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Thursday, May 19, 2011

Home Remedies and Cures on Sunshine or Suncreen

There is a lot of controversy over being out in the sunshine without sunscreen or the necessity to use sunscreen. Some naturopathic doctors say you don’t need to use sunscreen and now they are finding that sunscreen may possibly even cause cancer. Please read on for more home remedies and cures.

As I’m sure you know, for many years now, we have been told that UV rays from the sun causes skin cancer. But did you know that we cannot live without the sun? We need the vitamin D that the sun provides us with. We also need to eat plenty of natural foods that provide vitamin D.

Lack of vitamin D can cause rashes and irritations on the skin, tongue and anus as well as poor bone formation. Vitamin D shortage causes calcium metabolism in your body to be thrown off and bones begin to deteriorate. Studies show that lack of sunshine induced vitamin D is linked with diabetes, immune disfunction, prostate and breast cancer, as well. The sunshine and natural whole foods full of vitamin D are the home remedies and cures we need to help us stay healthy and strong.

On the other hand, too much sunshine can cause skin cancer, cataracts, temporary blindness, growths on the eyes called pterygia, macular degeneration and melanoma on the back of the eyeball. So we need to find a happy medium.

Some recommendations for home remedies and cures for being out in the sunshine are:
• When your skin turns even slightly pink – head for the shade, cover up with clothing or use sunscreen ONLY at that point.
• Using a beach umbrella – even sitting under an umbrella the UV light bounces off of the sand onto your skin. Water and snow have the same reflection, so use sunscreen or cover up with clothes.
• Use sunscreen with SPF 15 or more. Get sunscreen that is labeled “broad spectrum” and look for titanium dioxide or Parsol 1789 in the list of ingredients.
• Apply sunscreen every 2 hours, especially if you are in the water.
• Minimize sun exposure between 10 am and 4 pm.
• Use UV-protective Lip Balm with an SPF 15 or higher.
• Wear UV-protective sunglasses.
• Wear sun-protective clothing.
• Wear a hat with a 3” brim.

But your best home remedies and cures for preventing skin cancer, is to eat right! Eat fish, olives, olive oil, tea, tomatoes, tomato paste and sauce, carrots, cruciferous vegetables like broccoli and cauliflower, peas, sweet potatoes and yams, pumpkin, spinach, kale and collard greens. Eat fruit, especially citrus, red grapes, watermelon, guava and papaya and cocoa. Use stevia instead of sugar. Eat herbs like rosemary, oregano, thyme and garlic.

Just in case that’s not good enough, take supplements containing the nutrients that the foods listed above contain. Supplements to take to help prevent skin cancer are beta-carotene, lutein, lycopene, flavonoids and polyphenols. Resveratrol, proanthocyanidins and polyphenols work even better when taken together. Also take vitamin C, E and B vitamins, fish oil and olive oil.

Remember, sunshine is very important to get out into for our bodies sakes, but if you think you are getting too much, use sunscreen and get into the shade. The best home remedies and cures to use against skin cancer, is to eat the right food. on colds and flus

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Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Home Remedies and Cures for Obesity

Are you overweight? Do you want to lose weight? What is your BMI (body mass index)? There are many natural home remedies and cures to help you lose weight and many different diets, not all good.

Any BMI over 25 is considered overweight, 30-39 is obese and 40 or more is extremely obese. To figure out your own BMI:
Weight (pounds) x 703
Height squared (inches)
Here’s an example for someone who is 5’4” weighing 159 lbs.
• Multiply weight by 703: 159 lbs. x 703 = 111,777
• Multiply height in inches by height in inches: 64 x 64 = 4,096
• Divide answer in first step by the number in second step: 111,777/4,096 = 27.2
• BMI is 27.2 (found in overweight range)
Drinking water, and lots of it, is really important. It speeds up your metabolism and after drinking two glasses you start to burn fat. Drinking two liters of water a day will help you lose five pounds a year.

When eating out at restaurants, some natural home remedies and cures for losing weight are avoiding the bread baskets at the beginning and desserts at the end of the meal. Avoid breads altogether. Have tomato juice or a shrimp cocktail instead. Or eat an apple or low fat yogurt before eating out. You won’t be so hungry that way.

More home remedies – don’t snack in front of the TV, instead, sip on hot or cool liquids. Try to resist cravings for 10 minutes. The cravings may go away. Regularly eat every 3 to 4 hours with a healthful snack or meal. This will keep your blood sugar stable and keep cravings at bay.

Here are more home remedies and cures to losing weight. Studies have shown that by adding 1,200 to 1,300 mg. of calcium to a calorie-restricted diet, a person will lose weight. By adding three servings of low-fat dairy to your diet a day, you will:
• Increase the amount of weight you lose by 70%
• Increase the amount of body fat you lose by 64%
• Lose 47% more fat from your belly
While eating yogurt, you lose weight and protect muscle.

Root causes for obesity: a combination of the first two causes are almost always the main causes.
• Poor diet (high in calories and simple carbohydrates)
• Inactivity
• Hormone imbalance (particularly thyroid)
• Toxins
• Neurotansmitter imbalance (serotonin)
• Mental, emotional or spiritual issues
• Preexisting medical conditions (e.g., hypothyroidism)
• Genetics
• Side effects of pharmaceutical medications (e.g., antidepressants)

The best home remedies and cures for losing weight are to change your diet. Focus on eating foods that are fresh, whole and nutritionally dense.

Start cooking for yourself and shop for a variety of basic whole foods. Eat vegetables, nuts and seeds raw for their fiber and digestive enzymes. Use light cooking methods like broiling, steaming, roasting or grilling.

You’ll feel deprived and hungry if you don’t eat enough protein every day. Eat fish often and lean meat or poultry. Every meal should include beans, lean poultry, soy products, nuts or yogurt.

Whole, complex carbohydrates like brown rice, whole grain bread and oats are healthful and necessary. Fatty acids are very important such as cold water fish, flaxseeds and cold-pressed oils, like olive oil.

More home remedies would be drinking a healthful glass of vegetable juice a half hour before meals. It will help keep your appetite in check. Again, drink lots of water.

Foods to avoid are sugar, white breads, refined flours, pastas, crackers, low-fat sweets, processed food and junk food, artificial flavors, colors and preservatives.

More home remedies and cures for obesity to try are:
Caralluma fimbriata – take 500 mg. 30-45 minutes before meals twice a day, usually at breakfast and dinner.
• Green tea (camellia sinensis) extract – take 1,500 mg. of green tea extract standardized to 80 to 90% polyphenols and 35 to 55% epigallocatechin gallate. Studies have shown that green tea increases thermogenesis, the body’s ability to burn energy.
• PGX – take 2 to 4 capsules before or with each meal and with 8 ounces of water. It makes one feel full and reduces insulin levels that contribute to weight gain.
• Irvingia gabonensis – take 150 mg. twice daily of standardized extract
• Conjugated linoleic acid (CLA) – take 3.4 grams daily. This fatty acid reduces body fat compostion.
• Resveratrol – take 125 to 250 mg. daily. This helps with glucose metabolism in cells.
Chromium – take 500 mcg. twice daily. It helps with blood-sugar balance and sweet cravings.
• Nature’s Benefit’s Hoodia Supreme (from Stella Labs) is a good source of Hoodia Gordonii – take 1 to 2 capsules a day with an 8 oz. glass of water – it tricks your brain into thinking you’re full and so you eat less.
• HCA (hydroxycitrate) made from an Indian fruit, garcinia cambogia – it jumpstarts metabolism and helps burn fat more efficiently – follow directions on package.

There are other home remedies and cures for obesity. But I have found that of all the diets, pills and herbs I have tried, Take Shape For Life is the easiest healthiest and for sure way to lose weight and keep it off and gain optimal health. Anyone interested in learning more about Take Shape For Life, send me an email to

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Home Remedies and Cures for ADHD Part 2

Last week I talked about the symptoms and causes of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). This week I will discuss the natural home remedies and cures you can use to help ease the severity of ADHD.

As I have said before, diet is the number one most important thing to keeping your body well and feeling good. Buy fresh foods and prepare them yourself for your child with ADHD and the whole family. You will all be healthier from the effort. B vitamins are found in brown rice, brewer’s yeast and leafy green vegetables and are healing to stressed-out nerves.

Changing to a healthy diet is the first and very important step to natural home remedies and cures. Prepare and eat soy products, live unsweetened yogurt, whole grains and organic turkey and chicken. These have tryptophan in them which encourages the production of serotonin, a chemical that produces a sense of calm. Also a good snack before bedtime.

Provide plenty of protein with meals, such as nuts, legumes, lean poultry and fish. Eating smaller, more frequent meals and snacks, every 2 to 3 hours, works best and keeps the metabolism going. Don’t skip breakfast, as it sets the biochemical balance for the rest of the day.

Regularly serve brain-healthy foods, such as fish (trout, salmon, halibut, sardines), nuts (walnuts, almonds) and ground flaxseed, all of which are very good home remedies and cures.

Avoid foods that might trigger behavior problems. Some of those could be wheat, dairy, corn, chocolate, peanuts, citrus, soy, food coloring and preservatives. Eliminate fast foods, junk food and processed foods. Even food items labeled “all natural” may contain small amounts of additives.

Obviously avoid candy, sodas, sweets and items containing sucrose, which is in many foods including most store-bought fruit juices. These are not natural home remedies and cures.

Here is a list of home remedies and cures to try out:
Fish Oil - take 2,000 mg. or more of combined EPA and DHA daily, improves ADHD symptoms and learning
Phosphatidylserine - take 300 to 500 mg. daily for three months. A maintenance dosage of 100 to 300 mg. may be effective for some kids and adults. It helps brain cells function properly. In 90% of cases attention and learning were most improved in studies.

Pycnogenol - take 1 mg. per 4.9 pounds of body weight per day. Found to have significant reduction of hyperactivity and improved attention, visual-motor coordination and concentration.
L-carnitine - take 100 mg. per 2.2 pounds of body weight daily.
High-potency multivitamin - take as directed on container.
Calcium and magnesium complex - take a combination of these two minerals at a dosage of 500 mg. of calcium and 250 mg. of magnesium twice daily. These two minerals relax the nervous system.
Probiotics - as directed on bottle to maintain good bacteria levels in the digestive tract.
Vitamin B6 - take 100 mg. daily for children five years and older along with a B-complex for balance.
Ginkgo Biloba - look for a product standardized to 24% flavone glycosides. Sixteen and older should take 60 to 120 mg. twice daily. Children ages 10 to 15 take 30 to 60 mg. twice daily and 10 years and under take 15 to 30 mg. twice daily. It brings oxygen and nutrients to the brain.
GABA - take 250 mg. two to three times daily between meals. It is an amino acid that has a calming effect on the mind.
Zinc - children ages two and older should take a total of 10 to 15 mg. daily along with 2 mg. of copper. A zinc deficiency can contribute to ADHD symptoms.
Passionflower (Passiflora incarnata) - can be effective in calming children. Children 16 years and older should take 100 to 200 mg. twice a day. Those 10 to 15 take 50 to 100 mg. twice a day and under 10 take 25 to 50 mg. twice daily.
St. John’s-wort (Hypericum perforatum) may help with depression. Ages 10-15 take 50 to 150 mg. twice a day. Under ten should take 25-75 mg. twice a day and 16 and older can take 100 to 300 mg. twice a day.

See a homeopathic practitioner for special symptoms such as tending to be cruel to animals, impulsive and violent, major temper tantrums, fear of the dark or animals and so on. There are natural home remedies for these as well, but they need to be under a doctor’s care.

Other home remedies are acupressure, massage, reflexology, craniofacial therapy, aromatherapy, biofeedback and yoga. Other recommendations would be to encourage children to play or exercise outside in the fresh air and limit sedentary, passive activities.

Consider buying an air filter to purify your house of environmental allergens. Also, you might consider working with a counselor to help your child with behavior modifications and learning styles.

ADHD is not an easy thing to live with but there are many natural home remedies and cures to help starting with changing to a healthy whole foods diet. Hope this helps someone in need.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Home Remedies and Cures for ADHD

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) affects around 5.4 million children between the ages of 4 to 17, about 13.2% of boys and 5.6% of girls. Three percent to seven percent of school age children have ADHD, but studies have estimated higher rates. There are quite a few different ways to treat ADHD naturally with home remedies and cures.

Living with ADHD children or adults is difficult, I know, I have three children, one boy and two girls, that were diagnosed with ADHD, out of seven children. My youngest daughter was a human guinea pig for prescriptions, because of other complications she had. Back then, I didn’t know enough about natural home remedies and cures. I wish I had.

People with ADHD usually have a hard time paying attention; daydream; don’t seem to listen; are easily distracted; forget things; seem to be in constant motion, even pacing; unable to stay seated; squirm and fidget; talk too much and interrupt; act and speak without thinking; and have trouble taking turns. But don’t worry, there are home remedies and cures to help calm the symptoms of ADHD.

Diet does play a key role in the reason children seem to have these symptoms. For the last several decades, sugars, dyes and preservatives have been added to our food at an increasing rate. Children, now days, consume too many convenience foods, such as hot dogs, fried chicken fingers/nuggets and highly sweetened fruit drinks and sodas. None of those foods are natural home remedies or cures.

Medications may become necessary in some cases, but prescription drugs fail to address the cause of the problem in a nontoxic manner. Research has found that regular use of antibiotics and ear infections, as well as premature birth and family history, are associated with a greater likelihood of developing ADHD. A diet of whole foods (no fast foods and processed foods) along with home remedies would probably result in less ear infections.

Emotional stress and its relationship to ADHD also plays a role in a child’s change in behavior. The breakdown of the family unit in our country places abnormal stresses on a child.

Clinical studies have shown a marked improvement in EEG (electroencephalograph) patterns in children with ADHD, using
for a period of 90 days. For more home remedies and cures for ADHD, please read on.

Inability to sit still
Mood swings
Short attention span
Inability to concentrate
Frequent tantrums
Poor coordination and motor skills
Impaired memory
Failure to complete age-appropriate tasks
Speech or learning disorders

A diet high in sugar and additives
Food allergies/sensitivities
Environmental toxins
Nutritional deficiencies
Poor digestion and absorption
Heavy metal poisoning
Emotional stresses
Neurotransmitter imbalance

If you or a loved one have these symptoms, you will want to read my blog for next week, part 2 of this blog. I will discuss recommendations for treatment of ADHD with natural home remedies and cures.

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Home Remedies and Cures for Osteoarthritis

The most common type of arthritis is osteoarthritis. The cartilage between the joints begins to break down and wear away, causing pain and stiffness. Heavy use of the joint isn’t necessarily what causes the problem. But there are plenty of ways to alleviate the pain and stiffness it causes with natural home remedies and cures.

Like everything else, diet has a lot to do with how you feel. Eat a healthy diet that includes whole, unprocessed foods with no added sugar, no soft drinks, no chemical additives, flavorings, coloring or preservatives. Eat whole grains (if you’re not sensitive or allergic to them), no artificial sweeteners and little alcohol. Avoid caffeine. As always, eating natural foods (natural home remedies and cures) is best.

Doctors have found that some people are sensitive to nightshade plants. Nightshade vegetables include tomatoes, potatoes, peppers (including paprika, but not black pepper), eggplants and tobacco. The sensitivity is not an allergy, but a progressive loss of the ability to metabolize substances known as “solanine alkaloids,” found in all nightshade vegetables.

You may want to eliminate these nightshade vegetables in your diet for at least three to four months to see if there is any significant difference in your pain and movement. Trial and error is the only way to see if these vegetables affect you.

For natural home remedies and cures to help stimulate the growth of new joint cartilage, try taking 500 milligrams of glucosamine sulfate three times a day. It may take three to four weeks for pain relief to begin. If you have diabetes, check with your doctor first. Glucosamine may affect your blood sugar, but probably not.
Niacinamide (not niacin) can control the pain and swelling of osteoarthritis. Take 1,000 mg. of niacinamide three times a day. Be sure to take it three times a day and you should feel results in three to four weeks.

Here’s a list of home remedies and cures to take for osteoarthritis:
Niacinamide - 1,000 mg. three times a day
Boron - 3 mg. twice daily (useful in treating osteoarthritis and preventing cancer)
SAMe - 400 mg. once or twice daily
Willow Bark - two to four doses per day (of tablets containing 400 mg. of willow bark extract and 60 mg. of Salicin)
Myristin - six capsules per day for 80 days (can be found at natural food stores and compounding pharmacies)

Changing your diet to a healthy diet will really help improve your symptoms of osteoarthritis and anything else that ails you. Using the listed home remedies and cures will greatly give relief to osteoarthritis.

Monday, April 11, 2011

Home Remedies and Cures and TSFL Part 2

Did anyone read my blog last week? Take Shape For Life really is all about obtaining “optimal health.” It is not just to lose weight.
This program fits right in there with home remedies and cures.

The “Take Shape For Life” program really works for losing weight and obtaining optimal health. I know, because I have tried it and am still on the program.

Since starting the program, two and a half months ago, I have lost 20 pounds. And I have gotten rid of two health problems that I have had for years as a result of side effects from taking medications that I no longer take. It has been wonderful to get rid of those health problems.

I had been treating myself with natural home remedies and cures for several months, trying to get over the effects of prescribed drugs, making myself healthier than I had been in years. Then I found out about the Take Shape For Life program.

Since signing up for the TSFL program, I have been feeling so much better and have become a real believer in the program. It is such an easy way to lose weight besides learning how to eat healthy.

So I decided to sign up to be a health coach and make a little money at the same time. Everyone on the program can become a health coach if they so desire. The health coaches are paid by Medifast.

To become a health coach in the TSFL program, you do need to become educated. There are 2 or 3 books to read and you take a test before you are official. If you are interested in learning more about the program, send me an email.

Natural home remedies and cures are the safest way to stay healthy. The Take Shape For Life program is the safest and healthiest way to lose weight and keep it off and obtain optimal health that I have found.

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Home Remedies and Cures and Take Shape For Life

This article will be a little different. I’ve always written about home remedies and cures for whatever ails you. And I have been very happy with the results I have had by using all natural home remedies and cures for all of my health problems.

In January, I went to a couple of meetings for Take Shape For Life with a couple of friends. There were 1500 people at the Friday night meeting and 1000 at the all day Saturday meeting. I was curious to see what it was all about. Everyone there was so excited because Dr. Wayne Andersen, who created the program, was there to talk both Friday night and all day Saturday.

Dr. Andersen is a board-certified anesthesiologist and critical care specialist. His goal was and still is to provide training to anyone and everyone interested in obtaining optimal health. If you are overweight, you will lose weight on this program. He created the program in conjunction with Medifast foods.

On this program, my friend lost 40 pounds and his wife has lost 100 pounds so far. At the meetings, people stood up and told us how much weight they had lost. One had lost 300 pounds, another lost 220 pounds. Many had lost 110, 70, 50 pounds and so on. Almost everyone in the room had lost a bunch of weight.

Not only did they lose weight, but some had diabetes before starting, and now no longer need to take any medication for it. There were many others that quit taking medication for various problems after going on the program. I was amazed at all of the testimonials right out of the crowd of people. Nearly everyone in the crowd stood up because they had lost some amount of weight. And everyone seemed so energetic and happy. The more I heard, the more I wanted to learn of this program, Take Shape For Life.

In the program, you eat 5 Medifast meals and 1 lean and green meal a day. The lean and green meal consists of a small piece of lean meat, chicken or fish and green vegetables. The kind of meat determines how many ounces you have. This is such a simple and satisfying way to eat everyday. Once you reach your weight goal, you go on a maintenance program so that you don’t gain the weight back on.

Many of the people have maintained their goal weight for several years. I was so impressed with this program that I signed up and have lost 20 pounds in the first 10 weeks. I always lose slowly for some reason. But I am happy that it is coming off and that I am healthier than I have been in years. And I have tried many other ways to lose weight, including Nutri System. This is better than any other I’ve tried and so easy.

Take Shape For Life has health coaches that get you started, check up on you to make sure you know what to do and answer any questions you have and give you help whenever you need it. They give you encouragement and lots of health information and help you order your food until you know how to yourself.

Like I said, this article is different from my usual articles on home remedies and cures. I truly and wholeheartedly believe in using natural home remedies and cures when needed and felt that this program ties in with my blogging so well and I had to spread the word.

Take Shape For Life is your pathway to optimal health. If you are interested in learning more about it, send me an email.