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A common concept among holistically orientated practitioners such as the Health Guardian, is that a human being is a self-healing individual, and at best, all a medical practitioner can do is facilitate this profound inner process. Addressing pathology prevention is relatively straightforward, but health is much more an active state of well-being than the absence of disease.
GENERAL CONSIDERATIONS: Food provides energy and building material for countless substances that are essential for the growth and survival of every human being. To address nutrition, we must consider at least an overview of digestion, absorption, transportation, and excretion of nutrients at every system's level. These processes convert complex foodstuffs into individual nutrients ready to be used in metabolism. Proteins, fats, and carbohydrates each contribute to the total energy pool, but ultimately the energy they yield is available for the work of the muscles and organs of the body. The way nutrients become integral parts of the body and contribute to proper functioning depends heavily on the physiologic and biochemical processes that govern their actions. It is now known that these metabolic processes are altered in the presence of acute and chronic inflammation.
The tablet or capsule is the most commonly used oral dosage form, but is also often the most complex to make. The process of making capsules involves compressing the herb, which results in a reduction in effective surface area. The herb starts out as a very fine powder, but then is compressed into a single dosage unit. Certain capsule ingredients are included to add various physical properties to the therapeutic properties of the herb.
In addition to your diet goals, consideration about your strategy is also important. There are 8 strategic variations to macronutrient diets. In specific circumstances, some of these are healthier than others. Which diet you chose typically depends on a series of trade-offs and compromises. One may maximize carbohydrate intakes while lowering both fats and proteins as an example of one variation.
Alcohol is a better solvent than water for most plant constituents. A mixture of alcohol and water will dissolve nearly all the relevant ingredients of an herb and at the same time, and act as a preservative. The method given here for the preparation of tinctures describes a simple and general approach. For home use, an alcohol of at least 30% concentration (60 proof) will suffice, as this is about the weakest alcohol-water mixture that still provides a long-term preservative action. Vodka is usually a good choice, although other types of alcohol can also be used.
Diet - the noun – is a long-term lifestyle decision. Diet, the verb, is a short-term reactionary decision. The Health Guardian figures out how to create a nutritious, healthy, long-term diet that keeps you going strong for years and years. It’s a lifestyle thing, not a fad thing. As part of this lifestyle, there should be room for the practice of combining broth with your herbal teas designed to strengthen various organ systems, as a beginning of a soup. Over a month, this soup foundation should be consumed to provide strength and well-being over all 11 of the organ systems.
Fruit juice is considered a nutritional no-no, due to high-sugar and low-fiber ratios. But wait, don’t throw the idea out quite yet. Fruit Juice with herbals can be a powerful tool for the Heath Guardian. It has been shown that orange juice can help prevent inflammation, especially important in the chronology of chronic disease progression, inflammation is at first subclinical, often referred to as “silent inflammation.” This insidious inflammation remains below the threshold of clinical diagnosis. Cellular and tissue damage occurs in the body for years before being noticed. It is like a “smoldering” fire with a small whiff of smoke and heat being evident before it finally bursts into flame. Some refer to early chronic disease as a “smoldering disease."
Whenever the herbal material is hard and woody, making a decoction increases the likelihood that the soluble contents of the herb will actually be extracted into the water. Roots, rhizomes, wood, bark, nuts, and some seeds are hard and have strong cell walls, so to ensure an effective transfer of active constituents to the water, more heat is needed than for infusions.
Fluid medicines-whether infusions, decoctions, or tinctures--often have an unpleasant taste. Thus, it 's sometimes helpful to mask the taste by adding a sweetener. One method is to use a syrup, which is the traditional way to make cough mixtures more palatable for children or to make any herbal preparation more palatable.
In herbal infusions where the desired action is caused by the herb’s volatile oils, which are lost in boiling or hot water, warm or cold water infusions are used. The Health Guardian may combine the final drink with hot and cold infusions, along with cold down decoctions prepared by gently simmering woody plant parts in boiling water.
This integrated data system contains—in one place—five distinct types of data containing information on food and nutrient profiles, each with a unique purpose. Two of the data types—Foundation Foods and Experimental Foods—represent “a bridge to the future” in food and nutrient composition. They provide data that has never previously been available:
Essential minerals — that is, those necessary for human health — are classified into two equally important groups: major minerals and trace minerals. The major minerals, which are used and stored in large quantities in the body, are calcium, chloride, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, sodium, and sulfur. The trace minerals are just as vital to our health as the major minerals, but we don't need large amounts. Minerals in this category include chromium, copper, fluoride, iodine, iron, manganese, molybdenum, selenium, and zinc.