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High cholesterol leads to longer life

 

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Stop taking statin drugs – high cholesterol leads to longer life

by Talya Dagan

(NaturalNews) High cholesterol levels are believed to lead to heart conditions and early death. Statin drugs to lower LDL cholesterol are prescribed to more than 13 million Americans, and almost all men over the age of 60. Research published in the Annals of Nutrition & Metabolism in April 2015 now shows that, as you age, having high cholesterol is beneficial. The research, which was conducted in Japan, showed that people with the highest cholesterol levels had the lowest mortality rate from heart disease. The report states, “mortality actually goes down with higher total or low density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol levels, as reported by most Japanese epidemiological studies of the general population.”

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 What is cholesterol?

Cholesterol is a fat-soluble nutrient. It is soft and waxy and is essential for the human body. Though recognized as leading to atherosclerosis, cholesterol is also responsible for many important biological functions in the body. The human brain cannot function without cholesterol. Cholesterol is also important for the production of steroid hormones. Cholesterol helps reduce stress and may even be a treatment for MS, as the body needs cholesterol to build the myelin sheath that protects the nerves.

 

Cholesterol deficiency

People who have a genetic deficiency in cholesterol have a disease called Smith-Lemli-Opitz, or SLOS. This disease is recessive, so both parents need to have the disease for it to be passed on. People who have low or no cholesterol suffer from autism, vision problems, lower immunity and increased infections, and difficulty digesting food. Those born with no ability to make cholesterol can also have physical deformities in their hands, feet, or internal organs.

 

Why is cholesterol important?

Cholesterol is needed by every cell in the body because it is part of the makeup of the cell membrane. Cholesterol allows interactions between the various chemicals that interact with one another. Without cholesterol, your body can’t make bile acid, leading to poor digestion. The sex hormones, estrogen and testosterone, are also made with the help of cholesterol. Even the production of vitamin D utilizes cholesterol for its creation. The brain cells need cholesterol as well. New research has suggested that cholesterol bonds with sulphur in the body to produce cholesterol sulfate. This thins the blood, and it may be that this allows the body to store electrons and lower blood pressure when walking barefoot. Because of this, cholesterol sulfate has been indicated as a possible treatment for reducing heart disease.

 

Where is cholesterol found in foods?

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Cholesterol is found in mono-unsaturated fatty acids, or MUFAs. Foods with polyunsaturated fatty acids, or PUFAs, are detrimental to the body and to heart health. Foods with healthy fats are generally from the vegetable kingdom, such as vegetable oils.

Sources:

http://www.karger.com[PDF]

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov

http://www.eurekalert.org

http://www.healthboards.com

About the author:
Talya Dagan is a health advocate and health coach, trained in nutrition and gourmet health food cuisine, writing about natural remedies for disease and nutrition and herbal medicine. You can follow her blog at www.talyadagan.com
Talya Dagan is a health advocate and health coach, trained in nutrition and gourmet health food cuisine, writing about natural remedies for disease and nutrition and herbal medicine. You can follow her blog at www.talyadagan.com



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yoghurt

Yoghurt DIY

Make your own yoghurt

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Two Ridiculously Easy Ways to Make Homemade Organic Yogurt

Yoghurt is full of  good bacteria and it’s delicious too!  But those little six-packs touting “active cultures” are also filled with other ingredients that you probably don’t want to add to your diet if the purpose of eating yogurt is good health.

Here are the ingredients in some plain yogurts:

Cultured Pasteurized Grade A Nonfat Milk. Contains Less Than 2% of: Corn Starch, Kosher Gelatin, Pectin. Made With Active Yogurt Cultures Including L. Acidophilus.

Corn starch and pectin are nearly always made from GMOs, so if you are trying to avoid genetically modified food, you probably don’t want to eat this yogurt. Since there are no requirements to tell us about GMOs and hormones on the labels, we have to go with the most likely scenarios.

Flavored yogurt is even worse. Here are the ingredients in Activia yogurt:

Cultured Grade A Non Fat Milk, Strawberries, Water,Modified Food Starch, Contains Less than 1% of Inulin, Acacia Gum,Modified Corn Starch, Kosher Gelatin,Pectin, Natural Flavor, Carmine(for Color), Sodium Citrate, Malic Acid, Sucralose, Calcium Lactate,Xanthan Gum, Acesulfame Potassium.

This particular flavored yogurt contains probable GMOs, chemical additives,  probable rBGH-tainted milk, and artificial sweeteners.

It gets even better. Not only is homemade yogurt healthier than store-bought, it’s much less expensive, particularly if you prefer to give your family organic or raw dairy products.

Here’s the math:

A gallon of milk makes approximately 2 quarts of yoghurt.

  • 1 gallon of organic milk is $6.99 from our local Safeway.
  • 1 quart of organic yogurt is $4.99.
  • By making our own yogurt, using a little of a previous batch to start the new batch, the cost per quart is only $3.50.

Something I strongly recommend for your preparedness supplies is some freeze-dried yoghurt starter.   fIf disaster strikes, you won’t be able to run to the store to get a small container of yogurt to start a batch, so this is great to have on hand. It is definitely more expensive than using ready-made yogurt as a starter, but it’s a great way to extend the life of milk in a down grid scenario.

It’s easy to make yogurt at home.  The only issue for some folks is that it is time-consuming.  While it does take time, it isn’t all hands-on time. You have to be near the stove to watch the temperature of the milk. Because of this, I usually start my milk as we’re finishing up dinner, then finish the process as I’m cleaning up the kitchen for the day. Since I’m going to be in the kitchen for an hour then anyway, it doesn’t seem like I’m spending a huge amount of time making yogurt.

There are cool little yogurt making machines that you can buy for a very reasonable price – less than $30. But you don’t have to have a machine to make yogurt. I’m going to tell you about two very simple methods for making yogurt. You can go off-grid and make it in a thermos, or for larger batches, you can use your dehydrator.

The first steps are the same for both methods. (Actually, the first steps are the same if you have a yogurt-making machine too.)

How to Make Homemade Organic Yogurt

This is all you need to make yogurt

Here’s what you need:

That’s it…

Directions:

In a large saucepan, gently bring the milk up to 165 degrees Fahrenheit.  Some people, when using raw milk, raise the temperature only to 120 so that they don’t pasteurize the milk. (However, when you turn the milk into yogurt, you’ll be adding in healthy bacteria, so this is entirely optional.)

When your milk reaches the desired temperature, remove it from the heat and allow it to cool.  Be sure to remove it from the element if you have an electric stove or it will continue to get hotter. If you go over 185 degrees, your yogurt may not turn out well.

Allow your milk to cool to anywhere between 108 degrees and 112 degrees. If it is any hotter than that when you mix it with the culture, you’ll kill the bacteria that turn the milk into yogurt. If it is cooler, then it won’t be warm enough for the culturing process to occur. (This specificity is why I recommend a digital instant read thermometer.)

Let the temperature drop

When the milk drops to the desired temperature, ladle out about a cup of it to mix in another bowl with your culture. (This can be yogurt from the store, yogurt from a previous batch, or freeze-dried starter.)  Whisk it gently to combine it thoroughly. Gently. You’re not making whipped cream or meringue.

whisk together culture and milk

Pour the mixture back into the pot with the rest of the milk and whisk gently that to combine it well.

This is where the paths of yogurt-making part, but read all the way to the end, because the paths merge again.

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Method 2: The Thermos Method

Method 1 for yogurt making

This is an off-grid way to make yogurt. It’s useful because adds to the lifespan of your milk if the power goes out. I generally use this method because it uses no power and I like to be thrifty.  Use a good quality, large thermos  for this. Don’t use one of those little-kid, plastic lunch box thermoses. A thermos is a good thing to have around in a down-grid scenario, so you’ll find this to be a multipurpose item.

While you’re prepping your yogurt, fill your thermos with hot water so that the temperature inside it is nice and warm when you pour in the mixture. If the mixture cools down too quickly from meeting the chilled walls of the thermos, your yogurt will not turn out.

Empty the thermos, reserving the water for some other use.

Pour or ladle the mixture from the pot into the thermos.  Use a funnel to help guide the milk into the thermos. (Scroll down to the end of the article if you want a giggle about this.)

Put the lid on the thermos immediately.

Leave the thermos in the warmest place in the house overnight. For us, this is the laundry room at our current home. At another home, we tucked the thermos behind the woodstove.

Allow your yogurt to culture in the thermos for 10-14 hours. The longer you leave it, the more tart it will be.

(You’re not quite done. Be sure to skip down to the “Last Steps” section.)

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Method 2: The Dehydrator Method

This method can be used if you have one of those nice large dehydrators with removable trays like the Excalibur.  It must have removable trays and temperature settings for this to work.  If you are going out and buying a dehydrator specifically for the purpose of making yogurt, it would be much better to get the yogurt-making machine instead. And by better I mean $200 cheaper. However, if you already have an Excalibur or similar dehydrator, this is just one more use for it.

method 2 for yogurt making

Heat up enough Mason jars to hold all of the milk you’re preparing by filling them with hot water and setting the lids on top of them.

Remove the shelves from your dehydrator and begin preheating it to 105 degrees.

When your milk has been mixed with the culture, empty the water from the jars.

Using a canning funnel, fill the jars with the yogurt-to-be, leaving an inch of headspace.

Place the lid on the jars. (I use old lids that have previously been canned with for this, since I don’t need a seal.)

Place the jars in your dehydrator and close it. Leave the temperature at 105 degrees and allow the jars to stay in for 10-12 hours.  (Some instructions say 8 hours, but my yogurt was watery when I did that.) The longer the yogurt stays in the warmth, the more tart it will be.

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You’re not quite done…read on.

Last Steps

When you make homemade yogurt, it isn’t immediately going to have the super-thick texture that you get with store bought yogurt.

Some people stir in a thickener like unflavored gelatin.  When you do this, you have the goodness of the whey and you don’t have to take the extra steps of draining it.

However, I prefer to drain my yogurt and use the whey for other purposes.

Line a colander with a towel to drain the yogurt

Place a large colander in a larger bowl.

Line the colander with a lint free, clean dish towel.

Pour the yogurt into your draining set up. It will be very liquidy but don’t despair!

Drain the yogurt

Drain the yogurt for at least two hours. The longer you drain it, of course, the thicker the yogurt will be. I like to pull mine when it is the texture of sour cream, but if you leave it overnight, it will be the delicious thick consistency ofcream cheese.

 

Here’s the spectacular result

homemade yogurt

You’ll have lots of whey left over from this process. This can be used for lacto-fermentation, in place of water or milk in baking, in smoothies, or to make ricotta cheese. (Stay tuned for a ricotta recipe!)

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A Word of Warning!

You know how websites always make things look easy and flawless?  That is the magic of Bloggerland and I think sometimes it can be discouraging for those who are trying new things.

Well, just so you know that all is not actually perfect in Bloggerland, I poured from the pot to the thermos this time and used a funnel with a narrow neck. I overflowed the thermos and milk went everywhere, to the point that I had to pull out the stove and clean the floor beside and behind it. See? I just wanted you to know that our photos on our blogs are edited to show the successes.  We all try experiments that don’t work or make enormous messes from time to time.

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Diatomaceous Earth Recipes

Coupled with lower blood pressure, this study done by the University of Innsbruck in Austria found that DE may reduce blood cholesterol and positively influence lipid metabolism in people.

Some people are skeptical about eating diatomaceous earth for health benefits. It’s weird to think you can eat the same thing that you’re using to exterminate insects. But, isn’t that kind of a good thing? The pesticide you use in your garden, home, and yard is so safe you can eat it. Now, before we delve further into our discussion here, we have to talk a little bit about the different grades of diatomaceous earth. If you’re new to diatomaceous earth, this next section is a must read because it’s an important distinction to make. For our veteran diatomaceous earth-ers, feel free to skip the next section.

Stop! In the Name of Pool Grade Diatomaceous Earth
If the label on you diatomaceous earth says pool grade and your intending to eat it, just stop right there. Spit it out and throw it away. Or put it in your pool filter because that is it’s only intended use. Pool grade diatomaceous earth has been superheated so the diatoms form into crystals. This process turns the silica into crystalline silica. This process is necessary to make diatomaceous earth a more efficient filter for pools but makes it a big NO if you want to ingest DE.

Food Grade Diatomaceous Earth is the Good Stuff to Eat
The title says it all really, but here is a bit of explanation for the newbies. Mined straight out of the earth, unaltered DE contains a high amount of amorphous silica. This is what makes it the good stuff and about 85 percent of diatomaceous earth is silica. Food grade diatomaceous earth contains other trace minerals, with “trace” meaning that it contains a quantity of less than 1 percent. The wonderful thing about food grade DE is it contains less than 1 percent crystalline silica.

Danielle Baethge: Recipe Mastermind

We caught up with our good friend Danielle whose blog It’s a Love/Love Thing covers many topics like family, school, natural care, and homemade, natural recipes. She’s used diatomaceous earth for a few years as well and has even written a blog post about making Homemade Diatomaceous Earth Toothpaste. Here’s her DE story:
“I first found out about diatomaceous earth several years ago, when our house had a flea problem. Back then, DE was not easy to find and I don’t think I would have even thought to look for it on Amazon. I never did get a gold of any until about 2 years ago, when I started hearing about its interest detox properties.”
“The most remarkable effects I’ve noticed are increased energy and sugar cravings disappearing. I don’t know how to describe it; I just felt like my system was running cleaner and smoother. I also had an infection on my hand that would come every winter when my skin would get really dry. I started drinking kombucha and taking diatomaceous earth, and within a few days, this rash was gone. It was pretty amazing.”
One of the thing’s Danielle focuses on in her blog is nutrition and food preparation. She was kind enough to give us some alternative beverages for people to take their DE with. Have you ever had it with just water? It’s a bit gritty, which is fine, but it’s tasteless. Danielle’s recipes will enlighten the committed diatomaceous earth users and newbies alike, so take a look. You might even find new beverages you’ve never heard of.

DANIELLE’S 5 SIMPLE DRINK RECIPES FOR TAKING DIATOMACEOUS EARTH:

1. Coconut-Honey DE

 

Photo Credit: Danielle Baethge
If you’ve never heard of coconut water then you’re missing out. Not to be confused with coconut milk and oil, it’s the water found at the center of a coconut, and it’s harvested from young, green coconuts. Some people have referred to it as “Mother Nature’s Sports Drink”, and it has less calories, sodium, and contains more potassium than your run-of-the-mill sports drink. Read this article by WebMD about coconut water. When you’re out shopping for coconut water, read through the label and look for the most natural coconut water with no added sugars or juices.
Ingredients
6 oz coconut water
1 tsp honey
1 tsp diatomaceous earth
Directions:
Purchase coconut water from your local grocery store. Heat up some honey and mix it into the water and add the DE. Make sure you mix it as often as you drink.

 

2. Kombuchalk

kombucha tea

Alternatively it’s known as the mushroom tea, even though it’s not made out of mushrooms, but because the bacteria and yeast in the tea float to the top and look like a mushroom. This doesn’t sound too appetizing, but it’s actually quite a popular drink and has recently gained in popularity in the United States. People have found that adding diatomaceous earth to their diet can help with better digestive help, more regular bowel movements, stronger teeth and gums, healthier hair and nails, and clearer skin.
Ingredients
1 cup of Kombucha Tea
1 tsp diatomaceous earth
Directions
If you feel brave, you can try and make your own Kombucha Tea, or you can head to your local grocery store and purchase it there. Then just add a teaspoon of diatomaceous earth and give it a shake.

 

3. Banana Berry Smoothie

strawberry banana smoothie

This is a classic way to enjoy diatomaceous earth, and you won’t even know it’s in there. This is just one example of a smoothie with simple ingredients almost everybody has in the kitchen. If the movie Honey, We Shrunk Ourselves taught us anything, it’s that bananas are loaded with potassium, (I know, I shouldn’t make references to outdated 90s movies), but bananas are recognized by the FDA for their ability to lower blood pressure and protect against heart attack and stroke. Coupled with lower blood pressure, this study done by the University of Innsbruck in Austria found that DE may reduce blood cholesterol and positively influence lipid metabolism in people.
Ingredients
2 cups milk
1 Banana
Handful of assorted berries
1 tsp diatomaceous earth
Directions
Add all the ingredients into a blender and mix together. Refrigerate any unused portions.

 

4. DE Juice

carrot juice

Carrots are an excellent source of vitamin A, providing 210% for what an average adult needs per day. They also provide vitamin K, potassium, folate, manganese, phosphorous, magnesium, and zinc. Read on MedicalNewsToday.com to learn about other possible benefits of adding carrots to your diet. With juicing, you do lose the pulp of the fruit and vegetables so you lose some fiber, so be sure you get fiber in some other way. If you have a juicer and kids who are picky eaters, this is a great solution. When you juice carrots, they have a sweet, mild flavor that’s easy for the whole family to enjoy.
Ingredients
6 medium to large carrots
½ Granny Smith apple
Small chunk of red beet
1 tsp diatomaceous earth
Directions
Juice the carrots, apple, and beet together. Add 1 tsp of DE and enjoy!

 

5. Diatomaceous Coffee

coffee sized

If you’re too busy to take diatomaceous earth then simply add to your morning coffee. As you know, diatomaceous earth is loaded with silica, and we’re learning more about the exact correlation between silica and its potential health benefits. While this correlation is still being established, we know that bad things happen when the body is deficient in silica.

According to the Journal of Nutrition, Health & Aging when there is a deficiency in silica, it induces deformities in the skull and peripheral bones, joints are poorly formed, cartilage contents are reduced, and there is a disruption of mineral balance in the femur and vertebrae.
Ingredients
1 cup of coffee
1 tsp diatomaceous earth
Directions
Simply add DE to your cup of coffee in the morning!
If you decide to eat DE, it should be a part of a healthy diet, and a commitment to live healthier. Check out Danielle’s blog for even more recipes and remember to comment below to let us know how your thoughts and questions.

Thanks to source link : http://www.diatomaceousearth.com/blog/discover-diatomaceous-earth-health-benefits-through-our-top-5-recipes/

Healthy gut through natural probiotic foods – DIY

10 NATURAL PROBIOTIC FOODS

FOR A HEALTHY GUT

It’s a total mystery to me why gut health and probiotics did not become a “thing” until a few years ago. I mean, come on: 95% of serotonin—the neurotransmitter considered responsible for happiness and wellbeing—is produced in the gut, and what’s more, 80% of your immune system is located in the same place. Hippocrates, considered the father of modern medicine, said “all disease begins in the gut.” So why did it take Jamie Lee Curtis hawking yogurt for mainstream medicine to hop on the gut-health bandwagon?

Read more at http://hellonatural.co/get-a-healthy-gut-with-10-natural-probiotic-foods/#PJ9lB1PGrFR3IQ2j.99

It’s a total mystery to me why gut health and probiotics did not become a “thing” until a few years ago. I mean, come on: 95% of serotonin—the neurotransmitter considered responsible for happiness and wellbeing—is produced in the gut, and what’s more, 80% of your immune system is located in the same place. Hippocrates, considered the father of modern medicine, said “all disease begins in the gut.” So why did it take Jamie Lee Curtis hawking yogurt for mainstream medicine to hop on the gut-health bandwagon?

HOW TO ACHIEVE A HEALTHY GUT

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10 Natural Probiotic Foods for a Healthy Gut The gut is populated by both “good” and “bad” bacteria, also known as gut flora. The idea is to raise the ratio of healthy to harmful bacteria. Certain foods can be used to promote gut health; likewise there are foods that inflame or otherwise irritate our guts. Adding probiotics to your diet, in the form of cultured foods and/or supplements, will help you increase the good bacteria in your gut, promoting good digestion. Good digestion is vital for your health by optimizing the assimilation of nutrients. If you have IBS, constipation, acid reflux, or any digestive distress or hormonal imbalance, then adding probiotics is a top priority.

WHAT CAUSES THE GUT TO GET OUT OF BALANCE?

A diet high in sugar
A diet high in processed foods
A diet low in minerals and healthy fats
Years of taking antibiotics or birth control
10 NATURAL PROBIOTIC FOODS FOR GUT HEALTH

1. CULTURED VEGETABLES

Cultured, or fermented, veggies support weight loss, reduce cravings and help avoid constipation. Start with 2 tablespoons of cultured vegetables with each meal and slowly increasing by 1 tablespoon until you reach ¼ cup at each meal. Get the recipe here.

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2. LACTO-FERMENTED LEMONADE

More palatable (and easier to make) than kombucha, this refreshing homemade drink is also cheap to produce at home.

3. COCONUT WATER KEFIR

Feel free to make homemade, or opt for store-bought, like Inner Eco, which contains an average of 100 billion active probiotic cultures per serving.

4. YOGURT

Your reaction to dairy may vary (some digest it fine, some find dairy worsens digestion, bloating, headaches, acne or other issues. If you opt for non-dairy, look for yogurts made from coconut milk, almond or any unsweetened and dairy-free milk. Add it to smoothies (like a lovely lavender-berry one) for a creamy dessert or breakfast.

5. RAW APPLE CIDER VINEGAR

Not only is this wonder ingredient great for salad dressing, skincare and boosting the immune system (as well as many other household uses), it’s a natural probiotic. Take a tablespoon or two per day and see how you feel.

6. KOMBUCHA

You may want to avoid kombucha if candida is present, as sugar is used in its fermentation process. Make your own, or opt for store-bought options with lower sugar content, if this is a concern.

How-to-Make-Kombucha

7. HIGH-QUALITY PROBIOTIC SUPPLEMENTS

These can be purchased on Amazon, Vitacost, or at your local health food store. We suggest choosing a probiotic with at least 15-50 billion colony-forming units (CFUs). Probiotic shake mixes like Renew Life can also be used to make delicious healthy-gut smoothies.

8. MISO AND TEMPEH

Fermented soybeans not only provide probiotics—they can make soy products easier to digest for those who have trouble. Try Oh My Veggies’ Sweet and Sour Tempeh for starters.

9. FERMENTED CONDIMENTS

Infuse your ketchup, mustard, hot sauce and more with probiotics by making homemade fermented condiments.

10. KIMCHI AND SAUERKRAUT

Both these fermented veggie dishes are traditional probiotic-packed staples of their respective cuisines. Keep a stash of homemade kimchi or sauerkraut in the fridge, and snack away.

POTENTIAL SIDE EFFECTS OF PROBIOTICS

Many people will feel much better (and more regular!) after introducing probiotics to their daily diet. If you add probiotics to your diet and find you experience “die-off” symptoms such as headaches, loose stools, or belly bloat from the bad bacteria dying off, reduce the amount of cultured foods you’re consuming, or take a break from probiotics before slowly reintroducing.

If you experience digestive upset (bloating, loose stools, or acid reflux), try more puréed foods, soups, smoothies, and warm foods. Try chewing on ginger or taking digestive enzymes—which help to break down fats, proteins, and carbohydrates—prior to eating salad or other raw vegetables. You can also drink lemon water (skip the cayenne if your stomach is upset) three times a day—20 minutes before each meal—to enhance the natural enzymes in your body and stimulate digestion.

Read more at http://hellonatural.co/get-a-healthy-gut-with-10-natural-probiotic-foods/#PJ9lB1PGrFR3IQ2j.99

Detoxing – so important

June 07, 2015

Natural Detox Series : Flush Your Toxins Down the Drain

Detox conceptBy  Marie Be Guest Writer for Wake Up World The alarm rings, time to wake up. Your body feels heavy, tired. You wish you could sleep in a few more hours. Your body is not fully rested; it was unable to process all the toxins accumulated. It is your day that will take the toll. Lack of energy, drowsiness, bad mood – let’s talk about waking up on the wrong foot. Overwhelmed with pollution, pesticides, antibiotics, saturated fats, sugar, stressful lifestyles and lack of exercise only to name a few, your body simply can’t cope. Day after day, your body accumulates toxins it is unable to process naturally. The more toxins it accumulates, the more its natural healing systems become clogged. That feeling tiredness slowly becomes the norm; your body forgets how alive and vibrant it used to be.   According to the  Natural Resources Defense Council: “the medical literature continues to support the growing association between exposure to popularized toxins such as heavy metals (e.g., mercury, arsenic, lead), exogenous hormones (e.g., recombinant bovine growth hormone and synthetic estrogens), and industrial plasticizers (e.g., bisphenol A) and the rising incidence of neurobehavioral, reproductive, and musculoskeletal diseases — everything from attention deficit disorder to autism to infertility to fibromyalgia. It has been estimated that there are over 80,000 chemicals presently used in the United States, with some of them not extensively tested for their effects on human health.”  [1]

Detoxing for Health and Vitality

The human body was naturally designed to revitalize itself in a balanced environment. Since modern world’s addiction to producing or by-producing toxins, the body simply can’t cope. Our environment has become unbalanced, and so have  our body systems. As toxic stress increases, the toxins end up lodged within the internal organs, skin, body cells, and unwanted fat. This results in many of us feeling stress, fatigue, anxiety and depression. Unless you do something to fix this, accumulation of toxins in your body tissues can lower your vitality possibly resulting in premature ageing, degenerative diseases[2], and potentially aggravate any medical condition. Detoxing is essential to restore optimum health and vitality. It can seriously enhance virtually every facet of your life. In the long run, those who take care of the equilibrium of their body should expect to live longer and healthier, encounter fewer degenerative health conditions and persistent medical problems. As the body gets rid of toxins, the digestive system improves, nasal congestion clears, blood pressure levels stabilize, mental clarity and memory improve, and emotional and hormonal fluctuations to return to normal. Cleansing can also boost the effectiveness of any other subsequent restorative healing treatments. [3] The body has many natural ways to eliminate toxins. Many of us don’t like to hear about their bowel movements, but it is a great way to keep health in check. Healthy intestines naturally excrete toxins; clogged intestines recirculate them into the body. Constipation is strongly related to toxin buildup; the longer toxins stay in the bowel, the more they can be reabsorbed into the systemic circulation. Normal bowel movements should be at least once a day in the form of soft, well-formed stools. There are many small dietary changes you can make to ensure your intestines are healthy and happy.

Fiber

Fiber not only “traps” toxins within its matrix, but also assists with generating movement in the intestines so that toxins are promptly eliminated.[4] We often think of fibers as gluten or bread. Actually, the best sources of fiber come from legumes, non-starchy vegetables, beans, fruit, seeds, nuts, and flaxseed meal. Black bean soup is an excellent meal to get your bowels going. You can also opt for dietary supplements such as psyllium, cellulose, oat fiber, and rice bran, to name a few. The general recommendation for fiber is about 25 to 30 grams daily for women and 30 to 35 grams daily for men.[5]

Fermented Foods

The bacteria in fermented foods are extremely healthy for your colon and intestines. These bacteria give your colon the energy to function more efficneitly. Without them, certain nutrients go unsynthesized, toxins don’t degrade, and disease-causing micro-organisms can set up house in your digestive system.Organic yogurt, miso, kimchi, and sauerkraut are four examples of fermented foods.Drinks such as Kefir and kombucha tea provide plenty of healthy bacteria too.

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More Greens

Chlorophyll, the pigment that give plants their green color, is also great at cleansing and soothing tissue in the digestive tract as well. Greens provide additional fibers and are healing to the intestines. Alfalfa, wheatgrass, brussel sprouts, spinach, peas, and barley grass are all good sources of chlorophyll. So flush your toxins down the drain by taking well care of your intestines. Don’t forget that detoxing is a full-body experience.

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Follow Marie Be on Wake Up World for more detox tips and complimentary ways to help you stay healthy. You can also checkout EarthSun for convenient daily detox products,  or connect with Marie on Google +Facebook and Twitter  for further  information. Updated October 2014 Resources: [1]  http://www.nrdc.org/health/toxics.asp [2] http://www.detoxandbodycleanse.com/detox-essentials/toxicity-symptoms/ [3] http://www.detoxandbodycleanse.com/detox-essentials/benefits-of-detox/ [4] http://www.huffingtonpost.com/deanna-minich-phd/coming-clean-a-threestep-_b_5466316.html [5]  http://www.mdanderson.org/publications/cancerwise/archives/2009-march/cancerwise-fiber-how-much-is-enough-.html Previous articles by Marie:

About the author: Marie BeMarie Be’s inspiration comes from her mom who always challenged common assumptions and sought to understand for herself the major issues concerning her family and the choices she made on their behalf. She raised Marie and her brother in a rural environment, feeding them the best organic foods, and focused on building strong immune systems in her children through the use of natural plants, herbs and  minerals. As a fiery teenager, Marie travelled the world in search of purpose and dreamed of positively influencing our society. While earning her first two degrees, in architecture and sustainable development, she worked for Greenpeace and many other organizations of change. Her experience taught her that change cannot be imposed; she now aims at inspiring individuals through education and awareness. Marie moved to Vancouver to undertake a Masters in Regenerative Sustainability under the supervision of a Nobel Peace Prize recipient. Teaching workshops on well-being, she started observing a widespread desire in our society for both physical and environmental health and sustainability. Feeling the winds of change, Marie founded  EarthSun.  By tuning into nature as our source of life, and  acquiring knowledge of ancient herbal traditions as well as new technologies, Marie believes it is possible to use nature’s intelligence to create simple and effective health products.

Gut to Brain come in please ……

5 Health Benefits of Hemp Seed Oil

 

5 Health Benefits of Hemp Seed Oil

 

Benefits of Hemp Seed Oil

By Dr. Edward F. Group

Guest Writer for Wake Up World

Hemp seed oil is a great source of high-quality nutrients and has a long history of use in Eastern culture as a multi-purpose natural remedy.

Despite its widespread popularity, prejudice related to its association with cannabis has kept it from common use in the West. While the oil contains virtually no THC, the psychoactive element in cannabis, hemp oil is still considered sketchy to some.

Thankfully, education is prevailing and the market for hemp seed oil is growing in the United States, with an increasing number of people seeking it out for its reported health benefits.

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In South Africa, we have this lovely product available here :

http://www.biosil.co.za/products/hemp-seed-oil-250ml

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1. Good for Heart Health

Hemp seed oil has a 3:1 ratio of Omega-6 to Omega-3 fatty acids, a balance that has been shown to support heart health and promote proper cardiovascular function. [1] These nutrients play a role in many biological processes and may help prevent a number of degenerative diseases. [2]

2. Supports Healthy Skin, Hair, and Nails

Hemp seed oil is often used as a moisturizer for the skin, and for good reason. Studies have indicated that hemp seed oil can dramatically decrease skin dryness to alleviate itching and irritation. [3] Moreover, the antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties may protect against the aging process while soothing the skin. [4]

3. Excellent Nutrition for Your Brain

Hemp seed oil contains essential fatty acids, including docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), that are required for brain development. DHA is crucial to the health of the brain as well as the retina of the eye, particularly in the first year of life. [5] Mothers who supplement with hempseed oil during pregnancy may provide brain- and eye-protective benefits for the developing baby.

4. It’s a Mercury-Free Fatty Acid Supplement

Taking a fish oil supplement can be a helpful way to increase omega-3 fatty acids in your diet, a nutrient that is essential for brain development, immune system health, and mood regulation. [6] [7] [8] Expectant mothers certainly want to include these nutrients in their diet; however, fish contains a great deal of mercury which can hinder neurological and developmental mechanisms in the unborn baby. Fortunately, hemp seed oil works as a terrific alternative to traditional omega-3 fatty acid supplements and doesn’t carry the same risk of mercury ingestion. [9]

5. Supports the Immune System

The essential fatty acids in hemp seed oil have been shown to promote healthy flora in the intestines and support immune system response and function.[10] This can be very helpful during the cold and flu season when viruses are running rampant at school, work, and in everyday social interactions.

Is hemp seed oil part of your life? If so, what do you use it for? We’d love for you to leave a comment and share your experience!

-Dr. Edward F. Group III, DC, ND, DACBN, DCBCN, DABFM

References:

  1. Gavel NT, Edel AL, Bassett CM, Weber AM, Merchant M, Rodriguez-Leyva D, Pierce GN. The effect of dietary hempseed on atherogenesis and contractile function in aortae from hypercholesterolemic rabbits. Acta Physiologica Hungarica. 2011 September;98(3):273-83. doi: 10.1556/APhysiol.98.2011.3.4.
  2. A. P. Simopoulos. Evoluntionary aspects of diet, the omega-6/omega-3 ratio and genetic variation: nutritional implications for chronic diseases. Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy. 28 July 2006. 60 (2006) 502-507.
  3. Callaway J, Schwab U, Harvima I, Halonen P, Mykkänen O, Hyvonen P, Jarvinen T.Efficacy of dietary hempseed oil in patients with atopic dermatitis. The Journal of Dermatological Treatment. 2005 April;16(2):87-94.
  4. Sapino S, Carlotti Me, Peira E, Gallarate M. Hemp-seed and olive oils: their stability against oxidation and use in O/W emulsions. Journal of Cosmetic Science. 2005 July-August;56(4):227-51.
  5. Connor WE, Neuringer M. The effects of n-3 fatty acid deficiency and repletion upon the fatty acid composition and function of the brain and retina. Progress in Clinical and Biological Research. 1988, 282:275-294.
  6. Bourre JM. Roles of unsaturated fatty acids (especially omega-3 fatty acids) in the brain at various ages and during ageing. The Journal of Nutrition Health and Aging. 2004;8(3):163-74.
  7. Ergas D, Eilat E, Mendlovic S, Sthoeger ZM. n-3 fatty acids and the immune system in autoimmunity. The Israel Medical Association Journal. 2002 January;4(1):34-8.
  8. Peet M, Stokes C. Omega-3 fatty acids in the treatment of psychiatric disorders. Drugs. 2005;65(8):1051-9.
  9. Emily Oken, Robert O. Wright, […], and Matthew W. Gillman. Maternal Fish Consumption, Hair Mercury, and Infant Cognition in a U.S. Cohort. Environmental Health Perspectives. October 2005; 113(10): 1376-1380.
  10. Fritsche K. Fatty acids as modulators of the immune response. Annual Review of Nutrition. 2006;26:45-73.

Previous articles by Dr. Group:

About the author:

dr-edward-group-iiiDr. Edward F. Group III (DC, ND, DACBN, DCBCN, DABFM) founded Global Healing Center in 1998 and is currently the Chief Executive Officer. Heading up the research and development team, Dr. Group assumes a hands-on approach in producing new and advanced degenerative disease products and information.

Dr. Group has studied natural healing methods for over 20 years and now teaches individuals and practitioners all around the world. He no longer sees patients but solely concentrates on spreading the word of health and wellness to the global community. Under his leadership, Global Healing Center, Inc. has earned recognition as one of the largest alternative, natural and organic health resources on the internet.

For more information, please visit Global Healing Center.

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