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Health Benefits of Spirulina

Spirulina is a blue-green coloured micro- algae that grows in warm, alkaline waters around the world. Spirulina produces 20 times more protein than soya beans. It is 65-71% complete protein compared to beef’s 22%. (This is further proof that a vegetarian diet can provide you with adequate amounts of protein).   Spirulina contains:   All 8 essential amino acids Iron Vitamin B12 (important for vegetarians) Potassium Magnesium Selenium Calcium Chlorophyll   Health benefits of Spirulina: Stabilise blood sugar levels and stops food cravings between meals Helps to lower cholesterol Supports the immune system Helps the body to absorb minerals Strengthens the nervous system Supports weight loss Improves recovery after exercise Spirulina is usually available as a tablet or powder. You can mix the powder with water, juice or milk to make a refreshing smoothie. You can take this in between meals or after a work-out to help your body recover. As spirulina is an alkaline food, it is a very important supplement for people who consume acidic foods such as coffee, alcohol, dairy foods,sugar and meat. A diet high in acidic foods is related to arthritis and stomach ulcers. Spirulina appears to be an ideal natural supplement to neutralise the body by balancing the pH. This supplement also improves the absorption of essential minerals, as well as prevent illnesses such as heartburn, arthritis, kidney stones and...

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A Natural Approach to PMS

PMS (pre-menstrual syndrome) affects women in many different ways. PMS can cause various emotional and physical symptoms in the days leading up to menstruation. The common symptoms such as mood swings, food cravings, acne, backache, bloating, cramps, headaches and depression are due to hormonal imbalances which can affect the levels of the neurotransmitters, dopamine and serotonin. PMS is related to imbalances in the levels of oestrogen and progesterone. In most cases the levels of oestrogen are higher, causing symptoms such as mood swings and water retention. Many people are now taking a more natural approach to PMS. These mood changes can be very dramatic in some cases, and can affect relationships. Diet may also contribute to this syndrome, as low blood sugar levels are common prior to a period. This may result in the pre-menstrual sugar cravings. Many women who suffer with PMS also have food intolerances to wheat, caffeine, gluten and some dairy foods. There are many nutritional, herbal and homeopathic remedies that can help to alleviate the symptoms of PMS. All of these remedies can be taken together as the aim of nutrition is to help prevent the onset of the symptoms by helping to improve blood sugar levels and provide nourishment for the nerves. The first supplement that I usually recommend is a good quality Vitamin B Complex. The B vitamins work better when they are taken together. Vitamin B5 (panthothenic acid) is important for supporting the adrenal glands, and is also known as the “anti-stress hormone”.  Vitamin B6 (pyridoxine) can help to reduce water retention, sugar cravings and irritability. This vitamin also helps to restore oestrogen levels back to normal. Vitamin B12 also reduces stress and helps to prevent anaemia. Calcium and Magnesium are very important minerals in the treatment and prevention of PMS symptoms. Calcium has been shown to reduce many symptoms such as mood swings, cramps and water retention that associated with PMS. Magnesium also helps to calm nerves and helps to prevent cramps. Most supplements contain both Calcium and Magnesium as they work well together. Chromium is a mineral that helps to balance blood sugar levels, so may be useful to those women who suffer with sugar cravings in the days leading...

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Natural Health Supplements for ADHD

ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder) is a behavioural disorder that is characterised by symptoms such as hyperactivity, a short attention span, restlessness, being easily distracted, constant fidgeting and impulsiveness. These symptoms can also lead to sleep problems and learning difficulties. ADHD is normally diagnosed between the ages of 3 to 7 years. The symptoms may start at an early age, but they become more noticeable when a child starts school or nursery. It is a fairly common complaint in the UK, affecting 3 to 9% of school children and young people. The conventional management of ADHD is to prescribe strong medications such as Methylphenidate and Dexamfetamine, which stimulate the CNS (central nervous system). This will result in altering the balance of the neurotransmitters in the brain and could possibly lead to health problems in later life. The long term side effects of these drugs are not yet known, but these medicines are usually given long term. This is by no means a permanent solution to this condition, but just a means to keep the child in a “calm state”. These medications have a number of side effects such as sleep disturbances, depression, confusion, gastro-intestinal symptoms and growth retardation. These medicines are also addictive and children can become dependent on them. ADHD requires full consultations with a qualified complementary health practitioner, but there are some very effective natural supplements that can have very dramatic results. These supplements can be taken by young children and extremely safe. Current research is highlighting that deficiencies in certain essential fatty acids can contribute to behavioural disorders such as ADHD. Omega 3 contains two essential nutrients, Eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and Docosahexaenoic acid (DHA).  Whilst they are both important for health, DHA is more important for concentration as this essential nutrient is predominantly found in the brain. Low levels of DHA have been linked with behavioural and learning and learning problems in children. Recent studies have highlighted that EPA is very effective in reducing problems with attention and perception that are associated with ADHD. This shows that both DHA and EPA are very important for the health of the brain. Flax seed oil is a rich source of Omega 3, 6 and 9 essential fatty acids....

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