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IN THIS ISSUE:
1) DIABETES DIET: 7 FOODS THAT CAN HELP CONTROL YOUR BLOOD SUGAR LEVELS NATURALLY
2) NATURAL CURES
3) COLLOIDAL SILVER: THE SILVER BULLET AGAINST ANTIBIOTIC-RESISTANT BACTERIA?
1) DIABETES DIET: 7 FOODS THAT CAN HELP CONTROL YOUR BLOOD SUGAR LEVELS NATURALLY
Your diet plays an important role in managing diabetes. In fact, your diet and lifestyle are important aspects of diabetes management and treatment. One reason is that the food you eat on a day to day basis has a direct impact on your blood sugar levels. For instance, high carb foods raise your blood sugar levels. The digestive system breaks down the digestible ones into sugar, which enters the blood. But then again, not all carbohydrates are bad. Complex carbohydrates like whole grains take longer to digest while simple carbs like white flour and refined sugar may cause sudden spikes in your blood sugar levels. Diabetics tend to have high blood sugar levels due
to the inefficiency of insulin, a hormone secreted by the pancreas, to control them. Here are six foods that can help in controlling your blood sugar levels naturally.
A study done by Lund University in Sweden states that eating a special mixture of dietary fibres found in barley can help reduce your appetite as well as high blood sugar levels. "Whole grains like oats, brown rice or millets like jowar and ragi contain both soluble and insoluble fibre that helps with sugar control," shares Consultant Nutritionist Dr. Rupali Datta.
Accordingly to a study done by the University College Dublin in Ireland, resistant starch found in foods such as bananas, potatoes, grains and legumes, may benefit your health by aiding blood sugar control, supporting gut health and enhancing satiety. This is a form of starch that is not digested in the small intestine and is, therefore, considered a
type of dietary fiber.
Nuts contain unsaturated fats, proteins and a range of vitamins and minerals that lower cholesterol, inflammation and insulin resistance. According to a study published in the journal BMJ Open, you should include at least 50 grams of almonds, cashews, chestnuts, walnuts or pistachios in your daily diet to control high levels of blood fats (triglycerides) and sugars.
4. Bitter gourd (Karela)
Bitter gourd contains an insulin-like compound called Polypeptide-p or p-insulin which has been shown to control diabetes naturally. A report issued in the Journal of Chemistry & Biology gives evidence that consumption of bitter gourd tends to increase the uptake of glucose and improves glycemic control.
5. Fenugreek seeds
In his book, "Home Doctor: Natural Healing with Herbs, Condiments and Spices", Dr. P.S Phadke recommends taking a teaspoon of
fenugreek seeds, turmeric powder and amla powder in equal quantities with warm water thrice a day to control high blood sugar levels. Dr. Rupali Datta adds, "You could consume one to two teaspoons of fenugreek seeds soaked in water every morning but those who are on insulin therapy should consult their doctor before doing so."
6. Protein rich foods
According to Dr. Rupali Datta, "Proteins from eggs, meat fish and chicken or from vegetarian sources like dals, paneer or besan help control blood sugar levels. Whole dals like rajma, Kabuli chana, sabut moong, and masoor are recommended at least once daily. Studies have proven that proteins have a neutral effect on blood glucose levels."
Amla is the fruit of the Indian gooseberry tree and is a traditional remedy to control high blood sugar levels. It also contains a type of mineral called chromium which regulates carbohydrate metabolism and
helps in making your body more responsive to insulin.
Apart from these foods, it is important to indulge in some kind of exercise daily as physical activity is known to increase insulin sensitivity. This simply means that exercising regularly helps your body to use up the available sugar in your blood stream.
2) NATURAL CURES FOR HEARTBURN
Heartburn is the bane of millions of Americans. About 60 million report they have heartburn at least once a month and as many as 15 million experience symptoms once a day, according to the American College of Gastroenterology.
However, recent studies show that proton pump inhibitors (PPIs), which are commonly prescribed to fight heartburn and acid reflux, may have a deadly influence on health. Studies show PPIs increase the risk of heart attacks, cancer, fractures, kidney damage — and the list of dangers keeps growing.
But what are
those millions of daily sufferers to do? Fortunately, there are simple things you can do to help manage the condition safely, not just suppress symptoms like PPIs, says neurosurgeon Dr. Russell Blaylock, author of The Blaylock Wellness Report.
“It is critically important to chew your food well, which means chewing until the food is a soft mush,” said Blaylock, author of Dr. Blaylock’s Prescriptions for Natural Health. “Also, avoid large meals and eating close to bedtime. It is important to avoid lying down after a meal — wait at least two hours — and lie on your right side.”
Your problem may actually not be too much stomach acid, but not enough. Blaylock says that the key to overcoming reflux is to increase, not decrease, the amount of stomach acid after a meal. “This may seen counter-intuitive, but studies have shown that low stomach acid is more common with acid reflux disease than high levels.”
Symptoms of low levels of stomach
acid, which become more common with age, include heartburn, indigestion, and bloating. One study, published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, found that 30 percent of men and women over the age of 60 produced little or no gastric acid.
In cases of low stomach acid, you feel a burning sensation because undigested food moves into the lower esophagus, and even though the acid level is low, it’s high enough to burn sensitive tissue and cause discomfort.
Blaylock recommends three inexpensive, easy ways to boost stomach acid:
• Drink a tablespoon of pickle juice with each meal.
• Drink a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar added to four ounces of water with each meal.
• Take two apple cider vinegar capsules before each meal.
Other natural products include:
• DGL: Short for deglycyrrhizinated licorice, DGL works by coating and soothing the lower esophagus. DGL comes in capsules or in chewable
tablets. One compound in licorice called glycyrrhizin can increase blood pressure, but it has been removed in DGL. Blaylock recommends emptying the contents of two capsules into four ounces of water and drinking it between meals. In addition to treating the symptoms of heartburn, clinical studies have found DGL to be more effective than Tagamet, Zantac, or antacids to treat peptic ulcers.
• Chewing gum. Chewing gum increases normal saliva production up to nine times, and helps reduce the burning caused by stomach acid. Instead of sugared gum or those with artificial sweeteners, Blaylock recommends mastic gum, a resin from the mastic tree that has been used for gastrointestinal ailments by the Greeks for thousands of years. It’s also called Arabic gum and can be found in health stores and pharmacies.
• Betaine hydrochloric acid (HCL). You can also increase the production of stomach acid by taking Betaine HCL, which can be found in health food stores. Blaylock
suggests taking one or two tablets at the beginning of each meal. Continue to increase the dose until you feel a warm sensation in your stomach. Warmth means you’ve taken too many, so cut back one tablet at the next meal. (Those with active ulcers or gastritis should avoid Betaine HCL.)
3) COLLOIDAL SILVER: THE SILVER BULLET AGAINS ANTIBIOTIC-RESISTANT BACTERIA?
by Rob Fisher
Colloidal silver may well ae one of the most controversial remedies of the 21st century. According to the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM), “Colloidal silver is not safe or effective for treating any disease or condition.”
The NCCAM comments further, “There is no scientific evidence for effectiveness and a severe risk for serious side effects from colloidal silver.”
But the story doesn’t end there. Interestingly, the NCCAM refers to colloidal silver as “a replacement for conventional
medical care.” Yet, for nearly 6,000 years, silver has played a significant role as a known antibiotic in conventional medical care. This has been true even into the 20th century during which the medical community relied on silver’s effectiveness in preventing and treating bacterial infections.
In fact, a review of the medical literature led Dr. J. Wesley Alexander of the Department of Surgery at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine to conclude, “Silver has been used for at least six millennia to prevent microbial infections. It has been effective against almost all organisms tested and has been used to treat numerous infections and noninfectious conditions, sometimes with striking success.”
Silver apparently ceased to be a part of conventional medical practice, not because of its ineffectiveness, but because of the introduction of antibiotics during the 20th century. So, why the current upsurge in interest about colloidal silver
Ironically, colloidal silver is again gaining popularity as an antimicrobial because the overuse and misuse of antibiotics has resulted in new strains of antibiotic-resistant bacteria. The ineffectiveness of antibiotics against these superbugs is so well recognized that a spokesman for the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has declared this, “The end of antibiotics.” While that statement may be going a bit too far, you get the picture.
Healing Powers of Colloidal Silver
Recent research has demonstrated that colloidal silver can destroyantibiotic-resistant microbes like MRSA. In addition to colloidal silver’s innate antibacterial properties, it has been found to render antibiotics up to 1,000 times more effective against resistant bacteria.
“In the 1980s, Larry C. Ford, MD documented over 650 different disease causing pathogens that were destroyed in minutes when exposed to small amounts of
silver.” Unlike antibiotics, because of the way colloidal silver works, the organisms that it kills are unable to become resistant to it.
Additionally, colloidal silver is a potent anti-viral, anti-fungal and anti-inflammatory. Colloidal silver has been shown to be an effective treatment against ringworm, eczema, pink eye, ear infections, HIV/AIDS, pneumonia, herpes, shingles and warts.
What of the Dangers of Colloidal Silver?
As a supplement, silver may come in three common forms:
~ Ionic silver
~ Silver protein
~ Colloidal silver
Both ionic silver and silver protein are cheap substitutes for the real thing, because they’re less expensive to manufacture. But true colloidal silver is the only preparation recommended by healthcare professionals, and then only under supervision by a qualified health practitioner. The most commonly cited warning about taking silver internally is
argyria, which permanently turns the skin a blue-gray color. This problem does not occur with recommended dosages of true colloidal silver.
However, logic prompts me to ask two questions about ingesting colloidal silver:
1. Silver is a “heavy metal”. Do I knowingly want to introduce a heavy metal into my body? However, apparently colloidal silver is not classified as a toxic heavy metal. As with any substance—even oxygen or water—there is a level of toxicity. So too with colloidal silver. But when used properly, it has not been shown to be dangerous, only beneficial.
2. Since silver kills bacteria, what about the good flora in my gut? Will silver kill the good microbes too (like antibiotics do)? Perhaps if I was fighting an antibiotic-resistant bacteria, I would risk taking colloidal silver to rid myself of such an infection. Many people do, apparently with no ill-effects. And those who find that colloidal silver depletes their
good flora simply supplement with probiotics.
But on a daily basis, the body does not need silver. Silver is not an essential mineral. Therefore, I cannot see drinking colloidal silver as a routine supplement like one might take vitamin D or fish oil.
However, many people love colloidal silver and its varied applications. Below are 5 ways you might benefit from colloidal silver:
1. Apply colloidal silver topically to a wound to prevent or halt infection.
2. Use a spray bottle to mist a burn, sunburn, or insect bites for relief and to avoid infection.
3. Colloidal silver can stop pink eye, athlete’s foot, yeast infections, toenail fungus, and shingles.
4. Use colloidal silver as a natural hand disinfectant at home or in public.
5. Colloidal silver also works as a disinfectant for your kitchen and bathroom.
Colloidal Silver Dosage
Experts recommend never using
colloidal silver for more than 14 consecutive days. Recommended dosage is as follows:
For topical skin issues, apply 2-5 drops directly on affected area.
For immune support, take 1 eyedropper-full orally.
For pink eye, apply 1-2 drops into eyes.
For disinfecting a wound, apply 1-2 drops onto a Band-Aid.
For sinus infections, place 5 drops into a neti pot or spray directly into the nose.
Maybe the next time you have a cold, scratch, or pimple, try a drop of the silver solution to see if it shines for you. When it comes to other colloidal silver applications, just think “antibiotic, anti-viral, or anti-fungal.”
As antibiotics become less and less effective, we will have to turn to other means for battling bacterial infections. Perhaps colloidal silver will be that “silver bullet?”
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