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Reduce Cancer Risk by up to 79 Percent by Changing One Simple Thing

When it comes to health strategies, often times we forget about the simple things that we can do to help improve our well-being. Thankfully, many of these options are easy and can be accomplished at little-to-no cost.  In fact, one of the simplest cancer prevention strategies is one that nearly everyone can do daily without much effort.

Obviously water is vital to our overall health, but how many times have you went almost an entire day without so much as a sip of liquids and then drink excessively after feeling a strong sense of thirst? If so, you could be chronically dehydrated and putting your health at risk. Not many people realize it, but drinking enough fluids each day is one of the most important things we can do to look and feel our best. In fact, proper water and fluid consumption can help ease back and joint pain, boost metabolism and even reduce cancer risk by up to 79%!

Here are some interesting facts about how water and fluid intake influences our health:

•    75% of Americans are chronically dehydrated. (This likely applies to half the world population)
•    Even MILD dehydration will slow down ones metabolism as much as 3%.
•    One glass of water shut down midnight hunger pangs for almost 100% of the dieters studied in a University of Washington study.
•    Lack of water is the #1 trigger of daytime fatigue.
•    Preliminary research indicates that 8-10 glasses of water a day (half of that coming from food and drinks other than plain water) could significantly ease back and joint pain for up to 80% of sufferers.
•    A mere 2% drop in body water can trigger fuzzy short-term memory, trouble with basic math, and difficulty focusing on the computer screen or on a printed page.
•    Drinking 5 glasses of water daily decreases the risk of colon cancer by up to 45%, the risk of breast cancer by up to 79%, and the risk of bladder cancer by up to 50%!

When you first start drinking the fluids that your body needs, you might experience increased urination as your body is used to utilizing whatever little moisture it receives to flush out toxins. However, keep drinking the 8 to 10 glasses of fluids you should be each day and before long you will notice a striking change in the way you look and feel. You might notice your skin looking brighter and clearer and start to feel better and more focused. If healthy skin is your focus, check out these other natural acne treatments.

As you continue to drink the appropriate amount of fluids, your body will start to trust that more is coming so it will get rid of any water retention weight in your body. This will encourage weight to drop from problem areas such as the hips, ankles, stomach and thighs.

Natural products to help heal your pets emotions

People know that pets have emotions, but rarely do we think of helping our pets with their emotional baggage. Perhaps, this has lots to do with the fact that we are focused on our own emotional problems and that our pets can’t verbalize how they feel.

For instance, some animals have been subjected to puppy mills and animal shelters prior to landing in a loving home.  Experiences like these can take a toll on pets, even years later. Fortunately, the line of Bach Flower Remedies for Animals can really help.

Bach makes a wonderful line of remedies for your pet’s emotional needs. The Bach Flower Remedies for Animals utilizes homeopathic principles to help little furry friends become more balanced. You’ll find remedies for everything from jealousy and depression to fear and anger.

Check out the line of remedies now!

The 221 B.C. Drink for Modern Times

So, lately we’ve been seriously addicted to drinking Kombucha because it makes us feel really, really good! The other day a person even remarked that the whole office had glowing skin (not in a freaky radioactive way, but in a healthy, vibrant way). Plus, when we drink Kombucha we feel more energized to complete our work during the day.

Turns out that there’s good reason for our newfound “glow.” Kombucha contains beneficial probiotics that help the digestive and immune systems (take that flu!), contains live active enzymes that help recharge the body’s cells, and contains polyphenols that help fight free radicals. So where do you get this magical drink? Our favorite is GT’s Kombucha that can be purchased at health food stores around town including Whole Foods.

Here are some more interesting facts about Kombucha from one of the first and best to hit the market GT’s Kombucha.

o    Kombucha has been a health-promoting and life-enhancing wonder food since as early as the Tsin Chinese Dynasty of 221 BC. Its popularity has been documented throughout history in all corners of the world, from Russia to India, Germany to Japan.

o    In his autobiography, Nobel Prize winner Alexandr Solzhenitsyn wrote that drinking Kombucha helped him survive the Siberian slave camps of the former Soviet Union.

o    Kombucha may be known by many different names in other parts of the world, including Manchurian Tea, Manchu Fungus, Tea Kvass, Mo-Gu Fungus japonicus, Kwassan, and many others.

o    A report on NBC’s Dateline stated that over three million people regularly drink Kombucha.

Now that’s something to toast to! Cheers!…Now drink up!

How to Get Rid of Parasites

While we tend to accept that our pets can contract parasites that disrupt their overall health, the notion that humans can also get parasites tends to be a foreign one. The truth is that most of us will have unfriendly parasites in our bodies at one point in our lives.  Also, the truth is that anyone can get parasites—even those that don’t travel far from home. For some time many believed that people only got parasites if they traveled to exotic countries, but that just isn’t true.

Types of parasites include roundworms, protozoa (one-cell parasites), flukes and tapeworms. Before you start to imagine huge worms crawling around your body, keep in mind it is estimated that 70 percent of all human parasites are microscopic—which means that they can’t be seen with the naked eye. Despite the type of parasite, the good news is that there are lots of things that we can do to get rid of them and we don’t have to feel “creeped-out” by their existence.

So how do you know if you have parasites and if they are affecting your overall health?  While the symptoms vary widely, some more common signs include nervousness, stomach bloating, fatigue, fuzzy thinking, itchy anus, sinus trouble and feeling hungry, tired and malnourished—even after eating a large meal. And while you should always consult your health care provider if you believe you might have parasites and need advice on a course of treatment, below are some more common tools people have used to rid their bodies of unfriendly critters.

Garlic—Perhaps the easiest thing to do to help get rid of parasites is to add more garlic to your diet. Garlic contains Allicin and Ajoene—two components that work to kill parasites.

Wormwood –One of the most well-known herbs for parasites, Wormwood contains the components thujone and isothujone, which help to dispel parasites from the body. Looking for a parasite cleansing kit that features Wormwood? Check out Hanna Kroeger’s Wormwood Kit, which features Wormwood and other products that work in synergy to help rid the body of parasites.

Colon Cleanse—Diets heavy in processed and fast foods can clog up the body. And just like garbage attracts unwanted bugs when left outdoors for longer periods of times, so can waste that sits in a backed-up colon (You get the picture). Thus, a gentle colon cleanse can help dispel waste and parasites from the system.  Some of the most well-known products for colon cleansing include Sonne’s Organic Food— a highly regarded line of products which has been around since 1946. Whatever path you choose to rid your body of parasites, remember to talk to your health care provider before starting any supplement or cleansing program.

Lose weight with hot celebrity workout

Break the weight loss barrier with a complete system consisting of an innovative workout, ground-breaking nutrition plan and guided meditation to remove obstacles.  Developed from more than 20 years of experience by Cameron Shayne, Budokon fuses elements of martial arts, yoga and meditation into one exhilarating workout that keep celebrities like Jennifer Aniston coming back for more.

Product Details

Instructor(s): Cameron Shayne
Media Format: DVD
Length: Disc 1 – 1 hour 20 minutes, Disc 2 – 1 hour 10 minutes, Disc 3 – 56 minutes

Workout Breakdown:

Disc 1 – Learn the basics

The pose guide’s main purpose is to get you going in the right direction. It includes a helpful breakdown of Budokon moves such as modified crescent, cat stance front kick and pivot punch so you can learn the mechanics before you start the practice. The DVD also contains a 50-minute workout with step-by-step instruction which helps you ease into Budokon without getting. It begins with fast-paced Ashtanga yoga sequences to deeply stretch the body, followed by classic martial art moves to build strength and ends with a brief meditation to prep the mind. It’s important to remember that in this system, the longer the practice, the less intense the workout. You’ll also find an interview with Cameron where he talks about his background and why he created Budokon. Little know facts include that he got into martial arts because he was bullied as a child and he once was a body guard for Charlie Sheen.

Disc 2 – Accelerated and maintenance workouts

Now, you can apply what you learned with disc 1 with two accelerated routines based on the initial 50-minute practice. The 40-minute routine includes minimal instruction and the 30-minute workout includes very little so you can do the workout at a truer pace. A helpful rule of thumb when deciding when to accelerate your workout is when the workout speed your presently doing feels comfortable enough that you’re beginning to anticipate Cameron’s next move.

Disc 3 – Self empowerment

Make the most of the energy you’ve created with your workouts as Cameron guides you through key areas of self-discovery to help you overcome weight loss challenges. You’ll be surprised what you learn about yourself and how little changes in attitude can lead to big results.

Weight Loss Guide and Workout Plan
This guide  teaches you how to set healthy goals in 3, 4-week stages and contains information about food combining to effectively lose weight and recipes from New York’s edgy Pure Food & Wine restaurant. You’ll also find a 12-week workout guide that includes weekly goals and a workout schedule.

From the instructor Cameron Shayne: “The Budokon practice for the average person out there, what it brings to our culture that is so material, focused and driven – it brings you back to the Earth. It brings you back to some tranquility, some center, some real true art. You want to feel art again? Practice something like this. Budokon cultivates people, it cultivates the human spirit.”

For more information about to purchase this workout, please visit www.budokon.com.

Protect your kids from overlooked health risk

A leading health risk often overlooked as a possible cause for disruptive and irritable behavior in children, lead poisoning is a serious condition that if left untreated can cause various health threats. In fact, according to the CDC, lead poisoning can damage the kidneys, the nervous system, the reproductive system, cause elevated blood pressure and is especially harmful to the developing brains of young children and fetuses.

So how does a child end up with too much lead in his or her system? Most people know about the dangers of lead paint found covering walls of many older houses and apartment buildings. However, not too many people consider their child’s exposure to water run through lead pipes or the massive amount of environmental lead residue. The EPA estimates that more than 12 million children primarily living in urban areas are exposed to around 10 million metric tons of lead residue resulting from the use of leaded gasoline and paint. Even juice boxes can be a source of lead!

According to the Mayo Clinic the signs and symptoms of lead poisoning in children may include:

• Irritability

• Loss of appetite

• Weight loss

• Sluggishness and fatigue

• Abdominal pain

• Vomiting

• Constipation

• Unusual paleness from anemia

• Learning difficulties

You can get your child tested for lead poisoning, often for free. Start by checking with your local health department regarding lead screening guidelines specific to the risks in your area.  If your child does indeed have lead poisoning, you’ll want to talk to your health care provider before starting any treatment, but there are a number of natural remedies that might help.

Natural Strategies for combating lead poisoning  include utilizing homeopathic remedies specifically for lead accumulation. For instance, Hanna Kroeger Herbs makes a Plumbum (Latin for lead) remedy specifically to help dispel lead from the body. Helpful herbs for combating lead poisoning and heavy metal toxicity include Alfalfa and Dandelion. Make sure to always buy organic or wild herbs that haven’t been treated with pesticides. And of course, it is important to identify the source of lead so that your child isn’t exposed again. Finally, don’t forget to test yourself and other family members for lead poisoning if your child tests positive! Other people in your family could also be at risk!

Protect your right to freely purchase health supplements! Act now!

Perhaps one of the greatest concerns of those who utilize herbs and supplements to support their overall health is that new regulations will be put in place to restrict our access to these powerful tools. Since the US Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act (DSHEA) passed in 1994, which gave us the right to purchase supplements, many have wondered if this would truly be the end of the battle.

Part of the concern comes from the fact that other countries do not have the same rights to supplements as people living in the US. For instance, “The Guidelines for Vitamin and Mineral Food Supplements,”as developed by the Codex Alimentarius Commission (Codex), has challenged people’s rights to supplements throughout the world.

Adding to the concern, a few years ago there was a bit of an uproar over the FDA “reclassification” of vitamins, supplements and herbs. This turned out to be a false alarm because it was determined that the new reclassification did not specifically propose any new federal laws beyond those already in place. However, that doesn’t mean that our health freedoms will always be protected. Make sure that you stay informed! Head here to join the National Health Freedom Action (NHFA) mailing list to make sure that you always have the latest information!

Conquer Flu Fear

It’s that time again when people start worrying about getting sick. In a past post, we mentioned how Bach Flower Remedies can be used if someone is experiencing a great deal of fear over the negative media coverage surrounding the flu. Then, a reader (Thanks Nancy!) gave us a tip on an article that the Bach Flower Education Center has posted on their Web site about this very same topic!

As Dr. Margaret  Chan, General Director of the World Health Organization, raises the global pandemic level to 5, the second highest level of threat possible, another disease is quickly ravaging people around the globe – fear. Reports from Mexico state that many have abandoned their homes and jobs for the countryside, while others have been housebound for days, both groups left with little to do but watch the news and worry about their own health and that of their loved ones. Meanwhile, in the US, sales of hand sanitizer are soaring nationwide and, in far north Ann Arbor MI, the local pharmacy is running out of surgical masks.  It is certainly essential to take practical health precautions such as washing your hands, covering your mouth when you cough/sneeze and avoiding those who are ill, yet being fearful and worried about the flu is not in the best interest of your heath and wellness. In fact, research shows that to stay well, it is best to remain calm and positive. Read full article.

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Use Positive Thinking to Heal

When it comes to illness, sometimes people equate positive thinking to “praying to be healed,” but using positive thinking to feel better doesn’t have to be a religious experience. We were inspired to write this post after reading a comment from a reader who claimed that prayer and positive thinking does not contribute to healing. However, it has been scientifically proven otherwise. Let us explain.

First we need to make a distinction between “prayer” and “religion.”  Religion is something people believe, prayer is something that people do. And no matter what your religion (or even if you don’t have one) all prayer consists of the same underlying components. When someone prays, they are reaching within themselves and focusing positive intentions to come their way. Sometimes this means praying to a religious figure, sometimes this means praying for strength from within. But no matter how one prays or how their prayer is directed, the focus remains on a positive outcome.

Thus at the heart of every prayer is a positive thought, or a request for something good to happen. And when you focus positive thoughts toward healing—whether in a prayer, mantra, meditation or any other positive thought form— it can make a big difference. In fact studies show that positive thinking can have the same benefits as painkillers and can help fight disease. Best of all, positive thinking and prayer is free, easy to do and doesn’t require a prescription.

So why not give it a try? If you are wondering how to develop more positive thoughts check out the amazing book, The Power of Positive Thinking. With this book you can learn how to focus your thoughts more effectively. Basically the entire premise of the book is that every moment, day and event starts with an intention and if we are conscious of our thoughts we can learn how to best direct our energy. Aaaahhhh, we feel better already!

French Fries Can Cause ADHD

Recently a landmark study was released that links pesticides to ADHD in children. In the study, performed by the Journal of Pediatrics, more than 1,000 kids were tested and of those 119 had ADHD. The children that had ADHD were found to have high levels of pesticides in their systems, particularly organophosphates, which were first developed for chemical warfare.

So what does this mean? Obviously, we need to be more mindful of pesticides and how these common chemicals affect our health. But, more so than that, we need to look at our exposure to ALL toxins and how this exposure might be affecting us and our children. In the case of ADHD, there are many potential factors that may be causing the symptoms related to this condition.

Specifically, many of us eat highly dangerous toxins every single day and don’t even know it. These toxins are additives and preservatives called excitotoxins, which can cause a host of problems including  headaches, nerve problems, anxiety,  hyperactivity, depression, mental illness, seizures and brain damage. Check out this amazing book, Excitotoxins: The Taste that Kills, to find out the truth about the dangers of common preservatives and food additives. What you’ll find is that there is concrete scientific evidence against common substances like MSG found in a variety of foods (not just Chinese Food!!). These harmful substances are put into food to make it taste better and represent a billion dollar business. The problem is that they are also making us sick.

The good news is that we can do something about this by choosing foods that are free of these common chemicals. Check the labels of foods and stay away from packaged foods that contain an abundance of chemicals. Also, be careful because seemingly harmless ingredients such as “enzymes,” “hydrolyzed vegetable protein,” “natural flavors” and “spices” are really MSG in disguise! Two of the biggest culprits that you would never suspect are diet foods and Campbell Soups which are loaded with excitotoxins. Also, just because foods are labeled as “natural” or “organic” does not mean that they are safe! Get informed and take control of your health and the health of your family! Try making wholesome meals at home completely from scratch for a month and see how you feel. Our guess is much, much better.

For more information, please read the informative article by our friend Jaime Ann about Treating Attention Deficit Disorder (ADHD) Naturally.

Think Beyond Your Facewash: Check Out These Innovative Natural Acne Fighters for Your Best Skin!

Chances are this morning you utilized regular skin care products to keep blemishes at bay, but surely there must be more that you can do to promote clear, glowing skin? Check out these innovative natural acne fighters that work in new ways to help you get great skin.

Hyland’s Calendulated Oil – Introduced to US settlers as early as the 1600’s, Calendula boasts a long history of effectiveness for its healing power on the skin. Hyland’s Calendula Oil is used as a local application for simple skin irritations and blemishes causes by dryness. Also great for dry hands, chapped wind-blown faces and rough elbows!

Dessert Essence Tee Tree Oil – Continued scientific testing has revealed tea tree oil to contain over 100 different chemical compounds, making this singular leaf-derived oil an effective antiseptic and detoxifying agent. Studies have shown that tea tree oil has similar effectiveness to treating acne as benzoyl peroxide but without burning, itching or drying the skin.

Mountain Rose Herbs Organic Strawberry Leaf TeaStrawberry leaf contains high levels of calcium and vitamin C and plenty of trace minerals. A favorite to help heal eczema and rashes, you can either use the loose herbs to make a delicious tea or apply it directly onto the face as a hot compress to get glowing skin.

Braggs Apple Cider Vinegar – Apple Cider vinegar contains alpha-hydroxy acids that help regulate the pH balance of the skin. To make a fabulous natural toner, simply put one tbs. of Apple Cider vinegar into one cup of filtered water, mix thoroughly and dab on skin with a cottonball. Works great to balance and nourish for super soft, clear skin!

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