My favourite garden style: the English country garden

Although there are many garden styles out there, my favourite is the traditional English country garden.  Watch this video to see what I mean…

I love the non-contrived, informal, whimsical, and natural look!   What is your favourite garden style?

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Natural Alternatives to Supplements and Medications

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I love reading about the recommended supplements in Dr Connealy’s newsletters, especially when the suggested supplements are aimed at symptoms I suffer from.  As we age, we cannot help but notice the changes in our bodies.  Our skin loses elasticity, gains wrinkles and loses that youthful glow.  Our internal organs, our eyes, our joints and our brains do not work as well as they used to.

My problem is, every supplement I take gives me side effects that are often worse than the original symptoms of aging.  My solution is to research foods that provide or encourage the formation of the beneficial ingredient contained in the supplement. I then incorporate these foods into my daily diet.  I realize that these supplements provide a much more concentrated form of these wonderful ingredients, but I figure every bit helps.

For example, the newsletter referred to above describes the wonders of melatonin, a hormone produced naturally in our bodies. Melatonin is responsible for enhancing our sleep so our bodies can recharge properly.  Without adequate sleep we can suffer from brain fog, muscles aches, anxiety, weight gain due to increased appetite and a weakened immune system. Check out a previous post of mine about sleep deprivation.

Unfortunately, as we age the production of melatonin is reduced.  Our options to increase melatonin are to take a supplement or to increase our intake of foods that encourage the formation of melatonin in our bodies.  These foods include pineapple, bananas, oranges, walnuts, almonds, cherry juice and dairy products.

Another wonderful ingredient recommended by Dr Connealy is curcumin which is derived from turmeric root.  I have added ground turmeric to my soups, stews, tea, smoothies and stir frys for the past few months, ever since I read that it helps relieve joint pain. Another previous post describes the benefits of curcumin or turmeric.   I believe that I have noticed a reduction in joint pain associated with arthritis.  This is even more significant for me this time of year since the cold weather usually brings an increase in arthritis symptoms.

To see if I can increase melatonin production naturally, I plan to experiment for the next while, making myself a smoothie before bedtime using pineapple, banana, orange, almond milk, cherry juice and yogurt.  I will keep you posted!

Boosting Testosterone Levels

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Testosterone is a natural male hormone that plays a very significant role in the male reproductive system.  It also promotes predominantly male characteristics such as increased muscle and bone mass as well as the growth of body hair.  It is a scientific fact that after the age of 30, testosterone levels in men recede. Unfortunately, with this recession in testosterone levels comes a decrease in stamina, endurance, metabolism, muscle mass and libido.

There are many products on the market today called testosterone boosters.  These products do not actually contain testosterone.  Instead they contain natural ingredients that are proven to boost receding testosterone levels.  Some of the natural ingredients in these boosters are zinc, amino acids, vitamin D, aspartic acid, magnesium, as well as herbal and oyster extracts.  In addition some of these testosterone boosters contain agents to control cortisol and estrogen levels so they do not negate the extra testosterone production.  Results will vary depending on age, activity level and original muscle mass.  Results may include increased energy, stamina, concentration, motivation, and muscle growth with decreased body fat.

There are many claims to the best testosterone booster on the market.  Online research and shopping make the decision easier as information is readily available.  It is prudent yet easy to check out comments and customer reviews, taking both positive and negative feedback into consideration before making a purchase.

It is highly recommended that both men and women should primarily exercise regularly and eat well to delay the discouraging signs and symptoms associated with aging without taking supplements.  However, if bothered or discouraged by the effects of lower levels of testosterone in their body, men should look to increasing their testosterone levels naturally with a testosterone booster.  Testosterone boosters are certainly a much safer solution than the synthetic hormonal injections used in past years to help delay the natural aging process because they cause less of the negative side effects. If testosterone boosters can indeed improve concentration, stamina, and motivation as well as enhance the energy levels without any adverse effects on health, the improved physique is a bonus!

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Body Cleanses

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Cleanses are currently popular methods to detoxify the body to feel better, look better and possibly even lose weight.  Most cleanses are made of natural ingredients, so should not cause any adverse effects, if instructions are followed closely.

All disease is caused by toxins or contaminants that entered the body through the skin, drinking tap water, eating processed foods and even just from breathing air from the environment. After entering the body, harmful microscopic organisms such as viruses, bacteria, parasitic worm and yeasts live within the digestive tract, feeding off nutrients there.

The body is somewhat equipped to remove toxins on its own. The role of the liver is to recognize, and breakdown toxic compounds, removing them from the body through waste.  However, the liver can be overwhelmed and overloaded with toxins, at which time this natural detoxification process slows down or stops altogether.

Skin conditions such as eczema and many other health issues can arrive from the buildup of these toxins and contaminants capable of invading the body. To learn how to cleanse your body, ridding it of these harmful toxins, read on.

There are some things that can be done as safe body cleanse tips to reduce the number of toxins the liver is exposed to such as eliminating processed foods, sugar, alcohol and caffeine from the diet.  Instead, the diet should consist of a predominance of natural, organic produce and ingredients. Heavy exercise can also help rid the body of toxins through sweat.

The colon and kidneys also play important roles in the detoxification process of removing toxins and contaminants from the body. The colon expels the toxins from the digestive system removing them within bowel movements while the kidneys remove toxins from the blood system through the urinary system.

Natural herbal remedies can be helpful as a body detox as well.   Dandelion, turmeric and ginger root teas as well as organic apples, cranberries, grapes, garlic, sprouts, cucumbers and onions all help to detoxify the kidneys.  Apple cider vinegar or lemon juice added to water is effective as a colon cleanse and liver cleanse.

Although the above information describes how to detox your body naturally, the liver, kidneys and colon sometimes need help from available commercial detoxification products to remove the buildup of harmful toxins that have been stored in the body for many years.  Cleansing the liver, kidneys and colon will help restore their natural detoxification effectiveness.

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The Many Uses for Tea Tree Oil

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Natural products are frequently used today to fight infections and treat mild health problems due to the fact that people are becoming better educated and worry about the toxic ingredients found in conventional medicine.   Cleaning products using natural, non-toxic ingredients are also becoming more popular for similar reasons.

Melaleuca oil is the Australian name for tea tree oil that is one of these natural, plant based compounds that can be purchased inexpensively over the counter at most pharmacies or health food stores and used at home to treat many common symptoms and conditions.  Be sure to buy a high grade oil though, as there are many diluted and weaker imitation products out there.

Tea tree oil or melaleuca can be used to fight many unsightly and uncomfortable health conditions such as acne, toenail fungus, skin tags, ringworm, fleas, psoriasis, yeast infections, lice, dandruff, warts and more. Use the 100% pure type of tea tree oil to concoct recipes for toothpaste, face cleanser, shampoo, body wash, soap, body lotion and more, or look for products with the ingredient in them.  The taste is not pleasant and the smell is quite strong, but it works wonders.

Tea tree oil used as a viral and bacterial disinfectant is also effective in household cleaners to replace the more common toxic and less environmentally safe products that have been available for years.   Tea tree oil can be used in bathrooms, kitchens, laundry rooms, family rooms and more.  Dilute some in a spray bottle to wipe down kitchen and bathroom counters, door knobs, remote controllers, and light switches to keep germs at bay.  Add some to your laundry wash cycle to disinfect towels and sheets.  Even spray some in sports equipment bags to keep them fresh smelling and to kill bacteria lurking there.

Regardless of what purpose it is used for and where it is used, melaleuca, or tea tree oil has been proven to be very effective at treating and preventing viral and bacterial infections as well as minor skin irritations.   Readily available today in the cosmetic or health department of most stores it is already becoming very popular in many homes.

If you are interested in buying or selling products that contain tea tree oil, visit Melaleuca for further information.  I am a preferred customer with this company.  You can become a member yourself or purchase items through me; either way, let me know and I can help you through the process.

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