Thursday, February 5, 2009

Becoming Healthy Through Knowledge....

After going through something that was life threatening...I decided, instead of being scared, helpless and angry...I would use that energy to learn how to take better care of myself and my family...I started exercising...(Not to be skinny, but to feel good again...I had never once exercised to feel good...It used to be to look good in my bathing suit or that little black dress)...I started learning on how to eat better...And started studying up on natural alternatives to vitamins and minerals, massage therapy, mediation and being more spiritual and grateful for the life I have.... I may not be able to control what happens in my life...But I can control what I consume and how I manage my life style...And a lot of times that can reverse illnesses or health issues...Here is a story I want to share....My Sister has been battling an autoimmune disorder....RA...I have listened to her cry with agonizing pain...not being able to use her hands for simple daily tasks, not even being able to wear her shoes....sometimes even walk...It stripped her young life away from her and her family...She was on all kinds of medicines that made her even more sick and depressed...Finally, her Dr. told her about his wife...His wife was suffering from RA, as well...She had stopped taking the meds and started taking Omega XL... a supplement...Her life has been transformed...She is dancing, wearing high heels and this past Christmas, had volunteered to wrap Christmas gifts!...So, My Sister started taking Omega XL two weeks ago...I talk to her every day...She is walking (with shoes...:)..) about two mile every day, has a lot of energy, and most of her pain has diminished! I love to hear how happy she is! And her husband is taking it, too! He is feeling fabulous! Omega XL is for anyone! I am so excited...because I will be getting my Omega XL today...a gift from my Sister :)...She thinks it will help me feel better...I hope to feel as good as her!

Screaming Meme's Vitamin & Nutrient Knowledge...

I have been studying about vitamins and what they are used for...Here is a list of vitamins and their benefits...and what foods have them...naturally!

If a vitamin doesn't break down within 20-30 will bypass the first part of the small intestines, where most of our nutrients are absorbed...To see how well your vitamin is being absorbed...drop it in a glass of vinegar...If it doesn't break down...try another brand!

Omega Fatty Acids-We have all been hearing the benefits of Omega Fatty Acids (EFA's) and omega-6 fatty acids play a crucial role in brain function, as well as normal growth and development...stimulating skin and hair growth, maintaining bone health, regulating metabolism, and maintaining reproductive capability. Deficiencies in EFAs can lead to reduced growth, a scaly rash called dermatitis, infertility, and lack of ability to fight infection and heal wounds...

More on Omega XL (what my Sister is taking)... ....
Here are a few things that it helps....
Crohn's Disease
Heart Disease
High Cholesterol
High Blood Pressure
Menstrual Pain
Multiple Sclerosis
Periodontal Disease
Raynaud's Disease
Rheumatoid Arthritis
Though it helps this illness...It can be taken just to feel good....

Niacin (also called vitamin B3)...Niacin helps the body turn food into energy. It helps maintain healthy skin and is important for nerve function. You'll find niacin in red meat, poultry, fish, fortified hot and cold cereals, and peanuts, mushrooms, bran.

Thiamin (also called vitamin B1)...Thiamin helps the body convert carbohydrates into energy and is necessary for the heart, muscles, and nervous system to function properly. People get thiamin from many different foods, including fortified breads, cereals, and pasta; meat and fish; dried beans, soy foods, and peas; and whole grains like wheat germ, sunflower seeds...

Pantothenic Acid...(Vitamin B5)...

Converts food to molecular forms. Needed to manufacture adrenal hormones and chemicals that regulate nerve function.

Abundant in animal tissues, whole grain cereals and legumes.

Vitamin B6... is important for normal brain and nerve function. It also helps the body break down proteins and make red blood cells.
A wide variety of foods contain vitamin B6, including potatoes, bananas, beans, seeds, nuts, red meat, poultry, fish, eggs, broccoli, spinach, and fortified cereals.

Vitamin B12..... helps to make red blood cells, and is important for nerve cell function.
Vitamin B12 is found naturally in fish, red meat, poultry, milk, cheese, and eggs. It's also added to some breakfast cereals.

Riboflavin (also called vitamin B2)......
Riboflavin is essential for turning carbohydrates into energy and producing red blood cells. It is also important for vision.
Some of the best sources of riboflavin are meat, eggs, legumes (like peas and lentils), nuts, dairy products, green leafy vegetables, broccoli, asparagus, and fortified cereals, spinach, enriched Noodles, mushrooms.

Folate (also known as vitamin B9, folic acid, or folacin).....
Folate helps the body make red blood cells. It is also needed to make DNA.
Dried beans and other legumes, green leafy vegetables, asparagus, oranges and other citrus fruits, and poultry are good sources of this vitamin. So are fortified or enriched bread, noodles, and cereals.

Vitamin E.... is an antioxidant and helps protect cells from damage. It is also important for the health of red blood cells.
Vitamin E is found in many foods, such as vegetable oils, nuts, and green leafy vegetables. Avocados, wheat germ, and whole grains, Corn or Cottonseed Oil, Butter, Brown Rice, Soybean Oil.

Vitamin D....strengthens bones because it helps the body absorb bone-building calcium.
This vitamin is unique.... your body manufactures it when you get sunlight on your skin! You can also get vitamin D from egg yolks, fish oils, and fortified foods like milk.

Vitamin C (also called ascorbic acid)....
Vitamin C is needed to form collagen, a tissue that helps to hold cells together. It's essential for healthy bones, teeth, gums, and blood vessels. It helps the body absorb iron and calcium, aids in wound healing, and contributes to brain function.
You'll find high levels of vitamin C in red berries, kiwi, red and green bell peppers, tomatoes, broccoli, spinach, and juices made from guava, grapefruit, and orange.

Vitamin A prevents eye problems, promotes a healthy immune system, is essential for the growth and development of cells, and keeps skin healthy.
Good sources of vitamin A are milk, eggs, liver, fortified cereals, darkly colored orange or green vegetables (such as carrots, sweet potatoes, pumpkin, and kale), and orange fruits such as cantaloupe, apricots, peaches, papayas, and mangoes.

Calcium....Helps build strong bones and teeth. Promotes muscle and nerve function. Helps blood to clot. Helps activate enzymes needed to convert food to energy.
Milk, Yogurt, Cheese, Sardines, Broccoli, Turnip Greens.

Phosphorus....With calcium builds bones and teeth. Needed for metabolism, body chemistry, nerve and muscle function.
Chicken Breast, Milk, Lentils, Egg Yolks, Nuts, Cheese

Magnesium...Activates enzymes needed to release energy in body. Needed by cells for genetic material and bone growth....Spinach, Beef Greens, Broccoli, Tofu, Popcorn, Cashews, Wheat Bran

Helps maintain regular fluid balance. Needed for nerve and muscle function.
Peanuts, Bananas, Orange Juice, Green Beans, Mushrooms, Oranges, Broccoli, Sunflower Seeds.

Iron...Essential for making hemoglobin, the red substance in blood that acrries oxygen t
Liver, lean Meats, Kidney beans, enriched Bread, Raisins.Note: Oxalic acid in spinach hinders iron absorption.

Zinc....Necessary element in more than 100 enzymes that are essential to digestion and metabolism.
Oysters, Shrimp, Crab, Beef, Turkey, whole Grains, Peanuts, Beans.

Biotin....Needed for metabolism of glucose and formation of certain fatty acids. Essential for proper body chemistry.
Cheese, Egg, Yolk, Cauliflower, Peanut Butter

Vitamin K....Needed for normal blood clotting.
Green Vegetables, Liver, also made by intestinal bacteria.

Because of the potential for side effects and interactions with medications, dietary supplements should be taken only under the supervision of a knowledgeable healthcare provider.

1 comment:

  1. That is great they are both feeling better. My mom has had RA since I was just 6 yrs old. Dad & grandma came down with it to. Tell your sister to also do a parasite cleanse. Go to


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