Thursday, December 27, 2012

Belly Fat: What You May Not Know plus Natural Solutions

There is more to be concerned about with belly fat than just how it looks on you. While it is true that your body needs some fat, it is also true that having too much of the fat we can see often means there is more of the fat we can't see. That is not good news for your health. The fat we can see, subcutaneous fat, accumulates just under the skin usually in the buttocks, hips, thighs, and abdominal areas. There is another kind of fat, visceral fat, that is around your vital organs such as liver, heart, lungs and digestive tract. This fat cushions the organs, but too much of it can lead to high blood pressure, diabetes, heart disease, stroke, breast cancer, colon cancer and other health conditions.

Body Shape
Since the amount of belly fat can be an indication of how much visceral fat you have, take a look at your body shape. Having what is called a "pear" shaped body is better than having what is called an "apple" shape. The apple shape means that you have a bigger waistline with a round belly and the fat has settled there. If you have a pear shape then the fat has settled more in your thigh and buttocks areas. Having more fat in the abdomen area can be an indication of more visceral fat. Genetics can play a role in the propensity to store visceral fat, but physical activity also plays a role. So for those of us that are apple shapes it means it's time to get serious about getting a physical exercise plan going and making changes in the types of foods we eat.

How to Control Belly Fat
Belly fat breaks down into fatty acids, which goes into the liver and muscles. When this happens, more 'bad' cholesterol, LDL, and triglycerides result. This causes insulin to be less effective in controlling blood sugar, and results in insulin resistance. Blood sugar then can be out of balance and fat and clots appear in the bloodstream. Watching your intake of sugar and processed carbohydrates is therefore important in your diet. Eliminating processed foods from the diet and moving to eating whole foods, mostly plant based, rich in enzymes and antioxidants, and not overeating can go a long way to controlling belly fat. The main ways to get a grip on your belly fat are through diet, exercise, enough quality sleep and managing stress.

Belly fat is also caused by undigested food sitting there because your body doesn't have enough enzymes to digest it. This can be due to the type of calories we are ingesting, like carbs and fat, or to the way we eat meals. If we allow ourselves to get hungry, our bodies go into starvation mode and hoard the calories. This causes a feeling of being deprived and craving comfort foods which are not usually the healthiest foods. Eating more, smaller meals throughout the day allows us to avoid this state and avoid the cravings for unhealthy foods. A healthy snack alternative for a small meal is a bar fortified with sprouted grains, greens, and blue green algae that provides a complete protein and all essential amino acids source.

Nutritional Support to Control Belly Fat
  • Fiber in the diet helps keep the visceral fat from building up. Proteins and fiber are less likely to be converted to fat storage as the body is able to eliminate any of those it can't digest.
  • Avoid foods that are high in carbohydrates or calories that come from fat. Your body can only easily digest a certain amount of carbohydrates before it then converts those carbs to fat to store away.
  • Adding a whey protein smoothie drink to your diet gives you a protein alternative as a snack to help you stay away from fatty foods and satisfies hunger to combat overeating.
  • Eat more protein and fewer carbs. The kind of protein that you eat can make a difference too. Studies have shown that eating dairy protein can result in loss of belly fat while at the same time gaining muscle. Another source of high quality protein that is just as good or even better than dairy protein is AFA blue green algae. This form of microalgae has 75% usable high quality protein compared to just 18% in red meat!
  • Enzymes are required to properly digest food, and when we don't have enough enzymes, the food we eat literally rots in our guts, adding to weight gain and the appearance of a beer belly. 

Enzymes to Control Belly Fat
Cooked foods don't have enzymes because high temperatures literally kill the enzymes naturally found in foods. Canned foods also lack enzymes and often over-stimulate the endocrine system. One study found that laboratory rats fed a diet of processed and enzyme-less protein, fats, and carbohydrates increased their percentage of body fat (V. Korenchevsky, "Pathology and Bacteriology").

Proper diet that has plenty of enzymes plus the raw materials the body needs to stay healthy (vitamins, minerals, trace-minerals, and antioxidants) does more to help weight loss than any diet plan. To practice enzyme therapy for weight loss, you need to start with a high-quality enzyme source  that works well even in the very acidic environment of the stomach.

Water to Control Belly Fat
Another way to fight belly fat is to build lean muscle because muscle burns more calories than fat does and increases your metabolism which in turn burns fat away. One way to increase your metabolism to burn fat is by drinking enough water. Increasing metabolism to burn fat is the job of your liver. The liver however also takes over some of the jobs your kidneys should be doing and can't if the kidneys don't have enough water. That in turns slows the liver down from converting stored fat into energy. The average person needs to drink about 2 quarts of water a day. This of course should not be all at one time, but rather spread out throughout the day so as to not overtax the kidneys.

Belly Fat: The Bottom Line
The amount of belly fat you have can be an indication of the amount of visceral fat you have which can lead to numerous serious health conditions. Losing weight and ridding yourself of the belly fat through diet, sleep, stress management and exercise can lead to not only a better looking and feeling you, but also a healthier you.

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Thursday, November 29, 2012

7 Natural Solutions to Beat Colds and Flus

This is the time of year that people refer to as cold and flu season. Why does it seem like we catch colds and flus more this time of year? It has been scientifically proven that it really isn't about the colder temperatures we are exposed to in winter months. The old adage about wear your coat outside or you'll catch cold turns out to be false. Our bodies however are under more stress during cold weather as we move from heated homes and cars to freezing outdoor temperatures. We also suffer from the lack of moisture in heated environments. Viruses can enter the body through mucous membranes of the nose, eyes, and mouth. You can pick up or touch something with a virus, then touch your nose, mouth or eyes and presto, you have given the virus a way into your body.

The Immune System
Colds and flus are both viruses. When your immune system is not operating at its peak then you are susceptible to developing a cold or flu. According the "Natural Science Daily" it's your cells that catch the cold first, and that happens when the cold virus binds to a cell. Once a cell becomes infected the virus can spread by reproducing itself and infecting other cells.

Did you know that the health of your digestive tract has a direct effect on how healthy your immune system is? Most people don't realize that the majority of lymph nodes are around the digestive tract area. These protect the body from invader cells getting in through the intestinal wall and into the bloodstream.

Natural killer (NK) cells are an important part of your immune response. According to a paper published in "The Journal of the American Nutraceutical Association," NK cells play an important role in neutralizing foreign invaders, including pathogenic bacteria, viruses, parasites, and diseased cells in the blood, lymph, tissues, and organs of the human body. When NK cells come in contact with these foreign bodies, they secrete biochemicals that neutralize them. That is, of course, why they are called natural killer cells. Scientific research shows that natural foods and herbs such as blue-green algae, astragalus root, and ginseng all support and boost the activity of NK cells.

Macrophages, a type of white blood cell, also play an important  role in the immune system in defending against invaders. Macrophages have to be moving and circulating throughout the body to work. Scientific research shows that certain substances stimulate your body's macrophages. Key among them is a substance found in brewer's yeast: beta 1,3 glucan. Beta 1,3 glucan is a specially extracted ingredient of brewer's yeast and is not the same as taking brewer's yeast, which will not give you the same results. Beta 1,3 glucan, taken orally, stimulates your body's innate immune system to, among other things, produce white blood cells, mobilize cells to "recognize" foreign invaders, and produce anti-microbial agents.

Colds vs. Flus
How do you know whether you have a cold or a flu? Both are caused by viruses, but cold symptoms are milder than flu symptoms. A sore throat usually kicks off cold symptoms followed by runny nose, congestion and cough. There can be a low temperature, but it is rarely over 101 degrees, and colds do not usually manifest with a fever. Cold symptoms commonly start going away after about a week. If they persist much longer, then there is a chance you have developed a sinus infection, allergies or some other condition than a common cold. Symptoms that start quickly and then see improvement after about a week indicate you probably have the common cold.

Flu symptoms, like cold symptoms, also can manifest with a sore throat, congestion, and cough but are usually also accompanied by higher grade fever, a headache, and achy muscles. Flu symptoms also show improvement after about a week, but can leave you lacking in energy and not feeling quite in tip top shape for weeks. If other symptoms persist longer than a week, you may need to consult your health care practitioner as flu can sometimes lead to other conditions such as pneumonia.

Regardless of whether you have a cold virus or a flu virus, the treatments are much the same. Antibiotics are only useful against bacterial infections and therefore will not help with colds and flus. The best treatment of course is prevention by keeping the immune system strong and allowing your body to naturally resist catching a cold or a flu when it is going around. If you do have a cold or flu, there are natural solutions that can help to relieve symptoms.

Natural Solutions to Colds and Flus
1. Get extra rest so immune cells can regenerate.

2. Water, water, water. Use water two ways. Wash hands frequently with warm soapy water for 20 – 30 seconds to get germs off the skin. AND drinking water is the most important ingredient for healing since you need it to flush the colds and flus out of your system

3. Eat more foods with antioxidants like bright colored fruits and vegetables. Stay away from sugary and processed foods.

4. Feed your friendly bacteria in your intestine by supplementing your diet with probiotics. Probiotics, especially acidophilus, produce substances which are antiviral and antifungal. Probiotics also support the immune system by supporting the function of the digestive system.

5. Demulcent and expectorant herbs like marshmallow, slippery elm, comfrey, mullein, and fenugreek help thin and clear out mucous. You can find most of these herbs in tincture form at your local health food store.

6. Supplement your diet with this immune system support product that contains a combination of reishi, cordyceps, maitake, shiitake, Turkey Tail, and Agaricus blazei mushrooms with astragalus, beta glucan and Wild Bluegreen Algae. Pure, whole particle beta glucan helps with inflammation by mobilizing white blood cells to areas of injury or inflammation. These white blood cells (macrophages) remove damaged tissue quickly before it has time to trigger more inflammation. Adding a single capsule of this supplement each day to your diet causes your body to more actively defend against invading germs, viruses and antigens. This supplement can stimulate the macrophages into action, which in turn triggers an entire chain reaction of defense mechanisms in the body.

7. Take Vitamin C and bioflavanoid supplements as they will provide potent antioxidant benefits and support healing of the lung tissue.

Prevention is always the best medicine. So if you haven't caught a cold or flu so far this winter, now is the time to start strengthening your body's immune system and getting it ready to fight off the many viruses that can lead to colds and flus.

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Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Got Gas? Natural Solutions to Avoid It!

We all have gas and a certain amount after eating is completely normal. It is also normal for the body to release the gas. This is done either through belching or farting. On average, adults fart about 16 times a day. Each fart equals about ½ liter of gas or more than 2 cups of “shared air”. A fart is a mix of nitrogen, carbon dioxide, oxygen, methane and hydrogen sulfide. The hydrogen sulfide is what causes the unpleasant odor sometimes associated with “passing gas”.

Gas created by swallowed air, such as when drinking soda, usually is released through belching. One of the most common causes of farting is poor digestion. Bacteria in our intestinal tract turns undigested sugars into gas that is released by farting. Excess gas that is not released causes bloating.

Certain foods tend to produce more gas than others. This can vary for each individual and sometimes it is a combination of certain foods that produces excess gas.

Foods to Avoid to Reduce Gas
  • Vegetables like broccoli, brussel sprouts, and onions and beans contain a sugar that is not absorbed or digested and our intestinal bacteria turns it into gas.
  • Dairy products can cause excess gas, especially for people that are sensitive to lactose.
  • Foods with sugar and simple carbohydrates can cause excess gas and bloating. That includes fructose, the natural sugar found in fruits, and the ever popular high fructose corn syrup found in the majority of processed foods. Foods that have fiber, sugars, and starches create gas when they are not digested and absorbed and result in being broken down in the large intestine.
  • Carbonated drinks
  • Artificial sweeteners or other foods with sugar alcohol
Natural Solutions to Avoid Excess Gas
  • Eat slowly to avoid swallowing air.
  • Avoid using straws for drinking as they lead to swallowing more air.
  • Steam foods instead of boiling them.
  • Avoid drinking during a meal, drink before eating instead to avoid losing stomach acid that helps break down foods.
  • Supplement your diet with digestive enzymes and probiotics like acidophilus and bifidus
Our favorite enzymes contain natural food enzymes that can help break down fats, carbohydrates, protein, and fiber. It is also microblended with 25 mg of bluegreen algae, adding specific vitamins and minerals that many enzymes need for optimum ability to function. For the body to get the most out of food, the intestines must be healthy. Acidophilus plays a key role in supporting the health of the small intestine. Our favorite probiotic bifidus creates a favorable environment for the growth of "good bacteria" in the large intestine.

For some people, chronic or painful excess gas can be a symptom of more serious conditions including Irritable bowel syndrome, colon cancer, peptic ulcer, or gastroesophageal reflux disease. If changes in diet and improving digestion don’t relieve painful or chronic gas, consult your health care professional to see if you have another condition and what treatment options are available. Everyone has gas, and for most of us improving the digestive system and making some dietary changes can help keep down the amount of gas in the body which means less need to belch and fart. It's that simple.

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Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Is Your Pet Depressed? Natural Solutions

Yes there is such a thing as pet depression. Pets of all kinds can develop pet depression. Depression does not necessarily manifest in the same way for pets as for humans though.

Behaviors to Watch for Pet Depression
  • lethargic behavior
  • loss of appetite
  • lack of motivation
  • dull coat
  • not showing normal activity level or showing changes in behavior
  • urination or defecation "accidents" in the house
Signs of depression can sometimes be a sign that there is an underlying health concern. Get your pet examined by a veterinarian. If medical reasons are ruled out then you may very well be dealing with pet depression.

Some causes of pet depression include:
  • moving to a new home
  • death of a person or animal friend
  • being around a lot of stress
  • being in an unsuitable management program or job
If your pet is depressed some things you can do to alleviate the depression are:
  • introduce another animal friend
  • increase exercise
  • spend extra playtime with your pet
  • look for ways to reduce the stress in the pet's environment 
  • keep to a normal routine
  • don't feed foods with a lot of artificial preservatives and additives
Nutrition for Pet Depression
Foods with a lot of artificial preservatives and additives can create a lack of energy and cause symptoms of depression. Many of the commercial animal foods are often very low in nutrition. Did you know that many dog and cat foods contain low quality ingredients, including diseased animal meat laced with high levels of antibiotics? All pets benefit from fresh foods - it's what they would eat if they were in the wild. Even dogs and cats do well with occasional greens and salads, as well as fresh meat.

Read the label of pet food before you buy it and avoid as many of the following as possible:
  •     BHA, Ethoxyquin, BHT: these are chemical preservatives
  •     Low quality protein: corn, wheat, and soy are examples
  •     Fats: most fats added to pet food are indigestible
  •     Artificial flavors or colors
  •     Corn syrup or sugar: just as bad for your pet as for you
  •     Byproducts: these include animal beaks, hooves, and guts
Commercial pet foods are usually heat-processed, which means they lack enough enzymes for proper digestion. Cats, dogs, and humans all need three basics to be healthy: probiotics, food enzymes, and minerals and trace minerals. No matter what brand of food you feed your pet, you can ensure that your pet thrives by supplementing their feed with these ingredients.

    Probiotics: support the balance of natural 'friendly' bacteria present in the body of all organisms (an example is Lactobacillus acidophilus). Probiotics support a healthy immune system, coat, and teeth/gums

    Food Enzymes: help your pet digest his food by aiding in breaking down food into forms your pet can use (examples include protease, amylase, and lipase)

    Minerals and Trace Minerals: used in almost every function of the body and are more easily assimilated than synthetic minerals By adding small amounts of these natural ingredients to your pet's food, you can boost the nutrition in your pet's food no matter what brand of food you feed. AThis powdered algae blend contains a variety of micronutrients, probiotics, enzymes and antioxidants in a powder form that is easy to sprinkle on your pet's food.

Good nutrition is an important step to keeping your pet healthy and reduce the risks of pet depression. Pet food nutrition doesn't have to be complicated. Just learn to read the labels, avoid foods with a lot of harmful or artificial ingredients, and supplement with probiotics, enzymes, minerals, and trace minerals as needed.

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Thursday, November 15, 2012

Want to Age Gracefully? 5 Simple Steps

Of course, who doesn't want to age gracefully! I don't think anyone wants to just wake up one day with sagging skin under the arms, wrinkles galore, a poochy belly and some of the other conditions we associate with growing older. The good news is you don't have to. You can do things now that will allow you to age more gracefully and stay feeling and looking youthful as you grow into old age.

There are three major causes of aging:
•Cell and tissue damage from free radicals
•Enzyme depletion
•Reduced immune response in the body

Remember that our cells don't really age - they are constantly being replaced by new cells. On the cell level, aging occurs because the body's cells are under constant attack by damaging, unstable molecules called free radicals. The body's antioxidant enzymes are supposed to help neutralize free radicals before they cause cell damage. However, many stresses of modern living often create free radicals in quantities well beyond the body's natural ability to cope with them.

The digestive tract is a key element in our immune systems. Modern lifestyles also are really good at killing off the beneficial bacteria in our intestines that the body needs to fight off diseases.  The natural solution to aging gracefully is to maintain a lifestyle that reduces these modern stresses and allows the body to take care of the free radicals and support the digestive system. Here are some ways to do just that:

1. Make sure you get plenty of antioxidants. Antioxidants, found in brightly colored fruits and vegetables, fight off the effects of free radicals and prevent oxidative damage. Diets that help slow the process of aging tend to be those that have lots of raw fruit and vegetables, have more vegetable protein than animal protein, have whole grains and healthy oils such as omega 3. Limit the amount of meat, butter, eggs and dairy you eat and eat whole, organic foods whenever possible. That doesn't mean you can't ever have a chocolate donut or your favorite comfort food again. But for most of the time, eating healthy, drinking plenty of pure water every day and developing healthy eating habits. 

2. Supplement your diet with multivitamin and mineral supplements. Even if you are eating fresh foods not boxed and stuffed with preservatives, many of our foods still don't have the right vitamins and nutrients. The soil many of our foods are grown in has been depleted of these making supplementation a necessary component to get all the vitamins and nutrients we need. Make sure you get high quality however and avoid cheaper supplements with fillers and dyes. This supplement  has powerful anti-oxidants and this supplement with coenzyme Q10 can help the body fight off free radicals. Adding these enzymes is the simple solution to enzyme depletion and to insure enough enzymes to clean up waste in the body and cells.

3. Take probiotics to maintain digestive tract health. Probiotics such as acidophilus and bifidus create a favorable environment for the growth of beneficial flora, promote the normal movement of food through the intestine, lower the pH of the intestine, manufacture specific B vitamins, and promote immune function. You might also consider doing cleanses one or two times a year to clear toxins out of the body.

4. Ideally, we should get 30 minutes of regular exercise a day for circulation, strength and flexibility. If you can't do that, then at least do something that involves movement every day. Moving the body filters down to creating movement on the cell level. Exercises, such as particular yoga exercises, can help keep the digestive tract in good working order, tone up the arms, flatten the stomach, improve muscle tone, increase energy, and increase flexibility. Don't wait until you start to see signs of aging though. Start now before the signs of aging kick in.

5. Laugh and be happy (stress causes aging). People who have more enjoyment out of life tend to show less signs of aging. Having hobbies you enjoy, a spiritual practice, or work that you enjoy can go a long way to aging gracefully.

So you see you can reverse the effects of aging with very simple nutritional and lifestyle changes. Your body replaces all of its cells about once a year so you get a brand new you every year! To prevent aging, just start these 5 simple steps to support your body's natural processes for health.

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Thursday, November 8, 2012

Natural Solutions: 7 Ways to Say Goodbye to Allergies

Allergies can range from seasonal allergies resulting from sources such as pollen, trees, plants, grass and weeds to ongoing allergies from other environmental sources like dust and dander to food allergies. What they all have in common however is the release of histamine from immune cells causing itching, swelling and a lot of mucous.

An allergic response is the body's way of reacting to the ingestion of substances such as pollen, pet dander, mold spores, and dust mites. The body reacts by producing histamine, which is a chemical responsible for the production of watery mucous attempting to wash away the irritating pollens. Anti-histamines block this natural response of the body. People who suffer from persistent allergic reactions either have deficiencies in digestive and metabolic enzymes or not enough histamine production or histamine not strong enough.

Healthy Immune System For Allergy Relief
There's no denying we live in a world full of toxic substances in our air, water, medications, cleaning products, personal hygiene products and foods. Fighting off these toxins puts a strain on the immune system. A stronger immune system is always a good thing. The most natural way to fight off allergies is to keep your immune system healthy and in good working order. Toxins have a negative effect on the good bacteria in our intestines leading to an overgrowth of unfriendly bacteria. This imbalance of good and bad bacteria creates an unhealthy digestive tract and an out of balance immune system.

Deficiencies in vital nutrients also adds to the problem. Vitamin D, omega 3 and omega 6 are among these. These are important to maintaining a healthy immune system that is able to fight off allergens and we don't get enough of these from the diets we typically eat.

Natural Solutions to Allergy Relief
There are natural solutions that can support the relief of allergic reactions and immune system function. Here are a few that can be helpful in saying good bye to allergies.

The histamine production centers in our bodies are controlled by our internal hydrologic cycles. Drink at least half your body weight in ounces per day and even more during allergy seasons.

Stress can add to the production of free radicals in the body which leads to cell damage. Reducing stress can help keep free radical production to a level that the body's natural antioxidant enzymes can neutralize them before they cause damage. Developing a meditation program is just one way to reduce stress.

The less pollutants, pesticides and preservatives we come into contact with, the better for the body. Using natural cleaning solutions, natural cosmetics, and eating fresh organic foods can help cut down on exposure to toxic substances.

Enzymes break down the irritating shell that surrounds each pollen molecule. This prevents your body from going into a histamine overdrive. Take 2 with each meal and 2 between meals. If you are enzyme deficient you may need more to restore your enzyme bank.

Wheat sprouts are powerful antioxidants that help your body cope with all the extra pollen in the air (as well as free radicals increased by environmental pollutants and stress) moving it through your system without a lot of allergy symptoms. Take 2 three times a day.

When you're gut is functioning properly, everything else works smoothly. Probiotics such as Acidophilus and bifidus help keep your gut in healthy, working order, which is the basis of total immune health. Take 2 acidophilus in the morning and 2 bifidus at night.

Detoxification can be used to remove impurities and eliminate toxins from the blood in the liver, through the kidneys, intestines, lungs and skin. There are many natural cleansing and detoxification methods you can get pre-packaged from your local health food store or can find on the internet to make yourself at home.

A balanced immune system, proper nutrients and supplements, and detoxifying can go a long way to freeing you from allergies.

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Thursday, October 25, 2012

Blue Green Algae- More Than a Mood Food

by guest author Madalyn Ward, DVM

Does the food you eat affect your moods? Absolutely and in a big way. A heavy mood food like meat can slow you down and stimulants such as coffee and tea can lift you up. Foods that are prepared with love, leave you feeling better than those that are mass produced. We all have our favorite comfort mood food and it usually one our mom prepared for us as kids. All these foods have a short term affect on our moods.

But what about a mood food that acts on a deeper level of our consciousness? Is there such a thing as a pattern breaking food? I believe at least one food can help you break through deep patterns in your consciousness and it is the blue green algae, Aphanizomenon flos-aquae, from Klamath Lake.

When I was first introduced to  AFA algae, in 1993, I was very skeptical that it could have any actual health benefits for people or animals. I had seen a few animals respond well but still I doubted. Since I don't promote products I don't believe in I asked for guidance from the healing angels about the algae. I was not expecting the message I received.

A Message about the Algae received 12/31/1993
Let us talk about the algae. It is a gift to your planet to be given to those on the path of love. It is structured to trigger one's awareness of changes taking place within them and across the planet. It is more than simple nutrition. Held within the algae is a blueprint for the unfolding process to regain lost aspects of what your true selves have always been.

As you know so well, you do not use but a small portion of your talents. Humans have been unaware for so long that most live their lives in darkness. The algae causes people to wake up. It can reach so many because of its totally harmless character. There are no contra-indications for algae.

There are no situations where it won't be beneficial. All who take the algae benefit from it, whether they choose to be aware or not. New cells in the body begin functioning, and these cells are a part of your superhuman body that is encased in your current physical body. As these new cells are awakened, you will have a new lease on life. You will literally see through new eyes and hear through new ears and feel through a new heart. In a way it is indeed a pattern-breaking technology, but even more than that it is creating entirely new cells with new outlooks.

It has been almost 20 years since I first starting working with the  AFA blue green algae for myself and all types of animals. Over this time I have reflected back occasionally on the original message about the algae. I have been amazed when people would get excited about the health benefits of the products and order them only to return them immediately – unopened. In hindsight, I suspect that since the algae is more than a short term good mood food these people had deeper patterns they were not aware of or not ready to change. For myself, I have had to decrease my consumption of the algae when I found my frustration levels mounting as I attempted to shift patterns I did not fully understand. The algae is not a replacement for therapy but it can help it work faster.

I also believe the source of the AFA algae makes a difference. It does not take large doses of the AFA to make a significant difference. It does, however, take energy to shift deep patterns. You may not want to start the algae if you are sick or rundown. Better to build your life force and then begin. I am always open to sharing my experiences and helping you find the program that is the best fit for you.

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Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Enhance Your Mental Faculties... and Maybe Your Psychic Powers Too!

by guest author: Leta Worthington, Animal Communciator

The secret is the blood-brain barrier. Sounds like something out of a horror movie, but it's really a great thing, as you will read below. But first, here's my personal story about how my own mental faculties and psychic powers were enhanced–within about half an hour. Seriously.

Twenty years ago a friend introduced me to a form of blue-green algae called Aphanizomenon flos-aquae (aka "AFA") by giving me one single capsule of  a form of algae with the cell wall removed. Within 30 minutes my whole being responded. I felt like my vibratory frequency (yes, we all have one) had been raised about 100 notches, and my physical energy and mood had been enhanced equally. I felt indescribably happy, almost euphoric. It was also easier than I had ever experienced to "tune in" to the animals I talked to for clients, and to feel and receive other types of information psychically as well. Needless to say, I bought a bottle of this algae and immediately signed up with the company so that I could order more algae any time I wanted, wholesale, and share it with others as well.

So here's why this amazing substance, especially in the form of the algae with the cell wall removed, works so well in achieving this effect. And if you don't want to read all the technical stuff, you can just skip to the last paragraph or two.The blood-brain barrier is a protective network of blood vessels and cells that filters blood flowing to the brain, thereby shielding the central nervous system from contaminants. So it's a good thing.

That said, this barrier can also have the effect of keeping out quite a few other things that might be beneficial to the brain, like nutrients in the form of less-than-perfect foods we all consume nowadays, to give just one example. Being the hungriest organ in the body, the brain voraciously desires the nutrients, but unfortunately the fillers or refined aspects of many foods prevent the good stuff from ever reaching it.

Enter algae with the cell wall removed.  This is a form of blue-green algae known as Aphanizomenon flos-aquae, acknowledged to be the oldest complete food on the planet. This particular form of algae has had its cell wall removed so that its inner goodness can pass through the blood-brain barrier unimpeded.

I could go on and on about the properties and benefits of Aphanizomenon flos-aquae, and how it provides just about every nutrient your body needs, in the form of a living, single-cell, raw food that is highly assimilable, but, in a nutshell:  it used to grow in many fresh water lakes on earth but now flourishes in only one remaining place in Oregon, Upper Klamath Lake, where it is fed by nothing but the sun and 35 feet of volcanic deposits on the bottom of the lake. This company is a 25+ year-old company that is dedicated to nothing more than safely harvesting and preserving this amazing food, and is responsible for making it available in several different forms.

This form of algae  is the one that can so easily pass the blood-brain barrier and feed your brain.

This is serious brain food, folks. Really.

So if you are feeling mentally foggy, like your head is stuffed with cotton, or you want to amp up your psychic reception, try this bluegreen algae. You can order it right HERE, right now. Oh, and also, it may help improve your spirits dramatically if you suffer from depression. I can't swear to this because depression isn't one of my monsters. (But hmmm, come to think of it, maybe that's because I've been taking algae for 20 years now.) Anyway, sure is worth a try.

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Thursday, October 11, 2012

How to Have Good Skin: 1.6 Million Reasons to Update Your Skincare Regimen

Why is it even important to know how to have good skin? Well, your skin is your largest body organ accounting for 16% of your body weight. The body is estimated to be made of 10 trillion cells, so that would be 1.6 trillion skin cells. ( That's a lot of skin cells for sure, but so what. Is knowing how to have good skin really that important? You bet!

What Does Your Skin Do For You?
Here's a few things skin does that might make you realize how important a good skincare regimen is:
  • It helps protect the body from pathogens
  • Provides sensation through nerve endings warning us of things like if something is too hot
  • It conserves our body heat and prevents energy loss
  • Skin protects against fluid loss.
  • It stores lipids and water and is a means of vitamin D synthesis
  • It protects the body from losing essential nutrients
Human skin is composed of several layers and is constantly regenerating itself. New skin cells form at the lowest layer and push their way up to the top layer. Between 30,000 and 40,000 skin cells fall off every hour ( The dead cells fall off, making room for the newer cells. About every 30 days your body has produced a completely new set of skin.

Naturopathic medicine has long recognized that skin and intestinal health are related. Many times a skin disorder such as a rash or eczema can be traced to a problem in the digestive tract. Concentrating on creating a healthy digestive tract system can support skin health and seeing issues with your skin can give you a heads up that there may be a problem with your intestinal tract.

Natural Solutions for a Skincare Regimen
To support your skin's health, you can start with supporting intestinal health. Improving your diet with more fruits and vegetables and drinking 8 glasses of pure water a day is a good place to start. Digestive enzymes and probiotics, such as Acidophilus and bifidus are another way to support good intestinal health which in turn supports skin health.

Acidophilus supports the small intestine which is involved in digestion, absorption, and transport of food. Bifidus is a pro-biotic that creates a favorable environment for the growth of "good bacteria" in the large intestine which absorbs water from food that is eaten and aids the body in removing waste products. This full spectrum probiotic contains 12 key "good bacteria" that are microblended with bluegreen, Jerusalem artichoke, and an acerola and rose hips blend which all work to promote the growth of friendly bacteria in the digestive tract. Enzymes such as these and these enhanced enzymes aid in digestion of food so that the body can absorb the nutrients required to build cells, tissues and organs.

To support your skin from the outside, this antioxidant lotion with WGP Beta Glucan is an excellent choice for providing nutrition to the skin. With ingredients like vitamin E, organic blue-green algae, and wholesome oils, all working together to minimize the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, stimulate the skin's immune system, and help protect against the effects of free radicals, your skin gets a break from the stressors of the environment. .

Now that you know how to have good skin, why it is important to keep your skin healthy and how to maintain a good skincare regimen, what are you waiting for? Start now by getting up and getting a glass of pure water and piece of fruit!

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Friday, October 5, 2012

Leaky Gut Syndrome and Food Allergies

Leaky gut syndrome and food allergies are two of the challenges our intestinal systems face today. Both theses issues can cause a variety of symptoms from mild swelling and gas to extreme cramping, aches and pains.

A small percentage of the population has actual food allergies that include symptoms of hives, itchy eyes, difficulty breathing and anaphylaxis. A higher percentage have food intolerances or are hypersensitive to certain foods. These symptoms include fatigue, anxiety, muscle pain, gas bloating, diarrhea and headaches. This occurs mostly when food is improperly digested. It also quite often happens in conjunction with leaky gut syndrome.

Leaky Gut Syndrome
Not a lot is known about leaky gut syndrome by doctors except for its symptoms which include bloating, gas, cramps, food sensitivities and aches and pains. It is more of a category of symptoms than a diagnosis and doctors are often at a loss when it comes to finding causes and how to treat it.

Doctors believe it is possibly caused by tight junctions in the gut, that control what can pass the lining of the small intestine, not working properly and allowing substances to leak into the bloodstream. It can also be caused by some types of disease, certain drugs, radiation therapy, chronic stress, diet or food allergies.

Poor Digestion
For good digestion to occur, the stomach must have enough enzymes to process food. "Leaky gut syndrome" can let undigested proteins, carbohydrates and fats through to the blood system and cause the immune system to react to these as foreign invaders. Food allergies are also known to be linked to poor digestion. When the digestive system is not functioning properly it can lead to all the symptoms associated with leaky gut syndrome.

Natural Solutions
Lifestyle changes of eating a healthier diet and stress reduction are currently the best forms of treatment for leaky gut syndrome. Other forms of treatment may be available from your doctor if he or she can arrive at a diagnosis of the cause. At the current time however the medical profession has limited knowledge for causes.

Scientific studies have shown that algae can reduce allergic sensitivity to milk and soybean and may enhance antibodies that can protect against or reduce allergic reactions to foods such as shellfish.

AFA blue green algae, with its cartoenes and chlorophyll, is able to help cells around the intestinal wall secrete lubricating material that can help prevent the immune system from over-reacting.

Acidophilus and bifidus along with enzymes can help keep your digestive system in good working order. Acidophilus supports intestinal health by creating a favorable environment for the growth of beneficial flora and promotes the normal movement of food through the intestine. Bifidus lowers the pH of the intestine, manufactures specific B vitamins, promotes immune function, and supports the health of the large intestine. Enzymes contain a combination of enzymes to help break down all types of foods (including fats, carbohydrates, protein, and fiber) for improved digestion and optimal nutrition. Bluegreen Algae provides an easily digestible natural complex that is critical for the health and vitality of tissues and cells. To get all of these in one easy, convenient packet, check out  HERE.

So the natural way to help with your leaky gut syndrome symptoms and food intolerances is to reduce stress, eat a healthy diet and supplement that diet with bluegreen algae, acidophilus, bifidus and digestive enzymes. Your gut will be glad you did.

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Thursday, September 27, 2012

Back to School: How to Boost Your Child's Immune Function

It's the time of year to really start thinking about how to boost your child's immune function. The kids are back in school and for many of us life has returned to the school schedule daily routine. That can often mean rushing around in the morning scrambling for homework and backpacks while Mom and Dad are also trying to get ready for work. Breakfast is often on the run and maybe not the most nutritious of meals. But children spending the greatest part of their day in close proximity with other children are being exposed to all types of germs which can lead to infections that will strip them of vital body nutrients. "Multiple, closely spaced, or severe infections are the most frequent cause of childhood malnutrition." (Beisel W. History of nutritional immunology: introduction and overview. Journal of Nutrition. March 1992; 122(3 Suppl):591-6.). So what can you do to naturally protect your children's health and how to boost your child's immune function?

How to Boost Immune Function
Nutrients that support immune function include Vitamin A, beta-carotene, zinc, iron, B-vitamins, amino acids, polyunsaturated fatty acids and nucleotides. All of these are abundant in microalgae. In fact studies of school children show a dramatic increase in school attendance due to a decrease in sick days for those that eat AFA blue-green algae. The carotenoids in AFA blue-green algae have also been shown to enhance immune function by giving protection to the thymus gland and antioxidant protection to white blood cells and other immune cells. Animal studies have found that those fed algae were the least likely to contract disease. (Jeffrey Bruno, Edible Microalgae) bluegreen algae that is the whole, complete algae,  provides essential fatty acids, proteins, complex sugars, vitamins, minerals, and essential amino acids. Supplementing your child's diet with blue-green algae is a natural way to support his or her immune function.

Acidophilus is another way to help boost immune function. We usually think of acidophilus as a support for digestive health, but since it produces B-vitamins and acidophilin it also aids in immune function support. Acidophilus also aids the body's ability to absorb nutrients.

How to Boost Immune Function on a Daily Basis
I know though that on a rushed morning trying to get everyone out the door to school and work, there often isn't time to dole out supplements from several bottles. The easy answer to how to boost immune function on those busy mornings is to hand out packets that contain two kinds of algae, an enzyme, an acidophilus capsule and a bifidus capsule.

How to Boost Immune Function to Combat Illness
We've all seen how "bugs" get passed around the schoolroom from child to child. If you know there is a bug going around your child's class, this immune system support supplement  can help give an extra boost to their immune function through supporting the production and activity of white blood cells. This supplement contains the active ingredient WGPtm beta glucan which has been scientifically shown to activate macrophages (type of white blood cell that is body's first line of defense). Studies at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Harvard University and John Hopkins University have all documented its potential as an immunity booster. For those times your child needs extra immune support to fight off the bug going around, you can supplement his or her diet with this supplement and give an extra 5-10 capsules of acidophilus (nature's antibiotic).

Supplementing your children's diet with these high quality supplements when illness is around can give them the extra edge for optimal immune function and learning time uninterrupted by sickness.

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Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Cancer: Diet, Nutrition ... and Golf!

We've all heard about the "war on cancer" and the billions of dollars spent researching ways to prevent and cure cancer ... YET,

Did You Know that Cancer:
  • is the second leading cause of death in the US
  • every 30 seconds an American is diagnosed as having the disease
  • every 55 seconds another American dies from the disease?
Cancer is simply the body's cellular regeneration process gone wrong. Research now shows that at least 35% of the disease is related to nutritional factors. According to the Committee on Diet, Nutrition, and Cancer, "At present we have overwhelming evidence ... (that) none of the risk factors for cancer is ... more significant than diet and nutrition."

Foods rich in beta-carotene have been shown through various studies to help reduce the risks of cancer. Isolated sources or synthetic sources of beta-carotene however do not help reduce the risk. When making sure you get beta-carotene in your diet, supplements of only beta-carotene or in multivitamins are not useful in reducing the risk of cancer. Super Blue Green algae is not only a rich source of beta-carotene, but also has other ingredients that have cancer-preventative properties, including chlorophyll and the blue-green algae pigment called cryptophycin.

Studies have also shown that there is a potential benefit to eating algae before and after radiation for cancer patients. The beta-carotene from algae can help protect against the damage to cells by free radicals from radiation treatment and may help alleviate chemo side effects. In addition, eating algae can help slow the loss of white blood cells.

FYI: Recent research shows that participation in sports has a beneficial effect on health, especially for cancer survivors. The most popular sport? One study showed ... you got it, golf!

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Thursday, September 20, 2012

Natural Solutions for Circulation and Heart Function

Looking at natural solutions for circulation and heart function starts with researching the risk factors for heart problems. We have all heard about the obesity problem in the United States and about programs to start children learning to eat healthy diets to avoid becoming obese adults. This is due to so many of our diets having an over abundance of fats including saturated fat. Diets high in fat can lead to elevated levels of LDL cholesterol (yup, that's the bad one) and buildup of fatty deposits in arteries and contribute to the risk of heart problems.

Most heart associated deaths are caused by heart attacks and congestive heart failure. High blood pressure, obesity, irregular heartbeat and other conditions that overwork the heart can weaken it and lead to congestive heart failure.

Natural Solutions: The Facts
Public health expert, Albert Sanchez, Ph.D. did a study in 2000 with high school students examining obesity and heart disease risk factors and found that more than 80% had diets exceeding the recommended levels of total fat and saturated fat. More than a third of them had elevated LDL cholesterol levels and many had early build up of fatty deposits in the carotid artery. All of these are risk factors for heart disease and other health problems later in life.

A study from the University of California was conducted on children with inherited tendency towards high cholesterol. It was found that antioxidants seemed to improve the condition of the blood vessels by helping neutralize free radical molecules that prevent dilation of blood vessels. (Jeffrey Bruno, PhD, Edible Microalgae)

Natural Solutions for Risk of Heart Disease
Fruits and vegetables which are good sources of antioxidants can help lower the risk of heart disease. Microalgae, which is a rich source of antioxdants and offers a balance of essential fatty acids, has also been found to be a good natural solution to add to the diet. The beta carotene in algae also makes it a good natural solution to help reduce elevated LDL oxidation in those with diabetes. "Greenland Eskimos, whose traditional diet was high in coldwater fish that eat blue-green algae, had little cardiovascular disease." (Jeffrey Bruno, PhD, Edible Microalgae) according to a study by Smith D et al., Lipids. 1989; 24:70-5.

AFA algae is also high in polyunsaturated fatty acids and has a high percent of omega-3 fatty acids. Omega-3 has been found to be severely lacking in the American diet and is helpful in supporting heart function and lowering blood pressure.

Supplementing the diet with coenzyme Q10 has been shown through scientific studies to have remarkable results on cardiovascular health and immunity. This  coenyme Q10 supplement offers this essential coenzyme as well as cold-pressed flaxseed oil, which is one of the richest sources of omega-3 and has omega-6 fatty acids, has carotenoids from red beta algae, contains a combination of antioxidants and bluegreen algae.

Natural Solutions: The Bottom Line
Natural solutions for keeping your heart strong and healthy include eating a heart healthy diet and adding superfoods rich in essential fatty acids and coenzyme Q10. Adding this coenzyme Q10 supplement to your diet is a simple natural solution to get all the supplementation to your diet that research has shown is essential to maintaining good heart health. 

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Thursday, September 13, 2012

Natural Solutions for Immune Support

Our bodies are made with a built in immune system, but sometimes that system becomes overwhelmed and needs some help with natural solutions for immune support. Fortifying your immune system with natural solutions allows the body's defenses to better fight off harmful invaders and keep you healthy.

Natural Solutions: Blue Green Algae
Nutrients that support immune system function include Vitamin A, beta-carotene, zinc, iron, B vitamins, amino acids, polyunsaturated fatty acids, and nucleotides. Microalgae has an abundance of all of these and is therefore a good natural solution for immune system support. Studies have shown that children who eat blue-green algae miss less school due to sick days. Other studies of children diagnosed with zinc deficiency showed superior immune response from those given blue-green algae tablets. ("Edible Microalgae, Jeffrey J. Bruno, Ph.D.)

According to Karl Abrams, Chemistry professor, the carotenoids in AFA protect the thymus gland and offer antioxidant protection to immune cells. (Abrams, K. Algae to the Rescue. Logan House, 1996:71)

Natural Solutions: Beta Glucan
Another natural solution for immune support is the complex carbohydrate beta glucan. Scientists found in the 1960s that beta glucan has immune boosting properties. Studies reveal that WGP beta glucan is able to activate macrophages (type of white blood cell in body's defense system). Activating these macrophages can result in a stronger immune system.

How Betan Glucan Works
Beta glucan is a complex carbohydrate of glucose. It can found in yeast, bacteria, fungi and cereals like oats, barley and rye. Each type of beta glucan has a unique structure with glucose being linked together in different ways. This gives them distinctive physical properties. The most potent anti-infective beta glucan immunomodulator is derived from baker's yeast (Saccharomyces cerevisiae) beta glucan branched with beta 1,6 and beta 1,3 which enhances its ability to bind and stimulate macrophages. This is the type used in  this immune system support supplement making it another good natural solution for immune support.

If you are looking for natural solutions for immune system support, we have some recommendations for you. With bluegreen algae and this immune system support supplement, you can get the essential fatty acids, amino acids, vitamins and minerals plus WGP beta glucan that your body needs to help keep your immune system strong and your body healthy.

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Thursday, September 6, 2012

Natural Solutions to Allergies

If you are looking for natural solutions to allergies, algae may be the answer for you. Of course there are many different types of allergies ranging from food allergies to the seasonal pollen reaction type allergies. Turns out blue-green algae can offer natural solutions to many types of allergies.

Algae Offers Natural Solutions to Allergies and Asthma Relief
Jeffrey J. Bruno, Ph.D. concluded that "A daily dose of beta-carotene, from an algae extract, demonstrated a protective effect against exercise-induced asthma" and cites two studies that show adding blue-green algae to one's diet can contribute to a reduction of aphylactic and immune-type allergic reactions. ("Edible Microalgae, Jeffrey J. Bruno, Ph.D.) He also cites researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital findings that algal oils reduced blood levels of arachidonic acid in rats. Arachidonic acid creates molecules that trigger allergic reactions and that might contribute 1000 times more than histamine to asthmatic bronchial constriction. A study by the National Center for Health Statistics (1996) found that algae eaters had fewer allergies, skin problems and asthma.

Algae Offers Natural Solutions to Allergies to Foods
James Breneman, former chairman of the Food Allergy Committee of the American College of Allergists has stated that food allergies or intolerances are estimated to affect 60% of the population. But you are in luck if you are already an algae eater, as studies have shown that algae has been known to reduce allergic sensitivity in milk products. Another study reports findings that Spirulina ingested by mice enhances IgA antibody levels which may protect against allergic reactions to foods. Other studies have found that intolerances and allergies to food can be relieved by good digestion requiring a sufficient secretion of hydrochloric acid and pancreatic enzymes in to the stomach to process foods. AFA blue-green algae with its carotenes and chlorophyll have been shown to be beneficial in dealing with these type of food allergies and intolerances.

Natural Solutions to Allergies
Bluegreen alage that is the whole, complete algae, and provides essential fatty acids, proteins, complex sugars, vitamins, minerals, and essential amino acids including the beta-carotene Dr. Bruno refers to.

Algae powder has been found to be effective in coping with seasonal pollen allergies.  This powdered algae blend is a mix of blue-green alage, probiotics, enzymes, and antioxidant rich organic wheat sprouts making it a good choice of powder form algae.

This antioxidant supplement with wheat sprouts can help reduce histamine reactions associated with allergies and enzymes can help break down the pollen sheath thus reducing irritation of mucus membranes. Many people find allergy relief by taking these convenient packets which include two kinds of bluegreen algae as well as enzymes and probiotics.

So no matter what your allergy concerns are, we've got you covered with algae products offering natural solutions to allergies.

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Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Skincare Routine: Keep it Simple

Do you have a skin care routine that's simple enough you can stick with it. A good skincare routine is especially important as we age and are exposed to more environmental toxins. A good skincare routine feeds your skin from the inside out and the outside in.

Skincare Routine: Inside Out
A good skincare routine includes a healthy diet, plenty of fresh water and sufficient exercise. Your skin is the largest organ of your body and 20-35% of your innate immune system cells are in the skin. Most people know that diet, water and exercise are good for the body in general, but don't really think about their skin in those terms. Feeding your skin good healthy food and getting the exercise your body needs to stay healthy, sets up a good routine for caring for your skin from the inside out.

Skincare Routine: Outside In
Check the labels on the skincare products you use. Those containing parabens, synthetics and petrochemicals are not what you want on your skin. Instead, a good skincare routine used products with nutrients like the vitamin E, organic blue-green algae, wholesome oils, and WGP Beta Glucan such as are found in this antioxidant lotion. These ingredients work together to minimize the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, encourage skin cell renewal, stimulate the skin's immune system and protect against free radical effects. Cleansing products and lotions such as these help you take care of your skin from the outside in.

Keeping it Simple
Of course no routine, no matter how healthy will work, if not done on a regular basis. That's where the "routine" part comes in. You have to establish a routine that you will find time to implement on a regular basis. I know we all get busy and tend to put things off. If you establish a simple basic routine however for skin care and set a time in your day to do it, you will be on your way to having healthy skin.

Keep It Simple With These 2 Steps:
1. Keep skin clean morning and evening with cleanser of your choice
2. Moisturize and get antioxidants with our favorite antioxidant lotion

That's it. Pretty basic right? Quick, easy and completely doable. This antioxidant lotion with WGP Beta Glucan offers a broad spectrum of antioxidants that neutralize the effects of free radicals. In addition, it contains a patented form of WGP Beta Glucan shown to support the immune function of the skin and offers protection as well as moisturizes the skin

Just add the 2 keep it simple steps into your morning and bedtime routines and your skin will be happy you did.

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Thursday, August 30, 2012

How Long is the Road to Real Health?

People with health issues or conditions that get sick a lot quite frequently want to know when they will find real health. This is a tricky question to answer, depending on how long the person has been ill, the strength of the person's will to recover, and any number of other factors. In other words, there is no single answer to this question. Instead, I have three answers to this question.

Three Factors That Affect Attaining Real Health
While every individual's situation is unique, in general I find there are three rules of thumb that govern the length of recovery time to true health. True health is achieved when ...

#1 ... The Years of Illness Equal the Months of Wellness
This rule of thumb applies particularly to people who suffer from chronic types of illness, such as arthritis, chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia, and migraine headaches. For every year that you have been ill, give yourself at least one month for recovery. If you have had migraine headaches for five years, then give yourself at least five months to recover once you start on a program of wellness that improves your symptoms.

Notice that the clock that counts the months toward recovery only starts ticking when you find a wellness regimen that works for you. You can spend years experimenting with various remedies, but this rule of thumb doesn't kick in until you start a program that actually improves your health. And this leads us to the second rule of thumb.

#2 ... You Craft a Wellness Program That Works for You
Healthcare experts, doctors, and all manner of healers are great at suggesting possible solutions to restore you to wellness. However, you are your own best health advocate. You alone possess the native wisdom to know when a healthcare plan is working for you, and when it is working against you.

So while you can and should consult healthcare practitioners for advice, always consider the effects of any particular regimen from a very personal standpoint. Keep a journal, if necessary, to track the effectiveness of specific remedies or healthcare approaches. If a prescribed healthcare solution feels wrong to you, be a strong advocate for yourself and look for a solution that feels right. I find that people who actively participate in their own healing, or even spearhead their own healing efforts, are more likely to be restored to wellness.

#3 ... You Can Stick to a Regimen That Works for You
It is one thing to discover a healthcare regimen that produces good results, and entirely another thing to stick to that regimen consistently. I attend a yoga class in which the instructor once said, in a very frank manner: "If you only do yoga one or two days a week, you are wasting your time. If you do yoga three times a week, you will feel gradually better over a long period of time. But if you do yoga four or more times a week, you will feel healthier, stronger, and more vibrant in quantum leaps."

I agree wholeheartedly, having done yoga almost every day for over 50 years. Yoga, like any other healthcare practice, produces good results only if done consistently. Doing yoga only once a week can actually be more painful than doing it four times a week, because allowing 7 days to pass between sessions means your muscles contract, and you have to stretch them out all over again (rather painfully).

So one of my rules of thumb about how long it takes to achieve real health is that you will rarely achieve it unless you consistently practice a healthcare regimen that works for you.

The End Result: Real Health
Using these three simple rules, you can fairly easily craft a healthcare regimen that can restore you to health quite quickly. For instance, I counseled one woman who sought nutritional advice for her irritable bowel syndrome, which had troubled her for over a decade.

I recommended that she add the these packets of high quality supplements to her daily regimen. They include enzymes, acidophilus, and bifidus, all of which soothe the digestive tract and aid digestion. These daily packs also include two forms of blue-green algae, which provide the necessary vitamins, minerals, and trace minerals the body needs to heal the digestive tract.

This woman, having suffered from IBS for so long, was deeply motivated. She stuck with the Essentials religiously, never missing a single day. Within nine months, she had almost fully recovered and had almost normal digestive function. That's pretty close to the rule of thumb that relates years of illness to months of recovery time.

I hope that this example also provides strong inspiration for people who have chronic illnesses and feel helpless. Recovery and real health are always possible ... hopefully these three rules of thumb help!

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Tuesday, August 28, 2012

5 Ways to Keep Fitness Simple

Getting fit always seems like a good idea, but when the rubber meets the road do you find that sticking with your fitness routine can be really difficult? Do you find it hard to make a plan that ensures your fitness but doesn't take up too much time?

Ideally, your fitness routine should include physical activity four to five days a week, but sometimes that just isn't possible. If you add work or school to the daily activities of life, sticking to a fitness plan can be a real chore. But don't despair. There are ways you can keep your fitness plan very simple. Here are five ways to make fitness an easy and effective part of your life:

1. Plan for Convenience
If you want to work out at a gym, then choose one that is on the way to or from work or school. This makes it easy to stop by and work out either in the morning or evening. Don't make yourself drive a long way. Make working out a convenient stop. If you don't want to join a gym, you can still stick to your fitness routine by parking your car far enough away from school or work that you get a regular brisk walk twice daily.

2. Fuel Your Body Right
If your body feels sore or tired for any reason (usually from stress) then naturally you will feel reluctant to exercise. To help you stick to your fitness program, be sure you fuel your body with the right nutrition. Add vitamin and mineral-dense foods to your diet. Drink plenty of water, especially during the winter. Antioxidants will also keep your body limber and flexible. Foods rich in antioxidants include berries, garlic, carrots, soy, and whole grains. If you can't get antioxidants on a regular basis in your diet, you can take pill-based supplements such vitamins E, C, and A (in the form of beta-carotene). Blue-green algae and spirulina also offer strong natural sources of antioxidant nutrition.

3. Plan Ahead
You can ensure that you stick to your fitness routine if you actually schedule it into your weekly calendar. Instead of getting up in the morning hoping that your day goes well and that you will "feel like" dropping by the gym on the way home from work, make a plan. You might even schedule your workouts with a buddy so you will have a definite incentive to exercise as planned.

4. Distract Yourself
Not that you don't want to concentrate during your workouts but if "feeling the burn" tends to discourage you from your fitness regimen, then by all means distract yourself. Try listening to an mp3 player while you workout. If you plan to exercise by walking from a distant parking spot to and from work, try calling up a buddy on your cell phone as you walk. If you workout at a gym, tune into the TV set to keep your mind off your exertion.

5. Reward Yourself
Be sure that your fitness plan isn't all about "no pain, no gain"! Plan some ways to reward yourself when you have stuck to your fitness plan. Whether you go in for a relaxing pedicure or simply stop by the local yogurt store for some guilt-free non-fat frozen yogurt, make sure that you get a reward for your fitness efforts!

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Thursday, August 23, 2012

Avoid Being a Vegetable in Old Age: Eat More Vegetables and Fruits

Do you know the two main factors that lead to loss of brain function?

Stress and inflammation.

Experts now believe that stress and inflammation in our bodies contribute significantly to cognitive impairment. At the same time, studies show that eating more foods rich in flavonoids can slow the loss of brain function as we age. Flavonoids are natural nutrients that occur in our bodies and are also found in a variety of foods. Because flavonoids have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, these nutrients can combat stress and inflammation, both of which contribute to the decline of brain function.

The Research
A number of studies support the fact that flavanoids are good for your brain. For instance, the "Nurse's Health Study" showed that in more than 120,000 women, increased consumption of strawberries and blueberries (both rich in flavanoids) slowed cognitive decline in older women. In other words, these women ate more flavanoid-rich foods and their brains stayed sharper as they aged.

Another study, published in the the journal "Nutrition and Cancer," indicated that flavanoids also support the body's immune system against cancer. In this 20-year study, the people with the highest intake of flavanoids had a 44% lower risk of oral cancer plus 40% less occurrence of laryngeal cancer. A diet high in flavanoids, according to the same study, also decreased a person's risk for other types of cancer, such as colon, breast, ovarian, and kidney cancer.

These are just two of the many studies that indicate the healthy benefits of eating more flavanoids.

Foods High in Flavanoids
We already know that eating more flavanoids is good for you, and that berries are high in flavanoids. What other foods are high in flavanoids?

- Tree fruits such as apples, oranges, and bananas
- Nuts and beans like black and kidney beans plus cashews and pistachios
- Red and green vegetables such peppers, eggplants, and red onions plus celery, artichokes and okra
- Micro-algae, especially AFA blue-green algae, which is high not just in flavanoids but also has a wide variety of antioxidants,

The Take Away
The take away lesson here is simple: to keep your brain sharp throughout your life, eat a flavanoid rich diet or supplement your regular diet with whole food supplements such as AFA blue-green algae. By doing so, you will counteract the effects of stress and inflammation, thus preventing damage to your brain!

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Thursday, August 16, 2012

Gain Muscle Lose Fat: A Simple Tip

Unless you are an Olympic athlete, chances are that you, like most of us, want to gain muscle and lose fat, right?

Granted, there is a certain youthful population that doesn't need to worry about this, but as we age the desire to gain muscle and lose fat becomes more important. Did you know that after age 40 women lose muscle mass at half a pound per year? Yikes! That's not good news, since muscles burn many more calories than fat. Plus, we tend to pack on fat around the belly as we age ... and doctors claim that is the most unhealthy place to gain fat.

So what to do, what to do?

How to Gain Muscle, Lose Fat
You probably already know the simple tip that helps your body achieve this: eat more protein and fewer carbs. Duh!

But did you know that the KIND of protein that you eat can make a difference? For instance, one study published in the "Journal of Nutrition" had overweight pre-menopausal women consume diets with low, medium, or high amounts of DAIRY protein while participating in an aerobic and weight lifting program. The women who ate the highest amounts of dairy gained muscle and lost fat. The women in the medium dairy protein group stayed on an even keel, while the women in the low dairy protein group lost muscle.

What is even more important is that the women in the high dairy protein group lost belly fat almost exclusively while at the same time gaining muscle. So go dairy. right?

Gain Muscle Lose Fat for Vegans and the Lactose-Intolerant
But what if you are a vegan or lactose-intolerant? Obviously the high dairy protein diet isn't going to help you gain muscle, lose fat, and get happy! Luckily, there is another source of high quality protein that is just as good or even better than dairy protein: AFA blue green algae. It turns out that this form of microalgae has 75% usable high quality protein. Compare that with just 18% in red meat!

In addition, AFA blue green algae is a very rich source of essential fatty acids, including DHA and EPA. So, if you don't feeling like glugging down a glass of milk per day, consider taking a capsule of whole algae and a capsule of algae with the cell wall removed. The whole algae cell and gives your body access to proteins necessary for physical energy, while the type that is the heart of the algae does the same for mental energy.

Read more about this microalgae here:

Either way, take in more high-quality proteins and fewer carbs, and you'll gain muscle, lose fat (especially belly fat), and feel better all the way around!

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Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Nutrition for ADD (Attention Deficit Disorder)

By now most people are aware of ADD (Attention Deficit Disorder) and AD/HD (Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder), either because they have this disorder or know someone who does.

But just in case you are wondering, "What is ADD? What is AD/HD?" ... here's some information:

The American Psychiatric Association defines ADD as being present "when children display inappropriate inattention, impulsivity, and sometimes hyperactivity for their mental and chronological age. ADD may be diagnosed as with or without hyperactivity."

What Causes ADD?
There is quite a bit of debate about what actually causes ADD, yet what we do know is that part of the problem is starvation of the brain. And since the brain is so closely connected to behavior and attention, we can't stress enough the importance of feeding our brains!

For instance, did you know that the brain is the "hungriest" organ in your body, requiring up to 10 times as much fuel and oxygen as any other organ? Children's brains need even more fuel, circulation, and oxygen, plus their brains are less protected against harmful toxins in the environment. No wonder there is such a high incidence of ADD and AD/HD in children.

Nutrition for ADD: How to Feed the Brain
Nutrition for ADD has a lot to do with getting enough fatty acids, such as DHA. High quality fatty acids are found mainly in marine life, and rarely in land-based foods. This means that our brains can often benefit from supplementing our diets with micro-algae, seafood, and other marine-based foods.

In fact, micro-algae, being at the base of the marine life food chain, are one of the richest sources of fatty acid for the brain. Specific types of algae are better than others. According to well-known researcher Gabriel Cousens, compared to spirulina, AFA blue-green algae "acts more effectively on the central nervous system, making it clinically useful for improving patients' 'mental and emotional health.'"

ADD has very much to do with mental and emotional health, thus any nutrition for ADD that improves a person's health in those areas is bound to be a good fit. These days many physicians are including AFA blue-green algae in their recommended ADD diet. Check this out:

"At least six research studies have demonstrated the benefits of AFA on improving children's cognition, mood, behavior, and academic performance ..." ("Edible Microalgae, Bruno).

Does that say something about the importance of AFA algae in terms of nutrition for ADD? Definitely, especially since surveys (Larry Christensen) have shown that ADD and AD/HD are disorders that are most likely to respond to dietary intervention.

ADD Diet vs. SAD Diet
The ADD diet is all about feeding the brain, focusing on providing enough essential fatty acids. AFA blue-green algae (especially the type with the cell wall removed) is a perfect source for those fatty acids.

On the other hand, many children are being fed the SAD Diet ... the Standard American Diet. The SAD diet (think fast-food gut bombs and dinners from a box) literally starves the brain and also adds toxins to the diet.

So ... ADD diet or SAD diet? The choice is clear, no?

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