Archive for January, 2010

Put A Little Spice in Your Life

Saturday, January 30th, 2010

Do you know that adding spices to your food makes it more flavorful without adding any fat, salt or sugar. Many spices also contain various disease-fighting phytonutrients.

For example allspice, cinnamon, and cloves have much more antioxidant power than blueberries. Researchers at the University of Georgia found after analyzing 24 spices that most of them neutralized inflammatory substances that may lead to heart disease.

TUMERIC

May control or prevent Alzheimer’s and cancer.

SAGE

May improve brain performance

CINNAMON

May help manage or prevent diabetes. Just a half-teaspoon a day for 40 days may reduce blood sugar and triglyceride levels by 25 percent.

CHILI PEPPER

Possibly help with weight control by boosting metabolism and suppressing appetite.

From Consumer Reports on Health

Our Energy Fields

Thursday, January 28th, 2010

Historical references to a universal energy field date back as far as 5000 B.C. to India where prana was considered to be the basic source of life. In China it was referred to as chi and was believed to be in all matter. Two polar forces were recognized, yin and yang. When these two forces were in balance one was considered to be healthy. More recently Western medicine has begun to recognize energy within the body with the advent of devices capable of detecting its effects in the body. Energy fields associated with the human body have been detected by electroencephalograms (EEG), electrocardiograms (ECG), and very highly sensitive devices such as superconducting quantum interference devices (SQUID). Practitioners of alternative forms of health care often believe much of the illness we see in the human body is the result either a blockage of the flow of the energy of the body, or an imbalance in the energy from one side of the body to the other. When the energy balance is restored, the body begins the healing process. Often, symptoms seem to almost miraculously lessen or even disappear. Energy imbalance is the result of too much nerve energy being sent to a part of the body in response to pain or dysfunction. The body gets caught in an endless loop of trying to make corrections. The result is an imbalance in which the deficient side develops painful trigger points. These trigger points are formed in the areas where acupuncture meridians are located. Therapies have been developed using these points to release blockages of energy and allow the proper amount of energy to flow. One does not need to use needles. These are the same acupressure points used by massage therapist to release tension, increase blood flow, and strengthen the body’s natural life force to assist in healing.

When energy is flowing to one side of the body more than the other, it can be easily felt in the form of muscle tension. Nerve impulses are sent along the nerves to muscles and other locations in the body. In the muscles this naturally causes them to be more contracted. A muscle that is contracted is shorter than a muscle that is relaxed. As a result of the increased muscle contraction, one entire side of the body will often feel tighter. How can we balance this energy and cause both sides of the body to be equally relaxed? The method is simple.

Trigger points are located by their tenderness, and once located, gentle pressure is applied. The initial stimulation of the trigger point sends a signal to the central nervous system to send more energy to the deficient side. The side that was getting the excessive energy suddenly has energy diverted from it, and the deficient side begins to receive an increase in energy. After a short time, a balance is achieved. The body is then able to use its resources for healing instead of continually attempting to bring the flow of its energy back into balance

Vitamin D Stops Plaque Build Up In Arteries

Wednesday, January 27th, 2010

Scientists have now proven that a lack of vitamin D helps damaged cholesterol (oxidized cholesterol) form plaque and that adequate vitamin D stops damaged cholesterol from forming plaque.  This should make it painfully clear that the “public health” advice of the American Cancer Society to use sun block and stay out of the sun has directly contributed to heart disease in a major way in America.

The research was conducted on type II diabetics who are known to have double the risk for heart disease.  It was found that they do not process cholesterol efficiently, and a lack of vitamin D was determined to be the main reason for this problem.  In low vitamin D patients, their macrophages readily absorbed damaged cholesterol, turned into foam cells, and initiated the process of plaque formation.

The researchers also showed that when human macrophages are placed in a vitamin D adequate environment their uptake of cholesterol is suppressed.  Of course, having adequate antioxidants on board helps prevent cholesterol from being damaged in the first place, which is why the tocotrienol for of vitamin E is so protective to your cardiovascular system.

2009 –by  Byron J. Richards, CCN, Wellness Resources

The Benefits of Easting that Orange . . .

Tuesday, January 26th, 2010

One orange provides almost 100% of the recommended daily allowance of vitamin C. eating the whole orange gives you dietary fiber as well. Keep as much as possible of the albedo (the white matter under the peel), which contains the highest amount of valuable bioflavonoids and other anti-cancer agents. Oranges are also a good source of vitamin A, the B vitamins, amino acids, beta-carotene, pectin, potassium, folic acid, calcium, iodine, phosphorus, sodium, zinc, manganese, chlorine and iron.

The average orange has over 170 different phytonutrients and more than 60 flavonoids, many of which have anti-inflammatory, anti-tumor and blood clot inhibiting properties.

This high amount of anti-oxidant and flavonoids makes oranges one of the best fruits to promote optimal health.

Omega-3 source from squid

Monday, January 18th, 2010

It’s becoming clear to more and more people the importance of omega-3 as an anti-inflammatory supplement to decrease the need for drugs, which often have dangerous side effects.

Missouri based Cardio Tabs is beginning to use the by-product of calamari (squid) for omega-3. The company says they use the unused portion of squid to produce high-grade omega-3 and some are calling it a green product. Squid is a competitive source to tuna.

As the world continues to become more aware of the importance of DHA and EPA omega-3 will come into more demand. I continue to use Nordic Naturals for my omega-3.

Vitamin D plus calcium may protect from fracture

Saturday, January 16th, 2010

As vitamin D gets more into the spotlight for everyday citizens we see another great result.

Almost 70,000 people participated in a study in the US and Europe and found that taking vitamin D with calcium reduced fractures.

So not only is vitamin D necessary to supplement for those of us living in northern climates it reduces the chance of breaking a leg.

More evidence linking bisphenol A (BPA) to heart disease

Thursday, January 14th, 2010

A higher rate of heart disease is found in those individuals with higher levels of BPA in their system. Currently this is being reviewed and many companies are using different materials for their “plastic” bottles. Also there is a study for a different kind of lining for food cans.

BPA is a chemical used in polycarbonate baby bottles and sippy cups, as well as in the epoxy lining s of food cans. Its continued inclusion in food packaging has provoked considerable consumer anxiety in the United States. The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is currently reviewing its stance that the chemical poses no threat at existing acceptable levels.

Your Own Personal Health Guide

Tuesday, January 12th, 2010

Since the human genome discovery that we have about 30,000 genes, they have now come up with a DNA chip, a silicon or glass wafer with tiny holes just large enough to contain short DNA strands, each containing a single gene. Your DNA chip will allow scientists to identify the unique messenger RNA (mRNA) created by each of your genes.

According to  physicist Albert-Laxzlo Barabasi the map of life, your DNA chip, will be able to tell doctors and nutritionists exactly what your body needs to be completely healthy.

This interesting concept comes from Dr. Richard Restak, The New Brain, pp. 127-128

Parsnips

Monday, January 11th, 2010

A healthy alternative to mashed potatoes, parsnips have 6.5 grams of fiber, 499 mg of potassium, 89 mcg folate, and 30 mcg vitamin K per cup – a very healthy addition to a healthy diet.

Crock Pot

Sunday, January 10th, 2010

A crock pot has numerous advantages for cooking. It’s great for dried beans and is cheaper and healthier than opening a can of beans which usually have too much salt and Bisphenol A from the can’s lining.

It’s great in winter time to start the crock pot in the morning and catch the aroma during the day and enjoying your meal in the evening. Even if you are at work all day you catch the beautiful aroma when you step into your home. There are different sizes available so get one the right size for your family.