Smart Med Tip of the day

June 26, 2017 – Smart Med Tip Of The Day – Make sure you have enough Vitamin B12 in your diet.

A number of American’s and those who are following American type diets are finding themselves low in Vitamin B12.  Others at risk for being low in Vitamin B12 are Vegans, pregnant women, seniors and those with stomach issues.  Amazingly, the liver can store a 5 year supply of Vitamin B12, which is something some people may not know.

Being crucial to the body, Vitamin B12 helps to produce new red blood cells, proteins, DNA, hormones and lipid fats and is essential for the health of the nerves. Vitamin B helps the body’s cells produce energy.  It’s a major part of the Vitamin B complex, which includes B6, folate, niacin and thiamine and each have a unique role in producing energy.   The man-made form of Vitamin B12 is Cyanocolamin.  Along with the benefits above, it also helps to metabolize fats and carbohydrates.

There is a broad range of symptoms that can indicate low vitamin B12, such as depressions, poor memory and thought process, loss of appetite, feeling tired and week, numb and tingling feelings in the hands and feet, loss of balance, constipation, soreness of the tongue or mouth, anemia, hallucinations and yellow skin.   If you notice any of these symptoms, follow up with your health care professional to get some blood work rather than treat yourself.

Someone who is low in Vitamin B12 will have high levels of homo-cysteine in the blood.  Homo-cysteine is linked to people with osteoporosis, dementia, depressions, heart disease and cognitive impairment.  Studies have shown that taking Vitamin B12, B6 and folic acid will lower homo-cysteine levels but studies have not proven that doing this prevents the health problems.   However, there is a study that is still unclear that shows the Vitamin B12 can help reduce the risk of cancer.  Women with higher levels of B12 were associated to a lower risk of breast cancer but only for women who had not hit menopause.  The study also showed that lower levels of Vitamin B6 and folate were a stronger link to breast cancer.

Too much of anything is bad, so high levels of B12 in the blood can indicate a risk for cancer too.  But that is more unlikely to happen than to be too low.  Supplement makers put the recommended daily intake, so if you follow the directions on the bottle, you will be good.

Example food that are high in Vitamin B12 are Lamb, beef liver, sardines, mackerel, wild caught salmon, feta cheese, cottage cheese, grass fed beef and nutritional yeast.   The recommended daily doses are 2.4 micrograms daily for ages 14 and older, 2.6 micrograms for pregnant females and 2.8 micrograms for breastfeeding females.  For those who are over the age of 50, eating more of the foods listed above or taking Vitamin B12 daily is recommended.

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June 24, 2017 – SMART Med Tip Of The Day – Try Some Rose Oil.

Nature provides us with beauty and the power to heal.  Roses are one of the most beautiful flowers in the world and they are rich in many health benefits. In the Middle East, they use rose water in baking.  It is also used as an amazing anti-inflammatory plus it’s beneficial for the skin for anti-aging.  Below are some healing benefits of using rose oil.

1) Aids in healing from nerve damage due to age and injuries.  Rose oil can also help to prevent your hands from trembling when you are overcome by anxiety.

2) For women, rose oil can help to regulate your cycle.  It also helps to alleviate pain associated with the uterus.  Rose oil has progesterone like properties so it is able to help hormonal imbalance, which causes mood swings, cramping, excessive bleeding, bloating and overeating.

3) Because of the progesterone like properties, it is wonderful for the skin and will help keep in glowing and young. It also can help in healing of cuts and wounds to the skin.

4) Rose oil will aid in circulation, reducing blood pressure, taking care of the heart, helping headaches, asthma and even dehydration.

5) Helps to remove warts.

6) It can be used as a safe laxative with no harmful side effects.

7) It contains good bactericide, which can help to treat anything from diarrhea, food poisoning to typhoid.  It helps to cure internal bacterial infections in the stomach, intestinal and urinary areas.

8) Also because of it’s progesterone like properties, it is also is a great antidepressant. It also helps you to think more clearly and think more positive.

9) Studies show that it protects us from a variety of viruses so it is a great antiviral.

10) A wonderful astringent for the skin, gums and hair.

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June 23, 2017 – Smart Med Tip Of The day – Never leave a dog in a hot car EVER!

Never leave you pet in a hot car for even a minute because it will take only minutes to heat up and this is no joke. If it’s 78 degrees outside, your car in the shade is 90 degrees and in the sun is 160+ degrees when parked. Your pet has a high chance of getting heat stroke and dying. You are better of leaving your dog at home.  If you do bring your dog with you, make sure to have plenty of water and take your dog or any other pet with you when you get out of the car.

In warm and hot weather, if you see an animal in a parked car with the windows closed, call 911 right away. There are many states that have laws against this. In some cases they may break the window or have you break it to save the animal’s life.  Don’t walk by and ignore it, do something about it.

If a dog appears to being having heat stroke, call a local vet and get some tepid or warm water to drink.  Never use cold or ice cold water because the animal could go into shock.  Once on the phone with the vet, follow their directions.  They will most likely ask what time of symptoms or signs that the animal is displaying.  It is very important to get the animal checked out as soon as possible.Always be aware of your pet.  Signs of a heat stroke in dogs are the following:

  • Rapid panting.
  • Bright red tongue.
  • Red or pale gums.
  • Thick, sticky saliva.
  • Depression.
  • Weakness.
  • Dizziness.
  • Vomiting – sometimes with blood.

During the hot summer months, if you exercise your dog, do it in the morning or evening when it’s cooler. Animals do not have sweat glands like people do.  They have no way to sweat out the heat.  The way they release fluids is through panting and that is a very slow process.   On days that are more humid, it takes even longer.  So, just because you are able to handle the heat, does not mean your pet can.  Handle your pet with love and caution.

Be aware that just because your dog has padding on the bottom of their feet does not make them protected from the heat.  Not only can it burn the paws but it will also increase the body temperature leading to overheating and heat stroke.  Do not put your dog on hot pavement.  The cool grass is far better for them and if they allergic to grass pollen talk to your vet about some type of shoes.  Another thing to avoid, is putting your dog in the back of a truck where the metal is piping hot.  That’s comparable to putting your dog on a frying pan, don’t go there!

If you keep your dog outside in the heat, make sure you leave plenty of water and give access to shade. The panting that your dog can dehydrate them.  If you really want to spoil them, put a baby pool in the yard, so they can enjoy and cool off.

Believe it or not, dogs can get sunburn too, especially short or light colored coats.  Many of you know how painful sunburn it, so imagine your dog getting it.  Talk to your vet about getting sunscreen for your dog and don’t assume that the sunscreen that you use will work.

A happier pet, means a happier you!

 

June 22, 2017 – SMART Med Tip Of The Day – Apply this home remedy on your feet before you go to sleep.

Essential oils have some amazing healing properties and can benefit everyone.  Below is a blend of three wonderful oils that will help you fall into complete bliss and into your dream world.  The first blend is Magnesium.  Magnesium is also great for arthritis and pain as it is a great ant-inflammatory. But even more important, it acts like an antidote to stress to promote relaxation.  In fact, it is called the most relaxing mineral in the body.  The second blend is Lavender is known to many for its relaxation properties.  With Lavender, you can also put a few drops on your pillow case to help aid in sleep. The last blend is Chamomile, which is also amazing to help promote sleep.  Many will drink chamomile tea to get the relaxing affects.  Chamomile helps to calm nervousness and keep the nervous system working properly.

The best place to rub the essential oils is on our feed.  Next to our spinal cord, our feet affect every nerve ending in our bodies.  The feet also have the largest pores in the body, making it highly effective to absorb and reap the benefits. Before you go to sleep, rub this amazing blend all over your feet, top and bottom to enjoy all the healing affects.

Ingredients:

4 ounces magnesium oil

  • 10 drops chamomile essential oil
  • 10 drops lavender essential oil

Directions:

  • Pour the ingredients into a bottle or spray bottle and shake well.
  • This mix should supply you with anywhere between 24 to 48 applications, depending on how much you use each time.

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June 21, 2017 – Smart Med Tip Of The Day – Try some of these tricks for beautiful skin.

  • Herbal and berry Teas – Teas are a very good way to cleanse your skin and they are natural anti-inflammatories. Goji berries, a great example are rich in Vitamin C, minerals, amino acids and antioxidants.  Let the berries steep for 10 minutes, let it cool and apply.
  • Carrot Juice – Great for getting rid of pimples because it is packed with beta carotene.
  • Rice Water – Helps your face look smoother and stimulates collagen production. Grind white rice into a blender and add purified warm water and mix to a creamy paste.  Apply to your face for a couple of minutes, massage into your skin and rinse.  A daily facial massage will infuse oxygen and help improve skin’s elasticity. You can also order rice powder online.
  • Red Grapes – Red grapes are full of antioxidants and will help make your skin glow and look radiant. Smash up some red grapes and add two tablespoons of flower or rice powder to make a creamy paste.  Apply to your face and leave on for 10 minutes before washing off.  Best results are in the morning but you can use any time.
  • Lemon Juice – Great for acne and will help with inflammation.
  • Ice Cubes – Ice will help stimulate blood circulation and give you a healthier glowing look
  • Honey and lemon mask – Helps to smooth bumps on your face. Combine two parts and leave on skin for 20-30 minutes.
  • Hot and cold Packs – If you’ve had a rough night and you’re not looking your most ideal the next morning. Alternate using a hot and cold pack. This will help to increase blood flow, moisturize your skin and improve elasticity.  Repeat several times
  • Potatoes – To help get rid of dark circles under the eyes, chop up raw potatoes into thin slices and apply over your eyelids for 10 minutes.
  • Snail Slime – It doesn’t sound pleasant but it’s one of the most popular skin remedies in Korea. It has amazing healing properties as well as collagen and elastin.
  • Coconut or Argon Oil – Apply to your face before bedtime before adding a face cream or mask.
  • Aloe Vera juice and coconut – Aloe Vera is a natural anti-inflammatory and has a tightening and drying affect. Mix 1/4 parts whole virgin coconut oil in 100% Aloe Vera juice or gel and apply to your face.  Depending on your skin type, you may have to do trial and error.

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June 20, 2017 – Smart Med Tip Of The Day – Follow these instructions to help eliminate painful migraines.

It is estimated that 6-18% of the adult population suffers from migraines.   Some carry a migraine genetic marker, others, usually women go through a hormonal flux because of their cycles, and others have poor or weak lifestyles where food, alcohol, drugs, and sleep deprivation can be a factor.

Regardless of the reason, getting a migraine can be completely debilitating and can have you bed ridden.  Below are some things to help improve a migraine or the onset of.  There is no one set cure and even though there are some prescription drugs out there that can stamp it out, ideally if you can hit it naturally, you are better off.  Your body will be better off.

Over the counter and prescription drugs work on a receptor basis meaning how drugs are absorbed into the body.  After medicine is absorbed into the body, it sent to areas of your body where you have receptors.  Sometimes if you overdo it or say that you take a drug every day for several months, those receptors can become blocked. When this happens, you stop feeling the results of the pain medication.   To help alleviate this problem, stop taking the medication for 3-5 days or switch it a completely different drug.  For example, if you are taking ibuprofen or like Advil, replace it with acetaminophen or Tylenol.  If you are on a prescription pain medication, speak to your doctor to see what other alternatives there are.  When the receptors become blocked, it prevents your natural hormones, not the sex hormones, from doing its job there.  More potent drugs can block the receptors for up to two years or more, which in turn can start putting havoc on your endocrine system.   This is why going more natural is a better way to go because in spite of everything, when everything is happy and balanced in our bodies, our bodies have a way of healing naturally.  But for some, the migraines are so bad that they just want a good bang on the head to knock them out.

When the migraines are not happening, try the steps below.  Like anything, it might take some work but in the long run, you might just be surprised.  For the women out there, who cycles get a little unbalanced, this is due to progesterone levels or lack thereof, in the body.  Progesterone is the dominant sex hormone in the body and it can tell other hormones what to do in order to create a happy balance.  There is a bio-identical cream out there that is made for issues like this.  Bio-identical means that it’s identically made to match exactly what is in your body already.  It is not synthetic.  So for women who get the cyclical migraines, your levels of progesterone are most likely low and your body is being targeted or bombarded by too much estrogen.  To note, there are a lot of environmental things such as lotions, soaps, etc. that have almost identical estrogen molecules that will hit those receptors we talked about.  Hopefully, you understand the point.  Bio-identical progesterone, which mentioned is the dominant hormone and it will kick the estrogen to the side and eventually weed it out.  Now, you can’t compare bio-identical to synthetic, so if you are on birth control, you smoke, have a poor diet and lifestyle, it’s going to take longer for all of this to kick in.  In fact, it may never completely kick in 100% because it’s battling with synthetic estrogen, which is a lot more potent or stronger than something natural or what is in your body.  But it will still help.   You can buy over the counter progesterone cream that is made from yams or soy.   If you have an allergy, please be aware.  There is also prescription strength bio-identical progesterone that you can have compounded at a compounding pharmacy.  If you are still getting your periods, 25mg/ml should do the trick.  While on menses, you will stop during that time frame and it will help to regenerate your receptors.

For everyone who suffers from migraines, try avoiding the foods shown below.  In fact, treat it like your allergic.  Some researchers believe that up to 40% cases of migraines can be avoided if you improve your diet.  A poor diet with processed foods that are high in sugars and salt are one of the biggest triggers to migraines.   Avoid the following below and as mentioned, act like your allergic so you avoid it.

  • Breads or pastries made with gluten and yeast.
  • Too much caffeine! Caffeinated drinks can help a headache but that is usually because they are drinking or taking too much and they go through withdrawal.
  • Pickled or cured fish
  • Aged cheeses
  • Dairy products with hormones. Try organic, almond or coconut milk.
  • Dark chocolate is great for fighting free radicals but chocolate contains a chemical called phenylethylamine which can cause blood flow changes and trigger a head ache.
  • Eggs
  • Artificial food additives and sweeteners. Avoid diet sodas like the plague.
  • Artificial flavors and preservatives, including MSG. Chinese food is loaded with MSG. Order it without the MSG.
  • Very cold foods.
  • Food high in Nitrates such as cold cuts, hot dogs, bacon and ham
  • Beans or legumes that contain natural amine chemicals can trigger headaches. These would include Lima beans and snow peas.
  • Fast food

High sodium diets in combination with low electrolytes will equal a migraine.  Do not skip meals and make sure you drink plenty of water.  Everything in moderation, so don’t overdo it.  Try listening to your instinct and treat your body the best you can.  You can still enjoy other foods and drinks but keep it pure and simple.  Doesn’t your body deserve the best?

Below are some vitamins that can help migraines.  Foods high in these vitamins and minerals can help you feel better.

  • Vitamin B2 (riboflavin)
  • Omega 3 fish oils
  • Magnesium
  • 5-HTP

Items that you can buy over the counter are feverfew, Kudzu, melatonin, capsaicin cream and medicinal mushrooms.  Essential oils can also help by rubbing them on your skin.  Make sure to use all organic.

  • Lavender
  • Peppermint
  • Frankincense
  • Eucalyptus
  • Rosemary

The internet is at your beck and call, look all of these things up and start writing down or journaling what helps and what does not.  If you or someone you knows suffers from migraines, don’t just band aid the problem, try to see if you can reduce and eliminate it.  It is a little bit of work but it will most likely pay off in the long run.  Everyone has a different body chemistry make up because of genetics and what they have put into and on their bodies over the course of time, so find your happy spot.  It may take trial and error but it will come.

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June 19, 2017 –  SMART Med Tip Of The Day – Try these home remedies for Sunburns this summer.

Summer is here and we are all at risk of getting painful sunburn.  If this happens, try some of the home remedies listed below. Make sure to protect yourself with sunblock, plus addition cover-ups like a hat. In severe cases of sunburn where you have fever, chills, dizziness, nausea and excessive itching or blistering, go to an emergency room or go to your doctor.

  • Aloe Vera with coconut oil. Two tablespoons of coconut oil added to one cup of aloe Vera.
  • Cut up cucumbers and apply to sunburn area.
  • Mix two parts Cucumber juice with Onion juice and apply to sunburn.
  • Store lettuce leaves or cabbage in the freezer and apply to sunburn.
  • Boil lettuce leaves in water, store in refrigerator and apply when cool.
  • Take an oatmeal bath
  • tomato juice with buttermilk, 1:5 proportions.
  • Raw honey, elderberry and Chamomile mixture. 2 ounces of organic raw honey, two tablespoons of dry organic Chamomile mixed with elderberry.  Sift flower to make a smooth powder and blend with the honey and apply.  This is also a perfect blend when you are in the peeling phase.
  • For sunburns under the cheek or eye area, apply teabags, cucumber, potatoes or tomatoes.
  • Past of sandalwood or turmeric have both antiseptic and healing properties
  • Apply marigold flowers pounded in wheat germ oil.

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June 18, 2017 – SMART Med Tip Of The Day – Be careful how you prepare and store the following foods.

Enjoying a great meal is always a delight but getting food poison after the fact is not and in fact can be life threatening.  According to the CDC (Center for Disease Control), 76 million people are affected by food poisoning and about 5,000 will die.  The odds of you dying are slim but the impact of the poisoning is great and you won’t want to experience this. Food poisoning can take days or even weeks to develop, so it’s hard to say how you got sick. From under cooking, bacteria, toxins and chemicals, below are some of the foods that you should really be aware of and take note of.  Some are already a given but it’s more of a reminder and to stay aware.

Eggs – Bacteria can attack the shell, egg white and yolk.  It’s often time hard to tell if eggs are bad but something to look for are if you boil an egg and it immediately floats. Or when you crack and egg and it looks swollen and is slow to drizzle out. Raw eggs have a higher risk of causing bacteria, so it’s recommended that you cook all eggs when it comes to salad dressings and mayonnaise. Make sure to store less than 5 degree Celsius.  Also, make sure when cracking eggs, make sure that the egg white and egg yolk to not touch the outside egg shell.

Cheese – There are a lot of cheese lovers out there and because cheese is aged, one would think that there would not be a problem. Staphylococcus aureus is a very common bacteria found in cheese, which is an ideal breeding ground for it.  It is heat resistant so, cooking will not kill it.  Believe it or not, the staph infection is often transferred to the cheese by an infected person.  The best way to stop contamination is to store it under 5 degrees Celsius, make sure all surfaces, equipment and utensils have been thoroughly washed and sanitized and make sure hands are washed.

Leafy green vegetables – We always hear about E. Coli in spinach but it’s true for all leafy green and vegetables.  E. coli can live in the soil that leafy greens grow in and thus they can be easily contaminated. Heating will not get rid of it. Wild animals can also transfer harmful substances to the food at any time.  This is why washing leafy greens and vegetables are important.  It not only reduces the risk of harmful bacteria but it also washing away anything else.

Sprouts – Sprouts are usually eaten raw and carry a high risk of salmonella and E. coli.  They are grown in warm and wet environments, so it’s perfect feeding ground for bacteria.  If contaminated, the harmful bacteria will be in the seeds.  There is no treatment to kill the bacteria; however there are ways to reduce it.  People who have weakened immune systems should always have sprouts cooked.

Poultry – Salmonella and Campylobacter bacteria are the two most common contaminants in poultry.  The smallest trace amounts can cause serious illness.  The bacteria usually contaminate the raw meat when it is processed and the bacteria can survive until it is killed by high temperatures.  To reduce the risks, it’s imperative to cook chicken thoroughly.  You should never wash chicken prior to cooking because it will spread the bacteria around the cooking area and anything that it touches, should be washed, including hands.

Rice – One of the most widely consumed foods in the world, rice is a high risk food when it comes to food poisoning.  Not storing rice properly is the biggest culprit to food illnesses in the world.  Cooking will not make matters better and in fact, it makes it worse. The bacteria, usually bacillus cereus, gets activated when moist and heated up. Never leave rice out after it’s been cooked.  The bacteria will multiply and cause toxic effects.

Seafood – There are different illnesses that stem from seafood poisoning because it depends on the seafood.  Seafood can get contaminated by toxins, bacteria and harmful substances.  Seafood that has not been stored properly has a high risk of being contaminated with histamines, a toxin that cannot be destroyed by cooking at high temperatures and can cause scombroid poisoning.  For shellfish, the algae that live on the shell can produce dangerous toxins, which can potentially cause neurotic shellfish poisoning, paralytic shellfish poisoning and amnestic shellfish poisoning.  Cooking reduces the toxicity to safe levels, so make sure to eat completely cooked seafood and avoid eating shellfish in underdeveloped countries.

Fruits – Melons have a high risk of food poisoning because of the environment of which they grow.  They are often grown in warm and humid conditions which are perfect breeding grounds for bacteria. Other fruits like berries have an increased risk and can carry listeria, harmful bacteria. To reduce the risk, always wash thoroughly and store cool temperatures to decrease the risks.

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June 17, 2017 – SMART Med Tip Of The Day – Add black garlic to your favorite recipe

Over the past several years, many foodies have been jumping all over all of the amazing nutritional properties and tastes of black garlic. Developed in Korea, black garlic is produced by fermenting the whole bulbs of fresh garlic in a humidity controlled environments for 30 days.  As soon as it is out of the heat, the bulbs are left oxidize for 45 days, which causes the cloves to turn black and develop a chewy, soft texture with flavors comparable to balsamic vinegar and soy sauce with a sweet taste.

Packed with nutrition, black garlic is seven times higher in calcium, twice higher in phosphorus and is six times higher in protein compared to regular white garlic. It is low in alliin and extremely potent in antioxidants, in fact twice as much. The benefits from the plant come from the high concentrations of sulfurous compounds like s-allcysteine (SAC), which come from amino acid cysteine, which help to lower levels of cholesterol.  According to nutritionist, Robert Hobson, S-allcysteine is water soluble so it is more quickly and easily absorbed by the body. Other added benefits are improving blood pressure and blood circulation.  Like garlic, it is also an amazing protectant against infections, like a natural antibiotic. Where can you get black garlic?  You can purchase at Natural food stores, select retail grocery stores, eBay and Amazon. Why not open up your taste buds to a new taste and reap the added punch of benefits that are far greater than regular garlic.

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June 16, 2017 –  Smart Med Tip Of The Day – Add a little (Alma) Indian Gooseberry to your diet to reduce your cholesterol and help with other ailments.

Indian gooseberry is a high antioxidant Vitamin C fruit, packed with many vitamins and minerals.  It is grown in India, the Middle East and parts of Southeast Asia.  For thousands of years, it has been used with Ayurvedic medicine.  Today, people still use this fruit to make medicine for a number of ailments, such as treating high cholesterol, atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries), diabetes, pancreatitis, cancer, upset stomach, eye problems, joint pains, diarrhea, arthritis and obesity.  It is also used to kill germs.

Also called Alma, it enhances food absorption, balances stomach acid, fortifies the liver, nourishes the brain and mental functioning, supports the heart, strengthens the lungs, regulates elimination of free radicals, enhances fertility, helps the urinary system, increases skin health, promotes healthier hair and acts as a body coolant.

The fruit tastes sour but is very nourishing and you can reap the benefits from both dried and fresh fruit.  You can also reap the benefits from organic powders that are made.

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June 15, 2017 – Smart Med Tip Of the Day – Don’t forget to synergize your food to get added benefits!

A few years back, scientist and nutritionist discovered that some food work better together nutritionally for you than others, the concept is called food synergy.  For example, calcium cannot be absorbed without magnesium or sodium and potassium and zinc with copper.  The same idea holds true for food.  So pairing the perfect foods is not only amazing for your taste buds but its key in your overall health and being able to reap the benefits.

During the summertime, a number of people are using their grills and on occasion will tend to overcook or burn.  Studies have showed that overdoing patties or steaks can create potentially cancer causing chemicals called carcinogens.  Back in 2008, they found that the seasoning rosemary can counteract this.  It’s a natural antioxidant that seems to completely stop carcinogens from forming while you’re cooking.  You do not have to overdo it on the rosemary to get the extra added protection, all you need is just a dash and the flavor will pop.

Another study from Purdue University showed the tomatoes cannot be absorbed into the body unless it’s delivered with a little fat.  Tomatoes are known for containing carotenoid lycopene, which helps to decrease the risk of cancers.  A healthy fat to match it with is an avocado, about 4 grams of absorption-boosting monounsaturated fats. Other nutrients in fruits and vegetables, including Vitamins A, D and E are also best absorbed with a little fat, so the next time you make up a good salad, don’t forget to add a little fat so you reap the most positive benefits.

For those who are trying to watch their cholesterol by eating healthy oats, whole grain foods and oatmeal, don’t forget to add vitamin c on the side to help stabilize the cholesterol levels to keep your arteries clear.

Turmeric is known to have amazing benefits and not only is it a great antioxidant but it acts like an antibiotic.  But studies show, that it won’t do as much good unless there is some added black pepper, which will increase the bio availability of the curcumin, the dominant compound in turmeric.  If you buy in supplement form, you will notice that it’s prepared with black pepper extract or piperine.  So the next time you cook with turmeric, don’t forget to add black pepper to get the added boost to your immune system.

Over the past decade or so, nutritionists have been pushing fish into our diets to improve our heart health.  The next time you cook up some fish, add garlic, not only to flavor but to help lower cholesterol even more.  Garlic already prevents the increase of LDL or the bad cholesterol but adding to fish will give it the boost you need.

When you’re trying to pump the iron into your body, don’t forget the vitamin C.  In fact, if you buy iron supplements, you will notice that they will have vitamin c with it.  As like calcium and magnesium, the iron will not absorb without the vitamin C.  So, the next time, you go to make a powerhouse salad with greens like spinach, kale, Swiss chard or more, add some lemon juice, a handful of strawberries, mandarin oranges or even bell peppers to convert the plant based iron in your salad into similar or comparable form of iron that is found in meat, according to Men’s Health.  Plus it will add some amazing flavor.

Apples and grapes – Flavonoid quercetin, antioxidants that is in apples and many berries helps fight breathing problems, memory issues and some cancers.  But when eating together like apples and grapes, the additional flavonoids can inhibit blood clots and boost heart health.

When it comes to your health, food is a key part, so take the time to think about what is going into your body, so you can reap the best benefits, have a happier life and less visits to the doctors and hospitals.

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June 14, 2017 – Smart Med Tip Of the Day – Add this powder into your diet if you want to quit smoking, get kidney stones, have joint issues, especially in the big toe, arthritis, renal failure, get UTI’s, have gout, get acne, want to prevent gallstones and heartburn.

Increased inflammation in the body can result from high levels of uric acid in the bloodstream or a decreased execration though the kidneys, called hyperglycemia.  This leads to the issues above with gout, kidney stones, renal failure and joint pain, especially in the big toe. Furthermore, recent studies have shown that high blood uric acid levels are associated with cardiovascular disease and hypertension.  Obesity, under active thyroid, diabetes, genetics, renal insufficiency, a diet high in purines and alcohol consumption can help contribute to the high uric acid levels.

Cream of tartar, which is used with recipes like whipped egg whites for lemon meringue pie, souffles and angel food cake, is a byproduct of wine and grape juice processing.  It is an acidic salt that acts as a stabilizer for these types of ingredients.  Cream of tartar gets its name from its chemical makeup which is potassium hydrogen tartrate.  Below are the benefits that you can reap from consuming cream of tartar and ways to use it.

Please consult your doctor before trying any of the below you have issues with potassium level in your kidneys.  Cream of tartar is natural laxative and also acts a diuretic.  Losing too much liquid can affect your electrolytes and cause dehydration.   The Journal of Medical Toxicology published two case reports where using cream of tartar as a natural remedy resulted in life-threateningly high potassium levels. Potassium plays a role in regulating your heartbeat, so high levels can cause your heart to beat too fast or even stop. Taking cream of tartar may not be safe for people with kidney problems who typically require a potassium-restricted diet.

Urinary tract infections – Cream of tartar helps to change the PH levels of your urine, turning the environment that it thrives upon into a complete hostile one, so it goes away.  To treat a UTI, mix 1 1/2 teaspoon of cream of tartar in 1 cup of arm water.  Squeeze some lemon or lime juice and drink twice daily until cured.

Quit Smoking – Cream of tartar is an excellent way to help remove nicotine from the bloodstream. Who knew!  If you have tried to quit but have had no luck, try this mix.  Add 2 teaspoons of cream of tartar into a glass of orange juice and drink it before you go to bed each night.  Doing so, will strengthen your immune system and cleanse your body of toxins.

Heartburn – Tired of taking pills for heartburn, try this instead.  Mix 1/2 teaspoon with 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda into a glass of water at the onset of heartburn or drink 1 teaspoon of the solution. You should get immediate results.

Acne – People get acne at any age, so this solution will benefit everyone.  Cream of tartar has the ability to detoxify and remove impurities from the body.  Mix 1 teaspoon with 8 ounces of water and drink each morning.  Do this for a month and you will notice clearer skin.

Arthritis – Below are steps to make two months’ worth of this wonderful arthritis mixture.  Take two spoonfuls of the frozen mixture each morning, following with tepid water with ½ a teaspoon of a good vitamin C powder added to it.

Use this recipe to soothe your painful arthritis:

Ingredients

  • 3 oranges • 3 lemons  •  3 grapefruits  •  50g Epsom salts (magnesium sulfate)  •  50g cream of tartar •  1.5 liters of water.

Method:

  1. Scrub the fruits very well to ensure that all sprays or other contaminants are removed.2. Blend the fruits well, including skins and seeds.
  2. Leave the blended fruit mixture to stand overnight.
  3. On the following morning, boil some water.
  4. Add the Epsom salts and cream of tartar to the boiled water.
  5. Add the water, Epsom salt and cream of tartar mixture to the blend of citrus fruits.
  6. Place in a suitable container and freeze.

Gallstones – As more of a preventative than a cure, you can mix the juice of 6 lemons in a quart sized jar, add a tablespoon of Epsom salt and 3 tablespoons of cream of tartar.  Top the jar off with water and place into the refrigerator.  Every night, drink a small glass of the solutions and you should be able to eat whatever you want without gallstones forming.

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June 13, 2017 – Smart Med Tip Of The Day – Pay attention to the sticker on the fruits and vegetables that your purchase.

When you go to the grocery store, you will find that the fruits and vegetables that you buy have stickers.  Those numbers not only define what the fruit or vegetable cost for the consumer but they also define how the fruit or vegetable were grown.  The number on the fruit or vegetable is called PLU.

1) If the PLU only has four numbers, this means that the produce was grown traditionally with the use of pesticide. For example, banana’s use the code 4011.

2) If the PLU uses five numbers and the first number happens to be an 8, this indicates that the produce has been genetically modified and therefore the produce was created in a very unnatural way.  A genetically engineered banana would be 84011.

3) If the PLU has five numbers with the first number being 9, this indicates that the produce was grown organically without being genetically modified or using unnatural pesticides.  An example of an organic banana would be 94011.

The glue to attach the sticker is considered food grade but the sticker itself is not.  So, always try to remove them and wash thoroughly with pure water.

A good website to find out more about what is being used on which vegetables and fruits are the Environmental Working Groups (http://www.ewg.org/).  They have definite which produce has been tampered with and what has not.  Or what are considered safe or clean and what is not.

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June 12, 2017 – Smart Med Tip OF The Day – Trouble getting back to sleep?  Try this remedy.

Some people have trouble getting to sleep and getting back to sleep at night. Often times, we have a lot going on in our heads. Below is a very good remedy at least to give it a try. There are lots of natural remedies out there and this one is another one to add to your list.  Enjoy!

  • 1 organic banana
  • 1 small pot of water
  • 1 dash of cinnamon – optional

1) Cut both ends of with the peel on and put it into boiling water for about 10 minutes.

2) Us a colander to pour the water into the mug.  At this point you can sprinkle cinnamon.

3) Don’t let the left over go to waste, so serve it on a plate with the skin included and dig in.  The texture is soft gooey and highly enjoyable.

4) Drink the tea one hour before bedtime.

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June 11,2017 – Smart Med Tip Of The Day – Drink Tart Cherry Juice

One would not normally think to reach for Tart Cherry Juice but you might want to start thinking of doing so the next time you go to the grocery store. Tart Cherry juice is loaded with antioxidants and nutrients.  It’s great for pain because it helps to reduce inflammation in the body, make it great for osteoarthritis and even gout.  It is rich in melatonin, which is great for helping you sleep and it also known to help prevent breast cancer.  Aside being rich in melatonin, cherries are a dense food rich in quercetin, anthocyanins, carotenoids, potassium and hydoxycinnamates.  It is an excellent source of vitamin C and is high in fiber, making it also a great aid in weight loss.  Being rich in potassium, tart cherry juice reduces the risk of stroke and helps to aid with high blood pressure.

Cherries have been consumed since prehistoric times.  Lucius Licinius Lucullus, from northeastern Anatolia, brought the cherry to Rome in 72 BC.  It was then later ordered by Henry VIII, who tasted it in Flanders, to introduce it to England.

So, pour a cold one and reap the benefits for your health.  Remember a happier you, makes a healthier you!

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June 10, 2017 – Smart Med Tip Of The Day – Drink this juice before you go to bed to burn belly fat

  • 1 lemon
  • 1 cucumber
  • 1 tablespoon of grated ginger
  • 1 tablespoon of aloe vera juice
  • A bunch of cilantro or parsley
  • ½ a glass of water

Add all the ingredients together, blend, and drink a glass of the juice before going to bed.

How can this work? You will be blending Mother Nature’s goodness that has been found to help with weight loss. While you’re sleeping, your metabolism slows down significantly.  The ingredients in this juice help to jump start so, it will continue to burn fat, even while you’re sleeping.

Cucumbers are fantastic for your skin but they are also a key ingredient in any weight loss program.  Cucumbers are low in calories and are high in water and fiber content, which are two main things that are key factors to burning fat.  Antioxidants, vitamins and minerals are also key factors in the weight loss process to help ease water retention.  Parsley, Cilantro and Aloe Vera are full of these and will significantly help to deflate your belly. Aloe Vera also stimulated your metabolic rate, therefore helping to reduce your body mass index.  Ginger, which is known to sooth your stomach, is also great for increasing your metabolism and it helps to prevent constipation.  It’s already known to many that adding lemon juice to water helps to burns fat. Why?  Because it’s an effective way to flush out toxins that have accumulated in your body and you will feel better for it.

Get the blender out and treat your body with a healthy and satisfying juice blend that will do your body good.  Remember a healthier you, is a happier you!

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June 9, 2017 – Smart Med Tip of the day – Work out your pain away.

Pain is usually a sign of inflammation in the body and it’s your body’s way of tell you something’s off.  When people are in pain, one of the last things they want to do is to skip exercising.  But exercise can often time help reduce the inflammation, decrease the pain and improve your quality of life.  This doesn’t meant that you have to do a full on workout either.  The best thing we can do is to listen to our bodies and not overdo it by running a marathon.  The idea is to ease into it until you feel better, and then you can run your marathon.  The point is that everyone can do something.  Just pace yourself and if you are experiencing pain from injury or trauma, make sure to consult your doctor, chiropractor or physical therapist.  Below are some exercises that can help get you moving. Again, you don’t want to push yourself but you do want to do something to help your body help you

Walking – Just about everyone is able to walk and walking happens to be a low impact activity that is easy to do, if you have the physical capability.  Taking a good walk is easy and it’s great for your body, mind and soul.

Yoga – Blood flows better through your body with the breathing components of doing yoga so it will help alleviate chronic pain as does the movement and stretching.  With yoga, you want to do what feels comfortable.  There are those who have done yoga for years that can do some incredible poses but if you are new to it, listen to your body and do what you can.  The idea is to help ease your pain, so take baby steps if you have to.

Swimming – People with osteoarthritis or have musculoskeletal, joint or tendon issues will benefit tremendously with swimming.  Water defies gravity, so there are no potential damaging jolts to the muscle, joints or tendons.  The sound of water is also very therapeutic.

Simple stretching – This is something that should be done when you wake up in the morning before you get your body moving.  Animals do this automatically.  Stretching helps to get our body parts moving in full range of motion and even the slightest bit against gravity will be helpful.  There are many different types of stretching, so try what you are familiar with but again, don’t overdo it.  Listen to your body.

Light weight strengthening – For those who are suffering from arthritis, weight training is very helpful.  Ideally, if you can work the areas around the pain or inflammation, the better it will become for you. It will help take some of the stress off of the joints when you are using it.  Weights from 5-10 pounds will help.  Again, pace yourself and if needed, make sure to take baby steps.  If 5 pounds is too much, try a lighter weight or even a can of soup.  Whatever works, as long as you are trying, it will definitely help your pain.

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June 8, 2017 – Smart Med Tip Of The Day – Enjoy watermelon this summer.

Watermelon is 92% water with the 8% soaked in nutrients such as Vitamins A, B6 and C along with potassium, antioxidants, amino acids and lycopene, a phytonutrient.

Antioxidants and amino acids help to reduce inflammation, therefore allowing your body to work optimally.  Antioxidants help to fight against free toxic radicals, therefore helping to prevent cancer. Amino acids are the basic building blocks for protein and it’s used for every organ in your body. Amino acids help to promote blood flow, leading to cardiovascular health and improved circulation.

Lycopene is linked to heart and bone health, as well as prostate cancer prevention. It also has anti-inflammatory properties.  Lycopene is what gives the watermelon its red color.  A 2011 study in the journal of Food Composition and Analysis investigated that five types of watermelon at four stages of ripening found that unripe watermelon, has zero beta-carotene.  By the time it got the full red color, it was an excellent source of phytonutrients.  This doesn’t mean that the other parts are not healthy.

Other than the taste, the best part of watermelon is that there is no fat and it’s low in calories.  2 cups of diced watermelon has 80 calories and 0 fats.  It’s also very refreshing. So this summer, cool off with some delicious watermelon, which will do your body good.

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June 7, 2017 – Smart Med Tip Of The Day – Use the right knife to increase health benefits!

One would never think that using the right knife could make all the difference in the world when it comes to your health, but it does.  For a very long time, it was believed that tearing vegetables, especially salad leaves, were the best way to preserve vegetable or fruit nutrients.  The idea behind being that it would not disrupt the cells of the plants and leak out the important nutrients.

Now there is a new school of thought, at least for some vegetables and fruits.  Chopping the cells in the plants actually increases the polyphenols. Polyphenols are a type of antioxidants that have been shown to improve health.  The polyphenol compound is often found in the skin or the rind or plants and it can help or delay cell damage from free radicals or unstable molecules that damage our cells and DNA.

“Nutrition Today” claims a wide variety of health benefits with polyphenols, such as reducing the risk of cardiovascular disease, type 2 Diabetes and urinary tract.   According to the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, polyphenols provide 10 times higher intake levels that that of Vitamin C an 100 times higher than Vitamin E or carotenoid.

Now, some fruits and vegetables will turn brown sooner with chopping or cutting.  Examples are potatoes and apples.  This happens because the enzyme polyphenols oxidase breaks down the polyphenols.  But the type of knife you use can make all the difference in the world.  Iron and copper increases browning and this is what most stainless steel knives are made from, along with other metals. When cutting your veggies or fruits, the browning affect is tripled.  Luckily, there are alternatives.  Ceramic and even plastic knives are chemically inert and will slow down the browning process.  In studies, they found that using plastic or ceramic, the fruits and vegetables prevented browning for a full day longer than metal or by tearing with hands.  But rather than replacing all your knives, you can replace them with ceramic blades or by a knife or two to have on hand.  Ceramic and plastic are also better to use with meat, cheese and when crushing garlic.

To find out more about cutting your veggies or fruits, check out Dr. Mercola http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2017/06/05/right-knife-for-cutting-vegetables.aspx

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June 6, 2017 – Smart Med Tip Of The Day – Buy local raw honey and do the honey test.

The average American consumes more than 150 lbs. of refined sugar plus an additional 62 lbs. of high fructose corn syrup every year.  If you can switch your intake of refined sugar to pure raw honey, the health benefits would be gigantic.

Why local raw honey?  Local raw honey is a pure, unpasteurized and unfiltered sweetener, made by local bees from the nectar of flowers and it does not get robbed of the amazing nutritional value and health benefits, like processed honey. Raw honey will help everything from seasonal allergies, low energy and may even help with weight loss.

Local raw honey contains bee pollen of the area that you live in, therefore, it will be able boost your immune system so that you are not allergic to it.  Think of it as a natural allergy shot.  Some people say that a daily teaspoon of raw honey will act like an allergy shot.

In 2013 a study found that eating honey at a high dose (1 gram per kilogram of body weight) daily will improve allergy symptoms over a period of eight weeks.  Researchers found that it improved the overall individual symptoms of rhinitis, itchy, watery eyes, sneezing and other allergy symptoms.

Raw honey is also a natural energy source. It contains 80% natural sugars 18% water and the remaining vitamins, minerals, pollen and protein.  It provides our bodies with an easy absorbed supply of energy in the form of glycogen, making it great for starting the morning or pre and post exercises regimens.  Studies at the University of Memphis Exercise and Sports Nutrition have found that honey is one of the best choices of carbohydrates to consume right before exercising and it is shown to be better than commercial energy gels.

Raw honey is also great to help you lose weight or maintain weight. A study from the University of Wyoming found that raw honey will activate the hormones that suppress appetite.  Another study from San Diego State University study found that replacing sugar with honey will help prevent adding extra pounds and to boot, it will lower blood sugar.

There are a lot more benefits to honey like helping you sleep, helpful for diabetics, useful for ulcerated wounds and much, much more.  It’s one of nature’s purest foods and more than just a sweetener. Raw honey is also a functional food, containing 22 amino acids, 27 minerals and 5,000 enzymes.  So, the next time you reach for a teaspoon of sugar, consider dipping into your local raw honey instead.  Your body and your taste buds will thank you.

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June 5, 2017 –  Smart Med Tip Of The Day – Eat your stress away

Believe it or not, there are some very good comfort foods that you can eat your stress away.  This is not about binge eating but about treating your body with the right nutrients to help keep your temperament cool and calm.  Below are only 7 of many foods that will help ease your nerves.

Pistachios – Penn State researchers have found that a handful of pistachios are loaded with magnesium, which will help control cortisol (stress hormone) levels.  The magnesium is linked to causing less arteries to dilate during stress situations, which in turn causes less tension on the heart.

Orange Juice – According to Erin Palinski-Wade, a registered Dietician and the author of “Belly Fat Diet For Dummies”, drinking orange juice will decrease the production of cortisol because of the nerve calming powers of 1000 milligrams of Vitamin C.  Orange juice will elevate cortisol to help both physical and mental health.

Dark Chocolate – We know that dark chocolate has antioxidant properties and according to NIH, the flavonols and polyphenols in dark chocolate help to bring a feeling of calm and naturally lower blood pressure.  The recommended amount is 1.5 ounces per day, which adds up to a few squares or nibbles.

Oysters – There is a reason why they say Oysters are an aphrodisiac.  Oysters are loaded with zinc, 7 times more than any other serving of food.  Zinc is essential in preventing depression and will power up your immune system, so you don’t get ill.

Wild Salmon – Full of Omega-3 and inflammatory fighting properties, salmon can lessen the production of cortisol.  In a Ohio State University study, they monitored diets on a group of students and found that the students who had omega rich diets had 20% less anxiety levels compared to the students who didn’t.

Oatmeal – Oatmeal has complex carbohydrates that will ward off stress and reduce blood pressure, which increases the brain’s levels of serotonin.  Serotonin has antioxidant properties that help you feel calm and it will sooth the feeling of anxiety.

Asparagus – A study by the British Journal of Nutrition shows that asparagus is a means to quickly lowering stress and will increase a feeling of calm and tranquility. Asparagus is full of high levels of folate, which is a natural and effective stress reliever.  It also has the ability to stabilize blood sugar levels in type 2 diabetes.

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June 4, 2017 –  Smart Med tip Of The Day – Switch to whole grains!

Whole grains offer an abundance of health benefits, unlike refined grains, which are stripped of much needed and valuable nutrients. Most of our lives if not all of our lives, many of us have had limited choices of what to buy in our main stream grocery stores.  Unless you shopped at a health food store, you were cheated out of health benefits or not aware of your full potential.  The media didn’t help.  Now, organic and eating healthier a trend and it’s here to stay.

It can’t be emphasized enough, the need to read labels of the food you buy.  Most of us have our taste experiences embedded in our heads and we know what we like.  Unfortunately, we overlook what gets put into our bodies.  The United States has the highest rates of cancer, heart disease, obesity and more. Reading the labels and becoming aware of what is put into our bodies, can help to reduce the numbers there.  It’s because processed foods and other factors that make those numbers so high.  If you want to live well and feel well, think about and read about what you are putting into your body.  You only have one body, so treat the best you can and do everything in moderation.

All whole grain kernels contain three parts: germ, bran and endosperm.  Each section contains powerful nutrients.  The germ is the core of the seed, where growth occurs and it’s enriched with vitamin E, B Vitamins, healthy fats, phytochemicals and antioxidants.  The bran is the fiber richer outer layer, which also supplies B vitamins, antioxidants and phytochemicals. It also is rich in copper, iron, zinc and magnesium.  The endosperm is the interior layer that holds protein, carbohydrates with small amounts of B vitamins and minerals.

Bran and fiber help to maintain blood sugar by slowing down the breaks down of starch into glucose. Fiber helps to prevent the formation of blood clots that can trigger heart attacks and strokes.  Fiber also helps lower cholesterol as well as help process foods through our digestive tract. The phytochemicals and essential minerals found in whole grains, help to protect us from some cancers.

Taking away these benefits with refined grains doesn’t make sense, does it?  It’s not too late to reap the benefit.  If you’re looking at it on a budget level, compare the price you pay in terms of medical. You’ll save money if you can save your health.

The 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommends eating 6 ounces of grain foods daily (based on a 2000-calorie diet) and getting at least half or 3 ounces of that grain intake from 100% whole grains.  An easy way to tell if a food product is high in 100% whole grains is to make sure it is listed first or second in the ingredient list. Or better yet, choose unprocessed whole grains. So the next time you go to the grocery store, stop and take the time to look at the label.  Your body will thank you and you’ll be amazed that your taste buds will too.

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June 3, 2017 – Smart Med Tip Of The Day – Eat a rainbow of colors always.

Eating a variety of colorful foods provides us with the right vitamins, minerals and antioxidants to nourish the body, which can’t be replicated by a supplement.  All natural foods have a unique color, flavor and smell.  Below are the benefits that we get from each color of fruit or vegetables.

Yellow – Signifies foods that will help beautify us.  These are the foods which are rich in Vitamin C that help our immune systems to reduce inflammation, maintain healthier skin, prevent allergies and fight against harsh free radicals.  Yellow foods contain bioflavonoids and citrus, which strengthen the collagen in your skin, ligaments, tendons and cartilage.  Yellow foods include lemons, pineapples, grapefruit and yellow peppers.

Green – Represents detoxification.  Green foods get their color from chlorophyll, a natural blood purifier that supports the kidneys and liver and helps us to eliminate toxins.  Green foods contain high amounts of Vitamin K, which is necessary for building strong bones and preventing blood clots. Examples of green foods would be:  Spinach, kale, broccoli, green beans and celery.

White – Immune Support – White food have an array of beneficial nutrients such as sulfur, anthoxanthins and quercetin.  All help to boost your immune system because of the anti-inflammatory, anti-viral and anti-fungal properties, which help to fight infections. Example white foods are: Onions, cauliflower, garlic, and daikon raish.

Orange – Cancer Prevention – Orange food are high in beta-carotene, which our bodies need to transform Vitamin A and antioxidants.  These nutrients help our bodies against cancers, infections, heart disease, as well as help maintain healthy eyes and skin.  Examples of orange foods include: Oranges, squash, cantaloupe, carrots and sweet potatoes.

Purple – Longevity – Purple foods carry the most amount of antioxidants of all the colors and therefore able to better protect your body against diseases and other health issues leading to longevity.  Purple foods also raise good cholesterol, HDL and help to maintain the brain.  Blueberries, eggplant, cabbage and blackberries are examples of purple foods.

Red – Heart Health – Red foods benefit the circulatory system by help built healthy cell walls.  Rich in anthocyanin and phytonutrients, red foods are able to help improve blood pressure, organ function and over all circulation.  Red foods also help to protect from harmful UV damaging rays.  Examples of red foods are beets, tomatoes, watermelon and red bell peppers.

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June 2, 2017 – Smart Med Tip Of The Day – Start your day with Matcha!

64% of Americans start their morning with at least one cup of coffee.  Over the years, various flavor of coffee have become popular and have sent many coffee drinkers to Star Bucks or other popular cafe places.  This all good but there is another kid on the block with a healthier kick.  As popular as coffee is, tea is starting to become trendy and it’s picking up some steam with a traditional Japanese favorite, Matcha.

What is Matcha? Matcha tea is a very common drink amongst Asian cultures and comes from Japan. It’s a bright colored green tea, which is used during traditional ceremonies. The bright color comes from the chlorophyll.  With most teas, you steep the leave, discard and then drink the remaining water.  With Matcha, you consume the entire leave, leaving you to reap all the nutrients and benefits.

Much like coffee, it has energy boosting caffeine but with half as much. But the caffeine content depends on how much is used.  A suggested half to one teaspoon of powder will provide anywhere between 34-70 milligrams of caffeine.  To boo, the powder also contains the amino acid L-theanine, which has mood boosting properties and has a relaxing effect on the mind.  Best of all, it is a disease fighting antioxidant, which helps to prevent cancer and heart disease.  Matcha has three times more antioxidants then any form of green tea.

You don’t have to rid yourself of your coffee but give your taste buds a variety an ad more benefits into your morning brew.  But if you can’t kick the coffee habit, you can also add Matcha powder to your favorite yogurt, ice cream, smoothie, cookies, oatmeal, or over some fruit.

To make a cup of Matcha, you will need just a bowl, tea (bamboo) whisk, and a teaspoon. Measure out your desired amount of Matcha powder, and add it to the bowl. You can heat it up with either milk or water and follow up by adding a small amount of the hot liquid to the bowl. Whisk until a thick paste forms with no clumps remaining. Pour the paste into the pot you used to heat the liquid, and continue to whisk until you reach a smooth, frothy consistency. Pour into your coffee mug and enjoy!

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June 1, 2017 –   Smart Med Tip Of the Day – Check out some of the great benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar!

Medical research has found the apple cider vinegar will help to improve diabetes, support weight loss, helps acid reflux, lowers blood pressure and more. Apple cider vinegar contains powerful healing compounds like acetic acid, enzymes, magnesium, potassium and probiotics.  Acetic acid has the ability to kill bad bacteria and at the same time help the growth of good bacteria. It’s a a natural antibiotic and probiotic.  It will help dental, skin, digestion issues and more without any harmful side effects.
Researches say that it plays a role of polyphenols in the prevention of cancers, osteoporosis, diabetes, cardiovascular diseases and Alzheimer’s.art

Check out Dr. Axe’s “20 Apple Cider Vinegar Benefits” to find out more.

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May 31, 2017 – Smart Med Tip Of The Day – Boost up your taste buds and improve your health with these 5 spices!

Ginger – Ginger has always been known to help stomach issues but it is rich in inflammation fighting compounds, so it can even help to relieve colds, arthritis pain, cancer and infections. In a recent study, people who took ginger capsules daily for 11 days in a row, report 25% less muscle pain when they performed exercises that were designed to strain their muscles.

One study found that ginger injections help to relieve osteoarthritis pain of the knee. In a recent study, people who took ginger capsules daily for 11 days reported 25 percent less muscle pain when they performed exercises designed to strain their muscles, compared with a similar group taking placebo capsules.

Ginger’s reputation as a stomach soother seems deserved: studies show ginger extracts can help reduce nausea caused by morning sickness or following surgery or chemotherapy, though it’s less effective for motion sickness.

Ginger goes well with citrus, Chile peppers, garlic and soy sauce.

Turmeric  – Turmeric has made news the past few years.  It is use quite a bit in India as they used it as a paste to apply to wounds to speed up healing.  People also used turmeric tea to help relieve colds and respiratory issues.  Recent studies have shown that turmeric has potent antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties from curcumin, a compound inside turmeric.  Curcumin has been shown to help injuries and dental procedures and relieve pain in arthritis.  Studies have shown its potential in managing heart disease, Alzheimer’s and diabetes.  Other studies have shown that it can suppress enzymes that activate carcinogens in cancer cells. There are a lot of benefits in turmeric.  Turmeric goes very well with coriander, cumin, citrus, garlic and curry.

Rosemary – As mentioned the other day in our other Smart Med tip of the day, Rosemary is great for memory, especially for long term memory and remembering tasks that need to get done.  Kansas State University researcher’s reported that adding rosemary extracts to ground beef helped prevent the formation of heterocyclic amines (HCAs) – cancer causing compounds produced when meats are grilled, fried or broiled. Science has also looked at rosmarinic acid and other antioxidant compounds in rosemary that help to fight bacteria and help meat from spoiling and even make cooked meats healthier.

Rosemary pairs very well with chicken, potatoes, citrus, honey, garlic, Chile peppers and onions.

Sage – Soothes a sore throat, aids an upset stomach and helps to improve memory.  In a study, they used sage solution as a throat spray and it proved to relieve pain.  Researchers also say that sage can improve early onset Alzheimer’s by preventing a key enzyme by destroying acetylcholine, a brain chemical involved in memory and learning.  Another study showed that it helps to improve mood.

Sage pairs well with Squashes, parsley, rosemary and thyme.

Chile Pepper – This spicy to fiery spicy, will help trigger your body’s natural cooling system. Capsaicin, a pungent compound found in hot chili’s helps to rev up the body’s metabolism and boost fat burning but the studies have not shown that it will result in long term weight loss.  Capsaicin is used for pain relief, it helps to reduce the risk of ulcers because it helps the stomach to reduce any signs of bacteria and it will help the heart by keeping bad LDL cholesterol from turning into a more harmful artery clogging form.

Chile Peppers go well with ginger, chocolate, beans and beef.

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May 30, 2017 – Smart Med Tip Of The Day – When you crave certain foods, try the following:

Chocolate – Most of us love chocolate and granted that good quality dark chocolate is very good for us, it’s ideal to eat in moderation. Your chocolate craving is actually for magnesium; so instead, reach for foods full of magnesium such as nuts, veggies or fruits.

Sugar – Some of us, if not many are sugar addicts!   It’s the sweetness of life that we love but getting too much, our body’s hate.  When you crave sugar, you’re actually craving the following: Chromium, Carbon, Phosphorus, Sulfur and Tryptophan.  Here are a number of foods you can grab to replace this craving: Fresh fruits, cheese, chicken, broccoli, eggs, nuts, cranberries, cabbage, cauliflower, raisins, spinach and sweet potatoes.

Carbs – Who doesn’t love carbs?  Our body actually needs carbs but in very limited amounts.  Many of us overdue it and that is what keeps weight on or helps us gain weight.  When we crave our favorite pasta or potatoes, our body wants Nitrogen.  So, try reaching out for the high protein foods like meat, fatty fishes like salmon, nuts, beans and chia seeds

Oily Foods – The next time you get a hankering for some French fries or friend chicken, try reaching out for some organic milk, cheese or leafy vegetables.  It’s no comparison but your body is craving calcium and this will do the trick to satisfy that urge.

Salty foods – There is nothing like some good salty chips to satisfy your craving but we know too much of them is bad.  Sigh!  When you crave salty foods, your body is saying, “Hey I need some chloride Silicon.”  Say what!  Go for some unsalted cashews, nuts, seeds, fatty fish or goat milk.  Silicon is the beautifying mineral, so it will also help benefit your hair, skin, connective tissue and bones.

Just remember that a healthier you, is a happier you!

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May 29, 2017 –  Smart Med Tip Of The Day – sniff Rosemary!

Rosemary is not just for cooking.  According to researchers, sniffing rosemary helps to increase alertness and improve memory. Researchers believe that the compound -1,8-cineole, which gives the plant the distinctive smell, aids a brain chemical, which is the key to memory. This same brain chemical is targeted by Alzheimer’s medicine.  Rosemary has a “drug-like effect”.When you take a whiff of rosemary, volatile molecules stimulate the olfactory nerve in your nose and they get absorbed into the bloodstream.  From there, the memory enhancing components of the rosemary travel to the brain where it acts on memory systems.

According to a test done Dr. Mark Moss, head of Psychology at Northumbria University, rosemary boosted long-term memory and the ability to do simple math.  It was found to help improve “prospective memory”, which we use to carry out plans. In fact, it will help you remember events up to 60-75% more.

Dr. Moss mentioned that while people think that reading and doing brain training puzzles, sitting watching TV while sniffing the aromas of rosemary will benefit just as well.

When you take a whiff of rosemary, volatile molecules stimulate the olfactory nerve in your nose and they get absorbed into the bloodstream.  From there, the memory enhancing components of the rosemary travel to the brain where it acts on memory systems.

You can use the plant or pure rosemary essential oil to assist with your memory.  For the oil, place three to four drops on a tissue and waft it through the airs.  For longer lasting aroma, add 10 drops of rosemary to 2 cups of boiled water or even better, purchase an aromatherapy diffuser.

Aside improving memory, rosemary is an abundant plant. It helps migraines because it can help alleviate pain, aids in digestion, eases muscles aches and also helps an itchy scalp. The oil from the plant helps to also get rid of wrinkle.  So keep some rosemary around your house, in one form or another.  It’s a natural way to do your body some good.

Remember, a healthier you, is a happier you!  Brought to you by Smart Medical & Rehab Therapy! (301) 585-2225  http://smartmedical1.com/

May 28, 2017 –  Smart Med Tip Of The Day – Think and Stay Positive!

When you wake up in the morning and when you are going to bed, think of at least one positive thing about your life.  This can be as small as observing beautiful weather, recognizing a goal that you achieved, something you’ve made or accomplished. It can also be an appreciation for a friend, a family member, plants that you’ve taken care of or a pet.

With Media and news, there is so much negative news and emphasis on how you should look and feel and even what you should do. What really counts is what you hold close near and dear. If you are someone who does things for others, acknowledge that, even if that other person has not show appreciation. Sometimes giving is more rewarding than receiving.

Our emotions affect our life physically an mentally. The more you realize that the small things in life are what matter, the happier you will become.

Remember that a happier you is a healthier you.

 

May 27, 2017 –  Smart Med Tip Of The Day – Eat Oranges.

Oranges and other citrus fruits have some amazing benefits to our diet. Don’t skip the orange juice in the morning.

Here are some benefits of oranges and other benefits.

1) Helps to lower Cholesterol

2) Great source of magnesium, which helps the body absorb calcium, thus maintaining healthy bones and teeth.

3) Aids in digestion and helps to stimulate juices to relieve issues like constipation.

4) Anti-inflammatory effects and combats viruses and bacteria

5) Eating oranges regularly slows down the process of Arteriosclerosis, hardening of the arteries.

6) Oranges contain Vitamin B6 (mood vitamin) acts in the brain to produce serotonin and makes us happens

7) Cancer fighting, citris fruits called limonois that last in the blood stream for up to 24hrs helps to prevent cancer.

8) Vitamin C – Vitamin C hleps to prevent genetic damage such as birth defects

Remember a healthier you, is a happier you.

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May 26, 2017  – Smart Med Tip Of The Day – Breath!

Breathing exercises can help your physical, mental and emotional health.  It can help health related issues, such as digestive disorders, blood pressure and panic attacks. Starting your morning with breathing exercises for 5 minutes per day will help energize and start your day.  You can this in bed, in the shower, while sitting in the car in traffic or however way it makes you the most comfortable.  Remember, this is about you and treating your body to something very good.

When you get used to starting your morning with breathing exercises you can also try it at night, as it is recommended to do breathing exercises twice per day.  You can do any time through the day, but note that doing at night may help you sleep more sound.  Breathing exercises will help get the oxygen flowing through your body to assist your central nervous system, which in turn will help you feel more relaxed.

Breathing can help relax and clear your state of mind. It’s something that we can control and regulate. Below are some Smart Med Tips to help energize your day and to help when things get overwhelming. If done properly, you will have a feeling like you had a good work out. Please consult your doctor before trying this if you have lung problems. Or if any of this starts to make you feel dizzy, stop.  You know your body best and it’s ideal to listen to it.

It’s ideal to sit up straight in the meditation position for breathing exercises but you don’t have to.  The oxygen will still flow through your body whether you are lying down or standing and you will still reap the benefits, which are stress relief, aiding in digestion, assisting in blood pressure and heart regulation and more.  It’s easy an it’s a win-win situation.

1) Breath in through your nose for 4 to 8 seconds or whatever works best for you.  Hold for 4-8 seconds and then slowly release for 4-8 seconds through your mouth.  Repeat this 3-5 times or whatever feels comfortable for you.  As soon as you start breathing out, you should start to feel good.

2) Repeat what is above but instead of breathing in through your nose; breathe in through your mouth for 4-8 seconds.

3) Inhale and exhale rapidly through your nose, equal in durations and as quick as possible.  Try this for up to 3 minutes.

4) Try for 3 breaths in and 3 breathe out cycles per second.  Breathe in through your diaphragm going outwards and when exhaling, your diaphragm should go in.   Do not do for more than 15 seconds on your first try.

5) Try breathing in 3-6 seconds through your nose, hold for 3-6 seconds, and then quickly release everything.  Repeat this to however many times you feel comfortable.

If you find that this is something for you’re on a regular basis, try to increase your time.  Up to 20 minutes maximum should suffice.  If you cannot manage to put this in to your day everyday life, remember it’s there for when you are under a lot of pressure.  Your breathing can help get you out of that horrible and over whelming feeling of stress.

Just remember, a healthier you, is a happier you!

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May 24, 2017 – Smart Med Tip Of The Day – Don’t forget to eat Chocolate!

According to a new study in Denmark, regular consumption of chocolate has been linked to helping prevent atrial fibrillation, a condition in which the heart’s chamber, known as the atria, does not beat at the same pace as the heart’s lower chamber, resulting in an irregular heartbeat. This condition increases a person’s risk for heart failure and stroke. Between 2.7 and 6.1 million Americans have atrial fibrillation, so it’s important to get yearly physicals.

According to “Journal Heart” published May 23, 2017, researchers found that adults who consumed chocolate at least once a month or more had 10-20% lower rates of atrial fibrillation than those who did not. Lead author of the study, Elizabeth Mostofsky, a researcher at Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health and at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center at Boston, found that the strongest overall effects were seen in women and men who at 1 ounce of chocolate two to six times a week.  One ounce of chocolate is equal to three or four squares from a Hersey bar for example.

This study was collected by more than 55,000 adults between the ages of 50 and 64 in Denmark and all participated in the Danish Diet, Cancer and Health Study. [5 Wacky Things That Are Good for Your Health]  For the study between 1993 and 1997, they asked how often they consumed chocolate.

They found that more than 3,300 of these adults in the study had atrial fibrillation or atrial flutter over the 13.5 years but they researchers took into consideration that other factors caused it, such as alcohol intake, obesity, smoking and others,

The exact reasoning of why chocolate lowers the risk of atrial fibrillation is unknown.  Researchers have concluded that the flavonoids may play a role.  Flavonoids, have anti-inflammatory antioxidant properties.  According to Mostofsky, the anti-inflammatory effect reduces the stickiness of the blood, leading to less scarring and connective tissues, thus leading to decreasing your chances of getting atrial fibrillation.

But Mostofsky set caution about the type of chocolate, as there is always a catch.  Chocolate with the highest cocoa content will have more flavonoids, which have the anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties.  The chocolates with the highest flavonoids and antioxidants are the dark chocolates.  Not all dark chocolates are the same, so do your research.

In this study, the consumers who were generally healthier had less risk of atrial fibrillation than their counterparts who did not consume chocolate.  According to the researchers, this study warrants further research and it has given the importance of helping to prevent atrial fibrillation, considering that 25 percent of adults will develop atrial fibrillation in their lifetime.

May 23, 2017 – Smart Med Tip Of The Day – Reduce or eliminate sugar in your diet, especially processes sugars!

You may have already cut out the sodas and ice cream from your diet but did you know that most likely you are still consuming sugar throughout the day, without even realizing it?  Sugar is added to foods that we really don’t associate sugar to, such as condiments, salad dressings, breads and more.  The American Heart Association recommends no more than 6 tsps. (25g) of sugar per day for women, and 9 tsps. (38g) for men, yet the average American consumes 19.5 tsps. (82g) every day.  Per year, that adds up to 66lbs per year per person.

Consuming a high sugar diet increases your odds of diabetes, heart disease, tooth decay and weight gain.  If you start reading the labels on all the foods that you consume, you will soon realize how often sugar is added.  Foods that you would associate salt to, like crackers or tomatoes sauce are packed with sugar.  If sugar is near the top of the list of ingredients, it’s a red flag.

No all sugars are bad but when you trying to reduce or eliminate, look for words more than sugar. The top leading “toxic “sugar in the US is high fructose corn syrup, or corn syrup.  Avoid sucrose or any sugar ending is “ose”.  Sucrose naturally occurs in fruits and veggies but it’s also refined into granulate table sugar and it can rapidly increase blood sugar levels, which can trigger events that can be bad for you, especially if you are diabetic.

Other sugars to look for on products that you would not expect to find would be brown rice syrup, honey, dried can sugar, invert sugar, molasses and maple sugar. All of these are listed on so many foods, including healthy ones like yogurt and cereal.  If several sugars appear on one label, it’s a sign that the food is less healthy than you think.

As soon as you know where sugar hides, you can start making changes.  You may want to shop for items that say “no added sugar” or “unsweetened”.   Look for items like oatmeal, canned fruit, and applesauce that say packed in juice, not syrup.  If you are one who does not like or have the time to read the labels, try downloading an app like Sugar Smart to your smart phone.   All you need to do is scan the bar code and the information will come right up.  It will also give you healthy tips.

Giving up sugar cold turkey for most people is not realistic.  For example, if you are one who likes sugar in their coffee, just try cutting back.  Instead of two teaspoons, try one.  The same goes with half and half.  For yogurt, mix a half sweetened with plain yogurt.  The idea is to gradually reduce the sugar taste.  Eventually, the sugar that you had tasted before will become entirely too sweet and you will wonder how you like this much sugar in the first place.

To help rid the sugar cravings, think of protein and fat.  Unhealthy carbohydrates loaded with sugar can cause blood sugar to rise rapidly, leaving you hungry again.  To eliminate that hunger pain, pair healthy fats, fiber and protein to your diet, all which will keep you feeling full longer and slow down the release of blood sugar to your body.

At breakfast, try adding nuts like almonds to your usual oatmeal or add eggs with your toast.  For a mid-day snack, try eating a slice of turkey breast or cheese with an apple.  Fats help you feel full longer thus decreasing your need for sugars.  Examples of good fats are nuts, seeds, and avocados.  Make sure to use heart healthy oils like olive oil, coconut oil or walnut oil.

When you are trying to rid yourself of sugar intake, you might think that artificial sugars are the way to go but they are not.  Artificial sugars are actually associated with weight gain, not loss, according to the 2010 review in the Yale Journal of Biology and Medicine.  Not to mention that you can mess up your taste for sweet.  When you east something sweet, your body expects calories and nutrition and artificial sugar does not provide this.  A healthier suggestion would be to add citrus, vanilla extract or vanilla bean to your favorite foods and drinks.  Skip the sugar filled oatmeal, save money on plain oatmeal and just add cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger.  Research has shown that cinnamon helps to regulate blood sugar naturally, which helps to control your appetite.

Write down your goals to reduce or eliminate sugar.  Once you have attained your goal, it’s okay to reward yourself.  This might give you something to look forward to, even if it’s a nice dessert.  But once you indulge, remember, everything in moderation, literally.   If you fail at your goal, just keep trying.   Just remember that a healthier you, is a happier you!

May 22, 2017 –  Smart Med Tip Of The Day – Consider adding Tulsi (Holy Basil) to your diet.

For thousands of years, different parts of Tulsi, the stem, leaves, root, flower and even the whole plant have been recommended to treat bronchial issues, arthritis, fever, insect bites, skin disease, diarrhea and more. Scientific research has confirmed the beneficial effects of Tulsi in that is can address physical, metabolic, chemical and psychological stress naturally.  To boot, Tulsi contains, vitamin K, Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Manganese, folate, calcium, potassium and magnesium.

Below are only 7 out many benefits of Tulsi:

1) Anti-diabetic – Studies have shown that Tulsi reduces blood glucose levels by protecting liver and kidney function from metabolic damage.  It also corrects abnormal lipid profiles.

2) Helps fight cancer – It helps to prevents and treat cancer naturally.  Researchers show that people who consume Tulsi on a regular basis are less susceptible to developing cancer cells.  Tulsi increases the antioxidant levels, prevents blood vessel growth contributed to cell growth and helps healthy gene expressions.

Tulsi also helps to heal damaged cells from radiation treatment and protect the body from radiation poisoning.  According to “Alternative Medicine Review’, Tulsi protects against toxic chemical induced injury by increasing the body’s levels of antioxidant molecules such as glutathione and enhances the antioxidant enzymes. These enzymes protect cellular organelles and membranes by fighting free radicals.

3) Fights Acne – Because Tulsi kills bacteria and infections, it has amazing benefits for the skin, internally and externally.  For best results, use with coconut oil to absorb into the skin even better.

4) Relieves Sinus headaches – If you are one who gets sinus pressure and pain, Tulsi is an anti-congestive and helps to reduces buildup and pressure in your sinuses.  Tulsi is has sedative and disinfectant properties and will help relieve migraine pain.  Try drinking one cup of Tulsi tea every day or by diffusing Tulsi essential oil.

5) Dental protection – Because Tulsi kills bacteria an infections, it is helpful for fighting cavities, plaque, tartar and bad breath.  It can also help to diminish cancer sores.  IT can also prevent oral cancer cell growth from those who chew tobacco.  Try adding a drop of Tulsi essential oil to your toothpaste or drink Tulsi tea every day.

6) Helps respiratory issues – Tulsi is great for helping bronchitis and very deep coughs.  The components of Tulsi leaves, such as eugenol, cineole and camphene provide relief from congestion and other respiratory symptoms.  Tulsi is also a natural asthma remedy, as it relieves congestions, it allows for easier breathing.

7) Excellent source of Vitamin K – Much like Vitamin D and Calcium, vitamin K plays a key role in bone a heart health.  One of the main roles of Vitamin k is to help with blood clotting and bone mineralization.  It also helps with metabolism, cellular health and brain function. One cup of Tulsi leaves has more than your daily recommendation of vitamin K, which makes it the perfect solution for those with vitamin K deficiency.

Try looking into adding Tulsi in your diet if you have not already.

A healthier you, is a happier you!

 

May 21, 2017 – Smart Med Tip Of The Day – Smile!

Smiling is something that comes naturally and is done without much thought.  It is something that helps to share information without words.

Did you know that smiling triggers activity to your brain?  The left front cortex of your brain is where happiness is registered. Your face has 44 muscles and allows you to make more than 5,000 different types of expressions, many which are smiles.  Smiling is good for you mental and physical health.  It can help de-stress, which helps to reduce the feelings of anxiety.  Even if you don’t feel happy, your body will automatically slow down your breathing and your heart rate. It also helps to reduce your blood pressure, improve digestions and help regulate your blood sugar.

Smiling makes you look more attractive and younger.  We are always asked to smile for photos and hence why.  According to the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, 96% of American adults believe an attractive smile attracts the opposite sex.

Smiling is contagious.  When you see others smiling, sometimes it’s hard not to smile yourself.  Studies show that something as simple as seeing a friend smile, can activate the muscles in your face to make the same expression, without even being aware that you are doing it.  But remember, misery loves company, an frowns act just like smiles, but with a negative reaction.  So choose the smile and watch how many others smile back.

Smiling can make you happy, even when you are not. There is a mind, body connection.  The act of smiling sends a message to the brain that your happy an when your happy, your body sends out all kinds of good feeling endorphins.  This reaction has been studied since the 1980’s and has been proven over and over. In an article in “Science” magazine, it showed that when people mimic different emotional expressions, their bodies produce physiological changes to reflect their mood, such as changing the heart rate and blood pressure.

When you wake up in the morning, try to think of happier or funnier thoughts to get your smiling going.  This will help you physically, mentally and emotionally and the person who see this.

 

May 20, 2017 – Smart Med Tip Of The Day – Add Bilberry to your diet

Bilberry, which is a relative of the blueberry, has been used for centuries in medicine and food.

During World War II, fighter pilots reported better night vision after eating bilberry jam. Today, Bilberry is used as a remedy for diarrhea, varicose veins, eye problems, poor circulation and even cancer. The leaf of the bilberry is useful for conditions like cataracts, glaucoma and diabetes because it reduces blood sugar.

Like the blueberry, bilberry is a powerful antioxidant, containing anthocyanosides.  In studies, the antioxidants scavenge the body for free radicals to help reverse damaged cells. Other studies done show that bilberry can reduce the risk of stroke, cancer, macular degeneration and heart disease. Bilberry also contains vitamin C, which is another benefit for building the immune system.

You can mix bilberry powder in a nice smoothie, use it in a jam or pie or buy it in pill form.  Whichever way works best for you.

May 19, 2017 – Smart Med Tip Of the Day – Don’t skip breakfast

Aside breakfast having positive effects on mental performance and concentration throughout the morning, researchers have shown that people who eat breakfast on a regular basis are less likely to be overweight. After five to eight hours of sleep, our body needs nourishment.  If you give your body less, your body is going to crave more.  A healthy breakfast is an important part of a balanced diet and it helps start your day with some vitamins and minerals that we need for good health.  A healthier you is a happier you!

May 18, 2017 – Smart Med Tip Of the Day – Dive into your family tree and look at family lifestyle

According to Mayo Clinic, finding out what your grandparents died of can provide useful and even lifesaving information.  25% of the children of alcoholics become alcoholics themselves. At the same token, looking at lifestyle and behavior also can provide your insight and you do not have to be genetically related.  Our parents, whoever they are, mold us into who we become.  It’s up to us to make any changes to our own lifestyles and behavior.

With ancestry.com, 23andme, FTDNA and others, even if you are adopted, you have access at your fingertips.  We realize that the main point to do the DNA tests is to get your heritage.  Other than 23andme, these companies provide us with raw data that we can plug into other helpful websites like https://www.promethease.com/, which will show what types of genes we carry and if we should worry.  And just because you are a carrier of a certain gene that is considered bad, doesn’t necessarily mean that you will get a certain disease or cancer.  It just means you may have a greater chance to get it.

Science has learned that behavioral type life styles, like smoking, drinking, doing drugs, can trigger gene expressions that can turn these genes on for cancer and other diseases.   If you have a poor lifestyle when it comes to your health, you may want to change your tune.

Again, even if you are a carrier of a gene, it does not mean that you will get sick or get cancer.  The idea of knowing that carry the gene can only help you to help yourself and your family.  It’s not a sure thing but it will help to reduce your risk.

May 17, 2017 – Smart Med Tip Of The Day -Be kind to your ears!

Hearing loss can be caused by age, disease, genetics, trauma, drugs, infection or even a very loud sound like an explosion.

With today’s technology, we have the opportunity to hear some amazing music with headphones or earbuds.  It sounds so good that we tend to raise the volume.  The earbuds on an mp3 player funnel the sound waves directly into the ear.  Long term exposure to high level volumes can gradually wear out the tiny hair cells of the inner ear that convert sound into the nerve signals going to the brain.

Hearing loss from noise usually accumulates over time and does not happen all at once.  If someone can hear the music that you are listening to, the music is too loud for your ears.

Richard M. Rosenfeld, MD, professor of Otolaryngology of Long Island College Hospital in Brooklyn gives the following advice:

– Check out notice-reducing headphones.  That way you don’t have to crank up the music volume to cancel out party noise or beach shouts.

– Take breaks if you listen to music through earbuds.  “An iPod at 6Q is safe for an hour a day”, he says.

– Don’t stand or sit next to a speaker at a party or concert.

– Parents should note: Do not let your child fall asleep with earbuds in.  Make sure their devices are set to 60 or lower.

60 decibels is the level of normal conversation.  A power lawn mower can generate 90 decibels, a rock concert 110-140 decibels and a 12-gauge gun shot at 165 decibels.

Summer is right around the corner and some of us will experience swimmers ear.  Make sure that your children’s ears are not pack with wax and debris because the mixing of warmth and bacteria filled water can start swimmer’s ear.  Swimmers ear is caused by common bacteria found in pools, hot tubs and lakes.  An infection can be triggered from nick or even a scratch.

Dr. Rosenfeld does not recommend the use of earplugs in a pool as “These can also cause trauma in the ear canal.” He even advises people with ear plugs to leave them out because it will start swimmers ear.

Don’t go overboard cleaning your ears out.  Everyone tends to put the swab into the ear but on the package it says not to.  Sticking something into your ear can push the wax and debris further inside.  If your ear is full of wax, try an ear wax remover or go see your doctor.

Your ears are important and the majority of us are lucky to have our hearing.  Be kind to your ears an try to recognize how you treat them, no matter how great the music or sound is.

\To find out more about caring for your ear, go to http://www.webmd.com/a-to-z-guides/features/5-summertime-tips-for-healthy-ears#1

Remember, a healthy you, is a happy you!

May 16, 2017 – Smart Med Tip Of The Day – Don’t forget the sunscreen but do it naturally!

More importantly, take a look at the ingredients in the sunscreen that you are using.  Most sunscreens contain Oxybenzone, which is not to disrupt the natural hormone process, especially in children’s. We all need Vitamin D, which is necessary for hormone function. And when we talk about hormones, it is not just the sex hormones in your body; there are others that assist with your endocrine system. According to the FDA, skin cancer has risen since the start of sun screen. In fact, the FDA does not have data that shows sunscreen helps prevent skin cancer.  It does help prevent sunburn.

Regardless, we all want to protect our skin and adding chemicals like Oxybenzone and others can counter act.  As many more of migrate over to organics, try to raise your awareness of what you put on your body, as much as what you put into your body.

Let alone, if you are someone who cares for the environment, think about the chemicals going into a lake or ocean.  Recent research shows the many compounds in sunscreen are harmful to ocean life, especially coral.  These compounds have shown to awaken dormant viruses in symbiotic algae called, Zooxanthellae, which provide food and color to the coral.  In turn the dormant virus replicates until the algae host dies, which causes the coral to die. It is estimated that over 5,000 metric tons of sunscreen wash off swimmers each year. This is something to think about.

Even some “natural” sunscreens contain harmful chemicals; you can research this for yourself.  http://www.ewg.org/sunscreen/ is a great place to start.  And if you are interested in making your own sun screen, check out Wellness Mamma. https://wellnessmama.com/2558/homemade-sunscreen/.  There are some all natural ingredients that contain SPF.

The ideal amount of sunscreen to put on your body is about the size of shot glass.  Make sure you re-apply after going into the water.

You know your body best, so treat it the best way you can, inside and out because a healthy you, is a happy you!

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May 15, 2017 – Smart Tip Of the Day – Get Neurobic!

Neurobics for your mind that is! What do we mean?  Get your brain fizzing with energy. American researchers coined the term ‘neurobics’ for tasks which activate the brain’s own biochemical pathways and to bring new pathways online that can help to strengthen or preserve brain circuits.  People with mental agility tend to have lower rates of Alzheimer’s disease and age-related mental decline.

Examples, Try putting some coins in your pocket and reach in to guess which ones they are. Brush your teeth with the opposite hand and try taking a different route home. These types of things will enlighten your senses and help keep your brain healthy.  Fitness for your mind is equally important as your body.

Watch the video below is of Ronnie White, the world’s leading brain memory expert.

May 14, 2017  – Happy Mother’s Day!

Smart Med Tip Of The Day  – Don’t forget to replace your dish sponge

This is the one thing in the house that carries the most germs, says Charles Gerba, PHD, a Microbiologist at the University of Arizona in Tucson.  “About 15 percent of the sponges contain bacteria that can make you ill.”  Even after two or three uses, your sponge has picked up a significant amount of bacteria.   Make sure to store in a dry location, toss them into the dishwasher weekly, with hot water or put them damp into the microwave for 30 seconds. Otherwise, replace them weekly or at the least monthly.

May 13, 2017

Smart Med Tip Of The Day – Do these daily stretches to help prevent knee pain.

Knee pain is the second most common pain next to pain.  You can get Osteoarthritis as young as twenty five.  The knee is the one of the most complex joints in our body and 1 in 5 of us will experience knee pain. When we do get knee pain, most of us want to take a break from the gym to let it heal or feel better. Contrary to doing this, it’s actually important to keep in moving, says Director of Rehabilitation for Midwest Orthopedics at Rush.If your regular exercise routine makes it worse, try the following stretches in this video that will help take your knee pain away.

May 12, 2017

Smart Med Tip Of The Day – When setting goals, remember the following three things:

1) Observe how you are feeling about your goal.  Health and fitness start as an idea to do something that is usually a mental and physical change. In order to follow through, our bodies and mind have to make an adjustment. While you are going through the motions, jot down how you are feeling about this goal and change in your life. Be honest with yourself. If you think you can’t do it, try to think of all the reasons why.  If you feel good about it, flaunt it!  If you feel bad about it, think of something better.

2) Remember what you have been doing from day one.  The acknowledgement alone will help you feel good about yourself inside and out. Celebrate your accomplishments, even the teeny tiny ones.

3) Recognize where you made changes that you never thought you would.  Did you ever think you would get to to where you are?  Are you surprised by your abilities and accomplishments?  Recognize that you are on the right path and are doing the right work for the right reasons.  Everything thing is progress, even if it takes baby steps.  Remember, you got this.

May 11, 2017

Smart Med Tip of The Day – If you’re getting ready for swimsuit season, use these spices to aid is weight loss.

1) Black pepper – Boosts metabolism as well as help digestion and aid nutrient absorption.

2) Cinnamon – Helps carbs process healthier and helps to reduce blood sugar.

3) Ginger – Acts as a diuretic, hinders cholesterol absorption, and improves gastric mobility.

4) Ginseng – Speeds up metabolism and boost energy levels.

5) Mustard Seed – Boosts metabolism by 20-25% for several hours after consumption.

6) Cayenne Pepper – Contains Capsaicin, which helps fight fat buildup, shrink fat tissue as well as lower blood fat levels.

7) Turmeric -Lowers body fat and weight gain because it reduces the formation of fat tissue by suppressing the blood vessels needed to form it.

8) Dandelion – Full of nutrients and helps slow the digesting, making you feel full longer.  It also aids in cleansing the liver.

9) Cumin – useful for digesting, so therefore a great aid in metabolism. Used for thousands of years, this spice is known for its anti-stress benefit as well

10) Cardamom -Boosts metabolism and ability to burn fat. It is used in Ayurveda, an ancient holistic system of medicine and natural healing from India.

May 10, 2017

Smart Med Tip Of The DAY – Eat smart for a healthy brain

Foods that help our body’s immune system and help keep inflmation under control will help your brain. This all comes from our the gut hormones that enter into the brain, which helps us process new information, influence cognitive ability, increases recognition helps us stay focused.

Brain foods rich in vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and good fats, provide us the energy and aid needed against brain diseases. When you treat your body to whole nutritious foods, your also benefiting your mind.

There are many whole nutritious foods to help your noggin. Dr. Oz, who is adored and followed by many lists about 15 of them at https://draxe.com/15-brain-foods-to-boost-focus-and-memory/.

May 9, 2017

Smart Med Tip Of The Day – Drink plenty of water.

Many people don’t realize how important drinking good clean pure water.  Our bodies are made up of over 60% water and many know that we have always been told to drink eight glasses of water per day. Below are reasons why. Hydration plays a major role in helping our brain function as well as our energy levels. Dehydration can occur with normal daily activities as well as high heat

Studies have shown that even mild hydration of 1-3% of your body weight can impair many parts of your brain function.  In one study with young men, it showed that the loss of 1.59% of water, there were increase feelings of anxiety, fatigue and a decrease in working memory.

In another study with young women, after exercise, it showed frequent headaches, impaired mood and decreased concentration.  In a different study with children and the elderly, it showed that dehydration impairs brain performance, memory and mood.

Drinking plenty of water will help to prevent and treat headaches.  An example is if someone went out drinking the night before, they may have a headache because they are hydrated.

Drinking more water also helps to prevent and alieve constipation.  Although, no known why, carbonated water has shown some promising results for constipation relief.

For those who are trying to lose weight, water is going to help “flush away the fat”.  It helps to boost your metabolic rate.   Studies have shown that just drinking 17 ounces of water, will increase metabolism by 24-30%.  If you drink a half of a liter of water before meals, you will lose 44% more weight over a twelve week period.

For those with stomach issues, it’s ideal to drink water at room temperature, to help aid in digestion.  But if you are trying to lose weight, the body will use additional energy (calories) to heat the water to the body’s temperature.

Water helps to maximize physical performance, especially in high heat.  Dehydration can have a noticeable effect on performance. It’s not uncommon for athletes to lose 6-10% of their water weigh by sweating.  As noted, lack of water will make it difficult physically and mentally, altering the body temperature control, increasing fatigue and reducing motivation.  If you actively exercise, or are looking to do so, make sure to be on top of your hydration.

Place a bottle of water by your bedside.  After sleeping four to eight hours, going without water, your body will crave it.  Even if you do not feel thirsty, make sure when you wake up in the morning, the first thing you reach for, is a glass of water.  This will help your body to wake up and get it motivated.

Water does the body good but try to stay away from tap water as much as possible.  The water plants do filtration chemically but as the water travel through the pipelines, it picks up some debris, impurities, and who knows what else.  Purified water is ideal because it cleanses and flushes your body the best.  But if you can’t do that, a water filter like Britta will work almost as well.  Do note that you can buy a gallon of purified water for less than a dollar the grocery store.  Stores like Walmart, Whole foods, Mom’s Home Depot and more will sell you a gallon of water for less than 40 cents if you bring your own bottle in.

Do your body a favor; drink plenty of good, clean pure water daily, to keep yourself physically and mentally healthy.   It will do your body good.

A healthy you, is a happy you!

May 8, 2017

Smart Med Tip of the day – Cut out sugar and flour to help inflammation and to lose weight.

When your body has inflammation, your immune system tries to kick in the white blood cells to repair tissue damage. This is normal. But when you suffer from chronic inflammation, your body gets confused because most likely your body is being bombarded by environmental, physical and mental invaders, which come in the form of stress, toxic chemicals and poor diet. This type of inflammation is a silent, yet violent kind of inflammation.

Over time, chronic inflammation wears out your immune system leading to chronic health issues, included asthma, cancer, autoimmune diseases and more.  Often time, these are treated with drugs and surgery but never get to the root problem.  Sometimes the treatments’ can add to your health problems.

To help reduce chronic inflammation, try cutting out refined sugar and flour.  Add more plant-based, nutrient-dense and whole foods.

It’s probably not as easy as it sounds and you could think it in your head but what matters is the actual doing part.  That is going to be your biggest challenge.

To help yourself, start by asking yourself, do I need to do this?  Is my body and mind struggling?  If so, doesn’t your mind and body deserve the best?  Do I need to lose weight? If yes, get a piece of paper out or open notepad on your computer and write down your goals.  Make this your challenge for the day and if you do really well, make it a week.  And if the week turns out well, try for another week.  You don’t have to do this forever but let’s get you to your happy place and get your body adjusted.

Now, as mentioned, the hardest part is the doing.  The internet is a really great tool.  You can try google some recipes for non-sugar and no flour diet.  If you find what you like, great! If not, google foods that do not have sugar and flour and copy and paste or write them down and circle the ones you will do.  An example website is livestrong.com – http://www.livestrong.com/article/25373-foods-sugar-carbs/.

Once you have figured out what you can live with for a day, a week or however long you want to try this out, write down a plan for yourself or copy and paste it.  Place that plan in front of you.  You can add to your refrigerator, a mirror or wherever you are going to see it.  On that same piece of paper, add some positive words of encouragement, such as “You can do this!”, “Way to go!” or “You Rock!”  Also write down something nice that you will do for yourself after you have accomplished this challenge.  If you’re used to not treating your body good, you’ll have a wake-up call and realize what you have been missing.  And to boot, you will be feeling better in the long run because all the inflammation that was causing pain, allergies, asthma and other health conditions will start to get better and at best go away completely.  And if you can’t do it today, try tomorrow or the next day but don’t let things get worse.  Do your body a favor and treat it good.  Don’t you deserve the best treatment, mind body and soul?

May 7, 2017

Smart Med Tip of the day – For a healthier you, try to sleep on your side.

Interestingly enough, studies show that sleeping on certain sides can help your health and even help prevent snoring.

Snoring is a common problem and happens for a number of reasons. While sleeping on your back, your tongue moves back into the throat and can cause snoring. Sleeping either on the left or the right and on your stomach is recommended to prevent snoring.

Back and neck pain can also be associated to the way we sleep. Sleeping on the right or left side will help to alleviate back and neck pain.

Sleeping on the right side can lower your blood pressure and heart rate, while Sleeping on the left side can put a strain on the internal organs and cause a negative effect on heart rate and blood pressure. But on the upside, if you suffer from acid reflux, sleeping on the left side will help. It is also recommend for pregnant women to sleep on their left side for optimum blood flow.

Unless your physician has specifically recommended a particular sleep position, choose the sleep position that is most comfortable for you. If you have questions about how your position during sleep can affect your health, speak to your doctor.

May 6, 2017 

Smart Med Tip of the day – Get your eyes examined every year, even if you have perfect vision or have had Lasik.

Your yearly exams will help your eye doctor track what comes next for you. If you skip years, they will not be able to help and issues like Glaucoma, which is genetic, could strike you when you least expect it.  Glaucoma is the second leading cause of blindness. It’s something that if caught too late, there may be nothing that can be done.  But if your eye doctor is able to track it, they can help save your vision.

Aside seeing your eye doctor, its idea to eat well to help ward off vision issues like macular degeneration and cataracts.  Good eye health starts with nutrients like Vitamin C and E, zinc, lutein and omega-3 fatty acids. These nutrients can be found in foods like salmon, tuna, eggs, nuts, citrus fruits, oysters, pork and green leafy vegetables.

Obesity and type 2 diabetes are the leading cause of blindness in adults.  Try to stay with a well-balanced diet and healthy weight.

Quit smoking and if you can’t get a vape.  You are more likely to get cataracts and macular degeneration if you are a smoker.

Give your eyes a break from the computer screen to prevent eyestrain, headaches, blurred vision, neck, back and shoulder pain and difficulty focusing at a distance.

Wear sunglasses to protect your eyes from the sun’s ultraviolet rays.  Too much exposure can also boost your chances of cataracts and macular degeneration

If you have not been to the Optometrist or Ophthalmologist for over a year, do yourself a great favor and go. It’s a good habit to get into and it will help you keep the vision you have.

A healthy you, is a happy you!

May 5, 2017

Smart Med Tip of the day – Do not skip meals regularly!

Are there consequences to skipping meals?  All depends on your age, diet and health.  Skipping meals can start physical processes that are both good and bad.

Losing weight is never a bad thing but if it’s dropped too quickly, studies show that you are more likely to gain back dangerous belly fat.  The weight you lose may also come from muscle, not fat, which is far from ideal.  There are good reasons to skip meals but losing weight should probably not be one of them.

Skipping meals can also prevent you from absorbing important vitamins and minerals our bodies need. Unless you ae doing intermittent fasting, which is actually beneficial, your risking nutrients linked to poor mental function, fatigue and other health concerns. If you are skipping or considering skipping on a regular basis, it’s a good idea to check with a nutritionist to ensure that you are getting enough vitamins, minerals and essential fatty acids.

If you routinely skip breakfast, you may be headed towards diabetes.  In a study done by Harvard School of Public Health, studies found that women who skipped breakfast regularly had a 20% chance of developing type 2 diabetes.  Another study linked men to developing heart disease.  Our bodies need nourishment to maintain healthy blood pressure, blood lipids such as cholesterol and hormone levels for insulin.  After hours of sleeping and then skipping breakfast, it puts a strain on our bodies and over time, it will lead to these health problems. These diseases can stem from inflammations, caused by regularly skipped meals.

Since skipping meals may leave you lagging, you’re more likely to skip out on exercise. Even if you push through the day skipping and then hit the gym, skipping a meal can leave you feeling horrible.  Athletes call it “bonking” and it occurs when low blood sugar saps your mind and muscles of energy that is requires making it to the next mile.  You also risk lowering your immune system, where in turn you catch a cold or flu.

So, think again of why you are skipping meals. Perhaps relook at your daily plan. Your health is important and not worth the risk of diabetes, heart disease or anything else.

Just remember that a  healthy you, is a happy you!

May 4, 2017 – May the 4th be with you! 🙂

Smart Med Tip of the Day -Read all labels because you are what you put onto your body!

What you put into your body is key to your health and what you put onto your body is equally important.  In fact some of the chemicals that you put onto your body may be interrupting your body’s natural process, causing or leading to some health related issues.

You might remember in Biology class that our bodies run by a network of glands and hormones that regulate everything we do.  This affects our entire endocrine system and plays a role in all phases of development, metabolism and behavior. Synthetic chemicals in products like plastics, fragrances, lotions, detergents, etc.. Have chemical compounds that are almost identical to what is in our body that they can mimic them.  This interferes with our natural hormones and disrupts the natural process.

Back in the 90’s, “Endocrine Disruptors” became a hot topic because they identified how chemical compounds were affecting our systems.  Many pawned it off as nonsense but those who listened followed suit and went all organic.  The NIH gives an extreme example but it gives you an idea.  https://www.niehs.nih.gov/health/topics/agents/endocrine/

Everyone is different, has a different genetic makeup and will not react as easily as others. Those do react, already take precaution.  Those who don’t may see it as they age.  So, take a close look at the labels and see what you are putting onto your body.  Words ending in the following try to avoid:  “paraben”, DMDM hydantoin, Imidazolidinyl urea, Methylchloroisothiazolinone, Methylisothiazolinone, Triclosan, Triclocarban, Triethanolamine (or “TEA”).  For further list, go to http://www.ewg.org/research/healthy-home-tips/tip-1-know-ingredients-your-personal-care-products

Going organic can be expensive, so if you are on a budget, like many, try an alternative solution and make your own. With the internet there are some great recipes to make your own lotions, shampoos and detergents.  All are very easy to make and use the simplest ingredients around. Top it all off, you can personalize it with your favorite scent using a nice essential oil.  The website DIY Natural is a good place to start and you will be amazed at how much money you will save.

May 3, 2017

Smart Med Tip Of the Day – Do not eat and drive!

It was found in a study done on 1,000 driver by Exxon Mobile that 70% of drivers eat while driving and 83% drink beverages when they are on the road.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates that eating and driving increases the likelihood of crashes by 80 percent. Additionally, 65 percent of near-miss crashes are caused by distracted drivers who are eating or drinking while driving. These statistics are shocking and highlight the urgency that’s needed to stop distracted drivers who are eating on the road.

While eating and driving, visual, manual and cognitive distractions are all dangerous but when combined, there is a greater risk to the driver, passenger and even pedestrians. If your trying to unwrap, grab, apply condiments or what have you, using one hand can be distracting for a driver. It’s simply not worth your life or the lives of others.

By avoiding these at-risk foods and simply waiting until you are home to have a meal, drivers can significantly reduce the chances of a serious or fatal car crash. If you are on a road trip far from home or must eat immediately even though you are driving, pull over instead and enjoy your meal before getting back on the road. Eating while driving is not worth endangering yourself or others.

May 2, 2017

Change up the pace by opening up your horizons and learn something new. 

Adding something new and different into your life opens up your horizons.  We are creatures of nature, who are meant to continually learn.  It doesn’t stop at high school or college.

Benefits of Learning:

– Makes us more confident

– Strengthens our character

– Helps us to identify and adapt to new situations and crisis

– Gives us new perspectives to be able to narrow down day to day situations

– Helps us to identify the natural, social and historical processes that impact and limit our everyday lives.

– Feeds innovation by inspiring us to thing outside of the box and provide others examples to follow

So, whether you have interest in learning a new language, taking an art course, a yoga class, Brazilian Jiu-jitsu, the sky is the limit.  The internet is literally at your hand to guide you. There are so many things you can learn where it doesn’t have to cost you a dime.  Youtube has a number of how to videos and you can always do a google.  If you want to spend some money, groupon and living social always have great ideas.  You can also check out your local community centers, which tend to have a wide range of things to learn.

So, don’t just sit here, write down what you have always wanted to learn and do, and go for it.  Father time is not getting any younger.

May 1, 2017 

Boost your immune system naturally.  At this time of year, many are suffering from allergies.  Here are natural tips to help beat the sneeze and pain of your sinuses.

Local raw honey – Taking a teaspoon of local raw, within 50 miles of where you live, will help build up your immune system to local pollen that is making you sneeze and torturing your sinuses.   It is ideal in helping to boost your immune system.

Quercetin – found in cruciferous vegetables, onion, green teas and citrus fruits. Quercetin is a bioflavonoid that stabilizes the release of histamine and helps to naturally control allergies. It also happens to be what makes a “super-food”, so it will assist with better longevity, heart health, endurance, anti-cancer and more.

Apple cider vinegar – A teaspoon of raw organic, unfiltered and unpasteurized apple cider vinegar is one of the oldest and useful remedies.  An 8 oz glass of water with a teaspoon of apple cider vinegar and fresh lemon juice is the best way to wake up every morning.  You can also add 1 teaspoon of apple cider vinegar in your neti pot solution at the first sign of an allergy attack. Make sure to always dilute as it can burn your esophagus.

Stinging Nettle –  Researchers have shown that the nettle leaf naturally controls histamines.  A number of doctors will recommend taking a freeze-dried preparation before hay season begins.  It can also be used as a tea or tincture. stinging Nettle goes back to ancient Greece.  It’s also proven to benefit skin, bone and urinary health as well

Frankincense – In a study published by Phytotherapy Research, 1-10 mg of frankincense orally will stimulate multiple levels of our immune systems, such as IgG, IgM and interferon. In other words, frankincense will boost your immune system if you suffer from seasonal allergies. You can run frankincense on your chest, behind your ear or diffuse it for three hours daily.

April 30, 2017

Don’t forget your prebiotics with your probiotics.  Over the years, more and more people have recognized the benefits of probiotics and although probiotics are an essential part to your stomach’s health, prebiotics help feed the probiotics. To achieve optimum health, combine the two together.

Prebiotics are a non-digestible fiber, found in foods like raw dandelion greens, raw onions and raw garlic. They are part of the chemical compound group, oligosaccarides, found with inulin and polysaccharides.  Fiber is the main star of the show for absorption of nutrients, gut and digestive health. Prebiotics along with probiotics open the door for heightened levels of overall health.

Your body is not able to fully digest them. After traveling through the small intestines into the colon, they get fermented by the gut micro-flora.  While the prebiotics are not broken down by stomach acids or digestive enzymes, they bring a positive change to the digestive tract and organs. Prebiotics are fundamental because they increase the presence of good bacteria called lactobacilli and bifidobacteria.

The health of our gut relates to the many other body functions. Prebiotics along with probiotics help to decrease inflammation, therefor lowering risk of disease.

Benefits from combining both together can help you lose weight; boost your immune system; reduce heart disease, protect your bones, help balance your hormones and give you over all option gut health and digestion. These are only to name a few.

Make sure to do your body good, because a healthy you, makes a happy you.

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April 29, 2017

Exercise when you are tired! The last thing you may want to do after an exhausting work day or when you just wake up, is to work out. It can be hard to get motivated but as soon as you start moving, let your body do what it’s meant to do. According to a study published in “Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise”, everything we do uses oxygen. We breath in oxygen because it burns the fuel in our cells to produce energy.

You will function better mentally. Fatigue along with mood and depression can improve dramatically after 20-30 minutes of exercise.  Just remember, a healthier you, makes a happier you!

April 28, 2017

Studies show that when people give back, the mesolimbic system, the part of the brain that is responsible for having feelings of reward is triggered. The brain releases a feel good chemicals and give you what psychologists call “Helper High.”

Giving back does not mean that it has to be monetary.   The gesture of doing nice things for others, whether is a compliment, holding the door or paying it forward, the end result will be feeling good about yourself.  This in turn can help your over all health and well being. It also helps you to realize the value of giving and that sometimes, you benefit more than the person who receives.  So why not let yourself feel really good today and do something nice.

April 27, 2017

Most of think that the logical thing to do is to brush our teeth immediately after a meal or eating, drinking something that is not good for our teeth.  But research shows us to hold off for at least 30 to 60 minutes.

Brushing too soon after meals and drinks, especially those that acidic will do more harm than good.  Acid attacks the teeth, layer by layer eroding the enamel.  By brushing, this can accelerate the process, by pushing the acid deeper into the enamel and the dentin, according to Dr. Howard R. Gamble, President of the Academy of General Dentistry.

Scientist found an increased loss in dentin when brushing 20 minutes after drinking diet soda in group studies.  There was less wear to the enamel when they waited 30 to 60 minutes.

Smart Med tip of the day, make sure not to brush your teeth right after eating.  Wait 30-60 minutes.  In regards to the pulling from yesterday’s smart tip, that will not impact because there is no brushing, so you can start pulling right afterwards.  In fact in might not be a bad idea before you brush 30-60 minutes later.

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April 26, 2017

Two things to get your day going after you stretch and have breakfast.   Drink warm lemon water and oil pulling.

That’s right.  Drinking warm lemon water first thing in the morning can boost your immune system, ease your digestion, improve hydration and increase energy.  If you are not a big water drinker at bed time, this will help.  Your body goes without water through the night, so this hydration will help you.

Add a half of lemon to a cup of warm water and sip as you get ready for your day.

Lemon provides lots of benefits and are packed with nutrients like zinc, vitamin C and antioxidants.

Number two, oil pulling.  What’s that?   Coconut oil has properties which pull bacteria away from the teeth and gums to prevent bacteria from adhering to the teeth through out the day. A NIH study from 2008 shows that it reduces cavity risk and can be used as an effective way to maintain and improve oral health.  Oil pulling has been used for hundreds of years and was picked up by the Indians.

Use a teaspoon or two a day and swish in your mouth for 10-20 minutes.

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April 25, 2017

Give your mind a break.  In this day and age, many of us are either always on the go, focusing too much in one area and/or we feel the stresses of every day life or of other people lives. In turn, this can lead to higher stress, anxiety or depression, which all affect the entire body. Over time, it can speed the aging process.

So at the bare minimum, give your mind at least a 5-10 minute break per day. Follow the simple steps below and you can do this anywhere, in the shower, on the way to work or just as you are about to go to sleep. In turn, this will help rest your body, make you feel less stressed and help you focus better.

1) Take some slow deep breaths. Try counting to 8 seconds, hold it in for 8 seconds and release for 8 seconds. Repeat.

If you have extra time, try the following:

1) Find some place relaxing, close your eyes and listen to some soothing music or sounds of waterfalls, the ocean or whatever helps.
2) Take a nice warm bath. Add a little baltic, sea or epsom salt, which will help take way toxins. Essential oils are nice too as aroma has healing affects
3) Try meditation. You can start with step 1 and try to focus on your eyes looking towards the center, which in turn will show you imagery. Just wait for the images to come and don’t use your brain to think. Just let it happen. For some it will come easily, for others it won’t.  If it doesn’t, try visualizing yourself in your happy place.  Perhaps that is by the ocean, in the woods or in the mountain.  Whatever it is, it will help your brain.

April 24, 2017

It’s that time of year where many of you are out in the garden.  Injury with your back can happen at any time and especially when you are leaning over and lifting things.  Often times, people will throw out their backs from gardening.  To help prevent injury, try following all or some of the steps below.  A healthy you, makes a happy you!

1) Warm up your muscles, stretch, stretch, stretch, stretch, stretch!  If you have back issues already, take it slowly and do what you can.  If it hurts, don’t do it!  We would recommend that you speak to your health care provider to see what you can do.  For those who can, try lying on your back and slowly pull both knees to your chest while bring your head forward.  Hold for 8-10 seconds and release.  Repeat a few times but do it at your comfort level.  Try breathing in as you get into the stretch and once there, breath out.  Afterwards, a nice five minute walk will help get the blood flowing.

2) Lifting – The last thing you want to do is make things worse. To lift, kneel down or squat, not bending at your waste.  Standing and bending could throw your back.  Use both hands to hold and when ready, slowly straighten your legs as you stand up.

To minimize lifting, try using a cart, wagon, or something with wheels to carry heavier items that you shouldn’t walk with.  Consider filling items with water halfway or use the hose.

3) Take breaks and definitely listen to your body.  If it feels tired, those seeds or plants are not going to walk away.

4) Use a kneeler or knee pads. Make yourself as comfortable as you can with the least amount of stress on your body.

5) Try long handled or specialized tools. This will help you from reaching down too far.

6) Get creative or think outside the box for whatever works for your comfort level.

April 23, 2017

Many of us sit in chairs for hours at a time, usually not by choice, but because we have to, in order to make a living.  If we get too relaxed, we are bound for the inevitable, lower back pain, Ouch!   So, what is the proper way to sit?

  1. Push your hips as far back as they can go into your chair.
  2. Adjust the seat height so your feet are flat on the floor and your knees equal to, or slightly lower than, your hips.
  3. Adjust the back of the chair to a 100°-110° reclined angle.  If you have a lumbar chair, you are set.
  4. Adjust the armrests (if fitted) so that your shoulders are relaxed.

There are many ergonomic chairs on the market and you can google to see what is best.  Or all your local Chiropractor, so they can suggest what works best for your back.

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April 22, 2017

We always hear that you should bend your knees before lifting anything.   This helps to prevent injury but did you know that some people are less prone to hurt themselves from not bending their knee.  Researchers have recently learned that everyone’s lower back is unique.  Some are more curved than other and therefore able to do more.  Others are more straight and need to bend to lift things up.  Regardless, to be on the safe side, especially as you age, make sure to bend your knee, so you don’t put yourself into a bit of agony.

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April 21, 2017

 Stretching is innate and done by all living beings.  After sleeping for long periods of time, animals automatically stretch but humans do not.  Animals do not think twice and in fact, they actually let their bodies do the thinking for them.  We humans get easily distracted or interrupted, so most of us won’t stretch after sleeping.  Stretching helps to get the blood flowing, helps us feel better and it can assist in preventing injuries.   So, let’s take it from our furry friends and remember to stretch every day when you get up.