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.



pH Balancing and why is important to your health

24. November 2009 05:41 by IKE in Body Health, General  //  Tags:   //   Comments (0)

The pH of different cellular compartments, body fluids, and organs is usually tightly regulated in a process called acid-base homeostasis.

The pH of blood is usually slightly basic with a value of pH 7.4. This value is often referred to as physiological pH in biology and medicine. Plaque can create a local acidic environment that can result in tooth decay by demineralisation.Enzymes and other proteins have an optimum pH range and can become inactivated or denatured outside this range. The most common disorder in acid-base homeostasis is acidosis, which means an acid overload in the body, generally defined by pH falling below 7.35.

Most of us never considered the pH level of our body or even that our body has a pH level. pH level is about the balance of acid and alkaline in the body. Disrupt that balance in both direction and health problems will result. The only truly acidic environment in the body is the digestive system where acid is required to break down food. The human body is constantly adjusting its PH level in order to keep balanced but in these days our diet consists predominantly of acid forming food. In this situation the body will try to neutralize the acid excess by using minerals such as calcium or magnesium. Calcium gets leeched from bone tissue to buffer acidity and magnesium is taken from cells and the cardiovascular system. The body will always seek to balance acidity and alkalinity at the expense of its own long term health. By eating a diet of 40% fruits and vegetables (all green foods are alkalizing) and the remaining percent meats, fats, whole grains, you can keep your pH level within normal. The result of too much acid in the body will kill friendly bacteria and the immune system becomes weakened as result of changes to the wall of the small intestine which impair its ability to absorb nutrients. The body needs more alkalizing food than acidifying foods. Also too much acid decreases the physical performance which limits muscle contraction and expansion during exercise For those who see the importance of pH balancing, Nature's Sunshine Green Zone and Chlorophyll offer powerful alkalizing potential in maintaining pH balance. Nature's Sunshine products have demonstrated a commitment to using only the finest raw materials available.

The benefits of cocoa and chocolate flavonoids

20. November 2009 18:42 by IKE in General, Health  //  Tags: , ,   //   Comments (0)

Since the discovery that cocoa benefits are not just limited to pleasing the taste buds, cocoa has continued to gather support for its healthful properties. Cocoa, the primary
component of chocolate, is a rich source of epicatechin, a flavonol believed to be responsible for the health benefits of chocolate. Teas (green and black) and red wine are
also noted for their epicatechin content, but cocoa has a higher concentration.1

A study published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology showed that consuming cocoa flavonols improved vascular function in persons with type II diabetes.
Loss of vascular function is one of the primary markers for the development of cardiovascular disease. This is especially true in diabetic individuals.

In a double-blind trial conducted by Malte Kelm, M.D., and colleagues at University Hospital RWTH Aachen in Germany, 41 patients with type II diabetes were given a
beverage containing cocoa flavonols three times a day for 30 days. Immediate improvement in vascular health (measured by the ability of the brachial artery to relax)
was observed in the group with the highest flavonol consumption. According to doctor Kelm, these results demonstrate that dietary flavonols might have an important impact
as part of a healthy diet.

Previous studies have shown that cocoa benefits are not limited to persons with type II diabetes. The flavonols in cocoa may also help keep blood pressure down and help
maintain heart health in persons without specific risk factors. Cocoa is believed to promote optimal cardiovascular health by activating the nitric oxide system.2 Nitric oxide
is an important molecule responsible for controlling multiple functions within the body, including the dilation of blood vessels2 and platelet aggregation (clot formation)3. A
decreased release of nitric oxide into the arterial wall is associated with multiple warning signs of cardiovascular disease, including hypertension and the formation of
atherosclerotic plaque.

Cocoa flavonols are a particularly significant type of flavonoid molecule. A recent analysis has found that not all flavonoids and sources of flavonoids provide equal
benefits. Using data from the 133 studies, researchers found wide variations in effects, depending on the nature of the flavonoid and the food source. Of more than 6,000
different flavonoids that have been discovered in various plants, a few stand above the rest in the benefits they provide. Chocolate flavonoids are especially effective in their
support of cardiovascular health. Flavonoids from chocolate were associated with a 4 percent increase in blood flow, and a reduction in systolic and diastolic blood pressure.4
On the other hand, black te, which also contains flavonoids, was linked to increases in systolic and diastolic blood pressure.4

Today, Americans consume an average of about 12 pounds of chocolate per person, per year and this may not be a bad thing. While milk chocolate is still the favorite, the health-
promoting qualities of flavonols are attributed to the dark variety.

1. Ki Won Lee, Young Jun Kim, Hyong Joo Lee, and Chang Yong Lee. Cocoa Has More Phenolic Phytochemicals and a Higher Antioxidant Capacity than Teas and Red Wine. Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry 2003; 51(25) 7292–7295.

2. Fisher ND, Hughes M, Gerhard-Herman M, Hollenberg NK. Flavonol-rich cocoa induces nitric-oxidedependent vasodilation in healthy humans. J Hypertens. 2003 Dec;21(12):2281-6.
3. Rein D, Paglieroni TG, Wun T, Pearson DA, Schmitz HH, Gosselin R, and Keen CL. Cocoa inhibits platelet activation and function. Am J Clin Nutr 2000;72:30-5.
4. Hooper L, Kroon PA, Rimm EB, Cohn JS, Harvey I, Le Cornu KA, Ryder JJ, Hall WL, Cassidy A.
Flavonoids, flavonoid-rich foods, and cardiovascular risk: a meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials.
Am J Clin Nutr 2008;88:38-50.

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How to make juice. Tips for every day

12. November 2009 14:20 by IKE in General, Health, Nutrition  //  Tags: ,   //   Comments (0)

Juicing Tips

-          Always serve juice immediately. Juice is at its peak when freshly squeezed. After seconds, it starts to lose vitamin potency. So juice, stir and drink up! When juicing for a group do it just before serving.

-          Always turn the juice machine on before inserting fruits and vegetables.

-          When juicing a mix of fruit and vegetables, juice the softer items first, then follow up with a firmer one. For example, juice tomato first, then celery; juice papaya, the apple.

-          Bananas cannot be juice in any juicer. To enjoy their taste and benefit, add them to your juices in a blender. The consistency of banana will turn juice in a smoothie.

-          Use apples to sweeten vegetable juices.

-          The sweet taste of carrots blends well with fruit juices.

-          When you find juices you like you can try variations, adding other fruits or vegetables for a change of pace and added nutrients.

-          Juice the vegetable of your choice and stir sour cream or yogurt to thicken. If you want to watch your weight use non-fat sour cream or yogurt.

Citrus Tips

-          Orange and grapefruit peel is bitter in taste and it should be removed. When peeling, leave the pith on (white soft layer between peel and fruit) and juice it to get all the vitamins.

-          Lemons and limes are used to flavor dishes and may be left on for more flavors when juicing. Keep the pulp and add it to spice up Caribbean and South-of-the border style dishes as well as lemon or lime bars, cookies and pies.

Health tips

-          Drink Juice before meals can help to curb appetite

-          Adding vegetables and fruits pulp to cooked dishes aide the digestive tract, as well as providing additional vitamins and minerals.

-          Caffeine junky? Replace that morning cup with a glass of juice for energy and a boost that your body will appreciate.

Vitamin and mineral Health

Fruits and vegetables contain a wealth of nutrients. Get them naturally by fitting more of them into your diet through joys of juicing. Identify the properties which suit your lifestyle and health needs and drink up.

APPLE:                  boron, cellulose and pectin

CHERY:                  calcium, vitamin C, iron and potassium

CRANBERRY:      antibiotic and anti-viral elements

ORANGE:             natural aspirin and boron

PAPAYA:              vitamin A and potassium

PEACH:                 boron, antioxidants, vitamin C and beta carotene

PINEAPPLE:        bromelain, manganese and vitamin C

PRUNE:                sorbitol, natural aspirin (sorbitol is a natural laxative)

BEET:                     folic acid, iron, calcium and potassium

BROCOLI:             beta carotene, vitamin C, calcium, iron, folic acid and chromium

CABBAGE:           antioxidants, calcium and potassium

CARROT:              beta carotene, vitamin A and C, pectin, fluorine and potassium

KALE:                     antioxidants, calcium, iron, vitamin A and C

PARSLEY:             antioxidants, folic acid, iron, vitamin A and C

TOMATO:            beta carotene and vitamin C

SPINACH:            antioxidants, potassium, iron, calcium and vitamin C



Herbal guide. How to plan and use

31. October 2009 16:53 by IKE in General, Herbs  //  Tags:   //   Comments (0)


Herbal supplements are widely used all over the globe. And this is not a surprise since we are using these supplements for centuries. Some of us think that this treatment cannot be of any use. That is very wrong to say. As a statistics Americans are spending billions of dollars each year on herbal supplements.
Analyze your life style
It is very true that your life style can affect your body and soul. We don’t have enough time to exercise, or to relax and many times we do not have enough times to sleep,some of us may smoke or drink more then they should, and we do not have a healthy diet. As a conclusion we do not take care properly of our body. And the result will come sooner or later, so I will say we have to fix some things. erbal supplements are great but we cannot expect that herbal supplements are completely magic. They are magic but as their name says they are supplements. So we have to follow some basic rules and then all these great supplements will do their job. Then you should check with your health care provider, pharmacist or herbal specialist about the supplements you are considering. Be aware that some supplements have some side effects and they may not be recommended if you are pregnant, are breast-feeding, have diabetes or are taking heart or high blood pressure medication or a blood thinner or any other medical condition that you may have.
A herbal specialist can make sure that the supplement you are considering does not interact with your condition.

Do your research

There are so many companies on the market and they are selling all kind of supplements. You may want to check the label of those products, including the guide, ingredients side effects warning etc. Also another good thing is to check reviews with others to see which one is the most effective and in which areas. Be aware also that using more than one supplement at the time may have also side effects or not even indicated. And not the last thing again you may want to check with a specialist if you are using those supplements for the first time.

Check the products you are going to use

This last section is referring the use and where to buy these products:
Be sure you buy a brand name. Large companies are doing their own research and they publish their results. Also they guarantee that the label is matching the actual product. It is always safer than other companies.
Another point is to check the expiration date. Even the herbal products have a great amount of time before expire they don’t last forever. Usually they have somewhere between 2 and 5 years before expiring. It is not recommended to use expired herbal products even if they can do their job.
Stop using a product if you have side effects that are not displayed on the label. That may be a medical condition. Consult with your health care provider.
With some herbal products the effect can take place within hours with others may take a longer time to see the actual results, so please be patient.