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Cholrure de magnesium

ContrairemSachet que l'on trouve très facilement en pharmacieent à ce que beaucoup de gens croient, ce n’est pas de calcium dont nous avons le plus besoin, mais de magnésium, un oligo-élément essentiel qui a disparu de notre alimentation en raison du raffinage des céréales d’une part, mais aussi et surtout des méfaits de l’agriculture intensive.
D’autre raisons peuvent être encore invoquées pour la carence alimentaire en magnésium : le raffinage du sel lui fait perdre une grande quantité de magnésium, les conservateurs utilisés dans l’industrie alimentaire, mais aussi la consommation d’alcool.
Nos besoins quotidiens en magnésium sont de 350 à 480 mg/jour – 400 mg/jour pour les femmes enceintes.

Au 19è siècle , alors que notre alimentation était plus équilibré et pas encore dévitalisée par l’agriculture industrielle, la carence en magnésium n’existait pas. Il suffisait de manger 500gr de pain complet au levain qui amenait quotidiennement l’apport nécessaire. Le pain que nous mangeons aujourd’hui n’en apporte que des quantités infimes.
Le magnésium n’est pas un médicament, c’est un aliment absolument nécessaire puisque sont absence totale est incompatible avec la vie. Il est nécessaire à tous les processus biochimiques de votre organisme, au métabolisme, à la synthèse des acides nucléiques et des protéines, et à la majorité des fonctions de notre organisme, comme la reproduction cellulaire, la production d’énergie, la transmission des influx nerveux. Dans ce dernier cas, le magnésium profondément lié au calcium puisqu’il assure sa fixation, est l’un des principaux aliments de la cellule nerveuse ; dans tous les troubles du système nerveux (nervosité, dépression, insomnie, anxiété…) on constate la carence de magnésium.
Le chercheur français ROBINET a montré qu’en France, les carences du sol en magnésium se superposait parfaitement sur la carte de France des suicides. Le magnésium est donc un puissant antidépresseur que l’on devrait privilégier par rapport à certains médicaments aux effets secondaires redoutables.
Dans certains cas, le rôle du magnésium par rapport au calcium est intéressant à bien des égards. Déjà, on sait que c’est le magnésium qui fixe le calcium et intervient dans le métabolisme calcique sur les glandes parathyroïdes. Au niveau cellulaire, il contôle et régule l’entrée du calcium dans la cellule et les liquides intra-cellulaires.

Le Chlorure de Magnésium


Il se vend en pharmacie (sans ordonnance) ou en magasin diététique, en sachets de 20g que l’on dilue dans 1 litre d’eau.
Il est conseillé de le conserver au réfrigérateur pour tuer un peu la saveur âcre et amère.
Il est aujourd’hui prouvé que le magnésium est présent dans tous les tissus et organes, qu’il participe à la bonne marche de toutes les grandes fonctions de l’organisme sans exception. Comme l’organisme ne dispose d’aucune réserve en magnésium, il lui faut un apport régulier journalier pour faire face à ses besoins physiologiques, faute de quoi des troubles vont survenir plus ou moins rapidement au niveau de telle ou telle fonction organique selon la fragilité de chacun.
La malabsorption du magnésium est associé aux problèmes gastro-intestinaux .
L’insuffisance chronique peut produire des dommages à long terme et peut être mortelle.
99% des hommes sont en déficit en magnésium (dans le monde moderne).

Problèmes dus au manque de magnésium

Fatigue chronique ainsi que tout manque d’énergie, réactions émotives, dépressions, comportement psychotique, impulsion rapide, confusion, colère, nervosité, irritabilité, incapacité de penser clairement, insomnie, spasmes musculaires, tremblements, convulsions, sensibilité excessive à la douleur, problèmes vasculaires, durcissement des artères, arthrite, maladies cardiovasculaires, fibromalgie, spasme vasculaires, spasmophilie, palpitations, crampes.

On a pu constater que l’apport de chlorure de magnésium à une action très positive sur :

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Free from single use bottles

During spring runoff, Grand Canyon’s drinking water may appear turbid or cloudy. This annual turbidity has been exhaustively researched and is not harmful to health. Grand Canyon National Park regularly tests the water to ensure it is safe to drink. Learn more….

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Letter from my 10 year old

Dear mother earth
I am sorry for what we have done.
I have tried to use less litter but sometimes I just forget. When I am at school I don’t have any litter in my lunch box. At home we are growing plants in our vegetable garden and try not to buy things with plastic wrapping.
What we should be more careful of is trees and plants, without plants we can’t breath without us trees can’t breath.

One of my mum’s friends is making a non-plastic market.
Did you know that in some places in the world there is more plastic than plankton so little fish eat plastic and then bigger fish eat little fish with plastic inside them then we catch the fish with plastic inside and then we cook it and the plastic melts and we end up eating that plastic that we made.

I am so sorry for what we have done.We will change!
Yours sincerely

Plastic report



The Great Pacific Garbage Patch



French Eating habits

When I first arrived in Australia I knew nothing and no-one.

The car I bought became my only locomotion and bed and breakfast. The best in town! In all towns in fact! ha ha. I was sleeping in my station wagon, where ever and  when ever I had the need. I also was eating in the same fashion!! I had no kind of cooler or esky with me. I cooked meat when I came across public barbecues and when a butcher was nearby. One cheesecake a , almost everyday, was my only routine! I had to have my dose of cheesecake everyday!! Until I got kind of sick of it and slowly started to only eat half one a day and then I moved on to ice cream!! lol Because I had no refrigerating system on board, I had to eat the whole box each time! ha ha. There was no rule as to when and what I was eating… After a few months of this diet, I started to calm down a bit and was actually craving real food. I had fruit often because they were easy, and a cereal bowl every morning, sitting in the sand at 5 am, watching the sun come up, drinking in the beautiful peaceful of such amazing scenes. Australia does have the best sunsets I must say. I don’t remember having vegies, only those that didn’t require cooking I guess. I didn’t cook. Occasionally a little instant noodle box, that was special…getting the little pan out …lol. When I was shopping, I didn’t need to read the labels to understand how unhealthy the food was!! lol. (But that’s another fun part of travelling I guess.)

Australians put sugar in everything and anything! gherkins, mayonnaise, tomato sauce and tomato soup… You name it, I am sure you can find sugar in it! I will never get used to it. I find it sickening. I used to eat a jar of  nuttella with a teaspoon for my dinner. I would sprinkle caster sugar over my mashed potatoes and also on my sliced up tomatoes as a child…  but sugar in every can or pre-packed food doesn’t do it for me. I do like sweet and sour like in some Asian food , if it is well done, “Duck in orange sauce” is definitely one of  weaknesses, an old time favourite actually.)

So I guess the sugar contained in everything I’ve found, combined with a really bad diet and eclectic eating times largely contributed to my putting on 10kgs in only 6 months!! It’s not pretty when you’re as small as I am! I was young, free and alone… life was easy!!! No worries back then… I didn’t care.

When I got back home, I quickly lost all the weight, looked after my hair again and went back to my French eating habits. With no effort at all, just following the simple rules:

  • eat 3 meals a day (no skipping, ever),
  • on time (everyday at the same time),
  • and no snacking of course (even a sugary drink outside a meal is considered snacking here).

Easy. No effort. No sport. It didn’t matter what I ate (of course no more cheesecake or ice cream meals), as long as those rules were respected, it was too easy.

Now, 15 years later, I am back in Australia, married with 2 children.  I have “forced” my French ways onto the family. My husband is still finding it difficult to comply but did recognise the benefits or regularity while we lived over in France together. Despite all the “rich” meals we had, he actually lost weight at first and then stabilised. But since we live here, he’s been struggling again. He is Australian.

It is harder in Australia to maintain your weight because the eating habits are wrong and strongly oppressing everywhere you go. The processed food you can find here teaches from a very young age to eat sugary things.  So, right from the start, the Australian child starts with a major handicap, the result is forever unhappy dieting adults. People don’t seem to gather around the table for a meal together. Mothers don’t seem to cook for lunch. In my culture, breakfast and lunch are the two most important meals of the day. They fuel the day, so they need to be proper meals. If not, then we tend to feel hungry all day and snacking becomes natural for survival reasons. (Not that we’re going to die of starvation any time soon though… lol). Dinner isn’t so important because you go to bed and hardly need any energy for sleeping.

Today, despite having had two beautiful children, and approaching 40, my teenage clothes still fit me. Ok, I agree, my shapes have changed but because my weight is actually a few kilos lighter than 20 years ago, they really still fit me! You see, in my case, having children has been nothing like a burden to keep in shape. Quite the opposite. Having children has kept me on the right path. Because I live in this country I feel I have to be much more French in our eating habits than any French in France. I need to make more efforts in leading by example, and need to instil the habits in my children. That means fighting the whole country’s constant temptations which is like swimming against the currant really. Don’t get me wrong, our diet is far from being perfect, I do the wrong thing a few times a month (or a week) too!!! But I try my best, when possible, to follow my culture when it come to feeding the family properly…

I see mothers who go all day without a meal. They snack, drink a tea or two, probably starving themselves constantly but they are obese! It is so unfair. They haven’t been shown the way. They don’t know how easy it is to stay slim. They don’t know how good it feels to have a good meal twice a day and they feel hungry or are lacking energy all day and have to have another tea to rewind the energy button. I wish I could help them, convince them that it works and really makes life mush easier and cheaper too. Snacks cost a fortune to the individual and to the planet too.(think about all the wrapping)

Children of this nation need to be taught (by their mothers, by leading by example)

  • to eat properly 3 times a day ONLY.
  • Sitting at a table eating.
  • Not playing, not watching TV,
  • just eating and talking around the table like a happy family or bunch of friends.
  • No snacking. (We don’t do morning or afternoon tea. Occasionally when we are with friends we will have one, but if I can avoid it, I will.)
  • Water should be the only source if dehydrated, not sugary tea, orange juice or other fizzy drinks, NEVER. If you need vitamin C, have a real orange, or press one yourself but don’t teach your child to walk around with a can of coke or flavoured milk or anything else flavoured or sugary. Water is the key.

Sugary drinks give you the false impression of being “full”. Everyone knows sugar gives you a short almost instant boost but then your energy levels quickly flop down again. Which means you need another quick fix to keep going through the next hour or so… This is so unhealthy to consume sugary drinks all day, every day, especially destructive outside meals. No wonder Australia has such a high level of obesity.

I have proven that by living the Australian way, anyone can be obese, I was. But by adopting the French way we all have more chances to be slimmer.

So… who is ready to make the swap?

362 Days ’til 40: Technology Overkill???

As I sit here with my laptop, iPad, iPhone, iPod, flat screen TV, Kindle, Nook (yes, we have BOTH) and video game console I can’t help but wonder how much

via362 Days ’til 40: Technology Overkill???.

The white stuff

LET’S call him Curtis. Three days a week he gets into his small unmarked truck and drives to a farm somewhere in Western Australia.

There, he fills a tank with about 250 litres of a substance that has been banned from human consumption because, authorities warn, the bacteria in it can cause illness and possibly death, especially in pregnant women, young children, the elderly and people with compromised immune systems. Curtis drives his truck back to Perth where, at a few designated drop-off points, mothers and children are waiting. Waiting for their man, with bottles to be filled from his refrigerated vat of bacterial soup. Right out in the open. Everyone can see them scoring their fix in those stark Perth suburbs of limestone walls and searing light.

by: Mark Whittaker                                 From: The Australian                        December 10, 2011

French Paradox

 How to stay slim on a no-deprivation diet?

The “French Paradox” has been studied by scientists for at least 20 years, and many theories have been debated as to why the French are healthier and thinner than Americans for example, yet, in the US, the population is perpetually dieting, consuming greater amounts of low-fat, low-calorie, and low-carb foods than the French.


Here are the French Women secrets to slimness:

1. Rigorous portion control: Studies found that French portions were, on average, 25% smaller than those in the US. You can eat what you love, but in moderation.



2.  Quality, not quantity: Food is sacred, instead of inhaling a burger in two minutes flat, the French enjoy their fresh food. They savour it. Good food is extremely important to French people.



3.  East slowly: Savouring food is essential. Also, in France eating is an extremely social affair – meals can last for hours as bits of news, gossip or political debates are exchanged around the table. Fast food and take out are therefore uncommon. Eating slowly also allows your stomach to send signal to your brain once you are full. By eating slowly you avoid over-eating.



4.  Don’t be lazy: Take the stairs instead of waiting for the elevator. French women may not like gyms, but they are naturally active. Also, most family spend time cooking their own meals, using fresh products. Eating healthy un-processed food is made a priority.



5.  Make Lunch your biggest Meal: French people eat 60% percent of their day’s calories before 2 P.M. This leaves time for the body to process and digest the food properly, and it also helps avoid mid-afternoon cravings.



6.  No Snack culture: The French snack on average less than once a day.



7.  Eat breakfast & avoid skipping meals



8. And finally, “French women refuse to accept being overweight“, says Benchetrit, director of the Clinique du Poids (weight loss clinic) in Paris. “It is no secret that they want to be beautiful, in love, and take care of themselves so they look good.”


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