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Pulmonary disorders by Anni Dahms

 

IMG_6647 ABy Anni Dahms
Owner of the retail chain
ANNI’s VITAL SHOP.
Nurse- & Health
specialist,  Biopath and Nutritional Adviser.

The rainforest is popularly referred to as the earth’s lungs. As the rainforest is becoming less and less, it is perhaps logical that the human lungs are also suffering more and more.

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LungerI know that strict official science says that we will not be suffocated even though the rainforests are being felled. Nevertheless, I personally believe that microcosmos is as macrocosmos. There are of course many different reasons for the rapid increase in pulmonary disorders over recent years. Although we don’t go around every day thinking about our breathing, I think it’s a good idea to pay attention before any problems become serious. The lungs have to bring oxygen to our body and remove carbon dioxide from the blood. If the cells and tissue don’t get sufficient oxygen, we stop functioning optimally. The exchange of oxygen and carbon dioxide is known as respiration. It is calculated that about every 10th Dane has a pulmonary disorder. Pulmonary disorders such as asthma, bronchitis, enlarged lungs, age etc. have an impact on our ability breathe well. People with good breathing also tend to have better cardiac function and better circulation. One says, that when you reach about the age of 70 your lung capacity decreases by up to 40%, unless you exercise frequently or keep your breathing healthy in another way, eg. with special breathing exercises. A good lung capacity is usually followed by a good wellbeing, this due to your cells being filled with more energy when you breathe deeply and thoroughly. Unfortunately we are all being faced with uncomfortable amounts of contamination from various toxins, airborne chemicals, cigarette smoke, dust, etc. which contribute to obstructions with our breathing. Therefore, we become fatigued more quickly, have problems with our memory and our skin looks tired and sapped of energy. Various forms of stress and sedentary jobs often involve us breathing superficially. This results in the lungs losing their elasticity, which in turn can make you more prone to bronchitis etc.

Louise Hay writes that the lungs present the ability to take in life and pass life on, that problems with lungs means that we are afraid to take in life, and that we may not believe that we are worthy of living life to the absolute fullest.

For example, she writes that pulmonary edema in combination with being a heavy smoker is a way of denying life, in other words the heavy smoker may secretly believe that they aren’t worthy of existing. If you feel that your breathing isn’t quite as it should be, then get started on improving the function of your lungs. It’s never too late.


 

Diet

MangoIf you are suffering from a pulmonary If you are suffering from a pulmonary disorder, it is incredibly important that you eat a healthy diet. If you fry your food, be sure to use butter and some good olive oil. Almost daily we are given reviews on which oils are best to fry with. It’s best to not fry at all, however, my personal favorite oils for frying are olive oil and coconut oil and butter also. It can be a good idea to mix 1 tablespoonful of various seeds once a week, eg. sesame, flax, sunflower, pumpkin together with walnuts, almonds and hazelnuts. Put these in a glass in the fridge. Use a little every day, eg. on top of your porridge, muesli, yoghurt, etc. It’s a fantastic way of getting your essential oils. If you know that you’ll never get this done yourself, you will find that there are different mixes available. Hemp seed is another good option, it’s rich in both omega 3 and 6. Ensure you are eating a sufficient amount of fruit and vegetables. Be careful when it comes to cauliflower, other forms of cabbage as well as apples and the various types of beans as these can give stomach gas which in turn can put pressure on the diaphram and lungs. Both fruits and vegetables contain a lot of good antioxidants. The ‘stomach-friendly’ are berries, mango, all forms of potato, capsicum, tomato, squash etc. Gently try these out. Eat a good amount of avocados, which contains some very healthy fatty acids. Use healthy oils on your salads and mix them yourself with flaxseed oil, olive oil, avocado oil etc. Avoid all foods made from white flour, this including white bread, cake, normal pasta. It creates mucus and doesn’t benefit the body in any way. Instead, replace with whole grain products which have fiber and helps to keep the stomach in check. Choose for example whole grain rice, glutenfree oatmeal and quinoa, the latter being one of the newer grain products which contains many nutrients. You can cook it as you do rice, buy it as flour and mix into your bread as well as it being available as flakes for your muesli, salads etc. Stay away from foods containing sugar such as dairy products are not recommended. As with white flour, it induces mucus. Nuts such as walnuts, brazil nuts, almonds, etc. contain a whole lot of healthy unsaturated fatty acids and especially vitamin E. Eat plenty of sunflower seeds. Remember to eat fish. It serves as a light meal with plenty of protein. You also get a lot of healthy fatty acids when eating salmon, makrel, sardines, herring, halibut etc. Whenever possible try to choose organic products.


Supplements

If you have a lung disorder, it is important to keep yourself as healthy as possible with good supplementation. There are those people who think that we get enough of the healthy nutrients if we eat “healthy”. It is my opinion that this cannot be done today with all the pollution we are surrounded by. The soil is exhausted and tired. There is a long transport time for some food sources. Pesticides are used. The harvest is artificially accelerated etc. Make sure to get vitamins/minerals of highly absorbable quality.

  • Chlorella is a unicellular green algae. It contains all the necessary amino acids and a large quantity of essential vitamins and minerals, as well as the essential fatty acids. It has a lot of healing properties. If you have one of good quality, it will be good at detoxifying and healing. It strengthens the immune system and contains a lot of good fibres. It aids the brain by providing it with oxygen, as Chlorella contains chlorophyll and is therefore a carrier of pure oxygen. It helps to give good energy. I have heard Chlorella being described at the earth’s lungs. It’s considered to be a superfood.
  • If possible take extra doses of vitamin C, vitamin E and extra vitamin D.
  • Research has shown that Q10 may aid better breathing in cases of pulmonary disorders.
  • L-Carnitine is a vitamin-like amino acid that can help to support the function of your lungs and to provide energy.
  • Olive leaf acts as a natural antibiotic. The Olive leaf has both anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties.
  • Serrapeptase is an enzyme which I am personally very fond of. Initially it was extracted from the silk worm, but today it is produced synthetically. It has a long range of activity, and you can read up about it on the internet at serrapeptase info. There is a book written called “Serrapeptase a miracle enzyme”. It is often instrumental in relieving pulmonary symptoms. You should be aware that there are occasionally people who are hypersensitive to the product.
  • Turmeric is a dietary supplement also known as Curcumin and Gurkemeje. Turmeric related to ginger and has been used as a spice for many years. It is a potent antioxidant with high anti-inflammatory effects.
  • Astragalus is a plant with roots in North China. It can aid in improving the function of your lungs and help prevent respiratory infections.

Tips

  • Remember to drink plenty of water. The best way to quench your thirst is with pure water.
  • Many have had really good experiences when receiving treatment from a skilled acupuncturist, which may contribute to the feeling of increased quality of life. 
  • Yoga, Tai Chi and other soft forms of exercise can be really good for increasing lung function. 
  • As often as possible, allow your clothes to consist of natural materials because we also breathe with our skin, which is our largest organ. The use of synthetic materials can hinder substantially. 
  • In the world in which I am educated, grief is often the basis for lung problems. It may be a good idea to talk to a psychologist. Is there something/someone you should forgive in your life before being able to move forward? Perhaps you do not wish to forgive, because a person or a few people have hurt you so much that you do not want to forgive.
    Actually it is only an act of kindness towards ONESELF to forgive. The moment you forgive, you set yourself free from that person. As long as you have not forgiven the person(s), you are bound to them. 
  • Pay attention to yourself taking deep breaths in and out at regular intervals throughout the day. 
  • Choose some good dance music, and dance and sing as much as your pipes and clothes can handle. At first you may only be able to for a short few minutes, but you’ll find that you can do it for a little while  longer every day. Joy is automatically reinforced when you allow yourself to go in a fully free dance. 
  • Watch a good film where the laughing muscles are used. It strengthens the function of the lungs and the immune system as well as enriching life. 

 

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Chronic Fatigue by Anni Dahms

IMG_6647 ABy Anni Dahms
Owner of the retail chain
ANNI’s VITAL SHOP.
Nurse- & Health
specialist,  Biopath and Nutritional Adviser.

 

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I feel tired, tired all the way inside my soul. It is an annually repetitive situation, I’m aware of what has caused it. It is a combination of the heat, too many visitors, too much red wine, going to bed late and a lot of work.

As soon as normality sets in again, and I fall back into my daily regimen of my supplements combined with a healthy diet, sleep and exercise, the fatigue disappears like dew on a June morning.

In general, I feel stronger, more active and happier now than I did 20 years ago. This is partially due to being a little heavier then, and the fact that I didn’t bother too much about my daily health, or care much for exercise and of how my organs functioned. I was thinking primarily about work, which was my life’s priority.

træthedThe above is that we call a natural fatigue, but there are many people who suffer from unexplainable fatigue over a long period of time, yes indeed, it can last for months.

Chronic fatigue syndrome is a condition of severe tiredness and fatigue lasting for more than 6 months. The key words here are that chronic fatigue cannot be relieved by rest or sleep.

Many people reason that age is a cause of fatigue. This may partially be correct. It is true that with age our metabolism and our ability to detoxify decreases. Therefore, it is important that you spend more time and care towards your body as well as being aware of treating it lovingly and well, knowing that our body shall last us a lifetime. In return your body will reward you beautifully.

Do you belong to those who go through life eating fast food, and food that has been filled with pesticides, chemicals, additives, preservatives, pollution, unnecessary medicine, etc. Then it is only logical that the body will at some point start heeding a warning, stating that enough is enough by letting the alarm bells ring in the form of fatigue.

The liver and kidneys have had enough and find it difficult to cope with the vital tasks at hand. On top of this, there may perhaps be a very stressful job in the picture, making it difficult to merge private time with family, children and work into a higher harmonic unity.

It would be wise to pay close attention to your digestive system along with your liver and kidneys, if you suffer from prolonged fatigue. Or if you feel tired even though you’ve had a long night’s sleep, but you’re already completely exhausted by the afternoon. Fatigue can be felt both mentally and physically, and can possibly be accompanied by pain in the joints, connective tissue and muscles.

Fatigue can be caused by a number of things, due to the fact that fatigue is often a symptom of various diseases, eg. after a severe infection.

In a case with prolonged fatigue, you should allow your doctor to examine you, paying special attention to intestinal flora, digestion, kidneys and liver function. Make sure to take an extensive variety of blood samples checking blood count, CRP, blood sugar, and in my opinion a study of Borrelia should also be included.

In my opinion, it is very important that you have a doctor you trust, and whom you feel takes your symptoms seriously. Often it turns out that the reason for chronic fatigue may be caused by a metabolic disease, iron deficiency, candida fungus, poisoning by heavy metals, electrical hypersensitivity eg. from cell phone towers, cell phones, radio and television transmitters, etc.

Chronic fatigue is a disease more commonly found in women than men, and least in children and adolescents.

Diet and lifestyle

Whether or not you find a cause for chronic fatigue, it is of utmost importance that you take your lifestyle into consideration. Perhaps it needs to be totally reassessed. Make sure that you have the opportunity to take it easy. Sort out what is a necessity and what you do to be kind. Listen to yourself. Learn to say no, although it may cause some conflicts. I often find that the people I meet with chronic fatigue, are members of the “nice-school“ and find it difficult to face a conflict and say no. Believe in yourself and know that you know best when the shoe is pinching.

If you are on medication, be aware that one of the side effects of the medication may be fatigue, or that you could possibly have an allergy to the product. It can be especially noticeable if the medication is hepatotoxic. Talk to your doctor about possibly trying another product.

It is estimated that approximately 50-85% of people who suffer from chronic fatigue have a food intolerance. It is estimated that 1-3% of calls to the doctor are due to complaints of fatigue.

Make sure that your diet is as healthy as possible, that it is full of vitamins, minerals and proteins, fiber and without white sugar or other sugary substitutes. Away with all forms of products containing sugar, such as cakes, biscuits, snacks and those dangerous croissants. If there are certain foods you feel dependent on, stop and look a little more closely at them to see if they could be wrong for you. Eg. various types of cola, drinks containing guarana, etc.

Also, be careful with caffeinated drinks such as coffee, chocolate and alike. Many resort to these drinks because they provide instant energy, but on the long run they just help to tire your adrenals, and push towards a delicate blood glucose system. The same applies to alcohol. If possible choose organic products.

Many people find that they feel considerably better on a gluten-free diet, but also that dairy products, eggs and white sugar can cause problems. It may be a good idea to make a diet diary, where you write down what you eat and drink every day. Maybe save a small section for unexpected stressful experiences, and how the process enfolded. From there, you’ll be able to discover if there are certain foods that make you feel bad in no time at all.

I speak with many people who report a significant improvement in their well-being since changing their diet, and have therefore made it one of their top priorities in life.

Supplements

Life is much too short to let it be destroyed by chronic fatigue.

If you or your doctor can’t find a sure reason for your chronic fatigue, you can go a long way by strengthening yourself with good supplements.

Ensure a high quality multivitamin/mineral product filled with good antioxidants.

German studies show that the stronger a magnetic field is, the greater is the formation of free radicals.

Therefore, it may be wise to ensure you take extra antioxidants for protection, such as selenium, zinc, extra vitamin C, vitamin E, beta-carotene, B6 and Q10.

Be especially aware to take an extra supplement of Q10, if you are taking any cholesterol-lowering drugs which slow down your own production of Q10. Lack of Q10, which is also known as the cells’ power plants, can cause great fatigue, which I myself have experienced. The dose is between 100 – 300 mg daily. It can work miracles. One study showed that 80% of people who felt chronically tired were lacking Q10.

An additional help to the cell’s power plants is the amino acid Acetyl-L-Carnitine. A combination of Q10 and Acetyl-L-carnitine belongs to my everyday absolute favorites, in keeping energy production going.

Make sure to take an extra supplement of vitamin D.

An extra supplementation of strong B-vitamins is a good help.

Also, be sure to take a supplement of essential fatty acids (Omega 3/6/7/9).

It is always good to take healthy probiotic supplements. It is important for your immune system, as well as a strong mucus membrane and for formation of various vitamins, that your intestinal flora is good.

Various digestive enzymes can also provide good support.

Many people with chronic fatigue syndrome also suffer from tired adrenal glands. For this a little daily dose of liquorice can be very good. Remember that the liquorice must be without sugar. You may eg. put a little pure English liquorice in your smoothies, or you can eat some pastilles that are 100% pure liquorice. I myself am very happy for the latter. They sit on my bedside table and are enjoyed every evening, while reading a relaxing book before I call it a night.

Other supplements that can be helpful are Ginseng, Rhodiola, Siberian Ginseng, Schisandra and Ginkgo Biloba. You can find a large proportion of these products blended together into one product. Feel free to ask in your local health food shop.

If you have a feeling that your fatigue symptoms may be caused by poisoning, then taking an extra supplement of Chlorella over a period of time can be of great benefit. Chlorella has detoxifying properties and simultaneously contains all the vitamins, minerals and amino acids in their natural form. It is important that you choose a supplement of good quality.

Tips

Some winter bathers claim, that their chronic fatigue symptoms were significantly reduced after they began winter bathing.

Exercise for some people with chronic fatigue can almost seem unmanageable, because it may feel like exercise worsens the condition. On the other hand, it is important to keep moving. You could therefore exercise with small rest intervals. Set your own limits and do not let other exercise-happy friends provoke you. Nordic walking (walking with the help of walking rods) has proven to be a form of exercise, that is often easiest to perform. However it is important that Nordic walking is carried out properly, so get a trainer to show you how to get the most out of it.

Craniosacral therapy or physiotherapy with a physiotherapist who is familiar with the disorder can be good complementary treatments. Relaxing massages and other relaxing treatments eg. with breathing, yoga etc may also be beneficial.

 

The Digestive System by Anni Dahms

IMG_6647 ABy Anni Dahms
Owner of the retail chain
ANNI’s VITAL SHOP.
Nurse- & Health
specialist,  Biopath and Nutritional Adviser.

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I have read that 84 pounds of feces was found in Henry the 8th’s gut, which was perhaps one explanation for his big belly. From the moment you have eaten your food, until you acknowledge the remnants of it, there should preferably go between 24 to 36 hours. Many ”wise” people say that it does not matter if it takes longer, it is very normal, but normality does not say anything about quality, and we all know that it feels extremely uncomfortable when there’s a long time between our number two’s. Several conditions and diseases start in one way or other from the intestinal tract. Therefore, many people look at me little strangely, when they complain about some disorder in the body and first question is to ask them about how their stomach is. I do not think I’ve ever had someone who besides having unpleasantness somewhere in the body, has said to me, ”My gut is completely perfect, I feel fine there.” Many endocrine disorders originate from the gut. Psychological illnesses such as fear, nervousness, impatience, anger and irritability states, are most often linked to intestinal health. Guaranteed, we all know about it either in the form of constipation or the opposite as diarrhea. It is worth considering the next time you feel irritated and impatient, that your immune system may be low the moment. Personally, I believe that the vast majority of states of anger and impatience basically originates from fear. A large quantity of our immune system, about 70 – 80% comes from our digestive system. In Chinese medicine, which has been a major factor in my education in complementary medicine, various parts of the intestines are considered to relate with other organs, where any ailments often express themselves. For example, a bad bowel syndrome is often associated with lung and or skin problems, eg. asthma, bronchitis and/or acne or other skin related problems. When you have an infection, you may take some antibiotics. These can not distinguish the good bacteria from the bad, and are therefore responsible for clearing the body of most bacteria – both good and bad. This results in your immune system being low once again, and you may have to resort to another antibiotic treatment. A unhealthy cycle has now started. When I write this, understand that I am deeply grateful for antibiotics, but only when strictly necessary. To you who are taking antibiotics, make sure to stabilize the healthy intestinal flora. The entire digestive system begins with the mouth and esophagus, where food begins to split, is chewed and swallowed. This is followed by the stomach where the food is digested and is served in small portions to the small intestine. The food receives the juices from the pancreas and bile, and then it’s broken down further and the nutrients are absorbed. The majority of nutrients are absorbed here. If your small intestine is not functioning properly, but has weakened by free radicals, is inflammated and/or damaged you will often have a leaky gut. This is where some nutrients that should first be decomposed into absorbable units, instead pass undigested into the bloodstream, contributing to a weakened defense system. The next section is the colon which also absorbs nutrients as well as with water. The waste products are then transported to the rectum where waste products are normally excreted once or several times a day

Diet

The most important thing is to chew your food slowly. First you should look at it a little, maybe say a little thank you inside of yourself for the wonderful food you’ll be eating. Already, your digestive secretions have started to be produced. About 1 liter of saliva is formed in the mouth daily, which include includes important enzymes and probiotics. The entire process of chewing is the foundation for good digestion. I see many people who almost gulp down their food, I often ask them if they also gulp through their lives. Be sure to eat a balanced diet, and listen to your body for what it wants to be nourished with. As a nurse I often experienced that young children had a very good intuition and ate the foods they benefited from, until they became addicted and often pressured to intake foods that wasn’t exactly good for the individual. As an adult, it’s harder. We do not give ourselves time to notice what we really want, and we dare not believe in it, because the ”experts” may say the opposite to what our intuition says. Our food intuition has been spoiled along the way by sugary foods, sweets, alcohol, drugs etc. However somewhere – often completely inside us, we know what we need. Make sure to avoid the food you feel intolerant to. If you eat meat, eat meat of good quality and beware of too much red meat. It often has a long transit time through the digestive system. If you are a big fan of milk products, then be a little careful and perhaps cut down on the amount. Many people do not have the enzymes needed to break down the milk’s sugar. Furthermore, lactose is highly slime producing. For those of you who must have full-fat cheese sprinkled over their food please be careful, it becomes plastic-like in the gut. You may switch to other milk types such as rice milk, soy milk, buckwheat milk, almond milk etc. These products are also available in the form of cream, so if you need to have whipped cream for a dessert you can have it either done in a spray can or you can whip it youself. For example, freshly whipped ”cream” from rice or coconut tastes absolutely delightful. Be careful with a refined diet, such as products like white flour and white rice. Instead try getting enough fiber in your diet from whole grain products. Eat plenty of vegetables and salads and remember to drink plenty of water – six to eight glasses a day, not with food but after or between meals.

Supplements

In addition to a multivitamin/mineral supplement with the essential oils, I also advise many people to supplement with a daily supplement of probiotics containing acidophilus, bifidus etc. due to the fact that our daily diet is usually so refined and removed of its original status.

Vitamin C powder mixed with magnesium and calcium helps to keep the stomach in order, if there is a tendency to excrement being a little tough.

Aloe Vera juice is good for both digestion and to doctor a sensitive gut.

Some people have too much stomach acid and easily get uncomfortable burning especially after eating certain foods.  Samarin is a great help in this case.

Some people produce too little stomach acid. The symptoms are often almost the same as when there is too much stomach acid, but it is obviously not good to eat antacids if you have too little stomach acid.
If you have too little stomach acid symptoms are often that you feel tired and heavy after you have eaten, especially if the food has been protein rich, for example. a large steak or the like. The most common age of too little stomach acid is after the age of 35. When I ask about people’s eating habits people with too little stomach acid often say, that they do not eat meat, because they feel bad and bloated afterwards. Wacky and jagged nails as well as hair loss are also common symptoms of having too little stomach acid.

It can be a great inspiration to eat according to your blood type. If you have intestinal problems then try to eat after your blood type for a period of time. It is that direction of diet in which I have seen most people feel very pleased about. A personal blood type diet can be easily combined for the whole family without much effort. There is a small, light, cheap and good cookbook called “Food for all blood types – a cookbook for the whole family” by Signe Lykke.

It may be a good idea to take Molkosan, especially if you do not really know whether you have too much or too little stomach acid. Take 1 tsp. 1-3 times a day with a glass of water. Molkosan has a regulating effect on both states.

Do you feel in need of a cleansing, then there are many herbal formulas to take both in tablet form, as a herbal tea or to mix as green drink/smoothie. Chlorella is a unicellular fresh-water micro algae which has a high content of extremely good nutrients. It contains vitamins and minerals, and has a high content of protein with all amino acids. Chlorella also has great detoxifying properties. It is used for example, to purge mercury from the body. In addition, it’s really good for constipation and stimulates your immune system. Chlorella is found in many brands, and it is important to choose one of good quality.

Are you the type that suffers from fatigue, flatulence and intolerance? In many cases it can be helped by supplementing with digestive enzymes such as with papaya or bromelain – found in many combination products.

Tips

You should know that a healthy intestinal flora, creates more B vitamins and vitamin K.

Louise Hay writes generally about the gut, that the gut stands for the release of waste and that a new thought pattern could be ”It’s easy to get rid waste”.

Old sorrow and anger are often associated with intestinal problems, so be sure to get those feelings processed in one way or another.

Also make sure to get enough exercise, such as walking half an hour, twice a day. It has a great effect on the joy of life, the muscles and good intestinal motility.