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Category Archives: Health

Eliminating Mattress Fumes

1. Talk with the manufacturer about the chemicals that are in the mattress and could be off gassing. Ask them to hold it in the warehouse for several weeks before delivering it to give the chemicals time to off-gas. And ask them for their recommendations about dealing with the fumes.

2. Take a ride with the mattress. This may seem like an incredibly silly idea, but this can make a huge impact on getting rid of the odors. Put the mattress in an open truck and take a ride with it. Having air blow through the mattress has proven to get rid of the smell quickly and permanently. You can also do this as you take delivery of the mattress.

3. If the mattress is already staring at you in your bedroom, try using a box fan in an open window (weather permitting). Turn the fan so that it pulls air from the inside of the room to the outside. Close the door to the rest of the house. Although this is a temporary solution, it might possibly help keep the air in the rest of the house tolerable.

4. Research the mattresses on the market to find out which ones use fewer chemicals. Since 2004 the Consumer Product Safety Commission has required that any mattress sold in the United States be able to withstand an open flame for 30 minutes. This sets the safety bar wonderfully high in an attempt to prevent us from dying from a fire in bed. However, make sure that you are aware of the chemicals being used to prevent that fire. So before you throw away the old mattress make sure you have all the information on the new one.

5. An air purifier with a carbon-based filter and a potassium iodide additive will help eliminate any off gassing of volatile organic chemicals that continues and will help keep the air in your bedroom fresh, and conducive for relaxation and sleep.

All about Food Allergies and Food Intolerances

Food Allergies

A food allergy is perceived as a toxin in a person’s body. It triggers an exaggerated immune system response that affects multiple organ systems in an attempt to alert the body of the toxin. This can trigger additional physiological responses that overact and cause serious or fatal symptoms.

Food allergies are serious because some can lead to severe injuries or death. Even microscopic particles of food can cause an allergic reaction, even a fatal one. The most common food allergies include peanuts, shellfish, cow’s milk, soy products, wheat, hen’s eggs, and tree nuts like almonds, Brazilian nuts, hazelnuts, pecans, pistachios, and walnuts. These are called the “big 8” in the culinary world, and are the most familiar food aversions known to the general public.

Food Allergy Symptoms:

  • Hives
  • Red Skin
  • Swelling (face, eyes, cheeks, hands, feet, etc.)
  • Itching
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Anaphylaxis (difficulty breathing, dizziness and loss of consciousness, etc.)
  • Respiratory Symptoms

Food Intolerances

In contrast to food allergies that affect the immune system, food intolerances affect the body’s digestive system. When a person consumes food they are intolerant to, the digestive system has trouble breaking it down. This can be caused by a number of reasons, primarily a lack of essential enzymes, sensitivity to food additives, and reactions to naturally-occurring chemical in food (i.e. mycotoxins). Food intolerances are not life-threatening, but they can cause major discomfort and illness. In minor cases of food intolerance, people can consume small amounts without experiencing any digestive issues. The most common intolerances include glucose, lactose, Tyramine, food preservatives, and food additives.

Food Intolerance Symptoms:

  • Flatulence
  • Diarrhea
  • Bloating
  • Cramping
  • Fluid Retention
  • Abdominal Distention
  • Hives
  • Swelling
  • Migraines
  • Wheezing
  • Difficulty Breathing

When preparing food for a crowd, whether yourself or through catering services, be sure to keep both food aversions and intolerances in mind. There is a wide range of menu options that can do just that, so you won’t have to sacrifice variety and flavor!

Plant Based Meal Plans

First of all why the withdraws? To simply put this, you have lived you’re whole life eating meat. Your body has never experienced not having the animal fat that it had processed all this time. Same with dairy. Imagine this, from a young age you’re eating dairy with your cereal. Your body grew accustom to storing that animal fat to burn at a later time. Being young most have so much energy that you’re body actually burns most of it. What happens when we start getting older. You got it, we store it and don’t get it burnt off.

Your body is like a machine, as it works through time, it develops the markings of time. I hope I made that make sense. It’s like forensics when a gun has been fired off, it leaves the markings of the activity. So if your body has been accustomed to storing this animal product, that is want it knows to do.

When you make the change to a plant-based diet, you’re body say’s “wait a minute, I don’t know how to work this, I have nothing to store”. At first, you will feel great because you’re burning everything eat, but I noticed after a few days, my body started craving the storing of animal fat. That is the reason for withdraw symptoms.

FEELING BETTER? YOU DON’T REALIZE IT UNTIL YOU ACTUALLY DO.

As I worked through withdraws of no animal by products, I had to keep focused because the world will not let you forget that it wants you to continue eating those products. You can see that on TV all day long. So I had to work on it. Something started to change. I started losing weight, I started feeling way more energy. I didn’t feel tired anymore after I ate food. Matter of fact I felt amazing. You truly never know how bad you feel until you start feeling good. The withdraws subsided quickly once my body adjusted to actually burning what I was eating and not in storing mode.

One thing I was trying to figure out was my daily meals. I needed help. I looked into vegan prepared meals. I thought they would be like anything else, too much processed products. They were not. They actually have less sodium and very little oil. I actually had room to flavor them to my liking.

DO YOU NEED THE HIGH PROTEIN OF ANIMAL PRODUCTS?

No, and I am a living testament to this. Now I am not a doctor or a nutritionist, I can’t give you advice for your health. You need to see your doctor to make the best plan for you. I am only telling you my opinion. I have talked about protein in a recent article and actually broke down some of the best protein options. You can check that out by clicking here. Truth is living a high protein diet can actually cause more harm to your body. The protein really isn’t the problem, it’s the bad fat that comes with it.

Disease is possibly a by-product of this type of high animal protein diet. Just look in the world today. The countries that eat more of a plant-based diet have much less disease. Just look at the United States, one of the leading countries in obesity. One of the highest countries with type 2 diabetes.

You can get more of your daily protein just by doing a plant based diet. Plus you don’t have the fat that stores on your body and so hard to work off. To me this makes sense. Oh did I also mention, my blood pressure is back to normal levels, I have lost 80 pounds and still going. Why wouldn’t I do this?

Plant based meal plans for beginners are they healthy for you? Finding the right meal plan for you would be a great idea. Our busy schedules do not allow for us to every single day prepare and cook a meal. Especially with children. These meals are quick, easy and are strictly plant-based. Great for the kids after school as well. I would always use the meal plans to keep on track. I still cook my regular meals as well.

Moringa Seed

1. REDUCTION OF TIREDNESS & FATIGUE

In most days, 1 in 5 people feel unusually tired, and 1 in 10 have prolonged fatigue, according to the Royal College of Psychiatrists in the UK.

Moringa fights against these fatigues and tiredness by providing iron and vitamin A to the human body.

Iron is very useful for the prevention of fatigue in our body and vitamin A helps to speed up the chemical reaction of iron, thereby increasing metabolism. Moringa should be moderately added to our daily routines to effectively curb and prevent fatigue and unusual tiredness.

The rich iron content of moringa powder also makes it ideal for vegan, vegetarians and those suffering from anaemia.

2. SKIN

Moringa also helps to maintain skin and prevent aging and fading away.

It is also made up of skin vitamins like Vitamin A and vitamin E.

Vitamin A is necessary for healthy, radiant skin and vitamin E protects cells from oxidative stress helping fight the signs of ageing and help you look youthful.

Moringa also has one of the highest antioxidant contents of any food. With an ORAC value of 157,000, it has 6x the antioxidants of goji berries and comparable levels to the antioxidant powerhouse matcha.

Antioxidants are essential for protecting, repairing and preventing cell damage, minimising the ageing process of the skin in the long-term. They help counteract oxidative stress and the effects of free radicals. Free radicals are unstable molecules that damage collagen causing skin dryness, fine lines, wrinkles and premature ageing.

3. IMMUNITY

One of the best moringa benefits is its super immune-boosting powers that helps your body cells stay agile and fight germs. Maintaining a healthy immune system is essential for helping our bodies keep off deadly infections and illnesses. Moringa Oleifera leaves are an extremely rich source of:

Iron: 32.2% of NRV

Vitamin A: 18.9% of NRV

Both of which are essential for the normal and proper function of the human immune system.

Scientists have carried out researches over moringa as a cure for cancer or to prevent cancer. Moringa leaves have been shown to have beneficial properties in the fight against both breast and colon cancer cells and research is ongoing.

Kadaknath Chicken

Kadaknath Chicken which is also termed as Black Meat Chicken is one among the three such famous types available in the world. They are mainly available in three colors in common namely golden, penciled and dark black. Reared in the state of Madhya Pradesh in India, the breed is considered to be tastier than the other ones. It possesses high levels of nutritional value which safeguards human health to a great extent. Let us have a detailed look at Kadaknath Chicken for the benefit of interested people across the world.

Nutritional facts about Kadaknath Chicken

Kadaknath Chicken, as mentioned earlier offers abundantly rich levels of nutrition to humans. Many nutrients are found in it are not found in other breeds of Chicken. Let us have a detailed look at the nutritional value addition that this chicken offers to people who eat them.

• Out of the 18 types of Amino Acids that this amazing food offer offers, 8 are essential for balancing hormonal fluctuations in humans.

• It offers around 5% extra levels of Protein than other type of Chicken to humans who consume them

• It is rich in many Vitamins like Vitamin E, C, B12, B6, B2 and B1. This makes it a Vitamin abundant food item suitable for consumption by people of all ages.

• They are very high in Iron content which is one of key nutrients required for leading a healthy life

• It has very low cholesterol content than the normal White Chicken or other Chicken types. This makes it a safe option for consumption by people belonging to different age groups

Medicinal properties of Kadaknath Chicken

Kadaknath Chicken which is completely dark black in color usually adds immense value to mankind through the medicinal properties present in the same. Here are some of the amazing health benefits of it

• The field of Homeopathy finds amazing medicinal value in Kadaknath Chicken. It is recommended for curing many ailments related to abdomen and digestive tracts

• The blood of it is used as a natural medicine for treating many types of chronic diseases that humans suffer from

• It’s meat is highly useful to infuse strength and vigor in men to lead a happy sexual life.

• Kadaknath Chicken meat streamline blood flow to the heart safeguarding humans from getting affected from heart related diseases

• It enhances fertility levels of women to a great extent

• Another major contribution of Kadaknath Chicken to women’s health is its ability to solve menstruation related issues in them when consumed in a regular manner

• Women who suffer from frequent abortions can benefit from it since it possesses the medicinal quality to control the same.

• Eggs laid by this chicken contains little or no cholesterol which aids in managing high blood pressure particularly in aged people

• Kadaknath Chicken eggs are highly effective in the treatment of different types of Headaches like post child delivery and regular chronic ones

• People suffering from acute Asthma can get rid of the same if they add it to their food every day

• Acute and chronic inflammation can also be cured when it is eaten regularly by people belonging to varying age groups. People who are suffering from Kidney related inflammation can benefit the maximum by eating it regularly

• The antioxidant properties that Kadaknath Chicken makes it a good source for the protection of eye sight for long duration of times. It prevents people from getting affected by Macular Degeneration which is one of the main degenerative eye diseases that is spread around the globe.

• The high levels of Vitamin and Phosphorous content present in Kadaknath Chicken boosts body metabolism to a great extent providing sustained energy levels at all points of time

Almonds Have Many Health Advantages

Anti-aging properties:

Aging is one of the most troubling skin issues, which girls and women never want to face. If you are also one of those who want to look younger, eat almonds. You will get vitamin C via almonds, which is an antioxidant and helps us in reducing aging symptoms. It means, you can look much younger by consuming almonds daily.

Aids in good growth of unborn baby:

Soaked almonds are great nutrition for pregnant women. Soaked almonds offer folic acid, which is quite necessary for appropriate growth of fetus’s brain and other parts. Doctors always suggest ladies to consume almonds as they get the positive benefits. In addition, soaked almonds promote digestion process. It helps new moms in easily digesting food they eat.

Essential for brain:

Health experts have studied and have found that almonds can easily improve the functionality of central nervous system. All you have to do is just eat 5-6 almonds daily and it will promote the performance of your brain.

A reliable cure for dry and chapped skin:

Many people experience skin disorders like itching, inflammation and dry skin. To get rid off of such problems apply paste of soaked almonds. Your itching problem will get treated quite quickly and there will be no chance of facing such problem again.

Natural hair conditioner:

Chemical mixed hair conditioners of big brands often cause adverse effects also. It is the reason many people feel afraid of using such products. You can create your own hair conditioner by using almond seeds. Grind almond seeds with olive oil and apply the paste on scalp and hairs. It will work to make your hair smoother and stronger.

Controls cholesterol:

People try everything to keep increasing levels of LDL cholesterol under control. Of course, it is not quite easy to do, especially if you love to enjoy urban lifestyle. The almonds can easily control LDL cholesterol levels because they contain monounsaturated fatty acids. MUFA is renowned for reducing LDL cholesterol levels and increasing HDL cholesterol levels.

Type ‘A’ Blood Affect Gains

1. BLEND & CONSUME FRESH VEGGIES IN BETWEEN MEALS

Being a hard gainer means placing a high priority on simple and complex carbohydrates (carbs) for the sake of ATP, insulin levels, etc. The majority of the immune system is located in the digestive tract–very little can access the bloodstream without first accessing the intestinal tract. So in order to offset taxing your already sensitive intestinal tract with complex and simple carbs, blend and consume substantial amounts of vegetables in between your biggest meals. Not only will this be beneficial to your blood type once the nutrients from the vegetables enter your bloodstream, but the texture of the vegetables acts as a brush along the lining of your intestinal tract, cleaning as it moves along.

2. ONLY SPIKE INSULIN LEVELS WHEN YOU’RE SURE IT WILL BE UTILIZED QUICKLY

Sugar has an adverse effect on the immune system, but the insulin spike from sugar ensures that the hard gainer’s muscle can grow in the presence of the nutrient it needs (fat). Therefore, it is imperative to know the times of the day your body can handle insulin the best.

Your body can naturally handle insulin once you wake up in the morning. The 6-8 hour fast you entered into upon going to sleep causes those that aren’t even hard gainers to enter into a hyper-catabolic phase. Of course, as the day goes by, your body won’t be able to handle insulin as efficiently as the morning hours but you can usually force it proceeding a workout. Keep your highest sugar intake around these times and you’ll ensure that your immune system remains optimal.

Foods A Breastfeeding Mother

  • Green Vegetables And Seasonal Fruits: Green leafy vegetables and fruits both may offer plenty of nutrients and are rich in Vitamin, Calcium and other minerals. Including them in your regular serving may ensure the supply of all the nutrients and vitamins to your baby and helps you stay healthy and fit. Also, it increases the production of milk in your body.
  • Nuts And Seeds: These are a rich source of protein and fiber and many other minerals and vitamins as well, and if you are a vegan, so, you should add it to your diet. It not only satisfies your hunger pangs, but also ensures the good health of your baby.
  • Water: Water is important to turn everything you eat into milk. Drinking enough quality as per your body need may ensure the proper supply of milk to your baby, which helps to keep them healthy. Just because water is important, doesn’t mean you need to over drink, have it when you feel thirsty. Not only water, you can have unsweetened and non-caffeinated beverages.

Foods To Avoid –

  • Caffeine: For every mother to be or a breastfeeding mother coffee is a big no. You shouldn’t have it as it may keep your child irritated and never let them sleep properly, which is not good for their health. Coffee or any other source of caffeine like chocolate must not be in your diet until the time you are breastfeeding the baby.
  • Peppermint: Almost every one of us loves peppermint and for sure use it in regular meals, but having it when you are breastfeeding is not advisable because it reduces your milk supply.

About Childhood Allergy Insights

Antibiotics and Vitamin D Deficiency Can Lead to Childhood Food Allergies

Thankfully, from time to time, medical research makes some breakthroughs to provide insights into what can be done to reduce the allergy potential. Two such occurrences have recently been reported through the American Academy of Pediatrics. The first established that increased use of antibiotics in the first year of a child’s life leads to higher incidence of food allergies. This is thought to occur because the antibiotics disrupt the bacteria (good as well as the bad) that are growing and forming a functional relationship in the child’s gut. Disturbing the balance allows for food allergies to gain a foothold.

The second insight is that a vitamin D deficiency can also set the stage for food allergies. An extensive study in Australia (a country with high child food allergy rates and extensive vitamin D deficiencies) has demonstrated a strong correlation between vitamin D deficiency and the propensity for food allergies. These study results suggest, then, that vitamin D sufficiency is a real protective factor in preventing food allergies in the first year of a child’s life.

The vitamin D deficiency issue is one more easily solved. Have your pediatrician check your child’s vitamin D level. It’s done through a simple blood test. Any deficiency can be corrected with medication. A vitamin D deficiency is not uncommon. We take vitamin D supplements on doctor’s orders every day. Vitamin D is important for many reasons, so don’t overlook this simple test. Avoiding a food allergy will make life much more pleasant for your child and much easier for you.

The antibiotics question is another issue altogether. If the medical situation warrants and your pediatrician says your baby needs an antibiotic, so be it. We have antibiotics to be used when they are needed. On the other hand, don’t try to talk the doctor into administering an antibiotic when it is not needed. This only builds resistance to the drug and disturbs the bacteria counts in the baby’s system.

Avoid Food Poisoning

Milk and milk products: Milk bought from your friendly neighbourhood with his unhygienic storage and selling practices, is a very good medium for bacterial growth. Pasteurised milk is free of this risk, but is only available in the bigger cities. So, every milk dish should be served hot or kept in the refrigerator until served. This also applies to cream and cheese.

Curd is generally prepared by mixing a small amount of old curd into fresh, lukewarm milk; this provides an excellent culture medium for bacteria as it supplies nourishment as well as a favourable temperature. And, since the process is repeated daily, the bacteria present in the old sample are carried forward to the next day’s curd and so on. Sometimes curd is made by mixing chopped vegetables into it. If, in this process, the pH (acid: alkali balance) of curd rises above 5, harmful organisms may multiply on storage.

Ice-creams: no doubt, milk used in ice-creams made by a reputed company gets sterilized when it is boiled. But, contamination can occur when it is cooled and flavours and additives added. Bacteria introduced at this stage are not likely to be killed; when the milk is frozen, these become dormant. They then become active again when the temperature rises during transportation or at the time of serving or eating.

Eggs: The shells of eggs may be contaminated with the faeces of the birds that laid them. Under certain conditions of temperature and humidity, these germs can penetrate the shell – quite a common occurrence with ducks eggs. Fortunately, ducks eggs are not commonly eaten.

Rice: Spores of important food-poisoning bacteria contaminate rice and these spores survive cooking temperatures. So, if rice is not to be eaten immediately after it’s prepared, it should be stored in a refrigerator.

Sliced bread and confectionery: as these foodstuffs are generally stored for extended periods in a warm environment – during sale. Transport and at home – they are more likely to harbour harmful germs and provide a conducive medium for their multiplication.

Cold sweets: Cold sweets like custards are suitable media for bacterial growth. They can be contaminated by flies, insects, repeated handling during preparation and sale and long storage at atmospheric temperature (for example, on the occasion of festivals).

LOW-RISK FOODS

The foods less likely to cause food poisoning are:

Salted or Sugar concentrated foods: The high concentrations of salt (in salted meats, anchovies, olives etc.) or sugars (in jams, syrups, and honey) dissolve in water to form concentrated solutions, leaving insufficient moisture for bacterial growth.

Fatty foods: Butter, cooking oil, fatty fish etc.

Acid foods: Pickles, citrus fruits etc.

Dry foods: Cereals and pulses. Properly stored, they do not support bacterial growth in the dry state, but once prepared, they are very good media for bacterial multiplication, and should therefore be stored in a refrigerator.

Canned foods: Unless the can is leaking or is bulging (due to gas produced inside the container), these foods are safe. After they are opened, they must be treated as fresh foods, and similar rules of handling and storage followed.