A Case For Whole Food Supplements

The Standard American Diet (SAD) is lacking in many vital nutritional components. Being largely composed of prepackaged, convenience foods with few naturally grown food products; this diet has contributed to an epidemic of not only obesity but also extreme nutritional deficiency. While many commercially available vitamin and mineral supplements exist, they are manufactured in an artificial way that reduces bioavailability and promotes chemical contamination. As Americans are not likely to return to eating home grown food directly from their garden, the solution to the nutritional deficiency of America can be found in Whole Food Supplements which are vitamin, mineral and phytonutrient rich products made from actual food concentrates.

The Problem with the Standard American Diet

In the first part of the 1900’s most Americans ate a healthy, whole food diet because they had no choice. All food was grown either by the family or obtained from immediately local sources. America in the 1900’s was a largely agrarian society with most people living in rural areas and able to grow their own food. During the last century, a massive migration to urban areas has occurred. This has meant that even if one has the desire, most people no longer have the ability to produce self grown food. Either because there is no land or because many do not know how, very few people have a garden and even fewer produce protein in the form of dairy products and animal husbandry.

In spite of this developing migration, during World War II, families were encouraged to have a “victory garden”. This was not to ensure that Americans had a great diet but actually to ensure that American families could feed themselves at all, while allowing most of commercial food production to be sent to the troops overseas. That was the last period in history that America got most of their nutrition from locally grown food.

Beginning around the 1950’s, Americans did begin to recognize the value of vitamins and minerals within their diet. This was discovered because more and more pre-prepared, highly processed food products became available and nutritional deficiencies began to emerge.

After the end of World War II, many families became two-income families. In addition, many more single parents are now raising children by themselves. This means that in most homes, all of the adults present in any one household are likely employed outside of the home full-time leaving little time for food preparation alone much less any time for food production. America has become a convenience food nation consuming much of the diet from unnatural food sources.

Prepackaged and easy to prepare food products are just that, food “products”. Though they may contain carbohydrates, proteins, fats and some “essential” nutrients, they are not real food. The entire food supply chain is rife with contamination and chemical processing and many Americans are unaware of how little nutritional value the food that they consume every day contains. So much publicity and education has focused on the so called food pyramid. The governmental and educational agencies that have devised the perfect American diet have never truly addressed the lack of nutrients, other than the Recommended Daily Allowance (RDA) of basic vitamins and minerals such as Vitamin A, Vitamin D and Calcium.

While these RDA levels of vitamin and mineral consumption may be an absolute bottom line essential to avoid obvious diseases of deficiency such as scurvy or rickets, they are hardly adequate and do not reflect but a small portion of the nutrients contained in whole food, necessary for promotion of health and prevention of disease.

A Crisis in America: Obesity and Other Diseases in the Face of Malnutrition

The main focus of the American diet in recent years has become reducing fat and increasing carbohydrates in the diet. This stream of thought was intended to reduce the growing epidemic of obesity but over the past 20 years, obesity has risen into numbers that appear to be a crisis for Americans. In fact, over the past 20 years the number of adult Americans who are obese has risen by 60% to an unprecedented level of almost 35% of American adults being considered obese. A much worse situation is that a similar number of approximately 32% of American children qualify as overweight or obese. For the first time in American history, the life expectancy of these children may be lower than that of their parents or grandparents.

This has led to an epidemic of heart disease, diabetes and other weight related problems occurring in record numbers not only in adults but seen in children as young as 18 months of age. Additional diseases that may be related to a lack of appropriate nutrients other than simple vitamins in American diets may include a wide variety of conditions ranging from immune disorders implicated in conditions such as Rheumatoid Arthritis, Lupus and Cancer to psychiatric and neurological conditions such as ADHD, Autism and Depression.

Most people believe that obesity occurs simply because people eat too much. While that is true in part, obesity also results from continuously consuming the wrong types of food. In the 1900s when Americans were consuming a largely natural, whole food diet directly from farm to table, obesity was an extremely rare occurrence.

As our diet has changed from an agrarian society’s nutrient rich food supply to the urbanized highly processed, artificial foods, our total food consumption has risen. This is in part because, though the body gets more calories from more food, it is still starved of nutrition causing one to eat even more. In addition, in our sedentary lifestyle our bodies actually need less food than when we lived and worked each day on the farm, yet we still eat more because of lack of proper nutrients, abundance of easily obtained processed food and other psychological conditions such as stress eating. In the end, America has become a nation of people who are obese but still malnourished and disease ridden.

An Attempt to Fix the Problem

The ideal diet truly would be that of returning to whole food “farm to table” eating where families either grow their own food and prepare it within minutes of harvesting or at a minimum obtain locally grown food from the market and prepare it within a day or so of harvesting. In today’s society this is no longer possible. Even when fresh vegetables and fruits are consumed as a large portion of the diet, our nation’s food supply is contaminated by the use of pesticides, herbicides and hormones and much of the nutrient value is lost by transportation of the food crop from thousands of miles away. Food is harvested before it is truly ripe, irradiated, stored cold and transported across states, nations and even oceans before it arrives in our grocery stores as tasteless, substandard, nutrient poor produce.

Many people are attempting to eat only organic, locally grown produce for this reason. While this may be an improvement over the nutritional value of the standard American diet, it is nearly always much more expensive and therefore unaffordable for many and unavailable for others as most markets do not focus on obtaining such products. So this effort, while valiant is still not enough.

The good news about the American nutritional situation is that it is quite easy to fix. Given appropriate nutrition, the human body has an amazing ability to heal itself. Many diseases and conditions caused by overconsumption and malnourishment can be easily corrected by supplementation with whole food nutritional products.

As Americans cannot rely on the food supply to provide adequate nutrition and also cannot count on the source, quality and purity of most commercially available nutritional supplements, the only answer appears to lie in whole food supplementation.

What is a Whole Food Supplement?

Whole food supplements are defined as nutritional supplements derived entirely from food. This is a much more natural and beneficial method of obtaining nutrition from food and herbal supplements alike.

Unfortunately, most commercially available nutritional supplements including vitamins, minerals and herbal products are made completely of single ingredient extracts or worse, artificially synthesized in a lab using chemical processes. While synthesized supplements may in fact provide basic vitamins and minerals known to be vital, artificially prepared products are missing many of the alkaloids, antioxidants and phytochemicals that are thought to play a major role in complete nutrition and disease prevention.

The same is true for herbal supplements and treatments as most commercially available herbal products do provide an extract or synthesized form of the primarily active chemical within the herb, they are still missing many of the synergistic ingredients thought to provide additional benefits of herbal and nutraceutical treatment.

Simply Taking Vitamins isn’t Enough

Vitamins and Minerals are absolutely necessary for life but the RDA is generally both inadequate in its estimate and unattainable through the average American diet.

While many commercially available nutritional supplements are available at every corner, through necessity, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) does little to regulate the manufacturing of food supplements such as vitamins, minerals and herbal products. The FDA cannot apparently manage even its’ main tasks of regulation of the pharmaceutical industry and assurance of the safety of the American food supply.

In the last several years, many counterfeit pharmaceutical products have been discovered such as flu medication being sold online, manufactured outside of the United States was found to be gelatin capsules filled with sheetrock particles. In addition Americans have seen case after case of E. Coli and Salmonella contamination of both American and foreign farm crops such as lettuce, tomatoes, onions and peppers enter our grocery stores. Some of these products were even the so called “organic” products, purported to be safer than traditional crops.

Why a Whole Food Supplement

As there is inadequate supervision of the pharmaceutical and food production industries, there is even less of the nutritional supplement market. The average vitamin or nutritional supplement is manufactured using chemical synthesis and heat processing which destroys the nutritional value of the product within. In addition, many commercially available products are manufactured with fillers, additives, preservatives and other dubious chemicals. Whole food supplements are not.

Within the last several years, significant shortcomings have come to light in terms of foreign made food and health products. Many products have proven to be contaminated with not only the known chemicals that are present in the American food supply but also with much more dangerous unknown chemicals that should never enter the manufacturing process. The only way to ensure that this does not happen is to purchase high quality products from a company with a well established reputation for maintaining high standards of manufacturing and purity. As whole food supplements are natural products, it would be optimal if the manufacturer employed practices of sustainability and green policy.

The ideal food supplement manufacturer recognizes that vitamins do not exist in isolation. The nutritional value of whole food is due to the interweaving of the entire spectrum of nutrients with vitamins and minerals acting in a synergistic fashion with hundreds of other plant alkaloids, phytochemicals and enzymes. The cofactors and bioflavonoids such as terpenes and isoflavones present in whole foods and whole food supplements are integral in the process to restore biochemical balance to the body.

This is quite easy to identify when examining the label of a nutritional supplement, vitamin or herbal product. Though the FDA doesn’t do an adequate job of monitoring the food supply or pharmaceutical industry, they have established standards of labeling which include appropriate identification of all ingredients contained in a supplement. Close examination of most regular supplements when compared to whole food supplements will show that most products contain synthetic vitamins, chemicals and filler products while whole food supplements contain natural vitamins and minerals obtained from concentrated food sources such as fruits and vegetables.

Supplements manufactured from whole food sources will contain not only the natural form of vitamins and minerals but also all of the important phytochemicals and phytonutrients important to restoration of nutritional health and prevention of disease derived from whole food concentrates.

Choosing a Quality Supplement

Whole food supplements are nutritional products which have been manufactured directly from food. Food grown in natural conditions is concentrated using carefully designed and conducted cold processing techniques. These methods allow the concentration of the entire spectrum of nutritional value without removing the phytochemicals, alkaloids and other valuable natural substances that ensure adequate nutritional support and help to prevent disease.

When choosing a whole food supplement one should ensure that the product is from a manufacturing company known to have a long standing reputation for quality and experience in whole food processing. The products should be constituted entirely of whole food products which have been refined using cold processing without the nutrient reducing effects of extreme heat, pasteurization and irradiation. They should also be free of artificial filler products and preservative chemicals. The manufacturer should have a process of testing for purity and guarantee of quality and ideally should offer a money back guarantee if one is not satisfied with the product. For the American consumer, optimally an American product will be purchased an in an effort to aid the environment, a company with “green” policies should be chosen to promote sustainability of the food supply.

Specific Nutrient Needs

Vitamin A

Vitamin A and the carotenoids are highly present in many vibrantly colored fruits and vegetables along with fish and animal livers and are essential for:

o proper functioning of the eye and skin including the gastrointestinal tract

o acts as an antioxidant, protecting against cancer and diseases of aging

o important in support of the immune system for protection against viruses and infections of the organ linings of bladder, kidneys, lungs and mucous membranes

o essential for protein utilization

Vitamin A deficiency causes dry hair, skin, eye disorders, fatigue, reproductive difficulties, frequent colds and infections, and skin disorders.

Traditional vitamin supplements will typically contain synthetic Vitamin A Palmitate and/or beta carotene isolate. Whole Food Supplements will contain Vitamin A1, Vitamin A2, retinal, retinoic acid and a number of more the 500 carotenes all of which are precursors to Vitamin A along with essential fatty acid, natural sugars, minerals and other phytonutrients found only in whole food.

Vitamin B Complex

Vitamin B is actually a number of similarly related compounds found in yellow and green fruits and vegetables particularly leafy green and cruciferous vegetables along with nuts, grains, eggs, dairy products and meats and are known to be essential for:

o maintenance of skin, eyes, hair, liver and mouth

o healthy gastrointestinal tract and brain functioning

o coenzymes involved in energy production

o proper functioning of nervous system particularly in the elderly

Specific Vitamin B Deficiencies:

B-1 Thiamine deficiency – Beriberi, canker sores, mental disorders such as dementia, depression and dizziness, fatigue, indigestion, diarrhea, numbness and muscle atropy

B-2 Riboflavin deficiency -mouth sores, cataracts, dermatitis, hair loss, neurological symptoms on skin, light sensitivity, seizures

B-3 Niacin deficiency – pellagra, bad breath, skin and mouth disorders, memory impairment, confusion, depression, muscle weakness

B-5 Pantothenic Acid deficiency – abdominal pains, skin disorders, hair loss, muscle spasms and poor coordination, immune impairment, low blood pressure

B-6 Pyridoxine deficiency – eye, skin and mouth inflammation, mucous membrane disorders, lack of wound healing

B-12 Cyanocobalamin deficiency – pernicious anemia, unsteady gate, dizziness, drowsiness, depression, hallucination headaches, memory loss, tinnitus, spinal cord degeneration

Folic Acid deficiency – certain types of anemia, fatigue, mental disorders, insomnia, diarrhea, spina bifida in developing infant

Traditional Vitamin B supplements will generally contain only the synthetic form of one or more of the B vitamin group, while whole food supplements will contain all of the Vitamin B family along with the added benefits of phytonutrients such as inositols, PABA, biotin and choline derived from concentration of whole foods.

Vitamin C

Vitamin C (Ascorbic Acid) is found in citrus fruits, berries and green vegetables and is essential for:

o tissue growth and repair

o adrenal gland function

o healthy gums

o production of anti stress hormones and interferon

o absorption of iron in the gastrointestinal system

o metabolism of amino acids and vitamins

o activity as an antioxidant and support of the immune system

Vitamin C deficiency causes Scurvy, poor wound healing, gum disease, edema, weakness, frequent infections, fatigue, and joint pains.

Traditional Vitamin C supplements will have only Ascorbic Acid or Ascorbate, while Whole Food Supplement vitamin C will contain phytonutrients such as rutin, bioflavonoids, tyrosinase, ascorbinogen, vitamin C factors such as J, K and P along with mineral co-factors necessary for vitamin C activity all derived appropriately from whole food.

Vitamin D

Vitamin D is present largely in dairy food products but also in fish and fish oils, green leafy vegetables, vegetable oils, egg yolks and sweet potatoes and is necessary for:

o bone and teeth growth and development in children

o muscle performance including skeletal and cardiac muscle

o prevention of bone and tooth loss in elderly

o thyroid and immune system functioning

o normal blood clotting

Vitamin D deficiency includes rickets, osteomalacea, loss of appetite, burning of mouth and throat, diarrhea, insomnia, and visual difficulties.

Most commercial Vitamin D products including prescription formulas will contain only Vitamin D2 (ergocalciferol) which is less absorbable and more difficult to use but has a longer shelf life than it’s cousin Vitamin D3 (cholecalciferol) while whole food supplements will contain significant amounts of Vitamin D3 along with many other beneficial phytonutrients in the form of whole food concentrates.

Vitamin E

Vitamin E is found in cold pressed vegetable oils, dark green leafy vegetables, beans, nuts and grains and is essential for:

o antioxidant activity important for the prevention of cancer and cardiovascular disease

o circulation and tissue repair

o blood clotting and healing

o skin and hair health

Vitamin E deficiency may result in damage to red blood cells, nerve destruction, infertility, menstrual problems, and neuromuscular disorders.

Traditional vitamin E supplements will generally include only one of the 8 active components of the vitamin E family, alpha-tocopherol. Whole food supplements will contain not only alpha-tocopherol but also the 7 other alpha, beta, gamma and delta forms of both tocopherol and tocotrienol derived from concentrated food.

Calcium

Calcium is vital for the formation of bones and teeth and the maintenance of gums. It is essential for the functioning of all muscular tissue, particularly the heart and participates in cellular functioning in virtually every area of the body. Calcium is highly present in dairy products, meaty and oily fish and green leafy vegetables.

Calcium deficiency can lead to brittle bones, teeth and nails, skin disorders, cardiac disorders such as high blood pressure and heart palpitations, cognitive impairment, hyperactivity and seizure disorders.

Calcium contained in most traditional supplements will contain only calcium carbonate or calcium citrate with the possible addition of Vitamin D or may contain D1-calcium-phosphate which is completely insoluble and cannot be absorbed. Whole Food Supplement calcium products will contain additional nutrients such as amino acids and vitamin C which are necessary for calcium absorption and utilization.

Iron

Iron is essential for the production of hemoglobin which is vital to the supply of oxygen throughout the body. Iron is also important for production of many important enzymes within the body. It can be found in meats, fish, eggs, green leafy vegetables, nuts and grains in large amounts as well as a number of herbs such as alfalfa and milk thistle.

Deficiency of Iron includes symptoms of anemia, weakness and fatigue, hair loss, mouth inflammation, fingernail malformation and mental impairment.

Most commercially available iron supplements will contain iron sulfate or iron gluconate as a singular product or in combination with other vitamins and minerals. Iron is best absorbed in the presence of vitamin C and when consumed as a constituent of a food source. Whole food supplement iron will result in better absorption and less stomach upset as it is derived from whole food.

Magnesium

Magnesium is vital as an enzyme catalyst especially with regard to energy production. It also aids in cellular calcium and potassium uptake which makes it essential for the transmission of muscle and nerve impulses. It can be readily found in many foods especially animal products such as dairy, meat and seafood but also in many fruits and vegetables such as apples, apricots, bananas, whole grains and soy products.

Deficiency of magnesium will cause muscular irritability, mental disorders, chronic fatigue, chronic pain syndromes, depression and pulmonary disorders along with being a factor in hypertension and sudden cardiac death.

Traditionally prepared magnesium supplements will contain only magnesium usually in the form of magnesium chloride or magnesium sulfate while whole food supplements will contain other minerals such as calcium and potassium along with vitamin c and other nutrients from whole food concentrates necessary for the proper absorption and utilization of magnesium.

Zinc

Zinc is important in the growth and function of reproductive organs and may help regulate oil gland activity and prevent acne. It is essential for protein and collagen synthesis and vital to the functioning of a healthy immune system and has been shown to have potent antiviral activity. It plays a major role in wound healing and the sensation of taste and smell. It is also a constituent of many physiological chemicals such as insulin and various enzymes. Zinc is highly present in eggs, fish, beans, meats, mushrooms and many seed such as pumpkin and sunflower seeds.

Deficiency of zinc may result in a loss of taste and smell and may cause the fingernails to become weak and thin. Other signs may include delayed sexual maturation, growth impairment, disorders of sexual organs of both males and females, fatigue, hair loss, slow wound healing and recurrent infections.

Many commercially available supplements will contain either zinc gluconate as a singular product or in combination with other minerals without regard as to the appropriate ratios for optimal absorption and utilization within the body. As whole food supplements are derived from actual food, the appropriate ratios necessary for maximum benefit are already present established by nature.

Unique Benefits of Whole Food Supplements

According to the U. S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), over 70% of Americans do not consume enough whole food products to provide even the RDA of vitamins. While vitamins are necessary for life, ordinary vitamin supplements will not entirely fill the gap. Unlike most commercial dietary supplements which are stand alone chemicals, whole food supplements contain any number of several thousand known and unknown phytonutrients such as:

o Carotenoids

o Polyphenols (Flavonoids)

o Phenols

o Indoles

o Lignans (Phytoestrogens)

o Phytates (Inositols)

o Saponins

o Sulfides and Thiols

o Terpenes

Research has proven these nutrients to be protective against many diseases. Some types of phytonutrients are known to provide such benefits as enhanced immunity, cancer prevention, detoxification and DNA repair.

Carotenoids

The phytonutrient category of carotenoids has been shown to protect against certain types of cancer, optical failure from diseases such as macular degeneration and assist in the prevention of cardiac disease. Carotenoids are partially responsible for the vibrant colors of many fruits and vegetables.

Carotenoids can help prevent vitamin A deficiency by acting as precursors to Vitamin A which assists the body in manufacturing Vitamin A. In addition several carotenoids are known to be anti-oxidants and may protect against diseases of aging and exposure to environmental toxins. Carotenoids may also be a factor in the prevention and treatment of other diseases such as:

o Cancer – including cervical, throat, lung, prostate and skin cancers

o Heart disease – including angina pectoris and congestive heart failure

o Infections – including AIDS, Chlamydia, Candidiasis and pneumonia

o Immune system mediated disorders – including rheumatoid arthritis, and photosensitivity

o Other conditions – such as asthma and osteoarthritis

A balanced formula of carotenoids such as found in whole foods and whole food supplements will be better absorbed than individual supplements as too much of any one carotenoids may inhibit the absorption of others. This is one of the many reasons why whole food supplements are more beneficial than simple vitamin supplementation.

Carotenoids known to be present and beneficial can be found in the following fruits or vegetables:

o alpha carotene – carrots

o beta carotene – green cruciferous vegetables such as broccoli, and Brussels sprouts, yellow/orange vegetables such as sweet potatoes, pumpkin and carrots

o beta cryptoxanthin – orange fruits such as mangos, peaches and apricots

o lutein – leafy green vegetables such as turnip greens, collard greens and spinach

o lycopene – red fruits such as watermelon, guava, tomatoes and red grapefruit

o zeaxanthin – green vegetables such as green beans and broccoli, yellow food such as eggs mangos and citrus fruits

Polyphenols

Polyphenols (Flavonoids) are known to be active antioxidants and are thought to be important in preventing diseases caused by oxidative stress such as some cancers and some forms of cardiac disease and some inflammatory processes which cause diseases such as arthritis and other diseases of aging. Some examples of polyphenols found in food products include:

o anthocyanins – red foods such as berries, red cabbage, red grapes

o flavones – celery and parsley

o ellagic acid – berries such as strawberries, blueberries and raspberries

o catechins – tea, wine and chocolate along with other tart foods such as berries and apples

o flavanones – found in citrus fruits

o coumarins – found in grains and grasses such as wheat grass

Phenols

Phenols encompass a number of anti oxidant nutrients such as Resveratrol and are known to be powerful antioxidants. Phenols have proven to be effective in the prevention of age related disorders and many diseases caused in part by oxidative stress such as arthritis, cardiovascular disease and cancer. Phenols are present in purple fruits such as grapes and blueberries along with wine and tea.

Indoles

Indoles are known to aid in hormone production and maintenance of balance. Indoles are also thought to provide cellular protection against cancers such as colon cancer and endometrial cancer along with others. They are largely present in cruciferous vegetables such as broccoli, Brussels sprouts and cabbages.

Lignans

Lignans (Phytoestrogens) have weak estrogen like activity which is important in the prevention and possible treatment of hormone mediated cancers such as breast, testicular and prostate cancer. They also may block inflammatory processes which may aid in the treatment of diseases such as arthritis and platelet aggregation leading to stroke. Lignans highly present in flax seed and soy products but are also found in other grains such as wheat, barley and oats along with beans and vegetables such as garlic and broccoli.

Inositols

Phytates (Inositols) may help lower blood cholesterol and aid in prevention of mental disorders such as bipolar disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder and depression. Inositols and Phytates are present in large amounts in grains, nuts and melon family members such as cantaloupe, squash and cucumbers.

Saponins

Saponins are known to lower cholesterol and may act as an immune booster protecting the body against infections from viruses, bacteria and fungi. They may also provide some protection against heart disease and have proven to be effective in the treatment of cancer. Several anti cancer drugs are based on the saponin molecular structure. Saponins can be found in foods such as asparagus, red onions, alfalfa sprouts, and soybeans.

Thiols

Sulfides and Thiols are vital to the functioning of the cardiovascular system including the smooth muscles of the arteries and arterioles and the linings of both veins and arteries. Thiols have proven instrumental in the development of plaques contributing to atherosclerosis, arteriosclerosis, myocardial infarction and stroke. Sulfides and thiols are highly present in members of the odiferous Lilly family such as garlic, onion, chives and leeks

Terpenes

Terpenes are thought to protect against cancer and free radical damage which may contribute to diseases of aging such as stroke and alzheimers disease. Terpenes are highly present in foods such as green foods, grain and soy products and also in many herbs such as Gingko biloba.

These phytonutrients are just a few examples of natural molecules known to aid in promotion of health and make the case for the use of Whole Food Supplements. There are thousands more, yet to be identified that are present and beneficial and cannot be synthesized in a lab. Supplementation with isolated vitamins and minerals alone will not solve a nutritional deficiency.

As Americans are unlikely to return to the farm, consumption of a whole food supplement appears to be the only way to actually bridge the nutritional canyon that the American diet has created due to a lifestyle of convenient packaged food that is easy to prepare but sorely deficient in nutritional quality.

New Treatments For Anxiety and Depression – The Alternative Way

Most clinicians and therapists will prescribe you with medicine to treat mood disorders. Others will recommend scientific methods of treatment for anxiety and depression, such as transcranial magnetic stimulation, vagus nerve stimulation or electroconvulsive therapy. However, these new treatments for anxiety and depression may have serious side effects and their effects on your body in the long term are not recognized yet.

If you are looking for ways to treat your mood disorder less the side effects, you may consider the alternative treatments for anxiety and depression. They may work for you if you have the strength, courage and patience to try these treatment approaches.

Acupuncture

It is amazing what needles can do for you. In recent studies, it has been shown that acupuncture can help reduce depression. The study conducted by the National Institute of Health revealed that forty three percent of patients who were treated with acupuncture had shown a favorable response.

A well-trained acupunct specialist specialist will insert thin needles in key points to normalize the body's equilibrium and allow a surge of positive energy into the body.

Cardiovascular Exercises

As many athletes say, run and you will be happy. This is true. Many people have attested to the theory that cardiovascular exercises such as running, jogging, brisk walking and swimming are one of the best new treatments for anxiety and depression.

These testimonials are backed up by researchers done by psychiatrists and scientists. It has been found that people who regularly exercise become less sensual and depressed. The reason is that exercise neutralizes fight-or-flight hormones in people with anxiety.

During an intensive body activity, all organs in the body are working well and efficiently. Thus, deficiency or excess of hormones in the body is controlled and normalized.

For depressed people exercise stimulates the brain to release "happy" hormones. The amount of serotonin is likewise increased, so removing depressing thoughts out of a patient's mind.

Meditation and Breathing Exercises

Buddhists and Hindus have practiced meditation for centuries. Those who practice meditation and breathing exercises are calmer, happier and live longer.

The reason is that meditation promotes body and mind relaxation. When the mind is calm so are the organs in it. And when this happens, the organs will release just the right amounts of hormones.

Breathing exercises helps the heart to function well. If you know how to breathe well, you can prevent anxiety from ever attacking you. If you notice that a stressor makes you anxious, all you have to do is breathe correctly and quiet your mind. And when you do this, you will have anticipated anxiety from disabling your normal life.

Light Therapy

There is a disorder known as seasonal effective disorder, meaning anxiety and depression only during rainy or winter days.

During rainy and winter days, when the sun is hiding behind the thick clouds, some people feel melancholic, sad and depressed. They attributed the dark environment to gloominess and sadness.

With bright light therapy (sunlight and artificial light) people with anxiety and depression are "conditioned" to be sunny and happy. This alternative treatment for anxiety and depression has worked for many.

Dietary Supplements

People with anxiety and depression are found to be lacking in these vitamins, minerals and hormones: vitamin B12, magnesium, zinc, and serotonin.

To increase the levels of these substances, you need to increase your intake of foods rich in these vitamins and minerals that promote the production of serotonin.

However, diet is not enough for an effective new treatment for depression and anxiety. You need supplements of these vitamins and minerals in tablet or capsule forms. You can ask your doctor to prescribe you with these supplements although you can buy them directly over the counter. This way, he can regulate your intake of these supplements and avoid overdose.

The Positive Side of Fear and Phobias

Your fears protect you from numerous dangers. Whenever you are facing a dangerous situation you are alarmed by intense fear. This sensation has a protective function.

When you are afraid that something bad may happen to you, you are very careful. When you are indifferent to dangerous situations and you are not alarmed by any fear even though you are in danger, you don’t pay attention to what you are doing. You may fall into a trap only because of your negligence.

Most people try to eliminate their fears, believing that they are unjustified and that their fears have only a negative meaning. However, the main function of every fear is protective. When you are afraid you don’t make the mistakes you usually do when you are relaxed and distracted.

All heroes always are afraid of the dangerous situations they have to face. Nobody passes through dangerous experiences without feeling how dangerous they really are thanks to their fears.

When you are afraid, you understand that you have to be serious. You understand that you are in trouble.

Don’t be afraid of your fears. You must be afraid of many dangers because this is how you will be careful and protect yourself. You should in fact be afraid of your indifference to dangerous situations.

However, your fears may cause a paralysis, and have a negative effect. This means that you must be able to show courage, besides being afraid.

Therefore, if you are insecure and afraid, the real solution for you is not the elimination of your fears. You have to pass through dangerous situations while you are afraid of what could happen to you. This is how you will become strong and learn how to show courage in life, even when you are afraid. You will also stop having unjustified fears generated by absurd thoughts.

You will be helped by translating the meaning of your dreams because the unconscious mind gives you information about your reality and about what could happen to you in the future. You learn how to protect yourself and how to prepare positive future results.

The unconscious mind is God’s mind. This is a scientific and religious truth that will completely change the world now that I managed to simplify and clarify the complicated, obscure, and time consuming method of dream interpretation discovered by Carl Jung.

This is the only method that accurately translates God’s words in dreams because Jung looked for the meaning of the dream language like an archaeologist who was looking for the meaning of an ancient language. He didn’t distort the meaning of dreams with his suppositions. I precisely followed his lessons, based on his method of dream interpretation. This means that I didn’t distort the meaning of dreams with my suppositions.

I precisely followed Carl Jung’s method in order to discover the meaning of many dream symbols. I was even more obedient to the divine guidance in dreams. I was even more obedient to the divine guidance in dreams. This is why I could discover what exists into the unknown region of our brain and psyche.

The scientific translations are complicated because we have to analyze numerous details and relate this information to many other details. You are lucky because I managed to simplify this process, besides discovering the meaning of numerous dream symbols that Jung had mentioned without explaining their meaning.

Today you have a safe method of psychotherapy, mind empowerment, and spiritual evolution because you can easily understand the complex dream language thanks to my simplifications, and first of all, thanks to Carl Jung’s discoveries. My research and my discoveries complete Carl Jung’s work, proving to the world that everyone must learn his method of dream interpretation instead of wasting time with false methods.

The divine unconscious mind that produces your dreams will show you all the dangers you will have to face in the future, so that you may avoid falling into dangerous traps. You will be protected by precious knowledge, but you will have to be a hero in numerous occasions. You won’t be a cowardly and hypocritical actor. Your presence and your work must help the world find wisdom and peace.

This means that you won’t be superficial and indifferent. You will defend God’s justice, which is based on forgiveness and compassion. God’s justice also condemns what is bad.

Human beings should be afraid of God’s punishments, but most people don’t believe in God’s existence. Even when they do, they tend to believe that God forgives everything because He understands our imperfections.

God is a true angel, and this is why He cannot accept our evilness. Everyone is punished through many ways in our dangerous planet, which was specially created with the intention to work like a psychotherapeutical hospital for our insanity. We are in fact demons who received a tiny human conscience from God. This is why we are punished through numerous ways in our hostile planet, where numerous natural catastrophes, diseases, insects, and dangerous wild animals threaten our survival.

The fact that we should be afraid of God is another reason why having fears is positive. When you are a conscious human being and you understand that you must pay attention to your behavior, you understand that you cannot act like a child, you cannot be violent and unfair, and you cannot be inconsequential and indifferent to the human pain.

A sensible and sensitive person always is afraid to hurt other people’s feelings. A sensible and sensitive person is afraid of numerous other dangers and their consequences.

If you are a wise human being, you are afraid of what is bad and this is why you always are very careful.

Violent people are not afraid of anyone. They are aggressive and rude. Peaceful people always are afraid of violent people because they know that those who are violent don’t respect anyone.

We feel safe when we are with people who are afraid of numerous dangers, and therefore, respect numerous laws. We are afraid of those who disrespect everyone and everything.

Those who disrespect others and don’t care about the general well-being are not afraid of anything because they are controlled by their absurd and evil anti-conscience, which is their primitive conscience. Those who respect God’s justice are afraid of God’s punishments because they have a strong human conscience and they don’t want to be evil. They want to be with God and have His protection.

Therefore, the meaning of fear is not always negative. As a matter of fact, fear is negative only when it is generated by your anti-conscience.

When your fears are the result of your comprehension of all the dangers that are threatening your peace of mind, these fears are protecting your mental health and your safety. When your fears are the result of your comprehension of the behavioral mistakes you are making while you shouldn’t behave this way, these fears are alarming your conscience. They are showing you that you have to stop making mistakes and remember God’s guidance.

All phobias are the consequences of behavioral mistakes. A phobia is a punishment and a protection.

You become very afraid of something whenever you make serious mistakes because these mistakes are gradually making you lose your mind. You have to understand that what you are doing is very dangerous for your mental stability.

You can understand the meaning of every phobia by learning the symbolic dream language because all phobias are clearly explained when we understand the symbolic meaning of what someone is afraid of. For example, those who have an irrational fear of spiders are very afraid of the future consequences of their negligence because they are making costly mistakes that will have tragic consequences.

The spider in dreams represents the necessity to act fast in order to correct a big mistake before it is too late. If you suffer from arachnophobia – what means that you have an abnormal fear of spiders, this means that you are afraid of what may happen to you in the future. You have to urgently stop making mistakes.

You will be helped through dream translation because the unconscious mind gives you clear guidance. You will understand your mistakes, and you will also understand how to correct every mistake and become a wise and sensitive human being.

Beat Social Anxiety – Self Help Tips

If you suffer with social anxiety you probably find it hard to be yourself and enjoy the company of people in social settings. Do you wonder how others appear so relaxed and make socializing look easy? Do events such as parties, meetings or an evening in the bar can trigger horrible symptoms of nervousness or fear? If this sounds familiar in any way read on & learn how to beat social anxiety.

Do you struggle in social settings? Find it hard to relax & just be yourself? When you look around you & see people chatting & enjoying each others company do you start to feel the dreaded symptoms? It does not have to be this way you can beat social anxiety, read on to find self help tips.

The first thing to remember is that you are not alone, many others share the debilitating effects of Social Anxiety. It is also important to be aware that you do not have to suffer, there are simple techniques that you can follow. It is just a matter of boosting your confidence & getting to grips with the fear that is causing these symptoms.

  • Blushing
  • Hyperventilation
  • Sweating
  • Difficulty breathing

Once you learn self help techniques you can take control of your feelings, beat Social Anxiety, join the others & start enjoying yourself once more. Make a start by trying to build self confidence, the more confident you are the easier social gatherings will become.

If I were a betting woman I would put money on it when in social situations you start to focus on the negatives of how you are feeling, what may go wrong etc.

Next time you are thinking people are staring at you just remind yourself that they are probably too busy thinking about their conversations to be concerned with you. The main reason for Social Anxiety is false information.

Just think of it this way & ask yourself

Do I make judgments about everyone I meet, stare at them or start analyzing what they are wearing?

Is your answer No?

Thought so, then why would they do it to you?

For things to change you need to start having positive thoughts & break the cycle. It is possible to change how you feel by …

Feeling comfortable in company is very much about self confidence. If you feel comfortable with yourself you will feel OK when others are around you. By learning to build your confidence, your ease in social settings will grow.

Depression – Dealing With Depression

Many of us feel depressed at one time or another, but for some, depression may be chronic and even debilitating.

Emotions are a normal part of our life. We all experience anger, sadness, worry or fear on occasion and it does not lead to disease. It only leads to health problems when emotions are excessive or repressed for long periods of time. Emotional stress will tend to weaken your "Qi", or energy, or your Qi can stagnate or move in the wrong direction.

Depression can also start from a physical source. For example, insomnia, working too much, or a chronic illness can weak your Qi, resulting in being upset easily or out or proportion to the situation. A weakened digestive system or lack of proper fluids can cause the quality or quantity of blood to be poor, resulting in depression. A lack of exercise easily leads to Qi stagnation and depression.

Long-standing depression may be due to repressed anger or resentment. In Chinese Medicine, this most commonly affects the Qi of the Liver, causing it to stagnate. Aside from depression, other symptoms of Liver Qi Stagnation may be irritability, "snapping" easily, and intense feelings of frustration and impatience. Physical symptoms of Liver Qi Stagnation may include distention under the rib cage, stomach area, or abdomen, belching, sighing, nausea, moodiness, a feeling of a lump in the throat, and pre-menstrual irritability and breast tenderness. If the Qi of the Lungs or Heart has stagnated, symptoms may include weeping and sadness, and you may be easily affected by the problems of people around you.

Although usually in the early stages of depression only the Qi of various organs is affected, this leads to other problems such as formation of dampness, phlegm, blood stagnation, or heat. This causes further stagnation and can lead to a vicious cycle. Liver Qi Stagnation can disrupt the functioning of the digestive system and lead to weight gain, even if you are eating normal amounts.

Once the possibility of man and depression has been cross-linked inside of the mind aa depressed male, you now have the challenge of judgment to deal with. Men often judge others who struggle with depression as weak. Or, even if they accept and support someone who's depressed, they will not afford them the same love and acceptance. This is a real stopper. Some men, realizing they are a man and depression is permeating their life will live in isolation for years. That man might think, "I can do this on my own. No one must know about this or … If I were only strong enough … If my marriage were only better … If I had the right job .. "Any of this sounding familiar?

There is stigma in general around being depressed, no matter your gender but you can triple that for the man and depression sufferer. Depression in men who even recognize and seek treatment for it, often sabotage themselves by stopping medication too early and they stop using the life skills they were taught to battle depression. Man and depression have a long way to go.

Often the drugs given to treat depression cause further stagnation and accumulation of dampness, perpetuating the underlying physical cause. Western drugs can be an important part of the treatment, especially if there is a danger the patient will possibly harm themselves or others, or if it makes it possible for the patient to function enough to seek additional means of help. It is extremely important to address the underlying problem, whether through acupuncture, herbs, counseling, light therapy, nutrition, exercise, or a combination of treatments. Never abruptly stop your prescription, and only reduce it gradually with the supervision of your Western health care provider. If you decide to take herbs or amino acids, make sure they are compatible with your medications.

If your depression results from lack of energy, mild exercise is best, and will increase your energy gradually. If stagnation is the problem, moderate exercise will be beneficial. Avoid alcohol, marijuana, and coffee since they cause Qi to stagnate. Eating a balanced diet with nutritious foods and drinking at least two quarts of water per day can be very helpful. Getting adequate rest and planning fun activities can elevate your mood.

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Getting A New Mattress Can Impact Your Health

Sleeping on a new mattress that offers sufficient and effective support, will certainly provide you with a restful night’ sleep. More importantly – it will also significantly reduce and help avoid those long-term aches and pains, which was most likely caused by oversleeping your old mattress. Here is what happens: A very old sleeping surface loses it density or support over time resulting in insufficient spinal alignment when you sleep. As your spine, necks and hips contort to accommodate for this it causes spasms and aches and pains that keep you awake. Not only does it keep you awake, it also makes it difficult for your body to go into deep sleep, or REM, as it is called. This phase of sleep is crucial for muscle recovery, memory retention, mental alertness, your immune system and your mood.

The health benefits offered by a new mattress can be attributed to the genius of modern mattress technology and design. The mattresses made today are designed to promote sleep and overall health. Making mattresses with much less “solid surface/ filling” – this means that incorporating air pockets, memory foam, latex etc., rather than sponge and springs – makes this possible. The science behind it is that helps in avoiding and/or halting the occurrence of possible stress points (caused by tossing and turning during the evening). Along with the latter benefit – new mattress designs are also aimed at improving the overall support it offers your body whilst you are sleeping. This, in turn, can significantly reduce, or even eliminate, any stiffness or discomfort in your joints and ensures that your spine is always aligned and not undress pressure.

Besides getting a good night’s sleep, every night, a new mattress offers more benefits that are particularly evident during the day. Proper sleep – thanks to not struggling to get and stay comfortable during the night – can lead to a healthy and joyful day. Another benefit of getting a good night’s rest includes supporting your immune system, which aids in fending off colds and flu.

So, now you are convinced that it is time to look into buying that new bed or mattress, but the mind-boggling array of choices in beds, mattress and bedroom furniture available in the market, this can be a pretty daunting task! This is a purchase that is going to cost you a few pennies, so take the time to do your research and then speak to a mattress expert at a reputable bed retailer near you before you make your final decision. Also ensure that you understand the return warranty and guarantees, just in case you are not satisfied with your purchase.

Happy snoozing!

Stronger Ejaculation – How To Increase Distance And Power

Having a stronger ejaculation is possible as men can train muscles to produce a more powerful ejaculation.

In fact, it is possible that you have a healthy libido and yet just a weak projection of sperm that only trickles out.

Obviously, many men want to have thicker ejaculation loads and with a more powerful jet.

Being able to shoot further is seen to be manly and virile.

Stronger ejaculation is possible

Don’t believe all the hype about how you can get an amazingly strong ejaculation load of semen by taking some magic pills.

Some people will tell you to pop some supplements and suddenly you’ll be able to shoot semen for a distance of 2 metres.

This is complete rubbish of course! Don’t believe a word of it.

Pills on their own, natural or chemical, can’t improve your projection.

They can increase the amount of semen and they can help get your jet that you produce when you ejaculate stronger.

But if you want tips on stronger ejaculation then you’ll need to master other techniques too.

Herbal Libido Solutions

Like I say, supplements on their own don’t improve your shooting power.

So make sure you combine these with the other natural techniques I recommend you.

If you have low libido and low testosterone levels, you’ll be looking for the fastest way to improve your sex drive.

Whilst age, diet, exercise, blood circulation and general health all have an influence on libido, herbal libido supplements can get you back on track much faster.

They can also lead to stronger ejaculation and increase your ejaculation distance and volume when combined with other techniques.

If you take supplements and follow my tips on improving semen projection, then you should be able to shoot further.

You’ll still need to stay in shape, eat the right foods and master other techniques I recommend though.

Perform Kegel exercises

If you go to see your doctor about a low sex drive there’s very little chance you’ll get recommended this technique.

Performing Kegel exercises strengthens the whole muscle group of the pelvic floor, which strengthens the urinary sphincter.

The urinary sphincter is what controls urinating and ejaculation.

A strong and tight urinary sphincter means your semen should jet out much further as it’s squeezing through a tight hole.

It’s a simple as that!

A loose urinary sphincter only means you’ll get weak ejaculation. It makes sense doesn’t it?

Ejaculation distance is muscular

First of all, increase your semen load and your libido by taking natural erection supplements. Then practice Kegel exercises for a month to see results.

It’s not only when trying to conceive that men want to improve ejaculation distance and power either. Many men, some who are with a new lover, some who have noticed their ejaculation jet is weak and others who act in skin films all want to improve distance.

Having a stronger ejaculation is considered to be virile.

How to perform Kegel exercises

The great thing about Kegel exercises is that doing them develops greater ejaculation control and can even lead to harder erections.

In addition to this, you can do these exercises when you’re sitting down at your desk or watching TV.

You need to flex your anus and contract it regularly. It doesn’t sound pleasant, but when you do it you’ll feel your muscles in your penile area flexing too.

Flexing these muscles is the same action that you take when you want to stop yourself from urinating in mid flow.

Flex your pelvic floor muscles 100 times per day and within 1-4 weeks (depending on your condition and libido) you’ll see results.

You should be able to shoot semen further than before.

How to Remove Skin Tags From Your Skin

A skin tag is an undesirable speck of skin that protrudes from the body. Usually they appear on the wrinkled part of the skin or those areas, which are hot and sweaty and get rubbed by clothing a bit too frequently. Most of the skin tags are not cancerous in nature, so remain harmless and cause no pain, but people to have them removed if they remain visible to onlookers or on their interfering with clothing or jewelry.

Understandably, those affected by skin tags would be keen to know some safe and sure ways of eliminating them.

Well, there are quite a few options. One can seek the services of a professional or may even get rid of them at home by certain simple means. Both the ways are equally effective.

The advantages of removing them at home are that they are very affordable and simple, requiring no medical help. One can choose from among the ice method or the thread method. However, when following any of these techniques you must ensure that the wound is not infected, meaning that any instrument or device used needs to be sterilized before its use. Failure to do so could cause an unpleasant scar on the affected part. Otherwise one may use one of the many medicines available over the counter for the purpose.

There are quite a few homemade remedies that use very affordable ingredients available in most households. It may be added here that all the home remedies for removal of skin tags are sufficient time consuming and demand patience and perseverance from the bearer.

Know the Signs of Alcohol Intolerance

A person who isn’t a frequent drinker but consistently feels sick each time he or she drinks alcohol may be displaying the signs of alcohol intolerance. Some individuals can feel the intoxicating effects of alcohol at small amounts that are likely to manifest as a throbbing headache and nausea the following day.

However, distressful reactions, such as stuffy nose and flushed skin, to alcohol immediately after a drink or two are the warning signs of the disorder commonly known as “alcohol intolerance.” Usually, such a reaction is due to one or more ingredients, such as chemicals, grains or preservatives, in alcohol.

Although alcohol intolerance and alcohol allergy are generally used interchangeably, they are quite different from each other. They’re both caused by a reaction to allergens in the alcohol, such as yeast, rye, barley, histamines (found in red wine) and sulfites (found in white wine). The similarities between both the conditions end here itself.

On the one hand, alcohol tolerance is more common and accompanied by symptoms, such as flushed skin, elevated heart rate, nasal congestion, stomachache, etc. On the other hand, alcohol allergy is quite severe in nature as it displays stronger symptoms and is often accompanied by physical pain. However, the rate of occurrence of alcohol allergy is also quite rare.

Common symptoms of alcohol tolerance

Individuals who discover that they are intolerant to some of the ingredients in an alcoholic beverage could replace it with another drink without the allergens. Alcohol allergy, unlike alcohol intolerance, is also known as Asian flush syndrome, which is described as the absence of a specific enzyme that metabolizes ethanol from alcoholic beverages, a genetic trait particularly prominent in the individuals of the Asian ancestry.

However, the surest way to avoid the symptoms of an allergy or intolerance to alcohol is to completely abstain from drinking alcohol. Since most people are not aware if they are alcohol-intolerant or not, it is essential to be aware of the lighter symptoms of intolerance that many individuals unknowingly experience.

Given below are some signs of alcohol intolerance that one should look out for to identify the problem:

  • Flushed skin and nasal congestion: When drinking alcohol, a reaction to an allergen can cause a stuffy nose and flushed skin. Flushing and overheating can cause hives throughout the body of the people intolerant to alcohol, especially around their face and neck. Similarly, ingredients such as nuts or histamines found in red wine can cause a person’s blood vessels to swell up that can lead to nasal congestion.
  • Headache: Unlike the headache witnessed during a hangover, one of the first signs of alcohol intolerance is when a person starts experiencing distressful headaches incessantly shortly after consuming alcohol. It is one of the observable signs of alcohol intolerance.
  • Elevated heart rate: Tachycardia or excessively rapid heartbeat is a common symptom of alcohol intolerance. Although an elevated heart rate while drinking alcohol isn’t dangerous if it is accompanied by shallow breathing, it is advisable to consult a doctor. Increased heartbeat is also the body’s way of saying that it does not agree with the alcohol consumed.
  • Stomachaches: Alcohol has the ability to cause a vasodilatory effect on the stomach, i.e., increased absorption of a person’s gut content due to a decrease in vascular resistance. For an alcohol-intolerant individual, this effect can speed up the absorption of allergens, such as wheat, gluten, etc., and exacerbate food allergies. These stomachaches also occur alongside the feeling of being bloated and nausea depending on the amount of alcohol consumed.
  • Loose bowels: Another unpleasant symptom associated with alcohol intolerance is diarrhea. While stomachaches in alcohol-intolerant individuals is quite common, drinking and scurrying to the loo to discharge aqueous excrement is not. This is a sign that the body isn’t able to break down alcohol efficiently and is often times accompanied by cramps that can potentially indicate an allergic reaction.

Road to recovery

Apart from causing allergies and other unpleasant reactions in some people, alcohol has the ability to hardwire the brain to prioritize alcohol-seeking behaviors. The consumption of alcohol also leads to a multitude of health complications and eventually an addiction depending on the frequency, duration and amount of alcohol consumed.

Detailed Information on Diabetes Mellitus

We get sick mostly because we are not cautious enough on how to properly take care of our bodies. We tend to become abusive most of the time that we end up lying in the hospital bed due to our carelessness and abusiveness. Stress, lifestyle, and having habits like smoking and drinking contributes to having an unhealthy body. Each and every one of us should learn to value our bodies due to the fact that we only live once and that we only have a borrowed life.

Maintaining a healthy body can all be possible when we keep a healthy lifestyle. Daily exercise, eating nutritious foods, avoiding too much stress, and relaxing every once in a while will help minimize the onset of different life threatening diseases. However, when the disease is already part of the family’s bloodline, the best thing to do is to just follow and comply to the different treatment plans given by the physician.

One very common disease that is being experience by many individuals in almost any parts of the world is diabetes. Diabetes can be developed and at the same be inherited from ancestors or from our parents. When one has the disease, he can never escape it and it will already become a part of his life not unless if he strictly complies with the treatment plan.

Early detection is very important whenever the disease runs in the family’s bloodline. Undergoing physical exam and blood glucose tests will help in diagnosing the disease. When you have enough diabetes information, you can already be able to identify and notice different unusualities that occur in your body. It is important that you know several signs and symptoms of diabetes that way you can immediately report these changes to your physician.

Diabetes mellitus has symptoms of frequent urination, increased fatigue, being thirsty and hungry most of the time, unexplainable weight loss and irritability. It is best that you consult the physician once you have noticed these changes. The signs and symptoms of diabetes vary. This is because diabetes mellitus has three different types. There is type 1 and type 2 diabetes and lastly, gestational diabetes.

In type 1 diabetes, the pancreas stops producing insulin or it produces less insulin. This type occurs mostly in children and adults that is why it is also named juvenile-onset diabetes. Type 1 diabetes treatment is through daily injections of insulin to prolong life.

In type 2, the pancreas produces insulin but the body is unable to use the insulin produced. Type 2 diabetes treatment is through maintaining a strict diabetic diet. Daily exercise and intake of oral medications goes with it as well.

Lastly, gestational diabetes is the type of diabetes which occurs during pregnancy. Pregnant women experiencing gestational diabetes are most likely to have large babies. This type of diabetes is managed through observing strict diet and performing daily exercise. Monitoring of weight is essential as well.

All in all, diabetes can be very dangerous once it is left untreated. This is a very serious type of disease that should be given much attention because if not, it will lead to several complications and will lead to early death.

The Connection Between Vegetables, Nutrition and Being Happy – Stop Depression and Start Living

There are many ways to deal with depression. We might be working out daily with a professional private instructor. We might be regularly examined by our doctor, and take all our vitamins. We might keep a regular sleeping schedule, and get eight hours of sleep every night. But the truth is that the right nutrition, or actually vegetables based nutrition to be more precise, will solve the problem most of the times. More then that, without the proper nutrition, we simply cannot enjoy the benefits derived from all of the above.

There are many mechanisms in the body that are in charge of keeping us smiling. While modern medicine is all about trying to isolate and differentiate a certain criteria and dealing with it, our body is simply not that simple. The human organism is a super-complex machine, and it has all the answers within. The knowledge of being depressed is there, just like the knowledge on how to be happy.

Nutrition for treating depression – Know the basics:

By eating the following foods, and avoiding some others i will introduce later on, we will create the ideal ground for nourishing a stable environment for the brain, and thus for the mind.

Eat greens. Greens, among other things, encourage the movement of energy in the body. It helps in cleaning the liver and building blood (depression is often a side effect of blood deficiency!). You can eat plain green leafs, mixed in smoothies, or tossed in a salad. Do not fry them or over cook them. Raw is the best way to eat them, and if raw broccoli is too much for you, steam it gently for a short period.

Eat nuts and seeds, but but avoid overeating them. There are many essential fatty-acids in those foods, and other crucial elements for the nerve-system. Having a healthy strong nerve-system is a must if we are to keep a stable mindset. Overeating nuts and seeds might create a different effect, as it is hard too digest them, and it might stress the digestive system. Eat a few of the same kind at a time, and two different kinds throughout the day.

Eat sesame seeds. Add them to a salad, or mix them with your cooked vegetables. Nutrition is complex, and those tasty little seeds have a lot of nutrients in them. Eating tahini, which is made out of sesame seeds, will not do the job. We need to eat the raw seed. It is best not to grind it, but if you choose to, it is recommended to eat within ten minutes of grinding.

Eat different types of lentils. They carry great nutritional value, and some contain super-high levels of a special material that is used to create the “happy-hormone” – serotonin. The best source for that material, which is called 5-HTP, is the Griffonia simplicifolia, and there are supplements made from that plant available in the markets, if needed.

Make sure you eat a variety of vegetables. make sure that throughout the day you have vegetables from all colors.

As for avoiding specific foods, it is best to lower the consumption of meat and dairy products. It is also highly recommended to avoid sugar, caffeine, and alcohol. I am not trying to preach against these few, but the fact is that our liver has a very hard time synthesizing the materials we need to keep happy when it is dealing with poisons. The direct threat gets the attention of the body, and things such as our serotonin levels move down the line and wait their turn.

These are the basics we need to know, and enough to get us started on our way away from depression. Keeping these basic rules for only a couple of weeks will usually make a difference for anyone feeling depressed. While not 100% solving the chronic disease, it will help us through the first steps of healing.

Remember, always keep a healthy well balanced diet with a lot of vegetables. Nutrition should be at first priority, as it stands in the foundation of happiness. Another great benefit of nutrition based healing is that it gives the mental benefit of knowing you set a goal of eating this and that, and making that goal!

Be well and keep smiling! just by reading this you are half way there.

Overcoming Hidden Causes of Depression and Anxiety

In our inner worlds, hidden from our own view, lurks strange, frightening memories that at times spring ahead to awaken us to a need to face issues that now threaten us. Fantasies of hate, twisted love, envy, fear of rejection, fear that the world is abusive can erupt into consciousness at any time. We tend to shield ourselves from recognizing such memories and usually they retreat and are again forgotten.

But at times they stay alive and flood our consciousness and cause emotional symptoms to appear. Depression and anxiety are the most common. At times a person needs a period of psychotherapy, but in general with careful and sensitive self-scrutiny most people can overcome the impact of these buried memories and gain a new understanding that can open the door to insight and personal growth. Over a lifetime such new insights can change a person's personality and lifestyle.

What are the ways to overcome such harmful memories? You start by assuming that within you you such conflicts exist and that are prepared to face their challenge and increase their influence on your life. An effective technique to start the process of change is being aware of unusual thoughts, feelings, and behavior that seems to come unannounced into your thoughts and actions.

They can include developing anxiety where none existed before. It may occur when you seek employment, or venture forth to meet a new friend, especially if it is a potential romantic partner or starting a new educational program. This is more apt to occur when a young person leaves for college or returns to a program later in life. A near-miss accident or being harmed in a dispute or having a child, or getting married or almost any new experience can be the stimulus for such a reaction.

The crucible element in recognizing such a reaction is to not hide from it or pretend it never happened or ignore it if it repeats. The first time you experience anxiety or depression or even other symptoms like headaches or the breaking out of a rash, or gastrointestinal symptoms assume it is something from that hidden world. Sit quietly at your first opportunity and ponder the meaning of this new symptoms, and what appeared to precipitate its appearance.

Often panic attacks, a specific form of anxiety, initially seem to spring out of now and can be so frightening that a person fearing a heart attack hurries to a hospital or to a physician for medical evaluation. Most of the time it becomes clear that anxiety triggered the symptoms. When physical symptoms first appear and chest pain enterprises the panic then it behooves you to be evaluated by a physician. In general such attacks are clearly due to anxiety and reassurance about your physical state should make it clear that if the anxiety attack reappears you can begin your attempts or understand why they occurred in order to alleviate future attacks, if possible.

Usually such self-scrutiny will yield results and you will be on the cusp of a new awareness that will foster growth and change. You may discover vague memories of dispute from childhood or an accident that affected you or conflicts from your childhood. Whatever it is, do not ignore it. Rather pursue the insight and let your mind roam freely over the new information. Above all do not suppress it as the potential to come forward at a later time may increase.

We are all prone to develop various symptoms as we grow older. Be aware that such vulnerability is common and no cause for alarm. Always seek medical evaluation when there is any uncertainty about the cause. Once you understand how traumatic experiences from your past can interfere with your sense of well-being you are on the track to diminish and overcome their impact.

Sleep Deprivation and Stress

Are you too busy to get a good night’s sleep? Do you use your night trying to fit in jobs you didn’t have time to get done through the day?

Some activities, such as working or caring for dependents, are usually classified as being unavoidable. That’s because they usually are! Other activities such as socializing and entertainment, even though optional and discretionary, are still considered by most as necessary for a fulfilling life.

Sleep is often slotted into whatever time is left available after everything else has been attended to or indulged in. Are you still doing laundry at 2:00 a.m.?

However, would you prioritize sleep if you knew that it can help make you more capable of achieving your desired level of productivity? Or that it can strengthen your immune system and help prevent a slew of diseases and conditions?

Adequate sleep and healthy sleep patterns can prevent Alzheimer’s Disease manifesting later in life and can assist in repairing the effects of chronic stress now.

Anyone who has lain awake after a hard day knows exactly how it feels when stress makes resting so elusive. The link between stress and sleep is very much a two-way street. While stress can make it difficult to fall asleep, sleep deprivation can largely contribute to causing stress and worsening its effects and symptoms.

Shift Work Sleep Disorder

Whether you are working as a long-haul truck driver or a college student pulling an all-nighter just to beat your assignment deadline, lack of sleep definitely takes a toll on your physical and emotional health. We’re not nocturnal creatures. This is why those who are working on the night shift will often find themselves having difficulty overcoming their natural diurnal pattern and sleeping on demand. Sleep deprivation is very common among night shift workers. It has become prevalent enough for it to have an official name: ‘shift work sleep disorder’.

The book titled Principles and Practice reported that night workers often have five to ten hours less sleep every week than those who are working a regular daytime schedule. Medscape Neurology and Neurosurgery reported that those people working on a night shift are at higher risk of suffering from stress. In turn, they are more prone to different kinds of stress-related health problems such as heart disease, hypertension, infertility, weakened immune system and stomach problems.

How Stress Impacts Quality of Sleep

Most people find it hard to sleep at night as they ruminate on stressful thoughts. Several scientific studies show that stress can have a huge impact on a person’s quality and quantity of sleep. Individuals suffering from insomnia were found to experience a greater number of stressful events in life compared to people who were not insomniacs.

Studies also show that personal perception or appraisal of stress can either increase or reduce the tendency to suffer from insomnia. This means that even if you haven’t been experiencing situations which others may consider stressful, but you perceive these things to be stressful, you will more likely to suffer from insomnia.

This reinforces the understanding that lack of sleep and stress both negatively impact the other. The bottom line is that being able to rest, or the lack of it, has a huge influence on the number of stressful events that you will likely to experience and how you well you’ll be able to deal with them.

Sleep Deprivation Influences an Individual’s Perception

Lack of sleep can strongly influence your perception of the events that are happening in your life. In order to support this statement, a study was conducted in which the participants were asked to take an exam that was judged to be mildly stressful. The results indicated that those participants who were sleep deprived experienced higher levels of stress while taking the exam, compared to participants who had no issues with sleeping difficulties. Other research done outside the laboratory also showed that sleep deprivation leads to psychological strain and stress.

The good news is that you don’t have to be a life-long victim of sleep deprivation and stress. Make the effort to assess your lifestyle habits and make healthy changes to them. Subtle changes to behaviors and diet can provide an increase to both the amount and quality of sleep. This will lead to noticeable improvements in productivity and short and long-term health, especially relating to overcoming stress and its effects.

Cost of Hair Transplants and Everything Else You Need To Know

Before considering a hair transplant, the following thoughts should be kept in mind:

Transplants are not a cure for someone suffering pattern baldness, no matter the gender. A transplant will not counteract the effect of hair loss in areas that are bald or that have been bald for quite some time.

If there is little hair on the head prior to the transplant, without the inclusion of medication to regrow hair, the hair transplant length may stay the same and not be stimulated to grow any further.

How Much Does A Hair Transplant Cost?

Many clinics are reticent to state exactly how much a hair transplant will cost – due in part to the uniqueness of each persons hair loss requirements.

All in all, it is not cheap especially as some patients require a second session to achieve a thicker amount of hair. The cost will vary greatly depending on the following factors:

1. Physician – Who is doing the surgery and their level of experience.

2. The teams’ experience that supports the head physician.

3. Location – Where you get the procedure done, i.e. medical tourism now caters for patients travelling to countries with a lower cost base for hair loss procedures including hair transplants, grafts, FUE treatments etc.

4. The method of hair transplant chosen-

(I) Strip method (on average) – the graft cost is between $3-6 per strip

or

(II) Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) (on average)- as this is a longer process, it is more time consuming for the physician. Consequently the prices are normally double the strip method. The price may vary between $5 – 12 per graft.

A graft is a follicular unit and is how the hair appears in its natural form.

For example, you might have a particular graft that has 1, 2, 3 or 4 haired units. Each one is the same cost.

In terms of an overall price, think of your hand curled up to the size of a fist and place your fist over the spot where there is a bald patch. That space is approximately 1500 grafts.

Often patients will want double the amount, or have a second session to achieve greater density. An estimate for the procedure cost can vary between 3000 and 6000 grafts depending on the desire of the patient for thicker hair density.

Then multiply that by the number of grafts required.

There will be some patients who want a second session to ensure they have maximum coverage. The range is broad and only when you have had a consultation will you know a ballpark figure for your requirements.

Therefor expect an average cost to be between $3000 to $30,000.

5. Anesthetic – Sometimes this may not be included in the overall hair transplant cost. Be sure to ask if it is included.

6. Post Surgery Support – After the hair transplant surgery, there may be a requirement for 1 -2 follow up sessions to determine how the graft is taking to the scalp. Ask your surgeon if post-consultations are included.

7. Time off work – it is normal for people to take time off work to minimize the likelihood of infections by reducing public contact.

This is another cost (loss of earnings period) to be included in your plan. Should you choose this procedure due to a work accident, or something occurred beyond your control which resulted in hair loss, you may wish to speak to your health insurance company or employer about financial support for the related expenses.

8. A follow-up graft – for many people, they are happy to invest in hair transplants to get a full set of hair back on their head.

But unfortunately, it is not always so simple as a one stop cost. Evidence has shown that the younger a person is when they get a transplant, the greater propensity there is for their hair to fall out faster.

This is due in part to donor skin sites not being genetically resistant to hair loss. As sad as it may be, the ideal candidates for hair transplants are generally middle aged men with moderate loss of hair.

Health Considerations

A full medical examination should be performed by a doctor prior to having a hair transplant. This may also include seeking your doctor’s professional opinion on the procedure and how it is to be performed with consideration to the medication involved during and after the procedure.

Care should be taken to consider the type of anesthetic used during the procedure if a person is already on medication.

It is important for the doctor and anesthetist to be aware how the surgery medication will react with any medication the patient is currently taking.

Pain-relief medication must also be considered in this equation as will the person’s medical history.

The more contemporary transplants of today involve the following:

First a hair consultation occurs with a certified and reputable doctor. This includes a review of a person’s hair growth pattern, rate and level of hair loss, previous family history/genetics of hair loss. Within this consultation, the doctor will review any previous treatments for hair loss or past surgeries and their outcome.

Once the procedure is agreed upon it is simply booking in for the procedure when an appointment is available and arranging for time off work.

The actual hair transplant procedure tends to follow the following format:

a. Hair is cut short on the scalp sites chosen to be the ‘donor’ areas (where hair has been chosen to be removed).

b. Hair follicles from the back and side of the scalp are removed. These follicles generally have greater capacity to hold and keep hair. A local anesthetic is used during this process as it is a uncomfortable procedure.

c. The removed hair follicles are inserted (or grafted) into areas on the scalp where bald patches are evident. They are mostly inserted just above the forehead and top of the scalp or crown.

d. Care is taken during step (c) to insert the hair follicle into areas of the scalp where blood flow is good and the follicle is likely to be stimulated to grow the hair strand.

e. After the operation, side effects such as bruising, swelling, pain and overall throbbing may result. This may be managed by a pain-relieving treatment plan.

Sometimes the hair transplant area will be covered up by bandages which will need to be removed within a short period of time post the operation.

f. The doctor will warn against exercise, strenuous activity or any activity which will increase blood pressure or friction to the scalp.

Due to an inability after surgery to participate in any physical exertion activities, this will also include small physical activities such as grocery shopping and taking animals for walks.

Ensure you have everything required such as food, pet care and the support needed to assist you in your day to day activities.

Arrange for someone to assist you whilst you are in your recuperation period if you live by yourself.

Alternatives to A Hair Transplant

Other Hair Transplant options include:

a. ‘Scalp Reduction Surgery’ – this involves a local anesthetic followed by a strip of bald skin being cut from the scalp. The scalp is then pulled together across the removed part and stitched to bridge the gap on the scalp.

b. ‘Flap Surgery’ – this involves an extensive hair transplant whereby a large amount of skin tissue from the scalp is primed over a period of time to grow cells. Once the cells have grown, a large part of a bald section of the scalp is removed, to be replaced by the hair that has been primed to grow. Generally due to the complexity of this procedure, a hospital stay for several days may be required.

The transplant itself may take several hours (3-7 hours) and generally, patients return for several treatments to cover the scalp.

A pain-relief treatment plan is provided at the end of the process as the areas where follicles have been removed and then inserted is quite tender and will take time to heal.

It is important to note that there can be challenges during the process, which can include:

Infection – as the skins surface has been interrupted and exposed to the open air, it is important to minimize the risk of germs getting into the open wounds.

Antibiotics are generally prescribed to minimize the likelihood of infection.

Allergic reaction to the procedure or medication.

Bleeding and Scaring – Bleeding is usually contained by a cleanup at the end of the procedure and minimized through careful treatment of the scalp.

There can be scarring as a result of the skin being perforated. The doctor will prescribe a treatment and care plan to minimize scarring.

Nerve damage – where a person may no longer feel any sensitivity or over-sensitivity to the scalp site involved in the procedure.

What To Consider Prior To Having A Hair Transplant?

It is extremely important to validate the credentials and license of your prospective doctor who may perform the procedure.

There are many unscrupulous characters who have set up hair clinics to perform this sort of surgery at a lower cost. It is important that you do your homework to validate the prospective hair transplant doctor has performed, with success, this operation many times beforehand.

Testimonials – do not just accept the written word of previous patients or the good word of the doctor. Ask to see and speak to individuals who have been through the same process with the same doctor previously.

This serves two purposes. One is that you will be able to see for yourself the hair transplant success. Secondly, you can ask the individual any questions that you may have related to the procedure and post-operation support.

Not all hair transplants succeed, and this may not be known until 9 months after the operation.

Hair only may start to grow after 9 months as it takes some time to get use to its new environment and during this time, the cell or tissues may die.

It is important to remember that this procedure does not guarantee hair growth success and transplanted hair may fall out after several months.

But, the good news is that there are many people walking around with thick full hair, the result of a hair transplant that looks like 100% natural hair growth.

5 Common Causes of Back Pain

Is your back a little achy? Maybe it often is, and you're not really sure why? Well, back pain is an extremely common complaint voiced by many people today. And knowing the cause of your back pain is pretty important – having a serious issue there should be treated as soon as possible, and may not go away on its own. Likewise, a less serious issue may very well be treatable, and without knowing all the info you could be suffering needlessly! Having an idea of ​​the common causes of back pain can be a big relief. These are some of the most common:

1. Lack of due diligence. Do you go fromought-to-ninety on the weekends? Many of us do, working like crazy in front of a computer all week, only to pick up a rake and do lawn work like mad on the weekends. Or maybe you join a weekend basketball league, and you figure you can just go out and play a little – no big deal. Well, tell that to your back! Living most of your life behind a desk is going to wreak havoc on your spelling, so you need to prepare yourself for potential physical activity. And the only way to do this prep-work is proper exercise: hamstring stretches, leg lifts, planks and other core work can go a long way.

2. Forgetting you're not invincible. Oftentimes, you can wreck your back by lifting something poorly. Make sure you have the right technique for lifting by doing the following:

  • bend at your hips, not your low back
  • keep your chest out
  • lead with your hips, not your shoulders when walking
  • keep the weight close to your body
  • never lift something greater than 20% of your own weight
  • never carry something higher than your armpit or lower than your knees

3. Falling sleep at the sleeping wheel. Your sleeping position can have a tremendous impact on your back health. Sleeping on your stomach puts unnatural stress on the joints and muscles in your back, but sleeping on your side or back helps alleviate the pressure. If you simply can not sleep any other way but on your tummy, try sleeping with a thin pillow under your hips – this will help reduce the pressure on your most sensitive area: your lower back. In addition, make sure that you have a good quality mattress – something too soft or too hard can be veryothersome for your spell.

4. Lighting up. Yep, smoking does more than cause cancer and make your kisses taste like licking an ashtray: now studies show it can also contribute to back pain. While the exact reasons are unclear, scientists can confirm a link between smoking and pain, ie if you smoke you're more likely to be living with some kind of pain in your body. Other studies point to smoking's restriction of blood flow: this could potentially cause vertebral discs to break down more quickly. Regardless of why smoking causes back pain, having yet another reason to quit is, well, a good reason.

5. Sweating the small stuff. Do you have a stressful life? Well, the emotional wreckage of your brain, ie stress or depression, can cause a depletion of endorphins (happy chemicals) like serotonin, and an increase of stress hormones like cortisol. This culminates in your muscles having to work harder at detoxifying, which tightens them up and causes you pain. Yet another reason to exercise: clean out your muscles and your brain at the same time with something like yoga, which can help strengthen your core and reduce your stress / depression levels simultaneously.

You can not needlessly change your whole life to relieve yourself of that nagging back pain, but there are a few key things to add into or take away from your current way of living that could really make a difference. Add in a total of two extra hours a week divided up (that's less than 20 minutes per day) for exercise, sleep in a better position, and quit smoking. While you're at it, get some better shoes too – poor foot fashion can also make your back scream for relief.