Stop smoking: 2010 resolution

4. January 2010 05:05 by IKE in Health  //  Tags: ,   //   Comments (0)

Everyone knows smoking is not a healthy habbit. However stoping smoking is not an easy task. It is like that joke: Why everyone complains is hard to stop smoking? I did it so many times...Smile

But coming back to the reality is it difficult for someone who became adicted.

First thing first: stop smoking will give you a lot of benefits in your life style and health.

-You feel healthier right away. You will have more energy and better focus. Your senses of smell and taste will be better. You will have whiter teeth and fresher breath. You will cough less and breathe better.

-You will be healthier the rest of your life. You will lower my risk for cancer, heart attacks, strokes, early death, cataracts, and skin wrinkling.

-You will make my partner, friends, family, kids, grandchildren, and co-workers proud of you.

-You will no longer expose others to your second-hand smoke including family and friends.

-You will have a healthier baby. (If you or your partner is pregnant)

-You will have more money to spend.

-You won't have to worry: "When will I get to smoke next?" or "What do I do when I'm in a smoke-free place?"

Smoking habbits

The next step is to check when are you tempting to smoke.

- when feeling stressed

- when feeling down

- when talking on the phone

- when drinking liquor, like wine or beer

- when watching TV

- when driving

- after finishing a meal

- when playing cards

- while taking a work break

- when being with other smokers

- when drinking coffee

- when cooling off after a fight

- when feeling lonely

- after having sex

Did any of these look familiar? Just find yourself in one of the situation when you smoke and try to focus on that situatin or situations and put a stop of the habit. Instead try to replace the smoking habbit with healthy things like fruits or vegetables, juice or milk.

Stop thinking about smoking

When your body is asking for a cigarette, your mind may start to play tricks on you! Suddenly, it can be hard to think clearly—all of your good reasons for wanting to quit go up in smoke, and they are replaced by thoughts giving you permission to pick up that cigarette. There is no good reason to smoke. You know this. So if you are giving yourself a reason to smoke, you are probably experiencing an attack of smoky thinking.

Learning to recognize your smoky thinking is the key to beating it! Smoky thinking doesn’t have to ruin your quit attempt, as long as you are ready to fight back with clear thinking. Look at the list below. Have you ever had these thoughts? If so, you have been a victim of smoky thinking! But with practice, next time you can be ready with a clear thinking response.

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Resources: http://www.smokefree.gov

Great tips to keep your body in shape in the winter time.

13. December 2009 16:30 by IKE in Body Health, Fitness, Health, Herbs  //  Tags:   //   Comments (0)

In the cold winter time, many of us prefer to hibernate than to remain active. Most of us give up the gym because of the bad weather and feel the need to serve rich meals, considering that strengthen our immune system. Here are some healthy tips that can help you to keep your body in a perfect shape.

Serve 5 small meals a day
When getting older than 20 our burning metabolic rate drops by 10% with each decade. This process of decline of metabolism can be reversed by adopting a diet which involve the service 5 small servings of food per day against the 3 meals rich.
Not recommended serving heavy meal because the body needs only a certain amount of food - depending on the activities performed, and the remaining food will be stored and processed in fat.
Not recommended under any circumstances serve a single heavy meal daily, ingestion of large portions of food creates confusion in the body - which charges a strong feeling of hunger -- burning metabolic rate decreases and as result of fat deposits.

Reduce body weight without losing nutrients
Focus on nutrients and not on dietetic foods!
For many people, following a diet tasty food deprivation are arguing for or renouncing almost totally tasteless food, depriving the body of food or taking extreme measures may endanger the health and even if we obtain weight loss it is for a short period of time.
What foods are recommended to be consumed to prevent weight gain?
I. 25% of the diet should be based on animal protein:
- Eggs;
- Fish and seafood;

II. 50% of the diet should be based on fruit and vegetable, for their Antioxidant effect, vitamins and fibers. The most recommended for the weight loss are:
- Broccoli;
- Cabbage;
- Spinach;
- Asparagus;
- Dandelion;

III. 25% of the diet should be based on raw nuts and seeds, Beans and vegetables, whole grains, especially brown rice, bread, amaranth, millet, sorghum, buckwheat.

It is recommended to avoid high fat food and carbohydrates such as sugar, white flour, white rice and alcohol. Even in the early days of adopting the system will miss the spicy taste of fatty foods within 2-3 weeks taste will adjust and you redefine the term "tasty food”, enjoying the real taste natural foods.

More liquid, less gained pounds
If a fluid deficit, the body is inclined to store water, the water retention is directly proportional to the excess weight. By increasing the percent of fluid, will tell the body that the retention of water is no longer necessary.
Consumption of a glass of hot water with lemon during the day, especially before meals, reduces fluid retention.

Morning ritual of losing weight!
Every morning on an empty stomach, drink a mixture of 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar, a teaspoon of maple syrup and 300 grams of hot water, this content promotes a digestion smooth and enhance metabolism.
Never should neglect breakfast, which has to be richer and healthier. In the morning the body is most in need of energy, so during the day, metabolism got enough time to burn calories served at breakfast.

The power of herbs
Chinese herbs are used in traditional Chinese medicine to stimulate the metabolic properties:
-Astragalus;
-Ginseng;
-Green tea;
To determine the most appropriate forms of administration, recommended consulting a specialist.


Don't forget about your daily gym
Everybody knows that physical activities increase the metabolism and helps burn excess calories.
If you want to lose weight, always choose to exercise with any occasion:
- Always choose stairs vsthe elevator;
- Try to walk when the distances that need to be taken are not excessive;
- Enroll to a gym club;

According to specialists a good exercise program is meat if it is done at least 4 times a week for 30 minutes (per session).

Result:
Besides weight loss and other benefits are obtained: energy, strength, good mood!

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Fluoride: toxic drug not to be used

11. December 2009 15:44 by IKE in General, Natural products - General, Natural products ingredients  //  Tags: ,   //   Comments (0)

Since mid-1997, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has mandated all toothpastes containing FLUORIDE to carry this warning:

WARNINGS: Keep out of reach of children under 6 years of age. If you accidentally swallow more than used for brushing, seek PROFESSIONAL HELP or contact a POISON CONTROL center immediately.

So, I am not sure but if that is the case why all the toothpastes are containing fluoride? Hard to say: supposedly to fight tooth decay. The recent studies have prove the contrary and still we are not aware of what we use when buy a toothpaste.

Even so, fluoridation of water and toothpaste continues to be endorsed by various health officials and the American Dental Association (ADA).

Many doctors and specialists flagged the fluoride not to be used at any level being a toxic drug. But the signal is not to be heard.

Those specialist linked use of fluoride with many diseases like osteoporosis and increased incidence of hip fractures. The worst part is that many commercial sodas, juices and other water-based food products may contain fluoride if they are produced where the water is fluoridated and the producers are not forced to label that.

So what can we do? First avoid those carbonated drinks. You can use plain water as much as possible. Secondly use toothpaste without fluoride. They are not easy to be found in the regular store though, but fortunately Nature's Sunshine provides you with great natural products including toothpaste without fluoride. The price is similar to regular toothpaste so you shouldn't be worried.

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Build your natural immunity against flu

11. December 2009 14:38 by IKE in Ailments, Body Health  //  Tags: ,   //   Comments (0)

H1N1 Flu Scare Isn’t OverH1N1 Flu Scare Isn’t Over
•People are upset they can’t get a vaccine
•Local schools are having vaccination days
•A weakened virus is used in nasal vaccines and is contagious for several days afterwards
•The vaccin is not effective or has unknown side effects
•The rate sickness spreads is alarming
•Winter isn’t the only time of year we have problems with illness –Fall, Spring and Summer bring problems as well!

Building Your Immune Defenses
•NSP has a variety of options to build your immune defenses
•Today we’ll talk about two products we haven’t heard a lot about recently:
–Olive Leaf
–High Potency Garlic

Main Parts of the Immune System
1.Innate Immunity
–White blood cells, acid and digestive enzyme secretions, the skin and chemical compounds in the blood that attach to foreign organisms and neutralize them.

2.Acquired (natural) Immunity
–It is powerful
–It is what we “build up”
–It is activated by antigens
–It is governed by the body’s lymph system

How Do We Acquire Natural Immunity?
1.We are exposed to trillions of organisms from which we do not get sick.
2.We acquire immunity from exposure to antigens (chemical compounds unique to an invading organism or toxin) from which our bodies build up antibodies.
3.Antibodies give the body memory to protect against toxins previously exposed to.
•Childhood illnesses and even adult exposure to antigens build our immune system and make us more resistant to illness.
•This is especially true when illness is treated with natural means rather than with chemical/synthetic medications.

What Can Hinder Proper Building of Our Immune Defense?
•Deficiencies of
–Vitamin A
–Carotenoids
–Zinc
–Selenium
–Iron

•Fluoride in oral hygiene items
•Pesticides
•Herbicides
•Radiation
•Chemical toxins

What Can Hinder Proper Building of Our Immune Defense?
•Injected toxins that bypass the natural immune response
•Poor diet
•Ingestion of harmful things
•Hidden Infections
•Unnatural and resistant strains of organisms from labs
•Presence of heavy metals
•Neuro-toxic substances such as MSG and mercury

•Low fat/unhealthy fat diets
•Stealth viruses
•Infections
•Fungi
•Bacteria
•Candida
•Too much exercise -especially for an already unhealthy person

Olive Leaf Extract
•The olive tree lives a very long life and is resistant to viruses, fungi, insects and bacteria
•Olive Leaf contains a chemical called Oleuropein.

People Have Used Olive Leaf Extract for the Following:
•Viruses
•Retroviruses
•Bacteria
•Spirochetes
•Chlamydiae
•Fungi
•Yeasts
•Molds
•Protozoa
•Helminths
•Cryptosporidium
•Chicken pox
•Childhood illnesses
•Shingles
•Ear infections
•Diphtheria
•Encephalitis
•Bladder infections

•The relief of arthritic inflammation
•Diabetes –reducing the need for insulin
•The elimination of chronic fatigue
•The creation or restoration of abundant energy
•Normalization of heart beat irregularity
•Improvement of blood flow
•Lessening of pain from hemorrhoids
•Attenuation of toothaches
•Antioxidant quenching of free radical pathology
•Obliterations of fungal infections such as mycoticnails, athlete’s foot, jock itch
•Permanent relief from malaria, dengue fever,
other exotic and deadly tropical diseases
•Excellent to take for protection when traveling

Garlic
•Garlic will strengthen and build the liver
•Contains allicin–gives garlic the “anti-infection” properties
•Has volatile compounds so it can spread rapidly throughout the body
•Useful for hard to reach parts such as the inner ear

Garlic Has Amazing Components Germanium

•Positive effects against radioactivity
•Inhibiting multiplication of abnormal cells
•Activation of natural killer cells and macrophages
•Tumor inhibiting activity
•Increase the body’s ability to absorb calcium
•Retard aging
•Improve stamina and endurance
•These are only a few!

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High Potency Garlic

Olive Leaf Extract

Nature’s Defense Boosters

8. December 2009 08:58 by IKE in Ailments, Body Health, Natural products ingredients  //  Tags: , ,   //   Comments (0)

With the cold-weather settling in, it is important to keep the immune system in optimal shape. The immune system is a versatile and complex network of cells, tissues and organs that work together to counteract the effects of foreign invaders. However, immune function may decline with age, inadequate nutrition and stress. During the cold and flu season natural alternatives for immune system support help target unwanted invaders.

Olive leaf extract is used to enhance the immune system, and has antimicrobial, and antioxidant properties. The active component in olive leaf extract is called oleuropein. Present throughout the olive tree (wood, fruit, leaves, roots and bark), this compound protects the tree form insect and bacterial predators and imparts numerous benefits when taken in supplement form.1,2

For over 2,500 years black elderberry has treated influenza, coughs, and colds.3 Elderberry juice is said to “activate the body’s powers of resistance”,4 enabling the body to keep and restore good health. Elderberry extract is supported by scientific studies in its effects against influenza through a heightened immune system response.5

Goldenseal is a Native American medicinal plant introduced to early settlers by Cherokee Indians who used it as a wash for skin diseases, wounds, and for sore, inflamed eyes. Goldenseal has acquired a considerable reputation as a natural antibiotic and as a remedy for various gastric and genitourinary concerns. The alkaloids hydrastine, berberine, canadine, and canadaline are the principle active constituents in goldenseal. The berberine constituent is most noted for its antimicrobial effects.6

Tea tree oil extracted from the Melaleuca alternifolia tree native to Australia has been used by Australian aborigines for several centuries. Topically, tea tree oil is commonly used for skin and skin surface infections such as acne, athlete's foot, and ringworm.

Pau d’arco has been used since the time of the Incas as a healing plant. The component of pau d’arco that seems to have the most significance is a naphthoquinone derivative known as lapachol, shown in studies to have activity against bacteria, viruses, fungi and parasites.7

Garlic is rich in a variety of sulfur-containing compounds including allicin and ajoene. While these compounds are responsible for garlic's pungent odor, they are also the source of many of its health-promoting effects. In addition to antifungal benefits, garlic is also reported to have antibacterial, anthelmintic, and antiviral effects.8

A combination of herbs described by Chinese herbalists as having “metal-enhancing” properties includes indigo, bupleurum, scute, and Thlaspi arvense. These herbs create a favorable environment for microbial balance and overall health, support detoxification and promote a healthy respiratory tract.

Reference:

1. Walker, M. Olive Leaf Extract. New York, NY: Kensington Publishing Corp. 1997.
2. Pasquale, A.D.; Monforte, M.T.; Calabro, M.L. “HPLC Analysis of Oleuropein and some
Flavonoids in Leaf and Bud of Olea Europaea L.“ IIFarmaco 1991: 46(6):803-815.
3. Mumcuoglu, M. Sambuco; Black Elderberry Extract, a break through in the treatment of influenza.
Skokie, IL:RSS Publishing, Inc. 1995.
4. Dahlow, M. Healing Plants. Hong Kong:Barron’s Educational Series 1993.
5. Zakay-Rones, Z.; Varsano, N.; Zlotnik, M.; Manor, O.; Regev, L.; Schlesinger, M.; Mumcuoglu, M.
“Inhibition of several strains of Influenza virus in vitro and reduction of symptoms by an elderberry
extract (Sambucus nigra L.) during an outbreak of Influenza B Panama.” Journal of Alternative and
Complementary Medicine 1995;1(4):361-369.

6. Amin AH, Subbaiah TV, Abbasi KM. Berberine sulfate: antimicrobial activity, bioassay, and mode of
action. Can J Microbiol 1969;15:1067-76.
7. Foster S, Tyler VE. Tyler's Honest Herbal, 4th ed., Binghamton, NY: Haworth Herbal Press, 1999.
8. Ankri S, Mirelman D. Antimicrobial properties of allicin from garlic. Microbes Infect 1999;1:125-9.

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