Dill, scientifically known as Anethum Graveolens, is a perennial herb that is part of the celery family. Dill is used both as medicine, and as flavoring in food. Its fruit is aromatic and flavorful, best used fresh, as it quickly loses its potency. The fruit is often called dill weed, to differentiate it from the seed, which is often used to flavor food.
While alcohol can certainly be misused, it has long been valued as an ingredient in home remedies to cure coughs and colds. It can calm a sore throat, providing a feeling of warmth and comfort in the chest and promote sleep. Many over-the-counter cough syrups contain alcohol.
Living in close proximity with others motivates most people to want an effective deodorant to control underarm odors. Beyond odor, most of us would like minimize the flow of underarm perspiration. As a result, commercial antiperspirant deodorant products are very popular and almost universally used by Americans. But among people who are proponents of natural health, there are concerns.
You’ve likely never heard of FODMAPS.
Chances are you will in the near future, and that’s because FODMAPS is the new “Gluten Free.” Or it could be.
The reason the Gluten Free diet exploded in popularity is because many people who switched to it began to feel better.
Their symptoms of bloating, gas, diarrhea, mind fog, etc. began to go away.
But this wasn’t true of all people who went gluten free.
Some ditched the gluten and still felt terrible, and they didn’t know why.
The reason might be they have a reaction to FODMAPs.
FODMAPs stands stands for Fermentable Oligosaccharides, Disaccharides, Monosaccharides and Polyols. These are sugars (fructans) and fibers the body has a tough time digesting. So it’s not just gluten that can cause the symptoms so many Americans deal with.
FODMAPs was discovered by a physician named Sue Shepard who herself was a sufferer of gluten intolerance.
As she said in an interview with Yahoo News.
“Exciting research shows that it may have been the fructans (sugars/fibers) all along that were triggers for symptoms in non-celiac gluten-sensitive patients,” Shepherd told Yahoo Food. “The scenario is possible when you think about it. People felt some improvement eating gluten-free foods, so assumed it was gluten that was the problem – but by restricting gluten, a person has actually simultaneously restricted some of their fructan intake when avoiding wheat, rye and barley,”
What that means for you (if you went gluten free and still feel bad) is the foods you eat in addition to gluten can be contributing to your ill health.
That means to get rid of the maladies associated with IBS, a reduction in foods containing FODMAPs can be key.
So how do you know if your foods are high in FODMAPs or not?
There are several ways, but the most important is going to websites like IBSDiets.org
On websites like that you can see which foods are high FODMAPs (not good for gut health) and low FODMAPs (acceptable to be eaten for gut health.
And some of the good news about the FODMAPs diet is it doesn’t require an entire adjustment to your diet.
As Yahoo News Notes the diet isn’t permanent like a gluten free diet:
Education is key to getting and maintaining relief, since there are major misconceptions about the diet. Shepherd said the biggest one is that people think it’s permanent one-step elimination. “Each individual has a different tolerance for the amount of FODMAPs they can ingest before getting symptoms, and sensitivity triggers also differ for each person,” she said. So while some foods on the list may bother your stomach, others may not.
The two-part process starts by completely cutting the FODMAP list of foods out of your diet for two months. “This first strict phase isn’t encouraged for the long-term – it’s only meant to be an eight-week restriction,” Shepherd said. Then, FODMAP-containing foods are introduced back into the diet to see what can be tolerated without symptoms arising again.
This is great news if you want to find out the exact foods that are killing your gut.
Shepard reasons that as many as 75% of people who go low FODMAP start to feel better.
That’s a good as reason as any to try it out.
For most of us, one of the most miserable physical experiences possible is unrelenting nausea. When that happens, over-the-counter medications have only limited effect, and prescription medicine is seldom at hand. There’s good news, however, if you keep some ginger in your kitchen.
In the realm of medicine, observational studies show how one condition can be correlated to another condition.
One of the more encouraging observational studies to make the news is how optimism can actually have a beneficial boost on your health.
At least that’s what’s been shown by more than a handful of studies.
What researchers have been able to determine is those who are optimistic generally have better health than those who aren’t. In particular they’ve been able to notice that their hearts and their immune systems work in an enhanced function comparatively
Scott Barry who writes for Scientific American wrote an article about these associations.
What he noted is quite enlightening.
This conception is important because optimism is particularly associated with positive immunological functioning and health. A 2012 review conducted by Julia Boehm and Laura Kubzansky concluded that in healthy populations, “optimism and vitality are consistently associated with reduced risk of incident cardiovascular events.” In fact, across both healthy and patient populations, optimism was “the most reliably associated with a reduced risk of cardiac events.
The association gives people yet another reason to practice optimism.
So how exactly does it work to promote heart health.
Well the one thing we know is it isn’t optimism that makes people’s hearts healthy, but what optimism foes for their mind and their body.
What was noted in those studies is that optimistic people are less likely to engage in risky practices likes smoking, drinking excessively, maintaining a poor diet etc.
By following through with those practices it gives both their body, as well as their heart, a chance to live without added stress that can contribute to cardiovascular disease.
But again, optimism isn’t what causes a healthy heart
As Barry wrote
As this review (which includes 10 studies) suggests, the link between optimism and a healthy heart is real and robust. But this is just an association. This research doesn’t mean that optimism causes a healthy heart. It’s possible that being healthy causes people to be more optimistic. Or even another variable might be at play here that causes both optimism and a healthy heart to be related. While there is increasing evidence that high well-being does cause better health and longevity, we definitely need more research that follows people up over a long period of time and looks at the precise mechanisms that cause these factors to be related.
What we know about cardiovascular health is for most people their hearts are affected by the food they eat.
And what most people don’t know is there’s a popular food that can really hurt their heart.
Some people even think it’s healthy…
Not sure what it is?
What you may or may not know is what you drink can have a pretty significant affect on your health.
What researchers have found is there’s a particular drink, an ancient beverage, that’s quite adept at helping improve health in a really big way.
The beverage in question is green tea.
The reason green tea is receiving so much love from researchers is because of a group of flavonoids called catechins.
In particular is the catechin known as Epigallocatechin Gallate (EGCG). EGCG is an antioxidant, and as you know antioxidants have the extraordinary power to fight free radicals and resist cancer.
Now in terms of antioxidant power it’s believed that EGCG is anywhere from 25 to 100 times more powerful than other antioxidants like Vitamins C and E.
And what makes green tea so special is it has some of the highest concentrations of EGCG in the world.
Which makes green tea of one of the most potent natural cancer fighters known to man.
Dr. Mercola writes:
In a study examining the effects of green tea or green tea components on the prevention and progression of ovarian cancer cells, scientists found “significant associations” between green tea consumption and decreased incidences of ovarian cancer, as well as more positive prognoses due to green tea’s potential to generate the effects of cisplatin, a chemotherapeutic agent.1 Another study reported its potential to protect against breast cancer.2
Scientists reported that the known chemopreventive and chemotherapeutic properties in green tea was prompting further investigation, due to the evidence of possible preventive biological effects of tea polyphenols on human cancer cells.3
One interesting study showed a notable link between green tea consumption and an improvement in bladder dysfunction due to hormone deficiency in post-menopausal women.4 The research attributed this to the catechin content, with its strong anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties.
And the truth is there’s quite more evidence to show how good green-tea is for fighting cancer.
For instance one study was able to show that women who drank green tea on a regular basis were up to 22% less likely to develop the most common cancer known to women, breast cancer.
And another study indicated when men drank green tea they had a 48% reduction in the likelihood they would develop the most prevalent mens’ cancer, prostate cancer. That’s a remarkable reduction of nearly half.
More astonishing? In a study of 69,710 Chinese it was shown that green tea consumption has helped to reduce colo-rectal cancers by as much a 57%!
These numbers are nothing to sneeze at.
And more amazing is how EGCG doesn’t just stop there.
In fact the antioxidants is believed to help with:
- Weight loss
- Brain function improvement
- Cardiovascular disease reduction
- Impeding the development of Type-II diabetes
And much more.
The few caveats to green tea consumption is it should always be consumed separate from added sugar. And, the higher quality the better, as lower quality green tea has high e=levels of dangerous fluoride.
If you are going to add green tea to your diet one of the first things you should do is make sure you have a healthy gut.
A healthy gut allows you to experience the best of health, as well as extract the nutrients from green tea.
Odds are you have some of this in a medicine cabinet at this very moment.
And whether you realize it or not, every dose you take, or hand out to loved ones, could be potentially life threatening.
The drug in question is acetaminophen.
You might know it by its brand name of Tylenol.
Whatever you call it, this drug is one of the most problematic in the world. Mainly because of its pervasiveness as well as the wealth of misinformation surrounding it.
The reason acetaminophen is so dangerous is because it can quickly cause liver failure. Even small amounts are enough to cause immense amounts of harm.
“Taken over several days, as little as 25 percent above the maximum daily dose – or just two additional extra strength pills a day – has been reported to cause liver damage, according to the [Food and Drug Administration]. Taken all at once, a little less than four times the maximum daily dose can cause death…
Warnings on liver damage were added to the drug’s label in 2009 by the FDA, 32 years after an expert panel convened by the agency advised it was ‘obligatory’ to do so. The recommendation was a part of a broader safety review of acetaminophen, which the report says has not yet been completed.”
A large number of the people who die from liver failure as a result of acetaminophen poisoning do so in what’s known as a “staged overdose.”
Staged overdoses are often more deadly than a single time overdose because the consumer has used acetaminophen for so long that it has virtually destroyed the livers ability to function any longer.
That’s why part of the problem is balanced on the shoulders of the consumer.
Here’s how a staged overdose happens.
Many consumers will take more than one acetaminophen containing drug at a time, despite the significant danger.
Frequently they’ll be taking one medication for one ailment, and another for a different ailment.
Over time the use of the drug will have adverse effects on the liver as the organ is subjected to a constant overload of acetaminophen which will eventually cause severe liver damage.
And that damage can eventually result in death.
Despite the FDA’s knowledge of the harm associated with acetaminophen, very little has been done to help keep people safe from this drug.
A recent recommendation was made to have all manufacturer’s to reduce the amount contained in “extra-strength” to 325mg, down from 500 mg.
It’s not mandatory and less than 50% of manufacturer’s have complied.
The real responsibility lies on health practitioners to inform their patients of the dangers associated with acetaminophen.
And many have.
They have stressed that people should begin to shy away from using acetaminophen for every ache and pain. And many have told their patients matter of factly if they would change their diet and their lifestyle, they wouldn’t need to worry about the aches and pains they always deal with anyways.
If that sounds like something you could benefit from the link below might be of some use to you.
With the stress of modern living, and all the competing priorities for our time and energy, anxiety is a growing problem among Americans. You may have anxiety if you are experiencing worry, irritability, restlessness, poor concentration, and are feeling tense and helpless. Some of the physical symptoms of anxiety are tightness in the chest, fatigue, sweating, headache, indigestion and a dry mouth.
The New York Attorney General has sent “cease-and-desist” letters to GNC, Target, Walgreens, and Walmart, demanding that they remove certain herbal supplements from NY stores. The letters cite independent tests that showed the supplements do not contain the plant materials that are listed on their labels.
According to the tests, only 21% of the tested material contained DNA from plants matching the labels. The products contained, instead, worthless or potentially harmful contaminants, such as rice powder and house plant DNA.
The AG hired Dr. James A. Schulte II of Clarkson University, an expert in DNA barcoding, to examine the contents of herbal supplements labeled as Gingko Biloba, St. John’s Wort, Ginseng, Garlic, Echinacea, Saw Palmetto, and Valerian Root.
According to the AG press release, the tests confirmed their suspicions:
“The DNA test results seem to confirm long-standing questions about the herbal supplement industry. Mislabeling, contamination, and false advertising are illegal. They also pose unacceptable risks to New York families—especially those with allergies to hidden ingredients.”
Of all the tests, only 21% confirmed DNA barcodes from the plants on the labels. Plants that were not on the labels were found in 35% of the products tested and a significant number showed no plant matter of any kind. Some of the filler and contaminants identified were rice, beans, pine, citrus, asparagus, primrose, wheat, wild carrot, and various houseplants.
Consumers in the U.S. spend an estimated $61 billion dollars on dietary supplements annually.
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