Green Vs Conventional Cleaning Products

If you are anything like me, cleaning is not your favorite hobby, but the results are worth the time spent. Cleanliness is needed for ensuring better health and beauty, whether you are getting rid of dust, dirt, germs, garbage or odors. What if you were told that the products you were using are actually even more hazardous to your health than the germs you are trying to get rid of? There are two options for you when choosing which products to use when you clean your house; conventional or green products.

The conventional cleaning products are definitely effective at getting rid of germs, but are they doing more harm than good? Let’s take a look at the pros and cons of our traditional way of cleaning with conventional products. The number one thing that people look for in their cleaning products is to make sure that it is non-toxic. Parents don’t want to put toxins in the air and on the surfaces that their little ones play in or on. Many conventional products are in fact toxic-free, but it is always important to double-check. It is also important to check to see if the container is made with toxins. Many of the cleaning product containers are not easily recycled, so people just throw them in the trash. If the containers are made with toxins, that means we are polluting our environment with hazardous materials. The containers are surely not bio-degradable, so they are just filling up landfills. Due to the chemicals and additives that are used in conventional products, they need to be tested to see if they will be harmful to a human, so they are tested on animals. Do you really want to contribute to animal testing?

Now-a-days, the term eco-friendly is extremely popular. With more people “going green” one of the first things they consider switching is their cleaning product brands. Parents get an added peace of mind knowing that their cleaning cupboard is filled with natural products, rather than harsh chemicals, heaven forbid a little one gets into that cupboard. Green products typically have no or minute health limitations, which allows for a much broader customer base.

There are currently many types of green products on the market, but one of the best is EnvirOx. The EnvirOx product line ensures a toxic-free home environment. These EnvirOx products are made from natural substances, but still maintain maximum cleaning strength. That means that they will decompose in soil quickly and naturally without creating any toxicity. EnvirOx is extremely effective at killing germs and bacteria and other micro-organisms present in your home, work place, automotive, etc.

The EnvirOx products are usable on various surfaces including glass, marble, ceramic, tile, carpet, grout, wood floors, walls, whiteboards, steel and many more. Each and every case ensures 100% satisfaction. EnvirOx has various products for all the jobs around the home including disinfecting, grout cleaning and renovation, multi-purpose cleaning and more. The key advantages of EnvirOx cleaning products are their improved cleaning ability, they are non-fuming, hypoallergenic, petroleum free and they are easy to handle with no corrosive effect.

EnvirOx’s Multi-Purpose Cleaners allow for 95% of the daily cleaning tasks to be done effectively with just two dilutions of one product!! “In the Spring of 2003, EnvirOx’s H2Orange2 became the first hydrogen peroxide-based multi-purpose cleaner to obtain Green Seal certification.” Since that time, the H2Orange2 formula has been imitated, but its effectiveness has never been replicated.

Iodine Supplements Vs Iodized Salt

Is the use of iodized salt enough to provide our bodies with the iodide it needs for optimal health or must we use an iodine supplement?

Let’s look at a little history and some basic chemistry.

Morton added iodide to their salt in 1924 to prevent an epidemic of enlarged thyroid glands (goiter) due to an iodide deficiency. Even though the result of including iodide in salt was successful science has yet to establish what amount of iodide human beings require for optimal health. Our MDR (minimum daily requirement) of 150 mcg is enough to prevent goiter and cretinism but not nearly enough to maximize thyroid hormone production or to protect us from other disease conditions related to iodine and iodide deficiencies.

Many studies (WHO & National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey) have shown that the general population of both the U.S. and worldwide are suffering from an insufficiency of these two essential trace elements. So the first question is can we rely on iodized salt to provide us with our daily needs for maximum health?

Iodized Salt

A teaspoon of iodized salt contains the following:

  • 2,300 mg of sodium (Our U.S. Department of Health and Human Sciences recommends that a healthy adult should not consume more than 2,300 mg of sodium. If they have high blood pressure, kidney disease, diabetes, are black, or if they are middle-aged or older they should not consume more than 1,500 mg. The ‘Surgeon General’s Report on Health Promotion and Disease Prevention’ of 1979 even condemned salt.
  • 2,700 mg of chloride
  • 300 mcg of iodide (0.3 mg)

From this information and taking into consideration our intake of salt added to prepared and restaurant foods iodized salt may not be the best and healthiest source of iodide.

Iodine & Iodide

The next logical question then is how much of these two trace elements do we require for health, not just to sustain life, but for vital health.

There’s a general consensus about vitamin and mineral requirements yet with iodine and iodide there’s a huge gap between physicians when considering a safe and effective dose. And both sides have very convincing research to support their point of view.

The conservatives believe that all the nutrients we need can be found in our food. This theory may have been true 60 years ago but our consumption of foods grown in nutrient depleted soils and manufactured foods has greatly reduced the essential nutrients we require. The conservative view also does not take into account people’s reluctance to use table salt.

Then there is the other extreme, physicians prescribing upwards of 50 mg of iodine and iodide per day. That’s 50,000 mcg compared with 150 mcg, 300 times the MDR. There may be some initial benefits to flooding the body with this much iodine and iodide but taken long-term there will be consequences.

Words of Caution

I used to be one of those high-dose prescribers until I repeated lab tests focusing on thyroid hormones. I was horrified by the results. I immediately stopped prescribing iodine and iodide and dove into the research myself.

The endocrine system’s reaction to high doses is a little too deep for this article but the primary result of high dosing is inflammation of the thyroid and over years the increased risk of a condition called Hashimoto’s.

One patient, before starting her on high-dose iodine and iodide, tested negative for Hashimoto’s but within 6 months her Hashimoto’s test turned positive.

Research

I was surprised to find so much research on these two trace elements coming up with over 100 articles on their use in the prevention and treatment of numerous diseases.

Some of the research indicated a safe and effective dose while many articles agreed that people around the world, and not in just the less developed countries, are not getting anywhere near what they require.

Several articles pointed to between 3 and 6 mg a day as being safe. I tend to stand on the conservative side, recommending 3mg of iodine and iodide per day. This moderate dose slowly saturates the tissues and because it’s not the ‘flood-the-system’ high-dose approach the body will easily excrete what it does not need.

Which Iodine Supplement?

In products from the sea nature provides the combination of both iodine and iodide. With supplements you’ll find the ingredient is often only iodine. It will also be the elemental form and not made from food.

This means that most iodine supplements do not include iodide which is absolutely necessary for our thyroid to make its hormones. So to me supplements with iodine alone are out.

Iodine and Iodide Supplements

The most popular combination supplements (Iodoral & IodinePlus-2) fall into the category of the high-dose, usually 12.5 mg (12,500 mcg), and I recommend avoiding them even if your physician is doing lab tests. You can’t predict when you’ll reach that saturation threshold and start having thyroid inflammation.

Kelp Tablets

Kelp contains both iodine and iodide. There have been a number of survey studies showing how the cultures consuming higher amounts of seafood and sea vegetation have a much lower incidence of various illnesses including cancer. Yet these studies are from the 60’s and 70’s.

In the last 40 to 50 years our oceans have become our industrial waste sewage system with kelp, chlorella, plankton and reef life our only means of preserving the purity of our waters.

I recently approached a very large and well-known herbal supplement manufacturing company (Gaia Herbs) to have them formulate a kelp concentrate to deliver 3 mg of iodine and iodide. After a week of their research they informed me that they would be unable to make this product because the concentration of arsenic in the 3 mg dose would exceed California’s limit of acceptable levels.

Besides, these articles of the 60’s and 70’s studied the ‘nutritional’ intake of various cultures and even though they cite iodine and iodide being the primary variable for improving health we need to take into consideration all the nutrients in their diet, selenium being second in line.

My Recommendation

Obviously, some attention needs focus on iodine and iodide supplementation to secure the health of you and your loved ones. Here are a few suggestions.

  1. Use sea salt for cooking and for flavor. It contains many trace minerals which we no longer find in our produce. Sea salt does not contain nearly enough iodide. In fact the concentration of iodide in iodized salt is about 45 times that of sea salt.
  2. Use the combination of iodine and iodide at 3 mg a day for an adult, about half this for a child. The ratio is about 1.25 mg of iodine and 1.75 mg of potassium iodide.
  3. Always, always take selenium when taking any iodine product. I suggest between 200 and 400 mcg in the methionine form. Selenium plays hundreds of important roles in health and especially with thyroid hormones.

You’ll find more information on the safe uses of iodine and iodide on my blog while I continue to contribute to the ezine platform.

All the best,

Dr. Alexander Haskell, N.D.

Calculate Your Due Date and Factors That Influence Delivery Date

When you go to the doctor and you ask about the possibility to calculate your due date, you are going to be told that there is no formula that is 100% accurate. Even if this stands out as the first question that most couples ask, technology still did not evolve enough.

In most cases a full term is going to be of around 40 weeks but variations do appear because of many different factors. Before we talk about them, we should focus on how you can calculate your due date when signs of pregnancy appear.

Online And Offline Pregnancy Calculators

The great news for all couples is the fact that there are both online and offline pregnancy calculators. The offline ones are going to be available in pharmacies and the offices of the gynecologist. Online ones are available on many different websites. Both use the same way to calculate your due date and will take into account:

1. The date when your last menstrual period started.

2. The conception date – which is optional as not many people are aware of it.

3. The length of the regular period cycle that the woman has. Most women will have one of 28 days but there are differences that can appear.

What can trigger the birth before the due date?

Although you can nowadays calculate the due date and get pretty close to it, there are some factors that are going to have a negative impact on your signs of pregnancy and end up with a premature delivery. The full term of a pregnancy is of 37 weeks and if the baby is born too soon then you are faced with a premature birth. A doctor will tell you that various factors can cause this like:

  • Unhealthy eating habits
  • Cervical incompetence
  • Nutrition

What causes a late birth?

Most of the women will give birth after 37 weeks. In most cases the childbirth occurs between 38 and 42 weeks but this is not always the case. In most situations the first time mother will have the baby born after calculated due date. The problem is that a pregnancy that goes over 42 weeks is dangerous. In this case you can end up with perinatal death. A doctor will monitor this and will offer solutions if the pregnancy goes over this period.

Due dates are very important for any woman. This is because they allow them to do a couple of things. For starters, they can plan everything accordingly and be prepared for when the moment comes. Secondly, the expecting mom will always know when she needs to go to the doctor for an ultrasound. Unfortunately, there are some women that are not taking this into account. You should not be one of them.

Make sure that you are going to use a pregnancy due date calculator. We recommend that you use online calculators because of the fact that the can be used in the comfort of your own home and are not going to cost you a thing. This is very useful for many expecting mothers.

Natural Hair Products – Advantages and Disadvantages For the Average Consumer

For many years, shoppers could only find natural hair products at health food stores and natural food markets. However, the consumer has become more aware of chemicals, synthetics, and products that are safe, not only for the environment, but for the hair follicles and the body.

One of the advantages of using a natural hair product is its availability at grocery stores, pharmacies, supercenters, and almost any place that sells hair products. Most herbal products are safe for the environment, are not tested on animals, and are better for your skin and hair.

The safest and best natural hair products, however, have a low sudsing factor, which for the average consumer may appear to be a disadvantage, because tons of frothy soap does not accompany the application onto wet hair. However, looking at a label of a natural hair product, you’ll notice that the harmful ingredients used by many commercial hair product companies are not utilized in natural hair products.

Another advantage is that they do not cost as much money and they are even less expensive when you mix the ingredients at home or when you buy natural hair products in bulk. Regardless of which type of hair you have, you can be sure to find a natural product for everyday use.

What can a natural product do for you? By using a natural herbal shampoo, you will not be putting chemicals onto your scalp or on your hair, and the natural ingredients are pure, which insures that your hair will go through a deep cleansing. There will be no filmy residue left on the hair either. In addition, your hair will look shinier and will retain its natural moisture.

Some people are under the misconception that baby shampoo is gentle for any person or for any type of hair. This is a false belief. Baby shampoo is one of the harshest shampoos for anyone’s hair. Why? Because although it is appealing to the consumer to have a product that will not cause a baby or child to cry, the consumer does not know or understand that the ingredients in the product contain a very harsh chemical that basically numbs the eyelids and the tear ducts. Yes, it’s great that babies don’t cry when the soap gets into their eyes. However, have you ever considered what that numbing agent does to a child’s eyes? So, be careful and be aware when a manufacturer or advertiser says that a product is gentle; that doesn’t mean that the product is made from natural and gentle ingredients.

There are a lot of people who are allergic to certain ingredients in a standard non-herbal product that contains chemicals, and some people are prone to losing their hair or having a similar reaction to hair products that are not pure and natural.

If you care about yourself, your body, your hair, and your environment, then environmentally friendly products such as natural hair products are definitely designed for you. In addition, remember that natural products are generally less expensive, and they will provide better results than synthetic and harsh shampoos that contain detergents.

Why Diabetics Struggle With Weight Loss

One of the most perplexing problems that diabetics face is weight loss. Many doctors insist it is a simple matter of consuming less calories than are burned. And, in a perfect world that works. But most diabetics will insist that there is more to it, because when they do the same things as non-diabetics, they get no results, while their non-diabetic friends drop pound after pound. Fad diets do not work, diet products do not work, even exercise shows little or no results. The struggling diabetics are right– there is more to it than just cutting calories.

Diabetes is caused by eating a bad diet, and a good diet is a key part of regaining control. But it is the bad diet that has placed a number of conditions in place that must be understood in order to win the fat war. There are a number of interrelated circumstances that contribute to making diabetic weight loss difficult. First, let’s look at how the problem originated, then we can investigate how that information can lead to reversing the problem.

Years of bad diet, containing fats, sweets, high glycemic index foods, prepared foods and dairy products caused inflammation. A complete detailed explanation of how inflammation caused diabetes can be found in the “Diabetics Handbook” (see below). The following will be a gross oversimplification, due to space limitations, but hopefully, it will demonstrate the important aspects of the problem. Pro-inflammatory substances (pro-oxidants) are normally used by the body to fight disease and infection (via the immune system). They play many important roles in the body including digestion, and even breathing. Normally, the body uses antioxidants to control these processes. However, years of bad diet, which is characteristically very low in antioxidants, causes an immune system to lose the ability to shut down. Consequently, the immune system begins to attack healthy cells causing serious damage. In type I diabetes, the beta cells (insulin producing cells) are destroyed. In type II diabetes many cells are damaged setting up a condition known as insulin resistance. Insulin resistance occurs when the body’s cells cannot properly communicate when using insulin to uptake and burn glucose.

When the body digests food, particularly carbohydrates, it is converted into glucose. Glucose is distributed throughout the body in the bloodstream by the liver. The liver will normally control fat levels. When very high levels of fat are in the bloodstream, due to diet, the liver cannot process it all. It begins to fill its cells with sacs of triglycerides (converted glucose for storage) and it places the excess in the adipose tissues (belly fat).

The brain, vital organs and muscle tissue rely on glucose which provides energy to function. As these organs use glucose, the liver will place more in the bloodstream to replace it. In a perfect world, the organs and tissues would use it efficiently, and hopefully in proportion to the amount produced by food. Insulin resistance reduces the amount of glucose that is absorbed and stored by the organs and muscle tissue. Add to that, the fact that most diabetics lead a sedentary lifestyle, meaning that they get minimal amounts of exercise resulting in much less glucose being burned.

When the body is impaired by insulin resistance (type II diabetes), the cells do not use as much glucose. The body senses that glucose levels are building up in the bloodstream, so it instructs the pancreas to release more insulin. The body now has high glucose levels and high insulin levels in the bloodstream. Insulin is a hormone that performs many functions, besides allowing cells to absorb glucose. Insulin will also attempt (vigorously) to remove excess glucose from the bloodstream by placing it in storage as fat. Once in storage, insulin will block the process of breaking fat down to remove it from storage. Many doctors say that the presence of high levels of insulin in the blood causes unnecessary water retention in the body, which is a factor in weight gain. This is a key aspect of beating diabetic obesity, which means that insulin regulation is very important. Insulin also acts on the brain. It promotes cravings that result in eating more and on the liver to manufacture more fat. The liver removes insulin from the bloodstream, but insulin causes fat to be deposited in the liver which, in turn, prevents the liver from removing insulin from the bloodstream. People with belly fat store too much fat in their livers (fatty liver disease – see below), which prevents the liver from removing insulin. consequently, insulin levels rise higher and higher, which can contribute to heart attacks and more abdominal obesity.

Also, fat in the abdominal area functions differently than fat elsewhere in the body, such as the hips. Blood flow from the belly fat goes directly to the liver. The blood flow from other fatty areas, such as the hips, goes into the body’s general circulation. Belly fat has an efficient blood supply and has as more receptors for cortisol (a stress hormone). Cortisol levels vary throughout the day, but will elevate and remain elevated if the body is under stress. High stress and high cortisol levels promote fat deposits in the belly area. It goes to the belly area because there are more cortisol receptors there. Chronically high cortisol levels kill neurons in the brain. They also interfere with neurotransmitters (such as dopamine and serotonin – the good mood neurotransmitters) which leads to depression and feeling more stressed. Depression is common in diabetics, which adds to the problem since depression causes a stress type reaction in the body. In other words, depression promotes the development of belly fat.

The fat that is stored in the adipose tissue (belly fat) is also a characteristic of diabetes. That means that diabetics are genetically prone to belly fat. Belly fat (central obesity) is associated with higher rates of cardiovascular disease, and several types of cancer as well. Heredity plays a role in overall body type (apple vs. a pear shape). Genetics accounts for 25-55 % of the tendency to develop the most serious diseases associated with abdominal fat, the remainder is lifestyle. As belly fat builds up, it does several things. First, it stops the production of the hormone leptin, which normally would curb appetite. Second, it causes insulin resistance to further increase, which has obvious consequences. The cells use less glucose, the body produces more insulin, and guess what… more fat goes into storage. Fat storage is the body’s way of following ancient mechanisms designed to protect the body during lean times. Cave men would sometimes go long periods of time between successful hunting campaigns. So the body learned to take advantage of good times to prepare for the bad times. The body converts glucose into glycogen and triglycerides which are very efficient methods of storing energy.

When the cells of the liver fill up with triglyceride fat sacs, the liver’s function is impaired. It cannot process fats efficiently. It quickly runs out of room to store more fat, and when the body’s tissues and organs are not using as much, the liver simply puts it all into storage as belly fat. The number of fat cells a person has is determined at birth. The numbers remain constant unless the fat cells become full. When they become full, the cells will divide creating new fat cells. The new cells will remain throughout the balance of the person’s life. However, a successful diet will reduce the size of the fat cells. Fat cells are fed by blood vessels in the belly area. Each fat cell is in contact with at least one capillary. The blood supply provides support for the metabolism. The blood flow will depend upon body weight and the overall nutritional state. The number of vessels will increase during fasting or high demand for glucose. Increased numbers of blood vessels can contribute to increasing blood pressure. The heart simply has to work harder to supply the additional vessels.

A liver that has many cells filled with triglyceride sacs is called a fatty liver NAFLD (nonalcoholic fatty liver disease). Any diabetic that has large amounts of belly fat likely has a fatty liver. Fatty liver develops early in the process because of high levels of triglycerides in the bloodstream. Diabetic fatty liver’s second stage is called NASH (nonalcoholic steatohepatitis), meaning that it is not caused by alcohol consumption (but similar), and it mimics damage caused by hepatitis diseases. Oxidation of cells begins to occur causing cell damage. The third stage is cirrhosis which is very serious and dangerous. The first stage of fatty liver is not particularly dangerous, and will go away with proper treatment. Fatty liver is difficult to diagnose. The only reliable test is to conduct a biopsy to determine how much fat is present and if any scarring is present. Biopsies are rarely conducted, because the medical industry cannot agree on how it should be interpreted. The symptoms of NAFLD are nondescript, non-existent or mimic symptoms of other diseases. Certain blood tests will display the presence of certain liver enzymes that are common in hepatitis, which would signify the presence of NASH. Fatty liver will seriously complicate the weight loss process.

Parasites will virtually stall weight loss efforts. Parasites are more common in diabetics than a non-diabetic person, due to their weakened state. Unfortunately, western medicine doctors have little training in recognizing the presence of parasites. Few people are trained in testing for them. Most common tests have a very low accuracy rate. Treating parasites with drugs is rarely effective because they have a very narrow range of effectiveness. There are over 100 common species found in humans and treatments are very specific to specie. Parasites escape diagnosis in as many as 70 chronic diseases, and are now believed to be instrumental in the development of many chronic diseases.

When parasites are present, patients will have virtually no success in losing weight. Reduced portion sizes, carbohydrate counting or elimination, or even vigorous exercise will not produce results. Parasites inflame the lining of the digestive tract, and slow nutrient absorption. They eventually spread to all areas of the body, including vital organs. They disrupt hormonal balance, blood sugar regulation and alter the metabolism. Parasites eat the nutrients ingested, or they eat the host. They leave the host with empty calories, which triggers cravings and over consumption of food (urges to pile it high on a plate). They virtually take over control of the body.

Parasites release toxins that overload the kidneys and liver. The weakened state leads to further reductions in metabolism. They hinder the maintenance of beneficial flora in the intestinal tract that can lead to over production of yeasts. Overdevelopment of yeasts lead to the development of allergies, gas and bloating. Their acids damage organs, breakdown muscle tissue and cause the central nervous system to become sluggish. The body will react to increased acid levels by producing fat cells to store the acid, thus removing it from the system. A lower metabolism encourages the production of fat cells.

The good news is, by now, the reasons for difficulty in losing weight are clearer. So how does one beat these powerful mechanisms? Start by getting rid of any parasites. The safe bet is to assume that they are present, because they probably are present. There is an extensive listing of symptoms, and how to cleanse the body of parasites in the “Diabetics Handbook”. Also read about glycemic index and load. Modify the diet to eat only low glycemic index foods. Stop eating any of the pro-oxidant foods, especially processed foods, which is basically anything in a box or can that has ingredients that you cannot pronounce, or it’s unknown as to why it is in there.

Then assume that you have a fatty liver, because you probably do to some extent. This is the tough part. The most success comes from combining a series of techniques. Fasting and exercise are effective to break the cycles and burn liver fat. But it must be done correctly. If liver and/or kidney damage is present a doctor should be consulted. An alternative to fasting is to start eating 6-8 very light, low glycemic index meals per day, instead of three large meals. That will reduce the glucose spikes that exacerbate the process.

Change the diet. Stop eating the pro-oxidant foods. Processed foods are poison to diabetics, which cannot be stressed enough! Processed flour is very bad for diabetics (actually for everybody). Sodas are high in pro-oxidants and phosphoric acid, drink green tea instead. However, be careful, some bottled green teas have additives in them, including phosphoric acid. Stop drinking coffee. Eat only very lean cuts of meat. Stop eating sweets, sugar substitutes and dairy products. Never cook food at high temperatures (over 400 degrees F) or microwave food. That means that grilling and broiling are out. Microwaves kill as much as 97% of the living nutrients in food. Steaming, stir frying in olive oil or boiling food is best. Diabetics should eat fruit if their system does not react to them (glucose spikes). Pineapple and bananas are very high in natural sugar. Eat low glycemic index foods only. Take a good quality multivitamin daily, such as Rejuvenage 40+, which is sold on the internet. If a multivitamin is being taken, compare the product label to the sample label posted on the internet. This particular multivitamin has the broadest coverage of nutrients found on the market. Eat lots of fiber, especially water-soluble fiber.

Glucose management can be improved if sodium levels are managed, and fiber levels are kept high. Sodium slows the insulin response, which means higher sodium levels can be an advantage for hypoglycemia. High sodium levels prevent a quick rise and fall in insulin levels, and subsequently reduce the blood sugar highs and lows commonly experienced with hypoglycemia. Sodium, along with ascorbic acid (vitamin C) and biotin are among the most important factors in reducing erratic glucose level changes; even between meals. Manganese, chromium and niacin/niacinamide control glucose response as well as the liver’s storage of glycogen. Potassium, vitamin B6, and vitamin C can both, help stabilize, or interfere with glucose management depending on whether a patient is prone to be hypoglycemic, or hyperglycemic. Lower amounts are recommended for patients that are prone to hypoglycemia, and higher amounts for patients that are prone to hyperglycemia. On the other hand, high amounts of potassium can reduce manganese and chromium. High amounts of vitamin C can lower manganese and stimulate insulin. Vitamin B6 stimulates magnesium and potassium, but lowers manganese. It can become complex. It should be noted that too much sodium in the diet is never a good thing.

Eliminate candies, honey, sodas of all types, donuts, cereals (especially sweetened), cakes and bakery goods, over ripe fruits, fruit juices (unless diluted), sugar (both brown and white), syrups (corn, maple and molasses), glucose, sucrose, fructose (of any variety), dextrose, maltose, or any substance ending in “ose”. Eliminate all artificial sweeteners except Stevia. Most of the bakery goods contain synthetic additives, along with processed flour, both of which are highly pro-oxidative.

It will be necessary to start exercising to maximize the burning of glucose in tissues. Power walking for approximately 45 minutes, preferably daily, will burn upwards of 300 calories each day. Exercising other major muscle groups is important. The fasting and exercise program should be alternated with non-fast and exercise programs (3-5 days each). Depending upon health conditions, choose between a water or a juice fast. The water fast is more aggressive. Don’t lose weight too fast. It can damage the liver. Most people lose 3-5 pounds after the first several days and an additional 3-5 pounds the next day, it will level off at a pound per day after the initial loss. It is customary to not lose weight during the non-fast phase. Then repeat the cycle. The “Diabetics Handbook” covers a variety of programs, the most aggressive being a 30 day fast, which will totally detox the entire body as well. It is known to release toxins present since birth. Fasting is safe, and very effective. Exercising a muscle does not get rid of fat over the specific muscles that are exercised. The only way to reduce a fat belly is to lose weight overall, and any type of exercise will help accomplish that. There’s a growing body of research showing that the fastest way to burn off belly fat is by a combination of weight training, aerobic exercise and modified diet. Bear in mind that increased muscle mass, from exercise, will increase body weight as fat is lost.

Physical activity is clearly beneficial for diabetics, including lowering blood glucose levels. However, physical activity can make levels go too low, causing hypoglycemia for up to 24 hours afterward. For those taking insulin, or one of the oral medications that increase insulin production, the breaking of routine (fasting) by having a snack, may be required if the glucose level goes below 100 mg/dL. Adjusting medication doses before physical activity can help avoid hypoglycemia. For some diabetics, it may be necessary to consult a doctor while on aggressive programs. A snack can prevent hypoglycemia, provided that it is a low glycemic index food. Extra blood glucose checks, especially 2 hours after strenuous exercise, may be advised. Place increased emphasis on maintaining blood sugar levels. Hold them as close to normal as possible. In type II diabetes that will reduce the amount of excess insulin in the bloodstream. If insulin-dependent, or type I diabetic, avoid taking more insulin than is required to maintain control. Many diabetics assume that more insulin than is needed is not necessarily a bad thing. This is a critical phase that requires lots of testing and focus. The combination of lower insulin, lower glucose levels and vigorous exercise will allow the body to quickly start burning the liver fat. It takes up to 12-16 hours for the body to start drawing fat from the liver. Exercise will increase the metabolism. However, understanding the metabolism will be helpful, because the metabolic rate will change throughout the process. Exercise reduces stress levels. If high stress is an issue, try stress reducing activities such as deep breathing or meditation. Be certain to take antioxidant supplements during the fasting process. Several recent studies show that omega-3 fats can reduce output of another stress hormone, epinephrine (aka adrenaline). Start taking 4000IU of fish oil twice daily. You cannot overdose on fish oil. The body will produce large amounts of free radicals, which will require large amounts of antioxidants to be controlled. Be certain that 100% of the daily requirements of vitamins and minerals is consumed.

In summary, modify the diet; learn what to eat and what not to eat; take a good quality multivitamin every day; get the glucose levels in tight control; manage the insulin levels; manage the sodium levels; exercise vigorously daily; manage stress; eliminate the possibility of parasite infestation; and consider fasting techniques. Learn as much as possible about diabetes, food, and how to cleanse and maintain all of the vital organs.

If this appears to be a lot of hard work, it is. But it is not unusual for diabetics, that have not had any dieting success at all, to lose 30 pounds the first month. The key to total diabetes control, and improved health, is to lose the belly fat. It is paramount. As the belly fat goes away, it will become increasingly easier to win the fat war. Blood sugar control will become easier, blood pressure, triglyceride and cholesterol levels will improve. Go to http://www.diabeticshandbook.com for a free daily nutrition log, which will make tracking nutrition easier.

Drinking Tea – The Health Benefits

Herbal teas have been used for centuries to cure minor ailments. Whether or not you believe that they do have specific medicinal benefits, one thing the teas do have is a high vitamin content. Why not substitute your coffee or diet drink for a delicious fruity tea instead. Who knows, they may have those hidden health benefits after all.

1. Anise Tea is antioxidant rich and is said to relieve stomach ache and flatulence.

2. Apple Tea is also antioxidant rich.

3. Anise Fennel & Caraway Tea is said to have many benefits. It is said to relieve stomach ache, relieve flatulence, help relieve griping pain and indigestion. It is also used to encourage milk supply when breastfeeding and as a remedy for colic and digestive disorders.

4. Aniseed, fennel & licorice tea is said to help ease the discomfort of rheumatism. It is said to aid digestion, help relieve griping pain and also indigestion. The tea is said to provide relief from stomach ulcers, improve digestion, and can help with headache reduction.

5. Apple & Cinnamon tea has a high level of antioxidants. It is often used to help with the symptoms of colds. It is also used to ease flatulence, the feeling of nausea, diarrhoea, and painful menstrual periods.

6. Apple & Ginger tea is a powerful antioxidant. It is used to treat upset stomachs, travel sickness, general low-grade fevers. It is also used as a digestive aid. It may help reduce dizziness and limit flatulence.

7. Artichoke Tea has a very high antioxidant level. The tea is also used to aid digestion. It has also been used to strengthen the liver and the gall bladder function.

8. Bai Mu Dan tea has a fuller flavour and has more potency than normal white tea.

9. Blueberry & Acai tea has numerous health benefits as a result of its high levels of antioxidants.

10. Breathe Deep tea helps clear the airways and relaxes the body.

11. Camomile tea’s health benefits may include the reduction of anxiety and insomnia.

12. Camomile & Spearmint tea is said to reduce anxiety and insomnia. It is also used to ease a stomach ache and reduce nausea. It has also been used to treat heartburn and mild indigestion.

13. Caraway Tea is a great remedy for colic, it can counteract a loss of appetite and can calm digestive disorders.

14. Cat’s Claw Tea is used as an anti-inflammatory and is said to provide immune support.

15. Chamomile, fennel & marshmallow tea is drank in order to relieve digestive problems. It is also said to alleviate tension, help relieve griping and indigestion pain and encourages milk supply when breastfeeding.

16. Cho-Yung Tea is drank in order to promote weight loss.

17. Chun Mee China Green tea has high levels of antioxidants. Some of its health benefits may include weight loss and improved cholesterol levels.

18. Cinnamon tea is said to give relief from colds, flatulence, nausea, diarrhoea, and painful menstrual periods.

19. Cinnamon, cardamom & ginger tea may relieve indigestion, prevent stomach pain, colds, flatulence, nausea, diarrhoea, and painful menstrual periods.

20. Classic Earl Grey is a tea that contains oil of bergamot, or the flavour of bergamot.

21. Cycleplus Tea’s health benefits may include an improved circulation and it may also ease the symptoms of Pre Menstrual Tension.

22. Dandelion tea is said to relieve indigestion, heartburn, stomach aches and constipation.

23. Easy Night Tea’s health benefits may include relaxation and the encouragement of a restful nights sleep.

24. Echinacea & Cranberry tea is drunk as a preventative measure against colds. It is also used to reduce cold symptoms. This is due to its high antioxidant levels.

25. Elderflower & Lemon tea is said to fight the signs of cold and flu. The tea is rich in Vitamin C and is a strong natural antioxidant. It is also said to aid digestion and can help clear skin.

26. English Breakfast tea is a black tea, which is full-bodied, robust and goes very well with milk and sugar.

27. Fennel Tea helps relieve griping and indigestion pain. It is also used to encourage milk supply when breastfeeding.

28. Figuro Tea boasts health benefits, which may include weight loss.

29. Genmaicha tea is a green tea which is combined with roasted brown rice.

30. Ginger tea is said to relieve an upset stomach, travel sickness and general low-grade fevers. It is also used as a digestive aid, to reduce dizziness and to limit flatulence.

31. Ginger & Lemongrass tea is used to help with an upset stomach, with travel sickness and general low-grade fevers. It is also used as a digestive aid. It reduces dizziness, limits flatulence, and helps with sleep disorders. The tea is said to have anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties and it may relieve symptoms of nausea and menstrual cramps.

32. Ginger Hibiscus Tea is said to help reduce high blood pressure.

33. Gingko Tea helps improve memory. It is also said to improve blood circulation and oxygen to the brain.

34. Ginseng Tea is said to increase libido and improve male erectile dysfunction.

35. Green Tea has high levels of antioxidants. It is also used to aid weight loss and improve cholesterol levels.

36. Green Tea with Lemon and Myrtle has a high level of antioxidants. It is said to help with weight loss, improve cholesterol levels and provide anti-bacterial and immune boosting qualities.

37. Green Tea with Echinacea’s health benefits may include cold prevention and cold symptom reduction.

38. Green Tea with Gingko is said to help improve memory, improve blood circulation and improve oxygen levels to the brain.

39. Green Tea with Ginseng’s health benefits may include increased libido and treating male erectile dysfunction.

40. Green Tea with Lemon is rich in Vitamin C and is a strong natural antioxidant. It aids digestion and clear the skin.

41. Green Tea with Manuka Honey is antioxidant rich. It’s health benefits may include weight loss and improved cholesterol levels. It may also have antibacterial, anti-microbial, antiseptic and anti-fungal properties.

42. Green with Aloe Vera Tea’s health benefits may include an improved immune system, additional anti-bacterial properties, relief from constipation and bowel discomfort as well as being a digestive aid.

43. Hawthorne tea is said to improve cardiovascular function. It may also increase the blood supply to the heart and improve circulation.

44. Hibiscus Ginger & Goji berry is said to reduce high blood pressure and hypertension.

45. Himalayan Darjeeling is a black tea from the Darjeeling region.

46. Hojicha tea is drunk to improve the immune system, to ease cardiovascular diseases, to aid weight loss and improve relaxation.

47. Honeybush tea is antioxidant rich. Its potential health benefits may include reduction in irritability, reduction in headaches, as a relief from insomnia. It is also used to relieve hypertension, nervous tension and mild depression.

48. Horsetail tea is also an antioxidant rich tea. It has a mild diuretic effect and it increases the activity of the kidneys and bladder. it is also said to promote weight loss.

49. Huang Cha China Yellow tea is a delicate tea. When brewed it is a pale yellow liquid.

50. IMUPLUS Tea’s health benefits may include a strengthened immune system.

51. Jasmine Green Tea is rich in antioxidants. it is used to aid weight loss, to promote cholesterol reduction and to aid relaxation.

52. Kukicha Tea is a Japanese blend of tea made of stems, stalks, and twigs.

53. Lapsang Souchong is a tea, which aids digestion, helps the immune system and helps lower your cholesterol. The tea is also said to aid relaxation and help with weight loss.

54. Lax Plus tea health benefits may include a natural relief from the effects of constipation.

55. Lemon tea is rich in Vitamin C and is a strong natural antioxidant. It is said to aid digestion and clear the skin.

56. Licorice tea is said to help stomach ulcers, combat diarrhoea, ease sore throats, and relieve viral liver inflammations.

57. Licorice & Cinnamon tea is used to combat stomach ulcers, diarrhoea, sore throats, colds, flatulence, nausea, diarrhoea, and painful menstrual periods.

58. Licorice Fennel & Orange is antioxidant rich. Health benefits may include the treatment of stomach ulcers, relief from diarrhoea, sore throats, viral liver inflammations. It is also used to help relieve griping and indigestion and also to encourage milk supply when breastfeeding.

59. Lime & Mint Tea is vitamin c rich. It is said to rejuvenate the skin, relieve constipation, reduce ulcers, gout, piles and gum problems.

60. Liquorice & Oriental Spice tea is said to reduce stomach ulcers, combat diarrhoea, sore throats and viral liver inflammations.

61. Lotus Tea’s health benefits may include the treatment of diarrhoea and abdominal cramps. It may also be helpful when trying to treat gastric ulcers and haemorrhoids.

62. Mint & Chilli tea is said to help with irritable bowel syndrome, nausea, vomiting, diarrhoea and headaches.

63. Mocha Spice tea is a rich tea with the added sweetness of carob.

64. Moroccan Mint Green tea is said to treat irritable bowel syndrome, nausea, vomiting, diarrhoea and headaches.

65. Natural Strawberry tea is used as a diuretic, to help relieve diarrhoea and sore throats.

66. Nettle & Peppermint tea is used to treat irritable bowel syndrome, nausea and vomiting. it is also used to treat diarrhoea, headaches, bad breath, arthritic or rheumatic conditions. It is also used as an adjuvant in treating allergies, anaemia and kidney diseases.

67. Oolong Tea is a traditional Chinese tea, which is withered in the sun and maintains a high antioxidant level.

68. Orange & Coconut Tea is said to increase metabolism, help with weight loss and is also vitamin c rich.

69. Pau d’arco tea has antibacterial, antiviral, and anti-fungal properties.

70. Peppermint tea is said to relieve irritable bowel syndrome, nausea and vomiting, diarrhoea, headaches and bad breath.

71. Pomegranate tea has high levels of antioxidants. It is also used in order to reduce bad cholesterol and lower blood pressure.

72. Pu’er Tea health benefits may inhibit the synthesis of cholesterol and also weight loss.

73. Quebra Pedra tea may dissolves kidney and gall stones. It is also anti-viral, anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory.

74. Raspberry Leaf tea is antioxidant rich.

75. Rooibos tea health benefits may include the relief from nervous tension, allergies and digestive problems.

76. Rose, chamomile & lavender tea has high levels of vitamin C. It is used for colds, flu, anxiety and insomnia. It is also used to treat stress and headaches.

77. Rose, vanilla & shatavari tea has high levels of vitamin C and it is used for colds and flu. It is used to improve digestion, immune system, memory loss, depression, anxiety and stress reduction.

78. Rosehips & Hibiscus tea has a high vitamin c content and a high antioxidant level. It improves digestion and the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis.

79. Sage Tea health benefits include the treatment of throat infections, dental abscesses, infected gums and mouth ulcers.

80. Sencha Japanese green tea has high levels of antioxidants. It is used for weight loss and to improve cholesterol levels.

81. Sencha Green Tea is a Japanese green tea. It is used as an antioxidant. It is used for weight loss and to improve cholesterol levels.

82. St John’s Wort Tea is used to treat depression or mild depression.

83. Thyme Herbal Tea is used as a treatment for colds and flu.

84. Tulsi tea is an immune system boosting tea. It is said to reduce stress and improve mental clarity.

85. Valerian tea is said to relax the central nervous system and smooth muscle groups.

86. Vervain tea is used to relieve tension and stress. It is also used to treat depression.

87. Wild Berry Tea is antioxidant rich and therefore is used to improve the immune system.

88. Wild Blackcurrant tea is antioxidant rich immune system booster.

89. Yarrow Tea is said to speed recovery from severe bruising.

Nutrition for Expecting Women and Breastfeeding Mothers

Most women usually think twice about using food supplements when they are expecting a child. Women really have to take all the critical precautions before taking any medication during this very important part of their lives.

GNLD International (Golden Neo-Life Diamite) is a global organization delivering organic wholefood nutrition supplements to health conscious individuals since 1958 and GNLD nutritional products are highly recommended for use by pregnant women and those who are currently breastfeeding.

Support for all Women

GNLD offers a whole line of premium quality supplements to provide nutrient support for expecting women as well as mothers who are nursing. These nutritionals can help moms supplement the key nutrients that are necessary by mother and child. Pregnant women need a lot of nutritional support, even after giving birth. Mothers should replenish their supply of nutrients for their little one's sake.

Pro Vitality Pack

The GNLD Pro Vitality Pack is one of several multi-nutritional products from GNLD. Each pack contains the very same wholesome nutrients you can get from an often recommended dose of fresh fruits and vegetables, essentially coming from the carotenoid complex content. A consistent balanced fruit and veggie diet helps improve mom's blood circulation and reduces the chances of birth defects. Each pack contains a carotenoid complex, one Tre-en-en, and one Salmon Oil Plus. In other words; Pro Vitality pack contains fundamental nutrients that promote ideal prenatal development.

Zinc (Chelated)

Every parent doesnt want their newborns to develop any birth defects, which makes zinc an important mineral in mommy's diet. This GNLD mineral product also includes chelated amino acids to make it easier to absorb. Not only does it prevent birth defects in newborns, zinc also improves the overall immune health of a child. Making it an important factor.

GNLD Formula IV Plus

Another suggested nutritional pack from the line of GNLD products is Formula IV Plus. This recommended product offers all the essential vitamins, minerals, and folic acid that mums (and everyone else) need. Moms who need that extra burst of energy to beat down stress can get it from this vitamin power pack.

Cal-Mag + Vitamin D (Chelated)

This is one of the GNLD products that is often recommended for pregnant mums. Women need sound bones and teeth since they are more susceptible to osteoporosis than men. This chemical vitamin and mineral supplement supplies the essential amounts of both calcium and magnesium. Note that sufficient amounts of magnesium helps with uterine contraction pain during the time when women are about to give birth.

GNLD Nourishake Protein –

Mothers need to have the proper amount of protein in their diet. It essentially helps in the production of muscles, tendons, hormones, ligaments, hair, brain tissue, and nerves. It also helps sustain one's energy. Nourishake Protein Drink comes in three sweet flavors.

Precautions

Even though these products are food based and safe, we advise for pregnant mums to seek medical advice from their doctor before taking vitamin supplements. This is especially true for those who plan to take food supplements while on prescribed medicines.

Other GNLD products delivered for pregnant mothers include Vitamin C (Threshold controlled), Vitamin E Complex, Feminine Herbal Complex, and Garlic Allium Complex.

Bodyweight Burn Review – Does It Work?

If you have been trying to lose weight and improve your fitness levels, then you may have come across advertisements for Bodyweight Burn, a weight loss and fitness program by health and fitness expert Adam Steer, and you may have wondered what it’s all about. If you have, here is a breakdown of what the program involves so that you can decide if the Bodyweight Burn plan could work for you.

The Bodyweight Burn plan provides you with a workout plan and a diet plan that are designed to help you lose weight by you working out for just 21 minutes per day and without any need to go to a gym or for the use of any special equipment.

The workouts, which are all based on 21 minute sessions, are broken down into three types, called cardioflow, afterburners, and metabolic muscle sessions, each of which are proven weight loss techniques.

Cardioflow

The equation for losing weight is very simple; you need to burn off more calories than you consume, so cardiovascular exercises that raise the heart rate should be a part of any good weight loss program. In this case, the focus is an interval training, which has been proven to be more effective than things like jogging. Cardiflow is a series of exercises that flow from one to the other and the routine is designed to give you all the benefits of cardio, without the long recovery time that would experience after something like a long run.

Afterburners

The afterburner sessions are designed to boost your metabolism and keep the metabolic rate high long after the session has finished. That will mean that you will be burning more calories after the session simply by going about your normal daily routine.

Metabolic-Muscle Sessions

The Metabolic-Muscle sessions are muscle-building exercise, but it doesn’t involve lifting weights and it is not designed to leave you looking like a body builder. What it is designed to do is tone up the muscles and increase muscle mass. This is useful in weight loss plans, because it takes a lot of calories to build and maintain muscle mass.

Nutrition plan

As well as the training manuals and training videos that come with the Bodyweight Burn plan, you also get a nutrition plan to follow, which includes information on the right and the wrong types of foods to eat when you are trying to lose weight.

Would Bodyweight Burn work for you?

Despite some of the wild claims of some weight loss plans, there is no easy way to lose weight. Weight loss happens when you exercise, you eat a healthy diet, and you burn off more calories than you consume. What is quite refreshing about this weight loss plan is that it doesn’t make any claims that it is a shortcut to weight loss. Instead, it is a series of workout routines, based on proven concepts, which are designed to be followed at home for just 21 minutes a day.

A combination of cardio, muscle-building and metabolism boosting exercises will help you lose weight if you also eat a healthy, low-calorie diet, but you will have to put in the effort of you want to see any real drop weight with Bodyweight Burn.

How to Get Six Pack Abs While You Sleep?

Yes, I have had my coffee today, and no, I am not on drugs! It’s true! You can build six pack abs while you sleep! Read on and let me show you how.

In order to get six pack abs, what is it that you are first going to have to do? That’s right, you are going to have to lose belly fat and of course, total body fat in order to have your six pack abs revealed. This is one of the greatest misconceptions when it comes to getting six pack abs….people thinking that all they have to do is crunches and voila, you got yourself a six pack! Wrong!

You have to lose belly fat first. Want to now how you can lose belly fat…even while you sleep, so that you can start having your six pack abs revealed? Drum roll please…..focus on building lean muscle and increase the intensity of your workouts.

When you build lean muscle and intensify your workouts, you will burn off a crap load of calories…and will continue to do so….even while you sleep!

The quickest way to build lean muscle and intensify a workout is by super setting your workouts. This would be you switching between two different workouts simultaneously until 3-4 sets are done. For example, if you are working out your arms, you would do one set of dumbbell curls, then without resting switch over and do triceps pull downs, and repeat this cycle until 3-4 sets are done for each workout.

By doing this, you are basically combining both cardio and weight training in one. Trust me, your heart rate will be running on full speed and you will be sweating your butt off! With doing this type of workout, you will increase your metabolism, burn off fat faster, and burn calories even while you sleep. The end result, a low body fat percentage, and your six pack abs will begin to show!

How Do Your Household Chemicals Affect the Environment?

Household chemicals are used every day by millions of people to keep things clean, fresh, and pest-free. Unfortunately, we don’t realize what harm we are doing to the environment in the process. If we take a look at the ingredients of these chemicals and how they are detrimental to the environment, it may be enough to make us change our ways and create eco-friendly homes for our own benefit and the benefit of the ecosystems.

The Risks

Included under the category of household chemicals are cleaning products (some of which contain bleach, chlorine, and ammonia), pesticides, fertilizers, paints, automobile fluids, candles, fragrant sprays, and many other domestic items that can be dangerous for the environment. Household cleaners, detergents, batteries, and garden pesticides have effects on the environment when they contaminate soil or water. Even continuous exposure to small amounts of the many harmful substances in homes can pose long term health risks to humans and animals.

Many laundry detergents contain phosphates, which can greatly pollute oceans. Phosphates in smaller bodies of water can encourage excessive growth of algae, which depletes the supply of oxygen in the water and creates harmful living conditions for animals. Households with septic tanks are discharged directly into the environment and can possibly reach water bodies without being treated.

Household chemicals are made of ingredients that can be harmful or life threatening upon skin contact or ingestion. Bleach and ammonia in various cleaning products can pose respiratory health problems with excessive exposure. Some toxic household substances can cause birth defects, brain damage, coma, or death. Common household chemicals are also linked to many common health problems such as headaches, joint pain, loss of sleep, asthma, allergies, and depression. Housewives are at greater risk of getting cancer from their greater exposure to the harmful chemicals they use in their homes every day.

The Effects

Not only are there risks, but there are also proven negative effects of these household chemicals on both the environment and our health. The overuse of antimicrobial cleaning products is proven to result in the growth of antibiotic-resistant germs, which can only be eliminated with more harmful chemicals. Pesticides damage the environment with harsh chemicals that are intended to only harm certain pests. The propellants in sprays contain chlorofluorocarbons, which have been recognized as damaging to the earth’s ozone. We sacrifice a small part of the rich environment each time we use pesticides at home. The negative effects continue as we look at all that we damage in the environment that also affects our own lives.

Cleaning agents, detergents, pesticides, and weed killers frequently find their way into the soil and then into water bodies. These chemicals as well as runoff can be either harmful or deadly to the animals and plants of the seas. Chemical residues of household chemicals can seep into soils and contaminate groundwater supplies after being disposed of improperly. Everyday household drugs, cosmetics, and chemicals are harmful to the reproductive and immune systems of fish and turtles that become exposed to the harmful ingredients. Weed killers and non-biodegradable chemicals in soaps and shampoos are also harmful to aquatic life when they reach waters. Contaminated waters affect diversity and growth of sea life and continue to jeopardize water bodies for the use of drinking or recreation. Waste water is also emptied into water bodies frequently, which results in human exposure to these harmful chemicals.

What We Can Do About It

Now that you know all about the effects we have on the environment while in our homes, see what difference you can make. Purchase all-natural cleaners that are without the harmful chemicals, or buy all-in-one cleaning products to cover the majority of your cleaning needs. Use baking soda, alcohol, or vinegar as an alternative to the harmful chemicals. Dispose of your chemical-based cleaners and other hazardous home items properly to prevent affecting the ecosystems and your own health. Take the time to help the environment in which you live and those far away that are affected by your actions. Before you make a purchase, make sure you are doing the right thing for your health and the environment.