The Most Undervalued Important Mineral

The mineral zincis present in every part of the body and has a wide range of functions. It helps with the healing of wounds and is a vital component of many enzyme reactions.

Zinc is vital for the healthy working of many of the body’s systems. It is particularly important for healthy skin and is essential for a healthy immune system and resistance to infection. Zinc is present in a wide variety of foods, particularly in association with protein foods.

A vegetarian diet often contains less zinc than a meat based diet and so it is important for vegetarians to eat plenty of foods that are rich in this vital mineral. Good sources for vegetarians include dairy products, beans and lentils, yeast, nuts, seeds and whole grain cereals. Pumpkin seeds provide one of the most concentrated vegetarian food sources of zinc.

Zinc deficiency is unfortunately extremely commonplace, especially in active individuals. Being deficient in this mineral interferes with testosterone production and with muscle growth as well as lowers resting metabolic rate. This will make it much more difficult to drop body fat as well as much easier to gain it.

A recent study look at metabolic rates in individuals following a low zinc diet and again after zinc supplementation. The low zinc diet greatly reduced metabolic ratesin both males and in females. The good news was after 20 days of supplementation, rest metabolic rates rose significantly.

One note about zinc – when possible, take the daily dosage of 50-60mg separately as it often interferes with absorption of other nutrition.

Doc’s Thoughts:Zinc is also considered THE food for the prostate (health). In addition,  it regulates appetite. I only treated 3 or 4 women with anorexia and had very good success utilizing zinc as the main treatment.

 


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Dealing With Heartburn

It’s now estimated that more than 60 million American adults experience heartburn symptoms at least once a month. Surveys have found that the number of people reporting daily or weekly heartburn and/or acid reflux symptoms has risen nearly 50 percent over the last decade.

Heartburn is a form of uncomfortable indigestion that causes painful burning sensations in the chest or upper abdomen. It’s closely related to acid reflux, or the condition characterized by someone experiencing backward flow of stomach acid into the esophagus. 

Here are the main causes:

  • poor diet
  • lack of exercise
  • smoking
  • obesity
  • low stomach acid
  • over-consumption of acidic foods

Fortunately, heart burn is relatively easy to correct and prevent. Aside from the above adjustments, here are substances which not only will take away the symptoms but very often get to the root of the matter. They are as follows: 

  1. Drinking aloe prior to a meal OR at the first sign of the problem. Aloe is soothing and cooling and will take care of the burning sensation.
  2. DMG. This is a type of licorice (the herb). It helps to heal any type of tear or inflammatory response within the gut itself.

Why only 2? Because they work in 99% of the cases. The only 1% is most likely very serious and should be addressed in person.

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The Great Heart Protector

In Natural Health, the heart is never “attacked” directly; that is, diseases of the heart do not start with the heart itself. Rather they start with other organs which tries to protect the heart. If this cannot happen, the heart then is affected.

One of the great protectors is the Pericardium. Its sole purpose is to protect the heart. It is considered and “envelope” of sorts which surrounds the heart itself.

Like every other organ, there are 2 hour blocks of time which are associated with the organs themselves.  This is the time  when the organ is at its strongest. (The opposite [12 hours] is when the organ is at its weakest.)

The times associated with the Pericardium are 7-9pm.

As mentioned these times are when this organ is at its strongest. The 12-hour opposite, 7-9am is when it is at its weakest.

Care to guess which time block, people have the most number of heart attacks??! Yes, you would be correct. (And as a side note, Monday is the most common day.)

The Pericardium can be strengthened via exercise and also by being with family and friends of a good nature. This is a time to have a cup of tea and chat with people, enjoying their company.

Do winding down exercises too, ideally floor based ones or Tai Chi, Qi Gong or Bagua. Yin – meaning calmer – slower moving exercises is the idea word here. 

It also helps to find the right teacher(s) and colleagues for ideal expression of one’s creative self.

Of course, there are specific foods, herbs and other nutrition  and treatments that can strengthen this  organ. This will be covered in another blog post.

 


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