An example of a buildup of static electricity
What is Static Electricity?
Static electricity is a build up of electricity charges trapped on the surface of an object.
How do we Know we have a Builp up of Static Electricity?
Static electricity in our body can show in different ways. You may feel a tingling running through you when you go to touch something. It may also feel like a sharp zap going through you. Your hair can stand on end like the child in the picture. He has been zooming through the covered slide where he has accumulated static electricity by the friction of his clothes with the plastic surface of the slide. Sometimes there is even a cracking sound when the electricity is discharged. Occasionally light can be seen as the electricity discharges.
Who is Affected by Static Electricity?
People affected by static electricity can work with electrical equipment, computers, in areas with a lot of machinery, or maybe drive trucks or cars all day. People with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS), ME, CFIDS or other lonf term illnesses are also affected. People who work in dry environments and who are always indoors can also be affected.
How can we Lessen Static Electricity in our lives?
The indoor air around us contains positive and negative ions. In the desert we have more positive ions when the air is very dry. The seaside has a lot of negative ions. Negative ions often make ups feel more relaxed. An air ioniser emits negative ions into the air.
Indoor air tends to be more dry than outside air. Static electricity builds up is dry air. A humidifier will keep moisture in the air which helps to lessen static electricity. Otherwise just open a window and let some fresh air in.
Friction can cause synthetic clothing to hold on to an electrical charge. When it finds a weaker or opposite electrical charge it is discharged or balanced. The buzz we feel is the charge being discharged or balanced. It is a good idea for people who are more affected by static electricity to wear clothing made from natural substances for example cotton, bamboo, wool or linen. Forget clothing made from polyester, viscose, acetate and nylon.
How to Drain your Body of Static Electricity
I have found the best way to drain your body of static electricity is to go for a walk in bare feet on the damp sand of the beach or better still in the sea water. Stand still with the ripples of water splashing over your bare feet and feel that excess energy drain from your head right down your body to your feet. It is a wonderful feeling. You enjoy the peace and calm of the beach, the gulls flying past, the negative ions in the air. This will strengthen your body.
If you are not lucky enough to be near a beach and have a lawn, walk outside early in the morning on the damp lawn in bare feet for 10 minutes. This will allow the static electricity to be discharges into the earth. Moisture helps the discharge. It can be dew on the grass or dampen the grass with water. If you don't have your own lawn, go to the park.
Easing Static Electricity in the Bedroom
It is important to have a refreshing rest each night so we can work well through the day. Wear cotton night clothes. Use cotton sheets of the bed, not polyester sheets. Many people today use doonas. Make sure your doona is filled with wool, not polyester. Use a doona cover that is cotton. Otherwise resort to cotton blankets. These are great.
The mattress and mattress topper is another source of synthetics. Mattresses are packed with sponge rubber which can affect sensitive people. You can have a mattress made with cotton or wool.
Make sure your pillows are also made from wool, cotton, bamboo or kapok. I like kapok pillows.
Add an air ioniser to release more negative ions into the air for a restful sleep.
Make sure you bedhead in not above a powerpoint and this is a constant source of positive charges.
If you have an electric blanket GET RID OF IT. This is an important step. Definitely turn it off.
Here's to a happier, healthier you!
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Margarines take up a lot of shelf space in the supermarket
Trans Fatty Acids
In Australia trans fatty acids were supposed to be phased out of our food by the end of January 2013. This has not happened. Why? It is because the government left it up to the large manufacturers to do this. The government was reluctant to make it a law under the Food Labelling Law and Policy. Are they more interested in what the food manufacturers want than in the health of their own people, the people of Australia? The government will have to pay the bill in the health system in the future by letting the manufacturers have their way.
At the moment manufacturers do not have to tell us if our food contains trans fatty acids (TFAs) or how much it contains. This makes it hard for us to make an informed decision about the foods we eat.
How did Trans Fatty Acids Come About?
Manufactured TFAs were first made in the 1950s when the processors found out how to make liquid oils solid at room temperatures and extend their shelf life.
Who is at Risk?
Anybody who eats large quantities of snack foods and margarines is at risk of inflammatory diseases caused by the trans fatty acids.
What do Trans Fatty Acids do?
Trans fatty acids increase our ‘bad’ cholesterol and lower our ‘good’ cholesterol so making us more at risk of heart disease.
Where are Trans Fatty Acids Found?
TFAs are found naturally in milk and dairy products made from milk. These are not as dangerous as manufactured TFAs.
Dangerous TFAs are found in margarines and fast foods which include pastries and bakery goods. Snack foods, for instance muesli bars, microwave popcorn and potato chips are included in this. Anybody eating large quantities of these is at greater risk of heart disease and other major illness including diabetes.
How to Avoid Trans Fatty Acids?
The best way to avoid the consumption of ingredients in foods we do not wish to eat is to eat fresh foods, that is, vegetables, fruit and meat and to cook meals ourselves. This way you can control the ingredients in a meal.
People in the US consume five times the amount of trans fatty acids than the people in Australia.
Let’s try to limit our consumption of TFAs and become more healthy.
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Stevia is a natural sweetener with NO calories
Sugar is ingrained in western societies. We love it and can't get enough of it. But what does sugar do for us? It greatly increases the calories or kilojoules we consume while giving no benefit to our body. It does not supply vitamins or minerals or fibre in our diet. It is no benefit except to out taste buds.
Up until the 1600s the only sweetener people had was honey. Honey is made by bees. They visit the flowers in the gardens, fields and forests collecting the pollen from them. This they take back to their hives and make it into honey. So bees and beehives were treasured.
When America was found and colonized, the free labour of the slaves was used to grow sugarcane. So sugar began to replace the use of honey. By the 1800s this was easier to get and became a part of the diet. Now sugar is in many foods in all sorts of forms.
People started to realise that an excess of sugar was increasing their weight and in the 1900s alternatives were sought. Aspartame was added to 'diet' drinks and foods.
Today the evidence against aspartame is growing. Studies have found that aspartame also increases weight, decreases insulin sensitivity in diabetics, and affects our brain. It has been linked to all sorts of health problems including
See here for more info. So why add aspartame to your diet?
Saccharin is another artificial sweetener with a bad profile.
Stevia is a herb that has a strong sweetening effect. It is a herb found in South America and is 100% natural, 300 times sweeter than sugar and has NO CALORIES. Also Stevia does NOT cause an increase in blood sugar levels.
Stevia has been used as a sweetener in Paraguay and other South American countries for over 1,500 years. In Japan, 40% of the sweetener market is estimated to be stevia-base. The Japanese have been conducting extensive research on stevia since the 1970s and have found it to be completely safe.
Fructose is the natural sweetener in fruit. It is added to many foods as a sweetener. However many people have an intolerance to this carbohydrate and are unable to digest it. It can cause symptoms of Irritable Bowel Syndrome.
If we have a balanced diet and can eliminate food intolerances, we lose the craving for sugar or sweetener in our diet. Having enough proper carbohydrates can get rid of the craving for sugar.
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Which poison is yours today?
Chemicals can build up in our system and give us reactions from just feeling poorly to major reactions. These chemical buildups can come from one major source of contact with a chemical or from many different sources.
Many people are sensitive to chemicals. Some know it and try to avoid them, some don't know it and wonder why they are always feeling unwell. Some people only feel really bad when they go into or near certain places or do certain jobs.
Chemicals can cause a quick reaction or build up in your system until your body can take no more. Then you may react in a big way or you may just feel worse than you usually do. Every person is different.
Canaries Are Sensitive To Chemicals
Some people have a strong immune system while other people are the canaries in our society. Years ago the miners working the mines used to take canaries in cages with them into the mine. When the buildup of gases rose to dangerous levels the canaries died and the miners knew it was time to get out quickly. People with Multiple Chemical Sensitivity (MCS) are like these canaries.
The general society is unaware that they are being bombarded every minute of every day and night with chemicals in their atmosphere.
When people are sensitive to chemicals their immune system is lowered and they
tend to suffer from allergies and intolerances.
Hidden Chemicals Can Be Anywhere
Which Poison Is Yours Today?
These are only a very few of the places you can find chemicals. They touch the lives of all us in Western society. It is best for our health if we can minimise the use of them as much as possible.
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Take the children for a walk in the park
Stress Makes Illness Worse
It is being recognised by a slowly increasing number in the medical community that stress can make our health worse and even cause ill health. Some hospitals are setting up centres to study the relationship between stress and illness and to train people to relax.
Dr Benson, a cardiologist from Harvard University, studied the effects of meditation on the health of people for over 30 years. He went on to establish the Benson-Henry Institute for Mind Body Medicine at Massachusett's General Hospital, USA. He has scientifically proven the benefits of meditation.
In industrialised countries we are continually on the move. There are always things to do, people to see and places to go. Everybody is so busy. We do not give our minds time out, time to just be and not worry about the next thing to do. We are trained today to have 2 or 3 things on the go at once.
Once upon a time there were mothers that stayed home to look after the children and the house. Today many mothers look after the children, the house and go out to work. How do they fit this in? Are they relaxed people? I'll let you answer that.
We need simple things to keep our minds on a more simple path. Here are a few suggestions.
10 Things to do to Relieve Stress in Our Lives
Laugh. When you laugh you are relaxed. Watch a funny movie, share some jokes, read some cartoons or a funny book.
Take a deep breath when you find yourself getting uptight.
Eat breakfast. This will give you energy for the day and boost your blood sugar levels. When these get low you become tired and cannot think clearly.
Go for a walk - 10 or 20 minutes is better than not walking. You may find that you can get this in by walking the stairs instead of taking the lift, parking your car further away from your destination or getting off a bus one stop earlier than your destination.
Take the children for a walk in the park.
The ultimate walk is to walk in the forest, woods along a country road or along the beach. This is away from all the hustle and bustle of life. Negative ions abound at the beach and amongst trees. Negative ions are calming.
Meditate for 20 minutes each day. Try to fit this is because it is really important. Try getting up 20 minutes earlier, do it in your lunch break or just before you go to bed at night. If you are saying right now that there is no way you will find the time, well you are just the person who needs to meditate. Just do it!
Put a stop to repetitive or worrying thoughts. Yes, you can do it. It is hard at first but slowly it will become easier. Just say 'No, I'm not going to think about that anymore'. Say it often enough and you will be able to train your mind to obey.
Start to pray. Perhaps you can pray for others, for example, people who are unhappy, people who have nowhere to live, people who have no food, people who are ill and people who are dying. Pray for your family that they will have a happy and healthy life. Pray that they will be fulfilled. There are always people who are far worse off than yourself to pray for. Pray to the deity you believe in. Repetitive pray also takes us outside of our thoughts. The Rosary is a good example here.
Take a holiday and take it before you become too stressed. If you are too stressed you will not be able to relax on your holiday.
Read to your children. Children love to be read a story even if they are quite capable of reading the same book themselves. There is something soothing about a voice droning on and on. Do you remember feeling dozy in class on a hot afternoon while the teacher talked? You have the added benefit of calming your children as well as yourself.
Do some gardening. This can be a great source of enjoyment for many. Plants have healing powers so the plants you choose for your garden will be just the ones you need. If you find yourself getting rid of some plant from the garden you probably don't need it's healing power any more or choose not to deal with the problem that plant can help you with.
What is your favourite stress relief?
Sulphites in dried fruit can cause asthma
Food Preservatives can Cause Asthma
Sulphite preservatives are some of the worst additives that cause asthma.
'But I don't use sulphites or even know what they are!', I hear you say.
Well you don't have to know what they are but I bet you are probably eating them.
Sulphur dioxide - Preservatives 220-228
Sulphur dioxide, the same as sulphites, is preservative 220. You will find some preservatives or additives listed in the ingredients, mostly hidden away in small type on the back of food packaging. You will also see othe numbers between 220 and 228. Beware of all of these.
A person may get asthma from a food but not get the attack of asthma immediately. Sulphites build up in your system and when another trigger is added, eg exercise or cold air, the bronchial tubes can take no more and react, bringing on an attack of asthma.
Sulphites are Found in Everyday Food and Drink
Sulphites can be found in dried fruit including sultanas, raisins and apricots and in fruit flavoured drinks. It is also found in meat in sausages and rissole and often in minced meat. Adults who suffer from asthma may be surprised to know that the alcohol they drink in the form of beer or wine also contains sulphites. They are also found in french fries and hot potato chips.
If you think you may be affected by sulphites/sulphur dioxide, start eliminating these foods mentioned and start reading the labels on the food you buy. You may be pleasantly surprised to find your asthma ease and eventually be a thing of the past.
You are the person most interested in your health and that of those around you. Make a start to better health today. Happy detecting.
Oranges contain salicylates
Asthma can be Life Threatening
It is often very difficult to pinpoint what triggers an asthma attack. Asthma can be lifethreatening. Three people among my relations have died from asthma so it is important to take it seriously. When I was growing up I often had asthma. When the asthma disappeared it was replaced with hayfever or eczema. These three reactions of the body are what we could term cousins in a family. They are all related. If you have one, you often have the others as well.
We were told by doctors that 'you don't die from asthma'. That was a long time ago and I certainly do not believe it. I did not really believe it then. After all if you cannot get your breath, you cannot breathe. So take asthma seriously.
Salicylates & Asthma
Today it is known that salicylates in our food can bring on asthma. I first found this out nearly 30 years ago. Every time I cleaned my teeth I got asthma. At the time I went to a doctor who knew a little about salicylates. He suggested that I look at the ingredients of my toothpaste. The toothpaste was the usual run of the mill toothpaste made by one of the giant companies that make these products. It was in every supermarket.
I noticed that there was peppermint in the toothpaste. Now I knew that if I went near a mint plant it took my breath away. So I searched out a toothpaste without perrpemint to see if I would be OK with that. Well, I never looked back. At the time I decided to stay right away from the mint family. I had also noticed that peppermint lollies gave me the same reaction, as did chewing gum with peppermint in it.
I was also told by the doctor that these salicylates were also in Aspirin, so I made sure not to take that.
Remember, there was no internet in those days. They were the times of passing on the word by mouth. If you happened to come across the people with the correct information that you needed you were in luck. But if you didn't find them, it was all about looking out for yourself.
I used to haunt the local library every week but again there was not much information published for lay people in those days. Today you can get on the internet and find helpful information in 5 minutes and there are also many books published on health that are available in the local libraries.
Food Containing High Amounts of Salicylates
Some common foods that contain salicylates in high quantities are lots of fruit including most apples, oranges, lemons, grapes, strawberries, pineapple, cherries and dried fruit including sultanas. Jam is included because it contains all the fruits. Other foods include tomato products (these are concentrated), peppermint, rosemary, nutmeg and cinnamon, vinegar and seasoned and processed meats.
There are many other foods, but I have just listed many of the common ones.
Common Foods Free of Salicylates
Common foods that are free of salicylates are beef, chicken and eggs, wheat, rye, oats, rice, sunflower oil, butter, cream, sugar, potato and cabbage. For a much more detailed list, click here.
Be your own detective and see if you can eliminate some foods and so ease your asthma. Good luck.
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Grapes are allowed of the FODMAPs diet
What is FODMAPs?
FODMAPs is a way of eating that can eliminate problem foods from your diet.
Dr Sue Shepherd, a nutritionist, has found that some carbohydrates can affect people with Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS). She has found that they have an intolerance to some of these carbohydrates.
There are five groups of these carbohydrates. You may be lucky and be intolerant to only one of these. If you avoid the carbohydrate group that you are intolerant to you may eliminate uncomfortable wind and pain in the bowel.
Allergies and Intolerances
Allergies and Intolerances are different but they can both make you feel pretty bad. An allergy is much more severe than an intolerance. Many people have intolerances to things and call it an allergy. So it is easy to get mixed up with the definitions.
Worth trying? Sure! It's so easy. You just have to be aware of what you eat. There is still plenty of food to eat even if you are intolerant to the five groups of carbohydrates.
When you avoid your problems foods you may have lots more energy and also LOSE WEIGHT. Now wouldn't that be worth it?
Identifying an intolerance to certain carbohydrates and avoiding food that include these can help you lose weight easily while still eating plenty of other good food.
Lots more energy
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