Cobalt : It is an essential element required for the normal functioning of the pancreas.

Cobalt is an important element in the formation of cobalamin or vitamin B12. It is not easily assimilated in the body and is stored in red blood cells, liver, plasma, spleen, kidney, and pancreas. Promotes RBC formation. Activates enzymes, replaces zinc in some enzymes.  Cobalt salts in small amounts are essential to many life forms, including humans. It is at the core of a vitamin called vitamin-B12.

 

 

 

 

 

The cobalt atom in vitamin B12 is attached and surrounded to a deoxyadenosyl group, methyl group, and a cyano group or hydroxyl group. The human body has a need for cobalt that is not in the ionic form of the metal but rather, for a performed metallovatimin which cannot be synthesized from a simple dietary meal. Thus, the content of vitamin B12 of foods is essential is the overall human nutrition.

 

 

 

 

 

When in the form of CoC12, cobalt assists in regulating casein and phosvitin phosphatases and other certain phosphoprotein phosphatases. Along with Nickel (Ni) and Manganese (Mn), cobalt can be a good alternative for Zinc (Zn) in the carboxypeptidase, carbonic anhydrase, angiotensin-converting enzyme, and metalloenzymes.

 

Functions of Cobalt in Our Body

  • It is an essential element required for the normal functioning of the pancreas.
  • It is also essential for hemoglobin formation.
  • It may be necessary for the first stage of hormone production i.e., capture of iodine by the gland.
  • Aids in normal growth and appetite
  • It is indicated that cobalt helps with repair of the myelin sheath, increases the effectiveness of glucose transport from the blood into body cells, and the building of red blood cells.
  • Iron Absorption. Iron is one of the most vital nutrients that are needed depending on gender, health conditions, and other factors. Nutritionists suggest that cobalt, together with other elements, can play a role in the body’s absorption of iron.
  • Vitamin C. Studies have shown that there is a great link between cobalt and vitamin C. The latter vitamin prevents certain conditions such as scurvy wherein scarcity of this mineral can lead to several symptoms such as hair loss. Humans need large amount of vitamin C in order to feel good and be well, and researchers have seen the role of cobalt in aiding the body makes use of the cocktails of vitamin C and other nutrients that was extracted from green vegetables, citrus fruits and other natural foods.

Deficiency Symptoms of Cobalt

A deficiency of cobalt is equivalent to a deficiency of vitamin B12, and can cause anemia, nerve disorders, and abnormalities in cell formation. Also, “scaly” skin and atrophy

 

 

Cobalt Food Sources

Beet greens, buckwheat, cabbage, dulse, figs, goldenseal, Irish moss, kelp, lettuce, mushroom, pau d’Arco, sarsaparilla, spinach, watercress. All sea vegetable and green leafy vegetable

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Vanadium : The trace mineral that have a role in the regulation of sodium and in the metabolism of glucose and lipids.

Vanadium was named after the Scandinavian goddess of beauty, youth, and luster. It is commonly found in vegetables and seafood.   It is a controversy as to whether vanadium is an essential trace mineral in human nutrition. Although it has been suggested to have a role in the regulation of sodium and in the metabolism of glucose and lipids.  Studies show that vanadium in the body works similar to insulin, i.e. it helps maintaining blood sugar levels. Basically when there is a high concentration of sugar or glucose in the blood stream, the body releases insulin hormone in order to tell the muscles, liver and fat tissues to utilize this glucose in the blood as a source of energy in place of stored fat as the main source of energy. As a result, the elevated glucose levels drop, subsequently the insulin levels also go down. Hence, such a person who has high blood sugar levels or uncontrolled insulin levels is considered to be suffering diabetes. Vanadyl sulfate is the most common and known form of vanadium.

The total amount of vanadium in the human body is estimated to be less than 1 milligram (0.000035 ounce). It is found most commonly in the kidneys, spleen, lungs, testes, and bones.

Function of Vanadium in Our Body

Deficiency Symptoms of Vanadium

  • Hypoglycemia, diabetes, increased dental cavities, elevated triglycerides, elevated cholesterol, chest pain, coughing, wheezing, runny nose and sore throat.
  • Obesity.

Natural Food Sources of Vanadium

Corn, buckwheat, garlic, blackpepper, wheat whole, radish, olive oil, apples, green beans, cabbage, carrot, tomatoes, mushrooms, onions, olives, beet root, peanut, parsley, dill, Snap beans, sunflower oil, lettuce and plum

Since vanadium can be a relatively toxic mineral, its use as a dietary supplement should be limited to dosages reflective of dietary intake (e.g., 500 – 1,000 mcg daily). The major concern is that excessive levels of vanadium have been suggested to be a factor in manic depression, as increased levels of vanadium are found in hair samples from manic patients, and these values fall towards normal levels with recovery.

Boron : The trace mineral that is needed for the proper functioning of brain and healthy bones.

Boron helps to regulate the level of various other salt such as calcium, magnesium and phosphorous, as these salts are necessary for bone health. Boron helps in repairing calcium of brittle bones hence preventing them from getting fractured.  Boron also plays a vital role in preventing osteoporosis.

Boron plays a major role in preventing osteoporosis by reducing the loss of calcium and magnesium in urine, as these are responsible for building and maintaining strong bones. Boron elevates the level of serum, estrogen and calcium especially in women suffering from osteoporosis. It is essential for maintaining cells for the normal functioning of cell. It has been studied that deficiency of boron causes impair mental functioning and depressed mental alertness.

 

 

 

 

Boron is also important in the function of repairing joints and hence in prevention of arthritis. It also helps in prevention from tooth decay. It functions to regulate the level of calcium, magnesium, and phosphorous not only helps in maintaining strong bones but also in keeping teeth strong.

Boron is also involved in body metabolism which helps to regulate hormones. It regulates the level of testosterone in men which helps in maintaining muscle. It regulates the level of estrogen by converting it into vitamin D which in turn increases calcium absorption. It is required to strengthen bones and prevention from fractures. Boron also affects memory and brain function so that proper transfer of nutrient can take place throughout the body.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Benefits of Boron

  • Build and maintain healthy bones.
  • It is also necessary for the metabolism of calcium, phosphorus, and magnesium.
  • Elevates levels of serum estrogen and ionized calcium.
  • Boron benefits include proper brain functioning.
  • Promotes alertness
  • Used to help with menopausal symptoms as well as maintaining healthy bones, hence its affinity to calcium and magnesium

Deficiency symptoms of Boron

  • As boron is required in various body processes thus deficiency of it may result in various health problems.
  • Arthritis
  • Memory loss
  • Brittle bones
  • Muscle pain
  • Carpal Tunnel syndrome
  • Osteoporosis
  • Degenerative Joint Disease
  • Receding gums
  • Hormonal imbalance
  • Weak cartilage
  • Loss of libido

Food Sources of Boron

  • Almonds
  • Apples
  • Carrots
  • Chickpeas
  • Dates
  • Fruits (other than citrus)
  • Grains
  • Grapes
  • Greens
  • Hazelnuts
  • Kiwi,
  • Legumes
  • Lentils
  • Nuts
  • Oranges
  • Pears
  • Prunes
  • Raisin
  • Red grapes
  • Tomatoes.
  • Vegetables

Lithium : An essential nutrient in the human body that prevent mental disorders such as Alzheimer’s disease and dementia.

Lithium is found in trace amounts in all soils primarily in the clay fraction, and to a lesser extent in the organic soil fraction. It is not yet known what particular function of lithium may make it an essential nutrient. It is thought to stabilize serotonin transmission in the nervous system; it influences sodium transport; and it may even increase lymphocytic (white blood cell) proliferation and depress the suppressor cell activity, thus strengthening the immune system. There is also speculation that lithium is in some way involved in cancer genesis or prevention.

Lithium is a naturally occurring trace element that is found in water, soil and a number of fruits, vegetables and other plants. In the early 1950s, psychologists discovered that very large doses of one form of lithium could help control and/or prevent episodes of mania that occur in bipolar disorder.  Lithium is taken up by all plants, although it appears not to be required for their growth and development.

Many nutrition and health experts believe that daily consumption of up to 2 mgs of lithium may be necessary for a number of important cellular interactions.  At those levels, lithium seems to carry no risk of side effects, and several major studies in the 1970s suggest that there may be some very important benefits.

Uses and Benefits of Lithium

  • Reduces aggressiveness, violence and self-destruction.
  • The biochemical mechanisms of action of lithium appear to be multifactorial and are intercorrelated with the functions of several enzymes, hormones and vitamins, as well as with growth and transforming factors.
  • Lithium appears to play an especially important role during the early fetal development as evidenced by the high lithium contents of the embryo during the early gestational period.
  • Helps regulate nerve impulses by regulating sodium and potassium
  • Increases lymphocytic production
  • Influences distribution of sodium and potassium
  • Influences sodium transport
  • Possible cancer suppression
  • Stabilizes serotonin transmission in the nervous system
  • Suppresses some cells within the immune system thus enhancing the immune system
  • Possibly helps increase brain matter (grey part)
  • Possibly protects the brain and nerves against glutamates

Deficiency Symptoms of Lithium

Toxicity: Tremors, drowsiness, headaches, confusion, restlessness, dizziness, psychomotor retardation, lethargy, coma.

Rich Food Sources of Lithium

  • Among plants, lithium is retained most easily in foods of the nightshade family of plants, which include tomatoes and cucumbers and mushrooms. Seaweed and kelp often contain high levels of lithium.
  • Apples, asparagus, bananas, cauliflower, cinnamon, cucumbers, lemons, lentils, marjoram, pepper, plant ash (shale), red cabbage,  sea vegetable, sugar cane, tomatoes, tobacco plant, mushrooms, whole grain foods, white cabbage and seeds.
  • In general, diets rich in grains and vegetables may be expected to provide more lithium than diets rich in animal proteins. However, due to the uneven distribution of lithium on the earth’s crust, a predominantly vegetarian diet is not necessarily lithium rich.

Lithium May Help Alzheimer’s

Three research studies in 1999 and 2000 from Wayne State
University of Medicine found that low levels of lithium used
to treat manic depression were also effective in protecting
the brain against Alzheimer’s disease. A key protein needed
to protect the brain against Alzheimer’s is Bc1-2 (related to
the B-cell lymphoma/ leukemia-2 gene). Lithium is the first
substance found to increase the concentration of Bc1-2 in
brains tissue.

Alzheimer’s is characterized by the existence of
neurofibrillary “tangles” in the brain. These tangles are
enabled by a destructive protein called glycogen synthase
kinase 3b (GSK-3b). Lithium has been found to decrease the
supply of destructive GSK-3b in brain tissue.

The Wayne State researchers also found that the gray matter
of patients treated with lithium over time grew by
approximately 3%, regenerating even after loss of brain cells
due to injury or disease.

Source: http://www.collectivewizdom.com/Lithium-LithiumRichFoods.html

Molybdenum: The important mineral for regulating the pH balance in the body.

There are very small amounts of molybdenum in the body, but it is a very important mineral. Molybdenum is very important to the enzyme systems and is necessary for many enzyme systems to work. Molybdenum plays an important role in 2 enzymatic reactions. They include aldehyde oxidase which is necessary for the oxidation of fats, and xanthine oxidase necessary for the movement of iron from liver reserves and converting nucleic acid to uric acid (waste product eliminated in the urine). Molybdenum assists the body by fighting nitrosamines, which are associated with cancer, may prevent cavities and may help to prevent anaemia. It is needed for normal cell function and nitrogen metabolism. With these qualities, there might be evidence of antioxidant properties in this nutrient.

Molybdenum is absorbed through the intestines and stored in the liver, bones, and kidneys. It is required for proper growth and development, the metabolism of fats and nucleic acids, metabolism of nitrogen, copper, and sulfur, and normal cellular functions. Cofactor in enzymatic systems involved in the metabolism of carbohydrates, fats, proteins, sulfur-containing amino acids, nucleic acids (DNA, RNA) and iron. Helps prevent cavities. Cancer-preventative (esophagus, stomach), helps detoxify or eliminate harmful sulfites from the body.


Molybdenum is a very important mineral for regulating the pH balance in the body. For each one tenth of a pH point difference,  the oxygen level in the blood may increase or decrease by ten times. Although molybdenum helps to induce sleep, it also helps promote a general sense of well being.  With molybdenum’s ability to change the body’s pH, it is very beneficial in the treatment of many severe illnesses. in helping to control viruses and parasites. A high amount of molybdenum in the body could interfere with the absorption of copper


Molybdenum deficiency may include acne, allergies, anemia, anthrax, asthma, athletes foot, bells palsy, bladder infection, cancer, candida, canker sore, cavities, colds, flu, depression, diabetes, e-coli, eczema, Epstein Barr virus, liver damage, sclerosis, lupus, Lyme disease, multiple sclerosis, obesity, parasites, prostate infection, and ringworm.

Humans require very small amounts of molybdenum, and deficiency appears to happen only under the rarest of circumstances.

Food Sources :  legumes, such as beans, peas, lima beans and lentils; grains, such as barley and buckwheat,  leafy vegetables; sunflower seeds,  whole grains and nuts. However, the amount of molybdenum in plants varies according to the amount in the soil.

100% Raw Food Diets May Not Be The Best For You.

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Raw Food Diets – The Ayurvedic Perspective

by Claudia Ward, L.Ac

There is much confusion as to what is the healthiest diet for us to consume–a predominantly raw food diet or a cooked-food diet? On the one hand we have raw food enthusiasts recommending a natural diet of 100% raw food. This is based on the fact that raw food is high in nutrients, enzymes, and prana (life energy). Some raw foodists can get quite fanatical about their philosophy that cooked food equals “dead food” which has lost most of its nutrients. Others have their Chinese or Ayurvedic doctor recommend mostly cooked foods and see a lot of their health issues disappear on such a diet. Now who is right and who is wrong? I myself have experienced the benefits of raw foods and especially juicing, which manifest in increased energy, clarity of mind, radiant complexion, and weight loss, just to mention a few. There are certainly many documented cases of individuals overcoming serious health issues, some life threatening, through adherence to a raw food regime. And of course I have to agree, that some types of cooked food are not very good for you when consumed over a long period of time – fried foods, heavily salted food, over-cooked vegetables, microwaved food, etc.

However, everyone is different, and diet must be individualized. There is no one single diet that is “best” for everyone. Some people will do best on raw, others on macrobiotic diets. Also, a 100% raw food diet can be problematic – even though a good healing diet, it can create problems in the long run.

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Orange, pear, apple (Photo credit: Joe Lencioni)

Below are the symptoms and problems associated with a long-term strict raw food or vegan diet:

* a general lack of vitality

* low body temperature (always cold)

* a weak digestive system with a loss of digestive strength

* food cravings

* rapid growth of grey hair

* stalled weight loss due to low metabolism

* emaciation

* amenorrhea (menstrual cycles cease), even in young women

* loss of libido

* hair loss and nail problems

* dental erosion

* insomnia and neurological problems

* constipation

* diarrhea

* infertility

Obviously, the modern Western diet sickens us with its overload of meat, salt, bad fats, white sugar, white flour, and its deficiency of living foods.

There is no question that cooking deactivates some vital nutrients, including enzymes, but cooking also makes digestion less stressful. Many people with poor digestion don’t handle raw foods or beans very well, which is in part why macrobiotic diets may have worked for some people recovering from various maladies. The higher proportion of nutrients in raw food is useless if the food can’t be digested, absorbed and assimilated. Cooking contracts vegetable foods, concentrating more nutrients with less bulk. Bitter greens like spinach and kale are generally more edible when cooked, because cooking also eliminates the oxalic acid, which interferes with calcium absorption.

Cooking significantly improves the digestibility/bioavailability of starchy foods such as potatoes and yams, squashes, grains, and legumes. Legumes need to be soaked and cooked thoroughly, otherwise they contain enzyme blockers, that inhibit protein and carbohydrate metabolism. They also contain lectins, phytic acid and saponins that are deactivated by cooking. Lectins play a role in certain auto-immune disorders such as rheumatoid arthritis and inflammatory diseases. Green beans always need to be cooked until soft otherwise they are toxic! Raw beans are poisonous because they contain prussic acid, which is de-activated only by cooking. Beta-carotene absorption can be as low as 1-2% from raw vegetables such as carrots. Mild heating, such as steaming, appears to improve the extractability of beta-carotene from vegetables, and also its bioavailability. Mineral losses from cooking are insignificant.

 

diagram of a human digestive system

 

Lycopene in tomatoes has been hypothesized to be responsible for reducing the risk of some cancers and heart disease. The cooking of tomatoes with olive oil is a characteristic combination in the Mediterranean diet. Previous studies have shown that the absorption of lycopene is greater from cooked tomatoes.

The Ayurvedic Perspective:

There is not just one dietary approach that would be ideal for everyone. In order to correctly determine our optimal requirements we need to examine many factors. We have to take into account the individuals constitution (prakruti), the nature of their imbalance and symptoms (vikruti), the seasonal and climatic influences, stage of life, occupation, etc.

In general, those of a pitta, or pitta/kapha constitution, can do very well on some raw food in their diet, especially in the late spring and summer. But if someone has a severe vata imbalance, characterized by insomnia, excessive worry and anxiety, sense of being overwhelmed, spaceyness, dryness, gas, bloating, constipation, or amenorrhea, they may need nourishing, warm, moist, easily digestible cooked food as part of their healing journey.

Someone with a kapha imbalance can easily develop sinus problems, asthma, or allergies on a raw food diet.

My recommendation for those who chose to follow a raw food diet is to apply some of the ancient Ayurvedic wisdom to help avoid potential problems and help you stay well. Ayurveda recognizes our unique individual differences.

Balancing a Raw Food Diet With Ayurveda:

By using these simple Ayurvedic principles, any diet can be made more balancing:

* Daily warm oil massage (using unrefined, organic sesame oil), Ayurvedic-style, can be very helpful.

* Herbs with a calming action, including the commonly available chamomile tea. (Many other herbs are available, see an Ayurvedic health practitioner for recommendations.)

* Some raw-foodies report that running, cycling, swimming, or other aerobic exercise elevates their body temperature and also improves their digestion and the quality of sleep.

* Spices: ginger, cayenne, black pepper, cumin, coriander, fennel, etc. will improve digestion and metabolism. Pungent greens, like mustard, watercress, arugula, are alternatives to pungent spices.

* Tonic herbs: the Ayurvedic herbal blend triphala, strengthens the entire digestive system, and is extremely beneficial for the colon.

* Avoid cold food and liquids. Allow refrigerated items to return to room temperature before consuming.

 

ARS ginger

 

* Sipping hot water with meals, and in between meals, can help provide warmth to the body. The addition of a small piece of fresh ginger root (about 1/2 inch piece) to hot water will help considerably to increase agni (the digestive fire) and improve digestion and assimilation of nutrients. Adding fresh ginger or a little bit of flax seed oil or olive oil to a vegetable juice will increase the nutrient absorption, increase agni and not aggravate vata as much.

* Using a food blender, or consuming vegetable juices will decrease dryness.

* Adding fresh lime or lemon juice to foods also increases agni due to its sour taste.

* Using organic extra-virgin olive oil, walnut oil or flax seed oil on salads and other dry foods will help diminish their vata provoking quality and provide necessary fatty acids to the diet.

* Chewing a thin slice of ginger sprinkled with salt before a meal will get the digestive juices flowing.

*Chewing fennel seeds after a meal will prevent gas or bloating.

* Relaxing for at least 10 minutes after a meal without getting up and rushing immediately will promote digestion and counteract fatigue after eating.

When it comes to deciding what foods to eat use common sense, eat according to your constitution, eat mostly cooked foods when the weather is cold, when it is foggy or in the evenings. Salads are best eaten at lunchtime (when the digestive fire is strongest), in summer, or when the weather is hot. I am always amazed when I go back to Europe, how healthy and grounded my friends are, even though their diet is not really 100% nutritionally correct (lots of wine, bread, pastries). How is that possible? I think the answer is that they sit down with their friends or families and take time in preparing and enjoying their meals. Here in California a lot of people are just sipping some green protein shake and hurry off to their yoga class. Now when you lovingly prepare your food, and really look forward to eating it, and enjoy every bite, guess what happens? All the digestive juices are flowing at the right time and the body will extract all the nutrients it needs. Food that is gulped down quickly, just because one thinks it is healthy, but is not really enjoyed will actually be harmful to your health!! It does not get digested well and wreaks havoc throughout your system.

So take time in preparing fresh meals, enjoy your food in good company and relax after eating! Happiness is the best digestive aid!

Clear Acne Naturally

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Acne Prone? Clear it Up!

According to the American Academy of Dermatology acne has become most commonly treated skin abnormality. What causes acne? If sebum flows faster than it can secret through the pores, a pimple arises. Acne is a skin disease commonly found and experienced  during adolescence. As a child goes through puberty they may have a breakout or two. Typical features of acne include: scaly red skin, blackheads and white heads, pimples, large papules and, possibly scarring.
Acne breakouts vary from person to person. Acne occurs mostly during adolescence, sometimes it continues into adulthood. In adolescence, acne is usually caused by an increase in androgens (male sex hormones) These hormones stimulate the production of keratin and sebum. For the most part, acne breakouts stop after one reaches their early twenties. There is no way to know the time it will take for acne to disappear.
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Some people will carry acne well into their thirties, forties, and beyond. Acne vulgaris (or cystic acne) is a common human skin disease, characterized by areas of skin with seborrhea (scaly red skin), comedones (blackheads and white heads), pin heads, pustules (pimples), large papules and possibly scarring. Acne affects mostly skin with the densest population of sebaceous follicles; these areas include the face, the upper part of the chest, and the back. Severe acne is inflammatory, but acne can also manifest in other forms. The lesions are caused by changes in pilosebaceous units, skin structures consisting of a hair follicle and its associated sebaceous gland, changes that require androgen stimulation.
Factors that contribute to acne are, hormonal imbalance, oily skin, heredity, monthly menstrual cycles, nutritional deficiencies, stress, drug use, some skin products  and clogged pores. The skin is the largest organ of the body. Its primary function is to eliminate toxic waste through sweating. Some doctors call the skin ‘ The third kidney’. Clogged pores from oils, dirt, from pollution from the environment, junk food and not drinking enough water. In order to combat this problem, Use proper skin products to cleanse properly.

Clear skin doesn’t have to remain a fantasy! You can have great skin if you make some changes in your life. Everything that comes to our skin had to have come from inside the body first.

Healthy Skin Is Within Your Reach! Start right. To have great skin you have to adopt a healthy skin regimen.

1. Water! Drink 8- 10 cups a day

2. Use a mixture of Apple cider vinegar and filtered water to restore the skin’s PH balance. 10 parts water to 1 part apple cider. Apply to acne.

3. Do not squeeze spots

4. Use 1,000- 1,600 mg of Vitamin C 3x a day first  to clear up scared acne prone skin.

5. Use Vitamin E and Teatree oil on acne.

6. Stop eating junk food.

7. Use a Soothing Avocado mask to cure acheFind it here: It’s SPA TIME! Yummy Facials In The Kitchen

8. Eat a high fiber diet.

9. Include lots of fruits especially apples, blueberries, strawberries, pineapple and grapes and avocado.

10. Include lots of raw vegetables, make sure your diet has Vitamins, C, A, E,  and essential fatty acids like flax seeds or flax-seed oil.

11. Eat more foods containing Zinc, including whole grains, sunflower seeds, and a small amount of nuts daily.

12. Avoid caffeine, dairy products, white sugar, white rice, white bread, chocolate, hydrogenated oils and shortening. Also avoid meat, wheat, soft drinks, and processed foods. Do not use iodized salt.

13. Shampoo hair regularly, avoid using commercial brands of make up and skin care products. Instead, visit a health food store for alternative vegetarian based make up, skin wash and hair care products.

14. Learn yoga, Deep breathing, Qi gong, Tai qi or Mediation: Stress is a no-no if you want to be acne free.

15. Herbs for acne: Dandelion leaves, Milk thistle, Red Clover and Burdock root , Alfalfa are good herbs for acne. Some cleanse the blood and some cleanse the liver.

16. Fruit and Vegetable juices for acne:

~ Add these to your juicer!

* Carrot, Watercress, spinach, garlic

* Kale, apple, tomato

* Watermelon

* Wheat grass

* Honey dew, orange, lemon

* Beets and berries

* Grapefruit, carrot

17. Keep dirty hands off the face and wash hands regularly!

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Eat right, Clean the skin right and Feel right! The skin will look tight!


Menstruation With Ease: Get The Facts!

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What is menstruation?

Regular menstruation lasts for a few days, usually 3 to 5 days. Some women experience a menstrual cycle for 2 to 8 days. Typically an average menstrual cycle is 28 days long from the first day of one menstrual period to the first day of the next. A normal menstrual cycle is typically between 21 and 35 days between menstrual cycles.

Blood loss during a monthly menstrual cycle is 36 milliliters (or 4 to 7 tablespoons of menstrual fluid). Blood loss of 10-80 milliliters considered acceptable.  Menstrual blood is another name for menstrual fluid. Menstrual fluid is part blood, cervical mucus, vaginal secretions, and endometrial tissue. Menstrual fluid can be reddish-brown bright red. The color and smell of menstrual fluid reveals the amount of toxins a woman has in her body.

Some women also notice shedding of the uterus‘s endometrium lining during menstruation. The shed endometrium lining appears as small pieces of tissue mixed with the blood. These pieces of tissue are often called menstrual clots (although they are pieces of the endometrium, and are not true blood clots) and are common; they more often occur in women who experience a heavier-than-average menstrual flow. 

Many women experience painful uterine cramps during menstruation. The muscles of the uterus, and abdominal muscles surrounding the uterus, contract spasmodically to push the menstrual fluid out of the uterus. The contractions are produced by tissue lining the uterus, which is known to release an excess of fatty acids called prostaglandins that stimulate the muscles, leading to contractions.

What is PMS ?

Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS) is a result of changes in the levels of the hormones estrogen and progesterone before menstruation. Women will experience symptoms of PMS at some point in her lifetime which can range from a mild to inconvenient to debilitating.

Symptoms of dysmenorrhea (painful periods) may become debilitating in some women. Some say It is unknown why this occurs in some women and not others. (Keep reading below for tips on this!). Painful symptoms include throbbing pain spreading to hips, stomach, lower back and thighs, nausea and frequent diarrhea or constipation may occur as well. Western based treatments target excess prostaglandin, using anti-prostaglandin medications or oral contraceptives. Nonsteroidal antiinflammatory drugs (NSAIDS), such as over-the-counter ibuprofen and naproxen are what some women use to numb the pain of their mentrural cycle.

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Now that we have covered what a cycle is and what is used to ease a painful one, Let’s talk about why so many women are in so much pain every month. If you have a monthly cycle it is important to stay informed about simple ways you can change your fate with your painful menses and in other areas of your life as well. Please check the list below. If you do a few of these you will see significant changes in your monthly menstruation experience.

1. Is there lack of real food in the body? Nutrients are coming out of the body, the body needs to be fed or you will definitely experience headaches.

2. Water: Its real simple, your body is made up of mostly water but not only that. When a woman has her monthly menses, her body is using water (fluid) to cleanse itself. What do you think happens when there is no fluid to use? The body will continue to TRY pulling the unneeded blood from the body, thus causing you lots of pain in the process. Drink room temperature water before your cycle comes on. How much water should you drink? Drink at least the least amount or more if you are active.

3. Women with fibroids have very painful menses, read this list and make drastic healthy changes to naturally ease the pain:

4. Get your rest. 7- 8 hours heals the body. No sleep= no healing

5. Eating dairy, white sugar, processed foods will bring you some serious cramps and mood swings. The minute you stop these and eat healthier, you will experience a mentrual cycle with ease. Junk food causes the body to attempt to cleanse itself more.

6. Cold liquids are a no-no for life if you want to keep your digestion system working most efficiently, think of it this way THE BODY IS HOT INSIDE NOT COLD. The body has to be hot to process food and liquids. Cold liquids shock the body and slow down the process of digestion. Also cold water causes blood clots; which no one wants to experience passing (unless you like mega cramps & a sluggish digestive system), stay away from cold water.

7. Know when your cycle is coming on next. If its irregular the body is out of balance. You can get it in balance by eating a healthy balanced diet. Consume more green and natural foods. Try vegan,vegetarian or even raw vegan eating. These can help with healing you. To read more on how to do these diets click here: At the bottom of this blog Click the tag under (vegan) for more information.

8. Craving Junk while your cycle is on? The body wants and needs nourishment.

9. Skin breakouts: click here for skin treatments, also change what you are eating. Changes must be made inside and outside to see lasting results.

10. Eat fresh ginger or sip ginger, dong quai tea during and before the cycle comes on. The body needs to be heated up on the inside so eat, Root Chakra building foods such as: ginger, red onion, various yams, cinnamon.

11: Drink raw juices: Click the tag related to (raw) at the bottom of this blog.

Choose an Herbal solution: 

Herbal PMS Treatment and Remedies

The natural approach to health care tries to approach treatment in terms of the cause of the symptoms and not just masking symptoms.

For many women, an herbal PMS treatment involves treating hormonal imbalances associated with symptoms such as irritability and fatigue. Herbs associated with the endocrine system include:

  • Chaste TreeBerry, Vitex angus-castrus; regulates hormones by acting directly the hypothalamus-pituitary glands and helps with:
    • Mood swings
    • Reduces FSH and estrogen production
    • Painful breasts
    • Edema
    • Diarrhea/constipation
    • Headaches
  • Reishi; a mushroom that strengthens the immune system, regulates blood sugar and reduces:
    • Fatigue
    • Nervousness
    • Insomnia
  • Wild Yamcream; decreases estrogen production in the Luteal phase to balance progesterone and addresses:
    • Headaches
    • Uterine cramps
    • Dysmenorrhea

The liver is believed to be the primary organ associated with the breakdown of hormones. Herbs that reduce irritability by treating liver imbalances include Fringe Tree root and bark, which focuses on the regulation of liver functions, Dandelion, which cleanses and cools the liver, and Burdock Root, which reinforces the liver as it works to reduce excess estrogen levels in the blood.

English: Menstrual Cycle

A number of women suffer from anemia or anemic-like symptoms such a low energy and fatigue during PMS and needs blood-tonifying herbs such as:

  • Dang Gui, Angelica sinensis; used to build up the blood and increase blood flow to female organs to cut:
    • Ovary pain
    • Cramps
  • Nettles; known for anti-inflammatory and diuretic properties and is loaded with vitamins, nutrients and trace minerals that give the body with essential energy
    • All-around tonic for women’s reproductive health
  • Yellow dock root; reduces excessive bleeding or heavy periods, also acts on the liver

The high levels of iron in Barberry, Dandelion and Licorice root also help with anemia symptoms, low energy and fatigue.

Herbs that increase energy and metabolism include Ginseng rhizome and Ginger root. Ginger, along with herbs such as Peppermint and Slippery Elm can help with digestive symptoms.

Cramping and pain can be addressed with an herbal PMS treatment with anti-spasmodic properties that also acts on the smooth muscles of the uterus such as Cramp Bark and Valerian Root, which also help ease nervousness and insomnia.

Another valuable herbal PMS treatment might include:

    • St. John’s Wart – helps depression and overwhelming emotions
    • Birch Leaf – decreases fluid retention, edema and bloat
    • Corn Silk – relief from cramps, reduces fluid retention
    • Evening Primrose – reduces breast tenderness, bloat and weight gain
    • Fennel – relieves abdominal cramps, bloating and gas
    • Ginkgo Biloba – reduces breast tenderness
    • Lemon Balm – relaxes and soothes the nervous system
    • Meadow Sweet – helps with backaches, pain and inflammation
    • Motherwort – reduces headaches and migraines, anxiety, tension and mood changes
    • Peppermint – lessens gastrointestinal issues and anxiety

Herbs can be used alone or with one another, depending on the symptoms and their severity.

Relief

Women can find relief from symptoms of premenstrual syndrome with a variety of effective herbal remedies. Finding the right herb or combination of herbs may take some trial and error; the guidance of a qualified practitioner of alternative medicine will be most helpful in exploring the treatment options that will work for an individual woman’s body. An ideal herbal PMS treatment will address the cause, such as liver or hormonal imbalances, and rid uncomfortable symptoms with minimal or no side effects.

Enjoy a new day without PMS! Yey

Sources: Wiki, http://www.herbalremediesinfo.com/herbal-pms-treatment.html

Phosphorus : This mineral is also essential for growth and repair of cells in the body.

Phosphorus is another important mineral that is required in the body for the necessary for nourishment of the brain and the growth of the bones, teeth and hair. Phosphorus is also necessary for the growth and repair of cells in the body. It is also believed that phosphorus helps in maintaining proper heart health and prevention of cancer.  Along with calcium, phosphorus is required in order to have strong bones and teeth.

Phosphorus is the second most abundant mineral in the body and 85% of it is found in the bones. The rest of the body’s phosphorus is found in the blood, the fluid around and in cells, and in various organs like the heart, kidneys, brain, and muscles, where it is involved in many critical functions. It’s main purpose is for building strong bones and teeth, but this mineral is used by practically every cell in the body.


Health Benefits of Phosphorus

  • For strong bones and skeletal structure
  • For strong teeth, formation of tooth enamel, and healthy gums
  • For energy and metabolization of fats and starches
  • For growth and body repair
  • For heart regularity
  • For arthritis
  • For speedier recovery of burn victims
  • For cancer prevention
  • For cell health
  • Human body requires phosphate to produce energy and manage it. It also plays a crucial role in synthesizing proteins, fats and carbohydrates.
  • Phosphate is also required to maintain fluid and electrolyte balance in the body.
  • With so many uses to its credit phosphate is indeed very important for the body, and lack of the same can result in adverse effects on us.
  • Phosphorus is a vital component of DNA and RNA, and links the structures of both.
  • Phosphorus also plays a crucial role in transmission of nerve impulses within the body

Phosphorus Deficiency Symptoms

  • Almost eighty five percent of phosphorus in our body is found in the bones and the teeth, the remaining is found in the blood, muscles, organs such as brain, kidney, etc and fluids in and around the body cells.
  • Any deficiency of phosphorus in the body can produce a number of symptoms and diseases. Some of the commonly experienced symptoms of phosphorus deficiency are weak bones and teeth, tiredness, reduction in appetite, pain and stiffness in the joints, lack of energy, occurrence of infections and confusion.
  •  Besides these symptoms, there are numerous phosphorus deficiency diseases too which can occur if there is an imbalance in the calcium-phosphorus reserves in the body.
  • Such a phosphorus deficiency in humans can lead to diseases such as arthritis, rickets, pyorrhea and decaying teeth.

List of High Phosphorus Foods

Fruits:

  • Avocado
  • Blackcurrants
  • Breadfruit
  • Dates
  • Grapes
  • Guava
  • Kiwi
  • Lychee
  • Mulberries
  • Passionfruit
  • Pears
  • Pineapples
  • Plums
  • Pomegranate

Vegetables:

Nuts:

  • Almonds
  • Brazil Nuts
  • Buckwheat
  • Cashews
  • Oats
  • Pine Nuts/Pignolias
  • Pumpkin Seeds
  • Quinoa
  • Rye
  • Spelt
  • Sunflower Seeds
  • Wheat – Durum
  • Wheat – Hard Red
  • Wheat – Hard White

Most legumes are a good source of Phospherous but these are the highest.

  • Adzuki Beans
  • Black Beans
  • Black Eye Peas
  • Fava Beans
  • Edamame
  • Garbanzo Beans
  • Kidney Beans
  • Lima Beans
  • Navy Beans
  • Pigeon Beans
  • Pinto Beans
  • Soy Beans
  • White Beans
  • Winged Beans

It’s SPA TIME! Yummy Facials In The Kitchen

Ladies and Gentlemen get your grocery list ready. It’s on!

 

 

We can learn a great deal from the past! We have all seen the beautiful skin of men and women from back in the day. I’m talking about 30 years ago and before then. Take a look at almost any photograph of that period. Their skin was like buttah. That was a long time ago but we can bring the goodness back.

 

Truth is, our skin IS like buttah too when we take care of it right. Most people of this information age never learned how detrimental eating processed and fast foods are to their entire physical make up.

 

To heal your skin overnight start here:

 

1. DRINK WATER

2. STOP SMOKING

3. EAT LOTS of FRUIT AND VEGETABLES

4. DRINK LESS ALCOHOL OR STOP DRINKING ALCOHOL

5. SLEEP FOR 7-8 HOURS

6. STOP EATING LATE

7. NO FRIED FOODS

8. LEAVE THE HIGH FRUCTOSE SYRUP ALONE

9. GET ACTIVE AND LAST BUT NOT LEAST

10. WASH THE FACE DAILY ESPECIALLY IN THE A.M.

 

My mother used to tell me and my sisters to use natural things on our skin. To keep up clear skin usually requires a dual effort. You can clean skin on the outside, but for skin to stay clear the inside of the body needs to be cleansed too.

 

The kitchen isn’t just for preparing or cooking food anymore. Now you can get a beauty treatment at home. Sure it’s not the relaxing spa. That’s alright, look on the bright side: We can get fly in the kitchen!

 

After careful review of the most delicious ways to take care of the skin I have answers. Plus many of these have been tried and tested by me or people I know.

 

The best facials use all mineral, plant and vegetable sources. All benefits and no side effects is what a facial or skin treatment should be. However there are so many man-made products with chemicals in them that i will not waste time listing them. Just know, if you cannot read the labels there may be chemicals in it! If you plan on using these lab created products, you better make sure your skin is like resistant to junk.

 

 

Amazingly enough, Mother nature has thought of everything. All we need to take care of us and our families can be found in nature. All 100% Raw plant sources have a purpose. These magical gifts from nature also have the power to soothe or renew skin problems for ex: acne, oily skin, dry skin and skin discoloration to name a few.

 

Yummy Facials

 

*First: Wash your face with a vegetarian or vegan face wash. Alternately you can use coconut oil or olive. Rinse all fruit and vegetables before use, Avoid getting them into your eyes.  Leave masks on for 15 minutes to an hour, then rinse off with lukewarm water then splash face with cold water.

 

Oatmeal Apple Honey mask~

Great for Combination, dry or sensitive.

Mask Benefits: Use a slice of an apple, blend (overnight soaked) oat groats, rinse oats in filtered water, take a small amount of oats and add honey (1 Teaspoon), add enough water to blender to mix all the ingredients together. Then put some in your hands and apply to your face.

 

 

Tomato Lemon mask~

Great for oily skin!

Mask Benefits: Is great for healing large pores. This mask is good for oily skin. You need one tomato and one lemon. First, mash one small tomato. Add a bit of lemon peel and one teaspoon of lemon juice. Apply to skin.

 

 

Avocado mask~

Great for Combination, oily, dry or sensitive.

Skin Benefits: Hydrates, renews, improve your skin texture, strong acne treatment (known to cure acne), deep cleans the skin. Mash 1 Tablespoon of an avocado and apply to skin. Repeat for 1 week.

 

 

Honey Banana mask~

Great for Combination, oily, dry or sensitive skin. 

Mask Benefits: Natural toner,  anti-acne, moisturizing, exfoliation, anti-aging, sunburn aid. Mash banana, using the back of a fork, and then add honey.  Stir to mix well. Apply to face.

 

 

Lemon Cucumber mask~

Great for Oily skin

Mask Benefits: Combats acne. Kills the bacteria. Dries up oily skin, shrinks pores. Balances PH levels. Brightens skin, Fades blemishes. Slice lemon and cucumber. Apply lemon & cucumber on face.