Healthy Aging!

 

It has been indicated in the past and is still the knowledge of today that energy is the life force that fuels our physical, mental and emotional well-being regardless of age, or sex. The world is full of folks who complain everyday that they have no energy, are tired and experience fatigue on a daily basis, and feel they are just making it from day-to-day. Many factors can cause this such as pollution, stress, improper eating habits such as skipping meals, eating too many processed foods, pushing our body’s support system to the limit when exercising, chronic low-grade health problems developed over a long time which can include, headaches, weight loss or gain, sleep disorders, nutritional deficiency, etc., etc.

What can a person do to reverse this downward spiral from being energetic? Detoxify, rebuild, re-energize, commit to free oneself from addictive habits – substances, and dependence on prescription drugs, any drugs, alcohol, tobacco, caffeine, toxic foods and beverages (soda). In simple language…it is changing ones lifestyle. Getting back to the basics in all aspects of your life. Continue reading “Healthy Aging!”

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Fitness/Updates!

Fitness/Updates will be a section in my Blog, to be posted at least once a month. They will be short blogs – updates of and of general daily information.

DID YOU KNOW: With all the Organic Consumer information that is reported on TV, in the media, newspaper, and magazine, etc., it is now being said that millions of health minded Americans are finally understanding that organic food and a healthy diet and lifestyle are obviously key factors in preventing chronic disease, restoring public health and reducing out-of-control health care costs. Just the word ‘organic’ raises many questions. There are many concepts about what is ‘organic’ and what is not.

I hear folks all the time tell me, “I can’t afford to buy organic – it is too expensive”. A term associated with ‘organic‘ is ‘natural‘.So, what is the difference and what is the cost differential? Simply, ‘organic‘ agriculture produces the real thing; crops higher in vitamin content and trace minerals – unpolluted by chemicals. The term ‘natural‘ as used by the UNF (United Natural Foods) is a ploy to make one believe non-organic foods are organic, or in other words an organic alternative. The organic alternative terminology is, “chemical and energy-intensive factory farming using chemicals/additives/pesticides/preservatives and hormones, etc. Bluntly, it could be said that ‘natural’ is meaningless. ‘Natural’ has been broken down into 3 categories, natural, all natural, and sustainable. Today you will find all these mentioned terms used on food items in regular grocery stores as well as Natural or Whole Food stores. As well, many food items are labeled as “USDA Organic“. Are you confused? This is another government ploy to pull the wool over our eyes to make us think the food producer has followed strict NOP (National Organic Program) regulations and maintained detailed records. This is the government simply telling us what they want us to believe, and, what we want to hear. This leads to and/or predicts the price, so we pay organic or premium price for a conventional product. It is big business/profits at any cost. The unfortunate consequence is that it is very difficult for independently owned grocers or a coop trying to sell mostly real organic products, to compete.
(Info from: The Organic Monopoly and the Myth of “Natural” Foods: How Industry Giants are Undermining the Organic Movement – by Ronnie Cummins Organic Consumers Association – July 8, 2009).

Since 2009, when this information first came to our attention, ideology has changed a bit. Organic food costs, in many instances, are being brought into line with the regular processed foods. I find the fresh fruits and vegetables might be more expensive, but not by much. Also, producers are trying to process their foods to seem to be healthier than what they used to produce by eliminating some chemicals, lowering the sodium, genetically modifying the food, making it gluten-free, etc…..again, making us think they are doing their part in making the food better for us, the consumer. This subject could be argued in many different directions. I will leave it be, for now.

Bottom line….do your own research; check out the company’s and their practices. We must “put our money and our principles where our values lie.” Buy “Certified Organic” not so-called natural products. Healthwise – we are what we eat.

We live in an era that stresses health through exercise, eating healthy and taking supplements on the one hand and the government trying to control all of these in our lives, young and old alike. CHOICES, CHOICES, and more CHOICES – what do you want? 

STAY SAFE….AND GOOD HEALTH TO ALL!

Detoxification In Conjunction With ACTIVITIES!

The question posed is, does Detoxing allow you to work out, or have a regular exercise routine? That depends. If you are doing a heavy detox you would probably not feel like working out. With a moderate to light detox you can work out as you usually do as long as you are not feeling the effects of the healing crisis associated with a good Detox Program.

Exercising and working out can include a variety of activities – of which some are more strenuous than others. Most activities require PREPARATION, the first being a good night’s sleep – whether you exercise, do physical activity, or work out in the early morning, afternoon, or early evening. I like to do my exercise regimen in the morning, because it gives me the energy needed for the rest of the day. There are different opinions as to whether a workout should be done before or after eating. My preference or routine is – after a good night’s sleep, rise at 6-6:30 a.m., drink an 8 oz. glass of water with fresh lemon juice added to get the blood cleaned out and flowing. After a 15 minute wait, I do an easy warm-up (10 minutes) consisting mostly of slow stretching, on the floor or standing, push ups for the upper body, and plies’ (a Ballet dance term – the dance in me) – when younger, full plies, as a senior demi-plies, which in the sports world are known by most as squats or knee bends. Last I do, releves’ (another ballet term) but also known as toe raises…done rising as high as you are able up on the toes and then lowering the heels. After the warm up, I do a Tai Chi or Yoga routine. I alternate them depending on how I feel. I do the stretching routine everyday and the Tai Chi or Yoga every other day but not less than 2 times a week.  When I complete my exercise routine I drink another 8 oz. glass of water, wait about 15 minutes, the time it takes me to make a smoothie (I make various kinds), which I take with supplements, and that is breakfast. Other activities I take part in include 18 holes of golf 2-3 times a week (all year), and bowling 1 day a week (in the winter). I walk as much as I have time for between the activities and work. Note: none of the exercise I do is strenuous. One doesn’t have to do high impact workouts like Zumba, etc. to work up a sweat. A younger person can handle extreme and strenuous exercise or activities, where a senior cannot and should not. For everyone age, physical condition, health and time should be considered in the equation. Moderation in all things.

Back to eating first… Continue reading “Detoxification In Conjunction With ACTIVITIES!”

Follow-up! RECIPES

How are you doing with your commitment to a New Healthy Life via a lifestyle change?

To help you along, I decided to share some Lifestyle Change Recipes. I love to make up my own even though a lot of good recipes are out there on the net and in magazines.

The Detox Diet Plan program suggests that smoothies be included. They can be made for any meal or even a snack. This one is my own, but you can make up your own or add or subtract ingredients to this one. I like them simple.

I call this one the CHARGE UP SMOOTHIE: Put in a blender

1 cup unsweetened coconut milk or almond or cashew milk
1/2 cup frozen blueberries (pick my own and freeze them)
3 Tablespoon avocado
1/2 cup frozen or fresh strawberries
1/4 cup cubed fresh cubed pineapple (I buy a fresh one, cut it up and freeze it – then use it as needed)
1/2 – 1 large banana
1 scoop Vegetable Protein Powder (your choice)
1 Tablespoon honey or real maple syrup (if you want a sweetener)
1/2 cup crushed ice

BLEND AND ENJOY!

SALADS are also on the plan – Here is my favorite:

2 cups Red Leaf Petite Lettuce
2 cups Green Leaf Petite Lettuce
1 cup cherry tomatoes (I grow my own)
1/2 cup red onion – thinly sliced
1/2 cup Portabella mushrooms
1 cup sliced and quartered Granny Apples
1 cup clementine Orange sections
1 cup broken walnut pieces

Hand mix all together.

Salad Dressing: Lite Olive Oil and Balsamic or Organic Apple Cider Vinegar,
mixed together with about a teaspoon raw sugar, salt and pepper to taste. Or you can use Fresh Squeezed Lemon Juice (not the bottled kind)

For Dinner: I love SALMON/PINEAPPLE SALSA

Pineapple Salsa – homemade

1 cup crushed fresh pineapple
1/4 cup red bell peppers chopped
1/4 cup sweet onion or chopped red onion
1 cup diced fresh mangos
1 tablespoon honey
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice

Mix together and set aside. Leftovers should be kept in the refrigerator. Gets better with age.

SALMON

4-6 oz fillet of Wild Caught Salmon (not farm raised)

Marinade: 1/4 cup honey, 1/4 cup organic apple cider vinegar, and 1 – 2 tablespoon fresh minced garlic (I use store-bought). Mix together. Will need to double the amounts if making for more than one person. This is a one person portion of marinade.

Put Salmon in a flat low dish, spread with the marinade. Cover and let sit in refrigerator for 30 minutes to an hour.

Heat coconut oil or olive oil in a skillet (I use a stainless steel skillet) to medium. Add Salmon skin side down and cover with 1/2 the marinade cook 4-5 minutes depending on thickness of salmon. Turn over, cover with rest of marinade and cook for another 4-5 minutes or until fish is flakey. Liquid will cook down.

Remove from pan and plate on top of wild rice or rice noodles, top with salsa, a sprig of mint or arugula. ENJOY!

Taste your mixtures and season to your taste. What one person likes may be different from another person. These are my own recipes. I seldom measure anything and cook by taste or smell alone. So you are welcome to adjust the recipes to your own liking.

May these recipes add spice to a (I know) tedious Detox Diet program.

Love, and God Bless!

Exercise, Working Out, & Physical Activity!

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Exercise, working out and physical activity are all interchangeable because you are working the muscles as well as all the other parts of the body to support strength, agility, and physical coördination, etc. to keep the body in a healthy state of being. Whether you are young, middle-aged or elderly, exercise should be a part of the preventive measures taken with regards to your health. Do it not just for yourself, but also for those you care about. You have to make your health a priority. You can stay young as you grow old. You can live longer to experience the moments that mean the most to you.

The 94-year-old World Master Rowing Champion, Dr. Charles Eugster stated, “We have confused illness with the process of aging, which can be thoroughly healthy. Illness is not a necessary part of aging!” Continue reading “Exercise, Working Out, & Physical Activity!”

The Prostate

 

I love it when my readers ask me questions about health issues that affect the masses. One such question was on the prostate – an issue particular to men. How can you avoid prostate problems? How can you keep it healthy?

Think of the total body as being like a car. The efficiency  of a car depends on the car having all its parts. Take one part away or a part starts to break down and the car becomes sluggish and eventually won’t run or work at all, and finally the car needs to be fixed. Our bodies work the same way. The body only works efficiently when all the parts are intact. Take a body part away – as through surgery, damage a part – by accidental means, or purposely – as by drug use etc., and the body begins to break down or malfunction. It is at that point that the human begins to worry, even panic. What am I going to do – how can I fix it? As with most folks they call the doctor – the allopathic doctor, who fixes them with surgery or prescription medications. But, HAS THE INJURY OR MALFUNCTION BEEN REPAIRED? Probably not – as those methods of healing usually fix the symptoms and do not repair the cause. Granted, medical doctors are an important part of the medical community and they are there for good reasons – BUT, often, many body function issues can be fixed or repaired by alternative methods. Scientific research is proving this every day.

 

 

NOW, what about the PROSTATE GLAND?

 

The PROSTATE GLAND is an organ of the human male reproduction system. It is clam shaped, consisting of three lobes. It surrounds the neck of the bladder and urethra. It is partly glandular tissue and partly muscular tissue. The glands are exocrine and have ducts that open into the prostate portion of the urethra (the tube or canal that urine flows through) from the bladder to the outside of the body. The prostate gland secretes a thin semi-clear alkaline fluid which makes up 30% of the seminal fluid. This fluid is used as a lubricant, but also stimulates active sperm movement. The cause of Prostatitis (inflammation of the prostate gland) is acidosis. However, the most contributing factor is hypoactive adrenal glands, which creates low steroid production. This leads to prostate over-stimulation and inflammation.

The muscle fibers of the prostate act as a sort of valve mechanism which shuts off the urinary bladder so that urine does not come in contact with the male sperm cells.

When the prostate becomes infected it can be because of gonorrhea which shows all the signs of infection to include a rise in temperature, pain, often a discharge, sometimes abscess – it then needs a surgical procedure.

Most commonly, the condition affecting the prostate is a simple enlargement that comes on with advancing years. The exact cause is not known. Signs of this include: impeding urination, a need to urinate more often – thus the nighttime trips to the bathroom. Also there may be some retention of fluid in the bladder – so it does not empty completely during urination. In earlier times and still today, modern treatment is surgery. However, today the death rate from this surgery is minimal. Medical doctors usually suggest surgery if the prostate issue is cancer related, – benign or malignant tumors, kidney disease related, calculi (stone in the prostate), or nodular hyperplasia (excessive proliferation of normal cells) is present. These are common, particularly in men past 60 years of age. Many of these issues can be holistically treated – especially if the problem is old age related.

The prostate gland has broken down – much like a car part. How can the prostate gland be fixed? It can be repaired by the use of natural herbal supplement formulas. It needs special cleansing, strengthening and regenerating. You start by detoxifying the prostate gland. Also, note in the first picture how the prostate gland is connected to other glands and organs in the body. In order to keep the prostate gland healthy, the organs and glands it is connected to must also be kept healthy. Correct detoxification – which is the only way the body can eliminate the cause of any abnormal issue, needs to include those organs and glands as well.

Our store has just what is needed to eliminate the cause, not just treat the symptoms. Click on the FYI Healthtalk Store, under Health Links (to the right of this blog) for product information. For help on the correct product/s to use, and a good detoxification program, it would be wise to consult a detox specialist – who is knowledgeable regarding the products needed to perform the detox task.. I am available for a free consultation via email. You can contact me by leaving a comment on this blog. I will respond. All consultations are private, and all information is kept confidential.   

 KEEP YOUR PROSTATE HEALTHY!

Keep working, everyone, to become a healthier you! May God Bless!

(Reference Information: Taber’s Cyclopedic Medical Dictionary, Illustrated Medical and Health Encyclopedia, The Detox Miracle Sourcebook by: Robert Morse)

Fungus/Fungi – Did You Know?

This is a short blog, about something that plagues almost everyone at some time in their life.

FUNGUS is “A vegetable cellular organism that subsists on organic matter.” It belongs to the division Fungi. FUNGI is a division of plant like organisms that includes molds and yeasts. Fungi grow as single cells as in yeast or multicellular as in molds and mushrooms. They are dependent on a parasitic existence.

FUNGUS can be the cause, is the cause, or is the symptom of many bodily function issues. Most people are familiar with NAIL fungus-finger, toe, and skin. However other issues to be concerned about are: liver problems, diabetes, psoriasis, dry skin, dandruff, hair loss, fatigue, prescription drugs, dark urine, leg tingling, ringworm, Parkinson’s disease, Athlete’s foot, and heart failure, etc. Fungus growth begins usually as a symptom, with the root cause starting from inside the body, and, has to do with a poor immune system. “Fungal spores are everywhere and are difficult to get rid of” according to Dr. Jiang – a Chinese Medicine doctor.

WHAT TO DO?
DETOX– it is necessary to clean fungus from the body’s main organs or systems within the body. It is a must to heal the organ or cause to revive the immune system and allow the body’s natural healing process to kick in. A good detox diet/program needs to be done at the same time you are using topical or other methods. Check out my DETOX DIET PLAN (an earlier blog). A good detox program will be cleansing the toxins/fungus from the body, from the inside out, thereby allowing the body to start the self healing process. This will ‘revive the immune system’.

WHAT TO USE:?
Basically, natural antifungal – to include: activated charcoal (which binds to the cells wall), Oregano Oil – which can be taken internally or used topically, pure Organic Natural Apple Cider Vinegar (with the mother) to be taken as what I call an ‘Apple Cider Vinegar’ Cocktail – or you can bathe the area with just the Apple Cider Vinegar, and finally, olive oil taken internally or used on the affected area topically. My favorites are the Oregano Oil (my clients say it works), and the Apple Cider Vinegar Cocktail. Another thing I have found useful is swabbing the affected (if external)area, or soaking (if toe or finger nail) with Hydrogen Peroxide – then use the Oregano Oil, rub it on the nail bed and around the nail area until absorbed.You have to be consistent in applying any of these methods, as the healing does not happen immediately or just overnight.

{Apple Cider Vinegar Cocktail: Using a pint jar, fill 3/4 with honey and 1/4 with Organic Apple Cider Vinegar. Stir until well mixed and store in the cupboard. This is the mixture. For the Cocktail, put 1 Tablespoon of the Mixture in an 8 oz. glass and mix with 8 oz. pure or distilled water. I add ice cubes. Drink as often as you like during the day. It is also a good cleanse for all the organs of the body.} This formula will not work with the regular store-bought Distilled Vinegar, as it has very little nutritional value.}

I hope this helps some of you who might be frustrated with this problem. There are many products being sold today for use on nail fungus issues. What I hear from folks using them is that they don’t work. When using NATURAL sources – the good news is that you can continue using them after the problem is solved, to keep the healing intact and maintained.

PATIENCE my friends, PATIENCE. It all takes time.

God Bless!