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Don’t Cut the Fats If You Have High Cholesterol

posted by Cindy L. Tjol

Contrary to conventional wisdom, cutting your intake of fatty foods may not actually help you lower your cholesterol levels.

In fact, there are those who have actually lowered their blood cholesterol levels while still on a high cholesterol diet. This is because there are different types of cholesterol, and some types of cholesterol are actually good for your body (I will not be discussing the different types of cholesterol in this entry).

However, one thing is for sure. If you DO NOT cut down on your intake of simple sugars and carbohydrates, you ARE VERY LIKELY to continue having high cholesterol levels. In addition, you will be putting yourself at higher risk of heart diseases.

This is because when you consume too much sugar in your daily diet, your liver actually converts the excessive sugar into fats (and cholesterol is a type of fat) for storage in the body. These fats, known as triglycerides, contribute to the blockage and hardening of arteries, as well as other cardiovascular diseases.

An analysis of over 6,000 adults who participated in an ongoing National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) from 1999 to 2006 found that the more sugar the participants ate, the higher their triglycerides, and the lower their HDL (HDL refers to the healthy version of cholesterol, and the lower the proportion of HDL, the more likely you are to have “unhealthy cholesterol”).

So if you are really serious about lowering your unhealthy cholesterol levels, look toward cutting your intake of sugars FIRST.

I will touch on some of the foods to eat to support your efforts at lowering unhealthy cholesterol in my next blog entry. Stay tuned!

References
[1] http://www.insights-on-health.com/how-to-lower-cholesterol-naturally-a-holistic-perspective/2/
[2] http://www.webmd.com/heart-disease/news/20100420/high-sugar-diet-linked-lower-good-cholesterol


Cindy L. TJOL is trained in Psychology, Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine. She has several years of experience writing on natural health on the internet. Follow her on her blog and read her other articles at Insights On Health.com.

6 Things To Do If You Suffer From Asthma

posted by Cindy L. Tjol

Here are 6 natural remedies you can try if you (or your loved one) have asthma.

Keep a diary of your symptoms

Keep a daily record of your asthma symptoms and condition on a daily basis, to help you better understand what your asthma triggers are. Subsequently, avoid the foods or things that often seem to trigger your attacks.

Foods to eat

Foods that are rich in omega 3 have shown to help those with asthma. Examples are flaxseed oil, walnut oil, salmon, tuna, sardines and halibut. This is because the essential fatty acids can help reduce inflammation in your body.

Foods that are rich in vitamins, minerals and antioxidants are also helpful. Fruits and vegetables are especially good sources of these nutrients. You can try out apples, tomatoes, berries, citrus fruits, kiwis, carrots, garlic, onion, and turmeric, among other fruits and vegetables.

Foods to avoid

Some foods are known to trigger allergic reactions in some people with sensitive bodies. Examples of such foods include processed sugar, processed foods especially those containing white flour, coffee, as well as foods with additives and colorings.

Homeopathy

The homeopathic remedy Belladonna has been shown to reduce constriction in the airways during an asthma attack.

Essential oils

You can create an essential oil mixture for asthma using Cedarwood (10 drops), Eucalyptus (10 drops) and Roman Chamomile (2 drops) in 2 oz of water. Place a few drops of the mixture on a towel and inhale from the towel.

Things to keep away from

Keep away from furry pets or furry soft toys. Keep the air around you clean by investing in a quality HEPA air filter at home or in the office. Make sure that your clothes and beddings are thoroughly cleaned and do away with your old carpets.

References
[1] Collins, Elise Marie. An A-Z Guide to Healing Foods: A Shopper’s Companion. San Francisco, California: Conari Press, 2009. Print.
[2] http://www.insights-on-health.com/take-control-of-your-asthma-3-crucial-areas/


Cindy L. TJOL is trained in Psychology, Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine. She has several years of experience writing on natural health on the internet. Follow her on her blog and read her other articles at Insights On Health.com.

This Oil Could Help You With Your Menopausal Symptoms

posted by Cindy L. Tjol

As my mum approached her 50s, she started experiencing some uncomfortable symptoms of menopause, such as anxiety and hot flashes. In fact, many women around her age also come to suffer from similar or other menopausal symptoms, which could include irritability, headaches, breast tenderness, fluid retention, and mood swings.

If only there is something that could help them (and one day, myself).

Well, nature has indeed provided women with a precious herb to help them tide through this period of hormonal change.

This herb is native to North America, but is also found in Europe and other areas in the Southern hemisphere. The seeds of this plant are rich in the rare essential fatty acid gamma-linolenic acid (GLA), which is crucial in hormonal balance (which is lacking in ladies experiencing perimenopause or menopause).

This plant is the evening primrose. Its fragrant yellow flower opens in the late afternoon and evening, hence its name.

Besides helping ladies in their golden years deal with the issue of menopause, GLA in evening primrose oil has also been found to aid in the prevention and alleviation of many degenerative diseases, such as hardening of arteries, heart diseases, multiple sclerosis and high blood pressure. GLA also has anti-inflammatory properties, and hence has been used in treating arthritis. It has also been shown to promote liver regeneration.

It seems that evening primrose can also help reduce the risk of breast cancer, which is found to be higher in women who have gone through menopause.

So many benefits from this single herb!

Learn more about the benefits of evening primrose and how you can make use of this amazing oil today.

References
[1] Collins, Elise Marie. An A-Z Guide to Healing Foods: A Shopper’s Companion. San Francisco, California: Conari Press, 2009. Print.
[2] http://www.insights-on-health.com/learn-about-the-menopause-and-evening-primrose-oil-connection/


Cindy L. TJOL is trained in Psychology, Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine. She has several years of experience writing on natural health on the internet. Follow her on her blog and read her other articles at Insights On Health.com.

What To Do If You Are Plagued By Eczema

posted by Cindy L. Tjol

If you or your loved ones are troubled by eczema, below are some natural remedies you could try out. These remedies originated from a natural health practitioner who specializes in energy healing, flower essences and essential oils.

Topical relief for eczema

On days when the pain or itch simply drives you crazy, take a warm bath with a cup of Epsom salts added to the water. The salts can help you relax your body, relieve pain, as well as eliminate toxins from your body. Allow yourself to soak in the warm and soothing bath warm for not more than 20 minutes, after which towel dry and apply a moisturizer to your wet skin and allow it to dry naturally. You could use jojoba oil, almond oil or grapeseed oil as a form of natural moisturizer.

If you need to be up and about, you can also obtain relieve from the itch and pain on your skin by using aloe vera gel. It can help soothe your inflamed skin and facilitate its healing. My family uses the brand Lily Of The Dessert and we get it from here. It does not contain any parabens, artificial colors or fragrances. The gel is refreshing to the skin, and does not leave behind any sticky feeling.

Reduce your use of soap, especially on areas where your skin is dry. Use natural soaps that do not contain harmful chemicals that are too harsh on your skin.

Eczema is a problem that is beyond the skin

While eczema affects mainly your skin, it is a health problem that actually originates from inside your body. This is because your skin is actually a major organ for eliminating toxins from your body. When your body is filled with toxins (brought about by everyday pollution, unhealthy foods, stress, etc), it is not surprising that your skin gets badly affected too.

So it is not enough just to seek out topical relief if you want to get rid of your eczema for good. You need to clean up your insides as well.

Some important things you would need to do include the following.

Drink lots of water (at least 8 glasses) to help your body flush out the toxins within.

Take aloe vera juice per day, so that your skin can be nourished from inside.

Take vitamin E supplements to enhance tissue repair in your skin.

Practice meditation, breathing exercises, or any other stress-relieving techniques, especially if your eczema outbreaks are triggered by stress. Ultimately, you may need to address the source of your chronic stress.

Try eliminating foods like dairy, wheat and peanuts from your diet for a few weeks, to see if your symptoms improve. These foods are known food allergens, and they trigger eczema outbreaks in some who are allergic to them.

Ensure a nutritious diet, not just a tasty one, or one that merely gets you past the day.

Essential oils for healing

Essential oils, a form of concentrated plant-based medicine, can be used for reducing the inflammation and infection on your skin, as well as promote its healing.

The following hand-blend of essential oils has been used by the above-mentioned natural health practitioner to significantly reduce the frequency and intensity of flare-ups in eczema patients.

  • oil of almond, jojoba or grapeseed (in a glass bottle)

  • 6 drops of Eucalyptus
  • 6 drops of Geranium
  • 4 drops of Juniper
  • 8 drops of Lavender
  • 4 drops of Patchouli
  • 4 drops of Rosewood

For the best results, use a therapeutic-grade organic or wild-crafted essential oil. The blend is to be used externally on the skin (it should never be consumed), on a consistent basis.

References
[1] http://www.saltworks.us/salt_info/epsom-uses-benefits.asp
[2] http://www.insights-on-health.com/natural-remedies-for-healing-eczema/


Cindy L. TJOL is trained in Psychology, Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine. She has several years of experience writing on natural health on the internet. Follow her on her blog and read her other articles at Insights On Health.com.

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