Bone Health – More than just calcium!

BONE HEALTH is not just about calcium. Bone health is a function of the way minerals are absorbed and used by the body. Healthy bones also depend on the right combination of minerals. Too many supplements contain only calcium and vitamin D. I have been recommending calcium balanced with magnesium and trace minerals for years.
Taking MAGNESIUM alone with no calcium will help bone health. Many Americans are deficient in magnesium. Low levels of magnesium are associated with high blood pressure, kidney stones, heart disease and diabetes. Magnesium is a natural calcium channel blocker which helps to hold calcium in solution so it is not deposited in the arteries, joints, kidneys or eliminated.
VITAMIN K is also key to bone health. Many calcium supplements contain only vitamin D with no vitamin K. Vitamin D tells the body to store calcium (not where). Vitamin K works in conjunction with vitamin D, helping the bones hold onto calcium and keeping the calcium out of arteries and other soft tissues. There are a few good calcium supplements that contain both vitamin K and vitamin D, and vitamin K is available by itself.
MANY FACTORS affect bone health. Taking supplements is just one of the actions to take when trying to increase or maintain bone mass.
DIGESTION plays a key role in bone health. Stomach acid is necessary for assimilation of minerals. The typical American diet tends to create stomachs that malfunction. Ninety percent of indigestion is caused by too little stomach acid, yet the majority of those with indigestion take acid blockers which blocks their ability to absorb any minerals.
pH is another major factor in bone health. Too many of the foods and drinks that we consume make our bodies too acid. Acidity causes our body to pull minerals from our bones to help buffer the acidity. Foods that cause acidity are meat, dairy products, sugar, caffeine, sodas, artificial sweeteners and some prescription medications. Foods that naturally buffer acid are fruits and vegetables. It is important to balance the acid forming foods with buffer foods and to maintain a balanced diet to ensure proper mineral assimilation.
CAFFEINE is linked to bone loss as are CARBONATED SOFT DRINKS that contain phosphates. Both caffeine and soft drinks are acid forming in the body, requiring some form of buffering even if it has to come from the bones.
The CORRECT BALANCE of magnesium, boron, potassium, silica, folic acid, and vitamins C, D, E and K all play vital roles in bone health. Yet many of the more popular brands of calcium are just calcium and vitamin D. There are good supplements available; it just takes some wading through the labels.
If you want BETTER BONE HEALTH take a good multiple mineral supplement, make sure that you have good digestion, eat plenty of dark green vegetables and minimize the amount of bone leaching substances like caffeine and soft drinks from your diet.

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SKIN – Get it healthy from the inside!

   SKIN is the body’s largest organ. The skin has multiple functions – one being that it is an important organ of elimination. The Chinese medical system refers to the skin as the third kidney – meaning that it functions to rid the body of excess moisture and toxins.
The HEALTH of our skin is reflected by its appearance and texture. Most of the time, issues with our skin are symptoms of internal issues. Many will try to remedy a skin condition with external treatments such as salves or lotions; however, unless the cause of the skin problem is external such as a cut or insect bite, an external remedy will almost never correct an internal problem.
Many odd RASHES are caused by problems with other organs of elimination such as problems with the liver, kidneys or colon. When any of these organs get overwhelmed, they all become overwhelmed and can affect the skin.
Many times rashes and odd itching spots, particularly lower legs are a sign of CONGESTED LIVER. The best remedies for these are gentle liver cleansers – with emphasis on the gentle. Sometimes what is cleaned out of the liver causes the kidneys to become compromised, making the skin reactions worse.
Odd skin rashes can also be PARASITIC– most commonly yeast/fungus, but sometimes other parasites. Herbal cleanses specifically for yeast/fungus or for parasites can be very helpful. HIVES almost always involve yeast/fungus.
SKIN TAGS and moles that tend to grow are viral. I love olive leaf for these. Prevention is the key, as once they are there, they usually have to be removed. But keeping more from growing with d-Lenolate is a great way to keep your skin smooth.
ACNE is another skin issue that reflects internal health. My favorite remedies for acne are dandelion and a good probiotic. It helps if you can clean up the diet – eat more vegetables and eat less fried and processed food.
Another internal problem causes that BUMPY CHICKEN SKIN on the back of the arms. This is generally 2 problems in one. The first being a liver that is not metabolizing fat properly and the second being lack of the right kind of fat such as omega 3 oils from fish or flax.
THICK SANDPAPER TEXTURED SKIN on the back of the heels and the elbows is a reflection of poor carbohydrate metabolism, low thyroid function and/or iodine deficiency.
The COLOR of the skin around the eyes relates to various organs. Greenish colors reflect liver and gallbladder problems, blues along with “bags” reflect kidney problems and yellows reflect spleen and stomach problems.
Since our skin is an ORGAN OF ELIMINATION, one of the best things to do to make it healthier is to do an herbal cleanse. Cleansing the liver, kidneys, colon, lymph and skin periodically tends to help everything work better including lower blood pressure and cholesterol, better digestion, more energy and clearer, more vibrant skin.
There are supplements and creams that are formulated for good skin, but I think a GOOD DIET is the best remedy for good skin. Fruits and vegetables are so important for keeping the skin clear and bright, and it is also important to not eat food that is too refined. Typical American fast food is one of the worst things you can eat for your skin (and the rest of you.) If you really cannot clean up your diet, at least take a GREEN SUPPLEMENT to help your whole body.
Good skin also needs WATER. Remember to drink at least 2 quarts per day.

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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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