Disease Prevention, General Health

Essential Oils for Diabetes

Before I go on with this post, I want to make it clear that I am not claiming that essential oils can cure diabetes. In type 1 diabetes, your body does not produce insulin. Type 2 diabetes sufferers have the inability to use insulin properly. This post is about stabilizing insulin levels and using it properly, so it is relevant to type 2 diabetes. We have talked about the importance of proper insulin levels in the body, but how can we encourage stable blood glucose level naturally? This is what we will be talking about here.

 

Before talking about essential oils that might help, it is important to remind you that exercise and diet are the two most critical factors. Exercising each day is the very most important thing you can do. Avoiding sugar and lowering your carb intake is also an extremely effective approach. Now back to essential oils. Keep in mind that, although debated, internal use seems to be the most effective. I say it is debated because some worry about internal use safety. I believe it is safe and I will post on that in the future, but you can also apply the oil to the sole of your feet, behind your ears and on your temples.

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Essential Oils for Diabetes

  1. Cinnamon: Cinnamon in powder form has been vastly researched for lowering glucose levels. Cinnamon in essential oil form has also been studied as an effective pancreatic support.
  2. Essential oil blends: Synergy is often key when it comes to nutrients. For example, you might have heard about how we need vitamin C to absorb iron and magnesium to absorb calcium. Similarly, herbs and essential oils can work together to increase their potency and effectiveness. For example, black pepper (with is compound piperine)  increases the bio-availability of turmeric. In this study, a combination of various combinations of essential oils such as fenugreek, cinnamon, cumin and oregano was found to be effective in lowering glucose levels.
  3. Turmeric and pepper: Turmeric has been used effectively for the treatment of diabetes in Aruyedic medicines and tradition Chinese medicine. I added pepper since we know it helps with bio-availability.
  4. Coriander has been show to have an effect on insulin release.
  5. Clove bud
  6. Lemon balm (Melissa officinalis)

 

Essential OIl protocol for Diabetes

Start with 8-10 drops of coriander in a veggie capsule every day. Also experiment making your own blends with the oils mentioned above. I would love to hear what results you get. Also, keep in mind that you don’t have to suffer from diabetes to try these. We can all benefit from more stable blood sugar levels. Insulin impacts all the other hormones in your body and ensuring that you don’t have insulin spikes will improve your overall health.

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Disease Prevention, General Health

Household Toxins Exposure: What you Need to Know

The following article may cause you to feel a bit helpless because you know what? Toxins can’t be completely avoided and they are everywhere. However, my goal here is to inform you and to motivate you  to make whatever changes you can manage. Remember, it’s a process and it takes time! Another step you can take is to support your body’s detoxification pathways.

Household toxins exposure has become a pretty serious problem and it starts before we are born. Did you know that more than 100 chemicals have been found in babies umbilical cord blood? Among them, flame retardants, PCBs, PFCs, non stick coating and pesticides.

Toxins exposure is linked to just about every disease we know. Our bodies health is dependant on what I like to call The Inflammation Bucket. Put good food in your body, reduce your stress, detox your body, feed your gut bacteria and you are emptying your bucket. Conversely, eat junk food or foods you are sensitive to, don’t go to bed at night, take antibiotics and you are filling up your bucket. At some point your bucket will overflow and cause you to get sick.

Let’s talk about the most common household toxins and were they are found:

1- Triclosan: an antibacterial agent found in soaps, deodorant, toothpaste, cosmetics, clothes, kitchenware, children toys. Ninety seven percent of breastmilk samples tested were found to contain triclosan. And despite studies that recommend banning the chemical, it is still allowed in the fabrication of products.

2- Phthalates: chemical agents added to plastics to make them stronger and more flexible. They are also used in fragrances to make them longer lasting. They are found in plastic packaging, vinyl flooring, baby bottles, toys, shower curtains, personal care products, nail polish, hair spray, shampoo, soap.

3- Bisphenol A: epoxy resin used to line tin cans and make polycarbonate plastics. It is found in food and drink containers, baby bottles, metal food cans and dental sealants used to prevent cavities.

4- Aluminum: this neurotoxin is found in pots and pans, beverage containers and antiperspirants.

5- Mercury: found in fish as well as some whole grains and beans, but also a hazard when a fluorescent light bulb is broken.

These are the main most well knows household toxins and I decided to focus on them because they can be found in similar household items, which allows us to avoid them with some simple steps:

1- Always favour glass over plastic containers. Avoid foods in tin cans and plastic containers as much as possible.

2- Make your own cleaning product and cosmetics or buy healthier options from your health food store. Castile soap is a very affordable and easy to find option that can be used for everything. I also like using baking soda to scrub and water and vinegar to clean pretty much everything. It even works great for windows and mirrors.

3- Try avoiding new furniture and flooring made out of pressed wood products. In this case, choosing used not only make sense for your wallet and the environment, but also for your health.

4- Buy clothes made out of natural fiber rather than man-made materials.

5- Take your shoes off before going into your house, as they will spread toxins found outside inside.

6- Buy house plants. House plants are a great way to naturally clean the air in your home.

These are simple methods that will help you reduce the amount of toxins in your home. Buying organic food is also a great way to make sure less toxins enter your body and to limit the amount of chemicals going into your inflammation bucket.

Disease Prevention, Disease Research, General Health

Does Insulin Cause Cancer

Insulin, which is released in response to glucose levels in the blood, has been called the mother of all hormones. Regulating insulin level is incredibly important to achieve overall health. In this post, we will examine the link between insulin and cancer.

How insulin works

Insulin is produced by the pancreas . It allows your body to use sugar (glucose) for energy or to store it for future use. The pancreas produces more insulin in response to a spike in blood sugar. When your tissues become less sensitive to the effect of insulin, it is called insulin resistance. The exact cause of insulin resistance is still debated and it is seen as a complex metabolic condition. Insulin resistance has been attributed to the consumption of too much fat and too much sugar, sedentary lifestyles, overeating and environmental toxins. Insulin resistance is a major component of what is called metabolic syndrome. Metabolic syndrome is the name for a group of risk factors that raise your risk for heart disease and other health problems, such as diabetes and stroke. The term “metabolic” refers to the biochemical processes involved in the body’s normal functioning.

The connection between insulin and cancer

Metabolic syndrome has been shown to increase the risk of cancer.

However the connection between sugar and cancer is still debated by some (the Mayo Clinic, for example). Cancer is often detected using a glucose solution since cancer cells, being growing cells, will absorb it faster. Those who argue against the connection between sugar and cancer claim that all growing tissue will absorb glucose faster, but it doesn’t speed its growth. Also, the presence of lipid (fat) in the blood is said to impact the absorption of glucose by cancer cells. Glutamine, an amino acid found in protein, is also said to enhance cancer growth.

Regardless of the fuel used by cancer cells, it has been shown that several forms of tumors thrive on high levels of insulin as it enables them to drag large amounts of glucose from the blood for their growth. High insulin levels are associated with increased cancer incidence.

The overexpression of insulin receptors in cancer cells is well known in cancer research. What that means is that cancer cells have more insulin receptors than regular cells. A consistent finding across a broad spectrum of common malignancies reveals that higher blood insulin, often caused by chronically elevated blood glucose, results in increased cancer risk

Moreover, overeating, particularly sweets and starchy foods, not only increases a release of insulin, but causes weight gain. There is a close connection between body size and many cancers.

Possible ways insulin is involved in cancer growth:

I started writing this post with the purpose of establishing the importance of stabilizing blood sugar level. I heard many testimonies of cancer patient using our products to ensure cell oxygenation and proper glucose metabolism, so I wanted to understand better how that works. I found the whole topic to be a lot more complicated than I expected! I did my best to present a reliable summary of my findings, but I welcome any correction or comment. The fact is, excess insulin is involved in metabolic syndrome, which in turns seems to be a risk factor associated with cancer. With many health conditions, it is hard to determine whether one causes the other or the other way around. It’s like the chicken and the egg question. However, the point of the matter is, keeping your body weight within the normal range and improving insulin function through diet and exercise will promote your general health, reduce inflammation and decrease your risk of cancer.

Disease Prevention, Dr. Kellyann's Bone Broth Diet, General Health, Gut health, Paleo

The Bone Broth Diet and the Benefits of Fasting

I am on my fourth day of Dr. Kellyann’s Bone Broth Diet. The Bone Broth Diet is a low carb diet that involves sipping on two cups of broth every day. I her book, Dr. Kellyann talks about the benefits of drinking bone broth:

1- It fills you up without adding pounds.

2- It’s packed with collagen (keeps you looking young).

3- It heals your gut.

4- It heals your joints.

5- It’s anti-inflammatory.

In the context of the diet, one is supposed to fast on bone broth two days a week. I decided to skip this aspect of the diet partly because I am nursing and fasting is always discouraged for nursing mothers, but also, I wanted to adopt a strategy that is sustainable in the long term. And seriously, I don’t to be fasting two days a week for the rest of my life! However, I know that minifasts are very beneficial for healing and detoxifying and so, I would like to find a fasting option that I could maintain for the long term. One way is making sure not to eat 2-3 hours before bed. This means about 14 hours without food each day, which gives the body a chance to put all its energy on rejuvenation as opposed to digestion at night. For more profound healing benefits though, a longer fast is necessary. I remember hearing a health expert talking about the fact that the fast needs to be at least 48 hours for the body to start doing some real rebuilding. This particular article talks about a 5 day fast every few months. It’s based on the work of Dr. Valter Longo. According to his studies, eating 750 to 1000 calories for a 5 day period protects against inflammation, cancer and cardiac diseases as well as a water fast would. The foods consumed during these days should be mostly vegetable soups and nuts. That makes so much sense to me! I think I will start fasting this way every change of season. By the way, his work also promotes a mostly plant based diet with less animal protein, which conflicts with the Bone Broth Diet. As a sugar addict struggling to keep from endless cycles of over eating, I find meat protein very satiating, but in the long run, I am aiming at a more plant based diet.

Now, let’s talk about my experience with the Bone Broth Diet. The first day, was good. The first day is always good for me because of the excitement of trying something new. The second day was awful! I was always looking for food! I didn’t know why I felt the urge to eat constantly, but I was worried about my lack of self control. Things stabilized on the third day, but I really wanted something sweet and I almost caved in (already!) by making some form of a paleo treat. I didn’t have time, so I ended up eating coconut manna with almond butter instead. That is my favorite easiest snack when cravings strike. Today, I barely have any cravings at all! I feel satiated and healthy, and I don’t feel like food has power over me anymore. This afternoon, I made a delicious low carb chocolate treat that I am planning to have after dinner. I sampled it and it is truly amazing!

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Here is the recipe I followed. The only thing I did differently was to add about 2 tablespoons of a mixture made with erythriol and stevia that I grounded in the blended to the chocolate layer. Yum! (UPDATE: oops! I discovered that even stevia is a no no on this diet. I thought it was ok because most low carb diets include it. Starting on day 5, no more stevia for me!)

The Bone Broth Diet Cookbook is also pretty amazing! My favorite this week was the grilled salad with the ranch dressing and the grilled salmon with a blueberry sauce.

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That’s all for now, stay tuned for an other update next week.