By Natural Advocate | February 29, 2012 - 10:10 am - Posted in Foods, Vitamins & Minerals

I drink lemon water a lot. I’ve been doing this for years and years because I’ve seen how it benefits my health. What I do is squeeze two eights of a lemon into my drinking water (a large cup of it so it’s not too sour) in the morning. It’s a great way to clear my palette and also a great way to help couteract the acidity of the daily coffee I drink every morning.

Coffee is very acidic once in the body, whereas lemon juice, contrary to common belief, is very acid-neutralizing or alkaline in nature once inside the body.  A body that is more on the alkaline side is more conducive to overall health and wellness.

Not only am I giving my body something more alkaline, but I’m also getting a really nice dose of vitamin C first thing in the morning. I eat things that contain this vitamin throughout the day, but that’s ok because vitamin C is one that you constantly pee out of your body and need to replenish on a daily basis.

I also find that drinking lemon water lends itself to clearer skin. My skin, which is still acne prone even at the ripe age of 37 due to me having very oily skin, tends to still break out in acne once in a while. Drinking lemon water does noticeably help with flareups, and I think it’s because it reduces acidity, which has been linked to acne (see herbal acne remedies for more info).

Lemons also contain beneficial nutrients called bioflavoinoids. Their juice contains this as well, especially since when you squeeze a lemon, much of the pulp and content of the flesh comes out with it. You can see evidence of this in your lemon water as the tiny flakes dance around at the bottom of your cup and up toward the top.

Lemons also contain vitamin A (read past article about vitamin A of asthma), potassium and even some calcium.  These are likely what make the lemon juice so acid-neutralizing since minerals tend to neutralize acid.  They are loaded with antioxidant properties. Lemon juice has anti inflammatory and naturally antiseptic properties as well, meaning it can kill harmful bacteria and other organisms on contact.

By Natural Advocate | February 27, 2012 - 3:40 pm - Posted in Foods

If you drink OJ, there are a number of things you should know. First and most obviously, drinking freshly squeezed is the most beneficial to your health. Not only that, fresh squeezed orange juice is one of the most delicious things I’ve ever tasted in my life.

We used to live near a health food store that offered freshly squeezed OJ. It had a machine that would squeeze it right in front of you. And for a slightly ridiculous price, even for ten years ago, you could bring home your own jug of the fresh stuff. All the vitamins, minerals and nutrients still intact.

Not this frozen conccentrate stuff that they serve just about everywhere and which permeated most American’s referigerators – or the stuff in cartons that has who knows what added to it to preserver its freshness.

A good move by the FDA recently (you don’t get to hear those words often when you’re reading a natural health blog) was to block an attempt by the Brazilian Orange Juice industry, where much of the oranges in the world are grown, form increasing the amount of a fungicide called carbendazim.

The fungus killing agent is used legally in Brazil, but there must be safety concerns, because the FDA definitely put their foot down on this one.  Of course, do I really want to be drinking anything that has a chemical which kills fungus or bacteria in it?  Usually these types of agents are toxic to the human body in some way.

We’ve talked about fungicides and preservatives in body care like parbens, and how much you should try to avoid those many times.  This is yet another one that you want to avoid if you can, and this is why I recommend freshly squeezed OJ wherever possible.

Or read your ingredient label and buy only organic orange juice if it is prepackaged to avoid all the nasty chemicals and by-products that may be included in the non-organic variety.

By Natural Advocate | February 23, 2012 - 12:42 pm - Posted in Foods

You may just think of the onion as a pungent spice with which to cook your food – I particularly love raw onions in my salads for example, or I love to sautee onions and add them to a variety of dips, sauces and dressings. However, what most people don’t know is that this pungent eye-stinging root veggie has some very powerful health benefits that go beyond just spicing up your dishes at home.

Onions have the following effects on human health that we know of : Enhances bloos flow by relaxing arteries and preventing hardening of the arteries, which greatly reduces the possiblity of heart attack or stroke, may help prevent cataracts, enhances the immune system, act as an anti inflammatory for joints and other pain, and aids if the prevention of almost all types of cancer.

That’s just to name a few, and those are really health benefits that are tied to the numerous other health benefits eating onions every day can offer you and your body.  They contain in them powerful compounds as well as powerful antioxidants. Antioxidants are important in the anti aging process which promotes longevity.

The reason is, as cells age and become unhealthy or die, they can be taken over by unhealthy cells, or free radicals.  Free radicals are mopped up by antioxidants.  They have a very potent effect on helping deter the aging process not only superficially by improving your skin and appearance, but also by reducing aging of the brain and other organs and tissues that are vital to survival and thriving.

One of the potent compounds found in onions are polyphenols and flavonoids, both of which have been linked to lower coronary issues as well as lower rates of all kinds of cancer.  Quercetin, which is another compound found in onions, actually performs well under heat and maintains many of its beneficial properties after heated in soups and sauces, which makes it an even more practical and accessible antioxidant food.

The smell of the onion that is so potent is due to the sulfur compounds found in the veggie.  This is similar to the smell of cabbage, broccoli and other sulfur-containing veggies which also happen to be powerhouses of antioxidants and cholesterol-lowering nutrients.

Sulfurs themselves are excellent for the heart, and can help lower the risk of coronary disease and stroke as well.  This is why broccoli, cabbage, brussel sprouts and other vegetables that contain sulfur compounds are so highly recommended to support overall health as well.

By Natural Advocate | February 20, 2012 - 5:52 am - Posted in Cognitive and Focus

Cancer drugs are toxic. Most of them are anyway. That much everyone in the alternative health arena knows already.  But can one particular cancer drug help to treat and even reverse the dreaded memory loss disease alzheimers?  If it could, this would potentially be a boon to those who have faced the heartache and utter devastation that this personality and life-robbing disease causes to families and individuals.

So far only mice have been tested and shown the improvement in a key protein in the brain within mere hours after the drug was administered.  Mice are often used to test drugs before human trials are done because many of their key organs and systems are similar to the structure of a human’s believe it or not.

The cancer drug works to reduce a protein that is found in over abundance in the brain of alzheimers patients called amyloid beta.  The protein forms a sort of brain plaque, and although the exact reason for alzheimers still isn’t totally understood by modern science (hard to believe, I know), it is thought that this excess protein and plaque buildup is the reason behind the progression of alzheimers and the ensuing memory loss.

Scientists are not thinking so far that the drug could be used in advanced patients with an expectation of vast improvement. However, they may be able to successfully treat or slow down the progression in patients who have been diagnosed fairly recently – which is definitely better than the options that are out there today for alzheimers patients.

The drug tests on Bexarotene, which is the name of the cancer drug being tested as a memory improvement drug, are definitely encouraging, but scientists want to make sure they understand what the actual reason behind alzheimers is before they get too excited.

Memory loss and decline of cognitive function and focus is a major concern for the aging population.  There are actually some great herbal supplements for memory and concentration and also for ADD and ADHD and focus issues as well that can enhance your cognition and make you a better conditioned thinker and problems solver.

They can really help stimulate blood flow the crucial areas of the brain that most need oxygen and circulation in order to function well.  It’s worth a look in to if you feel like you might be experiencing “senior moments” more or need to get a kickstart for focus and improved ability to concentrate.

By Natural Advocate | February 19, 2012 - 1:46 pm - Posted in Natural Anti Aging

We’ve got a new page that looks at the popularity of natural HGH enhancing supplements and products, as well as medical injections of the hormone which promises to bring back some of the youthful qualities we may miss.

These qualities include things that impact our physical appearance as well as things that impact our ability to think, remember and perform mental and phsychological exercises efficiently. 

They also include energy levels, which we all feel we could use a little more of as we get older, the ability to sleep well, and things like sex drive, hair color, skin smoothness, and a bevy of other things that tend to fade as we get older. 

Ah, getting older is so fun sometimes. One things I’d never sacrifice is all the wiseness and security I’ve gained with age. However, some of the other stuff I’d give up :)

Without further ado, here is our new page on the Anti Aging Benefits of HGH (Human Growth Hormone).

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