Monday, May 5, 2014

Thoughtful Food

      Food for headaches, brain function, and nervous system relief/health.

      I thought this was a great title for an article that deals with foods that may help headaches and overall brain/nervous system functioning.  I chose to start with food because often times our bodies will tell us when we don't have enough of an essential vitamin, mineral, or nutrient.  Sometimes we just don't know what it is that we need.  To make this easier for all of us I decided to go through the Earthway Dietary Guidelines and start writing articles that group these vitamins, minerals, and nutrients by what ever ailment we might suffer from.  I thought this would be a good idea because it would make it easier to see if you have a headache (for example) what your body might be telling you that you need to eat.  It does have the ability to heal itself with the proper building blocks so why wouldn't it tell us what those building blocks are?  Any way I thought of doing it this way to because each of the magnetic seasons of the Anasazi's belief system has different physical ailments for each season.  I thought this would make it easier to link everything together so that it doesn't look like my energy and thoughts are scattered in so many different directions.  I show my dot connecting through the links in my articles so that you may see how it is all relevant.

       I must say this first before I go any further.  I am in no way a doctor or physician so when in doubt do please consult your physician.   If your doctor has told you to decrease something because of renal issues or heart issues or something else do not increase it because of this article.  I am not a doctor!

      If you have headaches your body may be telling you that you need more: B vitamins, Vitamin D, Vitamin E, Folic Acid, Pantothenic Acid, Biotin, Para-aminobenzoic acid (PABA), Choline, Magnesium, Phosphorus, Potassium, or Iodine.  All of the foods in the table below have one or more of these nutrients.  Many of them have most of these nutrients.  I do not intend on going into exact amounts of vitamins of each food source (you can look up the Daily Values many places including the USDA's website).  I just wanted to see what we could all consume more of to help our headaches.  On that note you may have been consuming the "daily intake value" of these vitamins with out realizing that many things can decrease the amount of the nutrients your body uses.  Many of these nutrients are decreased by use of: alcohol, coffee, tobacco, stress, fever, sugar, and a variety of pharmaceuticals.  I'm not going to tell you to stop using said items just be aware of how they affect your nutrition and compensate for it for better health.  I know some of those things take a real battle with addiction to get rid of.  Below the table you will find each nutrient's use relevant to headaches/brain/nerves, all the deficiency symptoms listed, what it works best with and what decreases it's effectiveness.  So if you are anyone who drinks coffee or alcohol, smokes, or takes prescription drugs you may want to have a look at this detailed list so you know what to increase if you do not want to stop drinking/smoking/taking those things and this includes BIRTH CONTROL while trying to get rid of your headaches.  I'm not preaching I'm guilty of a couple of those things just suggesting you add something good to help :) !

      Also you could be having a headache simply from the magnetic influence of Mars according to  Anasazi tradition.  Even though we are not in the month of March as I am writing this, Mars is part of a major astrological influence called the Cardinal Grand Cross right now.  We just went through alignment 5 of 7 and many people are definitely feeling it's effects.  So maybe this will help ease the tensions/headaches caused by the alignments too.

      Regardless of the reason if you have headaches find some foods in this table that you like and start eating more of them.  If your curious about something new you never heard of before try it!  I know there are some things in this table that I have never heard of before and am curious about.  So don't be surprised if in the future you start seeing random weirdly named food articles start popping up.  LOL  I know some of these are listed in multiple categories…I am going by the recommendations in the book Earthway by Mary Summer Rain.  Since I have never heard of some of these before I would need to do some more research into  what category they scientifically go into.  I think the current category goes mainly off of how they are used.

      Cereal, Flour & Breads
      Dairy
      Fruits
      Meats
      Amaranth
      American cheese
      Agave
      Chicken
      Amaranth bread
      Blue cheese
      Apples
      Duck
      Amaranth flour
      Butter
      Apricots
      Fowl
      Arrowhead flour
      Buttermilk
      Avocados
      Goose
      Arrowhead porridge
      Cheddar cheese
      Bananas
      Poultry
      Banana bread
      Cheese sauces
      Barberry
      Turkey
      Barley
      Cottage cheese
      Blackberries

      Bran flake cereal
      Cow's milk
      Blueberries

      Breadroot flour
      Cream
      Boysenberries

      Brewer's yeast
      Cream Cheese
      Cantaloupe

      Bromegrass meal
      Custard
      Cherries

      Brown rice
      Eggnog
      Chokecherries

      Buckwheat
      Egg yolk
      Dates

      Buckwheat flour
      Goat's milk
      Elderberries

      Burdock flour
      Honey
      Feverbush

      Corn flake cereal
      Ice cream
      Figs

      Cornmeal
      Parmesan cheese
      Gooseberries

      Farina
      Skim milk
      Grapefruit

      Fireweed
      Sour cream
      Grapes

      Fireweed flour
      Swiss cheese
      Jams/jellies

      Horsetail flour
      Yogurt
      Juniper

      Mesquite meal

      Kinnikinnick

      Oat flake cereal

      Lemons

      Oatmeal

      Molasses

      Pinon

      Nectarines

      Pinon Flour

      Oranges

      Pumpernickel bread

      Papaya

      Reindeer moss flour

      Peaches

      Raisin bran cereal

      Pears

      Raisin bread

      Persimmons

      Rice cereal

      Pineapples

      Rice flake cereal

      Prickly pear

      Rye flour/bread

       Prunes

      Shepherd's purse

      Raisins

      Soy flour

      Raspberries

      Wheat bran

      Saguaro cactus

      Wheat bran cereal

      Serviceberries

      Wheat flake cereal

      Solomon's seal

      Wheat flour

      Strawberries

      Wheat germ

      Tangerines

      Wild Rice

      Watermelon

      Whole wheat bread

      Wintergreen


      Nuts & Seeds
      Seafood
      Vegetables
      Agave
      Clams
      Adder's-tongue
      Almonds
      Cod
      Agave
      Amaranth
      Crabmeat
      Amaranth
      Barley
      Fish liver oils
      Angelica
      Blue cohosh
      Flounder
      Arrowhead
      Brazil nuts
      Haddock
      Asparagus
      Bromegrass
      Halibut
      Bean sprouts
      Bulrush
       Kelp
      Beets
      Butternuts
      Lobster
      Bergamot
      Cashews
      Mackerel
      Blue cohosh
      Chestnuts
      Oysters
      Borage
      Hazelnuts
      Perch
      Breadroot
      Hickory
      Red snapper
      Broccoli
      Horsetail
      Salmon
      Bromegrass
      Hyssop
      Sardines
      Brussels sprouts
      Mesquite
      Shrimp
      Bulrush
      Peanuts
      Smelt
      Burdock root
      Pecans
      Swordfish
      Cabbage
      Pinon
      Trout
      Calamus
      Pistachios
      Tuna
      Carrot
      Prickly Pear

      Cattail
      Pumpkin

      Cauliflower
      Purslane

      Celery
      Sesame

      Chickpeas
      Shepherd's purse

      Chickweed
      Sunflower

      Collard greens
      Walnuts

      Coltsfoot
      Water lily

      Corn
      White oak

      Cucumber


      Dandelion/greens


      Dewberry


      Eggplant


      Endive


      Feverbush


      Fireweed




      Green peppers


      Hemlock


      Horsetail


      Hyssop


      Kidney beans


      Kinnikinnick


      Lamb's-quarter


      Leeks


      Lentils


      Lettuce


      Lima Beans


      Meadow fern


      Mesquite


      Milkweed


      Miner's lettuce


      Mushrooms


      Mustard greens


      Navy Beans


      Nettle


      Okra


      Onions


      Parsley


      Parsnips


      Peas


      Peppers


      Plantain


      Potatoes


      Pumpkin


      Purslane


      Reindeer moss


      Rhubarb


      Saguaro cactus


      Salsify


      Sassafras


      Sauerkraut


      Shepherd's purse


      Sorrel


      Soybeans


      Spinach


      Spring beauty


      Squash


      Squawberry vine


      Sweet potatoes


      Tomatoes


      Tumbleweed


      Turnip greens


      Watercress


      White cedar


      Wild garlic


      Wild leek


      Wild lettuce


      Wild onions


      Yampa


      Yellow beans


      Yerba santa


      Yucca



    1. Vitamin B Complex  regulates proper metabolism and nervous system functioning. 
    2. Vitamins that make up the Vitamin B complex are:
      • B1-thiamine :
        • Insulates the nerves
        • Improves brain functioning
        • Increases learning capacity
        • Deficiency symptoms:
          • Impaired growth of children
          • Weakness
          • Exhaustion
          • Loss of appetite
          • Numbness in hands and/or feet
          • Nervousness
          • Shortness of breath constipation
          • Cardiac dysfunctions
          • Depression
          • Forgetfulness
        • Best with:
          • Manganese
          • Vitamins B complex
          • Vitamin C
          • Vitamin E
        • Decreased by:
          • Alcohol
          • Coffee
          • Fever
          • Tobacco
          • Stress
          • surgery
      • B2-riboflavin
        • Essential for enzymes to function properly providing adequate oxygen to all cells
      • B3-niacin
        • Insulates the nerves
        • Deficiency symptoms:
          • Dermatitis
          • Muscle soreness/cramping
          • Exhaustion
          • Insomnia
          • Indigestion
          • Mental disturbances
          • Mouth sores
          • Loss of appetite
          • Skin dryness
        • Best with:
          • Phosphorus
          • Vitamin B1
          • Vitamin C
        • Decreased by:
          • Alcohol
          • Coffee
          • Excessive sugars/starches
          • antibiotics
      • B6-pyridoxine
        • Essential for proper use of vitamin B12, potassium, and sodium.
      • B12-cyanocobalamin
        • Important for nervous systems
        • Essential for the use of iron
        • Deficient signs:
          • Poor appetite
          • Nervousness
          • Anemia
          • General tiredness
          • Leg weakness
          • Speaking difficulties
          • Brain damage
        • Best with:
          • Potassium
          • Vitamin B6
          • Vitamin C
        • Decreased by:
          • Alcohol
          • Coffee
          • Laxatives
          • Tobacco
          • Contraceptive pills
      • B13-orotic acid
      • B15-pangamic acid
      • B17-laetrile
      • Biotin
        • Aids use of:
          • Protein
          • Vitamin B12
          • Folic acid
          • Pantothenic acid
        • Deficient signs:
          • Loss of appetite
          • Exhaustion
          • Muscle aches
          • Dermatitis
          • Insomnia
          • Depression
          • Poor skin color
        • Best with:
          • Folic acid
          • Pantothenic acid
          • Vitamin B12
          • Vitamin C
      • Choline
        • Insulates the nerves
        • Aids transmission of nerve impulses
        • Maintains thymus gland
        • Deficient signs:
          • Cirrhosis of the liver
          • Fatty liver deposits
          • Bleeding stomach ulcers
          • Hemorrhaging of the kidneys
          • Hig blood pressure
          • Hardening of the arteries
        • Best with:
          • Inositol
          • Vitamin A
          • Vitamin B12
        • Decreased by:
          • Alcohol
          • Coffee
          • Sugars
      • Folic acid
        • Formation of nucleic acid (normal cell growth and reproduction)
          • Deficient signs:
            • Gastrointestinal disorders
            • Poor assimilation
            • Anemia
            • Learning disabilities
            • Retarded growth
            • Graying hair
          • Best with:
            • Biotin
            • Pantothenic acid
            • Vitamin B12
            • Vitamin C
          • Decreased by:
            • Alcohol
            • Coffee
            • Stress
            • Tobacco
            • Sulfa drugs
            • Streptomycin
      • Inositol
      • PABA-para-aminobenzoic acid
        • Helps produce folic acid
        • Deficient signs:
          • Digestive disorders
          • Chronic headaches
          • Depression
          • Exhaustion
          • Anemia
          • Nervousness
        • Best with:
          • Folic acid
          • Vitamin C
          • Decreased by:
          • Alcohol
          • Coffee
          • Sulfa drugs
      • Pantothenic acid
        • Stimulates the adrenal gland's hormone production for healthy nerves
        • Deficient signs
          • Hair loss
          • Dry skin
          • Itching skin
          • Kidney problems
          • Vomiting
          • Low blood sugar
          • Respiratory infections
          • Depression
          • Ulcers
          • Constipation
          • Fatigue
        • Best with:
          • Folic acid
          • Vitamin B6
          • Vitamin B12
          • Vitamin C
        • Decreased by
          • Alcohol
          • Baking soda
          • Coffee
          • Vinegar
        • Too much?
          • Kidney disorders
          • Heart failure
          • Liver failure
          • Nausea
          • Vomiting
    3. Symptoms of deficiency include:
      • Irritability
      • Depression
      • Hair loss
      • Acne
      • Poor appetite
      • Exhaustion
      • Insomnia
      • Dry skin
      • Constipation
      • Anemia
    4. Vitamin B-complex can be reduced by the following things:
      • Alcohol
      • Coffee
      • Contraceptive pills
      • Stress
      • Excessive sugar
      • Sleeping medication
      • Prescriptions containing sulfa

    5. Vitamin D:
      • Maintains a healthy nervous system
      • Aids in the functioning of the thyroid gland
      • Deficient symptoms:
        • Rickets in children
        • Loss of energy
        • Phosphorus retention within the kidneys
        • Myopia
        • Diarrhea
        • Nervousness
        • Poor metabolism
        • Diabetes
        • Poor tooth formation
      • Best with:
        • Calcium
        • Phosphorus
        • Vitamin A
        • Vitamin C
      • Decreased by
        • Mineral oil
      • Too much?
        • Nausea
        • Vomiting
        • Dizziness
        • Loss of appetite
        • Frequent urination
        • Calcification of the blood vessels and heart tissue
        • Anorexia

    6. Vitamin E (tocopherol)
      • Maintains  healthy nerves
      • Protects adrenal hormones
      • Protects pituitary hormones
      • Prevents edema
      • Deficient signs:
        • Dull hair
        • Impotency
        • Miscarriages
        • Heart disease
        • Enlarged prostate
        • Kidney damage
        • Liver damage
        • Gastrointestinal dysfunctions
        • Infant anemia
        • Male sterility
        • Cancer
      • Best with:
        • Manganese
        • Phosphorus
        • Selenium
        • Vitamin A
        • Vitamin B
        • Vitamin C
      • Decreased by:
        • Contraceptive pills
        • Chlorine
        • Mineral oils
      • Too much?
        • Can complicate existing heart problems and increase high blood pressure.

    7. Magnesium
      • Effective nerve insulator
      • Deficiency symptoms:
        • Heart disease
        • Calcification of the blood vessels
        • Kidney stones
        • Nervousness
        • Loss of muscular control
        • Vascular blood clots
      • Best with:
        • Proteins
        • Calcium
        • Phosphorus
        • Vitamin C
        • Vitamin D
      • Decreased by:
        • Alcohol
      • Too much?
        • Stroke
        • Brittle bones
        • Epileptic seizure
        • Cardiac disturbances
        • Respiratory failure

    8. Phosphorus
      • Maintains nerve responses
      • Glandular regulation of hormones
      • Deficient signs:
        • Arthritis
        • Bone/teeth malformation
        • Gum disease
        • Exhaustion
        • Obesity
        • Loss of appetite
        • Nervousness
        • Excitability
        • Breathing difficulties
      • Best with:
        • Calcium
        • Iron
        • Manganese
        • Vitamin A
        • Vitamin D
      • Decreased by:
        • Excessive sugar intake
        • Aluminum cookware
        • Excessive ingestion of iron and magnesium
      • Too much?
        • Renal failure

    9. Potassium:
      • Nerve insulation
      • Deficient signs:
        • Constipation
        • Cardiac arrest
        • Nervousness/excitability
        • Insomnia
        • Slowed heart rate
        • Digestive dysfunctions
        • General weakness
        • Dry skin
      • Best with:
        • Sodium
      • Decreased by:
        • Alcohol
        • Coffee
        • Diuretics
        • Excessive sugars
        • Prolonged diarrhea
        • Excessive sweating
      • Too much?
        • Muscle paralysis
        • Cardiac disturbances

    10. Iodine
      • Regulates hormones from the thyroid gland
      • Deficient signs:
        • Dry and dull hair
        • Cold hands and feet
        • Nervousness/excitability
        • Obesity
        • Mental retardation
        • Brittle nails
        • Heart palpitations
      • Decreased by:
        • Excessive ingestion of nuts
        • Also in iodized salt