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Diabetic Ketoacidosis (DKA) and Nutritional Ketosis (Keto-adaptation)

It seems the world is dieting — again — and this time it’s all about “banting”. Besides being an undertaker, William Banting is known for being the first to popularise a weight loss diet based on limiting intake of refined and easily digestible carbohydrates. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_Banting)
But, this article is not about “Banting”, or dieting, per say – it’s simply about understanding a few processes in our body, and, understanding the difference between Diabetic Ketoacidosis and this Nutritional Ketosis that everyone is trying to achieve!

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Glycogen – Glycogen is the storage form of glucose in our body. IT IS NOT GLUCOSE. Glycogen is stored in the liver and the muscles of the body.
The liver contains an enzyme called glucose-1-phosphatase, which enables glycogen to be broken down to glucose, and exported from the liver into the bloodstream. Continue reading Diabetic Ketoacidosis (DKA) and Nutritional Ketosis (Keto-adaptation)

Home Made Pain Relieving Cream

Ingredients:
1/2 cup Coconut Oil
2 teaspoons Beeswax pellets
5 drops Camphor oil
5 drops Peppermint oil
5 drops Eucalyptus oil

Method:
Melt the coconut oil and beeswax together. You can do this in a double boiler, or put a small saucepan on the stove for a minute or two and then turn the heat off and added the coconut oil and beeswax. Stir until melted.
Allow the mixture to cool for a few minutes, then add the camphor oil, the peppermint oil, and the eucalyptus oil.
Put in a container and allow to cool completely. When it is completely cooled it will be a solid rather than liquid, but the minute it hits your warm skin it will liquify again. Perfect for massaging onto sore muscles and joints.

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Natural Stomach Remedies

10 home and herbal remedies that can help soothe various types of belly discomfort:

Ginger : is known to possess anti-inflammatory properties plus other benefits. It helps in easing stomach pains, as well as aiding in digestion. One can take this by peeling and grating the ginger and making a tea out of it.

Fennel or liquorice : are similar in taste even though they come from different plants and are found in a number of herbal teas, as well as supplements for digestive upsets. Chewing a fresh slice (bulb) of fennel can ease stomach pain. Continue reading Natural Stomach Remedies

Cleansing the system using biochemic tissue salts

When beginning a detoxification program, using tissue salts just before your main detox regime may help with the process.

Start the day with fresh lemon (preferably organic) in warm filtered water – at least 500 mls.
Day 1 – Take Calc Sulph (#3) to purify the blood. Take 4 tablets, placed under the tongue to dissolve, 6 times a day, spaced approx. 4 hours apart.
Day 2 – Take Kali Mur (#5) to help correct sluggish, congested conditions. Take 4 tablets, placed under the tongue to dissolve, 6 times a day. Spaced approx. 4 hours apart.
Day 3 – Take Nat Sulph (#7) to help with a congested liver. Take 4 tablets, placed under the tongue to dissolve, 6 times a day, spaced approx. 4 hours apart.
Do not drink any liquid for 30 minutes after taking the tissue salts.

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For extra detoxifying, have an Epsom salt bath at night. A common formula is to add a cup or two of Epsom salt to warm water in a standard-size bathtub. If your bathtub is bigger or smaller than most, you may want to adjust the amount of Epsom salt you add – remember more salt isn’t necessarily better. Make sure you drink lots of water during and after your bath!

Once you have followed this three-day tissue salt cleansing program, begin taking the supplements and following the detox diet prescribed for you.

Trust a cow . . . . or a chemist?

When it comes to the debate of butter vs margarine there is a wealth of information on the internet. Unfortunately, there are times when even the professionals say things that challenge common sense, or support theories from the dark ages. For example, when they tell people that vegetable oil laden with emulsifiers, colourants and artificial ingredients commonly known as margarine is better for you than butter.
This is a topic that could potentially take over our blog so for this article, let’s simply look at how each is made:

BUTTER:
Butter is made by churning fresh or fermented cream or milk, to separate the butterfat from the buttermilk. Put butterfat in a container and use.
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MARGARINE :
This is like a science experiment so I’ll do this in point form. Stage 1 is called refinement where the oil is extracted from seeds or beans and refined. Stage 2 is called processing where oil and other materials are added and made into margarine. Continue reading Trust a cow . . . . or a chemist?