Jun
21

KOMBUCHA

by Nina Vachkova

We talk a lot about healthy food choices, and how different foods are appropriate for different people. There is no universal diet for everyone, but there are foods that are more beneficial to you than they might be for you friend or husband. When it comes to beverages, it is safe to say that water is the best choice for every living thing on the planet. Water is life, water is what makes the Earth the only planet in the known universe suitable for life. But even though it is the one ideal drink for every human on the planet, sometimes we crave more options. Life is about making good choices, but it doesn’t necessarily need to taste bland all the time. There are more beverage options than water, tea, herbal tisanes or coffee. Fruit juices are usually fructose bombs that are not ideal for some people, and pre-made smoothies are often in the same category unless you make your own and include all of the important nutrients (adding in fat and protein, for example).

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May
18

All About Tigernuts

by Nina Vachkova

I love nuts, but unfortunately, my body does not appreciate them. Nuts, even though they are an amazing source of healthy fats, vitamins, and minerals, are usually not an ideal choice for those of us who suffer from any kind of digestive issues. Nuts and seeds are also not recommended for autoimmune (AI) patients, and it is always important to eliminate them completely for at least a few weeks or months. Tree nuts are very common allergens. Some people are sensitive to larger amounts of nuts, some suffer from severe allergies and will be sick (or in anaphylaxis) after smelling nuts on someone’s breath. You might be okay with eating a handful of almonds from time to time, but you may notice that eating them a few days in a row might cause digestive or skin problems (or both). Dr. Sarah Ballantyne talks about why nuts are so problematic for AI patients in her post here, and surprisingly, lectins and phytic acid present in nuts and seeds are not the main reason why people who have a compromised immune system should avoid them. In the past we talked about the importance of soaking nuts to get rid of some of the antinutrients and make them easier to digest, but even after removing these harmful substances, nuts and seeds can still hurt your gut, making the healing process very difficult, similar to putting more fuel onto the fire while trying to put it out at the same time (you can’t put out a fire with alcohol!).

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Apr
25

Herb Power: Lavender

by Nina Vachkova

By its unique and unmistakable scent, you can easily tell lavender apart from other herbs, even with your eyes closed. In her book The Complete Book of Essential Oils and Aromatherapy, Valerie Ann Worwood calls lavender “the mother of all essential oils; incredibly versatile, yet powerful.” The strong but pleasant and soothing fragrance gives true meaning to the word aromatherapy – just the scent of lavender has truly therapeutic benefits. A number of different cultivars of Lavender are grown all over the world, but the most known variety is Lavandula angustifolia, also called True Lavender, English Lavender, or narrow-leaved Lavender. If you have a bottle of lavender essential oil in your cabinet, it was most likely derived from Lavandula angustifolia.

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Apr
18

Black Cumin seed oil

by Nina Vachkova

Miracle seeds, magical herbs, superfoods, and healing potions. Many products on the market are labeled as such simply for marketing purposes. The promise of a certain positive effect or quick solution for your problem helps to sell, and unfortunately, we often fall for these tricks and gimmicks. There are a few plants that truly have health benefits, healing properties, and are called superfoods for a reason. Many of these natural remedies were used by ancient civilizations for centuries, but with time, modern medicine and man-made remedies have taken their place. Nigella Sativa, sometimes called Black Seed, Black Coriander, Black Cumin, kalonji seeds, or haba al-barakah (in Arabic) is one of these wonders of nature. Oil extracted from these small, crescent-shaped black seeds has a surprising amount of health benefits and it has been heavily studied because of its active compounds like thymoquinone or crystalline nigellone. It also contains some important minerals and fatty acids that really make black seed oil one of my personal favorites for skincare, hair treatment, and supporting immunity.

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Mar
29

Sulfur and MSM

by Nina Vachkova

We are often told to eat our vegetables to get vitamins, drink enough milk because of calcium, use sea salt for iodine, eat egg yolks for their healthy fat profile, or eat brazil nuts to get our daily dose of selenium. But sulfur is something we don’t hear or read about very often, or at least I have never heard anyone telling me: eat your onions because they have plenty of the sulfur your body needs. When you think of sulfur, you probably think of match heads, glass, or even the paper industry. I spent four years in high school living in a city with the biggest paper factory in my country, and the smell of sulfur used to bleach wet paper matter was horrible and when it rained, yellow sediments appeared around the puddles of water on the ground. Read the rest of this post

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