Natural Immunity- Safeguarding your System

About the Immune System

echinacea-resized-600Your immune system is your bodyguard. It works both pro-actively and protectively to shield you from anything in your world that threatens your life and limb. The main elements of the immune system are the thymus gland, bone marrow, the spleen, the complement system of enzymatic proteins, and the lymphatic system with white blood cells and lymphocytes, the backbone of immune defenses. Your immune system is ever-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, such as drugs, pollens, insect venoms and chemicals in foods, and malignant cells and foreign tissue, such as transplanted organs or transfused blood.

The immune system is the body's most complex and delicately balanced infrastructure. We hear so much about immune system breakdown today. Yet, most of us don't know very much about it, or how it works. It's really an amazing part of our bodies. While the workings of other body systems have been well known for some time, the complex nature and dynamics of the immune system have been largely a mystery. One of the problems in comprehending immune response is its highly individual nature. It's a personal defense system that comes charging to the rescue at the first sign of an alien force, such as a harmful virus or pathogenic bacteria. Personal immune response shows us that there is so much more to our healing than the latest wonder drug. It shows us that we are the ultimate healer of ourselves.

Most Americans today don't have good immune response to fight off illness. Pollution, drug overload and nutrient-poor diets compromise our immune health even in good weather. So we're already pre-disposed to a life of frequent colds and flu when bad weather rolls in. Stress is a definite culprit in reduced 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 30% of the population.

Drugs aren't the answer for immune enhancement. The immune system is not responsive to drugs for healing. Even doctors admit that most drugs really just stabilize the body, or arrest a harmful organism, to allow the immune system to gather its forces and take over. Each one of us has a unique immune response system. It would be almost impossible to form a drug for each person. Antibiotics used to fight infections actually depress the immune system when used long-term. Long courses of tetracycline and erythromycin are some of the most common and some of the worst for immune health. But natural nutritive forces, like healing foods and herbal medicines can and do support the immune system. They enhance its activity, strengthen it, and provide an environment through cleansing and detoxification for it to work at its best.

I believe the only way to stay healthy during high risk times is to prepare your body for the defenses it's going to need. Even if you've improved your diet, take another look at it because a super nutritious diet is imperative when you're under attack.

What does the immune system really do? Immune defense is autonomic, using its own subconscious memory to establish antigens against harmful pathogens. It's a system that works on its own to fend off or neutralize disease toxins, and set up a healing environment for the body. It is this quality of being a part of us, yet not under our conscious control, that is the great power of immune response. It is also the dilemma of medical scientists as they struggle to get control of a system that is all pervasive and yet, in the end, impossible to completely understand. It is as if God shows us his face in this incredibly complex part of us, where we are allowed to glimpse the ultimate mind-body connection.

Maintaining strong immune defenses in today's world is not easy. Daily exposure to environmental pollutants, the emotional and excessive stresses of modern lifestyles, chemicalized foods, and new virus mutations are all a challenge to our immune systems. Devastating, immune compromised diseases are rising all over the world. Reduced immunity is the main factor in opportunistic diseases, like candida albicans, chronic fatigue syndrome, lupus, HIV, hepatitis, mononucleosis, herpes II, sexually transmitted diseases and cancer. These diseases have become the epidemic of our time, and most of us don't have very much to fight with. An overload of antibiotics, antacids, immunizations, cortico-steroid drugs, and environmental pollutants eventually affect immune system balance to the point where it cannot distinguish harmful cells from healthy cells.

I see traditional medicine as "heroic" medicine. Largely developed in wartime, its greatest strengths are emergency measures -- the ability to arrest a crisis, destroy or incapacitate pathogenic organisms, reset and re-attach broken body parts, and stabilize the body so it can gather its healing forces. Because drugs work in an attempt to directly kill harmful organisms, it is easy to see that their value would be for emergency measures, and for short term use.

But, three unwanted things often happen with prolonged drug use: 1) Our bodies can build up a tolerance to the drug so that it requires more of it to get the same effect. 2) The drug slowly overwhelms immune response so the body becomes dependent upon it, using it as a crutch instead of doing its own work. 3) The drug misleads our defense system to the point that it doesn't know what to assault, and attacks everything in confusion. This type of over-reaction often happens during an allergy attack, where the immune system may respond to substances that are not really harmful. Most of the time, if we use drugs wisely to stimulate rather than over kill, if we "get out of the way" by keeping our bodies clean and well nourished, the immune system will spend its energies rebuilding instead of fighting, and strengthen us instead of constantly gathering resources to conduct a "rear guard" defense.

The very nature of immune strength means that it must be built from the inside out. The immune system is the body system most sensitive to nutritional deficiencies. Giving your body generous, high quality, natural remedies at the first sign of infection improves your chances of overcoming disease before it takes serious hold. Powerful, immune-enhancing superfoods and herbs can be directed at "early warning" problems to build strength for immune response. Building good immune defenses takes time and commitment, but it is worth it. The inherited immunity and health of you, your children and your grandchildren is laid down by you.

One more thing: Laughter lifts more than your spirits. It also boosts your immune response. Laughter lowers cortisol, an immune suppressor, allowing immunity to function better.

Linda Page, Ph.D., Traditional Naturopath, is an internationally renowned author, educator, and classical herbalist.

Dr. Page is an Adjunct Professor at Clayton College of Natural Health. She is a member of The American Naturopathic Medical Association. The California Naturopathic Association, The American Herbalist Guild The American Botanical Council and The Herb Research Foundation. Author of the best-selling book, Healthy Healing, A Guide to Self Healing for Everyone, now in the 12th edition. Dr. Page owns and formulates Crystal Star Herbal Nutrition supplements.

Energy- How to Get More!

Increase your Energy Naturally!

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Energy truly governs our lives. Low energy can mean the difference between crawling and walking through life. In fact, fatigue-related complaints are one of the top five reasons people visit their physician. America is open for business 24 hours a day and "burnout" is extremely common.

Here are the five most common reasons for energy depletion:

1. LACK OF SLEEP: Almost 50% of the U.S. population has sleep-related problems like insomnia. A new study reports that an astounding 25% of adults feel that sleep and success are mutually exclusive. Lack of sleep drains your energy, reduces immune response, lowers your sex drive, and raises blood pressure. Giving up 90 minutes, of the standard "8 hours", reduces daytime alertness up to 33%!

2) STRESS: No one lives a completely stress free life. Stress depends on how you react to the changes and demands of your life. Chronic stress takes an extra toll on energy, targeting organs like the adrenal glands and taxing their stores to the point of depletion. This exhaustion is revealed in how you look and feel. The more "stressed out" you become, the more vulnerable you are to chronic health problems.

3. ADRENAL EXHAUSTION: The adrenal glands are the most affected by stress, emotional strain, anger or exhaustion. When you're under pressure, the adrenal medulla secretes adrenaline and norepinephrine to accelerate metabolism, heart rate, respiration and perspiration. These are natural responses vital to survival; they strengthen the body and increase its resistance to stress. But when the adrenals release too few or too many hormones, exhaustion can result.

4. THYROID MALFUNCTION: Because your thyroid gland governs your metabolism, its smooth running is crucial to providing vital energy resources. Since World War II, an above average number of people have developed thyroid problems; it is thought, largely, to be a result of all the new chemicals and pollutants in our environment. Today hypothyroidism (low thyroid) affects 15 million people, the vast majority of them women.

5. OVER-USE OF STIMULANTS LIKE CAFFEINE, SUGAR OR DRUGS: Americans want quick fixes and we often end up paying the price in terms of our health. Nine out of ten Americans use caffeine in some form, typically 2 cups of coffee a day. Caffeine acts as a nervous system stimulant and is notorious for wiping out the adrenals, leading to lowered energy levels. Sugar consumption of the average American is 150 pounds of sugar a year, a whopping 1200% increase from a century ago. Over-use of either caffeine or sugar results in an increase in blood sugar levels. In an effort to clean up the excess sugar in the blood, insulin, our body's blood sugar regulator, removes too much sugar, causing low blood sugar reactions and more fatigue.

The good news is... Natural energizers have great advantages over chemically processed stimulants. They don't exhaust the body, and are supporting rather than depleting. They can be strong or gentle as needed.

A few simple things you can do today to bring more energy into your life

  • Don't worry. Worries are a storehouse of wasted energy.
  • Cultivate relationships with people who inspire you and make you feel good.
  • Spend time in nature. Getting a little Earth in your soul can reduce stress and lift your spirits.

Linda Page, Ph.D., Traditional Naturopath, is an internationally renowned author, educator, and classical herbalist.

Dr. Page is an Adjunct Professor at Clayton College of Natural Health. She is a member of The American Naturopathic Medical Association. The California Naturopathic Association, The American Herbalist Guild The American Botanical Council and The Herb Research Foundation. Author of the best-selling book, Healthy Healing, A Guide to Self Healing for Everyone, now in the 12th edition. Dr. Page owns and formulates Crystal Star Herbal Nutrition supplements.

The Importance Of Water

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Good water is essential to body cleansing. It's obvious. It sounds like a truism. Your body goes down fast without water. Making up almost three-fourths of the body, every cell is regulated, monitored and dependent on an efficient flow of water. Not one of the processes in our bodies could take place without water. Water is something that we take for granted. But how many of us really understand how essential water is or what happens to our body if it doesn't receive pure water every day, free of chemicals and pollutants?

  • Water is the adhesive that bonds your cell architecture. When you get enough water fluid retention decreases, and gland and hormone functions improve.
  • Water regulates your body temperature, maintains your equilibrium and helps the liver break down and release more fat.
  • Water carries every nutrient, mineral, vitamin, protein, hormone and chemical messenger in your body to its destination.
  • Proteins and enzymes, the basis for your body's healing capacity, function efficiently only when you have enough water.
  • Your daily energy depends on water, because your body's chemical reactions are water-dependent. Just like a hydro-electric system, the energy generated by your body's water is used by your two vital cell battery systems, ATP and GTP.
  • Your brain tissue is 85% water. Messages from your brain to everywhere else in your body are transported on "waterways."

Water is essential to the cleansing processes of your body.

  • It lubricates and flushes wastes and toxins from all cells.
  • It cleanses the internal organs.
  • It helps eliminate toxins from the bloodstream.

Drinking enough water is critical to keep your skin soft and supply, your brain sharp and your elimination systems regular. But there's another side to the water story. Most Americans have reduced their intake of fats (including the good Omega-3 fats) to the point that their bodies don't hold and use the water they do take in. It's one of the reasons I recommend adding more sea greens to your diet for moister skin, shining eyes and lustrous hair.... a quality of sea plants known since ancient Greek times.

How much is enough? Your body needs about three quarts of replacement water every day under normal conditions. Strenuous activity, summer temperatures, or a diet that's high in salt increase this requirement. Your foods provide up to 11/2 quarts of water per day. (Fruits and vegetables are more than 90% water. Even dry foods like bread are about 35% water.) Water for metabolism is produced as part of the food digestion process, yielding as much as a pint per day.

Water is critical to your detoxification program! For a healing program, several types of water are worth consideration:

  • Mineral water comes from natural springs with varying mineral content and widely varying taste. The naturally occurring minerals are beneficial to digestion and regularity. In Europe, this form of bottled water has become a fine art.
  • Distilled water can be from a spring or tap source; it is "de-mineralized". Distilling is accomplished by boiling water, then converting to steam and recondensing it. It is ideal for healing, but not for longterm use because it can demineralize the body.
  • Sparkling water can come from natural carbonation in underground springs, but most are artificially infused with CO2 to maintain a standard fizz. This water is an aid to digestion, and is excellent in cooking to tenderize and give lightness to a recipe.
  • Artesian well water is the Cadillac of natural untreated waters. It always comes from a deep pure source, has a slight fizz from bubbling up under rock pressure, and is tapped by a drilled well without coming in contact with ground contaminants.

Beyond buying bottled water, you can also take steps as an individual to conserve water and diminish pollution of ground water supplies:

  • Use biodegradable soaps and detergents. Don't use water fresheners in toilet bowls.
  • Don't pour wastes like paints, solvents, and petroleum based oils into drains.
  • Use natural fertilizers such as manure and compost in your garden.
  • Conserve water -- use what you really need for a shower, a bath, laundry or cooking.

So be sure to get enough water every day, but make sure it is the right kind of water which can cleanse and heal the body, not toxic or polluted water which destroys health.

To learn more, see the book Healthy Healing's Detoxification.

First Ever Orally Administered Botanical now FDA approved!

Just in from the American Botanical Council... FDA now approves Crofelemer as the first-ever oral botanical drug for usage in HIV patients with diarrhea. Crofelemer is derived from the latex of the South American sangre de drago tree (dragon's blood, Croton lechleri).

For more information, check out the FDA's press release.

Also, check out our friends over at the American Botanical Council for more breaking information on healthy herbs in the news.

Questions about kava kava's safety?

Kava has become the "herbal answer" to Valium-like drugs in America. Kava helps calm the mind and relax the muscles without causing side effects like over-sedation or addiction common to prescription drugs. However, some media reports suggest kava causes liver damage. You should know that evidence shows in 27 of the 30 reported cases the people were using other medications, or had a history of alcoholism which may have caused the liver toxicity. In the South Pacific where kava is used regularly in very high doses, there are few reports of liver toxicity.

Is kava misuse the problem? A study by the University of Manoa found an alkaloid, pipermethystine, found primarily in kava’s stem peelings have liver toxic effects in vitro. While traditional healers use only the root in preparations, widespread industrial production of the herb means that some manufacturers use stem peelings and leaves in commercial products due to the much cheaper costs. Leading theories speculate this misuse has led to current toxicity problems. We use modest doses of  whole kava kava root in combination with other whole herbs and we have not seen any problems.

Until we know more, we suggest to avoid kava when you drink alcohol, or if you have liver problems, or if you take drugs that affect the liver. Experts theorize that kava may potentially aggravate liver disease in rare cases.

To Life-long health,

Linda Page

Are you worried about the safety of supplements and herbs?

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Here are the facts (source: Natural Products Association)1. Supplements are SAFE. Millions of people use supplements every year with no safety issues. In fact, supplements are regulated as foods NOT as drugs because of their excellent safety record.

2. Supplements are regulated. The Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act (DSHEA) effectively regulates supplements on the market. Even the FDA concedes it has all the tools it needs to regulate supplement use.

3. Studies show supplements enhance health! The numbers show that natural products can save lives, not to mention millions of dollars in healthcare.

A few examples from the Natural Products Association: - Daily intake of approximately 1,800 milligrams of omega-3 fatty acids can reduce the occurrence of CHD (coronary heart disease) among the over-65 population. Approximately 384,303 hospitalizations and physician fees of $3.1 billion due to CHD could be avoided with supplement use.

- Daily intake of 1,200 milligrams of calcium with vitamin D among the over age-65 population could prevent approximately 734,000 hip fractures and hospital, nursing facility, and physician costs of $13.9 billion.

We wll be updating this page regularly with new information on supplement and herb safety. Every time you use a whole herb product, you're taking a step forward for your health!

To Life-long health,

Sarah Abernathy

Herbal Consultant

Crystal Star Herbs

Healthy Fall Recipes

Linda Page has been saying it for years: "Good food is good medicine."


 

New England Cranberry-Honey Compote

from Diets for Healthy Healing

  • 4 cups apple juice
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1 pound dried mixed fruit
  • 1 cup cranberry-apple juice
  • 1/2 cup raisins
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 6 thin lemon slices
  • 6 thin orange slices
  • 1/2 cup cranberries (fresh or frozen)
  • walnuts, chopped and toasted

In a saucepan over medium-low heat, combine: apple juice, honey, dried fruit, cranberry-apple juice, raisins, cinnamon sticks, lemon slices and orange slices. Simmer until tender, about 25 minutes. Add cranberries, simmer for another 5 minutes and remove from heat. Cover, chill; top with toasted chopped walnuts. Makes about 6 cups.

 


 

Autumn Sweet Potato Spread for Pita Chips

from Diets for Healthy Healing

  • 2 sweet potatoes
  • 2 tsp. grapeseed oil
  • 1 yellow onion, minced
  • 1 tbsp. maple syrup
  • 2 tbsp. sesame tahini
  • 1/2 tsp. lemon-pepper seasoning
  • baked pita chips

Bake sweet potatoes at 350 degrees until soft, 40-60 minutes. Let cool. Peel potatoes and drop into a blender. Heat grapeseed oil in a saucepan, add the onion and sautee until dark gold, about 20 minutes. Add onions to the blender. Add maple syrup, tahini and lemon-pepper. Blend until smooth. Serve warm or chilled with a big bowl of baked pita chips. Makes about 12 servings.

 


 

Double Ginger Molasses Cookies

from Diets for Healthy Healing

  • 1/2 cup granulated maple sugar
  • 4 tbsp. butter
  • 4 tbsp. grapeseed oil
  • 1/2 cup molasses
  • 2 tbsp. lemon juice
  • 2 tbsp. honey crystallized ginger
  • 2 cups whole wheat pastry flour
  • 1 tsp. ground ginger
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 tsp. allspice
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1 tsp. ground cloves
  • 1/2 tsp. sea salt.
  • raisins
  • chopped nuts
  • nutmeg

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Combine the following ingredients in a saucepan until melted: the maple sugar, butter, grapeseed oil, molasses, lemon juice and crystallized ginger. In a separate bowl, stir together the flour, ground ginger, baking powder, baking soda, allspice, cinnamon, cloves and sea salt. Combine mixtures together and roll out into a dough; decorate with raisins, chopped nuts and sprinkles of nutmeg. Cover with plastic wrap and chill. Then cut with a cookie cutter, saving and reworking in scraps. Use a grapeseed oil-sprayed baking sheet. Bake for 15 minutes and cool on racks. Makes 24 cookies.

Breast Fibroids

Up to 40 percent of American women 35 and older have fibroids. Breast fibroids are moveable, rubbery nodules causing painful swelling near the breast surface. Excess estrogen that is not metabolized smoothly by the liver, and an under-active thyroid are the normal cause for fibroids. Fibroids are not cancer, and have less than one-half of 1% chance of becoming cancerous before menopause. In fact, most fibroids go away on their own after menopause.

Breast swelling and painful uterine bleeding can minimize within weeks after a change to a low fat, vegetarian diet. Avoid synthetic estrogens if possible. They can keep fibroids growing even after menopause.

Suggested Diet Therapies

Nutritional therapy plan:

  1. Follow a low fat, vegetarian diet (50-60% fresh foods) to relieve symptoms. High fats mean imbalanced estrogen levels, a clear cause of fibroids. Obesity also increases risk.
  2. Coffee clearly aggravates fibroids. Avoid caffeine foods like chocolate and carbonated sodas. Avoid concentrated starches like pastries and fatty dairy foods. Avoid hormone-laden meats and refined sugars. During menses, avoid fried, sugary and salty foods, especially smoked or preserved meats.
  3. Get 60-70gm protein daily from largely vegetable sources to avoid unhealthy meat fats: grains, sprouts, soy foods, nuts, seeds, sea foods, hormone-free dairy and poultry.
  4. Increase your intake of cruciferous veggies like broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage and brussels sprouts, and high fiber foods like apples which increase estrogen excretion.
  5. Increase B vitamin-rich foods - brown rice, wheat germ and wheat germ oil (4 teasp. daily) and nutritional yeast.
  6. Add miso, sea veggies, and dark leafy greens to neutralize toxins. Eat diuretic foods, cucumber and watermelon to flush them out. Have fresh apple or carrot juice every day during healing.
  7. Drink plenty of water every day.

 

Uterine Fibroids & Endometriosis

Fibroids and endometriosis are two of the biggest health complaints I hear about from women. There is hardly a week that goes by that I don't get an office call or a letter from a woman who is trying to avoid fibroid surgery or who is looking for relief. I decided to write this article in response to all of these wonderful women. It offers suggestions for safe and gentle natural therapies, like diet and whole herbs, that you may want to explore with your holistic physician or natural health practitioner. At Crystal Star, we always suggest you consult with health professional before starting a self-help program.

The incidence of fibroids and endometriosis has reached epidemic proportions in the U.S. More than a half million American women have hysterectomies every year because of complications caused by fibroids and endometriosis. As much as 40% of American women 35 and older have fibroids. Some data suggest uterine fibroids are more common than blue eyes.

What are Fibroids?

Uterine fibroids are benign growths between the size of a walnut and orange that appear on or within uterine walls. Their symptoms can be mild to severe with excessive menstrual bleeding, abdominal pain, bladder infections, painful intercourse and infertility topping the list. Further, most fibroids are not cancerous, and, according to some estimates, have less than 1/2 of 1% chance of becoming cancerous before menopause. In fact, research suggests most fibroids go away on their own after menopause.

Breast fibroids are also highly common. Breast fibroids feel like moveable, rubbery nodules near the surface of the breast. Women complain they cause swelling and that getting a hug is too painful. In a small number of cases, breast fibroids can be fast-growing and may require medical treatment. Even then, you should know that a recent study in National Cancer institute shows radiologists report false positives 16% of the time. Click here for more Breast Fibroids information.

How is Endometriosis Different?

Endometriosis is caused by excess growth of endometrial tissue that is not shed during menstruation. The tissue escapes the uterus and spreads, attaching to other areas of the body- ovaries, lymph nodes, fallopian tubes, bladder, rectum, even kidneys and lungs. It grows abnormally, bleeding severely during the menstrual cycle, from the vagina or rectum, or bladder or back through the fallopian tubes, instead of normally through the vagina.

Endometriosis can mean heavy periods and pain all month long, and it increases risk for benign uterine and breast fibroids. It's credited with up to 50% of infertility cases in American women.

In many cases, natural therapies can help a woman's body normalize naturally. Further, symptoms of fibroids and endometriosis can be reduced by making simple diet changes and following specific herb and supplement protocols.

Do You Have Warning Signs Of Fibroids Or Endometriosis?

A visit to your holistic physician will give you a definitive diagnosis, but two or more yes answers to the symptoms below should alert you of a potential problem.

  • Severe abdominal cramping and shooting pain; and abdominal-rectal pain
  • Excessive, painful menstruation; passing large clots; prolonged abnormal menstrual cycles
  • Chronic fluid retention, abdominal bloating
  • Irregular bowel movements or diarrhea during menses
  • Urinary frequency
  • Sensation of fullness or pressure in the abdomen

What Causes Endometriosis And Fibroids?

While scientists are still not entirely certain why endometriosis and fibroids develop, here are risk factors to be aware of:

Excess Levels of Estrogen / Deficient Progesterone:

Excess estrogen fuels abnormal tissue growth and is a direct cause of both fibroids and endometriosis for many women. When estrogen production declines during menopause, fibroids normally go away on their own. However, quite understandably, this isn't nearly soon enough for women who are suffering from the problem.

X-Ray Consequences:

Even low dose radiation may mean increased risk for fibroids. Breast tissue is so sensitive that the time between a mammogram and fibroid growth is sometimes as little as three months.

Too Much Caffeine and Commercial Meat:

Drinking 4-5 cups of coffee daily increases estrogen, triggering fibroid growth. Research from a 2001 study reported in the journal Fertility and Sterility shows women who consume 500 milligrams of caffeine daily, the equivalent of 4-5 cups of coffee, produce 70% more estrogen in the follicular phase of the menstrual cycle than women who consume less than 1 cup of coffee. If you like beef, you should know that Italian research reported in Obsetrics and Gynecology shows while eating red meat doubles the risk of developing uterine fibroids, eating plenty of vegetables cuts fibroid risk in half! Experience with the problem has me convinced that eliminating caffeine and hormone-injected meats can dramatically reduce fibroid problems for many women.

Oral Contraceptives:

Feedback I've had from birth control users suggests that even the newest low dose oral contraceptives can cause breast swelling, and aggravate fibroid problems and endometriosis for susceptible women.

Natural Therapies To Balance Hormones for Fibroids & Endometriosis Relief

A low fat, vegetarian diet. What you eat can make a big difference. Breast swelling and painful uterine cramping can be significantly improved within weeks after a change to a low fat, vegetarian diet.

Reduce caffeine. Caffeine from coffee, chocolate and colas can aggravate fibroids. Women with a predisposition to fibroids have a hard time metabolizing caffeine in these forms. Some women report they can consume green or white tea without ill effect.

Rethink high fat dairy foods like cheese, milk, and ice cream. Naturopaths and practitioners of Traditional Chinese Medicine routinely suggest eliminating fatty dairy foods from the daily diet to reduce toxic accumulations like fibroids, fatty tumors, cysts and boils. This diet change by itself can produce amazing fibroid relief. Cultured low fat dairy products like yogurt and kefir, are generally well tolerated.

A short cleanse can really help. A 24 hour vegetable juice diet helps clean out acid wastes and reduce body congestion. Consider the 24 hour cleanse in Linda Page's bestselling book, Healthy Healing 12th Edition: A Guide to Self-Healing For Everyone.

Foods that are high in essential fatty acids (EFAs) are a healthy choice. EFAs are liquid fats that help to metabolize hard, clogging saturated fats that contribute to fibroid growths. EFAs also help maintain hormone balance and reduce inflammation- important for fibroid relief. Sea greens like dulse and nori (also a good source of iodine- a proven fibroid fighter), seafoods, dark greens like spinach, cantaloupe, olive oil and avocado are healthy sources of EFAs.

Add cruciferous veggies like broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage and brussels sprouts. Cruciferous veggies are one of my favorite healing foods. Indole 3 carbinole is the constituent responsible for their bitter flavor. Indole 3 carbinole vegetables may also reduce fibroid symptoms by improving estrogen metabolism.

More fiber in your diet is a natural estrogen balancer. Studies have shown that women on a high-fiber diet have lower levels of circulating estrogen. More fiber in your diet means less circulating estrogen and reduced body congestion because excess estrogen is excreted through the bowel. Having an apple or pear every day keeps your system free flowing.

Finally, maintaining a healthy weight is another key to reduce fibroids and prevent their recurrence. Fat is a storage depot for hormones and wastes that fuel fibroid growth.

Natural therapies can help bring your body back to health if you're suffering from hormonal imbalances. Your foods and lifestyle choices can be paramount in your recovery. Medical intervention may be necessary, but even in these cases, gentle natural therapies can guide a woman's body to faster recovery.

by Healthy Healing Publications' Herbal Consultant, Sarah Abernathy

The products, service and advice contained in this article are intended solely for informational and educational purposes and not as medical advice. Please consult a medical professional if you have questions about your medical health.

 

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Pregnancy & Fertility

Are you a new mother, expecting or trying to have a baby?

In America today, 20% of married couples of childbearing age have trouble conceiving and completing a successful pregnancy.

For men: a zinc deficiency, a fast food diet, long-term exposure to workplace chemicals, too much alcohol, marijuana or prescription drugs, and chronic infections affect fertility.

For women: conception inhibitors are great stress, being underweight, and severe anemia. Further, hormone imbalance problems like endometriosis, polycystic ovary syndrome, and fibroids routinely lead to infertility in women. Hormone mimics from pollutants are implicated in infertility in both sexes.

Diet is a critical key to successful conception... for both partners:

- A "virility nutrition" program for a man includes a short cleansing diet, then zinc-rich foods like pumpkin seeds, and shellfish, healthy omega-3 fats from seafood, protein rich foods, and plenty of whole grains. Organic foods are important. A study reported in Lancet shows men who eat organic foods produce 43% more sperm than those who don't. Natural vitamin E, 400IU daily, can improve sperm motility. Tests show the amino acid L-carnitine, 500mg daily, boosts sperm quality in subfertile men. A daily dose of zinc, vitamin C and folic acid has also been found to improve low sperm count. Note: Severe food limitation has a direct impact on the testicles. A man's fertility rise may take place in as little as 2 months after his diet improvements.

- A "fertility nutrition" program for a woman includes plenty of salads and sea greens, very low sugars, and a smaller volume of whole grains and nuts. Her diet should be low in saturated fats, but rich in essential fatty acids. I recommend fish and seafood, rather than meat, unless certified organic, because much of America's meat and poultry is antibiotic and hormone laced. Limit dairy foods to keep the system free flowing. Avoid refined carbohydrates and sugar that feed Candida yeast. Yeast infections create an over-acid environment, which is inhospitable to sperm. Eat magnesium-rich foods, like almonds, green leafy vegetables, avocado, carrots, citrus fruits, lentils, salmon to counteract stress reactions and anxiety that reduce fertility. Drink a cup of green tea every morning. Important: A woman's fertility rise may take 6 to 18 months after her diet change.

Lifestyle habits are important for fertility. Get light exercise, and morning sunshine every day possible. Massage therapy sessions, and deep breathing exercises, especially during long walks together, are very beneficial. Acupuncture has also been very successful in overcoming fertility problems for women and men.

I've seen over and over again that a good diet and lifestyle is critical for at least six months before trying to conceive for both partners. Nature tries in every way possible to insure the survival of a new life.... but the poor nutrition and stress of today's culture seems to be at the base of most fertility problems.

Crystal Star Pregnancy & Fertility Options:

Fertility Support

Tip 1: Pregnant women should always include a broad spectrum prenatal vitamin with extra folic acid in their daily health regiment. Folic acid supplements are critical in preventing neural tube defects like spina bifida. Consult with your ob-gyn for your best prenatal care.

Tip 2: In addition to my new book Do You Want to Have a Baby?: Natural Fertility Solutions and Pregnancy Care, I also highly recommend the extensive Pregnancy (pg. 211-222) & Fertility (pg. 533) chapters in Linda Page's Healthy Healing 14th Edition.

Sexuality for Men

Decline of Normal Male Sexual Libido

We tend to think we're the only culture beset with libido-lowering elements. The latest statistics for America show that 52% of men between the ages of 40 and 70 have impotence problems. Certainly there is no question that our nutrient-poor, high fat diets, over-use of drugs and stimulants, and high-pressured lifestyles do lead to low energy and lack of time for love. But the reality is that humanity in every era has felt the need for help in the sexual area. After all, this part of our lives is at the most basic, elemental center of our being.

Light Your Fire

A man's libido absolutely depends on the state of his health. A healthy lifestyle has the greatest impact on his sexual ability and enjoyment. Every man can develop his sexual potential to its utmost no matter what his age!

Today's fast-paced and highly volatile lifestyle seems to demand that men be Supermen. A man must be strong physically during workouts and sports, supportive emotionally in relationships, balanced under stress, mentally creative and quick, and sexually keen and virile. Whew! It's no wonder that sexual dysfunction is happening to men at every age. It is a real problem. Sperm counts are down dramatically, even in younger men.

Yet, it is only a myth that people lose their sexuality in later years. Although we change, men need not experience declining performance, poor responsiveness, or lack of libido. A full 80% of men who experience erection difficulty have an underlying physiological problem or medical complication. Most often, erectile dysfunction is a result of poor health or the side effects of medication.

Self Test for Men: Is Your Libido Low?

Do you want to boost your sexual response? If you're having any sexually related problems, here are some questions to ask yourself:

  • Do you have high blood pressure, atherosclerosis or diabetes?
  • Have you recently taken a long course of prescription drugs, particularly antidepressants or blood pressure lowering medications?
  • Do you regularly take over-the-counter decongestants containing pseudoephedrine?
  • Do you have prostate problems?
  • Are you low in zinc?
  • Are you chronically under stress?
  • Have you noticed that your erections don't get as hard as they used to, don't last as long and don't return as rapidly after intercourse?
  • Do you lose erections frequently during lovemaking or ejaculate prematurely?
  • Do you have a sexually transmitted disease? Did you have one in the past?
  • Do you rarely exercise?
  • Do you drink more than 3 alcoholic beverages on a daily basis?
  • Do you smoke or chew tobacco?
  • Have you lost the desire to have sex? When you do have the desire, are you afraid of poor performance?
  • Is sex a chore rather than a pleasure?
  • Have erections become slow and difficult (atherosclerosis) or painful (prostate swelling, poor circulation)?
  • Have you become dissatisfied with the path your life is taking? Are you depressed? Have you been under a lot of emotional stress for a long period of time?
  • Do you feel unattractive or that you've lost your looks as you've aged? Has your diet deteriorated to fast foods on the run? Are you getting exercise every week?
  • Is there unusual tension in your job? Is your personal relationship unhappy? Have you resorted to prescription (or pleasure) drugs to get through your day?
  • Was your childhood marked by physical abuse or great trauma? (sometimes the feelings don't surface for years) Hypnotherapy may be effective for you.
  • Do you have a serious illness that affects the nerves, like MS, Parkinson's or diabetes?

If you have answered yes to any of these questions, you can benefit greatly from the many different healing approaches featured on this page.

Lifestyle Therapy

A man's sex drive is dependent on testosterone and a good blood supply to the erectile tissue, factors that rely on good nutrition and exercise.

  • Eat zinc source foods: liver, oysters, nuts, seeds and legumes.
  • Dopamine (L-Dopa) is intimately associated with sex drive in men. One 16 oz. can of fava beans has almost a prescription dose!
  • Add mineral-rich foods like shellfish, greens and whole grains; EFA's from flaxseed and sea greens.
  • Eat fiber-rich foods like legumes, fruits and vegetables to avoid atherosclerosis of the penis.
  • Drink in moderation. Heavy drinking can lead to reduced erections.
  • Environmental estrogens in hormone-injected food animals, herbicides and pesticides affect male sperm counts and female hormone balance. Avoid hormone-injected meats and dairy foods, and herbicide-sprays
  • Extra weight means a smaller penis. Sexologists say a man loses 1/2 inch from his penis for every 15 pounds he gains. Extra weight causes protective fat pad to creep over the shaft.
  • Exercise can increase sex drive, especially exercise with your mate. Exercise like dancing, walking and swimming stimulates circulation and increases body oxygen. New research shows exercise is as effective as Viagra in men with heart problems who cannot use the drug.
  • Try aromatherapy oils dotted on your sheets. Sexuality-enhancing aromatherapy oils for men include: cinnamon, sandalwood, lavender, patchouli, coriander, jasmine and cardamom. Sexuality-enhancing oils for women are: ylang ylang, rose, clary sage, neroli and rosewood.

Lifestyle habits affect male sexual health:

  • Prolonged recreational drug use inhibits sperm production.
  • Heavy metal or radiation damages sperm / chromosome structure.
  • Sexually transmitted diseases scar the vas deferens and testes, obstructing sperm delivery to the penis; infertility results.
  • Smoking, the cadmium contained in cigarette papers interferes with the utilization and absorption of zinc.

The Libido Diet For Men

Use this diet in conjunction with the Sexuality For Men Kit for optimum results:

Start off with a 24-hour detox.

  • Use a zinc-rich spirulina protein drink to boost your energy and cleanse your body of gland-clogging toxins.
  • Drink a quart of V-8 juice or Knudsen's VERY VEGGIE juice throughout the day. Drink at least 6 glasses during the 16 waking hours. (Alternate the juice with 8 oz. glasses of water.) Have 1 to 2 fresh apples if desired.

Then, make and take the following "potent-C" energy drink every morning for 3 months:

For 4 drinks, blend in the blender:

  • 1 cup sliced strawberries
  • 1 banana
  • 1 cup papaya chunks
  • 1 cup pineapple/coconut juice
  • 1 cup amazake rice drink
  • 2 tbsp. honey
  • 2 tbsp. toasted wheat germ
  • 2 tbsp. pumpkin seeds
  • 2 tbsp. lecithin
  • 2 tbsp. nutritional yeast
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tbsp. sesame seeds
  • 2 tsp. vanilla

Make sure you have one meal a day with plenty of vegetable protein.

  • Protein deficiency is often implicated in low male potency. You have a lot of good choices. My favorite protein sources for men are black beans and rice (highly absorbable, full of B-vitamins, alkalizing for a too-acid system) steamed vegetables like broccoli, cauliflower, kale and chard (lower cholesterol deposits) sprouts (full of enzymes) nuts and seeds (rich in zinc) seafoods of all kinds (heart-protecting) and turkey (low-fat, stress-reducing).

Have one large, fresh green salad each day, with plenty of lettuce, cucumber, carrots and tomatoes.

  • Use 2 tbsp. of a fresh tomato dressing. Greens keep your insides swept clean; and tomatoes are known for their prostate-protecting lycopene.

Add fava beans to your diet.

  • Fava beans have high concentrations of L-Dopa. Dopamine is intimately associated with sex drive in men. One 16 oz. can is almost a prescription dose.

Have a zinc-rich meal every day.

  • Promise yourself some food from the sea every day. Fish and seafoods also provide essential fatty acids to protect your heart and improve circulation. Or have 2 handfuls of pumpkin or sunflower seeds or nuts; or a cup of peas or beans. If you like liver, it's rich in zinc. If you like toasted wheat germ, sprinkle a tablespoonful on your cereal, salad or a soup for more zinc.

The foods a man avoids are as important as the foods he eats.

  • Many men tend to overeat fried, fatty foods. Some experts think the tendency stems from a man's large needs for energy and strength. Fat may be a source of energy, but fried fatty foods make sex less likely -- and less enjoyable. Tests show that a man's testosterone levels drop precipitously after a high fat meal. When testosterone is low, both a man's interest in sex and his sensory nerve response are reduced.
  • Fatty meals are difficult to digest and contribute to clogged arteries. This hampers blood flow to the brain... and a man's sex organs. High fat foods usually have lots of salt and sugar, which clearly add a burden to your heart and weight -- and, thus, your sex drive.
  • Avoid red meats, too. Two main reasons: Red meat animals, like cattle and hogs, are often injected with estrogens. Prepared meats, like luncheon meats, contain nitrates that can affect health.

Supplements can enhance your sexual experience. Take a look at your multivitamin. Are you already taking these? If not, consider adding 1-2 of the following vitamin/mineral boosters for enhanced libido.

Herbs For Sex

We've looked at how the body creates the perfect setup for men to have the sexual experience and we've identified the problems that muck it up. Now, let's turn our attention to herbs that can help solve those problems. Herbs can help put life back into your lovemaking!

No "sex drug" will fix deep set, lifestyle problems. And statistics show that sex drugs can have potentially dangerous side effects. For many men, a diet change -- along with lifestyle enhancements like herbal combinations -- work far better with much less risk!

My program includes powerful herbal formulas that are designed to enhance all phases of a man's sex life including better lasting, stronger erections. Together with my sexuality boosting diet for men, it covers all the bases.

Herbs are powerful potentiators for sex... especially for men. Herbs are strong enough to benefit the male system without the unwanted side effects of drugs. They act quickly, but the effects are also cumulative in the body to build a strong nutritional foundation for sexual health. Herbs have been associated with love potions for thousands of years. Certain herbs can reawaken libido, boost sexual energy and stamina levels, and intensify sexual excitement and satisfaction. The right combinations of herbs can even help overcome difficulty achieving erection, restore hormonal balance for a more vigorous sex life, and combat problems with prostate health.

Herbs are concentrated foods -- whole essences with the ability to address both the symptoms and the causes of a problem. As nourishment, herbs offer the body nutrients it doesn't always receive, either from a poor diet or environmental deficiencies in the soil and air. As therapy, herbs act as body balancers that work with body functions so that the body can regulate and even heal itself! Indeed, herbs are at their best when they normalize body processes.

The most sexually stimulating herbs contain substances that support male glands and nerves. Normal sexual function requires healthy organs and glands to produce the necessary sex hormones. Herbs are ideal for supporting this requirement because they work through the glands.

Herbs can be a primary safe source of zinc for men. As plant foods, the zinc in herbs is accessed by a man's body exactly as a food is -- through his enzyme activity.

Zinc is the best measure of libido and potency. We know zinc helps testosterone production.

The Sexuality For Men Kit has various combinations of the following herbs and others to thoroughly support a man's libido and sexual experience.

 

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Sexuality for Women

Decline of Normal Female Sexual Libido

We tend to think we're the only culture beset with libido-lowering elements. The latest statistics for America show that 43% of women have some type of sexual dysfunction. Certainly there is no question that our nutrient-poor, high fat diets, over-use of drugs and stimulants, and high-pressured lifestyles do lead to low energy and lack of time for love. But the reality is that humanity in every era has felt the need for help in the sexual area. After all, this part of our lives is at the most basic, elemental center of our being.

Light Your Fire

It's becoming an old and all too well-known story: In today's world, most women have to be a "superwoman." It is expected that women must play the varied roles of wife, lover, mother, wage-earner, chauffeur, care-giver, teacher, philanthropist and volunteer -- not to mention chef and bottle-washer!

Pressures on women are enormous and women's lifestyles are energy depleting. Over 80% of women visiting their doctors today put chronic fatigue at the top of the list of their health problems. This is definitely interfering with women's love life and sexuality.

Self Test for Women: Is Your Libido Low?

Do you want to boost your sexual response? Here are some important questions to ask yourself about your level of sexual satisfaction and responsiveness:

  • Have you noticed a marked, but unexplained decrease in your desire for sex?
  • Has the frequency of sex changed for you and your partner due to a loss of initiative on your part? On his?
  • When you have sex with your partner, do you fail to reach orgasm?
  • Is it taking you much longer to reach orgasm? Are your orgasms less intense than in the past?
  • Have you lost vaginal lubrication? Does sex hurt?
  • Are you having hot flashes or any other signs of estrogen deficiency, like unexplained torso thickening?
  • Are you too tired for love? Have you been under unusual stress or emotional anxiety?
  • Has your sex life lost its oomph?
  • If you're a woman in menopause, have you gained unusual weight (low thyroid and metabolism) or lost your normal energy (adrenal exhaustion)?
  • Have you become dissatisfied with the path your life is taking? Are you depressed? Have you been under a lot of emotional stress for a long period of time?
  • Do you feel unattractive or that you've lost your looks as you've aged?
  • Has your diet deteriorated to fast foods on the run? Has your exercise program diminished?
  • Is there unusual tension in your job? Is your personal relationship unhappy?
  • Have you resorted to prescription (or pleasure) drugs to get through your day?
  • Was your childhood marked by physical abuse or great trauma? (sometimes the feelings don't surface for years) Hypnotherapy may be effective for you.
  • Do you have circulation problems? Are your hands and feet chronically and unusually cold?
  • Do you have a serious illness that affects the nerves, like MS, Parkinson's or diabetes?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, you can benefit greatly from the many different healing approaches featured on this page.

The Power Of Love - How a Woman Works

Before we get into the programs, let's examine how a woman responds sexually. This will give you a greater understanding of how my special herbal formulas work to rebuild and enhance a woman's sexuality at her deepest body levels.

The power of love is the greatest gift of our lives -- the supreme extension of ourselves to one another. Love and lovemaking are arguably the most potent expression of human existence. Sexual intimacy with a loving partner brings nurturing and healing energy into our lives. It restores us physically, emotionally and spiritually.

Does aging mean decreased sexuality? No! In fact, it may mean just the opposite, especially for women. Maturity brings experience and relaxation into sexuality. After menopause, most women feel far more spontaneous and much more connected to a loving partner. Psychological factors may govern our rate of sexual activity but once a woman's libido is awakened, it responds until she dies.

But great sex depends on good health. Most of a woman's barriers to having great sex are physical -- stemming from an unhealthy lifestyle, poor nutrition, stress and burnout, or the side effects of prescription drugs. Even if her sexual challenges stem from emotional issues, good nutrition and healing herbs can make a tremendous positive impact.

Women are highly sexual, but their sexuality is fundamentally different than a man's. A man is generally turned on by something that arouses him visually, but a woman turns on mentally and emotionally first. After that, physical changes follow. Blood rushes to her genitals, making them hot and more sensitive to the touch. Blood surges and pools around her nipples and ear lobes. Tiny blood vessels near the surface of her skin dilate and cause a "sexual flush," which increases sensitivity to caresses. As she becomes aroused, her vaginal lining provides lush irrigation to make intercourse more pleasurable.

What is sexual chemistry? How does it work for women?

Sexual chemistry is for real! For women, the entire sexual process begins in her brain, often described as a woman's largest sexual organ.

The hypothalamus gland, deep in the brain, acts as a switchboard -- managing her incoming sensory perceptions of sight, smell, and touch. Hormones are released by her glands in response to those senses.

The nervous system sends blood to her pelvic area, causing tissues to become warmer and more sensitive. The adrenals release adrenaline; her heart beats faster. As her pulse races, she breathes deeper to take in more oxygen. Her sexual fluids begin to secrete. The brain responds by releasing endorphins and she feels even more pleasure. All of a woman's senses are players in the lovemaking game. And it can all happen in an instant!

Although the entire experience of making love is pleasurable, the climax of the sexual experience is orgasm -- a state of intense pleasure. Women say they feel golden during an orgasm. Physically, a woman's orgasm is an amazing event for a woman. Her muscles contract rhythmically around and in her vagina and uterus. Her heart rate quickens; her breathing deepens. If you're a woman who's out of shape, here is another reason to tone up: The orgasmic experience can be even more intense if you have good muscle tone and circulation!

The final phase of a woman's sexual response is a dreamy state of relaxation that allows her to cool down. She might feel drowsy and drift off in a relaxed sleep. But some women are energized and feel they could conquer the world after good sex. Sometimes women even continue to make love after this short relaxation phase.

Is having good sex a beauty secret for women?

Sex as a beauty secret is a tale that's been around for centuries... maybe it was even first circulated by men! But in a way, it's true. Increased circulation to the skin during sex gives a woman's whole body a rosy glow. The glandular fluid secretion during orgasm may help rebalance her hormone levels. And there's no question that sex is a wonderful aerobic exercise for the heart!

But, all of these factors depend on the state of a woman's health. The entire sexual experience is orchestrated by sophisticated conversations that take place between her brain, senses, nerves, glands, blood vessels and sexual organs. Imagine the positive impact vibrant health could have on this process!

Recommended Healing Products for Women's Sexuality

Libido-support:

For dryness and painful intercourse:

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  • Take vitamin E 800IU internally for long-term relief. or try Ayurvedic Shatavari (Asparagus racemosus) - a primary sexual tonic for women.
  • Essential fatty acids improve skin tone and lubricate both internally and externally.

Lifestyle Therapy

Certain elements in our daily lives can lead to lack of sexual desire, inability to achieve orgasm and affect our overall health. Here are a few of the most problematic:

Stress

All nerve responses are impaired by stress, including those of the brain and endocrine glands. Stress can hopelessly interfere with a woman's ability to become aroused or achieve full sexual satisfaction.

Consciously practice stress reduction. Something as simple as soft music, a long weekend, or even just some quiet alone time with her lover can turn a woman's thoughts to love.

Lack of proper sleep

Fatigue keeps glands from functioning optimally and dulls arousal, desire and satisfaction during sex.

Go to bed earlier. Get 8 hours of full sleep every night. Sometimes a short course of the antioxidant hormone melatonin can help a woman get better sleep; 1 to 3 mg are all that she needs reset her biological clock. Melatonin has even had study results for breast cancer prevention.

Environmental toxins

Americans are bombarded with an enormous number of artificial chemicals every day. We're plagued with additives, preservatives, dyes and artificial flavorings in our food chlorine and fluoride in our drinking water, even pesticides on our fresh produce! Chemicals are everywhere. They not only pose a threat on their own, they also create nutrient deficiencies - especially the minerals and trace elements needed for sexual health.

Eat organic foods. Stay away from red meat. Eat poultry that is hormone and antibiotic-free. Drink pure water.

Tobacco

Smoking is no good for anybody's love life. It wipes out energy by limiting body oxygen and, thus, stamina. It damages blood vessels, which provide the increased blood flow needed for arousal. Tobacco assaults the body with literally hundreds of toxic substances. Nicotine, carbon monoxide, lead, cadmium, and benzopyrene are just a few that find their way into our bodies through cigarette smoke. Moreover, we lose crucial nutrients, vitamins (C, E, A) and carotenes - all important for strong sexual function.

Women who quit smoking find they enjoy an increase in frequency of intercourse. Plus, it's a great way to improve your long-term health.

Caffeine

Caffeine stresses the adrenal glands, which provide the material for hormones. A new study shows that caffeine actually decreases testosterone, killing libido. For many women, it interrupts the menstrual cycle. Caffeine also increases muscle tension, making it hard to relax - important for sexual enjoyment.

Limit your caffeine intake. If you decide to quit coffee, try green tea in the morning instead.

Alcohol

Alcohol impairs sexual response by dulling the senses. Like caffeine, it appears to impair testosterone production, needed by both men and women for normal libido.

A glass of red wine can help a woman relax, and it's loaded with flavonoids that improve circulation. But a glass or two should be the limit if you are romantically inclined.

Sexuality for Women, Food Therapy

  • Hormone-disrupting chemicals in produce, hormone-injected meats, junk foods, and dairy foods can wreak havoc on libido.
  • Avoid red meats; keep fats, salt and sugar low.
  • Soy foods offer a natural estrogenic effect.
  • Cruciferous veggies, like cauliflower, broccoli, and brussel sprouts, help metabolize "bad" estrogens, release bloat.
  • Eat foods rich in EFA's, sea foods, sea greens, leafy greens, whole grains, nuts, and seeds.
  • Vitamin E foods mean more body moisture -- soy foods, wheat germ, seeds, nuts, vegetable oils, and beta carotene foods like apricots, mangoes, carrots.
  • Boost adrenal energy with brown rice.
  • Eat magnesium-rich foods, like almonds, green salads, avocado, carrots, citrus fruits, lentils, salmon and flounder.
  • Celery stimulates the pituitary.
  • Sea foods and sea vegetables boost the thyroid for increased libido. What are Sea Vegetables?
  • Chili peppers heighten arousal by setting pain sensors on alert.

The Libido Diet For Women

Use this diet in conjunction with the Sexuality for Women Kit for maximum results:

Start the first day of your new sexuality enhancing diet with a 24-hour detox, using fresh watermelon juice to rapidly flush and cleanse gland-clogging toxins. I have found watermelon juice works extremely well for women. If you can't get watermelon juice, unsweetened cranberry juice from concentrate, with a little honey, is a good alternative. Drink at least 6 glasses during the 16 waking hours. Alternate the juice with 8 oz. glasses of water throughout the day. Have 1 to 2 fresh apples if desired.

The next day, make a crunchy B-vitamin mix of equal parts nutritional yeast, toasted wheat germ, raisins and sesame seeds. Sprinkle 2 tablespoons a day on anything you like - a morning fruit smoothie or cereal, a salad, brown rice, etc.

Have on hand several packages of assorted dried sea vegetables, like sea palm crunchies, nori, wakame, dulse or kombu. Snip 2 tbsp. per day of sea veggies over your rice, salad, any soup, or even a healthy, vegetarian pizza.

Or you can make my personal topping. Blend ingredients in a blender (barely whirl so that there are still sizeable chunks):

  • 3/4 cup chopped dried dulse
  • 1/4 cup chopped dried wakame
  • 1/4 cup chopped dried kombu
  • 1/4 cup chopped dried nori
  • 1/2 cup chopped dried sea palm
  • 3/4 cup toasted sesame seeds

Store in an airtight container; then use as needed.

Have one meal a day of steamed or baked vegetables and brown rice. Make sure you include steamed or baked broccoli, peas, green beans, cauliflower, and yams.

Have one large, fresh green salad each day, with plenty of lettuce, cucumber, carrots and tomatoes. Use 2 tbsp. flax oil-tamari-lemon-pepper dressing.

Have soy food once a day. I like miso soup the best because it's such a strong immune booster (especially with sea vegetables), but tofu foods are also good.

Just as important as what you should eat to enhance libido is what you should avoid that dampens it: Nutritionally depleted, high fat foods, and salty or sugary snacks with chemical additives and trans-fats. Avoid drug stimulants; they only give you false energy. Be careful of all long-term prescription drugs. Ask your physician if you think they're robbing your sexuality. Remember, a lifestyle that includes a high pressure job is probably going to be stressful. You'll have to make a conscious effort to relax.

Zinc-rich foods let your pheromones shine through to your lover

What are pheromones? They're your own individual biological scent - and they can drive your lover wild. Pheromones are hormone-derived aromatic messengers that subconsciously, but significantly affect our sexual development and behavior. They influence our sense of smell and, as such, are a key element in sexual excitement.

The human sense of smell depends on the mineral zinc. So, make sure you're getting enough zinc-rich foods in your diet to tune into your lover's pheromones. Consider oysters and other shellfish, turkey, mushrooms, wheat germ, brewer's yeast, and seeds like sesame, sunflower, poppy and pumpkin seeds. Also try sprouts like sunflower and alfalfa.

Zinc-rich foods also increase sexual function in women. Zinc supports healthy adrenal activity, which combats the negative effects of stress. Healthy adrenals translate into more energy so zinc increases your sexual stamina by making you feel less burned out. It bolsters your immune function too, and may reduce the risk of sexually transmitted diseases.

What other nutrients can enhance your sexual experience?

Vitamin E

In foods like soy foods, wheat germ, seeds and nuts - is helpful for sexual problems. Vitamin E is an antioxidant that protects your sex glands from free radical stress.

Essential Fatty Acids

The building blocks for the production of female sex hormones. They also help a woman's body store more of the fat soluble vitamins (like E, D and K) that keep her sexually active. Plus, they provide moisture and softness to the skin, eyes, vagina and bladder. EFAs derived from plant-hormone-rich sea weeds or flax seeds are especially helpful. When you have EFAs every day, you'll be solving a world of problems. Sea greens, flax, pumpkin and sesame seeds, cantaloupe, spinach, rice, almonds, wheat germ and bee pollen are all great sources of EFAs.

B Vitamins

They play a big role in a woman's love life. Your ability to react and respond to your lover depends on your brain's signal your glands to initiate the hormone production and flow of blood to your sex organs. B vitamins are critical to the development of brain messengers for these signals. Vitamin B-6 is especially important because it controls elevated prolactin, a libido saboteur. It also monitors your body's balance between estrogen and progesterone, reducing excess estrogen, which can cause severe PMS or or peri-menopausal mood swings in women. 100mg of B-6 significantly supports hormone balance and curtails a tendency to mood swings. Incidentally, Niacin or vitamin B-3, used 30 minutes before sexual activity, can enhance the sexual flush. Increased blood flow to the skin and mucous membranes intensifies a woman's orgasm.

Bioflavonoids

Vitamin-like substances found in fresh plants of all kinds, especially sea plants and herbs. Bioflavonoids play an important role in keeping blood vessels flexible and the uterus healthy, significant for women who have abnormal uterine bleeding. They also improve circulation to enhance lovemaking potential.

Bee Pollen and Royal Jelly

Full of B vitamins, essential fatty acids and amino acids that spice up your love life. Bee Pollen supplies lecithin, which provides choline to enhance mental energy, feed the nerves and nourish the sex organs. Its hormone-like plant steroids strengthen and activate the glands that produce sex hormones.

Royal Jelly

Contains hormone-like substances that support reproductive activity. It also boosts acetylcholine, a neurotransmitter involved in the conduction of nerve impulses. Better nerve impulses equal more intense sexual impulses. And throughout the ages, women have taken Royal Jelly for beautiful, soft, moist skin.

A woman's diet is critical to her sexual readiness, her libido and her sexual responsiveness. A good, gland-boosting, hormone-balancing diet has to be part of your program. It accentuates the positive - whole grains rather than white flour, and organic fresh fruits and vegetables. Examples of vegetables that provide nutrients for more sexual vitality include asparagus, cabbage, cauliflower, broccoli, tomatoes, squash, zucchini, carrots, peas, and yams. Add tropical fruits, avocado, mango, papaya, citrus fruits, bananas, apples, pears, plums, peaches and nectarines. And by all means, have strawberries dipped in chocolate on those special occasions!

Some of my other favorites:

Soy foods

and other legumes like green beans, which provide plant chemicals that nourish and strengthen the blood vessels and support better hormone levels.

Sea vegetables - A natural aphrodisiac and powerful weight control aid.

Sea vegetables may be the best "aphrodisiac" foods for women. I love sea vegetables because they add such rich flavor to my life and my foods. The potassium and iodine in sea plants boost a failing libido better than any other food by supporting the thyroid gland, critical to women's health. Sea vegetables are one of the fastest ways I can think of to revitalize the mineral content of your diet.

The ancient Greeks attributed the beauty of Aphrodite (who rose from the sea) to the plants of the sea. Sea vegetables make your skin texture luscious, eyes bright and hair shiny... just the ticket for a sexually pleasing body. Women clearly feel sexier when they feel good about their physical appearance.

Our bodies use the trace elements in sea vegetables to literally rebuild ourselves. Ounce for ounce, along with herbs, sea vegetables are higher in vitamins and minerals than any other food group. They are a rich source of plant protein, providing all the amino acids our brain depends on for optimal neurotransmitter function.

Neurotransmittors, the important brain chemicals that allow us to feel and respond to our emotions, depend upon high quality proteins, essential fatty acids, vitamins, minerals and trace minerals for their creation. The neurotransmitters and endorphins produced from vitamins and amino acids help us transmit thoughts, keep memories alive and be responsive to a lover. Certain neurotransmitters help us relax and are higher during peak orgasm.

Sea vegetables are a great source of the B vitamins balanced with minerals for sound, steady nerve function. The nutrients in sea veggies help restore proper pituitary, thyroid and adrenal functions. These all play a big role in making your body a more finely tuned instrument for making love.

One final note about sea veggies: They are a natural detoxifying element that helps to reduce excess stores of fluid and fat. In fact they can even help you to get rid of cellulite by boosting your metabolism and helping you to burn stored body fat. A smoother, more beautiful you is the result!

I use sea vegetables in my brown rice, in soup, on veggies, and in salads. They're a great seasoning. The salty taste isn't salt, but chelated minerals. You don't need table salt when you use sea vegetables.

Sea vegetables are easily stored and can be added as needed to practically any recipe. Arame, bladderwrack, dulse, hijiki, Irish moss, kelp, kombu, nori, sea palm, spirulina, and wakame are all good. But my favorites for flavor are sea palm (sweet), dulse (nutty), nori (savory), wakame and kombu (chewy and sweet).

Good News About Female Hormones!

As a woman approaches menopause, her sexual habits often change because of changing estrogen levels. Foods and herbs that provide plant estrogens are inherently much safer than those from hormone replacement drugs. Plant estrogens produce a mild estrogenic effect, which offers substantial positive support for normal libido, vaginal dryness and improved tissue integrity of the vaginal wall. And it can happen in just two weeks!

Here are two food sources of plant estrogens: Sea greens and many herbs are rich in them too. Remember that plant estrogen (remarkably similar to our own) balance your hormone levels rather than simply adding estrogen as drugs do.

Flax seeds. Four tablespoons of flax seed is equivalent to .3 mg. of estrogen. Eight tablespoons is the equivalent of .625 mg. (Note: Be sure to use flax seed or ground flax seed rather than the oil. Flax oil, although full of healthy Omega-3 oils, does not provide plant estrogen.)

Soy foods like soy flour, soy beans, tofu, tempeh and soymilk, and other legumes like green beans, provide plant chemicals that nourish and strengthen the blood vessels and support better hormone levels. One cup of soy tofu equals .3mg of estrogen. One to two portions of soy per day dramatically reduces menopausal symptoms and helps to protect your heart, bones and breast cancer risk.

Here are examples of a portion of soy:

  • 1 cup soy milk
  • 1/2 cup textured vegetable protein
  • 2 cakes tofu
  • 1/3 cup soy flour
  • 1 soy burger
  • 2 soy hot dogs
  • 1/3 cup cooked soybeans
  • 1/3 cup roasted soynuts

Herbs For Sex

My Sexuality for Women Kit includes powerful herbal formulas designed to enhance all phases of a woman's sex life. Together with my Libido Diet for Women it covers all the bases.

Herbs have been associated with love potions for thousands of years -- for women as well as men. Certain herbs may have a great deal of influence on several aspects of a woman's sexual response and performance. Some herbs help reawaken her libido. Some boost her sexual energy and stamina levels. Others intensify her sexual excitement and satisfaction.

Normal sexual function requires healthy organs and healthy glands to produce the necessary sex hormones. Herbs are superior body balancers that work through the glands. The right combinations of herbs help a woman achieve better glandular health.

Reason: Herbs are concentrated foods -- whole essences with the ability to address both the symptoms and the causes of a problem. As nourishment, herbs provide nutrients the body does not always receive, either from a poor diet or environmental deficiencies in the soil and air. As therapy, herbs act essentially as body balancers that work with body functions. This way, the body can regulate and even heal itself.

 

My Sexuality for Women Kit has various combinations of these herbs and others to thoroughly enhance a woman's libido and sexual experience.

 

Ginseng

It may really be as wonderful as you've heard!

Why are the ginsengs of the world such honored plants?

Ginseng is one of the most powerful healing plants in the world! Itís been around for thousands of years. Every traditional healing culture in the world has a ginseng or ginseng-type plant in itís medicine chest. Daily ginseng was a necessary matter of life throughout all of Chinaís long history. At the turn of the 20th century, virtually every Chinese person used ginseng to some extent for their well being, especially as a wellness tonic. Ginseng was also highly esteemed by every Native American culture.

Ginseng is so potent, we think of it as a panacea, from which comes its name PANAX, an herb to restore and normalize various body functions like blood pressure, blood sugar, energy, and endurance. The two great growing areas of the world for panax ginseng are the Orient and North America. Ginseng can grow in abundance throughout Canada and New England, over a broad band of the midwest, the deep south and the far west. The last four decades have seen an enormous demand for American ginseng from the Orient. Overharvesting has been the story in many areas of North America. Only recently has land stewardship and cultivation begun to bring these forests and fields back.

Why is ginseng being rediscovered with such enthusiasm today?

The American baby boomers were the first to rediscover the wonders of ginseng. They started taking it as 60ís flower children, and never gave it up. Look at them today! In their late 40's, 50's, even 60ís they are younger looking, more active, more youthful, vibrant sexually, reproductive longer -- COULD IT BE THE GINSENG???! Are worldwide communications offering us ìnewî ancient knowledge? Are we finally learning about the value of traditional healing methods? The truth is far more interesting than that. Ginseng is a perfect herb for preventive medicine, because it helps balance the active forces in the human body.

Ginseng -- the most extensively studied herb on earth!

Dr. Lin Yutang, a Chinese research scientist who spent a lifetime learning about ginseng, summed up his work by saying that "The magic tonic and building qualities of ginseng are the most enduring, the most energy-giving, restorative qualities known to mankind, yet it is distinguished by the slowness and gentleness of its action". More modern research has been done on ginseng than all other herbs combined. At the turn of the 21st century ginseng is being intensively studied by athletic performance experts as well as medical science. Since scientific research is incredibly expensive, the wealth of testing being done on ginseng gives you an idea of its importance in the minds of researchers today.

How do different ginsengs compare?

Western ginseng experts often say that Asian and American varieties of panax ginseng have the same healing qualities because are so closely related. This is substantially true, but there are differences in fresh and dried ginseng properties, and in red and white ginseng. Ginsenosides are the active bio-chemicals that distinguish ginseng. Some people try to judge the quality of a ginseng on how much ginsenoside it contains. But, this approach is mistaken. Ginseng can contain up to 22 different kinds of ginsenosides, but normally, only 10 are even measured. And different ginsenosides affect the body in different ways. In judging a ginseng, itís not the total of ginsenosides, but what types they are, and how they work.

How ginseng works:

  • Healing herbalists use ginsengs as adaptogens that deal with all kinds of stress.
  • They are tonics and restoratives, and they improve the spirits.
  • They help overcome fatigue by improving stamina.
  • They facilitate the action of other therapeutic substances.
  • They may be used as short term stimulants to restore vitality, or as long term tonics to maintain vitality.

Unfortunately, it is just this seemingly miraculous list of benefits that gets ginseng into trouble. Our left-brain, modern, skeptical world of science just can't believe it!

But ginseng is a supremely complex plant -- a perfect example of how herbs interact with the human race -- one of those miraculous things that lets us see the universe at work. I believe that herbs point out a path for us and show us how we might grow and change as our planet becomes a global village. I see the world's herbal healing traditions -- once so entirely separate -- now sharing and combining their knowledge and their herbs. Herbs may indeed be a force to bring us together.

Colon Detox

The Importance of a Colon Cleanse

A colon elimination cleanse is a cleanse most of us need. The latest estimates show that over 90% of disease in America is directly or indirectly attributable to an unhealthy colon. As the solid waste management organ for the entire body, your colon is also the easiest breeding ground for putrefactive bacteria, viruses and parasites. A nationwide survey reveals that one in every six people have parasites living somewhere in the body.

Hardly any healing program will work without a colon cleanse as part of it. Problems like headaches, skin blemishes, bad breath, fatigue, arthritis and heart disease are linked to a congested colon. Colon and bowel malfunctions are one of the biggest factors in accelerated aging. Cleansing your colon lightens the toxic load on every other part of your body... even your mind (mental dullness is a sign of colon congestion). When colon health is compromised, waste backs up, becomes toxic, and releases the toxins into the bloodstream. Real healing takes place at the deepest cellular levels. Your blood feeds your cells. The nutrients that reach your blood get there by the way of the colon. So, a clogged, dirty colon means toxins in your blood.

Is your colon toxic? Ask yourself these questions:

...Is your elimination time slow?

Bowel transit time should be approximately twelve hours. Slow bowel transit time allows wastes to become rancid. Blood capillaries lining the colon absorb these poisons into the bloodstream, exposing the rest of your body to the toxins.

...Do you eat fast food, highly processed, synthetic, or chemical laced foods?

A clean, strong system can metabolize or eliminate many pollutants that come into your body, but if you are constipated, they are stored in your system. As more and different chemicals enter your body they tend to inter-react with those that are already there, forming second generation chemicals more harmful than the originals. Colon cancer, now the second leading cancer in the United States (slightly behind lung cancer in men and breast cancer in women), is a direct result of accumulated toxic waste. Colitis, irritable bowel syndrome, diverticulosis, ileitis and Crohn's disease, are all signs of waste congestion. They're on the rise, too. Over 100,000 Americans have a colostomy every year!

...Is your digestion poor?

The most common sign of toxic bowel overload is poor digestion. If you're eating a lot of rich, red meats and cheeses, white bread, sugary, salty foods or fried foods, they're robbing your body of critical electrolytes and they have almost no fiber for digestion. A high fiber diet is both cure and prevention for waste elimination problems. Eating high fiber means you're moving food through your digestive system quickly and easily. A low residue diet causes a gluey state - and your intestinal contractions can't work efficiently. You can picture this if you remember the hard paste formed by white flour and water when you were a kid. A lot of the food we eat today is simply crammed into the colon, never fully excreted.

Media attention has been focused for decades on high fiber foods. Everybody in America must have changed their diet to a more colon-healthy pattern, right? This is simply not the case. Americans target their diets to reduce fat at all costs, often at the expense of a fiber-rich diet.

Check your fiber. The protective level of fiber in your diet is easily measured:

  • The stool should be light enough to float.
  • Bowel movements should be regular, daily and effortless.
  • The stool should be almost odorless, signaling less bowel transit time.
  • There should be no gas or flatulence.

Colon Self Test

Could your body use a colon cleanse?

  • Constipated most of the time? a colon cleanse softens and removes colon congestion
  • Feeling heavy and bloated? a colon cleanse helps you lose colon congestive weight
  • Gassy with audible bowel rumbling and discomfort after you eat? a colon cleanse removes gluey materials impairing digestion
  • Catch a cold, or flu every few weeks? a colon cleanse releases excess mucous that harbors viruses
  • Tired for no real reason? a colon cleanse boosts immune and liver response for more energy
  • Have a coated tongue, bad breath, or body odor? a colon cleanse clears rancidity that causes bad odors
  • Do you feel mentally slow and tired? a colon cleanse lets more blood circulation get to your brain
  • Skin unusually sallow and dull? a colon cleanse removes toxin that come out through your skin
  • Have a degenerative disease like cancer, arthritis or lupus? a colon cleanse removes toxic elements
  • Cholesterol numbers too high? a colon cleanse increases absorption of cholesterol-lowering foods

If you answered yes to any of these questions, a colon cleanse could provide you tremendous benefit to your overall health and well being. To learn about the importance of colon cleansing and how to begin a safe and effective program, click here.

Colon Detox Plan

3 to 5 Day Nutrition Plan

The 4 key elements: enzymes from high chlorophyll plants; fiber from fruits and vegetables: probiotics from cultured foods like yogurts; waterof at least eight glasses a day.

The night before your colon cleanse... Try a gentle herbal laxative: Note: If you have a sensitive colon or irritable bowel disease (IBS), tone your colon before you cleanse. Avoid products with senna or psyllium. Use a gentle herbal cleansing formula, with peppermint oil, like BWL-Tone.

  • Soak dried figs, prunes and raisins in water; add 1 tb. molasses, cover, leave to soak over night.

The next day...

  • On rising: take a cleansing booster product. Take 1000mg vitamin C with bioflavonoids to raise body glutathione levels.
  • Breakfast: discard dried fruits from soaking water and eat with a small glass of the liquid.
  • Mid-morning: take 2 tbsp. aloe juice concentrate in a glass of juice or water and 1000mg vitamin C.
  • Lunch: take a small glass of fresh carrot juice.
  • Mid-afternoon: take an herbal colon cleansing tea, Bloat Release™ Tea.
  • About 5 o' clock: a small glass of potassium broth, or fresh carrot juice.
  • Dinner: take a glass of apple or papaya juice and 1000mg vitamin C.
  • Before Bed: repeat the herbal cleansers that you took on rising with a cup of mint tea.

Eat a raw foods salad on the last night of your cleanse.

To boost your cleanse, add 2 or 3 cleansing boosters:

  • Chlorophyll sources: Energy Green Renewal™ Drink Mix
  • Enzymes: Dr. Enzyme™ between meals, great if you have food allergies, too.
  • Electrolytes speed up a cleanse: Nature's Path Trace-Lyte Liquid Minerals; Arise & Shine Alkalizer.
  • Antioxidants defeat pollutants: Country Life Super 10 Antioxidant; NutriCology Antiox.
  • Fiber support: Planetary TRI-CLEANSE; AloeLife FiberMate.

Note 1: Drugstore laxatives aren't really cleansers. They offer only temporary relief, are usually habit-forming, destructive to intestinal membranes, and don't get to the cause of the problem. The laxative so irritates the colon that the bowels expel whatever loose material is around. Note 2: Bowel elimination problems are often chronic and may need several rounds of cleansing. Alternate cleansing with periods of eating a healthy diet.

Colon Cleanse Bodywork

Techniques to enhance your cleanse: Irrigate: a colonic irrigation is a good way to start a colon/bowel cleanse. Grapefruit seed extract (15 to 20 drops in a gallon of water) is effective, especially if there is colon toxicity along with constipation. Try a catnip or diluted liquid chlorophyll enema every other night during the cleanse. Note: Enemas may be given to children. Use smaller amounts according to size and age. Allow water to enter very slowly; let them expel when they wish.

Exercise: Take a brisk walk for an hour every day to help keep your elimination channels moving.

Bathe: Take several long warm baths during your cleanse. Dry skin brushing will help release toxins coming out through your skin. Lemon Detox Bath: add into warm bath - 5 drops lemon essential oil and 2 drops geranium essential oil.

Massage therapy: Get one good lower back and pelvis massage during your cleanse.

Visualize your detox: Close your eyes; inhale and exhale long and slowly. As you exhale, visualize toxins dislodging and leaving your colon. As you inhale, visualize nourishing nutrients rebuilding vibrancy.

Do You Need A Detox?

Ask yourself these questions:

  • Do you feel congested from too much food, or the wrong kinds of food?
  • Do you feel lethargic, like you need a good spring cleaning?
  • Do you need to eliminate drug residues?
  • Do you need to normalize the body after illness or hospital stay?
  • Do you need a jump start to a healing program?
  • Do you need a specific detox program for a serious health problem?
  • Do you want to streamline your body processes for more energy?
  • Do you need to remove toxins causing a health problem?
  • Do you want to rest and rejuvenate your whole body?
  • Do you want to assist weight loss?
  • Do you want to clear up your skin?

Signs that you need to detoxify: Frequent, unexplained headaches or back or joint pain, or arthritis, chronic respiratory problems, sinus problems or asthma abnormal body odor, bad breath or coated tongue, food allergies, poor digestion or chronic constipation with intestinal bloating or gas, brittle nails and hair, psoriasis, adult acne, or unexplained weight gain over 10 pounds, unusually poor memory, chronic insomnia, depression, irritability, chronic fatigue, environmental sensitivities especially to odors.

What Are Sea Vegetables?

There are many reasons why I recommend sea vegetables as part of my Healthy Healing programs -- weight loss, cellulite control, detoxification, beautiful hair and skin, and more. Sea vegetables can transform your health! I believe that when we eat sea vegetables, and when we take seaweed baths, we are tapping into the ancestral and restorative source of all life -- the ocean. Include sea vegetables into your diet every day and you 'll see a difference. I do! Sea plants -- gifts from the sea! Sea vegetables come in green, brown, red and blue-green algae. A quick profile:

Kelp (laminaria) contains vitamins A, B, E, D and K, is a main source of vitamin C, and rich in minerals. Kelp proteins are comparable in quality to animal proteins. A brown marine plant, kelp contains sodium alginate (algin), an element that helps remove radioactive particles and heavy metals from the body. Algin, carrageenan and ager are kelp gels that rejuvenate gastrointestinal health and aid digestion. Kelp works as a blood purifier, relieves arthritis stiffness, and promotes adrenal, pituitary and thyroid health. Kelp's natural iodine can normalize thyroid-related disorders like overweight and lymph system congestion. It is a demulcent that helps eliminate herpes outbreaks. Kelp is rich -- a little goes a long way.

Kombu (laminaria digitata, setchelli, horsetail kelp), has a long tradition as a Japanese delicacy with great nutritional healing value. It is a decongestant for excess mucous, and helps normalize blood pressure. Kombu has abundant iodine, carotenes, B, C, D and E vitamins, minerals like calcium, magnesium, potassium, silica, iron and zinc, and the powerful skin healing nutrient germanium. Kombu is a meaty, high-protein seaweed. It is higher in natural mineral salts than most other seaweeds. Add a strip of kombu to your bean pot to reduce gas.

Hijiki is a mineral-rich, high-fiber seaweed, with 20% protein, vitamin A, carotenes and calcium. Hijiki has the most calcium of any sea green, 1400mg per 100gr. of dry weight.

Nori (porphyra, laver) is a red sea plant with a sweet, meaty taste when dried. It contains nearly 50% balanced, assimilable protein, higher than any other sea plant. Nori's fiber makes it a perfect sushi wrapper. Nori is rich in all the carotenes, calcium, iodine, iron, and phosphorus.

Arame (Eisenia bycyclis), is one of the ocean's richest sources of iodine. Herbalists use arame to help reduce breast and uterine fibroids, adhesions, and through its fat soluble vitamins and phytohormones, to normalize menopausal symptoms. Arame promotes soft, wrinkle-free skin, enhances glossy hair and prevents its loss.

Sea Palm (Postelsia Palmaeformis), American arame, grows only on the Pacific Coast of North America. One of my favorites, it has a sweet, salty taste that goes especially well as a vegetable, rice or salad topping.

Bladderwrack is packed with vitamin K -- an excellent adrenal stimulant. It is still used today by native Americans in steam baths for arthritis, gout and illness recovery.

Wakame (alaria, undaria) is a high-protein, high calcium seaweed, with carotenes, iron and vitamin C. Widely used in the Orient for hair growth and luster, and for skin tone.

Dulse (palmaria palmata), a red sea plant, is rich in iron, protein, and vitamin A. It is a supremely balanced nutrient, with 300 times more iodine and 50 times more iron than wheat. Tests on dulse show activity against the herpes virus. It can be a valuable herb for sexuallity for men. It has purifying and tonic effects on the body, yet its natural, balanced salts nourish as a mineral, without inducing thirst.

Irish Moss (chondrus crispus, carrageen) is full of electrolyte minerals -- calcium, magnesium, sodium and potassium. Its mucilaginous compounds help you detoxify, boost metabolism and strengthen hair, skin and nails. Traditionally used for a low sex drive.

Preventive measures may be taken against iodine deficiency problems or disease risk by adding just 2 tablespoons of chopped, dried sea greens to your daily diet.

Sea vegetables are tasty! Crush, chop or crumble any mix of dry sea greens you like into soups and sauces, pizzas or focaccias, casseroles, rice and salads. Roast them into anything you cook. If you add sea veggies, no other salt is needed, an advantage for a low salt diet. Sundried, they are convenient to buy, store, and use as needed. Store them in a moisture proof container and they keep indefinitely.

To Life-long health,

Linda Page

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