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Histamine

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Almost everyone has heard of anti-histamine, but do you know what histamine is? Histamine is a chemical neurotransmitter that is released by cells in response to injury and in allergic and inflammatory reactions. Histamine is synthesized from histidine (an amino acid) by an enzyme named histidine-decarboxylase (HDC). It is then either stored, used in activating a receptor, or… Read More

Pneumonia

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Understanding pneumonia is easier when you understand the respiratory system. Respiration is the process by which humans take in oxygen and remove carbon dioxide. The respiratory system is composed of the nasal passage, the pharynx, larynx, the trachea, bronchi and lungs. When you inhale air through your mouth or nose, your diaphragm tightens and moves… Read More

Fermented Foods and Fire Cider

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Fermented foods contain bacteria that are good for your gut. Our guts contain both ‘good’ and ‘bad’ bacteria, and consuming fermented foods adds health-supporting good bacteria to your gut. Eat raw sauerkraut, Kim Chee, and if appropriate for you plain yogurt or Keifer. Fire Cider is a drink you sip, especially in the cold-weather months… Read More

Vitamins and minerals

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Micronutrients Micro means small A micronutrient is a nutrient required by the body in small amounts, such as a vitamin or a mineral. “Four elements (oxygen, carbon, hydrogen, and nitrogen) account for 96% of living matter. About 50 of the known elements occur in measurable concentrations in the living systems. In humans and other mammals, 23 elements… Read More

The Confusion about Wheat

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Wheat is a cereal plant that has been consumed for over 8,500 years. Globally, wheat is grown in such diverse locations as Argentina, Russia, the Middle East, Asia and much of the United States. It is a major source of plant protein throughout the world, providing one-fifth of the world’s caloric intake.  In the United… Read More