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Silicium – It Reduces and Prevents Lines and Wrinkles

Silicium is often referred to as the forgotten trace element and is essential to human health as it forms one of the essential constituents that the body needs to maintain a healthy lifestyle and repair damage caused by external influences and the ageing process. The modern human race is deficient in Silicium due to our processed and refined diet allied with the fact that, as we age, we progressively lose silicum from our bodies making us more prone to arthritis and joint problems as well increased wrinkles and skin problems.

What is Bio-Activated Organic Silicium?

Silicon is a natural element needed by the human body for many processes. When it is bio-activated, as it is with VitaSil/Dexsil products, it is able to penetrate the skin to form collagen, the skin’s natural scaffolding, and also elastin, which keeps the skin supple. No other product can create collagen in this way. As humans age, the amount of silicon they have decreases.

What does Bio-Activated Organic Silicium do?

– It reduces and prevents lines and wrinkles.

By being able to penetrate the deeper layers of the skin, VitaSil/Dexsil helps produce collagen and elastin naturally. Collagen plumps cells with hydration so the skin becomes fresh and hydrated. In younger skin, it can prevent wrinkles from forming. In mature skin, winkles will decrease and the skin will become firmer and younger looking.

Bio-activated organic silicium comes in both a liquid, taken each morning, and a range of gels aimed at different ailments.

– It Reduces Inflammation

Bio-activated organic silicium also combats and reduces pain and inflammation, whether from rheumatoid or osteo-arthritis, injury or any other source of inflammation.

What conditions can it help?

  •  Dehydrated skin, loose sagging skin, wrinkles and lines anywhere on face and body

Silicium Gel is the only product that allows the body to naturally generate collagen.

This means that the skin all over the body and  face will become firm and hydrated. Cells will plump up with collagen, wrinkles are reduced and new ones are prevented.

– Drink Organic Silicium Liquid each morning. 

  • Muscular pain, cramp, stiff muscles.

Powersil/Sport Gel acts effectively and quickly on any form of muscular

Cramp or pain. This can be after sporting activity, a pulled muscle from lifting,

working on computer, carrying heavy bags.

Muscles relax and circulation is increased. Pain is diminished.

– Drink Organic Silicium Liquid each mornin each morning.

– Apply PowerSil/Sport gel twice a day on the affected and  surrounding areas on damp skin.

  •  Acne and spots anywhere on the face and body.

Clear gel applied on oily/ acne skin spots. Dries spots, prevents future ones

from forming. Based on the Silicium molecule it allows the body to naturally generate

collagen. The gel will help to prevent acne scars on skin.

–  Drink Organic Silicium Liquid each mornin each morning.

– Apply Boutons/Spots gel 3 times a day on the affected and surrounding area on damp skin.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Artichoke & Lemon Digestive Aid

This food concentrate is in the old European tradition of ‘bitters’, and gives a pleasant ‘kick’. This formula can by used by anyone (even with medication) with no contraindications – as it is a ‘food’ blend.

Excellent for soothing and improving digestion; it will also assist in cleansing the liver. It can also be drunk as a daily health tonic by all the family!

You will need:

500ml Apple cider vinegar (preferably organic)

The juice of 3 lemons

1 clove of garlic

A handful of basil leaf or 1 tablespoon of dried herb (fresh best)

A handful of peppermint leaf (do not use dried)

1 tablespoon of cinnamon powder

1 tablespoon of fennel seed

Blend together until thinned/soup like. Store in a glass container or large jar at least a week before using. This should keep for months because it will be naturally preserved.

Dose: 5ml x 3 daily – or if experiencing very poor digestion – 5ml x 6 daily for a few intensive days.

Dose from 1 year old – ½ a tsp x 3 daily (from 5 years old – 5ml x 3 daily).

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DANDELION – how to use a common weed in our everyday life

 

DANDELION

(Taraxacum officinale)


Introduction:

Dandelion is a common ‘weed’ used all over Europe as folk medicine for thousands of years, using its thick squat root and young spring leaves.  The English name itself comes from the French description of its indented leaves described as dent (teeth) de Leon (of the Lion).  Presumably its flowers which are yellow and its petals are like a Lions Mane!

A lot of people around the world rely on Dandelion and great quantities are grown commercially with the leaves harvested each spring and the roots every second year.

Where can you find it?

It will flourish in most soils and is prolific in many regions, coping with great wet and cold more than heat.  It flourishes all over Europe and texts relating to it were also found in Arab medicine books in the 11th century. It bright yellow showy flowers comprising more than a hundred small petals on a round orb the size of a Clementine.  One often sees thousands in flower in one area at a time but equally they can grow as a loner amongst other wild plants.  The seed heads are often ‘blown’ by children to tell the time and so it is a charming traditional British herb.

Medicinal Uses:

The leaves are high in Potassium and it is a very strong and an extremely safe diuretic.  It can safely reduce High Blood pressure by removing fluid volume in the body. As it is the safest diuretic in the botanical kingdom, it makes a reliable choice.  The root has significantly useful and powerful cleansing action on the liver and makes a good detoxification herb.  It will stimulate bile production.  It is also mildly laxative and bitter.  Altogether it is a blood cleanser.

The leaves contain high quantities of coumarines which help thin the blood which is why it was often used traditionally in spring (using the new spring leaves) to thin the blood after winter.  Thinning the blood allows deposits and toxins to be freed up, moved on and eliminated.  Dandelion leaves were often traditionally used with Burdock, hence the famous Dandelion & Burdock beverages made by country folk.

Its roots have noted anti-inflammatory properties and its polyphenols give good antioxidant presence (carotenoids etc).  The roots also contain notable amounts of polysaccharides, which have shown anti-tumour activity in animals.

Both the root and leaf contain high quantities of Potassium but also other vitamins and minerals to include Calcium and vitamins A, B C & D.

 

To Summarise Uses:

  • It removes waste products from the body, via the kidneys (leaf) and via the liver and gallbladder (root).  It reliably removes a wide range of toxins.
  • It is also an excellent skin clearer – assisting with acne, eczema, psoriasis and boils.
  • Useful in gout to help detoxify.
  • Rheumatism and Arthritis where detoxification is required.  Also gout.
  • Should gallstones exist, using Dandelion can help prevent more being produced and many herbalists use the leaf to gently help dissolve existing stones. Warning – do not attempt this without practitioner supervision as gall and kidney stone removal can be very dangerous.
  • Can be used alongside adaptogenic herbs like Siberian ginseng, astragalus, ligustrum and rhodiola for additional adrenal/kidney support.
  • Good for treating cystitis/alkalising the geno-urinary area.

It can make a useful hangover drink:

Take 15g of root to 750 mls water.  Take the decoction in small quantities frequently throughout the day.

Also try your sample of Dandelion Root Coffee from Herbs Hands Healing with added cool spices.  The drink would also help a ‘hangover’ but equally it makes a delicious, nourishing and nurturing drink at any time, day or night for the liver.  It is also an excellent alternative to the coffee bean (and caffeine free).

Dandelion is a very useful aid to persistent constipation:

Add equal parts yellow Dock (Rumex crispus) to the Dandelion Root and make a decoction as above.  If you like, sweeten with either a very small amount of carob and liquorice.

For fluid retention problems:

e.g swollen ankles, make a cup of Dandelion leaf tea.

Use 2 tsp of crumbled dried leaf (4-6g) in 1 mug boiling water.  Drink up to 3 cups daily.  It is entirely safe, cannot and will not exhaust the kidneys and enriches the body with organic Potassium.  You can also use Organic Dandelion Leaf tincture.  Dose of 1:1 strength ½ tsp diluted with 100 ml water and 3 x daily of 1:1 strength, ½ tsp diluted with 100ml water x 3 daily (2 ½ mls).

 

Energetic Uses:

Good for clearing blocked energy and emotion.

Strengthens the mind where issues of fear and uncertainty arise from weakened kidney function (Dandelion leaf).

Part Used:

 

Spring leaves fresh or dried

Autumn Roots fresh or dried

Applications:

Tincture, Teas, Decoctions, country wines.  Tonic salads (the leaves) throughout Spring and Summer – add the lettuce and other salad items.

Contra-indications:

There are none.  It is a plant that can really do no harm.  Even if put alongside drugs to remove excess water from the body it will simply work with the body and situation and not exacerbate or create imbalance of any kind.

However you would never use B vitamins with prescription diuretics.

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What is MSM ? (Methyl-Sulphonyl Methane) and its health benefits!!!

MSM is the 4th most plentiful mineral in the body and so essential to life that it is found in every cell of virtually every animal and plant. MSM is basically converted sulphur. MSM as a supplement is usually sourced from pine bark. Never use synthetic MSM. Foods rich in sulphur are eggs, onions, garlic and aloe vera.

MSM is source of sulphur which is an essential mineral in the body. It helps to maintain overall body balance between acidity and alkalinity which is required for balanced health. When you take MSM, your cells become more permeable, enabling your body to quickly wash out any foreign particles in your system. Every twelve hours your body is designed to flush each cell of any unwanted debris. When your diet is deficient, the cell walls become hard and stiff and this hinders fluid flow through the cell walls. How MSM can change this is by softening the cell walls, allowing foreign proteins and free radicals to be washed out of your system. MSM is used by the body to continually create new healthy cells to replace the old ones. Sulfur also plays a part in tissue respiration, the process that oxygen and other substances are used to build cells and release energy.

1. MSM helps our bodies absorb more nutrients (vitamins and minerals). Especially good for helping to absorb Vitamin C.

2. MSM increases oxygen availability to the body.

There are people who have had emphysema, who used an atomizer for breathing and could hardly get out of the chair to walk across the room, who, after about a week of taking MSM, walked a half mile, rested and then walked another half mile. Now that is not because emphysema had been reversed, but because the MSM detoxifies and increases the blood’s circulation of oxygen. MSM helps get oxygen into the blood a lot more efficiently with the same amount of work.

3. MSM helps increase energy.

Energy levels increase with MSM because it helps make the cell walls more permeable. Our cell walls get thicker and more rigid with age; this tends to create a lessening of the amount of nutrients and oxygen that can enter the cell through the cell wall. Also, toxins which get stored in the cell get trapped within the cells because of the lower permeability of the cell wall. When MSM goes into the body the permeability of the cell walls greatly increases, enhancing the absorption of nutrients and oxygen and helping release the toxins which were stuck in cells. When these toxins leave the body, it helps to increase our energy.

4. MSM Supports Blood Sugar. A good example of this at work shows up in diabetics. When their blood carries sugar to their cells, the sugar cannot be absorbed due to the impermeability of the cell wall. Studies show that when MSM goes into the body it causes the cell wall to be more permeable again. The pancreas (which requires sulphur to make insulin) normalizes because it does not work so hard, blood sugar can now be absorbed through the cell walls, helping to balance the blood sugar level. Because sulphur is a component of insulin (the protein hormone secreted by the pancreas that is essential to carbohydrate metabolism), a lack of nutritional sulphur in the diet can result in low insulin production by the pancreas. Studies suggest, in those with diabetes, that the cell wall may be more leathery and thus the absorption of sugar by the cells is greatly reduced.

5. MSM helps the body eliminate toxins including lactic acid build-up from strenuous exercise.

Drinking plenty of water is very important for anyone wishing to have good health. The fact that MSM detoxifies means that you need to keep water moving into the body so that the toxins can be eliminated without stressing other organs of the body, such as the kidneys.

6. MSM helps to dramatically reduces recuperation time from strenuous exercise and long hours of work.

7. MSM helps relieve muscular aches and pains.

8. MSM helps reduce inflammation due to injury or inflammatory diseases such as arthritis.

When the water pressure inside a cell is greater than the water pressure on the outside of the cell, there is inflammation and swelling. (The outer and intercellular fluid pressures are not equal.) MSM enhances the permeability of the cell walls, therefore allowing the pressure on both sides of the wall to equalize, thus relieving the inflammation. MSM takes inflammation out of soft tissue and since pain comes from nerves in inflamed soft tissue, there is often relief from the pain of such inflammatory ailments as arthritis, bursitis, rheumatism and hip dysplasia.

9. MSM helps reduce scar tissue and wrinkles and helps keep the skin more elastic because its collagen stimulating. Collagen levels reduce as we get older. Collagen also supports joints and aids injury healing.

10. MSM helps the hair and nails grow stronger and faster. Rich in keratin (required for hair growth).

11. MSM has been shown to improve mental alertness.

12. MSM has been proven to help in the reduction and even the total elimination of allergies.

13. MSM reduces headaches, cramps and muscle pain caused by hormonal imbalances, for example, PMS. Not advised to begin taking it though during your period – you need to have been getting used to it beforehand since you should not detoxify your body during your period.

14. MSM helps relieve constipation by encouraging bile production in the liver. Bile acts as a laxative in the body.

15. MSM has been shown to help reduce and even eliminate snoring.

Where can I get it from?

MSM is available in 2 forms as a powder supplement and as tablets. It is also available from most good health food stores and online.  MSM powder is recommended when adding to juices or smoothies, and tablets are recommended for those that don’t like the taste or for people doing weight training who want to take higher quantities of these branch chain amino acids in pure form to help with muscle growth and repair.

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Herbs & Food for Digestion

CRAMPBARK VIBURNUM OPULUS

The cramp bark quickly reduces releases overly tense muscles in the gut and bowel which have contracted due to unbalanced digestive enzyme activity. Once the muscles relax and the tension and bloating reduces, digestive enzyme activity will more readily regain better activity. Additionally crampbark is soothing to the nerves and a calm mind makes for better digestion.

MILK THISTLE SEED CARDUUS MARIANUS

As a premier liver herb; milk thistle is able to normalize most liver functions and thus hugely help stomach and digestive enzyme function. It’s highly protective effect on the liver helps optimize general liver function which is fundamental to effective digestion.

MARIGOLD FLOWER CALENDULA OFFICINALIS

Is useful for chronic digestive infections on an immune level and also as a very competent anti-inflammatory herb. It can soothe and repair tissue that is damaged and upset by a range of digestive disorders from ulcers to gastritis and other painful inflammatory stomach disorders.

FENNEL SEED FOENICULUM VULGARE

Has the ability to ease wind and bloating caused by ineffective, weak and hampered digestion. It can additionally stimulate appetite and relieve stomach pain. It is famous for being the main component in many colic formulae for babies.

MEADOWSWEET HERBFILIPENDULA ULMARIA

Is useful for symptomatic relief of indigestion and other upper gastrointestinal conditions due to its calming influence on either a underactive or overactive digestive system. With its balancing pH abilities it is able to deal with either of these stomach acid production imbalances. It’s protective and demulcent properties protect the gut and assist ‘leaky gut’ and other problems.

 TURMERIC ROOT CURCUMA LONGA

Is a prime digestive, which stimulates enzyme production and soothes the stomach due to its very powerful anti-inflammatory components. It does this by protecting the stomach itself from its own acidity excesses and any invasive and destructive microbes e.g. bacterial, fungal or viral. This buffer will also help repair the stomach lining and help redress ‘leaky gut’ problems. Turmeric is also able to attack and disarm a range of microbes, which will prevent a build up of un-beneficial flora, which is often the negative product of a weak stomach.

WILD YAM ROOT DIOSCOREA VILLOSA

A premier anti-inflammatory herb to relieve spasm, cramps and muscle strain, a vital role in this formula and much-needed to soothe and relieve pain. Also known as colic root to the Aztecs and used in Chinese medicine as a stomach tonic.

OLIVE LEAF OLEA EUROPEA

Will fight a wide range of microorganisms which can attack, weaken and impair the stomach and all its functions; from virus to fungi, from bacteria to flukes, and the diseases they encourage. For 4-6 thousand years olive has acted as a broad spectrum anti-microbial plant capable of aggressive attack mechanisms.

SCHISANDRA BERRY SCHIZANDRA SINENSIS

Strongest asset for the digestive system is twofold; it has 5 flavours, which gives it the ability to influence digestive enzyme production like none other. It is also a profound recuperative tonic making it a master choice for recovery from low energy and restoring vitality and general well-being.

ARTICHOKE LEAF CYNARA SCOLYMUS (see info sheet)

Increases the production of bile (a chologogue) by up to 60%, helping and assisting in the digestion of fats; its bitter compounds activate the liver and gallbladder in order to do so.

GENTIAN ROOT GENTIANA LUTEA

Its bitter constituents stimulate the production of saliva and a balanced range of gastric juices. It is helpful for many symptoms of faulty digestion to and will retrain the pancreas, partly due to it’s bitter components. It tones and tunes the appetite, assisting the stomach, liver, gallbladder and bile production.

CHAMOMILE FLOWER CHAMOMILLA RETUTICA

Is renowned as a stomach settler and soother, relaxing and balancing in turn the whole body. It also beneficially influences the circulation and nervous system. Chamomile is dully a natural probiotic as it regenerates positive stomach and bowel flora which is vital where overly opportunistic microbes have imbalanced stomach flora. Ideal for children.

WORMWOOD HERB ARTEMISIA ABSINTHIUM

Assists feeble digestion by its bitter action and improves liver and gallbladder congestion by stimulating bile and gastric juices. Highly useful in small quantities to provoke and strengthen.

CINNAMON CINNAMOMUM ZEYLANICUM

Is a warming herb used as a traditional remedy for supporting and strengthening weak digestion. It also supports unbalanced blood sugar levels by nourishing the pancreas. The cinnamon essential oil motivates production of many important digestive enzymes.

GINGER ROOT ZINGIBER OFFICINALIS

Is helpful for digestion nausea, wind, bloating and colic. Anything that can be a miss with a struggling digestive system is calmed and soothed by ginger. It is warming, anti-nausea andrelaxing to an irritated and tense gut.

BROMELAIN – (from Pineapple)

Found in high concentrations in the pineapple stems; bromelain is an enzyme capable of digesting proteins. Excellent anti-inflammatory too. It has activity in the stomach as well as the small intestine. It has been shown to be an adequate replacement for pepsin and trypsin (enzymes produced in the mucosal lining of the stomach that acts to degrade protein) in cases of deficiency and has been used to heal gastric ulcers (promoting healing).

MARSHMALLOW – ALTHEA OFFICINALIS & SLIPPERY ELM – ULMUS FULVA

Calm and soothe the mucus membranes. Both plants have rich mucilage (a gluey thick substance produced by some plants that acts as a membrane thickener) properties – making them ideal gastric and bowel repair and anti inflammatory herbs. Slippery elm causes reflux stimulation in the nerve endings in the GI tract leading to increased mucus secretion. The increased mucus production can help to Protect the GI tract against ulcers and excess acidity.


 

 

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Kostas’ Top Nutrition Tips

Dear Friends, 

Here are some tips for improving your nutrition. Start with a few points, and work your way up to adding more and more healthy habits into your life.

  1. Please ensure that you build a routine eating the same times daily (within one hour earlier or later than the time that you ate the day before).
  2. The ideal hours to eat your meals are between 7-9:00 am breakfast, 11:00-13:00 Lunch and 17:00-19:00 Dinner, according to circadian (body) rhythms.
  3. First thing the morning after brushing your teeth and scrapping your tongue (use a tongue scrapper) have 1-2 glasses of warm water with some lemon or lime (very alkalising and flushes your inner body). Allow minimum 15 minutes before having breakfast.

    First thing in the morning, drink 1-2 glasses of warm water with lemon.

  4. Have a Mid Morning and Mid Afternoon snack only if you are hungry or doing intensive sports. Please ensure that you have a glass or two of water first, as you can be thirsty and mistake it for hunger.
  5. If you stay up late and you feel hungry, have a piece of fruit – apple or pear preferably as they are easy to digest and they won’t interfere with your sleep. Also, it will stop any sugar craving as it is natural sugar, without the side effects of the desserts!
  6. Drink 6-8 glasses of water per day & an extra glass of water for any coffee or soft drink that you drink – or more if you train/being very active. Drink the water throughout the day starting from first thing the morning.
  7. Avoid having any drinks with your meal so your digestion will not be slowed down due to the dilution of your gastric juices. Ideally drink 15 minutes before your meal or ideally two hours after the meal.
  8. The food on your plate should be combination of ¼ of carbohydrates (wholegrain rice/pasta, millet, buckwheat, rye bread, couscous, lentils, beans, chickpeas, quinoa) /1/4 of protein and the rest vegetables (as less cooked-Steamed) or fresh salad to help you digest it (rich in enzymes). Please note that if you have access to sprouts, they are 30 times more nutritious then any greens, so add them to your salads. Avoid white rice and potatoes (sweet potatoes ok) and not as much pasta as it will help you with loosing weight. Use wholegrain millet, quinoa, pulses, buckwheat as well pastas made from corn, wholegrain rice.
  9. Please ensure that your food, especially the meat, dairy and eggs are organic as to avoid absorbing the hormones from the animals into your body, which can gradually cause you hormonal imbalances.
  10. You should aim to eat roughly about 1.0 gram of protein per 1kg of your weight. As not all of the animal/fish protein is absorbable from your body. That translates to about 100 grams of protein (fish/chicken/red meat) per meal. Please note that many vegetable protein/meal replacements (no milk based) are available which can help you when stressed, on a hurry or limited options availiable.
  11. The vegetables can be whenever possible organic but at least to be local produce (British) as they are fresher as it takes less time to get to the supermarket comparing to the ones from other continents.
  12. Avoid fried/grilled food and  aim for steamed Vegetables/Fish (add lemon), raw salads and oven-cooked meat. Eggs eat them boiled or poached.
  13. Use olive oil, avocado oil or seeds oil everywhere, except frying. If frying, use either coconut oil or animal fat.
  14. Before you eat please take five deep breaths while seating to relax. Then make sure that you chew you food thoroughly, without talking to anyone else or reading something else. There is a very wise saying , “drink your food and eat your drink”.
  15. Eat slowly as it takes 20 minutes for the signal that you are full to reach the brain. So if you eat very quickly you can overeat and then feel sick.
  16. Reduce your intake of salt (it helps with weight loss as well – body get rids of excess water).
  17. Reduce stress in your life as if you are stressed the body withholds extra kilos (even if you eat healthy). It  perceives the stress as a warning that difficult/hunger times are coming so it stores as much fat as it can for future energy/preservation.

Eat Organic Food!

N.B. The above notes are just guidelines as there are many schools of thought out there for Vegan, Vegetarians etc, which have some great principles. The above principles are more than enough to put you back on the right track.

Regards,

Kostas

P.S. As most of you are busy, an excellent tip for training is just to buy a trampoline so you can practice daily for 5-20 minutes at least 20min before a meal. This was proven by NASA as the most effective form of training for their astronauts as it stimulates the whole lymphatic system (drainage of the body) and body cells.

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What People Say About Kostas Kapelas, Health Practitioner

A happier, healthier life!

Kostas has worked with many people, helping them with varying health requirements and treatments. Here is some feedback from happy customers:

I went to see Kostas as I had heard of kinesiology and was curious as to what it was and how it works. Kostas is a charming man with a very kind manner and allows you to feel at ease instantly.  He explained everything to me as he went along and tested various parts of my body with ease and good understanding. With his help I was able to clarify some very interesting frustrations that I had been dealing with effortlessly and with incredible clarity! For that I am truly grateful. I would thoroughly recommend a kinesiology treatment and if you want knowledge, consideration and patience then Kostas is definitely the practitioner for you.
– Jackie (Hertfordshire)

I was most impressed with the results of the Scenar on my back pain, even from the first session – brilliant!
-K. A.

I had pain on my back for few weeks, especially when I was coming out from a hot shower. I had a quick treatment with Kostas and his Scenar device and the pain was gone later in the day, without coming back. Very impressed and thankful.
– B. K.

I had issues with my digestion and small intestine (I had surgery in the past and part of it was removed) and I had pains coming and going. I went to see Kostas, mainly for the pain but he managed to help me with the root cause of my problem, as well as explaining to me how to deal better in my daily life. My pain was reduced considerably on the first visit and on the second visit, the pain has gone completely. I was very happy and recommended him to other members of my family.
-Zarina

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