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What are Antioxidants?

Have you been wondering what are antioxidants? Antioxidants are naturally produced by the body, but due to the level of free radical damage that we are exposed to, it is advisable to supplement the diet with antioxidants. Antioxidants can be obtained from the diet in foods such as fresh vegetables and fruits, although the levels are not high enough to combat the amount of free radicals that we are exposed to. There are various different types of antioxidants that are available to take as a supplement. Research has found that taking combination of these supplements has a synergistic effect in reducing free radical damage. Co-enzyme Q10. This is a vital nutrient in the body that has many functions, and there are many studies that support the use of Co-enzyme Q10 in heart disease. Co-enzyme Q10 also has antioxidant activity. If you are taking a statin for cholesterol, you should supplement with this nutrient, as statins lower levels of coenzyme-Q10 in the body. Acai. This is one of the most well known antioxidants on the market today. Acai berries are mostly found in Brazil and Peru. Because of the hype that is surround this product many companies are manufacturing acai capsules and juice. Please check the quality of the company before making a purchase. Selenium is a mineral that is found in almonds and brazil nuts. Apart from being a good antioxidant, this mineral has many health benefits such as supporting the immune system and reproductive system. Studies have shown that supplementing with a dose of 200mcg of Selenium once a day can have a beneficial action on the heath of the prostate gland in men. Alpha-Lipoic Acid is sometimes referred to as the “universal” antioxidant because it is both water and fat soluble. This means that it can neutralise free radicals that are in fatty and watery parts of the cells. Alpha-Lipoic Acid can increase the effect of other antioxidants if taken together. Other valuable antioxidants are Vitamin E, which  is a fat soluble and has beneficial action on the cardiac system, and Vitamin C which is water soluble and also is an immune...

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Natural Remedies to help with Stress

Natural Remedies to help with Stress

Stress is a common problem in modern life. It is an increasing problem especially with unemployement and lack of job security at a high at the moment. People in work are also working longer hours, with little time for relaxation and leisure time. This life-style also leads to a lack of good quality sleep and a poor diet. All of these factors can make the stress worse and it turns into a vicious cycle. The use of coffee and other stimulants to compensate for the lack of sleep can lead to a depletion of vital nutrients from the body. This can lead to complete exhaustion and even to burn out. This life-style pattern can lead to chronic illnesess such as migraines, acid reflux, heart disease, anxiety and depression. However, there are many natural remedies to help with stress. Stress is usually interpreted to be an emotional and psychological problem, but it actually affects the functions of the body. The human body reacts to stress by increasing the levels of adrenaline, which causes an increase in blood pressure and an increased heart rate. Normal body functions are also affected, such as a slow-down of digestion and increased cholesterol levels, which can lead to heart disaese. Another reaction of stress is to decrease levels of white blood cells, which has a negative effect on the immune system. As you can see it is very important to manage stress levels before they lead to further serious health problems. Regular exercise, yoga and breathing exercises can help you control and manage stress. There are also a number of natural supplements than can be taken to support the body at times of stress. Vitamin B5 (Panthothenic Acid) is a B Vitamin that helps to support the adrenal glands. The adrenal glands are depleted at times of stress (both physical and emotional). These glands are responsible for producing hormones that are essential for certain body functions. Stress can cause an imbalance of these hormones, which leads to a feeling of being run down or even “burnt out”. It is therefore very important to supplement with Vitamin B5 at times of stress. This should be taking with a Vitamin B Complex for added benefit. Other supplements that help to support the adrenal glands are Magnesium Citrate and Omega 3 Essential Fatty...

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Natural Remedies for Heartburn

Heartburn is often accompanied with bloating, flatulence, belching, nausea and/or a sour taste in the mouth. The burning sensation is caused by an increase in the level of hydrchloric acid in the stomach, which rises up to the oesophagus. This acid is important in digesting food although it can cause burning and pain if too much is produced. There are a number of natural remedies for heartburn, which can be taken as an alternative to conventional antacid medicines. The homeopathic remedies Nux Vomica, Arsenicum Alb, Lycopodium and Carbo Veg are commonly used to treat the symptoms of Heartburn. Nux Vomica is a natural remedy that is useful when the heartburn is caused by stress from over-work, poor diet, high alcohol intake and smoking. This remedy is indicated if the pain starts after eating and if the person is irritable. Arsenicum Alb is indicated if the symptoms are a result of food poisoning. The symptoms are relieved by warm drinks. Lycopodium is the homeopathic remedy of choice if the heartburn symptoms are accompanied with bloating, flatulence and belching. Carbo Veg should be taken if the heartburn symptoms are accompanied with a sense of fullness and heaviness. Digestive enzymnes can be taken to aide digestion. Papaya tablets  will help with digestion after a meal. Probiotics will help to rebalance the bacteria in the stomach. Aloe Vera can be taken to soothe the stomach lining. Vitamin B Complex can be taken to reduce stress and anxiety, which can aggravate and cause...

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Complementary medicine for acid reflux

Complementary medicine for acid reflux

Heartburn is usually a symptom of gastro-oesophageal reflux disease (GORD).  This condition occurs when the stomach acid leaks out of the stomach into the oesophagus. It is beneficial to treat with complementary medicine for acid reflux. Alongside heartburn, the other main symptoms are a metallic taste in the mouth and difficulty in swallowing. This is a very common condition that affects many people. It is estimated that 20% of the population will suffer with an attack of GORD at least once a week. This is remarkably high, and explains the huge sales of antacids and acid suppressing drugs. There are many causes of GORD. These range from a high fat diet, stress through to side effects of prescribed medication.  Another key contributing factor to this condition is being overweight (read articles on weight loss).  Acid reflux is also very common during pregnancy, due to the extra pressure of the womb on the stomach. This can be treated safely and effectively with homeopathic remedies (read article Homeopathic treatment of heartburn in pregnancy). Painkillers such as Ibuprofen, Aspirin and Diclofenac can cause increased stomach acid. Prescription medicines for this condition can bring about a temporary relief in the symptoms, but there are also a number of potential side effects with these medicines. Commonly prescribed medicines such as Lansoprazole, Omeprazole and Ranitidine work by reducing the production of acid in stomach, but this can lead to various adverse effects such as nausea, diarrhoea and even depression. The stomach actually needs to be slightly acidic to digest food into nutrients. There are many complementary therapies that can provide relief from the symptoms of GORD, without the added side effects. Natural Treatments for GORD The first thing to look at is diet. By improving the health of the digestive system, we can easily reduce the risk of acid reflux. Foods high in saturated fat, salt and sugar can all cause a flare-up of symptoms. Alcohol, caffeine and chocolate can also cause the symptoms of GORD. Acidic foods, such as tomatoes, citrus fruits and fruit juices can aggravate the problem as they increase the amount of acid in the stomach. It also very important not to eat very late at night as this can also...

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