Recently I’ve been going through somewhat of a minor, yet not so, health crisis.
It took me to the ER and into the hospital for a week and I can’t say I was very happy but then who is having to e in the hospital.
Just before the first of the year I developed a UTI (Urinary Tract Infection). Not uncommon for me at this particular time of year. I usually go to the Doctor, get and antibiotic and two weeks later I’m good, or not. Sometimes it takes antibiotics for four weeks to get rid of my UTI which by now has infected not only my bladder but my Prostate too.
This was one of those rare times that after a four week regimen of the antibiotics I was still not good. A week after the antibiotics the Nasty UTI was back and I was back at the Doctor.
The culprit, Escherichia coli. This type of UTI is usually caused by Escherichia coli (E. coli), a type of bacteria commonly found in the gastrointestinal (GI) tract. Urinary tract infections aren’t usually serious, but they can be dangerous if the bacteria make their way into the kidneys. Left untreated, a kidney infection (which is considered a UTI) can cause permanent kidney damage and even deadly blood poisoning.
E. Coli, YIKES I thought until I did a little research and found; “E. coli, is responsible for more than 85 percent of all UTIs, according to a 2012 report in the journal Emerging Infectious Diseases.” I was slightly relieved to ear that.
Even though I’m already on another antibiotic, I thought, I ave to try to see what I can do to kill the pesky E. Coli in my GI Tract or keep it at levels that will not keep infecting me with on going UTI’s. So, I did a little more reasearch.
I found that there was a substance that is highly known to control or eliminate the threat of E. Coli in the gut. So, I have started taking “D-mannose”. “Dosage. The typical dose of D-mannose for UTI treatment is 500 mg, in capsule or powder form, taken in a glass of water or juice every two to three hours for five days.”
Remember, I’m Not a Doctor just relating my story to you. If you are thinking about starting any new health regimen Consult Your Doctor first. GOD Speed.
Happy Healthy Living.
Why should everyone think about eating more Fruits and Vegetables?
Eating vegetables provides health benefits – people who eat more vegetables and fruits as part of an overall healthy diet are more likely to have a reduced risk of chronic diseases. Vegetables provide nutrients vital for health and maintenance of your body.
Eating a diet rich in vegetables and fruits as part of an overall healthy diet may reduce risk for heart disease, including heart attack and stroke. Eating a diet rich in some vegetables and fruits as part of an overall healthy diet may protect against certain types of cancers.
Diets rich in foods containing fiber, such as some vegetables and fruits, contribute to the help reduce the risk of heart disease, obesity, and type 2 diabetes.
Eating vegetables and fruits rich in potassium as part of an overall healthy diet may help lower blood pressure, and may also reduce the risk of developing kidney stones and help to decrease bone loss.
Foods such as vegetables that are lower in calories per cup instead of some other higher-calorie food may be useful in helping to lower calorie intake.
Fruits and Vegetables provide important Vitamins and Minerals. Vitamin A keeps eyes and skin healthy and helps to protect against infections. Vitamin C helps heal cuts and wounds and keeps teeth and gums healthy. Vitamin C aids in iron absorption.
Dietary fiber from vegetables, as part of an overall healthy diet, helps reduce blood cholesterol levels and may lower risk of heart disease. Fiber is important for proper bowel function. It helps reduce constipation and diverticulitis. Fiber-containing foods such as vegetables help provide a feeling of fullness with fewer calories.
So give some serious thought to eating more Fruits and Vegetables. You'll look better, feel better and most probably live longer.
Happy Healthy Eating !
So as we get older and you haven’t eaten health for years? Things start to break down and start giving us problems. In my case it all started with Diabetes about 15 years ago. I had always been a Big Guy and never payed much attention to what I ate or how much of it I ate and over the years that bad habit came up from behind me and bit me in the, well, you know.
It was after a horrible bout with Cellulitis that cause a flaming hot red area of bumps on my crotch accompanied by a just as horrible Yeast Infection that nothing I could get my hand on would cure, not to mention I had started to have to wear Reading Glasses 300 Strength just to be able to see. SO I found myself in the Emergency room before the doctor.
I told him what I was experiencing and he asked me to show him. Embarrassed but without any other choice I dropped my draws and viola. He took one look and asked me, “Have you been taking your Diabetes Meds?” I replied, “No, I don’t have Diabetes.”
To which he said, “I bet you do.”
Two Insulin Shots later he was writing me a script for Metformin and I asked him if I would have to take it for the rest of my life. He told me that If I lost quite a bit of weight and started eating right It might help. 6 months later I had lost 100 pound and Diabetes went away but, if only it had been that easy.
It’s almost impossible to keep a chubby person who was brought up on Tortillas and fried food away from all that. Several years and many, many Tortillas later later I had gained All my weight back and then some. This would happened several more times during the next 20 years.
If only that was it? Now I’ve been told that I have Reduced Renal Function. What? Yes.
Now I have to to go to a Nephrologists, a Renal Specialist. I can only hope the damage wasn’t a result of my Diabetes and High Blood Pressure and is Fixable.
So I ask you to watch what you eat. Start eating more Fruits and Veggies and Less Red and Processed Meats and Dairy Products. Less Processed White Breads and Eat More Whole Grains. Start a regular exercise program. It doesn’t have to be a huge marathon or weight training just start moving your body every day even if it’s a little.
An Update Next Time on Happy Healthy Eating. GOD Speed.
HOLD UP, WAIT A MINUTE. A Meatless Burger at Mickey D's ?
YES, It's True, Well Sort of but not at a McDonalds anywhere near you unless your in Sweden or Finland.
In an effort to try to attract more young people who apparently are leaning more Vegan these days, McDonald's has developed and is testing their McVegan. After finding out that Only 1 out of every 5 Millennials had ever tried a Big Mac, the burger chain has decided to start thinking and acting outside the bun.
The McVegan boasts a Soy based patty and a new special sauce that is made without eggs. Add the regular lettuce, pickles, onions and tomato and viola you've got the All New McVegan.
McDonalds is serving the New McVegan in the small city of Tampere, Finland for a 7 week trail period. Good news, initial feedback has been more than stellar so McDonalds has added the McVegan to those location permanently at about $5.80 a lot cheaper than many other items on the menu there.
The Bad News. McDonalds has No Plans to Add The McVegan to their Menu in other countries for now but you never know.
If your near a White Castle Burgers stop by for their Vegan and Black Bean Sliders.
Not to worry though. Many restaurants in the U.S. Are realizing that their customers have started asking for more Vegan friendly items so don't be surprised if more and more places start adding meat free burgers and yes even tacos and enchiladas.
The Vegan friendly revolution is rolling on and may affect the way we all eat sooner than we thing.
Happy Healthy Eating.
Eating Healthy Every Day Is So Very Important. Here are 7 Alkaline Foods that Fight Diabetes, Pain, and Cancer
Recent research has managed to prove that if we consume foods that create acids, they’ll damage our liver and kidneys in time. These foods are also connected to the development of Diabetes.
Luckily, there is a great way we can help neutralize the effects of the acid on our bodies. This is by eating foods which are more alkaline because they help restore the natural pH balance of our body.
Spinach, Always consume more leafy greens because they are abundant in nutrients.
They also contain plenty of chlorophyll which is a very powerful alkalizing agent and blood builder.
Cucumber is a vegetable which is abundant in water and should be used as a hydrating food. It’s abundant in antioxidants like lignans. They are polyphenols which can also be found in cruciferous vegetables. Cucumbers are also full of pinoresinol, secoisolariciresinol, lariciresinol. These are lignans that are connected to a decreased risk of various types of cancer like: breast, ovarian, prostate, uterine, as well as cardiovascular problems.
Avocado, my Favorite, contains plenty of oleic acid that can help us decrease the bad cholesterol. It can also stimulate the production of antioxidants and decrease the appearance of any cardiovascular problem.
These oils can help us lose weight by improving our metabolism. Avocado contains an abundance of nutrients that can help us against cancer, blood sugar, heart problems, cardiovascular problems and inflammatory problems.
Broccoli, eating it every day, it will improve our overall health by improving our energy and our vitality. It can inhibit the growth of cancer cells, but also promote our digestive health, stimulate the process of detoxification, offer us plenty of antioxidants and improve our whole immune, cardiovascular system, our skin, our metabolism etc.
Kale possesses alkaline, cancer-fighting, cholesterol-lowering, detoxifying and antioxidant-dense properties. It contains plenty of vitamin C, A and K as well as plenty of chlorophyll.
Kale is also full of glucosinolates which transfer into cancer-fighting substances when we intake them.
Bell Pepper are full of nutrients which belong to the carotenoid family. They have almost 30 of them. They are very beneficial for our health, especially against inflammation, type II diabetes, cardiovascular disease, cancer, macular degeneration etc.
Celery is abundant in vitamin C which is one of its best benefits. It also contains plenty of phthalides that decrease our levels of cholesterol as well as coumarins that can prevent the appearance of various types of cancer.
Happy, Healthy Eating !
What is it that everyone is just now embracing the power of Lemons. In fact, if you drink Lemon Water in the morning on an empty stomach all kinds of things start to happen in your favor.
Consuming lemon water apparently helps to build up your immune system. It supposedly gives it a much needed boost in fighting off infections due to its high levels of bioflavonoids. Those would be the Citric acid, Magnesium, Calcium and pectin.
Drinking it on an empty stomach it not only cleanses the body but also flushes out your system. That promotes weight loss and maintains the body’s pH Balance. Not to mention that it also helps with digestive issues.
Lemon Water helps you maintain a healthy weight and helps regulate your blood sugar. The pectin in lemon water can also help fight off cravings helping you eat less throughout the day.
Lemon water has been associated with support of our lymphatic system as well as our immune system.
By drinking Lemon Water while you eat you can significantly reduce the pain from Gall Bladder stones.
Lemons contain potassium which increases Citrates in your Urine. Why is this a good thing? and in that way, Citrates in your Urine help prevent the forming of oxalate and flushes out kidney stones.
Lemon water helps to reduce the amount of uric acid in our joints, thus reducing inflammation. It is extremely beneficial for people with Arthritis. Its been proven to reduce Arthritic pain.
May be something to start trying? Happy, Healthy Eating in 2018.
Are you a Tea Drinker? Then you probably don’t even know, like I didn’t that throwing away the tea bag right after drinking it is a mistake? Seems tea bags can be used for much more than just brewing tea. Imagine that. Who knew?
According to the Organic Solutions Portal. Hee are some of the other great uses of used Tea Bags.
Like for Fresh Smelling Hands, If you’re cooking spicy foods your hands will probably smell nasty afterwards. Onions, fish or garlic’s odor can linger on until the next day but not if you rub your hands with a tea bag. Any kind of tea bag will do the trick but for best results use peppermint tea.
As a Hair Rinse Tea Bags Strengthen and soften your hair with tea, make a weak tea and rinse your hair with it. You’ll be amazed by the results.
What about No more grease on your dishes? If your dishes are all greasy and burnt and you don’t know how to clean them up, don’t worry we’ve got you covered. Soak a few used tea bags in your dishes overnight and just rinse them in the morning.
Soak a few used tea bags in your bath tub and enjoy the ultimate herbal experience. Which tea to use? You can use any tea you like, but you’ll get the best results from lavender, chamomile, rosemary, green tea or peppermint.
What about as Insect repellent? Not just insects but mice as well hate the mint odor, so why don’t you use old mint tea bags instead of your go-to repellent. Just scatter them around the house and your insect problem is solved.
So How do you store the old tea bags? Leave them at room temperature for 24 hours and then put them in an airtight container and store them in your fridge. Use them whenever you need to. If they start to smell it means that it’s time to get rid of them.
Have a Great New Year of being Happy and Healthy.
Banana Mug Bread
This dessert mug cake is awesome with whipped cream or ice cream.
What you’ll need to create this masterpiece
1 tablespoon butter, melted OR 1 tablespoon of cooking oil
1 egg, beaten
1 tablespoon milk (can use regular, soy or nut)
1 very ripe banana, mashed
3 tablespoons of all purpose flour (make sure to scoop the flour out of the bag with a measuring spoon so you get enough!)
3 tablespoons brown sugar, lightly packed
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
You will need a 12 oz+ mug for this! I’m using a 14 oz mug. Any smaller than 12 oz and you risk running over the edges. Plus, it’s really hard to mix everything in a teeny mug.
Lets use butter. Throw the butter in the mug and pop it into the microwave for 15 seconds to let it melt.
Allow the mug to cool down until you can easily hold it. This will keep you from making scrambling eggs instead.
Add the milk first, then the eggs and mix everything together well with a fork.
Add the mashed banana into the mug and stir everything briskly, to mix well.
Add the flour, brown sugar and baking powder.
Mix this well with the fork again, break up any clumps. Just don’t mix it for too long or you’ll end up with a chewy cake. Microwave for 2 Minutes.
Recommend cooking :Cook the mug cake in the microwave for 1 minute at full power. Stand near the microwave to babysit it - if it starts to rise above the rim of the mug, open the door and let it fall. Once it’s fallen, close the door and begin cooking again.
After the first minute, check the top. If it’s still wet, put it in for an additional 30 seconds.
Happy Healthy Holiday Eating.
An All in One Antibiotic, Blood Cleanser, Anti-Oxidant, and a Cholesterol Destroyer .
Before you try any new natural or homeopathic regimen Always consult with your Health Practitioner.
Choosing a natural treatment before taking any prescription drug is always a good idea. People use all types of herbs to help treat all sorts of health problems.
One such incredibly healing herb is the ancient Basil. The first written document about this herb dates back in 2,000 B.C. This highly aromatic herb has 60 varieties, each different in appearance and taste.
As Potent Anti-Oxidant Basil provides strong anti-oxidative effects. Along with equally strong antioxidants it should be part of your everyday diet. They prevent from free radical damage, one of the main causes of cancer development.
Beta-carotene is one of these antioxidants. Once in your body, this antioxidant is transformed into vitamin A.
Vitamin A, in turn, protects your blood vessels from cholesterol oxidation. Moreover, beta-carotene helps prevent rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, and asthma – problems which resulted from free radical damage.
Excellent for The Heart and Blood Vessels this herb is packed with magnesium and vitamin B6, excellent for protecting against toxic homocysteines buildup in the body.
Plus magnesium supports heart health and reduces the risk of arrhythmia and heart attacks. It can helps relax the blood vessels and muscles, improving the blood circulation.
Natural Antibiotic Research has proven basil oil improves the immune system. Thanks to the strong antiseptic and antibacterial properties of basil leaves, you can use it to treat bacterial infections. Happy Healthy Living.
You hear more and more these days about drinking a mix of water and lemons first thing in the morning upon rising. Here is the best mix of that to keep you running at optimum.
The Lemon is a citrus fruit, rich in vitamin C and antioxidants that fight free radicals and stop the development of cancer. They are a powerful alkalizing and detoxifying fruit that can eliminate toxins and heavy metals from our bodies, while also reinforcing our immune system and controlling our cravings.
What you’ll need to create a Detoxifying Lemon Drink
5 garlic cloves
2 l. of mineral water
1-inch piece of ginger
How to make it
Peel the lemons and squeeze them into a cup, mix the juice with the garlic cloves in a blender while, you peel and chop the ginger and add it to the mix as well.
Blend until you get a homogeneous mixture. Next, boil the mineral water in a pot, add the previously prepared mixture and boil it for a few minutes. Leave it to cool, then transfer it to a jar with a lid.
Drink a glass of this mixture every morning on an empty stomach and you will be surprised by the results soon!
Stay Happy and Healthy, always !