Natural Remedies for High Blood Pressure

pexels-photo-905485.jpegLifestyle factors such as stress, diet, and lack of exercise can lead to hypertension or high blood pressure, but it could also be in your genes. Here are 4 natural remedies that can help.

  • Hibiscus tea has been used to lower blood pressure for decades. Researchers found that after 12 days of drinking this tea, it reduced systolic (top number) by an average of 11.7% and diastolic pressure by 10.7%.
  • Magnesium Threonate. The mineral form of this vitamin leaves your gut and gets into the bloodstream faster and is easily absorbed to lower blood pressure.
  • Garlic cloves and garlic supplements have been proven to lower blood pressure and is rich in antioxidants.
  • Beets and its juice also has been proven to lower blood pressure.


A popular trend in the USA is avoiding gluten. There is this belief that eating foods containing gluten may contribute to weight gain as well as a list of ailments. Some books claim that gluten-laden grains are the culprits that underlie chronic health problems. Every major change in our diet also carries a possibility of unforeseen risks. What are we to believe?

Gluten is a general name given to proteins found in certain grain products, including wheat and its derivatives. The hybridization that led to the production of modern bread wheat enabled the creation of a product with high amounts of the gluten complex. This made modern bread wheat the worst gluten offender. Gluten acts as a glue that holds food together. It affects the elasticity of dough made from these grains and gives a chewy texture to products made from the dough. Gluten is also used as an additive in foods that have low protein levels or no protein at all. Also it is used in vegetarian recipes that lack animal products to increase the firmness of the texture of the finished product.

Gliadin and glutelin are two proteins that make up gluten. They are attached to starch in the endosperm of grain. When gluten enters the digestive system, the proteins are broken down into peptide chains made of amino acids. These chains are the source of gluten sensitivity in some people and result in an array of symptoms. It may also lead to celiac disease. Celiac disease is an autoimmune disorder of genetic origin and is also a chronic inflammatory condition.

Celiac disease typically results in injury to the mucosal lining of the small intestine in response to the consumption of gluten. It is more common in non-Hispanic Caucasians and rare in minority groups. The parts of the small intestine that are injured by gluten ingestion are the villi. These are the small finger-like projections that line the tract and promote nutrient absorption. When the villi are damaged, nutrients can’t be absorbed properly. Gluten triggers an abnormal immune reaction. The diagnosis of celiac disease is based on clinical symptoms. The symptoms differ between children and adults. The common symptoms in children are:

  • stomach pain and bloating
  • chronic diarrhea
  • foul-smelling, pale stools
  • weight loss
  • fatigue
  • headache
  • irritable and behavior issues
  • constipation
  • delayed growth and puberty
  • short stature
  • failure to thrive
  • dental enamel defect in permanent teeth

The symptoms in adults are:

  • unexplained iron-deficiency anemia
  • fatigue
  • bone or joint pain
  • bone loss/ osteoporosis
  • tingling numbness in hands and feet
  • migraines
  • seizures
  • skipped menstrual cycles
  • infertility or recurrent miscarriages
  • canker sores in mouth
  • itchy skin rash
  • brain fog
  • depression or anxiety

Blood tests can lead to an early diagnosis. At the present time, a gluten-free diet is the only treatment for celiac disease. Some people have trouble sticking to the diet. Alternative treatments are being explored. Three drugs are currently in development that might prove advantageous in treatment of celiac disease. They are:

  • ALVOO3: is a potent digestive enzyme that is capable in breaking down gluten before the immune system reacts to it.
  • AT-1001: is a drug designed to cause the body to close the junctions between the intestinal cells.
  • Nexvax2: is a vaccine designed to induce a renewed immune system tolerant to gluten.

Individuals with non-celiac  gluten sensitivity do not experience damage to the small intestine nor do they demonstrate antibodies to grain proteins as those with celiac disease. By ruling out celiac disease by blood tests, these individuals are considered sensitive to gluten. They may share some of the same symptoms as those with celiac disease, but their symptoms appear hours or days after gluten ingestion.

Maybe we need to go back to basics? For decades, American factories have produced additives to our food, steroids to our meat, gluten to our grains, and who knows what else. In a fast-paced world, we don’t take the time to care or think what we are eating. Obesity and health issues have risen. It’s time we grew our own food and made our own bread. We deserve to be healthy.




Things Your Mother Never Told You; Part One

GRAY HAIR:     Did you ever wonder why our hair changes to gray as we age? Graying occurs as the cells in our hair follicles lose their ability to produce pigment over time. The hair isn’t actually gray, which is hard to believe I know. The fact is when new hair grows in, it doesn’t have enough pigment or melanin for color so instead it appears washed out, thus the gray look. Most people will notice a change when they reach their forties or fifties. Also it varies by race and gender. It’s also possible stress can hasten the arrival of pigment changes. Stress hormones lead to inflammation and free-radical production which in turn affects the melanin production. Some conditions such as HIV infection, Hodgkin’s lymphoma, severe iron, copper, and protein deficiencies may increase premature graying. There is no proof or research to back up claims of nutritional supplements to reverse the process of graying. So either you go natural or you can camouflage your gray. You’ll have to decide if it’s worth it to use those potential harmful chemicals on your hair. Or try a wig. They come in different styles and colors.

Promote A Healthier Ocean

We are all responsible to keep our waters free from pollution.  The majority of the world is surrounded by water, yet how many times have humans endangered the ocean with their carelessness? And it’s not just oil spills and toxic waste from ships. What we do on land also affects the ocean and it doesn’t have an endless capacity to absorb waste. Chemicals, weed killers, and fertilizers from lawns, gardens, and farms run-off into drains and eventually into our water. Did you know that nitrogen and phosphorous rob ocean waters of light and oxygen as well as harm coral reef ecosystems?

How we engage with ocean life also impacts whether our activities are positive or negative towards them. Be aware that there is life under the water when you are driving your boat. Those propellers injure countless dolphins, whales, seals, and other sea life.  Speeding can damage the wake and cause plants to tear as well as erode shorelines. Retrieve all fishing gear, lines, and lures. Seabirds, fish, and sea animals can get entangled or hurt from these items left behind. And if you’re not concerned about their safety, think about divers and swimmers out there that could get entangled as well. Also pick up your garbage. Wildlife will ingest anything. When you haul your boat from the water, rinse it off to remove hitchhiking organisms.

Don’t use the toilet as a trash can which can lead to overloaded septic and sewer systems. Remember that everything flows downstream and release into our waterways. If you love life and the ocean, then help promote a healthy future for our waterways. Remember we are all responsible.

Homemade Astringent

Homemade Astringent.

Emotions & Control

Every generation has its own unique perspectives, styles, and opinions that have shaped the world. We learn from the past and when we share our experiences, we pass on valuable lessons. These lessons can shape how we think, feel, and act. Personality factors combined with life circumstances chooses a different response for every one of us. How one reacts depends on family development, life experiences, and cognitive thought patterns. Regardless of a parent’s goodness, there is no way to avoid causing their children at times to feel negative emotions. While these frustrations are a normal part of the development process, they are significant in that they lead to chronic areas of sensitivity. Visible patterns can be modified, but people don’t change what they can’t see. Understanding the problem gives the power to know what to fix. People are who they are. There is not a specific area to measure invisible patterns, but the concrete evidence is the inconsistencies in one’s own agenda. Unintentional learning such as prejudices, cognitive distortions, family patterns, and emotional sensibilities can trigger our buttons.

Dr. Jeff Auerbach in his book, Irritating the Ones You Love-the Down and Dirty Guide to Better Relationships, breaks down these sensitive topics into jars. Everyone has at least 3 core areas of sensitivity that were created in early childhood, from age 0-6, as an unavoidable part of the developmental process. These sensitive areas result from having certain principles repeated and bruised by parents, usually unintentional. Patterns of behavior cause patterns of effect. The jars create a predictable pattern of reactions.  Outside of traumatic events, any event or situation that produces negative feelings for a person will have a jar underneath it.  Whenever a person gets irritated, agitated, defensive, takes something personally, or responds with a sense of urgency or passion, it’s a dead giveaway that one of the jars has just been activated. The jars are unconscious and as a result, negative feelings will tend to be seen by the person as being caused by the current situation. The jar provides the power for the overreaction. Increasing awareness of the jars allows use of a set of tools to more accurately understand and better manage undesirable reactions.

The Jars or areas of sensitivity are:  lack of attention, lack of affection, lack of expression, fear, anger, abandonment or loss, physical neglect, self-centered or inconsideration, control, irrational or inconsistency, passivity or ambivalence, criticism, perfectionism, guilt, closed-mindedness or rigidity, responsibility, availability, dependability, respect, fairness.

People have three core principles for underlying triggers for a multitude of reactions, choices, and behaviors. Once the jars fully develop ages 6-10, there is little variability to them over the course of a person’s life. These jars provide the basis for a wide range of behaviors. These can be inconsequential as how one should clean their house, etc. A person’s jars will therefore provide a reliable predictor of their key patterns of behavior. For example, a person with a control jar will either be a control freak or be someone who is consistently passive and abdicates control. A person with a lack of attention jar will either seek attention or shy away from the spotlight. Humans have the fundamental need to control their own circumstances. They can strive to achieve positive outcomes by realizing what pushes their buttons and overcome obstacles and improve previous negative outcomes.

Glacier Lakes & Safety

Mt. Rainer stands proud like a giant, protecting its valley and lakes.  As summer draws near and the weather warms, everyone  heads to the area lakes. But did you know that lakes, such as Lake Tapps are fed by the glacier? That puts the water at approximately 55 degrees. The colder the water, the quicker cold water incapacitation will occur. Your body loses heat 30 times faster in water. Males whose bodies cool faster than females are at greater risk. An average adult has a 50% chance of surviving a 50 yard swim in 50 degree water.

Drowning happens when you are:  * too cold  * too tired

* too much alcohol or drugs

* too much sun

* too far from safety

* too much strenuous activity

* Too little education in swimming technique or can’t swim well

* too stubborn to wear a life jacket


Know how to protect yourself and your loved ones. Keep safe this summer.


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