Herbal Tahini Dressing

Since I first started the Facebook group, I have longed for there to be a sense of community and support around diet changes.  The last thing I want is for it to come off as though any single person has all of the answers, myself included.  It is so important we recognize we are not alone in this and that we ALL learn from each other. Because of our community, I was able to meet an incredible mom that is navigating the balancing act of healing and cooking nourishing meals, all while making her family and faith a [...]

Herbal Tahini Dressing2020-10-02T11:29:31-04:00

Lowering Glutamate | Cistus

Our family LOVES to hike and can be found wandering in the woods during most of the summer.  After a bullseye rash and Lyme scare a few years ago, I started incorporating the herb Cistus prior to hiking as it is known to repel ticks.  This mild and sweet-tasting herb was an easy addition to our herbal teas but wasn’t until recently that I discovered the true benefits of this incredible herb. Sardinian Cistus Incanus has a long list of healing properties, but is most well known for its anti-bacterial, anti-mold, anti-viral (Lyme, herpes, EBV, HIV, etc) properties [...]

Lowering Glutamate | Cistus2020-10-06T14:40:57-04:00

Herbal Gomasio

This has become our favorite go-to seasoning and a fantastic way to incorporate in a few additional herbs.  We most commonly use this on top of salads with a little olive oil and lemon or to season meat, vegetables, eggs and so on.  The best part of all, is that it is a great way to sneak in some of those beneficial and much needed herbs!  This recipe is easy to make and is made to last.  Ingredients 3 tbsp White Sesame Seeds 3 tbsp Black Sesame Seeds 1 tbsp Himalayan Salt 2 tsp Garlic Granules 2 tsp Milk Thistle [...]

Herbal Gomasio2020-10-02T12:33:17-04:00

Anti-Aging Face Oil

I’ve often struggled with dry skin and have always on the hunt for good moisturizing products. Unfortunately, the best products are often crazy expensive and contain a ton of unwanted ingredients, specifically those free containing glutamate.  I always get a little worried about using those products, not only because of my own health, but more specifically because of any reactions they may cause my son from kissing my face.  Because of this, I set off to make my own nourishing and anti-aging moisturizer.  I will add a drop or two of this to my face before [...]

Anti-Aging Face Oil2019-09-25T13:00:51-04:00

Incorporating Herbs

Immune dysfunction due to underlying infections and imbalances is one of the most prominent reasons for elevated glutamate levels.  Herbs are used to help combat underlying infections, intestinal overgrowth, pathogens, calm microglial activation, and restore proper gut and neurological function. Many families start with culinary herbs, slowly work to incorporate healing herbal teas and build up from there (powders, tinctures, etc), based on their individual needs. We've personally found the most benefit from herbs by introducing one at a time, going low and slow (you don't want to continually induce the cell danger response), and ultimately incorporating/pulsing [...]

Incorporating Herbs2020-10-02T13:06:38-04:00

Lowering Glutamate | Milk Thistle

Milk Thistle (contains flavonoid, silymarin)– inhibits microglial activation. “Silymarin protects dopaminergic neurons against lipopolysaccharide-induced neurotoxicity by inhibiting microglia activation” .https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12473078 "In conclusion, it was conducted that there were toxic effects of MSG on male rabbits through increase the damage in the liver and Kidney and oxidative stress through elevation in ALT, AST enzymes, creatinine and cholesterol. Also, with adding Silymarin daily in a dose of (1.2mg/100g BW) showed ameliorative Impact of (Silymarin) on Monosodium Glutamate Toxicity" HEMATOLOGICAL STUDY OF SILYMARIN ON MONOSODIUM GLUTAMATE TOXICITY IN RABBITS http://www.plantarchives.org/SPL%20ISSUE%2020-2/1__1-6_.pdf OTHER BENEFITS Anti-inflammatory Antioxidant Can help with glutathione production Improves [...]

Lowering Glutamate | Milk Thistle2020-07-28T09:21:47-04:00

Lowering Glutamate | Red Sage (Dan Shen)

Red Sage/Dan Shen– Red sage aka dan shen, inhibits glutamate release. “These results show that tanshinone IIA inhibits glutamate release from cortical synaptosomes in rats through the suppression of presynaptic voltage-dependent Ca(2+) entry and MEK signaling cascade” https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23542145 Why Is This Important? Glutamate is also the most abundant neurotransmitter, responsible for regulating over 50% of the nervous system. It is classified as an excitatory neurotransmitter, which means it excites or stimulates nerve cells located throughout the nervous system. Glutamate also has the ability to regulate other neurotransmitters, dopamine, serotonin and GABA are great examples. When [...]

Lowering Glutamate | Red Sage (Dan Shen)2019-06-23T10:39:11-04:00

Condiments, Herbs & Spices

I feel like I need to include every sort of disclaimer here because these foods are not perfect and I am sure many will find reasons to criticize them. However, I will absolutely admit how hard it can be to switch your family to a whole food based diet when coming from the standard American diet. While theses foods are not ideal and can be very inflammatory due to poor quality oils, sugar, non-organic, high in x,y,z etc. they may help reduce free glutamate exposure or are slightly cleaner options when switching to a whole food [...]

Condiments, Herbs & Spices2019-09-27T12:37:33-04:00

Lowering Glutamate | Lion’s Mane

Lion’s Mane– Reduces neuronal excitability from glutamate “Extract suppressed the excitation of neurons caused by L-glutamic acid application. The assumption is made that the H. erinaceus extract contains substances that may activate receptors that cause an inhibition of spike activity. The inhibitory effect of extract was not induced by GABA and serotonin receptor activation or activation of M- and N-cholinoreceptors. Inhibition of spike activity was caused by hyperpolarization of the neuronal membrane during extract application.” http://www.dl.begellhouse.com/journals/708ae68d64b17c52,0d49dda96a2a7147,504922782f5fa5ea.html Why Is This Important? Glutamate is also the most abundant neurotransmitter, responsible for regulating over 50% of the nervous [...]

Lowering Glutamate | Lion’s Mane2019-05-05T08:29:13-04:00

Lowering Glutamate | Licorice Root (Glycyrrhizin)

Licorice Root (Glycyrrhizin) high in Carbenoxolone – inhibits glutamate release from microglia! “Liquiritigenin effectively reduced glutamate-induced early apoptosis through inhibition of Ca(2+) influx, intracellular reactive oxygen species (ROS) production, and lipid peroxidation.” https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24012889  “These observations suggest that glycyrrhizic acid may be of therapeutic value for the prevention of cerebral damage elicited by the glutamate.” http://europepmc.org/abstract/med/16952351 Thus, blockade of glutamate release from activated microglia with CBX or DON may be an effective therapeutic strategy against neurodegeneration in MS. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19212100  Why Is This Important? Glutamate is also the most abundant neurotransmitter, responsible for regulating over 50% of the nervous [...]

Lowering Glutamate | Licorice Root (Glycyrrhizin)2019-05-05T08:05:20-04:00
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