Toxins and Skin Problems

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Do you know what the largest organ in your body is? The answer may surprise you; it’s your skin! And being an organ, skin helps to rid the body of toxins. The more poisonous material your body needs to get rid of, the more load there is on other systems, such as the liver, kidneys, bowel and the lymphatic system. So the body will call on the skin to help do the job.

The result? Dull lifeless looking skin ☹ If you experience skin conditions like acne, rashes or dry and itchy skin, this could mean your body is under a toxic burden. Detoxing can make all the difference to the health of your body and your skin, since your skin is a barometer of your general health.

How do I know if my body is toxic?

Are you constantly feeling tired?

Toxic overload is one of the most common yet most overlooked causes of fatigue. Heavy metal toxicity in particular can drain our energy.

Maybe you’ve tried losing weight but those last stubborn pounds refuse to budge?

This could be because your body is storing fat-soluble toxins in the fat (adipose) tissues. It is a safe place to store toxic waste that it can’t dispose of in any other way.  The body will not release fat if it is serving a useful purpose.

Perhaps you have unexplained aches and pains?

Being toxic may cause peripheral neuropathy, commonly known as nerve pain. This condition can not only cause a burning pain, but it may also be experienced as tingling or numbness. Muscle pain can be another symptom of excess toxicity as can muscle wastage and joint pain. Sometimes this can be mis-diagnosed as arthritis.

Are you constipated?

The bowel plays an important part in the detoxing process. Constipation is thus slowing the elimination of waste matter. from the bowel.

Do you suffer from skin toxicity symptoms such as rashes, hives, red or itchy skin?

We’ve referred to this above. Because our skin is being used as an elimination channel, poisonous substances pass through the skin’s pores causing a multitude of skin problems.

Although all of the above may be unrelated, they could well mean your body is struggling under a toxic load.

Help! How do I get rid of these excess toxins?

The first and easiest way is to drink more water. This helps to flush out toxins via the kidneys.

Indulge in a sauna – this flushes toxins out via sweating. Always shower after a sauna to wash the impurities from your skin.

Exercise more. Yes it can be a drag, but exercise gets the blood circulating and stimulates the lymphatic system.

Take a probiotic supplement with food to help digestion. Or you can eat more fermented foods such as sauerkraut, tempeh and yogurt.

Eat clean. Select foods that come from nature. Avoid processed and junk foods.

Take liver supporting supplements. For example milk thistle, dandelion root tea and parsley.

Practice deep breathing a few times a day. Not only does this relax you, it helps expel toxins via the lungs. Deep breathing is also said to alkalize the body.

Brush your teeth thoroughly and floss to prevent build-up and decay. Don’t forget to brush your tongue too! Tooth decay can release toxins into the blood stream.

Taking chlorella daily can help your body expel heavy metals and other poisonous chemicals.

And last but not least, only use natural skin care products to your skin. Skin can easily absorb chemicals in traditional skincare. Look for products that are free from parabens, sulphates, fragrances, and phthalates. We are surrounded by toxic chemicals in our modern world, most of which we can’t control. However we CAN choose what we put on our skin.

The Real Dangers of Canola Oil

Nothing frustrates me more than reading an article, or watching a video, that extols the virtues of cooking with Canola oil. Why? Because it’s the worst oil that humans can consume, as far as our health is concerned. In fact it was never meant for human consumption.

People think it’s healthy because it comes from a plant. Well so does Poison Ivy. Yes it’s low in saturated fat, which means absolutely nothing. That is very last century thinking, and reminds me of those dreadful margarine ads!

Here’s how Canola oil is manufactured

Canola oil is a product of the Rapeseed plant. Once the rapeseed is collected, magnets are used to remove any metal pieces that may have been collected along with the seed.

After that, the seeds are washed for around 1 hour with hexane. Hexane is a constituent of gasoline. It’s widely used as a cheap solvent in the formulation of glues for shoes and leather products, and as a de-greaser.

After the hexane wash is complete, another wash with sodium hydroxide (caustic soda) is performed in a spinning machine. This separates the waxy oil from the fibrous parts of the seed.

The waxes are then filtered out and used in the creation of vegetable shortening (another gross product to avoid). But now the remaining product is a cloudy brown color, and smells horrible, as the oil has turned rancid. So, bleach is then introduced to lighten the cloudy color and finally the oil is deodorized by injecting steam through it. The run off water takes the bitter odor with it. It’s also been suggested that these refining processes may also cause the formation of trans fats. We all know how healthy they are!

Here’s another video that tells us how healthy Canola oil is, then goes on to show in graphic detail how it is made. Can anyone see the irony in this video? Just watching it made me gag!

Maybe it was someone’s idea of a joke? One can only hope!

Canola oil is a refined oil that’s partially hydrogenated to increase its stability, but this significantly increases its negative health effects. Partially hydrogenated vegetable oils, like Canola cause inflammation in the body and calcification of the arteries, thus increasing risk of heart problems. A large percentage of canola oil is now genetically modified (based on research at the University of Florida at Gainesville). Although it’s early to tell, there are already reports that it has caused many kidney, liver and even neurological health issues.

Canola oil may also cause the life-threatening Heart disease -Keshan disease, which can cause heart lesions. This is mainly due to the presence of Erucic acid. We won’t even start on the cancer risks this stuff poses…
So what should we use in place of Canola oil – or any vegetable oil for that matter?

Coconut oil is great for high heat cooking. Extra virgin olive oil can be used for salad dressings or for low-heat cooking. Avocado oil is another healthy option, but costs a little more.

I’d be happy to take on anyone who wants to dispute this. Come on, make my day!

 

5 Reasons to Switch to Natural Skin-Care

I love to browse the cosmetic sections in department stores. Just for a few moments I allow myself to be seduced by the promises of everlasting youth and firm dewy skin the products promote. I know for a fact that not one of them, not even the ones that sell for over $100.00 are going to make an ounce of difference to my skin long term.

Yes, they will look very pretty on my bathroom shelf! But if younger, healthy skin is my aim, I’d do better to head to the health food store. Here’s 5 reasons why…

Most commercially produced products are based on mineral oil; a by-product of petroleum. Mineral oil, also called paraffin oil, is a fairly harmless substance in itself. However it has a molecular structure that is too large to penetrate the pores of the skin. So it might prevent skin from drying out, as it blocks the escape of moisture, but that’s all it will ever do.

Mineral oil used in skin-care is usually ‘cosmetic’ grade, however there has been instances where hydrocarbons have been found in some cosmetics made with this oil. Fat samples have been taken from women that have shown contamination with hydrocarbons, most likely from the use of cosmetics. These things build up over time in fat cells, and could be part of the reason why some women find it hard to lose weight.

Why buy cosmetics made from mineral oil when they provide absolutely no benefit to your skin?

Commercial skin-care contains chemicals. We are always re-assured that the chemicals in our cosmetics are ‘safe’. That’s there are ‘only small amounts’ in each product, which are ‘insignificant’, and will not cause us harm. Who tells us this? Why those with a vested interest in selling commercial cosmetics of course!

The problem is, these chemicals are cumulative, and while some of them may be just irritating to the skin, other are are definitely dangerous. Lead, cadmium, manganese, and aluminum are examples of some metals found in make-up. These can be absorbed by the pores of the skin, and, in the case of lipstick, swallowed. If you use a skin whitening product, expect a heavy dose of mercury.

These metals are dangerous, because they occupy cell receptors in the body that are used by vital mineral, such as calcium and magnesium; effectively driving out these minerals. Heavy metal poisoning, together with lack of vital minerals, will weaken the immune system, leaving us at the mercy of diseases such as cancer. It’s just not worth the risk. We can’t do anything about toxins in the atmosphere, but we do have control over what we put on our skin.

Your money is going on the marketing and packaging. It’s not so much the fancy ingredients you’re paying for. In the case of expensive, brand-name, cosmetics, you’re paying for the TV and magazine ads as well. Add to that, the fancy jars and glossy cardboard packaging, and that’s a fair percentage of your hard earned dollars spent, even before you open the box.

Natural skin-care simply works better. Because it’s based on natural oils like coconut, or jojoba, any healing ingredients can penetrate further into the skin layers, where they can do the most good. I find coconut based products absorb particularly well, as do those based on jojoba oil. Olive oil tend to sit more on the skin’s surface, although it does contain anti-oxidants, and is good for sunburn. Make sure any oil blends you buy aren’t mixed with inferior carrier oils, such as vegetable oil.

Last but certainly not least, natural skin creams are not tested on animals. Even if they were, it would do no harm. A wise person once said, ‘If you can’t eat it, you shouldn’t put it on your face.’

Buy your natural cosmetics online or at the health store, and always check the labels. Not everything labelled ‘natural’, actually is. Be particularly aware of the preservatives used, and stay away from ‘Parabens‘, if you can. They are cheap preservatives that are found in almost everything! Happy hunting!

 

10 Tips for Healthy Aging

The number of birthdays you’ve enjoyed, doesn’t have to mean feeling older. Here are are 10 tips that will keep you feeling younger, and put a spring in your step!

1. Eating well is almost as important as breathing! The saying, “You are what you eat,” is literally true. The right diet will keep your body healthy. Lean protein, lots of vegetables and whole grains are the building blocks of a good diet. Drink at least five glasses of water a day too. It helps flush out toxins from the body.

2. Exercise daily. This doesn’t mean you have to go to the gym. Simple walking is fine to start with, especially if you haven’t exercised in a while. Exercising activates the lymphatic system which moves toxins out of the body.

3. Get sufficient rest. The amount of sleep people need varies greatly. As long as you feel rested, that will be the ideal amount for you. Some may need eight hours, while other can get by on six. Young people usually need more sleep than older people. Don’t be surprised if your sleep times vary as you get older.

4. Keep your muscles and bones strong with strength training. Bones weaken as we get older and muscles tend to atrophy. Lift weights or do body-weight exercises. You can use household items for weights; e.g. milk bottles filled with water.

5. A positive attitude keep you happy. Do you find yourself thinking negative thoughts all day? try to switch them up to positive ones. After a few weeks of doing this, you’ll be surprised how much happier you’ll feel. It can take as little as 21 days to change a habit. Soon you’ll be thinking positive without even trying.

6.  Healthy friendships. Have an active social life. Being active socially can alleviate stress and keep us happier. Join local interest groups or clubs. Friends and family are important. Treat them like gold, and you’ll never be lonely.

7. Time hanging heavy on your hands? Why not try volunteering. It can make us feel good to know we’re helping others. You’ll never be stuck for company when you volunteer to help those in need.

8. Learning new things all the time keeps your brain young and wards off dementia. Even after retirement, always have something to wake up to. Take up a hobby or learn another language. Travel and enjoy life.

9. Throw out those cigarettes! There’s not one things that cigarettes are good for. They cost money and will take years off your life. It’s not easy to stop, so find a good support group or a smoke buddy. Giving up with a friend makes it easier.

10. De-stress yourself. Nothing ages us faster than stress. Stress can age our brain, make us feel lousy and make us sick. Try meditating, reading or just simply relax.

Age is simply a number. Eat well, move more and keep a positive, relaxed state of mind. You’ll notice the difference in just a few weeks!

Are you really serious about healthy aging? My new book “Aging Reversed” will give you detailed information on how to feel and look younger, prevent the diseases of aging, what to eat and how to move. Aging Reversed is the sum total of my many years of research on Natural and Holistic Health. Click here to get this book in the US and Australia.

 

Cancer and Sugar – Fact or Fiction?

Do you love sugar? Most people love sugar. Unfortunately cancer cells love it too.

Cancer remains the second leading cause of death in the US, second only to heart disease. The typical “cures”, chemotherapy and radiation, have a dismal success rate of around 3%. it obvious we need a better approach to curing cancer. Fortunately better approaches exist, but you won’t hear about them from your doctor. Doctors aren’t allowed to recommend alternative cures for cancer, even if they are aware of them.

There are many natural cures for cancer. Some need to be administered by a clinic, others we can perform ourselves at home. Diet has a large part to play in how we get sick in the first place, and it can also influence how we can heal. One easy measure we can take, both to prevent and stop tumor growth, is to eliminate sugar from out diets.

So how can we cure cancer, by merely rejecting all sugary foods? It seems too simple. In fact if you research this subject, you’ll find many articles on the cancer and sugar myth. They sound like the voice of wisdom. “All cells need glucose.” they proclaim. And while this is indeed true, there are differences between normal cells and cancer cells, that these articles don’t mention.

The fact is, cancer cells metabolize glucose in a different way.

In 1924, a famous scientist called Otto Warburg observed the cancer cells require a lot more sugar than cancer cells. This is known as the Warburg Effect. Warburg is quoted as saying, “Cancer, above all other diseases, has countless secondary causes. But, even for cancer, there is only one prime cause. Summarized in a few words, the prime cause of cancer is the replacement of the respiration of oxygen in normal body cells by a fermentation of sugar.”

What does this actually mean?

Cells convert glucose to energy by a process known as glycolysis. Sugar is used in the presence of oxygen to create carbon dioxide.

Cancer cells also use this process, but they burn sugar without the presence of carbon dioxide to create lactate.

Cancer cells simply need to grow and divide. To do this they need to consume huge amounts of glucose. Normal cells can use other fuels, such as protein and fat, to produce energy. Normal cells can survive without sugar. Cancer cells can use protein and fat for energy as well, but glucose is their preferred fuel.

PET (positron emission tomography) scans use radioactively labeled glucose to scan for cancers in the body. The only reason this works, is because the cancer cells gobble up the glucose so fast, that they show up on the scan as a glowing mass. Incidentally, PET scans are dangerous for this reason alone. They’re feeding the cancer cells their favorite food.

Cancer cells gobble sugar 10 times faster than healthy cells, due to their high number of insulin receptor cells. Deprive them of their staple diet and it will slow down their growth.

Possibly the worst kind of sugar you can consume is high fructose corn syrup, or HFCS, often found in sodas. Second comes sweet foods such as cakes, candy, Bear in mind that simple carbohydrates, such as white bread, convert to sugar as part of the digestion process. Therefore eating simple carbohydrates will lead to high blood glucose levels.

Whether you subscribe to the above theory or not, your health can only benefit from lowering your intake of sugar. Over consumption of sugar leads to obesity and depresses the immune system, our primary defence against diseases like cancer. Sugar is a calorie dense food with no nutritional value.

I’ll pass on the sugar, thanks!

 

How to Increase Self Esteem and Self Confidence

Low self esteem means you have a low opinion of yourself. You feel that others are better than you are. Having low self esteem can lead to feelings of depression. That’s why you should make every effort to increase your self esteem, to make yourself feel better, and stop depressed feelings. Raising your self esteem can increase feelings of well-being and contentment, as well as increasing your chances of personal success. However, this isn’t always an easy process. Thinking positive thoughts can help, but, if you’re feeling low, it may be hard to think positively. Don’t despair! There are several ways to increase your self esteem. Try these suggestions one at a time and you’ll soon notice a difference. Below, I’m going to give you a few ways to boost your self esteem and confidence.

Know Your Strengths and Focus on Those

Who are you? What are you good at? If you really think about it, there are many things you do well; maybe better than everyone else. How can you describe yourself? Are you a good friend? An awesome mom? Do you cook well? Make a list of all these qualities and achievements. When you add them up, you’ll see that you have lots of good qualities, and you’ve achieved some pretty awesome things. Often, our perception of our self worth is tied to the things we think we lack. Maybe we never went to college, or maybe we see ourselves as unattractive. we tend to compare ourselves to others, but we shouldn’t. Our appearance, our job, our bank balance, or the car we drive, are not who we really are. These are just surface gloss, and not important. Look inside yourself to find the real you. Maybe you’re generous and kind; maybe you love animals. There are so many great qualities you possess if only you’ll acknowledge them and let others see them too. People with low self esteem are often quiet and tend to be shy, not letting others, or even ourselves see the true beauty within.

You need to let your inner self shine, and not be afraid to show you true beauty to the world. We were all created for a purpose, and we are all important and unique. What’s the one area of yourself that you can choose to display? What’s the one thing you’re the most proud of? What do you love to do? Give yourself permission to dwell on this attribute and don’t be afraid to share it with everyone you know.

Stop Focusing on your Faults

We all have faults; everybody does. Not one of us is perfect. Sometimes we tend to dwell on these areas of our lives, making ourselves miserable. Pretty soon, all we can see is these faults, blowing them up to be more that what they really are. Here’s an idea. Write all your perceived faults and bad habits down on paper, then crumple it up and burn it. Writing things down can be therapeutic. We get them out of our mind and onto the page. Suddenly, they don’t seem so bad. You may even laugh at yourself for worrying about things that really aren’t all that important.

Don’t try to be Someone Else

Are there people in your life that you admire? Do you adopt their mannerisms or styles? It’s OK to simply be yourself. You’re unique and special just as you are. Don’t worry about what others expect of you, or try to live your life by their rules. Live life on your own terms and do what you’ve been dreaming about for so long Letting others dictate how you live your life will only make you miserable, and it won’t make them respect you any more. Plus you won’t find the time to do the things you enjoy, or achieve your own goals, which will plummet your self esteem and make you resent them.

Take Baby Steps

Every small success will lead to the next, and you’ll soon be taking bigger steps and feeling proud of yourself. Reward yourself each time you achieve even a small goal, and affirm to yourself how special you are for achieving it Every little step is a milestone; every victory will build your self esteem bit by bit each day.

Use the strategies above to become happier and more confident. You’re unique, you’re special and you deserve love, both from others and from yourself.

 

Understanding your Circadian Rhythm – No it’s not an Insect!

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The circadian rhythm is also know as the ‘body clock,’ or the ’24 hour clock.’ It’s a daily rhythm that controls all of us. It’s mainly control by light and darkness.

Most importantly, our circadian rhythm controls our sleeping habits. We naturally feel sleepy when darkness falls and awaken when it becomes light in the morning.

At least, that’s how it should work.

Many things in our modern way of life have impacted this natural cycle. Artificial light, alarm clocks and shift work all play a part. In the old days, before electricity, people used to fall asleep as dusk fell and wake up naturally in the morning, as the the first rays of dawn filtered into our homes.

I’m not suggesting we return to those days. It would be completely impractical to go to bed as soon as it gets dark, or wake up at the crack of dawn, just because it’s light. We have our timetables we have to stick to. Our work hours, school times and even our social lives wouldn’t fit in with this concept ??

What we can do, if we’re having trouble sleeping is to make sure our bedrooms are completely dark when we do go to bed. Any artificial light, such as that emitted by a digital clock, can keep us awake, or impact the quality of our sleep. If light is filtering through the bedroom window, from a street light, or even the moon, make sure you have heavy blinds or curtains that stop this.

If you like to read in bed, make sure it’s not on a back-lit electronic device. Don’t watch TV or play on your phone right up until bedtime. These electronic devices all emit ‘blue light’ which lowers the levels of melatonin in our brain. This tends to make us feel wide awake.

Just avoiding these simple acts can allow you to fall asleep faster and enjoy a better quality of sleep.

Sweet dreams!