Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Magnesium Deficiency & Soda

If you are among those that enjoy fizzy soft drinks… you may want to reconsider!
We humans do not produce magnesium on our own. Magnesium and other minerals can only be obtained from the earth. Their biological role is multifaceted. Minerals help to maintain the pH of the body and are necessary for proper nerve conduction, contracting and relaxing muscles, and tissue growth.
Drinking Soda Can Rob Your Body of Necessary Minerals | Ancient Minerals BlogMany people are unaware of the negative effect soda drinking has on mineral intake, mineral absorption and assimilation within the body. In middle-aged adults, consumption of one soda a day is associated with a 48% higher prevalence and incidence of multiple metabolic risk factors linked to magnesium deficiency, such as diabetes, obesity, and higher resting blood pressure. Carbonated soda consumption is negatively associated with achieving adequate calcium and magnesium in children aged 6 years and older. Consuming just 8 ounces of carbonated soda decreases the likelihood of achieving recommended calcium intake for children by 40%.
In this piece we will be discussing the different components of soda that contribute to magnesium depletion in the body.
What are the mechanisms behind soda drinking and magnesium loss?

Phosphorous in Soda Depletes Minerals

Do you enjoy that “tangy” flavor in soda? The “tang” comes from phosphoric acid added by soda manufacturers. Phosphorous itself is a necessary mineral. You need some phosphorous in your diet to support bone structure, create and store energy in the body, transmit genetic material, and regulate the body’s pH levels. Phosphoric acid is phosphorous that has undergone a modification process to become more chemically stable. Companies add phosphoric acid to many soft drinks to make the flavor more enhanced and give it that tanginess that we enjoy. However, high phosphorous levels in soda can lead to reduced body storage of minerals.
Excessive intake of phosphorous actually blocks mineral absorption in the body. Too much phosphorous binds with minerals in your blood, thus rendering them unavailable to your body’s functions. Your body, sensing it doesn’t have enough calcium or magnesium in the blood, takes it from your bones. Since phosphorous intake is increased when drinking most carbonated beverages, this depletes your body of both calcium and magnesium.
It’s not just sugary soft drinks that produce this negative effect. Phosphoric acid is also found in diet sodas. One 12 ounce cola contains approximately 40 mg of phosphoric acid!

Sugar in Sweetened Soda Robs the Body of Nutrients, and Displaces Nutrient-Dense Foods

For every molecule of sugar we eat our bodies need 54 molecules of magnesium to be able to process that sugar. Therefore consuming sugar-laden soda depletes our body of this necessary nutrient. There are approximately 39 grams of sugar in one 12 ounce can of sweetened cola.
But beyond the fact that magnesium is depleted through simply processing the sugar we consume, an additional factor contributes to reduced intake. It is suspected that the role of soft drinks in mineral deficiency and reduced bone mineral density may be partially due to the fact that these soft drinks are displacing foods that would offer a source of minerals.
According to Loren Cordain, author of “Origins and evolution of the Western diet: health implications for the 21st century”, published in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition,
Standard American diets high in sugar and processed grains are both void of necessary micronutrients and deplete micronutrients. Refined sugars such as those found in soft drinks do not contain any vitamins or minerals. Therefore consuming these beverages reduces the nutrients in the diet.”
Sugar in soda replaces the calories and nutrients we could get from eating more nutrient-dense and mineral rich real foods, such as bone broths and grass-fed liver.

Drinking Soda Can Rob Your Body of Necessary Minerals | Ancient Minerals BlogAspartame in Diet Soda Interferes with the Actions of Magnesium

Think you are making a better decision by avoiding sugar and drinking diet soda? If so, it’s time to think again!
Diet soda has also been shown to reduce magnesium, and may be associated with increased risk of heart attack and stroke, related to magnesium deficiency. The most commonly used sweetener in diet soda is aspartame, which is a source of aspartic acid. Aspartic acid interferes with the actions of magnesium, thus chronic aspartame consumption may lead to magnesium depletion. In studies, consumption of diet soda has been linked to numerous disorders associated with magnesium deficiency such as diabetes, heart disease, hypertension, and osteoporosis.

Caffeine in Soda Reduces Both Calcium and Magnesium

Do you enjoy soda for the caffeine “buzz”? Many soft drinks now contain excessive amounts of caffeine, and some claim to give you more energy.
One 12-ounce soda contains approximately 30-60 mg of caffeine. Urinary calcium and magnesium excretion and intestinal calcium secretion were correlated with caffeine consumption in metabolic studies on premenopausal women. For every 150 mg of caffeine ingested, approximately 5 mg of calcium is lost. This effect occurs even hours after the consumption of caffeine.
Caffeine also inhibits the amount of calcium that is absorbed through the intestinal tract and depletes the amount retained by the bones. In another study, female college students were either given decaffeinated or caffeinated beverages after fasting for 10 hours. Urine samples after three hours revealed significant excretion of calcium, magnesium and sodium after caffeine intake. Thus limiting caffeine intake is crucial when trying to maintain adequate minerals.
As you can see, soda drinking depletes minerals in the body in several ways, and replaces calories from more nutrient dense sources. The best way to stay hydrated by far is drinking real filtered water. If you are craving flavor or bite, try adding some lemon or lime juice to your water! Or try an Aqua Zinger to make your water more fun!
If you are concerned about your magnesium intake, try our topical supplement with our Ancient Mineral line of products. Available in: 

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Just for Mom and Baby!

Mom deserves a healthy break! 

At Natural Healing Tools we have the tools and supplements to make mom and baby a bit healthier. Select from supplements formulated for mom and baby, EMF protection products and aromatherapy - just to name a few.

Link (here) to our Mom and Baby - and use the coupon at checkout! 

Coupon expires 4/30/2015

Monday, January 26, 2015

U.S. Supreme Court Affirms Wireless Industry’s Right to Know

BY J. SHARPE SMITH –

January 14, 2015 — The U.S. Supreme Court ruled last week in favor of the wireless industry’s right to know why an application to build wireless facilities has been denied. The ruling came in the case known as T-Mobile South v. City of Roswell, Georgia, where the carrier sued the city for violating guarantees in the Telecom Act of 1996 that reasons for the denial of a wireless site must be provided to a carrier in writing.
On April 14, 2010, the city’s planning and zoning division sent a letter to T-Mobile, which advised the carrier an application had been denied, offering only access to the public hearing minutes for reasons why the denial occurred.
“PCIA applauds the Supreme Court for recognizing that the City of Roswell had not complied with its statutory obligation to inform PCIA member T-Mobile of its rationale for denying a siting application. Today’s decision vindicates PCIA’s conviction that wireless providers must be informed in a clear-cut and timely manner when siting applications are turned down,” Jonathan Adelstein, president and CEO of PCIA – The Wireless Infrastructure Association, said in a prepared release.
It took 26 days for Roswell’s city council to provide T-Mobile with the reasons for the denial, which included aesthetic incompatibility and unnecessary technology.
“In the opinion delivered by Justice Sotomayor, the court found that the city council provided the reasons for the denial with sufficient clarity, but failed to provide those reasons in a timely manner, which violated the Act,” wrote Allyssia Bryant, associate, Keller and Heckman, in the firm’s Telecom Business Alert.
The Supreme Court decision reversed and remanded the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, which held that the city’s denial letter, public hearing minutes, and transcript satisfied the 1996 Act’s “in writing” requirement.

Naturalize Cold Prevention and Care

Catching a common cold can be painful, costly and annoying. There are many over the counter medications, and depending on the person, the cold and symptoms a doctor may prescribe medications. But at Natural Healing Tools, we work hard on the premise of a strong immune system and trying to stay healthy. If and/or when we get a cold, we try for the natural cold alternatives first. 

Preventative

There are two areas to consider in preventive mode - fortifying your immune system and keeping your environment clean. 

Immune System
To keep your immune system high during the coldest winter months, supplements are a good source to support your other health efforts. Check your current supplements and consider adding: 
  • Vitamin C and Vitamin D
  • Nascent Iodine
  • Colloidal Silver
  • Probiotics
  • Herbals
Environmental
There are some basic steps to improve your surroundings during the winter. 

Cold Medicine Alternatives

Some of us just want to avoid drugs and choose complementary treatments. These alternatives include zinc, vitamin C, and echinacea. However, evidence about their effectiveness is lacking. It is best to check with a doctor to make sure that these are safe and will not interact with other medicines you are taking.
Traditional remedies for common cold symptoms include:
  • Gargling with water and salt for sore throat
  • Taking warm fluids such as chicken soup or hot tea to soothe sore throat and thin the mucus
  • Using a humidifier or a vaporizer to moisten the air
  • Using saline spray to keep the nasal passages from drying or try our Nasal Rescue

There is no permanent cure for colds, because there is no drug that can kill the viruses causing the cold. However, the best cold medicine is one that can relieve your symptoms without causing significant side effects.

Saturday, January 24, 2015

EMR Exposure: A Basic Avoidance Strategy


Since our bodies are most susceptible to problems while sleeping, IBE highly recommends creating a sleeping sanctuary. See this previous article -- Sleeping Sanctuary.

There are, however, some initial steps you can take today to protect you from EMR exposure.

• Minimize all exposure and usage of wireless communication: cell phones, cordless
phones, and WiFi devices.
• Turn cell phone off when not in use and definitely when sleeping. Never keep it near
your head or use it to play games, movies, etc.
• Keep cell phone at least 6-7 inches away from your body and others while on, talking,
texting and downloading.
• Never keep cell phone in pocket or on hip all day. The hip produces 80% of the body’s
red blood cells and is especially vulnerable to EMR damage. The close proximity may
also affect fertility.
• Do not talk on cell or cordless phone when pregnant, with a baby/small child in arms,
under age 16, or while in a vehicle (car, train, plane, subway) – the radiation gets
trapped and is higher in these closed metal zones!
• Replace all cordless and WiFi items with wired, corded lines (phones, Internet, games,
appliances, devices, etc.). The cordless phone base emits high levels of EMR – even
when no one is making a call. (900MHz Analog cordless phones are okay)
• Minimize/space out computer use, sit back from the screen; flat screens are preferable.
Use wired Internet connections, not WiFi – especially for laptops. Keep laptops off of the
body and preferably on wooden surfaces.
• Keep a low-EMR sleep, home, and personal zone. Move alarm clock radio at least 3 feet
from head or use battery power; 6 feet is the recommended distance from all electronic
devices during sleep.
• Avoid waterbeds, electric and metal frames. Futons/wood frames are better than metalcoiled mattresses and box-springs. Metals attract EMR: keep them away from and off of the body.
• Ensure that there are no electrical appliances, power meters, or circuit panels on the exterior or interior wall of bedrooms.

Friday, January 23, 2015

EMF and Stress

Martin Blank, PhD

Associate Professor, Department of Physiology and Cellular Biophysics,
Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons; Researcher in Bioelectromagnetics; Author of the 
BioInitiative Report’s section on Stress Proteins.
“Cells in the body react to EMF's as potentially harmful, just like to other environmental toxins, including heavy metals and toxic chemicals.  The DNA in living cells recognizes electromagnetic fields at very low levels of exposure; and produces a biochemical stress response.  The scientific evidence tells us that our safety standards are inadequate, and that we must protect ourselves from exposure to EMF due to power lines, cell phones and the like, or risk the known consequences. The science is very strong and we should sit up and pay attention.”

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Calcium Deficiency

Calcium is one of the most important minerals needed by the body. It is an essential component of our bones, musculoskeletal structure and has a vital role in many metabolic functions. Mild to moderate deficiency of calcium can affect blood pressure regulation, electrolyte balance, and muscle contraction. What’s more, this may affect the capacity of the biological system to carry electrical impulses around the body,regulate the release of hormone and maintain the health of oral cavity.Healthcare providers recommend daily dietary allowance as a reference to ensure optimal intake in order to minimize the risk of calcium deficiency.

Types of Calcium Deficiency

Since calcium is needed by the body in highly calculated amounts, it is necessary to maintain a constant supply of this mineral via supplements or diet. Men and women may differ in the levels of calcium that is needed per day. Here is a chart of the approved RDA (recommended daily amounts) to keep the body fit and nourished.
Age
Amount (mg)
1-3
700
4-8
1,000
9-18
1,300
19-50
1,000
50+
1,200
Pregnant and lactating teens
1,300
Pregnant and lactating adults
1,000
Despite the fact that many dietary sources are rich in calcium, approximately 75% American are deficient in this mineral.What’s more,low levels of calcium are associated with many degenerative and chronic disease (some are possibly life threatening), such as fibromyalgia, osteoporosis, blood pressure maintenance issues, cancer and different forms of allergies. To prevent this, it is necessary to identify different types of calcium deficiencies.
Two of the most commonly occurring calcium deficiency are as follows:

Hypocalcemia

This condition refers to low calcium levels in the blood and can result from surgery, drug allergies, hypoparathyroidism and renal diseases. Cancers and malabsorption can also cause low calcium levels in the body.

Dietary Calcium Deficiency

This is a condition in which the diet is insufficient in calcium and does not fulfill the daily requirements. Such a condition may lead to long-term diseases such as osteoporosis, hormonal inefficiency, bone weakening and depletion of calcium stores.

Symptoms of Calcium Deficiency


Dietary Calcium Deficiency
Hypocalcemia
Symptoms
  • Bone pain
  • Possibilities of spinal cord      fractures
  • Neck pain
  • Bone softening
  • Drooping posture
  • Decreased or stunted height
  • Bones fractured easily
  • Loss of appetite
  • Muscle numbness
  • Internal bleeding, leaving small red spots
  • Muscle cramping
  • Skin bruising
  • Bone deformity
  • Burning sensation
The above chart shows just some of many symptoms experienced by the person suffering from calcium deficiency; further complication can result in permanent bone damage, cardiac arrhythmias, altered mental state and hypertension. If you notice someone around you with a high pulse rate, pain in bone or chest and loss of consciousness, call your local hospital services immediately.
If you are already diagnosed with calcium deficiency, it is utmost necessary to follow the instructions and dose regimen suggested by you pharmacist or physician. Ensure regular checkups and maintain a log of any symptoms you feel even after taking the medicines and discuss them with your doctor.

Treatment of Calcium Deficiency

1.   Increase Intake of Calcium-rich Food

The primary and the most obvious treatment is to increase your dietary calcium intakes. Natural sources are the best ways to ensure healthy sources of calcium.These include vegetables, dairy products, etc. Here is a list of top natural food in the amount of calcium.
Food
Calcium in 100g
Watercress
120 mg
Mozzarella (non-fat)
961 mg
Low-fat yogurt
125 mg
Chinese cabbage
105 mg
Tofu
350 mg
Okra
77 mg
Green snap beans
37 mg
Broccoli
47 mg
Sardines
383 mg
almonds
264 mg

2.   Exercise Regularly

Regular exercising is helpful in increasing bone strength and muscle mass,which will increases the level of calcium absorption.Maintaining regular calcium level is very important to keep up the metabolism of the body for everyday processes and to avoid diseases from occurring.

3.   Consider Calcium Supplements

Using calcium supplements is an easy and convenient option for many individuals who are allergic to certain kinds of products or do not love certain kinds of food. Follow manufacturer recommendations or check with your personal physician for recommendations. (Link here for Natural Healing Tools calcium supplements.) 

4.   Avoid Medications That May Cause Calcium Deficiency

Sometimes, medications many cause calcium deficiency, but in some cases these drugs cannot be avoided, especially during cancer treatment and some diseases that need diuretics. In such case, ask your doctor to adjust the drugs or offer alternatives wherever possible.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

What Zeolite Can Mean to You

To detox is to reduce the toxicity that has built up in the body. This may be done to start on a healthier path, reduce toxins from known exposures or as part of a health regiment. Toxicity occurs when the body is unable to eliminate toxins more quickly than the body accumulates them.

Detoxification can take on many forms from a daily supplement to a long, fasting detox. While we have products and tools to support specific detox requirements, the focus of this article is the uses of zeolite clay

Zeolite

Clinoptilolite zeolite is a non-toxic, deeply detoxifying, alkalizing dietary supplement earth clay that can be taken internally and externally to help rid the body of toxins such as heavy metals, ammonia, and other harmful environmental chemicals. Benefits increase with continued usage. It naturally holds a negative charge and will bond with toxins for safe and effective removal. It can also be used externally for face and body masks, or added into bath water for a detoxifying bath.

Clinoptilolite zeolite originated millions of years ago when lava and volcanic ash fell into the sea and boiled there (zeo = to boil, lite = stone). Silicon (SI02) is the second most common element on our planet next to oxygen. Everyone knows we can't live without oxygen, but many people don't realize they also cannot live without silicon.

Clinoptilolite zeolite (only this form of zeolite is suitable for medicinal purposes) a SiO2 donor, it permits ion exchange, such as effecting the release of heavy metal content from the body and making essential ions (minerals) accessible. Furthermore, clinoptilolite zeolite can disarm free-radicals, bind and digest toxic substances and effect de-acidification. Clinoptilolite zeolite can also have a positive effect on the body’s metabolic processes, such as promoting more efficient transport of nutrients to cells.

Clinoptilolite zeolite does not have a biochemical effect on the body but a biophysical one and with this capacity is able to optimally manage a self-regulatory function, thus normalizing the body’s metabolic processes, which may have been disturbed by environmental pollution.

Clinoptilolite zeolite has no undesirable side-effects, cannot be overdosed, has been scientifically proven to have a biophysical effect, and is elimitated in the stool.

Clinoptilolite zeolite has shown tendencies to:

  • delay aging
  • anti-diarrhetic
  • anti cancer 
  • improve mental functions
  • use for heavy metal detox
  • strengthens the immune system
  • prevent susceptibility to infection
  • ensure well-regulated mineral-electrolyte and bioelectrical functions
For competitive athletes, clinoptilolite zeolite ensures the regulation of the mineral-balance (which can be disturbed during heavy perspiration), and the breakdown of free radicals, which are produced by athletes in high concentrations and are often the cause of injuries. Clinoptilolite zeolite leads to increased regeneration of all body processes after extreme physical strain and protects the athlete from damages to his/her health.Effective treatment of chronic illness resulting from the long-term buildup of heavy metals in the body, such as chelation therapy, presents numerous clinical challenges, including undesirable side effects and unpredictable efficacy. Use of a naturally occurring zeolite, clinoptilolite, to remove these toxic substances may offer an efficacious and safe alternative to the traditional approaches.

As always follow label directions from the manufacturer and check with your personal health professional on adding a supplement or starting a detox. We suggest you drink extra water when taking zeolite internally.