Celiac Disease and What you should know?

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Celiac Disease and what you should know? As someone who suffers from a chronic illness, it’s very important to educate as many as I can. We live in such a small world, and knowing what signs to look for and how to help someone else heal is very important. 

To read more about my story, check out https://humblesoullifeofajuicer.blog/2020/07/10/adenomyosis-i-am-not-my-disease/. 

DISCLAIMER: Always seek your doctor or other qualified health professional’s guidance with any questions you may have regarding your health or a medical condition. Never disregard a medical professional’s advice or delay in seeking it because of something you have read on this Website. Always consult with a doctor before making significant changes. 

What is Celiac Disease? Celiac disease is a severe autoimmune disease that occurs in genetically predisposed people where the ingestion of gluten leads to damage in the small intestine. It is estimated to affect 1 in 100 people worldwide.

Celiac disease is hereditary, meaning that it runs in families. People with a first-degree relative with celiac disease (parent, child, sibling) have a 1 in 10 risks of developing celiac disease.

Symptoms: 

  • bloating
  • chronic diarrhea
  • constipation
  • gas
Lactose intolerance due to damage to the small intestine
  • loose, greasy, bulky, and bad-smelling stools
  • nausea or vomiting
  • pain in the abdomen

For children with celiac disease, being unable to absorb nutrients at a time when they are so crucial to normal growth and development can lead to

  • damage to the permanent teeth’s enamel
  • delayed puberty 
  • failure to thrive, meaning that an infant or a child weighs less or is gaining less weight than expected for his or her age
  • mood changes or feeling annoyed or impatient
  • slowed growth and short height
  • weight loss

https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/31408136/ (more info)

How to make dietary changes?  

  • Avoid all products with rye, triticale (a cross between wheat and rye), farina, graham flour, semolina, and any other kind of flour, including self-rising and durum, not labeled gluten-free. 
  • Substitute potato, rice, soy, amaranth, quinoa, buckwheat, or bean flour for wheat flour. You can also use sorghum, chickpea or Bengal gram, arrowroot, and cornflour, as well as tapioca starch extract. (These act as thickeners and leavening agents.)

Also 

  • Barley
  • Triticale
  • Malt, including malted milk, malt extract, and malt vinegar
  • Brewer’s yeast
  • Wheat starch

When checking labels, make sure they say “certified gluten-free” (rather than simply “wheat-free” ):

  • Beer
  • Bread
  • Desserts, like cake, cookies, and pie
  • Cereal
  • Crackers and seasoned potato chips
  • French fries
  • Pasta
  • Processed meat, including hot dogs and lunch meat
  • Salad dressing
  • Sauces
  • Soups

Other Items To Be Aware Of:

  • children’s modeling dough, such as Play-Doh
  • cosmetics
  • lipstick, lip gloss, and lip balm
  • skin and hair products
  • toothpaste and mouthwash
  • communion wafers

Nutritional Deficiencies Common in People With Celiac And Safe Foods to Eat: (Supplements are always an option as well)

Calcium: Dairy, Salmon, Sardines, Kale, Oranges 

Zinc: Alaska king crab, Lobster, Cashews, Mushrooms, Beans, Leafy greens

Iron: Beef, Tofu, Spinach, White beans, Chickpeas

Vitamin D: Dairy, Almond, Salmon, Almond milk, 

B Vitamins: Sunflower seeds, Mushrooms, Chicken, Lentils 

Supplements & Herbs For Treatment:

Curcumin: Used as an Anti-inflammatory 

Digestive & Probiotics: To help with your digestive system and bowel movements.

Papain supplements: Stimulate the small intestine enzymes to identify gluten, reducing the immune system response properly.

Fish Oil: Acts as a coating for your intestinal lining to keep your small intestines from becoming inflamed.

Herbal Treatments: Goldenseal and olive leaf extracts are commonly used to treat celiac disease because they help regulate and protect the immune system, reducing the small intestine’s autoimmune effects. 

Chamomile is another good herb to reduce digestive inflammation and upset stomachs that are associated with celiac disease.

Valerian helps reduce stress and spasms in the intestines.

 Activated charcoal is primarily used medicinally to absorb ingested poisons. And it also helps to reduce bloating and gas.

Ginger is potent anti-nausea effects and helps with sore stomachs.

Turmeric is a known anti-inflammatory, and many people find it speeds up the healing process. The easiest way to consume (large doses) of turmeric is to pop a pill.

Apple cider vinegar has been shown to alleviate many stomach dilemmas, and gluten ingestion is one of them. (We suggest diluting a tablespoon in one cup of water.)

Horsetail Tea: Reduces the digestive tract’s inflammation and the intestines while also boosting the digestive system’s strength and durability, so your system is less sensitive to gluten.

 Hair loss:

If your celiac disease has gone untreated for a long time, you may be malnourished. Malnutrition can cause hair loss, along with a host of other problems. Alopecia areata occurs when your immune system attacks your hair follicles, causing varying degrees of hair loss.

Case Studies To Check-Out:

https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/23624889/ (study investigated the correlation of hair loss in patients with inflammatory bowel disease)

https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/27833723/ (Celiac Autoantibodies in Alopecia Areata)

https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/16498340/ (Reappearance of alopecia areata) 

Foods that help with Hair Loss: 

Spinach is a superfood comprising vitamins B, C, and E, potassium, calcium, iron, magnesium, and omega-3 fatty acids, all of which are required for healthy hair growth.

(Oatmeal )The ingredients included in an oatmeal hair mask are aloe vera, olive oil, and milk. Aloe vera has aloesin that promotes the regeneration of new hair follicles.

Curry leaves promote longer and stronger hair. Add only a few drops of the essential oil of curry leaves to your regular hair oil and massage your scalp with it. You can also boil some curry leaves and then use that water to rinse hair.

Flaxseed Gel massage stimulates the hair follicles in the scalp while improving blood circulation. It deals with problems like dandruff, hair breakage, and hair thinning. Flax seeds are high in Omega-3 fatty acids. Omega-3 fatty acids help you avoid a dry, scaly scalp and nourish your hair.

(Avocado) Mix one teaspoon of avocado oil, a teaspoon of olive oil, half a teaspoon of natural honey, and one egg. Vitamins B and E in avocado strengthens hair. Vitamin E repairs the damage on the scalp that is likely to slow or prevent hair growth, while vitamin B is essential for hair growth.

Please, as always, drop any questions you may have below. Feel free to like and share. Remember to consult with your doctor before changing or adding anything to your lifestyle or diet. 

Oils all around

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Hey, everyone! Welcome back for another post. Today, we are going to be talking about essential oils/carrier oils. From diffusers to mixing a number of other products, essential oils are used nationwide. Like herbs, always consult with a doctor before changing your diet or testing anything on ANY body part.

Essential oils: 

A natural oil typically obtained by distillation and having the plant’s characteristic fragrance or other sources is extracted.

Before using a new essential, always do a test patch to test for any irritation or swelling.

 WHAT are carrier oils:

Carrier oils are naturally derived from vegetarian sources like the seeds, kernels, or nuts of plants. They have a neutral scent and dilute concentrated essential oils to be safely applied to the skin.

WHY use them:

Essential oils are harsh, which means they evaporate quickly and contain the plant’s natural scent and characteristics they’re derived from. This can make them too strong and result in skin irritation if applied undiluted. Carrier oils do not evaporate or have a strong scent, making them ideal for diluting essential oils, reducing the essential oil concentration without diminishing its properties. When you dilute an essential oil with a carrier oil, you can also control its attention before applying.

Jojoba Oil:
  • Slightly nutty aroma.
  • Medium consistency.
  • Superior, non-greasy absorption, similar to the skin’s natural oils.
  • Moisturizing for skin and hair.
  • Long shelf life.
  • Good for hair products 

Sweet Almond Oil:

  • Has a slightly sweet, nutty aroma.
  • Medium consistency.
  • It absorbs relatively quickly; leaves a slight hint of oil on the skin.
  • Rich in vitamin E and oleic acid.

 *Caution: May cause a reaction to those with nut allergies.*

Coconut Oil:

  • Unlike coconut oil, fractionated coconut oil is liquid at room temperature.
  • No noticeable aroma.
  • Absorbs well; leaves skin feeling silky and moisturized; non-greasy.
  • High in essential fatty acids.
  • Long shelf life.

Grapeseed Oil: 

  • Light, thin consistency.
  • Well suited for massages, it leaves a light glossy film over the skin.
  • Moisturizes skin.
  • High in linoleic acid.
  • Relatively short shelf life.
  • Mostly used in hair and skin products.

Other carrier oils include shea butter, olive oil, and cocoa butter. 

Carrier oils should typically be used within six months, but some oils can stay usable for up to one year. To maximize shelf life, store oils in their original air-tight containers in a cool, dark place.

Different Types of Oils:

Tea Tree:  Safe to use on skin, good for fungus, acne blemishes, and fungal skin infections like athlete’s foot. It also serves as a numbing agent for toothaches and eliminates the infection.

Lavender: Works on bruises, cuts, and skin irritation too. Good stress reliever also (Sleep/Depression).

Calendula: Used to reduce the appearance of acne scars. You can also put a drop in your bath water to soothe psoriasis.

Chamomile: Used for pain oil, anti-inflammation, can also be used for eczema and or rashes. 

Peppermint: Peppermint purifies and stimulates the mind. Apply oil to temples for headache/migraines. It also can increase mental alertness, Also suitable for indigestion in small doses. 

Frankincense: Used for relaxation, may heal bug bites, scars, may help with depression symptoms, inflammation, immunity-boosting, and awareness.

Oregano: This oil has naturally antibacterial qualities, which help to fight colds and other sicknesses.

Lemon: Lemon oil can be used not only to detox the body but it can also to help with acne. Useful for increasing focus and concentration. As a bonus, it can help keep fleas away when used on your pets.

Grapefruit: It’s a natural antiseptic, good for fatigue, and you can add it to your homemade household cleansers to keep your home safe and clean.

Eucalyptus: It has many antibacterial properties and has been known to stimulate the immune system, helps with colds, allergies, and nasal congestion.

Lemongrass: Used as aromatherapy to relieve muscle pain, externally to kill bacteria, ward off insects, and reduce body aches, and internally to help your digestive system.

Thieves: Supports Healthy Immune System and great as a deodorant.

Olive leaf extract: Natural antiviral and immune booster.

Rosemary: Stimulates hair growth, may help with pain management, and repels specific bugs.

Orange:  Used for various applications that range from lifting mood and reducing stress to adding a fresh, citrusy aroma to a room. Some examples include antimicrobial activity, pain relief, and anticancer properties.

Cinnamon: Used as an antibacterial and antifungal agent. It can also be used in aromatherapy as a relaxant.

Clove: Used for easing digestive upset, relieving pain, and helping with respiratory conditions. 

Patchouli: Often used for things such as skin conditions, relieving stress, or controlling appetite. You can apply the diluted oil to your skin or use it for aromatherapy.

Clearly, Sage: Helps with stress reduction, has many antibacterial properties, and may be used as a natural antidepressant. 

Thyme: Commonly used as a preservative in foods, cosmetics, and toiletries. It can also be found as an ingredient in mouthwash.

Diffuser Blends: Feel free to experiment to find the one that works for you.

Tips:

  • Wear Gloves 
  • Always store in dark glass bottles. 
  • Write down the amounts of each oil used.
  • Sniff some coffee grounds to clear your olfactory senses
  • Mix oils in a small bottle and use from that
  • If you have children or pets around, use fewer total drops
  • Strong essential oil, use fewer drops (for example, Patchouli, Vetiver, and Ylang Ylang).
  • In a large room, use more drops
  • For a strong aroma to fill the area, use more drops
  • For a gentle aroma, use fewer drops.

For Uplifting:

  • 4 drops Peppermint, 4 drops Cinnamon, 2 drops Rosemary

Energy: 

  • 2 drop Rosemary, 3 drop Peppermint, 2 drop Lemon
  • 3 drops Wild Orange, 3 drops Peppermint

Peace & Happiness:

  • 2 drops Lavender, 2 drops Bergamot
  • 3 drops Chamomile, 2 drops Wild Orange, 1 drop Grapefruit
  • 2 drops Chamomile, 3 drops Siberian Fir, 2 drops Frankincense

Enhance Memory:

  • 3 drops Rosemary, 2 drops Sweet orange 
  • 3 drops Cypress, 2 drops Coriander
  • 2 drops Black pepper, 3 drops Yuzu

Panic attack/Stress:

  • 2 drops Cleary sage, 3 drops Roman Chamomile
  • 1 drop Rose, 4 drops Lavender
  • 1 drop Neroli, 4 drops Petitgrain
  • 1 drop Rose, 4 drops Frankincense

Confidence:

  • 3 drops Frankincense, 2 drops Mandarin
  • 3 drops Sweet orange, 2 drops Rosemary
  • 3 drops Marjoram, 2 drops Cypress

Promotes Sleep:

  • 5 drops Roman Chamomile, 5 drops Clearly Sage, 5 drops Bergamot 
  • 5 drops Vetiver, 5 drops Patchouli, 5 drops Mandarin
  • 3 drops Lavender, 3 drops Vetiver
  • 4 drops Cedarwood, 2 drops orange 

Nausea:

  • 2 drops Ginger, 3 drops Peppermint
  • 4 drops Spearmint, 2 drops Ginger, 2 drops Cardamom, 2 drops Lavender
  • 2 drops Ginger, 3 drops Peppermint, 2 drops Lavender, 2 drops Basil, 3 drops Black pepper

Cleaning day:

  • 2 drops Pine, 3 drops Lemon
  • 3 drops Lemon, 2 drops Eucalyptus

Oils can be found online on Etsy ( support small business), amazon, doTerra, and young living.

Leave any questions below! Check back tomorrow for another post!

Herb Catalog Pt 2

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Hey everyone, jumping back into our Herb catalog today to see part one; check out our other post. Alway’s remember never to change your diet or try a new regimen without consulting a doctor or herbalist. 

This post will cover herbs for muscles, energy, symptoms of depression/migraines, allergies, digestive system and organ/body function.

Muscles:

Chamomile – Used to heal muscle pain and soreness, helps with insomnia and restlessness. 

Tart Cherries – Used as a muscle relaxer, anti-inflammatory, & antioxidant.

Peppermint – Used as a muscle relaxer for backaches, leg pain, & tension headaches.

Cayenne Pepper – Reduces muscle pain, stiffness, & inflammation.

Epsom Salt: Relaxes the nervous system, removes toxins, & helps with pain and inflammation.

Valerian – Helps with muscle spasms, may help treat insomnia, headaches, and anxiety. 

Arnica – Used as an anti-inflammatory & improves blood circulation.

Lavender – Reduces pain and swelling, helps calm the mind & helps with inflammation.

Passion Flower- Helps with muscle spasms & joint pain. Rich in nutrients and antioxidants, It may always be used for stress, insomnia, and attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).

Raspberry Leaf Tea – Used for muscle pain & cramps, also rich in nutrients and antioxidants. Supports healthy menstruation and tones the uterus.

Magnesium oil – Topical for muscle pain & cramps.

Organ/Body Function:

Milk Thistle – Supports liver health, promotes skin health, may improve allergic asthma symptoms, and may reduce cholesterol. (great for hangovers)

Chromium Picolinate – An essential mineral that you absorb from the foods you eat. Some people take a supplement as a complementary and alternative therapy to help a chromium deficiency control blood sugar levels, lower cholesterol, or lose weight. 

Dandelion – Supports kidney health, may reduce cholesterol, may lower blood pressure, and may help with weight loss.

Cayenne – May lower blood pressure, help with a metabolism boost, and may lower cholesterol.

Bilberry -Helps if you have diarrhea, eye problems, varicose veins, poor circulation, and even cancer.

Apple Vinegar Cider -Helps lower diabetes, treat cancer, heart health, high cholesterol, and weight loss.

Resveratrol – Protects cells from free radical damage, inhibits the spread of cancer, especially prostate cancer, lowers blood pressure, keeps heart-healthy, and improves elasticity in blood vessels. Normalizes anti-inflammatory response, Helps prevent Alzheimer’s disease.

Digestive:

Digestive enzymes – Helps with digestive health and also inflammation.

DGL – Licorice Root Extract that aids digestion and treats stomach complaints, including heartburn and indigestion.

Probiotics – Helps with gut health, has an immune system booster, and a good bacteria. 

Marshmallow root tea – Treats cough and colds. It may act as a pain reliever, aid in digestion, or be used as a diuretic. 

Slippery Elm – Used against diarrhea and an intestinal and rectal coating to eliminate viral and bacterial infections.

Allergies:

Quercetin – Used for natural antihistamine (seasonal allergies and allergic reactions)

Nettle Stinging Leaf (tea) – Used for allergies.

Detox/Antioxidant/Radiation:

Vitamin C – Used as detox and immune system booster and repair. 

DMG (N-Dimethylglycine) – Improves oxygen utilization, detoxification, cell protection, immune system modulation, and physical performance.

Glutathione – Used as a super antioxidant for stress and used for injuries.

King Chlorella – Cleaning out environmental toxins/heavy metals.

Iodine (liquid kelp) – Protection against radiation.

Beet Root – Used as a body detox.

Antioxidant, heart health, anti-aging:

Green Tea – Full of antioxidants, may also reduce bad breath and may help with heart disease. 

Activated Charcoal – Used as full body detox, works through the digestive tract and whitens teeth.

Bentonite Clay – Used as a heavy metal detox, treating oily skin and acne and detoxifying the skin.

Diatomaceous Earth – Used as a heavy metal detox, helps treat constipation and be used as an exfoliator. 

Cilantro -Rids heavy metal in the body, may lower anxiety, lower blood sugar, and help prevent a UTI (Urinary tract infection).

Organic Citrus peels – Rich in fiber, vitamin c, folate, calcium and can be used a metal detox.

Spirulina – A powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory, may reduce blood pressure and detox heavy metals. 

Oil of oregano -A powerful antioxidant used to purify the blood, detox, & repair the immune system.

Echinacea – A super herb used to purify the blood, detox, & repair the immune system.

Depression/Brain/Migraines:

Vitamin D – May help with mental health, used as an immune booster, used for scar healing, and keeps muscles healthy.

Lithium Orotate –Used as a mood stabilizer, used to help with anxiety and for cluster headaches. 

Vitamin B-6 – May improve mood and reduce symptoms of depression, promote brain health, and treat PMS symptoms. 

Magnesium – May help with migraines, keep blood pressure regularly and keep bones healthy. 

Glutathione -May help with migraines, may reduce stress, and may help fight against autoimmune diseases. 

Molecularly distilled fish oil – May help with symptoms of depression, removing heavy metals and other toxins.

St. John Wort –  May help with symptoms of depression and decreases nervousness and tiredness related to depression.

B2 – May help with migraine symptoms, also helps break down proteins, fats, and carbohydrates.

Energy:

Pantothenic Acid – Filled with (Vitamin B-5) It’s necessary for making blood cells, and it helps you convert the food you eat into energy.

Eleuthero root – Increases energy and reduces fatigue, also may manage menopause.

Sleep:

Melatonin – Used as a sleep aid.

Valerian – Used as a sleep aid, also promotes relaxation and reduces anxiety.

Chamomile -Promotes relaxation and used sleep aide, also so may help with PMS symptoms.

Tart Cherry Juice – Used for sleep help, also used to treat gout and illness prevention.

Ask a herbalist Part 3

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Hey everyone, and welcome back to Ask a herbalist part three. It has been a minute, and I want to thank everyone for their patience. Today we are jumping right back into the questions, so here we go. 

  • How to start a herb collection? 

Your herb collection would depend on what you are trying to achieve. I will list some essential herbs and how they can be used in the kitchen, home, and health. Remember always to keep spices or herbs in a dry, sealed mason jar. Always make sure no water gets inside, or mold might grow. A lot of shops on Etsy have starter kits. Don’t overthink it and start small. These are a few things I always keep on hand. 

  • Peppermint: Now, I have about 3 peppermint plants currently because I love everything about it. As someone who has IBS, I tend to have a lot of stomach issues. Peppermint is good for nausea, headaches, cramps in oil form, upset stomach, gout, and more. Peppermint also relaxes muscles and helps treat diarrhea and IBS. 
  • Dill: Dill is a herb in the celery/carrot family. Dill leaf will help with cramps, muscle spasm and stimulates breast milk. Safe for children, but always consult with a doctor first if you have any concerns. Dill also helps with halitosis (bad breath). If you chew the seeds daily, it can help with a long term problem. 
  • Garlic: Surprise, I am more than sure everyone, well most people have some form of this herb in your household. Garlic is one of the most powerful herbs in the book, from thrust, yeast, and fungal infections to congestion, whooping cough, and high blood pressure.
  • Lavender: Fun fact about lavender is that it is apart of the mint family. Serval parts are edible and can make a lovely tea or be put on a salad. Lavender can kill lice and their nats, aches and pains, UTI’S, and lowering blood pressure. 
  • Lemon balm: Looks similar but is more of a distant cousin. Lemon balm can be used to help with anti-inflammatory, regulates the thyroid, and helps with dementia.

Always remember that I am not a doctor: just a humble juicer and certified herbalist. Before you change your diet or try new things, always consult with your doctor or a trusted physician. 

  • How do you start a garden?

 When creating a garden, it’s important to figure a few things out first for one, what zone you live in. For starters, Hawaii is in zone 11. We get sun all year round, so I usually do not worry about winter or the first frost. Next, start small research soils, types of gardens stuff like that. I grow peppermint, catnip, bittermelon, flowers, and things like that. Other indoor plants that are easy to maintain are aloe, a money tree, a snake plant, or pathos. Research is critical in this. You don’t need much to have a green thumb. Talking to your plants helps, I promise. You can find out what zone you are in by merely asking google. When starting to grow or take an herb, always read up on the side effects. Even when growing different plants, some can be poisonous by touch, so always do your research. 

  • What should you know before starting a garden or herb collection

The main requirement for growing Herbs is growing them in the proper location. Most prefer full sun as long as average summer temperatures don’t rise above 90 degrees. If you have hot summers, consider planting in an area that gets morning sun and afternoon shade in the summertime or a place that receives filtered light (such as under a tree that allows some light to pass through). Check the area several times during the day to ensure that there are at least four hours of sun. (e.g., 8 to 12, 12 to 4, or from 9 to 11 and 2 to 4) 

Planting Herbs:

You need approximately 1 to 4 feet in diameter for each plant for planting Herbs, depending on the plant. Here are some general guidelines for plant sizes:

  • 3-4 feet – Rosemary, Sage, Mints, Oregano, Marjoram 
  • 2 feet – Basils, Thyme, Tarragon, Savory 
  • 1 foot – Cilantro, Chives, Dill, Parsley

This post and thread was just a brief look into the herb and garden life. These next couple of months, I have youtube videos planned, more interactive blog posts, posters, and more. I have been learning that I am moving more into my teacher ways following my mother’s footsteps. (lol) 

Thank you again for taking the time to read. Please don’t forget to like, share, comment, and subscribe.