Daily Intake of Omega 3 – Essential for a Health Body – Prescribed Daily Intake of Omega 3

You might have heard about the various benefits of fish oil and how daily intake of omega 3 is crucial for your brain and heart. But how much of all this have you really taken seriously? Daily intake of omega 3 is really important and we will tell you why.

Omega 3 fatty acids are a family of polyunsaturated fatty acids that form an important component of our brain and nerve cell membranes. These fatty acids, unlike the saturated and hydrogenated fats, are good for our health.

Omega 3 also known as the Essential fatty acids comprise of three primary fats – Docosahexaenoic acid, Eicosapentaenoic acid and Alpha-Linolenic acid. While DHA and EPA fats can be instantly absorbed and used by our body, ALA fats need to be broken down into EPA & DHA before they can be utilized by our body.

Though all three of the essential fatty acids are extremely important for our overall health, they cannot be synthesized by our body and for the daily intake of omega 3, we need to solely rely on our diets.

It is estimated that more than 85% of the Western population is deficient in Omega 3 and this is the reason for the increasing numbers of cardiovascular diseases, joint problems and mental disorders.

Before discussing the prescribed daily intake of omega 3, let us look into the dietary sources of these fatty acids. The richest sources of omega 3 are cold-water, oily fishes such as salmon, tuna, mackerel, Hoki and sardines. In addition to these, seafood such as scallops, shrimps and halibut also provide a good amount of omega 3.

Worried that we did not include a single vegetarian omega 3 source? Well the vegan or plant-based sources are green leafy vegetables such as spinach, broccoli, cabbage, tofu, soybeans and walnuts. Certain vegetable oils especially flaxseed oil, canola oil and sunflower oil are a rich source of ALA fatty acids.

Doctors and researchers throughout the world consider Fish oils as the richest source of omega 3 fatty acids. The reason they suggest Fish oils and not fish directly is because of the increasing pollution levels of the oceans and other water resources.

Growing mercury levels in the oceans waters is a grave environmental issue. Consuming fish daily might actually lead to more health problems rather than treating them. This is the reason why fish oils are considered safer for the daily intake of omega 3.

Before you jump and buy a fish oil bottle for yourself, let us warn you that not all fish oils are created equal.

Fish oils that are molecularly distilled are the ones free of all toxins such as mercury, metals and PCBs. Purchase only pharmaceutical grade, molecularly distilled fish oils to ensure maximum health benefits.

Recommended Daily Intake of Omega 3

Setting a standard dosage of fish oils for everyone is not possible since the health needs of all individuals vary.

The daily intake of omega 3 fish oils for heart patients and diabetics usually ranges from 600mg to 900mg. Doctors recommend fish oils with higher DHA & EPA levels for patients suffering from depression, schizophrenia and other mental disorders.

One such fish oil that has high DHA and EPA content is the one extracted from the Hoki fish. Hoki is a cold-water species found in the Southern oceans of New Zealand and has naturally high DHA and EPA content.

Children and infants require a higher daily intake of omega 3 since their brain development occurs most rapidly during the first 12 months and then up to the teenage years.

Organic Bedding – Good For Your Health, Body and Environment

As everything in the world is changing with time we look for the safest things for our world and our bodies. Organic products come in many different forms, from food to bedding to cleaning products. These items are becoming more and more popular all over the world due to the increased demand for a healthy life, as well as to preserve our beautiful mother earth.

Did you know that every time you fall asleep you are breathing harmful toxins if you are not sleeping on organic bedding? Pillows, blankets, sheets and your mattress all contain toxins from pesticides. If 2 million pounds of organic cotton were used to make towels or washcloths it would eliminate an estimated 43,000 pounds of pesticides not to mention the 486,000 pounds of synthetic nitrogen fertilizers used. These pesticides and other agricultural chemicals wash into the earth and its water. They kill fish and other water life, pollute drinking water and leave remains on the cotton. Would you want to sleep on pesticides or have your children or babies sleeping on them and breathing them?

Physicians and other health professionals are becoming more and more aware of the possible effects these toxic chemicals and the increased numbers in childhood disorders as well as SIDS. Infants spend an average of 12 hours a day in their cribs and could be sleeping on a mattress that contains harmful toxic chemicals. Your family’s bedding is also treated with formaldehyde and harsh industrial fire retardant chemicals. These chemicals can accumulate in your blood and cause respiratory problems as well as cancer. There are no requirements on labeling these chemicals that pollute air, cause asthma and learning disorders.

You can take control of your family’s safety simply by replacing mattresses, blankets and sheets with organic bedding. This would eliminate toxic chemicals in a place where your children spend a good portion of their time. Organic cotton is naturally grown and has a low rate of combustion eliminating harsh industrial fire retardant chemicals. The naturally grown cotton used to make your family’s bedding does not contain phthalates, vinyl (PVC), polyurethane foam or toxic fire retardant chemicals.

If you don’t want to worry about what your family is coming in contact with while they sleep, shop organic. It is the easiest solution when fighting against the harmful toxins in your baby’s and family’s bedding. There are many other harmful things your children will come in contact with over the years; their bedding shouldn’t be one.

There Are Six Letters Standing Between You & Your Desired Health, Body and Life

What if I told you that everything that you’ve ever wanted for yourself was within your grasp?

What if I said that there was only one thing standing in your way of whatever it is that you’ve hoped to do, be or have?

Better yet, what if only six letters stood between where you are right now and where you had wanted yourself to be- physically, mentally and emotionally?

Sounds like it’s not possible, doesn’t it?

It is possible and I can guarantee that these six letters are not the ones that might come to mind.

There is one thing that is not happening right now and that thing is standing in your way.

This one thing is within your control and even worse, has always been within your control.

This stands to reason that whatever you have felt was lacking or inhibiting your progress or growth has been something that was immediately changeable and absolutely changeable by no one other than you.

What is this magical, mythical thing?

It is CHOICE.

You might have wanted to look or feel a certain way, but have you really wanted it? I mean deep in your heart and soul wanted it and were willing to stop all the excuses and reasons why you haven’t been able to “get” it yet?

Were you able to look past any barriers- real or imagined- and really decide that the option to be, do or have what you truly want is yours? And that all you’ve ever really needed to do is make the choice that it was yours to be had?

Am I simplifying things too much?

I don’t think so.

I think that what we’ve done is made things so needlessly difficult and that we have almost literally paralyzed ourselves from ever getting what we want- or better yet, what we say we want.

I think that what we have done is built up so many reasons and excuses why what we “want” is hard to get, is hard to achieve and is quite literally worth all the hard work and suffering that we’ll have to endure.

But I challenge you to change the way you’re thinking.

I challenge you to think that if you’re working hard and suffering then you are doing it wrong.

That what you have done instead of moving towards your goal is to move yourself as far away as possible and have built up walls to protect against your success in the process.

Sounds like something you may not be open to hearing, doesn’t it?

You are making your life harder than it needs to be. You are suffering and you don’t have to be.

This is all because you have no made the choice to actually be, do or have whatever it is that you truly want.

You think it can’t be easy. You think that there needs to be strings attached.

No.

Wrong.

You just aren’t willing to actually choose what you want.

You’re not willing to claim it as your own.

And when you’re not willing to make the choice, then you are not willing or ready to receive your heart’s desire.

So what is your decision?

Do you want to stay stuck, work hard and get no where?

Or are you willing to make the choice, stand by your decision and easily claim whatever it is that you want to be, do or have?

It can be that simple.

But you have to choose it.

Those are your six letters- CHOICE.

If you’re not willing to commit to making a choice, then nothing past that matters.

Using Body Mapping To Flag Workers Ill Health

Last month’s European Health and Safety Week saw renewed promotion of a technique for flagging up workers’ health problems, especially musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs), that has been used successfully by trade unions since the mid 1990s. It’s a simple, usually pictorial approach that can work particularly well with people whose first language is not English and has the rare distinction of giving employees some entertainment in a health and safety exercise.

The technique is ‘body mapping’ – a technique developed in the 1970s at Nottingham University and pioneered by unions in Spain, the United States and Mexico to encourage workers to report ill-health symptoms. By 1996, bodymapping was at the top of the Canadian union movement’s safety agenda and five years later unions in this country were actively promoting it.

The technique involves workers creating a ‘body map’ of health problems by sticking flags on an outline diagram of the human body to indicate any areas where they are experiencing pain or discomfort. Employers can then use this information to identify trends, analyse work processes and put in place measures to reduce hazards before workers’ health is damaged.

Ouch! stickers

The effects of the working environment on workers’ health are difficult to establish: workers often dismiss minor health problems as insignificant or unrelated to their jobs, so it can take some time to make a link between the symptom and the workplace. Other workers may be reluctant to self-report for fear of losing their jobs (see Please speak up).

The thinking behind body mapping is that if workers doing a job pool information about any health problem they are experiencing – regardless of whether they think it is caused by their work – patterns can emerge that might otherwise go undetected.

There are various different approaches to body mapping. The simplest model might use two large outlines of the human body – front and back views – on which workers mark (using stickers or a pen) any areas they are feeling soreness or pain that might be attributable to work. Colour-coding can be used to indicate levels of pain or different types of symptom, for example, physical discomfort, stress/anxiety and ongoing issues such as reproductive problems. In some exercises, workers might be asked to add notes to the diagrams explaining why they have flagged up an area.

There are numerous variations on the technique. A task-based approach helps to link the body mapping closely to the work: a worker mimes a particular operation and the others apply stickers (‘ouch! stickers’) to their colleague’s body to identify problem areas and symptoms.

Whatever the details of the exercise, a common requirement is that workers in a body-mapping session should be doing the same or very similar jobs, otherwise the results won’t be meaningful.

‘The best body-mapping sessions are where you get a group of workers together – who do a similar kind of work – for an hour and a half, or two hours even, and get them to talk through the exercise together,’ says Doug Russell, health and safety officer at the Union of Shop, Distributive and Allied Workers (Usdaw). ‘Because it’s by talking to each other that the ideas come out.’

Different jobs will generate different ‘maps’. A body map by a group of drivers might be expected to show clusters of flags around the lower back area (as a result of extended periods of sitting or poor driving position or posture), the legs and wrist (from pedal use and gear changes) and stomach (as a result of digestive problems caused by inadequate or irregular meal breaks). A body map for a group of office workers might show clusters around the wrists, shoulders and neck (as a result of DSE use or stress) or around the eyes (indicating eye strain from prolonged screen work).

Armed with this straightforward, graphical information, the employer or safety manager can take action, whether it be training, changes to work patterns or processes, or a review of the equipment in use.

Keeping it simple

Workers usually know their jobs and the associated risks better than anyone else, but they may lack the opportunity or inclination to discuss concerns with each other or their managers. For the beleaguered safety manager trying to encourage workers to take an interest in, and responsibility for, their own and their colleagues’ safety and health, body mapping can be a useful tool. It can promote awareness of health and safety risks and lead to workers thinking of ways they can help control risks and prevent injuries.

‘Central to the exercise is drawing on people’s experience and doing it in a collective way,’ explains Russell. ‘It helps people to identify the aches and pains that might well be work-related because more than one person is concerned. People often tend to think it’s just them getting old or them being a bit unfit. But when you actually get them all together and they all say that working on that particular machine or working on that particular checkout is causing them aches and pains in the shoulder, you can see that there’s something there and start to try to figure out what it is.

‘Not only can workers identify the issues, they can often identify the practical solutions as well.’

A key appeal of the method is its simplicity. ‘It’s a relatively straightforward way to gather information about aches and pains, cuts, bumps, bruises, headaches, eyestrain – a whole wide range of potential occupational health issues,’ confirms Phil Madelin, national health and safety officer at the Public and Commercial Services Union (PCS). ‘One way that it works very well is if you couple it with an awareness-raising exercise. I quite often recommend it to people as part of a range of inspection techniques in workplaces.’

Workers’ playtime

Another feature of the technique is that it can be fun. If health and safety has an image problem, then an interactive group session with a handful of felt-tip pens and life-size human outlines can go a surprisingly long way to changing workers’ perceptions. Madelin suggests one way of carrying out a body-mapping exercise would be during the tea break of a safety meeting, so workers can participate in an informal way.

As a largely visual exercise, body mapping has the advantage that it overcomes literacy issues and language barriers. Concerns about protecting the welfare of migrant workers usually focus on communicating safety information to protect them from dangerous situations. Longer-term health issues among migrant workers are a more complicated matter. ‘With body mapping, you don’t actually have to be able to read or write to show where you’re having aches and pains,’ notes Mike Gray, head of the ergonomics team at the HSE.

Biased picture

It’s important to understand the limitations of the technique before you start. Madelin warns that body mapping is a ‘first step’ in identifying potential occupational health risks, but it’s not the panacea.

‘It’s not scientific,’ he stresses. ‘Just because you’ve got a lot of people reporting the same symptoms, that doesn’t automatically mean work must be causing it. It’s quite possible to have a whole number of people reporting the same sort of ache, pain or strain for a variety of completely non-work-related reasons. So the results have to be interpreted with some caution.’

What body mapping does do, Madelin argues, is to encourage safety reps, employers and employees to think beyond physical hazards – trailing wires, worn carpets, objects stored precariously at height – to less-visible and often neglected health issues, such as repetitive strain injury caused by excessive hours in front of a PC.

To what extent the information reported remains private to the individual depends on the approach. A group session will require workers to be open about health concerns in front of colleagues, which some employees may find intrusive. An informal exercise that takes place in a meeting might be more anonymous, especially if workers don’t have to put their names by their responses. For complete anonymity, individual maps can be circulated for workers to complete and the responses collated.

This survey-type approach removes the opportunity for open discussion, but it has its advantages. ‘A set of questions to go alongside the tool has been developed,’ explains Mike Gray, ‘to try to standardise the things people are describing.’

These questions are based on the Nordic musculoskeletal questionnaire. Some experts believe they help focus employees’ answers and provide more useful information by requiring respondents to indicate – using tick-boxes – how recently they have experienced the pain, whether the pain has prevented them carrying out normal activities and whether the pain seems to be unrelated to work, made worse by work or caused by work.

‘I think the way it should be used is to monitor the effectiveness of interventions,’ says Gray, follow-up surveys will indicate whether measures introduced to reduce MSD problems, for example, have been successful. What is important though, he cautions, is that a lot of people fill it in. ‘If it’s just the people who are moaning anyway, you start to get a biased picture of what’s going on,’ he explains.

10 years on

More than a decade after it started to catch the imagination of safety campaigners in North America and the UK, body mapping has had some notable successes (see boxes) and Gray says the HSE encourages employers to try it, especially with ‘problematic jobs’.

‘The biggest barrier to body mapping is the logistics of getting people to spend some time away from work to do it,’ says Usdaw’s Russell. ‘But it has certainly worked in sectors where it’s been trialled.’

Where it has been difficult to get workers together to carry out an exercise, Russell has used questionnaires and informal surveys instead. ‘But they don’t work as well,’ he believes, ‘because you don’t get the interchange of information between the different people.’

Phil Madelin likens the technique to the HSE’s stress indicator tool, ‘which is 35 questions getting people’s subjective views on a situation, yet highlights areas for further investigation’.

‘I think employers should be as prepared to respond to indicators from body mapping as they are to any other indicators of a potential health and safety crisis,’ he says. ‘But what I wouldn’t want is to see safety reps going in, waving a body map and saying, ‘You’ve got an RSI problem – you’ve got to sort it out.’

‘What I would expect a safety rep to do is to say, ‘We conducted this exercise, it highlighted a number of people complaining of these sorts of potential occupational health issues. Obviously we’re not saying they all are linked to work, but we think it merits further investigation. How can we work together?”

Calcium Needs At All Life Stages

It is the most abundant mineral in the body, present mainly in the bones and teeth. From the start, toddlers have an increased need for dietary calcium to support bone growth and skeletal development that takes place rapidly in the early years of life. This development and its need – continues into the teenage years and is particularly crucial for adolescent girls who need to stock their calcium supplies to prevent osteoporosis later in life. Adequate intake at this stage is needed to support ongoing bone growth and to achieve peak bone mass. It is an essential dietary element required in optimal amounts for good bone health, efficient nerve and muscle function, and overall cardiovascular health. Without enough of it throughout life, a person’s bones can begin to weaken over time. That can make it more difficult to stay active while also creating a higher risk of fractures and osteoporosis. A person’s bone density will generally reach its peak at roughly age 30, and then begin to fade after that. Adequate daily intake can help maintain proper bone density and help prevent osteoporosis – which creates porous and fragile bones. It makes up about three percent of the earth’s crust and is a basic component of most animals and plants. Eating a diet rich in calcium helps to restore it to the bones; supplements can help as well.

Why is calcium necessary?

It is known mostly for its role in building and maintaining strong bones and teeth, but it is also required for proper functioning of the heart, muscles and nervous system. It plays a role in maintaining normal blood pressure, regulating blood clotting. It is also associated with relieving mood swings, food cravings, and decreasing the pain, tenderness and bloating associated with premenstrual syndrome.

What are the deficiency signs?

Deficiency symptoms (also known as hypocalcemia) range from minor – numbness or tingling of the fingers, muscle cramps, lethargy and poor appetite – to more severe, including mental confusion, skeletal malformations, dermatitis, and in infants, delayed development. Illnesses such as osteoporosis (brittle, thin, porous bones that easily break) and rickets are also associated with a deficiency.

How much, and what kind, does an adult need?

If vitamin D levels are optimal, most adults should be able to meet their daily calcium needs via a varied diet. When individuals are unable to get enough of it through a diet or for those who may need more than the recommended daily allowance, supplements can help. Doctors recommends women supplement with 500 to 700 mg of calcium citrate in two divided doses taken with meals for a total of 1,000-1,200 mg a day from all sources. Supplementing with its citrate form, which is more easily absorbed than other forms, taken with half the dosage amount of magnesium.

How much does a child need?

The normal daily recommended intake for children is as follows: infants through three years of age is 400-800 mg; children between 4 and 10 years of age is 800 mg; adolescent males is 800-1,200 mg; and adolescent females is 800-1,200 mg daily.
How do you get enough from foods?

An abundant source of this mineral in the American diet is dairy products – two glasses of milk per day provide 1,000-1,200 mg. If you choose to get via dairy products – and this is not essential, as there are many other calcium-rich foods – make sure you use only hormone-free, organic dairy products to reduce your exposure to the antibiotics and hormones found in many dairy products. Non-dairy foods include: greens such as collards, mustard, kale, and bok choy; canned salmon (with bones) and sardines; tofu, soy milk, fruit juice and cereals; blackstrap molasses; and broccoli.

Are there any risks associated with too much?

Its supplements can be constipating, and should be balanced with magnesium as discussed above. Excessive amounts in the blood may have negative effects, including nausea, vomiting, loss of appetite, and increased urination. More serious complications include kidney toxicity, confusion, and irregular heart rhythm. Studies indicate that men who take too much may have an increased risk of prostate cancer, and should limit their dietary intake to 500-600 mg daily from all sources.

Who should we take it as supplements?

It is an important mineral for the human body. It helps build and protect your teeth and bones. Getting enough of it over your lifetime can help prevent osteoporosis. Most people get it through their normal diet. Dairy foods and leafy green vegetables have high levels of calcium. Your health care provider will tell you if you need to take extra dose id required.

TYPES OF CALCIUM SUPPLEMENTS

Forms of calcium include:
Calcium Type
Pros
Calcium citrate (21% calcium)
Most easily absorbed
Calcium carbonate
Least expensive; has more elemental calcium

Calcium carbonate. Over-the-counter (OTC) antacid products contain it and these sources of it do not cost much. Each pill or chew provides 200 mg or more of calcium.

Calcium citrate. This is a more expensive form of calcium. It is absorbed well on an empty or full stomach. People with low levels of stomach acid (a condition that is more common in people over age 50) absorb this better than other forms.

HOW TO TAKE HIGHER DOSE

Increase the dose of your supplement slowly. Your provider may suggest that you start with 500 mg a day for a week, and then add more over time.Try to spread the extra dose you take over the day. DO NOT take more than 500 mg at a time. Taking it throughout the day will:

Allow more calcium to be absorbed

Cut down on side effects such as gas, bloating, and constipation
The total amount adults need every day from food and supplements:
19 to 50 years: 1,000 mg/day
51 to 70 years: Men – 1,000 mg/day; Women – 1,200 mg/day
71 years and over: 1,200 mg/day

SIDE EFFECTS AND SAFETY

DO NOT take more than the recommended amount of it. Try the following if you have side effects from taking extra calcium:

Drink more fluids.

Eat high-fiber foods

Switch to another form of calcium if the diet changes do not help.

Always tell your provider and pharmacist if you are taking extra dose. Its supplements may change the way your body absorbs some medicines. These include certain types of antibiotics and iron pills.

Are there any other special considerations?

Vitamin D is key to absorbing and so make sure to get adequate intake of vitamin D. Vitamin D, often referred to as the “sunshine vitamin,” is actually a fat-soluble hormone that the body can synthesize naturally. There are several forms, including two that are important to humans: D2 and D3. Vitamin D2 (ergocalciferol) is synthesized by plants, and vitamin D3 (cholecalciferol) is synthesized by humans when skin is exposed to ultraviolet-B (UVB) rays from sunlight. The active form of the vitamin is calcitriol, synthesized from either D2 or D3 in the kidneys. Vitamin D helps to maintain normal blood levels of calcium and phosphorus.

Vitamin K2 is a beneficial form of Vitamin K for bones. Unlike Vitamin K1 which is used to activate blood clotting proteins, Vitamin K2 is beneficial for activating proteins which help bind calcium to bones. Vitamin K2 is found in food but not in anywhere near the concentration found in Osteo-K. Taking Osteo-K helps boost daily intake of vitamin K2 to support bone health. Older people may need to take it in extra larger doses because they do not absorb it as well as younger people.

If you take oral vitamin D,you also need to take vitamin K2. Vitamin K2 helps to move calcium to proper areas where its needed and removes it from sites where it shouldn’t be present like arteries and soft tissues. When you take vitamin D, your body creates more of these vitamin K2-dependent proteins, the proteins that will move it around. They have a lot of potential health benefits. But until the K2 comes in to activate those proteins, those benefits aren’t realized. So, really, if you’re taking vitamin D, you’re creating an increased demand for K2. Vitamin K2 deficiency is one of the reason why people suffer from vitamin D toxicity symptoms which includes improper calcification leading to hardening of arteries. And vitamin D and K2 work together to strengthen your bones and improve your heart health.

It seems likely that 150 to 200 mgs of vitamin k2 is enough to activate your K2 dependent proteins to shuttle calcium to proper areas.

How can you tell that you are deficit of vitamin k2?

There is no specific tests for finding it. By assessing the lifestyle and diet you eat,one can find whether he is lacking the critical nutrients needed for the body. If you face following health conditions then you are likely deficient in vitamin K2.

Do you have osteoporosis?

Do you have heart disease?

Do you have diabetes?

If you are facing such symptoms, its better to think on deficiencies and take necessary steps.

The Top 10 Benefits and Uses of Essiac Tea

Essiac tea is an alternative health drink that is getting a lot of attention lately. It’s a tea that is comprised of several herbal elements include burdock, rhubarb, elm bark, and many other elements. It has been traced to being a major drink of indigenous tribes in North America. Researchers have been studying the drink for some time, and it has been shown to help the body in a number of ways. Drinking this on a regular basis could very well help with the following 10 benefits.

Liver Health

The first major benefit is in regard to the liver. The blend of herbs helps with cleaning the liver of toxicity. It can flush toxicity through the liver, and process it through the urine. With this tea, some individuals may see a reversal of issues related to jaundice. Which is a disease of the liver. While it’s not a miracle cure, it does support liver function, enzymes, and the removal of toxicity that can end up traveling through the body’s digestive tract. It can help boost immune system, and waste management, with a boost to the liver outright.

Ease Constipation

For individuals that are dealing with bowel movement issues, specifically constipation, this tea can help. The herbs can help soften the stool, and can help bring through enough fiber to help with intestinal distress. This is an easy laxative to take as it works with the body’s natural systems. It’s not a chemical stimulant, or harsh fibrous element. The herbs help the body manage waste, and assist with constipation with ease. There is no pain, or issue when taking this tea, as it helps the body within a few hours of drinking it, assuming the individual is struggling with constipation.

Iron Supplement

Essiac tea has a few key vitamins and minerals. One of the most common is iron. Iron is a very critical part of the body’s natural systems. With iron supplemented through tea drinking, you’ll find that the proteins in the blood help form red blood cells, and even help with reversing anemia. This strengthens circulation, and assists with proper production of hemoglobin. Staving off anemia is a great thing, and can help people that are struggling with diet and exercise, get a small boost in the right direction. It helps directly with the circulatory system, promoting heart health.

Blood Pressure Regulation

Those dealing with blood pressure issues, specifically high blood pressure, will find that the tea can help with circulation. It can help with lowering pressure, and regulating heartbeat. Those that utilize this as a calming drink, will find that it can help with a variety of different elements in the body. It can lower pressure, and even help with stress. It begins working within the first time taking it, and works as one drinks more of it through several days. Studies have shown that in a few days, pressure can significantly drop to safer levels.

Bone Health

Much like calcium, this tea can help with bone health. While it’s not the same compound as calcium, it does help with strengthening bone structure, and delivers a powerful mix of vitamins and minerals that the body utilizes to strengthen bone structure. There is a calcium element in this, but not as much as milk, but enough to help boost the body’s natural resources to help with strengthening bones that are susceptible, or may be weakening from injury, or malnutrition.

Energy Boost

While Essiac tea is not caffeinated like a cup of tea, there is an energy level boost given to drinkers of this tea. It’s done through an increase of vitamin-C, and B elements. By helping the body’s natural systems get a boost in vitamins, waking up becomes easier, and getting a little natural energy delivers on the premise that coffee does, without the crash. That’s right, there’s no crash, there’s no sleepiness after drinking this, instead, energy becomes natural, without stimulants. It has a balance that works with the body.

Helps Digest Food

Having problems digesting food? Upset stomach? Nausea? Well, the benefit that this tea gives the digestive system is immense. It helps bring about the right pH levels of the body. By stimulating the stomach to produce the right enzymes, and bile production from the glands, you’ll find that digestion is much easier. That means that eating will not be a chore, and you’ll reduce heart burn, acid reflux, and much more. This helps by adding a helping hand to the stomach’s acid, so that it stabilizes a bit easier. It becomes easier to enjoy your favorite foods, that’s for sure.

Regulate Sugar Levels

While this is not a cure for diabetes, it has been shown to help with insulin production. It can help with insulin secretion, and management. This can help lower blood sugar spikes, and help keep levels lower, although it’s not a replacement for any diabetes treatment. It can help people that are susceptible to blood sugar spikes. This can also help with boosting the pancreas’s levels as well. For those that are diabetic, the tea can help with kidney function, and help with reducing toxicity. It helps with urination, frequency, and quantity as well.

Help The Skin

Researchers exploring the benefits of Essiac Tea have found that it can help with skin care. Used as a topical solution it can help with anti-septic, and anti-inflammatory elements. It also helps from the inside out, providing skin care elements, reduction of acne, and even fine lines. Those that are looking to help with the signs of aging will see a boost in overall skin care in a few days. It helps the body with hormonal secretions and balance, helping the skin heal from the rays of the sun, to the interior of the dermal layers.

Promotes Weight Loss

The last major thing that you’re going to find with this tea is that it helps with losing weight. By helping the body’s digestive system, you may get a boost of metabolic ratio. That means that you will burn calories, even when asleep. Pushing the metabolic rate is a great thing, and can lead to faster weight loss, and sustained management in time.

How Do Strong Social and Community Ties Impact Your Health?

I called my friend, also named Lisa, who lives in Houston, Texas. Hurricane Harvey’s devastation had not only hit Houston, the fourth largest city in the United States, but many communities in the Gulf Coast region. According to my friend, who lives on the north side of Houston where they got no flooding except for those who were near a river or large body of water, the worst of the rain is over. People are leaving shelters scattered thought-out Harris County, where Houston is located.

Out of the 6.5 million people in the greater Houston area only about 1.5 million lost power and most all the water is drinkable. No need for ice, a valuable commodity, for many of us here in Charleston who experienced the wrath of Hurricane Hugo. Unlike Houston, Hurricane Hugo, also a category 4 storm, was a direct hit and as a result we not only got the flooding but also high winds. But no one can deny that the Houston area experienced the worst flooding in its history, with some areas getting as much as 50 inches of rain. And because Hurricane Harvey’s devastation was so widespread, it will take years for the region to recover from this natural disaster.

My friend, Lisa, who is originally from Charleston, knows about hurricanes and the emotional roller coaster they bring; the anxiety before the storm of not knowing exactly what is going to happen, the storm itself, the flooding and aftermath once the storm has passed. No doubt, you too, no matter where you call home, are aware of the horrific situation the residents of the Gulf Coast region, north of Brownsville, Texas, are now experiencing. Lives have been lost, people displaced and the uncertainty of what’s ahead. It is one thing to watch the news again and again and be reminded of the destruction and the anguish. But to just absorb the information without acting when we can help can be paralyzing and emotionally harmful.

Animals as well need help and assistance. Donate to the Houston Humane Society, which is helping animals affected by the storm. The Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund, administered by the Greater Houston Community Foundation, is another charity. You may also want to check out Charity Navigator to further ensure your donations are helping those in need.

By helping those in need, you too can benefit. Studies have shown that people with strong social and community ties tend to live longer, are less likely to report being depressed, and have a stronger a sense of belonging, purpose and self worth.

Myalgic Encephalomyelitis Recovery Testimonial

In 1989 I was medically diagnosed with Myalgic Encephalomyelitis or Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, due to chemical poisoning from pesticides such as 245-T, Network, Roundup, Asulox and Malathian and heavy metal poisoning from Mercury (due to toxicity from amalgam fillings in my teeth), aluminium and lead.

After consultations with many doctors, specialists and natural health therapists, including Homeopaths and Acupuncturists, I was told that I would never regain normal health again due to the length of time I had been ill with Myalgic Encephalomyelitis. At that time, I wasn’t able to work, couldn’t sleep at night, had no energy and reacted to almost everything I ate!

I was getting pretty desperate at that stage to get my health, life and career back to normal when I met Philip Rafferty while he was doing allergy testing in a health food store. As I already knew of my allergies, I thought I would put him to the test. You can imagine my surprise when in a couple of minutes of using Kinesiology; he was able to correctly identify what my allergies were.

My life at that time had been a real struggle. I had just undergone two years of medical treatment and was taking all the right remedies and nutrition; however, I was still suffering from extreme fatigue, hypoglycaemia (low blood sugar), chronic Candida, food allergies, poor concentration, short term memory loss, acne and had very little energy. I then decided to have several Kinesiology treatments, and to my surprise, I started feeling much better.

Kinesiology Got Rid Of My Allergies, Lots Of Health Issues And My Myalgic Encephalomyelitis
To help me understand, Philip explained that Kinesiology encompasses holistic health disciplines that use gentle manual muscle monitoring to obtain information about a person’s well-being. It may assist with pain, stress, allergies, TMJ problems, toxicity, heavy metals, candida, dehydration, learning, sabotages, and more. Kinesiology realigned the muscles in my body, and as the muscles are connected with the organs, puts the organs back into balance, and this allowed my body to assimilate nutrition and water properly. He said that by putting the muscles back into balance, that my body would be able to heal itself from Myalgic Encephalomyelitis.

While my muscles were out of balance, my body was using up all its energy just trying to function on a basic level, therefore leaving me with no energy to do anything else. After several Kinesiology treatments my food allergies reduced, my blood sugar came back to normal, the severe cystic acne on my face cleared dramatically, I started to gain weight and I had a lot more energy.

Amazing Results Recovering From Myalgic Encephlomylitis Lead Me To A New Career
At the time of seeing Philip Rafferty he started teaching Kinergetics, a new modality of Kinesiology here in Melbourne, Australia and asked me if I would be interested in learning this for myself. After having such amazing results and a full recovery from Myalgic Encephalomyelitis due to Kinesiology, I was curious to find out how it actually worked and why.

I found learning Kinergetics absolutely fascinating. After completing the whole series of eight levels of Kinergetics, I then trained to become a Kinergetics Instructor and began teaching Kinergetics in 1994.

Always interested to learn and grow more, I went on to attain a “Diploma on Health Sciences in Holistic Kinesiology” at the Kinesiology College for Energetic Sciences in Carlton, Melbourne, Australia.

I love practicing and teaching Kinesiology and Kinergetics, and seeing the life-changing results in my clients and mentoring students. I continue to work using my Kinesiology skills and knowledge using Transformation Coaching working with many people all around the world.

I work with clients with a broad range of issues relating to Myalgic Encephalomylitis, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Lyme Disease including resolving allergies, candida, heavy metal toxicity, emotional issues, stress, pain, TMJ, dehydration, sabotage and much more.

Things That Are Expected From a 24 Hour Emergency Doctor

More than the regular doctor who visits a clinic or a hospital, a 24 hour emergency doctor service is essential. Medical emergencies may crop up anytime. These situations are inevitable and irrespective of the nature of the emergency, an immediate helping hand is essential. Numerous hospitals have emergency medical services like a 24 hour emergency doctor service even after the visiting hours. Though any helping hand is welcomed at the time of adversity or an emergency, there a couple of things that are expected from a doctor, regardless the situation at hand.

• Always available: Emergency medical services comprises of two different parts. First is the pre-hospital care given to a patient and this includes the first aid measures taken. It also includes the transportation of the patient from the place of emergency to a hospital for which the ambulance services are used. The second division of the emergency service involves the transfer of the patient from one hospital to another in the case of an emergency or a need of better treatment and care.

• Transparency: A long drag speech in medical jargons and a series of tests and an illegible prescription is not what is expected of a doctor. In the case of an emergency, you need a clear picture of what is happening and not a haphazard answer. A 24 hour emergency doctor is expected to be dedicated and passionate about his work and understands the mental state of not only the patient but also the people with him. Telling what things mean, and what is to be done immediately is well appreciated.

• Respects you and your emotions: An ideal doctor must be able to listen to you actively, your problems and your worries without interrupting and intimidating you. In this busy world, rushed appointments have become a common thing, and it neither benefits the patients nor the doctor. More than respecting your time, it is essential that you are able to connect with your doctor emotionally as well. A certain level of trust and confidence is essential to make things easier for both. A clear idea of the big picture is essential before coming to conclusions and taking a decision.

• Makes decisions with you and not for you: You should always be a part of any decision that is taken for you. An ideal doctor must be able to understand that you know your body and routines better than anyone else. You have the right to ask questions regarding any tests or medicines prescribed to you, and a doctor is answerable to any of your doubts.

• Shouldn’t Keep money in mind: Doctors are one the most respected people in the society. It is a service that requires a lot of ethics, commitment and passion. A doctor cannot be successful if he just money-minded. The life-saving profession should be done as a service and not as a job.

Things To Keep In Mind When Choosing Laser Resurfacing Treatment

Gone are the days when you had to undergo invasive cosmetic surgery to take years off your skin. Today, laser resurfacing treatment helps to do away with wrinkles, fine lines, blemishes and the appearance of pores in a faster and more efficient way. Here are a few things to keep in mind, when opting for laser resurfacing procedure.

The Time When You Have Laser Treatment Conducted

Laser treated skin is more sensitive to sun exposure for at least one year after you perform the procedure. Many surgeons recommend going in for acne scar treatment and other kinds of skin treatment during the winter months. This is because, daytime hours are shorter and you spend most of your time indoors.

Laser Treatment May Or May Not Hurt

Most patients and doctors tell you that the pain can resemble a rubber band snapping against your skin. But all in all, it depends upon the area and depth of treatment, the laser and an individual’s endurance level. Some types of skin treatment require an anesthetic injection or intravenous sedation.

Choose Your Laser Treatment Professionals Wisely

It goes without saying that skin tightening, microdermabrasion or laser hair removal is the most effective and result oriented when performed by a qualified professional. An amateur won’t be able to offer accurate and desirable results. Opt for a professional based on their qualification, experience and training.

Your Skin Reacts To Certain Medications after Laser Treatment

Make sure your practitioner is well aware about your medical history and the kind of supplements and medication you are currently taking. A surgeon, who is unaware about your situation, can unknowingly prescribe medications which can cause skin reactions. It is best to keep all your cards on the table to avoid complications and speed up recovery.

Consider Going In For Multiple Treatments

Sometimes you may need more than one treatment to feel satisfied with the results. In these situations you need to be patient, take your prescribed medications and ensure you follow the doctor’s advice to the T. Once the treatment is complete, you are sure to be rewarded as the results you obtain are long lasting.

If you are thinking about going in for a laser treatment, make sure you consult a knowledgeable and well experienced professional who knows the nuances that go into these kinds of procedures. Rest assured, you get the skin you want and look younger even though age tells you otherwise.