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Joint Health Natural

Many of us suffer from chronic joint pain. What you may not know is that there are some natural remedies for stiff, aching or inflamed joints.

The health of our joints impacts our quality of life and determines how active we can be as we age. Degeneration and inflammation of the joints (arthritis) is America’s number one crippling disease, affecting approximately one in three American adults, and is the leading cause of disability among persons over age 15. Luckily, research has shown that arthritis and joint degeneration can be safely and effectively addressed using natural healing methods.

In fact, many nutrients have been found to provide significant relief of osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis pain and stiffness without the potential side effects of over-the-counter (OTC) or prescription medications. We will take a look at a few compounds that have been proven effective in clinical trials to help alleviate joint pain and often times, help repair degeneration in joints.

Glucosamine Sulfate

One of the most studied compounds for joint health is glucosamine sulfate. Glucosamine is a naturally occurring substance in the body, synthesized by special cells in the body (called chondrocytes) for the purpose of producing joint cartilage. When the joints degrade (as in osteoarthritis or after injury), this synthesis is often defective, so supplying the body with additional glucosamine through supplementation can provide the body the nutrients it needs to rebuild and repair the joint.

In addition, glucosamine sulfate has been shown to relieve most symptoms as effectively as the non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), such as ibuprofen, naproxen, Aleve, and aspirin. In one well-designed study of 178 patients with OA of the knee, one group was treated for 4 weeks with glucosamine sulfate (1500 mg daily) and the other group was treated with ibuprofen (1200 mg daily). Glucosamine relieved the symptoms as effectively as ibuprofen and was tolerated significantly better (i.e., fewer side effects) than ibuprofen. The safety and tolerability of glucosamine can easily be explained by the fact that it is a substance normally used by the body.

As with most natural remedies, the therapeutic effect of glucosamine is not immediate. It usually takes 1-8 weeks to appear. Once achieved, it tends to persist for a notable time even after discontinuing glucosamine supplementation. The probable reason for this is that glucosamine is incorporated into rebuilding the cartilage itself. In most studies, the dose has been 500 mg three times daily.

Chondroitin Sulfate

Chondroitin sulfate is a major component of cartilage. It is a very large molecule, composed of repeated units of glucosamine sulfate. Although the absorption of chondroitin sulfate is much lower than that of glucosamine (10-15% versus 90-98%), a few studies have shown very good results from long-term treatment with chondroitin sulfate, reducing pain and increasing range of motion.

Chondroitin sulfate has an excellent safety record, with no known toxicity. In repeated clinical studies, oral chondroitin sulfate (1200 mg/day) was consistently effective in reducing OA symptoms, and was very well tolerated (no side effects). In most studies, the dose has been 400 mg three times daily.

Studies indicate that glucosamine sulfate and chondroitin sulfate work synergistically to provide a greater benefit combined than either does separately. Glucosamine has been shown to increase the production of beneficial joint compounds and chondroitin sulfate has demonstrated ability to inhibit joint deterioration. Thus, used together they have shown a marked ability to improve joint health.

Purity and Labeling of Glucosamine and Chondroitin Sulfate Products

Glucosamine and chondroitin sulfate are both obtained from animal tissue sources, and purity can vary widely depending upon the extraction techniques and analysis technology. The studies of glucosamine and chondroitin sulfate referenced in this article were all conducted using carefully assayed, purified compounds. The purity of the compounds used can certainly be expected to effect the outcome.

Furthermore, glucosamine and chondroitin sulfate are considered dietary supplements, and are therefore not regulated by the Food and Drug Administration. Although many brands of chondroitin sulfate and glucosamine are available over the counter, independent laboratory analysis has shown that many products do not actually contain the amounts claimed on the label.

For instance, in a recently published study done at the Pharmacy School at the University of Maryland, 32 bottles of chondroitin sulfate were purchased at pharmacies and health food stores. Only 2 of the products met label claims while 14 of the 32 bottles purchased contained 10% or less of the label claim. What were the buyer’s chances of getting a good product when only 2 of 32 products met their label claim?

Other Factors in Joint Health

Diet plays a key role in joint health. Certain foods can aggravate joint pain and inflammation – including tomatoes, white potatoes, eggplants and bell peppers. In addition, you can also eat foods that can enhance the repair process and decrease inflammation!

In addition there are many therapies, nutrients and herbs and specific supplements that you can use to dramatically improve your joint health. Natural therapies can be very effective for those suffering from arthritis or other joint injury. Studies have proven that natural remedies, diet and certain forms of exercise can slow down the progression of joint disease and even reverse it in many cases.

Dr. Chad has studied, lectured and taught throughout the United States, Canada, Great Britain, Germany, Peru and southern Africa. He is very active in teaching natural healing techniques and has given presentations to thousands of people worldwide. He is a faculty member at the University of Natural Medicine where he teaches doctors and other health care practitioners the value of alternative testing techniques in the healing process.

Exceptional Health Natural Product

The Isagenix health natural products are exceptional for ones health and are no compromise health natural products. The “Greens” are one of my favorites.

The “Greens” have over 30 of the most nutritiously dense veggies in just one serving. For me, this is outstanding because I have a struggle many days to get all the veggies I need into my body. When I am traveling the Greens come with me, I put them in my water bottle or in my Isaleans shake each morning.

The health natural products of Isagenix “Greens” have been carefully processed to keep all the nutrition in them. I find that quite remarkable, it is leading edge technology for sure. When I do my shopping at my local market, I know that many of the veggies have been picked before they are ripened. This is necessary because they have to travel long distances often and they would be rotten already if they had been picked ripe. When veggies are picked before ripening the mineral content has been compromised. As well, if your veggies have been sprayed with chemicals as most have, then for sure the minerals have been destabilized.

Isagenix is remarkable in their creation of the “Greens” because all of the minerals are intact. Minerals are KEY to optimum health and wellness. Most of our soils are devoid of minerals which is why there are so many people with so many illnesses now. There are no artificial flavours or ingredients in the health natural product, Isagenix “Greens.”

Some of the health benefits are antioxidant, mental focus and clarity, improved digestion, support of health bacteria, digestive fiber to boost cleansing and stronger immune system.

The veggies included in the “Greens” are Pineapple juice (Ananas comosus), Alfalfa sprout (Medicago sativa), Carrot root (Daucus carota), Spirulina (Spirulina platensis), Chia seed (Salvia hispanica), Barley grass & juice (Hordeum vulgare), Ionic Alfalfa(TM), Wheat grass (Triticum aestivum), Chlorella (Chlorellavulgaris), Cinnamon bark (Cinnamomum verum), Parsley (Petroselinum crispum), Green Tea leaf (Camellia sinensis),Red Clover flower (Trifolium pretense), astaxanthin, Astragalus root (Astragalus membranaceus), Suma root (Pfaffi a paniculata), Papaya fruit (Carica papaya), Ginkgo biloba leaf, Dulse (Palmaria palmate), Eleutherococcus senticosus root, Dandelion root (Taraxacum offi cinale), Maitake (Grifola frondosa), Shiitake (Lentinula edodes), Cordyceps (Cordyceps sinensis), Grape seed extract (Vitis vinifera), flower pollen, Milk Thistle seed extract (Silybum marianum), Tomato fruit (Solanum lycopersicum), Cilantro (Coriandrum sativum), Red Beet root (Beta vulgaris), Bilberry berry extract (Vaccinium myrtillus), Turnip root (Brassica rapa), Bamboo shoot (Bambusa vulgaris), alpha lipoic acid, chlorophyll (Sodium chlorophyllin), Coenzyme Q-10, Brussels sprout (Brassica oleracea), Broccoli floret (B. oleracea) and Kale leaf (B. oleracea).

Amazing, to have all of these vegetables in one scoop. For me, being a very busy person, this is a time saver and a relief from worry about my nutrient content each day. I just know I am getting all of the nutrients that I need.

The cost is about $1.00 per/day for all these veggies. I always put my scoop in my Isalean Shake. This health natural product is outstanding, remarkable value for what we receive.

Isagenix International also has a natural health college as part of its commitment to education of people. You can access information on the website that is given to you, once you order any products and they have gatherings in a meeting style for people to come together to learn of new products. Nutrition is a relatively new field of learning and Isagenix has made it mark in the evolution of this industry in a powerful way.

The renowned scientist, John Anderson, heads the formulation of the Isagenix product line. John is one of the top leaders in this industry. He is lovingly known as “the mineral man” because he understands the importance of minerals being added to nutritional health natural products.

Joanie McMahon is President of Investment In Serenity Inc. She is a teacher/counselor/life coach/psychologist/writer and business woman.

Her passion is understanding fully how to use The Law of Attraction to her and her clients benefit. She has an understanding of achieving overall health either physically through nutrition, exercise and stress release; emotionally through Journey work and understanding our Emotional Guidance System; Financially; and Spiritually.

Optimal Thyroid Health Naturally

Many people with hypothyroidism and hyperthyroidism are sick and tired of taking thyroid medication, and would like to do what is necessary to achieve optimal thyroid health naturally, without having to take any drugs. Of course some people with thyroid conditions do need to take thyroid medication on a continuous basis. On the other hand, many people can restore their health back to normal by following a natural thyroid treatment protocol.

If you have a hypothyroid or hyperthyroid condition, or even an autoimmune thyroid disorder such as Graves’ Disease or Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis, the following represent six things you can do in order to help you achieve optimal thyroid health:

Optimal Thyroid Health Tip #1: Whole foods are the best. Eating well is definitely important to achieve optimal thyroid health. Many people wonder what the perfect “thyroid diet” is, but it really comes down to using common sense. Eating a diet consisting mostly of whole foods and minimizing the refined foods and sugars is the ideal diet.

Is the quality of the whole foods you eat important? In other words, should you be eating organic foods? Well, obviously eating organic foods is ideal, but is also more costly. I would definitely recommend that you try to eat organic meats whenever possible. As for fruits and vegetables, some of these are higher in pesticides than others (spinach, strawberries, grapes, etc.), and therefore you definitely should try to avoid eating these foods if they’re non-organic. Of course it’s impossible to avoid all of the toxins, and nobody expects you to eat a perfect diet 100% of the time. However, if you follow the advice I just gave then this will definitely help you to achieve optimal thyroid health.

Optimal Thyroid Health Tip #2: Effectively manage your stress. Most people deal with chronic stress on a daily basis. No matter how hard you try you won’t be able to eliminate the stress from your life. But most people can do a much better job of managing their stress. One of the things I ask on my patient health questionnaires is for people to rate the amount of stress they have on a scale of 1-10, as well as their stress handling skills. And while many people give themselves high ratings when it comes to stress handling, I find that most people don’t do as good of a job of managing stress as they think. It’s definitely a challenge to do this, but is essential for anyone looking to achieve optimal thyroid health.

Optimal Thyroid Health Tip #3: Obtaining quality sleep is essential. We all know the importance of obtaining quality sleep each night, yet there still are many people who try to get away with less than seven hours sleep on a regular basis. Of course some people do attempt to get quality sleep, but have difficulty falling asleep and/or wake up in the middle of the night and can’t get back to sleep. If this is the case then you might need to modify some of the other lifestyle factors I have discussed in this article. On the other hand, if you intentionally neglect your sleep then eventually this will catch up to you, and will most likely affect your ability to achieve optimal thyroid health.

Optimal Thyroid Health Tip #4: Certain nutritional supplements and herbs can help. Some people with thyroid conditions can benefit by taking certain supplements and herbs. Which ones depends on your specific condition, as many people with hypothyroidism can benefit from herbs such as Bladderwrack and Ashwagandha, while many people with hyperthyroidism can obtain natural relief from their symptoms by using Bugelweed and/or Motherwort. Other important supplements and herbs include Vitamin D, iodine, selenium, Magnesium, and Eleuthero. Of course the long-term goal shouldn’t be to rely on taking herbs and supplements, but they usually are necessary to restore the health of someone who currently has a thyroid condition.

Optimal Thyroid Health Tip #5: Minimize your exposure to environmental toxins. Environmental toxins can also exacerbate, and in some cases directly cause a thyroid condition to develop. Just as is the case with chronic stress, one can’t completely eliminate their exposure to environmental toxins. But most people can do a much better job with this, especially with regards to the foods, cosmetics, and other household products they purchase and bring into their home. So simply being more health-conscious with regards to the foods and products you buy can make a big difference here.

Optimal Thyroid Health Tip #6: Consult with an expert. While most of what I described above you can do on your own, if you’re really looking to achieve optimal thyroid health then it’s a good idea to speak with a holistic doctor who focuses on endocrine disorders. This type of doctor will do what is necessary to evaluate your condition, and can put you on a natural thyroid treatment protocol to help restore your thyroid health back to normal, assuming this is possible of course.

In summary, whether you have hypothyroidism or hyperthyroidism, if you follow these six tips you are likely to achieve optimal thyroid health. While it can be challenging to follow some of these tips, most people who are willing to take responsibility for their health are happy they made such a commitment.

What’s The Definition Of Physical Health and Does Good Health Naturally

Let’s begin with a good health definition in general. The WHO health definition (World Health Organization), albeit from 1948: “Health is a state of complete physical, mental, and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity”. Assuming that’s true, what’s the definition of physical health and does good health naturally mean that “all natural” is good, especially as it applies to food?

What’s the definition of physical health?

Is there one?

Based on the WHO health definition as it applies to physical health, is it safe to say that simply because everything is working as it should in the absence of disease or infirmity (weakness or ailment), that we’re not necessarily in good physical health?

What do you think?

I personally believe there is more to being healthy in the moment. On the other hand, I also believe that because we are only guaranteed the present, if you’re healthy, don’t take it for granted. Enjoy it while you can.

I also believe the state of our physical health depends largely on our personal health plan. In other words, it depends on how well we take care of ourselves on a regular basis. That includes:

  • Eating habits
  • Exercise habits or lack thereof
  • Sleep habits
  • Spiritual habits
  • General living habits

Without seeming as though I am a pundit, expert or zealot about any of the aforementioned, that I am personally the definition of physical health, the definition of spiritual health, or anything that resembles the definition of good health, in a nutshell, what I’m saying is all the bullet points have a bearing on our physical health.

What do you think?

It’s about good health

One dictionary provides this definition of health:

“The general condition of the body or mind with reference to soundness and vigor: good health; poor health.”

The ancient Roman poet Virgil said, “The greatest wealth is health”.

I couldn’t agree more but I am a bit troubled by the amount of over-emphasis placed on physical health, as if it is mutually exclusive from the other aspects of health.

I believe health is about:

  • Physical
  • Mental
  • Emotional
  • Spiritual
  • Financial

The “soundness and vigor” in which we pursue and maintain these factors has a direct and indirect effect on each and every one of the factors.

Furthermore, I find it troubling that the word wealth is so overly associated with money and financial wealth.

It’s not to say that I don’t see the importance of physical health and financial wealth. They are both key components of overall health but they are not stand-alone concepts.

What are your thoughts?

All Natural

The “all natural” phenomenon, especially as it applies to food, is one of the biggest marketing ploys ever. If it’s not a scam, it’s a joke.

It means nothing!

There is a HUGE difference between organic and all natural. Don’t confuse the two and by all means don’t fall for the propaganda that leads you to believe they are one and the same. They’re not.

Organic, at least as it applies to food, is highly regulated. It actually means something. However, keep in mind that just because it’s organic doesn’t necessarily mean it’s healthy.

All natural can mean pretty much anything. As far as the food we eat is concerned, it is not regulated. It is a highly misleading tag.

Don’t be fooled.

I’m not saying don’t enjoy it. I’m not saying all natural is bad. I’m simply saying it’s about as superfluous term as there ever was. There is no depth to it.

My formula

For me, it all boils down to a few simple concepts and principles beginning with:

  • Honesty
  • Respect
  • Best Effort

These are indispensable. They cost nothing and should be applied at all times.

Next are the 5 F’s:

  • Food – Not just what we eat but includes anything we consume physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually. If we are what we eat, this says it all.
  • Fitness – Includes all the 5 bullet points mentioned above
  • Finances – Affected by the previous two and affects the previous and next two
  • Fulfillment – It’s about completion and includes all the bullet points mentioned
  • Fun – The importance of how it affects health and is affected by it is often overlooked

I have tagged the 5 F’s as the components of a bulletproof life.

To sum it up, all the above is important but the proper balance is the key. I believe too many of us are simply out of balance. Furthermore, there is not a one-size-fits-all balancing act.

Last but not least, from the late, great Redd Foxx:

“Health nuts are going to feel stupid someday, lying in hospitals dying of nothing.”

Agree? Disagree?

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Bob is a retirement planning and safe money professional who specializes in life insurance products and who has more than 20 years experience.

His company, A Bulletproof Life is the 5 F’s: Food, fitness, finances, fulfillment, fun. and is based on his motto: Honesty, respect, best effort

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