Country Health Wire
Your gallbladder is a small organ that is part of the human biliary system, which is involved with the production, storage and transportation of bile. It is a small pouch that is attached to the liver, nestled within an indentation. It’s about 7 to 10 centimeters long, and is oblong or pear-shaped. The gallbladder doesn’t make bile, it just stores what is not being used by the body. Bile is produced in the liver and is used to break up and digest fatty foods in the small intestines. After meals, the gallbladder is empty and flat, like a deflated balloon. Before a meal, the gallbladder is full of bile and about the sized of a small pear. In response to signals, the gallbladder squeezes stored bile into the small intestine through a series of tubes called ducts.
Keeping the gallbladder healthy is important for proper digestion and preventing conditions like gallstones, cholangitis, gallbladder cancer, gangrene and abscesses. Maintaining a healthy diet and weight go a long way in keeping it healthy. According to New Health Guide, foods that are particularly good for the gallbladder are:
High plant intake: fresh, fiber-rich fruit and vegetables like avocadoes, cranberries, berries, grapes, cucumbers and beets. Increasing the number of different fruits and vegetables help provide a broad range of nutrients to the body.
Lean protein: fats can add stress to the gallbladder so choosing the least fatty cuts like loins or “rounds”. Any type of fish, pork, lamb and skinless chicken, vegetable proteins are more lean which may help to relieve excess stress on the gallbladder.
Fiber: plays an important role in a healthy digestive system, in its various forms can help to keep a person feeling full longer, feed healthy bacteria in the gut, add bulk to the stool and help assist the body in toxin removal. Try breads and cereals that contain whole, various grains like oats, bran cereal and brown rice.
Other foods: polyunsaturated fats such as omega-3 keep the gallbladder healthy. These fats are commonly found in cold-water fish, nuts (walnuts, almonds and peanuts). Coffee and alcohol in moderation may reduce the risk of gallstones. Hydration is key so be sure to drink plenty of water. Calcium and Vitamin C also support a healthy gallbladder. If your eating plenty of dark leafy vegetables you’re getting enough Vitamin C.
Foods to avoid: Refined carbs like sugars, sweeteners, flour, refined grains and starches found in cookies, cakes, candy, chocolate, soft drinks, battered and fried foods seem to increase the chances of developing gallbladder disorders. Avoid or limit these foods as much as you can.
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EO #54 Palmarosa
The oil term “Indian” or “Turkish” geranium oil were the names that formally applied to Palmarosa oil. These names were popular back to the time when the oil was shipped from Bombay to ports of the Red Sea and transported partly by land to places such as Bulgaria where the oil was often used for the adulteration of rose oil. Palmarosa essential oil is fast becoming a firm favorite in essential oil therapy and aromatherapy, as it has excellent skin care properties and is also used to relieve stiff and sore muscles while calming the mind and uplifting and invigorating the spirits and clearing muddled thinking.
It is a wild growing, herbaceous green and straw-colored grass with long slender stems, terminal flowering tops and fragrant grassy leaves. It is harvested before the flowers appear and the highest yield is obtained when the grass is fully dried – about one week after it has been cut. It is extracted by steam distillation. Palmarosa oil has a sweet floral, with a hint of rose smell and is pale yellow in color with a nearly watery viscosity. The therapeutic properties of Palmarosa oil are antiseptic, antiviral, bactericide, cytophylactic, digestive, febrifuge and hydrating. Although essential oils blend well with one another, Palmarosa oil blends particularly well with geranium, bergamot, rosemary, lim and ylang-ylang.
Palmarosa oil calms the mind, yet has an uplifting effect, while clearing muddled thinking. It is used to counter physical and nervous exhaustion, stress-related problems and nervousness. It cools the body of fever, may help in aiding the digestive system, helping to clear intestinal infection, digestive atonia and anorexia nervosa. It is also effective in relieving sore, stiff muscles. It helps to moisturize the skin, while balancing the hydration levels and stimulating cell regeneration. It balances production of sebum, to keep the skin supple and elastic and is valuable for use with acne, dermatitis, preventing scarring, rejuvenating and regenerating the skin, as well as fighting minor skin infections, sore tired feet and athlete’s foot. It is also often used as an ingredient of soaps, perfumes and cosmetics and is also used in the flavoring of tobacco.
Palmarosa oil can be used in several ways. The following are just a few: vapor therapy, blended in a massage oil or lotion, or diluted in bath water. Place a few drops into an oil diffuser to help breathe away stress and fatigue. When used in water to wash a wound, it may help clear up infections and prevent scarring. When included in creams and lotions, it is great help to fight wrinkles. On a cellular level, it helps with the formation of new tissue.
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