INFLAMMATION: Friend and foe!

Inflammation is crucial to healing, essential for our survival, and not necessarily an indication of something gone wrong. It helps protect our bodies from infection and injury, but it can also cause severe damage and contribute to disease when the inflammatory response is inappropriate or excessive. Chronic inflammation has been found to promote cancer, heart disease, Alzheimer’s disease, diabetes, obesity, periodontal disease, allergies, asthma, depression and osteoporosis.[1]

The body’s internal pharmacy produces inflammatory and anti-inflammatory products that are distributed throughout the body.  Inflammation brings body fluids to a site to provide necessary nutrients and healing substances, and removes waste. The body’s normal healthy inflammatory response should be offset by a normal healthy anti-inflammatory response. Inflammation can also be a result of body pollution and toxicity or the result of a ‘skewed response’ that the body/mind is making due to a past association (injury). Toxic chemicals contained in personal care, household and laundry products can cause chronic inflammation, in part due to your body’s attempt to remove them. Resolving body pollution and reprogramming the body’s faulty responses can help remedy these types of inflammation. Inflammation produces free radicals.

Inflammation – the diet factor – fats:

The body requires a mix of both saturated and unsaturated fats in the diet to be healthy. Omega-6s are pro-inflammatory, while Omega-3s have an anti-inflammatory effect (1). It isn’t a matter of one is “good” and the other is “bad.” Each fat performs distinct biological functions and offer their own unique health benefits.  You need a mix of plant and animal-derived fats for optimal health.

Fatty Acid Content

For healthy, symptom free longevity, it is important to have a balance of healthy fats including essential fats in our diet. The ideal recommended ratio is 2:1 of omega 6’s to 3’s instead of the standard American diet which is more like 20:1! The need for essential fatty acids (EFA) will vary for everyone, depending on age, health status and other factors.  People eat much less Omega-3, but they are eating large amounts of processed seed and vegetable oils, which are loaded with Omega-6. Large body fat stores of Omega-6 fatty acids are a part of the overall body pollution with resulting symptoms and it can take years to get rid of them.

Omega-3’s, with the anti-inflammatory effect, plays an important role in brain function as well as in growth and development. They are highly concentrated in the brain and appear to be important for memory and performance. They are found abundantly in flax, fish such as salmon and walnuts. The best and healthiest way to increase your Omega-3 intake is to eat seafood once or twice per week. Fatty fish like salmon is a particularly good source. Wild caught fish is best, but even farmed is better than no fish at all. Plant sources of Omega-3, like flax and chia seeds contain a type of Omega-3 called ALA. Humans are inefficient converters of ALA into the active forms, EPA and DHA.

The standard American diet is excessively high in Omega 6’s as a result of grain fed meat and processed oils such as corn oil, safflower oil, cottonseed oil, peanut and soybean oil, which are primarily 6’s and found in many processed foods. Processed foods also contain high amounts of unhealthy partially hydrogenated oils and trans fats.

Animals are usually fed grain-based feeds with soy and corn which reduces the Omega-3 content, so the polyunsaturated fats in the meat are mostly Omega-6. Some conventionally raised meats like chicken and pork are particularly high in Omega-6. To bring your intake of Omega-6 down as much as possible choose the leaner portions of those meats. Grass fed meat is a healthier choice. Buy pastured or Omega-3 enriched eggs, which are much higher in Omega-3 compared to eggs from hens that were fed grain-based feeds.

Inflammation in the brain:

A high Omega-6 intake is associated with violence and depression, possibly due to the inflammation that it causes throughout the body, while Omega-3s reduces inflammation, linked to almost all brain problems like autism, ADHD, Alzheimer’s, depression, schizophrenia and bipolar disorder[1].

David Perlmutter, M.D., F.A.C.N., is a board-certified neurologist and fellow of the American College of Nutrition, author of the Grain Brain. In his book Dr. Perlmutter aims to expose the surprising truth about wheat, carbs, and sugar – your brain’s silent killers. Dr. Perlmutter advocates a gluten free, sugar free and low carbohydrate diet for disease prevention including dementia and Alzheimer’s.

Essential Oils for Inflammation:

Essential oils are a safer option for symptom relief, including inflammation and pain, to over the counter and prescribed medication which comes with potentially harmful side effects.

Frankincense is considered the best essential oil to handle inflammation both topically, internally and diffused. Research shows that it can actually cross the blood brain barrier. Melaleuca, eucalyptus, oregano and soothing blend are also recommended for inflammation. For pain associated with inflammation deep blue, peppermint and marjoram are recommended. Use only 100% pure third party certified essential oils for therapeutic use. Learn more about managing inflammation contacting me

Elisabeth Hines, C.N.C.C.B.P., Holistic Wellness Practitioner, www.mybodycanhealitself.ca

[1]The Ultra Mind Solution, Mark Hyman, M.D., SCRIBNER, A Division of Simon & Schuster, Inc., 1230 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY 10020

[1]  J. South, America’s Inflammation Epidemic. The new “plague” of our times. Vit Res News. November 2006; 2011.

ESSENTIAL OIL IMPURITIES: Make Sure You Know What You Are Getting

Not all essential oils are equal. Make sure you understand the differences. You will find many cheap and cosmetic grade essential oils on the market – know what you are getting and comparing.  There are also differences in therapeutic grade oils. I am vigilant about making sure my food and my personal care products do not contain unwanted additives/contaminantes – I am just as vigilant about the essential oils that I use. Read about the many ways in which essential oils can be adulterated at http://www.naturalnews.com/027667_oil_oils_adulteration.html. The brand I use is third party certified 100% pure therapeutic grade and many of the oils can be used internally. If your supplier is unable to provide you with proof of third party (not internal) certification – then move on. Learn more about using third party certified 100% pure therapeutic grade oils ‘for a healthier you’ by contacting me.

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Synthetic Oils: These are your chemical essential oils that are found in perfumes, and as fragrances in shampoo, soaps, deodorants etc. This represents the largest group of oils on the market today.

Food Grade Oils: These are your food oils like lemon oil, rose oil, etc that the FDA has labeled safe for consumption. These are still not pure essential oils.

Therapeutic Grade Essential Oils: These can be purchased in dollar stores, body and bath stores, health stores and more. For many years, this has been the highest standard of oils in the market. Therapeutic Grade Essential Oils go through a testing process called Gas Chromatography. Most reputable companies in the Essential Oil industry conduct this test. This test checks and insures that the oil contains the correct compounds; however, it does not determine if the oil contains any impurities, pesticides or other chemicals.

CPTG: Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade Essential Oils: This is the highest standard of Essential Oils in the market today. . The first test is the Gas Chromatography and the second is Mass Spectrometry. The Mass Spectrometry test checks all the compounds in the oil and also checks for pesticides or any other impurities that may be present in the oil.

Modern Essentials – A Contemporary Guide to the Therapeutic Use of Essential Oils is an excellent resource that I refer to regularly. It contains information on individual oils including references to research results of essential oils. It is a perfect companion for your essential oil first aid kit. Order your Modern Essentials guide today!

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ESSENTIAL OIL THERAPY FOR SYMPTOM RELIEF: Skip Harmful Drug Side Effects For Healthy Longevity

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As a holistic wellness practitioner I am always counselling clients on strategies and tools to help them live long healthy lives.  There are times when one must resort to drugs for symptom relief and treatment. In many cases people quickly resort to over the counter and prescriptions drugs for the relief of symptoms and conditions as a first resort.  Many of these drugs come with unwanted and harmful side effects. Your liver, your most important organ for healthy longevity, is often compromised due to these drugs. A healthy properly functioning liver is crucial to healthy, vibrant longevity and disease prevention. Read more at my blog post MAINTAINING HEALTHY LONGEVITY: Keep Your Liver Happy in the Midst of Toxins, Distress and Happy Hour

Essential oil therapy offers a healthy alternative to the harmful side effects that present with many drugs. If you are looking for healthy, vibrant, symptom free longevity I would strongly recommend implementing strategies, including essential oil therapy for a ‘healthier you’. Therapeutic grade pure essential oils come with healing properties that can provide long term health benefits. Essential oils are powerful antioxidants that neutralize or quench free radicals, helping to protect DNA and prevent disease. Protecting your precious DNA is critical to healthy longevity. Scientific research provides evidence of the therapeutic effects of essential oils – http://aromaticscience.com/research/, http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/?term=essential+oil.

Not all essential oils are equal. Make sure you understand the differences. You will find many cheap essential oils – know what you are getting and comparing. If the price is too good to be true – buyer beware – the product is probably adulterated. Ask your supplier for proof of third party certification.  Internal certification is not the same as third party certification. Read about the many ways in which essential oils can be adulterated at http://www.naturalnews.com/027667_oil_oils_adulteration.html

Get started on ‘using essential oils’ for a healthier you today!

Modern Essentials – A Contemporary Guide to the Therapeutic Use of Essential Oils is an excellent resource that I refer to regularly. It contains information on the therapeutic benefits of individual oils including references to research results. It is a perfect companion for your essential oil first aid kit. It is a quick reference guide to help you determine which oils you need for specific ailments.

Order ‘The Essential Life’ guide today to help you safely and accurately use essential oils for symptom relief and healthy longevity.

 People all over the world are scrambling to find alternative solutions to their health problems. Essential oils are the hottest trend toward discovering health–a trend that’s here to stay. If you suffer chronic or unresolved, consider adding 100% pure essential oils in your quest to become symptom free and master your well-being goals. The oils alone are not ‘a cure all’.   Check out what is in my green medicine cabinet. Get started on ‘using essential oils’ for a healthier you today!

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Consider creating a GO GREEN HEALTHY BEAUTY KIT as a gift for some of the people on your shopping list. Each kit can be designed to provide enough supplies for the number of people sharing the kit.

Host an ESSENTIAL OIL THERAPY FOR SYMPTOM RELIEF/healthy beauty ‘make and take’ workshop and receive hostess gifts. Workshops are available in southwestern and central Ontario – London, Hamilton, Woodstock, Other areas – inquire – I will hook you up.

For more strategies for  symptom free living, healthy longevity and a healthier you visit my blog at http://mybodycanhealitself.ca/wordpress/ and my website.

Get started on ‘using essential oils’ for a healthier you today!

Contact your regular healthcare practitioner before adding essential oils to your treatment plan. There may be contraindications.

Elisabeth Hines, C.N.C., C.B.P., Holistic Wellness Practitioner, www.mybodycanhealitself.ca .

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