strawberriesGastritis, a condition in which the stomach lining becomes inflamed, can be caused by a number of factors. Too much alcohol consumption, viral and bacterial infections, taking aspirin or ibuprofen, having an autoimmune disorder and even stress are common culprits behind this digestive problem. That’s the bad news.

The good news? European researchers have uncovered the powerful ability that strawberries have to combat gastritis.

How strawberries help heal gastritis
“The positive effects of strawberries are not only linked to their antioxidant capacity and high content of phenolic compounds (anthocyans) but also to the fact that they activate the antioxidant defences and enzymes of the body,” explains one of the researchers, Sara Tulipani. Their studies showed that ingesting strawberries led to a reduction in the appearance of stomach ulcerations, post-ethanol consumption. Bottom line: The ripe fruit contains substances that can help prevent the start of inflammation at the cellular level.

This finding led them to conclude that strawberries are among the most important fruits to fight inflammation and also paved the way for others to look deeper into new stomach inflammatory diseases and related treatment options.

The Mayo Clinic advises people with gastritis to eat a diet that consists of low-acid fruits and to avoid spicy, fatty foods. Strawberries make the list of low-acid fruits, as do pears, raspberries and apples.

It’s also advised to try to minimize stress levels, reduce alcohol consumption and speak with a doctor about switching pain relievers, since they can aggravate the stomach lining. Activities such as yoga or meditation can help with relaxation, and enjoying healthier drinks such as water can help keep stomach problems at bay.

Other health benefits of eating strawberries
Strawberries are good for reducing inflammation of not only the stomach inflammation but other kinds as well, including in the joints. In fact, the Harvard School of Public Health conducted a study which showed that women who ate 16 or more strawberries weekly were less likely to have C-reactive protein (CRP) in the body, a telltale marker of inflammation.

Strawberries have also been shown to improve eye health, suppress cancer cell growth and regulate blood pressure. Of course, to help avoid health issues related to pesticide consumption, be sure to choose organic, and hopefully local, strawberries!

Originally posted 2014-03-31 14:10:23.

detox-foods-03Figuring out which foods are best for a “cleanse” can be tricky. So many foods feel refreshing and rejuvenating—hot tea, raw vegetables, and fresh fruit come to mind. And with good reason: foods with insoluble fiber (like raw veggies) or a diuretic effect (like green tea), promote speedy digestion and “flush” the GI tract. These foods can be considered the best “cleanse” choices. Here are some of my faves and why they just might work!

Artichokes contain antioxidant plant compounds called caffeoylquinic acids, which are used to treat hepatic (liver) disorders because they stimulate bile flow. Bile helps the body to digest fats, and efficient bile flow clears the system of potentially inflammatory substances contained in fatty foods.

Avocado provides heart-healthy monounsaturated fatty acids and glutathione, a compound that blocks the absorption of certain fats by the intestines that cause oxidative damage AND is essential for liver pathway cleansing.

Beets are among the few edible plants that contain betalains, plant pigments that give some beets their deep red color and have powerful anti-inflammatory and fungicidal properties. Betalains promote cell structure, repair and regeneration, especially in the liver—the body’s primary detox center.

Broccoli is one of the cruciferous vegetables, which are named for their cross-shaped flowers and known for powerful antioxidant properties. Science has shown that a diet rich in cruciferous veggies reduces the risk of certain cancers. Other cruciferous vegetables include cabbage, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts and kale.

Collard greens increase bile acid binding, which makes it easier for bile to bind to large lipid molecules and pull them apart. Leftover bile acids are then excreted from the GI tract normally, taking leftover lipid molecules with them. Bile acid binding therefore helps to keep LDL “bad” cholesterol in check.

Dandelion root acts as a diuretic by increasing urine production.

Dill and fennel are plants rich in vitamins and anti-inflammatory chemicals. Dill contains chemicals that help with the activation of glutathione, a liver antioxidant that attaches to free radical molecules and disarms them. Fennel is rich in Vitamin C, which has antimicrobial and antioxidant properties. Fennel is also high in fiber but low in calories—an ideal cleanse food.

Green tea is richer in antioxidants than white, black, and oolong teas, even though they all come from the same plant. The caffeine in green tea also gives this energizing drink a diuretic effect, which helps to alleviate bloating by counteracting water retention.

Lemon like all citrus fruits, is rich in antioxidant Vitamin C.

Milk thistle is one of the frequently researched plants in association with promoting liver detoxification. While more scientific inquiry is needed for firm recommendations, Milk thistle contains a mixture of polyphenolic compounds (plant protectors) that assist liver cells in removing toxins from healthy blood cells.

Onion and garlic are both members of the allium family of vegetables, which provide pungent flavors to foods. These plants contain flavonoids that stimulate the production of glutathione, one of the liver’s strongest antioxidants. As a result, onion and garlic have powerful anti-bacterial and immune-boosting properties.

Other fresh veggies (greens) are a good source of glutathione-essential for detox of liver pathway. Fresh vegetables can also provide excellent sources of insoluble fiber, which gets the gut moving. Crisp, crunchy raw veggies are highest in this sort of fiber. Think kale, collards, and broccoli!

Wheat grass is a vitamin and mineral-rich grass commonly served in powder or juice form. While scientific evidence to support health claims about wheatgrass is lacking, products containing wheatgrass may add some yummy, low-calorie variety to your selection of cleanse foods and beverages.

Yogurt that contains probiotics – make sure to read the yogurt label—supplies healthy bacteria that fortify the GI tract’s natural flora, aiding digestion and boosting the body’s natural immune responses.

Originally posted 2014-03-11 14:57:28.

JuicingThose who find munching through heaped plates full of leafy greens, fruit, and veg to be quite the chore have embraced the recent craze for consuming their 5-a-day (and sometimes more) in just one juice.

Health conscious people everywhere are being spotted clutching thick, luminous green, frothy juices in their hands. As toxic as these juices may look on the outside they are actually jam packed full of healthy nutrients. Juicing may have once had a hippy stigma attached to it, but it’s now been made popular and accessible to anyone who fancies guzzling down the entire contents of their fridge’s veg draw in one go.

Celebrities like Gwyneth Paltrow, Jennifer Anniston, Miranda Kerr and Sarah Jessica Parker are rarely spotted without a green juice in their hands these days and all fully support the trend. But just how healthy is juicing? And is it actually healthier to cold-press your fruit and veg than it is to eat it whole?

The Pros

Juicing is a convenient way of ensuring that you get your 5-a-day. Wake up and throw a cucumber, 2 apples, 2 handfuls of spinach, a beetroot, a carrot and a stick of celery into your juicer and you’ve already had your 5-a-day before it’s even 9am! Juicing makes it easy to consume a couple of platefuls of fruit and veg through a straw in just one sitting and so is particularly useful for those who struggle to eat their 5-a-day because they would prefer to have a kitkat for elevensies than they would an apple. One juice first thing in the morning can provide you with a much needed hit of nutrients to get your day off to a great start.

Some juicing enthusiasts also claim that juice is better for you because your body can absorb the nutrients better when you consume them in a liquid form; however there is no solid proof that this is true.

The Cons

Reducing your fruit and veg to a pulp means that not quite all of it reaches your juice. The pulp that is left behind is mostly made up of the healthy fibre so you’re losing out on this when you juice.

Chopping up and juicing such a large amount of fruit and veg can be a bit of a palaver, especially if you’re doing it first thing in the morning. You can’t make a large batch to drink throughout the week either as freshly squeezed juice can develop harmful bacteria if left and loses its nutritious value the longer that you leave it so it’s important you drink it fresh out of the juicer.

Many people fail to eat their 5-a-day and so are lacking many of the vital nutrients that keep us healthy in their diet. Juicing provides people that may have otherwise missed out on their 5-a-day with an easy way of getting many important nutrients into their diets.

Originally posted 2013-11-21 12:51:22.

body-brushingDry body brushing is a natural way of improving both your inner health and your outer appearance at the same time. Dry body brushing your skin stimulates and improves the circulation in your skin and improves lymphatic drainage which has plenty of health benefits for the rest of your body.

And the best bit is that it’s not an expensive treatment that you have done at a spa or a clinic – it’s a simple process that you can add into your daily routine and do by yourself in your own home.

How to do it?

So what exactly is dry body brushing? It’s really quite simple because it’s exactly what it sounds like! The only thing you’ll need to buy to get started is the brush. You can find dry body brushes at most health and beauty stores. Make sure that the brush you buy has a long handle and real natural bristles not synthetic ones.

Brushing should be performed by starting at your feet and working your way upwards. Lymphatic fluid in your body flows upwards in the direction of your heart so when you brush your skin you should be aiming to brush in circular upwards motions in the direction of your heart.

Dry brushing should be performed at least once a day for 5 – 10 minutes at a time before you get into the shower.

What are the benefits?

    Boosts circulation – Bad circulation can lead to a number of problems like varicose veins, fatigue and water retention. Improving the circulation in our skin helps to keep our bodies healthy.
    Detoxifies – Dry brushing your body helps to stimulate your lymphatic system which is responsible for detoxifying your body. Your lymphatic system looks after your immune system by helping to destroy pathogens, filter out waste and keep all fluids in your body moving freely.
    Softer, smoother skin – Dry brushing does wonders for your skin. Not only does it help to remove all dead skin cells, it also unclogs pores and helps to tighten your skin. This encourages new skin growth to give you shiny, healthy skin that positively glows.
    Get rid of cellulite – Cellulite is made up from toxic material that has become stuck in your body’s fat cells. Brushing areas of cellulite will help to break down the toxic materials so that they can then be removed from the body.

Dry body brushing can also be an energising way to begin your day, add it into your daily morning routine and it won’t be long before your friends are asking you what you new beauty secret is!

Originally posted 2013-11-12 12:51:44.

how-to-detoxEvery year when the long warm summer days suddenly turn into short cold dark and damp days our bodies are taken by surprise and many people find themselves coming down with coughs, colds, aches and pains. If you’re feeling under the weather or sluggish then it could be the excesses of the summer finally catching up with you. Our busy lifestyles mean that it’s hard to always live and eat healthily. This is why it’s important to make sure that we’re aware of which foods are beneficial to the organs in our bodies that filter out toxic substances to keep us healthy. If you know which foods are good for detoxing then you can introduce them into your diet on a daily basis to keep yourself healthy all year around.

It’s important to remember that you should always detox in a healthy and natural way. There are many faddy detox plans out there that encourage extreme fasting which is not good for your body and can leave you feeling dehydrated, dizzy, nauseas and tired, very extreme detox diets can even cause damage to your colon. This our basic guide to steps you can take on a daily basis to detox gently and naturally.

Why detox?

Great foods for detoxing

There are plenty of wholesome foods and nutrients that are great for cleansing your body. These include foods with plenty of fibre such as brown rice, organic fruits and vegetables, artichokes, cabbage, broccoli and cauliflower, blueberries, spinach, beets and radishes, cilantro, lemon, lime, pepper, garlic, cayenne, turmeric, sea vegetables and milk thistle.

What to avoid

Foods that you should avoid when you’re detoxing include alcohol, caffeine, processed foods, non-organic fruit and vegetables, refined sugars, milk products and high-mercury fish.

What to drink daily

    Hot lemon water – Start off your day with a steaming mug of hot water and the juice of half a lemon before you eat your breakfast. Lemon is brilliant for your digestion and for cleansing your system so it a brilliant way of kick-starting your day.
    Vegetable smoothies – Throw lots of healthy organic fruit and vegetables into a juicer and blend. There are plenty of ‘green smoothie’ recipes available on the internet; they’re a brilliant and easy way of getting lots of healthy nutrients into your body quickly.
    Detox teas – Look out for detox teas like green tea, rhubarb root tea and dandelion root and burdock tea. You should be aiming to drink about three litres of fluid a day, drinking detox teas are a great way of getting more fluids.

Originally posted 2013-10-16 21:19:00.

allergic-reactionsHow familiar they have become, increasing at a remorseless rate year on year with still no medical treatment available to remove the allergy. Antihistamines and steroids can subdue symptoms associated with hay fever and some skin reactions, but they are not a cure and they also like many other drugs have side effects, adverse drug reactions (ADR).

Some ADR are surprising to say the least, one youngster who I treated for his asthma had been taking a steroidal inhaler in the morning and again in the evening as a preventer. The combination of the preventer and a further inhaler to dilate the airways should an attack still occur, allowed him to carry on life more or less as normal.After several treatments his asthma symptoms improved and he no longer needed to use either of his inhalers, it was only then that a major side effectfrom the steroidal inhaler became apparent, he had started to grow again!

Roger’s growth had been inhibited for some time despite an anticipated spurt due to his age, but until he stopped using his steroidalinhaler the connection between the medication and his lack of growth was not suspected by his parents or his GP.In fact it was not until confirmed by a specialist as a common side effect of steroidal inhalers that the reason for his lack of growth became obvious.

Anaphylaxis is a more devastating allergic reaction which can be triggered by a number of substances which are mostly but not exclusively food items such as nuts. Sufferers are prescribed a device which injects a dose of adrenaline (epinephrine), which helps to control the symptoms allowing time to reach the nearest A&E department for potentially life-saving procedures. Of course one problem is that to be prescribed an adrenaline injector usually an EpiPen you first have to suffer an anaphylactic attack. The saving grace here is the Paramedics, without their brilliant speedy attendance there would I am sure be many more fatalities than are currently experienced.

The next step is to get the patient into A&E in the shortest time possible, but what if due to cut backs in the NHS the local hospital has had to close its department. In my area it seems likely that there are two hospitals that will no longer have A&E departments, which will turn a 10 minute journey into a 30 or 40 minute one. There are many other medical emergencies where time is of the essence, but for people experiencing an anaphylaxis attack it is absolutely vital that not a minute is lost.

Originally posted 2013-10-08 12:50:54.

Jake explains how he is now cured from his allergies to seafood and how he is able to eat prawns without any allergic reaction.

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Originally posted 2013-10-05 15:52:01.

We follow Mitchell as he receives a course of Chirokinetic Therapy for his skin allergy. We will update this video every step of the way.

Are you are suffering from allergies? Take your first steps to complete allergy freedom and join the thousands of others who have already received this groundbreaking, 100% natural treatment and are now completely allergy free!

Originally posted 2013-10-01 15:57:35.

windowsill-apothecaryGrowing medicinal herbs is a fantastic idea but it’s not just about medicinal herbs, its about the food we eat too. As the great man Hippocrates once said “Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food”. This is why i would encourage everybody to grow as much of your own as you can, become as self sufficient as possible. At the very least you know what your eating and how your food has been grown! Food we grow and eat (before genetically modified and the use of chemical fertilsers) promotes optimal health. This is the basis behind Hippocrates knowledge, food that we eat should be preventative of disease. However the likes of fast foods and processed crap is ever more popular and what trend has this set? Ever wonder why so many people in the western world are ill, have allergies and are suffering from more and more diseases, even with the latest technological advancements in modern medicine? We need to take control of our own health, our keepers have had forever to fulfill this role and clearly it is not working.

There are many herbs and plants that can be grown with minimum effort and space and best of all it’s easy, anybody can do it. Yes that means you! Growing medicinal herbs on your windowsill is a great way to save money and empower you to take responsibility and care for your own health. I would go as far to say that growing your own medicine is like medicine in its self! The beauty of growing your own herbs is that you can harvest it as you use it, or dry your own herbs for later.

Here are some easy plants to get started with:

Aloe Vera
Aloe Vera has been well known for centuries for its healing properties, and both oral intake and topical dressings have been documented to facilitate healing of any kind of skin wound, burn, or scald – even speeding recovery time after surgery. Situations to try it on include blisters, insect bites, rashes, sores, herpes, urticaria, athlete’s foot, fungus, vaginal infections, conjunctivitis, styes, allergic reactions, and dry skin.

Borage
Borage is a great herb for calming the nerves due to stress or anxiety. It is especially useful for those who are recovering from illness or surgery as it boosts the adrenals. As well as its medicinal effects, the bright blue flowers of the Borage plant look beautiful and taste good in salads. Borage makes a perfect addition to herbal teas.

Calendula
Calendula, or as commonly known Marigold, was traditionally used internally as a gargle for reducing inflammation of the mucous membranes of the mouth and throat, for soothing sore throats, laryngitis and tonsillitis, coughs, dryness of the lungs and digestive upsets.

Chamomile
Chamomile is a well known herb and has been used for thousands of years. It is useful for menstrual cramps, soothing and insomnia. Chamomile flowers are small and compact and are excellent for attracting bees. It is a very useful herb for children. It is a gentle herb for general use and an all round good tonic. It can help calm nerves, soothe headaches, stomach cramps, toothaches and teething pain.

Feverfew
Feverfew is good for calming coughs and reliving headache pains. The leaves of a Feverfew make a fine addition to a herbal tea.

Lavender
Lavender is believed to be of benefit for a multitude of problems, including stress, anxiety, exhaustion, irritability, headaches, migraines, insomnia, depression, colds, digestion, flatulence, upset stomach, liver and gallbladder problems, nervousness, loss of appetite, and as a breath freshener and mouthwash. It is more tricky to grow in containers but the effort is well worth it! Adding fresh lavender to your herb tea blends is most rewarding and a sachet of home grown dried lavender under your pillow will ensure a good night sleep.

Lemon Balm
Lemon Balm is a great herb for the nerves. It is excellent for blending into your teas for the lemon flavour it adds. Lemon Balm is anti-viral, so the tea is great to drink if you’re feeling under the weather. The hot tea brings on a sweat that is good for relieving colds, flus and fevers and an anti-viral agent has been found that combats mumps, cold sores and other viruses. One of Lemon Balm’s key medicinal qualities is as a tranquilizer. It calms a nervous stomach, colic, or heart spasms. The leaves are reputed to also lower blood pressure. It is very gentle, although effective, so is often suggested for children and babies.

Mints
Mint (peppermint, spearmint, chocolate mint). These are great for stomach ailments and aid with digestion. Mint also helps with irritable bowel syndrome, ulcers, is helpful for soothing colds and sore throats and can give you a quick boost. A nice cup of mint tea is a perfect way to end any meal. Mint is very easy to grow, it multiplies very quickly.

Skullcap
Skullcap is a mild analgesic and is helpful in reducing pain. It helps promote menstruation and is useful for insomnia. It is also a mild antidepressant. It is easy to grow in containers, though it needs a bit more space.

Feeling overwhelmed? Two words for you – baby steps! Pick your favourite and start there, or for a head start go to your local nursery, try to get organic seeds or plants whenever you can.

Plant some seeds and watch your herb garden bloom before your eyes. It’s easier than you think, anybody can do it! Soon your friends and family will be amazed and begging you for tea and you just may inspire others to grow their own as well.

The great thing about growing herbs is you can put many in a small space. Container gardening is useful when growing herbs as herbs tend to spread like crazy and this keeps it much easier to contain, harvest and best of all, no weeding!

Don’t be afraid to experiment blending herbs. You can come up with some great tea blends. From Chamomile and Lavender for a soothing tea before bed, to Feverfew and Skullcap for those painful migraines.

When you start your collection, familiarise yourself with each herbs medicinal use and how each herb can complement another. Before long you will develop your knowledge and become a Windowsill Apothecarist and on a path to becoming a wizard or witch, with your very own herbal pharmacy!

Originally posted 2013-09-17 21:28:20.

Molecular ThoughtsAs quantum physics can now confirm, the universe we live in is not made up of solid objects but of energy and information. This discovery holds vast implications for understanding the nature of our world and in understanding the true source of vibrant health. It also means that it is possible to encapsulate all the concepts discussed in the world of holistic natural health into a single unified theory.

Universal law: The true source of health or disease

Since we reside in the universe, it is dictated that we are subject to universal and natural laws. That being said, in an information universe made up of energy, health or disease can only come from one place. That place is from information. The concept goes like this: When the cells in our bodies are aligned with pure, healthy sources of information, we are healthy. Likewise when we are exposed to distorted information fields, we can experience ill-health if we don’t remove the source of the distorted information.

Sources of healthy information fields and distorted information fields

So what are some examples of pure information fields and distorted information fields, you ask? Well, some examples of pure information is eating pure, natural, uncooked organic food and pure filtered water. Putting that type of fuel into our bodies injects pure energy spin and leads to vibrant health. Some examples of distorted information are junk food and the electro-magnetic fields generated by wireless networks and cell phone towers. Junk food laced with GMOs has a negative information energy spin which will eventually cause ill-health if we continue to consume it, while EMF radiation is a source of negative and distorted information which disrupts the body’s energy field and which over time will rob us of vibrant health if the source of the distorted energy is not removed. Pathogens are another source of distorted, disharmonious information. If harmful bacteria or a virus becomes lodged in our system, it creates distortion in the normal operations of our bodies and will cause ill-health.

Encapsulating all health-related information into a single concept

As you can probably tell by now, this information has fundamental implications in the arena of natural health. What it means is that essentially, all information, articles and suggestions we read about natural health are directing us to fill our lives and bodies with clean, health sources of information while avoiding and reducing sources of distorted information. This is the unified key to the source of all health and healing as well as the source of all ill-health and disease. If we use our logic and intuition, it becomes relatively easy to deduce whether a food, energy field or environment is filled with pure spin energy or distorted energy. Then we can consciously make the choice whether or not to interact with said information source. This enables us to powerfully take control of our health destinies and, by extension, our lives; something that all health-conscious individuals are directly or indirectly seeking.

Originally posted 2013-09-17 16:14:20.

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