Take Factor Five: Osteo-X supplementation as directed. One gram (1,000 mg) of calcium daily can halt or even reverse bone loss in humans.1
Exercise! Sedentary lifestyle strongly encourages bone mineral loss. After only a few months in space, astronauts can lose up to 25,000 mg of bone calcium.2
Relax! Practice stress management. Worry and tension can cause both lowered calcium absorption and increased calcium loss while triggering arthritic inflammation.3
Take a 15 minute sunbath twice a week! Vitamin D is mandatory for the absorption and use of calcium and preventing bone erosion.4
Maintain weight control. Excess poundage stresses the joints and exacerbates inflammation. Symptoms of osteoarthritis often subside with a return to a healthy weight.5
Develop a good diet of fresh fruits and vegetables, oatmeal, brown rice and whole grains. Eat fish such as salmon, sardines, flounder and cod in lieu of red meat.6
Hard water can provide up to 375 mg of calcium per liter of drinking water! By comparison, milk provides about 288 mg of calcium per cup. Further, pasteurization destroys
the useful enzymes in milk, leaving it dead, inert, and useless, and thus may be irritating to the lining of the intestines.7
Avoid tobacco, alcohol, carbonation and coffee as these substances deplete bone minerals and exacerbate inflamed joints.8
the use of cortisone, anti-seizure medication or anticoagulants whenever possible.9
Avoid phosphate-containing soft drinks, additives, and high-protein animal foods.10 When the calcium to phosphorus ratio goes above 1:1.25 in phosphorus, then most other efforts to prevent osteoporosis are likely in vain.
a wide variety of foods. Individuals who eat a varied diet have a better nutrient intake than those whose diet remains staid.11
Eliminate salt intake. Urinary calcium increases about 23mg for every teaspoon of salt consumed which is sufficient to dissolve one percent of the skeleton annually or ten percent in a decade! 12
As a Support & Preventative for Osteoarthritis
Osteoarthritis or degenerative joint disease is the most common form of arthritis affecting over 40 million Americans, including 80% of people over 50 years of age.13
The weight-bearing joints and joints of the hands are principally affected, however,
spinal osteoarthritis is very common and may result in compression of nerves and blood vessels, causing pain and vascular insufficiency.14 The bone joint is a marvel of engineering. The joint is connected by the tough, fibrous proteins collagen and elastin and lubricated by synovial fluid that is so slippery even modern chemistry cannot duplicate its lubricant abilities. Since bone joints are built from, and repaired by, dietary nutrients, nutrition can be utilized to help many arthritics.
Studies and evaluations of osteoarthritis - from the earliest signs to the most advanced stages - indicate that cellular and tissue response to this disease is purposeful and aimed at repair of the damaged joint structure. Based upon such analysis, it appears the process contributing to osteoarthritis may be stopped and sometimes reversed.15
Take Factor Five: Osteo-X in the dosage recommended for relief of back pain and joint inflammation. The herbal extracts of ginger and licorice root together with extract of wintergreen and the amino acid DL-phenylalanine will synergistically act to reduce inflammation and pain.
Avoid non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS) such as aspirin, ibuprofen (Motrin, Advil, Nuprin), feno-profen (Nalfon), and related
Numerous clinical studies have shown that NSAIDS actually accelerate osteoarthritis and increase joint destruction.16, 17 This is a classic example where current medical treatment simply suppresses the symptoms while actually promoting the disease process!
Take Life Essentisals a whole fod multivitamin, mineral, herbal, enzyme mega-nutritional in the dosage recommended as vitamin E has an ability to inhibit the enzymatic breakdown of cartilage as well as stimulate cartilage synthesis; folic acid, niacin, and vitamin C has a positive effect on cartilage;18 and vitamin A and carotinoids are required for the synthesis of normal collagen and maintenance of cartilage structures.19
Avoid all simple, processed and concentrated carbohydrates and fats.
Avoid plants of the solanaceae family, such as tomatoes, potatoes, eggplant, peppers and tobacco.
Exercise keeps the body’s circulation/oxygenation in top shape, as well as, the heart muscle. Remember to head to toe stretching and deep breathing on a daily baisis.
As a Support for Rheumatoid Arthritis
Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a chronic inflammatory disease that affects the entire body but especially the synovial membranes of the joints.
It is a classic example of an "autoimmune disease", a condition where the body's immune system attacks its own tissue.
Although much less common than osteoarthritis - somewhere between 1 and 3 percent of the population is affected - the rheumatoid form is usually much more severe.
Because many of the pathologic processes involved in this disease are temporary and spontaneous, improvement often occurs. As a
result, it is common for RA to be exploited by hucksters who are eager to offer "the latest cure".
Unfortunately, rheumatoid arthritis is a disease that has no known cure, no prevention, and no specific cause at this point in time. However, RA can be managed and ameliorated in many cases.
An assessment of the nutritional status of patients with rheumatoid arthritis is very important. The inflammatory process in RA
is accompanied by an elevated metabolic rate that leads to increased nutritional requirements.
Patients with rheumatoid arthritis are frequently underweight, in contrast to those with osteoarthritis who are often overweight.
While RA is an autoimmune reaction, what triggers this reaction remains largely unknown. What is currently known is that individuals with RA have increased intestinal permeability to dietary and
bacterial antigens as well as alterations in bacterial flora. Thus, diet has been strongly implicated in RA in regards to both cause and amelioration.
Generally, RA is not found in societies that eat a more primitive diet of whole foods, vegetables, and fiber and is found at a relatively high rate in modern societies consuming a diet rich in refined carbohydrates, sugar, meat, and saturated fats.
Joint pain can be a
manifestation of a food allergy. Elimination of allergic foods has been shown to offer significant benefit to some individuals with RA.85 However, such elimination should be well documented with blinded food challenges so that foods are not eliminated unnecessarily simply because their consumption happened to coincide with an arthritic flare-up.
Sodium restriction is recommended as some RA patients retain salt and water because of immobility
resulting from joint pain or medication.
Take Factor Five: Osteo-X in the suggested trauma dosage during RA flare-up of joint pain. Product ingredients include the well-documented anti-inflammatory herbal extracts of ginger and licorice root, together with the proteolytic enzyme bromelain. These ingredients have been found to be useful in both rheumatoid and osteoarthritis.
As a Remedy for Insomnia & Sleep Disorders
Insomnia is a difficulty in falling asleep, in staying asleep, or in sleeping soundly. The well-nourished individual who enjoys good health will be less troubled by insomnia than one who subsists on a diet deficient in some essential nutrients. For example:
Calcium and magnesium are known as the "sleep
minerals" as a lack of these two nutrients will cause the patient to wake after a few hours and then not be able to return to sleep.20
Vitamin B-6 is an important contributor to the formation of serotonin, a neurotransmitter that aids in the regulation of sleep. A diet low in B-6 is associated with increased risk for developing insomnia, irritability, and depression.21
Insomnia perpetuates itself, in that thinking about the inability to sleep creates further tension in the mind and body. Recommendations for overcoming insomnia and other common sleep disorders include:
Take Factor Five: Osteo-X as directed for insomnia. This product provides the nutrients listed above which are necessary to overcome sleep problems.
Learn to relax by establishing a new bedtime routine, such as leisurely walks, warm baths, massages, soft music, or quiet meditation.22
Prior to bedtime, snack on bananas, figs, dates, yogurt, tuna, grain crackers, or grapefruit. These foods are high in tryptophan which promote sleep. Go easy please calories do count!
caffeine, alcohol, tobacco, cheese, chocolate, wine, bacon, ham, sausage, eggplant, potatoes, spinach, and tomatoes immediately prior to bedtime. These foods contain tyramine, which increases the release of norepinephrine, a brain chemical stimulant.23
If insomnia persists, consider taking Factor Six: Sommaserene in the dosage recommended. This product is a non-narcotic herbal sedative, muscle relaxant and stress reducer.
As a Remedy for Relief of Heartburn, Nausea & Motion Sickness
Heartburn is a burning sensation in the stomach. It often occurs when hydrochloric acid (HLC), utilized by the stomach for digestion, backs up into the esophagus (see Ultra Veggie Enzymes and Chew on This for more information on digestion).
Heartburn may be caused by either an excess of HCL or a shortage of HCL in the stomach. Many new OTC antacids are HLC reducers which often provide relief of symptoms by masking the underlying cause!
a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar or lemon juice. If the heartburn recedes, then the patient needs more stomach acid. If symptoms become worse, the patient has an excess of HCL. At the first sign of heartburn, drink a large glass of water, which often cures the problem.
If there is an excess stomach acid, take Factor Five: Osteo-X in the dosage recommended. If there is a shortage of HCL, relief can be obtained by sipping one tablespoon of apple cider vinegar mixed with water while eating.
Avoid excessive consumption of spicy or fatty and fried foods, alcohol, coffee, citrus fruits, chocolate, and tomato-based foods that are prone to cause heartburn.
Avoid OTC antacid products, which contain sodium and aluminum. Excess sodium can aggravate hypertension and excess aluminum has been implicated in Alzheimer's disease.
Motion Sickness symptoms range from
severe headache, dizziness, cold sweats, and loss of desire for food to nausea and vomiting while flying, sailing, or traveling long distances in automobiles or trains.
Nausea and vomiting may result from a deficiency of magnesium or vitamin B-6, however, these symptoms may also indicate the presence of liver problems, an infected appendix, low blood sugar, or food poisoning. A physician should be consulted if such symptoms persist.
The combination of ginger and licorice root extracts have long been determined to diminish the symptoms of nausea from motion sickness, morning sickness, and the amelioration of vertigo and dizziness. In fact, studies have demonstrated that ginger root by itself is more effective than Dramamine in preventing motion sickness.
At the first signs of nausea, motion, or morning sickness, take the recommended dosage of Factor Five.
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