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Saturday, April 30, 2011

Are You Sitting down too long?

James Levine, M.D., PhD., a professor of medicine at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn found that obese people sit for about 2 hours and 45 minutes more a day than lean people.

A diabetes journal article supports Dr. Levine's position by highlighting that "It is not uncommon for people to spend one-half of their waking day sitting, with relatively idle muscles. The other half of the day includes the often large volume of nonexercise physical activity.
(SOURCE  http://diabetes.diabetesjournals.org/content/56/11/2655.full.pdf+html)

Authors of the book Blue Zones have traveled the world to re-confirm what has been proven time and again - active living and regular exercise makes for ageless aging.

Spring has sprung, so let's move it. If you are in Detroit, then you can join me every Tuesday in May for the Muscle Madness workout at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History. (FREE for members, $5 for non-members). 7:30 pm bring your mat and 3-5 lb weights. We'll slim down by toning up!

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Fight Cancer Naturally

What would you say if you could fight cancer, heart disease, obesity and Alzheimer's with one recipe ingredient?

Can you say curry powder?

You can experience a multitude of health benefits by eating the spice in its natural form....

Learn more: http://www.naturalnews.com/032197_curcumin_cancer.html#ixzz1KlR7f2GS



Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Biomarkers for Alzheimer's

The Early show reported that researchers have identified a protein biomarker that may be helpful in Alzheimer's prevention. It has been determined that 3 stages of the disease exist: Preclinical, Mild impairment and full blown Alzheimer's. It is in the preclinical stage that the newly identified biomarkers will be of particular importance, as this stage can occur approximately 10 years before other symptoms become apparent.

We all are aware that age is a primary risk factor, with the risk doubling after the age of 65. Additional risk factors include family history, head injuries and body weight. Speaking of body weight - a nutritious diet with a variety of food from each food group is extremely beneficial.

What is good for your heart is also good for your head:
  • Maintain a healthy weight with a good balance of exercise and food.
  • Limit foods with high saturated fat and cholesterol.
  • Cut down on sugars.
  • Limit foods with high sodium and use less salt.
  • Stay hydrated (some people may have fluid restrictions due to another medical condition, such as heart failure or liver cirrhosis). (Source: WebMD)
the above tips and discussion can be found by visiting http://www.webmd.com/alzheimers/guide/alzheimers-nutrition.

Monday, April 11, 2011

Spice up your health with TUMERIC!


I got a whole new meaning of "spice" after recently reading current reports on CANCER prevention and the spice Tumeric.

Its long-term knowledge that tumeric works both as an immune booster and potent anti-inflammatory. Given the runaway cancer statistics in the U.S. these days, perhaps tumeric's greatest value lies in its anti-cancer potential.

The prevalence colon, breast, prostate and lung cancers in India (where turmeric is widely used) is 10 times lower than in the U.S. . The fact that men in India are rarely diagnosed with prostate cancer is attributed, in part, to the curcumin in turmeric.

“Various scientific studies have shown curcumin (that the yellow compound in turmeric), contains potent antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. These can inhibit tumor cell growth and suppress enzymes that activate carcinogens.” http://www2.mdanderson.org/cancerwise/2011/01/turmeric-adds-spice-to-your-health.html

Suggestions for cooking with turmeric :
Curry mixes, Chutney, It also goes well with vegetables, rice, and salad dressing.

 
Mark your calendar for 2nd Saturday Wellness – May 14th, 2011

Saturday, April 9, 2011

Is you diet too acidic for your health?

We are all born with alkaline bodies that become acidic due to the acidic foods that are widespread in the modern Standard American Diet (SAD).

"Our bodies are alkaline by design and acid by function. Maintaining proper alkalinity is essential for life, health, and vitality. Simply put - an imbalance of alkalinity creates a condition favorable to the growth of bacteria, yeast and other unwanted organisms. All leading biochemists and medical physiologists have recognized pH (or the acid-alkaline balance) as the most important aspect of a balanced and healthy body."    
(http://www.thewolfeclinic.com/phbalancearticle.html )


When you consume a high-acid diet, you may be jeopardizing the delicate acid-alkaline balance of your body's chemistry, which may lead to many serious health problems.

"If we were to ask "What is killing us?", the answer might be "ACIDOSIS"! It has been demonstrated that an acidic, anaerobic (lacking oxygen) body environment encourages the breeding of fungus, mold, bacteria, and viruses."To learn about how this contributes to osteoporosis visit http://www.thewolfeclinic.com/phbalancearticle.html



 In order for your body to stay balanced and well, it needs to maintain a healthy pH level of 7.3 to 7.44, which is slightly alkaline.
The pH level of Kangen Water® is in the healthy range of 8.5 to 9.5. Kangen Water® is clean, delicious, filtered water that can be conveniently available at your own kitchen sink. Kangen Water® can help your body maintain a healthier pH level.

To learn more about how Kangen Water can support a pH balanced body and help make your life more GREEN, visit:
 
 
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Dr. Velonda,
 I am writing you to let you know how I have benefited from your alkaline water. I suffered from acid reflux when I slept. In the morning I would wake up and my whole esophagus and throat would be burning. My doctor recommended that I sleep with my head and back elevated but that was uncomfortable and awkward. I then started taking Prilosec every night before bed. This worked to alleviate the reflux but it is pricey and I didn't want to be taking this every day for the rest of my life. So when Rev mentioned that it helped her reflux I decided to give it a try. Well it worked. I drink a tall glass before I go to bed and in the morning I didn't have any burning what so ever. I always think natural holistic cures are the best and I am glad the water solved the problem.
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Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Liver Care


General Nutrition of the Liver: Damage of the liver can be contributed to several behaviors including overeating, eating and drinking white, processed and or imitation foods, taking medicinal drugs, breathing and/or  eating pesticides and preservatives.
The dietary suggestions for a naturally healthy liver include:
Ø  Foods high in potassium (rice, banana, blackstrap molasses, almonds, prunes, raisins)
Ø  Drink lots of water (KANGENTM  Water)
Ø  Drink fresh juices (Spinach/Pear smoothie, Apple/Beet/Ginger Juice, Carrot/Apple/Ginger Juice)
Ø  “Lemon is one of the best friends that the liver has” (Natural Remedies Encyclopedia)
Ø  Increase the rawsome level of your diet
Ø  Vitamin K (kale, collards, spinach, and turnip greens) helps prevent cirrhosis of the liver. Also see http://www.vaughns-1-pagers.com/food/vitamin-k-foods.htm
Ø  Vitamin A (carrot juice & leafy greens) protects the liver
Ø  Ginger contains 8 liver-protecting components
Ø  Celery, turmeric and rosemary are all good for the liver
Ø  Avoid caffeine, alcohol, salt, soft drinks, tea, fried foods and fish more than twice a week
Ø  Take care of your kidneys because poor kidney function results in damage to your liver.


LIVER FLUSH
There are several natural approaches to flushing the liver.
Ø  To cleanse the liver & gallbladder, drink as much pure apple juice as possible for 5 days. Add pear occasionally
Ø  Use the following  method for flushing out gallstones. The 3-day pattern is designed to soften the gallstones first
o   Liver flush by drinking pure apple juice for 3 days
o   On the third day, after drinking the juice follow it with a cup of olive oil and a cup of lemon juice


Source: Ferrell, V; Cherne, H. (2008). Natural Remedies Encyclopedia, 5th edition. Harvestime Books.