One of my favourite herbs is Echinacea. Not only is it a pretty flower also known as purple-headed coneflower, this beautiful herb also has a variety of uses and health benefits. Its effective for preventing colds, flus, shingles attacks, cold sores, any virus pretty much. It also seems to have anti-bacterial properties and I’ve also recommended it to reduce acne too. The way it works seems to be its alkylamides which help increase the white blood cells and thus straighten the immune system. Although it is commonly taken over autumn-winter. I personally use it when I feel run down and in between seasons, like this present time from spring-summer transition, just to provide that extra defence to fight off viruses faster. I absolutely swear by this remedy and its great for those of you who get a few colds a year, are poor sleepers and work long hours. It can be taken in a tablet and tincture form and if your immune system is already in tip-top chapter remedy will pass harmlessly through your system.
Some extra facts about this wonderful echinacea:
- Originated in America, and it likes warm, sunny climates.
- A study in 2013 (Journal of Applied Science) found the root of Echinacea purpurea has strong anti-inflammatory activity and the aerial part demonstrated anti-viral activity.
- There are some contraindications: avoid in pregnancy and during lactation. And those with an auto-immune conditions such as multiple sclerosis (MS), rheumatic arthritis and lupus are advised to avoid it.
If an individual with true gluten allergy also known as celiac disease has to avoid foods and beverages with gluten as it can cause a reaction in their gut almost immediately. I meet many people who also generally do not tolerate gluten very well. If you experience any or all of the symptoms below, chances are you may also be intolerant to gluten. No surprise to me considering so many foods contain it!!
- Feeling tired & heavy after bread & pasta
- Low energy levels
- Needing caffeine & stimulants
- Still hungry and craving more food after consuming a big meal. This may be sue to the gut being damaged by gluten and food then cannot absorb properly.
- Craving sweets after a meal with gluten (bread/pasta) to get sugar into the blood.
- Constipation or diarrhoea or both plus a distended abdomen.
- Bloating and wind or feeling very full after eating. Sometimes cramps can occur too if the gut is already inflamed.
- Depressed mood
Did you know your mouth is a barometer of your health? Many of us practitioners believe that the health of your teeth and gums reflects the health of the body too. Over the last few years there has been a correlation with inflammation in the body or gut and with decay occurring in the mouth. Bad breath, also known as halitosis is mainly due to gut imbalances. And there are causal links to gum disease leading to heart disease. It appears that any dental disease: cavities, gum disease and weak, damaged teeth can be to some extent naturally repaired without fillings. Even dentists are beginning to understand the role that nutrition alone has on health. Vitamin C given for scurvy and is still a preventive vitamin for gum bleeding along with coenzyme Q10. Calcium, vitamin D, magnesium, vitamin A and the trace minerals are important for calcification of the teeth.
In a nut shell, disease is not solely due to poor oral hygiene, but also poor nutrition and lifestyle stresses. You may be thinking, ahh..well I’ll just cut back on acid producing foods and reduce my sugar intake. Fair enough, but what about those vital vitamin and minerals that our potentially missing from your plate that also contribute to a healthy mouth and also the state of your gut as your digestion is also important. Nutritional science therefore helps prevent virtually all the common illnesses prevalent today. Everyone wants nice looking teeth and you can whiten, remineralise teeth and strengthen gums naturally with what you eat.
‘The Doctor of the future will give no medication, but will interest his patients in the care of the human frame, diet, and in the cause and prevention of disease.’ – Thomas A. Edison