Fingernails – What they say about your health!

Our NAILS reveal much about our internal health. Abnormalities on either the fingers or the toes can indicate an underlying disorder.
For instance, nail fungus is indicative of a SYSTEMIC PROBLEM which allows fungus to thrive. Chances are that if you have it on the outside, you also have it on the inside.
HEALTHY NAILS are strong, flat and smooth and have pink nail beds. Any variation such as discolorations, ridges, curving or splitting reveals an underlying health problem.
on the nails are generally zinc deficiency. However, they can also be a chronic adrenal problem.
CONCAVE NAILS that “spoon” up are indicative of iron deficiency and / or internal parasites.
HANGNAILS are caused by a lack of protein, folic acid and vitamin C.
Thick, red and peeling CUTICLES are a sign of too much protein.
SPLITTING AND WEAK NAILS are a sign of poor digestion, particularly insufficient stomach acid which is necessary for assimilation of minerals.
Nails that FLAKE and PEEL are a sign of yeast/fungus.
DRYNESS and BRITTLENESS are a sign of vitamin A and essential fatty acids (omega 3 oils) deficiency.
RIDGES – both horizontal and vertical are caused by B vitamin deficiency.
VERTICAL RIDGES and BEADING indicate tendencies towards arthritis. They also are a sign of poor nutrient absorption and sometimes kidney disorders (both of which can be an underlying cause for arthritis.)
Nail ends that CURVE DOWNWARD can indicate heart, liver or respiratory problems.
BLUE and BLACK COLORATION can indicate serious health problems such as cancer, heart problems or pulmonary disorders.
For HEALTHY NAILS, address systemic problems. If there is nail fungus, try olive leaf. Quality is a big issue with olive leaf. It needs to be at least 18 percent oleuropein content. There are other good anti-fungal products. Most of these are combinations of olive leaf and oregano and work well on internal fungus.
If nails indicate a PARASITE PROBLEM, there are many good herbal parasite cleanses. Always follow a fungus or parasite cleanse with a probiotic to reestablish the beneficial bacteria in the body. This helps keep the critters from coming back. It also will help establish better digestion and assimilation of nutrients.
If your nails are WEAK and BRITTLE, consider some of the deficiencies above, but also consider taking digestive enzymes with hydrochloric acid which aids in assimilation of minerals.
Most NUTRITIONAL SUPPLEMENTS for nails include various B vitamins along with one or more forms of silica. Silica is the main building block of nails and is found throughout the plant kingdom, but is concentrated in herbs such as horsetail.
Also, be sure you are getting plenty of ESSENTIAL FATTY ACIDS in the form of borage seed oil, flaxseed oil, fish oil or evening primrose oil.
Healthy nails come from the INSIDE OUT.



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Nutritional Calm – How to Balance Stress

STRESS – It’s what most of us have too much of. Coping with day to day tasks and problems can sometimes be overwhelming.
Being CALM, RELAXED, and WELL RESTED helps almost everyone be less stressed.
I like to look at BASIC NUTRITION to help with stress because I find that most people are deficient in basic nutrients. Most notably, B vitamins and magnesium.
Look at the following signs of B-VITAMIN DEFICIENCY:
Worry, anxiety, insecurity, or highly emotional state.
Trouble with concentration.
Constantly fatigued.
Wake up at night and can’t get back to sleep.
Moody or depressed.
Always tense, can’t relax.
Mind races or excessive worry.
STRESS and LIFESTYLE choices make us burn B-vitamins. I find that supplementing small doses of the best quality B-vitamins in the correct ratios makes most people feel better to the point that they are happier, less stressed and sleeping well.
MAGNESIUM is the next great stress buster – most people are deficient in it as well as it is hard to get in the typical diet.
Nervousness and anxiety
Low energy
Inability to sleep
Weakening bones
Hormonal imbalances
ADRENAL GLAND imbalance is another issue that will cause stress. Symptoms of adrenal imbalance are:
Tendency to anger
Poor memory
Supplements that FEED the ADRENAL glands will help balance stress.
These are the most COMMON ISSUES that “underly” stress. I recommend addressing a deficiency or underlying cause to promote long-lasting health, rather than just fixing a symptom.
However, if you just stressed and NEED TO FIX IT NOW, there are some great products available. Here are my favorites: Perfect Calm, a great multi-vitamin that works; Total Calm, awesome stuff; Phenitropic, a GABA precursor; Total Calm Advanced; ASF – stands for anti-stress factors; and Calming Essence – homeopathic flower essences that work well and are kid safe.

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Supplements for the Brain!

BRAIN and NERVE function are important. Preserve them and make them better with supplements and lifestyle changes.
Some of the KEYS to long-term health for brain and nerves involves keeping insulin, blood sugar, inflammation, and toxicity at low levels.
HIGH BLOOD SUGAR and high insulin can damage the fine tissues of the brain and nervous system. You do not have to be diabetic to experience this. Eating a low glycemic diet is important. If you want more information, a good book is “The Glycemic Load Diet.”
TOXICITY is also an issue in terms of brain and nerve health – especially heavy metal toxicity. All heavy metals act as neuro-toxins. Avoid unnecessary chemicals when possible – this includes pesticides, fertilizers, herbicides, cleaning products, smoking, etc.
Quality NUTRIENTS are important. Take a high quality multi-vitamin – I recommend those that are either food based, or those made with phosphorylated B vitamins to get good results.
B12 is also important. It must be sublingual – meaning either drops or lozenge. If you are swallowing it, you will not absorb it. I like either methylcobalamin or even better, hydroxocobalimin.
VITAMIN D is good for lots of things including the brain. Blood tests are very good at determining if you are deficient in this vitamin.
ACETYL L-CARNITINE – this is a great product that protects the brain from age-related degeneration and has been shown to improve mood, memory, and thought process. It combines well with Alpha Lipoic Acid and Co-Q 10 to help maintain function of the cells.
ALPHA LIPOIC ACID is a super antioxidant that helps lower blood sugar, is useful for neuropathy, helps detoxify heavy metals, and helps recycle and extend the useful life of other antioxidants such a vitamins C& E and Co-Q 10. There is a lot of research on Alpha Lipoic – it needs to be the correct form – which is R-lipoic – reputable companies will use this form.
CO-Q-10 – Research shows that this supplement helps slow neurological degeneration. It provides energy to the cells and is very useful in conditions such as Parkinson’s Disease.
GINKGO BILOBA is an herb that acts as an antioxidant to the brain and it also increases blood circulation to the brain. It has been used for centuries to help memory.
GREEN TEA – is another antioxidant that is helpful for the brain. Also useful is L-theanine, which is an amino acid from green tea that helps the brain be calm and focused.
OMEGA 3 OILS, particularly the DHA ,component help feed the brain.
PHOSPHATIDYL SERINE is important to brain function. It has been shown to slow and even reverse age related memory loss. It helps with mood, memory, concentration and word recall.
PHOSPHATIDYL CHOLINE is another supplement that helps preserve brain and nerve function by supplying necessary nutrients.
Some combination of these ingredients will help INCREASE your brain and nerve function. There are great combinations available. Most of the really good products are expensive, so remember that quality and correct doses really count when it comes to these anti-aging supplements.

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What Is CoQ10 For?

COENZYME Q10 provides energy for cell growth and cell maintenance. It is a valuable antioxidant that is normally produced by all cells in the body, but is much more abundant in the heart, liver and immune system.
We PRODUCE LESS Co Q10 as we age. Low levels of Co Q10 have been linked to several chronic diseases such as Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, congestive heart failure, and cardiovascular disease. Low levels of Co Q10 are also linked to people with severe allergies, auto immune disorders and muscular dystrophy.
There are a number of SCIENTIFIC STUDIES showing that Co Q10 may be effective against diseases such as heart disease, heart failure, breast cancer, Parkinson’s, high blood pressure, and Alzheimer’s.
For the CARDIOVASCULAR system, Co Q10 stabilizes heartbeat in arrhythmia patients, prevents atherosclerosis in the arteries by preventing oxidation of LDL cholesterol, improves blood circulation, assists the heart to function normally in the presence of blood clots, alleviates congestive heart failure, improves 91% of heart attack patients within 30 days of initial Co Q10 supplementation, lowers blood pressure, improves the heart’s ability to survive and produce energy in limited oxygen situations, helps to prevent stroke, counteracts the toxic effects of ischemia on the brain and heart, and normalizes heart function in mitral valve prolapse patients.
For the IMMUNE system, Co Q10 can double the body’s level of protective antibodies, alleviate allergies, suppress proliferation of cancer cells, boost immune system chemicals that attack cancer cells, increase the body’s resistance to virus, and greatly enhance the general function of the immune system.
In terms of METABOLISM, Co Q10 increases energy production in the body improving athletic performance and also alleviating chronic fatigue syndrome. Co Q10 also helps to reduce blood sugar levels by 20 to 36 percent in diabetes patients.
The NERVOUS system is another area benefiting significantly from Co Q10 supplementation. Nervous system disorders helped by Co Q10 include Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, and ALS, Huntington’s disease, multiple sclerosis and schizophrenia. For those of you without a chronic disease, Co Q10 retards the aging process within the brain and increases energy within the brain.
Co Q10 also helps the SKIN. It is an effective therapy for psoriasis. Topical Co Q10 improves the visual appearance of the skin and helps to prevent and treat wrinkles. Internal Co Q10 helps reduce tendency to sunburn.
For SUPPLEMENTATION, soft gels (as opposed to dry capsule form) are better utilized in the body. The latest trend in Co Q10 is Ubiquinol, which is what the body makes when we take ordinary Co Q10 or ubiquinone. Ubiquinol is more expensive per milligram than the ubiquinone form or Co Q10, but each milligram of ubiquinol is equivalent to 2-10 times the same amount of Co Q10.
Buy the LARGEST MILLIGRAM you can afford. The clinical trials tend to use 100 to 150 milligrams per day, with some of the studies using 200 to 1200 milligrams depending on the condition. Note that CoQ10 is one of the supplements where quality really matters. Cheap CoQ10 tends to be crystallized and not useful to the body. Instead of wasting your money on the cheap stuff, buy quality to get the benefits of this incredible supplement.

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