NATURAL HEALING for YOUR BODY through REFLEXOLOGY

Have you seen any advertisements on television lately for pharmaceutical medicine? The ad normally goes something like this, “If you’re suffering from XYZ then you should take ABC. Please note that if your suffer from w, t, n, p, q then you should not take this medication.”

To me it’s hilarious, really! Why? Because by the time they have completed the list of persons who suffer with various illnesses who should not take the advertised medication, that pretty much rules out EVERYBODY!

There is a very effective healing method called REFLEXOLOGY, however, that has been working for ages to help persons, regardless of age, bring healing to their own bodies by helping the body to harness its own self-healing powers.

I have been successfully using reflexology, myself for more than 12 years now, as I have shared with readers in my Squidoo article titled “WOMAN, HEAL THY SELF! – Reflexology for Women’s Health”.

Although I focused on women and girls in that article, anybody can experience healing through reflexology as you will see when you explore the PLANTAR FOOT MAP that I have included. You can do reflexology on your own hands and feet or those of your loved ones to help restore perfect health to them or yourself. Or you can treat yourself and go to a licensed reflexologist to have it done for you.

Take YOUR health back into your own hands and TRY REFLEXOLOGY today!

Image Credit:  Compliments Jeremy Brooks/flickr.com

Why Reproductive Health is Important at EVERY Age!

If you’re a woman of childbearing age or a man of a responsible age to sire a child, then it’s important that you take care of your reproductive system in order to avoid fibroids and cysts (for women), as well as low sperm count and sexual impotence (for men).

If you’re an older woman or an older man, you also need to take good care of your reproductive system in order to especially avoid ovarian and breast cancer (in women) or prostate enlargement and prostate cancer (in men).

And as simple as it may seem, your diet has a significant impact on your female or male reproductive system and its overall health at every stage of your life.

Some of the key diseases linked to poor reproductive system health include:

Dysmenorrhea (painful periods) , Fibroids, Cysts, Sexual impotence, Prostatic Adenoma (enlarged prostate), Prostate Cancer, Breast Cancer

The best thing about all this, though, is that YOU have the power to improve and maintain the health of your reproductive system just by paying attention to what you eat and making better food choices.

Here are five(5) superfoods that are great for YOUR reproductive system health:

1. Tomatoes (preferably ripe): Contain lycopene, which causes cells to reproduce in an orderly manner, as well as significant amounts of Vitamins A & C, Folate and Potassium.

2. Mung Bean (Green Soy)
:  Rich in protein, Vitamins B1, B2, B6, calcium, phosphorous, iron & magnesium.

3. Soybeans: Contain two (2) anticarcinogens (prevents cancer) – Isoflavones and Saponins.

4. Adzuki:  Rich in protein, Vitamins B1, B2, B6, calcium, phosphorous, iron & magnesium.

5. Feijoa (if you can’t get Feijoa you can try Guava which is a family food to it): Rich in Vitamin C, contains fibre, folate and potassium and is particularly good during pregnancy, for goiters (goitres) and constipation.

 

You should also check out these 3 Best Kept Secrets about ‘Foods and Their Healing Power’ for some amazingly simply food facts to a healthier you.

Information Source: “Encyclopedia of Foods & Their Healing Power

Image Credit: GreenFlames09/flickr.com

 

 

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Why You Should Really ‘Eat Your Greens’!

According to Aine McAteer on Oprah.com, “Greens are powerful antioxidants, which are known to protect the body from damage from toxins in the environment and the foods we eat. Antioxidants neutralize these toxins and clear them from the body.”

That’s not all they do, though. In her article titled, ‘Embracing all things Green‘, she provides a short summary of 5 other amazing things that green vegetables do for our bodies that will leave you embracing your green vegetables for real.

She’s not the only one talking about ‘The Power of Green Foods’, as you’ll see from this fitday.com article and the ‘Eat Your Greens‘ video below.

And in order to show you just how easy, delicious and rewarding having your green vegetables daily can be, why not check out my Naturally Sweet Cole Slaw Vegetable Salad Recipe which I LOVE preparing and eating, knowing that I am enjoying my greens while benefiting from all the good and healthy things they provide and do for my body.

 

Physical Tip – FOODS FOR THE HEART

Beating HeartHow Important is Your Heart?
If your loved one is still with you because the doctors used a defibrillator to restore his/her heart beat or you know someone who now wears a Pacemaker, then you already know that no heart beat, skipped heart beats and abnormal heart beats can result in the death of you or your loved one.

Heart Healthy Foods
So here are some important foods that you should incorporate into your diet to strengthen your heart muscles and help your heart to efficiently and effectively carry out its functions of providing a continuous daily supply of approximately 2,000 gallons of oxygen-rich blood to your coronary arteries and every cell in your body:

Soursop, Cherimoya, Sugar apple, Broccoli, Green Peas, Banana, Peach, Grapes, Walnuts, Macadamia nuts.

Diet After a Heart Attack
If you or someone you know has already experienced a heart attack, be sure to:

1. Increase your daily intake of fresh fruits (5 to 6 portions daily) and vegetables (at least one mixed, fresh green salad daily).
2. Reduce the intake of foods high in saturated fats such as, bacon, butter, beef, pork, cheese and ice cream.

For additional quick tips, information and resources for your total health and well-being visit, MPSE Health or check out the blog posts for previous weeks.

Source: Foods and Their Healing Powers

Physical Tip – PROTECTING YOUR RESPIRATORY HEALTH

Breathing 1Foods & Vitamins for the RESPIRATORY SYSTEM:
Onion, Garlic, Honey, Lemon, Watercress, Ochro (okra), Dates, Fig, Oranges, Yogurt, Vegetables, Vitamin A, Vitamin B and Vitamin C.

Lemon Juice and Honey is an age old, effective cure for coughs!

Foods to AVOID!
While it is good to know about the foods that help and heal the respiratory system, it is even more important to know which foods to avoid or reduce in your diet since these foods will aggravate you cough, which is the most common symptom that one has a respiratory problem or disease, and whatever respiratory problem you are suffering with.

These respiratory system aggravators include: Salt, Dairy Products, Alcoholic Beverages, Fish that isn’t fresh, Eggs, Cured Cheeses, Nuts, Meat and Spices.

What is the Respiratory System?
In human beings, the respiratory system (or ventilatory system) is composed of the nose, mouth, airways (pharynx, larynx, trachea), lungs, diaphragm and the respiratory muscles. The Respiratory System manages the exchange of oxygen and carbon dioxide between you and the environment.

Respiratory System diseases you can PREVENT:
1. Coughs
2. Asthma
3. Bronchitis

For additional quick tips, information and resources for your total health and well-being visit, MPSE Health or check here for blog posts from previous weeks.

Sources: New World Encyclopedia, The Merck Manual: Home Health Handbook, Foods and Their Healing Powers and Wikipedia

Physical Tip – SIMPLE CANCER PREVENTION TIP

Cancer is currently one of the leading causes of death worldwide. In 2008, it accounted for “…7.6 million deaths or around 13% of all deaths worldwide (World Health Organization (WHO)”). Cancer is so common, in fact, that in the Unites States alone, “It is estimated that 1,638,910 men and women (848,170 men and 790,740 women) will be diagnosed with and 577,190 men and women will die of cancer… in 2012.”  And the prognosis for the future is even more grim because according to WHO, “Deaths from cancer worldwide are projected to continue rising, with an estimated 13.1 million deaths in 2030.”  That’s almost double the current annual amount of cancer deaths. Frightening isn’t it?

You, however, have the power to prevent yourself and your loved ones from getting cancer. The solution is simple – eat 5 to 6 servings of fruits and vegetables each day!

Trying to eat the recommended 5 to 6 servings of fruits and vegetables each day [1 serving is equal to ½ cup] can seem a burdensome task but using these quick meal tips can ensure that you get it all in:

a. Incorporate a fruit, fruits or some vegetables into breakfast.
b. Snack on a fruit for your 10 o’clock or mid-morning break.
c. Make the salad your main dish during lunch.
d. Instead of ice-cream,cheesecake or pastry for dessert have a serving of fresh fruits or a fruit salad.
e. For your afternoon snack have a fruit or a fruit salad.
f. Try a different colour fruit or vegetable each day (red, orange, yellow, green, purple, etc.) </ol>

For additional quick tips, information and resources for your total health and well-being visit, MPSE Health or check out the blog posts for previous weeks.

Physical Tip – CARING FOR YOUR EYES

Human eye 1We all know the old adage, “Prevention is better than cure.”  That’s definitely true when it comes to taking care of your eyes and your body in general.  Today I will share with you some foods you can eat to improve and maintain the health of your eyes.  After all, no one wants to be blind.  And if, like me, you wear corrective lenses or currently suffer with some eye disease, then you certainly know the importance of and value quite a lot your eye sight.

Four (4) EYE CARE TIPS:
If you work in air conditioning, as is the case in many countries, or live in a temperate country you will experience dry eyes due to the dry air. So use of these simple eye care tips can prevent damage to your eyes:

1. Remember to blink every few minutes – this lubricates your eye.  We naturally do not blink when watching TV or in front of a computer screen.

2. Use a few drops of eye lubricant at least twice a week before going to bed to help relax and restore moisturize to your eye.

3. Avoid smoke-filled areas.

4. Practice moving your eyes right to left (x7), up and down (x7), clockwise and anti-clockwise (x3), as exercise for the muscles in your eyes each day.

Foods for the EYES:
Carrots, Squash, Apricots, Orange, Spinach.

In general, orange and yellow foods are good for the eyes since they contain Vitamins A and C.  Carrots provide the richest source of beta-carotene, which the body transforms into Vitamin A. Squash contains beta-carotene and potassium which help to prevent the formation of cataracts.  Spinach, although not a yellow or orange food, contains two (2) carotenoids – lutein and zeaxanthin – which are very effective in preventing loss of vision.  Added to this you can purchase a supplement with Vitamins A, C and E.

EYE diseases you can PREVENT:
1. Cataracts
2. Glaucoma
3. Conjunctivitis
4. Night blindness
5. Macular degeneration of your retina

For additional quick tips, information and resources for your total health and well-being visit, MPSE Health or check out the blog posts for previous weeks.

Physical Tip – HOW TO EAT TO AVOID WEIGHT GAIN

Weight Loss 1As you enter the 40s, 50s and 60s, you may have noticed that it gets increasingly harder to keep off excess weight.  You’re eating the same portions, and even less sometimes, but you notice an increase in weight gain.  Things you used to eat and quantities you used to eat get tricky.  Well as you age your body’s metabolism slows down.  What this means is that your body burns fat at a slower rate.  So although you may be eating the same as always, or even a little less, your body’s reduced efficiency at burning fat means that fat gets deposited in places you don’t want – mostly stomach and thighs – instead of being burnt up and away. There is hope yet.  How and what you eat can help to keep you from gaining extra pound and save the day. Here’s how.

Tips for Eating to Avoid Weight Gain

1. Eat slowly: People who eat slower consume less since they tend to feel full faster than people who eat quickly.
2. Eat small portions more often: If you eat one large meal on a given day you give your body too much work to digest the food and there is increased likelihood of some of that excess food being turned into fat. If however you eat small portions of food every 4 hours, you maintain a steady blood sugar level and you increase your body’s metabolism, which results in more efficient burning of fat.
3. Do not eat your primary meal in the afternoon or at night: You use most of your energy during the day so your primary meals should be breakfast and lunch. Thereafter, you increase your body’s likelihood of storing fat since food eaten in the afternoon and especially at night will not be burned up by the body in energy intensive activities but stored as fat instead since you are a lot less active at night.
4. Eat more fruits, vegetables and lean protein: Fruit and vegetables are rich in fiber and are very filling for a long time. Breads, pastries and manufactured snacks, however, contain too much carbohydrates that give a filling feeling initially and empty calories which contribute to weight gain.

For additional quick tips, information and resources for your total health and well-being visit, MPSE Health or check out the blog posts for previous weeks.

Physical Tip – TAKE GOOD CARE OF YOUR SKIN

Woman Getting Facial TreatmentYour skin serves four (4) principal functions, as follows:

      1.  Protection from external elements.
      2.  A sort of sensor with nerve endings that cause you to react appropriately to pain, heat, cold, touch, pressure, vibration and tissue injury.
      3.  A heat regulator that accordingly pumps blood to your skin’s surface or reduces blood flow.
                 4. Your largest waste eliminator (surface wise) through sweating or perspiring.

Additionally, as you age, your skin naturally becomes drier, less elastic and produces more wrinkles. However, you can significantly slow down this aging of your skin and help your skin in its elimination process by keeping your skin continuously moist and hydrated through the following simple skin care routine.

Skin Care Routine:
Drink plenty of water; 8 glasses each day. Eat lots of yellow and orange fruits which provide Vitamin A. Take a good Vitamin E supplement. Eat cucumbers, which supply sulphur – a trace element that is necessary for healthy skin!!

Also use water-based moisturizing creams or olive oil on the skin, immediately after bathing to keep moisture locked into your skin.

Physical Tip – Your METABOLISM is Important for Your Health!

Metabolism-ExerciseDid you know that you burn energy/use calories even while you are asleep?  Astonishing, but true.  This is known as your resting metabolic rate. The energy burned or calories used up while you sleep is only sufficient “….for the functioning of the vital organs, the heart, lungs, nervous system, kidneys, liver, intestine, sex organs, muscles, and skin (Wikipedia).”

Your overall metabolic rate includes your resting metabolic rate plus the amount of energy or calories that your body burns or uses up during the day.  Your resting metabolic rate or Basal Metabolic Rate (BMR) can be calculated using a combination of personal statistics including your age, your weight, your height and your sex.   As you age (past age 40), your metabolic rate naturally slows up and you need to do more active work to speed up or maintain your metabolism.

Foods for boosting your METABOLISM:
Breadfruit, Cherry, Wheat Germ, Sweet Potato, Mushroom, Wheat Bran, Protein (Eggs, Fish, Beans, Nuts), Loquat, Chard, Peach Palm.

It is also important that you avoid eating large meals in any one sitting and reduce the amount of time between meals, as this slows down your metabolism. Instead eat small snacks or meal portions every four (4) hours.  That way your energy level will not experience drastic fluctuations and your body will burn energy faster.  Eating the right foods in the right proportions alone, however will not boost your metabolism.  This must be combined with exercise (ideally, 40 minutes daily or at least 20 minutes every other day).

Exercises for boosting your METABOLISM:  
High intensity exercises (such as Zumba & Aerobics), Core exercises and other muscle strengthening exercises which build muscle are ideal for helping your body to burn energy and thereby increase your average daily metabolic rate.

Knowledge is power!  So visit http://www.bmi-calculator.net/body-fat-calculator/ to calculate your Body Fat, Basal Metabolic Rate (BMR) and Body Mass Index and find out whether you’re in shape or need to get in shape and take control of YOUR health.

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