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Repost: ‘Mental Medicine: How Meditation Changes Our DNA’ by Dan Bischoff (From My Living Blog)

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Gone are the days when meditation was only for monks with orange robes and vows of silence. Meditation, although a centuries-old practice, has become a new-age phenomena for dealing with our overstimulating world. Stress, anxiety and exhaustion are common ailments that motivate sufferers to turn to meditation for its calming, soul-healing effects.

But what about cancer? And what about heart disease? Everyone is looking for a cure for the two biggest killers in the United States, and recent studies are showing that mindfulness meditation might help. So close your eyes and say “Ommm.”

Meditation as a Medical Cure

Mindfulness meditation is similar to what you probably imagine when you think of meditating. It’s done seated, involves closing your eyes and turning your thoughts inward. Practitioners of mindfulness meditation try to live in the present, using meditation to forgive their past and stop jolting for the future.

Research about the physical benefits of mindfulness meditation have been coming out since 2008, when a study found that comprehensive lifestyle changes, such as stress management, aerobic exercise and a vegan diet had an impact on telomere length in prostate cancer patients.

Telomere length refers to the tip ends of the chromosomes that protect our DNA. Reducing stress can increase telomerase, which is the telomere-lengthening enzyme that scientists have discovered protect our DNA and contribute to our overall health.

Show Me the Science

meditation changes our dnaThe 2008 study asked 30 men with biopsy-diagnosed low-risk prostate cancer to make comprehensive lifestyle changes for three months. They found that these changes “significantly increased telomerase activity and consequently telomere maintenance capacity in human immune-system cells.”

Another study in 2013 tested the effects of mindfulness meditation specifically, finding that after eight hours of mindfulness practice, meditators showed a range of genetic and molecular differences from a control group who simply engaged in quiet, non-meditative activities. The changes were found in genes that are the current targets of anti-inflammatory and analgesic drugs, often used with patients who suffer from heart disease.

The most interesting finding, though, comes from a 2014 study that looked at 88 breast cancer survivors and found that the women who participated in regular mindfulness meditation had longer telomeres, and women in the control group who didn’t practice any meditation had shortened telomeres after the 12-week study.

Shortened telomeres don’t necessarily cause cancer or heart disease, but they do whittle with age and tend to correlate with patients of cancer, heart disease and diabetes. Lengthening, or at least maintaining the length of our telomeres may help prevent these illnesses in those predisposed or aid in recovery.

But Wait, There’s More

The positive implications of mindfulness meditation extend even further than cancer, heart disease and diabetes, if you can believe it. Dr. Linda E. Carlson, who was the lead investigator on the 2014 study, found that mindfulness is associated with healthier levels of the stress hormone cortisol in her earlier work. And that mindfulness stress reduction may help individuals fight the flu and effects of HIV.

Another study conducted by Harvard University in 2014 found that mindfulness meditation can physically increase the gray matter density in our brains, near the hippocampus and amygdala, which are areas associated with self-awareness, compassion, anxiety and stress.

Conclusion

Tibetan monks sometimes live to be anywhere from 100 to 120 years old. And it isn’t uncommon to find a monk that looks to be in his 40s who is actually 80. The secrets of these age-defying abbots is not a pill or a fountain of youth, but healthy living practices that include long hours of mindfulness meditation.

One of the biggest proponents of aging is oxidative stress, and learning to reduce stress is one of, if not the key, to slowing the aging process. Tap into the power of meditation and other natural remedies for stress to extend your years and lead a happier, healthier life as you do.

Sources

http://www.fastcompany.com/3040039/its-not-just-for-your-brain-meditating-can-actually-change-your-dna
http://www.news.wisc.edu/22370
http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/changing-our-dna-through-mind-control/
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18799354
https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/the-courage-be-present/201001/how-practice-mindfulness-meditation
http://news.therawfoodworld.com/scientists-stunned-meditations-ability-regrow-dnas-age-defying-telomeres/
http://www.feelguide.com/2014/11/19/harvard-unveils-mri-study-proving-meditation-literally-rebuilds-the-brains-gray-matter-in-8-weeks/
http://blog.peterbaksa.com/post/9719815756/tibetan-monks-my-lama-temple-interviews

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My notes:  With all that wonderful information said here, I share here a photo of myself meditating to the sound of crashing waves on the beach in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, this year, May 2015.  Prayer/Mediation has been my practice for some years now, and I invite All of You to incorporate the same into your daily lives to begin healing if needed, be divinely healthy, and to become Love…

‘The soul always knows what to do to heal itself. The challenge is to silence the mind.’ A quote by Lessons Learned In Life‬. We should, as the precious souls that we All are, both pray and meditate. It is said, ‘Prayer is speaking to God. Meditation is allowing the spirit of God to speak to You.’~

20 + 2 Ways To Have A Healthier Thanksgiving!

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From my Healthy Living Blog~>

Thanksgiving is this (on its way next) week. For those trying to stick to a weight-management or health program, having a holiday that’s centered completely around food may seem like a diet apocalypse. But it doesn’t have to. Start planning now, and Thanksgiving can get you off to a good — and healthy — start to the entire holiday season.

Here are 20 ways you can have a healthier Thanksgiving:

Before Thanksgiving

1. Our first tip comes courtesy of Dr. Melina Jampolis, internist and board-certified physician and nutrition specialist, who specializes exclusively in nutrition for weight loss and disease prevention and treatment. She suggests, eating “clean” to “get a head-start on preventing holiday weight
gain.”

Consider one of the following: replace one meal per day with a protein shake, double your vegetable intake, or add interval training to your exercise regimen to burn extra calories. Click here for some great protein shake recipes. Jampolis also talks about eating healthy during the holidays in this interview.

2. Do a pre-holiday colon cleanse. Rid your body of accumulated junk, and motivate yourself to keep it clean during the tempting buffets of the holiday season.

Planning Your Menu

3. Lighten up your recipes with less fat, sugar and calories; add more whole grains, vegetables and fruit.

4. Connie Diekman, former President of the American Dietetic Association, suggests using fat-free broth to baste your turkey (in place of butter) and make your gravy (in place of fat-laden drippings). She also suggests replacing sugar with sugar substitutes, and pureed fruit in place of oil in baked goods. You can also try plain yogurt or fat-free sour cream in creamy dishes, such as mashed potatoes, casseroles and dips.

5. Look for healthful dishes. The Internet is full of healthful and traditional Thanksgiving recipes.

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6. Start your day with a small but satisfying breakfast with protein and whole grains, like Nature’s Harvest. It will help give you more control over your appetite.

7. Start some physically active holiday traditions. Instead of just watching football games, organize your own Turkey bowl with family, friends and neighbors. Go on a pre-dinner or post-dinner walk. Many communities offer Thanksgiving Day 5K runs and family strolls.

The Meal

8. Manage pre-meal nibbles. Don’t fill up before the main event. Choose some raw fruits or vegetables.

9.  Survey all of the options before loading your plate. Decide what
you want, and skip the things you don’t.

10. Start filling your plate with the more healthful dishes, leaving a smaller amount of room on your plate for the extra-rich stuff.

11. Don’t waste your calories on foods you can have all year long. Fill your plate with small portions of holiday favorites that only come around once a year.

12. Choose wisely: (for those who eat meat) white meat over dark, plain vegetables over saucy ones, roasted sweet potatoes over sweet potato
casserole.

13. Indulge in favorites—even unhealthy favorites. Just keep your portions small.

14. Eat slowly, putting your fork down and enjoying conversation between bites. Savoring each mouthful, and as well as the presence of friends and family, is the surest way to feel full and satisfied with just one plate of food.

15. Go easy on the alcohol.

16. Drink plenty of water.

17. Skip seconds.

18. Wait a few hours before eating dessert. Fill the time with a family walk
or active game in the backyard, (or in the house).

19. Be realistic. The holidays are a time of celebration. With busy schedules and lots of tempting food, it may be a time to shift into a mindset of weight
maintenance, rather than weight loss.

20. Remember what Thanksgiving is really about. Thanksgiving is about family and friends. Focus on gathering to give thanks together rather than just on the buffet.

*And here are my personal +2 Tips on Having A Healthier Thanksgiving:

1. With the weather getting colder, people tend to exercise less and eat larger portions during the holidays. All this causes less calorie burning efficiency. What to do? Incorporate more Green Tea into your diet. If you don’t particularly enjoy the taste of liquid green tea, I’ve recommended it in an herbal concentrated capsule form giving excellent results since each capsule is the equivalent of 10 cups of liquid Green Tea and after a meal to help increase metabolism .

2. Increase calorie burning by sprinkling Capsicum in your meals! With the cold weather here Capsicum is perfect in that it warms the body, increasing body temperature, and increases blood flow to all extremities. Digestion is also improved by adding this simple seasoning in a concentrated powder form so no bloating or gas after meals.

In answer to questions regarding holiday indigestion and to improve digestion, use Digestive System Pack. (Because you know you might just over eat…)

Wishing you All an exquisite Thanksgiving Holiday!~

8 Powerful Natural Helps For Allergies

For an estimated 30 million or more Americans, allergens can make free breathing a real challenge.allergies

Allergies are a combination of reactions the body has to one or more substances that are usually harmless. They are actually considered an immune response. If the body thinks that a substance is dangerous, it tries to flush it out.

For instance, when a speck of pollen, dust or animal dander comes into contact with specific antigens in the blood (mast cells), it triggers the release of proteins called histamines from specialized cells. An allergic reaction then takes place, including sneezing, watering eyes, a runny nose, an itchy feeling in the throat or mouth, etc. All of this causes fluids to enter the area, which can produce puffiness or swelling.

Perhaps this is all too familiar.

What Are Histamines?

Histamines are proteins that are stored in mast cells or basophils (a type of white blood cell) and are released when the blood encounters something it believes is a threat. They act like hormones or chemical transmitters, signaling the body that a foreign invader is present.

Histamines have several functions in the body, including cell communication, sleep modulation and more.

Antihistamine medications counteract the histamine chemicals that cause allergic reactions. But they also may cause drowsiness and other unwanted side effects.

Did You Know?

Certain drugs, including antibiotics and morphine can trigger the release of histamine, making a person feel itchy.

Mother Nature provided her own helps to combat allergens. Many natural ingredients may help support the respiratory and immune systems under attack. Some support free breathing. Others may help reduce unpleasant symptoms associated with irritants and allergens.

1. Stinging nettle has antihistamine and anti-inflammatory effects. It helps reduce congestion, cough, runny nose and sneezing. It may also help with the bronchial tubes. (Not for use during pregnancy.)

2. The antioxidant quercetin may help stabilize mast cells. It has anti-inflammatory properties. Quercetin seems to affect mast cell membranes, blocking them from releasing histamine.

3. The enzyme bromelain breaks down proteins. It also helps reduce swelling of mucous membranes during times of respiratory stress. In 2000, Nutrition Science News reported that bromelain helps to thin nasal secretions and reduce headaches. This enzyme may also have cough-suppressant activity. Further, bromelain may increase the absorption of many antibiotics, thus adding to their effectiveness.

4. Bitter orange fruit contains synephrine, which has decongestant properties and helps open up airways. Synephrine also helps to shrink puffy tissues and supports normal blood pressure levels. Bitter orange fruit also contains flavones that may have anti-histamine and anti-inflammatory properties.

5. Echinacea is commonly used to boost the immune system. Studies show that this herb reduces inflammation. It may also help remove extraneous matter from cells or tissues after injury or inflammation has occurred.

6. Fenugreek seed may also help with allergens. It promotes mucus production, which help flush allergens from the lungs. It may also help loosen phlegm.

7. Mullein leaf, also affectionately known as Cowboy Toilet Paper, contains polysaccharides, which are mucilaginous (gel-like substance known for their ability to help soothe tissues) and help protect delicate respiratory membranes against irritants.

8. Dandelion root may also support the body under attack by allergens as it helps cleanse the blood and the liver.

10 Bad Habits Hurting Your Back And Ways To Prevent Back Pain [Infographic]

From my Healthy Living Blog ~>

Back pain is one of the most chronic sources of pain, especially in the lower back, which affects 4 out of 5 people that suffer from back pain. In fact more than 1 million workers experience back injuries every year. One reason is because sitting puts 40% more pressure on the spine than standing. This leads to serious back pain. Avoid this pain by stretching every 30 minutes, regular exercise. Go here for supplements that support pain, like Curcumin and Relief Formula.

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Detoxify And Cleanse To Survive A Toxic World

 

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(Article from my Healthy Living Blog with additional statistics and information.)

Redesigning Our Approach to Cleansing Eliminating Functions

DAILY
WEEKLY
MONTHLY
QUARTERLY
ANNUALLY
THE GOAL: To give you the tools to design the programs you personally need

OUR BODIES PERFORM 2 MAIN FUNCTIONS:

CLEANSING/DRAINING: dislodging, breaking down, and moving toxic materials through the body and out through the eliminative channels (CATABOLIC FUNCTIONS)

BUILDING/ENERGIZING/HEALING: This involves the constant repair and upkeep of our bodies. (ANABOLIC FUNCTIONS)

Why We Need to Detoxify Regularly

Carcinogenic Chemicals in our Water
Carcinogenic Occupational Toxins
Dietary Sources of Pollutants
Cleaning Chemicals
Personal Care Product Chemicals
Air Pollution
Harmful Xenoestrogen Sources

The Chemical Load Begins Before Birth ” …up to 232 toxic chemicals in the umbilical cord blood of 10 babies…The findings constitute hard evidence that each child was exposed to a host of dangerous substances while still in its mother’s womb.”

STARTLING TOXIC STATISTICS

More than 7 million accidental poisonings occur each year, with more than 75% involving children under age 6! —The Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons

According to the U.S. Poison Control Centers, “A child is accidentally poisoned every 30 seconds at home…”

In 2007, 4.1 billion pounds of approx. 650 chemicals were produced by industry and federal facilities.

Toxic chemicals released by industries this year 2014 to date:
4,531,550+ tons

Toxic chemical release – Each and every second 310 Kg of toxic chemicals are released into our air, land, and water by industrial facilities around the world.

This amounts to approximately 10 million tons (over 21 billion pounds) of toxic chemicals released into our environment by industries each year.

Of these, over 2 million tons (over 4.5 billion pounds) per year are recognized carcinogens. This amounts to about 65 Kg each second.

Toxic Inventory Release Database **We have approximately 75,000 chemicals produced to date. We are plagued by cancers of our eliminative channels with lung cancer in the lead followed by colon cancer.

Lung cancer: 226,160 new cases yearly, Colon cancer: 103,170 new cases yearly, Urinary cancer: 141,140 new cases yearly, Skin cancer: 81,240 new cases yearly.

***National Cancer Institute 2012 http://www.cancer.org/acs/groups/content/@epidemiologysurveilance/documents/document/acspc-031941.pdf

Environmental Medicine

“Chemical compounds ubiquitous in our food, air and water are now found in every person. The bioaccumulation of these compounds in some individuals can lead to a variety of metabolic and system dysfunctions… The primary classes of the most common toxic offenders are solvents, pesticides, and heavy metals. Of heavy metals, mercury is the one most individuals are burdened by. The systems most affected…include the immune, neurological and endocrine system.”

** Walter J. Crinnion ND. Alternative Medicine Review, Vol 5, 2000.

According to the website search.epa.gov, 80% of people’s exposure to chemicals occurs in the HOME. EPA (5 year study)– many homes had chemical levels 70 times higher than that of outside air. Common household cleaners are 3 times more likely to cause cancer than outdoor air pollution.

Harmful Estrogens Are Found Everywhere
Foreign or xenoestrogens are found in:

The plastic or styrofoam cup holding your morning coffee
The PVC piping used in your homes and lawns
Detergents, cleaners, pesticides, lawn fertilizers, meat, unfiltered water, cosmetics
Microwaving foods in plastic can enhance the transfer of the plastics or phthalates into our bodies

Universal Chemicals found in Human Fat (EPA stats,1982)

Styrene from Styrofoam cups
Dichlorobenzenes from moth balls/deodorants
Xylene from gasoline
Ethylphenol from drinking water
OCDD from wood and treatment chemicals The first 4 are solvents. The 5th is a dioxin. The word, “universal” means that the average person has all of these in their body.

What about Children and Toxic Exposure?

The book, ‘Textbook of Children’s Environmental Health’ written by Landrigan Philip, published this year 2014, states how ‘in studying a cohort of inner city children in New York City, my colleagues and I are finding that many of the children were exposed prenatally to various air pollutants, pesticides, endocrine-disrupting chemicals, and metals. By age 7 years, 25% of the children were overweight or obese, more than 25% had a diagnosis of asthma, and 15% had experienced delayed cognitive or motor development that could affect their ability to learn. One boy in the study is affected by asthma and developmental problems. Biomarkers in his cord blood showed measurable exposure to a number of toxic chemicals.’

And What About Sex Toys And Sexual Lubricants?

According to,’When Sex Goes Toxic’, ‘most sexual intimate toys and sexual lubricants are chock full of toxic ingredients like parabens, sodium benzoate, glycerin, petrochemicals and even propylene glycol—a common ingredient in brake fluid! Recent studies have also shown that many such products — especially personal lubes — can seriously damage the cell lining, potentially enhancing our susceptibility to sexually-transmitted bags o’ fun like gonorrhea, Chlamydia, syphilis, genital herpes, hepatitis B and, of course, HIV.’

‘According to market research firm Iri, Americans plunk down roughly $200 million annually on lube alone, a substance that sort of faces Food and Drug Administration scrutiny but not necessarily in the ways you might expect. That’s because the FDA classifies lube as something “to lubricate a body orifice to facilitate entry of a diagnostic or therapeutic device.” (And if that doesn’t get you all hot and bothered nothing will.)’

‘The problem with classifying lubricants this way, as a de facto medical device, is twofold. First, thanks to the glorious idiosyncrasies of language, such products only face FDA scrutiny if they explicitly portend to be “vaginal lubricants.” Such a stipulation imposes a stipulation that the manufacturer must submit a host of applications (called “510k clearances”) to the FDA. But it doesn’t necessarily mean it has to prove the product is safe for repeat contact.’

‘Second, companies that don’t explicitly state their products are intended for vaginal lubrication — even if everybody knows they are — face barely any regulation at all. So, unless people’s junk starts spontaneously bursting into flames after rubbing on some Liquid Sexy Heat, most manufacturers just keep on peddling.’

‘From a toxicity perspective, we know that many intimate-use products currently on the market (most of which come from China, by way of Unregulatedville) contain a host of parabens. Parabens are known endocrine disruptors, and endocrine disruptors have, for some time, been linked to birth defects, reduced sperm count, tumors, immune deficiencies and a seemingly endless list of nasty business, like the “feminization of boys.”’

‘Furthermore, while the U.S. lags behind regulating the toxins we come in contact with, the entire European Union is seeking to ban parabens in any product meant for children under 6 years old. Officials at the World Health Organization, meanwhile, have stated outright that endocrine disruptors can potentially lead to “obesity, infertility or reduced fertility, learning and memory difficulties, Type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease, as well as a variety of other diseases.”’

‘“We don’t have categorical proof that the toxic substances found in (these products) will kill you,” admits Dr. Peter Anton, who recently co-authored an in-depth study on lubricant use. “But if you could easily avoid them why wouldn’t you?”‘

The Benefits of Detoxification?

Opening the door to promoting healing and rejuvenation and greater longevity.
May promote slowing degeneration and aging.
It provides an internal shower and tune-up.
To be a personal tool for elimination of toxic waste accumulations, environmental toxins, acids, opportunistic organisms, mucus, excess fat, fluid buildup.
Inspires us to design for ourselves programs for healthier skin and complexion, weight management, reduction or elimination of aches and pains, more energy, more even moods, positive life outlook and more.

Prepare Your Mind to Meet Your Goals

We must have 100% commitment to truly get well. We may have to do some things we enjoy less than others. But what if we could change our thought processes and enjoy it all? That would be huge!! For every belief, there is a result. The faster we change our thinking, the faster the shift that brings the desired result.

Goals of Colon Cleansing

To reduce transit time (the time it takes for food to exit the body).
Transit time can range from 10 to 100 hours.
This reduces harmful chemical generation of bowel toxins.
Improve digestion.
To improve absorption of water soluble vitamins (B,C).
To maintain already normal range cholesterol levels.
To reduce the amount of pathogenic organisms.
To increase the natural healthy colon flora A clean environment may reduce toxins reabsorbing into body tissues.

13 Lifestyle Changes to a Healthy Colon

Breakfast like a king, Lunch like a queen, Dinner like a pauper. This decreases digestive burden at night.
Chew your food well.
Eat a high fiber diet.
Eat only until satisfied
Eat in a relaxed atmosphere
Drink no more than 6 oz of fluid at a meal.
Avoid milk, juice, and coffee with meals
Make half of your plate fresh, raw, or lightly steamed veggies.
Drink fresh pure water: 8 cups/daily.
Eat pickled vegetables and fermented foods like sauerkraut.
Eat fruit alone.
Exercise.
Release hatred, anger, rage, fear, stress, anxiety, worry verbally, and verbally replace with the opposite weekly.

Cleansing Impacts the Kidneys

“Kidneys are the body’s last-route filtering system. If the kidneys don’t work correctly, toxins build up.” — articlesbase.com/diseases-and-conditions-articles/what-is-kidney-disease.

Cleansing Impacts the Lungs

IN CHINESE MEDICINE, the respiratory system governs the mucus balance of the body as well as the voice volume and flow of Chi energy. It belongs to the Metal Element, which includes of principle of immunity and protection to the body.

Cleansing impacts the skin

Elasticity, moisture regulation, and pigment control are only a few of the functions occurring within the skin. This marvelous organ functions as a protective barrier to disease-causing organisms. The skin often is a mirror of inner toxicity. It is an eliminative organ. Overload here may signal congestive lymph, colon, kidneys, and liver.

Cleansing impacts Cellular Health

Keeping cells clean has many benefits: Healthy aging. Better mental and physical well-being. An overall reduction of health challenges.

Detox Products to Use

Liquid Chlorophyll Daily

Daily cleansing! Strengthens cells. Promotes a strong immune system. Helps promote the natural blood-cleansing function of the body. Deodorizes the body, including the bowel. Supports the female reproductive system and the circulatory system. One of most popular products now Extra Strength.

Cleanstart

Supports natural daily cleansing of waste. Supports natural elimination, no dangerous side effects. Energizes, promotes a feeling of well-being. Capsule Packet and a Fiber Packet (10 grams). Digestive/fiber cleansers– Bentonite, Aloe vera, Chlorophyll, Psyllium Colon cleansers (LBS II) –Cascara sagrada, buckthorn, turkey rhubarb Liver and blood cleansers (Envirodetox) — Burdock, dandelion,red clover, milk thistle.

Tiao He Cleanse Periodically with Chinese Liver Balance Formula

Combines Chinese and Western knowledge. Supports elimination of waste in the colon. Nutritive herbs to support and build digestive and intestinal systems. Liver and blood cleansers –Yellow dock, Oregon grape. Cellular detoxifiers — All cell detox, safflowers, gentian. Colon cleansers — LBS II, slippery elm, psyllium, black walnut atc, burdock.

How to use Tiao He Cleanse

1 PACKET up to twice daily for 15 days with 8 oz water. Follow with 8 oz water. Goal: 2-3 colon evacuations daily. Not intended for prolonged use. (My personal recommendation, 3 cycles continuous maximum.) Not recommended for children. (cascara sagrada, buckthorn, turkey rhubarb, ginseng) If stool is too loose, reduce packets. (Can reduce to 1 packet daily for a 30 day cleanse.)

Children’s Cleanse

Liquid Chlorophyll, LB extract (promotes regularity). Red Clover extract (facial /liver signs). Black Walnut extract (teeth/healthy flora). Nature’s Harvest or Love and Peas with a little added Fiber of choice.

Dieter’s Cleanse

2 WEEKS WORTH OF SUPPLEMENTS SUPPORTS NATURAL HEALTHY ELIMINATION WHILE DIETING. SUPPORTS NATURAL GLANDULAR FUNCTION. MAY IMPROVE NUTRITIONAL ABSORPTION. GREAT TO KICK OFF A WEIGHT MANAGEMENT PROGRAM! Ingredients: Bowel detox, Liver Cleanse, Mastergland, Envirodetox, LBS II, SF, Chromium

Para-Cleanse: 1-2 times yearly

Cleanses the body and creates a healthy intestinal flora. Creates an environment inhospitable to invaders.

Candida Clear: 1-2 Times a Year

Helps balance the colonization of Candida (Yeast). Supports the body’s immune function. Supports the intestinal tract. Contains the herbs Pau d’Arco, Oregano, Garlic, Black Walnut, Elecampane Root and Caprylic Acid. Enzymes that break down components in candida’s cell wall. Contains enzymes to which Candida’s cell wall may be vulnerable.

For more information on the recommended supplements and herbs in this article, click on each link provided to go to my official product website: drjulissa.mynsp.com

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Preventing Disease In A Toxic World with Dr. Julissa
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How Equolibrium Supports Healthy Prostate Function and Cell Replication

From my Healthy Living Blog~>

An exclusive new formula called, EQUOLIBRIUM harnesses the power of equol, a powerful antioxidant that supports the prostate through a multi-faceted approach.

First, equol binds directly to dihydrotestosterone (DHT) to prevent it from binding to receptor sites in the prostate. Equol’s unique DHT binding ability makes it the only known molecule that protects the prostate without triggering the side effects that can be caused by enzyme-blocking products. It:

Supports healthy prostate function and urinary flow without side effects
Helps improve sleep duration
Supports healthy prostate cell replication

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Click here to watch two You Tube videos about how Equolibrium works.

The DHT Issue
DHT, created from the combination of the hormone Testosterone and the enzyme 5-Alpha Reductase, occurs naturally within the body. Once formed, it binds with receptor sites along the prostate and encourages the prostate to grow. This is a natural process that occurs in all men. Unfortunately, continued prostate growth can restrict the healthy flow of urine from the bladder.

Combating DHT
Common pharmaceuticals address this issue with an enzyme blocker targeting the 5-Alpha Reductase enzyme. This effectively prevents the formation of DHT within the body promoting healthy prostate function.

Unfortunately, 5-Alpha Reductase naturally binds with other substances within the body to promote its healthy function. Enzyme blockers prevent 5-Alpha reductase from binding with Testosterone and everything else, resulting in adverse side effects.

Rather than targeting the 5-Alpha Reductase enzyme, Equolibrium targets DHT. Equol is the only known molecule that can bind directly to DHT. As such, it stops DHT from binding with the prostate and encourages healthy prostate function.

Because Equol binds directly with DHT, the 5-Alpha Reductase enzyme is free to bind with other substances. Equolibrium naturally supports healthy prostate function without causing side effects.

(Yes, Gentlemen, true continued healthy prostate function is finally attainable. Click here for even more detailed information about Equolibrium. )

9 Natural Immune Boosters

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A vital immune system can mean the difference between a pleasant winter (or any season of the year for that matter), and a miserable one. (And if I may, Spring is here, yet it feels at times that winter still hasn’t left us…) Do your part to help your body stay strong with help from these gifts from Mother Nature:

1. ECHINACEA

The root and leaves of this purple coneflower have been used for centuries   by American Indians and Europeans to boost immunity. Echinacea triggers the   body’s white blood cells to attack unwanted invaders. According to research, it  can significantly increase the body’s white blood cell count. Specifically, this herb  increases the body’s count of T-cells, interferon, interleukin and immunoglobulin.

2. PROBIOTICS (FRIENDLY FLORA)

Believe it or not, your gut is a key part of your immune system. And eating plenty  of friendly bacteria (probiotics) helps strengthen your immunity!

A recent study published in Postgraduate Medicine found that women who   took a daily probiotic had higher levels of T-cells. T-cells are special white blood   cells that support the immune system. So say “Yum!” to yogurt or get crazy for  sauerkraut. But check the labels. Some yogurts offer very minimal amounts of  friendly flora. Consider taking a quality probiotic supplement.

3. VITAMIN C

Many of us hit the orange juice or eat extra oranges or grapefruits during the winter months.  Citrus and other red fruits and veggies (red peppers, strawberries and even leafy greens)  contain vitamin C, which helps protect and support the immune system. It also strengthens the  cardiovascular system, supports eye health and more.

4. VITAMIN D3

Long-cherished for its support of the bones, vitamin D3 (the sunlight vitamin) is opening eyes for its immune-system benefits. Researchers are studying this nutrient to find out how it helps support immunity. It appears to help regulate the function of lymphocytes (an important type of white blood cells), the production of cytokines (another key white blood cell) and the activity of macrophages (protein  messengers vital to immune function).

5. GARLIC

This flavorful and aromatic member of the onion family stimulates the production of important  white blood cells. Garlic also helps quench free radicals in the bloodstream. It even supports  heart health.

6. ELDERBERRY

The western U.S. and Canada are home to the Sambucus nigra or elderberry. Its properties have  been studied by many scientists, and for good reason! It contains principals that stimulate the  body to make cytokines, a type of protein molecule that enhances the immune system’s response  to attacks. This dark-colored berry also contains powerful antioxidants, including anthocyanins.

7. MUSHROOMS

Most people think of mushrooms as a flavor enhancer or use them to bulk up a   dish. But some mushrooms offer much more than that. Researchers have found  that reishi and cordyceps mushrooms contain chemicals that offer a host of immune benefits,  including boosting the immune system and offering lung support. And, guys, it may  help with prostate health as well!

8. ZINC

This essential trace mineral supports the body’s immunity and aids   with nerve function. Zinc seems to work the best when taken at   the first sign of concern.

9.  OLIVE LEAF

Hold the pimientos. We’re talking about olive leaf here, not cocktail garnishes or pizza toppings. The leaves of this Mediterranean staple offer a powerhouse of protection against unwanted invaders. Olive leaf contains a bitter compound called oleuropein that also provides fabulous support to the circulatory system. And it battles free radical damage.

4 TIPS TO KEEP IMMUNE SYSTEM STRONG:

 

  1. Minimize stress.
  2. Stay active.
  3. Eat a healthful diet. Steer clear   of sugary and high-fat foods,   which can slow and/or weaken   immune response.
  4. Socialize. People with friends  have stronger immune systems  than those who feel alone. Of course, try not to socialize with people who are sick 😉

8 Ways Exercise Helps Your Heart [Infographic]

Whether you hit the gym, sweat to the oldies, shake your groove thing or make it burn, moving your body around on purpose helps your heart be healthy. See the graphic we recently made outlining 8 reasons your heart will thank you for working out:

8 Ways Exercise Helps Your Heart
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Exercise benefits on the heart include:

Helps your heart pump more blood with less strain
Puts you at the lowest risk for heart disease
Improves cholesterol and fat levels
Reduces arterial inflammation
Helps with weight loss
Improves blood pressure
Reduces your resting heart rate
Lowers risk of stroke
Not to mention mental health and relationship-boosting benefits, too!
In one study, jogging 2 miles a day controlled high blood pressure so well that more than half of the patients who had been taking BP drugs were able to stop using their medication. But it’s not just jogging that can help. Simple things like walking 12 miles a week can lower LDL (bad) cholesterol beneficially. Yoga and Tia Chi can lower blood pressure almost as well as moderate-intensity aerobic exercise. Weight training also offers heart-health benefits.

The main thing is, according to the American Heart Association, no matter your current weight or fitness level, strive for 30 minutes of moderately intense exercise six days a week.

Source: New York Times.

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15 Warning Signs of Heart Problems [Infographic]

When it comes to your heart, you don’t want to take any chances. Heart disease is the leading cause of death, but many instances could have been saved if people knew the symptoms and called their doctor, or 9-1-1, immediately. We put this graphic together after researching 14 of the major warning signs that your heart might be in trouble. Check it out and then share it with someone you care about:

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1. Chest Discomfort. Pain in the chest is the No. 1 symptom doctors look for. But not all heart attacks cause chest pain, and chest pain can stem from ailments that have nothing to do with the heart. Heart-related chest pain is often centered under the breastbone, perhaps a little to the left of center.

The pain has been likened to “an elephant sitting on the chest,” but it can also be an uncomfortable sensation of pressure, squeezing, or fullness. Sometimes people make the mistake that the pain comes from a stomach problem. Chest pain during exercise or other physical exertion, called angina, is a common symptom of chronic coronary artery disease (CAD).

2. Shortness of Breath. People who feel winded at rest or with minimal exertion might have a pulmonary condition like asthma or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). But breathlessness could also indicate a heart attack or heart failure.

3. Dizziness. Heart attacks can cause lightheadedness and loss of consciousness. So can potentially dangerous heart rhythm abnormalities known as arrhythmias.

4. Fatigue. Unusual fatigue can occur during a heart attack as well as in the days and weeks leading up to one. The heart can’t pump enough blood to meet the needs of body tissues so the body diverts blood away from less vital organs, particularly muscles in the limbs, and sends it to the heart and brain. Feeling tired all the time may be a symptom of heart failure. But many other things can cause fatigue.

5. Sudden Sweating. Suddenly breaking out in a cold sweat is a common symptom of heart attack.

6. Rapid or irregular pulse. To “make up for” the loss in pumping capacity, the heart beats faster. Doctors say that there’s usually nothing worrisome about an occasional skipped heartbeat. But a rapid or irregular pulse — especially when accompanied by weakness, dizziness, or shortness of breath — can be evidence of a heart attack, heart failure, or an arrhythmia. Left untreated, some arrhythmias can lead to stroke, heart failure, or sudden death.

7. Pain in other parts of the body. In many heart attacks, pain begins in the chest and spreads to the shoulders, arms, elbows, back, neck, jaw, or abdomen. But sometimes there is no chest pain — just pain in these other body areas like one or both arms, or between the shoulders. The pain might come and go.

8. Indigestion, Nausea or Lack of Appetite. It’s not uncommon for people to feel sick to their stomach or throw up during a heart attack. The digestive system receives less blood, causing problems with digestion. And abdominal swelling associated with heart failure can interfere with appetite.

9. Swelling. Heart failure can cause a buildup of excess fluid in body tissues. This can cause swelling — often in the feet, ankles, legs, or abdomen — as well as sudden weight gain and sometimes a loss of appetite.

10. Weakness. In the days leading up to a heart attack, as well as during one, some people experience severe, unexplained weakness. “One woman told me it felt like she couldn’t hold a piece of paper between her fingers,” McSweeney says.

11. Persistent coughing or wheezing. A symptom of heart failure can result in fluid accumulation in the lungs.

12. Confusion and Impaired Thinking. Changing levels of certain substances in the blood, such as sodium, can cause confusion, memory loss and feelings of disorientation. A caregiver or relative may notice this first.

13. Sexual Dysfunction. Trouble performing may be a concern for heart health as well as sexual health. When blood vessels don’t work well, sexual problems can occur. “If you have dysfunction in one circulatory area you have it in others,” says Dr. Rene Alvarez, associate professor of medicine at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center Cardiovascular Institute.

14. Snoring and Sleep Apnea. A study from Emory University in Atlanta found that the obstructed airways in people who have sleep apnea or snore were linked to higher risk of cardiovascular disease. Disturbed sleep may be a predisposition of high blood pressure and diabetes, both contributing to heart disease.

15. Intense Anxiety. To complicate matters further, a racing heart and shortness of breath can also be a sign of an anxiety attack, and a feeling of anxiety is also an indicator of a heart attack. Heart attack can cause intense anxiety or a fear of death. Heart attack survivors often talk about having experienced a sense of “impending doom.”

Here in the following link is a list of supplements to help the body overcome these heart problems: Heart Health Supplements

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18 Ayurvedic Herbs for the Bronchi and Lungs

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The respiratory system regularly encounters airborne particles such as microorganisms, pollutants, pollens and dust, and protects delicate body tissues. As a result, the functions of the lungs and bronchi can be affected. Bronchial Formula is an Ayurvedic combination of 18 … Continue reading