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Wednesday, March 6, 2019

Green detox smoothie

With the NewYear,the word detox is all over.
I am going to be giving you 3 different detox smoothies.
Let's get started,
I am not going to give you proportions in exact amounts as it does not work that way.
We can use base as water or coconut water.
Next ,to the coconut water in the blender add 1/2 cup of blueberries,
Handful of cilantro and a handful of parsley.
Add 1/2 of a green apple
Add a tsf of chia seeds.
Add a cupful of baby greens packet that are sold in grocery stores.

Home made dressing

In the previous blog,I had used soy sauce but if allergic,one can use Tamari.
Maple syrup and lime juice can be used to make consistency thinner.
I have a good recipe for Tofu marinade!
The previous dressing we made that had Asian flair,marinate tofu in that and then add corn starch.
Tofu is ready to be pan fried.

Home made salad dressings

I hate to get into exact measurements as one cannot think independently of the taste.
This dressing has a Asian flavour.
Mix sesame oil,soy sauce,brown sugar,chilli garlic Sambal,almond butter 
Mix the above thoroughly and use as a dressing.
Add water if too thick or mix of lemon juice and water to make it thinner.

Sunday, February 10, 2019

Cannabis ( continued)

Delta9- tetrahydrocannabinol is the primary psychoactive constituent of cannabis and acts as agonists at both CB1 and CB 2 receptors.
It activates presynapticCB1 receptors decreasing cyclic AMP synthesis with downstream functional effects resulting in reduced neurotransmission.
Clinically the effects observed are impaired learning,memory,spatial orientation and attention during cannabis intoxication.
Delta 9 THC can cause tachycardia,low BP,dry mouth and dry eyes.
It's use does not result in respiratory depression observed with benzodiazepine or opioids administration as CB 1 receptors are not found in medullary respiratory centres.
Delta9 THC exhibits both analgesic and anti inflammatory properties.

CannabidiolCBD lacks the intoxicating properties or the high of THC.
It demonstrates weak affinity for CB1 and CB2 receptors.CBD may have indirect effects at CB1 receptors but not with CB 2.
CBD has ANticonvulsant,anti anxiety,anti inflammatory and heuroprotective properties.
The presence of CBD product in Cannabis is believed to moderate or counteract psychosis inducing effects of THC.
Other names of mine phytocannabinoids are,
Cannabigerol has antibacterial properties.
Tetrahydrocannabivarin has antiepileptic effects.
Synthetic Cannabinoids
Dronabinol,identical to THC 
Na lions,a THC analogue
These have been used for nausea,vomitting,appetite stimulation,pain,spasticity.

Recreational use of illegally synthesised cannabinoid receptor agonists are sold in the market as Black Mamba,crazy clown,K-2,spice
These agents of abuse are associated with psychosis,agitation,vomitting and death.
List of conditions for which medical cannabis is used are,
1.Alzeimers
2. ALS
3.cachexia
4.cancer
5.Crohns disease
6.seizures and epilepsy
7. Glaucoma
8. HepatitisC
9.AIDS
10.MS to reduce spasticity
11. Chronic pain
12.Nausea
13. PTSD
I want to thank Mayo clinic for educating us with authentic information about medical cannabis.

Cannabis

Cannabis is classified as Medical or Recreational.
Now we will discuss about Medical Cannabis or Medical marihuana.
It is a group of pharmacological agents derived from subspecies of flowering plant genus cannabis .
It is used with intent of alleviating a symptom or a condition.
Medical Cannabis can be delivered in a variety of ways e.g inhaled,swallowed,topical application to skin or bu cal mucosa.
DEA calls it Schedule1 drug.
Currently 30 states and District of Columbia have programs authorizing cannabis use for medical conditions.
As Cannabis is illegal under federal law,clinicians cannot prescribe it and pharmacies cannot dispense it.
States require clinicians to be registered to certify patients for cannabis use.
Clinicians who certify are protected against federal legal repercussions.
Some states require clinicians to have ongoing relationship with patients as needing history and physicals on these patients.
Cannabis is supplied to patients through state licensed dispensaries.
These are for profit centers selling any prep or production compliance with state law.
However we do not know quality as this is not regulated by FDA.
Most states allow access to dried flowers or whole plant cannabis.
None of this is covered by insurance.
Endocannabinoid system
Cannabis interacts with endocannabinoid system.
The endocannabinoid system is a network of receptors that send signals.
The type 1 cannabinoid receptor CB1 is highly expressed in the central nervous system concentrated in prefrontal cortex,basal ganglia,hippocampus,amYgdala,hypothalamus and cerebellum.
Retro synaptic gammaaminobutyric acid signaling generates the neuropsychiatric effects of cannabis.
CB1 receptors are also found in smooth muscle,myocardium,adipocytes,preganglionic symathetic neurons integrated with autonomic and endocrine systems.
The type2 cannabinoid receptorCB2 is expressed in peripheral blood mononuclear cells,macrophages,
 B cells and natural killer cells.CB2 receptors are also present in myocardium,vascular endothelium and
smooth muscle.
Our body synthesises endocannabinoid molecules and they are,
1.N- Arachidonoylethanolamine (AEA or Anandamide)
2.  2-arachidonoylglycerol
Both of these are agonists at CB1 and CB2 receptors.
Phytocannabinoids
These are naturally occurring molecules with affinity for cannabinoid receptors.Over 100 photo cannabinoid pd have been isolated from cannabis.
Concentrations of these cannabinoids in cannabis depend on cannabis strain and horticultural techniques.

Saturday, February 2, 2019

Eat to beat disease

I wanted to share an important information with you all.
We all eat bread.However it is found that sourdough bread has more benefits than others and is a good choice.
It has been determined by studies that Lactobacillus reuteri the bacteria used for culture has important 
health benefits in improving immunity,signalling gut brain axis to release oxytocin which is a bonding or socializing hormone.
It also helps weight loss,suppress tumor development,speed up wound healing.
Vow! Eat your choice of bread and reap the benefits.



Friday, December 28, 2018

Indigestion

All indigestion is not food related.It could be secondary to low acid or secondary to low digestive enzymes.
If bloating,gas,indigestion happens within 30 to 45 minutes of eating it is probably secondary to low acid and Betaine treatment would be a good idea.
If bloating,gas and indigestion happen after 45 minutes then it is a good idea to treat with digestive enzymes first.
Signs and symptoms of low gastric acidity are,
Bloating
Belching
Burning and flatulence right after eating.
Multiple food allergies.
Itching around rectum
Cracked fingernails.
Dilated blood vessels in cheeks and nose.
Chronic candida infections.
The optimal pH of stomach is 1.5 to 2.5
Antacids and acid blockers increase it to 3.5.
This increase of ph blocks action of pepsin,an enzyme used in digestion of protein.
The stomach acid activates pepsin and helps digestion of protein and encourages flow of bile and pancreatic enzymes.
Acid also helps in absorption of folate,B12,ascorbic acid,beta carotene,iron,zinc,magnesium.
How do we dose Betaine?
Start with one pill with each meal.
Increase by one more tablet each meal,i.e if one tablet does not cause any problems with first meal ,
Then next meal you can increase to 2 tablets and the following meal to 4 tablets till you reach 7 tablets
Or you feel a warmth in the chest.
Then reduce the Betaine dose by one tablet.
Cut down the number of pills once you regain the capacity to produce acid.
The digestive enzymes are best taken before meals
Please note,Probiotics do not digest food.