Ginkgo Biloba is an herb made from a tree - one of the oldest living species in China. The leaves and seeds have been used in Chinese medicine for thousands of years.
It is the most purchased and studied of herbal medicines.
By improving muscle tone in the walls of the blood vessels, it enhances blood flow to our tissue and organs, creating many benefits:
improved cognition and attention; a greater ability to acquire knowledge; increased memory and concentration; may help with dementia; altitude sickness; PMS; age related eye disorders; an aphrodisiac; helps with hearing loss, thinking disorders such as Lyme disease and depression; Reynaud's disease; MS; reduced inflammation and decreased mood problems, as well as stress and anxiety levels.
Being an anti-oxidant, it fights off radicals and protects against cell damage.
Sometimes immediate results are seen.
There may be some side effects for people with blood circulation disorders, people who take anti-depressants, pregnant women and people with epilepsy or seizures.
Since ginkgo affects blood sugar levels, people with diabetes should be aware.
Because our society is so quick to use street drugs, prescription drugs, alcohol, cigarettes, sugar, junk food, processed foods, etc., to inflate or deflate our moods, the outcome from this junk entering our bodies, are the side effects which actually inflate or deflate our moods!! It's a vicious cycle!
Limiting the above items is a plus, but here are a few natural answers to help keep your moods stabilized.
Exercise - great for stress reduction and releasing hormones/chemicals that your body needs
St John's Wort - produces serotonin, which regulates and improves your mood. This takes a while to get into your system - at least 2 to 3 weeks. Be patient and be regular when taking this herb
Vitamin B & Folate - low levels can cause depression. These foods are high in each or both: skim milk, yogurt, cottage cheese, spinach, sunflower seeds, eggs, clams and oysters
Edamame & Strawberries - they help stabilize sugar levels
Turkey & Sweet Potatoes - have Tryptophan, which is a natural tranquilizer! (do not eat packaged turkey. These are high in nitrites and preservatives -- that only defeats your purpose!!)
THE MOST IMPORTANT ITEM TO TAKE FOR A MOOD REGULATOR:
Omega-3's - play a crucial role in brain function, memory and performance <link<
If you have a deficiency in Omega-3's, symptoms include fatigue, poor memory, mood swings or depression, among other things. Hence, the reason to eat more Omega-3's.
Some of the best foods for Omega's are sardines, salmon, mussels, haddock, shrimp, rainbow trout, kiwi, chia seeds and flax seeds, which are very high in Omega's.
I personally take Omega-3's every day to maintain my wonderful, enjoyable mood. It WORKS!! When I forget a couple days, I can tell immediately!
In order to receive the full benefits of all natural ingredients, your body needs these items on a regular basis. It often takes up 2 to 3 weeks, more or less, to feel the changes. Usually you need to detox your body from whatever unnatural chemicals/substances you ingest, i.e., bad carbs, preservatives, alcohol, prescribed drugs, etc.
The result is amazing, if you actually care enough and trust yourself, to stop the garbage and rely on good things for your body!
BEETS ..... A SUPERFOOD..... NATURE'S MULTIVITAMIN.....
is a root vegetable.... and has been used as a NATURAL aphrodisiac throughout history.
They are full of anti-oxidants, vitamins A and C, potassium, Vitamin B-complex, high quantities of zinc and many more vitamins and minerals.
Beets boost your energy, lower your blood pressure, help you fight cancer, reduce arthritic pain and lose weight.
Being high in natural nitrates, these nitrates are converted to nitric oxide in the body. Nitric oxide is known to expand the walls of blood vessels so you can enjoy more oxygen, more nutrients and significant energy. They have been found to improve performance in athletes, because of the abundance of nitrates. . . . .
Hence, the reason they are used as an aphrodisiac. Blood flow is increased to the genital areas (exactly what Viagra, etc does, but beets do this naturally). Beets also directly relate to the production of human sex hormones.
Anti-oxidants, in the root, as well as in its top greens, offer protection against coronary artery disease and stroke, lowering cholesterol levels within the body.
They have anti-aging effects, promote wound-healing, act as a diuretic, an anesthesia, laxative, anti-inflammatory and have been proven to GREATLY reduce the activity of cancerous cells (hint hint).
Beets also have a gamma-amino acid, which plays an important role in metabolism and the ability to reduce fat improving the digestion of food and helping to create choline, the substance that increases cell activity in the liver.
Additionally, they have been known to cure fevers, anemia, and diseases of the digestive and lymphatic systems.
AND..... an excellent source of folates!! - Folate deficiency may increase the risk of certain cancers, Alzheimer's disease, and certain birth defects, such as neural tube defects.
The tops are edible and can be cooked like spinach. Juicing the entire vegetable is the best, although cooked beets/juice is better for digestion problems.
Beet juice is often used as a natural red dye in many foods, staining everything in its path, including the pink tinge to your urine!
Remember..... The fresher the beet juice, the better!
Never over cook the beets, as it decreases the vitamin potency.
BEWARE: . . Beet greens are considered a high oxalate foods (oxalic acid, a naturally-occurring substance found in some vegetables) which have been implicated in the formation of kidney stones and urinary tract stones. Do not go overboard eating beets if you already have stones of any kind. In normal amounts, it could help to decrease the size of stones!!
Please do some research for ways to juice/cook beets and enjoy them to their fullest extent!
......AND THE BEET GOES ON.......
Cucumbers are a fruit with 90% water -- being one of the very best foods for the skin, joints, liver and kidneys.
They are healthy for the body AND the skin, with only 15 calories each and many vitamins, including potassium.
They are very low sodium, which acts as a mild diuretic. Vitamin K is abundant, which plays a major role in bone strength and can help the treatment of Alzheimer's disease.
Vitamin A, which is an important nutrient for eyesight;
They help stabilize blood pressure;
and they are very high in fiber.
The skin, of the cucumber, is a very crucial element not to be forgotten. It contains silica, which is essential for muscles, ligaments, cartilage, bone and skin.
When applied to the eyes, they are great for tired eyes, relieving dark circles, reducing swelling and helps your over all skin heal from sunburn, inflammation, and eczema.
Cucumber juice, taken regularly, is good for your skin and for drinking. It hydrates the skin, joints, tissues and enhances your energy levels.
Cucumbers can also remove cellulite when eaten/juiced and/or applied to the skin, drawing out excess fluids and tightening collagen which has the effect of cellulite reduction.
Remember to wash off the wax coating or get organic, as everything has pesticides!!
The fine print:
*Batteries Not Required - when used as a single woman's tool of survival*
Cinnamon . . is a great source of manganese, fiber, iron, and calcium and it was once more valuable than gold.
Smelling cinnamon boosts cognitive function and memory and is known for arthritis relief, colds, indegestion, cramps, cures bacterial infections, cancer prevention, improves energy and is a natural food preservative.
The most important, for some people ... it is a natural remedy for migraine and headache relief.
Cinnamon and weight loss???
Cinnamon stabilizes your blood sugar. High blood sugar levels can increase the storage of fat by the body, cinnamon helps prevent this increased storage of fat and enables you to lose weight.
It actually creates a chemical reaction. When cinnamon is consumed, the body reacts chemically to digest the cinnamon. This reaction speeds up the metabolism.
Cinnamon also helps the body to process carbohydrates more efficiently and this assists you in losing a few pounds.
Studies show that abdominal fat is more sensitive to the effects of cinnamon than fat from other parts of the body.
You can add it to many foods and drinks..... applesauce, ice cream, toast, oatmeal, protein shakes, coffee and tea, to name a few.
It also satisfies your craving for sweet foods.
A sweet and inexpensive way to exfoliate your skin is raw sugar.
The dead skin cells come right off!
Use it in the shower as an all over body scrub and on your face for a clean, glowing complexion.
Don't forget your lips. It's a great way to say goodbye to dry chapped lips.
Three times a week, plain or mixed with lemon juice for that extra kick of Vitamin C.
A natural, no preservative, no additive, easy way to shine.
~ RNR ~
Being healthy should be a priority!!