Herbs'n' Other Alternative Health Remedies

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Tuesday, July 30, 2013

The Perfect Day's End

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Saturday, July 27, 2013

I know how the flowers felt



“What would your good do if evil didn't exist, and what would the earth look like if all the shadows disappeared?” 
― Mikhail Bulgakov


“The brightest flame casts the darkest shadow.” 
― George R.R. Martin, A Clash of Kings


“The rain to the wind said,
You push and I'll pelt.'
They so smote the garden bed
That the flowers actually knelt,
And lay lodged--though not dead.
I know how the flowers felt.” 
― Robert Frost

This post linked to shadow shot Sunday. I hope you are enjoying your weekend. Take care, stay healthy and God bless!
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Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Glory Reflected


Sunset over the lake




For a larger view click on the photo. If you click on the back arrow it will bring you right back.  I have been working longer hours lately due to several storms which have hit Michigan. I am hoping everyone's service has been restored. We don't realize how much we rely on things like electricity until it goes out, but leaving work after long hours I headed out to the lake for a moment to clear my mind before heading home, and God's beauty always has a calming hand for me. His lights are always on. 

This post linked to carpe diem and haiku my heart. You will always find lovely haiku posted there and on the many blogs who participate. I hope all is right in your world. Thank you for the visit. Take care, stay healthy and God bless!!
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Thursday, July 18, 2013

The bloom of love


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"Even thou who mournst the daisy's fate, That fate is thine--no distant date; Stern Ruin's ploughshare drives, elate, Full on thy bloom, Till crushed beneath the furrow's weight Shall be thy doom!"
Robert Burns Quotes , Source: To a Mountain Daisy



"All summer she scattered the daisy leaves; They only mocked her as they fell. She said: "The daisy but deceives; 'He loves me not,' 'he loves me will,' One story no two daisies tell." Ah foolish heart, which waits and grieves Under the daisy's mocking spell."
Helen Hunt Jackson (Helen Hunt) Quotes , Source: The Sign of the Daisy


"The daisy's for simplicity and unaffected air."
Robert Burns Quotes , Source: O Luve Will Venture In

The Gerbera daisy (Gerbera jamesonii), Barberton Daisy or Transvaal daisy, is truly beneficial for "unaffected air" known to purify the air. This is a superb flower for cutting with a wide variety of colors. It is rather picky about soil nutrition needing a highly organic soil, however. It is propagated by seeds which should be gently pressed in soil and allowed to warm by the light.

This post linked to orange you glad it's Friday. Thank you for your visit. Take care, stay healthy and God bless!!





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Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Seven days to Marital Bliss

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Marriage should be like a good cup of coffee, something we can enjoy daily

My baby boy sent me a similar message to the advice listed below. I was very impressed with it and have paraphrased it and am including it in my post. I thought you might enjoy it. He will soon be married for two years and it does my heart good to see his priorities are in line. :-)

  1. Day 1 – Strive to be the person you want to be married to e.g. if you would like more loving and understanding, provide more love and understanding to your spouse.
  2. The 2nd day – Realize that no one is perfect. Don’t share your spouses imperfections with others. “The heart of her husband trusts in her…”Proverbs 31:11
  3. Third day – Don’t bring your spouse your left overs after giving the world your best all day. Share with your spouse your best; your best touch, attitude, laughter, conversation and so forth.
  4. Fourth day – Make a way to bless your spouse daily providing him/her with a thankful and giving heart free of discontent, blame and abuse. “Outdo one another in showing honor.” Romans 12:10
  5. Fifth day – Believe the best about your spouse seeing him or her in a good light and providing them with the benefit of the doubt. Realize that sometimes their words do not fall perfectly but their intentions are good. “Love bears…believes..hopes..all things.” 1 Corinthians 13.
  6. Sixth day - Greet each other with a kiss. Positive touches release endorphins and will cause you to equate your spouse with pleasant feelings; plus your lips will be too busy to make regrettable comments. “kiss me and kiss me again.” Song of Solomon 1:21
  7. Seventh day – Take time to find the two people who you were when you fell in love and initially connected. Life affects each of us causing us to change physically and we may act less romantic. We can renew the spark with a little effort and will be better for it. “..rejoice in the wife of your youth.” Proverbs 5:18

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Friday, July 12, 2013

Awestruck

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Walking along
Talking on my cell
"Sorry got to let you go..:"
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"Why?" she asks
"Got to tell you this.."
And I respond "I know.. "     '
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"Will call you back
Give me a sec
Sunsets just won't wait.
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The lovely shades
of a setting sun
Leave me in an awestruck state.”
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Nature by God
poem by Judy

This post linked to skywatch Friday.








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Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Are you Zinc Deficient?

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Who's at Risk?
Several groups of people are at risk of developing dietary zinc deficiency. If you restrict your food to vegetables, and particularly wholegrain cereals, you could become deficient in zinc. Although zinc is present in these foods, it is not utilized by the body as efficiently as the zinc in other sources, such as meat, eggs and liver. Alcoholics also develop zinc deficiency, due to an inadequate diet and to large losses of zinc in their urine. Zinc deficiency also appears to be a problem in some disease states.
Why are We Deficient?
Inadequate zinc intake can result in retarded growth, delayed wound healing, loss of taste sensation, hair loss, skin problems, irregular periods, sleep disturbances, weakened immune system, fertility problems, allergies, night blindness, lack of smell and taste, and dermatitis. Other symptoms which may indicate a deficiency are depression, frequent colds and infections, growth failure in children, and loss of appetite according to George Mateljan at the Worlds Healthiest Foods Organization He also advises that much of the zinc is being lost due to food processing, stating that almost 75% of the original zinc is lost in our breads, cereals, baked goods and pastas. Because of this we need to have a well rounded diet finding our nutrition from varied sources. The amino acid cysteine helps to transport and store zinc in our bodies, so if there is a deficiency of this particular part of protein it can also result in a zinc deficiency.
A deficiency can be created not only from diet, but alcohol intake, protein deficiency, diarrhea, sweating, or an insufficient output by the pancreas. Certain medications can tamper with our body's absorption such as some antibiotics, oral contraceptives, stomach antacids, blood pressure medications or diuretics.
Boost your immune system with zinc.
According to George Mateljan at the Worlds Healthiest Foods Organization Zinc may play a role in the prevention and/or treatment of the following health conditions:
  • Acne
  • Alcoholism
  • Alopecia
  • Alzheimer's disease
  • Anorexia nervosa
  • Atopic dermatitis
  • Benign prostatic hypertrophy
  • Cervical dysplasia
  • Common cold
  • Crohn's disease
  • Diabetes
  • Epilepsy
  • Graves' disease
  • Herpes simplex
  • HIV/AIDS
  • Infertility (male)
  • Inflammatory bowel diseases
  • Influenza
  • Macular degeneration
  • Osteoarthritis
  • PMS
  • Psoriasis
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Seborrheic dermatitis
  • Senile cataracts
Vary Your Sources
The recommended daily dietary intake of zinc needs to come from different food sources, such as animal and plant. Our bodies need zinc for many different functions, which include protein and carbohydrate metabolism, wound healing, growth and vision.
Zinc is a Team Player
Supplemental zinc, however, when in the wrong dosage can impair the bodies' supply of copper and calcium, but zinc aids and supports other nutrients and body functions. For example without zinc, vitamin A cannot be transported for use to other parts of the body or be used efficiently by the body. Zinc is absorbed more easily in the body when linked to other supplements, which is why it is often referred to as "chelated" on the label, meaning connected with another molecule.
Which Foods Provide Zinc?
Good sources include sea vegetables, basil, thyme, spinach, pumpkin seeds, yeast, beef, calves liver, crimini mushrooms, lamb, summer squash, asparagus, venison, chard, spinach, collard greens, miso, shrimp, maple syrup, broccoli, peas, yogurt, pumpkin seeds, sesame seeds and mustard greens. For more health properties of basil and thyme read "Spice Your Way to a Healthier Life."

Chart from Worlds Healthiest Foods
Zinc is in All Parts of the Body
According to http://www.healthvitaminsguide.com the mineral zinc is present in every part of the body; 60% found in muscles, 30% in bone and approximately 5% in our skin taking part in a wide array of functions from healing wounds to protecting the immune system.
Males Require 1/3 More than Females
Particularly high concentrations are found in the prostrate gland and semen. Because semen contains 100 times more zinc than a male's blood, the more sexually active a male is the more zinc he will require with an average male needing 1/3 more than the female.
Zinc is Found in Virtually Every Cell of the Body
The Pill Book Guide to Natural Medicines by Michael Murray, N.D. advises that not only is zinc found in virtually every cell of the body, but it is a component of over 200 enzymes. Enzymes are a necessary part of body functions and reactions. Zinc is also a necessary part of body hormones including insulin, growth, and sex.
Even Marginal Deficiency Can Affect Us
Although severe deficiency is rare, there are many individuals with marginal deficiency particularly among the elderly. Dietary surveys have determined that our intake is from only 47 to 67% of what our bodies require.
Zinc is Not Easily Absorbed
When taking zinc supplements or foods with zinc only about 20% is actually absorbed by the body. The absorption of zinc is inhibited by dietary fiber and phytic acide which is found in bran, wholegrain cereals and nuts.
Citrus Interacts with Zinc
One of the first things one does when they get a cold is load up on juices. While juices are a great tool at fighting off colds, we need to learn to arm ourselves with zinc and citrus within a different time frame. In studies conducted on the common cold it was found that zinc lozenges aided in reducing cold symptoms significantly, however the research also indicated that in order for the zinc to be effective it must be free of sorbitol, mannitol and citric acid. When the Cold-Eeze lozenges were used and participants dissolved one every two hours in their mouths, 86 % of those studies found symptoms greatly reduced. If using a zinc lozenge do not eat or drink citrus 1/2; hour before or after as the citrus negates the benefits of the zinc.
Zinc Improves Memory
One of the most common deficiencies for patients with Alzheimer's has been found to be zinc. Of ten patients studied, eight improved after given 27 mg. of zinc aspirate. There was a marked improvement in memory, understanding, social contact and communication.
Healthier Pregnancy
Zinc deficiency has been linked to premature births, low birth weights, growth retardation, and preeclampsia.
High Doses Can Impair Immunity
For general health support and during pregnancy or lactation the recommended daily dose is 15 - 20 mg. for women, however for a specific health issue the dosage may range from 30 to 45 mg. for men and 20 to 30 mg. for men. For a cold the lozenges should be doubled with the first dose, and then one lozenge of 15 - 25 mg. of elemental zinc dissolved in the mouth every two hours of being awake. One should not exceed one week at this high dosage.
Please Consult Your Physician
As always, it is important to consult with your physician any time you have symptoms you are unfamiliar or concerned with and to advise your doctor of any supplements you may be taking. Any information supplied in this post is not meant to substitute for the medical advice of your family practitioner.
Photo by: allrecipes.com

I am pretty zealous about my zinc! This post linked to ABC Wednesday!.

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Sunday, July 7, 2013

Outfoxed by a Squirrel




Someone had the corn all trussed up for the birds, but he was too clever for them. 66/83

This photo put me in the mind of a post I created over a year ago after coming home from work one day and spotting a squirrel in the tree in my front yard holding the bird feeder sideways pouring the seeds directly into his/her mouth. They are so clever! Once it was empty he tossed it on the ground.

This post linked to succinctly yours where Grandma supplies the photo and a bonus word. The challenge is to write a short story using her photo as a prompt and working the bonus word into it using 140 characters or words or less. How low can you go?


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Thursday, July 4, 2013

Catch me if you can!

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A kitty Abriele can catch and another one that runs from her...

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Tiger stares amazed. It talks!
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Yes, I do!
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“Behind every cloud is another cloud.”
Judy Garland

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“Nature is a mutable cloud which is always and never the same.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson
This post linked to both Skywatch Friday and
Orange you glad it’s Friday. and YES I am, but I have to work open to close and turn around and work Saturday too. Oh well, it’s good to have a job!

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