Monday, June 30, 2008

We All Need A Tree

Here is yet another email I received that I found to be inspirational and worth passing on.
I hope this speaks to you as it did to me...

I hired a plumber to help me restore an old farmhouse, and after he had just finished a rough first day on the job: a flat tire made him lose an
hour of work, his electric drill quit and his ancient one ton truck refused to start.

While I drove him home, he sat in stony silence.On arriving, he invited me in to meet his family. As we walked toward the front door, he paused
briefly at a small tree, touching the tips of the branches with both hands.

When opening the door he underwent an amazing transformation.. His face was wreathed in smiles and he hugged his two small children and gave his wife a kiss.

Afterward he walked me to the car. We passed the tree and my curiosity got the better of me. I asked him about what I had seen him do earlier.

'Oh, that's my trouble tree,' he replied 'I know I can't help having troubles on the job, but one thing's for sure, those troubles don't belong in the house with my wife and the children.. So I just hang them up on the tree every night when I come home and ask God to take care of them. Then in the morning I pick them up again.'

'Funny thing is,' he smiled,' when I come out in the morning to pick 'em up, there aren't nearly as many as I remember hanging up the night before'

Thursday, June 26, 2008

Yogurt Can Help Your Gums

The next time you eat a cup of yogurt, you may be helping your gums as much as your digestive system.

According to recent research, regularly eating yogurt and other foods with lactic acid (milk acid)is associated with a lower occurrence of gum disease. Previous research had found that people who ate high amounts of dairy products had less gum disease, but the identity of the exact dairy product responsible for this beneficial effect was not found.

With yogurt now acknowledged as promoting better periodontal health, it is thought the probotic effect of lactobacilli bacteria found in lactic acid foods may be responsible.

Probotics are living microorganisms, such as lactobacillus in yogurt and are beneficial to health.

Whether it involves adopting a healthy diet, exercise, or keeping up with regular check ups, prevention remains a key factor in maintaining good health.

Saturday, June 21, 2008

In The Spirit of Love


There is no force more potent than love.
Take away love and your world is a tomb.
Your life echoes emptiness without love.
With it, your life will vibrate with warmth and meaning.
Even during hardship, love will shine through.

As you look back upon the events in your life you will find
that the moments that stand out, the moments when you have really lived,
are the moments when you have done things in a spirit of love.

If you have it, you don't need to have anything else,
and if you don't have it, it doesn't matter what else you have.

Therefore, search for love.
Once you have learned to love, you will have learned to live.

Love is the most important ingredient to your success.

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Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Resources for Holistic Healthcare

Fiona King of emailed me to bring my attention to a post on her blog by Alisa Miller that contains 101 Resources for a Holistic Healthcare Regimen. Ms. Miller provides these useful resources so you can maintain a healthy mind, body and soul. You will want to read the complete article and learn more

101 Resources for a Holistic Healthcare Regimen

By Alisa Miller

Holistic healthcare sees health and well-being from the perspective of maintaining a healthy body and lifestyle in order to help prevent illness. In addition, holistic care approaches health maintenance from a combination of mind, body, and spirit techniques. With so many schools of thought in holistic healthcare, it may be difficult to know which way you want to go. The following 101 resources touch on several aspects of a holistic style of living and will provide you with the information you need to create a holistic regimen for your life.

Read the complete article by clicking HERE

Sunday, June 15, 2008

Can Exercise Cause Acid?

Exercise is an important part of a healthy life. If you experience heartburn, there are ways you can stay in shape and avoid heartburn at the same time.

Eat small portions of foods that are high in carbohydrates: like pasta, before your workout. Eat protein and fatty foods when you have finished your workout.

Try not to eat anything at least 2 hours before you begin your exercise routine and sip water to keep yourself hydrated during exercise.

Exercises that involve lying down or bending over can cause acid to back up into the esophagus and cause heartburn. Rowing or cycling can also trigger heartburn. They increase pressure on the stomach and can force acid up into the esophagus.

Look into alternative exercises that will burn fat and tone muscle.

Friday, June 13, 2008

How To Accomplish Your Goals


You build the power to accomplish your goals
when you educate yourself.
This power comes from knowing how to do something.
Power is the product of understanding.

The most successful people in life are the one's with the best information.
People with power are people who know how to get things done.
Knowing how to do something is sometimes virtually the same as having
done it.

Knowledge will come to you by having your eyes and mind always open.
There is no knowledge that is not power.

In the land of the blind, the one eyed man is king.

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Monday, June 9, 2008

Succeed With The Lap Band System

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You can begin to love yourself from the inside out with a weight loss surgery program that will offer moral support and be by your side every step of the way.

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JourneyLite is concerned about your well being and wants to help you improve the quality of your life. They are also offering a free seminar covering pre-operative education, so you can make an informed decision.

Go to their site and read all the material they provide and also find a free seminar near you.

An Inspirational Message

The man whispered, "God, speak to me," and a meadowlark

But, the man did not hear. So the man yelled, "God, speak to
me" and the thunder rolled across the sky.

But, the man did not listen. The man looked around and said,
"God let me see you." And a star shined brightly.

But the man did not see. And, the man shouted, "God show
me a miracle." And, a life was born.

But, the man did not notice. So, the man cried out in despair,
"Touch me God, and let me know you are here." Whereupon,
God reached down and touched the man. But, the man brushed
the butterfly away ...and walked on.

The man cried, "God, I need your help!" And an e-mail arrived
reaching out with good news and encouragement. But, the man
deleted it and continued crying.

I have found this to be a great reminder that God is always
around us in the little and simple things that we take for granted
.... even in our electronic age ...

So don't miss out on a blessing because it isn't packaged the
way that you expect.

Saturday, June 7, 2008

Which is Stronger? Stomach Acid or Battery Acid

Stomach acid is also known as hydrochioric acid. It is one of the most acidic substances known. It's more acidic than lemon juice or vinegar.It is also more acidic than sulfuric acid, which is known as Battery Acid! This is why it is a good reason to keep stomach acid out of your esophagus.

Eat Smart. Stick to foods that you know will not trigger heartburn

Drink smart. Avoid drinks that are known to trigger heartburn: alcoholic, caffinated or carbonated

Toss your smokes. If you can't quit, at least cut down on the number of cigarettes you smoke.

Breathe deeply. Concentrate on relieving stress by breathing deeply from your stomach, not your chest.

Stretch and relax. Stand up and stretch each of your muscle groups and focus on releasing the tension in every part of your body.

Exercise and enjoy it. Staying active can help make you feel much better.

Smile and laugh. It's a great way to calm down and keep stress and symptoms away.

Wednesday, June 4, 2008

Heartburn and Stress

The more stressed we are, the more likely we are going to suffer from heartburn associated with acid reflux disease. In a recent study, more than 50% of heartburn episodes were linked to stress.

There are many reasons why an increase in stress can cause an increase in heartburn pain.
When we are stressed, our bodies naturally send more blood to the muscles to help provide the extra energy we need to manage the stress. When this happens, less blood travels to our digestive system. This in turn may slow down the digestive process. Slower digestion causes food and digestive acids to remain in the stomach longer.

This process not only increases our chances of heartburn, but it can also lead to bloating and constipation.

It is also common for people who are stressed to do things that might trigger heartburn.
Many people try to comfort themselves by eating fatty, fried or spicy foods. Some may smoke more or drink alcohol. Stress is also an excuse to 'forget' to exercise or take medication. All these behaviors may contribute to heartburn.

Read my post on Holistic Relaxation to help manage stress.

Monday, June 2, 2008

The Benefits of Fax Seeds

Flax seeds produce a vegetable oil known as flaxseed or linseed oil.

Flaxseed is high in fiber, omega-3 fatty acids and phytochemicals called lignans. Flaxseed can help reduce total blood cholesterol and LDL ("bad") cholesterol levels, which may help reduce the risk of heart disease. Flaxseed oil also contains omega-3 fatty acids, but it doesn't have the beneficial fiber that the seeds have.

Flaxseeds and flaxseed oil may help to:

- Recent studies also showed positive benefits of flax seed oil in IBD (Crohn's Disease and Colitis). Flax seed oil seems to be able to heal the inner lining of the inflamed intestines.

- Lower cholesterol, protect against heart disease and control high blood pressure. Several studies indicate that flaxseed oil, as well as ground flaxseeds, can lower cholesterol, thereby significantly reducing the risk of heart disease. Flaxseed oil may also have a protective effect against angina (chest pain) and high blood pressure. In addition, a 5-year study done recently at Boston's Simmons College found that flaxseed oil may be useful in preventing a 2nd heart attack. It may also help prevent elevated blood pressure by inhibiting inflammatory reactions that cause poor circulation and artery-hardening plaque.

- Counter inflammation associated with lupus and gout. Omega-3 fatty acids appear to limit the inflammatory reaction associated with these conditions. In cases of lupus, flaxseed oil not only reduces inflammation in the joints, kidneys and skin, but also lowers cholesterol levels that may be elevated by the disease. Taking flaxseed oil for gout may lessen the often sudden and severe joint pain or swelling that is a symptom of this condition.

- Control constipation, hemorrhoids, diverticular disorders. Because they are high in soluble fiber, ground flaxseeds can help ease the passage of stools and thus relieve constipation, hemorrhoids and diverticular disease.

- Reduce cancer risk. The lignans in flaxseed appear to play a role in protecting against breast, colon, prostate, and perhaps skin cancer. In one study(1), prostate cancer patients who added about 3 heaping tablespoons of ground flaxseed daily to their diet, had more slowly-dividing tumor cells and a greater rate of tumor cell death than men who did not follow such a diet, after about 5 weeks.

Prostate cancer is the most common cancer among American men, excluding skin cancers. The American Cancer Society estimates that more than 198,000 new cases of prostate cancer are diagnosed in the U.S. each year. While the cancer will be diagnosed in about 1 in 6 men, about 1 in 30 will die of the disease.

Tips for including flaxseed in your diet:

* Add a tablespoon of ground flaxseed to your hot or cold breakfast cereal.

* Add a teaspoon of ground flaxseed to mayonnaise or mustard when making a sandwich.

* Mix a tablespoon of ground flaxseed into an 8-ounce container of yogurt.

* Bake ground flaxseed into cookies, muffins, breads and other baked goods

Side Effects and Cautions

- Flaxseed and flaxseed oil supplements seem to be well tolerated. Few side effects have been reported.

- Flaxseed, like any supplemental fiber source, should be taken with plenty of water; otherwise, it could worsen constipation or, in rare cases, even cause intestinal blockage.

- The fiber in flaxseed may lower the body's ability to absorb medications that are taken by mouth. Flaxseed should not be taken at the same time as any conventional oral medications or other dietary supplements.

- Tell your health care providers about any complementary and alternative practices you use. Give them a full picture of what you do to manage your health. This will help ensure coordinated and safe care.

National Center For Complementary and Alternative Medicine