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August Issue of Natural Alternatives
August 01, 2012

Natural Alternatives for Your Total Health


August 2012

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


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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) PLANT STEROLS FOR HIGH CHOLESTEROL

2) HEAL YOURSELF WITH QIGONG

3) THE 8 MOST NUTRIENT DENSE FOODS ON EARTH


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1) PLANT STEROLS FOR HIGH CHOLESTEROL
By Cathy Wong, About.com


Plant sterols are natural substances that may help fight high cholesterol. Sometimes referred to as "phytosterols," plant sterols are found in fruits, vegetables, nuts, and seeds. Chemically similar to cholesterol, plant sterols are also available in dietary supplement form.


How Do Plant Sterols Fight High Cholesterol?

Studies suggest that plant sterols may help keep cholesterol in check by inhibiting the intestines' absorption of cholesterol. In doing so, plant sterols help to reduce circulating levels of cholesterol and lower your levels of LDL ("bad") cholesterol.


Benefits of Plant Sterols for High Cholesterol

A number of studies have shown that regular consumption of plant sterols can help fight high cholesterol. For a 2007 report published in Nutrition Reviews, for instance, researchers sized up the available research on dietary intake of plant sterols and its impact on cholesterol metabolism. Finding that higher intakes of plant sterols are linked to lower cholesterol levels, the report's authors concluded that dietary intake of plant sterols should be part of dietary advice to patients with high cholesterol (as well as to the general public for the prevention and management of heart disease).

In a research review published in Current Atherosclerosis Reports the following year, scientists analyzed previous studies on the cholesterol-lowering effects of plant sterols and concluded that including plant sterols in the diet may be "a safe and effective way to reduce the risk of coronary heart disease."

Additionally, a 2009 research review from Recent Patents on Food, Nutrition & Agriculture notes that daily consumption of one to two grams of plant sterols has been found to cause a 10 to 20% reduction in LDL cholesterol in scientific studies. To date, research on the use of plant sterol supplements for treatment or prevention of high cholesterol is fairly limited. Although a 2004 report published in Current Opinion in Lipidology indicates that consuming plant sterols in supplement form may help lower LDL cholesterol levels, more research needs to be conducted before plant sterol supplements can be recommended as a cholesterol-lowering treatment.


Sources of Plant Sterols

Plant sterols are found naturally in the following foods:

*almonds
*Brussels sprouts
*peanuts
*vegetable oils (including canola, corn, olive, and sesame oil)
*wheat bran
*wheat germ
*In addition, a number of fortified foods (including cereal, milk, orange juice, vegetable oil spreads, and yogurt) contain added plant sterols.


Are Plant Sterols Safe?

Although consuming plant sterols through food is safe, ingesting large doses of plant sterols in supplement form may cause a number of problems (including diarrhea, indigestion, and nausea).


Should You Use Plant Sterols to Treat High Cholesterol?

To achieve and/or maintain healthy cholesterol levels, the National Cholesterol Education Program (part of the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute) recommends consuming two grams of plant sterols each day as part of a heart-healthy diet. While plant sterol supplements are often touted as a natural remedy for high cholesterol, there is currently a lack of scientific evidence to support the use of plant sterol supplements for any health condition.

It's important to note that plant sterols (or plant sterol supplements) should not be used in place of doctor-prescribed treatment for high cholesterol. Self-treating high cholesterol with plant sterols and avoiding or delaying standard care may have serious consequences.


2) HEAL YOURSELF WITH QIGONG
By Steve G. Jones, Clinical Hypnotherapist


I want to ask you two questions :


How serious are you about your life and preserving your health?


And are you ready to take charge, bring your health to a higher level and essentially add years on to your life?


I want to let you know about something that can make a serious 'Impact' on your health almost immediately:


Heal With Qigong Program

Qigong is a form of exercise common in China and gaining popularity in other parts of the world. "Qi" means life-force energy of the body and "gong" means skill. Three main components of it include physical exercise, meditation, and proper breathing. It is meant to restore and preserve health and energy in the body, mind, and spirit.


Benefits include:


*Healing of disease
*Stress relief
*Physical conditioning
*Increased spirituality
*Increase mental acuity
*Slow down the aging process


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*Balance your emotions
*Find tranquility and bliss


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This Program Consists Of Four Empowering Hypnosis Modules Designed To Help You Both Master Qigong And Achieve Optimal Health By Revealing:


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Energy Restoration – While relaxing your mind, you’ll begin to fully energize your body which will create the positive impact that your body needs on a constant basis.
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3) THE 8 MOST NUTRIENT DENSE FOODS ON EARTH
Written by Jill Ettinger


We all know which foods we do best to avoid (right?). Despite the alluring appeal of Oreos, Mountain Dew or McAnything, processed foods provide little nutrition and a whole lot of risks. But when it comes to the good stuff—what are the best foods to put into our bodies? While experts all agree we need a variety of foods for a healthy diet, do you know which are the healthiest of the bunch? The answers may surprise and delight you.


1. Spirulina: While the thought of eating lake algae might gross you out, spirulina is actually pretty tasty, especially blended into a smoothie or hidden in a chocolate bar. It has more antioxidants than any other food on earth and is loaded with protein and minerals making it the most nutrient dense food.
2. Kale: According to Dr. Joel Fuhrman, kale is the most nutritious food, loaded with minerals, vitamins, fiber and amino acids, as well as important antioxidants that reduce inflammation and can prevent cancer. It's also delicious and an easy to prepare, versatile food.
3. Hemp Seeds: What do you get when you combine protein, fiber, essential fatty acids, antioxidants, amino acids, vitamins and minerals? Hemp, of course. This easily digestible seed is versatile, easy to use and extremely tasty, too.
4. Chocolate: Yes, you read right. Cacao beans are so nutrient-dense that scientists haven't even begun to identify all the benefits in the little bean yet. Don't grab a Snickers though—the good stuff is found only in raw cacao beans or nibs (or really, really dark chocolate). Minerals, vitamins and tons of antioxidants are great for your heart, skin, and release chemicals in the brain that make you feel like you're in love.
5. Broccoli: Mom was right, you should eat your broccoli if you want a healthy digestive system and to decrease your risk of cancer. Broccoli has a wide range of yumminess too, from soups and stews to stir fry.
6. Spinach: Popeye was onto something with that spinach fixation. But skip the canned stuff and stick with fresh or frozen for an antioxidant, protein and fiber-rich burst of healthy goodness. Fresh or cooked, spinach's sweet and hardy flavor brightens any meal.
7. Chia: The Aztec warriors may have died out, but their legacy is alive and strong in the chia seed. This yummy, unassuming ancient favorite is loaded with omega fats, protein and fiber. Dr. Weil says it's a better choice than flax because "chia is so rich in antioxidants that the seeds don't deteriorate and can be stored for long periods without becoming rancid."
8. Berries: Unlike other fruit, berries tend to be less sugary and full of vital vitamins, minerals and those free-radical avenging antioxidants. Wild berries are always a great choice, especially black raspberries.

PREVENTION IS BETTER THAN CURE!


Thank you for reading.


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


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