What Are Allergies?

An astonishing one in three of us is allergic to something, and approximately half of all allergies are food allergies. So if you have one or suspect you do – whether it is to pollen, peanuts, shellfish, milk or wheat – you are hardly alone. With an allergy, the immune system produces a protein called an antibody to fight off the allergen that is causing the problem. In a classic allergy, an antibody called IgE is produced, triggering the release of a chemical, histamine, that usually causes a rapid, severe reaction such as swelling of the mucous membranes. More common are allergic reactions involving the IgG antibody. This type can cause a delayed reaction – sometimes called a ‘food intolerance’ – up to 24 hours after exposure to the allergen. While not as obviously dramatic as a classic reaction, a food intolerance can seriously erode your wellbeing. Luckily it is easy to get to grips with, as you will find in this section. Allergies, also known as allergic diseases, are a number of conditions caused by hypersensitivity of the immune system to something in the environment that usually causes little or no problem in most people. These diseases include hay fever, food allergies, atopic dermatitis, allergic asthma, and anaphylaxis. Symptoms may include red eyes, an itchy rash, runny nose, shortness of breath, or swelling. Food intolerances and food poisoning are separate conditions. Common allergens include pollen and certain food. Metals and other substances may also cause problems. Food, insect stings, Continue reading What Are Allergies? Continue reading What Are Allergies?

Detox And Cleanse Yourself To A Healthy You

Whether you realize it or not, you may be wasting your money on supplements and diets without doing this. You see, your body can absorb and hold up to 10 pounds of waste in your intestines. Sound like a lot? Well, it has been proven. When you have this in your body it has trouble absorbing anything you are taking in. This waste can also be introduced back into your blood. We all know that this can turn into trouble! Cleaning your body from the inside out will get you back into the condition that you need to be in. This is important because waste can prevent nutrients from entering into your body. It is also necessary to use a cleanser that does not contain, sugar, starches or extra ingredients that many of the colon cleaners you hear about do. In our fast paced society the biggest problem we face is that dreaded quick fix. Our busy lives make us do bad things, like stop at Burger King to grab a quick bite. These types of foods will not only provide very little nutritional value, they will also soak into your body without proper digestion. Cleansing your colon will help you rid yourself of these foods that are bad for you. It will also help remove the ingredients in your foods that do not help, but only harm your body. The biggest thing you are doing to your body with excess waste in it is draining the energy out of Continue reading Detox And Cleanse Yourself To A Healthy You

Detox And Cleanse Yourself To A Healthy You

Whether you realize it or not, you may be wasting your money on supplements and diets without doing this. You see, your body can absorb and hold up to 10 pounds of waste in your intestines. Sound like a lot? Well, it has been proven. When you have this in your body it has trouble absorbing anything you are taking in. This waste can also be introduced back into your blood. We all know that this can turn into trouble! Cleaning your body from the inside out will get you back into the condition that you need to be in. This is important because waste can prevent nutrients from entering into your body. It is also necessary to use a cleanser that does not contain, sugar, starches or extra ingredients that many of the colon cleaners you hear about do. In our fast paced society the biggest problem we face is that dreaded quick fix. Our busy lives make us do bad things, like stop at Burger King to grab a quick bite. These types of foods will not only provide very little nutritional value, they will also soak into your body without proper digestion. Cleansing your colon will help you rid yourself of these foods that are bad for you. It will also help remove the ingredients in your foods that do not help, but only harm your body. The biggest thing you are doing to your body with excess waste in it is draining the energy out of Continue reading Detox And Cleanse Yourself To A Healthy You

Do You Have a Loved One With Skin Ulcers? – Skin Sores, U Shaped Pillow

First of all, some dark purple round shapes appeared on the sacral area. The sacral area is the triangle shaped area located between the buttocks and just above the coccyx or well known funny bone. The skin in this area is one of the areas where the skin is thin and near the bones. Therefore, easily pron to breaking out in skin ulcers and first appear in the dark purple color. After the dark purple circle appeared, then a lighter color ring started forming around the dark purple one making the sore look like it was going to get bigger and maybe break the skin. This must be avoided. After the skin breaks it is much harder to have it heal and should seek professional assistance immediately. Purchase skin protectant barrier thick cream, for example, “PrimaGuard” and apply to the affected area in a concentrated thick manner. It is to assume that the person is bed bound and this is the main reason for the breakout of these bed sores. Among feeling lonely, helpless, depressed and tired of being bed bound, it is a great pity if they also suffer from skin sores from being bed bound. I thought of purchasing a round donut shape pillow to place it underneath my mom to isolate the affected area relieving the pressure off the affected area, but funny to say my husband thought of using a u shaped pillow instead since we already had one in the house. It turned out to Continue reading Do You Have a Loved One With Skin Ulcers? – Skin Sores, U Shaped Pillow

Emotional Freedom Through Food? Really?

People were afraid to get me too excited, I was so high-strung. If I had even a little bit too much to do, I was overwhelmed and felt anxious all the time to the point of that feeling almost normal to me! I remember one new job where the person training me had to say, “Breathe, Debbie, just take a deep breath” because I was so flummoxed about how I was to organize everything so quickly. Interestingly enough, this was the office of a natural doctor and even the homeopathic medicine he gave me didn’t help. Eating cookies definitely helped… or so I thought! Plus, they were healthy cookies, made with whole wheat flour and honey. What’s not to love? And for added nutrition, sometimes nuts and even oatmeal. Who could fault that? Well, that worked for a while. Then I discovered that wheat was not so friendly for some people. I was not a celiac, I just wanted to eat healthier. So I cut out wheat. Then I was eating European rye bread – so good for you right? And oatmeal was still okay, wasn’t it? Not so much, I learned few years later. Pretty much every single grain has something that was messing with my emotions: gluten! This may not be true for everyone, but it certainly was for me. My emotions began to balance out, and so did my pre-menopausal symptoms… the emotional side. Even my brain works better, I think, without the gluten. This is embarrassing, Continue reading Emotional Freedom Through Food? Really?

How to Protect Yourself From Allergies

Allergy free home Modern living conditions are the main cause for allergy increase. People tend to spend more time indoors due to their lifestyle. Yes, we leave in cleaner homes but do we live in a cleaner environment? Keep rooms dry Use an exhaust fan in bathrooms, laundry rooms after every use to reduce mold. Keep a dehumidifier in the basement and remember to clean and empty it as it collects all the moisture. Check frequently the areas where moisture and mold develops, under the sinks, leaky faucets or pipes, even your fish tank. Once a week wipe dry around the sink, bathtub and toilet, use a plastic shower curtain that can be washed as often as needed. Keep the bathroom door open or open slightly a window. Rooms must be kept dry and Do not overwater your indoor plants. Pets It is not your cat or dog you are allergic to, but to proteins found in the animal’s fur, saliva dander and urine. So keep your loving pet away from your bedroom or even better outdoors if that is possible. Have your pet groomed everyday preferably outside. Use a damp pet brush or comb to trap dander. Furniture Be careful of what you bring into the house. Non-washable curtains, upholstered furniture and wall-to-wall carpeting are all collectors of dust mites and mold. You may want to consider hardwood floors or tiles as they do not collect dander, a washable curtain or shades or just keep your windows bare. Clutter Continue reading How to Protect Yourself From Allergies

Proper Fasting

Fasting is commonly heard of today with the multitude of ‘health’ suggestions we hear, read and see being advertised. There usually is a dichotomous result during discussion though. People are either for or against it. Interestingly, there are many products online, in health food stores and usually in our friends and family’s houses which can make coming to a knowledgeable conclusion difficult. Hopefully after you finish this article, you will be more able to fast healthily. Studying the body, we know that the skin is the largest organ and second is the liver. The function of the liver is multifaceted but its largest task is detoxification. This is important to understand because it is not necessary to buy products, take supplements or flush anything out of the body with a particular substance. The liver has the ability to breakdown any and everything that enters the body. It can get overwhelmed like any other organ. So, for the liver to do an exceptional job at detoxifying our blood and tissues, the abstinence of ingesting food decreases its burden. When you buy any type of product to detox, understand that the liver is still the main laborer in the process of ridding the body of toxins. Nothing can take the primary position that the liver possesses in the body. The spleen and kidneys are also detoxifying organs but their function is not as abundant. The liver has already done some alterations and the kidney’s responsibility is to extract the water soluble toxins Continue reading Proper Fasting

Some Necessary and Important Information About an IBS Home Remedies Procedure

The specific reasons for irritable bowel syndrome signs are unidentified. However, clients can frequently identify exactly what activates the symptoms by keeping a foods and signs Journal; noting exactly what foods or drinks were taken in before the signs of irritable bowel syndrome started. Products including caffeine, alcohol, and carbonated drinks might activate signs of irritable bowel syndrome, though these items do not trigger the condition. Food level of sensitivities frequently enables signs of irritable bowel syndrome. Some individuals are delicate to wheat items; others are sensitive to milk items. The syndrome of the illness There are two fundamental kinds of irritable bowel syndrome. Signs of irritable bowel syndrome with diarrhea consist of stomach discomfort or pain, bloating and regular, loose or watery stools. To specify regular, you need to take a look at exactly what is regular for the person. The variety of defecation that an individual has differs considerably. Some people have three motions daily, while others might have just three weekly. A modification in the frequency of defecation that is accompanied by stomach discomfort typically leads doctors to detect IBS. Signs of irritable bowel syndrome with irregularity likewise consist of stomach discomfort, pain and bloating. However the stools are difficult or hard to pass, and motions are less regular than exactly what is regular for the person. In a couple of cases, individuals with IBS syndrome signs experience irregularity sometimes and diarrhea at other times. Stomach discomfort can be a sign of a variety of other medical Continue reading Some Necessary and Important Information About an IBS Home Remedies Procedure

Avocado Toast Makes a Quick Breakfast or Lunch

For so many people, bread is considered a “bad” food to be avoided at all costs. I hear this from my clients often. Because they have dieted for so long, many people feel like they are “cheating” when they eat bread. It’s time to let go of this unfounded crazy thought and start thinking of bread as the delicious nutritious food that it is. As long as you don’t overdo it (as with anything), bread can be part of your healthy eating plan. Of course this does depend on the type of bread you buy. Here are a few tips to help you select a better loaf of bread. Aim for whole grains – Don’t be deceived by bread packaging that claims to be “whole grain”, “multi-grain”, or “all-natural”. Look past these front package claims and go straight to the ingredient list. If it doesn’t contain 100% whole grain as the first ingredient, it probably only contains a small amount of whole grain mixed with mostly refined flour. Look for simple ingredients – Flour, water, yeast, and salt are all that’s really required to bake a loaf of bread, yet many brands have long lists of unwanted ingredients including artificial colors and preservatives, dough conditioners, and added sugar. Always read the ingredient list and look for a loaf that has just a few simple ingredients. One exception to this is a loaf of bread that contains several different types of whole grains and seeds. This will contribute to a longer Continue reading Avocado Toast Makes a Quick Breakfast or Lunch

What to Do If Someone Is Having a Severe Allergic Reation

Anaphylaxis, or a life threatening allergic reaction, is a time critical medical emergency which requires quick management and intervention. Many people know of someone, or have come across a person who may be “anaphylactic” (severely allergic) to some allergen, whether it be a wasp sting, nuts, of certain fruit. When the body is exposed to that specific allergen, it’s autoimmune response goes into an ‘overkill’ mode which then unfortunately causes major problems for the body’s other systems. A common issue is inflammation, swelling around the face, mouth, throat, and neck can quickly occlude the airway and cause the individual to suffocate. Another issue is the displacement of fluids in the body. The individuals blood pressure can significantly drop and cause hypo-perfusion to major organs, causing damage and death. During the initial faze when an anaphylactic individual accidentally comes into contact with an allergen, they may panic and alert you to the fact that they have eaten something they’re allergic to, or that their throat might be starting to swell up. During this initial realisation, an ambulance needs to be called immediately. Time is of the essence now, and emergency help will be required as soon as possible. If the individual was stung by an insect, use a credit card to scrape away the stinger, don’t try to pick at it or squeeze it out as this may squeeze further poison from the stinger into the skin making the situation worse. An individual who suffers from anaphylaxis will often carry an Continue reading What to Do If Someone Is Having a Severe Allergic Reation