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Bone Exercises

Category: Bone Health  |  Permalink

Published: Friday, August 22, 2014

MORE GOOD NEWS FOR "DEM BONES"

 

Bone Exercises Can increase Density

 

Workouts such as ballroom dancing, brisk walking, or even jumping in place can help prevent and even REVERSE bone loss. Focus on upright activities that require you to work against gravity. You need to send the correct message to your bones in order to strengthen them.  Researches find that "fast bursts" trigger bone density factors.  Surprisingly, running does not seem to stimulate bone building, but brisk walking has been found to be effective in older women. Remember to keep it brisk.

 

It doesn't take much to benefit:

Only 30 minutes of walking or dancing four to five days a week can help.  OR jump in place for as long as you can or as long as the downstairs neighbor will tolerate. (If you have a history of fractures, check with a physician before jumping.  In Japanese studies, having mice jump up and land 40 times a week increased their bone density significantly after 24 weeks, a gain they maintained by hopping up and down only about 20-30 times per week after that. And we humans have heavier bones than little mice, so we should get an even faster result.

The good news!  Even if you currently have a low bone density, it is possible to shift those levels back to normal.  You will prevail!

 

 

Olive oil makes bones break-resistant

When folks in a Spanish study added 2 Tbs. to 3 Tbs. of extra-virgin olive oil to their daily diets, their bones became notably stronger and more break-resistant in as little as eight months and even people in their 70s benefited! This nutrient-rich oil prods your bones to produce a hormone (osteocalcin) that fuels the growth of healthy new bone tissue.  In addition to this great benefit, olive oil is stroke preventative.  So, say "Olive You" to this wonderful oil!

 

 

 

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Progesterone for Men

Category: Men  |  Permalink

Published: Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Benefits, Benefits, Benefits

 

 

 

Did you know... Progesterone is a hormone that is very important for men?  Both men and women naturally make progesterone and it plays a wonderful role in both sexes.  The role of progesterone has been severely underestimated in men. At some point in a woman's monthly cycle, men can have just as much progesterone in their bodies as the woman does. . So, it is not a "woman's hormone".  In fact, this special hormone can make men feel more "manly."  

Studies show that progesterone is just as important as estrogen and testosterone. In fact, progesterone is a precursor to both estrogen and testosterone, so it plays a big role in deciding the levels of these hormones.

 

How Does Progesterone Help a Man?

Most studies suggest progesterone in men has a similar effect to the male hormone testosterone. How? Like testosterone, progesterone enhances libido, improves mood, and keeps weight down while increasing muscle mass. With progesterone men can feel more energetic, have stronger bones and erections, prevent hair loss and have better sleep.  Progesterone may also increase levels of testosterone in the body and enhance its effects. More importantly, progesterone reduces estrogen and antagonizes estrogenic side effects like a poochy stomach and weight gain. Progesterone can help him lose those "man breasts."  In today's world, even young men are now exposed to high levels of estrogen and are developing breasts.  As men age, both their levels of testosterone and progesterone decrease, while estrogen levels increase. When high estrogen levels are unopposed by testosterone and progesterone, it leads to a condition called estrogen dominance. Amid the myriad of different problems, symptoms, and conditions caused by estrogen dominance, it is also the single most important cause of gynecomastia (man breasts).

You can reverse it! Progesterone works in part by lowering estrogen and raising levels of testosterone.

Read on!

 

 

Progesterone Helps a Man's Testosterone Stay in it's "Good" Form

Testosterone has the ability to convert into dihydrotestosterone (DHT), a not-"nice" form of testosterone. DHT is a known cause of male pattern balding, prostatic hyperplasia, and even prostate cancer. Progesterone is also the most potent known inhibitor of the enzyme 5-alpha-reductase, which converts testosterone into DHT. By blocking 5-alpha-reductase, progesterone promotes higher levels of "good"  testosterone in the body... the testosterone that gives men their vim, vigor & vitality not to mention their good old sex drive!

 

 

 

How does Progesterone antagonize estrogen?

Not only does progesterone raise levels of and have similar actions to the male hormone testosterone, it also acts against estrogen, much like testosterone does. Progesterone antagonizes the estrogenic effect on your body via multiple mechanisms. One such mechanism is through the regulation of cell metabolism to promote the oxidative pathway. This prevents conversion of the much weaker form of estrogen, estrone, to a more potent form known as estradiol.

So... Progesterone can reduce the incidence of estrogen-driven cancers like prostate cancer in men.

 

 

So, Men, I say " PROGESTERONE TO THE RESCUE!"

 

Want to learn more? Email me for my FREE packet called Natural Progesterone For Men! 

To read about my favorite men's product, ProMEN, go to www.bhnformulas.com

Sincerely,

Barbara

 

 

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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

A neurotransmitter that helps anxiety by

slowing down neuron firing and producing

endorphins-this achieves a calming effect

and creates a feeling of well-being. GABA

also can improve mood, reduce symptoms

of  PMS, help ADHD.  It is also used to

promote lean muscle growth, burn fat,

stabilize blood 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: Thursday, July 10, 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
Friday, August 22, 2014 @ 12:25:19 PM

I am a perfect example of being able to lower blood pressure with a change in diet, 1 year ago I was on 40 mg. Lisinipril for blood pressure, I made some changes in my diet and now I am down to 10mg, and on an as needed basis...I check it everyday and only take it id it goes above a certain amount


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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