Why are we Sick, Feeble and Frail?

An apple a day keeps the doctor away

An age old adage, but sadly it’s no longer true.  Modern farming methods have all but destroyed the soil’s natural resources and the nutritional content of our present day fresh produce is simply not what it’s reported to be. In fact, each generation of this supposedly state of the art produce are less and less nutritious than its predecessors. (Click here for World Health Report)

The problem evidently lies squarely with the chemical fertilizers used in modern day farming, an artificial cow poop that does nothing moreplane-spraying than promote good looking, good tasting, fast growing  fruit and vegetables that are nutritionally depraved. Modern day fertilizers, unlike the natural composts of old, do nothing to promote ongoing healthy soil. They do not contain any of the decaying matter needed to maintain soil structure and so the necessary trace elements to produce quality and healthy foods are steadily depleted over time. Food is only as healthy as the soil it grows in!

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The Worldwatch Institute  attest that studies concluded in 2003 show that despite farmers being able to grow crops 2 to 3 times faster than 50 years ago, their produce has 10 to 25 percent less copper, iron, zinc, protein, calcium, vitamin C and other nutrients. As at today’s date 13 years later (2016) this decline will no doubt be much worse.

Research by David Thomas – a geologist turned chiropractor, shows that super foods like Tomato and Broccoli contain 80% less copper and 75% less calcium than in 1940. Thomas cracked that ‘You’d have to eat 10 times more tomatoes today to enjoy the same copper intake from one tomato in 1940.’

This loss in nutritional value is sadly not only limited to fresh produce. The livestock industry has suffered the same fate. Specially formulated and chemically enhanced feed ensure that cattle, sheep, pigs and chicken are reared in double quick time, but once again at a cost to the consumer – less protein and nutrients than yesteryear.

Professor Michael Crawford and Yoqun Wang of London Metropolitan University found that our present day chickens contain twice as much fat, a third more calories and a third less protein than their counterparts in 1940.

There’s no doubt that our modern day, chemically enhanced, but nutritionally depleted foods have taken its toll and the imminent world food shortage forecast looks set to even further aggravate the problem.

So what is the answer?  After all, our daily nutritional intake is what sustains us and enables the proper functioning of our immune system to fight off infections, viruses, bacteria, parasites etc etc.  Ailments and sicknesses like Aids, Cancer, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Arthritis, Depression, Tumors, Diarrhea, Flues and Colds are more prevalent today than 40/50 years ago, attributed mainly to our weaker immune systems.

What are the options to restore your health?

Buying organic is one option, but despite being more nutritious it does have it’s own problems. It’s  expensive and not always freely available, unless of course you have the urge and oomph to grow your own produce. (see our info on Aquaponics)

A more obvious solution is to increase your intake of much needed nutrients by supplementing your daily diet with Multi Vitamins or Immune Boosters. This is not necessary a cheaper solution, more so where it involves buying for the whole family. But then, is their a price tag on health?

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Acid Reflux: A Disease of our Time

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Acid Reflux
Acid Reflux

By my early 20’s I was addicted to Rennies, downing 3 or 4 at a time. Coughing, belching and burning was part of my daily routine. Whether I ate or not, I was always burning somewhere between my stomach and my tonsils.

Back in the 70’s Acid Reflux was an uncommon disease. Over the past 40 years it has increased almost 10 fold. General medical consensus is that if left unchecked it can develop into esophageal cancer . Sad to say, current research to find out the what, how and why is still in it’s infancy.

At the entrance to your stomach is a valve called Lower Esophageal Sphincter, or LES for short. It opens up to let through incoming food and then closes to prevent stomach gasses from sneaking back up through the Esophagus.

So what causes the reflux? Some of the common problems are;

Hiatal Hernia: When the stomach bulges up into the chest through the diaphragm.
Overeating and or lying down straight after a meal
Overweight: What else? It’s the reason for anything going wrong.
Snacking before bedtime.
Eating and drinking certain no-no foods and beverages, although the list is in a bit of a quandary since the Banting diet has started challenging traditional thinking.
Smoking: Surprise, surprise!

Treatment

More often than not antacids and a lifestyle change will do the trick. Failing this, the next step is visiting your doc for prescription medication and ultimately a snip snap job.

One home remedy includes eating half an apple before bedtime every night. Apparently eating a small handful of almonds after every meal also helps the cause but there are no studies to support these easy-peasy remedies.

The low-carb ‘Banting’ diet certainly seems to be a popular choice. Studies have found that cutting back on refined carbohydrates helps to reduce acid.

What’s the verdict on my reflux? I can’t say really. Somewhere in my early 50’s I followed a mean detox diet for 30 days. I’m happy to report that my reflux disappeared together with a few kilos of fat. Haven’t felt or smelt it since.

Fact remains, Acid Reflux is no laughing matter and if a change in life style does not do it for you, you need to take some action.

The internet is flooded with testimonials from ex reflux sufferers who benefited from natural herbal medications. Although often slower, there is no denying the benefits of alternative health products.   

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Vicks Vaporub: It’s so much more

It conjures up vivid memories of my growing up in the 50’s & 60’s.

Things were a lot more simple then. Any sign of a cough or cold and ma soon had you rubbed from navel to nose with a healthy layer of Menthol Vicks Vaporub. Quite unlike today’s children who are unceremoniously doped with flue capsules and odorless cough mixtures.

Has Vicks lost its attraction?  Not by any means. For those in the know it’s a box of medical magic that works for a long range of aches and ailments. While many of these assertions have not yet been medically verified there certainly is no shortage of trustworthy testimonials from the many happy users.

Officially there are two recognized uses for Vicks Vaporub. It can be rubbed on the chest and throat to relieve coughs and nasal congestion and it can be applied to sore muscles to relieve minor aches and pains.

But then there’s this list of unofficial uses:

Coughing:  The causes are multiple and the the intensity varied, but bed time is when the onslaught begins. Medical science seemingly has numerous reasons for this exasperating occurrence, all of which require costly prescription drugs to treat.  

Rubbing the soles of your feet with Vicks and donning a pair of socks is apparently all that’s needed to ensure a peaceful night’s sleep. There are numerous testimonies on the internet to support this.

Science is not clear on why this works, but then who cares. It brings relief to 1000’s and that’s all that matters.

Toe Nail Fungus:  A  common problem that can result in inflammation, swelling and  crumbling of the nail and is aggravated by a weak immune system, poor hygiene and exposure to moisture, like sweaty feet when wearing shoes and socks on a hot day.

A simple application of VapoRub on the infected nail 2 or 3 times a day will turn it dark as the Vicks starts killing of the fungus. As the nail keeps growing the dark part will grow off, leaving your toe fungus free. Apply Vicks Vaporub for a few more days to clean out any remaining bacteria.

Headaches:  Who would have believed. Vicks Vaporub is supposedly a cure for children’s blocked noses and wheezy chests and coughs caused by colds and flues.

Applying Vaporub to your temples and forehead with a dash or 2 under the nose is apparently all that’s needed to relieve a headache.

Does it work? I don’t know. I don’t get headaches, but yonks of testimonials on the internet from people of all walks of life suggests it does. As always, you have the skeptics, but then have they even tried it?

Let’s just agree that it works for some and not for others.

Tennis Elbow:  This has me totally amazed. Having suffered from this many years ago the ailment was only resolved after many doctor’s visits, numerous injections and boxes of pain killers. Now I’m told the matter could have been resolved by simply applying some Vicks Vaporub!

So I googled it and there it was. Numerous claims that Tennis Elbow vanished in days after regular applications of Vaporub. My gasp is flabbered.

And so the list continues. Mosquito bites, stretch marks, pet pee deterrent, Athlete’s foot, ear pain (apply to cotton wool in ear) and keeps cats from scratching furniture.

Arc eyes:  A tip from one of our readers. Wipe Vaporub under your eyes, let it go to work and before you know it the burn has gone. Make sure you don’t get it in your eyes. It will not help the cause.

Warning

Vicks Vaporub is strictly for external use only. Some people are sensitive to Vicks so if you are not sure, or never used it before, it’s always best to first test it on your skin.

Keep away from eyes, mouth and open cuts or sores.

 ‘till next time, but until then your comments are welcomed.

Steve

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Antacids and Stomach ulcers

Antacids – good or bad medication! 😮

Do they really do the job?

It’s another one of those confusing medical anomalies. Your stomach makes hydrochloric acid to aid digestion. It aggravates your ulcers and heartburn and so the nice doctor prescribes a quick-fix of antacids which stabilizes the acid and you feel better, until your next meal of course.

At least that’s what we’re told, however far from the truth it may be.

Cartoon sketches depicting someone salivating over a delicious plate of food is not very far from the truth. As you chew and chomp your food the enzymes in your saliva triggers the digestion process and prompts your stomach to release hydrochloric acid.

Swallowed food  passes down the esophagus into the stomach wherEsophacuse the gastric juices(acid) start breaking it down  in preparation for the next faze of digestion, the small intestines. To open the valve that allows the food to pass through to the intestines needs a high level of acidity. If this acid level is not correct the valve will not open.

And so the food lies in your stomach where it pollutes and releases gasses!

Contrary to all we are told the stomach needs a high level of acidity to maintain the healthy and effective functioning of the digestive system. The acid also destroys and prevents germs and parasites from invading your body. High acid level are thus indicative of a healthy stomach and no reason for concern, as we are always made to believe.

Put differently, a reduced asset level triggers the following problems:

* Insufficient breakdown of the food
* Insufficient acid level to regulate the valve to the small intestines
* Undigested food lying in your stomach longer than it should
* Breakdown of the acid protective barrier increasing the risk of harmful bacteria and toxins invading
* your stomach, resulting in ulcers.

The longer the food lies without digesting, the more it putrefies and ferments and the more gas it releases. Before long you start bloating, burping, passing winds and finally – heartburn, acid reflux and peptic ulcers. 

Taking antacids and other similar medication to reduce the acid levels in your stomach won’t solve anything, seeing that the problem is caused by low acid levels in the first place. Antacids only suppresses the symptoms. Once the effects of the medication wears off the pain and discomforts return in all it’s glory .

So what causes low acid levels, or Hydrochlorhydria as it is medically known.

Some of the causes identified by researchers are:

* Stress
* Mineral deficiency such as chloride, sodium and zinc
* Excess alcohol consumption
* Excess consumption of high carb / processed foods
* Age

What then is the long term solution? Modern medicine only seems to suppress the symptoms and so the discomfort is ongoing.

The internet is flooded with testimonials from ex reflux sufferers who benefited from natural herbal medications. Although often slower working, there is no denying the benefits of alternative health products.   

Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV

Taking a 1 to 2 teaspoons of ACV in a glass of water about 30 minutes before each meals will insure the correct level of acidity for your digestive system to operate effectively. The ACV is known to also kill bacteria that cause stomach ulcers and alleviate any resulting pain.

 OCEAN’S Apple Cider Vinegar is just what you’re looking for. Made from fresh, crushed, organically grown apples it is left to ferment and mature in its own time, a process that can take months. The real McCoy ACV, like OCEAN’S contains a cloudy bacterial substance called “mother” that is normally not found in the over-processed commercial varieties and is said to be a complex structure of beneficial acids that are crammed with health benefits.

Here’s to great health!

’till next time, but until then your comments are welcomed.

Steve

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Cracked Heels and Elbows

It’s painful, it’s yukky and can be a real headache to solve. Left untreated the most likely payoff is  inflammation, infection and bleeding. 

Walking barefoot, long periods of standing and obesity are the most common causes for this bothersome and embarrassing affliction. Cracked heels are unsightly and is often mistakenly attributed to lack of hygiene, but this cannot be more wrong.

Not surprisingly the desperate search for a practical quick fix has triggered a multi million dollar industry of ‘miracle’ creams and balms, each with a sure and trusted guarantee to bring instant relief and healing. Do they work? Judging by the many online comments left by irate and dissatisfied customers the effectiveness of these products are extremely doubtful.

Soaking the feet in warm water before bedtime, followed by some foot cream and a pair of socks seems to be the most popular advice, but again there’s little evidence that this actually does the trick.

And so the million dollar question –  What is the solution? 

Here’s what worked for me. Something so simple and effective that most people react in total disbelieve – how can such a cheap and easy method work so well?

Chances are that your sentiments will be no different. All I ask, is that you give it a go, because it works!!  I know, I suffered dry cracked heels and elbows for years and then someone showed me this simple trick.

A sheet of water sandpaper grade 100

No I’m not joking, you’ve heard right. After all, that’s what sandpaper does. It makes rough things smooth, like a baby’s bum.

Sand down the dry skin on your heals and albows until smooth and then only have your bath or shower as normal. Dry thoroughly and apply some foot cream. You will see a significant improvement after just 1 session. I know, because it worked for me.

So what’s the difference between sandpaper and a pumice stone.? Very simple. Rubbing away at your wet heels and elbows while under the shower or in a bath simply does not do the job nearly as well as sandpaper on dry skin.

And there it was. Starring us in the face all along!

A word of warning! Don’t get too carried away with the sanding down. You  don’t want to damage the new layer of skin, it can be pretty painful! Rather tackle it over 2 or 3 sessions, the results will still be spectacular!

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‘till next time, but until then your comments are welcome.

Steve




Restless Legs Syndrome

 

Restless Legs Syndrome, or for short RLS.

Little is known about it. It has medical science befuddled and the natural functions of the body in disarray. Whilst melatonin from the brain is preparing the body for a night of fitful sleep your legs are planning a party of their own.

People suffering from RLS are driven by an unstoppable urge to keep moving their legs. This compulsion is often painful, and increases at night and when lying down. The end result is lack of sleep, and in severe cases, anxiety and depression.

Medical science admits that research into RLS is still in its infancy. Although many researchers believe that it’s linked to other serious conditions such as heart, lung, and kidney disorders, it seems to often be activated by something as simple as excessive caffeine or too little exercise.

Unless the RLS can be tied to an underlying sickness there simply is no medical cure for it. Prescribed medicines can at best only bring brief relief and often have side effects like dizziness, nausea and daytime sleepiness.

A change in lifestyle often produces the best results and watching what goes in and through the mouth is a good start. Alcohol, caffeine, nicotine and sugar are big culprits.
Activities like stretching and hot or cold packs to the affected area are also said to bring relief but again, not everyone benefits from this.

Remedies 😄

As always, there are the regular weird and wonderful tales of the unexplainable miracle cures. Crazy as it seems, they come with loads of testimonies from lifelong sufferers, while there are many others that experienced no relief whatsoever.

Soap

A popular remedy is placing a bar of plain soap devoid of deodorants and antibacterial ingredients between the mattress and the sheet at the foot end of the bed and go to sleep. There’s nothing else to do. It’s as easy as that.

For some it works from the first night, for some it takes 2 or 3 nights while for many others the party mode continues unabated.

Why it works nobody knows, but for the little effort it takes it’s well worth a try.

Turmeric

Another popular treatment for RLS is the ingesting of a teaspoon of Turmeric, mixed with a half a glass of water, before retiring for the night. Closer to home, I have a sister that swears by it. Since discovering this neat little trick she has become a bit of a party pooper and no longer has inexplicable urges to breakdance around the room.

Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) & Magnesium Bisglycinate

RLS is also attributed to a lack of essential minerals in the body and many sufferers have found relieve by boosting there system with magnesium, a known antidote for cramps and pain in the legs. The problem is that our body typically absorbs only 20-50% of the magnesium that’s ingested.

The role of ACV in combating RLS  is that it assists the body to absorb and retain magnesium, more specifically magnesium bisglycinate.

Take the tablets and 1to 2 tablespoons of ACV in a glass of water about an hour before bedtime. Many people claim to have experienced effective results from the first night. 

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Steve

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Cures for Insomnia

sleeping-cat-bEver seen a cat with a sleep disorder? They close their eyes and straight off fall asleep. Now if  cats could talk and share their secret we’ll all no doubt will be purring with delight as we drift off to sleep, but that’s not going to happen.

Rumour has it that our predecessors slept longer than we do today, but then Thomas Edison invented the light bulb and the rest is history.

Ironically, Insomnia is a big nightmare. You hit the sack, exhausted and bleary eyed, but find yourself more wired and with-it than you’ve been all day. You roll and scratch and follow all the insomnia rules, still sleep evades you.

So what is the solution?

Medication?  Not always the best option. It often causes dependency and can even worsen the problem. Known side effects are daytime sleepiness, dizziness, sleep-walking and memory lapses. Insomnia is a sign of one or more medical conditions that can range from depression, to too much caffeine, to a mineral deficiency and taking prescription drugs only suppresses the symptoms but does not pinpoint the root cause.

Acclaimed health researchers Joan and Lydia Wilen are the authors of Chicken Soup and Other Folk Remedies. It’syellow-onion taken the internet by storm and one of their claims to fame is a strange home remedy that many swears is a winner.

If you follow the instructions you are sure to be blowing z’s within 15 minutes.

The miracle cure, believe it or not, is an onion and the instructions are easy as 1,2,3.

First peel then cut the onion into chunks, place in a jar with a lid and next time you can’t sleep simply take 4 or 5 deep whiffs and wait for Mr. Sandman.

How does it work? Best not to ask because nobody knows. Insomnia is a common ailment in the celebrity community and sniffing onion is a solution many of them swear by. The only criteria is it must be of the ‘yellow’ variety which  is the one most commonly used and can be easily identified by the brown outer skin.

Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV)

While there is no clear scientific explanation, there are 1000’s testimonials from people claiming that raw unprocessed Apple Cider Vinegar not only cured their insomnia, it actually helps them stay asleep. As ACV is also known for its energy boosting capabilities its not advisable to take it to close to bedtime.

After much research I found this ‘insomnia busting’ recipe that many claim knocks them out for the count.

1 HOUR BEFORE BEDTIME enjoy a cup of decaffeinated tea, like chamomile. Add 1-2 tablespoons ACV and some natural raw honey. It’s essential that you combine all 3 ingredients, even if you normally do not take any from of sweetener with your tea or coffee. They all contain sleep inducing properties and together it’s said to be a powerful ‘sleep’ cocktail.

OCEAN’S Apple Cider Vinegar is just what you’re looking for. Made from fresh, crushed, organically grown apples it is left to ferment and mature in its own time, a process that can take months. The real McCoy ACV, like OCEAN’S contains a cloudy bacterial substance called “mother” that is normally not found in the over-processed commercial varieties and is said to be a complex structure of beneficial acids that are crammed with health benefits.

Here’s to lots of good sleep.

and if you have the time, I’d love to have your comments.

Steve




Benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar

Raw, Unfiltered Apple Cider Vinegar, also known as ACV, is an age old acetic drink with an array of health and household uses. An ‘evergreen’ favorite amongst the natural health fraternity,  it’s not to be confused with the sparkling clear, commercialized product found on supermarket shelves.

Made from fresh, organically grown apples it is left to ferment and mature in its own time, a process that can take months. The real McCoy ACV contains a cloudy bacterial substance called “mother” that is generally not found in the over-processed commercial varieties.

The mother is defined as a complex structure of beneficial acids that are crammed with health benefits.

Today we have a an assortment of vinegars ranging from Passion Fruit, Strawberry and Coconut flavors, all with their special health benefits, but none more so than the ever popular Apple Cider Vinegar, or ACV as it’s often known.

The health benefits of Vinegars go way back into history, the first written records being 1200BC by the Chinese, although it is said to have been used by the Egyptians as far back as 3000BC. Ceaser’s army used it to stay healthy and fit, the Greek and Romans promoted it’s holistic values and the Japanese Samurais believed that it gave them super powers. ACV remains highly popular and is even to this day used by many for an array of ailments, especially by those who favor alternative medicines.

Vinegar is made through a fermentation process using fruit, vegetables, herbs, grains etc added to a mixture of water and honey or sugar. The resultant alcohol is exposed to the air and bacteria that converts it into acetic, malic, formic and lactic acids and tara…!!, we have vinegar. 

One of the best ways to cleanse the body and kill bacteria is ACV. Acting like a sponge  it draws out toxins and distributes much needed nutrition to our body parts. ACV  is said to be a natural antibiotic, has anti-viral and anti-fungal properties, aids the respiratory system, is anti-inflammatory, circulatory propellant, clears infection, boosts the immune system and much more!

Contrary to popular belief research done by the United States Dept of Agriculture affirmed that apple cider vinegar contains no measurable amounts of vitamin A, vitamin B, vitamin C, vitamin E, riboflavin, niacin,  beta-carotene, folate, amino acids, or any other nutritional elements.

Does this mean that ACV is nothing more than a fallacy? 

Definitely not! 

Apple cider vinegar is loaded with acetic acid, a crucial ingredient that aids with the ingesting of essential minerals from the foods we eat. ACV is especially effective in absorbing potassium, a much needed aid to muscle growth and also the prevention of heart and nervous system disorders.

More specifically Apple Cider Vinegar has the following uses:

* 2-3 teaspoons of ACV before meals helps digestion and balances your body’s PH level.
* It stops and prevents heartburn, acid reflux and ulcer related problems
* Detoxing process helps with weight loss and breakdown of fat.
* It is said to remove stains from teeth, stop diarrhea, clear a blocked nose, kill bad breath, stop hiccups and
fades bruises.

Apple Cider Vinegar has a ginormous following worldwide with some little known but highly effective external uses:

  • Combining 1 cup apple cider vinegar with 1 cup cold water and applying to the face with a cotton ball makes for a great facial tonic.
  • If you’re one of the ‘go green’ people, combining 4-5 tablespoons baking soda with equal parts of ACV and water makes for a great chemical-free ‘shiny hair’ shampoo.
  • Spent the day in the open and saw too much sun. Dilute 1-2 cups of apple cider vinegar in a cool bath and soak it up.
  • Make short work of swollen hands or feet by messaging it with raw ACV.
  • Used externally it’s a great remedy for dandruff, acne and a youthful appearance.

Although I can’t personally vouch for each of these benefits I can attest that the internet abounds with 1000’s of testimonials about the miracle powers of Apple Cider Vinegar, all who claim to have experienced life changing results from using  ACV  as a daily supplement.

I suppose the best way to find out is to try it out!

Here’s to good health!

’till next time, but until them your comments are welcomed.

Steve

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Treating ADHD the Natural way

ADHD, a controversial subject with 2 sharply divided groups – for and against.

My purpose for this blog is not to choose sides or play umpire. Even the most ardent skeptic will agree that children (and grownups) diagnosed with ADHD display symptoms of being hyperactive, forgetful, impulsive, moody and easily distracted. It’s the tag of ADHD allotted to this group of symptoms that they object to. It simply lumps all sufferers together under one debility without giving any thought or consideration to underlying causes.

And so the question remains –  ‘WHY?’ What causes these symptoms.

Science, parents and even the victims are constantly looking for answers. Sadly there is no exact answer. Arguments range from diet, heredity, smoking and drinking during pregnancy to bad parenting or over diagnosing.

Children diagnosed with ADHD in the USA have risen from 150,000 in 1970 to 4.5 million in 2003. The growing trend seems to point to some form of wrongdoing in our lifestyle, which typically would be diet. Despite numerous studies, the medical industry is still split in 2 over the relationship between ADHD symptoms and what we eat.

Surprisingly there is no conclusive evidence that links sugar consumption to ADHD. Studies monitoring the activity levels of ADHD children who had been given sugar as part of the research program showed no significant change from their normal actions.

Followers of the Feingold diet plan experience notable improvement when eliminating artificial  colorants, flavorings, sweeteners and food additives from their diet. Numerous studies have shown that there is a direct link between hyperactivity and these additives.

Additives are Chemicals. Chemicals that are used in the production of processed foods to enhance the taste and appearance, slow spoilage, prevent discolouring and to add synthetic vitamins and minerals that were lost during the manufacturing process. Without these additives most processed foods would be as tasteless and deficient as a cardboard box.

Our bodies were not designed to cope with the invasion of these chemicals, which no doubt impacts heavily on our immune systems – even more so in children, especially during their developing years.

Not managed correctly it can lead to low self-esteem and other behavioural problems, even in their adult life. Conventional treatment of these symptoms can be effective but are often addictive and come with side effects.

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How to lose your Belly Fat

What Causes Belly Fat?

There’s a plethora of reasons. Like eating too much and moving too little, your genetic make-up or even old age. Belly fat hardly needs an invitation to invade your space.

Whatever the reason, at the end of the day it’s getting rid of the bulge what’s important, and then for more than just cosmetic reasons. Excess tonnage around the midriff is a telltale sign that fat has already collected around some internal organs, more specifically the heart.  😬

Medical science is in agreement – belly fat is a clear-cut mayday of looming diseases like heart defects, diabetes, cholesterol, asthma and sleep apnea. However recent studies have also shown a definite link between stomach fat and osteoporosis (Harvard University 2012)

Old age also typically slows down our metabolism, increasing body fat and storing it mainly where it’s not wanted –  in the abdomen.  As many an old fogy will confirm, getting rid of those love handles is like nailing jelly to a tree.

Not surprisingly the business of melting down belly fat has become a multimillion dollar industry.  Magic remedies promoting overnight success are flooding the internet. Make no mistake, there are most certainly programs that work. It’s avoiding the scams that’s the problem.  

As the saying goes ‘If you indulge you bulge’. No doubt the answer to shedding that belly fat is a healthy and sensible lifestyle but as many a victim has experienced – belly fat is stubborn fat and even following a strict eating and exercise routine has for the most little effect on that unsightly spare tyre.

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Aquaponics: Grow your own Veggies

Aquaponics! – the food of the future.

It’s fast becoming a cheap alternative and nutritional food source for the health conscious consumer.

A merger of agriculture and hydroponics, it’s the closest to a self-sustaining soil-less vegetable garden one can find. In essence, the water in the tank plus the waste of the fish is an organic food source for the growing plants. The plants in turn act as natural filters for the water that flows back into the fish tank after the plants have been watered.

It’s an agricultural technique that closely resembles the connection between fish, water and plants in the wild. Combining the best of both worlds, Aquaponics eliminates the drawbacks of systems like Hydroponics.

In Comparison Hydroponics  is based on expensive artificial man-made fertilizers made from a mishmash of chemicals, salts and trace elements.  The correct application of the mixture and the PH balance of the water needs to be carefully monitored using expensive meters.

Another Hydroponic flaw is the build-up of salts and chemicals in the water, a big no-no for the well being of the plants. The only solution is to dilute the recycled water by draining and topping-up of a determined amount of water on a regular basis.

In comparison the Aquaponics system runs like a cute baby. You simply feed the fish with affordable commercial or home grown fish food. Once the system has been setup and monitored for a short period you need only check pH and ammonia on a weekly basis and top-up dropping water levels when needed.

Unlike Hydroponic systems that are prone to diseases called pythium or root rot, Aquaponics is virtually disease free.

Can it get any easier?

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A mini Aquaponics: It’s smart enough to be displayed in your house or study

This system is so simple it can be easily managed from an apartment in the center of town.

  1. It uses very little water. The water is recycled and loss through evaporation is reportedly no more than 1.5% per day.
  2. A mini indoor system needs as little as 2 – 3 Square meters.
  3. It requires no heavy labor.
  4. Best of all, it’s naturally organic. Chemical pesticides will kill the fish.

There is one drawback however. Because the plants grow in gravel (instead of sand) you can’t grow root vegetables like potatoes or carrots.

All said and done, Aquaponics is a great way to grow healthy and nutritious veggies. It’s the farming of the future and even if you’ve never done it before, it’s easy to manage.

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There’s simply no price on a healthy lifestyle
It’s an established fact that you ARE what you EAT

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Aquaponics is CHEAP
Aquaponics is EASY
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Herbal Supplements for Cats & Dogs

In my article on Why are we so Sick, Feeble and Frail? I explains the reason for mankind’s decline in health and why we should be taking vitamin supplements.

The big question is……. are your pets any different?  

Sadly the answer is no. 

Just like us, our fury friends need proper nutrition to grow and stay healthy, but just as with us the processed pet foods, so attractively wrapped in brightly coloured eye catching packaging, do not have what it takes to keep them healthy.

Happily all is not lost. There are various supplements for cats and dogs on the market that can add a few more years of healthy living to your pet’s life.

Growing scientific evidence supports the premise that animals in the wild have clear knowledge of the natural medications of  nature. Studies show that animals use plants and herbs to treat a variety of ailments. So, if  herbal medicines are an effective treatment for wild animals, why not our domesticated friends?  

Different herbs perform different functions within the body. Some herbs detox the liver, some control the immune system while others provide energy etc etc.

Domesticated cats and dogs are wholly dependent on humans for their food consumption. The processed foods we feed them are totally devoid of the essential natural plants, roots and seeds they are dependent on for their health. The result – the onset of ailments like kidney failure, cancer, Arthritis, Diabetes, distemper, premature death, joint pains, heart, liver and urinary tract diseases, to name but a few.

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Immunity & Liver Support R180-00

Despite the much vaunted assertions by manufacturers that their food provides all the daily nutritional requirements necessary for your pet’s health, the overall health of domestic pets, especially as they get older, reflects differently. 

After numerous requests from their Feelgood Health customers, Feelgood Pets was launched in 1999 with a wide range of herbal & homeopathic remedies, aimed mainly at the furry members of the family – dogs, cats & horses.  

There herbal medicines and vitamin supplements are formulated according the highest holistic health standards, are never tested on animals and are side-effect free.

Let’s face it, they’re not just furry friends, they’re family and need all the love and attention you can give them.
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Steve




Cheat Days: Good or Bad

My doctor told me to stop my intimate dinners for four. Unless there are three other people – Orson Welles 😆

Let’s face it, losing weight is no breeze, despite all the pills, diet shakes and magic devices flooding the market. One of the more favourite and seemingly successful innovations of late has been the ‘cheat day’, a supposedly reward for sticking to the unpalatable task of dieting.

Cheat day was never intended as a green light to pig out, yet not surprisingly, it’s viewed by many as exactly that. A big binge day, no holds barred. 

Scientists have now discovered that controlled and well planned ‘cheat day’ meals hold more benefits than simply a mental ‘lifter-upper’.

The logic is quite simple. The fat cells in your body secrete a hormone called Leptin, which is responsible for maintaining your body’s energy levels i.e. energy in = energy out. It does this by sending signals to the brain I’m hungry I need more energy OR I’m full I have enough energy.

To lose weight, energy out must exceed energy in which causes Leptin levels to drop, sending a message to the brain that more energy is needed. If this imbalance is maintained your body over time adjusts, going into  self preservation mode and slowing  down your metabolism so as to use less energy.

Obviously a Bad idea for weight loss. 😟

Cheat days trick the body into thinking that all is well!  You’re still taking in sufficient nutrition and energy levels are perfectly balanced.

The emphasis is on controlled and well planned cheat day meals, for one day of the week only. Without needing to feel guilty or condemned, it’s a day you can happily munch on the foods that are otherwise excluded from your diet. The secret is not to binge and but stick to regular portions. Eating ice cream and choc chip cookies is all par for the course. Gorging them down in mass quantities on auto pilot will only undo all the good you’ve done in the week.

There’s a condition though! Cheating is only for those who ‘did good during the week’, for those who have earned it. The theory only works if you didn’t cheat. It’s a reward to yourself for sticking to your healthy eating plan.    

As with all things weird and wonderful there are also the anti-cheat day proponents. One theory is that pigging out on junk food will only feed your addiction and set you up for failure. If you do have this problem Cheat Days will obviously not work for you.

Until proven otherwise I’ll go with the cheat day theory. Eating food on the no-no list without feeling guilty sounds just great to me.

’till next time, but until then your comments are welcome

Steve

 

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