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An interesting article touched on a subject that many alternative health practitioners already know, that poor sleep may be linked to a high glycemic diet, diabetes and an imbalance in gut flora. In the clinic we notice, that those conditions were people typically have dysbiosis, an imbalance of bad bacteria, like fibromyalgia, pcos, IBD may have more sleep problems than others. Read on.

Fiber has been banished by many following the strict low carb diets but extra dietary fiber has great health promoting effects. Fiber helps to improve your digestion and bowel movements. It relives strain on the liver and gallbladder. It reduces the risk of colon cancer, gallstones, diabetes, hemorrhoids, colitis, hernia and varicose veins.

One type of fiber called "Cellulose" is found in green beans, broccoli and lettuce, it helps move food through the colon more quickly to prevent bacteria from breeding. Whole grains like bran, brown rice, cereals contain hemicellulose, which bulks up the stool, relieving pressure on the colon. This type of fiber helps reduce gallstones, lowers cholesterol and binds up toxins for excretion.

Another fiber type called pectin, found in the peels of apples and in carrots, helps to lower cholesterol as well. Mucilage also lowers cholesterol, and speeds the movement of food through the colon. This type of fiber is found in legumes and seeds. Lignans, bind up heavy metals and reduce the toxic products in the intestinal tract. Fiber, soluble fiber in particular, can help people feel full longer, eat less and in turn lose weight according to research. (…/fiber-can-help-you-lose-weight…)

It is a good idea to switch up your fiber sources, don't always take things like wheat bran for example, because it can displace some nutrients like iron, calcium, magnesium and zinc. That way one can ensure optimal nutrition with varying fiber sources like brown rice, barley, quinoa, teff, bulgur, freekah, turnip, peas, brussel sprouts, okra, spinach, apples, apricots, pears, plums, legumes, flaxseed, chia or hemp seeds for example.

It is recommended that adult women consume 21 to 25 grams of fiber per day and adult mean consume 30 to 38 grams. Most people don't get enough fiber, but if you don't it is a good idea, to increase the number of grams slowly to prevent gastrointestinal problems like gas, bloating or frequent stools.

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Along with a healthy diet emphasizing whole foods, fruits and veg, it is hard sometimes to find fresh food, especially in the winter in North America. It has been written that frozen vegetables have 25% less of the common vitamins that cooked fresh vegetables have. Also canned veggies and fruits have 2 to 3 times few nutrients than frozen. However, long trips with fresh food coming from other countries can lose its nutritional value. However, produce that is bagged, contain more vitamin C and nutrition, they also stay fresh longer. Food exposed to oxygen off the vine, tends to degrage. Bottom line, buy local and fresh where ever possible, after that choose frozen and then canned. If it is cost prohibitive any veg is better than none at all. 

Homeopathic remedies are suited to one's unique symptom picture. Swollen ankles can be caused by a number of reasons, it is important to be assessed by a doctor incase something serious has arisen.

According to Dr. John Clarke MD, the remedy Apis Mel is useful for simple swelling. When it is linked to varicose veins use the remedy hamamelis .

A link has been found between those who have low vitamin D and depression. This could mean a number of things, there is a link between sun exposure and depression. Some people's liver doesn't metabolize vitamin D properly and areas with lower sun exposure, need to supplement with vitamin D lest they have a deficiency. Read more.

     Quinoa, pronounced "qin-wah" was a staple in the Andean culture. The Incas began to cultivate it as one of their staple crops because they believed it gave their warriors more stamina and healing powers. The seeds are round, about the same size as millet and can come in a variety of colours such as red, yellow, off white or even purple. When cooked quinoa is light, fluffy, crunchy with a subtle flavor. It is easily digested and has optimal nutrition.

     Quinoa has a variety of nutrients in it compared to other grains such as calcium, copper, iron, magnesium, manganese, potassium, riboflavin and the amino acid lysine which is known to help with tissue repair and combat viruses such as herpes. Quinoa is a gluten free grain, so it can be used in a celiac diet or those with autism. It can be made into a flour for baking. The fiber content in quinoa is high and it contains twice as much fiber as most grains. Thus it is helpful for constipation, reduces cholesterol and blood sugar levels. The fiber acts as a prebiotic, which means it feeds the microflora, good bacteria in the intestines. This superfood also contains a lot of protein compared to other grains and all 9 amino acids which makes it excellent for blood sugar and vegetarian diets.

     Quinoa should be rinsed thoroughly on cooking because it has a saponin that acts to repel bugs that makes it quite bitter if not. Some people who are not used to higher fiber foods may develop gas or frequent bowel movements if they take too much quinoa at once. Start with one cooked cup. It can be used in place of any dish that calls for rice.

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