Why We Get Sick

Right after a stressful event, or series of events, we get sick. We know it’s because we put off being healthy for far too long.get

But did you know, it doesn’t need to be like that?

In 2012, I was in a car accident, hurt my back, bought a new car (quickly), bought a house, moved, planned a wedding, married, buried a loved one, help my husband through losing his job and then going back to school, and suddenly becoming in charge of just about everything around the house. Yet, I didn’t get sick, have my blood pressure go up, I didn’t lose or gain weight, I toned my muscles, and stayed rested.

Here’s the secret:

  1. Maintain a consistent sleep & exercise pattern – bags under your eyes are not attractive and can signal inflammation and high cholesterol
  2. Stay well hydrated – I know it’s easy to forget your water bottle and grab a soda, but your body hates it and it can lead to diabetes
  3. Plan your meals, plus extra for when you need to grab and go – this is how you lose and maintain weight
  4. Avoid coffee, candy, pasta, breads, donuts, and sugary foods – that pesky diabetes just keeps popping up, plus, these depress you immune system and let you get sick quickly
  5. Make sure you have you time – how can you give to everyone else if you have nothing to give?

Stress sucks, but remember, this too shall pass. The more you help your body, the less you will feel the stress. The less you feel the stress, the less likely you will get sick.

If you want to support your immune system, naturally with herbs, it’s easy to do. Just remember, herbs are foods first, medicine second. Never take an herb that can’t be eaten safely.

The top herb when you are sick is Echinacea. It’s a root that makes a great tea. This herb helps your immune system work more efficiently and powerfully. This is not an herb to take daily, just when you are sick.

Prevention-wise, nothing is more powerful than the triple powers of garlic, ginger, and honey! All three are foods and are perfect for seasoning all types of dishes. As a tea, ginger can also help calm your stomach from all types of upset and indigestion.

And get some sun! It’s the most powerful form of vitamin D and it stimulates your hormones to balance out. Just 15 minutes a day can do wonders for your health.

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Why Some People Eat Fast Food And Not Gain Weight

Why Some People Eat Fast Food And Not Gain Weight

Ever notice how some people can eat fast food every day and not gain a pound? And they don’t just have a little something, they are getting the double Whoppers, Supersized Fries, and the large Frostys (owned by Burger King, McDonald’s & Wendy’s respectfully).

So, why aren’t they gaining weight? Why aren’t they getting sick?

Well, they are. We’re just not seeing the long term picture.

These fast foods are packed with artificial chemicals, sugars, and food products. Very, very little of what they sell in a fast food joint is actually food.

Heck, the McDonald’s french fry is over 10 ingredients alone. It only takes 2 to make them at home (unless you add salt, then it’s 3).

They try to wrap it up in pretty language such as ‘natural’. Arsenic is all-natural, and so is uranium. In fact, if you really want to get technical, everything is all natural because at some point it came from nature.

So, why does it affect some people more than others? Well, the people who it doesn’t affect are younger and have a higher energy out-put. Basically, their young and active.

They are still ingesting the toxic chemicals, the excess sugars, and unnatural processed junk. They are missing out on nutrition.

Being young, their bodies are better adapted to missing out. Their cells are not yet saturated with the toxins, so they can store more. Their pancreas still is pumping out tons of insulin, and is not yet worn out. Because of the higher energy levels, the sugars are used up and not stored away.

Their digestive systems are still repairing itself fast, so they don’t feel the damage that the bad food is doing. They don’t understand that all that junk is ripping them open.

But, it will catch up. Give it a little time, months or years, and this fast food habit will begin to wear thin. You can only store so many toxins. You can only pump out so much insulin before breaking.

Just like a car, if you put junk in, it will break down quickly.

But, if they stopped early, they would live longer, look young longer, have more energy, and just be healthier.

I look at older people who did the fast foods. Those in their 30s and 40s. They know immediately something is wrong when they eat fast food because their body knows it’s poison. Their bodies are already at the breaking point.

Those that aren’t gaining weight will have it coming. Don’t get jealous and don’t follow in their steps. Keep Healthy!

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Top Seven Food Alternatives to Fix Your Craving

Health buffs who have managed to have a controlled diet slide back down to their previous state of health because they miss the things they eat. They crave for it and do not realize that they are back to their old habits. What people do not realize is that there are many alternatives to great food so we have compiled the top seven food alternatives that can do wonders for your health.

Carob for Chocolate

The number one in our list is chocolate. You can replace this sweet temptation with Carob and eat to your heart’s content. Carob is a pea-like pod that has the same sweet taste as chocolate. With only about 51 grams of calories per ounce compared to the 98 calories of cocoa, you are sure to reduce weight and manage your health without feeling guilty for eating something sweet. Guilty pleasures do not have to go away. They just need to be substituted.

Salsa for Dips

Instead of buying and eating dips, make your own salsa. All you need are tomatoes, garlic, a few leaves of parsley, and onions. All of these have benefits for the body and unlike the dip, they are not rich in fats.

Wheat Bread for White Bread

Switch to whole wheat from white bread. Wheat bread is made from whole grain enriched with corn syrup. White breads are made of flour and emulsifiers. On top of this, wheat bread makes the body use up more calories to digest it because it is made of whole grain. This means you are burning fat without even trying.

Chicken for Beef

Beef is laden with fat! You are practically clogging your arteries with cholesterol when you eat too much beef. Chicken is as good source of protein as red meat with less calories and lesser fat. Just make sure you do not eat the skin.

Water for Soda

We all know that soda is bad. Water is what the body needs with at least eight glasses a day. If you find the taste of water bland, spike it up with lemon juice or lime and enjoy the benefits of lemon water. Your body will gain nothing negative with water. With drinking soda, you are gobbling up too much sugar so do not even bother with thinking why you are gaining weight.

Spice for Salt

Salt is bad but it is not true that food will be bland if you do not use salt. Spices and herbs can do wonders for your food better than what salt can do. All it takes is the right combinations.

Olive Oil for Salad Dressing

Commercially available salad dressings are not only expensive but also laden with preservatives and fat. In the Mediterranean diet, olive oil and vinegar are the two things that people use as salad condiments. Aside from being cheap, vinegar is a great antiseptic and olive oil is rich in Omega-3 fatty acids.

See? Being healthy does not mean giving up delicious food. All it takes is simple knowledge of these alternatives and you should be able to indulge yourself with great tasting meals without having to sacrifice your health and well-being

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The Top 7 Fat Burning Foods to Reduce Weight Effectively

Some people may wonder why, after a lot of exercise, they do not see the results they want. They are still maintaining their unwanted weight and worse, they could be earning more. Perhaps what these individuals fail to see is the fact that what they eat have something to do with their weight loss goals. Here, we will be discussing the types of foods considered or called as thermogenic or fat burning foods. This means that these foods require energy to be digested and as a result, fat and calories are burned while eating.


Hot and spicy foods such as habaneros, cayenne, peppers, and jalapeno will jumpstart your body’s metabolism process. With a more active and faster metabolism, your body will be burning more fats. You will immediately notice this because you are surely going to perspire, a sign that you are burning fat. In fact, research has proven that burning calories and fat by eating hot and spicy foods is 25% faster than the normal process of burning fat.

Lean Chicken and Pork

What we are referring to here are the lean parts of both chicken and pork, not the fatty ones. These meat cuts are difficult to digest. The body, as a result, will spend more energy digesting the food. The energy spent on this activity will burn both calories and fat. The main problem with eating lean meat is its blandness and it is very likely that you will stop eating it very soon. To resolve this, mix the meat cuts with tasty foods. And please, control the salt.

Tuna and Sardines

Tuna significantly lowers the body’s content of leptin. As the body reduces its leptin content, the metabolism speeds up and as a result, it burns more calories and fat. The high protein content of tuna is also essential in building muscle mass, which also burns fat. Sardines, on the other hand, have a lot of nutritious fish oil that also helps in the fat burning process. The combination of protein, fish oil, and tuna’s ability to lower leptin is a sure way to burn fat with least efforts.

Green Tea

Green tea possesses a compound called epigallocatechin gallate. This compound is one of the most powerful anti-oxidants that burn fat because it fires up the nervous system and tells the body to burn more calories. This is especially so if the compound is mixed with caffeine, which green tea also has. You can also replace this with lemon water and get more benefits.


Beans have high fiber content. Fiber prevents the body from absorbing fat and it also aids in digestion and makes the bowel movement more regular. Aside from fiber, beans are also rich in protein. Just like tuna, the protein builds muscle mass that burns fat.

Whole Grain Cereals

This type of foods are very rich in complex carbohydrates. What happens when you take these foods is that the body’s insulin levels are maintained and controlled. As a result, the body does not get into a status in which it stores fat to compensate the erratic insulin activity.


You heard that right: eggs. True enough, eggs can be bad if taken in excess because they are rich in cholesterol. However, egg whites have high protein content. As mentioned earlier, proteins build the body’s muscle mass and this helps burn fat. Another thing that will blow you away about eggs is its high Vitamin B12 content. And guess what, Vitamin B12 is an aid in destroying fat cells!

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Four Surprising Causes of Hyptertension

Have you ever had an experience where something just grates on your nerves? You may have discovered one of the hidden causes of high blood pressure.

Coworkers: I have heard some interesting stories in this area. One person had a coworker who was addicted to almonds. This person sat in the next cubicle. That means a half an inch of cardboard away. It became almost like the water torture test. How many crunches does it take to drive someone batty?

Another had a coworker who very carefully snuck a week’s worth of his responsibilities into those of his office mates. I truly wonder what happened when that came home to roost.

Commute: This one may or may not be surprising, especially if the commute is in busy traffic. Drivers almost revert to childhood and get angry because someone skipped up front right before a lane change. Not a good plan and definitely a cause for increased blood pressure.

Eating at your Desk: This could be a 600 word article all by itself. People who eat at their desk usually don’t eat food that is good for them. It’s most likely to be something from the lunch truck. They also don’t have a break from everything going on around them (including the almond cruncher).

The worst problem for me is knowing what visits my keyboard after I close down my computer. If you work in a large building there is probably a rodent population. Those guys just love to browse the crumbs on the keyboard and gobble up the tidbits on the mouse pad. They may even leave you a nice, pellet shaped gift.

Skipping Lunch: While it might make you feel virtuous to miss the fattening food on the lunch truck and to have a pristine keyboard and mouse pad, it’s the worst thing on this list. What happens is that you come home from work (or to the grocery store) hungry.

This sets you up for an evening of snacks. High sodium and high fat foods will probably constitute dinner and as you missed lunch, portion control is out the window.

The first step in resolving a problem, and that includes hypertension, is to know what the causes are. If you’ve tried everything else, take a look around for those little things that add up. It could save your life.

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Winter Dangers – Indoors and Out

My father is insistent that bare feet in the winter will cause us to become ill and if we already are ill bare feet will make it worse. Most studies don’t agree with this supposition, but it does bring up a point. Why are we most often sick in winter over summer?

Proximity: In the summer we aren’t stuck indoors because of weather. In fact, pleasant weather brings us outdoors. This lack of clustering people keeps germs away rather than recirculating them around the home or building.

Unless you live in an area that does year round schooling summer is also the time when children aren’t around each other, sharing whatever virus or bacteria is available. Trust me, having a toddler in preschool has reminded me once again that children can be a joy but are also often walking germ machines.

Handwashing: It’s hard to remember to wash your hands at odd times. As an example, I can remember to wash my hands before and during meal preparation but I don’t always remember to do so when I come in from the supermarket. That is just as likely to make us ill as unwashed hands while cooking.

I do use hand sanitizer gel under specific conditions. Right now I have a communicable illness; bacterial pneumonia. After I cough, sneeze or blow my nose I use some of the gel. If it didn’t happen so darn often I’d just wash my hands, but I like my skin. *Note: If you use hand sanitizer gel make sure it is 60% or more alcohol.

Dishwasher: Most of our dishes are clean when they go into the dishwasher. If that’s all we wanted we wouldn’t have to use it. However, the dishwasher uses water much hotter than the human hand can withstand. This sanitizes them.

Outdoor Dangers

Cold: There’s cold and there is dangerous cold. Being underdressed for the weather or caught outdoors without proper gear can kill. Listen to the weather reports. Usually the weathercaster will say something if it’s going to be dangerously cold.

Ice: Ice can be pretty. Ice skating can be fun. Ice on the roads or pathways can be deadly. My grandparents next door neighbor died from a head injury due to slipping on ice.

I have a better illustration because it involves kids, sledding and someone who nearly died.

It was President’s Day and our youth pastor took the Jr. and Sr. high kids “up to the snow” for sledding. They created a great run but it had a dangerous curve. If one didn’t hit it just right there was a tree that would end the ride.

Another child joined in and though our kids tried to warn him he didn’t pay attention. He slid head first into the tree.

Interestingly enough the only person there with any first aid skills was our daughter. She swiftly stripped off her coat and sweatshirt to cover the boy who was, by that time, having seizures. Some of the other kids did the same.

The youth pastor went to call for help, and once that arrived our daughter took the kids down to a pasture where the medivac chopper could land. While we aren’t certain, we think the boy survived.

Heart Attacks: Shoveling snow and/or ice is hard, heavy work. Every year a number of people don’t survive the attempt. It isn’t the cold, it’s the shoveling. If you are over 50 and/or have medical problems, please hire someone to do the work.

Winter can be a lot of fun and very dangerous. Find out the problems in your area so you can enjoy i

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12 Reasons to Eat Lemon Peel

The health benefits of lemon juice are well-known. However, few people pay attention to the rind. That is a shame, because the yellow skin is the most valuable part of this fruit. Indeed, lemon peels, also known as citrus limonum, contain more vitamins and nutrients than the juice.

Why should you consume lemon peels? Consider the following 12 reasons:

  1. Grated lemon peel is an excellent source of beta carotene, calcium, magnesium, potassium, and folate. Add a few teaspoons to salads for flavoring and color.
  2. Need extra fiber in your diet to improve your digestive system? Know that 3.5 oz of lemon skin holds 10.6 grams of dietary fiber.
  3. The citrus bioflavonoids in lemon peel can lower levels of oxidative stress.
  4. A lemon’s skin contains elements known to eradicate toxic components within the body.
  5. The consumption of lemon peels helps reduce a person’s cholesterol levels, which in turn keeps the heart healthier.
  6. Are you at risk for osteoporosis, osteoarthritis, or rheumatoid arthritis? The calcium and vitamin C in lemon rind can strengthen bones.
  7. Do you want a strong immune system to fight ailments and infections? Add lemon rind to your diet and meal preparations.
  8. Lemons have anti-microbrial agents which can ward off bacterial fungi and infections.
  9. Wrinkles, acne, pigmentation, and various other skin conditions are prominent signs of aging. The essential nutrients, citric acid, and vitamin C help purify your body’s blood vessels and help reverse these symptoms.
  10. The pectin found in this fruit’s skin promotes weight loss.
  11. Limonene and salvestrol Q40 are components found in lemon peels. Scientists discovered that these naturally-occurring elements fight cancer cells.
  12. Dental and gum issues like gingivitis, bleeding gums, and scurvy can be prevented by increasing your vitamin C intake.

Although it is better to eat food, the outer part of a lemon can also be used around the house to clean. For instance, sprinkle a bit of salt on a squeezed lemon half before rubbing it on a greasy kitchen counter. Wipe clean with a rag or towel. You can also use lemon skin to polish copper and refresh a cutting board.

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Deaths by Medical Intervention – How To Prevent Your Doctor From Killing You

If ever there are statements that still ring true to this day and need to be given attention to it’s those made by Florence Nightingale (Florence Nightingale’s maxim) “first do no harm” and The ‘Hippocratic Oath’ from ancient Greek medic Hippocrates which includes the pledge “to abstain from doing harm… ”

In Iatrogenesis (death by medical intervention) you will find…

How medical intervention (medical mistakes) can do more harm than good. For examples in the USA there has been something like 400,000 deaths in this way (unnecessary or harmful surgery, adverse drug reactions and hospital contracted infections… ), hitting record highs in recent times… as reported by Tejal Gandhi, MD, president of the National Patient Safety. This makes death by medical intervention the 3rd biggest killer with heart disease and cancer the 1st and 2nd.

Reflecting the above findings in spite of all the money poured in and advances on technology the health track record is poor: The USA is around the 12th in the ratings for health indicators in worldwide comparison. Shouldn’t we find a superpower country like the USA doing better? Of course we should. The medical / pharmaceutical establishment with a narrow paradigm would rather you stay ill than cured because sickness is big business.

-Remember, the establishment would rather keep you staying ill and have to forever treat you (repeat business) than cure and lose a customer. Yes, those hoary old chestnuts self-interest and greed come into play once again.

The solutions on how to stay well are good natural organic dietary intakes staying well hydrated, exercise regularly, have a positive outlook on life avoid dwelling on the negative… and wherever you can avoid toxicity. As well as practicing these solutions keep yourself forever educated on health matters. The most important thing in your life is health.

Predicated on money orthodox medical health (the sickness industry) is controlled by the pharmaceutical corporations in conjunction with the government who rake in the revenues and control the mainstream media to quash, ignore or even unjustly ridicule any alternative competitors that undercut their business like those cheaper naturopathic alternatives… This occurs regardless of efficacy (effectiveness). The medical/pharmaceutical establishment would rather see more effective life-saving cheaper naturopathic alternatives destroyed than succeed. I have written extensively with specific examples on this.

From the above insights learn how to not be injured or killed by orthodox medicine. Do realize the more than apparent narrowness of the medical/pharmaceutical establishment’s paradigm. Don’t be a death or injury statistic. Take that rightful ownership of your body.

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8 Things You Must Know About Cholesterol

Our lifestyle has changed completely, hasn’t it? We all live in an era where we actually have no time to look after our health. The only thing that we run after at the moment is money. We get up early in the morning, rush to work, eat junk, work like crazy, skip our physical exercises, grab some more junk while returning home, and sleep, without paying any attention to what our body needs. Weekends are the worst. We get drunk and eat some more junk with our family members.

If you too follow the same lifestyle, get your cholesterol levels checked. Cholesterol is not a major thing, but if not paid attention and brought down at the right time, it may turn into something serious. I am here to tell you the following eight things about this compound:

  1. Many people believe that only the obese population has this problem. But it has got nothing to do with your weight. It depends on your eating habits and the way you burn what you eat by getting indulged in different physical activities.
  2. There are two different types of cholesterol – one that is good and the other that is bad. People must have the good one in order to stay healthy and fit.
  3. There are many natural remedies for high cholesterol, which can be read on the internet. If you don’t wish to consume any medicines, you can control the levels by following some home remedies.
  4. Almost 75% of population in the world has increased levels of this compound.
  5. Higher the levels of this problem, higher the chances of heart risks for the person. Thus, it is essential for an individual to control this problem as soon as he finds out about the same.
  6. Some of the individuals with this issue are not able to get rid of it no matter how hard they try. They perform all sorts of exercises, eat the right stuff, and yet find it difficult to fight the problem.
  7. This is something that may surprise you, but you can find out if a person has this issue by looking at his eyes. If an individual has severe cadmium yellow and pinkish lines in the corners of his eyes, he surely has higher levels of this compound.
  8. Just like increased levels are risky, so are the decreased levels. You must know how to balance between the good and the bad ones so that your body is healthy enough to survive.

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8 Natural Pain Killers

It may come as quite a surprise to some that there are many effective natural painkillers available for a countless number of illnesses that can at least do just as well as pharmaceuticals. Then unlike those potentially dangerous pharmaceuticals with their side effects natural painkillers have been known to be a lot safer.

-In short, whatever pharmaceuticals can do as painkillers so can plants; herbs and oils, a lot safer.

The problems of dealing with pain, particularly the chronic sort have been a constant problem for doctors on knowing how to help the patient by prescribing the right medicine… The medical community has been criticized for not solving the problem very well.

It doesn’t help when patients suffering from ailment pains of sorts eat junk foods long term with their nasty cheap trans-fats, high refined sugar content devoid of fresh fruits and vegetables, etc. This makes it difficult for any painkiller to do its job effectively.

For natural painkillers to do the job of pain relief first it is necessary to rid one’s self of junk food. Once this is done it’s time to move on to try the appropriate painkiller from a vast selection of analgesic herbs and oils available.

Here are just some of the highly effective painkillers available and how they can be used for specific ailments.

1. Ginger

This natural painkiller has been used for over a thousand years. It can be used to treat anything from arthritis pains such as osteoarthritis to general aches… Some people are more sensitive to ginger than others so if using be careful by building up the dosage on a slow and steady gradient.

2. Capsaicin

Another centuries old natural medicine, capsaicin is what gives peppers their hotness. It’s another one for treating arthritic pains and has been shown to be highly efficacious.

3. Devil’s claw

In spite of its ominous sounding name this herb provides highly effective relief for a number of conditions including heartburn and liver problems. Having ant-inflammatory properties it can also be used to treat arthritis as well as back pains and headaches.

4. Wintergreen oil (essential oil)

Wintergreen contains some 85 plus percent methyl salicylate. This pain killing compound is found in aspirin. Known for its mentholated aroma it is used for treating sportspeople. Wintergreen can be used for muscular and joint pains, rheumatism, arthritis, headaches, tendonitis and drives away stress or tension.

5. Cherries

Containing anthocyanins belonging to the phytonutrients group of compounds cherries inhibit pain causing enzymes. This has the same effect as aspirin. Cherries are said to be one of the best anti-inflammatory foods there is.

6. Cloves and 7. Peppermint

Cloves and peppermint provide relief for toothache.

8. Glucosamine sulphate

Available as supplements convincing evidence has shown that glucosamine sulphate provides pain relief for joint pains such as knee pains, osteoarthritis… It works well in conjunction with chondroitin giving extra benefit.

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