Lettuce Discuss… Coconut Milk (Store Bought), Dangers and Intolerances

Coconut Milk 

Lettuce discuss… Store bought coconut milk and the damage it can cause to your body and health.

Firstly, coconut milk in cartons even if it states its organic 100% coconut milk can come with an array of different additives even SYNTHETIC vitamins. It is always wise to look at the ingredient list on the package whether it’s a carton or a can to see what’s in it.

Here are just a few random ingredients we have seen ourselves.

Guar Gum, yes this is a natural product but it does come with its own side effects which we wanted to show, This can increase gas production, cause loose stools and diarrhea. You shouldn’t take this if you are breast feeding. It can also elevate your blood glucose levels so take caution if you are diabetic.

Vitamin A Palmitate (synthetic vitamin) is found in store bought cartons, while naturally occurring Vitamin A is fine. However the SYNTHETIC versions can prove to be Toxic over time. The Organic Consumers Association warms, “Isolated Vitamins such as those produced SYNTHETICALLY cannot be recognized or metabolized by the body in the same way as the natural version”. Large doses of SYNTHETIC Vitamin A are associated with birth defects and fractures of the bones. There is no dietary benefit to this Synthetic Vitamin whatsoever.

Vitamin D2 (Synthetic vitamin), this is manufactured by the irradiation of yeast. It is dangerous to add this to food. Especially if this is given to children, the toxicity symptoms would be apparent even at low doses.

Carrageenan, is an indigestible polysaccharide that is extracted from red algae. This is also toxic and can cause inflammation of the digestive tract. It is so toxic it has even been classified as a carcinogen by “The International Agency for Research on Cancer”

Bisphenol A (BPA). We also have to be mindful when buying these cartons and cans. Check that they are BPA free. There are possible health effects of BPA on the brain, behavior and prostate gland of fetuses, infants and children.

Now we’ve discussed the ingredients Lettuce Discuss… Coconut milk intolerances.

If you have a food intolerance and or allergy to tree nuts pine nuts, bezel nuts, peanuts, hazel nuts, and walnuts the protein structure in coconut milk is very similar. It would them be more likely that you would have an intolerance and or allergy to coconut milk. It does not follow that you would be allergic or intolerant to the coconut water (the clear liquid inside the nut) or coconut oil as these are taken not from the white part inside the coconut.

The symptoms of intolerance can be quite common and are stomach pain, cramping, bloating, leaky gut, and other stomach related symptoms. You could also have asthma, hives, and other skin related disorders.

Here is a complete list, this does not mean you will get them just that you may have one or two.

Potential symptoms

Abdominal pain (stomach cramps)

Anaphylaxis (causing heart to stop) VERY rare

Angioedema (swelling) of the face

Angioedema (swelling) of the lips

Angioedema (swelling) of the throat

Angioedema (swelling) of the tongue

Asthma

Atopic dermatitis (eczema)

Blisters

Constipation

Contact dermatitis

Diarrhoea / diarrhea

Dysphagia (difficulty swallowing)

Dyspnoea (breathlessness)

Eye pain

Facial redness

Flushing

Headache

Hoarse voice

Insomnia (disturbed or lack of sleep)

Lightheadedness

Low blood pressure

Nausea

Oral tingling

Pruritus (itch) of the eyes

Pruritus (itch) of the mouth

Red eyes

Redness around lips

Rhinitis (nasal congestion)

Sinus pain

Skin rash

Sneezing

Unexplained cough

Urticaria (hives)

Vomiting

Watery eyes

Wheezing

Intolerance is different from an allergy. With intolerance the symptoms or effects occur within hours or days after ingestion. An allergic reaction will happen immediately. If you are intolerant to coconut milk stop drinking it and all derivatives immediately.

Be warned though if you have a chronic long-term reaction, it can take as long as 2 years for the effects to stop i.e. hives can brake out randomly.

We have included a list below of the coconut flesh (white part) derivatives.

1 2 Octanediol – A coconut derivative

2 Phenoxyethanol – A coconut derivative

Ammonium Lauryl Sulphate – A coconut derivative

Capryl glycol – A coconut derivative

Caprylic acid – A coconut derivative

Caprylic glycol – A coconut derivative

Ceteareth-20 – A coconut derivative

Cetearyl Alcohol – A coconut derivative

Cetearyl Glucoside – A coconut derivative

Ceteth-20 Phosphate – A coconut derivative

Cetyl Alcohol – A coconut derivative

Cetyl Esters – A coconut derivative

CIALIS® (tadalafil) – Contains Sodium Laurel Sulfate

Cocamide DEA – A coconut derivative

Cocamide MEA – A coconut derivative

Cocamide sulphate – A coconut derivative

Cocamidopropyl Betaine – A coconut derivative

Cococaprylate/Caprate – A coconut derivative

Coir (matting) – Contains coconut husks

Cymbalta® (duloxetine hydrochloride) – Contains Sodium Laurel Sulfate

Deconsal (Guaifenesin) – Contains Sodium Laurel Sulfate

Disodium Cocamphodiprop – A coconut derivative

Emusifying Wax – A coconut derivative

Glyceryl Caprylate – A coconut derivative

Hexyl Laurate – A coconut derivative

Isopropyl Myristate – A coconut derivative

Laureth-3 – A coconut derivative

Lyrica (pregabalin) – Contains Sodium Laurel Sulfate

Olefin Sulfonate – A coconut derivative

Organic Sodium Cocoate – A coconut derivative

PEG – 7 Glyceryl Cocoate – A coconut derivative

PEG -100 – A coconut derivative

Phenoxyethanol – A coconut derivative

Polysorbate 20 – A coconut derivative

Robaxin (methocarbamol) – Contains Sodium Laurel Sulfate

Sodium Cocoate – A coconut derivative

Sodium Cocoyl Isethionate – A coconut derivative

Sodium Laureth Sulfate – A coconut derivative

Sodium Lauroyl Sarcosinat – A coconut derivative

Sodium Lauryl Sulfate – A coconut derivative

Sodium Stearate – A coconut derivative

Sorbitan Stearate – A coconut derivative

Stearyl Alcohol – A coconut derivative

Sucrose Stearate – A coconut derivative

Vegetable Cetearyl Glucos – A coconut derivative

Vegetable Glycerine – A coconut derivative

Vibra-Tabs® (doxycycline hyclate) – Contains Sodium Laurel Sulfate

Witcamide – Another name for coconut diethanolamide

http://www.hemocode.com/wiki/Coconut-intolerance

Many Thanks and Bless you.

Mako & Hema

Lettuce Discuss… Sodium Caseinate (Milk Powder)

Sodium Caseinate

Sodium Caseinate

Often, foods and other lifestyle choices can aggravate an existing health issue and if not, staying informed and taking care of what you eat is an important part of healthy living. The information here is intended to give you a starting point if you suspect that your diet or lifestyle may be affecting your health.

This product is found in most powdered drinks supplied by coffee houses.

They may tell you that there is no dairy but read on. This is used in coffee whiteners, and powder based coffee additives.

Sodium Caseinate is the biochemical name for casein, this a protein that is found in the milk of all mammals.

Casein, is the Latin for “cheese” it is a major component of commercially produced cheeses and the principle protein.

Casein is also used as a food additive and for industrial purposes. Some people are allergic to sodium caseinate.

Casein also has a similar protein structure to Gluten, therefore anyone with a gluten allergy should avoid anything that contains this.

It has been linked to many human diseases, mainly autism and gastrointestinal problems. In additional to possible triggers for seizures.  (Ask a traditional or homeopathic doctor)

Monosodium glutamate (also known as MSG, Gelatin, Calcium Caseinate, Hydrolyzed Vegetable Protein, Textured Protein, Monopotassium glutamate, Hydrolyzed Plant Protein, Yeast Extract, Glutamate, Autolyzed Plant Protein Yeast, Glutamic Acid, Sodium Caseinate, Autolyzed Yeast) is a commonly-used flavor-enhancer found in packaged foods and in some restaurants.

Check the labeling or ask at the restaurant!

Is Sodium Caseinate Vegetarian or Vegan?

Sodium Caseinate is made from “milk whey” by a chemical process. If you are Lacto-Vegetarian it’s OK to use, But if you are full vegetarian or vegan it is an animal product so NO!

What is Sodium Caseinate?

Being a derivative of milk, it is dairy. However, the protein has been so altered the F D A does not consider it to be dairy. Therefore, companies are allowed to use this additive as a “non-dairy” product.  Interesting!

What is the formula for Sodium Caseinate?

The formula is NaCAS

What is Sodium Caseinate Made of?

They take the milk and extract the Casein Acid and then react it with Sodium Hydroxide, this becomes “ Sodium Caseinate”. Its used as a dietary supplement and is a modified dairy product.

Some Non-Dairy Coffee Creamers use “Sodium Caseinate”.

Some Vegan and Vegetarian Protein powders use “Sodium Caseinate”.

Check your labels!

Lettuce Discuss… What water does for us!

What water does for us.

What water does for us.

 

 Instructions for water intake

No water within 30 minutes prior to a meal and no water for 2 hours after a meal.

First take your weight and cut in half. This is the amount of water in ounces you will need to drink per day.

Example: 100 pounds cut in half would be 50 ounces of water per day, based on an 8 ounce glass of water you would need 6 – 7 glasses of water per day.

Upon arising in the morning drink 2 cups of warm water (you can add lemon if desired) wait 15 minutes then drink another 2 cups of warm water. After this wait half an hour before eating.

You have now consumed 4 cups of water already.

Subtract the 4 cups from the total amount you should drink per day (example 100 pounds = 6-7 cups per day).

NOW, You should start drinking your remaining water 2 hours after your meal and STOP DRINKING within 30 minutes before your meal.

Drinking with meals will wash away the enzymes you need for proper digestion.

“Lettuce” REMEMBER:

No Water 2 hours before bedtime

No Food for 3 hours before bedtime.

Lettuce Discuss… Natural Remedies for Athletes and Weight Loss

Herbal Supplements

Herbal Supplements

 Herbs for Athletes and Body Builders
 Herb Used For
Alfalfa Endurance, energy, contains almost all known vitamins and minerals
Barley Green Extremely rich in nutrients, build immune system, energy source
Energ-Y* Fight Fatigue, improve memory, increase resistance and stress
Fitness Plus* Strength, endurance, energy, athletic support
Ginseng (Siberian) Endurance, virility (especially for men), Fights Depression
Ginseng (wild American) Endurance, vitality (especially for women), Fights Depression
Master gland* Feeds all glands for peak performance
PLS II* Promote Healing and reduce pain from sprains, strains and broken bones
Safflowers Help eliminate uric/lactic acid buildup, reduce workout soreness
Sarsparilla Promote production of male hormones, hair growth
SXL* Nutritionally strengthen the entire structural system
Suma Meet the body’s increased nutritional needs during extensive workout
Target Endurance* Nutrition targeted to muscle cells, runners run further
Tei Fu Massage Lotion* Massage in after workout for soothing relief
Herbs for weight loss
Herb Used For
Chinese Thermo Chi Herbal weight loss program
Chinese Tiao he cleanse* Pre-diet tune up to help lose more efficiently
Kelp, Dandelion and Alfalfa Speed metabolism, nutritive, diuretic (can be bought as a supplement called THREE*)
Gotu Kola High in niacin (fights cellulite), brain food, energy
Skinny Formula* Cleanser, diuretic, parasites, help cravings and energy dips
Chickweed Dissolve fat, cholesterol cleaner
Licorice root Support Adrenals, balance blood sugar, reduce cravings
Nutri-Calm* Fight dieters irritability, soothing vitamins, minerals and herbs, this also has a calming affect should only be taken of a night
Spirulina Energy, help in between meal droop, nutritious
LBS II* Clean old waste accumulation in the bowel
AS with Gymnema* Provides the feeling of fullness, helps depress appetite
Glandiet supplement* Vitamins, minerals, herbs for your body
 Fenugreek Fat Metaboliser, helps with blood sugar also cancer fighting. (capsules and Tea can be found at Whole Foods)
Black Walnut Hull Healthy metabolism, balances blood sugar, body weight control, cholesterol control, systemic support during weight loss
Turkey Rhubarb Antioxidant, speeds up metabolism
 Fennel  Diuretic, reduces intestinal bloating
Moringa Oleifera Controls cholesterol, reduces wrinkles and fine lines, promotes normal liver and kidney function, antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, promotes proper digestion, provides energy
*these supplements can be found on Natures Sunshine website , we use and trust this brand, however you can find these anywhere. We would advise you to research the companies before you buy -as we do.
Bless You and Many thanks for your support.
Mako and Hema

If you have any comments or questions please ask..

Lettuce Discuss… Historical use for single herbs

Historical use for single herbs

Historical Use for single Herbs

Herb                                                                       Used For

Alfalfa Health builder, arthritis, fatigue, appetite, pituitary gland
Barley greens Energy, nutritive immune builder
Bee pollen Allergies, quick energy, slows down ageing,
Black cohosh Natural estrogen, hot flashes, nerves, anxiety, depression,
Black walnut Cleanse parasites and worms, skin rashes, lupus
Black walnut extract Herpes, ring worm, impetigo, rebuilding tooth enamel
Blessed thistle Bring oxygen to the brain, senility, increase breast milk
Burdock Reduce swelling and deposits in joints, blood purifier, gout, eczema
Butchers broom Improve circulation, phlebitis, leg cramps, varicose veins
Capsicum Circulation to extremities, strokes, blood pressure equaliser, colds
Cascara sagrada Constipation, increase peristaltic action, gall bladder support
Catnip Colic, nerves, cigarette craving, colds, flu, digestion, hiccups, gas
Chamomile Insomnia, improve appetite, drug withdrawal, nerves
Charcoal Help remove toxins, poisons, pollutants, bacteria, chemicals
Chickweed Appetite depressant, burn fat, dissolve plaque from veins
Comfrey leaf Bone builder, tissue healer, pulled tendon, bruises
Cornsilk Kidney, bladder, bed wetting, painful urination, prostate
Damiana Hormone balance, Parkinson’s disease, infertility, frigidity
Dandelion Anaemia, liver, blood cleanser, endurance, age spots, hepatitis
Dong quai Hot flashes, hormone balance, nerves, muscle spasms
Echinacea Antibiotic, lymph system, blood purifier/builder, immune system
Eyebright Failing vision, eye inflammation, styles, eye strain, hay fever.
False unicorn Help prevent miscarriage, male/female glandular problems
Feverfew Migraine, headaches, muscular tension (side effect in a small percentage, causes depression)
Garlic Normalises blood pressure, yeast, bacterial and viral infections, colds, flu
Ginger Gas, motion and morning sickness, flu, diarrhoea, indegestion, headache, settles stomach
Golden seal root Infection, natural insulin, urinary cleanse
Gotu kola Brain food, memory, vitality, depression, senility, nerve food
Hawthorn Heart wall, heart health, hardening of the arteries, adrenals, stress, blood pressure
Hops Insomnia, nervousness, hyperactive children, decrease alcoholic cravings
Horsetail Hair loss, diuretic, weak nails, helps calcium absorbtion
Hydrangea Arthritis, gout, kidney and bladder problems, dissolves stones
Juniper berries Feeds pancreas and adrenals, diuretic, dropsy and uric acid
Kelp Thyroid, goitre, food for all glands, hair loss, cleanse radiation from the body
Licorice Adjust blood sugar, quick energy, cough, hoarseness, feeds adrenals
Lobelia Asthma, congestion, pneumonia, pleurisy, strong relaxant
Marshmallow Bladder and kidney problems, bed wetting, inflamation
Mullein Nervous cough, lung and sinus congestion, tuberculosis
Parsley Bad breath, blood builder, kidneys, diuretic, strengthen eyes
Passion flower Eye infection and tension, stress, headache, sleep
Paul d’arco Used for cancer, leukaemia, tumours, yeast infection
Psyllium hulls Constipation, add bulk and softness to stool, absorb toxins
Red clover Used for cancer, tumours, skin problems, nerve food
Red raspberry Overall female tonic, childbirth, nausea, diarrhoea
Rose hips Natural vitamin C, colds, flu, infection, blood purifier
Safflowers Muscle soreness, gout, digestion, help reduce cholesterol
Sage Dry up breast milk, night sweats, worms, sore gums/throat, grey hair
Sarsaparilla Help body make male hormones, body building, impotency
Saw palmetto Infertility, help weight gain, throat and bronchial problems
Scullcap Epilepsy, restlessness, nerve and muscle spasms, convulsions
Slippery elm Ulcers, acid stomach, soothe irritated mucous membranes
Uva ursi Spleen, bladder and kidney infections, cystitis, gonorrhoea, diabetes
Valerian Natural tranquilliser, pain, muscle spasms, nerves, promotes sleep
White oak bark Hemorrhoids, varicose veins, pyorrhoea, stops bleeding
Yarrow Obstructed perspiration, nosebleeds, chicken pox, colds/fever/flu
Yellow dock Anaemia, blood purifier, acne, liver, hepatitis, skin problems
Yucca Natural cortisone, arthritis, joint inflammation, anti stress, digestion

If you have any questions please leave a comment or email us directly.

Bless you all and many thanks,

Mako and Hema

Lettuce Discuss… Tea and Healing benefits

Tea

TEA
Condition Solution
nervous system, vascular system Good Circulation Tea by: “Gods Garden Pharmacy”
headache and or migraines Ginger Tea+ Chamomile Tea  or Spearmint Tea or Lemon Balm Tea (warm Mango Juice also helps), Kava Kava,
stomach ache, gas, heartburn Ginger Tea or Pure Ginger in warm water
sadness Spearmint Tea
detox, skin, anti-inflammatory Green Tea
colds Echinacea and or Cold Season Tea by: “Gods Garden Pharmacy”
Kidney, bladder, prostate, asthma, diabetes, lowering cholesterol, (DONOT take if pregnant or BREAST FEEDING) Alfalfa Tea, Fennel Tea,
metabolism Good Metabolism Tea by: “Gods Garden Pharmacy”
thyroid, high blood pressure, bug bites, sores, tumors, alzheimer’s, anxiety, sleep problems, restlessness, menstrual cramps, headaches, colic blotting, intestinal gas, up-set stomach, gas Lemon Balm Tea By: “Gods Garden Pharmacy”  (I found this TEA at Sprouts Markets)
memory enhancement, sickness, pms, age related eye disorders Ginkgo Biloba Tea
prevent colds and flu Ginseng Tea, Elderflower Tea
relaxing, sleep problems Valerian Root Tea
hormonal – Woman’s Balance Women’s for Harmony & Balance By: Herbal Cup, Ayurvedic Balanced Tea. (it has Shatvari, Cassia, Fennel, & Dandelion)
Yogi Teas are great also!!!
ovulation Jasmine Tea
increase iron, calcium and silica Nettle Tea
anxiety, stress, arthritis pain, muscle pain, migraine, general pain relief  Kava Kava,

Lettuce Discuss… the dangers behind Soy Lecithin

Soy Lecethin

Soy Lecethin is “considered” to be a good healthy additive -primarily an emulsifier in many foods, you will have seen it as an ingredient in many things we eat.

The process to extract this oil from the soya bean uses a chemical called Hexane! The effects of Hexane are as follows (for short term exposure). Hexane affects the central nervous system (brain) and can cause headaches, dizziness, confusion, nausea, clumsiness, drowsiness, and other effects similar to intoxication.

In addition, Hexane can be found in common household products, such as spray adhesives, contact cement, arts and craft paints, and stain removers.

Below are some links for you to check out!

http://www.westonaprice.org/soy-alert/soy-lecithin-from-sludge-to-profit

http://www.saferchemicals.org/resources/chemicals/hexane.html

http://rawforbeauty.com/blog/soy-lecithin-how-it-negatively-affects-your-health-and-why-you-need-to-avoid-it.html  Very informative link about side effects

http://www.drugs.com/sfx/soya-lecithin-side-effects.html Side effects link

The next link is a guide to the food bars and company that sell them and whether they contain hexane and soya bean.

http://cornucopia.org/hexane-guides/hexane_guide_bars.html

Lettuce Discuss… Holistic Medications for Diabetes and Heart.

Each of these supplements are readily available and the beauty of these is that they are all-natural and support your bodies own systems.

Picture of goldenseal

Picture of goldenseal

Goldenseal Root (known to many as the cure all)was first used by the Native Americans who named it “Yellow Root” due to its bright yellow colour.

For a diabetic this is an important herb because of its ability to lower blood sugar levels. It also has the effect of being a natural form of insulin; this supports the pancreas to decrease high levels of blood sugar. It is also an anti-inflammatory and can treat diabetic complications. Goldenseal also cleanses the urinary system. The Alkaloids in goldenseal are a natural anti biotic which helps fight infections. It also strengthens the heart. In addition it’s also antiseptic and stimulates the immune system. I have used Goldenseal for colds and the flu that was not responding to Echinacea alone. Goldenseal has natural compounds that activate certain white blood cells that destroy fungus, bacteria, and viruses. Goldenseal in liquid form can be used for ear infections, cold sores, and skin rashes, I’ve also used Goldenseal on skin blemished as a topical medication and it works amazing well.

Warning! If you use goldenseal long term it can have a negative effect on the intestinal flora. In women this can decrease the healthy bacteria found in the Vagina and can cause dryness, itching and or infection. I would therefore recommend adding friendly bacteria to your diet such as Lactobacillus Acidophilus.  This should be added when taking any Anti Biotic.

More information can be found at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lactobacillus_acidophilus

This can be added by taking supplements from a health store or by adding pro-biotic drinks to your diet. If you are Vegan a great source of pro-biotic is Coconut Yogurt, Tempeh, Miso, or Sauerkraut. The fermentation of the soya bean in Tempeh and Miso create the pro-biotic. You can also buy Vegan supplements.

Hawthorn Berry

Hawthorn Berry

Hawthorn Berry is very beneficial to the circulatory system. It treats high blood pressure, cardiac arrhythmia, and also strengthens the heart. It has been indicated that it strengthens blood vessels, lowers cholesterol and restores the muscle wall of the heart.

It also protects against the formation of plaques known as Atherosclerosis. This in turn reduces the occurrence of angina and also limits the likelihood of stroke.

In Europe Hawthorn Berry is regarded as an effective treatment for early stages of heart disease. Commission E, a branch of the German Government that approves and studies the use of Herbal treatment in so called “Mainstream Medicine” endorses the use of Hawthorn Berry as a first line treatment for the Heart.

Chromium GTF

Chromium GTF

Chromium GTF Chromium is a trace mineral that has a role to play in reducing your blood sugar levels. GTF stands for Glucose Tolerance Factor. This works again with the bodies own insulin to transport Glucose from the blood cells.

Chromium is also needed by the liver to make fatty acids. Without chromium your blood fats can rise because the liver struggles to filter them out. I find it really helpful if I know I’m going to be having a sugar rich day, such as birthdays and special occasions.

For my own health all these are so beneficial and I cant praise them highly enough.

Lettuce Discuss… Cucumber

cucumber_pix

Lettuce Discuss… a great quote…”as I gave you the green plants, I give you everything.”

Cucumber is often regarded as a healthy food because it is low in calories and fat. Cucumber also contains many vitamins and minerals that make them a healthy choice for cooking and snacking.

We eat cucumbers as a way of preventive in addition to curing.

Here are health benefits of cucumber:

Keep you hydrated:
Cucumber has 96% water content that is more nutritious than regular water, which helps in keeping the body hydrated and regulating body temperature. It also helps in flushing out the toxins from the body.

 Skin care:
The high water content and the presence of certain vitamins and minerals make cucumber an essential part of skin care. Facial masks containing cucumber juice can be used for skin tightening. Ascorbic acid and caffeic acid present in cucumbers can bring down the water retention rate which in turn diminishes the puffiness and swelling under the eyes. Cucumber skin also can bring relief to the skin caused by sunburn or windburn.

 Fight cancers:
Cucumber contains lariciresinol, pinoresinol, and secoisolariciresinol – three lignans that have a strong history of research in connection with reduced risk of several cancer types, including breast cancer, prostate cancer, uterine cancer, and ovarian cancer.

 Control Blood Pressure:
Cucumber juice contains a lot of potassium, magnesium and fiber which are very helpful for regulating blood pressure. This makes cucumber especially good for treating both low blood pressure and high blood pressure.

 Beneficial for teeth and gums:
Cucumber juice is also beneficial for people with teeth and gums problems, especially in cases of pyorrhea. Cucumber is a good source of dietary fiber and this fiber massage in the teeth and gums.

 Aid digestion:
Digestive disorders, such as heartburn, gastritis, and even ulcers, can be cured by the daily consumption of fresh cucumber juice. The high water content and dietary fiber in cucumber are very effective in driving away the toxins from the digestive system and hence aid digestion. Daily consumption of cucumber can be regarded as a remedy for chronic constipation.

 Promotes joint health:
Cucumber is an excellent source of silica which is known to help promotes joint health by strengthening the connective tissues.

 Get rid of bad breath:
The photochemicals present in cucumber help kills the bacteria in your mouth which are responsible for bad breath. To get rid of bad breath, press a slice of cucumber in between your mouth with your tongue for at least 30 seconds.

 Nail care:
The high silica content in cucumber also helps prevent splitting and spoiling of nails of the fingers and toes.

 Relieve arthritis pain and gout:
Cucumber is a best ingredient for gout pain relief. When mixed with carrot juice, they can relieve gout and arthritis pain by lowering the uric acid levels.

Cures diabetes:
The cucumber juice has been found to be beneficial for the diabetic patients. This vegetable contains a hormone needed by the cells of the pancreas for producing insulin.

 Reduces cholesterol:
Researchers found that some compound called sterols in cucumber may help reduce cholesterol levels.

 Stimulate hair growth:
Cucumber contains silicon and sulphur and thus a regular intake of cucumber can help promote healthy hair growth. For best results, mix cucumber juice with the juices of carrot, lettuce or spinach.

 Acts as a diuretic:
The water content of cucumber acts as a diuretic. It encourages the elimination of waste products from the body through urination. Regular intake of cucumber helps to dissolve bladder or kidney stones.

 Aid in weight loss:
Due to its low calorie and high water content, cucumber is an ideal diet for people who looking for weight loss.

When buying cucumber, choose the ones that are firm to touch and dark green in color. Go for organically grown cucumber to get a rich taste and more nutrients content.

Lettuce Discuss…The Heart and Diabetes.

?????

Today’s Blog will discuss my health problems due to excess eating of sugary foods causing diabetes and a heart attack leading to a double heart bypass graft. How I was treated for these conditions, and problems arising from these conditions. How we researched and cured my diabetes along with a tremor I had developed in my right hand.

In 2008 around august I was diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes. This was something that I had caused myself, I was unhappy with my home life and super depressed. I found a false comfort in all things sweet. Cakes, cookies, chocolate bars and the inevitable McDonalds. I would eat in McDonalds at least once a day. Without realizing this I was putting my body under so much stress to the point where my pancreas said “enough! I cant deal with all this sugar”. I had been eating myself to becoming diabetic. My symptoms were constantly sweating, I needed to use the bathroom every 30 minutes day and night for a pee, I had an uncontrollable thirst that just wouldn’t go away -it was constant. The doctor prescribed medications to stabilize my diabetes as my scores were averaging 13.9. the accepted limits for this are between 4 and 7. The medications started to work reducing my blood sugar to an acceptable level but they were still outside the 7 range, they stabilized between 9 and 11. This I was happy with because I honestly didn’t know any better and didn’t really care at the time.

In 2010 I suffered from a heart attack in February.  This was due to a narrowing of the artery that I was born with. This usually tears in your teenage years and you bleed out really quickly. Someone was watching over me to last that long before there were any signs of a problem and I was lucky it didn’t tear. After 10 days in hospital I had a double Heart Bypass graft to repair the artery, which was a successful procedure. After the surgery I was prescribed more chemical medications, which again I took without question and in good faith.

2012 in august I developed a tremor in my right arm and hand. I had been tested for Parkinson’s disease and various other related disorders. This made life difficult at times.

The medications that I was prescribed were all supposed to keep me fit and healthy as I was informed by my doctor. It is so easy to just believe what you are told as these are the professionals we are raised to trust, we blindly go along with what we are told. I was also told I would be taking these for the rest of my life as there was no cure for diabetes and the heart medications I wouldn’t be able to live without.

I took all medications religiously for the next couple of years and then with a shift in my life My Angel appeared.

I had been in an unhappy marriage for 14 years, truth be known I didn’t want to get married even on the day of my wedding. However, I had a child with my then partner and was pretty much “pushed “ into doing the “right” thing. You may ask why I didn’t just leave, the simple answer to that is, I would never have seen my child again, she would have made it impossible to see him (due to country divorce/child laws). She eventually left the home again in 2012 for the umpteenth time but this time I changed the locks and my son stayed with me. When she left I was feeling a little better and released so I treated myself to an iPhone and an app. I had always prayed that someone would come into my life that I could talk to someone who could help me out of my depression and someone I could share everything with.

Hema and I started to comment on each other’s photos that we posted on line; our friendship grew slowly as I was not very receptive or forthcoming. Everything I wanted in a friendship was there and I couldn’t communicate properly. Thank goodness Hema stuck with me. Hema is very empathic and could feel and see what I had gone through. We were texting each other and started to talk via Skype. We were learning about each other’s stories. Our relationship was growing deeper and deeper and we were talking about the health benefits of being vegan and how this had helped her through her health problems (more of that in a later blog).  Just talking about it made sense to me and I thought I would give it  a try. In the UK it is quite difficult to become Vegan as you basically have to go to ten different shops to find everything you need. However, I have managed it with the love and support of Hema I am vegan and have been for over 12 months now. Within a month of becoming vegan the tremor that I had in my right arm had completely gone, I was starting to feel better about myself however I was still lethargic and achy but no tremor was amazing. The little things add up to enhance your well being.  As our relationship grew and turned from friendship into love, we had arranged to see each other. We had been a couple for months at this point but over a long distance. I went to visit Hema in 2013 and everything was almost perfect for us except for one thing, which is important to both of us. I couldn’t maintain an erection; I really couldn’t understand this and started to worry the way men do. Hema is very understanding and we do communicate really well. In the beginning I was so embarrassed but we did discuss it and we are both open and honest, Hema asked the right questions to get me thinking.

Was it the food?

Was it the flight?

Was it the chemicals? Then it hit me, I realized I had been given a new medication just before I left to visit. Sitagliptin is given to diabetics to stabilize the blood sugar. Now it was time to research. As I looked into this drug I realized that if you use it with another drug, which I was taking for my heart -it can cause erectile dysfunction. I stopped taking them immediately, and within a couple of days function had returned I’m pleased to say.

At this point we visited Hema’s herbalist and iridologist! So off we went for me to get a health check and find out what was really going on with my body.

As I was being tested, I was being told of my diabetes, heart attack, dislocated shoulder from 10 years previous, kidney stones from 16 years previous and the pain I was having in my legs and joints. I was so amazed and impressed at the information my iris of my eyes was expressing -we were there for hours. Hema attentively taking notes while I was being advised on what I should be taking and what I should do. Hema is the most supportive and helpful woman ever and assured me that whatever is broken can be fixed.

We left the herbalist with some new, natural holistic medications to replace my chemical meds. That was the last time that I took anything prescribed by a “conventional Doctor”. This led me to research just what I had been taking and what harm was it doing to my body. Here is a brief outline of the medications I was taking.

Metformin: this is for type 2 diabetes and is supposed to help control the blood sugar.

Side effects: lactic Acidosis, this can be fatal. Muscle pain or weakness. Numbness or cold feeling in the arms or legs. Breathing trouble. Stomach pain and nausea. Slow heart rate. Dizziness and tiredness. Can cause liver and kidney problems.

Sitagliptin: to help lower the blood sugar.

Side effects: pancreatitis. Fast heart rate. Fever. Sore throat. Headache. Nausea. Stomach pain. Diarrhea.

Atorvastatin: to lower cholesterol

Side effects: back pain. Constipation. Diarrhoea. Flatulence. Headaches. Increased blood sugar. Indigestion. Joint pain. Muscle problems. Nose and throat inflammation. Nose bleed. Pancreatitis. Liver problems. Stroke. Depression and DIABETES and more.

Omacore: this is to increase the good cholesterol.

Side effects: bleeding gums. Cough. Difficulty breathing and swallowing. Itching. Tightness in the chest. Unusual tiredness. Weakness. Hives. Paralysis and more.

Omeprazole: this is to stop acid build up in the stomach due to all the chemicals in the prescribed medications.

Side effects: joint pain. Muscle pain. Chills. Stomach pain. Fever. Sore throat. Tiredness and weakness

Aspirin: this is to thin the blood apparently to reduce heart attack.

Side effects: Heartburn. Nausea. Ulcers. Appendicitis. Gastrointestinal distress. Dehydration. Chest pain. Hypoglycemia

Clopidogrel: stops platelets sticking to damaged or grafted tissue

Side effects: do not take if taking OMEPRAZOLE ( I Was ), chest pain. Itching. Redness. General pain. Nosebleed. Vomiting.

Ramipril: To lower blood pressure. Improve survival after heart attack.

Side effects: blurred vision. Confusion. Dizziness. Faintness. Sweating. Tiredness. Weakness. Fast or irregular heart beat.

As you can see by the side effects I was shocked and concerned. I already had erectile dysfunction, joint pain, muscle pain, nausea, tiredness and irregular heartbeat. These chemical medications are supposed to make you better, why did I feel so ill?

Hema and I could see a pattern that emerged from both of our illness’s (more on Hema’s story in a future blog). We believe that we are being kept ill by the doctors and the pharmaceutical companies. This is due to the multi billion dollar industry controlling the medications that we take. It is in their interest to keep you ill. The doctors prescribe this medication and receive the kick backs to fund their lifestyles. Have you ever seen a doctor driving a beat up old car?  Nope, they’re usually the ones in the $100,000 vehicle range (just an observation).

My cure for all my illness’s came in many directions. First and foremost I met Hema, the change in direction and positivity is truly instrumental in my well-being. The love and support from your partner or friends is important, feeling loved and wanted is key to health and happiness. A positive happy mind heals more quickly than negativity. Being Vegan is very important for me too, this aided my rapid weight loss and helped remove the fatigue I was constantly under and the joint pain I had. The next step was to remove all my chemical medications and replace them with my holistic natural healthy medications. One thing to remember is all these holistic medications are natural and in tune with your body. They are non destructive and are totally supportive of your natural systems.

My new holistic natural medications are as follows:

CHROMIUM GTF this is for my diabetes and supports my system in keeping my blood sugar under control. I took 1tablet 3 times a day for approx 6 months. Then one tablet once a day for 3 months. My blood sugar is better than ever. I only take it now if I know I’m going to having a high sugar day (raw sugar only), Birthdays and special occasions.

HAWTHORN BERRY I take this everyday as this supports my whole circulatory system. This lowers blood pressure naturally. Strengthens the heart. Lowers cholesterol. In one treatment all the “chemical” medications for the heart are replaced with one natural holistic medication.

GOLDENSEAL this is an amazing supplement and benefits are too wide and varied to list here.  It has an antibiotic affect and also supports the transportation in blood sugar through the body.

Holistic medication is far gentler on your bodies natural systems, it supports rather than inhibits. It doesn’t create further problems for you to receive more treatment and in a lot of cases can CURE you.

I have been cured of DIABETES, I have stopped taking all the chemicals that were poisoning my system and keeping me ill, thus increasing my visits to the doctor and the prescribing of more chemical medications. I feel so much better, I have lost over 100lb in weight and continue to lose more daily, with every pound lost I feel so much better.

“Lettuce” not forget, I was told I would be on these chemical medications forever, it would be dangerous for me to stop taking them. I HAVE proven “them” wrong. My doctor is not happy because my scores are better than ever. She was under the misapprehension that I was still taking these chemicals, when actually I had stopped for six months and just wanted my blood testing at their expense. Everything is better than before.

From this I have learned not to take anything the medical profession say as fact or truthful. Always research anything they try to prescribe to you. If you are taking chemical medications and still feel sick, ask yourself why? Are they keeping you sick too?

If you need any help or have questions please ask. We may be able to help or point you in the right direction.

Bless you all and thank you.

Mako and Hema.