Archive for August, 2012

August 31st, 2012


Reflux is my worst health problem. Getting control of it isn’t easy. Of course if I stuck to the diet for reflux I wouldn’t have this problem. I thought this information may help those who have reflux. I had an episode that almost took my life one morning. I set up too fast after waking up. The acid shot right up my throat which left me unable to breath for what I thought was an eternity. I didn’t think I would ever get my breath. I was alone in my room and couldn’t call for help. It really scared me. After that, my throat was so raw from the acid, I aquired a throat infection and had to take antibiotics. I try to watch myself at all times now. I hope this information helps.

Posted by Pat Robinson on February 8, 2012

Heartburn is generally caused from *inadequate* stomach acid, not too much.

For natural comfort, I’d try Tum-Ease or Gripe Water (fennel and ginger are the ingredients), or improving stomach acid and thus digestion, are safer solutions than antacids which don’t address the *cause*.

When food is incompletely digested, it begins to putrefy in the stomach. Purification of food in the stomach causes gas, which regurgitates up the esophagus (with stomach acid).

Suppressing stomach acid only relieves the discomfort of the regurgitation. Suppressing stomach acid DECREASES the ability of the body from digesting food properly and completely into nutrients. Undigested or poorly digested food leads to further digestion issues in the gut (and nutrient deficiencies).

Inadequate stomach acid allows pathological bacteria to survive in the stomach. Undigested food is then sent to the small bowel where it increases the growth of “wrong” gut microbials and feeds candida, for instance.

Stomach acid is the first line of defense against disease, after saliva.

A squeeze of lemon juice in water or raw apple cider vinegar in water with meals, or a forkful of whole food probiotics with meals will improve stomach acid, digestion, nutrient absorption and gut microbial balance.

Cabbage juice, sauerkraut, zinc, apple cider vinegar, fermented vegetables, B12 all help to improve stomach acid naturally.

Spices, teas and herbs, i.e. camomile, ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg, nettles and other “bitters” etc. stimulate digestion also.

Eat beets. If they turn your urine pink/red, then you have low stomach acid. Stomach acid is a very important first step in digestion. Without enough, you can’t absorb B12, and you have trouble absorbing zinc as well as several other nutrients.

If you don’t have adequate stomach acid, proteins aren’t broken down properly, and so they can cause trouble in the small intestine and/or get absorbed whole into the bloodstream. This leads to inflammatory issues, food intolerances, digestion and bowel issues, allergies and asthma as the body reacts to the *foreign* products in the blood.

If one system (digesting proteins with HCl in the stomach) doesn’t work, then the next system addresses the problem, if it is functioning. If the HCl is present with zinc and B1 and B6, then the proteins are digested!!


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August 30th, 2012

Fast and Fizzy Cleaner for Silver Jewelry

Fast and Fizzy Cleaner for Silver Jewelry

We are always looking for ways to clean our silver jewelry. This procedure is so simple. Not as messy as silver cleaners and so easy.

Clean your sterling silver jewelry by placing it in 1 cup of water. Add 2 Alka-Seltzer tablets and wait for the plop, plop, fizz, fizz. After 5 minutes, rinse the jewelry and dry thoroughly with a soft cloth.

This tip came from Joan and Lydia Wilen.

August 22nd, 2012

Cinnamon and Honey

Hot Tips Keep Coming Your Way

I know that Cinnamon is good for you, but look what using both Cinnamon and Honey can do for you. I ran accross this information on my Facebook page and wanted to share it with you. Enjoy!!!

Shared by: HealthEnlights

Cinnamon and Honey; Bet the drug companies won’t like this one getting around.

Facts on Honey and Cinnamon: It is found that a mixture of honey and Cinnamon cures most diseases. Honey is produced in most of the countries of the world. Scientists of today also accept honey as a ‘Ram Ban’ (very effective) medicine for all kinds of diseases. Honey can be used without side effects for any kind of diseases.
Today’s science says that even though honey is sweet, when it is taken in the right dosage as a medicine, it does not harm even diabetic patients. Researched by western scientists:

HEART DISEASES: Make a paste of honey and cinnamon powder, apply it on bread instead of jelly and jam and eat it regularly for breakfast. It reduces the cholesterol in the arteries and saves the patient from heart attack. Also, those who have already had an attack, when they do this process daily, they are kept miles away from the next attack. Regular use of the above process relieves loss of breath and strengthens the heart beat. In America and Canada, various nursing homes have treated patients successfully and have found that as one ages the arteries and veins lose their flexibility and get clogged; honey and cinnamon revitalize the arteries and the veins.

ARTHRITIS: Arthritis patients may take daily (morning and night) one cup of hot water with two tablespoons of honey and one small teaspoon of cinnamon powder. When taken regularly even chronic arthritis can be cured. In a recent research conducted at the Copenhagen University, it was found that when the doctors treated their patients with a mixture of one tablespoon Honey and half teaspoon Cinnamon powder before breakfast, they found that within a week (out of the 200 people so treated) practically 73 patients were totally relieved of pain — and within a month, most all the patients who could not walk or move around because of arthritis now started walking without pain.

BLADDER INFECTIONS: Take two tablespoons of cinnamon powder and one teaspoon of honey in a glass of lukewarm water and drink it. It destroys the germs in the bladder.

CHOLESTEROL: Two tablespoons of honey and three teaspoons of Cinnamon Powder mixed in 16 ounces of tea water given to a cholesterol patient was found to reduce the level of cholesterol in the blood by 10 percent within two hours. As mentioned for arthritic patients, when taken three times a day, any chronic cholesterol is cured. According to information received in the said Journal, pure honey taken with food daily relieves complaints of cholesterol.

COLDS: Those suffering from common or severe colds should take one tablespoon lukewarm honey with 1/4 spoon cinnamon powder daily for three days. This process will cure most chronic cough, cold, and, clear the sinuses.

UPSET STOMACH: Honey taken with cinnamon powder cures stomach ache and also clears stomach ulcers from its root.
GAS: According to the studies done in India and Japan, it is revealed that when Honey is taken with cinnamon powder the stomach is relieved of gas.

IMMUNE SYSTEM: Daily use of honey and cinnamon powder strengthens the immune system and protects the body from bacterial and viral attacks. Scientists have found that honey has various vitamins and iron in large amounts. Constant use of Honey strengthens the white blood corpuscles (where DNA is contained) to fight bacterial and viral diseases.

INDIGESTION: Cinnamon powder sprinkled on two tablespoons of honey taken before food is eaten relieves acidity and digests the heaviest of meals

INFLUENZA: A scientist in Spain has proved that honey contains a natural ‘Ingredient’ which kills the influenza germs and saves the patient from flu.

LONGEVITY: Tea made with honey and cinnamon powder, when taken regularly, arrests the ravages of old age. Use four teaspoons of honey, one teaspoon of cinnamon powder, and three cups of boiling water to make a tea. Drink 1/4 cup, three to four times a day. It keeps the skin fresh and soft and arrests old age. Life spans increase and even a 100 year old will start performing the chores of a 20-year-old.

RASPY OR SORE THROAT: When throat has a tickle or is raspy, take one tablespoon of honey and sip until gone. Repeat every three hours until throat is without symptoms.

PIMPLES: Three tablespoons of honey and one teaspoon of cinnamon powder paste. Apply this paste on the pimples before sleeping and wash it off the next morning with warm water. When done daily for two weeks, it removes all pimples from the root.

SKIN INFECTIONS:Applying honey and cinnamon powder in equal parts on the affected parts cures eczema, ringworm and all types of skin Infections.

WEIGHT LOSS: Daily in the morning one half hour before
breakfast and on an empty stomach, and at night before sleeping, drink honey and cinnamon powder boiled in one cup of water. When taken regularly, it reduces the weight of even the most obese person. Also, drinking this mixture regularly does not allow the fat to accumulate in the body even though the person may eat a high calorie diet.

CANCER: Recent research in Japan and Australia has revealed that advanced cancer of the stomach and bones have been cured successfully. Patients suffering from these kinds of cancer should daily take one tablespoon of honey with one teaspoon of cinnamon powder three times a day for one month.

FATIGUE: Recent studies have shown that the sugar content of honey is more helpful rather than being detrimental to the strength of the body. Senior citizens who take honey and cinnamon powder in equal parts are more alert and flexible. Dr. Milton, who has done research, says that a half tablespoon of honey taken in a glass of water and sprinkled with cinnamon powder, even when the vitality of the body starts to decrease, when taken daily after brushing and in the afternoon at about 3:00 P.M., the vitality of the body increases within a week.

BAD BREATH: People of South America, gargle with one teaspoon of honey and cinnamon powder mixed in hot water first thing in the morning so their breath stays fresh throughout the day.

HEARING LOSS: Daily morning and night honey and cinnamon powder, taken in equal parts restores hearing. Remember when we were kids? We had toast with real butter and cinnamon sprinkled on it!

August 13th, 2012

Pay It Forward!!! Lend A Helping Hand!!!

Pay It Forward is such a good concept. I saw this on facebook and decided to share it on my blog. It’s right up my alley on wanting to make the world a better place by putting out your hand to someone. It doesn’t take much on your part and will make you feel good that you are doing something. Here are 25 ways you can do something for someone else.

1. Pay for Somebody’s Coffee
What a nice treat it would be if you ordered your coffee and the barista told you it was already paid for. To brighten someone else’s day this way, leave $5 with the barista and tell him or her to use that cash to pay for the next person’s joe. If there’s any change left over, they can put it in their tip jar. Two smiles, one stone.

2. Hold the Door Open
It seems simple, but I see so many people in such a rush that they neglect to hold the door open for another person. It only takes a few seconds, and the guy or girl on the other side will definitely appreciate it.

3. Donate Goods to Charity
Whether you’re donating your closet clutter to the Goodwill or handing over warm coats and blankets during a drive, your surplus may be someone else’s saving grace.

4. Give Your Favorite Restaurant a Positive Online Review
So many people focus on the negative when leaving a review, so why not go to Yelp and sing the praises of your favorite place to eat? It’ll be good for business, and it’ll give the owner of the establishment a surge or happiness, however fleeting it may be.

5. Donate Blood
Your donated blood could mean the difference between life and death for someone who needs it.

6. Volunteer at a Nursing Home
There are many ways to volunteer, but I’ve always liked the idea of spending some time with the elderly. Many residents of nursing homes have been abandoned by their families, so your presence can cheer them up. You don’t have to do much, either. Chatting, watching TV, and playing games are all acceptable activities to help ease the loneliness of living in a nursing home.

7. Welcome New Neighbors With a Housewarming Gift
We used to see this all the time on TV, but do people really do this anymore? Resurrect an old tradition when a new family moves into your hood by bringing them a basket of baked goods or a small herb garden. You’ll start out on the right foot with your neighbors and perhaps gain a new friend in the process.

8. Let Someone Check Out Before You at the Supermarket
I have let someone who only has a few items in front of me at the grocery store, and others have let me go before them too. Unless you’re in a serious rush, there’s no harm in letting someone get out of the store before you if their purchase will be quick.

9. Send a Friend an Unexpected Gift
As part of my job I’m often sent CDs, DVDs, and books to review, and when I’m finished with them I pop them in the mail and send them to the friend who I think will be most interested in that particular item. You may not have access to this kind of media all the time, so think of other small things a friend might like to get in the mail and send them their way.

10. Bring in Breakfast for the Office
When I worked in an office, I loved when a coworker brought in donuts or homemade muffins for breakfast. Sometimes it’s nice to have a sweet treat first thing in the morning.

11. Offer Your Parking Space in a Crowded Lot
We’ve all been in this situation, especially around the holidays. You will totally make someone’s day if you actively help them get the parking spot you’re about to vacate. Just signal to a nearby driver that you’re about to leave as you’re walking to your car so they can swoop in for the win.

12. Make a Care Package for a Member of the Military
They’re risking their lives on a daily basis to keep America safe. The least we can do is pick up a few essentials and mementos from home to make their tour more bearable.

13. Provide Roadside Assistance to Someone in Need
My dad has stopped on several occasions to help a stranded motorist on the side of the road. If you’re particularly good with car problems or know how to change a flat in a flash, lend a hand to someone who’s currently not having a great day.

14. Give Someone Who’s Short on Change That Extra Dime
Have you ever been behind someone at the checkout counter who’s 5 or 10 cents short? If you’ve got the extra change in your pocket, hand it over to help your fellow consumer.

15. Offer Someone Your Seat
If you’re in a situation where there are more people than seats — I deal with this everyday on the subway — give up yours so someone else can relax for a bit.

16. Give a Homeless Person Your Leftovers
When you leave a restaurant with your doggie bag and you’re approached by a homeless person, give them your food so they don’t have to go hungry another night.

17. When Someone Drops Something, Pick It Up
Don’t just stare at it. Lean over and get it for them if it’s close to you.

18. Pick Up Litter in Your Neighborhood or a Park
If you see trash in your local park, pick it up and put it where it belongs. We all need to pitch in to keep our neighborhoods beautiful.

19. Teach Someone a Skill That You’ve Mastered
I have a good friend who was kind enough to offer my husband guitar lessons for free, a gesture that is totally appreciated and not soon forgotten. If you have a teachable skill, impart your wisdom on someone in your life to make them a more well-rounded person.

20. Offer to Take a Picture for Tourists
When you’re on vacation and you see a couple trying to take a picture of themselves, offer to take the picture for them. Nobody wants a photo of smushed faces and huge foreheads.

21. Bring Your Friend’s Pet a Treat
We often think about the people in our lives, but what about the pets in our lives? If your good friend has a pet, pick up a treat for it. The pet — and your friend — will like you even more.

22. Pay the Toll Fare for the Person Behind You
Just like buying that cup of coffee for a stranger, paying someone’s toll fare will put them in a better mood. Hopefully a mood good enough to pay it forward.

23. Add Change to an Expired Meter
If you see an expired meter near your parking spot, add a little extra change to help that person avoid a costly ticket.

24. Give Your Neighbor Produce From Your Garden
If you have a garden that’s produce more fruits, veggies, and herbs than you can eat, share them with your neighbor so they don’t go to waste.

25. Leave Unused Coupons on the Item at the Grocery Store
If I have a coupon for a food item that I don’t want and the coupon is about to expire, I leave it on or near the item for which it’s intended. It’s a nice money-saving surprise for someone else to find.

by Mikey Rox on 13 August 2012

August 9th, 2012

Healthier Garden Plants

Those of you who garden allot I thought this information would be of use to you.

Writen by Joan Wilen and Lydia Wilen

Healthier Garden Plants

If you’ve had sick plants, your garden tools may also be infected. Kill any problem bacteria by washing the tools thoroughly with soap and warm water. Wear rubber gloves.

If you want a stronger solution to sanitize your tools, soak them in 1 gallon of water mixed with ¾ cup of bleach. Rinse the tools thoroughly with plain water before using them again.

Don’t forget to wash your gloves, gardening shoes and any other clothes that may have had contact with the ailing plants.

August 8th, 2012

20 Simple Strategies for Getting Healthy

My friend on facebook put this up. I feel it is worth sharing with you. Enjoy!

20 Simple Strategies for Getting Healthy

Post written by Leo Babauta.

While most people want to lose weight, get fitter, get healthier … it can be tough forming the habits.
It took me many starts and frustrations before I learned how to live a healthier lifestyle. In 2005, I was 70 lbs. heavier, a smoker, addicted to junk food, sedentary, couldn’t exercise for more than a few days without quitting.
Today, I am much healthier, leaner, fitter. I eat healthily most of the time (with regular indulgences) and I’m able to stick to a meal plan if I want, and avoid junk food most of the time.
How did I change? I learned a few simple strategies. These aren’t for everyone, so pick and choose the ones that might fit in your life, and give them a try!
1. Toss out the junk food. Having junk food in your house or workplace makes it too hard to stick to a healthy diet. If at all possible, toss everything out that’s sugary, fatty, greasy, salty. The best strategy is not having it around. Clean out your pantry and fridge!
2. Find some healthy recipes and buy the ingredients. There are thousands online. Find one or two to start with, easy ones that don’t take an hour to prepare, and go buy the ingredients today.
3. Cook in bulk. I find it easiest to stick to a healthy meal plan if I prepare things in advance. So cook big batches of veggie chili or soup, or tofu veggie stir fry, and put the bulk of it in containers in the fridge or freezer. I like to divide things into meal-sized containers so I just heat things up when it’s mealtime.
4. Stock up on healthy snacks. When you’re hungry for a snack, what will you eat? Have healthy things to munch on at home, at work, and for the road. Fresh fruits, chopped veggies, raw nuts, dried fruits are some of my favorites.
5. Socialize in healthier ways. Instead of going out to bars or unhealthy restaurants, can you get together for tea, or a game of basketball, or a walk in the park? Or find a healthy restaurant to eat at?
6. Find a workout partner. Get your spouse or good friend or coworker to go on walks or runs with you, or meet you at the gym or a workout class. Having someone do it with you makes it fun and easier, and you’re more likely to show up if you have an appointment to meet someone.
7. Use social media for motivation. You can use Facebook, Twitter, Google+, or your favorite online forums for motivation and accountability. Publicly announce 2-week or month-long health challenges, and have people keep you accountable. Try Fitocracy — it’s a social fitness game that can make getting fit fun.
8. Play outside. It’s important to go outside every day and get some fresh air and sunshine. Move around, take the kids out and play, find a friend and take a walk or throw or kick a ball around.
9. Find healthy options for eating out. Instead of eating at fast food or chain restaurants where everything is deep fried, can you find more local restaurants where there are some healthy options? Make a list, and go to those places when you go out.
10. Make water & tea your default drink. Many people drink soda or sugar coffee drinks all day. This is not necessary for a healthy or enjoyable life. Water can become your favorite drink, and (unsweetened) tea can be very healthy. I love a mindful green tea ritual once a day.
11. Schedule active breaks. If you’re on the computer all day, schedule short breaks every 30-60 minutes where you stretch, walk around, maybe do some squats or pushups, drink some water. Exercise doesn’t have to be just once a day.
12. Get your spouse on board. It’s hard to make changes if your significant other is resistant. So early on in the process (read: right now), share your thinking, share your reading materials, and ask them to help you get healthy. Don’t ever force them to change, but see if they can be on your team.
13. Start small — don’t overdo it. Big changes tend to be hard to sustain. Make one small change on this list, and then try another, then another. Each step along the way, you’ll get used it and it will become your new normal. No step needs to be very difficult.
14. Have fun exercising. Create challenges for yourself, and your friends. Find sports you like to play. Use running as a form of meditation. Exercising doesn’t need to be boring or hard — it can be one of the best parts of your day.
15. Drink red wine. One or two glasses of red wine can be very healthy, and can add some pleasure to your new healthy lifestyle. I’m a believer in making a healthy lifestyle one that you enjoy, so add healthy foods you love, activities you enjoy, a mindful tea ritual, and an end-of-the-day wine ritual.
16. Explore berries, kale, raw almonds and walnuts, avocado, flaxseeds, quinoa, tofu, tempeh. These are foods that many people don’t eat on a regular basis, and some people have never tried some of these. One by one, explore these foods, as I find them to be very healthy. Some of them take some time to acquire the taste, and others (like tofu and tempeh) just need the right seasonings — they don’t have to be bland!
17. Add healthy ingredients to your meals. If you don’t want to change your entire diet, start adding some healthy stuff to your usual meals. For example, if you normally eat spaghetti, try ground turkey or meatless grounds instead of beef. Add some finely-diced kale and carrots, and some flaxseeds. You can do this to many recipes.
18. Try new ethnic foods. Don’t look at changing your diet as a sacrifice. Think of it as a joyous adventure. Want to try going meatless a few days a week? Try some healthy dishes from India, Japan, Thailand, the Mediterranean. It can be a lot of fun, even for the whole family.
19. Stop smoking. OK, this isn’t the easiest strategy, but it is one of the most important. I quit smoking on Nov. 18, 2005, and it was one of the best things I’ve ever done in my life. It takes about a month of focused effort. Here are my tips.
20. Diet before exercise. One of the easiest ways to start getting healthier is to start improving your diet — it’s fairly easy to add some fruits and veggies, for example, and maybe cut back on some of the sweets. Starting exercise takes a bit more focus, and doesn’t always get results as quickly. On the flip side, if you start exercising, don’t let that be an excuse to eat whatever you want — it’s easy to negate the benefits of your morning run with a donut and sugary and fatty coffee drink.

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