Thursday, April 26, 2012

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

The Mouth/Body Connection

What does brushing and flossing have to do with the rest of your body? Your mouth is the gateway to your body -- and it's not a very pristine gateway. It's filled with bacteria -- in fact, there are more bacteria living in your mouth than there are people on earth. (2) Most of these bacteria are harmless, and good oral care plus the body's immune system can keep the bad bacteria in check. But if you neglect oral health -- or if your immune system is weakened -- harmful bacteria can multiply. In just one day they can colonize every surface of your mouth and form a sticky substance called plaque on the surfaces of your teeth. Over time, acids in the plaque can cause cavities and gum disease. But the bacteria in your mouth can do damage elsewhere, too. If you have gum disease or cuts in your gums from dental work, oral bacteria can enter your bloodstream and cause infection in your heart or lungs. Oral bacteria may also attach to fatty buildup in your arteries, increasing the chances of stroke or heart attack. Some research suggests that if your mouth is chronically inflamed due to severe gum disease, inflammation may cause swelling elsewhere in your body, including your arteries. It may also contribute to rheumatoid arthritis. Poor oral health probably won't give you heart disease or other diseases. But if you already have risk factors for certain diseases, it can increase your chances of getting them

Monday, April 16, 2012

How to Reduce Allergy Symptoms

Allergic rhinitis is the set of symptoms that occurs when you breathe in substances you are allergic to. These substances are called allergens and are small proteins.
Seasonal allergy (sometimes called hay fever) occurs during times of the year when allergens are in the air, like spring, summer and fall. The most common allergens are tree, grass or weed pollens. Perennial or persistent allergic rhinitis is caused by allergens that may be present year-round. These may include chemicals, dust, dust mites, cockroaches, animal dander or mold spores.
An allergic reaction occurs when your body's immune system overreacts to an allergen. People at highest risk are those who already exhibit some signs of other immune system irregularities, such as food allergies, eczema or asthma.
When you breathe in an allergen, mast cells in your nasal passages release a chemical called histamine. Histamine causes your nose to feel itchy and also causes swelling and mucus production in the nasal passages, runny nose, nasal congestion, sinus pressure, postnasal drip and cough, headache and dark circles under your eyes.
The two most common tests for airborne allergies are:
• Skin prick test
o A tiny bit of an allergen is placed under the skin with a needle. The doctor watches to see if the skin in that area becomes red, raised and itchy. This can be done for multiple allergens at the same time.
• RAST testing
o A small sample of blood is taken and tested for different allergens.
More testing methods are available
Help reduce symptoms
Four studies in the medical literature have shown us ways to stabilize these mast cells and reduce the symptoms of allergies.
1. The first study was conducted in Korea on the Nopal fruit (Opuntia ficus indica). It showed significant benefit of Nopal fruit against allergies.
2. The second study was from Japan. This was an animal study that showed Vitamin B-12reduced the allergic response in those with allergy to the same levels as those without allergy. One group of physicians in Dallas, Texas used this information to treat humans by giving them 3 milligrams of Vitamin B-12 sublingually. They report in Men’s Health that allergy symptoms decreased by 50% the first year and by 50% more the second year of sublingual B-12 use.
3. The third study in Helsinki, Finland used probiotics to stabilize mast cells and reduce allergy symptoms.
4. One of my best, time-tested approaches for allergy came from an older article out of Brussels, Belgium. It shows the absolute necessity of essential fatty acids (EFA) for allergy. A more recent article from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil also commented that EFA and probiotics together are even more effective.
So, what is your opinion: In recent years, have people become more allergic or less? Likely, you will notice more people suffering with allergies. As our world becomes more toxic, we become more sensitive. And as we become more deficient – especially in bioflavonoids, Vitamin B-12, probiotics and essential fatty acids – we are more prone to allergy. So, insulate yourself by taking your nutrients every day and isolate yourself from allergens by following the recommendations below.

Take Control of Your Health

• Load up on Nopal bioflavonoids with Nopalea™
• Get 3 milligrams of Sublingual B-12 daily
• Use FloraVita™ as a good source of probiotics
• Help fill your essential fatty acid reserves with OmegaPrime®
• Keep the windows of your house and car closed to keep pollen out
• Use an air conditioner to reduce indoor humidity and to prevent mold and mildew growth
o Clean your air conditioner filters regularly
• Consider running an air purifier in your home, especially in your bedroom
• Use vacuum cleaners and air conditioners with HEPA filters to trap allergens
• Cover pillows and mattresses with vinyl covers to reduce your exposure to dust mites
o Wash bedding weekly in very hot water
• Use fewer dust-collecting items, such as curtains, bed skirts, carpeting and stuffed animals, especially in your bedroom
• Keep your pets out of bedrooms and other rooms with carpets

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

How to Stop Hair Loss

If you are experiencing hair loss you certainly don't need anyone to tell you how traumatic it can be. There are many emotional consequences and even relationship issues related to thinning hair. Hair loss has many causes. Here are three of the major causes we treat:
• Hormone imbalance
• Autoimmune disorders
• Protein metabolism

Hair and hormones

Hair growth is triggered by hormones. Hair follicles act on a growth/rest cycle that may last from many months to many years. It is estimated that 90% of your hair follicles are growing and 10% resting at any one time. All follicles will rotate through growth/rest cycles evenly, rather than in one place at a time.
Hormones are merely messengers. Hormones convey a signal from a master gland to a receptor. When the receptor has completed the assignment it will respond with another hormone that originates in the receptor and conveys a "task completed" message back to the master gland.
All hormone cycles come in three phases:
• We make them
• We use them
• We get rid of (detoxify) them
Trouble may begin at any one of these three phases, but usually it is in the detoxification phase that we find imbalances causing hair loss. It is especially important that we detoxify DHT, an inert form of testosterone found in men and women under constant stress. Adaptogen 10 Plus® is naturally formulated to help relieve stress and its negative health effects.

Hair and our immune system

Hormones are also involved in a second cause of hair loss: auto-immunity. An autoimmune condition may develop when stresses from our lifestyle and stress from our environment collide with weaknesses in our genetics. Our immune system may not be able to tell if our hair follicle is sick or healthy. Many hair follicles may be attacked by our immune system and be completely destroyed or simply become dormant.
Autoimmune disorders respond to stress reduction and detoxification. Certainly, Adaptogen 10 Plus is a very important part of stress reduction. Autoimmune conditions also respond well to increased amounts of Essential Fatty Acids (EFA) and dietary EFA help the body reduce inflammation and let the immune system work smarter, not harder.

Hair and protein metabolism

Protein digestion and metabolism require a careful balance of hormones, vitamins, enzymes and acids. Indigestion results when one of these elements is out of balance. Many people take antacids – which reduce protein digestion and trigger hair thinning. Antacids reduce our ability to utilize Vitamin B-12. Vitamin B-12 also participates in protein metabolism. This is the third of our pathways that may lead to hair loss.
It may be that proper chewing and healthy protein choices are all that is needed to restore balance to protein digestion. Probiotics such as those found in FloraVita™ may also be needed if the indigestion spreads to the intestines. People usually find relief from indigestion with FloraVita.
Protein metabolism also involves our thyroid. Thyroid hormones may carry a small amount of the protein L-tyrosine to hair follicles as well. If your body temperature is low in the morning and your hair is thinning, you may need more l-Tyrosine. Energy Now!, Vitamin B-12 and FloraVita – along with a healthy diet – may help complete the protein metabolism you need to restore thinning hair.
There are many other triggers of hair loss; some require competent medical care. You should always discuss thinning hair with your doctor so they may appropriately care for your medical conditions.

Take Control of Your Health

• Always ask "Why" when you experience hair loss
• It may be common, but it is never normal
• It may be a sign of medication toxicity
• It may be a sign of an infection, malnutrition or hormone imbalance
• For "pattern" hair loss, reduce stress and DHT
• For all-over thinning (head and/or body) help your immune system to work smarter
• For hair loss mainly in the crown, increase protein digestion and metabolism