Saturday, February 19, 2011

Slim Down With Tasty and Healthy Asian Recipes

Kristina Dizon

Losing weight is one of the hardest things to do, because of the simple fact that there are too much delicious foods around, it's impossible to avoid them. The proliferation of fast food restaurants all over the country made dieting more difficult, because most of the dishes served at the said restaurants are overflowing with fats and cholesterol - both do not only contribute to weight, but also may bring chronic diseases for people who consume too much of them.

If you are one of those people who are having struggles on shedding some pounds of or those who need to lose weight but doesn't want to starve while doing it (like with most diets), then the Asian diet might just be the one for you. Unlike other popular diets around, with the Asian diet, people will have access to a balanced and very healthful diet. Healthy Asian recipes are one of the reasons why most people living in the Asian region have lived long lives. The said diet has caught the attention of diet experts because chronic diseases, such as diabetes, heart disease, hypertension, and cancer, are not as widespread in Asia, like the way it is in the United States and other western nations.

The explanation why the talked about diet is healthy and great for the body is mainly because it's low in cholesterol. Below are some of the food groups that composed the Asian diet.

Grains - Grains are good sources of dietary fiber, they lower the risk of heart disease, as well as they help reduce cholesterol. They are consumed daily through the forms of rice, corn, bread, and noodles.

Vegetables - Vegetables are also eaten in huge quantities in the traditional Asian diet. Vegetables are rich with phytonutrients that serves as the body's protection from various diseases, especially cancer. Some of the vegetables that are usually included in the diet are dark leafy vegetables, cabbages, bean sprouts, carrots, and scallions.

Fruits - Most of the meals eaten by people living in the Asian region always include fruits. They serve as desserts after meals. Mangoes, papayas, bananas, and pineapples, are some of the fruits often consumed, which are sources of fiber, as well as vitamins and minerals. Fruits are also enjoyed in the form of juices and shakes that are very popular during hot seasons.

Tea - Just like fresh fruits, teas are also part of every meal in the Asian diet, particularly in the regions of Japan, Korea, and China. The fact that teas are good for the body is something that cannot be denied, since experts have confirmed that they contain high levels of antioxidants, namely flavonoids, catechins, and polyphenols. Antioxidants are the ones that fight against free radicals that bring harm to the body in the forms of diseases. Also, drinking tea everyday, particularly green tea, can facilitate weight loss.

With the daily consumption of healthy Asian recipes, combined with Asian Fitness and Exercise, you are sure to lose weight, and also get in good physical shape. The perfect diet has been designed through the form of Asian Diet, Nutrition and Fitness. If you want to learn more about them, and get ideas for Healthy Asian Recipes, just click here.

Chiropractic Treatment - Holistic Approach to Well Being

Jessica N King


Those who suffer from chronic neck aches and back aches will be relieved to know that a measure of alternative treatment is all that is required for their conditions. This method is chiropractic and believes in the adjustments of these recurrent chronic conditions through some treatment of the spinal column and vertebral bones. This is a soon to be major field of therapy for several problems such as nervous pains where one feels a constant twinge of pain or even for rehabilitation of people with injuries.

The objective of chiropractic healing is to minimize the use of internal medication to treat any conditions and to utilize the power of the human body to heal itself. It has been termed rightly as an organic method of healing since no foreign objects are taken anywhere near the body and still a sense of well-being can be brought about.

The misalignment of the spinal bones can cause several conditions and a trained chiropractor can identify and offer a suitable regimen and course of treatment to tackle all these. This is a form of physical therapy which aims at correcting the health conditions by targeting the cause of the conditions. In order to foster a sense of superior well being, a large number of chiropractors double up as dietitians and lifestyle teachers and help patients to correct any habits that maybe contributing to the condition. It is an efficient method and several people have gained immensely from undertaking this healing therapy.

The basic principle of chiropractic treatment is to exploit the several connections between one's physical anatomy and the effects it has on the health of an individual. The human body is tightly regulated and any slight imbalance can also throw it off gear. That is the fundamental basis of trying out a holistic approach to treatment and therein lies the immense benefit of chiropractic treatment.

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Tuesday, February 15, 2011

As Healthy As You Can Be: Three Easy Steps You Can Take Now

Deborah Kukal, PhD

Having a medical condition can make us feel powerless. Our body is not doing what it should, and it may be doing stuff it shouldn't. We get frustrated when no one can fix the problem. And underneath it all, it's scary.

We can't totally control our body, that's for sure. But more and more, research is discovering ways that we can have a strong and powerful impact-for better or for worse-on our own health. Even when we have very real diseases and disorders. A recent study of women with breast cancer found that those with lower levels of physical stress hormones had less pain, less fatigue and less depression.

Now you may say "But it would be stressful to have breast cancer!" And of course you'd be right. But all the women had the cancer...yet not all the women had the same levels of physical stress hormones. How we manage our stress can make a difference in the physical cascades of biochemicals washing through our bodies. And that can mean lower levels of negative stress effects like pain, depression and fatigue--even when we have real stress to deal with.

What can you do to wash away the negative stress biochemicals, keep them at a manageable level and prevent stress damage to the brain and body? Here are three easy steps that are shown over and over in research to have a positive, healing impact, reduce stress, decrease pain, improve mood, and just make life happier!

1. Join a group. Whether it's the church you love, the study group you have grown so close to, or the extended family you enjoy so often, the experience of belonging to a group is powerful. Individuals who belong to a group where they feel supported and accepted show positive physical effects, and the research shows positive impact even when we have other not-so-healthy habits!

2. Practice Meditation/Guided Imagery. The research is clear-whether you call it meditation, guided imagery or deep relaxation, it's good for your brain and your body! Don't know how? You can use guided imagery recordings to help relieve pain, and to support you in new, healthy habits. We added Alpha Harmonics to our recordings, to help you relax even more deeply and richly. Your body will have less negative impact from stress, and all the positive effects of reduced inflammation, reduced pain, and increased healing. And it's fun, too!

3. Get some hugs. Our bodies need to be touched-our skin is hungry for touch. Touch comforts, releases well-being biochemicals and can even help us live longer. Touch reduces stress biochemicals, with all the negative physical effects they bring. And hugs can comfort our caregivers as much as they comfort us!

So take the power and control that's available to you. You can help your body be as healthy as you can be now. And you will feel happier, stronger, and more in control. It's how you're made!

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Deborah Kukal, PhD, ABPP is a licensed health psychologist who has been using guided imagery in a hospital setting for more than 15 years. She has engaged patients from virtually every walk of life in the successful and rewarding practice of health focused meditation.

Top 10 Ways to Get Fit, Slim, Lean and Healthy in 2011

Monika Tarkowska-Carter

Let's face it: working out is hard. Not all of us love it. Some of us plain hate it. Some are vain enough we'll do it. Some are smart enough to know we'd better do it. Some, as in the Nike commercial, just do it. BUT, most of us would rather do something else if we had a choice. I have always loved the way exercise makes me feel afterwards. I have loved the fact that I can eat a little more or have a treat occasionally. I have loved the results. I have loved the compliments. The process itself though, not so much. At least, not all the time.

So what can you do to make sure that for all the effort you are putting into looking and feeling your best you will actually see results? And how can you make sure that looking better is not just about pure esthetics, but also comes with feeling better and being healthier?

Here are a few things I consider the most important. Some may actually surprise you.

1. Stop aimless fitness. Have a plan. Be consistent and disciplined. Be clear about your motivation. Know why you are engaging in a particular exercise. Learn about proper form, technique and intensity. Ask a qualified trainer or instructor what the appropriate exercise options for your age and physical condition are and then follow the plan. Don't just do "whatever" because you've heard that a little exercise is good for you. Yes, you CAN get a little healthier just by adding extra physical activity into your life, but don't expect major results from "cruising" on the treadmill for 20 minutes 3 times/week. Getting fitter and leaner is work.... hard work. And you'd better not have any illusions about that.

2. Strength train. It has been said again and again but a lot of people still don't get it: cardio is NOT enough. You have to include proper strength training exercises, and challenge your muscles on a regular basis, to prevent muscle atrophy (after age 25 we lose between 0.5 and 1% of our muscle mass per year - that's 10% in a decade - and double that after age 60!) and a resultant slowing of the metabolic rate. Only the combination of strength training AND aerobic exercise can give you lastingweight loss and a tonedbody.

3. Stop overdoing cardio. Many people think that more is better. Hours and hours of cardiovascular exercise are NOT helpful when you're trying to lose weight. Not only do you increase your chances of overtraining, but you are actually burning precious muscle. Long hours of aerobic training put your body in a catabolic state eating away your muscle tissue instead of building it, which occurs only in an anabolic state. (Endurance athletes are NOT the healthiest examples - they are all catabolic.) The result: less muscle and slower metabolism. The solution: short high intensity interval training (HHIT). One of the biggest benefits of this mode of training is the fact that your body will release Human Growth Hormoneas a response to this kind of training, which stimulates muscle growth and increases fat loss. In addition, you won't have to spend as much time in the gym. HHIT should not be done for much longer than 30 minutes, and usually 20-25 is more than enough. Make sure that you work up to this kind of training if you are sedentary and always get your doctor's clearance prior to engaging in any high intensity exercise if you are older, on medications, or have any medical conditions. Even older people can do it, but it has to be done gradually. (Interval training is now being used even for cardiac patients in cardiac rehabilitation programs under physician supervision and has been found to be very effective in training the heart muscle). The so called post-exercise oxygen consumption (PEOC) is also higher afterwards than after moderate intensity exercise. This basically means your metabolism is elevated for a few hours after the workout, and you're burning more calories. There are different ways to do interval training but in a 25 minute session a good plan would be: a 5 minute warm-up, a 30 sec. high intensity interval followed by a 90 sec. rest period (lower intensity), repeated 8 times, and then a 4 minute cool-down. For those who are afraid of not challenging their cardiovascular system enough (because of a shorter length of the workout), I assure you that your heart and muscles will get a much better workout and bigger challenge than if you pedaled on a bike aimlessly for 60 minutes watching TV and trying to read at the same time, as many people do.

4. Take time to plan your post workout meal and try to eat it within 30 (and maximum 60) minutes afterwards. What you eat after your exercise session will affect what results you get. Your muscles are the most receptive to nutrients within that time window, and they need both carbohydratesand proteinto replenish glycogen and stimulate muscle tissue synthesis and recovery respectively. I advocate natural foods whenever possible, but if the time elapsed between the end of your workout and your next meal is more than an hour, have a well balanced protein shake with some high-glycemic carbohydrate in it and a little healthy fat. This is one time during the day when you want the food to reach the muscles as fast as possible so having a liquid option is not a bad idea. (The subject of post-workout protein shakes versus regular meals is beyond the scope of this article. It is a somewhat controversial issue and many aspects need to be considered to weigh the pluses and minuses of both approaches.)

5. Eat small but regular meals and snacks consisting of REAL foods: whole, unprocessed, and without additives in it. Eat GOOD food. Enjoy it. Relish it. It should nourish you and make you happy. The quality of food you put in your body is an often neglected aspect of diet. Food is not just calories; it contains specific nutrients that are destroyed to a big degree when foods are processed and their form changed. Synthetic vitamins, additives, preservatives and other chemicals are often not only treated by the body as foreign substances, but also put a tremendous burden on our organs and cells. The more natural and nutritious the food, the more your body will be able to extract from it much needed nutrients, vitamins, minerals, enzymes and other beneficial substances.

6. Get AT LEAST 8 hours of good quality sleep at night. Sleep deprivation causes not only fatigue and suppresses the immune system, but has been shown to be a huge contributor to weight gain. Changes in sleep patterns affect two important hormones in your body: leptinand ghrelin.Leptin is responsible for sending signals to the brain that you're full while ghrelin is supposed to inform your brain that you're hungry. With lack of sufficient sleep the levels of leptin decrease while the levels of ghrelin increase. You brain will be telling you that you're hungry even though your body may not be and it will fail to tell you that you're full so you'll keep on eating. The final result: more calories than your body needs. Another important aspect of sufficient sleep is muscle recovery. If your muscles have no chance to recover properly, your muscle tissue will break down, putting you in a catabolic state. You will also not have the necessary energy to push yourself enough in your workouts to induce any significant training effect. Lack of sleep can also increaseinsulin and cortisol levels in your body. High levels of these hormones promote fat storage, especially in the abdominal area.

7. WATER, WATER, WATER. I can't say it enough. It is one of the simplest yet most important things you can do for your health AND your weight at the same time. Drink at least half of your body weight in ounces and more if you exercise, live in a hot climate or at higher elevations. Choose the purest, highest quality water you can find with a ph of at least 7.0. Hydration(except for breathing) is your body's highest priority. It will give you energy. It will speed up your metabolism. It will help you flush metabolic waste products from your body. It will help you detoxify. It will deliver nutrients to your muscles and cells. It will keep your joints and discs hydrated and make your body function optimally. Translation: weight loss.

8. MOVE, MOVE, MOVE as much as you can: anytime, anywhere, anyhow. Human beings were designed to move. It is only the last few hundred years and the development of technology that have made movement almost obsolete. In Paleolithic times we used to move all day as a way of living, just going about our daily activities and attending to various chores. Then, for short periods, we hunted and ran from danger (short high intensity intervals). Life, as it is now, requires very little exercise and our bodies are paying the price. Being active in some manner and moving all day burns a lot more calories than doing a "long" 1 ½ hour workout in the gym and then sitting at the desk, in the car, in the movies and at the table for the rest of the day.

9. Control stress. Have some QUIET time every day. Make time for relaxation. Rest. Quiet time is almost a foreign idea nowadays. We cannot "survive" for 5 minutes without being connected to the rest of the world in some way. The truth is: the world will survive, move on and do just fine without us. And WE won't miss that much either. Most people don't know how to be by themselves and without external stimulants for more than a few minutes, if that. You need time to be quiet, time to be alone, and time to give yourself, and your mind, a chance to rest. Rest recharges your body AND your mind. Quiet time brings you peace, decreases stress and calms down your soul. Your stress hormone cortisolhas a "wonderful" ability to make you pack on access pounds if you keep it elevated from high levels of stress and a clattered mind. You will also find that when your stress is under control, your life AND your weight will be under control as well. Make quiet your weight loss friend. Face it. Don't run away from it.

10. Decide to be happy. Happiness is one of the biggest clues to being healthy and slim. It doesn't just happen by itself. It requires constant work and a certain state of mind. Emotional issues are one of the biggest contributors to weight gain. Find out what your goals and needs in life are and work to fulfill them. Without them you're walking through life aimlessly. Most importantly, know what your purpose is.If you don't have a purpose you will never be happy. Purpose makes it clear for you why you're here. Knowing this will bring you peace of mind and happiness. Only then can you achieve anything you set yourself to do, including getting AND STAYING fit, slim, lean and healthy.

WORK HARD. PLAY HARD. ENJOY LIFE. HAVE FUN. EAT WELL. REST. VALUE YOURSELF. KNOW WHO YOU REALLY ARE AND WHY YOU'RE HERE. LEARN TO BE HAPPY. HAVE A PURPOSE.

Monika Tarkowska-Carter has nineteen years of experience as a personal trainer/nutritional counselor working with clients of all ages and needs. She holds the following professional Certifications: * American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) - Personal Trainer
* National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) - Personal Trainer
* National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) - Personal Trainer
* American Council on Exercise (ACE) - Personal Trainer
* American Council on Exercise (ACE) - Lifestyle and Weight Management Coach
* UCLA Extension Certificate in Fitness Instruction
* C.H.E.K. Institute - Holistic Lifestyle Coach, Level 2

To learn more about Monika or to hire her as a personal trainer, nutrition counselor or holistic lifestyle coach, visit her website at http://www.Fitness-Science.net

Friday, February 11, 2011

The Life Span Today

Warren Haynie

The CDC or Center for Disease Control in U.S. has revealed a new report about the total life span of a man. According to the department, it is estimated that around 1.5 years has been added in the life of today's baby than that of 10 years ago.

According to the new report delivered by this department is that an average woman has a longer life expectancy than a man which is now tremendously getting reduced. 2002 status shows that this gap is of 5.4 years which was 7.8 years in 1979.

The main top causes of death are now cured with the latest inventions in the field of medicine due to which the death rate decreased causing the life span of man to increase.

The report states that the death rates are constantly decreasing because of the fewer deaths in the recent years. The death rate is falling for the last continuous eight years and it is almost half the rate which was 60 years before.

The diseases causing deaths like cancer has been reduced to 2 percent in 2007 while heart diseases dropped by 5 percent. These two were the major death causing diseases in U.S. however there is a tremendous decrease in HIV deaths which in almost 10 years have reduced to 10 percent.

The CDC report is surely promising for the coming years to come but this report is compared with the other countries of the world, it would be surprising to find out that U.S. is far lagging behind that 30 countries.

World Health Organization in 2007 has given the report of the country securing the first position in the life expectancy is Japan with an average of 83 years of a new born baby.

Having a healthy good life is a must for all. Since America is a top most country which spends numerous money on health and still they don't even land in top 20's. What they need to focus is to make good eating habits with a quality diet to improve the life span of U.S. people.

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The Raw Food Diet - Just Common Sense

Angela R Parker

It seems the media is always offering up a new way to get healthy or lose weight. You might see a commercial for some low-fat yogurt on TV, hear an ad for "weight-watchers" on the radio, and then be annoyed by weight loss pop-ups online all in the same day. It's important to realize that in spite of all the fickle fads, the healthiest diet is the one mother nature designed for you - the one abundant in fruits and vegetables and nuts and seeds, all eaten in their natural uncooked state.

Celebrities, doctors, health gurus, and the and top athletes are getting wise and tapping into the power of natural foods - for instance, world-class Olympic athletes are following living food diets under the instruction of 40-year raw foodist Dr. Brian Clement at the Hippocrates Health Institute.

People are coming around to the simple idea that the vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants we try to get from supplements and processed foods are more far more abundant and readily available in natural, whole foods.

The main proposition of the raw food diet is...

Cut out the bad:

  • Preservatives
  • Processed sugars
  • Trans fatty acids created during cooking
  • Toxins created during cooking
  • Food additives such as dyes and chemical flavors
  • Hormones and antibiotics found primarily in dairy

To help cure:

  • Headaches
  • Common viruses and diseases
  • Acne
  • Obesity
  • Mood swings
  • Fatigue

And put in the good:

  • Vitamins and minerals for strong blood
  • Healthy fats that actually promote weight loss
  • Chlorophyll
  • Antioxidants
  • Enzymes

To help promote:

  • Healthy shape
  • Clear skin
  • Energy
  • Focus
  • Strong immune system
  • Stamina

Cooked or otherwise processed foods are nutrient deficient and generally contain harmful toxins and indigestible trans fatty acids. A raw diet of bright fresh fruits, juicy veggies, and filling nuts and seeds is complete with all the nutrients to foster a healthy mind and body, but leaves out the toxins and excess fats of the Standard American Diet.

And making the switch might be easier than you think. It's important that you consume plenty of leafy green vegetables for ample blood alkalization and tissue regeneration but there are more decadent gourmet-type raw meals to help ease the transition.

Philip McCluskey formulated dozens of delicious raw recipes and used them to drop over 215 lbs. With raw living foods and fresh organic ingredients, you can really enjoy your meals as they heal you.

Wishing you a pleasant raw foods transition,
Angela R Parker

Raw Recipes:

Philip McCluskey's Raw Food, Fast Food

Monday, February 7, 2011

Increasing the Red Blood Cells in the Body

Robert Shorn

The iron supplements are for increasing the red blood cells in the body. They are not really for very healthy people but generally used for restoration when a person is in poor health or is undergoing a serious medical condition. In which case the body may require the red blood cells to be increased very fast, so iron rich diet is recommended but one can also take iron supplements.

You need to see a medical practitioner to prescribe the right dosage for the iron supplements that will not cause more issues to your body.

Again one is encouraged to have a good exercise routine that will help you to improve your health. It really pays off to let your body be accustomed to regular exercises.

The body will try to resist at first but it will eventually adjust to the routine as the human body is made to conform to the new ways you subject it to. It will also be able to compensate wherever there it is experiencing any shortage. So within a very short time you will find that your breathing is quite normal.

Going to higher altitudes might mean that less oxygen is in the air, but the body will still be able to manufacture a lot more red blood cells since the body needs more of them up there. Then when you notice some tiredness, it only means that your body is trying to cope with the scanty air up on the mountain.

If you think your body needs more red blood cells, what you can do initially is to take the natural diet that is rich in iron. Then you could see a doctor to prescribe the iron supplements if the doctor thinks you need them. Iron rich foods are things like fish, other foods and beverages too. Remember fish is also a good diet for the human brain.

Your plate should always have a variety of foods, demonstrated by the different colors in the plate. It means eating only one or two types of food constantly will lead to problems for the body as they will eventually affect the correct flow of blood. These in turn will contribute to the electrical charges or PH balance in the body. This state of affairs can be corrected when you see the doctor to prescribe something to take care of the acidity in the body. Most doctors today are aware of the wonder natural drink called the wheatgrass juice.

It is the richest chlorophyll and alkalinity remedy which the body needs to increase the production of red blood cells. It also acts as a body cleanser because it removes toxic impurities. It is the latest wonder in the world of science.

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The Long Road Back From Toxic Poisoning

Caroline Nettle

My journey with toxins probably started around the same time as yours. I wanted to talk about my relationship with toxins because I do not think I am very different from most other people. Although the details are most likely to be different, we drank from the same tap, ate the same food and breathed the same air. You may have been luckier than me with your health, but you may also still not know what it is that is making you sick and tired.

Our first exposure to toxins occurs before we are born, and often before we are conceived. It starts with the toxins that our parents were exposed to as well as their parents' exposure and back through the family. Women are born with all their eggs for life already made, so any exposure to toxins during their lifetime prior to pregnancy is going to have an impact on the developing baby. In research studies, as many as two hundred different toxins are identified in newborn babies, and a percentage of these are carcinogenic.

For many of us that grow up in rural and suburban areas, pesticide, herbicide and insecticide exposure is just part of life. In my childhood, from the time I was about 6 months to 2 years, the farmers in our area constantly sprayed their crops, which made me really sick. The doctors assured my mother that nothing serious was wrong and kept sending me home. They had not made the connection at that time between toxins and illness. My childhood after this was a constant battle with allergies, asthma, bronchitis, and food intolerances. It was not until I started researching toxins that I discovered that these symptoms are very normal for those who have a high toxic load. As they are becoming more and more prevalent, and the link between toxins and these diseases is not commonly known, I wanted to let others know what I have found out.

I also had all the prescribed vaccinations through my childhood and into my teen years. Now I am aware that these vaccinations contained and still contain mercury and aluminum, both heavy metals, amongst other horrors. I also travelled extensively in my twenties and thirties so have had many vaccinations and reactions through my life. Vaccinations are less damaging if your immune system is strong, but anyone who has been exposed to toxins and heavy metals has a compromised immune system. Mine evidently was compromised, and I think that the vaccinations contributed to my health problems.

My childhood was one of many bed rests and constant prescription medications and antibiotics, again, which probably did not help my already struggling immune system. I also have two auto- immune diseases, both inherited, which suggest to me that the immune system that passed to me was probably also struggling- my mothers and grandmothers both suffer from immune system deficiencies. I do not blame anyone, because I believe that everyone was doing the best they could with the knowledge they had to try to help me. It is ironic that the injections and the antibiotics that I was given to make me well may have in fact contributed greatly to my ill health.

The food we purchased at the store was treated with pesticides, herbicides and insecticides. Our home garden was organic, but like others, we consumed our share of commercially produced food.

Cleaning products in those days were similar to cleaning products of today. There were chemicals used in these products that are very dangerous to our long term health, but there was little knowledge of the long term exposure hazards. The chemicals that are used today to give us a germ free environment are more harmful because we are told to put them everywhere. Again, the irony is that if a child is exposed to germs and viruses, their immune system strengthens and they build a strong defense system for themselves.

I was a smoker until about eight years ago when I kicked the habit for good. In the beginning I was not aware that cigarettes contain horrific chemicals including arsenic, butane, ammonia, nicotine, formaldehyde, carbon monoxide and dioxide and aluminum. It may be of interest to know that nicotine is also used as a cockroach killer and is an extremely effective insecticide. Even now when smokers know the ingredients in cigarettes and tobacco they still continue to use the products. However, knowing how harmful the smoke is, you can stay away from smokers if you would like to reduce your own toxic burden.

Sweet treats and sugary desserts were also my favorite food group. It did not cross my mind to think about all the chemicals used in growing and producing sugar. Perhaps my addiction to the substance would have made me justify consumption anyway. The result of a constant diet of sugar was dental problems, most commonly in the form of cavities. Cavities required metal fillings in those days, which are full of mercury. As we eat warm and hot foods the mercury leaks out of the metal fillings and contaminates our bodies. The term "mad as a hatter" actually evolved from mercury toxicity that affects the brain functioning. The symptoms include tremors and slurred speech as well as other neurological impairments.

Tap water, which we drank exclusively, was full of fluoride. Although originally touted as a way to help your dental health it has now been proven as a toxin. It is a by-product of refining aluminum which is also reported to contain barium, beryllium, lead, mercury, copper, arsenic and cadmium. In the European countries where they refused to have fluoride in their water system, the general health of their teeth is reported to be much better than those in the UK.

For a few summers I was a painter and would have to paint using gloss paints in closed, poorly ventilated quarters. I always felt incredibly ill after these jobs but continued to work there, not realizing the lead and additives I was breathing in. As a very active do-it-yourselfer I really cannot imagine the number of toxins I have inhaled or made contact with throughout the years.

Beauty products have also added to my toxic burden. I was cursed with prematurely grey hair and from the age of 18, and so I started to play around with hair colouring. My hair is dark brown and it was not until lately that I learned of the high levels of carcinogenic compounds and chemicals that are used in the dark hair dyes. Thankfully I only permed my hair once, but many women and men perm constantly, which also adds to the toxins in our body.

Different types of beauty and hygiene products continued to add to the toxic levels I was experiencing. I used deodorant that contained aluminum as well as perfume and make-up items that contain any number of toxic substances.

In addition to the items mentioned above and to keep the list manageable I also know I have been exposed to:

• Food contaminants including TBT, mercury, lead, arsenic and cadmium
• DEET
• Wood treatments (arsenic and others)
• Dry cleaning chemicals
• Fire retardants
• Nail polishes
• Varnish removers
• Fake spray tan
• Swimming pool chemicals
• Vehicle fumes
• Industrial cleaning products
• Plastic food containers
• Detergents

The list is probably endless as many contaminants are so common in our world we simply cannot escape contact. By the time I was an adult I suffered from severe depression, chronic respiratory problems, aches and pains and increased allergic reactions to a variety of things.

After reading "Silent Spring" by Rachel Carson and becoming more aware of how we are polluting the planet I decided to make a change. I read as much as I could in this area. It had always interested me, but also started to look at how I could improve my own health by removing toxins.

The first thing that I did was switch to organically grown foods such as fruits and vegetables. This was relatively easy but the next step, ending my addiction to cigarettes, was more of a challenge. Eventually I was able to give up cigarettes and drinking completely, plus I also started using only organic and toxin free cleaning products and supplies. Not only did I remove toxic products from my environment but I also made the choice to remove toxic people as well.

One product I did add to my new health regimen was Activate Liquid Zeolite. On my journey to cleansing and detoxification of my body I have changed both my physical as well as emotional being. I am physically healthier with almost no respiratory problems and I have increased energy and enthusiasm for life. Not only does this product remove the toxins and chemicals that we have just consumed but it also helps to cleanse the body of stored deposits of the same toxins.

By giving your body the chance to become healthy you will notice significant changes. While you may have assumed that your lack of energy, illness or health conditions were due to natural aging, you are more likely suffering from a toxic overload that your body simply cannot handle. The toxins trick your body and prevent the natural processes of regeneration and healing. By detoxifying your body it can begin to work in the way it was designed to.

I am extremely passionate about sharing my story about how toxins impaired my health and how this process can be slowed, and healing can begin, regardless of your current age and health conditions. I know that if you give your body the best chance it will respond and you will feel stronger, healthier and happier than you have for a long while.
Wherever you live today, you are surrounded by toxins. It is impossible to escape them. However, today if you choose to educate yourself and make changes to your environment and lifestyle, you can reduce your exposure to toxins and begin to feel the benefits. Finally, we have a choice, and there is a better way.

Written by Caroline Nettle

Caroline Nettle is passionate about helping others to improve their health. http://www.toxinfreetoday.com is an online resource for information and products to help you to enjoy life after toxins. Sign up for the newsletter and receive the latest information about how to detoxify your life.