DNA Repair – Fix It Naturally!

DNA is our cellular blueprint.  It is part of our genetic makeup that controls how our cells reproduce.  Much research has gone into proving that so called genetic diseases like diabetes, heart disease, cancer and more are actually the result of damage to the cellular DNA that causes a defective reproduction of cells in the body, which over time leads to degenerative disease.

The research has shown that some DNA damage can be REPAIRED so that the gene responsible for expressing the disease is actually turned off.  This is really good news.  I wish I had learned it earlier in life.

Some of the best DNA repair nutrients are B VITAMINS and ZINC – both of which are eaten up by stress and most people are deficient in.  B vitamin deficiency causes damage to the body that is almost identical to that caused by radiation.  Low levels of B vitamin lead to genetic instability and breaks in the DNA strand that wreak havoc with cellular programming. Vitamins are utilized in a process called methylation that helps suppress cancer genes.  Research scientists have used supplemental B vitamins to alter DNA methylation patterns to change what was believed to be fixed genetic traits.

Certain ANTIOXIDANTS are important in protecting DNA because they increase energy in the cells and help protect them from free-radical damage – both of which translate to less risk of disease.

The first of these super antioxidants is COENZYME Q10.  Its primary function is to provide energy to the cells while acting as an antioxidant.  It is well known for helping with cardiac arrhytythmia, lowering blood pressure and preventing artherosclerosis.  For the immune system, coenzyme Q10 provides a boost to the immune system and helps suppress proliferations of cancer cells.  Co Q10 is beneficial in many neurological disorders providing protection to the brain and nerves.  Co Q10 is depleted by statin drugs.

The next super antioxidant is ALPHA LIPOIC ACID which is a master antioxidant in that it enables recycling of other antioxidants such as C, E and coenzyme Q10.  Alpha lipoic acid is one of the major anti-aging nutrients and is known for suppressing the activity of inflammation promoting genes that can lead to degenerative diseases. Alpha lipoic acid improves the efficiency of insulin and is used supplementally to lower blood sugar.  This antioxidant is very helpful to those with diabetes or insulin resistance.

VITAMIN E inhibits inflammation promoting genes.  The best form is the natural form with the full spectrum of the E family known as mixed tocopherols.  Research has shown E to reduce the accumulation of the beta-amyloid protein in the brain that is one of the hallmarks of Alzheimer’s disease.

Note that in using SUPPLEMENTS for HEALTH, it is very important to use very high quality natural supplements.  The synthetic supplements do work in the short run at a lower efficiency, but in the long run, they actually cause damage to the cellular DNA which defeats the purpose of taking them over time.

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Natural Remedies for Arthritis

ARTHRITIS affects one in 7 people in America. Glucosamine, chondroitins and MSM are the most common natural remedies used to manage pain and to supply building materials for joint repair. While these are very helpful, particularly with osteoarthritis, I would like to mention some other natural remedies for arthritis.
DIET is one of the best and cheapest remedies. Some basic arthritis causing/aggravating foods are peanuts, nightshades (potatoes, tomatoes, eggplant and peppers), soy, wheat, coffee and oranges. Food sensitivities can result in hidden inflammation – as in the kind that is in your joints and causes arthritis over time. Blood type diets are really helpful in identifying foods you should avoid to help your joints hurt less. Diet changes can be as remarkable as any drug or supplement in eliminating joint pain and inflammation throughout the body.
MINERAL DEFICIENCIES and imbalances contribute to arthritis as does an overly acid body pH. It is easy to test pH with litmus paper strips for urine. Any body that is overly acid will have mineral imbalances that will start coming into balance when pH is balanced.
HERBAL REMEDIES work well for arthritis. I like devils claw and yucca which are anti-inflammatory and cleansing to the joints. The cleansing action is particularly useful in gouty arthritis. Hydrangea is another favorite of mine. It helps break down abnormal calcification. A little hydrangea goes a long way – it is best in combination with other herbs.
For PAIN RELIEF, a favorite of mine is boswellia (also known as frankincense). It is excellent as an anti-inflammatory and pain reliever. I use the essential oil topically for lower back pain – especially before and after exercise. One of our best selling pain relievers contains boswellia, devils claw and willow bark – customers report that it relieves their chronic pain. There is also a great spray that contains boswellia, arnica and MSM.
Natural ANTI-INFLAMMATORY HERBS are known as COX-2 inhibitors – in reference to a specific enzyme that causes inflammation in the body. Much research has been done to identify natural COX-2 inhibitors which do not have the side effects of the prescription drugs such as Celebrex and Vioxx. Well known COX-2 inhibiting herbs include ginger, rosemary, turmeric and boswellia – my favorite combination is called Zyflamend.
HYALURONIC ACID is another remarkable supplement for joint health. It helps lubricate the joints while helping with joint mobility. Hyaluronic acid supports the synovial fluid and promotes tissue hydration all over the body.
Another arthritis remedy is CELADRIN. It is an ester of a fatty acid that acts as a lubricant, an immune system modulator and an anti-inflammatory. Clinical trials show phenomenal results. It is thought that Celadrin resets the immune system such that it does not attack and tear down the joints. Several customers have switched to a glucosamine / celadrin formula with very favorable results.
The last natural tidbit for those of you with arthritis is to be careful about using NSAID’s. Non-steriodal anti-inflammatories such as aspirin, acetominophen and ibuprofen interrupt the cartilage repair cycle and do not slow progression of arthritis as some of the natural remedies mentioned above do.

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Seasonal Allergies – Natural Options

ALLERGY season is upon us as Texas CEDAR trees bloom and pollen floats through the air. There are some great natural products that help alleviate the symptoms of allergies without the side effects of some of the “unnatural” products that many use.
QUERCETIN is one of our bestsellers. It is known for inhibiting allergy and inflammatory responses. Quercetin is a bioflavonoid, or part of the vitamin C family. Bioflavonoids are coloring pigments found throughout the plant kingdom that are antioxidants and provide protection from environmental stresses.
When ALLERGENS are absorbed into the bloodstream, they trigger allergy and inflammatory conditions. When allergens meet special immune cells containing histamine, the cell wall of the immune cell becomes leaky and releases histamine into the surrounding blood and tissues. Allergen released histamine produces the familiar allergic symptoms of runny noses, blocked sinuses, itchy eyes, blotchy skin, coughing and wheezing.
QUERCETIN actually helps to stabilize the cell walls of the immune components that contain histamine. This stabilization helps prevent release of histamine. Without histamine, there are no allergy symptoms. What is really nice about quercetin is it doesn’t “over” dry, doesn’t make you drowsy, and has very few negative interactions since it is part of the vitamin C family.
QUERCETIN also helps with asthma, which is allergic inflammation involving the lungs.
QUERCETIN is available in supplement form – chewables available for children. Quercetin is usually combined with bromelain or pineapple enzyme since it is barely soluble in water and needs the bromelain to increase absorption. Bromelain has powerful anti-inflammatory properties that act synergistically with quercetin.
Suggested dosage of quercetin for allergy and asthma is 1000 to 2000 mg. per day divided into at least 2 doses.
HOMEOPATHICS such as TEXAS ALLERGY MIX are popular and effective for seasonal allergies. Homeopathics are effective and safe enough for a small child with no drowsiness and no drug interactions. There are many homeopathic formulations available. Some are for general allergy symptoms while others are specific to the allergen, such as tree pollen, pet dander, mold, dust, etc. A bestseller is the Texas Allergy Mix – it is specific to mold, oak, cedar, ragweed, etc.
HERBS also work for allergies. Nettle, which inhibits histamine release is available in both capsules and tea. Boneset, horehound, fenugreek and horseradish are some of the other herbs used – usually in combination to soothe the respiratory tract while breaking down mucous. There are also enzymes which help digest allergy causing proteins in the blood which takes away allergy symptoms.
Give some NATURAL PRODUCTS a try this allergy season and see how they work for you.

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Get Regular Blood Work – Here is why!

HEALTH CHECK will be at THE GREEN HOUSE on Tuesday, FEBRUARY 10, 2015 from 8:00-11:00 a.m. Health Check provides low cost laboratory blood work and has many packages for any of the standard laboratory blood tests that you might interest you.
HEALTH CHECK is a great service and making this available to you is just one of the ways we help keep your health care costs as low as possible.
REGULAR BLOOD WORK is beneficial in that it is a good screen for diseases and it records health markers at given times so that a history is established. Blood work can also help indicate nutritional and functional status.
I like to use blood work PREVENTATIVELY . I have heard many times “my blood work is all normal” – this is GREAT. It means you do not have a diagnosable disease, but it doesn’t guarantee that you are in good health. I like to look at blood ranges with the word “OPTIMAL” in mind. In other words, standard ranges for blood chemistry tend to be fairly wide. When the ranges are narrowed, they can help pinpoint deficiencies and/or functional problems that can be addressed with nutrition.
STANDARD BLOOD WORK can give information about nutritional intake, digestion, mineral balance, essential fatty acid deficiencies, blood sugar handling, hydration, hormone balance, immune status, liver function and kidney function. In most cases, health problems do not develop overnight. Using regular blood work as a preventive tool tells you what areas to target and if the things you are doing are working.
ABNORMAL BLOOD WORK usually indicates an underlying functional issue. For example, high triglyceride and cholesterol levels are typically used as markers for cardiovascular risk, but they also can indicate deficiencies of essential fatty acids, blood sugar issues, liver dysfunction and thyroid problems.
BLOOD SUGAR is a good area to focus on. Standard lab ranges are 70-99 for fasting glucose. I think a better target range is 80-90. On the high side, or over 90, there will be problems with cholesterol and triglycerides. The standard medical care is to prescribe a cholesterol lowering medication; however, it would be much more healthful in the long run to lower blood sugar with diet and exercise. These lifestyle changes would not only lower cholesterol and triglycerides, but they would also make you healthier and less likely to incur more health problems down the road.
The LOW side of the BLOOD SUGAR range has different issues. From 70- 80, the body is having blood sugar handling issues, but the body over lowers to the point of going too low with symptoms of dizziness, headaches and getting weak when a meal is missed. This issue tends to turn into diabetes with age, if not addressed with lifestyle and nutrition changes.
From my perspective, it is better to solve the UNDERLYING ISSUE than to just take a pill that handles the symptoms. I believe that “an ounce of PREVENTION is worth a pound of cure”. And, preventing health problems is by far the cheapest option available.

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