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SUGAR – As Powerful an Addiction as Street Drugs

I found this interview about sugar by Ty Bollinger quite interesting. With fast food, junk food, and the lack of good options out there for us, it’s no wonder that we’re a society that is getting less and less healthy. (1)

Look, this interview isn’t just for those that may be a little overweight, this is for EVERYONE that wants to make better choices in what they put in their body on a regular basis.
Watch the YouTube interview with Susan Peirce Thompson. (1)

Reference:

  1. Full interview with Ty Bollinger &Susan Peirce Thompson 

Suffering from PCOS?

happyhealthylifeThis is a great article about Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) by Jenny Blondel. An easy quick read. we also have some product suggestions at the end. 

What Is The Best Diet For PCOS?
A balanced diet using whole foods which stabilize your blood sugar levels is the key. Banishing sugary food is especially important. Foods containing too much sugar cause rapid spikes in your blood sugar levels, placing unnecessary stress on your body. Over time this leads to the development of insulin resistance syndrome. (1)

Insulin Resistance Syndrome is condition marked by poor blood sugar control and weight gain. Insulin resistance is usually an underlying problem in women suffering PCOS, even when they are not overweight. Continue reading →

Got Milk?

I struggle with lactose intolerance and so do so many others. This article gave me some great practical insight. You hear so many things – is it the Milk proteins, is it the milk sugars, is it the enzymes… Isn’t yogurt good enough to help with lactose intolerance? 

Dr Eric Z clears up these and many other interesting facts about milk in this article:  What is Lactose Intolerance? (1)

We always hear about wheat and gluten sensitivities, but there probably isn’t a more controversial topic in the food market today than dairy and lactose intolerance.
We’re stuck in the middle of a massive marketing onslaught from both sides of the aisle. No wonder millions of people are confused. The truth is hard to come by in the midst of the ongoing “milk war.”

Milk is good: “Milk does a body good.”

Milk is bad: “People are the only species that drinks another animal’s milk.”

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Manuka honey kills bacteria

This article was captured by my friend the HealthRanger on Twitter.

Article from Natural News (1)

(NaturalNews) Not all honey is created equal. While the benefits of raw, unprocessed honey have been well-documented over the centuries, Australian researchers have found one type of honey, called Manuka honey, to be better than all known antibiotics.

Manuka honey is produced by bees that forage on the nectar of Leptospermum Scoparium, or New Zealand’s Manuka bush, as well as tea trees, native to Australia and New Zealand only.

This remarkable type of honey not only effectively kills bacteria, but none of the bugs killed by it have been able to build up immunity. In a world where many of the last resort antibiotics are failing against antibiotic-resistant superbugs, Manuka honey may hold the key to fighting resistance issues, saving thousands of lives worldwide.

Manuka honey fights superbugs

Dr. Dee Carter from the University of Sydney’s School of Molecular and Microbial Biosciences noted that antibiotics not only have short shelf lives, but the bacteria they attack quickly become resistant as well, making them useless over time.

The report, published in the European Journal of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases, claimed that Manuka honey killed almost every bacteria and pathogen it was tested on. Unlike all antibiotics available on today’s market, none of the bugs tested were able to survive the honey treatment.

According to Dr. Carter, there are particular compounds, like methylglyoxal, in the Manuka honey that cause multi-system failure in the bacteria, killing them before they are able to adapt and build up immunity.

What Manuka honey can do for you

Manuka’s biological properties range from antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, antiviral, antibiotic and wound healing, to immune-stimulatory. However, what separates Manuka honey from the rest is that its antibacterial powers challenge even the toughest superbugs, such as the life-threatening methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA).

Manuka honey is marketed for cancer treatment and prevention, high cholesterol, chronic inflammation, diabetes, the treatment of gastrointestinal problems, and eye, ear and sinus infections. However, it might be most useful in treating skin wounds and leg ulcers.

According to one study, published in the scientific journal Peer J, chronic wounds are becoming a major global health problem, due to antibiotic resistance issues. They are costly and difficult to treat, and bacterial biofilms are important contributors to the delay in healing. There is an urgent need for new, effective agents in topical wound care, and honey has shown some great potential in this regard.

For their study, researchers reviewed Manuka honey in particular as an alternative treatment for wounds because of its broad-spectrum antibacterial activity and the inability of bacteria to develop resistance to it. Their study indicated that honey might prevent bacterial biofilms and eliminate established biofilms. Furthermore, they reported that Manuka honey could successfully be used to kill all MSSA and MRSA biofilms in a chronic wound, supporting the use of this type of honey as an effective topical treatment for chronic wound infections.

In recent years, word of the biological benefits of Manuka honey has spread to every corner of the world, turning it into one of the most popular superfoods out there. Its fame and the over-demand, however, have caused shortages, resulting in fake, usually cheaper, products to enter the market. So, if you are going to spend your money on honey to reap its benefits, make sure you are buying the real thing.

Reference: 

  1. See complete Article at: NatualNews.com

What’s In Your Skin Care Products?

I found an interesting article on Consumers Health Digest about The toxic things in many skin care products. 

Because of this I love to make as many of our skin care products as we can using very simple ingredients. Did you know that a few drops of vitamin E in your homemade skin care products will help to preserve them? Also coconut oil is one of the least likely oils to go rancid and is wonderful for the skin. Coconut oil has one of the quickest absorbent rates of the oils so it won’t leave the skin feeling oily very long. 

Ok here is the article By Consumer Health Digest (1):
Our skin needs to be taken care of consistently in order to look beautiful. We need to practice an effective daily skincare regimen, use the right skincare products and consume the right amount of nutrients every day in order to upkeep our skin, teeth, hair and nails. When we do not practice such a regimen, we are often faced with oily or dry skin that often starts to scale, break out in acne, develop dark spots or show signs of premature aging. These factors not only affect how we look, but also has a major impact on our self-esteem – we all know that first impressions matter and we want to look our best when we meet someone to, in order to convey a better first impression towards the new people we meet. Continue reading →

Having Bad Breath with your Low Carb Diet?

By Karen Reed

If you’re on a low-carb diet, not all the outcomes are good. One of the side effects you could notice is bad breath. It’s commonly nicknamed ketosis breath, whether it happens when following the ketosis diet, but it can happen with all low carb/high protein diets.

In fact, bad breath is becoming an epidemic. This is because so many people now are following these low carb diets. So, you’re definitely not alone. In fact, scientists say that 40% of people on these types of diets report bad breath as one of the worst side effects.

I’ve been in your position before with my low carb diets. Your best friend likely has, too. We just get so embarrassed about our bad breath that we tend not to mention it. We just hope that we can mask it with some breath mints. Continue reading →