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Health & Nutrition #100 by Nutrobalance


    EDITION #100


A vitamin cure against stress and sleeplessness

People suffering from stress and sleeplessness are usually busy people, living under a lot of pressure.
Science has proved that with  people living under stress, hormonial and metabolic changes take place.
Neurotransmitters are released in the brain to help people to perform better and stay on top of certain unpredictable circumstances.

Neurotransmitter supply can dry up when people are continuous working, without rest or relaxation.
Research work tries to prove the connection between a protein rich diet and and a nice, relaxed feeling.
Meat, chicken and soya products are rich in protein. Meat contains apart from protein also vitamin B6, that works as an co-enzyme to produce neurotransmitters.

The three B’s.
Bananas, beer and bread are rich on vitamin B complex. These three are necessary for the building up of neurotransmitters.

If you feel restless, forced up and when you have been busy all day, try a hot grog with lemon before going to bed. All citrus fruits: oranges, lemons, grapefruits and mandarins contain vitamin C.
A deficiency can cause irritability. I take daily  a citrus cocktail, usually in the morning  when I get up. Smokers need an extra dose of vitamin C.

If you suffer from mental fatigue, take vegetables like asparagus, avocado’s, cabbage, celery, unions and pulses, they are very rich on minerals.

Vitality for  the Taking

Virtually all the energy of living things originates from the sun.
We obtain our energy from plant foods or from animal foods, which have also derived their energy from plant foods. In turn, green plants obtain their energy from sunlight, using a process called photosynthesis, in which carbon dioxide and water are made into the simple sugar, glucose, which is a storehouse of the sun’s energy.

Sunshine also provides us with energy in another, more subtle way, a way which is observable though not fully understood. Regular, very mild exposure to sunlight has been observed by therapists to enhance vitality, as though reflecting a strengthening of the life-force.

Sun-riped fruit tastes much better than fruit picked green. Perhaps we can ‘sun-ripen’ ourselves with cautious exposure to the sun. Millions of nerve endings in the skin absorb the radiant energy  of the sun and transmit it to the entire nervous system.
This is why people tend to feel relaxed and more energetic after a brief sunbath.

The importance of Vitamin D

Vitamin D is found in animal foods, and does not occur in plant foods.
In a vegetarian diet there is no vitamin D, unless small amounts of eggs and cheese are included.
However, we can get vitamin D from sunlight.
Deficiency of vitamin D can cause our bones to become soft and brittle.
In advanced cases, the disease in children is called rickets, and in adults osteomalacia.
That’s why it is important for growing children to get adequate vitamin D.

We manufacture vitamin D from a cholesterol derivative in the skin, when sunlight is
falling on the skin. The component of light which causes this to happen is ultraviolet radiation.
But because the beneficial form of ultraviolet (UVB) is filtered out by window glass,
our skins must be directly  exposed to daylight, whether direct sunlight or reflected light.

The amount of time in the sun required for our bodies to produce sufficient vitamin D is
surprisingly small, a matter of minutes, rather than hours. Short periods of sunbathing in the early morning or late afternoon will usually produce adequate vitamin D.
Even a brief walk outdoors in short sleeves (and always a hat) will produce significant vitamin D.

Eating for Arthritis

When it comes to controlling inflammation, food is a double edged sword that can both cause and reduce inflammation. There are dozens of foods that create inflammation in our bodies, and there are dozens of foods that reduce and/or prevent inflammation.
Consuming a balanced mix of these is essential to living a life with decreased arthritis symptoms.

 Foods to be avoided by arthritis sufferers:

Animal milk products
Hydrogenated oils: Crackers, Cookies, Chips, Snack Bars
Nitrates: Hot Dogs, Cold Cuts, Pepperoni, Sausage,Bacon, Liverwurst
Processed Sugars : Candy, Soda, Bread, Bottled Fruit Juice.
Nightshades : Potatoes, Peppers, Tomatoes, Eggplant, Paprika
Convenience Foods : French Fries, Onion Rings, Loaded Baked Potatoes, Fatty Burgers
Processed white flour Products: Flour, Bread, Pasta, Pizza, Crackers, Pretzels, Donuts

Foods that reduce pain and inflammation:

A diet high in fiber and whole foods, low in preservatives and unhealthy fat and  infused with blood invigorating aromatic spices  can help reduce pain and inflammation.

It is essential in a diet for arthritis sufferers to consume as much fresh, organic, whole foods as possible. Eating foods in or as close to their original state is one of the keys of being healthy, preventing self-induced diet-based  inflammation.

The best foods to help prevent and reduce inflammation and pain from arthritis:

Wild Alaskan salmon
Fresh whole fruits
Bright colored vegetables (except  nightshades)
Green and white tea,
Purified and distilled water
Healthy oils (olive, flex, hemp, safflower, hazelnut, coconut )
Beef and poultry that is certified organic
Nuts, legumes and seeds
Dark green leafy vegetables
Organic oatmeal (regular, not instant)
Aromic spices (turmeric, ginger, cloves, garlic, onions, coriander, ground mustard seed)

Antioxidants Maintain Your Brain

The next big discovery about the brain is that much of the damage to brain cells occurs by oxidation.
European research shows that the amino acid acetyl-l-carnitine maintains brain function partly by antioxidant action.

More than 50 controlled studies show that this remarkable nutrient has profound effects in addition to antioxidant action. It improves memory, prevent brain cell loss, boost intelligence, and restores acetylcholine metabolism. It is used in millions of doses of 1000 – 2000 mg per day throughout Europe, for treatment of Alzheimer’s, depression, and memory loss in the aged, and for improvement of cognition in normal folk.
Acetyl-l-carnitine has recently become a popular nutrient at life extension clinics in the US.


Tips for Getting Back on Track after Setbacks
Working on diet and lifestyle changes? Setbacks are going to happen. Life gets busy and you begin heading back to your old habits. This is described as the maintenance part of change which is often more challenging than the initial steps. Use these tips to help you get back on track quickly and learn to…


“What Your Doctor doesn’t know about Nutritional Medicine may be killing you”. by Ray D. Strand, M.D.

Discover how you can:
. Reap the benefits of cutting-edge discoveries in nutritional science.
. Use drugs as a last resort instead of a first choice.
. Take charge of your health – and learn why your health doesn’t have to decline just because you   are getting older.
. Arrest or even reverse the progress of your disease if you are already sick.

“Coronary artery disease, cancer, strokes, arthritis, multiple sclerosis, Alzheimer’s dementia and macular degeneration…. every chronic degenerative disease that I have mentioned is a direct result of the “dark-side” of oxygen – oxidative stress. In fact, oxidative stress is the leading theory behind  the aging process itself. This generation is under greater attack from the pollutants in our air, food and water than any previous generation. Our stress-filled lifestyle also takes the toll on our health.

It is critical that we understand the best defense against developing any of these degenerative diseases and premature aging is the body’s natural defense system, not the drugs I can prescribe.
This is why the truths in this book revealed are so critical to our health.” – Ray Strand, M.D.

When Dr. Strand’s wife, Liz, began to feel tired, it was easy enough to chalk it up to the demands of being a wife and mother of three children under age of four. By the couple’s ten’s anniversary, however, Liz was experiencing constant total body pain, overwhelming fatigue, debilitating allergies, and recurrent sinus and lung infections. Even with drugs to treat every symptom, Liz was unable to keep up with basic household chores or care for the horses she had once so enjoyed riding.

When a friend told Liz and Ray about a course of nutritional supplements that had dramatically improved her husband’s health, a desperate Ray could only surrender:
“Honey, you can try anything you want. We doctors certainly are not doing you any good.”

Within months, the sparkle returned to Liz’s eyes. She was out riding horses again and seemed to have completely renewed strength and joy. How just a few nutritional supplements could cause such a dramatic improvement was a mystery to DR. Strand. He had always dismissed vitamin supplementation as simply the ingredients for “expensive urine”.
This experience with his wife proved to be the launching pad for a seven-year quest to research for himself the facts behind nutritional medicine.

What Dr. Strand discovered made a revolutionary impact on his practice. And based on his extraordinary findings, whether your desire is to protect your good health or reclaim it, you can now learn what to do to improve your own health.

Start now using the practical nutrient guidelines contained in this book
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Cycling as Medicine

Cycling is healthy, convenient, cheap and also good for the environment.
I cycle often: to the train, the shops and the library, and this way I get my recommended 30 minutes of daily exercise.

Thirty minutes exercise a day is sufficient to stay healthy. It seems little, but yet a lot of people don’t get to it. They are often tempted to take the lift instead of the stairs, the car instead of the bicycle, the TV instead of the ball.

Movement takes care that less fat accumulate in the blood and prevent that HDL Cholesterol start to dominate.
Also the supply of oxygen takes care of better combustion of fat.With bodily exertion our blood starts to run better and waste products are quicker exposed.

Moving also helps in most cases to lower blood pressure, as a result that there will be less pressure on the artery walls. In other words: moving keeps your blood clean and your heart and veins in condition.

Another mechanism that plays a roll in the development of cardiovascular disease is stress.
The body produce hormones like cortisol and adrenaline. These hormones take care of uppermost readiness.That is okay for a short period of time, but ongoing stress cause problems.

Chronic stress lead to the same kind of inflammation in the arteries as too much fat.
Activity takes care that we relax physically and spiritually.
The less stress, the better for your heart and veins.

If you think that it is useless to start moving when the process already fully started,
or if the blocking of arteries already caused a heart attack, got it wrong.
Cycling helps instantly, but if the artery walls are already attacked, half an hour cycling a day is not enough. It is better to cycle five to six hours a week vigorously, spread over the week.

People often say that they don’t have time to sport one hour a day.But what is one hour? If you build-in cycling in your daily schedule, is it a no brainer.

Make a record of all your activities during the week. Do you have to go by car to work,to the shop, or the cinema or can you take the bike as well? Could you bring the children to school on the bike? Could you take the stairs instead of the lift? People often think that cycling cost time, but is that really so? When you cycle, you get fitter physically and mentally.

When you are fitter, you can do more in your day and you can do more things.
Just start and see where your ship strand. There are plenty of changes to unhook.
To persevere is a much greater adventure!

Through the years we have arranged our environment very unhealthy. How can we bend the trend and tempt people to start moving?

I recommend cycling whole-hearted as a dope for life: to promote performance, a habit-forming drug, delicious! And you can get it everywhere without a recipe.
Free of charge!