Why I No Longer Label the Way I Eat

images (11)Food… where do I even begin? I started this conscious eating journey about three years ago and it has been quite a roller coaster. I went from eating anything and everything to cutting out gluten, dairy, soy, refined sugar, meat, grains, peanuts, and corn. Not all at once, mind you. So… I first began as a gluten free, soy free, and refined sugar free vegan. Surprisingly I LOVED eating this way, never feeling restricted or unhappy. I was on cloud nine. For about seven months I swore by this diet of mine, sharing food pictures on Instagram and promoting vegan-ism to family and friends. Then, within two weeks, everything changed. There is a diet called 80/10/10, in which you eat 80% fruit, 10 percent fat, and 10% protein. Wary at first, I delved into research, eventually concluding that I would reap the benefits of this diet. So I tried it out. For a little under two weeks I ate nothing but fruit, a few nuts, and a teeny tiny amount of avocado. At this time, I was partaking in my first

There Is Something Seriously Wrong With the Health and Fitness Industry

images (10)Yes, traditional methods offered by many gyms and personal trainers are becoming widely ineffective at improving your health, fitness and waistline.

Let’s face it. You already know that you need to exercise and eat well in order to lose weight and get fit right? So why don’t you take action?

I am guessing that the obstacles facing you are lack of energy to get started, shortage of time, being confused about which foods are healthy because of all the conflicting advice and most importantly your THOUGHTS.

I often come across clients that have tried every diet known to man and are exercising regularly and say to me that their goal is to attain a certain weight. The trouble is that very quickly they get frustrated and hear themselves saying “I can’t lose weight” or “I will never reach my goals”. When we have a negative mind-set that focuses on “I can’t lose weight” etc then guess what-you are right, you can’t and you won’t. Changing your thoughts, self-talk and past experiences is crucial before you even start doing any exercise. You wouldn’t build a

Being Strong Emotionally and Psychologically

Mostly we are more concerned about our physical health, but often emotional and psychological health is compromised. It is not only important to be physically strong, but also emotionally and psychologically strong as well. When someone is emotionally strong he/she has self-confidence and self-esteem. There are a few tips to be strong, but these are not the only ones. It is also important to apply them, which may help one in the future to face problems.

Motivation

It is very important to be motivated. Motivation helps one to achieve whatever one wants. When faced with a hurdle, if one is motivated enough he/she can easily pass it. Having a purpose to live keeps one going and any obstacles in the way are conquered.

Balancing Positive and Negative Thinking

Being positive makes believe that one can accomplish anything. Good things are going to happen and gloomy days will not long forever are beliefs that keep one going. One starts noticing even the small happy things and becomes grateful for them. On the other hand, negative thinking allows one to think what could be the worst and then work on it to get it better.

Compassion and Kindness

We are all surrounded by people we love and also

Mental Development of Young Minds

images (12)A young child is like a sponge and the brain is ready to absorb and be challenged. This is something many now realise when they present lessons to babies. Flash cards are great to teach the alphabet and recognition of articles and other things. Early learning books teach them to read and write at extraordinary young ages. It is also the time when religious organisations brainwash them into things that are wrong and from which the child may never escape.

This organic sponge we call the brain takes whatever is presented to it and channels are opened in which the knowledge lies until it is required. My reincarnation gave me memory of my former life and opened channels through the knowledge brought with me on my journey.

Born with a different language to my parents they could not influence or override it and the source of my contact is the Great Spirit of the Universe, the only real God (Isaiah 45:4-8). It is because of this that things observed from my birth have built a picture of the deception and fraud put up

The Magnificent Multi-Tasker

Lavender Essential Oil is perhaps the most notable of all the scented oils when it comes to multitasking. It does many jobs and does them well. From its role as an antiseptic to calming the nerves, this hardworking oil does it all.

Lavender (lavandula angustifolia) essential oil is derived from the spikes of the lavender flower from which it is distilled. There are actually two variations, one form is lavender flower oil that has no color and is water soluble. The second form is lavender spike oil which is distilled from the lavandula latifolia.

History shows that lavender oil has been used for well over 2,500 years. It was used by the Romans for a bath soak that purified their skin and their emotions as well.

When it comes to an essential oil for calming stress, you just can’t find any better than lavender oil. It’s not all in your head either, or at least not all in your imagination. The calming does take place in your head though, in an organ called “the brain.” When inhaled, the aromatherapy travels right to the amygdala gland in your brain, an area that controls perception (the way you look at things and the way you

The Wisdom Of Dreams And Our Mental Health

All dreams reflect our absurdity and evilness because the planet Earth is an open mental hospital where God tries to cure our craziness.

We are dangerous rational animals who have numerous absurd thoughts and obsessions. We have to be tamed, cured, and transformed before killing one another and destroying the planet.

There is nothing meaningful in the world we created. This is a crazy world ruled by demons with a human face, where God’s unpleasant commandments have to compete with Satan’s misleading suggestions.

The truth is a complete disgrace. There is nothing human in the human race.

Everyone’s goodness is false because it depends on their interests. Everyone is evil when they want to please or defend their ego. Everyone merely pretends to respect other people’s rights.

Everyone is terrible. Even our conscience thinks like a devil.

Nobody protects the weak and poor. Nobody accepts to have disadvantages or endure their suffering in order to help someone else. Nobody accepts what goes against their will.

There are no exceptions to this rule if we will exclude the rare saints of the long human history. This is why so many people have serious mental health problems, even if they don’t believe that they are mentally ill.

Only goodness

How Loving Yourself Will Transform Your Life

My wellness journey began after I landed a great job at a start-up – I got in on the ground floor of a company that has quadrupled in size in the few years I’ve been there. It was an amazing opportunity, in my field, and I was so proud of myself for getting it. One short year into it, I couldn’t take anymore. It was absolute insanity. Long hours, 6 days a week, couldn’t make plans with friends, couldn’t sleep in on the weekends, didn’t have time to recharge, had to eat fast-food between appointments, I was a mess and totally miserable to be around.

One day, I woke up and my right eye was huge! It looked like someone actually punched me in the face, it was crazy. I freaked out and went to three different doctors, two of which couldn’t find anything wrong, and the last one finally told me that it was a stress rash, and the only way to get rid of it was to relax and learn how to manage my stress. It was almost unbelievable, especially to my job. I took off a total of three days, much to the frustration of my coworkers, my

The Chemistry of Allergies

An allergy is characterized as an immune reaction to the presence of certain substances in one’s body. Allergies occur when the immune system mistakes a harmless substance for a pathogen. The immuniglobin responsible for allergies is the IgE immuniglobin. Humans are not born with IgE antibodies in their body. The IgE develops 10 days after the first exposure to allergens. Therefore, it takes repeated exposure to an allergen, to develop an allergy. Allergies are often not formed upon first exposure.

Have you ever wondered why people have specific allergies? This is because IgE immuniglobins have a single protein structure and a set of molecules that all have a slightly different structure. The IgE, for example that reacts with pollen, is not the same IgE that will react with dust. People who have allergic reactions, also have more IgE present in their bodies than the average, non-allergy containing person. For example: people with hay fever have about 14 times as much IgE as those who do not.

There are four basic ways that allergens can enter human bodies: inhaling, touching, ingestion or by injection. There are also two basic types of allergic reactions known as: immediate or delayed. In a delayed allergic reaction,

Enjoy Better Health Through A Hobby

A hobby is one of the most fulfilling ways to capture “me” time, enjoy better health, and have an abundance of social interaction. Everyone needs “me” time. Life for too many people can quickly become only career and family. While both are important to a satisfying life, we often leave little time for ourselves.

Here are some of the benefits that you gain from the enjoyment a hobby.

Watch Your Self-Esteem Grow

Self-esteem is a foundational block to healthy living and means having confidence in your own worth and abilities. Self-esteem equals self-respect and a good hobby is all about personal achievement.

A special pastime is something you can feel good about regardless of how others things are going. Becoming proficient in an activity done for pure pleasure builds personal confidence and we feel self-assured.

Also, we all need positive diversions in our busy lives and a special interest fits this bill. Finding a leisure pursuit that is fun to do and a rewarding way to spend me time alone or with others, if you choose.

Experience Better Health

Our health is important to us. Busy lives loaded with endless commitments, activities, and multitasking, generally have ample stress, too. Stress without release disturbs our physical and

Why Do More People Have Allergies Now Than Ever Before

Did you know that allergy symptoms have everything to do with your immune system’s response to foods and particles? So if your immune system is in a poor state, your chances of having allergies increases. You may have noticed that more and more children are growing up with allergic reactions to pets and foods. You also see more people with eczema, hay fever, lupus, multiple sclerosis and asthma due to a poor immune system. You’ll find more and more families trusting and utilizing naturopathic care center to obtain allergy testing and natural treatment.

All of the aforementioned diseases are caused by the immune system not being able to recognize common substances that are harmless, like peanuts and pollen. If this is a problem you have, then your body’s defense systems are out of whack. MS, lupus, Type 1 diabetes and inflammatory bowel disease are all considered autoimmune diseases.

An autoimmune disease is when your body attacks itself, such as the nerves, digestive tract or pancreas. According to experts, the amount of people living with allergies and autoimmune diseases have quadrupled within just a few decades. In fact, more than 50 percent of Americans today have at least one allergy.

Why the Rise in

Is It Possible to Be Allergic to Your Internet Wi-Fi

We all know how allergenic pollen and certain foods are, but no one really thinks to look at their Wi-Fi box as a culprit for allergic reactions. Stats show that 98 percent of Americas are connected to high-speed Wi-Fi connections – that’s a pretty big number. The sensitivities to wireless Internet hasn’t reached mainstream media as of yet, but definitely warrants a closer look by the general public. As the doctors in naturopathic medicine that provide family care tell their patients – it’s up to you to make sure you and your families are kept safe. No entity is going to ensure this, especially not the corporations you’ve grown to trust.

What is Electromagnetic Hypersensitivity Syndrome (EHS)?

The condition associated with adverse reactions to Wi-Fi is known as electromagnetic hypersensitivity syndrome, or EHS. This is when you exhibit signs of high sensitivity when around electromagnetic fields. Areas like this include wireless hotspots. Some may witness pain or other types of symptoms, such as headaches, itchy skin, burning skin, muscle aches, nausea and fatigue.

The medical community hasn’t established this as a condition because the symptoms are subjective to the person and can vary from person to person. This makes it hard for experts

Why Do Food Allergies Happen

“According to a study released in 2013 by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, food allergies among children increased approximately 50% between 1997 and 2011” (FARE) Food allergies have always been around, yet we still don’t know exactly why it is that they develop in our bodies. There are many theories that seem to be on track in finding a true reason for the cause of allergies, but until then, we’ll rely on all the expert opinions.

Immune systems protect our bodies by producing special proteins called antibodies, which identify potential threats in our bodies. They signal our immune systems to release chemicals to kill these threats. A food allergy occurs when the immune system overreacts and mistakenly identifies proteins in foods as threats, signaling a release of chemicals that cause food reactions to kill them. In most common food allergies, it is the antibody Immunoglobulin E (IgE) that recognizes proteins in foods as threats. It can release many harmful chemicals, including Histamine. Histamine is a main cause for many of the symptoms of allergic reactions, such as small blood vessels expanding, swelling and reddening of surrounding skin, itchiness, and increased mucous production in the nose lining, causing itching and

How To Know If Your Child Is Suffering From A Seasonal Allergy

You may have noticed that your child tends to fall ill during a particular season every month. Or you may suspect an allergy but not be sure of it. If you know what to look for, it will help you get one step closer to helping your kid deal with it better and possibly preventing certain allergies. If you know what has caused the problem, simple things like cleaning your air conditioner or washing your linens more often could help cut down the allergens in your home.

Common Allergens to Look Out for

While a lot of kids do get affected by the pollen in the air during the spring, many of them also react to indoor allergens during the fall. So it can be a little difficult to pinpoint what is causing the problem. For example, dust is one of the leading causes of an allergy. Dust is made of tiny dust mites along with pollen, mold and a number of other fine particles that can affect a lot of people. The fur of animals like dogs and cats may not agree with some children while others may react to certain materials used in clothing or toys. Many different foods cause

Hay Fever and Mowing Grass – Some Solutions

Do you have hay fever symptoms when you’re mowing the lawn?

If you’re in doubt, an allergy to grass (and other) pollens can result in one or more of the following:

  • red, sore and runny eyes
  • a blocked nose and/or sneezing
  • skin rashes and blotches plus a general ‘itchiness’
  • a blocked and catarrh-ridden throat
  • a tickly cough perhaps combined with wheeziness
  • sinus headaches
  • a general feeling of malaise.

Of course, if you’re suffering any such symptoms, it would always be sensible to get a doctor to check your assumptions about hay fever as a cause. Assuming it is though, what can you do about it?

Don’t Ignore It

Hay fever was once laughed-off by many, including some heath care professionals, as being a trivial thing or ‘in the mind’.

In today’s more enlightened times, it’s recognised to be a potentially major problem that can seriously reduce sufferers’ effectiveness in work or when doing jobs around the house.

There are some medications you can take to help and your doctor will discuss those with you including the traditional anti-histamines, although other treatments are also possible. They may also advise taking some tests to try and specifically identify just what type of pollen or dust you’re allergic to.

Precautions

In some cases, those working with agricultural machinery

The Importance of Gut Flora and Allergy Prevention

When you hear the word bacteria, what comes to mind? If you’re like most people, the thought of disease and pestilence comes to mind. But did you know there is such a thing as good bacteria, and that your body is filled with it? In naturopathic medicine, patients are taught different ways to increase good bacteria, otherwise known as flora, which can be found in your digestive tract and reproductive organs.

Whenever you have an imbalance of gut flora, it leads to common problems, like issues digesting. But before we get into that, let’s first discuss what gut bacteria does.

Your Body’s Microbiome

Inside of your gut and other areas of the body, you will find colonies of different types of microbes. Everyone’s micribiome is unique (similar to a fingerprint). This is determined by various factors, such as your diet, medical history, where you live, lifestyle and ancestry. It is a very complex ecosystem and you’ll find nothing like it on this planet earth.

To give some perspective, your body’s bacteria outnumber your cells by 10 to 1. Viruses outnumber bacteria 10 to 1. So right now, your body is filled with over 100 trillion bacteria and a quadrillion viruses.

All of the organisms in

Identifying and Treating Tree Nut Allergy

One of the most common food allergies you’ll find is to tree nuts. Tree nuts include those that grow on trees, like almonds, walnuts, Brazil nuts, hazelnuts and cashews. Don’t confuse this with allergies for peanuts, sunflower seeds or sesame seeds, since these all grow from the ground. You can learn ways to improve your condition using natural allergy treatments by consulting with an integrative medicine practitioner.

Tree Nut Allergies in Adults and Children

Tree nut allergies affects both adults and children alike. The illness can cause severe reactions, which is why it’s required to carry around an epinephrine auto-injector. This and staying as far away as possible from nuts that grow on trees is key for staying safe. It’s a good idea to learn how to read labels, so you can refrain from buying and eating foods that contain these types of nuts or traces of such ingredients.

Normally, this type of allergies last your entire life. Studies performed recently reveal that nine percent of children with tree nut allergies outgrow their condition. But for those who don’t, natural allergy treatment can be used. Do note that siblings of kids with these allergies are at a higher risk of also being allergic

Latex Mattresses – Make Your Bed Allergy Free

Suffering from allergies can lead to changes in your physical, emotional and mental conditions. If you want to enjoy a healthier and more peaceful sleep you will need to get rid of all allergens like dust mites, pet dander, and pollen from your bedding. The first step to eliminating your allergy symptoms is to find an “allergy-proof” mattress where you can sleep free from any allergy causing culprits. Fortunately, there are many things you can do to experience a noticeable difference in your allergy symptoms.

Preventing Dust Mites in Pillows and Bedding

The best way to keep your bed allergen free is to wash your cover weekly with hot water. The covers should be washed with appropriate products and dried in a hot dryer to create a protective shell to keep allergens from getting into your bed surface. If your mattress or pillow is not brand new, you can still apply this method for additional protection. Dust mite protection covers will trap allergens that may cause you asthma, runny nose and sneezing while you sleep.

There are a lot of claims by mattresses manufactures that washing with hot water will take the allergens away and can also kill dust mites. The routine cleaning

Identifying and Treating Tree Nut Allergy

One of the most common food allergies you’ll find is to tree nuts. Tree nuts include those that grow on trees, like almonds, walnuts, Brazil nuts, hazelnuts and cashews. Don’t confuse this with allergies for peanuts, sunflower seeds or sesame seeds, since these all grow from the ground. You can learn ways to improve your condition using natural allergy treatments by consulting with an integrative medicine practitioner.

Tree Nut Allergies in Adults and Children

Tree nut allergies affects both adults and children alike. The illness can cause severe reactions, which is why it’s required to carry around an epinephrine auto-injector. This and staying as far away as possible from nuts that grow on trees is key for staying safe. It’s a good idea to learn how to read labels, so you can refrain from buying and eating foods that contain these types of nuts or traces of such ingredients.

Normally, this type of allergies last your entire life. Studies performed recently reveal that nine percent of children with tree nut allergies outgrow their condition. But for those who don’t, natural allergy treatment can be used. Do note that siblings of kids with these allergies are at a higher risk of also being allergic

3 Tips for Finding Relief During Horrible Allergy Seasons

If you’re planning to travel this summer, you may end up in a location with high pollen counts. These tiny little particles can become lodged in your nose, throat and eyes, triggering common symptoms associated with allergies, including itchy eyes, congestion, sneezing, headaches, diarrhea and runny nose. You should plan your family trips carefully with the help of a naturopathic care physician.

Seasonal Allergies Increase

The amount of people struggling with seasonal allergies is increasing, along with the severity of the symptoms. Remember, allergies is nothing but an over-reaction of your immune system to particles that aren’t harmful. According to the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, there has been a rapid increase over the past 15 years, bringing allergic rhinitis cases up to 10 to 16 percent of the American adult population. This costs the healthcare system around $18 billion every year.

So far, there aren’t any solid reasons for the increase in allergies. However, there are various steps and techniques naturopathic family care professionals recommend.

Get Allergy Testing

Are you sure why you’re having allergic-like reactions? Some people mistake allergy symptoms for a cold or virus. One way to know for sure is to go to a naturopathic center to have

What to Do If Someone Is Having a Severe Allergic Reation

Anaphylaxis, or a life threatening allergic reaction, is a time critical medical emergency which requires quick management and intervention. Many people know of someone, or have come across a person who may be “anaphylactic” (severely allergic) to some allergen, whether it be a wasp sting, nuts, of certain fruit. When the body is exposed to that specific allergen, it’s autoimmune response goes into an ‘overkill’ mode which then unfortunately causes major problems for the body’s other systems. A common issue is inflammation, swelling around the face, mouth, throat, and neck can quickly occlude the airway and cause the individual to suffocate. Another issue is the displacement of fluids in the body. The individuals blood pressure can significantly drop and cause hypo-perfusion to major organs, causing damage and death.

During the initial faze when an anaphylactic individual accidentally comes into contact with an allergen, they may panic and alert you to the fact that they have eaten something they’re allergic to, or that their throat might be starting to swell up. During this initial realisation, an ambulance needs to be called immediately. Time is of the essence now, and emergency help will be required as soon as possible. If the individual was