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ANATOMY OF FASCIA
Have you ever had neck pain or ache, a backache, felt tired muscles or stiff joints that hurt? These symptoms could be an overdone exercise routine, an out of balance sleep position or it could be caused by an area of your body you haven’t heard much about – the fascia. This intricate network of tissues throughout the body receives very little attention despite its major role in every single move you make.
FASCIA – THE INTERCONNECTIVITY NETWORK WITHIN THE BODY
Fascia (imagine a sheet of tissue paper or the white fine casing surrounding a peeled orange – this is directly underneath your skin) – is made up of multiple thin paper-like layers with liquid in between called hyaluronan. Fascia is a thin casing of connective tissue that surrounds and holds every one of your organs, blood vessels, bones, nerve fibers and muscles in place. When it dries up and tightens around muscles, it can limit mobility and cause painful knots to develop.
Hyaluronan – A non polysaccharide providing compression, strength, lubrication and hydration within the ECM (extracellular matrix). Regulates cell adhesion, mobility and mediates cell proliferation and differentiation making it a structural component of tissues, as well as an active signaling molecule.
Three Layers of Fascia
Fascia is classified by three layers.
1. Superficial Fascia – The lowermost layer of skin in most regions of your body and determines the shape of your body.
2. Deep Fascia – A thick, dense, discrete fibrous tissue layer.
3. Visceral or Parietal Fascia – Each of your organs is covered in a layer of fascia. The layers are separated by a thin membrane – outer wall of your organs are known as parietal and the skin of your organs are known as the visceral layer.
Sheath – a structure in living tissue which closely envelops another.
There are three layers of fascia in every muscle.
1. Endomysium – The deepest and smallest component of muscle connective tissue. A wispy thin layer of areolar connective tissue that ensheaths each individual muscle, fiber or muscle cell. It contains capillaries and veins – overlying the muscle fiber’s cell membrane. This thin layer helps provide the appropriate chemical environment for the exchange of calcium, sodium and potassium, which are essential minerals for the excitation and subsequent contraction of muscle fiber. Again we see the importance of minerals and how the body utilizes them.
2. Perimysium – A sheath of connective tissue that groups from 10-100 or more muscle fibers into bundles. It plays a role in transmitting lateral contractile movements. 3. Epimysium – A sheath of fibrous elastic tissue surrounding muscle. It is the fibrous tissue pocket that surrounds skeletal muscle. It is a layer of dense irregular connective tissue which ensheaths the entire muscle and protects muscles from friction against other muscle and bones.
Fascia – Four Types of Tissue, Three Ingredients
There are 4 types of tissue in the body: muscle, nervous, epithelial and connective. These 4 tissue types make up every structure in your body.
Connective tissue is the most pervasive, and has three basic ingredients; collagen, elastin, and ground substance.
Collagen fibers are long molecules. If one were as thick as a pen, it would be a yard long. Collagen is a protein consisting of three polypeptide chains that line up to form white fibrils. They are stronger than steel and can hold ten thousand times their own weight. Collagen fibers give tissues their tensile strength, resiliency and structural integrity. There are two minerals you need to build collagen naturally in the body – magnesium and zinc. Humic Acid Mineral contains over 80 plus minerals and it includes magnesium and zinc. We all have different mineral and nutrient needs at a given time. The real benefit of Humic Mineral is it provides the mineral nutrients needed by the body, which will only absorb and utilize those that are needed.
Elastin fibers are much like rubber bands. Elastin fibers allows tissue to stretch, thereby helping to absorb shock. Fascia, tendons and ligaments contain both collagen and elastin fibers.
Ground substance is viscous (a thick sticky consistency between solid liquid transparent fluid, like raw egg whites). It surrounds all cells in the body, and is part of our internal ocean. The body can not survive without water and minerals.
Chemically the ground substance is a mucopolysaccharide. Its main components are hyaluronic acid and proteoglycans (a core protein with long chains of sugar bonded.). Hyaluronic acid is viscous and lubricates the collagen, elastin, and muscle fibers, allowing them to slide over each other. Proteoglycans form the gel of the ground substance. This gel is excellent at dispersing shock and holding tissues in place. One of the most amazing properties of the ground substance is its ability to go from a jelly-like state to a completely liquid state. This is called thixotropy. Just like Jell-O- when its cool, it’s a jelly, and when its warm, it’s a liquid.
When we are sedentary and have minimal exercise, as we age, the ground substance in fascia has less liquidity and is more gel like. When this happens, we are more susceptible to injury, our range of motion becomes restricted and we dry up.
Movement everyday, stretching and working out allows the body to heat and creates a bio-electric energy that contributes to the ground substance gel to liquid transfer. So, if you want to get, keep or maintain pain free stretch capability, movement, mobility, healthy aging as we say here at HU, and have a working system that allows the exchange of nutrients and cellular wastes to occur more efficiently, keep moving and stretching – everyday – or start.
These components – ground substance, collagen and elastin, and the fibers arrange themselves in parallel to be able to transmit the pull of the muscle without breaking. This fascial network does not stop there. Not only does this tendon embed itself into the bone, it also fans out, surrounding the entire bone – literally becoming the periosteum of the bone. Then from the periosteum to another tendon, into another muscle to another tendon surrounding another bone and so on until the fascia in your toes has connected through this network to the fascia in your head and fingertips – uniting your body in one continuous fascial network. Wow! Add to that all the other tissues – nerves, arteries, veins, fat and organs all suspended and penetrated by this fascial network- it’s no wonder it’s called connective tissue.
Every single biological process of the body is connected to a mineral. How specialized the human body is, so incredibly, intricately, and profoundly formed of the dust of earth. A temple and a gift to be cherished.
Microorganisms (microbes) digest organic matter and in the process they provide nutrients to plants (food), and improve the structure of the soil. A gardeners job is to increase the number of microbes in the soil, and to provide the food it needs to be productive. When this is done properly, plants (food) grow well and soil is improved.
Soil Microorganisms (bacteria and fungi) contribute to plant nutrition and root health. These microorganisms digest and decompose organic plant matter (recycles old plant material), and in the process provides essential nutrients to plants (food). They nourish, protect plants and supply our food sources and play a crucial role in providing soil, air, and water services that are absolutely critical to human survival and health.
Some soil bacteria’s and fungi’s form relationships with plant roots that provide important nutrients like nitrogen or phosphorus (MINERALS).
Sustainable crop production from our back yard gardens to our farmers fields, is essential to a healthy and adequate food supply. At ﬁrst glance, a healthy crop reveals only the above ground plant (food); the roots that support the visible plant are seldom seen. These plant roots grow in an incredibly complex environment, teeming with billions of soil organisms, particularly bacteria and fungi, which play a crucial role in promoting positive root health and maintaining an adequate supply of plant nutrients for our food crop growth.
There is much to know and understand about the complex interaction between soil microorganisms and plant nutrition. The importance of these relationships is pertinent to healthy food source and a healthy body.
We have heard how important roots are and how consuming rooted foods aids health. Plants conspicuously modify their soil environment by exuding large amounts of carbon from their roots. This rhizosphere zone (area where plants roots’, chemistry and micro’s extract their growth, respiration and nutrient exchange), becomes a biological hotspot in the soil. Adding carbon to the soil surrounding the roots leads to a huge increase in the number of microorganisms living within and outside the roots. They are a combination of microbes.
Did you know probiotics for soil is the same idea as probiotics for your intestines. It is no accident we come from dust/soils of the earth and we return there. If you are a regular HU Healthy follower of why Humic Acid Mineral is the key to cellular health. This next paragraph will hopefully connect dots for you:-).
Root exudates are composed of a complex mixture of low-molecular weight compounds such as amino acids, organic acids, electrolytes, silica, trace minerals, sugars, and phenolics. Root mucilage, a carbon-rich gel layer surrounding the roots tips, also provides a complex mixture of sugars, proteins, and enzymes to rhizosphere organisms – this is organic plant life – Humic Acid Mineral, an anti-viral food nutrient promoting cellular health, head to toe. Wow!
In some plants, as much as one-third to one-half of all the total carbon assimilated by photosynthesis can be transferred to the soil through the roots of plants. As soluble carbon is released by roots, microorganisms are stimulated and colonize the soil surrounding the roots. This can result in competition for nutrients because plants and microbes rely on the same essential nutrients for growth.
Living organisms have a crucial role in controlling the transformations of plant nutrients into soil. In most soils, N, P and S are mainly present as various organic compounds that are unavailable for plant uptake.
Understanding the role of microorganisms in regulating the conversion of these organic pools into plant-available food forms is key. The microbial conversion of nutrients into a soluble form takes place through numerous mechanisms (see Diagram below).
Extracellular enzymes and organic compounds can be speciﬁcally excreted to solubilize plant-available nutrients from soil organic matter, crop residues, or manures. Organic acids released by microbes can dissolve precipitated nutrients into soil minerals and speed mineral weathering. Nutrients can be made more soluble/digestible (e.g., Fe) as microbes derive energy from oxidation and reduction reactions. Farm management practices, including tillage, irrigation, residue placement, crop residues, manure utilization, addition of speciﬁc biological inhibitors and stimulators, and inoculation are all commonly used to inﬂuence these important microbial processes.
Arbuscular Mycorrhizal Fungi (AMF = numerous crop plants), penetrates the root’s cells and forms an extension of the plant root system through thin hair-like strands (hyphae) that extend into the soil. The small diameter of the fungal hyphae allows greater access to soil pores than roots alone, providing better utilization of water and nutrients, and maintaining root sorption activity in older parts of the root. Mycorrhizal fungi can increase the supply of various nutrients to plants (including Cu/copper, Fe/iron, N/nitrogen, P/phosphorus, and Zn/zinc) in exchange for plant carbon.Phosphorus is an element, and phosphate is a compound that contains phosphorus.
The boost in Phosphate uptake provided by mycorrhizal fungi is especially important for crops with high Phosphate requirements or for plants growing in soil with low concentrations of soluble Phosphate. Mycorrhizal fungi also release various enzymes to solubilize organic Phosphate and they can extract soluble Phosphate from the soil at lower concentrations than plant roots are able to do alone.
You can see how the air, carbon, plants, water all need and feed on each other. Much like we as humans need each other. Stay healthy and kind.
Diagram: Microbial Soil Transformations
Examples of microbially mediated soil transformations that influence plant nutrient availability.
Nutrient – Microbial transformation
Nitrogen – Mineralization, immobilization, nitrification, denitrification, urea hydrolysis, N2 fixation, extracellular protease and chitinase activity.
Phosphorus – Mineralization, immobilization, extracellular phosphatase activity, acidic dissolution of mineral P, facilitated uptake by mycorrhizal fungi.
Potassium – K solubilization
Sulfur – Mineralization, immobilization, oxidation, reduction, extracellular sulfatase activity.
Iron – Change in oxidation state, production of siderophores, chelation.
Zinc – Facilitated uptake by mycorrhizal fungi.
Copper – Facilitated uptake by exudates and mycorrhizal fungi. Manganese – Change in oxidation state
Microbes / Soil
Soil microbes/microorganisms (a wide ranging word to refer to a range of microscopic life, such as algae, bacteria and fungi), exist in large numbers in the soil as long as there is a carbon source for energy. Soils contain about 8-15 tons per acre of bacteria, fungi, protozoa, nematodes, earthworms, and arthropods, all important for the development of healthy soil structure. These microorganisms play an essential role in decomposing organic plant matter, cycling nutrients and fertilising the soil. There are more microbes in a teaspoon of soil than people on the earth.
Large amounts of bacteria exist in soil for a purpose. Due to its small size, it has a smaller biomass. Actinomycetes (formerly known as fungi), 10 times smaller in number than bacteria, but dominates the soil biomass when soil is not disturbed. Bacteria, actinomycetes, and protozoa (single or group comprising single-celled microscopic organisms) are hardy and can tolerate more soil disturbance than fungal populations, so they dominate in tilled soils (such as for farming), while fungal and nematode populations tend to dominate in untilled or no-till soils.
Organic plant matter decomposition serves two functions for the microorganisms, providing energy for growth and supplying carbon for the formation of new cells. Take a minute to let that digest – ORGANIC PLANT MATTER PROVIDES ENERGY FOR GROWTH AND AIDS FORMATION OF NEW CELLS. One could say HEALTHY CELLS and we know healthy cells equals a healthy body.
Soil organic matter (SOM) is composed of “living” (microorganisms). “Dead SOM” (fresh residues), and the “very dead SOM” (humus) fractions are organic and buried over 50 feet below soil and above carbon. The “very dead” or humus is the long-term (thousands of years old), soil organic matter fraction that is resistant to decomposition.
Soil organic matter has two components called the active (35 percent) and the passive (65 percent). Active soil organic matter is composed of the “living” and “dead” fresh plant or animal material which is food for microbes and is composed of easily digested sugars and proteins. The passive soil organic matter is resistant to decomposition by microbes and is higher in lignin.
Microbes need regular supplies of active soil organic matter in the soil to survive in the soil. Long-term no-tilled soils have significantly greater levels of microbes, more active carbon, more soil organic matter, and more stored carbon than conventional tilled soils.
Dead plant residues and plant nutrients become food for the microbes in the soil. Soil organic matter is basically all the organic substances (anything with carbon) in the soil, both living and dead. Soil organic matter includes plants, blue green algae, microorganisms (bacteria, fungi, protozoa, nematodes, beetles, springtails, etc.) and the fresh and decomposing organic matter from plants, animals, and microorganisms.
Stress | Depression Link
STRESS → DEPRESSION LINK What is Stress? Is it good for you – huh? Stress: (Pressure, tension, strain, tightness in body)
The connection between stress and depression is involuted and circular.
Stress keeps you alert, motivated and primed to respond. Anyone who is facing or has faced a work deadline, competed in a sport, or living in today’s fast paced, economical, political, societal, media madness, reality TV world, knows stress mobilizes the body to respond. Now, how the body responds is key. Often times, it can improve actions, outcomes and performance(s) as appropriate. Yet too much stress, or chronic stress may lead to unhelpful decisions, actions and outcomes and promote unwanted major depression in susceptible people.
Similar to social media, good advice or junk email spam, a little stress is good but too much can be an issue. The ability to shut down and find time to recharge is paramount.
Stress — whether chronic, such as taking care of an aging parent, losing a job or death of a loved one — can lead to major depression in susceptible people. All types of stress lead to over-activity of the body’s stress-response mechanism.
Sustained or chronic stress leads to a compromised immune system, which leads to lack of sleep, which in particular, leads to elevated hormones such as cortisol, the “stress hormone,” and reduced serotonin and other neurotransmitters in the brain, including dopamine, which has been linked to depression. When these chemical systems are working normally, they regulate biological processes like sleep, appetite control regulation, energy, and sex drive, and allow for expression of “normal” moods and emotions.
DEPRESSION – What is depression?
Depression: (misery, sadness, unhappiness, melancholy)
Signs of depression –
- Fatigue or loss of energy, almost every day
- Feelings of worthlessness or guilt almost every day
- Impaired concentration, indecisiveness
- Insomnia hypersomnia (excessive sleeping) almost every day
- Diminished interest/pleasure in almost all activities nearly every day
- Restlessness or feeling slowed down
- Recurring thoughts of death or suicide
- Significant weight loss or weight gain
The Lifestyle Factor
Today, depression is the second leading cause of medical disability, according to the World Health Organization. 70% of primary care visits are related to psychological issues and more than 25% of individuals will develop at least one mental behavior disorder.
People who are stressed often neglect healthy lifestyle practices. They may smoke, drink more than normal, sleep more than normal, over eat, under eat, loose weight or have excess weight issues, neglect or don’t do any regular exercise, have empty or lacking relationships, choose wrong relationships, don’t complete tasks, make excuses and a litany of other life areas are neglected.
No one in life escapes event-related stress, such as prolonged illness, death, job loss, divorce, financial loss, natural disasters (earthquake, floods, pandemic outbreaks).
Losing a job, breakup of a long relationship or divorce can not only be a blow to self-esteem, but can result in the loss of social outlets that can buffer against depression. Loss of any type is a major risk factor for depression. Grieving is considered a normal, healthy response to loss, but if it goes on for too long it can trigger depression. Depression itself, is considered a chronic stressor.
Many changes in the brain during an episode of depression resemble the effects of severe, prolonged, stress. Positive events, such as a new higher paying career position, getting engaged/married or starting your own business, can be stressful and could lead to some depression.
Approximately 10% of the population suffers from some form of depression without the trigger of a seemingly stressful event. Managing the responsibility of a family, career, full calendars and the over commitments many have today can present a trigger.
The Depression – Nutrition Link
Common mental health disorders, such as anxiety and depression have been connected to nutritional deficiencies. Depression is commonly thought of as a chemical imbalance or unstable emotions. Both may play a role, however, nutrition plays a significant role in the onset, duration, and intensity of stress and depression.
Common symptoms of depression where nutrition plays a role, involves skipping meals, craving sweets, over or under eating, poor appetite behavior and healthy weight issues. In essence, prior to the onset of a depression bout itself, having unhealthy lifestyle wellness habits leads to this very depression. Part of a solution is better choices and forming good habits. The good news is that everyday we have the opportunity to make good choices and form healthy new habits.
Studies were conducted in Asia and America to show the link between nutritional deficiency and mental disorders. Some common mental disorders include, bipolar disorder, anxiety disorders, depression, OCD – obsessive-compulsive disorder, schizophrenia, ADD/ADHD–attention deficit disorder/attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. All of these disorders where linked to deficiencies in vitamins, minerals and omegas.
Once in the grip of depression, it’s usually not the best time to make lifestyle changes. But you can guard against re-occurrence/s or help protect against a first or episode/s of depression by adopting HEALTHY lifestyle changes that modify the body’s stress response. Know thyself.
Building a resilience is particularly important; such as avoiding unemployment (maintain a couple streams of income if possible, seasonal. consulting, part-time opportunity), negative relationships, unhealthy diet/bad food choices and lack of exercise. Instead, be mindful to increase the positive life choices, such as movement – work out, eat a healthy diet, perhaps grow a pop-up garden in your kitchen window or carve a place in your back yard, start a hobby, learn a new language, volunteer. The positive choices should feel good and grow you.
HEALTHY HEALING BEGINNINGS
How do I control stress?
1. Practice mental hygiene, (cleanse the mind – means to slow the mind down, renewed thoughts).
2. How do I slow the mind down?
a) Do a count down, 10, 9, 8 …. this slows down the heart, which slows down breathing, which slows down thoughts, which slows down and immediately aids cell regulation, homeostasis.
b) Cry (a good release and it is OK for everyone to shed tears).
c) Walk. exercise (hike, bike, do a puzzle)
Our emotions don’t respect our boundaries. Therefore mediation is very important. It is also important to practice deep listening. Today most have a hard time listening..
3. How do I deeply listen?
a) Be present.
c) Compliment the messenger, (find some way to respond to and compliment their message instead of looking for negative or worse, not listening and wandering thoughts).
d) Make a point to ask one question or comment after the messenger is done sharing.
e) Don’t interrupt the messenger.
f) Have complete acceptance of and for the current situation. Whatever it is.
4. How do I learn to deeply listen?
a) Alone time – Find your place.
b) Be still.
c) Silence your mind: meditate, pray or chant.
5. What are some practices I can do to combat stress and depression?
a) Offer to help to someone else (work, family, stranger/neighbor).
b) Send a friendly feel good email/text or note in the mail – just because.
c) Assist or volunteer for elderly, homeless shelter, woman’s shelter or similar services. Volunteering to help others, is a great way to take the focus off of YOU and your current situation. Helping others feels good.
You have a choice in how you will feel and what choices you will make. Think about what you are feeling – if it does not feel good in that moment – change your thoughts, change your actions, this will change your feelings.
Stimulate yourself. Stop the “action you are in at the given moment, that does not feel good, and DO something else; go work out, make a meal and invite a good friend to join and even help. Repeat this behavior, often.
Mindfulness for Wellness
Mindfulness for Nutritional Health
Mindful Nutrition for Healthy Mind and Body
When our cells are healthy – the body is healthy. Cellular nutrition is important for a healthy body.
Mindful eating is nutritional eating. First consideration should be food source, then nutritional value, hunger factor, eating when time, when genuinely hungry and always listening to and respecting your body.
Unwise eating choices include some of the following, eating past full, comfort eating, stress eating and random snacking subconsciously. Slowing down is one of the best ways we can get our mind, body connection in gear and eat based on what we really need for nutrition that actually can and does taste good. When our cells are fed; our body is fed. Our cells regulate our immune system and determine our health. Therefore what we eat is important.
The body sends its satiation signal to the brain about 20 minutes after becoming full, which accounts for overeating. If we focus on the present and eat slowly, the brain is given a chance to hear the “eat” or “I’m full” signals . Simple ways to slow down include plan your prep time, sit down to eat, chewing each bite 20+ times at least, breath through bites, taking in your setting, surrounding, view or conversation.
Slow down eating and deeply tune in to the body’s signals. In mindfulness practices, we discover more wisdom by tuning into our bodies first. Rather than eating when we get emotional signals, such as stress, sadness, frustration, loneliness, boredom, fear, insecurity, it is best to tune in and listen to our bodies. Listen for hunger signals and be mindful of signs of low energy, stomach growling, light headedness, and even irritation – which is a sign of low blood sugar. Too often, we eat when our mind or a situation tells us to, rather than our bodies. True mindful eating is deep focused listening to our body’s signals that it is actually hungry.
Eating at consistent times and places will boost the mind and body’s health and aid mood and sleep schedule and digestion. It is also best to sit and eat, put food on a plate, eat a complete meal (sandwich/salad, meat protein/veggie or a complete smoothie drink), not eating out of a pot in the fridge or standing over the stove taking bites as you study, complete the report or work on home repairs; and being mindful of what we are putting in our body should always be weighed – no pun.
Be flexible with yourself and with your meals, allow for special occasions and holidays, understanding that between Halloween to New Years we are more likely to forget our meal mindfulness practices – and it is okay.
However, when you become fully present in mind and body health, your choices will be increased and your lifestyle will automatically become a lifestyle of living in a more mindfulness of health and wellness, rather than a diet of forced discipline.
Nutrition and Health
It is paramount to identify the feelings (emotions, mood, situational), that lead to your food choices, and make positive adjustments as necessary.
The growing amount of processed and chemical-laden foods are not supplying the necessary nutrients for a robust IMMUNE SYSTEM which is now and has always been vital to health. The phenomenal link between mental health and nutrition isn’t a new concept. While there is a plethora of new medical research and interventions, there is fundamental great advantage to consuming a balanced diet of non processed, whole foods consisting of leafy greens, minerals, proteins, antioxidants, aminos and appropriate exercise for everyday healthy lifestyle.
MINERAL Nutrition and Water – Why?
Most of us believe we are feeding and hydrating our bodies by drinking water and possibly a normal routine of supplementation … we are not!
Water alone does not hydrate the body. We must get cellular in order to nourish and hydrate our cells for balanced well being. Minerals are responsible for every biological process of the body. HUmic Mineral is an antiviral plant food mineral nutrient in supplement form that feeds our cells. Delivering a plethora of nutrients to cell and body; over 80 organic major macro and trace minerals, amino acids, electrolytes and prebiotic/probiotics that nourish the digestive tract. Considered the “Smart Mineral”, these minerals guard immune system and up-take only what the body can use, delivering nourishment and hydration, restoring balance to the entire body.
Another benefit of HUmic minerals are the natural and nutrient dense power packed polyphenols (anti-oxidants), and life-giving electrolytes, that hydrate, replenish and restore. Promoting a healthy immune system, enzyme levels, thyroid function, energy, stamina, hormonal balance, oxidation, collagen production, nutrient absorption, sleep pattern, mental focus, joint and muscles performance. Total body wellness.
Amino Acids are converted to neurotransmitters, which help alleviate symptoms. Neurotransmitters are chemicals released from one nerve cell to another nerve cell, muscle, tissue or organ. It is essentially the messenger of information from one cell to another. There are six main neurotransmitters, and they each play a role in muscle contractions, heart rate, digestion, memory, learning and mood regulation, regulation of sleeping, eating, and moderation of mood, movement pleasure, and pain.
The lack of proper amino acids in the body negatively impacts these functions, thereby causing disorders. For example, a low level of serotonin, one of the six neurotransmitters, that has been linked to suicide. Neurotransmitters are converted from amino acids and it is important to supply the body with it externally since the body cannot produce it on its own.
Signs of low serotonin levels –
- Chronic pain increase
- Insomnia or irregular sleep schedule
- Sugar/sweet cravings
Serotonin can be found in butternut squash, seeds, soy, spirulina, seaweed, cucumbers, potatoes, walnuts, and leafy greens.
If we feed the body mindful nutrition and focus our thoughts and actions in a measured way, this is a way to everyday lifestyle wellness.Natural and supplemental choices can aid health and wellness. Studies have shown that daily supplements of vital nutrients often effectively reduce patients’ symptoms.
|The HUman body defense system is made up of entire organs, vessel systems, lymph vessels, individual cells and proteins. The inner and outer surfaces of the body are the first barriers against pathogens (germs/bacteria/virus). These surfaces include the skin and all mucous membranes, which form a protective barrier wall. |
What protects this barrier cell wall? At an early stage your body’s own antibacterial substances guard against pathogens from the environment. Enzymes found in your saliva, airways and tear duct fluids destroy cell wall bacteria.
Pathogens that are breathed in, get stuck to mucus in the bronchi, then moved out of the airways by hair-like structures called cilia.Most pathogens that enter the body with food or drink are usually stopped by your stomoch acid.
Normal flora, harmless bacteria that resides on the skin and mucous membranes in the body, also help to protect the body. Coughs and sneezing reflex can help remove pathogens.
What makes up the Immune and Defense System of the HUman Body?
The Immune System is made up of organs that control the production and maturation of certain defense cells, the lymphocytes (lymph system), bone marrow and the thymus, a gland situated above the heart and behind the breast bone, or so-called primary lymphoid organs.
Bone Marrow produces defense cells. Some of these defense cells, called T-lymphocytes (T stands for thymus), are differentiated in the thymus. That means that this is where T-lymphocytes develop into cells that are capable of recognizing non-self proteins, so-called antigens (antigens are toxins or foreign substances).
Bone marrow is a sponge-like tissue situated inside bones. Most defense cells are produced and then multiply here. They then migrate from the bone marrow into the bloodstream and reach other organs and tissues, where the defense cells mature and specialize. At birth, many bones contain red bone marrow, which actively builds defense cells. Over the course of your life, more and more red bone marrow turns into fat tissue. Adults only have red bone marrow in a few bones, (ribs, breast bone and pelvic).
The secondary lymphatic organs are the place where the defense cells do their actual work. These organs include the lymph nodes, the spleen, the tonsils and other specialized tissues in the mucous membranes, such as the bowel. In these places, the defense cells have constant contact with substances and pathogens.
Bacteria are micro-organisms that, unlike viruses, can exist on their own. Viruses, on the other hand, can only exist inside a living cell. Most bacteria is not harmful and some are actually beneficial. Bowel bacteria supports bowel health. However, in the urinary system, bacteria can cause an infection there.
The Lymphatic System is your life line. The lymph nodes and vessels are paramount for continually exchanging substances between blood and tissue in the body. Fluid constantly leaves the blood, and defense cells and proteins migrate into the surrounding tissue. Most of the fluid is later taken back into the blood vessels. The rest is removed by the drainage system of the lymph vessels (very important this function happens), which forms a fine net of thin-walled vessels in the body. The lymph nodes filter and clean the lymph fluid (lymph) on its way to the larger lymph vessels. The lymph finally travels to a vein called the superior vena cava (which is a large vein that carries deoxigenated blood into the heart), where it enters the blood stream.
The HUman body has two vena cava’s – the inferior vena cava that carries blood from the lower body and the superior vena cava, carrying blood from the head, arms, and upper body region.
Lymph nodes work like a biological filtration system. They contain different defense cells, which trap pathogens and activate the production of specific antibodies in the blood. If lymph nodes become swollen, painful or hard, it can be a sign of an active defense reaction of an infection or, in rare cases, a malignant change/s of the body’s own cells.
The Spleen is situated in the left upper abdomen, beneath the diaphragm. It has a variety of tasks in the defense system. In the unborn child, the spleen mainly produces blood and defense cells. After birth this organ is mainly responsible for removing blood cells and for specific defense functions. As part of the immune defense, functions of the spleen include the following:
It stores different defense cells that are released into the blood to get to organs, if needed: macrophages, also called scavenger cells, can attack non-self, substances and pathogens directly. T- lymphocytes inspect cell surfaces, help in controlling defense and can also directly destroy cells that have been recognized as non-self or as pathogens. B lymphocytes (a B-cell, white blood cell, functioning as an immune component of the adaptive immune system), secreting and producing antibodies, if needed.
It is responsible for removing red blood cells (erythrocytes). An erythrocyte is a red blood cell in the HUman body, without a nucleus. It contains hemoglobin pigment that imparts the red color to blood and transports oxygen and carbon dioxide to and from tissues. Spleen tissue is very soft. There is always plenty of blood flowing through spleen tissue. In heavy injuries, the spleen can rupture easily. If there is ever an injury to the spleen and bleeding cannot be stopped and must be removed, other defense organs take on most of the spleen’s tasks.
Blood Platelets (thrombocytes) are responsible for blood clotting, are stored and removed in the spleen. Platelets are tiny blood cells that help your body form clots (coagulation), to stop bleeding. If a blood vessel is damaged, chemical signals are sent to the platelets to attract more platelet friends. The additional platelets rush to the site of the damage to form a plug (clot) to repair injury, by piling onto the clot in a process called aggregation. The process of spreading across the surface of the damaged blood vessel is to stop the bleeding. This is called adhesion. When platelets arrive at site of injury, they grow sticky friend tentacles that help them adhere to one another, repairing damage.
Tonsils also belong to the defense system. Due to their special position at the throat and palate, their defense cells come into contact with pathogens and can activate the immune system immediately. Their tissue contains mainly lymphocytes (white blood cell, with round nucleus in the lymphatic system). In addition to the palatine tonsils on the right and left side, which are commonly just called tonsils, there are also the adenoids (in back of the naval cavity), above the roof of the throat, the lingual tonsil at the base of the tongue, and more lymphatic tissue on the sides of the throat. This lymphatic tissue can take on the function of the adenoids, if these have been removed.
The Lymphatic Tissue in Bowel plays a central role in defending the immune system of the body against pathogens. More than half of all cells that produce antibodies are found in the bowel wall, especially in the last part of the small bowel and in the appendix. These cells recognize pathogens and other non-self substances, mark and destroy them. They also store information on these non-self substances to be able to react faster the next time. The large bowel always contains bacteria that belongs to the body, the gut flora. Bacteria in the large bowel make it difficult for other pathogens to settle and enter the body. The immune system of the bowel tolerates the bacteria of the gut flora. Other parts of the body where pathogens may enter also contain lymphatic tissue in the mucous membranes. All this tissue together is also called mucosa-associated lymphoid tissue (MALT). As example, pathogens might enter the body through the airways or the urinary tract. Lymphatic tissue can be found in the bronchi and in the mucous membranes of the nose, the urinary bladder and the vagina with the defense cells being directly beneath the mucous membrane where they prevent bacteria and viruses from attaching.
The body truly is a divine machine of mastery. Honor thyself.
Humic/Fulvic Acid Mineral, Anti-Viral Properties and Effects on Health
Recently, medicine has shown an increased interest in the application of Humic Acid Mineral (HA). Humic acid mineral exhibits high anti-viral properties. It is a food in supplement form that feeds the cells. In our HU-Healthy Share this month, we share examples of Humic Acid Mineral’s effects on some vitally important properties of the human organism.
HUmic/Fulvic Acid Mineral – (antiviral mineral food)
Antibacterial Activity: Humic acids have a pronounced antibacterial action on the following pathogenic microorganisms: C. albicans, P. vulgaris, P. aeruginosa, S. typhimurium, S. aureus, S. epidermidis, and S. pyogenes. They substantially accelerate bacterium metabolism which leads to a strong destruction of bacterial cells. In the intestinal tract, humic acids neutralize pathogenic microflora. The bound bacteria and toxins are excreted naturally.
Antiviral Activity: Humic acids exhibit a high antiviral activity. Humic Acid blocks the site that the virus needs to be able to attach to a cell. If the virus cannot attach to the cell, it cannot take over the cell and thus, cannot reproduce itself. This limits the number of new viruses being created in the body and allows the immune system to defeat the virus.
Anti-Inflammatory Properties: Humic acids have an anti-inflammatory action. These accelerate the healing of wounds and ulcerative defect by strengthening the processes of fibroblast proliferation, acceleration of water, protein, and lipid exchange. They also inhibit the synthesis of inflammation mediators—prostaglandins. The tissue hyaluronidase, which accelerates wound healing, is activated locally. Humic acids were found to inhibit proteolytic enzymes that damage the walls of vessels and skin.
Anti-Atherosclerotic Effect: Since humic acids can distinguish and bind substances, present in excess in the body, they form and remove the complexes with cholesterol and lipoproteins of low density which makes them efficient in their fight against atherosclerosis (a disease of the arteries characterized by the deposition of plaques of fatty material -build-up- of fats, cholesterol, and other substances in and on the artery inner walls), and its effects.
Anti-Allergic Effect: Humic acids decrease organism sensibilization by actively binding and removing allergens from organisms. In this case, the symptoms of allergy vanish, the number of eosinophils in blood are normalized and stable remission is attained. Eosinophils are a type of disease-fighting white blood cells. This condition can indicate a parasitic infection, an allergic reaction or other disease.
Anti-Stress Effect: Humic acids regulate the action of stress hormones produced by the adrenal glands (adrenaline, noradrenaline). A high level of adrenaline and noradrenaline indicates an increased level of anxiety. Excess hormones are blocked by humic acids and fail to reach their receptors in a cell. In addition, the ability of humic acids to affect the saturation of red blood cells with oxygen improves overall health and causes a surge of strength.
Anti-oxidant Properties: A humic complex manifests an explicit ability to support chemical balance in an organism. Depending on the situation, humic acid can behave either as a donor or electron acceptor. This makes humic acid a powerful, natural antioxidant, that traps free radicals that damage protein structures and DNA molecules of cells, break their genetic code, and, in particular, promote the development of oncological diseases.
Detoxicant and Hepatoprotector: Humic acids are a powerful means of complexing. They bind and remove heavy metals (lead, copper, mercury, cadmium, cobalt, zinc, etc.) from the body. At higher levels these metals can cause severe poisoning and cell mutations. Heavy metals are difficult to remove without special therapeutic measures. Humic acids participate actively in liver metabolism and act as a filter for heavy metals. They capture and immobilize toxic substances, preventing them from taking part in chemical reactions and ultimately, safely excreted from the body.
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• Bard, R. Effects of Humic Acid on Animals and Humans,
• 2002, pages 3-7, a review of current research of the many traditional uses for Humic Acid Mineral.
• Dr. Daryl See, M.D., Immunologist of UCLA Medical School – “Humates boaster the immune system, research suggests that the mechanism is related to the humates ability to complex sugars within the body.
• “The abundance of these complex sugars allows the body to manufacture glycoproteins that attach to the killer and T cell acting as a modulator or communication link between the cells. This regulates the immune system cells and prevents either T or Killer cells from becoming out of balance.
What is mindfulness?
Mindfulness is a psychological process. It is paying attention purposely in the present moment, non-judgmentally. The practice of focusing complete attention to the experience (s) occurring in the present, on a moment by moment basis, without judgment, which one can develop through practiced meditation and through other training.
Mindful Meditation Practices – There are several method exercises designed to develop mindfulness meditation. Breathe, Body Scan and Sound meditation are a few we share in this Hu Health Share.
BREATH MINDFULNESS – Lay straight on the floor, in bed, sit in a straight-backed chair or sit on the floor using a cushion, close your eyes, breathe in and out several times – slowly – bringing your attention to either the sensations of breathing in and out of your nostrils or follow the movements of the abdomen when breathing in and out. In this mindful meditation practice, don’t try to control your breathing, simply be aware of your natural breathing rhythm. When engaged in this exercise, your mind will wander often and run off to other thoughts (kids, work, errands undone, car repair). When you notice this happening calmly, passively and in acceptance, take a few deeper in/out breaths in a non-judgmental way, return to focusing on your breath (in and out). If your mind starts to wander, reset yourself, slowly open and shut your mouth, slowly flex your feet and hands, left to right a couple times. Then redirect your breathing and your focus back to breathe and mindfulness.
Mindfulness Meditation should last 30 minutes a few times a week. If your are unable to commit to 30 minutes, allow yourself at least 15 minutes and use a timer as an aid.
BODY SCAN MINDFULNESS – This exercise helps develop a mindful awareness of your bodily sensations. Research suggests that this mindfulness practice can help reduce stress, improve well-being, and decrease tension, aches and pains in the body. Body-scan meditation attention is directed at various areas of the body; noting body sensations that happen in the present moment. Once in position, you will scan your body head to toe “feeling” sensations and relaxing the body along the way.
Body scan can be performed in several ways; lay down, sit, or another posture (preferably keeping one hand available to lay on the stomach along the way for checking in with yourself). Make sure your shoulders are pressed into your grounding source. Initially, laying flat is best, on the floor, a yoga mat or in a bed. Begin taking a long inward breath and slowly releasing. Then close your eyes and become mindful of every part of your body. Tap into YOU – how your head presses into the floor, the bed, the chair or back of a wall; how your bottom pulls into the floor/bed/mat. Be conscious of what that weight feels like. Wiggle toes and fingers slowly, in a left/right position as you set your position. If your are in a standing position, ground your feet into the floor/mat/carpet/sand. Feel the weight of your entire body pulling into your grounding point. Notice the sensations of the grounding points behind your head, under your feet, back, bottom, (sweat, coldness, vibrations, warmth, emotion, pressure). If it is your first time doing this type work you could experience tears/crying spell. It is fine. Take deep breathes along the way. You should feel relaxation forming and the mind start to quiet. You may feel heaviness or a feeling of lightness in the body, pulling you into your grounding point. Continue deep breaths, drawing in more oxygen, which energizes the body. As you slowly exhale, the goal is to experience more deep relaxation and “feel” your body.
The throat, jaw, hands, feet shoulders and top of head tend to tense. “Check in” as you are in process to be aware and focus on softening these points – roll yourself back into your pressed grounded position if necessary. Be aware of your body. When you are ready to end your session, take deep breaths and slowly open your eyes.
Body-scan mindfulness should last 30 minutes a few times a week. If your are unable to commit to 30 minutes, allow yourself at least 15-20 minutes and use a timer as an aid.
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SOUND MEDITATION MINDFULNESS – Enhances awareness of sounds and the areas of focus and clarity that is cultivated when practicing mindfulness meditation. It is often found in various Buddhist traditions including Zen and Vipassana.
One of the simplest, most direct ways to connect with the present moment and further cultivate awareness is to become mindful of our immediate space and the sounds around us. Intentional awareness of sound helps return us to present, stabilizes the mind and refines our sense of hearing and ability to listen. Listening today can be a real challenge for many.
To experience sound mindfulness, you need 5-15 minutes, settle into your space, sit with a cup of tea, lay in a quiet space, or soaking in a tub, quiet the mind and pay close attention to the sounds around you. Start to become aware of your breath, then shift your awareness to the sounds present in the moment, continue breathing. Without straining for or conjuring sounds, listen and let your ears fill with the sounds, near and far away – not allowing the mind to wander – you are listening. Be mindful of trying to listen for identification of or labeling of words, sounds, etc., and instead let all thoughts and judgments be non existent, allowing them to fade and focus on what sound is between the noise you hear. This is deep listening. If your mind fixates on a sound, breathe and return to flow of sounds present in that moment.
When your sound mindfulness session is complete (via timer or natural occurrence), shift awareness back to your breath and slowly open your eyes.
Sound mindfulness should last 5-15 minutes a few times a week. If your are unable to commit to 5-15 minutes, allow yourself at least 5 minutes, use a timer as an aid. First thing in the morning or right before bed is best for this practice for newbies. You can do this before you rise from bed in the morning, while waiting for the coffee to brew or step out onto your patio, balcony, pool area after dinner and sit for the 5 minutes and go through process.
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Vitamins and MINERALS
Every element in the periodic table is, by definition, inorganic. Once a living system picks up the element and creates other molecules, they become organic.
HUmates, which creates HUmic and Fulvic Acid Mineral is organic because HUmates contain minerals that were picked up by plants and incorporated into the plant itself. Yes, it is fascinating to say the least – seemingly simple but also complex and absolutely divine.
Once the plant decomposes, portions of the original organic molecules still persist. Organic molecules are easier for the body to assimilate. Humates are a great resource for delivering major minerals. They also deliver trace minerals, which are needed in very small amounts and are hard to come by. HUmates are absorbed by the body and the body gets rid of the minerals it doesn’t need.
Vitamins are organic and more delicate than minerals. Vitamins can be broken down by heat, age, air, or acid. They will degrade over time and/or be consumed. All vitamins are needed by the body, whereas only some minerals are required for nutrition.
Minerals are, by definition, atoms. They are elements that are in their basic state and won’t break down further. HUmates, HUmic Fulvic Acid MINERAL are plant sourced minerals that can be readily assimilated by the body. They provide both major and trace minerals.
The body has sophisticated mechanisms to rid the body of compounds it can’t use or that are waste products of metabolism. Excess minerals fall into this category. However, inorganic minerals in various forms and compounds can be harder to expel and can act as free radicals, causing cellular damage. The minerals in humates: humic/fulvic acid mineral, being organic do not pose the same problems.
Excess minerals in the body have been found to cause imbalances which can result in difficulty in maintaining healthy pH levels, hormonal system, arteries, muscle/joint, heart, brain function, etc. These imbalances can affect sleep patterns, energy, focus, weight, stamina, joint/muscle which ultimately affects our functioning ability from the daily to our exercise mobility, and healthy aging.
Vitamins help your body grow and work the way it should. Minerals help your body function. Some minerals, like iodine, copper, selenium and fluoride, are only needed in very small quantities. Others, such as calcium, magnesium, potassium (which are major minerals), are needed in larger amounts. HUmic/Fulvic Acid Mineral contains all major and trace minerals in a complete compound. If you eat a varied diet you will get some of the necessary vitamin and mineral nutrients, but likely not enough and certainly not enough minerals. This is where supplementation and HUmineral Humic Mineral takes the baton.
Vitamins are essentially minerals in disguise. There are 13 essential vitamins. Vitamin A, C, D, E, K and the B’s (B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, B7, B9, B12). We will delve into these 13 essential micronutrients and their purpose, in our next newsletter. Stay tuned and in touch.