• 21Mar

    If you have high cholesterol, diabetes, are obese or are a heavy drinker (alcoholism), your liver is at risk.   If you have these conditions, you will most likely have fatty liver.

    Fatty liver, or steatosis, is a term that describes the buildup of fat in the liver. While it’s normal to have some fat in your liver, more than 5 to 10 percent of your liver weight is fat in the case of fatty liver.  Fatty liver is a reversible condition that can be resolved with changed behaviors. It often has no symptoms and typically does not cause permanent damage.

    Excess fat can cause liver inflammation. If your liver becomes inflamed, you may have a poor appetite, weight loss, abdominal pain, weakness and confusion.

    As I have genetic high cholesterol, my liver is at risk of being fatty and inflamed.  To reduce putting the stress on my liver, I have reduced my meat intake and increased my fruits (especially grapefruit, which cleanses the liver) and vegetables intake.  And of course, I drink extra packets of Izumio hydrogen water everyday to help bring down my cholesterol reading.  Hydrogen is an antioxidant that zaps free radicals  from the body and it nourishes the liver and kidneys.

    My latest addition to nourish my liver  is beet root.

    One of the most common and effective natural liver detoxifiers is the beet. Beets have been used to fight liver toxins and to increase the overall level of health of individuals for many years, and they can be easily integrated into one’s diet to keep the liver working at an optimal level.  Beets also purify the blood.

    Beets are beneficial to one’s health for many reasons as they are a high-antioxidant vegetable that contains a number of important substances, including: betaine, betalains, fiber, iron, betacyanin, folate, and betanin.

    Pectin, which is a fiber found in beets, can also help clean the toxins that have been removed from the liver, allowing them to be flushed out of the system instead of reabsorbed by the body. Because of this property, many medical professionals encourage individuals to eat beets raw without juicing them, so that these fibers can be ingested as completely as possible. This is not difficult, as they can be baked, grated, or roasted as well as eaten alone or incorporated into other dishes.

    I like tossing a few chunks of raw beet root into my fruit smoothie.

    My smoothie today consists of apples, oranges and beet root.

     

    Beetroot is a good source of silica needed for the utilization of calcium in the body and for healthy skin, hair, nails and bones.

     

    Who should eat beetroot?

     

    • Anyone with high cholesterol or wishing to reduce their risk of atherosclerosis, heart attacks and strokes
    • Anyone wishing to support their body’s detoxification system and increase liver cleansing
    • Those wishing to reduce the risk of cancer, particularly colon cancer
    • Menopausal women or women wishing to promote menstruation
    • Those with constipation

     

     

    Apart from having a choke-full of vitamins, minerals and cleansing properties, beet roots are nature’s Viagra!  Seriously!  The ancient Romans used them medicinally as an aphrodisiac and it’s backed by science.  Beets contain high amounts of boron, which is directly related to the production of human sex hormones.

    Nuff said, right?  Beet roots are a health powerhouse, taste good, prevent cancer, detoxify the liver and increase one’s libido!  Sign me up!  Beets will be a staple in my fridge from now onwards!

     

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  • 16Mar

    I received my bottle of lavender pure essential oil from Melaleuca today and I just couldn’t wait to try it on!

    After a nice cool shower today, I dabbed a few drops of lavender oil (neat) onto my temples and massaged some onto my scalp and hair.   These days, I am really hooked on my essential oils.   Applying the essential oils onto my body and smelling them make me very happy. The aroma of the oils uplifts my soul and helps me to destress.

     

    Lavender is a herb. The flower and the oil of lavender are used to make medicine.

    The scent of lavender essential oil reminds me of the scent of chamomile and chrysanthemum flowers when seeped in hot water to make tea.

    Benefits and Uses of Lavender Essential Oil

    Lavender is used for restlessness, insomnia, nervousness and depression. It is also used for a variety of digestive complaints including meteorism (abdominal swelling from gas in the intestinal or peritoneal cavity), loss of appetite, vomiting, nausea, intestinal gas (flatulence), and upset stomach.

    Some people use lavender for painful conditions including migraine headaches, toothaches, sprains, nerve pain, sores, and joint pain.

    Lavender is applied to the skin for hair loss.  It also helps to kill lice, lice eggs, and nits. The Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database (NMCB) says that lavender is possibly effective for treating alopecia areata (hair loss), boosting hair growth by up to 44 percent after just seven months of treatment.

    Lavender essential oil restores skin complexion and reduces acne. According to dermatologists and aromatherapists, lavender essential oil is one of the most beneficial oils in the treatment of acne.

    Some people add lavender to bathwater to treat circulation disorders and improve mental well being.

    By inhalation, lavender is used as aromatherapy for insomnia, pain, and agitation related to dementia.

    Regular use of lavender essential oil provides resistance to a variety of diseases. It is well-known that lavender has antibacterial and antiviral qualities that make it perfect for defending the body against rare diseases like TB, typhoid, and diphtheria, according to early research in the 20th century.

    Stimulates urine production, which helps restore hormonal balance, prevent cystitis (inflammation of the urinary bladder), and relieve cramps and other urinary disorders.

    Lavender oil can also used to repel mosquitoes and moths, which is why you will find many mosquito repellents that contain lavender oil as one of the primary ingredients.

     

    Caveat

    As with many other essential oils, pregnant and breastfeeding women should avoid using lavender essential oil as the safety of lavender oil for these conditions hasn’t been identified. The US National Institutes of Health (NIH) also warns against using lavender oil when taking medications like barbiturates, benzodiazepines and chloral hydrate, as it may increase their sedative effects and cause extreme drowsiness and sleepiness.

    It may also cause allergic reactions to people that have unusually sensitive skin. Some people may also witness nausea, vomiting and headaches due to either common or excessive use of lavender oil.

    Most importantly, lavender oil should never be ingested, only topically applied or inhaled through means of aromatherapy or similar activities. Ingestion can cause serious health complications, characterized by blurred vision, difficult breathing, burning eyes, vomiting, and diarrhea. So, even if you think that lavender oil is a wonderful miracle cure, don’t get overzealous and start popping it into your mouth.

     

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  • 03Mar

    Essential oils – my new found love of late 🙂

    It all started when I brought Cass to a physiotherapist in Hong Kong last December. She is a family friend of ours and she taught me how to administer some massage techniques on Cass using essential oils and carrier oil.

    I especially LOVE peppermint pure essential oil.  I dab a few drops of peppermint essential oil all over my head, face and body several times a day. The scent is awesomely uplifting and cooling and it melts away my stress right away while stimulating my mind and purifies my soul.  Peppermint oil is also one of just a handful of oils that can be taken internally, but be sure to get good grade of pure and unadulterated peppermint oil.

    Here is half of my loot of the essential oils that I recently purchased:

    The bar of soap, which is a complimentary gift from the shop is made with essential oils.

    Essential oils can help you relax or sleep, or improve your skin or digestion — their benefits go well beyond a pleasant smell.

    Essential oils can have a healing effect mentally, physically, and emotionally.  You can apply them directly onto your skin, inhaling, or use through a diffuser.  I am currently only applying the oils topically onto skin and scalp. It is only a matter of time before I get a diffuser!

    Technically, essential oils aren’t oils at all, as they lack fatty acids. Rather, they’re highly concentrated plant components. It can take a huge amount of a plant to get out even a small portion of essential oil — 4,000 pounds of Bulgarian roses are needed to get just one pound of oil, for example. This is why some essential oils are particularly expensive.

    There are some general tips for using essential oils that apply regardless of the type.  One should get a high-quality therapeutic-grade oil: pure, medicinal, and steam distilled. Never apply most oils directly to your skin, as their high concentration can cause a reaction or irritation. Instead, essential oils should be diluted with water or a carrier oil like jojoba or almond.  And with a few exceptions,  essential oils should not be ingested.  Always talk to your doctor about health concerns, especially if they represent sudden changes in your well-being.

    My favorite carrier oil is extra virgin coconut oil.  I add a few drops of peppermint, oregano and melaleuca (tea tree oil) into my extra virgin coconut oil and massage Cass’ body and feet every night.  Oregano, melaleuca and coconut oil  have antibacterial properties.  I use the same mixed blend of essential oils to moisturize my body, hair and face after bath each day.  It’s free from preservatives and harmful chemicals and are way more affordable than overrated expensive skin care products. The oils give my hair a very natural shine and removes the frizziness.

    I use undiluted cucumber essential oil to apply on my face, in particular around my eyes.

    When my lips feel dry, I dab a few drops of cucumber oil + coconut oil to moisturize them.

    WEEKLY SALES !! Essential Oil - Cucumber - 50ml

    Cucumber essential oil when combined with a carrier oil such as olive oil is perfect for moisturizing the skin and for deep skin cleansing.

    Cucumber has cooling effects and can treat skin problems such as acne, blackheads, boils, eruptions, and eye puffiness.

    Cucumber detoxifies the skin due to its proteolytic enzymes, vitamin B1, and C content.  Use regularly to help freckles fade over time.

    Cucumber helps rejuvenate your skin and give your face a healthy glow. A couple of drops of Cucumber oil with Witch Hazel makes a great toner for combination skin.

    Where To Order?

    Pure and unadulterated essential oils are very costly.  I got my first batch from essentialoils.com.my. This online store carries affordably priced essential oils.

    I have also bought my peppermint oil from a pharmacy, which did not come cheap.

    Young Livings essential oils are a little steep for me.

    I’d love to get my essential oils from doTERRA but I can’t seem to hunt down a local outlet here.  I got my first bottle of doTERRA pure peppermint essential oil from our phsyiotherapist friend in Hong Kong.

    I am going to get my new batch of essential oils from Melaleuca soon.    If you need help to get them from Melaleuca, I’ll be glad to help you order them at member price 🙂

     

     

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I am a WFHM with 3 beautiful girls - Alycia, Sherilyn and Cassandra. I quit the job that I love to stay home with my 3 angels as that's what I've always wanted to do. I am a health freak, fitness freak and a clean freak too. I love to eat and live healthily and I want my kids and hubby to do the same too. Apart from being obsessed with good health, I am obsessed with fashion! I own an online store that sells ladies and kids clothing. Check out my online store at Old & New Stuff For Sale

I always believe that your health is your wealth and if you have good health, that's the best gift you can ever ask for from God.

Do check out my other blogs Health Freak Mommy and Health Freak Mommy’s Journal too!

I have been writing product reviews, food reviews / restaurant reviews and product advertorials since 2007. Please email Shireen at shireenyong@gmail.com to inquire if you are interested to place an advertorial or review in this blog.

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