This article is a PSA on how to find the most accurate holistic health info online. While it diverges a bit from my usual articles, I think this information is really important to get out there. And since I was unaware of this info until a few weeks, ago, I imagine you might not be aware of it either…In fact, I’m SO passionate about stopping injustices and righting wrongs, I had to share what I’ve recently learned.
If you’re like most people who want to find a holistic health solution to a medical issue you might be having, you might hop on Google and do a search, right? But when you push that search button you might not be getting the results you’re looking for. With so much info online these days, how do you know if what you’re reading is accurate, reliable info, or fake health news? And is it possible that your access to accurate holistic health info is actually being censored?
I was shocked when I heard rumors that Google has recently started censoring search results pertaining to holistic health and wellness. How can that be? This is America! We have freedom of speech! Those thoughts and more were running through my head.
Your First Amendment Rights and Internet Searches
But our First Amendment rights, as they pertain to censorship, do not apply to Google which is a private company not part of the government.(1) It turns out they can censor anything they want. And they can serve us up any information they choose in our searches… Including not serving us the information we are searching for. Could this really be happening? It’s so George Orwell and 1984!
Buyer beware: Google is providing you with a free service when you use it. And it can do anything it wants with the data it’s collecting and serving back…Yikes! So why might Google be tampering with searches on Holistic Health topics?
Looking for a delicious, fun way to get more greens into your diet? The Swiss Chard and Sweet Potato Salad from the Healing Foods book is just the ticket. It’s so beautiful too, you’ll be eating the rainbow!
This yummy nutrient-packed warm Swiss Chard and Sweet Potato Salad has ingredients that are full of fiber and help fight inflammation, help maintain hydration, promote eye health, as well as aiding in healthy digestion.
If you’ve seen Swiss Chard but never really known what to do with it, this recipe is a great way to try it out. Swiss Chard is related to beet greens, and is high in vitamin K. Chard contains a powerhouse of other nutritional benefits too, including many forms of the antioxidants polyphenol, betalain and carotenoid. These antioxidants are powerful at fighting damage from free radicals, as well as inflammation, and diseases. Plus the nutrients in chard help support the liver and improve circulation.
And if you’re avoiding nightshades, it’s good to know that sweet potatoes are not a true potato and not part of the nightshade family. They are actually a superfood! One sweet potato contains more than a day’s supply of beta-carotene as well as almost all your daily vitamin C requirements. They are high in potassium and antioxidants. Besides the antioxidant benefits mentioned above, these phytonutrients also improve skin health and help support your immune system against infections. And because they are a complex carbohydrate they help you maintain healthy blood sugar levels throughout the day.
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What You Need to Know About Leaky Gut or Intestinal Permeability
Leaky Gut Syndrome has been all over the news lately. Maybe you’ve been diagnosed with it, or know someone who has? Or maybe you’ve never even heard of Leaky Gut. But after reading this article, you will know what it is, and if you have any of the classic symptoms of Leaky Gut.
Leaky Gut has been linked to a wide range of autoimmune diseases, from asthma, celiac, IBS, lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, and chrons, to diabetes, heart disease, MS, fibromyalgia, migraines, and other headaches, even anxiety, depression, dementia, and Alzheimer’s. While Leaky Gut Syndrome isn’t a disease itself, it can lead to other diseases that no one wants to get!
Just about anyone diagnosed with an autoimmune disease also has increased intestinal permeability or Leaky Gut. It might be a chicken-and-egg thing, did the autoimmune cause the Leaky Gut or vice-versa? However, more and more research is pointing the finger at Leaky Gut as the precursor of most autoimmune diseases, not the other way around.(1)
Twenty years ago I was diagnosed with Celiac, long before many people had even heard of it. And there’s no doubt in my mind that Leaky Gut (caused by taking a mega-dose of antibiotics following a food-poisoning bout in Thailand) was the trigger for my Celiac. I’ve been dealing with Leaky Gut on and off for the past twenty years and have learned a lot about it, as well as many ways to treat it.
Do you love berry season? If so, you will love these gluten-free Buckwheat Pancakes with Berry Sauce. Not only do they taste delicious, but they are packed full of nutrients too. Berries are soooo good, and good for you, I can never get enough berries.
In fact, berries have more antioxidants than just about any other food out there. And Buckwheat (not really a wheat!) is also high in antioxidants like quercetin and rutin. So as you may know, antioxidants are super important to a healthy lifestyle. They help us fight those pesky free-radicals that we get from sun damage, overexposure to radiation, (including from our cell phones!), and coming in contact with other environmental toxins in our food, water, and air.
So these gluten-free buckwheat pancakes with berry sauce are the perfect way to start your healthy day!