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Only those close to me know that I am one of the 10% of women of child-bearing age that suffer from Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) but since it was one of the main reasons I got involved in distributing aloe vera and I now have a beautiful son, I feel ready to share my experiences in the hope of helping others that may be experiencing some or all of the many symptoms.

The biggest problem, in my view, is the lack of education which means that most women do not know they have PCOS until they struggle to conceive, believing that the symptoms are just a side effect of being a hormonal woman!  Once the symptoms are understood it is a relatively easy to problem to diagnose, but as far as I am aware, it can not be cured, only managed.


female symbolSo what is PCOS?

Literally Poly = Many, Cystic = cysts, small fluid-filled sacs.  These cysts produce androgens (hormones) which prevents the proper development of the follicles that hold and finally release an egg. 

In severe cases this means that the follicle is devoid of an egg, but in most cases the egg is underdeveloped or degenerated resulting in a failed pregnancy.



In short, the common signals of PCOS are:

  • acne (like a teenager) and generally poor skin condition
  • weight gain (often associated with menopausal women)
  • excessive or unusual hair growth (again like a teenage lad)
  • irregular menstrual cycles, perhaps occuring once every few months
  • cramping and/or heavy bleeding when menstruation does take place
  • irritability associated with hormone imbalance
  • difficulty in conceiving

Not everyone suffers from all of these and the symptoms vary in severity, but I have noticed that those who have a poor lifestyle or lack in emotional strength do suffer more.  For me, the most distressing element of this hormone related disorder was the high incidence of infertility and then just to be cruel, miscarriage. 

Famous sufferers include Julia Oliver (wife of Jamie) and Victoria Beckham, both of whom have managed to have healthy babies.

After the trauma of PCOS being confirmed by a blood test and an ultrasound  exam, I read as much as I could about PCOS (isn’t the internet fabulous?) and called my friend (now mentor) and set about a programme of management that could only be construed by an accountant! Haha! Now I look back, I can laugh at myself but I assure you I was very seriously affected by the realisation that my fertility could be hindered.

Over a period of about five months, I managed to reduce my cycle from 35-40 days to a more appropriate 28-30 days and to manage my acne and eczema in a more natural way, by learning to understand my body, improving my nutrition and committing to more exercise.  I have not had a weight issue, but I am now more conscious of this as I said at the beginning of this post, awareness and understanding is the most important factor.  You can not manage something you don’t understand.   

I am fortunate that I do not have a severe case, but it is a problem that stirs up many emotions none-the-less. If you would like to know how I have dealt with PCOS, I would be pleased to share this with you in confidence, please contact me.

Since writing this post I have discovered http://www.pcoschallenge.com/ a lovely online forum for fellow sufferers.  Take a peek….

The information contained in this blog illustrates my opinions and experiences,it does not constitute medical advice and I do not accept responsibility for actions taken or refrained from as a result of reading this blog.

 

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Social media is full of tips, lists and top ten reasons to do or not to do something.  Here’s my contribution 😆

Top ten reasons to drink aloe vera gel

…that’s right, drink it!    Most people of heard of aloe vera and it’s brilliant soothing effects on burns and skin complaints but many are unaware of the benefits to the skin on the inside of our bodies, such as the stomach lining, intestines etc. 

Aloe is an incredibly nutritious antioxidant, containing many vitamins and 19 of the 20 amino acids needed by the human body, so it’s a perfect supplement to our nutrient lacking diets.Aloe Vera Gel-1604x2097-HI

10. Effect on the gut

Aloe Vera has a wonderfully beneficial action on bowel function which results in smooth and efficient transit of contents, often eradicating inconvenient colicky pain.

9. Assists in healthy digestion

A healthy digestive tract ensures that nutrients from the food we eat are absorbed into the bloodstream.  There is clear, clinical evidence that by drinking Aloe Vera gel the bowel is able to absorb these nutrients more efficiently, especially protein.  I also suspect that many other substances are much better absorbed under its influence.

8. Effect on gut flora

Aloe Vera is a natural ‘balancer’ in many areas and nowhere more so than the inside of the gut, where it tends to regulate the various bacteria and yeasts that inhabit it.

7. Effect on the skin

When they are first produced deep in the epidermis, skin cells are rather large and very much alive, but by the time they reach the surface after 21 – 28 days (in normal skin) they are a shadow of their former selves and are transformed into just thin flakes of keratin which eventually fall off.  Aloe Vera gel provides the essential nutrients to feed the basal cells.  Therefore the skin remains healthy and is able to perform its vital functions more efficiently – as well as looking much better.

Texas Aloe Plantations-1065x1191-HI6. Increases the activity of fibroblasts

Fibroblasts are specialised cells found in the skin.  Their job is to produce fibre such as collagen and elastin.  These fibres give the skin its structure and of course, make it look plump and elastic.

5.  Antiviral activity

Within the mucilage layer of the aloe’s leaf which surrounds the valuable inner gel there is a long chain of sugar or polysaccharide.  This has the capability of being able to help us defend against attacks by various viruses, from the common cold to the more nasty viruses and could even help balance your immune system.

4.  Anti-inflammatory and painkilling effect

Among the substances that have been identified in Aloe Vera are several that are naturally anti-inflammatory and painkilling.  People who take it regularly often find that inflammatory conditions are greatly benefited.

3.  A useful source of minerals

Some of the minerals found in Aloe Vera include calcium, sodium, potassium, iron, chromium, magnesium, manganese, copper and zinc.  This is because the plant tends to grow in areas where soils are rich in these minerals and its roots are able to absorb and deliver them to us in a very available form.

2.  A useful source of vitamins

Aloe Vera gel contains a large range of vitamins – even trace elements of vitamin B12 which is rarely found in plants.  Apart from vitamin A, it contains B-group vitamins, vitamin C and E as well as folic acid.  Many of these vitamins can not be stored by the body so we constantly need to top them up from the food we eat. 

1.  A general tonic for good health

By drinking Aloe Vera gel with all its amazing and important ingredients (that are often deficient in food) including 19 out of 20 amino acids needed by the human body and 7 of the 8 essential ones that cannot be made, the body is able to get enough nutrition to allow complex enzyme systems to work really well.  This means the body can function at 100%.  The net result being a wonderful feeling of well being.

 

Source:  List produced by Dr Peter Atherton MB ChB, DObst RCOG, FRCPG, of Forever’s highly acclaimed advsory board.horizontal-eagle

The information contained in this blog illustrates my opinions and experiences,it does not constitute medical advice and I do not accept responsibility for actions taken or refrained from as a result of reading this blog.

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According to the expert nutritionist, Patrick Holford, vitamin C helps knock out viruses, both by inhibiting the virus itself, and by strengthening the body’s own immune response.

High doses of Vitamin C, have been proven to be non-toxic for both adults and children over many years.

The same cannot be said for this new generation of antiviral drugs.  One of the most alarming and rarely mentioned side-effects of Tamiflu (Swine Flu vaccine)  is bizarre psychiatric problems found in children treated with the drug, prompting the US FDA to recommend new warnings concerning these possible dangerous psychiatric side-effects.

Absorbent-C-596x1000-HIIt might be useful to have a supply of vitamin C at hand if a flu epidemic does break out. There is no harm in having 100 grams a day short-term, stopping once all symptoms are gone if you choose, after all vitamin C provides many benefits.

The trick with any infection is not to get it in the first place by keeping your immune system strong.  Patrick Holford takes vitamin C daily, as well as supplementing zinc and selenium on a daily basis. 

 

So consider a daily ‘swine flu’ preventative by drinking one of our Aloe Vera Gel Drinks (for excellent nutrition, detoxing, building your immunity, increasing energy levels, etc) plus taking supplements Absorbent C (for vitamin C), A-Beta-CarE for extra Selenium and a very powerful antioxidant, and Nature Min (for zinc and selenium).

Also, cut down on sugar as this restricts the performance of white blood cells, get plenty of sleep and avoid stress if possible.

If you need a quick immunity boost because you are surrounded by germ-ridden folk or you can feel the first stages of a cold, try Echinacea, I swear by it! (not suitable if you are pregnant)  Also, if you need an energy boost because fighting germs is tiring, you may want to consider a superfood such as bee pollen.


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Did you know that Vitamin C is

– a powerful antioxidant

– involved in research into the prevention of heart disease and cancer

– amazing for skin as it increases the formulation of intercellular collagen

– necessary for the maintenance of healthy connective tissue

– water soluble and is secreted from the body.  Humans are unable to make their own and therefore need to find ways of consuming vitamin C to maintain adequate levels

– Science reports that one cigarette destroys 25mg of vitamin C and stress is known to heavily deplete the body of this essential vitamin.

– Deficiency can result in bleeding from small capillaries under the skin and gums and wounds heal more slowly.

Full details of these and all our product range can be found in the current Product Brochure…if you don’t already have one, please ask me or browse in our online shop  The prices are the same as ordering through me but you will be charged for postage and packing and you will not be able to take advantage of the offers available to subscribers of my monthly newsletter.

Related Articles:

 Vitamin C Boosts Life Expectancy and Removes Plaque from Blood Vessels

Vitamin C: Prevents Diabetes, Cancer, Stroke and Heart Disease

The information contained in this blog illustrates my opinions and experiences,it does not constitute medical advice and I do not accept responsibility for actions taken or refrained from as a result of reading this blog.

If you found this post interesting/useful please share it with your social network and/or bookmark it.  Also, your comments are always valued and will help me to write new posts that are relevant to readers of this blog.

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The following information are extracts from notes of a presentation by Dr Peter Atherton our resident GP and Aloe research expert on bee pollen and bee propolis, for your interest / education.

Bee Propolis

This is a resin that is collected by bees from the buds of mainly poplar, willow and birch trees. This resin is mixed with their own saliva to form propolis (red in colour). “Propolis” (which is taken from the Greek phrase “defence in front of the city” is a ‘glue’ that maintains and protects the edge of the hive. Any trespassers into the hive are mummified by the propolis to keep the hive clean. Products taken from the hive – propolis, pollen and royal jelly – are coming from an environment that is more sterile than the average operating theatre!!

The propolis is a very powerful antibacterial, antiviral and anti-fungal agent. In research (lab conditions) it has the ability to do away with MRSA and TB, because of its antibacterial property!! It is contained in toothgel, propolis cream and in the bee propolis tablets. The cream is fantastic for skin conditions, eg itchy skin, eczema etc. 2 or 3 tablets per day (or even more when a customer is unwell) will help the body’s immune system.


Bee Pollen – nature’s perfect food

This has been described as “the food of the Gods” since it contains just about everything for the human body to survive on. Specifically it contains:-

  • 25% pure protein
  • 18 amino acids including ALL the essential ones
  • more than 12 vitamins
  • 28 minerals
  • 11 enzymes or co-enzymes
  • 14 beneficial fatty acids
  • 11 carbs

Gives:-

  • energy
  • and quickly!! Take 2 tablets for immediate effect or take one tablet 3 times per day for general increase in energy levels (don’t take too late in the evening though if you want to sleep!)

Excellent for:-

  • people who are stressed 
  • people who suffer from hay fever, ME and MS

There are two types of pollen. Light and Heavy. Light pollens are wind-blown and this is what affects hay fever sufferers. It is the heavy pollen that is collected by bees. So hay fever sufferers can ingest the heavier pollen safely.

The doctor advises that hay fever sufferers should start taking tablets 6-8 weeks before their hay fever season starts. In terms of dosage there is no set amount…you cannot overdose. Three tablets per day – one before each meal is recommended.

Testimonials from happy customers 

“I’ve developed a really painful ulcer behind my lip. It hurt for days and in vain I waited to it for go. I literally could not eat anything without pain. I put a tiny amount of Bee Pollen over night on it and in the morning I had no pain. The second night I repeated the procedure and the ulcer was gone!”   by Angela Nowak

“My colleague and her mum, have been plagued by chilblains on their feet for years. After using Aloe Propolis Creme for three consecutive days, both of them have reported the itching and swelling has completely disappeared. My colleague then stopped using the cream for two days, whilst her mum continued, just to see what happened. Low and behold the itching returned, but her mum stayed fine. Needless to say, they both now massage Aloe Propolis Creme into their feet as part of their daily routine.”  by Sally Milsom

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An Interesting article written for the arthritis trust on the value of bee pollen and suggests it is “The Perfect Food”

The information provided in this blog illustrates my opinions and experiences, it does not constitute advice and I do not accept responsibility for any actions taken or refrained from as a result of reading this post.

If you found this post interesting/useful please share it with your social network and/or bookmark it.  Also, your comments are always valued and will help me to write new posts that are relevant to readers of this blog.

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The key to weight management is to eat healthily and keep active. We all know that, don’t we?

So why are so many of us overweight? My opinion on this is simple, stressful lifestyles! The food we buy is lacking in the essential vitamins and minerals we need due to intense farming and prolonged storage, busy lives provide time constraints that ensure we are overworked and even when we have got some leisure time we are so tired we can not bear the thought of shopping and preparing good ingredients or (heaven forbid) do some exercise out in the fresh air!

Leading up to my pregnancy I gained weight but it didn’t seem to bother me. After my son was born my aging skin looked awful and saggy. All my clothes fit badly and I felt ‘blobby’ and unhappy. So I embarked on a weight loss programme; those of you who are facebook friends will have seen my daily diary where I lost half a stone in two weeks and have given myself another two and a bit weeks to lose another. A stone in a month isn’t bad is it? So I do speak from experience when I say, it can be done and for me the key to staying motivated is ENERGY.

Standard diets often leave you craving naughty food because you are hungry, lacking in key nutrients and feeling low. To stay positive when you feel tired and depressed is incredibly difficult. I can honestly say that on the Forever Nutri-Lean programme I have never felt hungry and my poor skin condition has improved too because of the cleansing process.

 

 


 

A kick start to a healthier you


The nutri-lean programme starts with a 9-day kick start designed to rid you of toxins, break bad eating habits and clean your gut so that you can absorb more of the goodness from your food and expel the less favourable more efficiently.


After the 9-day detox, you begin to reintroduce your normal eating patterns but keeping to a calorie plan that suits your basal metabolic rate (the rate at which your body converts calories in to energy whilst at rest).




 

My keys to success are:

  1. Plan for success. Write down your goals, make sure they are realistic and make sure you understand at what point you are starting. Be HONEST!
  2. Keep to the routine suggested by Forever and carry on taking any other supplements you are currently using to benefit your health.
  3. Don’t weigh and measure yourself every day. Other factors will cause weight to fluctuate and you don’t want this to knock your motivation. For example, I usually weigh 2lb more in the evening than in the morning (and for girls, your weight can vary throughout your cycle)
  4. If you feel hungry, check that you are taking the correct amount of Garcinia at the right times.
  5. If you feel tired or lacking energy, take additional bee pollen tablets. These are a fabulous superfood that will give you a boost without sugar or caffeine.
  6. EXERCISE there’s no getting away from it, you can not expect your body to function properly if you do not use your muscles and get oxygenated blood circulating through your system. Don’t forget your heart is a muscle that needs exercise. Whilst you are trying to lose weight you need to fit in 20 minutes per day. This doesn’t have to be aerobic, anything that raises your heart-rate above its rest rate is good, so walk to work, take the stairs, play with the kids in the garden, you get the idea. If you can, 1/2 an hour of vigourous exercise twice a week will do wonders for your energy levels, motivation and inch loss.

I wish you the very best with your weight management, but above all I wish for you to be happy and healthy.

Best Regards, Toni


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The information contained in this blog illustrates my opinions and experiences,it does not constitute medical advice and I do not accept responsibility for actions taken or refrained from as a result of reading this blog.