Can Your Mental/Emotional Issues Be Changed Naturally?

5059505888_1bafff46a9In today’s world, we’re used to getting what we need in a quick fix.  Many people realize it takes more than one visit to the doctor and a bottle of pills to fix mental health issues.  Sometimes pills cause more problems than they solve, or make matters worse.  So, isn’t it good to know that nutrition and supplements can greatly help in ways that many doctors never mention?

  • People are starting to turn to nature for remedies. This is where the concept of holistic health and alternative medicine fits in.
  • Holistic medicine is the art and science of healing that addresses care of the whole person – body, mind, and spirit.”

For many of my clients  I recommend Vitamin D3, which can be great for stabilizing the mood.  I usually put my clients on 4,000 I.U. daily of Vitamin D3.  Its important to get a blood test though at your family doctor’s office to determine your level.  If your deficiency is very low, an actual doctor’s prescription for Vitamin D3 in a dose as high as 50,o00 i.u. is given for about a four week period before scaling back to the daily 4,000 i.u. dose.  Its amazing how just having a Vitamin D3 deficiency leads to depression and energy  loss.

  • An omega 3 supplement is integral in supporting mood disorders as well as many other issues in the body.  I suggest taking krill oil because of its ability to help improve mood, depression and ADHD,   A dose of 3,000 mg daily of Omega 3 is extremely useful.  If you don’t find Krill Oil in your local store, go with a formula of fish oil from Nordic waters where the mercury levels are so much lower.  Carlson Labs and Nordic Naturals make good formulas.
  • Other supplements that can improve mood are St. John’s Wort and vitamin B12. People with mild depression might find some relief with St. John’s Wort.
  • “L-Theanine, which isn’t commonly known, is found in green tea and can help with memory and mood  Also, medical grade peppermint oil can have the same mood stabilizing and concentration effects by rubbing a little bit in the hands and inhaling it.

If you have mental health issues, you should see a doctor or therapist first, and should find out how certain vitamins and herbs interact with any medication they might be on before trying additional supplements.  It’s also necessary to research brands and products, because many have low-grade ingredients that are ineffective.  That’s where enlisting the help of a holistic practitioner can really help, whether a holistic nutritionist or naturopathic  doctor.

I like to recommend 5HTP, a trigger for the production of serotonin, with the added bonus of improving sleep and B6 and L-Theanine can also have a positive impact on anxiety and calm the body.  There are even a few good over the counter health food store formula combinations that work extremely well to help you feel calm or for use at night to get a more restful sleep.   For people who suffer from insomnia, a supplement of magnesium asporotate at bedtime can help them fall asleep and relax muscles.

Vitamin B12 is important for people with energy loss/depression, although it is best taken in a shot or patch.  If you can’t get it from a natural health doctor, there are brands of capsules at the health food store which can be recommended

Although many benefit from holistic health supplements, there are others who haven’t reaped the benefits and who are skeptical of the whole movement.  Some suggest holistic health treatments haven’t been researched enough to prove any true benefits.

Whether you decide to seek the support of supplements or not is up to you.  I have never heard of anyone having an adverse reaction or side effects to the right kind of supplements.  Its really a chance worth taking if you are worried about pharmaceutical meds.  That being said, if you have a more serious problem such as bi-polar disorder, other serious psychological disturbances-  or severe depression that inhibits you from having a productive life, medicines are an absolute must! 

  • I also highly recommend you go off sugar completely unless it comes only from natural fruit.  In many people, sugar changes brain chemicals that aggravate depression.
  • Vigorous exercise daily has also shown to be highly effective in helping eliminate depression.  Studies have shown it to be as useful as anti-depressant meds if you exercise each day for 20-30 minutes to  work up a sweat.  It stimulates the brain to make serotonin (the happy brain chemical) to put you in a much better mood.

One thing that is for sure is that our environmental toxins from foods, water and air are causing a lot more mental disorders than have ever been seen before.  Do your best to take care of yourself, eating as healthfully as possible and reading labels.  You have to be your own health detective most of the time!

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Fluoride in Your Bottled Water? There Shouldn’t Be!

5813844358_e5e26b0651_mThe following companies add fluoride to their bottled drinking water in the U.S.:

Alhambra

Arrowhead

Belmont Springs

Crystal Rock

Crystal Springs

Deer Park

Diamond Springs

Hinkley Springs

Ice Mountain

Kandiyohi

Kentwood Springs

Mayer Bros.

Mount Olympus

Nursery Water

Ozarka

Poland Spring

Pure Flo

Puritan Springs

Shenandoah

Sierra Springs

Sparkletts

Zephyrhills

Why should you be concerned if your water has fluoride in it?  Is it a problem?

Well, actually  it is a problem. 

Water fluoridation is the use of adding  fluoride chemicals to water for preventing tooth decay.  One of the little known facts about this practice is that the United States, which fluoridates over 70% of its water supplies, has more people drinking fluoridated water than the rest of the world combined.  Most developing nations, including all of Japan and  just about all of Europe, do not fluoridate their water!

In the United States, the Oral Health Division of the Centers Disease Control (CDC) calls fluoridation as one of the “top ten public health achievements of the 20th century.” However, comprehensive data from the World Health Organization reveals that there is no discernable difference in tooth decay between the minority of western nations that put  fluoride in their water, and the majority that do not.  Actually, the tooth decay rates in many non-fluoridated countries are now lower than the tooth decay rates in fluoridated ones.

As is becoming increasingly clear, fluoridating water supplies is an outdated, unnecessary, and dangerous relic from a 1950s public health culture that viewed mass distribution of chemicals much differently than scientists do today. The  few nations that still fluoridate their water should end the practice.

THREE REASONS TO END WATER FLUORIDATION

Reason #1: Fluoridation Is an Outdated Form of Mass Medication

Unlike all other water treatment processes, fluoridation does not treat the water itself, but the person consuming it. The Food & Drug Administration accepts that fluoride is a drug, not a nutrient, when used to prevent disease. By definition, therefore, fluoridating water is a form of medication. This is why most western European nations have rejected the practice — because, in their view, the public water supply is not an appropriate place to be adding drugs, particularly when fluoride is readily available for individual use in the form of toothpaste.

Reason #2: Fluoridation Is Unnecessary and Ineffective

The most obvious reason to end fluoridation is that it is now known that fluoride’s main benefit comes from topical contact with the teeth, not from ingestion!  Even the CDC’s Oral Health Division now acknowledges this.  There is simply no need, therefore, to swallow fluoride, whether in the water, toothpaste, or any other form. Further, despite early claims that fluoridated water would reduce cavities by 65%, modern long term studies show no consistent or meaningful difference in the cavity rates of fluoridated and non-fluoridated areas.

Reason #3: Fluoridation Is Not a Safe Practice

The most important reason to end fluoridation is that it is simply is not a safe practive, particularly for those who have health conditions that render them vulnerable to fluoride’s toxic effects.

First, there is no dispute that fluoridation is causing millions of children to develop dental fluorosis, a discoloration of the teeth that is caused by excessive fluoride intake. Scientists from the Centers for Disease Control have even acknowledged that fluoridation is causing “cosmetically objectionable” fluorosis on children’s front teeth–an effect that can cause children embarrassment and anxiety at an age when physical appearance is the single most important predictor of self-esteem.

Second, it is known that fluoridated water caused severe bone disease in dialysis patients up until the late 1970s (prior to dialysis units filtering fluoride). While dialysis units now filter out the fluoride, research shows that current fluoride exposures are still resulting in dangerously high bone fluoride levels in dialysis patients and patients with other advanced forms of kidney disease. It is unethical to compromise the health of some members in a population to obtain a purported benefit for another — particularly in the absence of these vulnerable members’ knowing consent.

And, finally, a growing body of evidence reasonably indicates that fluoridated water, in addition to other sources of daily fluoride exposure, can cause or contribute to a range of serious effects, including arthritis, damage to the developing  brain,  reduced thyroid function, and possibly osteosarcoma (bone cancer) in adolescent males.

Communities Are Starting to Get the Message

In recent years, communities throughout the United States and Canada have started to re-address the conventional wisdom of fluoridating their water.  Many of these communities, including over 50 since 2010, are reaching the obvious conclusion: when stripped of its endorsements, well-meaning intentions, and PR-praise, fluoridation simply makes no sense.

Europe reached this conclusion a long time ago. It is now time for the U.S. and other English-speaking nations to  follow suit.

 I personally make sure to buy non-fluoride toothpaste and avoid these bottled water brands all-together.  I recommend you go to the source of this article: fluoride action network/fluoridealert.org as well as Dr. Joseph Mercola to read the fascinating studies that have been conducted to substantiate the problems we can attribute to fluoride.

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Supplements – Natural or Synthetic?

Natural Whole Food Supplements

The definition of natural on a supplement label really only means that it exists somewhere in the world, whether ground or water, or in space.  When you read labels, look for the words “Whole Food”.  When you read on a label that something contains “Whole Food Vitamins”, it means that the vitamins are just as they are actually found in the whole food, un-tampered with in any way that would change their molecular structure, their biological or biochemical combinations, or their actions.  

 Vitamins_and_mineralsVitamins in their natural state always exist as living complexes with specific synergistic co-factors, enzymes, phytonutrients and organic mineral-activators; never as single isolated factors.  A vitamin needs all of its synergists to function, so anything that removes them, or isolates them, negates the vitamins ability to benefit you completely.  Also, there are literally hundreds of such synergists, most of which have not yet been studied, but are also very important.  This is why organic food sources are preferred, since they are more nutrient dense and don’t contain any pesticide residues.  

Crystalline

Crystalline means that a natural food has been treated with various chemicals, solvents, heat and distillations to reduce it down to one specific “pure” crystalline vitamin.  In this process, all of the synergists, which are termed “impurities,” are destroyed.  There is no longer anything natural in the action of crystalline “vitamins”:  They should more accurately be termed ‘drugs’.

“Synthetic” means that a chemist or other such qualified professional has tried to re-construct the exact structure of a crystalline molecule by chemically combining molecules from other sources.  The ‘other’ sources are not living foods, but actually made in a laboratory to copy a whole food. 

 Chemical colorings like Red #1, Blue #2, etc. as well as words that look like chemicals rather than food or vitamins, are the types of things to watch for on a label.

Synthetic

How to read a label

1. Look for the word “SYNTHETIC”

These terms also identify a “vitamin” -  acetate, bitarate, chloride, gluconate, hydrochloride, nifranate, succinate. 

If the label does not give you a source, presume that it is synthetic.  

2.  Check the dosage

Whole food supplements never come in high doses.  It is only possible to create high dose ‘vitamins’ by isolating one fraction of the vitamin complex (crystalline) or synthesis one fraction (synthetic).  

3. Check for fillers

Binders, fillers and agents are extra unnecessary ingredients that simply take up space and in some cases can induce allergic type reactions to the “vitamin”

High dosage doesn’t mean high potency

I recommend that you find a natural health professional who can help you to find the best supplements for your specific issues that will deliver the best health product for your budget and problem.  There are many good companies available at your local health food stores.  Your natural health professional can also get “pharmaceutical-grade” supplement products from manufacturers that uphold the best quality and ideals for professionals to purchase for their clients.

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What Your fingernails Say About Your Health

7085414379_536d985421_nYou might not pay much attention to your nails, unless you’re into manicures and pedicures or in the middle of dealing with a nail fungus problem. You should pay more attention to your fingernails on a regular basis, though, since they can give you clues to the state of your overall health. In fact, certain fingernail problems shouldn’t be ignored.

 Yellow Fingernails

If your fingernails have a yellowish appearance, it means that the nails are getting thicker but new nail growth has slowed down. This can indicate a fungal infection, but it could also be a sign of chronic bronchitis or another respiratory disease.

 Pitting

If you have a lot of tiny pits in your nails, this could be a symptom of a skin condition called psoriasis. Other signs of this condition are scaly spots on your skin. Pitted nails could also be a sign of a connective tissue disorder.

 Clubbing

When your fingernails become wider and curve around your fingertips, this is called nail clubbing. This can mean that you have low oxygen in your blood. Clubbing could also be a sign of lung disease, liver disease, cardiovascular disease or inflammatory bowel disease.

 Horizontal Lines

If your fingernails have horizontal lines across them, these are sometimes called Beau’s lines. These indentations could be a sign of diabetes, a zinc deficiency or pneumonia.

 Pale Fingernails

Light-colored fingernails can be a sign of anemia, which is caused by low iron levels. Other conditions associated with pale nails include diabetes and liver disease.

 Brittle Fingernails

Having nails that crack easily could indicate a thyroid problem. If you have low thyroid hormone levels, this can lead to brittle nails and hair.

 Don’t panic if your fingernails have any of these characteristics. It doesn’t mean that you automatically have the conditions associated with them. If you’re concerned, give your doctor a call and set up an appointment to have tests done. This is also a good reminder to check your fingernails regularly for any abnormalities.


The authorSandy Getzky is an associate editor atProveMyMeds, a public health and education startup focused on producing helpful resources concerning the treatment of common ailments.

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Leaky Gut Syndrome – What is It?

holding_stomachLeaky Gut Syndrome is a condition where the intestinal lining allows toxins, undigested food particles and even biological germs to become absorbed from the gut into the blood stream.  This will  trigger immune function reactions in the body that lead to inflammatory disease and many other physical symptoms that keep you feeling “yucky”.

How Do You Get Leaky Gut?

Since this condition is thought to be an inflammation of the intestinal lining, it can be a result of many things: low gastric acid, not having enough  digestive enzymes produced, chronic constipation, improper liver function, parasites, overuse of antibiotics without using probiotics afterwards, steroid use (even the type for pain), antacids, or other medications that even over-the-counter meds can cause that irritate the stomach.

What are some of the Sign and Symptoms I could have?

Usually if you have leaky gut, you may complain of a multitude of symptoms.  Just some of these are: gastrointestinal disturbance, joint pain, headaches, mood swings, memory loss, fatigue, muscle soreness, sinusitis, hair loss or even some skin lesions.  But when leaky gut is left untreated it can lead to:  lupus, fibromyalgia, rheumatoid arthritis, chronic fatigue syndrome, irritable bowel, Crohn’s Disease, eczema, or other auto-immune disease.

What Should You Do If you Suspect You Have Leaky Gut?

Many health professionals believe the following foods must be eliminated from the diet to allow the stomach lining to heal:  chocolate – dairy products – cured meat – alcohol – wheat – artificial sweeteners – caffeine and simple sugars. 

There are natural methods to reduce intestinal inflammation such as: DGL licorice, slippery elm bark and many other multi-ingredient formulas found in health food stores and advised by a natural health care professional.

In addition you may need a powerful digestive enzyme formula taken with meals, dietary fiber, products to help eradicate intestinal yeast; such as garlic, citrus seed extract or caprylic acid/oil of oregano.  Of course a good probiotic daily is essential for everyone no matter what your health issues dictate.

You can feel like you “changed your life” when you get this matter under control since it can cause so many health symptoms.  Although the foods to avoid are difficult to stop eating for most people’s liking, it is not permanent and only needs to be stringent for about 4-6 weeks.  If you re-introduce some of those foods back into your diet and notice you are not feeling well again, you will know that food has become an “intolerance” and needs to be avoided.                         

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Mineral Water Can Fight Alzheimer’s

6806266400_0016b46351_mAccording to articles by Max International Products and Shape Magazine, I was so surprised to find out this information regarding drinking bottled mineral water and its effects on Alzheimer’s and memory issues.

It seems that Alzheimer’s patients who drank about 34 ounces per day of a silicon-rich mineral water, were able to significantly reduce their aluminum levels in their blood.  Aluminum is known to be a direct possible cause to this cognitive disease.

  • During this study 15 of the Alzheimer’s patients drank mineral water daily for 12 weeks.  Of them, 8 showed no further deterioration in their cognitive abilities and 3 of those eight, actually showed clinically relevant cognitive improvement!  The test was done to to  see if Alzheimer’s would be prevented or reversed if aluminum was removed from the body.
  • Silicon which is  a mineral, removes aluminum which acts in the body as a neurotoxin and is a contributor to Alzheimer’s.  We are exposed to so much aluminum; from aluminum foil to aluminum cooking pots and pans to even the aluminum in our deodarants.

The bottled water brands that have nourishing silicon is Volvic and Fiji as well as Evian. 

Experts recommend drinking one liter a day as a natural aluminum cleanse for the average person who does not already have the disease, and more for the people who do.

  • Mayo Clinic has also shown studies that eating a diet high in carbs can have harm on the brain.
  • Seniors who were on a high carb diet were almost twice as likely to  have memory and thinking problems as compared to those with a very low carb intake.
  • Fat (healthy fats such as coconut and olive oils, avocado, nuts and seeds) in high levels- were actually found to have 42% less  impairment of cognitive functioning.  So go ahead and enjoy those healthy fats daily.
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Triclosan Dangers Lurking in Your Products?

ProbioticsAre you aware of the potential dangers of triclosan, the main chemical that makes up Purell and other hand purifiers?  If not, you should know that this antibacterial agent has been  linked to the following effects on human health:

* Abnormalities with the endocrine system, particularly with thyroid hormone signaling
* Weakening of the immune system
* Birth defects
* Uncontrolled cell growth
* Unhealthy weight loss

Even though triclosan is best known for being in many brands of antibacterial soap, it is also found in a wide variety of personal care and household products, too.  Its better to go back to old fashioned regular soap and water again.  According to BeyondPesticides.org, this ingredient is found in the following products as well:

Soaps:

* Dial brand Liquid Soap
* Softsoap brand Antibacterial Liquid Hand Soap
* Tea Tree Therapy™ Liquid Soap
* Provon brand Soap
* Clearasil® Daily Face Wash
* Dermatologica brand Skin Purifying Wipes
* Clean & Clear Foaming Facial Cleanser
* DermaKleen brand Antibacterial Lotion Soap
* Naturade Aloe Vera 80 brand Antibacterial Soap
* CVS Antibacterial Soap
* pHisoderm Antibacterial Skin Cleanser

ITS ALSO IN THESE DENTAL PRODUCTS:

* Colgate Total brand; Breeze Triclosan Mouthwash
* Reach Antibacterial Toothbrush
* Janina Diamond Whitening Toothpaste

Cosmetics:

* Supre  Café Bronzer* TotalSkinCare Makeup Kit
* Garden Botanika Powder Foundation
* Mavala Lip Base
* Jason Natural Cosmetics
* Blemish Cover Stick
* Movate Skin Litening Cream HQ
* Paul Mitchell Detangler Comb
* Revlon ColorStay LipSHINE Lipcolor Plus Gloss
* Dazzle

Deodorant:

* Old Spice High Endurance Stick Deodorant
* Right Guard Sport Deodorant
* Queen Helene Tea Trea Oil Deodorant and Aloe Deodorant
* Nature De France Le Stick Natural Stick Deodorant
* DeCleor Deodorant Stick
* Epoch Deodorant with Citrisomes
* X Air Maximum Strength Deodorant

Other Personal Care Products:

* Gillette Complete Skin Care MultiGel Aerosol Shave Gel
* Murad Acne Complex® Kit®
* Diabet-x Cream
* T.Taio sponges and wipes
* Aveeno Therapeutic Shave Gel

First Aid:

* SyDERMA Skin Protectant plus First Aid Antiseptic
* Solarcaine
* First Aid Medicated Spray;
Nexcare First Aid
* Skin Crack Care
* First Aid/Burn Cream
* HealWell Night Splint
* 11-1X1: Universal Cervical Collar with Microban

Kitchenware:

* Farberware Microban Steakknife Set and Cutting Boards
* Franklin Machine Products FMP Ice Cream Scoop SZ 20 Microban
* Hobart Semi-Automatic Slicer
* Chix Food Service Wipes with Microban
* Compact Web Foot® Wet Mop Heads

Computer Equipment:

* Fellowes Cordless Microban Keyboard and Microban Mouse Pad

Clothes:

* Merrell Shoes
* Sabatier Chef’s Apron
* Dickies Socks
* Fruit of the Loom Socks
* Biofresh Socks

Children’s Toys:

* Playskool :
o Stack ‘n Scoop Whale
o Rockin’ Radio
o Hourglass
o Sounds Around Driver
o Roll ‘n’ Rattle Ball
o Animal Sounds Phone
o Busy Beads Pal
o Pop ‘n’ Spin Top
o Lights ‘n’ Surprise Laptop

Other:

* Bionare Cool Mist Humidifier
* Microban All Weather Reinforced Hose
* Thomasville Furniture
* Deciguard AB Ear Plugs
* Bauer® 5000 Helmet
* Aquatic Whirlpools
* Miller Paint Interior Paint
* QVC Collapsible 40-Can Cooler
* Holmes Foot Buddy Foot Warmer
* Blue Mountain Wall Coverings
* California Paints
* EHC AMRail Escalator Handrails
* Dupont Air Filters
* Durelle Carpet Cushions
* Advanta One Laminate Floors
* San Luis Blankets
* J Cloth towels
* JERMEX mops

Source: BeyondPesticides.org and Dr.  Ben Kim

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Acid Reflux – Natural Relief!

7682255606_25c831513cIts really strange but true – you don’t have indigestion or acid reflux because you have too much acid in your stomach!  One very common reason is usually due to a hiatal hernia which is when the acid comes out of your stomach where it belongs, and doesn’t stay confined in there where it belongs.  The other reason is that hydrochloric acid which is a necessary part of your stomach’s digestive process, is actually reduced NOT PRODUCING ENOUGH OF IT!

So what causes these scenarios as described here?  You must restore your natural gastric balance and functioning.  Your proper gut flora will increase your absorption of food nutrients that you consume by as much as 50% when its working correctly.  So make sure you are consuming enough good bacteria thereby aiding in proper digestion and assimilation of the food.

Eating fermented foods such as: Natto; Kefir (a fermented milk) or yogurt made from RAW milk are great ways to get better good bacteria – but really, how many people in the U.S. actually eat or drink those foods or actually want to?  Not to say that wouldn’t be wonderful, but realistically its not practical, so lets talk about what is practical…

  • Do you like cabbage or sauerkraut?  If so, those are great choices for increasing healthy stomach acid production, thereby increasing digestion ability;
  • Astaxanthin – Take this powerful antioxidant which was also found to reduce symptoms of acid reflux in patients when compared to a placebo, by taking it as a pill form as a daily dose of 40 mg.  Astaxanthin has so many purposes it helps the body with too, which you can research and see for yourself;
  • Vitamin B6, Vitamin B12, Glutathione and Betaine HCL are also great supplements to add in.  These were all found to be superior to the drugs like those types in Nexium when used in treatment of GERD;  Take 100 mg. daily of Vitamin B6, drops form of Vitamin B12 under the tongue rather than pill; and Glutathione caps can be purchased through me made by Max International, Betaine HCL is found in the health food stores following bottle directions;
  • Ginger has been found to have a protective effect by blocking acid especially the kind where imbalance causes ulcers.  Natural ginger root is the best choice.
  • Don’t forget to drink MORE water!  Drink at least l/2 of your body weight in water ounces each day.  That means if you weigh 150 pounds- l/2 of that is 75 – so drink 75 ounces of water.
  • Cutting down on eating CARBS is very important and that even means whole grains too.  Grains are acid producing, so the more flour based products you eat, the more acid is produced.  Eat rather: Quinoa, Sweet Potatoe, and Amaranth.
  • ACID REFLUX DRUGS that are very effective in BLOCKING your stomach’s own ability to produce stomach acid are actually quite harmful when used long term like Prilosec, Nexium or Prevacid.  They should only be used in limited quantity if you have a bleeding ulcer or severe stomach acid where an endoscopy has confirmed actual damage to the esophagus already.

So, in conclusion, if you hare having symptoms of GERD or acid indigestion, I would recommend you also do the following:

  • Eliminate certain food triggers – Completely eliminate caffeine of any kind except green tea; eliminate alcohol and nicotene;
  • Increase your stomach acid production of the right kind by also changing your salt type that you put in your food by using Himalayan Salt (Trader Joes has it) which will provide you with the chloride your body needs to make this correct acid amount and also contains 80 trace minerals that your body needs for biochemical optimal balancing;
  • Eat as many unprocessed foods as possible that would be comprised of fresh veggies (organic) to increase fiber;
  • Vitamin D (2000 I.U. daily) helps production of antimicrobial peptides to help eradicate any infections you could have in the intestines;
  • Consume a twice daily (if you have severe symptoms or regular symptoms) probiotic supplement, preferably the type that must be refrigerated to ensure adequate purity and strength in numbers of healthy bacteria in the capsule;
  • Take 2 Food Enzyme caps before each meal (any health food store has them) to help assimilate the nutrients in your food to breakdown the food enzymes the best they can be for digestion;
  • Eat slowly and chew food until it feels like liquid in your mouth to further break down the enzymes for better digestion;
  • Stay as relaxed as possible especially when eating, as stress will heighten the muscle tension thereby disturbing the digestive process as well.

I have often used organic apple cider vinegar mixed in a very small glass of water after meals (2-3 tsp.) which is very helpful for balancing the acid pH in the stomach.

I know that was a lot of information to “digest” when it comes to digestion, but you will really reap the benefits even into older age if you can follow as much of this as possible.

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Apple Cider Vinegar – So Many Uses!

I have been asked to repeat an earlier article regarding all the ways to use Apple Cider Vinegar because its really wonderful!

  If you are feeling exhausted after a workout, add a couple of tablespoons of this vinegar to a glass apple cider vinegarof water.  It contains potassium and enzymes and the amino acids can act as an antidote to the buildup of lactic acid in your system.

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  • To whiten your teeth: Gargle in the morning with apple cider vinegar.  It will help to remove stains and whiten your teeth as well as kill the bacteria in your mouth.
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  • For an upset stomach:  Sip a few tablespoons of it with water.  If your problem is from a bacteria, the antibiotics in the vinegar will help.
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  • A teaspoon of apple cider vinegar can stop your hiccups immediately.
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  • Before eating foods that you know could upset your stomach later, add 1 teaspoon of it with 1 teaspoon of honey to a glass of warm water and drink it about l/2 hour before you eat.
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  • For leg cramps that wake you up at night:  add 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar and a little honey to a glass of warm water before bed in addition to a Magnesium supplement one hour before bedtime.
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  • Drinking one teaspoon of apple cider vinegar in a glass of water can help to drain your sinuses when stuffy.
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  • If you start to feel a sore throat coming on: gargle with l/4 cup of apple cider vinegar and l/4 cup of warm water every hour.  The acidic environment it creates will kill most germs.
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  • If you have heartburn:  mix 1 tablespoon vinegar in 4-5 oz. of water and drink.  It will neutralize your stomach acid levels to bring back the right acid balance you need to digest properly.

If you have Fibromyalgia, shoulder stiffness or pain in your feet from tendon issues, Apple Cider Vinegar can help to relieve these issues as well.

  • If you are eating a lot of carbs at one meal like a pasta meal or a lot of bread, mix 1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar in 4 oz. of water after the meal and it will help the sugar absorption of the carbs so as not to spike your insulin levels as much.

I recommend you buy organic apple cider vinegar at any health market.

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Vitamins’ Usefulness

After the most recent national news story regarding the effectiveness of taking vitamin supplements, I felt a little enraged.  I would like to clear up some facts with regard to that story to anyone who has ever questioned this topic before.Vitamins_and_minerals

  • The “traditional” medical and pharmaceutical industry has always been stonewalled regarding anything natural in the way of vitamins, supplements and herbs.  The main reason is the lack of medical school training of the average physician in these areas as well as the huge money-making empire that has become our country’s pharmaceutical system.
  • If everyone was preventing disease and sickness using natural means of supplements and herbs, the pharma industry would not be as busy or making as much money, right?  The government lobbying and other “powers that be” in the pharma industry are so strong, that even scientists or doctors who believe they could prevent or cure cancer in a more “natural” way,  are found out about and completely shut down.  After all, if there were some chance we did not have to use a $500.00/per pill drug to fight cancer, then where would they be???

An interview with Anderson Cooper on CNN with Dr. Travis Stork and Dr. Sanjay Gupta argued that taking multi vitamins are probably somewhat useless and that the use of other types of supplements which are not regulated by the FDA could even be dangerous, if taken incorrectly or without actually needing it.  They also contend that eating a healthy balanced diet is the best way to maintain good health without the need of supplements unless you are suffering from a particular physical ailment in which your physician has recommended a supplement for that problem.

The Linus Pauling Institute said this regarding all the ridiculous “hoopla”, and I  agree:

“While a well-balanced diet is the best way to get all of one’s essential nutrients, the reality is that Americans don’t get enough of them through diet alone. From the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) we know that the large majority of the US population is not “well-nourished” and falls short of getting all of their vitamins and minerals from their diet in levels recommended by the Institute of Medicine’s Food and Nutrition Board.    For example, more than 93% of US adults 19 years and older do not meet dietary intake recommendations (called Estimated Average Requirement, or EAR) of vitamins D and E, 61% for magnesium, about 50% for vitamin A and calcium, and 43% for vitamin C.  Other studies have shown that people who take a daily multivitamin/mineral (MVM) supplement with the recommended doses of most vitamins and minerals can fill most of these nutritional gaps safely and at very low cost – a year’s supply of a high-quality MVM can be purchased for less than a nickel a day.

In contrast, only a very small, non-significant fraction (0.1%) of US adults exceeds the Tolerable Upper Intake Level (UL) from diet and supplements combined for vitamin E (2), putting Guallar et al.’s claim that “vitamin E … supplements increase mortality” in perspective. Contrary to the impression that the authors give in their editorial (1), the US population is inadequate in many vitamins and minerals, a result of the energy-dense and nutrient-poor dietary pattern of Western populations, rather than over-consuming MVM and other dietary supplements.

The known biological functions of vitamins and nutritionally-essential minerals are to maintain normal cell function, metabolism, growth and development, through their roles as essential cofactors in hundreds of enzyme reactions and other biological processes  – not to prevent or treat chronic disease. Nevertheless, the largest and longest randomized controlled trial (RCT) of MVM supplements conducted to date, the Physicians’ Health Study II (PHS II), found a significant 8% reduction in total and epithelial cell cancer incidence in male physicians, and a 12% reduction in total cancer incidence excluding prostate cancer.  The PHS II also found a significant 9% reduction in the incidence of total cataract. These findings of PHS II are consistent with those of several other RCTs  and are even more impressive given the fact that the conventional RCT design is strongly biased against showing benefits of essential nutrients, in contrast to pharmaceutical drugs.

Therefore, taking a daily MVM supplement will not only help fill the known nutritional gaps in the average American diet, thereby assuring normal biological function and metabolism and supporting good health, but may also have the added benefit of reducing cancer and cataract risk – which no existing pharmaceutical drug can do. To call “the case … closed” and label MVM supplements as useless, harmful or wasteful is highly premature and unscientific, and does not serve public health”.

  • My advice is realize we live in a very unhealthy environment when it comes to pesticides on fruits, vegetables and grains – more so than in other countries.  So, of course that will wreak havoc on our organs.  Take common sense approaches, reading food labels and being aware of genetically modified food products as well.  Take supplements that your body needs and if you don’t know what they should be, consult a natural health professional/nutritionist/holistic doctor.
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