Do you love relaxing in a nice, warm bath at the end of the day? For many people, a bath is a chance to unwind, destress, and relax sore, tired muscles. For some with chronic pain and illness, it’s a necessary tool to help them to feel better and navigate their day-to-day life. There are many more than 3 reasons to take Epsom salts baths. But these are my favorites:
The bathroom may not be the room you spend the most time in, but it’s certainly one that is a priority for keeping nice and fresh. With just a couple of spray bottles, you can make a blend of essential oils for a clean and nice smelling bathroom. And the loo spray? As much as it might seem an odd thing to share, it’s a very popular item for the whole family. And it really works.
There are many reasons to take steps towards balancing blood sugar – maximizing energy, balancing moods, and keeping your weight in a healthy range, to name just a few. To keep blood sugar in balance, the biggest factor is your diet. Understanding what contributes to blood sugar regulation helps us to make good choices and be conscious of those choices every day.
The ketogenic diet has risen in popularity recently, being widely used to boost energy and brain clarity, while balancing excess weight. The ketogenic diet was developed in the 1920s as a therapy for epilepsy, and while it is still used for that today, the rise of anticonvulsant drugs meant that it was sought out less as a therapy in that context. These days, fitness enthusiasts are choosing the ketogenic diet for enhanced performance, as well as those with chronic illnesses that involve fatigue, brain fog and neurological issues.
The ketogenic diet can be useful for someone who:
- Struggles with ups and downs of energy
- Experiences sugar crashes
- Experiences chronic fatigue
- Struggles with neurologic issues, such as poor memory and decline in cognition
- Has a difficult time losing weight
The diet focuses on high fat, low carb and moderate protein. The distinguishing factor from other low-carb diets such as paleo, is that the ketogenic diet involves much higher fat intake, and just moderate protein intake, where paleo might be more even in proteins and fats. In fact, the ketogenic diet suggests a ratio of 4:1 fats to proteins.
By focusing on low carbs, no sugar and high fats, the body enters a ketogenic state, or ketosis. In this state is the brain can use D-beta-hydroxybutryrate and acetoacetetate (primary ketones) to survive. Using ketones instead of glucose for energy prevents insulin spikes, and provides more sustained energy and more efficient energy utilization.
The greater efficiency in providing cellular energy has shown to be beneficial in ischemic states such as stroke, myocardial insufficiency, neonatal stress, genetic mitochondrial problems, and physical fatigue.
Due to the neuroprotective properties of a ketogenic diet, it has proven to be effective in patients with epilepsy, as well as patients with other neurological and neurodegenerative diseases, such as Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s. Studies have shown an association with delayed progressive motor neuron loss and improved performance on motor tasks with induction of this diet.
Also, due to the reduction of body fat, increase in HDL (good cholesterol), and decrease in blood pressure and blood sugar, this diet has also been seen to be beneficial in those with heart disease. Additionally, there has been promising evidence of slowing tumor growth in those with cancer. Disorders, which are related to insulin, such as PCOS, diabetes, and acne, can also benefit from this diet.
When beginning to transition to a ketogenic diet, it is recommended to slowly begin removing carbohydrates and increasing intake of these better energy-sustaining foods. This slow transition will help to avoid the transient symptoms of the “keto-flu” which some people will experience if adopting this diet too quickly. Symptoms of the “keto-flu” include poor energy and mental function, increased hunger, sleep issues, gastro-intestinal distress, and decreased exercise performance.
The breakdown of foods is this:
- 75% quality fats (coconut oil, ghee, grass fed butter, salmon, chia seeds, avocados, nuts, seeds)
- 20% protein
- 5% carbs
Foods to be avoided include:
- Gluten, grains
- Refined sugars
- Processed foods
Adopting a ketogenic diet isn’t necessarily the easiest thing to do, however I have seen tremendous benefits in terms of energy, brain clarity and healthy weight management. If you struggle in those areas it may be worth considering.
There are many things that keep our immune systems working hard, ranging from bacteria to viruses to a variety of toxins. Mold is one of these toxins that can be potent and insidious. Some molds are benign, while others are highly toxic and can cause massive health problems. Helping your immune system recover from mold toxicity can be a long and challenging process, but now there is another immune regulator that can help – it’s called Transfer Factor Enviro.
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.