Kidney Stone Prevention

Kidney’s are located on either side of your spine in the lower part of your back. They filter approximately 18 gallons of blood every hour. They remove toxins from your blood and produce urine to eliminate the acid waste through the bladder.

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Usually there are no symptoms of discomfort or pain unless suddenly you’re in excruciating pain with kidney stones.

Kidney stones usually form when there are elevated levels of acid waste in the blood and the kidney’s get overworked trying to filter out the excesses. Eventually the kidneys can’t keep up and the waste material accumulates to form kidney stones.

The entire state of your health depends on a slightly alkaline environment in your body, a blood pH of about 7.365 to make all systems and organs work efficiently.

To keep your kidneys functioning at their optimum or to help them recover, there are a few things you can do to counteract the forming of kidney stones or the elevated levels of calcium oxalate.

Drinking lots of water (6 -8 8-oz glasses a day). Clean, fresh water – not tea or coffee, milk, sodas, juices, alcohol or other beverages. De-hydration can have dire consequences – don’t wait until you’re thirsty.

Eating a healthy diet with lots of fresh vegetables and protein is essential in keeping your kidneys functioning at their optimum levels and to minimize acid waste accumulation.

Pro-biotic supplements in the form of Bifidobacterium lactis, Bifidobacterium infantis and Lactobacillus acidophilus are helpful in maintaining a healthy gut bacterium able to breaking down the elevated calcium oxalate levels.

Healing and Relaxation

There is nothing more relaxing than a time set aside for a luxurious bath. The feel of soft bubbles and the aroma of a gentle fragrance is one of the most beneficial therapies of modern times.

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Himalayan Salt and Hydrogen Peroxide to the water has many health benefits.

Baking Soda (Sodium Bicarbonate) is a natural product and does not contain fragrances or chemicals, it is colorless and odorless. Added to your bath will give you silky smooth skin, a feeling of relaxation and in the process, will adjust your skins acid/alkaline balance.

Pink Himalayan Salt – the purest form of natural salts is mined from ancient oceans deep in the Himalayan mountains. It contains 84 trace elements and minerals not found in other processed salt. Added to your bath it can be a rejuvenating experience for your body, mind and soul in the comforts of your own home.

Hydrogen peroxide (3%) brown bottle – available at most drugstores has detoxifying and healing properties and acts as a safe sanitizer for the body. It is helpful in clearing nasal congestion, relieving aches and pains, allergies and skin irritations.

Before bedtime fill your tub with warm or hot water (your comfort level). Add one cup of Baking Soda, one cup of Pink Himalayan Salt, one cup of Hydrogen Peroxide (3%) and a few drops of your favorite essential oils. Then soak for 30 to 40 minutes. – Simple, safe and affordable.

Sweet Temptations

There is a difference between being hungry and having an irresistable desire for some specific food such as sweet, sugary foods or chocolate. There is evidence that food cravings and addictions activate some of the same areas in the brain. The more we give in to these cravings and the lure of sugary Continue reading

treats, the more we get addicted to the sweet taste and the temporary spike of energy it provides.

It is important to realize that after an hour or two the cycle begins again and the drop in blood sugar has you reachiong for more of the same foods. And just like an alcoholics addiction to alcohol, the urge to consume more sugar is hard to resist.

The average consumption of sugar has increased steadly over the last century and it is estimated the be in the 150 to 170 pound range per adult annually in the developed  countries such as North America and the least affected areas being Asia and Africa.

 

Healthy Gums and Teeth

To keep your teeth and gums healthy takes more than regular brushing, flossing and mouth wash. Even regular check-up appointments with your dentist are not a guarantee for a healthy smile.

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minerals. When it comes to oral health sugars and acids in foods and drinks are the most damaging substances to tooth enamel, causing cavities and periodontal disease.

Green, leafy vegetables are a reliable source of nutrients, rich in calcium and folic acid and provide a variety of important nutrients for strong teeth. Vitamin D (fish oil) for calcium absorption and Phosphorus, found in eggs, fish, lean meat and dairy products, is great for building and maintaining strong teeth. Vitamin C to reduce inflammation – without C, gums become more sensitive and susceptible to bacteria causing periodontal disease.

Loss of Appetite

Loss of appetite is a condition when foods are not appealing or a medical condition is present preventing you from eating normally. This is different then trying to lose weight and minimum amounts of food are eaten to accomplish a weight loss over a period of time. Continue reading

Even on a low-calorie weight loss program, the foods allowed should always be enough to keep you from experiencing hunger and you should maintain a healthy appetite. Often supplements are recommended to ensure that levels of vitamins and minerals are provided when nutrients are lacking to prevent side effects and imbalances.

If the loss of appetite is due to the use of prescription drugs and medications than this condition is most likely temporary and reversible. Other conditions can be far more serious and need to be evaluated by a health-care professional.

These include conditions such as depression, dementia, anorexia, metabolic problems, liver disease, kidney failure, heart disease, bacterial infections, diarrhea and the effects of underlying cancer, chemotherapy, pain killers and antibiotics.

Any persisting lack of appetite is a serious condition and needs to be addressed and the causes identified to restore healthy eating habits and the consumption of nutritious foods.

Midnight Snack Attack

dreamstime_m_44677110There is much confusion about the subject of night time eating. Research shows that eating at night can lead to a greater weight gain – even when total calories consumed are the same. Eating at night can have a variety of reasons – not related to hunger or the need to consume nutritious foods – it is a habit

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most likely to satisfy cravings or coping with boredom, fatigue and/or stress.

These late night snacks have a tendency of not being controlled and often consist of large amounts of high calorie foods such as chips, nuts, cookies and sweets. It is easy to lose track of the amount eaten while watching TV or sitting in front of a computer. It is easy to consume a large bag of chips, a carton of cookies with some soda to wash it down.

Night time, when no one is around to see you eat – may be the time you allow yourself to indulge in your favorite high calorie snacks and drinks. Don’t let your guard down after eating healthy all day just to ruin it during these few hours of relaxation.

Besides the extra calories, eating too close to bedtime may cause indigestion and prevent you from having a good night’s sleep. Going to sleep on a full stomach can add to your waist line and hold on longer to the calories consumed.

When choosing what foods to include in your late evening or midnight snack, it is important that you consider the amount of calories, since left-over calories (un-burned energy) is easily stored as fat. At any time, when you’re not expending much energy, you are much more likely to gain the extra weight.

YoYo Dieting

More and more people are feeling the pressure of society to be thinner and they make decisions to temporary follow a strict weight loss program or to increase physical activity. Continue reading

The act of losing weight – especially loss of muscle mass will inevitably result in a change of metabolism and will reduce the number of calories burned under the same conditions once regular eating or a more sedentary lifestyle is resumed.

Most people will regain the weight lost plus an additional few pounds. Repeated dieting is counter productive and continued yoyo dieting may substantially promote an increase in body fat over time.

The emphasis should not be on body weight or body fat- but should include a healthy lifestyle in relation to food choices and the motivation to participate in regular physical activity and exercise.

More and more people feeling the pressure of society to be thinner.

Why Me?

This is a question often asked by cancer patients and sufferers of other deliberating diseases. Does the condition run in the family, is it hereditary – are genes responsible?

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smoking, too much sun exposure or is an unhealthy diet or a sedentary life style to blame?

What about people that have done everything possible to avoid cancer and other conditions either related to aging or exposure to toxins and environmental hazards.

New research suggests that random chance plays a large part in the process, when healthy cells make mistakes, when random copying errors occur. Gene mutation can cause cancer – what causes the mutations?

Most scientists agree that damage is caused by environmental factors, an assault to our DNA from the world around us and the exposure to cigarette smoke, over exposure of UV light from the sun and other forms of radiation, certain hormones, viruses, an unhealthy diet, obesity and lack of exercise.

The damaged cells then copy themselves, allowing important mutations to gradually build up over time. This is one of the reasons that the risk of cancer increases with age.

Beans Must Be Fully Cooked

One of the foods with the highest amounts of lectin are red kidney beans and as few as 5 under-cooked red kidney beans can cause severe symptoms of bloody vomiting and food poisoning. Continue reading

Cooking at high heat deactivates lectin and makes the beans safe to eat. And while many of the other beans such as white kidney beans and Greek butter beans contain lower amounts of lectin, caution is advised with any type of beans.

Beans, peas and related products should always be soaked in water for at least 12 hours before cooking, with the water being changed frequently. Adding baking soda to the soaking liquid will help in neutralizing the otherwise toxic lectins.

Lectins are also found wheat, seeds, beans, soy, legumes and a variety of night shade products such as eggplant, potatoes, tomatoes and peppers.

 

Physical Attractiveness Suggest Fertility and Health

Physical Attractiveness Suggests FertilityOften physical attractiveness is a combination of many factors, and include universal perceptions common to all human cultures, as well as aspects that are culturally and socially dependent, along with individual subjective preferences. There are many factors which influence one person’s attraction to another, with physical aspects being one of them. Continue reading

Physical attractiveness is the degree to which a person’s physical traits are considered aesthetically pleasing or beautiful. The term often implies sexual attractiveness or desirability, but can also be distinct from the two; for example adults may regard children as attractive for various reasons.

Physical attractiveness is a characteristic that suggests fertility and health. These factors contribute to the probability of survival and reproduction for continuing life on Earth. Men, on average, tend to be attracted to women who are shorter than they are, have a youthful appearance, and exhibit features such as a symmetrical face, full breasts, full lips, and a low waist-hip ratio. Women, on average, tend to be attracted to men who are taller than they are, display a high degree of facial symmetry, masculine facial dimorphism, and who have broad shoulders, a relatively narrow waist, and a V-shaped torso.

In recent times, evolutionary psychologists have tried to answer why individuals who are more physically attractive should also on average be more intelligent, and have put forward the notion that both general intelligence and physical attractiveness may be indicators of underlying genetic fitness.

Dieting and Muscle Loss

dreamstime_m_34471783During and after weight loss the body fights back. Losing weight is not a natural process and it perceives that there is a shortage of food and switches to starvation mode.

This triggers a slowing down of your metabolism to conserve energy and encourages fat storage by increasing hunger and irresistible cravings for carbs, sugar and fats. Continue reading

Repeated dieting attempts add more pounds with every cycle and the very act of weight loss – weight gain and the temporary restriction of certain foods and food groups or portions will only increase its appeal, which in turn will lead to over-eating and more weight gain.

Frequent dieting is not the solution. The greater the muscle loss during the weight loss period, the more fat a person will gain once normal eating habits are resumed. This can also account for an increase in soft body mass and cellulite.

There is no simple solution, but it is important to maintain muscle mass by eating an adequate amount of protein and to balance food intake with energy demand.

Protein and Essential Amino Acids

Proteins are made up of smaller molecules called amino acids – these are the building blocks needed for growth, maintenance and repair. Some can be produced by our own body, while we must get others from the foods we eat. Continue reading

If you’re consuming animal products such as beef, chicken, fish, eggs, or dairy on a daily basis then you’re probably getting an adequate amount of protein. Animal protein provides all the essential amino acids in the right ratio, since animal tissues are very similar to the human kind.

For vegetarians, it is more challenging. To get enough of the essential amino acids needed it may be necessary to supplement with whey or soy protein products to obtain daily requirements.

Without protein, life as we know it would not be possible.

The Diabetes Epidemic

Diabetes worldwide is becoming a major issue with large numbers of individuals being diagnosed yearly and many living in a pre-diabetic state. In the US alone 28.5 million people are living with diabetes, that is a shocking 8.3% of the Continue reading

population and in addition there are 1.9 million new cases diagnosed every year and at least 7 million un-diagnosed with another 79 million being pre-diabetic.

If you are living with diabetes then it is a never ending struggle to balance your blood sugar and diet. The money spent on doctor visits, needles and drugs is a staggering 245 Billion a year. The medications help deal with daily symptoms, but do nothing to get to the root of the problem. What happens if you should run out of your medication and unable to get more?

STOP DIABETES NOW

The reality is that insulin makes you totally dependent on the pharmaceutical companies and your doctors; it is not helping you to get better – only to adjust the dosage as needed.

Can Diabetes be prevented or cured? Find out more……

Anti-Bacterial Soap

Scientist have long been warning us of signs that illness can result when the immune system does not get enough practice to fight bacteria and viruses. The premise was that the immune system requires periodic infections during childhood to acquire some immunity. Continue reading

They have recently discovered that the main problem is that children have become squeaky clean and that they need to have contact, not with disease-causing micro-organisms, but with bacteria in untreated water and soil to strengthen their immune system.

The continuing rise in allergies and sensitivities coincides with the acceptance of antibacterial soaps and hand sanitizers, the ultimate destroyer of our natural defence system, our own bacteria to prevent infections and immunity to viruses.

When antibacterial soaps and sanitizers are applied during handwashing and showers, the warm water allows these substances to penetrate the skin into our bodies while the pores are open and unlike soap and water my cause a variety of adverse side effects.

Are Mosquitoes Attracted To You?

dreamstime_xl_20614139(1).ss-mosquitoWhy do mosquitoes find some people more irresistible while others are being ignored? Could it be your blood type, your sweat, the color of your clothes or the foods you eat?

There are about 200 species of mosquitoes in North America, each with different requirements and biting habits to suck out your blood and to spread disease.

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Are your prone to more mosquito bites than your friends and family? It turns out that approximately 20% of the population are getting bitten more than the rest on a consistent basis. Research shows that there is a different factor of attraction in certain blood types, such as Type 0 seems to get bitten more often, while type A is bitten less often and Type B is somewhere in between.

Mosquitoes are also attracted to sweat and lactic acid, ammonia, carboxylic acid, and carbon dioxide. Bacteria and microbes found on your skin create your body odor and the more you emit, the more attractive you are to them. Larger people naturally emit more carbon dioxide than smaller people, which is one of the reasons adults seem to be bitten more often than children.

Most people turn to store bought insect repellents to keep mosquitoes away, but often these insect repellents contain a chemical called DEET, which should only be used with caution. Heavy exposure to DEET has been linked to memory loss, headaches, fatigue and is particularly toxic to children.

Fortunately, there are several natural remedies that can help in preventing mosquito stings and are easily available. A few drops of citronella, lemongrass and eucalyptus make a perfect remedy.

Preventing mosquito bites also eliminates the possibility of contracting several mosquito-borne diseases, such as malaria, encephalitis, Yellow fever and West Nile virus. Since there is no cure – prevention is the best defense. One of the best practices is to spend minimum time outdoors between dusk and dawn and to wear loose fitting clothing keeping skin exposure to a minimum and to eliminate any standing water around the house, since mosquitoes need water to breed.

Lack of Sleep and Weight Gain

dreamstime_m_53145361Not getting an adequate amount of sleep can leave you feeling irritable and tired and increase your appetite for starchy, fatty and sugary foods. Losing out on sleep increases your levels of the stress hormone cortisol, making you more prone to weight gain. The more sleep-deprived you are, the higher the amount of stress and cortisol. Continue reading

Between a full day of work, traffic, television and social media it is often difficult to turn off and relax. Unfortunately, the idea of getting a good night’s sleep is often met with sleep disorders and insomnia and more anxiety for not getting the desired rest.

Danger of Popping Pimples

dreamstime_m_64288114In a world where beauty and perfection is desired, we often cannot resist the urge to pop a pimple. These nasty zits usually appear without warning just in time before a party, an important function or a date. They can ruin that perfect look by Continue reading

their presence of an accumulation of oils, toxins and bacteria.

What are your options? Squeeze the pimple and risk infection and prolong the healing process or covering it with a layer of foundation and make-up products? The best option is to let it heal through its life span of 5 to 7 days if left alone.

But while worrying about beauty on the surface, the dangers of some practices and how they affect the area below the skin far outweigh the temporary appearance of the blemish. By picking and squeezing you may force the poisons and bacteria deeper into the body, below the skin where it can cause redness, inflammation, swelling and infection.

Popping pimples in the area known as “The Danger Triangle” of the face, which stretches from the bridge of the nose to the corners of the mouth and includes the upper lip, can result in vision loss, brain infections and paralysis.

So – hands off – let it heal on its own.

Sudden Weight Gain

dreamstime_l_19724110Sudden weight gain is defined as gaining two or more pounds in one week. The common reasons for excess weight are either eating too much food or exercising too little. This is not always the case, there are other conditions that can either temporally contribute to weight gain or to slowly add on the pounds. Continue reading

People come in all sizes and shapes and some are prone to gaining weight easier than others. Some people are genetically pre-programmed to be heavier and larger in size and genetics may contribute up to 60% to body size and weight, a larger frame or an endomorphic body type which translates into a fuller, rounder figure.

Another reason is that some people have a slower metabolism and therefore gain weight easily but there are other conditions that can increase your weight which are not diet related and need to be addressed.

Seasonal Affective Disorder

dreamstime_m_35188315Seasonal Affective Disorder or SAD primarily affects people during the fall and winter season. It is a form of depression, with periods of being sad, angry or irritable and may leave you feeling more tired than usual.

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equator can disturb your internal clock and you may feel the need to sleep more than usual.

Presumably, food was scarce during most of human prehistory, and a tendency toward low energy during the winter months would have been adapted by reducing the need for calorie intake. Hibernation is an extreme example, but even species that do not hibernate often exhibit changes in behavior during the winter months.

In the fall cravings for carbohydrates to prepare for the season ahead are common and weight gain is often experienced during these times of low energy and with less time spent outdoors it is getting progressively worse as the winter season continues.

Seasonal mood variations are believed to be related to light. Treatment with a light box (Bright Light Therapy) has been proven to be effective and should be started in the early fall and continued throughout the long winter months. Once the days get longer towards the spring and summer the symptoms usually fade away gradually and healthy eating and outdoor activities will prevent the weight gain to become permanent.

Making Choices

dreamstime_m_49091298Every day, every minute we make choices. Choices about immediate actions, planning the next step or the future. These choices can have far reaching effects and can be responsible to change the rest of your life and that of future generations.

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We make decisions and choices in split seconds to keep us safe and secure. Choices to react to our surroundings and to others in what we consider an appropriate manner.

Some of the everyday simple choices include what food to eat, what clothes to wear and our overall image we present to the rest of the world.

When faced with simple options, and one being advantages over the other, the choices are clear and immediate and are just part of every day’s routine. We are usually satisfied with the outcome and move on to the next issue.

With more choices, it becomes harder to decide since the consequences are more severe and may have far reaching implications. The more important decisions often allow us to work through the details and we can evaluate the pros and cons and the consequences our choices may present.

Many people procrastinate or make no decision at all, leaving it up to chance and if the outcome is unsatisfactory they blame it on everything else except their own inability to make decisions. Hoping for the best is not a good option and luck should only play a small part in the outcome. A decision well thought out and executed is giving you confidence and satisfaction.