Written by Inspired Life on November 6th, 2017. Posted in Articles, Blog

Understanding Stress and Making Small Changes Can Make a Big Difference.
By: Angie Holstein, MSW, RSW

Adults, children and teens are more stressed than ever as our culture has become faster moving and more demanding with it’s expectations. From constant emails, texts, and social media to finding time to work out, eat healthy and look great. The feeling we have to do it all can be hard to escape, so it’s not surprising that we feel stressed and, at times, totally burnt out. This culture of stress is being passed down to the younger generations in what is called stress contagion. Emotions are highly contagious, meaning the emotional storms of others automatically trigger the stress response in us unless we are doing something to intentionally counter it.

In my work with adolescents, I’ve noticed that talking about being stressed and not sleeping enough is a way they can convey that they are hardworking and achieving. Has appearing stressed and sleep deprived really become a badge of honour? We rarely hear talk about self-care strategies or the good nights of sleep they are getting. However, our bodies are talking honestly. They are telling us to slow down. Science now confirms what has been known for centuries: the mind and body are deeply connected. Stress not only lowers our mood and creates anxiety, but it also diminishes the body. Whether your stress is chronic in nature or comes in spurts, it affects our mental and physical health. Dr. Gabor Mate convinced me of this in his book “When the Body Says No – Exploring the Stress and Disease Connection”. More than 90% of medical visits and 80% of diseases are stress related.

When we are stressed our bodies automatically initiate what is called the Stress Response. Here is what happens:

Mind: An individual’s response to stress is controlled by the central nervous system (the brain and spinal chord). When stressed, the body signals the adrenal gland in the brain to “spray” epinephrine to initiate the “fight – flight -freeze response.” Being stressed is a signal that danger is present. Triggers for this process are varied and range from: a bear running at you; being called on in class for the answer; walking into a room and knowing no one; someone cutting you off in traffic; trying on clothes and feeling inadequate. These triggers signal the brain to release hormones, such as cortisol, to sustain this on-guard response state.

The effects of these hormones on the body are as follows: 

  • Feeling nauseous from improper digestion. This is caused by increased blood flow to the muscles, therefore reducing the blood flow to the gastrointestinal tract.
  • Dilation of blood vessels. 
  • Increased breathing rate.
  • Increased heart rate and blood pressure. 
  • Increased blood sugar levels in order to provide more energy for this process to occur.

For many individuals this process occurs multiple times a day, every day of every week leading to a state of chronic stress and poor mental and physical health.

Some Common Signs and Consequences of Stress:

Mind:

  • Mood swings
  • Irritability
  • Feelings of isolation
  • Lack of focus
  • Memory difficulties
  • Depression and anxiety
  • Poor judgment
  • Chronic worry
  • Sleep disturbances
  • Anger

Body:

  • Headaches and migraines
  • Breathing difficulties
  • High blood pressure
  • Intestinal upset or Irritable Bowel Syndrome
  • Muscle pain and tension
  • Hair loss
  • Sleep disturbance
  • Weight Gain
  • Cancer
  • Diabetes
  • Infertility
  • Hormone imbalances

Almost 50% of Canadians say stress is negatively impacting their personal and professional lives. This can lead to feelings of helplessness to these automatic responses within the body and confusion about how to alleviate it. All of us have the ability, with self-compassion, life management skills and intention, to maintain our well-being. Consider some of the tips below and remember that small changes can have a big impact.

Quick Tips

Learn and practice saying “No” and “Later”. A common cause of stress is having too much to do and too little time in which to do it. Learning to say “No” to additional or unimportant requests will help to reduce your level of stress, and may also help you develop more self-confidence. If a direct “No” is difficult, try: “Now is not a good time…” or “I would love to, but…” 

Journal: Keep a journal exploring your relationship with stress. First write down your Roses or “bright spots” from the day. What are you already doing in your day to reduce stress? Praise yourself and share this with another person. Second, write down the Thorns or challenges you experienced. Finish with your Buds or hopes for tomorrow. This is a parenting technique for anxious children and adolescents and valuable as a whole family approach. 

Assess and reduce your Trauma Input. Be mindful and intentional about what you watch. Be proactive about creating a balance between crime related shows like “Criminal Minds” or the evening news and integrating some shows that are light and funny like “Modern Family”. 

Practice Transition Rituals from work/school to home. For example: change your clothes, take a 2-10 minute pause using a meditation app such as www.donothingfor2minutes.com.

Take a non-judgmental, detailed Inventory of what’s on your plate right now (work, family, home, health, volunteering, other). What stands out? Seek the help of family, friends or a therapist to help you make changes to the problem areas. Learn from the example of others who’ve shared their experiences with this idea. Like Cheryl Richardson’s book “Take time for your life” (1998). 

Practice Delegating. Start small by identifying one task from your week and delegating it to another person, either at home, work or school. 

Declutter your living and work environment. If you haven’t used something in more than a year, can you consider getting rid of it? 

Learn more from books, talking to others or web based research about managing your stress with self-awareness and self-compassion.

Maintain your physical health. Exercise, sleep (7-8 hours), eating a balanced diet, regular medical check ups, reducing caffeine and processed products. If you want to understand more about the impact of stress on the body, consider reading: Gabor Mate, When the Body Says No: The Cost of Hidden Stress

Meditation and self-compassion. Schedule and practice a pause every day. Sometimes the thought of this can be overwhelming so start by building in 2 mindful moments in a week. Celebrate your efforts. Experiment with different resources and don’t wait until the dishes are done or that last assignment handed in! www.donothingfor2minutes.com/ www.stopbreathethink.com/ – a quick and simple tool to guide people through self-awareness, mindfulness and self-compassion. Consider building a brief meditation into existing structures of your day i.e. 2-5 minutes at the beginning of meetings, as a family, before bed or in your car before going into your home. 

Practice daily Gratitude by writing; making a mental note to yourself or sharing with another. Studies are showing changes to neural pathways with this practice.

Be aware of your thoughts. Talk openly to a friend, colleague or a trained professional that can help support and find solutions to your stress.

Written by Inspired Life on February 9th, 2012. Posted in Articles

Massage helps relieve pain in damaged muscles by sending anti-inflammation messages to muscle cells, Canadian researchers have found.

Athletes have long sought massages to relieve pain and promote recovery. Despite reports that long-term massage therapy reduces chronic pain such as back pain, the biological effects of massage on muscles weren’t known.

Read the entire article here

Written by Inspired Life on January 1st, 2011. Posted in Articles

Did You Know?

  • The recommended potency for treating acute infections is 30CH. Take 3 pellets under the tongue and repeat every 15 minutes until the symptoms subside. It is very important to stop taking the remedy once the symptoms have disappeared.
  • When using these remedies try to take them on an empty stomach. Do not consume coffee or use toothpastes, or mouth washes for the first hour so that it does not antidote the remedy.
  • Homeopathic Remedies are highly sensitive, do not pack them with strong medicinals containing camphor, mint, chamomile, vics vapor rub or any other strong essences.
  • When you’re at the airport, remove these remedies and ask that they do not pass under the x-ray as they may be antidote their potency.

For more information on how you can benefit from Homeopathic Medicine please call 416-461-8688 and book your appointment today.

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Written by Inspired Life on January 1st, 2011. Posted in Articles

THE COMMON DAISY

In homeopathic medicine this flower is known as the remedy Bellis Perennis.  It is a cousin to arnica, which is one of the most well-known and commonly used homeopathic remedies.  Much like arnica, it is very useful for treating many different kinds of injury.  Another name for this daisy is Bruisewort—a helpful hint when it comes to remembering what this remedy is for!

Key things about Bellis Perennis:

  • It is a remedy to be considered in cases of deep trauma and bruising.
    For example:  deep muscle injury (eg. sports injury), and trauma to internal organs (eg. after a car accident or fall).  It is also great post-surgery to help with organ and deep tissue healing.
  • People who require this remedy will complain of a deep soreness and bruised feeling.  There will often be swelling of lymph glands in the area surrounding the injury. The affected area is usually cold to the touch.

Some other things to keep in mind:

A person with a ‘bellis perennis’ injury will be worse when touched, worse on becoming chilled and worse with cold drinks.  They will feel much better in the open air and when moving around.

MONKSHOOD

This flower is a member of the Buttercup family.  Homeopathically, it is known as Aconite.  It is not prevalent in most gardens, but is a prominent homeopathic remedy—and an extremely valuable one to have on hand!  I have a few towering monkshoods growing in the cottage garden.  The stalks produce beautiful, dark purple flowers and grow to be very tall.  The name ‘monkshood’ comes from the appearance of the flowers—they turn over on themselves to create the impression of a hood thrown over a head—a ‘monk’s head’.  Hence the name Monk’s hood.  I have seen these flowers growing wild in different areas of the far north.  In the Northwest Territories they can be spotted amongst grasses and shrubs, creating a nice, purple carpet in contrast to the mountainous backdrop.

Aconite is a great cold and flu remedy.

Here are some key things to remember in the symptom picture:

  • Symptoms appear very suddenly after exposure to cold wind, shock or fright and they very intense, often with a great deal of pain.  Restlessness is also very marked—they may have trouble keeping still.
  • People needing aconite are oversensitive to many things—eg. light, pain, noise, touch.  They typically feel worse with heat and better with open air.
  • Often you will see one cheek red and the other cheek pale, with constricted pupils.
  • There is a great thirst for cold drinks, even though the person has cold extremities and an overall chill throughout the body.
  • Aconite has a high fever with a dry, burning heat.  Eventual sweating brings relief.
  • The aconite cough is hoarse, dry, and hacking.

Aconite is also a great remedy for acute anxiety and fear.  Again, the symptoms manifest suddenly and are very intense—most commonly after exposure to a shocking circumstance, eg. car accident, earthquake.  The anxiety occurs with restlessness and with an overwhelming fear of death.

IRIS

This elegant flower can be found in the wild, growing beside Ontario rivers and lakes as well as in forested areas.  This is a favorite amongst gardeners, adding a nice purple hue to the garden.

Homeopathically it is a great remedy for the classic migraine.

Here’s what you will see:

  • Visual aura precedes the migraine (spots before the eyes, blurry vision).  Often there will be nausea and vomiting before the headache.
  • Migraines tend to be periodic, occurring at roughly the same time every week.
  • The headache comes on after a period of stress.  For example, after exams or public speaking, the headache begins.  When the person is focused (eg. studying/writing exams) there is no problem.
  • Iris patients tend to have sensitivity to sugar—migraines may come on after eating sweets.
  • A person requiring  this remedy will be worse in cold air and while resting.  They will feel better with constant, gentle motion.

YARROW

Yarrow is a wildflower commonly found along roadsides and open fields, among other areas.  It is also a nice garden pick, adding splashes of different colours to the garden.  Homeopathically it is known as Millefolium and is an excellent remedy for bleeding and hemorrhaging.

When to consider this remedy:

  • Millefolium is generally indicated in all wounds that bleed profusely, to help control the bleeding.
  • It is a good remedy for treating heavy nosebleeds, where there’s additional congestion to the head and chest
  • When there is bleeding from the edges of closed wounds, this is a good remedy.  Blood is bright red, profuse, watery, and there is typically no accompanying pain.

DELPHINIUM

Another member of the Buttercup family, this flower has been called “the garden aristocrat” because of its tall, elegant appearance.  It comes in a number of different shades of blue.  Unfortunately, gardeners can attest to the fact that although they are beautiful, they have very weak stems and will therefore easily break if not supported or protected from the wind.  Homeopathically this flower is known as Staphysagria.

Some things this remedy can treat:

  • Styes on the eyelids
  • Facial twitches or twitching of the eyelids
  • Injuries from sharp instruments, eg. knife, glass.  Consider staphysagria to help with wound healing.
  • Staphysagria is a good post-surgery remedy when the incision has become infected.  The person will complain of sharp, knifing pains in small spots.

It is interesting and fun to know the medicinal powers of the flowers and plants that surround us.  So…the next time you’re digging in your back garden, you’ll be able to look at your flowers in a new and richer way.  They’re not just pretty to look at – they actually have great healing potential!

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Written by Inspired Life on January 1st, 2011. Posted in Articles

The lymph system is a network of organs and vessels throughout the body. The lymph capillaries weave between the organs and tissue collecting the fluid that gets left behind on a daily basis.  Lymph tissue forms a one way system where fluid can enter but not leave. This pumpless system relies on the action of arteries, the milking motion of the heart, the thoracic changes when breathing as well as their valve structures to prevent back flow. Therefore, physical activity and passive movement encourages the lymph to flow more rapidly while immobilization decreases the flow, especially when an injured body part is involved.

Our lymphatic system affects our cardiovascular and immune systems. While the cardiovascular system needs the fluid to function properly, the immune system’s anti microbial activity is key in the functioning of the lymph.  Large clusters of lymph tissue (lymph nodes) occur near the body’s surface in the inguinal, cervical and axillary areas. There are also organs whose function is similar to that of the lymphatic system.  These include the spleen, the thymus, the tonsils and the Payer’s patches. The lymph nodes allow more liquid in than out, like a bottle neck and within these nodes are cells (macrophages) which destroy bacteria, cancer cells and other foreign matter before it reaches the blood stream, thereby cleaning the blood.

A healthy lymphatic system relies on two concepts:

  1. Stimulation: nutrition and exercise to increase optimum lymph function
  2. Elimination: healthy elimination organs (kidneys, bowels liver and bladder) results in the efficient removal of toxins and waste from the body.
  3. Avoid red meat, greasy and fried food, cheese butter and cream, vinegar and pickles, alcohol, sugar and artificial additives.

You may improve overall lymph health in two weeks by doing the following:

  1. Doing dry skin rubs.
  2. Taking cool showers.
  3. Drinking simple teas which support elimination eg. Cleavers, marigold and Echinacea. Par d’arco may be added for it’s strong antiviral properties.
  4. Eating fresh fruits especially oranges and grapes.  Eating lots of green vegetables and only white meat, chicken and fish.

So, give your lymphatic system a break!

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Written by Inspired Life on January 1st, 2011. Posted in Articles

‘The Secret’ powerfully reminds us that Life is really about Energy.  Everything we see in this physical universe—from the car driving down the street, to that jean jacket in the store window that you fancy, to your body, and to the money (or lack thereof!) you have in the bank, to name some examples#-is comprised of energy, at its most fundamental level.  And there are no exceptions to this!  The map of the universe is essentially one huge, energetic blueprint!

‘The Secret’ also tells us how Energy moves to make events happen in the outer world.  It does this via the ‘Law of Attraction’.   Essentially what this means is that like attracts like.  So when it comes to creating the life that you want, you must essentially become that which you seek—in other words, you act as if you already have that which you are wanting.  Only then will you be putting out the right energy or vibration to attract what you want into your life.  It is as if you become like a magnet to draw your object of desire to you.

So how does The Secret relate to Homeopathy?

Simply put, homeopathic medicine helps revitalize the mind and body at an energetic level so that the vibration you are emitting is stronger, clearer and healthier so that you can create more of what you want in life.

Homeopathic medicine operates on the principle that each human body has its own, unique, energetic blueprint.  This ‘blueprint’ is like the master template for health in the body.  It is the organizing principle that guides all of our physical and mental growth and development and allows for homeostasis to occur (on a day to day, moment to moment basis) in the body.

Ill health or disease is merely a disruption or distortion in the bodies’ energy blueprint resulting in signs and symptoms—physical, mental and emotional.  If we can make a correction at the level of the disturbance—vis-à-vis—a homeopathic remedy, an optimal energy state, which we call ‘health’, can be restored.  Homeopathic remedies are specifically chosen to match the information your dissonant/weakened ‘blueprint’ is giving out.  When administered, the remedies help shift the disturbance back into a harmonious flow, so that symptoms disappear—because they’ve been treated at the root cause.

Homeopathic medicine helps bring you back into alignment with your basic nature, which is one of well-being, so that you can get on with the adventure of living!!

Have fun creating the life of your dreams!!!

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Written by Inspired Life on January 1st, 2011. Posted in Articles

Did you know that the majority of the population is only getting around 10 grams of dietary fibre daily?

The daily intake of fibre for the typical adult should actually be between 30 to 40 grams a day for optimal health. Lack of fibre has been linked to many different diseases such as cancer, heart disease and diabetes.

Beans and Whole Grain Pasta You can find fabulous fibre in many different types of foods such as fruits, vegetables, legumes, nuts, seeds and grains. A high fibre diet is less likely to cause obesity and stabilizes blood sugar levels as well as improving insulin sensitivity. Fibre can also cause a feeling of fullness which will give us the signal to “put down the fork”. Unfortunately, for North Americans especially, overeating is a major problem in our “super size” society.

There are two types of fibre, soluble and insoluble fibre.

When we consume both at equal amounts we are gaining the largest amount of protection.

Soluble fibre can include foods such as cabbage, oatmeal, oat bran, psyllium, apples, potatoes, carrots, flaxseeds, beans. Soluble fibre keeps things moving by allowing motility in the bowels. Benefits can range from lowering cholesterol to balancing blood sugar levels.

Insoluble fibre can include foods such as the skin of an apple, pears, strawberries, raw carrots, bran cereals. Insoluble fibre improves “transit time” that helps move fecal matter out of the colon. We need insoluble fibre to avoid constipation and to encourage us to go to the washroom around one to two times daily.

To calculate how much daily fibre you are having, Fiber Chart.

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Written by Inspired Life on January 1st, 2011. Posted in Articles

Cleanse your body, strengthen your will, and increase your energy levels by using gentle techniques to develop lifelong strategies for toxin elimination and immune system stimulation.

There are healthy ways to cleanse and detoxify your body. There are many different kinds of cleansing protocols which we can broadly group into five categories. 1. A general cleanse for the whole body 2. Ones that focus on eliminating heavy metals. 3. Cleanses which detoxify the body of tobacco, alcohol and drugs. 4. Those that focus on organ specific cleanses and 5. Cleanses that focus on specific diseases and infections.

Detoxifying programs work best when nutrition, supplementation, herbology and homeopathy are applied in conjunction in an attentive way.

During a cleanse try eat organic food. Organic foods don’t have harmful pesticides used in production, and therefore none are absorbed. It’s irrational to do a cleanse where one tries to eliminate toxins from the body while ingesting them on the food you eat. Go off all salt (substitute fresh herbs for flavor instead.) Don’t heat any spices as the heat changes the organic properties and the result is they become inorganic and difficult to digest. Do not eat eggs, sugar, red meat and dairy. All flour based products should be avoided. Eat instead whole grains, sprouts, fruits and vegetables and nuts and seeds Include small amounts of monounsaturated fats, like olive oil and try to include the essential fatty acids and omega oils, like flax seed and Omegas 3 and 6.

Herbs and minerals taken during a cleanse should build up strength in the body and support the elimination of mucus and catarrh.

Mineral levels during cleansing are essential for healthy metabolic function.
Iron, Potassium, Magnesium, Calcium are basic elements which the body requires for healthy cellular function. These basic units’ facilitate the metabolic reactions in the cells and support the elimination of waste and toxins on a cellular level. Minerals also allow the cells to continue healthy function. An excellent source of these mineral are the Homeopathic tissue salts. A combination of 12 salts will cover all the minerals needed for healthy metabolic function.
Seaweed is a fabulous nutritional aid both during and after a cleanse. It contains Vitamins A, B1, B2, B6 and Niacin as well as Vitamin E, Calcium, Phosphorus, Magnesium, Iron and Zinc. Seaweed is also an excellent source of Chlorophyll. Seaweed is good for oxygenating the tissues and the high concentration of magnesium binds to the free radicals and helps eliminate toxins from the body. Sources include the most edible seaweeds or if the flavor is too intense try the green supplements like Spirulina or other Algae.

Herbs can be used in a generalized capacity for detoxification or with a specialized focus on an individual organ or disease. Use herbs either in the form of teas, tinctures or in capsules. Each herb chosen should assist an organ individually and help in the elimination of toxins and mucus from a specific area in the body, as well as support the function of the organ involved. A basic formula would include Nettle and Clover for the blood, Cayenne pepper for the lungs and the mucus in the entire body, Barberry root, Milkthistle for the liver,  Cleavers and Dandelion leaf for the kidneys, Calendula for its anti microbial properties, and Hawthorn berry for the heart.

A Homeopathic constitutional remedy will ensure that the body is functioning at its optimal ability. Your body will respond to the detoxification process in the most efficient way possible. It will also serve to strengthen the immune system and support the body after your cleanse. Specific homeopathic remedies can be utilized in a specialized way to target elimination e.g. Nux Vomica. Other remedies are useful in cleansing specific heavy metals from the system or in helping with a drug or alcohol or tobacco detox. These remedies should be used under supervision.

One of the most essential factors in any cleanse is water. As a general rule people should drink between 1.5 – 2 litres of water per day. During a cleanse doubling the intake of water is extremely beneficial, about 3l/day The water flushes the system, hydrating the tissues and it also gives the body a medium for removing the toxins from the system. The extra fluid helps protect organs like the kidney and liver as the toxins are diluted in fluid and therefore the body manages the whole elimination process without undue stress. Add fresh lemon. It helps with the alkalinity of the body

Depending on the length of the cleanse other procedures are recommended to support the elimination process. For example dry body scrubs and saunas are comforting ways to encourage detoxification through the skin. Gentle exercise encourages elimination via the bowels, the lymph and the skin.

Cleanses vary in length and intensity from 3 days to 3 months. Individualized cleanse programs are ideal as everybody is different. See your health practitioner for your customized program.

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Written by Inspired Life on January 1st, 2011. Posted in Articles

Complementary choices to enhance your healthcare

Diabetes is a chronic condition which affects the body’s ability to use sugar.  It is characterized by elevated blood sugar levels and either a relative or absolute deficiency of Insulin.  Insulin turns the sugar from the food you eat into energy.

In Diabetes Mellitus, the pancreas is unable to produce insulin due to problems with the beta cells of the islets of langerhans. The body is out of balance. The problem lies in the inability of the the insulin to exert its normal physiological action, or production is defective or tissue resistance to insulin develops. The regulation of the metabolism of glucose isn’t functioning. Diabetes is intimately connected with the life of the individual, no two people are alike, no two cases can be treated the same. The Diabetes syndrome includes Glucose metabolism, weight loss, and thirst, lack of energy, anemia, constipation, itching, slow healing wounds, low sexual urges, and eye retinopathy.  Complementary and alternative therapies work to establish balanced function of glucose metabolism in the body.

Homeopathy

Homeopathy stimulates and triggers the bodies own healing processes. In Homeopathy the symptoms of the illness are viewed as a direct manifestation of the bodies attempt to heal itself. Homeopathy improves the condition of the body by improving the way the cells function and therefore improve the way the body responds to glucose and insulin. Metabolic regulation is mediated. Homeopathy strengthens the neurological, circulatory and hormonal functions in the body

The constitutional remedy should dramatically alter the intensity of the symptoms over time. This can be marked by a constant improvement in glucose sensitivity and blood sugar levels. Homeopathic medicines like pancreatin and syzygium jambo can be used daily as part of a supervised protocol.

Nutrition

Meal planning needs to be central part of a treatment plan and meals need to consider total energy needs well as providing a smooth glucose profile.

Diabetics need to control how and how much glucose gets into the blood stream.

The glycemic index is a tool for determining how much glucose from the food you eat will enter the blood stream. The insulin response to carbohydrate containing food is similar to the rise in blood sugar. Consuming foods with a high Glycemic index (highly processed ‘white’ foods) causes the already compromised receptors to loose sensitivity and raise blood sugar. Low glycemic index foods help control glucose. For example insoluble fiber (at lest 50grams daily), like in oatmeal or vegetables lowers the GI of food.

When whole grain or other low GI foods are consumed with a monounsaturated fats (peanuts or pistachios or olive oil) glucose metabolism increases. Omega 3 and certain fatty acids like flaxseed, borage or fish oils, improve insulin sensitivity. Protein, (especially casein) will slow down glucose absorption.

Each meal needs to consider the impact each food will have. The general rule of thumb is, eat few high GI foods and more low GI foods or a balance where at each meal one from each group in the index is eaten in proportion to its  effect on blood sugar (glucose) levels (See appendix 1). Generally a low fat alkaline diet of high quality natural foods is preferred.

Certain foods also increase insulin sensitivity and decrease insulin resistance. (See appendix 2). These foods provide the basis of some of the nutritional healing and balance the diabetic body is seeking.

Bitter melon, contains plant insulin with the tremendously beneficial effect of lowering blood and urine sugar levels. Eat it often e.g. bitter melon curry, or drink the juice of the melon daily.

Jerusalem Artichokes decrease insulin requirements. It is natural insulin (inulin) which can be assimilated in the body and helps regulate the delivery of insulin. It increases the number of beta cells and has 2x the amount of potassium as bananas. It can be eaten raw or steamed and in medicinal purposes use 2/mnth up to one a day. Watch your blood sugar levels to determine your specific intake. Don’t take this if you’re pregnant.

Cinnamon 1-6g of cinnamon lowers the serum glucose levels in type 2 diabetes and helps lower the risk of cardiovascular disease. Available as a supplement or simply soak a cinnamon stick in your coffee or tea 1-2x/day

Bengal gram/chana, are the ‘black’ chickpeas. They are more rust colored than regular chick peas. These chickpeas are especially high in dietary fiber and are excellent carbohydrates for insulin sensitive people. Bengal gram has been shown to enhance the utilization of glucose. It has the lowest GI and is also an excellent source of magnesium and calcium. Try them in a curry, hummus or just sprout them.

Jambul fruit have an effect on the pancreas. With glucosides jamboline and ellacjic this fruit helps to check the conversion of starch into sugars especially when there is increased production of glucose. The dried seeds 1gram should be powered and taken 2x/day in milk.

Fruit with its naturally occurring fructose helps control appetite and cravings for sweet. Fructose needs to be broken down by the liver, so it enters the blood stream more slowly than a more refined carbohydrate. Fructose has been proven to increase insulin sensitivity. Grapefruits, apples and cactus pears are good choices

Herbology

The herbal pharmacy adds a distinct advantage.
Herbal Bitters stimulate the endocrine system and help lower blood sugar.

Gymnema Sylvestre is effective in controlling sugar cravings. Gymnema works by blocking the sensation of sweetness when applied to the tongue. Also gymnema enhances the production of endogenous insulin by regenerating the insulin producing beta cells in the pancreas

Fenugreek, the defatted potion of the seed, in a 50gram dose reduces fasting blood sugar levels and improves glucose tolerance. At least 15grams of the seed or powder should be included regularly in the diet.

Bilberry berries or extract is beneficial in diabetic retinopathy both as a preventative and as a treatment (since 1945).

Stevia, Parslane, Milkthistle, Ginko, Ginseng, Burdock, Dandelion, Goats Rue and Salt bush also all have profound effects on lowering glucose levels, strengthening cell sensitivity and improving resistance to insulin.

Supplements

As far as supplements go Chromium is said to facilitate the uptake of insulin by the cells. It helps with glucose tolerance and helps utilize insulin. Nutritional sources are beer brewer’s yeast brown rice and whole grains, Molasses eggs and dairy products. Red clover is a useful herb.

Magnesium is important because a deficiency will interrupt secretions in the pancreas which will increase insulin resistance in the body tissues. This worsens blood sugar levels especially in type 2. Magnesium deficiency is a contributing factor in many diabetic complications. Nutritionally magnesium is found in dark leafy green vegetables and also most sea vegetables. It is also a homeopathic tissue salt and is in most multivitamins.

Exercise

Exercise improves many aspects of glucose metabolism. Exercise forces the body to become stronger and to function more efficiently. It also increases the chromium concentration in the tissues. A regular exercise program is important for overall health.  Yoga is beneficial. It is an exercise program which balances the body. Certain Poses, namely the cobra pose, the locust pose and the bow are especially helpful for diabetics.

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Written by Inspired Life on January 1st, 2011. Posted in Articles

Are you dealing with pain on a daily basis?

Research shows that 1/3 of Canadians are living in pain on a daily basis, and what’s worse is that most of these people have accepted it as normal.

A lot of people decide to turn to medications or surgeries as their way of dealing with the pain. What people need to understand is that if they invest in their health today many of these problems may be avoided. Most massage therapists recommend getting 1 massage treatment a month to treat acute injuries and most importantly help to prevent them. While affective for many people, results may still vary.  But think about it, spending $80 a month could possibly prevent you from chronic injury which could prevent having to take sick days and prevent you from having to spend countless dollars on numerous medications. What some people are not aware of are the serious affects these medications have on your kidneys and liver and the potential side effects that can occur.  Did you know that the pain you are experiencing can actually be a common side effect of the drug you are taking?

Did you know that back pain is the most common cause of job related disability? There are many options for people that have chronic, daily pain. One of these options is massage therapy. Until recently massage has been thought of as only a relaxation tool or a “feel good” treatment. Although it has been shown to be very relaxing it has also become more accepted as a legitimate therapeutic health care practice. Unfortunately massage therapy is not covered under our Ontario health care plan (OHIP) and ranges around $80 for a one hour session, which discourages people from seeking treatment but there is a lot to say with regard to this investment in health.

So you just have to ask yourself the following question: What would you rather spend your money on? Hiding your signs and symptoms or avoiding them all together?

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