Celiac disease is a malabsorption syndrome and chronic digestive disorder. The intestine is not able to absorb vital dietary nutrients from foods containing gliadin, an alcohol-soluble portion of gluten. This condition which is often hereditary means the sufferer has a serious intolerance to wheat (including durum, semolina and spelt), rye, oats, barley, and related grain hybrids such as tritaclae and kamut.

Arthritis refers to inflammation of the joint. The most common form of arthritis is osteoarthritis which is characterised by joint degeneration and loss of cartilage. Rheumatoid arthritis is a type of inflammatory arthritis which is also an autoimmune disorder. In this case the body's immune system attacks its own cartilage and tissue surrounding the joints.

Some detoxification experts advocate fasting, while others do not. It is known that the components of any well-designed detox program will stimulate the body to cleanse itself, but people who are underweight, are undernourished, have weak hearts, have blood sugar issues or are ill should avoid fasting. Some studies have shown that restricting food intake can actually lead to bingeing.

Hemorrhoids are extremely common in industrialised countries and it is estimated that fifty percent of persons over fifty years of age have symptoms of hemorrhoidal disease. Although most people may begin to develop hemorrhoids in the twenties, the symptoms do not become evident normally until in ones thirties!


Hangover Cures

Alcohol is a diuretic, which means it forces fluids out of the body.When this happens, you lose lots of potassium - which you need to keep the body fluids balanced. Bananas are an excellent source of this mineral (just one will provide half the recommended daily dose) and a traditional Chinese remedy for hangovers is to boil them, in their skins, to make a tea from the liquid. Bananas also replenish lost magnesium, which helps control blood sugar levels that are wiped out by booze.

Vitamin C will make you feel better too - and again, bananas are a good source. The flesh is sweet and will help rebalance the body’s blood sugar levels.

Sooth yourself yourself with a gentle cup of peppermint tea (this is antispasmodic and will settle your stomach.) Another good remedy is ginger tea.

A few drops of a herb called goldenseal, dissolved in juice or water, will then destroy the mucous and fermentation in the stomach that, if left unchecked, will irritate the gut and make you feel nauseous.

Simple Standbys

A sugar cube soaked in painkilling and mind-numbing clove oil, which you suck on.

Lavender honey - take a teaspoon every half hour, through the night. The honey will keep blood sugar levels up; lavender is an excellent all round healing herb and responds to the body’s needs at any particular time. It can ease nausea, headaches and indigestion and works to counter the depressive activity of alcohol.

Gentian bitters can quell nausea and dandelion, which is a rich source of potassium, will help re-regulate the body’s fluids.

Dandelion Leaves - rich source of minerals, especially potassium to re-regulate fluids. Make a tea or eat as a salad.

Fresh sprig of parsley - chew on this to freshen the breath and soothe the digestion.

Drink lots of pure water to replenish and help with dehydration.

If you really need to sober up fast, make a tea from the fresh or dried peel of a grapefruit. It is loaded with vitamin C and also contains phenolics, which help the body produce its own detoxifying compounds.

Before You Party

Take steps to reduce your hangover before you go out by taking a natural remedy called Kudzu. Used by Chinese healers to suppress alcohol cravings, it contains two phytochemicals, daidzin and daidzen, which will eliminate the worst symptoms, including the nausea, headache, and sickness.

Milk Thistle herb is a great liver protector