Lettuce Discuss… Natural Remedies for Athletes and Weight Loss

Herbal Supplements

Herbal Supplements

 Herbs for Athletes and Body Builders
 Herb Used For
Alfalfa Endurance, energy, contains almost all known vitamins and minerals
Barley Green Extremely rich in nutrients, build immune system, energy source
Energ-Y* Fight Fatigue, improve memory, increase resistance and stress
Fitness Plus* Strength, endurance, energy, athletic support
Ginseng (Siberian) Endurance, virility (especially for men), Fights Depression
Ginseng (wild American) Endurance, vitality (especially for women), Fights Depression
Master gland* Feeds all glands for peak performance
PLS II* Promote Healing and reduce pain from sprains, strains and broken bones
Safflowers Help eliminate uric/lactic acid buildup, reduce workout soreness
Sarsparilla Promote production of male hormones, hair growth
SXL* Nutritionally strengthen the entire structural system
Suma Meet the body’s increased nutritional needs during extensive workout
Target Endurance* Nutrition targeted to muscle cells, runners run further
Tei Fu Massage Lotion* Massage in after workout for soothing relief
Herbs for weight loss
Herb Used For
Chinese Thermo Chi Herbal weight loss program
Chinese Tiao he cleanse* Pre-diet tune up to help lose more efficiently
Kelp, Dandelion and Alfalfa Speed metabolism, nutritive, diuretic (can be bought as a supplement called THREE*)
Gotu Kola High in niacin (fights cellulite), brain food, energy
Skinny Formula* Cleanser, diuretic, parasites, help cravings and energy dips
Chickweed Dissolve fat, cholesterol cleaner
Licorice root Support Adrenals, balance blood sugar, reduce cravings
Nutri-Calm* Fight dieters irritability, soothing vitamins, minerals and herbs, this also has a calming affect should only be taken of a night
Spirulina Energy, help in between meal droop, nutritious
LBS II* Clean old waste accumulation in the bowel
AS with Gymnema* Provides the feeling of fullness, helps depress appetite
Glandiet supplement* Vitamins, minerals, herbs for your body
 Fenugreek Fat Metaboliser, helps with blood sugar also cancer fighting. (capsules and Tea can be found at Whole Foods)
Black Walnut Hull Healthy metabolism, balances blood sugar, body weight control, cholesterol control, systemic support during weight loss
Turkey Rhubarb Antioxidant, speeds up metabolism
 Fennel  Diuretic, reduces intestinal bloating
Moringa Oleifera Controls cholesterol, reduces wrinkles and fine lines, promotes normal liver and kidney function, antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, promotes proper digestion, provides energy
*these supplements can be found on Natures Sunshine website , we use and trust this brand, however you can find these anywhere. We would advise you to research the companies before you buy -as we do.
Bless You and Many thanks for your support.
Mako and Hema

If you have any comments or questions please ask..

Lettuce Discuss… Historical use for single herbs

Historical use for single herbs

Historical Use for single Herbs

Herb                                                                       Used For

Alfalfa Health builder, arthritis, fatigue, appetite, pituitary gland
Barley greens Energy, nutritive immune builder
Bee pollen Allergies, quick energy, slows down ageing,
Black cohosh Natural estrogen, hot flashes, nerves, anxiety, depression,
Black walnut Cleanse parasites and worms, skin rashes, lupus
Black walnut extract Herpes, ring worm, impetigo, rebuilding tooth enamel
Blessed thistle Bring oxygen to the brain, senility, increase breast milk
Burdock Reduce swelling and deposits in joints, blood purifier, gout, eczema
Butchers broom Improve circulation, phlebitis, leg cramps, varicose veins
Capsicum Circulation to extremities, strokes, blood pressure equaliser, colds
Cascara sagrada Constipation, increase peristaltic action, gall bladder support
Catnip Colic, nerves, cigarette craving, colds, flu, digestion, hiccups, gas
Chamomile Insomnia, improve appetite, drug withdrawal, nerves
Charcoal Help remove toxins, poisons, pollutants, bacteria, chemicals
Chickweed Appetite depressant, burn fat, dissolve plaque from veins
Comfrey leaf Bone builder, tissue healer, pulled tendon, bruises
Cornsilk Kidney, bladder, bed wetting, painful urination, prostate
Damiana Hormone balance, Parkinson’s disease, infertility, frigidity
Dandelion Anaemia, liver, blood cleanser, endurance, age spots, hepatitis
Dong quai Hot flashes, hormone balance, nerves, muscle spasms
Echinacea Antibiotic, lymph system, blood purifier/builder, immune system
Eyebright Failing vision, eye inflammation, styles, eye strain, hay fever.
False unicorn Help prevent miscarriage, male/female glandular problems
Feverfew Migraine, headaches, muscular tension (side effect in a small percentage, causes depression)
Garlic Normalises blood pressure, yeast, bacterial and viral infections, colds, flu
Ginger Gas, motion and morning sickness, flu, diarrhoea, indegestion, headache, settles stomach
Golden seal root Infection, natural insulin, urinary cleanse
Gotu kola Brain food, memory, vitality, depression, senility, nerve food
Hawthorn Heart wall, heart health, hardening of the arteries, adrenals, stress, blood pressure
Hops Insomnia, nervousness, hyperactive children, decrease alcoholic cravings
Horsetail Hair loss, diuretic, weak nails, helps calcium absorbtion
Hydrangea Arthritis, gout, kidney and bladder problems, dissolves stones
Juniper berries Feeds pancreas and adrenals, diuretic, dropsy and uric acid
Kelp Thyroid, goitre, food for all glands, hair loss, cleanse radiation from the body
Licorice Adjust blood sugar, quick energy, cough, hoarseness, feeds adrenals
Lobelia Asthma, congestion, pneumonia, pleurisy, strong relaxant
Marshmallow Bladder and kidney problems, bed wetting, inflamation
Mullein Nervous cough, lung and sinus congestion, tuberculosis
Parsley Bad breath, blood builder, kidneys, diuretic, strengthen eyes
Passion flower Eye infection and tension, stress, headache, sleep
Paul d’arco Used for cancer, leukaemia, tumours, yeast infection
Psyllium hulls Constipation, add bulk and softness to stool, absorb toxins
Red clover Used for cancer, tumours, skin problems, nerve food
Red raspberry Overall female tonic, childbirth, nausea, diarrhoea
Rose hips Natural vitamin C, colds, flu, infection, blood purifier
Safflowers Muscle soreness, gout, digestion, help reduce cholesterol
Sage Dry up breast milk, night sweats, worms, sore gums/throat, grey hair
Sarsaparilla Help body make male hormones, body building, impotency
Saw palmetto Infertility, help weight gain, throat and bronchial problems
Scullcap Epilepsy, restlessness, nerve and muscle spasms, convulsions
Slippery elm Ulcers, acid stomach, soothe irritated mucous membranes
Uva ursi Spleen, bladder and kidney infections, cystitis, gonorrhoea, diabetes
Valerian Natural tranquilliser, pain, muscle spasms, nerves, promotes sleep
White oak bark Hemorrhoids, varicose veins, pyorrhoea, stops bleeding
Yarrow Obstructed perspiration, nosebleeds, chicken pox, colds/fever/flu
Yellow dock Anaemia, blood purifier, acne, liver, hepatitis, skin problems
Yucca Natural cortisone, arthritis, joint inflammation, anti stress, digestion

If you have any questions please leave a comment or email us directly.

Bless you all and many thanks,

Mako and Hema

Lettuce Discuss… Holistic Medications for Diabetes and Heart.

Each of these supplements are readily available and the beauty of these is that they are all-natural and support your bodies own systems.

Picture of goldenseal

Picture of goldenseal

Goldenseal Root (known to many as the cure all)was first used by the Native Americans who named it “Yellow Root” due to its bright yellow colour.

For a diabetic this is an important herb because of its ability to lower blood sugar levels. It also has the effect of being a natural form of insulin; this supports the pancreas to decrease high levels of blood sugar. It is also an anti-inflammatory and can treat diabetic complications. Goldenseal also cleanses the urinary system. The Alkaloids in goldenseal are a natural anti biotic which helps fight infections. It also strengthens the heart. In addition it’s also antiseptic and stimulates the immune system. I have used Goldenseal for colds and the flu that was not responding to Echinacea alone. Goldenseal has natural compounds that activate certain white blood cells that destroy fungus, bacteria, and viruses. Goldenseal in liquid form can be used for ear infections, cold sores, and skin rashes, I’ve also used Goldenseal on skin blemished as a topical medication and it works amazing well.

Warning! If you use goldenseal long term it can have a negative effect on the intestinal flora. In women this can decrease the healthy bacteria found in the Vagina and can cause dryness, itching and or infection. I would therefore recommend adding friendly bacteria to your diet such as Lactobacillus Acidophilus.  This should be added when taking any Anti Biotic.

More information can be found at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lactobacillus_acidophilus

This can be added by taking supplements from a health store or by adding pro-biotic drinks to your diet. If you are Vegan a great source of pro-biotic is Coconut Yogurt, Tempeh, Miso, or Sauerkraut. The fermentation of the soya bean in Tempeh and Miso create the pro-biotic. You can also buy Vegan supplements.

Hawthorn Berry

Hawthorn Berry

Hawthorn Berry is very beneficial to the circulatory system. It treats high blood pressure, cardiac arrhythmia, and also strengthens the heart. It has been indicated that it strengthens blood vessels, lowers cholesterol and restores the muscle wall of the heart.

It also protects against the formation of plaques known as Atherosclerosis. This in turn reduces the occurrence of angina and also limits the likelihood of stroke.

In Europe Hawthorn Berry is regarded as an effective treatment for early stages of heart disease. Commission E, a branch of the German Government that approves and studies the use of Herbal treatment in so called “Mainstream Medicine” endorses the use of Hawthorn Berry as a first line treatment for the Heart.

Chromium GTF

Chromium GTF

Chromium GTF Chromium is a trace mineral that has a role to play in reducing your blood sugar levels. GTF stands for Glucose Tolerance Factor. This works again with the bodies own insulin to transport Glucose from the blood cells.

Chromium is also needed by the liver to make fatty acids. Without chromium your blood fats can rise because the liver struggles to filter them out. I find it really helpful if I know I’m going to be having a sugar rich day, such as birthdays and special occasions.

For my own health all these are so beneficial and I cant praise them highly enough.

Lettuce Discuss…The Heart and Diabetes.


Today’s Blog will discuss my health problems due to excess eating of sugary foods causing diabetes and a heart attack leading to a double heart bypass graft. How I was treated for these conditions, and problems arising from these conditions. How we researched and cured my diabetes along with a tremor I had developed in my right hand.

In 2008 around august I was diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes. This was something that I had caused myself, I was unhappy with my home life and super depressed. I found a false comfort in all things sweet. Cakes, cookies, chocolate bars and the inevitable McDonalds. I would eat in McDonalds at least once a day. Without realizing this I was putting my body under so much stress to the point where my pancreas said “enough! I cant deal with all this sugar”. I had been eating myself to becoming diabetic. My symptoms were constantly sweating, I needed to use the bathroom every 30 minutes day and night for a pee, I had an uncontrollable thirst that just wouldn’t go away -it was constant. The doctor prescribed medications to stabilize my diabetes as my scores were averaging 13.9. the accepted limits for this are between 4 and 7. The medications started to work reducing my blood sugar to an acceptable level but they were still outside the 7 range, they stabilized between 9 and 11. This I was happy with because I honestly didn’t know any better and didn’t really care at the time.

In 2010 I suffered from a heart attack in February.  This was due to a narrowing of the artery that I was born with. This usually tears in your teenage years and you bleed out really quickly. Someone was watching over me to last that long before there were any signs of a problem and I was lucky it didn’t tear. After 10 days in hospital I had a double Heart Bypass graft to repair the artery, which was a successful procedure. After the surgery I was prescribed more chemical medications, which again I took without question and in good faith.

2012 in august I developed a tremor in my right arm and hand. I had been tested for Parkinson’s disease and various other related disorders. This made life difficult at times.

The medications that I was prescribed were all supposed to keep me fit and healthy as I was informed by my doctor. It is so easy to just believe what you are told as these are the professionals we are raised to trust, we blindly go along with what we are told. I was also told I would be taking these for the rest of my life as there was no cure for diabetes and the heart medications I wouldn’t be able to live without.

I took all medications religiously for the next couple of years and then with a shift in my life My Angel appeared.

I had been in an unhappy marriage for 14 years, truth be known I didn’t want to get married even on the day of my wedding. However, I had a child with my then partner and was pretty much “pushed “ into doing the “right” thing. You may ask why I didn’t just leave, the simple answer to that is, I would never have seen my child again, she would have made it impossible to see him (due to country divorce/child laws). She eventually left the home again in 2012 for the umpteenth time but this time I changed the locks and my son stayed with me. When she left I was feeling a little better and released so I treated myself to an iPhone and an app. I had always prayed that someone would come into my life that I could talk to someone who could help me out of my depression and someone I could share everything with.

Hema and I started to comment on each other’s photos that we posted on line; our friendship grew slowly as I was not very receptive or forthcoming. Everything I wanted in a friendship was there and I couldn’t communicate properly. Thank goodness Hema stuck with me. Hema is very empathic and could feel and see what I had gone through. We were texting each other and started to talk via Skype. We were learning about each other’s stories. Our relationship was growing deeper and deeper and we were talking about the health benefits of being vegan and how this had helped her through her health problems (more of that in a later blog).  Just talking about it made sense to me and I thought I would give it  a try. In the UK it is quite difficult to become Vegan as you basically have to go to ten different shops to find everything you need. However, I have managed it with the love and support of Hema I am vegan and have been for over 12 months now. Within a month of becoming vegan the tremor that I had in my right arm had completely gone, I was starting to feel better about myself however I was still lethargic and achy but no tremor was amazing. The little things add up to enhance your well being.  As our relationship grew and turned from friendship into love, we had arranged to see each other. We had been a couple for months at this point but over a long distance. I went to visit Hema in 2013 and everything was almost perfect for us except for one thing, which is important to both of us. I couldn’t maintain an erection; I really couldn’t understand this and started to worry the way men do. Hema is very understanding and we do communicate really well. In the beginning I was so embarrassed but we did discuss it and we are both open and honest, Hema asked the right questions to get me thinking.

Was it the food?

Was it the flight?

Was it the chemicals? Then it hit me, I realized I had been given a new medication just before I left to visit. Sitagliptin is given to diabetics to stabilize the blood sugar. Now it was time to research. As I looked into this drug I realized that if you use it with another drug, which I was taking for my heart -it can cause erectile dysfunction. I stopped taking them immediately, and within a couple of days function had returned I’m pleased to say.

At this point we visited Hema’s herbalist and iridologist! So off we went for me to get a health check and find out what was really going on with my body.

As I was being tested, I was being told of my diabetes, heart attack, dislocated shoulder from 10 years previous, kidney stones from 16 years previous and the pain I was having in my legs and joints. I was so amazed and impressed at the information my iris of my eyes was expressing -we were there for hours. Hema attentively taking notes while I was being advised on what I should be taking and what I should do. Hema is the most supportive and helpful woman ever and assured me that whatever is broken can be fixed.

We left the herbalist with some new, natural holistic medications to replace my chemical meds. That was the last time that I took anything prescribed by a “conventional Doctor”. This led me to research just what I had been taking and what harm was it doing to my body. Here is a brief outline of the medications I was taking.

Metformin: this is for type 2 diabetes and is supposed to help control the blood sugar.

Side effects: lactic Acidosis, this can be fatal. Muscle pain or weakness. Numbness or cold feeling in the arms or legs. Breathing trouble. Stomach pain and nausea. Slow heart rate. Dizziness and tiredness. Can cause liver and kidney problems.

Sitagliptin: to help lower the blood sugar.

Side effects: pancreatitis. Fast heart rate. Fever. Sore throat. Headache. Nausea. Stomach pain. Diarrhea.

Atorvastatin: to lower cholesterol

Side effects: back pain. Constipation. Diarrhoea. Flatulence. Headaches. Increased blood sugar. Indigestion. Joint pain. Muscle problems. Nose and throat inflammation. Nose bleed. Pancreatitis. Liver problems. Stroke. Depression and DIABETES and more.

Omacore: this is to increase the good cholesterol.

Side effects: bleeding gums. Cough. Difficulty breathing and swallowing. Itching. Tightness in the chest. Unusual tiredness. Weakness. Hives. Paralysis and more.

Omeprazole: this is to stop acid build up in the stomach due to all the chemicals in the prescribed medications.

Side effects: joint pain. Muscle pain. Chills. Stomach pain. Fever. Sore throat. Tiredness and weakness

Aspirin: this is to thin the blood apparently to reduce heart attack.

Side effects: Heartburn. Nausea. Ulcers. Appendicitis. Gastrointestinal distress. Dehydration. Chest pain. Hypoglycemia

Clopidogrel: stops platelets sticking to damaged or grafted tissue

Side effects: do not take if taking OMEPRAZOLE ( I Was ), chest pain. Itching. Redness. General pain. Nosebleed. Vomiting.

Ramipril: To lower blood pressure. Improve survival after heart attack.

Side effects: blurred vision. Confusion. Dizziness. Faintness. Sweating. Tiredness. Weakness. Fast or irregular heart beat.

As you can see by the side effects I was shocked and concerned. I already had erectile dysfunction, joint pain, muscle pain, nausea, tiredness and irregular heartbeat. These chemical medications are supposed to make you better, why did I feel so ill?

Hema and I could see a pattern that emerged from both of our illness’s (more on Hema’s story in a future blog). We believe that we are being kept ill by the doctors and the pharmaceutical companies. This is due to the multi billion dollar industry controlling the medications that we take. It is in their interest to keep you ill. The doctors prescribe this medication and receive the kick backs to fund their lifestyles. Have you ever seen a doctor driving a beat up old car?  Nope, they’re usually the ones in the $100,000 vehicle range (just an observation).

My cure for all my illness’s came in many directions. First and foremost I met Hema, the change in direction and positivity is truly instrumental in my well-being. The love and support from your partner or friends is important, feeling loved and wanted is key to health and happiness. A positive happy mind heals more quickly than negativity. Being Vegan is very important for me too, this aided my rapid weight loss and helped remove the fatigue I was constantly under and the joint pain I had. The next step was to remove all my chemical medications and replace them with my holistic natural healthy medications. One thing to remember is all these holistic medications are natural and in tune with your body. They are non destructive and are totally supportive of your natural systems.

My new holistic natural medications are as follows:

CHROMIUM GTF this is for my diabetes and supports my system in keeping my blood sugar under control. I took 1tablet 3 times a day for approx 6 months. Then one tablet once a day for 3 months. My blood sugar is better than ever. I only take it now if I know I’m going to having a high sugar day (raw sugar only), Birthdays and special occasions.

HAWTHORN BERRY I take this everyday as this supports my whole circulatory system. This lowers blood pressure naturally. Strengthens the heart. Lowers cholesterol. In one treatment all the “chemical” medications for the heart are replaced with one natural holistic medication.

GOLDENSEAL this is an amazing supplement and benefits are too wide and varied to list here.  It has an antibiotic affect and also supports the transportation in blood sugar through the body.

Holistic medication is far gentler on your bodies natural systems, it supports rather than inhibits. It doesn’t create further problems for you to receive more treatment and in a lot of cases can CURE you.

I have been cured of DIABETES, I have stopped taking all the chemicals that were poisoning my system and keeping me ill, thus increasing my visits to the doctor and the prescribing of more chemical medications. I feel so much better, I have lost over 100lb in weight and continue to lose more daily, with every pound lost I feel so much better.

“Lettuce” not forget, I was told I would be on these chemical medications forever, it would be dangerous for me to stop taking them. I HAVE proven “them” wrong. My doctor is not happy because my scores are better than ever. She was under the misapprehension that I was still taking these chemicals, when actually I had stopped for six months and just wanted my blood testing at their expense. Everything is better than before.

From this I have learned not to take anything the medical profession say as fact or truthful. Always research anything they try to prescribe to you. If you are taking chemical medications and still feel sick, ask yourself why? Are they keeping you sick too?

If you need any help or have questions please ask. We may be able to help or point you in the right direction.

Bless you all and thank you.

Mako and Hema.