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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Iodine has great healing benefits for the human body.
Iodine is found in fish and seaweeds from the ocean.
A couple of centuries ago the poorest of the poor people in England, Scotland and Ireland who lived near the sea relied on fish from the ocean for much of their food. People who were at starvation point ate seaweed that was washed up on the shore. Somehow these people survived on this food, with its nutrition from the sea.
"during Ireland's disastrous potato famine of 1847-48, seaweed was used commonly as food, which led to negative associations of seaweed with poverty and famine. "
The lack of Iodine is vast in our Western society. There are processes in the body that make use of certain elements. Once, iodine was the main element. These days it has been replaced by bromine, chlorine and fluoride. This means that we now have far less iodine in our body.
Iodine is essential for thethyroid gland.
The thyroid gland is in charge of the metabolism.
'Metabolism describes the chemical reactions that occur in the body which are vital for keeping us alive.'
Iodine is also needed for the health of the breasts, ovaries and testicles.
Iodine is to be respected as it can affect the body greatly whether there is too much of it or too little.
People in Japan eat lots of fish and seaweed. They have much less cancer of the breast than women in the US. They also live to great ages in good health.
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True: Eggs are good for us
False: The eggs we eat are converted directly into blood cholesterol
True: Eating eggs does not negatively affect our blood cholesterol.
Research into Eggs
Many studies have shown that eating eggs makes no difference to our cholesterol levels. The cholesterol we eat in our diet reduces the cholesterol we make in our liver.
In 2013, a study by researchers at the University of Conneticutt showed people on a low-carb diet, eating whole eggs, improved insulin sensitivity and heart health.
'Scores of studies have confirmed the value of eggs, which are quite possibly the world's most perfect food; the yolk is the most nutritious part.'
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Dairy free and Gluten free Brownies
These gluten free brownies are just chock full of good things for you - almond meal, quinoa, coconut flour and coconut oil, cocoa and chia. They are full of antioxidants and good fat.
Even the sweetener is mostly fructose free. I have made these biscuits with glucose powder, also called dextrose which has no fructose in it. The fructose is the bad bit of the sugar. It is the really sweet part. Fructose is bad for people with diabetes and for many people with Irritable Bowel Syndrome. I used just 30gr of sugar but it is the low GI sugar, also better to help keep your blood sugar more stable. If you wanted to, you could exchange this for more glucose powder. Low GI means that this food breaks down more slowly into your blood stream so it does not give the glucose rush that a high GI food gives you.
Gluten Free & nearly Fructose Free Brownies
In another bowl mix the dry ingredients
Mix the dry ingredients then all them to the oil and egg mix. Stir and add the water a bit at a time.
Spread baking paper on the oven tray.
Pop the tray into the heated oven at 160degrees C for 20 minutes.
Makes 14 brownies.
Cool before eating - if you can wait.
Because these brownies are full of the best, most nutritious flours, nuts, seeds and oils you will find that you don't need to eat as many of them as you would biscuits made out of starchy flours.
We need protein to build our body. Protein is made up of amino acids. These are the building blocks of protein.
There are 20 amino acids altogether. We can make up some of them in the chemical factory that is our body. The 8 essential ones we cannot make and have to have them in our diet. Without the essential amino acids things will start to go wrong in our body.
Carbohydrates like bread, sugar, potatoes and starch will not give us the building blocks we need to build our body.
Sheldon Cooper in the Big Bang Theory tells us that his favourite amino acid is Lysine. Lysine helps prevent herpes. It is good to take as a supplement if you get little ulcers in your mouth or cold sores. A cold sore is a type of herpes.
8 Essential amino acids
Where can we get Protein?
Foods made up of protein are
You can see that we need to include the following foods to be able to make protein in our body.
References: Essential amino acids
Low-carb Living for Families by Monique le Roux Forslund
Photo by Therese Vahland
For the past 30 years or so we have been told to cut down on fats in our diet. We were told they were making us unhealthy, overweight and giving us heart disease.
Manufacturers got onto the bandwagon. They have taken the natural fats out of cheese to give us low fat cheese. Cheese is all about fat. Cheese is made from milk and cream of animals. They overwhelming consumption of our cheese is from cows.
For years my husband has been heard complaining that the plastic wrap of the low fat cheese slices tasted better than the 'cheese?' it was wrapped around.
We Need Fat in Our Diet
Fat makes food taste good. Fat makes us feel full.
Some vitamins are only soluble in fat, that is, they only mix with fat. They cannot mix with water or any watery fluid in our body. These vitamins are A,D,E and K. Therefore we need fat in our diet to be able to absorb these. Because these vitamins do not wash out of our body we should not take too much of them. However we probably do not get enough of them in our modern diet.
When we eat fat it increases the rate at which our body burns fat. So the odd thing is, if we eat more fat, we will use more of our body fat.
Good Fat Versus Bad Fat
There are different types of fat.
Saturated fats include meat, cream, cheese, butter and coconut oil.
Monounsaturated fats are found in avocados, nuts and olives.
Polyunsaturated fats are found in fatty fish like mackerel and herring.
Bad fats are transfats and hydrogenated fats. Margarine is made from seed oils that have been modified and made solid. Oils are not normally solid except for coconut oil. Coconut oil is good for us.
Products with Fat
Today it is hard to find full fat yoghurt in the supermarket. Now the majority of yoghurt has most of the fat taken out of it and replaced with sugar and fruit (there is lots of sugar in fruit) to make it taste better. Look for Greek yoghurt. This is full fat.
Fat and Blood Sugar Levels
Fat does not impact on blood sugar levels. Sugar and carbohydrates do impact on blood sugar levels. So by increasing your fat intake you will not be as hungry, therefore will not need/crave as much sugar or as many carbohydrates to keep you going.
People with dairy sensitivity should not take any dairy products. These people can get their fat from coconut oil, avocados, olives, nuts, mackerel and salmon.
Reference: Low-carb Living for Families by Monique le Roux Forslund
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