I’m here!

So I know I’ve been gone an awfully long time, I hope to not make the same mistakes again. This is something I love and will certainly continue doing. Over the months I’ve had to re-adjust on a number of levels and attend to a number of ‘ailments’. Stress affected my health and I just kept going on. Right now its all about to stabilize plus I’ve got new things to blog about! I will still continue on the B vitamins, with additions.

In the past months, the things that really helped me get through were;

More so, interestingly I have been able to ‘consult’ on some issues of personal care, weight loss and general diet. I look forward to continuing this, learning and helping people learn. At the moment, I just added to my stash, Apple Cider Vinegar, Raw Organic Coconut oil and Glycerine..interesting times ahead!

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God’s Natural Health Laws

As I move across the digital eco-system, I come across things that really strike me, here is an article that is worth sharing.

You can find the full article here —> http://www.godshealthlaw.com/God-s-8-Laws-of-Health.htm

Nutrition Proper nutrition is the foundation of good health and recovery. Diet is everything. Diet is the best “Natural Remedy”.We eat so we can live.The vegan diet is the best way to lose weight and keep it off, improves health, decreases disease, promotes longer life, and is more economical

Exercise – Action is a law of life. Muscle tone and strength are lost without exertion, but exercise improves the health of body, mind, and spirit multiplying vitality and health. The beautiful trails throughout our cities beckon us to walk, walk, walk, but we also have the option of indoor exercise equipment. At least 15 min. of some sort of daily exercise routine is required; 1 hour is preferred

Water– Because the body is 70% water, keeping well hydrated and knowing what and when to drink are essential to health.Drink 8-12 glasses daily (not including tea’s and coffee which are harmful).Hydrotherapy (water applied externally to the body) followed by massage enhances the circulation and immune system in wonderful ways. 

Sunlight – The sun is the established energy source ordained by God to sustain the cycle of life for plants and animals. Sunlight is supremely important for the body’s metabolism and hormonal balance. Sunshine forms vitamin D in the skin, destroys bacteria and viruses, increases available white blood cells, lowers blood pressure, and lowers cholesterol and fat levels in the blood.

Temperance – (self-control) is having a totally healthy and balanced lifestyle in every way. It includes the proper ratio of work and relaxation, time for God, right eating and right thinking. Using good things moderately and avoiding the bad is obviously wise, yet often hard to practice. Temperance can be neither bought nor earned, but is rather an important gift of God, a “fruit of the Spirit” (Galatians 5:22, 23).

Air – The body’s most essential resource is air. More important than food or water, proper breathing and pure air are fundamental to good health. Take a couple deep breaths daily breathing in 5 seconds & out 10 seconds. Do this to strengthen your lungs and put fresh oxygen into your blood stream. This also helps kill virus’s.

 The Most essential element to sustain life is oxygen.

  • Without food you will die in a few weeks.
  • Without water you will die in a few days.
  • Without air you will die in a few minutes.
  • Blood and cells are dependent upon oxygen

Rest – Restoration requires rest because sleep allows the body to renew itself Many types of rest are important for health, but the sweetest rest follows labor. “Early to bed and early to rise” is a vital NEWSTART principle, and a healthy lifestyle makes this principle easier to maintain. Do not forget the Lord’s required day of rest- the 7th day Sabbath!

  • The greatest remedy for being tired is SLEEP.
  • The body requires plenty of rest to heal.
  • Sleep is the greatest rejuvenator; it restores strength to muscles, nerves, and brain.
  • During sleep the body repairs, re-energizes, and prepares for renewed activity.
  • One hour of sleep before midnight is equal to 2 hours of sleep after midnight
Trust In Divine Power – Directly linked to physical health (Proverbs 3:5-6), trust in God is a gift leading to right choices. A ‘for-real’ relationship with the true God, our Creator, is never optional-it is The very root/foundation of great health. Trust in the Lord with all thine heart, and lean not unto thine own understanding …it shall be health to thy navel, and marrow to thy bones.” Proverbs 3:5, 8

Enjoy!

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Vitamin B2 : Riboflavin

B2 also known as Riboflavin



This was first recognised as a light-sensitive, yellow-green pigment milk in 1879. It is a water-soluble nutrient and so is not stored by the body in any significant amount; deficiency is common. It is far more stable than Thiamine (B1), being relatively unaffected by cooking processes. Meat and diary products are the main sources of Riboflavin and, therefore vegans are at the greatest risk of deficiency.

It has been suggested that lack of Vitamin B2 or its abnormal metabolism is linked with the development of Type 2 diabetes. Certainly, people with Type 2 diabetes tend to have lower blood levels of B2 than similar groups of people without diabetes.

Natural Sources – From the highest content to low contents

Yeast extract, Lamb’s Liver, Pig’s kidney, Fortified breakfast cereal, Almonds, Wheat Germ, Cheese (Cheddar), Eggs, Millet, Soy Flour, Beef, Milk, Kale, Parsley, Broccoli, Sunflower seeds, Chicken. e.t.c

The B2 content of milk is quickly destroyed when exposed to light. The content is reduced by 90% after 2hrs of sun exposure, so buy milk in cartons rather than bottles. B2 is also lost from vegetables in cooking water, freezing meat reduces its B2 content by up to 50%

Other Sources – Taking B2 in a B-Complex supplement can be helpful, but in recommended doses 10-50mg per day. It has poor solubility and intestinal absorption. Extended use at higher dosage levels may produce mild numbness, itching and burning sensations. There could also be a harmless intensification of the yellow colouration of the urine. A minimum dose of 1.2 mg per day should be taken by everyone.

Notes 

The activity of B2 is dramatically reduced by excess zinc, caffeine, and alcohol in the diet and by antibiotics and estrogens. Requirements increase during pregnancy and breastfeeding and while taking contraceptives.

Benefits –

The main function of B2 is in the metabolism of proteins, fats and carbohydrates, converting them into energy. It also plays an essential role in all the oxidative processes on which life depends. Emotional stress and intensive exercise increase our need for riboflavin, since it is a strong cellular protector against free-radical damage. It is involved in the regeneration of glutathione, a principal anti-oxidant. It is also needed for production of thyroid hormones and red blood cells.

Aids Vision and prevents cataract formation. It promotes skin, hair, and nail health; has been used therapeutically in the treatment of acne rosacea. It activates B6 and protects against anemia.

It is important for brain function, those with good intakes of B2 are more likely to show high scores in tests of mental functioning than those with low levels.

Helps in the prevention of Migraine headaches, PMS and helps to treat it. It is also useful in treatment of cramps and carpel tunnel syndrome.

Deficiency Symptoms – Severe deficiency of riboflavin is characterized by extensive cracking of the lips and corner of the mouth; an inflamed tongue, visual disturbances, such as sensitivity to light and loss of visual acuity, cataract formation; burning and itching of eyes, lips, mouth and tongue; disorders of mucous membranes, anemia,and seborrheic dermatitis. Low dietary levels of ricoflavin have been linked to esophageal cancers.

  • Cracked sin especially around mouth
  • Scaly red skin on sides of the nose
  • Sensitivity to bright lights
  • Bloodshot, burning or gritty eyes
  • Conjunctivitis
  • Sore tongue and burning lips
  • Insomnia

Books Consulted

  • Vitamins, Herbs, Minerals & Supplements : The complete guide by H.Winter Griffith, M.D
  • Vitamins and Minerals by Denise Mortimore
  • The Essential Guide to Vitamins, Minerals and Herbal supplements by Dr Sarah Brewer
  • Back to Eden by Jethro Kloss
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Bits of Mine

So it’s been a while on here. I started this blog, to help me keep track of the things I take/use and also to educate people on some vital things. I have been taking my B vitamins everyday, I take omega-3 (which i will post about soon) which have really helped alot. All what I have posted on this blog is pretty much a staple for me, I’m looking forward to trying new things and even recipes, I can’t believe I’m actually starting to like cooking. I noticed that Turkey is almost like a hybrid of Cow and Chicken.lol. Its some good meat.

I wonder how everyone is doing. I have to admit though, I’ve had various times of weakness. I do let my self go at times, but I know that it is just not the best! I’ve managed to completely rule out salt in my meals, sugar, coca cola (one of my addictions). I remember at a conference earlier this month, someone actually noticed me taking tea with just hot water and then he recommended some healthy juice for me, funny! There are still lots more I’m working towards. I feel generally good and upbeat, and can’t wait to post all what I have learnt!

Cheers!

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Boosting Your Appetite

So someone asked me specifically for this, and I thought it would be great to share what I recommended. These are things that work for me, and are proven because of their content. I will always advise people about maintaining a balance in things.

Things to help your appetite

A nutritional deficiency in vitamins A, C or E can also cause poor appetite and a troubled digestion amongst other things.

Fruits and Meals

Drink a small glass of fruit juice half an hour before your meal. The sugar in fruit juice causes a spike, followed by a decline in your blood sugar that triggers your appetite.

Eat small, frequent meals rather than one or two heavy meals, to encourage appetite and promote digestion. It is important that food has an appealing appearance and aroma, and that meals be taken in a relaxed and pleasant environment. Don’t miss breakfast!

Tangy, colourful fruits such as apricots, apples, grapes, peaches or red currants stimulate the appetite. Fresh blueberries with milk are wonderfully refreshing and revitalizing (I can totally testify!), and are tolerated by even the weakest stomach.

Lemon juice with water is a very refreshing and appetite-stimulating drink. Lemons, Oranges and Pineapple are an excellent source of vitamin C.  Pineapple juice is also a good choice of drink to precede a meal. In addition to stimulating the appetite and providing vitamin C, pineapple contains an enzyme which facilitates digestion by breaking down proteins similar to stomach acids.

Some other things to take are avocados, banana custard pudding, buttermilk, nuts and nut butters, tuna and chicken. Lactic acid fermented foods such as natural, unsweetened yogurt are also very beneficial to digestion and optimal absorption of nutrients because they create a healthy bacterial environment in the intestines.  You can buy fresh yoghurt and cut fresh fruits in it, great stuff!

Whole oats are very rich in proteins, unsaturated fatty acids, complex carbohydrates and cellulose, which stimulates intestinal activity. A Swiss-style muesli of rolled oats, grated nuts, yogurt and apricots or peaches is an excellent starter in the morning or pick-me-up during the day. You can also do Banana and Oats.(very good breakfast)

Nutritional yeast is excellent for building strength and energy, also stimulating appetite because of the high content of B-Vitamins.

Nutritional Supplements

Supplements to take, Omega-3, B-Vitamins, Zinc, Vitamin A, Vitamin E

Recommended Dosage:

  • Vitamin B complex, 50 mg one to three times daily

  • Vitamin C, with bioflavonoids, 1,000 mg three times daily

  • Zinc, 20 mg, with 3 mg copper, three times daily until appetite returns, then reduce intake to 20 mg once daily

  • Vitamin A, 25,000 IU

  • Vitamin E, with mixed tocopherols, 400-800 IU

Herbal Remedies

For a chronically depressed appetite, bitter herb juices, taken half an hour before meals, are excellent for stimulating the appetite. Any of the recommended herbs can be taken as teas or diluted tinctures, depending on personal preference and availability. However, juices are milder than tinctures and are gentle on the stomach and intestines. Especially for an undernourished person, the freshly pressed juices provide the vitamins and minerals needed.

  • Swedish bitters are an old proven combination of bitter herbs that stimulate bile flow and aid digestion. Take 1 tsp. before and after meals.
  • Green, leafy herbs are highly nourishing and stimulate appetite. Take 1 tbsp. fresh juice before breakfast and lunch.
  • If appetite loss is emotional or stress-related, sip fennel, chamomile, fenugreek, lemon balm or peppermint tea throughout the day. These herbs, taken alone or combined, have a soothing effect on the stomach. Use 1 tsp. of herbs per cup of boiling water.

External/Physical Therapies

  • Vigorous exercise like walking, running and doing work-outs can stimulate the appetite.
  • If appetite loss is due to an emotional problem, a temporary change of environment or location is advisable.
Source: Me + Diet Digest

 

 

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The B-Complex

In Elementary Science, we were taught that there were classes of food. Carbohydrates, Proteins, Vitamins and Minerals, Fat..water. As you grow older, the way you eat is mostly ‘I’m hungry and I want to eat’ not exactly ‘I need to eat a balanced meal’ but these things are very important. Over the next few days, I will be posting on the B Vitamins.

The B Vitamins are inter-related group of water-soluble nutrients that occur together in foods. Water-soluble means that they are easily lost/absorbed into water, destroyed by overcooking, processing, exposure to air, alcohol, food additives e.t.c so they need constant replenishment. These vitamins are also known as B-Complex, they comprise of B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, B12 with the addition of folic-acid and biotin some times.

Jointly, they are responsible for the maintenance of the nervous system , good mental health, energy metabolism, efficient digestion and some other essential body functions.

B1 also known as Thiamine

This vitamin is essential for energy production, particularly in the brain which aids memory. It has been considered the ‘Morale’ Vitamin because of its positive effect on mental outlook.

Natural Sources – From the highest content to low contents

Yeast extract, Wheat Germ, Sunflower seeds, Peanuts, Dry Soybeans, Brazil Nuts, Red and Pinto Beans, Millet, Buck Wheat, Pork chop, Oatmeal, Whole grains, Hazel nuts, Brown Rice, Walnuts, Garlic, Brewer’s Yeast e.t.c

Other Sources – Taking B1 in a B-Complex supplement can be helpful, but in recommended doses 10-100mg per day. But excess thiamine is usually excreted if kidney function is normal.

Notes

If you smoke or drink alcohol regularly, you need to increase your intake, get supplements. Also, a cup of coffee or tea with morning cereals is not a good idea if you want to absorb the thiamine present in your whole grains because the caffeine present prevents absorption. Anti-biotics decrease Thiamine levels.

Benefits

Many patients in psychiatric wards and the elderly are thiamine-deficient, therefore to avoid poor mental health, increase your intake. It treats Beri-Beri, promotes proper growth and development of brain and nervous system. It may also reduce depression, fatigue. Improves appetite and mental alertness. Protects against imbalance caused by alcoholism.

Deficiency Symptoms – Fatigue, Poor Memory, Lack of concentration, Depression, Indigestion, Nausea and/or Constipation, Pins and Needles or numbness of feet and legs, Rapid heartbeat, Eye pains, Muscle weakness, Loss of Appetite.

Suggested

A bowl of porridge with wheatgerm taken with fresh orange juice. Whole Grain cereal alone, with some nuts in the morning.

Books Consulted

  • Vitamins, Herbs, Minerals & Supplements : The complete guide by H.Winter Griffith, M.D
  • Vitamins and Minerals by Denise Mortimore
  • Foods for Mind and Body by Michael Van Straten
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Broccoli (Brassica Oleracea)

I remember when I used to cockily pronounce that ‘Man didn’t climb all the way to the top of the food chain to eat carrots’. It was funny but its very silly if you look at it seriously.  I never liked salad either, I’d say ‘Am I a goat?’ While I really wasn’t a goat, I was very stupid. Sadly, this type of behaviour isn’t one that can just be ousted one day. I have challenged myself so far, and my mindset about vegetables, had to change first. When this began to happen, I started to fall in love with some of them. Broccoli for example, this I avoided, just because I thought it tasted awful, but when I tasted steamed broccoli with rice, amazing! But the question is, why would I want to get this on my taste buds in the first place?

Other Names : Calabrese

A Little History:

Broccoli is a member of the cruciferous or cabbage family of vegetables. Broccoli developed from a wild cabbage native to Europe. There are indications that it has been known in Europe for 2,000 years. It was improved upon by the Romans and later-day Italians. It is now cultivated all over the world. It is one of the most nutrient-dense foods.

Key Constituents: Proteins, Glucosinate, Glucoraphanin, Carotenoids, Iron, Folate, Vitamin A, Vitamin C (More than Citrus), Vitamin E, Calcium, Lutein

Action: Anti-Cancer, Diuretic,

Uses:

People mainly use it for the prevention of cancer (Bladder, Breast, Colorectal, Prostate, Stomach) and to boost immune functions. It is also good for chronic fatigue syndrome, anaemia, stress-related problems and for women planning pregnancy because it protects against birth defects. It is also useful for skin problems  (Vit A and E) and recurrent infections. It helps those with chronic heat conditions because it is a ‘cooling’ food. It brightens the eyes, used for eye inflammation and nearsightedness (abundant Vit A)

Dosage/Preparation:

Broccoli should be eaten raw or lightly steamed (best), not boiled or overcooked, to maintain its nourishment. Remember to eat Organic!

Notes:

Avoid in cases of thyroid deficiency and low Iodine because Raw Broccoli contains some chemicals which disrupt the body’s ability to use Iodine (goitrogenous)

Research:

Preliminary studies show that , in order to cut the risk of cancer in half, the average person would have to eat about two pounds of broccoli or similar vegetables per week.

In Japan where the incidence of colon cancer is extremely low, the average intake of glucosinolates is 100mg a day, In Britian where there is a high incidence of the cancer, it comprises less than a quarter of this amount.

The American National Cancer Institute recommended this for President Reagan as part of his diet when he had a cancer scare.

Broccoli is well researched and still continues to be researched, papers are available in libraries and on the internet.

Books Consulted

  • Staying Healthy with Nutrition – Elson M.Haas, MD with Buck Levin, PhD, RD
  • Healing with Whole Foods – Paul Pitchford
  • Foods For Mind and Body – Micheal Van Straten
  • Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database (2009)
  • The Encyclopedia of Healing foods – Michael Murray, ND and Joseph Pizzorno, ND with Lara Pirzanno, MA, LMT
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