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Too much Sugar, Headaches, and Veganuary – the results are in

Did you know that Diabetics have a 50% increased chance of developing Dementia ?

Many of our modern-day complaints can be attributed to high sugar intakes. Cancer, Heart disease and Diabetes are all linked to the deadly sugar. A high carbohydrate diet causes a lot of problems over time, and recent research is suggesting that there is a definite link between this high blood sugar level and damage to brain cells.

People with Diabetes are either unable to produce Insulin, or have problems with the body’s Insulin receptors. It follows on that as well as damage to other body cells, harm is also being done to sensitive brain cells, which can increase the risk of Dementia and Alzheimer’s.

High blood sugar also creates inflammation, both around the body and in the brain, and enzyme damage in the brain has been found to be a contributory factor in the onset of Alzheimer’s.

There are around 50 million Alzheimer’s sufferers in the world right now, and it is expected that this figure could rise to over 120 million by 2050.

Think for a moment about the cost of the drugs to treat these patients.

Do you think the drug companies will be rushing to find a cure for Diabetes, Dementia and Alzheimer’s ?

I suspect not. They would prefer to keep on the drug gravy train.

For you and me, however, it would be beneficial to actually find preventions and cures for these diseases rather than just simply treating them with expensive “lifetime” drugs.

Sugar bad for health

Too much sugar at any age is harmful

In real terms, many people who drift into these diseases do so through faulty nutrition caused by bad diet.

Refined sugar must take its place at the top of foodstuffs that cause serious health issues to people young and old. Sugar is certainly one food to avoid when looking to maintain a healthy diet.

 

Feverfew for Headache Sufferers

A problem for Vegans can sometimes be taking tablets which have their capsules made from animal extract.

Yes, there are plenty of non-animal tablets around, you just have to search them out and read the labels, or ask your pharmacist.

If you suffer from headaches, try and find a cure which is plant-based and has an outer casing made from natural products. Just following the aspirin and paracetamol route is not a good long term solution. There are other more natural options, like Ginger, Peppermint, Cinnamon or Lavender.

Feverfew

Feverfew has been a headache remedy for 2000 years

One herb which we would recommend is Feverfew.

Before we look at the qualities of Feverfew, we do need to look at the reasons why you are getting headaches, and if prevention might be better than finding a cure.

Here are my top reasons for getting headaches, and how, with a bit of forethought, they can be avoided.

Stress. Healthy in small doses, dangerous in large doses. Identify the problem and try to work out how to lessen the impact. There is usually a way. Many times, though, easier said than done, when other, outside influences,  are involved.  Family issues, Job problems, Travel difficulties – they all take their toll, and sometimes prove difficult to overcome short term. Try and get a time-out now and again, and just relax and think about your breathing. Inhale some clear, fresh air, and exhale your troubles and tension away.

Diet. Look carefully at food and drink intake prior to headaches. Additives in foods are ever-present. The more natural and home-cooked foods you eat, the better. Try and know exactly what you are eating, and if you find allergies to certain items, like dairy or gluten, cut the items out completely wherever possible. There are always alternatives.

Water. Busy lifestyles can lead to forgetting about water. Dehydration is very damaging to the body. Think carefully about your daily water intake. Have a water bottle handy at all times if you think you are not drinking enough.

Exercise. Flush those toxins out. It doesn’t have to be a 10k run or an hour in the gym. Just get the heart beating a bit faster with a brisk walk or a bike ride. Swimming is excellent if you have the facilities close by and can fit a regular session in.

Posture. Carrying heavy loads over your shoulder or on your back can damage your posture and lead to strain, causing neck and head aches. Watch the way you walk and carry things. Stand tall a couple of times a day and breathe deeply.

Eye Strain. Do you need glasses ? Do you need your existing glasses or contacts checked out ? It is easy to forget these checks and struggle on with poor vision, causing eye strain and headache.

Mobile Phones. Are you on the phone too much ? Could you do hands free ? Or are you cradling a phone in between your shoulder and neck ? Switch your phone off sometimes if you can. Certainly stop the emails in your leisure time.

Medication. What tablets are you taking ? Are you taking too many ? Do you need to take them all, or are some just habit, like painkillers or sleeping tablets. Revise your tablet consumption.

Looking carefully at your lifestyle habits would seem to be better than relying on your chemists’s over-the-counter drugs which are not always conducive to good health.

Feverfew is a natural herb that has been around for many years. It has healing properties, and is both a painkiller and anti-inflammatory. If your doctor tries to prescribe drugs, and you tell him you are taking Feverfew, he will shake his head and tell you it has not been adequately tested and is therefore a risk to you. Doctors are conditioned to work out a diagnosis from symptoms and then prescribe drugs from their approved list. The fact that Feverfew has been used since the Greeks of the 1st century AD used it, does not carry any weight., unfortunately. But why not try it for yourself. Available from Health Food shops, or try this from Amazon. Click the links below

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Veganuary – the results are in.

Veganuary

Veganuary 2017

You will recall my recent post about Veganuary, where you were invited to go on a Plant based diet for 31 days, and check out your health and general wellbeing at the end of that time.

Feedback from those who registered were impressive. Of those who responded, 77% managed to eat their way through a Vegan diet for the whole of the month, and 97% felt an improvement in their health. 67% also confirmed that they intended to continue with their Vegan diet and not revert back to their former eating habits.

Over 90% reduced or stopped altogether, their meat consumption from cows, pigs and chickens. Every little helps. The numbers for Vegetarians and Vegans are growing daily.

Check out the full story at https://www.plantbasednews.org/post/veganuary-2017-survey-the-results-are-in

Any observations on any of these topics, please leave us a comment in the box below. We’d love to hear from you.

Regards, Chris

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