Immune System and Essential Oils

immunesystem

 

The Immune System is located throughout your body, particularly your blood, your lymphatic system, and your colon. (Low immune system can lead to many issues as well as taking longer to heal)

Strategies that help improve your immune system are effective when they take into account factors such as stress reduction, supporting good intestinal bacteria, and promoting better blood and lymph quality. A particularly effective strategy is the use of aromatherapy. Aromatherapy is the use of essential oils through various mediums towards bettering your overall health.

Aromatherapy works in three ways: (1) By virtue of their antibacterial and antiviral properties, essential oils can directly attack and destroy harmful microorganisms in your body. (2) By directly stimulating the organs of your immune system in a twofold manner: improving the production of their various immunity-boosting cells and encouraging lymph to flush out toxins. (3) By alleviating stress and controlling the hormones secreted by the adrenal system.

Many essential oils have a remarkable ability to both support the immune system and increase one’s rate of healing. Some of these same essential oils are also powerful antiseptics. One way these oils fight infection is to stimulate the production of white corpuscles, which are part of the body’s immune defense. Still other essential oils encourage new cell growth to promote faster healing. As an extra bonus, the regenerative properties of these essential oils improve the condition and tone of the skin. All can be used in conjunction with herbal remedies designed to improve immunity.

One important way to assist your immune system is a lymphatic massage that uses essential oils. Lymph nodes are located around the body, particularly in the throat, groin, breasts, and under the arms. They are like filtering centers for cleansing the blood. The lymphatic system moves cellular fluid through the system, cleansing the body of waste produced by the body’s metabolic functions. Lemon, rosemary, and grapefruit are especially good at stimulating movement and supporting the cleansing action. A lymphatic massage involves deep strokes that work from the extremities toward the heart. You can even do this on yourself. Rub the oil up your arms to the lymph nodes in your armpits. From the center of your chest, rub again toward the armpit, and then down your neck. Massage your legs from your feet up to the groin.

Essential oils for the immune system: bergamot, grapefruit, lavender, lemon, myrrh, rosemary, tea tree, thyme

Immunity Boosting Blend

  • 6 drops lavender oil
  • 6 drops bergamot oil
  • 3 drops lemon oil
  • 3 drops tea tree oil
  • 2 drops myrrh oil (expensive, so optional)
  • 2 ounces fractionated coconut oil

Combine ingredients. Use as a general massage oil over specific areas of the body that tend to develop physical problems. For example, if you come down with a lot of chest colds and flus, rub this blend over your chest. Use 1 to 2 teaspoons in a bath or 1 teaspoon in a foot bath.

Without the fractionated coconut oil, this recipe is suitable for use in an aromatherapy diffuser. Use 3-6 drops in diffuser or according to directions. Use in some form several times a day when trying to build up your own natural immunity.

This entry was posted on January 12, 2015.

A Calorie Is Not A Calorie

Photo: A Calorie Is Not A Calorie</p><br />
<p>Carbohydrate, fat and protein(macro-nutrients) calories are indeed equal by definition in terms of their energy content, but the body processes each in a distinct way, and these differences have real implications for weight management. In addition, food calories of all types may have very different effects on the body depending on when they are eaten and what they are eaten with. Following are five specific reasons why all calories are not equal.<br /><br />
1. The energy cost to metabolize fat, carbs and protein is different- more energy is required to process protein than carbs, and more energy is required to process carbs than fat<br /><br />
2. Calorie restriction slows metabolism<br /><br />
3. Protein reduces appetite<br /><br />
4. Fiber reduces calorie absorption<br /><br />
5. Timing of eating affects calorie processing</p><br />
<p>Don't just rely on the scale either.The number on the scale is nice for a guideline, but body fat calipers and tape measures are your best option if you are seeking to lose inches from your waste.<br /><br />
To burn fat quicker and more efficiently, it is best to incorporate a weight lifting routine into your lifestyle.
Carbohydrate, fat and protein(macro-nutrients) calories are indeed equal by definition in terms of their energy content, but the body processes each in a distinct way, and these differences have real implications for weight management. In addition, food calories of all types may have very different effects on the body depending on when they are eaten and what they are eaten with. Following are five specific reasons why all calories are not equal.
1. The energy cost to metabolize fat, carbs and protein is different- more energy is required to process protein than carbs, and more energy is required to process carbs than fat
2. Calorie restriction slows metabolism
3. Protein reduces appetite
4. Fiber reduces calorie absorption
5. Timing of eating affects calorie processingDon’t just rely on the scale either.The number on the scale is nice for a guideline, but body fat calipers and tape measures are your best option if you are seeking to lose inches from your waste.
To burn fat quicker and more efficiently, it is best to incorporate a weight lifting routine into your lifestyle.
This entry was posted on March 30, 2014.

Top 10 Foods That Cause Inflammation

Photo: Top 10 Foods That Cause Inflammation:

1. Sugar- anything that ends in -ose, empty calories
2. Vegetable oils- corn, safflower, grape-seed, sunflower, canola
3. Trans Fats-deep fried foods, fast foods, commercially baked goods and those prepared with partially hydrogenated oil, margarine and/or vegetable shortening
4. Dairy products
5. Feedlot-raised meat- non organic and grain fed, not free range
6. Processed meat- hot dogs, sausage, lunchmeat
7. Alcohol- high consumption
8. Grains- white rice, white flour, white bread, noodles, pasta, biscuits, pastries, whole wheat/grains. Empty calories, high glycemic index
9. Artificial Food Additives- aspartame, MSG
10. Not everybody, but some people are sensitive to Nuts, Eggs, and Nightshade Vegetables

1. Sugar- anything that ends in -ose, empty calories
2. Vegetable oils- corn, safflower, grape-seed, sunflower, canola
3. Trans Fats-deep fried foods, fast foods, commercially baked goods and those prepared with partially hydrogenated oil, margarine and/or vegetable shortening
4. Dairy products
5. Feedlot-raised meat- non organic and grain fed, not free range
6. Processed meat- hot dogs, sausage, lunchmeat
7. Alcohol- high consumption
8. Grains- white rice, white flour, white bread, noodles, pasta, biscuits, pastries, whole wheat/grains. Empty calories, high glycemic index
9. Artificial Food Additives- aspartame, MSG
10. Not everybody, but some people are sensitive to Nuts, Eggs, and Nightshade Vegetables

This entry was posted on March 30, 2014.

Nightshades

What are Nightshades and Should I Avoid Them?

Potatoes, tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, tomatillos, goji berries and other berries, paprika and tobacco all contain an alkaloid called solanine. There are people who are sensitive to solanine and don’t even know it. People with arthritis are often advised to avoid nightshade plants because they supposedly aggravate joint pain. Some people with a sensitivity to nightshade plants are unable to digest them fully. If you have a sensitivity, you may experience diarrhea, gas, bloating, nausea, painful joints, headaches and depression from consuming nightshades.

Photo: What are Nightshades and Should I Avoid Them?</p><br /><br />
<p>Potatoes, tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, tomatillos, goji berries and other berries, paprika and tobacco all contain an alkaloid called solanine.  There are people who are sensitive to solanine and don't even know it. People with arthritis are often advised to avoid nightshade plants because they supposedly aggravate joint pain. Some people with a sensitivity to nightshade plants are unable to digest them fully. If you have a sensitivity, you may experience diarrhea, gas, bloating, nausea, painful joints, headaches and depression from consuming nightshades.
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This entry was posted on March 30, 2014.

11 Biggest Lies, Myths and Misconceptions of Mainstream Nutrition

1. Eggs Are Unhealthy

There’s one thing that nutrition professionals have had remarkable success with… and that is demonizing incredibly healthy foods. The worst example of that is eggs, which happen to contain a large amount of cholesterol and were therefore considered to increase the risk of heart disease.

But recently it has been proven that the cholesterol in the diet doesn’t really raise the cholesterol in blood. In fact, eggs primarily raise the “good” cholesterol and are NOT associated with increased risk of heart disease (12).

What we’re left with is one of the most nutritious foods on the planet. They’re high in all sorts of nutrients along with unique antioxidants that protect our eyes (3). To top it all of, despite being a “high fat” food, eating eggs for breakfast is proven to cause significant weight loss compared to bagels for breakfast (45).

Bottom Line: Eggs do not cause heart disease and are among the most nutritious foods on the planet. Eggs for breakfast can help you lose weight.

2. Saturated Fat is Bad For You

A few decades ago it was decided that the epidemic of heart disease was caused by eating too much fat, in particular saturated fat. This was based on highly flawed studies and political decisions that have now been proven to be completely wrong.

A massive review article published in 2010 looked at 21 prospective epidemiological studies with a total of 347.747 subjects. Their results: absolutely no association between saturated fat and heart disease (6).

The idea that saturated fat raised the risk of heart disease was an unproven theory that somehow became conventional wisdom (7). Eating saturated fat raises the amount of HDL (the “good”) cholesterol in the blood and changes the LDL from small, dense LDL (very bad) to Large LDL, which is benign (89).

Meat, coconut oil, cheese, butter… there is absolutely no reason to fear these foods.

Bottom Line: Newer studies have proven that saturated fat does not cause heart disease. Natural foods that are high in saturated fat are good for you.

3. Everybody Should be Eating Grains

The idea that humans should be basing their diets on grains has never made sense to me. The agricultural revolution happened fairly recently in human evolutionary history and our genes haven’t changed that much.

Grains are fairly low in nutrients compared to other real foods like vegetables. They are also rich in a substance called phytic acid which binds essential minerals in the intestine and prevents them from being absorbed (10).

The most common grain in the western diet, by far, is wheat… and wheat can cause a host of health problems, both minor and serious. Modern wheat contains a large amount of a protein called gluten, but there is evidence that a significant portion of the population may be sensitive to it (111213).

Eating gluten can damage the intestinal lining, cause pain, bloating, stool inconsistency and tiredness (1415). Gluten consumption has also been associated with schizophrenia and cerebellar ataxia, both serious disorders of the brain (1617).

Bottom Line: Grains are relatively low in nutrients compared to other real foods like vegetables. The gluten grains in particular may lead to a variety of health problems.

4. Eating a Lot of Protein is Bad For Your Bones and Kidneys

A high protein diet has been claimed to cause both osteoporosis and kidney disease.

It is true that eating protein increases calcium excretion from the bones in the short term, but the long term studies actually show the opposite effect.

In the long term, protein has a strong association with improved bone health and a lower risk of fracture (1819). Additionally, studies don’t show any association of high protein with kidney disease in otherwise healthy people (2021).

In fact, two of the main risk factors for kidney failure are diabetes and high blood pressure. Eating a high protein diet improves both (2223). If anything, a high protein diet should be protective against osteoporosis and kidney failure!

Bottom Line: Eating a high protein diet is associated with improved bone health and a lower risk of fracture. High protein also lowers blood pressure and improves diabetes symptoms, which should lower the risk of kidney failure.

5. Low-Fat Foods Are Good For You

Do you know what regular food tastes like when all the fat has been taken out of it? Well, it tastes like cardboard. No one would want to eat it.

The food manufacturers know this and therefore they add other things to compensate for the lack of fat. Usually these are sweeteners… sugar, high fructose corn syrup or artificial sweeteners like aspartame.

We’ll get to the sugar in a moment, but I’d like to point out that even though artificial sweeteners don’t have calories, the evidence does NOT suggest that they are better for you than sugar.

In fact, many observational studies show a consistent, highly significant association with various diseases like obesity, metabolic syndrome, diabetes, heart disease, premature delivery and depression (242526).

In these low-fat products, healthy natural fats are being replaced with substances that are extremely harmful.

Bottom Line: Low-fat foods are usually highly processed products loaded with sugar, corn syrup or artificial sweeteners. They are extremely unhealthy.

6. You Should Eat Many Small Meals Throughout The Day

The idea that you should eat many small meals throughout the day in order to “keep metabolism high” is a persistent myth that doesn’t make any sense.

It is true that eating raises your metabolism slightly while you’re digesting the meal, but it’s the total amount of food that determines the energy used, NOT the number of meals.

This has actually been put to the test and refuted multiple times. Controlled studies where one group eats many small meals and the other the same amount of food in fewer meals show that there is literally no difference between the two (2728). In fact, one study in obese men revealed that eating 6 meals per day led to less feelings of fullness compared to 3 meals (29).

Not only is eating so often practically useless for most of the people out there, it may even be harmful. It is not natural for the human body to be constantly in the fed state. In nature, we used to fast from time to time and we didn’t eat nearly as often as we do today.

When we don’t eat for a while, a cellular process called autophagy cleans waste products out of our cells (30). Fasting or not eating from time to time is good for you. Several observational studies show a drastically increased risk of colon cancer (4th most common cause of cancer death), numbers going as high as a 90% increase for those who eat 4 meals per day compared to 2 (313233).

Bottom Line: There is no evidence that eating many small meals throughout the day is better than fewer, bigger meals. Not eating from time to time is good for you. Increased meal frequency is associated with colon cancer.

7. Carbs Should Be Your Biggest Source of Calories

The mainstream view is that everyone should eat a low-fat diet, with carbs being around 50-60% of total calories. This sort of diet contains a lot of grains and sugars, with very small amounts of fatty foods like meat and eggs. This type of diet may work well for some people, especially those who are naturally lean.

But for those who are obese, have the metabolic syndrome or diabetes, this amount of carbohydrates is downright dangerous. This has actually been studied extensively. A low-fat, high-carb diet has been compared to a low-carb, high-fat diet in multiple randomized controlled trials.

The results are consistently in favor of low-carb, high-fat diets (343536).

Bottom Line: The low-fat, high-carb diet is a miserable failure and has been proven repeatedly to be vastly inferior to lower-carb, higher-fat diets.

8. High Omega-6 Seed and Vegetable Oils Are Good For You

Polyunsaturated fats are considered healthy because some studies show that they lower your risk of heart disease.

But there are many types of polyunsaturated fats and they are not all the same. Most importantly, we have both Omega-3 fatty acids and Omega-6 fatty acids.

Omega-3s are anti-inflammatory and lower your risk of many diseases related to inflammation (37). Humans actually need to get Omega-6s and Omega-3s in a certain ratio. If the ratio is too high in favor of Omega-6, it can cause problems (38).

By far the biggest sources of Omega-6 in the modern diet are processed seed and vegetable oils like soybean, corn and sunflower oils. Throughout evolution, humans never had access to such an abundance of Omega-6 fats. It is unnatural for the human body.

Research that specifically looks at Omega-6 fatty acids instead of polyunsaturated fats in general shows that they actually increase the risk of heart disease (3940). Eat your Omega-3s and consider supplementing with cod fish liver oil, but avoid the industrial seed and vegetable oils.

Bottom Line: Humans need to get Omega-6 and Omega-3 fats in a certain ratio. Eating excess Omega-6 from seed oils raises your risk of disease.

9. Low Carb Diets Are Dangerous

I personally believe low-carb diets to be a potential cure for many of the most common health problems in western nations.

The low-fat diet peddled all around the world is fairly useless against many of these diseases. It simply does not work.

However, low-carb diets (demonized by nutritionists and the media) have repeatedly been shown to lead to much better outcomes.

Every randomized controlled trial on low-carb diets shows that they:

  1. Reduce body fat more than calorie-restricted low-fat diets, even though the low-carb dieters are allowed to eat as much as they want (4142).
  2. Lower blood pressure significantly (4344).
  3. Lower blood sugar and improve symptoms of diabetes much more than low-fat diets (45464748).
  4. Increase HDL (the good) cholesterol much more (4950).
  5. Lower triglycerides much more than low-fat diets (515253).
  6. Change the pattern of LDL (bad) cholesterol from small, dense (very bad) to Large LDL, which is benign (5455).
  7. Low carb diets are also easier to stick to, probably because they don’t require you to restrict calories and be hungry all the time. More people in the low-carb groups make it to the end of the studies (5657).

Many of the health professionals that are supposed to have our best interest in mind have the audacity to claim that these diets are dangerous, then continue to peddle their failed low-fat dogma that is hurting more people than it helps.

Bottom Line: Low-carb diets are the healthiest, easiest and most effective way to lose weight and reverse metabolic disease. It is a scientific fact.

10. Sugar is Unhealthy Because it Contains “Empty” Calories

It is commonly believed that sugar is bad for you because it contains empty calories. It’s true, sugar has a lot of calories with no essential nutrients. But that is just the tip of the iceberg.

Sugar, primarily because of its high fructose content, affects metabolism in a way that sets us up for rapid fat gain and metabolic disease. Fructose gets metabolized by the liver and turned into fat which is secreted into the blood as VLDL particles. This leads to elevated triglycerides and cholesterol (5859).

It also causes resistance to the hormones insulin and leptin, which is a stepping stone towards obesity, metabolic syndrome and diabetes (6061).

This is just to name a few. Sugar causes a relentless biochemical drive for humans to eat more and get fat. It is probably the single worst ingredient in the standard western diet.

Bottom Line: The harmful effects of sugar go way beyond empty calories. Sugar wreaks havoc on our metabolism and sets us up for weight gain and many serious diseases.

11. High Fat Foods Will Make You Fat

It seems kind of intuitive that eating fat would make you get fat. The stuff that is gathering under our skin and making us look soft and puffy is fat. So… eating fat should give our bodies even more of it.

But it isn’t that simple. Despite fat having more calories per gram than carbohydrate or protein, high-fat diets do not make people fat. As with anything, this depends on the context. A diet that is high in fat AND high in carbs will make you fat, but it’s NOT because of the fat.

In fact, diets that are high in fat (and low in carbs) cause much greater fat loss than diets that are low in fat (626364).

Read more: http://authoritynutrition.com/11-biggest-lies-of-mainstream-nutrition/#ixzz2uWINMNzs

This entry was posted on March 9, 2014.

Gluten’s Many Disguises

Gluten can hide in foods as diverse as salad dressing and low-fat sour cream and can be in foods that have been cross-contaminated. Gluten is typically known to be in Wheat, Rye, and Barley, but there are dozens of ingredients that contain gluten. Here’s a list of gluten’s many disguises:

Bran, coloring, couscous, graham, hydrolized, Kamut, Malt, Bulgur, Durham, Oatmeal (unless specifically labeled GF) Natural Flavors, Soy Sauce, Spelt, Starch, Vegetable Protein, Cocoa and chocolate products, Commercial dairy products, Malted drinks and powders, Marzipan, Packaged bread mixes, Packaged cake mixes, Packaged frosting mixes, Pastry fillings, Pie fillings, Seasoning mixes, Some baking powders, and some cake decorating products like sprinkles.

Many people avoid gluten due to celiac disease, but a lot of people avoid it due to sensitivity. There are millions of people who are sensitive to it and don’t even know it. It is highly recommended to get a Cyrex array 3 test to check for sensitivity. Gluten can really wreak havoc on your body as well as your brain

This entry was posted on March 5, 2014.

9 REASONS WOMEN SHOULD NOT BE SCARED OF GAINING MUSCLE

I am a 45 year old stay at home mom of 2 and have been weight lifting and doing cardio for 8 years now and have to say that weight lifting has made a huge difference in what my body looks like and how I feel.  I have become more defined and believe it or not, I do not have the physique of a body builder even though I lift extremely heavy weight. There is such a huge misconception about women bulking up if they lift weights.  Unless you are on steroids and a bunch of supplements, it is really difficult for a woman to get that bulky look because we do not have the testosterone needed to make that happen.

Another misconception about muscle is that people think muscle weighs more than fat.  One pound of muscle weighs just the same as one pound of fat or one pound of feathers.  Muscle is more dense than fat so it takes up less space.  Who doesn’t want that. ;)

Muscle is not just aesthetically pleasing, it is EXTREMELY important for a myriad of health benefits.

Here are nine reasons women should not be afraid of gaining muscle:

1. Muscle helps you live longer! According to Tufts University, the more muscle mass you have, the greater your longevity potential. Muscle is the number one biomarker for longevity. It is a better predictor than total cholesterol or blood pressure!

2. The more muscle you have the more calories you burn at rest. It is estimated that for every pound of muscle you gain you burn an extra 50 calories a day. Add 5 pounds of muscle and you’ll burn an extra 1,750 calories a week! That’s the equivalent of going on the treadmill five times a week for 40 minutes.

3. Muscle makes life and everyday activities easier. The more muscle you have, the more strength you have. Researchers at Tufts University determined that strength is the number two predictor for longevity!

4. Muscle improves body composition. According to world renowned strength coach Charles Poliquin, for every kilo of lean muscle that was gained, there was an equal loss of weight in body fat! Look at this way, if gained 4 kg of muscle during a 12 week program, in the same 12 weeks you would drop 4 kg of fat! So if you started at 20% body fat and 60 kg of bodyweight, your body fat would now be 13%! These body composition changes will make you look absolutely amazing and feel very empowered.

5. Muscle empowers women because of the new sense of strength and power that muscle gives!

6. The more muscle you have the more insulin receptor sites you have, and the more sensitive they will be. This means it’s easier to stay leaner and keep the fat off!

7. Muscle builds stronger bones, preventing osteoporosis.

8. Muscle improves flexibility and balance.

9. Muscle can improve the postural muscles to enhance your posture.

And most importantly, muscle makes you look great naked! Want a sexier butt? Add some muscle, strip the fat and VOILA! Want your waist to look tinier? Shape your shoulders and WOW! Want to make your legs look longer? Strip some fat and add some muscle and SHAZAM!

Now that you understand why women should not be scared of gaining muscle, here is what you need to know about muscle tissue. It can do one of two things:
Grow larger and/or stronger
Shrink and/or get weaker

This entry was posted on February 26, 2014.

Alzheimer’s/dementia – type 3 diabetes?

 

Most Americans consume gluten through wheat, but it is found in rye, barley, spelt, kamut, and bulgur and is one of the most common food additives in the world.  It is also used in processed foods and personal care products.  It is sometimes present in oats. Pure oatmeal does not contain gluten. However, most oatmeal brands on the market today are not pure — they contain oats that have been cross-contaminated with a tiny bit of wheat, barley and/or rye. Since those grains do have gluten in them, that cross-contamination makes most oatmeal brands unsafe on the gluten-free diet.  Be sure to find oats that say gluten-free.

Gluten is made of two groups of proteins, the glutenins and the gliadins.  There are 12 different smaller units that make up gliadin.  A person could be sensitive to either of the protein groups or any of the smaller units.  Sensitivity leads to inflammation.  Gluten sensitivity does not mean that you have Celiac disease. Celiac disease is what happens when an allergic reaction to gluten causes damage specifically to the small intestine.  Gluten sensitivity can involve any organ in the body including the brain.

Inflammation is the cornerstone of many brain disorders which can be initiated when the immune system reacts to a substance in a person’s body. When antibodies (also known as immunoglobulin, is a large Y-shape protein produced by B cells that is used by the immune system to identify and neutralize foreign objects such as bacteria and viruses) of the immune system come in contact with a protein or antigen (foreign object) to which a person is allergic, the inflammatory cascade is provoked.  This releases a whole host of damaging chemicals known as cytokines.

Cytokines are highly antagonistic to the brain, damaging tissue and leaving the brain vulnerable to dysfunction and disease especially if the assault continues.  Elevated cytokines are seen in Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis, and even autism.

So why is gluten all of sudden so bad?  The grains we eat today bear little resemblance to the grains that entered our diet 10,000 years ago. In the 17th century, studies were being done of crossing different plants to arrive at new varieties.  Our genetic makeup and physiology haven’t changed much since the time of our ancestors, our food chain has had a rapid makeover during the past 50 years.  Modern food manufacturing, including bio-engineering and specifically hybridization, have allowed us to grow structurally-modified grains that contain gluten that is less tolerable than the gluten that’s found in grains cultivated just a few decades ago.

We can be gluten sensitive and not even know it.  There are tests that can be done to detect whether or not you are sensitive.  Today’s American food pyramid pushes for a high carbohydrate, low fat diet. This pyramid needs to be turned upside down. It’s no wonder why there is so much sickness and disease in the world.  Our bodies do not need that many carbs, they need protein and our brain needs fat. Our brains love fat.  When we eat too many carbs, we eat less fat.

The best fats to look for:

Oils:

Coconut oil, olive oil, avocado oil, flaxseed oil, nut oils (walnut, pecan, macadamia).

Stick with the oils above for your cooking and salads and you won’t go wrong.

-For cooking, coconut oil is king! It has a high burn temperature and is extremely healthy.

-For salads, olive oil and avocado oil are kings. Be generous while you drizzle.

Nuts & Seeds:

Healthy nuts like pecans, walnuts and macadamia nuts have good levels of omega-3. These make great snacks. Move over chips!

FYI: Peanuts are not nuts.  They are legumes and should be avoided for these reasons:

1. Low in nutritional value

2. They contain phytates- for the most part – just prevent minerals in a particular food from being absorbed and also inhibit the functioning of certain enzymes that are critical to digestion

3. They contain lectins- The 2 main effects of lectins are that they cause “Leaky Gut” and they lead to increased inflammation in your gut. Both of these things may not cause any immediate problems when you eat lectins, but they often lead long-term to all sorts of problems.

4. They are high in protease inhibitors – your body starts producing too much of certain enzymes. When this happens, it can lead to all sorts of problems like Leaky Gut, chronic inflammation, and allergic reactions.

Soy is particularly bad about this, but most legumes are quite high in protease inhibitors.

5. Have Carbs and Can Stall Weight Loss

6. Contains phytoestrogens – Phytoestrogens are not actually estrogen, but they act like estrogen. Inside your body, phytoestrogens bind to the same receptors that estrogen binds to, but phytoestrogens give a much weaker signal than estrogen. Because the signals are weak, your body will often over-produce estrogen, which will disrupt your entire hormonal system.

What are bad fats? Anything high in omega-6 fatty acids, polyunsaturated fats, or anything that was man-made.

-Avoid the following fats:
Margarine, man-made oils (hydrogenated & partially hydrogenated oils), canola oil, corn oil, vegetable oil, soybean oil, grape seed oil, safflower oil, peanut oil, and sunflower oil.

Signs of gluten sensitivity:

ADHD, depression, anxiety, brain fog, dairy intolerance, heart disease, IBS, hives, migraines, sugar cravings, cancer, infertility, autism, neurological disorders, autoimmune disorders, and the list goes on.

Please consider removing gluten from your diet.  Research shows that many ailments can be reversed when eliminating gluten from your diet. Following a Paleo/primal lifestyle is one way, but just avoiding gluten all together is an important step in the right direction.

This is just a brief overview of how gluten can affect your body.  To get more in depth information, please read Dr. Perlmutter’s book Grain Brain.



This entry was posted on February 22, 2014.

5 Must Have Household Ingredients

I’m so excited to share this post with you as it is my very first one. (I had another blog, but wasn’t happy with it as it was a free one and your options were limited and wasn’t very pretty. It’s very true what they say, “You get what you pay for.”) There were so many topics to choose from for my first post, but thought this would be a great one that covers all areas of a healthy lifestyle which is of utmost importance to me. To me a healthy lifestyle consists of eating right, daily exercise, and using all natural products…meaning no chemicals or added ingredients that you wouldn’t ingest. Usually products that only consist of one to two ingredients.  The less the better.

What we put on our body is just as important as what we put in our body.  Our skin is the largest organ of the body.

Did you know….

1.  Our skin absorbs 60% of what touches it. Many products such as shampoo, lotions, medications, and perfume go from the skin to the bloodstream and delivered to all body parts.

2.  We absorb more through our skin than through ingesting.

3.  Our skin is a reflection of our insides. Our hydration and nourishment are key to radiating skin.

 

Photo: These are just a few natural products to get you started for a more healthy lifestyle. They can be used for health, home, and body. The good thing about these is that they are very economical for those who are on a tight budget.

It doesn’t get any easier than this.  5 simple ingredients that are natural and very economical for those who are on a budget.  These ingredients can be used to better your health, for making your home a more healthier place, and to help take care of your body.

Here is the list of ingredients and a few ways how they can help you on your healthful lifestyle journey.

1. White vinegar is the most versatile and economical product out there.  It is typically used in making salad dressings and sauces.  Another great use is making an all natural household cleaner that acts as a disinfectant and deodorizer.  It cleans much like an all purpose cleaner. Just mix a solution of equal parts of water and vinegar in a spray bottle and you have a solution that will clean most areas of your home.

2.  Epsom salt is not actually salt but a naturally occurring pure mineral compound of magnesium and sulfate. It is most commonly used in baths for its magical benefits of easing stress and relaxing the body, relieving pain and muscle cramps, and eliminating toxins from the body.  One cup in a hot bath is ideal.

3.  Baking soda is used for many things and is another inexpensive product.  It acts as a leavening agent in baking….makes all those tiny bubbles.  It also acts as a gentle abrasive cleaner.  It can also be used in place of toothpaste as well as a freshener— Refresh stinky sneakers: sprinkle baking soda inside the shoes to soak up sweat and odors.  Put an opened box in the fridge to eliminate odors.

4.  Organic coconut oil is not an inexpensive product, but is worth it’s weight in gold.  It can be used for cooking especially to replace any cooking oil and for wonderful beauty products.  It has anti-viral, anti-fungal, and anti-bacterial properties as well.  Great for oil pulling and using plain as a body lotion or removing make up. It is a solid oil, but will soften in a warm setting.

5.  Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) is an awesome product for balancing the ph in your body and skin.  It is great for detoxing your body. It is very potent and should always be diluted with water. ACV also works great for heartburn. Only organic will do that has the ‘mother’ included.

I hope you enjoyed my first blog post and gained some useful information. I will be covering more detailed information on these subjects in the days to come.


This entry was posted on February 9, 2014.