Can Dairy Products Damage Your Health?



By Jordan Miller;

Many of us were raised consuming dairy products - milk on our cereal, cheese on our crackers, and yogurt on our fruit. Not only did we eat this food daily, but we were also told that it was good for us and necessary for a healthy diet. We may not have noticed any negative effects, but what if we were to take a closer look. Do you suffer from allergies, diabetes, heart disease, acne, osteoporosis, multiple sclerosis, or excess mucus build-up? Even if you don’t, please continue to read. Everyone is different; sometimes symptoms take longer to manifest in some people and for others the symptoms are instantaneous.


What We Have Been Told

Calcium, calcium, calcium – got to get our calcium! This is the most common idea promoted for drinking milk and consuming other dairy products. It is also endorsed as being “natural” and full of vitamin D. What about the negative side effects of dairy consumption? Are there any? If so, do they out-weight the so-called benefits?

What We Haven’t Been Told

Milk is not easily digested, and it’s also highly allergenic. Most of the world is actually lactose intolerant, due to the fact that most of us lose the ability to completely digest lactose by the age of four. As a result, many milk drinkers develop diarrhea, gas, stomach cramps, bowel inflammation and toxicity.

Diary sources are high on the food chain, which means higher concentrations of toxins, pesticides, and hormones.

Antibiotics are common in milk, due to cows’ udders becoming infected. These same antibiotics are transmitted to humans, causing reactions in those sensitive or allergic to antibiotics, or causing the production of antibiotic-resistant bacteria in our bodies. One of these is sulfamethazine, a suspected human carcinogen.

There are also ample amounts of pesticides in cows’ feed and this gets passed along to us as it moves up the food chain.

Factory farmed dairy cows are injected with the Recombinant Bovine Growth Hormone (rBGH). What is the purpose of rBGH? “The purpose of rBGH is to enable cows to produce more milk than they naturally would. It works by altering gene expression of glucose transporters in the cow's mammary gland, skeletal muscle and omental fat. The gene facilitates the repartitioning of glucose to the mammary gland, which in turn produces more milk.” (Paul Kingsnorth). This can be detrimental to our health. rBGH has been clinically proven to weaken our immune system and increase the incidences of cancer.

Casein, a milk protein, is a common cause of food allergies. Casein needs the enzyme rennin, to break down, but rennin isn’t present in humans after the age of four. Casein is very sticky and coats the digestive system, leading to leaky gut syndrome, mal-absorption and/or constipation. Over time, we are left with a weakened immune system and toxic build up in our blood. It is the casein that causes mucus to form. This is due to its bacterial composition, our allergic response, and its glue-like nature.

The Environmental Defense Fund studied the breast milk of 1,400 women from 46 states in the USA. The study found widespread contamination of breast milk with pesticides. The levels of contamination were twice as high in meat and dairy consuming women as in vegetarians. Since pesticides are concentrated in animal foods, the study advises women who plan to breast-feed to avoid meat, some kinds of fish, and high-fat dairy products. Please note that even though these studies suggest that breast milk can be contaminated with pesticides, breast-feeding is definitely more beneficial to an infant, than bottle-feeding.

Pasteurized vs Unpasteurized Dairy

Pasteurization destroys all enzymes, including phosphatise, which is necessary to assimilate calcium, minerals and vitamins. During pasteurization, milk is heated to at least 115 degrees Celsius, causing organic calcium to become insoluble and therefore very hard to digest. Temperatures from 190 to 230 degrees Celsius are required to kill typhoid bacilli, coli, tuberculosis and undulant fever, but pasteurization temperatures only reach 145 to 170 degrees. Pasteurization also kills some beneficial bacteria which normally keep the harmful bacteria in check. As a result, within 24 to 48 hours after pasteurization, the amount of harmful bacteria doubles.

If raw milk (the preferable way to consume milk) is ingested, the enzyme xanthine oxidase is digested in the stomach. On the other hand, homogenized cow’s milk prevents cream from floating to the top. Therefore, if the milk has been homogenized, fat globules from the cream encase the enzyme, which can pass undigested into the blood, attaching to artery walls and becoming abrasive. As the xanthine oxidase enzyme is not digested properly through the consumption of homogenized milk, it has been found to severely increase the incidences of heart disease.

Raw milk is a hot topic right now. We encourage you to do some further research on the topic and decide whether or not it is right for you.

The Calcium Debate

Calcium is abundant in nature. Most fruits, vegetables and nuts are excellent sources of calcium. It is extremely doubtful that we can utilize any of the calcium in milk. The calcium in milk is bound to its protein complement, casein. Without the key enzyme, rennin, neither casein nor calcium can be digested. Additionally, pasteurization or heat treatment renders calcium practically useless.Interestingly, the risk of osteoporosis has been found to be nearly double in meat and dairy-eating individuals in comparison to vegans.

Calcium can be found in plenty of other sources like broccoli, spinach, kidney beans, almonds, rhubarb, collards, turnips, etc. The amount of calcium we need is debatable and recommendations vary. Fortunately, our bodies are so amazing that we absorb precisely the amount needed.  

Are We Meant to Consume Dairy?

Using nature as our guide, we can quickly determine whether or not we should be consuming dairy.

For example, cow’s milk is suited to the nutritional needs of calves, who, unlike human babies, will double their weight in 47 days (as opposed to 180 days for humans), grow four stomachs, and weigh 1,100-1,200 pounds within two years. Cow’s milk contains about three times as much protein as human milk and almost 50 percent more fat.

Consider also that no other species, besides humans, drink milk beyond infancy, and no other species drinks the milk of another species (except domesticated cats and dogs, who are taught this habit by humans).

Alternatives

For many, soy milk has become an acceptable alternative; however, it is important to note that unfermented soy can be detrimental to our health, especially the thyroid gland.

Nut cheeses are a great alternative. You can make them yourself or order them online.

Coconut milk/yogurt can be used as an alternative. Check out our video to find out how to make coconut milk. Hemp and almond milk are also great choices.

It’s All About Balance

Perhaps this is all new information to you and you feel like you could never eliminate dairy or perhaps you would like to do some more research on the topic. Please do! Most importantly, we should remain balanced in our approach to health and not over consume any one product. You will undoubtedly hear many opinions on this topic, so when choosing what is right for you, always follow your instincts.



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About the Author : Jordan Miller is the co-founder of guidinginstincts.com. He has overcome illness through dietary/lifestyle changes, and practicing a positive mindset daily. Jordan is currently learning about traditional North American medicinal herbs, in hopes of becoming a Certified Herbalist.

"Good" and "Bad" Salt



By Jordan Miller;

More and more people are realizing that the world cannot sustain itself with the current food system. With all these “convenience” foods available today, it is by no mistake that the majority of the “Western” civilization is morbidly sick. “Disease” is increasingly problematic. We can’t sit back and ignore it anymore because it is starring us right in the face. Even our government institutions are forced to tune-in to this unfortunate reality. There is a growing understanding that the world will not be able to sustain itself if we keep following this regrettable trend. In order to turn the tide, we have to take a look at some of the most fundamental things that are driving this tendency. To gain a better perspective, we first have to reflect on our eating habits.

In this never-ending list of food-like products on the market, “salt” (sodium) is in almost anything and everything that is pre-packaged. Given what is available in most of our grocery stores today, it is extremely hard to avoid, unless of course we are well versed in the subject matter. We will try our best to give you the necessary information in order to help you make more informed choices when buying food.


What is Salt (Sodium)?

Salt as many refer to it as, is commonly known as table salt or rock salt. On the other hand, sodium is understood more so in scientific circles; it is a metallic element with a symbol Na and atomic number 11. It is a soft, silvery-white, highly reactive metal and is a member of alkali metals within “group 1” (Wikipedia). For the purposes of this article, we will focus most of our discussions on the former – salt; however, both definitions should not be treated as mutually exclusive.


The Problem with Salt in Our Diet Today

With regard to food consumption, the issue of quantity is becoming much more problematic. Salt is being consumed in large portions today, due to the fact that much of it is hidden in many of the “foods” we eat on a daily basis.

The recommended daily intake of salt is currently set at 1500 mg/day with an upper level of 2300 mg/day. The problem is most people who live in “Western society” consume much more salt than the recommended levels prescribed by our governments. In some cases, people are consuming double or even triple the upper limit (2300 mg/day). Can you believe that? If this is not a strong enough signal that our food system is heavily broken, I don’t know what is.

On top of the amount of salt being consumed, there is also the issue of the kind of salt that is being consumed. As discussed above, most people understand salt as table salt or rock salt (purchased at the local supermarket). The problem with these particular salts is that they are by no means good for you! The reason is because “table salt”, as we understand it, consists mainly of sodium chloride – a substance by which has very little benefit to us on its own. Much of the over consumption of salt is also attributed to hypertension (high blood pressure) and thus heightens our risk of stroke and/or heart attack. Further to this, much of the salt consumed is present (often times in large quantities) in much of the ready-to-eat foods on the shelf. Isolated salts such as Monosodium glutamate and the like dominate many of the isles in a grocery store. The sad part is that most people don’t have a clue what these ingredients are; fortunately there is a growing awareness thanks to all those who are passionate about nutrition and health.


The Importance of Salt

With all the bad press on salt these days, it is important not to discount all forms of salt altogether. The majority of salt that is out on the market today it highly processed, however, there are healthier options we can use.

Who says we have to eliminate salt from our diet completely? This is a foolish notion. We can still enjoy the taste, but we have to ensure that we are cognizant both of the quantity and kind being consumed. Salt plays an important role in many bodily functions. In its whole, unadulterated form, salt provides the body with many key micronutrients (minerals). In some circles, people may refer to salt as electrolytes. Salt helps us restore the minerals we lose through perspiration and physical activity. In this regard, full spectrum salt such as Celtic sea salt, deep sea Hawaiian sea salt or Himalayan salt are suitable salts to be consuming; however, we must also be cognizant of the amount we consume; after all, they contain sodium to.


“Good” vs. “Bad” Salt


As we have described above, all salts are not created equally. In an effort to help you differentiate between “good and bad” salt, we have listed below some examples of both varieties.

Good Salt

As previously described, full spectrum salts such as Himalayan salt, Celtic sea salt, or deep sea Hawaiian sea salt, are certainly healthier options if you want to season your food because they contain nearly all minerals your body is composed of. For this reason, these forms of salt have not been processed in anyway, leaving them close to their original state. Conventional table salts on the other hand have been heavily processed (heated) which eradicates the minerals that were previously present within them – thus the reason why iodine was re-added to table salt because it longer existed after processing.

If you are someone that cannot consume any form of salt altogether there are other options you can take advantage of. Salt can be found in many foods such as celery, chard, or sea vegetables. We always encourage you to first seek out your need to satisfy your body’s cry for minerals through food before other alternative forms of salt are considered. This is not to say that you can’t still enjoy salt; we all just have to make sure we are aware of how much we are consuming.

On top of the over consumption of salt, people who suffer from hypertension (high blood pressure) tend to have an improper balance of salt/potassium ratio. By this reason, those who are trying to bring down their blood pressure, consuming less salt as a first step is certainly beneficial; however, if you want to maximize the healing process, it is wise to infuse your diet with more potassium rich foods such as prunes, apricots, bananas, avocados and the like. It is recognized in certain circles that if one has too much salt in their diet they will have large bags under their eyes. On the other side of the spectrum however, if one has too much potassium, they will develop dark circles under their eyes. In assessing your situation, make sure to always observe your body.

Bad Salt  

“Bad salt”, as previously noted, can wreck havoc on one’s body. Salt in any isolated form such as the conventional table salt or rock salt which has been heavily processed / treated, has been stripped of all its vital nutrients. As a result, our body’s cannot find any relief in satisfying the demand for nutrients and thus we continue to over consume salty foods that have been processed - resulting in a rather vicious cycle.

This being said, it is wise to resist the temptation of prepackaged foods as much as we can while seeking out healthier options. If this isn’t feasible, we should always strive to look at the food labels and avoid any products which have sodium or sodium isolates such as MSG listed in them.

People are becoming aware of Monosodium glutamate (MSG), and, as a result, industry has scrambled to find ways around this bad representation. Consequently, many foods still have MSG in them even though it is not listed in the ingredient list. Click here to find a list of ingredients that disguise themselves under a completely different name altogether.


Final Thoughts

It is appalling to see the amount of salt being consumed today and it is equally sad to see what it is doing to the population. Incidences of hypertension and other related illnesses are skyrocketing around the globe. Once we have all agreed to come to the realization that the majority of these cases are tied to our diets, only then can we truly “cure” this unfortunate trend through prevention by following a proper diet. When in doubt, listen to your body - as you know yourself better than anyone. Let us not be jaded by conclusions or theories from the objective world. Always look to yourself for the answers; they are always there. Remember, follow your instincts.


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About the Author : Jordan Miller is the co-founder of guidinginstincts.com. He has overcome illness through dietary/lifestyle changes, and practicing a positive mindset daily. Jordan is currently learning about traditional North American medicinal herbs, in hopes of becoming a Certified Herbalist.

Everyday is Earth Day



By Kyla Miller, R.H.N.

Earthy Day is a worldwide event held every year on April 22 in over 170 counties. Its purpose is to raise awareness of environmental issues and recognize the positive actions taken to protect and create a better environment. Can we use this day as an opportunity to set resolutions for ourselves that will help our environment? Are there areas where we can make a difference in our daily habits? Listed below are 20 attainable resolutions. Can you fit any of these into your lifestyle?


Earth Day Resolutions
1.       Recycle and Compost
2.       Buy and use reusable shopping bags
3.       Stop buying bottled water (A good quality water filter or fresh spring water are great alternatives)
4.       Use cloth napkins instead of paper
5.       Use microfiber cleaning cloths and cloth tea-towels instead of paper towels
6.       Use chemical-free laundry and dish detergent
7.       Use chemical-free toilet paper
8.       Make homemade natural cleaning products from ingredients such as baking soda and white vinegar or buying chemical-free cleaning products. (see video below)
9.       Use reusable lunch bags and food wraps instead of disposable paper bags and plastic baggies
10.   Buy local and eat organic
11.   Eat less
12.   Plant a tree or flowering plant
13.   Start a pesticide free vegetable garden
14.   Use glass containers instead of plastic, where applicable (i.e. mason jars are mutli-functional)
15.   Limit electronic gadgets and unplug them when not being used
16.   Turn off the lights (Beeswax candles purify the air and promote negative ions, which make us feel good)
17.   Take shorter showers
18.   Use rain barrels in your yard
19.   Go paperless as much as possible (i.e. paying for bills online)
20.   Walk, bike, car pool, or use public transportation

Get Involved

Events and activities are held internationally to address various environmental issues. Get involved in your community to find out what more you can do to protect our beautiful home.
Every little bit counts.

Here is a video showing how easy it is to make your own effective cleaning products. Enjoy!




Your questions: Do you use natural cleaning products? What other resolutions have you made to help the environment? (post your comments below)
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About the Author : Kyla Miller is the co-founder of guidinginstincts.com. She has overcome illness through dietary/lifestyle changes, and practicing a positive mindset daily. Kyla is a Registered Holistic Nutritionist and is currently studying to become a Reiki Master.

It’s Chocolate Truffle Time



By Kyla Miller, R.H.N.

Yes, it is that time of year again! Wherever we go, we are tempted with all sorts of chocolate treats. We wanted to provide you with a much healthier option to give your family. In the video below, we will be making vegan chocolate truffles. They are absolutely delicious. We’re sure that you will love them!

* Please note: These due contain nuts, so if you have an allergy, please be cautious. The recipe is posted below.




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Vegan Chocolate Truffle Recipe

Ingredients:

1 cup almonds
¾ cup dates
3-4 tbsp cacao powder (raw chocolate)
¼ cup coconut water (optional)
Your choice of flavoured extract (i.e. mint, orange, vanilla, etc) (optional)

* All ingredient used are raw and organic. The flavoured extracts are alcohol-free.

Directions:

1. In a food processor, grind the almonds into a powder.
2. Add the dates and blend until it makes a sticky consistency.
3. Add the cacao powder, coconut water, and flavoured extract.
4. rocess all ingredients.
5. Form in to balls and roll in extra cacao powder.
6. Decorate as desired.

*Keep refrigerated.

Feel free to check out all our other recipes

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About the Author : Kyla Miller is the co-founder of guidinginstincts.com. She has overcome illness through dietary/lifestyle changes, and practicing a positive mindset daily. Kyla is a Registered Holistic Nutritionist and is currently studying to become a Reiki Master.

Natural Remedies for Food Poisoning



By Kyla Miller, R.H.N.;

Hardly anyone ever expects to get food poisoning, since the food or drink itself may look, smell and taste perfectly fine at the time. It’s only a few hours or days after ingesting the contaminated item that the worst of the symptoms may appear. These can include vomiting, severe headache, diarrhea, fatigue, digestion distress, etc. It is vitally important to treat symptoms of food poisoning as soon as they appear. Our first instinct might be to run to the doctor to get antibiotics for a ‘quick fix’, but antibiotics can wipe out all of the beneficial bacteria in our system. This bacterium is necessary to help balance the "bad" bacteria that we have consumed. We can also develop immunity to antibiotics, so it is only a short lived remedy at best. Are there natural, less harsh remedies we can make and use at home?

Natural Remedies

One home remedy for food poisoning is complete bed-rest. Many cases of food poisoning are caused by parasites or bacteria, which enter the body by the thousands or millions. As part of our body’s brilliant design, it will begin to send out antibodies to fight the invasion. We should minimize other activities in order to allow our body to heal itself. We should also abstain from any solid food for twenty-four hours so that we don’t place unneeded burden on our digestive system.

Sipping on warm water with added lemon juice will not only be soothing, but it will also assist in the cleansing of our system and fight infection.

An Ayurvedic remedy is to combine 1 tsp black pepper, 2 cloves of garlic, 1 tbsp of cumin seeds, and a little sea salt in 4 cups of water. Boil this mixture until it reduces to 2 cups. Sip on this three times daily to cleanse and treat diarrhea.

Chinese herbalism suggests chewing on ginger to ease nausea. Alternatively, sipping on ginger tea would have the same desired effect.

Sipping on tea can be of great benefit to your system. It will keep you hydrated and at the same time help with various symptoms. For example, comfrey root and meadowsweet tea will help to treat infection and relieve symptoms. Arrowroot or slippery elm tea can soothe the digestive tract and help restore bowel health. Licorice tea will help to flush out toxins. Nausea can also increase in intensity if we are stressed, so chamomile tea will not only help to ease digestion and reduce inflammation, it can also induce calmness and even sleep.

Aromatherapy can also assist in our recovery. Spray chamomile oil into the air or rub into the temples to calm and ease symptoms. Lavender oil can be rubbed into the abdomen to reduce any spasms and to help encourage healing. Bergamot on a cold cloth and placed on the head will reduce any fever.

In cases where there is diarrhea with a burning sensation, vomiting and a craving for cold drinks, red phosphorus can help. Phosphorus is obtained from bone ash and can also treat anxieties and fears.

If you wish to induce vomiting to expel the poison, drinking cider vinegar with some warm water will do this.

Travelling

Some individuals fear contracting food poisoning when travelling. Strong spices like cayenne, curry and turmeric have preventive properties against food poisoning and can be added to food and water. Bringing superfoods, MSM powder, green powders, and vitamin C will give your body extra strength to fight whatever you might come into contact with. Oregano oil is also great to have with you as it is known for its ability to stop infections. Taking bentonite clay can be used to remove all the toxins and harmful waste and buildup in our bodies. Additionally, it can resolve digestive distress.

Light at the End of the Tunnel

Once our symptoms start to subside and the worst is over, it is time to replenish and heal our bodies. When the vomiting has ceased, ripe bananas can be eaten to help restore the bacterial balance in the gut. Cultured vegetables (fermented foods) and probiotic supplements can help as well.

Prevention

The best remedy for food poisoning is prevention. Good hygiene practices before, during, and after food preparation can reduce the chances of contracting an illness. Keeping our diet clean and fresh is also a great prevention technique.

Let us always rely on our instincts when it comes to the foods we eat.

Feel Free to check out all our other Natural Remedy articles

Your questions: What remedy do you use for food poisoning? Have you ever tried any of the ones listed above? (post your comments below)


Sources:  
Prescription for Nutrional Healing; Phyllis A. Balch
The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Healing Remedies; C. Norman Shealy
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About the Author : Kyla Miller is the co-founder of guidinginstincts.com. She has overcome illness through dietary/lifestyle changes, and practicing a positive mindset daily. Kyla is a Registered Holistic Nutritionist and is currently studying to become a Reiki Master.

Going Bananas Over Bananas



By Kyla Miller, R.H.N.;

Bananas are very common all around the world. They are native to tropical South and Southeast Asia, but today, are cultivated throughout the tropics. They come in a variety of sizes and colors when ripe, including yellow, purple, and red. In North America, we are most familiar with sweet yellow bananas. We eat them as babies and continue right through into adulthood. Not only do bananas taste awesome, but they also have some pretty amazing health benefits.



Health Benefits

Anemia = Bananas are relatively high in iron, which helps the body’s hemoglobin function.
        
Heartburn = Bananas have a natural antacid effect in the body. If you suffer from heartburn, try eating a banana for soothing relief.

Morning Sickness = Snacking on bananas between meals can help to keep blood-sugar levels up which in turn helps to avoid morning sickness.

Quitting Smoking = Bananas can also help people who are trying to give up smoking. The vitamins B6 and B12 they contain, as well as potassium and magnesium, help the body recover from the effects of nicotine withdrawal.

Reducing Depression = Bananas contain tryptophan, an amino acid that can be converted to serotonin, leading to an improved mood.

Normalizing Blood Pressure = Bananas are extremely high in potassium, yet very low in sodium, thus having a perfect ratio for preventing high blood pressure.

Constipation and/or Diarrhea = Due to their fiber content, bananas help to restore a normal bowel function. In addition, it is common for diarrhea to deplete your body of important electrolytes. One of the most important electrolytes is potassium, in which bananas contain high amounts.

Nerve System = Bananas are high in B vitamins that have been shown to improve nerve function.

Mosquito Bites = A natural remedy to mosquito bites, is to rub the inside of a banana peel on the area. It can be very effective in reducing itching and swelling.

Stress Relief = Bananas are high in potassium, which helps normalize the heartbeat and regulate the body’s water balance. During periods of high stress, our body’s potassium levels tend to be rapidly depleted. Eating bananas is a healthy way to re-balance them.

Stroke Risk = According to a study in The New England Journal of Medicine, eating bananas as part of a regular diet can reduce the risk of death by stroke by as much as 40%.

Kidney = Bananas contain especially high amounts of antioxidant phenolic compounds, which are necessary for effective detoxification of potential carcinogens.

Have a Balanced Approach

Even though bananas have many health benefits, they consist mainly of sugars (glucose, fructose and sucrose). If you have blood sugar problems, they should not be eaten. In order to normalize the insulin response caused by the sugar, it is best to eat them with a bit of protein instead of on an empty stomach. Additionally, bananas are so popular, that rain forests are often destroyed just to make way for banana plantations. Keeping this in mind, let us always strive for a balanced diet and not over-consume one source of food.

Since summer is coming, we thought we’d show you have to make a simple delicious vegan banana ice cream. Enjoy!



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Banana Soft Serve Ice Cream

Ingredients:

2 Medium bananas (frozen)
1-2 pinches of cinammon
Coconut Milk (optional)
Blend, and the serve! It's that simple!

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About the Author : Kyla Miller is the co-founder of guidinginstincts.com. She has overcome illness through dietary/lifestyle changes, and practicing a positive mindset daily. Kyla is a Registered Holistic Nutritionist and is currently studying to become a Reiki Master.

Natural Remedies for Headaches



By Kyla Miller, R.H.N.;

Headaches are an extremely common complaint in our society, and are often treated with “quick fix” pain medication. In fact, over half a billion dollars is spent annually on this type of remedy. What is in these drugs and are they doing us more harm than good? Are there more effective and natural remedies we can use to alleviate headaches?

Ingredients in Conventional Headache Medication

There are two main ingredients in the leading headache medications. These are Acetylalicylic Acid and Acetaminophen. Today, an estimated 80,000 tons of these two ingredients are being consumed each year.

The main side effects of Acetylalicylic Acid can include, but are not limited to: gastrointestinal ulcers, stomach bleeding, severe abdominal or stomach cramps/pain/discomfort, heartburn or indigestion, bruising, confusion, dizziness, fainting, nausea or vomiting, buzzing or ringing in ears, tiredness or weakness, loss of hearing, allergic reaction, bleeding, etc.

The main side effects of Acetaminophen can include, but are not limited to:  nausea and vomiting, appetite loss, sweating, diarrhea, irritability, abdominal pain, yellow eyes or skin, liver failure, kidney failure, heart problems, ulcers, bleeding in the digestive tract, coma, seizures, death, etc.

Please also note that these symptoms do not necessarily have to manifest instantly after taking them. Continuous use of these products can slowly wreck havoc on your system.

Causes of Headaches

In some cases a headache may  be a symptom of a more serious underlying disorder, but often headaches are caused by stress, dehydration, tiredness, poor posture, caffeine, alcohol, drugs, food allergies, eyestrain, sinusitis, poor nutrition, or low blood sugar.

Alternative Remedies

Ginger = Traditional Chinese herbal medicine recommends ginger for headaches. Eat a small piece of fresh ginger root or make ginger tea from the fresh root or tea bags. 

Coriander Seeds = An Aryuvedic treatment for sinus-related headaches is the steam inhalation of coriander seeds. Put the coriander seeds into a small bowl. Pour on some boiling water, drape a towel over your head and the bowl, and inhale the steam.

Celery = Celery contains phthalide which helps you to relax and be less anxious, which helps with pain. It is also rich in potassium which many headache sufferers are deficient in. Celery seeds can be used in smoothies/juices or soups. Taking 2 oz of celery juice and then laying down for 30 minutes has proven to be a very effective remedy for headaches.

Herbal = Sitting down with a relaxing cup of mild herbal tea is often good for a tension headache. Good choices are peppermint, spearmint, chamomile, rose hip, lemon balm, or valerian root (may induce sleep). Additionally, adding cayenne pepper to your tea can help.

Vitamins and Minerals = Frequent headaches could be a sign that you are low on some important vitamins and minerals. Low levels of niacin and vitamin B6 can cause headaches. For example, all the B vitamins are needed to help combat stress and avoid tension headaches. The minerals calcium and magnesium work together to help prevent headaches, especially those related to a woman’s menstrual cycle. Good sources of calcium are dark green leafy vegetables, such as kale or broccoli, and beans and peas. Magnesium is found in dark green leafy vegetables, cacao, nuts, bananas, wheat germ, full spectrum salts, beans and peas.  

Aromatherapy = The relaxing qualities of lavender oil make it a good treatment for a tension headache. This essential oil is very gentle and can be massaged in your temples, the base of your neck, or the base of your nostrils. Taking a bath with relaxing oils such as chamomile or ylang ylang will also help to soothe and relieve pain.

Emotional Freedom Technology (EFT – a.k.a Meridian Tapping) = The EFT tapping points align with particular acupuncture points along the meridians. EFT tapping techniques can help to remove emotional blockage in our body’s electrical or subtle energy system. EFT is referred to as ‘acupuncture without the needles’. For more information on EFT and where to find your meridian points, please visit The Tapping Solution.

Breathing = In order to learn how to relax and cope with headaches, you need to become familiar with your own breathing patterns and change them in ways that will help you relax. We tend to hold our breath when we are anxious, stressed, or in pain. Below are a few relaxation exercises:

Rhythmic breathing = If your breathing is short and hurried, slow it down by taking long, slow breaths. Inhale slowly then exhale slowly. Count slowly to five as you inhale, and then count slowly to five as you exhale. As you exhale slowly, pay attention to how your body naturally relaxes. Recognizing this change will help you to relax even more.

Deep breathing = Imagine a spot just below your navel. Breathe into that spot, filling your abdomen with air. Let the air fill you from the abdomen up, then let it out, like deflating a balloon. With every long, slow exhalation, you should feel more relaxed.

Visualized breathing = Find a comfortable, quiet place where you can close your eyes, and combine slowed breathing with your imagination. Picture relaxation entering your body and tension leaving your body. Breathe deeply, but in a natural rhythm. Visualize your breath coming into your nostrils, going into your lungs and expanding your chest and abdomen. Then, visualize your breath going out the same way. Continue breathing, but each time you inhale, imagine that you are breathing in more relaxation. Each time you exhale imagine that you are getting rid of a little more tension.

These are just a few natural remedies. There are many more. However, prior to any of these recommendations, we should always ensure that we are getting enough pure water throughout the day. It seems simple, but dehydration is the leading cause of headaches. By simply drinking more water during the day, we may reduce the frequency of headaches and their debilitating effects.


Please note that some of the food items mentioned, such as bananas, cacao, and nuts can actually trigger headaches in some individuals. If this happens to you, don't give up. With a little research, you will definitely be able to find the remedy that works best for you.

Trusting in our Natural Ability to Heal

Our bodies are an amazing design. If we allow ourselves to trust our bodies’ ability to heal itself, the results will be astounding. Let’s treat our body with the respect and loving care it deserves. If we do, symptoms such as headaches will occur much less frequently.

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Your question: What remedy do you use for headaches? (post your comments below)

Sources:  
Prescription for Nutrional Healing; Phyllis A. Balch

The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Healing Remedies; C. Norman Shealy
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About the Author : Kyla Miller is the co-founder of guidinginstincts.com. She has overcome illness through dietary/lifestyle changes, and practicing a positive mindset daily. Kyla is a Registered Holistic Nutritionist and is currently studying to become a Reiki Master.
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