Your Circadian Clock

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Posted by Mia Ponzo | Posted in Complementary Alternative Medicine, Natural Alternative Diet, Natural Beauty, Natural Health, Natural Weight Loss, Quick and Easy Natural Remedies You Can Do At Home | Posted on 01-10-2017

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        Every single person (even animals have it too) on earth has something called a circadian clock. This organ is also called the “biological clock”, and is known scientifically as the “suprachiasmatic nucleus” (SCN). This so-called clock is responsible for the inner rhythms of our bodies, which technically run on a 25 hour cycle (although we assume a 24 hour cycle based on daylight and nighttime hours). Actually the circadian clock is really a tiny organ consisting of two tiny lobes the size of pin heads and made up of thousands of tiny neurons found in the hypothalamus in our brains that is responsible for the timings of our existences. This tiny organ gives the body information and changes things, for example temperature, awareness (wakefulness), and hormonal changes. It is believed that light plays an important part in the operation of this organ, and thus the daytime, nighttime differences that are found. But it is known to be affected by other influences as well, even sounds, etc. (like the ringing of an alarm clock for example). This is also why people get jet lag when changing time zones, especially when going forward in time. The circadian clock basically rules over many important hormonal functions through the pineal gland also found in the brain. It is so important that without the proper workings of it, we can easily die. That is one of the reasons that people who are severely sleep deprived begin to hallucinate and can eventually die in some extreme cases if the lack of sleep continues for any length of time.

It is due to this circadian clock that we have that it is important that we sleep at night and wake up in the daytime. The circadian clock is also why people who work the night shift and sleep during the daytime can possibly become ill, and often (if not always) do not get that completely rested feeling that people who sleep at night get. They go through life feeling “not quite right”. Indeed, they aren’t because there are some important hormones that are only secreted during certain periods of sleep at night, and never during the daytime, no matter what period of sleep the person is in. In fact, most work related accidents occur during the night shift or when workers have been sleep deprived. Also, it is known that shift workers suffer from an inordinately high ratio of mental, emotional, and physical problems. If you think about it, that is quite profound. It really makes you think. For all of us night owls all over the world, and all of the late night diwaniyah lovers in these Middle Eastern countries, this should be a word to the wise. While you might think it fun to stay up all night, your body will take the toll, and you will ultimately pay a price for it. You have to ask yourself if it is worth it. Is your daily late night fun worth trading your health for? I don’t think so. This isn’t to say that you can’t stay up late sometimes. Doing anything once in a while isn’t going to hurt you, but staying up all night every single day is going to be harmful sooner or later. So make sure you get to bed early enough to sleep well at night.

If you or someone you know suffers from problems such as depression (or other mental illness), problematic blood pressure, heart and circulation problems, allergies, acne, psoriasis, eczema, asthma, or a host of other ailments, it might be because your sleep schedule is out of kilter. So, in order to solve the problem, one of the first things you must do is to get your sleep back on track. Make sure that you sleep during the nighttime and get up in the morning. Sleeping relatively early is a good idea as well, in order to give your body plenty of time to get the rest it needs so that your circadian clock will be able to function at its best. Waking up early will put your body in good stead for a healthy and energetic day. Once you get on a regular schedule of sleeping at night and waking up early in the day (preferably not sleeping after eating your lunch), you will soon begin to feel much better and often, without doing anything else, your health will automatically improve.

Naturally, ideally you will need to make other healthy changes in your life as well. It is important to make sure that you also eat well. Eating well means that you need to eat whole, preferably organic foods. You have to make sure to get plenty of fresh, healthy sources of protein including seafood, poultry, meats, eggs, etc, and plenty of fresh, wholesome vegetables, with small amounts of whole grains, fruit, and other supplementary foods added for variety. You must also do your best to get in some form of exercise on a regular basis. Any type will do, including walking, swimming, bicycling, and more. Not only will you feel stronger with exercise, but you will sleep better as well, which will definitely help your circadian clock to work better. This will keep your metabolism up, help your circulation and your lymph to carry away the impurities in your body, and turn you into a much healthier person to be sure.

The bottom line is that our circadian clock is extremely important to our daily living. In fact, without it we simply do not live healthily (and in some extreme cases, at all). Just because it is not something obvious that we think about all the time or even notice, doesn’t mean that it isn’t imperative to our well being. In fact, it is one of the most important organs that we have in our bodies. So, we must do the best we can to keep it in tip top shape. This means getting enough sun, enough sleep, and enough good food and exercise. This means sleeping at night and waking up in the daytime, and making sure we stay on this healthy natural cycle. Let’s get healthy!




The Water Crystal Miracle (Part One)

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Posted by Mia Ponzo | Posted in Complementary Alternative Medicine, Natural Beauty, Natural Health | Posted on 04-03-2017

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What kind of image do you get in your mind when I say “snowflake”? If you are from a colder climate originally (as I am) and you have any experience with snow, particularly as a child, you will immediately imagine two things. The first is the original, that amazingly lacy, one of a kind, intricately designed by nature ice crystal that you used to look at stuck to the outside of your window panes throughout winter. Those wispy fantastic icy delicious flakes that used to land on your tongue is what will come to mind. It is a scientific fact that each and every one of these snow flakes (which are made up of a number of ice crystals) are completely and absolutely individual, with no one snow flake ever looking exactly like any other one. They are always one of a kind.

Another image that always comes to my mind is the paper snowflakes that we used to make as children. We would fold paper into a very small square, and cut geometric corners and pieces out, so that when we unfolded it we would get our own rendition of the natural snowflake. Every time we made on it would be just a little different (or a lot) just like the real ones. We would stick these on the walls and windows, and could be extremely beautiful in their own right. (In fact one day when I was going through my papers, I found some ancient paper snowflakes that I had made many moons ago. They are still beautiful and I still love them!)

Ice crystals are one of those little God given miracles that we don’t really think about very much. They are always there, so we don’t feel their rarity, and we hardly ever sit and concentrate on them to admire their beauty. If your refrigerator gets frosted up, you will find that it is loaded with ice crystals in the form of that nasty frothy frozen water that we want to get rid of. The only time we really think about how fantastic ice crystals are is when they are in the form of snow, and here in Kuwait, we are not likely to get snow any time in the near future. Thus, the only people who really know about the beauty of snow and ice crystals are those living in the farther north or south, where it snows. Well, that is a true shame, because those ice crystals are some of the most amazing things you will ever see. They are special because they are wonderful to look at, but also because of their fleeting nature. As soon as they melt they are gone forever.

I recently came to know something very interesting about ice crystals. An interesting discovery has been made about water and ice crystals. There is a Japanese researcher who has initiated some of the most enlightening science that you will see in a long time. The implications of this science are immense if used to their maximum potential, but the party has only just begun, and hardly anyone is aware of it yet. I am talking about ice crystal formation and the influencing factors that affect them. If I told you that it has been discovered that certain words, music, and other influences can affect water, what would you think? Perhaps you would think that sounded a bit crazy. After all, water is water isn’t it? How could outside influences affect it?

Well, the idea is that every single thing on earth has something that we call vibrations. I am talking everything, including inanimate objects, so water has vibrations as well. That is why sometimes when you look at an object it almost looks and feels good, comforting, or even evil. We can feel it from inside our “souls”, but can’t really explain it on the outside. Water is not different. It has vibrations too. But, water is important to us as humans since we need so much of it. Our bodies are made up of more than 80% water, and we need to keep on replenishing it in one way or another every day. We might get our water from fruit or vegetables, or just from drinking it, but we need it. So, what if there was something wrong with our water? What if the water we were drinking wasn’t as healthy as it seemed. If we kept drinking unhealthy water, sooner or later it would have to affect our health, wouldn’t it? It only makes sense that that would be true. One the other hand, what if we were drinking healthy water? It stands to reason that healthy water would be ideal for us and help bring us to good health. Health water, good health…makes sense, doesn’t it?

What if I told you that water could be “made” to be healthier? What if I told you that we could be harming ourselves through harmful water that doesn’t look, seem, or test harmful from a known scientific medical standpoint, but is actually harmful due to other factors? It piques your interest doesn’t it?

It did mine when I first heard about it. I had to know what they were talking about, and when I did know, I was so blown away that I just had to incorporate it into my life immediately (which I have). Then, the next thing on my agenda was to share this important, indeed, revolutionary, life changing information with you. The rest of this story is so incredible that it is likely to change many things about your life if you take it to heart. Naturally, it will only change you if you let it, because the information you are about to find out about is something that you can either implement or not. No one is going to force it on you. But if you have the slightest bit of common sense you will see how mind boggling this concept is and use it for your benefit and the benefit of others. What makes it ideal is that there is really nothing simpler. The concept is easy to understand and even easier to use. For those of you who were following my “Mind over Matter” series that recently ran in the paper for several weeks, this is a logical extension of the concepts that you learned there.

 

So, next week we will get into the meat of what this concept is all about and how to use it for your health and well being, as well as that of your family and friends. If you haven’t read the “Mind over Matter” series, go to the Internet now and check it out on Arab Times Online (in the health section from recent weeks). There are eleven articles in that series, read them all. While you don’t have to understand or use the concept of “mind over matter” in your life in order to understand how water crystals work, it will certainly help you a great deal and give you several alternative views of looking at the issue, which will make this new experience all the more enlightening for you.

To try your hand at making your own snowflakes online go to this website:  http://snowflakes.barkleyus.com/

Or get this very rare snowflake making book:

 

To see some beautiful natural snow flakes go to this site: http://www.its.caltech.edu/~atomic/snowcrystals/photos/photos.htm

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Learn About the Health Benefits of Ginger – It’s not just for eating!

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Posted by Mia Ponzo | Posted in Complementary Alternative Medicine, Information About Essential Oils, Information About Herbs, Natural Alternative Diet, Natural Beauty, Natural Health, Natural Weight Loss, Quick and Easy Natural Remedies You Can Do At Home | Posted on 06-07-2016

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Ginger

Checking into our kitchen pharmacies again, we still have lots of things available to help us in our quest for naturally good health. So today we are going to talk about something that is widely available in Kuwait and all over the world. It comes in different types, but it is all still basically the same. The type available in the USA is cool and sweet, while the type from India (which is usually the one available here) is hotter and stronger, but still totally palatable and delicious.

In America, ginger (scientifically known as Zingiber officianale) has been used as a medicine for hundreds of years, and information about its use is available in all the old-fashioned books about herbal medicine. Ginger has been used throughout the ages by many different cultures as a medicinal herb. The ancient Egyptians, the ancient Arabs, the ancient Indians, and the ancient Chinese all used this amazing herb in their medicaments.

Crystallized ginger

One of the most common ways to have ginger in the USA is to have candied, or crystallized, ginger. This is made by taking thin slices of ginger and partially drying them out on a large tray (big enough to keep most of the slices separate), but before they are half dry, cover them with granulated white or brown sugar. Make sure that they are completely coated and leave them in an open place, preferably in the sun. Keep turning them and if you need to add more sugar, then go right ahead, because they have to be dry and sugary. When they are completely dry you can take them and transfer them into plastic bags or a glass jar, or whatever convenient storage method you might have as long as they will stay dry. The great thing about candied ginger is that it stays fresh for ages. It never goes bad once it is perfectly dry. Once your ginger is ready you can eat it whenever you have a sore throat, or a stomachache. You can also eat it for no particular reason at all. It tastes delicious! It is great for combating nausea and any kind of digestive problems. It is also good for cleansing the blood, and will help as a general tonic as well.

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You can also eat or drink ginger in order to help reduce the bad cholesterol in your blood, and it is known as a very strong antioxidant, which can get rid of your nasty free radicals that are floating around wherever you don’t want them.

I will never forget the first time I ever used ginger as a medicinal remedy. I had the worst neck ache in the history of neck aches, and I couldn’t get rid of it. I tried everything I could think of including massage, creams, etc, and while they helped a little, the pain still wouldn’t go away. Then I turned to my old herbal remedies books, and decided that the only thing I could do (because I didn’t have anything in the house and I literally couldn’t move to even go to my own clinic to get some oils) was to grate up some fresh ginger (which was the only thing I had in the house). I did that and took the juice and the pulp and made it into a poultice by putting it inside gauze and putting it directly on my neck. Well, that ginger began to work immediately. It was amazing! It was momentarily cold and then quickly became hot. It became so hot that my skin began to sting, but I knew that it was only temporary and only a feeling (that it wasn’t really burning) and after a short period of time my neck pain began to ease off. It worked so well, that I could move afterward almost immediately, and after more applications I was completely better. Ginger is truly the next best thing to a miracle.

Minced ginger

Ginger can be helpful with digestive colic, headaches, gasses, and even diarrhea. In fact ginger is so good for the digestive system that it will even reduce or cure digestive type inflammation and colitis (even the ulcerative type). It is also great for arthritis (internally and externally), and is said to be great for heart problems by all the good old herbalists. Perhaps, one of the reasons it is good for the heart because it has been found to be good for reducing the clotting factor in the blood, and because lots of people who suffer with heart problems have clogged arteries and the like, ginger would help in reducing those problems. (But if you are already taking aspirin or something like that to thin the blood, then it’s probably wise to check with your medical practitioner first, and either stop taking your blood thinners or not to have ginger).

Many people swear by ginger’s benefits for the common cold, fever, and the flu. Ladies and girls who suffer from difficult menstruation, can try ginger compresses over the lower abdominal area in order to ease the pain, and also can drink a lovely light ginger tea. And women in the throes of menopause can use ginger to reduce hot flashes.

If you have over done it at the gym then turn to some fresh ginger for your problem solver. Just make some compresses from crushed ginger and you can apply it directly on the area you have pain in. Also, drinking ginger tea will help calm you and also ease the pain even more.

pickled ginger

Now for the kicker. You know that pickled ginger that is served with your sushi at every Japanese restaurant? Well, the reason that is served is in order to prevent the nasty possible side effects from eating fresh raw fish (particularly the poisonous type) just in case! Bet you didn’t know that did you?

Organic ginger ale

Before I forget, I don’t want to forget to mention the benefits of ginger ale. While this isn’t exactly the fresh herb, ginger ale has some of the essential oil or extract of ginger or infusion, depending on how it’s made, and is absolutely amazing when it comes to calming down a nauseated stomach, and is good for people who are suffering from motion sickness as well. Ginger ale is even good for pregnant women who are having morning sickness. Drinking a little ginger ale or eating a little candied ginger will work wonders for that problem. But just make sure that you read the ingredients before buying it, because the ingredients list must say natural flavorings, if it says artificial flavorings, then don’t waste your money, because fake ginger isn’t going to do you any good!

While powdered ginger is also usable and great, I still always prefer using fresh ginger (or ginger essential oil), but if worse came to worse, then you could easily use powdered in a pinch. So, go out and get some fresh ginger root right away.

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Dr. Mercola on Intermittent Fasting

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Posted by Mia Ponzo | Posted in Complementary Alternative Medicine, Natural Alternative Diet, Natural Beauty, Natural Health, Natural Weight Loss, Quick and Easy Natural Remedies You Can Do At Home | Posted on 27-06-2016

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Intermittent Fasting

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The Natural Health Benefits of Basil Herb

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Posted by Mia Ponzo | Posted in Complementary Alternative Medicine, Information About Essential Oils, Information About Herbs, Natural Alternative Diet, Natural Beauty, Natural Health, Quick and Easy Natural Remedies You Can Do At Home | Posted on 15-03-2016

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basil herb

This week we will carry on with our look at fresh herbs as medicines and health foods. There are so many choices out there and they are all so healthy and good for us! Today’s fresh herb is basil. Fresh basil is used around the world in countless delicious dishes. Italian food is a favorite, and sprigs of fresh basil in a sauce or on pizza are a delightful touch to a delicious dish. But, I’ll bet you didn’t realize how wonderful basil was for your health too!

Scientifically basil is called “Ocymum basilicum” (sweet basil), and also ” Ocymum minimum” (basil bush). Basil can actually be found growing all over the place here in Kuwait, and is next to homes and buildings, along the street sides, in public parks, and just everywhere! You can also buy fresh basil herb in most supermarkets in the green grocer section. If all else fails though, you can use it dried as well. In Arabic it is called “rayhaan”. While basil belongs to the mint family of plants, it doesn’t really resemble mint in taste or aroma.

basil herb organic

Basil is one of the most versatile and beneficial fresh herbs. It has a wonderful strong aromatic aroma that is sweet yet powerful. If you are looking for it on the streets, it is a leafy bushy plant with lovely purple flowers growing up in spikes. Basil is practically indestructible once it gets started, and that is probably how it is able to grow all over the dry desert lands of Kuwait. Here in Kuwait the basil plant that you find outside in the “wild” is a bushy, woody type, but the leaves are the same, and extremely loaded with the essential oil that is what makes basil medicinally beneficial. It is the leaves of this plant that are used medicinally, but you might like putting the beautiful purple aromatic flowers in a vase, giving your home an aromatic spicy smell (and having the basil aroma flowing around in your home will keep it a healthier place as well).

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If you suffer from digestive problems, particularly upset stomach, vomiting, nausea, or flatulence, just drink a light basil tea or eat a few basil leaves. You can make basil into a lovely tea by infusing it with plain steaming hot water for a few minutes. You can also just pop a few leaves right into your mouth! It is also great for aches and pains, and can be applied directly onto a painful area.

I will never forget the time a friend and I were preparing my first herbal clinic in Kuwait for opening back in 1994 and I was standing on a ladder, painting herbal names around the ceiling. I was busy painting and I reached back with my arm, when suddenly I felt a horrible searing pain! Without realizing it I had put my arm into the path of the ceiling fan, which hit my forearm with force. The pain was excruciating and I’m blessed that my arm wasn’t cut off. The only thing that we had around was some fresh basil that was growing coincidentally outside the front door of the place. My friend Renee, who was also into herbs, rushed out and picked some basil, crushed it, and immediately applied it to my arm, which, by then, I was incapable of moving and which was becoming blacker by the minute. The pain immediately eased when the basil was applied, and we wrapped it in gauze to keep the basil on, and continued working. Thanks to good ole’ basil, the day was saved, the basil helped the bruise to resolve itself in record time, and I was none the worse for wear!

basil essential oil

Basil is also great for respiratory ailments such as bronchitis, or any other phlegmy ailment that causes coughing, because it helps to get the phlegm out of the system. If you have a fever basil can be applied directly to the head or body, in the form of hot packs (make an infusion and soak cloth or towels in it). It is also good for colds and the flu, and is noted to be great for earaches. Basil is know to strengthen the immune system, so if you are one of those people who seem to be sick all the time, basil might be just what you need!

Some people swear that basil can get rid of any migraine, and since most migraines are sinus related, that makes perfect sense. If you are having trouble with your menstrual cycle, basil can help to regulate it for you, and if your problem is that your cycle is too light it will solve that problem for you as well. If you suffer from skin problems, basil might be just what you are looking for. It is said to be antibacterial, antiviral, and antifungal, thus, people who are suffering from acne and other inflammatory ailments can try applying fresh basil directly to the places where they have problems, and it should help.

The Chinese use basil for many purposes as well, including bladder and urinary problems, and blood diseases. Some people throughout history have even used basil to cure cancerous tumors! In Ayurvedic medicine basil is called “tulsi”, and is used widely in India for many purposes similar to how basil is used medicinally in the West and other Eastern lands.

For those who suffer from nervous disorders, such as anxiety attacks, basil is going to be your friend. Keep some with you wherever you go, if possible, and whenever you feel an anxiety attack coming on, just take out your sprig of basil leaves or basil flowers and take a big whiff of it. Inhale as deeply as you can, and you should feel better right away. Basil is relaxing and calming, and is certain to help you to forget why you were anxious in the first place! If you are prone to feeling tired, basil is also your friend. Again, just keep a sprig or two of basil with you and deeply inhale the refreshing aroma. The essential oils that are abundant in the fresh basil herb are great for reviving you and helping you to feel refreshed and revived. This can be particularly useful at the end of a long work day, when you are feeling like you can’t concentrate any longer. Just breathe in the lovely aroma of the basil and you will be able to continue with your day!

So, if you are suffering from any of the ailments we just talked about, carry a few sprigs of basil around with you and use them frequently! You will be glad that you did!

 

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The Benefits of Wheatgrass

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Posted by Mia Ponzo | Posted in Complementary Alternative Medicine, Information About Herbs, Natural Alternative Diet, Natural Beauty, Natural Health | Posted on 13-02-2016

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wheatgrass

 

There is a health food item that so many people seem to be talking about these days! I have a friend who has been really into wheatgrass, even growing it himself, and either juicing it or eating it fresh every day. He brought some of it once for us to taste, and it reminded me of freshly cut lawn! It was very sweet tasting and it sure did taste like it was good for you! Then another friend of mine mentioned it too. She said she has been growing it and juicing it for treating cancer and some other ailments that she suffers from. It still seemed like a rather complicated way to get to good health! Growing your own grass inside your home or on a farm in Kuwait didn’t sound like the easiest way to get healthy! But, the other day I heard that there is a juice bar in Kuwait that actually sells wheatgrass juice! I was shocked and happily surprised, even more so when I found out that it is located in a convenient place, right smack in Souk Salmiyah, upstairs in the restaurant court. (This juice bar is no longer there, but there are others that you can find around Kuwait these days as of this post). So, now wheatgrass is easy! And that is why I’m going to tell you all about the benefits of wheatgrass.

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Wheatgrass has so many benefits that we will hardly be able to list them all here, but we can try! Wheatgrass is considered a food, not a supplement, because it contains so much good stuff that you could actually live off of it, never eating anything else, and still be healthy! How’s that for amazing? It has a complete range of vitamins, minerals, and it even has protein. This is the breakdown of the vitamins and nutrients that are in it (taken from the Green Pastures Wheatgrass website):

wheatgrass seeds

Analysis of Wheat Grass

Wheat Grass is not an herb or a food supplement. It is a complete food. An analysis performed by Harvey Lisle and provided by the Anne Wigmore Foundation showed 3500 mg. of Wheat Grass to contain the following:

Protein 800 mg
Crude Fiber 600 mg
Calories 10
Chlorophyll 19 mg

Minerals Amino Acids Vitamins
Calcium 18mg Lysine 29mg Vitamin A 1750 IU
Phosphorus 18mg Histidine 16mg Vitamin K 280 mcg
Potassium 112 mg Arginine 39mg Vitamin C 11mg
Magnesium 3.6 mg Aspartic Acid 78 mg Vitamin E 1.1 mg
Iron 2 mg Threonine 37mg Thiamine 10mcg
Manganese .35 mg Glutamic Acid 85 mg Choline 1 mg
Selenium 3.5 mcg Proline 33 mg Riboflavin 71 mcg
Sodium 1 mcg Glycine 41 mg Pyroxidine 45 mcg
Zinc 17.5 mcg Alanine 48 mg Vitamin B12 45 mcg
Iodine 7 mcg Valine 44 mg Niacin 1 mcg
Copper .02 mg Isoleucine 31 mg Pantothenic Acid 263 mcg
Cobalt 1.75 mcg Leucine 57 mg Biotin 4 mcg
Sulfer 7 mg Tyrosine 18 mg Folic Acid 38 mcg
Phenylalanine 38 mg
75+ other Methionine 15 mg Carbates 1.3 gm
trace minerals Cystine 8 mg
Tryptophan 4 mg
Amide 10 mg
Purines 2 mg
Senne 85 mg

Other sources list these additional factors in Wheat Grass:

Cytochrome Oxidase Transhydrogenase Lipase Superoxide
Protease P4DI Amylase DEAE
Peroxidase Abscisic Acid Catalse

 

Now if that isn’t amazing I don’t know what is! This is only grass we’re talking about for crying out loud!!! Well, grass or no grass, this stuff is so healthy that we practically have to have it! The great thing is that if you can’t find wheatgrass in your area, you can also have it dried and powdered. While there hasn’t been a ton of scientific research done on wheatgrass (although some has certainly been done), people are raving about the great things that it has been known to do, including curing cancer! It is also known for helping rheumatism and rheumatoid arthritis, all kinds of digestive problems, detoxes the entire body, cleans the liver, balances the blood sugar, helps get rid of all kinds of toxic-type problems (like eczema, acne, etc), sore throats, flu, colds, balances the blood pressure, fights tooth decay, helps build the blood up and purify it, helps in wound healing, gets rid of heavy metal deposits in the body, helps with radiation poisoning, and on and on.

VonShef Wheatgrass Juicer

In fact, if you get on the Internet and do a web search, you will come up with so many sites and so much information that you will probably not have time to read it! There is a wealth of information out there and it is all good. In fact, the only negative thing I have read anywhere about wheatgrass is that some people don’t like the flavor. I personally didn’t mind it too much. It tastes like you are eating freshly cut lawn grass, which is exactly what it smells like too. So what!? If it is THAT healthy, then we might as well bite the bullet and get as much benefit from it as we can. So, if you are suffering from an ailment that you can’t seem to get rid of, try wheatgrass! People swear by it, and it’s certainly worth a try. And, since it’s available in Kuwait now, it’s convenient too!

 

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Can Gadgets Work To Help You Lose Weight?

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Posted by Mia Ponzo | Posted in Complementary Alternative Medicine, Natural Alternative Diet, Natural Beauty, Natural Health, Natural Weight Loss | Posted on 24-10-2015

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fat jiggler

When it comes to losing weight people will do almost anything. But, you will find it interesting to see just what kind of ridiculous things they will actually try. I guess it is a matter of desperate measures for desperate people, but some of these things are hilarious, and really absurd! It really makes you wonder how anyone would actually believe that something like that would work at all! Now, this is not to say that some weight loss gadgets don’t have some merit when it comes to losing weight. That’s not it at all! There are plenty of perfectly good and useful weight loss helpers out there. Unfortunately though, many of the things are a waste of time and money. Those are the ones we will be talking about here.

spot-fat-burners

Check it out! Caffeine laced pantyhose! What will they think of next? While you wear them the caffeine is being released into your body, and supposedly your metabolism is going to be booming in no time flat! Well, if they work, you still need to stay away from them, because, as we stated previously, caffeine is not your friend. So, if you’re thinking of spending your money on this item, don’t.

Skinkiss_Caffeine_Slimming_Tights_Pantyhose

There is also weight loss lip balm. I hope your lips are really chapped, because in order for this to work at all, you would need a lot more of this supposed appetite suppressant than you are ever going to get from swiping this over your lips! Go for the cocoa butter and the salad instead.

burner-balm

Ab-belts are another of the interesting gadgets out on the market today. Do we really think that wearing a special belt around all day or for several hours is going to help us? It’s going to melt away the fat, you say. Highly unlikely! Doing a bunch of stomach crunches for the same amount of time would be sure to give us great abs!

stomach-butt-sculpter

Or perhaps you wish to take it to another level with the “zapping” version, which uses batteries and claims to zap away your problem fatty areas. The only way that I know for sure works for that is the zapping action of a liposuction tube digging away at your fat! I know that zapper is a lot less expensive, but it’s pretty much the same as giving your money away in charity to a really rich guy, and without any of the self satisfaction.

fat joke

Another gimmick that is out in the market is the blue diet light. This is combined with hypnosis apparently. Be very careful when you read about claims like these, because if they worked you would be seeing lots of thin people walking about with beautiful bodies and the reflections of blue lights in their eyes. (Maybe I will tell you about my red light diet story sometime if you are really nice to me. The answer is yes I too, have been gullible!).

japan diet glasses

Along that same line of thought come the diet glasses. These glasses make you think your food is larger. These supposedly work in helping you to eat less according to a study done… OK.  But I will keep my money for those nice designer sunglasses that I had my eye on.

diet earrings

Then, when you take off your diet glasses, you can put on your diet earrings. Here the idea comes from acupuncture and areas on your ears that are supposed to suppress your appetite. Well, do they work? What do YOU think? Now, the kicker is that these earrings are actually cute. You might even want to wear them if they didn’t make you lose weight. But, since they do (?????) that makes it even better! NOT!

sauna suit

All those health clubs that want to suck the fat out of you with their body wraps, fat melting machines and more, are not just whistling Dixie, they are sucking something out of you for sure, but it’s not fat. Basically, it’s your money that they are sucking out of you. So, keep your hard earned money in your pockets and stop wasting it on silly gimmicks that don’t work.

hula-chair

Now, if you don’t want to get bored…what about the hula chair? You can sit on it and never stand up, all the while getting loads of exercise! The best part is that you turn it on and it works all by itself, twisting you in hula-like movements until you turn into Barbie! Don’t run right out and order one now though. They aren’t that cheap, and unfortunately, even though they seem like a lot of fun (did I say that?) they simply aren’t going to give you the results that you are looking for. (Unless the results you are looking for are you sitting in a foolish looking chair twisting like crazy in front of the television).

jiggle machine

Then there are those machines that you lie down on and they do all the work for you, and you’re supposed to lose all kinds of weight. The fact is that anything that allows you lay around like a sloth simply isn’t going to be melting any of that weight off you, no matter how much you hope that it does. Neither will those vacuum chambers that work along the same lines. And those machines that make you jiggle like crazy are just as much of a waste of time as any of those other gadgets. So, steer clear.

air shorts

The moral of the story is that you need to keep your money in your pocket, eat less, and do some kind of exercise of your choice. Whatever it is that you enjoy doing is what you should be doing, while you are cutting down on your intake, because, no matter what anyone tells you, the only way to lose weight (besides cutting off your fat) is to zip up your lips.

 

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Weight Loss That Really Works!

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Posted by Mia Ponzo | Posted in Complementary Alternative Medicine, Natural Alternative Diet, Natural Beauty, Natural Health, Natural Weight Loss | Posted on 23-10-2015

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We have been talking about dieting for several weeks now, and I bet you’re wondering whether there are any diets that actually work, since we have, for the most part, been talking about diet supplements, drugs, and more, that don’t really work. Last week we discussed the two most common forms of weight loss surgery (there are other more minor forms, but I will not get into them now, since they are practically useless). But, not everyone is at a weight heavy enough for weight loss surgery, and some people simply don’t want to take a step that drastic. So, you are certain to be wondering if there is any other way to diet that actually works and doesn’t cost a fortune. Well, there are ways, although, a certain method might work for someone, but not for you. So, you really have to take every case on its own merit, and if you are the one dieting, you have to ask yourself what will work for you personally. If you aren’t sure, then try different things until you get it right, but in the meantime, there are statistics available about what does and doesn’t work for the majority. So, take some advice from others.

One recent study showed that of the only 1 out of 4 dieters actually stuck to whatever diet they had started for a year or more, but if they did they would be more likely to keep off the weight that was lost. The bottom line of this particular study is that no matter what your diet choice is, if you are in it for the long term, you will inevitably be successful.

The problem is that there are so many different diets out there that you probably don’t know where to begin. There are also several private weight loss clinics here in Kuwait, and they are fine and help their patients to a limit. But, after that, the patient is again at a loss. There is no real support system set up to encourage and inspire. Another important factor in successful dieting seems to be the buddy system, or having a friend along for the ride with you. So, it is almost inevitable that, if you are on a diet, being part of a group is going to help you a great deal, if not be totally responsible for the success.

Another important factor is exercise. I know that hardly anyone who needs to be on a diet wants to exercise (I know I don’t). The fact is that it is downright difficult, tiring, and time consuming. But, the fact of the matter is that if you don’t get moving, every ounce of weight that you have to get rid of will not be going very far, and is more likely to reappear on your hips very quickly again even if you do lose it. The idea is to find the type of exercises that you enjoy. If you don’t enjoy doing them, there is no point, because how are you going to be able to continue long term with something that you can’t stand? There are so many choices out there you should be able to find one or two types of exercise that suit you.

Then, how will you decide which type of diet you will choose. For starters, if you see the words “lose 30 pounds in 30 days” run in the other direction. Not only will you NOT lose that much weight in that very short period of time, but you will be setting yourself up for disappointment. Choose a diet that is well balanced and had a long track record. There are so many different diets out there you will not be at a loss for choice. I will mention a few good ones here, but you really have to choose the one that works for you. You are an individual, and just because the “heart disease diet” worked for your aunt Mary doesn’t mean that it’s going to work for you too. Some of the good, balanced, healthy diets that I have seen around are The Atkins Diet (my personal favorite, but it must be followed correctly, so you really have to buy the book, sign up for information on their website or e-diets, and follow the rules), South Beach, Healthy Heart, Low Glycemic Index Diet, The Mediterranean Diet, The Mayo Clinic Diet, and there are many more. The idea is that you should be getting enough vitamins, minerals, and nutrients from a wide variety of foods. Those one food diets that you hear about all the time are generally not a really good idea. Your health will suffer and most people get so bored with that type of diet that they end up binging when they are done and gaining back all the weight they lost and more! What a waste (literally and figuratively)!

low-carb-pyramid

Statistics show that dieting with a buddy will give you more of a chance to succeed, so join a diet group if you have the opportunity to do so. If you don’t have a group in your area, join an online group. There are literally hundreds out there. Some of them are free, for example: http://www.lowcarbfriends.com/ is one, and also the Atkins site: http://www.atkins.com/, which is a great and informative site (and I mentioned that I’m particular to the success of this diet, as long as it is followed correctly). The Atkins site has several advantages over others, and one of the best of all is that it is FREE!!! I am also a big fan of e-diets: http://www.ediets.com/. On that site, you have to pay to join, but it is not expensive and worth every penny. You become a part of a group, there are physical challenges, and they work out a diet program for you based on your own personal preferences. This is great because it gives you the support system that you need to be able to continue long term. This site has had a lot of success, and people are very positive about their experiences with it. They offer a high amount of support in whichever area you feel need. I highly recommend it. Weight Watchers is another of my highly recommended sites. Here again you do have to pay a small fee, but you are given so many tools that encourage you to stay on track with your diet that it is worth it: http://www.weightwatchers.com/index.aspx. Still, though the Atkins site is my own personal favorite because it is chock full of information, has support groups, chat groups, recipes, diet advice, and more, and, best of all, it’s free!

My other favorite low carb site is actually a paleo site: Mark’s Daily Apple. 

And, of course, there are many more… if you know any good ones, share them below!

So, the bottom line is, if you want to lose weight, there are literally thousands of options out there for you, but be sure that you choose the one that is right for you. Stay away from fads and diets that cost a great deal of money. Pick a diet that is going to work for you, and give you your desired results, without turning you into a zombie. Now, get out there and shed those pounds!!!

To help you get started… here are some good books that you can get from Amazon~

New Atkins   primal blueprint   primal blueprint total transformation   primal blueprint quick and easy meals   primal blueprint complete set

 

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How Dangerous are Surgical Weight Loss Options?

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Posted by Mia Ponzo | Posted in Complementary Alternative Medicine, Natural Alternative Diet, Natural Beauty, Natural Health, Natural Weight Loss | Posted on 11-10-2015

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For the past several weeks we have been talking about many of the diet products on the market these days. There are so many different types of weight loss products out there that we really can’t go over everything, but I think we have introduced enough that our readers are much more aware about them than they were before.

So this week we are going to begin our discussion on the various forms of weight loss surgery that are available to people nowadays. Weight loss surgery has become so widespread all over the world that you are certain to know someone who has done it or someone who knows someone who has. There is some ethical discussion about whether or not this type of surgery is done out of vanity or whether it is done for dire health purposes. Naturally, every different person who is considering doing such surgery has their own reasons, and every person must be assessed separately, but probably most people do it for health AND vanity reasons, which are both valid. Having said this, we must always remember that all forms of surgery are dangerous, can result in death, and before anyone makes the decision to do weight loss surgery (or any other type of surgery, for that matter), all the details, dangers, and potential long term drawbacks of the proposed type of surgery should be well researched, well understood, and well thought out. Any overweight person who is considering doing any of the various forms of weight loss surgeries that we will discuss, must be well aware of all of the risks, as well as what the benefits are.

While many of these types of surgeries seem quite drastic, the fact is that, statistically, it has been proven that overweight (obese) people actually live longer after having done one of the various forms of weight loss surgery. So, drastic or not, some people simply can’t diet their miseries away and need a stronger push. The fact is that obese people are dying every day of the various complications of being obese. According to the American Medical Association in the year 2000 around 400,000 people died from obesity attributed complications (such as diabetes, heart problems, etc). This is where weight loss (also called bariatric) surgery comes into the picture. It doesn’t only make people look better, but it saves lives.

There are several different types of weight loss surgery, some being more drastic than others. Some methods are reversible and some aren’t, so, if you are one of the people considering weight loss surgery, think a thousand times over before you make a decision that you might regret later on.

One of the oldest forms of weight loss surgery is what is called the gastric bypass (also known as stomach stapling, although there is really much more to it than that). This procedure is performed as an in-patient procedure with a stay in the hospital because it is quite drastic. Basically what happens here is that you are opened up surgically, and rearranged. This method is actually made up of several different methods, including a simple bypass, which combines a reduction of the size of the stomach (either through stapling or banding) to the size of a small pouch (but leaves the rest of the stomach intact), combined with a change in the location of the intestine, which prevents people from eating too much and also acts to prevent absorption in certain cases as well, and a more serious version, where the entire stomach is cut off and made into a tiny pouch, the last portion of the small intestine is reattached to this small pouch stomach while bypassing the duodenum and the jejunum completely, thus preventing absorption of food. While the weight loss (as you can well imagine) is great with this, since it is so drastic the side effects are almost always increased.

Naturally, as you would imagine, with such a change in the body you are going to have several possible side effects. These side effects include vomiting (particularly when an episode of overeating occurs), dumping (which is when the food that is eaten passes directly through the bowel without being absorbed, and causes weakness, diarrhea, nausea, etc.), vitamin deficiency, and more.

The other newer type of weight loss surgery is called the laparoscopic gastric band. Basically, this type of surgery consists of tiny laparoscopic incisions that enable placement of a plastic “band” around the low end of the esophagus (at the very top of the stomach), which creates a tiny pouch. The idea behind this is that once the band is filled (which is done with a needle through a port under the skin) it causes the person to feel full after eating only tiny amounts of food, thus the weight loss. This procedure must also be done in the hospital, but it requires a much shorter stay. Also, since the procedure is done laparoscopically, and is much less invasive than the gastric bypass, the recovery time is much shorter. The LAP band is also a reversible procedure, so that if, for any reason (but why would you want to?) you wish to remove the band, you can.

With this type of weight loss surgery there are several advantages, including the fact that it is adjustable, so that if you need to eat (for example, if you become pregnant) you can simply deflate it. It has much fewer complications than the gastric bypass surgery, although there are always going to be a minute amount of people who suffer certain complications, and these can include erosion of the area of the stomach where the band is touching, band slippage, etc., although the percentage of people that these complications occur with are extremely low, and with proper diet and care, all of these complications should be easily averted.

One of the drawbacks with this type of operation, as compared to the gastric bypass is that sometimes the weight takes longer to come off, but that could also be considered an advantage, since the longer it takes, the better the skin tone could come out (who wants horrible saggy skin?). Also, apparently, according to long term studies, the weight that is taken off with the LAP band surgery is more permanent, because often with gastric bypass, the weight is regained after several years, because the people can eventually stretch their pouch with long term overeating (for those who don’t change their eating habits and make a commitment to it). Logic will also tell you (as well as statistics) that the less invasive the procedure is the less complications you will have, so the LAP band is the least invasive, the normal gastric bypass is more invasive, and the drastic version of the gastric bypass is the most invasive of all, and carries with it the most complications and drawbacks.

These types of operations are definitely not for the faint of heart. They are for seriously obese people who have a long history of dieting and exercise without success. These are for people who desperately need to lose weight, usually for medical reasons. Usually the minimum Body Mass Index (BMI) for even being considered for this operation would be 40 or more, or are 100 pounds or more overweight (here in Kuwait, being 100 kilos or over is often a standard for doctors). The other problem is that this type of procedure is expensive, so it is still not an option for everyone, but prices are going down, and for those who desperately need it, the government hospitals offer cut rate prices (because you only have to pay for the band itself, for example in the LAP band procedure).

So, while these operations are not a standard weight loss solution, and are quite severe when compared to the dieting and exercise traditionally employed for weight loss, they are extremely effective, and statistically have shown better results than simple diet and exercise in both the short and long term. So, if you are suffering from severe obesity combined with serious (or potentially serious) medical problems, you might want to consider some form of weight loss surgery, but do your own investigations, and do see a highly qualified doctor.

(For people who are interested in finding out more, you can contact me through email: miaponzo@yahoo.com, for more information and names of doctors).