A new series!
I wanted a place to share random tidbits… things that individually didn’t have enough substance to make up a full post. So, I’m going to be doing a weekly or bi-monthly series to share these healing bits and pieces. I’ll share recipes that I’ve tried, recent discoveries, random cooking tips, favorite products, etc. I may also address questions I receive regarding health/nutrition via email, Facebook or in the comments below!
Essentially, it’s a peak into my Holistic Health Junk Drawer
Okay, recipe review time! I made Creamy Coconut Shrimp with Zucchini Pasta from The Healthy Foodie. Here are the changes I made:
homemade chicken broth instead of the coconut water
blanched the zucchini pasta for about a minute in boiling water before topping it with the sauce
Verdict: Yum! But I will double the recipe next time so I have more leftovers.
This caught my eye and I wanted to share it with you. According to an article in a recent edition of Dance Magazine
“People who sleep 10 hours a night have a greater tolerance for pain that if they took 60 mg of the painkiller codeine.”
So just in case you need another excuse to sleep more… there you go! Sleep plays an essential role in lowering cortisol levels and thereby supporting healthy hormones, weight management and a speedy metabolism. Make sleep a priority.
Perhaps you’ve heard how the blue light waves from electronics suppress melatonin production. I recently installed f.lux on my computer, which cancels out the blue light on the screen after sunset. It looks a bit orange but it’s not distracting. Plus, it’s completely free! I don’t know if it is helping my sleep cycle yet, but I figure it can’t hurt.
Have you heard about using manuka honey for acne? Manuka honey is produced in New Zealand and Australia from bees pollinating the manuka tree. It has a naturally occurring peroxide content which makes it even more antibacterial than regular honey.
I’ve been wanting to try it forever, but the price tag scared me off. I finally invested in a small jar (this is the one I bought) and I am so excited with the results! I just dab it on my breakouts and leave it on while I’m at the house. It seems to reduce the inflammation and help prevent scaring.
I’ve also been eating a teaspoon morning and evening to help heal my stomach lining. Low stomach acid plays such a huge role in digestive dysfunction (my post here discusses the subject). I have been unable to take any kind of hydrochloric acid supplement, however, because my stomach lining was chronically sensitive and inflamed due to severely low stomach acid for years and years. Due to it’s anti-bacterial activity, Manuka honey combats h. pylori overgrowth which can suppress stomach acid production. It can also soothe and heal stomach ulcers. After one week, I’m able to tolerate increasing doses of HCL supplements!
Evidently, I’m not the only one shocked with the impressive results. There are over 300 glowing product reviews on Amazon and many folks have used this as a digestive aid. One reviewer stated,
This honey has really helped me to get off of the acid reflux or heartburn pills and my stomach is functioning regularly.
3 days after eating 1 tsp on bread per day my stomach pain was gone.
HOWEVER… I just read in a great article from Nutrition Gang that manuka honey should not be ingested, since it contains a genotoxin. This is a substance that has been shown to damage DNA in cells. The article recommends another highly antibiotic honey called Yemini Sidr honey, which I have not been able to locate (I’ll give you an update if I can find a source for it). I’ll keep using the manuka honey for my acne, but I will no longer be eating it.
Do you make sleep a priority? Have you used Manuka honey (or another supplement) to for reflux or stomach lining? Do you have any questions or requests for the next Weekly Wisdom?