Is leaky gut syndrome causing your allergies?

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Do you have leaky gut syndrome? For many people this term is not familiar and even many doctors don’t even know much about it. However, it can wreck havoc on your immune system and may very well be the root cause of your allergies including food allergies and intolerances.

Some of the common symptoms of leaky gut syndrome include:

1. Digestive issues including gas, bloating, diarrhea and other stomach discomforts.

2. Asthma

3. Chronic sinus infections

4. Seasonal or food allergies

5. Fatigue

6. Weakened Immune System

7. Skin rashes

8. Anxiety

9. Frequent colds or flus

10. Joint paint and headaches

11. Auto-immune diseases

In short, are you sick a lot? If so, chances are very good you have leaky gut syndrome.

Here is a video that talks about leaky gut syndrome and what to do about it.

The Diet Cure: the 8-Step Program to Rebalance Your Body Chemistry

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The Diet Cure: The 8-Step Program to Rebalance Your Body Chemistry and End Food Cravings, Weight Gain, and Mood Swings–Naturally is a really good book. I read a lot of books on health, wellness, nutrition and other related topics and this is honestly one of the best I’ve read. While there are lots of diet books published, this book is unique in several ways.

1. This book talks about your body chemistry and how to identify the chemical imbalances that are the root cause of your health issues.

2. This book does not focus on one diet but rather on principles and how to identify what you should be eating and how to avoid yo-yo and fad diets.

3. It addresses many of the common problems that many doctors miss such as thyroid issues, food intolerances and reactions, candida and hormonal issues.

4. This book doesn’t stop at helping you identify your problems, it also helps you get to the root cause and solve them.

5. There are chapters on how to overcome your allergy problems.

6. There are chapters on shopping, menu planning and other resources to help you implement the diet cure.

7. The last chapter includes putting the master plan in action.

If you are struggling to solve the root cause of your health issues, I highly recommend this book.

5 Really Good Dairy Free and Sugar Free Chocolate Recipes

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1. Chia seed pudding. There are a variety of ways to make this however, the basic idea is that you soak 2-3 tablespoons of chia seeds in coconut or almond milk for 2-3 hours. You can then add whatever you want to it. Personally I like to add 1 tablespoon of chocolate flavored stevia and eat as is. You can also add some frozen fruit to it or raw cocoa powder if you want an even stronger chocolate taste.

2. Raw cocoa shake. I make this by blending almond or coconut milk with 1 frozen banana and 1 scoop of raw cocoa powder or chocolate protein powder shake. It’s so good and good for you.

3. Fresh fruit with coconut milk whipped cream. You can make whipped cream with coconut milk by pouring it into a bowl and then whipping it with a mixer. Then you can serve it with fresh strawberries, blueberries, raspberries and blackberries. When pineapple or peaches are in season you can use those too. Then you add a scoop or raw cocoa. Hmm, so good.

4. Gluten free waffles or pancakes with some cocoa powder added into the mix. This is my favorite gluten free mix. Bob’s Red Mill Gluten-Free Pancake Mix, 22-Ounce Packages (Pack of 4)

5. Dairy free chocolate pudding. Make this by whipping together raw cocoa powder and coconut milk.

Got a favorite dairy free and sugar free chocolate recipe that I missed? Share it in the comments below.

5 Reasons Why A Gluten Free Diet is Not a Fad

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Some people think that a gluten free diet is a fad and while that may be true for a small percentage of people who follow a gluten free diet exclusively because they think it will help them lose weight, a gluten free diet is not a fad for the majority of people.

1. Celiac disease is a very real and serious condition and anyone who has it should absolutely not eat any gluten ever. Period. There is no debating this.

2. Gluten intolerance is a very real condition despite the denial that this condition exists by many doctors. Some people estimate that up to 15% of the U.S. population has a gluten sensitivity. One of these is Dr. Amy Myers with this article on 3 Reasons to Give Up Gluten. She also says that gluten is connected in one way or another to 55 different diseases.

3. Gluten free is a crucial part of many diets that have been proven to work and to improve the health of a lot of people. This includes diets like the paleo diet.

4. Wheat which is the number one source of gluten has been engineered and modified and sprayed with chemicals to the point that it can no longer be considered a health food. This is evidenced by the research and books such as the Wheat Belly: Lose the Wheat, Lose the Weight, and Find Your Path Back to Health

5. Many of the most highly processed food and the foods that have the most sugar also have gluten in them. While there are gluten free foods that also are processed and have sugar, if you go gluten free odds are good that you will by default eat less sugar.

Do you think that a gluten free diet is a fad? or have you benefited health wise with a gluten free diet? I’d love to hear in the comments.

How to Eliminate Your Allergies Forever

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Are you looking to finally eliminate your allergies forever? If so, you should take the time to read this book. While I’m not sure that the information in this book will really eliminate allergies forever for everyone and in fact, if you have food intolerances or allergies, then this book will not help you. However, the information in this book is nonetheless really useful.

This book starts out with a summary of the history of allergies, then moves on to talk about extactly what allergies are and how they are caused. There is also a really good summary of the various ways in which you can get contact with allergens.

Then there is a chapter on traditional allergy treatments and how they work following by a brief guide to alternative treatments. I find it interesting that the only treatments mentioned in this chapter are homeopathy, naturopathy, acupuncture and ayurvedic treatments. While I know from personal experience and from the exprience of others that these are all effective treatments, this is not a comprehensive list. The next chapter covers allergy symptom relief. The last chapter answers any of the questions the author gets asked on a regular basis. These are interesting and worth reading.

In short, this book does not really deliever on its claim to eliminate your allergies forever, however it is worth reading and is easy to read and follow.

Grab your copy now of How To Eliminate Your Allergies Forever: The Truth About Allergic Reactions, Allergy Symptoms and Allergy Relief

Lemon Vs Lemongrass

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While lemon and lemongrass both have the word “lemon” in it they are not the same at all. In fact, I find it somewhat funny and interesting that people even ask this question. But I have been asked it more than once, so I thought I would write this blog post. In summary here are some of the similarities and differences between lemon and lemongrass.

Lemon

Comes from the rind of the lemon
Is a citrus oil
Is used in cleaning, cleansing and detoxing as the primary usages

Lemongrass
Is steam distilled from the lemongrass plant
Is a plant and not a fruit
Has some of the same properies of a citrus fruit but is not considered a citrus fruit
Can help with the lowering of blood pressure and the balancing of the thyroid

Buy your lemon and lemongrass essential oils here

Citrus Clear Organic Moisturizer and Shielo Complexion Moisturizer Product Reviews

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I received both of these products the Citrus Clear organic moisturizer and the Shielo Complexion Moisturizer for free for purposes of reviewing them on this blog. That said, I was quite impressed with both of these products and would certainly be willing to pay for them.

The first one I used was the citrus clear organic moisturizer. This one has a great smell. It smells like vanilla and a little bit of lemon. It also has coconut oil, aloe vera juice, Rose Hip, Lavender, Grape Seed and other good for you ingredients. Both of these moisturizers have only the good stuff. You won’t find any chemicals, mineral oil, SLS, SLES or paragons in these products. Besides the smell I really like the way that both of these feel on my skin and I didn’t have any any reactions or get any rashes which is great since I have sensitive skin that does break out when I use a lot of skin care products including even some organic ones. These moisturizers are also different from many others because you do not wash them off your face after using them. You put them on and it absorbs completely into your skin, without leaving a residue or a feeling of something heavy sticking onto your skin. I used the citrus clear one for about three weeks every day and then switched to the shielo one.

I have to honestly say that I prefer the citrus clear. I’m not sure if its because I love smells and the shielo doesn’t really have a smell or what exactly it is about it, but I do prefer that one. Both moisturizers have aloe vera juice in them however, this second one has almond oil and green tea instead of the other ingredients in the Citrus Clear. The both also have some glycerin which some people may not like but for me I prefer soap an skin care products with this in it.

Check them out and buy them at CitrusClear.com and Shielo.com

Secrets for Getting the Best Results from Essential Oils

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How do you get the best results from using essential oils? This is a common question that people ask and for many good reasons. While essential oils can be a cost effective form of natural plant based medicine, they can also be somewhat pricey and so you want to make sure that you get the best results from your essential oils. Here are some of the best ways to make sure that happens:

1. Make sure that you are using the right essential oils for the right reason. While you can’t really use essential oils wrong, there are better ways to use them than others. For example, peppermint, lemon and melaleuca can be used for almost everything. There are some things that will benefit from using others but these three are the top ones and are among the least expensive ones as well.

2. Try one of the least expensive oils first, before you use the most expensive. For example, melissa oil retails for about $150 for .25 of an oz in it’s purest form. While there are situations in which you may need to use it, most of the time you can use a less expensive oil and get the same or even better results.

3. Try diluting 1-2 drops of an oil in coconut oil or another carrier oil rather than using more of the essential oil.

4. Try diffusing the oils with a diffuser to spread around the therapeutic benefits throughout your entire home rather than spraying them or constantly putting them on your body since diffusers use less oil.

5. Try more than one oil for any common health problem and take note of which one works better for you. Essential oils impact different people in different ways so it will take some experimenting in order for you to figure out which ones are best for you.

Do these things and you will get the best results from essential oils possible.

Buy Your Essential Oils Here

Why Your Autoimmune disease or other health issues might acutally be food intolerances

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Has it ever occurred to you that if you have an auto-immune disease or have been told by your doctor that you have one, that you might not really have it but that you may instead have food intolerances? What? While that might seem crazy, I’ve heard a lot of people say that they were told by their doctor that they had an auto-immune disease but then realized later on that they actually had food intolerances instead. The most extreme one that I remember is a lady who posted on Facebook that she had been told she had fibromyalgia and MS but when she stopped eating gluten all of her symptoms disappeared. That said, I am not saying that all autoimmune diseases are food intolerances. However, I do believe that if you have an autoimmune disease then you probably have food intolerances as well and once these are corrected you will likely have fewer symptoms. One example of this is Dr. Amy Myers who healed herself from Graves Disease. On her blog she talks a lot about the connections between gluten intolerance and dairy and autoimmune diseases.
One reason that autoimmune diseases and gluten intolerance as well as dairy intolerance and other food intolerances are related is because they cause damage to your gut and gut damage is one of the main symptoms of an autoimmune disease.
So before you start taking medications for an autoimmune disease, I highly recommend you figure out if you have food intolerances first.

Take Your Health To A Higher Octave With Flower Essences

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Have you used flower essences before? No, this isn’t aromatherapy, flower essences are a form of healing using frequencies to alter negative emotional patterns. They have no scent, and are usually taken internally, and the emphasis is on raising your personal vibration.

Every emotion you experience has a unique frequency. Negative emotions— anger and fear— vibrate at lower-frequency ranges; positive emotions— love and joy— vibrate at higher ranges. Unconditional love resonates at the highest frequency. To change your emotional state, you have to change your frequency. Raising a fear-level frequency causes you to move away from fear and toward peace/joy/love. In the realm of physics, this is how “perfect love casts out all fear.”

Flower essences can help you conquer anxiety, depression, anger, trauma, stress, low self-esteem, and so much more. Many people use them to augment other healing modalities and I believe this is where they really shine.

Since they rely on frequency, rather than a biochemical makeup to heal, they can never interact with other medications or be anything other than perfectly safe for you.

They combine well with essential oils to compliment each other and speed results. They are water-based however and essential oils combine better with oil, so to have the best of both worlds, you can combine them in a lotion!

I came up with the lotion idea out of necessity when a client’s daughter was put into a mental institution. We knew we could fix this, but they would not allow her to have a bottle of flower essences. They didn’t care if we gave her a bottle of lotion.

Here is my absolute favorite recipe combining oils and essences. I get tons of compliments when I wear it because it smells wonderful, and I am a fool for ylang ylang!

Joy Lotion

4 oz your favorite fragrance-free lotion
28 drops Doterra Wild Orange essential oil
21 drops Doterra Ylang Ylang essential oil
14 drops Doterra Clary Sage essential oil
4 drops Joy Bouquet Blend Flower Essence

To learn more about flower essences, visit me at Freedom Flowers. Be sure and sign up for my free flower essence course while you’re there!
Blessings and health -Seneca