Archive for April, 2008

Solutions To Indigestion

Friday, April 25th, 2008

Last year, consumers spent over $5.1 billion for just one popular acid indigestion medicine. This amount was for just this one medicine; it doesn’t even include all the dozens of other prescription and non-prescription medications on the market.

Sadly, many of those who took this medicine saw their symptoms get worse. Let’s look at some natural strategies for relieving the many digestive disorders we face today?

Resolving poor digestive health begins with reducing your response to stress. Deep breathing is an effective approach to stress management. Simply taking three deep breaths can break the cycle of chronic stress. Ten minutes of deep breathing is even better; this can often reduce your stress levels by 50 percent. After 20 minutes of deep breathing your brain begins releasing the hormones that repair your body – including your digestive tract. It’s best to practice deep breathing 10 minutes before each meal and 20 minutes at bedtime.

It’s important to select the right foods. High fiber and high water content fruits and vegetables are the foundation for good digestive health. Chew your foods completely. Don’t swallow until they are completely liquefied. Many nutritionists suggest eating starchy carbohydrates and proteins at different times. For example, steak and potatoes is a poor food combination for the same meal. Most adults cannot digest milk products. If you are unable to tolerate dairy products, avoid them. Also, gluten-containing grains (wheat, rye, oats, etc.) should be avoided if you have gluten sensitivity.

Supplements such as a digestive enzymes probiotic blend can be a real “lifesaver.”  All it takes is two FloraVita capsules ever day for relief from poor digestion. But remember, you should always address the problem’s root cause. If it’s chronic stress, then stress reduction is the best strategy. You can bolster your defense against stress with Vitamin B-12 (necessary for digesting protein) and adaptogens.

Insomnia Damages Women’s Hearts

Wednesday, April 23rd, 2008

A team of researchers at the Duke University Medical Center concluded a study that continues to demonstrate that good sleep is critical to good health. The study reveals women suffer more damage to their cardiovascular health from poor sleep – and struggling to fall asleep – than do men.

The study was published in the online journal Brain, Behavior and Immunity. It suggests that poor sleep may have more serious health consequences for women than for men, according to researcher Edward Suarez.

Suarez said the study also found that for women, poor sleep is strongly associated with high levels of stress, greater feelings of hostility, depression and anger, but perhaps the most unexpected finding was that for women, overall poor sleep quality didn’t pose the greatest risk. Read more…

Vitamin D – Are You Deficient?

Sunday, April 20th, 2008

You may not be aware that vitamin D deficiency among our adult population is a real problem. This is one of the most prevalent deficiencies in our culture. Most people don’t understand this.

People become deficient in Vitamin D primarily for cultural or environmental reasons. For instance, in cultures where women are totally clothed, including veils, people are almost universally deficient in Vitamin D. Likewise, submariners who spend extended time submerged become deficient. Neither group gets much direct sunlight.

Vitamin D deficiency among North Americans also includes a lack of exposure to sunlight and insufficient consumption of cold-water fish, such as wild salmon, mackerel and sardines. These are good food sources of Vitamin D as well as calcium and Omega-3 fatty acids.

You can take a quick self-test to determine if you might be vitamin D deficient. With your thumb, press on your sternum (breastbone). Is it tender or painful? Now, press on the tibia (shin bone) of both your legs. Are they sore or tender? If the answer is “yes” to both of these tests then there’s a 93 percent chance you’re deficient in Vitamin D.

The Dark Side of Protein Metabolism

Thursday, April 10th, 2008

Besides the desire to lose weight, the number two quesiton I hear: “is there anything I can do got get more energy.”

One way you can increase energy is to consume about 50 to 65 grams of protein per day. Proteins donate five times more energy than sugar. but you need to be aware that you can only digest about 25 grams at at time. So, pass on those sixteen ounce steaks.

There is a dark side to protein metabolism found in a particular form of nitrogen: ammonia. Excess ammonia can be formed in your body and brain if you eat protein but lack enough nitrogen to complete the energy process. This is often seen in people who experience bloating or an uncomfortable fullness after a healthy, protein-rich meal. It may also be seen in those who experience excessive fatigue after a meal.

You need to replace your supply of nitrogen since processing protein uses up large amounts of available nitrogen. Nitrogen in its active form, nitric oxide, is perhaps the most important source of energy for the heart, vascular system and immune system.
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Thank goodness for nature’s tiny jewels!

Wednesday, April 2nd, 2008

All Free radicals are a dangerous form of pollution inside your body. This pollution is is the result of the on-going metabolism necessary for life. Metabolism is the process by which your body converts food into energy. So, the more energy you produce, the more pollution in the form of free radicals you generate.

Energy is converted from the food you eat (carbohydrates, protein and fats). Some foods (especially whole foods) also contain tiny anti-aging “jewels” called Antioxidants. These “jewels” are molecules that are used by your body to balance, neutralize or quench free radicals. They will keep helping in that way until they are completely used up. Read more…