By Natural Advocate | December 31, 2007 - 11:44 pm - Posted in Alternative & Herbal Health News

Well, here we are, it’s New Year’s Eve!  Seems like Christmas flew by – well, the whole month of December did actually. I know, I sound like a broken record because I say that every year, but it’s so true, isn’t it?  Anyways, I wanted to wish everyone a safe and wonderful New Year’s eve, and make sure that every one of our readers knows that we’ve got some great new products to review for the coming year, and we hope there’s lots more information and news in the world of alternative medicine and herbal applications of different medicines this coming year, ’cause that’s what keeps us going! 


By Natural Advocate | December 29, 2007 - 11:26 am - Posted in Vitamins & Minerals

Magnesium is an important naturally occurring mineral in our body that maintains the functions of many different systems especially the nerves and the muscles.  As a supplement, it is used to treat low magnesium levels.
Magnesium is noted to be particularly important in bone formation and a deficiency of this mineral may play a role in the development of osteoporosis.  Stress is a factor in depleting our levels of magnesium.  Sleep deprivation (which the GenF20 HGH Releaser supplement helps combat, as well as invigorate the body and mind), may also deplete our supply of this important mineral.
Since magnesium promotes muscle function, a deficiency of magnesium will lead to overt muscle tension which will manifest itself in muscle spasms, tics, twitches and generalized restlessness. 
These symptoms would be due to the imbalance of calcium to magnesium.  Calcium promotes the contraction of the muscles while magnesium promotes the relaxation.
Taking magnesium is often recommended together with calcium supplementation because these two minerals work together.  People with certain medical conditions should consult with their doctor or pharmacist before taking magnesium supplements.  These conditions include if you are pregnant or breast feeding, taking prescription drugs or herbal remedies, have allergies, have appendicitis, heart or kidney problems or have diarrhea. 
Magnesium chloride may interfere with certain medications such as anticoagulants, biphosphates, digoxin, penicillamine and other antibiotics.  Consult your physician before taking magnesium for a complete list of possible drug interactions.
Watch for side effects of magnesium supplementation such as diarrhea.  For severe side effects such as allergic reaction with rash, hives or itching, seek medical attention immediately.

By Natural Advocate | December 27, 2007 - 6:51 pm - Posted in Hair Loss Treatments

Do you take a supplement that benefits your hair, skin and nails?  I actually take a multivitamin for that each day, on top of my omega 3 dietary supplement, and I think, well I know, that it greatly improves the look of my skin, and the ability of my skin to fend off free radicals, which is important in this day and age of pollution in both the form of foods and the air we breathe in.

The daily vitamin that I take has several ingredients in it, including biotin, which is actually a form of vitamin B I believe, but it is an essential building block of the hair, skin and nails, which are all considered connective tissues of sorts.

The vitamins are a yellowish color, with grainy looking brown pieces throughout, and the only effect I notice from them is that they do turn the urine  a slightly yellow color, but there are no other side effects other than the effect they are supposed to have, which is shinier, healthier looking hair!  It’s actually the Futurebiotics brand, and I believe it is one of the best selling hair skin and nails vitamins in the US right now.

I also like to take the omega 3 supplement for benefits to the hair skin and nails as well, but also because I believe it impacts my overall health.  I will not take the cheap ones though, as I’ve noticed a huge difference by taking the best, and highest quality more.

By Natural Advocate | December 25, 2007 - 12:10 pm - Posted in Alternative & Herbal Health News

Well, I’m not going to do a regular post today, because I figure not too many people will be online reading my thoughts today.  Instead, hopefully all of you are celebrating with family and friends.  Merry Christmas, or whatever other holiday it is that you celebrate during this time of year! 

Here’s to another year of the best alternative health updates, new product reviews and great information on the world of herbal health!

By Natural Advocate | December 24, 2007 - 11:35 am - Posted in Medical News

Alright women, listen up.  We are not in a newer battle reportedly, not just against breast cancer, but against a more quietly advancing disease that once used to belong mostly to men.  Well, with women’s increased stress levels and more and more women in the workforce and taking on multiple tasks, including raising children and expected to cook and clean (my opinion, only), apparently women are now dying more and more of heart disease.

We need to definitely head this off, back into the right direction of healthier hearts and habits by increasing our intake of the best omega 3 dietary supplements, as the benefits of omega 3 fatty acids are numerous. 

Protection of heart health is just one.  Omega 3’s also have huge implications in the field of weight loss and weight maintenance, joint health and resilience, mental health, and skin and connective tissue health (this includes joints). It seems omega 3’s are one of the super nutrition supplements of our century, and we’ve only just begun to reasearch their long term health benefits for the old and young.

The troubling news as it relates to women and heart disease is that an age group that previously was relatively unaffected in women, under the age of 45 to be specific, is noticeably picking up on the death rate from heart disease, whereas the men in this age group see these numbers tapering off.  This is why we as women must be more proactive now to prevent these numbers from becoming even more staggered.

The culprit of this trend in death from heart disease is clogged arteries, and health experets aren’t necessarily sure what is causing this in women, but they suspect it has to do with unhealthy eating habits, obesity and a number of other unhealthy living habits that are contributing. 

I still think it is also due to the increased amount of stress women feel these days to be “superwomen”.  Think about it, back in the day before feminism, women’s roles were more limited.  Don’t get me wrong, I’m a staunch feminist.  But it seems that in some ways it has caused us to be responsible for more things that only add much more pressure to our plate. 

Many relationships I hear about are where the women is in charge of “keeping house”, deciding what meals will be eaten, paying the bills and keeping track of finances, being primary caretakers of children if there are any, and oh yeah, many times having a full time job on top of all that!  I’m not bashing men at all, I’m just saying that the responsiblities seem to be piling on for women, and this could definitely be part of the reason for the increase in heart disease. 


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