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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. (https://www.healthline.com/…/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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      Being a homeopath and nutritionist for the past 20 years, I like any other person get the odd cold, cough or sinus infection. However, in doing what I do I treat myself with natural remedies. My son brought home a cough from school. It it has went through our household. Yesterday I started with very dry and sore throat. Today it has progressed into a productive cough.

 Here is how I typically address my own ailments:

First sign of sore throat or cough, give the indicated homeopathic remedy, oftentimes for me it is Ferrum Phos or Aconitum. Homeopathic remedies are suited to people's symptoms. However, this time I should have taken something on the first day, but I was not home to take remedies and it progressed to a cough. Often one of these two remedies are all that I need.

I will prescribe based on symptoms. For example, dry throat, hoarseness of throat, dry cough, cough better after drinking. The remedy in this case is phosphorus.

If the virus is strong I will take a couple of remedies from St Francis Herb Farm, such as VIRAFECT and RESPIRAFECT as directed. One helps with viruses and the other one helps with coughs and respiratory bugs.

I also bump up my vitamin C, zinc and probiotics, all of these things help the immune system.

Thus far I have been able to fight off any cold, flu, ear ache or sinus infection naturally without the use of antibiotics.

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In homeopathy, our forefathers often used mother tinctures. These are herbal preparations made from herbs in order to treat certain ailments. Some remedies work better in a herbal tincture potency and some work better when prepared and diluted homeopathically.

One remedy that is excellent for colds and flu is a  little known herb called Quillaya Saponaria, or Chile Soap Bark Tree. This is a tincture of the dried bark. This remedy is most effective for the beginning of colds, coryza and sore throats. It is good for a sensation of heat and dryness and pain in the throat, runny nose and sneezing. It is suited to coughing when no mucous comes up, it is dry. Quillaya will often effectively check a cold and prevent further development.

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      Interestingly everyone has had periods of stress that were difficult to manage. Everyone’s perception of stress is different and what is a mountain to climb for one, may not be for another. Short term stress in certain situations may be normal and typically doesn’t require medication but some simple coping strategies. For example, a car accident, a new job or starting a new school can cause an increase in stress hormones in the short term. However, ongoing stress increases stress hormones like cortisol and adrenaline that impacts health.

     Stress can be managed often with a few adjustments such as:

DAILY EXERCISE. Exercise increases feel good hormones, endorphins and increases oxygen to the brain. It helps to reduce cortisol. Everyone has varying degrees of fitness and some exercises are better for others. For those who feel stressed, irritated and more wired vigorous activity such as running, speed walking, aerobics, rowing, running or karate may be helpful. Others who may feel burned out, will find benefit with more gentle exercises such as walking, yoga or tai chi work better. Walking on a nice trail in nature helps to change focus and divert one’s mind from daily stressors.

BREATHING EXERCISES AND MEDITATION. Taking simple deep breaths from your belly can bring a feeling of calm and help to reduce stress greatly. Deep breathing is easy to do anywhere. Also meditation can be helpful for supporting deep breathing but also guided meditations to support certain goals such as to reduce stress, switch up a mindset, and provide relaxation and deep belly breathing techniques.  

TAKE MENTAL NOTES AND CHANGE YOUR THINKING. Everyone perceives stress and life events differently. A way to shift your mindset from stress is to empower yourself by changing your thoughts of the experience. Make notes on how this experience is helping you in a certain way. Some thoughts may be, it is teaching me time management, compassion for others or myself, forgiveness of myself or others and so on. Some people find that writing down what they are grateful for daily, helps to shift one’s mindset onto things that help focus on positivity rather than lack. Know that if the situation cannot change, it is something you cannot control. However, you can control how you react and learn from the experience.

DON’T SELF MEDICATE WITH FOODS AND OTHER STIMULANTS. Aim to eat whole foods as much as possible. Drinks should be water or herbal tea. When people become tired or lack sleep they tend to over indulge in coffee, tea, sweets and or refined carbohydrates. In the long term, those choices influence contribute to a cycle of energy and fatigue, blood sugar issues and more hormonal problems.

TRY NATURAL REMEDIES. If the above steps do not provide enough relief, certain herbs and supplements may be helpful depending on your reaction to stress. For example,

FOR BURN OUT. Try B Complex, Vitamin C and the herb called Rhodiola.  Tyrosine is an amino acid that helps with multi tasking and stamina. The homeopathic remedy, Kali Phos, helps to support the nervous system during times of stress. It is also good for burn out from over work or over study.

FOR WIRED ANXIETY STRESS. Try herbs such as magnolia, ashwaganda, holy basil or avena sativa. Other supplements such as magnesium, calcium, zinc and the amino acids taurine and l theanine may prove useful.

Homeopathic remedies are very helpful in supporting one’s individual needs when the right remedies are found. Homeopathy is a medicine that is suited to one’s unique symptom picture, so two people suffering with symptoms of stress would require different remedies according to their symptoms. Homeopathic medicines help the person suffering from their unique symptoms not just the name of the disease. Homeopathic medicine in a potency higher than 6CH does not carry any side effects. There are many remedies for stress and homeopathy but it would provide a deeper level of health support, than supplementing with vitamins, herbs or amino acids. For example, the remedy Ignatia is useful for stress from a grief or loss of a loved one. The person may feel emotional, weepy and have the sensation of a lump in the throat. The remedy called colubrina is useful for people who are sedentary, may over work in a desk job. They may feel stressed and drink alcohol and then in the morning look for caffeine for a boost. They may have a tendency to constipation and a bad temper. These remedies are much more individualized than herbs and supplements are.

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The herb called Japanese Knotweed, polygonum cuspidatum is a herb that is a very good source of resveratrol, vitamin C, rutin, potassium, phosphorus, zinc and manganese. It has an antioxidant, anti aging, anti inlflammatory action according the the Herbal Wellness Guide, by Robin Murphy. It is often used in cases of arthritis, injuries, joint pains, lyme disease and heart disease. It seems its power is in that it improves circulation and lowers inflammation.

Homeopathic medicines are a very safe and gentle way to help with the symptoms of gout. The medicines are suited to someone's unique set of symptoms rather than a disease name. However, here are a few common remedies and their indicating symptoms.

Benzoic Acid is a remedy that has arthritic joints that tend to be gouty and deformed. They feel better when urinating and may have crystals in the urine. These types tend to have gout in the knees, ankles, toes, and hands. The fingers and wrists may be deformed from gout. The right big toe is a target in types that need this remedy.

Colchicum is a very common remedy in gout cases. The joint is quite swollen, hot and cannot be touched or moved. These types feel worse at night and with slight motion. The pain may wander and go from left to right. 

Ledum is a great remedy that helps with pains that are ameliorated by cold bathing or compresses. This remedy is also good for gout symptoms that are worse at night, in bed, from heat and better for cold.

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