HEALTH & WELLNESS
February 12, 2018
Stress does not act as a singular force on your body but rather acts like a snowball rolling down a mountain, gradually building in size and speed until it’s virtually impossible to control. As stress builds in your body, it influences everything from your mood and brain function to your heart health and risk of both acute illness and chronic disease, including cancer.
When you become stressed your body also secretes cortisol and glucagon, both of which affect your blood sugar levels as well.1 On a metabolic level, when you’re stressed and your body enters “fight or flight” mode, glucose is released in order to give your muscles the energy needed to run and escape whatever is threatening you. In the modern day, there’s a good chance that threat is more mental than physical, however, which means you won’t need that extra energy after all.
The end result is that your body must produce more insulin to keep your blood sugar levels in check, and when you’re stressed out, your blood sugar levels will probably stay elevated much longer than they would otherwise, ultimately promoting weight gain and Type 2 diabetes.
Blood Sugar Levels Take Six Times Longer to Return to Normal When You’re Stressed
The hormone insulin makes cells “open up” and take in glucose from the blood, but with insulin resistance, cells are desensitized to insulin. This forces the body to produce more glucose, which cells refuse to take in. The end result is your insulin levels rising above the normal levels.
Chronically high insulin levels may lead to “rapid weight gain, premature aging, high blood pressure, heart disease, and higher cancer risks,” and, eventually, type-2 diabetes.
These eight herbs, spices, and foods can help restore your cells’ sensitivity to insulin. (Related: Research: Reduce insulin resistance with omega-3 fatty acids.)
- Berries — Studies have confirmed that after eating berries, the body “needs less insulin for sugar balance after a meal.” Eat strawberries, bilberries, lingonberries, chokeberries, cranberries, and blackberries.
- Berberine –– A bitter compound found in the roots of several plants like goldenseal, barberry, and Oregon grape, studies show that berberine is almost as effective as prescription diabetes drugs. Participants who took berberine “significantly decreased their fasting blood glucose, and their after-meal blood glucose.” Berberine also minimized both fasting and post-meal blood glucose levels and the patients’ insulin resistance went down by 45 percent. In a separate study, berberine proved to be just as effective as “metformin, glipizide, and rosiglitazone,” three of the top diabetes drugs on the market. Berberine has the bonus of not having any serious side effects.
- Black Seed (aka Nigella sativa) — In a study, 94 diabetic patients who received two grams of Nigella sativa capsules showed “significantly reduced fasting blood glucose and insulin resistance.”
- Cinnamon — Cinnamon helps normalize blood sugar levels in type-2 diabetics by improving a patient’s ability to respond to insulin. Cinnamon or cinnamon extracts help lower fasting blood glucose levels.
- Ginger — Participants in a study that received three one-gram capsules of ginger powder reduced their fasting blood sugar by 10.5 percent. In a separate study, it was confirmed that 1600 milligrams (mg) of ginger per day boosted eight markers of diabetes such as insulin sensitivity.
- Olive leaf extract — In a study, a group that received capsules containing olive leaf extract lowered their insulin resistance by at least 15 percent. Olive leaf extract also boosted the productivity of the insulin-producing cells in the pancreas by 28 percent. The extract has the same effect as “common diabetic therapeutics” such as metformin.
- Spirulina — In a randomized study of insulin-resistant patients, participants who received 19 g of spirulina daily increased their insulin sensitivity by a whopping 224.7 percent.
- Turmeric — In 2009, a study determined that curcumin, an active compound in turmeric, was “500 to 100,000 times more effective than the prescription drug [m]etformin at activating glucose uptake.”
Other foods that can boost insulin sensitivity
Here are other foods that you can eat to help boost your insulin sensitivity:
- Soluble fiber — Soluble fiber is responsible for many of the benefits of fiber such as lowering cholesterol and reducing appetite. Foods rich in soluble fiber include legumes, oatmeal, flaxseeds, vegetables like Brussels sprouts, and fruits like oranges.
- Colorful fruits and vegetables — Colorful fruits and vegetables are full of plant compounds that have antioxidant properties. Eating “a diet rich in plant compounds is linked to higher insulin sensitivity.” Remember not to eat too much fruit because some types are high in sugar.
- Green tea — Drinking green tea can increase insulin sensitivity and reduce blood sugar. The increase in insulin sensitivity associated with green tea could be caused by the antioxidant epigallocatechin gallate.
- Apple cider vinegar (ACV) — ACV can help increase insulin sensitivity by improving insulin’s effectiveness and delaying food release from the stomach, which gives insulin more time to act.
You can learn more about other foods that can help reverse insulin resistance at Cures.news.
You need to know what researchers are discovering about this year’s virulent strain, in case you or a loved one develops the flu and you fear it’s taking a turn for the worse. When you need emergency care and what you must immediately tell the responders if you suspect this may be happening. It could save your life.
It is that time again! The dreaded cold and flu season. Are you prepared?
Don’t put your trust in the flu shot…the absolute best way to defeat the cold and flu this season is to have a stellar immune system.
How can I get my immune system in tip top shape for cold and flu season?
Simple answer: Watch what you eat!
Here are the top worst foods for cold and flu season:
- Refined Sugars
- Refined Flour
- Hydrogenated Oils
- Preservatives and anything Artificial
Here are the top best foods for cold and flu season:
- Bone Broth
- Fermented Food (kefir, amasai, sauerkraut, etc)
- Raw Honey
- Pumpkin Seeds (high in zinc)
- Apple Cidar Vinegar (DAILY–Bragg’s is a great one)
And don’t forget to Hydrate Hydrate Hydrate!
On top of watching what you eat it would be wise to invest in some supplements and essential oils as well.
BONUS #1 – Best Supplements for cold and flu season:
The classics: elderberry syrup, zinc, echinacea, goldenseal, vitamin C.
To go along with the above suggestions I also recommend:
#1 wash hands, wash hands, wash hands. get Thieves hand sanitizer and carry it with you or make up your own Thieves hand spray by adding 6 to 10 drops of Thieves oil in a tiny spray bottle and fill bottle with water, carrying it with you where ever you go. Spray on grocery cart handles, table tops, your own hands etc. Remember viral germs can live as long as 2 weeks on hard surfaces.
#2: keep your fingers and hands away from your eyes, nose and mouth – this is where the germs enter the body, as well as breathing them in. Our air is very dry which creates an atmosphere for our eyes or nose to be itchy. First thing we do is itch with our fingers or hands and nothing dirtier than our hands. Use a clean Kleenex to itch or rub eyes or nose. A good finger washing idea is to take a bar of soap ( I recommend using a bar of Thieves soap) and dig your fingernails into the moistened top of the soap getting soap down under the finger nails, then rinse.
For cold symptoms: Thieves drops to suck on. Thieves essential oil: Rubbed on bottom of your feet, then dilute with coconut oil or olive oil and apply on forehead (keeping away from eyes) cheeks, lower throat, chest, upper back and wrists. Take 2-3 drops of Thieves oil in warm/hot water or tea, stir up to mix and drink to get it internally. Can be added to your smoothies also. Even can put a couple drops on a bread cube and eat, however the clove oil flavor is rather strong. You may also inhale Thieves oil by diffusing or sniffing your hand after applying a few drops there. I often will drop 1 drop of Thieves oil under my tongue, it is horribly strong at first till you get use to it, use a bit of olive oil to dilute it, but it goes right into the system faster this way.
Should any oil ever get into eyes, place olive oil in palm of hand and bend over putting eye into your palm with the olive oil and blink several times getting the olive oil into your eye. It will stop the burning. You may see the oil in your vision with rainbow of colors for a bit, this is normal.
Recipes for cold using essential oils in empty capsules:
Cold Blend #1: 2 drops lemon, 4 drops Eucalyptus radiate, 5 drops rosemary,4 drops peppermint & 3 drops cypress. Put in empty capsule and take with water.
Cold Blend #2: 5 drops rosemary, 4 drops RC, 4 drops frankincense, 1 drop oregano & 2 drops peppermint. Put in empty capsule and take with water.
If you do not have empty pill capsules, these oils can be mixed together in warm water or milk and drank. Remember they are powerfully strong, but the flavor doesn’t last too long.
Bath Blend for relief of cold symptoms: 2 drops eucalyptus Radiata, 5 drops frankincense, 6 drops spruce, & 8 drops wintergreen. Stir the oils into 1/2 cup Epsom salt or baking soda, then add the mixture to hot bath water while the tub is filling. Fill tub quite high. Soak in the hot bath until water cools.
Congestive cough: Use Eucalyptus globulus, Peppermint (if taking in liquid use a toothpick to get a tiny amount to use and dip in oil and into your liquid as extremely strong) , RC, Raven, marjoram, hyssop, Thieves, Melrose, Idaho balsam fir. Also you can mix up raw Honey and lemon juice mixture and swallow.
Mix 1 or 2 drops (except for peppermint, see above) of any one of these or a combination you have available into warm water, milk, juice making it like a syrup and sip or drink slowly.
Mix a few drops or use one alone and diffuse. If you have no diffuser, you can make one by putting the oils into a small pan half full of water and turn on the burner to medium just bring to simmer and turn on low to diffuse into the room. But do get a few diffusers to have in different rooms, especially the bedrooms. They are available at Young Living or at Healthy Concepts on Westhill Blvd, and not that expensive.
Mix up a few drops of any of those oils and put in warm water and gargle
Topical compress: sprinkle over warm moist wash cloth or small towel and apply 1-2 times daily over chest, over throat and on upper back.
Mucus expectorant blend: Using essential oils you will obtain faster and stronger results by inhalation than by ingesting the oils. So diffuse or inhale a blend of: 3 drops lemon, 3 drops Eucalyptus globulus, & 2 drops pine.
For Influenza: First essential oils suggested for flu are Ravensara and Immupro , then Thieves, Exodus II, Di-Gize and then Inner Defense tablets.
Put any of these or blend of these oils in diffuser/diffusers, apply topically 50/50 blend with coconut oil or olive oil on chest, stomach, lower back 2 to 3 times daily. These oils may also be added to a warm moist compress over lower abdomen. Easy way is to soak a moist small towel in a blend of these oils in bathroom sink, wring out and place on lower abdomen with a strip of handi-wrap over the moist towel, lay a larger bath towel folded up to keep the oils directly on the area. Could use a warm heating pad for 20 minutes over the tummy area.
Drink Rice Milk at least 8 ounces 4-5 times a day. Keep hydrated with good water also.
Influenza bath recipe:
2 drops Eucalyptus Radiata 6 drops frankincense, 3 drops blue cypress, 6 drops spruce, 15 drops ravenssara and 1 drop wintergreen.
Mix these oils thoroughly into 1/4 cup Epson salt or baking soda and then add this mixture into hot bath water while tub is filling (quite high in the tub). Soak in the tub until the water becomes cool.
God gave us these oils to use for medical epidemics and everyday living. Always pray over any blend or oils you are using to enhance these oils for our good.
The raw honey is naturally anti-microbial and great for infections. (see our post here for more info on raw honey) There may be a myriad of reasons for the dehydration, but in the case of illnesses, raw honey is my go-to sweetener because of it’s beneficial minerals and soothing properties. Also, the sugar content will help restore low blood sugar levels that are common after bouts of diarrhea or vomiting.
And finally, the amazing power of sea salt is what gives this drink an extra punch and is what aids in replacing the lost trace minerals and electrolytes. Make sure that you are NOT using regular ol’ table salt; which has been refined at high temperatures, is often bleached for uniform color, and contains almost no trace minerals. Sea salt contains all 92 of the vital trace minerals that our bodies need, so make sure to use pure, unrefined, high quality sea salt in order to make sure that you are truly replacing the minerals that are needed during re-hydration. source
I don’t technically worry about dosage when we have the stomach flu because honestly, you’ll know when they’ve had too much… I simply try to get my kids (and myself and hubby) to sip on this throughout the day as much as possible, or several sips per hour. This is a basic electrolyte replacement drink , so you don’t just need to use it when you’re sick – it’s ideal for workouts, traveling, and hot summer days. My hubby does manual labor and in the summer time, I send several containers of this with him to work each day, to make sure that he stays hydrated.
NOTE FOR BABIES: It is not recommended that you give babies under 1 year of age raw honey, so instead, I substitute palm sugar to sweeten the concoction. It has a very low glycemic index and is rich in Potassium, Magnesium, Zinc and Iron. Here’s a great article about palm sugar and it’s uses.
Dogs are getting the flu also and the only known cure for Dog Flu is Coconut oil. Of course start out slowly, like with humans, 1/2 teaspoon each meal for week, then 1 teaspoon each meal for another week and then up to 1 tablespoon each meal every day. Also rub on fur as it soaks in and is not greasy.
I give little dabs of coconut oil as a treat sometimes during the day.
Vitamin C is a potent ally against viral diseases
Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant and antiviral agent that boosts the immune system and prevents damage from free radicals. It also promotes production of interferon, which helps prevent cells from being infected in the first place.
In one study, megadoses of vitamin C (1,000 mg hourly for the first six hours, then dosages of 1,000 mg three times a day) reduced the severity of flu symptoms — by a drastic 85 percent.
When administered in sufficient dosages, vitamin C has caused dramatic recoveries from viral diseases. For example, in one case, megadoses of vitamin C caused a New Zealand dairy farmer to make a complete recovery from life-threatening swine flu.
In a turn of events documented by “60 Minutes,” Allan Smith developed white-out pneumonia and hairy cell leukemia as complications of swine flu. Placed on life support and in a medically-induced coma, Smith was not expected to survive – until a family member insisted on a course of high-dose intravenous vitamin C.
The results were nothing short of miraculous. Smith’s condition improved within a day – and his improvement continued steadily as long as vitamin C was administered. His condition deteriorated when the vitamin C was abruptly stopped – then resumed as the vitamin was reintroduced.
Check out the amazing video (below) to see how Mr. Smith fully recovered.
Elderberry extract stimulates the action of lymphocytes
Elderberry extract is another effective antiviral warrior that you can enlist in the struggle against influenza. With powerful antioxidant properties, elderberry extract combats free radicals and enhances the immune system by boosting production of disease-fighting lymphocytes.
Sold under the brand name Sambucol, elderberry extract is available in syrups and lozenges. It should be taken at the first sign of flu symptoms.
Echinacea is a time-honored and effective flu remedy
This trusty herbal standby has been shown in studies to inhibit viruses and rev up the immune system. Echinacea is believed to bind to receptors on the surfaces of white blood cells, helping to stimulate infection-fighting processes.
It is available in capsules and liquid form.
Olive leaf extracts attack pathogens
With potent antiviral, antioxidant and anti-inflammatory qualities, olive leaf extract wages all-out war on influenza.
Studies have shown that its active ingredient, oleuropein, can enhance phagocytosis, the process by which immune cells engulf and destroy pathogens. You can take olive leaf extract in capsule or liquid form – and even brew leaves into a soothing tea. (Here’s to a flu-free season!)
Of course, as always, check with a trusted integrative physician to see what’s best for you.
January 20, 2018
- Vitamin D-3
- Vitamin C
These are supported by literally thousands of published, peer-reviewed scientific studies science-supported evidence for these supplements protecting people from influenza, read this piece entitled High-dose zinc supplements found to speed recovery from colds and flu by 300%, which cites a study conducted at the University of Helsinki and published in Open Forum Infectious Diseases
But nutrition is not mentioned in the LA Times story or other media propaganda pieces. That’s because their sole purpose is to promote the “flupocalypse” mass hysteria and tie it to a nationwide flu vaccine push that demands mindless, fact-less obedience to medical quackery. Why doesn’t the LA Times teach its readers how to prevent the flu with nutrition and natural substances? Because that obviously doesn’t promote the profits of the corrupt vaccine industry, which dictates nearly all infectious disease coverage published by the dishonest media.
So predictable. The mainstream propaganda media — all now functioning as prostitutes for the pseudoscience vaccine industry — are claiming a “flupocalypse” is devastating America. The solution? You’re all supposed to get injected with the mercury-laced flu shot, of course, in order to “do your part” to halt the complete destruction of human civilization now being implied by the media propagandists. (These are all the same media outlets that also claim global warming is causing all the freezing cold weather across America, so their grip on scientific reality is obviously lacking.)
“California hospitals face a ‘war zone’ of flu patients,” screams a panicked Los Angeles Times headline. True to the war zone hysteria, the imagery of “triage tents” is invoked to try to mirror scenes from actual battlegrounds. From the LA Times article:
Hospitals across the state are sending away ambulances, flying in nurses from out of state and not letting children visit their loved ones for fear they’ll spread the flu. Others are canceling surgeries and erecting tents in their parking lots so they can triage the hordes of flu patients.
Filled with words like “crisis” and “fear” and “war zone” and “trenches,” the article is a masterpiece of flu vaccine propaganda, relentlessly equating the common flu with scenes from D-Day or the trenches of World War I. This mindless hysteria is predictably interwoven with pseudoscience medical advice that pushes the very same useless flu shot vaccines that contributed to the crisis in the first place. Via the LA Times:
Doctors say that people who haven’t yet gotten the flu shot should still get it. It takes about two weeks to take effect.
The story also utterly fails to mention that flu shots contain mercury, a brain-damaging heavy metal that’s intentionally used as a vaccine preservative called Thimerosal. This toxic mercury is what’s responsible for the increase in spontaneous abortions in pregnant women who receive the shot, as was shockingly demonstrated by a CDC-funded study published last year.
That’s no oversight. The vaccine industry propagandists deliberately withhold such information from the public, even knowing that unborn babies will be killed by those vaccines due to mercury toxicity. The LA Times also withholds this information from the public, actually contributing to the vaccine-induced abortions in women across California. (Then again, life-hating leftists love to abort babies by any means, so this is fully aligned with their overall mission in the first place.)
The media — is false and deliberately deceptive. Far from offering bulletproof protection, flu shots actually make people more vulnerable to influenza infections, which of course contributes to more people catching the flu and then falsely thinking they need more flu shots for “more protection.”
Yet it is the flu shots themselves that are leading to an increase in influenza infections.
Medical studies conducted at the Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center found that women who received flu vaccines had a weakened immune system response in subsequent years.
Lisa Christian, PhD, the lead researcher on the studies, concluded,
***** “Growing evidence shows that those who received a flu shot in the prior year have lower antibody responses in the current year.” ****
January 15, 2018
HINT – It has to do with less sun.
As we move into the winter months, we get less and less sun.
This creates a deficiency in a very important vitamin VITAMIN D…
This vitamin, Vitamin D, is actually a hormone which we get from the sun. It plays a HUGE role in our immune function plus supports the health of our bones, muscles, lungs, heart, kidneys, our mood just to name a few.
THE FACT IS: The rise in flu and colds during the winter months is due to the deficiency in Vitamin D.
The solution is to supplement with liquid sunshine.
It is recommended at least 10,000-20,000 IU of Vitamin D3 a day minimum in the winter.
As a child you were probably given a Tablespoon or two of Cod Liver Oil during wintertime. There is a fishy flavor to the oil, so adding a small amount of lemon juice, or adding to a smoothie, apple juice or yogurt will disguise the fishy taste. A reputable brand will not add flavor to the oil. Once you are back in the sunshine again, you do not need to supplement with Cod Liver Oil. And, do buy a good brand of Cod Liver Oil.
Did you know that 10,000 IU is about the amount of Vitamin D that the body of someone fair-skinned will produce in 10 minutes of mid-day sunshine?
You could even take a comfortable chair and place it in either a west or south window and sit there basking in the sun coming through the window glass, this will get some sunshine on your body, and feel relaxing too.
IMPORTANT: What is IMPORTANT is when supplementing with Vitamin D, it is advisable to supplement with Vitamin K2 as well, otherwise you will deplete your K2 levels, and this can lead to calcification issues.
I found a great quality combination of “D3/K2″ liquid by Thorne that we like because It has the highest K2 ratio of any combination Vitamin D3 supplement that we have found. Here is the site you can order it from if you are interested.
AND, if you are on blood thinners, do check with your doctor before taking any Vitamin K.
TIP FOR THIS WEEK ………
Here is your tip for the week, from Dr. Mercola’s website. As we enter a new year, we often think of what we can do better for our bodies. Here is an awesome suggestion.
Fasting Mimicking Diet — All the Benefits of Water Fasting Without the Drawbacks
Olive leaf extract helps to reduce the risk of a heart attack
Olive leaf extract can significantly lower blood levels of LDL cholesterol and triglycerides, promoting cardiovascular health. prevents its oxidation – which is one of the first steps in the development of atherosclerosis.
Also, olive leaf extracts reduces the “stickiness” of blood platelets, directly preventing formation of arterial plaque and cutting risk of heart attack and stroke.
Counter the negative effects of influenza, colds plus much more…
In the 1800’s, crushed olive leaves were served in drinks to lower fevers, and brewed into teas to treat malaria. Two hundred years later, studies are confirming olive leaf extracts powerful antiviral, antifungal and antibacterial effects. It also destroys Candida albicans fungus and E. coli bacteria as well. Researchers say that olive leaf extract can combat both influenza and shingles – AND the common cold. .
Olive leaf extracts reversed many changes associated with HIV-1 infection – a truly promising finding.
Protect your brain health and cognitive function
Antioxidant and anti-inflammatory, Olive leaf extract can protect against cognitive decline, as well as Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia. In animal studies, pretreatment with olive leaf extract reduced the death of brain tissue after laboratory-induced strokes – by an impressive 55 percent.
Reduce your risk of diabetes
Olive leaf extracts work against diabetes by significantly lowering blood sugar, slowing the digestion of starches into simple sugars, delaying the absorption of sugars from the intestine and promoting the uptake of glucose from blood into tissues.
In one study, olive leaf extract actually outperformed glyburide, a common prescription blood sugar-lowering drug. There is also some evidence that olive leaf extracts can reverse pre-diabetic condition that leads to diabetes if unchecked.
Most impressive of all: studies have shown that 500 mg of olive extract – once a day – significantly reduces hemoglobin A1c levels, a long-term indicator of blood sugar.
For best results take on an empty stomach with 8oz. of water. Additional water throughout the day is recommended, at least eight 8oz glasses of good water.
Lower blood pressure – naturally
By reducing pressure in the heart’s left ventricle and improving flow to coronary blood vessels, olive leaf extract can cause significant drops in elevated blood pressure.
In a double-blind clinical study , researchers found that 500 mg – twice a day – of olive leaf extract was as effective as Captopril, a popular pharmaceutical anti-hypertensive drug used to lower blood pressure.
(In fact, olive leaf extracts are so effective at lowering blood pressure that experts recommend that people who already take blood pressure medication speak to their doctor before supplementing!)
Herbalists and natural healers have long advised olive leaves for the treatment of arthritis – and modern medical research supports the ability of olive leaf extracts to slow the development of both rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis.
Research has shown that olive leaf extracts can prevent rheumatoid arthritis symptoms from developing – as well as reducing joint swelling in osteoarthritis and decreasing the production of pro-inflammatory molecules.
Olive leaf extracts aggressively targets cancer cells
Cell and animal studies have shown that the oleuropein in olive leaf extracts protects against various types of cancer – and cuts production of a substance that helps dissolve the junctions between healthy cells and allows cancer to spread.
It also protects DNA from mutations that could potentially trigger cancer – and strongly inhibits the growth of tumors in animal studies.
In one animal study, in fact, olive leaf extract caused the regression and disappearance of tumors within 12 days. Researchers noted that the tumors literally crumbled and fall apart – with no cancer cells left alive within.
So far, researchers have credited olive leaf extract with reducing the occurrence and development of cancers of the brain, breast, bladder, prostate and skin.
When shopping for any supplement, get the best brand. Pure is one great brand to trust. Natural Healthy Concept health store on Westhill Blvd have good consultants to assist you. Also, The NaturalHealth365 Store offers the highest potency olive leaf extract on the market. Click here to order today