Gray Hair, Don’t Care: 6 Healthy Habits for the Young at Heart

If you want to keep remaining healthy as you age,
you have to take good care of your mind and body. Keep reading for how to do
just that even if the years have started to sneak up on you.

Spend Some Time with You

There is something to be said about stealing a
few moments of “me” time each day. When it’s time to power down,
grab a steaming cup of tea, take a hot shower, and pamper yourself with a
homemade face mask or hot rock massage. This is one aspect of self-care that
will not only lower stress, but it can also help you clear negative thoughts
from your mind. Take this time to connect with your body and listen to what it
says you need.

Get Medical Checkups

Just because you’ve out-aged your doctor doesn’t
mean he or she can’t provide words of wisdom where health is concerned. Five
Star Senior Living reports that seniors are entitled to a thorough health exam when signing up for Medicare. There are numerous health screenings your doctor
may recommend, including those for colon cancer, bone density, and hepatitis C.
If you’re over the age of 60, you will also likely be recommended a shingles
and pneumococcal vaccine. If you’re a woman, you should also see a gynecologist
for a Pap smear at least once every few years to screen for cervical cancer.
Men, your sexual health also matters, and regular prostate exams can detect
cancer early.

Eat Nourishing Foods

While there’s something to be said about the
“just eat the cake” attitude, the body can’t sustain itself on sugar alone. No
matter your age, eating food that’s good for you is the best thing you can do
for your body. Your meals do not have to be elaborate. Start your day with a
breakfast of whole-grain pancakes topped with berries and nuts, a salmon and
avocado wrap for lunch, and a chicken breast salad for dinner. Care.com offers
more simple and healthy meal ideas.

Get Plenty of Rest

If food is fuel for your body, sleep is the oil
that keeps the engine running. Once you become an adult, your sleep needs hold
steady at between seven and nine hours each night. Getting excessively less can
lead to issues with cognition and make you feel run down and drained. Make a
point to get ample shut-eye and allow yourself to wake naturally to feel fully
refreshed. Pay attention to sleep disturbances that develop suddenly, as the
American Academy of Neurology suggests that sleep problems up your chances of developing Alzheimer’s disease.

Stay Social

Just because you’re decades out of high school
doesn’t mean you shouldn’t have an active social life. Seniors who maintain a
close network of friends and family are healthier, happier, and enjoy greater
feelings of personal satisfaction. You don’t have to relegate yourself to
playing chess on the park bench. There are many exciting activities to do at
any age. Vive Health suggests trying a new restaurant, going shopping, and
traveling.

Exercise

It’s not enough just to keep your mind engaged,
you need to keep your body in motion as well. Exercising at least a few times each
week will keep your muscles strong and your joints limber. Perhaps more
importantly, a good workout will strengthen your heart and lungs. Take
advantage of Silver Sneakers, which offers free gym memberships for seniors.

Stay Young at Heart

Just because you’ve reached your golden years
doesn’t mean you aren’t still in your prime. Make your health a priority and
you will see many more fun, active, and happy birthdays.

Kevin Wells

Lead Writer, seniordiabetic.com

kevin@seniordiabetic.com

I wholeheartedly agree with Kevin,  I am getting older and have applied these tips, with great success.  Have any other tips you would like to add?  Leave them in the comments below.

Good Health to You

Crystal

 

 

 

Hawthorn – A Natural Treatment for Cardiovascular Disease

The World Health Organisation (WHO) lists cardiovascular disease (CVD) as globally the number one cause of death, accounting for 30% of all deaths in 2005. The American Heart Association cites heart disease as the number one killer of American adults and further commented that for the year 2005, 80,700,000 Americans suffered from some form of CVD.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

There are plenty of prescriptions one can be prescribed, but make sure you do your research and check out hawthorn-a natural treatment for cardiovascular disease.

About Hawthorn

Hawthorn Berries consist of many things, but several of their most active constituents are procyandin oligomers, cholines, chlorogenic acid, caffeic acid and ascorbic acid. These mentioned items in hawthorn berries work together to help prevent many types of cardiovascular disease including angina, coronary thrombosis (blood clot in an artery near the heart), cardiac arrest, high blood pressure and palpitation (rapid heartbeat). Choline present in the berries is also the main constituent in lecithin.

What does Hawthorn do?

Hawthorn improves blood and oxygen supply, cardiac energy and the metabolic processes of the heart, dilates the coronary blood vessels, lowers blood pressure and cholesterol levels and restores heart muscle. Hawthorn has a catabolic effect on calories during the process of oxidation in the tissues. In other words, hawthorn “burns up” excess calories and decreases fat deposits levels. It also increases intracellular vitamin C levels.

Hawthorn is a specific for organic or functional heart disorders such as dyspnea, rapid and feeble heart action, hypertrophy, valvular insufficiency, heart oppression. Extracts of hawthorn berries and extracts of the flowering tops of hawthorn are widely used by physicians of Europe for their cardiovascular effectiveness. There is a great article in Pharmacognosy Review on just how effective Hawthorn is on cardiovascular disease. It writes of several studies and the low incidence of reactions.

In this post, several forms of heart disease will be talked about in more detail- angina, congestive heart failure, high blood pressure and high cholesterol.

Hawthorn for Angina

Studies have proven how hawthorn extracts are great at reducing angina attacks, which is caused by low blood flow to the heart. This is due in improvements not only from increased blood and oxygen supply to the heart muscle, but is also due to the interaction of hawthorn flavonoids with key enzymes to strengthen the heart muscle’s ability to contract and helps the body to get rid of excess water and salt.

Hawthorn for Conjestive Heart Failure

Hawthorn preparations are very effective in the early stages of congestive heart failure and minor arrhythmias. This effectiveness in CHF has been repeatedly demonstrated studies. In one double-blind study, 30 patients with CHF were assessed in a randomized double-blind study. Treatment consisted of a hawthorn extract, standardized to contain 15 mg of procyandin oligomers per 80mg capsule. The treatment lasted eight weeks, and one capsule twice per day of hawthorn was given. The group receiving the hawthorn extract showed positive changes in heart function.over the placebo group. Blood pressure also improved. As with other studies of hawthorn, no adverse side effects happened.

Here is a link to another remarkable study:. Zick SM, Gillespie B, Aaronson K. The Effect of Crataegus oxyacantha special extract WS 1442 on clinical progression in patients with mild to moderate symptoms of heart failure. European Journal of Heart Failure. 2008:387–93. [PMC free article] [PubMed]

In another large study from the University of Maryland, found that hawthorn was effective in treating 952 people with heart failure. The study compared treating heart failure with conventional drugs to hawthorn alone, and in addition to taking hawthorn with prescription drugs. After two years, participants who took hawthorn supplementation had decreased symptoms of heart failure. Palpitations, breathing problems and fatigue had significantly improved when taking hawthorn alone or with other drugs.

Hawthorn for High Blood Pressure

Two most popular recommendations for high blood pressure are garlic and hawthorn. Studies have demonstrated that hawthorn extracts are effective in lowering blood pressure and in improving heart function. Patients with diabetes who were already using blood pressure medicine experienced a greater drop in blood pressure with hawthorn.

Hawthorn berries may also be useful for controlling blood pressure. A pilot study from Readings University in the UK set out to investigate the hypotensive potential of hawthorn extract and magnesium. Participants were assigned a daily supplement of either 600 milligrams, 500 milligrams hawthorn extract, a combination of both or a placebo. At week 10, researchers found a reduction in the resting diastolic blood pressure in the participants who were assigned the hawthorn extract.

Another compelling study Charts ten patients with hypertension. Every patient had significantly reduced blood pressure, but when taken off of hawthorn, within 14 days all had returned to the original blood pressure level.

I have given it to patients with high blood pressure with very positive results. One patient reduce his High blood pressure by 42 points in just a few days.

Hawthorn for Lowering Cholesterol

Research suggests that hawthorn can lower cholesterol, LDL, and triglycerides. It seems to lower accumulation of fats in the liver and the aorta (located near the heart). The extract may lower cholesterol by increasing the excretion of bile, reducing the formation of cholesterol and enhancing the receptors of LDL’s.

Hawthorn Berry Syrup Preparation

In Potters Cyclopaedia of Botanical Drugs and Preparations, published by Potter and Clarke, Ltd., 60 Artillery Lane, London, there is a Hawthorn berry syrup which I prepare and give to my clients with great success. It is done by mashing up the berries, low cooking them in water for a short period of time, and cooking down the liquid. Brandy and Glycerin are added to preserve the extract. Every time I have given this extract to a client, they have come back to tell me of the positive results it has had to their heart.

Cautions

As with most herbs, they are to be used with prudence and thanksgiving. Make sure you check with your doctor to make sure that hawthorn does not interact with any medication you are on.

Hawthorn can interact with certain drugs used to treat heart disease such as Digoxin, Beta-blockers, Calcium channel blockers.

Side effects can include upset stomach, sweating, fatigue, nausea, agitation or dizziness. As a master herbalist, my clients have not had any side effects.

My take-away

In my thirty plus years of working with people that have had cardiovascular disease, hawthorn has been my go-to herb. It is the herb for any malfunction of the heart. Nobody I have ever given hawthorn to has had any adverse reactions; only positive results.

If you have any questions on the use or effectiveness of hawthorn, I will be glad to answer them in the comment section below. Do you have any experience with hawthorn? Let me know that too.

Good Health to You

Crystal

References used:

Prescription for Nutritional Healing, Balch, 5th Edition

Encyclopedia of Natural Medicine, Murray and Pizzorno, 2nd Edition

School of Natural Healing, Christopher

Science of Herbal Medicine, Heinerman

https://www.thealternativedaily.com/health-benefits-of-hawthorn-berries/

Other studies reviewed:

Y.Nasa et. al., “Protective Effect of Crataegus Extract on the Cardiac Mechanical Dysfunction in Isolated Perfused Working Rat Heart,” Arznein Forsch 43 (1993) 945-49.

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2010/0215/p465.html – Health Effects of Hawthorn

http://prf.hn/click/camref:1011l434u/creativeref:1011l28669

Lobelia – Is it Safe or is it a Poison

There is a controversy to how safe Lobelia is.  Of the several beautiful varieties of this plant, Lobelia Inflata is the one which has the medicinal values I will talk about today.  Other common names for this herb are pukeweed and Indian tobacco.  There are good reasons for this, which will be discussed here.

This article will also discuss the plant itself, why it is considered safe, why others feel it is a poison and famous herbalist’s experiences with Lobelia.

Lobelia Inflata – The Plant

Lobelia inflata is an annual or biennial meaning it reseeds every year or two.  it grows from 6-39 inches tall with stem that have tiny little hairs at the bottom and becomes smoother at the top with light blue or violet flowers which are asymmetrical and bisexual.

It was named after Mattias de Lobel, a botanist who lived in the 17th century

The stems, leaves, flowers and seeds are what is used.  The main alkaloid is Lobeline which is in the seed, but other alkaloids include lobelacrin, lobelianin, 14 pyridine alkaloids (with a total of 52 alkaloids), acid, fats and gum.

Is Lobelia safe? Or is it a Poison?

This has been the controversy for over 200 years.

In Joseph Meyer’s book The Herbalist states that “lobelia is too dangerous for internal use by the unskilled.”

In Provincial Medical and Surgical Journal, Volume 14, No. 13, June 26, 1850, is an article written: “Supposed Death from Lobelia Inflata.”  In it, it does not say that lobelia killed a women, but it does write about her husband administering lobelia to her but eventually dies from other complications.

CBSNews.com/pictures classified it as one of 12 dangerous supplements along with chaparral, comfrey, yarrow and colloidal silver.

Dr. Herbert Nowell talks about this misclassification:  “So successfully did (Dr. Thomson) use it, that the regulars of his day classed it a poison, as some writers said only a poison could bring about the speedy results that Dr. Thomson obtained by its use.”

Herbalist’s Experiences

There have been many herbalists who have used Lobelia with great success; with the herb having miraculous and life saving benefits.

Professor William Tully of Yale College, wrote to Dr. H. Lee of Middletown, Connecticut in 1838 about how safe lobelia was and it did not have any narcotic powers whatsoever.

Dr. Samuel Thomson,

considered as the father of American Herbalism, said, “there is no vegetable which the earth produces more harmless in its effect on the human system, and none more powerful in removing disease and promoting health than lobelia.”

He first learned of this plant when he was searching for cows in the fields.  He was about four years old when he came upon this singular stemmed plant with pods he had never seen before.  His curiosity overcame him when he picked the seed pods and ate them.  After vomiting profusely, he felt better and then decided he would use this plant for sport for the next 20 years, not knowing the medicinal value. One day when he gave it to one of his coworkers and after he was done vomiting, he said that he felt better than he had in years.  After he learned of its value, he used it in ever disease, “to great advantage.”

Felter and Lloyd state that the emetic action is so prompt and decided, that the contained alkaloid could not, under ordinary circumstances, produce fatal results.”

Dr. Herbert Nowell, who started Dominion Herbal College in Canada, used Lobelia for thirty years without any incident, but only favorable results.

Dr. John R. Christopher, (whom I had the pleasure to know, and is my reason for being an herbalist today), used lobelia in his practice for many years with many “miraculous healings”, on the old and young alike.  He was very unsettled about how allopaths would promote lobelia as a poison.  Dr. Christopher knows from personal experience that this is not true.  One day, he reached for an unlabeled bottle thinking it was apple cider vinegar and honey.  He took four tablespoons at one time!  After “retching and vomiting profusely,” he felt better.  Nothing else happened except a good cleaning out!

What is the application of Lobelia?

Dr. Christopher calls this herb a “thinking herb” because of its selective qualities.  I will give a couple of examples to help explain this further.

The first example would be with a pregnant mother in trouble of miscarriage.  If the baby is too weak or has died, the Lobelia will cause the baby to abort.  If the baby is well and strong, but the mother weak, then the Lobelia will strengthen and heal the mother so she can carry the baby to term.

The next example is in the case of very large boil on the side of the neck.  If the person is fragile and sickly, then the lobelia will cause the boil to burst open so the pus can drain externally.  If the person is strong and robust, then the lobelia will cause the boil to be drained internally and go through the eliminatory channels like the kidneys and colon.

What else can Lobelia do?

The alkaloid, lobeline is an effective expectorant.  It has been long used for asthma, because the action can involve stimulating the release of epinephrine by the adrenal glands, binding to beta-2 receptors, so helping to relax the airways.

Dr. Christopher has a story of an old man who had severe asthma for over 20 years and he could not sleep laying down and could not work.  So, Dr. Christopher gave him peppermint tea, waited 15 minutes and then gave him a teaspoonful of tincture of lobelia, waited ten minutes and then gave him the second teaspoonful of the tincture.  After the second teaspoonful, the man started throwing up mucous and other materials of various colors, from light to dark, which ended up to be a cup or so.  It took about two hours for this process and afterward he went home, laid down in his bed and slept a good 12 hours.  He never slept in his recliner again and was able to go back to work as a gardener, never to have another asthma attack.

Using Lobelia with Prudence and Wisdom

Dr. Christopher, Dr. Thomson and other skilled herbalists all agree that Lobelia is one of the greatest herbs ever given to the world.  Lobelia is a general corrector of the whole system.  It is a proficient relaxant and antispasmodic, thereby relaxing airways, relieving  the respiratory, muscular and nervous systems, especially the sympathetic nervous systems.

Lobelia is a very powerful herb, however, and like other powerful herbs, must be used wisely.  Just as Joseph Meyer had written in his book, it is too dangerous for the unskilled.

Overdose of Lobelia may cause many side effects including nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, cough, dizziness, sweating, convulsion, fast heartbeat, and low blood pressure.

I use lobelia in several of my formulas because, as Dr. Christopher said, it is a “thinking herb” and tells the other herbs “what to do”.  I have never had any problems using this herb and feel it is safe and one of the best herbs God has created for the benefit of man.

Please let me know what you think about what you have learned in this article. Do you have any questions?  Let me know in the comments below if you think, after reading this article, if Lobelia inflata is safe, or is it a poison.  Do you have any experiences using Lobelia? Let us know below!

Good Health to You

Crystal

 

Amazing history and uses of Garlic

HISTORICAL USE

Garlic is native to Central Asia and Iran although it is now common worldwide.

China produces some 80% of the world supply of garlic and it dates back thousands of years.

Garlic was placed by the ancient Greeks on the piles of stones at crossroads, as a supper for Hecate (Theophrastus, Characters, The Superstitious Man).  Greek and Roman soldiers used it during war to keep themselves healthy.

According to Pliny, garlic and onions were invoked as deities by the Egyptians at the taking of oaths.

In his Natural History, Pliny gives a list of scenarios in which garlic was considered beneficial (N.H. xx. 23).

Garlic was rare in traditional English cuisine (though it is said to have been grown in England before 1548) and has been a much more common ingredient in Mediterranean Europe. When the English came to America, they brought their anti-garlic attitude with them, and it took almost three hundred years – likely because of continuing puritanism influence – for this viewpoint to diminish, though garlic was used as a folk medicine.

PARTS USED AND STORAGE

Peeled cloves may be stored in wine or vinegar in the refrigerator. For personal use, garlic is stored warm (above 64 degrees F) and dry to keep it dormant in a hanging position. Garlic will keep longer if the tops remain attached.

 

 

NUTRIENTS

In the typical serving size of 1– 3 cloves (3– 9 grams), garlic provides no significant nutritional value, with the content of all essential nutrients below 10% of the Daily Value (DV) (table). When expressed per 100 grams, garlic contains several nutrients in rich amounts (20% or more of the DV), including vitamins B6 and C, and the dietary minerals manganese and phosphorus.

If you want the medicinal value, do not cook garlic. The enzyme alliinase is inactivated by heat.

 

 

Just how does it function?

Allicin additionally makes garlic odor. Some items are made “odorless” by maturing the garlic, yet this procedure could likewise make the garlic much less efficient.  The allicin in garlic is stable in the blood and gastric juices of the stomach, but is inactivated by pancreatic juices. Garlic stimulates the gastric juices and has active carminative properties to correct any fermentative and gaseous conditions in the stomach. It arrests intestinal putrefaction and infection, while stimulating the healthful growth of the “friendly bacteria”.  Wherever there is pus, it is a certain and safe remedy.

Garlic preparations standardized for alliin-the storage form of allicin, the key compound of garlic-as well as garlic oil have also demonstrated inhibition of platelet aggregation. (excessive stickiness of blood platelets, which is a risk factor for heart disease and strokes.).

It is effective for those with Asthma because garlic Inhibits lipoxygenase and cyclooxygenases, which generate inflammatory prostaglandins and thromboxanes.

In this country the US Dept of Agriculture has discovered that garlic has large amounts of sulphur compounds-more than other members of its family including the shallots, onions, and leeks. The matter has been investigated only once in India, but what was found coincided well with Soviet discoveries-that those afflicted with high blood pressure have unusually low sulphur levels.

 

MEDICINAL USES

Anciently it was used in both healing and nutrition, as it was known to build physical strength and energy. It is a valuable nervine tonic and is especially useful in lowering hypertension. In the case of low blood pressure, more oxygen is needed to correct this condition. Garlic is a good oxygen carrier.

Various usages consist of therapy of high temperature, coughs, stomach pains, sinus blockage, gout pain, joint discomfort, piles, bronchial asthma, respiratory disease,  reduced blood sugar level, snakebites, bowel issues, consumption, bloody urine, diphtheria, whooping coughing,  sensitivity of the teeth, gastritis, scalp ringworm, and also a sexually transmitted illness called genital trichomoniasis.

 

Garlic is additionally been useful for for:

  • earaches
  • chronic fatigue syndrome
  •  menstruation conditions
  •  irregular cholesterol degrees triggered by HIV medicines
  •  liver disease
  • shortness of breath pertaining to liver condition
  • stomach abscess brought on by H. pylori infection
  •  exercise-induced muscular tissue pain
  • cystic fibrocystic breast illness
  •  scleroderma
  •  lead poisoning
  • many different types of cancer

 

A gal used it for canker sores when nothing else worked.  She ate several cloves of garlic throughout the day and it worked.

Garlic has demonstrated significant antifungal activity. 1 clove of fresh garlic is a good dose to effectively treat chronic candidiasis.

Garlic was used as an antiseptic to prevent gangrene during World War I and World War II.

MAKING THE GARLIC IMMUNE FORMULA

This video shows how to make an extract using garlic and other herbs.  Dr. John R Christopher created this formula back in the eighty’s to help ward off the bubonic plague.  If you want to keep viruses away, this is the formula to do just that.

How about using cayenne with garlic!  The capsicum and garlic work in harmony together. The capsicum distributes the virtues of garlic more evenly throughout the system, and, unknown to many, accelerates the antibiotic activities of garlic at a more rapid pace. The equivalent would be taking liquid penicillin orally.

GARLIC-SO MANY USES

There are so testimonies of people that have benefited from the use of garlic.  What is your story?  Please write it in the comments below.  If you know anything else about garlic that I didn’t mention, I would love to hear about that too.

 

Good Health to You

Crystal

My list of 8 Superfoods – Lose weight and Gain Energy

Why I take Superfoods

I have had 8 children.  Yes, I wrote that correctly, eight.  They are all in their 20’s and  30’s now.   I have been able to keep up on my running and exercise, and keep down illness and disease. I go jogging and work out at the gym 3 days a week.

Menopause did put on a few pounds that I didn’t have before, but I do not consider myself overweight.  This green superfoods combo that I created over 20 years ago has kept my colon pink and healthy, my skin looking young, my hair thick, healthy and barely any gray (My father had gray hair in his 20’s), my blood work is just about perfect, blood pressure low and what I love the most is that I still have plenty of energy.  I attribute big percentage of my good health to the list of superfoods that I put together.  It has helped me to lose weight and gain energy.

How I take it

When I first started out many years ago, I took about 4-6 capsules.  I found that when I took them late in the afternoon or evening, I had too much energy and it was hard to go to sleep.  If I do decide to take it in the afternoon, it is before 4 pm.  I usually take it first thing in the morning.  As I increased in dosage, I felt more energy.  I was taking up to 12 capsules.  That was way too many in capsule form. I then switched to powder, putting it in a glass of water and chugging it down, because I didn’t like the taste of it…too seaweedy.  I put into my smoothies in the morning.  I liked that even less because now, my whole drink tasted seaweedy.  So, I went back to putting it into water.  I figured that a good tasting smoothie was my “reward” for getting it down.  That is what I do still today, I put a tablespoon of this group of powders in a glass of water first thing when I get up.  I then go work out or continue on my day.

Description of My List of 8 Superfoods

I have listed the supergreen herbs with the description of their main use.  I have also listed what other ailments and uses because, for me, it helped me determine my decision of why I would want to take it.  What is crazy is that the information is only some of the wonderful benefits of these superfoods.

Here are my top 8 green superfoods that have helped me to lose weight and gain energy for over 20 years.

Herb:  CHLORELLA

Botanical name:  Chlorella pyrenoidosa

Nutrients:  It is 65% assimilable protein. Rich in chlorophyll, beta carotene, vitamins, minerals, amino acids, DNA, RNA and enzymes. It is also an excellent source of dietary fiber.

Description:  Chlorella is rich in a nutrient factor isolated in the 1950s and not available in other green foods called ‘Chlorella Growth Factor’ (CGF). This CGF makes chlorella most useful for improving growth patterns in children, maintaining health in old age, healing injuries and initiating growth where it has been stunted from disease or degeneration.

Internal uses:  Alzheimer’s disease, nervousness, palsy, seizures, sciatica, multiple sclerosis and other nerve disorders. It can promote wound healing by encouraging cell reproduction and tissue repair. Its beneficial effects on the heart include its ability to reduce high blood pressure and lower total cholesterol levels. It may help to protect the body from the effects of radiation as well as from toxic metals such as lead and mercury. Can improve digestion and encourage the growth of beneficial live bacteria in the gut. Chlorella is a popular treatment for constipation and bad breath. It is  easy to digest; convenient and economical. Super Greens help with digestion, elimination, detoxification (binds with heavy metals, pesticides and such carcinogens as PCBs (polychlorobinphenyls) and carries these toxins safely out of the body. Supports people on chemotherapy or that have fibromyalgia or halitosis.

Herb:  SPIRULINA

(blue-green-algae)

Botanical name:  Spirulina platensis

.Nutrients:  It has the highest source of beta carotene, vitamin B12 and GLA. It also has protein, chelated minerals, chlorophyll, potassium, magnesium, selenium, zinc, iron, phosphorus, calcium, manganese, vitamins,  amino acids, DNA, RNA and enzymes.

Description:  It is an excellent source of dietary fiber and it is easily digestible.

Internal uses:  Spirulina helps with digestion, elimination, detoxification, internal cleansing, tissue repair, skin problems, healing, and prevention of degenerative disease. Also promotes longevity and mental and physical alertness. It has been useful in weight-control diets because of its high nutritional value that helps to satisfy the hidden hunger of deficiencies. It contains four times the protein of beef and 26 times the calcium in milk and is better assimilated.

Herb:  WHEAT GRASS

Botanical name:  Triticum aestirem

Description:  Wheatgrass is a rich nutritional food and blood cleanser. It is considered to be one of the “Chlorophyll super foods” and it is used to treat cancerous growths and other degenerative disorders.

Internal uses:  Reduces growth of tumors, fights unfriendly bacteria, increases energy, reduces toxins in the blood, expels metals from the body, nourishes and cleanses the colon.

Herb:  BARLEY GRASS

Botanical name:  Hordeum vulgare

Nutrients:  Rich in beta carotene, vitamins, minerals, amino acids, DNA, RNA and enzymes.

Description:  Rich in chlorophyll and high in superoxide dismutase (SOD) (a free radical scavenger); excellent source of dietary fiber and easy to digest.

Internal uses:  It has reduced inflammation and pain and is used to inactivate and break-up carcinogens like tobacco tar. It increases circulation and improves the immune system. It neutralizes heavy metals such as lead and mercury. World famous researcher and lecturer Dr. Yohsihide Hagiwara has reported case histories of patient relief from: anemia, arthritis, asthma, cancer, constipation, diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, impotence, kidney problems, obesity and skin problems. It has also been used for acne, aging, aids, excessive appetite, boils, catarrh, fevers, general illness, liver spots, muscular dystrophy and polyps.

Herb:  ALFALFA

Botanical name:  Medicago sativa

Nutrients:  All the known vitamins and minerals with higher amounts of calcium, folate, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, zinc, vitamins A, B1, B6, B12, C, D, E, K and all the essential amino acids.  It is high in protein.

Description:  Alfalfa has been useful to generate energy and endurance.  It has also helped to alkalize and detoxify the body.

Internal uses:  Proven to have a cholesterol lowering effect; has been helpful in the treatment of arthritis, used as a blood builder, blood purifier and in the treatment of cancer. It helps to bind and eliminate carcinogens from the body. It may reduce tissue damage from radiation therapy. It has been used in treating bleeding disorders.  It is for morning sickness and menopause.  Strengthen the blood and liver.  Eases general digestive problems. Promotes bowel movement regularity and healthy hydration.  Supports the pituitary gland. Detoxifies the urinary tract..  Has a strong alkaline effect on the body.  Other uses: acidity, allergies, anemia, appetite stimulant, asthma, Bell’s palsy, bursitis, cholesterol, diabetes, fatigue, gout, hemorrhages, lactation, pituitary gland and ulcers

Herb:  DULSE

Botanical name:  Rhodymenia palmata

Nutrients:  It is high in iodine and other trace minerals and vitamins.

Descriptions:  Dulse has an alkalizing effect on the blood that neutralizes wastes that build up in the body. It also aids in removing radioactive and heavy metals from the body.

Internal uses:  It prevents the absorption from the gut by binding toxic elements, which include radioactive strontium, barium and cadmium. It has been used for genitor-urinary problems; such as kidney, bladder, prostate and uterus. Clinical documentation shows that taking some each day can reduce enlarged prostates in older men and urination can become painless. It balances the minerals in the body;  builds the thyroid and endocrine system, calms and provides energy for the entire body. Research has suggested that it may help reverse hardening of the arteries, reduce high blood pressure, regress and prevent tumors and prevent goiter.

Herb:  KELP (ATLANTIC/NORWEGIAN)

Botanical name:  Ascophyllum nodosum

Nutrients:  Contains thirty trace and major minerals including: Iodine, calcium, magnesium, potassium, iron, silicon, phosphorus, manganese, zinc, vitamins B1, B2, B3, A, C, E, G, S and K.

Description:  Beneficial for the thyroid and mineral deficiencies.

Internal uses:  Aids both the pituitary and the adrenal glands. It promotes glandular health and is rich in nutrients. Regulates metabolism to help digest food. Sustainer to the nervous system and brain. It is very important for the pregnant woman.

Herb:  OLIVE LEAF

Botanical name:  Olea europaea

Nutrients:  Calcium.

Description:  Fights all types of viruses, bacteria, parasites and fungi.

Internal uses:  Olive leaf has been used for high blood pressure, Candida, hyperacidity, peptic ulcers, nervous tension, hypertension, colds, flu, malaria, dandruff, obstinate fevers and diabetes (decreases blood sugar levels by 17 – 23%). It is 400% higher in antioxidants than Vitamin C.  Also been used for treating Atherosclerosis.

I cannot afford to not take green Superfoods

I only know that it has helped me with my colon, skin and hair.  I am certain that it has helped me in a dozen more ways.  Every time I go to the doctors to get a checkup, all my lab work is better than normal.  I have lots of energy and I have been able to keep my weight under control.  If you want to lose weight and gain energy, then this list of 8 superfoods is a must have in your diet.

If you have any questions or comments, please leave them bleow.  Let me know what superfoods you have had success with.  If you know more about the 8 superfoods I have listed here, leave that below in the comments as well.

Good Health to You

Crystal

 

 

 

 

Complete Guide to Weight Loss for Seniors

Elderly riding bikes

As you get older, it becomes more and more important to
maintain a healthy weight. While being overweight is unhealthy at any age, it
can be especially troublesome for the senior population. According to Live Science, carrying extra pounds can
increase your risks for certain cancers and makes you more susceptible to
cardiovascular disease and injuries caused by falls. However, losing weight can
be tricky for the older population, who might not be able to perform popular
exercises or go on restrictive diets. To help maximize your weight loss while
also remaining healthy, follow this complete short guide to weight loss for seniors:

 

Don’t lose weight too
quickly

 

Though it might seem great to watch the number on the scale
drop quickly, losing weight too quickly can have some health risks, especially if you’re older. Your
body can only physically break down so much fat each day, so if you’re over
exercising, your body will start getting rid of muscle instead. This can be
especially troublesome for older women who might not have much muscles mass to
begin with. Cutting calories too quickly can also cause nutritional
deficiencies and a drop in metabolism, which can cause your body to hold
on to extra weight in the future. If you’ve ever tried to lose weight but found
that you stopped making progress after the first month, this was likely the
cause.

 

So, how much weight should you aim to lose? Generally, losing
between 1-2 pounds a week is a healthy rate. This prevents your body from
sacrificing muscle mass, and can even cause your body to replace the lost fat
with extra muscle.

 

Add moderate exercise

 

According to the CDC, older adults need at least two and a half
hours of moderate aerobic exercise a week and two or more days a week where all
the major muscle groups are exercised. If you want to lose weight, however, you
should add extra exercise time into your daily routine. This can be done quite
easily by going on a walk each morning and doing some simple resistance
training two or three times a week. While it might be tempting to only do
aerobic exercise, weight-based exercise can add tremendous benefits. Resistance training or
lifting weights can help you retain and build more muscle mass, which causes
you to burn more calories while stationary, sleep better, and even live longer.
Having more muscle mass can also protect your bones and boost your ability to
balance, which are both important for the older population. Having a home gym where you can do aerobic and
weight-training exercises can help you work out more regularly in order to gain
all of these health benefits.

 

Hydrate, and then
hydrate some more

 

Often, thirst can manifest itself as hunger. By keeping
yourself hydrated, you can avoid a mistaken hunger cue,
which can keep you from overeating. Staying hydrated can also boost your
metabolism, because your body must constantly use calories to heat up all the
fluids you are drinking. In other words, by keeping yourself hydrated with cool
water, you’re also causing your body to burn more calories, even while you’re
sitting on the couch. Plus, staying hydrated also makes it easier for your heart to pump blood through your whole body.

 

Don’t go on a
restrictive diet

 

While it might seem like a good idea to go on a restrictive diet like you did when you were 25
to lose weight, this can do more harm than good. Restrictive diets are not the
key to sustainable weight loss. If you can’t keep
your diet for the rest of your life, it isn’t working. Instead, focus on eating
2,000 calories a day in high-quality, nutritional foods. Your goal is to
re-train yourself to eat healthy foods and portion sizes, not restrict your
calories to help you shed the pounds.

 

Losing weight when you’re older might seem complicated, but it
doesn’t have to be. Losing weight is all about re-training yourself to live an
active lifestyle and eat appropriately. By following this guide, you’ll be
losing weight in a healthy way in no time.

 

Author:  Kevin Wells of  seniordiabetic.com

Turmeric and Boswellia – Best treatment Arthritis Pain

I just recently turned 56. A few years ago, I had some x-rays taken of my back. The doctor said I had mild to moderate arthritis from my neck to my tailbone, some degenerative and some spondylitis; which means inflammation in the joints of my backbone.

I wanted to know for sure, because I would often wake up hurting in my lower back. Sometimes, I would get muscle spasms. When I got those, then I really felt like an old woman.

I did not want to “have” to take prescription drugs or even over-the-counter drugs for that matter. Because I wanted to function at work, I did start taking Ibuprofen and then Naproxen. I only used them when I really need them and then only until I found a natural solution that worked for me. Well, I found the best treatment for arthritis pain – Turmeric and Boswellia.

The following is take from a booklet my father and I put together to inform the reader the basics of herbs called Herbal Descriptions.

Turmeric

Herb: TURMERIC ROOT

Botanical name: Curcuma longa

Origin: India

Therapeutic actions: Anti-bacterial; Antioxidant; Anti-coagulant; Antibiotic; Anti-fungal; Anti-inflammatory; Anti-viral; Antioxidant.

Nutrients: Calcium, iron, manganese, phosphorus, potassium, zinc, vitamins B1, B2, B3 and C.

Drug Interactions: No known Drug Interactions.

Description: It is considered a cleansing herb for the whole body. It stimulates bile flow, reduces blood clotting and protects the liver.

Internal uses: It has been used as a digestive aid, fevers, infections, dysentery, intestinal parasites, arthritis, jaundice, and liver problems. It fights free radicals, inhibits platelet aggregation, aids circulation, lowers cholesterol levels and improves blood vessel health. It has also been used to fight cancerous tumors, Crohns disease, HIV, low back pain, arthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, ulcerative colitis, atherosclerosis and bursitis.

External uses: Sprinkle on cuts and scrapes after cleansing.

Suggested Dosage: 250-500 mg 3 times daily. Tincture– .5—1.5 ml 3 times daily.

Caution: May cause stomach upset. Do not use in large quantities. Consult doctor if you have gallstones before taking Turmeric.

Boswellia

Herb: BOSWELLIA/FRANKINCENSE

Botanical name: Boswellia serrata

Origin: India

Therapeutic actions: Anti-arthritic; Anti-fungal; Anti-bacterial; Analgesic; Anti-inflammatory; Anti-tumor; Anti-carcinogenic.

Drug interactions: These interactions have not been studied in humans, but in theory, boswellia could reduce the effectiveness of some anti-inflammatory pain relievers, such as aspirin, ibuprofen (Motrin, Advil) and naproxen (Naprosyn, Aleve, Anaprox). Laboratory and animal studies suggest that boswellia may increase the effects or toxicity of some drugs. Examples include some drugs used to treat asthma, such as montelukast (Singulair), some anticancer drugs, cholesterol-lowering drugs and some antifungal drugs.

Description: Boswellia has a long history of use in folk medicine as a remedy for several inflammatory diseases, such as arthritis, osteoarthritis and bursitis.

Internal uses: It is also prescribed for such conditions as respiratory diseases and diarrhea. It has been used to repair blood vessels damaged by inflammations. German Doctors and Naturopaths are getting excellent results in reducing cancerous brain tumors. It has been used for lowering cholesterol. Other uses: gout, low back pain, myositis, fibromyalgia, obesity, diarrhea, dysentery, pulmonary diseases, ringworm and boils.

Suggested dosage: 400—500 mg 3 times daily.

I take them as a Tincture

A Tincture? What is that? A tincture is a liquid comprised of the herb soaked in water and alcohol, and then extracted. So, in a sense, it is a concentrate. Some people are leary of taking anything with alcohol in it. This is safe since the alcohol helps extracts the herbal constituents (the good stuff) from the plant.  Typically, 10 drops is approximately 500 mg.  There are 5 reasons I take tinctures over pills or capsules:

  1.  It absorbs faster.
  2. I can regulate the dose
  3. It lasts years.
  4. It not only absorbs, but assimilates better.
  5. A lot more economical.

NO Pain the natural way

The bottom line is this:  I have no more pain.  What is even more exciting for me is that I am back running again after 3 years of not being able to.  I had to stop running because after the first half mile, my back would tense up so much so that I had to lay down on the ground, right there, to let it ease up.  How embarrassing!

I am starting slow, but it was just about 6 years ago that I ran a 1/2 marathon in a 7:36 pace!  I will never do that again, but if I can just go out on a leisurely jog 2-3 days a week, I will be a very happy person!

Let me know what works for you.  Have you tried tinctures?  Have you ever used Boswellia or Turmeric?  What for?  Leave your comments down below.  If you have any questions, leave those too, and I will get back with you pronto.

 

Good Health to You

Crystal

 

 

 

 

Health Mate Infrared Sauna Review

Health Mate Infrared Sauna 2 person

When my husband and I moved from Oregon to Montana, the home we purchased came with a Health Mate Infrared Sauna.  I had been in one years ago, but never really understood the benefits of owning one.

Health Mate 2 Person Infrared Sauna

Product Dimensions

45 x 49 x 77 inches

Item Weight

247 pounds

Shipping Weight

250 pounds

Manufacturer

Health Mate

ASIN

B016KF4LD0

Item model number

HM-NSE 2

Health Mate Infrared Sauna inside

Features 

  • Beautiful Western Red Cedar on Interior/Exterior
  • Standard High Quality CD player/AM/FM Radio
  • Ceramic heaters coated with incoloy (5), front (2), back (2), under the bench (1)
  • Ergonomic Design
  • Easy to Assemble

Features of Health Mate HM-NSE-2-CD:

Sauna Real Wood: The Health Mate HM-NSE-2-CD is crafted of beautiful Western Red Cedar on the interior and exterior of the sauna.

Easy Assembly: All Health Mate saunas can be assembled in less than 30 minutes without the need for any tools. 

No special plumbing, wiring, or ventilation is required.

Full Width Bench Seat: Seating is a full width bench seat along the back wall of the sauna, providing both sauna participants with a view out the window in the door. 

Lifetime warranty: Health Mate offers a lifetime warranty on all of its products on infrared heaters, workmanship, and electrical components. This warranty has even more weight when you consider the company has been around for over 35 years.

SOME of the Health Benefits

I am only going to list some of the benefits of owning your own Infrared Sauna:

  1. Weight Loss
  2. Beauty
  3. Scars on Skin
  4. Cellutite
  5. Pain Relief
  6. Injuries
  7. Great for runners
  8. Stress reliever

Testimonials

A.   Four reasons I believe saunas are beneficial for your health that are backed by science: Reduce inflammation (inflammation leads to chronic disease), Speeds up recovery (especially awesome if you’re sore after workouts. If you can alleviate soreness, you can actually speed up progress as well), Increases blood flow (which is why it helps with recovery time your muscles are getting the nutrients they need from the increased blood flow), Flushes toxins (you’re sweating the toxins out every time you sit in the sauna). I try to use mine at least two to three times a week for thirty minutes each time. Drew

B.  After 2 years of owning and using our sauna, we still consider it the best purchase we have ever made to improve our health. Shortly after we started using our sauna, Connie was diagnosed with some life threatening health issues. Upon learning there was an infrared sauna in the house, her doctor prescribed using the sauna, daily with cold showers, as part of her recovery. Within a year, Connie no longer was suffering from inflammation and related health issues. The only regret we have is not getting a sauna sooner. Connie and Douglas

How about My testimonial?

Before I started using it, we worked on the basement.  It was unfinished when we moved in.  It was together, so my husband and I took it apart so we could move it in its current location, which was in another part of the basment; and then we put it back together.  It was easy to disassemble and to reassemble.

I used it when my back was having spasms and it was full of tension, mostly in my lower back, but also in my shoulders and neck.  I was diagnosed with Arthritis about two years ago, but I have been having back problems for about 6 years.  I have used it a handful of times.  

I could feel the tension melt away, which released the spasms and pain.  It was very relaxing as well.  I read a book or listened to music to pass the time, which went by very quickly.  I plan to use it on a more regular basis to continue the pain relief and ever help me with weight loss.  I don’t have to lose much, but even 5 pounds will benefit me greatly.

If you have ever used an infrared sauna, let me know your experience below.  Please feel free to leave comments or questions too!

Good Health to You

Crystal

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Healing Herbs – The Root of Medicine

the root of medicine

My experience with healing herbs

I have been a Master Herbalist for over 35 years and have seen much good in  healing herbs. I personally have benefited from the use of them.  It has kept me from getting sick by using the Formula KVA because its main herb in it is Garlic (even hugged friends of mine who had the West Nile Virus!), healed sprains, cuts, big open wounds (on my previous husband) and so much more. I have seen people healed of many diseases using herbs, along with dietary changes.  On the contrary, I have used a couple of prescription drugs and had to get right back off of them because the side affects outweighed the benefits of taking them.  That is why I stay with the herbs, because they are the root of medicine.

Tinctures that I commonly use

Tintures?  What is that?  A tincture is an herb soaked in a medium such as vinegar, glycerin, or most common, alcohol. It absorbs in the body faster; you can regulate the dosage; and it has a long shelf life. I make sure that there is no more than 30% alcohol in 98% of my tinctures.

I personally make many herbal formulas and single herb tinctures, many of which I use!  My favorite ones I am taking now are Turmeric and Boswellia for arthritis.  They both help inflammation in my joints.  I also use a couple of salves (Hot Tamale and Comfrey) on the clients I massage and personally on an old injury.

The other formula I take on a regular basis is the Lower Bowel Tonic.  When I was 15, I had an Iridology Analysis and through that I found out that my colon is inherently weak.  I have been taking care of it ever since, and so when I had my colonoscopy a few years ago, the doctor said I had a colon as pink and healthy as a 16 year old!  A good Herbalist knows that death starts in the colon.

Herbs have been around since creation

Herbs have been used for medicine since creation.  It has only been since the 1800’s, when scientists discovered that medicinal components of herbs could be extracted and used more potently. Single ingredients derived from herbal extracts can no longer be considered herbal medicine, as by definition, herbal medicines are based on the whole plant.

 

There are an estimated 600,000 plant species, but only a mere 5% have been investigated chemically or pharmaceutically, which equates to just over 12,000 compounds, or phytochemicals, that have been used for long-term effect on health.  They are divided into primary metabolites (sugars and fats) and secondary metabolites like toxins and pheromones.  It is these that have the therapeutic actions and can be refined to produce drugs.  I will only talk about a couple of common ones.

Ephedrine

One of the first to be extracted and used as a drug was Ephedrine which comes from the plant with several names: Ma Huang, Brigham Tea or Mormon Tea.  According to rx.com, they list the uses of this drug and the side effects if you take too much:  Ephedrine is a central nervous system stimulant used to treat breathing problems (as a bronchodilator), nasal congestion (as a decongestant), low blood pressure problems (orthostatic hypotension), or myasthenia gravis. Ephedrine is also used to treat narcolepsy, menstrual problems (dysmenorrhea), or urine-control problems. Ephedrine is available in generic form. Common side effects of Ephedrine usually occur with larger doses and include:

Using the plant in its original, whole form will do more good that taking this pill.  There are many herbs and herbal formulas that will strengthen the respiratory, urinary or nervous system.  I would not want to damage my body when I know that there are herbs that can heal and strengthen.

Foxglove

Another constituent discovered in the 1800’s was digitoxin found in Foxglove.  John Heinerman, states in his book: Science of Herbal Medicine, (pg. 58) When the leaves are dried there is a enzyme deterioration “splitting off glucose and forming the triglycosides, digitoxin  and gitoxin, which are the important ingredients of the dried leaves.”  It is used mainly as a heart medicine, but according to everydayhealth.com, look at the common side effects of Digoxin:

·         Weakness

·         Dizziness

·         Changes in mood and mental alertness, including confusion, depression and lost interest in usual activities

·         Anxiety

·         Nausea, vomiting and diarrhea

·         Headache

·         Rash

Growth or enlargement of breast tissue in men (gynecomastia)

Changes in heart rhythm, including irregular heartbeat

·         Fast or racing heartbeat

·         Heart stopping or flat-lining (asystole)

·         Problems with electrical functioning of the heart known as heart block

·         Visual problems, including blurry vision and yellow halos

·         Low platelet count

They all can have serious side effects but are widely used today.  I would not want to take these pills when there are worse causes that could happen to me.  Instead, I would use the Hawthorne Berry Syrup or other herbal formulas that would strengthen my heart and get rid of stressors that could be harmful.

A few other herbs

Other herbs that are familiar to us are salicylic acid (from which aspirin comes from): White Willow, morphine: Poppy and quinine: Cinchona.  There are many compounds coming from familiar, and not-so familiar plants such as:

  • Garlic-monoamine oxidase inhibitor
  • Konjac-glucomannan
  • Alder buckthorn-anthraquinone
  • Snowdrop-galantamine
  • Witch Hazel-hamamelitannins
  • Yerba mate-polyphenols
  • Star anise-shikimic acid
  • Mullein-glycyrrhizin
  • Wild Tansy-cyclotides

Some upside-too many downside of drugs

There are many more, and not all compounds are used in drugs.  The main point is that although there may be a little upside to extracting these active primary and secondary metabolites, herbs work so much better in their whole state.  They were not meant to be pulled apart and used on the body individually.  Drugs usually treat the symptom but not the cause and more serious side effects can take place including drug deposits that damage other organs and weakening the body.  Plants work with the body synergistically to create healing and balance.  A good herbalist knows this and can teach the person how to use the precious herbs in their original form.  I am here to help any way I can by teaching others what I know.

Good Health to You

Crystal

By © Nevit Dilmen, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=1454192 foxglove pic

By Stan Shebs, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=928281 Ephedra pic

 

 

 

 

 

 

Regarding Crystal

Thanks for being here! That indicates you have an interest in remaining Healthy after 50!

Healthy and Wise

I have actually been energetic all my life. When I was a toddler, I almost passed away of an intestinal tract infection.  I did not desire to have any more problems with my colon.

At age 50, I had a colonoscopy  and the doctor stated “It is as pink as a 16 year old”.

My kidneys revealed  Stage 2 kidney failing, yet after taking a tincture called Kidney/Bladder formula, it healed to the normal, healthy range.

I am not stating I am perfect, not by a slim chance, but what I am claiming is that I have actually had the ability to pick up from books, life experiences and also from the mistakes of other people. I currently feel I have the knowledge to share those experiences and life lessons to you.

WHY I WANT TO HELP PEOPLE

The objective of this website is to inform the older populace that life is not over at 50. There are lots of supplements, natural herbs, workout programs, devices and more that could aid people like me or you to live life at its fullest after turning 50. Life has simply started!

Feel free to leave any comments about things yo have done to stay active and healthy after 50.  I am here to help you with whatever concerns yo may have.

Good Health to You

Crystal.
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