Helping Women be the most Beautiful, Inside and Out

Posts tagged ‘natural foods’

A Sweet Way to Handle Your Allergies

Spring is in the air.  

Fragrant flowers displaying a panorama of vivid colors, are in bloom.

But yet you feel miserable, runny nose, itchy eyes, sore throat, headache. Why? Because you are allergic to all the pollen in the air. Instead of enjoying the outdoors you are hiding inside, waiting for the end of the season.  Bummer!

The condition: From Wikipedia.  “Allergic rhinitis or hay fever is when an allergen such as pollen or dust is inhaled by an individual with a sensitized immune system, triggering antibody production. These antibodies mostly bind to mast cells, which contain histamine. When the mast cells are stimulated by pollen and dust, histamine (and other chemicals) are released. This causes itching, swelling, and mucus production. Symptoms vary in severity between individuals.”

Well I have been a pollen sufferer for most of my life.  And because of my dislike modern medical so-called” cures” which only mask the symptoms, not cure the root of the problem, I set out on a quest to find a more natural alternative.   

My last home had a hill along side of the house that was full of ice plant, which in spring would produce gorgeous purple flowers (see picture). 

Though I loved the view and the fragrance, I would dread the time they would bloom.  But my love of the outdoors and desire to take care of my yard made me endure the suffering, until my husband found the cure!  Thanks honey!

The problem is in modern society we have lost the knowledge of many of the natural healing remedies that the ancients lived by.

Ready for my secret cure?  Once you learn this PLEASE don’t keep the secret to yourselves.  Share it with others!

I know what it is like to suffer allergies.  I don’t want others to continue to suffer any longer!

Here is an actual quote from my husband (I thought he could explain it so much better than I). 

“It’s funny that if your ancestry lived around water you feel comfortable around water.

It’s comfortableness is in your genes. There is a lot of genetic pre-programming that tells us what is okay and not okay.

If your ancestry didn’t drink milk then you are lactose intolerant and your body does not know what to do with cow’s milk.

So too if your genetics don’t know that pollen is harmless it will fight against the pollen with high levels of mucus and increased fever and increased metabolic activity. So how do you over come your genetics? By introducing the alien substance to your body to prove it is harmless and not harmful.

From the bodies point of view it’s better to be safe than sorry.

Since pollen is the agent of reaction then take it in another form.

Honey!

Pollen in the form of honey, goes through your entire body internally making the whole body familiar to it but that does not make it a friend until the body starts digesting it and distributing it to every organ which means constant intake for several weeks, then the body accepts it as a friend and the symptoms are gone!”

I know this sounds great, but does it really work?  Well I tested it out for myself and guess what?  IT REALLY WORKS!  Once I started taking it within the first few days I could feel the scratchy throat and itchy eyes diminish.  A few days later my sinus headache disappeared!  What a relieve!   So much better than taking antihistamines.

But there is a catch.

There are many types of honey.  Most commercial honey is blended, meaning it is a mixture of two or more honey differing in floral source, color, flavor, density or geographic origin.  But what you want is “local honey” from the area you live, specifically from the pollen that is causing your allergies.  I use honey from wildflowers that covers just about every type of pollen around my area.

Make sense? 

The catch is that not all stores are going to carry local honey so you need to search for places that sell “local honey”.  Be careful not to get honey from a city 100 miles away or from the next state.  It needs to be no more than 50-100 miles from the area you live, actually the closer the better.  I was lucky to find a beekeeper only 10 miles from where I live.

Once you find your local honey here is what you need to do:

Take a tablespoon in the morning, and a tablespoon in the evening every day for about a week or maybe two.  You can put it into tea, or on toast if you prefer. It’s important to be consistent with it though so your body can identify it and accept it as a friend and not an enemy. You’ll notice the symptoms disappearing within a week.  It’s amazing!  Another cool thing is that once you do this the following year you will notice that your allergies won’t even act up!  I have not had any pollen allergies in over 5 years.  I only started to have a little flair up after we had a very rainy winter that brought up alot of new flora that had been dormant.  So what did I do?  I found some new local honey and within 2 days the symptoms were gone! 

Please note: Don’t give honey to infants under one year.  Check my article on “How Sweet It Is” for more details.

I really hope this knowledge helps you or anyone you know that has been suffering pollen allergies to now bee free!

🙂

Related Articles:

Got Milk?

How Sweet It Is

 

Like this article?  Share it with a friend!

Advertisements

Know your ABC’s

You started to learn the alphabet approximately the time you learned to walk, but how about the ABC’s of Vitamins?

Granted we all have different genetics that play a factor in our health, but there are basic nutritional needs that all people commonly have.

It is extremely importance to be in-tuned to your body’s specific needs to maintain a healthy lifestyle.

Vitamins are essential for the normal functioning of our bodies and necessary for our growth, vitality, and well-being.

We all know that we need at least the recommended amounts of vitamins from the food we eat, like 5 servings of fresh fruits and vegetables daily, right?.   But most of us tend to be in a hurry all the time, so we grab a bite wherever and whenever we can.  Unfortunately the majority of convenient foods have little to no nutritional benefits.

Seriously, does anyone faithfully eat 5 servings of fresh fruits and vegetables every day?  I know I can barely squeeze in 2 to 3 decent meals a day.

The other problem we have is that when do cook we tend to over-cook the food to where the vitamins and minerals get lost before we even put the fork to our mouth.

Thus the invention of vitamin supplements! 

Notice they are food “supplements”, not food “replacements”.   I can’t emphasize enough that you should always get vitamins and minerals in the purest form from the food you eat first!   Then IF you may lack anything in your diet you can add supplements.

Specifically for “Beauty” it is important to get your “A, C & E” vitamins daily.

An important thing to know is that vitamins taken internally (from food or supplements) go to the internal organs in need first, and rightly so.  That means if your body doesn’t have enough nutrients for the whole body’s needs then  your skin, hair, and nails will be the ones to suffer most.  So what can you do to get the necessary nutrients to those areas?

Well have you ever noticed that most conditioners for your hair have added vitamins, and botanicals?  That is because your hair can absorb the nutrients it needs from the surface.  It is the same with your skin, that is why it is so important to use vitamin enriched cleansers and moisturizers.  The nutrients applied  to the skin will directly benefit those specific cells that need it.

Vitamin A (retinol, carotene)

Some of the benefits include: aids in proper function of immune system, helps treat ance, wrinkles, helps remove age spots.

Beautywise: This powerful antioxidant is essential for growth and renewal of skin cells.  When applied to the skin it boosts the production of collagen.  Best sources are:  Fish Liver Oil, carrots, eggs, and dairy.

Vitamin C (ascorbic acid)

Some of the benefits include: promotes clarity, heals wounds, burns, helps prevent common colds.

Beautywise: This vitamin builds collagen, that makes skin look healthy and youthful.  Best sources:  Citrus fruits, broccoli, tomatoes, berries, potatoes, and peppers.

Vitamin A and C together are the most important to keep your skin healthy and subtle.

Vitamin E (tocopherol)

Some of the benefits include: protects lungs from the environment,prevents blood clots, heals burns, and can help lower blood pressure

Beautywise: This antioxidant builds and maintains healthy skin tissue.  Best sources: Wheat germ, leafy green vegetables, nuts, whole grains, soybeans, cereals, and eggs.

Did you know there is a Vitamin F?

It is Fatty Acid!

Yes there is “good fat” that your body needs, it is necessary for supple skin and soft shiny hair, and helps prevent cholestrol deposits in the arteries.

Best sources:  unsaturated fats found in vegetable oils like olive oil and avocados.  Also omega-3 fats found in  seeds (like flax seed) and nuts like peanuts, pecans, walnuts and almonds.  Carbohydrates, proteins, minerals and water are also necessary nutrients for energy, organ function, food utilization and cell growth.

Knowing the ABC’s of health and beauty is as important as it was to learn the alphabet and how to walk!

Related Articles:

A Healthy Way to Eat

Aging Gracefully

Beauty only Skin Deep?

How Sweet It Is!

A Healthy Way to Eat

We could learn a lot from the way people in the Mediterranean area of the world eat, as they seem to have the least health problems overall of any country in the world.

Though there are about 16 different countries surrounding the  Mediterranean Sea, there are many similarities in diet, which include: high olive oil consumption, high consumption of legumes, high consumption of unrefined cereals, high consumption of fruits, high consumption of vegetables, moderate consumption of dairy products (mostly as cheese and yogurt), moderate to high consumption of fish, low consumption of meat and meat products, and moderate wine consumption.

More than any other food ingredient, olive oil is what represents the Mediterranean diet. Olive oil has an excellent flavor and is also the most nutritious type of oil,  containing a very high level of monounsaturated fats (good fat).

Here is a diagram:

The Mediterranean diet includes:

  • Getting plenty of exercise daily
  • Eating plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains, legumes and nuts
  • Replacing butter with healthy fats like olive oil
  • Using herbs and spices instead of salt to flavor foods
  • Eating fish and poultry at least twice a week
  • Eating eggs a few times a week
  • Limiting red meat to no more than a few times a month
  • Drinking red wine in moderation (optional, good for the blood)

The foods listed on the bottom of the pyramid can be consumed in greater quantities, but those higher up should be eaten more sparingly.

Researchers have found that those who followed the Mediterranean diet had a significant decrease in body weight, blood pressure, blood fats, and blood sugar and insulin levels.  The list goes on to  include: preventing heart and cardiovascular diseases, reducing the risk of cancer  (especially breast and colon) and diabetes, reducing Hypertension, protection from Alzheimer’s disease, and has anti-inflammatory properties, and rich in anti-oxidants.  Wow! Amazing isn’t it?

These  health benefits contribute to a longer life expectancy than that of people who follow a Western diet.

But being on a Mediterranean Diet  means not only choosing the best foods for your health, but also knowing what foods you should avoid.

Today there many artificially hydrogenated products and derivates with trans-fat that did not exist fifty or sixty years ago: especially in fast foods and junk foods (they don’t call it ” junk” for nothing!)

Try to always choose products with 0% of trans fats, which are responsible for increasing the bad cholesterol (LDL) and reducing the good one (HDL).

Notice that sweets are near the top of the pyramid, so limiting them to weekly instead of daily is best.  Sugar is dangerous not only to your weight but your over all health. (see article below)

We are creatures of habit and bad habits are hard to break.

But we can be healthier with small changes, a little at a time.  Once your body gets used to eating healthy it will not crave foods that are not good for it.

Did you know that food cravings are your body trying to tell you want it needs?  Problem is alot of junk food is designed with protein markers, but no protein, to trick the body into thinking it is getting what it needs. Sadly they are designed that way to get you to buy more product.  So we  fool our body’s into thinking that bad food is good for us, and because it doesn’t get the nutrients it needs it craves more, and the cycle continues.

Try giving your body the real deal instead like fruit when it craves sugar, or nuts when it craves potato chips, and so on.

Those little changes will do a world of good for you and your family’s health and well-being.

 

The Mediterranean diet is more of a lifestyle than a diet, and emphasizes the importance of spending quality time enjoying meals with family and friends.

As I said we can learn a lot from them.  🙂

Related Articles:

How Sweet It Is

Eat 5 a Day to Keep Doctors Away

How Sweet It Is

Throughout history, food has been scarce, so in order to ensure survival, humans have been conditioned to eat as much as they can whenever food is available.  Feast or Famine! overeating sweetsUnfortunately, when food is abundant and rich in calories, as it is today, the results can be detrimental to one’s overall health and wellbeing.  Now obesity has become a growing problem (no pun intended).    It has become an epidemic!

Recent statistics show that 30% of children in the US are obese, and 50% of adults. Overweight adolescents are starting to suffer problems that used to plague mainly middle-aged adults — early heart disease and type 2 diabetes.

Do you ever see obesity in the Animal Kingdom? biggiraffe

Quite Obsurb isn’t it?

Or is it?

What about in domestic animals? dalmationbigkitty

What is the cause?

I’ll give you a big hint… We tend to feed our pets what we eat!    Quite sad isn’t it?

I would say this could be considered cruelty to animals!

In humans it can start from something as seemingly harmless as using sweet treats as a reward for you children. That sets them up for to reach for “comfort foods” when they feel like they need comfort throughout their lives. And will lead to being unhealthy and overweight.  Sugar can reduce the learning capacity, adversely affect school children’s grades and cause learning disorders.

Ever heard of ADHD?

Lack of exercise and overeatingfat-childrenYou constantly see “fat free” or “low fat” labels on just about everything these days, but is it really fat that is the problem?

There are good fats that our bodies need, and there are bad fats.

But no one ever tells you that “sugar” is one of  the main culprits in weight gain, as well as a multitude of health problems.

 

Refined sugar gets called “white death” for a reason: it’s one of the worst things we can do for our immune system, weight, and total health.  And it is addicting.  The more you eat it the more your body will crave it.  So beware!sugar

What about artifical sweetners are they any better for you? Did you know that the discovery of sucralose  (Splenda) was by sheer accident?  A scientist was initially testing ingredients for an insecticide.   But thought he’d been instructed to “taste” not “test” the chemical compound.  What a surprise, huh?   Similarly aspartame and saccharin were found accidently.

What about Energy Drinks? Most people are already consuming too much energy, which is why there’s an obesity problem in the first place.  Think about it:  Is it a lack of incoming sugar that’s causing you to be tired—or is it that you’re consuming too much of it in the first place?  If you are not burning it off by with regular exercise, it just turns to fat.   Also the caffeine in energy drinks acts as a diuretic and promotes dehydration, the opposite of sports drinks (like Gatorade) that help in hydrating the body.

enerygy drinksEnergy drinks brag about how good they are for you because they contain so many vitamins, but have you ever noticed how much sugar is also in them?   One teaspoon of sugar is 4 grams.  In an 8.3 fl oz. can of Red Bull  there is 27 grams of sugar, so that is almost 7 teaspoons of sugar!  Try putting 7 teaspoons of sugar in your next cup of coffee, and see what it does to you.  Yuck!  There are other energy drinks and sodas that have even more sugar, not to mention the caffeine content.  Think about what this does to your body.  Check the label next time you reach for your favorite drink, you may have second thoughts.If you feel you need a boost, wouldn’t it make more sense to reach for an unsweetened beverage that contains only caffeine—like a cup of black coffee?  Too strong, add a little creamer, or just one teaspoon of sugar. Women on the average should eat no more than 100 calories of  processed sugar per day, or six teaspoons (25 grams), while most men should keep it to just 150 calories or nine teaspoons (37.5 grams).

What are the alternatives? Brown sugar is better than white, but it does have a stronger flavor that may be hard to get used to, and is actually sweeter so you’ll  want to  use less.

Before there was sugar, people used honey as a natural sweetner. honeyHoney is composed of two main sugars, levulose and dextrose. These sugars do not need to be broken down by the digestive process, so honey is quickly absorbed into the bloodstream, giving a quick energy boost to the body. It also contains protein, vitamins and minerals, but no cholesterol.   It is natural energy – so it’s almost the perfect food.  In fact, honey kills bacteria more effectively than some antibiotics. And also helps it draw excess fluid from the blood stream, lowering blood pressure. Honey, if taken on an empty stomach with water and lemon, reduces obesity and weight.

Please note You should not feed honey to an infant under one year old. Honey is known to contain botulinum spores, and these spores can develop into bacteria that produce botulinum toxin inside your child. The reason why botolinum toxin affects infants, but not older children or adults, has to do with the immaturity of an infant’s intestinal flora. As adults, we carry a large number of beneficial bacteria in our intestines.  In adults and children over one year of age, these good bacteria out-compete and eliminate bad bacteria.

Another alternative is Agave Nectar. That is what I use.  I like it better than honey because it has a lighter flavor, and thinner texture.  But it is a bit more expensive and harder to find in the stores.

Maintaining your health and the health of your family is most important.

There is nothing wrong with having sweets once in a while, just best to limit them in your diet.   For me, I cut back from having 2 teaspoons of sugar in my tea (less caffeine than coffee) to 1 teaspoon of Agave Nectar and downsized from 4  cups a day to 1 or 2.  If I feel like something sweet I’ll have a couple of cookies instead of a candy bar.  My big splurge is I treat myself maybe once a month to a small Starbucks Mocha Frappuccino.  Hmmm, how sweet it is!

Always best  to check the labels on everything you buy to see how much sugar is in them.  Also check how many servings are stated on the label, that can be deceiving, as you think a whole drink has 20 grams of sugar and find out that it says 2 servings per container, you are actually consuming 40 grams (10 teaspoons of sugar)!

If you can cut back on sugar, and maintain that disciple you will be amazed how much better you feel and look.  And you will eventually also stop craving sweets altogether.

The best rule of thumb to remember:     All Things in Moderation!

Now that is Sweet!

🙂

Like This Article?

Rate It, and Share It with your Friends (click below)


Related Article:

A Healthy Way to Eat

Eat 5 A Day To Keep Doctors Away

People Who Eat at Least 5 A Day

Are More Likely To Be

Lean, Trim and Healthy

                   Fruit_Vegetables

Fruits and vegetables are naturally low in fat and calories. Eating plenty of natural foods also makes you less likely to fill up on heavily processed foods, which tend to be high in unhealthy fat, sugar, and salt.

Eating 5 A Day is linked to lower blood pressure rates:
In one study, people with high blood pressure were given a diet that included 8 to 10 servings of fruits and vegetables a day. In just one month, they experienced significant blood pressure  improvements.

Some research suggests that eating an adequate amount of fruits and vegetables:
Could reduce the formation of cataracts, symptoms of asthma, and even the rate of birth  defects.

Studies show that each portion of fruit or vegetables you eat a day:
Lowers your risk of coronary heart disease by four percent and the risk of stroke by six percent

Food, Nutrition and the Prevention of Cancer: a Global Perspective:
A diet rich in fruits and vegetables could reduce the risk of deaths from all chronic diseases by 20%. This expert report, reviewed more than 4,500 worldwide research studies.

International scientists confirm:
That nearly one-third of all cancers could be prevented by eating more fruits and vegetables. This includes breast, colorectal and gastric cancers. Your diet is the second biggest predictor of whether or not you will develop these diseases. Only smoking is more dangerous.

People who eat an abundance of fruits and vegetables are less likely to develop diabetes.

Studies show that each portion of fruit or vegetables you eat a day lowers your risk of coronary heart disease by 4% percent and the risk of stroke by 6%.

Get your daily dose of vitamins naturally with some of these foods:

Vitamin A: Dark green vegetables such as spinach and watercress, and yellow, orange and red fruits such as carrots, tomatoes, dried apricots, sweet potatoes and mangoes

Vitamin B: Walnuts, avocado and bananas

Vitamin C : Fruit and vegetables including berries, kiwi fruit, citrus fruits, green leafy vegetables like Brussels sprouts, cabbage, spinach and broccoli, tomatoes, peppers

Vtamin E:  Avocado, nuts and seeds, and green leafy vegetables

Adding such important nutrients to your diet is so simple, and delicious!

Related Articles:

 A Healthy Way to Eat

How Sweet It Is

%d bloggers like this: