• 25Feb

    I have received many emails from my blog readers asking me how hydrogen works in detoxing the body and how it can benefit our body.  If you are curious to know how H2 (hydrogen) works in removing free radicals in our body, this post is a must-read.  After you have read this posting, you may want to try Izumio hydrogen water to clear your body of all the toxins and free radicals accumulated over the years.  When your body is clear of toxins and free radicals, it works optimally, cells do not mutate easily and you do not fall ill easily.

    Normally, the body can handle free radicals, but if antioxidants are unavailable, or if the free-radical production becomes excessive, damage can occur. Of particular importance is that free radical damage accumulates with age.  According to the US National Library Of Medicines, hydrogen is a powerful therapeutic antioxidant.

    Over 500 peer-reviewed articles from the Molecular Hydrogen Foundation demonstrate hydrogen to have therapeutic potential in essentially every organ of the human body and in 150 different human disease models.

    Once free radicals convert into hydroxyl radicals, there are no antioxidant enzymes that can neutralize them. Hydroxyl radicals will quickly react with and damage nearby molecules.

    H2 is the smallest antioxidant in existence. Other antioxidants such as Vitamin C or Vitamin E are very large molecules compared to H2 and need to go through your digestive tract, absorbed in your intestines, go through your blood, and enter into your cells before they can eliminate free radicals. H2 is so small that it can penetrate through your stomach lining to begin acting inside your cells immediately. H2 is also in a gaseous state, so it can basically float through your cells and perform its function as an antioxidant.

    Each molecule of H2 can neutralize two hydroxyl radicals into water, hydrating your cells in the process. H2 is selective and targets only hydroxyl radicals. This is a key benefit of H2 because H2 only eliminates the harmful free radicals but does not directly affect useful free radicals such as hydrogen peroxide or nitric oxide. Other antioxidants are not selective but rather neutralize any free radical in their vicinity. This may disrupt the balance of free radicals to antioxidants. Other antioxidants become weak free radicals themselves after neutralizing free radicals.  Very often, patients who undergo chemotherapy are advised not to take any antioxidants supplement for this reason.  But they can take Izumio, because H2 is SELECTIVELY and targets ONLY hydroxyl radicals.

    Izumio has the HIGHEST Hydrogen levels in the world compared to any other Hydrogen product and the Miracle water from Lourdes, France, etc.

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    For those of you who missed out on my earlier posts on what Izumio and Super Lutein are and how they can help to ease a host of ailments, you can click on the following links to read:

    Hydrogen (H2) as a potent antioxidant and exhibits anti-inflammatory and potentially anticancer-like activities (from US National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health)

    Izumio Hydrogen Water and Super Lutein

    Izumio and Incontinence

     Super Lutein

    Day 18 On Izumio For Incontinence

    Symptoms of A Body Detox

    Day 20 On Izumio Hydrogen Water For Incontinence

    IZUMIO – Antioxidant Hydrogen Water

    Hydrogen Water Facts

    Super Lutein Goodness

    Dangers of Eczema Steroid Creams

    Super Lutein and Izumio Hydrogen Water For Glaucoma

    Effectiveness of Hydrogen Rich Water on Metabolic Syndrome (Diabetes and Obesity) – From US National Library of Medicine,

    GENERATING PASSIVE INCOME FROM NATURALLY PLUS

    GENERAL WELL-BEING WITH IZUMIO HYDROGEN WATER – TESTIMONIAL

    TREATING PARKINSON’S AND ALZHEIMER’S WITH HYDROGEN WATER

    EARNING PASSIVE INCOME

    TREATING ECZEMA NATURALLY WITH IZUMIO HYDROGEN WATER AND SUPER LUTEIN – TESTIMONIAL

    Super Lutein For Osteoarthritis – Testimonial

    Treating Eczema Naturally

    Treating Diabetes Naturally With Hydrogen Water, Carotenoids And Lutein

    Izumio and Super Lutein – Testimonial On Weight Loss

    Genetic High Cholesterol

     

    For more information, I can be reached at shireenyong@gmail.com.

     

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  • 22Feb

    Did you know that arrowroot remains an important and effective remedy for many different health conditions? It can be used as a replacement in many foods, rather than flour or corn. Essentially arrowroot powder can be a healthier alternative to the more common cooking ingredients for breads, pastas, and cakes.

    Arrowroot is also gluten-free, which makes it all the more valuable today with the rising incidence of Celiac disease in many countries.

    Arrowroot is a plant. People use starch taken from the root and rhizome (underground stem) to make medicine.

    Arrowroot is used as a nutritional food for infants and for people recovering from illness. It is also used for stomach and intestinal disorders, including diarrhea.

    Some people sooth painful gums and sore mouth by applying arrowroot directly to the affected area. Babies cut teeth on arrowroot cookies.

    In foods, arrowroot is used as an ingredient in cooking. Arrowroot is often replaced with cheaper starches, including potato, corn, wheat, or rice starch.

    There is some scientific evidence that arrowroot may help lower cholesterol in the body.

    Arrowroot

    Health benefits of arrowroot

    • Arrowroot is very low in calories; 100 fresh roots carries just 65 calories; less than that of potato, yam, cassava, etc. Its chief starch compose of amylopectin (80%) and amylose (20%). Its powder is fine, odorless, granular starch that is found utility in the food industry as thickener and stabilizing agent.
    • It has relatively more protein than that of other tropical food sources like yam, potato, cassava, plantains, etc.
    • As in other roots and tubers, arrowroot too is free from gluten. Gluten-free starch is used in special food preparations for celiac disease patients.
    • Fresh roots indeed are good source of folates. 100 g arrowroot provides 338 µg or 84% of daily required levels of folates. Folate, along with vitamin B-12, is one of the essential components that take part in the DNA synthesis and cell division. Diet rich in folate when given during preconception periods and during pregnancy may help prevent neural-tube defects and other congenital malformations in the offspring.
    • Arrowroot contains very good levels of B-complex group of vitamins such as niacin, thiamin, pyridoxine, pantothenic acid and riboflavin. Many of these vitamins take part as substrates for enzymes in carbohydrate, protein, and fat metabolism in the body.
    • Further, it contains moderate levels of some important minerals like copper, iron, manganese, phosphorous, magnesium, and zinc. In addition, it is an excellent source of potassium (454 mg per 100g or 10% of RDA). Potassium is an important component of cell and body fluids that help regulate heart rate and blood pressure.

     

     

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  • 17Feb

    A routine blood test done in May 2015 revealed that I have high cholesterol. Reading was 6.4.  I was totally unprepared and shocked when my doctor told me the news. As you already know, I am a health and fitness freak. I do not eat deep fried foods.  Sausages, ham, bacon and all deli meats, sweets and junk food are banned in my household, as with canned food and  soft drinks. I exercise 5 times a week. I graze on greens like a cow and I buy mostly organic greens.  I eat very little meat, YET?!  WTF? This is so unfair!

    Why me?

    “You have genetic high cholesterol as both your parents have high cholesterol. No matter how hard you change your diet or exercise, it will be extremely hard to bring down your cholesterol level” said my doctor to me.  I was shattered.  How unfair can life be?  Duh, I might as well be eating all those rubbish that I mentioned earlier and I would not feel as bad. I have done everything that is good for my body and hardly abuse it with junk yet I am given this ‘sentence’.   I felt and still feel shitty ever since the diagnosis.

    My 39-year old fitness freak brother who has 6 packs and is as fit as a horse also has high cholesterol all in the name of genetics! 🙁

    My doctor wanted to refer me to a heart doctor for him to prescribe me with Statin but I am not ready yet.  Statin has a host of negative side effects. I plan to take an even more drastic twist to my diet along with supplements.

    So, can you imagine what sort of diet I have to stick to now?  I have since morphed into a  cow that grazes mostly on organic greens and nothing much else!! Well, truth is, I do still indulge in meat  once a day and  the portion is no bigger than half my fist. Yes this pathetic in size. Eggs consumption is limited to about twice or thrice a week.   Thankfully I am the ‘eat to live’ type. I hardly ever crave for food. I can turn vegan any time. The day will come soon.

    These days, my diet centers around lots of grains, nuts, seeds and green veggies.   My intake of fruits is  limited to 1.5 portion  a day, which usually consists of an orange and half an apple / 1 kiwi / quarter slice pineapple a day. Too much fruits can also cause a spike in blood sugar.  My maternal grandmother had diabetes, so I am a strong diabetic candidate too 🙁

    I start off my morning with a glass of low fat milk with sugar-free cocoa powder / coffee and a teaspoon of chia seeds.  After a half hour swim in the pool, I have my breakfast.  Breakfast is normally a slice of wholemeal bread drizzled with extra virgin coconut oil and palm sugar syrup or maple syrup (both syrups are low in GI), a handful of roasted pumpkin seeds, raw walnut, baked almonds and baked cashews.

    Lunch is usually my favorite organic raw sprouts with kim chi or vegetable acar.  Or I would be sharing a bowl of soupy noodles or a plate of mee siam (Thai vermicelli) with Cass. Or it could be anything that the MIL cooks (if she is around).  The MIL is a health freak too, thankfully!   I also love to tuck into a satisfying bowl of Hakka lui char.  Lui char is chockablock with all my favorite veggies and nuts.  My usual lui char seller makes the best lui char in the world.  I love her basil and spearmint broth, which she will prepare extra thick for me at my request. She also gives me an extra packet of roast peanuts and extra spoonful of fried minced ginger with sesame seed oil.   I just had a big bowl of lui char for lunch and this is so fulfilling.

     

    My dinner usually consists of soup with 3-4 tablespoons of oats and chia seeds, lots of vegetables and a piece of chicken / 1-2 tablespoons of fish meat / egg dish.

     

    Cholesteroal Reading After Diet And Supplements

    About 3 weeks ago (early February 2016), I had my blood tested for cholesterol.  The reading of total cholesterol went down from 6.4 to 5.8.  Yay! But. This. Is. Still not good enough!  The reading is still slightly high.  My doctor and I agreed that I can try to modify my diet “even further” and have another blood test done in two months.

    What? How “further” can my diet go? Does this mean that I can no longer eat meat, eggs and the occasional indulgence in cakes and cookies?  I am trying hard to steer clear of these, though I still eat in the tiniest portion.  Someone commented that with this diet, I am going to get blown off by the wind in no time!  Not that I am asking to have high cholesterol nor deliberately avoiding meat.   How mean can some people be!

     

    What is high cholesterol?

    High cholesterol is a well-known risk factor for heart disease. Cholesterol itself is a waxy, fat-like substance that is primarily made by the liver, although some comes from the diet. It is an essential component of cell membranes and is used by the body to produce hormones and vitamin D.

    What are the causes of high cholesterol?
    The tendency toward high cholesterol appears to be genetic although diet also influences cholesterol levels. Other factors that can influence cholesterol levels include being overweight and being physically inactive. The older you get, the more likely your cholesterol levels are to rise. Before menopause, women tend to have lower cholesterol levels than men of the same age, but after menopause, women’s LDL levels often increase.

    There is considerable controversy over whether high cholesterol is in itself a cause of heart disease (the lipid hypothesis), or a symptom of an inflammatory condition that is the true cause of heart disease (the inflammation hypothesis). According to the latter theory, chronically high levels of inflammation creates small lesions on arterial walls; the body sends LDL to heal those lesions, but it ultimately accumulates and oxidizes, causing blockages. From this perspective, the best lifestyle approach to lower cardiovascular disease risk is to lower inflammation in the body rather than LDL levels.

     

    Supplements I Take To Bring Down Cholesterol

    Besides oats, chia seeds, nuts, seeds, fresh fruits and vegetables, I take these supplements daily:

    Natural fish oil (natural source of Omega 3 ) – 1 capsule 3 times a day
    Izumio hydrogen water – 2 packets a day
    Super Lutein – 2 capsules a day

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    Ways To Control Cholesterol Naturally

    Eat some nuts every day. Choose almonds, walnuts and cashews, all of which contain heart-healthy monounsaturated fat.

    Substitute whole soy protein for animal protein. Soy protein such as tofu, tempeh, soy milk, whole soy beans and roasted soy nuts has been shown to lower cholesterol levels. Choose organic products where possible.

    Use fresh garlic regularly. Garlic has been shown to lower both cholesterol levels and blood pressure. Use one or two raw or lightly cooked cloves a day.

    Drink green tea daily. The antioxidants it contains help lower cholesterol and prevent the cholesterol in your blood from oxidizing.

    Go crazy with colorful fruits and vegetables.  Fruits and vegetables have scads of ingredients that lower cholesterol—including fiber, cholesterol-blocking molecules called sterols and stanols, and eye-appealing pigments. The heart-healthy list spans the color spectrum—leafy greens, yellow squashes, carrots, tomatoes, strawberries, plums, blueberries. As a rule, the richer the hue, the better the food is for you.

    Limit refined carbohydrates. These include cookies, cakes, crackers, fluffy breads, chips and sodas, all of which can worsen cholesterol levels by lowering HDL and also increase triglyceride levels.

    Take coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10). This powerful antioxidant benefits heart health by protecting LDL cholesterol from oxidation and by re-energizing the mitochondria in the heart cells, which is where energy metabolism occurs. CoQ10 may also help lower blood pressure.

    Exercise!  If your cholesterol is creeping upward, your doctor has probably told you that diet and exercise—the traditional cornerstones of heart health, could help to bring it down.   I  brisk walk for 15 minutes, followed by a 30-minute swim in the pool 5 times a week.

    Take fish oil. Fish oil contains an abundance of essential omega-3 fatty acids (omega-3s) that have been shown to lower triglyceride (blood fat) levels, minimize inflammation and clotting, and increase HDL (“good”) cholesterol. Research indicates that omega-3s may help reduce the risk and symptoms of a variety of disorders influenced by inflammation, including heart attack and stroke. You can add omega-3s to your diet by eating more cold water fish such as wild Alaskan salmon, sardines, herring, mackerel and black cod. If that’s not possible, supplement it with two grams daily of a fish oil supplement that contains both essential omega-3 fatty acids, EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid) and DHA (docosahexaenoic acid). When choosing a supplement, look for one derived from molecularly distilled fish oils – these are naturally high in both EPA and DHA and low in contaminants. Also choose a supplement brand that has been independently tested and guaranteed to be free of heavy metals such as mercury and lead, and other environmental toxins including polychlorinated biphenyls, also known as PCBs.

    Drink Izumio hydrogen water. According to a research conducted by the US National Library of Medicine,  National Institutes of Health, hydrogen (dihydrogen; H2) has beneficial lipid-lowering effects in high-fat diet-fed Syrian golden hamsters. Serum analysis showed that consumption of H2-rich water for 10 weeks resulted in decreased serum total-cholesterol (TC) and LDL-cholesterol (LDL-C) levels. In conclusion, the research found out that supplementation with H2-rich water seems to decrease serum LDL-C and apoB levels, improve dyslipidemia-injured HDL functions, and reduce oxidative stress, and it may have a beneficial role in prevention of potential metabolic syndrome.

    I have increased my intake of Izumio hydrogen water from 1 packet a day to 2 packets a day since the day I found out that I have genetic high cholesterol.

    You can email me at shireenyong@gmail.com to find out how you can purchase Izumio hydrogen water.

    Disclaimer:

    The information on this site is provided as an information resource only and is not to be used or relied on for any diagnostic or treatment purposes.   Not every remedy will work on everyone. So is conventional medical treatment. It very much depends on the constituents of the person and the conditions peculiar to that person. Whatever the reasons, this article does not claim the information provided is totally accurate and reliable and will cure everyone. The purpose of this article is merely to inform visitors that there are alternative cures for all ailments.

    You are therefore advised to consult your registered medical physicians as a matter of due diligence.

     

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  • 06Feb

    High cholesterol affects your health in more than one way. In most cases it shows no signs and has no symptoms. There is an exception, however — a condition by the name of familial hypercholesterolaemia. A genetic disorder, this condition leaves cholesterol deposits in various areas of your body, one of which is your eyelids.  They rarely appear in people under the age of 30.

    As reported in BBC News, yellow markings on the eyelids are a sign of increased risk of heart attack. These markings, called xanthelasmata, are mostly made up of cholesterol and can be treated cosmetically, but are also a warning sign of raised cholesterol.

    Xanthelasmata are known to be cholesterol deposits / bumps on the eyelids. They suggest raised cholesterol levels, which is a well-known risk factor for cardiovascular disease.  People with these marks should have their cardiovascular risk assessed, taking into account other risk factors, such as age, BMI, smoking, diabetes, family history of heart attack or stroke and raised blood pressure. Together, this knowledge will allow doctors to assess a person’s risk of cardiovascular disease, and allow them to make lifestyle changes to help reduce their risk.

    Familial Hypercholesterolemia

    Familial hypercholesterolemia is a genetic condition that passes down through generations of a family, causing those who have it to experience high levels of LDL — bad cholesterol — from the moment they are born, explains the University of Maryland Medical Center. This condition is the result of a defective gene which controls the removal of excess cholesterol from your bloodstream. You can inherit this condition from one parent, but if you receive it from both, your LDL cholesterol can exceed 600 mg/dL. Aside from the fatty deposits on your eyelids, you may notice xanthomas, fatty deposits on your tendons or pressure areas such as elbows, knees and heels.

     

    Images of Cholesterol deposits on eyelids:

    Xanthelasmas:
    Are a type of xanthoma (collection of fat and cholesterol)
    Can affect either the upper or lower eyelids
    Upper eyelids are affected more commonly
    May be associated with a high cholesterol 50% of the time
    If you have xanthelasma you should see your doctor to have your cholesterol checked
    Lowering your cholesterol with either diet or medication will not improve xanthelasmas
    Develop slowly over a period of months or years
    Cannot be removed or treated with creams

     

    Cholesterol deposits/bumps on the body:
    Xanthomas on the Arm

     

    Xanthoma on The Leg

    If you suspect that you have these yellowish bumps on your eyelids or elsewhere on your body, schedule an appointment with your doctor to get things checked out.

     

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  • 05Feb

    Sea cucumber is used in traditional Chinese medicine to treat a number of health problems, including fatigue, impotence and joint pain. Sea cucumber contains high levels of chondroitin sulfate, a major component of cartilage.

    My mil can whip up really delish sea cucumber dishes.  Her sea cucumber dishes are usually braised with pork or chicken, mushrooms, clams and chicken feet.

     

     

    Sea cucumber is considered a delicacy in Chinese cuisine for centuries – even as an aphrodisiac.  The reported health benefits of sea cucumber, however, are what attract the most interest in the U.S., although research into its the possible benefits of sea cucumber and their extract is preliminary. Consult with your doctor before taking any products made from these sea-dwelling creatures, of which some species have spikes on them.

    The Benefits of Sea Cucumber

    Sea cucumber is relatively low in calories — each 6-ounce portion contains 95 calories, or approximately 5 percent of the daily calorie intake in a standard 2,000-calorie diet. Most of its calories come from its protein content, and each serving of sea cucumber contains 22 grams of protein. As a result of its protein content, sea cucumber helps you fight off infection, maintains healthy muscles and strengthens your skin and cartilage. Sea cucumber serves as a lean source of protein, because 6 ounces of sea cucumber contains less than a gram of fat.

    “They’re not only anti-viral, anti-bacterial but sea cucumbers have been used to treat gingivitis and gum disease, “ Ty M. Bollinger, author of “Cancer: Step Outside the Box,” told Fox News.

    The sea animal, which resembles a large, spiky caterpillar, is used as an adjunct treatment for those undergoing chemotherapy because it’s very effective at mitigating the side effects of the cancer treatment, Bollinger said.

    Chemotherapy is an immunosuppressive set of drugs so it kills the cancer cells but in the meantime it kills your immune system. The properties of sea cucumber that are so fascinating is that it makes your immune system run at the perfect speed.  That’s why it’s so effective as an adjunct treatment as well as a treatment  in and of itself if people decide to use sea cucumber.

    Besides being immunomodulatory, sea cucumber is cytotoxic, meaning it kills cancer cells.

    Sea cucumber, while long used in Traditional Chinese Medicine, is not well known in Western medicine— even though it’s been studied for the last 15 years— because most oncologists use chemotherapy, radiation, and therapy as their primary cancer treatments.

    Sea cucumber can be cooked and eaten, as the Chinese do, or dried, made into a powder and packed into capsules to take in pill form.

    One of the fascinating things about sea cucumbers also is that it is very high in chondroitin sulfate, which you’re familiar with to treat joint pain and arthritis. Sea cucumber has the highest concentration of chondroitin sulfate of any animal.  It is used very effectively for joint pain and arthritic pain.

     

    Health Benefits of Sea Cucumbers:

    Improving Gum Disease
    Though the study was preliminary, a toothpaste made with sea cucumber extract was shown to improve healing in patients who had undergone treatment for gum disease. The toothpaste was formulated to take advantage of the sea cucumber’s wound-healing, anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties, which have been recognized both in traditional healing modalities and by modern researchers. The study, reported in the “Journal of Oral Science”, involved 28 volunteers who either brushed their teeth with sea cucumber toothpaste or with a toothpaste that was identical except for the extract. By the end of the three-month trial, patients who had gotten the sea cucumber toothpaste who used the sea cucumber toothpaste experienced a significant in bleeding, swelling and the depth of periodontal pockets when compared to the control group.

    High Protein
    Although sea cucumbers may be an unusual food, they can provide a valuable protein boost for those who need it. According to Subhuti Dharmananda, Director of the Institute for Traditional Medicine in Portland, Oregon, sea cucumbers are higher in protein than almost any other food, except for egg whites. The Harvard School of Public Health states that people in the United States might reduce their risk of cardiovascular disease by boosting their intake of protein, especially if the protein replaces refined carbohydrates in your diet. Sea cucumbers are available at Asian grocery stores.

    Wound Healing
    Eating sea cucumber or its extracts may have therapeutic effects such as speeding up wound healing. It does so by facilitating the formation of new tissues within a short time — a property that is believed to stem from the ability of a sea cucumber to regenerate its own body tissues quickly when it is injured. According to the October 2011 “Marine Drugs” study, this is believed to be facilitated by certain fatty acids, such as arachidonic acid, present in sea cucumber.

    Cancer Prevention Potential
    Eating sea cucumber may help prevent the growth and spread of cancer cells. This is because sea cucumbers contain high amounts of compounds known as triterpene glycosides, which have antitumor activity. According to a study by Chinese scientists published in August 2005 in “Cancer Biology & Therapy,” sea cucumbers also contain a compound known as philinopside E, or PE. PE inhibits the formation of blood vessels that supply nutrients to tumors. This suppresses the growth and proliferation of such tumors in your body.

     

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I am a WFHM with 3 beautiful girls - Alycia, Sherilyn and Cassandra. I quit the job that I love to stay home with my 3 angels as that's what I've always wanted to do. I am a health freak, fitness freak and a clean freak too. I love to eat and live healthily and I want my kids and hubby to do the same too. Apart from being obsessed with good health, I am obsessed with fashion! I own an online store that sells ladies and kids clothing. Check out my online store at Old & New Stuff For Sale

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