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  • May 2

    Recently I have had a few queries regarding natural therapy for healthy blood pressure.

    My mother suffered from high blood pressure (hypertension) for many years and then died of a massive heart attack at the age of 71. The blood pressure medication she was on did nothing to prevent heart disease, nor did it cure it.

    High blood pressure can result in a heart attack or stroke, and is called the ‘silent killer’ because there are no symptoms.

    According to Bruce H Lipton PhD author of ‘The Biology of Belief”, ‘genes and DNA do not control our biology; that instead DNA is controlled by signals from outside the cell, including the energetic messages emanating from our positive and negative thoughts’ and the environment, that impacts on the health of our body’s cells.

    So what can we do?

    First of all, and I am pretty sure that you would have heard it all before,  there are 3 major things that need attention:

    1. Eat a healthy diet which includes plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables. Cut out large servings of meat and dairy. Remove processed foods and takeaways from your diet. Reduce salt intake. Drink 8 glasses of water daily. Quit smoking.
    2. Include moderate exercise in your daily life. Find something that you enjoy doing, so that it is not a difficult thing to keep on doing.
    3. Relax! Take deep breaths. Meditate. Read. Listen to music. Whatever calms you down and slows you down. Even if you just start with 10 minutes a day.

    Nutritional SupplementsIf you can’t do those 3 things, then it is pointless taking the following nutritional supplements.
    The nutritional supplements that I suggest are:
    1. optimal quality anti-oxidants, vitamins and multi-minerals
    2. a calcium supplement that also contains magnesium, vitamin D3 and Vitamin K.
    3. a good quality omega-3 fish or flaxseed oil supplement
    4. extra magnesium as required

    How effective are these supplements at reducing blood pressure? Government regulations do not allow me to voice an opinion, so allow me to hand over to my learned friends…

    Here is some educational information that may help you to form your own opinion.
    Dr Gerald Lewis is a cardiologist and GP. He is in the Who’s Who book for his work with blood pressure. Here is what he suggests for high blood pressure. Note that Dr Lewis says “Drugs are the treatment usually recommended by doctors. Today these are very effective and have fewer side effects (thiazide diuretics, beta blockers, calcium blockers, ACE inhibitors, A2 inhibitors), and in many cases are given together in lower doses, which further reduces the side effects” along with recommendations for nutritional supplements. Dr Lewis has also made a very informative video on coronary heart disease.

    The Amazing Nutrient that Lowers Your Blood Pressure – Dr Mercola suggests that vitamin-d levels are linked to arterial stiffness

    Personally, I take 4000iu of Vitamin D3 daily and I am about to go get my blood levels checked for Vitamin D.
    I wrote this blog post last year and you will see that hypertension is listed in the section on disease prevention – Vitamin D does more than just prevent the flu.

    (Natural News) Increasing incidence of high blood pressure continues to be the most significant factor in death from a heart attack and advancing cardiovascular disease. Elevated blood pressure readings cause thickening of the coronary arteries as micro…read more Proper potassium balance essential to healthy blood pressure and reduced heart attack risk

    Discover why eating sugar (and high glycemic foods/drinks) endangers your heart and overall health. This is an eye opening one hour presentation by Dr. David Diamond, Ph.D., of the University of South Florida College of Arts and Sciences titled: “How Bad Science and Big Business Created the Obesity Epidemic”  Dr Diamond was diagnosed with heart disease in 2005 – high cholesterol included.  Find out why he is still alive….How Bad Science and Big Business Created the Obesity Epidemic

     

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    If you would like to find out which nutritional supplements are recommended to support optimum heart health, please request my free eBook, by completing the form on your top right.  The nutritional supplements that I promote contain all of the above ingredients at optimal levels.

     

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  • Jun 18

    Have you considered living beyond 70? Recently I took part in an online poll asking participants why they were interested in nutrition. It was interesting to note the responses. The younger people tended to vote ‘looking good’ while the older ones were swayed to “staying healthy”.

    Are you interested in nutrition primarily to lose weight, to look good, or to stay healthy/avoid disease?
    option 1: I just want to look good
    option 2: Don’t care how I look, I want to stay healthy
    option 3: Want to stay healthy; looking good is a fringe benefit
    option 4: Want to look good, staying healthy is a fringe benefit

    What would your vote be?
    There are a few things we can do to look good – what we wear, how our hair looks, what make-up we use, how often we smile, getting anti aging treatment to try to slow down the aging process; which are all very fleeting. If we had a nose shape we did not like or scars, or other physical problems, then looking good maybe a priority. Or maybe you just don’t care how you look – you don’t give it a thought.

    I voted option #3 because when we are healthy we look and feel attractive; we have a zest for life that others are attracted to. When we look after ourselves because we care about ourselves, it naturally flows into caring about others. Once we lose our health, it can be very difficult to regain it – it is easier to prevent than to survive.

    People who look after their health tend to be happy, have more energy and vitality, have better sex lives, have no problems with sleeping, have healthy glowing skin, and have stronger hearts and healthy livers, as well as good brain function. Because of that, they have an optimistic view on life, so they tend to enjoy themselves. They spend their money on good quality (organic if they can afford it) fresh food, top quality nutritional supplements, environmentally “green” products and other health foods and herbs.

    I am now in my late 50’s and my Doctor rarely sees me. When my mother was the same age, she was on High Blood Pressure medication and suffered from arthritis. I don’t have either of those ailments.

    While genetics plays a part in how we age, our lifestyle is a big factor in healthy aging. The establishment would rather have you believe that your genes control your health while glossing over the far more important point that it is your diet that controls the expression of your genes.

    Some of the detrimental lifestyle factors are:
    1) Stress – continual stress without rest
    2) Poor nutrition – lack of fresh fruit and vegetables, too much red meat, too much sugar/high glycemic food, too many processed foods
    3) Lack of exercise
    4) Lack of sleep
    5) Negative attitude
    6) Poor oral health

    The earlier we start investing in our health, the brighter and more fulfilling our lives can be.

    What do you want to be doing when you are 70 plus?

    The decisions we make today and are in the habit of doing daily affect us now and into the future. How much respect do you place on your own well-being?

    Many people do not think when they eat and drink – it is not a priority for them to ensure they have a healthy lifestyle. When we continually eat high-GI foods, drink sugar-flavoured drinks, reject exercise, live in constant stress mode, how long do we think we can keep on doing that?

    How do you want your life to be in 10, 20, 30 years and more? Who do you want to be with? What do you see yourself doing for fun?

    Doctor Huber recently wrote:
    “There are 80 year old people in nursing homes and there are 80 year old people on golf courses. Do you think they both made the same lifestyle choices? I don’t.
    I hear people say “well, you gotta die of something.”
    Well yes you do but before you die you have the choice of deciding how enjoyable those last 20 years of your life will be.
    Unhealthy choices do not typically lead to a sudden stop at the end of the line. They typically lead to years of decay and painful erosion as you lie helpless in ICU beds and nursing home beds until the final end comes.
    The quality of your life from this day forward to the end of your life is decided TODAY by the choices you make.
    You and you alone can choose to follow a less common path, one that requires some planning and some inconvenience to arrive at rarified air where only the truly conscious exist.
    You’ll meet some really cool people there and I look forward to making your acquaintance.”

    For women 40+ who want to live life to the full and stay younger longer

    If you would like to find out which nutritional supplements are recommended for staying healthy, please request my free eBook, by completing the form on your top right.

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  • Jun 9

    You will read in the media that nutritional supplements cause deaths, breast cancer, expensive urine and we don’t need to take them. I suggest that you do make sure that your beliefs are based on reliable sources and not just the latest headline.  Do you need to take anti-aging supplements?
    Do you need to take anti-aging supplements?
    It is important not to take the media reports at face value – they are there to sell bad news.

    For instance, does the latest research define what supplements were taken in what doses, for how long, what was the strength, what was the bioavailability, are they balanced and what was the quality? Were the supplements from a natural source or were they artificial (a factor in the case of Vitamin E for instance)? What other factors were involved e.g. the health of the subjects before the study? Sometimes the answers to these types of questions are difficult to find.

    My belief is based on my experience, the many books about nutrition that I have read, and the doctors and scientists I have listened to.

    According to Michael Lam, MD, MPH, ABAAM: “Study after study over the past 40 years confirms that nutritional supplementation is a cheap insurance for longevity and cancer prevention if taken at the optimum dosage. Nutritional supplementation is a food. It is not giving your body something that your body does not have. It is to supplement your body’s existing level and to ensure that the proper nutrient at the proper level is available for the body at all times.
    It is an accepted fact that people have different nutritional needs based on genetics, weight, gender, age, health status, physical activity, and ability to absorb nutrients. If you don’t know what you need, the safest strategy is to err on the side of slight excess if you are in general good heath. Having a little extra of any nutrient won’t harm you. But a brief deficiency can, and a chronic will.

    Taking optimal amounts of nutritional supplements is a cornerstone and key component of any comprehensive anti-aging program. You simply cannot get enough of these nutrients from your diet for optimum health, and having inadequate amounts can kill you.”

    My parents had a healthy lifestyle. Unfortunately my Dad did smoke cigarettes but stopped when I was born. They lived in Australia which is conducive to growing your own fruit and vegetables in the back garden. So they ate organically from their garden (my Mum was such a great cook that my Dad preferred eating meals at home), they had moderate exercise (swimming and walking) and had a mostly stress-free life. But that didn’t stop them suffering from arthritis, heart disease and in my father’s case – prostate cancer. My mother suffered from high blood pressure for many years and was on expensive BP medication. My mother died at the age of 71 from a heart attack and my dad died at 77 from the prostate cancer. Sadly, they have missed out on seeing their grandchildren reach adulthood. As far as my beliefs are concerned, I now know that eating healthfully isn’t enough.

    Many doctors do not encourage their patients to take supplements because they only know about over-the-counter (OTC) ones. Most of the OTC supplements are made to food grade standards and only come up to Recommended Daily Allowance doses – which is just not good enough. What we need to look for, are advanced quality, GMP standard, optimal dosage supplements. Also, once-a-day tablets are a waste of money.

    “The FDA looks at nutritional supplements the same way it looks at foods. This entire industry is really not regulated, and a nutritional company can pretty much put any amount of nutrients in their tablets. In other words, the amount stated on the label is not necessarily what is in the tablet. Unless a nutritional company voluntarily produces its nutritional supplements in a pharmaceutical-grade method, the consumer has no assurance that what is on the label is in the tablet. Why sell your health to the lowest bidder? Taking high-quality, complete and balanced nutritional are the least expensive health insurance policy you will ever purchase.” – Doctor Ray Strand

    The optimal level of vitamin E is 400 IU. What do we need to eat to get 400 IU of vitamin E? You would only need to eat 33 heads of spinach or 28 pounds of butter or 5 pounds of wheat germ each day to get that much vitamin E!

    The optimal level of vitamin C is about 1000 to 2000 mg daily (the RDA is only 60 mg). You would only have to eat 18 large oranges or 80 avocados to get that amount of vitamin C from your diet.

    Taking advanced quality, balanced, broad-spectrum, bioavailable, comprehensive, high-potency nutritional supplements supports:
    healthy aging and long-term optimal health,
    heart health,
    joint and cartilage health,
    brain health,
    bone health,
    liver health,
    eye health,
    oral health,
    mental health,
    maintenance of muscle strength,
    supports a robust and healthy immune system,
    supports optimal stamina,
    helps the body to cope with stress
    – as well as offering complete antioxidant protection against oxidative stress caused by free radical damage.

    Until I was 48, I did not give much thought to having a healthy lifestyle. Yes, I exercised and I ate (and still do) the organic vegetables that my husband enjoys growing in our back garden. But I was lacking in energy. I put that down to getting older. It wasn’t until I started taking supplements that my energy levels revived and I felt more vibrant. I have been taking advanced quality nutritional supplements every day, twice a day since the year 2000 and I plan to take them for the rest of my life. My BP is normal and I don’t have the arthritis that my parents suffered. And not only that, I don’t feel old! So something is making a difference.

    For women 40+ who want to live life to the full and stay younger longer

    If you would like to find out which nutritional supplements are recommended for healthy aging, please request my free eBook, by completing the form on your top right.

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  • May 7

    How does sleep affect aging? Different people thrive on different amounts of sleep. Research shows that we get the best quality of sleep between the hours of 10pm and 2am. Why is it important to sleep early? Between the hours of 11pm and 1am, your body’s adrenals undergo recovery and recharging. Lack of good quality sleep will affect how we age.

    The consequences of insufficient sleep are:
    1. Viral infections
    2. Weight gain
    3. Diabetes Mellitus Type 2
    4. High blood pressure
    5. Heart disease
    6. Mental Illness
    7. Mortality

    What can you do if you cannot sleep?

    First of all, look at your lifestyle –
    * Do you get daily exercise?
    * Get your Vitamin D levels checked. Restless sleep may be caused by Vitamin D3 deficiency.
    * Are you taking prescription medicine that may be interfering with your sleep?
    * Hormonal issues? – going through menopause can cause sleep disturbance – find a doctor who will check your hormone levels and who prescribes ONLY Bioidentical Hormones. Buy the book ‘Breakthrough’ by Suzanne Somers (link below) and read chapter 22.
    * Do you abstain from drinking excessive alcohol? (best to avoid alcohol if insomnia is a problem)
    * Avoid caffeine (it’s a bladder irritant)
    * Do you meditate to empty your brain of thoughts?
    * Do you have your last meal/snack at least 4 hours before retiring?
    * Is your bedroom darkened?
    * Cover your bedroom mirrors if their reflections make you feel unsafe
    * Is your bedroom quiet?
    * Is your bed comfortable?
    * Develop and adhere to a ‘going to sleep’ ritual
    * Consider purchasing a magnetic bed system
    * Don’t watch, read or listen to anything that might be disturbing before bedtime which might activate your sympathetic nervous system
    *Avoid emotionally stressful discussions or potentially difficult phone calls near bedtime
    * Don’t stew over worries, things not said, things not done or what you have to do tomorrow
    * Put your worries to bed by writing them down so you don’t have to think about them

    Secondly, you may find it helpful to get out of bed and find a warm, comfortable place to read quietly for half an hour, have a small glass of water and then return to bed.

    Thirdly, you may wish to consider taking supplements such as melatonin and/or a high quality calcium/magnesium supplement.

    Calcium and magnesium helps with the expansion and contraction of muscles, with magnesium supporting the relaxation of muscles throughout our bodies. Women need extra calcium (daily intake 1200mg pre-menopause and 1500mg post-menopause), as we age. Calcium has a calming effect on the nervous system, helps promote restful and high quality sleep, and is good to take right at bedtime. Take calcium with magnesium and Vitamin D for best absorption. Magnesium has a calming effect on the brain and nervous system, and is important for good sleep. It’s a natural sedative and helps the body absorb calcium. A suggested daily magnesium intake is 300mg-500mg. Take your calcium/magnesium supplement along with good quality multivitamin/multimineral to promote the reduction of the effects of stress. Nutrition for good sleep is not instantaneous but may be helpful over time.

    We need to sleep in a darkened room so that our bodies can produce melatonin. Melatonin is useful in many important relationships in promoting sleep, mood, and sex drive, reducing depression and the rate of aging, and helping maintain freedom from cancer, diabetes, heart disease and chronic disease in general.

    Other natural sleep aids are Natural Progesterone, Kava Kava, Valerian and 5-HTP. These can lose their effectiveness over time so it’s best to use them sparingly, and only after you have tried other routes to a good night’s sleep.

    With thanks to Doctor Christiane Northrup “The Wisdom of Menopause” for additional points.

    Here is what Dr Mercola has to say about sleep:
    “Too little sleep impacts your levels of thyroid and stress hormones, which in turn can affect your memory and immune system, your heart and metabolism, and much more. Over time, lack of sleep can lead to:
    Weight gain
    Depression
    High blood sugar levels and an increased risk of diabetes
    Brain damage
    The consequences of sleep deprivation are so intense because your circadian rhythm has evolved over hundreds of generations to align your physiology with your environment, and your body clock assumes that, like your ancestors, you sleep at night and stay awake during daylight hours.

    If you confuse the situation by depriving yourself of enough hours of sleep, you send conflicting signals to your body. For instance, in addition to the above, too little sleep can:

    Increase your risk of cancer by altering the balance of hormones in your body
    Accelerate aging
    Increase your risk of heart disease and stroke
    Raise your blood pressure
    Speed up tumor growth. Tumors grow two to three times faster in laboratory animals with severe sleep dysfunctions
    Sleep researchers from across the United States have also discovered that:

    A single night of sleeping only four to six hours can impact your ability to think clearly the next day.
    Sleep deprivation can cause changes in your brain activity similar to those experienced by people with psychiatric disorders.
    Additionally, your body does most of its repairs during sleep, so not getting enough of it can impair your immune system, leaving you less able to fight off diseases of ALL kinds.”

    Find out which advanced quality nutritional products I use and recommend.

    Purchase The Harvard Medical School Guide to ‘A Good Night’s Sleep’

    Breakthrough by Suzanne Somers is a remarkable book with enlightening information from doctors who are at the forefront of antiaging medicine (for a healthy long life). This book may be a bit technical in places but you will become empowered with knowledge.

    For women 40+ who want to live life to the full and stay younger longer

    If you would like to find out which nutritional supplements are recommended for healthy aging, please request my free eBook, by completing the form on your top right.

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  • May 4

    How do you define wellness and aging? In simple terms, it is the absence of disease. In my early years I took wellness as granted, it did not enter my thoughts that I could become unwell. But in today’s world, people are becoming unwell at an earlier age. For instance, Diabetes Type 2 used to be called ‘Adult Onset Diabetes’ – meaning that diabetes did not become apparent until late adulthood. Unfortunately young people now have the lifestyle disease because of what they are eating and the lack of exercise (and even pets are now suffering from the disease too!).

    There are other lifestyle diseases that are preventing wellness and causing aging. Diseases like heart disease, stroke, arthritis and cancer. Once my parents began suffering from arthritis, high blood pressure and heart disease, I stopped taking my wellness for granted. And when friends from my peer group started dying as a result of cancer, I realized that I had to be more pro-active about my health and fitness.

    What causes aging? One theory is free radicals. Free radicals are produced by our bodies. Dr Ray Strand says that our stressful lifestyles, polluted environment and over-medicated society causes this generation to handle more free radicals than previous generations. We need to supplement our diet to get enough antioxidants to manage the number of free radicals we produce.

    Just like a cut apple goes brown when exposed to the air (oxidation), excess free radicals cause oxidative stress damage and aging to our body’s cells.

    The medical literature now shows us that the optimal level of the antioxidants and their supporting nutrients needed to prevent or decrease the risk of chronic degenerative diseases is much greater than the amount we can obtain from our depleted food supply. Our best option to prevent or slow down this process of oxidative stress is to take high-quality, complete and balanced nutritional supplements the rest of our lives.

    For a more thorough explanation visit Dr Ray Strand’s site.

    Getting down to the cell level…
    Cell Replacement and the role of Nutrition
    The body is designed to heal and repair itself with the aid of proper nutrition. The body requires two vital materials to complete this – energy and raw material. These two requirements are needed to maintain the cell’s proper functions. The body is made up of cells and all cells are living. All living things need food. Each cell needs the proper food to keep it strong. Cells die and replace themselves at various intervals.

    To understand anti-aging and wellness, understand that when a cell replaces itself it has three options:
    1. A cell may replace itself with a weaker cell each time. A cell will do this if it hasn’t had the right nutritional foods/supplements available to it. This process is called degeneration (this causes degenerative diseases like heart disease, cancer, arthritis, stroke, diabetes). You could liken this process to a car factory – if your factory was making Mercedes Benz cars and you ran out of parts, so you called into the Skoda factory next door for replacements – would your car still be a Mercedes???

    2. A cell can replace itself with the same strength cell. This means the body doesn’t improve. That is, you have a chronic condition.

    3. The cell is capable of replacing itself with a stronger and better cell. This will happen only if the cell has an abundance of energy and the right raw materials (e.g. optimal nutrition). This process is called regeneration. It creates wellness and anti-aging.

    Find out which advanced quality nutrtional products I use and recommend.

    For women 40+ who want to live life to the full and stay younger longer

    If you would like to find out which nutritional supplements are recommended for healthy aging, please request my free eBook, by completing the form on your top right.

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