Posts Tagged ‘natural health’

By Sylvia Anderson, IH Editor — Published: July 29, 2010

If shedding pounds isn’t enough motivation to get you out of the recliner and into the gym, here are 11 powerful reasons to finally get up and get moving. According to U.S. News & World Report exercise not only helps you lose weight, but can boost your brain functioning and your mood, too.  But that’s not all.
Exercise reverses the aging process.

Stress takes a toll on your ability on your ability to age gracefully. When you exercise the brain’s feel good chemicals – dopamine, norepinephrine, and serotonin – receive a much-needed boost to combat life’s stressors.

Exercise can lift the cloud of depression.

In some cases consistent activity can decrease the symptoms of depression about as well as prescription antidepressant drugs.

Exercise improves brainpower.

Exercise increases growth factors, certain brain chemicals that are fundamental in producing new brain cells.

New research from Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago explains further. Two proteins are involved. One is called bone–morphogenetic protein (BMP), which hinders the production of new brain cells. The other protein is called Noggin, which is a BMP antagonist. According to the New York Times, more Noggin in your brain means less BMP activity. The result is more production of new brain cells.

Exercise fosters more self-esteem.

If you’ve lead a basically sedentary life, even small accomplishments such as running (or walking) a mile will make you feel better about yourself and what you see when you look in the mirror.

Exercise is a natural high.

You’ve probably heard marathon runners talk of the “runner’s high.” It’s a natural feeling of euphoria you get from high intensity exercise.  And the best part?  There are no bad side effects associated with it.

Need even more reasons to exercise?

Regular exercise has been shown to keep your mind sharp and can keep dementia at bay – despite what mainstream medicine reports. Chances are a few decades from now you won’t be too concerned about how you look on the beach, but if you are committed to an exercise routine, your mental clarity and quick wit will testify to your determination instead.

Even if you get a late start, exercise will slow down the aging process. This means you’ll be much less likely to have to deal with a disability or chronic disease – and much more likely to be trim and fit, happy, and self-sufficient.

Exercise improves immunity
by circulating immune cells more efficiently throughout your blood. This makes it easier for your immune system to attack viruses and diseases.

Exercise stabilizes your insulin levels. This is crucial for warding off the onset of Type-2 diabetes, and a low sugar environment also decreases cancer cell growth.

Exercise decreases the incidence of colon cancer
by 50% when compared to sedentary behavior. In addition, women who stick to a consistent exercise regimen can reduce the risk of developing breast cancer by 20 to 30% when compared to her inactive counterparts.

Researchers have measured the biochemical changes that take place when exercising. It’s really amazing what happens. From burning fat calories to stabilizing blood sugar, exercising regularly and maintaining a healthy weight optimizes insulin receptor sensitivity.This is perhaps one of the most important factors when it comes to improving overall health and the prevention of all types of diseases–from diabetes to cardiac disease, to cancer.

In an age where Big Pharma pushes a pill for just about everything, the evidence is overwhelming – natural solutions such as exercise are a safer and often better remedy for many conditions and diseases.

Life is a Sport. Get Strong! Stay Strong!

Chris

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From Dr Mercola’s Website:

Last but not least, let me reiterate the many ways you can protect your health from ANY kind of flu, without a potentially dangerous vaccine.

I have not caught a flu in over two decades, and you can avoid it too by following these simple guidelines, which will keep your immune system in optimal working order so that you’re far less likely to acquire the infection to begin with.

I would STRONGLY urge you to have your vitamin D level monitored to confirm your levels are therapeutic at 50-70 ng.ml and done by a reliable vitamin D lab like Lab Corp.

If you are coming down with flu like symptoms and have not been on vitamin D you can take doses of 50,000 units a day for three days to treat the acute infection. Some researchers like Dr. Cannell, believe the dose could even be as high as 1,000 units per pound of body weight for three days.

However, most of Dr. Cannell’s work was with seasonal and not pandemic flu. If your body has never been exposed to the antigens there is chance that the vitamin D might not work. Your best bet is to maintain healthy levels of vitamin D around 60 ng/ml.

  • Avoid Sugar and Processed Foods. Sugar decreases the function of your immune system almost immediately, and as you likely know, a strong immune system is key to fighting off viruses and other illness. Remember that sugar is present in foods you may not suspect, like ketchup and fruit juice.

  • Get Enough Rest. Just like it becomes harder for you to get your daily tasks done if you’re tired, if your body is overly fatigued it will be harder for it to fight the flu. Be sure to check out my article Guide to a Good Night’s Sleep for some great tips to help you get quality rest.

  • Have Effective Tools to Address Stress. We all face some stress every day, but if stress becomes overwhelming then your body will be less able to fight off the flu and other illness.

If you feel that stress is taking a toll on your health, consider using a tool such as meridian tapping techniques, which is remarkably effective in relieving stress associated with all kinds of events, from work to family to trauma. You can check out my free, 25-page manual for some guidelines on how to perform this simple technique.

  • Exercise. When you exercise, you increase your circulation and your blood flow throughout your body. The components of your immune system are also better circulated, which means your immune system has a better chance of finding an illness before it spreads. You can review my exercise guidelines for some great tips on how to get started.

  • Take a good source of animal-based omega-3 fats like krill oil. Increase your intake of healthy and essential fats like the omega-3 found in krill oil, which is crucial for maintaining health. It is also vitally important to avoid damaged omega-6 oils like trans fats as it will seriously damage your immune response.

  • Wash Your Hands. Washing your hands will decrease your likelihood of spreading a virus to your nose, mouth or to other people. Be sure you don’t use antibacterial soap for this — antibacterial soaps are completely unnecessary, and they cause far more harm than good. Instead, identify a simple chemical-free soap that you can switch your family to.

  • Use All-Natural ‘Antibiotics’. Garlic works like a broad-spectrum antibiotic against bacteria, virus, and protozoa in your body. And unlike with antibiotics, no resistance can be built up so it is an absolutely safe product to use. However, if you are allergic or don’t enjoy garlic it would be best to avoid as it will likely cause more harm than good.

    Other all-natural antibiotics include olive leaf extract, oil of oregano, and high quality colloidal silver.

  • Avoid Hospitals and Vaccines In this particular case, I’d also recommend you stay away from hospitals unless you have an emergency, as hospitals are prime breeding grounds for infections of all kinds, and could be one of thelikeliest places you could be exposed to this new bug.

    Get Strong! Stay Strong! ( and healthy!!!!)

    Chris

Catherine Lewis, AHJ Editor — Published: May 11, 2009

Probiotics seem to be all the rage these days, and for good reason! They have a number of potential health benefits, including improving digestive health and possibly preventing colon cancer. And now there’s one more reason to introduce probiotics to your diet: a recent study showed that a diet combining soy and probiotics significantly reduced harmful lipids. Keep reading for more information on the increasing powers of probiotics.

Probiotics have once again proven their benefits as a health supplement. In a study published by the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition, a diet that combined soy and a probiotic supplement significantly reduced harmful lipids in the system.  

Why Probiotics?
When it comes to maintaining good health, probiotics are the ideal choice. These healthy bacteria have a number of potential benefits, including managing inflammatory bowel disease, lowering cholesterol and lowering blood pressure. They are also effective in the prevention of colon cancer, although studies are still being performed regarding this potential.

Your immune system controls good health. And, taking a dietary supplement of probiotics is one of the ways that you can support your immune system. According to the European study, when combined with soy products, probiotics have a positive effect on body cells and they help to promote a positive response from your body. They increase the proportion of lymphocytes in your body as well as the natural fighting cells that ward off disease.  

Though probiotics are often recommended and used successfully for those who are fighting diseases of the digestive tract, the health benefits of these supplements are proving to be beneficial in many other areas of health. Studies performed in the United States, Asia and Europe all confirm that there are significant health benefits to taking probiotics when it comes to the digestive tract. But these new studies have many doctors recommending the use of this supplement when fighting high blood pressure as well as high cholesterol.

Probiotics and Lipids
When it comes to harmful lipids, probiotics have already been linked with lowering cholesterol when taken alone. The new study published by the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition suggests that the effect is even greater when combined with soy products. This can show promise for those who struggle with high cholesterol and want to take a natural product to lower their lipids, rather than a medication that may have adverse side effects on the digestive tract and the liver.  

Because probiotics and soy are natural products, they are considered by many to be safer than medications for high cholesterol. For many years, Lipitor was the gold standard of treating this condition. However, as the dangers of Lipitor and other cholesterol drugs are becoming more apparent, science is looking for alternates. Medical science may very well have a breakthrough in treating high cholesterol in a natural way with probiotics combined with soy.  

If you’re suffering from high cholesterol, consult with your doctor or healthcare provider to see if probiotics are an option for you.

Get Strong! Stay Strong!

Chris

 

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The secret to natural medicine for many common health issues is simply . . . honey.  It has many healing properties, as it acts as an anti-viral, anti-antibiotic and anti-fungal.  Honey has been used as an effective treatment for conditions such as burns, and fighting colds and flu. Keep reading for three recipes of honey’s natural medicine, as well as the best honey to use when making your homemade remedy. 

What is the best honey to use? 
The best honey to use is when making your own natural medicine is organic raw honey that is produced by your local beekeepers.  It is much more nutritious and usually tastes better than store-bought honey.  Generally small-scale beekeepers will take better care of their hives than those who deal with large-scale honey production.

Making Medicinal Honey
If you’re interested in making your own medicinal honey, start with one of these three recipes:

  1. Herbal honey with lemon balm and ginger: Heat one cup of raw honey until it is liquefied.  Add in one-quarter cup fresh chopped lemon balm and two tablespoons peeled minced ginger and simmer for 20 minutes.  Put into a glass jar and cap tightly.    This concoction is effective in soothing the stomach and fighting colds.
  2. Try hyssop and thyme, which is good for congestion, lavender, mint, rosemary, sage and rose hips:  For each cup of honey, add in one-quarter cup of fresh herbs or one-eighth cup of dried herbs.  
  3. Garlic honey remedy:  This is excellent at fighting the cold and flu and is great to have around the house, especially during the winter months.  Fill a jar with garlic cloves and pour raw honey over it.  Let the mixture infuse for several days before you use it. 
Storing Medicinal Honey
Store your medicinal honey in the refrigerator or a cool, dry cabinet.  Your honey will last about one year.  Make sure to write the date on the jar so you can keep track of its freshness.

Dosage
When you’re feeling sick, take a teaspoon several times a day.  To fight the flu, you can mix a teaspoon of your honey mixture with raw apple cider vinegar and hot water to make an herbal drink.  Some people also like to add cayenne pepper, which also has amazing healing benefits.  

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It is important to know that although children love the taste of honey, you cannot give honey to infants under the age of one because of the risk of botulism.

Honey Heals
What better way to heal your ailing body than with Nature’s medicine? Keep in mind that honey is still a “sugar.” Just because you are using honey don`t think you can double up on the doseThe key is to get honey from your local area and not from a supermarket. Start with one of the above recipes and you’ll be on your way to wellness in no time.

——-By Sylvia Anderson, AHJ Editor 1/15/2009
Get Strong! Stay Strong! (and be healthy!)
Chris