Anti-inflammatory properties of polyphenol compounds

As per scientific evidence of this abstract, it has been found that Oleocanthal, Curcumin, Resveratrol and Quercetin, mainly found in fruits and vegetables, offer important anti-inflammatory benefits in the prevention of chronic inflammatory disorders, such as autoimmune hepatitis.

Turmeric anti-inflammatorySome Important Dietary Polyphenolic Compounds: An Anti-inflammatory and Immunoregulatory Perspective

Author(s): Mayank Kinger, Sushil Kumar, Vinod Kumar.

Abstract:

Inflammation plays an important role in maintaining the body’s homeostasis. It repairs the damaged tissues of the body resulting from injury or infection. In addition, a diverse array of diseases like hepatitis, arthritis and colitis has been reported and described to be associated with inflammatory processes. Some autoimmune diseases like inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) emerge by the influence of numerous genes in complex environmental situations belongs to inflammation. The currently available processes for curing inflammation and related disorders facilitate the use of non steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). Moreover, intolerable side effects are also associated with the consumption of these medications. It is well known that phenolic compounds, largely present in vegetables and fruits, serve as an integral part of normal human diet besides having great medicinal value. These are considered to reflect a variety of anti-inflammatory properties, and can be used as an alternate natural source for the prevention of chronic inflammatory disorders. This mini-review summarized the anti-inflammatory benefits of plants derived very prominent dietary polyphenolic compounds particularly, Oleocanthal, Curcumin, Resveratrol and Quercetin.

Reference:

BenthamScience.com. Available at: http://www.eurekaselect.com/149918/article

Why FDN Health Coach Certification?

After struggling with a sudden health issue and while mistakenly thinking I was eating the right foods and leading more or less a healthy lifestyle, I realized I needed to do more for my body and health.  I needed more energy, more mental focus, a healthy digestion, hormonal balance, less stress in my life.  I wanted to change everything I was doing wrong to improve my health and start seeing and feeling the positive results.  I did also want a cleaner body, get rid of all toxins and any foreign pathogens that kept accumulating, eventually in the most inner layers of my body.

This time, I really wanted to do the right thing, start from scratch and eat the right foods. Foods that not only get digested, but also absorbed in my body and not wasted, so that it can reach my cells.  I started pondering how I could gain more knowledge through means of a holistic health approach, which does not focus on a specific area of my body or illness, but rather the whole person: the physical, mental and spiritual wellbeing.

Conventional doctors are essential, but too often, as per my experience, I was not provided with the desired results and many of my health questions went unanswered. Traditional doctors offered a bandage to my symptoms, but the underlying cause remained, making it difficult to reclaim my health. In addition, over 50% of medical schools don't include nutrition courses, so surprisingly, nutrition is often not even considered a topic during a medical visit.  Traditional medicine views human health and wellbeing in different sections: physical, emotional, mental or social, but not as a whole.

What is Functional Diagnostic Nutrition

Under many amazing online courses and certifications, an interesting approach to possibly help heal myself caught my attention. I stumbled across FDN, Functional Diagnostic Nutrition's health coach certification, a self-care model in holistic discipline that emphasizes on bio-individuality.  I immediately liked the concept. FDN uses functional laboratory test results in order to identify underlying causes of diseases, common health conditions or malfunctions at the root cause. In conjunction with proven, professional protocols, if you consider the FDN Health Coach certification, you or your friends or clients are guided to improve your health by avoiding treating only the symptom or a specific illness, but are taught to focus on a person as a "whole". Remember, the symptom is the final stage; the symptom appears after months or years in accumulation of health issues.  And as Socrates stated: "the part can never be well unless the whole is well”.

Health Coach Certification
FDN Health Coach Certification

FDN is a proven, clear, step-by-step method that includes effective tools that depend on lifestyle modifications, the DRESS for Health Success® Self- Care System, functional lab training, natural therapies and lifestyle modifications.  You work together with a FDN mentor and do hands-on practices with mock patients. The learning system is easy to use and is self-paced, while you continue your normal schedule with your work or other commitments. Once graduated, you are invited to join the Association of FDN Professionals. FDN teaches you the amazing ability you own to heal yourself or educate others to regain their health.  This holistic method has been used by thousands of people not only to build, but also maintain their health.

Through FDN’s lab testing, you will learn more about any of the following imbalances and how to heal and improve it:

Low energy

Allergies

Food sensitivities

Fatigue

Headaches

Digestion and assimilation issues: example Bloating, flatulence, cramps

hepatic portal system and liver function

Gut dysfunction

Weight gain

Diarrhea

Sleep issues

Food cravings

Depression

Anxiety

Irritability

Skin rashes

Hot flashes

Pathogens or toxicity, free radicals and oxidation screening

To summarize, what has been so gratifying about FDN Health coach certification?

It is all based on your unique lifestyle and environment with the goal to achieve amazing results with persistency, consistency and motivation.  But mainly, by loving yourself, your body, your health and knowing that through a healthy lifestyle, you can enjoy again good, quality life, which will definitely bring you more joy and reward. It is most rewarding when you start seeing the results and when you can share these or educate others with their health complaints.  To me, any education is always EMPOWERING.  The best part is that FDN is a holistic approach that works all time, over and over; it’s not a fad, the results are real and long-lasting.

7 Must-Haves for an effective First Aid Holistic Kit that work wonders and offer unique medicinal properties

Friends kept asking me to suggest my best natural sources to boost my daily wellbeing as preventive health measures, so this is what I came up with as my First Aid Natural Holistic Kit.  

Rescue Remedy

Bach Rescue RemedyAlthough there is no scientific evidence recorded, Bach Flower Rescue Remedy is one of the most sought-after natural remedies, created by the English homeopath Edward Bach.
The remedy consists of 5 remedies:  Star of Bethlehem, Rock Rose, Clematis, Impatiens, Cherry Plum and brandy (27%).

My experience with Rescue Remedy:
I have had good experiences using Rescue Remedy for my cat.  The first time, it was when I had to bring her with me abroad and she showed anxiety behaviors the entire week before leaving, sniffing suitcases and running around the house non-stop. I started giving it to her 2 days before the flight and it really helped her calm down.  The day of the trip, she behaved unbelievably fine, even when going through TSA, in the plane and through customs.  I have also used it during heavy rains and thunderstorms. It works! She goes to her bed and stays calms as if nothing. My daughter who usually becomes very nervous before a class presentation, used it before and during her presentation and felt at ease.

Directions: to be used daily when dealing with any type of stressful situations, sleep issues, emotional challenges or to prevent anxiety. For example: a test, an oral presentation, an interview, a health issue, a trip, a divorce, or a move.

Use: spray on top and bottom of tongue for best absorption.
Rescue Remedy is more a mystic and spiritual remedy. The magic behind it is that it works with the flower’s vibrational and positive transmission of nature’s energy.

Side effects: none

 

Essential Oils

Clove essential oil - First aid kit

Clove Syzygium aromaticum:

This wonderful spice has been used for many centuries to preserve food and for its remarkable healing properties: rich antioxidant (high polyphenol content; its anti-oxidant effect is higher than in many veggies, fruits or species), antifungal, anti-microbial (against bacterial and fungal strains), anti-nociceptive (used as analgesic for example for tooth pain) anti-viral (against herpes strains) and little evidence exists that clove works as anti-histamines to keep you clear of sinus.  Clove essential oil has also been used as an insecticide and larvicidal.
Cloves has great soothing and relaxing intestinal inner-lining properties that aid with digestion and gas or bloating issues. Under others, it helps kill parasites and bacteria. It has also anti-clotting properties
When topically applied, this essential oil contributes to relieve inflammation pain-related conditions, such as arthritis and rheumatism.

My experience with clove essential oil:
I rubbed clove essential oil on my daughter’s gums when she was teething, in combination with coconut oil. The numbing effect worked fast. I also used it to relieve earache by mixing 2 drops combined with coconut oil, warmed it, soaked it with a cotton ball, which I put in her ear.  Symptoms significantly improved the following day.

Side effects: always consult with an herbal specialist, since it should not be combined with other medication such as blood thinners or an anti-clotting drugs.  Not recommended for children younger than 12.  Not to use for at least 2-weeks prior to a surgery.  Be mindful of the dose when applying on skin, since it can cause burns or rashes.

 

Lavender essential oil - First aid holistic kit

Lavender Lavandula angustifolia:

Although there are 39 species, this is the most common type of lavender grown and people call it often English lavender although it is of Mediterranean origin.
Lavender has some wonderful qualities: first of all, our noses don’t go wrong when we record its strong clean and refreshing aroma.  You can find their popular herb sachets in stores, closets and drawers worldwide.  It’s gentle sedative heling induce relaxation and alleviate stress, anxiety and even insomnia.
It has been shown to act effectively and immediately when treating depression versus using slow effecting adaptogens or antidepressants tonics.
It is used for digestive disorders such as nausea, flatulence, bloating, IBS or to relieve gas). Due to its bitterness, it is also used to stimulate the liver and bile.
It has anti-inflammatory properties and it is also a traditional headache remedy when used as an herbal tea or in form of essential oil by massaging on temples.
Lavender infusion:  also useful as a douche for bacterial vaginosis or vaginal yeast infections.

My experience with lavender essential oil:
It gives me an immediate calming effect when I rub it in my wrists or feet. Excellent anti-bacterial: mix at least 10 drops in a spray bottle with distilled water and spray on bedsheets, pillows, carpets.  We also use lavender drops to calm a bee sting or any other insect bite, as it also alleviates the swelling or itching.  It is also effective to decrease a sun burn.

Side effects: none. Something to consider is that the long-term use of lavender, specially with dry mucus membranes and dry skin could produce a too drying effect.

 

HERBS

Chamomille German essential oil - first aid holistic kitChamomile German Matricaria recutita

Chamomile, considered among the most versatile therapeutic herbs used for centuries worldwide offers numerous healing properties:  high in antioxidants, an allergy fighter, sooths muscle spasms and is a pain reliever, natural anti-inflammatory (fights free radicals and prevents cells from mutating), anti-fungal, anti-bacterial, menstrual and PMS disorders, helps cure insomnia and is a relaxant, reduces anxiety and depression, helps treat colds, fever, relieves digestive issues (diarrhea, gas, vomiting, leaky gut issues, IBS, acid reflux, nausea, and is a good  liver cleanse. Other benefits: aids in treating wounds and skin issues, ulcers and hemorrhoids.

My experience with chamomile herbs:
It comes always handy when experiencing any sort of indigestion such as nausea, diarrhea, flatulence, motion sickness, cramping, constipation or other pain. It is a calming relaxant for any type of situation or to induce sleep. It is also helpful when experiencing any type of pain or swelling. Chamomile also helped clear up my pink eye, by placing chamomile tea bags on my eyes.

Side effects: none when used as an herb.  If used as essential oil, it should not be ingested.  When applied topically, always start in a small area to make sure you are not reactive. Don’t use it with when experiencing seasonal allergy symptoms.

 

peppermint essential oil - first aid holistic kitPeppermint Mentha ×piperitaz: 

Its name is actually latin, which is a cross-breed between Spearmint and Water Mint. Its herbal tea is one of the most popular teas used worldwide.  Known as a digestive and gastrointestinal reliever (menthol is the key factor of its organic structure) and carminative by promoting healthy bowel movements.  Since it is also known to be an analgesic, it aids in soothing cramps, gas, flatulence, diarrhea, constipation and overall indigestion.  It is a refreshing and relaxing health booster, helps stop inflammation, alleviates pain, refreshes breath (mentholated flavor and antibacterial properties kill germs that leave breath clean), immune system booster (antibacterial benefits alleviate coughs, fevers, colds) and helps contribute with weight loss (by smelling the aroma of peppermint).  More benefits: it boosts the respiratory system. It reduces nausea and vomiting or motion ailments.  It relieves mental stress. It definitely helps improve the overall system.

My experience with peppermint herbs:
It has served for all different types of purposes in our daily lives: it offers a refreshing, cooling effect and it is my primary choice for colds, coughs, sore throat or mouth infections, respiratory or digestive issues, menstrual cramps and headaches. As far as peppermint essential oils, I especially like smelling it when I need immediate mental focus, alertness and energy.

Side effects:  menthol could cause allergic reactions or heartburn.

 

yarrow herb remedyYarrow Achillea millefolium.

‘Achillea’ means ‘ancient hero’; as such, this herb was used in the ancient Greek civilization to treat skin wounds and avoid infections. This is another herb with exceptional benefits:
It is anti-bacterial and antiseptic, since it helps stop the bleeding. Native Americans chewed or stewed their stalk causing the sweat to stop colds or fever or produced pulp to apply on sprains, bruises or swelling.
-boosts digestion and aids in the prevention of gallstones by spurring the bile flow (cholagogue effect) out of the gallbladder
-aids with enzymes secretion and to increase appetite
-helps relief arthritis (anti-inflammatory)
-serves as a uterine tonic
-serves as a decongestant as it reliefs sinus infections (sputum) and coughs.  Serves as expectorant.
-expectorant for colds
-its astringent qualities aid in relieving allergies (nasal secretions and watery eyes due to dust, mold, pollen)
-as an infusion, yarrow helps heal skin issues, for example, eczema

My experience with yarrow herbs:
Yarrow was also among my favorite herbs when my daughter was younger to help relieve colds, sore throat, flu or fevers.  It was also valuable for any small accidents to treat a wound, bleeding or infection.

Side effects: not recommended for a longer period since it could cause rashes. Not to use while pregnant

Homeopathy

Arnica 30c - first aid holistic kitArnica 30c Urtica urens

Arnica is an ancient homeopathic remedy used in the European Alps and also by Native Americans since 1500s. It can be used homeopathically but also topically, when there is no open wound or burned skin. Essential for a first aid kit, Arnica relieves bruising, pain, swelling from injuries such as contusions, sprains, fractures, falls, accidents, bruises.  It is also effected for over-exercising or muscular pain and stiffness. It is also a good natural solution for arthritis.

It is widely used by sports people, trainers, athletes, coaches and some do even use it as a prevention method.

My experience with Arnica:
I suggest using both, topically and Arnica 30c pellets. During a recent surgery, I started using pellets 2 days prior to surgery and during 7 days.  I felt it helped decrease the inflammation considerably.  My mom recent fell and broke her nose.  We immediately applied Arnica gel in combination with ice during several days.  There was not large evidence of bruising or skin color changes.

Side effects: Arnica is toxic and cannot be ingested except as a homeopathy remedy.  It must be used under supervision of an herbalist specialist if taken internally. Not to use while pregnant or nursing.

 

Other useful & beneficial natural remedies to further include in my first aid natural holistic kit:

Coconut oil: great antibacterial, antifungal, skin softener, regulates blood sugar and hormones, kills candida and whitens teeth. It helps increase basal body temperature and metabolism which is beneficial for low thyroid.
Cinnamon oil: stimulates circulation and immune system, lowers inflammation and fights free radicals, parasites and viruses. Help balance blood sugar in Diabetes Type II.
Calendula: rich anti-inflammatory properties, anti-viral, anti-microbial, anti-spasms, fights hemorrhoids, wounds or ulcers, and great astringent used for oral health.
Echinacea capsules and Elderberry liquid herbal extract: helps boost immune system
Apple cider vinegar: optimal for a health alkalinized pH, relieves digestive issues, alleviates skin rashes and aids with detoxification
Turmeric, Reishi and Vitamin C capsules: rich antioxidants and anti-inflammatories
Probiotics: essential to consume to daily to regulate and balance gut flora, while boosting the immune system
Baking soda: good for acidity, heartburn and urinary tract infections
Chicken or vegetable Broth: this is my final magical suggestion for an optimal functioning of the immune system and general wellbeing.

Important: seek immediate urgent care when you notice serious signs, such as  high temperature (adults +103F and children +101F), severe headache or stomach pain, nausea, vomiting, open wounds or infections, shortness of breath, pneumonia, pulmonary embolus, extreme hot and sweating.

The products mentioned in the above content have not been evaluated by the FDA. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

 

 

References

Petersen, D. (2016). NAT 303 Holistic Pathology and Protocols (1st ed.). Portland: American College of Healthcare Sciences.

TheHerbalAcademy.com. Mountain Medicine: Yarrow and Arnica Uses. Available at: https://theherbalacademy.com/mountain-medicine-yarrow-and-arnica-uses/

Organicfacts.net. 9 Amazing Benefits of Peppermint Tea. Health Benefits of Peppermint Tea. Available at: https://www.organicfacts.net/health-benefits/beverage/peppermint-tea.html

Herbwisdom.com. Yarrow Benefits. Available at: http://www.herbwisdom.com/herb-yarrow.html

Herbwisdom.com. Chamomile Benefits. Available at: http://www.herbwisdom.com/herb-chamomile.html

Herbwisdeom.com. Clove Benefits. Available at: http://www.herbwisdom.com/herb-cloves.html

Cortes-Rojas DF, Fernandes de Souza, Pereira Oliveria W. Feb 2014.CR, Clove (Syzygium aromaticum): a precious spice. Available at: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3819475/

 Gut Infections and Autoimmune Hepatitis - Power Health Talk with Dr Rutherford

Are gut infections causing our immune system to react? Learn about the different types of hepatitis, lab tests used, main triggers influencing and affecting the liver. How our GI tract is related to our liver?  How Leaky Gut is associated with Autoimmune Hepatitis?  What is functionally going wrong in the body.  Can feeding good bacteria have an effect?

Enjoy this interesting Power Health Talk by Dr Rutherford, which will help answer many of your doubts and will guide you to discover underlying health issues related to Autoimmune hepatitis.

Our liver has a crucial role in maintaing health; it is the second largest organ and one of the most important organs we have. An inflamed and impaired liver can seriously interrupt essential functions, loose the ability Liver Functionto fight infections and affect our body's major organs - digestive tract, kidney, brain, immune system and cardiovascular system.  Anything we consume, foods, drinks or medicine  passes through our liver.  The liver is our filter.

The secret of an optimal liver is to keep a healthy liver diet and lifestyle, as much as possible.

 

 

 

Liver Functions Video

Learn about the importance of liver and its functions

The liver functions include:

Liver Functions:

- Processing of food's nutrients to rapidly produce energy, by converting resultant glycogen which is stored in the liver and muscles into glucose.

- Cholesterol production

- Manufacturing and Regulating hormones

- Toxins removal (such as old hormones, drugs, proteins or damaged cells)

- Fighting infections by supporting the immune system

- Bile production which helps digest food, mainly fat when passing from the stomach to the intestines

- Proteins and essential amino acids production in order to help grow and repair body tissues and metabolic processes

- Sugar storage to use anytime

- Storing and processing vitamins and other essentials nutrients

Note: as mentioned in another post, the liver is the only organ capable to regenerate itself; nevertheless, it's power to regenerate itself might be seriously impaired by repeated or extensive damage.

Everything about the Immune System is about 'Balance and Control'.  Newest video from Wistar expert immunologists:  Immunotherapy:  Is the Cure Inside You?

The Wistar Institute, established since 1892 as the nation's first independent medical research institution, is a successful international leader in Biomedical Science.  Their expertise is in Immunology, Infectious disease, vaccine development and do cancer research.

Wistar's slogan:  Today's Discoveries - Tomorrow's Cures

New discoveries have lead the way in the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of numerous diseases including melanoma, prostate cancer, ovarian cancer, breast cancer, HIV, Zika and other global infectious diseases.

Find out about Autoimmune therapy - Is there a Cure?

Living with Autoimmune Hepatitis totally impacted my life and the ones around me; my family, co-workers and friends.  I was was initially in shock and questioning Why me; What is this about?  I had no idea what it really meant or how it originated.  I had sleepless nights and researched long with no answers.  But in my heart and my mind I knew, taking medications was not the solution.  I will find the answer.

It is normal for people suffering from  chronic autoimmune hepatitis to feel anxious, hopeless, with fear, depressed, and simply helpless.  Please accept the help of your loved ones, family and friends, who will support you unconditionally as long as you will need it.  It is equally important that you do your own research and talk to others in similar situations.  You will learn many different perspectives about their thoughts and experiences, what helped them, how they adjusted, how they improved and what was their best approach.

There are two facts to be considered when diagnosed with autoimmune hepatitis: your immune system and your liver. In other words, both need to be worked on in order to fight liver disease and get healed.

The good news, as an alternative approach, is that there are solutions.

Check out the Diet section to heal your immune system and please read the Treatment section for liver cell regeneration.

 

Remember:

"The liver is the only human internal organ capable of natural regeneration of lost tissue; as little as 25% of a liver can regenerate into a whole liver."

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