Friday, December 18, 2015

Old Time Jamaican Herbal Remedies

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Nothing soothes better than grandma’s old time remedies – for anything from insect bites to constipation. But how well do we remember these – since we don’t use most of them anymore. Let’s take a journey back in time to the good old days when “doctor mamma” was in charge.
Cerassee (Momordica Charantia)
cerasse Summertime was not only famous for sun, sea and fun but also for “washout”, especially administered at the end of summer when you were preparing to go back to school. Remember is nuff “kabba kabba” yu eat up during those long summer months. So, of course, now it is time to purge and a famous purgative was the cerassee plant, used because of its detoxifying properties. Cerasee, or Bitters, is also known to be a general-wellbeing tonic to purge the blood of its impurities, to internally cleanse the organs, to externally clean the skin, to ease menstrual cramps, to clear up urinary tract infections, to regulate the sugar content in the blood and to remove toxins from the body thus increasing energy and stamina. According to the book “Jamaican Herbs & Medicinal Plants and their Uses” by Mike Henry and K. Sean Harris, available through Things Jamaican stores, cerassee can also be cooked like other leafy vegetables. Other Cerassee products available through Things Jamaican include Cerassee soap and Cerassee Herbal Tea Bags.
Lemongrass (Cymbopogon citratus)
lemongrass Some of you may remember that as a child you were given Lemongrass tea the moment you started coughing or running a temperature. That was because Lemon/Fever grass has a citrus taste and fragrance and is given to relieve fevers, congestion, colds and coughs. It is also known to soothe the stomach, stop diarrhea and vomiting and relieve gas. In aromatherapy, persons may put a few leaves in a bathtub of water for a relaxing bath. Lemongrass is also a powerful natural insect repellant, the leaves of which can be crushed and rubbed directly on the skin. Things Jamaican carries a wide assortment of products locally made from Lemongrass which include Lemongrass (LG) soap, LG Lotion, LG Body Spritz, LG Shampoo & Conditioner and LG Hand Wash and Body Wash and Lemongrass Candles. There is also Lemongrass Herbal Tea.
Ginger (Zingiber Officinale)
Ginger (Zingiber Officinale) Child – “Grandma, mi belly hurting mi”, Grandma – “alright, let mi give yu some ginger tea”. Sounds familiar? Ginger is known for being a very good stomach ache remedy when beaten, boiled, sweetened and sipped hot. It sooths upset stomach and is great for treating nausea and gas. In Jamaica is it also common for persons to drink a hot ginger beer to “buss di gas”. According to authors Mike Henry and K. Sean Harris, “Ginger is an appetite stimulant and can be added to various dishes to make them more digestible” (p 21), hence its use in pork and curry dishes. Ginger also enhances the taste of many sweet treats carried by Things Jamaican and these include Coconut Drops, Gizzadas and Jackass Corn. Other ginger based products include Ginger soaps, Spa Jamaica’s Ginger Shower gel, Lotion, Body Scrubs and candles. Ginger Herbal Tea is also available.
Aloe Vera (Aloe Barbadensis)
Aloe Vera (Aloe Barbadensis) Another summertime favourite, which is still a favourite of many today, is Aloe Vera. This “wonder plant” is used for a myriad of health problems and conditions. One of the most common uses is that of a laxative, where the gel is blended with orange or other juice. Aloe Vera cleanses the stomach, intestines, colon and blood and is also great for controlling dandruff and soothes sunburn and other skin irritations. Pages 2 to 3 of the book “Jamaican Herbs & Medicinal Plants and their Uses” list other great uses of Aloe Vera. Aloe Vera is also used in the manufacture of soaps and other skin care products, due to its emollient properties. Among these are the Aloe & Noni soap, Cucumber & Aloe soap, 4oz Coffee Tanning oil and the exquisite Mystic Nature line which includes Organic Shampoo, Conditioner, Body Butter, Lotion and Night Cream, which can all be found in our Things Jamaican stores.
Castor Oil (Ricinus Communis)
Castor Oil (Ricinus Communis) Castor oil, the dreaded worm-out or wash-out, given to you right before back to school time to purge you of all the fruits and food you ate during the summer. A spoonful of this extremely unpleasant tasting oil and it was thought that all the “evils” of the stomach would be expelled. It is not however recommended to be taken internally in large quantities. In body care, it is used to relieve arthritis and other body aches and pains. A piece of cotton flannel can be saturated with castor oil and applied to the pain site, preferably with a hot water bottle. For dry scalp and dandruff problems, this oil can be heated and applied to the scalp and a plastic cap placed on the head for about 10 minutes. Things Jamaican retails Castor Oil in ½ oz, 2oz and 8oz sizes as well as the Castor Oil pack which contains a piece of cotton flannel, 8oz castor oil and hot water bottle. There is also Noni & Castor Oil soap.
Bizzy Tea (Kola Nut)
Bizzy Tea (Kola Nut) If it was ever suspected that something you ate was poisoning your body, grandma would immediately grab the Bissy/Kola Nut, grate it, boil it, sweeten it and then “drench” you with it. This “miracle medicine” is said to remove poison from the body, stop vomiting, relieve upset stomach, nausea, menstrual cramps, headaches, gout and controls diabetes. Things Jamaican retails the Caribbean Dreams Bissy Tea as well as the powdered form of Bissy.
Many, many more herbal remedies were and are still around. Many more herbs are also listed in the book “Jamaican Herbs & Medicinal Plants and their Uses” by Mike Henry and K. Sean Harris available through Things Jamaican stores.
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Monday, December 14, 2015

Diagnosing and Treating Vitamin B12 Deficiency

Reviewed by Brunilda Nazario, MD on July 23, 2015     
Are you getting enough vitamin B12? Many people don’t, and that deficiency can cause some serious problems.
Vitamin B12 does a lot of things for your body. It helps make your DNA and your red blood cells, for examples.
Since your body doesn't make vitamin B12, you'll need to get it from animal-based foods or from supplements, and it needs to be consumed on a regular basis.  Exactly how much you need and where you should get it from depends on things like your age, the diet you follow, your medical conditions, and in some cases what medications you take.
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Causes of Vitamin B12 Deficiency

Vitamin B12 deficiency can happen if you have certain conditions, such as:
You can also get vitamin B12 deficiency if you're a vegan (meaning you don't eat any animal products, including meat, milk, cheese, and eggs) or a vegetarian who doesn't eat enough eggs or dairy products to meet your vitamin B12 needs.
Babies born to mothers who are vegetarians may also not get enough vitamin B12. Vegans can take supplements containing vitamin B12 or by eating vitamin B12-fortified grains. 
The risk of B12 deficiency also increases with age.

Video .. A must see : Diagnosing and Treating Vitamin B12 Deficiency


Could a B12 vitamin deficiency be causing your depression, anxiety or even symptoms of psychosis? This important video shows results of a B12 deficiency and how it can negatively affect your physical and emotional health. We were shocked at the serious problems it can cause.
Note: The amount of B12 present in a healthy diet combined with most multi-vitamin or B-complex supplements may meet your basic needs. But: Get medical/nutritional advice from a professional before supplementing with mega-amounts of vitamin B12.  There can be serious side-effects.
Thanks to Trudy Scott who posted this video on Facebook.

Saturday, October 24, 2015

What Your Stool Is Telling You and 23 High Fiber Foods

When trying to figure out the significance of a symptom you may be having, it's helpful to think in terms of what's the most likely diagnosis and what's the most lethal. Hopefully they are not the same. For example, the most likely cause of red blood in the stool is hemorrhoids, but the most lethal is colon cancer.
Are Your Pee and Poop Normal?
Taking a close look at your stool can tell you a lot about what's going on in your intestines and can lead you to make the right changes to improve your digestive and overall health. If you know what to look for, it's like reading tea leaves! I tell my patients that if they pay close attention to what's going on in the bowl, they might not need my services.
Here's a guide to some of the most likely – and most lethal – conditions that can lead to changes in the shape, size, smell and shade of your stool.
Insufficient fiber in the diet, diverticulosis, bowel spasm or excessive straining are common causes of a change in stool shape. Diverticulosis causes pothole-like craters in the lining of the colon, as well as a narrowing of the internal diameter of the colon due to wall thickening. The result is narrow, pellet-like stools that often fall apart in the bowl and can be difficult to expel. Other associated symptoms of diverticulosis include a dull ache in the lower abdomen, a feeling of incomplete evacuation even though you may be having multiple bowel movements, and lots of gas and bloating. Endometriosis, uterine fibroids, masses in the abdomen or tumors in other organs, like the ovaries or bladder, can cause thin stools due to external compression of the colon. Colon cancer definitely needs to be excluded by a colonoscopy in anyone experiencing new onset of pencil-thin stools, which can occur as a tumor gets larger and grows inward, reducing the colonic diameter.
Size matters. Small, hard stools are typical in people eating a low-fiber Western diet, and are associated with a higher risk for ultimately developing diverticulosis and colon cancer. Constipation is often associated with small, difficult-to-pass stools, and people suffering from constipation-predominant irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) are particularly prone to having small stools. A high-fiber diet or regular use of a bulking agent like psyllium husk will lead to larger, softer stools in most people, making defecation easier. Even though a fiber-deficient diet is the most likely culprit, colon cancer is again on the list as most lethal.

Friday, September 18, 2015

11 Amazing Uses of Baking Soda: Miraculous Healing and Cleansing

 Written by Drew Canole

Radical Cancer Prevention And Possible Therapy For You Or Someone You Love. It’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month And We Wanted To Share With You A Blog On Fitlife That Has Almost Had 300k Shares So Far!
There is a reason so many people are passing this info onto the people they love, and we wanted to take this Saturday and extend upon what has already been posted and is spreading like a wild fire of love and vibrant energy Fitlifer.
If you’ve ever researched natural cures, holistic home remedies, or taken some health advice from your grandmother, chances are Apple Cider Vinegar, Lemon, Honey AND ALUMINUM FREE BAKING SODA was a popular ingredient in your discoveries.  From age old tricks to modern applications, baking soda, or Sodium Bicarbonate, has been touted as having miraculous uses both inside and outside of your die, and plenty of people seem to agree.  I’ve read manuscripts and lab logs covering this topic and now even our own blog and our community are asking me a TON of questions.
As we’ve discussed, baking soda is Sodium Bicarbonate (NaHCO3), and is created synthetically, and naturally by our planet, AND even in our bodies.  The ancient Egyptians used baking soda discovered at the bottoms of riverbeds to create glass and pottery.  The Romans used baking soda as a leavening agent in food.  The REAL magic takes place in our bodies.  Sodium Bicarbonate is a compound with an extremely high pH.  When mixed with an acid, carbon dioxide is released.  Why is that so special?  (keep reading.)
The Bicarbonate that our body produces (in our saliva, in our kidneys) is used to regulate the body’s pH.  My fellow Fitlifers, as juicing enthusiasts, and purveyors of health, happiness and the beautiful truth, by now you’ve learned, like me, the importance of keeping our bodies in an alkaline state.
“All normal cells have an absolute requirement for oxygen, but cancer cells can live without oxygen – a rule without exception. “Deprive a cell 35% of its oxygen for 48 hours and it may become cancerous.” – Biochemist Otto Heinrich Warburg
Dr. Warburg has made it clear that the root cause of cancer is oxygen deficiency, which creates an acidic state in the human body. Dr Warburg also discovered that cancer cells are anaerobic (do not breathe oxygen) and cannot survive in the presence of high levels of oxygen, as found in an alkaline state.

Hundreds of studies have concluded that having an acidic body can directly be responsible for thousands of serious diseases.  The list of these tragic ailments goes on forever, including serious afflictions such as kidney disease, metabolic acidosis, and many types of cancer.
So it only makes sense that a non-toxic compound with an extremely high pH has been used by natural healers and doctors alike, in conjunction with modern medicine, to prevent, treat, and sometimes REVERSE the tragic effects we experience in our toxic, acidic environments (I’m actually talking about our bodies.)
So I wanted to put together 11 powerful uses of baking soda.  Baking soda is non-toxic, but DO make sure you purchase the Aluminum free baking soda, and always consult your physician. (ALWAYS MAKE SURE IT’S ALUMINUM FREE)
Antacid for Heartburn – After eating too fast, or something spicy or acidic, our stomach acid can have unpredictable reactions, and splash up into our esophagus.  A teaspoon of baking soda in 250 ml of water can help neutralize and calm your heartburn.

Make a Bath Soak – I’ve said it a thousand times.  We are what we ABSORB.  A baking soda bath can help alkalize and detoxify your skin, and other areas of your body that you don’t pay much attention to.  You can mix about 5 tablespoons of baking soda into your full bath tub and enjoy a detoxifying soak.
Clean Baby Clothes – Several detergents contain heavy metals and other toxins.  The stain removing and odor fighting agents are often extremely acidic and harmful to human skin, especially toddlers and children.  Mix 1 tablespoon of baking soda with one cup of water and use to scrub out those beet juice stains!


Vegetable and Fruit Scrubbing – Even though we’ve talked about the benefits of shopping at organic farmers and markets, you still want to clean your fruits and vegetables before eating them.  Unless you enjoy soap flavored salads, I wouldn’t recommend soaping your produce.  You can scrub each vegetable or fruit with baking soda instead.
Deodorize Shoes – Instead of spraying air fresheners from poisonous aerosol cans into your shoes, enabling the soles of your feet to absorb harmful chemicals, you can sprinkle in some baking soda.  
Treat Bug Bites – Remember when we were kids and we’d run and play from sun-up to sun-down, and even beyond?  Remember when the older kids stayed out even later?  Like even AFTER the street lights came on?  Man, they were rebels.  They also got bit up like crazy by mosquitos, but they’d be out the next night just the same.  They knew something I didn’t:  they rubbed toothpaste on their insect bites. It was the baking soda inside that treated and reduced the itching.


Under-Arm Deodorant – I’ve talked about this before, but in case you haven’t heard, there are plenty of people “up-in-arms” (get it?) about the ingredients in their deodorant or anti-perspirants.   Harmful chemicals like aluminum have overwhelmingly been linked to cancer.  Try sprinkling some baking soda under there instead of clogging your pores with toxins.
Toothpaste – We talked about the horrific side effects of a lifelong fluoride poisoning.  You can bypass that tragedy by mixing 1 teaspoon of baking soda with 1 teaspoon of water and using as toothpaste.


Apple Cider Vinegar and Baking Soda Tonic – We’ve talked about the incredible benefits of RAW, ORGANIC apple cider vinegar, like regulating the probiotics in your gut, boosting immunity etc.  Mixing it with baking soda counter-acts the acidity of the ACV, making it easier on digestion.  Mix 1 tablespoon of ACV, with 1 teaspoon of baking soda, into 1 tall glass of water.
Spray on Garden Plants – There’s a ton of debate about pesticides and their harmful effects on us and our environment.  Well, there is no debate.  They are terrible.  There is, however, some debate about mold, worms, and other insects on our produce.  Should we “let them be” or find a non-toxic way to “take care of them?”  If you take the second route, baking soda may be helpful.  Dilute 4 teaspoons of baking soda with 1 gallon of water and gently mist onto your plants.  This will discourage bugs and fungi from invading your food.


PREVENT AND TREAT CANCER WITH A BAKING SODA & LEMON TONIC!  Yes, I said it, and NO, I don’t regret it.  The comments from the lovely, incredible, wonderful people in this community have been overwhelming.  
SEVERAL cancer survivors have commented on this very blog, and thousands around the world are sharing their incredible stories about the Good fight.  Patients everywhere, with the consent of their physicians, are warding off and destroying cancer with nutritious and alkalizing compounds like lemon and baking soda.  Several studies suggest that cancer can not thrive or even survive when our bodies are in the pH balance.  
Let’s keep it there, shall we?  Try mixing 1 teaspoon of baking soda with half a lemon into 8 ounces of purified water.  Drink this first thing in the morning like I do, and make it a part of your lifestyle.  I certainly noticed a change in my digestion, appetite, and general immunity after making this a habit.  
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Baking Soda and Lemon Juice Tonic
Prevent and treat cancer with Baking Soda and Lemon Juice Tonic! Patients everywhere, with the consent of their physicians, are warding off and destroying cancer with nutritious and alkalizing compounds like lemon and baking soda. Studies suggests that cancer can not thrive or even survive when our bodies are in the pH balance.
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda (ALUMINUM FREE)
  • Half a lemon
  • 8 ounces of purified water.
  1. Mix 1 teaspoon of baking soda with half a lemon into 8 ounces of purified water.
  2. Drink this first thing in the morning.
  3. Make it a part of your everyday morning routine.

In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness month, we would like to send a juicer to someone to help fight and prevent this disease.  Please leave a comment below if breast cancer has personally affected you, your life, or a loved one, and the Fitlife community will do it’s best to support and encourage you, and we will register you to win the juicer.

The winner of this week’s juicer is:

As we’ve talked about a million times, I’m not here telling you to ignore your doctor, but rather to provide some additional information on how to combine a nutritious diet with modern medicine, to give yourself the best fighting chance in preventing and treating this disease.  There are a TON more cleanses and detoxes that help us alkalize, purify and detoxify our body for optimum health and happiness within the Juice With Drew System.

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Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Six natural remedies for lowering blood pressure fast

High blood pressure is no longer just an affliction of the elderly, as more than one-third of young people between the ages of 16 and 34 are now said to suffer from some form of hypertension. And a recent study out of California revealed that, if left unchecked, this cardiovascular malady, even in its mild form, can lead to premature aging and brain damage

The conventional solution to this growing health epidemic is to simply take more blood pressure medications like angiotensin-receptor blockers, which have been scientifically linked to causing cancer and other serious health problems. But the alternative route, which should really just be called the common-sense route, is to eat more foods and herbs that naturally lower blood pressure without causing any harmful side effects.
Here are six natural and quick remedies that will help you keep your blood pressure in check, and avoid the long-term health pitfalls associated with prolonged hypertension:

1) Raw almonds. Eating just a handful of truly raw almonds every day can make a significant difference in keeping your blood pressure levels in check. A key component of the Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension Diet, also known as DASH, raw almonds are rich in monounsaturated fats, which have been scientifically proven to help lower blood cholesterol levels, reduce arterial inflammation, and ultimately lower blood pressure levels.

Even though they are high in fat and calories, almonds also help promote weight loss and the building of lean muscle mass, which means they naturally promote healthy circulation. When eaten in conjunction with other blood pressure-lowering nuts like walnuts, almonds are one of the most powerful cardiovascular “superfoods” available.

2) Cayenne pepper. Arguably one of the fastest foods to lower blood pressure, cayenne pepper is a powerful vasodilator, which means it helps expand blood vessels and improve blood flow. This effect naturally lowers blood pressure levels by increasing the rate at which blood flows throughout the circulatory system, which in turn takes some of the pressure off arterial walls.
Mixing one or two teaspoons of cayenne pepper in either warm water or tea with both honey and aloe vera is a powerful homemade remedy for alleviating hypertension. If this beverage is too spicy for your tastes, taking cayenne pepper capsule supplements is another great option for lowering blood pressure naturally.

3) Coconut water. Rich in potassium, electrolytes, and other important nutrients, coconut water has been shown to help significantly lower blood pressure levels in most of the people that drink it. A recent study published in the West Indian Medical Journal found that drinking coconut water helped 71 percent of participants achieve a significant reduction in systolic pressure, and 29 percent of participants achieve a significant reduction in diastolic pressure. The results were even more amplified when participants drank both coconut water and mauby, a tropical drink made from buckthorn tree bark.

4) Raw cacao. Rich in flavonoids and other anti-inflammatory nutrients, raw cacao is another food-based weapon against hypertension that you will want to keep readily stocked in your health arsenal. Not only do the flavonoids in cacao function as adaptogens to help the body better deal with stress, which is a common cause of hypertension, but they also help regulate stress hormone levels throughout the body, which play a critical role in blood pressure regulation.
Numerous studies have also found that cacao flavonoids demonstrably reduce blood pressure levels upon consumption, resulting in an average blood pressure reduction of 4.7/2.8 millimeters of mercury (mmHg). Cacao flavonoids also help protect the body against stroke and heart disease, which are commonly linked to high blood pressure.

5) Turmeric. Modern science is just barely hitting the tip of the iceberg concerning the superfood capacity of turmeric, also commonly known as curcumin. But one of the herb’s already known benefits concerns its abilities to significantly decrease inflammation throughout the body, which is a primary cause of high cholesterol and even high blood pressure. By actively reducing inflammation, turmeric helps improve cardiovascular function and maintain healthy blood flow.
When taken alongside non-irradiated black pepper, the primary active ingredient of which is piperine, turmeric is a powerhouse at loosening up blood vessels and clearing the buildup that often leads to high blood pressure. Turmeric is also a natural blood thinner, which is another way this powerful herb aids in the fight against hypertension.

6) Garlic. A 2010 study out of Australia found that garlic is another powerful food-based medicine that naturally lowers cholesterol levels and reduces blood pressure. Taking garlic tablets or capsule supplements is a great way to regularly consume the herb in high enough amounts to derive significant benefits.

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Sunday, September 6, 2015

Chinese Plant Compound Wipes Out Cancer in 40 Days, Says New Research

A little-known plant with a truly bizarre name is now making headlines as a cancer killer, with the compound of the plant vanishing tumors in mice with pancreatic cancer.
Known as the ‘thunder god vine’ or lei gong teng, the Chinese plant is actually integrated into Chinese medicine and has been used for ages in remedying a number of conditions including rheumatoid arthritis.
According to the new research out of the University of Minnesota’s Masonic Cancer Center, the thunder god plant compound led to no signs of tumors after a 40 day period — even after discontinuing the treatment. Published in the journal Science Translational Medicine and funded by the National Institutes of Health, even the scientists working on the project were stunned by the anti-cancer properties of the compound. Known to contain something known as triptolide, which has been identified as a cancer fighter in previous research, it is thought to be the key component that may be responsible for the anti-tumor capabilities.
Study leader and vice chairman of research at the Cancer Center explained to Bloomberg how he was blown away by the effects of the simple plant:
“This drug is just unbelievably potent in killing tumor cells,” he said.
And just like with numerous other powerful substances like turmeric and ginger, mainstream science is still slowly confirming what many traditional practitioners have known for their entire lives. This is, of course, due to the fact that there is simply no money for major corporations in researching the healing powers of natural herbs and compounds such as the compound found in the thunder god vine. Turmeric and ginger, for example, have been found to be amazing anti-cancer substances that are virtually free compared to expensive and dangerous cancer drugs.
Nevertheless, the Big Pharma sponsored corporate scientists have managed to ignore these spices as much as possible. In fact, they have even been caught time and time again faking thousands of studies to fraudulently demonstrate the supposed value of pharmaceutical drugs pushed by major pharma juggernauts — many of which are later forced to pay millions in fines which only slightly stack up against their billions in profits.
Profits that are threatened by the many real studies that were performed by scientists examining the rejeuvenating power of cheap ingredients like turmeric, which has been found by peer-reviewed research available on PubMed to positively influence over 590 conditions.
While it is great news that this study is bringing the beneficial effects of inexpensive and near-free plant compounds to light, the bad news is that the individuals responsible for the research are actually looking to create a pharmaceutical drug from the essential component triptolide. A drug that will seek FDA approval and ultimately be patented, nutritionally ruined, and sold for exorbitant amounts of cash. Instead, just get your hands on some thunder god vine for yourself.

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Saturday, August 29, 2015

Home Remedies for Addison’s Disease

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Some of the home remedies for Addison’s Disease include the use of ginger, licorice, ginseng, green tea, turmeric, ashwaghanda plant, reishi mushrooms, milk thistle extract, astragalus, and echinacea, as well as certain lifestyle changes and behaviors such as tai chi, meditation, and yoga.

Addison’s disease is a rare, hormone-related disease that affects your body’s ability to create and release cortisol and other adrenal hormones. It is also known as chronic adrenal deficiency, hypocorticolism, and hypoadrenalism. Since it is related to the hormones, it is considered an endocrinal condition, and unfortunately, there is no cure, simply lifetime treatment.
The majority of cases of Addison’s disease are auto-immune, meaning that the body’s own immune system destroys an essential part of the adrenal cortex, severely impairing the body’s ability to produce certain hormones. While supplemental hormone replacement therapy and regular cortisol tablets or hydrocortison/prednisone supplements can keep the condition at bay so you can live a somewhat normal life, people suffering from Addison’s disease will battle it for the rest of their life in some form, and must be particularly careful when suffering any illness, trauma, surgery, or something else which may affect the efficacy or general health of the body.


Symptoms of Addison’s Disease

Adrenal hormones are important for the body’s fight or flight response, as well as our general behavior and even out psychological function. For this reason, it is important to diagnose the disease at the earliest sign so proper treatment can be pursued, rather than waiting for the disease to turn into the more serious form of Addison’s crisis. To that end, we must understand the symptoms. Some of the precursors or most common symptoms of Addison’s disease are as follow.
  • fatigue, exhaustion, and weakness
  • light-headedness when standing
  • nausea, vomiting, diarrhea
  • headaches
  • sweating and fever
  • joint and muscle pain/weakness
  • anxiety, changes in mood, or personality shifts
If diagnosed properly, it can be managed, but many people do not recognize the symptoms until it is too late and the body has already been damaged in a serious way. Fortunately, there are some herbal and natural remedies to perform at home that can help if you are suffering from Addison’s disease.
However, Addison’s disease should not be taken lightly, and consultation with a doctor before beginning any herbal or natural treatments is highly recommended. There are effective pharmaceutical options, as well as supplements to boost your cortisol and adrenaline levels to their proper levels, thereby making the disease more tolerable. However, if the condition turns to Addison’s crisis, the body suffers from extremely low blood pressure and commonly falls into a coma. That is why treatment of this rare disease must be taken very seriously, and herbale or natural remedies should be seen as a supplementary or complementary solution.
Now, let’s look at some of the home remedies for Addison’s disease that many people turn to when suffering from this condition.

Home Remedies of Addison’s Disease

Ginger: Ginger is a useful herb to treat both the symptoms and the condition itself. It is a calming agent, and also soothes the intestinal issues and discomfort that so often accompany Addison’s disease. It stimulates bowel movements and also stops nausea. Ginger can be consumed in food as well as in the form of ginger tea. This is a common herbal elements of Addison’s disease treatment.

Tai Chi, Yoga, and Meditation: As mentioned, there are also certain lifestyle choices and changes that you can make to better arm yourself against the problem of Addison’s disease. Although some Western forms of medicine still object to the validity of acupuncture, yoga, tai chi, and meditation as legitimate forms of treatment, Addison’s disease is related to hormone production, and there have been numerous scientific studies linking these Eastern techniques to better mental health and stability, as well as a more balanced system, which includes the regulation of hormones. The personality effects that can come as a part of Addison’s disease can also be alleviated or lessened by things like meditation and yoga.

Ginseng and Borago: These two herbal elements have been suggested in a number of alternative studies for the treatment of Addison’s disease. Since they are closely related to supporting a healthy immune system, they can prevent the autoimmune attacks on the adrenal cortex that causes Addison’s disease in the first place. Any other types of immune-boosting elements in the diet, such as citrus fruits, or those foods that are high in antioxidants, can also help to slow or prevent the disease from getting any worse.

Green Tea: This powerful type of tea is used for many different herbal treatments, but it is known to regulate hormones and keep the body’s metabolism functioning properly. Furthermore, it helps to boost the immune system of the body, protecting it against autoimmune attacks.
Proper Diet and Exercise: Although this may seem like a natural solution, maintaining a proper diet and always keeping up your exercise is the best way to keep your body and your immune system in good shape. A balanced diet and keeping your body in shape will always boost your defenses against autoimmune diseases, and can also keep your hormones in proper balance so even if you are suffering from Addison’s disease, the effects shouldn’t be as severe. Diet and exercise should always be used as a complement to both traditional and medical treatments.

Turmeric and Reishi Mushrooms: In alternative healing of Addison’s disease, both of these foods have been known to help boost the strength of the immune system and increase hormone production, which counteracts the detrimental drop in hormone production that occurs as the adrenal cortex is attacked or weakened by autoimmune cells or other diseases that can cause Addison’s.

Astragalus, Milk Thistle, and Echinacea: These three herbal supplements can be taken or eaten in other forms in order to boost the body against the effects of Addison’s disease. Through a combination of hormonal boosting and immune system strength, these supplements can seriously help complement whatever treatment plan you are following for Addison’s Disease.

A Word of Caution: As mentioned above, there is no cure for Addison’s Disease, meaning that it is very important to seek medical attention and get onto a routine of treatment to maintain some normalcy in your life. Research is ongoing about more permanent solutions, but they are as yet unsuccessful. Therefore, all herbal and home remedies should be seen as supplemental, while regular hormonal boosting tablets or treatments are strongly suggested. Stay Healthy!


Sunday, August 16, 2015

Dried Herbs to Keep in Your Home

(NaturalNews) Acquire dried herbs to keep at home for minor cuts, bruises, headaches, colds and flu. Assemble a stock of home medicines and keep them with the usual selection of dressings, plasters and cotton balls to use for first aid in treating minor ailments. The more you use simple herbal cures, the easier it will become to treat minor sicknesses at home. Certain herbs taken in excess can be toxic so ensure dosage is correct.

Herbs for various ailments

Keep either dried herbs or their tinctures. Dried herbs should be kept for a year, at the longest, before being replaced. Keep them in clean, screw top glass jars and be sure to label them with the date and contents. Store tinctures in a dark glass bottle for up to three years. Tablets can be substituted and are useful when traveling.

Herbs useful for coughs, fever, sore throats and headaches

Angelica, echinacea, garlic, ginger and lavender are excellent herbs to keep on hand for fever, sore throats and cold symptoms. Echinacea is especially useful as an immune booster. Limeflowers and rosemary are useful herbs for tension headaches. Store dried mint, parsley and thyme to help alleviate coughs.

Herbs for rheumatic pain

Angelica, bay and parsley can be taken regularly to get relief from rheumatic pain. Lemon grass is helpful in treating arthritic conditions and rheumatism as it possesses anti-inflammatory and anti-spasmodic properties. Oil obtained from lemon grass can be used directly on painful joints.

Herbs for insect bites, skin rashes, cuts, bruises, blisters and other skin complaints

Keep basil and parsley for insect bites and stings. Skin rashes and diaper rash respond to herbs such as bay and elder. Comfrey soothes bites and sores. Calendula provides an excellent home-cure for cuts, grazes, minor skin complaints, bruises, blisters, diaper rash and other ailments such as athlete`s foot. Bay helps with skin rashes and bruises.

Herbs to store for digestive complaints, diarrhea and stomach aches

Marjoram is useful for diarrhea; both marjoram and thyme help with flatulence. Keep meadowsweet and ginger for acid indigestion. Stock up on mint for abdominal aches and pains. Sage is an excellent herb to use for gastritis and diarrhea.

Herbs to counter insomnia and fatigue

Valerian, mint, limeflower and lavender are herbs to keep for insomnia. Chamomile helps with fatigue. Kava is an herb that serves to calm and soothe people who suffer from the anxiety that can
keep them awake at night.

Herbs for nausea and morning sickness

Ginger helps with travel sickness and morning sickness. Keep fennel and peppermint for bouts of nausea.

Try to develop a general awareness of health. By preventing minor illnesses from developing into major ones, you will likely be able to avoid visits to your practitioner.


The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Healing Remedies, C. Normal Shealy, MD, PhD, pages 464 - 467, Published by Harper Collins, 2002 edition

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