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Showing posts with label herbal remedies. Show all posts
Showing posts with label herbal remedies. Show all posts

Friday, March 26, 2010

Basic Understanding of Herbal Remedy Potency Levels

Herbal home remedies can be purchased or homemade and come in several different forms and potencies. Herbal home remedies are available in liquid, tablet, pellet and cream forms.

Although, herbal home remedies come in many forms and can be purchased premade from many health food stores, quality is best ensured if these remedies were made by you fresh at home.

When purchasing and using herbal home remedies, it is important to know the potency identification system used to determine the strength of the herbal remedy.

The system used is normally combined with a number and letter combination listed after the name of the remedy, such as 30c, 12c, 6x, 12x, etc. The 30c would be stronger than a 12c.

Here are the basic number and letter systems and what they mean:

M-(millesimal)= 1 part substance to 1000 parts dilution. This is the strongest potency level and stays in the body the longest and is usually prescribed by a practitioner.

C- (centesimal)= 1 part substance to 99 part dilution. This is a medium level potency. Used for seasonal or chronic problems.

X- (decimal)= 1 part substance to 10 part dilution. This is the lowest level potency. Used for children, sudden illnesses, and in first aid treatment. Stays in the body for a short period of time and is normally in tablet form.

Each level of potency has different time frames and dosages needed depending on the severity of the health problem. If you make your own herbal home remedies, it is important that you receive adequate training so that your remedies become effective and not harmful.

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Thursday, March 25, 2010

Beware of Energy Drinks

Energy Drinks such as Rockstar, Red Bull, etc., have become the rage. I personally know several adults who think they can’t get through the day without them. My concern is that children and teenagers are drinking them, not my children, but maybe yours!

Most of these energy drinks have as much caffeine as a cup of coffee (around 80 mgs). One 12 ounce can of soda contains approximately 16 to 50 mgs of caffeine. Not only does some of these energy drinks contain caffeine, they also have large doses of legal herbal stimulants as well.

Caffeine can make you have anxiety attacks, heart palpitations, and insomnia, as well as causes your kidney to remove extra fluid from your body. Starting to get the picture?

Children, when in school or not, do not need to be consuming any type of liquid that contains caffeine and stimulants, especially when also combined with sugar. Some of these drinks contain as much as 31 grams of sugar per serving.

Let there be no mistake about it, these drinks are advertised with children and young adults in mind. Walk around one day and count the number of children, teenagers (who are also children by the way) and young adults sucking on an energy drink. You can see the monetary stakes involved here.

Another issue is the use of herbal extracts in these drinks. There is no guarantee that the herbs used by these manufacturers are not non-toxic herbs or herbs not sprayed with pesticides, or the water source they use in the manufacturing process.

Since Energy Drinks are classified as food, the whole food grade manufacturing process does not provide for a guarantee in quality of the product. In fact, manufacturers of energy drinks are not required by law to list whether or not the herbs they use have been sprayed with toxic pesticides or manufactured with contaminated water sources. There is just no telling what toxins remain in the finished product.

By the way, the same problems reside with off the shelf, food grade nutritional products as well. If you become an avid reader of this site, you will read about pharmaceutical grade nutritional products verses food grade nutritional products, time and time again.

Another common ingredient is Taurine, which is a free form amino acid contained in foods and manufactured in the body from the amino acid cysteine. Synthetic Taurine is implicated in illnesses ranging from high blood pressure to strokes and seizures to heart disease.

Taurine has been banned in some Scandinavian countries, and Switzerland, after being linked to the deaths of three consumers. Some scientists believe that excessive Taurine has a sedative effect on the brain.

Some people, including teenagers, mixed alcohol with energy drinks as it makes them feel alert and energetic, even when they are drunk. Both dehydrate the body and a night out with alcohol and energy drinks can severely dehydrate a young or older person alike.

We recommend all people avoid energy drinks; they do nothing to add energy and can only add more toxins to an already toxic body and decrease or inhibit our body’s natural detoxification processes.

For an energy drink that is all natural and avoids the above listed problems try REV3, which can be found purchased from this site:

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Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Importance of Staying Hydrated

Approximately half of the human body weight consists of water. Not too many people realize that water is also a nutrient. Water is one of the most important nutrient required to sustain a healthy body. Not getting enough of this important nutrient can lead to all kinds of health problems.

The human brain has the largest concentration of water on the about at about 85%. Your cells need adequate water on order to function properly. Water is an important component in the blood and is needed to break down certain chemicals within the body. The human body uses and requires water to detoxify itself, as well as, regulate body temperature.

When the body is low on water it will tell you by the thirsty feeling you get. When you do really get the thirsty feeling, it may be a sign that you are already becoming dehydrated to a certain degree. Your urine may be darker than usual with a stronger odor.

Some symptoms that many people are currently experiencing may be a reaction to being in a dehydrated state to some degree and may not even be aware of it. By simply re-hydrating yourself and staying in a healthy hydrated state may amazingly relieve one from these symptoms that I will cover later in this article.

Water is an important element in losing weight. When your body needs H2O and is not getting it, it will retain what water it has to a certain degree. Many of us drink fluids such as coffee, tea, sodas, and beer and believe that we are getting the water and fluids that we need from that when in fact beverages containing salt and caffeine are zapping our bodies of fluids.

The many beverages that I loved to drink on a daily basis were loaded with water zapping caffeine and salt which were keeping me from my potential to being healthier. These water stealing beverages, and some foods, were my down fall as I was always in a low grade state of dehydration until I learned the importance of drinking plenty of water and taking my daily nutritional supplements.

When I started to increase my daily intake of water to an average of 8 glasses a day, more if I exercised, and cut back on salty and caffeinated beverages, I noticed some of my symptoms improving. I began to think clearer, had more energy and I did not get as many headaches as I used to. My blood pressure readings also improved dramatically.

Below are some symptoms commonly related to being dehydrated. If you are experiencing these symptoms and finally come to realize that you are not drinking at least 8 glasses of water a day, try cutting back or eliminating beverages containing high salt levels or caffeine.

You should start seeing results within 48 hours. For those with medical conditions that were told by their Doctor to cut back on fluid intake should stick with that advice and consult with your Doctor if you feel you are dehydrated.

Here are the symptoms related to being dehydrated:

  • Headaches
  • High Blood Pressure (when the body is low on fluids, it compensates by increasing blood pressure)
  • Tiredness/Fatigue
  • Dizziness
  • Foggy or Hazy Thinking (hard to concentrate)
  • Heart Palpitations
  • Irritability/Easily Stressed
  • Kidney Pains
  • Weight Gain
  • Skin Rashes
  • Muscle Cramps (really dehydrated at this point)
  • Lack of sweat when exerting energy (severe sign)

Got Water!

Until next time.