Volume 5 - View of the Healing Process
Finding the Underlying causes of illness is like a treasure hunt. When it’s discovered then wealth becomes health. It’s the Underlying cause that a good practitioner will seek to uncover to insure wellbeing for any person who is suffering acutely or chronically. While seeking to find that Underlying cause, here is a few things to consider in order to facilitate a successful healing experience:
Develop a flexible mind. Cure may not happen right away. Be prepared to undergo any change to your program and give the current one enough time to see if it’s worth pursuing. Sometimes the body will go backward before it can go forward as in a healing aggravation.
A follow up is most crucial in refining the protocol if necessary. Connecting to your practitioner this way will give them the chance to take it to the next level.
Applying the concept that the body can heal itself is also tied to the will to get well. Believe it or not this can be quite difficult for people to do. For some, feeling good is not the norm and some don’t even realize the significance of their symptoms, seeing them as almost normal, resigned to their suffering.
Start at base level and consider a current individual priority of what you feel the first achievable goal will be. Maybe it’s a better diet or strategy for a new healthy habit. Encouraging noticeable improvement will keep you motivated.
Sustain your newfound vitality to self health. Keep your good routine. Always consult with your practitioner as needed for any future tune up.
A healthy system experiences regular bouts of depletion (exertion) and repletion (recovery). Anyone who’s partaken in any sort of athletic training, whether strength or endurance based, knows that progress can only be made with adequate recovery.
If your body shows signs of injury or your fatigue becomes abnormal, don’t wait til it’s too late. The body heals quite nicely when you are vigilant and resourceful.
Volume 4 - Can some Probiotics make you Bloated and Tired?
Too much of the wrong type can cause bloating, brain fog, tiredness, weight gain, headaches, nausea and even upset balance in the inflammatory response. Certain strains will produce a chemical compound called histamine. When histamine levels get too high or when it can’t break down properly, it can affect your normal bodily functions.
Histamine intolerance is not a sensitivity to histamine, but an indication that you’ve developed too much of it. Histamine is a chemical responsible for a few major functions:
Strains from probiotics to avoid in this instance because they produce a lot of histamine are; Lactobacillus Bulgaricus, Lactobacillus Casei and Lactobacillus Reuteri.
It’s important to be mindful of balance in regards to the probiotics you choose and for some, avoiding even if temporarily, those high histamine producing strains, you may get relief.
The Probiotics that can serve to lower histamine are Bifidobacterium Bifidum, and Longum, Lactobacillus Salivarius and Plantarum, Bifidobacterium Lactis and Breve. Remember too, certain fermented foods can produce higher histamine levels like cheeses and Tempe. Conversely Omega 3 fatty acids, phosphorus, minerals and B-12 can facilitate balance where proper histamine levels are desired.
Volume 3 - A Syllabus for Winter Wellness!
Herbs to keep us healthy:
Astragalus- long-term immune restorative enhances our “protective Qi”
Reishi - protects many organ systems- the elixir of life!
Cordyceps- increases energy and protects upper respiratory organs
Ashwagandha- adaptogen for exhaustion or for someone who experiences frequent illnesses
Elderberry- premier herb that stops the cold & flu in its tracts.
Foods to keep us healthy:
Miso- for healthy gut bacteria. Best eaten in the morning.
Bone Broth- a warming winter soup that strengthens the whole body. Infuse it with dried Astragalus & dried Reishi and lots of root veggies.
Rose-hip Tea- high in Vitamin C.
Spices- add warming spices and seasoning to your foods such as Ginger, Fennel, Cinnamon, Garlic, Cardamom to improve digestion, as antimicrobials and to increase circulation.
Nutrients that keep us healthy:
Vitamin D- the watchdog for our immune system. Increases the number of proteins used to fight infection. Use 5-10,000 IU for adults
Zinc- prevents occurring, excessive or out of control inflammatory response
Essential Oils that keep us healthy:
To be used in a diffuser 1/2 hour - 45 minutes 3 times a day.
Holy Basil- Eases respiratory ailments and is antiviral as well as antibacterial.
Ravintsara- builds immunity and alleviates congestion
These immune-modulating strategies have a proven record to help you stay well and all winter long!
Volume 2 - Solutions for a Dry Cough
First and foremost, realize that the symptoms the body expresses are a coping mechanism used in healing and recovery and not just a mere signal to prove you are undergoing illness. Secondly, the mucus produced at the onset of a cold is genetically engineered and tailored as an antibiotic paste to wash out any infection and it needs to flow freely, thin and clear, preventing further complications.
When a dry cough is unproductive and the mucus becomes stuck, is yellow or green, then it’s time for an herbal demulcent and an anti-spasmodic to quell the irritation/cough reflex, as well as moisturize the mucosal membranes.
The two herbs you should reach for are Marshmallow and Linden Tree. Marshmallow will soothe, while the Linden will calm and quiet the cough.
If the cough comes from the chest, then add Poplar (Cineole, a compound found in Black Poplar can help break up chest congestion and is an obvious choice when battling deeper bronchiole issues). Use herbal Elecampane to initiate and stimulate drainage.
Lastly, consuming warm soups, broth and hot teas for extra hydration is highly recommended. Get well soon!
Volume 1 - Four Thieves Vinegar Recipe
Belladonna Nutrition Dynamic, LLC does not in any way seek to impose certain views on readers, but rather to encourage them to seek out any professional help they may need (in whatever form that may take) and discover what works for them. This said, we do not advocate that any of the information on this blog be taken as medical guidance or advice, but that it merely act as a platform for enquiry so that readers may explore new ways of looking at health.