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May 11, 2020

If you are wondering about how you can improve certain health conditions through diet then this episode is for you.

Covering high cholesterol, blood acidity, high blood sugar, skin conditions and more.

Music: Wholesome by Kevin MacLeod


Let's talk diets: By Maria Arora

Let's talk about diets. This is one of my favourite topics as I see so many people in the clinic with all different types of conditions. And because every condition is unique in its causal factors, there isn’t a particular diet you can implement for everyone. Thus each person requires unique attention. I have given some examples of how we treat patients through diet below:


High Cholesterol

To regulate cholesterol, you need to have a good working liver. So the first thing we do is to support the liver, by cutting dairy products (for example, cheese, yoghurt, butter, icecream and chocolate). You may be surprised to know that cashews and peanuts can also play a role in high cholesterol, as well as coconut oil, cream and milk. 

People are often surprised to hear that coconut can be detrimental to some people. This is because there are a particular group of the population who can not genetically metabolise coconut products. And if the liver cannot process the saturated fat correctly then there is going to be an increase in cholesterol readings and plaque formation (particularly if you are acidic) and a tendency towards fatty liver. Contrary to popular belief, fatty liver doesn’t just come from an excess in carbohydrates. 

If you have high cholesterol we also need to review your thyroid and look at your magnesium levels. 


Low pH

If you have low pH we first need to make sure you are drinking the correct fluid. Most people who have low pH, have it because they are consuming carbonated drinks, alcohol, coffee and fruit juices. These drinks are more detrimental than eating animal protein. In fact, it is said that a person who drinks one can of soda water (or fizzy drink) will need 2 to 4 glasses of water (pH 10) to neutralise the acidic effects of the soda water. 

Some of the symptoms of low pH include passing urine during the night and body aches and pains (particularly in the joints). In fact, we often blame sports injuries when we should be looking at what we are consuming and how acidic we are because of it.


Sugar Regulation

Even if the person is taking insulin, we can create a correction. How do we do this? What we do is replace many of the carbohydrates in a person’s diet with protein. This low carb diet means less sugar and more fibre, meaning the breakdown of sugar is more constant and slow. 

Protein also helps hunger to be satisfied for longer and thus you won’t be reaching for food as much. 

Carbonated drinks, alcohol and juices also need to be avoided if you have sugar regulation problems. And the good fats in nuts, avocado and eggs play an important role in sugar regulation. It is a good idea to avoid dairy as dairy products often work against the liver and this can lead to the pancreas coming under stress. The pancreas secretes insulin.


Skin Conditions

Eczema and dermatitis are usually an overreaction of histamines. Histamines are a particular type of amino acids (a protein) and they need particular enzymes to be broken down and metabolised by the body. This enzyme is called Diamine Oxidase (DAO), and is present in the bowel and liver. When there are disturbances within the digestive system, this enzyme will not be present and thus results in a histamine reaction. Histamines tend to make the skin itchy, red, burning and swollen. 

When the body is having trouble processing histamines, you need to support it by avoiding high histamine foods like tomatoes, capsicum, chilli, foods high in salt, preservatives (including those found in red and white wine), chocolate, strawberry, kiwi fruit, processed foods like deli meats and cheese.

There is also a crossover with salicylic reaction and many people often think they need to completely cut out salicylates but this is not the case.

If you would like more information or to book an appointment to discuss your condition and how you can improve it through diet, you can contact Maria via her web page at