Apple and pear fruit leather – the tales of the dehydrator

As we are re-starting SCD (not GAPS this time) I’m preparing for the days to come.

This is are some of my fruit leathers experiments:

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Heavy metals toxicity series – part 4: Lead

Lead has no known benefit to human body metabolism. It is one of the most common reported toxicity. Some studies show that children tend to absorb it 8 times more efficiently than adults. That makes children the best candidates to deveop lead toxicity.

Because it mimics calcium, most absorbed lead is stored in the bones of children and adults where it can remain for years.

Apart from interfering with calcium metabolism, lead can mimic and displace magnesium and iron from certain enzymes and interfere with the activity of zinc.

Lead toxicity is associated with anemia, developmental disorders and colic in children.

What does that mean for us? It means that my son will continue to be anemic (despite of heavy iron supplementation) and cannot heal his colitis until we get rid of lead.

Getting rid of lead will be the subject for another post.

Love and light

Elena

Vitamins and role in the body – part 1

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Vitamins and role in the body – part 1

The water-soluble vitamins are not stored in the body and must be replaced each day. These vitamins are Vitamin B1, Vitamin B2, vitamin B3, vitamin B6, vitamin B12, Folic Aid, Pantothenic Acid, Biotin and vitamin C.

Here it is a short description of vitamins B1, B2 and A as well as their roles in the body:

  • Vitamin B1 is needed to process carbs, fats, and proteins.  Vitamin B1 is required by everybody to form the fuel for the body to run on.  Every nerve cell requires vitamin B1 to function properly.

Food sources for B1: wheat germ, peas, beans, fish, peanuts, and meat. Aging people with a poor diet and too much alcohol consumption tend to have vitamin B1 deficiency. Remember that the vitamins work synergic in a group. Vitamin B1 works hand in hand with vitamin B2 and vitamin B3.

  • Vitamin B2 helps release energy from foods. It is essential for healthy eyes, skin, nails and hair.

Food sources for vitamin B2 are: brewer’s yeast, wheat germ, almonds, sunflower seeds, cooked leafy vegetables.

  • Vitamin A is a fat soluble vitamin and should not be consumed in excess as it might pose a risk of toxicity. The body uses it for the maintenance of skin, mucous membranes, bones, teeth, hair and eye sight.  It is stored in the body therefore it doesn’t need to be replaced everyday.

Vitamin A is found naturally in many foods: cod liver oil, liver, dandelion greens, sweet potato, carrots and green vegetables

This article is not to be used as a replacement for a health care professional opinion.  Please consult your doctor before beginning any vitamin program.

Series Heavy metals toxicity – Symptoms of heavy metal overload, part 3

Symptoms of heavy metal overload (part 3 of my Heavy metals toxicity series)

Toxic metals can harm the human body in many obvious or subtitle ways. In general, they are competing in the body with specific minerals receptors therefore disturbing the processes facilitated by that specific mineral. For instance, copper is antagonist with Zinc in the body and high levels of it will affect all the enzymatic processes where zinc is required in the body. It will also push Zinc out of the body therefore leaving the body’s defense open because of impaired immune functioning.

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Here it is a list of symptoms. You might have more of them or only a few.

  • Chronic infections as Candida
  • Headaches
  • Insomnia (especially with copper because it stimulates adrenals)
  • Nausea
  • Chronic muscle, joints pain
  • Chronic fatigue and feeing sick
  • impaired blood sugar regulation
  • Foggy brain – forgetfulness and/or confusion
  • Diarrhea
  • Constipation
  • Food allergies
  • Gastrointestinal bloating and gas
  • Heartburn and indigestion
  • Dizziness
  • Mood swings, depression, anxiety
  • Developmental delay
  • Learning difficulties
  • Impaired cognitive, motor, and language skills
  • Miscarriage
  • Cancer

It is, in fact estimated that at least 90% of all chronic diseases can be linked in a way or another to environmental toxicity hence heavy metals overload.

How to choose a healthy diet

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How to choose a healthy diet

Most diets, including low carbs diet plans are best approached with care, because although one may work for your best friend, it may not work for you. For those who have serious weight problems and also have pre-existing issues such hypoglycemia, the popular diets usually will not do the trick. People are all individuals therefore need eating plans that cater to individual needs. Having said that, it must be pointed out that there are some diets that will be beneficial for most of the population.

To assess which particular diet plan will be beneficial, you can follow the guidelines below.

  1. Diet offers sufficient balance and a variety of carbohydrates, protein and fats.
  2. Diet does not exclude one particular food group, and encourage excessive consumption of another.
  3. Diet encourages exercise to complement sensible eating habits.
  4. Diet encourages awareness of portion sizes.
  5. Diet does not encourage unrealistic quick weight loss.
  6. Diet is backed up with medical research data.

These points are very much common sense, and provide a good framework which many nutrition professionals would broadly follow.

Oxygen, Cancer, & the Root Cause of Disease: Part 2

The Amazing Gavin

Sickness and disease are not caused by GERMS. If you have your thinking cap on… please read this follow on to yesterday’s post:

Mainstream medicine believes that virtually all illness is caused by germs or genetic hereditary weakness (as well as deformities and trauma injuries). Their solution and strategy is to have us believe that there are over 10,000 different diseases and that each of these diseases requires outside intervention from pharmaceutical drugs and surgeries.

THE TRUTH however, is that most illness is due to cellular malfunction caused by cellular toxicities and cellular malnutrition, both of which can be avoided and overcome naturally.

I could tell you many details of my beautiful Gavin’s life that could illustrate the ways that this is true. I saw it for myself, over and over, but was afraid to believe in it 100%. How could it be? The entire medical and specialty care industry…

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Oxygen, Cancer, and the Root Cause of Disease

The Amazing Gavin

There are prime and secondary causes of diseases. For example, the prime cause of the plague is the plague bacillus, but secondary causes of the plaque are filth, rats, and the fleas that transfer the plague bacillus from rats to man. By a prime cause of a disease I mean one that is found in EVERY case of the disease.

Cancer, above all other diseases, has countless secondary causes. But, even for cancer, there is only one prime cause. Summarized in a few words, the prime cause of cancer is the replacement of the respiration of oxygen in normal body cells by a fermentation of sugar. All normal body cells meet their energy needs by respiration of oxygen, whereas cancer cells meet their energy needs in great part by fermentation. All normal body cells are thus obligate anaerobes, whereas all cancer cells are partial anaerobes. From the standpoint of the…

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