Doing research can be very tedious. As I read articles, watch podcasts and videos, the information becomes overwhelming. To bypass doing blogs on each new tidbit of information, it is easier to share it in small increments.
Some of the following information may be repetitive. Repetition is not bad…as in many instances it serves as a reminder for things we know but might not remember.
- INFLAMMATION: Did you know your body actually needs inflammation to stay healthy? If you have ever twisted your ankle, cut your finger or caught a cold or flu, inflammation is what helps your body fight off hostile microbes and repair damaged tissue. When functioning properly, the inflammatory process is vital for healing injury or illness. Inflammation only becomes a problem when it keeps surging through your body after your hurt has healed.
Inflammation not only attacks healthy joints and tissue, it attacks your cells, your brain, your immune system and even your DNA. It can lead to illnesses like rheumatoid arthritis, heart disease, type 2 diabetes, neurodegenerative disease and cancer. (Health Means)
- TEETH: In a recently read article in a newsletter, it was mentioned that hydrogen peroxide can be used as a teeth whitener as well as have many other beneficial uses. It is known fact that many of the professional whitening gels used by dentists and sold online contain hydrogen peroxide as a main ingredient. These gels can be expensive.
It was suggested that if you want an easier, natural, and more cost effective teeth whitening recipe that you can make at home for pennies, just combine hydrogen peroxide with BAKING SODA!
Here is how – Combine 2 tbsp. hydrogen peroxide with 1 tbsp. baking soda into a small bowl and stir it into a paste. Dip your toothbrush into the paste and brush your teeth with it for a few minutes. This helps remove stains better than most toothpastes, and can help whiten your teeth too. However, it is advised to only use this peroxide and baking soda mixture once or twice a month as using it too often could cause enamel issues or sensitivity.
- PAIN KILLERS: If you have a toothache, backache, or any other type of pain, your first impulse may be to reach for a pain medication. Many people rely on medications – prescription and over-the-counter, but they can come with a risk of side effects, drug interactions, and many times misuse. Many herbs and spices have a long history of being used to relieve inflammation and pain. (click on the link for more info)
Natural pain relievers fall under a category of treatment known as alternative medicine, which also includes acupuncture, yoga, reiki, and other practices. Check out the links for detailed information.
A partial list of pain relievers includes: Boswellia also known as frankincense, Turmeric, Cloves, heat and ice, essential oils – and blends.
NOTE: The natural pain relievers described above may only be effective for specific causes of pain and may not work for everyone.
- HEALING FOODS: the following is a short list of foods that are healing to the body in various ways:
BROCCOLI: often referred to as ‘the tree of life’ provides cell-protective compounds and have anti-cancer effects as discovered by Johns Hopkins. Many folks don’t like the taste of broccoli, so they avoid eating it. Try the broccoli sprouts, they in my opinion, are less potent taste-wise.
GARLIC: has been well known for centuries as an fighter of bacteria. Science shows that garlic is rich in allicin which supports and promotes healthy immune cell function. It also promotes protective macrophages, maintains cellular detoxification and modulates cytokine production.
PLUMS: Dried (according to the Life Extension magazine) have the potential ‘for preventing bone loss in postmenopausal women, with the potential for long-lasting bone-protective effects.’ As well, a cell study has shown that a plum flavonoid inhibits the early stage of the hepatitis C virus lifecycle. Animal studies suggest memory boost and learning capabilities from the use of plum extracts.
There is so much valuable information out there today in the natural health community on how foods can promote a healthy immune system, and one’s overall health in general. It is also being suggested by health experts that this may be the only way back from the adverse affects of the majority of prescription meds, over-the counter meds, and the many vaccines given to children as well as adults over their lifetime.
Again – DO THE RESEARCH! Everyone’s health needs are different. There is no ‘what is good for one is good for all.’