Herbs and Health Benefits!

Benefits of Herbs!

Modern science has now shown that many herbs and health benefits of them do indeed carry remarkable health benefits.

Benefits of Herbs & Flowers to help you with those pesky bugs. There are Benefits to growing or having Herbs in your home.

The use of herbs and spices has been incredibly important throughout history.

Cinnamon – Powerful Anti-Diabetic Effect and Lowers Blood Sugar Levels

One of the most popular spices is Cinnamon. All sorts of recipes and baked

Cinnamon

goods use it. Cinnamon has a medicinal property known as Cinnamaldehyde. With cinnamon’s potent antioxidant that helps fight inflammation and has also, been shown to lower cholesterol and triglycerides in the blood.

Cinnamon really shines is in its effects on blood sugar levels. To lower blood sugar by several mechanisms slowing down the breakdown of carbs in the digestive tract and improving insulin sensitivity can all be helped by taking cinnamon.

 

Sage improves Brain Function and Memory!

Salvere is the latin word for Sage means “to save”.

Sage

The Plague prevention was helped by Sage. Alzheimer’s disease is found to have a drop in the level of acetylcholine. Acetylcholine is a chemical mesenger in the brain. Sage inhibits the breakdown of acetylcholine. Today’s research indicates that sage may be able to improve brain function and memory especially in people with Alzeimer’s. Studies have also, shown the Sage can improve memory function in healthy people, both young and old.

 

 

 

What is the health benefit of Peppermint!

Peppermint has a long history of use in folk medicine and aromatherapy. Peppermint
As is the case with many herbs, it is the oily component that contains the

agents responsible for the health effects. Many studies have shown that peppermint oil can improve pain management in irritable bowel syndrome, or IBS. It appears to work by relaxing the smooth muscles in the colon, which relieves pain experienced during bowel movements. It also helps to reduce abdominal bloating, is a common digestive symptom.
There are also some studies showing that peppermint in aromatherapy can help fight nausea.

 

Turmeric Contains Curcumin, a Substance With Powerful Anti-Inflammatory Effects

Turmeric is the spice that gives curry its yellow color. It contains several compounds with medicinal properties, the most Turmericimportant of is curcumin. Curcumin is a remarkably powerful antioxidant, helping to fight oxidation damage and boosting the body’s own antioxidant enzymes.

Oxidation damage is thought to cause aging and many diseases.
Curcumin is also strongly anti-inflammatory, to the point where it matches the effectiveness of some anti-inflammatory drugs.
Given that long-term, low-level inflammation plays a major role in almost every chronic Western disease. Curcumin is linked to a variety of health benefits. Studies suggest that it can improve brain function, fight Alzheimer’s, reduce the risk of heart disease and cancer, and relieve arthritis, to name a few.

 

Holy Basil Helps Fight Infections and Boosts Immunity

Holy Basil

In India Holy basil is considered a sacred herb. Studies show that holy basil

can inhibit the growth of a range of bacteria, yeasts and molds. Holy basil is also linked to reduced blood sugar levels before and after meals, as well as treating anxiety and anxiety-related depression.

 

 

Cayenne Pepper

Cayenne Pepper Contains Capsaicin, Which Helps Reduce Appetite and May Have Anti-Cancer Properties

Cayenne pepper is a type of chili pepper used to prepare spicy dishes.

Cayenne Pepper

Capsaicin and active ingredient in Cayenne Pepper is known to reduce appetite and increase fat burning. For this reason, it is a common ingredient in many commercial weight loss supplements. One study found that adding 1 gram of red pepper to meals reduced appetite and increased fat burning in people who did not regularly eat peppers.

Some animal studies have also found capsaicin to combat certain forms of cancer, including lung, liver and prostate cancer.

 

Ginger Can Treat Nausea and Has Anti-Inflammatory Properties

Ginger is a popular spice used in several forms of alternative medicine.

Ginger

Studies have consistently shown that 1 gram or more of ginger can successfully treat nausea. This includes nausea caused by morning sickness, chemotherapy and sea sickness. Ginger also appears to have strong anti-inflammatory properties, and can help with pain management.

One study in subjects at risk for colon cancer found that 2 grams of ginger extract per day decreased markers for colon inflammation in the same way as aspirin. Other research found that a mixture of ginger, cinnamon, mastic, and sesame oil decreased pain and stiffness experienced by those with osteoarthritis. It had a similar effectiveness as treatment with aspirin or ibuprofen.

 

 

Fenugreek Improves Blood Sugar Control

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Fenugreek was commonly used, particularly to enhance libido and masculinity.

While its effects on testosterone levels are inconclusive, fenugreek does seem to have beneficial effects on blood sugar. Many human studies have shown that at least 1 gram of fenugreek extract per day can lower blood sugar levels, particularly in diabetics. It contains the plant protein 4-hydroxyisoleucine, which can improve the function of the hormone insulin.

 

 

Rosemary Can Help Prevent Allergies

 

RosemaryRosmarinic acid is the active ingredient in rosemary. Rosemary is shown to

suppress allergic responses and nasal congestion. The number of immune cells in nasal mucus also decreased, with reduced congestion. Rosemary is also great for you memory.

 

 

Garlic Can Combat Sickness

Throughout ancient history, the main use of garlic was for its medicinal properties.

We now know that most of these health effects are due to a compound called allicin, is also responsible for garlic’s distinct smell.

Garlic

If you often get colds, then adding more garlic to your diet could be incredibly helpful.

There is also convincing evidence for beneficial effects on heart health.

For those with high cholesterol, garlic supplementation appears to reduce total and/or LDL cholesterol by about 10-15%.

Human studies have also found garlic supplementation to cause significant reductions in blood pressure in people with high blood pressure.

What is the health benefit of growing your own herbs?

Growing herbs yourself is the best way. It doesn’t take much space for you to grow your own herbs. When ever you need them you know they will be fresh and organic. Nothing taste better than something you have grown yourself.

 

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What is Gluten-Free Eating?

What is Gluten-Free Eating?

Look for the GF

 

There are many healthy food choices that are delicious and naturally gluten free. What is gluten free eating all about?  For me it is about keeping my husband healthy, because he was diagnosed with Celiac Disease it is vital that he does not have any gluten at all in his diet. And because he shows no outward symptoms when he consumes gluten it is harder to make sure that he doesn’t have gluten.

My most challenging thing was changing the way I cooked. You have to learn what food is gluten free.  Not all foods are gluten products in fact their are a lot of naturally gluten free items available but you have to be aware of how you cook them to keep them that way.  The way I cooked using frozen things like breaded meats which were easy and quick but that all had to change. They do make gluten free breading now horray!

Gluten Free French Fried Onions

One of my staple casseroles is the green bean casserole which I am always required to bring to Thanksgiving. The first year I made two different casseroles one gluten free with no fried onions on top and one regular. This year however I found gluten free fried onions so I took a chance and made it with progressive gluten free soup and used the gluten free fried onions for on top. I didn’t tell anyone until it was gone so I guess it was a success!

Now I have to prepare for meals more than I ever had to before. I don’t have to eat gluten free but it only makes sense to and I really don’t mind I didn’t realize how much of my food was already gluten free. It really is a life changing event but in the long run it is also a healthy one. Your core food groups should still be fruits, vegetables, meats and dairy.

Fresh Produce

Healthy Vegetables
Colorful Vegetables

There are many healthy food choices that are delicious and naturally gluten free. There are several food groups that are naturally gluten free and they include foods such as vegetables, fruits, meats, dairy, fish and seafood as well as beans and nuts.

Always Read Labels

Just about all Fresh and frozen fruits and vegetables are naturally gluten-free. It is however, important to check the labels on any vegetables and fruits that have been processed. Dried fruit and pre-packaged items such as smoothies. Additionally, packaged frozen potatoes are not always gluten-free, and labels should be read carefully when considering these products.

The food industry is getting better at marking the packages with the Gluten Free label which in turn makes for easier shopping for the consumer.

Many items are naturally gluten free but, they can be easily cross contaminated by preparing foods where you are also preparing gluten containing foods. Such as using a cutting board where you have cut bread. Or using a toaster that has been used to toast bread that contains gluten. Or just using a knife to cut something with gluten and not washing it before using it to prepare gluten free foods.

Many Grains are Gluten-Free

You can find many grains at your local grocery store and then their are others that you may have to look harder for perhaps at a health food store. Times are changing for the gluten free group store are becoming more aware of the need for this type Gluten Free Muffins

of food and are making it easier for the consumer to find and recognize them. Also, the product manufacturers are producing prepackaged products that are now gluten free such as, cake, muffin, bread mixes and much more you just have to know where to find them in your store. Do not buy grains in bulk because of the chance for cross contamination.

These two grains are gluten free but do have gluten in the seeds so if they are not harvested right gluten contamination can occur. Depending on your sensitivity you may want to stay away from pure wheat grass and barley grass. Grains should contain less than 20 ppm of gluten to be considered safe.

Naturally Gluten-Free Grains

Below are some grains that are naturally gluten free.

Amaranth, Arrowroot, Beans, Buckwheat groats(kasha), Cassava, Chia, Corn(maize), Flax, Millet, Nut Flours, Oats (Gluten Free), Potato, Quinoa, Rice, Sorghum, Soy, Tapioca, Teff, and Yucca.

There are many products that are marked gluten free and that really helps the consumer greatly. Beware their are also Check the Ingredientsproducts that are not marked but may be gluten free. Your job is to be a good label reader to check the ingredients carefully to make sure it is safe.

Most wheat products contain gluten such as breads, crackers, pasta and other baked goods. Today their are alternatives to many of these items using other non gluten flours and grains. Of course these products are prepackaged but use can purchase flour blends that will allow you to make your own items from scratch.

There is usually a freezer section with gluten free items which is where you will most likely find the bread. One of my favorite things to make is muffins using the King Arthur’s Brand muffin mix which allows you to add your own ingredients. I will add cinnamon, dried blueberries, cranberries and walnuts and they are delicious!

Cereal

Cereal
Most Cheerios are Gluten Free!

Many cereals contain gluten, their are several that are gluten free. Not all brands make it easy to tell but General Mills Cheerios make it very obvious with there Gluten Free label right on the front of the box. Please note not all the varieties are but their is a good selection. Not all cereals are marked gluten free so check the ingredients to make sure. There are some cereals you might think should be gluten free but when they are processed they might use ingredients that have gluten. For example malt flavoring is used in cornflakes and rice puffs.

GF Pancake Mix!

As far as breakfast goes pancakes are one of my husbands favorites.  It took a while  to find the pancake mix that was just right but I have and I would like to share it with you Here!  I use King Arthur Brand Pancake Mix it is light and fluffy.  A trick I use to make them more to our liking is to add a teaspoon of cinnamon to the mix.  It gives the pancakes a different flavor.

Soups and Sauces

Gluten Free canned soup

When it comes to soups and sauces many prepared soups include wheat as a thickener therefore if it doesn’t say it is gluten free you must check the ingredients carefully especially cream soups. Of course if you make your own soup you can control what goes in it.  I haven’t found any canned soups that are perfect but Progresso makes a fairly decent one but you still have to check each flavor because not all are gluten free.

Beverages

Most beverages are gluten-free, including juices, sodas, and sports drinks.

Generally most wines are considered gluten-free to the FDA standard because they contain under 20ppm of gluten. Wines fermented in barrels lined with wheat paste do not contain enough gluten to cause a reaction. These wine might include muscatel, port, and maderia.

Wines with added flavoring or color are not safe for someone with Celiac. These are generally dessert wines. Also, wine coolers made with barley malt are unsafe. For these, consumers should check the label, and if in doubt, opt out or contact the company for clarification.

Hard liquor, distilled liquors, and hard ciders are all considered gluten free. Others made from gluten containing grains that are not distilled which includes beers, ales, lagers, and malt Gluten Free Beerbeverages are not gluten-free. However, their are several brands of gluten-free beers available in the United States and abroad. There are more coming on the market all the time. My husband found one he likes called New Grist.

Check, Check, and Recheck!

These are the Steps I take to make sure my packaged foods are gluten free before I purchase them.

First I look for the GF label which tells me the FDA has passed this product as Gluten Free.

Second, if no label is on the products I would check fo common gluten containing ingredients such as Wheat, Rye, Barley, Malt, Oats (not specified gluten free) and Brewers Yeast.

Third I check for the allergens found in the product. Then check the overall ingredients to make sure their aren’t any hidden gluten ingredients.

I also, have an app on my phone that lets me scan the barcode and tells me if it “contains no gluten”, or it might say “no gluten ingredients found.” This is just one more way to make you feel more comfortable with the product you may purchase.

After doing the above checks you might want to also check with the manufacturer to see if the product is processed in the same area as other products that contain gluten.  If so, there is a risk of cross contamination.

 

Are gluten products bad for you?  No they are not unless you have Celiac’s Disease or have a gluten senitivity.

So what is gluten free eating all about? It is making sure your foods and other products you use do not contain gluten. Being sure the foods you eat and even the products you use don’t contain gluten is the only safe way to control Celiac disease at this point in time. I hope this has helped you learn what food is gluten free. There is always research being done and maybe one day a cure or an easy way to help will be available. So eat gluten free and live a healthy life with Celiac Disease.

It does get easier as you learn what products you can have.

 

About A Gluten Free Life Now

We are going to be talking about a gluten free life now because of a member in my family being diagnosed with Celiac’s disease.  Talking about the changes you have to make in order to be a gluten free household.  We are happy to have you visit our site. Enjoy looking around to see what we have available to help you with your gluten free life.

Why the Change!

Who ever thought in your sixties you would have to change the way you were living your life completely.

Well that is just what happened in my family.  My husband was diagnosed with Celiac’s Disease in his early sixties.

So we had to change the way we ate, what we used as far a skin care products, laundry products, and even our toothpaste and shampoo.  It was a big adjustment.

Lifestyle Adjustment!

Learning about what gluten is and what contains gluten was something we had to do just to be able to eat correctly to keep the Celiac’s Disease under control.  We were so surprised to learn how much gluten is in the daily products and food that we eat.

Teaching Others!

We are very interested in helping others learn how to adjust to living a gluten free life.  Weather you are young, middle age, or seniors we hope you will find something here you didn’t know or were looking to find. We will have educational information, recipes and products to help a gluten free life now if you find you have celiac’s or just a sensitivity to gluten we hope to give you something useful.

Our goal is to help others with information about Gluten and what it does.

We also would like to provide a one stop shop for gluten free products as well as share recipes and other tips and trick to make your Gluten Free Life simplier.

If you ever need a hand or have any questions, feel free to email us and I will be more than happy to help you out.

All the best,

Gale Hunter
glh@aglutenfreelifenow.com