Natural Health Remedies: Your Health Comes First

When you were born, you were gifted with a body. Whether you like it or not, your body is what you will have in this lifetime. Your body is your partner in fulfilling your mission, in co-creating, in actualizing your goals and dreams. Your body is the one that allows you to experience pleasure or pain.

You and I have a choice. We can choose to love and take care of our body or hate, abuse, hurt and do things to harm it. What choices have we made?

Let’s face it, nobody wants to be sick. Consciously, we don’t want to be sick. Have you ever wondered why some of us choose habits that are not in alignment to taking care of ourselves? What would it take for a person to decide to walk the path to good health?

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When I attended a health seminar, the speaker told us to avoid certain foods sharing to us information that made us cringe. Here are the different reactions I overheard afterwards.

“It’s okay; I don’t eat those foods often just once in awhile.”

“That’s exactly why I don’t attend seminars like these. There’s nothing to eat anymore!”

“She says this drink is pesticide? Why is it allowed in the market? I don’t believe her.”

“I was inspired. I want to grow old graciously and healthy too.”

“Gosh, I never knew I was eating so much unhealthy food. A change of lifestyle is what I need.”

Which among these lines can you hear yourself say?

The first secret to health is being able to picture yourself healthy and strong even up to your old age.

The First Secret to Good Health

As I said, the choice is really up to you. I was among those who was inspired to grow old graciously and healthy. With that in my mind and heart, I made a lifestyle change. The first secret to health is being able to picture yourself healthy and strong even up to your old age. If this is what you deeply want, creating new habits became easier. Why? I was no longer forced. Nobody was pointing a gun in my head to change. I wanted to do it because I want my body to be fully functioning until I turn old and gray. Like the speaker, I wanted to have energy and vigour to live all the days of my life.

What is your choice?

Natural Health Remedies is a huge topic with different remedies for specific illnesses. But I won’t go into that. Rather I’d like to stress that natural health remedies start with taking care of our bodies before illness appear. I am going to share six things to start your way to good health using natural means.

Toxic wastes must be removed from our body regularly because if they remain in the body it will cause all sorts of diseases.

Did you know that our body is full of toxic wastes and that they should be removed regularly?

I was assisting in the kitchen when I noticed that the sink was filled with water and the drainage seemed not to be working. So I asked our maid if they had been throwing leftover food into the sink. She vehemently denied such an action. When my brother came home, he inspected the sink and told the maid to open the cabinet below and removed the pipe. Lo and behold, there were a lot of food stuck in the pipe. The maid was new so perhaps it was true that she didn’t dump the wastes into the sink. But the previous maids probably had.

This goes for our bodies as well. Every day we eat food and since the time we were born, we have been ingesting all sorts of food from healthy to unhealthy ones. If we do inspect our digestive tract, it is certain that it will be filled with toxic wastes. These wastes must be removed regularly because if they remain in the body it will cause all sorts of diseases.

There are many ways to remove wastes. You can use a detox regimen, colon cleanse, sweat baths, saunas and exercise. How to Get Rid of Toxins in the Body in Inexpensive Ways is an article I wrote to help you get rid of toxins in the body.

Also, for a couple of months now, I have been using the small native lime or what we call "lemonsito," squeezing 15-20 pcs in a small glass and drink it an hour before breakfast. Remember there should be no sugar, no water, just plain lemonsito.

Change your diet by eating more alkaline producing food such as vegetables and fruits, you will be able to strengthen your immune system.

Did you know that too much acid in your body can weaken your immune system?

Research has shown that it is important to maintain the correct acid and alkaline balance in the body. Too much acid or too little of it is also harmful and can result to illnesses. At the same, these studies also show that lack of alkaline in the body will also bring about disease and even death.

How much acid or alkaline should our bodies have? Our bodies must be 80 percent alkaline and 20 percent acidic.

Here is a list of some common food that is alkaline or acid producing:

Alkaline
Acidic
Avocado
Beef
Unripe banana
Cake
Fresh corn
Pork
Garlic
Ripe banana
Pine nuts
Oatmeal
Tomatoes
Pistachio
Almond
All cereals
Potatoes
Soda crackers
Cilantro
Tuna
Carrots
Chocolate
Okra
Coffee
Olive oil
Peanuts or peanut butter
Celery
Eggs and all dairy products
Fresh cabbage
Freshwater fish
Fresh cucumber
Canned foods

If you change your diet by eating more alkaline producing food such as vegetables and fruits, you are able to strengthen your immune system. This is something that struck me; it is harder for cancer to thrive in an alkaline body.

Also, be sure to note that too much of alkaline is just as harmful as too much acidic food. Maintain the 80-20 alkaline-acid balance.

People who have heart problems seem to have problems with constipation too and the other way around. Solve your irregular bowel movement problem for a healthier you.

Did you know that if you don’t move your bowel frequently, you are likely to have diseases?

Experts of bowel management have established a connection between constipation and degenerative diseases like heart disorder, tumor and cancer. People who have heart problems seem to have problems with constipation too and the other way around.

How?

Be sure to eat lots of vegetables and fruits because these have natural fibers in them. I also noticed that when I did the flushing activity, my bowel movement has become regular. With regular bowel movement, the colon is clean and makes it possible to purify your whole body from your blood, to liver, kidney and brain to your entire body. Isn’t that something worthwhile to achieve?

Our bodies need constant nourishment in order to be in tip top shape.

Did you know that aside from eating nutritious food you also need to nourish it in other ways?

Every twice a year, my car goes to the car shop to have change of oil. My brother insists I do not forget this as to maintain the car in good condition. Likewise, our bodies need constant nourishment in order to be in tip top shape. Here are the four basic things we must incorporate into our routines.

  • Exercise: I started gaining weight in the middle when I started writing online. When I arrive home from work, I would rush to the computer. There was no more opportunity for my body to engage in any kind of movement. My hands and brain were the only ones moving. So with my decision to change lifestyle, I got a calendar and checked the days when I had physical activity. They range from walking, tai chi, yoga, aerobic or belly dancing and biking. Seeing the check marks made me feel good and inspired me to do more.
  • Breathe in oxygen: Just like the plants need carbon dioxide our bodies need oxygen. Otherwise you feel lethargic all the time. Straighten your back, learn what the proper posture is and do deep breathing regularly.
  • Get a dose of sunlight: Our bodies and eyes need a dose of sunlight.If you stay in an air-conditioned office day in and day out, take time to go out especially in the early morning.Sunlight helps your body produce vitamin D.
  • Sleep well: Did you know that healing takes place when we are asleep?So it is very important to have a sufficient amount of sleep as well a restful one.So release your thoughts by doing deep breathing before you sleep and make sure you get enough of it.

If you want to be healthy, you have to release pent up negative emotions as this can lead to physical and mental stress.

Did you know that negative emotions can also make you sick?

No matter how much you eat good food but if you experience a lot of negative emotions, this can also lead to illness. Negative emotions like anger, resentment and unworthiness also causes diseases. If you want to be healthy, you have to release pent up negative emotions as this can lead to physical and mental stress.

  • Thump your sternum: When a person undergoes stress, the thymus shrinks. So thump your sternum that is located in between the breasts three or four times. Also, another way to strengthen your thymus gland is to smile and laugh with joy.
  • Put the tip of your tongue to the roof of the center of your upper palate. Do deep breathing while you release the mental chatter and stress.
  • Listen to good music.This activates the thymus gland and improves health and well-being.

The fate of your health largely depends on you.I urge you to continue to learn the natural ways to live a healthier lifestyle.And let’s grow old together happy, healthy and graciously.

BY: Michelle Simtoco

Source: Health Comes First A Practical Guide, Jesucita Lao Sodusta, Ph.D.

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dinkan53 4 years ago from India

Our health should be first and foremost on our list of priorities, for without our health... nothing else will follow. So, I hope we will start to pay a bit more attention to ourselves. Thanks for the list of foods, as to stay healthy you have to stay alkaline. Praying for strength, good health and happiness for all. Rated up and shared!


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ripplemaker 4 years ago from Cebu, Philippines Author

Thank you dinkan! :D


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mts1098 4 years ago from InsideTheManCave

I like your approach here and agree that the choice is ours...I will have to read your toxic cleansing hub to ensure I rid myself of the junk...great job...cheers and thanks


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Kaili Bisson 4 years ago from Canada

Hi ripplemaker, this article is packed with great info. Thank you so much for putting this together!


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sandrabusby 4 years ago from Tuscaloosa, Alabama, USA

Thanks for your hub, very comprehensive and informtive. We all need to br reminded. Thanks for SHARING.


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ripplemaker 4 years ago from Cebu, Philippines Author

Thank you guys for coming over and commenting. I realized that the more I learn how to take care of myself, the more excited I am about life. So to your good health, blessings. :)


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billybuc 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

Lots of interesting information here and a great message! Well done hub!


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Redberry Sky 4 years ago

Really motivational Hub :) I already eat healthily, with lots of fruit and veggies, but sometimes it's *really* hard to ignore that box of chocolates on the kitchen table ... but you're absolutely right. Each of us only gets one body and it's our own responsibility to look after it. Thanks for the motivation - I'm putting the chocolates in the cupboard! :)


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ripplemaker 4 years ago from Cebu, Philippines Author

Redberry, we also need acidic food so once in awhile I do eat chocolates too hehehe just not the whole box at one time ;)


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VioletSun 4 years ago from Oregon/ Name: Marie

My friend, what a super informative hub you wrote! One that I can come back and read. I like your list of alkaline and acid foods. Also I had no idea about thumping the sternum or that the thymus shrinks, good to know! I tested my PH level a few days ago (purchased PH strips) and it's leaning towards alkaline but need to increase the more. And yes, we need to detox regularly, I see as a bath for the body. :)


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Terry27 4 years ago from The Place Called Love

Michelle, thank you for writing this very important hub. I am studying nutrition and you've hit the nail on the head with everything you mentioned. It is amazing how what we eat affects us on mulitple levels, including our emotional state. Our thoughts and emotional state can also affect our body. I recently learned that exercise is very important for flushing out our lymphatic system. If we don't move our bodies, our lymphatic system becomes stagnant. It is quite amazing that we have so many great ways to bring about health and well-being. What you have shared here, Michelle, will help out a great many. Thank you, my friend. :)


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aviannovice 4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

Definitely the secret to healthy living. Drink plenty of water and keep away from high fructose corn syrup. I know young kids that only eat organic food.


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teaches12345 4 years ago

This really motivates me to keep eating healthy. I feel like I've been to a health seminar. Great job on listing natural remedies, I especially like your chart on the foods that cause acidic build-up.


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ripplemaker 4 years ago from Cebu, Philippines Author

Marie, that is great that you got to test your ph level. This was great information for me too and I am happy to pass it on. :)

Terry, I must consult you with regards to nutrition :D I would love to know more about it. There are indeed many ways to help us attain good health and having friends like you guys surely help. Thanks so much!


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ripplemaker 4 years ago from Cebu, Philippines Author

mts1098: Thanks so much. I am smiling because there was a time I totally forgot the choice is indeed mine. :)

Kaili Bisson , sandrabusby, billybuc: Thanks!

aviannovice: I agree about drinking lots of water. After all I am a water girl hehe

teaches12345: Diana, your comment made me grin. Thanks for attending the health seminar? LOL


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Ruby H Rose 4 years ago from Northwest Washington on an Island

Wow, this is great, thanks! We have to eat right, period. Great hub with LOTS of useful information. I like that we have to picture ourselves healthy first, nice.


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ripplemaker 4 years ago from Cebu, Philippines Author

Ruby, it's so true, if we can picture ourselves healthy, it starts there. :) Thank you for the enthusiasm! Love your energy :)


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girishpuri 4 years ago from NCR , INDIA

very much useful share and knowing the ph values of various eatables is again an addition for good health, thanks, useful hub.


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vocalcoach 4 years ago from Nashville Tn.

My goodness Michelle, this is the best hub! I love it! I totally resonated with "Your body is your partner in fulfilling your mission." You should copywright that. So true.

There is so much "meat" (forgive me for using that bad word) in this marvelous hub. I'd like to read it every day because it is so inspiring.

Being a veg-head I get alot of flack from some people (although those same folks are now eating much less meat and much more veggies and fruits.)

Your suggestion on writing down the exercises is a needed action for me to do. I just can't thank you enough for writing this. Voted across and will share!


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BlissfulWriter 4 years ago

We have to give the body the raw ingredients and nutrients that it needs for it own inherent healing system. And we need to help it remove the toxins -- including emotional toxins.


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poojasd7 4 years ago from India

very useful tips. I concur to whatever you said about toxic. The link you have given for detoxifying is not opening.


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Kristine Manley 4 years ago from Atlanta, GA

What great information. I love fruits and veggies, and I juice fresh fruits and veggies daily. Thumping the sternum is new and I'll try that. I don't have an issue with constipation - LOL!


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ripplemaker 4 years ago from Cebu, Philippines Author

girishpuri : glad you found this useful, thanks!


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ripplemaker 4 years ago from Cebu, Philippines Author

vocalcoach: Hahaha I love your enthusiasm and you had me smiling! Thanks so much. I just finished an hour of walking and happily placed a check mark on my calendar. :) Thank you for your encouragement and joy. I accept it with gladness. Blessings :)

Blissful writer: So true... :)

poojasd7 : Thank you for informing me about the link. I wonder why it got broken...I fixed it already. Thanks!

Kristine Manley: If you eat a lot of fruits and veggies, that's why you don't have constipation. Good for you! And yes try the thumping of the sternum :)


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missolive 4 years ago from Texas

ripplemaker, AMAZING hub! You give very sound and clinically proven advice here. We should really be more in tune with our bodies and take great care of how we treat it. Rest, water, exercise, sunlight and eating right are so important and you have described it beautifully. I'm going to focus more on your tips for the thymus - thump thump thump

Blessings to you!


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ripplemaker 4 years ago from Cebu, Philippines Author

missolive, nice to hear from you! Yes we should be more in tune with our bodies so we could take care of it. :) A few thymus thumps does help! LOL Have a blessed day to you!


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Bee-Bee's World 4 years ago from NW Arkansas

I really needed to read this right now. I've been dealing with some health issues for the first time in my life. At 52, I realize I have to make changes. Everything I just read in your Hub was spot on and made me so excited to start moving forward in improving my physical and emotional health. I'd love to find a seminar like you attended. Thank you ripplemaker. This was so helpful.


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jcevans2009 4 years ago from Boise, ID

What a wealth of information! I especially relate to gaining weight after starting to write online. :) Thanks for this reminder that we have the power to make choices about our health.


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Dina G 4 years ago from New York

Thankyou for this hub. I have been researching natural health remedies to help with my own health issues. This was very informative.


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joanwz 4 years ago from Katy, Texas

THank you so much for these helpful suffestions. Some of them are going to help me out considerably.


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philliden 4 years ago

This is a very organized hub and contains important information. I like how you separate the acidic and alkaline foods. I am an advocate of organic foods and I find this work ultimately useful. Thank you for this. Voted up!


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Prakash Dighe 4 years ago from Dallas, Texas, USA

Great hub with some very useful information. Voted up!


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KimberlyLake 4 years ago from California

Great information and well written. Thanks For Sharing!


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ronny2005 4 years ago from HubPages

Great Hub! shared with followers.


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Natashalh 4 years ago from Hawaii

I've heard some people say that some foods that are intrensically acidic become alkaline in the body. Have you ever heard of that? It sounds weird to me.


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Free2writ3 4 years ago from Sharon Hill, Pennsylvania

Wow!! Great info!


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ripplemaker 4 years ago from Cebu, Philippines Author

Natashalh: Yes that is true. Take for instance the native lemon that we have. It is acidic right? But if you take it plain without water, no sugar, it becomes alkaline in the body. So that is what I am taking right now every morning. :)

Bee-Bee's World: I hope you find a seminar like I attended. It was filled with a wealth of information indeed. To your health. :)

To everyone, thank you so much for reading and commenting. I wish you good health by making the right choices every day. God bless you all. ")


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OpinionatedMan 4 years ago

I endeavor to avoid anything hydrogenated, anything with any kind of syrup, all forms of soy, and anything with corn. (Seemingly impossible to accomplish.) Generally, foods without these ingredients tend to also be lower in chemical additives.

I'm an advocate of blueberries and black berries, asparagus (at least for men), cinnamon, honey, cumin (especially for people of Mediterranean descent), and yogurt (plain, nothing added, not diet).

I'd like to put only organic foods in me; the problem is that nothing is truly wholly organic any more (actually, its tough to even come close).

As eluded to above, people who try to lose weight (or try to quit smoking), have encoded their destiny to failure; people who decide to lose weight (or quit smoking), have plowed a path to success.


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livingabroad 4 years ago from Wales, UK

Great advice but surely squeezing 20 limes into a glass then drinking them will mess with the acidic/alkaline balance in your body? Do you then have to eat 2kgs of cabbage after the lime juice to neutralise yourself?!

Great hub, up, interesting and SHARING!


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ripplemaker 4 years ago from Cebu, Philippines Author

livingabroad, it will not. Remember no food intake after you drink it at least for an hour. Thanks for sharing.

OpinionatedMan: thanks for sharing your thoughts and health habits. Blessings!


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MoniqueRM 4 years ago from Alpharetta, GA

What a great hub Michelle! This information is a great reminder for us all. Of course one day we will all die, but the health choices we make determine HOW we will age and whether we will live long due to the assistance of prescription drugs, or natural health. A great site I often use to cure ailments naturally and learn about others' remedies is earthclinic.com. Check it out sometime!


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jennzie 4 years ago from Lower Bucks County, PA

I didn't know about the alkaline versus acidic foods. Very informative hub with great tips. Voted up and useful, as well as shared.


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Highvoltagewriter 4 years ago from Savannah GA.

well done, this hub has been very informative, thanks!


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ripplemaker 4 years ago from Cebu, Philippines Author

MoniqueRM: Oh that is cool, thank you for sharing the site. I will check it out. Thanks for sharing that info. Blessings :)

jennzie and highvoltagewriter, thanks too!


Ausseye 4 years ago

Hi Ripper. Means a beautiful person where I come from. Mind you must tell you about the "Big Rip" just after the "Big Bang" will change your universe. Thought provoking and stimulating and yes “ food for thought”. You might get some interesting ideas from a recent researcher who is targeting “aging and how we move forward “ as she has some great facts to throw at the topic of aging, seems the honey bees have been talking to her!!! But it’s got me tossed why a “cancer drug” should boost our bodies to exceptional levels of health???2012 Graeme Clark Oration: Forever Young? Delivered by Professor Dame Linda Partridge


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Daddy Paul 4 years ago from Michigan

"it is harder for cancer to thrive in an alkaline body" As an engineer I have been trained to observe cause and effect. I am convinced that you are correct. That and a lack of fiber and exercise lead to cancer as well as a host of other health issues.


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newusedcarssacram 4 years ago from Sacramento, CA, U.S.A

great information on healthy diet...thanks for the post...


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intriguewriter 4 years ago from worldwide

great article I am a lover of natural remedies. I prefer them over so called conventional medicine. thanks for the post, I am bookmarking it.


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ripplemaker 4 years ago from Cebu, Philippines Author

Thanks guys for reading and commenting. To your good health :)


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Better Yourself 4 years ago from North Carolina

Thanks for sharing your knowledge on health - the stress relieving tricks I've already tested in the course of reading the article and they worked. And I didn't know about the alkaline/acidic foods and this actually makes sense now that I process what I have been eating. What a great hub - I look forward to reading more of your articles!


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Peter Geekie 4 years ago from Sittingbourne

Dear ripplemaker

Thank you for a well researched and informative article.

Eating the right food to suit your bodies metabolism is vitally important and your article will help many.

Kind regards Peter


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Rusticliving 4 years ago from California

Hi Michelle,

This hub is wonderful! I love all the important foods listed to keep our bodies and minds in tune. Thank you for sharing. Thumbs up and very much shared. Lisa


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carol7777 4 years ago from Arizona

Being a seeker of good health I really enjoy your hub. You have so many good ideas. Keeping the balance is not easy. I guess if you eat a lot of produce and keep in mind the ones high in alkali it will work. So many healthy foods are acidic....I know this is important as I have read and written about it before. But you did a great job in covering all aspects. Thanks for a great hub. Thumbs up.


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sgbrown 4 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

Eating healthy is one of the main reasons I enjoy gardening so much. We eat a wide variety of fresh vegetables from our garden. I am canning more and more of our vegetables so we have them all winter long and have enough to share with our children and their families. My husband hunts and fishes, so we have a lot of low fat meat in the freezer. You have a lot of good advice here. Voting this up and useful!


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naimishika 4 years ago from India

Nice hub about Health Issues. I like the topic Natural remedies.


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ripplemaker 4 years ago from Cebu, Philippines Author

I am delighted with all of your comments and appreciate each one of you. I am getting bits and pieces of information from your experiences and am learning the different ways we are taking care of our health. Thanks so much! I am grateful. :)


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SapientMaster 4 years ago from Quincy, MA

I liked your article. But one fact is completely incorrect. Your body's pH balance cannot be changed. I wish it could be changed to be more alkaline so that cancer would not grow in our bodies.


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ripplemaker 4 years ago from Cebu, Philippines Author

Hi SapienMaster, the doctor who shared her research with us says that by eating more alkaline food, you can help your body be more alkaline. She was a thyroid cancer survivor and by changing her diet, she is now seventy one years old, full of life and vigor... and cancer free! And because I saw her with my own eyes, I was inspired. She also wasn't trying to sell any medicine or supplements. She just wanted to empower us to use the gift of nature to help us lead better lives. While some people may not believe in this, that's okay. :) Blessings.


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dianetrotter 4 years ago from Fontana

I almost didn't read it. That would have been my loss. Thank you!


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violetta77 4 years ago

Hi everyone!

Interesting post. Very useful.

Keep going!


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CyberShelley 4 years ago

What a wonderful interesting hub. A wealth of information that helps in so many areas. Ripplemaker you have done wonders. Up, interesting and useful.


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dianetrotter 4 years ago from Fontana

I find it easier to eat fruit. When I make salads, I add as much color as possible. It is most difficult for me to get the number of vegetables I should eat.


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ripplemaker 4 years ago from Cebu, Philippines Author

Thank you everyone :) To your health...


SapientMaster 4 years ago

I am dying of cancer - Leiomyosarcoma and my oncologist Dr. Vinod Ravi at MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas stated that our bodies pH level cannot be changed. I read on another site about changing one's pH level and that is why I asked him. I really wish it could since my cancer is very aggressive and I will not be here in 2 years. As stated, you article is very helpful.


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Mellonyy 4 years ago

We have to remember to eat a balanced, varied diet, and eat sweets and foods. Following a healthy diet is something we must do for our entire life.Voted up and shared! Great hub! I also wrote on similar topic"Home remedies for nerves" and I follow you now.


Ausseye 4 years ago

Hi Rip: Professor Linda Partridge works on the biology of ageing. Her research is directed to understanding both how the rate of ageing evolves in nature and the mechanisms by which healthy lifespan can be extended in laboratory model organisms. Her work has focussed in particular on the role of nutrient-sensing pathways, such as the insulin/insulin-like growth factor signalling pathway, and on dietary restriction. Her current work is directed to developing pharmacological treatments that ameliorate the human ageing process to produce a broad-spectrum improvement in health during ageing.

She is the recipient of numerous awards, including giving the Royal Society Croonian Lecture in 2009 and a DBE for services to science. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society, the Academy of Medical Sciences, the European Academy of Sciences and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. She is the Director of the UCL Institute of Healthy Ageing, as well as founding director of the new Max Planck Institute for Biology of Ageing in Cologne.


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Johanna Baker 4 years ago from Christchurch, New Zealand

Very enlightening and well written hub. Very much appreciate this information and a timely reminder for me at 56 - I too would like to age in a healthy and active way. Thanks


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ripplemaker 4 years ago from Cebu, Philippines Author

SapientMaster, thank you for coming back to comment. I am so sorry to hear about your health. Gosh, I wish I could help. I don't know why you have been led to my hub but would it be okay to offer a healing prayer for you?


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Jennifer Stone 4 years ago from the Riverbank, England

Thank you for this information ripplemaker, I love the way it's presented and it kept me reading from beginning to end!

I lead quite a healthy lifestyle but now realise I'm mostly made up of acid... lol Definitely time to look at my diet! I also didn't know about the thymus gland... Voted up and all sorts, Jen


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SANJAYKG 4 years ago from India

Very informative hub. I am in habit of eating fried bakery products. I will try my best to come out of this habit.


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Johnkadu123 4 years ago from Toronto, Canada

Thanks for a great hub. I am preparing a hub on watermelon as a health food and your concepts have helped me a lot in my research. Great job. The only problem I find with alternative medicine is the lack of adequate research. That means that for the most part we are effectively searching around for solutions without getting concrete facts about the effectiveness of the medicine. Anyway thanks for the tips.


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kasseggs23 4 years ago from ireland

very interesting i love all the information.


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Sturgeonl 4 years ago

This is very informative and I appreciate the information about alkaline and acid levels in the body. It makes perfect sense! Voted up and awesome!


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ripplemaker 4 years ago from Cebu, Philippines Author

John, you are right about the research thing. That is why doctors hardly recommend alternative medicine because of the lack of research that is put out there. We were fortunate that the speaker in our seminar was someone who did a lot of research. She did come up with a book about it but a large part the natural remedies mentioned are our local plants -- this is also to help local folks who do not have funds to buy traditional medicine. The best way to health is still preventive. :)

I know of someone whose son had dengue last Friday. He was rushed to the hospital for low platelet count. It is well known here that there is a local plant (more like a weed actually) when boiled in water and the water is ingested will help the platelet rise to its normal levels. Because of lack of research, the doctor will not allow such a thing. So they had to secretly make him drink it. By afternoon, his platelet count went back to normal levels.

I also heard of other stories about some people using natural remedies and had caused them harm instead of good. I guess if not used correctly, it is also harmful. So I quite understand why doctors would not recommend such a thing.

I met a local doctor here who studied medicine and continued on to study Integrative Medicine in Reno Nevada USA. So with his background, I feel going into consultation with him is 'safe' because he knows traditional as well as integrative medicine. :)

Everyone, thank you so much for reading and commenting.


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tvpuram 4 years ago from India

Your reference on Thymus led me to refer its significance and found to be diminishing in adults. Please check up.


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FreezeFrame34 4 years ago from Charleston SC

We all need to put our health first. If not for us, then for our children, grandchildren, and future generations! Great Hub!


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ripplemaker 4 years ago from Cebu, Philippines Author

tvpuram, you are correct, the doctor told us that the role of the thymus still remains unrecognized in spite of modern research findings. In fact, the myth that the thymus is a useless endocrine glad persists. But she also shared a research finding in 1980 when a case of a young man who was in coma because of severe pneumonia. His T cells count was one fifth the normal level. Everyone thought he was going to die. When he was injected with thymus extract, within 24 hours the whole process was reversed. So it may be true to some or it may not be true for others. But as long as you keep happy and be joyful and if you like, thump your sternum when you are stressed, I am sure it will be beneficial to your health. Cheers!


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ripplemaker 4 years ago from Cebu, Philippines Author

Thank you to all who visited this hub to share notes and thoughts. I appreciate it a lot. Love and blessings!


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offTheTracks 4 years ago

Yes. I have made a change and started eating a lot more fruit, about 5-7 pieces a day. I have more energy and have regular and easy movements! I feel great! There are times when I don't get enough sleep, I stay up late lol, but the fruit I eat gets me through the day 100 times better than caffeine! No crash! It's great! Cheers to good health!


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counting sheep 4 years ago

Thank you for all of this advice! I have never come across the "Thump your sternum" before but that is going to be the first thing I try the next time I get stressed out! What a great suggestion!


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ripplemaker 4 years ago from Cebu, Philippines Author

Feeling lighter and with more energy is such a good thing, isn't it?

And being happy while you give your sternum a few thumps works as well! :D Thanks to you both for commenting!


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mismazda 4 years ago from a southern georgia peach

Oh my..I so loved this hub, and it was well written. Some things that really caught my attention was getting rid of negative thoughts, laughing more, and getting outside more. I really need to take these things into heavy consideration, as well as, making better food choices. Again, great hub...:)


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whynot1 4 years ago

Wow! Excellent information! Great hub!


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Lightshare 4 years ago

Hai ripplemaker, Good information shared. Thankyou


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alec50 4 years ago from St.neots Manchester UK, Wuhan

Fantastic information. I will take note! :)


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RebuildingJobs 4 years ago from USA

Good info.


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Peggy W 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

Hi Michelle,

Fantastic article about the many things we should all consider doing in order to maintain health. I really liked your chart of alkaline and acid foods. It is very helpful! As we have all probably heard since the time we were little..."eat your veggies." This just proves it! Voted up, interesting, useful and will share. Thanks!


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ripplemaker 4 years ago from Cebu, Philippines Author

Peggy, glad you found the acid-alkaline food helpful. Thanks for sharing :D


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Peter Geekie 4 years ago from Sittingbourne

Thank you ripplemaker

A well researched and written article on an important subject. There is so much we can do at no cost to maintain our body.

Kind regards Peter


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healthylife2 4 years ago from Connecticut, USA

Very useful! I didn't know stress causes the thymus to shrink. Those are great exercises to reduce stress. It takes enormous effort and research to be healthy in a society filled with processed foods and cosmetics and skincare products full of chemicals.


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glorgeousmom 4 years ago from Philippines

Thank you ripplemaker for the load of helpful information. Like you, I also desire to enjoy and live my life in a healthy and gracious way. Voted up!


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alphonse george 4 years ago from Kerala,India

Great hub and very useful information about the cancer.

Thanks a lot.


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faithlove40 4 years ago from Salem, Oregon

Great Hub and so informative!!! I cant wait to share this with my family as we are always looking to improve our health and incorporate changes that will make us stronger... thank you, thank you, thank you!!!


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richlifetools 4 years ago from UK

Very informative and useful hub :)


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ripplemaker 4 years ago from Cebu, Philippines Author

Thank you guys for reading and sharing. I wish you good health always... to our choices :D


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catmalone 4 years ago

Excellent hub with a lot of vital information. I am a firm believer if we feed our body the right foods we can prevent a lot of illnesses and live well.


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shara63 4 years ago from Delhi

thankyou, very useful post! ...gives a gud account of food and dos /donts to treasure our health!


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hubsy 4 years ago

I wrote a hub about natural health benefits of the beach. When I started reading your hub I thought they would be similar, but your suggestions involve more the body while mine obviously involved elements of the beach. This is extremely interesting to me and it's absolutely amazing that happiness affects health. Awesome hub.


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vespawoolf 4 years ago from Peru, South America

This gives me a lot to consider! I firmly believe cleansing is the basis of good health, but your tips on dealing with negative emotions and an over-acid system are so helpful. Thanks so much. Voted up and shared!


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ripplemaker 4 years ago from Cebu, Philippines Author

I continue to be amazed at the gift of our physical body and our health. Preventive is still the way to go. Thank you guys for commenting. Blessings :D


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ratnaveera 4 years ago from Cumbum

Great Hub! It will be certainly useful to keep our good health. I agree that drinking lemonsito one hour before breakfast will remove toxic wastes in our body. I love this Hub as I can learn a lot of useful health tips. Thank you so much ripplemaker for this Great article!


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annakardashian 4 years ago

It's a very interesting piece of information about health in general! I've learned something about alkaline and acid before. I learned just how important to balance the alkaline and acid intake in the body. After reading this, I have to admit I got more ideas. Good job!


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Josh Bell 4 years ago

Very interesting hub. Thanks for sharing!


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DRG Da Real Grinc 4 years ago from All over the USA

Thank you for this life enlightenment. I love to intake knowledge that I can apply asap when it pertains to health. Tweeted.


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carol7777 4 years ago from Arizona

Excellent hub on health. I really believe in the alkali theory and keeping the body in that state. You have lots of great and very serious ideas. If only people would follow this advice.


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jenbeach21 4 years ago from Orlando, FL

Thanks for hub! I found it very informative and the table on alkaline vs. acidic foods is very useful.


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artist101 4 years ago from Hobart,In

Good Job Mind, body, and spirit must be in alignment in order to heal.

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