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February Issue Of Natural Alternatives
February 08, 2007
Natural Alternatives for Your Total Health

February 2007

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Nature is the Physician of all Disease ~ Hippocrates







Blackheads are not dirt. They are actually the result of oil &dead cells getting trapped in a pore, block the duct & mix with bacteria. Exposure to the air discolors them to black. Blackhead inflammation causes red pimples and it spreads when touched with dirty hands. When the pimple becomes infected, it develops a whitehead or pustule. These can break & cause scars.

Does chocolate really cause pimples? How about oily foods? Do French fries bring on the acne? The latest reports show that although scientific evidence is not 100% accurate in this area, your diet does not directly cause acne. And by diet, this means not only chocolate and French fries, but also any other dietary combinations with sugar and oil or other ingredients.

There are basically four types of acne: whiteheads, blackheads, pimples, and nodules.

Whiteheads are when the sebum (oil) and resulting bacteria are trapped below the skin’s surface and you can actually see a white head appear above (or near popping out of) the skin.

Blackheads are when the sebum and resulting bacteria are only partially trapped, slowly draining out the surface and turning black because of your skin’s melanin or pigmentation.

In the absence of either white or blackhead are generally (but not always) smaller pimples. And the often deeper, boil-like lesions are referred to as nodules.

The only time your body expels product wastes through your lungs and skin is when your bowels and kidneys are overloaded with product wastes and toxins. This can happen when you’re not drinking enough water.

Water is the main carrier of nutrients throughout your body and is quite possibly the single most important contributor to healing and preventing acne flare-ups.

Drinking enough water will dissolve waste products in your system so it can be easily remove and flush out. Without enough water, there won’t be much to dissolve these product wastes and toxins…causing it to build up in your system and causing your body to expel these product wastes and toxics through your lungs and skin.

Herbal alternative, holistic remedy, nature’s way…whatever you call it, natural treatment is one of the most successful cures for acne.

The ultimate realization is that acne should be dealt with by performing internal cleansing treatments that target the source right away and fight acne before it even has the chance to begin. There’s no other way to do this but to seek help from natural acne treatment sources. Natural acne treatment is good for dealing with moderate to severe cases of acne.

Over the years studies have suggested everything from chocolate, candy, fried foods, sugar, drinking water, orange juice to milk can cause you to develop acne or make existing acne worse. However there is no scientific evidence to support any such results.

There are so many factors effecting acne development that it is very difficult to isolate any one cause. So whether or not to avoid certain foods or drinks is really just an individual preference. If you find your skin reacts negatively to certain foods, then just don’t eat or drink it.
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Many popular holiday foods are high in fat, refined sugar, white flour, and other processed ingredients that do not pass through the digestive system efficiently.

These foods cause sludge to build up along the lining of the intestinal tract, which slows down the movement of feces, and allows toxins and unwanted bacteria to sit in the bowel long enough to become reabsorbed by the body.

The longer your body is exposed to these toxins, the greater your risk of developing disease. When the intestinal tract is allowed to become clogged, it results in poor digestion, colon dysfunction, reduced liver function, and increased toxicity throughout the entire body.

If you're still feeling a little sluggish from your holiday celebrations, you should consider a colon cleanse to help restore your body and get things back on tract before the next round of holiday face-stuffing sneaks up on you.

Is Colon Cleansing Really That Important?

Intestinal cleansing is the process of clearing toxins and undigested fecal matter from the body and cleansing the system of excess mucus and congestion.

These toxins accumulate in the system as a result of our diet, drug use, and environmental exposure. As they build up in the intestinal tract, they poison your body.

A properly functioning intestinal tract forms the basis of one's health. In order to keep the system operating effectively, congestion and toxins must be removed with a proper intestinal cleansing.

How Does Colon Cleansing Work?

A good intestinal cleansing program should always begin by removing the waste in your colon. A normal, healthy colon should weigh about four pounds. But the standard colon cleansing process can remove as much as fifteen to twenty pounds of toxic waste matter. A proper colon and intestinal cleansing program removes this waste and restores the optimal health of the body.

There are several different methods that you can use to cleanse the colon. Colon hydrotherapy is a method of irrigating and draining the colon using warm water. This water is flushed through the colon and drained using a series of tubes that are inserted into the rectum. While self-colonic kits can be purchased that allow you to perform the procedure at home, your best bet is to seek the assistance of a trained and certified colon hydrotherapist.

Enemas and laxatives can also be used to soften stools and move waste through the body. But these products can be harmful to the delicate tissues of the intestinal tract. In addition, they can become addictive, making it difficult or even impossible to pass waste without their help.

What's the Best Choice for Intestinal Cleansing?

Many colon cleansing methods only cleanse a small portion of the lower intestine. Oxygen-based cleansers, on the other hand, clean and refresh the entire intestinal tract.

These cleansers also carry the added benefit of supplying oxygen to the rest of the body. Another problem with other cleansing methods is that while the help remove sludge and unwanted bacteria, they also tend to remove healthy bacteria which aid the digestive system in breaking down food.

Oxygen-based colon cleansers are able to remove intestinal buildup and unwanted bacteria without affecting these "good" bacteria. In fact, oxygen-based colon cleansers help promote the growth and healthy function of the flora which naturally assist digestion.

Oxy-Powder will help melt away and eliminate the compaction from the small intestine, large intestine and colon effectively. You may learn more about out Oxy-Powder Here.

What Else Can I Do?

Along with regular cleansing, a few simple dietary changes can go a long ways in preserving your intestinal health. A diet low in refined processed foods and rich in fresh fruits, vegetables and whole grains can help to move waste through the system more efficiently and keep your intestinal tract free of toxins.


25/01/2007 - A combination of calcium plus vitamin D during weight loss in overweight and obese women could improve blood cholesterol levels, says new research from Canada.

Researchers from the University of Laval recruited 63 women with an average BMI of kg per sq. m. and assigned them to either a daily calcium (600 mg) plus vitamin D (200 IU) supplement or placebo for 15 weeks.

Calcium, from supplements or dairy, has been linked to weight loss amongst various population groups, but the area remains controversial and results inconsistent. Indeed, two studies from Purdue University reported conflicting claims, with one reporting that young women could burn more calories if they ate three or four dairy servings per day, while the other reported that increased dairy consumption had no effect on weight gain or loss.

A study last year, published in the Journal of the American Dietetic Association (Vol. 106, pp. 1066-1073), brought the focus of the debate back to calcium with the researchers concluding that calcium, in the form of supplements, could be beneficial for weight control, but only in women.

The new study, published in the current issue of the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, lead author Geneviève Major from the Department of Social and Preventive Medicine at the university's Faculty of Medicine reports that the combination of the vitamin and calcium may improve cholesterol levels during weight loss.

The randomised, double-blind controlled trial recruited 63 women with daily calcium intakes less than 800 milligrams per day, which is the EU recommended daily intake (RDI). They were assigned to either the calcium plus vitamin D group or placebo, with both groups adhering to a weight loss plan whereby their energy intake was restricted by 700 kcal per day.

After 15 weeks of supplementation the researchers report that the calcium supplements significantly improved the total:HDL cholesterol ratio, reported to be the most specific lipid risk factor for CVD. Improvements in the ration of LDL (so-called ‘bad' cholesterol) to HDL (so-called ‘good' cholesterol) also improved. The improvements in blood lipid levels were independent of fat mass and waist circumference, they said.

“A tendency for more beneficial changes in HDL cholesterol, triacylglycerol, and total cholesterol was also observed in the calcium + [vitamin] D group,” said the researchers. Professor Angelo was not available for comment prior to publication, but told Reuters Health that a number of mechanisms may be behind the apparent effects, including the role of calcium to interfere with fat absorption in the gut, boosting the body's ability to burn fat, or potentially having a satiety role.

“Consumption of calcium + D during a weight-loss intervention enhanced the beneficial effect of body weight loss on the lipid and lipoprotein profile in overweight or obese women with usual low daily calcium intake,” concluded the researchers.

Use of these supplements is widely accepted by the general public, with calcium reported to be the biggest seller in the US supplements industry. Annual sales were about $993m (€836m) in 2004, according to the Nutrition Business Journal.

The combination of vitamin D and calcium has long been recommended to reduce the risk of bone fracture for older people, particularly those at risk of or suffering from osteoporosis, which is estimated to affect about 75m people in Europe, USA and Japan.

Source: American Journal of Clinical Nutrition January 2007, Volume 85, Number 1, Pages 54-59 “Supplementation with calcium + vitamin D enhances the beneficial effect of weight loss on plasma lipid and lipoprotein concentrations” Authors: G.C. Major, F. Alarie, J. Doré, S. Phouttama and A. Tremblay


Thank you for reading.

Livia P.
Brampton, Ontario, Canada

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