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Life Insurance Options

Life responsibilities often extend beyond death. Life insurance is one of the tools people turn to meet those responsibilities to loved ones and to leave a legacy that is a blessing and not a burden.

While life insurance has changed identities and purposes over time, it remains the single best option to help loved ones pay off debts, provide an income for survivors, provide housing or meet other significant needs for income and assets.

The typical life insurance provider has an array of  cover options designed to meet the many possible objectives of insurance buyers. Aviva for example has options that can assist in mortgage payoffs, outstanding loan repayments, funeral expense payoff and simply leaving cash for loved ones.

The most important step in selecting a life insurance option is to evaluate the specific need the insurance is intended to meet and estimate how much will be needed at that time in the future to meet that need. Insurance providers can then provide quotes for the monthly cost of insurance that will yield the amount of payout calculated to meet the need.

Fasting: Body Rejuvenation and Cleansing Lesson 4

“Fasting is primarily the act of willingly abstaining from some or all food, drink, or both, for a period of time.”

Fasting for health? In theory, most of us would agree that this sounds like a good idea. But when faced with the experience – the hunger -  it seems more like a good idea for somebody else.  Unless a person is knowledgeable, disciplined, or desperate – going without food for days is low on the  to do list.

However, fasting is a great resource from a Great Designer!

Benefits include:

1.  It doesn’t cost you any money to fast. You are in effect getting paid (saving what you would have spent on food) to get better – wow!

2. Taking a break from digesting food gives your body a greater opportunity to heal itself.

3. Fasting increases the opportunity for toxin removal, especially when combined with something like the coffee enema.  Secret – A daily coffee enema will go a long way in reducing or eliminating many of the symptoms of detoxification.

4. Any food allergy component is removed for a time and thus can lead to identification of the hidden offender.

5. Fasting works to prevent as well as cure a variety of  health problems, and under eating increases longevity.

6. It is sometimes instinctual – a ‘no-brainer’. You’re sick, so you don’t ‘feel’ like eating anyway. Animals do this routinely when sick.

But all this goodness does  come at a cost. It would seem to be the perfect answer if only we could get over the hunger and side effects of fasting like headaches, weakness, and irritability. But, there are rewards for the overcomer. However, if a water fast is too challenging, there are a variety of partial fasts that can be tried.

Less pain, but still some gain.

Partial fasts:

1. Abstain only from specific items, like meat, soft drinks, chocolate, etc. One of these is called the “Daniel Fast” where you can eat as much as you want, but avoid meat, dairy and sweets (and a few others).

2. Abstain from all solid foods and go with liquids only. This would include juice fasting.

3. Fast only for a short time, or intermittently,  like one day a week. Not every fast has to be the 40 day mother of all fasts.

Don’t forget to use an enema or coffee enema at least during the beginning days of fasting, and break the fast by easing into your regular diet with a day or more of juices and steamed vegetables.

There are many resources on the web about fasting.  Spending additional time becoming aware of the potential benefits of this amazing resource will help motivate and prepare you for a successful experience.


Sauna Detox: Body Rejuvenation and Cleansing Lesson 3

Drops of sweat

In the modern world, exposure to chemicals that didn’t even exist a few decades ago, is creating health problems for many. Although our bodies are designed to provide protection from undue exposures, many are becoming overloaded from what they breath in, consume, get on their skin, or intentionally have added,  as in dental materials and drug use.

What can’t be eliminated has to be stored somewhere. This may be for possible elimination later, but often becomes permanent if the opportunity does not present itself.

While there are many ways to enhance toxin removal, there is one designed to deal with chemicals stored in fatty tissues. It is called Sauna Detoxification.

Most sauna detoxification programs use exercise, nutrients and low-temperature long duration heat exposure. The combination of these promotes the mobilization of stored toxins from fatty tissues and enhances their excretion. Mobilization of stored chemicals is not desirable if the routes of elimination are not also enhanced. Chemicals are excreted through many routes including feces, urine, sweat, sebum, and lung vapor.

Heat stress is a means of increasing circulation and of enhancing the elimination of compounds through both sweat and sebum. It is documented that methadone, amphetamines, methamphetamines and morphine, as well as copper, mercury and other metals and compounds appear in human sweat. Enhancement of this elimination route is the key component of the sauna aspect of this program.

In addition to an increase in sweat production, increased body temperature results in heightened production of sebum, the material produced by the skin’s sebaceous glands. In patients exhibiting chloracne, a specific skin disorder caused by chemical exposure, the causative compounds may be detected both in adipose tissue and in sebum of the skin.

After a sufficient number of days, chronic heat stress will reduce the body’s burden of fat-soluble toxins. Various chlorinated and volatile hydrocarbons have been measured in the sweat of those undergoing sauna therapies, and fat tissue biopsies clearly support this claim.  An added benefit is that detoxification continues for several months after the program is completed. This is probably explained by a continued enhancement of elimination through the skin.

The minimum acceptable program length is two weeks, but longer programs are typical and may extend up to six weeks. The average time spent per day in the sauna is 3 hours. Although this sounds like a lot, it is usually well tolerated. Completing such a program is difficult when working at the same time. It is best accomplished during a vacation period rather than trying to work and find the necessary time that this program requires. The greatest benefit will be gained by following an established program under a doctor’s supervision.

For those who can’t participate in such a program, just sweating alone from exercise or heat exposure, does promote toxin removal. Sweating is a natural process and important in toxin removal. “Don’t sweat it!” is poor advice when it comes to toxin removal.

Coffee Enema: Body Rejuvenation and Cleansing Lesson 2

The very popular coffee enema finds its usefulness by speeding up the detoxification process. Here is how this is accomplished.

After having most nutrients removed, the stool material makes its way to the lower part of the large intestine, called the sigmoid colon. The stool contains many products of putrefaction at this point. There exists a special circulatory system between the sigmoid colon / rectum and the liver. This direct communication of veins is called the enterohepatic circulation.

Have you ever felt sick just before having a bowel movement? This is usually because toxic  stool material has just moved into the rectum for elimination. As soon as the material is evacuated, you no longer feel sick. You have probably experienced this many times. This is due of the toxic quality of the stool material and the enterohepatic circulation absorbing these toxic products. Because of this, it is important to evacuate when you have the urge. Otherwise, toxic material will have to be processed by the liver and some will also enter the general circulation, making you feel poorly. The rectum is normally empty, but fills just before having the urge to go to the bathroom.

While waiting for the next bowel movement, the veins running from the lower colon to the liver allow toxins to be sent directly there for detoxification.  Otherwise they would be carried through the rest of the body and all of its vital organs including the brain. This system of veins carries rectal / sigmoid toxins directly to the liver for detoxification.

When a coffee enema is used, the caffeine from the coffee is preferentially absorbed into this system and goes directly to the liver where it causes the liver to produce more bile (which contains processed toxins) and moves the bile out toward the small intestine for elimination. This seems to free up the liver to process more incoming toxic material. The coffee does not go into the general circulation, unless the enema procedure is done improperly. This means that when you feel better after the coffee enema, it isn’t due to just getting a hit of caffeine – like you would on drinking the coffee.

The coffee also contains the alkaloids kahweol and cafestol palmitate that stimulate the production of glutathione-S-transferase, an enzyme used by the liver to process toxic substances. This enzyme is important in the formation of more glutathione. Glutathione is one of the main binding chemicals used by the body to capture toxins in the liver and then eliminate them via the bile.

Two other chemicals in coffee, theophylline and theobromine, dilate blood vessels and have an anti-inflammatory effect in the gut. The watery portion of the enema also stimulates the visceral nervous system to promote peristalsis (contraction waves within the intestines), which moves diluted toxic bile from the small intestine, through the large intestine and out of the body.

Dr. Max Gerson, in the early portion of the 20th century, used this clinically as part of a general detoxification regimen, first for tuberculosis, then cancer. Dr. Gerson noted some remarkable effects of using this procedure. Typically, patients could dispense with all pain-killers once on the enemas. Also, many have noted a calming effect with the use of coffee enemas, which is the opposite of what would be expected if taking coffee orally.

Many, many people experiencing toxicity have found the coffee enema to be a life saver in helping them to feel normal and continue functioning.

Here are directions on how to do a coffee enema.

You will need the following materials:

An enema bag or bucket, preferably one made of clear plastic that you can see through.

A large stainless steel cooking pot.

Organic coffee or Folgers (red can) fully caffeinated, drip grind coffee.

A source of uncontaminated water. Chlorinated water should be boiled for 10 minutes.

The “see through” enema bag/bucket is preferable, but an old-fashioned type that doubles as a hot water bottle can be used although it is hard to tell how much of the enema is used at each pass. Do not use any bag with a strong odor to it.

Put a little over 1 quart of clean water in a pan and bring it to a boil. Add 2 flat tablespoons of coffee (or the coffee amount that has been prescribed for you). Let it continue to boil for five minutes, then turn the stove off, leaving the pan on the hot burner.

Allow it to cool down to a very comfortable, tepid temperature. Test with your finger. It is safer to have it too cold than too warm. CAUTION: never use it any hotter than what your immersed finger can easily tolerate.

Next, carry your pan or pot and lay an old towel on the floor (or your bed if you are careful and know you won’t spill. For safety, a piece of plastic can be placed under the towel). If you don’t use an old towel, you will soon have one since coffee stains seem permanent! Use another bunch of towels, if you want, as a pillow and bring along some appropriately relaxing literature. Pour the coffee from the pan into the enema bucket without getting the coffee grounds in the bucket. You may prefer to use an intermediate container with a pour spout when going from the pan to the enema bucket. Do not use a paper filter to strain the grounds. Put your enema bag in the sink with the catheter clamped closed.

Now, loosen the clamp to allow the coffee to run out to the end of the catheter tip and reclamp the bag when all the air has been removed from the enema tubing. Use a coat hanger to hang the enema bag at least two feet above the floor. You can use a door knob or towel rack. The bucket can rest on a chair, shelf or be held. Do not hang it high, as on a shower head, because it will be too forceful and the hose won’t reach. It should flow very gently into the rectum and distal sigmoid colon only; this is not a high enema or colonic. Allowing it to go well up into the colon may introduce caffeine into the general circulation as though you had taken it by mouth.

Lie down on the floor on your back or right side and gently insert the catheter. If you need lubrication, food grade vegetable oil such as olive oil, a vitamin E capsule, or KY jelly should be fine, unless you are chemically sensitive. It is generally a good idea to avoid petroleum products. Gently insert the tube into the rectum a few inches and then release the clamp and let the first 1/2 of the quart (1/2 liter; 2 cups) of coffee flow in. Clamp the tubing off as soon as there is the slightest amount of discomfort or fullness. Do not change position or use an incline board to cause the enema to enter further into the colon; this defeats the purpose of this type of enema. The catheter tip usually meets some resistance trying to get past your anal sphincter muscles. You do want to get past this point before releasing the clamp. Once past that point, the clamp can be released. If doing the procedure on a bed, some people just hold the enema bucket in the air above them until half of the solution is in.

Try to retain the enema for a minimum of 12 or more minutes. Sometimes there will be an immediate urgency to get rid of it and that is fine. It helps to clean the stool out of the colon so that next time around you can hold more of the enema longer. Never force yourself to retain it if you feel that you can’t. When you have clamped the tubing, remove the catheter tip and void when you have to. It is best to hold it for at least 12 minutes each time. After you have emptied the bowel, proceed with the remaining 1/2 quart and likewise hold that for at least 12 minutes, if able, then void.

The goal is to have two enemas, not exceeding 1/2 a quart (1/2 liter, 2 cups) each, that you are able to hold for 12 to 15 minutes each. Usually 2 or 3 times will use up all of the enema, but that is not your goal; being able to hold it in for 12 to 15 minutes is. When you have finished your session, rinse out the bag and hang it up to dry. Periodically run boiling water, peroxide, or other comparable antimicrobial agent through the empty bag and tube to discourage mold growth when not in use.

If you feel wired or hyper, or have palpitations or irregular heartbeats after a coffee enema, you should reduce the amount of coffee, usually by half for a few days or weeks, or consider that you really need organic coffee. Be sure that the water used is clean and free of chemicals.

Sometimes you will feel or hear a squirting sound coming from your abdomen. This can be your gall bladder contracting. This occurs under the right rib cage, or sometimes more closely to the mid line. If after a week of daily enemas you have never felt or heard the gall bladder release, you should consider making the coffee stronger, going up in 1/2 tablespoon increments per quart, not exceeding 2 tablespoons per cup. Alternatively, you may need a slightly larger volume, such as 3 cups at a time. Three  enemas (2 cups or less each) rather than two at a session are more beneficial for some.

Always discontinue the enemas if there is any adverse reaction whatsoever, and discuss it with your Naturopath at your next appointment. If you find the enema helpful, do not use it more than once per day for any extended period without medical supervision.  Use it as needed, perhaps several days in a row, but more commonly a few times per week. The coffee enema is also very useful when on a water fast.

Diindolylmethane (DIM) and the Uterus

Diindolylmethane has a wide spectrum of action on various body systems and organs. Diindolylmethane is found in a variety of vegetables, but is rich in cruciferous vegetables, meaning cauliflower, cabbage, broccoli and brussels sprouts. Among the organs Diindolylmethane has a positive effect on, are the breast and prostate. It also has a beneficial effect on aging (slowing down the aging process) and menopause. However, one the most pronounced effects of this wonder compound is on the uterus.

So what has Diindolylmethane got to do with the uterus? For this, one must understand the structure and functioning of the uterus. The uterus consists primarily of 2 parts- the smooth muscle (involuntary muscle) which forms the bulk of the uterus and is called the myometrium, and the inner lining of the uterus- called the endometrium. Both these parts of the uterus are under the influence of the female hormones- estrogen and progesterone. From puberty to menopause these hormones cause the uterus to enlarge and prime it for its ultimate function- conception or pregnancy. The endometrium undergoes cyclical changes under the influence of estrogen and progesterone. The estrogenic effect causes the endometrium to thicken (called the proliferative phase) whilst progesterone causes the secretory phase. In the absence of pregnancy, the endometrium is shed during the menstrual phase of the female cycle. The myometrium or the muscular wall of the uterus also undergoes similar cyclical changes. It has been found that unfavorable estrogen metabolism is often the cause for most uterine pathologies. This means that the bad form of estrogen (16-hydroxy estrogen) dominates in many women with poor production of good estrogen (2-hydroxy estrogen). This imbalance of bad estrogen is the cause of diseases of the uterus like DUB or dysfunctional uterine bleeding, endometriosis and uterine cancer. Extensive work by Dr. Michael Zeligs and his team have shown that the use of Diindolylmethane in small amounts can reverse this trend of estrogen dominance. They advocate the increased consumption of cruciferous vegetables as a means of countering the negative effects of bad estrogen on the uterus. In addition, where required, they recommend the use of Diindolylmethane supplements to prevent uterine diseases.

So when is this Diindolylmethane required? The period when women are most susceptible to uterine diseases like painful menses, fibroids (uterine muscle benign tumors) and cancers is during middle age. This is the period from 30 to 50, when Diindolylmethane supplementation is most effective. Given in the dose from 150 to 300 mg. once or twice daily is found to be useful in controlling and preventing many of these conditions. Along with Diindolylmethane , the use of soy isoflavones is also found to be useful. Diindolylmethane is found to cause the death of cancer cells in some women and in others, to prevent the spread of uterine cancer. In most women, Diindolylmethane is effective in controlling the symptoms of painful menses and fibroids.

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Liver Gallbladder Flush: Body Rejuvenation and Cleansing Lesson 1

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The Liver Gallbladder Flush has been of benefit to many, but remains a controversial topic. Hopefully, this lesson will provide some additional insight.

The standard Liver/Gallbladder Flush is done over a two day period. Some people consume lots of apple juice for up to a week prior to this also.

The items required for this cleanse are Epsom salts, grapefruit juice, olive oil, and the following plan. These items are readily available. Some people use lemon juice instead of the grapefruit juice, but I find the grapefruit juice goes down better.

If applicable, Monday to Saturday noon drink pure, unfiltered apple juice – as much as you can consume, with meals and in between. It should be at room temperature or heated, but not cold. (You can skip this part and still achieve good results)

Apple juice contains malic acid, and it is ‘reported’ that malic acid softens stones. Others suggest that it is the pectin in apples that helps to circulate and expel cholesterol and it is this effect that helps to soften stones in the biliary system. Apple pectin has been demonstrated to reduce blood cholesterol and increase cholesterol excretion in the stool within two weeks by eating the equivalent of two apples a day.

On Saturday (or any day where the following day is free), have lunch as you normally would.

Three hours after lunch (no food after lunch), dissolve 2 tablespoons of Epsom salts in three-quarters cup of water and drink it down. Follow this with a chaser of grapefruit juice to mask the taste, if desired. Plugging your nose while doing this can help. A different cathartic such as Citroma (magnesium citrate) can be used, but Epsom salts may be best because it helps relax bile ducts and valves.

For dinner, have half a grapefruit only.

At bedtime, take 1 cup of unrefined olive oil mixed (shaken, not stirred) with up to one cup of grapefruit juice (or a smaller quantity of lemon juice). This may be divided into 4 doses taken over an hour if desired. That makes it one-fourth (1/4) cup every 15 minutes. However, the more rapidly you can take it the better.  Using a straw and plugging your nose are helpful.

Go immediately to bed.  You may need assistance in going to sleep – try ornithine or melatonin before bed.

Lie on your right side, bend your right knee to your chest and hold for approximately 30 minutes. You can then lower your knee and proceed to sleep.

If you feel a bit nauseous when waking up, rest a bit until you feel better. If nausea persists, take tomato juice and sauerkraut juice mixed in equal parts, 1 tablespoon every 15 minutes.  When you get up, take 2 tablespoons of Epsom salts in three-quarters of a cup of water (or other cathartic), followed by grapefruit juice. This should be done 1-2 hours before breakfast.

After evacuation, the toilet bowl may contain many floating small green globs. This is normal.

Several flushes may need to be accomplished before symptoms such as allergies, bursitis and back pain are resolved.

Question: What are the stones composed of? Is it just the olive oil from the cleanse?

Answer: …”gallstones” typically passed during the liver flush are not really gallstones but simply soft complexes of mineral, olive oil and lemon juice produced within the digestive tract. [Murray M, Pizzorno J. Textbook of Natural Medicine Vol.1 and 2. Edinburgh: Harcourt Publishers, 1999]

Excerpt: “We conclude, therefore, that these green “stones” resulted from the action of gastric lipases on the simple and mixed triacylglycerols that make up olive oil, yielding long chain carboxylic acids (mainly oleic acid). This process was followed by saponification into large insoluble micelles of potassium carboxylates (lemon juice contains a high concentration of potassium) or “soap stones”.”[The Lancet, Volume 365, Number 9468 16 April 2005]

Does this mean that the Liver/Gallbladder cleanse is useless and that no stones are actually being removed? No, there have been cases where it seems obvious that actual stones have been passed – along with the green globs typically seen. There are just too many reports of real changes taking place after a series of these cleanses. Improved digestion, reduced allergic reactivity, less abdominal pain and just plain feeling better. I recommend these cleanses, but do inform users that much of what they see in the stool is made up primarily of the olive oil from the cleanse and bile.

If you are having a gall bladder attack, with the presence of stones, follow your doctor’s advice. Doing the Liver/Gallbladder Flush at this time may result in further pain. If ‘Wait and see . . .’ is the approach you are taking, you may do well to add beets to your diet in the mean time. Beets have a reputation for thinning the bile. This will reduce bile congestion and may help you through a crisis.

Diindolylmethane a Supplement for Breast Health

Biological Activities of 3,3'-Diindolylmethane

The female breast is a complex glandular structure whose primary function is the secretion of milk during lactation. During adult life the breast undergoes constant activity, especially under the influence of the hormones estrogen and progesterone. This action of the hormones causes cellular growth of breast tissues resulting in swelling. It is most pronounced during lactation (milk secretion) in adult life. In addition, environmental pollutants in the air, food and water assault the breast tissues. It is now believed that optimum breast health requires proper diet, exercise and sometimes, nutritional supplements. Among nutritional supplements, one of the most effective nutrients for breast health is Diindolylmethane or DIM.

What ails the female breast?

One of the main issues during the pubertal age to adult life is mastalgia or painful, tender breasts. This is often, if not entirely, due to improper estrogen metabolism. Current medical opinion is that the breast undergoes constant and repeated cycles of swelling and regression due to the changes of the menstrual cycles. This constant and repeated cycle results in swelling, edema and inflammatory changes which ultimately lead to conditions like fibrocystic breast disease. This disease is the culmination of repeated hormonal injury from the normal menstrual cycles. However, it is so widespread that this is at most considered a variation from the normal. However, left untreated and uncontrolled repeated hormonal injury can ultimately result in breast cancer. This is the reason for emphasizing adequate remedies for breast health in the form of nutritional supplements.

So, what can be done?

Diindolylmethane or DIM is now considered one of the best supplements for breast health. Diindolylmethane or DIM is found in cruciferous vegetables (cabbage, cauliflower, brussels sprouts and broccoli). Increased intake of these vegetables is associated with improved breast health. How does Diindolylmethane help? DIM is found to improve the metabolism of estrogen and cause increase in the production of good estrogen or 2-hydroxyestrone. This compound is said to protect the breast tissue from inflammatory changes and its long term effects. This includes protecting the breast from cancer and chronic inflammatory conditions like fibrocystic breast disease. In fact, research now suggests that Diindolylmethane or DIM is the most effective substance to produce favorable estrogen metabolism in the body.

Is Diindolylmethane or DIM sufficient from dietary intake?
Presently, Dr. Zeligs and others maintain that a small amount of supplements of DIM in the form of micro-encapsulated DIM capsules can be very useful in preventing cancer in post-menopausal women and protecting younger women from mastalgia or breast pain. The dose of 75 to 300 mg. of Diindolylmethane or DIM, taken daily is said to be sufficient in providing a protective health cover for the breast in both young adult and menopausal life. In addition to Diindolylmethane, current medical research suggests taking vitamin D and soy proteins. Supplements of these nutrients including elemental iodine are also found to be useful in conjunction with Diindolylmethane.

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Diindolylmethane and Prostate Health

Diindolylmethane or DIM has many beneficial effects on the human body. Diindolylmethane is a compound that is naturally present in certain vegetables of the cruciferous group including cabbages, cauliflower, broccoli and brussel sprouts. One of the organs on which Diindolylmethane has pronounced effects is the prostate in the male. Diindolylmethane also acts on the breast and uterus. Additionally it  helps slow the aging process, has antioxidant properties, protects the body from cancer, helps the immune function and also has significant anti-inflammatory functions. Perhaps, as more properties of this compound are discovered, the number of beneficial effects of Diindolylmethane will increase. Diindolylmethane has been found to cause a reduced risk of prostate cancers, in those who consume large amounts of DIM or Diindolylmethane containing vegetables. It can also serve to slow down or prevent the progress of benign prostatic hypertrophy in the elderly male patient.

So how does Diindolylmethane improve prostate health?

One mechanism by which Diindolylmethane does this is by improving estrogen and testosterone metabolism. Research has shown that healthy estrogen metabolism is important for prostate health. Here, studies have shown that healthy metabolism and increased production of 2-hydroxy-estrogen have positive effects in lowering the risk of prostate cancer in males. In fact, there has been a significant reduction of PSA levels in those consuming large amounts of Diindolylmethane rich foods. Diindolylmethane has been known to increase the production of 2-hydroxy-estrogen. When tested directly on prostate tissue, it was found to inhibit the production of PSA or prostate specific antigens. PSA is one of the main indicators of abnormality in the prostate and is a key marker for prostate carcinoma or cancer. Other studies show that men with under-active estrogen metabolism have high circulating levels of bad forms of estrogen which is also known to increase prostate gland volumes. One of the main findings of benign prostatic hypertrophy (BPH) is the swelling of the prostate in the elderly male with resultant increase in prostate volume. Thus Diindolylmethane has a positive effect in reducing two major illnesses of the prostate, namely BPH –the benign enlargement and also prostate cancer.

What is the effect on androgen receptors?

Studies by Dr. Zeligs and others have shown that Diindolylmethane also acts to reduce the activity of the androgen receptors of the prostate gland. These receptors cause the accumulation of androgens within the prostate tissue. This results in prostate cell enlargement, cell proliferation and also increased production of PSA. By reducing the activity of androgen receptors, DIM was found to have a three pronged effect on the prostate. This effect was most pronounced in prostate cancer cells.

Can Diindolylmethane taken from food be sufficient in treating and preventing prostate illness?

The answer is – to some extent consumption of Diindolylmethane rich foods can help. However, supplements of Diindolylmethane may be needed to have better action. Diindolylmethane is available in microencapsulated form and taken in the dose of 2 capsules (300mg/day) to help lower PSA levels in men with suspected prostate abnormalities.

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Diindolylmethane (DIM) and Aging

First what is aging?

Aging is the process by which changes take place (with the passage of time) in the bodies of humans, resulting in wrinkles, gray hair, slackness of muscles and ultimately in death. Aging is defined as a set of processes that result over a period of time in health deterioration and ultimately death. We all undergo aging as an undeniable part of life. However, we can prevent the acceleration of the process. Aging depends on multiple factors which determine the pace of the aging process. These include genetic factors, food, nutrients, medication, illnesses, environmental factors and lifestyle.  Among the most important factors which can be controlled are lifestyle and food. We all know that smoking tobacco, drugs, alcohol use accelerate the process by causing disease and increasing the chances of failing health. However, less known but equally important are consumption of the wrong foods and bad dietary practices. These result in inadequate intake of required nutrients and increased intake of sugars, carbohydrates etc. The result is lifestyle illnesses like diabetes, gastric and duodenal ulcers, obesity, heart disease stroke and even cancer. It is here that Diindolylmethane (DIM) plays an important role. Diindolylmethane (DIM) is an indole and an important substance called a phytonutrient that is found naturally in many vegetables like cabbage and cauliflower, brussel sprouts and broccoli. This chemical compound has a crucial role in slowing down the process of aging and reducing the health problems associated with it.

So how does DIM act to prevent aging?

Dr. Zeligs, who has done much work on the effects of Diindolylmethane (DIM) on aging has found that many of the body cells undergo long term inflammatory processes resulting in illnesses like diabetes, obesity and cancer. Certain food substances like Diindolylmethane (DIM) can help the body detect the inflamed cells and eliminate them, replacing them with healthy cells thus resulting in slowing of the aging process. Diindolylmethane (DIM) has powerful anti-inflammatory properties. Diindolylmethane (DIM) directs the body to produce cancer preventing chemicals like 2-hydroxy estrogens which have powerful anti-inflammatory properties. It also prevents the formation of inflammatory enzymes. Among the many factors provoking inflammation are, lack of exercise and high carbohydrate diets. Diindolylmethane (DIM), taken as a supplement can help prevent the accumulation of toxins acquired from pesticide rich food, plastics and other harmful chemicals. This is done by DIM acting as a catalyst for the elimination of such toxins from the body. Diindolylmethane (DIM) supplements can also help support antioxidant enzymes and suppress the activity of inflammatory receptors in body tissues. It has also been found that Diindolylmethane (DIM) prevents inflammation causing cytokine release from cells called macrophages in the body, again reducing inflammation and aging. It also acts to prevent diseases in the prostate, breast and uterus by its protective estrogenic effects.

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Psychological Aspects of Weight Loss and Life Change

If you are an information junkie you are not alone. It is way easier to read and learn than it is to take action.

That is where today’s e-book can really help you.  Of course the choice is yours, it can be just one more thing to read or you can decide to take it seriously and start making the changes in your diet that will lead to great health and a thinner body.

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Have a great day!

Jeff

The Analyst