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Your November Issue of Natural Alternatives
November 01, 2009
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“The natural healing force within each one of us is the greatest force in getting well.” ~Hippocrates
IN THIS ISSUE:
1) AVOID THESE FOODS TO SPEED RECOVERY FROM THE FLU
2) COMMON MIGRAINE FOOD TRIGGERS
3) CURRY 'KILLS CANCER CELLS'
Learn the mistakes to avoid when recovering from the flu or any sickness or disease.
Even the most health conscious person will get sick sometimes especially when there's a widespread outbreak of sickness such as the dreaded H1N1 flu. However, natural medicines are still there to help heal man from what ails him. I speak from personal experience which includes my own 100% natural recovery from bronchitis at one point in my life and pneumonia at another. Did I truly have those conditions? Yes, I was medically diagnosed with bronchitis and prescribed the drug Sulfameth. I had the prescription filled because I was afraid that all natural medicine might fail. Having a history of suffering from severe asthma attacks requiring hospitalization, I didn't want to be without the prescription. Nevertheless, I did not have to take even one pill nor did I use any over-the-counter medications.
I also witnessed the totally natural cure of cancer of one of my closest relatives who didn't receive even 1 treatment of deadly chemotherapy. Does this mean I'm suggesting reliance on natural medicine for everyone? No, because most people are not willing to do all that's required to recover from illness and if that illness is serious, their carelessness could prove fatal.
Natural healing doesn't consist of the simple taking of an all natural medicine and waiting for everything to be okay. Prevention of the flu doesn't lie in getting the flu shot. Medical doctors speak of the body's amazing capacity to heal itself if it's not abused. What a person does to his body is just as important as what he doesn't do. So, whether a person chooses to fight the flu with chemical or all natural medicines, there are things he should not do while trying to recover. First, there should be concern for the health of the immune system, God's built-in protection. It's the first line of defense against the flu and anything else.
Avoid Foods That Lower Immunity
According to the article, "The Immune System: Part I" by Christine Cox, certain foods and drinks severely hinder the immune system. This is the last thing that should be done when trying to recuperate from the flu or any sickness or disease. Ms. Cox warns that, "Alcohol ingestion has been shown to severely depress neutrophils, cells that "eat" and destroy bacteria and tumor cells." You may have not decided to give up alcoholic beverages permanently, however, refraining from them while recovering from the flu is the part you can do to help your immunity.
It's also recommended to greatly reduce fat intake. This is something that many Americans would benefit from whether they're fighting the flu or not, but this is particularly when already sick. Is this really all that important? I would say it is after reading that, "One study conducted at the University of Massachusetts showed that reducing fat from 32 to 23% of the diet boosted natural killer cell activity by 48%" (The Immune System)!
Large amounts of sweets are consumed daily in America. Soda pops, candy, cookies, donuts, chips, kool-aid, cake, and brownies figure among the sugar-laden and nutritionally depleted "foods" filling the shelves of grocery stores across the country. "Sugar and other sweets have been shown to reduce the ability of certain white blood cells to destroy bacteria" (The Immune System). Although it's true that even fruit sugar can cause similar behavior, it shouldn't be avoided. Fruits and their sugar are totally natural and can't be compared to "foods" such as a soft drink. It's common knowledge that fruits contain vital nutrients including vitamin C and flavonoids.
What nutrition does a soda pop contain? In fact, habitual drinking of sweetened carbonated drinks has been linked to a higher risk of developing pancreatic cancer (Soda Warning: High Sugar Intake Linked To Pancreatic Cancer ). Nothing associated with increasing pancreatic cancer should be ingested during a bout with the flu.
Fresh fruits and vegetables are not just foods; they're also medicine and should be freely consumed (although not together) when fighting the flu. Neither natural nor chemical antibiotics are meant to take the place of the immune system and the need to treat it with respect.
2) COMMON MIGRAINE FOOD TRIGGERS
No one knows for sure what causes migraine headaches. The most likely answer is that a serious of small irritations or reactions pile up until, finally, a migraine headache is triggered. Migraine triggers are different for each individual, but many migraineurs claim that a particular food or combination of foods will push them over the edge into a headache.
Keep in mind that most science disagrees with migraineurs when it comes to food triggers. There are no conclusive studies indicating a link between certain foods and migraine headaches, so all information is anecdotal. But there is a lot, tons in fact, of anecdotal evidence for the link.
While a migraine trigger food can be, quite literally, anything, some foods come up on the trigger list for enough people to merit discussion.
Cheese is a major trigger for many migraineurs. Particularly likely to cause an attack are hard or aged cheeses. Soft cheeses like cream cheese and new cheeses seem to be fine and unlikely to cause problems.
Nitrates are believed by many to be a major migraine trigger. For most people, the most common source of nitrates is processed meat, items like hot dogs, sausage, bacon, processed lunchmeats, etc.
Salad dressings are a trigger for many. The reason is not known, but is probably tied to a combination of other triggers all coming together in one place.
Spices and Additives
Any spice can be a trigger. Spices as triggers may be tied, at least partially, to scent sensitivity, since many spices have a pungent odor. Seasonings that seem to give migraineurs the most trouble include monosodium glutamate (MSG), common in Asian foods, artificial sweeteners, food dyes, and vinegar.
Migraineurs who suspect a food trigger should consider trying an elimination diet to pinpoint the trigger food(s).
3) CURRY 'KILLS CANCER CELLS'
An element found in turmeric, the yellow spice used in curry, has been found to kill off cancer cells. Scientists have identified these additional health benefits of the chemical curcumin, which is already being tried as arthritis and dementia treatment, after an experiment at the Cork Cancer Research Centre showed it could destroy gullet cancer cells. But here are some of the other benefits of the ingredients of your curry.
Good for more than just fighting off vampires, garlic helps keep your heart healthy. Allicin the element that makes garlic smelly helps relax blood vessels, making blood flow more easily and reducing blood pressure. It also reduces cholesterol and helps fight colds. Plus the high levels of antioxidants combat cancer.
Used in natural medicine for centuries, its anti-nausea properties make it a natural choice for women with morning sickness or those suffering side-effects of chemotherapy. Its main active ingredient is gingerol, which is believed to encourage blood flow and ease pain. Gingers anti-inflammatory properties can help with sore joints and its antioxidants help strengthen the immune system.
This spice is popular in Chinese medicine and is used for colds, diarrhea and severe period pain. It is also thought to help circulation.
Ayurveda, an alternative medicine from India, uses cinnamon for the symptoms of a range of illnesses, from indigestion to diabetes.
And its effects on blood sugar have been scientifically proven, a 2003 study in the Diabetes Care medical journal reporting that eating one to six grammes of cinnamon a day reduced blood sugar levels in people with type two diabetes. It also lowered the case studies levels of triglyceride (a type of fat in the blood), bad cholesterol and total cholesterol.
The distinctively coloured spice is a super-healer. Curcumins anti-inflammatory properties help fight a range of health problems, including arthritis and bowel conditions like Crohn's disease. Research has suggested it could help in the fight against Alzheimers after tests showed build-up of plaques in the brain had halved and there was less inflammation in the brain tissue.
RED AND GREEN CHILLIES
These contain capsaicin, an anti-inflammatory that helps you breathe more easily, clearing mucus from the nose and lungs. The hotter the chilli, the more capsaicin it contains. This active ingredient also speeds up your metabolism which helps with weight loss, kills off bacteria that cause stomach ulcers and can reduce cholesterol.
PREVENTION IS BETTER THAN CURE!
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