“Earth hath no sorrow that heaven cannot heal:
– Thomas Moore
“Earth hath no sorrow that heaven cannot heal:
– Thomas Moore
that food is intricately intertwined with your emotions. Eat a bowl of ice cream and it may make you happy; eat the whole carton and you’ll soon feel sad. Likewise, even a whiff of a home-cooked meal may make you yearn for the days of your childhood while the scent of coffee brewing may make you more mentally alert.
So often we place the blame on ourselves or misplace it wrongly on other things. I have done it and I know most of you reading this have too – most often unknowingly.
Example: Have you ever (or often) thought you were getting sick from some flu bug or virus an hour after eating? While in fact it was simply “a clue” . . . your body and stomach telling you that something you ate an hour earlier wasn’t good for you! Yes a “clue.”
Our minds often don’t correlate what we ate one hour or more earlier with how we feel now (but if we “listen” to our bodies these are valuable clues). Unfortunately being busy and focused on so many other things, we don’t think about what we ate an hour before so these become lost opportunities and lost “clues” as to why we feel ill.
Instead, we often focus on our immediate fears and concerns related to what might have caused us to feel so bad or sick, such as stress or getting sick after having been around someone who was coughing or who was potentially sick.
Now, with all the CDC and media hype on the swine flu, our minds are running rapidly to false conclusions. We’re already primed to think at any moment we could be coming down with the flu . . . believing we might be getting sick from some external virus, etc.
Take the “One Hour Food Clues” self-assessment test:
The “CLUE” is to assess whether “Feel Good” (or Feel Bad) one hour after eating a specific food (or drink)? This what is called the “One Hour Food Clue.”
Listen to your body – it’s really smart!
Just like is done in many allergy tests, isolate and consume one food item. The “clue” is revealed after you determine if, one hour after eating, you feel:
It worse there is a good possibility that this food doesn’t agree with your digestive system. In fact, you might be allergic to it or it might just be a food that isn’t healthy for you because it drags down your energy level.
“If” we learn to listen to our bodies we can learn a lot.
Become your body’s “Health Whisperer!”
Combine foods and beverages that make you feel good (following multiple one hour clue tests).
Eat these in small amounts, no larger than your fist for a full meal, and eat all the foods that made you feel good and energized. Then see if you again feel good and energized.
Odds are that your personal “clues” can guide you to what your body it truly needs and also clue you in on the foods you’re negatively reacting to the most.
You’re body is your best advocate!
Food is such a powerful player in your mental health that, according to Food and Behavior Research, a charitable organization trying to advance scientific research into the links between nutrition and human behavior, diet can play a role in preventing and managing the following conditions:
* Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
* Autistic spectrum disorders
* Bipolar (manic-depressive) disorder
So as you prepare for the busy daily lives or holiday planning, using foods strategically to help keep you happy, upbeat and energetic is a wise choice.
Generally speaking, eating foods that are absorbed by your body quickly, such as sugar, white bread and other refined products, will give you a quick blood sugar high followed by a crash.
On the contrary, eating foods that are absorbed slowly, such as peanut butter on whole-grain bread or brown rice with chicken, will keep your mood on a more steady level. But there’s more. By including the following foods in your regular diet, you’ll boost your mood and give your body plenty of healthy nutrients at the same time.
1. Citrus Fruits:
Oranges, lemons, limes and grapefruits are rich in vitamin C, which helps lower your stress hormones and keeps you feeling calm.
2. Leafy Green Vegetables:
Kale, spinach and other leafy greens are rich in folic acid, which can reduce depression and improve blood flow to your brain.
The vitamin E, arginine (an amino acid) and magnesium in nuts will help keep your blood sugar steady so you avoid mood swings.
This healthy fish contains DHA, an omega-3 fat that has been linked to improved mood and lowered risk of depression and age-related memory loss.
5. Dried Cherries:
Cherries are rich in antioxidants like vitamin C that curb your body’s stress response.
Broccoli is rich in stress-relieving B vitamins like folic acid.
7. Lean Beef or Chicken (ideally free-range):
Lean protein contains tyrosine, an amino acid that helps your brain produce the chemicals norepinephrine and dopamine, which improve your mental function.
8. Black Beans:
Complex carbohydrates like those in black beans and other legumes help keep your blood sugar levels balanced source of energy to make you feel awake. Plus, black beans are a rich source of iron, an integral part of hemoglobin, which transports oxygen in the body, and key enzyme systems for energy production and metabolism.
Seaweeds like kelp, wakame, arame and dulse can be found in Asian grocery stores and health food stores. It can be eaten dried, straight out of the bag, or added to soups, salads and vegetables. Seaweed contains the broadest range of minerals of any food – the same minerals found in the ocean and in human blood. It also contains pantothenic acid and riboflavin – two B-vitamins needed for your body to produce energy.
These tasty nuts are rich in manganese and copper, both of which are essential cofactors of an enzyme called superoxide dismutase. This enzyme helps keep energy flowing by inhibiting free radicals inside cells’ mitochondria (the energy-producing area of cells). Plus, they also contain riboflavin, another important component of energy production.
This melon is an exceptional energy food because of its combination of vitamin B-6, dietary fiber, folate, and niacin (vitamin B-3). The vitamins (necessary for the body to process sugars and carbs) combined with fiber (which helps the sugar be distributed gradually) support energy production by keeping blood sugar levels stable.
With more vitamin C than an equal amount of orange, kiwi is a potent energy-boosting food. When vitamin C levels are depleted, people often feel tired.
The morning favorite is loaded with soluble fiber, a key to slowing down carbohydrate absorption and keeping blood sugar levels steady.
Though not a “food” per se, water is necessary for your body to produce energy, including the energy needed for digesting, absorbing and transporting nutrients. If you don’t drink enough of it, your cells will be less able to receive the nutrients they need for energy, leaving you feeling sluggish. If plain water doesn’t appeal to you, try spicing it up with a squeeze of lemon, lime or other citrus.
15. Pomegranate Juice:
New research on animals shows it may reduce the risk of erectile dysfunction.
Along with giving you energy, eating oats helps to produce a chemical that releases testosterone in your body, which may help increase your sex drive and orgasm strength.
The B vitamins in honey also boost testosterone production while boron in honey helps your body use estrogen, which is important for arousal.
Aside from being a symbol of fertility, eggs are high in vitamins B6 and B5, which may help your libido by balancing hormone levels and fighting stress.
They contain an enzyme called bromelain, which may help increase libido and even reverse impotence in men.
Celery contains androsterone, a hormone released in men’s sweat that’s said to be a turn-on for women. Really!
Most of all, you should strive to eat a diet full of fresh foods, as these will give you more energy and a brighter outlook than a diet of mostly processed foods. Make sure to include plenty of protein as well – your body needs it to keep organs functioning and energy levels up. If your diet is insufficient in high quality protein, a supplement may be useful. High quality protein shakes can also help you meet your protein needs and boost moods.
So, if you want to Boost YOUR Moods, Increase YOUR Energy and Improve YOUR Sex Life let me suggest you start making some lifestyle changes – TODAY! You can’t keep doing what you’ve always done and expect any changes in your health. It’s a process, but so worth while, I tell you from experience. Assessing and focusing on eating what your body’s “clues” are telling you may be an eye-opening experience!
On the other hand, if this too seems like too much work – check out my HealthTest©) – the tool that will help you Stop, The Food & Vitamin Guessing Game! Of course, if you don’t have a doctor who believes that finding the cause of your symptoms is the first step in treatment, please feel free to check out my website offerings and if you have questions, just drop me a line at: email@example.com.
Sure hope this information will help give you more direction.
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“Physicians don’t know enough about the gut, which is our biggest immune system organ,” says Donald kirby, gastroenterologist and director of the Cleveland Clinic’s Center for Human Nutrition.
What is Leaky Gut Syndrome?
Your small intestine is responsible for screening toxins from your body. It’s the largest organ in your body, representing two-thirds of the immune system and it’s the first line of defense in keeping you well.
Think of it as you would a coffee filter. If you pour dirty water through a fresh, undamaged filter, the fine weave would capture most of the tiny particles and all of the larger ones.
If you were to then take an ice pick and poke holes in the filter, then pour that same dirty water through again – the result would be much different. This time, most of the tiny pieces and even a portion of the larger pieces would pass through.
Your small intestine is the “filter” of the body. Inflammation caused by drug interactions, poor diet and chronic stress (dis-stress) acts like an ice pick – poking holes in the intestinal lining.
Once these holes exist in your intestine, your gut literally leaksundigested food particles, bacteria, toxins and parasites into your blood, harmful substances that were once captured and flushed out of your body as waste.
Understandably, your body doesn’t respond well to these items floating around in your bloodstream. Your body creates an immune response to attack – which results in more inflammation.
Scientists believe this process causes a chain reaction that leads to many other problems throughout the body. They’re often unable to diagnose leaky gut syndrome specifically and are usually forced to work backward to diagnosis.
Author Leo Gallard, M.D. says leaky gut is often undiagnosed but is vitally important to overall health because many – seemingly unrelated – conditions are either caused by or worsened by this mystery illness.
Leaky Gut Syndrome Has Been Linked To:
* Chronic fatigue
* Depression, anxiety or other mental disorders
* Allergies, hives, acne, eczema or psoriasis
* Inflammatory bowel disease
* Irritable bowel syndrome
Healing Leaky Gut:
* Stop all consumption of alcohol
* Avoid using pain relievers such as naproxen, aspirin or ibuprofen
* Talk to your doctor about testing for leaky gut syndrome
* Avoid inflammatory foods that are high in acid, fat or sugar
* Increase your fiber consumption
If you simply don’t feel “right” but your doctor is unable to find the root cause of your discomfort, you may want to talk to him/her about the possibility of leaky gut syndrome. Unexplained chronic pain, fatigue, feelings of depression, bowel distress or a skin condition that isn’t responding to treatment could point to this often overlooked condition.
You may want to check out my online radio show on the “Gut” – worth your time to listen to this and many others. My shows are educational, often controversial, but always the truth – as I see it!
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Fungal spores common in the air we breathe daily may increase children’s risk of multiple allergies, according to a study by University of Cincinnati researchers.
Infants who were exposed to basidiospores and the fungal spores Penicillium/aspergillus and alternaria in the air early in life had an increased risk of developing allergies later in life.
The children had an increased risk of allergy to:
Fungus grows by releasing reproductive cells, or spores, into the air, and mold is a type of fungus. While previous allergy studies have focused on visible mold, this study is unique in that it focused on invisible airborne spores.
Mold grows in moist environments, including wood, drywall and cement. If mold is in your home, the researchers recommended resolving any moisture issues (roof or plumbing leaks, etc.) and following the Environmental Protection Agency’s guidelines for mold removal.
In addition to the development of multiple allergies, many other health conditions can also be attributed to molds and mold spores, both in children and adults.
Sadly, according to the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, asthma affects more than 4.8 million children in the United States, making it the most common serious disease among children.
Many research studies have confirmed that home exposure to molds can increase asthma and wheezing incidence in both children and adults.
And back in 2004, I reported on a research study that demonstrated that chronic sinusitis is actually an immune disorder caused by airborne fungus.
At a 2003 environmental medicine symposium in Dallas, studies of more than 1,600 patients suffering health issues related to fungal exposure were presented.
These problems included muscle and joint pain, fatigue, headache, GI problems, shortness of breath, anxiety and depression, vision problems, memory loss and many more.
Some molds produce toxic substances called mycotoxins . For example, the dangerous airborne mycotoxin from a slimy black mold called Stachybotrys has been associated with numerous lawsuits and insurance claims related to toxic houses or “sick building syndrome” and associated medical problems. (Serious home mycotoxin invasion requires professional removal or rededication.)
Since molds can grow on any moist surface in your home, the high humidity of the summer season signals increased mold growth and more health problems – for your entire family.
Along with obvious places such as shower stalls, air conditioners and damp basements, there can be many hidden sources of mold in your home. Particularly if you have had plumbing problems or leaks in your roof, mold may grow and release spores from places such as drywall, carpet or padding, even wood.
Hands-down, the most effective and simple overall solution to fight all the sources of mold in your home is to use a superior-quality air purifier. Unfortunately, this can be a very confusing area to discern which one might be best for you. Read the research and/or call your local environmental agency. I use air purifiers in my home and office, daily.
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