Calm Inflammation – Naturally!

Chronic INFLAMMATION is a common symptom in most degenerative diseases.  These include certain types of cancer, cardiovascular disease, Type II diabetes, high cholesterol, chronic obesity, dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.

Inflammation is a NATURAL REPSONSE of the body to injury.  Think of inflammation in relation to the swelling around a sprained ankle.  The body handles this injury by sending certain chemicals to the area to start tissue repair.  On the surface, this looks like swelling, but underneath the skin, much is going on to repair the damage and restore health to the ankle.

CHRONIC INFLAMMATION” is a systemic response to injury.  What is significant about chronic inflammation is that it triggers the genes within us that are preprogrammed to certain diseases such as diabetes, cancer, heart disease, etc.  Each person reacts differently to prolonged inflammation, yet it will eventually break down organ function, weaken the heart muscle and cause conditions that lead to diabetes or even cancer.

There are a few major CONTRIBUTORS to inflammation.  They are high blood sugar, acid pH, food sensitivities and oxidation.  Eating foods made with white flour and white sugar along with fried foods leads to high blood sugar, acid pH and /or oxidative stress – all contributors to inflammation.

Inflammation is a response to our LIFESTYLE.  If we eat foods that are highly acidifying, that cause high blood sugar and promote oxidative stress, then our genes will respond with inflammation and disease.

CONTROLLING INFLAMMATION is a key to preventing and / or limiting degenerative disease.  Several classes of nutritional supplements all work towards fighting inflammation.  These include enzymes, anti-oxidants, essential fatty acids, fiber, vitamins, minerals, herbs and probiotics. Green supplements such as liquid chlorophyll, spirulina and chlorella are also important in maintaining pH and increasing antioxidants.

Some of the better formulations for ANTI-INFLAMMATORY products include molecularly distilled omega 3 oils with high ratios of EPA and DHA; herbal blends that contain turmeric, ginger, and rosemary; enzyme formulations that are specifically for inflammation such as Intenzyme; herbal juice formulations such as noni and mangosteen that are both anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory; and multi-vitamin and omega 3 oil products formulated specifically for anti-aging such as Biotics Research Vasculo-Sirt.   Major antioxidants such as alpha lipoic acid, pycnogenol, grape seed extract and resveratrol also seem to help reduce inflammation and to protect genes.

The best approach to controlling inflammation begins with CHOICES you can make.  Stop eating pro-inflammatory foods such as those made from white flour and white sugar.  Remove hydrogenated oils from shortening, margarine and fried foods from your diet.  Add healthy, anti-inflammatory oils such as olive oil, macadamia nut oil, flax oil and fish oil to your diet.  Eat plenty of alkalizing fruits and vegetables.  Avoid acidifying foods such as sodas, artificial sweeteners, additives, preservatives, white sugar and white flour.  Also exercise moderately.

You can OUTSMART your inflammation.  Although you may have a genetic predisposition to certain conditions, you can control the factors that activate those genes so that you can avoid or limit the condition.

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Herbal Cleanse For a New You!

CLEANSING is a great topic for the New Year.   If you would like to be healthier or would like to lose weight, a cleanse would be a fabulous place to start.  The purpose of cleansing is to help the body get rid of harmful toxins so that it runs more effectively and efficiently.

The standard AMERICAN DIET is full of processed and refined foods plus fast foods that tend to overwhelm our bodies and clog not just our arteries, but our livers, colons, lymph systems and kidneys as well.  Over the long run this kind of diet results in clogged tissues, suffocated cells, and loss of energy.  Both over-consumption and reduced eliminative function will cause congestive disorders such as frequent colds and flu’s, arthritis, gout, allergies, cardiovascular disease, and more.

Cleansing is the ANTIDOTE for the American diet.  A clean body has more energy; it sleeps better, thinks more clearly, digests and assimilates food efficiently, looks better and has fewer health problems.

There are many DIFFERENT FORMS of cleansing.  One of my favorites is an herbal cleanse that cleans all channels of elimination – kidneys, liver, lymph, blood, skin, colon and lungs.  What is nice about this kind of cleanse is that it is relatively user friendly and it contains herbs that not only clean the body, but rebuild and strengthen it as well.

Herbal cleanses need to be taken WITH FIBER and omega 3 oils.  The fiber acts like both, a broom and a sponge and helps sweep out your insides.  The omega 3 oils help soften and lubricate your insides to make them easier to clean.

People who do this kind of cleanse talk about HOW GOOD THEY FEEL during and after the cleanse and how it helps eliminate certain health problems from constipation, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, gall bladder attacks, joint pain, low energy, and more.

The herbal cleanse I recommend is a 30 DAY PROGRAM and it is very thorough; however, depending on your history, you may want to follow it with a candida cleanse (almost everyone needs this), a parasite cleanse, a liver cleanse, or a heavy metal cleanse.  These additional cleanses can really help eliminate chronic health problems.  If you really want to be healthier, thorough cleansing is a great first step.

If you have never done a cleanse before, there are GENTLER CLEANSES that should be done before attempting the 30 day program.  These “first step” cleanses are also good for those that are very sensitive, or have reactive digestive tracts.

A body that hasn’t been cleaned is kind of like a house that hasn’t been cleaned.  STUFF BUILDS UP over time.  It is a good habit to cleanse the body at regular intervals – at least once per year.  Cleansing gets rid of toxic waste so that it won’t accumulate and slow you down. Try it for your health.

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Take Care of Your Eyes – Naturally!

VISION PROBLEMS occur for various reasons.  Many times the problem is due to poor diet.  A diet of denatured and preservative laden food leads to the free radical damage that is implicated in many conditions affecting the eyes.

A DEFICIENCY of just one vitamin can lead to various eye problems that can sometimes be corrected with supplementation of the correct vitamins and minerals.   Most of the products for eyes include antioxidants such as vitamin A, zinc, lutein and zeaxanthin. There are many good eye formulations on the market; however, the buyer has to beware.

READ LABELS closely.  A lot of products look good, but are actually it full of synthetics, dies and the cheaper form of ingredients that typically do not absorb well.  It doesn’t matter who recommends it.  The most common products sometimes tend to be the worst.

Bad products cause more FREE RADICAL DAMAGE than they mitigate.  And, they are not easily assimilated.  Poor digestion / assimilation is an underlying cause of some eye problems, so you want to make sure that you are actually getting what you think you are.

Most people will associate CARROTS with healthy eyes.  That is because carrots are full of carotene – the precursor to vitamin A.  Vitamin A is essential for proper eye function.  Many people take beta carotene and think they are getting vitamin A – they are only if their body is properly converting it.  Problems that would impede this conversion are liver problems, dysbiosis (parasitic and fungal), and hypothyroidism – all very common.

Many people also associate ZINC with healthy eyes, particularly for prevention of macular degeneration.  Zinc is a very important antioxidant that is lost when we consume too much caffeine, sugar or white flour.  Zinc also needs good digestion to be absorbed.  Antacids and products that reduce stomach acid inhibit the body’s ability to absorb zinc.

LUTEIN and ZEAXANTHIN are carotenoids that are known to support the eyes.  They are found naturally in the dark leafy greens such as kale, collards, chard and mustard greens.  People who eat plenty of greens are much less likely to develop cataracts than those who do not.  Lutein and zeaxanthin are also effective in reducing the risk of macular degeneration.

BILBERRY is another product that is useful for vision.  Bilberry helps micro-circulation – think about all of the little capillaries that carry blood to your eyes.   Bilberry also has 50 times the antioxidant protection of vitamin E and 10 times that of vitamin C.  Bilberry is useful for all kinds of conditions of the eye including diabetic retinopathy, macular degeneration, cataracts and glaucoma – and it is also useful for varicose veins.

Last, but by no means least, is EYEBRIGHT – a great herb that strengthens all of the eye’s tissues.  My favorite eye formula contains this herb.  Eyebright can also be used as an eyewash.

As with all nutritional supplements – QUALITY is key if you want to “see” a difference,

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Arthritis – Natural Solutions

JOINT PAIN or ARTHRITIS is the number one chronic illness in America.  One person in 7 suffers from it.

Many people are use GLUCOSAMINE, CHONDROITINS, and MSM 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 CHANGES can be as remarkable as any drug or supplement in eliminating joint pain and inflammation throughout the body.  Eliminating foods that trigger inflammation in the body such as white flour, orange juice, coffee, dairy, red meat, white sugar, or nightshades (potatoes, tomatoes, eggplant, and peppers) can be very helpful.  Most of the foods I mentioned create excess acid in the body which creates not only joint problems, but other problems as well.  These include indigestion, allergies, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, etc.

A WHOLE BODY CLEANSE is an amazing tool to get rid of excess acid and stored toxins that overload the body – sometimes leading to joint pain.  Try one and see if it helps.  Note that if you don’t change your diet, the cleanse will not be able to eliminate more than you are putting in on a daily basis – so give the body a chance to heal by changing your diet too.

OMEGA 3 OILS are anti-inflammatory and lubricating to all cells including the joints.  A good high quality fish oil can be very helpful for arthritis.

DEVIL’S CLAW and YUCCA have both been used traditionally for arthritic and rheumatic conditions.  They are anti-inflammatory and cleansing to the joints.  The cleansing action is particularly useful in gouty arthritis.

CELADRIN is a fatty acid that acts as a lubricant, an immune system modulator and an anti-inflammatory.  Celadrin resets the immune system such that it does not attack and tear down the joints.  A bestseller is our glucosamine/celadrin formula.  Customers report   very favorable results.

HYALURONIC ACID is used to lubricate and preserve moisture in the joints and it helps get nutrients to cells that don’t possess a blood supply – like your joints. Hyaluronic acid is also great for aging skin and dry eyes.  It is available topically, for internal use, and by injection – it is now an ingredient in several joint formulas.  I really like the oral gel formula – my horse and I both use it.

NATURAL ANTI-INFLAMMATORIES, or COX-2 inhibitors, help calm inflammation and joint pain. Prescription drugs such as Celebrex are COX-2 inhibitors – with side effects typical of prescription drugs.  Well known natural COX-2 inhibitors include ginger, rosemary, turmeric and boswellia.  Zyflamend is a best selling combination with lots of research behind it, but the single herbs are good as well.

HYDRANGEA is worth mentioning – it is an ingredient that helps break down abnormal calcification.  It is also helpful with bone spurs (as is magnesium) and is worth a try if nothing else has worked.

There are many products that will help support JOINT HEALTH naturally.  Sometimes it takes a little experimentation to find what will work best for you.  Not all arthritis is the same, so when in doubt, ask for advice from someone who has knowledge of how the different products work.

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