Just two problem foods -- solid fats and added sugars -- count for about 800 of our daily calories.
Instead of solid fats like butter or margarine, use olive, canola, and other oils that are good for your waistline and heart.
Instead of baked goods and cereals with all white or refined grains, make at least half of your grains whole grains. Other healthy choices: nonfat or low-fat dairy foods, eggs, beans, and lots of fruits and vegetables.
The outer shell, or "bran," of a kernel of wheat, rice, barley, or other grain is full of fiber, vitamins, and minerals.
You may have grown up being told to "clean your plate." The problem is that dinner plates in homes -- and restaurants – have gotten bigger. How many calories you should have depends on your age, your gender, and how active you are. If you use a mouse every day, it's easy to grab the right size of potato at a grocery store. Eat lean protein -- fish, poultry, eggs, nuts, and beans -- at every meal to help build muscle and lose weight.  But you may need less protein than you think. Chips tend to be packed with the things we need to limit: unhealthy fat, refined grains, and sodium. Read the label: Baked, multigrain, and vegetable chips -- like carrot and sweet potato -- have more nutrients and may have less fat. A low sodium diet is important to achieve good blood pressure control for patients with high blood pressure. A low sodium diet is important for individuals with hypertension because lowering salt intake directly results in lower blood pressure. Second, taking in less salt makes the body more responsive to the blood pressure medications that may be required.
Ideally, each patient should have detailed individual instruction with a dietician and that is recommended to you. The bad news is that food tastes very bland for the first 6-8 weeks of limiting your salt intake. You won’t believe this 2 weeks into a low salt diet, but by 8 weeks you will have experienced this change. Water on the body in the form of swelling is salt water and restricting salt helps decrease this type of swelling. Now at this point in the talk a general approach to a low sodium diet will initially be reviewed, and then this will be followed by more specific information.
When one tries to follow a low sodium diet, knowing the quantity of sodium in food is quite useful.
However, trying to count how much sodium is in every single item of food that is ingested is too much trouble for most people and quite possibly for you. You should consider aiming for a 1500 mg sodium restriction for the treatment of high blood pressure unless your physician instructs you otherwise. The DASH dietary modifications (DASH- Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension) which are helpful for high blood pressure and discussed in another video on this site, are often coupled with a 1500mg sodium restriction. For most people with high blood pressure, a sodium restriction of 1500 mg represents a substantial improvement from baseline.
The food labels give two equally important pieces of information regarding sodium intake and you need to look at both of them. The amount of sodium that is taken with any food is of course, directly proportional to how much of that food is eaten. But, if you typically eat 2 cups of soup at a setting, double the 70 mg for a total of 140 mg of sodium.
A misleading label, though, gives a serving size smaller than anyone routinely eats, so be sure to look at the label with this in mind. So, the labels on foods in the grocery store are a quite helpful guide regarding Na content.
Let’s now examine what specific foods tend to be high in sodium and what foods are usually good in regards to sodium. For meat, poultry and fish, unseasoned, meaning unsalted meat, poultry, and fish, are just fine in regards to sodium. There are a number of low salt meat marinades that can be used for seasoning, as well as no salt meat rubs.
Even if you add salt at the table, this will usually result in considerably less salt being used compared to food that is heavily salted during cooking.
This includes several brands of canned tuna and salmon labeled as very low salt, but you will have to look closely in the grocery store to find these low salt choices. The whole aisle of luncheon meats in the grocery store primarily consists of meats that are high in sodium. Meats typically high in salt include: bologna, bacon, chopped beef, corned beef, kosher meat, sausage, ham, and turkey and chicken franks. But some choices of shellfish, such as 3 ounces of unsalted shrimp or oysters, have acceptable levels of sodium. But in regards to precooked shellfish including precooked boiled shrimp, these usually have been heavily salted in the process of cooking and are not good low salt choices.
By looking in the grocery store, it is often possible to find slices of Swiss cheese with only 50 mg of sodium per slice.
Whole grain bread is not lower in salt, but it is healthier than simple white breads and hence recommended. Four slices of bread, even at a 150 mg per slice, which is lower than average for bread, will add up to over 600 mg. For crackers and chips: Obviously, avoid salted crackers and choose unsalted crackers instead.
On the other hand, instant seasoned rice and noodles such as Raman noodles are usually drowning in sodium.
For cereals, shredded wheat is an example of a cereal that is routinely very low in sodium.
For fresh fruits and vegetables: All fresh fruits and vegetables are fine in regards to salt content.
You may have heard that some vegetables such as celery are high in salt, but this is misleading. Now, of course if you eat 16 pieces of celery there is a considerable intake of salt, but that is not a typical portion. And I guarantee you, that if you eat a varied diet of fresh fruits and vegetables without added salt, you will not be getting excessive sodium from this source. In fact, a high intake of fresh fruits and vegetables is associated with lower blood pressure, fewer heart attacks, and a reduction in your risk of cancer.
Olive oil and vinegar, including balsamic vinegar can be mixed together and give a great tasting no salt salad dressing. Vegetables served in restaurants while eating out are often, though not always high in sodium. In grocery stores, though, in recent years there are now some salad dressings that are low in salt with less than 190 mg sodium in 2 tablespoons. Soups are a bit of a disappointing topic because most canned soups and soups made in restaurants are very high in salt.
Check the labels on what are called lower salt soups, because even these are often high in sodium per serving. Black pepper, as well as almost any plain herb: basil, oregano, cilantro, rosemary, thyme are all examples, each perfect and can be used without restriction. Cosalt and NoSalt are completely made up of potassium salt, rather than being a sodium salt like table salt. However, use potassium salts, including Lite salt, only with the specific OK of the physician treating your hypertension.
A simple blood test checking your kidney status should be known before starting any of these potassium salts.
Also, certain blood pressure medicines raise K and that can be dangerous when using these K salts with these medications for some, but not all patients. It is relatively easy to avoid unhealthy fats eating out, but avoiding high salt foods remains a difficult task. Remember, the goal for the entire day is 1500 mg of sodium so these items are each well over half the day’s sodium. In summary, a low sodium diet lowers blood pressure and makes your body more responsive to blood pressure medications when these are needed. A low sodium diet in combination with the DASH dietary guidelines (which are dietary approaches to stop hypertension) is equal to taking daily a single blood pressure medication, and that is quite valuable. If you haven’t yet looked at the video for the DASH dietary guidelines on this web site, I would consider doing so. There is also a detailed video on the very healthy diet called the Mediterranean diet and other additional information as well. And remember, if you have the option of seeing a dietician, for further information, this is highly recommended.
Finally, I wish you the best of luck in all your efforts for good health including a low sodium diet. Morgellons Disease Awareness - Morgellons Disease: Tips for healing lesions, oral care and environment   Information for dealing with Morgellons lesions using topical aids as well as FAR infrared technology. To start, learn about some of the worst food offenders and how to replace them with healthier choices.
Trans fats should be avoided as much as possible and saturated fats should only contribute 10% of your calories.


Instead, keep a mental image of a deck of cards, a poker chip, a baseball, a hockey puck, a CD, dice, and a lightbulb.
But a restaurant potato is likely to be twice that big and loaded with toppings and extra calories. Serve it with a rainbow of healthy vegetables -- like red peppers, bok choy, onion, and carrots -- stir-fried in a little peanut or canola oil.
It is intended for general informational purposes only and does not address individual circumstances. A low sodium diet can also be useful for certain patients with kidney disease or liver disease, particularly those with too much fluid on the body.
Most patients with high blood pressure still require blood pressure medicines in addition to diet, but they often need fewer medications or lower dosages than otherwise would be the case, and that is a good thing.
However, as a cardiologist, I have seen hundreds of patients who were referred to me because their blood pressure was difficult to control, who would benefit from instruction in a low sodium diet. But less than one fifth of the sodium in the average diet comes from salt added at the table with the salt shaker.
Knowing the sodium content in foods can help identify which foods are high in salt as well as indicating the foods that have good levels of sodium. If you eat twice the quantity of a food, naturally twice the amount of sodium or salt will be taken in.
They use an unrealistically small serving size in order to make the salt or fat content appear artificially low.
If the serving size for a soup says ? cup you know that is unrealistically small and need to adjust the information accordingly. There are exceptions to what I am about to review that you can find by checking product labels or looking in books. Having this available to look at while the talk proceeds will help considerably in being able to remember and use this information. Frozen meats are fine, unless the meat has been salted or seasoned with salt at the time of freezing. Ask to see the information about the sodium content of these meats at the deli counter to see if they actually have an acceptable sodium content.
You will look for a good while at the grocery store but will probably be able to find some selections in this sodium range depending on your store. A good alternative is to use one of the low salt beef or chicken broths that are available as a starter and then create your own soup by adding vegetables or other items you like to the soup. Sea salt and designer salts are no different from regular salt in regards to sodium content. Check the labels and quantity of a serving size if you are trying to find something to use on a regular basis because there are options available.
DASH is a brand name of no salt herbal seasonings and marinades in multiple flavors which are good to give a try to see if they fit your taste.
For most patients, though, potassium salts are a reasonable option when used under their physician’s supervision.
When eating out, ask for a salad with salad dressing using oil and vinegar in separate containers. For fast food places, a supplemental source of information for the sodium content in foods is valuable because this information is not always routinely available in the stores themselves. We also load up on calories in chicken dishes (often breaded and fried), sodas, and energy and sports drinks.
One serving of low-fat cheese is one-third the amount of nonfat or low-fat dairy you should have in a day. It is not a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment and should not be relied on to make decisions about your health.
This video is to make more information available about a low salt diet because this is one of the key elements in ultimately achieving good blood pressure control. Some additional good news is that if you have a tendency for swelling in your legs or hands from the type of swelling that pits or leaves indentations when you press on it, a low sodium diet will be helpful. The vast majority of the sodium or salt that Americans eat has been added to the food before the salt shaker ever reaches the table. Particularly, after your taste buds become more sensitive to salt, you can cut the salt at least in half in most recipes and the food will generally taste just fine.
But the salads people eat out while trying to be healthy, frequently have a 1000mg of sodium which is half a day’s recommended sodium intake. All information in the lesions section comes from individuals that have dealt with extreme skin problems and have found ways of managing them using non-pharma products. Never ignore professional medical advice in seeking treatment because of something you have read on the WebMD Site. The goal for sodium restriction in most patients with high blood pressure is approximately 1500 mg of sodium daily. The chickens that are broiled and precooked in most grocery stores that look so appetizing unfortunately tend to be very high in salt.
Request the servers put the cheese from the salad in a side bowl and then you can perhaps use just a bit of that on the top of the salad as a condiment. Remember that a mixture of olive oil and vinegar is an excellent tasting low salt alternative for a marinade.
Unless you count fries and chips, fruits and vegetables don't even make a dent in our daily calorie count.
If they bring a premixed balsamic vinegar dressing, that is not OK, because this often contains 500mg sodium for just a small amount of dressing. Most of us get too much, raising our chances of high blood pressure and heart and kidney disease. The mix will not stop new itch spots or bumps and lumps, but it will get RID of existing ones without leaving a trace.
Without proper flora the body is open to many different type of skin infections since the flora is our immune defense against invaders. You can also open capsules of probiotics and not just one since you are covering a large area Beware that in the morning the liquid will have absorbed into your skin or evaporated leaving lots of crumbs and it's messy.
I also learned and am not surprised that scientists are discovering that humans are missing certain key bacteria from the skin that the human body requires. There is also a clinical trial underway to study the skin of children across USA."??Posted Oct.
At the store I found Absorbine Jr Cream and although it did burn for about 2-3 minutes after a short amount of time enduring I found it to be soothing and took the itching and pain away. After a few days of applying 2-3 times per day I found that it actually pulled out alot of all the horrible things that were under the massive very deep crusted lesions on my arm (can be seen before and after photo).After some success I began looking at the ingredients and determined all the natural things that it was made from, one of which was camphor (another good one is wormwood and aloe), and began trying other over the counter camphor based items by looking at the percentage of camphor within each product.
The ones I currently have now are all microscopic and can no longer be seen with the naked eye. However I will say that while the camphor I believe is helping to rid my internal system, it also has a price of the purging and expelling (so it has not been an easy pain free task), but I know I am healing. The camphor bottle has a stopper in the top allowing only one drop at a time, and once I did get too many drops which caused a euphoric sensation through my body. Again everything in moderation!!I also use a bottle of Vaposteam in hot baths for soaking that has camphor.
The oil in the camphor and the aroma baths soften the skin, pull the fibers out, clear the sinuses, and help relax for a good nights sleep as well. Much to my amazement I actually saw tons of blue fibers pour out of the lesion right before my eyes (I had never seen them come out of my body like that, usually when fiber bundles were present with the naked eye I would wake in the morning to find them there).After several months of taking it internally I had concerns that I may be hurting my blood, kidneys or liver and told my doctor what I was doing and requested referrals for urinalysis and bloodwork. Just as a test I stopped taking it once and within a week the clumps of fibers returned, so I began again which took another week for it to get back in my system to get relief again. I sometimes now take a break for a day or two if I am doing good, but don't go more than 2 days without at least a few drops.Disclaimer I am not advising anyone to use any of the items I choose to use for myself, you and you alone are responsible for your own healing and research, I am merely telling what has worked for me!?Posted Oct. She used this formula on the face and on the eyelids with no problem and claims her eyebrows and eyelashes are growing back. Her before and after photo shows the improvement, but I am not publishing them as it reveals her face.
Her formula contains DMSO which some feel is controversial, so do your own research and decide if it's the right direction for you. This is the only thing that ever worked without destroying my skin.I got onto the idea of DMSO.
It is a carrier and contrary to what experts say it is not harmful, you can research it yourself if you haven't already done so.
I believe the DMSO carries the other oils deep into the skin and  kills the "what ever they are". You won't be able to get them all out and yes some may die in the skin and cause a breakout, but over time is will subside.
It's taken me over a year now as certain section of my face were harder to deal with specifically the chin and cheeks. You don't have to wash your face but rinse it and apply a very thin layer at night before you go to bed. It seems now that I may never be rid of this completely but it is manageable. I was using antibiotics and I'd have to smear it on everyday and still not get rid of this and those antibiotics are not good for you. Most of my pores are tight like they were when I was young. FAR Infrared Using a FAR infrared sauna suit, Donna Staehr was able to clear up lesions that had been present for two years all over her body. With her permission, I'm sharing her "before" and "after" photos as well as her story (in italics).
I couldn't breath properly, couldn't even walk to my letterbox without puffing and wheezing.
I'm still not healed, but it's more maintenance now, and these days I'm trying to fix all the damage done to the body—a long road as you know.


If I had to buy a unit right now, I would not purchase this unit again but would go for a suit or blanket that envelopes the entire body as I think these would be much more effective then having a pad.
Learn how Infrared Therapy will benefit your healthHow does Far Infrared Therapy really work?The infrared light increases cellular metabolic rates by triggering mitochondria activity. The build up of toxins in a health body could block the normal blood circulation and impair the cellular energy. When FIR waves are applied, the water molecules that encapsulate the toxins get heat up, and start to vibrate. This vibration reduces the ion bonds of the atoms that are holding together the molecules of water. Scientists in Japan report that in the FIR treatment of clogged capillary vessels, heat expands the capillaries and then initiates the start of a process to dissolve hidden toxins.
Far Infrared thereby promotes elimination of fats, chemicals and toxins from the blood: Poisons, carcinogenic heavy metals - toxic substances from food processing - lactic acid, free fatty acids, and subcutaneous fat associated with aging and fatigue - excess sodium associated with hypertension - and uric acid which causes pain. Furthermore, if sebaceous glands are activated, accumulated cosmetics in pores can be eliminated through the skin (sweat and oil glands) rather than by the kidneys.3) Far Infrared stimulates enzyme activity and metabolism - One hour under the Hotouse improves metabolism.
Furthermore, it increases growth of cells, DNA syntheses, and protein synthesis all necessary during tissue repair and regeneration. Excellent for healing burns, scar tissue and skin problems.6) Far Infrared relieves nervous tension and relax autoneuro muscles thereby helping the body make the most of its intended healing abilities. I am mentioning this because people with Morgellons know they flair when they sweat and it was like that for me as well but NOT when I sweated from FIR. It is the furthest red on the spectrum and that spectrum of light is a very healing kind of light for humans and animals too.Incidentally the military has used FIR for ages for detoxification purposes.
I always thought it was normal for me to run low, as I can never remember not running low.It doesn't seem to be normal though, because now that it's up, it stays up, I'm feeling good. None of this is medical advice and all of it is based on only my own VERY un-scientific observations. His experience is that if lesions ooze onto clothing, you can spread the infection via the fabric. Sometimes I back the square with another square which is "dry" on the back of the first honey soaked dressing square. I treat new lesions immediatly before they get worse. The manuka honey        One unique advantage is manuka honeys ability to rapidly re-granulate the wound after the expulsion process. It also has the unique ability to stimulate immune cells at the wound site, something that no over-the-counter or Rx product can do. This works well for me because I do not have to endure pain as previously, because manuka honey is an excellect analgesic. Massage it in and they come to the surface before they can grow laterally in the skin layers. When he tells me he finds something that works, I pay particular attention because he has been hitting this disease hard. Tests on the morg bacteria on slides shows that it does kill the bacteria that makes the gels. Had a major breakout of lesions on one side of my face. Sure enough, there are those courageous and marginally insane folks who refuse to succumb to the drill and are healing their own teeth. It was tough, and at times scary but the tooth did heal." I'd like to share my experience with oil pulling using coconut oil. Three or four times in the three years since getting Morgellons, a sore has popped up on the roof of my mouth near the teeth.
In the past, it has taken up to two weeks to fully go away because brushing the teeth rips open the sore which bleeds.
The last time I got one of these sores I decided (after two days) to begin coconut pulling. I swished the oil around 20 minutes? in the morning upon awakening and in the evening before bed. Since then, I've continued to do coconut pulling at least once in the morning.? I have to admit, I'm pretty obsessive when it comes to my teeth. Things I have used on my teeth over time. Bentonite clay Rub the gums with it before bed (and leave it in the mouth).
It's fine if you end up swallowing it in your sleep as it's very healthy and helps with detoxification.
For those that take Bentonite internally as a detoxifier, note that it should be taken away from supplements.Garlic is a natural antibiotic I have experimented with extensively for fighting infection both internally and externally for years and can attest to it's antibiotic properties.
I've used this method on my teeth before I even had Morgellons with good results. If you feel you've got a serious infection in your tooth, taking garlic internally, might be a secondary support to your system. Make sure there is food in your stomach before ingesting raw garlic as it can burn in the most brutal fashion. Use only a half clove (or less) at a time to make sure your stomach is okay before taking a whole clove.
Also, some cultures like the Chinese, believe too much garlic overstimulates the liver, which can cause fitful sleep. If you have a bad abcess in the mouth, and feel the infection has progressed to a serious stage, you will need to determine if antibiotics are the way to go.
I had a really bad infection (pre-Morgellons) that I took antibiotics for and feel that was the best choice at the time. At the time of writing, I believed that I had had some sort of infestation in my apartment. However, if you do have a bug problem in your environment, these tips should get rid of it. I've written more about the need to get confirmation that there really is a problem in your environment on the "Reflections" page.
Do not breathe in the fumes if you can help it and don't stay in any room you are treating! Make a point of using them in sealed areas or bins and open windows or use an exhaust fan to ventilate afterwards. Some people buy the diffusers that have a candle in them. Menthol usage for dirty laundry (do not use menthol crystals in the washing machine) —Clothes are a big reinfection point. The whole idea behind using the bin with crystals is that you want to kill anything in the laundry BEFORE you put it in the wash so that you are not exposing yourself to re-infection when you handle it at the washer. You'll get the feel for how much you should use over time. After the clothing has been mentholating for a few hours, you can reach in and turn the laundry ensuring that everything in the bin has been well exposed to the menthol. When you are ready to turn off the heating element, pull the plug rather than opening the bin.
This works well—especially if you have things like down coats.You can do your shoes this way too or any other items you are unsure of!
Using menthol crystals on furniture (such as a couch) —Buy a big plastic drop-cloth from a hardware store with as thick a plastic as is available and 'TENT' your couch.
I wouldn't make a habit of wearing unwashed mentholated clothing as I believe it is unhealthy to inhale the vapors over a long period. Some people have tried to mentholate rooms. Open dresser draws, closet doors, and try to keep in mind that you want to make sure as much air circulation gets around things as possible. Don't do this if you have fishtanks in the room, and make sure to protect your pets by keeping them out. Computer Equipment —I disassembled all my equipment including cords and put them into a big bin with mothballs.
It did the trick.Mothballs are nasty and toxic, this is a last resort solution and I suggest you do your best to limit exposure especially when it comes to inhaling. Also, note that certain plastic foams will absorb the odor of the mothballs and there is no way to get that smell out.
If you have a problem in an isolated area such as a room, I'd put a bin right outside the door with diatomaceous earth? in it, or methol crystals. I encourage those wanting to interact with others in the Morgellons communtiy to join the forum (or the many other Facebook groups). Gratitude to Rayelta Nayar? for all her hard work preparing these!Note that I am not publishing the below pdfs as recommendations. I'm not endorsing nor do I follow any of the protocols below, yet, feel the public should have easy access to the information and form their own opinions about them. Reflections Awareness Poster Links Ayla's Art Contact Ayla Morgellons Disease: Tips for healing lesions, oral care and environment   Information for dealing with Morgellons lesions using topical aids as well as FAR infrared technology. It's not a cure, but it WILL rid each and every lesion if the application is consistent. You can also open capsules of probiotics and not just one since you are covering a large area Beware that in the morning the liquid will have absorbed into your skin or evaporated leaving lots of crumbs and it's messy.
Her formula contains DMSO which some feel is controversial, so do your own research and decide if it's the right direction for you. It is a carrier and contrary to what experts say it is not harmful, you can research it yourself if you haven't already done so. You won't be able to get them all out and yes some may die in the skin and cause a breakout, but over time is will subside.
It's taken me over a year now as certain section of my face were harder to deal with specifically the chin and cheeks. I was using antibiotics and I'd have to smear it on everyday and still not get rid of this and those antibiotics are not good for you.



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