Finding the cause.

After suffering almost continuously with yeast/fungal infections since my teenage years a few years ago I started doing my own research when medication would relieve the symptoms but would came back after the course had finished.  My sinuses also started causing me totally misery So I decided rather than just treat the symptoms it was time for me to start finding the possible cause and to find if maybe they were linked.

Doing my own research really opened my eyes and I realised that the regular thrush problems I experienced, the ear and sinus problems and even my regular headaches could actually all have the same root cause.

Yeast overgrowth which starts as an intestinal imbalance and apparently nearly every autoimmune disease has a yeast overgrowth component!  In my simple terms I understood that yeast overgrowth starts in the intestine and can infiltrate outside and go systemic, heading for all those moist areas of the body where it can thrive, like the sinuses, ears etc. It made total sense to me and I started researching what I needed to do to get my body back in balance. Why had I suffered for years and not once did anyone try and find out why I had repeat problems, it was just the symptoms being treated each time so of course it would return.

I read lots of articles and read lots of books, in fact everything i could find on the subject and came across information on Candida. Yeast overgrowth can affect your body’s ability to absorb nutrients from your body , there can be a lot of conflicting information out there and i think everyone needs to do their own research and find what works for them.

With Gary my husband having a Cancer diagnosis it speeded me along on the journey as I found common links but that will be another blog post.  The biggest thing I learnt was about the effect of sugar as yeast loves sugar and that again is another story,  just how many products you wouldn’t even think have added sugar and salt especially the processed and tinned variety.   I limit my fruit intake but have upped my vegetable intake, particularly greens and have found cutting out foods such mushrooms, vinegar and too much bread seems to have helped too.

Good gut health is so important and I’ve learnt about its connection to inflammation in the body which is a major factor in most illness and disease.  I have been taking a  probiotic and have enjoyed my journey experimenting and making water kefir using organic kefir grains which both help keep the gut bacteria balanced.

I have also taken the steps to eliminate other trigger factors for my sinus issues in the environment around me such as plug in and spray air fresheners and highly scented household products and have chosen to use Eco-friendly products which are not only better for me and my family but also for the environment too and have felt so much better with very few issues for several years now which is wonderful when it felt like an ongoing battle before.

It can feel like opening a can of worms when you start doing your own research and one thing can lead you onto another thing and so on but when you want more than just symptoms to be treated you really need to start looking at reasons why they are happening in the first place and that is what our journey is doing,  its difficult to realise that what you have been doing and treating as normal for decades has actually contributed to your problems and that is the first step which can then help you onto the next step which is changing things.

I will be doing a post on hidden sugars shortly and our experience. Most things seem to come down to two words which have become my favorite MODERATION and BALANCE.

There are way too many articles and books to list that i have read on this topic but heres a couple of articles i think explains things very clearly and simply which is what we all need initially before we start researching.

http://www.mindbodygreen.com/0-8376/10-signs-you-have-candida-overgrowth-what-to-do-about-it.html

http://www.lewrockwell.com/2013/10/margaret-durst/the-horrible-health-effects-of-yeastfungus-overgrowth/

 

How protecting our Health and the Planet is linked.

Protect our health and Planet
Protect our health and Planet

Protecting our Health and the Planet are linked.

For me it means thinking about how my daily actions affect my own health, that of my family and also the impact it has on the environment.

Many people associate going greener just with the environment but on my journey I have realised that actually a lot of what is having a negative impact on our environment may actually impact our health negatively too.

A lot of the products people buy for cleaning their home, washing their clothes and personal care items such as soaps, shampoos, sprays etc can be damaging to both health and the environment, instead of cleaning your home and making it safe it can make it toxic!

Manufacturers want us to belive that using their heavy duty chemical cleaners will bring harmony and loveliness to your life and make life easier. The fact is that fewer than a 1/4 of 70,000 chemicals used in these products have been fully tested for safety and substances classified as hazardous waste are found in many common cleaning fluids.

60% of any substances directly applied to the skin surface is readily absorbed, so our bodies may take in up to 2KG(4.4lbs) chemicals each year. The above information was taken from the book Organic Home by R. Richardson.

Unfortunately many people wait for either a health issue or health scare or an environment problem close to them until they start to open their eyes and start asking questions WHY?. Why wait when there are fantastic products out there at reasonable prices which are not only better for the health and well being of everyone but which also don’t add to the already horrendous problems faced by the environment?

Chemical experiment on ourselves

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Stop and think just how products we use on ourselves and in our environment on a daily basis and consider how many different chemicals are in those products, some cocktail wouldn’t you say?

Are we all really happy doing a chemical experiment on ourselves each and everyday ?

Awareness of the products and their ingredients has to be the first step, we can all look at labels but would be know what they are are if we can even pronounce them in the first place? Many of the ingredients are written so small that you have difficulty actually making them out or they are there but you have to lift a label to see them.
Awareness has to be the first step to understanding, then people can make their own informed decision.

Why take even the slightest risk by carrying on using products that contain potentially toxic and harsh ingredients?

My daughter has slight eczema but she has had no problem since we have been using ecofriendly products in the home, a pair of school trousers were washed recently in a shop bought biological washing powder (she didn’t know this) and within a few hours of wearing them her eczema had erupted quite badly on her legs.
My eldest daughter also recently used a well known facial wash/moisturiser after reading good reports about what it could do to help teenage skin, she woke up with blisters on her face.
So many irritations, allergies i believe are caused by using chemical laden products in the home, environment and on ourselves, we do all really need to stop and start thinking for ourselves.

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What is Food Combining?

What is Food Combining?

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I’m currently doing a Diet and Nutrition Course and the topic of the latest module is Food Combining.
Food Combining is making dietary choices based on whether certain groups of food when digested by the body work well together from a digestive and nutritional point of view.

The concept of Food combining isn’t a new one having been around for generations in some Cultures.
Should you mix alkaline and acid foods at the same sitting or proteins and carbohydrates together are just some of the questions people have been looking at.

From a nutritionist viewpoint a well balanced diet consists of foods from all the food groups but there are instances where maybe food combining would be beneficial.

In the 1900s a popular food combining diet emerged called the Hay Diet created by Dr William Hay who found out that fruit and vegetables turned into alkaline after being metabolised by the body whilst processed foods turned into acid. He believed that combining the two would result in the body being in an overly acidic state. He felt that people shouldn’t eat acidic foods , alkaline foods and proteins at a sitting together and should all be separated.
Since that with increased knowledge about the pancreas and other research this has really been proven incorrect.

There is however no evidence to show that food combining has any negative impact on the body as long as overall you are eating a balanced, healthy diet. With so many people having digestive issues, intolerance, allergies food combining may actually be helpful.

My personal view is to listen what your body tells you after eating combinations, I think our bodies are designed to deal with all the food group combinations when the digestive system is in optimum health but maybe with our modern diets and lifestyle if we don;t eat a balanced diet overall our bodies lack nutrients and don’t perform so well and maybe food combining theory would be beneficial in that case to help the body heal.

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When Life gets tough

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Life rarely goes to plan and I think we all fight so hard to make our own plan work out when actually the Universe has it all in hand and gives us what we need to learn and grow and become better rather than what we want.
So at times it feels that its unfair, that life is working against you and its hard to accept that what is happening especially if its a health issue or a relationship problem or financial problems all of which nobody would actually consciously choose for themselves.

Take full responsibility for everything that happens in your life and try and see the positive and what you can learn from it and keep moving forward.

Each day try and be a better person than the day before, face those fears holding you back head on and just let yourself fly.
Easier said than done sometimes I know but what has helped me through some challenging times is knowing

1. It won’t last as nothing does
2. That you aren’t given anything you cant handle even if it doesn’t feel like it
3. That there is always a positive in every situation which may not be obvious at the time and you may need to dig deep but its there somewhere if you choose to find it.
4. That life is tough and its your attitude to it that makes the difference.

Sweet and Sour Noodles

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Serves 4 (approx 352 calories per portion)

10 mins prep time and 10 mins cook time.

Taken from Practical Cooking – Wok and stir fry published by Parragon in 2002. Its a book we use regularly.

3 tbsp fish sauce

2 tbsp distilled white vinegar

2 tbsp caster or palm sugar

2 tbsp tomato puree

2 tbsp sunflower oil (we use a small amount of coconut oil instead)

3 crushed garlic cloves

350g rice noodles soaked in boiling water for 5 minutes

8 sliced spring onions

175g grated carrot

150g beansprouts

2 eggs – beaten

225g peeled King Prawns

50g chopped peanuts (unsalted)

1tsp chilli flakes to garnish

  1. Mix together fish sauce, vinegar, sugar and tomato puree
  2. Heat the oil in the wok
  3. Add the garlic to wok and stir fry for 30 secs
  4. Drain noodles thoroughly, add to Wok along with the fish sauce mix and mix well to combine
  5. Add spring onions, carrot and beansprouts and stir fry for 2-3 mins
  6.  Move the stir fry mix to one side of wok and add beaten egg to empty side of wok, cook until egg sets  (we find cooking the egg in a separate pan worked better for us then add it to the wok)
  7. Add the prawns and peanuts and mix it all well
  8. Serve up and garnish with chilli flakes and serve hot

 

 

 

 

Have you had your daily cocktail?

man-1456951_1280Pity it was a cocktail of nasty chemicals!

Stop and think just how products we use on ourselves and in our environment on a daily basis and consider how many different chemicals are in those products, some cocktail wouldn’t you say?

Are we all really happy doing a chemical experiment on ourselves each and everyday ?

Awareness of the products and their ingredients has to be the first step, we can all look at labels but would be know what they are are if we can even pronounce them in the first place? Many of the ingredients are written so small that you have difficulty actually making them out or they are there but you have to lift a label to see them.

Awareness has to be the first step to understanding, then people can make their own informed decision.

There are alternative and affordable products, even better still how about joining  like minded people and join a co-operative marketing venture and buy your products for the home, pets, toiletries and make up as well as some other luxury items as well at discount, gain reward stamps and know that together we are making the World a better place by caring about our environment,ourselves and each other. To find out more just click on the links on the right of this blog and take a look. We are raising awareness in our own way .

Why take even the slightest risk by carrying on using products that contain potentially toxic ingredients?

My daughter has slight eczema but she has had no problem since we have been using ecofriendly products in the home, a pair of school trousers were washed recently in a shop bought biological washing powder (she didn’t know this) and within a few hours of wearing them her eczema had erupted quite badly on her legs.

My eldest daughter also recently used a well known facial wash/moisturizer after reading good reports about what it could do to help teenage skin, she woke up with blisters on her face.

So many irritations, allergies i believe are caused by using chemical laden products in the home, environment and on ourselves, we do all really need to stop and start thinking for ourselves.

The average person uses 9 personal care products every day and most of those are even before they have stepped out of the door. Most of these contain scores of man made chemicals. Many of these chemicals have never been studied for long-term safety.

Those that have will have only been looked at with regard to compatibility with the other chemicals in the same product (not if they were then mixed with different products that you use!)

Your skin absorbs 60% of everything that you put on it – so how many products are you using and so mixing into a deadly cocktail on your skin? Soap, shampoo, shower gel, conditioner, shaving gel,moisturiser, foundation, deodorant, makeup remover, body lotions – anything else?

A large cocktail of nasty chemicals!!

Did you know the average person uses 9 different personal care products each day. Most of them contain man made chemicals and have probably only been tested for compatibility with other chemicals in the same product.

Your skin absorbs up to 60% of what is put on it. What products do you use in the mornings for instance? Soap, shampoo, conditioner, shower gel, shaving gel, moisturiser, deodorant, body lotions, foundation, make up remover…………….

Your body cannot deal with all these chemicals and they build up in your body and could cause problems later on.

Did you know that to be able to be called “natural” only one ingredient has to be “natural”. Take a few minutes to check the products you use every day, many contain SLS, SLES, Parabens, Aluminium chloride and others , all of which can cause a range of problems from rashes, eczema, blocking pores, mimicking oestrogen and some being casually linked to cancers.

 

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