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Non-Celiac Gluten Sensitivity: Fact or Fad?
It's the holidays, which means between office parties and family gatherings, the feast table is replete with treats -- cookies, pies, rolls, breads, and biscuits... not to mention flour-thickened sauces on all manner of rich dishes. In other words: it's a glutinous glut of goodies.
Are you among the growing population who considers themselves sensitive to gluten? Perhaps after consuming pasta or bread you have noticed gastrointestinal upset, mental fog or even mood swings. And perhaps you've ventured into the "gluten-free" aisle at the market.
In his latest pair of blogs, Michael Tierra researches the gluten-free trend, and reaches a conclusion that might be surprising to some: that non-celiac gluten sensitivity is either psychological or just a manifestation of gut dysbiosis, poor food combining, or indigestible sugars common to the Western diet... NOT gluten.
If you're willing to finally indulge that craving for a piece of black forest cake in the name of "science," try Michael's suggested protocol. Don't forget to tell us about your experiences in the comments section of the blog!
Take, for example, her remarkable discovery of "noni fruit leather," which can be eaten as a superfood or used in the most unique ways -- like as a bandage for a wound! In her blog, Some of My Favorite Herbs and Therapies, she describes using the leather to heal a cut on her foot in record time.
Also featured in her list are suction cups to help relieve headaches, a tool that dispels pain and itching instantly, and various herbs and formulas especially useful during winter. Don't miss it!
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1. Eucalyptus may be experienced as a cooling substance, but its true herbal energetic is WARMING.
2. This energetic quality is what allows eucalyptus to break up cold, congealed phlegm as found in stuffy noses, blocked sinuses and chronic phlegmy coughs.
3. Eucalyptus is popularly administered as an external rub or as a steam inhalation. In both of these methods, the essential oil is used.
4. Because this antibacterial essential oil is eucalyptus' key ingredient, internal use is as a tea, made from the leaves infused in hot water while covered. The essential oil itself may be consumed as well in honey, water or as a lozenge, but drop-doses are used with caution here.
5. Eucalyptus is also applied externally or taken internally to relievejoint and muscle stiffness and pain.
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HERBS ARE NATURE'S MEDICINE . . . THE SEA FOOD THAT ALMOST PERFECTLY MATCHES THE MINERAL COMPOSITION OF HUMAN BLOOD.
KELP! Our earth is about 60% water (primarily oceans), and our bodies are also about 80% water (the liver is about 86% water, blood 83% water, kidneys 83% water, muscles 76% water, brain 74.5% water, skin 70%, connective tissue 6%, bones 22% and fat 20% water). The mineral content of sea vegetables reflects the mineral profile of the oceans in which they grow, and virtually no other category of food contains as diverse a mineral content as is found in sea vegetables. It's also difficult to find any category of food whose overall mineral composition (elevated concentrations of iodine, iron, potassium, calcium and manganese) better matches that of human blood. A category of carbohydrate-related nutrients, called fucans, have been found to lower inflammatory activities of key human proteins.
Kelp's abundance of vitamins and minerals (it contains over 11 different vitamins, as many as 20 amino acids and about 60 essential minerals) helps regulate the thyroid gland, and promotes
healthy skin and hair. However, kelp is mostly taken for its naturally high iodine content, which helps the functioning of the thyroid gland. Iodine is essential for the formation of thyroid hormones, which regulate the body's energy production, promote growth and development, and helps burn excess fat.
Sea vegetables contain one of the broadest ranges of minerals of any food, containing virtually all the minerals found in the ocean, and many of the same minerals found in human blood. They may play a role in lowering the risk of estrogen-related cancers, including breast cancer. Since cholesterol is required as a building block for production of estrogen, the cholesterol-lowering effects of sea vegetables may reduce that risk.
However, more interesting with respect to breast cancer risk is the apparent ability of sea vegetables to modify aspects of a woman's normal menstrual cycle in such a way that over a lifetime, the total cumulative estrogen secretion that occurs during the follicular phase of the cycle gets decreased. For women who are at risk of estrogen-sensitive breast cancers, sea vegetables may bring a special benefit in this regard.
There are a few kinds of sea vegetables: kelp/kombu, wakame, arame, hijiki, nori, agar-agar and dulse, none of which require cooking. And with the broad range of minerals provided by them make them a great addition to a healthier way of eating, most Americans would not quite know how to include them into our meals. An easy way to introduce the nutritious sea vegetables into your diet is to use kelp flakes instead of table salt for seasoning your foods. You can also easily add the recommended 1 tsp daily of sea vegetables by adding them to vegetable dishes, rice, salads, and soups.