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February Issue of Natural Alternatives
February 01, 2011

Natural Alternatives for Your Total Health


February 2011

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


I hope you will enjoy reading this issue.

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“The natural healing force within each one of us is the greatest force in getting well.” ~Hippocrates


IN THIS ISSUE:

1) 5 TOP SECRETS TO AVOID GETTING SICK BY DR. MERCOLA

2) HOW LACK OF SLEEP IMPACTS YOUR HEALTH

3) EFT (EMOTIONAL FREEDOM TECHNIQUE) 2011 WORLD SUMMIT


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1) 5 TOP SECRETS TO AVOID GETTING SICK BY DR. MERCOLA


1. Optimize Your Vitamin D

This takes the number one position for a reason: if you're vitamin-D-deficient, and many are, your immune system will not activate to do its job.

Vitamin D also functions in many different tissues and affects a large number of different diseases and health conditions. So far, scientists have found about 3,000 genes that are regulated by vitamin D.

Just one example of an important gene that vitamin D up-regulates is your ability to fight infections, including the flu. It produces over 200 antimicrobial peptides, the most important of which is cathelicidin, a naturally occurring broad-spectrum antibiotic. At least five studies show an inverse association between lower respiratory tract infections and vitamin D levels. That is, the higher your vitamin D level, the lower your risk of contracting colds, flu, and other respiratory tract infections.

Plus, studies have shown you can decrease your risk of cancer by MORE THAN HALF and lower your risk of many other common diseases -- like diabetes, heart disease, depression, hypertension and Alzheimer's disease -- simply by optimizing your vitamin D levels.


2. Optimize Your Insulin and Leptin Levels

Eating sugar and grains will increase your insulin level, which is one of the fastest ways to get sick and also experience premature aging. Leptin is another heavyweight hormone associated with disease and the aging process.

Like your insulin levels, if your leptin levels become elevated, your body systems will develop a resistance to this hormone, which will wreak havoc in your body.

Ron Rosedale, MD, who is one of the leading experts on leptin, does an excellent job of explaining the links between insulin, leptin, your weight and your overall health, and has done so in numerous articles posted on my site.

My nutrition plan, based on natural whole foods, is your first step toward optimizing your insulin and leptin levels and increasing your chances of living a longer, healthier life. The heart of my program is the elimination, or at the very least, drastic reduction of grains and sugar in your diet, while focusing on the foods that are right for your unique biochemistry.


3. Exercise

If you are exercising regularly, just as if your vitamin D levels are optimized, the likelihood of your acquiring an upper respiratory infection decreases quite dramatically, and studies have clearly shown this.

In one such study, staying active cut the risk of having a cold by 50 percent, and cut the severity of symptoms by 31 percent among those who did catch a cold. The researchers noted that each round of exercise may lead to a boost in circulating immune system cells that could help ward off a cold virus.

It's a well-known fact that exercise improves the circulation of immune cells in your blood. The job of these cells is to neutralize pathogens throughout your body. The better these cells circulate, the more efficient your immune system is at locating and defending against viruses and diseases trying to attack your body.

Upon reviewing 40 papers published between 2006 and 2010, researchers found that exercise reduces the risk of about two dozen health conditions, ranging from cancer and heart disease to type 2 diabetes, stroke, dementia and depression. Exercise also slows down the rate of aging itself, providing perhaps the closest example of a real life fountain of youth as we will ever find.

Since exercise has repeatedly been proven to benefit your immune system over the long haul, it's crucial to treat exercise like a drug that must be properly prescribed, monitored and maintained for you to enjoy the most benefits.

Essentially, you need to have a varied routine like the Peak Fitness program I now highly recommend. The Peak Fitness program includes:

Peak 8 exercises Conventional aerobics Strength training Core exercises Stretching


4. Eat Plenty of Raw Food

One of the most important aspects of a healthy diet that is frequently overlooked is the issue of eating your food uncooked, in its natural raw state.

Unfortunately, as you may be aware, over 90 percent of the food purchased by Americans is processed. And when you're consuming these kinds of denatured and chemically altered foods, it's no surprise we have an epidemic of chronic and degenerative diseases, not to mention way too many cases of colds and flu.

Ideally you'll want to eat as many foods as possible in their unprocessed state; typically organic, biodynamic foods that have been grown locally, and are therefore in season.

But even when you choose the best foods available you can destroy most of the nutrition if you cook them. I believe it's really wise to strive to get as much raw food in your diet as possible. I personally try to eat about 80 percent of my food raw, including raw eggs and organic, naturally raised meats.


5. Learn How to Effectively Cope With Stress

In my past experience treating patients with serious chronic illnesses, the vast majority have previous emotional stress that contributed to their problem. And for most of the serious illnesses, the trauma stems back to their childhood.

But according to at least one recent study, it doesn't take serious trauma to cause these changes. Even normal "everyday" emotional experiences can have a detrimental impact on your future health.

Emotional stressors can also predispose you to an infection while making cold symptoms worse. Finding ways to manage daily stress as well as your reactions to circumstances beyond your control will contribute to a strong and resilient immune system. My favorite tool for this is the Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT), a system that helps balance your body's subtle energies and repair emotional "short-circuits."

This is by no means an exhaustive list, but it does give you a general idea of how to live healthy and avoid getting sick. Other factors, like getting high-quality sleep and avoiding exposure to environmental toxins, are important too, but if you're looking for a few simple "secrets" to get started on today … start with those listed above.

Chances are that if you use them, you, too, will become one of the growing numbers of people who are using a healthful lifestyle to avoid getting sick.

Source: mercola.com


2) HOW LACK OF SLEEP IMPACTS YOUR HEALTH
By Dr. Mercola

Sleep is one of the great mysteries of life. Like gravity or the quantum field, we still don’t understand exactly why we sleep—although we are learning more about it every day.

We do know, however, that good sleep is one of the cornerstones of health.

Six to eight hours per night seems to be the optimal amount of sleep for most adults, and too much or too little can have adverse effects on your health.

Sleep deprivation is such a chronic condition these days that you might not even realize you suffer from it. Science has now established that a sleep deficit can have serious, far reaching effects on your health.

For example, interrupted or impaired sleep can:

Dramatically weaken your immune system
Accelerate tumor growth—tumors grow two to three times faster in laboratory animals with severe sleep dysfunctions
Cause a pre-diabetic state, making you feel hungry even if you’ve already eaten, which can wreak havoc on your weight
Seriously impair your memory; even a single night of poor sleep—meaning sleeping only 4 to 6 hours—can impact your ability to think clearly the next day
Impair your performance on physical or mental tasks, and decrease your problem solving ability

When your circadian rhythms are disrupted, your body produces less melatonin (a hormone AND an antioxidant) and has less ability to fight cancer, since melatonin helps suppress free radicals that can lead to cancer. This is why tumors grow faster when you sleep poorly.

Impaired sleep can also increase stress-related disorders, including:

Heart disease Stomach ulcers Constipation Mood disorders like depression

Sleep deprivation prematurely ages you by interfering with your growth hormone production, normally released by your pituitary gland during deep sleep (and during certain types of exercise, such as Peak Fitness Technique). Growth hormone helps you look and feel younger.

One study has even shown that people with chronic insomnia have a three times greater risk of dying from any cause.

Lost sleep is lost forever, and persistent lack of sleep has a cumulative effect when it comes to disrupting your health. Poor sleep can make your life miserable, as most of you probably know. The good news is, there are many natural techniques you can learn to restore your “sleep health.”

 


3) EFT (EMOTIONAL FREEDOM TECHNIQUE) 2011 WORLD SUMMIT

If you heard about EFT, probably don’t need to convince you that it works. You know it, I know it and the exciting thing is…the WORLD is starting to know it!

But even though you probably know how well tapping works, you might not realize just how powerful it can be in creating the life of your dreams.

I’m talking about being able to do, be and have anything and everything you want from life.

Whether it be financial abundance, or spiritual abundance or just plain ‘ole happiness.

This weird tapping technique CAN be the ticket to making all this happen.

Today, I want to share with you a video that shows you how to use tapping to create the life of your dreams.

It’s by Jack Canfield, co-creator of Chicken Soup for the Soul and featured expert in the hit film “The Secret.” You can see the video here:

F.R.E.E. Jack Canfield Video.


Above, I mentioned that this technique works on virtually anything. I know, sounds crazy, but the results are there. Here’s a partial list of what it’s been used effectively for:


Attracting What You Want in Life…
-Making More Money
-Attracting a New Relationship or Improving an Existing One
-Abundance/ Breaking through Limiting Beliefs
-Attracting Better Health
-Attracting a New Job
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Overcoming Emotional Issues such as...
-Trauma / Abuse
-PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder)
-Fears and Phobias
-Addictions and Obsessions
-Self-Esteem Issues
-Rage and Anger Management
-Depression
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Overcoming Health Issues such as…
-Pain Management
-Losing we*ght…
-Allergy Relief / Allergies
-Insomnia / Sleep Problems
-Asthma Relief
-Tension Headaches & Migraine Headache
-Vision Issues
-Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
-Diabetes / Neuropathy
-High (or Low) Blood Pressure
-Attention Deficit Disorders – ADD-ADHD
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Overcoming Fears, Addictions, and Obsessions
-Fear of Flying
-Fear of Speaking in Public
-Performance Anxiety in Sports, Theater and Music
-Claustrophobia
-Agoraphobia
-OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder)
And much more….

Impressive list isn’t it? Learn more from Jack Canfield Here.


PREVENTION IS BETTER THAN CURE!


Thank you for reading.


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


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