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    Are you digesting GLUES and other TOXINS in your supplements?

    Are you digesting GLUES and other TOXINS in your supplements?

    We purchase supplements to improve our health right? We take them because we are deficient in nutrients and experiencing negative effects of these deficiencies that impact our daily lives.  However not all may be as it seems when it comes to adding supplements to improve your health. Read on to find out some shocking truths...

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    Yes the toxins in your antiperspirant deodorant really are that bad...

    Yes the toxins in your antiperspirant deodorant really are that bad...

    Deodorants of course are sprayed under your arms to help control body odour, and unfortunately almost all of the supermarket versions you see are jammed packed with chemicals that are being absorbed straight into your lymph nodes. Most of us never read the labels and are ONLY concerned with stopping odour and not what health damage is being done. I'm hear to tell you that there are safe alternatives that work really well...

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    A study proves Turmeric is 400x more powerful than a common Diabetes drug

    A study proves Turmeric is 400x more powerful than a common Diabetes drug

    Turmeric has been used as a spice in curry for a very long time. More recently it is getting noted as arguably the most powerful herb on the planet because of its ability to fight against and possibly reverse disease. Turmeric and its healing properties have got the world so interested that there have been over 6000 peer-reviewed research articles published proving the benefits of Turmeric and Curcumin which is one of Turmeric's renowned healing compounds.

    Out of the thousands of studies on Turmeric, one of the most interesting findings is that Turmeric when compared to pharmaceutical medications that the benefits are often equal. In fact, sometimes Turmeric has even been considered a better option than pharmaceutical medications. Although the list is a lot longer, today we will look at 10 examples of health conditions where Organic Turmeric can replace or be a better option than traditional pharmaceutical medications.

    1.  Turmeric for the Management of Diabetes

    When it comes to lowering your blood sugar and reversing insulin resistance Turmeric is possibly the best natural treatment. A study published by Biochemistry and Biophysical Research Communications in 2009 investigated how supplementing with Turmeric can help reverse Diabetes. The study found that Curcumin in Turmeric is 400 times more powerful than a common Diabetes drug (Metformin) in triggering AMPK to improve insulin sensitivity and help reverse Type 2 Diabetes. Curcumin also helps to reverse many issues related to decreased insulin sensitivity and hyperglycemia such as the loss of sight. The loss of sight caused by diabetes is because of damaged blood vessels but can be delayed by supplementing with Curcumin.

     

    2. Turmeric as an alternative to Anti-depressants

    Unfortunately, there has only been a few studies that have been conducted on humans, there have been dozens of studies proving that Turmeric is very effective at treating depression symptoms in laboratory animals. Recently the journal Phytotherapy Research published a study of 60 participants with major depressive disorder (MDD). The group was split in three, one-third were treated with Curcumin, one-third were treated with Prozac and the last third were treated with a combination of the two. The study found Curcumin was as effective as Prozac in treating depression. The researchers stated their study is the “First clinical evidence that Curcumin may be used as an effective and safe therapy for treatment in patients with Mild Depression.”.

     

    Inflammation 

    3. Turmeric as an anti-inflammatory

    One of Turmeric’s biggest strengths is that it may be able to reverse and prevent diseases due to its anti-inflammatory properties. One study in the journal Oncogene compared several anti-inflammatory compounds and discovered Turmeric is much more effective than Ibuprofen and Aspirin. How amazing when inflammation is behind the majority of today's diseases’ for example cancer and high cholesterol. There are other great natural anti-inflammatory products on the market which can be used in conjunction with Turmeric such as Arnica which can be found in my Repair Tonic.

     

    4. Turmeric aids cancer treatment 

    One of the most researched areas of Turmeric and Curcumin and diseases reversal is their potential to be anti-cancerous. Multiple studies on cancer cells have shown that Curcumin is anti-cancerous. Turmeric seems to have the ability to kill cancer cells and stop them from growing. Studies find Curcumin is most effective in fighting against skin cancer, breast cancer, bowel cancer and stomach cancer. An American study in 2007  found that Curcumin combined with chemotherapy killed more cancer cells than just chemotherapy alone. The American Cancer Society state that Curcumin interferes with cancer development, growth and spread. Researchers have also reported Turmeric’s ability to reduce tumour size and kill cancer cells.

     

    5. Anticoagulants/Antiplatelets

    Traditionally to slow/prevent blood clotting and treat conditions like vascular thrombosis doctors will prescribe Asprin, Warfarin, Naproxen, Ibuprofen and many other pharmaceuticals which can have unwanted side effects like excessive bleeding, haemorrhages’, headaches and more. Studies in the mid-80s found the Curcumin in Turmeric was actually a better option for treating vascular thrombosis. The great thing about Turmeric is that there is near no side effects unless it is taken in exceptionally excessive amounts.

     

    6. Gastrointestinal treatments

    Corticosteroids are often prescribed to people with digestive and stomach complaints, unfortunately, people become intolerant to medical interventions because their stomach flora is already damaged and corticosteroids can tear up the mucosal lining. Studies analysing Turmeric’s ability to manage IBS, Ulcerative Colitis and Crohn’s disease found many patients could stop taking corticosteroids because their conditions improved so much after taking Curcumin. This is great news for many people with these diseases as although corticosteroids reduce their pain symptoms they also damage their intestinal lining over time actually making the condition worse. Turmeric helps treat these diseases because it acts as an anti-inflammatory healing the gut and supporting the growth of good bacteria.

     

    7. Arthritis management 

    A study was undertaken on 45 Rheumatoid Arthritis patients to compare the benefits of the Arthritis drug Diclofenac Sodium to Curcumin in Turmeric. The participants of the study were split into three groups, one-third took Curcumin treatment alone, one-third took Diclofenac Sodium alone and the last third took a combination of the two. The group that took Curcumin only showed the highest percentage of improvement, significantly better than the participants in the Diclofenac Sodium group. What is important to note here is that Curcumin is also a lot safer option than Diclofenac Sodium which puts people at risk of developing leaky gut and heart disease.

     

    8. Cholesterol regulators 

    Heart disease is a huge problem in 2017 because more and more people are developing pre-diabetes (excessive blood sugar). Because of this a lot of diabetics and pre-diabetics are suffering from oxidative stress, this leads to damage inside the blood vessels. This damage is then patched up with cholesterol which leads to high levels of LDL cholesterol. Traditionally this cholesterol build up is treated with Statin. Statin does lower cholesterol levels but is known to harm the liver and kidneys as well as causing other deadly side effects. Statin also never addresses the root of the cholesterol build up, namely the oxidative stress caused by high blood sugar levels and inflammation. Studies have found that Curcumin was as good as or better than diabetes medications at lowering oxidative stress and inflammation.

     

    9. Painkillers 

    Turmeric's ability to manage pain is widely accepted in scientific communities. The European Journal of Pharmacologypublished an article which found Curcumin naturally switches on the opioid system in diabetic rats. This process is the bodies natural pain-relieving response which is typically manipulated by drugs. Another study looks at the range of pain conditions that can be treated by Turmeric. One pain condition looked at was severe burns. Normally severe burns are treated with nonsteroidal anti-inflammatories and harmful opioids. The U.S. Army Institute of Surgical Research suggests that Curcumin should be used to treat burns instead of these conventional medications because of its anti-inflammatory benefits.

     

    10. Steroids 

    Turmeric can benefit many conditions usually treated by corticosteroids such as Lupus, Rheumatoid arthritis, Psoriasis, Scleroderma and Chronic pain. Back in 1999, a study found that Curcumin has the ability to cure chronic inflammation of the eye. Chronic inflammation of the eye is often treated with steroids but today it is becoming more common for doctors to prescribe Curcumin instead. The important difference between managing disease with Turmeric instead of steroids is the lack of side effects. The list of side effects from steroids is massive some of these but far from limited to are Asthma, Cancer, Diabetes, Hypertension (high blood pressure) and Stunted growth in children.

     

    My Final Word on Turmeric

    If you have any of the diseases listed above you should consider the natural approach of treating them with Turmeric first before considering drugs with harsh side effects. For those who are not suffering from any of the diseases listed taking Turmeric daily will serve you well as a preventative measure. Turmeric is in my top 10 supplements people should be taking for their entire life! This is because inflammation is the catalyst of nearly all disease. An organic source of Turmeric is a must too, so it is not laced with contaminants which defeats taking it in the first place.

    Rachelle xx

    Inflammatory Skin Disorders

    Inflammatory Skin Disorders


    What are Inflammatory Skin Disorders?

    Skin inflammation is the external sign that things aren’t quite right below the surface. Dermatitis (atopic and contact) and hives are examples of allergy based skin disorders. Seborrheic dermatitis and rosacea involve skin microorganisms that cause inflammatory reactions and Psoriasis and Acne are also examples of inflammatory reactions.

    How can Inflammatory Skin Disorders be managed?

    Inflammatory skin disorders can be managed both by medicinal means as well as changes to lifestyle factors such as diet and stress management. Many studies have shown that stress reducing actions such as relaxation, meditation and food sensitivity avoidance along with taking the correct supplements can manage these disorders well.

    Atopic Dermatitis is a chronic inflammatory skin condition affecting up to 20% of children and 3% of adults. Stress and lifestyle factors can play a big part in causing flare ups which is known to disturb the skin microbiome, damage barrier function and alter immune function.  

    Are Hydrocortisone based products safe?

    For years now a quick and effective treatment has been the use of corticosteroids and calcineurin inhibitors. However long term usage of these topical products can also have negative effects such as damaging skin structure, interfering with skin repair and increasing the susceptibility to infections. Which is why it is recommended to only use hydrocortisone based products in short bursts.

    Whilst these topical products can produce good results for the current outbreak they are not getting to the root of the problem. I like to look deep down at the causes and address those to ensure that we can find solutions to the problem below the surface.

    What will treat Inflammatory Skin Disorders at the source of the issue?

    Did you know that Zinc, Vitamin D, Probiotics and Fish Oil have all been proven to have fantastic results in addressing the root source of many inflammatory skin conditions?

    Zinc plays a very important role in the skin's immune function and many inflammatory skin problems are well know to be a result of zinc deficiency.

    Vitamin D receptors in the skins cells aid in the regulation of immune function and decreasing inflammatory skin responses.

    Probiotics have shown very positive results in clinical 12 week trials in addressing atopic dermatitis. This is due to good bacteria balancing the gut biome and enhancing the skin barrier function.

    Fish Oil has also led to reductions in scaling, itching and overall severity in a recent clinical 12 week trial with 31 sufferers.

    I have studied Anti-Aging and cellular issues and skin issues for many years and as a result I have developed the Skin Balance Tonic to get to the root cause of the many skin issues and provide support at its source and the Skin Balance Balm as a topical treatment above the surface.

    Skin Balance Tonic has been developed to treat skin issues at a cellular level. I have combined 8 specific extracts which when combined go to work to restore balance to the skin at the cellular level.

    Skin Balance Balm has been developed as a topical long term daily use cream (unlike harmful steroids). It is certified organic, assists with many types of skin irritations including itchy and inflamed skin, is fantastic for cracked lips, contains antibacterial and anti-fungal oils, is suitable for all skin types and can even be used to treat and reduce nappy rash.

    Conclusion

    Skin Inflammatory Disorders are uncomfortable and depending on severity can be absolutely unbearable and debiitating. For severe cases please make sure you seek medical help along with addressing lifestyle factors and some of the vitamin deficiencies you may be experiencing.

    I’m always here to give you specific advice and can be reached from this site via facebook messenger for individual assistance.



    Glutathione - is this the mother of all antioxidants?

    Glutathione - is this the mother of all antioxidants?

    What is Glutathione and what are its benefits?

    Glutathione is probably one of the most unknown but absolutely essential things that our body needs to function well and maintain a healthy state. Glutathione is found in fruit, vegetable and meats naturally as well as being produced naturally in our liver. It's an essential and super powerful antioxidant that works absolutely tirelessly in our cells and is involved in so many processes in maintaining good health, it's hard to list them all. The main functions include; tissue building and repair, producing chemicals and proteins in the body that are essential to building our immune system and is also essential for reducing the side effects of chemotherapy treatment for cancer patients. It prevents damage to our cells.

    Here is a list of health issues that glutathione has been linked to for the positive treatment of: 

    • cataracts
    • glaucoma
    • preventative ageing
    • treating alcoholism
    • asthma
    • heart disease
    • high cholesterol
    • liver problems
    • aids
    • chronic fatigue
    • alzheimer's
    • memory loss
    • lung disease
    • diabetes
    • anemia
    • infertility

    Because it's a true powerhouse in positive support for our body, it's essential that you do all you can to prevent your glutathione levels from becoming low and suffering from glutathione deficiency.

    Here's a list of things that can cause depletion of your glutathione levels:

    • poor diet
    • stress
    • drugs
    • infection
    • injury, burns or trauma
    • radiation and chemotherapy
    • general ageing
    • pollution
    • build up of toxins
    • build up of free radicals

    Glutathione fights oxidative stress in the body, controls inflammation, slows the ageing process, can help prevent depression and stress, limits brain degeneration, powerfully fights infections, helps heal the gut, and can assist in the reduction of cancer cells.

    How much Glutathione boosting supplements should you take per day (RDA - Recommended Daily Allowances)

    Unfortunately there are no established RDA (recommended daily allowances) of glutathione boosting supplements. However due to the way human cells are designed you cannot 'overdose' on glutathione. It's best to take the manufacturers advice on dosage levels based on the specific supplement that you choose. But to sum it up take enough of the supplement to raise your glutathione levels to the point where you are feeling great, full of energy and you are generally maintaining good health.

    Symptoms of Glutathione Deficiency

    Glutathione deficiency leads to:

    • increased oxidative stress
    • reduction in the ability to detoxify
    • build up of toxins and heavy metals in the body
    • unable to repair DNA
    • mutating cells
    • weak cell membranes
    • reduced oxygen to your cells
    • cell death

    Some tell tale symptoms that your glutathione levels are low include:

    • headaches
    • dizziness
    • lack of energy
    • joint pain
    • rashes
    • dry skin
    • sleep disorders
    • depression
    • frequent colds and flus

    Which foods contain Glutathione naturally?

    Apples, asparagus, avocados, broccoli, spinach, grapefruit, tomatoes, parsley, pears, carrots, oranges, garlic and meats all contain varying levels of glutathione, however to ensure you maintain adequate levels of glutathione I suggest that you look to glutathione supplements that provide therapeutic doses.
     

    What to look for and what to avoid when purchasing Glutathione boosting supplements?

    Finding a truly great glutathione boosting supplement can prove slightly difficult if you are not sure what you are looking for. Glutathione precursors help the body produce and lift GSH (Glutathione) levels, so picking a supplement to boost the glutathione precursors is the best way to bolster the body's master antioxidant glutathione and ensure your levels are at their top.

    Glutathione precursors include:

    • N Acetylcysteine
    • Alpha Lipodic Acid
    • Selenium
    • B vitamins
    • Vitamin C
    • Vitamin E
    • Milk Thistle

    Choosing a supplement with some or all of these added ingredients is your best bet.

    Avoid glutathione supplements that do not include some or all of the above.

    Which Glutathione supplement do I recommend?

    Premiere Research Labs - PRL Glutathione is my best recommendation to you, it's the highest quality that I've found and the product that I personally choose to take. I also take it with PRL NAC to supercharge the results.

    In Conclusion

    I can't stress enough the importance of keep your glutathione levels full every single day. When you do, you won't believe you are the same person, your energy levels, mood, general health and happiness will be at an all time high.