No one can ever truly be satisfied with the results of self-imposed goals. That’s because it is inherent in the human spirit to always want more. Here are answers to satisfy the drive for more in you.
Why do I have to take vitamins?
There is no need to take vitamins if your daily meal intake has high nutritional value. Balanced meals are a good combination of 30 percent carbohydrates, 20 percent protein, 30 percent vegetables/fruits, 10 percent fat/oil, and 10 percent sugar (though this food pyramid guide varies all over the world). If you are in your teens, your pyramid guide is different, stressing the need for more carbohydrates. You are not assured of the nutritional value of your food intake each time you eat outside your home.
Thus, to be sure, people opt for vitamin and mineral supplements.
Antioxidants can be found in our food and beverages, but also in extra supplementation. Antioxidants can retard the aging process, aid the immune system, lower cholesterol levels, detoxify carcinogens, and help protect against heart disease and stroke. If you want to be assured of optimum protection, consult your doctor.
Meanwhile, you can shop around for natural vitamins or synthetic ones (the difference is in the price and your immediate feeling of energy), knowing that some natural health practitioners prefer you give yourself one day of rest in the week.
How do I get rid of athlete’s foot?
Applying talcum powder may help some, but not for everyone. To ensure sweat absorption is good, try baking soda. If your problem is serious, you may have to banish the fungus from your body, inside out.
Wash your feet with a sulfur-based soap. Try tea tree oil applied directly to the feet. Take acidophilus or good bacteria, four to six capsules daily. If your fungus situation may require anti-fungal medication, see your physician.
Try airing your feet regularly by wearing sandals or going barefoot whenever possible. Closed shoes trap moisture within. Give your feet a chance to breathe.
My skin is extremely dry. Can you help this frustrated housewife in her 40s?
Apart from the erratic weather conditions and environmental pollution, look within your body for causes. Check your hormone profile. Declining hormones are definitely causing an imbalance. See an endocrinologist or your Ob-gyn.
Melt 1/8 tsp sea salt on your tongue
Drink 10-15 glasses of water daily
Drink Omega-3 fatty acids capsules three times daily
Evening primrose oil capsules, once daily before bedtime
200-400 IU Vitamin E
Vitamin A, 10,000 IU (take one capsule for five days nonstop)
Good oil food sources: soybeans, walnuts, navy beans, oily fish like salmon, sea bass, mackerel, sardines
The reason why the sea salt and water regimen works is because the natural sodium in sea salt helps retain the water slowly in your body to ensure sodium-water balance. Your skin needs water, so don’t dehydrate it. Try doing mild exercise daily to encourage a healthy sweat.
There are multicolored tiny veins on my ankles and legs. Any natural remedies, please?
What you have are spider veins. Lack of exercise, age, and chronic constipation are all contributing factors. Watching your diet is a start. Improve it immediately. Increase your vegetable and fruit intake. Exercise regularly.
Take vitamin C complex twice daily for better circulation.
It is embarrassing to be burping constantly, especially in front of people. What do I do?
You have digestive problems, probably chronic heartburn. Enzymes come from the food you eat—raw, organic foods like green leafy vegetables, sprouts and fruits all contain natural enzymes. Cooked food contains no enzymes, as they die when exposed to heat. Enzymes can be purchased as supplements. These can help your digestive system assimilate the foods in your stomach.
Natural enzymes are bromelain from pineapple and papain from papaya. Cellulose aids in digesting vegetables, hydrochloric acid breaks down meat and poultry (betaine hydrochloric acid is considered the best one), lipase is for fat digestion, and mylase digests carbohydrates. One capsule before meals should do the trick.
If you follow this regimen, you will never have an embarrassing burping problem again.