In this issue:
October, thinking of getting onto that Spring clean so you will be able to enjoy all those outdoor summer activities? Well don't leave it any longer, unfortunately it seems many of us are really good at leaving things until the last minute or even until it's too late! Just do it!!
Migraines, the beast that virtually cripples thousands of New Zealanders every day and results in pain, nausea and an inability to function normally while trying to deal with a variety of symptoms.
The cause of migraines is often difficult to pinpoint and in fact the reality is likely that there are a number of triggers for an individual.
This could be the simple and common foods known as the 4 C's - cheese, chocolate, citrus and coffee - but could equally be a result of emotional stress and deficiencies of nutrients associated with vaso-constriction and the health of various body tissues.
From the research of data and 100's of case history's from Dr Marshall in Texas we know there is a combination of supplements that can be used with great effect for many sufferers. One of them was really stumbled upon by mistake (it wasn't really a mistake, but was certainly not originally developed for migraines) and has shown to be a way of preventing the occurence of Migraines by working at the level of integrity of the vein structure itself.
The product is called Invisi-Vein and is from the PRL range. this is an exceptional product for getting rid of varicose veins but to use as a preventative for migraines Dr Marshall has seen that a dose of 2 capsules taken at breakfast for a period of two months then reduced to 1 capsule daily works for possibly up to 80% of sufferers.
For those who are unfortunate enough to have the onset of a migraine then a different approach is warranted and the simple effective duo is a dose of Magnesium taken along with Vitamin B2 has also been highly effective in nipping the migraine in the bud. The dose required is dependent on your weight, but for most it means approx 100-300mg of magnesium and 200-300mg of Vitamin B2.
The products of choice are PRL Magnesium Glycinate which is available in 2 sizes and the PRL B2-ND.
We have them on special this month if you are one of the unfortunate migraine sufferers looking for a safe alternative to the ibuprofin/neurofen like products that often have some not so desirable side effects - particularly if used long term. Whatever your situation, I would suggest these are worth a try for at least a while to see how your system responds. Just imagine if you could get away from the gut damaging drugs!
Magnesium, how important is it? VERY!
Magnesium, we are all familiar with this one, it couples with calcium and is the most critical mineral required for the stability of your "electrical system". It is written in many texts and studies that Magnesium deficiency may THE most common deficiency, large numbers of the population(possibly 80%) do not eat even the basic RDI required. Apart from Egypt it seems that most of the soil used to grow our food is lacking in magnesium - even the foods traditionally high in magnesium.
The reasons for this widespread deficiency are many, but include poor diets, stress and drugs. Chemical fertilisers high in nitrates, phosphates and potassium deplete soil magnesium and then you have processing such as that of processing wheat to white flour which in itself removes 85% of the magnesium from the wheat.
If we look at a very typical diet and break down the calories of sugar(which has no magnesium), protein and fat(both lacking magnesium) we realise that it could be these groups make up 50-80% of the days intake. In addition, both fat and protein interfere with absorption of magnesium. So up to 80% of what is eaten has virtually no magnesium, is it any wonder we are not getting enough?
The range of stressors our body is subjected to includes thousands of chemical pollutants(in fact its not just tens of thousands of chemical pollutants but now in the hundreds of thousands!), on its own these are a major stress, affecting every aspect of our metabolism.
Another major problem is aluminum, used to wrap and cook foods, storage of beer and soft drinks, lining fruit drink containers not to mention anti-perspirants and most baking powder. Aluminum blocks normal magnesium functions.
So all of the above add to the overall stress reaction of our body - causing an increase of adrenalin and other hormones leading to an increase in the amount of magnesium excreted through the urine.
Electromagnetic pollution can also elicit the same response leading to a dumping of magnesium. And don't forget mental and emotional stress!
And here is the rub - if you are more "stressed" you will use more magnesium, and as you use more magnesium your body becomes more stressed - anxiety, irritability, anger, depression and mood swings are the tip of the iceberg of magnesium deficiency symptoms.
Symptoms associated with magnesium deficiency: (and these are just some of them)
And.....Some diseases associated with Magnesium deficiency:
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Products Highlights from www.maximumwellbeing.com
Magnesium GlycinateMagnesium Glycinate from PRL is a form of magnesium that is designed to enhance both absorption and intestinal tolerance.The superior absorption of this product combined with low digestive stress and high intestinal tolerance allows higher amounts to be absorbed without the typical loose stoll effect that is common. Yes, it still may loosen the bowel at a high dose, but at the standard dose this is very unlikely.
People who suffer from fatigue, sleeplessness, twitches, depression could all benefit from taking this supplement.
If you are eating plenty of green leafy vegetables such as spinach, silverbeet, broccoli, etc. this can increase the level of magnesium in your body...... but only as long as the soil has been cared for properly. In addition, legumes, nuts, dairy products, seafood, all could help in increasing the magnesium levels. Magnesium glycinate promotes smooth functioning of the heart, bones, increases immunity among other things.
The Benefits are:
Health snippets(International News)Omega 3 fatty acids may reduce Gum disease.
New research has found there may be a less expensive and safer method for the prevention and treatment of periodontitis.
Omega-3 fatty acid intake is inversely associated with periodontitis in the US population, according to research published in the Journal of the American Dietic Association.
The new study found that a moderate dietary intake of the omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids DHA (docosahexaenoic acid) and EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid) were associated with a decreased prevalence of periodontitis of up to 20 percent.
"To date, the treatment of periodontitis has primarily involved mechanical cleaning and local antibiotic application. Thus, a dietary therapy, if effective, might be a less expensive and safer method for the prevention and treatment of periodontitis," wrote the researchers, led by Dr Asghar Naqvi from Harvard Medical School.
"Our results also suggest that DHA ([in] doses recommended by the American Heart Association...) may be as or more potent in influencing periodontitis," they added.
The study was said to be the first to demonstrate an antibacterial activity of omega-3 fatty acids and their esters against oral pathogens.
Luckily for us we have just received new stock of the New Zealand Hoki Mega 3 fish oil. This great NZ product has been unavailable for a couple of months so its great to have it back. Protect your heart, joints and as it says above - gums with omega 3 fatty acids from fish oil.
US study: Is organic farming is more profitable?
Organic farming is known to be environmentally sustainable, but can it be economically sustainable, as well?
The answer is yes, according to new research in the Sept.-Oct. issue of Agronomy Journal. In an analysis of 18 years of crop yield and farm management data from a long-term University of Minnesota trial, organic crop rotation was consistently more profitable and carried less risk of low returns than conventional corn and soybean production, even when organic prime premiums were cut by half.
So don't let anyone tell you its not worth the hard work! We all win with more organic farms.
DEAL of the MONTH:
We have a heap of deals for the month of October.
Yours in good health,
Gary Beck, Naturopath,