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Monday, January 31, 2011

Natural Cures for Indigestion and Heartburn


When I think of Indigestion, Heartburn and nausea, the popular ad
campaign for Pepto Bismol with the dancing symptoms starts playing
in my head. Then the pink chalky residue comes to mind, ew. So what
is a natural health girl to do when she has a stomach ache? Consult
the herbalists and Alternative Medicine gurus, of course.

The main symptoms of Indigestion include abdominal pain, a burning
feeling in the upper abdomen, nausea, Heartburn, Bloating, Belching,
vomiting and Flatulence. Sounds like a good time, eh? Please do
consult with your Alternative Medicine practitioner if you have a
chronic problem, but if it is just the occasional malady, here are a
few Natural Remedies that may help:

Indigestion Prevention - Drink a mixture of one teaspoon Ginger and
two tablespoons baking soda in cold water before eating to avoid
Indigestion altogether.

Bananas - Ripe bananas are actually natural antacids that help to
soothe the lining of your stomach. I guess that is why pediatricians
often recommend them when the little ones are not feeling well.
Cider Vinegar or Lemon Juice - Add either of these to hot water and
drink to alkalize the acid in your stomach if you do not have a
banana handy.

Tea – The following Teas are excellent for indigestion: Ginger,
Peppermint, Fennel, Lemon Balm, Cinnamon, Slippery Elm powder.
Why water=bad with a meal - Yes, the glass is on the table at
dinner, but you shouldn't drink while eating according to experts.
Water can dilute the gastric acid in your stomach which causes
Indigestion.

For a list of  Natural Remedies for various illnesses go to our website http://www.celestialhealing.net/herbal_guide2.htm

Natural Cures for Indigestion and Heartburn


When I think of Indigestion, Heartburn and nausea, the popular ad
campaign for Pepto Bismol with the dancing symptoms starts playing
in my head. Then the pink chalky residue comes to mind, ew. So what
is a natural health girl to do when she has a stomach ache? Consult
the herbalists and Alternative Medicine gurus, of course.

The main symptoms of Indigestion include abdominal pain, a burning
feeling in the upper abdomen, nausea, Heartburn, Bloating, Belching,
vomiting and Flatulence. Sounds like a good time, eh? Please do
consult with your Alternative Medicine practitioner if you have a
chronic problem, but if it is just the occasional malady, here are a
few Natural Remedies that may help:

Indigestion Prevention - Drink a mixture of one teaspoon Ginger and
two tablespoons baking soda in cold water before eating to avoid
Indigestion altogether.

Bananas - Ripe bananas are actually natural antacids that help to
soothe the lining of your stomach. I guess that is why pediatricians
often recommend them when the little ones are not feeling well.
Cider Vinegar or Lemon Juice - Add either of these to hot water and
drink to alkalize the acid in your stomach if you do not have a
banana handy.

Tea – The following Teas are excellent for indigestion: Ginger,
Peppermint, Fennel, Lemon Balm, Cinnamon, Slippery Elm powder.
Why water=bad with a meal - Yes, the glass is on the table at
dinner, but you shouldn't drink while eating according to experts.
Water can dilute the gastric acid in your stomach which causes
Indigestion.

For a list of  Natural Remedies for various illnesses go to our website http://www.celestialhealing.net/herbal_guide2.htm

Sunday, January 30, 2011

10 Common Diet Pitfalls



The following are mistakes many dieters make:

1. Impatience And Unrealistic Expectations
Weight loss will not be instantaneous, nor will it easy or without
sacrifices along the way. Gear yourself up for slow, steady weight
loss, the only clinically proven way to Lose Weight permanently.

2. The Wrong Game Plan
Clinical studies show that calorie restriction—not the carbohydrate
or fat composition of the food—is the only consistent factor in
successful weight loss. If you don't restrict calories, your diet
won't work.

3. Changing Your Eating Habits.
Radical changes in what you eat will only result in your feeling
deprived and burdened. Instead, make small but consistent changes in your overeating habits. You will achieve weight loss without hunger.

4. Depending On Willpower
This will set you up for failure. Instead, view weight loss in a
positive light: as a set of skills to be mastered.

5. Eating Less Food And Fewer Meals
Eating more frequently, and consuming high-fiber, less calorie-dense
foods in larger quantities, will yield better results. Start by
having a healthy salad before lunch and dinner. Always have a mid-
morning and mid-afternoon snack, such as a handful of high-fiber
almonds or an apple.

6. Turning Food Into Your Enemy
Food is your friend: it will help you Lose Weight. Get rid of
negative and self-sabotaging thoughts using cognitive restructuring.
An example: After overeating, encourage yourself to get back on
track.

7. Trying To Stay Away From Your Pantry And Fridge
Instead, modify your home environment. Shop wisely: If you don't buy
it, you won't try it.

8. Trying Not To Think About Food
You will have great success if you do think about your meals. In
fact, try to plan all of your meals the day before. Especially
important are lunch at work, and the late-afternoon and evening
snack.

9. Viewing Exercise As A Chore
View exercise as you do your checkbook. It will tip your daily net
calorie balance to weight loss. Calories burned will either
contribute to weight loss or let you to eat more daily calories or
enjoy a splurge.

10. Making Dramatic Changes
Studies show that working on making small, daily changes results in
long-term, lasting behavioral shifts versus making huge or dramatic
changes in lifestyle or diet, which are most often unsustainable.

If you need help losing weight or maintaining your weight allow me to help. I’ll give you the secrets I’ve used to not only lose weight but to keep it off for over 9 YEARS. Go to my webpage for more information  

http://www.celestialhealing.net/weightmanagpage.htm

10 Common Diet Pitfalls



The following are mistakes many dieters make:

1. Impatience And Unrealistic Expectations
Weight loss will not be instantaneous, nor will it easy or without
sacrifices along the way. Gear yourself up for slow, steady weight
loss, the only clinically proven way to Lose Weight permanently.

2. The Wrong Game Plan
Clinical studies show that calorie restriction—not the carbohydrate
or fat composition of the food—is the only consistent factor in
successful weight loss. If you don't restrict calories, your diet
won't work.

3. Changing Your Eating Habits.
Radical changes in what you eat will only result in your feeling
deprived and burdened. Instead, make small but consistent changes in your overeating habits. You will achieve weight loss without hunger.

4. Depending On Willpower
This will set you up for failure. Instead, view weight loss in a
positive light: as a set of skills to be mastered.

5. Eating Less Food And Fewer Meals
Eating more frequently, and consuming high-fiber, less calorie-dense
foods in larger quantities, will yield better results. Start by
having a healthy salad before lunch and dinner. Always have a mid-
morning and mid-afternoon snack, such as a handful of high-fiber
almonds or an apple.

6. Turning Food Into Your Enemy
Food is your friend: it will help you Lose Weight. Get rid of
negative and self-sabotaging thoughts using cognitive restructuring.
An example: After overeating, encourage yourself to get back on
track.

7. Trying To Stay Away From Your Pantry And Fridge
Instead, modify your home environment. Shop wisely: If you don't buy
it, you won't try it.

8. Trying Not To Think About Food
You will have great success if you do think about your meals. In
fact, try to plan all of your meals the day before. Especially
important are lunch at work, and the late-afternoon and evening
snack.

9. Viewing Exercise As A Chore
View exercise as you do your checkbook. It will tip your daily net
calorie balance to weight loss. Calories burned will either
contribute to weight loss or let you to eat more daily calories or
enjoy a splurge.

10. Making Dramatic Changes
Studies show that working on making small, daily changes results in
long-term, lasting behavioral shifts versus making huge or dramatic
changes in lifestyle or diet, which are most often unsustainable.

If you need help losing weight or maintaining your weight allow me to help. I’ll give you the secrets I’ve used to not only lose weight but to keep it off for over 9 YEARS. Go to my webpage for more information  

http://www.celestialhealing.net/weightmanagpage.htm

Winter Time Depression. The Cause and Cures



Winter time depression is associated with tiredness, bouts of blues
and depression during the winter. In some cases, it reaches extreme
as relationships and work suffer. It is described as a depressive
episode when depression and sadness are experienced during the
winter time. It is associated with the sense of loss and lethargy
that accompany the short days.

Winter time depression has been associated with melatonin, a hormone
that is usually released when darkness falls, that puts one to
sleep. According to studies, as the day lengthens the secretion of
melatonin increases and causes depression. It is also known as
seasonal affective disorder (SAD).

Usually the symptoms are noticed in the fall, at the beginning of
winter and start to diminish in spring.

SYMPTOMS OF WINTER TIME DEPRESSION

The typical symptoms of winter time depression include;
• Depression
• Lack of energy
• Increased need for sleep
• A craving for sweets
• Weight gain
• Increase in appetite
• Body aches

CAUSES OF WINTER TIME DEPRESSION

Winter time depression has been attributed to inadequate bright
light during the short days of winter. According to studies, bright
light brings a change in the brain, as well as serotonin is also
associated with winter time depression.

TREATMENT OF WINTER TIME DISORDER

• Some people with mild cases of winter time depression are
not given any specific treatment; however, people with severe
depression are given stabilizer such as Lithium is administered.

• Regular exposure to light is also noted for lifting
depression. Light treatment is used daily in morning and evening for
best result. Change to a lighter and brighter location may also
prove good.

Massage.  A good invigorating massage or an aromatherapy massage can stimulate the lymphatic system, clearing the body of toxins.  Reflexology, either hand or foot  is also beneficial.   The site for the   pituitary, the “king” of the hormone producing glands, is found in the “middle back”  of the toes,  and in the hands in the middle of the upper fleshy  part of the thumb. .

• Phototherapy is also used in form of light box, used for an
hour daily. Light of sufficient brightness is used, 25 times
brighter than normal light. Any light of sufficient brightness will
do.

• Psychotherapy can also help the depressed person to sort out
his emotions and feelings and identify the problems he is facing. It
can also help solve the interpersonal problems and avoid further
problems. It's been proved that cognitive therapy helps in relieving
depression as no other treatment.

• Aromatherapy spa treatments have been shown to work wonders on the mood shifts that can greatly alter your happiness.

• Attending yoga and fun fitness classes can get you out of the home and away from the grind and monotony of your daily routine. Sometimes a change of pace is all that you need.

• Natural supplements such as Saint Johns Wort, Sceletium tortuosum, Hyperforin, 5HTP (5-hydroxytryptophan), Ginkgo Biloba and suntheathine have been shown to promote happiness, concentration and relaxation, and some of these supplements have been documented as proving beneficial in relieving the symptoms of seasonal depression.   

Winter time depression is a phenomena that is experienced most of
the time to people who live in colder countries or people who work
in offices all day long. Light is the most important factor in this
disorder. Frequent light along with psychotherapy can help
individual over come this problem.

For more tips on relieving emotional stress or depression please visit our Emotional Wellness Page or click on this link http://www.celestialhealing.net/emotional_stress_therapy.htm

Winter Time Depression. The Cause and Cures



Winter time depression is associated with tiredness, bouts of blues
and depression during the winter. In some cases, it reaches extreme
as relationships and work suffer. It is described as a depressive
episode when depression and sadness are experienced during the
winter time. It is associated with the sense of loss and lethargy
that accompany the short days.

Winter time depression has been associated with melatonin, a hormone
that is usually released when darkness falls, that puts one to
sleep. According to studies, as the day lengthens the secretion of
melatonin increases and causes depression. It is also known as
seasonal affective disorder (SAD).

Usually the symptoms are noticed in the fall, at the beginning of
winter and start to diminish in spring.

SYMPTOMS OF WINTER TIME DEPRESSION

The typical symptoms of winter time depression include;
• Depression
• Lack of energy
• Increased need for sleep
• A craving for sweets
• Weight gain
• Increase in appetite
• Body aches

CAUSES OF WINTER TIME DEPRESSION

Winter time depression has been attributed to inadequate bright
light during the short days of winter. According to studies, bright
light brings a change in the brain, as well as serotonin is also
associated with winter time depression.

TREATMENT OF WINTER TIME DISORDER

• Some people with mild cases of winter time depression are
not given any specific treatment; however, people with severe
depression are given stabilizer such as Lithium is administered.

• Regular exposure to light is also noted for lifting
depression. Light treatment is used daily in morning and evening for
best result. Change to a lighter and brighter location may also
prove good.

Massage.  A good invigorating massage or an aromatherapy massage can stimulate the lymphatic system, clearing the body of toxins.  Reflexology, either hand or foot  is also beneficial.   The site for the   pituitary, the “king” of the hormone producing glands, is found in the “middle back”  of the toes,  and in the hands in the middle of the upper fleshy  part of the thumb. .

• Phototherapy is also used in form of light box, used for an
hour daily. Light of sufficient brightness is used, 25 times
brighter than normal light. Any light of sufficient brightness will
do.

• Psychotherapy can also help the depressed person to sort out
his emotions and feelings and identify the problems he is facing. It
can also help solve the interpersonal problems and avoid further
problems. It's been proved that cognitive therapy helps in relieving
depression as no other treatment.

• Aromatherapy spa treatments have been shown to work wonders on the mood shifts that can greatly alter your happiness.

• Attending yoga and fun fitness classes can get you out of the home and away from the grind and monotony of your daily routine. Sometimes a change of pace is all that you need.

• Natural supplements such as Saint Johns Wort, Sceletium tortuosum, Hyperforin, 5HTP (5-hydroxytryptophan), Ginkgo Biloba and suntheathine have been shown to promote happiness, concentration and relaxation, and some of these supplements have been documented as proving beneficial in relieving the symptoms of seasonal depression.   

Winter time depression is a phenomena that is experienced most of
the time to people who live in colder countries or people who work
in offices all day long. Light is the most important factor in this
disorder. Frequent light along with psychotherapy can help
individual over come this problem.

For more tips on relieving emotional stress or depression please visit our Emotional Wellness Page or click on this link http://www.celestialhealing.net/emotional_stress_therapy.htm

The 10 best foods for your heart



Take heart with berries, beans, and other healthy fare.

Oatmeal
Start your day with a steaming bowl of oats, which are full of omega-3 fatty acids, folate, and potassium. This fiber-rich superfood can lower levels of LDL (or bad) cholesterol and help keep arteries clear.

Opt for coarse or steel-cut oats over instant varieties—which contain more fiber—and top your bowl off with a banana for another 4 grams of fiber.

Salmon
Super-rich in omega-3 fatty acids, salmon can effectively reduce blood pressure and keep clotting at bay. Aim for two servings per week, which may reduce your risk of dying of a heart attack by up to one-third.

"Salmon contains the carotenoid astaxanthin, which is a very powerful antioxidant," says cardiologist  Stephen T. Sinatra, MD, the author of Lower Your Blood Pressure In Eight Weeks. But be sure to choose wild salmon over farm-raised fish, which can be packed with insecticides, pesticides, and heavy metals.

Not a fan of salmon? Other oily fish like mackerel, tuna, herring, and sardines will give your heart the same boost.

Avocado
Add a bit of avocado to a sandwich or spinach salad to up the amount of heart-healthy fats in your diet. Packed with monounsaturated fat, avocados can help lower LDL levels while raising the amount of HDL cholesterol in your body.

"Avocados are awesome," says Dr. Sinatra. "They allow for the absorption of other carotenoids—especially beta-carotene and lycopene—which are essential for heart health."

Olive oil
Full of monounsaturated fats, olive oil lowers bad LDL cholesterol and reduces your risk of developing heart disease.

Results from the Seven Countries Study, which looked at cardiovascular disease incidences across the globe, showed that while men in Crete had a predisposition for high cholesterol levels, relatively few died of heart disease because their diet focused on heart-healthy fats found in olive oil. Look for extra-virgin or virgin varieties—they're the least processed—and use them instead of butter when cooking.

Nuts
Walnuts are full of omega-3 fatty acids and, along with almonds and macadamia nuts, are loaded with mono- and polyunsaturated fat. Plus, nuts increase fiber in the diet, says Dr. Sinatra. "And like olive oil, they are a great source of healthy fat."

Berries
Blueberries, raspberries, strawberries—whatever berry you like best—are full of anti-inflammatories, which reduce your risk of heart disease and cancer.

"Blackberries and blueberries are especially great," says Sinatra. "But all berries are great for your vascular health."

Legumes
Fill up on fiber with lentils, chickpeas, and black and kidney beans. They're packed with omega-3 fatty acids, calcium, and soluble fiber.

Spinach
Spinach can help keep your ticker in top shape thanks to its stores of lutein, folate, potassium, and fiber.

But upping your servings of any veggies is sure to give your heart a boost.  The Physicians' Health Study examined more than 15,000 men without heart disease for a period of 12 years. Those who ate at least two-and-a-half servings of vegetables each day cut their risk of heart disease by about 25%, compared with those who didn't eat the veggies. Each additional serving reduced risk by another 17%.

Flaxseed Full of fiber and omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, a little sprinkling of flaxseed can go a long way for your heart. Top a bowl of oatmeal or whole-grain cereal with a smidgen of ground flaxseed for the ultimate heart-healthy breakfast.

Soy
Soy may lower cholesterol, and since it is low in saturated fat, it's still a great source of lean protein in a heart-healthy diet.

Look for natural sources of soy, like edamame, tempeh, or organic silken tofu. And soy milk is a great addition to a bowl of oatmeal or whole-grain cereal. But watch the amount of salt in your soy: some processed varieties like soy dogs can contain added sodium, which boosts blood pressure.

Check out our Recipe Page for a list of healthy delicious recipes that are easy to prepare  Or by clicking on this link http://www.celestialhealing.net/food.htm

The 10 best foods for your heart



Take heart with berries, beans, and other healthy fare.

Oatmeal
Start your day with a steaming bowl of oats, which are full of omega-3 fatty acids, folate, and potassium. This fiber-rich superfood can lower levels of LDL (or bad) cholesterol and help keep arteries clear.

Opt for coarse or steel-cut oats over instant varieties—which contain more fiber—and top your bowl off with a banana for another 4 grams of fiber.

Salmon
Super-rich in omega-3 fatty acids, salmon can effectively reduce blood pressure and keep clotting at bay. Aim for two servings per week, which may reduce your risk of dying of a heart attack by up to one-third.

"Salmon contains the carotenoid astaxanthin, which is a very powerful antioxidant," says cardiologist  Stephen T. Sinatra, MD, the author of Lower Your Blood Pressure In Eight Weeks. But be sure to choose wild salmon over farm-raised fish, which can be packed with insecticides, pesticides, and heavy metals.

Not a fan of salmon? Other oily fish like mackerel, tuna, herring, and sardines will give your heart the same boost.

Avocado
Add a bit of avocado to a sandwich or spinach salad to up the amount of heart-healthy fats in your diet. Packed with monounsaturated fat, avocados can help lower LDL levels while raising the amount of HDL cholesterol in your body.

"Avocados are awesome," says Dr. Sinatra. "They allow for the absorption of other carotenoids—especially beta-carotene and lycopene—which are essential for heart health."

Olive oil
Full of monounsaturated fats, olive oil lowers bad LDL cholesterol and reduces your risk of developing heart disease.

Results from the Seven Countries Study, which looked at cardiovascular disease incidences across the globe, showed that while men in Crete had a predisposition for high cholesterol levels, relatively few died of heart disease because their diet focused on heart-healthy fats found in olive oil. Look for extra-virgin or virgin varieties—they're the least processed—and use them instead of butter when cooking.

Nuts
Walnuts are full of omega-3 fatty acids and, along with almonds and macadamia nuts, are loaded with mono- and polyunsaturated fat. Plus, nuts increase fiber in the diet, says Dr. Sinatra. "And like olive oil, they are a great source of healthy fat."

Berries
Blueberries, raspberries, strawberries—whatever berry you like best—are full of anti-inflammatories, which reduce your risk of heart disease and cancer.

"Blackberries and blueberries are especially great," says Sinatra. "But all berries are great for your vascular health."

Legumes
Fill up on fiber with lentils, chickpeas, and black and kidney beans. They're packed with omega-3 fatty acids, calcium, and soluble fiber.

Spinach
Spinach can help keep your ticker in top shape thanks to its stores of lutein, folate, potassium, and fiber.

But upping your servings of any veggies is sure to give your heart a boost.  The Physicians' Health Study examined more than 15,000 men without heart disease for a period of 12 years. Those who ate at least two-and-a-half servings of vegetables each day cut their risk of heart disease by about 25%, compared with those who didn't eat the veggies. Each additional serving reduced risk by another 17%.

Flaxseed Full of fiber and omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, a little sprinkling of flaxseed can go a long way for your heart. Top a bowl of oatmeal or whole-grain cereal with a smidgen of ground flaxseed for the ultimate heart-healthy breakfast.

Soy
Soy may lower cholesterol, and since it is low in saturated fat, it's still a great source of lean protein in a heart-healthy diet.

Look for natural sources of soy, like edamame, tempeh, or organic silken tofu. And soy milk is a great addition to a bowl of oatmeal or whole-grain cereal. But watch the amount of salt in your soy: some processed varieties like soy dogs can contain added sodium, which boosts blood pressure.

Check out our Recipe Page for a list of healthy delicious recipes that are easy to prepare  Or by clicking on this link http://www.celestialhealing.net/food.htm

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Why natural deodorants are better for your health

Whether we like it or not, it is part of our culture: we are perceived in part by how we smell. Since the body’s natural process of cooling itself involves sweating, perspiration is an essential part of its natural functioning. Thus, most of us use deodorants, which neutralize the smell of perspiration, or antiperspirants, which minimize body odor by blocking sweat from escaping through underarm pores onto the surface of the skin.

Most conventional deodorants and antiperspirants contain several ingredients linked to serious health effects, from Alzheimer’s disease to virulent cancers. Since deodorants and antiperspirants are designed to stay on our bodies for hours, this allows the potential for more harmful chemicals to be absorbed through the skin.

While natural options are available, many people have lodged complaints about the inadequacy of natural deodorants to adequately mask body odor. There is now an abundance of alternative options—many improved upon since their initial introduction several years ago—that may inspire you to think again about incorporating natural deodorants into your body care regime. Many of these new natural body products can protect you from exposure to unnecessary, harmful ingredients and still leave you smelling fresh and feeling confident.

The Physiology of Perspiration


The apocrine glands are the reason that underarm perspiration smells stronger than the sweat secreted by the rest of the body.  The two types of sweat glands that cover the human skin are:

 

  • apocrine, or scent, glands located only in the armpit, ear, navel, nipple, and genital regions

  • eccrine glands do the work of regulating the body’s temperature by secreting a watery sweat over the skin.  This sweat quickly evaporates and keeps the body cool.

  • In hot weather or under stress or hard exercise, excessive perspiration exceeds the rate of evaporation.  Sweat produced by the eccrine glands does not contribute to body odor because eccrine sweat contains no substances that are attractive to bacteria.  Apocrine sweat, on the other hand, contains organic compounds that are quickly populated by bacteria on the surface of the skin.  This bacterial activity is what produces underarm odor.

    What is the Difference Between Antiperspirants and Deodorants?


    Antiperspirants work by clogging, closing, or blocking the pores with aluminum ions so they cannot release perspiration.  Aluminum is a hazardous material that the FDA allows to be added to body care products in regulated amounts.  There is no proof that these “regulated amounts” of what is essentially poisonous to the human body are actually safe.  Arguments against the use of aluminum emphasize the fact that aluminum accumulates in the brain over time and may contribute to Alzheimer’s disease and breast cancers.

    Recent studies on the effects of aluminum and the dangers of antiperspirant usage suggest that it travels more easily into the lymphatic system when underarms are shaved.  Your antiperspirant label may list aluminum as:

  • aluminum chlorohydrate

  • ammonium aluminum sulfate

  • potassium aluminum sulfate

  • aluminum zirconium tetrachlorohydrex gly

  • Aside from aluminum, most antiperspirants also contain parabens, antimicrobial agents derived from toluene—a toxic petrochemical derivative.  Some evidence suggests that repeated exposure to toluene may contribute to hormone disruption.
    Thirteen research studies performed since 2000 have shown that various types of parabens act like estrogen in living tissue.  Estrogen is known to drive the growth of cancerous cells.

     

    Some people with sensitive skin have an allergic reaction to parabens, which results in a skin condition known as contact dermatitis.

    Antiperspirants also have harsh astringent salts containing metals that can cause granulomas (small, itchy bumps) on underarm skin.

     

    Deodorants work by:


    • neutralizing the smell of the perspiration mixed with bacteria

    • antiseptic action against that bacteria


    Deodorants are more healthy than antispirants because they don’t interfere with perspiration, but many conventional brands contain harsh, potentially toxic ingredients that should be avoided. Deodorant ingredients to avoid include parabens, all forms of aluminum, and the following substances:

     

  • Propylene glycol: a penetration enhancer that absorbs quickly through the skin and which has not been fully investigated for carcinogenic potential.

  • Talc: classified as a carcinogen by the International Agency for Research on Cancer if it contains asbestiform fibers, which are unregulated in cosmetic grade talc.

  • Steareth-n: (‘n’ may be any number, say 100), may be vegetable derived but is processed with ethylene oxide (ethoxylated), a known human carcinogen.

  • Triclosan: an antibacterial found in deodorants and soaps.  It has an astounding ability to create resistant bacteria.

  • Ammonium alum is a prevalent natural compound that cannot be absorbed into the skin and doesn’t clog pores the way aluminum chloride does.  While it doesn’t kill the bacteria or stop perspiration, ammonium alum inhibits  bacterial growth that causes odor.  It is the primary ingredient in deodorant crystals, a safe and effective alternative to antiperspirant and commercial deodorants.

     

    Environmental Impact of Conventional Deodorants


    Showering washes our deodorants and antiperspirants down the drain, introducing known or suspected toxins into our nation’s waterways.  Octoxynol compounds, otherwise known as alkylphenol ethoxylates (APEs), are found in deodorants,  antiperspirants, and bodies of water.  These chemicals are slow to break down and have been shown to disrupt the endocrine systems of fish, birds, and mammals.

    The process of mining aluminum used in antiperspirants destroys the landscape, pollutes water, and consumes vast amounts of electricity.

    According to Lester Brown’s Eco-Economy: Building an Economy for the Earth (Norton,2000), each year the aluminum industry consumes as much electricity as the entire continent of Africa.

     


    Alternative Options


    It’s up to you, conscious consumer, to choose the best and safest product for your body.  Before you buy any deodorant or product that goes on your skin, always read the ingredients.  Eschew conventional antiperspirants altogether and opt instead for hypoallergenic, paraben-free, and aluminum-free deodorant.  Choose deodorants with ingredients like:

  • Vegetable glycerin

  • Charcoal

  • Vinegar

  • Baking soda

  • Algae extracts

  • Green tea

  • Aloe vera gel

  • Natural preservatives like bioflavanoids and lichen

  • Essential oils


  • Many of these new natural body products can protect you from exposure to unnecessary, harmful ingredients and still leave you smelling fresh and feeling confident.

    Some manufacturers of natural deodorants are: 





















    Aubrey OrganicsCrystal BodyWeledaPure and Natural
    Avalon Natural ProductsDessert EssenceKiss My FaceTerra Naturals
    Burt’s BeesEarth EssentialsMiessenceTom’s of Maine *

     Always read ingredient labels, even of purportedly natural brands.  Also remember that everyone’s body chemistry is different.  What worked for your friend may not work so well for you and you may have to try a few before you find the right one.

    Some people find that crystal rocks and tea tree oil-based deodorants are too harsh and cause irritation, while others say some natural deodorants give off unpleasant odors that are worse than the body odor itself.  You may want to experiment with your own products by looking for recipes online and: 

    • making homemade deodorant with baking soda and essential oils

    • trying an apple cider vinegar or witch hazel extract-based spray


    A very healthy diet rich in unprocessed vegetables and grains and low in meat-based products, alcohol, and caffeine is shown to help reduce body odors.  Regular showering and wearing fabrics that breathe can also do wonders for a sweeter smelling you without compromising the health of your body.

    Why natural deodorants are better for your health

    Whether we like it or not, it is part of our culture: we are perceived in part by how we smell. Since the body’s natural process of cooling itself involves sweating, perspiration is an essential part of its natural functioning. Thus, most of us use deodorants, which neutralize the smell of perspiration, or antiperspirants, which minimize body odor by blocking sweat from escaping through underarm pores onto the surface of the skin.

    Most conventional deodorants and antiperspirants contain several ingredients linked to serious health effects, from Alzheimer’s disease to virulent cancers. Since deodorants and antiperspirants are designed to stay on our bodies for hours, this allows the potential for more harmful chemicals to be absorbed through the skin.

    While natural options are available, many people have lodged complaints about the inadequacy of natural deodorants to adequately mask body odor. There is now an abundance of alternative options—many improved upon since their initial introduction several years ago—that may inspire you to think again about incorporating natural deodorants into your body care regime. Many of these new natural body products can protect you from exposure to unnecessary, harmful ingredients and still leave you smelling fresh and feeling confident.

    The Physiology of Perspiration


    The apocrine glands are the reason that underarm perspiration smells stronger than the sweat secreted by the rest of the body.  The two types of sweat glands that cover the human skin are:

     

  • apocrine, or scent, glands located only in the armpit, ear, navel, nipple, and genital regions

  • eccrine glands do the work of regulating the body’s temperature by secreting a watery sweat over the skin.  This sweat quickly evaporates and keeps the body cool.

  • In hot weather or under stress or hard exercise, excessive perspiration exceeds the rate of evaporation.  Sweat produced by the eccrine glands does not contribute to body odor because eccrine sweat contains no substances that are attractive to bacteria.  Apocrine sweat, on the other hand, contains organic compounds that are quickly populated by bacteria on the surface of the skin.  This bacterial activity is what produces underarm odor.

    What is the Difference Between Antiperspirants and Deodorants?


    Antiperspirants work by clogging, closing, or blocking the pores with aluminum ions so they cannot release perspiration.  Aluminum is a hazardous material that the FDA allows to be added to body care products in regulated amounts.  There is no proof that these “regulated amounts” of what is essentially poisonous to the human body are actually safe.  Arguments against the use of aluminum emphasize the fact that aluminum accumulates in the brain over time and may contribute to Alzheimer’s disease and breast cancers.

    Recent studies on the effects of aluminum and the dangers of antiperspirant usage suggest that it travels more easily into the lymphatic system when underarms are shaved.  Your antiperspirant label may list aluminum as:

  • aluminum chlorohydrate

  • ammonium aluminum sulfate

  • potassium aluminum sulfate

  • aluminum zirconium tetrachlorohydrex gly

  • Aside from aluminum, most antiperspirants also contain parabens, antimicrobial agents derived from toluene—a toxic petrochemical derivative.  Some evidence suggests that repeated exposure to toluene may contribute to hormone disruption.
    Thirteen research studies performed since 2000 have shown that various types of parabens act like estrogen in living tissue.  Estrogen is known to drive the growth of cancerous cells.

     

    Some people with sensitive skin have an allergic reaction to parabens, which results in a skin condition known as contact dermatitis.

    Antiperspirants also have harsh astringent salts containing metals that can cause granulomas (small, itchy bumps) on underarm skin.

     

    Deodorants work by:


    • neutralizing the smell of the perspiration mixed with bacteria

    • antiseptic action against that bacteria


    Deodorants are more healthy than antispirants because they don’t interfere with perspiration, but many conventional brands contain harsh, potentially toxic ingredients that should be avoided. Deodorant ingredients to avoid include parabens, all forms of aluminum, and the following substances:

     

  • Propylene glycol: a penetration enhancer that absorbs quickly through the skin and which has not been fully investigated for carcinogenic potential.

  • Talc: classified as a carcinogen by the International Agency for Research on Cancer if it contains asbestiform fibers, which are unregulated in cosmetic grade talc.

  • Steareth-n: (‘n’ may be any number, say 100), may be vegetable derived but is processed with ethylene oxide (ethoxylated), a known human carcinogen.

  • Triclosan: an antibacterial found in deodorants and soaps.  It has an astounding ability to create resistant bacteria.

  • Ammonium alum is a prevalent natural compound that cannot be absorbed into the skin and doesn’t clog pores the way aluminum chloride does.  While it doesn’t kill the bacteria or stop perspiration, ammonium alum inhibits  bacterial growth that causes odor.  It is the primary ingredient in deodorant crystals, a safe and effective alternative to antiperspirant and commercial deodorants.

     

    Environmental Impact of Conventional Deodorants


    Showering washes our deodorants and antiperspirants down the drain, introducing known or suspected toxins into our nation’s waterways.  Octoxynol compounds, otherwise known as alkylphenol ethoxylates (APEs), are found in deodorants,  antiperspirants, and bodies of water.  These chemicals are slow to break down and have been shown to disrupt the endocrine systems of fish, birds, and mammals.

    The process of mining aluminum used in antiperspirants destroys the landscape, pollutes water, and consumes vast amounts of electricity.

    According to Lester Brown’s Eco-Economy: Building an Economy for the Earth (Norton,2000), each year the aluminum industry consumes as much electricity as the entire continent of Africa.

     


    Alternative Options


    It’s up to you, conscious consumer, to choose the best and safest product for your body.  Before you buy any deodorant or product that goes on your skin, always read the ingredients.  Eschew conventional antiperspirants altogether and opt instead for hypoallergenic, paraben-free, and aluminum-free deodorant.  Choose deodorants with ingredients like:

  • Vegetable glycerin

  • Charcoal

  • Vinegar

  • Baking soda

  • Algae extracts

  • Green tea

  • Aloe vera gel

  • Natural preservatives like bioflavanoids and lichen

  • Essential oils


  • Many of these new natural body products can protect you from exposure to unnecessary, harmful ingredients and still leave you smelling fresh and feeling confident.

    Some manufacturers of natural deodorants are: 





















    Aubrey OrganicsCrystal BodyWeledaPure and Natural
    Avalon Natural ProductsDessert EssenceKiss My FaceTerra Naturals
    Burt’s BeesEarth EssentialsMiessenceTom’s of Maine *

     Always read ingredient labels, even of purportedly natural brands.  Also remember that everyone’s body chemistry is different.  What worked for your friend may not work so well for you and you may have to try a few before you find the right one.

    Some people find that crystal rocks and tea tree oil-based deodorants are too harsh and cause irritation, while others say some natural deodorants give off unpleasant odors that are worse than the body odor itself.  You may want to experiment with your own products by looking for recipes online and: 

    • making homemade deodorant with baking soda and essential oils

    • trying an apple cider vinegar or witch hazel extract-based spray


    A very healthy diet rich in unprocessed vegetables and grains and low in meat-based products, alcohol, and caffeine is shown to help reduce body odors.  Regular showering and wearing fabrics that breathe can also do wonders for a sweeter smelling you without compromising the health of your body.

    Tuesday, January 25, 2011

    Attorneys question whether what Taco Bell calls ‘beef’ is actually beef

    The late-night crowd knows all too well the allure of Taco Bell's piping-hot creations. But is it really ground beef they're putting in that beef meximelt?

    That's the question at the heart of a lawsuit filed recently by the Montgomery, Alabama-based law firm Beasley Allen.

    The standard for what constitutes beef as defined by the USDA is pretty straightforward: "flesh of animals." In the "Food Facts" section of its website, Taco Bell says the following about its beef: "Our taco meat is made from USDA-inspected beef and is subjected to quality check points. It tastes great because it's simmered in 12 authentic seasonings and spices and is never frozen. Moreover, our taco meat is leaner than what you'll find in a restaurant-cooked hamburger because of the unique way that we prepare our taco meat and remove fat." But Beasley Allen contends that the company's claims are untrue.

    "Rather than beef, these food items are actually made with a substance known as 'taco meat filling,' " the lawsuit says. The firm contends that that Taco Bell shouldn't market the taco meat filling in question as beef because their testing shows that it only contains 36 percent ground beef. If that's true, Taco Bell's meat filling product would fall below the already generous USDA standard for it to qualify as meat -- the present standard demands it consist of at least 40 percent meat. This inspired Gizmodo's Jesus Diaz to crack, "Perhaps they should call it 'Almost Taco Meat Filling.'"

    The remainder of the Taco Bell's meat filling product consists of "extenders" like water, "Isolated Oat Product," wheat oats, maltodrextrin, soy lecithin, maltodrextrin, anti-dusting agent, autolyzed yeast extract, modified corn starch, sodium phosphate and silicon dioxide.

    Taco Bell actually addresses its use if silicon dioxide in the "Food Facts" section of its website under the question, "I heard a rumor that there's sand in your taco meat?" It then goes on to explain that silicone dioxide is "a safe, common food ingredient" that's "primarily used in food to prevent ingredients from sticking together."

    Taco Bell has issued a statement insisting that the suit is unfounded: "Taco Bell prides itself on serving high quality Mexican inspired food with great value. We're happy that the millions of customers we serve every week agree. We deny our advertising is misleading in any way and we intend to vigorously defend the suit."

    In any event, the lawsuit's appetite-squelching accusations are likely to provide plenty of unadulterated fodder for late night comedians. "Late Show with David Letterman" head writer Eric Stangel was already making Taco Bell jokes on his Twitter page this morning, cracking that because of the lawsuit we're all finally "about to find out where the Taco Bell Chihuahua went."

    Attorneys question whether what Taco Bell calls ‘beef’ is actually beef

    The late-night crowd knows all too well the allure of Taco Bell's piping-hot creations. But is it really ground beef they're putting in that beef meximelt?

    That's the question at the heart of a lawsuit filed recently by the Montgomery, Alabama-based law firm Beasley Allen.

    The standard for what constitutes beef as defined by the USDA is pretty straightforward: "flesh of animals." In the "Food Facts" section of its website, Taco Bell says the following about its beef: "Our taco meat is made from USDA-inspected beef and is subjected to quality check points. It tastes great because it's simmered in 12 authentic seasonings and spices and is never frozen. Moreover, our taco meat is leaner than what you'll find in a restaurant-cooked hamburger because of the unique way that we prepare our taco meat and remove fat." But Beasley Allen contends that the company's claims are untrue.

    "Rather than beef, these food items are actually made with a substance known as 'taco meat filling,' " the lawsuit says. The firm contends that that Taco Bell shouldn't market the taco meat filling in question as beef because their testing shows that it only contains 36 percent ground beef. If that's true, Taco Bell's meat filling product would fall below the already generous USDA standard for it to qualify as meat -- the present standard demands it consist of at least 40 percent meat. This inspired Gizmodo's Jesus Diaz to crack, "Perhaps they should call it 'Almost Taco Meat Filling.'"

    The remainder of the Taco Bell's meat filling product consists of "extenders" like water, "Isolated Oat Product," wheat oats, maltodrextrin, soy lecithin, maltodrextrin, anti-dusting agent, autolyzed yeast extract, modified corn starch, sodium phosphate and silicon dioxide.

    Taco Bell actually addresses its use if silicon dioxide in the "Food Facts" section of its website under the question, "I heard a rumor that there's sand in your taco meat?" It then goes on to explain that silicone dioxide is "a safe, common food ingredient" that's "primarily used in food to prevent ingredients from sticking together."

    Taco Bell has issued a statement insisting that the suit is unfounded: "Taco Bell prides itself on serving high quality Mexican inspired food with great value. We're happy that the millions of customers we serve every week agree. We deny our advertising is misleading in any way and we intend to vigorously defend the suit."

    In any event, the lawsuit's appetite-squelching accusations are likely to provide plenty of unadulterated fodder for late night comedians. "Late Show with David Letterman" head writer Eric Stangel was already making Taco Bell jokes on his Twitter page this morning, cracking that because of the lawsuit we're all finally "about to find out where the Taco Bell Chihuahua went."

    Sunday, January 23, 2011

    RIP Jack LaLanne - Fitness Guru Dies at 96



    LOS ANGELES – Jack LaLanne, the fitness guru who inspired television viewers to trim down, eat well and pump iron for decades before diet and exercise became a national obsession, died Sunday. He was 96.

    LaLanne died of respiratory failure due to pneumonia Sunday afternoon at his home in Morro Bay on California's central coast, his longtime agent Rick Hersh said.

    LaLanne ate healthy and exercised every day of his life up until the end, Hersh said.

    "I have not only lost my husband and a great American icon, but the best friend and most loving partner anyone could ever hope for," Elaine LaLanne, LaLanne's wife of 51 years and a frequent partner in his television appearances, said in a written statement.

    He maintained a youthful physique and joked in 2006 that "I can't afford to die. It would wreck my image."

    Former "Price is Right" host Bob Barker credited LaLanne's encouragement with helping him to start exercising often.

    "He never lost enthusiasm for life and physical fitness," the 87-year-old Barker told The Associated Press on Sunday. "I saw him in about 2007 and he still looked remarkably good. He still looked like the same enthusiastic guy that he always was."

    LaLanne (pronounced lah-LAYN') credited a sudden interest in fitness with transforming his life as a teen, and he worked tirelessly over the next eight decades to transform others' lives, too.

    "The only way you can hurt the body is not use it," LaLanne said. "Inactivity is the killer and, remember, it's never too late."

    His workout show was a television staple from the 1950s to the '70s. LaLanne and his dog Happy encouraged kids to wake their mothers and drag them in front of the television set. He developed exercises that used no special equipment, just a chair and a towel.

    He also founded a chain of fitness studios that bore his name and in recent years touted the value of raw fruit and vegetables as he helped market a machine called Jack LaLanne's Power Juicer.

    When he turned 43 in 1957, he performed more than 1,000 push-ups in 23 minutes on the "You Asked For It" television show. At 60, he swam from Alcatraz Island to Fisherman's Wharf in San Francisco — handcuffed, shackled and towing a boat. Ten years later, he performed a similar feat in Long Beach harbor.

    "I never think of my age, never," LaLanne said in 1990. "I could be 20 or 100. I never think about it, I'm just me. Look at Bob Hope, George Burns. They're more productive than they've ever been in their whole lives right now."

    Fellow bodybuilder and former California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger credited LaLanne with taking exercise out of the gymnasium and into living rooms.

    "He laid the groundwork for others to have exercise programs, and now it has bloomed from that black and white program into a very colorful enterprise," Schwarzenegger said in 1990.

    In 1936 in his native Oakland, LaLanne opened a health studio that included weight-training for women and athletes. Those were revolutionary notions at the time, because of the theory that weight training made an athlete slow and "muscle bound" and made a woman look masculine.

    "You have to understand that it was absolutely forbidden in those days for athletes to use weights," he once said. "It just wasn't done. We had athletes who used to sneak into the studio to work out.

    "It was the same with women. Back then, women weren't supposed to use weights. I guess I was a pioneer," LaLanne said.

    The son of poor French immigrants, he was born in 1914 and grew up to become a sugar addict, he said.

    The turning point occurred one night when he heard a lecture by pioneering nutritionist Paul Bragg, who advocated the benefits of brown rice, whole wheat and a vegetarian diet.

    "He got me so enthused," LaLanne said. "After the lecture I went to his dressing room and spent an hour and a half with him. He said, 'Jack, you're a walking garbage can.'"

    Soon after, LaLanne constructed a makeshift gym in his back yard. "I had all these firemen and police working out there and I kind of used them as guinea pigs," he said.

    He said his own daily routine usually consisted of two hours of weightlifting and an hour in the swimming pool.

    "It's a lifestyle, it's something you do the rest of your life," LaLanne said. "How long are you going to keep breathing? How long do you keep eating? You just do it."

    In addition to his wife, he is survived by two sons, Dan and Jon, and a daughter, Yvonne.

    RIP Jack LaLanne - Fitness Guru Dies at 96



    LOS ANGELES – Jack LaLanne, the fitness guru who inspired television viewers to trim down, eat well and pump iron for decades before diet and exercise became a national obsession, died Sunday. He was 96.

    LaLanne died of respiratory failure due to pneumonia Sunday afternoon at his home in Morro Bay on California's central coast, his longtime agent Rick Hersh said.

    LaLanne ate healthy and exercised every day of his life up until the end, Hersh said.

    "I have not only lost my husband and a great American icon, but the best friend and most loving partner anyone could ever hope for," Elaine LaLanne, LaLanne's wife of 51 years and a frequent partner in his television appearances, said in a written statement.

    He maintained a youthful physique and joked in 2006 that "I can't afford to die. It would wreck my image."

    Former "Price is Right" host Bob Barker credited LaLanne's encouragement with helping him to start exercising often.

    "He never lost enthusiasm for life and physical fitness," the 87-year-old Barker told The Associated Press on Sunday. "I saw him in about 2007 and he still looked remarkably good. He still looked like the same enthusiastic guy that he always was."

    LaLanne (pronounced lah-LAYN') credited a sudden interest in fitness with transforming his life as a teen, and he worked tirelessly over the next eight decades to transform others' lives, too.

    "The only way you can hurt the body is not use it," LaLanne said. "Inactivity is the killer and, remember, it's never too late."

    His workout show was a television staple from the 1950s to the '70s. LaLanne and his dog Happy encouraged kids to wake their mothers and drag them in front of the television set. He developed exercises that used no special equipment, just a chair and a towel.

    He also founded a chain of fitness studios that bore his name and in recent years touted the value of raw fruit and vegetables as he helped market a machine called Jack LaLanne's Power Juicer.

    When he turned 43 in 1957, he performed more than 1,000 push-ups in 23 minutes on the "You Asked For It" television show. At 60, he swam from Alcatraz Island to Fisherman's Wharf in San Francisco — handcuffed, shackled and towing a boat. Ten years later, he performed a similar feat in Long Beach harbor.

    "I never think of my age, never," LaLanne said in 1990. "I could be 20 or 100. I never think about it, I'm just me. Look at Bob Hope, George Burns. They're more productive than they've ever been in their whole lives right now."

    Fellow bodybuilder and former California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger credited LaLanne with taking exercise out of the gymnasium and into living rooms.

    "He laid the groundwork for others to have exercise programs, and now it has bloomed from that black and white program into a very colorful enterprise," Schwarzenegger said in 1990.

    In 1936 in his native Oakland, LaLanne opened a health studio that included weight-training for women and athletes. Those were revolutionary notions at the time, because of the theory that weight training made an athlete slow and "muscle bound" and made a woman look masculine.

    "You have to understand that it was absolutely forbidden in those days for athletes to use weights," he once said. "It just wasn't done. We had athletes who used to sneak into the studio to work out.

    "It was the same with women. Back then, women weren't supposed to use weights. I guess I was a pioneer," LaLanne said.

    The son of poor French immigrants, he was born in 1914 and grew up to become a sugar addict, he said.

    The turning point occurred one night when he heard a lecture by pioneering nutritionist Paul Bragg, who advocated the benefits of brown rice, whole wheat and a vegetarian diet.

    "He got me so enthused," LaLanne said. "After the lecture I went to his dressing room and spent an hour and a half with him. He said, 'Jack, you're a walking garbage can.'"

    Soon after, LaLanne constructed a makeshift gym in his back yard. "I had all these firemen and police working out there and I kind of used them as guinea pigs," he said.

    He said his own daily routine usually consisted of two hours of weightlifting and an hour in the swimming pool.

    "It's a lifestyle, it's something you do the rest of your life," LaLanne said. "How long are you going to keep breathing? How long do you keep eating? You just do it."

    In addition to his wife, he is survived by two sons, Dan and Jon, and a daughter, Yvonne.

    Monday, January 17, 2011

    January's Ask Dr Akilah Section



    Every month I will dedicate a section in my blog for anyone who may have a health question for me to answer. This blog entry is about natural health, nutrition, exercise, healing and holistic  remedies.

    If you have a question please use the "comment" feature of this section. You can remain anonymous and ask as many questions as you like.

    January's Ask Dr Akilah Section



    Every month I will dedicate a section in my blog for anyone who may have a health question for me to answer. This blog entry is about natural health, nutrition, exercise, healing and holistic  remedies.

    If you have a question please use the "comment" feature of this section. You can remain anonymous and ask as many questions as you like.

    Why "sunshine" vitamin D is so crucial to our health



    Vitamin D is vital in activating human defences and low levels suffered by around half the world's population may mean their immune systems' killer T cells are poor at fighting infection, scientists said on Sunday.

    The findings by Danish researchers could help the fight against infectious diseases and global epidemics, they said, and could be particularly useful in the search for new vaccines.

    The researchers found that immune systems' killer cells, known as T cells, rely on vitamin D to become active and remain dormant and unaware of the possibility of threat from an infection or pathogen if vitamin D is lacking in the blood.

    "When a T cell is exposed to a foreign pathogen, it extends a signaling device or 'antenna' known as a vitamin D receptor, with which it searches for vitamin D," said Carsten Geisler of Copenhagen University's department of international health, immunology and microbiology, who led the study.

    "This means the T cell must have vitamin D or activation of the cell will cease. If the T cells cannot find enough vitamin D in the blood, they won't even begin to mobilize."



    Scientists have known for a long time that vitamin D is important for calcium absorption, and that there is a link between levels of the vitamin and diseases such as cancer and multiple sclerosis.

    "What we didn't realize is how crucial vitamin D is for actually activating the immune system -- which we know now," Geisler wrote in the study in the journal Nature Immunology.

    Most Vitamin D is made by the body as a natural by-product of the skin's exposure to sunlight. It can also be found in fish liver oil, eggs and fatty fish such as salmon, herring and mackerel, or taken as a supplement.

    Almost half of the world's population has lower than optimal levels of vitamin D and scientists say the problem is getting worse as people spend more time indoors.

    Geisler and his research team said the findings offered much needed information about the immune system and would be of particular use when developing new vaccines.

    "This is important not only in fighting disease but also in dealing with anti-immune reactions of the body and the rejection of transplanted organs," they wrote.

    Active T cells multiply at an explosive rate and as well as fighting infection, can also mistakenly attack the body itself.

    After and an organ transplant, for example, T cells can attack the new organ as a "foreign invader," and in autoimmune disease, hypersensitive T cells mistake parts of the body's own cells as threats, prompting the body to attack itself.

    Geisler said there were no definitive studies on the optimal daily vitamin D dose but experts recommend 5000 IUs a day.



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    Why "sunshine" vitamin D is so crucial to our health



    Vitamin D is vital in activating human defences and low levels suffered by around half the world's population may mean their immune systems' killer T cells are poor at fighting infection, scientists said on Sunday.

    The findings by Danish researchers could help the fight against infectious diseases and global epidemics, they said, and could be particularly useful in the search for new vaccines.

    The researchers found that immune systems' killer cells, known as T cells, rely on vitamin D to become active and remain dormant and unaware of the possibility of threat from an infection or pathogen if vitamin D is lacking in the blood.

    "When a T cell is exposed to a foreign pathogen, it extends a signaling device or 'antenna' known as a vitamin D receptor, with which it searches for vitamin D," said Carsten Geisler of Copenhagen University's department of international health, immunology and microbiology, who led the study.

    "This means the T cell must have vitamin D or activation of the cell will cease. If the T cells cannot find enough vitamin D in the blood, they won't even begin to mobilize."



    Scientists have known for a long time that vitamin D is important for calcium absorption, and that there is a link between levels of the vitamin and diseases such as cancer and multiple sclerosis.

    "What we didn't realize is how crucial vitamin D is for actually activating the immune system -- which we know now," Geisler wrote in the study in the journal Nature Immunology.

    Most Vitamin D is made by the body as a natural by-product of the skin's exposure to sunlight. It can also be found in fish liver oil, eggs and fatty fish such as salmon, herring and mackerel, or taken as a supplement.

    Almost half of the world's population has lower than optimal levels of vitamin D and scientists say the problem is getting worse as people spend more time indoors.

    Geisler and his research team said the findings offered much needed information about the immune system and would be of particular use when developing new vaccines.

    "This is important not only in fighting disease but also in dealing with anti-immune reactions of the body and the rejection of transplanted organs," they wrote.

    Active T cells multiply at an explosive rate and as well as fighting infection, can also mistakenly attack the body itself.

    After and an organ transplant, for example, T cells can attack the new organ as a "foreign invader," and in autoimmune disease, hypersensitive T cells mistake parts of the body's own cells as threats, prompting the body to attack itself.

    Geisler said there were no definitive studies on the optimal daily vitamin D dose but experts recommend 5000 IUs a day.



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    Saturday, January 15, 2011

    Why it's important to Drink Water

    The more water you drink... the more you allow your body to purify itself. Studies show that on average, on a typical day without exercise or hot weather, we lose about 8-10 cups of water through perspiration, breathing, urination and bowel movements.

    Studies have also shown that as we age, our senses lose their perceptive capabilities. Thus, we gradually lose our ability to realize that we are thirsty, and we become more and more dehydrated the older we get. So don't wait until you feel thirsty to dring water.

    Elderly Need To Drink More Water.   Hypertension, circulation disorders, kidney stones, arthritis, indigestion and constipation are all common disorders found in elderly people that can be directly, or indirectly, caused in inadequate water intake. Over the age of 65 thirst diminishes and a person is not likely to drink without consciously thinking about it.

    Women need extra fluids in pregnancy. Pregnant and breastfeeding women need additional fluids to stay hydrated. According to the Institute of Medicine - who recommend that, on average, women consume 3.2 litres and men 3.5 litres - this is recommended to be 2.4 litres (approx. 9 cups) for pregnant women and 3 litres (approx. 12.5 cups) for breastfeeding women since an especially large amount of fluid is lost during nursing.

    Children need more water than adults because of their large consumption of energy, so they should always have unlimited access to water - a loss of 2% of body fluids causes a 20% reduction in child performance in both physical and mental activities.

    The American Academy of Pediatrics actually states that "until your baby starts eating solid foods, he'll get all the water he needs from breast milk or formula."

    Signs of Dehydration


    According to Dr. F. Batmanghelidj MD the "dry-mouth" is not necessarily a sign that you need to drink water. There are many other important ways in which our body tells us that we are in need of water









    General perceptive "feelings


    • Fatigue

    • Anxiety

    • Irritability

    • Depression

    • Cravings

    • Cramps

    • Headache



    Signs of persistent dehydration


    • Asthma and Allergies

    • Join and back pain

    • Migraine / headaches

    • Hypertension

    • Constipation, colitis

    • Type II diabetes



    More drastic emergency indicators of local dehydration


    • Heartburn

    • Anginal pain

    • Fibromyalgia and Rheumatoid joint pains

    • Autoimmune Diseases

    • Lupus

    • Psoriasis

    • Morning sickness during pregnancy



    Drinking Water vs. other beverages?


    Soda, diet soda, coffee, tea, or alcohol do not replace water,  especially if the beverage is a diuretic. They get more water out of the body than there is water in the in the cup of beverage or the can of soda.

    If you don't like the taste  of plain water, try putting lemon, lime or an orange slice in your glass.

     "  The consumption of soft drinks, like land-mine terrain, is riddled with hazards. We as practitioners and advocates of a healthy life-style recognize that consuming even as little as one or two sodas per day  is undeniably connected to a myriad of pathologies." says Judith Valentine, PhD. -

     

    The importance of Water in relations to your Kidneys

    ** Kidneys are powerful chemical factories that perform the following functions:

    • remove waste products from the body, including inorganic minerals

    • remove drugs form the body

    • balance the body's fluids

    • release hormones that regulate blood pressure

    • produce an active form of vitamin D that promotes strong, healthy bones

    • control the production of red blood cells


    In order to maintain health, the kidneys must excrete a minimum of ten ounces of waste per day. When water is not available, there is nothing present in which to dissolve the body's waste products (uric acid and urea) for expulsion. As a result, they build up within the body, leading to kidney stones, while putting additional strain on the kidneys to find adequate liquid with which to expel toxins.

    * The explanation for strong smelling or dark urine could simply be that you are not drinking enough water and your urine is very concentrated.

    * The same applies to skin odor. If you feel that a bad odor persists on your skin even after bathing, this is the result of too much accumulation of toxins. Drinking more water will aid in eliminating them from the system. "Detoxification is even more important to longevity than good nutrition..."

    Drinking Water versus other beverages:


    Replacing water with soda, diet soda, coffee, tea, or alcohol won't work as well - especially if the beverage produces a diuretic effect. (alcohol actually, produces dehydration). If you don't like the taste of plain water, try putting lemon, lime or an orange slice in your glass.

    Drinking mineral water


    Mineral water is water that contains no less than 250 parts per million (ppm) of total dissolved, naturally occurring (not added) solids, or minerals. Mineral water can be labeled "low mineral content" (less than 500 ppm) or "high mineral content" (more than 1,500 ppm) minerals.

    Water containing high levels of Calcium and Magnesium is called hard water. Drinking hard water is not necessarily detrimental for your health if the hardness level is not too high.

    Drinking Alkaline water


    In order to balance the acidity produced by stress, fear, depression, pollution, poor nutrition, etc., we have to keep our body slightly alkaline ... but you don't need to force yourself to drink hard water, for this. As shown on the Nutrition page, there are a lot of vegetables and minerals which can be added to your diet maintain the body Ph balance

    If you really want to drink alkaline water, you can ad a pinch of baking soda or sea salt in your glass - but alkaline water doesn't taste so good, therefore it will not satisfy your thirst...

    - An alternative to this is to add some freshly squeezed lemon juice to the water you drink (The lemon juice appears to be acid, but inside our body it becomes alkaline, like all citrus fruit). In addition it tastes good and it is refreshing - cheers! :)

    ** Warning: people often think that they can supply their needs of minerals from drinking water. Water in nature was never pure even if is not artificially polluted; it always contains dissolved minerals depending on the surrounding environment. Studies have shown that only 1% of the quantity of minerals we take from the water can be assimilated by our body. When drinking high mineralized water, naturally, our body will try to eliminate the excess it cannot assimilate and this can harm our kidneys.

    Highly mineralized water is not suitable for daily drinking, but in small quantities it can be used for healing purposes... Drinking of mineral waters though, can successfully heal specific ailments, in health resorts and only as a 10- 12 day cure, with medical prescription and supervision.

    Drinking bottled water


    By far this is the most expensive of all options. You may use bottled water for drinking or making tea, but could you afford to use if for all your cooking and food preparation needs?

    What exactly are consumers getting for their money?

    Is the bottled water industry's carefully marketed image of absolute purity and pristine sources an accurate reflection of where bottled water comes from, and is the water really so immaculately pure compared with tap water?

    Government and industry estimates indicate that about 25 percent to 30 percent of the bottled water sold in the United States comes from a city's or town's tap water -- sometimes further treated, sometimes not..

    Suggestion - YOU WILL NEVER GO WRONG WITH BUYING BOTTLED DISTILLED WATER.

    So, test your water source and choose the right water filter:

    Home water filters offer better than bottled water quality at a fraction of the cost & far more convenience, it's the smart choice! ...

    Drinking Water facts and news

    drinking water

    Almost all degenerative diseases are a result of dehydration, due to toxins building up in our body.

    The more water you drink... the more you allow your body to purify itself.

    outdoor drinking water

    If you like outdoors, or any other physical activities make sure you carry an adequate supply of water, to avoid dehydration.

    If you like traveling, make sure you can drink the proper quality of water.


    portable water filter
    Drink with confidence from any water source in the world!

    Portable Water Filter


    If you're flying, drink one extra glass of water for each hour that you're in the air:

    "In-flight air is drier than any of the world's deserts. Relative humidity is 20-25% in the Sahara or Arabian deserts, while optimum comfort is around 50% humidity."

    latent heat

    The colder it gets, the more you need to drink water to maintain your body temperature

    ...

    The warmer it gets, the more you need to drink water, to replace the quantity of fluids lost by perspiration and to maintain your body cool...


    Drinking Sea Water


    The American Indians who resided in the Utah area near the Great Salt Lake regularly drank small quantities of the inland sea water. They discovered that this practice enhanced the effect of their herbal remedies.

    The famed Poznan School of medicine in Poland found after years of research that herb's acted synergistically with minerals and vitamins, providing a superior therapeutic modality, than when minerals are not included...

    How Alkaline Water Cures Diabetes?


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    Why it's important to Drink Water

    The more water you drink... the more you allow your body to purify itself. Studies show that on average, on a typical day without exercise or hot weather, we lose about 8-10 cups of water through perspiration, breathing, urination and bowel movements.

    Studies have also shown that as we age, our senses lose their perceptive capabilities. Thus, we gradually lose our ability to realize that we are thirsty, and we become more and more dehydrated the older we get. So don't wait until you feel thirsty to dring water.

    Elderly Need To Drink More Water.   Hypertension, circulation disorders, kidney stones, arthritis, indigestion and constipation are all common disorders found in elderly people that can be directly, or indirectly, caused in inadequate water intake. Over the age of 65 thirst diminishes and a person is not likely to drink without consciously thinking about it.

    Women need extra fluids in pregnancy. Pregnant and breastfeeding women need additional fluids to stay hydrated. According to the Institute of Medicine - who recommend that, on average, women consume 3.2 litres and men 3.5 litres - this is recommended to be 2.4 litres (approx. 9 cups) for pregnant women and 3 litres (approx. 12.5 cups) for breastfeeding women since an especially large amount of fluid is lost during nursing.

    Children need more water than adults because of their large consumption of energy, so they should always have unlimited access to water - a loss of 2% of body fluids causes a 20% reduction in child performance in both physical and mental activities.

    The American Academy of Pediatrics actually states that "until your baby starts eating solid foods, he'll get all the water he needs from breast milk or formula."

    Signs of Dehydration


    According to Dr. F. Batmanghelidj MD the "dry-mouth" is not necessarily a sign that you need to drink water. There are many other important ways in which our body tells us that we are in need of water









    General perceptive "feelings


    • Fatigue

    • Anxiety

    • Irritability

    • Depression

    • Cravings

    • Cramps

    • Headache



    Signs of persistent dehydration


    • Asthma and Allergies

    • Join and back pain

    • Migraine / headaches

    • Hypertension

    • Constipation, colitis

    • Type II diabetes



    More drastic emergency indicators of local dehydration


    • Heartburn

    • Anginal pain

    • Fibromyalgia and Rheumatoid joint pains

    • Autoimmune Diseases

    • Lupus

    • Psoriasis

    • Morning sickness during pregnancy



    Drinking Water vs. other beverages?


    Soda, diet soda, coffee, tea, or alcohol do not replace water,  especially if the beverage is a diuretic. They get more water out of the body than there is water in the in the cup of beverage or the can of soda.

    If you don't like the taste  of plain water, try putting lemon, lime or an orange slice in your glass.

     "  The consumption of soft drinks, like land-mine terrain, is riddled with hazards. We as practitioners and advocates of a healthy life-style recognize that consuming even as little as one or two sodas per day  is undeniably connected to a myriad of pathologies." says Judith Valentine, PhD. -

     

    The importance of Water in relations to your Kidneys

    ** Kidneys are powerful chemical factories that perform the following functions:

    • remove waste products from the body, including inorganic minerals

    • remove drugs form the body

    • balance the body's fluids

    • release hormones that regulate blood pressure

    • produce an active form of vitamin D that promotes strong, healthy bones

    • control the production of red blood cells


    In order to maintain health, the kidneys must excrete a minimum of ten ounces of waste per day. When water is not available, there is nothing present in which to dissolve the body's waste products (uric acid and urea) for expulsion. As a result, they build up within the body, leading to kidney stones, while putting additional strain on the kidneys to find adequate liquid with which to expel toxins.

    * The explanation for strong smelling or dark urine could simply be that you are not drinking enough water and your urine is very concentrated.

    * The same applies to skin odor. If you feel that a bad odor persists on your skin even after bathing, this is the result of too much accumulation of toxins. Drinking more water will aid in eliminating them from the system. "Detoxification is even more important to longevity than good nutrition..."

    Drinking Water versus other beverages:


    Replacing water with soda, diet soda, coffee, tea, or alcohol won't work as well - especially if the beverage produces a diuretic effect. (alcohol actually, produces dehydration). If you don't like the taste of plain water, try putting lemon, lime or an orange slice in your glass.

    Drinking mineral water


    Mineral water is water that contains no less than 250 parts per million (ppm) of total dissolved, naturally occurring (not added) solids, or minerals. Mineral water can be labeled "low mineral content" (less than 500 ppm) or "high mineral content" (more than 1,500 ppm) minerals.

    Water containing high levels of Calcium and Magnesium is called hard water. Drinking hard water is not necessarily detrimental for your health if the hardness level is not too high.

    Drinking Alkaline water


    In order to balance the acidity produced by stress, fear, depression, pollution, poor nutrition, etc., we have to keep our body slightly alkaline ... but you don't need to force yourself to drink hard water, for this. As shown on the Nutrition page, there are a lot of vegetables and minerals which can be added to your diet maintain the body Ph balance

    If you really want to drink alkaline water, you can ad a pinch of baking soda or sea salt in your glass - but alkaline water doesn't taste so good, therefore it will not satisfy your thirst...

    - An alternative to this is to add some freshly squeezed lemon juice to the water you drink (The lemon juice appears to be acid, but inside our body it becomes alkaline, like all citrus fruit). In addition it tastes good and it is refreshing - cheers! :)

    ** Warning: people often think that they can supply their needs of minerals from drinking water. Water in nature was never pure even if is not artificially polluted; it always contains dissolved minerals depending on the surrounding environment. Studies have shown that only 1% of the quantity of minerals we take from the water can be assimilated by our body. When drinking high mineralized water, naturally, our body will try to eliminate the excess it cannot assimilate and this can harm our kidneys.

    Highly mineralized water is not suitable for daily drinking, but in small quantities it can be used for healing purposes... Drinking of mineral waters though, can successfully heal specific ailments, in health resorts and only as a 10- 12 day cure, with medical prescription and supervision.

    Drinking bottled water


    By far this is the most expensive of all options. You may use bottled water for drinking or making tea, but could you afford to use if for all your cooking and food preparation needs?

    What exactly are consumers getting for their money?

    Is the bottled water industry's carefully marketed image of absolute purity and pristine sources an accurate reflection of where bottled water comes from, and is the water really so immaculately pure compared with tap water?

    Government and industry estimates indicate that about 25 percent to 30 percent of the bottled water sold in the United States comes from a city's or town's tap water -- sometimes further treated, sometimes not..

    Suggestion - YOU WILL NEVER GO WRONG WITH BUYING BOTTLED DISTILLED WATER.

    So, test your water source and choose the right water filter:

    Home water filters offer better than bottled water quality at a fraction of the cost & far more convenience, it's the smart choice! ...

    Drinking Water facts and news

    drinking water

    Almost all degenerative diseases are a result of dehydration, due to toxins building up in our body.

    The more water you drink... the more you allow your body to purify itself.

    outdoor drinking water

    If you like outdoors, or any other physical activities make sure you carry an adequate supply of water, to avoid dehydration.

    If you like traveling, make sure you can drink the proper quality of water.


    portable water filter
    Drink with confidence from any water source in the world!

    Portable Water Filter


    If you're flying, drink one extra glass of water for each hour that you're in the air:

    "In-flight air is drier than any of the world's deserts. Relative humidity is 20-25% in the Sahara or Arabian deserts, while optimum comfort is around 50% humidity."

    latent heat

    The colder it gets, the more you need to drink water to maintain your body temperature

    ...

    The warmer it gets, the more you need to drink water, to replace the quantity of fluids lost by perspiration and to maintain your body cool...


    Drinking Sea Water


    The American Indians who resided in the Utah area near the Great Salt Lake regularly drank small quantities of the inland sea water. They discovered that this practice enhanced the effect of their herbal remedies.

    The famed Poznan School of medicine in Poland found after years of research that herb's acted synergistically with minerals and vitamins, providing a superior therapeutic modality, than when minerals are not included...

    How Alkaline Water Cures Diabetes?


    Here Is A 100% Effective Way to Reverse The Root Cause of Type 2 Diabetes WITHOUT Any Chemical Drug or Injection

    For More Information Check out Our Website To Read More Helpful Health Tips and Information