Archive for June, 2008


Fibromyalgia

Monday, June 30th, 2008

Fibromyalgia is a condition that results in severe muscle pain. It affects soft tissues and connecting tissues and results in pain at various points of the body. People with fibromyalgia have trouble sleeping and this is often a cause of the condition. Due to lack of sleep, fibromyalgia sufferers are unable to get the rest required fro the body to repair and rejuvenate itself. Currently there is no known cure for fibromyalgia.

Symptoms of Fibromyalgia
                                                                                                 
The main symptom associated with fibromyalgia is pain in the muscles. This can also carry on to pains in the face, chest and abdomen. Patients may also experience skin tingling, menstrual pain and nerve pain. Other non-pain symptoms include mood changes, dry skin, eyes and mouth, dizziness, irritable bowel, memory problems and several other symptoms.

Treatment of Fibromyalgia 
                                                                                                 
Although there is no cure for fibromyalgia, there are relief measures that sufferers can take. Some people have seen good results with analgesics. Others use muscle relaxants or even anti-depressants as relief from the symptoms. It is important to note that all of these treatments are used to relieve symptoms rather than cure the illness.

It is vital that fibromyalgia patients get a good nights sleep. The sleeping environment needs to be attended to as a priority in the treatment of fibromyalgia as it is lack of sleep that is the major cause of the symptoms.

Ensure that the room you are sleeping in has some air flow and the temperature is comfortable. There should be no noises or light coming into the room at night time. This includes alarm clock lights and other small LED lights; all should be switched off at the mains. The patient must also have a very comfortable mattress and pillows. All of these measures may seem extreme, but they have the potential to help the symptoms of fibromyalgia if enough rest is achieved each night.

Fibromyalgia more commonly affects women with less then 20% of sufferers being men. The reason for this is unknown. Diagnosis of fibromyalgia is difficult as the symptoms are similar to many other disorders and there are no tests that can decide whether the patient has fibromyalgia. Generally a doctor will determine fibromyalgia when up to 18 points of tenderness on the body are confirmed after the patient has complained of a history of pain.

Scientists are constantly working on a cure for fibromyalgia but until then, patients should stick to a very healthy diet and do all they can to sleep well every night in order to let the body recover.

 

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The Benefits of Aloe Vera Juice

Sunday, June 29th, 2008

Aloe vera juice is taken from the aloe vera plant. Aloe vera is known to provide benefits to the human body including rejuvenation of the skin, but it can also have some positive effect on your insides too.

So what are the true benefits of aloe vera juice?

- Detoxes the body
- Cleanses the colon
- Clears the skin
- Assists with stomach and intestinal problems
- Helps with food digestion
- Increases energy
- Improves blood circulation
- May help with muscle and joint pain

Although there is no confirmed scientific evidence that aloe vera juice can cure any conditions, thousands and possibly millions of people worldwide have touted the benefits of it. The reason that aloe vera juice is so effective for a number of different symptoms and conditions is because of its contents. It contains a unique blend of vitamins and minerals including:

- Calcium
- B Vitamins (B1, B2, B3, B6)
- Vitamin C
- Silicone
- Sulfur
- Iron
- Copper
- Manganese

One of the main reasons people drink aloe vera juice is to detox the body. Detoxification allows your body to return to a normal functioning state by removing the many toxins and residue that builds up from the food we eat. Often the body does not eliminate all waste properly and after many years this can build up sufficiently enough to cause a number of health problems. It can contribute greatly to tiredness and lethargy and therefore after a detox, people feel increasingly energetic again.

It is important to detoxify the heavy metals in the body and this is achieved with the amino acids, serine threonine, molybdenum and methionine that make up aloe vera juice. In addition to the detox process, these ingredients may also assist in metabolism, thus preventing a fat build up in the arteries which if let untreated can lead to serious heart disease.

Aloe vera may be able to help in the formation of blood cells which fight infection, with the result being a better immune system. These are just some of the many benefits of aloe vera juice. Drinking it once or twice per day for two to three weeks will make a difference to your body.

SeaAloe is a great source of aloe vera juice, and also contains over 80 nutrients and all essential amino acids.

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Why Trace Minerals Are Important

Saturday, June 28th, 2008

 

Trace minerals are minerals that the body only needs a very small amount of. These include minerals like copper, iodine, cobalt, iron, manganese, zinc, selenium and fluoride.

 

Although it is not certain how much of each trace minerals the human body optimally requires, scientists are sure that we need at least a little bit of each. The term “trace minerals” simply means that the mineral is required in a trace amount.

So what exactly do all these trace minerals do?

Fluoride, as you may already know, is needed to protect teeth. This is why toothpastes contain fluoride. Cobalt is need for the biosynthesis of vitamin B12. Iodine helps biosynthesize thyroxine and selenium is needed for antioxidant proteins. Iron, the trace mineral we ear about most often, is needed for hemoglobin and other enzymes and proteins.

The human body needs around 2/3 of all elements found in nature. These are required for optimal health and it is ideal to maintain a balance of all elements including trace minerals.

Although it can be difficult tracking the intake of trace minerals, there are nutritional supplements available which can ensure you are getting all the required minerals each day, even if you do not ingest them with your food.

Because of the complexity of minerals and trace minerals it is estimated that up to 90% of people suffer from some sort of mineral imbalance or deficiency.

Due to the modern western diet of fast food and unhealthy snacks rather than fruit and vegetables, naturally ingested trace minerals are becoming rare. The only people who intake the minerals are those who eat vegetables and fruits as well as meat regularly. If you eat junk food then chances are you’re missing out on important vitamins and minerals and this can lead to serious health complications.

Trace minerals like iron are vital for the blood. Lack of iron may lead to anemia and even more severe blood diseases. Calcium is vital for bone strength and without it we are prone to arthritis and other diseases of the bone and joints.

The processes of the body can not function if there is a lack of required minerals. It’s like asking a car to run without gas; it’s simply not possible. If you feel you’re not getting the required daily dosage of trace minerals, as well as other vitamins and minerals, then consider a vitamins and minerals supplement like SeaAloe which makes keeping the balance easy.

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Why Minerals Are Vital For Good Health

Friday, June 27th, 2008

 

Vitamins and minerals provide the necessary fuel for the human body. Without them, we would not be able to digest food, grow, gain muscle and even stay alive. Therefore it’s obviously vital that we intake as close as possible to the optimum amount of vitamins and minerals on a daily basis. This can be difficult to do through food alone, so there are nutritional health supplements which can assist in your daily intake.

There are two types of minerals that the body requires.

These are macro minerals and trace minerals. Trace minerals are needed in very small amounts and macro minerals are required in slightly larger quantities. Macro minerals include phosphorus, calcium, potassium and others whilst trace minerals are iron, copper, zinc, iodine and other minerals required only in trace amounts.

So which foods provide these minerals?

Calcium is one most people are familiar with. This can be gained from dairy products like milk, eggs, cheese and yogurt. But it is also available in salmon, leafy green vegetables and foods that have been fortified with calcium such as cereals and juices. Calcium is needed for strong and healthy teeth and bones.

Iron is a vital mineral for humans. We need it for blood health and without it we can become anemic and susceptible to blood diseases. Iron rich foods include red meat, tuna, eggs, beans, potato, broccoli and other leafy greens, whole grains and dried fruits. Iron helps to transport oxygen from the lungs to the body by forming hemoglobin (oxygen carrying cells).

Another very important mineral is potassium. This affects the muscles and the nervous system. Potassium helps with water balance which in turn works with the muscles and body tissues to keep them healthy. Potassium rich foods include bananas, citrus fruits, legumes, tomatoes and potatoes.

Zinc is not a mineral that may sound helpful but it is. It is needed by the immune system to help fight infections and zinc also assists with cell growth and rejuvenation. Meat such as lamb, beef and pork all contain zinc as do beans, lentils and peas. That is why vegetarians are encouraged to substitute meat with legumes.

Macro minerals and trace minerals may be small but they have very big consequences on the body. Without them we would not survive so it is vital to take enough in through your diet and also to supplement what you are missing out on with a good quality vitamin and mineral supplement like SeaAloe.

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