New Purehealth Supplement & Non-Toxic Toiletries Shop

shop iconTa-dah!! I have now set up a new supplement and toiletries shop for you where you can access pretty much most things you should need day to day – with no need to remember codes or whatnot!

It includes the whole of the fabulous Borlind make-up, skincare, bodycare, hair care, men’s range and suncare,Annemarie Börlind ZZ Sensitiv Pflege Serie mit Blumen

as well as some of my most recommended advanced level supplement suppliers including:

Allergy Research, Biotics, Biocare, Kirkman, Metagenics, NOW, PRL, Klaire Labs and Thorne as well as some we have not easily found elsewhere including Custom Probiotics (and actually customised amino acid mixes – at last!), ProThera and Interplexus.

The shop is run by a fulfillment company who deals with all your orders (yep: I’m not that mad!) and your queries. The postage is £3.76 per order in the UK and they post internationally, for which the cost will be calculated with your order. A few of you have tested it out for me and the feedback so far has been great, phew.

“I think the site is fab and easy to use and great that everything from supplements to make-up is all under one roof! 

“Update on shipping from your site – I ordered Wednesday and it’s just arrived [Friday].  Got emails and text with updates of delivery. So all good 🙂

The new shop hopefully makes your life easier as well as mine. I must link to products to show people the type of thing I’m talking about in emails at least 20 times a day! This way, I can point them to the same place for most stuff. And, I don’t have to say ‘give my name when registering’ or ‘use this code’ etc. So much easier and quicker.

I make some commission on the products as I do with eg. ND which costs you nothing more, but it really helps me! It basically means I get paid at least for some of the time I spend researching, writing blog posts, answering emails, pinning recipes, alerting you to useful stuff and chattering on Facebook (which I do a lot in the groups!). Rest assured: as always, I only ever link to stuff I think is truly going to help you and I think is good enough. I know you know that, but some people may be new and think I’m in this for the money. I wish. I need to pay my mortgage, yes, but absolutely truthfully about 40-50% of my time is spent on unpaid stuff so the commissions help enormously. I can research without worry – and I’m already working on some new stuff now the Healing Plan is finished so watch this space 😉

So, hope you like it and will use it to support me when you need good quality supplements and non-toxic toiletries (from the leading non-toxic range in Europe, no less). Of course, I can’t stock everything you will need as the shop would be enormous, but most things should be there and it is evolving as we go along. In the meantime, you should be able to get anything else from ND and my other trusted suppliers as always here.

So, go and check it out – New Purehealth Shop – any feedback welcome, of course. Enjoy x

PS. Little tip on the search. Sometimes it gets a bit overwhelmed – well it is a new baby! – and says it can’t find the thing you know darn well is there! I find if you just click back again onto the Products tab in the menu at the top right, it resets itself. I’ll work on that 😉

 

 

‘Text-Neck’ Causing Headaches and Pain

I love that expression: ‘text-neck’! It so describes the way we have our – very heavy – heads forward so much with all our texting and messaging nowadays, it is setting us up for real neck and head problems later on. If we haven’t got them already..ache between the shoulders, stiff neck anyone…?

Some useful advice on this video I saw today for you to avoid it and treat it. Have a look. I like this chap. Have you noticed I am trying to give you more advice on physical medicine too recently; I thought we were missing some of that?

Looking after the structure of our body goes hand in hand (see what I did there??!) with the biochemistry approach of functional medicine and the mental and emotional work of mind-body medicine. Those areas represent a real triangle of care. That’s why I used to be a massage & manipulative therapist when we had the clinic as well as a medical nutritionist and, er, sort-of life coach – or that’s what people used to call me after I’d sorted them out! Sadly, now I think my hands may be shot for the physical work as I did so much of it – although I did do my first shoulder massage in well over a decade the other day and quite enjoyed myself!

 

 

An Apple A Day – Or Three A Week…

The humble apple packs a powerful nutritional punch, especially if you leave the skins on for extra fibre. I am using them daily currently to help heal a re-leaky gut (thanks ibuprofen!). You’ll find an article all about using apple for mucosal repair in the Pinterest links below.

For now, here’s a nice reminder from Dr Marilyn Glenville’s enews for us on them:

Apples

This is a great time of year to get hold of a wide variety of apples. A fruit bowl staple, apples are full of nutrients that will benefit your overall health. The key nutrients include vitamin C, B vitamins, calcium, potassium and magnesium. They are also full of fibre; half of the fibre content is in the skin so make sure you don’t peel it, so get organic where possible. They also contain plant compounds called polyphenols, which have strong antioxidant properties that may protect you from heart disease, and also lower your risk of type 2 diabetes. As little as 3 apples a week could make a difference.

There are many ways to enjoy raw apples – with a handful of nuts they make a good snack, and diced or grated they take porridge and muesli to a whole new level!

I like them as crumble made with almond flour, grapeseed oil and a little honey, with nuts raw as above or as a baked apple stuffed with walnuts and dates. For special occasions, add a few shards of chocolate in the baked apple; tastes yummy!

Here are some more ideas from my Pinterest boards. I love the look of that apple cake and the fennel and apple salads for a start. Enjoy.

 

What is Black Soap?

African toiletries are set to be one of the next big things in the UK so I read yesterday in a trends for 2017 article. Of course, we’re on it already and I have put a range of African ingredient-based non-toxic toiletries onto the shop so you know where to get the good stuff!

I thought this blog post that I’ve adapted from one written by Lindsey at Akamuti might help start you off. It’s all about African black soap – or magic soap as she calls it. It looks like fruit cake to me, but is really rich in shea butter. Many of you have raved to me about it – especially as a shampoo alternative – which is partly why I sourced it and popped it in the TrulyGlutenFree grain and dairy range of toiletries because, as we know, finding TGF-safe non-toxic toiletries is a bit like finding rocking-horse do-do!

African Black Soap - made in Ghana

What is African black soap?

Our black soap is a buttery fusion of virgin shea butter, sustainable palm oil and coconut oil. It is one of the few all natural soaps that you can buy, crafted with only natural ingredients from start to finish. Black soap is an extraordinary product and it works small wonders on skin problems. It’s lather is creamy and gentle and it is particularly kind to dry skin. It makes a particularly good facial soap for problem skin. 

Dark, earthy and crumbly, black soap brings a new level of natural goodness to your bathroom. It looks a little bit like fruit cake! Unique to West Africa, our black soap is handcrafted by women in Ghana. This amazing product is made to a recipe that has remain unchanged for hundreds of years. Unlike mass produced soap, black soap is made by hand, using ingredients that are produced freely in the area that it is made in. For this reason, black soap recipes can vary from town to town. What they all have in common is one magic ingredient – nutritious, creamy shea butter.

Shea butter gives this soap it’s rich and creamy feel and leaves the skin feeling soft and smooth. Authentic black soaps usually have around a 50% shea butter content. [Ed: you will find others on the market contain a lot less!]


How is black soap made?

All soaps require lye in order to turn vegetable butters and oils into soap. Saponification doesn’t happen without using a caustic lye. Before the advent of sodium hydroxide (derived from salts), our ancestors relied on potash – a caustic mixture of water and ash. Black soap is still made in this way, using roasted cocoa pods and plantain potash. It is the process of making soap with potash that gives black soap it’s famous chocolate brown colour and slightly smoky aroma.

How do I use my black soap?*

Black soap is naturally soft and crumbly, so you might like to slice off a small piece of the bar rather than getting the whole bar wet and soggy! (Black soap likes to absorb water). You can use your soap from top to toe and if you have very dry hair, you can even use it as an alternative to shampoo.  Black soap is so kind and gentle, it has something to offer everyone. It can even be used on children and babies.  Unhappy skin seems to respond really well to this old fashioned soap, so if your skin is feeling unsettled or prone to spots, make this your facial soap!

We also make a liquid version of black soap using rosewater, it is much less messy and it looks a bit like liquid chocolate 😉 We hope you fall in love with this soap as much as we have!

*We recommend avoiding the use of soap on broken skin, on skin recovering from chemical peels or surgery.

So, it is a good choice if you are looking for gentle, nourishing, grain & dairy free, and pure, of course. Have a look and tell me how you get on or do please share if you have any tips how you use it!

Central Sensitivity Syndrome – Zinc, Butyrate & Lithium?

  For those of us who suffer multiple sensitivity, chronic pain, chronic fatigue and the like, I am always keeping my eye out for articles on central sensitivity syndrome, as I believe that is at the heart of why many of us suffer. If you don’t know what central sensitivity syndrome is, see here and here where I’ve explained a lot about it.

In effect, our amygdala dial and pain processes are set too high so we get affected more easily by stuff that non CSS sufferers would bat off without blinking an eyelid.

So, I was interested to see this week’s Tuesday Minute video, which is based on the work of Dr Mark Force, who specialises in central sensitivity syndrome. I would need to look into his recommendations more, but it seems he uses the usual approaches we talk about to lower the amygdala response (meditation, breathwork etc), but he also uses a biochemical approach designed to switch excess stimulatory glutamine to the relaxing GABA, which we suspect has an effect on CSS people.

In fact, I have deliberately listed the NeuroAdvanced Test so we can see exactly what patterns, including the glutamine/GABA one we have so we can take steps to correct it. Read the Overview there. And, I’ve written about what to look for and what those patterns might mean in the Healing Plan for you.

Anyway, Dr Force uses a combination of zinc, butyric acid (of leaky gut healing fame, this cannot be a coincidence!) and lithium therapy, as I understand it. This is a nutritional form of lithium, not the same as people are given by mental health professionals for forms of anxiety and depression, note. This struck me as interesting because I often see lithium very low on hair mineral tests and have so far dismissed it as an anomaly, being trained in the fact that lithium is used only as a medicine as above. But, according to Dr Force, we could be missing a trick here.

For example, he explains:

Lithium lowers cortisol. When someone
doesn’t have enough lithium they tend to be
overstimulated. Like a bare wire, every nerve
in their body is firing due to overstimulation.
A common element in this pattern is nervous
exhaustion. Often patients are diagnosed
with chronic fatigue syndrome and fibromyalgia
because they are overstimulated and exhausted

and..

The combination of Li-Zyme Forte and Zn-Zyme
Forte with Butyric-Cal-Mag (a form of
butyric acid) creates a strategy to control a
receptor called the NMDA receptor and promotes
the conversion of glutamate, the
highly excitable neurotransmitter, to GABA,
the brains natural tranquilizer.

That’s interesting. I can’t comment on it as I have no experience with using it, but I am certainly going to keep my eye on it for us. I’ve linked to the products anyway at ND as usual) so you can see which they are, but please be led by your practitioner, of course. Listen to the Tuesday Minute video here and see the transcript. Then, read Dr Force’s paper here:

The Autonomic Nervous System: What Is It? Why Should I
Care?
by Mark Force, DC

Hope that helps,

 

 

 

65 Lovely Updated Factsheets and 1745 Blog Posts!

info iconIf you need info on tinnitus, fatty liver, osteoporosis, diabetes, pregnancy, fertility, prostate health, infections, adrenal fatigue, allergy, chronic pain or insomnia, how to use probiotics and herbal medicines or need a steer on how to eat healthily, lose that belly fat or even how to do a testicular check, you should find it here!

I have at last updated and uploaded all sixty-five (65!!!) of the Health A-Z factsheets onto this new site for you. I can’t believe there are that many. Even I was impressed at the number, but though I say so myself, the sheer amount of useful info and tips I’ve put there for you quite stunned me!

When you need info on a health issue, do check the A-Z first – and the blog where there are now 1745 posts, would you believe? If you are thinking about it, more often than not, so have I and then written something about it.

Incidentally, there are also 35 free and paid-for ebooks now for you and eleven categories of lab tests allowing you to access over 70 different tests.

I hope you agree that all adds up to a huge resource for you now! I truly hope it helps… I’ll let you know as I write new factsheets for you, of course.

 

New Free Chopra 21 Day Meditation Starts Today!

This started today but the first few will still be around for the next couple of days so you can catch up. I always love these 21 day things and have done most of them now – gets you into the habit of meditating for 15 minutes a day which is a really good thing!

This one is on time management and handling the myriad stuff that we have to deal with day to day. Of course, it’s how you handle it, not what gets flung at you, that really makes the difference. We could all do with a bit more calm in the eye of the storm..!

Click below to sign up. Enjoy:

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Day 1 – Where Does the Time Go?

Welcome to our 21-Day Meditation Experience, Making Every Moment Matter. Over these next three weeks, we will explore that state of awareness in which every moment matters. The pressures of our family, jobs, and relationships can make us feel that we don’t have enough time to do the things that are important to us, sometimes leading to a sense of being unfulfilled. 

Together we will discover that we don’t get true fulfillment through time management, but rather by living in the here and now. Wisdom traditions tell us that the present moment is outside of clock time; it is the eternal now. This Meditation Experience will show you how to thrive in the world of time when you live from your timeless self. In the following weeks, we will learn how to embrace time as the realm of self-awareness, self-unfolding, and total inner fulfillment.

In today’s meditation, we learn that time is really about fulfillment. Using your time well comes down to how fulfilled you are in the present moment. When we feel content and centered inside, everything we do is more effective, efficient, and satisfying. On our meditation journey together, we will experience and understand that when we manage the time demands of our life from our timeless self, then every moment of life matters.

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Our centering thought for today is:

The best time of my life is now.

“Consciousness is beyond time, consciousness is timelessness.” – Osho

 

A Yummy Nut Base Pumpkin Pie

This looks delish – and is grain free as it uses a pecan and almond flour crust. I found it in the ION magazine. Of course, you could fill this crust with anything you fancy. How about a fruit one with coconut or cashew cream on top to be even healthier?

Pumpkin Pie with a Spiced Pecan Crust

Vitamin D for Winter Colds & Flu Prevention

A timely reminder here for us today on the importance of maintaining Vitamin D levels throughout the colder, less sunny months. I’ve adapted this from a post from Biocare.

Check out the advice below especially if on meds such as metformin, you work indoors much of the time, you suffer with SAD (seasonal affective disorder) or low serotonin, you are malabsorbing (fats especially) and if you think you are getting plenty of Vitamin D from your diet. I’ve also given you my recommendations for amounts and how to check if your test results really are ‘normal’!

COMBAT WINTER ‘BLUES, COLDS AND FLUS’ WITH VITAMIN D

Combat winter ‘blues, colds and flus’ with vitamin D

Vitamin D is one of the most important vitamins that our body needs to function optimally. Vitamin D is best-known for its bone supporting function whereby it plays an important role in enhancing the absorption of calcium and phosphorus. Other important roles of vitamin D include regulating our insulin production for optimum blood sugar balance, enhancing immunity, supporting cardiovascular health and regulating our mood. Despite its importance, vitamin D deficiency is unfortunately very common, particularly within the UK population. This is mainly due to our lack of sunlight exposure (which is our main source of vitamin D) along with a low intake through the diet. Other factors which further contribute towards low vitamin D levels include old age, pregnancy and breastfeeding, dark or covered skin, sunscreen use, obesity and the intake of certain medications such as metformin.

WINTER & DEFICIENCY RISK

As we are now approaching winter where our exposure to sunlight will be very limited, it is important to ensure that our vitamin D levels are kept within optimum levels. This is particularly important as vitamin D can enhance our immune response against various infections which are more common during winter such as tuberculosis, influenza and viral upper respiratory tract infections.[1] It is also supportive of mental health conditions such as Seasonal Affective Disorders (SAD) and depression, whereby vitamin D supplementation portrayed effectiveness in reducing depressive symptoms in SAD patients.[2] It is suggested that vitamin D may enhance serotonin production hence its mood-enhancing effects.[3] Due to the Western diet and an indoor lifestyle, it is becoming harder for us to maintain adequate levels of vitamin D in our body. Food sources of vitamin D include oily fish, such as salmon, mackerel and sardines, eggs and raw milk. However, due to the increase of fish and poultry farming, vitamin D levels in these sources are lower than expected. For example, farmed salmon was found to have approximately 75% less vitamin D in comparison to wild salmon.[4] Therefore, a vitamin D supplement is essentially the best way of ensuring that we get our daily dose of vitamin D.

VITAMIN D RECOMMENDATION

The UK Department of Health have always recommended adults over 65 years, pregnant and breastfeeding women, babies and children to supplement with 10 micrograms (400 IU) of vitamin D, especially if the infant is breastfed or if receiving less than 500ml of suitably fortified formula milk. However, more recent recommendations (2016) have advised that everyone in the UK should supplement with vitamin D during autumn and winter, and all year round for those with limited sunlight exposure even during summer such as those who cover up for religious reasons or individuals with an indoor, sedentary lifestyle e.g. working in an office. Where there is a deficiency, individuals will require significantly larger doses of vitamin D of around 2000-4000 IU administered for at least 3 months and levels then retested. Obese individuals, patients with malabsorption syndromes, and patients on glucocorticoids, anti-seizure and AIDS medications may require higher doses of vitamin D (up to 2-3 times higher – at least 6000–10 000 IU/day). We recommend that you get your serum vitamin D levels tested before taking high doses of vitamin D. A vitamin D test can often be requested from your GP or you can get an inexpensive fingerprick test here.

I see many people who think their Vitamin D level is normal because that’s what their mainstream test results say. When I look at tests, I am generally looking for an optimal level of 120-160nmol (50-60 ug/L, or ng/L). In treatment, you generally need about 1000mcg Vitamin D to raise it by 7-10 ug/L. Incidentally, you can times ug or ng/L by 2.5 to get the nmol/L score if you need to. 

Vitamin D is a fat soluble vitamin, so individuals with compromised digestion or difficulty digesting fat may not be able to absorb and metabolise vitamin D well. It is important for these individuals to select an emulsified (pre-digested) version of vitamin D to ensure optimal absorption. That should also be a D3 version, not D2. Mainstream medicine fortify stuff with D2 and tests have shown pretty conclusively that it doesn’t raise levels of Vitamin D in the body anywhere near as effectively as D3. Oops. They made a bit of a boo-boo there…

Try this one, which gives an excellent 2000iu of emulsified D3 or this one which gives 400iu.

Hope that all helps and you keep well this year – those of you with the homeopathic flu vaccine have extra help so well done you!

References

[1] Yamshchikov, A.V., Desai, N.S., Blumberg, H.M., Ziegler, T.R. and Tangpricha, V. (2009) Vitamin D for treatment and prevention of infectious diseases: a systematic review of randomized controlled trials. Endocrine Practice, 15 (5), 438–449.

[2] Gloth, F.M., Alam, W. and Hollis, B. (1999) Vitamin D vs broad spectrum phototherapy in the treatment of seasonal affective disorder. Journal of Nutrition, Health and Aging, 3 (1), 5-7.

[3] Landsdowne, A.T.G. and Provost, S.C. (1998) Vitamin D3 enhances mood in healthy subjects during winter. Psychopharmacology, 135 (4), 319- 323.

[4] Lu et al. (2007) An evaluation of the vitamin D3 content in fish: is the vitamin D content adequate to satisfy the dietary requirement for vitamin D. Journal of Steroid Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. 103 (3-5): 642-644.