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Natural Maintenance

by baldilocks

Being blessed with great health and energy for almost all of my life, I found it dis­con­cert­ing when I began to get tired at strange times in the day — like 1PM. The cure? Vit­a­min C and lots of it. An orange, a half of a grape­fruit, the juice of a small lemon and a kiwi a day seem to have fixed the problem.

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It seems so sim­ple, doesn’t it? We all grow up being told to eat cit­rus fruit and to drink a lot of fruit juices. Well, I don’t drink juices — or soda — because they have too much sugar in them. I don’t even buy bread that has more than one gram of sugar in it. (The only area in which I break this rule: cof­fee.) Keep­ing sugar out of my diet has kept me from get­ting too humon­gous – a bat­tle which mem­bers of my fam­ily fight, espe­cially the women. So, I had been incon­sis­tent in eat­ing the good sug­ars. No more and those grapefruit(s) are tasty!

Another nat­ural rem­edy I’ve used for a cou­ple of years: apple cider vine­gar. Mem­bers of both sides of my fam­ily also suf­fer from high blood pres­sure, begin­ning in the late 40s and I was no dif­fer­ent. My pres­sure had been very low before that, but I noticed the up-​creep; I was always right on the bor­der­line of hyper­ten­sion. I did not want to take pre­scrip­tion med­ica­tion, so I searched online for nat­ural reme­dies and con­sis­tently found a daily rec­om­men­da­tion of 2 table­spoons of ACV with 8 ounces of water. Now, every time I go to the doc­tor and my vitals are check, my sys­tolic is in the 120 range and my dias­tolic is in the 6070 range. (I drink it with a straw so that it doesn’t dam­age the enamel of my teeth.)

I don’t rec­om­mend doing any of these things with­out doing your own home work first and check­ing with your doc­tor. I men­tion them merely because it seems to me that God has pro­vided many of the cures for nag­ging issues and signs of aging (I’m 54). We only have to be look­ing for them. And in the age of Oba­macare, it’s always a good idea to be look­ing for ways to avoid the health­care system.

I also won­der whether much of the crazi­ness we see around us stems from vit­a­min, min­eral and other dietary defi­cien­cies. Well, excuse me now; I think I need a burger. Beef.

Kenya Trip Wish­list at Ama­zon.

Juli­ette Akinyi Ochieng blogs at baldilocks. (Her older blog is located here.) Her first novel, Tale of the Tigers: Love is Not a Game, was pub­lished in 2012. Her sec­ond novel, ten­ta­tively titled, Arlen’s Harem, will be done in 2016. Fol­low her on Twit­ter.

Please con­tribute to Juliette’s Projects JOB: HER TRIP TO KENYA! Her new novel, her blog, her Inter­net to keep the lat­ter going and COF­FEE to keep her going!

Or hit Da Tech Guy’s Tip Jar in the name of Inde­pen­dent Journalism — -»»

baldilocks

by baldilocks

Being blessed with great health and energy for almost all of my life, I found it disconcerting when I began to get tired at strange times in the day—like 1PM. The cure? Vitamin C and lots of it. An orange, a half of a grapefruit, the juice of a small lemon and a kiwi a day seem to have fixed the problem.

blood-oranges
Blood Oranges. Disconcerting at first, but really good for you.

It seems so simple, doesn’t it? We all grow up being told to eat citrus fruit and to drink a lot of fruit juices. Well, I don’t drink juices—or soda—because they have too much sugar in them. I don’t even buy bread that has more than one gram of sugar in it. (The only area in which I break this rule: coffee.) Keeping sugar out of my diet has kept me from getting too humongous–a battle which members of my family fight, especially the women. So, I had been inconsistent in eating the good sugars. No more and those grapefruit(s) are tasty!

Another natural remedy I’ve used for a couple of years: apple cider vinegar. Members of both sides of my family also suffer from high blood pressure, beginning in the late 40s and I was no different. My pressure had been very low before that, but I noticed the up-creep; I was always right on the borderline of hypertension. I did not want to take prescription medication, so I searched online for natural remedies and consistently found a daily recommendation of 2 tablespoons of ACV with 8 ounces of water. Now, every time I go to the doctor and my vitals are check, my systolic is in the 120 range and my diastolic is in the 60-70 range. (I drink it with a straw so that it doesn’t damage the enamel of my teeth.)

I don’t recommend doing any of these things without doing your own home work first and checking with your doctor. I mention them merely because it seems to me that God has provided many of the cures for nagging issues and signs of aging (I’m 54). We only have to be looking for them. And in the age of Obamacare, it’s always a good idea to be looking for ways to avoid the healthcare system.

I also wonder whether much of the craziness we see around us stems from vitamin, mineral and other dietary deficiencies. Well, excuse me now; I think I need a burger. Beef.

Kenya Trip Wishlist at Amazon.

Juliette Akinyi Ochieng blogs at baldilocks. (Her older blog is located here.) Her first novel, Tale of the Tigers: Love is Not a Game, was published in 2012. Her second novel, tentatively titled, Arlen’s Harem, will be done in 2016. Follow her on Twitter.

Please contribute to Juliette’s Projects JOB: HER TRIP TO KENYA! Her new novel, her blog, her Internet to keep the latter going and COFFEE to keep her going!

Or hit Da Tech Guy’s Tip Jar in the name of Independent Journalism—->>>>

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