Welcome to my blog!!! I have been an herbalist & an aromatherapist for over 20 years!! My blog is over 10 years old & there are over 100 informative blogs here. Not only do I have hopes of teaching the masses, I too, have learned a lot during my research on different topics! There's always new & updated information in the herbal & essential oil worlds. There are blogs on herbs, essential oils, nutrition, supplements, different modalities of healing and just a little bit of everything!! Maybe in reading my blogs, just one person will come away with a bit of knowledge that they might be able to help themselves or another human being, I would consider that to be a great blessing.....

Over the years I have had several businesses. It seems I can't get away from seeing if a certain herb or essential oil can help a fellow human and that's usually how it starts. I am now in Arizona and I was asked again if I would be interested in starting another herbal business!! We now have Herbs 4 Health!! Providing numerous herbs....herbal blends....single essential oils...essential oil blends....minerals....tinctures all to help the body to heal itself.

The information in these blogs is not meant in any way shape or form to plagiarize, for I have never said this is all MY work. It is a compilation of reputable informative websites, my 'go to' books I have always depended upon & my own knowledge. I gather & put together information to help people learn & this way they can come back here to help remind themselves of said information instead of 'where oh where did I find that on the world wide web'. Seems to me it's just better & easier.

DISCLAIMER: All the information in these blogs do not diagnose, treat or heal any type illness or disease.

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Diabetes Information....

We need 90 essential nutrients every day to help prevent & reverse 900 diseases, out of these 90...60 are minerals & plants can not make minerals. Our bodies make vitamins from minerals. So if you don't give it the minerals it needs to make said vitamins, it will take what it needs from other areas of your body which can cause disease.
 Fact is if you did a diet with little to no carbs, fruit or anything with sugar & base a diet on veggies & proteins you could possibly get it under control w/ the help of some supplements. So you have to become a huge label reader, almost everything out there contains some form of sugar (which is also a gmo, by the way)?

According to James Anderson, MD, dieticians/nutritionists and the ADA (american diabetes assn.) the diet info is all wrong, (taken from the Encyclopedia of Natural Medicine) He recommends diets high in cereal grains, legumes, root veggies & low in simple sugars & fats. It’s called the high complex-carbohydrate, hi-fiber diet.

Chromium picolinate -- there is a chromium deficiency in the U.S. the optimal daily dosage is 200 mcg. It’s an important mineral in blood sugar metabolism. It can also lower body weight while increasing muscle mass. Chromium levels can be depleted by consuming refined sugars & white flour products & lack of exercise.

Vitamin C -- we know it assists in helping the immune system, but the transportation of vit. C into the cells is facilitated by insulin. Many diabetics do not have enough vit. C. recommended daily dosage is 500-1000 mg -- 3x/day.

Biotin -- this mineral functions in the manufacturing and utilization of carbs, fats & amino acids. It’s manufactured in the intestines by gut bacteria. A vegan diet has been shown to alter the intestinal bacterial flora so that it enhances the synthesis & promotes the absorption of biotin. Supplementing w/ biotin has been shown to enhance insulin sensitivity.

Vitamin B6 -- appears to offer significant protection against neuropathy. 100 mg/day. Neuropathy from a B6 deficiency is indistinguishable from diabetic neuropathy. It appears to be caused by having too much sorbitol in the system. A particular cell salt called Kali Phos (potassium phosphate) helps nerves recover, relax & gain strength.

Vitamin B12 -- this is your stress vitamin!! It’s also been used with some success in treating diabetic neuropathy. Dosage: 1,000-3,000 mcg/day. There’s 2 types out there, you want methylcobalamin…it’s the real B12, it's also the most uncommon one!

Vitamin E -- d-alpha is the real one….dl-alpha is the fake! 800-1200 IU improves insulin action, but also may prevent long term complications of diabetes.

Magnesium -- It’s involved in several areas of glucose metabolism. Magnesium is used in over 300 processes in the human body. Without B6, Magnesium can not get inside the cell. There’s a world wide deficiency in Magnesium because of all the processed foods & soil depletions. 300-500 mg/day. But stress & anxiety causes the body to use up more & if those aren’t replaced, you get into a vicious cycle.

~*There are fat soluble & water soluble vitamins…fat soluble ones are retained in the fat in our bodies, but the water soluble ones have to be replaced on a daily basis.*~

CoQ10 -- the islet cells in the pancreas make insulin to control blood sugar levels. They use CoQ10 as the fuel they need for energy. Without CoQ10 the islets get tired and can’t make insulin as efficiently and at the same time, it powers them up it also protects them & that’s a good thing! In supplement form, the powder & tablets are useless, your body can’t absorb them. The best form is ubiquinol CoQ10 --  50 mg/day.

Vitamin K -- helps to keep blood sugar under control. It’s found in dark, leafy greens, pumpkins seeds & traditional Japanese foods like natto. And 2 foods that it’s abundant in are 2 foods people are told not to eat anymore and that’s eggs & beef. It’s a fat soluble vitamin, so try to get between 45-90 mcg a day, try to get it with your steak, the healthy fats improve absorption.

Zinc -- this mineral is involved in virtually all aspects of insulin metabolism and has a protective effect against beta cell destruction. Diabetics typically excrete excessive amounts of zinc in their urine, so they would require supplementation. It also helps with the wound healing process. 30 mg/day, but I think you can only find them in 50 mg, that’s ok too! It’s found in whole grains, legumes, nuts & seeds.

Onions/garlic….as much as you want!!! I love both & eat them daily! They both help to lower glucose levels along with providing the body with so many other benefits.

Cucumber juice -- contains a hormone which is needed by the cells of the pancreas for producing insulin which is beneficial as well.

There are quite a few herbs that can help: bitter melon (balsam pear), fenugreek, bilberry (which is about the only herb that helps to support eye health), gingko biloba, chicory & ginseng. Foods: prickly pear cactus, cinnamon, turmeric. And plenty of exercise!!! But my favorite herb in my opinion that helps most is Gymnema Sylvestre -- it’s known as the sugar destroyer!! When this is applied to the tongue, it blocks the sensation of sweetness. It’s actually thought that it increases production of beta cells. It’s been known to decrease glucose levels, decrease sugar cravings, and blocks 50% of the absorption of sugar! It supports the blood, spleen, pancreas and the endocrine system which the pancreas belongs too. 400 mg/day, but I know of people that take 550-600 mg twice day.

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