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Signs and Symptoms of Acid Reflux and Heartburn

April 9, 2012 5 comments

Signs and Symptoms of Acid Reflux and Heartburn

Heartburn is a condition in which the liquid content of the stomach backs up (refluxes) into the esophagus. The most common and persistent symptom of Heartburn is a burning sensation centered in the middle of the chest and/or throat, brought on by stomach acid that churns up onto the lining of the esophagus.

Acid Reflux, also known as Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD), is a condition which has many symptoms that are similar to heartburn. In many cases, people suffering from Acid Reflux typically suffer from persistent heartburn two or more days per week. In the long term, this can be very serious since, over time, the reflux of stomach acid can erode or wear away the delicate esophagus lining. This can then lead to scar tissue, which causes swallowing problems. GERD has also been linked to an increased risk of esophageal cancer. However, some people have Acid Reflux without heartburn. In such cases, symptoms include chest pain, wheezing, coarseness in the throat, breathing problems, a bitter taste in the mouth, dry coughing, interrupted sleep, tightness in the throat, and halitosis or bad breath. Acid reflux can also lead to regurgitation of acid into the mouth, often due to overeating or bending down or going to bed right after a meal.

Causes of Acid Reflux
Just like other health conditions, there is not one specific cause of Acid Reflux and Heartburn. However, a malfunction of a band of muscle tissue called the Lower Esophageal Sphincter (LES) can ultimately lead to many of the problems and symptoms associated with Acid Reflux and Heartburn. The LES is a complex area of smooth muscles and various hormones, which is responsible for the opening and closing of the lower end of the esophagus when we eat and swallow. It normally keeps the stomach contents from regurgitating, but due to certain physical conditions it can weaken and lose its contraction control. If this happens, the LES fails to close up and cannot maintain the pressure barrier between stomach and esophagus. As a result, acid and pepsin from the stomach can back up and cause acidity and heartburn in the esophagus.

The most common causes of Acid Reflux and Heartburn include:

some antidepressants and sedatives
elevated hormone levels during pregnancy
eating before going to bed
eating large meals
slower emptying of the stomach
frequently eating greasy, fried, and fatty foods
drinking lots of bubbly (carbonated) beverages such as soda
diseases that weaken the esophageal muscle (such as scleroderma, mixed connective tissue disease, or hiatal hernias)

Home Remedies and Natural Cures for Acid Reflux Treatment:

1. Apple Cider Vinegaris an amazing remedy for Acid Reflux. It may sound

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bizarre to drink an acid as a cure for an acid problem, but there are good acids and bad acids and Apple Cider Vinegar is among the good ones.

2. Ginger Root is an amazing natural herb that is known to absorb stomach acid and have the secondary effect of calming the nerves.

3. Fennel seed is an aromatic but powerful herb that helps in digestive conditions and has many other benefits. Fennel seeds contain a compound known as Anethole, which is known to suppress spasms of the stomach or gastrointestinal tract spasms. Therefore, it is considered to be an effective remedy for Acid Reflux.

4. Anise and Lavender Tea ;Here is a tea that you can make to help relieve the symptoms of heartburn, since it reduces the amount of acid you have in your stomach. Note that some variants of this remedy suggest adding peppermint, but this is NOT recommended since peppermint is known to relax the LES (described earlier), which is exactly what you don’t want to do.

5. Water – Water is a good remedy for acid reflux and it’s readily available almost anywhere. This is one of those home acid reflux remedies that most people don’t know about, but it is effective. You will need to gulp the water down and not sip it for it to work for you. It can take more than one glass of water to stop the acid.

6. Saliva – Your own saliva can end a reflux attack. The best way to create more saliva is to chew gum or suck on a mint or piece of candy. You will want to make sure you swallow a lot because your saliva will work to stop heartburn and acid reflux almost immediately. This remedy only costs you the price of the gum or candy. If you suffer from frequent acid reflux, carry some in your pocket or purse.

7. Aloe verais a natural remedy that has been providing great relief for a lot

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of acid reflux sufferers. The extract or juice is mainly responsible for its healing properties. It is said to contain amino acids, minerals, enzymes, polysaccharides, sterolins, aloin and a form of sugar caled glucomannan. Research shows that this kind of sugar has a wide variety of immune stimulating and protective effects on the body.

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Herbal Remedies for Hypertension – High Blood Pressure

April 5, 2012 3 comments

Millions of individuals are shocked to find that their doctor advises them that they have high blood pressure (hypertension). Often there are no symptoms, no reason to suspect that the pressure of blood in the arteries is high, putting pressure on the arteries and veins. These blood vessels become more rigid with age giving rise to blood vessels being more inclined to burst.

Essential Hypertension
About 90% of people who have high blood pressure have no obvious underlying cause. This is medically called essential hypertension, but there are certainly increased risk factors and these will be discussed later in the article.

This condition is extremely common affecting 10 to 20 per cent of the UK adult population. Hypertension is more common in men that in women and occurs more frequently in middle and old age, although a surprising number of young adults are being found to be hypertensive.

Specific Hypertension
In 10% of cases there is a definite cause of high blood pressure. This is called specific hypertension. These causes include certain disorders of the adrenal glands. One of the hormones that the adrenal glands produce is called aldosterone. Aldosterone controls the amount of sodium and potassium that there is in the blood and tissues. This alters fluid levels in the cells and the fluid around the cells and can cause the blood to become too thick, thus increasing blood pressure. Also,in some cases of kidney disese, hypertension may occur due to changes in the production of angiotensin, a protein that is involved in narrowing small blood vessels in tissues. This causes an increase in blood pressure. There are certain congenital heart defects that give rise to specific hypertension and certain drugs can cause high blood pressure. Taking the combined contraceptive pill appears to increase the risk of hypertension.

How do I evaluate how serious my problem is? 
The doctor or nurse will measure your blood pressure using a sphygmomanometer (try to pronounce it!) to measure the force on the blood vessels as the heart pumps and the pressure of the vessels when the heart is at rest in between beats. This gives two figures that you are no doubt familiar with. Below is a rough idea of how the doctor will assess the results. Remember that everyone’s blood pressure rises temporarly and falls because this is a natural occurence in the body. It becomes a problem when it is constantly high, or becomes high very suddenly. So oftentimes you will be asked to return and perhaps be seen by a nurse, to ensure that you are not suffering from ‘white coat syndrome” (stress of having blood pressure taken by a doctor can naturally cause a rise in blood pressure in some people, which could be wrongly interpreted).

  • Borderline hypertension: 120-16-/90-94 mmHg
  • Mild hypertension: 140 -160/95-104 mmHg
  • Moderate hypertension: 140-180/105-114 mmHg
  • Severe hypertension: 160+/115+ mmHg

    What can I do to help high blood pressure?
    The good news is that about 80% of individuals fall into the borderline to moderate hypertension range and most cases can be brought under control very successfully by change in lifestyle, diet and taking natural remedies and herbal remedies that are known to help hypertension. These methods can often be superior to drugs in cases of borderline and moderate hypertension.

    It is true to say that all drugs have side effects. Diuretic drugs and beta-blockers have side effects listed including incresed risk of heart disease and most medical professionals will try and avoid giving these if they can unless the problem is persistent and doesn’t respond to lifestyle changes.

    If you suffer from severe hypertension (160+/115+), drugs are indicated. However employing all the measures by eating a diet rich in nutrients can help tremendously in cases of moderate high blood pressure. It appears that when drug therapy is necessary ACE inhibitors or calcium channel blockers seem to be the safest options.

    General Lifestyle, Diet and Natural Remedy Guidelines for Helping Hypertension
    Many individuals are enlightened regarding healthy eating. But there are some specific areas that someone with high blood pressure should particularly consider.

  • Lose weight if necessary
  • Avoid high alcohol consumption, caffeine and smoking. Exercise and reduce stress.
  • Eat plenty of fibre obtained from unrefined grains, nuts and fruit and vegetables and pulses. We should eat at least 30g of fibre per day. If your intake of these foods are low, consider taking either LOCLO orTNT(Total&Nutrition&Today) or other natural fibre supplements that you can buy from this site.
  • Eat plenty of celery, garlic and onions. Garlic and onions have been researched and have shown to reduce the systolic blood pressure in hypertensive people by 3.1%. If you don’t like eating a lot of garlic, try taking Garlic- High Potency. Take the equivalent of 4g fresh garlic per day.
  • Studies show that omega-3 oils can help to reduce systolic and diastolic blood pressure by up to 9 points(mmHg). Considerably reduce intake of animal fats (fatty meat, dairy products) adn increase your consumption of 1 tablespoon of cold pressed vegetable oils daily. This can be done by daily making salad dressings, mixing in potatoes and soups. Eating nuts and sprinkling freshly ground seeds such as pumpkin, sunflower, linseeds or sesame seeds into soups or on cereals is helpful . Increase your intake of oily fish to at least 3 times per week. If you find this difficult to do, try taking either a high quality fish oil (not cod liver oil) or a flaxseed oil product. Try either, or a combination ofOmega 3 EPA and/or Flax Seed Oil . Since you need to be taking in about 1 tblsp oil, then large numbers of capsules are necessary. Try taking 4 of each daily. If they repeat on you, keep them in the refrigerator and take the cold capsules as soon as you can. They then melt further down in your stomach.
  • Reducing salt intake can be helpful in some cases (sodium chloride). Steaming vegetables makes them tastier and reduces the need for salt. Avoid processed foods as they often contain high levels of salt. Eat plain nuts as opposed to salted and avoid potato crisps (chips). The body does need salt, so the best way to obtain this is by using Celtic Salt or Himalayan Salt
  • There is a substance which is sythesized (produced) by the body called Coenzyme Q10, sometimes known as ubiquinone. Interestingly 39% of people suffering from hypertension are short of this coenzyme. Although no one knows what effect this has, if a person is deficient, it seems to negatively effect metabolism. Its not easy to get from one’s diet since the body manufactures it from other raw materials, but it is available from black grapes. Correcting this deficiency can reduce systolic and diastolic blood pressure by as much as 10%. How do you know if you are one of the 39% who are deficient in CoQ10? Some signs are gum disease, high cholesterol levels, and arteriosclerosis or diagnosed heart disease. You need to take about 60mg twice daily.
  • Stress plays a large part in elevating blood pressure. If your doctor thinks this is your problem, click on the section in this site in the search library onto ‘Stress, anxiety” , Nutricalm contains important B vitamins as well as soothing chamomile.
  • Vitamin E is the vitamin that we would say is one of the most important for the heart, as an antioxidant and to prevent blood inappropriately clotting. Its properties for healing tissue , which would include blood vessels is well documented. We suggest that a dose of 400 – 800 iu’s per day is a therapeutic dose for hypertension. We prefer to use mixed tocopherols rather than a single kind of vitamin E
  • Lead toxicity is often linked to hypertension (see related article) and

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    increased cardiovascular disease. Vitamin C is really important to promote excretion of lead from the body. People who live in soft water areas may have higher amounts of lead and lower amounts of calcium and magnesium (protective against high blood pressure) due to the high acidity of the water. If you suspect your water may be high in lead, take 500mg-1000mg 4 times daily of vitamin CThe Journal of Laboratory and Clinical Medicine Vol. 24, August 1939, No. 11, pp. 1119-1127
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    activating the pump that allows potassium into the cell and sodium out of the cells. This in turn affects the body’s response to the amount of fluid present in the blood. Again, think of taking extra magnesium if you live in a soft water area. Consider taking 500mg to 1000mg daily (divide dose) for 3-6 months. If you have kidney disease or severe heart disease (high grade atrioventricular block), do not take magnesium. Magnesium is also helpful in combatting stress and anxiety

  • Vitamin B6 taken in a B complex or in the combination supplementMega Chel . This contains an array of nutrients that support the entire circulatory system – arteries, veins, tissues and organs that service this amazing body system. We use Mega Chel in our clinic.

Diets low in potassium and high in sodium (salt) is linked to hypertension so this is where a diet high in potssium from fruit and vegetables comes in. Increasing dietary potassium can really help high blood pressure. If your diet is low in fruit and vegetables, supplementation may help, particularly if you are over 65. If you are suffering from kidney disease or taking digitalis, potassium sparing diuretics or ACE inhibitors, potassium supplements must not be taken without consulting your doctor. A high quality salt such as Himalayan salt or Celtic salt, which are rich in many minerals, are worth considering as these salts have a similar combination of minerals as extracellular fluid. We do need about half a teaspoon of salt daily.

  • More obscure suggestions for causes or contributing factors for essential hypertension is the effect that geopathic stress can have on some people. Moving bedrooms or repositioning the bed, sitting in a different chair from where you usually sit may help in alleviating stresses.See related article.
  • Herbal formulas have been used for centuries to help support the systems of the body. They provide nutrients and phytochemicals that can have extraordinary but safe actions on body systems. They work not by blocking chemical reactions as drugs to, but by balancing body metabolism. Hawthorne is known to have a mild effect on blood pressure and is also well known as a heart tonic. We have mentioned garlic which is a food/herb. Many herbs and fruits contain proanthocyanadins that have antioxidant properties and reduce inflammation in the arteries and veins and help to strengthen them. This is very important in helping to reduce the risk of strokes and coronary attacks. Examples of these are pine bark, bilberry and strawberry. See in the summary below some suggestions for you to try.

    So as you can see there is plenty you can do to help your hypertension with natural remedies, diet and herbal remedies. Obviously the more serious your problem, the more intense your treatment programme needs to be. Please do keep it up for at least 3 months minimum. Remember that symptoms and signs take a very long time to manifest themselves, therefore the body needs plenty of time to recover. If your regime is working, continue on with the programme for at least 6 months. You can then consider reducing to a mantainence programme to help to keep things stable.

    Always pay attention to what you eat. These are your raw materials that the body uses to function. If anything is missing from your diet, your body will eventually tell you with symptoms of ill heatlh. Hypertension is not a death sentence if you take care of yourself. Your body is the most precious thing you have. Look after it.

    There are many natural remedies that can help strengthen your arteries and veins. Taken as a long term programme, they have shown to be very effective for a lot of people. You can purchase these high quality supplements from this website by clicking on the links below.

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Natural healing remedies for arthritis

April 5, 2012 1 comment

Arthritis – Illustration courtesy of

Arthritis treatment primarily aims to provide pain relief. Effective pain relief can be obtained with natural healing remedies for arthritis which are gentle and mild. Conventional medications typically include analgesics, anti-inflammatory drugs or anti-inflammatory drugs. Treatment generally depends on the type of arthritis you have.

Natural healing remedies for arthritis include herbal treatments, nutritional supplements and vitamins. The key to getting great results from them is dosage and consistency. For example, if you are drinking herbal teas, you will need to be consistent in drinking at least 2-3 cups a day. If you are taking superfoods, again you must be consistent in order to get the maximum effect from the nutrients.

Herbal remedies

Osteoarthritis responds well to herbal remedies such as devil’s claw. It contains iridoid glycosides in its roots and has been proven effective in treating osteoarthritis. Another herb, Boswellia (also known as Indian frankincense), is quite effective in treating the symptoms of arthritis. It is a natural anti-inflammatory and contains boswellic acids which impede the chemical reactions that cause the inflammation.

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well as glucosmaine is JointEase Plus from Native Remedies. Regular use of the remedy will help to maintain health and mobility in the joints without the risk of side effects of conventional medicines.

Cayenne is used in an infused oil and rubbed into arthritic joints for pain relief. Other useful herbs for pain relief is alfalfa. It can help to soothe the affected area in a gentle manner without any harsh side effects. Ginger and willow bark extract contain chemicals found in conventional pain-killers. You can buy all these pain remedies in health food and herbal supply stores.

Diet and nutrition

Eat a diet high in essential nutrients and low in processed foods, additives and sugar. Also avoid excessive caffeine.

Dietary supplements like glucosamine can also be used to provide natural pain relief as well as to repair cartilage, maintain joint mobility and diminish joint deterioration.

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known for controlling inflammation. It improves the shock absorbing capacity of the arthritic joint by directing fluid into the cartilage. Sardines, salmon, and anchovies are an excellent source of omega-3 fatty acids. You can easily get fish oil capsules from health food stores.

Another kind of essential fatty acid known as gamma-linolenic acid has also been found to be helpful in treating arthritic pain. This acid can be found in black currant seed oil, borage and evening primrose oils.

Vitamins also help controlling pain. Vitamin E is an anti-oxidant and works effectively in osteoarthritis. Vitamin E curbs joint damage caused by free radicals and helps reducing the pain.


Helpful techniques to manage the pain associated with the various forms of arthritis include controlling your body weight and gentle exercise.

Swimming, biking and water aerobics can reduce joint pain. Exercise increases blood flow, builds strong muscles. Yoga and stretching exercises help you stay flexible while preventing stiffness and joint deformities.

If you are overweight you need to control your weight to reduce the strain on your knees or ankles. Follow a healthy eating plan or natural weight loss program under the supervision of a dietician.

You can reverse arthritis by giving your body what it needs to repair itself through natural healing remedies, exercise, nutrition, detoxification and diet.

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