High Blood Pressure

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A lot of people want to know “How do I lower my blood pressure?” Well, there are a number of things you can to that may help it go a little lower. First of all, stress is a big one. The more you can control your stress levels with meditation (prayer or yoga are good examples), going for walks and enjoying nature and dealing with the problems you can and letting go of those you cannot control will all help the way you feel. Exercise can also be helpful. Decreasing the amount of salt you consume in your diet may also be a factor for some people. Eat out less, avoid processed grocery foods and do not add salt to your meals.

For some people, it may be a genetic disposition to have high blood pressure and for others it may just be your lifestyle and trying the above suggestions may help you.

If your doctor does suggest that you may need medications then research the available medications and opt for one with the least side effects. Also, you could try taking fish oil or another omega 3 oil (eg. flaxseed). This works for some people. If you are suffering from anxiety then perhaps trying medical cannabis with a high CBD to low THC ratio may help you. If you want a pet, then a dog or cat may be what you need. There are studies that show that pets can help us relax and therefore this may help lower your blood pressure.

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Make sure you follow your doctors advice and get monitored regularly if you are going to try any of the above options. Buy yourself a blood pressure monitor (usually under $100) and monitor yourself weekly to see if anything is helping.

Gluten-free

What does gluten free mean? Why would anyone want to go on a diet that restricts you from eating foods that contain barley, oats, wheat and other grains? Most of us consider these to be part of a diet where you eat good grains, but people with celiac disease or gluten sensitivity may not feel well if they consume any of these.

If you have celiac disease, even eating a little of these grains could cause you to do more damage to your intestines. You must completely eliminate all gluten containing food. Some foods that contain gluten such as boullion cubes and cold cuts are not so obvious. You can research hidden gluten containing foods on the internet. Even small amounts of gluten are bad if you have celiac disease.

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You may just be sensitive to gluten. Many people just feel better when they either cut out or cut back of foods containing gluten. Some of the farmer’s crops are sprayed with round-up which contains glyphosate to help control weeds. This may be the problem when we eat these foods. I don’t believe that our bodies should be consuming foods which have been sprayed with such a product.

Our bodies may settle down and we may have less diarrhea or other abdominal discomfort, less joint pain and more controlled blood sugar levels. If you can buy organic foods that would be the best choice. Lobbying the government to limit or stop the use of round-up on crops would also be helpful.

Sometimes, what we don’t know can hurt us!

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Homemade Healthy Gummie Candies

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Make your own “healthier” gummy candies. Recipe calls for 1/2 cup of any fruit juice (real juice such as orange or grape juice), 2 packets of gelatin (eg.Knox) or 2 tablespoons and 2 tablespoons of honey. Add any healthy options such as 1 tablespoon of organic turmeric or ginger and 1 teaspoon of chlorella powder or a few servings of CBD oil (1 serving is approximently 15 mg which is 0.75 ml of a 20% CBD oil). Heat over low heat until dissolved (about 1-2 minutes) and pour into silicone molds. Refrigerate until set. Can be kept at room temperature for about 5 days. These are meant for adult consumption only if you are adding supplements. You can roll the candies in cinnamon if you even more health benefits such as maybe helping with blood sugar control.

May help with inflammation or anxiety.

STRESS-Good, Bad and the Ugly

There is good stress and there is bad stress. What is the difference? Well, without any stress at all in our lives we would not be challenged to go to a higher level. We would be bored and lethargic and our brains would make our thinking fuzzy. You see there is a fine balance in the world of stress. Too much and you just want to stop the world and get off for a day and too little and we are not ever going to reach our true potential in life.

When you are stressed a little or a lot, it causes the release of chemicals such as cortisol. This is our bodies stress response and too much of it can wreck havoc and cause many unwanted physical symptoms. It can mess up your blood sugars, cause weight gain, suppress your immune system and cause problems with your cardiovascular system. So in the short term, it is an immediate response to help when you are a little stressed and everything should return to normal, but if your body is constantly in a high stress response these thing will become permanent and can cause diabetes, weight gain and possibly cholesterol problems and heart attacks.

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So we need to get control of whatever stressors in our life we can and find ways to destress in this fast paced society. Take up a class just for fun such as photography or go hiking. The outdoors is a great way to destress. Definitely, turn off your technology (cell phones and computers) if you can for a period of time each day. Meditation of any kind is good for your mind and getting you back on track. Most important is just taking time for yourself every day by taking a long bath or going for a walk.

Long term stress will eventually make you more vulnerable to depression and possibly auto immune diseases such as addison’s disease or diabetes. Once your body has become ill you are in for a life time of physical ailment, so make sure you do not allow this to happen. Monitor your stress levels in any way you can and also eat healthy so that your body is getting the nutrients you need to be physically and mentally at your peak.

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CBD Infused Drinks?

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The next best thing to hit the market? What is a CBD infused drink? It can be water, juice, pop, tea, coffee or anything else that a company decides they can put it in. So is it good for you? My understanding is that the amount per serving (eg. one drink) is probably about 2-5 mg of CBD. A normal amount of beneficial CBD/day is about 15 mg for most people. That being said, you would need to drink 3-7 infused drinks per day. That is not totally unreasonable.

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So what is cannabidiol (CBD)? First of all it is the non-psychotropic part of the cannabis plant. It can help with chronic pain, help reduce anxiety and inflammation. So, is it a bad thing or good thing to put it in a drink? Research shows that lipid based nanoparticles may be better absorbed by your body so you want to know that the company producing these products is using this technology.

CBD is a very unstable compound and requires protection from light to preserve the medicinal products. Bottles of water sitting on shelves in clear containers would quickly degrade the medicinal benefits. Exposure to air also degrades it, so as soon as you open the bottle it starts to degrade. It is also very expensive.

So, I would suggest saving your money and buy a good quality oil, edible or vape your CBD oil to get all of the benefits. So don’t buy into the newest craze, but do your research and get “all” of the benefits of a properly packaged CBD product.

Hearing Loss

Do people tell you that the TV is too loud or are you asking people to repeat what they have said to you? Perhaps you should get a hearing test just to be sure it is nothing serious? Perhaps it is just age-related hearing loss, but sometimes it can signal some kind of deterioration of your health. Meniere’s disease is an example of a problem that can cause hearing loss.

Make sure that your eyes and ears are taken care of and checked periodically by specialist such as an opthamologist and audiologist. Sometimes these senses are forgotten in our regular care routine and the damage may be irreversible.

Healthy Ice Cream?

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Nothing like ice cream on a hot day, right? Well, unfortunately it is full of fat and sugar and lots of calories. So what do those of us who are health conscious eat on a hot summer day. Well, if it must be ice cream, then you can try some coconut ice cream (more healthy fat and less sugar), but otherwise how about a homemade fruit smoothie with some protein powder or chlorella powder in it? You can also add a little plain yogurt or almond milk. If you want to make a tasty treat for the kids you can make a smoothie and add a little extra water and then freeze into popsicles. A smoothie will also energize you. If you wish you could also juice yourself a nice energy drink with mostly vegetables and just a bit of fruit such as an apple or pear to sweeten it.

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Sleep-most refreshing activity

The phrase “sleeping like a baby” is familiar to most of us. However, it seems that as we age, sleeping solid and restfully becomes less of a feat we can accomplish. Maybe because of responsibilities that are on our mind about work and family? Also, sometimes women in menopause will have hot flashes or insomnia that disrupt their rest at night. Sometimes medications can cause insomnia or if you work shift work your body becomes unable to regulate itself because of constantly changing sleeping times.

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I know one thing for sure. If you get a solid 7 or 8 hours of sleep per night, your productivity at work or home will increase, you will feel mentally sharper and more focused and your overall mood will be happier. Also, when you get plenty of uninterrupted sleep your body has a chance to fix itself in areas where you may be physically having challenges. Your immune system will be stronger and your cortisol levels will be more able to remain normal.

How do you manage to get yourself back into this state? Some people use melatonin and it will help them sleep better. Others choose to try products such as CBD full spectrum hemp oil or cannabis oils. You can also seek out using medical cannabis if it is legal in your country. You can use high CBD medical cannabis and it will not only help you sleep, but it may help with other medical conditions such as anxiety. Ask your doctor and if they do not know, then ask to be referred to a medical cannabis clinic where the doctors are trained in use of medical cannabis for many physical and mental ailments.

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I hope this helps you to get back to “sleeping like a baby”!

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Laughter is the Best Medicine

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Well, if you are looking for something free to make you feel better then you should go see a good movie in the “comedy” category. You could also get together with some of your friends whose company keeps you upbeat and positive.

It says in the bible “A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.” Proverbs 17:22

So my advice to you is to try changing your outlook on life (more positive) and laugh more. Sometimes you can watch a comedian or read a joke book. Magazines such as Reader’s Digest usually have a few pages of good “laughter is the best medicine.”

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So, what does laughing do for you physically? It can lower your blood pressure, release endorphins (feel good hormones), decrease your stress hormones (cortisol), boost your T-cells (immune response) and work those abs (abdominal muscles). Lets face it, after a good “belly laugh” we all feel better!

Dementia/Alzeimers

What do you do when your memory suddenly or slowly starts to fade away and familiar things seem to be forgotten? Sometimes we can find out what the triggers are and at other times they remain a mystery.

I had a problem with my memory every since I got a flu-like illness last January. I had chills, fever, fatigue and worst of all, I started to be very forgetful and even remembering familiar things like driving to the doctors office or a store that I would frequent would cause me to struggle to remember the roads that would take me there. Despite seeing several doctors, no one has actually been able to give me a concrete diagnosis as to why this has happened. After several months now, I seem to be very slowly regaining some of my longer term memory, but my short term is still just not there. I am hoping that given time, I will return to my normal abilities of being able to multi-task and take in several pieces of information without forgetting them as quick as they are given to me. In the meantime, here are some things that you may want to research and try to see if it can help.

Pau D’arco can be drank as a tea and it can kill candida (frequent cause of brain fog), especially if you have been on antibiotics. Some researchers believe candida can cross brain-blood barrier and others think it cannot. Camu camu is an antioxidant that contains 50 times more vitamin C then an orange. Dragon’s blood (Sangre de drago) is good for inflammation. Guayusa can help give you a clear, sharp memory.

John Easterling (Olivia Newton-John’s) husband has created a supplement you might want to try that contains these ingredients. It is called “Ageless Brain” by Organixx.

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