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New Year’s Resolutions to a Healthier Body & Mind

December 30, 2009

Instead of just making a resolution and not keeping it. This year make your resolutions specifically about getting more life to live. You can increase your life span live a life that is less stressful and more enjoyable by making a few simple changes in your everyday activities. Keep your mind focused on the positive aspects of change and stay committed.

Lose Weight
Obesity can lead to a reduced life expectancy and several health problems including diabetes, liver disease, breathing problems, heart disease and certain cancers. The human body is an incredible machine, it processes the food you eat and turns it in to energy which you use to do everything in your life. Without the vitamins and nutrients your body creates from food, you would not be able to sustain life at all.

The intake of food you consume should not be greater than the amount of energy you are expelling. If you have a sit down office job you should consume less carbohydrates and fatty foods as not to overload your body and make it work harder. Your metabolism speed determines how fast your body can digest the food you eat and turn it into vital nutrients. If you have a slow metabolism or are not exercising regularly, then your body will need to consume less food than someone who is exercising daily or someone who’s job is mostly physical labor. Try to only consume what you are using during the day and choose foods that are not high in fats and sugars.

Exercise More
Your body needs physical exercise to produce energy. Muscles need to be used or they have a tendency to stop working properly. Lack of exercise can lead to heart problems, arthritis, blood clots and several other illnesses. You need to keep your muscles motivated by using them regularly.

Walking, riding a bike, jogging, sports and weight training are all great ways to keep your muscles in shape. Some people say they don’t like exercise, those are usually the ones who DON’T EXERCISE! Exercise is addictive, once you start doing it, you can’t stop. It is extremely motivating and helps your body create extra energy. You can use this extra energy to do more things in life for yourself and those around you. Not to mention you will look better doing them.

Exercise your Brain
Your brain needs a workout in order to grow and continue development. Scientific studies have shown that continued learning can improve cognition skills including, mental focus and concentration, and help prevent memory loss. Taking a poetry class or going back to school can help reduce your risk for memory loss in the future. Keeping your brain busy now can lead to better brain health later in life.

Eat Healthier
You should eat less sugar and more brain food. You’ve heard the saying, “Sugar rots your brain”, it’s true. Health experts have been warning of the risks from eating too much sugar for years, but eating too much sugar, can actually cause brain cancer, diabetes and other serious illnesses.

Eat 4 – 6 small meals a day rather than 2 – 3 large meals. Eating smaller portions will help you eat less during each meal and will cause less stress on your organs. Using your organs more frequently will help boost your metabolism rate and eating less will mean your liver is not working overtime. Just keep your organs running don’t overload them and they will stay strong longer throughout your life. Give a little and get a lot back when it comes to your digestive system.

Get More Sleep
Everyone needs their sleep. Sleep is the magical reset button for your body and mind. When you sleep, you allow your brain to rest and refuel. Sleep helps you build up physical strength and energy for the next day. Without a healthy amount of sleep your brain will be less alert and your mood will sour as well. Adequate sleep will relieve stress, boost your immune defense, help you maintain a healthy weight, and much more. The benefits of Sleep go on and on.

Make more “ME” Time
We all have busy lives and schedules to keep, our to-do lists never end. There’s always 1 more thing to do, and if you don’t do it, it may not get done. Don’t let life’s responsibilities get in the way of you being able to enjoy a little time for yourself. Today is a great day to do something for yourself, even something small. Life was not meant to be all work and no play, you must create a good balance between the two.

Nature is beautiful and you should get out and enjoy it a much as possible. Vitamin D from the sun gives you energy and helps ward off illness. So even taking a nice walk, joining in a ball game, or going for a jog can help you have less sick days in the long run.

This year, think of what’s important in life and what you would like to do more of. What makes you happy? What do you go to work for? Life is short and you need to be able to enjoy it, as well as do your part to keep the world turning.

Detox your Body & Mind
Talking to a friend, soaking in the tub and meditation are all highly enjoyable and relaxing. These activities can also help you maintain a healthy sense of wellbeing both physically and emotionally. Friends make you happy and you laugh and feel good when you are in their company. This causes you to have a light heart and it wards off negativity which is one of the biggest life stressors.

Taking long baths allows your mind to be calm and the water helps quench your inner yearning for escape. Water is provided naturally by Mother Nature in order to cleanse and renew, it has an effect on both your body and mind when submerged.

Meditation gives you a time to reflect on what is on your mind. It also gives your body a release while your mind is experiencing calmness. Meditating can help you regenerate and renew your thoughts, giving you a fresh look on life and the situations you encounter. Your body needs your mind to relax in order to alleviate stress and ward off illness caused by life’s stressors.

Pomegranate – Natural Remedy for High Blood Pressure (Hypertension)

December 28, 2009

Pomegranate has quickly become one of the most talked about health foods in the past year. Preliminary evidence suggests that drinking concentrated pomegranate juice can reduce platelet aggregation, slow the buildup of cholesterol in your arteries and naturally lower blood pressure; factors that prevent both heart attacks and strokes.

Pomegranate juice is a rich source of phytochemical compounds, which have  proven to be beneficial to the heart and blood vessels. It not only lowers cholesterol, but can lower blood pressure and increase the speed at which heart blockages (atherosclerosis) melt away.

Pomegranate juice has more antioxidants than red wine, green tea, blueberries, and cranberries. Antioxidants can provide several heart-protecting benefits, including reducing low-density lipoprotein LDL, or bad cholesterol.

Pomegranates contain high levels of flavonoids and polyphenols, potent antioxidants offering protection against heart disease and cancer. Pomegranate juice is safe to drink, just make sure it’s pure pomegranate juice and not a mixture of juices that contains added sugar. The added sugar amounts to extra calories in the juice, which reduces its heart-health benefits.

Not only are pomegranates good for your heart and blood vessels but they have been shown to inhibit breast cancer, prostate cancer, colon cancer, leukemia and to prevent vascular changes that promote tumor growth in lab animals.

The pomegranate tree, Punica granatum, especially its fruit, possesses a vast medical history due to its phytochemical reservoir. The tree and its fruit can be divided into several parts: seeds, juice, peel, leaves, flowers, bark, and roots, each of which has interesting pharmacologic activity. Juice and peels, for example, possess potent antioxidant properties, while juice, peel and oil are all weakly estrogenic, of interest for the treatment of menopausal symptoms. The use of juice, peel and oil has also been shown to possess anticancer activities associated with the plant anti-inflammatory effects.

Pomegranate is the most powerful anti-oxidant of all fruits
It contains Potent anti-cancer and immune supporting effects
Pomegranate Discourages platelet aggregation that could cause heart attacks, strokes and embolic disease
Lowers cholesterol and other cardiac risk factors
Lowers blood pressure

Additional medicinal benefits of pomegranates:

Atherosclerosis – Due to its richness of flavonoids and antioxidant vitamins C and E, pomegranates prevent atherosclerosis. In a recent study, patients who took a glass of pomegranate juice every day felt better after 10 days of start taking it.

Degenerative illnesses – Due to its content of antocianines (pigments of red and blue color known as flavonoids) and vitamins C and E, pomegranates stop the aging process and appearance of degenerative illnesses.

Blood purifier – A long treatment with pomegranate juice detoxifies and regenerates the blood. Pomegranates are known as “the queen” of naturopath geriatrics; they are excellent nutrition for old people as well as children.

Diabetes – Pomegranates are an excellent fruit for diabetics because they do not raise blood sugar. They protect them against atherosclerosis and hypertension, two major risks for diabetics.

Menopause – Due to their content of estrogens, pomegranates are recommended to prevent discomforts caused by menopause. Japanese women eat this fruit to prevent such discomforts.

Anti-anemia – Because of its richness in minerals, vitamin C and copper, pomegranate juice is well known for is anti-anemia effects. Pomegranates improve anemia cause by iron deficiency.

Chronic inflammations – Pomegranate juice, taken before breakfast and half hour before meals is quite effective to fight laryngitis, sinusitis, and ear inflammation with suppuration.

Pomegranates are fast becoming known as one of the healthiest foods we can eat, largely because of their beneficial effects on cardiovascular health. The benefit of supplementing with pomegranate extract (rather than drinking the juice or eating the fruit) is that the extract, unlike the juice, contains virtually no sugar or calories, and requires no refrigeration to maintain optimal quality.

**Pomegranate is considered a dietary supplement, so make sure you talk to your doctor before you start drinking it regularly. Pomegranate juice may interact with some prescription medications, such as certain high blood pressure medications and statins.

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November 17, 2009

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Coriolus versicolor, better known as the “turkey tail” mushroom, has historically been used as a health food in China and Japan. In 1965, Japanese scientists first extracted a bioactive polysaccharide from the basidiomycetes of the Coriolus mushroom. The extracted polysaccharide, water-soluble and protein-bound, was named PSK and has since been widely used in Japan and other countries to support and promote immune health.

Anti-cancer drugs derived from Coriolus versicolor are among the most widely used cancer therapeutic agents in Japan. In traditional Chinese medicine, this mushroom has been used to boost immune functions, reduce phlegm, heal pulmonary disorders and strengthen the physical energy.

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Natural Vitamin E for Heart Health

November 17, 2009

Are you taking the right vitamin E for your heart?

Most people don’t know this, but there are eight forms of vitamin E:
four tocopherols and four tocotrienols.

While they’re all antioxidants, the differences between them could easily fill a book. But the most important is that tocotrienols – not tocopherols – have powerful heart benefits.

Tocotrienols help:
Reduce cholesterol oxidation
Maintain healthy triglyceride levels
Support normal blood pressure levels

Tocotrienols have a shorter “tail” that can penetrate the fatty outer layer of a cell membrane and “attack” a cholesterol-creating enzyme called HMG-CoA helping to reduce cholesterol oxidation and helping to promote normal cholesterol levels.

The problem with synthetic versions of vitamin E – the kind you find often in supplements – is that they contain none of the heart healthy tocotrienols and only ONE type of tocopherol.

So, how do you get more of the heart healthy vitamin E that contains tocotrienols?

You can find high concentrations of tocotrienols in certain oils. Annatto, palm, and rice bran oil are good sources. You should be able to find them at your local health food store, specialty grocery store, or online at www.AmericanNutrition.com.

Coconut Oil Benefits Alzheimer’s Patients

October 28, 2009

There is a mad rush for coconut oil these days. Do you know why?

A few months ago Dr. Mary Newport released her study that hit the news in print as well as online ‘What if there is a cure for Alzheimer’s and no one knew?’ In her study Dr. Newport reported about the healing benefits of Coconut Oil in connection with Alzheimer’s. 

The article was published in EyeOpener magazine # 5, which was sent to health food stores and nutrition centers just three weeks ago, you would be able to pickup a copy now.

Dr. Julian Whitaker also reported about this exciting connection between coconut oil and Alzheimer’s in his popular, widely read Health & Healing newsletter, issue October 2009, as did Dr. Bruce Fife in his Coconut Oil News online. 

Health food retailers are reporting that their customers all of a sudden are demanding more coconut oil, saying that they have an Alzheimer’s patient in their family, or are curious about the prevention aspect.

Personally, I am not surprised, having spent years studying lipids and writing several books, Fantastic Flax and Good Fats and Oils. Fat is not just a source of calories. Many fatty acids play different vital roles in our bodies. We all are made aware of this fact in the book FATS that HEAL – FATS that KILL, which I mentored Udo Erasmus to write, and which I published at alive (1986).

It always saddens me to see at check-out counters how much of the bad fats and refined oils are actually purchased by so many uninformed consumers, who do not realize that these unnatural refined oils and hydrogenated fats are responsible for a whole slough of degenerative diseases, especially heart disease, inflammation in the arteries leading to high cholesterol, and cancer. 

When purchasing food, many consumers often seem to put their monetary savings ahead of the health benefits offered by the higher quality fats and oils, such as Flax seed oil, unrefined Hemp and Pumpkin seed oils, Extra Virgin Olive oil and raw DME Virgin Coconut oil. My best advise to you is to consider an oil change for your health sake! Select only the highest un-processed qualities of precious natural nutritional oils.

*contributed by Siegfried Gursche author of Good Fats & Oils

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October 26, 2009
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10 Healthy Ways to Reduce Stress Naturally

October 26, 2009
  1. Identify the Sources of Stress in Your Life
    However minor or major, the sources of stress can effect your appetite, mood, sleep patterns, immune functions, cognitive functions, mental perception and even sexual health can be affected. Recognizing the sources of stress can help you to mentally and physically prepare for or cope with daily stressors.
  2. Balance Stress Sources
    After identifying your sources of stress you need to find a way to balance them. Your top sources of stress are really weighing on you both physically and mentally. Try to divide them up evenly and devote the same amount of time and energy to each source. This will help you to focus on rectifying the cause of that particular stress but not necessarily worry and ‘stress’ over it.
  3. Exercise
    Physically activity can help work out the negative effects of stress on your body. Releasing endorphins is a great way to release built up anxiety. When your body is relaxed it also helps your mind to relax.
  4. Get Enough Sleep
    Lack of sleep makes you vulnerable to anxiety and feelings of worry or panic. It can be difficult to sleep especially when you have a stressful event going on in your life that keeps you awake at night. Take an extra 15min to 30min to calm yourself down before bed. Don’t drink caffeine just before bed. Clear your mind and focus on breathing deeply and letting any unsettled matters or worry leave your body for the moment. Think of a short sequence of calming words and let them invoke you as you cuddle up in your bed. CALM – PEACE – RELAX – WARM. You can even think of a flavor or a persons face that brings you a lot of comfort.
  5. Practice Deep Breathing Exercises Daily
    Breathing exercises can help to reduce the EXTRA built up tension that is caused by stress. They can help you unload the added weight caused by stressful situations and help your mind re-focus it’s efforts. Doing these daily can help your body to naturally respond and release or exhale added stress in immediate / unexpected stressful situations.
  6. Take a Day off
    Everyone needs a little “ME” Time and we all look forward to days off. Stress can come from various sources and sometimes we just need to get away from it all. A vacation is not always in the cards right when we need it. So we suggest taking an extra day off when you’re at a boiling point. If you can’t take one off during the week due to work, then take one weekend day and devote it to extra sleep, taking a walk in the park, shopping, or whatever you LIKE to do that brings you enjoyment. This will help you mentally give yourself the extra attention you may need or the sense of happy and wellbeing you deserve. You will feel calmer and more relaxed after enjoying a day off and the rest of the week won’t seem as stressful.
  7. Pursue a Hobby
    Keeping your mind busy is important to your sense of wellbeing. Work, deadlines and personal responsibilities are constantly filling your mind with stress, nervousness and feelings of worry. Take a load off by entertaining your mind with a hobby. Reading, writing, painting, fishing, collecting, knitting, and sports are all great hobbies. They let your mind take a vacation in the middle of the day or after work. You are in control of your hobby and there is no deadline on a hobby. This will keep your mind busy with healthy aspirations and personal achievements while allowing you to physically release some of your bottled up feelings and built up anxiety.
  8. Avoid Junk Food
    Eliminate foods that create stress on your body. Processed foods such as artificial sweeteners, carbonated soft drinks, chocolate, eggs, fried foods, candy, pork, red meat, sugar, white flour products, foods heavy in preservatives and or heavy spices, chips and other snack foods. These can bring you down and make you feel sluggish.
  9. Aromatherapy
    You know the old saying, “Take time to stop and smell the roses” well it’s true. If you stop to smell the aromas of nature you can have a day filled with less stress. Relaxing can be as simple as smelling! Chamomile, bergamot, sandalwood, vanilla and sweet marjoram are all natural aromas that stimulate the brain and  promote a sense of relaxation. Nature produces beauty and aroma meant for us to enjoy, you can use essential oils or incense.*Put a drop on a tissue and carry it with you, if you start to get stressed just pull it out and breathe in a calming aroma.

    *You can also burn incense in your home when you come back from work.
    This will comfort you and help you develop your calm happy place; you will actually forward to it after a long day.

  10. Learn to Relax.
    We are all in demand in some way in our daily lives. Some of us need more encouragement to let loose than others. Teach yourself that relaxation is important to your overall physical and mental wellbeing. You can live a longer, healthier life if you are not always stressed out. Calm down, breathe, let it go. Take a walk, get a massage, listen to soothing nature sounds, get an extra nap in, go out dancing, but just relax!