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Debunking the Vitamin Myth: Healthy or Hazardous

by Diane Irving

 

Popular over-the-counter vitamin brands contain unsettling chemical ingredients without consumers’ knowledge. It’s hard to get all the nutrients we need from our diet, so we strive to be healthy and buy vitamins to get the right daily dose. Taking supplements is supposed to help restore health in our bodies, but is it doing more harm than good? To debunk a common myth among consumers, vitamins aren’t always restorative to health or vitality.

 

In an article called “Why most vitamins and supplements will destroy your health,” by Justin Zalewski, a surprising statement was made that the “pharmaceutical industry are the main manufacturers of vitamins.” Mass production of prescription drugs by the pharmaceutical industry typically contain synthetic ingredients in their formulas. The same can be said for vitamin production. Even if the label says the product is natural, buyers should be aware of misleading information. Zalewski clarifies, “Natural means nothing whenever it comes to supplements, as they only have to use 10% of natural ingredients.” In another article called “The Truth About Vitamins In Nutritional Supplements,” by Dr. Robert Thiel, he states that, “Vitamins found in any real food are chemically and structurally different from those commonly found in ‘natural vitamin’ formulas.” He reveals several important revelations about vitamins including the discovery that they contain unnatural sugars and types of petroleum.

 

Decode Cryptic Vitamin Labels

 

Learning to decode labels is the best weapon against purchasing the wrong product. Look for 100% natural or organic whole food vitamins for a better alternative. If the letters dl are listed in front of an ingredient, the additive is synthetic. Harmful ingredients are used to increase potency, which is legally required of supplements. They also have to have a guaranteed shelf life, which is why chemicals are used to sustain the life of a product.

 

Synthetic vitamins don’t provide the same health benefits as organic. Synthetic can’t restore all the deficiencies our bodies suffer from. Restoring deficiencies can help prevent disease and help us feel more energetic. Without completely natural ingredients, the body may not respond to the vitamin the same way and could even react negatively to the chemicals. Eventually, this may lead to more health problems.

 

 

Harmful Vitamins to Avoid

 

Vitamin and food labels will claim they contain certain vitamins. However, if the following ingredients are on the label, they aren’t all natural. Check the label for harmful additives to avoid potential risk of toxic chemicals. Zalewski provides a helpful list in identifying harmful synthetic vitamins to avoid:

 

Vitamin A: Acetate and Palmitate

Vitamin B1 (Thiamine): Thiamine Mononitrate, Thiamine Hydrochloride

Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin): Riboflavin

Pantothenic Acid: Calcium D-Pantothenate

Vitamin B6 (Pyridoxine): Pyridoxine Hydrochloride

Vitamin B12: Cobalamin

PABA (Para-aminobenzoic Acid): Aminobenzoic Acid

Folic Acid: Pteroylglutamic Acid

Choline: Choline Chloride, Choline Bitartrate

Biotin: d-Biotin

Vitamin C (Ascorbic Acid): Ascorbic Acid

Vitamin D: Irradiated Ergosteral, Calciferol

Vitamin E: dl-alpha tocopherol, dl-alpha tocopherol acetate or succinat

Nutritional vitamins are supposed to help heal the body. However, when they’re interwoven with chemicals and the compounding process, what’s left is less than healthy. The Organic Consumers Association (OCA) published an article called Vitamin Poisoning: Are We Destroying Our Health with Hi-Potency Synthetic Vitamins,” by Ori Hofmekler In the article he states that “with immuno-deficiency diseases, supplementation regiments have shown to be helpful in relieving symptoms similar to drug administration. What we haven’t been told is that in large dosages, as commonly prescribed by physicians or recommended by manufacturers, vitamins can become overwhelmingly toxic, and the same vitamin treatment that potentially benefits sick individuals may actually devastate healthy individuals.”

 

Debunking common myths about vitamin health is so important in order to sustain a healthy lifestyle. Be smart about your choices or chose to obtain vitamins the natural way – through 100% organic foods. Dr. Marone has access to organic vitamins and can provide patients with the right ones to help you avoid any deficiencies.

Suggested Further Reading:

http://maronewellness.com/good-foods-bad-foods/

http://maronewellness.com/how-do-i-make-sure-my-supplements-are-real-food-and-not-synthetic/

*The information in this article is not intended to diagnose or treat any medical condition and does not substitute for a thorough evaluation by a medical professional.  Please consult your chiropractor or physician to determine whether these self-care tips are appropriate for you.

 

 

 

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Rosemary as an Herbal Memory Remedy

By Diane Irving

Besides the alluring aroma of rosemary, the herb has many mental and physical influences on health. The Mediterranean herb’s natural name is Rosmarinus Officinalis. The ancient Greeks used the herb as a mental enhancer, and ancient Egyptians put it on tombs. These days, it is known to reduce stress, enhance memory, encourage hair growth, and improve many other conditions. The results can make a big difference in everyday life.

 

The long-stemmed green needles sprout small blue flowers. Growing rosemary is somewhat challenging. However, if you are wanting to try your hand at it, you can purchase plants from garden centers and local herb shops. It can grow best in warm, sunny environments.The plants don’t need large amounts of water, but humidity is a must. Herb lovers use it in tea, as a dry herb, or in oil form. Leaves can be penetrated for oil or hung upside down to dry out. Afterward, it can be cut up and used for cooking. It is most commonly used as a dry rub on meats or potatoes.

 

Rosemary Benefits

Even just the smell of rosemary can be a health booster. The scent can increase memory, elevate mood, and lessen stress or anxiety. A few studies have also reported that it has prevented certain cancer cells from spreading. Along with all the benefits mentioned above, studies have suggested that the herb can help headaches, arthritis/joint/muscle pain, inflammation, and immunity. It is anti-bacterial, a liver detox, has anti-aging properties, aids digestion and blood circulation, and is good for the skin. Natural Society reports a study done by the Journal of Neurochemistry and Nature Reviews Neuroscience which found that, “Rosemary’s active component carsonic acid can actually protect the brain from damage, including that caused by strokes and degeneration due to toxins and free radicals.”

 

Pregnant women should avoid using large amounts of rosemary, and anyone suffering from hypertension should also stay away. In cases of people who have epilepsy, the condition could get worse. The essential oil should not be taken by mouth; if a person takes rosemary in large amounts, it could cause pulmonary edema, nausea, or more serious results. Therefore, it is always best to consult a physician before consuming large amounts.

 

Whether age or a degenerative disease has taken a toll on mental capacity, remember rosemary as a remedy for memory health. Or simply try the herb to improve the effects of other health problems. Whether it’s used in cooking, as an essential oil, or in tea, its impressive benefits could have a pleasant outcome. Don’t forget to ask Dr. Marone about herb options, and take advantage of nature’s medicine!

You may also enjoy:

http://maronewellness.com/give-oregano-go-better-health/

http://maronewellness.com/holy-basil-well-rounded-herb/

http://maronewellness.com/healthy-benefits-turmeric-curative-spice/

*The information in this article is not intended to diagnose or treat any medical condition and does not substitute for a thorough evaluation by a medical professional.  Please consult your chiropractor or physician to determine whether these self-care tips are appropriate for you.

 

SOURCES:

http://naturalsociety.com/rosemary-benefits-health-growing-own-medicine/

https://www.mnn.com/health/fitness-well-being/stories/8-health-benefits-rosemary

http://www.naturalalternativeremedy.com/20-health-benefits-of-rosemary/

 

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Watch Yeast Consumption to Prevent Leaky Gut

By Diane Irving

Consuming too much sugar or carbohydrates can yield a high amount of yeast in the body, resulting in serious health conditions. Though our bodies contain a healthy amount of yeast naturally, filling our diets with it can produce overflow. It’s important to stay away from ingesting too many sweets, breads, pastas, and other carbs, because yeast can leak into the bloodstream. Then, it can cause a decline in gut health. Cutting out the good stuff can be difficult, but those that suffer from medical conditions can breathe a sigh of relief. There is a potential anecdote in preventing certain health inhibitors: eat a minimal amount of yeast in the daily diet.

 

Yeast is also known as candida, which is a type of fungus normally found in our intestines and mouth. There are tests that can be done to see how much is in the bloodstream. If levels are high, it may be time to take a break from it. With a more in-depth look at leaky gut and yeast, Functional Medicine expert Dr. Amy Myers explains, “When it is overproduced it breaks down the wall of the intestine and penetrates the bloodstream, releasing toxic byproducts into your body and causing leaky gut. This can lead to many different health problems ranging from digestive issues to depression.” Many have concluded that yeast is to blame for multiple autoimmune diseases, infections, allergies, depression, digestion problems, skin issues, foggy head, tiredness, and a long list of other symptoms.

 

Though it’s difficult to gauge how much yeast in the diet is too much, it’s important to continue to reduce the amount until symptoms subside. Maintaining a low- or no-carb and low sugar diet is the best way to heal leaky gut. However, there are also diet programs available that can help individuals manage candida intake. But, the right route begins with cutting back on certain foods.

 

Symptoms of Yeast Overgrowth

Organic Lifestyle Magazine provides a list of symptoms to watch out for. Here are a few listed:

 

  • Chronic fatigue, insomnia, memory loss, brain fog
  • Muscle aches or weakness
  • Pain or swelling in joints
  • Intestinal issues including bloating, constipation, and gas
  • Infertility
  • Anxiety and depression
  • Headaches and migraines
  • Chronic rashes and skin conditions
  • Food sensitivity or intolerance
  • Recurrent bronchitis, other infections (athlete’s foot etc) and other viral infections

 

Also mentioned by Organic Lifestyle Magazine are some foods that can help diminish candida in the system. They suggest that 80% of foods digested should be vegetables and leafy greens. The magazine article, How to Kill Candida Fungi Yeast in the Body, gives a list of foods to incorporate in meals that will help combat the hard-to-kill candida infestation: green apples, garlic, oregano, onions, coconut, olive oil, lemon/limes, arugula, broccoli, Brussel sprouts, and cabbage.

Out of the ordinary foods and beverages to avoid include: alcohol, sauerkraut, pickled foods, kombucha, yogurt, kimchi, and more.

 

Moderation is the key, no matter how tasty or convenient a meal might be. There is something we can do to help alleviate some suffering of the conditions mentioned. Check with Dr. Marone or another physician to test yeast levels. Visit the sources listed below for more information and recipes.

 

Understanding how yeast affects the body is a bit complicated. After research, the verdict is clear – it can’t hurt to eat minimal amounts of yeast. Patients should experiment with diet alterations and see what happens. By eating candida-causing foods in moderation, patients may not only heal their gut, but also other health issues.

 

You might also find these helpful:

http://maronewellness.com/gluten-intolerance/

http://maronewellness.com/unlock-detox-box-10-day-purification/

 

*The information in this article is not intended to diagnose or treat any medical condition and does not substitute for a thorough evaluation by a medical professional.  Please consult your chiropractor or physician to determine whether these self-care tips are appropriate for you.

 

 

SOURCES:

 

http://www.amymyersmd.com/2015/11/10-signs-you-have-candida-overgrowth-and-what-to-do-about-it/

http://www.organiclifestylemagazine.com/how-to-kill-candida-fungi-yeast-in-the-body

https://www.mindbodygreen.com/0-8376/10-signs-you-have-candida-overgrowth-what-to-do-about-it.html

 

oregano-plant

Give Oregano a Go for Better Health

By Diane Irving

Like many herbs, oregano has a long list of health benefits that can transform negative health problems into positive solutions. For centuries, it was used as a remedy for its multi-purpose healing properties and to mend bacterial infections. These days, it’s believed to help with many other conditions including heart disease or as a cancer deterrent. As well as being great for our heatlh, the herb has remained a popular flavor enhancer. Some chefs use it in Italian, Hispanic, and other nationality dishes. With a great reputation, herb users shouldn’t hesitate to give oregano a go. It may provide better flavor and health.
OrganicFacts.com suggests it can protect against diabetes and increase energy levels. They also declare it has good fiber components for digestion and can help speed up metabolism, “By improving the functionality of the metabolism, thanks to B-vitamins and its unique organic composition, the body is rejuvenated and energized.” OrganicFacts.com also noted, “The increase in circulation, due to the presence of iron and increased levels of hemoglobin, helps to fully oxygenate the cells and muscles of the body, thereby increasing energy and strength.” Muscles aren’t the only physical benefit; joint pain can also be alleviated.

This versatile herb is filled with antioxidants and other healing factors. MedicalNewsToday.com writes that Oregano provides an ample amount of Vitamin K, which aids in bone density and blood flow. They also state, “Antioxidants help protect your cells against the effects of free radicals and improve your ability to fight infection.” It appears the herb can help with almost anything and should be present on every spice rack for its resourcefulness. Potential benefits are seemingly endless, and   MedicalNewsToday.com states that oregano can also help with these issues: inflammation, allergies, skin conditions, common cold, headaches, intestinal/digestion problems, and fatigue.

Though it isn’t a typical allergen for people, it can cause an allergic reaction. So, use caution when consuming. Also, a doctor should advise women who are pregnant before using large amounts of oregano. Safe herbs aren’t always good for everyone and amounts of consumption should be monitored.

Oregano as a Flavor Enhancer

The dry spice grew in popularity from Southwest Eurasia and the Mediterranean area. Surprisingly, the herb belongs to the mint family. Though it doesn’t have the same flavor, it can have a strong presence in food. OrganicFacts.com mentions that “it is used to flavor everything from soups, sauces, and curries to meat dishes, pizza, pasta, vegetables, and even salads.” It’s also a nice herb to add to the garden. Growers should let it sprout for four weeks or until leaves have grown about 4 inches. Then, clip the stem; hang upside down to dry it out, dice and use in desired food.

Flavor enhancers are great, but the real prize is the health benefits that can arise from consuming oregano. Consult Dr. Marone for more information on appropriate daily intake. With the possibility of increased blood flow, increased antioxidants, reduced inflammation, hindered infections, improved health conditions, and a recipe enhancer, it may be time to give oregano a go. It’s a spice that’s hard to beat with potential better health solutions and tastier meal outcomes.

You may also enjoy:

http://maronewellness.com/holy-basil-well-rounded-herb/

http://maronewellness.com/healthy-benefits-turmeric-curative-spice/

http://maronewellness.com/sage-herbal-superhero-holistic-healing/

SOURCES:

http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/266259.php

https://www.organicfacts.net/health-benefits/

 

 

 

holy-basil-plant

Holy Basil: The Well-Rounded Well-Being Herb

By Diane Irving

Holy basil is a diverse herb that has been used to treat a wide variety of countless conditions for thousands of years. Also known as Ocimum sanctum or Tulsi, this miracle herb was predominantly used in India and other parts of Southeast Asia. Well known for its ability to help bodies cope with stress, it is the perfect antidote with holistic healing powers.

Holy Basil Suppresses Distress

Stress, anxiety, and depression affect millions of Americans with sometimes crippling consequences. The Anxiety and Depression Association of America reveals that 15 million people suffer from depression and 40 million from anxiety. To treat symptoms, most turn to prescription drugs. However, Mother Nature can also provide relief in a natural way. Holy Basil is a safer alternative method for anyone suffering from these symptoms and more. Anxiety, stress, and depression dampen a person’s mood, but if individuals suffer chronically, symptoms could develop into physical health problems. Symptoms management is an absolute must to preserve mental and physical health.

Spiritual Name–Heavenly Health Affects

Holy basil’s name may be connected to its importance in certain religious traditions. An article published by Organicauthority.com mentions that the herb is widely used for spiritual purposes by Hindu culture. Those who use it experience relaxation and a more balanced body system.

Besides the name, some may consider it a heavenly herb due to helpful healing of many problems including coughing, asthma, ulcers, indigestion, fevers, arthritis, eye conditions, heart/artery, back pain, skin conditions, malaria, insect bites, and many others. Worldwide studies have been conducted to prove its treatment use validity.  Heal Naturally reports, “Researchers from the University of Nebraska Medical Center tested holy basil against human pancreatic cancer cells in the laboratory. They found that Tulsi blocked the growth of the cancer cells into tumors.” In other studies, the herb also positively suppressed prostate and breast cancer. With no cure for cancer on the horizon, it is up to us to find other ways to reduce the spread of cancer cells. Integration of holy basil into a daily diet could help and preserve life a little longer.

Along with the other problems mentioned, it has also treated infections. It is an anti-septic, anti-bacterial, and anti-viral. Benefits don’t stop there either. It has improved inflammation, lowered blood sugar, healed scars, helped with hypertension, cholesterol, andinsulin issues, and reduced stomach acid in the body. For these reasons, holy basil has wholeheartedly earned the label “well-rounded.”

The seeds or leaves have been used in cooking, including pesto sauces, or used as a tea. It is high in vitamin C, chlorophyll, calcium, zinc, and iron. Tastes differ to regular basil. It’s been described as being bitter, spicy or pungent, which may make it hard to swallow. To avoid unfavorable flavor, supplements are a great alternative.

Herbalists have been relying on herbs to heal conditions for centuries. Though it may not work for everyone, modern medicine could benefit from some herbal ancient wisdom. Earthly herbs potentially have fewer side effects and have been put to the test for thousands of years. Holy basil’s well-rounded ability to heal a wide range of conditions makes it a good choice for overall well-being.

 

*The information in this article is not intended to diagnose or treat any medical condition and does not substitute for a thorough evaluation by a medical professional.  Please consult your chiropractor or physician to determine whether these self-care tips are appropriate for you.

See also:

The Health Benefits of Basil

 

SOURCES:

http://www.healthline.com/health/food-nutrition/basil-benefits#overview1

http://www.organicauthority.com/6-holy-basil-benefits-3-is-the-most-powerful-of-all/

https://www.realnatural.org/amazing-health-benefits-holy-basil/

 

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Healthy Benefits of Turmeric–A Curative Spice

By Diane Irving

Anti-oxidants, anti-inflammatory, and anti-cancer are pro-health when it comes to turmeric benefactors to the human body. Healthy benefits of this spice have been seen for thousands of years in Asian recipes and Indian dishes including curry. Curcumin is a component in turmeric that gives it a bright yellow color, which seems to cheer the body up. Origins of the spice come from the ginger family and can help the immune system strengthen. The University of Maryland Medical Center (UMMC) states that the spice may fight unhealthy disruptions or diseases.

According to the UMMC, a few diseases turmeric can help include osteoarthritis, stomach ulcers, indigestion, heart disease, bacterial or viral infections, cancer, and neurodegenerative conditions like Alzheimer’s disease. Cancer is a worldwide worry, and turmeric has shown to reduce tumor growth. Just a little bit goes a long way–even a teaspoon serving can have positive affects.

Turmeric as an Anti-Inflammatory

Anti-inflammatory proponents of turmeric are high. They’ve been known to help reduce arthritis, swelling of muscles, and any other problems associated with inflammation. Many with autoimmune diseases might find it as a helpful tool when inflammation flares up in the body.

Turmeric as an Anti-Cancer Herb/Spice

Anti-cancer is a hot issue in the 21st century with so many people being diagnosed. Anything that can aid in the cancer fight is a daily must. It can suppress the growth of a tumor, particularly in colon cancer cells, breast cancer, and more.

Turmeric as an Anti-Oxidant

Anti-oxidants are important in detoxifying the body of poisons. Curcumin is rich in anti-oxidants and can prevent liver malfunction. Given the amount of chemicals we ingest through food and personal care products, it is necessary to flush out toxins. Poisonous waste can stay trapped between muscles and organs, which can block healing.

Turmeric has also shown to boost heart function, gut health, and cognition, help cystic fibrosis, decrease stress, depression, nausea, cramps, and more. It can be taken in pill form or with powder while cooking. Too much of the spice can be harmful, so consult Dr. Marone before seeking the health benefits of turmeric. Instead of reaching for a medical antibiotic for any disease listed, try turmeric as a helpful curative.

*The information in this article is not intended to diagnose or treat any medical condition and does not substitute for a thorough evaluation by a medical professional.  Please consult your chiropractor or physician to determine whether these self-care tips are appropriate for you.

 

Sources:

Worlds Healthiest Foods: http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=foodspice&dbid=78

Organic Facts: https://www.organicfacts.net/health-benefits/herbs-and-spices/turmeric.html

The University of Maryland Medical Center: http://umm.edu/health/medical/altmed/herb/turmeric

 

 

 

Purification-Program-to-Detox

Unlock the Detox Box with a 10-Day Purification

By Diane Irving

An alarming amount of poisonous pollutants enter the human body on a daily basis. From personal care products to contaminated foods, unwanted chemicals and toxins flood our systems with harmful results. FIGO (International Federation of Gynecology Obstetrics) is a worldwide organization with health professionals from 125 countries. They discern that chemical toxins connected to pesticides, air, plastics, solvents, and others can cause “[m]iscarriage and still birth, impaired fetal growth, congenital malformations, impaired or reduced neurodevelopment and cognitive function, and an increase in cancer, attention problems, ADHD behaviors, and hyperactivity.” However, with the help of a 10-day purification cleanse and organic practices, you can turn an internal toxic wasteland into a pure body wonderland.

 

Cause for Chemical Concern

 

Toxins are found in almost everything: bathroom products, cleaners, chemically sprayed foods, and pollution in the air and water. Many household items we use everyday disturb our health. Even some unexpected products are included in health concerns, the Global Health Center warns. Among these are air fresheners, dishwasher soap, laundry detergents, and treated furniture or carpets.

ABCNews.com released a study: “According to the Environmental Working Group, women use an average of 12 products a day containing 168 different chemicals. Men use fewer products, but still put 85 chemicals on their bodies.” When we give our body a break from these pollutants, cells can rejuvenate some damage that has been done by these harmful chemicals.

 

One-way Ticket to Toxic-Free

 

It is important for us to work toward a toxic-free lifestyle since chemicals seep in from a wide variety of sources. However, there is only one way to reduce the amount of exposure: buy cleaner products. Non-organic foods have been treated with pesticides that transfer to our bodies. When we ingest unnatural invaders, our bodies are forced to sort out the good from the bad. An overwhelmed body is too busy sorting to heal damaged cells. Therefore, the body needs cleaner water, air, foods, and products to ensure less contamination. Consumers can buy indoor air purifiers, invest in water filters, certified organic foods, organic household products, and body care.

Other natural ways to purify the body include drinking lemon water, eating rice bran, consuming dark veggies, sipping green tea, and doing a purification program. Sweating also helps rid trapped toxins in our bodies. Besides decreasing the chance for disease, other benefits include healthier looking skin, smoother function in the body, and what most people highly covet–weight loss.

Toxic stress on the body can manifest into physical illness and cloud the mind. Blockages may form internally from pollutants and cause stagnation or inspire diseases. Much like what happens in a clogged toilet, bodily sewage backs up until it overflows and causes more serious problems.

Purification is good for us – mentally and physically. Organic greens can help us think clearer and give us more energy to handle life’s ups and downs. Natural products can prevent inflammation and reduce damage done by our polluted world. Dr. Marone’s 10-Day Purification Cleanse, coupled with clean eating and natural supplements, is a great way to reduce the harm done. It’s a great start to a healthier lifestyle and can unlock the body’s fullest potential. Afterwards, relief comes from knowing whatever is left is what nature intended.

See also: http://maronewellness.com/just-for-women-help-with-your-most-common-complaints/

http://maronewellness.com/services/10-day-purification-programs/

http://maronewellness.com/21-days-to-a-clearer-mind-and-increased-energy/

http://maronewellness.com/21-days-to-a-clearer-mind-and-increased-energy/

http://maronewellness.com/inflammation-some-solutions/

*The information in this article is not intended to diagnose or treat any medical condition and does not substitute for a thorough evaluation by a medical professional.  Please consult your chiropractor or physician to determine whether these self-care tips are appropriate for you.

Sources:

http://www.globalhealingcenter.com/natural-health/most-common-hazardous-household-chemicals/

https://www.mindbodygreen.com/0-9818/5-unexpected-awesome-benefits-of-doing-a-cleanse.html

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2015/10/151001100058.htm

http://abcnews.go.com/Health/women-put-average-168-chemicals-bodies-day-consumer/story?id=30615324

 

 

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Can You Stomach a Ginger Binge-r?

By Diane Irving

Studies show that ginger can be an effective treatment for ovarian cancer cells, stomach issues, and other serious health problems. After eras of use, it has become a trusted go-to for its healthful properties. MedicalNewsToday.com states that “natural ginger is safe for most people and causes little to no known side effects.” However, Organicfacts.net warns, “If you have a history of gallbladder conditions, it is best to consult a doctor before consuming ginger.” Otherwise, herb lovers can use this herb frequently without worry.

Savor the Flavor of Ginger

Anyone looking to enhance mealtime tastes can add fresh ginger in different kinds of dishes. It can be eaten raw, put in herbal tea, turned into oil, drunk as a juice, or crushed into a powered spice for Asian and Indian cuisine. MedicalNewsToday.com mentions, “Ginger pairs well with many different types of seafood, oranges, pork, pumpkin, and apples.” A garden-fresh slice is great in a hot cup of water with lemon or honey additives. One of the most interesting tidbits of information is how ginger became an ingredient in a favorite holiday treat. Organicfacts.net shares, “Queen Elizabeth I of England, a fan herself, was the one to invent the gingerbread man in the 16th century.”

Proof of Positivity

Prevention.com sites a few studies about ginger’s positive health contributions. “In one study of cruise ship passengers traveling on rough seas, 500 mg of ginger every 4 hours was as effective as Dramamine.” For some, it has helped stabilize blood pressure and acted as an anti-inflammatory reducing arthritis pain. The site refers to a study done by The University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center: “Those same anti-inflammatory powers help powdered ginger kill ovarian cancer cells as well as – or better than – traditional chemotherapy, at least in the test tube.” Detoxification is another helpful advantage of ginger ingestion because it can cause consumers to sweat and release toxins in the body. Other positive benefits include a reduction in many painful issues such as menstrual cramps, upset stomach (including morning sickness), digestion problems, diarrhea cramping, bone and workout-induced muscle pain. Ginger can also help fight the flu by alleviating fever and headache.

Peace of mind comes from knowing this healthy remedy can be all-natural and beneficial. MedicalNewsToday.com reaffirms that “ginger has a long history of use for relieving digestive problems such as nausea, loss of appetite, motion sickness, and pain.” Dr. Marone can provide guidance for those seeking healthy alternatives to prescribed medications. Though it is considered safe, it is always best to consult your doctor before going on a ginger binge-r.

Sage Plants

Sage: The Herbal Superhero for Holistic Healing

 By Diane Irving

Ancient use of sage travels back further than almost any other herb in history and with an astounding array of bodily benefits. Some consider it an age-old herb of wisdom for its mental and physical holistic healing abilities. The potential of sage has shown positive contributions to health such as these:

  • anti-septic
  • anti-bacterial
  • reduces muscle tension
  • relieves indigestion or stomach issues
  • helps with mental relaxation
  • relieves menopausal symptoms
  • improves memory.

It’s no wonder NaturalNews.com mentions sage won “Herb of the Year” in 2011 by the International Herb Association!

This herb has helped people heal in many ways for centuries. Motherearthliving.com suggests “ancient Babylonians, ancient Greeks, the Chinese, and a host of Native North and South American tribes used white sage in their healing and prayer rituals.” They used it to improve headaches, sores, and detour bad spirits. These days, some stressed individuals’ burn the leaves to decrease anxiety and deplete negative energy.

More Health Benefits

NaturalNews.com states that, “sage is anti-hypertensive, anti-diabetic, anti-inflammatory, and anti-microbial; plus it helps cleanse your blood and may even prevent Alzheimer’s disease.” For many, it has become an herbal superhero for its wide range of holistic healing applications. Motherearthliving.com also mentions that it is “scientifically proven to help treat strep throat, reduce mucus secretion in the respiratory system, inhibit coughing, and generally boost the immune system. The USDA has even approved white sage as a legitimate treatment for eczema and other skin afflictions.”

Sage is an Easy Herb to Consume

Sage can be ingested several different ways. It can be burned, used on meats as a dry rub, and utilized as a tea. It can be boiled in water or sprinkled over any food to enhance taste. It’s no surprise Dr. Marone encourages the use of special herbs like sage to help save our bodies and minds from harm. With all the helpful benefits, fans may even say that sage has saved the day.

*The information in this article is not intended to diagnose or treat any medical condition and does not substitute for a thorough evaluation by a medical professional.  Please consult your chiropractor or physician to determine whether these self-care tips are appropriate for you.

SOURCES:

  1. http://www.naturalnews.com/027520 sage herb.html
  2. http://www.motherearthliving.com/In-the-Garden/
  3. http://www.naturalnews.com/031898_safe_oral_health.html

 

Good Foods Bad Foods

Good Foods Bad Foods

By Diane Irving

Several foods once considered good for us have been found to be bad foods for some people. Not everyone’s body reacts negatively to these products, but damaging reactions can occur. Researchers from Food Allergy Research and Education (F.A.R.E,) estimate 15 million Americans have food allergies. They suggest the most widespread disturbances are: milk, eggs, soy, peanuts, tree nuts, wheat, fish, and shellfish. While most of these cause severe immediate responses, some reactions to these foods and others can’t be seen or will take time to develop. It’s up to us to uncover nutritional disguises and their potential hidden harmful affects.

 

Don’t Toy With Soy

At one time, soy was considered a super health food. Many vegetarians use soy as a protein in their daily diet including tofu, soymilk, and veggie burgers. However, Dr. Steven Gundry, former surgeon and medical research expert, has reviewed hundreds of studies that point to problems for some individuals. He noticed a probable relationship between soy and digestive issues, disrupted thyroid health, infertility, cancer cell creation, heart disease, cognitive fog, and immune problems. If one of these diagnoses sounds familiar, try to cut soy out completely or reduce daily intake. Then, monitor what happens next. If a symptom goes away, soy may have been the problem’s source.

 

Deplete The Amount Of Wheat

Although for most, wheat isn’t a problem, it can cause an array of autoimmune diseases to sensitive consumers. On a typical nutrition scale, wheat grains are a part of a balanced diet. However, too much of anything can send our bodies in a tizzy. Autoimmune expert and well-known Functional Medicine leader, Dr. Amy Myers explains, “If you’ve been diagnosed with Lupus, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Hashimoto’s, Multiple Sclerosis, or any other autoimmune disease, I can say without a doubt that gluten sparked the flame of your disease, and continuing to eat it is simply adding fuel to the fire.”

 

However, a gluten-free diet isn’t always the right answer. Whether we’re wheat eaters (grains, barley, rye) or gluten-free dieters with a high intake of starch and corn – beware of negative reactions. Gluten free products can increase the amount of starch and sugar in our diets, resulting in weight gain and ultimately lower energy levels.

 

Lectin, Lectin, Possibly A Wrong Selection

Beans (kidney, navy, pinto, lima, sweet green peas, lentils), grains (wheat, barley, corn, rice, oats, rye) and nightshade vegetables (tomatoes, eggplants, potatoes, bell peppers, hot peppers, goji berries) are a part of the food pyramid. However, all of these grocery items contain a high amount of lectins – a certain type of protein that attaches to cell membranes.

 

Dr. Gundry’s extensive research has led him to believe lectins have powerful toxic allergens.  After observation, Dr. Gundry concluded that lectins could prevent healing and cause leaky gut. Toxic bacteria gets through the digestive tract, which may result in inflammation, skin disorders, heart disease, diabetes, thyroid distress, immune diseases, and weak blood vessels. Dr. Gundry also suggests that cooking the vegetables helps reduce the amount of lectins. Groceries low in lectins are select fruits and vegetables, seafood, eggs, and meat such as poultry. Better choices for fats include olive oil, avocado, butter, cream and lard, all of which have lower levels of lectins.

 

It’s not always realistic – a strict all fruit, lean protein, and leafy green diet. However, if health problems persist, it may be worth a try. Though these foods aren’t bad for everyone, it is important to decipher which innocent foods are guilty of health issues inside our bodies. The process of elimination or an allergen test can be helpful tools in discovering the truth. Dr. Marone can provide Nutrition Response Testing for those who want answers to food allergy questions. The test also helps identify immune challenges, chemical and metal toxicity levels, and scarring. Call today for more information and to set an appointment.

 

See Also: Gluten Intolerance: Not Sure If You Have It?

*The information in this article is not intended to diagnose or treat any medical condition and does not substitute for a thorough evaluation by a medical professional.  Please consult your chiropractor or physician to determine whether these self-care tips are appropriate for you.

 

 

Sources

  1. List Of Foods That Contain Lectins by Jessica Bruso: http://www.livestrong.com/article/305368-list-of-foods-that-contain-lectin/
  1. Fact Sheet from F. A. R. E.: https://www.foodallergy.org/facts-and-stats
  1. Video from Dr. Steven Gundry: http://drgundrymd.com/170207A.php?n=tab
  1. Dr. Amy Myers: http://www.amymyersmd.com/2017/02/3-important-reasons-give-gluten-autoimmune-disease/