immune-supportWith the cold and flu season upon us it is a good idea to be prepared and to stock a few useful items.

Garlic – I prefer power garlic capsules (suppliers below) which are easy to take and of very high quality. Garlic capsules which are either LOW or NO odour are next to useless because the main active ingredient Allicin (the smelly bit) has been removed! For maximum benefit you need to take a suitable dose because if the product is not available to the body in sufficient quantity it never reaches the therapeutic level required. For a person weighing 55-75 kilos, 4 capsules per day, 6 days per week is usually a beneficial dosage, obviously take less for lower body weight and more if you are heavier. (That dosage is based on 1 capsule equating to 1 clove of garlic).

Echinacea and Calendula – When experiencing symptoms associated with a virus, taking a dose of Echinacaea and Calendula I find most helpful. 25 drops of each in fairly warm water twice a day is usually very supportive, especially if taken at the onset. Continue until you are symptom free.

Originally posted 2012-11-22 22:06:03.

Explore the significant benefits such as increased oxygen levels which are supportive for all areas of the body, particularly the major organs, blood circulation and lymphatic circulation. This method is of great benefit to women with breast issues. Cancer cells hate oxygen and cannot survive in a body that is flooded with oxygen.

Originally posted 2012-10-27 22:11:15.

find-your-voiceSore Throats – The following tips are very effective in relieving symptoms arising from a variety of different causes. Tonsillitis, laryngitis, pharyngitis, ulcerations, strep throat and Quincy which is extremely unpleasant, making swallowing almost impossible due to the painful swelling.

Products Required – Table salt, a large flannel or cloth, dried sage and mustard powder. All are available in most supermarkets.

Method – Use the sage to make tea – 3 heaped teaspoons in 200ml of boiling water. Strain, allow to cool and use as a gargle and mouthwash.
For the compress, wet the flannel and pour on the salt so that it is covered in about 10mm of salt, roll into flat tube and apply to the throat, it is best left on overnight so cover with a towel to avoid dampening the pillow or bedding.

Hot mustard footbath:
For instructions see asthma heath tip post.

Case study
A lady came to see me complaining of a sore throat which was so painful she was unable to swallow and had to take soluble pain killers to get any respite. She had an appointment arranged with her GP for the next morning and was hoping I could suggest something she could do in the meantime. I advised her to try the sage gargle, salt compress and hot mustard foot bath, which she followed to the letter. When she saw her GP the next day the swelling had subsided, she was pain free and able to swallow without discomfort. He was amazed at what she had achieved in such a short time without the need for an antibiotic.

Originally posted 2012-09-11 22:32:20.

keep-it-simpleAs you may have realised, I like to keep things as simple as possible, I avoid complication wherever I can, because the bodys needs are both simple and logical. If you give the body what it needs and avoid what it cannot cope with, you are on the path to a healthier life automatically.

Here are some things best avoided – Homogenised Milk – full fat, skimmed, semi-skimmed or organic, AVOID!

Choose instead full fat non-homogenised milk, organic wherever possible.

Avoid the flu jab as it is suspected by some researchers to increase the risk of contracting the flu virus. Many people who receive this vaccine become ill – they are also more likely to spread the disease to others.

Avoid cooking in vegetable oils, this includes olive oil, as at cooking temperature they tend to form trans-fatty acids. Better fats for cooking are coconut oil, ghee, dripping (both beef and lard) as they do not convert to the more dangerous trans-fatty acids.

Avoid also any processed products containing white sugar, white flour, Monosodium Glutomate and Nitrites which are used in meats and fish as a preservative.

That is enough avoids for now, that will start you on the road to good health but more information to come in future tips, including Must Haves.

Originally posted 2012-09-07 22:35:08.

 

There are so many ways you can use apple cider vinegar in your daily routine, it works great for pretty much anything, from treating an upset stomach, dealing with skin problems to cleaning your house. And believe me, once you start to use it, you won’t turn back.

The health benefits of apple cider vinegar are endless, here re some creative and simple ways to add the benefits of apple cider vinegar to your life:

1. For cleaning purpose, make this “all-purpose cleaner”with apple cider vinegar

You have to prepare 1 part water, 1 part apple cider vinegar and a few drops of essential oil. Mix them in a spray bottle and use anytime when you want.

2. It can be added to your smoothie, but keep in mind of that just add a little as it has strong taste.

3. You can rub your teeth with apple cider vinegar and then rinse with water, it will remove stains and keep your teeth whiter.

4. Feeling tired after a whole day work? Then add a cup apple cider vinegar to your bath water to have a relaxing bath. You can also add a few drops of your favorite essential oil. A hot bath with apple cider vinegar also helps flush out toxins through the skin, so this is also a great detoxification process.

5. Apple cider vinegar helps you detox the whole body. It’s recommended to take it before your meal by mixing 2-3 teaspoons of apple cider vinegar in a glass of tomato juice.

6. Apple cider vinegar is a good ingredient for dressing. For making your food taste great, try these easy-to-make dressing recipes with apple cider vinegar:

Apple cider vinegar with olive oil dressing

  • 3 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 3 tablespoon olive oil
  • A few salt and pepper to taste

Apple cider vinegar, yogurt and honey dressing

  • 3 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 crushed garlic clove
  • 3 tablespoon yogurt
  • 1/4 teaspoon raw honey
  • Salt to taste

Mix the ingredients well and you get a great dressing for salads, vegetables and meats.

7. Apple cider vinegar works effectively to increase your metabolism, this is due to its rich content of vitamins and minerals, especially the high amount of potassium it contains.

8. It’s a simple remedy for relieving a sore throat. Simply mix 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar with 1/4 cup of warm water and gargle with the mixture every hour or as needed.

9. It can help you get rid of dandruff. Add 1/3 cup apple cider vinegar to 4 cups of water and pour over your hair after shampooing. Rinse with water after 1-2 minutes.

10. Want to get rid of acne? Try to mix 1 part apple cider vinegar to 4 parts water. Apply it to the affected area with a cotton pad, leave it for some minutes and rinse with cold water. Do 2-3 times a day.

11. Candida may results in several symptoms, such as lack of energy, bad memory, sugar cravings as well as yeast infections. Apple cider vinegar helps you get rid of candida due to its natural enzymes. Add 2 cups of apple cider vinegar to a bathtub and soak for half an hour.

12. Take 1 teaspoon of apple cider vinegar followed by a cup of water will help you deal with heartburn. It works by orrecting low acid, thus reducing heartburn symptoms.

13. The mixture of 1/2 cup of apple cider vinegar with 1 cup water is a great solution for cleaning your kitchen and toilet. This mixture also acts as a natural room fresher.

14. It’s highly recommended to add a teaspoon or two of apple cider vinegar when you’re cooking your bone broth. As it will help draw more minerals out of the bones.

15. If you’re suffering from painful sunburn, use apple cider vinegar. Mix a cup of apple cider vinegar in a lukewarm bath to soothe the uncomfort feeling.

16. It clears a stuffy nose. Add a teaspoon apple cider vinegar in a glass of water and drinking, it will give you a relief quickly.

17. It helps relieve migraines by mixing 2 tablespoon apple cider vinegar, 2 tablespoon raw honey in a cup water. Drink it twice a day.

18. Add 2 teaspoon apple cider vinegar to 16 oz of water and sip this solution throughout the day, it will promote weight loss.

19. It’s also a fantastic ingredient for flea redution. Mix 1 part apple cider vinegar and 1 part water and spray it on your pets’ skin to repell the fleas on your pets.

20. It works well to help you get rid of hiccups.

The benefits of apple cider vinegar to health are still not stopping here, it also:

  1. Prevents flu
  2. Reduces inflammation from arthritis
  3. Aids digestion
  4. Improves sleep
  5. Strengthens bones
  6. Eases constipation
  7. Treats ear infections
  8. Helps treat eczema
  9. Lowers blood pressure
  10. Relieves Gout
  11. Balances the body’s pH level
  12. Lowers cholesterol
  13. Reduces blood glucose level in diabetics
  14. Removes nail fungus
  15. Soothes bug bites

Now you know, apple cider vinegar is really a miracle product that can be used in so many different ways. Do you have more creative ways to use it in your daily life? Share with us.

Originally posted 2016-03-23 11:38:59.

If you’re seeking an uncomplicated way to cultivate health, look to the lymphatic system. Working in tandem with the cardiovascular system, lymph fluids help remove toxins from the blood, while also transporting immune system cells. Since the lymphatic system doesn’t have an organ like the heart to circulate fluid, it needs to be stimulated. Have a look below for several suggestions on how to do this easily each day.

Keep the body humming

Drink plenty of water – Since hydration plays a key role in both circulatory systems, it’s crucial to consume adequate fluids throughout the day. When we don’t pay attention to this one basic practice, stress is placed on the lymph system, leading to inefficiency and toxic build-up. An additional benefit of proper hydration: the kidneys are able to do their job of flushing out water soluble waste.

Dry skin brushing – Another simple habit that keeps the lymphatic system in top form is brushing the skin. Amazingly, there are hundreds of miles of lymphatic tubules in the body that collect waste products. When we brush the skin, the system is stimulated in a process called lymphatic drainage.

To include this method in your daily routine, first you will need a high quality skin brush with natural bristles — aim for one with a long handle so that you can reach the back and other inconvenient spots. Before your morning shower and after work are two good times to dry brush. Use short strokes toward the heart with firm pressure, but do not “scrub.” Steer clear of delicate areas such as the face. Brush as long as you would like, although average sessions usually last between two and 20 minutes.

Hydrotherapy – For a quick circulatory boost, try alternating hot and cold water during your shower. When the skin is exposed to cold water, the whole body contracts, which squeezes lymphatic fluid up. And when hot water is applied, fluid moves downward as the constriction relaxes. A good standard is to alternate water temperature every thirty seconds for the entire length of your shower. Just make sure you have a reliable shower filter to avoid absorbing more toxins than you’re eliminating.

Rebounding – One of the best ways to improve lymphatic movement and drainage is to bounce on a small trampoline called a rebounder. Utilizing gravity and non-impact motion, bouncing assists the flow of lymph fluid. One method is the “health bounce.” Stand with feet shoulder width apart. Keeping your feet on the mat, bounce with a gentle up and down motion. That’s all there is to it. With just a few minutes a day, the lymphatic system is kept healthy and flowing.

Lymphatic drainage therapy – Using a specialized technique that applies pressure to lymph nodes and tubules, a trained therapist can strengthen lymphatic efficiency. The method entails holding the hands flat and moving them in a wavelike motion on the body to release blockages and enhance circulation. The benefits include detoxification, relaxation, regeneration of tissue and a reduction of inflammation.

Originally posted 2016-03-13 11:34:02.

Toothache pain can be extremely distracting and often become a sufferer’s sole area of focus. The time between experiencing toothache pain and seeing an emergency dentist can be excruciating. Tooth pain happens when the nerve is inflamed. Generally this occurs due to compromised enamel which is allowing material to enter directly into the pulp. Here are 12 home remedies for toothache pain.

12 Quick Remedies For Toothache Emergency

Baking Soda

Take a cotton swab and moisten it with a bit of water, dip it in baking soda (coat the swab really well with baking soda) then apply. You can also make a mouth rinse by mixing a heaping spoonful of baking soda in a small glass of lukewarm to warm water, dissolve the soda then swish the mixture in your mouth.

Oil Of Oregano

Mix a few drops with a bit of olive oil, then saturate a cotton ball with mixture. Can replace the olive oil with lukewarm water if preferred.

Salt Water

Salt reduces infection, pain, and inflammation. Warm salt water prevents the infection from spreading to other parts of the mouth. Mix a teaspoon of salt (either unrefined sea salt, Epsom salt, or ordinary salt) and a glass of warm water. Rinse your mouth with the solution.

Garlic

Garlic is nature’s most potent antibiotic. It prevents bacterial infection and contains sulfuric compounds including allicin which fight infection and inflammation. Apply the juice from crushed garlic to the infected area. Repeat regularly as needed.

Olive Oil

Olive oil contains a chemical called eugenol that kills bacteria and reduces pain. Use a cotton ball to apply olive oil to the affected area and sore gums. Repeat daily as needed.

Hydrogen Peroxide

Hydrogen peroxide is a natural disinfect that kills bacteria and relieves pain and inflammation. Mix 2 teaspoons of hydrogen peroxide and a tablespoon of warm water. Rinse your mouth with the solution without swallowing.

Cucumber

Slice a fresh piece of cucumber and hold it over the sore area. If refrigerated, you might want to bring the cucumber to room temperature before using (if sensitive to cold) otherwise a cool piece can be soothing.You can also mash a piece with a bit of salt and pack it around the sore tooth.

Wheatgrass

Simply chewing of wheatgrass leaves or using wheatgrass juice as a mouthwash is also helpful in fighting with toothache. Wheatgrass juice absorbs the toxins from gums, reduces bacteria, and avoids contamination.

Tea

Make a fresh cup of tea then take the used tea bag (still warm) and stick it in your mouth. Careful not to tear the bag. The tannins that are naturally in tea leaves can help numb things.

Alcohol

A bit of whiskey, brandy, scotch, or vodka can also be used as a natural home remedy for toothache. A strong mouthwash that contains alcohol will also be helpful.

Onion

Freshly cut onion can be placed on the area. Else, extract the juice of onion and apply on the troubled tooth with a cotton ball. Onion is a natural remedy to fix up the throbbing toothache. Onion is also considered as a natural antibiotic for curing tooth infection.

Cloves

Settle a dry stalk of clove onto the tooth. This is a helpful remedy in fixing up the toothache. A drop of clove oil or thick paste of ground clove with water or olive oil can also be used. Clove oil is an effective natural cure for fixing toothache from a broken tooth.

Originally posted 2015-09-22 10:19:27.

vaccinationsThe proper diet is by far the most important aspect of health, healing, and detoxification, but in cases where damage is severe or you really just want to boost or speed up the process, supplements can help you detoxify. Supplements are not, and never will be, a substitute for the right diet. They are a supplementation to the right diet and nothing more. In fact, they don’t work well with a poor diet.

Niacin, charcoal, vitamin C, spirulina, chlorella, diatomaceous earth, edible earth clays, beneficial fats and other nutrients and herbs can radically accelerate the detoxification process when they accompany a healthy diet.

Flushing with Niacin
Niacin, otherwise known as B3, is a very inexpensive way to boost the efficacy of a detox. You want the flush kind, not the “no flush.” Doctors usually recommend starting with 100 mg, but up to 5,000 a day has been used for serious drug detoxification and other urgent detox needs (such as chemical poisoning).

Don’t take niacin for too long. Taking any one single B vitamin for a long time causes an imbalance or deficiency of other B vitamins. Long term, high dose use of B3 can also damage the liver.

Take it in the morning. In 30 to 45 minutes when it kicks in, exercise or do the sauna. Try some hot tea. Drink lots of fluids (like the cranberry lemonade) and sweat out the toxins. Niacin won’t do you much good if you aren’t flushing out the junk while you do it. It’s powerful. You’ll be itchy, hot, and flushed red all over. Most people without a seriously damaged liver can easily handle 500 mg for a few days. The effects last about an hour.

Detox With Food Grade Activated Charcoal
Food grade charcoal is derived from burning pure, untainted organic substances such as coconuts or certain woods without using toxic chemicals in the process. Charcoal forms a chemical bond with heavy metals and many other toxins and is easily flushed from the body.

“The action of activated charcoal involves adsorption, not absorption of toxins. Adsorption is the electrical attraction of toxins and heavy metals, but not beneficial nutrients, to the surfaces of the fine charcoal particles. This is more of a chelation process. The charcoal itself is not absorbed into the body, so the toxins attached to the charcoal particles exit via the bowels. Don’t be surprised by black stools.” –Natural Society

For vitamin C, spirulina, and chlorella, you can make your own nutrition formula or purchase a high quality powdered nutrition formula that contains these ingredients. If you’re making your own (see below), make sure to use only clean, high-quality spirulina and chlorella and other ingredients. If you choose another multi-nutritional supplement, we highly recommend using a brand that is a nutrition powder made of ground, pure, nutritionally complete food with the enzymes still intact. The chlorella and spirulina are not only amazing superfoods that chelate and detoxify the body, they are both highly bio-available proteins, and they have a synergistic effect with the other ingredients. Do make sure any chlorella or spirulina is from a trustworthy source. These ingredients, when coming from cheap sources, are known to contain contaminants.

Epson Salts, Clay Baths, and Hot & Cold Hydrotherapy
Epson salts and clay baths help to pull toxins from the body while they cleanse the skin and unclog pores to allow more toxins to flow out. Hot and cold hydrotherapy increases blood flow throughout the body. Hot water pushes and increased blood flow to the skin’s surface while cold water drives the blood deep to the core.

Alternating hot and cold water brings fresh blood with oxygen and nutrients to the organs and glands and carries away toxins and pathogens. Start with water as hot as you can stand for a minimum of two minutes. Then turn off the hot water for two minutes of cold—the colder the better. Alternate back and forth for a total of 20 minutes, ending with cold.

Originally posted 2015-06-11 09:00:07.

Life is hard and everybody gets anxious and “frazzled” sometimes, but if this is how you feel on/off all day, maybe it’s because you smoke cigarettes. Maybe it’s also because nicotine is only 30-minute relief for the “cigarette hangover” — that feeling that ensues when the commercial cigarette’s insecticide, herbicide, ammonia and bleach enters your lungs, your blood and your cleansing organs.

Maybe you have C.I.D., Chemical Intake Disorder, where your body gets really nervous and upset when you smoke chemicals hourly, or even every half-hour for smokers who “inhale” two packs a day. Problems get a whole lot bigger when you feel lousy and when your central nervous system is in a constant frenzy, unbalanced and reeling from smoking formaldehyde, fiberglass and GMO ingredients. You can call it anxiety, depression or recurring worry, but the insomnia and frequent headaches are no “coincidence,” and they are NOT hereditary.

If your day-to-day events and experiences are overwhelming, it’s time to remove some of the obstacles that stand in the way of not only feeling normal, but feeling great and being able to deal with anything that comes your way. Doctors often misdiagnose general anxiety disorder, and for good reason. Some people take toxic weight loss supplements and consume artificial sweeteners regularly, and their doctors don’t even know. Most MDs in America barely know a thing about nutrition, so they won’t even bring up meat, milk and synthetic sugars like aspartame, sucralose and sorbitol.

Most doctors have no idea how many chemicals are in cigarettes and won’t even suggest to their patients that it’s directly correlated to their anxiety or depression. Plus, allopathic doctors have no clue HOW their patients might stop smoking. Will your doctor prescribe Chantix or Zyban? You may want to do A LOT of research before you consider those! Smoking cessation pills can make anxiety and depression worse, just check the side effects. Chantix blocks nicotine receptor sites in the brain in order to reduce nicotine cravings, but in that process, naturally occurring dopamine and serotonin are blocked, creating dangerous and nearly intolerable side effects.

Did you know that smoking significantly decreases the body’s ability to heal following surgery? Normal healing may not occur if smoking isn’t stopped. The negative effects of smoking on conditions of the musculoskeletal system and treatment of these conditions are well documented; however, most orthopedic surgeons have been reluctant to discuss these with their patients.

Anxiety can be tied to thyroid problems also. There are plenty of toxins in common foods, drinks and cosmetics that have adverse affects on thyroid function, like PCBs, dioxins, GM soy, pesticides, plastics (BPA), heavy metals and flame retardants. How many of these are in your “dirty dozen” vegetables or your Gatorade? You better check. Could these be adding to your anxiety? You bet they could.

Charles Goodstein, an MD and clinical professor of psychiatry at New York University’s Langone Medical Center, said, “Anxiety is part of life. What makes a disorder is when people have anxiety that mounts to such an intensity that they’re no longer able to cope with it.” That’s why you have to kill the urge to smoke, which is really just the urge to kill your anxiety. So what to do?

Stop smoking and feel alive again!

Once again, there is light at the “end of the tunnel.” Natural News has insightful information and resources to help all walks of life cure themselves of C.I.D. What you do is you stop taking in chemicals! It sounds difficult, but it’s rather quite simple. A revolutionary program that is taught in 60 minutes by streaming video is recommended by the Health Ranger and is called “14AndOut – Stop Smoking Naturally in 14 Days.” Get out of the toxic “ritual” of smoking and stay positive forever. You can do it. Share the good news with smokers you know.

Originally posted 2015-01-13 11:14:39.

eating blueberriesThe health benefits of blueberries are seemingly endless, and among these are improved eyesight, particularly at night. Multiple studies out of Europe and Israel confirm that eating blueberries regularly may help improve night vision, while another study out of Japan says blueberries can help reduce eyestrain and improve weak eyesight.

In a 1998 issue of The Blueberry Bulletin, released by the Rutgers Cooperative Extension in New Jersey, a study on Israeli fighter pilots suggested that soldiers might gain tactical benefits by regularly consuming blueberries. Unique compounds in blueberries appear to enhance capillary elasticity and eye permeability, resulting in improved vision in the dark.

Blueberries inhibit cataract formation, protect against glaucoma

European studies looking at the bilberry, a close relative of the blueberry, have made similar assessments. The Life Extension Foundation (LEF) cites research showing that blueberries help improve overall eye health, as well as inhibit the formation of cataracts and protect against glaucoma. This, in addition to improving eye function at night.

“Royal Air Force (RAF) bomber pilots in World War II were reported to consume blueberries to help night vision,” says the Norwegian Blueberry Council. “…a recent study in Japan has scientifically documented the benefits of blueberries to help reduce eyestrain.”

“All over Japan, consumers buy small vials of blueberry juice to obtain the benefits … The Japan study showed that blueberry consumption reduced eyestrain and improved weak eyesight. Most believe that the substance, anthocyanin, in the blue pigment of the blueberry is responsible for the eyesight improvement.”

Blueberry anthocyanin benefits extend to the heart, brain, and digestive systems

The same blueberry antioxidants that are believed to benefit the eyes also benefit the other systems of the body. According to the late Dr. James Joseph, Ph.D., former lead scientist at the Laboratory of Neuroscience at the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Human Nutrition Research Center, blueberries are a superior brain food.

A study he conducted before his recent passing in 2010 found that daily consumption of blueberries helps slow memory decline and protect motor function, exerting a powerful anti-aging effect. Other epidemiological studies have found that blueberries can help protect against degenerative brain conditions like Alzheimer’s disease, as well as improve short-term memory.

“When it comes to brain protection, there is nothing quite like blueberries,” he told LEF back in 2006. “Call the blueberry the brain berry.”

Blueberries can also help protect against the formation of heart disease. Blueberry anthocyanins have been observed to improve the elasticity of blood vessels, increasing blood flow and protecting against clotting. Blueberries also help inhibit the buildup of “bad” cholesterol, prevent the buildup of arterial plaque, and decrease the “stickiness” of blood platelets.

Some of the biggest breakthroughs in blueberry science involve the fruit’s anti-aging properties, which are believed to be mostly due to their rich antioxidant content. Not only do blueberries help protect the brain against age-related decline, but they also help protect the central nervous system, increasing cell membrane fluidity while reducing levels of inflammatory compounds.

“Blueberry extracts have the advantage of delivering the fruit’s phytochemicals in a simple, standardized dose, while consuming blueberries as food offers the benefit of flavor,” adds LEF. “Regardless of how they are consumed, blueberries should be considered a mainstay of every healthy diet.”

Originally posted 2014-12-07 11:13:11.

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