Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Many Benefits of Pure L- Proline


L-Proline is an often-overlooked secret to looking younger and healthier and has been shown to improve skin health. Proline is needed for the production of collagen and  helps reduce sagging and wrinkling that accompany UV exposure and normal aging of the skin.  

 L-proline is an amino acid produced by your liver that is involved in many of the processes that produce connective tissues.  Connective tissue (CT) is a kind of animal tissue that supports, connects, or separates different types of tissues and organs of the body & are what hold our bodies together and help our joints move freely and comfortably. Without which our bodies simply wouldn’t function properly.

 Decreases in proline levels have been noted in prolonged endurance runners and others following prolonged exercise. Serious athletes that subject their body to routine, rigorous workouts may want to take a supplement containing proline in order to avoid loosing muscle mass.

 "Proline is very important in the process of reversing atherosclerotic deposits. Cholesterol-carrying fat globules (lipoproteins) attach to the inside of the blood vessel wall via biological adhesive tapes. Proline is a formidable “Teflon” agent, which can neutralize the stickiness of these fat globules. The therapeutic effect is twofold. First, proline helps to prevent the further buildup of atherosclerotic deposits and second, proline helps to release already deposited fat globules from the blood vessel wall into the bloodstream. When many fat globules are released from the plaques in the artery walls, the deposit size decreases and leads to a reversal of cardiovascular disease."

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Thursday, September 24, 2015

Benefits of Aloe

Nature has provided us with many healing even miraculous plants.  Aloe Vera is a succulent  and like all other succulents, is a self-healing plant.  I have always grown Aloe in my yard for use on cuts, burns, bites, etc. When a living aloe leaf is cut or torn, it immediately seals the "wound" preventing the loss of water and nutrients and protecting it against bacterial contamination.  It takes only minutes for the aloe gel to begin seeping out to the surface and forming a water-tight, rubber-like coating over the injured area. As the gel coating begins to dry it contracts, pulling the edges of the wound shut.  The wound heals completely within days & leaves no scarring.

Many researchers have suggested Aloe Vera is an important modality for fighting disease. Aloe Vera has been used in both alternative & traditional medicine to aid in the healing of a variety of conditions such as: Burns, Wounds, Skin irritations, Constipation, Diabetes, Asthma, Depression,  Epilepsy, Osteoarthritis, Slight to moderate psoriasis vulgaris, Alcohol-induced hepatic damage, Gastrointestinal problems.

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Quick Energy Boosters

Finding the time to get through your insanely long to-do list is one thing, but finding the energy is another challenge altogether. If we had a fraction of the energy required to get done all that we needed and wanted to do, then we probably wouldn’t be human. We have to do the best we can with what energy we’ve got. There are some quick ways, however, to boost our existing cache of energy in hopes of checking a few more items off that never-ending list.
Don’t skip meals. 40% of your blood sugar is used for brain function, so if you’re not eating enough, you won’t be thinking clearly. Start your day with a balanced breakfast of fruit, whole grains and protein, and then eat a little something every 3 hours or so.  Supplement with a minimum of a good multivitamin mineral product daily with breakfast and dinner.
Drink plenty of water. Dehydration slows everything down. If you must have caffeine, try to limit your intake to a cup of coffee in the morning and a glass of iced tea in the afternoon. Drink water in between.  Be aware that alcohol is also dehydrating.
Pack in the protein. Snacking on things like nuts, yogurt, or cottage cheese throughout the day will elevate your metabolism, stabilize your blood sugar, and stave off fatigue. A Creatine Whey Protein Powder combined with a heaping teaspoon of D-Ribose can be a quick and lasting energizer, as well as assuaging the appetite.   It tastes good, so can be mixed with water if you don’t want the extra calories of mixing with rice milk, soy milk, etc. 
Lower your expectations. Make compromises instead of setting unrealistic goals. You are not Mary Poppins, and striving for such perfectionism will only result in feeling guilty when you fall short. Take things one step at a time and let yourself know that it’s okay if you don’t get everything done (and perfectly). Make lists and prioritize.  You will find that some lower priority items will fall away from being important.
Organize your environment. Bins, hooks and cubbyholes designated for items that would typically clutter chairs and counter tops will not only make your home/work space neater, it will also improve your mental energy. When your eyes are taking in items strewn all over the place, your brain becomes overwhelmed by all that visual stimulation and suddenly your to-do list gets longer.
Try some quick Chinese medicine. Rub your ears gently from lobes to tips. This will awaken your organs and redirect energy upward toward your head when you’re beginning to feel it all drag downward.
Take five. Isolate yourself, even if you have to go sit in your car, and just be quiet and take deep breaths for a few minutes. Make sure your cell phone is turned off.

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Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Detox with Chlorella, Modified Citrus Pectins & Ultra Clear Plus

It’s amazing any of us are healthy since we are so bombarded by toxins. But many do struggle & suffer the health consequences caused by a body burden of multiple environmental toxins.

We may think of toxic pollution as smog, polluted rivers or landfills. However, the worst toxins are found in ordinary objects we use in everyday life.

Forty two billion pounds of chemicals are manufactured or brought into the United States each day. That’s enough to fill 623,000 tanker trucks in a line that could straddle the globe three times. These toxic chemicals gradually seep into our bodies and can interfere with cellular function, even leading to cell death. Our brains are particularly vulnerable.

Even unborn children are bombarded by these toxic chemicals. In 2004, the environmental working group did a study of umbilical cord blood in 10 fetuses in the United States. They tested for 413 toxins, found 287 & there were 200 chemicals per fetus.

Researchers have also found 168 toxic ingredients in 12 personal care products used daily by women & 85 toxic ingredients in 6 personal care products regularly used by men.   Europe has banned more than 1000 chemicals for use in cosmetics but only 8 of these have been banned in the United States.

Research shows that by the time the average American reaches adulthood, their body is polluted with approximately 700 synthetic chemicals plus heavy metals such as mercury, lead, and arsenic. I am regularly surprised by the high mercury & lead levels I find in my patients.   Be sure to see my previous newsletter on Mercury ToxicityThere are many known adverse effects of mercury as listed in my newsletter. Now a new study has reported that higher levels of mercury exposure in young adults increased their risk for Type 2 diabetes by 65% in later life.
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Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Appleberry Crumble

You don't have to completely lose dessert when you are trying to lose weight.  A delicious treat now and then helps keep you on track by preventing the feeling of being deprived. Don't waste your dessert with empty calories though. This dessert is packed with fiberous fruit and healthy oats! Yum!

1 cup brown sugar
1 cup flour
1/2 cup rolled oats
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
8 tablespoons butter
5 cups cored, peeled, chopped apples
2 cups blueberries
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 tsp lemon zest
Juice of 1/2 lemon

Heat oven to 350°. Lightly grease a 2 quart baking dish. Melt the butter separately. Mix brown sugar, flour, and oats with cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves in a bowl. Mix sugar, flour, oats, cinnamon and nutmeg together. Pour melted butter over mixture and stir with fork, forming large chunks. In a separate bowl, toss apples and blueberries together with granulated sugar, lemon zest, and lemon juice.

The Cause of High Cholesterol

Cholesterol is, simply put, excess fat in the body. There are two kinds of fat that we humans consume: HDL and LDL. HDL fat is good for our body, while LDL is not. Cholesterol is produced by the body's attempt to process the LDL fats, which can then build up on the walls of blood vessels, leading to strokes and heart attacks. 

Eating foods high in saturated fats is one of the most obvious ways in which LDL cholesterol can build up in the body, as is a lack of exercise to help the body burn off fat. However, cholesterol can also be a genetic issue. Diabetes is another factor, due to high triglyceride levels that are to be found in diabetics' bloodstream. Untreated thyroid conditions can raise cholesterol levels as well.

Ultimately, the best things to do are monitor cholesterol and live a healthy lifestyle. Eating healthy meals with lots of fruits and vegetables and very few servings of red meat is key, as is getting plenty of exercise. For those whose cholesterol levels are genetic or severe, there are also treatments available to help lower cholesterol.

There is also evidence that the HDL/LDL balance in the body is important, and that increasing the amount of HDL in your diet can effectively help balance out your LDL levels.

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