According to the American Pain society, in 2016, the prevalence of chronic pain in the US was 35.5%. Treatment of chronic pain can often be quite challenging and debilitating. Palmitoylethanolamide (PEA) is emerging as a novel therapy for chronic pain syndromes, including inflammatory based and neurogenic based pain. Use of PEA for chronic pain has a good safety record and minimal interactions with other medications.
I love fresh vegetable juice, I really do. But as a busy, working Mum, the truth of the matter is that if left to my own devices, getting a fresh juice in 5 days a week simply doesn’t happen. First there’s making sure I have enough of all the right produce, washing it, cutting it up, then juicing it; with the resulting huge mess to clean up. Call me super-duper-ultra lazy, but it’s enough work to have me not doing it. Juicero, on the other hand, gives me the easiest juice in the world. 2 minutes, no clean up, fresh organic juice. I’m hooked.
Could pyrrole disorders be holding back your health? Pyrroluria is a condition in which the the body produces excess of pyrroles. Pyrroles are normally produced in small numbers as a byproduct of hemoglobin synthesis and excreted in the urine. However, some people produce an abnormally large numbers of pyrroles. These pyrroles then bind to pyridoxine (B6) and zinc, causing them to be excreted from the body, with deficiency states arising as a result.
Pyrroluria creates wide range of symptoms – physical, mental and emotional – but is particularly associated with emotional and psychiatric issues eg autism, ADHD, behavioral issues, depression, anxiety, aggressive behavior, schizophrenia. Physical symptoms include poor digestion, poor appetite especially in the morning, low tolerance for protein, white flecks on the fingernails, tooth and gum problems, motion sickness, allergies and fatigue.
Do you love a cup of peppermint tea after dinner to settle your stomach and help your digestion? Did you know that 1 drop of peppermint essential oil is the equivalent of 27 cups of peppermint tea? 1 drop in a cup of water, cold or warm, will give you a much better result with much less. Peppermint is actually a really versatile essential oil with lots of different applications. Here are five everyday uses for peppermint essential oil:
We know that sugar can be as addictive as any drug, and that it’s pretty much devoid of nutrients. But did you know how bad sugar is for your immune system? Anyone wanting to keep their body in tip-top shape and optimize their health should be aware of the 4 ways that sugar suppresses immune function. Armed with this knowledge, it might just be easier to say no to the next candy bar that looks your way.
Let’s face it, as much as we strive to be really good with our diet, avoiding the sugars, eradicating gluten and often all grains, eating all the good protein, sometimes its nice to have a little treat too. Short of rushing off to the ice cream tub, there are some great nutrition hacks that provide a sense of satiety and satisfaction without sabotaging all your hard work. This high protein healthy pudding recipe is so quick, so easy, and actually provides good nutrition while still feeling like a treat.
Low Dose Naltrexone (LDN) is used in many illnesses and syndromes, among them Lyme disease, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome, multiple sclerosis, autism, rheumatoid arthritis, HIV and cancer. Since it works to balance the immune system, any condition that involves immune dysregulation may benefit from LDN, including auto-immune conditions. [Read more…]
This delicious chickpea salad recipe is so quick and easy to make; it’s gluten free, can easily be made dairy free, and is sure to please your family and friends. I love that I can use fresh herbs that we grow in our garden, and lemon from our own tree. I also sneak a couple of essential oils in there for extra flavor. The recipe comes from the book Savour, by Peter Gordon. It’s such a great book filled with amazing salad recipes. Here’s how it’s made … [Read more…]
Ginkgo boosts brain function via its ability to increase blood flow to the brain and improve impaired memory and mental performance, especially in the elderly. Increasing blood flow increases oxygenation, metabolism and overall functioning of the brain. This is great for the natural cognitive decline that can come with aging, but can also be so beneficial for those suffering from chronic illnesses that have cognitive manifestations such as short term memory loss, word-finding difficulties, and problems with focus and concentration. It can also be very helpful for periods of extra stress which often leads to scattered thoughts, forgetfulness and so on.
How much thought do you put into oral hygiene? Are you a quick-brush-with-the-Colgate type of person, or a regimented twice-a-day-floss-and-mouthwash type? Do you use fluoride or no fluoride? Do your kids brush their teeth every single day (confession: mine doesn’t)? Did you know you can use essential oils for oral hygiene too? There are some extremely simple ways to do that, too, it doesn’t have to be complicated. [Read more…]