It is been a while since I’ve written a health blog. This is somewhat a lot of snippets of information to share that I feel are important for people to know. This is not directly related to massage but my blog is about whole health and that includes a wide variety of variables. These tid-bits of valuable information, I hope you find use for. It is important to keep in mind when eating and taking fish oil supplements, due to the mercury content, which will know is very dangerous. The fish that is still the healthiest fish for us to eat are wild Alaskan salmon, herring, wild shrimp, wild ocean scallops and sardines. It’s important to stay away from farm raised fish. 250 mg EPA is good more than three fish meals a day, which is 2000 mg, equals a therapeutic dose this aids to an anti-inflammatory effect. This can be a substitute for ibuprofen if done consistently along with cumin/ turmeric and boswella.

As I said before the information I’m giving our snippets to keep in mind. Any blood pressure over 120/80 is too high. You can do your own research by using CNN health section or Reuter’s service, health section. PubMed has drug information. Hypoglycemic or diabetic people do better on a low-carb diet, that’s common sense. Complex carbohydrates are best. Juice is not so healthy for adults.

Your immune system is 20% active while you’re awake and 80% active while you’re asleep. The nervous system: Omega three fatty acids/fish oil or amino acids, B6, vitamin C is needed. Amino acids are also needed to digest the protein. B6 in a water-soluble vitamin but can be stored in the muscles if you take too much.

If you have white specks on your nails, this could be due to think deficiency or for women could also be calcium deficiency. Vegetarian’s need to ingest the supplement B 12, zinc, calcium and iron are needed.

Whole wheat bread equals sugar as far as insulin goes/blood sugar on the other hand real ride bread or soy bread will not raise insulin levels.

The physical forms of supplements: a young person can metabolize anything, tablets are fine but, a person with digestion problems needs capsules with liquid or powder inside, there is also liquid vitamins.  The older we get the harder it is to digest tablets so for maximum absorption again and is wise to use capsules, powder or liquid. Minerals are also hard to absorb calcium citrate is recommended.

In the society where everything is no fat, low-fat or full of bad fat is important to know how important fat is for the heart nobody needs it.  The good sources of fats are raw milk, which can be bought in Newtown, Pennsylvania at Birchwood Farms. Another source of good fat is organic coconut oil, olive oil and ghee.  Ghee is clarified butter. It is quite easy to make. It is suggested to use unsalted organic butter put in the stainless steel pot and brought to a slow boil. Then you skim off the white froth from the top and when pouring it into a ceramic container you will also find more white fat at the bottom of the pot remove that as well.  It is not necessary to refrigerate the ghee it should be covered though. These good fats will show in the texture of your skin and you’ll find these fats help with eliminating wrinkles.

It’s important to remember to eat right. I do believe multiple vitamins are important. I myself stick with a liquid vitamin because of the digestion factor for my age group 50 years old. Calcium citrate and magnesium combination this also comes in liquid form to make it easier to assimilate. It is important not to take more than 500 mg of calcium at a time. Fish oil/EFA, GLA/Borage oil/Primrose oil and Flaxseed. I myself cannot take fish oil because fish oil has a warming quality to it. I take the other three, Borage, Primrose and flaxseed. The reason I take it the other three verses fish oil is because in Ayurvedic  medicine this is practiced in India. I am dominantly Pitta for now. When you are sometimes out of balance such as this case being overly Pitta, I have excessive heat in my body so to correct that imbalance I eat more cooling foods and of course trying to keep the foods as alkaline as possible.

When I say cooling foods this means steamed apples, steamed vegetables, rice, oatmeal, blueberries, more vegetarian foods with the absence of spicy hot foods, such as onions, garlic and hot pepper. Herbs that are cooling are fennel, coriander, and turmeric. This is just some very brief information but something that you can look into on your own.

A good treatment for PMS women is to do three capsules a day of borage seed oil.

Denatured whey protein powder drinks are good way to get added protein. As far as the amount of protein goes a lot of people wonder how much protein a person needs each day. How to calculate your protein needs.    The general axiom is 1 g per pound but that is with the safety margin and is really over kill.  It’s not that extra protein is harmful, so it’s fine to shoot for that some people however dislike protein for whatever reason, will do fine taking less and not stressing out over achieving it. If you are an athlete or work out and want to build muscle 1.6 g per kilogram of body weight to convert to pounds, that is 0.73 g per pound of bodyweight to actually less than 1 pound.  So, at a higher 40 pounds you would need more than 102 g of protein. Your protein needs: 1. Weight in pounds divided by 2.2 equals weight in kilograms. 2.  Weight in kilograms x 0.08 – 1.8 gm/kg = protein gram.  Example:  154 lb. male who is a regular exerciser and lift weights 154 lbs/2.2 = 70kg. 70kg x 1.5 = 105 gm protein per day.

You could go online to find out how to achieve the goals you want as far as protein intake, the amount of calories you need pre-day to increase your muscle mass. For example I just did mine. I need 187.4 grams of carbohydrates, 49.8 grams of fat, 75 grams of protein per day for 1507.9 cal to maintain my weight of 120 pounds.  I will have to reevaluate the above when I start back at the gym Friday, February 11, 2011 after not being there since my car accident in April 2007. The reason I have put the date in the day is that it’s very difficult for someone who has been an athlete to pretty much start from scratch again. I have my mind made up and I will have to alter my workout due to my injury but I’m intent on getting back to where I was in 2007 just not with his much muscle but more core strength, cardio strength and feeling strong.

In closing I hope that you can take something from this blog that will help you in some way.