Go Nuts to Calm Inflammation!

Did you know eating nuts can calm inflammation in your body? Me either! I’ve always loved nuts, but viewed them as fat, to consume as little as possible or face the scales. The past few months, I have added nuts to my diet and haven’t seen the weight gain I feared, thankfully, love the feeling of fullness and added crunch and flavor in my snacks or by themselves.  Along comes a new study with wonderful news of what consuming nuts can do for your health.

http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2014/02/20/pancreatic-cancer-prevention-eat-nuts-reduce-risk_n_4821741.html

Nuts to Help Calm Your Body’s Inflammation!

“In a study of more than 5,000 people, investigators from Brigham and Women’s Hospital have found that greater intake of nuts was associated with lower levels of biomarkers of inflammation, a finding that may help explain the health benefits of nuts. The results of the study appear July 27 in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.”

If you were asked to participate in the study, which nuts would you like to eat regularly? Almonds? Walnuts? Cashews? Pecans? Pine Nuts? I’m in love with cashews right now. Have bags of them stored in a variety of places so I never have to go far to ward off hunger pains with a quick handful. I’ve also found a great “Paleonola” nut mixture that I mix into my greek yogurt every morning.

“Population studies have consistently supported a protective role of nuts against cardiometabolic disorders such as cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes, and we know that inflammation is a key process in the development of these diseases,” said corresponding author Ying Bao, MD, ScD, an epidemiologist in BWH’s Channing Division of Network Medicine. “Our new work suggests that nuts may exert their beneficial effects in part by reducing systemic inflammation.”

Since increasing my consumption of nuts in exchange for cookies, I’ve not seen a major weight loss, and will be curious to see how my cholesterol and triglyceride levels will change when I have them drawn again in a few months.

“After adjusting for age, medical history, lifestyle and other variables, they found that (the 120,000 Registered Nurse) participants who had consumed five or more servings of nuts per week had lower levels of (inflammatory biomarkers) than those who never or almost never ate nuts. In addition, people who substituted three servings per week of nuts in place of red meat, processed meat, eggs or refined grains had significantly lower (inflammatory biomarker) levels, as well.”

What do you think? Are these results enough to encourage you to add nuts to your diet?

Excerpts and quotes taken from an article in  Science Daily. com

Sugar is Out, Nuts are In

Sugar. I’m putting it aside. For now. Putting it aside versus giving it up. Someone suggested using the term “putting it aside” to trick my mind into thinking it’s not forever, and I’m in control of “not putting it aside” when I want to. Ha.

A couple years ago, I began going for a physical exam, including blood work, the first week of the new year. This year, some numbers were off a little more than I’m happy with. My diastolic blood pressure has trended upward and stayed there for the past year. My cholesterol and hemaglogin A1c, although normal, a little on the high side. Then there’s that homocysteine, increases with inflammation, potential stroke threat.

So, I made some changes. Two changes are intentional, two more were pleasant surprises.

Change 1

Sugar is out. As much as in my control, no more sugar. It causes inflammation in your body, wreaks havoc with overall health, and it really doesn’t do one thing helpful, except calm me when stressed. No more.

Cashews and Paleonola

Change 2

Eat more nuts. Sounds silly, but I’m enjoying two nut options throughout the day. They have replaced my snacks with sugar. Cashews are lovely, and I enjoy crunching on “Paleonola” granola, apple pie flavor. Ingredients include almonds, pecans, pepitas, honey, walnuts, coconut oil, sunflower seeds, flax seeds, dried apple, dried coconut, spices and vanilla extract. Ok, so honey. [Read more…]

Stress and Your Inflamed Skin

Stress & Your Inflamed Skin

It would certainly seem true that when you’re stressed, your skin shows it by the development of a large pimple in a most undesirable location (read Does Stress Cause Acne?), a new patch of eczema springing up, and the flaring up of your rosacea, right?

Scientific research has yet to confirm – until now. [Read more…]

New Targeted Approach to Acne

There's a new targeted approach to acne treatment...and here's the scoop!

Researchers at UC Santa Barbara have created a three-pronged approach to treating acne. This novel process includes low frequency ultrasound which pushes very tiny gold and silica particles deep into the skin, followed by the application of laser. The laser shines light onto the particles which generates heat and pushes the particles into the sebaceous glands, which deactivates them. [Read more…]

Which Hidden Food Allergies Might Be Making You Gain Weight?

food allergiesDid you know that healthy foods you eat every day may be causing you to gain weight? Neither did I, until my naturopathic doctor offered me a six week program of eliminating certain foods while drinking a detox shake for three weeks. After that, I would add back the foods, one at a time, for three days each, to see how my body reacts, which can show sensitivity and allergies. Seems that eating the same foods often, over a long period of time, can cause our body to become allergic to them, which then causes inflammation within, and a host of not so healthy responses like autoimmune diseases and the like.

A common scenario is an adult with a low-grade food allergy to say, gluten, who never pinpoints the cause of his misery. His symptoms are vague (bloating, constipation, weight gain) and his exposure is frequent (breakfast, lunch and dinner), so the connection is murky. And, over years, the hidden allergy takes a toll on the immune system. The result of an overworked immune system is everything from weight gain to irritable bowel syndrome.” [Read more…]

Anti-Aging Formula

Dr. David B. SamadiEvery Sunday I wake up early so I don’t miss Sunday House Call on Fox News, where two excellent physicians, Dr. David Samadi, and Dr. Marc Seigel,  share health and wellness tips, discuss medical topics and always provide advice for living a longer, healthier life.

Here is the Samadi Anti-aging formula (for a longer life – taken from his Facebook Page):

If inflammation is the reason why we age, then reducing inflammation should prolong our life. I will stand behind this formula and I promise you it will help you clear all the free radicals: [Read more…]

What should I do if I get Sunburned?

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Sometime this summer you, or someone you know, will have a sunburn (even if you stayed out of the sun during peak hours, and wore sunscreen). If you didn’t try to prevent a sunburn, now comes the heat and pain. So what can you do to help repair the damage?

Here are a few tips that can help soothe your basic sunburn: [Read more…]

Tips to Prevent Chronic Inflammation

Ever had a paper cut?  Ouch!  So tiny, yet so red and painful!  That redness and pain is a result of acute inflammation.   A simple little cut in our skin causes our body’s immune system to activate a variety of cecut finger by TheTruthAbout...lls that destroy bacteria, form blood clots, and renew the skin so that our wound heals with a tiny little scar.PA280032 by Calpurnius

Acute inflammation has a special short-term purpose of healing our bodies from injury, infection,  and allergies.  Once the situation is under control, the inflammatory response shuts down. Chronic inflammation occurs when our body doesn’t  recognize when the “fire is out”, and there are still “smouldering embers” somewhere inside.

Let me put it another way.  We’re sitting on the 50 yard line, watching our home team football game, and we have the ball.  The opponent is our cross town rival  and we begin to run the ball.  The defense pushes back, effectively, but doesn’t stop when the play is done!  Then, our opponent’s bench Battle for the Ball by Mark Griffithclears as they all join in, aggressively continuing to tackle us.  Unbelievably, these guys start going into the stands, taking out the spectators!  People of all ages are getting hurt, the trainers and medics can’t take care of the injured quickly enough, and our team can’t shut them down!

Silly example, I know, but you get the idea!  As our body’s immune system continues fighting the infection, injury or allergy, even after things have calmed down, damage is done to tissues and organs that were otherwise perfectly healthy.  Chronic inflammation consists of acute inflammation that just keeps going, having far-reaching effects.  If  left uncontrolled over time, it can lead to degenerative conditions and diseases.

Here are some lifestyle changes that we can implement right now to vastly reduce the inflammation already existing in our bodies and prevent it in the future.

  • mediterranean salad by SabincheDIET Diets high in sugar and saturated fats promote inflammation.  A great way to change it up is by increasing our intake of monosaturated fats like cold pressed extra virgin olive oil, adding Omega 3 (we use Flax Seed oil at our house), and eating whole grains, rainbow-colored fruits and vegetables, and dark chocolate (80% if you can). Look for probiotics in Kefir, live active cultured yogurts, or even a probiotic tablet is good.
  • MAINTAIN A HEALTHY WEIGHT Prevents chronic inflammatory diseases.  Don’t forget to EXERCISE!! Even as little as a brisk walk for half an hour a day will make a huge difference in your overall health and bone strength!
  • STOP SMOKING! “nuff said!”
  • GET PLENTY OF REST Solid, uninterrupted, restful sleep restores, replenishes and rejuvenates our body’s cells and tissues.  If you can, a good 7 – 10 hours a night is the goal.
  • Mr.Sleep Puff Bear *Kumanoko* by Seattle RollREDUCE STRESS Yes, you can!!  Try some yoga, meditation, deep breathing, listening to calming sounds, visualization and relaxation techniques, and saying “no” more often to over commitment.
  • SUPPLEMENTS When you eat on the fly, you can’t always be assured of getting all the nutrients your body needs! When it comes to antioxidant supplements, I can only recommend one product line, because IT WORKS and has the widest variety of high antioxidant fruits and vegetables available!  Lifeoxylin Elixir lets you drink your colors!  Diets high in antioxidant rich fruits and vegetables provide a wide array of health benefits; in addition to protecting our cells from oxidative stress, antioxidants are known to strengthen our immune systems, reduce cancer risk, prevent macular degeneration, and protect against heart disease. What colors do you get from Lifeoxylin Elixir? Concord Grape, Blueberry, Purple Carrot, Acai, Noni, Blackberry, Mangosteen, Beet, Escobillo, Goji Berry, Pomegranate, Apple, Cranberry, Strawberry, Mango, Quebracho Extract, Yellow Carrot, Pineapple, Pear, Aloe Vera, Polypodium, Broccoli, Olive Leaf Extract, Spinach, PLUS…RESVERATROL, CO Q 10, and ATP (energy!)
  • Colorful by stukinhaSKIN CARE Celloxylin Skin Care System is jam-packed with Free Radical fighting ingredients such as Resveratrol, Caffeine, Vitamin E, Vitamin A, Rhodiola Rosea Root Extract, and Angelica Polymorpha Sinensis Root Extract to name just a few. Skin is the largest organ in our body, and what we put on our skin goes directly into our bloodstream. It is wonderful that there is now a way to put these great antioxidants right on our skin, so we can get the oxidative stress/free radical fighters working internally and externally, all day long, every day.

So, please, while you can, take care of yourself from the inside out and even aging can be beautiful!!

References:

“Fighting Free Radicals”  http://www.aprioribeauty.com/FIC/candace/back_office/did_you_know

“Is Chronic Inflammation the Key to Unlocking the Mysteries of Cancer?” http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=chronic-inflammation-cancer

“What is Chronic Inflammation?” http://www.womentowomen.com/inflammation/whatischronicinflammation.aspx

“Two Faces of Inflammation”, Victoria J. Drake, Ph.D., Linus Pauling Institute http://lpi.oregonstate.edu/ss07/inflammation.html

©2010 Candy Dye

Do You Need a Skin Care Routine?

Are you a soap and water gal?  A bar of soap and a washcloth is all you’ve used for as long as you can remember?

That was me, too!  Every Saturday night, we used a white bar of soap that smelled really, really soapyLovely green soap and dish by sunshinesyrie (not perfumed), scrubbed ourselves all over, hard, with a rough wash cloth, and voila, we were clean enough to wear a dress with white gloves to church the following day!  What I remember the most was how dirty the water was after I got out of the bathtub, and how dry my skin felt for several days after!

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