Researchers doctors have found in recent years that Inflammation is the main cause of much ill health. The food we eat and the stress we have in our lives all makes us vulnerable. If you have ever cut your finger or hit your knee or broken your skin, you know the redness that accompanies healing. Any sort of illness, whether it is major, like diabetes, cancer, chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, arthritis or an inflamed gallbladder giving you pain, is all about inflammation.
Doctors can recommend pain killers for the pain that goes with inflammation, but let's face it, too many painkillers and be killers. Thousands of people die each year in the US alone just because they have taken too many painkillers.
Researchers have been working on other ways to stop inflammation.
When we cook, we often give extra flavor to our food with spices. Spices are known to contain lots of antioxidants. These antioxidants kill off free radicals, the little blighters that oxidize fats in our body. When the fats, or lipids as they are also called, are oxidized they cause havoc in our body, creating inflammation.
Some clever researchers decided to test some common spices, using them at the rate we would use them in our cooking.
Watch this short, perky video to find out which spices will help you the most.
By using these spices every day, you could save lots of money on expensive medication for inflammation.
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We all know that it is not a good idea for children to sit in front of the television for hours. These days there are lots of electronic gadgets that can keep children amused but is it good for them?
Oxygen for our Brain
Scientists and doctors tell us that the more we sit, the more unhealthy we are. When we sit our heart, blood flow and breathing are not stimulated. If we go for an walk the blood is pumping through our veins at a faster rate. This gets our metabolism going. t makes us breathe faster. When we breathe we get more oxygen into our body. We need oxygen for our brain to work properly.
The best thing for children to do is take off their shoes and socks and run barefoot on the grass, at the beach or even play around on the concrete. The important thing here is that they do this barefoot. When our feet touch the ground we are earthing ourselves.
Electrons travel through the soles of our feet into our body getting rid of those free radicals that everyone is telling us are causing illness, inflammation and ageing. We want to keep our children healthy, so get them running barefoot on the ground.
Children need to move. They need to be active. Give them little projects. We all feel more useful when we have something to do.
Things Children Can Do
Give them a plastic bottle of water to make patterns on the concrete. Let them run through the water on the concrete in their bare feet.
Our feet are a very important part of our anatomy. They help us to move around. They were so important to our ancestors that a unit of measurement was centred around the foot.
For thousands of years our ancestors walked barefoot. What, you say? I don’t have any ancestors who walked around barefoot. Well, in that case, you just haven’t traced your ancestors back far enough. It is a fact that every one of us had many ancestors who walked around in bare feet.
Their first shoes were made from leather and during the last fifty years, the soles of shoes have moved away from natural products to synthetic products. Instead of walking in leather shoes as our parents or grandparents used to, we now wear some form of plastic soled shoes.
Our feet are the most sensitive part in our body. There are about 1300 nerve endings per square inch (2.5 square centimetres) of skin on the soles of our feet. All those nerves come from different parts of our body. This is why Reflexology works so well.
Reflexology was formed on the premise that every part of the foot affects some part of the body. So now you can see why. If there are 1300 nerve endings per square inch (2.5 square centimetres) of our foot, there are enough nerves there to reach all of our body. In Reflexology, every part of our foot is stimulated with massage to benefit our whole system.
Looking after our feet is very important otherwise many things can go wrong with them and this makes it difficult for us to walk.
The state of our feet can also tell us the state our body is in. If we have any of the following we know we have to do something about them - corns, warts, blisters, cracked heels, ingrown toenails, hammer toes, psoriasis, tinea, sweaty feet, hot feet, cold feet, pain, calluses.
Dementia and Alzheimer's Disease
Walking barefoot is good for our feet as it helps to sensitize all those nerve endings. Because we encase our feet in solid shoes, we lose the sensitivity in them. By walking barefoot it increases their sensitivity. This has been found to be of benefit to people with Dementia or Alzheimer’s disease.
As these diseases progress, balance is lost and people can tend to walk in a shuffling movement and with feet wider apart to get their balance. Stimulating their feet by walking barefoot and by using Reflexology may help to bring them into balance.
It is also very important to walk barefoot on the Earth, that is, on the garden grass, in a park or at the beach on the sand. Walking barefoot brings our body into balance with the earth. Science has now been able to prove that the electrical energies of the earth are of great benefit to us. To maintain you health or to improve it, walk in bare feet for 30 minutes daily in contact with the earth.
It has been shown that walking barefoot on the earth each day can ease the inflammation in our body. It is now recognised that inflammation causes many major diseases like diabetes and heart problems.
Earthing by Clinton Ober, Stephen T Sinatra MD & Martin Zucker
Pain relief, many names, one product:
All these names are talking about the same drug for pain relief.
'What's in a name? that which we call a rose
By any other name would smell as sweet;'
Spoken by Juliet
from Romeo and Juliet
by William Wordsworth
Because this drug, which is used for pain relief around the world, is used so frequently. people become blase about it. It was the same with aspirin until it was realized that it can cause bleeding of ulcers and toxicity to kidneys and liver.
Each tablet contains 500mg paracetamol (acetaminophen, Tylenol)
Dosage should not exceed 4000mg daily, that's 8 tablets a day.
For chronic use, take no more than 2000 to 3000mg daily. That is 4-6 tablets a day.
Chronic use at a high level can cause liver or kidney problems.
Doses of 1000mg daily of paracetamol (acetaminophen, Tylenol), that's only 2 tablets, depletes a major antioxidant called glutathione. We desperately need glutathione in our body. It is a master antioxidant and detoxifier. It strengthens the immune system and fights inflammation.
Taking glutathione does not help but we can take N-acetyl-cysteine (NAC). Our body uses NAC to make glutathione. So when taking more than a couple of tablets of paracetamol (acetaminophen, Tylenol) in a day, it is also a good idea to take a capsule of NAC. These usually come in 500mg -650mg capsules.
If you can have dairy products, high quality whey protein has also been shown to raise glutathione levels.
According to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) US, 56,000 people presented to hospital emergency rooms with serious side effects from accidental overdosing of paracetamol (acetaminophen, Tylenol). There are also 100, yes, 100 deaths a year from this drug that is sold in supermarkets and touted as being everybody's friend.
Carb soda, also called bi-carb soda or bi-carbonate of soda is very useful for skin conditions. It is especially useful to take the redness out of a rash, ease sunburn and is very good to ease those red raw patches that some people get under a tummy roll.
These raw patches of skin under the tummy roll are sometimes painful, sometimes not. They can be treated in many ways. Sometimes the doctor may give antifungal cream. This may help but can sometimes make the redness worse by keeping it moist.
Treatment for Inflamed Skin under a Tummy Roll
After a shower make some warm water in the basin. Add a couple of teaspoonsful of carb soda ( bi-carb soda). This can also be called Baking soda. If you happen to have some pure Lavender aromatherapy oil, you can add one drop to this mixture. One drop is plenty. Fragrant oil smells like aromatherapy oil but is of no benefit to you. Only the aromatherapy oil will benefit. This can also be called Essential oil.
Soak a wash cloth is the warm water containing the carb soda and lavender oil. Squeeze it out loosely and wash the affected areas. Do this a few times. Pat dry the area. Make sure all the moisture has gone.
Next, use a medicated talc. Try Curash. It has zinc in it. Zinc is very healing. Sprinkle the powder onto your hand and apply to the affected area.
This is not a quick treatment. It needs to be used daily. Use the treatment twice daily if the redness is very bad. Continue until the skin is clear and back to its natural colour.
Do not stop the treatment totally but keep using the medicated powder. Make sure the skin under the tummy roll is dried after each shower and apply the powder.
This powder can be purchased in the chemist or in the supermarket. You will find a suitable powder in the baby section in the supermarket.
Do not use on open wounds where the skin is broken.
An infection in the head can be a very nasty business.
Symptoms can include:
This photo illustrates what it is like when you have an infection in one side of your head. The red part is the infected side, the side with the heat.
Symptoms for this type of infection could include:
If symptoms are persistent seek medical attention. If this occurs in a child, definitely seek medical attention.
If symptoms are just starting and you catch it before it gets too bad you could try
Echinacea - a herbal remedy
Olive Leaf Extract
If symptoms persist seek medical attention.
Continued sitting is not good for us
Movement is much better for us. When we sit we do not contract our muscles. Therefore our muscles get no exercise. When our muscles get no exercise we become weak.
When our muscles contract it helps our body to clear the blood sugar and fats.
If we eat a meal that is high in calories it raises our blood sugar levels.
Researchers have found that when we sit for long periods our blood sugar stays high for hours.
High Blood Sugar Levels Bring on Inflammation
High glucose levels, that is, high blood sugar, can lead to inflammation.
When this happens continuously it can lead to inflammation in the body. Inflammation in the body can lead to all sorts of major illnesses, for example, diabetes, arthritis, heart disease and cancer.
How to Lower our Blood Sugar
For people who sit a lot, a simple way to lower our blood sugar is to get up and walk for two minutes every twenty minutes. A slow walk will do. It does not have to be a fast walk.
Just walking around the office, to the toilet, or a short walk in the open air -
whatever suits your circumstances - will help your muscles to contract, so
lowering your blood sugar by up to 30 per cent.
Who is at risk of Inflammation?
People at risk of inflammation in their body are not just unhealthy people. Children sit in classrooms all day. Many people sit at desks all day, drive cars and trucks all day or are passengers in cars, trucks, trains and buses.
Not many of us even do a lot of walking these days. We all try to make things easier on our body. We would be much healthier is we parked our car a little further away from where we are going, and walked a bit further and more often throughout the day.
The Elderly and Inflammation
It is a normal sight to see elderly people in nursing homes just sitting around. Now I know many of them just cannot get up and walk. However for the ones who are able to, they should be encouraged to go for a little walk every half an hour or so. It strengthens their muscles and gets their blood moving, so stopping inflammation from increasing.
Exercise in the Evening
Day time is not the only time we are seated for hours. Today it is normal for people to park themselves in front of the telly for hours on end each evening. With remote controls, switching channels is an easy movement of the thumb. Gone are the days when we had to get up and walk to the telly to change the channels or the volume. Who even remembers that we used to do it?
So, in the evening, when you are resting or on the computer or studying, get up every twenty minutes and do a little movement. Bring your exercise bike into the room where you watch the telly. Ride it for two minutes every twenty minutes.
Put the alarm of your mobile phone for every twenty minutes to remind you. Use technology not only to keep us seated but also to get us moving.
Good food is very important. It provides the fuel our body needs to do what we have to do every day of our life. Bad food also provides fuel for our body but it also creates inflammation in our body. Our body does not differentiate between good and bad food. It just takes what we give it and uses it.
Therefore wouldn't it be better to always give our body good food?
Sometimes it's hard for us to distinguish between good and bad food. Food companies continually tell us how good their food is for us and why we should buy it. They don't always bother if their food is good for us. They only make it taste good so we will want to buy it. Their prime concern is to make money.
Bevan Love to cook. Everyone vies for an invite. His wife is a great cook too!
Bevan has entered this video into Jamie Oliver's Food Tube Competition. He would really appreciate it if you would watch this video. Enjoy the recipe of this good food. Perhaps you will cook it for yourself too.
Oil from Australian Eucalypts is a powerful healer
Aromatherapy Oils in Australia
Here in Australia we are lucky enough to have some aromatherapy oils that come from this wide brown land.
Soon after the English claimed the new land they called Australia, the early settlers learnt from the native aboriginal people about the medicinal benefits of the eucalypt and tea tree bush.
Today much is known about the healing benefits of the oils from these plants and they are known around the world.
In recent years rich aromatherapy oils from more Australian native plants have revealed themselves to us.
Benefits of Australian Oils
Eucalypt is known to be very beneficial to help ease head colds and bronchitis. Put a few drops in an aromatherapy burner during winter to keeps cold and 'flu at bay. If you have a head-cold an inhalation with eucalyptus oil will clear your head.
Tea tree has wonderful antibacterial and antiviral properties. It is good to put on cuts and sores. It can be applied 'neat', that is, it does not have to be diluted. Tea tree oil takes the sting out of mosquito bites. Apply to the skin beforehand to deter mosquitos, or after being stung by them.
Ducane Kunzea is a powerful antioxidant. It is so strong that it stops metal from oxidising (rusting) and preserves wood. It has wonderful healing properties. It is an anti-inflammatory, eases pains of arthritis and other aches and pains. It is also proven to kill 99.5% of Golden staph (Staphylococcus aureus). Ducane Kunzea is from Tasmania in the far south of Australia.
Fragonia is as strong as tea tree oil in its anti-infectious and anti-bacterial properties. It is a good expectorant and an effective treatment for joint, muscle and dental pain. Fragonia has a mild, very pleasant fragrance. Fragonia is from Western Australia.
Australian Blue Cypress is from Northern Territory in the north of Australia. It has anti-inflammatory, anti-viral and anti-bacterial properties. It relieves itching and is a mild pain reliever for muscular tension and pain. It is reported to heal warts. Australian Blue Cypress is a blue oil.
Next time you need the healing power of some lovely aromatherapy oil try a fair dinkum Aussie oil.
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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