Prescription medications and many over-the-counter drugs (those medicines which can be purchased without a prescription) can play an important role in symptom management and treatment of chronic health conditions. However, they are not without potential side effects.
Activated charcoal that is of USP (U. S. Pharmacopoeia) food-grade quality offers several important benefits. While charcoal can be made from coal, wood, or other substances, USP food-grade activated charcoal is produced under stringent requirements since this form of activated charcoal is designed to be ingested as well as used in blood filtering devises such as kidney dialysis units. Activated charcoal made by burning the starting material, e.g., coconut shells or wood, at a very high heat then activating the charcoal in a furnace at high temperatures of 1,700° to 1,800°F with steam in the absence of oxygen. This creates millions of tiny pores per gram. That is why activated carbon is used for water filtration. But, taken orally activated charcoal’s pores can bind toxins and gas to escort them out of the body. The primary uses of activated charcoal are in general detoxification, alleviation of bloating and gas, and lessening body odor from within. Here is a little more in depth discussion of these applications and others.
Just as there has been an explosion of positive science on the importance of vitamin D3, another nutrient, vitamin K, is showing tremendous promise in the treatment of a wide range of health conditions. In fact, since most people are not getting anywhere near the level of vitamin K in their diet, it is one nutrient that you simply need to learn more about.
There is a long list of plants that exert beneficial effects on liver function. However, the most impressive research has been done on extracts of milk thistle (Silybum marianum) concentrated for silymarin. These flavonoid compounds exert tremendous effect on protecting the liver from damage as well as enhancing detoxification processes.
Over the last 100 years, thousands of chemicals have been created by companies and discarded into our water supply, air and even into our home environments. With many of these chemicals, we still have almost no idea how they affect us. However, we do know that many have negative health consequences. Each and every person has toxic chemicals in their bodies. There is no way to completely avoid it. However, we can try to minimize the long-term effects from exposure.
While the concepts of internal cleansing and detoxifying the body have been around for quite some time, there is renewed interest for many reasons. Chief among these reasons is the growing awareness that toxic chemicals impair the way that we think and feel as well as pose serious health concerns.
There are things we can do each day to improve our health and create a more “disease resilient” version of ourselves. While a person may have a genetic predisposition for a disease, research shows us that a healthy lifestyle, diet and optimistic thoughts can turn off disease causing genes while turning on disease preventing genes. The opposite is also true. Our genes are not our destiny.
One of the hottest topics in medical research and among health enthusiasts these days is the microbiome. What this term refers to in the genetic material within the microbes that we harbor in our body. The number of microbiota - bacteria, viruses and funguses - that live on or in the human body is enormous. Estimates are that approximately 100 trillion microbial cells from 1,000 different species of microorganism live within or on us in a truly symbiotic relationship.
The term “leaky gut” has been used by holistic practitioners for several decades. This term is controversial with many conventional medical doctors as leaky gut is not something routinely taught to physicians in medical school. If you ask your doctor information about leaky gut, chances are she will not know what you’re referring to.
Good oral health is important, but commercial toothpaste and mouthwashes can contain ingredients that increase the price and may even be of questionable safety. Fluoride, for example, is added to toothpaste to prevent cavities, but it is not recommended for all people and can be toxic in high doses.
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