How to Avoid Fatigue When Traveling

25 May

Business Woman Tired And Sleeping In An Hotel Bed

 

Do you get jet lag, digestive distress, or general fatigue when traveling? Travel fatigue is so common today, not just from the stress and lack of sleep that often accompanies travel, but from what happens to your body when you fly.

You can prepare your body in advance for a time change by waking and going to bed earlier several days in a row before an eastbound trip—or waking and going to bed later prior to a westbound trip.

If you stop and think about your last trip—what was it like? If you are like most people, it probably went something like this:

  • You worked really hard to get your job and house settled before leaving: running around, staying up late, getting up early, and burning the candle at both ends.
  • The little time that remained was spent packing the things you and your family needed for your trip.
  • You made lists on paper—or maybe in your head—and found that your mind was swimming with thoughts about what you might have forgotten.
  • In the week-before rush, meals were eaten on the run, came from restaurants, or out of boxes or cans.
  • You ate the food on the plane but did not really enjoy it—maybe you started to feel symptoms of digestive discomfort.

It’s amazing the lengths we go to for a week or two off. We go on vacation to relieve the stress of everyday life and yet, we find that there is often a price for our precious time off—both before and after the trip. And what about business trips? We often arrive home more tired than before and “crash” from fatigue.

There is a better way to travel—a way that will help minimize the stress we feel before, during, and after our trips.

Just like anything else, it takes time and preparation, but the increase in energy you will feel will be worth the investment.

3 Ways to Travel The Body Ecology Way

You have probably heard the basic guidelines to beat jet lag before. According to the National Sleep Foundation, based on the 24-hour circadian rhythm cycle of the body, it helps to choose a flight that arrives in the early evening so that you can stay up until at least 10 p.m. when traveling to a new time zone. You can also prepare your body in advance for a time change by waking and going to bed earlier several days in a row before an eastbound trip—or waking and going to bed later prior to a westbound trip.1

The World Health Organization advises arriving at the airport as rested as possible and taking short naps, less than 40 minutes, on a medium to long flight. Eating light and limiting alcohol consumption are also key. Heavy meals and alcohol can affect digestion and impair sleep quality.2

Yes, the health of your body before, during, and after a flight can greatly impact your chance of jet lag and travel fatigue.

The best way to prepare for an upcoming trip, large or small, is to consider what your body needs before you take off:

  1. Minimize stress – This is easier said than done in today’s busy world. Consider making a list to get the details out of your head and onto paper. That alone will help minimize stress. Play soft music and take deep, focused breaths whenever you can the week before your trip. Consider taking a day off before and after your trip to give yourself space to plan for and recover from travel.
  2. Prepare simple meals – The week before the trip, take some time on the weekend to prepare simple, healthy, BED meals for the week. Store them in the refrigerator or freezer so you can take them out and have quick, healthy food during the week. This will keep you healthy and full of vitamins and minerals to feed your body’s energy producers—the thyroid and adrenals. Cultured veggies are a great fast food that is nutrient-dense and can easily be carried with you for a meal before or after your flight.
  3. Plan your airport and plane nourishment – Bring a simple BED meal for the airport, but don’t eat food on the plane. When the plane takes off, your whole body goes out of balance, including your digestive organs. This is why we feel so tired after flying. Bring liquids packed with minerals for the flight and plan your meals for before or afterwards.

You deserve to be at your best whether you are traveling for business or pleasure.

These simple steps will make a big difference in how you feel so that you can truly enjoy your vacation.

Traveling mixes things up.

Good bacteria will stave off any cravings you may have for starchy, sugary travel food.

Think about it—we all know that a plane has much lower oxygen levels than what we are used to at ground-level. As long-time pilot and physician Brent Blue told Vox, “The cabin is only pressurized to simulate an elevation of 6,000 to 8,000 feet on modern jets. That’s a significant difference for people who live at sea level and aren’t used to it.” In rough translation, sitting in a six-hour flight with blood oxygen saturation lowered by 5 to 10 percent can cause major fatigue in most passengers.1

The simple act of flying can also cause dehydration, swelling, and increased risk of infection as you breathe in up to 50 percent recycled cabin air from your fellow passengers.

If you have a sensitive digestive system, if your immune system reacts to the slightest red flag, or if you are simply devoted to a longevity diet, travel can complicate things:

  • Freeways and highways are lined with fast food drive-thus and diners.
  • If dining on a plane, food is portable, processed, and easy to prepare. Not necessarily health-promoting.
  • Your host or your hotel may not carry all of the foods that you are used to eating.
  • The foods at your final destination may be totally foreign to you and may contain hidden wheat gluten, sugar, unhealthy oils, or other food additives.

A few simple steps can make a world of difference.

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Want to stay healthy and energized on vacation? Plan ahead by making fermented snacks and by taking Body Ecology probiotic beverages with you on-the-go!

Feeling bloated or having a gastrointestinal tract flare-up can take away from the joy of traveling. Choosing to ignore your dietary needs while on vacation or away from home isn’t always the best idea, especially if you have seen a dramatic shift in your health while on the Body Ecology Diet. This is because an immune response to food, whether in the gut or elsewhere in the body, can be painful and distracting.

5 Body Ecology Approved Healthy Travel Tips

Below are a few tips to help you follow Body Ecology principles, even when traveling:

  1. Contact your hotel, local markets, and restaurants in the area you will be staying.

Find out what foods are and are not available in the area that you will be traveling to.

  • Buy a travel book. Go online and research where you will be staying and what kind of fresh produce is available. Keep in mind that sometimes availability depends on the season.
  • If you are traveling to a place that does not speak a language that you are familiar with, prepare a translated list of food allergies and restrictions. Do this before your departure.
  1. Pack snacks to eat while en route.

Carry Body Ecology-friendly snacks with you. Here are some ideas. Get creative! 

  • Fermented veggie crackers. If you have a dehydrator, make little crackers with your favorite fermented veggie mix. Prepare the night before you leave.
  • Large, roughly chopped vegetables. Try strips of celery, napa cabbage, summer squash, carrot, and red radish.
  • A small bag of dried sour fruits, such as bing cherries or black currants. Be sure to check manufacturers’ labels for added sugar or oils. Eat dried sour fruits alone and on an empty stomach.
  • A small bag of soaked and sprouted almonds, pumpkin seeds, and sunflower seeds. If you have a dehydrator at home, coat with lime, cilantro, ground coriander, and Celtic sea salt. Add a tablespoon of soaked and well-blended flaxseed. Toss everything together and set on dehydrator trays. Run the dehydrator the night before your trip.
  1. Travel with fermented beverages.

On the road, Body fermented beverages, especially will keep you hydrated. 

  • The good bacteria will stave off any cravings you may have for starchy, sugary travel food. This includes alcohol.
  • When flying, pack probiotic liquids in a separate suitcase. Make sure to also wrap them in a plastic bag. 
  1. Make a travel kit.

A travel kit should contain little essentials that could transform any basic dish into a Body Ecology delight. Use leak-proof plastic bottles, especially for liquid items. Customize your travel kit to fit your own needs and preferences. Here are some ideas: 

  1. Pack enzymes and fermented beverages.

Traveling itself, especially through several time zones, can cause your body to contract. Your body naturally responds to the stress of travel by contracting and becoming acidic. This happens whether or not you feel stressed. It has to do with the irregular cycles of cortisol and melatonin in the body.

Keep your body in balance and minimize the effects of cortisol by making sure you drink two ounces of Body Ecology fermented beverages several times a day. If you find that your digestion is sluggish, enzymes will help your digestive juices in breaking down food and resetting your hormonal rhythms. 

Traveling can do more than make your favorite foods less available.

Travel can significantly increase the degree of stress in your body. This causes a fluctuation of hormones and can ultimately leave you feeling exhausted! Support your body and your needs while traveling, and you will feel refreshed and energized throughout your trip. 

Donna Gates

What Your Tongue Coating Is Telling You About Your Digestion

23 May

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If you see a thick tongue coat, it is time to make some changes!

When you go to the doctor’s office and complain of a sore throat, your physician may ask to peer into your mouth, pushing your tongue down with a wooden tongue depressor.

When you visit an acupuncturist or a Chinese medicine practitioner, you will also be asked to stick out your tongue—but for an entirely different reason.

A fresh, healthy tongue has a thin, white coat. The best way to balance digestion and get rid of a thick tongue coat is by eating fermented vegetables daily.

The Mouth Is the Orifice of the Digestive System

This means that what is going on with the tongue gives you a pretty good idea of what is going on in the gut.

How well we digest food and drink shows up on the tongue. This is visible in the tongue coating and in the tongue color.

Tongue Coating

The tongue coat, which often shows up on the middle or at the back of the tongue, lets you know how well you are metabolizing the food you eat:

  • A light, thin, white tongue coat reflects healthy digestive function.
  • A thick tongue coat reflects an excess of dampness, or pathogenic fluid. The tongue coat may be thick and yellow or thick and white. Most commonly, a thick tongue coat is associated with poor gut function.
  • No tongue coat at all could mean some form of exhaustion in the body. For example, a red and shiny wet tongue could signal that the body does not have enough fluids to produce a coat. A natural balance of fluids in the body is essential for healthy gut function and overall vitality.

Tongue Color

Tongue color can range from pale pink to red or even have a bluish tinge.

The tongue color reflects the distribution of body fluids throughout the body. For example:

  • A pale tongue tells us that there may not be enough blood in the body. Often the root cause of a pale tongue can be found in diet. This is because food gives us the energy to make blood.
  • A tongue that is purple or has a bluish tinge could be a warning that fluids and blood are not fully circulating. Lack of circulation can also translate into emotional stagnation or depression.

If you would rather not talk about your feelings, an acupuncturist will still be able to learn a lot from looking at your tongue! This is because the tongue gives clues about your current mental and emotional state.

Tongue Tip

When it comes to emotions, the tip of the tongue is especially important:

  • A red tongue tip shows up when the tongue tip is redder than the rest of the tongue body. This can reflect some kind of psychological stress. According to Chinese medicine, too much thinking or worrying can deplete the cooling, regenerative fluids of the body and generate heat. Heat, as you may have already guessed, shows up as a red color in the tongue. When we see a red tongue or a red tip, it makes sense to avoid foods that can overheat the body. These are foods like wine, alcohol, coffee, spicy foods, and too much meat.
  • No tip or indentation at the tip of the tongue. When someone experiences severe trauma, this may show up as an indentation on the tip of the tongue. Emotionally, this person may be slightly introverted or feel an overall loss of strength.

The Danger of a Thick Tongue Coat

If you see a thick tongue coat, it is time to make some changes!

A thick tongue coat in the center of the tongue body or toward the back of the tongue indicates an overburdened digestive system. An overgrowth of bacteria or yeast in the digestive system will often show up as a thick tongue coat. The color of the coat may be white or yellow, depending on a person’s constitution.

Too much dampness can contribute to a thick tongue coat as well. When we overburden our digestive system by eating to capacity, we slow down gut motility. While a little digestive disharmony may not seem like anything to worry about, over time it can lead to other problems that involve the immune system and the hormonal system.

6 Ways to Remedy a Thick Tongue Coat

If you are suffering from a thick tongue coating, try the following:

  1. Fermented Foods

Fermented foods and probiotic beverages are some of the most effective ways to bring your inner ecosystem back into balance. A healthy tongue should look fresh and have a very thin, white coat. Introducing living enzymes and probiotics to assist in the digestion of your food and to repopulate the digestive tract with beneficial bacteria is a must when correcting digestion and fighting Candida.

  1. The Principle of 80/20

A simple solution to improve digestion is to follow the Principle of 80/20. This means eating until you are 80% full. It also means not overwhelming your plate (and your gut) with too many starchy or acidic foods. Make sure that 80% of your plate is made up of non-starchy vegetables, fermented vegetables, and ocean vegetables.

  1. Warm It Up

Soups, broths, steamed vegetables, and cooked foods are often better choices for someone with digestive issues. Avoid large amounts of raw fruits and vegetables.

  1. Spice It Up

Herbs and spices such as turmeric, cardamom, ginger, coriander, black pepper, and fennel all aid in warming the system and improving digestion.

  1. Warm Ginger Tea

A cup of warm tea 20 minutes before a meal is a great way to stoke the digestive fire. Ginger tea can also benefit indigestion, bloating, and nausea.

  1. Enzymes

Enzymes can assist the digestive process by improving the body’s ability to break down the foods initially in the stomach and later in the small intestine to increase mineral absorption.

Donna Gates

Breathe Easier By Improving Your Environmental Conditions

20 May

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Take a look at the facts surrounding the inflammatory conditions Asthma and Bronchitis.

Few people realize the overall global significance of asthma. However, according to some estimates, asthma may be responsible for up to a quarter of a million deaths annually! It is quite complicated to get to the root of issues like asthma and bronchitis that interfere with breathing. The fact is that everything from poor indoor or outdoor air quality to dust mites and allergies can trigger asthma symptoms of varying severity.

Like so many diseases, asthma is the result of inflammation. In the case of asthma, inflammation causes broncho spasms in the airways and the result can be difficulty breathing, coughing and wheezing. Environmental factors, such as poor air quality and air contamination, can also play a role in the process.

Exposure to pollutants and toxic compounds early in life, such as cigarette smoke and volatile organic compounds, may be partially to explain for the development of asthma, at least in some people who eventually develop the condition. It is important to note that there are genetic factors involved in asthma as well, and these factors are still being studied and explored.

Lifestyle choices, such as avoiding smoke in all forms, and seeking out ways to improve general air quality, are both important ways to address and manage asthma symptoms in sufferers. It is possible to improve indoor air quality by frequently replacing air filters in heating and cooling units, using high-quality air filters, and buying air- cleaning plants, such as Boston ferns and snake plants. Frequently opening windows and doors can also go a long way in preventing the symptoms of asthma.

Like asthma, bronchitis is also inflammatory in nature. In particular, bronchitis is a chronic inflammation of the mucous membranes of the bronchi in the lungs. If this situation becomes serious, it can develop into ‘acute bronchitis,’ which can lead to a serious and lasting cough. Viruses are cited
as being the most frequent culprit in the development of bronchitis. As a result, symptoms that resemble flu or a cold, such as a sore throat, tend to accompany acute bronchitis.

Another form of bronchitis called ‘chronic bronchitis’ is the result of being exposed to harmful air pollution. Cigarette smoke tops the list of culprits. This distinction between ‘acute’ and ‘chronic’ bronchitis can make bronchitis difficult to understand from the layperson’s point of view.

Once again, like asthma, bronchitis is greatly aggravated by airborne irritants such as cigarette smoke or other air pollutants. Therefore avoiding such airborne compounds or taking steps to address them is vitally important for overall lung health.

Robert Redfern

Is It An Alien?

18 May

If you follow the research on candida and fungus you will know there is a ton of evidence to show that these are the precursors to most of the diseases afflicting humans and animals.

Who said Candida is an Alien?

So what exactly is Candida? Some say it is a deadly epidemic. If it is, why has it become such a hidden and deadly epidemic?

‘Candida albicans’ is actually a naturally occurring fungal yeast that is in always in your body. It is present naturally in the human gut with hundreds of other essential yeast, bacteria, even e-coli, and everyone has these living within them to some extent.

Yes, that means it is inside of you and me right now.

Normally our gut is also full of natural bacteria that feed on the yeast and keep levels in a healthy balance, stopping it from becoming a problem.

So What is the Problem with Candida?

Do you remember the horror film Gremlins, where the father purchases some creatures similar to chipmunks from a Chinese pet shop as a present for his children? He is warned never to let them get wet but of course does not take that seriously and gives them to his delighted children. Gremlins are playful friendly creatures until they have water poured on them. Then they turn into killer Gremlins and start eating the house pets and eventually start killing and eating humans.

The Candida yeast also becomes problematic when our digestive system becomes unhealthy and we pour sugar down onto this friendly yeast. This then grows beyond healthy levels and eventually breaks out of the gastrointestinal tract and into the bloodstream. Once it’s loose in your bloodstream, the yeast then evolves into fungus that spreads throughout the body.

Now It’s An Alien!

Once the Candida yeast evolves into a Candida fungus it really is no longer Candida, it’s a true ‘alien’ that is loose in your body. Whether it is cancer, heart disease, lung disease, autoimmune disease or simply a toenail infection, all have alien fungus as a primary factor.

This Candida fungus now quickly spreads throughout your body and settles itself into any weak tissue that’s lacking minerals, oxygen and is high in glucose. In fact, any full-blown candida/fungal infection could be slowly robbing you of your energy, brain function and even your life.

Why Does This Alien Cause So Many Problems?

All fungus slowly destroys all living things as it invades and excretes hundreds of poisonous mycotoxins into your bloodstream as part of it’s own digestive processes.

Now it has left your gut it becomes very difficult to get it back in balance. In a healthy body with a healthy (low GI) diet, before this gets out of balance, your system would identify and eradicate it using sodium bicarbonate, friendly bacteria and your immune system. Without your natural resources to keep it in check the fungus can now grow and spread at will. This is becoming an epidemic as more and more people suffer from imbalanced systems as a result of stress, lack of minerals, lack of probiotics, bad diet, or a bout of ill health.

This means the immune system is never as strong as it needs to be to clear the Candida fungus and keep it in check. However, there are symptoms you can look for with Candida.

Early symptoms of Candida fungus include:

  • Sore throat
  • Diarrhea
  • Gas
  • Bloating
  • Fatigue
  • IBS

As the infection spreads the symptoms become more varied and include:

  • Migraines
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Extreme Fatigue
  • Vaginitis
  • Foggy thinking

And can include cancer, heart disease and many more…

There are no Magic Bullets!

I have seen every magic bullet under the sun including ingesting turpentine (Pine Oil) on a sugar cube and while they all have some benefit it will keep coming back until you deal with the prime causes.

There is good news!

If you have read the above then it is pretty clear that a Candida fungal infection is something that you must take seriously to clear your immediate infection and improve your long-term health. In my book I detail everything you need to do, especially the diet and sodium bicarbonate intake to clear Candida fungus and keep Candida in a healthy balance.

You can download Robert Redfern’s FREE book here

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Diarrhea Causes and Fixes

15 May

Discover what could be causing your diarrhea symptoms

Before you can stop diarrhea, you first need to consider the following factors that can cause diarrhea:

 

Bacterial Imbalance

Your colon is like a constant bacterial war zone. There is a continuous battle going on between the beneficial bacterial flora in your bowel, and a massive quantity of germs and harmful bacteria that not only enter the colon daily through your food and water supply, but constantly reside there throughout your lifetime. Bowel problems such as diarrhea can occur when the balance between the beneficial bacteria and disease-causing bacteria in your gastrointestinal tract shifts toward the disease-causing variety. Such a bacterial shift is likely to happen when you travel to foreign countries or spend time in a hospital and your digestive and immune systems simply become overwhelmed with unfamiliar strains of unfriendly bacteria. To stop diarrhea that is caused by this type of bacterial imbalance, you need to supply your intestinal tract with more beneficial bacteria.

An Open Ileocecal Valve

The ileocecal valve is located between the small and large intestine. Basically, it’s in the same area as the appendix and many times what is thought to be an appendix problem is, instead, a problem with this valve. This little valve has two very important jobs to do. First, it is to serve as a block that prevents the toxic contents of the large intestine from backing up into the small intestine. Second, it keeps the food products in the small intestine from passing into the large intestine before the digestive processes have been completed. This valve can at times become either “stuck shut or stuck open.” When stuck open, it can cause diarrhea. Luckily, there are some easy things you can do to close your ileocecal valve.

 

Close Your Ileocecal Valve

Diarrhea can sometimes be caused by an ileocecal valve that isn’t working properly. The ileocecal valve, which is located between the small and large intestine, serves two purposes. First, it acts as a block that prevents the toxic contents of the large intestine from backing up into the small intestine. Second, it keeps the food products in the small intestine from passing into the large intestine before the digestive processes have been completed. When this valve stays open when it shouldn’t, it results in diarrhea.

There are a few common reasons why the ileocecal valve doesn’t always work right, which causes diarrhea. Sometimes spicy or roughage-type foods will irritate the valve and cause it to get stuck. Stress and emotional trauma can also cause the valve to malfunction. And I’ve personally found that those who have had their appendix removed seem to have more problems with the valve than others. Luckily, there are a couple of simple things you can do to close up an ileocecal valve that is stuck open and causing diarrhea:

  • Massage your ileoceal “reflex” points. By rubbing out the points illustrated here, you can unstick the valve to stop diarrhea. The areas illustrated should be massaged with firm pressure for about 10 to 20 seconds each (it is not beneficial to rub the points any longer than that. In fact, it may negate the effect).

Ileocecal reflex points for treating diarrhea

  • Hold the ileocecal valve shut for several minutes. Place your hand over the valve (which is located about halfway between the belly button and the right “hip bone”) and while pushing in, pull up toward the left shoulder. You can also place an ice pack made of cold water or ice over the valve for about 15 to 20 minutes. This process can be repeated if necessary.
  • Modify your diet to help stop diarrhea. Eliminate spicy foods, alcohol, cocoa, chocolate, and caffeinated products for a week or so. And it’s also helpful to eliminate all roughage-type food for a short period of time until the diarrhea ends.

What Causes Diarrhea?

Drugs

Certain over-the-counter and prescription medications, such as antibiotics, can wipe out the natural bacterial flora in your lower bowel and thus cause diarrhea.

Discover the drawbacks of most diarrhea medications

There are a number of medications that are commonly used to treat diarrhea, but they all have drawbacks:

  • Lomotil. A prescription drug, Lomotil is to be taken as soon as you start experiencing diarrhea. Lomotil will stop diarrhea, however, when the bowels stop, the bacteria or irritant will not be washed out and the diarrhea will most likely recur. Lomotil also has side effects and may be linked to glaucoma.
  • Bactrim. Bactrim is a prescription antibiotic and is said to be 100 percent effective in preventing traveler’s diarrhea, however, it is not for long-term use and using it for even short periods of time may upset the beneficial bacteria levels in your bowels. Bactrim can also make you more sensitive to the sun.
  • Vancomycin and Metronidazole. These two commonly used drugs to stop diarrhea have now been shown to be ineffective against the organism (Clostridium difficile) often responsible for causing certain types of diarrhea.

Trying my natural remedies to treat diarrhea can help you stop diarrhea without having to worry about all the problems and side effects associated with these diarrhea medications.

Find out about the best natural remedies to treat diarrhea

Dealing with diarrhea symptoms can be so uncomfortable and unpleasant that you’re tempted to try anything for relief. But the best answer isn’t the quick fix: commonly prescribed antibiotics or drugs that slow the movement of the intestinal tract. Instead, I suggest the following natural remedies to treat diarrhea that will ultimately result in a healthy intestine rich with the proper amount of beneficial bacteria that leads to good bowel movements.

Feed the Friendly Bacteria

If you have a healthy intestinal tract, you have over 400 different species of micro-organisms living there. And the beneficial bacteria that reside in your bowel do constant battle with the germs and harmful, disease-causing bacteria that threaten them on a daily basis. Diarrhea often occurs when the disease-causing bacteria begin to overwhelm the beneficial bacteria in your system. So to restore the proper bacterial balance in the bowel and stop diarrhea, you need to supply your intestinal tract with more beneficial bacteria. A great all-natural way to help friendly intestinal bacteria grow is to include more cultured and fermented foods in your diet.

In particular, yogurt has been used for centuries to treat diarrhea. A study at a New York hospital confirmed that between 1/3 and 1/2 cup of ordinary yogurt stopped severe infant diarrhea twice as fast as the standard anti-diarrhea drug Neomycin Kaopectate. It works so effectively at preventing diarrhea in the first place, it is routinely used for that purpose in hospitals throughout Russia, Japan, and Italy.

But the type of yogurt you eat makes a difference. The label of any yogurt you buy should say it has “active cultures.” Some companies pasteurize the product after it’s been made, and this kills off the remaining beneficial bacteria making it useless. Other cultured foods that benefit the digestive tract by providing beneficial bacteria include buttermilk, cottage cheese, whey, and kefir. And my favorite fermented food (besides unpasteurized beer, of course) is homemade sauerkraut. It provides one of the widest varieties of beneficial bacteria that are known to protect against all kinds of bowel problems, including diarrhea.

During those times when you’re not home or don’t have access to homemade sauerkraut or other fermented and cultured foods, I recommend the use of a commercial probiotic product to help encourage the growth of friendly bacteria. Look for one that can maintain viability without refrigeration, available in health food stores and online.

Consider a Supplement

When it comes to stopping diarrhea and helping to re-establish the presence of beneficial bacteria in the lower bowel, I’ve never found another supplement to be as effective as a product called Lactic Acid Yeast wafers made by Standard Process Laboratories in Palmyra, Wisconsin. These wafers work the same way as lactic acid–fermented food products do in helping to promote the growth of friendly bacteria in your bowel. Two wafers with each meal for adults will stop diarrhea, often within the same day.

Try Clay: Nature’s Anti-Diarrheal

Clay has a long history of being used internally, and various clays have proven very effective in the treatment of diarrhea. One study from the 1960s involved 35 different individuals whose diarrhea problems were being caused by food poisoning, food allergy, viral infection, spastic colitis, or mucous colitis. Two tablespoons of smectite clay (montmorillonite) were given with distilled water three times a day. (In the food allergy cases, six tablespoons of clay per day were used.) In 34 of the 35 individuals, the diarrhea was stopped in an average of 3.8 days, and bowel movements reduced to an average of 1.8 per day. Food allergy–induced diarrhea proved to be the most difficult cases, whereas those from viral infections resolved the quickest.

Here are some things to consider when using clay to treat diarrhea:

  • At the dosages mentioned in the study above, simply mix clay powder with juice or water. Make sure the water is either spring water or distilled if possible. When you mix clay, never let it come into contact with metal. To avoid any possible reaction with metal, always use wood utensils and glass, clay, or ceramic containers.
  • Since clay has such strong absorptive and absorptive properties, it is best not to take it with your vitamins or at the same time you take prescription medications. I would suggest taking it on an empty stomach and then waiting at least 4 hours before taking any necessary medication.
  • Without supervision, ingesting clay isn’t recommended for someone with an intolerance for iron or for someone with high blood pressure.

One source of clay that Dr. Williams has used for years and he recommends is Pascalite, Inc.

Dr. Williams

Nausea, Causes and Help

13 May

What Causes Nausea?

Discover the common factors that can trigger nausea and vomiting

There are, of course, countless circumstances that can lead to nausea and vomiting—from stomach bugs to food poisoning. The following factors, however, are probably some of the most common reasons behind recurring bouts of nausea:

  • Morning sickness during pregnancy
  • Motion sickness (typically movement of a car, boat, or plane)
  • Pain of any kind
  • Post-operative recovery
  • Inner ear infections or injury
  • Many drugs, including chemotherapy drugs, and radiation sickness
  • Psychological problems and phobias, such as fear of heights

Learn how most doctors treat nausea

As is almost always the case, mainstream medical treatments for stopping nausea most often feature prescription or over-the-counter drugs. For instance, those who experience nausea as part of motion sickness are often advised to take the drug Dramamine. There are a number of drawbacks, however, to most of these anti-nausea drugs:

  • Many of these drugs cause negative side effects like drowsiness.
  • Most anti-nausea medications are not safe for pregnant women.
  • The cost of anti-nausea drugs can be substantial, yet many are ultimately ineffective.

For all of these reasons, Dr. Williams prefers natural anti-nausea remedies. See my simple, effective all-natural suggestions for stopping nausea.

Discover three natural anti-nausea therapies

Whether that upset, queasy feeling in your stomach is a symptom of motion sickness, a side effect of pregnancy, or an after effect of a recent surgery, there are a number of quick and simple techniques you can try for stopping nausea. In particular, I recommend the following three natural anti-nausea therapies.

 

P6 Acupressure Point

An ice cold bucket of water dumped on your head is a traditional farmer’s way of dealing with nausea, but I’ve found a kinder, more effective method: P6 (Nei Kuan). This is the acupressure point located two finger-widths below the wrist, on the thumb side. You should massage the point with constant pressure in intervals of three to five minutes, as often as needed for stopping nausea.

Acupressure point for stopping nausea

Numerous studies have found this natural anti-nausea technique to be extremely effective across the board for nausea and vomiting resulting from morning sickness, motion sickness, postoperative sickness, and chemotherapy.

A company called Southwest Bands also markets a product called Sea-Band that takes advantage of this natural anti-nausea acupressure point. They sell a pair of 1-inch wide woven elasticized bands with a plastic ball-shaped button sewn inside. A band is worn around each wrist so that the button places constant pressure on the P6 acupressure point. Sea-Bands are available at most drug stores. However, there is no reason you can’t make your own using a needle and thread, a small round ball-shaped button, and two tennis wrist sweatbands.

Ginger

There is plenty of evidence to support the use of the herb ginger for stopping nausea, regardless of the cause. And the beauty of using ginger in particular to stop the nausea and vomiting associated with pregnancy is that there are few, if any, side effects, and it doesn’t affect the pregnancy. For stopping nausea, the generally recommended dosage has been 500 to 600 mg every three to four hours. Numerous products are available through the mail and in health food stores.

Deep Breathing

According to recent research, controlled deep breathing appears to be the key to stopping nausea in patients recovering from surgery. Dr. Jeffrey Gross and nurse Lynn Anderson studied the effects of using aromatherapy on nausea. They divided patients into three groups. One group was given gauze pads wet with rubbing alcohol (isopropyl alcohol). The second group was given pads with oil of peppermint, and the third was given pads dampened with a placebo saline solution.

All of the individuals had just completed surgery and were sick. Each was instructed to inhale slowly through their nose and then exhale slowly through their mouth a total of three times. The patient was then questioned two minutes and five minutes later about their degree of nausea. The researchers were surprised to learn that after five minutes all of the individuals reported an average of at least 50 percent improvement. The satisfaction rating of the treatment was 87 percent. Obviously, the nausea relief comes from the slow, deep breathing techniques rather than anything placed on the gauze pads.

Dr. Williams

Top 5 Health Benefits of Avocados

12 May

The Top 5 Health Benefits of Avocados

 

Did you know that avocados are actually a fruit? More surprising, they fall into the category of berries because of their fleshy pulp and seed. But regardless of how you slice it, the many health benefits of avocados may surprise you. Here’s a list of five avocado health benefits you don’t want to miss out on.

Health Benefit of Avocados #1: Nutritional Powerhouses

One of the main health benefits of avocados is that they are chock-full of vitamins and other vital nutrients. Avocados are most abundant in the following vitamins: B5 and B6, C, E and K. They also contain 20 percent of the recommended daily allowance (RDA) of folate. Additionally, they contain a little protein—3 grams to be exact.

Making sure your diet contains at least five servings of nutrient-rich fruits and vegetables like avocados is a great foundation for a healthy lifestyle.

Health Benefit of Avocados #2: Loaded With Heart-Healthy Fats

Though nutritionists once warned people to stay away from all types of fats, avocados have now solidified their place as a health food. Not all fats are created equal and it turns out, monounsaturated fat—the kind found in olive oil, avocados, nuts, and seeds—actually has cardiovascular benefits. Used in moderation and in place of saturated and trans fats, monounsaturated fats can help with cholesterol control and aid in the prevention of heart attack and stroke. Of the 22.5 grams of fat that a medium avocado contains, more than two-thirds is heart-healthy monounsaturated fat.

Health Benefit of Avocados #3: Packed With Potassium

Avocados also have a fantastic potassium-to-sodium ratio—another boon for cardiovascular health. Potassium is important for a number of reasons. First, it is one of the body’s most important electrolytes. It helps maintain the cells’ electrical charge as well as their fluid balance. It also plays key roles in electrical impulses in the muscles and nerves and is involved in the regulation of heart rhythms.

Potassium also plays an important role in blood pressure regulation. While a high-sodium diet has long been recognized as a risk factor for hypertension, the relationship between low potassium levels and increased blood pressure has been virtually ignored. In a landmark study, it was proven that potassium intake equivalent to five daily portions of fresh vegetables and fruits was as effective as single-drug therapy in lowering blood pressure. Though people often associate bananas with having high potassium levels, another key avocado health benefit is that they are packed with this vital nutrient. A medium banana contains 440 milligrams while half of a medium avocado boasts 680 milligrams.

Health Benefit of Avocados #4: Full of Fiber

A diet rich in fiber will certainly aid in digestion but did you know it may also ward off a whole other host of health concerns including diabetes and heart disease? A fiber-filled diet can also help with weight loss, filling you up and holding you over until your next meal.

The problem is, most folks just don’t get enough. In order to reap all of the fantastic health benefits of fiber, you need to consume a total of 30–35 grams a day. Good news: a medium avocado contains about 10 grams.

Health Benefit of Avocados #5: May Help Lower Cholesterol

Another avocado health benefit for the heart is lower cholesterol levels. In a study published earlier this year in the Journal of the American Heart Association, overweight or obese patients who modified their diets to include moderate fats including an avocado a day experienced an average 13.5 mg/dL drop in their “bad” LDL cholesterol. High LDL cholesterol levels are a risk for heart disease so this study further supports adding avocados to your health food arsenal.

Avocado Fun Facts and a Delicious Avocado Recipe

In addition to all of the health benefits of avocados listed above, these fruits nearly quintuple absorption of lycopene, lutein, and other protective carotenoids found in tomatoes. So eat some guacamole with your salsa. Studies also show that eating half an avocado with meals reduces hunger and blood sugar spikes in overweight people.

There are so many fabulous ways to reap the health benefits of avocados. To name just a few, avocados make salads more interesting, they are wonderful in omelets and egg scrambles, and these versatile fruits can be used in place of mayo in tuna fish, chicken, or egg salad. In short, they are one of the best foods for health you can incorporate into your diet.

I want to leave you with a mouth-watering avocado recipe I’m sure you’ll enjoy. Bon Appétit!

Open-Faced Avocado and Goat Cheese Sandwich

Serves 2

Ingredients

2 slices sprouted grain bread

2 teaspoons Dijon mustard

½ thinly sliced avocado

2 ounces goat cheese, thinly sliced

½ cup alfalfa sprouts

1 small, thinly sliced tomato

Directions

Lightly toast bread, trim crusts, and cut each slice into quarters. Spread mustard on the bread slices, then layer as follows: avocado, goat cheese, sprouts, and tomato slices.

Nutritional Info (per serving): calories: 292; total fat: 18 grams; cholesterol: 30 milligrams; sodium: 309 milligrams; carbs: 20 grams; fiber: 4 grams; protein: 13 grams

Now it’s your turn: Were you surprised to learn about any of these health benefits of avocados?

Dr. Whitaker

Arthritis and Acupunture:

9 May

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Arthritis is one of the most pervasive diseases in the United States and is the leading cause of disability. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention one out of every three Americans (an estimated 70 million people) is affected.

For most people arthritis pain and inflammation cannot be avoided as the body ages. In fact, most people over the age of 50 show some signs of arthritis. Joints naturally degenerate over time. Fortunately, arthritis can often be managed Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine.

 

The Arthritis Foundation recommends the following to reduce the impact of arthritis:

Get Active – Regular physical activity helps build and maintain healthy bones, muscles and joints. Tai Chi is a Chinese exercise that strengthens muscles, improves balance and flexibility, promotes relaxation, and has been shown to relieve chronic joint pain.

Control Weight – Maintaining an appropriate weight or reducing weight to a recommended level reduces the risk of osteoarthritis. Losing just 10 pounds relieves 40 pounds of pressure on knees. For those living with symptoms, losing 15 pounds can cut knee pain in half.

Modify Job Tasks – Try to modify your movements, since repeated use of joints in jobs that require bending and lifting is associated with an increased risk of developing osteoarthritis.

Speak with a health care professional about ways to reduce strain on your joints.

The Acupuncture Treatment

Acupuncture points to treat Arthritis are located all over the body, not just directly over the affected area. During the acupuncture treatment, tiny needles could be placed along your legs, arms, shoulders, and perhaps even your little toe!

There seems to be little sensitivity to the insertion of acupuncture needles. They are so thin that several acupuncture needles can go into the middle of a hypodermic needle. Occasionally, there is a brief moment of discomfort as the needle penetrates the skin, but once the needles are in place, most people relax and even fall asleep for the duration of the treatment.

The length, number and frequency of treatments will vary. Typical treatments last from five to 30 minutes, with the patient being treated one or two times a week. Some symptoms are relieved after the first treatment, while more severe or chronic ailments often require multiple treatments.

Chinese Herbs for Arthritis

There are many Chinese Herbal formulas that are prescribed for arthritis. Your acupuncturist will examine you, take a look at the onset of your condition and learn your signs and symptoms to determine which herbs are best for you.

Here are some commonly prescribed Chinese herbal formulas for arthritis:

  • Remove Painful Obstruction Decoction (juan bi tang)- For joint pain that increases with cold and is possibly accompanied by heaviness and numbness in the limbs.
  • Cinnamon Twig, Peony, and Anamerrhena Decoction (gui zhi shoa you zhi mu tang)- For swollen and painful joints that are warm to the touch and worse at night.
  • Angelica Pubescens and Sangjisheng Decoction (du huo ji sheng tang)- For heavy and painful sensations at fixed locations in the lower back and lower extremities accompanied by weakness and stiffness.

Anti-Inflammatory Diet

A balanced, varied diet can help ease the pain of arthritis by providing vitamins and minerals that keep your joints healthy. Avoiding “damp” foods, such as dairy products and greasy or spicy fare, also helps joints.

Here are some healthy and delicious choices to include in your diet:

Ginger – Ginger is a natural anti-inflammatory. A fresh ginger tea can be made by combining a half teaspoon of grated ginger with 8 ounces of boiling water. Cover and steep for 10 to 15 minutes, then strain and add honey to taste.

Fresh Pineapple – Bromelain, an enzyme in pineapple, reduces inflammation. Be sure the pineapple is fresh, not canned or frozen.

Cherries – Recent research has shown that tart cherries are an excellent source of nutrients that may help to reduce joint pain and inflammation related to arthritis.

Fish – Cold-water fish, such as salmon and mackerel, contain omega-3 fatty acids, which help keep joints healthy as well as reduce pain and swelling.

Turmeric – A natural anti-inflammatory, it can be used in many food preparations including soups, sauces and salad dressings.

Several studies have shown that acupuncture can help people with arthritis and related autoimmune diseases.

Scientists found that acupuncture can reduce pain and improve mobility in arthritis patients by 40 percent based on results from a major clinical trial that investigated the ancient Chinese needle treatment. A total of 570 patients aged 50 and older with osteoarthritis of the knee took part in the American study. All had suffered significant pain in their knee the month before joining the trial, but had never experienced acupuncture. By the eighth week, patients receiving acupuncture treatments showed a significant increase in function compared with both the “placebo” treatment and self-help groups. By week 14, they were also experiencing a major decrease in pain.

knee acupuncture

In a German study, 3,500 people with osteoarthritis of the hip and/or knee received 15 sessions of acupuncture combined with their usual medical care. The results showed that the patients that received acupuncture had less pain and stiffness, improved joint function and better quality of life than their counterparts who had routine care alone. The improvements occurred immediately after completing a three-month course of acupuncture and lasted for at least another three months, indicating osteoarthritis is among conditions effectively treated with acupuncture.

Another study, published in the journal Pain, looked at the effects of acupuncture among 40 adults with osteoarthritis of the knee. Among the patients in the study, those who had a daily acupuncture session for 10 consecutive days reported greater relief of pain compared to patients who received a “placebo” version of the therapy.

In one Scandinavian study, 25 percent of arthritis patients who had been scheduled for knee surgery cancelled their operations after acupuncture treatment. In the study, researchers compared acupuncture with advice and exercise for the treatment of osteoarthritis of the hip. Thirty-two patients awaiting a total hip replacement were separated into two groups. One group received one 10-minute and five 25-minute sessions of acupuncture, and the other group received advice and hip exercises over a 6-week period. Patients were then assessed for pain and functional ability. Patients in the acupuncture group showed vast improvements, while no significant changes were reported in the group that received advice and exercise therapy. The results of this study indicate that acupuncture is more effective than advice and exercise for the treatment of osteoarthritis of the hip.

A University of Maryland School of Medicine study showed that elderly patients who had knee pain due to arthritis improved considerably when acupuncture was added to their treatment. The randomized clinical trial determined whether acupuncture was a clinically safe and effective adjunctive therapy for older patients with osteoarthritis of the knee. The study addressed the addition of acupuncture to conventional therapy to determine if it would provide an added measure of pain relief, if the effects would last beyond treatment and if treatment would have any side effects. Seventy-three patients were randomly divided into two groups. One group received twice-weekly acupuncture treatments and conventional therapy for eight weeks, and the other group received conventional therapy only. Patients who received acupuncture had notable pain relief and showed improvement in function. Those who did not receive acupuncture showed no substantial change. No patients reported negative side effects from any acupuncture therapy session.

acupuncture diminishes pain by “untying muscular straitjackets – releasing tight, spasmed, shortened muscles to their resting state.”

It also helps regulate the body’s nervous system, which can stimulate the release of natural pain-fighting endorphins.

And there’s more: Acupuncture tells the body where the battle is. When you cut your hand, the body sends help to the injury site. Likewise, when a needle is inserted into an acupuncture point, the body pays special attention to the micro-trauma and emits healing factors, says Rhudy.

Acupuncture also alters the perception of pain, he says. “Brain magnetic resonance imaging shows that deep needling of acupuncture points deactivates the part of the brain that deals with our perception of pain.” With deep needling, as opposed to superficial needling, a needle in inserted as far as one-half inch (12.7 millimeters).

Consider some the research:

  • RA. A recent study from China shows that both traditional acupuncture and electro-acupuncture – a type in which pulsating electrical currents are sent through the needles to stimulate target areas – may reduce tenderness. All 36 participants had a standardized treatment, whether they received traditional acupuncture or electro-acupuncture. During a total of 20 sessions throughout a 10-week period, needles were placed at a depth of about 10 to 20 millimeters and left in place for 30 minutes.
  • OA. In a German study, 304,674 people with knee OA who received 15 sessions of acupuncture combined with their usual medical care had less pain and stiffness, improved function and better quality of life than their counterparts who had routine care alone. The improvements occurred immediately after completing a three-month course of acupuncture and lasted for at least another three months, indicating OA is among conditions treated with acupuncture.
  • Fibromyalgia: Richard Harris, PhD, of the Chronic Pain and Fatigue Research Center at the University of Michigan Medical School, recruited 20 women who had been diagnosed with fibromyalgia, a chronic pain condition, for at least one year. Half the women got traditional Chinese acupuncture, while the other half had sham acupuncture. They were then injected with a radioactive tag that binds to special receptors that block the transmission of pain signals in the brain­.

    Scientists scanned the brains of the study participants during their first treatments, and then a month later, after eight treatment sessions. The results showed that Chinese acupuncture increased the activity of the pain-killing receptors in the brain, while treatment with sham acupuncture did not. “We were very excited,” Harris says.

Although Medicare does not cover acupuncture treatments, some private health insurers do. The devil is in the details when it comes to insurance coverage of acupuncture, says James Dowden, executive director of the American Academy of Acupuncture, a Los Angeles–based professional society of physicians with training and practice. “Most U.S. insurers do provide some acupuncture coverage,” he says. “But what conditions they cover vary.”

If your insurance company does not cover acupuncture, check to see if it is covered as an optional treatment. The most important questions to ask an insurer, says Dowden, are for which conditions they cover acupuncture and for how many treatments.

Christina Sarlo LMT, L.Ac., NCCAOM

Alleviate Arthritis Pain with Acupuncture

6 May

 

Arthritis isn’t just one disease, but a complex disorder comprised of more than 100 distinct conditions that can affect people at any stage of life. Two of the most common forms are osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. While these two types of arthritis have very different causes, risk factors and effects on the body, they often share a common symptom: persistent joint pain.

For many people, arthritis pain and inflammation cannot be avoided as the body ages. In fact, most people over the age of 50 show some signs of arthritis as joints naturally degenerate over time. Fortunately, arthritis can frequently be managed with acupuncture and Oriental medicine.

Osteoarthritis is the most common form of arthritis, affecting an estimated 21 million adults in the United States. Beginning with the breakdown of joint cartilage that results in pain and stiffness, osteoarthritis usually affects the joints of the fingers, knees, hips and spine. The wrists, elbows, shoulders and ankles are less frequently affected and when osteoarthritis is found in these joints, there is typically a history of injury or unusual stress to the joints. This may include and be attributed to work-related repetitive injury and physical trauma. For example, if you have a strenuous job that requires repetitive bending, kneeling or squatting, you may be at high risk for osteoarthritis of the knee.

Rheumatoid arthritis can affect many different joints and, in some people, other parts of the body as well, including the blood vessels, lungs and heart. With this kind of arthritis, inflammation of the joint lining (called the synovium) can cause pain, stiffness, swelling, warmth and redness. The impacted joint may also lose its shape, resulting in loss of normal movement. Rheumatoid arthritis can last a long time and is a disease characterized by flares (active symptoms) and remissions (few to no symptoms).

Diagnosis and Treatment of Arthritis with Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine

According to Oriental medical theory, arthritis arises when the cyclical flow of Qi (energy) in the meridians becomes blocked resulting in pain, soreness, numbness and stiffness. This blockage is called “bi syndrome” and is widely studied and successfully treated using a combination of treatment modalities. The acupuncture points and herbs that are used depend on whether the underlying cause of the blockage of Qi(arthritis) is caused by wind, cold, damp or damp-heat.

Acupuncture and Oriental medicine aim to treat the specific symptoms that are unique to each individual using a variety of techniques such as acupuncture, bodywork, lifestyle/dietary recommendations and energetic exercises to restore imbalances found in the body. Therefore, if 10 patients are treated with Oriental medicine for joint pain, each of these 10 patients will receive a unique, customized treatment with different acupuncture points, different herbs/supplements, and different lifestyle and diet recommendations.

Your acupuncturist will examine you, take a look at the onset of your condition and learn your signs and symptoms to determine your diagnosis and choose the appropriate acupuncture points and treatment plan.
Christina Sarlo LMT, L.Ac., NCCAOM

How Three Amino Acids Address a Range of Health Issues

4 May

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Three amino acids which are essential to good health and well-being.

Amino acids are vital for building and rebuilding muscle. Yet, they can do far more, as they contribute to human health in many ways that people don’t realize. Three amino acids, L-Arginine, L-Lysine and L-Citrulline, all contribute to the body in a myriad of ways. These three amino acids can be used to address a range of health issues.

L-ARGININE AND YOUR HEALTH

The body converts L-Arginine into nitric oxide. Nitric oxide is important because it causes blood vessels to open up wider, resulting in greater blood flow. Frequently, L-Arginine is used to treat issues related to heart disease such as high blood pressure and congestive heart failure. Additionally, L-Arginine is used to increase the strength of the immune system and improve circulation issues including erectile dysfunction.

Finally, some evidence indicates that L-Arginine may also play a role in reducing the recovery time of injuries as it has an anti-inflammatory effect.

L-arginine is an amino acid commonly sold in supplement form and obtained naturally in the diet. L-arginine-rich foods include plant and animal proteins, such as dairy products, meat, poultry, fish, and nuts.

Necessary for the production of protein, L-arginine also helps rid the body of ammonia (a waste product) and stimulates the release of insulin.

RESEARCH
Research has shown that L-arginine can help to increase vasodilation (widening of the blood vessels) which may in turn help medical conditions such as chest pain, atherosclerosis (clogged arteries), heart disease or failure, erectile dysfunction, intermittent claudication/peripheral vascular disease and vascular headaches (headache-inducing blood vessel swelling).

Supplementation with L-arginine has also been found to improve nitric oxide production and exercise capacity in both healthy subjects and those with chronic disease, such as diabetes and heart failure.

Health Benefits of L-Arginine:

Studies indicate that L-arginine may help with the following conditions:

1) Angina

Several small studies show that increasing intake of foods high in L-arginine may help ease symptoms, increase exercise tolerance, and improve blood vessel function in people with angina. Learn about other natural approaches to angina treatment.

2) Erectile Dysfunction

There’s some evidence that L-arginine may benefit men with erectile dysfunction. In a 1999 study published in the journal BJU International, for instance, 50 men with erectile dysfunction took either 5 grams of L-arginine per day or a placebo. After six weeks, more men in the L-arginine group showed improvement compared to those taking the placebo.

Like the drug sildenafil citrate (Viagra), L-arginine is thought to enhance the action of nitric oxide and—in turn—relax the muscles surrounding blood vessels supplying the penis.

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As a result, blood vessels in the penis dilate, increasing blood flow, which may help maintain an erection. The difference in how they work is that Viagra blocks an enzyme called PDE5, which destroys nitric oxide, and L-arginine is used to make nitric oxide. Unlike Viagra, L-arginine is taken on a daily basis for erectile dysfunction. Also read Natural Remedies for Erectile Dysfunction.

3) Congestive Heart Failure

L-arginine may improve cardiac performance in people with congestive heart failure, according to a 2000 study published in Clinical Cardiology. However, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) caution that L-arginine should not be used in place of standard treatments prescribed by a healthcare provider.

Other Common Uses for L-Arginine

Proponents claim that L-arginine can also benefit:

Some people also use L-arginine to boost the immune system, improve athletic performance, and shorten recovery time after surgery. L-arginine is also used for bodybuilding.

Studies show that L-arginine may be effective for managing inflammation of the bladder, relieving leg cramping and weakness caused by blocked arteries (a condition known as intermittent claudication), and improving kidney function in kidney transplant patients taking cyclosporine. What’s more, taking L-arginine in combination with ribonucleic acid and eicosapentaenoic acid (an omega-3 fatty acid) may reduce recovery time, protect against infection, and promote wound healing after surgery.

According to the NIH, there’s not yet enough evidence to rate the effectiveness of L-arginine in treatment of migraines, dementia, high blood pressure, male infertility, and the common cold. It’s also unknown whether L-arginine can boost the immune system and/or improve athletic performance.

Additionally, L-arginine appears ineffective for prevention of heart attack and treatment of preeclampsia.

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Caveats

Although L-arginine may be safe when taken in the short term, it can cause a number of side effects (including indigestion, nausea, headache, bloating, diarrhea, gout, blood abnormalities, allergies, airway inflammation, worsening of asthma, and low blood pressure).

Higher doses of L-arginine can increase stomach acid, so it may also worsen heartburn, ulcers, or digestive upset caused by medications.

Due to safety concerns, L-arginine should be avoided by diabetes patients and people who have suffered a heart attack. In addition, L-arginine may aggravate symptoms in people with herpes.

As with other supplements, L-arginine hasn’t been tested for safety in pregnant women, nursing mothers, children, and those with medical conditions or who are taking medications. You can find out more about how to use supplements safely here.

Using L-Arginine For Health

In most cases, the body maintains an adequate supply of L-arginine on its own. However, severe burns, infections, and injuries can deplete the body’s supply of arginine. Under these conditions, it is necessary to ensure proper intake to meet the increased demands.

If you’re considering the use of L-arginine in treatment or prevention of a specific health condition, make sure to consult your doctor before taking any supplements.

L-LYSINE AND YOUR HEALTH

L-Lysine is another essential amino acid which is necessary for human health. To date, studies have shown that L-Lysine could play a role in reducing cortisol levels in the body and can effectively lower stress levels. It is therefore possible that L-Lysine may help with relaxation. Furthermore, L-Lysine is being studied for its ability to fight cancer. Evidence also suggests that L-Lysine is a powerful immune system booster and has the ability to fight cold sores and the herpes virus.

ther this effect can help reduce the incidence of osteoporosis, supplementing with both lysine and arginine, another protein-building amino acid, stimulates the cells responsible for building new bone tissue. The combination of amino acids can also increase the synthesis of collagen, a structural protein important in maintaining the health of connective tissue, including your cartilage, tendons and skin.

L-lysine plays an important role in our body. Some of the L-lysine benefits may include:

1. Proper absorption of calcium

One of L-lysine benefits is the proper absorption of calcium from the GI tract. Likewise, it is also responsible for conserving the use of calcium.

2. Boost production of creatinine

L-lysine boosts the production of creatinine in our body. Creatinine converts the fatty acids into energy.

3. Lowers the bad cholesterol

L-lysine can also aid in lowering the bad cholesterol. The bad cholesterol often causes cardiovascular disease and atherosclerosis.

4. Used for treating viral diseases

L-lysine is used for treating viral diseases like herpes simplex virus. The presence of L-lysine may hasten the healing and recovery period from herpes.

5. Prevent osteoporosis

Another L-lysine benefit is preventing osteoporosis. With proper absorption of calcium, there is less risk that you may have bone diseases.

Side Effects of L-lysine

L-lysine benefits our body however, it may also have some side effects. Some of side effects may include:

1. Formation of gallstones

Increasing dose L-lysine may increase the risk of gallstones.

2. Increased level of triglycerides

Taking L-lysine for too long may increase the level of triglycerides. Ask first your health care provider before taking any L-lysine supplements especially  if you have history of cardiovascular disorders.

3. Abdominal discomfort

Abdominal discomfort like stomach pain, diarrhea and feeling nauseous are just some of discomfort you may feel.

In the end, discuss your past medical history and current condition  with your health care provider before you take L-lysine supplements.

Considerations

Adding any dietary supplement to your nutrition routine is most safely done under the supervision of your health-care provider. High doses of lysine can lead to gallstone formation or the development of kidney disorders. This amino acid can also react with certain antibiotics to produce toxicity. Food-based sources of lysine include poultry, red meat, Parmesan cheese, eggs, sardines, cod and soy. Nuts, beans and milk products also provide this amino acid in a natural form.

L-CITRULLINE AND YOUR HEALTH

The amino acid L-Citrulline is similar to L-Arginine in that L-Citrulline can also boost nitric oxide levels in the body and relax blood vessels. In fact, our bodies naturally convert L-Citrulline into L-Arginine. This can translate into benefits for heart health and other blood flow issues such as erectile dysfunction. L-Citrulline is considered to be a strong amino acid that can be used for boosting energy and increasing athletic performance. Research also points towards L-Citrulline’s potential use in Alzheimer’s disease.

L-citrulline Health Benefits

L-citrulline is important for preserving the appropriate nitrogen level

It controls essential metabolic procedures

It help preserve the acid-base balance in the body

It enhances your immune system and hence enhances your total wellness

It enhances energy levels and assists prevent muscle tiredness

It promotes the manufacturing of the hormone insulin, creatine and the human growth hormone

It assists get rid of ammonia from the muscle cells and liver

L-citrulline detoxifies

It helps prepare you for extensive and severe training

It plays an essential function in the manufacturing of arginine

which assists in bodybuilding by improving blood flow and in alleviating anxiety

L-citrulline enhances blood flow assists decrease the signs of angina and high blood pressure. Therefore, citrulline minimizes the danger of cardio conditions

L-citrulline is similar to Viagra. It assists decrease tension, enhances body metabolic process and the interaction in between nerve cells and various other components of the body. Enhanced blood flow assists avoid erectile dysfunction

L-citrulline malate is a salt kind of L-citrulline which affects lactic acid metabolic process and avoids muscle tiredness. L-citrulline malate supplements are advised for athletes

In spite of numerous L-citrulline advantages, you have to follow the guidelines on the label consistently when it involves day-to-day L-citrulline dosage or day-to-day dosage of arginine supplement. An overdose can lead to moderate or even significant negative effects.

L-citrulline Side Effects

Understanding just the perks of the dietary supplements will not assist you in the long run. An overdose of L-citrulline can trigger the following adverse effects

L-citrulline can interact with some particular medicines and can reduce their efficiency or have a bad side effect

Those identified with heart problem or cardio troubles must not take l-citrulline, since it could intensify the issue

Overdose of l-citrulline might lead to a hazardous and abrupt drop in blood pressure

Breast-feeding and pregnant ladies should not take L-citrulline

Walnuts and watermelon (especially the rind) are considered as great natural sources of L-citrulline. Protein rich foods like eggs, fish, legumes, meat, milk, etc. can contribute adequate amounts of this amino acid. Malate or malic acid present in fruits such as apples improve the effects of L-citrulline.

Robert Redfern

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