Saturday, 6 October 2012

Apple cider Vinear - It's amazing benefits

You’ve probably heard of Raw Organic Apple Cider Vinegar. But, do you know what all the talk is really about?
This murky brown vinegar, the one with the sediment in the bottom of the bottle, is the vinegar that has been used for hundreds of years largely for medicinal purposes.
The Benefits of Raw Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) is made from nutritious organically grown apples and retains many of the fruits’ beneficial components because raw apple cider vinegar is not pasteurized. And in its two fermentation processes, it produces enzymes and life giving nutrients that make apple cider vinegar the powerhouse it is.

What Is The Difference Between Clear Vinegar & Raw Apple Cider Vinegar?

Clear vinegar has none of the benefits of raw organic apple cider vinegar. Through its processing and distilling, it’s been stripped of everything beneficial and can be detrimental to your health due to the fact that it is dead instead of alive.
Only raw organic apple cider vinegar has the “mother of vinegar” that makes the vinegar so beneficial. The “mother” is made up living nutrients and bacteria. You can actually see it settled in the bottom of the bottle like sediment.

What Can Raw Apple Cider Vinegar Do for Me?

Beneficial ingredients in raw apple cider vinegar give it its power to make us feel better, look better and feel energized. Just look at some of the beneficial ingredients in raw apple cider vinegar:

  • Potassium – helps to prevent brittle teeth, hair loss and runny noses.
  • Pectin – helps to regulate blood pressure and reduce bad cholesterol.
  • Malic Acid – gives ACV the properties of being anti-viral, anti-bacterial & anti-fungal.
  • Calcium – helps create strong bones and teeth.
  • Ash – gives ACV its alkaline property which aids your body in maintaining proper pH levels for a healthy alkaline state.
  • Acetic Acid – It appears that this acid slows the digestion of starch which can help to lower the rise in glucose that commonly occurs after meals.

A Few Benefits of Raw Apple Cider Vinegar

  • 1 tablespoon of Raw Apple Cider Vinegar mixed in 4 ounces of purified water after a meal has been used as a natural remedy for heartburn and as a replacement for toxic heartburn medications.
  • Raw Apple Cider Vinegar may help improve bowel irregularity, thereby removing toxins from the body at a faster rate.
  • Helps clear up skin conditions and blemishes giving a smoother texture and complexion.
  • Raw Apple Cider vinegar may also help with joint pain and stiffness.
  • Apple Cider Vinegar helps to break down fats so that your body can use them rather than store them. For this reason, many diets include ACV in their regimen.
  • On a small scale, ACV was studied by researchers at Arizona State University. The preliminary study was published in the Diabetes Care journal. It reported that ACV helps reduce levels of glucose.
Raw organic apple cider vinegar is even good for pets. It has been used to help control fleas and even promotes a healthy shiny coat.

How Do I Take Raw Apple Cider Vinegar?

Mixed with another powerhouse of beneficial goodness, organic honey, apple cider vinegar can be a tasty treat with very healthy benefits. This is a great drink for fast energy. Remember, the mother of vinegar will settle at the bottom of the bottle between uses. Be sure to shake the bottle well before pouring to include these healthful ingredients. In a large pitcher, add together:
  • 2 tablespoons of Raw Organic Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 1 gallon of purified water
  • Raw locally harvested honey or agave nectar to suit your taste
Raw honey or organic agave nectar is a great addition because of their health giving properties. They can help improve your energy, strengthen your immune system, and much more. And they taste great.
You can also find apple cider vinegar in tablet or capsule form. However, I do not recommend these sources because they are a dried source and not living as the liquid is.

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Thursday, 4 October 2012

Six Natural solutions for getting rid of Migraines

6 Safe, natural solutions for Migraine sufferers





Migraine sufferers are often anxious to rid themselves of the terrible pain characterizing this condition. Health-conscious individuals choose natural treatments to avoid drug side effects. Many migraine sufferers don't realize the effects certain foods and chemicals may have on their systems, contributing to the development of migraines, or to their resolution. Diet, herbs and supplements can provide natural relief to some migraine patients.Food additives and artificial sweetenersEliminate food additives and artificial sweeteners. Artificial sweeteners, preservatives and flavor enhancers such as monosodium glutamate (MSG), are known to create severe reactions in some people, triggering migraine headaches.

Sweeteners such as aspartame, saccharin and Splenda can be replaced with stevia, a naturally sweet herb with no known side effects and no calories. 92 symptoms of aspartame toxicity were submitted to the FDA in 2002. For a time, aspartame products were recalled by the FDA after numerous side effects were reported; however, the product was allowed back on the market, where it continues to cause a constellation of problems for consumers.


Lavender is used by herbalists to soothe jangled nerves and has an analgesic effect on migraine sufferers. Lavender reduces the inflammation that occurs in blood vessels during a migraine, and relieves spasms in the muscles of the neck, around the eyes and in the scalp. Place dried lavender flowers in sachets or herbal hot packs to use when headaches start. Alternatively, make a tea by steeping one teaspoon of the dried flowers in one cup of boiling water for 15 minutes. Sip slowly throughout the day. Sweeten if desired.

Food triggers

Avoid specific foods that are known triggers for migraine headaches. Chocolate, alcohol, caffeinated beverages, sodas, refined sugars, gluten-containing grains, aged cheeses and peanuts are some of the more common food culprits that may be causing your migraines.

Reintroduce potential problem foods one at a time over a period of weeks to find out which one is causing the problem. Taking these foods out of your diet may feel like a sacrifice; however, if your headaches are eliminated or greatly reduced, then it may be worth it.


Add tryptophan to your diet either in supplement form or by eating foods like turkey, which is high in tryptophan. This amino acid stimulates the production of the brain transmitter dopamine, which in turn contributes to the release of serotonin. Migraine relief often results from the flow of serotonin, which elevates moods, relieves anxiety and tension, and relaxes tiny muscles around capillaries in the scalp.

Ginger, peppermint, cayenne

Use common household herbs like ginger, peppermint and cayenne pepper to treat a migraine. Ginger or peppermint can also be helpful in reducing the nausea accompanying many migraine headaches. Ginger thins the blood, so it should be used with care if you're taking blood-thinning medications.

To make an herbal tea, mix the three herbs together. Place a pinch of cayenne pepper, a one inch piece of fresh ginger and a teaspoonful of dried peppermint in two cups boiling water and allow to steep for 15 minutes. Remove the herbs and sweeten with honey to taste. Natural pain relievers in each of these herbs can help ease away your migraine headache.


The herb butterbur was found to reduce the intensity of migraine headaches by lessening inflammation and stabilizing blood flow to the brain. It acts as a beta-blocker, helping to control blood pressure and preventing spasms in the capillaries. Only use butterbur that is labeled PA-Free, ensuring that any harmful toxins have been thoroughly removed from the supplement, making the herb safe for use. Butterbur is also known to relieve numerous allergies, especially those that may contribute to causing headaches.

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Thursday, 16 August 2012

Prescription Drugs cause nutrient depletion

Many people do not realize that the medications they take on a daily basis can negatively affect the amount of nutrients stored in the body. Numerous drugs actually deplete specific vitamins and minerals, causing a whole host of additional problems. Being aware of what is being depleted by the prescription you are taking can help you to choose what to supplement with. Vitamins and minerals are vital for the everyday cellular processes in your body; inadequate amounts may lead to decreased immunity, digestive issues and much more.

What you are losing

Below are a few examples of some commonly prescribed drugs and a list of the nutrients that are automatically depleted.

Anti-inflammatory drugs deplete: Calcium, potassium, zinc, iron, Vitamins B6, C, D, K, folic acid, chromium, glutathione, Vitamins B6, C, D, and K

NSAIDs: Folic acid, melatonin

Aspirin/Salicylates: Vitamins C, K, B5, folic acid, calcium, iron and sodium

Corticosteroids: Vitamins A, C, D, B6, B12, folic acid, calcium, magnesium, potassium, selenium and zinc

Cochicine (used for gout): Vitamin B12, calcium, sodium, potassium, phosphorus, Beta-carotene

Statins (Lipitor, Zocor, Crestor,etc.): Coenzyme Q10

ACE Inhibitors for hypertension (Lisinopril, etc.): Zinc

What's the big deal?

Zinc is a master mineral necessary in hundreds of enzymatic reactions throughout the body and plays a vital role in immune function. Zinc is not stored in the body and must be ingested through diet or supplementation. If you are chronically sick, you may be deficient in zinc due to poor dietary intake or from drug induced nutrient depletion. A good way to see if you are zinc deficient is to buy organic zinc lozenges, hold in your mouth, if it tastes sweet, you are deficient, if it tastes bitter, you are not. Once the sweetness wears off and there is no taste/bitter, discard the lozenge.

Coenzyme Q10 is a very powerful vitamin and antioxidant, also known as ubiquinone ("found everywhere"), because it is found in every cell of the body. Energy and ATP production are the main functions of this important vitamin. Research has shown that people with heart failure have lower levels of coenzyme Q10 and the vitamin may help to increase the energy production, pumping action and strength of the heart muscle.

Folic acid, also known as Vitamin B9, helps convert food into energy, assist with proper brain function, DNA/RNA synthesis, red blood cell production and iron functions. This vitamin may also aid in the prevention of heart disease, although further studies are still needed. Folic acid deficiencies may occur due to drug induced nutrient depletion, Celiac disease, irritable bowel syndrome, and alcoholism, just to name a few.

These are only a few examples of very important vitamins and minerals that are automatically depleted when taking certain medications. Zinc, coenzyme Q10, folic acid and the other vitamins and minerals are essential for good health and the processes that go on inside of our bodies on a constant basis.

Take control of your health

What's important to remember is that no drug is 100% percent safe and side effect free. Researching any drug your doctor prescribes is vital to being your own health advocate. Question your health care provider as to why the medication that he/she is prescribing is necessary. A list of side effects is now given with each prescription at the pharmacy; a list of vitamins and minerals that are automatically depleted as a direct result of the medication should also be supplied to every patient, with every prescription. You only have one body and should do everything in your power to protect it and keep it functioning optimally.


About the author:
Dr. Melissa Bartoszewski is a chiropractor at Estramonte Chiropractic & Wellness Center. She is a graduate of New York Chiropractic College. Dr. Bartoszewski is also a raw food and natural healthcare advocate.

Tuesday, 17 April 2012


Reiki Precepts to live by
Gokai - The Five Precepts
Just for today...
do not anger
do not worry
Honour your parents, teachers and elders
Earn your living honestly
Show gratitude to every living thing
The founder of Reiki
Mikao Usui (1865-1926)
Dr. Mikao Usui, the first Grand Master of Reiki, developed the five precepts shortly after he decided to leave the Beggars Quarter of Kyoto. He went there to start sharing Reiki, because he felt they needed it more than others in the world. It was at this time that he became aware of some important aspects of human nature.

The Five Reiki Precepts Emanate from us naturally

The five precepts that Usui taught emanate naturally from a person in his or her proper flow. At the same time, trying to live the precepts also helps put a person in that flow, because, what you think is truly what you are.

Asking for Healing

Usui had begun his healings with the hope of giving the beggars the opportunity to become reintegrated with society. When several of them tried and failed at shouldering the responsibilities of everyday life, he began to realize the importance of a person’s participation in their own life healing process. A person needed to want and then ask for a change/healing to make a real difference in their life. If the help of others was involved, there would also, be an exchange of energy for their time. By just giving away healings, he had further impressed the beggar pattern in many of them. He saw that people need to give back for what they receive, in order to maintain a sense of balance and not to have the feeling of indebtedness. It is not the job of any healer to try and help where healing is not wanted.
Learning Non-attachment
Dr. Usui also learned the importance of non-attachment to the results of his healings. It is possible that some of the beggars needed to live out their lives in the Beggars Quarter in order to learn certain lessons. Who are we to judge this as right or wrong? The same applies to disease. Perhaps people create a disease on a subconscious level to enable them to learn certain lessons, or perhaps, even to die. To a gifted healer, such as Usui was, to try to then interfere with a premature healing might be a real transgression into a persons essential life process. It became very clear to Usui that it was not his job to use his incredible gift to heal the world, but indeed to show people how they might help themselves. It was at this time that he realized that people needed guidelines to help them grow in understanding, and to help them shoulder greater responsibility for their own life situations.

Book a Reiki session today

Book a Reiki Healing Session
People come to Reiki for many reasons.Some are seeking a new direction in life, some just want to unwind and have some quality time with themselves, some have a specific physical ailment that conventional medicine has not remedied ,some want to complement their conventional medicine with alternative therapy, some are seeking help with emotional or energy imbalances. All are welcome.
Reiki energy brings deep relaxation, soothing and reducing stress, anxiety and depression. Reiki can help you be the best that you can be. It can help unlock your natural creativity allowing you to reach your full potential. It brings clarity, focus and a sense of purpose back into life. It enhances the benefits of all other therapies. One treatment is physiologically the equivalent of 3 to 4 hours' deep sleep.It helps you find true peace of mind and brings positivity to help you cope with life’s daily challenges.

Reiki treats the whole body, not only the symptoms. For this reason it can be used to help in the treatment of any ailment. It has helped in the treatment of conditions such as: Depression,Insomnia, Back Ache, Phobias and Anxieties, Trauma, IBS, Skin Complaints, Stress, Addictions, Menstrual Complaints, Digestive Disorders, Strengthening the Immune System
* Relaxes
* Reduces stress and tension
* Clears toxins
* Promotes natural self-healing
* Balances the energies in the body
* Balances the organs and glands
* Strengthens the immune system
* Treats symptoms and causes of illness
* Relieves pain
* Enhances personal awareness
* Promotes creativity
* Releases blocked and suppressed feelings
* Aids meditation and positive thinking
Reiki has helped heal conditions such as:
•Lack of Confidence
•Back Pain
•High Blood Pressure
•Skin Disorders
•Anxiety and Stress
•Tension and Worry
•Phobias and Addictions

WHAT HAPPENS IN A REIKI SESSION? During the Reiki session the practitioner places his or her hands very lightly on or, hovering above the body in a variety of positions. The patient is normally lying down and always remains fully clothed throughout the session as Reiki is so powerful that it will even pass through a plaster cast.

Everyone experiences Reiki differently. Some feel a slight tingling or sensations of warmth, others just a deep relaxation. Others feel rejuvenated and energised. Some even fall asleep.

Reiki is always completely safe and appropriate making it suitable for everyone - children and adults. It benefits people in wonderful and extraordinary ways. It is also highly effective for animals.
If you'd like more information or would like to book a Reiki treatment
please contact me by phone or email Maha on:
Tel: 07944661827
1 hour Reiki session £45

30 min Reiki session £30

20 min Reiki session for children
(0-14 years) £25

30 min Reiki session for
mothers to be £35

* £10 extra charge for home visits

** Pay for 4 sessions in advance and receive 10% discount

Happy Customer.....

I came to see Maha primarily because I had been coughing for 3 months and, having tried countless over the counter remedies as well as an inhaler from my GP, nothing had worked and I was feeling very frustrated. Maha and I spoke for a while and we both came to the conclusion that because I had been through a highly stressful and difficult year, my cough may have been brought on by exhaustion and mild depression.

The Reiki session was extremely soothing. It lasted around an hour and all that was required was that I lay down on the Reiki table, close my eyes and relax whilst Maha's hands hovered over my body and healed me. It was so wonderful to think and do nothing for a change.

After Reiki I left feeling instantly better. I believe it was a combination of Maha's healing as well as me being open to it that cured my cough as well as my depression. It has been well over a month since that session and I can honestly say something within me feels completely different. It's as though that blanket of doubt that had been weighing me down was lifted, and I am so grateful to feel so good again! It took me such a long time to find my inner joy, but as they say, When the student is ready the teacher will appear.

Dalia Akar

Saturday, 31 March 2012

I try to remember this as often as I can

"If the situation or problem
is such that it can be remedied,
then there is no need to worry about it....
alternatively, if there is no way out,
no solution no possibility of resolution,
then there is also no point in being
worried about it, because you cant do
anything  about it anyway"

His holiness, the Dalai Lama