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Leaky gut syndrome


Leaky gut is a condition where the intestinal walls has become compromised by inflammation or damaged by various factors including an imbalance of the intestinal flora leading to bacterial, fungal, parasitic, viral and yeast overgrowths in the guts. This then leads to more serious health issues if left untreated such as Alzheimer's disease, immune system disorders, nutrient deficiencies and Parkinon's disease. Read more


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Thursday 1st December at 13:21 (UK time)


The nutrients page on this website was becoming far too long and so each nutrient is now being dedicated its own page. A very long and laborious job that Google has imposed, to make websites more mobile friendly, but it does make sense and you can now find each nutrient or element the body uses, its functions and the highest natural sources as they get added here on the blog.



Monday 28th November at 13:24 (UK time)


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Arsenic is a heavy metal, with the atomic number of 33, that can be found as a contaminant in food and water sources. Shellfish and other seafood, as well as fruits, vegetables and rice; are the foods most commonly contaminated. Arsenic poisoning typically occurs as a result of industrial exposure, from contaminated wine or illegally distilled spirits. Read more




The benefits of barium for life processes in plants and animals is, as yet, unknown although it does act to stimulate the metabolism. Barium is a mineral with the atomic number 56, that is abundant in soils and dust and within the human body. Read more




Bicarbonate is a salt composed of sodium ions and bicarbonate ions and, because bicarbonate is alkaline (that means it has a pH greater than 7), has a gritty texture and gives off carbon dioxide when heated, it has many, many uses around the home. It can be used for everything from cleaning to deodorizing, tenderizing meat to leavening baked goods. It is also the most useful substance to reduce acidity in the body which can lead to many health disorders including dental decay and parasite infections. Read more




Bismuth is a heavy metal similar to lead and arsenic, but not nearly as toxic. It is a mineral, with the atomic number 83, that is found naturally in very small amounts in some foods and can be of help with gastrointestinal disorders. As a metal, bismuth was known in ancient times, but often confused with lead, tin and antimony. Bismuth is derived from the German language and means "white mass." It is a naturally occurring and stable heavy metal and about 86 percent as dense as lead, but much less toxic, which is why alloys of bismuth are now used as replacements for products that have traditionally been made from lead, such as buckshot. Read more


Resolving diabetes naturally


Diabetes (diabetes mellitus) is a group of metabolic diseases in which a person has high blood sugar, either because the pancreas does not produce enough insulin or because cells do not respond to the insulin that is produced. Diabetes type 2 is on the rise and often can be remedied naturally through the addition and elimination of certain foods in the diet. Nutrients are often deficient and need addressing but the normal practise is to prescribe Metformin and other drugs and the diet is never looked into in any great depth which is a sad fact when it can be both prevented and resolved so easily without the side-effects of the medications given to control blood sugar. Read more


Barley and barley grass health benefits


Barley is an ancient grain mentioned in the bible and first cultivated around 13.000 years ago. It is often overlooked by today's culinary trendsetters, yet it is one of the grains with the greatest health benefits and has a good flavour and is very versatile. Barley can be used as a breakfast cereal, in soups and stews and as a highly nutritious substitute for dishes such as risotto. It is a low-glycaemic grain, high in both soluble and insoluble fibre. It is a good source of vitamin B3 (niacin), has high concentrations of tocotrienols, the "super" form of vitamin E, selenium and provides lignans, which are phytochemicals that function as antioxidants. Read more


Sunday 27th November at 08:56 (UK time)


Gymnema sylvestra


Gymnema is a herb found in the tropical forests of India and Asia and its leaves have a historic use as a therapy for arthritis and diabetes and the Hindi name 'gurmar' means 'destroyer of sugar'. Gymnema contains substances that decrease the absorption of sugar from the intestine and increase the amount of insulin in the body. It also helps to increase the growth of cells in the pancreas which is where insulin is made. Read more


Oily and non-oily fish


All fish are high in first class proteins and, in some cases, a very rich source of healthy oils. White fish such as cod, have lean flesh with most of their fats and oils stored in the liver. By comparison, oily fish store most of their oil within the muscular flesh and contain far more of these healthy oils than non-oily fish. Consuming oily fish is a dietary requirement for optimum health as the fatty acids help to protect all tissues in the body including the brain. Read more


Saturday 26th November at 11:58 (UK time)


Hygiene, toxins and health


Due to the toxic soup humans live in today many health issues have arisen. Learn what toxins to avoid and why and how to make your own chemcial-free cosmetics and household cleaners. Read more


Pesticides and GM crops

There are many foods on which pesticide, herbicide and fungicide residues have been found. Therefore, individuals wanting to avoid pesticide-associated health risks should opt to purchase only organically grown fruits and vegetables. GM crops have also led to both human health and environmental issues. Read more


Thursday 24th November at 08:37 (UK time)




Allergies occur when the immune system reacts to a normally harmless substance. This can be through inhalation, ingestion or even skin contact. The result can be anything from mild discomfort to dangerous and even fatal reactions. Finding out the cause of the allergy is important, and may take an elimination process to do so. Read more


Gluten intolerance


Although wheat is a highly nutritious grain, many people do not realise that they are sensitive to its gluten content and could be suffering from non-coeliac gluten sensitivity or the less common coeliac disease. Gluten sensitivity is not the same as a wheat allergy, a far less common problem with symptoms like itching, nasal congestion, skin rash, swelling and tingling or burning of the mouth. The signs of gluten sensitivity often mimic those of coeliac disease as well as lactose intolerance or even Fodmaps (carbohydrate) intolerance. The reason wheat should be eliminated from the diet first, when trying to find out which food is causing reactions, is because it has three components which may cause problems. Read more


Milk intolerance


Having digestive issues with milk may not necessarily mean someone is lactose intolerant. It may be a reaction to an intolerance to the A1 protein found in most milk. Recent research has highlighted that for some people A1 protein can also trigger eczema. Read more


Tannin intolerance


Tannins are water-soluble polyphenols that are present in many plant foods and affect the nutritional value of foods or beverages because they bind to proteins. Some people develop an intolerance to tannins and this can cause health issues such as headaches and migraine, gastrointestinal and bowel irritation, kidney irritation and liver disorders. Read more


Wednesday 24th November at 06:24 (UK time)


Water retention


There are a number of causes for the body to retain fluid such as allergies, capillary dysfunction, heart disease, medications, nutrient deficiencies, physical inactivity, pregnancy, premenstrual water retention and thyroid  disorders. There are also many natural remedies to treat water retention (oedema) naturally without resorting to diuretic drugs that can cause many adverse side effects. Read more


Tuesday 23rd November at 07:19 (UK time)


Why water is so important


Water is the most abundant molecule on Earth. Approximately 70% of this planets surface is covered with water and it is the only substance that occurs naturally in a gas, liquid and solid (ice) form. Each water molecule is made of two hydrogen atoms and one oxygen atom and this is where its chemical symbol comes from H2O.

Water is one of the cheapest and healthiest fuels to consume and it's 100% fat free. The human body needs H2O because it is made up of 70% water, just like the planet Earth, and human beings should drink enough to keep the urine pale during the day. Read more




Aluminium is a mineral, with the atomic number of 13, that is abundant in the environment but its function in the human body is unknown as yet. Under very acidic conditions aluminium can be released from rocks and soils in a soluble form which can be absorbed by plants and animals. Some plants naturally accumulate relatively high amounts of aluminium compounds in their leaves, from the soil in which they grow. The amount of aluminium in the human body ranges between 50 and 150 mg with an average of about 65 mg. Most of this mineral is found in the brain, kidneys, liver, lungs and thyroid. The daily intake of aluminium may range from 10 -110 mg, but the body will eliminate most of this in the faeces and urine and some in the sweat. With decreased kidney function, more aluminium will be stored, particularly in the bones leading to further health issues. Read more

Monday 22nd November at 04:07 (UK time)


Acrylamide, the cancer causing health hazard


Acrylamide is a potentially toxic and potentially cancer causing substance that can be naturally present in uncooked, raw foods in very small amounts. But for this substance to pose a risk of toxicity or cancer, it must be present in foods in much larger amounts and these larger amounts do not occur unless those foods have been heat treated during processing or cooked. Read more


Sunday 21st November at 23:07 (UK time)


Vaccine dangers


Although some vaccines have proved to be very effective in eradicating some serious diseases such as polio, others have had little or no effect on the diseases they are supposed to be immunising against and many have led to serious side effects and in rare cases been fatal. Pharmaceutical companies that produce the vaccines often fail to disclose any negative tests results and rarely test for any the long-term effects before getting their products licensed for sale. Read more


Prescribed medication dangers


All doctors sign the Hippocratic Oath which states 'Do no harm' yet they now administer many harmful drugs and treat the symptoms and side-effects with yet more drugs rather than discover the root cause of many ailments. Quite often a healthy balanced diet and light exercise could be the answer but doctors have become accustomed to dishing out drugs and are encouraged and bribed to do so by the profit-hungry pharmaceutical companies and not given the time they need to spend investigating each individual's symptoms and signs. This does harm... Read more


Saturday 20th November at 08:39 (UK time)


Baby nutrition


Nutrition is vitally important during the first few years of an infant's life. Providing the correct balance of nutrients straight away will help to give the child a much longer and far healthier quality of life. It will also help to develop the brain and make learning easier which is so important in the now fast moving world. This article is all about the natural foods, remedies and hazards to avoid for babies and new mothers.

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Friday 18th November at 07:55 (UK time)


The andropause in men and menopause in women


Because the various glands in the body work in unison and rely upon each other, the reduction in levels of testosterone in men and oestrogen in women, causes an imbalance and affects other hormones released by the various glands in the body such as the adrenal, hypothalamus, pineal, pituitary, sebaceous, sweat and thyroid which in turn causes the symptoms  of the male andropause and female menopause in later life. There are many natural remedies and nutrients that can help to alleviate these uncomfortable symptoms. Read more


Thursday 17th November at 06:39 (UK time)


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Wisteria (Bolusanthus speciosus)

In studies, wisteria tree bark and stems have shown potent antimicrobial properties against Bacillus subtilis, Escherichia coli, Klebsiella pneumoniae, Neisseria gonorrhoeae and Staphylococcus aureus bacteria and the Candida albicans fungi due to its phenolic compounds.

Sour plum (Ximenia caffra, amatu nduluka, suurpruim, mtundakula, mpingi,tsvanzva, umThunduluka-obomvu)

In studies, the bark and stems of the sour plum have shown potent antimicrobial properties against Bacillus subtilis, Escherichia coli, Klebsiella pneumoniae, Neisseria gonorrhoeae and Staphylococcus aureus bacteria and the Candida albicans fungi due to its phenolic compounds and tannins.

Sunday 13th November at 15:15 (UK time)


Rough chaff


Rough chaff's has component that can combat various bacterial infections especially the Aeromonas hydrophila bacteria that can cause acute cholecystitis, bacteraemia and septicaemia, cellulitis,  eye infections, haemolytic syndrome, kidney disease, meningitis, osteomyelitis, peritonitis, pneumonia and respiratory tract infections, urinary tract infection, and wound and soft-tissue infections. Read more


Saturday 12th November at 20:48 (UK time)


Eyebright (Euphrasia officinalis)


Eye bright is a herb that belongs to the Figwort family and is so named because it has powerful antibacterial properties and nutrients that can help with many eye disorders including age-related macular degeneration, blepharitis (inflammation of the eyelids), bloodshot or strained eyes, cataracts, conjunctivitis (pink eye), ophthalmia (severe inflammation of the eye), styes and weeping eyes. It has also been found to be beneficial in treating allergies, sinusitis, respiratory conditions including bronchitis and colds and skin disorders such as acne and stretch marks, as well as a poor memory. Read more


Figwort (Scrophularia nodosa)


The botanical name for figwort, Scrophularia, is derived from its traditional use as a remedy for scrofula, a tuberculous infection of the lymph nodes in the neck. It is also known as carpenters square, escrophularia (Spanish), kernelwort, knoldbrunro (Danish), Knotige Braunwurz (German), knotted figwort, rosenoble, scrophula plant, scrophulaire noueuse (French), throatwort, woodland figwort and another related species Chinese figwort (Scrophularia ningpoensis). Read more


Tuesday 8th November at 19:28 (UK time)


Eye disorders


Many disorders of the eyes can be helped by consuming the right foods and nutrients the eye requires to function correctly. Nutrient deficiencies can lead to many different eye problems, especially in the elderly, including cataracts and age-related macular degeneration. Losing the eye sight can be one of the most debilitating and devastating experiences which is why it is important to know what foods and nutrients can protect against this. Read more


Monday 7th November at 17:43 (UK time)


Liver disorders


The liver is the father of all organs being the largest organ and having more jobs to do in the body than all other organs apart from the brain. It is located in the upper right-hand portion of the abdominal cavity, beneath the diaphragm and on top of the stomach, right kidney and intestines. It usually weighs about 1.3 kilograms (three pounds) and is responsible for processes which deal with substances that enter the body and substances that are filtered, stored and excreted. Any damage to the liver can cause serious complications if left untreated. There are many natural foods and nutrtients that the liver requires and that can help to heal and protect it. Read more


Pancreas disorders


The pancreas is a large gland behind the stomach and close to the duodenum; the first part of the small intestine. The pancreas secretes digestive juices, or enzymes, into the duodenum through a tube called the pancreatic duct. Pancreatic enzymes join with bile (the liquid produced in the liver and stored in the gallbladder) to digest food. The pancreas also releases the hormones insulin and glucagon into the bloodstream. These hormones help the body regulate the glucose it takes from food for energy. Malfunctioning of the pancreas can lead to diabetes and therefore it is important to provide it with the right natural foods and nutrients for protection and healing. Read more

Gallbladder disorders and gallstones


The gallbladder organ is a small pear-shaped muscular sack that acts as a storage tank for bile. The gallbladder stores the bile to have it available in larger quantities for secretion when a meal is eaten. The ingestion of food, and especially fats, cause the release of a hormone, cholecystokinin, which in turn signals the relaxation of the valve at the end of the common bile duct which lets the bile enter the small intestine. It also signals the contraction of the gallbladder which squirts the concentrated liquid bile into the small intestine where it helps with the emulsification or breakdown of fats in the meal. Gallbladder attacks can be both very painful and frightening but there are many natural medicinal foods that can manage gallbladder disease to help prevent both surgery and the discomfort of gallbladder colic and to eliminate gallstones. Read more


Alcohol dangers


Because the damage being caused to the body, by regular alcohol consumption, is a slow process and often due to nutrient deficiencies that do not manifest symptoms for a some time many people do not realise how dangerous alcohol can be and continue to drink blaming their health disorders on anything but their alcohol consumption. These nutrient deficiencies can eventually lead to various types of illnesses, infections, organ malfunctions and cancer. The damage caused to the liver and kidneys is of most concern as they are both vital organs that keep the rest of the body and the brain functioning correctly. They filter out the waste and toxins that can also lead to cancer if not eliminated. Regular abstinence from drinking alcohol can address the nutrient deficiencies as long as a healthy, nutritious diet is consumed and this in turn can help the body recover from any damage caused. Read more


Pennyroyal (Mentha pulegium, Hedeoma pulegiodes)


Although pennyroyal use to be used medicinally, to treat many ailments by ancient herbalists in the Middle Ages,  internal use of the oil from this plant can cause abortions, liver damage and it is a neurotoxin. Even a tea made from pennyroyal has been known to kill infants and dogs have died after licking their fur to which it has been applied. Consumption of pennyroyal can cause abdominal pain, dermatitis, increased blood pressure and pulse rate, lethargy, nausea and vomiting and should be avoided especially by pregnant women. Its only good use is as an insect and beetle repellent around food crops in the garden or home as a fresh plant rather than using the toxic essential oil. Read more


Couch grass (Elymus repens)


Couch grass is a very common perennial species of grass native to most of Europe, Asia, the Arctic biome, and northwest Africa and often considered a weed but has been used medicinally for thousands of years to treat many human health disorders especially those affecting the urinary system as it has a powerful antibiotic oil called agropyrene that can fight infections and dissolve bladder and kidney stones. Read more


Sunday 6th November at 10:28  (UK time)


Sepsis and septic shock


Sepsis, also referred to as blood poisoning or septicaemia, is a condition triggered by the presence of harmful microbes such as bacteria, fungi or viruses and their toxins in bodily tissues, typically through infection of a wound, that causes the immune system to attacks the body's own tissues whilst trying to fight off the infection and can lead to a reduction of blood supply to vital organs such as the brain, heart and kidneys which can be fatal. Read more


The Spleen


People without a properly functioning spleen are at great risk of developing infections especially those caused by encapsulated bacteria which are germs with an outer coating which protects them from the body's immune system. This can lead to serious complications including sepsis. Find out how to help the immune system fight off infections using natural plant food antibiotics. Read more




Rosacea is an inflammatory skin condition that causes facial redness and produces small, red, pus-filled pustules (bumps). Rosacea worsens with time if left untreated and is often mistaken for acne, eczema or an allergic reaction of some kind. There can be many causes for rosacea but there are also many different natural remedies which can be used both internally and externally that can help to treat it depending upon the cause. Read more


Saturday 5th November at 14:20  (UK time)


The Nature Cures November newsletter is all about thinning the blood, recognising and avoiding strokes and the food of the month is beetroot. To get yours every month email: health@naturecures.co.uk




Apples are truly an amazingly nutritious fruit that is very beneficial for protecting against and treating a myriad of health issues which is why the old saying, "An apple a day keeps the doctor away", was penned.


Friday 4th November at 12:42  (UK time)


Beetroot (Beta vulgaris, beets)


Beetroots and Swiss chard are very closely related and share the same botanical name and the green leaves of the beetroot can be cooked and eaten similarly to spinach and Swiss chard. Beetroots are typically red but there are also white and golden varieties. Beetroots are packed with nutrients that can help to protect against and treat a wide variety of common health disorders. They should definitely be considered as a highly beneficial addition to the daily diet. Read more


Thursday 3rd November at 05:09  (UK time)


Preventing a stroke naturally

Cerebrovascular accident is the medical term for a stroke and is caused by an interruption of blood supply to the brain. This can be caused by a blockage in the arteries from blood clots (ischemic stroke) or the leaking or rupture of a blood vessel (haemorrhagic stroke). Some people may experience only a temporary disruption of blood flow to their brain (transient ischemic attack). A stroke marks the termination of the operation of certain groups of brain cells and is the result of lack of oxygen or nutrients causing these brains cells to quickly die. There are many simple natural foods and medicinal herbs and spices that provide ways to thin the blood without the side effects of conventional blood thinners that often cause more health issues. Read more

Tuesday 1st November 2016 at 21:45  (UK time)

Dementia and Alzheimer's disease

Dementia is the word for a group of symptoms caused by disorders that affect the brain. It is not a specific disease. People with dementia may not be able to think well enough to do normal activities, such as getting dressed or eating. They may lose their ability to solve problems or control their emotions. Their personalities may change. They may become agitated or see things that are not there.

Though Alzheimer’s disease is the most common, many different diseases can cause dementia. Alzheimer’s disease is a neurological brain disorder named after a German physician, Alois Alzheimer, who first described it in 1906. Though there is no way to eliminate Alzheimer's disease, there are several home remedies that can prevent its onset and help to prevent infections and improve the sufferer's health. Read more


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