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Omega 3 and Omega 6 Fatty Acids Could Control Aging

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Omega-3 and Omega-6 Fatty Acids Could Slow Aging

 

New US research has found evidence that including omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids in the diet can help to promote healthy brain aging.

 

Led by Marta Zamroziewicz from the University of Illinois, the research team carried out two studies which looked at omega-3 and omega-6 polyunsaturated fatty acids in the blood of adults ages 65 to 75, and a possible relationship between these fatty acids and the participants’ brain structure and cognitive performance.

 

As the brain is made up of interconnected parts which age at their own pace, some brain structures and their function deteriorate earlier than others.

 

The first study, published in the journal Nutritional Neuroscience, focused on the frontoparietal network. This part of the brain plays an important role in fluid intelligence, which is the ability to solve new problems that have not been encountered before.

 

The team looked for a link between the size of this network, performance on tests of fluid intelligence, and the levels of several omega-3 fatty acids in the blood.

 

 

The results showed those with higher blood levels of three omega-3 fatty acids — ALA, stearidonic acid and ecosatrienoic acid — also tended to have a larger frontoparietal cortex, which predicted the subjects’ performance on tests of fluid intelligence.

 

The second study, published in the journal Aging & Disease, looked at the white matter structure of the fornix, which is found at the center of the brain and is important for memory. Previous research has also found that the fornix is one of the first brain regions to be affected in Alzheimer’s disease.

 

In the new research the team also found that the size of the fornix was associated with a balanced level of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids in the blood, and that a larger fornix was linked with better memory in older adults.

 

Although the team noted that further research is needed to test their hypothesis, Zamroziewicz added that “These findings have important implications for the Western diet, which tends to be misbalanced with high amounts of omega-6 fatty acids and low amounts of omega-3 fatty acids.”

 

“A lot of research tells us that people need to be eating fish and fish oil to get neuroprotective effects from these particular fats, but this new finding suggests that even the fats that we get from nuts, seeds and oils can also make a difference in the brain,” she added.

 

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How Can I Be Sure I Have Inflammation?

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“But how can I be sure that I actually have inflammation?”

 

If you suspect you might be dealing with inflammation, there are tests that can help determine the type and level of inflammation you may have. However, I’d ask you a few questions before you spend the money, time and effort getting these specialized tests ordered. Are you struggling with sugar or carb cravings? Are you having a difficult time shedding those last 10, 20 or 100 pounds? Do you ever struggle with digestive issues such as diarrhea, constipation, bloating or gas? What about low energy levels? Have you ever followed a low-fat diet? How often do you eat foods cooked in vegetable oil? Do you sometimes push yourself too hard at the gym hoping to burn some extra calories? Did you find out at some point in your life that you have a food sensitivity or allergy? If you answered yes to any of these questions, then you probably have some chronic inflammation going on that needs to heal in order for your health to improve/symptoms to go away. Nearly everyone today is living in a state of chronic inflammation unless you’ve taken the measures to do something about it. Most of us have eaten low-fat, even if we didn’t want to, just based on what was available to us at the time. Intentionally or not, almost all of us have consumed processed foods, vegetables oils and trans fats more than our bodies would like.

There are two tests that can show if you have inflammation:

 

  1. C-Reactive Protein: CRP is a general blood marker of inflammation. It measures a protein that signals a response to inflammation. It doesn’t tell us the specific cause, but it does tell us that an inflammatory response exists. Make sure you don’t have any acute inflammation going on (from a recent injury, sickness or stubbed toe) when you get this test done because CRP will be elevated in response to any inflammation, acute or chronic. You want your CRP level well below 1 and preferably at 0, indicating that no inflammation exists.
  2. Fasting blood insulin: A high insulin level when fasting may indicate chronic inflammation in the body. Remember, insulin will be high as a response to elevated blood glucose because insulin acts as a vehicle for removing glucose from the blood into storage. When insulin is high, cortisol (your stress-hormone) is being released to inhibit insulin production. As mentioned in the previous blog (LINK) elevated stress is one of the many causes of inflammation. This test would be a second option, as the CRP test is our go-to for testing inflammation.

Lastly, kneel down.  How hard is it to get up.  That can tell us more than either test result.  And it saves you a lot of money.

These two markers can be helpful, but we certainly don’t consider them to be the be-all end-all. Other clues that you may have chronic inflammation are chronic fatigue, being overweight and difficulty losing weight, chronic aches and pains, indigestion, dry skin, acne, psoriasis, and allergies. We recommend following our anti-inflammatory PFC approach to nutrition and embracing a supplement regimen to take care of any chronic inflammation that may exist.

How to HEAL Inflammation

 

Now that we understand what can be contributing to inflammation, let’s talk about the healing process. Healing chronic inflammation doesn’t look the same for everyone, but if you follow the steps listed below you can be sure you are heading in the right direction. You need to REMOVE what is causing inflammation in the first place and then HEAL the damage. Yes, this will take time, so be patient as you won’t regret the improved life you can live!

Our approach to healing inflammation is a three-pronged approach:

Remove inflammation triggers by reducing your intake of inflammatory foods and participating in lifestyle habits that are causing the inflammation (i.e. avoid the bullets listed in the previous blog.

Heal existing inflammation with anti-inflammatory foods and supplements.

Be patient. Just like the chronic inflammation didn’t happen overnight, it doesn’t heal overnight. Give your body time to do its job and support it along the way.

Fight Inflammation with Healthy Fat

 

Healthy fats (yes these include saturated fats!) help heal inflammation. Translation: eat more butter, coconut oil, olives and avocado (unless you have sensitivities to any of those) which are nourishing, healing, healthy fats. Fat, including saturated fat, supports many of the body’s critical functions, including protecting against toxic overload, strengthening cell membranes (which make the skin more resilient against inflammation), stabilizing blood sugars, and providing a vehicle for your body to absorb fat soluble vitamins (leading to improved immune function). It’s important to be picky about the fats you’re using. The good ones will promote healing and the bad ones will promote more inflammation! It is also beneficial to make the switch to pastured, grass fed meats, as antibiotics in conventional meat can cause inflammation.

Inflammation Fighting Supplements

 

Along with avoiding bad habits and potentially damaging foods listed in the previous blog, many of our clients who have been dealing with chronic inflammation for years find that a healing supplement regimen is necessary. Three key supplements that combat chronic inflammation are: probiotics, L-glutamine, and fish oil. A probiotic supplement helps repopulate the healthy bacteria in the gut, which are essential for the healing process and get depleted over time from eating processed foods, sugars and trans fats (the foods that cause inflammation). You must work with someone who can determine for you which probiotic works for you.  They are all different and there are different enzymes in each bottle. L-Glutamine works on the integrity of the thin lining of the digestive tract, which can become inflamed over time. Fish oil specifically targets that inflammation and reduces it. This is why many of our clients find relief in back pain and joint pain when they start using our fish oil.

The amount of each supplement is individualized and depends on your lifestyle, your history, your goals and how much healing needs to happen. In general, we recommend starting with an intense regimen, taking all three of these, three times each day (ideally 15-20 minutes before each meal.). Our recommendations may increase or decrease based on your specific circumstances, but this is a good starting point for most people.

Be Patient

 

Changing habits, eating nourishing, real foods in balance, listening to your body, and giving it time to heal is imperative. Because chronic inflammation is the root cause of SO MANY health issues, it’s worth it to make the effort to calm and eliminate the damage that is taking place in your body that you can’t see. Once your body begins to heal, you’ll be amazed at how much better you feel. The damage didn’t occur over night, so to expect your body to be able to heal overnight can just cause frustration. You must be patient, and allow your body to do what it was meant to do, which is to use the healthy nutrients you consume to help it function at its greatest potential.

Never eliminate everything from your diet at once.  If you are working with someone and they recommend this, they are so very wrong.  Many people can develop seizures from eliminating everything at once.

As always, we suggest working with one of our health team for individualized recommendations if you feel you aren’t sure where to start, or how to go about cutting out certain foods or changing some unhealthy habits. We are here for you!

 

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Who Needs Magnesium?

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Why 99% of Us Are Deficient in Our Most Important Mineral

— And How Major Industries Inflate Chronic-Conditions,

Heart Disease & Cancer Rates…

 

 

This affects us ALL.

 

This may just be the simplest, most elegant solution to our most common issues… low energy, broken focus, reduced memory comprehension, sleep problems, high blood pressure, anxiety, migraines, joint pain and MORE…

 

Magnesium deficiency may be the most common nutritional problem in the industrialized world today, yet it is the single MOST IMPORTANT MINERAL for maintaining electrical balance and metabolism in our cells.

 

It is responsible for over 350 life-providing reactions in our body.

 

…From immune response, metabolizing fats, carbs, amino acids, nervous & muscular support, proper cardiac & brain function, blood sugar, blood pressure, energy & protein synthesis, the formation of strong bones & teeth… cellular health….And the list go’s on and on… and on.

 

…Yet, nearly every one of us is chronically deficient, some of us – severely.

 

So how could this be?

 

Americans In STAGE 4 Deficiency.

 

You’re probably aware that for quite some time — approximately 80% of us are deficient in life’s most critical mineral – Magnesium.

 

You’re probably also aware of some importance of Magnesium and it’s correlated scientific reference as “The Master Mineral”.

 

But what you likely aren’t aware of, is the underlying fact ALL OF US are Magnesium deficient. (*opposed to just 80% of us.)

 

So you’re probably wondering how that may be?

 

Well, most of us, once we reach our 40’s or 50’s, become “symptomatic”… from low energy, to compromised sleep, joint pain, muscle cramps, anxiety, migraines, high blood pressure, diabetes, inability to cope with stress, osteoporosis, cancer and so on…

 

But what many don’t realize, is that once you’ve become symptomatic, your body is likely already in a stage-3, or STAGE 4 deficiency! 80% of us are. The other 20% are walking around with quiet stage 1 or stage 2 deficiencies…

NEVER TAKE MAGNESIUM ALONE!  YOU HAVE TO ASK YOUR HEALTCHARE PROVIDER WHAT OTHER SUPPLEMENTS AND VITAMINS YOU NEED TO TAKE WITH MAGNESIUM.  A ONE A DAY VITAMIN IS NOT THE ANSWER!

So what the heck can cause such an epidemic of deficiency?

 

It Begins With Our Water and Food…

 

Even though magnesium was once abundantly available in our food, produce and water.

 

Today it’s almost completely stripped — due to things like fluoridated water that binds to magnesium, making it unavailable — to large pesticide dumps with synthetic potassium, that massively blocks and depletes magnesium in crops — to refined grains and foods, where magnesium is lost — to “magnesium eliminators” like sugar and caffeine, that cause us to lose excrete magnesium in urine — to the incredible toxic load our bodies juggle on a daily basis…

 

Since Magnesium is a key protection against these poisons, and alternatively is depleted in the presence of their toxicity – found in all of us.

 

…Which is why — a deficiency in Magnesium also leads to things like further deposits of metals in our brains – leading to Alzheimer’s, MS, Parkinson’s, and other neurological diseases — that none of us want to be victim of, or have our loved ones deal with.

NEVER TAKE MAGNESIUM ALONE!  YOU HAVE TO ASK YOUR HEALTCHARE PROVIDER WHAT OTHER SUPPLEMENTS AND VITAMINS YOU NEED TO TAKE WITH MAGNESIUM.  A ONE A DAY VITAMIN IS NOT THE ANSWER!

“Calcification” — The Real Danger:

 

Food and water are preventing us from replenishing our necessary Magnesium — but they aren’t the largest culprit behind our deficiency as an industrialized species…

 

Calcification The real culprit kicking this problem into OVERDRIVE, is “calcification” — which takes place in our bodies from too much CALCIUM.

 

Calcium is in nearly EVERYTHING. The dairy industry alone spends over $300 million per year marketing Calcium. And it won’t matter if you drink milk or not… it’s fortified in synthetic forms in all of our foods and even shows up in “nut, coconut and soy” milks!

 

When you consume too much Calcium, your body becomes “calcified”. Your bones, your muscles, your tissues, your arteries (contributing to heart disease) — even your individual cells.

 

In fact, this is where things get hairy…

 

Every cell in our bodies has a “sodium-potassium pump”.

 

This pump regulates minerals inside and outside of our cells for balance.

 

When too much Calcium is present, the ratios get out of balance, and too much Calcium gets INSIDE our cells.

 

When too little Magnesium is present, this allows EVEN MORE Calcium to get inside our cells — literally turning us to stone.

 

(Ever hear of someone’s bones breaking too easily? …And they’re told they need MORE Calcium?)

 

Magnesium deficiency impairs the sodium-potassium pump from working correctly.

 

Within every cell in the body, a proper balance of mineral content must be maintained.

 

When Magnesium isn’t sufficient enough to counter-act Calcium, “calcification” begins to take place over time…

 

Too much Calcium accumulates in your cells,

leading to cell-dysfunctions and death.

 

A body insufficient in magnesium is a threat of serious magnitude.

 

Here are some specific consequences of Magnesium deficiency:

 

▪    Our Arteries become “calcified” – as plaque hardens your arteries, contributing to heart disease and attacks.

 

  • Alzheimers Disease

 

▪    Calcium gets trapped inside muscles and joints, stiffening your body and causing joint pain and muscle cramps.

 

▪    Calcium accumulates in your cells — leading to cell dysfunction and even cell death.

 

▪    Potassium deficiency – due to malfunction of the “sodium-potassium pump.”

 

▪    Conduction of nerve impulses, muscle contraction, and heart rhythms.

 

▪    Blood clotting — Magnesium helps alleviate calcium promotion of blood clotting. — (*this is why half of heart attack patients receive magnesium chloride injections)

 

  • False Celiac and Gluten Free diagnosis’s

 

  • Heart Attacks, especially at a young age..

 

▪    Low energy — Magnesium is required to produce ATP energy in your cells.

 

▪    Sleep sabotage — Lack of magnesium affects REM sleep, eventually propetuating chronic insomnia.

 

▪    Osteoporosis — Calcium is displaced to tissues, starving bones — due to lack of magnesium.

  • Thyroid problems

 

▪    Cellular toxicity — a dysfunctional sodium-potassium pump cannot properly detox cellular waste.

 

  • High Sodium levels

 

These are just a dozen, of hundreds of potential problems one faces, from one simple deficiency.

 

Remember, magnesium is responsible for over 350 life-providing reactions in your body!

 

You simply won’t ever obtain optimal well-being or homeostasis without maximum magnesium repletion.

NEVER TAKE MAGNESIUM ALONE!  YOU HAVE TO ASK YOUR HEALTCHARE PROVIDER WHAT OTHER SUPPLEMENTS AND VITAMINS YOU NEED TO TAKE WITH MAGNESIUM.  A ONE A DAY VITAMIN IS NOT THE ANSWER!

What About Supplemental Solutions For Magnesium?

 

They aren’t sufficiently restoring your body to complete-repletion, even if you are taking them on a consistent basis. Most run through your kidneys, causing stress, and are quickly purged from the body — due to incompatible and unnatural form.

 

Our diets, prescription medicines, particular medical ailments, and concentration of stomach acid, warp the bioavailability of magnesium in pill or powder form.

 

Also many popular magnesium supplements on the market are watered down with fillers and impurities and contain a very low concentration of actual magnesium — which is usually in a synthetic form, which can be beneficial for emergency use, but not actual repletion of magnesium. Very few brands of supplements and vitamins are certified for correct labeling.  FDA stop checking the contents of what were in those bottles, and pharmacies such as Walgreens have picked up some of the slack and have tested them themselves.  When they find a product incorrectly labeling they are reported and removed.

 

These aren’t real solutions for true health.

 

To get magnesium in substantial repleting quantity, your best option is through your skin, or “transdermally”. Your skin is your largest organ, and allows you to replete at a much greater level — without any of the side effects, since it absorbs directly into your blood and tissues. (This can also be the only option for anyone with impaired kidney function.)

 

While there are transdermal magnesium choices on the market — most of these are subpar quality and form — often containing things like rock-minerals, which also contain an array of other components – other than Magnesium, such as heavy metals and/or other harmful contaminants.

 

Also, most transdermals are standard magnesium chloride. Which can be a decent option, but not all MC’s are the same. Nor are they “naturally pre-digested” so to speak, for optimal absorption and assimilation.

 

The amount of magnesium and the corresponding supplements to help you absorb magnesium correctly need to be determined by a healthcare professional.  This is something we can do for you at Health and Wellness Associates.  If your healthcare professional just tells you to take any of the supplements at the local drug store, then you know have the knowledge to know to go to someone else.

 

NEVER TAKE MAGNESIUM ALONE!  YOU HAVE TO ASK YOUR HEALTCHARE PROVIDER WHAT OTHER SUPPLEMENTS AND VITAMINS YOU NEED TO TAKE WITH MAGNESIUM.  A ONE A DAY VITAMIN IS NOT THE ANSWER!

 

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Benefits of Flaxseed

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Flax Seed

In contemporary times, flax isn’t considered any less

remarkable. Rich in fiber, omega-3 fatty acids, B vitamins, calcium, magnesium

and potassium, research supports the tremendous health advantages of the seed.

A study published in Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention

discovered that prostate cancer patients who consumed 30 grams of flaxseed

per day had significant reduction in cancer cell proliferation. In light of the

fact that prostate cancer affects one in six men, prevention and treatment with
flaxseed is a noteworthy alternative to disease.

Likewise, Dr. Johanna Budwig created a successful protocol utilizing blended

cottage cheese and flaxseed oil to heal cancer. Cottage cheese supplies the

necessary carrier of sulphur, while flax oil regenerates the

electrical charge of cellular membranes, resulting in proper cell function and
oxygen utilization. A study at the University of Toronto
also found flax to possess anti-tumor properties when

tested on animals. The researchers believe the extraordinary levels of lignans
in flaxseed are responsible for reduced tumor growth.

But that’s not all. Flaxseed also alleviates the following conditions:

Asthma


Insulin
resistance


Arthritis
and joint pain

Fibromyalgia

Inflammation


Gallstones


Constipation


Multiple
sclerosis

Eczema
Acne

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Can Antioxidants Prevent Cataracts?

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Can Antioxidants Prevent Cataracts?

 

 

Throughout the world, cataracts are the leading cause of blindness and vision loss. In the United States, more than 50 percent of all people aged 80 years and older have had cataract surgery, costing an estimated $6.8 billion a year. Cataract surgery is the only definitive way to treat cataracts.

Because of limited resources, citizens of developing countries often are unable to afford cataract surgery and must suffer through progressive lens opacity that makes it not only harder to see under regular conditions but also especially hard to see at night or when glare is an issue.

In other words, it’s really hard (and dangerous) for people with cataracts to drive at night.

Because of the limited availability of cataract surgery in many countries throughout the world, experts in the field have long been searching for a way to prevent cataracts. It’s estimated that discovery of a preventive measure that delays the onset of cataracts by 10 years could result in a 50 percent decrease in visual and surgical burden. Currently, many eye researchers believe that consumption of antioxidants in some manner may prevent cataracts.

A generally well-accepted hypothesis concerning the development of age-related cataracts pegs oxidative stress and osmotic imbalances as a cause. More specifically, an excess of free radicals damage lens proteins and lipids in the epithelium thus obfuscating the lens and leading to progressive opacity. Antioxidants like vitamin C and vitamin E stabilize these free radicals, and thus squelch the destruction free radicals cause.

In fact, we know that the lens preferentially stockpiles some antioxidants like suchaslutein, zeaxanthin, vitamin E, and vitamin C.

To be sure, factors other than oxidative stress and free radicals also play a role in the development of cataracts including:

  • UV light
  • alcohol consumption
  • diabetes
  • hormone therapy
  • smoking
  • obesity

Such factors likely further exacerbate oxidative stress and impair your eye’s ability to defend against damage or repair lens damage.

Results from a Swedish study published in JAMA Ophthalmology in 2014 suggest that prevalence of cataracts is reduced among people who regularly consume antioxidant-rich foods like leafy vegetables, whole grains, and coffee. In this large study of middle-aged and elderly women, confounding variables such as smoking, body mass index, physical activity, and educational level were adjusted for, and results were still statistically significant.

Because increased levels of antioxidants in a person’s diet are associated with a lower prevalence of cataract formation, it’s tempting to think that antioxidant supplements may also decrease your risk for cataracts, too. However, research into whether antioxidant supplements work to prevent cataracts has yielded inconsistent results.

One recent randomized-control trial published in the journal Ophthalmology in 2014 suggests that multivitamins rich in antioxidant mixtures reduced the risk of nuclear cataract — a type of cataract — by 9 percent during a period of 11.2 years.

 

Another study suggests that in those research participants already eating a diet rich in antioxidants, high-dose antioxidant supplementation may actually increase risk of cataract formation. This counterintuitive finding is attributed to the hypothesis that in excess amounts, antioxidants can actually convert over to pro-oxidants and cause oxidative stress.

A reason why individual antioxidant supplements or multivitamin preparations do little to prevent cataracts probably has to do with the complexity of human metabolism. To date, no limited and artificial combination can yet reproduce the antioxidant-rich milieu present in healthy foods. Furthermore, there are likely many more antioxidants that we have yet to discover, and these unknown antioxidants probably play a big role in the prevention of cataracts and other types of disease.

Research shows antioxidant supplements do little to prevent cancer and cardiovascular disease. However, a diet rich in leafy vegetable, colorful fruits and other sources of antioxidants has been associated with decreased risk for cancer and heart disease. Similarly, whereas a balanced diet rich in antioxidants may help prevent cataract formation, current antioxidant supplements likely do little to prevent the disease. Ultimately, if you hope to leverage the benefit of antioxidants, your best bet is to consume antioxidants within the context of a nutritious diet and avoid taking antioxidant supplements that likely do little and might even cause harm.

 

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Get Yourself Some Fish Oil

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GET YOURSELF SOME FISH OIL

 

Need a little help jump-starting your weight loss (or fending it off entirely) this holiday season? Your best bet may be to turn to the sea. It may sound a little unappetizing, but fish oil is one of the best nutrients for the human body. According to NIH, fish oil (which can be consumed by eating fish rich in omega-3 fatty acids such as tuna, salmon, mackerel and sardines or by taking supplements – whichever fits best into your lifestyle) lowers triglycerides in those with diabetes and heart problems by as much as 20 to 50 percent. That’s not all these fish can do for your figure. Research suggest fish oil can also help boost weight loss and decrease blood sugar.

 

If you need help figuring out what is best for you, please call us for a personalized health plan.

 

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Keep Your Eyes out for Bergamot Oil!

 

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Aroma therapy / Bergamot

Keep Your Eye out for Bergamot Oil!

 

Known to build confidence and enhance your mood, bergamot oil is also used to kill bacteria, heal scars and minimize marks on the skin. Bergamot oil is also used to reduce pain from headaches and muscle tension as well as stimulate hormonal and digestive juices. Yes, no one-trick pony!

 

Where does bergamot oil come from? Bergamot is a plant that produces a type of citrus fruit and its scientific name is Citrus Bergamia. It’s defined as a hybrid between a sour orange and lemon, or a mutation of lemon.

 

The oil is taken from the peel of the fruit and used to make medicine. It’s derived through cold compression, which is different than the steam distillation of many other essential oils. The oil is commonly used in black tea, which is called Earl Grey.

 

Although its roots can be traced back to Southeast Asia, bergamot was more widely cultivated in the southern part of Italy. Bergamot essential oil was even named after the city of Bergamo in Lombardy, Italy, where it was originally sold. Bergamot oil is also produced in the Ivory Coast, Argentina, Turkey, Brazil and Morocco.

 

In traditional Chinese medicine, bergamot is used to help with the flow of vital energy so the digestive system can work properly. It’s also used to soothe indigestion and gas.

 

Bergamot essential oil is one of the main constituents for manufacturing perfumes due to its ability to balance the mix of aromas and harmonize all of the essences, enhancing the fragrance. It’s also used by the pharmaceutical industry, both to absorb the unpleasant smells of medicinal products and for its antiseptic and antibacterial properties.

 

Bergamot Oil Benefits the Whole Body

 

There are a number of a surprising health benefits from using bergamot essential oil as a natural remedy. Bergamot oil is antibacterial, anti-infectious, anti-inflammatory and antispasmodic. It’s uplifting, improves your digestion and keeps your system working properly.

 

Some of the most common benefits of bergamot essential oil include:

 

releases emotional pain

works as a powerful antidepressant

relieves joint and muscle pain

aids digestive system

soothes skin irritations

works as a sedative

cleanses oily skin

kills germs and bacteria

relieves stress

reduces cough

 

Bergamot Oil Uses

 

Antidepressant — Depression can manifest with a variety of different symptoms, including fatigue, sad mood, low sex drive, lack of appetite, feelings of helplessness and disinterest in common activities. Antidepressant medications have serious side effects, including suicidal thoughts, weight gain and personality changes. The good news is there are all-natural remedies for depression that are effective and get to the root cause of the problem. This includes components of bergamot essential oil that are antidepressant and stimulating. They create a feeling of joy, freshness and energy by improving the circulation of your blood. Use bergamot oil by rubbing 2–3 drops into your hands and cupping your mouth and nose. Breathe in the oil slowly. Try rubbing the oil on your feet and stomach too.

Stimulates hormonal secretions — Bergamot oil helps maintain proper metabolic rates by stimulating hormonal secretions, digestive juices, bile and insulin. This aids the digestive system and enables proper absorption of nutrients. These juices also assimilate the breakdown of sugar and can lower blood pressure. This benefits neurological and mental conditions as well. Just breathing in bergamot oil stimulates these juices — you can try using an oil diffuser or burner, or you can add 2–3 drops of oil to your temples or abdomen.

Cures infections — Bergamot oil is used in skin soaps because it inhibits the growth of germs, fungi and virus. When you apply the oil to your skin or hair, you reduce the risk of infection and won’t notice the shine come through. Bergamot oil also cures infections of the intestines, kidneys, colon and urinary tract. To take advantage of this amazing benefit, drink Earl Grey tea or rub bergamot oil onto your throat, abdomen and feet. Using a oil vaporizer is also a great option — the scent of bergamot oil alone can have a tremendous impact.

Relieves stress — Bergamot oil is a relaxant — it reduces nervous tension and feelings of stress and anxiety. This powerful oil can stimulate hormones, such as dopamine and serotonin, which create feelings of sedation and relaxation. Relieve stress and anxiety by using bergamot oil in a diffuser or oil burner. The smell of the oil leads to a feeling of ease and contentment. (1)

Reduces pain — Because bergamot essential oil increases hormone secretions, it lessens the sensitively of nerves that create pain. For this reason, bergamot oil is a great way to reduce the symptoms of sprains, muscle aches and headaches. Instead of relying on pain killers that have nasty side effects, use this safe and natural oil to relieve pain and tension. Research shows that bergamot oil can be used in complementary medicine to minimize tension in the body. (2) To reduce pain, rub five drops of bergamot oil on sore muscles or where you feel tension.

Heals skin — Bergamot essential oil is used to minimize the look of scars and other marks on the skin; it tones the skin by making the supply of melanin even. These scars can be the result of acne or skin infections or irritations. To rid the skin of irritations, put five drops of bergamot oil on a cotton ball or pad and rub it on the infected area. You can also add 10 drops of bergmot oil to your warm bath water — the benefits of a bergamot oil bath go way beyond your skin. It’s great for your mood, hormonal balance and built-up tension.

Helps digestive system — Not only does bergamot oil stimulate the production of digestive juices, making the breakdown of foods in the digestive tract easier, it also stimulates muscle contractions in the intestines — quickening the digestive process by moving your waste through your intestines as your body absorbs nutrients. Some research even suggests that bergamot oil can be useful when fighting food poisoning because of its anti-bacterial properties. (3) Rub five drops of bergamot oil onto your stomach in order to ease digestive issues or regulate your appetite.

Deodorant — Bergamot oil prevents the growth of germs that cause body odor. The refreshing and citrusy smell of bergamot oil is used as a natural deodorant and air freshener. The strong scent eliminates odors on the body or in a room. You can add two–three drops of bergamot oil to the deodorant you already use every day, or you can even add the oil directly to your armpits. Many companies include bergamot oil in their perfumes and colognes. Try making your own fragrance with bergamot oil by combining it with your favorite scents. Some great options include lemon, cedarwood and sandalwood oils.

Reduces fever — Bergamot essential oil fights infections caused by harmful bacteria. It also reduces body temperature by alleviating stress and stimulating hormone secretions. The feeling of warmth that happens when your hormone levels are elevated leads to sweat, and this helps in reducing a fever.

Cavity protection — Bergamot oil helps infected teeth. It removes germs from your teeth when used as a mouthwash, and it protects your teeth from developing cavities. This is because of its germ-fighting properties, which make it extremely useful when fighting cavities. Rub 2–3 drops of bergamot oil on your teeth, or add it to your toothpaste.

Kills intestinal worms — Because bergamot essential oil kills germs, it’s used to treat intestinal worms. Intestinal worms result in malnourishment and can cause anemia, which develops when you don’t have enough robust, healthy red blood cells to carry oxygen throughout your body. Eliminating these worms, especially in young children, is a major benefit of using bergamot oil. Rub 2–3 drops of bergamot oil into your hands, and rub it on your abdomen to kill infectious worms.

Protection from tetanus — Tetanus is a dangerous nerve ailment caused by the toxin of a common bacterium called Clostridium tetani. Bacterial spores are found in soil and house dust. If the spores enter a wound that penetrates the skin and extends deeper than oxygen can reach, they grow and produce a toxin that enters the bloodstream. Bergamot essential oil has disinfectant and antiseptic properties and the power to kill bacterium that lead to infections. Bergamot oil can keep wounds from becoming dangerously infected and therefore protects you from developing tetanus. Using a cotton ball, add five drops of bergamot oil and gently rub it onto the infected area.

Relieves congestion — Bergamot oil is an anticongestive, which means it relieves congestion and respiratory problems. This oil can be useful when battling a cold or cough. It loosens phlegm and mucus in the respiratory tract and helps the body to eliminate this undesired buildup by sneezing and coughing. This helps the body eliminate the germs and toxins that develop in your body when sick. Use a vaporizer or oil burner, or rub five drops of bergamot oil into your hands and cup your mouth and nose. You can also try rubbing the oil on your throat and chest. In addition, you can consume bergamot oil by adding it to tea or drinking Earl Grey tea that already includes the oil.

 

Research, Unique Compounds and Studies

 

An interesting study notes that citrus extracts, particularly bergamot essential oil, exhibit anti-cancer properties, but the poor water solubility, low stability and limited bioavailability prevent the use of bergamot oil in cancer therapy.

 

To overcome such drawbacks, researchers formulated bergamot oil liposomes, or artificially prepared doses, that improve the water solubility of the natural chemical compounds and increase their anti-cancer activity in vitro against human cancer cells. The results need to be investigated further, but the use of bergamot oil on cancer patients is an exciting prospect and proves that essential oils are powerful natural remedies. (4)

 

Another interesting study conducted in 2011 hypothesizes that applying blended essential oil to participants helps in treating depression or anxiety. The blended essential oil consisted of lavender and bergamot oils, and participants were analyzed based on their blood pressure, pulse rates, breathing rates and skin temperature. In addition, subjects had to rate their emotional condition in terms of relaxation, vigor, calmness, attentiveness, mood and alertness in order to assess behavioral changes.

 

Compared with the placebo, blended essential oil caused significant decreases of pulse rate and blood pressure. At the emotional level, subjects in the blended essential oil group rated themselves as “more calm” and “more relaxed” than subjects in the control group. The investigation demonstrates the relaxing effect of a mixture of lavender and bergamot oils, and it provides evidence for its use in medicine for treating depression or anxiety in humans. (5)

 

DIY Recipe

 

Many colognes contain synthetic fragrances that can be toxic. Instead, try this Homemade Men’s Cologne recipe! It’s easy to make, and the bergamot oil provides health benefits while adding a warm and masculine smell.

Note: Citrus essentials oils are highly concentrated and full of healthy acidic properties! Because of this, we recommend you use glass containers when storing them so they don’t eat away any of the plastic.

 

 

HOMEMADE MEN’S COLOGNE

Total Time: 2 minutesServes: 30

INGREDIENTS:

5 drops cedarwood essential oil

3 drops bergamot essential oil

2 drops sandalwood essential oil

1/2 pint (300 milliliters) 70 percent alcohol or vodka

Glass roll on tube or glass cologne spray bottle

DIRECTIONS:

 

Mix all ingredients together and store in a bottle

Adding bergamot essential oil to my Homemade Conditioner recipe is a great way to hydrate your hair, especially if it’s naturally oily. The result is soft, luscious and healthy hair. Bergamot oil removes germs from your hair and scalp, and leaves you feeling calm and serene.

 

You can also add bergamot oil to your shampoo, toothpaste, face wash, body wash and body lotion. Two–to–five drops of oil benefits your skin, teeth and hair.

 

Remember that bergamot oil is an ingredient in Earl Grey tea. If you want to take advantage of the amazing benefits of this powerful oil, drink tea with bergamot oil daily. It can impact your digestion, hormonal secretions, mood and appearance.

 

BERGAMOT OIL SIDE EFFECTS

 

Bergamot essential oil is safe for most people when added to food or applied topically in small amounts. Although the oil has been used extensively for many years, there are only been a few reports of phototoxic reactions to bergamot aromatherapy oil. (6)

 

It may make the skin sensitive to the sun and more vulnerable to skin cancer — people who work with bergamot can develop skin problems, including blisters, scabs, pigment spots, rashes, sensitivity to the sun and cancerous changes.

 

Because bergamot oil might increase your sensitivity to sunlight, applying it topically along with medication that increases sensitivity to sunlight could increase the chances of sunburn, blistering or rashes on areas of skin exposed to sunlight. Be sure to wear sunblock and protective clothing when spending time in the sun, especially if you use these types of medications.

 

There have been serious side effects in children who have taken large amounts of bergamot oil, and it shouldn’t be used by women who are pregnant or breast feeding.

 

Bergamot oil may lower blood sugar levels in people with diabetes. This could affect blood sugar control and cause blood sugar levels to go too low. If you use bergamot oil and have diabetes, make sure to monitor your blood sugar levels regularly. If you are scheduled to have surgery, stop using bergamot oil at least two weeks beforehand — it may interfere with blood sugar control during the procedure.

 

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Homemade Coconut Milk

coconut milk

Coconut Milk is a wonderful alternative to pasteurized cow’s milk or to rice, soy or other processed milks. Unfortunately, the cans of most store bought versions of coconut milk are lined with BPA. New refrigerated carton varieties are somewhat better, but can be expensive and many have added sweeteners or preservatives.
Fortunately, making coconut milk at home is simple and very inexpensive. From my calculations, homemade coconut milk costs less than $1 per batch, and it can be used in smoothies, recipes, or just to drink by itself. It can also be flavored with natural vanilla, strawberries, or cocoa powder.
Coconut is packed with medium chain fatty acids and lauric acid. It has many health promoting benefits and is especially good for kids. Try this inexpensive way to make coconut milk:
Homemade Coconut Milk
Homemade coconut milk from shredded coconut for a healthy and inexpensive milk alternative.
Ingredients
· 4 cups of water
· 1.5-2 cups of unsweetened shredded coconut.
Instructions
1. Heat water, but don’t boil. It should be hot, but not scalding.
2. Put coconut in blender or Vitamix and add water. (If all water won’t fit, you can add the water in two batches.)
3. Blend on high for several minutes until thick and creamy.
4. Pour through a mesh colander first to get most of the coconut out, and then squeeze through a towel or several thicknesses of cheesecloth to get remaining pieces of coconut out.
5. If you have to split the water, put all the coconut that you strained out back in the blender, add the remaining water, and repeat.
6. Flavor options- add in after all coconut has been strained out: ½ tsp vanilla extract, ½ cup fresh or frozen strawberries, 2 tsp cocoa powder + ½ tsp vanilla.
7. Drink immediately or store in the fridge. Should be used in 3-4 days after making for best flavor and texture. Since there are no preservatives or fillers, the “cream” of the coconut milk may separate on the top if stored in the fridge. Just shake or stir before using.
Ever made coconut milk before? Planning to try sometime? Offer your favorite tips below!
 
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Lemons

lemons

 

Fact or Myth: Can Lemons Help You With Weight Loss?

This is a FACT.

Research proves that lemons for weight loss provides several powerful benefits, including effectively lowering the glycemic index of foods, controlling blood sugar and insulin response, slowing digestion, and staving off hunger.

The cleansing and weight-reducing benefits of lemons may be the reason why stunning weight loss results are experienced by people who use the lemon-based Master Cleanse.

The Science of Lemons for Weight Loss

Studies show you can lower the glycemic index of a meal by 20-40% just by adding a few teaspoons of lemon juice to your meal.

The glycemic index refers to how much a food causes your blood sugar to rise. Lowering the glycemic index of a food helps keep blood sugar steady — good news for controlling hunger and losing weight. Lemon juice can also lower the insulin response to carbohydrates, and slow down the time it takes a meal to leave your stomach — also key to dropping weight.

And the peel offers as much benefit as the fruit. The pectin in lemon peels helps control hunger pains, with the added bonus of controlling cholesterol.

Lemons as the Core Ingredient of the Master Cleanse Diet

For those with more than a few pounds to lose, the Master Cleanse diet is a popular and super effective option that uses lemons as its core ingredient. Many celebrities — including Beyonce Knowles and David Blaine — have successfully used this diet to drop 20 pounds or more.

Master Cleanse Basics

The Master Cleanse requires a commitment of at least 10 days, during which you drink 6-12 glasses daily of a special mixture containing:

 

• Lemon juice

• Maple syrup

• Cayenne pepper

• Water

At night, you drink an herbal laxative tea, and first thing in the morning, you drink a quart of salt water.

 

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Astragalus

astragalus

 

Astragalus is the Unsung Cancer Fighter

                        Astragalus is used as a natural cancer treatment addition

 

Astragalus is an herb that has been used in Traditional Chinese Medicinal for over 4,000 years. Astragalus is a non-toxic,

adaptogenic herb and plant extract that helps the body recover from and resist the damaging effects of stress while restoring the

body’s normal physiological function. Astragalus is best known for its ability to aid adrenal function. Astragalus doesn’t stop

there though! I also helps digestion, metabolism, combats fatigue, and increases stamina. Astragalus is very effective for helping

people with AIDS and has been proven to have an anti-tumor effect. Astragalus actually can increase the efficacy of

chemotherapy in cancer treatments.

 

A native plant of China, astragalus is officially known as astragalus membranaceus: AKA Milk Vetch Root and Huang Qi. Astragalus

is a perennial plant that grows up to 4 feet tall.  The root of the plant has a sweet taste and contains choline, flavonoids, amino

acids-gamma aminobutyric acid, canavanine, beta-sitosterol, saponins (astragalosides) and oil. The primary actions of astragalus

are adaptogenic (brings you up where you are low and down where you are to high) and also in modulating the immune system.

The secondary actions are anti-inflammatory, anti-viral, cardiotonic, diuretic and hepatoprotective.

 

Medicinal Uses of astragalus

 

Astragalus is an herb that has actions in nearly all of the body systems. It is used to treat chronic colds, Epstein Barr Virus, HIV and

candida by preventing infection recurrence.  Astragalus stimulates bone marrow blood cells, while enhancing deep immune

strength. Studies show that the polysaccharides in astragalus increase phagocytosis (the engulfing of microorganism invaders by

the immune system), increase production of immunoglobulins and macrophages and modulate the pituitary-adrenal cortical

activity. Astragalus protects the kidneys and lungs from damage from autoantibody complexes, regulates sweating, decreases

fatigue and increases tolerance to stress.

 

Astragalus protects against oxidative damage by increasing mitochondrial function without increasing the mitochondrial oxygen

consumption.  In the liver, astragalus is a mild choleretic and also increases repairs in chronic viral hepatitis while reducing

inflammation and other symptoms. Astragalus also lengthens telomeres for longevity (TA 65 is a very pricey extract made from

Astragalus that is touted to reduce all the effects of aging and mimics pretty much all the benefits of the inexpensive herb form of

astragalus). Astragalus even increases motility of human sperm

 

Astragalus is an awesome cardio tonic

 

In the cardiovascular system, the saponins in astragalus inhibit lipid peroxidation in the myocardium and one study using

patients with angina revealed that cardiac output increased after two weeks of treatment.  Astragalus strengthens left

ventricular function and reduces free radical damage in patients after a heart attack and increases super oxide dismutase activity

in cardiac muscle.

 

Astragalus; the unsung cancer fighter

 

Studies at the University of Houston have shown that astragalus can improve immune function in cancer patients by increasing T-

cell counts. Astragalus increases the cytotoxicity of NK cells and T-cells while switching on the anti-tumor activity of Interleukin-

  1. In chemotherapy treatments astragalus provides anti-neoplastic activity and decreases immunosupression. Astragalus reduces

the negative consequences of both chemo and radiation of fatigue, weight loss, anemia, nausea and loss of strength while

increasing WBC production for leucopenia (a common side effect of immunosuppressive therapy), thereby decreasing life-

threatening infections.

 

Even though this incredible herb is listed on theBotanical Herbs Board Exams and in the Compendium of Pharmacological Actions

of Medicinal Plants and Their Constituents, naming the benefits of astragalus can bring a warning letter from both the FDA and

FTC as Dr. Andrew Weil found out when he listed the benefits of taking astragalus to prevent the Swine flu. So don’t expect to

see any of this information on a vitamin or herb label. Despite what modern medicine and the FDA says and would have you

believe, healing did occur long before pharmaceuticals were invented. True health comes by good foods, minerals, herbs, fasting

and cleansing. Astragalus is a good guy for natural health!

 

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