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Natural Ways to Cope With Anxiety and Panic

Category: Anxiety/Depression  |  Permalink

Published: Friday, July 18, 2014

 

5 NATURAL WAYS TO COPE WITH ANXIETY AND PANIC

You might want to try these BEFORE you turn to Klonopin, Ativan & Xanax
These are all from "God's Pharmacy... all natural & they work!

GABA

well-being. GABA           

also can improve mood, reduce syptoms

of  PMS, help ADHD.  It is also used to

promote lean muscle growth, burn fat,

stabilize blood (gamma-aminobutyric acid)

A neurotransmitter that helps anxiety by

slowing down neuron firing and producing

endorphins-this achieves a calming effect and creates a feeling of sugar and relieve

pain.  That's a lot from one supplement! 500-750 mg is a good dose to start.

 

L-Theonine

A naturally occurring amino acid found in

green tea. L-theonine increases the levels of

the neurotransmitters such as serotonin,

dopamine and GABA in the brain.

L-theanine has been clinically proven

to promote relaxation, reduce the negative

effects of caffeine, alleviate PMS symptoms

and reduce stress and anxiety.

There are also indications that it can help

with high blood pressure. You can either drink lots of green tea OR take an

L-Theonine supplement. For anxiety, 200 mg 2-3 times daily has been the

recommended dose.

 

5-HTP

 A metabolite of the amino acid tryptophan

that raises serotonin levels and promotes a

sense of calm focus.  5-HTP has been found

to help prevent anxiety and reduce panic

attacks.  Added benefits: can stop carbohydrate

cravings, relieve depression, reduce PMS

symptoms, aid restful sleep, aid weight loss

and help with migraines. Results have been reported in as little as 2 days.

  

 

Vitamin B-12 and Folic Acid

These vitamins also help release serotonin

and act as a milt antidepressant. I especially

like a brand called Rodex Forte which is a

capsule OR Vitamin B-12 sublingual drops.

 

Melatonin

A hormone that resets the circadian rhythm so

that sleep patterns return to normal-good sleep

promotes good brain chemistry. It is also found

to increase the effect of endorphins. Can reduce

feelings of anxiety.  Take melatonin at night

before bed. 1.2 - 3 mg is a good starting dose.  

 

CONCLUSION

Anxiety disorders affect about 20 percent of the adult population. You are NOT alone.

Yes, prescription medications provide a treatment option, but nutritional supplements may offer a better alternative with no risk for addiction.  They are also addressing the root of the problem.

These supplements work to calm you without drowsiness and will also increase mental

clarity. GABA and L-theanine work the fastest. I especially love a product called Zen Mind.

 

It works for me! And one more... Pray! Yes, it's true. Prayer actually changes brain waves into a calm,

meditative state. Worshiping and meditating for 12 minutes a day, delays the diseases of aging and reduces

stress and anxiety. 

 

I want YOU to lead a life as anxiety-free as possible.

Call me if you want to chat! Love, Barbara

 

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Collagen, What Can It Do For Me?

Category: Skin and Hair Care  |  Permalink

Published: Friday, July 11, 2014

COLLAGEN 1O1

 

What can collagen do for you? A lot!

Collagen reinforces strong bones, thick hair and nails, and beautiful skin.

Collagen is the "glue" that makes our bones strong, our tendons elastic, and our skin smooth-we know it's important because it's the single most abundant protein in the human body! There are more than 16 types of collagen, but 90 percent of the collagen that the body produces is types I, II, and III.

 

 

 

Collagen is essential to every structure in the body. But as we age, collagen production declines, leading to sagging skin and muscles, weaker and less elastic joints and ligaments, and thinner cartilage. Hair becomes thinner and more brittle, organs may sag inside the body, and arteries may become more prone to aneurysm. So maintaining healthy collagen levels over time can slow this structural decline. And not to mention, collagen keeps us looking good. Don't we ALL want that? I do!

 

Types of collagen in the body:

*Type I-the most abundant and the strongest

 

    -Found in: tendons, bones, skin, and scar tissue

*Types II, IX, X, XI-Found in cartilage

*Type III-Common in fast-growing tissue, like early stages of wound repair

      -Later replaced by Type I (in scar tissue)

*Type IV-Membrane of capillaries

*Type  V, VI-Generally found alongside type I

*Type VII-Epithelial cells lining the GI tract, urinary tract, and vaginal wall

*Type VIII-Lining of blood vessels

Collagen and Skin

We notice decreasing levels of collagen the most in our skin. Starting in our early 20s, collagen production declines by about 1 percent per year. Women going through menopause are especially prone to collagen decline-in the five years after menopause, women can lose up to 30 percent of their collagen! This loss in collagen is the reason for wrinkles, bone loss, muscle decline, prolapsed uterus and bladder, and general skeletal aging. And if that isn't bad enough, skin elasticity declines dramatically every year after menopause. Another important component in the skin is elastin, which works with collagen to help the skin flex and move and also decreases with age. When we are young, collagen and elastin naturally replenish themselves, but with exposure to sun and environmental toxins over time we lose the ability to replenish those levels as quickly.

 

Active Collagen Reduces Depth of Deep Wrinkles

Active Collagen, which contains Types I, III, and VII, was found to decrease lines and wrinkles and increase moisture in a study of 43 women between the ages of 40 and 55 who had deep crows' feet wrinkles. After 28 days of taking 2 grams per day, about 80 percent of the group taking Active Collagen showed a 30 percent decrease in depth of wrinkles compared to a placebo group. The Active Collagen also had a powerful moisturizing effect on the skin as well as on the vaginal area, whereas the placebo group actually showed an increase in dryness. The right type of Active Collagen to look for should be 99% pure hydrolyzed marine collagen with elastin polypeptides-these are backed by excellent research, whereas many other kinds are not.

 

Here are some of my favorite collagen products:

 

Collagen Beauty Bursts (Neocell)

-What it does: Creates firm, smooth skin and healthy hair and nails

-How it works: Uses a combination of type I and III collagen along with hyaluronic acid and vitamin C to provide additional collagen support and hydration in the form of a fruit punch-flavored chew.

Collagen Powder (Neocell)

-What it does: Provides specific amino acids that replenish the body's collagen supply and minimizes fine lines & wrinkles, improves elasticity in the skin builds and supports bone matrix, repairs damaged nails, thickens fine hair, slows hair loss, improves circulation, and promotes wound healing.

-How it works: Uses an advanced enzymatic hydrolyzation process that breaks down large collagen molecules into smaller peptides and contains 19 different amino acids that stimulate collagen production and mimic the effects of collagen in the body.

Collagen Type II for Arthritis

Studies have shown that Type II collagen can treat rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis. In fact, a new study that compared Type II collagen against a combination of glucosamine and chondroitin in treating OA of the knees showed that the collagen treatment was able to reduce symptoms by 33% in 90 days, whereas glucosamine combination treatment only reduced symptoms by 14% in the same time period. That's a significant difference! Improvement was determined according to the gold standard of measuring arthritis improvements, the WOMAC, which measures factors such as pain, range of motion, and distance walking, as well as ability to complete daily activities that indicate a higher quality of life. Remember that Type II collagen is found in cartilage, so it is useful to reduce pain from arthritis.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Lower Blood Pressure Naturally

Category: General Health Information  |  Permalink

Published: Tuesday, July 08, 2014

 

Lower your Blood Pressure Naturally!

 

Natural Supplements Found to Help Lower Blood Pressure:

-         Progesterone crème: Just 20 mg/day was found to

          lower blood pressure in just 12 weeks!

-         Co Q-10 ( 100-200 mg/day)

-         Vitamin D (2,000 lU/day)

-         Magnesium 200-600 mg/day

-         Fish Oils

-         Kyolic Garlic  - capsules, no garlic smell!

-         Olive Leaf Extract 500-1000 mg

-         Beet & apple juice mixed ( 2oz of each) showed remarkable

          results in one study.

"As usual, there is natural help in 'Gods Pharmacy!'"- Barbara H.

 

Foods can help, too!

Yes! God has provided us with foods that can help normalize blood

pressure! It is very important to choose foods naturally low in sodium

but also high in at least two of the three power minerals- calcium,

magnesium, and potassium. Sodium has always been the blood

pressure bogeyman, but if you use Celtic sea salt, you should not have

difficulty with salt.  Sea Salt is unrefined and has little or no effect on

blood pressure. Add in any of these 13 well-balanced foods to cut your

risks of stroke and heart attack nearly in half.

 

              

Proteins

 

 

White Beans

(1cup)- 13% of daily calcium

             30% of magnesium

             24% of potassium         

 

 

 

Quinoa

(1 ½ cup cooked)- 2% of daily calcium          

                             15% of magnesium

                              5% of potassium

 

 

 

Fat-Free plain yogurt

(1 cup)- 49% of daily calcium

             12% of magnesium

             18% of potassium

 

 

 

Pork Tenderloin

(3 oz)- 6% of daily magnesium

           15% of potassium

 

 

                   

 

Tilapia

(very lean, very white & very
high in protein) Not too flavorful,
you will need to add some spices!

(4 oz)- 8% of daily magnesium

            8% of potassium

 

 

 

Vegetables

 

Red Bell Pepper

(1 cup raw)- 1% of daily calcium

                    4% of magnesium

                    9% of potassium

 

 

 

Kale

(1 cup raw or cooked)- 9% of daily calcium

                                     6% of magnesium

                                     9% of potassium

 

 

 

Sweet Potato

(1 medium with skin): 4% of daily calcium

                                     8% of magnesium

                                     15% of potassium

 

 

Fruits

 

Banana

(1 medium)- 1% of daily calcium

                     8% of magnesium

                     12% of potassium

 

          

        

 

Kiwifruit

(1 fruit)- 2% of daily calcium

              7% of magnesium

              9% of potassium

 

 

Peach (or Nectarine)

(1 medium)- 1% of daily calcium

                     3% of magnesium

                     8% of potassium

 

 

 

Avocado

(1/2 fruit)- 1% of daily calcium

                 5% of magnesium

                 10% of potassium

 

 

 

Go forth, people & get on track to getting your blood pressure back to normal.  If you are taking BP meds, these tips may help you be able to lower your dose.  Some people have been able to get off altogether!

 

BETTER HEALTH NATURALLY FOR YOU!

Love,

Barbara

Posted by: amy watson
Wednesday, July 09, 2014 @ 5:59:04 PM

Barbara, you are right on the nose with this, l used to take 40 mg.of Lisinipril daily and just by changing my diet and watching my salt I have been able to lower my dosage to 10mg a day and I am hoping that on my next visit hoping to be able to get oiff of it totally, you have really been such a help in my journey in so many ways...GOD BLESS YOU

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Escape the Antacid Epidemic

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Published: Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Are you ready for the startling truth? Antacids may cause more harm than good! This is unsettling considering millions of Americans every year are prescribed strong antacids for relatively common conditions such as heartburn, gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), indigestion, and others. Millions more are buying antacids right over the counter to treat afflictions they do not truly understand. Well we are here to help you get the right information! First you need to know how antacids really work.

 

What is an Antacid?

 

Simply put, antacids are used to balance the pH levels in your stomach. It does this by using various base chemicals (acid reducers) to re-balance the stomach's acid levels. Some of these chemicals include: Sodium, Calcium, Magnesium, and Aluminum. The danger is, while these chemicals do work, they carry with them risks that can seriously affect your health.

 

What are the Risks?

 

One of greatest problems with using antacids: they affect your body's ability to digest vitamin B12 and minerals including calcium. This is dangerous because without the proper amount of minerals, vitamin B12, and calcium in your body, you are at an increased risk for decreased bone density and a compromised immune system. The truth is having suitable levels of stomach acid is essential for proper nutrient absorption. Stomach acid also destroys harmful bacteria, protecting your body from illnesses like pneumonia. Basically is comes down to this, STOMACH ACID IS NOT THE ENEMY.

 

What is the Real Issue?

 

The constant reflux of acid into your esophagus is not necessarily a result of high stomach acid levels. In fact it probably isn't! Antacid companies want you to believe that an acid reducer is the answer, but it is more likely to make your body dependant to them, and with prolonged use can actually worsen the problem. They may provide temporary relief, but the actual issue is not being resolved. The real reason why many people experience acid reflux is due to a combination of factors including food allergies, poor diet, diaphragm problems, or fermented food in your stomach that is not being digested properly. This makes sense considering modern society's obsession with highly processed foods, laden with unnatural chemicals, additives, and pesticides. It's no wonder we feel sick! The discomfort you are experiencing is your body's natural way of trying to warn you that the food you are eating is not good for it. Listen to your body!

 

What Food is Causing Digestive Problems?

 

Some of the worse culprits include:

 

  • Sugar
  • Salt
  • Dairy Products
  • Wheat
  • Night Shade vegetables such as tomato, eggplant, peppers, and potatoes
  • Meat
  • Diet foods (many of these are full of sugar, salt, and artificial sweeteners)

 

If this list seems a little overwhelming, do not be discouraged! Most people need only eliminate a few items from this list. Try taking them out one at a time in order to discover which foods are giving your body the most grief.

 

Some other stomach irritants include NSAIDs, Aspirin, and Ibuprofen.

 

What are Some Healthy Alternatives to Antacids?

 

Getting some natural digestive enzymes in your system is the best way to help you digest your food and prevent fermentation in your gut, excess acid or gases. Some foods which contain natural digestive enzymes include:

 

  • Probiotic yogurt
  • Ginger
  • Peppermint
  • Wheat grass
  • Aloe Vera juice
  • Papaya
  • Apple cider vinegar
  • Pineapple
  • Banana

 

For many people, TOO LITTLE stomach acid is actually the problem. This is a condition called hypochlorhydria where, with age, stomach acid production declines to problematic levels, causing stomach pain. People incorrectly mistake this pain for heartburn, indigestion, etc. and take an antacid. Despite providing temporary relief, the antacid further lowers stomach acid levels, exacerbating the problem. Your body responds by producing a surge of too much acid, causing an uncomfortable burning sensation. Also, dangerously low stomach acid levels leaves you extremely susceptible to food poisoning. If too little stomach acid is your problem, taking a supplement with Betain Hydrochloride will help.

 

Is there a Natural Alternative to Nexium? YES, Read on!

 

Many of you are just tired of being tied to that "little purple pill" which, as you know, is synthetic.  There are some natural treatments that you can try and see how you do.  Either of these may be your answer.

 

1. Deglycyrrhizinated licorice can help treat GERD as well as peptic ulcers, according to the University of Maryland Medical Center.  The UMMC advises people with these conditions to look for the abbreviation DGL on the label of any licorice product.  A study is cited in which participants with gastric ulcers took licorice root extract DGL for 6 weeks.  Most had not improved with conventional medicine.  90% experienced improvement and 22% experienced complete disappearance of their ulcer.

 

2. Slippery elm is another possible alternative.  Slippery elm contains mucilage, a gel-like substance that coats & soothes the digestive tract.  It appears to prevent damaging effects of stomach acid on the esophagus, the area of pain for most of you who use Nexium.  It also causes increased mucus secretion in the digestive tract which can protect you against excess acidity and even ulcers.  Slippery elm can be taken as a tea, tincture, lozenge or capsule

 

 

I hope this helps! Remember YOU can stop the endless cycle of acid buildup and antacid use by targeting the REAL cause of your problems and pain. Listen to what your body is telling you and get rid of heartburn, GERD, gastritis, and indigestion once and for all!

 

Blessings, Barbara

 

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WHERE, OH WHERE IS MY HORMONE HELP?

Category: Hormone Balance  |  Permalink

Published: Monday, May 05, 2014

"I cannot find a Doctor who knows about Bioidentical Hormones OR I cannot afford the office visit.   Is there anything I can do myself to Balance My Hormones?"

Don't be dismayed.  You are not alone AND there are some easy things you can do to help yourself.  Actually, even with insurance
coverage and no financial concerns, many women are still becoming their own health advocate...as evidenced by the many women's health websites that have recently been established, not to mention the plethora of chat rooms wherein women are counseling and advising each other.  Hormone balance discussions are a good thing because there are some simple natural remedies to many of the symptoms that do not require a doctor visit or a prescription medication.  Remember..menopause is a transition, not a disease and women throughout the years have been going through it without being under a doctor's care.

 

Now, do not misunderstand me.  I have worked in and with the medical community for over 30 years and I deeply respect physicians.  However, it is true that many doctors either will not accept insurance, do not have knowledge of bioidentical hormones and thus continue to prescribe synthetic hormones, or charge office visit fees that are not affordable for many women.  I know of one woman who paid over $500 for her "hormone evaluation".  Just today, I heard of a doctor who is charging $1500 to become one of one of the doctor's hormone patients!

 

So...are you having some of these miserable symptoms of Estrogen Dominance:  

  • Weight Gain
    Insomnia
  • Breasts tenderness
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Irritability
  • Inability to concentrate
  • Creeping forgetfulness
  • Panic attacks
  • Bloating
  • Mood swings
  • Dry hair/skin
  • Low sex drive

 

What can you do for yourself?

 

Well, let me tell you!

 

 First, if you have the time and inclination and about $15 and want to read a good "do-it-yourself" manual for hormone balance using progesterone purchase I suggest you purchase What Your Doctor May Not Tell You About Menopause or What Your Doctor May Not Tell You About Peri-Menopause, both books written by John R. Lee, M.D.

You will become SO informed about using over-the-counter strengths of the hormone progesterone.

 

Second, you can go to my information website www.progesteroneresearchnetwork and continue your "education" of the benefits of this wonderful hormone.

 

Third, (or first, if you want to get started right away), purchase a jar of a good natural progesterone cream.  This can be found in health food stores or online.  You will use it as follows:

 

Menstruating Women (including perimenopause): Apply 1/4 tsp twice daily on inner arms, wrists, palms of hands, inner thighs, face or neck.

Start on the 12th day after first day of menstrual flow through the 26th day.

Non-Menstruating women: Apply 1/4 tsp twice daily.  Use 25 days of the month.

 

 

What do we notice when women are on progesterone?  GOOD NEWS!  It can change your life!

We notice:

  • More energy and stamina
  • Less confusion and "foggy mind"
  • Better memory
  • PMS symptoms reduced or eliminated
  • Menopause symptoms reduced or eliminated
  • Healthier and more youthful skin    YES!  Your skin just LOVES progesterone!
  • Balanced moods; fewer mood swings
  • Normalization of weight  A HUGE benefit, no pun intended
  • Less depression
  • Less anxiety
  • Better muscle definition
  • Better sleep - NO MORE INSOMNIA for many of you!
  • Enhanced sexuality

 

SIDE EFFECTS:  There are no real side effects to the use of natural progesterone.  After all, this is the bioidentical hormone your body makes when you are young and healthy and which it makes in copious amounts during pregnancy.  If one were to use exorbitant amounts of progesterone in one application, drowsiness may occur as progesterone is a natural anti-anxiety agent.

 

CONCLUSION:

 

So...feeling hormonally imbalanced with no bioidentical hormone doctor in your area OR no funds to visit one?  You may want to get started today on natural progesterone.  I've been using it since 1993 and I feel FANTASTIC!  I want the same for you!

Don't forget to call me if you have any questions or need a good cream.
I'm so pleased to be your advocate and your friend!

Warmly,

Barbara

Post your comment here or email me at... Barbara@askbarbarahoffman.com

Posted by: Barbara
Tuesday, June 29, 2010 @ 3:14:58 PM

Dear Stephanie: First of all, please call me for my Hot Flash Tips hand-out (I shall post it next month for all of you). Vitamin E is very helpful as well as a product called Pycnogenol which has some good studies attached to it. Many women purchase what they call their "hot flash jar" and apply the creme during the actual flashes. This worked very well for me and for hundreds of other ladies. Do not despair. There IS help! The phone number to call for more help is 877-539-6200.


Posted by: Stephanie Lindsey
Wednesday, June 23, 2010 @ 2:55:05 PM

I have been on the purple jar and have upped my dosage to 1/2tsp in morning and 1/2 at night - I have hot flashes all night long waking up between 2-3 times a night having to go to the bathroom - I have hot flashes all during the day. I have been on the purple jar for about 90 days now. How long is it supposed to take I am in tears!!!!


Posted by: ghrp-6
Sunday, May 16, 2010 @ 6:43:49 PM

You can definitely find a solution for yourself but still, a professional consultation with a doctor is a must. It is essential so that you'll know what is really going on and you can prevent future disease if there is any.


Posted by: Sharon Porter
Wednesday, May 12, 2010 @ 6:41:22 PM

Hello Dr. Barbara, I have been having trouble with darkness around my neck and in between my breast. It looks like I have a dirty neck and chest. I scrub it frequently and even use alcohol to try to remove any dirt. I have did a search on the net and they have said that it is either diabetes or going through menopause. I have had blood test done and my sugar level is normal. My question to us is - what can I do to get rid of the darkness? It is embarassing to wear blouses without collars. I am 44 years old and I do believe that I am going through pre menopause. Sharon Porter

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