Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Your Body and how to take care of it. Diabetes, Alzheimer's, Blindness and other Chronic Diseases









The ever-increasing number of chronic diseases across the globe have become a serious concern. Dr Jeffrey N.

Gerber (MD) says statistics indicate a troubling rise in diabetes. The inherent danger is that diabetes is a serious risk factor that leads to heart disease, cancer, Alzheimer’s, blindness and a host of other chronic diseases such as high blood pressure, abnormal cholesterol levels and excess body weight. 

Since 2012, medical costs linked to diabetes and diabetes-related illnesses have increased by 41%. Diabetes is currently ranked as the #8 cause of death (worldwide). Diabetes among children has increased dramatically and diagnosed cases tripled between 2000 and 2008. It is expected that 50% of all children will be diagnosed with diabetes in the near future if this pandemic is not stopped. Even people with ideal body weight, can be diabetic yet they are less likely to be aware of it; fatty liver disease is usually linked to the condition. 

The United States Government began to subsidize wheat crop agriculture in 1973. At the same time, a certain individual, Mr Keys, promoted grain as a heart-healthy diet and fat as bad. This sounded great, however, there was no research to back it up. It sounded so great that 22 countries joined this initiative within a couple of years. 

The Keys-idea (low fat, high carbohydrate) was recognized as the new “American Standard Diet” by 1977. Some dieticians of the time warned that this was a mistake. 

The Dietary Guidelines for Americans acknowledged in 2010 (more than 30 years later) that at the time they did not specifically test the health benefits. 

The general state of health deteriorated over the past 30 years to such an extent that some doctors and dieticians describe it as a pandemic and a crime against humanity.

An American physician and cardiologist, dr. Atkins (October 17, 1930 - April 17, 2003), to his death, refused to accept the “low fat, high carbohydrate” principle.

The very popular and healthy Banting diet is based on the original Atkins diet. The Aloe Ferox booklet: , founded on the Atkins diet, is now back by popular demand. 

The pancreas secretes insulin, a very important hormone that helps digestion of carbohydrates. Insulin regulates the amount of glucose in the blood. We basically eat only two types of carbohydrates: simple and complex. The body breaks down the carbohydrates into glucose (sugar). Sugar stimulates insulin secretion and increases blood sugar. Foods high in carbohydrates (especially sugars and refined foods) will rapidly increase severe insulin secretion, causing glucose to be absorbed too quickly into the bloodstream (hyperglycemia).

Insulin then stores the increased blood sugar in the liver resulting in a sharp blood sugar decrease (hypoglycemia). Low blood sugar triggers hunger/crave to replenish blood sugar—and so the vicious cycle repeats. The amount of stress placed on the body is always in direct relation to the amount of sugar and refined foods eaten. 

This vicious cycle can lead to insulin resistance, which is body cells that have trouble absorbing the available glucose, causing elevated blood glucose levels and a deceptive insulin deficiency (There actually is no deficiency). This deceptive insulin deficiency or resistance causes diabetes; body cells are just not able to efficiently absorb the much needed and readily available glucose. The body then inter-prets blood sugar levels as low—while in fact the opposite is true. You remain hungry/craving and keep on eating because the available glucose is not absorbed into the body cells where it is needed. This mistaken surplus of glucose is then stored in the liver and muscles and converted to fat.

Vitamin C helps to combat the development of diabetes by regulating glucose levels in the blood. 

Vitamin C improves the absorption of glucose into the body cells, providing protection against the complications of diabetes. 

Sugar addiction is just as much a reality as drug addiction. Sugar withdrawal symptoms can include high blood pressure, anger, the shakes and even depression. Artificial sweeteners unfortunately do not remedy the issue, however, it may detriment the situation even further.

Stevia is a plant derived artificial sweetener. Up to 25% of diabetes can be attributed to fizzy drinks. Studies have shown that babies are born favoring sweet foodstuffs due to the mother's diet. 
 
The Leptin hormone tells us when we’ve eaten enough. An excessive intake of carbohydrates can adversely affect the leptin hormone causing failure to reach satiety. Spiking blood sugar levels encourage the vicious eat  blood sugar spike  cravings  eat some more; cycle. Eating enough proteins and complex carbohydrates can successfully break this eating pattern and help prevent dementia / Alzheimer’s, diabetes and diabetes-related diseases. 



Complex carbohydrates, proteins and especially healthy fats help you to put the fork down sooner and keep you satisfied for longer. A fibre rich diet (21-30 grams per day) aids the body to dispose of more toxins and waste, thus preventing it being stored as fat. Fibre also makes you feel full sooner and greatly benefits effective appetite control. Remember to drink lots of water when taking Aloe Ferox supplements due to the high fibre content. 


Saturday, June 4, 2016

Alopecia- Hair Loss

Hair loss: Alopecia

Healthy hair grows from hair follicles in the
scalp during a 2 to 6 year growth cycle after
which the hair shafts become loose and fall
out followed by a cycle during which the
follicles prepare to produce new hair.

Stress (factors that have a negative impact on
the body), genes, age and hormonal changes
associated with impaired biological processes
are considered the primary causes of hair loss.

Shortages of nutrients, essential minerals such
as zinc and selenium and especially vitamin A
can cause hair to become brittle and fall out.





An excess of vitamin A can also be harmful.

1. Alopecia areata is an autoimmune disorder
that can effect anybody, however,
genes and severe emotional stress seems
to be the main stressors. Visible bald spots
or even total hair loss can occur. The
condition is usually temporary but can
become permanent.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alopecia_areata

2. Androgenic alopecia
Active growth of primary hair (especially in
men but not limited to men) becomes constrained
when testosterone is converted
to DHT as it causes the preparation cycle
of the hair follicles to become longer and
the growth cycle to become shorter.
Secondary hair growth is then stimulated,
beards become harder and ear/nose hair
and eyebrows grows faster.

The condition is more noticeable under men.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Male-pattern_hair_loss
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Insulin-like_growth_factor
Additional info on Alopecia can be viewed on
Wikipedia where indicated.


Nutri Hair capsules is a nutritional and herbal
supplement containing Saw Palmetto, Biotin,
Kelp and a combination of vitamins, folic acid,
minerals and other essential nutritional substances
that promote hair growth.

We have received so many awesome reviews
from clients over the years who used Nutri
Hair capsules diligently for extended periods.
These include hair growing back on bald spots
and reduced hair loss.

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Val-U-Life, what it is and how it can help.

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VAL-U-LIFE
The composition of Val-u-Life is 61% Sutherlandia frutescens, 31% Aloe
ferox leaf (no bitters!), 5% Olive Leaf extract and a small amount of Selenium.
Sutherlandia frutescens is also known as the cancer bush, a tonic that helps
to stabilize the natural bodily processes. Rich in anti-oxidants, and known for
its soothing and healing properties, Aloe ferox leaf has a long history of being
taken to assist the body to restore and maintain healthy functioning. Olive
Leaf has gain esteem as health supplement due to various positive reports of
helping the body recovering from viral infections and other digestive and
health problems. Selenium is high in anti-oxidants, protecting cells from
damage.

Val-u-Life is therefore an exquisite blend of fine ingredients to help your
body activating its own resources in order to cope with many of the
biochemical stresses attacking our health. All these herbs and ingredients are
known for their positive effect on the body’s immune system.


Q: How safe is Val-u-Life?
A: Know your body. Anything humans consume – even in small doses – can
cause side effects. Always start with a very small dose when you take any herb
for the first time. Watch out for any signs of discomfort or side effects for a
couple of days before you take the fully recommended dose. Avoid taking
herbs on an empty stomach as this may enhance side effects. Always take after
a meal.
Q: What side effects does Val-u-Life have?


A: Occasional side effects have been reported, including dry mouth, a mild
diuretic effect, loose stool or constipation – slight dizziness has been reported
by elderly or weak patients. Diabetes: Carefully monitor blood sugar when
taking herbs. Pregnancy & lactation: There are no known risks in taking any
of the above herbs during pregnancy or lactation. Always discuss the
suitability of herb supplements with your physician first. Auto-immune
diseases: Consult your physician before taking herbs that may stimulate the
immune system. Cancer & HIV: Compositional herbs may interfere with
chemotherapy and anti-retroviral drugs and should be discussed with your
physician first.
Q: Can I exceed the recommended dosage?


A: No, the recommended dosage of 2 capsules per day should not be
exceeded.


Q: For what period can I take Val-u-Life?
A: Val-u-Life can be used daily as supplement for the rest of your life to help
you maintain good health.

 Information from the May 2016 Aloe Ferox Newsletter

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Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Your Immune System and Colds




The Flu Season is upon us and its time to strengthen your immune system. Elude the grip of colds and the flue with Winter Fighter Capsules at the first signs of a blocked nose, post nasal drip or irritated throat.  Exposure to the flu virus is unavoidable and since thre is no antidote, you have to strengthen your immune system ro successfully fend off the attacks.  Symptoms willpractically start to disappear from the moment you start taking Winter Fighter capsules.

Winter Fighter improves the efficacy of the immune system by multiplying the white blood cells and improving the ability of the white blood cells to overcome foreign organisms.

One of the key ingredients of Winter Fighter is Echinacea, which has been proven to effectively combat the symptoms of colds and the flu.  Your best defense is to actively fight the symptoms.  Don't be caught off guard.

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Are you in the Holiday Eating Mode?

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Shaking myself out of the holiday eating mode!

It’s such struggle to get out of the holiday mode. This mode has a persistent voice telling me I’m hungry, even if I had just eaten a meal that could sustain a few fugitives for a week. 

And if I’m not hungry, it tells me that I’m at least feeling peckish. It’s just a transitional phase, I try to convince myself while reaching for the next snack, which is making me feel even more miserable because … I cannot stop snacking. Of course it will disappear like the last few coins in my purse once I’m back to my daily routine. Besides, snacking does help to provide the energy for maximal performance, doesn’t it?

Feeling “untogether” and bloated most of the time, I seek the advice of friends, I read numerous articles in magazines, do “research” on the internet, and even consult my dated Psychology textbooks to refresh my knowledge on “eating disorders ()”, but the solution eludes me. Successfully, I might add.

At last I venture on to the scale, and the reading shocks me right out of eating mode into FIGHTING mode. Suddenly I know what to do about this horrible syndrome. I grab the latest Aloe Ferox information sheet and decide on a plan of action, a “mixed grill” of products that will restore my holiday-abused body to its former glory. I know I need something to
  supplement the deficiencies in my body,
  detox me, and
  make me feel energetic.
This is my apparent choice of products:


Fabulous Fibre Bitter (tablets or capsules) is my first line of defence. It is made of dried Aloe ferox bitter sap and powdered whole-leaf aloe which contains a vast amount of nutrients and medicinal properties that support the general well being of the body. It also eliminates toxins in the body, keeps your tummy regular and has a beneficial effect on arthritis and high blood pressure.





Slim & Trim capsules contain 3 special herbs that complement each other to help with weight control and weight-loss. These herb extracts are scientifically proven to promote weight-loss (high-five, sister!), suppress appetite, balance blood sugar levels, enhance fat burning and improve energy levels. Clinical tests have proven that when these capsules are used in conjunction with 10 minutes’ light to medium exercise (such as vigorous walking) per day, it may lead to a weight loss of 500 g per week.








Body Basics contains a number of ingredients that are vital for our wellbeing. Choline acts as a fat solvent (now you have my attention!) and is vital for the manufacturing of brain hormones and cell membranes. Vitamin B2 & B12 help convert sugar into energy, and magnesium & vitamin B6 work in combination to act as a spark plug to convert sugar into energy.











Catcher is the one I carry permanently in my handbag alongside my lipstick, because I use it ONLY (with a large glass of water) when I indulge in unhealthy trans fats. (In other words, I swallow it about half an hour before eating chips fried in oil) Trans fat is formed when polyunsaturated vegetable oils such as sunflower, canola and peanuts are chemically treated (hydrogenated) to solidify or to increase shelf life. Food prepared in these fats is more fattening and unhealthy than food prepared in saturated fat such as butter and olive oil. Do remember, however, that Catcher absorbs not only the “bad” dietary fat in the body, but ALL fat and oil (yes, the omega oils, too).







If the Whole-leaf Aloe Juice bottle was a little less bulky I would have carried it in the front pocket of my handbag, because this is the product that invigorates me like nothing else. When life deals me a lemon, or when I feel the day might as well end before it has begun (or even when I feel under the weather) I drink large sips right out of the bottle. Fortunately one cannot OD on the combined action of the more than 130 medicinal agents in this miracle juice, for the body takes out of it only what it needs. Who said you cannot drink your aloe juice AND drive?
And now I am one informed person and ready for action! I choose to be teachable and to take the old Spanish adage seriously: Habits (especially eating habits) start out as cobwebs and end up as shackles. I also choose not to shove food into my mouth like a baby does. And food shall not comfort or console me. Otherwise I might as well look at myself in one of those funny mirrors that distort your body and face to look fat and even deformed.

 No, I’d rather dine at a nicely-set table (even if I’m eating alone), chew my food slowly, ponder on what I’m eating … and keep my eyes fixed on the row of Aloe Ferox containers in front of me!!

Do you have Restless Legs


Restless legs are not associated with pain. People with this syndrome experience a
strong urge to move their legs as though the current position in which they are sitting
or lying is very uncomfortable.

The causes of tired legs are strongly linked to poor blood circulation. In some studies,
many patients experienced great relief after they were treated with medicines or herbs
which improve blood circulation.

For example, Ginkgo Biloba (the main herb active in our Circulate-it supplement) has shown excellent health results in patients with Heavy or Restless leg syndrome.

The causes of restless legs are strongly tied to mineral deficiencies.

An ordinary solution is to take more magnesium to alleviate restless legs. However,
research has shown that the commonality among a large group of patients with
restless leg syndrome was that not all suffered from low magnesium levels, but all
suffered from low iron levels.

We have also testimony of an individual who found that her restless leg problem
disappeared 2 months after she started using Circulate-it.




SO, WHAT TO USE FOR RESTLESS LEGS?

Restless leg syndrome is a medical “problem” which seems to have no one-size-fits all
answer.
I therefore suggest that you experiment to see what works best for your body.
For 6 weeks: use an iron supplement and carefully monitor your problem.

If the problem persists, stop the iron supplement, and after 2 weeks repeat the experiment,
but this time with a magnesium supplement.

If the problem persists, stop the magnesium, and after 2 weeks repeat the experiment with Circulate-it.

You may have to experiment with single supplements or a combination for a while before finding the
best solution for your body. But always remember: keep the process simple and
systematic.

Do not mix and pile up on supplements. Introduce ONE new supplement
at a time and stick to it for at least 1-2 months before trying another. If adverse effects
develop, stop immediately.

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