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NUTRITION, DIET & WELLNESS


  • Understanding The Basics
  • Supplement Basics - Taking Supplements
  • Nutrition Basics Herbs & Supplement Links
  • Nutrition Basics Information Articles & Information
  • Health, Nutrition (Analysis, Diets & Therapy) & Aromatherapy Links & Information





  • UNDERSTANDING THE BASICS OF NUTRITION

    Good nutrition is the foundation of good health. Everyone needs the four basic nutrients - water, carbohydrates, proteins, and fats - as well as vitamins, minerals, and other micronutrients. To be able to choose the proper foods, and to better understand why those foods should be supported with supplements, you need to have a clear idea of the components of a healthy diet.

    HEALTHFUL FOODS FOR A HEALTHY DIET

    Apples

  • Protects your heart.
  • Prevents constipation.
  • Blocks diarrhea.
  • Improves lung capacity.
  • Cushions joints.

  • Apricots

  • Combats cancer.
  • Controls blood pressure.
  • Saves your eyesight.
  • Shields against Alzheimer's.
  • Slows aging process.

  • Artichokes

  • Aids digestion.
  • Lowers cholesterol.
  • Protects your heart.
  • Stabilizes blood sugar.
  • Guards against liver disease.

  • Avocados

  • Battles diabetes.
  • Lowers cholesterol.
  • Helps stops strokes.
  • Controls blood pressure.
  • Smoothes skin.

  • Bananas

  • Protects your heart.
  • Quiets a cough.
  • Strengthens bones.
  • Controls blood pressure.
  • Blocks diarrhea.

  • Beans

  • Prevents constipation.
  • Helps hemorrhoids.
  • Lowers cholesterol.
  • Combats cancer.
  • Stabilizes blood sugar.

  • Beets

  • Controls blood pressure.
  • Combats cancer.
  • Strengthens bones.
  • Protects your heart.
  • Aids weight loss.

  • Blueberries

  • Combats cancer.
  • Protects your heart.
  • Stabilizes blood sugar.
  • Boosts memory.
  • Prevents constipation.

  • Broccoli

  • Strengthens bones.
  • Saves eyesight.
  • Combats cancer.
  • Protects your heart.
  • Controls blood pressure.

  • Cabbage

  • Combats cancer.
  • Prevents constipation.
  • Promotes weight loss.
  • Protects your heart.
  • Helps hemorrhoids.

  • Cantaloupe

  • Saves eyesight.
  • Controls blood pressure.
  • Lowers cholesterol.
  • Combats cancer.
  • Supports immune system.

  • Carrots

  • Saves eyesight.
  • Protects your heart.
  • Prevents constipation.
  • Combats cancer.
  • Promotes weight loss.

  • Cauliflower

  • Protects against Prostate Cancer.
  • Combats Breast Cancer.
  • Strengthens bones.
  • Banishes bruises.
  • Guards against heart disease.

  • Cherries

  • Protects your heart.
  • Combats Cancer.
  • Ends insomnia.
  • Slows aging process.
  • Shields against Alzheimer's.

  • Chestnuts

  • Promotes weight loss.
  • Protects your heart.
  • Lowers cholesterol.
  • Combats Cancer.
  • Controls blood pressure.

  • Chili Peppers

  • Aids digestion.
  • Soothes sore throat.
  • Clears sinuses.
  • Combats Cancer.
  • Boosts immune system.

  • Figs

  • Promotes weight loss.
  • Helps stops strokes.
  • Lowers cholesterol.
  • Combats Cancer.
  • Controls blood pressure.

  • Fish

  • Protects your heart.
  • Boosts memory.
  • Protects your heart.
  • Combats Cancer.
  • Supports immune system.

  • Flax

  • Aids digestion.
  • Battles diabetes.
  • Protects your heart.
  • Improves mental health.
  • Boosts immune system.

  • Garlic

  • Lowers cholesterol.
  • Controls blood pressure.
  • Combats cancer.
  • Kills bacteria.
  • Fights fungus.

  • Grapefruit

  • Protects against heart attacks.
  • Promotes weight loss.
  • Helps stops strokes.
  • Combats Prostate Cancer.
  • Lowers cholesterol.

  • Grapes

  • Saves eyesight.
  • Conquers kidney stones.
  • Combats cancer.
  • Enhances blood flow.
  • Protects your heart.

  • Green Tea

  • Combats cancer.
  • Protects your heart.
  • Helps stops strokes.
  • Promotes Weight loss.
  • Kills bacteria.

  • Honey

  • Heals wounds.
  • Aids digestion.
  • Guards against ulcers.
  • Increases energy.
  • Fights allergies.

  • Lemons

  • Combats cancer.
  • Protects your heart.
  • Controls blood pressure.
  • Smoothes skin.
  • Stops scurvy.

  • Limes

  • Combats cancer.
  • Protects your heart.
  • Controls blood pressure.
  • Smoothes skin.
  • Stops scurvy.

  • Mangoes

  • Combats cancer.
  • Boosts memory.
  • Regulates thyroid.
  • Aids digestion.
  • Shields against Alzheimer's.

  • Mushrooms

  • Controls blood pressure.
  • Lowers cholesterol.
  • Kills bacteria.
  • Combats cancer.
  • Strengthens bones.

  • Oats

  • Lowers cholesterol.
  • Combats cancer.
  • Battles diabetes.
  • Prevents constipation.
  • Smoothes skin.

  • Olive Oil

  • Protects your heart.
  • Promotes Weight loss.
  • Combats cancer.
  • Battles diabetes.
  • Smoothes skin.

  • Onions

  • Reduce risk of heart attack.
  • Combats cancer.
  • Kills bacteria.
  • Lowers cholesterol.
  • Fights fungus.

  • Oranges

  • Supports immune systems.
  • Combats cancer.
  • Protects your heart.
  • Straightens respiration.

  • Peaches

  • Prevents constipation.
  • Combats cancer.
  • Helps stops strokes.
  • Aids digestion.

  • Helps hemorrhoids.

  • Peanuts

  • Protects against heart disease.
  • Promotes Weight loss.
  • Combats Prostate Cancer.
  • Lowers cholesterol.
  • Note: Aggravates Diverticulitis.

  • Pineapple

  • Strengthens bones.
  • Relieves colds.
  • Aids digestion.
  • Dissolves warts.
  • Blocks diarrhea.

  • Prunes

  • Slows aging process.
  • Prevents constipation.
  • Boosts memory.
  • Lowers cholesterol.
  • Protects against heart disease.

  • Rice

  • Protects your heart.
  • Battles diabetes.
  • Conquers kidney stones.
  • Combats cancer.
  • Helps stops strokes.

  • Strawberries

  • Combats cancer.
  • Protects your heart.
  • Boosts memory.
  • Calms stress.

  • >Sweet Potatoes

  • Saves your eyesight.
  • Lifts mood.
  • Combats cancer.
  • Strengthens bones.

  • Tomatoes

  • Protects prostate.
  • Combats cancer.
  • Lowers cholesterol.
  • Protects your heart.

  • Walnuts

  • Lowers cholesterol.
  • Combats cancer.
  • Boosts memory.
  • Lifts mood.
  • Protects against heart disease.

  • Water

  • Promotes Weight loss.
  • Combats cancer.
  • Conquers kidney stones.
  • Smoothes skin.

  • Watermelon

  • Protects prostate.
  • Promotes Weight loss.
  • Lowers cholesterol.
  • Helps stops strokes.
  • Controls blood pressure.

  • Wheat Germ

  • Combats Colon Cancer.
  • Prevents constipation.
  • Lowers cholesterol.
  • Helps stops strokes.
  • Improves digestion.

  • Wheat Bran

  • Combats Colon Cancer.
  • Prevents constipation.
  • Lowers cholesterol.
  • Helps stops strokes.
  • Improves digestion.

  • Yogurt

  • Guards against ulcers.
  • Strengthens bones.
  • Lowers cholesterol.
  • Supports immune systems.
  • Aids digestion.





  • SUPPLEMENT BASICS - TAKING SUPPLEMENTS

    When taking tablet or capsule supplements, it is usually a good idea to take them with a meal that contains protein and oils, or a snack such as a few raw almonds and/or walnuts, and drink plenty of water immediately afterwards to increase absorption and ensure they do not "get stuck" in the throat. Some supplements like IP-6 and amino acids like Arginine are best taken on an empty stomach so only water should be used with them but for most supplements, eating some protein and/or oil with them will increase their absorption by stimulating the liver to produce acid.

    Some supplements can upset the stomach. The most common is Zinc which can cause cramps, nausea, and light-headedness. Some people are not sensitive at all to Zinc and can take 50 mg or more without a problem but when a Multivitamin causes stomach discomfort, Zinc is usually the offending ingredient (sometimes it is Iron.) That is why many people should look for supplements which contain a maximum of 100% RDA (15 mg) of Zinc, and preferably half that per dose so the entire 15 mg need not be taken at one time. Some supplements, and not just multivitamins, contain large amounts of Zinc - 50 mg or higher. Read the labels and only get ones that do not include a large amount if sensitive. RDA never needs to be taken at one time.

    Some supplements do not cause a problem except when taken in very large amounts. IP-6 is one example. Taken at the cancer dose of 8 capsules twice a day on an empty stomach it rarely causes problems, but if the daily dose is taken all at one time (16 capsules), it may cause discomfort. Arginine is another of this type. Although recommended by Life Extension in amounts up to 15 grams per day, taking over 5 grams, and often less, at one time can cause muscle and stomach cramping and tightness. Since stomach discomfort is a major reason why people stop taking supplements which are of benefit, it is something to be strongly considered or remedied. If a supplement causes a problem, take less or find a different one which does not.

    Some herbs can be taken with supplements to help prevent discomfort, or taken after if there arises a problem. A good one is Ginger. Even a single capsule taken with many supplements can avoid some problems such as nausea, plus has the benefit of providing additional action since it appears to increase absorption of many nutrients, plus is antioxidant, antibacterial, and a circulation stimulant to boot. But, even Ginger can cause problems by causing acid indigestion when too much is taken.

    Fennel Seed powder capsules or tea will prevent and treat stomach upset plus acid indigestion. They also provide antioxidants and liver cleansing action and are antibacterial. They can be taken in as large a dose as necessary. Burdock is another herb which can treat stomach problems. It must usually be used in large amount for this purpose. Common kitchen herbs which treat stomach discomfort besides Fennel Seeds and Ginger include Caraway Seeds, Cardamom, Dill, and others.

    Many herbs can cause stomach upset when taken in large amounts, and even some in smaller amounts. Yarrow Flowers are a most excellent remedy for many infectious problems, even used in small amounts. However, taking two capsules, a usual recommend dosage, can cause stomach cramps. Fo-Ti, also known as He Shou Wu or Polygonum Multiflorum, is one of the most popular Chinese tonic herbs. Its high iron content causes stomach upset for people who are sensitive to it in as little as 250 mg servings, half a normal capsule.

    On the other hand, many people do not take adequate amounts of some herbs to have a curative effect. A good example is gout and Bromelain. Bromelain (pineapple enzyme) provides reliable and quick relief when taken in sufficient amounts with water, with results sometimes in hours, when used at 8 capsules at a time. Using 2 capsules, as recommended on most product labels, has little immediate effect and results could take weeks instead of days or hours. It is a common error that even when someone reads a regimen which says to use a very large amount of supplement, they instead follow the directions on the label, even though there are no side effects from the large amounts necessary to effectively combat the problem. Another thing about Bromelain - note that the potency for enzyme products is very important. Bromelain potency is usually measured in GDUs - gelatin digesting units. Good Bromelain products are 2000 to 2400 GDU potency. Cheap bromelain products as might be found at a drug store can be as little as 200 GDU, which means that instead of 8 to 10 capsules to get an immediate effect, 80 to 100 capsules would be required!

    Another example is IBS and Crohn's. Even when recommended to use 6 to 10 Fennel Seed capsules at a time so the symptoms will disappear in an hour or two, some people, using too much caution, will use 2 at a time and be disappointed with the results.

    Yet another example is Vitamin C and flu or colds. Most people will not get the powder and use it at the recommended amount of 1 to 5 grams (1000 to 5000 mg) per hour which is required for severe cases. Some will only use a capsule or tablet three times per day, as recommended on the label, and again, be disappointed with the results.

    Another aspect of nutritional or supplement regimens is that some people appear to have short memories. They will use a supplement, diet, or other therapy and completely alleviate symptoms of some disorder. You see them a couple of months after they started the regimen and they are completely healthy and symptom-free. As time goes on, they get less vigilant and relapse into their old bad diets and other habits. Since many if not most chronic problems reappear slowly, they do not see that they are relapsing. When the problem is a full-blown disorder once again they do not seem to realize that, just maybe, they should begin anew the regimen that solved their problem the last time. When you ask them why they did not, they respond, "Oh yeah, I forgot!" It is Your Health, Take Charge!






    MOONDRAGON NUTRITION BASICS INFORMATION

  • MoonDragon's Nutrition Basics Index
  • MoonDragon's Nutrition Basics: Amino Acids Index
  • MoonDragon's Nutrition Basics: Antioxidants Index
  • MoonDragon's Nutrition Basics: Enzymes Index
  • MoonDragon's Nutrition Basics: Herbs Index
  • MoonDragon's Nutrition Basics: Homeopathics Index
  • MoonDragon's Nutrition Basics: Hydrosols Index
  • MoonDragon's Nutrition Basics: Minerals Index
  • MoonDragon's Nutrition Basics: Mineral Introduction
  • MoonDragon's Nutrition Basics: Dietary & Cosmetic Supplements Index
  • MoonDragon's Nutrition Basics: Dietary Supplements Introduction
  • MoonDragon's Nutrition Basics: Specialty Supplements
  • MoonDragon's Nutrition Basics: Vitamins Index
  • MoonDragon's Nutrition Basics: Vitamins Introduction





  • NUTRITION BASICS INFORMATIONAL ARTICLES

  • MoonDragon's Nutrition Basics: 4 Basic Nutrients
  • MoonDragon's Nutrition Basics: Avoid Foods That Contain Additives & Artificial Ingredients
  • MoonDragon's Nutrition Basics: Is Aspartame A Safe Sugar Substitute?
  • MoonDragon's Nutrition Basics: Guidelines For Selecting & Preparing Foods
  • MoonDragon's Nutrition Basics: Foods That Destroy
  • MoonDragon's Nutrition Basics: Foods That Heal
  • MoonDragon's Nutrition Basics: The Micronutrients: Vitamins & Minerals
  • MoonDragon's Nutrition Basics: Avoid Overcooking Your Foods
  • MoonDragon's Nutrition Basics: Phytochemicals
  • MoonDragon's Nutrition Basics: Increase Your Consumption of Raw Produce
  • MoonDragon's Nutrition Basics: Limit Your Use of Salt
  • MoonDragon's Nutrition Basics: Use Proper Cooking Utensils
  • MoonDragon's Nutrition Basics: Choosing The Best Water & Types of Water
  • MoonDragon's Nutrition Information: Food Additives Index
  • MoonDragon's Nutrition Information: Food Safety Links





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    NUTRITION & DIET INFORMATION

  • MoonDragon's Nutrition Information Index
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  • MoonDragon's Nutritional Analysis Index
  • MoonDragon's Nutritional Diet Index
  • MoonDragon's Nutritional Favorite Recipes Index
  • MoonDragon's Nutrition Therapy: Preparing Produce for Juicing
  • MoonDragon's Nutrition Information: Food Additives Index
  • MoonDragon's Nutrition Information: Food Safety Links


  • AROMATHERAPY INFORMATION

  • MoonDragon's Aromatherapy Index
  • MoonDragon's Aromatherapy Articles
  • MoonDragon's Aromatherapy For Back Pain
  • MoonDragon's Aromatherapy For Labor & Birth
  • MoonDragon's Aromatherapy Blending Chart
  • MoonDragon's Aromatherapy Essential Oil Details
  • MoonDragon's Aromatherapy Links
  • MoonDragon's Aromatherapy For Miscarriage
  • MoonDragon's Aromatherapy For Post Partum
  • MoonDragon's Aromatherapy For Childbearing
  • MoonDragon's Aromatherapy For Problems in Pregnancy & Birthing
  • MoonDragon's Aromatherapy Chart of Essential Oils #1
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  • MoonDragon's Aromatherapy Tips
  • MoonDragon's Aromatherapy Uses


  • ALTERNATIVE HEALTH INFORMATION

  • MoonDragon's Alternative Health Index
  • MoonDragon's Alternative Health Information Overview
  • MoonDragon's Alternative Health Therapy Index
  • MoonDragon's Alternative Health: Touch & Movement Therapies Index
  • MoonDragon's Alternative Health Therapy: Touch & Movement: Aromatherapy
  • MoonDragon's Alternative Therapy: Touch & Movement - Massage Therapy
  • MoonDragon's Alternative Health: Therapeutic Massage
  • MoonDragon's Holistic Health Links Page 1
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  • HEALTH & WELLNESS THERAPY INFORMATION

  • MoonDragon's Health & Wellness: Therapy Index
  • MoonDragon's Health & Wellness: Massage Therapy
  • MoonDragon's Health & Wellness: Hydrotherapy
  • MoonDragon's Health & Wellness: Pain Control Therapy
  • MoonDragon's Health & Wellness: Relaxation Therapy
  • MoonDragon's Health & Wellness: Steam Inhalation Therapy
  • MoonDragon's Health & Wellness: Therapy - Herbal Oils Index






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    AROMATHERAPY: ESSENTIAL OILS DESCRIPTIONS & USES


    Allspice Leaf Oil
    Angelica Oil
    Anise Oil
    Baobab Oil
    Basil Oil
    Bay Laurel Oil
    Bay Oil
    Benzoin Oil
    Bergamot Oil
    Black Pepper Oil
    Chamomile (German) Oil
    Cajuput Oil
    Calamus Oil
    Camphor (White) Oil
    Caraway Oil
    Cardamom Oil
    Carrot Seed Oil
    Catnip Oil
    Cedarwood Oil
    Chamomile Oil
    Cinnamon Oil
    Citronella Oil
    Clary-Sage Oil
    Clove Oil
    Coriander Oil
    Cypress Oil
    Dill Oil
    Eucalyptus Oil
    Fennel Oil
    Fir Needle Oil
    Frankincense Oil
    Geranium Oil
    German Chamomile Oil
    Ginger Oil
    Grapefruit Oil
    Helichrysum Oil
    Hyssop Oil
    Iris-Root Oil
    Jasmine Oil
    Juniper Oil
    Labdanum Oil
    Lavender Oil
    Lemon-Balm Oil
    Lemongrass Oil
    Lemon Oil
    Lime Oil
    Longleaf-Pine Oil
    Mandarin Oil
    Marjoram Oil
    Mimosa Oil
    Myrrh Oil
    Myrtle Oil
    Neroli Oil
    Niaouli Oil
    Nutmeg Oil
    Orange Oil
    Oregano Oil
    Palmarosa Oil
    Patchouli Oil
    Peppermint Oil
    Peru-Balsam Oil
    Petitgrain Oil
    Pine-Long Leaf Oil
    Pine-Needle Oil
    Pine-Swiss Oil
    Rosemary Oil
    Rose Oil
    Rosewood Oil
    Sage Oil
    Sandalwood Oil
    Savory Oil
    Spearmint Oil
    Spikenard Oil
    Swiss-Pine Oil
    Tangerine Oil
    Tea-Tree Oil
    Thyme Oil
    Vanilla Oil
    Verbena Oil
    Vetiver Oil
    Violet Oil
    White-Camphor Oil
    Yarrow Oil
    Ylang-Ylang Oil
    Aromatherapy
    Healing Baths For Colds
    Aromatherapy
    Herbal Cleansers
    Using Essential Oils


    AROMATHERAPY: HERBAL & CARRIER OILS DESCRIPTIONS & USES


    Almond, Sweet Oil
    Apricot Kernel Oil
    Argan Oil
    Arnica Oil
    Avocado Oil
    Baobab Oil
    Black Cumin Oil
    Black Currant Oil
    Black Seed Oil
    Borage Seed Oil
    Calendula Oil
    Camelina Oil
    Castor Oil
    Coconut Oil
    Comfrey Oil
    Evening Primrose Oil
    Flaxseed Oil
    Grapeseed Oil
    Hazelnut Oil
    Hemp Seed Oil
    Jojoba Oil
    Kukui Nut Oil
    Macadamia Nut Oil
    Meadowfoam Seed Oil
    Mullein Oil
    Neem Oil
    Olive Oil
    Palm Oil
    Plantain Oil
    Plum Kernel Oil
    Poke Root Oil
    Pomegranate Seed Oil
    Pumpkin Seed Oil
    Rosehip Seed Oil
    Safflower Oil
    Sea Buckthorn Oil
    Sesame Seed Oil
    Shea Nut Oil
    Soybean Oil
    St. Johns Wort Oil
    Sunflower Oil
    Tamanu Oil
    Vitamin E Oil
    Wheat Germ Oil







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