Archive for February, 2012

Benefits of Olive Oil

Olive oil is one of nature’s most perfect foods with many nutritional benefits.   Olives are harvested from some of the most beautiful areas of the Mediterranean in the fall and the olive oil is available in many grades.

 

Benefits of Olive Oil

Olive oil is well known for it's health benefits.

Olives contain many vitamins and antioxidants. Olive oil is well known for its health benefits and has a long list of polyphenols that occur naturally in plants.   These polyphenols are antioxidant and anti-inflammatory to the body.  Extra virgin olive oil has the highest concentration of the healing polyphenols and are easily digested.

 

Hydroxytyrosol is an extremely rare polyphenol found in olive oil.  It is believed to be one of the most powerful antioxidants, coming in second to gallic acid.  Research has shown it to be ten times greater than green tea and two time greater than CoQ10 in providing an all-natural approach to free-radical damage.  It is highly potent and very beneficial in slowing down the aging process.  The synergy effect with other olive phenols is important as research continues.

 

Anti-inflammatory properties are rarely found in a fat. Olive oil is made up of fat calories, but the fat is monounsaturated, which is considered a healthy fat. Many other types of fat can cause the body to increase production of molecules which trigger inflammatory responses. Olive oil has been shown to considerably decrease the production of these molecules when consumed on a regular basis. For the average person, this means that changing from butter to olive oil within their diet can aid in lowering joint swelling and pain from diseases like arthritis.

 

Olive oil is one of nature's most perfect foods with many nutritional benefits.

People who consume olive oil on a daily basis tend to have better cognitive retention as they age.

Extra virgin olive oil is also praised for its ability to protect the body from certain forms of cancer. Studies have confirmed that diets similar to the Mediterranean style of dieting can help to protect the body from colon cancer and other diseases of the bowels. This is attributed to the large quantities of polyphenols in olive oil, especially the purest forms of the oil. Olive oil is helpful in protecting the body’s very structure or DNA from oxidative stress. Calcium is also more readily absorbed by the human body when olive oil is present in the diet. This absorption helps to create stronger bones and teeth.

 

Olive oil and its relationship in curing cancer is worthy of exploration. Studies of breast cancer patients have recently shown a decrease in the replication of breast cancer cells when olive oil is present in the diet. This study shows similar results with other forms of cancer. From a scientific view, these results could be a breakthrough in the treatment of cancer patients. If changes in diet can help to reverse the effects of cancer, then these same changes should change many other diseases, as well.

 

Longer lives and healthier brains are thought to come from olive oil. People who consume olive oil on a daily basis tend to have better cognitive retention as they age.  The antioxidants which are so numerous in the oil protect the brain over the course of a lifetime. Many researchers are looking toward the Mediterranean diet to help explain this cognitive longevity.

 

Olive oil certainly seems to be a miracle food. It has been a part of human culture and consumption for thousands of years. Olive oil’s healthy properties are only just being explored through scientific studies and the future looks bright for this delicious oil.

 

Blessings to you for incredible health!

 

Gail Seignious

 

Gluten-Intolerance & Celiac Disease

Gluten Intolerance - Celiac DiseaseWhat is Gluten-Intolerance?

Gluten is a protein that is found in many wheat products and flours, as well as rye and barley.  It is a sticky substance which binds your food together.  Some experts believe as many as 1 in 20 Americans may have some form of gluten-intolerance.

 

If you have a wheat allergy and consume these products, gluten upsets your intestines and causes your immune system to respond.  This response causes symptoms such as abdominal discomfort, gas and bloating and could cause other symptoms as shown below.  These symptom can appear even in people who don’t have celiac disease.

 

What is Celiac Disease?

Celiac Disease is a digestive disease that causes permanent damage to the small intestine. This interferes with absorbing certain nutrients, such as iron, calcium and vitamin D, which can create gastrointestinal problems as well as osteoporosis and anemia.  People who have celiac disease cannot tolerate gluten.

 

Symptoms of Gluten-Intolerance:

People who have problems processing gluten can suffer from bloating, headaches, heart burn and stomach cramps just to name a few.  The chart below shows many symptoms of gluten-intolerance.

 

Migraines – Headaches Heartburn – Acid Reflux
Bloating – Gas Stomach Cramps
Chronic Iron Deficiency Skin Problems – Dermatitis – Eczema
Exhausted – No Energy Sinus Issues – Runny Nose
Constipation Diarrhea
Infertility Sleeplessness
Osteoporosis Bone and Joint Pains
Depression Brain Fog
Hyperactive Autism
Moody Swings – Cranky Mental Health Problems
Eating Problems ADHD
Malnutrition Weight Gain or Weight Loss

 

What Should You Do If You Have These Symptoms?

 

If any of these symptoms are turning your world upside down, you should consider seeing your doctor for a blood test. Gluten-intolerance or celiac disease might be the problem associated with your symptoms.

 

The other choice (which I highly recommend) is to start eliminating gluten from your life.  I say “life” because gluten seems to be everywhere these days.  It’s in millions of products!  It’s critical to start reading labels for everything you ingest or put on your skin.  Although gluten is mainly in foods, it may also be found in products that you use every day. I’ve even seen gluten in a vitamins!

 

You might also want to check out the Paleo Recipe Books.  These books have hundreds of favorite Paleo friendly recipes that will help you follow one of the healthiest and most nutritious diets in the world. These cookbooks contain: No Grains, No Potatoes, No Lentils, No Dairy, No Processed Sugar, and No Preservatives.  

 

Even if you say OH NO, I’m not giving up all that… have an open mind, take some small steps for a healthier life!  You just might find yourself feeling pretty terrific!

 

Gluten-Free Paleo Meal Plan

Gluten-Free Paleo Herbs & Spices Guide

Learn More About The Gluten-Free Paleo Recipe Books

 

For many years, I suffered with digestive problems and a long list of other symptoms. I use to give myself four allergy shots a week and had constant sinus problems. When I eliminated gluten, my life changed dramatically.  If you have any of the symptoms listed above, I hope you will consider eliminating gluten from your diet to see if you feel better!

 

To Your Health!

Gail Seignious

Dr. Norman Walker
"The key to health is simple: If we do not eat the kind of food, prepared properly, which will nourish the body constructively, we not only die prematurely, we suffer along the way."
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Hippocrates

"Natural forces within us are the true healers."

"Let thy food be your medicine and your medicine be your food."

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