How to Sleep Like a Baby.

by L. Creapeau, Circkles Certified Nutritionist.

Yes, contrary to what we would all like to believe, not only are you what you eat, what you eat affects how you sleep. We're not just talking about avoiding those foods like caffeine and sugars before bed that will keep you awake all night, but basic eating habits and foods that can help you get a better night's sleep.

According to the National Sleep Foundation (yes, I was also surprised there's actually a foundation dedicated to sleep) here are a few things you can do to catch a few more Zs at night.

Other tips:

 

What Your Tongue Says About You.

by Redstone Promotional Communications / Circkles.com.

Your tongue is richly supplied with blood vessels and a constant flow of saliva, it is constantly being cleaned which discourages harmful bacteria from forming in the mouth area. However, if a person is unwell, a problem can often be detected by simply looking at the tongue.
According to Chinese herbalist Giovanni Masiocia the tongue accurately reflects the state of your health. 'In Chinese medicine it acts like a map where certain areas of the tongue correlate to specific organs of the body,' he says.
Using the tongue to diagnose health problems is not restricted to naturopathic or Chinese medicine, however. Orthodox doctors also use the tongue to detect a range of conditions. "So when your doctor asks you to stick out your tongue, he could be looking for signs of anaemia, cyanosis - when not enough oxygen reaches the lungs - infections such as thrush, dehydration and kidney problems,' says Dr Richard Halvorsen.

A healthy person's tongue is pinkish in color, moves freely and is slightly moist with a light coating. If a tongue changes color or texture, a tongue diagnosis may detect vitamin deficiencies, poor circulation, high cholesterol, allergies or digestive problems.

What your tongue says about the state of your health.

Color:
Pale
If the tongue or mucous membranes - the membranes containing large numbers of goblet-shaped cells that line the mouth - appear pale this could mean that your blood is lacking in haemoglobin - the iron-containing protein found in red blood cells.
This will often result in tiredness and lethargy. Eat a well-balanced diet containing plenty of iron found in spinach, raisins and leafy greens.

Bright red
A red inflamed tongue indicates lack of certain nutrients, especially iron and B vitamins. Iron, found spinach, shell fish, nuts and apricots, is essential for the formation of red blood cells and necessary for energy and vitality.
B vitamins are needed for energy metabolism, cell growth and the proper functioning of the nervous system. Lean meat, shellfish, nuts and dried apricots are all rich sources of vitamin B.

Purple
This could mean you are suffering from high cholesterol which could result in heart problems. A purple tongue could also indicate chronic bronchitis which cuts down the efficiency of the airwaves in bringing oxygen to the bloodstream. If your tongue continues to be purple, seek medical advice.
Chinese herbalism says this could indicate blood stagnation, poor circulation or too much sugar in the body which makes you feel tired and cold.

Texture:
Raised red spots
A strawberry-like patch on the tip of the tongue is often caused by hot drinks. However, a red tongue tip combined with bleeding gums could show a lack of bioflavonoids - a biologically active compound found in vitamin C that help strengthen the tiny blood capillaries in the skin and prevent unattractive broken veins.
Make sure your drinks aren't too hot! Add plenty of citrus fruits, peppers, kiwi fruits and berries to your diet.

Dry tongue:
Dryness of the tongue is often caused by swelling of the salivary glands - the fleshy bulgy sacs under the tongue where saliva is produced. This is often caused by stress. Regulate stress by relaxation routines such as breathing or yoga.
Also, stimulate the flow of saliva and flush out the salivary ducts by drinking cider vinegar and lemon diluted in a glass of water. Persistent dryness could be caused by Sjorgren's syndrome - an immunological disorder. If your tongue is persistently dry seek medical advice.

Coating:
A thin coating on the tongue is healthy and normal. A heavy white plaque however could indicate candidasis or oral thrush - a fungus infection of warm, moist areas of the body. This could be caused by an over-use of chemical mouthwash or taking too many antibiotics. Oral thrush can impair taste buds and cause bad breath.
To clean the tongue use a natural mouthwash twice a day. Mix cider vinegar with two cloves of garlic, one teaspoon of dried sage and one table spoon of honey poured into one pint of boiling water. Store in the fridge and use within three days.
A Chinese herbalist might say this reflects the state of the digestive system. If the tongue lacks coating, it means the stomach enzymes which break down food in the digestive system are not functioning properly. The coating of the tongue should be thin and white.

 

Foods That Heal: Guava

Do you know what foods will give you more energy, calm your nerves, act as an anti-inflammatory, help prevent cancers, or help you lose weight? Hopefully this column will help you to have a better understanding of food and its healing properties. The best diet for optimal health is a wide variation of foods, plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables and minimally cooked  and processed whole foods. Sweets, fatty foods, meat, dairy and carbs in moderation.

Therapeutic Properties: Prized mostly for its high vitamin C content - it has twice as much vitamin C as orange juice. It has been marketed lately as an antioxidant as well, probably due to its high amount of vitamin C.
Guava is very helpful for those who want to lose weight without compromising their intake of proteins, vitamins and fiber. Guava is very high in roughage and rich in vitamins, proteins and minerals, but it has no cholesterol and a low number of digestible carbohydrates. It is a is very filling snack and satisfies the appetite very easily. Guava, especially raw guava, also has far less sugar as compared to apples, oranges, grapes, and other fruit. For all the reasons above, it is also beneficial to diabetics. The high level of dietary fiber in guava helps to regulate the absorption of sugar by the body, which decreases the chances of major spikes and drops in insulin and glucose in the body. Studies have shown that consuming guava can help prevent the appearance of type-2 diabetes.

Guavas are extremely good sources of vitamin-A, which is well known as a booster for vision health. It can help slow down the appearance of cataracts, macular degeneration, and general health of the eyes. It can not only prevent degradation of eyesight, but even an improvement in eyesight once it has begun to degrade.

One of the most celebrated and important benefits of adding guava to your diet is its ability to inhibit the growth and metastasis of cancerous cells. There have been numerous studies done in recent years on guava’s effects primarily on prostate cancer, breast cancer, and oral cancers. Guava leaf oil is extremely successful as an anti-proliferative substance, and has actually been shown to be more effective than some leading modern medicines in reducing cancerous growth.

Guavas are a good source for copper, which is an important part of regulating thyroid metabolism by helping to control hormone production and absorption

Acid or Alkaline: Alkaline

Significant Nutrients: Vitamin C, potassium, sulfur, chlorine, copper, fiber and phosphorus.

Phytoestrogen? No.

How to Use: Comes with either pink or white flesh, they are good in smoothies, juices or raw.

How to Grow: Since guava is tropical it grows mostly in the U.S. commercially in Hawaii, Puerto Rico, and Florida.

 

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HOME REMEDIES: Hangover Cures.

We all overdue it once in a while, but you can ease your suffering from a New Year's hangover a bit.

Water: Drink plenty of water the next day. Alcohol dehydrates your body and water will help a great deal with the headaches and body aches.

B Vitamins: Alcohol destroys B vitamins and taking a B vitamin complex after a drinking binge will help a great deal with any body pain you may be experiencing from your nerves being excited due to lack of B vitamins.

Hair of the dog? NO. This is one rumor that does not help.

Food: While it may be difficult to have an appetite with a hangover, food will help you recover quicker, but stay away from caffeine as it will only dehydrate you further. Drink a vegetable smoothie if nothing else, but vegetables are good for removing toxins like alcohol quicker.

Sugar: Try to stay away from sugary foods, they will just make you feel worse.

Coffee? As mentioned above, not a good idea.

Electrolytes: Replenish them. Due to the dehydrating effect of alcohol, you may be low on sodium and potassium especially, but calcium and magnesium may help as well.

 

HERBS:

How to use herbs for maximum benefit. Short and sweet descriptions and uses written by our on-staff Nutritional Herbalist. Always remember that herbs should be treated as a medicine. Almost all of our modern-day medicines are derived from chemical compounds found in herbs and plants. If you have not used a particular herb before, try a half dose at first to make sure you do not have an unfavorable reaction to it.

Gotu Kola Centella asiatica 

Medicinal Properties: There has been talk in the herbal and scientific community that this herb may be of some benefit to Multiple Sclerosis sufferers, to date, this has not been proven yet. Gotu Kola does have a balancing effect on the nervous system, increases the production of blood vessels to the extremities and connective tissues thereby improving circulation. It has been used to treat varicose veins, night cramps, nerve disorders and senility.

How to Use: Weak tea of 1 tsp dried leaves with 1 C water 1-2 times daily for no more than a week at a time, capsules, extracts. Use some caution with this herb.

Parts Used: Whole plant, leaves.

Warnings: Overdose may cause stupor, headaches and interfere with blood sugar levels.

Some Herb Basics: Most herbs work better on an empty stomach. A few exceptions are garlic, goldenseal and cayenne due to stomach upset. Herbs work in a cumulative fashion meaning they are not a "one dose wonder." They need to build up in the system a little, usually within 2-3 doses, before any real affect can be noticed. Fresh herbs always work better than old herbs and science is always proving the fact that a whole herb usually is more effective than one isolated compound of that herb.

 

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