Saturday, June 18, 2011

Women's Sexual Health-All things can improve with age

Like a fine wine women improve with age.  This is so true but sometimes, with all the changes and hormonal shifts, women's sex drive can decrease with age.  It doesn't have to be that way.  And don't run out to the doctor to see if they make Viagra for women.  That isn't necessary at all.

Sex drive isn't all about the changes to the body and I have found an incredible combination of supplements that will not only help maintain libido but will increase desire and sexual acuity.  (Now I'm just looking for the combination that makes men more romantic...LOL).

First, we all know that sex starts in the brain, especially for women.  Neuro PS has been proven to support cognitive function, memory and better moods.  So not only is it beneficial for women's sexual health but all mental functions as we get older.  On a personal note, I also found that it seemed to decrease inhibitions and increase creativity in intimacy.

Second, as a woman gets older her libido decreases, which can be very frustrating because we don't lose interest in our mate but our bodies tend to lose interest in sexual activity.  Maca, which is known to increase stamina, energy and sexual function, increases our body's sexual desire.

Combining the two has a an aphrodisiac effect on women of all ages.  Though this is not documented anywhere, I take this information strictly from personal experience. 

Visit Puritan's Pride, for the best deals on Neuro PS and Maca.

Monday, May 30, 2011

Saw Palmetto: Man's Best Friend

Prostate health is a major concern for men.  For a second, let's forget about Benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), aka enlarged prostate; prostate cancer and Prostatitis, aka inflammation of the prostate that are serious health concerns.  Let's get right to the heart of the matter most men face when having problems with their prostate, that usually flags a prostate problem.  That would be painful ejaculation, impotenence and other sexual problems.  This, in and of itself, is enough to make men cringe at the thought of anything causing problems in that area, which is why I wanted to address it as part of my information about prostate health.

There are several things men can do to reduce their risk of having prostate problems:
  • A diet low in saturated fat and high in fruits and vegetables may lower your risk of developing BPH. Research is ongoing to identify who might benefit from early
  • According to the American Cancer Society, most cases of prostate cancer can't be prevented. This is because prostate cancer's causes are still unknown. As with BPH, however, experts recommend eating a healthy diet with lots of fruits and vegetables.
  • No herbal supplements have been proven to prevent prostate cancer. Studies of selenium, a mineral that has shown some promise, are underway.
  • No activity or drug is known to prevent prostatitis. Experts recommend good hygiene, including keeping the penis clean. Most men will never develop prostatitis.
  • And last, but not least, is Saw Palmetto.  A natural supplement that has been proven to improve prostate health and reduce risks of infections in the prostate.
Saw palmetto extract is an extract of the fruit of Serenoa repens. It is rich in fatty acids and phytosterols. It has been used in traditional, eclectic, and alternative medicine for a variety of indications, most notably benign prostatic hyperplasia (enlarged prostate).

As with all functions and illnesses of the body, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.  Eating properly and taking Saw Palmetto will greatly reduce your risk of prostate infections.

Monday, May 9, 2011

Part 6 of Don't Diet Post Series: Hypnosis and Meditation

Now before you scoff or say...whoa that's just too expensive, hear me out.  I have started using a self-hypnosis download (cost me $12.95) and meditation from a free site on the internet (http://www.homeoflife.com/page1/maina.html).  Since I started almost a week ago, I find myself more centered, relaxed and less motivated to eat the wrong foods.  Notice I didn't say to not eat...to NOT eat the WRONG foods. I find myself passing up the ice cream, cupcakes and candy with more ease.  Accordingly, I have to listen to the self-hypnosis for a week for better results and have only done so twice...so I still stop and look.  But I am finding it easier to feel uninterested in purchasing them.

Self-hypnosis ("autohypnosis") is a form of hypnosis which is self-induced, and normally makes use of self-suggestion ("autosuggestion"). Listening to pre-recorded audio or other media is often mistaken for self-hypnosis, but is just another form of hypnosis.

Meditation refers to any of a family of practices in which the practitioner trains his or her mind or self-induces a mode of consciousness in order to realize some benefit.[1][2][3]
Meditation is generally an internal, personal practice and done without any external involvement, except perhaps prayer beads to count prayers, though many practitioners of meditation may rely on external objects such as candle flames as points on which to focus their attention as an aid to the process. Meditation often involves invoking or cultivating a feeling or internal state, such as compassion, or attending to a specific focal point. The term can refer to the state itself, as well as to practices or techniques employed to cultivate the state.

If we are only as beautiful on the outside as we are on the inside, mental improvement is the best place to start.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Part 5 of Don't Diet Post Series: Homeopathic Help

I've preached it and preached it...vitamins and supplements for better health.  You want to feel better, lose weight and look better.  We all do!  I'm going to suggest a combination that has had exceptional benfits for me. 
Multi-Vitamin (I always suggest that if you haven't taken them, take them for 2-4 weeks before supplementing with other viamins/supplements)

For overall improved health:
L-Carnatine (Carnitine is a nitrogen-containing compound that assists in fat metabolism.** Carnitine plays an essential role in making fatty acids available for muscle tissue)
CoQ10 (Co Q-10 provides powerful antioxidant support for your heart and ensures potency and purity.
Contributes to your heart and cardiovascular wellness**
Helps support blood pressure levels already within a normal range**
Promotes energy production within your heart, brain, and muscles)
Cinnamon (Cinnamon is an ancient herb that has recently gained widespread popularity for its ability to support health and wellness)
Omega-3 (Omega-3 fatty acids are considered essential fatty acids: They are necessary for human health but the body can' t make them -- you have to get them through food. Research shows that omega-3 fatty acids reduce inflammation and may help lower risk of chronic diseases such as heart disease, cancer, and arthritis.)
NeuroPS (Helps Improve Memory**Sharpens Mental Focus**Promotes Mental Clarity**Supports Learning Ability**)
Probiotic (Supports intestinal health for the optimal absorption of nutrient)

Additional supplements should be added, depending on other concerns or issues you may have.  If people are predispositioned to various medical conditions, there are natural supplements that can help people take better care of themselves in an effort to avoid those illnesses.  Any questions, please feel free to contace me and I will help you research what you need for optimal health and subsequent happiness.

Monday, April 18, 2011

Part 4 of Don't Diet Post Series: Portion Control

We hear about portion size a lot these days.  But what does it mean?  In a world where eating out has its "Super" and "King" sizes, it becomes more and more unclear what a proper portion size is.  And we need to forget the days of "eat everything on your plate".  No, that doesn't mean blame mom and dad because we overeat; it simply means to learn when to say when.  That in itself is even a complex issue.  How do I control the portion size?  I can't carry measuring cups around with me or mini scales to make sure I am eating the right amount.  So I found an article that gives 10 easy ways to control portion size.

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1. Break Leftovers Down

Instead of using one large container to store leftovers such as casseroles, side dishes, or pasta, why not separate them into individually-sized containers?
That way, when you reach in the fridge to find something to reheat, you're retrieving just enough for one helping. Breaking down meal-sized servings into single servings will help you limit your food intake with no additional effort.

2. Say Yes to Salads

Eating a salad before lunch or dinner is a sure-fire way to keep from overeating. It will help curb your appetite and give you a sense of satiety sooner.
Of course, we're not talking a little bit of iceberg lettuce here. To reap full portion control benefits from rabbit food, load up your salad with veggies or even lean meat like turkey cubes. The fiber in the veggies will help you feel fuller and lean meat's protein will give you an instant energy boost.

3. Single out Trigger Foods

Buy snack foods in single serving sizes or divvy up full size packages into smaller, indvidual bags.
It may be difficult to stop eating, oh, say, tortilla chips (My biggest weakness!) straight out of the bag while watching Desperate Housewives, but am I as likely to inhale the contents of 12 zipper bags without some forethought? Doubtful.

4. Master Mini Meals

You can make sure your blood sugar stays at an even keel and keep hunger at bay by eating healthful small meals throughout the day.
My friend Jenn has maintained a 30 pound weight loss for three years and is in such great shape, she became an aerobics instructor! She swears by mini meals to maintain her weight and keep her energy level up. Mini meals are by far the best way to prevent overeating because you'll get never too hungry and lose control of your portion intake.

5. Keep Seconds Out of Sight

Don't serve family meals family-style. Keep pots and dishes away from the table where it's all too easy to go for seconds.
I can't tell you how many times I've rethought my second helpings as I've made my way from the table to the stovetop. I've often told myself to sit back down and wait it out. Remember, it takes about 20 minutes to feel satiated. By giving myself that "breather" I've realized I wasn't hungry enough for another helping after all.

6. Make Meat a Side Dish

Treat meat or meat-based entrees as a side dish rather than the main part of your meal.
By loading up on veggies and healthy grains as the bulk of your meal instead of using them as sides, you'll feel full sooner and get extra vitamins and fiber. Experiment with new vegetables and preparation methods to keep things interesting.

7. Meet Yourself Halfway

Make lunch a two-fer. Your mid-day meal can work double duty by being shared or serving as dinner.
At work, why not split take out with a buddy? At a restaurant, pack up half of your meal before you even start eating: Voila! You have an instant dinner!

8. Be a Kid at Heart (or Tummy?)

Order a kid's size meal when you go to fast food places to automatically control portions (and save money!).
Don't be embarrassed about asking for a child's meal. It's really no big deal. I've even got a trick for places that have a "12 and under sign" -- I order it to go and then plop right down in the dining room, eat my meal, and give the toy to a kid sitting nearby!

9. Serving Standards

Learn to "eyeball" standard portion sizes and stick to them when dining out or dishing up meals.
Keep these tips in mind: 3 oz. of meat is the size of a deck of cards or an audio tape; 1 oz. of meat is the size of a matchbook; 1 cup of potatoes, rice or pasta looks like a tennis ball.

10. Treat Yourself

And last, but not least ... indulge!
Treating yourself once in a while to a "forbidden" food will keep you from feeling deprived; a sense of deprivation can easily lead to overeating. Stop a binge before it starts by indulging every now and then.
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(Resource: about.com / For more information, visit: http://weightloss.about.com/od/eatsmart/tp/aa030405a.htm )

Health and healthy weight is not about a magic pill, that will melt the pounds away, or starving yourself for six month, then heading right back to the unhealthy eating habits you had.  These only result in temporary weight loss and, even worse, the likelihood that you will gain even MORE weight when you go back to those old, ugly habits.  Get healthy, stay healthy and you will continue to be healthy.  A healthy body, leads to a happy mind, which will result in healthy weight. 

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Part 3 of Don't Diet Post Series: What you SHOULDN'T be eating

Believe it or not, there are many things you can eliminate from your diet that will make a difference in weight gain/loss and health.  Below is some information I've collected from sites to help you check your cupboards and eating choices so you can make better food choices.

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Fatty Meat and Dairy Products

While these foods are tasty and good sources of protein, they can also make weight loss more difficult. Beef, chicken, pork, eggs, milk and cheese all contain saturated fat and cholesterol. Your best option for weight loss is to choose low-fat offerings of these foods. The Weight-Control Information Network recommends choosing low-fat cuts of meat and trimming away excess fat.


Prepackaged Foods

These foods are appealing in a time-crunched society because they are quick to prepare. However, they often contain saturated and trans fats. Even if the package indicates that there is no trans fat, you can identify these fats by the words "partially hydrogenated" on the list of ingredients. Eat more fresh foods instead, especially weight-loss friendly choices such as fiber-rich vegetables and fruits, whole grains and lean protein. Prepare meals for a few days in advance and store them in your freezer and reheat later if you're pressed for time.

Refined Carbohydrates

Carbohydrates aren't inherently fattening, says Tom Venuto, author of "The Body Fat Solution." The problem is that most people tend to eat too much of the wrong types, namely refined carbohydrates. These foods, such as sugar, white bread or white pasta, are calorie rich, but nutrient poor. On the other hand whole grains are nutrient-dense foods that are rich in fiber, which suppresses appetite and helps you lose fat, according to Venuto.

Fast Food

The documentary "Super Size Me" brought international attention to the perils of over-indulging in fast foods. As David Zinczenko, co-author of "Eat This, Not That!" explains, while you can control food preparation in your own home, you have no control over the meals prepared at fast food restaurants. Unfortunately, the more popular offerings are usually laden with fat. If you must go to these restaurants, choose healthier options such as salads, low-fat milk and vegetable or chicken breast wraps --- without the fatty sauces or cheese."


Read more: http://www.livestrong.com/article/284695-what-shouldnt-you-eat-if-you-want-to-lose-weight/#ixzz1JnjGi7yT

"So What Foods Should You Avoid Like the Plague?
Soda
Doughnuts and Pastries
French Fries
Nearly All Breakfast Cereals
Processed Foods and Snacks

The key here is to avoid as many processed foods as you can. This is a challenge because over 90% of the foods that Americans eat are processed and the number source of calories is high fructose corn syrup."

For more information, visit: http://www.healthiertalk.com/type-foods-you-shouldnt-touch-ten-foot-pole-2331


I'd say that two biggies in our culture that lend themselves to obesity, health problems and more: soda and fast food.  If you can cut out just those two things and monitor your weight and how you feel, I think the difference will be significant and making other health changes will come much easier.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Part 2 of Don't Diet Post Series: What SHOULD you be eating

Let's start with what you should be eating for optimal health and weight loss/maintanence.  First and foremost, it's best to eat fresh and cook your own.  Drop those frozen dinners and veggies.  You can get fresh from Farmer's markets, supermarkets, roadside stands or grow your own.  If it's winter or fresh simply doesn't work into your schedule, the next best thing is frozen (not canned).  Making fresh meats, with fat cut off, will get you the protein for health and weight.  If you are a vegan, legumes and lentils can give you tons of protein in the place of meat.  And don't forget those seasonings, not only is natural good but some herbs are ideal for health.

Below is a list I got from http://www.nowloss.com/Weight_Loss_foods.htm to start you building up what is in your cupboard:
  1. All whole grain or unprocessed foods
  2. Any fruits or vegetables
  3. Oatmeal
  4. Steel-Cut Oats
  5. Plain popcorn - lightly salted
  6. Brown rice
  7. Wild rice
  8. Wheat Germ
  9. Potatoes
  10. Wheat breads (Avoid White breads)
  11. Granary bread
  12. Pitta bread
  13. Wheat Bagel
  14. Wholegrain cereals
  15. High fiber breakfast cereals like All Bran and Fiber One
  16. Porridge
  17. Grits
  18. Oats
  19. Shredded wheat
  20. Whole wheat pretzels
  21. Muesli
  22. Cassava
  23. Corn
  24. Amaranth
  25. Oatcakes
  26. Pastas made with wheat like Macaroni or Spaghetti
  27. Whole Barley
  28. Buckwheat / Buckwheat pasta
  29. Quinoa
  30. Sprouted bread (Ezekiel bread) Any vegetables
  31. Artichokes
  32. Asparagus
  33. Arugula
  34. Green beans
  35. String beans
  36. Beets
  37. Broccoli
  38. Brussels sprouts
  39. Cabbage
  40. Carrots
  41. Cauliflower
  42. Celeriac
  43. Celery
  44. Chervil
  45. Chicory
  46. Chives
  47. Collard Greens
  48. Cucumbers
  49. Squash
  50. Tomato
  51. Cucumbers
  52. Dandelion greens
  53. Dill pickles
  54. Eggplant
  55. Endive
  56. Garlic
  57. Garbanzo beans (chickpeas)
  58. Kale
  59. Kidney Beans
  60. Kohlrabi
  61. Leeks
  62. Lettuce
  63. Mushrooms
  64. Mustard greens
  65. Okra
  66. Onions
  67. Parsley leaves
  68. Pinto Beans
  69. Turnips
  70. Watercress
  71. Parsnips (raw/boiled)
  72. Peas
  73. Peppers (green/red)
  74. Pickles (sour/sweet)
  75. Pumpkin
  76. Radishes
  77. Rappini
  78. Rhubarb
  79. Rutabagas
  80. Sauerkraut
  81. Salsify
  82. Scallions
  83. Shallots
  84. Sorrel
  85. Soybeans
  86. Spinach
  87. Spirulina
  88. Swiss Chard
  89. Yams
  90. Sweet Potatoes
  91. Zucchini
  92. Water Cress Any Fruits
    Although fruits are simple carbs... the fructose or sugar contained in fruits will not cause a quick rise in blood sugar that WILL NOT make you store fat as easily if you ate other simple carbs like these bad weight loss foods here plus... fruits contain fiber (see fast weight loss tip #6) and other nutrients that are beneficial to weight loss
  93. Apples
  94. Apricots
  95. Bananas
  96. Blackberries
  97. Blackcurrants
  98. Blueberries
  99. Cantaloupe
  100. Cherry
  101. Cranberries
  102. Currants
  103. Damson plum
  104. Figs
  105. Goji Berries
  106. Grapes
  107. Honeydew melon
  108. Huckleberries
  109. Kiwi
  110. Kumquats
  111. Lemon
  112. Limes
  113. Loganberries
  114. Mangoes
  115. Melon
  116. Muskmelons
  117. Navy beans
  118. Nectarines
  119. Papaya
  120. Pineapple
  121. Pomegranates
  122. Prunes
  123. Oranges
  124. Peach
  125. Pear
  126. Plum
  127. Raspberries
  128. Strawberries
  129. Quince
  130. Tangerines
  131. Watermelon

79 High Protein foods that help you lose weight...
    Any type of Protein shakes & supplements...
  1. Protein Bars
  2. Whey Protein shakes
  3. Casein Protein shakes
  4. Egg Protein shakes
  5. Soy Protein Shakes & Soy Protein Bars - vegetarian protein source
  6. Hemp Protein Shakes - another vegetarian protein source
  7. Blended Protein shakes Any animal sources...
  8. Orangic Beef (range-fed or game)
  9. Cornish hen
  10. Chicken - Lean Chicken breast (skinless)
  11. Turkey - Deli Turkey breast / Skinless Turkey breast
  12. Quail
  13. Duck
  14. Goose
  15. Emu
  16. Leanest cuts of Beef like Red round steaks and roasts, top loin, top sirloin and chuck shoulder and arm roasts.
  17. Leanest cuts of pork like pork loin, tenderloin, center loin and ham.
  18. Well-trimmed Leg of lamb
  19. Bison
  20. Rabbitt
  21. Deer / Moose / Elk / Caribou
  22. Top Round Leg cutlet or Chop cuts of Veal
  23. Egg whites / Egg beaters
  24. Eggs Most fish & other seafoods...
  25. Tuna
  26. Sardines
  27. Trout
  28. Salmon
  29. Abalone
  30. Bass (fresh water/sea)
  31. Cod
  32. Roe
  33. Perch
  34. Pollack
  35. Halibut
  36. Anchovy
  37. Catfish
  38. Mackerel
  39. Flounder
  40. Herring
  41. Tilapia
  42. Swordfish
  43. Whiting
  44. Grouper
  45. Haddock
  46. Snapper
  47. Crab
  48. Crayfish
  49. Mussels
  50. Shrimp
  51. Scallops
  52. Oysters (half shell)
  53. Frog legs
  54. Terrapin (turtle) Any nuts & seeds - High protein foods for vegetarians
  55. Unsalted Cashews
  56. Unsalted peanuts
  57. Raw Almonds
  58. Hazelnuts
  59. Brazil Nuts
  60. Pecans
  61. Walnuts
  62. Pine Nuts
  63. Pistachio Nuts
  64. Macadamia Nuts
  65. Pistachio nuts
  66. Hazelnuts and Filberts
  67. Butternuts
  68. Beechnuts
  69. Pumpkin seeds
  70. Sunflower seeds
  71. Chia seeds More high protein foods...
  72. Hummus
  73. Seitan
  74. Tempeh
  75. Natural peanut butter
  76. Natural cashew butter
  77. Natural almond butter
  78. Beef Jerky
  79. Tofu & Soy products
Quick tip: try to get at least 30% of your total calories from protein because in a Danish study... People who got 30% of their calories from protein lost twice as much weight as people who ate less than 15% of their calories from protein and here's why...

Your body burns the most calories when digesting protein.

4 Good Fats that help you burn fat...

  1. Omega-3s
  2. CLA
  3. Omega-6s
  4. MCT
You can take supplements to get more Good fats in your diet but if you eat more complex carbs and lean proteins - you'll be getting enough Good Fats in your diet to lose weight.
5 Low-fat dairy products that help you lose weight...
  1. Low fat yogurt
  2. Greek yogurt
  3. Low fat cottage cheese
  4. Low fat cheese
  5. Low-fat/non-fat sour cream
  6. Low-fat or Skim milk
31 Spices & Spicy Foods that increase your metabolism...
  1. Hot peppers
  2. Cayenne peppers
  3. Hot mustard
  4. Cinnamon
  5. Cumin
  6. Turmeric
  7. Cloves
  8. Jamaica pepper
  9. Africa birdseye
  10. Anaheim
  11. Curry Powder
  12. Jalapeno Peppers
  13. Habanero Peppers
  14. Chili Peppers
  15. Chili Powder
  16. Cavenne Peppers
  17. Thai Peppers
  18. Ginger (Turmeric)
  19. Garlic
  20. Bell peppers
  21. Bird's eye chili
  22. Tabasco
  23. Rocoto
  24. Chiltepin
  25. Piquante
  26. Super Chili
  27. Datil
  28. Fatalii
  29. Naga
  30. Jolokia
  31. Scotch bonnet

Part 3 will tell you what you should NOT be eating....check back

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Part 1 of Don't Diet Post Series: Introduction

I'm going to be running a series on the whole diet thing.  On one hand, I see studies about obesity.  On the other, I am sick of the "thin is in" mentality.  It's not about looking good..it's about feeling good.  If you feel good and have healthy eating habits, your body will automatically drop unnecessary fat; internal organs will function better and your quality of life will improve.  And let's face it...THAT'S what it's all about.  God did not make us the same.  We are different and should embrace how unique we are.  That means some of us will be full-figued and others will be more streamline.  Neither is better or worse than the other.  However, being obese or being anorexic are both equally unhealthy lifestyles.

I propose to run a series, addressing the following:
How many calories does your body REALLY need?
Healthy foods that burn fat, increase metabolism and improve health.
Foods that improve your mood, fight fatigue and other issues we need to address for day to day happiness.
Foods you should AVOID, if not totally as much as possible.
What to eat to detoxify your body.
Tips: What can you do without that's adding on pounds? 
And...any other topics along the way I come across that apply.

I don't know how many parts there will be but I intend to give thorough and sound information for EVERYDAY life. 

I encourage you to post your opinions and ideas on this subject.  Americans have become very sick, tired and you can't throw a stick without hitting someone suffering from depression.  These ALL have the same thing in common: UNHEALTHY eating habits. (I'm not saying depression can be cured in everyone with diet but it can be improved in all and in some cases, may eliminate the need for drugs)

Monday, April 4, 2011

When is a D a good thing...when we're talking Vitamin D

I got a call from my doctor's office, after having a ton of bloodwork done.  Of all the things I never thought to worry about, vitamin deficiency was way up on the list.  But he wants to prescribe me Vitamin D.  It seems that Vitamin D deficiency is a growing concern in our country and most people don't even know they have it.  The effects come on so gradually you simply accept the aches, pains and fatigue (just a few things it can cause).  Even more frightening is the fact that Vitamin D is essential to over 36 vital organ functions.

Don't believe me?  How about WebMD: "
The side effects from low vitamin D in the body are far-reaching. Vitamin D is needed for absorbing calcium, which is essential for strong and healthy bones and teeth and certain functions of the body. People who have a vitamin D deficiency lack enough calcium, so their bodies start to extract calcium from their bones.

  1. Features

    • Vitamin D deficiency has been connected to many side effects. Conditions associated with the deficiency include rickets, diabetes, high blood pressure and lung cancer. The deficiency is associated with heart disease and different forms of cancer. Increasing the intake of vitamin D and calcium would annually prevent 58,000 cases of breast cancer and 49,000 cases of colorectal cancer in the United States and Canada, according to a study reported in Annals of Epidemiology in July 2009.

    Expert Insight

    • Thirty-six percent of "otherwise healthy young people" have low Vitamin D levels, reported Michael F. Holick, director of the Vitamin D, Skin and Bone Research Laboratory at Boston University Medical Center School of Medicine, in an article published in the Mayo Clinic Proceedings. He said that up to 57 percent of inpatient clients were found to have vitamin D deficiency.

    Treatment

    • The best treatment for the side effects of low vitamin D is natural sunlight. You should try to get 15 to 20 minutes of exposure to the sun daily. People with darker complexions, and those who do not get outdoors much, should focus on diets high in vitamin D. Some excellent sources are eggs, fortified milk and cod liver oil. Supplements are a practical way of ensuring the amount needed.

    Considerations

    • People with low levels of vitamin D suffer from numerous symptoms. They might experience muscle weakness, aches and pains. Constant fatigue, even with sufficient sleep, is common. Vitamin D deficiency can lead to moodiness, depression and anxiety. Some people experience vomiting, nausea and diarrhea.

    Prevention/Solution

    • If people become more aware of the risks of low vitamin D, they can take steps to reverse their deficiency. People living at high or low latitudes have a higher chance of deficiency. Others particularly susceptible to vitamin D shortage include infants and elderly people and those who consume few fortified dairy products or vitamin D supplements."
Read more: What Side Effects Do You Get From Low Vitamin D? | eHow.com http://www.ehow.com/facts_5585060_side-do-low-vitamin-d_.html#ixzz1IZMhYKrc
Need more research?  MayoClinic is also emphasizing the issue:  http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/vitamin-d/NS_patient-vitamind
This doesn't mean everyone needs to rush to the doctor for a prescription of Vitamin D.  Besides getting out in the sun at least 10-15 minutes a day, you can get Vitamin D from fish, eggs, fortified milk, and cod liver oil, to name a few.

Monday, March 21, 2011

Allergy Season is upon us

For allergy sufferers, the words Spring and Fall don't hold the same love as for the rest of us.  It generally means sneezing, watery eyes, nasal drip, coughing, trouble breathing and sometimes more severe effects.  I have a 15 year old who has suffered allergies forever.  I hated giving him all the prescriptions, OTC meds and treatments.  So I looked around and opted for alternatives.

One of the best is the nasal rinse.  You simply run warm salt water, using a special bottle, through your sinuses (this is also a good alternative for sinus problems and minor infections).  We use Neillmed products and they work wonderfully (http://www.neilmed.com/usa/index.php).

Nasal Discharge options:
Ferrum phosphoricum - a watery nose and runny eyes;  gritty or burning feeling in the eyes and a hard, short, tickling cough. 
Allium cepa - runny nose with clear mucus that is irritating to your upper lip; watery eyes, sneezing, a tickling cough, thirst, and feeling worse when indoors and better when outside

 Wyethia - nose is dry and irritated, even if your nose is still runny; itching in the ears, throat, roof of the mouth and behind the nose

Sneezing options:
Sabadilla - long bouts of sneezing, watery eyes and feel like you have a lump in your throat; a runny discharge from the nose, an itchy nose, and headaches that occur when you are drowsy or trying to concentrate
Gelsemium - sneeze frequently and have aches in the back of your head and neck; tiredness brought on by allergy symptoms, flushing of the face, and swollen membranes in the nasal passages along with an irritating watery discharge

Natrum muriaticum - works well for people who sneeze, have watery eyes and clear nasal mucus that looks like egg white; dark circles under the eyes, thirst, having problems smelling or tasting, feeling sad or withdrawn and being irritated when someone tries to comfort you

Coughing:
Arsenicum album - a wheezy cough; a watery discharge from the nose that may burn, swelling under the eyes, and feeling tired, restless, anxious or chilly

Euphrasia - If you find yourself coughing in the daytime but less at night; swollen and irritated eyes which may have some discharge, and eyes that are sensitive to light

Nux vomica - A teasing cough that mostly just produces a tickling feeling in the throat; People who respond well to Nux vomica often find their nose alternates between being stuffed (at night or outdoors) and runny (during the day or indoors), and they may feel impatient and irritable


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