Day 307-Wednesday's Medical Minute-How Biotin Benefits a Body

Good morning and how are you today?

I thought I would make a case for Biotin, formerly known as Vitamin H, this morning as to how it helps strengthen and grow hair and nails, and why it is necessary for cell growth. It seems that being deficient in Biotin is rare, most people get it from eggs and butter, the rest get it from supplementation. Soybeans and beef liver are the best sources-does anybody really eat that stuff?

A few of the ways to determine if you are deficient can be:

  • Brittle thin nails
  • Hair loss
  • conjunctivitis
  • Dermatitis- a scaly red rash around the eyes, nose, mouth and genital area.

The last two only occur when the deficiency is severe.

The discovery of Biotin was made by biochemist Dean Burke, who found that it has an unusual structure and is necessary for the production of fats and amino acids.

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I take biotin daily as a supplement because although my nails grow like weeds, my hair is another story, not to mention, I do not eat soy-beans or otherwise, and I HATE liver! The jury is still out on whether it does me any good, yet I will continue to take it because one gets so little in a normal diet. However, I do eat sunflower seeds and lots of Kerrygold butter, which are ok sources, if not the best. Eggs are the lowest on the list at 18.9 mcg but I eat them pretty regularly. One only needs 30 micrograms a day to get 100% of their daily requirement.

How do you get your Biotin? Vitamin B supplements? Do you really like liver? If you have a great idea for food sources, I would love to hear it. Just comment below and let a girl know! I’ll be waiting on the patio for your suggestions. Have a great day!

 

 

Day 300-Wednesday's Medical Minute-7 Benefits of Grapefruit Essential Oil

Alright, only 65 days to go before my year of daily blogging is up! You guys sick of me yet? lol! I have to say, it’s been fun, but it will be nice to take step back and have a little breather for a while. Maybe go to three days a week or something. 🙂

Today I thought I’d get into a discussion about my latest favorite essential oil: grapefruit

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It has so many uses and benefits and smells so wonderful, I can’t believe it’s taken so long for me to write about it. I have actually been using it for a while, it was in a blend that I used to use to maintain my weight (one of the many benefits), but now I use it alone or combined with lemon in my water every day.

If you have been hiding under a rock for the last few years, you may be unaware that grapefruit is one of the best foods to eat for weight loss and burning fat. Many folks jus don’t like grapefruit because it is bitter, or they can’t eat it because it reacts with their medications. Well, grapefruit essential oil is the answer! Of course, you should check with your doctor if you take certain medications for depression or blood pressure but it is considered safe.

Whether you choose to use it internally like me (only 100% organic ctpg brands please) or in a massage oil concoction, you will do your body a favor by adding this to your routine. Some studies show that even inhaling the aroma of this potent essential oil can naturally lower your blood pressure and help you relax! If using internally, only use the recommended amount (usually one drop per 16oz glass of liquid) because overconsumption can lead to gallstones and cause spasms. Also, if using topically, be sure to mix it with a carrier oil like fractionated coconut or jojoba oil if you have sensitive skin.

Some of grapefruit oil’s benefits are:

  • Disinfecting surfaces
  • Cleansing your body
  • Reducing depression
  • Stimulating your immune system
  • Decreasing fluid retention
  • Curbing sugar cravings
  • Aiding in weight loss

Grapefruit oil contains many antioxidants and phytochemicals which reduce oxidative stress and inflammation.  Limonene, which makes up between 88-95% of the oil is a tumor-fighting, cancer preventative phytochemical that protects cells from damage. It is just one of its several antioxidants including vitamin C, myrcene, terpinene, pinene, and citronellol.

Some of the many uses of grapefruit essential oil are as follows:

Natural Antibacterial-Because of its antimicrobial effects, grapefruit oil can kill bacteria internally or on the skin, prevent the growth of mold and fight strong bacterial strains responsible for food-born illnesses like salmonella and E-coli.

Air Freshener-Getting rid of odors can be accomplished by diffusing a blend of grapefruit, lemon, and orange essential oils, which clean and deodorize the air.

Weight Loss Booster-Some of grapefruit oil’s active ingredients are beneficial to boost metabolism, reduce hunger cravings and appetite. This makes it a great tool for losing weight in a fast and healthy way. Diffused around the home or office, it can help curb those cravings when they strike. If you can, add a drop to your water and sip throughout the day or rub a drop on your wrist to drive hunger pangs away. Direct Inhalation of the oil can kick sugar cravings as well. 

Digestive Booster-Grapefruit oil can help detox the liver and kidneyshelp with fluid retention and fight gut bacteria. Combined with lemon essential oil, it can help flush toxins out of your system and may even help cure a hangover by stimulating the gallbladder and liver.

Helps Clean Hair, Fight Acne and Save Skin-Not only is grapefruit a great cellulite fighter, its antibacterial properties make it great for cleansing skin, and strengthening immunity against pollutants. It can help heal wounds, cuts, bits and prevent skin infections. Adding a few drops to your shampoo can reduce grease and sweat while adding volume and shine.

So you see, it is a very versatile oil and I’m only using it for half of it’s benefits myself! I like the fresh citrusy taste it gives beverages and when added to the diffuser, it makes the whole room smell fresh and clean. Now, I am not a certified aromatherapist, and you should always check with your healthcare provider before trying anything new. I learned what I know through my own research and trusted sources like Dr Axe, Dr Mercola and Roxy over at The Oily Guru. I don’t get anything to talk about them, nor am I currently affilitated with any particular brand. Maybe that will change in the future, but for now I use a brand that I can get locally that is ctpg (certified theraputic pure grade)  and it has been working fine for me.

Give grapefruit essential oil a try and let me know what you think. If you have a question or comment, leave it below and I’ll try to address it to the best of my ability. Thanks for reading and I’ll see you tomorrow, on the patio.

 

*I also have to include the medical disclaimer-these statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

 

 

 

 

 

Day 294-WMM-Do Your Knees Do This?

The first time it happened to me, I was 13 years old. We had been playing baseball with our next door neighbors in the alley behind our house. I was having the best run of my life, had almost made it to first base when…in mid-air mind you, my kneecap seemed to slip to the left of where it was supposed to be, which is called dislocation, and I brought out all the neighbors with my screams. They thought I was being murdered, but that was the worst pain I have ever felt, to this day, I still have anxiety attacks if I think about the pain I feel every time that happens. Unfortunately for me, it happened a lot.

Not my knee, but I had many that looked just like this

My Dad took me to the doctor who was an excellent physician with no bedside manner at all. He looked at my leg as I lay writhing in pain and said, “You dislocated your knee, you knew that didn’t you?” I was so angry, what did he mean ‘I knew that’? Turns out that was just his way of joking around, but this was no laughing matter. My knee had swelled to the size of a grapefruit and he had to first drain off all that fluid before he stabilized, then cast my leg. (that’s how they did it in the old days) This was after trying to walk on it FOR A WEEK after the injury. My parents didn’t know any better, it was only because I was not improving that they took me in. When I came home from the doctor in a cast and on crutches, my mother burst into tears.

I guess God made me a little crooked, one leg is a few centimeters shorter than the other or something- that is what the next doctor I had to go to told us. He also said I already had arthritis in my knees, a fact I chose to ignore all my life. I was young. I couldn’t let that stop me from walking, marching, and dancing! I had things to do! Anyway, for whatever reason, my knees (both of them) would dislocate from time to time, the left one way more than the right. They say it is more common in women. They also say it occurs when the leg is planted wrong, that causes the patella to slide out of place. well, the first time it happened to me I was in mid air! The cause for my left knee anyway was the fact that the tendon was pulling too tight, causing my kneecap to go out if I even turned my leg the wrong way. Once it happened after I was married, I finally had the mini-surgery to correct it. They did a lateral tendon release and (knock on wood) I never dislocated it again.

So why am I now having trouble with my right knee? Apparently, it had more arthritis in it, all of the injuries wore down the cartilage and now I have not much cushion left and I’m hoping they can do those injections that make your cartilage grow back. I hate having surgery because then there are months of physical therapy blah, blah, blah. I still have things to do, you know, it’s just never a good time. Thing is, I didn’t have as many dislocations in that one, so why is it now so messed up?

When I was young I called it twisting my knee, because, really that is what’s happening, but the correct term is subluxation or dislocation. If you talk to most healthcare professionals, they say it is more common in kids who play sports and that the normal age for this to occur is between 16-20. After it happened to me that first time, I didn’t need to be playing sports, I could get up out of a chair wrong and BOOM! That happened once, and it was horrific because the kneecap locked to the side, I couldn’t get it back in position and whoever came to my rescue managed it and then I passed out from the pain. I just read that patellar subluxation is more common than dislocation and just as disabling…no kidding? Welcome to my life. They call it that because it is caused by a physical deformity of the knee, causing the knee to buckle and no longer support your weight. (And all the other symptoms I’ve already discussed here) Treatment usually in multimodal, involving education, physical therapy, braces, weight reduction and medication. If you need to lose weight, they make you do that first too, because every pound you gain puts and extra 3 pounds of pressure on your knees. That is not my issue though and never has been.

What I’m wishing now is that I would have had the real deal surgery when I was younger, now I don’t want to have to go through it. I have an appointment scheduled for June 12 with a new ortho doc, I’m hoping he agrees that I can wait awhile. Has this happened to any of you? What did they do for it? Have you had knee surgery? I want to hear all about it, just tell me in the comments. Sorry if I made any of you squirm, just talking about this had me squirming as I wrote it. I’m telling you, I’d rather have a baby than go through that pain again! Anyway, I’ll be here with my brace on and only one more day of steroids left, yea!! Write me back so I can hear your answers, and I’ll be resting on the patio.

Day 287-Wednesday's Medical Minute-Have I Got A Deal For You!

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What a deal!!

As a user and self-taught knowledgeable person on the subject of essential oils and herbs as alternative medicine, I am so excited to have found this deal waiting in my in-box this morning! It’s so good, I just felt the need to share it with all of you! In fact, I was so impressed, that I decided to become an affiliate for the Ultimate Bundles on the spot!!

Here’s what happened. Katie, over at Kitchen Stewardship has been a blogger that I follow for quite some time. She is an authority on natural living and cooking real food for her family. She also knows that I am interested in essential oils and herbs and therefore decided to offer me this fantastic bundle that I’m about to share with you.

But first, let me ask you if you think you would benefit from the products and information located in this bundle. Have you ever dealt with sickness, allergies, dry skin, eczema, lack of sleep, or just need more energy? Maybe you could benefit from this bundle. As you may, or may not (but should, cause I talk about it all the time) know, I ingest certain essential oils and part of this bundle includes a resource explaining everything you would need to know about that. Plus so much more!! If you click on the link to her website, she explains everything you get in the bundle and also by clicking on her site, you get access to the $50 worth of bonuses once you’ve purchased the bundle.

She makes everything easy to read and understand, if you are at all interested in natural remedies, learning how to prevent colds and flu, or simply saving money on a great deal, then this bundle is for you. I can tell you that it is for 6 days only and it’s a  nearly $900 value!! It’s called the Herbs & Essential Oils Super Bundle and for the next 6 days, it is only $29.97!! Just go visit her site and see all the goodies she has to offer. I’m purchasing the bundle myself, because as smart as I think I am about everything alternative health, there is so much more I can learn…and I think we all know I’m addicted to learning!!

Please go check it out and let me know if you thought this was as good a deal as I did! I can’t wait to hear your comments!

I will definitely be talking about this over at Products From the Patio, most likely tonite, so check that out as well.

 

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Day 281-Wednesday's Medical Minute-Time to Gear Up For Walk PKD

Well folks, I got my first email today from the PKD Foundation letting me know that it’s once again time to start thinking about the PKD Walk for a cure. Last year some of you were so sweet and helped me raise some money for this potentially fatal disease. I appreciate it and I want to do something this year to encourage you to help out again, whether that be a giveaway, a coupon or some other goodie I can dream up. Good thing is, I have until October to figure it out! Maybe some of you creative geniuses can even give me some ideas on the subject…you know, help me help you!

As you may or may not know, my mother passed away from complications of PKD after being on dialysis for 18+ years and I also have it. I discovered I had it when going in for testing to see if I could donate a kidney for her. Later on I found out that the disease is genetic and children of mothers with PKD have a 50% chance of inheriting the disease. You can check out my posts from last year to find out more, but basically, PKD is short for polycystic kidney disease. In my case, I have too many cysts to count, but they aren’t impeding my kidney function so far. I am monitored by a nephrologist (who I LOVE) and I try to eat healthy and take care of myself so the disease doesn’t progress any faster than normal.

Since you will be hearing more about this in future posts this year, I’ll cut it short and just tell you that I am already registered and can start raising money immediately. I myself will again be donating a personal pledge for myself and also in my mother’s memory. You can feel good knowing that 100% of the money raised goes to research! Go to walkforpkd.org to donate, whether you do it for my team or not is totally up to you, I do want to surpass last year’s goal however-I’m shooting for $500 this year. If you are a company, or know if one who would like to sponsor the walk, get sponsor info at: julier@pkdcure.org or call 816-268-8462, or go to the sponsorship tab at PKD Foundation page.