can give you when buying CBD oil is based on the reliability of the brand, the experiences of others and your own experiences.

If you are going to buy CBD for the first time, go for a small bottle of 10ml. If you like the brand you can always buy a larger bottle. This is relatively cheaper but can cost more than 100 Dollars for the high concentrations.

When making comparisons, consider that a CBD oil of 10% is 4x as strong as an oil of 2.5%. So you only need a quarter of it for the same effect.

Another option is to make CBD oil yourself. This is done with fiber hemp with a low THC content and not with the weed from the coffee shop. You can buy this fiber hemp or grow it yourself.


If you want to do it right then you can have your homemade CBD oil tested for a few bucks. So you know how strong your oil has become and whether there are no toxic substances or bacteria in it.


Finally

In this article ,I have tried to look as objectively as possible at the health claims about CBD oil.

I have only included the health claims here, of which reasonable scientific evidence can be found. If there is an investigation that confirms a health claim while another investigation incorrectly invalidates this claim then I have left this health claim out of consideration here. The scientific evidence is then not (yet) sufficient.

Many studies have also been done on mice and in test tubes. I have also ignored these types of research because they can not be translated 1 to 1 into the effect on people.

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Why use dietary supplements?

Nutrients Supplements

Multivitamins, minerals, and extracts in tablet form, powders or capsules. When does it make sense to take these nutritional supplements?

You can not think of it as crazy or there is a dietary supplement to correct your problem. Do you have difficulty eating vegetables and fruit? Take a multivitamin. Not a dairy lover? Take a calcium supplement. So there is a solution for everything. But to what extent do these dietary supplements have an effect?

What is a dietary supplement?

A dietary supplement is a concentrated source of certain vitamins or minerals. Other substances such as fibers or antioxidants are also offered in supplements. The most added vitamins and minerals are the B vitamins, vitamin C, vitamin E, calcium, and iron.

The nutrients contained in a supplement usually have a different form than how you find them in nature. This way your body can absorb them better and faster.

You have supplements of all kinds of brands in tablets, chewable tablets, powders, capsules or drinks. The differences between brands are great. It is important how many active substances there are in a supplement. The higher a supplement is dosed, the more active substances and the better the effect. This is an important difference between private labels and A-brands names.

Varied food is the most important.

If you get a shortage of vitamins and minerals you can get sick. This is called a deficiency disease. In principle, you do not need nutritional supplements to prevent this. Normal, healthy food with lots of whole grain products, vegetables, fruit, dairy, healthy fats and a lot of variation is sufficient to get the minimum quantities of all nutrients you need. But for some people, it may be wise to use a supplement to supplement the daily healthy diet.

For whom are nutritional supplements useful?

Groups that can use something extra are:

  • Pregnant women. From four weeks before you become pregnant until eight weeks after you are pregnant, you will have extra folic acid. This is important to prevent an unborn child from becoming an unborn child. During pregnancy and if you are breastfeeding you also need some extra vitamin D for a good bone to build up in your child.
  • Babies up to three months. They need the extra vitamin to prevent (brain) bleeding.
  • Children up to four years. They need tablets or drops with vitamin D for a good bone build-up and firm teeth. They also need the extra vitamin to minimize bone loss.
  • If you do not eat certain products such as meat, dairy or fish, if you eat vegetarian or if you use a lot of medicines, it may also be advisable to take a supplement.

When do you have to be careful?

Most nutritional supplements are safe. You can take them without risk for your health. The amounts are usually not so high that you get a harmful dose. And what your body does not need you to pee out of most vitamins and minerals. Yet it is wise to pay close attention to the quantities. Some ingredients are not so innocent. If you get too much of it, you can get all sorts of health problems.

How many supplements do you need?

Always make sure that the supplement you use does not contain a higher dose of a particular nutrient than indicated below. Also, take into account your daily diet, because that way you also get nutrients.

Maximum per day (for adults): Vitamin A, 3000 mcg Vitamin B3 (nicotinamide), 900 mg Vitamin B3 (nicotinic acid), 10 mg Vitamin B6, 21 mg Folic acid, 1000 mcg Vitamin C, 2 grams Vitamin D, 100 mcg Vitamin E, 300 mg Calcium, 2500 mg Fluoride, 7 mg Iron, 45 mg Magnesium, 250 mg (on top of the amount of magnesium from your diet) Manganese, 11 mcg Molybdenum, 600 mcg Sodium, 2.4 grams Selenium, 300 mcg Zinc, 25 mg

In addition to dietary supplements, vitamins, minerals, fatty acids and other healthy substances are also increasingly being added to products such as margarine, dairy drinks, fruit juices, and sweets.

Do you want to do more?

As mentioned earlier, there are minimal amounts of all vitamins and minerals that ensure that you do not get sick. Nowadays, dietary supplements are also increasingly used to make your body function optimally. This is particularly popular in America. 70% of people take a dietary supplement, in other countries it’s often way less.

Why would you choose more vitamins and minerals?

Think for example of extra vitamin D in the winter or if you are inside a lot. Your body produces vitamin D itself under the influence of sunlight. In the winter or when you do not get out much, your body makes much less. Supplementation can then be pleasant.

Or what about stress? We live in a hectic society, the bar is always high and we are always in the highest gear. Supplementation with a supplement with vitamin C can help to make you more resilient to stress.

Other reasons to use a supplement may be if you lose a lot of blood during your period (extra iron), if you can temporarily sleep less well during a busy period (relaxation formulas with Valerian or melatonin, for example), if you have a lot of problems of muscle pain after exercise (magnesium) or if you never eat fish (omega fatty acids).

Realize that nutritional supplements can supplement your diet but can never replace a healthy diet. This is because food also contains antioxidants and other undetected substances that are important for health.

Examine your diet: do you get enough vitamins and minerals?

One way to know for sure if you actually have a deficiency of a certain vitamin or mineral is to have your blood count checked.

It is also good to take a look at your diet. You can do this together with your dietitian or weight consultant.

Moreover, there are several mobile apps available that highlight your entire diet up to and including the vitamins and minerals.

If it turns out that your diet is well varied, then it is likely that you get enough of all vitamins and minerals. If your diet is not varied enough, you can get tips from the dietitian/weight consultant to improve this.

Also realizes that you do not have to get exactly the recommended amount every single day for every vitamin or mineral! One day you get more or less of a nutrient and the next day compensates again.

And finally:

a pill is no substitute for vegetables and/or fruit. You can not mimic the natural composition of vegetables or fruit 1-on-1 in a pill, so again: choose fresh products and vary!

 

I’m curious about the supplements that you take and why! Would you go on with it now that you’ve read this piece? Or do you want to know something about another supplement that you are taking?

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