BEWARE! The Secret Cause Behind Common Health Issues!

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We live in a world where our bodies are being taxed ALL the time by stress–our jobs/career, families, environment, medications…you name it. It’s no secret that stress is NOT benign! Furthermore, our body has to use many nutrients just to keep your organs healthy, especially under chronic stress.

As with everything, there are consequences and eventually all that stress and strain on our bodies can cause nutritional deficiencies. In the cases of chronic stress-induced fatigue, headaches/migraines, constipation, sleep issues, anxiety, Restless Leg Syndrome or muscle cramps, it could all be caused by a hidden nutrient deficiency. MAGNESIUM! Yup, the hidden cause your doctor may be overlooking is hypomagnesemia or low magnesium.

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Health experts claim most of us are magnesium deficient due the body’s high demand for this nutrient in metabolic processes. Recommended daily intake is 310-320mg for adult women and 400-420mg for adult men. Adults can safely take up to 1000mg, however, be careful and gradual with dosing because sudden high intake of extra magnesium can quickly reverse the constipation into diarrhea.

Also, be sure to ask your doctor if you’re on any medications that can deplete magnesium stores such as diuretics, ACE inhibitors, or even antibiotics. Sometimes taking too much calcium or vitamin D can create a magnesium imbalance too!

Click this link to learn more about magnesium.

Magnesium can easily be supplemented into your diet from eating the following foods:

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For those of you who don’t want to put the extra effort to supplement your intake all by food, take a daily supplement! My favorite magnesium product is Alka Calm by Professional Complementary Health Formulas.* It is a combination of powdered magnesium and potassium that morphs water into a fizzy yummy drink. I usually drink my cup about 30-60mins before bedtime to calm my nerves, muscles, and thoughts, into a relaxed state ready for sleep!

As always, please consult your doctor first before making any changes in your health regimen. Cheers to health!!

*No company affiliation or compensation are associated with the recommendation of this product. 

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What I think about the “no eating in class” policy during 2.5-3hr lectures…

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You know you’re in ND school when…

Your botanical medicine class makes herbal marshmallows in lab! Yes, using real marshmallow root (althea officinalis). This herb is a demulcent (aka slimy & mucilaginous) and acts as a great soother for coughs and sore throats (inflamed mucosa). I ate them up before I thought to take a picture. So this pic I found online will have to suffice. These look pretty close to what we made:

Might not look super appetizing but slap it on a graham cracker w/ some dark chocolate and you’ll be asking for s’mores!

The top 10 breakfast cereals most likely to contain Monsanto’s GMO corn

As a follow-up to last week’s post, here is an article that names popular cereal brands that contain genetically modified corn products. Many of us probably consumed a lot o these cereals either as children or at some point in our adulthood. I know they taste good (coming from a former sugar cereal lover)..but here is more proof why these cereal brands are not good for you and your long-term health. Despair not!! There are yummy healthy and non-GMO alternatives you can switch to 🙂

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Shocking findings in new GMO study: Rats fed lifetime of GM corn grow horrifying tumors, 70% of females die early

Note from Vitamin Ray: This article is great evidence as to why I am against genetically modified food and the high occurence of it in the food that we eat everyday. When you go to the supermarket, if a package does not say “100% organic” and “Non-GMO” then you are probably purchasing food containing ingredients that have been manipulated and chemically altered in a lab somewhere.

Even with foods that ARE labeled “Non-GMO” might have trace amounts of or cross-contamination with GMO foods due to the lack of regulation with food labels and manufacturing processes. However, I always pick  the product labeled “Non-GMO” versus the product that fails to say whether it is GMO or not because I know in this case LESS is BEST!

Please click the link and read the following article carefully and keep this knowledge with you the next time you go to the grocery store. Enjoy the read!! ~Vitamin Ray

Shocking findings in new GMO study: Rats fed lifetime of GM corn grow horrifying tumors, 70% of females die early

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Mushrooms: Unsuspected Superheroes for Saving Life On Earth!

Salutations my friends! On this glorious morning, I was directed to a TED Talk link on Paul Stamets (aka “The Mushroom Man”). Paul Stamets is a brilliant award-winning  mycologist who champions for the incredible benefits of fungi and how life on earth would be nonexistent without our precious mushrooms. He firmly believes mushrooms are our ecological saviors in a future where the human species are pushing our existence closer to the brink of our own extinction and many other species too.

I’ve read many articles and book excerpts proclaiming the unbelievable healing properties of mushrooms. Mushrooms can be our solution to eradication of certain viruses, controlling invasive insect populations, preventing and curing cancer, rebuilding damaged ecological systems, creating new ecological systems from practically nothing, and many more. Check out the video link below to learn more about the powerful benefits of mushrooms. I encourage you to look up more of Paul’s lectures. As always…knowledge is power!! Namaste.

Other Informative Resources:

1.) Mycelium Running: How Mushrooms Can Help Save the World, Paul Stamets (Book)

2.) Mushrooms That Fight Cancer and Boost the Immune System

3.) Mushrooms may aid rapid vaccine response 

Caffeine may not be the devil after all!

I was perusing on Huffington Post and came across this new article highlighting a research study that links caffeine from coffee to delayed onset of Alzheimer’s. Click on this link to read more.

Additional Coffee Articles & Studies:
1.)http://www.webmd.com/food-recipes/features/coffee-new-health-food
2.)http://www.naturalnews.com/025737_coffee_risk_drinking.html
3.)http://www.health.harvard.edu/press_releases/coffee_health_risk