Natural Remedies-Cough be gone!

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Got a cough? Mix coffee with honey. Not a coffee drinker? Use milk with honey.  (use this with dry cough only- dairy enhances mucus) Lactose intolerant? Use boiled crushed ginger with honey. Ginger is too spicy? Use Apple cider vinegar with hot water. Don’t like vinegar? Try aloe juice with honey. Not an aloe fan? Try licorice. Add an ounce of sliced licorice sticks to a quart of boiling water, letting it steep for 24 hours. Add honey, and drink up. Prefer a “kick” to your medicine? Make a hot tea, add lemon juice, honey and dark rum. That’s the ticket. Lastly, the old remedy, Mullein tea is always good as an expectorant to draw out trapped mucous.

On a side note, fresh grapes allow you to get rid of sticky phlegm.

Which ever you choose, make it a natural choice!

Happy Living~

Natural Remedies- Toss the Prozac and get happy

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If you’re feeling sad and blue, you don’t need to reach into your medicine cabinet for relief. There are natural ways to help with depression.

Take a look at Turmeric-The more I read about this wonder herb, the more I like it. Now apparently in addition to aiding in reduced risk of heart disease, reduced inflammation, and aiding in the regulation of diabetes, in recent studies, it appears to do a better job of putting a smile on your face than Prozac. 

Cocoa- Native to South America, cacao has been nicknamed the “Food of the Gods” and is known for its mood-boosting properties. It is able to trigger the production of dopamine and serotonin in the brain—important chemicals in mood regulation. In addition to boosting mood, cacao can also increase cognitive function or reduce the symptom known as “brain fog”. The best place to find this natural chocolate is at a natural health store or gourmet market. Just don’t start with 90% cocoa. A heads up..it takes some getting used to.. Go for the 75% cocoa and work your way up from there. 

Vitamin D- We all know we must soak up the sun to get our dose of vitamin D. Yes, it does help the mood to become a bit brighter, but  we are so deficient in so many vitamins and minerals that one might consider a supplement. I am no doctor, but I personally take 10,000 IU of the golden oil a day and have for years.. I don’t have depression. Give it a try. That’s two pills a day.

Then there is Maca. What is that? Good question. It is the ancient peruvian superfood of the Andes. Been around for thousands of years. You can find this at a natural health store or gourmet market. Mix it with deserts, smoothies, yogurt, granola or any other snack food. 

Get outside and take a walk, meditate or just do some deep breathing exercises. Watch old time funny movies. Laughter is golden! Try to think good thoughts and remember things that make you smile. Cheer up love. Tomorrow is a better and brighter day if you choose it to be!

Happy Living!

 

Natural Remedies-Fukushima radiation-What can you do to save yourself?

land and seaAt this point in time, just about everyone globally knows about the tragic Fukushima crises that is continually occurring due to the failure of the reactors’ cooling systems at Japan’s Fukushima nuclear power plant. It is estimated that the quantity of contaminates from groundwater leaks now flooding the Pacific Ocean daily is between 300-400 tonnes. What does this mean? Large amounts of radionuclides (unstable atoms that produce radioactive emissions) were released into the atmosphere.

And if that isn’t bad enough, the plant’s private operator,Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO),is pumping large amounts of water daily into their cores to prevent a further meltdown. As a result, huge quantities of highly radioactive water are being produced. Hundreds of thousands of tonnes of contaminated water are being stored in more than 1,000 tanks, with a plan to double the capacity by 2016. The plumes of radiation are continually being carried along by land, sea and air. It is a global tragedy with no end in sight. I don’t need to elaborate as to what the negative consequences are to humanity in general as well as our sea life, our land masses and our agricultural products. Simply get online and read for yourself. The masses are sheltered by the media about these long term consequences. But over time, increases in unexplained cancers, leukemia, genetic diseases and defects will eventually allow the public to finally connect the dots as to what happened.

So, what can you do to protect your family from excessive radiation exposure? Well, if you live in the Western USA, or Canada, there’s always the thought of moving. But aside from major lifestyle changes, there are just a few remedies to help aid in detoxifying your body.

Some believed that by simply taking the pill Potassium iodide, that you would be saved. Well, truth is, it can only provide protection for the thyroid gland from an intake of radioiodine. It doesn’t have any value in protecting other organs of the body or in providing protection from radiation from other radioactive nuclides. Potassium iodide has no protective value from a “dirty bomb” or a dispersion of spent nuclear fuel. Bummer.

Now Zeolites are extremely effective at absorbing radioactive material. Zeolite was used at the 1979 Three Mile Island nuclear accident. During the Chernobyl nuclear meltdown in 1986, 500,000 tons of zeolite was dumped on and around the site to absorb the radioactive metals. It was also given to cattle to stop the radioactive particles ending up in milk supplies. In Bulgaria, zeolite pills and cookies were prepared for human consumption to counteract Chernobyl fallout. Natural Clinoptilolite is the safest and most commonly used form of zeolite for health and healing, as it has the unique ability to absorb and remove large amounts of heavy metals, volatile organics and radioactive particles with no side effects. It does this without removing the needed metals and minerals like iron or calcium. This natural detoxifier has been used in Asia for the last 800 years as well as by the Romans, who used it to build their aqua ducts and discovered the water tasted better. Clinoptilolite Zeolite has a net negative charge as well as a unique cage like structure that captures the small highly charged toxins like mercury or strontium-90 and can quickly remove them from the body. You can find this supplement online for about $30.00 a bottle.

Another option is foods containing chlorophyll. It has long been known to protect against radiation. Generally speaking, any green foods have chlorophyll. Other heavy metal detoxifiers and chelators include Tulsi (Holy Basil), Cilantro, Parsley, and sulfur-foods like garlic, onions, and chives.

 A form of volcanic ash that is capable of physically removing 25 times its weight in the body is Bentonite Clay. It’s a resourceful holistic remedy for cleansing impurities. Bentonite Clay absorbs toxins and can cause somewhat of a laxative effect due to its high levels of Iron, Magnesium, and Silicon. Two kinds are available (Sodium and Calcium) which have been used for centuries for a variety of uses such as face masks, cat litter, and ceramics; if you are to use it internally, seek a high grade from a health food store.

 Brazil nuts offer one of the highest sources of Selenium in the world. These mineral-rich nuts are a smart snack to consume to prevent radiation poisoning. Selenium is extremely high in antioxidants, is known to have anti-cancer effects, and can also help detoxify the body, removing heavy metals such as Mercury.

 There are a few others like exercise and breathing fresh air, but we already know to do this anyways. As always, do your own research and find out for yourself how to heal your body the natural way. Also, check with your local nutritionist for details on how they may better help your needs.

 Happy Living!

 

 

Healthy Living-Our unhealthy love affair with plastic and BPA

BPAOh the joy of cooking and eating out of plastic. So easy, so simple, so much better than using dishes!! After all, we are saving water and precious time, right? Talk about convenience too!

True, true, true. But let’s cover some facts before you decide to enjoy more plastic contaminants in your next meal or beverage.                                                                                                       (What?)

It’s all about the BPA. BPA stands for bisphenol A. BPA is an industrial chemical that has been used to make certain plastics and resins since the 1960s. This controversial little gem in particular is found in polycarbonate plastics and epoxy resins. Polycarbonate plastics are everywhere. To name a few will give you a good idea to what I am discussing here; containers that store food and beverages, such as water bottles, baby bottles and cups, toys and other consumer goods. Then there are the epoxy resins that can be used to coat the inside of metal products, such as food cans, baby formula cans, bottle tops and water supply lines. Some dental sealants and composites also may contain BPA. And certain thermal paper products, such as cash register receipts, may contain BPA.

BPA is a difficult substance to nail down; it doesn’t behave like a typical toxin. While other chemicals labeled as toxic have clear-cut impacts (asbestos exposure leads to cancer, lead poisoning causes reduced mental capacity), BPA is sneakier. Rather than harm the body outright, BPA is an endocrine disruptor. It changes the way our body’s hormones function, mimicking our own natural hormones — in this case, estrogen. So what’s the big deal you say? Well, Estrogen is said to alter the behavior of more than 200 genes, which control the growth and repair of nearly every organ and tissue in the body. The smallest change is dramatic to the body. BPA also has been found to negatively affect the brain and nervous system in humans, particularly children. So what do we do about the plastic influenced world we live in? Here are some ideas that can help limit direct exposure to BPA toxins.

Take your food out of plastic and use glass or dishware when you use the microwave. Cover with a moist paper towel or wax paper.

Wash plastic by hand and do not use extreme hot heat. Also, if your plastics have scratches in them, degradation increases the likelihood of BPA leaching out.

Reduce the use of food products that are canned. Look for packaging in glass. There is zero BPA in glass. I know this is much easier to find in Europe, but not impossible elsewhere. Buy yourself a water bottle made of aluminum or stainless steel. Try to use this instead of plastic water bottles all the time.

For the extremist, move to Belgium, France, Austria or Denmark. BPA is banned in these countries.

Seek out BPA-free products. In general, look for and stay away from the No.3, 6 or 7 recycling symbols on the bottom or PC. Some are not BPA made, but heads up. The controversy on BPA is still in full swing. But I always say, “better safe than sorry”.

 

Healthy Living-Dirty money- Why you should keep your hands off of it

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I just read an article, “Why You Shouldn’t Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is,” which reported on the first across-the-board analysis of the DNA on dollar bills. Researchers from New York University’s, Dirty Money Project identified 3,000 types of bacteria on them – many times more than were found in previous microscope-based studies.

Here are some examples of what scientists in this most recent NYU study found, and keep in mind that they “could identify only about 20 percent of the non-human DNA they found because so many microorganisms haven’t yet been cataloged in genetic data banks.”

Eighty $1 bills randomly obtained from a bank in New York yielded about 1.2 billion DNA pieces.

The Journal reported: “About half of it was human. The researchers found bacteria, viruses, fungi and plant pathogens. They saw extremely minute traces of anthrax and diphtheria. They identified DNA from horses and dogs – even a snippet or two of white rhino DNA.” The most abundant species they found is one that causes acne. Others were linked to gastric ulcers, pneumonia, food poisoning and staph infections and some carried genes responsible for antibiotic resistance. Cocaine is currency’s “most common contaminate” in the U.S., based upon a 2009 University of Massachusetts Dartmouth study.

What a bacteria fiesta…

And we thought bathrooms and ATM machines were bad enough! Just make sure to wash your hands frequently and hey, you might want to stop biting your nails. Oh, and use sanitizer as a last resort. This actually breaks down your immunity abilities.

 Happy Spending!

 

 

Natural Remedies-Repairing the common problem of excessive flouride

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Years ago, it was decided that the consumer needed more protection for their teeth. So Fluoride was introduced into our water system back in the 1940’s. But since then, one fluoride product after another has entered the market, exposing us to considerable increased amounts,  particularly among children. Other sources include processed foods made with fluoridated water, sodas, juices, sports drinks, beers, products geared towards infants, pesticides, bottled teas, fluorinated pharmaceuticals, teflon pans, and mechanically deboned chicken. Fluoride is a common air contaminant in industrial workplaces. Taken together, the glut of fluoride sources in the modern diet has created a toxic cocktail, one that has caused a dramatic increase in a dental defect called fluorosis. Basically, we are being inundated with fluoride-which is officially a health hazard. Chronic intake of fluoride deranges the carbohydrate, lipid and antioxidant metabolism in general.

Well, there is way to combat this. This comes in a very strange looking fruit called the Tamarind. Tamarindus indica L, is a sub tropical fruit-producing tree indigenous to tropical Africa. The tamarind fruit is a long, bean-shaped fruit that encloses a stringy pulp within its casing. It can be eaten or made into a healing paste or salve in order to receive its multiple benefits. Research indicates ingesting tamarind could even help your body to detox fluoride, and subsequently helps to protect against skeletal fluorosis by enhancing excretion of fluoride. Consume Tamarind as a tea, in capsule form or by grinding up the pulp. There are also other benefits to be considered. Just a few tablespoons will improve bowel functioning and liver bile. You can lower your cholesterol and promote cardiovascular health. It can destroy intestinal worms in children and also treat jaundice. The fruit helps reduce inflammation of the skin and can be very beneficial for rashes and eruptions. Because Tamarind is loaded with vitamin C and antioxidants including phenols and naringenin, it can help treat certain forms of cancer.

 Research this and find out for yourself how to heal your body the natural way. Also, check with your local nutritionist for details on how they may better help your needs.

Happy living!

Natural Remedies-Oil is just not for the beach

images copy 6So many oils. What to do?

It’s time you got personal with a couple oils. Why? Because the natural benefits to your body are endless and also cheap to use-

Let’s meet our first healer, Olive Oil.  It is high in monounsaturated fats and antioxidants.
Studies have shown that EVOO (extra virgin olive oil) assists in raising HDL (good) cholesterol levels, and reducing LDL (bad) cholesterol levels. Olive oil is the healthiest oil available. It’s also great on the lining of the stomach. It has a beneficial effect on ulcers and gastritis. Olive oil activates the secretion of bile and pancreatic hormones naturally, and thus it lowers the incidence of gallstone formation. Some people take a couple teaspoons of olive oil before a “drinking night out” to subdue intoxication. This is a natural way to protect yourself.

Coconut oil is rich in lauric acid, which your body converts to monolaurin, and this special agent has antiviral, antibacterial, and antiprotozoal properties; coconut oil is also rich in capric acid, which shares some of the same antimicrobial benefits that help protect you from infections. Coconut oil is also rich in medium chain fatty acids (MCFAs), which stimulate your body’s metabolism and help you trim off excess body fat. The medium-chain fats in coconut oil are considered so nutritious that they are used in baby formulas, in hospitals to feed the critically ill, those on tube feeding, and those with digestive problems. Coconut oil has even been used successfully by doctors in treating aluminum poisoning. Topically, it’s great as a body moisturizer as well as being used for restoring dry hair. Its 12-carbon fatty acid structure allows it to penetrate the hair cuticle and help provide flexibility and strength,

Tea tree oil is the essential oil taken from the leaves of the Australian tree Melaleuca alternifolia. Found in many natural acne remedies, it helps kill bacteria in the pores and hair follicles that lead to blemishes, and, luckily for those who can’t find relief fast enough, it penetrates the skin quickly. Test first before using.

Safflower oil is the oil of a thistle-like flower containing linoleic acid, or omega-6 fatty acid, which helps your skin make ceramides, a type of lipid that helps the skin hold onto water and prevent dehydration. It’s the best of all the oils for inflamed, dry skin (consumed or applied topically)— with the exception of argan oil, but safflower oil is much less expensive,

Avocado oil is high in vitamin E and omega-3 fatty acids, which helps proper cell function and decreases inflammation.  It’s a rich emollient and is ideal for those with dry, itchy, or aging skin

Argan Oil is good for fine lines, dry skin, and dry hair. Extracted from the kernels found in the fruit of Moroccan argan trees, argan oil has high levels of vitamin E, omega-3 fatty acids, and antioxidants. While it first claimed fame as a savior for dry, damaged hair, the oil also works wonders on the face and body. The fatty acids help our skin cells make healthy membranes, reduce inflammation, and promote healthy collagen.

Flaxseed oil is used for irritated, sensitive skin, and conditions such as eczema and dermatitis. Packed with heart-healthy omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, flaxseed is important for a healthy heart and complexion. You can mix the seeds in foods, or use the oil as a topical moisturizer.

Jojoba Oil is used topically as a wax and has a chemical structure that’s very similar to our skin’s natural oils, so it’s easily absorbed. Dermatologists recommend it because it also contains such minerals as zinc and copper, and vitamins B and E, which help strengthen the skin. Try this in pill form.

Lavender oil may be especially beneficial for those with acne and general skin irritation. It helps control sebum production, soothes irritation, and is a natural antiseptic and disinfectant. It is also been known to increase feminine tissue on the body (in the breast area), so guys…heads up.

Rose hip seed oil is great for uneven pigment, scars and fine lines. It is extracted from the seeds of a South American rosebush and offers the same effects as Retin-A, without the irritating side effects. It contains omega-6 essential fatty acids and vitamins A and C, which work to increase cell turnover. If you use it for a few weeks, you’ll notice significant change in any dark spots, scars, or any other skin discoloration.