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More News About “Excitotoxins”

I wanted to share this very interesting video with you. It may not be available after April 29, 2011. As you know artificial
sweetners and the potential dangers of using them is something that gets me on my soap-box because I am sensitive to them and
have had a couple of scary experiences when I unknowingly ingested food that contained an artificial sweetner. MSG, artificial
sweetners and many other food additives contain excitotoxins which can be very harmful to certain sensitive individuals and possibly others as well. This is a very informative video that will open you eyes to some of the dangers of food additives, etc.

I hope you enjoyed the video. To your good health!


April 17, 2011 Posted by | Tips For Natural Health | , , , , | Leave a comment

For Health’s Sake ~Eat Vegetables!

Vegetables Boost Our Health

Vegetables are loaded with nutrients.  They provide vitamins, A, C and E, folate, potassium, etc.  And they are high in fiber but low in calories.    Vegetables have photochemicals or antioxidants that help keep us healthy.  The FDA recently approved findings that eating cruciferous vegetables can help prevent cancer, heart disease, and most likely help keep cholesterol in check.   Cruciferous vegetables are from the cabbage family – vegetables such as cauliflower, broccli, rapini, bokchoy, etc.   A search of the internet can provide charts that show a break-down of the various cruciferous vegetables.

Some people “live to eat” ~ but it is healthier to program ourselves to “Eat to live”–And the more we eat healthy foods the sooner we loose the desire to eat what is unhealthy.  The lower we eat on the food chain (plants, fruits and vegetables) the healthier we become.    And it is common knowledge that when we are healthy the world looks a lot brighter.

I favor vegetables  from the  squash family and my very favorite is the Delicata squash.  It is creme color with green stripes and is often called the peanut squash.  (see photo above)  The Delicata is light, sweet and meaty and  it makes a delicious side dish for Thanksgiving dinner in lieu of sweet potatoes.   It has a thin skin, so it is easy to peel and needs little preparation.   Here is a quick recipe for – Baked Delicata.

1-2 Delicata squash –  Cut in half,  scrap out the seeds with a spoon – cut each piece in half again.

Melt 1/4 cup of butter – add brown sugar (amount will depend upon your taste)

Put three tablespoons of water in the baking dish and add the squash, cut side down. – Bake for 30-35  minutes in a 425 degree oven.   Remove from oven the last ten minutes – drain off the juices – turn the squash over and spoon the butter/brown sugar mixture over the squash – sprinkle with cinnamon (optional) and return to the oven for the last 10 minutes.  Serve on a pretty platter.  Don’t forget a festive garnish.   Your guests will rave about your cooking.

Another option is to add – a mixture of cranberries, chopped nuts and (cooked) maple sausage to prepared dressing mix and place in the Delicata pieces.  Bake in a 425 degree oven for 30-35 minutes.


To your vibrant health!

November 2, 2010 Posted by | Tips For Natural Health | , , , , , | Leave a comment

What we eat matters!

There is no time like the present to make that decision to change your lifestyle. A healthy lifestyle could add years to your life. Here is a great video that will reinforce what you probably already know. It is one of the best that I have seen in a while. I want to share it with you.

To your vibrant health!

April 4, 2010 Posted by | Tips For Natural Health | , , , | 2 Comments

Headache? Your body may be putting you on a water alert!

You are probably saying, well this is the craziest thing I have ever heard …but wait, read this article, and let me share an experience with you.

What I am about to share, has happened to me enough times, that I know it to be true in the case of my body. I have also read numerous reports about dehydration, and the body’s responses to the lack of water.

The other afternoon, I was working on several stressful projects when all of a sudden I developed this terrible headache, it was hurting down into my neck as well. I was feeling ill all over. But, knowing that sometimes this is a signal from my body that it is time for a nice glass of cool water, I decided to drink some water before taking any medication. So I stopped everything, drank a glass of nice cool water…and practiced being present. I remained still, in a light meditative state, and focused on my breathing. Well, within 10 to 15 minutes I felt fine…no more headache. Sometimes, I will experience my body’s cry for water as a pain in my leg, my face or just about any place on my body. Sometimes when my body is in need of hydration, my face will feel drawn or puffy.

I call water my miracle drug.

I have never been one to drink a lot of water. I am one of those individuals, who doesn’t feel thirsty as often as some of my peers. Oh, I know you are going to say…you have to drink 6 to 8, eight ounce glasses of water a day to keep your body hydrated. I am in agreement with that, for the most part, except that I personally know that is not the fact for yours truly. I eat a lot of fruits, enjoy my organic green tea with breakfast and a hot chocolate before bed. I drink water the first thing upon arising, in the morning. Then, I carry my Fuji water around with me during the day, and I take sips whether I feel thirsty or not. If I try to force myself to drink a lot of water, I do not feel well.

Of course, we all know that the body is made up of over 70% water, and our bodies need water for hydration and proper functioning of all bodily systems. Water helps us to enjoy a more beautiful complexion, nice hair, etc. When the body is properly hydrated it even deminishes many of the signs of aging (plumps up the skin) so long as we keep the body hydrated.

Check your ph balance often. You can check your saliva, or your urine to determine your ph level. You can puchase the kit at the drug store…just dip one of the strips in urine and follow the chart on the kit to determine the ph level. Checking your urine in the morning and evening is a good way to get an accurate reading. According to my research, if it is a nice clear, pale yellow color this is usually an indication that your body is properly hydrated. Strive for a ph level of from 7.5 to 7.1–and keep drinking that good water.

To your vibrant health!
Bobbi Henderson

May 28, 2009 Posted by | 1, Tips For Natural Health | , , , | 4 Comments

Managing Stress Naturally

We live in the greatest time in history, but we are bombarded with so many demands and expectations that it is impossible to totally eliminate the harmful stress from our lives. So it is important to be able to recognize stress and put it in the proper perspective so that we can properly deal with it.

Statistics show that many of the doctor visits every year are actually stress related.

Make this a great year. Practice stress management for a healthier, happier life for you and your loved ones.

Wishing you all the best.

Bobbi Henderson

January 11, 2009 Posted by | Tips For Natural Health | , , , | Leave a comment

Healthy Change is in the Air

Happy New Year!  Can’t you just feel all the excitement in the air?  Old ideas are falling away and most people are open and ready to welcome changes that will not only uplift but will create an atmosphere of goodwill.  Be your best this year….keep your body healthy and your energy up!

If you would like to learn how to have more healthy energy just click the link below for a message from Dr. Hyman.  Wishing you good health and vibrant energy.

January 4, 2009 Posted by | Tips For Natural Health | , , | Leave a comment

Do It With Music!

Our fast pace global society, offers all the bells and whistles to help us to do everything better, easier and faster; yet we are all stressed out, and seldom feel we have time to do the things that we would like.

Even though stress is normal, it can be very unhealthy, when we do not have an outlet for these pent up feelings.  One way, to help one deal with stress is listening to music, especially classical.  It is interesting, that most of us have been using music to release stress all of our lives, but we have not ever actually acknowledged this fact.

There are numerous studies that show the affects of music on everyday stress.  One finding, showed that music can lower or raise the heart rate, soothe the nerves or cause a headache, etc.  It all depends on the individual and their perspective.  What are they listening to and why?   I remember as a child I listened to rock and roll music because it I loved how it made me feel.  I could feel like the most beautiful girl in the world, experience feelings of fame and fortune, visit exotic places all in the time it took to listen to a song or instrumental. I could escape sounds and block out my mothers lectures.  I was the queen of my world, escaping the world of the adults in my life.  Very exciting times!

You can see how you can use music as a tool to help lower the stress levels in your life.  Try classical or light jazz.  But if you want to energize put on the old stuff from your teenage years and I think you will find as I have that you will experience a mood shift and feel energized.  One of the best ways to utilize music for stress, is to play a soft music with a beat just a bit slower than your heart beat and do a 10 to 20 minute meditation.  If you have never tried this, but you are an open minded person you are in for a pleasant surprise.

Make your day.  Do it with music!

November 19, 2008 Posted by | Tips For Natural Health | , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Is Laughter The Best Medicine?

The best things in life are still free.  Laughter, having fun and a good sense of humor all can lift the spirits and they’re free.  When we laugh our brain releases endorphines which make us feel good.  Endorphines are responsible for the runners high and they are the body’s natural pain killers. 

There are many theories as to why we laugh.  I would like to think it is because it makes us feel good.  It is stimulating yet it is relaxing.  It is almost like a yawn, once it begins you have to just follow through.

There is scientific proof (through clinical studies) that the effects of laughter actually boosts interferon levels, thus strengthening the immune system and accelerating the healing process.  So, in some cases  laughter has been known to fight off illness and disease. 

Laughter is said to:

  • Lower blood pressure
  • Reduce stress
  • Relax the body
  • Has a cleansing effect on the respiratory system
  • Strengthens immune system
  • Makes you forget pain

Norman Cousins who wrote the book  Anatomy of an Illness (a patients perspective) said “the belly laugh was like internal jogging.”  Belly laughing helps open the airways and enhances breathing.  Cousins had a degenerative disease of the connective tissue.  He suffered adverse reactions to his medications and with the OK from his doctor decided to try something else.  He checked into a hotel room, read humorous book, watched funny movies and laughed all day long. He received no medication but did receive a vitamin C shot everyday.  The book Anatomy of an Illness is about his experiences of laughing his way to health.   Of course there was some controversy as to whether or not he was properly diagnosed in the first place. 

From a personal perspective, I believe that laughing raises our vibrations and when we laugh we tend to be more positive and upbeat.  We feel uplifted.  Most of us know from personal experience that people who are upbeat and joyful are usually healthier than those who are always discussing their illnesses and feeling down.

Cousins said “death is not the greatest loss in life.  The greatest loss is what dies inside us while we live.”   We can keep our lives “alive” by being more comfortable with ourselves and allowing ourselves to enjoy more of those belly laughs.   It is OK to enjoy things in life and to take time to see the humor in everyday things.  Notice how you feel after a good laugh. 

We have only one life and it is far too short…so lets laugh a lot!

Do you have a comment or story you would like to share?  I love having your comments.





April 19, 2008 Posted by | Tips For Natural Health | , , , | Leave a comment

Stroke Smarts: Check it Out!

According to the American Heart Association stroke is one of the leading causes of long term disability and the third leading cause of death in the US.  There are many signs that a person may be having a stroke, but a lot of people do not know what signs to look for when this situation occurs.  The following is a list of the more obvious signs that I have learned through study, other individuals and various publications. Check with your doctor for a complete list of signs and symptons.

1.  Ask the person a question.  If they cannot answer or are confused. Check it out.

2.  Have the person stick out their tongue.  If it is curled to one side or in someway abnormal.  Check it out.

3.  Ask them to raise their arms up over their heads.  If they can’t.  Check it out.

4.  Difficulty walking or problems with balance.  Check it out.

5.  Unusual or severe headaches.  Check it out.

6.  Weakness and or numbness anywhere in the body.  Check it out.

7.  If you see blood coming from ears, nose, etc.  Check it out.

8.  They shut their eyes…light bothers them or difficulty with vision.  Check it out.

Check it out by calling 911 immediately! 

According to most statistics medical help within the first couple of hours after a stroke can mean life or death.  Symptoms vary depending upon the kind of stroke involved. 

My younger sister died from a hemorrhagic stroke when she was only 50 years old.  Her only symptom was a headache that would not go away.  While washing dishes she fell to the floor and within moments  lost consciousness.  The doctors operated but was unable to save her and within hours she was gone.

An earlier trip to emergency could have saved her life.

Do what ever you can to help to prevent strokes.  If you smoke…quit!  Get more exercise.  Just use common sense, watch your blood pressure, cholesterol, etc.  Every thing in moderation is the key. Check with your doctor for a complete list of things that you can do to help prevent a stroke.

Take good care of yourself.  I want you “my friend” to live a long, healthy and prosperous life.

To your health! 

I welcome your comments.  Please feel free to share a short story.  Please stay on subject.


April 16, 2008 Posted by | Tips For Natural Health | , , , , , | 5 Comments

Energy Boosting Gifts From Mother Nature

How is your energy around 3:00 in the afternoon?  That is about the time many adults feel the need for a cat nap.  Every cell in your body is crying out for just  a few moments of shut eye,  a quick meditation or something to raise your energy level. 

There are many foods that can give you a quick “pick me up” but the list will be different for different individuals.  The following are a few of my favorites that I have found to be energy boosters.

  • Beets
  • Celery
  • Slice of lemon
  • Olive oil
  • Carrots
  • Apples
  • Avocado
  • Nuts (Brazil & Walnuts)
  • Berries
  • Fiji water
  • Green tea
  • Black olives
  • Supplements  (made from whole foods)

Some of these can be combined for juicing.  Fresh, organic juice is a quick energizer for most people.  From my perspective it is the way mother nature intended it to be.  Also see post… Juicing “My Favorite Drink.”

March 16, 2008 Posted by | Tips For Natural Health | , , , | 4 Comments