It is my intention to get into the shape I have longed to be in for so many years, I want a six pack, I want strong able arms, I want to be able to bend in any way the music or the wind inspires me to, so I will work, and I will work hard, I have tried so many times but things always got in the way, I need to find the will power to make it through anything that comes up, I think this will be a huge step towards my happiness. I want to move without restriction, I want to be confident about how others see me, I want the beautiful soul that’s inside me to be able to be seen from the outside!

Embodying what you speak of(though i would like to have a bit more flexibility) I will admit, it does wonders to my self image. But i’ve realized, some days i don’t feel comfortable with myself, and my outer image does not help my inner. What i’m saying is that just your outer image is not going to bring you that happiness. I’m sure you realize that, as you said step toward happiness. My thoughts are FULLY with you, because our bodies are meant to be kept in shape. As martha would say,”it’s a good thing.” But I would like to mention that you must work on your inner self as much (if not more) as you work on your outer self. Best of wishes. Eat right and exercise. Your thoughts affect your outer appearance as much as your actions do. Visualize yourself as you would like to be. Have a concrete picture in your mind as you would like to be. Write down your stats if you must. but make it concrete. Keep your discipline as well! Otherwise you will fall back into the same pattern. Create a new pattern for yourself. Golden crane, here i come.(lol) — Asher

What a wonderful intention !! I join you on this one! (tho I don’t want a six pack) :) As we’re going to carry these ‘earthsuits’ with us everywhere we go — we might as well have them be beautiful reflections of our Spirits!!
May I suggest – change the “want” and “need” to more present statements …

According to the Law of Attraction, as you say I CAN MOVE WITHOUT RESTRICTION, I AM CONFIDENT ABOUT HOW OTHERS SEE ME, MY BEAUTIFUL SOUL IS SEEN FROM THE OUTSIDE … then everything you need to manifest this in your life will present itself to you.

I KNOW these things are true for you –Angelica

Grats on taking the first step towards health! First: Just making the decision to make a change is a huge step. One can change from the outside in or from the inside out, both are viable and smart to do and in working to get in shape you’re doing both! Here are my insights on exercise and health and such, I hope you find them helpful:

-Drink lots of water. I’m talking a half a gallon or a gallon a day. (The easiest way to do it is to get some Crystal light from the grocery store, mix it into a half gallon pitcher then pour that pitcher into two 1-quart water bottles. They’ll go down easy!)
-Find an exercise plan that is fun first and intense second. I, for one, am addicted to Dance Dance Revolution. It’s always interesting and it’ll help you with that moving to the music that you’re looking to do.
-Eat lots of protein, about 1g/lb of body weight. It’ll help you build muscle, reduce your daily caloric intake and give you a steady source of energy through out the day.
-Get a George Foreman grill. These things are sweeeet! and they make it so much easier to eat healthy.
-Go to this website –> then click on super site. You’ll find articles to get you on track and forums to keep you on track.

My last piece of advice is hardly appropriate but I’d feel remiss if I didn’t mention it: I used to have a problem with my weight (Hovering between 215lbs and 230lbs) until I started on Prozac. Since I started I’ve dropped to a pretty steady 185lbs-190lbs. While it’s not a great idea to start on a psychotropic drug purely for the aesthetic benefits should you already be on one or need one there are a lot out there that can help you out. But I’ll repeat: Don’t start meds *just* to lose weight.

We’re all in this for you. I’m pretty well versed in sports nutrition (I think), so if you need any help setting up a diet/supplement plan give me a holler and I’ll see what I can pull out of my hat. :)


I love to play DDR, though I don’t have a version at home and I doubt my lower neighbors would appreciate my stomping on the floor, and I don’t have the money to go to the arcade and play it often, but every once in a while I’ll drive about 40 minutes out of my way to play Pump it up, it’s like DDR but every where that DDR doesn’t have an arrow, Pump it up does… I prefer it as it makes for smoother dancing, I used to play it for hours straight back in college (the days I was in shape)

thanks a lot for your advice though, I do need to drink more water, I tell myself that all the time, but it’s hard for me to have it with me, I tend to be “too busy” to get a drink…

but I’m working on it! 😀

In 1991, the National Cancer Institute (NCI) launched a program the 5-A-Day for Better Health Campaign that still continues today however it has been re-named and redesigned to fit the ever changing needs of our society. Today, the campaign is now referred to as Fruits & Veggies-More Matters campaign.

The 5-A-Day campaign (Fruits and Veggies-More Matters) will help you understand how many fruits and vegetables are recommended for you based on your age, gender, and physical activity levels. It also has some wonderful recipes and tips on increasing your fruit and vegetable consumption.


The intent and main objective of this important 5-A-Day campaign is to increase awareness of the importance of eating at least five a day(5 fruits and vegetables a day)if not more everyday for better health! There is a great deal of evidence that links a diet high in fruit and vegetable consumption with better health.

Because of all this research, The United States Department of Agriculture(USDA) and the Department of Health and Human Services Centers of Disease Control(CDC)recommends that we consume between 7-13 servings of fruits and vegetables per day. The latest statistics show that less than 17% of US adults are reaching 5-A-Day and less than 11% consume at least 3 servings of fruit a day. This has obviously had a negative impact on our health as a society.

Fruits and vegetables obviously contain essential vitamins, minerals, and fiber that may help protect you from chronic diseases. Compared with people who consume a diet with only small amounts of fruits and vegetables, those who eat more generous amounts as part of a healthful diet are likely to have reduced risk of chronic diseases, including stroke and perhaps other cardiovascular diseases, and certain cancers.

When it comes to eating more fruits and vegetables it’s true that more matters but so does a insuring a balance of variety and color in our diets. No single fruit or vegetable provides all of the nutrients you need to be healthy. However, today one of the most raved about fruits, the acai berry, has gotten a lot of attention for its variety of health benefits.

Consuming fruits and veggies of many different colors gives our bodies the wide range of nutrients, vitamins, and minerals that we need. It is all about variety when it comes to reaping the benefits of fruits and vegetables. We all get stuck in a rut of eating the same color and same type of fruits and veggies which is ok but adding color to your plate is important as well!

RED Fruits and Vegetables are colored by natural planet pigments 5adaycalled “lycopene” or “anthocyanins.” Tomatoes, watermelon, and pink grapefruit all contain high amounts of lycopene which can help reduce our risk of several types of cancers, especially prostate cancer. Anthocyanins found in red grapes, raspberries, and strawberries, and other red colored vegetables act as a powerful antioxidant that help protect our cells from harmful damage. Examples of red fruits and vegetables include cranberries, cherries, beets, rhubarb, strawberries, radishes, red peppers, and red apples.

Orange and yellow fruits and vegetables are known for their “carotenoids.” Research indicates that these groups are beneficial in preventing risk of heart disease, cancer, and can help improve our immune system’s performance. Beta-carotene, found in carrots and sweet potatoes can also help with keeping our eye health at it’s best. Examples of these include yellow apples, butternut squash, grapefruit, papayas, pears, peaches, cantaloupe, nectarines, sweet corn, and persimmons.

The green category of fruits and vegetables include a pigment called “chlorophyll.” Some green fruits and vegetables including spinach, dark leafy greens, green peppers, peas, cucumbers, celery contain lutein which helps to protect our eye health and of course certain types of cancer. Examples include green apples, artichokes, kiwi, green peppers, zucchini, honeydew melon, and peas.

Blue and/or purple fruits and vegetables, like red fruits contain fruit “anthocyanins.” Found in blueberries, acai berries, grapes and and blueberries are powerful antioxidants that help reduce inflammation in our body as well as protect our bodies from cell damage caused by free radicals. Examples include figs, eggplant, purple grapes, acai berries, and juneberries!

White fruits and vegetables are colored by “anthoxanthins” which are known for their help in lowering cholesterol, blood pressure, and may even reduce risk of stomach cancer and heart disease. Some white fruits and vegetables including potatoes, bananas, are good sources of potassium as well. This group includes cauliflower, parsnips, potatoes, jicama, mushrooms, and onions.

Tips for Consuming 5-A-Day Everyday!

Consuming at least 5-A-Day servings of fruit and vegetables can be easy following these simple tips to help you consume more antioxidants. If you want more information on the 5-A-Day campaign or other ways that you can increase your antioxidants and protect yourself from diseases, please contact me!

1. Add vegetables to soups and casseroles for added nutrient value.

2. Add vegetables such as lettuce, tomatoes, shredded carrots to sandwiches or pizzas. Stir-fry is also a great way to make sure you are getting a wide variety of color in your diet.

3. Keep a bowl of apples, bananas or grapes on the dinner table for increased convenience. The more you can see them the better chance you will eat them.

4. When you purchase fruits and vegetables from the supermarket be sure to wash, cut and prepare them right away. This will help you reduce waste and increase your chances of eating them.

5. Drink antioxidant packed juices but be sure to only consume products that contain 100% fruit juice. Most juices today are filled with sugar and extra calories. Did you know that the acai berry ranks the highest in antioxidants compared to any other fruit and vegetable on the planet?

6. Keep dried fruit in your office desk to help you curb cravings throughout your work day.

7. Instead of high caloric desserts choose fruit and top with your favorite low calorie cool whip or pudding for extra taste.

8. Keep low-fat/calorie dips around to increase flavor for fruits and vegetables.

9. Instead of fries or onions rings for your side dish, pick a healthy lettuce salad for dinner or lunch.

10. Try filling you place with as much color as you can with vegetables or fruit at each meal. Then add the main course such as chicken, meat, or potatoes.

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For more than a century and a quarter Nurse Anesthetists have been providing anesthetic care to patients in the United States of America. A Registered Nurse who has undergone advanced and specialized training in the administration of anesthesia is called a Nurse Anesthetist. They are Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists. Over the years it is seen that Nurse Anesthetists are the most highly paid among all other categories of specialized Nurses with their average reported salary being in the range of $140,000.

History Of Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists
They are the first of the “nursing specialty groups” and have been working as administrators of anesthesia in the United States for more than a hundred and twenty five years. The first nurse to provide anesthesia to patients was Catherine S. Lawrence during the Civil War in 1861. As resident anesthesia physicians did not exist in the early days, many physicians attended these courses to learn anesthesia. Ms. Alice Magaw is often called the “Mother of Anesthesia”. She was the one who set up a showcase for anesthesia in surgery that attracted many students in the U.S. of America.

After gaining immense popularity, this branch of nursing was formalized as a specialty on June 17, 1931 and the American Association for Nurse Anesthetists (AANA) was organized and conducted by Agatha Hodgins in 1923 with over 28,000 members. The main goal of this organization were to establish a national qualifying examination and an accreditation program for nurse anesthesia schools. The 1st National Certification Exams were held on June 4, 1945 and ninety two candidates sat for the exam.

Scope for Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNA)
Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists now practice in all 50 States of America and the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. They are independent licensed practitioners. Some degree of supervision is maintained by some States but this also varies depending the laws of the individual States. State laws do not lay down any aspect of the practice but only in relation to the extent of supervision with the anesthesiologist or the surgeon. Restrictions, if any, placed on the Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists are purely in the realm of the particular hospital’s credentialing process and the Department of Anesthesia’s guidelines. These privileges depend on prior training, experience and certification.

The Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist’s practice includes duties in traditional hospitals, nursing homes, physician’s clinics and even in solo practices. They also play a role in the Veterans Administration (VA), public and military health care. They also form a part of an Anesthesia Care Team.

Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists can administer anesthesia in all kinds of surgical cases involving either general, regional, spinal, local and for sedation. Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists are gaining more acceptance in developing and underdeveloped countries where there is a dearth of Anesthesiologists or where they are very expensive. As such the International Federation of Nurse Anesthetists (IFNA) was established in 1989 to look after the interests of nurse anesthetists all over the world. The organization has also been instrumental in developing standards of training, practice and code of ethics.

Requirements For A Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist
The education and experience required for qualifying as a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist comprise of the following:
o Current license as a Registered Nurse
o A minimum of a years experience in a Intensive Care Unit
o A Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing (BSN) or an equivalent Baccalaureate degree
o A Master’s degree from an accredited nurse anesthesia educational program
o A National Certification Examination that has to be cleared once graduation is complete.

As a continuing medical education process, Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists must obtain a minimum of 40 hours of additional training every two years documenting extensive practice in anesthesia, maintaining State license and also certifying that they have not acquired any condition that precludes them from the practice of anesthesia.

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There are numerous reasons for making isometrics your exercise of choice. There is no equipment necessary for an isometric workout. This reduces the risk of injury linked to weights or other gym machines. Because there is no need for equipment, there are no worries associated with storing said equipment, and the money saved is also a huge advantage.

People of any age can do these exercises since there are no complex steps. They are as simple as contracting a muscle and holding that contraction for 10-15 seconds. Even those with disabilities are able to make use of these exercises. Isometrics is often prescribed as part of injury rehabilitation programs. The exercises can be performed close to the injury while still avoiding it, promoting more rapid healing.

An isometric workout takes far less time and can be done wherever the person happens to be- the car, at work, or watching TV. This is especially beneficial to those who find it difficult to set aside 30-60 minutes each day for exercise. These short little bursts of exercise are certainly beneficial and can be the difference between enough exercise or none. For those who can find the time, longer sessions have been found to improve digestion and lower cholesterol.

Isometrics increase metabolism, and who among us wouldn’t benefit from that? Lean muscle tissue is built while excess fat is burned. Lean muscle requires more calories to sustain than does fat.

Isometric exercise is one of the few activities that we can take along into advanced age. A definite advantage to this is that isometrics will improve bone density and protect against osteoporosis.

Combining isometrics with weight training and a healthy diet is an excellent combination for overall body health.

Q: Hi, have you heard of Mullen to treat post nasal drip? If so, do you have any feedback? I have had tonsil stones for about 6 years and even though I have not had one in about 2 months, I have post nasal drip which I think is affecting my breath. I went to an herbalist and he suggests mullein. Ill let you know the results. Thanks for this tip.

A: This advice seems quite sound and I agree! I am a final year undergrad student in molecular microbiology and so the lymphatic system is something I have learned a lot about. My lifestyle has gone down the tubes (little exercise, too much alcohol, stress) and I have began to see tonsil stones for the first time! I can easily conclude the relationship with alcohol and my stones, as they start to pop up after a few binge drinking days (which needs to stop for many other reasons apart from smelly stones!). This advice is great, and has only helped to motivate me. Your body will definitely be more likely to create smelly stones if your overall health is down, I am considering these my warning! Healthy diet and exercise for myself are not just an idea anymore, but a necessity to get rid of stink breath.

Q: Hi, just a quick question. I have constant bad breath and my ENT diagnosed allergic rhinitis and mentioned some “bacteria” on the tonsils. I have a lump in the back of my throat and post nasal but no such stones to speak of. Do you think it is a “diet” thing I need to change?

A: My personal experience is that once you start to eat healthier and engaging in more healthier activities such as yoga and tai chi, these problems start to go away. You harmonize your body with these activities and conditions like these heal.

I am quite paranoid that tonsil stones harbor a lot of nasty bacteria (and viruses?) (encapsulated in biofilm and/or mineral deposits?). I was wondering if you accidentally consumed one, i.e. eating something that caused it to dislodge and then swallowed it, could it spread infection elsewhere? Or make you sick to your stomach?

The Next:

Over the weekend I kept tasting cigarettes (I don’t smoke and haven’t done for over 10 years). I had it every now and then and then everything I drank tasted of them. After a weekend with a sore throat and earache I decided to investigate and found some stones in my left tonsil. I removed these immediately but since have had a funny taste in my mouth constantly. I am very conscious of it and am sure my breath must smell awful. Is this normal. It no longer tastes of cigarettes it is just disgusting. After reading how bad tonsil stones smell I did smell one (who could resist after reading that) and wonder if it is a bit psychological now! I have felt lumps again today but can’t see anything yet. I have made no changes to diet or exercise so assume it must be some kind of bacteria or virus being fought “ my son and husband recently had hand foot and mouth but I didn’t get it “ could it be that???

About 20 percent of newborns are affected by acne is known as neonatal acne baby. This is really a matter of great concern because no one wants their innocent and cute baby being affected by it. Let’s take a quick furtive glance on acne baby.

What causes acne Baby?

Acne vulgaris, occurs because the main activity of the sebaceous glands the glands that produce a large amount of excess oil. When this excessive oil production to cause skin rashes combined with the bacteria that cause acne and hair follicles, is an environment for acne breakout. However, the main cause of baby acne is that hormones that are passed from the mother during labor. These hormones excite the sebaceous glands in the baby and thus give in acne.

Baby acne is more pronounced when the child is upset or worried. The breakdown of acne can occur even when a little of milk is divided or used a coarse cloth on the baby. Do not wash the baby clothes with harsh detergents as this can we make the acne breakout.

Some facts about baby acne
Usually occurs when a baby is around four weeks of age and persists until the age of four months. May appear in the chin, forehead, cheeks and sometimes even in the back of the child. The condition is more common in male infants than female group.

Do not confuse baby acne with other skin disorders!
You also have to be careful not to confuse the acne on young children with allergy disorders or any other skin. Some babies have bumps on the face from the moment of birth, but which are missing after a few weeks, this type of skin disorder is called milia.

In addition, some babies are called eczema rashes. Therefore, the main thing is that you have to properly recognize whether it is really acne or allergies and just go for any type of medication. But even if an allergy is minor, you should try to get rid of it ASAP.

Treatment Acne in babies

Regarding the treatment options available, the best thing is patience, as in many cases baby acne goes away by itself alone without any medication. Apart from it, which should strictly do the following if your baby has acne:

1.Avoid wash the baby’s face and body with strong soaps.

2.Always use a mild soap or shampoo.

3.Also, do not wash your baby clothes with any detergent hard and avoid using that kind of clothes for the baby because they can cause rashes on the baby’s body.

4.You should also see that your child is not provoked or fussed as it could aggravate their condition.

5.And last but not least, meet the dermatologist and strictly follow their advice to treat acne. You can not afford to experiment with any of the counter products for your baby’s skin.

If you are on the stage of trying to figure out whether you are pregnant or not, the first step that you need to do is to find out what’s the best pregnancy test that you can get from the drugstores nearby. Indeed, it could be confusing for a woman to get a reliable and accurate pregnancy test since there are a lot of various tests that you can get around you. Among all these different tests that claim the accuracy and all, the question is, “what’s the best one”? Today, a lot of women are becoming too dependent on using a pregnancy test. Usually, they would conduct a home test before consulting their doctor. When doing this, it is important that you know what the best is first. These are usually over the counter pregnancy test.

A lot of women are agitated to know what’s the best test should they use. Do you think it is really needed and important to get the idea if what’s the best to buy? The answer is absolute a sounding YES! When a woman knows what’s the best one should she use, she does not need to be skeptic about the result anymore. This happens when a woman does a home test that gives her a negative result of faint line, however; when she goes to see her doctor, the result gives her a positive one. This case could cause a little risk especially if you only depend on the pregnancy test that you did. But if you know what’s the best pregnancy test should you use, there could be no more room for worries, anxieties and doubt.

If you are trying to find out what’s the best pregnancy test in town, definitely, you could be filled with confusion among many choices. The scope of discovering what’s the best pregnancy test is very wide. There are many factors affecting about what’s the best pregnancy test. What’s the best pregnancy test? It should be the type of a pregnancy test that can provide you with accurate pregnancy test results. Normally, these types of pregnancy tests would use your urine to detect if there is human chorionic gonadotropin or HCG hormone present in it. What’s the best pregnancy test? The best pregnancy test can easily detect the HCG present in urine thus; it gives you an accurate pregnancy result. It is also recommended that you will use the first urine in the morning since it is believed to be more concentrated.

The following are some helpful tips to figure out what’s the best pregnancy test. Check on the following below to know what’s the best test.

It should be the type of pregnancy test that is sensitive that it can even detect the lowest level in your urine or serum. So if you want to know the result as early as you like, then this must be good for you.
For those mums who have experiences miscarriage, they should use a type of pregnancy test that could ONLY detect the highest level of HCG
It should be the type of pregnancy test that can provide you with digital readout that says “pregnant” and “not pregnant”.
It should be the type of pregnancy test that could give you two lines on the window when HCG is detected.
It should be safe to use.
It should be doctor recommended.

Macrobiotics May Very Well Be the Self-Defense of Health in Our Toxic Overloaded Society

Our caveman ancestors spent the majority of the time in gathering and hunting food. Much more significant than locating a partner, food was consistently at the forefront of the thoughts. They considered it night and day, formulating strategies that would result in the most efficient hunt and planning it. We might call the caveman’s hunt for food obsessive compulsive, if he existed in our day.

Luckily, our ancestors were educated because if they were not none people could be here today. As a matteroffact, need ordered that some of the cavern-girls take an interest in the herbs and the foods which would assist in healing. Many people consider the familiarity with herbs was instinctual and genetic.

So, in the very start herbs were considered medicine, plus it was discovered that food might be employed to produce a desired effect. It did not take really miss our ancestors to determine that there was a varied diet prerequisite for good health. The one thing modern man has been doing is enhance it, and choose what our early ancestors already knew. Over time, occasionally by injury and by experience we’ve learned:

* Vitamin C prevents scurvy – sailors within the 18th century received lemon juice or lime
* In the 19th century Naturopaths brought focus on food and the way it enjoyed a component in nutritional treatment
* Fasting became known as a method to help the body cure itself
* Nutritional specialists started by using food interactions to treat particular conditions and signs,
* By the midst of the 20th century, Researchers assembled an inventory of minerals and proteins, carbohydrates, fats plus vitamins, which became known as essentials to health and life.
* More than 40 nutrients were found, including 13 vitamins
* It was discovered that minerals were wanted for healthy body function

From the 60s, Stanford chemistry professor Linus Pauling discussed making the best molecular environment within the brain by providing the right concentration of vitamins. He called this therapy orthomolecular medicine, and doctors started to treat patients with nutritional supplements and special diets, in accordance with the individual’s need.

These doctors of orthomolecular medicine started to prescribe large doses of vitamins to fix nutritional deficiencies which they found were variables in a large number of mental and physical illnesses. From there nutrition therapy developed into a far more profound treatment that got into consideration the individual need, termed holistic health care.

Subsequently macrobiotics’ doctrine sprung into action, which will be a fundamental belief that everyone is entitled to become healthy enough to savor life to its fullest extent. The thought mainly comes from China and Tibet, where it’s thought that mankind is the main environment and cosmos, which as a result, through natural means we need to manage to live life to its complete potential, helped by a diet which encourages physical, mental, psychological and spiritual health.

Now, we’ve begun to accept the idea that exhaustion, susceptibility to skin ailments, colds and other viruses, lethargy and other serious illnesses are only part of society and our stressful life. It’s become the standard of idea in our western society where food is abundant, where we’re overfed and undernourished but it generally devoid of any nutritional value.

The modern world has placed added burdens on our bodies which were completely unknown to early man. Some of these are:

* Pesticides
* Additives
* Hormones
* Depleted soil (minerals are not as rich, therefore food grown in the soil is not as nutritious)
* Animals which graze on depleted soil
* Alcohol
* Tobacco
* Drugs
* Stress
* Food manufacturers now add: colorants, flavors, preservatives, emulsifiers, antibiotics, growth promoters
* Environmental pollution…and well, the list could go on, but you get the point.

What the above means is that we need nutritional therapy more than we’ve ever needed it, and it needs to be a thoughtful choice, not something we leave to chance. We now have dozens of laboratory tests which can measure everything about a person’s body from sugar intolerance and blood levels of vitamins and minerals, to thyroid function and levels of insulin. In this case modern technology is on your side.

We can now be scientific, if we desire, on what we lack and what we need to do to get back on track. For instance, we know that research suggests that supplements can treat certain conditions. For instance neuralgia or carpal tunnel syndrome suggest a deficiency of the B-vitamins. Tyrosine, an amino acid has been very helpful in treating depression and anxiety.

The first thing a nutritional therapist will do is test for deficiencies of the following vitamins and minerals:

* Vitamin A (retinol, carotene), B1 thiamine, B2 riboflavin, B3 niacin, B5 pantothenic acid and B6 pyridoxine
* B12, folic acid and biotin
* Vitamin C and Vitamin D
* Vitamin E, vitamin F, Vitamin H and vitamin K
* Vitamin M, vitamin P and vitamins T and U
* Minerals, such as calcium, chlorine, chromium and copper
* Iodine, iron, magnesium and molybdenum
* Potassium, selenium, sodium, sulphur and zinc

A healthy diet is one where the food you eat contains all the nutrients needed by the body to grow, repair and to function normally on a day to day basis. A balanced diet, filled with variety is one that should give plenty of energy to function at the highest level, free from disease and malaise.

The Macrobiotic Philosophy is one where disease is prevented rather than treated, and where happiness can flourish rather than the preoccupation and fear over our state of health. It also helps to strengthen the immune system and enables you to maintain good health.

It was written thousands of years ago in the book Nei Ching: “it is hardest to treat someone who has become rebellious [sick]-a wise doctor helps those who are well and have not become rebellious.” It takes commitment and practice to consistently eat for health, but as Macrobiotic practitioners say “…when it becomes effortless and you are genuinely enjoying all the food you eat, then you have become macrobiotic.”

The richest sources of vitamins and minerals in food and herbs:

* Calcium (protects and builds bones and teeth, aids blood clotting and buffers acid in the stomach)
herbs – comfrey, licorice, manestail, oatstraw
foods – sesame seeds, seaweeds, kale, turnips, almonds, soybeans, dandelion leaves, hazelnuts, horseradish, honey, salmon

* Chromium (breaks down sugar for use in the body, helps deter diabetes , and helps maintain proper blood pressure)
foods – whole wheat bread, potatoes, spinach, spaghetti, bananas, haddock

* Copper (converts iron to hemoglobin, helps keep anemia at bay)
herbs – ephaedra
food – peaches, turnips

* Iron (aids growth, helps immune system, prevents fatigue, is essential in reproduction of hemoglobin)
herbs – red raspberry, yellow dock, kelp, nettle
foods – wheat and rice (bean and germ), brazil-nuts, greens, apples, grapes, walnuts, dill, dandelion leaves, pumpkin, squash, plums

* Manganese (needed for normal bone structure, important for thyroid gland’s hormone production, digestion)
herbs – comfrey, cramp bark , uva ursi, gravel root
foods – apples, peaches, rye, turnips, tea, whole meal, bread and avocados

* Magnesium (essential for nerve and muscle functioning, anti-stress and improves cardiovascular system)
herbs – alerian, kelp and dandelion
foods – whole wheat, whole oats, walnuts, almonds, rice, sorrel, rye, cashews, cabbage, okra, dill and oranges

* Phosphorus (formation of bones and teeth, nerve impulse transfer, assimilates niacin in every body cell)
herbs – yeast
foods – rice, wheat, squash, seeds, sesame seeds , brazil nuts , fish, kale, mustard, radishes and seafood

* Potassium (regulates body’s water balance , aids muscle function and disposes of body waste)
herbs – kelp, dulce, irish moss
foods – soybeans, bananas, cayenne pepper , artichokes, asparagus and tomatoes

* Selenium (anti-oxidant, slowing down aging, helps prostate gland, prevents skin conditions)
foods – wheat germ, bran, onions, broccoli, tomatoes, shellfish and tuna

* Sodium (needed for normal growth, aids in preventing sunstroke, helps nerves and muscles function but is excessive in most diets)
herbs – kelp, seaweed and marigold
foods – olives, dulse, apricots, currants, figs, dates, eggs, lentils, oats, red cabbage, strawberries, turnips, celery and cayenne pepper

* Sulfur (good for skin and hair, helps fight bacterial infection, aids the liver and is part of tissue building functions)
herbs – garlic, kelp, dandelion
foods – onion, sprouts, coconut, cucumber, garlic, figs, egg yolk, greens, kale, okra, parsnips, potatoes, strawberries, turnips and carrots

* Zinc (accelerates healing, prevents infertility, helps prostate, promotes growth and mental alertness)
herbs – red raspberries, alfalfa, uva ursi and slippery elm
foods – apricots, peaches, nectarines, oysters, wheat germ, coco, mustard seeds, brewers yeast, eggs and pumpkin seeds

* Vitamin A (helps with night blindness, helps with respiratory issues and promotes growth of teeth, hair and bones)
herbs – alfalfa, oatstraw
foods – carrots, asparagus, cayenned pepper, carrots, kale, spinach,sweet potatoes, apples, garlic, ginger, papaya and rye

* Vitamin B1 (thiamine – promotes growth, aids digestion, improves mental attitude, helps nervous system and prevents stress)
herbs – red clover and alfalfa
foods – rice, beans, wheat germ, sunflower seeds, apples, garlic, papaya, turnips, rye, peanuts, oatmeal and sesame seeds

* Vitamin B2 (riboflavin – aids growth and reproduction, promotes skin, hair and nail growth, helps eyesight)
herbs – alfalfa and red clover
foods – hot red chilis, wheat germ, millet, apples, garlic,ginger, rye, leafy green vegetables, fish, eggs, yeast, cheese, liver, kidney, almonds

* Vitamin B3 (niacin – essential for sex hormones, increases energy, aids nervous system, helps digestion and prevents migraines)
herbs – alfalfa, red clover
food – apples, garlic, ginger, onions, papaya, rye, turnips, wheat, parsley and watercress

* Vitamin B5 (panthothenic acid – heals wounds, fights infections, strengthens immune system and builds cells)
herbs – barberry
foods – rye, turnips, garlic, papayas and parsley

* Vitamin B12 (cobalamin – forms and regenerates red blood cells, increases energy, improves concentration, maintains nervous system)
herbs-alfalfa, comfrey and clover
foods-rye, sprouted seeds, legumes, eggs, kidney, liver and milk

* Vitamin B17 (amygdalin – shown to control cancer)
foods – apricots, peach seeds, apples, cherries, plums and nectarines

* Vitamin C (ascorbic acid – helps body to absorb calcium, helps form collagen, heals wounds and aids the immune system)
herbs – alfalfa, hawthorne and rosehips
foods – oranges, apples, watercress, garlic, onions, turnips, cayenne, sweet red pepper, walnuts, lemons, green leafy vegetables

* Vitamin D (prevents ricks, essential for calcium and phosphorus utilization, necessary for strong teeth and bones)
herbs – alfalfa and fenegreek
food – apples, watercress, fish liver oil, milk, salmon and herring

* Vitamin E (antioxidant, anticoagulant and anti-aging)
herbs – alfalfa, flaxseed
foods – apples, parsley, rye, wheat germ, whole wheat, broccoli and eggs


Have you ever thought of the question: Can you reuse a pregnancy test? Now, here comes the situation. You feel some of the common symptoms of pregnancy and the next thing that you want to do is to confirm your pregnancy. What should you do now? Generally, a woman would go to a nearest drugstore and purchase a home pregnancy test. Can you reuse it? When a woman does the test, the result may either be different and it might show the false positive pregnancy test or negative. After you get the satisfaction with the pregnancy result, then you just throw the used it away. If you have thought of picking up the pregnancy test that you have just thrown and ask yourself again the same question ” can you reuse a pregnancy test?” Then the answer is a big NO.

Can you reuse a pregnancy test?

If you are asking if can you reuse a pregnancy test even if the result is negative, then the answer for your question is a sounding NO. Whatever your reasons are for asking if can you reuse a pregnancy test after using it, the answer is always “no” and “never”. It is a general fact that a pregnancy use whether it is the most expensive one and the most accurate pregnancy test in the world is only used once. If you wonder if can you reuse a pregnancy test, then definitely not. Be guided more with the following questions:

When you use the pregnancy test, you pee on the pregnancy test stick to see the result after a while. The pregnancy gets dirty so there you can not reuse the pregnancy test anymore. When you pee on the stick, you usually use your first morning pee since it is believed to be more concentrated. Can you reuse a pregnancy test kit after peeing on it? The answer is definitely a big NO.

After you have used your pregnancy test stick and supposedly you have thrown it to the trash can already, however you still want to reconfirm the result and thought of picking the pregnancy test stick again and do the same process. You should know that whatever the result after reconfirming is never valid. So can you reuse a pregnancy test stick once more? The answer is NO.

It is never a good practice to pick any thing that you have thrown especially if you have tossed it in the trash can. A used pregnancy test stick is definitely dirty. Form the fact that you have peed on it when your first used it is already an indication that it is dirty. So can you reuse a pregnancy test after using it? The answer is NO.

A used pregnancy test stick never gives you an accurate pregnancy test result anymore. Once the result is given after the first attempt, you can never use the same pregnancy test stick anymore. Either it will not give you a result or even when it gives, it is no longer considered accurate at all. If you still doubt if can you reuse a pregnancy test stick after your first attempt of using the pregnancy test stick, then the answer that you should know is not and never.

The reading of a used pregnancy test will fade however it is not a good basis that you can reuse it again. Never can you reuse a pregnancy test again. The results are not reliable. Stop doubting if can you reuse a pregnancy test again because it is never possible.

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