Lemon Juice can Prevent Kidney Stones!!!

Kidney stones are one of my favorite topics to help reiterate the importance of natural healthcare. Why? Kidney stones cannot be prevented by anything other than natural methods. But how complicated are these “natural” methods? Drink lemon water! It’s that simple!

It’s estimated that within the U.S. approximately 10 to 15 percent of adults will be diagnosed with a kidney stones during their lifetime. Approximately one million Americans develop kidney stones every year. Once you’ve had a kidney stone attack, the chance of recurrence is 70 to 80 percent. Kidney stones can be very painful often leaving victims in the hospital for days waiting for the stones to pass.

What is a kidney stone? A kidney stone is typically the result of excess minerals and acid salts in your urine, such as calcium and uric acid, which crystallize and form solid masses. The most common cause of kidney stones is not drinking enough fluids, especially water. Kidney stones can also be caused by prescription drugs, your diet, or other factors leading to highly acidic or highly alkaline urine.

How can I prevent kidney stones? One of the main recommendations to help prevent kidney stones is to drink 8 to 10 glasses of water each day and add freshly squeeze lemon juice to this water regularly. Lemon is high in citrate, which helps prevent kidney stones as it breaks down calcium and mineral build up. Lemon juice also helps the body to absorb much needed calcium, which assists in preventing osteoporosis. Additionally, lemon juice aids in proper digestion, helping the liver rid itself of impurities and break down fat. This is essential for both proper health and maintaining appropriate weight.

Why should I take steps to prevent kidney stones? More than likely, you’ll be unaware you have a stone until it moves into your ureter, the tube connecting your kidney to your bladder. At that point, you’ll more than likely end up making at least one visit to the doctor. Symptoms could then include pain in the side and back below the ribs lasting 20 to 60 minutes, bloody, cloudy or foul-smelling urine, pain with urination, nausea and vomiting, the persistent urge to urinate, and even a fever or chills due to infection. If drinking a few glasses of lemon water each day will not only help prevent kidney stones, but also provide many other health benefits, is that a great alternative to a painful visit to the hospital!

“The doctor of the future will give no medicine, but will interest his patients in the care of the human frame, in diet and in the cause and prevention of disease.” ~ Thomas Edison

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Sources:
http://www.webmd.com/a-to-z-guides/diet-to-prevent-kidney-stones
http://www.consumerhealth.org/articles/display.cfm?ID=19990307125517
http://www.ehow.com/how_2300952_clean-calcium-deposits-from-tile.html

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Product Spotlight – Oxy-Powder

Oxy-Powder is a scientifically formulated compound that uses the power of oxygen to safely aid the body in relieving irritation associated with constipation symptoms. A clean, toxin-free intestinal tract is the foundation for maintaining optimal health. Oxy-Powder can be used for both a periodic colon cleanse in addition to relief from constipation symptoms at any time. One bottle will support approximately 4-5 colon cleanses.

Each day, your digestive system handles approximately 2 ½ gallons of food, liquids, and bodily secretions. Your colon does not digest processed junk foods well. Waste can begin to slowly pile up within your colon and it can become impacted. The result! Constipation, irritation, and overall poor intestinal health. This can further lead to poor nutrition as your body absorbs vital nutrients through both the large and small intestines, the walls of which are blocked by an estimated 5 to 20 pounds of compacted feces.

Your digestive system is your lifeline to good health! An unhealthy digestive system constipated with mucus, toxins, and other impacted waste can trigger a number of uncomfortable and embarrassing health issues such as body odor, foul breath, bloating, poor appetite, backaches, mood swings, weight problems, lack and energy, and a weak immune system. Oxy-Powder helps to gently cleanse, flush, and detoxify your colon without the dangerous or embarrassing side effects of laxatives and herbal colon cleansers!

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While Summer Beach Days May Be Gone, Should You Assure You Get ENOUGH Sun during these gloomy days?

Were the Doctors Wrong?

For years one of medicine’s most fundamental beliefs was to avoid sun exposure to protect against skin cancer. In recent years the rhetoric has changed. Now many are saying people need a minimum of 15 minutes of sun at least 3 times per week on 40% or more of your skin surface (the walk from your car to work isn’t enough).

Just How Wrong Were They?

Sun exposure is still believed to be the major cause of the more common and benign forms of skin cancer. However, studies have shown the risk of Melanoma, the rare malignant form of skin cancer, actually decreases with greater sun exposure and can be increased by sunscreens! In addition, multiple independent studies have found that sun exposure helps protect against and treat many other forms of cancer including non-Hodgkin lymphoma, prostate, breast, colon, and lung cancers. How does this work? Well it’s all related to the body’s ability to create Vitamin D as a result of exposure to the sun!

How Does Vitamin D Prevent Cancer?

There have been an increasing number of independent studies suggesting that sun exposure, which is necessary for the natural production of vitamin D, has anticancer effects. Research has shown that Vitamin D in the body regulates cell growth, cell differentiation and cell death. Vitamin D stifles abnormal cell growth and helps cells die when they’re damaged or deteriorating (including cancerous cells). It also limits the formation of blood vessels that feed tumors. Some studies suggests that vitamin D may prevent as many as 30 deaths for every one caused by skin cancer.

The Positive Side of Sun Exposure!

The cancer-fighting capabilities of Vitamin D are not the only reason to assure a reasonable amount of sun exposure. Other positive effects of proper sun are psychological and immunological. Furthermore, the synthesis of vitamin D is essential for bone strength.

Sources of Vitamin D!

In addition to the body’s ability to create Vitamin D as a result of sun exposure, Vitamin D is also found in many foods and liquids, such as salmon, tuna and other oily fish, cod liver oil and milk, and in certain dietary supplements. However, some research suggests that the benefits of Vitamin D from food and supplements sources do not have the same level of positive effect as that of the Vitamin D naturally produced by the body as a result of sun exposure.

So, What Should We Do?

Unfortunately, some dermatologists are still hesitant to share this information with clients as some remain unconvinced while others are concerned that clients will take the recommendation for reasonable sun exposure too far. According to Dr. Allan Halpern, dermatology chief at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York, yet another dilemma lies in the lack of consensus as to how much vitamin D is needed or the best way to get it. If sunshine were to be recommended, the amount needed would fluctuate based on the season, time of day, where a person lives, skin color and other factors.

Listen to Your Body!

Our bodies are brilliantly designed machines! If we listen, our body is constantly speaking to us to let us know what it needs to improve our health! For example, when you have blood poisoning your body displays a red line that starts at the point of infection and extends towards your heart telling you two things. One, the location of the infection. Two, how long you have to deal with that issue. It’s literally displaying a timeline of how long you’ll live if you don’t properly address the issue. I can list many examples of how our bodies speak to us and I’m sure there are many more of which I’m unaware. However, regarding sun exposure our bodies certainly speak to us. When you first lay in the sun it feels like a spa treatment as your body literally soaks in the sun rays. However, it only takes 15 to 20 minutes before it begins to simply feel hot and much less like a wonderful and relaxing spa treatment! If you continue to stay in the sun for too long your skin turns a different color – pink! If you continue to ignore your bodies signals your skin will turn red and hurt making it very uncomfortable to remain in the sun.

As Dr. Michael Holick, the chief of endocrinology, nutrition and diabetes and professor of dermatology at Boston University said “I am advocating common sense,” not prolonged sunbathing or tanning salons. Dr. James Leyden, professor emeritus of dermatology at the University of Pennsylvania, puts it another way, “The skin can handle it, just like the liver can handle alcohol. I like to have wine with dinner, but I don’t think I should drink four bottles a day.”

By Melanie Snyder Sources for more information: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/7875140/print/1/displaymode/1098 http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2008/07/080722192326.htm http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2008/01/080107181411.htm http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2008/09/080922090759.htm http://www.newton.dep.anl.gov/askasci/mole00/mole00482.htm

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7 Steps to Live the Natural Life

1.) Eat All Natural Foods including fresh fruits, vegetables, fish, nuts, seeds, fiber rich whole grains, and legumes (alfalfa, clover, peas, beans, lentils).  Try to incorporate five to six servings of fruits and vegetables a day! One simple way to have two to three servings first thing in the morning is to make an all natural smoothie for breakfast – you can even do most of the preparation the evening before if your morning schedule is tight! Many doctors recommend that you add protein to all meals to balance the release of insulin to aid in the digestion of sugars.  Adding good fats to the meal will also slow the digestion of sugars, resulting in more fat being burned! Therefore you may want to consider adding a few nuts and or a teaspoon of flax seed oil or other good oil that is not readily a part of your existing diet.  Remove all processed and fast foods from your diet, or at least as many as possible! 
 

2.) Drink plenty of water each day (8 or more 8 oz servings per day)! For added health benefits add a slice of fresh lemon to your water! Fresh lemon water helps your organs to release toxins, improves your pH level, and helps to eliminate growing kidney stones!

As you Live the Natural Life you will find many examples in which doctors can only treat the problem once it occurs, while nature has provided you many simple and often pleasurable ways to prevent these problems from occurring in the first place. Lemon water is a great example! Kidney stones are the formation of crystal like substances inside the kidney, often calcium based.  The only way to prevent or naturally breakdown kidney stones is to drink lemon water. The acid in the lemons helps to breakdown the crystal formation while the water helps to flush the broken down crystal out of your body!

3.) Focus on PH Balance!  According to Susan Lark, M.D., “Paying attention to acid-alkaline balance (or pH Balance) is one of the most crucial ways you can affect your health status. It impacts immunity, digestion, bone strength, symptoms of joint disease, hormones, and the function of essential internal organs.”  We recommend using the Miracle II Neutralizer which you can take 7 drops to 2 tablespoons of each day to help correct youru pH. 

4.) Avoid soft drinks, carbonated water and excessive amounts of alcohol!  When choosing to drink alcohol try to make the healthiest choice possible!  Replace liquor and beer with wine, particularly red wine! 
5.) When having sugar cravings eat healthy sugars!  Fruit is always a good alternative when you have a craving for sweets.  When using sugar in your diet replace white bleached sugar with raw unfiltered honey or sugar from organic sugar cane.  When craving chocolate choose dark chocolate with a high percentage of cocoa (70-90%) and avoid milk chocolate. 
6.) Use all natural skin care products!  Avoid feeding your body toxins not only internally but also externally!  This includes your soap, moisturizer, deodorant, make-up, and any other product you place on your skin!  Your skin absorbs 60% of the products you use topically so please make every effort to use all natural skin care products!  
7.) Help to return your body to optimum Detoxification performance by using products like Oxy-Powder® and LivatrexTM for a complete colon, gallbladder and liver  cleanse, eliminating years of waste build up currently in your body!  We also recommend taking the Miracle II Neutralizer on a daily basis to help with both detoxification and pH balance!  You may also choose to repeat the more intense detoxification process periodically to help eliminate waste build-up naturally occurring as your body continues to metabolize potentially toxic material ingested on a daily basis!

Incorporate these changes into your life gradually, and you will discover a fresh new “YOU”!  Remember that each step you take in a positive direction, no matter how big or small, places you in a better position today than yesterday!  While very important, these changes don’t need to occur all at once – and to be honest making too many changes at once is often times the reason that none of the changes become a permanent part of our lives.  If you choose to eliminate your soda intake, eliminate them for as long as possible and when the craving becomes great enough have one to reward yourself and then cut them out again.  Over time you will likely eliminate the craving and it will be much less of a fight to incorporate this positive change into your life! 

 

 

Also note that your taste buds change in as few as 21 days! Therefore, if your replacing foods with negative attributes with foods with positive attributes and this leaves your taste buds unsatisfied – try it for 21 days and you may just find that you prefer the foods that are better for you.  As an example, I switched from milk chocolate to dark chocolate with up to 80% cocoa content (which actually has some great health benefits).  Initially, dark chocolate tasted somewhat bitter, however, after a couple of weeks I no longer tasted a bitter taste in the dark chocolate.  Not only that, when tasting milk chocolate again I tasted too much sugar and the product tasted unnatural!  Now I don’t have to make a change – my body’s cravings and desires have changed and I can fill each craving!  In his book “Breaking the Food Seduction” taste expert Neal D. Barnard, M.D. explains that our taste buds have a memory of approximately 21 days and when making changes in food choices we simply need to give our taste buds time to readjust!  (Neal D. Barnard, M.D. is president of the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine – PCRM).

We wish you the best as you begin to Live the Natural Live™!  We’re here to help!  www.NaturalHealthcareStore.com

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