Hypertension happens when there is an abnormal elevated pressure and the heart must work harder to pump an adequate amount of blood to all the tissues of the body.   The treatment is to lower the blood pressure to less than 140 systolic and less than 90 diastolic for most people.  Below are three examples of natural support options to lower blood pressure.  

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      It is important to follow a strict salt-free diet which is the essential for lowering blood pressure.  Start doing this by reading the food labels and look for the serving size amount then the milligrams of sodium.  It depends on the amount of sodium restriction that the doctor wants client to have and it can range from 2,300 mgs to 1,000 mgs per day.  A low sodium product is 300 mgs and under based on the serving size amount.  Also read the ingredient section of the food label  and beware for items that states salt, soda, sodium, sodium bicarbonate, monosodium glutamate.  You...

October is the month and time to celebrate the connections that are happening all over the country between schools and local food!

Farm to School is unique program that connects schools (K-12) and local farms with the objectives of serving healthy meals in school cafeterias, improving student nutrition, providing agriculture, health and nutrition education opportunities, and supporting local and regional farmers. This special program exist in all 50 states, but since Farm to School is a grassroots movement, the programs are as diverse as the communities that build them.

What are the benefits of Farm to School?

Farm to School programs are based on the foundation that students will choose healthier foods.  These healthy foods includes more fruits and vegetables, that are fresh, locally grown, and picked at the peak of their flavor.   The Farm to School programs provide benefits to the entire community: children, farmers, food service staff, parents, and teachers.  Here are some statistics a...

I have notice in recent years the increase rates of people being diagnosis with this chronic, autoimmune disease called Lupus.  There has been a lot of big misunderstanding about this disease.  Lupus is a chronic inflammatory disease that can affect various parts of the body, especially the skin, joints, blood, and kidneys but the problem with this disease is that no one knows the cause.  The symptoms of Lupus are affecting so many different organs and the wide range of symptoms can occur very frequently.  Lupus being an autoimmune disease has cause the immune system not being able to tell the difference between foreign body invaders and the body’s healthy tissues and creates auto-antibodies that attack and destroy healthy tissue.  It is not contagious nor is it not like or related to HIV or Cancer.  It is believed that 5 million people throughout the world have a form of lupus and women of color are 2-3 times more likely to develop lupus.   A diagnosis of lupus remains with you for th...

     

     This month is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and I have received questions about what types of CAM (Complementary Alternative Medicine) integrated supports for cancer.

     CAM (Complementary Alternative Medicine) is becoming increasing popular in the support for cancer treatment in the past ten years.  More people are using to CAM particularly with the cancer treatments of chemotherapy and radiation therapy which can produce harsh results to the human body.  There are five CAM integrative support therapies that have interesting findings with the cancer treatment.  They are lymphatic massages techniques, Qi Gong, Astragalus herb, European Mistletoe and Iyengar Yoga.
     

     Lymphatic massages provide external pressure specifically to affect the movement of the lymph (Knaster, 1996). It is a very light massage and it does not penetrate to the levels of your muscles.  This is because almost half of the body 's lymph li...

Garden pest rely on their taste and smell to find a certain plant to eat.  When adding essential oils on to these plants, this can deter garden pest from feeding. I am an avid gardener who loves to get my hands dirty and reap the benefits from my harvest.  Lately, it has been hard to get rid of those pests that are trying to destroy my garden. Doing this research paper has made me understand what essential oils that can get rid of the garden pest, hopefully for good.


    In recent years, the use of essential oils (EOs) derived from aromatic plants as low-risk insecticides has increased considerably owing to their popularity with organic growers and environmentally conscious consumers (Regnault-Roger, Vincent & Arnason 2012). EOs have repellent, insecticidal, and growth-reducing effects on a variety of insects. The efficacy of EOs and their constituents varies according to the phytochemical profile of the plant extract and the entomological target.  The aromatic characteristics of...

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This blog is meant to inform and entertain the general public and other healthcare providers on nutrition and health issues. Information on this blog does not replace that of your own health care provider. The opinions presented on this blog are my own and do not necessarily represent that of my employer or associations.  This blog is designed for educational and entertainment purposes only. You should not rely on this information as a substitute for personal medical attention, diagnosis or hands-on treatment. None of the information in these posts are to be mistaken for medical care or recommendations. ALWAYS consult your doctor prior to changing your diet or starting a new supplement or exercise regime. The information in this blog is based in either opinion, life experience, or sometimes hard science. As I am simply sharing what I feel to be the truth in my life, I always urge people to find what they consider to be theirs. Thanks for reading and enjoy!

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