An update…

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So, as promised I am writing this to catch you all up on my study progress and as it happens, 7 weeks in and I can honestly say that this is the best stuff I have ever learned and possibly something that I feel all humans should have more general knowledge about.

I have also since changed my direction from Naturopathy to Nutritional Medicine.  The more I learn about the chemical reactions that occur in our bodies, the more respect I have for the importance of food and nutrition. It has become very clear to me that the saying “a way to person’s heart is through his/her stomach” may not necessarily be too far from the truth. What ever you put in that mouth of yours is a catalyst for an enormous succession of chemical reactions in that most amazing body of yours.

Just months ago, if someone had of told me that they could cure all that ails me with food and or specific supplementation I would have scriley nodded in disbelief, however as the weeks go by, I am positively more and more excited about the knowledge that I am ingesting, pardon the pun :-)

I will aim to post not only my opinions in coming months but (as my Critical Enquiry and Chemistry lecturer Mr MickyG will be very happy to read) also links (when possible) and references to published books, and peer reviewed research journals and articles. As we should all know too well by now, the internet is an amazing place to find information, HOWEVER, all information should be considered bullshit until proven otherwise or as Mr MickyG would say “Anecdotal until proven Valid”. Either way you say it, it still means the same, with references to published work YOU can then check the information yourself and feel confident with your new found knowledge.

I hope to not only share my own knowledge with you, but hopefully to inspire you to take charge of your own quest for knowledge in relation to taking care of your body and understanding what is really going on inside you. We all have this responsibility, and where our bodies are concerned ignorance is definitely NOT BLISS.

Whether you believe in reincarnation or not, in this present moment you have this ONE LIFE & this ONE CHANCE. Just to be alive is the most amazing gift and one that we all must never take for granted, for even before the moment of conception our existence has been one of the most fundamentally wondrous, bewildering and spectacular universal events and I for one want to keep on experiencing all that this life has to offer for as long as I can!

Jade

What your poo says about your health!

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South Park Deluxe Talking Mr. Hankey 8-Inch Figure

The state of your poo quality and quantity of, is a great indicator of the inner health of your body. The gastrointestinal tract processes and metabolizes nutrients and eliminates all of the body’s waste so it is fairly safe to say “what you find deposited on the outside is a true reflection of what is occurring on the inside”. In good health, it takes approximately 45 hours for your body to complete the food processing and waste cycle.

Bristol Stool Chart

There are seven types of stools according to the Bristol Stool Chart. The Bristol Stool Chart or Bristol Stool Scale is a medical aid designed to classify faeces into seven groups.

The type of stool or faeces depends on the time it spends in the colon. After you pass faeces, what you see in the toilet bowl is basically the result of your diet, fluids, medications and lifestyle. You can use the Bristol Stool Chart to check what your stools are telling you.

The Bristol Stool Chart shows seven categories of stool. Every person will have different bowel habits, but the important thing is that your stools are soft and easy to pass – like types 3 and 4 below.

  • Type 1–2 indicate constipation
  • Type 3–4 are ideal stools as they are easier to pass, and
  • Type 5–7 may indicate diarrhea and urgency.

Bristol stool chart showing 7 types of stools

Constipation

Constipation occurs when waste lingers in the gastrointestinal tract for longer than the required 45 hours and fluid is thus reabsorbed leading for a very dry and hard poo. There are many causes of constipation including gastrointestinal flora imbalance, medications, hormone imbalance, stress, food allergies, dehydration, low dietary fiber, poor nutrition, increased protein. Symptoms of constipation include headaches, irritability, bloating, rectal problems such as piles, fissures, hemorrhoids and in severe long term cases can lead to colorectal cancer.

Diarrhea

The pancreas, salivary glands and pancreas all secret a combined 8 liters of fluid in an effort to assist the digestive process. In a healthy body these fluids are then reabsorbed however, if the food processing system has not been done at an increased speed, the body does not have enough time to complete the absorption process and as such diarrhea occurs. Diarrhea can be caused by bacterial and viral infections, food poisoning, high dietary fiber, stress, medications, food allergies, poor nutrition, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Coeliac disease, gastrointestinal flora imbalance and intestinal parasites, just to name a few. Symptoms can include dehydration, abdominal cramping, weight loss, anemia, tooth decay, hair loss, headaches and lethargy with long term effects once again leading to severe health issues such as colonrectal cancer.

Pencil thin: Could be an indicator of hemorrhoids or polyps in the colon or even colonrectal cancer. Seek medical advice.

Pale/Grey: Could indicate liver or pancreatic issues. Seek medical advice.

Bright red/blood streaks: Could indicate hemorrhoids, anal fissures or in severe cases colonrectal cancers. Seek medical advice.

Dark/black: Could indicate bleeding in the stomach or esophagus. Seek medical advice.

Yellow/clay/floats: Could indicate fat and nutrient malabsorption issues. Seek medical advice.

Basically, the long and short of it is, as a general rule you should always make the time to take a quick “peek-a-poo” when ever you go. Our bodies are amazing and we only have one each!
Reference:
The Bristol Stool Chart was developed by K. W. Heaton and S. J. Lewis at the University of Bristol and first published in the Scandinavian Journal of Gastroenterology in 1997.Heaton, K W & Lewis, S J 1997, ‘Stool form scale as a useful guide to intestinal transit time’. Scandinavian Journal of Gastroenterology, vol.32, no.9, pp.920 – 924. Retrieved on 2/3/2007.

http://healthyliving.msn.com/health-wellness/what-your-bowel-movements-are-telling-you-about-your-health-1

http://www.gutsense.org/constipation/danger.html

http://www.digestivesplus.com/diarrhea.html

http://www.entertainmentearth.com/item_archive/items/South_Park_Deluxe_Talking_Mr_Hankey_8Inch_Figure.asp

The Eco Houseboat

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schwimmhaus modern houseboat 1 Schwimmhaus the Modern House BoatIt has always been a dream of mine to live in my very own houseboat. Here are some cool links. Take a look!

http://www.ecofloatinghomes.com/floating_homes.html

http://www.aquashell.eu/kevell-green-floating-house/

http://www.treehugger.com/corporate-responsibility/eco-floating-house-is-serene-answer-to-real-estate-woes.html

http://www.floatingconcepts.co.uk/sustainable-development/sustainable_communities/eco_houses.html

ecofloatt2 Live on Water in this Eco Floating House

The Pallet House Project

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While searching through recycled pallet sites, I came across this. AMAZING!! Click on the link and watch to be inspired. In as little as 6 days a pallet house can be built using simple hand tools to provide refuges with a safe home in an incredibly over populated and uncertain environment. 

http://faircompanies.com/videos/view/recycled-pallet-house-diy-ikea-style-assembly-instructions/

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http://www.lemayonline.com/en/green/manifesto-house

D.I.Y Recycled Pallet Project Links

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http://www.1001pallets.com/

http://www.designrulz.com/product-design/2012/09/35-creative-ways-to-recycle-wooden-pallets/

http://www.pinterest.com/VintageBrocante/pallet-ideas-diy/

http://www.pinterest.com/wineinajug/passion-for-pallets/

http://palletfurnitureplans.com/

http://www.snappypixels.com/diy-ideas/106-used-pallet-projects-and-ideas/

http://theselfsufficientliving.com/uses-of-pallet-in-garden-and-home/

http://diypalletfurniture.net/pallet-houses/plans-to-construct-a-little-house-with-recycled-wooden-pallets/

http://www.architectureartdesigns.com/28-amazing-uses-for-old-pallets/

Step-by-step: How to create a Recycled Vertical Garden… No space required for fresh home grown produce!

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Get your recycle on with this cool little project!

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Tools

Hammer
Staple Gun
Garden Gloves
Sandpaper

Materials

1 Pallet (recycled)
3 extra timber slats
Roll of weedmat
3 1/2 bags of potting mix
60-70 pots of plants (edible plants are not appropriate)
Nails
Box of Staples
Tools
Hammer
Staple Gun
Garden Gloves
Sandpaper

Step One

Use an old pallet that is in good condition and sand down any rough areas on the pallet and secure any loose nails.

Attach the three extra timber slats to the back of the pallet.

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Step Two

Cut the weed mat to cover the back, sides and bottom of the pallet. Staple the weed mat to the pallet, starting at the top. Smooth the weed mat across the pallet and ensure it is kept taut at all times. Staples should be approximately 1-2 inches apart. (Keep the top and front uncovered as this is where the plants will go).

Step Three

Once the weed mat is firmly attached to the top, sides and bottom, flip the pallet over so the open side of the pallet is exposed. Move the pallet close to where it will eventually be secured to the wall.

Step Four

Place the first row of plants in the top of the pallet, placing them very tightly together. Fill the pallet with the potting mix, pushing it through the slats and compacting it in with your hands. Plant the remainder of the pallet by making a trench in the potting mix in each pallet row. Ensure plants are tightly fitted into each space, working your way up or down the pallet. (Please note edible plants are not appropriate for this project).

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Once you have finished, the plants should cover all openings in the pallet, allowing no room for soil to escape. Leave the pallet lying down for a week to allow roots to establish and hold soil in place.

Step Six

Move the pallet vertically into place and secure to the wall. WALLAH!!!!!

How to make Vegan Butterrrrrrrr…. and it is soooooo goooood!!!!

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vegan butter

In my search for recipes and ideas, I discovered this legend dude called Mattie. Not only did he post a recipe for what all vegans have been searching for in a buttery textured spread, but he also explained the process in technical terms to allow the reader to understand the hows and whys. Take a look and see for yourself   at http://www.veganbaking.net/recipes/fats/vegan-butters/vegan-butter