Sunday, December 30, 2012

"Signs and Symptoms of Anemia"



If you are having any of these symptoms, see your physician. Anemia can be debilitating, but these symptoms can also arise from other problems.

Saturday, December 29, 2012

"Quick Self Check for Anemia"


Iron Deficiency Anemia is easy to treat and correct if you and/or your physician knows it's there. Physician have been known to miss anemia, confusing it with other ailments such as emotional problems or nervous conditions. Instead of depending solely on your physician, there are ways to self check.

  • Press down for 2 seconds on an unpolished fingernail (The nail bed). The area will turn white, stop pressing and note how long it takes to return pink. 1-2 seconds is normal. The longer it takes for the pink to return, the more likely that you have anemia. 
  • Gently pulling down the lower eyelids is another way to tell... If the blood vessels underneath your eyes are very pale, you may have anemia.
If you feel as if you may have anemia, you should see your physician (ND or MD). More serious problems can occur if left untreated.


Friday, December 28, 2012

20 Reasons to Love Elder Berries



-Immune Supporter
-Supports Upper Respiratory Tract
-Fights Colds
-Fights Influenza
-FightsTonsillitis
-Fights Bronchitis
-Rich in Vitamin C
-Contains Antioxidants
-Contains Amino Acids
-Contains Flavonoids
-Contains Tanin
-Contains Rutin
-Contains Vitamins A and B
-Improve Heart Health
-Improves Cholesterol
-Regulates Blood Pressure
-Regulates Sugar levels
-Makes a great tea (Tried and True)
-You can Bake With It and make syrups
-Adults and Kid will like it.
For more Herbal Information Visit: http://kcgherbals.blogspot.com/

Sunday, December 23, 2012

"White Bean and Tomato Salad"

This recipe is one that every health conscious and busy body should love. It is flexible, Low calorie, and  it has the ability to withstand change and still taste great. This recipe tops the "Quick Recipe Charts!" and GREAT for All Seasons.



  • 15 oz can or 13/4 cups of Navy beans (cooked and drained) * Note: I hardly ever purchase or use canned foods, but if you prefer it... go for it.
  • 1 large tomato chopped or cherry tomatoes sliced in half.
  • 1/4 cup of fat-free Balsamic Vinaigrette.

Combine All, Mix well, Spoon mixture over a bib of lettuce or Fresh baby spinach and Serving with a hint of Black pepper.

*During the WINTER and FALL it can be served WARM.
*During the SPRING and SUMMER it can be served COOL.

:::You can add an array of fresh seasonings and  vegetables::: My favorites Variations are: Olives, Cucumber, Green/Sweet/ or Dried Onions, Celery, Fresh green, red, orange, or yellow peppers, Crushed red peppers, fresh or dried parsley or cilantro, I hardly ever use store brought dressings, therefore I use a mixture of Apple Cider Vinegar, Olive oil,salt and Italian seasoning, or simple lemon and/or lime juice.
"Eat Well-Live Well My family and Friends"

Thursday, December 20, 2012

"Oatmeal Cookie Bath"

Oats -are great for dry, itchy skin which is sometimes caused by eczema, skin allergies,
irritants, etc... It is rich in protein, B vitamins, and It exfoliates. This wonderful bath reduces inflammation which will keep your skin looking youthful.

Baking soda - smooths the skin, exfoliates, and kills odors. Its PH is neutral so it won't dry the skin. Baking soda cleanses away dead skin cells.

Water -keeps the skin hydrated, vibrant and clear of toxins

Vanilla- has a very soothing aroma that is calming and great for relaxation.

~Here is a great recipe for bath time~
By: Janice Cox 
(Author of "Natural Beauty at Home")
1 Cup of Oatmeal
1 Cup of warm water
1 Tbsp of vanilla extract
1/2 Cup of baking soda

  • Combine all ingredients together in a blender or food processor.
  •  Blend on high speed until you have a smooth paste.
  • Pour this paste under the running water while drawing a bath.
  • Step into the tub and Enjoy. 
Yield: 8oz. enough for 1 bath.

Monday, December 17, 2012

"The Faces of Hypomania"


    
 The Neurotic Disorder of Hypomania, I have found to be very interesting, due to its symptoms. Hypomania is different from most depressive disorders; as it presents itself as a mood disorder. Most people who deals with Hypomania, is characterized by a persistent and pervasive elated or irritable mood, Inflated self-esteem, increased talkativeness, increased activity, decreased need for sleep, grandiosity, racing thoughts, excessive involvement in pleasurable activities despite possible consequences, and an increase in goal-directed activity which makes it difficult to diagnose. This mood disorder is more so noticeable by others and is not considered to be a diagnosis unless three to four of the symptoms above appears. The episodes of hypomania usually do not present problems in family, work, or the social life.

      Although; people with Hypomania is at most times cheerful, very energetic, euphoric, overflowing with new ideas, and sometimes highly confident and charismatic, unlike full-blown mania; It is unknown to what degree hypomania symptoms can occur without a depressive component. Patients are unlikely to seek psychiatric treatment for hypomania alone. However, hypomania is associated with impulsiveness, recklessness, excessive spending, risky sexual activity, and other out-of-character behavior that the patients may regret following the conclusion of the mood episode. Hypomania can signal the beginning of a more severe manic episode, or it often directly precedes a depressive episode. 

      Hypomania can impair a person’s judgment due to too much confidence. And although it masquerades it’s self as happiness, It is important that hypomania is diagnosed because it is an expression of bipolar and can spiral into depression and carry a risk of suicide.


Tuesday, December 11, 2012

30 Selenium Rich Foods to Control Your Cholesterol


Selenium Rich Foods are important for lowering and maintaining healthy cholesterol levels.
Foods High in Selenium
 Brown Rice, Oats, Wheat Germ, Brewers Yeast, Cod, Tuna, Snapper, Shrimp, Halibut, Sardines, Salmon, Chicken Breast, Turkey Breast, Cashews, Brazil Nuts, Almonds, Garlic, Onions, Mustard Seed, Spinach, Asparagus, Eggs, Tofu, Mozzarella, Cottage Cheese, Mushrooms, Sunflowers Seeds, Caviar, Liver

"Mineral: Selenium"


Selenium, the trace mineral is absolutely essential to anyone trying to lower their cholesterol. It is helpful in controlling cholesterol in 3 ways.
(1) It boost levels of glutathione (an antioxidant that prevents cell damage caused by free radicals.)
(2) Selenium works on its own to lower LDL
(3) It increases the helpful HDL

It is recommended by Philip Lee Miller, MD (Founder and Director of the Los Gatos Longevity Institute in California.) To take a Multivitamin Daily that contains at least 200 micrograms of selenium.

Sunday, December 9, 2012

Cold Sores and Natural Treatments

Herpes also know as cold sores are very contagious, so if your not careful you can pass them on to your spouse, your children, or anyone else who you share a glass with or kiss. Oral Herpes is the cousin to Herpes Simplex 2 (genital herpes). The herpes virus can not be cured. So when it's not presenting itself on or around your lips, It is lying dormant in the nerves near your brain stem. They seem to attack when your body is distracted fighting off a cold.
Here are some factors that may awaken cold sores:
Stress
Too Much Sunlight or Heat
Weak Immune System
Sickness (Colds)
Here are a few Natural Remedies that are a tremendous help:
Lysine: An effective virus blocker. There are salves. (Your local Whole food store probably has it.) The salve is very effective.
Food with Lysine: turkey, ricotta cheese, avocado, eggs, and chocolate.
Yogurt is a bacterial fighter. The acidophilus bacteria found in some brands of yogurt helps counter cold sores. If cold sores are chronic eat 2-3 cups a day. If you are lactose intolerant, there are dairy free brands. Such as soy, coconut, etc...
Ice: At the first sign of a cold sore, use Ice on the area for as long as it is comfortable, take a break, and then reapply. Viruses don't work well in cold environments. 
Must Avoid
Arginine (A non-essential amino acid- This means that the body doesn't have to get it through food sources, we can make our own)...Foods with arginine, you must stir clear of; especially during outbreaks... Some foods are
Nuts (cashews, almonds, peanuts, walnuts), seeds (sunflower and sesame), milk and cheeses.

Saturday, December 8, 2012

-Fitness Tips for Ramadan- "Start Planning Your Regimen Today."

Here is advice from two sisters that I admire alot with Excellent Fitness and Nutritional Tips for Ramadan!

* Sis. Nadine (Fitness Trainer with Nadoona (Whom I have had the pleasure of training with at a "Women's Wellness Weekend" here in Michigan, Mash'Allah! 

*Ibtihaj Mohammad (International Athlete/ USA Fencing Team Member/ Two Time World Medalist)


While we are getting our Fitness and Nutritional lives in order , We may also want to start thinking about our scheduling and regimens during Ramadan. It's not to early to start thinking about it.

My Personal Ramadan Regimen

(1) I keep my workouts very light... maintaining stretches and a light walk.
(2) My food intake is very light and very little, I drink a lot of water. At this time, I use most of my energy just doing daily chores, Islamic obligations such as prayers and charitable works. 
(3) I usually take my vacation during the month of Ramadan. I'm very focused at this time with trying to get the most out of this particular month. 


Tuesday, December 4, 2012

"What Do You Search For?"



Look For a Persons
Strengths not Weakness.

Look For the
Good, not Evil.

MOST OF US FIND 
WHAT WE SEARCH FOR.