Tuesday, October 16, 2018

The 12 Best Ways to Improve Your Digestion Naturally



Everyone experiences occasional digestive symptoms such as upset stomach, gas, heartburn, nausea, constipation or diarrhea. 
However, when these symptoms occur frequently, they can cause major disruptions to your life. 
Fortunately, diet and lifestyle changes can have a positive impact on your gut health. 
Here are 12 evidence-based ways to improve your digestion naturally.

1. Eat Real Food
Food additives, including glucose, salt and other chemicals, have been suggested to contribute to increased gut inflammation, leading to a condition called leaky gut (2). 
Trans fats are found in many processed foods. They’re well-known for their negative effects on heart health but have also been associated with an increased risk of developing ulcerative colitis, an inflammatory bowel disease (3). 
What’s more, processed foods like low-calorie drinks and ice creams often contain artificial sweeteners, which may cause digestive problems. 
One study found that eating 50 grams of the artificial sweetener xylitol led to bloating and diarrhea in 70% of people, while 75 grams of the sweetener erythritol caused the same symptoms in 60% of people (4). 
Studies have also shown that artificial sweeteners and sugar alcohols decrease the number of healthy gut bacteria and increase the number of harmful gut bacteria (456).
Gut bacteria imbalances have been linked to irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and irritable bowel diseases like ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease (7). 
Fortunately, scientific evidence suggests that diets high in nutrients protect against digestive diseases (8). 
Therefore, eating a diet based on whole foods and limiting the intake of processed foods may be best for optimal digestion. 
SUMMARYDiets high in processed foods have been linked to a higher risk of digestive disorders. Eating a diet low in food additives, trans fats and artificial sweeteners may improve your digestion and protect against digestive diseases. 

2. Get Plenty of Fiber

It’s common knowledge that fiber is beneficial for good digestion. 
Soluble fiber absorbs water and helps add bulk to your stool. Insoluble fiber acts like a giant toothbrush, helping your digestive tract keep everything moving along (9).
Soluble fiber is found in oat bran, legumes, nuts and seeds, while vegetables, whole grains and wheat bran are good sources of insoluble fiber. 
A high-fiber diet has been linked to a reduced risk of digestive conditions, including ulcers, reflux, hemorrhoids, diverticulitis and IBS (10). 
Prebiotics are another type of fiber that feed your healthy gut bacteria. Diets high in this fiber have been shown to reduce the risk of inflammatory bowel conditions (8). 
Prebiotics are found in many fruits, vegetables and grains.

Monday, September 24, 2018

How to Increase Platelet Count Naturally?


What Does ‘Platelet Count’ Mean?

‘Platelets’ are a very important component of blood. They are the smallest of the blood cells which facilitate the body in the clotting of the blood, by forming plugs in blood vessel holes.

The role of platelets is very crucial in the case of an injury because these blood cells help the body to form clots in order to stop bleeding. Platelets circulate in the blood with an average lifespan of 5-9 days.

‘Platelet count’ refers to the number of platelets per microliter of circulating blood. The platelet count is considered to be ‘normal’when the number of platelets per microliter of circulating blood ranges between 150,000 and 450,000.

If the platelet count falls below 150,000 platelets per microliter of circulating blood, it is considered to be ‘low platelet count’; and if the platelet count is more than 450,000 platelets per microliter of circulating blood, it is considered to be ‘high platelet count.’ The health condition linked to alarmingly low platelet count is known as ‘Thrombocytopenia’; whereas the health condition associated with abnormally high platelet count is called ‘Thrombocytosis.

Some of the common indications of ‘low platelet count’ include fatigue, easy bruising, slow clotting of blood, bleeding gums, and appearance of red/purple spots on the skin. On the other hand, some of the common indications of ‘high platelet count’ include chest pain, weakness, headache, and dizziness (or light-headedness).

How Can ‘Platelet Count’ Be Increased Naturally?


A ‘low platelet count’ can lead to several health complications because this conditions results from reduced production of platelets, presence of platelets in the spleen or increased breakdown of platelets. This condition can put the affected individual at apotentially high risk of internal bleeding or other problems related to blood vessels or clotting of blood.
Platelet count can be increased naturally with the help of certain foods which are readily available and are also quite cheap. However, if the number of platelets is severely low, it is advisable to seek medical treatment in time, so as to avoid complications.
Some of the foods which can be helpful in increasing platelet count naturally are:

Steamed Vegetables

The addition of steamed vegetables to daily diet can be very beneficial for people having a low platelet count. There are certain vegetables which, when taken in steamed form, can give a notable boost to platelet count. These vegetables are: pumpkin, cabbage, potatoes, peas, carrot, turnip, beans,bottle gourd, round gourd, bitter melon, cauliflower, and broccoli.

Sprouts

The intake of sprouts is also a very convenient way to increase platelet count naturally. Patients with low platelet counts are generally advised to include sprouts of green lentils, bengal grams, beans and fenugreek to their diet.

Fruits

Making changes to the diet in order to include certain fruits can also be very effective in increasing the platelet count in a safe and natural manner. Some of the fruits which should be a part of the diet of patients with low platelet count include apples, bael, papaya, banana, pears, and pomegranate.
However, it is pertinent to note that people with low platelet count should avoid the intake of citrus fruits like lemon, orange and sweet lemon.

Thursday, May 24, 2018

10 Tips and Supplements for Adrenal Fatigue Repair


The correct supplements for adrenal fatigue changed my life more than once. First diagnosed with lowcortisol after a heat stroke in 1987, I fell to almost complete adrenal failure in 2001 after severe Epstein Barr Virus.
My goal has always been to repair the adrenals, not just take things for fatigue. I never went on the steroids I was told I’d need. I took rebuilding supplements and made changes in my life.    
Want more energy? REPAIR the Adrenals and Thyroid. Don’t overcome “fatigue” with coffee or other stimulants. Here’s some very personal tips and supplements for adrenal fatigue repair.  

5 Supplements for Adrenal Fatigue 

  1. Passion Flower calms body and mind to help you sleep, focus, and overcome anxiety. To repair the adrenals you have to fix the “wired” before you fix the “tired”.
  2. Licorice makes Cortisol last longer. You want this kind from Amazon, not this one with Glycyrrhizzin removed. That works for reflux and ulcers. Or get Licorice tincture to add to your water during the day (don’t take it after 5 PM). 
  3. Adrenal Cortex is different from Adrenal Glandulars. I sell this one in my online store. It’s derived only from the inner Adrenal Cortex and no outer Adrenal Medulla like regular glandulars have. The Medulla makes Epinephrine, so regular glandulars can make you speedy. 
  4. Systemic Formulas Ga – Adrenal is the #2 product in my clinic and online store (after D3 Completewith K2). This 40 year old product was designed by a master Herbalist. It worked for me in the 80’s and still works today. It’s ideal at 3 PM – or take as desired. It’s not a stimulant but will lift you gently out of fatigue. It works well with Premier Adaptogen, packaged together here
  5. B Vitamins may help. Try a mix of Phosphorylated B’s plus MTHF like this one.

5 Tips for Adrenal Fatigue Repair

  1. Sleep. Nap. Meditate. You cannot fix fatigue until you stop overwork, worry and lack of sleep. Calming yourself is the best way to have more energy. In addition to the Passion Flower above, add some Systemic Formulas N3 – Relaxa day and/or night. Try both before bed, during the night if you’re restless, or take in the daytime to stay calm.
  2. Stop Caffeine. Beating up the adrenals will not help them repair!
  3. Keep blood sugar stable. The adrenals play a huge role in blood sugar management. Give them a break with more proteins, fats and vegetables and a lot less starchy carbs or sugar. Eat on a schedule. Here’s my DVD on “The Diet For Human Beings”. 
  4. Get lab facts! Test both the thyroid and the adrenals to know which (or both) need help. Test – don’t guess. This article has tons more about saliva testing. This has some quick tests you can do at home. Here’s how to test your thyroid properly, even when your doctor thinks TSH is sufficient.
  5. Acknowledge it’s your responsibility to take charge of your life. No one else can make your life calmer and happier. Trust me – I worked myself into the Hospital twice before I learned to “Grow Up”!