Tuesday, November 4, 2014
Echinacea's health benefits are amazing and here is a small summary of what this marvelous herb can do for your immune system: Immune stimulant: Increase antibody production, resistance of infections, enhance antibodies as Natural Killer Cells that are in charge of killing any germs, increases the efficiency of macrophages to kill and destroy pathogens that enter our body. Anti-inflammatory properties, antibacterial, antiviral. Eclectic doctors used this herb, half a century ago with great results to treat chronic catarrhal congestion. If we don't learn from our past we will keep making mistakes, modern health science is great but; why should we leave out such amazing help to strengthen our immune system.
Monday, October 13, 2014
Wednesday, June 18, 2014
Take nothing for granted, value every day with your loved ones, live everyday as if it was the last one, say and do the things you have always wanted to say and do. Say I love you and show love to everyone you love. We are visiting and our time on Earth is short, when you are young it feels like an eternity but as you grow up you understand that time goes by fast. So today and every day be happy with what you have because you have life and if you have life is because there is for you a mission to complete, learning to be happy is one of them, the rest is what makes of this life an exciting adventure. We are not alone even when it feels that way. So never take for granted your loved ones or anything in life and value every second, do the best of it. Love and be loved.
Thursday, February 27, 2014
Do you suffer from Osteoporosis? Did you know that it can be related to lack of exposure to sunlight and low vitamin D levels? Our body needs the right ingredients to keep homeostasis in our body, means the balance to maintain life working properly. Lacking of the proper form of vitamin D affects the amount of calcium in our blood, muscles and bones. You may ingest calcium and vitamin D, but there is a process inside of body that needs to take place for this vitamin D to go into our blood stream and take calcium into the bones and muscles. When you don’t have enough calcium in bones or muscles, these weaken experiencing fractures and also muscle pain. We need to understand the physiology of vitamin D so we can learn how important it is the exposure to sunlight. To make it simple, when we eat our foods that contain Vitamin D we are taking Ergocalciferol Vitamin D2, for this Vitamin to be useful for your body, the Vitamin D goes into the skin (vitamin Choloecalciferol D3 provitamin). Then, if you expose your skin to Ultraviolet Light from the sun, this one turns into Pre vitamin D3, which turns (isomerizes) into Vitamin D3 and enters (translocates) to the blood stream or circulation. Then our liver converts this vitamins D2 and D3 into a different form of Vitamin D in a storage form, to be used as needed. There is much more to this physiological process and you can find more info but I found here a link to a nice drawing and labels that may help you to understand. Click here to see a figure of this physiological process. As you can see there are many things that our body does by itself better known as the Autonomous System but diet and solar exposure are needed to maintain healthy bones. Our organs and glands will work according to what they sense in our body, if we are not giving our bodies the right nutrients and environment, then our body will start hurting in many ways. So get some sun and eat healthy, prevention is important to have a health in the years to come!
Wednesday, February 26, 2014
Azadirachta indica is the scientific name of the health superstar Neem Tree. I was amazed to learn that the word Neem in Sanskrit means; Perfect, complete and imperishable. One thing I love about natural medicine is that you learn amazing remedies and cures from other cultures which can be very helpful in our modern world. Indian ancestors have been utilizing this tree in many ways, it grows in the tropical areas of India and the people call it The Village Drugstore! You can imagine the amazing miracles that this tree has done for the people that have been using it, from generation to generation. Medicinal Properties: Antiviral, antiseptic, antipyretic, anti-inflammatory, anti-acid and antifungal. Strengthen the immune system. In other words the properties of the leaves, bark and seeds of this tree are countless, natural antibiotic, antiviral, fever reducer, inflammation reducer, etc… everything you need in one. No wonder why in the Indian natural medicine literature is also known as, sarvaroga nivarini which means the cure of all illness. Neem extract is even used as a natural non toxic insecticide and insect repellent. Also Neem oil is used in bath soap, shampoo and lotion because of its skin detoxifying properties. Nature is amazing and everything in it. .Ayurvedic medicine has used the extracts and products of this tree long time ago. You can learn more about it in the ancient Indian books of Natural Medicine Carak Samhita and Susruta Samhita Books.
Sunday, February 16, 2014
and this explains the extreme weather, Obama may say that is because he needs to spend more money against global warming, oh wait now is global climate change... because now we are freezing...
We are nothing but ants comparing to the space sorrunding us. It may be that for a couple more years we have more severe cold or severe storms of all kinds in some places, we can not for sure know how will affect, but it will.
Nothing that the planet haven't experienced before and probably since man existed on the planet.
Have faith in God, we need Him, He will deliver us.
Saturday, February 15, 2014
I know what it feels being trapped in your home during the winter months especially where it snows, it is nice around Christmas time and then, we are done! We love planning our Mexico beach vacation; the weather in Mexico beaches is nice and hot. Knowing where you are going is important, I grew up in Mexico and know what I am talking about, there is an amazing paradise waiting to be discover by you! Renting a Luxury Villa with all included is the way to go! There are 7 breathtaking villas in a gated community in the beach of Platanitos, Nayarit, only a couple minutes from Puerto Vallarta Airport and you can even get transportation from airport to the villas! Staying at a villa with all these amenities will make your stay, complete with much more privacy, private pool, Jacuzzi or even beach in front for your vacation rental in Puerto Vallarta. Some villas for rent in Puerto Vallarta come with their own full-equiped staff so you will have no worries but to enjoy your stay! All 7 Mexico beach vacation rentals at Punta el Custodio come with their own maid/cook standard. You don’t need to get out buying groceries to have a homemade, tropical and fresh gourmet meal cooked just for you. Travelers from all over the world enjoy the perfect Mexican weather, ocean blue seas, swimming, diving, and fishing. Amazingly fresh sea food, cooked in your kitchen for your taste. You have the luxury and service of a 5-star hotel with the privacy of your home. These private Mexico beach vacation rentals will offer you all the comforts of home, while away from home. I highly and sincerely recommend these Villas; we had the time of our lives. Mexican Beach All Inclusive Luxury Vacation.
I grew up in Mexico and one thing that was always at hand in the kitchen was limes! Limes are amazingly good immune system boosters, their levels of vitamin C, minerals and detoxify action on your liver from fats; this is why also limes and lemons are great for weight loss. Limes also are a natural antibiotic that help kill bad bacterial that hurts your digestion. Lemon juice helps your body to have an alkaline ph which eliminates infections and in general helps your health. Limeade instead of soda or other sugary drinks are delicious, refreshing and healthy for your family. You can use lime to make marinate steak or even cook some kinds of ground fish like ceviche. Did you know you can cook with lime juice? You can! Fish for example is cooked for the traditional plate called ceviche, you can make ceviche from your favorite fish you just need it fresh and grounded. Also you can make shrimp ceviche, or fish ceviche or a mix of both so you will add the juice of at least 10 limes as many that you can make sure that the fish or shrimp is totally wet and in contact with the lime juice, marinate overnight (refrigerated), then after you can drain that lime juice and add now the juice of 3-4 limes, then you can start adding Mexican Ceviche Beach Front Style. 1 lb of tilapia, bass, red snapper or halibut, or/and shrimp 10-15 limes (lime juice is what will cook your fish so don’t shorten the time to marinate/cook and use enough lime juice to cover all your fish/shrimp.) chopped tomatoes, (fresh) chopped onions, chopped cilantro, chopped oregano chopped jalapeno peppers, salt and pepper, 2 tbs of white vinegar tostadas , place your ceviche on top of the tostada avocado slices! Serve on top of ceviche Tabasco Sauce to add if you like. This is one of my favorite foods when you go to the beach front in Mexico, especially with fresh fish. Here is a good recipe the ingredients may vary,
Wednesday, January 1, 2014
December in San Antonio, TX is not as cold as in Illinois, but surely has it's down sides, I am talking about “Mountain Cedar Fever” (evergreen called Ashe’s Juniper), is not a cedar, is not a fever, this Juniper tree pollinates all winter and sends clouds of seeds (golden grains) across the plains with the breeze or winter winds) by itself is bad for people with allergies, but if you did not had an allergy to it you may develop it. Cedar Fever refers to a collection of conditions physically and environmentally that may end up sending you to the ER with pneumonia or other flu or cold complications. Starting the month of December all the pollen from the mountain Cedar trees in the hill country is blown away with the north winds and brought right into our city and homes. I love nature and I know we need to get used to it, but when you move from one place to another, it takes time for your body to adapt. The problem with this pollen is that you may develop an allergy and there are other factors that contribute to make of these winters sometimes fatal. In the winter conditions * Low temperatures, cold air. *Cold and Flu Virus, bacterial Infections like Strep, Pollen and smog in the air. (Social gatherings) *Plus extremely low moisture in the air. * Ashe’s Juniper Pollen Allergies. You can develop symptoms like sinus congestion or sinus infection, headaches. The dry air in the winter makes your wind pipes and entire upper respiratory tract be dry and when is dry, all of the allergens in the air get stuck inside our throat and sinuses, our body’s immune system way to wash it away is with the natural body fluids but the dryness doesn’t allow it, so your body is not able to do the cleaning. Solution: H2O Get a humidifier the best that you can get either small ones in every room or whole house humidifier. The best humidifiers are the cool mist humidifier; try to find one with UV light or anti bacterial properties, A filter less is easier to take care of. There is the Honeywell 300T or best buy and Target have a different series but also good ones. Also for kids bedrooms I love the little ones like frog, elephant... Target has those too and I like them because they don't require filter and you just need to clean it once a week. The Holmes 1 gallon cool mist is good too. Drink lots and lots of fluids, hot tea, ice tea, water, limeade, lemonade, orange juice, in the winter we don’t get as thirsty as in summer but we need lots of liquids to let our body work properly. Again our body’s immune system works but sometimes we just need to give it the right aid and is all our there in nature. And now my quest is to find out how to make our body less reactive to the pollen of these trees. I have read that eating the seeds of the male tree may work but I will let you know when I find out more and if you have ideas please leave a comment! If you have cold and fevers treat it just like you usually do, call your Dr. for children Tylenol, Robitusin, allergy medicine as Claritin, Zarabees cough syrup, zicam, equinnacea, vitamin C, and if you get a fever higher than 103 call your Dr. right away, in children go to the ER, If your children experience trouble breathing go to the ER especially for elderly people or children or if you have pre existent conditions as allergies or asthma. Happy Healthy New Year!