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Herbs & Vitamins

Why use them? I run across opinions from the medical sector and "experts" who dismiss the use of supplements, normally with the statement that they're unnecessary when a balanced diet is consumed. I suppose that those ideas come from insufficient knowledge of agricultural practices. So where are my degrees? My clinical experience? Nonexistent. I'm a gardener, I'm a mom. But, think about this: Our bodies are composed of what we eat, our nutrients;in the same way a plant or animal food is composed of its nutrients. If foods are grown on selenium deficient soils, will they have enough selenium in them? Iodine deficient soils are known to cause problems, thus iodized salt. Modern farming uses depleted soils to grow crops, sometimes repeatedly the same ones, with the chemical additions of the "big three" - nitrogen, potassium, and potash. Additionally, many modern hybrids are raised for disease resistance or ease of handling. This doesn't translate into better nutrition. Herbal and vitamin supplementation of the best diet we can avail ourselves of just makes sense.



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Ginko Biloba and some words on Balancing One's Life

More on Gingko biloba: this definitely is a helpful herb and its effects ought to be considered. First, I understand it acts as a blood thinner- which might explain some of its helpfulness in the peripheral circulatory system. It also probably means you should be aware of other blood thinning products you might be using (like aspirin). Another, subjective, observation is that it has stimulant properties. So, I personally don't like to take it in the evening - sort of behaves like caffeine in my system.

In working on the pressures- a doctor suggested having a glucose tolerance test. If blood sugar imbalances are damaging tissues then many of the things which help a diabetic condition would also aid the eye and blood pressure to normalize.This is a confirmation to me to exercise,add supplemental selenium, and antioxidants. My weight is moderate at 125 lbs. and I really don't want to drop weight, but if you carry extra pounds, the additional exercise and some chromium picolinate can only help. People who need to lose weight should do it for themselves-your health is worth it!

Herbs and supplements are not a 'quick fix',so moderation and patience (the same qualities needed for all permanent life changes) will be necessary. The concept of homeostasis, picture a balance or stacking building blocks , means we adjust our system gradually.Here is as good a place as any to compare and contrast health philosophies. There is a place for the medical establishment and for self-help; the two have always coexisted along with the third, the spiritual factor. I have to believe doctors have always found it frustrating to shoulder the responsibility of prevention. It is up to an individual to do the actual exercise and common sense activities of eating, sleeping, etc. Doctors and hospitals seem best suited for emergency intervention - I definitely want them for injuries or a heart attack! But in daily situations , they are like very expensive personal trainers, if you have the money and the need, avail yourself. The rest of us are being priced out of the market; besides, it is very pleasant to experience a healthy lifestyle. That's the reason to use nutrition, herb, and fitness information.

I really have to throw one caveat in here: we cannot guarantee our own health and well-being. No doctor can, either. That's why there has always been the spiritual factor. You know the saying "Life happens" (and the variants thereof), well, despite our best laid plans the principle of entropy can manifest. .or lightning can strike...or...or..And in the meantime we can do what we can. For me, the spiritual factor is Jesus Christ, and I really don't want to hem and haw around yours if its different. I have a page on why I believe in Him, but ,for now,allow me to share one amazing fact. When I exercise for a couple of days, I easily lower my blood pressure points about five-ten; when I pray for maybe ten minutes the same effect occurs. Just thought I'd throw that in since it shows that dealing with the whole person (not just the body) is important.


 
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