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January 2014 Newsletter: Healthy Detox & GMO-free Herbs

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Healthy Detox Following a healthy detoxification program a few times a year is one of the best ways to stay well in the modern world. Every day, Americans are exposed to synthetic, often toxic chemicals on an unprecedented scale. Industrial chemicals and their pollutant run-offs in our water, pesticides, food additives, heavy metals, drug residues, and environmental hormones are trapped within the human body in greater concentrations than at any other point in history.

More than 25,000 new toxins enter our environment each year. We are all affected by the environmental toxins and stresses present in our world, and we all make unhealthy life choices now and again. Over periods of time, the toxic burden catches up to us. A detox program helps clean out the chemical toxins, drug residues, and collected waste matter trapped in our bodies. A detox program aims to remove the cause of disease before we ever get sick. Today, a regular detox program two or three times a year makes a big difference not only for health, but for the quality of our lives.

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Unsafe Detox Programs to Avoid

1. Water fasts: I don’t recommend them. Leading nutritionists and detoxification experts agree that fresh vegetable and fruit juice cleansing is superior to water fasting. Indeed, juice cleansing is an evolution in detoxification methods. Fresh juices, broths and herb teas help deeply cleanse the body, rejuvenate the tissues and guide you to a faster recovery from health problems than water fasting.

2. Overdoing purgatives and laxatives This is another place where detoxification can go wrong. Using purgatives like magnesium salts, bentonite clay or even large amounts of herbal laxatives for long periods of time (for instance to cleanse the colon) can be too harsh.

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Healing Power of Juice Fasts

Vegetable and fruit juices are alkalizing, so they neutralize uric acid and other inorganic acids, better than water, and increase the healing effects. Juices support better metabolic activity for fasting, too. Metabolic activity slows down during a water fast as the body attempts to conserve dwindling energy resources that further reduce productive cleansing. Juices are very easy on digestion, and easily assimilated into the bloodstream. They don’t disturb the detoxification process.

IN THE NEWS: Crystal Star now offers certified GMO-free herbs!

You don't want GMO's in your foods, why allow them in your supplements?

Since GMO’s introduction, the use of toxic herbicides has increased 15%!Due to these ongoing concerns, we would like to announce many of our top-selling products are now certified GMO-free.

The GMO Controversy

Today genetically modified foods are everywhere.

In the U.S., as much as 80% of conventional foods contain GMO's. Most of the soy (92%), corn (80%), potatoes, tomatoes, and dairy foods at your market is genetically engineered. Today, very few supplement companies offer GMO-free formulas. Crystal Star is leading the way with top formulas now certified GMO-free through the non-GMO Project.

What are GMO's?

Genetically modified organisms are created though biotechnology. Plant, animal, insect, even bacterial or viral DNA is spliced in to make up GMO foods. This does not occur in nature or traditional crossbreeding.

Did you know: GMO’s are designed to handle application of toxic pesticides and herbicides. This means GMO foods are more likely to be contaminated with the toxic pesticide residues that you want to avoid. One example: The widespread adoption of genetically modified Roundup ready soy in North and South America has led to massive increases in the use of Roundup and other glyphosate herbicides. Roundup and glyphosate have already been detected in air, rain, groundwater, in people’s urine, and even circulating in women’s blood.

Check out all our GMO-free formulas here: https://www.healthyhealing.com/non-gmo-formulas/

STEP BY STEP LIVER DETOX

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Is a Liver Detox Right for You?

Your liver is your most important organ of detoxification. Your life depends on your liver. To a large extent, the health of your liver determines the health of your entire body. The liver is really a wonderful chemical plant that converts everything we eat, breathe and absorb through the skin into life-sustaining substances.

Body signals that your liver needs some TLC include: • Unexplained fatigue, listlessness, depression or lethargy, lack of energy; numerous allergy reactions • Unexplained weight gain and the appearance of cellulite even if you are thin • A distended stomach even if the rest of the body is thin • Mental confusion, spaciness • Sluggish elimination, general constipation alternating to diarrhea • Food and chemical sensitivities, usually accompanied by poor digestion, and sometimes unexplained nausea • PMS, headaches and other menstrual difficulties; bags under the eyes • A yellowish tint to the skin and/or liver spots on the skin; poor hair texture and slow hair growth; skin itching and irritation. • Anemia and large bruise patches indicate severe liver exhaustion.

Liver Cleanse Nutrition Plan Start with this 3 to 5 day nutrition plan.Don’t forget: 8 glasses of water through the day.

The night before your liver cleanse… Take a cup of miso soup with sea veggies.

For the next 3-5 days...On rising: take 1 lemon squeezed in a glass of water; or 2 tbsp. lemon juice in water; or 2 tbsp. cider vinegar in water with 1 tsp. honey. Breakfast: take a glass of carrot/beet/cucumber juice, or organic apple juice. Add 1 tsp. spirulina to any drink for protein and chlorophyll support. Mid-morning: take a mixed green veggie drink; or take a green superfood powder mixed into water or vegetable juice. Lunch: have a glass of fresh carrot juice or a glass of organic apple juice. Mid-afternoon: have a cup of peppermint tea, pau d’ arco tea, or Crystal Star Liver Cleanse Flushing Tea; or another green drink. Dinner: have another carrot juice or a mixed vegetable juice; or have a hot vegetable broth. Before Bed: take another glass of lemon juice or cider vinegar in water. Add 1 tsp. honey or royal jelly; or a pineapple/papaya juice with 1 tsp. royal jelly.

Follow up with a diet of 100% fresh foods for the rest of the week.

December 2013 Newsletter- GMO Education and GMO-free Herbs

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You don't want GMO's in your foods, why allow them in your supplements?Check out all our GMO-free formulas here: https://www.healthyhealing.com/non-gmo-formulas/

Since GMO’s introduction, the use of toxic herbicides has increased 15%! Due to these ongoing concerns, we would like to announce many of our top-selling products are now certified GMO-free.

The GMO Controversy: What are GMO's?

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Today genetically modified foods are everywhere. 

In the U.S., as much as 80% of conventional foods contain GMO's. Most of the soy (92%), corn (80%), potatoes, tomatoes, and dairy foods at your market is genetically engineered.

What are GMOs?

Genetically modified organisms are created though biotechnology. Plant, animal, insect, even bacterial or viral DNA is spliced in to make up GMO foods. This does not occur in nature or traditional crossbreeding.

Did you know: GMO’s are designed to handle application of toxic pesticides and herbicides. This means GMO foods are more likely to be contaminated with the toxic pesticide residues that you want to avoid. One example:The widespread adoption of genetically modified Roundup ready soy in North and South America has led to massive increases in the use of Roundup and other glyphosate herbicides. Roundup and glyphosate have already been detected in air, rain, groundwater, in people’s urine, and even circulating in women’s blood.

Now GMO-Free: BWL TONE caps Purify Feature Product Helps eliminate bowel discomfort while restoring digestive health. Reduces gas and soothes and protects internal tissue.

Key IngredientsChamomile       |      Aloe        |      Peppermint     |    Cramp bark For stress relief    To soothe tissue    To reduce bloat    As an antispasmodic

November Newsletter- De-Stress for the Holidays

De-stress for the Holidays!

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Are the Holidays Stressing You Out?

More than 30% of Americans today say they are under constant stress. Eight out of 10 people say their stress has grown, citing the economy as the most significant cause. And, there is no question that the holidays, the most expensive and busy season of all, are a stressful time of year.

Stress Can Wreak Havoc on your Health

Statistics today show that up to 95 percent of visits to health care professionals are stress-related. At best, stress causes useless fatigue; at worst, it is dangerous to health.

Over 20 million Americans suffer from health problems linked to chronic stress. Everyone is affected by varying degrees of stress… people who work in polluted atmospheres, people at control desks with machines or instruments demanding continual attention, people who travel coast to coast constantly, people with mundane, boring jobs, and especially people who can’t find a job. Profound stress, like that caused by job loss or the loss of a loved one takes a serious physical toll.

Medical experts agree, stress in itself is not a disease, but the more “stressed out” you become, the more vulnerable you are to colds, flu, ulcers, allergies, even heart attacks and high blood pressure. Stress especially drains our energy, targeting organs like the adrenal glands and wiping out their stores. Long term stress invariably leads to severe fatigue from adrenal exhaustion, and regularly results in depression. Stress shows up in how you look, too.  Blemishes may appear around the chin; nails become brittle and peel, hair is dull and lifeless. Stress can even make your hair fall out!

Not all stress is bad.

It can be a motivating factor in our lives. The human body is designed to handle stressful situations, even to thrive on some of them. You can never avoid all stress, but you can maintain a high degree of health to handle and survive stress well.

What Puts You At Greatest Risk For Serious Stress?

Job pressure, money worries and the emotional problems that come with them top most stress lists today, coupled with lack of rest, and aggravated by the overuse of drugs, tobacco, caffeine or alcohol, our most common stress “relievers.” Physical stress triggers? Allergies (especially to gluten), hypoglycemia, mineral depletion, hormone imbalances; multiple infections, environmental pollutants, all lead to adrenal dysfunction and lower energy to deal with stress.

 HEALTHY HEALING NUTRITIONAL PROGRAM

Stress Relief Diet

Nutritional therapy plan: Good nutrition is a good answer to stress. It's a mood elevator.

1. As stress increases, protein needs increase. Protein and mineral-rich foods are the best choice. Vegetable proteins from whole grains, sea veggies, sea and soy foods, eggs and sprouts offer notable results. Have fresh carrot juice and fresh fish or seafood once a week.

2. Add melon to your diet. Melon contains SOD, an enzyme some think is more powerful than antioxidants in controlling stress, because it spurs the body to manufacture its own antioxidants to repair free radical damage. Add magnesium-rich foods from green vegetables and whole grains. Add more potassium-rich foods like potatoes, salmon, bananas, seafood and avocados to your diet. Potassium helps reduce stress-related high blood pressure, and regulates blood sugar. Intake should be about 3 to 5 grams daily. Cut down on high sodium foods which dehydrate the body.

3. Eat B vitamin-rich foods like brown rice and other whole grains. Avoid trans fats from fried foods, red meats and highly processed foods for adrenal health. These foods are high in chemicals that overburden the body’s elimination systems.

4. Reduce caffeine intake. Drink green tea or a green and white blend each morning instead for energy and antioxidants.

5. Take a glass of wine before dinner. No liquids with meals. Drink bottled water.

6. Make an anti-stress mix of nutritional yeast, toasted wheat germ, sunflower seeds, molasses, flax oil; take 2 tbsp. daily in food. Take miso soup before bed to relax.

7. Feed your adrenals with foods like sea veggies, like Systems Strength drink and green drinks, like Spirulina or Barley Grass powder.

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October Newsletter- Recharge Immune Power

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Recharge Your Immune StrengthYour immune system is your bodyguard. It works both pro-actively and protectively to shield you from anything that threatens your body.  Your immune system is vigilant, constantly searching for proteins, called antigens, that don’t belong in your body. It can deal with a wide range of pathogens - viruses, funguses, bacteria and parasites. It can even recognize potential antigens, like drugs, pollens, insect venoms and chemicals in foods; and malignant cells and foreign tissue, like transplanted organs or transfused blood.

Each one of us is different and the character of immune response varies widely. Most Americans today don’t have good immune response to fight off illness. So we’re already pre-disposed to a life of frequent colds and flu when bad weather rolls in.

Is Your Immunity Low?

Your immune system is low if you get chronic, continuing infections, colds, and respiratory allergies.

Why Do You Have Low Immune Response?

In today’s world, it’s usually because of poor diet and nutrition. Other big factors: prolonged use of antibiotics, steroid drugs or recreational drugs, (long-term use can depress immunity to the point where even minor illness can become life-threatening); staph infections; Candida yeast infections; environmental and heavy metal pollutants all figure in.

Stress is a big culprit that lowers immune response because it affects the production of interferon, your body’s natural antiviral agent. People who are under continuous stress from work or their personal lives are 2 and a half times more likely to get a cold or flu infection than other people. You may think you’re protected if you’ve had a flu shot, but think again. Flu shots are only effective for specific flu viruses…… you may be exposed to a different one, or even a brand new one (flu viruses mutate rapidly). That means your shot won’t be effective. In any case, follow-up studies show flu shots are only effective for 24% of the population.

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Do you have chronic colds?

The common cold is quite common… Americans catch about 66 million colds a year, costing the U.S. economy a whopping $40 billion a year!

In any two week period during high risk seasons, almost one-third of the U.S. suffers from a cold. A cold is usually your body’s attempt to cleanse itself of wastes, toxins and bacterial overgrowth that build up to a point where natural immunity can’t overcome them. The glands are always affected, and as the endocrine system is on a 6 day cycle, a normal cold usually runs for about a week as your body works through all of its detoxification processes.

Over 200 different viruses cause colds. Although we hear most often about rhino-viruses and their involvement in the misery we know as a cold, we are constantly exposed to cold-causing organisms without them actually causing a cold. Your immune system health is the deciding factor in whether you “catch” a cold or not. The medical world is well aware of this, so today there seem to be almost as many drugstore cold remedies, as there are colds… most of them symptom-suppressing with side effects. A cold is usually a cleansing condition, so it may be better to just let it happen, let your body start fresh, with a stronger immune system.

Work with your body, not against it, to get over a cold. Natural remedies are effective in speeding recovery and reducing discomfort. In my experience, most drug store cold remedies halt the body cleansing/balancing processes, and generally make the cold last longer.

Healing Tips For Chronic Colds

For better cold prevention: simply washing your hands with soap seven times each day cuts risk for colds and flu by 75%!  Further, exercising 5 times a week can cut incidences of colds 43%!

For long lasting or chronic colds: A tried and true method used for over 2 decades… For 3 days: Drink 3 cups of Cleansing and Purifying Tea to release congestion. Take 6-10 capsules daily of Herbal Laxa Caps to eliminate excess mucous that keeps harboring the infection.

Lymphatic System Health Is The Foundation Of Good Immune Response

The lymphatic system, including lymphatic vessels and nodes, the thymus gland, tonsils and spleen, acts as your body’s secondary circulatory system. It’s a network of tubing, millions of tiny vessels, ducts and valves that flush and filter waste products from cells and tissues, and carry them to the elimination organs. The lymph nodes are also the factory for crucial white blood cells (lymphocytes) that produce the powerful antibodies which form the overall defense of your body against infections. A major player in your health, the lymph system is a key to your body’s immune defenses because it can render harmful bacteria harmless.

As lymph flows around your body, large, eater cells called macrophages in the lymph nodes engulf foreign particles like harmful bacteria and cellular debris. Swollen lymph nodes (often really infected lymph nodes) are caused by an overload of pathogens the lymphatic system cannot keep under control. The lymphatic system doesn’t have a pump, like the heart.

The valves of the lymph system can keep lymph fluid moving along, but they depend on your breathing and muscle movement to drive them.  It’s one of the reasons I recommend exercise and deep breathing as an important part of any immune enhancing program. Exercise improves lymphatic circulation so it can remove waste materials that block immune response.

Further, the health of your lymphatic system depends to a large extent on the health of your liver. The liver produces most of the body’s lymph fluid, which is rich in lymphocytes, special white blood cells which form overall body defenses. A sluggish liver invariably means a congested lymph system. Lymph is also a major route for nutrients from the liver and intestines, so it’s rich in fat soluble nutrients, like protein, produced in the liver.

Here are a few tips for boosting lymphatic dranage and liver health:

Optimize liver health: Herbal bitters like turmeric, cardamom and lemon peel regenerate both liver and lymphatic system. Try • Liver Cleanse Flushing Tea; or • Bitters & Lemon extract. Cleanse your lymphatic system for optimum defense: • Echinacea is one of the best herbal lymph cleansers I know. • Red root and Astragalus, powerful lymph cleansers, are synergistic with echinacea.

Exercise boosts Immunity

A stronger immune system may be one benefit of daily exercise Exercise can help the body’s immune system defend against simple bacterial and viral infections. Research has shown that during moderate exercise, several positive responses occur in the immune system. The American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) notes that although these positive changes return to pre-exercise levels very quickly, the body’s immune system builds on them over time.  This process appears to reduce the risk of infection over the long term.

The results of two studies with young and elderly women cited by ACSM seem to support this research. In both studies, women in the exercise groups walked briskly 35-45 minutes, five days a week, for 12-15 weeks; the control groups remained physically inactive. Results of the studies show the walkers experienced about half the days with cold symptoms as the sedentary controls.

While it’s not known exactly how moderate exercise helps the immune system defend against certain illnesses, Medline Plus presents several theories: Physical activity flushes bacteria out from the lungs and may flush out cancer-causing cells through an increased output of urine and sweat. Exercise speeds the travel rate of antibodies and white blood cells through the body. As these antibodies or white blood cells circulate more rapidly, they may detect illnesses earlier. The temporary rise in body temperature may prevent bacterial growth, allowing the body to fight the infection more effectively. Exercise slows down the release of stress-related hormones. Regardless of how exercise helps the body’s defenses, it’s clear that frequent physical activity plays an important role in a healthy lifestyle and a strong immune system.

Sources: Medline Plus; Exercise and immunity American College of Sports Medicine; Exercise the Common Cold;  David C. Nieman, Dr.P.H., FACSM (Chair); Tom Weidner, Ph.D.; Elliott Dick, Ph.D.

September Newsletter- Colds & Flu

Fighting Colds & Flu How to heal your body when seasonal illness strikes

Over 200 different viruses cause colds. Although we hear most often about rhino-viruses and their involvement in colds, we are constantly exposed to cold-causing organisms without them actually causing a cold. Your immune system health is the deciding factor in whether you “catch” a cold or not. Today there seem to be almost as many drugstore cold remedies, as there are colds… most of them symptom-suppressing with side effects. A cold is usually a cleansing condition, so it may be better to just let it happen, let your body start fresh, with a stronger immune system. Still, without a doubt, it’s hard to work, sleep, and be around other people with miserable cold symptoms. Natural therapies are effective for minimizing misery while your body gets on with its job of cleaning house. Twelve steps to better cold care: 1.   A daily walk revs up immune response and gives you some fresh air. A walk puts cleansing oxygen into your lungs, and stops you from feeling sorry for yourself. It works wonders! 2.    Take ascorbate vitamin C or Ester C, 1000mg every hour, preferably in powder form with juice, throughout the day. Take zinc lozenges as needed, or bee propolis throat spray. 3.    Don’t smoke or drink alcohol (other than a little brandy and lemon). Avoid sugary foods, fried foods, and dairy foods. They increase production of thick mucous. 4.    Eat lightly but with good nutrition. A vegetarian diet is best at this time so the body won’t have to work so hard at digestion. 5.    Drink plenty of liquids; 6-8 glasses daily of fresh fruit and vegetable juices, herb teas and water to help flush toxins through and out of your system. 6.    Keep warm. Increase room humidity so your mucous membranes will remain active against the virus or bacteria. Don’t worry about a fever unless it is prolonged or high. 7.    Take a long hot bath, spa or sauna. Lots of toxins will pass out though the skin. 8.    Stay relaxed. Go to bed early, get plenty of sleep. Most cell regeneration occurs between midnight and 4 a.m. 9.    Use xylitol nasal wash every day to help keep any bacteria that enters your breathing passages from multiplying. 10.    Think positively about becoming well. Optimism is often a self-fulfilling prophecy. 11.    Wash hands and clean counter tops frequently to prevent virus spread. 12.    Light exercise is better than vigorous exercise during a cold. If you have a hanging on cold, that just won’t let you get well: A tried and true method used for over 2 decades… For 3 days: Drink 3 cups of Cleansing and Purifying™ Tea to release congestion. Take 6-10 capsules daily of Herbal Laxa Caps™ to eliminate excess mucous that keeps harboring the infection. Do you have a cold or flu? Here's how to tell.

Colds and flu are distinct and separate upper respiratory infections, triggered by different viruses. (Outdoor environment - drafts, wetness, temperature changes, etc. do not cause either a cold or the flu.) The flu is more serious, because it can spread to the lungs, and cause severe bronchitis or pneumonia. In the beginning stages, the symptoms of colds and flu can be similar. Both conditions begin when one or more of the over 200 hundred viruses that cause a cold or flu penetrate the body’s protective barriers. Viruses don’t breathe, digest food or eliminate, but they do replicate themselves with a vengeance. Nose, eyes and mouth are usually the sites of invasion from cold viruses. The most likely target for the flu virus is the respiratory tract. Colds and flu respond to different treatments. The following symptomatic chart can help identify your particular condition and allow you to deal with it better. A “cold” cold profile looks like this: •    Sufferers feel mildly ill to pretty sick. •    Slow onset. No prostration. Mild fatigue and weakness. •    Body aches and chills, largely due to the release of interferon (an immune stimulator). •    Sometimes a fever or headache. •    Localized symptoms like sore throat, sinus congestion, listlessness, drippy, runny nose with clear mucous, sneezing. •    Mild to moderate chest discomfort, usually with a hacking cough. A flu profile looks like this: •    Sufferers feel very sick right away. •    Swift and severe onset. •    Early and prominent prostration with flushed, hot, moist skin. •    General symptoms like chills, depression and body aches. •    Extreme fatigue, sometimes lasting 2-3 weeks. •    Acute chest discomfort, with severe hacking cough. Sore throat occasionally. •    Accompanied by high (102°-104°) fever, headache, sore eyes, achy muscles.

HEALTHY HEALING FITNESS PROGRAM

BODYWORK/FITNESS TIPS FOR STRONG IMMUNITY

During the acute stage of colds/flu:

• Sweating is effective at the first sign of infection. 1) Take 1 cayenne cap and 1 ginger cap. 2) Take a hot bath with tea tree oil drops. 3) Go to bed for a long sleep, so your body can focus on healing. 4) During the next several days, take a hot sauna or hot bath to help deactivate viruses: or try a ginger foot bath to raise body temperature, and boost circulation. • Aromatherapy steams: with or without a vaporizer are effective: - Eucalyptus opens sinus passages. - Frankincense boosts immune response and speeds recovery. -Wintergreen relieves nasal congestion. -Mint or chamomile relieve headaches. -Tea tree oil combats infection. • Flu spreads in dry air. Keep a tea kettle warming on the stove to keep the air humid. • Nasal irrigations disinfect mucous membranes and clears breathing quickly: add ½ tsp. sea salt to 1 cup warm water. Fill a dropper with liquid, tilt your head and fill each nostril; then blow your nose. Or, use xylitol nasal wash, a favorite of our whole staff. •  Massage therapy cleanses remaining pockets of toxins, and clears body meridians. Plus it makes you feel so good again! For longterm immune health:

• Relaxation techniques are immune-enhancers. A positive mental attitude makes a big difference in how your body fights disease. Creative visualization establishes belief and optimism. • Regular aerobic exercise keeps system oxygen high. Disease does not readily overrun a body where oxygen and organic minerals are high in the vital fluids. • Immune power builds the most during sleep. Use aromatherapy immune oils like lavender or rosemary oil before bed. •  Tobacco in any form suppresses immunity. The cadmium content causes zinc deficiency. It takes 3 months to rebuild immune response even after you quit. •  Stimulate immunity with early morning sunlight every day. Avoid excessive sun. A sunburn depresses immunity.

This Month's Recipes

Cold and Flu Tonic to Clear Chest Congestion

Feel better fast

Makes: 2 drinks

Recipe Ingredients:

4 cloves garlic, minced (or 2 tsp. garlic-lemon-sesame seasoning) ¼ tsp. cumin ¼ tsp. black pepper ½ tsp. hot mustard powder 1 tbsp. olive oil 1 cup water 1 tsp. turmeric ½ tsp. sesame salt ½ tsp. ground coriander (1 tbsp. fresh cilantro) 1 cup cooked split peas (or 1 cup frozen peas)

Recipe Directions:

In a dry pan, toast the minced garlic, cumin, black pepper, and hot mustard powder until aromatic. Add the olive oil and stir well. Toast a little to blend. Add the water, turmeric, sesame salt, ground coriander, and cooked split peas. Simmer gently 5 minutes; then mix all ingredients in a blender. Makes 2 drinks.

Cold Defense Cleanser

Make this broth the minute you feel a cold coming on. It may prevent it.

Makes: 2 drinks

Recipe Ingredients:

1½ cups water 1 tbsp. honey 1 tsp. garlic powder ½ tsp. cayenne 1 tsp. ground ginger 3 tbsp. brandy 1 tbsp. lemon juice 1 dropperful echinacea extract

Recipe Directions:

In a soup pot, simmer the water, honey, garlic powder, cayenne, ground ginger, brandy, and lemon juice. Add 1 dropperful echinacea extract just before taking. (Best in small sips).

(Recipes From Linda Page's Diets for Healthy Healing- NOW AVAILABLE AS AN EBOOK!

June 2013- Prostate Health

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Prostate disorders usually begin after age 35. Between the ages of 51 and 60, 50% of all men have an enlarged prostate - over 90% percent by age 80. Commonly prescribed drugs for the prostate can cause side effects of decreased potency and libido (in some cases, it is stifled entirely). Yet, men can help themselves manage prostate problems naturally without the drug side effects (often as bad as the prostate problem itself). Is Your Prostate Enlarged? Check for these symptoms:

With BPH, the condition is basically the symptoms… an inflamed, swollen, infected prostate gland; frequent, painful desire to urinate with reduced flow of urine or dribbling, especially at night, incontinence in severe cases; lower back and leg pain; loss of libido, and usually painful intercourse. Most men also suffer disrupted sleep and daytime fatigue.

What’s at the root of the problem?

A high fat diet puts a man at greatest risk, as does a poor diet with too little fiber, and too much alcohol and caffeine. Essential fatty acid and prostaglandin depletion lead to hormonal changes like increased estrogen levels and altered testosterone levels. Exhausted lymph system from too many antihistamines and lack of exercise figures in.

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Diet to Heal the Prostate

  1. Take lemon juice and water every morning for two weeks to cleanse sediment; then cider vinegar and honey in water daily for a month to prevent sediment recurrence. Add green tea daily. Follow a fresh foods, low fat, high fiber diet for 3 weeks - plenty of green salads, fresh fruits, juices, steamed vegetables, Omega-fatty acids from seafood and flax, and tomatoes are especially beneficial.

  2. Watchwords should be: less saturated and trans fat, more fiber. Add whole grains, soy foods, seafoods and sea veggies (2 tbsp. chopped dry daily) for more EFAs.

  3. Make a cholesterol-lowering mix: lecithin granules, toasted wheat germ, pumpkin seeds, oat bran, nutritional yeast, flax seeds, sesame seeds, crumbled dry seaweeds; take 4 tbsp. daily over rice or miso soup. Naturally lowering cholesterol lowers PSA levels.

  4. Drink 6 glasses of water or cleansing fluids daily. Especially add 2 glasses of cranberry or tomato juice. Have a vegetable drink or Systems Strength drink for iodine and potassium nutrients, during healing.

  5. Avoid red meats, caffeine, hard liquor, sodas, especially beer, during healing. Limit spicy foods that irritate your bladder. Avoid tobacco, fried, fatty and refined foods forever.

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Lifestyle Choices and a Healthy Prostate

Men concerned about prostate health may benefit from an exercise program or increasing their physical activity overall, as both can support a healthy weight.  Exercise can help to reduce the risk of many diseases, including prostate cancer.  According to the Mayo Clinic, prostate cancer is the most common cancer diagnosed in men, and men with a body mass index (BMI) of 30 or higher are at greater risk.

Studies referenced by Harvard Medical School also found that men who were more physically active were less likely to suffer from enlarged prostate and erectile dysfunction, and experienced reduced prostatitis symptoms.  Harvard also notes that while relatively few studies have assessed the effects of exercise on prostate health, in general, men with an average risk of prostate cancer who make positive lifestyle choices - including regular exercise - may reduce their risk of prostate and other cancers.

Sources:

Harvard Health Publications, Harvard Medical School, “10 Diet and Exercise Tips for Prostate Health”.http://www.health.harvard.edu/healthbeat/10-diet-and-exercise-tips-for-prostate-health

Mayo Clinic, “Prostate cancer prevention: ways to reduce your risk“.http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/prostate-cancer-prevention/MC00027

May 2013- Healthy Hearts

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Of all the world’s people, Americans are at the highest risk for heart disease. It kills more people than the next eight leading causes of death combined, and every year exceeds the total Americans killed in WWI and WWII combined. Experts tell us most heart disease is 100% preventable with changes in diet and lifestyle, yet a million people die each year because of heart problems. Two-thirds of Americans suffer from some kind of cardiovascular disorder. Billions have, and are, being spent to address its many forms. Today we see that natural therapies are proving to reduce mortality better than aggressive medical intervention or even the most advanced drug treatment.

Many cholesterol-lowering drugs can cause liver toxicity, stomach distress and vision impairment. They can also deplete CoQ-10, an essential co-enzyme that strengthens the heart. Studies show that calcium channel blockers (the top selling blood pressure drugs), block many body functions and are implicated in aggravated cardiovascular problems, too.

Do You Have High Blood Pressure?

High blood pressure is another major heart problem in our fast-paced, high-stress world. It affects 1 out of every 3 U.S. adults today and is the leading health problem for American women. Middle aged Americans actually have a 90% chance of developing high blood pressure!

Eighty-five percent of high blood pressure is preventable without drugs. In fact, a good diet is your best bet to control high blood pressure. Start by controlling your salt intake. Drink plenty of water to balance body salts. When your body perceives that it is becoming dehydrated, it responds by retaining sodium to stop further water loss, starting a vicious cycle of craving for salty foods and liquids that ends in high blood pressure.

Eliminate foods that provoke high blood pressure - salty canned and frozen foods, cured, smoked and canned meats and fish, commercial peanut butter, soy sauce, bouillon cubes and condiments, fried chips and snacks, dry soups.

Focus on a largely plant-based diet. Include: a wide range of fruits and vegetables, seafood and sea vegetables, whole grains, legumes and nuts, low fat dairy foods (on occasion) and nuts and seeds. If your diet is strictly low-sodium, the sea vegetable nori (particularly nori that has been rinsed in fresh water before drying) has far less sodium than other sea vegetables. Eat vitamin C rich foods like peppers, kiwis, papayas, cauliflower and broccoli to strengthen the blood vessels and slow down hardening of the arteries.

Magnesium is Nature’s Calcium Channel Blocker. In Nature, calcium often appears in a balanced ratio with magnesium because magnesium has protective features to balance out any calcium overload on the heart. Eat more calcium and magnesium-rich dark green veggies, nuts and seeds, beans and poultry to reap the most benefits from each mineral.

Add B vitamin foods like nutritional yeast, wheat germ, fish and brown rice to build resistance against stress reactions that cause blood pressure to skyrocket.

Potassium controls heart rate, normalizes blood pressure fluctuations and flushes excess sodium in the body linked to high blood pressure. Duke University studies reveal that hypertensive men who supplement with potassium regain health and reduce their blood pressure. Potassium is easily brought in through foods like bananas, celery, apricots, seafood and nuts.

Reduce alcohol intake to only a little wine at night. Moderate alcohol drinking (especially wine) can relax the blood vessels and reduce blood pressure. Excessive alcohol intake, particularly from hard liquor, increases the pressure on in the arteries and causes blood pressure to soar.

Eliminate caffeine and nicotine for good. Both are notorious for raising blood pressure.

Very few people with hypertension require medication to control their disease. Millions can reverse high blood pressure with simple diet therapy.  If you have high blood pressure, take back control of your health by using your food as medicine. The recommendations here can help rebalance blood pressure and restore your health.

Are Your Homocysteine Levels Too High?

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Homocysteine is news today, but the connection between heart disease and homocysteine isn’t new. Homocysteine is a body substance that helps manufacture proteins and assist with cellular metabolism. It’s a harmless amino acid, but in excess, can cause blood platelets to clump and vein walls to break down, leading to atherosclerosis and coronary disease. Research linking heart disease to high homocysteine plasma levels began in 1969, when a Harvard pathologist, found severe atherosclerosis in children with very high homocysteine levels.

What We Know About High Homocysteine Today

New England Journal of Medicine study shows that people with high homocysteine levels are 4½ times more likely to die of heart disease than other people. New estimates are that 1 in 5 cardiac cases can be attributed to high homocysteine levels. High homocysteine levels may be especially dangerous for women. Women with high homocysteine levels and low folic acid in the blood are twice as likely to have a heart attack as women with normal levels.

Diet and Lifestyle Can Infuence Homocysteine

A simple 3 point program shows protection in one to three months.

1. B vitamins come to your rescue. A high intake of folic acid and B6 lowers risk for cardiovascular disease 45% in women (February 1998 Journal of the AMA). Try B Complex, 100mg daily. Add 50mg extra of B6 and 400mcg extra of folic acid to help break down homocysteine.

2. Four garlic capsules (1200mg a day) maintain aortic elasticity.

3. Take daily ginger caps or extract. If you take aspirin to prevent a stroke or heart attack because aspirin inhibits an enzyme that makes the blood prone to dangerous stickiness, know that ginger not only inhibits this same enzyme but it does so without aspirin’s side effects like gastric bleeding. To Life-long health,

Linda Page

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January 2013- Weight Loss After 40

Weight Loss After 40 Most of us want to shed a few pounds after a holiday full of rich foods and overindulgence, but never is it harder to achieve weight loss goals than after age forty.

Nearly everyone faces a disconcerting body thickening and slow rise in weight in their 40s, even people who have always been slim, who eat a healthy diet, and who exercise regularly. In fact, body fat typically doubles between the ages of 20 and 50. Sometimes diet and exercise really isn’t enough!

What’s happening to our bodies?

For women, a major calorie-burning process grinds to a halt after menopause. The metabolic rise in the last two weeks of the menstrual cycle accounts for 15,000–20,000 calories per year. Those calories really start to add up when the menstrual cycle stops. Further, women tend to develop more abdominal fat as estrogen levels are reduced. For men, lower testosterone levels caused by andropause leads to a decrease in muscle mass and an increase in fat storage. Research shows that with age, men burn less fat during exercise, so older men actually need to work out longer to lose weight!

Thermogenesis’ Role in Weight Loss Over 40

Thermogenesis is all about fat burning. About 75% of the calories you eat work to keep you alive and support your resting metabolic rate. The balance of calories are stored as white fat, or burned up by brown adipose tissue (brown fat), your body’s premier fat burning factory. The more active your brown fat is, the more efficient your thermogenesis is, and the easier it is to maintain an optimum weight. Differences in brown fat activity explain why some people can overeat and stay slim, while others put on the pounds even though their diet and exercise plan is sound.

Starting in our early 40s, a genetic timer begins to slow down the thermogenic mechanism. Instead of calories being burned off, more of them get stored as white fat, leading to weight gain, especially around the middle. In addition, some people are simply not born with enough brown fat. These people gain more weight at middle age because the little brown fat they do have is reduced even further. However, you can reactivate your brown fat activity after 40, and using thermogenic herbs is a key.

Fat Burning Herbs

Green tea, mustard seed, cinnamon and ginger are thermogenic herbs that you can use without side effects or health risks. I only formulate with whole herbs, because they are much less likely to produce side effects or interactions than standardized herbs or highly concentrated herbs. Further, whole herbs in combination offer the advantage of addressing multiple body systems and needs. For “after 40” weight loss concerns, I combine thermogenic herbs with herbs that control appetite and sugar cravings, and herbs that relieve bloating. Whole herbs really do support the whole person.

Losing weight at mid life does present new challenges, but I’ve found that once the body adjusts to its new hormone levels, weight gain stabilizes, and becomes more manageable. Whole herbs can help you get over an “after 40” weight loss plateau, and have the added benefits of improving body chemistry and reestablishing better metabolic rates.

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The Importance of Exercise for Weight Control

For those trying to lose weight, basic guidelines dictate eating less and moving more. In an attempt to shed pounds quickly, many overweight individuals will turn to weight loss fads and gimmicks.

Ultimately, healthy weight loss requires several important elements, starting with an appointment with a physician. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) recommends a weight loss goal of 1-2 pounds per weeks as a safe and reasonable way to lose weight, making it easier to keep it off in the long term. NIH guidelines show that slow and steady weight loss also allows time to make new healthy lifestyle changes, such as eating a healthy diet and increasing physical activity.

For a healthy weight loss of 1-2 pounds per week, daily caloric intake must be reduced by 500 to 1,000 calories.  Weight loss strategies are not one-size-fits-all, but there are common elements that can work for most people.  The Harvard School of Public Health cites the findings of the National Weight Control Registry, which show that members who lose more than 30 pounds and keep the weight off for at least a year had similar strategies: they exercise, burning an average of 400 calories a day; they consume fewer calories, based on their weight, height and activity level and; they watched less television, limited fast food intake, cut back on sugars and sweets, and ate more fruits and vegetables.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that obesity is common, serious and costly.  CDC data for 2011 shows that no state in the U.S. had obesity rates under 20%.  For overweight individuals, losing just 10 percent of current body weight can have a positive impact on their health.  According to the NIH document, Aim for a Healthy Weight, losing this initial weight helps to lower risk for heart disease, high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, osteoporosis, and certain types of cancer.   For those who are patient and lose weight at the recommended rate, the health benefits can be very rewarding!

Sources:

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Healthy Weight – it’s not a diet, it’s a lifestyle!

National Institutes of Health:  National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, Aim for a Healthy Weight

Harvard School of Public Health:  The Nutrition Source, Exercise and Weight Control

This Month's Recipes

Dieter’s Mid-day Meal Replacement Drink

This drink is good-tasting and satisfying. It is full of foods that help raise metabolism, cleanse and flush out wastes, balance body pH, and stimulate enzyme production.

6 tbsp. rice protein powder

4 tbsp. oat bran

2 tbsp. bee pollen granules

2 tbsp. flax seed

2 tsp. fructose

1 tsp. acidophilus powder

½ tsp. lemon peel powder

½ tsp. ginger powder

2 tsp. spirulina powder (or green superfood blend of your choice)

In a blender, combine all ingredients. Take 1 tablespoon in 8 oz. juice or water. Makes enough for 10 drinks.  Drink slowly.

Fruit Juice Bars

1 cup chopped dates

½ cup apple juice

½ cup orange juice

3 tbsp. grated orange zest

1 tsp. vanilla

2 cups rolled oats

2 cups whole wheat pastry flour

1 tbsp. cinnamon

1½ cups pear juice

grapeseed oil spray

Preheat oven to 350°F. In the blender, mix dates, apple juice, orange juice, orange zest and vanilla to a purée consistency; set aside. To make the dough: in a blender, grind 2 cups rolled oats to a coarse meal. Stir oats in a bowl with the pastry flour and cinnamon. Stir in the pear juice. Press the dough into a grapeseed oil-sprayed 8" square pan. Spread date purée on top. Bake for 35 – 45 minutes until crust is firm. Cool completely and cut in squares. Makes 16 bars. (From Linda Page's Diets for Healthy Healing)

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Hot Seaweed Bath™

Take a seaweed bath once a week to help stimulate lymph drainage, reduce cellulite, rid your body of toxins, balance body chemistry, reduce tension and beautify skin texture! For best results, dry brush your skin before the bath.

Ingredients: Horsetail Kelp, Bladderwrack, Atlantic Kombu, Dulse, Sea Palm, Alaria, Laver.

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Do you have chronic colds?

We are constantly exposed to cold-causing organisms without them actually causing a cold. Your immune system health is the deciding factor in whether you “catch” a cold or not. Over 200 different viruses cause colds. Drugstore remedies only suppress symptoms and have side effects like dizziness or fatigue. A cold is really a cleansing condition, so it may be better to just let it happen, and let your body start fresh, with a stronger immune system. Still, it’s hard to work, sleep, and be around other people with cold symptoms. Natural therapies are effective for relieving cold misery while your body gets on with its job of cleaning house.

Twelve steps to better cold care:

  1. A daily walk revs up immune response and gives you some fresh air. A walk puts cleansing oxygen into your lungs, and stops you from feeling sorry for yourself.

  2. Take vitamin C or Ester C, 1000mg every hour, preferably in powder form with juice, throughout the day, at first signs of a cold. Take zinc lozenges as needed to ease a sore throat.

  3. Avoid sugary foods, fried foods, and dairy foods. They all increase production of mucous.

  4. Eat lightly but with good nutrition. A vegetarian diet is best at this time, so the body won’t have to work so hard at digestion.

  5. Drink plenty of liquids. 6-8 glasses of fresh fruit and vegetable juices, herb teas and water daily will help flush toxins out of your system.

  6. Keep warm. Don’t worry about a fever unless it is prolonged or high.

  7. Take a long hot bath, spa or sauna. Toxins will pass out though the skin.

  8. Stay relaxed. Go to bed early, and get plenty of sleep. Most cell regeneration occurs between midnight and 4 a.m.

  9. Use xylitol nasal wash every day to help keep any bacteria, which enters your breathing passages from multiplying.

  10. Think positively about becoming well. Optimism can be a self-fulfilling prophecy.

  11. Wash hands and clean counter tops frequently to prevent virus spread.

  12. Light exercise is better than vigorous exercise during a cold.

  13. Try herbal Immune Support with echinacea, goldenseal and myrrh to naturally support and balance the immune system.

To Lifelong health,

Linda Page, Ph.D., Traditional Naturopath