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Friday, March 1, 2013

[AlternativeAnswers] National Heart Awareness Month: Food For Thought


Good Morning!

National Heart Awareness Month: Food For Thought

As our National Heart Awareness month wraps up, I wanted to incorporate "food as medicine" into the heart healthy regime.

Eating heart healthy foods include non-meat sources of protein (grains, tofu, nuts), fish, poultry, and lean meat (35-60 grams per day), skim or low-fat milk, cottage cheese, margarine (non hydrogenated) that is high in vegetable oils (such as corn, cottonseed, safflower, sunflower, sesame, or soybean). Also onions, garlic, chickpeas, fresh vegetables and fruit.

Eat a handful of nuts each day. About an ounce of nuts a day raise the good cholesterol levels (HDL) and decrease inflammation. Nuts are rich in healthy Omega 3 fatty acids, protein and fiber.

Eat tomato sauce. Tomato sauce is loaded with lycopene and potassium. Potassium is a mineral rich in blood pressure lowering benefits! Eat 10 tablespoons of tomato sauce a week (preferably without the pasta).

Read your food labels. Get rid of any food that has sugar listed in the first five ingredients! Sugar is a cause of inflammation.

Look at sodium content. Sodium levels should not exceed 2,300mg/day.

Look at fat content. Fat should be limited to no more than 30% of total daily calories. Saturated fat should be limited to 7%

Avoid palm or coconut oil.

Water should be a very important part of any nutritional program. 6-8 8 ounces per day. Water allows for the cleansing and free flow in the system.

Decrease (excessive) coffee and other beverages that contain caffeine. Try one (great) cup of coffee a day, instead of four. I advocate up to 24 oz of coffee a day (for most people).

Take dietary control over high fat, high cholesterol and high saturated fat intake.

Eat colorful fruits and vegetables each day. Consider the Full Spectrum Diet, which includes: phytochemicals (7-9 servings of fruits and vegetables daily), 30 grams of fiber, flavinoids (found in red and purple grapes, red wine and black tea).

Pomegranate (Punica granatum) and pomegranate juice is now becoming a popular healthy drink. Pomegranate juice has polyphenols that work as antioxidants. There are more of these healthy polyphenols in pomegranate juice than in green tea, orange juice, or red wine.

Limiting the amount of fat to no more than 25 to 30% of daily calories is recommended to promote good health. However, some experts believe that fat must be limited to 10% of daily calories to reduce the risk of coronary artery disease.

A low-fat diet also helps lower high total and LDL (the bad) cholesterol levels, another risk factor for coronary artery disease.

The type of fat consumed is important. There are three types: saturated, monounsaturated, and polyunsaturated.

Saturated fats are found in meats, non-skim dairy products, and artificially hydrogenated vegetable oils. The more solid the product, the higher the proportion of saturated fats.

Monounsaturated fats are found in olive oil and canola oil.

Polyunsaturated fats include omega-3 fats, contained in deep-sea fatty fish (such as mackerel, salmon, and tuna), and omega-6 fats, contained in vegetable oils. The ideal combination of types of fats is unknown. However, a diet high in saturated fats is known to promote coronary artery disease, and a diet high in monounsaturated or omega-3 fats is less likely to do so. Therefore, eating fish regularly is recommended.

A high-fiber diet is also recommended. There are two kinds of fiber.

Soluble fiber (which dissolves in liquid) is found in oat bran, oatmeal, beans, peas, rice bran, barley, citrus fruits, strawberries, and apple pulp. It helps lower high cholesterol levels. It may decrease or stabilize high blood sugar levels and increase low insulin levels. Therefore, soluble fiber may help people with diabetes reduce their risk of coronary artery disease.

Insoluble fiber (which does not dissolve in liquid) is found in most grains and grain products and in fruits and vegetables such as apple skin, cabbage, beets, carrots, brussels sprouts, turnips, and cauliflower. It helps with digestive function. However, eating too much fiber can interfere with the absorption of certain vitamins and minerals.

Whole grains such as wheat, Oat meal, brown rice, barley comprise the most essential Vitamin B complex, dietary fiber, and other minerals, lowers hypertension, improves health of carotid arteries, reduces inflammation, thereby promotes the health of heart and arteries.

Eating soy products, such as tofu and tempeh (not fried), also seems to reduce the risk of coronary artery disease.

Increase soluble fiber One teaspoon to one tablespoon of soluble fiber containing guar gum, psyllium husks, flaxseeds or pectin and can be mixed in an 8 oz glass of water two times per day on an empty stomach.

Stevia is a natural sweetener, with no side effects that should be used instead of sugar, which adds a perfect breeding ground for yeast growth.

Andrew Pacholyk MS L.Ac
Therapies for healing
mind, body, spirit

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Re: Anxiety


Don't overlook competent mental health care. Someone who is willing to help you address the core issues and not simply medicate.

On Feb 27, 2013, at 9:56 AM, Boonight@aol.com wrote:

> Try calming exercises like Yoga or Tai Chi. Another soothing energy is
> put your back against a big old tree, place your hands on the tree. Close
> your eyes and feel the calm energy. Some people get messages from the tree
> energy.
> Calming Herbs: Valerian, Lavendar, Lemon balm, Passion flower (do not use
> with sedative drugs) and Camomile.
> Calming Foods: Banana, Apples, Oranges, Peaches, Rice, Oatmeal, Warm Tea,
> Yogurt, Cottage cheese, Chamomile tea, Papaya, Asparagus, Avocado,
> Berries, Swiss chard, Kale, Lentils, Sunflower and Pumpkin seeds, Almonds, Bell
> peppers, cold water Fish, turkey, eggs, Coconut and Coconut water
> Vitamins and Minerals: Vitamin B complex a anti-stressor. Also helpful
> Vitamin A, C, E and Magnesium. Vitamin D, besides helping your body build
> strong bones and muscles, vitamin D may also be important for mood, as it may
> increase serotonin, a neurotransmitter involved in resisting anxiety and
> depression. L-theanine, an amino acid found in tea, has a calming effect and
> reduces physiological responses to stress.
> A Carnelian stone pendant will give you a sense of wellbeing. Other useful
> crystal stones Amber, Adventurine, Smokey quartz, Aquamarine, Moonstone,
> Sodalite, Rose quartz and Amethyst.
> Hematite - One of the most Grounding Crystals, hematite helps things
> happen. It deflects negativity, bringing courage and strength in times of need,
> allowing mental processes to function and encourages clear thinking. This
> allows you to make choices and move forward with confidence, reducing stress
> in the process.
> Ask your guardian angels for anything you need and say thank you. Also
> meditation and grounding exercises help you to be balanced, calm and centered.
> Diane
> In a message dated 2/26/2013 7:40:13 P.M. Eastern Standard Time,
> vrh4@zips.uakron.edu writes:
> Hello everyone, I have a question for you. I have recently experienced some
> trauma in my life and I am in my final semester in college. My work has
> been slipping and I went to see a doctor yesterday and asked about any
> herbal or alternative anxiety treatment, I was of course perscribed several
> medications including an anti depressent and and anti anxiety med. I dont
> want to fill them, not if i dont haver to, but i need some relief now more
> than ever and I figured that this would be a good place to get some
> information and creative ideas:) I have been meditating, less than usual
> but as much as i am able to, also I began taking vitamine d this morning
> and hopefully that will help but any information, encouragmnent or
> suggestions would be greatly appriciated<3 love and light o you. Namaste
> [Non-text portions of this message have been removed]

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Re: Gums & Teeth

Here's one of the biggest things I've discovered regarding teeth.

Fluoride is BAD. Dentists have no idea - big surprise - what they are
talking about. They do no research and the toothpaste companies are totally
in control of their education.

It is hard to get rid of fluoride because it's everywhere. Water is what we
use to clean foods and is supplemented in every beverage drink.

Ok - next SUGAR. No matter what hospitals and doctors think the truth is
sugar is a HUGE problem. Not just for diabetes. The problem is what happens
to the cell. Sugar creates inflammation and the connection between it and
more and more diseases is become overwhelming. Don't mind what the food
industry says about that. They keep on piling on the sugar and even worse
chemical sugar substitutes. Cheap and addictive.

So, doing preventative actions isn't going to matter if you keep the toxic
and damaging items coming in.

It isn't easy that's for sure.

- Kevin

On Wed, Feb 27, 2013 at 10:50 AM, <Boonight@aol.com> wrote:

> **
> Gums and Teeth
> Cranberry juice fights tooth decay, cavities, plaque and gum disease.
> Drink organic 100% cranberry juice without sugar or eat fresh whole
> cranberries. It works by inhibiting the bacteria from clinging to your
> teeth and
> causing tooth decay. Cranberry juice has a specific enzyme that acts like
> a
> bacteria repellent on teeth. This enzyme inhibits bacteria from sticking.
> If it
> can't stick, it can't begin its feeding frenzy that eats through the
> layers of your tooth and eventually reaching your nerve causing the need
> for a
> root canal.
> Cranberry juice natural unsweetened cranberry juice can be used as
> mouthwash and as a solution for brushing one's teeth. It will kill all
> bacteria
> on contact and help to disintegrate plaques. Since it is somewhat acidic,
> probably it should not be used more then a few times a week. It is
> pleasant
> to use and can be swallowed. This juice can be used as a rinse and then
> swallowed. Brushing the teeth with cranberry juice leaves the teeth and
> mouth
> feeling very fresh and clean. After brushing one can rinse again and
> expectorate or swallow the juice.
> Benefits of Cranberry: Prevents painful urinary tract infection - Reduces
> Dental Plaque - Kidney Stone Prevention - Preventing Yeast Infection
> Bee Propolis has significant anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial benefits.
> It's excellent for infected gums and mouth ulcers.
> Grapefruit Seed Extract - GSE is one of nature's antiseptics. It can be
> used both topically and internally as anti-bacterial and anti-fungal. GSE
> came on the scene back in the 1970s, when immunologist Dr. Jacob Harich
> was
> looking for a natural non-toxic alternative to antibiotics that would help
> the body resist bacteria, viruses, parasites, and fungi. He found what he
> was
> looking for in the seeds and connecting tissue of the grapefruit. GSE
> exhibits significant antimicrobial activity at low concentration. Always
> dilute
> GSE before use. Place one to six drops in five ounces of water, then use a
> Q-tip or a gauze-covered finger to gently clean your dog's teeth and gums.