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April 28, 2006

Adrenal Disorders - A Hidden Problem

Filed under: Herbs For Health — Administrator @ 8:33 am

What do your Adrenal Glands do?

The Adrenal Glands are two walnut-sized structures situated above each of your two kidneys. They consist of two separate regions: an inner adrenal medulla surrounded by an outer adrenal cortex.

The function of the Adrenal Glands is performed by a wide variety of hormones released by these structures and is mostly directed at the physiological response to Stress. The medulla is responsible for producing epinephrine and norepinephrine (adrenaline), which control the body’s reaction to Stress and affect blood pressure, heart rate and sweating.

The adrenal cortex produces hormones such as cortisone and aldosterone which are necessary for fluid and electrolyte (salt) balance in the body as well as regulating the use of dietary protein, fats and carbohydrates and controlling inflammation.

What can go wrong with your Adrenal Glands?

As with all structures of the body, the Adrenal Glands are subject to a range of disorders and diseases.

Major health problems can occur when the Adrenal Glands produce too many or too few hormones. Two disorders caused by impaired functioning of these glands are Addison’s disease and Cushing’s syndrome. Addison’s disease is caused by damage or disease to the Adrenal Glands, resulting in a deficiency of the hormone cortisol. The overproduction of cortisol by the Adrenal Glands leads to Cushing’s syndrome.

Cushing’s syndrome may also result when steroid drugs (such as hydrocortisone, prednisone or dexamethasone) are taken over a prolonged period or at high doses. These steroid hormones are often used to treat inflammatory illnesses such as asthma, Rheumatoid Arthritis and inflammatory bowel diseases.

Additionally, long-term treatment with these medications can inhibit normal pituitary function (which usually controls the adrenals) and cause secondary Adrenal Insufficiency. Adrenal Insufficiency or Adrenal fatigue is a common problem characterized by a deficiency of the hormones produced by the Adrenal Glands.

High Stress levels, which are often accompanied by an unhealthy lifestyle, can weaken the Adrenal Glands. When Stress continues over a long time, the Adrenal Glands’ response to this Stress can deplete the body’s hormonal and energy reserves, and the glands may either shrink in size or hypertrophy (enlarge). The overproduction of adrenal hormones caused by prolonged Stress can weaken the Immune System, disrupt the Metabolism, cause weakness, fatigue and a feeling of being run down. It can also interfere with normal sleep and cause a light and unrelaxing sleep state which can make one feel worn out even after a full night’s sleep.

Adrenal Insufficiency is sometimes linked to chronic fatigue and Thyroid Problems as well.

What are the symptoms of Adrenal Disease?

Adrenal Disease may often go unnoticed until far advanced. When symptoms do appear they are often vague and may include:

  • Fatigue
  • Loss of energy
  • Decreased Immune System with recurrent illness
  • Nausea and Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Loss of appetite
  • Weight loss
  • Muscle weakness
  • Dizziness on standing up
  • Anxiety and Depression
  • Decreased tolerance to cold
  • Hair Loss in women
  • Increased pigmentation of skin

How is Adrenal Disease diagnosed?

Adrenal Disease is most commonly diagnosed based on laboratory tests which measure the levels of adrenal hormones (Specifically cortisol) in the blood.

How is Adrenal Disease usually treated?

The specific type of treatment usually prescribed for Adrenal Disease will be based on the underlying cause. Treatment generally takes the form of synthetic hormones which increase the low levels in the body or hormone inhibiting drugs- depending on the disease. Treatment is usually lifelong unless the cause of the disease is removed, such as a tumor which is surgically removed or treated with radiation or chemotherapy.

Can Natural Remedies help?

As adrenal damage and adrenal fatigue are so often caused by a stressful and unhealthy lifestyle, it is logical that this situation can be best treated and improved with a holistic and natural approach. One’s overall health, as well as the well-being and optimum functioning of the Adrenal Glands, should be addressed.

Certain herbal ingredients are well-known for their tonic effect on the Adrenal Glands and improving ability to cope with Stress. Relaxation methods and reducing Stress in ones daily life, as well as eating a healthy, balanced diet and exercising regularly can all be of great benefit to Adrenal Disease.

What is AdrenoBoost?

AdrenoBoost is a 100% Herbal Remedy containing Herbs known for their ability to improve the functioning of the Adrenal Glands and protect it from the damaging effects of Stress and modern lifestyle.

Use AdrenoBoost:

What are the ingredients of AdrenoBoost?

AdrenoBoost contains the following ingredients in our unique 100% herbal formula:

Borago officinalis (Borage) has been used since ancient times and was well-respected by Celtic warriors who used it to lift their spirits and promote courage before battle. This herb acts as a restorative remedy for the adrenal cortex. Borage is excellent at reviving the functioning of the Adrenal Glands when they have been suppressed by drugs such as steroids. Borage acts as a tonic for adrenals affected by Stress. It is also a soothing and Anti-Inflammatory herb excellent for people recovering from illness or those suffering from Fever.

Eleutherococcus senticosis (Siberian Ginseng) is an overall system tonic and improves Immune Functioning, performance and Stamina. In the 1950’s it was used extensively by Soviet athletes to enhance Athletic Performance. This herb can combat Stress and is a tonic stimulant for the adrenal hormones. In oriental medicine, Ginseng is highly respected and prized as a herb which promotes yang energy, improving circulation, boosting Vitality and acting as an overall systemic invigorator. The active ingredients in Siberian Ginseng, eleutherosides, increase mental performance, physical Stamina and resistance to disease.

Astragalus membranaceous (Huang Qi) is an herb which has been used in Traditional Chinese Medicine for many centuries as a revitalizing tonic. It is a very useful protector of adrenal cortical function and regulates blood pressure and blood Sugar Levels. Recent research confirms the positive effect of Astragalus on Immune Functioning and its ability to help the body fight against disease. There is also mounting evidence for this herb’s effectiveness in support of cancer patients undergoing radiation and chemotherapy therapies.

(AdrenoBoost contains no animal products, gluten, artificial flavors, colors or preservatives)

How has AdrenoBoost helped others?

“I have been using your AdrenoBoost for a few months now and although I was skeptical that it would help, I was desperate! I have worked in a highly-pressurized, corporate environment for more than a decade and, being a woman, always felt the extra pressure to prove myself as well! All this Stress started to catch up with me in a big way and I began to see my health deteriorate dramatically. My hair was falling out, I lost too much weight and I was always tired no matter how early I got to bed. After a few weeks of using AdrenoBoost and trying to eat more healthily I started to notice a difference: less hair in the shower, I stopped getting every cold that was going around the office and, for the first time in years, I woke up feeling refreshed in the morning. I had forgotten what that felt like! Thank you for an amazing product- it has helped me to regain control.” Debra, USA

“After feeling run-down and generally not myself for almost a year, my doctor suggested I might have Adrenal Fatigue. Having always been one to avoid prescription drugs, I started researching natural products to help my condition. I came across your site and ordered the AdrenoBoost- am I glad I did! I haven’t had such energy and Stamina since my 20’s!” James F, 52 years old.

“I am going to stock up on your AdrenoBoost remedy- I don’t quite know how I survived without it.” Ian, USA

“Five years ago I was diagnosed with Addison’s disease and it was almost a relief to find out that there was something very real wrong with my body. I was put on corticosteroid drugs which helped, but every time I had something stressful happen in my life or I got the Flu I felt like I was back to square one and the doctor had to increase my dose. I didn’t want to be so dependant on these drugs and started to look into alternative treatment. I found your product on the internet and showed the information to my doctor- he was cynical but said I could try it as long as it was under his monitoring. After a few months on AdrenoBoost we had to drastically reduce my steroid medications and I felt better than I had in a long time. My doctor was impressed and so am I! Thank you so much for providing a safe and effective alternative, I am going to tell everyone I know about your Natural Remedies.” K.D.

How do I use AdrenoBoost?

AdrenoBoost comes in convenient tincture form and is diluted in water or juice.

Dosage:

Adults: Dilute 15 drops in about 1/4 cup water or juice three times daily.

Children over 6: One drop per age year in 1/4 cup of water or juice three times daily.

Caution: Do not use within 4 hours of bedtime. Safety during Pregnancy and breastfeeding has not been established.

How long till I see results?

With regular use, results should be noticed within 3 – 6 weeks, although some people may respond sooner.

How long does one bottle last?

One bottle of AdrenoBoost should last 3 – 4 weeks.

What else can help?

1. Employ Stress-coping and Relaxation techniques and try to reduce the amount of Stress in your daily life
2. Eat a healthy, balanced diet with a Focus on fresh, whole foods and don’t skip meals.
3. Exercise regularly.

April 15, 2006

Natural Solutions For Kidney Health

Filed under: Herbs For Health — Administrator @ 10:17 pm

What do your Kidneys do?

The kidneys are two bean-shaped organs in your abdomen which form a part of the urinary tract. They are responsible for filtering waste products and useful chemicals from your blood and eliminating the waste products into the urine. Without the kidneys, waste products and toxins would soon build up in the blood to dangerous levels and damage your body.

Your kidneys regulate the body’s level of necessary substances like water, sodium and potassium. The correct balance of such substances is vital for your body to function healthily, but excess amounts can be harmful.

As well as removing wastes, the kidneys are also responsible for releasing vital hormones. Renin is a hormone important in regulating salt levels and blood pressure. Erythropoietin is vital in the process of red blood cell formation in the bone marrow.

The kidneys also produce the biologically active form of Vitamin D which is used for absorbing calcium and maintaining the health and strength of your bones.

What can go wrong with your Kidneys?

As with all organs of the body, the kidneys are subject to a range of disorders and diseases. Kidney Damage usually takes place gradually and without symptoms and it may only be after years of Kidney Disease that Kidney Functioning becomes noticeably decreased. Some people are born with only one kidney or donate one of their kidneys to a family member or friend. These people can live healthy and normal lives as long as their remaining kidney stays healthy. In Kidney Disease one can lose more than 75% of Kidney Functioning before the effects become obvious.

The two most common causes of Kidney Disease are Diabetes and High Blood Pressure. If you or your family has a history of these diseases, you may be at risk for kidney problems. Some kidney diseases are inherited, for example Polycystic Kidney Disease (PKD). Infection, direct injury, poisons and drugs (Like prescription or over-the-counter painkillers) can also lead to serious Kidney Damage or dysfunction.

All of the above disorders and diseases can lead to decreased Kidney Function or kidney (renal) failure. This may happen suddenly (Acute Renal Failure) or, more commonly, gradually over years of disease (Chronic Renal Failure).

Kidney Stones are also a very common problem. These are formed by clumps of Crystals which can block the urinary system. Depending on the size of a Kidney Stone, it may be passed out in the urine unnoticed or cause severe pain- some may even require Surgery.

What are the symptoms of Kidney Disease?

In the early stages of Kidney Disease, many people experience no symptoms at all. As Kidney Functioning deteriorates one may develop the following problems:

How is Kidney Disease diagnosed?

Although there are a number of tests that may be done to establish Kidney Disease, the urine sample your doctor takes is a common way that kidney problems may be first identified. For example, blood, protein, or white blood cells in the urine may indicate injury, infection, or inflammation of the kidneys, and glucose in the urine may be an indication of Diabetes.

How is Kidney Disease usually treated?

The treatment of Kidney Disease will depend on the specific condition and may involve a number of prescription drugs including antibiotics and steroids. The control of blood pressure and Diabetes also plays a major role in preventing further damage to diseased kidneys. In the case of kidney failure, dialysis (filtering of the blood by an artificial kidney machine) is required. In severe and irreversible cases of kidney failure, kidney transplant may be necessary.

Can Natural Remedies help?

If left untreated, Kidney Disease can become irreversible and can be a significant threat to your health. People with Diabetes, High Blood Pressure or a family history of Kidney Disease also need to actively prevent Kidney Disease and keep these organs in optimum condition.

Kidney problems respond well to complementary medicine and a holistic approach (including diet). These will improve Kidney Functioning and ultimately decrease the need for prescription drugs or Surgery.

What is Kidney Dr.?

Kidney Dr. is a 100% Herbal Remedy containing Herbs known for their ability to improve the functioning of both healthy and diseased kidneys and act as a tonic for the entire urinary system.

Caution: Safety during Pregnancy and breastfeeding has not been established.

Note: If you have High Blood Pressure or Diabetes, keep it well controlled. Kidney Dr. may be combined with our Insulate Plus for Diabetes or our High-Rite and Aqua-Rite for High Blood Pressure.

Use Kidney Dr.:

What are the ingredients of Kidney Dr.?

Kidney Dr. contains the following ingredients in our unique 100% herbal formula:

Agathosma betulina: – also called Buchu is a urinary antiseptic and possesses Diuretic properties. Buchu has been used by the natives of the Western Cape of Southern Africa for many centuries. Early Dutch settlers used buchu to make a brandy tincture and Boegoebrandewyn (buchu brandy) is still used today to treat many disorders.

Berberis vulgaris:-also called Barberry, has been used medicinally for thousands of years and has documented use in Ancient Egypt – where it was used by pharaohs to ward off the plague. Berberine alkaloids contained in Barberry have demonstrated antibacterial and infection-fighting properties, stimulating microphages (white blood cells) to fight off infection and improving Immune Functioning. Barberry is also used extensively for Kidney Disease, Kidney Stones, gallbladder problems and enlarged spleen.

Polygonum multiflorum: also called He-shou-wu or Fo ti, is an important blood tonic in Traditional Chinese Medicine. It is often prescribed for kidney and liver problems, to strengthen the blood, invigorate the liver and kidneys and revitalize the system. Studies also suggest that Fo ti has the ability to stimulate Immune Functioning, lower cholesterol and increase red blood cell formation.

Schizandra chinensis: also called Wu-wei-zi, is a well known adaptogen which benefits all body systems and overall systemic health and functioning. Wu-wei-zi has a wide variety of therapeutic benefits and is an excellent kidney tonic. Added benefits include increased energy, strengthened Immune Functioning and greater ability to cope with Stress. Trigonella foenum-graecum: – also called Fenugreek, has proven benefits for a wide variety of problems including Diabetes, High Cholesterol and Atherosclerosis. Traditional Chinese herbalists also prescribe Fenugreek for kidney problems.

(Kidney Dr. contains no animal products, gluten, artificial flavors, colors or preservatives)

How has Kidney Dr. helped others?

“As I have been Diabetic for many years now, I became concerned about the health of my kidneys. I know that Diabetes can damage the kidneys and I have also always experienced Urinary Tract Infections, which I know can become very serious if they spread to the kidneys. On your consultant’s advice I have been using your UTI-Clear and Kidney Dr. remedies. No more UTI’s (which is great) and, even better, I know that my kidneys will serve me well for many years to come!” June, CA

“I started using your Kidney Dr. remedy when I was diagnosed with High Blood Pressure. As I am also Diabetic and my mother died from renal failure, I’m at high risk for Kidney Disease and was very keen to do anything I could to look after my kidneys. I have been using your Kidney Dr. for a few weeks now and I must say it is wonderful- I already feel healthier and imagine my surprise when my doctor told me my cholesterol levels were down. (Yes, I also have High Cholesterol!) Many thanks for a great product!” RM, UK

“Several months ago I donated one of my kidneys to my son. Although I would do it again in the blink of an eye, I felt pretty awful afterwards- apart from the pain of Surgery of course. I wanted to help my remaining kidney to start compensating as soon as possible as well as keep it in peak health. I came across your Kidney Dr. and ordered it immediately. I am so pleased I did because it has helped me tremendously. I feel as well as I did with both kidneys- better in fact.” Don, USA

How do I use Kidney Dr.?

Kidney Dr. comes in convenient tincture form and is diluted in water or juice.

Dosage:

Adults: Dilute 15 drops in about 1/4 cup water or juice three times daily.

Children over 6: One drop per age year in 1/4 cup of water or juice three times daily.

Caution: Safety during Pregnancy and breastfeeding has not been established.

How long till I see results?

With regular use, results should be noticed within 3 – 6 weeks, although some people may respond sooner.

How long does one bottle last?

One bottle of Kidney Dr. should last 3 – 4 weeks.

What else can help?

1. Avoid a high protein intake in your diet.
2. Drink at least 8 glasses of purified water daily.
3. If you have High Blood Pressure or Diabetes, keep it well controlled. Kidney Dr. may be combined with our Insulate Plus for Diabetes or our High-Rite and Aqua-Rite for High Blood Pressure.
4. Quit Smoking. Our Crave-RX formula will help with this process!