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How To Boost Your Happiness Hormones to Live Longer

How To Boost Your Happiness Hormones to Live Longer

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The happiness hormones serotonin and oxytocin don’t only help fight depression. They also cut heart disease, stroke, and Alzheimer’s risk by strengthening arteries, so nutrient-rich blood quickly reaches your organs.

Send some love.

Taking one minute to let someone know that you’re thinking about them can bring about an increase in your oxytocin production 

Take a scented soak.

Relaxing in a warm bath scented with rose, vanilla, jasmine, or lavender can keep your blood levels of serotonin and oxytocin elevated by soothing your brain’s anxiety center. And when your brain is relaxed, it needs less serotonin and oxytocin to function, so more of those hormones are available to cells in the rest of your body.

Take 5-HTP.

Taking 100 mg. of 5-HTP increased serotonin levels, improving mood, energy, immunity-and even fat-burning. Want to sleep more deeply? Taking 5-HTP 30 minutes before bedtime can help. Cutting calories a priority? Take 5-HTP 30 minutes before your biggest meal each day.

Consume protein at breakfast.

After a night of not eating, blood levels of amino acids- the building blocks of serotonin and oxytocin- are low. The fix: Eat a meal containing 2 oz. of amino acid-rich protein, such as eggs, meat, or cheese. It’ll rev the enzymes that keep serotonin and oxytocin levels up, cutting your risk of the blues and blood sugar woes 33%.

Eat berries and kale.

Eating two cups each of berries and leafy greens (like kale) weekly could up your serotonin levels. Both foods are rich in anthocyanins, nutrients that encourage your brain to produce and release this “happy” hormone.

Watch TV.

Getting caught up in a fun, romantic, or emotionally gripping program-enough to make you root for one of the characters- will send your oxytocin levels soaring. Your brain processes movies as if they’re happening, and the empathy you feel for a character stimulates oxytocin release.

Source: Woman’s World Specials: Reverse Aging

Natural Remedies To Stop Thinning Hair

Natural Remedies To Stop Thinning Hair

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By age 50, two-thirds of us have thinner, more brittle hair. Thankfully, at-home remedies can stop it in its tracks and help reverse it if it’s already occurred! Here’s what may be causing your hair loss and how to fix it.

Wash your hair daily.

When scalp cells absorb testosterone, the waste product produced can damage follicles and trigger male pattern baldness, even among women, research shows. Most women cut back on them as their hair thins, hoping that handling their hairless will help. To fix, first, give your scalp a thorough shampooing daily. 

Up your iron intake.

Your ability to absorb iron can plunge after age 55 due to a gradual slowdown in the production of stomach acid and digestive enzymes-and one of the first signs of dipping iron levels in women is all over hair thinning. Eat four oz. of iron-rich beef, chicken liver, shellfish, turkey, chicken, or pork daily paired with something acidic, like tomatoes, bell peppers, strawberries, or orange juice. To maximize the benefit, avoid drinking coffee or tea or consuming calcium-packed dairy with meals containing iron-rich foods.  

Lower your stress level.

Try doing 15 minutes of relaxing yoga twice daily. Gentle stretching and rhythmic breathing help reduce the production of hair-wrecking stress hormones for up to 12 hours.

Watch your vitamin A.

You need vitamin A, but taking in more than 40,000 IU daily can trigger patchy hair loss. The ideal dose for vitamin A is 10,000 IU daily, but many multis have 10,000 IU per pill to add up fast. Get it from orange produce (such as carrots, pumpkin, and sweet potatoes) as beta carotene, a building block of vitamin A that is 100% safe.

Get your thyroid checked.

Losing the hair from your scalp and your eyebrows can signal an out-of-whack thyroid. People think they’ll be exhausted or gain weight if their thyroid isn’t functioning well, yet one of the earliest signs of thyroid trouble is often thinning head and eyebrow hair. Treating a sluggish thyroid can reverse hair loss in as little as ten weeks.

Source: Woman’s World Specials: Reverse Aging

Natural Ways to Lower Your Risk of Breast Cancer

Natural Strategies to Help Prevent Breast Cancer

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You can’t do anything about risk factors like your age, sex, race, or family history. But you can lower your risk in other ways, using these specific breast-cancer prevention strategies.
 

Make lentils.

Red, orange, yellow, or gold lentils have protease inhibitors, which are anti-cancer compounds that are so beneficial. Just eating two cups of these legumes each week can cut your breast cancer risk. Simmer them in unsalted water or broth for about 30 minutes until tender. They’re natural in soups, delicious sautéed with potatoes, onions, and spices, and also make a great cold salad.

 

Wear a sleep mask.

Try wearing a sleep mask if your room isn’t dark. Sleeping in pitch black doubles your brain’s production of melatonin, a hormone that improves sleep quality and is also toxic to cancer cells.
 

Eat grapes.

Enjoying one heaping cup of red, purple, or black grapes (or 8 oz. of purple grape juice) each day will cut your lifetime risk of breast cancer. Darker grapes are rich in three nutrients (quercetin, kaempferol, and resveratrol) that strengthen your immune system’s ability to find and destroy suspicious breast cells before they can cause harm.
 

Add a little Evoo.

Extra-virgin olive oil contains a whopping 75% oleic acid, which is a healthy fat that destroys cancer cells on contact. Plus, it helps switch off the HER2 gene linked to a heightened risk of developing breast and ovarian cancers. In fact, simply using 2 Tbs. of extra-virgin olive oil instead of other fats in your diet could cut your breast cancer risk.
 

Enjoy avocados.

Avocados have a beneficial plant-based fat that doubles the ability of your immune cells to find and destroy precancerous and cancerous breast cells. And you only need to eat 1/3 cup daily to benefit! Snacking on nuts also does the trick.
 

Open the windows.

Avoiding chemical air fresheners and scented candles cuts breast cancer risk. Chemically scented products release compounds into the air that mimic estrogen in your body, speeding abnormal cell growth.
 

Consume real vanilla.

Vanilla extract isn’t only a flavor enhancer for cakes and other desserts. It is also an herbal extract with potent cell-protecting powers. Vanilla’s active ingredient stops healthy breast cells from turning cancerous. Add a few drops to your coffee, tea, milk, yogurt, oatmeal, smoothies.
 

Toss in garlic.

Garlic’s aroma comes from sulfur compounds, aromatic nutrients that hinder the growth of precancerous breast cells. Eating one small clove daily can cut your breast cancer risk. If you are worried about bad breath, eat a small apple after your meal.
Natural Ways to Sharpen Your Brain & Improve Your Focus

Natural Ways to Sharpen Your Brain & Improve Your Focus

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Do you find yourself forgetting what you just read or misplacing your car keys? You’re not alone! Many people will admit that menopause-related hormonal changes were draining their brainpower. The good news is that these simple steps can improve your focus.

Enjoy colorful berries.

Eating one cup of red, blue, or purple berries every day can make you feel clear-headed. Berries are rich in flavonoids which increase the flow of nutrient-rich blood to your brain cells.

Exercise.

Adding in an easy exercise like brisk walking, biking, swimming daily helps the release of a compound that spurs the growth of healthy new brain cells while helping to rejuvenate older ones. Just changing your routine with this one step can double your ability to focus, think clearly and stay organized.

Wear earplugs.

Wearing earplugs when you’re trying to focus in a loud atmosphere can double your ability to focus on the task at hand. Nonstop noise tires the part of your brain that helps you think clearly and remember what you’ve just learned.

Drink ginseng tea.

Drinking two cups of ginseng tea each day could increase your focus and concentration. Ginseng acts as a natural brain stimulant, and it gives your short-term memory a boost.

Go outside.

You can decrease major brain lapses by going outside in the sunshine each day. Sun exposure spurs your body to produce vitamin D, which helps your brain cells stay young, and your memory stay sharp. Taking 2,000 IU of vitamin D-3 daily is also protective.

Eat lean beef.

Eating 12 oz. of lean beef weekly can improve both short and long-term memory. Beef is rich in vitamin B-12 and zinc, nutrients that help the memory center of your brain function at its peak. The leanest cuts include top sirloin, eye round, and top round steak.

Sniff a lemon.

Take a deep smell of a freshly cut lemon. Its tart, mouthwatering aroma stimulates the release of energizing beta brain waves, revving focus, concentration, and memory.

Still foggy?

A daily 100-mg. dose of phosphatidylserine could intensify your focus, concentration, and memory. This soy extract boosts the production of acetylcholine, a compound that helps brain cells communicate.

Take salacia supplements.

Supplementing with 500 mg. of this Ayurvedic herb daily could develop your focus and concentration. Salacia helps your brain absorb more energizing glucose from every meal.
Natural Ways to Lower Your Blood Pressure

Natural Ways to Lower Your Blood Pressure

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Taking measures to keep your blood pressure steady can cut your risk of heart disease and stroke in half, and it can keep your mind sharp. The good news is that controlling your blood pressure is getting a lot easier.

Sip on tea

Drinking three cups of black, green, or oolong tea can lower your risk of hypertension and lower your numbers five points if they’re already high. The flavonoids in tea relax blood vessels and help block the formation of artery-stiffening plaque.

Eat Green Veggies

Even if you’re past menopause, your fat cells create estrogen. Ensuring it’s the safest form can cut your risk of high blood pressure. The key is eating a cup of broccoli, Brussels sprouts, or kale daily.

Take resveratrol

This grape skin extract can widen arteries, improve blood flow and prevent pressure spikes, trimming up to 11 points off your pressure. Resveratrol helps muscles surrounding arteries relax and reduces inflammation.

Try a foot massage.

You can lower your blood pressure by massaging the bottoms of your feet for two minutes twice each day. Try to focus on the base of your big toes and the arch of each foot, areas that are packed with reflexology points that calm the adrenal glands, reducing their production of pressure-spiking cortisol.

Eat More Broccoli

Too much sodium does raise your blood pressure. However, there’s an easy fix which is eating three cups of broccoli, cabbage, Brussels sprouts, or bok choy each week. All are sources of sulforaphane, which helps your kidneys flush out pressure-raising sodium. It also helps to eat a half-cup of cooked tomatoes, spaghetti sauce, and salsa count!

Add In CoQ10.

Adding in 120 mg. of coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) keeps your artery walls relaxed even when your stress level is high. CoQ10 helps your cells convert food into energy, which chases away tiredness for nine in 10 women!

Try an Upbeat Book.

Increasing your production of the calming hormones dopamine and oxytocin can lower your blood pressure six points or more, and one of the fastest ways to get that boost is to spend 20 minutes a day reading something upbeat or inspiring.

Try walking Barefoot.

Sitting all day at work has been linked to high blood pressure, but there’s a very simple antidote: Just walking barefoot on a rough surface, like a walkway, patio, or scratchy doormat, for five minutes can stimulate acupressure points on the soles of your feet which reduce stress.

Eat More Seafood.

Adding in three 6-oz. servings of fish in your weekly diet can lower your blood pressure as effectively as eating a low-salt diet. Fish’s protein, potassium, and healthy fats stop the buildup of plaque. Plus, it helps relax and dilate the blood vessels that nourish your heart.

Even if your blood pressure was good a few years ago, it’s smart to check it regularly.

HERE’S WHAT THE NUMBERS MEAN:
Less than 120/80 = Normal
120/80 to 139/89 = Prehypertension
140/90 or greater = Hypertension

Source: Woman’s World Specials: Reverse Aging

Belly Fat: Lose Your Belly & Save Your Health

Belly Fat: Lose Your Belly & Save Your Health

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There are many advantages to banishing belly fat, including lowering the risk of heart disease, stroke, cancer, and dementia. These new, incredibly effective ways make it easy, and it’s possible to get rid of it for good.

Eat more beef.

Eating a little bit of beef every day could help your belly fat loss in the first month and help you shed unwanted pounds. Protein-rich beef revs metabolism inside abdominal cells, allowing them to burn extra calories each day. It also cuts cravings and nighttime snacking in half.

Get a pedometer.

Staying active helps you slim down, but it can be tough to fit exercise into a busy schedule. The fun fix is a pedometer! Counting your steps daily helps you shed belly fat faster by giving you an incentive-and a reminder-to add motion to your daily life. 

Or sip green tea.

If you feel lightheaded or grumpy if you wait too long to eat or get tired after you eat, it may mean your blood sugar fluctuates a lot when you eat, which can increase ab flab. When your bloodstream has more glucose than you need, your liver converts the excess into belly fat. Drinking green tea daily could shrink your belly fat. The tea blocks sugar absorption plus stops liver enzymes from converting sugar into belly fat.

Take magnesium.

Taking 400 mg. of magnesium daily could trim your waist and triple your odds of keeping the weight off permanently. Magnesium helps release fatty acids in your stomach, so your muscles can burn them for energy. It also calms your brain and nervous system, cutting your risk of stress-eating.

Drink bilberry tea.

One problem with stubborn belly fat is that it releases hormones that make you feel hungry, even when you’re full—sipping 6 oz. of bilberry tea before each meal can help you avoid that effect. Compounds in the tea block the release of hunger hormones, reducing cravings.

Use coconut oil. 

Changing out 2 Tbs. of coconut oil for other fats you usually use can help you shed abdominal fat. Coconut oil has medium-chain fatty acids, which stimulate your liver to burn stored abdominal fat for energy.

Eat more whole grains.

There is no need to give up carbs for a slim waistline. Daily eating 1/2 cup of whole grains (like brown rice, barley, or popcorn) could trim inches off your tummy. The grains’ fiber cuts insulin production that triggers belly fat.

Up your spice intake.

Try adding 1/2 tsp. Cinnamon and 1/4 tsp. Cayenne to your daily diet. It can cut your belly fat buildup. Cinnamon stimulates fat cells in your abdomen to use blood sugar for fuel before it can be converted into fat. Cayenne also increases your metabolic rate, so you burn more body fat for energy.

Eat barley.

A little-known perk of the hormone estrogen is that it pushes your pancreas to make lipase, an enzyme that burns belly fat. When estrogen output drops during menopause, your lipase production gets cut in half. Try eating three cups of barley weekly. Barley is rich in manganese, molybdenum, and selenium, nutrients that reinvigorate your production of fat-burning lipase even if your estrogen level is low.

Add berries to your meals.

It’s perfectly normal to produce small bursts of the stress hormone cortisol every day. But if constant stress keeps your cortisol high from morning until night, your risk of belly fat formation doubles. A lot of stress tells your body that danger is near, which triggers it to keep fat around your stomach to protect your liver and other organs. Try eating a cup of fresh or frozen berries each day, which can reduce your stress hormone production. The pigments that create berries’ vibrant color calm your cortisol-producing adrenal glands and switch on genes that help burn more belly fat for fuel.

Cook chickpeas.

Your stomach creates a hormone called ghrelin when it’s time to eat. It’s supposed to stop making once you are full. But if this system isn’t working correctly, your stomach releases ghrelin even after meals. This doubles your risk of belly fat formation by making it challenging to keep calories under control. try adding 1/2 cup of chickpeas to your daily diet, which can rein in your appetite.

Source: Woman’s World Specials: Reverse Aging

Natural Ways to Knock Out Arthritis Pain

Natural Ways to Knock Out Arthritis Pain

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At least one in four of us has osteo or rheumatoid arthritis right now, and millions more will be diagnosed this year. The great news is that several common supplements and foods have recently been proven to prevent arthritis pain-or deliver relief fast if you’re already achy!

Consume healthy fats.

Eating two avocados and 12 oz. of fish weekly can cut your risk of developing any form of arthritis by as much as 52%. Researchers credit the healthy fats in both foods with neutralizing inflammation-triggering proteins and wastes before they damage joint tissue. And the selenium in fish strengthens cartilage, making it 38% more shock-absorbent.

Try pine bark extract.

A daily 200-mg. dose of the pine bark extract Pycnogenol cut arthritis patients’ pain almost 50% and their need for prescription arthritis meds 58% within three months. This nutrient-rich plant extract ups blood flow to damaged joints, flushing out pain-triggering wastes and speeding healing.

Have a drink.

Drinking one alcoholic beverage a day cuts a woman’s risk of rheumatoid arthritis. Women who drank beer two to four times weekly saw their risk plunge 31%. Small doses of alcohol activate enzymes that help immune cells stay “smart,” so they attack invaders, but not healthy joint cartilage-and the procyanidins in beer enhance that protective effect.

Consume orange produce.

Cryptoxanthin, the pigment that gives tangerines, pumpkins, carrots, and other orange foods their vibrant hue, speeds joint repair, easing arthritis-related aches and pains. Aim for one cup of your favorite orange fruit or vegetable daily.

Use olive oil.

Adding three tablespoons of extra-virgin olive oil to your daily diet could make getting out of chairs, climbing stairs and even squatting a whole lot easier, often within six weeks. Extra-virgin olive oil is the only natural source of oleocanthal, a compound that cuts inflammation and discomfort as effectively as taking 200 mg. daily of ibuprofen.

Indulge in a lavender rub.

Lavender essential oil is well-known for its relaxing aroma. Less known is that the oil also contains a powerful natural painkilling compound called linalyl acetate. Simply applying the oil to tender spots twice a day can calm overactive nerves, soothing your achy joints in as little as 24 hours. Mix five drops of lavender essential oil into a dime-sized dollop of your favorite lotion and massage gently into the skin.

Drink milk.

For years, doctors have been telling us milk builds strong bones. Now researchers say it builds strong cartilage, too! The cartilage of women who drank at least 8 oz. of milk daily(cheese and yogurt didn’t provide this protection) was 32% thicker and stronger. The calcium and amino acids milk stimulate the repair and replacement of cartilage weakened by everyday wear and tear.

Consume grapes to tame inflammation.

Arthritis patients who eat two cups of grapes daily can bend, stand, climb stairs and exercise more easily within four months. Grapes have joint-healing compounds that also reduce inflammation inside tissues.

Chop some onions.

Eating just two cups weekly (raw or cooked) can lower your risk of ever being diagnosed with arthritis, and it can help your joints stay flexible and strong even if they do experience wear and tear. Onions contain quercetin and sulfur, nutrients that shield cartilage from damage and encourage healing if it does occur.

Natural Ways to Reduce The Risk of Alzheimer's Disease

Natural Ways to Reduce The Risk of Alzheimer’s Disease

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Are you worried about getting Alzheimer’s disease? You’re not alone! It’s one of the top health concerns. Fortunately, these strategies make it easy to keep your brain healthy and dramatically reduce your risk of memory loss and Alzheimer’s.

Take vitamin D & cocoa flavonoids.

Taking 2,000 IU of vitamin D and 450 mg. of cocoa flavanols daily can decrease your risk of getting Alzheimer’s disease by 41% or more, according to Harvard research. Vitamin D blocks damaging inflammation inside the brain, while cocoa switches on enzymes that fix damaged neurons.

Eat eggs

One egg delivers 33% of your daily requirement for choline, a B vitamin that reduces brain aging and can even improve memory, focus, and concentration in as little as two weeks. Other excellent sources of choline include chicken, shrimp, and scallops. Or you can take a 450 mg. supplement daily.

Eat mushrooms

Add 1/2 cup of mushrooms to your diet. It is a delicious way to keep your brain young and your memory clear. Mushrooms are full of nutrients that help your brain and use blood sugar. And when your brain cells get a regular dose of glucose, it cuts your risk of memory problems by 45%.

Take regular walks.

Taking a 20-minute walk each day can cut your risk of developing dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. Walking incites the release of a chemical that grows healthy new brain cells. It increases the size of your memory center by 2% per year- instead of it shrinking.

Enjoy raspberries.

Fresh or frozen, raspberries are abundant in resveratrol, a compound that blocks the production of artery-clogging plaque, improving the flow of oxygen and nutrient-rich blood to the brain.

Get your hearing checked

When you can hear clearly, your brain is constantly stimulated by what’s going on around you. That keeps the memory center of your brain healthy and active. If you often find yourself saying, “pardon me,” ask your M.D. how to boost your hearing. It could be as simple as flushing out wax buildup.

Pair vitamin C with curcumin

Together, vitamin C and curcumin significantly increase your body’s production of the immune cells that break down troublemaking brain plaques. Proven dose: 1,000 mg. of vitamin C and 500 mg. of curcumin daily.

Indulge in a mini massage 

The stress hormone cortisol doesn’t only make you feel nervous and uneasy. It also makes your immune cells sluggish, so they have a harder time killing off germs. Reduce your cortisol production by at least 25% for 90 minutes by giving yourself a two-minute ear or hand massage whenever you start feeling anxious.

Stay warm

Keep comfortably warm with a hat and an extra layer of clothing on chilly days. That can re-energize your white blood cells so they stay active.

Quick Fix: Here's How to Banish Allergens From Your Bedroom

Quick Fix: Here’s How to Banish Allergens From Your Bedroom

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Where do you go when you feel stuffed up and sluggish? To bed, of course! However, you might not realize that hidden allergens in your bedroom might be creating those bothersome symptoms. Luckily, a few easy changes can reduce problems, helping you breathe easy and get rid of daytime tiredness within one week!

Get rid of the dust with vinegar.

Dusting each week with a cloth lightly sprinkled in diluted white vinegar (1/2 cup vinegar per 1/2 gallon of water) can triple the dust, dander, and germs that you get rid of from your bedroom, reducing congestion, an itchy throat, and other sleep-depriving symptoms in as little as ten days.

Try repotting your houseplants.

The soil in a lot of potted plants gives off mold spores, which can trigger throat inflammation, a dry cough, and other symptoms. Since mold flourishes in damp conditions, choosing plants that stay healthy even if they’re allowed to dry out between waterings can decrease mold growth dramatically.

Use soy candles.

Paraffin wax candles give off many chemicals, and many of those chemicals aggravate your airway, leading to throat irritation, chest tightness, and sometimes wheezing. Switching over to naturally scented or fragrance-free organic soy-based candles should make the problem disappear!

Replace your vacuum filter.

Bedroom carpets can hide up to 100 times more dust and dander than wood floors. Instead, get rid of those irritants by vacuuming your bedroom twice a week and replacing your vacuum filter every six months. Those steps can often help with tiredness, congestion, and other allergy symptoms.

Open the windows.

A tightly sealed bedroom during the winter months can lead to low oxygen and high carbon dioxide levels that leave you foggy and sleepy. Open your bedroom windows for five minutes in the morning and again at night and let carbon dioxide out and oxygen in

Cell Salts for Youth and Beauty

Cell Salts for Youth and Beauty

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For centuries, women have exchanged beauty secrets on how to develop and maintain glowing, vital loveliness at any age.

Try this simple beauty plan involving cell salts and a minimal amount of effort for a period of thirty to sixty days, and you will be delighted with the results.

The Importance of Good Nutrition

As you have discovered, the twelve cell salt remedies can play a big part in restoring the health you may have lost as a result of a poor diet. The same poor diet that contributes to many health problems can also affect a person’s appearance. Some of the indications that your body is not getting proper nutrition include a sallow complexion, incipient wrinkles and lines, poor muscle tone, general tiredness, dark circles under the eyes, insomnia, and dry skin.

These problems detract from your good looks and can discourage you from even trying to look your best. But neglecting your appearance just causes more problems, and a vicious cycle is created.

If you are like lots of other women, you probably drag yourself out of bed in the morning, late for work, or in a rush to get your husband and children off to work and school. You do not have time to fix yourself a good breakfast, even if you might prepare one for your family. So what do you give yourself? Black coffee and white toast. When your body is trying to tell it needs nutrition the most, to help you face the day squarely, it is ignored.

When noon rolls around, you probably find that you’re absolutely starving. If you are at work, you raid the catering truck or vending machines and wind up with a lunch of dubious value, possibly a stale sandwich consisting of some processed cheese, ham, and lettuce on white bread, more coffee, and a processed dessert.

There are a lot of calories in this meal, but your body will be getting a few of the nutrients it really needs for health and beauty. At dinnertime, you are probably tired and not really up to preparing a nutritious meal. Fast foods or take-out are probably all you can manage. If this sounds at all like you, stop right now and consider this grim fact. If you continue neglecting and abusing yourself this way, all you can expect is an early old age. This is especially true if you are a young woman who feels that she has to starve herself all of the time to maintain a fashionably lean silhouette.

As you begin to plan a better nutritional program for yourself, the cell salt calc phos will help you. Take it before or after each meal. And then think about those meals. (Reread the section on calc. phos. on page 49, which will help you visualize your body’s nutritional mechanisms at work.) You should avoid heavy, fat-laden meals. Get into the habit of eating a good breakfast. It can be as simple as whole-grain cereal with a little fresh fruit and milk or some fresh cheese, whole-grain toast, and fruit juice.

Whole-grain cereals are extremely important in the diet for the precious vitamins and minerals they contain.

You can take your lunch with you to work. It should include a fresh, preferably raw, vegetable or salad, cooked eggs or cold meat, and maybe whole grain bread and butter. Avoid all soft drinks, including those with artificial sweeteners. Drink at least eight glasses of pure water each day. Dinner should be the lightest meal of the day. A light soup or salad and some fruit are ideal.

Remember that sugar is absolutely useless in the diet. It serves no purpose nutritionally, and there are many health experts who believe that it can seriously damage your health. It also adds many empty calories. Bear in mind that it is an ingredient in many packaged foods. It is a good idea to read package labels carefully and substitute fresh fruits and vegetables for packaged or frozen fruits and vegetables. But beware of some so-called “natural” products. If you look closely at their ingredients, you may find that chemical preservatives or sugar are included.

To take cell salts and then eat sugar is like going to an Alcoholics Anonymous meeting and then going home and drinking a cocktail. Health is the result of a combination of things, of which the cell salts are an integral part. But the cell salts cannot work if you abuse your body in other ways.

Once your diet has become healthy, you will notice the beginning of a new you. You will lose unwanted pounds, have more energy, discover a brighter personality, and start looking better.

The Role of Cell Salts

Calc phos is the nutritional remedy that will make you feel good all over. It is routinely prescribed for sluggish, run-down conditions. It can help you regain your energy. Kali sulph and ferrum phos are also essential for any new health regimen. Kali sulph and ferrum phos both carry oxygen through your body and help restore your health. Try taking these remedies each day before you exercise.

Your exercise program need not be the regimented program you may have suffered through in school. An easy, personalized exercise program can be a wonderful tension reliever. It can quickly eliminate that sluggish, run-down feeling.

If you do not enjoy sports or working out in a gym, take a long walk or a hike in the most beautiful surroundings you can find. If you want to think things out, take your walk by yourself. If you prefer company, which may help pass the miles more pleasantly, invite your family or friends to walk with you.

On a hot day, try a cool swim instead. If you feel exuberant, take advantage of your feeling by running for a while. You will soon discover that exercise has become something you associate with happy times.

Each day, you will feel better immediately when you realize that it is the time of day to make yourself feel better by exercising.

At night, just before retiring, take ferrum phos, kali sulph, mag phos, and natrum phos. These will help you sleep well. Along with a healthy diet and exercise, your cell salt beauty plan should include plenty of sleep.

Getting enough sleep for your health might sound deceptively simple. Everybody knows that sleep is important, but how many people actually get enough sleep every night? Probably very few. If you cannot get to sleep until 3:30 AM because of insomnia and have to get up at 7:00 AM, you are not going to feel good. If you are one of the bleary-eyed souls who while away the wee hours of the night watching television because you cannot unwind any other way, try taking the above-named cell salts. That way, you will get your “beauty sleep.”

Remember that part of being beautiful lies in having regular health habits-good diet, exercise, and enough rest. Erratic living does not help your appearance, and it does not prolong youth, either. A serene outlook on life and a sense of humor can also help you to develop both inner and outer loveliness.

Ferrum phos. is everyone’s “beauty tonic.” It is used in combination with other cell salts to treat many ailments, but it is also extremely effective by itself. It is also sometimes a good idea to take kali phos., the soother of jangled nerves, to restore your peace of mind, promote a more positive attitude, and bring color back to your cheeks.

Ferrum phos plays an important role in maintaining good health, which, of course, is the largest part of being beautiful. It is especially effective if your spirits are depressed, which will show on your face. All of the cell salt phosphates will help lift your spirits, but ferrum phos will give you the physical basis for good health. If you are feeling discouraged, take ferrum phos twice a day, morning and evening, and watch your gloomy symptoms disappear.

For Beautiful Hair and Nails

If you envy women with long, shiny hair and long, graceful fingernails, you are not alone. But you may feel that lovely hair and nails are an impossible dream. Commercial fingernail strengtheners may work at first, but they contain harsh chemicals. Hair conditioners are unreliable and full of strange chemicals. So what do you do? You take silica.

Silica, nature’s cell cleanser, is recommended for many ailments. But it is especially useful for building up hair and nails.

Take silica three times a day, morning, noon, and evening. At the same time, be sure that you are eating well and getting plenty of rest. Within thirty days, you should see your hair take on a healthy shine and split ends disappear. Your fingernails will be stronger, longer, and less inclined to break and split.

Eliminating Water Retention

Another problem that can detract from beauty is water retention. Many women who experience this find it to be worse just before their menstrual period, although in susceptible women, it is sometimes an ever-present condition. If you have a water retention problem, take natrum sulph and natrum mur before meals to help regulate your body fluids. You should also stop adding salt to the food you eat. A low salt intake will benefit your heart and may even protect you from some forms of cancer.

Since natrum sulph and natrum mur work to eliminate bloating and water retention, they will help you produce a sleek new body. Some of the other salts you are taking in this program will also help you prevent obesity. Try calc fluor—it holds off obesity and is also good for the enamel of your teeth.

By the way, if you are especially troubled by water retention before your period, try stepping up your exercise program. Exercise also helps relieve menstrual cramps, which are sometimes associated with water retention.

Eliminate Varicose Veins

Varicose veins are unattractive reminders that we are getting older. They are also painful. Calc. fluor, the cell salt which promotes suppleness and elasticity, has been recommended for treating varicose veins for years along with ferrum phos and silica, which you should be taking already.

To treat varicose veins, take calc fluor, ferrum phos, and silica in the morning and evening, but give them time to work, especially if you have had the condition for a long time. You should obtain comfort, relief, and improved appearance within a reasonable time. If you do not, or if the condition worsens, see your doctor. There are other medical procedures besides taking cell salts for this condition.

A Clear, Fresh Complexion

Silica, which you should already be taking for your hair and nails, is also good for your complexion. But another salt is especially helpful for your complexion-calc. sulph., a healer and purifier of the blood. If your face tends to break out, it is best to take calc sulph before the pimples start discharging pus. If they have already started to discharge pus, take kali mur. in addition. The cell salts should be taken every two hours until the pimples have discharged the pus. Then take the cell salts only twice a day, morning and evening. You might have to take the cell salts every time your skin starts to break out again. Both calc phos and kali sulph help build new skin cells, but you should already be taking these anyway. Also, for general skin health, stay away from greasy foods and too much salt and sugar.

Natural Cell Salt Cosmetic

Avocado is one of the best cosmetics you can buy. You can create your own avocado cosmetics, or you can buy avocado creams at health food stores. Do not be fooled by products from large chemical, cosmetic firms that use a dab of avocado for sales appeal.

These products are still essentially chemical and may be irritating or even dangerous.

To create your own avocado cream, puree avocado flesh and refrigerate it for three days. Then add one tablespoon of a multiple cell salts combination, dissolved in water and wheat to the puree (or a health food store cream). The result will be a germ oil, a product that should help remove flabby jawlines, sagging muscles, and crepe necks if it is used with consistency.

Why the avocado-cell salt mixture? Because avocados are nature’s best emollient. They are rich in cell salts and natural humectant-a substance which draws water to itself. Water (not oil) creates soft, beautiful skin, and avocado applied to the skin, with cell salts and vitamin E (in the form of wheat germ oil) added, is just about the best cosmetic there is. Use it in your cell salt beauty plan. Use the avocado-cell salt cream on your face at night, and start using the cell salts conscientiously in your diet.

Check out our other posts in our Cell Salt Series:

Homeopathic Cell Salt Remedies

Calcium Fluoride (calc fluor)

Calcium Phosphate (Calc. phos.)

Calcium sulphate (calc. sulph.)

Ferrum Phosphate (Ferrum phos.)

Magnesium Phosphate (Mag. phos.)

Source: Homeopathic Cell Salt Remedies: Healing with Nature’s Twelve Mineral Compounds