"Zinc is a trace element essential for cells of the immune system..."
We are told minerals are good for us but do we know why we need them?
We are told that Calcium is good for bones.
Magnesium is also good for bones but we never hear that. Much of the magnesium in our body is stored in our bones.
Magnesium is known as the great relaxer. As many of us eat few green, leafy vegetables, we get little magnesium into our body. Magnesium eases anxiety, cramps, insomnia and lots more.
Sodium is needed in the body but too much can make us ill. It is connected to the water balance in the body and the kidneys. Generally we have too much salt when we eat a of processed food. Salt is included in canned food and processed food as it helps preserve the food. People with Postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome (POTS) and Adrenal Fatigue (AF) need a lot more salt than most people.
Zinc is known for its benefit to the immune system. Another important way zinc is used in the body is connected to our breathing.
A single atom of zinc is held in place by three amino acids inside an enzyme - carbonic anhydrase, which is one of the fastest enzyme known. It can process over 600,000 carbon dioxide (CO2) molecules every second. It works with haemoglobin which takes oxygen to the cells.
Hemoglobin is the protein molecule in red blood cells that carries oxygen from the lungs to the body's tissues and returns carbon dioxide from the tissues back to the lungs.
Oxygen - Carbon Dioxide Connection
When the hemoglobin releases oxygen, this enzyme grabs the carbon dioxide. It travels back to the lung and releases it. Each enzyme lasts about 3 months then needs to be replaced.
When people are ill with chronic illnesses, oxygen can get low in the body. Is it a far stretch to say they need more zinc? Zinc may help replenish the carbonic anhydrous enzyme that is so helpful in the transfer of oxygen and carbon dioxide.
Reference: TCE The Chemical Engineer May 2010, Nature's Way
We need minerals in every cell in out body to make it work. When the minerals are not in balance we become ill.
Minerals come from two different categories - Major minerals and trace minerals.
You have probably already worked out by the name of the groups that we need a lot more of the major minerals than we do of the trace minerals. We only need a little bit of the trace minerals.
Major minerals are sodium, chloride, potassium, calcium, phosphorus, magnesium and sulphur, also spelt sulfur.
Trace minerals are iron, zinc, iodine, selenium, copper, manganese, fluoride, chromium and molybdenum.
Trace minerals needed in even smaller amounts are cobalt, vanadium, nickel and silicon.
Where do Minerals come from?
Minerals come from the soil. When plants grow they use the minerals to help them grow. When we eat vegetables or fruit we eat the minerals that are in that plant. Each plant uses different minerals so we need to eat different vegetables and fruit to gain a variety of minerals for out body.
When we eat meat we are also consuming minerals because the animal whose flesh we are eating ate plants to grow.
Calcium and Magnesium
We know that calcium is needed to make our bones strong. Calcium is also in every cell in our body and holds the cells together.
In our western diet we consume a lot of milk in the form of flavoured milks, yoghurt, cream and butter or ice cream. We don't have much magnesium. Soil is generally deficient in magnesium so plants can't use it as they grow. Therefore we become deficient in it.
Calcium has a relationship with Magnesium. They must have a certain ratio to each other to be in balance. The ratio can be 1:1, that is, 1 part calcium to one part magnesium, or 1:2, that is 1 part calcium to 2 parts magnesium.
Magnesium is the anti stress mineral. We get stressed when we don't get enough of it. It protects our arteries, nerves, muscles and bones and helps the circulation of our blood.
Foods that contain magnesium are green leafy vegetables, broccoli, nuts, especially almonds, seeds, especially pumpkin, sunflower and sesame seeds, and beans.
It is a good idea to take a supplement of magnesium as it is unlikely we will get enough of it in our diet. Take at least 400-800mg a day for an adult and 50-400mg for children and teens. It is recommended to take 8mg per kg (2lbs) of body weight.
Taking magnesium can help us relax, sleep better, be less anxious, and ease cramps or spasms in our body.
Other articles about minerals:
Major Supplements to Improve Your Health
Major benefits of Magnesium
Magnesium and Migraines
Pure Distilled Water
Distilled water is mostly free from all impurities.
It is not so simple to make although it sounds easy.
How to Make Pure Distilled Water
Now doesn't that sound just so easy? Boiling the water is OK. The steam that arises from the boiling water is just extra hot water in another form. Collecting the steam? Well how do you catch steam? It tends to evaporate and we need to give it time to cool down again so that it can turn back into a form that we can handle.
This is where a distiller comes in just so handy. It is especially made with a big stainless steel tank for the water, and has lots of coils inside with a fan to cool the pipes (coils). As the pipes cool, the steam loses heat and becomes water again.
As it comes out of the distiller, the liquid is caught and bottled.
This is far easier than messing around with saucepans or kettles of boiling water. Safer too!
Differences between Normal Water and Distilled Water
Normal water has many impurities in it. It includes minerals, bacteria, chemicals and can also carry parasites. If you leave a bottle of water in the sunlight for an extended period you can see algae growing in the water.
With distilled water, all these impurities are left behind. They are not carried into the super heated steam therefore a bottle of distilled water will not grow algae.
Uses for Distilled Water
Distilled water has many uses:
Pure Distilled Water by Enhance you Health can be found at My Garden Treasures Ebay shop
Recovering from Major Illness
Natural supplements are a great way to improve our health especially if we are or have been very unwell. The medical profession have difficulty in diagnosing some illnesses. Just because doctors can't find what is wrong with you or put a name to it does not mean that you are not ill. There are many other health professionals who have expertise in other health modalities.
This why my favourite modality is Homeopathy. I call this the 'Designer Medicine'. The remedies are prescribed for you according to your symptoms, not the generalized symptoms of an illness. You may have more than one illness. There are over two thousand remedies.
My favourite supplement is N-Acetyl-Cysteine (NAC). This supplies the ingredients for our body to make glutathione, the major antioxidant in our body. Glutathione cannot be absorbed in our body if taken as a supplement therefore we need to give our body the basic ingredients to make it. NAC is very good for Depression or Bi Polar. Research studies have been done on this in Australia with positive results. Glutathione is found especially in the heart and the brain as well as all over the body.
Vitamin C is another important antioxidant. We have all heard of the importance of this for many years. We cannot make this vital vitamin in our body so must absorb it in our food or as a supplement. Most people will not get enough of this in their diet so supplementation in important. Vitamin C is found in the fluid in our eyes so to protect these important organs take some Vitamin C every day.
Minerals are the backbone of our body. We all know about Calcium and we know the names of many other minerals we need to keep us healthy. There is chloride, phosphorus, potassium and sodium. We also need iron and many trace elements. Trace elements are needed in very tiny quantities in our body, but we still need them.
What is the best way to get our minerals? By eating vegetables. The minerals have been absorbed by the roots of the vegetables and these are easily absorbed by our body.
Magnesium is my favourite mineral. It is wonderful to ease spasms. Spasms can manifest as cramps in the legs, period cramps, cramps in the gut in Irritable Bowel Syndrome or other bowel illnesses where the bowel goes into spasms. Magnesium also eases sneezing - a spasm, and coughing and asthma. It can help ease a migraine too. It also helps build our bones.
There are different ways to take magnesium.
Next time I will talk about other supplements that may help with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. ME, CFIDS, Fibromyalgia, Adrenal Fatigue the Immune system and Thyroid problems.
Below are some other articles I have written about Magnesium
Feet and Leg Problems
How Tissue Salts Work
More about Magnesium and MS
Well, guess what! You have expert knowledge in the field of how you feel mentally, spiritually, emotionally and physically. Remember our person is made up of all these areas.
Being the expert in how you feel physically gives you the power to decide what is best for you.
How to be your own Detective
With our busy life we can sometimes not realise what is going on within ourselves. It is a good idea to spend some quiet time each day, even 5 minutes to concentrate on how you feel. If you can find no other time, then even the 5 minutes of your shower time is a good time to think about your health.
How are you feeling in your body? How are you feeling in your mind? Do you feel happy? Do you feel sad? Can you avoid a certain situation that is causing you a problem? If you get in difficult situations throughout the day you can have physical symptoms of headache, asthma, palpitations or a cough depending on your weakness.
Start to notice when these symptoms occur and find out what caused them. What were you doing when they began? Were you arguing with someone? Spraying chemicals? Standing in the sun too long? Were you thirsty? Did you over eat? Did you have too much sugary food? Do you feel worse if you don't sleep long enough at night? Why don't you sleep longer at night? Can you do something about it?
Staying Healthy Naturally
We can support our body by eating natural foods, not junk food. We can limit alcohol and get rid of any drugs from our body. Natural supplements can help support our body.
Exercise can help our body work properly. When we go for a walk electrical impulses are triggered which strengthen our bones. Our bones are the structure our body is supported by so our bones are important to look after. Many minerals are held in our bones - calcium which we all know about and magnesium which is also very important for our bones are two of the major minerals stored in our bones.
It is important to take magnesium supplements because our western diet no longer supplies us with enough magnesium.
Take the responsibility to stay healthy by being aware of your body. Care for it. It is the only one we have. Do not give your power away to others. it is your responsibility to look after yourself.
Be your own detective! Happy detecting.
Magnesium supplements can be found here
What we can do when our feet feel like this?
Feet and legs are very important to us. They move us from place to place. They take all our weight. They need to be strong to do this.
However many people have problems with these important parts of our body. Women often have aching, tired legs at the time of their periods. People who play strenuous sport sometimes hurt the muscles or joints in their legs.
But what can we do when our legs just hurt or ache or our feet are sore or we can't put them under the blankets at night?
Dry brushing entails using a brush with natural hairs and brushing your legs and feet. It stimulates the circulation in them and improves your skin. People who are allergic and have a weak immune system can benefit by this. These people tend to have dry, scaly skin. Dry brushing removes this dry scaly skin, stimulates the legs and feet and helps relieve the tension in them.
Having a warm soak in a bath that has Epsom salts added to it can ease the ache in the legs. Epsom salts is magnesium sulphate, also spelled magnesium sulfate. It can be purchased in the supermarket or health food store. Use half to one cup per bath. You absorb the magnesium sulphate through your skin. It is good for aching and tired legs. It stops spasms or cramps in the legs.
This is something that you can easily do for yourself. Find a massage oil that you like and massage it into your legs each day. Perhaps bedtime would be a good time to do it. Then your legs will be relaxed when you drift off to sleep. This helps with circulation for your legs. Massage the full length of your legs and remember your feet as well. They take all the weight of the day. Peppermint oil added to the massage oil id=s good for the feet. It is refreshing and cooling.
Tissue salts, also called Cell salts or Bio-chemic Salts can help tired legs. New Era Combination P is a combination of 4 different minerals needed in our body that can help tired and aching legs and feet.
There are different homeopathic remedies that can also help to ease those tired legs.
Chamomilla is good for burning in the soles of the feet. The person must put them out from the under the blankets at night, It can also ease restless legs when they jump about in the evenings or at night when in bed.
Graphites helps when the legs feel congested or tight and swollen when standing. It may also help shooting pains in the feet and soles of the feet. Feet can be cold or burning and have a smelly sweat.
Medorrhinum can also help with cold feet or burning feet. This person wants their feet fanned they are so hot.
Pulsatilla can have red hot feet that swell. This can extend up the leg into the calf and have a stinging pain.
Here are some other articles that also have information about legs.
Have a great day!
Major benefits of Magnesium
Dealing with Pain
Inflammation and Essential Oils
Tissue salts are a safe, natural medicine
Tissue Salts or Cell Salts
Dr Schuessler, a medical doctor in Germany, promoted a new system of natural medicines in the early to mid 1800s. He believed that our body needed twelve tissue salts or cell salts. These were also sometimes called bio-chemic salts. The salts were needed by every cell in the body for the body to stay healthy. When something went wrong with the body, that is, it became ill, we were deficient in one or more of the salts. By providing it in minute doses, we could balance our body and bring it to health.
Tissue salts or cell salts are the basic chemical building blocks found in the body.
Because of the benefits tissue salts have given people, they are still a very popular form of alternative medicine 200 years later, a form of natural medicine that people can safely use for themselves.
Micro doses of minerals are quickly absorbed through the mouth and these stimulate the body’s natural healing responses. They can be used to treat fever, coughs and colds, teething, muscle cramps, sore throat, skin problems and much more.
Reasons Why Tissue Salts are so Popular
Tissue salts are still very popular because
The name salts does not mean that there is any table salt in the product. It is a way of getting the minerals into a substance that is readily absorbed by the body. The subtlety, harmlessness and effectiveness of these preparations have been clinically proven for well over two hundred years.
How to Take Tissue Salts
It is best not to touch the tablets. Tip the required number of tablets into the lid of the bottle and tip them into the mouth. Do not swallow them yet. Let them dissolve in the mouth then swallow. It is important to let them dissolve in the mouth. This is why the substances are in such fine micro doses.
The tablets are immediately absorbed through the saliva. The body does not need to break down the minerals and so they are readily available.
How much do I Take?
Illnesses can be acute or chronic. Acute illnesses come on, have a short life and the immune system of the body fights them off. Chronic illnesses last a long time, maybe months or years.
There are a few different brands of tissue salts. Be guided by how many tablets to take according to the brand. However, for acute illnesses, tablets can be taken every half an hour until relief is obtained. Usually no more than 6 doses daily. When relief comes, ease back to 3 or 4 doses daily until the illness is gone.
For chronic illness take 3 doses daily.
Different Names, Different Brands
Tissue salts are made by different companies. These include Martin & Pleasance, an Australian brand and New Era. New Era tablets melt in the mouth easily. Remember, when looking for these in the health food shop they can also be called Schuessler salts or Bio-chemic salts. All do the same thing - supply micro doses of minerals to the cells in the body.
Where to Buy Them
Tissue salts can be bought in health food stores. It is a good idea to have a range of these at home for when the children have a fever or sore throat, or you have a headache or aching and tired legs.
For serious problems always see a medical professional. These remedies are not meant to treat serious illnesses alone but you can combine them with prescription medicines.
The airways in the lungs close during an asthma attack
Warning: Always take your medication as prescribed by your medical practitioner.
What happens when you have an asthma attack
When you experience an asthma attack, the airways in your lungs contract, that is, get smaller and tighter. This makes it harder for the air to get in and out. The airways become inflamed and fill with mucous. This mucous blocks the airways even more.
Why do your airways contract?
Your airways are more likely to contract when you are anxious, have a viral infection or are exposed to allergens. Allergens are something that upsets your system. Your reaction to the allergens is a tightening of your airways.
There are many allergens that can affect people. They can be specific or varied. You may react only to one thing, or you may react to many different things. Everybody id different.
If your immune system is lowered you are more likely to react to more and more triggers.
Some common triggers are pollen, smoke, dust, chemicals, cold air, latex or aspirin. Find out your own triggers and avoid them if you can.
How to Boost your Health
By boosting your immune system and general overall health hopefully you will be able to say goodbye to asthma.
Take a Magnesium supplement. Magnesiun is known as 'the great relaxer'. It relaxes the muscles and vessels in your body. By having a plentiful supply of magnesium in your body, the muscles and airways are relaxed, not tight and ever on the alert for the nect thing that will come along to trigger a reaction. Very many people do not have enough magnesium in their body because our diet does not supply it any more.
It is generally recommended to take at least 400mg of magnesium daily. Take this in divided doses. One in the morning and one at night.
Vitamin C is another important natural remedy. It is an antioxidant. Our bodies do not make Vitamin C. Guinea pigs are also not able to make vitamin C and need a replacement. All other mammals can produce their own vitamin C. Who would have thought we had a similarity to a guinea pig?
Selenium is a mineral, a trace element and another important supplement. We need very little of trace elements in our body, but we still need them. Take up to 200mcg. Notice this is mcg which means micrograms. It is a much smaller quantity than milligrams. Check any other vitamin/mineral mix you may be taking as selenium is dangerous if you take too much. 200 mcg is enough. Selenium is also good for people with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) or ME or any other immune system illness.
Other articles that you may find interesting about asthma
Are You Worse for Windy Weather?
Asthma and Magnesium
Asthma and Tissue Salts
Mould can bring on Asthma
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Magnesium for Major Illnesses
Well, the wonderful mineral, Magnesium makes for very popular posts each time I write about it. I encourage you to add it as a supplement as we need lots of it and we don't get much in our diet these days.
A few years ago I was in the Emergency ward with arrhythmia - my heart was not beating right, skipping beats etc. Now the nurses were pretty concerned. My main problem was I couldn't breathe properly. You know what they gave me? An intravenous dose of magnesium. Magnesium is needed by the heart. The heart is a muscle. It expands and contracts as it beats away every secong of the day and night all our lives. Magnesium helps the muscles relax. We need it in our bones to help make them strong. We need it in our muscles all over the body.
Magnesium and MS
People with MS seem to suffer from problems with their muscles - twitching, jerking, muscle stiffness and spasms. Personally, I would prefer to take Magnesium supplements to relax my muscles than the drugs given to these people. If you are on medication for this, do not stop medically prescribed drugs. But there is no one stopping you from adding a magnesium supplement to your daily intake.
The general recommendation for magnesium supplement is 400mg daily. if you are addressing a more severe problem, you would need more than this.
One doctor who made a 30 year career studying magnesium recommends 8mg magnesium per kg of your body weight. For a person who weighs 50 kilograms (110 lbs), this is 400mg. An 80 kg person (176lbs) would need 640mg.
One other thing - this dose is not calculated on the total magnesium in the supplement. Much of the magnesium in the supplements is unavailable to our body. Manufacturers often use the cheaper grades of the mineral to bulk out the tablet. Look for the word 'equivalent'. Add up the 'equivalent' magnesium and reach the appropriate dose from this. Otherwise you still won't get enough of this wonderful mineral.
With Spring time is full swing here in Australia I would like to share with you something that makes me happy when I get up each day. We have just passed equal day and equal night, a big event in itself, although it often goes unnoticed.
My husband's aunt used to say that people often got sick when the temperatures were rising. Going from the cold of winter to the warmth of spring can affect some people.
Also, at the end of winter our Vitamin D levels could be at their lowest. We make Vitamin D in our body from sunshine. This is why sunshine is so important. Vitamin D helps us absorb Calcium. It also helps keep depression at bay.
We always feel better when the sun shines. Because there has been less sunlight over winter some people get SADS. This is a depression that comes about because of lack of light. It is more prevalent and severe in the higher latitudes of the northern hemisphere, merely because more people live there. People live there because there is land at these latitudes. In the southern hemisphere we do not have a mass of land at high latitudes. People with SADS benefit from being exposed to a full spectrum light each day throughout winter.
Hay Fever is another illness that comes in spring. It comes about because of all the pollen in the air from the flowers and from the hot windy weather.
Enough of that - enjoy some pictures of Spring time in my garden.
I am a trained Natural Therapist, Teacher, published Author and Artist who lives on the south eastern coast of Australia.
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