Most particles found in the air have a positive charge. In nature, negative ions are generated by sunlight, lightning, waves, and waterfalls. That's why people feel so invigorated in these settings. Indoors, however, negative ions are lacking hence the development of negative ion generators to improve air quality inside businesses and homes.
The science behind it is that negative ions will be attracted to positive ions in the air. When there is a high enough concentration of negative ions in the air, they will attract floating positively charged particles in large numbers. This causes the particle to become too heavy to remain airborne. As a result, the particle will fall out of the air, preventing it from being inhaled into the respiratory tract where it can trigger breathing and health problems.
The claimed health benefits of negative ion generators are:
The cheapest ways to incorporate more negative ions into the home are:
SALT CRYSTAL LAMPS:
Salt crystal lamps are natural ionizers: The salt crystal binds the negative ions with the excess positive ions. When the lamp becomes warm, it absorbs moisture and crystal will be damp on the surface. This builds up the ion field. Through the lamp, the positively charged atmosphere of the room can be neutralized. In addition to this, the colors of the salt crystal stones can have a healing effect. You can buy these at Pomme Naturals on Metral Drive or The Soap Exchange in Country Club Mall, Nanaimo. The prices range depending on the size of the crystal starting at $25.00. That's the price I paid for the one pictured above.
Indoor waterfalls and desktop fountains provide a constant source of running water. Running water reduces stress factors in the environment by producing negatively charged ions and by creating white noise which can help neutralize irritating sounds. You can buy these online starting at $100.00. The one pictured above was a gift so I'm not sure where it was purchased from. If any island business sells these, please contact my site so I can spread the good word.
HYPERINSULINEMIA is a condition in which the body makes excessive amounts of insulin in an effort to compensate for the spikes in blood sugar cause by the overconsumption of refined carbohydrates. This can lead to insulin resistance, in which the cells of the body become insensitive to insulin, and may eventually lead to type II diabetes.
RISK FACTORS OF DEVELOPING HYPERINSULINEMIA
HYPOGLYCEMIA - is one of the most common symptoms of hyperinsulinemia. It is characterized by an abnormally low blood glucose level, usually about 1-3 hours after a meal. Common symptoms of hypoglycemia are:
HOW TO REVERSE THE DAMAGE:
The good news is that hyperinsulinemia and even early stage diabetes can be reversed. It may take 2 to 3 months, perhaps longer, to re-establish normal insulin sensitivity. All of the above symptoms can be reversed with good food choices and moderate exercise.
A low-carbohydrate, moderate-protein and moderate-fat meal focused on natural whole foods is the solution to hyperinsulinemia.
CARBOHYDRATES TO AVOID:
CARBOHYDRATES TO ENJOY:
The primary digestive enzymes are the hydrolases because they help break down food by adding a water molecule.
The three main classes are:
Enzymes are important substances found naturally in the body and in raw foods. If someone does not produce enough enzymes to properly break down their food for proper absorption, they can experience symptoms such as gas, constipation, bloating and heartburn.
Supplemental enzymes typically come from two sources:
Why choose plant-based enzymes over animal-based enzymes?
Digestive enzyme supplementation is believed to be helpful for a large number of health conditions, including:
Digestion - Plant-based enzymes appear to not only improve the break down of macronutrients but also improve hydrochloric acid production in those with low stomach acid.
Pain/Inflammation - Some find help from using digestive enzymes or bromelain as anti-inflammatory agents that reduce swelling. It is useful in post-traumatic responses and swelling and after surgery. Bromelain's most popular use has been to reduce joint inflammation in rheumatoid arthritis (500 - 2000 mg daily - taken in 2 doses away from meals).
Anti-aging Properties - enzymes reduce tissue irritation.
Cardiovascular Disease - Enzymes reduce platelet aggregation, arterial plaquing, and clot formation (400 to 1,000 mg daily has been shown to reduce the symptoms of angina pectoris).
TRANS FATTY ACIDS (TFAs):
TFAs are produced when the hydrogenation process is not complete, and some double bonds are left unsaturated. Long-chain TFAs do not naturally occur and are harmful by-products of the hydrogenation process. Approximately one third of all edible oils produced are hydrogenated or partially hydrogenated. High levels of TFAs have been associated with an increased risk of:
Modification can mean either fractionation of the oil to isolate a fraction with a higher composition of saturated fatty acids or a chemical modification process called interesterification. Interesterification is relatively new and has been adopted by the food industry to phase out hydrogenation. This chemical process forces into oil either a saturated fatty acid (i.e. steric acid) or a fat with a high composition of a fatty acid that is solid at room temperature, (e.g. tung oil, which is over 80% alpha-eleostearic acid - a fatty acid with two trans double bonds), displacing some of the polyunsaturated fatty acids, turning the oil into a solid. The resulting fat is labeled 'modified'.
The chemically modified oils have been shown to increase an individual's risk for developing diabetes as well as cardiovascular disease.
Check the ingredient list on the label and DON'T BUY PRODUCTS that contain HYDROGENATED/PARTIALLY HYDROGENATED OR MODIFIED OILS! They only exist to make money for the food industry and adversely affect your health!
The body can produce its own fatty acids except for alpha-linolenic acid (omega-3) and linoleic acid (omega-6). These must be provided in the diet and are therefore called essential fatty acids (EFAs).
OMEGA-3 FATTY ACIDS:
This group of fatty acids has 18, 20, or 22 carbons in the chain and three or more double bonds starting on the third carbon from the end of the chain (called the omega end).
PLANT SOURCES FISH SOURCES
- GROUND FLAX SEED - SARDINES
- PUMPKIN SEEDS - SALMON
- CHIA SEEDS - MACKERAL
- HEMP SEEDS - HERRING
- FLAX SEED OIL - OMEGA 3 FISH OIL
OMEGA-6 FATTY ACIDS
This group of fatty acids has 18 or 20 carbons in the chain and two or more double bonds starting on the sixth carbon from the omega end.
Plant foods like corn and sunflower seeds are high in the lower chain omega-6 fatty acids.
THE CHEMISTRY OF EFAS
As mentioned, there are two essential fatty acids in the human diet: alpha-linolenic acid and linolenic acid. All other fatty acids in the body can be created from these two and are thus considered nonessential. EFAs play a role in many biological processes including:
In general, the optimal omega-6 : omega-3 ratio in the diet is believed to be at least 4:1. Most North Amercians consume 10-20 times more omega-6 than omega-3. Obviously, getting enough omega-6s is not a problem. It is the omega-3s that need to be supplemented daily either through food or supplementation.
With proper intake of Omega-3s, the following serious conditions may be avoided:
I am a registered holistic nutritionist, open-minded vegan and cooking enthusiast.