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