The deleterious effects of chronic dietary consumption of foods with high lectin contents is receiving a great deal of attention these days. Many common plant foods contain lectins which the plant employs as defense mechanisms. Gluten is a lectin. When humans consume such foods, the lectins in them deploy n the gut. The immediate mechanism of their action is to provoke an auto-immune reaction by way of molecular mimicry. Lectins (there are a great many) are functionally indistinguishable from proteins and bind to cell receptors causing havoc with hormone regulation.
The springtime misery of seasonal allergies – allergic rhinitis or hay fever - affects about 20% of the population. Pollen from grass, trees and flowers provide the insult. It’s common for people to recommend the use of various antihistamines to reduce the common symptoms of sneezing, coughing, a runny or stuffy nose, and itching in the eyes, nose, mouth, and throat. However, anti-histamines do not influence the underlying allergic mechanism but merely blocks its expression. Steroid based nasal inhalers can only be safely used for short periods.
A broader range of treatment options to draw upon would be desirable. What other arrows are in the treatment quiver?
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The basic issue of estrogen dominance is that estrogen levels are too high relative to other hormones, specifically progesterone. Usually it occurs when estrogen levels go too high, though it can also happen when progesterone levels fall too low. It can occur at any time during life – during reproductive years, perimenopause, or even menopause. Many of the symptoms of estrogen dominance coincide with symptoms of other health issues. Common symptoms include:
There is no consensus on what the cause is for of the collection of symptoms referred to as eczema. There is no lack of speculation though. It’s either ‘genetic’, a nutritional deficiency, due to ‘food allergies’ or some variant of immunologic disorder. Or, all of the above plus a lot more.
The symptoms are real though, causing a great deal of distress. Childhood eczema is quite common, though the symptoms often reemerge later in life.
While there are various tests that might be employed, the Mayo Clinic states flatly “No lab test is needed to identify atopic dermatitis (eczema)”. Depending on the point of view, the range of treatments is very extensive. Some though stands out as showing
The quality of a protein is determined by its essential amino acid composition and the digestibility and bioavailability of its amino acids, according to the Food and Agriculture Association and the World Health Organization (FAO/WHO). Several metrics have been developed in an effort to condense these qualitative terms into easy-to-understand scores:
Vitamin D – 3000 to 5,000 IU daily for most adults is safe and effective for the prevention of flus and colds. No other supplemented nutrient has been as extensively studied as vitamin D. If you are low in vitamin D, fewer Natural Killer cells (NK-cells) are formed, and your innate immune defenses against viruses and bacteria become impaired.
sports and exercise are healthy activities for girls and women of all ages. Occasionally, a female athlete who focuses on being thin or lightweight may eat too little or exercise too much. Doing this can cause long-term damage to health or even death. It can also hurt athletic performance or make it necessary to limit or stop exercise. Three interrelated illnesses may develop when a girl or young woman goes to extremes in dieting or exercise. Together, these conditions are known as the “female athlete triad"
There is growing evidence for the use of an ‘anti-inflammatory diet’ to protect against and relieve prostate problems. Similar to the Mediterranean diet, it involves eating plenty of fresh fruits, vegetables, spices, and healthy fats such as those found in fresh fish, nuts and avocados. There is no doubt that diet plays an important role in the maintenance of a healthy prostate. Many men find relief from an enlarged or inflamed prostate through a combination of lifestyle and dietary changes, and supplements for prostate health.
Feed a Fever, Starve a Cold ?
A new study finds there is truth in the folk advice to "feed a fever and starve a cold". Researchers at Yale University looked at the effects of providing nutrients during infection. They found opposing effects depending on whether the infections were bacterial or viral. Mice with bacterial infections that were fed died, while those with viral infections who were fed lived.
We were surprised at how profound the effects of feeding were, both positive and negative," says senior author Ruslan Medzhitov, Professor of Immunobiology and at Yale School of Medicine. "Anorexia -- not eating -- is common behavior during sickness that is seen in people and all kinds of animals.
S.M.A.R.T. is an acronym to remind you how to set a goal that maps out exactly what you need to do. These goals are Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, and Time-bound.
Specific. Rather than simply saying, “I’m going to exercise more,” you’ve specified how many calories you’ll burn.
To set a specific goal you must answer the six “W” questions:
Who: Who is involved?
What: What do I want to accomplish?