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10 Health Benefits from Potassium

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Potassium is a very important mineral for the proper function of all cells, tissues, and organs in the human body.  It is also an electrolyte, a substance that conducts electricity in the body, along with sodium, chloride, calcium, and magnesium. Potassium is crucial to heart function and plays a key role in skeletal and smooth muscle contraction, making it important for normal digestive and muscular function. Potassium is one of the seven essential macro minerals, along with calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, sodium, chloride, and sulfur.

The Oregon State University recommends an intake of 4700 milligrams per day in adults. They also state that people do not get nearly the recommended amount daily. Humans use to consume a diet high in potassium, until recently with the increasing consumption of processed foods, which potassium is removed from, humans are not receiving the daily recommended amount. If you are eating a lot of processed foods, you may consider supplements, but always ask your doctor first.

Medical News Today says that for individuals with healthy kidneys, excess amounts of potassium are efficiently excreted in urine with no adverse side effects. There have been a small number of reports of potassium toxicity associated with an extremely high intake of potassium supplements. No potassium toxicity has ever been reported related to food consumption. Medical News today also stated that consuming too much potassium can be harmful to those whose kidneys are not fully functional. Some sports supplements and salt substitutes contain high levels of potassium, which have been linked to two cases of cardiac arrest. If your kidneys are unable to remove excess potassium from the blood, it could be fatal due to the effects of potassium on the heart.

A studies conducted at the Cardiac and Vascular Sciences, St George’s, University of London, Cranmer Terrace, London, UK., and the Temple University Hospital, Philadelphia, PA., state a diet rich in potassium has shown health benefits in lowering blood pressure in individuals with both raised blood pressure and average population blood pressure, increasing potassium intake reduces cardiovascular disease mortality. The study also stated that a high-potassium diet may also prevent or at least slow the progression of renal disease. Reduced serum potassium increases the risk of lethal ventricular arrhythmias in patients with ischemic heart disease, heart failure and left ventricular hypertrophy, and increasing potassium intake may prevent this. The best way to increase potassium intake is to increase the consumption of fruits and vegetables.

Bone Health – Studies on bone health have shown that a diet rich in potassium may play a role in preventing osteoporosis in an elderly woman.  A study showed that an increased potassium intake lowers urinary calcium excretion and plays an important role in the management of hypercalciuria and kidney stones and is likely to decrease the risk of osteoporosis

Hypokalemia – Having low potassium is called Hypokalemia, which includes weakness, lack of energy, muscle cramps, stomach disturbances, an irregular heartbeat, and an abnormal EKG (electrocardiogram, a test that measures heart function). Hypokalemia usually happens when the body loses too much potassium in the urine or intestines.

Heart Disease – There have been studies in heart disease that have shown that people with a higher sodium-potassium ratio have a higher risk of heart disease.

IBD (Irritable Bowel Disease) – People with IBD (Ulcerative Colitis or Crohn Disease) often have trouble absorbing nutrients from their intestines, and may have low levels of potassium and other important nutrients. If are suffering from IBD, your doctor may recommend a supplement after checking your potassium levels.

Brain Function – UC Davis did a study showing that potassium channels play a key role in maintaining the electrical conductivity of the brain and dramatically affect brain function. And that brain cell activity is diminished when potassium channels are open. Closed channels lead to an increase in neuron excitability.

Electrolytes – Potassium has electrolytes which are great for keeping healthy levels of fluids in the body which is critical for your body to function. Electrolytes help to transmit electrical charges from the nervous system and brain.

Nervous System – Potassium helps to boost the efficiency of nerve reflexes that transmit a message from one body part to another.

Metabolism – Potassium helps the metabolic processing of various nutrients like fats and carbohydrates. Which means potassium is great at extracting the energy from the nutrients that are consumed.

Anxiety and Stress – Potassium can help regulate hormones in the body including stress hormones like cortisol and adrenaline.

Diabetes – Low serum potassium is strongly related to glucose intolerance, and increasing potassium intake may prevent the development of diabetes that occurs with prolonged treatment with thiazide diuretics.

Foods that are rich in potassium

Potato

Sweet potato

Avocado

Cantaloupe

Mushrooms

Beet greens

White beans

Tomatoes

Soybeans

Lima beans

Winter squash

Banana

Spinach

Yogurt, low fat, plain

Pear

Mango

Orange

Pistachio

Raisins

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Surprising Benefits of Cannabis in your Personal Care Products

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Cannabis is everywhere. From the pot shops, beauty products, concentrate, vaping, beverages, sublingual, topical, cannabis capsules and more. It is difficult to know what you will benefit from if your beauty products have cannabis in them.

The good news is you cannot get high from these products or test positive on a drug test which is a good thing. A good example is Hemp lotion. It’s been around for many years and contains Hemp (which is a variety of cannabis sativa plant) and the active compounds from this plant are referred to as cannabinoids. Cannabinoids are chemical compounds secreted by cannabis flowers that provide relief to body symptoms including anorexia and cachexia that were seen in HIV/AIDS patients, neuropathic pain and spasticity in multiple sclerosis, nausea and vomiting with cancer chemotherapy, anxiety, and inflammation. Pretty remarkable!

There are over 80 different cannabinoids in marijuana, only a handful have been researched and are known to provide positive effects on the human body. THC (Molecule of tetrahydrocannabinol) and CBD (Cannabidiol) are 2 of these cannabinoids. The THC is a psychoactive (mind-altering ingredient) and CBD (nonpsychoactive). In the past 4 decades CBD in clinical studies at the Department of Pathology, Microbiology and Immunology, University of South Carolina, School of Medicine, Columbia, have shown promise in:

  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Antioxidant
  • Antidepressant
  • Analgesic
  • Anti-tumoral agent
  • Anti-psychotic
  • Anxiolytic
  • Neuroprotectants

So how does this work with our largest organ (skin) on our bodies? Above, I mentioned about cannabinoids, which have receptors that are the binding locations like THC. THC and CBD are phytocannabinoids and our bodies make versions of these compounds, known as endocannabinoids.

Then I asked myself, aren’t cannabinoid receptors only good for helping the central nervous system and the brain? Absolutely not! As a matter a fact, they are found in the skin, reproductive organs and the gut. Your skin takes a beating daily in the elements and your skin has specialized immune cells found in various skin layers that are called endocannabinoids and they engage with these immune cells to help control inflammatory response according to a study in Germany at Department of Dermatology, University Hospital Münster.

We know that Cannabis has anti-inflammatory and anti-aging benefits that are amazing for the skin. The skin has its own endocannabinoid system and cannabis as an anti-oxidant that helps to slow down aging and protects against free radicals.

I wanted to bring to your attention that there are many products out there for sale, but you can go online and find many tutorial sites such as the 2 links I listed below and make your own because there is new disturbing data that pesticide residues in legal cannabis products in Washington State have an approx. 84.6% contamination rate including potentially carcinogenic agents and neurotoxic agents.

Links:

Here is a link to inform you so more on organic gardening of cannabis.

http://herb.co/2016/03/21/definitive-guide-to-organic-marijuana/

 

I made my own lotion and lip balm and absolutely love them both.

http://www.the420shack.com/2011/12/super-healing-cannabis-skin-salve.html. http://www.the420shack.com/2016/05/cannabis-infused-lip-balm-recipe.html

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Healthy alternatives for anxiety

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Anxiety is suffered by millions of people in day to day activities. Having an anxiety attack is embarrassing. It’s a normal response when the body is stressed or a feeling of being in a dangerous situation. Most people are either treated by psychotherapy or taking medications prescribed to us. But do we want to keep taking these drugs all of our lives?

There are some alternatives you can try:

Diet

  • Foods high in B vitamins
  • Dairy and other foods high in calcium
  • Magnesium rich foods
  • Omega-3 fatty acids

 

The Mayo clinic suggests:

Keep physically active. Stay physically active most days of the week by getting into a routine. Exercise can improve your mood and help you stay healthy. Start out slowly and gradually increase the amount and intensity of your activities.

  • Avoid alcohol – Alcohol is actually a stimulant with lots of sugar, which increases anxiety.
  • Quit smoking and cut back or quit drinking coffee – Both nicotine and caffeine can worsen anxiety by making you more anxious.
  • Use relaxation techniques – You can use visualization techniques, meditation, and yoga.
  • Make sleep a priority. Do what you can to make sure you’re getting enough sleep to feel rested.
  • Eat healthy

Alternative methods:

  • Kava
  • Valerian Root
  • Passionflower
  • Theanine

Before taking herbal remedies or supplements, talk to your doctor to make sure they’re safe and won’t interact with any medications you take.

Support

  • If given a treatment plan, stick to it. It will help in the long run.
  • When you feel an attack coming on, go for a run or brisk walk.
  • Go out and socialize and don’t become isolated.
  • Don’t dwell on past concerns.
  • Join a support group whether it’s online or in your community.