A link between asthma and arthritis you say? But these are two totally different illness. Well, scientists today have found a link between these two different diseases. It is Inflammation - heat, redness and swelling. Other inflammatory illnesses are hepatitis, dermatitis, tonsillitis. Itis is on the end of each of these words. It means inflammation.
If you have read some of my previous blogs you will have noticed how I suggest using food for health. A connection has been made by nutritionists and scientists between deep fried fatty foods and inflammation. If you have any sort of inflammation, their recommendation is NOT to eat deep fried fatty foods.
So when your arthritis is playing up, do not have fish and chips for dinner or any other deep fried or fatty foods. Remember also that just a little bit of these foods is not alright when you have any sort of inflammation - that is heat, redness, swelling.
Dry brushing is an easy thing you can to for yourself each day. It stimulates the circulation system and the lymphatic system of your body. The lymphatic system rids your body of toxins. Dry Brushing helps to detoxify your body.
Dry brushing clears your skin of dead, dry flakes. It is generally advised to dry brush before showering although people with sensitive skin may find doing this after a shower is better for them.
Start brushing at your feet. Use circular motions. Remember the soles of your feet. Many people have hard skin on the soles and heels of their feet. Brush these regularly to have soft supple skin.
Brush up the calves and thighs, tummy and hips, reaching around to your back as much as you can. This is why a brush with a long handle can be of help. Brush your hands, forearms and upper arms, shoulders and chest. If you have dry, flaky skin, see it fall off.
You don't have to brush all your body each day. You can concentrate an one area or alternate areas.
Dry brushing can help ease the itch of skin rashes but do this with care. listen to your body. Do not brush where it hurts. Do not brush over infected or broken skin.
Enjoy your fresh, silky skin.
This chef makes GOOD food. Good food makes us healthy. Bevan talks about the energy and colour of food. Our body is made of energy. We need lots of physical and energetic energy to survive our physical and spiritual lives. Please support him on his journey.
A variety of coloured food on our plate is much more interesting than a plate filled with foods of the one colour.
Imagine sitting down to dinner. You have a lovely white plate in front of you. Now you are going to fill it with food. What is your choice? Will you fill your plate with white steamed fish, mashed potato, cauliflower and white sauce?
Or would you prefer to fill your lovely white plate with green broccoli, red tomato, orange pumpkin or sweet potato, yellow corn and purple beetroot?
Think of your plate as an artist's palette. You can paint the inside of your body with all these colourful foods.
Foods are different colours depending on the minerals and antioxidants they contain. We know that leafy greens are good for us.
Deep red and purple fruit and vegetables are also very good for us. They contain many antioxidants to keep our body healthy. Try adding some to your diet soon.
We need food to nurture our physical body. In the early days of humanity food was gathered from the surroundings from plants and trees or animals that were caught. People went in search of the food, expending physical energy.
Fast track to our food system today, 10,000 years or so later. Not many of us expend energy in gathering our food unless it is a trip to the supermarket where we gather our food in abundance in a weekly trip.
People in Western society have become lazy and want their food by the quickest, easiest method as they are always on the verge of engaging in their next activity. Food is no longer as important to us as it was in days long gone because there is an abundance of it in out society. It becomes more important in societies where it is scarce. Over the generations revolutions have been fought because of lack of food.
Food can be used to nurture our body. Increasingly, scientist are proving that it can also be used to make us ill - too much sugar, too much fat, bad fats, foods with high GI, food colouring, too much meat, smoked meats and too much food, yes, too much food.
Science is also helping nutritionists prove which foods are so good for us and why. Some of these foods have red and purple skins or green leaves. We have all heard that vegetables and fruit are good for us. Now we have access to the knowledge of which of these vegetables and fruits are the best and why.
More about these foods next time...
I am a trained Natural Therapist, Teacher, published Author and Artist who lives on the south eastern coast of Australia.
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