Cravings, diabetes and dandruff.
Food allergies can produce the same symptoms as an addiction; they become a chemically induced dependency. If you crave a food, or items we’re constantly bombarded by ads with to believe are foods, like sodas, alcohol, sugar and highly processed foods, the chances are you’re suffering from an allergy-induced addiction. Most of our “food” is processed in the small intestine and, if you have distress in the lower tract, painting it pink may not be the answer.
Recently I wrote about Jerusalem artichokes, also known as sunchokes, being an excellent food for diabetics because they release sugars into the bloodstream at a slow rate. Another food proven effective for lowering blood sugar levels is guava fruit or guava juice.
As little as 3 ounces of guava juice lowered the fasting blood sugar levels of research subjects from 214 to 165 ml/dl and the effect lasted up to three hours. (Am J Clin Med, 83;11(1-4):74-6). If you’re diabetic be aware that your insulin levels may have to be carefully monitored by your health care provider and possibly reduced with the intake of guava juice.
Information is out there if we look. Some years ago a research project in India involved 120 patients and spanned a twelve-week period. 61 ate one guava before meals while 59 ate none. Those who ate the guava, 3 ounces ounces per meal, lowered their cholesterol 9.9%, their triglyceride levels by 7.7%, increased their HDL (good cholesterol) by 8%, their systolic blood pressure dropped nine points and their diastolic pressure dropped eight points. (J Hum Hypertens 93:7(1):33-8).
Research, and real life, indicates it pays to watch what we put in our mouths. Other research shows it pays to watch what comes out.
Got dandruff? Here’s a simple solution that works for me and everyone I know who’s tried it. After showering and washing your hair, leave the hair quite wet. Put a small amount of eucalyptus oil in the palm of your hand and massage it into your hair. You should feel a tingling sensation. Be careful not to get the solution in your eyes. For stubborn cases add a drop or two of tea tree oil to the eucalyptus oil. You can buy good quality eucalyptus and tea tree essential oils at health food stores or through whole food buying coops. Check the label to make sure you’re not paying for a high percentage of water or chemical substitutes. Frontier Herbs in Ames, Iowa is a good, reputable distributor. You can find them on the Internet.
Ref: American Journal of Clinical Medicine, 83;11(1-4):74-6)
Ref: Journal of Human Hypertension 93:7(1):33-8).