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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Olive Leaf – Get the Best!

OLIVE LEAF is one of my favorite herbs for this time of year.  I use olive leaf for immune enhancement so that I do not get the flu.  However, olive leaf is more than just a great anti-viral.

OLIVES in some form have been used throughout history.  Olives and olive oil are referenced throughout the Bible.  Olive leaf is the first herb mentioned after the flood.  Olive oil was used in ancient times as a special anointing oil for priests and kings.  The ancient Egyptians used an olive leaf extract to mummify their kings.  Throughout the ages, teas made from olive leaf have been a popular folk remedy, particularly for combating fevers.

TEA from olive leaf is extremely bitter, and it is the bitter principle that is thought to have healing properties.  Scientists have now isolated the bitter phytochemicals contained in the tree and leaves and have done significant research on these compounds.  It is thought that these bitter compounds enable the olive tree to live for thousands of years by protecting the tree against insects and harmful microorganisms.

For the IMMUNE SYSTEM, olive leaf inhibits many types of harmful viruses, bacteria, and fungus.   Olive leaf has been used for Lyme disease, malaria, meningitis, Epstein-Barr, Herpes, HIV, shingles, the common cold and flu.

For the DIGESTIVE SYSTEM, olive leaf helps alleviate symptoms caused by harmful microorganisms such as diarrhea and peptic ulcers.

Olive leaf may also help alleviate certain CHRONIC IMMUNE disorders that may be caused by certain viruses or bacteria.  These include chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia, and rheumatoid arthritis.

Olive leaf is helpful when dealing with PARASITIC and FUNGAL conditions such as chronic yeast and fingernail and toenail fungus.

Olive leaf is also considered a CARDIOVASCULAR herb.  It is a potent antioxidant that may help prevent atherosclerosis by inhibiting oxidation of LDL cholesterol. Olive leaf increases blood circulation to the heart and improves the pumping action of the heart.  Olive leaf also lowers blood pressure.  I have always suspected that the real reason olive leaf works in this capacity is that it cleans the blood of yeast and fungus – both of these make the blood thicker and also increase cholesterol.

My favorite form of olive leaf is d-LENOLATE.  It is a patented extract that I find works better than any other form of olive leaf.  It comes in 500 mg capsules and in a topical lotion.  It is also a main ingredient in d-Lenolate Plus – a great natural remedy for cold & flu.

During FLU SEASON, I recommend taking 500 mg. of olive leaf daily.  This can be doubled or tripled during acute periods of exposure to colds and flu.

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Lymphatic Congestion – What to do if you have it!

YOU ARE what you eat and do not eliminate.   Now that can be a troubling thought when you consider all of the chemicals used to process and preserve the typical American diet.  One great hiding place for toxic waste is our lymphatic system, which is the pathway for cellular waste to leave our tissues and to be eliminated from our body.

The LYMPHATIC SYSTEM is a network of nodes, glands and tubes that relies on muscle movement to flow and drain properly.    Unlike our circulatory system, the lymphatic system has no pump to move the fluid.  So if you are a couch potato, or just live a sedentary life, you probably have a congested lymph system.

The lymphatic system will BLOAT and back up if you eat foods that don’t agree with you. The whole-body bloat that comes from eating foods with too many chemicals or foods that you react to is lymphatic congestion.  The standard American diet tends to do this to people.  Anyone who has dieted knows that when you start eating really healthy with lots of fresh vegetables and no junk, you lose at least 3 to 4 pounds of water.  This is backed up fluid from your lymphatic system.

If this LYMPHATIC CONGESTION is chronic, parasites and other critters will move in because you will have become a great home for them.  Leaky gut also trashes out the lymphatic system.  This is caused by chronic constipation, poor diet and or parasites that cause waste to escape your intestines and move into body tissues where it doesn’t belong: over time, this will result in autoimmune conditions such as fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue, etc.

Here is a SHORT QUIZ to take to help you decide if your lymph system needs to be cleansed.

Are you overweight?

Do you have cellulite or fatty deposits?

Are you prone to lumps and growths in your body?

Do you feel bloated or have areas in your body that feel heavy?

Do you have aches and pains?

Have you been diagnosed with chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, multiple sclerosis, lupus, or other chronic immune disorders?

Are your eyes puffy?

If you answered yes to any of the above question, your lymphatic system may need a tune up.

There are many ways to do this.  A WHOLE BODY CLEANSE will help – I recommend these at regular intervals.  There are also enzymes that help break down some of the toxins stored in the fluid.

PARASITE CLEANSES will also help.  And, there are specific herbs that help clean and support the lymphatic system – I recommend a combination called Lymph Gland Cleanse.

The best EXERCISE to drain the lymph system is jumping on a trampoline.  Since the lymph system is a series of valves and ducts without a designated pump, the movement of jumping up and down on a trampoline accelerates the flow of the lymph fluid through the system and out of the body.

Tune up your DIET by eating real food with plenty of fresh vegetables – this helps elimination on all levels, lymphatic system included.  Avoid foods that you are allergic or sensitive to.  Going grain free for a short period can really help the lymph system.  Drink plenty of pure water too.

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Reduce Cholesterol by Addressing the Cause!

It seems like everyone wants to REDUCE CHOLESTEROL.  There are some great natural ways to do this, but everyone is unique – so what works for one, may not work for another.  Cholesterol is necessary for many body functions, meaning that you don’t want to reduce it completely, but you don’t want unhealthy levels either.

  DIET is the best place to start.  Eliminate foods full of unhealthy transfatty acids and hydrogenated oils which tend to increase cholesterol.

HIGH CHOLESTEROL and HIGH TRIGLYCERIDES are symptos of either insulin resistance or diabete.   This means you are eating too much sugar or too many refined carbohydrates.  A great way to bring both triglycerides and cholesterol down is to balance your diet and take a multi-vitamin for blood sugar control (I recommend one called Gluco Balance) along with a good quality omega 3 oil.

IMPROVING ELIMINATION is one of the best ways to lower cholesterol.   Constipation or slow transit time through the digestive tract will cause cholesterol to be reabsorbed rather than eliminated.  Adding fiber to the diet will absorb the cholesterol, encourage more regular elimination, and lower cholesterol.  Oat fiber is advertised as being cholesterol lowering, but other forms of fiber such as psyllium will work as well.

Poor LIVER or GALLBLADDER function can lead to high cholesterol levels.   A liver cleanse can be helpful since it helps the liver break down and eliminate cholesterol.  I have seen good results with a product called Beta TCP and also with lecithin.

If you really don’t know why your cholesterol is high, but want to do SOMETHING NATURAL, a good step is to do an herbal cleanse for the whole body.  The one I recommend is a 30 day program that includes herbs, fiber and omega 3 oil.  Customers have brought cholesterol down 20-40 points using this cleanse.

There are many NATURAL PRODUCTS that will help keep cholesterol levels healthy.  Some of the best known are red yeast rice, niacin, lecithin, chlorella and garlic.  But there are others such as policosanol.  Studies show that policosanol can lower total cholesterol 17 to 20 percent with “bad’ LDL cholesterol reductions of 15 to 25 percent and “good” HDL cholesterol increases of 18 to 20 percent.  A companion product to policosanol is phytosterols which has been shown in studies to reduce cholesterol an average of 10 percent in total cholesterol and 13 percent in LDL cholesterol.  Both policosanol and phytosterols are often included in cholesterol lowering programs since they enhance the effect of both prescription and nonprescription treatments for lowering cholesterol.  Our customers report favorable results using a product called CholestRice – a blend of red yeast rice, Co Q-10, policosanol and phytosterols.

Remember that high cholesterol is a response to an imbalance in the body – FIX the IMBALANCE and you will be healthier all over.

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