Category Archives: Eating

Are You Drinking Enough Water – Effects of Dehydration

Effects of Dehydration

Most people don’t think they need to worry about dehydration. To them, dehydration is something that happens to travelers in the desert when they run out of water. But there is a chronic form of dehydration that does not have the sudden and intense nature of the acute form. Chronic dehydration is widespread in the present day and affects everyone who is not drinking enough liquid.

This list of 13 symptoms will inspire you to go get a glass of water, and then another, and another … (After each symptom we will show how lack of fluid affects the issue.)
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Anxiety – Possible Causes & Natural Supplements

Unfortunately, many doctors treat anxiety with medications that are often addictive, ineffective in the long run and are filled with negative side effects.

Fortunately, there are natural therapies that can be as or more effective in the long run, with no side effects.  Anxiety must always be treated physically and mentally.
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Benefits of Eating Olive Oil

Benefits of eating Olive Oil:

Olive oil is rich in anti-aging vitamin E and plays a vital part in the Mediterranean diet that has attracted lots of interest from nutritionists and health professionals in recent years. Its high concentration (over 70%) of monounsaturated fatty acids helps in reducing the level of bad LDL cholesterol in the blood while maintaining levels of good HDL cholesterol.
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St John’s Wort Again Proven Better than Antidepressant Drugs

Food For Depression

The popular herbal extract St. John’s wort is more effective at treating the symptoms of depression than any antidepressant drug, and has fewer side effects, researchers from the Centre for Complementary Medicine in Munich have concluded.

“Overall, the St John’s Wort extracts tested in the trials were superior to placebo, similarly effective as standard anti-depressants, and had fewer side effects than standard anti-depressants,” lead researcher Klaus Linde said.

In a study published by the Cochrane Library, the researchers compiled the results of 29 prior trials, involving a total of 5,489 participants who were randomly assigned either St. John’s wort, a placebo, tricylclic antidepressants or selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) to treat mild to moderately severe depression. All studies were double-blind, meaning that neither patients nor researchers knew what kind of treatment each participant was receiving.
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What Are Enzymes

Proper Digestion

We’ve all seen a colony of ants.  All those little workers rushing around doing their jobs.  It seems so random, but they are each doing something very specific that needs to be done for the good of the whole colony.

That’s what I imagine enzymes to be like.  Enzymes are really proteins – hard working proteins.  They are catalysts that facilitate and speed up the different reactions in the body.  One of the jobs of digestive enzymes is to help break down the large molecules of fats, proteins, carbohydrates, and other components of the foods we eat. 

If you experience gas, bloating, irregular bowels, burping, or other digestive discomforts after eating, you may be feeling the consequences of not enough digestive enzymes.  Having enough enzymes – all the different types – is key to good health.  Food is your body’s fuel and incomplete digestion and assimilation of that fuel leads to mal-nourishment at the cellular level.  If the cells aren’t healthy the whole body suffers. 

Digestive enzymes are naturally produced within your body. We also get enzymes from raw foods.  Many children are eating lots of processed food on a daily basis.  Processed food, even the healthier versions, are lacking those essential enzymes, which are heat sensitive.

Including raw foods (foods that have not been heated above 118 degrees Fahrenheit) is important because the enzymes are still viable.

The average American diet is responsible for the development of chronic degenerative diseases such as heart disease, atherosclerosis, cancer, diabetes, stroke, etc. Why is diet so important for our health?  Because the food (and supplements) we consume provide our cells the nutrients to survive and function.  That’s why in holistic medicine we focus on the health of the gastro-intestinal (GI) tract, where the food is digested and assimilated into the body.

Throughout the GI tract, from the mouth through the intestines, enzymes are secreted from glands to help digest the fat, carbohydrates and proteins we eat.  We also consume enzymes through RAW food.  Enzymes are denatured (inactivated) by heat.  So the enzymes in cooked food lose their function, which is to increase the rates of chemical reactions within the body.

”Although the body can manufacture enzymes,
the more you use your enzyme potential,
the faster it is going to run out…”

– Dr. Edward Howell (Noted Pioneer in the field of Enzyme Research)

Supporting our body with RAW food, supports our enzyme supply.  Raw foods contain all the enzymes necessary for their own digestion.  Eating too much processed and cooked food and too little live, raw food can result in enzyme deficiencies.

There is research to support the health benefits of enzymes, for example:
 Bromelain (an enzyme found in fresh pineapple) has been found to have anticoagulant and anti-inflammatory properties. Anti-inflammatory properties are huge since chronic inflammation has been linked to many diseases including allergies, asthma, heart disease, diabetes and cancer.

Very Important: Enzymes rely on vitamins and minerals to function properly.

“Enzymes are complex proteins that act as catalysts in almost every biochemical process that takes place in the body. Their activity depends on the presence of adequate vitamins and minerals. Many enzymes incorporate a single molecule of a trace mineral —such as copper, iron or zinc —without which the enzyme cannot function.”
Sally Fallon and Mary G. Enig, PhD


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Rice Flour a No Go

Well, I thought I’d try a gluten free version of the healthy and yummy pizza dough recipe.  No such luck, with rice flour that is.

Not sure if an additional healthy ingredient would be required to “glue” the dough together, but it did not work substituing this recipe with rice flour alone.

Next time I’m doing my weekly shopping, I’ll look out for other flour options.

Cheers to healthy eating!

Hunger Vs Cravings – Discover What You Really Need By Carla Hugo

Food is love. When a newborn makes his first voluntary decision, it is to eat. Whether he is nursing from mom, or being snuggled into a parent with a warm bottle. The connection is made. Sweet sustenance. Intimate connection. Slurpy satisfaction. Safety and protection. Thus the relationship with food and love begins. The fortunate baby is nurtured in many ways. Food is one. Cuddling, rocking, being sung to and engaged are others. When baby sounds the alarm by crying, the parent knows he is either, hungry, wet, gassy or tired. As hard as it may be to decipher the cry and remove the cause, it seems to get only more difficult as baby becomes an adult.
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