To recognize a gluten sensitivity is not the easiest thing to do as symptoms can overlap other health issues making it difficult to distinguish what is causing what. It is important to determine whether we have a sensitivity to gluten because not only can we increase our health and quality of living by doing so, but we can avoid having the ignored sensitivity turn to Celiac Disease.
Generally blood tests are used to determine whether or not you are sensitive to gluten but these tests are not always completely accurate, making it important to check with your gut feeling if you are showing any of these symptoms.
One of the issues with blood testing is that it only looks for one of six polypeptides in wheat, gliadin. But there are five other polypeptides that can cause sensitivity; wheat germ agglutinin, glteomorphin, gltueinin, prodynorphin, and omega gliadin. Any one or a combination of these five can bring up reactions in anyone sensitive to wheat. Here is a list of symptoms we can assess on our own to determine if we might have a gluten sensitivity. It is important to note that these symptoms can appear right after meals and may not always last long. In other cases, symptoms can stick around for a few weeks or even chronically, which then can lead to a diagnosis of an autoimmune disease instead of gluten intolerance.
Cholesterol is a natural by product of the liver and is a vital component of good health. Every cell in our body has cholesterol in its outer layer. Cholesterol is a lipid that’s created by the body to protect the cell membrane; your body needs it for many things, such as making new cells. Normal cholesterol is important for cellular repair and development. When the amount of cholesterol increases or decreases, the cells are affected. Cholesterol plays an essential part in producing hormones such as estrogen, testosterone, progesterone, aldosterone and cortisone. It also produces bile acids which aid in digestion and vitamin absorption. Cholesterol is a precursor to vitamin D production. It helps regulate the amount of water and salt retention in the body, and is known to help improve the immune system and memory functions. Cholesterol is also a potent antioxidant that fights free radicals in the body.
Essential oils have been used for healing and medicinal purposes for centuries and most certainly long before we had pills, capsules and big pharma to take care of our medical woes. And while there is a place for manufactured pharmaceuticals in our survival medicine kit, there exists the possibility that none will be available or that they will be in such scarce supply that they should be reserved for only the most dire of circumstances.
Sandalwood is an expensive oil but a worthwhile investment when one considers its wonderful properties. It is excellent for combating the ravages of aging skin – promoting hydration and moisture. It relieves the symptoms of both chest and urinary tract infections. For the mind, it reduces anxiety, tension and confusion.
Santalum album, or Indian sandalwood, is a threatened species near to extinction. Sandalwood trees are slow-growing, taking thirty to sixty years for a tree to reach full maturity. The tree is cut and distilled; the yellowish, fragrant wood is sold in thin scrapings. The demand for oil has resulted in over-harvesting of the trees. This means the price for pure sandalwood oil is very high – usually blended oils are sold at a lower price.
When I was a child jumping rope was fun. We turned it into a game of who could jump the most without skipping a beat. Today, however, it’s a big part of my daily fitness routine. And it is still fun. Have you noticed that professional athletes such as boxers add jumping rope as a foundation to their workouts? This is not surprising because jumping rope is a great way to burn fat and get conditioned. Additionally, jumping rope is a fun; it’s easy and inexpensive. It functions as a cardiovascular, strength training and stress-relieving workout.
According to an old South American proverb, “good broth will resurrect the dead.” While that’s undoubtedly an exaggeration, it speaks to the value placed on this wholesome food, going back through the annals of time. First and foremost, homemade bone broth is excellent for speeding healing and recuperation from illness. You’ve undoubtedly heard the old adage that chicken soup will help cure a cold, and there’s scientific support for such a statement.
For starters, chicken contains a natural amino acid called cysteine, which can thin the mucus in your lungs and make it less sticky so you can expel it more easily. Processed, canned soups will not work as well as the homemade version made from slow-cooked bone broth. For best results, you really need to make up a fresh batch yourself (or ask a friend or family member to do so). If combating a cold, make the soup hot and spicy with plenty of pepper. The spices will trigger a sudden release of watery fluids in your mouth, throat, and lungs, which will help thin down the respiratory mucus so it’s easier to expel.
I have to be honest, I never thought I would be excited about cast iron cookware. Growing up, I thought it was the heaviest and the ugliest cookware in the world. When we first started getting Teflon pans in Eastern Europe, I was more excited than anybody else. When Ikea opened up in Moscow, I was beyond ecstatic to get several non stick pans for cheap. But that was then! As they say, knowledge sets you free… and it certainly did that for me. Once I learned that teflon (and most non stick pans and pots) are toxic, I threw everything away. It made me think of my grandparents who knew better. Being a passionate researcher, I dug deep and after tedious hours of research, I came to the conclusion that cast iron cookware (This is the one I use) is the best possible choice.
It is immensely important to maintain your liver properly. Your liver is the main tool for excreting toxins out of your body. The liver filters the blood of poisons that get inside us through our skin, respiratory system or digestive tract. The liver is highly instrumental in the breakdown of fat. It also produces bile, which is metabolically necessary for the breakdown and assimilation of fats and proteins from your food. The liver produces hundreds of vital enzymes needed for digestion and other functions. Fortunately, there are several effective ways to “detoxify” your liver and maintain your overall well being.
What is something that every woman has to endure in her lifetime? You got it, a menstruation cycle. On average a woman will have her period once a month, for about 5 days, for around 40 years of her life! During this time, we need to use various products stay clean and fresh.
There has got to be a market in there! The Tampon and Pad industry is a $718 Million dollar market, and tampons and pads are necessities. This got me questioning the production and ethical value behind these products. They are mass-produced, and heavily marketed and cheaply made, out of bleached rayon and plastics. Why is it that we never see ads for the much safer alternatives such as cotton products, reusable washable pads and menstruation cups? Any of these alternatives are much more economical and are about a gillion times safer for the environment. Up until a few months ago, I didn’t even know that there were alternative products, or even think that there was any potential risk from using generic menstruation products.