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, January Issue Of Natural Alternatives
January 06, 2006
Natural Alternatives for Your Total Health


January 2006

Hello, and welcome to this edition of my Natural Alternatives Newsletter!

I am wishing you a healthy, happy and prosperous 2006!


I hope you will enjoy reading this issue.

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Nature is the Physician of all Disease ~ Hippocrates
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IN THIS ISSUE:

1) EAT MORE OF THESE FOODS FOR HEALTHY 2006

2) IMMUNE DEFICIENCY


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EAT MORE OF THESE FOODS FOR HEALTHY 2006

Don't start the new year on a negative note by focussing on what you can't eat until the holiday pounds are gone. Embrace what you know you should eat.

No surprise, the good list is loaded with fruits, vegetables, whole grains and lean protein that will fill you up, not out. Feeling satisfied is important as you go through cookie, eggnog and candy cane withdrawal.

These foods are touted to fight cancer, reduce cholesterol and prevent strokes. They may even make your coat shine.

Meet your new best buddies for 2006.

Mushrooms
Add these to sandwiches, soups and eggs whenever you can to boost your immune system.

Kiwi
The natural enzymes combat lots of ailments, including autoimmune diseases, allergies and cancer.

Apricots
With 600 different carotenoids, apricots offer a wealth of benefits including protecting eyes and preventing heart diseases. Some research shows they can help smokers give up cigarettes.

Dark chocolate
Contains flavanols that help boost the production of nitric oxide in blood vessels, lowering blood pressure and improving blood flow.

Onions
They can lower cholesterol, reduce inflammation and relieve congestion.

Cereal
Reach for whole grain with plenty of fiber to keep your colon healthy.

Tofu
Soy products are widely touted but one interesting theory is that menopausal women may benefit from soy as a supplement to estrogen replacement.

Corn
A fresh ear is loaded with thiamin, a B vitamin necessary to convert food to energy.

Steamed clams
Get yourself a dozen steamers and add a healthy dose of iron to your diet.

Green tea
Drink a warm, comforting cup of polyphenois, which may reduce heart disease, cancer and stroke risk.

Garlic
Sure, pungent garlic wards off vampires but it can do battle with cholesterol and blood pressure, too. Some research shows garlic may contain chemicals that kill cancer cells.

Extra-virgin olive oil
A heart-healthy fat that has anti-inflammatory capabilities.

Spices and herbs
Add flavour without calories, plus cancer-fighting antioxidants.

Sweet peppers
A good source of cancer-fighting antioxidants and other properties thought to stave off cataracts. Don't cook them to mush or you'll render them nearly powerless.

Pineapple
With plenty of manganese, this tropical fruit keeps bones strong, improves digestion and relieves cold symptoms.

Sources: "New Foods for Healing" by Selene Yeager and the editors of "Prevention" magazine (Bantam Books, 2003); "Power Food" by Janette Marshall (Lyons Press, 2003); "Newsweek"; and www.healthchecksystems.com


2) IMMUNE DEFICIENCY

The immune system protects the body from viruses, bacteria, fungi and other harmful organisms.

Toxins in the environment, in foods, poor diet and stress can also contribute to weakened immune-system. In this case your body is subject to fatigue and illness and can not fight infections.

Immune-system cells are produced by the thymus gland, the spleen and other organs. They are than carried through the body via the lymph vessels to the lymph nodes, which store these cells and help to create an effective barrier against infection.

Immune cells can be damaged by unstable oxygen molecules in the body called free radicals, which may be generated in dangerously high numbers by poor nutrition, X rays, alcohol, cigarette smoke and pollutants.

A balanced diet, rich in vitamins and minerals, provides the building blocks for healthy cells.

Vitamins such as C and E - known as antioxidants - stimulate immunity and protect against cancer by neutralizing free radicals. Vitamin A also helps strengthen the immune cell. The daily dose for vitamin A is 1,000 RE (1 carrot), 60 mg. for vitamin C (1 orange) and 8-10 mg. for vitamine E (2 tbsp. of vegetable oil).

Popular immune-system boosting herbal remedies are echinacea, Siberian ginseng, wild indigo, thuja and chamomile.

Deep breathing and fresh air replenish vital oxygen, regular exercise boosts oxygen intake and helps build cardiovascular and immune-system health.

The thymus gland is a nursery for immune-system cells that help fight infection. It is located in the upper part of the chest behind the breastbone. This organ shrinks as we grow older and its effectiveness gradually diminishes. To stimulate your thymus gland here is a quick and easy exercise: every morning tap on the middle of the breastbone with your fingers for 5 minutes.


PREVENTION IS BETTER THAN CURE!


Thank you for reading.


Livia
www.natural-health-and-healing.com
Brampton, Ontario, Canada


P.S. If you have a comment or suggestion, just reply to this e-mail. Your feedback is important to me.


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This newsletter is for educational purposes only. It is your right to educate yourself in health and medical knowledge, to seek helpful information and make use of it for your own benefit, and for that of your family. You are the one responsible for your health. You must educate yourself in order to make decisions in all health matters. My views and advices are not intended to be a substitute for conventional medicine, but simply a help you to make educated changes in order to help your body heal itself. If you have a medical condition or concern you should consult your physician.

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