15 March 2019

What effect does milk have on your health?

Over the years I have concluded that there is no benefit from consuming dairy for the body in any shape or form. I do however believe it depends on the individual as to what level he/she is affected by consuming dairy. For example, the lifestyle each individual has, the level of stress, current diet, if dairy was consumed at a younger age, how much is consumed in their current diet. 

Studies have shown that by consuming dairy in the form of milk depletes calcium from the bones as animal protein produces acid which leaches calcium from the bones. A medical study showed that people that consume the most amount of cows milk has significantly higher fracture rates to a person that does not consume any or as much dairy. 

Milk and cheese have been linked to increased risk of developing prostate cancer, ovarian cancer, increased and development of acne in boys and girls, weight gain, stomach difficulties due to build up of bacteria in the gut as antibiotics are added to cows feed which we consume and are causing more health implications.  

People are gaining more milk allergies and are becoming lactose intolerant which causes health difficulties, concerns and problems. So it is important to get tested to check this from a medical doctor who has the nutritional background, through a blood sample, on an ongoing basis. 

A single serve of whole milk contains more than 20% of the RDA of saturated fat. Cheese is the worst for weight gain and this needs to be monitored. 

Humans are the only animal outside the animal kingdom that consume dairy. Calves have 4 stomachs not 1 so it is needed by a calf to aid development not people, in my opinion. Calves also need to gain weight more rapidly.

In my professional experience, symptoms vary from each person. If a client tends to gain more weight, suffers from acne, stomach problems, etc., they will react more, so it is vital they don't consume dairy. Others do not seem to react to the same severity, however, I do feel within my experience of consulting, you will see the signs of reacting negatively in some shape or form with each individual.

I would refrain from using dairy because of how it can make you feel and the difficulty of the enzymes to break down in your body can lead to more health complications throughout someone's life. 

The alternative I use and would recommend is oat, coconut, almond and rice milk depending on the needs of the individual.

28 February 2019

Seasonal fruits and veg for your nutrition this month | February

Eating a wide variety of seasonal fruit and vegetables will promote good health and will give your body the right nutrients it needs at this time of the year.

Fruit and vegetables contain no saturated fats, salt or added sugars and are a good source of fibre. Eating enough fruit and vegetables will also help you to maintain a healthy weight, lower your cholesterol and blood pressure and benefit your dental health. It can also help protect you against chronic diseases such as heart disease and stroke and may reduce your risk of some types of cancers.

Here is a list of seasonal fruits and veg for February that you can include in your spring lunch and dinner menu, detox drinks, smoothies or eat just raw.

Seasonal fruits

Kiwi, oranges, lemons, tangerines, clementines, grapefruits, apples, pears, and dried fruits.

Seasonal vegetables

Beetroot, broccoli, artichoke, cardoon, chicory, carrot, cauliflower, white cabbage, Savoy cabbage, Brussels sprouts, sauerkraut, beet tops, fennel, endive, lettuce, leek, red radicchio, turnip, scorzonera, scorzobianca, spinach, Jerusalem artichoke, valerianella, pumpkin, radishes, kale, sweet potato, potato.

10 January 2019

Stress busters: Breathe

I will continue to introduce you to stress busters that can help you to relax and regain much needed balance inside and out. 

It has been proved that correct breathing is one of the fundamental steps towards calming your body and mind, and improving your breathing technique will significantly reduce stress, ans is widely used in various therapies, mediation and yoga. 

Watch the video to learn about powerful exercise that you can use anytime and anywhere to relax or relieve stress, and you will notice the difference it makes!

6 Reasons Why You Should Detox Your Body | VIDEO

Detoxification is a great way to get your body cleaned from harmful unnecessary things and give it a fresh start in order to feel better and boost your overall well-being. A lot of people are very critical whenever the word ‘detox’ is used but if it is done correctly, it can only be beneficial to you because taking care of your internal body is just as important as taking care of your outside appearance.

We live in a world that too often feels out of balance. Add constant stress from busy schedules with too much fast food, throw in environmental pollutants, mercury from dental fillings, preservatives in foods, toxins from plastics, cleaning agents, and poor air quality, and it’s easy to see why our bodies may be suffering unhealthy consequences. All this toxicity may be causing your body’s natural systems to function at less-than-optimal levels, and when your systems are under stress and out of balance, they can’t work as efficiently. Consequently, you may suffer from low energy, weight gain or loss, and weakened immunity. So what can you do to combat these negative effects?
6 good reasons why you should detox your body
1. Remove toxins from your body
Toxins are harmful substances and can be the reason why your skin does not look well, why your internal organs don’t work as they should and why your hormone balance is not as it should be. Toxins destroy your immune system storing themselves in cells throughout your body and block they way for everything good that should reach the vital parts for your body to function at its best.
2. Improve your immune system
Immune system is weakened and becomes vulnerable to illnesses when it is overloaded with toxins. This can seriously affect your quality of life and your daily activities. Right detox programme can help to strengthen your immune system.
3. Prevent chronic diseases
Our bodies are incredibly smart and have their own detox functions but now and then event the smartest systems need a bit of help and care. This is where detox can be very helpful in assisting and improving your body’s natural way of getting rid of toxins and other bad substances.
4. Improve mental and emotional state
Detox has a positive impact on our mental and emotional state. During detox, as we cleanse our bodies, also our mental state becomes clearer.
5. Increase energy and feel better
After detox you will feel much better mentally, physically, and emotionally. After detox course you will notice that you sleep better, have more energy during daytime, have much better mood, feel more energetic and happy.
6. Improve the quality of your skin
A lot of things that we use daily - personal care products, house cleaning items, free radicals and even certain foods can cause our skin to look dull, unhealthy and also age quicker. Detox will help your body to cleanse it inside which in turn will have a positive impact on your appearance and skin restoring its glow and healthiness.
‍For years, working in beauty sector, I have explored and studied different skincare products that I am happy to use myself and recommend to my clients. Knowing that detox is a vital part of achieving the best results also in skincare, I have explored different detox programmes and products in order to find the best available solutions that would guarantee the best results inside and out. Since I strongly believe that nature always have the best ingredients for everything that we need, I have sourced amazing natural products that I have tested myself and have been absolutely impressed with the results.
I always recommend that you carefully read the label of the products that you are going to use or ask advice to a trusted specialist who can make assessments and recommend the best that your body would need.
If you are interested in more information about cleansing supplement Restoriix to support your body’s normal detoxification processes and to help you reach your peak balance potential, please get in touch with me: erica [at] peacheslime.ie. Restoriix ingredients have been gathered from around the world and combined to create a cleansing supplement that works in synergy with your body to restore its natural balance and vitality.
Restoriix features a combination of zeolite, charcoal, and nutrient-dense superfoods that attracts and removes free radicals and unwanted substances, balances pH levels, and supports healthy immune function. It will help rid your body of unwanted toxins and restore balance that may have been lost.
Restoriix contains:
* Zeolite - natural volcanic minerals with honeycomb-like structure. It works at the cellular level as a magnet to trap unwanted materials and free radicals to it. Zeolite supports healthy immune function, maintains balanced pH levels, boosts healthy alkalinity levels which supports the body’s natural defenses.
* Chlorella - a pure green algae rich in chlorophyll that aids in processing oxygen, thus supporting the body’s natural cleansing processes in key elimination systems such as the bowel, liver, and blood. It supports immune function and healthy cholesterol and blood sugar levels, helping to digest food more efficiently.
* Activated Charcoal of Willow Tree Bark - it can bond to and carry thousands of times its own weight in toxins and other chemicals. Because of these properties, activated charcoal is a commonly used decontamination agent around the world.
* Organic Spirulina - derived from fresh-water algae, provides protein, iron, vitamins, minerals, and many essential micro-nutrients often missing in the diet due to irregular eating habits, hectic lifestyle, or lack of proper dietary knowledge.
* Chia Seeds - a very abundant source of omega-3 fatty acids and is high in antioxidants. Chia seeds are also full of fiber and trace elements like calcium, phosphorous, manganese, copper, molybdenum, zinc, and more.
* Chlorophyllin - one of the most powerful life-giving substances on the planet and the pigment that gives green foods their color. Chlorophyll-rich foods have a very deep green color, and they are useful in building new blood cells and purifying the body. Chlorophyll also assists in oral hygiene and deodorization of the body.

9 January 2019

Stress Busters: How to prevent, control and deal with stress

Stress is not a negative reaction, use it to inspire and drive you towards what you want to achieve. Feeling stressed and anxious, unfortunately, is part of life. Work, personal life, social activities, it all can add up affecting your mood, health and wellness.

Managing stress and learning how to cope with it is essential to living a busy life while also maintaining overall well-being inside and out.

Watch my video to find out more!

I will be talking more about stress management and will post more health & wellness videos here & on social media, so make sure you are subscribed and follow me to keep up to date with all the news!

6 Amazing Superfoods For Healthier Body And Skin

No food will make you look younger or feel healthier over night but creating healthy and balanced diet will improve your overall health in long run. Check out this list of 6 amazing superfoods that you should include in your diet for healthier body and skin.
1. Aloe Vera
Extensively used plant in beauty industry because of its antibacterial and healing properties but also incredibly beneficial to your body as it contains amino acids, Vitamins A, B, C and E and a complex carbohydrate, know as acemannan, which allows nutrients to reach the cells, nourish them and relieve from toxins. It is beneficial for healthy skin and hair, and aids weight loss.
2. Bergamot
This citrus fruit comes from Southern Italy and its oil, extracted from the peels, is rich in antioxidants and used in flavoring Earl Grey tea and in aromatherapy to reduce anxiety and stress.  Its cooling, refreshing nature is well suited for various skin conditions, like, psoriasis and inflamed skin. Its antiseptic properties help to fight infection, lower blood sugar level, balance cholesterol and metabolic wellness.
3. Blueberries
They are a real superfood for beautiful skin! packed with Vitamins A & C, and rich in antioxidants, these little berries calm skin, lighten dull or sun damaged complexion and protects from free radicals. They also decrease the risk of obesity, diabetes and heart diseases.
4. Pomegranate
They are rich in vitamin C and antioxidants helping to fight skin inflammation, treat acne and dark spots by delaying signs of aging and naturally brightening your complexion.
5. Green tea
It contains powerful antioxidants that help to protect skin from the damage of free radicals, tightens and brightens your complexion. Green tea also helps with weight loss, to lower blood pressure and bad cholesterol level.
6. Turmeric
Turmeric, also know as curcuma root, contains curcumin, a bioactive component that has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. It helps to revive cells giving your skin a natural glow. It also helps to calm your skin, heal inflammation, and psoriasis as well as reduce acne outbreaks and clear the skin.

All these amazing ingredients along with many more can be found in a powerful 34 superfood blend Moa that is completely natural and made of organic ingredients sourced world wide capturing the essence of nature and ensuring the very best possible health benefits for you.

If you would like to find out more about Moa or discuss any nutrition and skincare related questions, please get in touch with me by email: erica [at] peacheslime.ie or call: 01-2056709.

28 November 2018

How CBD Works | Cannabidiol – CBD oil

Cannabidiol (CBD), a non-intoxicating component of the cannabis plant, has generated significant interest among scientists and physicians in recent years - but how CBD exerts its therapeutic impact on a molecular level is still being sorted out. Cannabidiol is a pleiotropic drug in that it produces many effects through multiple molecular pathways. The scientific literature has identified more than 65 molecular targets of CBD.

Although CBD has little binding affinity for either of the two cannabinoid receptors (CB1 and CB2), cannabidiol modulates several non-cannabinoid receptors and ion channels. CBD also acts through various receptor-independent pathways—for example, by delaying the “reuptake” of endogenous neurotransmitters (such as anandamide and adenosine) and by enhancing or inhibiting the binding action of certain G-protein coupled receptors.
Here are some of the ways that CBD confers its manifold therapeutic effects.
Serotonin Receptors
Jose Alexandre Crippa and his colleagues at the University of San Paulo in Brazil and King’s College in London have conducted pioneering research into CBD and the neural correlates of anxiety. At high concentrations, CBD directly activates the 5-HT1A (hydroxytryptamine) serotonin receptor, thereby conferring an anti-anxiety effect. This G-coupled protein receptor is implicated in a range of biological and neurological processes, including (but not limited to) anxiety, addiction, appetite, sleep, pain perception, nausea and vomiting.
5-HT1A is a member of the family of 5-HT receptors, which are activated by the neurotransmitter serotonin. Found in both the central and peripheral nervous systems, 5-HT receptors trigger various intracellular cascades of chemical messages to produce either an excitatory or inhibitory response, depending on the chemical context of the message.
CBDA [Cannabidiolic acid], the raw, unheated version of CBD that is present in the cannabis plant, also has a strong affinity for the 5-HT1A receptor (even more so than CBD). Preclinical studies indicate that CBDA is a potent anti-emetic, stronger than either CBD or THC, which also have anti-nausea properties.
Vanilloid Receptors
CBD directly interacts with various ion channels to confer a therapeutic effect. CBD, for example, binds to TRPV1 receptors, which also function as ion channels. TRPV1 is known to mediate pain perception, inflammation and body temperature.

TRPV is the technical abbreviation for “transient receptor potential cation channel subfamily V.” TRPV1 is one of several dozen TRP (pronounced “trip”) receptor variants or subfamilies that mediate the effects of a wide range of medicinal herbs.
Scientists also refer to TRPV1 as a “vanilloid receptor,” named after the flavorful vanilla bean. Vanilla contains eugenol, an essential oil that has antiseptic and analgesic properties; it also helps to unclog blood vessels. Historically, the vanilla bean has been used as a folk cure for headaches.
CBD binds to TRPV1, which can influence pain perception.
Capsaicin—the pungent compound in hot chili peppers—activates the TRVP1 receptor. Anandamide, the endogenous cannabinoid, is also a TRPV1 agonist.
GPR55 - orphan receptors
Whereas cannabidiol directly activates the 5-HT1A serotonin receptor and several TRPV ion channels, some studies indicate that CBD functions as an antagonist that blocks, or deactivates, another G protein-coupled receptor known as GPR55.
GPR55 has been dubbed an “orphan receptor” because scientists are still not sure if it belongs to a larger family of receptors. GPR55 is widely expressed in the brain, especially in the cerebellum. It is involved in modulating blood pressure and bone density, among other physiological processes.
GPR55 promotes osteoclast cell function, which facilitates bone reabsorption. Overactive GPR55 receptor signaling is associated with osteoporosis.
GPR55, when activated, also promotes cancer cell proliferation, according to a 2010 study by researchers at the Chinese Academy of Sciences in Shanghai. This receptor is expressed in various types of cancer.
CBD is a GPR55 antagonist, as University of Aberdeen scientist Ruth Ross disclosed at the 2010 conference of the International Cannabinoid Research Society in Lund, Sweden. By blocking GPR55 signaling, CBD may act to decrease both bone reabsorption and cancer cell proliferation.
PPARs - nuclear receptors
CBD also exerts an anti-cancer effect by activating PPARs [peroxisome proliferator activated receptors] that are situated on the surface of the cell’s nucleus. Activation of the receptor known as PPAR-gamma has an anti-proliferative effect as well as an ability to induce tumor regression in human lung cancer cell lines. PPAR-gamma activation degrades amyloid-beta plaque, a key molecule linked to the development of Alzheimer’s disease. This is one of the reasons why cannabidiol, a PPAR-gamma agonist, may be a useful remedy for Alzheimer’s patients.

PPAR receptors also regulate genes that are involved in energy homeostasis, lipid uptake, insulin sensitivity, and other metabolic functions. Diabetics, accordingly, may benefit from a CBD-rich treatment regimen.
CBD as a reuptake inhibitor
How does CBD, an exogenous plant compound, get inside a human cell to bind to a nuclear receptor? First it has to pass through the cell membrane by hitching a ride with a fatty acid binding protein (FABP), which chaperones various lipid molecules into the cell’s interior. These intracellular transport molecules also escort tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and the brain’s own marijuana-like molecules, the endocannabinoids anandamide and 2AG, across the membrane to several targets within the cell. CBD and THC both modulate receptors on the surface of the nucleus, which regulate gene expression and mitochondrial activity.

Cannabidiol, it turns out, has a strong affinity for three kinds of FABPs, and CBD competes with our endocannabinoids, which are fatty acids, for the same transport molecules. Once it is inside the cell, anandamide is broken down by FAAH [fatty acid amide hydrolase], a metabolic enzyme, as part of its natural molecular life cycle. But CBD interferes with this process by reducing anandamide’s access to FABP transport molecules and delaying endocannabinoid passage into the cell’s interior.
According to a team of Stony Brook University scientists, CBD functions as an anandamide reuptake and breakdown inhibitor, thereby raising endocannabinoid levels in the brain’s synapses. Enhancing endocannabinod tone via reuptake inhibition may be a key mechanism whereby CBD confers neuroprotective effects against seizures, as well as many other health benefits.
CBD’s anti-inflammatory and anti-anxiety effects are in part attributable to its inhibition of adenosine reuptake. By delaying the reuptake of this neurotransmitter, CBD boosts adenosine levels in the brain, which regulates adenosine receptor activity. A1A and A2A adenosine receptors play significant roles in cardiovascular function, regulating myocardial oxygen consumption and coronary blood flow. These receptors have broad anti-inflammatory effects throughout the body.
CBD as an allosteric modulator
CBD also functions as an allosteric receptor modulator, which means that it can either enhance or inhibit how a receptor transmits a signal by changing the shape of the receptor.

Australian scientists report that CBD acts as a “positive allosteric modulator” of the GABA-A receptor. In other words, CBD interacts with the GABA-A receptor in a way that enhances the receptor’s binding affinity for its principal endogenous agonist, gamma-Aminobutyric acid  (GABA), which is the main inhibitory neurotransmitter in the mammalian central nervous system. The sedating effects of Valium and other Benzos are mediated by GABA receptor transmission. CBDreduces anxiety by changing the shape of the GABA-A receptor in a way that amplifies the natural calming effect of GABA.
Canadian scientists have identified CBD as a “negative allosteric modulator” of the cannabinoid CB1 receptor, which is concentrated in the brain and central nervous system. While cannabidiol doesn’t bind to the CB1 receptor directly like THC does, CBDinteracts allosterically with CB1 and changes the shape of the receptor in a way that weakens CB1’s ability to bind with THC.
As a negative allosteric modulator of the CB1receptor, CBD lowers the ceiling on THC’s psychoactivity—which is why people don’t feel as “high” when using CBD-rich cannabis compared to when they consume THC-dominant medicine. A CBD-rich product with little THC can convey therapeutic benefits without having a euphoric or dysphoric effect.
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Original article source: Shamanic-reiki-healing.com

What effect does milk have on your health?

Over the years I have concluded that there is no benefit from consuming dairy for the body in any shape or form. I do however believe it de...