Who doesn’t get bloated? Either you ate too much, ate something that disagreed with you, maybe you have no idea why you are bloated or maybe you are suffering from chronic bloating! Whatever the reason, bloating can be severely uncomfortable and frustrating. The good new […]
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I think the most common question I get from people is why would they should choose to do homeopathy rather than naturopathy (or other types of alternative medicines). This is a very valid question – especially considering the fact that most people have some sort […]
Have you recently walked into a health food store (or even Shopper’s Drug Mart) and come across the expensive beverage called kombucha? Maybe you are wondering what all the fuss is about this drink? I mean, who spends $8-9 on a 750ml bottle (unless it’s a bottle of wine?)! Well, if you were able to read my previous article, I decided to make my own kombucha and see what exactly the rage around kombucha is all about!
So what exactly is the deal with kombucha?
Kombucha is a fermented beverage made using tea, water, natural flavourings and a SCOBY (Symbiotic Culture Of Bacteria and Yeast). This SCOBY is basically a little farm of healthy yeast and bacteria which are cultured in tea producing more little yeasts and bacterium in the tea which you can then drink. They are produced through the process of fermentation (similar to how yogurt, kefir, sourkraut, kimchi and other fermented foods are made).
Now, maybe you are wondering why anyone would want to drink yeast and bacteria? Well, our bodies actually need healthy yeasts and bacteria for several important reasons. Our bodies actually need healthy bacteria and yeasts in good amounts to support your digestion, immune system, skin health and more! If you don’t have enough of these health bacteria and yeasts you might find yourself with skin issues (such as eczema, acne), regular bouts of colds, flus and other illnesses and digestive problems such as bloating, gas and heartburn.
You might be familiar with the concept of taking healthy bacteria and yeasts in the form of probiotics. Kombucha is essentially one form of probiotic which makes kombucha a great option. Kombucha is able to provide you with these healthy bacterium and yeasts in a easy and delicious way….plus, when you make it yourself it is incredibly cheap!
The benefits of probiotic foods/drinks include:
- clearer skin
- more energy
- improved digestive health
- healing from digestive issues such as leaky gut
- a stronger immune system
- better smelling breath
- overall less inflammation in your body
You might want to consider adding probiotics (or kombucha!) into your diet if you:
- are or were recently on antibiotics (antibiotics kills all the good and bad bacteria)
- suffer from digestive issues (bloating, gas, indigestion, heartburn)
- suffer from candidiasis or yeast infections (candida is a yeast that can become problematic if there is too much or it or too little of other good yeasts and bacteria)
- struggle with recurrent colds and flus
- have bad breath
- suffer from skin conditions such as eczema or psoriasis or acne
disclaimer: none of the information above is intended to diagnose, treat or prevent disease. The information is for learning purposes only.
6 I’m pretty certain that you have at some point heard of essential oils. Maybe you don’t know what they are exactly but you’ve definitely heard or read about them somewhere. Why? The essential oil industry is exploding because people are becoming a lot more […]
Do you really need a diagnosis to get treatment? This question is a very important question, if, like me, you struggle with health problems that no one is able to diagnosis…which in turn means that you are not getting the right treatment or else you are just managing your symptoms or just “hanging in there.” Maybe you’ve asked yourself the question, “Is it all in my head” or “Are these symptoms even real?” or think “I don’t really care about the diagnosis…I just want to feel better” or you are in the middle of the “I’m seeing every specialist I can because I cannot live like this forever.” If any of those statements or questions resonate with you…this article is written for you.
This article is written from a very personal place of struggle with health, unanswered questions, frustration with friends and families ‘good intentions’ as they gave me dietary suggestions, emotional ups and downs, loss of my job and independence and much more. I’m not going to share my whole story here; (if you want to read a little more about me you can check out my about the author section) Instead, I want to give you some HOPE.
Not only is it possible to get treatment for an undiagnosed illness but it is possible to get the RIGHT treatment that will actually cure and/or treat your illness or symptoms.
As a registered nurse with a background in emergency nursing I had plenty of exposure to the world of conventional medicine. But when that failed me I had to start looking elsewhere. This led me to read a lot about the link between food and health and I finally decided that nutrition seemed like the way to go. I’m not saying it didn’t help…but I felt frustrated because I was eating healthy and feeling a little better but I was still spending a ton of money on food, supplements and alternative health specialists to manage my flareups and I was like, “There is no way I want to eat like this the rest of my life. There has to be SOMETHING that gets to the root of my issues!”
Which led me to consider homeopathy. Aghhhh…yes….that misunderstood and totally confounding alternative medicine. For some crazy reason I just jumped right in and started studying it intensely. And I mean intensely – I decided to take the 3 year program and do it in less than a year. My nursing and nutrition background really helped lower my course load but it was still a really tough switch. I had to start thinking about health and the body from a very different perspective than I had ever before. But I think the thing that kept pushing me forward was that I was for the first time seeing a medicine that was not just treating symptoms but getting to the root of the problem by addressing the body in an entirely different and sensible way! I heard, read and saw case study after case study after case study and almost everyone was improving in some dramatic way – even those people with chronic, debilitating diseases. I saw that even auto-immune diseases were treatable (which seemed to be the category my symptoms fell into).
The best part of it was this: homeopathy did not require a diagnosis to treat me! This 200+ year old medicine only needed to understand me…which was incredibly relieving because I didn’t even understand what was going on with me! And on top of it all, it wasn’t difficult to take the treatments and it didn’t involve me radically changing my lifestyle.
What was required was a commitment to being open about myself, some pretty emotional stuff in my life and an increasing awareness of how my symptoms (that up to this point had no rhyme or reason and were completely life-altering and frustrating) and my body responded to things like heat, cold, weather, emotions, specific foods, pressure, etc.
Rather than seeing symptoms as “the problem” that needed to be fixed I learned to see my symptoms as my body’s personal expression of imbalance. They weren’t something that would need to be cut out or suppressed but something that I needed to pay more attention to (for a short period of time) so that my homeopath and I could figure out just what my body was telling me and then find a medicine that specifically targeted my body’s imbalances so that those symptoms would disappear PERMANENTLY.
My personal health struggles and experience with homeopathy have given me a passion to help others suffering from chronic diseases, undiagnosed illness and other diagnoses that have been coined “chronic, permanent or life-long.”
The journey to recovery is not only personal but it is possible. It doesn’t look the same for everyone but it is achievable. If you are interested in homeopathy as a treatment for yourself or a loved one or are curious about homeopathy and want to learn more you can check out my website www.edenhomeopathy.ca or contact me. I would love to be a part of your healing journey and seeing you living a healthier life!