Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Treatment Tuesday - Acne

Though it is often worse in adolescence, and to be somewhat expected due to hormonal changes at that time, acne can happen to anyone at any time, and is a signal the body gives that something is out of balance. Getting embarrassed just adds to stress, which is one of the causes of acne–so smile anyway!


Causes of Acne

Acne begins in the follicles in the skin. At puberty, testosterone starts to circulate in the oil glands of the face and other parts of the body (but the face is the greatest concern). More oil (sebum) is produced. Everyone’s pores react differently to this increase in oil. For some, skin cells proliferate at an increased rate near the opening of the oil ducts. This higher production of cells, mixed with the higher production of oil, clogs the pores of the skin.


Here’s a summary of the causes:

  • Hormonal cycles of not only adolescence, but also of women’s menstrual cycles, can cause acne, as well as stress, poor elimination (constipation), drugs, too much sugar leading to overgrowth of bacteria, and overly acidic blood.
  • Blackheads and whiteheads can worsen, not only from the skin not being cleaned often or thoroughly enough, but also because of deficiencies such as magnesium, vitamin A, and B vitamins.
  • Poor digestion can cause a buildup of toxins throughout the body, which often comes out through the pores; irritating the skin and leaving it open for acne infection.
  • Anything put on the face can clog the pores, especially commercial products that are filled with chemicals that can cause the skin to react.
  • Food allergies can manifest as acne.


Treatments for Acne
There are many natural treatments for acne, but not all of them are effective. Here are some of the essentials for clearing up your complexion:

  • Cut down on the problem foods: sugar, fried foods, meat, processed food, soft drinks, and dairy products
  • Increase water, raw foods, and eat plenty of watermelon. Be sure to get a good allowance of vitamin C and al of the B vitamins through food sources. Rose hips, red peppers, guavas and kiwi are good sources of Vitamin C; meats, potatoes, bananas, chile peppers and beans have good amount of B vitamins, although they are present in all whole, unprocessed foods.
  • Reduce stress


Internal Work
Whatever the severity, one aspect of controlling acne is to interfere with the retention of the faster-forming, extra cells clogged with the extra oil in the pore. First, avoid eating foods that add to the problem. This means staying away from foods high in trans-fatty acids and animal fats, as well as refined carbohydrates. Many experts say that acidic blood is a main cause of acne, and this is a product of ingesting too much fried food, meat, sugary foods, white flour products, and soft drinks (big shocker!). Trans-fatty acids, such as margarine and heated oils prevent you from digesting the vitamins and minerals necessary for smooth skin. Avoid eating foods you are allergic to, the most common being wheat and dairy. And reduce stress and slow down when you eat.
Once you stop consuming foods and beverages that add to the problem, the next step is to fix the acne already on your skin. Here are some suggestions:

  • It is important to drink eight 12-ounce glasses of pure water per day. This helps your skin flush out oil, cells, and bacteria. Remember, water is the universal solvent.
  • Watermelon juice is another skin-healthy beverage.
  • Another way to help your body eliminate wastes that help cause acne is by adding a variety of fiber-rich foods to your diet. Lightly cooked or, better yet, raw vegetables are a great source of fiber. They make a healthy contribution to any meal and they also make a satisfying and tasty midday snack to ward off hunger. Complex carbohydrates such as brown rice, whole-grain bread, and legumes are also great sources of fiber. These fiber-rich foods keep your digestive tract moving and clean, leading to acne-free skin and a healthier body overall.
  • Add the vitamins and minerals your skin needs to be healthy to your current diet. Adding vitamin C, vitamin A (in the form of beta-carotene which can be found in carrots, sweet potatoes, pumpkin and spinach) can go a long way toward clearing up your acne. NOTE: Women who are pregnant or may become pregnant should not take more than 8,000 IU/day of vitamin A. Consult your doctor if you fall into this category.


External Cleansing
In order to beat acne, you also need to fight the buildup of excess oils on your skin from the outside. Wash your skin with a mild soap and rinse with hydrogen peroxide, let dry, then wash with clean water again. Finish your washing regimen by spraying your face generously with lignite-activated water (also known as Willard Water). The addition of alpha hydroxy acid (fruit acid) speeds up the removal of dead cells, leaving a smoother complexion. At night, you can cover your face with a bentonite clay mask and let dry, and then wash off --pulling out impurities.


You’re Just Making it Worse

The more you touch your acne, the worse it will get. Oils and bacteria from your fingers can infect acne or, at the least, cause it to spread. Resist the temptation to touch your face. If you must squeeze a pimple, be sure to do so under sterile conditions. Wash your hands with an alcohol¬based antibacterial gel and be sure to have witch hazel ready for cleanup. Better yet, have a professional do it for you. That’s what they are paid for.
Avoid shaving if you have serious acne on your face. If you must shave, use an electric razor if possible.

Friday, July 24, 2009

The Sun and Skin Damage

A sun-kissed complexion used to be considered a sign of health, but now we know that that golden tan is just a sign of sun damage to the skin. It may look great now but the damage that basking in the ultraviolet light has done to your skin will show later in life. While some effects of sun exposure, like freckles and wrinkles, might be harmless the various forms of skin cancer are definitely not. Not that the sun is completely to blame, the UV light from tanning beds is just as harmful.


Sun exposure causes:


  • Freckles
  • Benign tumors
  • Elastosis - the destruction of the elastic tissue causing lines and wrinkles.
  • General skin discoloration
  • Telangiectasias - the dilation of small blood vessels under the skin
  • Pre-cancerous (actinic keratosis) and cancerous skin lesions, which are caused by loss of the skin's immune function

There are three main types of skin cancer:


  • Basal Cell Carcinoma: The most common type of skin cancer and is rarely fatal and easily treated if caught early. It usually appears as a flat pink, red or brown lesion on the torso or limbs, or as a small, smooth pearl-like bump on the neck, ears or face.
  • Squamous Cell Carcinoma: This type is also highly treatable if caught early on. It can appear as a scaly flat lesion that my bleed, crust over or itch, or it may be a firm reddish nodule on the skin.
  • Melanoma – The most serious type of skin cancer. Although it only makes up about 5% of all skin cancers, it does cause roughly 75% of all skin cancer deaths. This type usually appears as pigmented bump that may resemble a normal mole or as an irregularly shaped patch. The signs to watch for when looking for a melanoma lesion are: asymmetry, blurred edges, uneven color (usually shades of black, brown, red, white or blue), and a significant change in size or diameter.


Prevention


As they say an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, and this is very true when it comes to protecting yourself from the sun’s ultraviolet light. There are several ways to protect one's self:


  • Apply sunscreen with a sun protection factor (SPF) of ant least 15 a half hour before sun exposure and every 2 hours thereafter
  • Avoid direct sun exposure as much as you can during peak UV radiation hours between 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p. m. Use lotions and make up with UV protection
  • Remember UV radiation is just as harmful during overcast days and in the winter as it is when it’s sunny in the summer
  • Wear sunglasses with 100% UV protection to avoid possible cataracts later in life
  • Wear wide brimmed hats to protect neck, ears and face (as funny as they may look)
  • Consistently check your skin for irregularities or growths


A note about sunscreen


While sunscreens are improving many don’t protect skin from sun damage sufficiently. The FDA has set guidelines for UVB protection but not for UVA. The difference between the two is that UVB rays are associated with sunburn and skin cancer, while UVA rays are associated the deterioration of elastin and collagen that causes wrinkling and sagging of the skin. However, we now know that both UVA and UVB cause premature aging and cancer of the skin, so when looking for sunscreens, be sure to get one that has both UVA and UVB protection.

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Healthy Recipes - Pinch Me Smoothie


This smoothie is a tasty treat.

Ingredients:

1 cup chocolate soy, rice, or almond milk

1 scoop organic, mint chip ice cream

1 scoop B├ÁKU™ Super Food

Blend & Enjoy

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Treatment Tuesday - Allergies


If you're like most people, you're probably allergic to something. It could be anything from a life-threatening allergy to peanuts or shellfish or just seasonal hay fever, or you may not have any clue what you are allergic to. In any case allergy symptoms can be at the very least annoying. Of course the best thing to do is to avoid your specific allergens, but that isn't always possible.


What Causes Allergies?

Allergies are caused by imbalances or deficiencies in the immune system. These deficiencies can be caused by dietary or nutritional imbalances, or a buildup of toxins in the body.


Treatments

Here are the first steps to controlling allergies:

  • Build you immune system with high­ potency foods, such as bee pollen, Spirulina, and alfalfa. Drink plenty of water to hydrate your cells.
  • Cleanse your colon and liver and use liver­-supporting foods and herbs.
  • Avoid common food allergens, such as dairy and wheat products.
  • Avoid toxic chemicals and get off long­ term prescriptions medications, including birth control pills.


For airborne allergies, local, raw bee pollen (which must be kept frozen) has been miraculous for many people. Start with a tablespoon, then increase the dose as it feels right. To avoid making matters worse, you should also refrain from smoking (including being exposed to secondhand smoke) and reduce your exposure to other forms of air pollution where possible.


Adrenal cortex extract (150 mg twice daily with food) with 1 gram of pantothenic acid and 2 grams of vitamin C in the morning and before bed may help rebuild the adrenal glands, which will help to ameliorate allergies. Skullcap herb also can help ease allergies.


Your liver plays a large role in allergies as well. An unhealthy liver means that blood is not being processed and cleaned well, which leads to allergies. Use milk thistle and apple juice to support your liver, and consider a liver cleanse.


Additionally, some health experts believe that an undiagnosed, underlying allergy to dairy products is the root of upper respiratory allergies such as hay fever and asthma. You may want to try eliminating dairy products such as milk and cheese from your diet for a while to see if it helps.

Friday, July 17, 2009

What You May Not Know About Multivitamins

While multivitamins are a popular catch-all for nutritional deficiencies, the pills have proven to have little effect on health. 40 % of Americans take vitamin or mineral supplements, likely because only 3% of Americans follow the U.S. dietary guidelines.Americans spend $23 billion per year on these supplements and there are some who believe that $1 out of every $3 spent is completely wasted. Why would anyone think this when we’ve been told to take our vitamins our whole lives?


The two major concerns about multivitamins especially, because they are the most popular supplement, is how their actual contents differ from their labels and their poor level of absorption into the bloodstream. Most name brand multivitamins have about a 10-20% absorption rate, which is quite poor. In fact, nurses often find them in patients’ bedpans fully in tact after passing through the entire digestive tract.


In one test, 7 Canadian and American biochemists compared the contents of 110 different multivitamins by separating and measuring each ingredient: vitamins, minerals, anti-oxidants and other components. They examined how absorbable the vitamins were, whether they were in the right amounts/form and the variety of vitamins and minerals in the right combinations for what the body needs. They gave each a score out of 100% and 50 of the multivitamins (including most major supermarket brands) did not reach 10%, while only the top 11 were above 25% of that the human body needs on a daily basis.


Vitamins and other supplements are not regulated by the FDA and are not required to prove that their supplements are safe or effective, as long as they do not claim that the supplements can “prevent, treat, or cure any specific disease.” Pretty scary stuff.


Some products may not contain the amount of the substance that is written on the label, and some include other substances, contaminants or toxic agents. Actual amounts per dose vary between brands or even between different batches of the same brand. Another test found that more than 30 percent contained significantly more or less of an ingredient than claimed, or were contaminated with lead. Additionally, they found that several multivitamin products tested, including three for children, exceeded tolerable upper limits established by the Institute of Medicine for ingredients such as vitamin A, folic acid, and niacin. Some men’s multivitamin products contained too much folic acid, which may increase the risk of prostate cancer. Among four women’s multivitamins tested, one provided only 66 percent of its claimed vitamin A and one of five seniors’ multivitamins tested contained only 44 percent of its vitamin A.


Current research has shown no evidence that vitamin pills help to prevent or cure cancer, heart disease or any other non-deficiency related disease. In a government-funded study of 161,808 women, conducted by the Women’s Health Initiative, data was collected from forty centers around the country on multivitamin use. The research has proven that people whose diets are nutrient-rich and filled with fruits and vegetables have lower rates of cancer and heart disease, but taking a daily supplement doesn’t appear to offer the same health benefits.


So it’s really best to save the money and skip the supplements. Just make sure that you are getting the proper nutrition in your daily diet. One excellent way to do that easily and inexpensively is to incorporate a nutrient rich super food into your diet everyday.

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Thursday, July 16, 2009

Healthy Recipes - Boku Green Caesar Salad & Dressing

Enjoy Boku’s version of a Classic Caesar Salad Dressing, which traditionally contains raw eggs and anchovies. Our vegetarian version is refreshingly clean and green! Use organic ingredients whenever possible.

Salad Ingredients
1 head Romaine lettuce, in bite-size pieces
3 T Parmesan cheese, shaved
½ C Walnuts, raw or lightly toasted, in pieces
½ C Kalamata olives, pitted

Dressing Ingredients
½ C Olive oil, extra-virgin
2 cloves Garlic, fresh minced
1 tsp Sea salt
1 tsp Dijon or stoneground mustard
1 scoop Boku Super Food
1 Lemon, juiced
Freshly ground pepper to taste

Directions
Place lettuce in large salad bowl and sprinkle walnuts on top. Combine dressing ingredients until smooth with either a whisk or in blender. Drizzle dressing on lettuce, and toss until lettuce is lightly coated. Top with Parmesan shavings. Serve olives on the side as a condiment.

Green Caesar Salad beautifully rounds out any meal. Enjoy an easy meal of brown rice or spelt flour pasta tossed with fresh basil, tomatoes, olive oil and sea salt, along with lightly steamed broccoli.

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Treatment Tuesday - Bee stings and Insect Bites

With the kids out of school during summertime and the weather so nice and warm everyone tends to spend much more time outside. But people are not the only ones who enjoy the sunny and humid weather, insects do to. Bees, mosquitoes, fleas and other bugs are usually more prevalent in the summer and being outside means we are likely to come into contact with them, this means the possibility of getting stung or bitten.

For most of us, bee stings present only temporary discomfort and a few normal, physical reaction to the sting venom: swelling, redness, and itching around the sting area. Children are often inflicted with bee stings because of their proclivity for playing outdoors and possibly disturbing the bees. Normally, bees and even wasps are not aggressive and you can walk around them without fear of being stung. If they land on you or buzz around you, don’t panic! They will usually fly away again once they have determined that you do not have what they want. They are attracted by bright colors. However, bees may also be attracted to certain hairsprays, perfumes, or foods you carry, although they are not likely to sting you just to check out your perfume. If you do get stung, you can minimize the discomfort through natural means.


Bee Sting Symptoms

Approximately one person in every thousand has a hypersensitivity to bee sting venom and could be at risk of a serious allergic reaction or even death from stings. Normal reactions to bee stings include swelling, burning, or throbbing pain that lasts for a few hours; redness; and itching around the sting area. More serious reactions that warrant medical attention include swelling of the tongue, difficulty breathing, nausea, and impaired vision.

Repeated stinging or multiple stings may cause fever, joint pain, or swelling of the lymph glands in some people. These symptoms generally appear around eight hours after the stinging. If this happens, seek medical attention.

Other insect bites produce symptoms similar to bee stings, unless they are from very venomous insects. Watch for these signs: dizziness, nausea, fainting, sweating or fever, difficulty breathing, swelling around the neck, and diarrhea. Seek medical attention if any of these symptoms appears.


Treatments for Bee Stings and Insect Bites

  • DON’T grab the extruding part of the stinger. Instead, quickly take a knife tip or other object with an edge (a credit card, for example) and flick the stinger out.
  • Put ice or ammonia on the wound. Ice slows down the spread of poisons and provides cooling relief.
  • Next, apply an alkali paste on the sting wound. Toothpaste works well, as does bentonite clay, meat tenderizer, or a paste made of crushed aspirin and a few drops of water.
  • For more pain relief, try taking an antihistamine.



Thursday, July 9, 2009

Healthy Recipes - Raw Chocolate Pudding

Who doesn't love chocolate? And why not, it's rich in minerals, antioxidants and it makes one feel as great as it tastes. Here's a great way to enjoy chocolate and get all of the health benefits without any processed unhealthy ingredients. Now that sounds delicious!

Ingredients:
  • 2 tablespoons agave
  • 1.5 cups of Thai coconut water (or substitute with purified water and add some extra agave)
  • 1 avocado (make sure it is fully ripe)
  • 2 tablespoons cacao powder
  • 1 tablespoon cold-pressed coconut oil
  • 1 teaspoon Boku superfood powder
Blend all ingredients together in a blender until smooth or desired consistency.
Chill before serving.

This dessert is a real treat for pudding lovers or anyone who likes chocolate but also appreciates a light treat that doesn’t weigh one down after a large meal. Your guests will appreciate the great taste, and you can have fun revealing to them the healthy ingredients you used to make this sumptuous pudding. Totally smooth, creamy, fabulous!

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

The Many Health Benefits of Spirulina



Some people may hear the word spirulina and think that it is some kind of Italian food, but what it really is an ultra-nutritious super food! This statement begs the question “Well, what exactly is spirulina?” It is a type of blue-green algae that grows in warm climates. While some may not think of algae as something to eat, the following facts may change a lot of minds.
Spirulina’s odd sounding name comes from its helix of spiral-like shape. Its distinct coloring comes from its natural plant pigments that can provide numerous health benefits. Among these pigments are the green chlorophyll which aids in ridding the body of various toxins, the blue phycocyanin which promotes healthy immune function and protein absorption. Spirulina also contains a heavy amount of beta carotene which is a potent antioxidant that is converted to retinol (vitamin A), which is essential for healthy vision, and eventually converted into retinoic acid, which aids in processes related to growth and cell differentiation.
Another incredible fact about spirulina is that it is known to accelerate the body’s elimination of dioxins more effectively than any other food. Dioxins are toxic chemical contaminants formed through the combustion of organic material. People come into most contact with them via contaminated food, the dioxins are stored if fat tissue and the compounds can take years to break down in the body on their own.
Spirulina is one of the few food sources of GLA (Gamma Linolenic Acid), an essential Omega-6 fatty acid which is essential to human health yet is not made in the body and must be obtained from food. GLA is necessary for proper brain function, bone health, growth and development and metabolism regulation. Ingestion of this fatty acid may also help with various disorders such as dry eye conditions, bone loss and osteoporosis and prevention of nerve disease, especially in those with diabetes. In some studies, spirulina seemed to increase production of the anti-inflammatory chemicals called interferons and interleukins. Some researchers also believe that the algae may help block the release of histamine from mast cells during an allergic reaction and therefore prevent some responses in allergic individuals. Its antioxidant and immune-enhancing properties may also produce anti cancer effects. One such effect is that spirulina promotes the release of tumor necrosis factor alpha, which is a chemical in the body that attacks tumor cells.
Apart from all of these wonderful health benefits of spirulina it is also high in vitamin B-12 as well as easy-to absorb iron, it boosts energy and encourages weight loss, helps to purify the liver, helps fight viral infections, increases mental alertness and lowers blood cholesterol and excess triglycerides. With all of these benefits how could one not want to incorporate spirulina into their diet? The only question left is how. While processed spirulina tablets are available, the body can absorb all of the super nutrients much more efficiently in the form of a natural and organic super food.

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Treatment Tuesday - Sunburns

With summer in full swing many people will be heading out to the beach, pool or park for some nice summer sun. Yet even with diligent application of sunscreen one may wake up the next day with a nasty burn.

If you do get a sunburn, here are the basic steps to follow for healing and protecting your skin, and reducing pain:
1 Spray carbon activated water (CAW) generously and frequently on your skin; it will soothe the heat immediately. If you don’t have CAW water, try apple cider vinegar.
2 When the pain subsides, smear on aloe vera gel or papaya pulp, followed by a vitamin E cream.
3 While you have the sunburn, drink at least eight 8-ounce glasses of pure water each day to replenish the fluid that the swelling and/or blisters from the burn takes away from the rest of your body.

Other Considerations
Add some calendula or lavender oil to your aloe vera gel or papaya pulp before putting it onto your burn. Before you go into the sun, increase your intake of vitamin C by eating more fruit to help your protect skin from the sun, while still allowing some of the rays to get in and produce vitamin D.

This is a really interesting article about Michael Jackson's untimely death and nutrition by Mike Adams at NaturalNews.com!

The Michael Jackson Diet That Could Have Saved Him from Death by Western Medicine

Thursday, July 02, 2009 by: Mike Adams, the Health Ranger, NaturalNews Editor

There's no question that Michael Jackson was killed by western medicine. Autopsies reveal a devastating pattern of drug injections, bone mineral loss (he suffered rib fractures when administered CPR) and hair loss. When he died, his stomach contained not food, but half-digested pharmaceuticals (http://www.s2smagazine.com/node/1206).

As stated in a previous NaturalNews article (http://www.naturalnews.com/026517_M...), I believe Michael Jackson was chemically abused by his handlers in some sort of twisted, pharmaceutically-powered profit motive. But what, if anything, could Jackson have done differently with his health to have avoided this tragic death while pursuing many more decades of healthy songwriting and public performance?

For starters, let's state the obvious: Performing in public is excruciatingly stressful, especially if done on a regular basis. Dancing and singing on stage takes its toll on anyone, and for it to be pursued, it must be accompanied by a serious commitment to a healthy diet.

Here's the diet Michael Jackson could have pursued to keep himself alive and vibrant while continuing to share his musical gifts with the world.

The Michael Jackson diet that could have been
• 90% plants, 10% meats (if desired)

A healthy diet must be based on plants to begin with. I don't know if Michael Jackson was a vegetarian, but he would have done well to pursue a primarily plant-based diet. If he wished to eat meats, adding a small amount of omega-3 rich fish to his diet could have been helpful. At least half of his plant intake should have consisted of raw, living plants (sprouts, for example).

• Fresh raw superfood smoothie every day

To keep up with his performance schedule, Jackson would have needed at least one major infusion each day of high-density nutrients in the form of a superfood smoothie. There are many recipes he could have followed, and here are some elements he could have included in the recipes: Raw avocados, raw cacao powder, high-end superfood powders (like Pure Synergy, Boku Superfood or LivingFuel), organic celery, raw cruciferous vegetables, fresh wheatgrass juice and much more.

• For sustained energy during the day (coupled with healthy sleep at night), Jackson could have consumed bee pollen, cordyceps (and other medicinal mushrooms like Chaga), rhodiola and even raw buckwheat granola with homemade, raw almond milk.

• To increase his bone density and greatly improve his emotional state, Jackson could have pursued a daily dose of sunlight exposure, even in the privacy of a courtyard in his own mansion. The sunlight would have radically improved his bone health while helping eliminate the need for all the dangerous psychiatric medications he had been taking.

• Instead of taking pharmaceuticals to manage his sleep cycles, Jackson could have used sunlight exposure combined with natural dietary supplements to get him on the right track: Chamomile, melatonin or even Kava Kava (once his liver function had improved).

• Jackson should have adamantly refused to consume any sodas or caffeine (due to their bone-wasting effects), and he no doubt needed to greatly increase the alkalinity of his diet through the consumption of greens, spring water and fresh vegetable juices ("Juice Feasting").

• Because of the huge pharmaceutical burden that had been placed upon him, Jackson no doubt needed a huge liver cleanse, which could have been accomplished with the help of the cleansing products from Dr. Ed Group (www.GHChealth.com) or Jon Barron (www.BaselineNutritionals.com), or many other cleansing experts.

This list, of course, could go on for days. With the amount of money Jackson had at his command, the natural world could have been his medicine chest. Unlike many consumers, Jackson could easily afford to eat a 100% organic, custom-prepared meal three times a day, even if it included expensive wildcrafted ingredients.

And yet, sadly, it appears Jackson's medical advisors offered him no such advice. While we can't know what conversations went on between Jackson and his doctors, from the autopsy report we can certainly gather than his doctors were all too eager to pursue the pharmaceutical injection route rather than insist that Jackson try something more natural to resolve his underlying health issues.

Choose your medical advice carefully
We can't blame Jackson for all this, in other words. He may have been surrounded by precisely the wrong people -- those who kept pumping him full of chemicals rather than recommending real food. The fact that Jackson died with half-digested pills in his stomach rather than real food is a strong indication of the way he lived his life for the past few years. His doctors gave him chemicals, not food. And he paid the ultimate price for following their dangerous advice.

Jackson's death teaches us all a hugely important lesson: When it comes to health, be careful of whose advice you choose to follow. If you follow the advice of a conventional medical doctor, you, too, may die with a stomach full of half-digested pills. You may live your final years in excruciating pain, watching your body waste away in the mirror, a victim to the chemical agenda of the pharmaceutical industry (or the cancer industry).

Or, should you choose a different path, you can live a life of astounding longevity, much like Peter Ragnar (www.RoaringLionPublishing.com). You can reclaim your health from the chemical pushers, ultimately living a far higher quality of life than even one of the most famous celebrities in the world.

Health is more important than wealth
Jackson, you see, had fame and fortune. But without his health, all the rest was virtually meaningless. YOU can achieve a degree of health that exceeds what Michael Jackson experienced, and you don't have to be a super-famous celebrity to pull it off. Good health, in fact, is ridiculously simple and affordable. It requires no doctors, no pharmaceuticals and no suffering. It's based on the natural principles of human biology and Mother Nature, and it is within the reach of every single person living today (including celebrities).

Michael Jackson was apparently never taught these principles, and he was no doubt "protected" by his handlers in an attempt to isolate him from many outside influences. But you, on the other hand, have no such barriers.

Consider your lack of celebrity status a blessing. It gives you the freedom of not being hounded by the media or pressured by your handlers. It allows you to go shopping in a health food store in a state of relative anonymity, where you can buy your foods in private, without a gang of tabloid photographers assaulting your senses with camera flashes. YOU, in other words, have opportunities to live your life in a healthy way that Michael Jackson could never have accomplished. He was too famous, too wealthy and too valuable to his handlers. Jackson had neither his privacy nor his health. But you can have both.

And I beg each of you, please take every opportunity you have to be healthy and long-lived, regardless of whatever level of economic abundance or personal fame you may have achieved. There's a lot more to life than money and fame, and even if you manage to become the most famous person in the world, dying at age fifty is a life cut far too short.

Here at NaturalNews, we wish Michael Jackson's soul a safe journey to whatever the universe holds for him next, and we hope that his fans might learn from his health mistakes and pursue healthier lifestyles based on food and natural medicine instead of destructive chemicals. By learning from Jackson's mistakes, we can honor him one more time, even when his physical body is no longer with us.

Thursday, July 2, 2009

Healthy Recipes - Banana Peanut Delight

Do you love peanut butter? We do! Better yet - it's good for you. With high quantities of fiber, protien, & micronutrients, peanut butter will help keep you healthy. Try it in this great smoothie recipe.

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 banana
  • 1 cup peanut butter
  • 2-3 cups cold soy milk or rice milk
  • 1 tablespoon Boku Super Food
  • 3 tablespoons honey
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon (or 1/2 teaspoon fresh ground cinnamon)

Mix all ingredients in a blender until smooth. Serve immediately.

For best results, use an organic, sugar-free peanut butter in this recipe. We suggest soy or rice milk instead of cow’s milk.

For more recipes visit: bokusuperfood.com

Photo courtesy of: freedigitalphotos.net


Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Thirsty?

As we stated yesterday - summer is here! And so is the heat. Read up on dehydration today so you can can avoid it in the future.

Dehydration can be a factor in many health conditions, such as Alzheimer’s Disease, kidney stones and failure, failing vision, prostate problems, and ulcers. Many health experts believe that most Americans are in a constant state of being partially dehydrated. In simple terms, we don’t drink enough pure water.

What Causes Dehydration?

Classic dehydration can be caused by overexertion, excessive sweating, and just plain lack of drinking enough liquids. You can also get dehydrated from drinking too much caffeine and alcohol. If you do consume large amounts of these, be sure to drink extra water. Also, drink plenty of water if you are overweight and exerting yourself. Remember that you can get dehydrated in wet, humid heat just as easily as in dry heat.

If you are constantly thirsty, check for diabetes. Symptoms of dehydration include:

  • Dizziness
  • Headache
  • Dry skin and mouth
  • Dark urine, and not voiding often enough
  • Constipation
  • Poor digestion, as enzymes don’t function as well without enough water in the system
  • Overweight
  • Eczema
  • Premature aging and wrinkles, sags, dark circles under the eyes, listless skin tone
  • Low blood pressure, causing dizziness upon standing
  • Being overly acidic
  • Urinary infections
  • Aching joints, particularly in the big toe
  • Nausea
  • Lethargy
  • Skin that doesn’t snap back upon being pinched, particularly on the back of the hands (known as turgor)
  • Edema
  • Toxemia
  • Hunger and stomach pain
Stay healthy and hydrated this summer with Boku Super Food