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Thought I would add this one, as I just recovered from a mild sore throat/sinus thing quicker than I ever thought possible.
Not sure why, but I always seem to get something in late Spring although I go the rest of the year with no problems.

I made ginger root and lemon tea to help with this and found it quite effective.
The recipe:
About an inch and a half of fresh ginger root and half an organic lemon, both rough chopped and put in my minicuisinart until the pieces were small. This mash combined with about 4 cups of distilled water, heated on the range until a rough boil, the heat turned off underneath, lid put on the pot. When cooled enough to drink, drained some off into a cup. I added more water to the pot and boiled it as needed.

You could add honey, but I didn't.
I added a pinch of calcium carbonate to reduce the acidity.
You could also add a pinch of baking soda.
I sipped this thru out the day.

Alternately you could make this in a blender, just add one cup of water so that your ginger and lemon get cut up into small pieces. I felt as if the steam from the brew was also beneficial.

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I take the D-Ribose for my heart failure, but it is used for many issues.

Here's a link for it's uses:

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I get D-Ribose in powder form, and add 1 scoop (1 tsp) to water, and take it after 2 meals of the day.

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One of my fav supplements is vitamin K2.

Its in the same family as K1,(phytonadione, phylloquinone, phytomendione), but it doesn't have identical functionality in our bodies, the sources aren't the same.

They both help coagulate blood. That's actually how they got their name... after the German word Koagulationsvitamin. Which can be a good thing, particularly if you're taking things that thin the blood like aspirin, ginger or fish oil... anti-inflammatories.

How they are different is that K1s are sourced from plants.
The K2s (also named MK-and a number) are sourced from fermentation... bacteria.

So you'll find it in aged cheeses, natto(a type of fermented soy), milk kefir. Aged Gouda and Jarlsburg Swiss are two sources. So is curd cheese... cheese that's produced from a bacteria culture, rather than thru rennet, or some other means.

Our own bacteria make K2 from fats, unfortunately most of this action is in the colon, where it can't be absorbed.

Anyway... aside for it being a great excuse to have aged cheese (yum), K2 recently been found to slow or prevent hardening of the arteries, and to keep plaque from forming.

Here's a comprehensive article on the K2s that gets into the science and research. Since they do a much better job than me explaining the mechanics of K2 in the body, I will leave that to them:

www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PM
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There's some debate as to which K2 is better, Mk-4 or Mk-7... both are available as supplements. Which one is better? The jury is out on that.

The type from fermented dairy is Mk-9... and its why researchers think that people with the highest levels of K2 from dairy sources had the least amount of arterial plaque and cardiac events as based on the Rotterdam Study.

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Thanks for the expanded info, Happy!
For those reading, its always helpful give a little background on your supplement, vitamin or health food.

Tee...
Thanks for the expanded list of selenium rich foods.
Its also sourced from wheat that's grown in the Dakotas and states in that region.
And Brewer's yeast.
Garlic.
Multivitamins.

Because of the variations of availability of selenium in our soils,because I don't eat wheat, take a multivitamin or any gluten containing grains, and because Brazil Nuts are a fairly reliable source of selenium, that's my go to!

Otherwise its nutritional yeast.

Its always a good idea to tract your nutrients, selenium isn't any different.

Dose of 200mcg selenium taken for a short period of time (usually a month) have helped people reduce TPO antibodies.

Good going on providing toxic ranges of selenium, always important to know what the upper ranges are. AND to use the spark tracker.

Regarding vitamin K, if you are referencing plants, you're thinking of phytonadione, or vitamin K1. K2 is a related by different vitamin, with different functionality.

Keep your list of favs coming!

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Several people told me Brazil nuts were called nigger's fingernail. Here is list of foods that contain selenium:

10 Selenium Food Sources

The selenium content in foods depends on the concentration of selenium in the soil where the crops were grown. The following foods are generally considered good sources of selenium:

Brazil Nuts
Sunflower Seeds
Fish (tuna, halibut, sardines, flounder, salmon)
Shellfish (oysters, mussels, shrimp, clams, scallops)
Meat (Beef, liver, lamb, pork)
Poultry (chicken, turkey)
Eggs
Mushrooms (button, crimini, shiitake)
Grains (wheat germ, barley, brown rice, oats)
Onions

Adults only need 55 mcg daily. Exceeding 400 mcg daily is toxic. I eat a lot of the foods listed above, which are cheaper than eating Brazil nuts ($10.99 a lb)

www.fitday.com/fitness-articles/nutr
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Vitamin K thickens blood. Most veggies contain more than the daily amount of K. I eat a lot of veggies, have thick blood and need to aspirin to thin it.

How do you like D-Ribose powder? Do you mix it with food or drink? I read it was good for heart, relieving fatigue and thinking of taking it.

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I'm taking PhysioLogics MSM (Methylsulfonylmethane) 1000 mg per tablet (contains 340 mg Organic Sulfur) & I take 1 before breakfast & 1 before lunch. It's "an organic source of sulfur, a mineral that is vital in the formation of collagen, connective tissue, & healthy joint cartilage." (As quoted from the bottle) Of course, there is a disclaimer that is required by the FDA that they have not evaluated the claims. This brand doesn't have a lot of by products that others seem to have, gluten, soy, preservatives, etc.

I came across this supplement by accident in my search for information on high cholesterol (DH was recently diagnosed). I talked with my acupuncturists/TCM provider & he recommended this for my complaints with my knees. I struggle to sit or rise from a sitting position. The pain has eased a bit but I've only been taking it for about 1 week. I was surprised at how quickly I noticed a change but it hasn't completely erased it.

It says you should take it with food & you can take up to 3 a day. I read a lot of comments about it & found a few people had some problems taking it in the evening due to sleep problems. Because I already struggle with sleep issues I decided I wouldn't bother with a dinner dose.

Hope this helps!

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Mom...

My Grammy (since deceased, she was born in 1900) was the only person I've ever heard call Brazil nuts Candle nuts. I think it might be an old timey term that's gone out of fashion.

Happy, thanks for your MSM add! Can you tell us something about the dosage that works for you, a decent brand, how you take it, etc, in case someone else wants to try it?

Thx!
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I've discovered MSM - it's really helping with joint issues!!

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I had not heard them called candle nuts before.

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So here's one of my favorite healthy foods...

Brazil Nuts.

I like them cuz they have a days worth of selenium, which we need to make the enzymes responsible for cleaving an iodine atom off T4 in tissues all over our body, in order to make the active thyroid hormone T3.
Plus they taste pretty good, too!
Just make sure you chew them into a paste as the body needs all the help it can get when digesting nuts.

Selenium protects us against mercury and excess iodine.
And its so nice to be able to get it in a food instead of a pill.

They're good to have when you've eaten more goitrogens that you should.

Brazil nuts can be stored in your fridge in a tightly closed jar so that they retain their goodness and don't pick up fridge odors. I keep mine next to my milk so that I remember to take it with my morning banana and cup of tea.

Check the expiration date on your package of nuts to get freshest ones available.

Here's a few links if you're interested in reading more:
Everything you don't know about Brazil nuts.. some of them quite surprising:

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brazil_nut

Some photos:
Did you know they look like coconuts before they are shelled?

www.stdf-safenutproject.com/var/proj
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Brazil nut trees can grow to be 150 feet high and live to be 500 years old!

www.treepicturesonline.com/brazilnut
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My Grammy used to call them candle nuts, and demonstrated how they could be used as such by lighting one end.

Brazil nut harvesters:

vimeo.com/10197559

... and planters....

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Hey Mom!
Thx for your add.

I make both milk and water kefir at home.

The milk kefir is definitely an acquired taste. Its a lot more sour than yogurt. I make mine from actual grains I bought off ebay. They look EXACTLY like cauliflower!

I've also noticed that the texture of the milk kefir has changed with time... its kinda "ropey" the way natto is, only not as bad. I'm hoping this is the same bacteria in natto, and that they're making lots of K2, which is the benefit of fermented dairy products.

Periodically I get sick of the milk kefir and store them in the back of the fridge after giving them new milk. This slows their roll and they can be kept like this for a month or so.

The water kefir is called Tibicos. I've experimented with organic sugar and molasses, organic succanat and brown sugar all with spring water as feed. I've also mixed the finished Tibicos with Welch's Grape Juice and made grape soda... and inadvertently... a weak wine. ha Something I realized as I gulped down a glass quickly right before a step aerobix class. That was an... um...Interesting class.

If you let it go even longer it makes vinegar which you can use on salads.
If that happens then its good to rinse your grains and add a pinch of calcium carbonate to their water to raise the ph.

Looking forward to you saurkraut adventures!
I make Kimchee, which is a spiced asian version of saurkraut... my current batch I put in waaay to much chopped garlic so now I have to pick when I eat it so as not to offend. LOL

Thanks for your share!
Keep those entries coming!
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I'm trying to incorporate more fermented foods to help gut bacteria. So far I've tried Kefier (milk based), and am working on "brewing" some water based Kefier (forget the name). I'm also trying to make saurkraut. It has about another week to go.

On the Kefier, bought and tried unflavored and blueberry. I prefer the blueberry if drinking it. The plain isn't bad on cereal. It makes me think of sour cream. I've also tried using a starter kit and made my own. Only tried one batch. It was okay but I probably won't continue making the milk based on my own if it doesn't get better (or I acquire a taste for it).

I can't say that I've noticed any changes.

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Hey K!

Thx for your find!
I love nutritional yeast. Its also good on popcorn to give it a parmesan cheese flavor.
I put it on... well just about everything but I had to back off it because it was giving me a mild headache when I overdid it. LOL

HIgh in b vitamins, selenium and chromium, all good things we need in our diets!
Props to your wonderful husband for looking out for the two of you/

One thing to consider with nutritional yeast is that if you over do it you may get a headache as I've mentioned earlier.
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This is because of the amino acid glutamate it contains.
If you are prone to migraines or have epilepsy, be careful as glutamate can act as an exitotoxin.

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My husband does the cooking and he researches different foods and Since I have some problems with dairy and other foods he has to keep that in mind. He found Nutritional Yeast and we tried it tonight mixed in with mashed potatoes which gave it a cheesy taste I will report back on it as I eat more but the vitamin are high and it stores well.

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Thanks you two for sharing your faves!

Gator your breakfast sounds yummy as well as healthy.

Live, I've taken or tried all those things, too.
Stopped the Ribose when I ran out...

I use vitamin K2 (Carlson Brand, MK4) as well as eat naturally aged cheeses YUM and natto occasionally (gross but it does contain MK7)where its occurs naturally... for the purpose you described.

Make my own CoQ10 with Now brand's powder and coconut oil... then I just eat it off the spoon or put it in a smoothie.
Here's a link to the recipe:
purebulk.com/coq10-coenzyme-q10.html

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I use high dose CoQ10, Ribose powder, and high dose fish oil to support my heart. Also I take high dose vitamin D, because I don't absorb fat soluble vitamins well. Vitamin D supports heart function too, as well as bones, immunity and much more.

I also take vitamin K to make sure the calcium in food and supplements goes to the bones instead of soft tissues like the arteries.

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Wow! This is quite a post and I will definitely try it. I find that if I eat my steel cut oatmeal (1 cup) with flaxseed meal and chia seeds (1 T of each), it will keep me full, energized, and happy for a long time!
Not as good or detailed as yours, but simple and tasty....hope this helps and am anxious to hear what others have to say!

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I got this idea from DEBBY4576, and liked it so much I figured I'd start a similar thread here on our forum.

So...this thread's purpose is to share whatever supplements, or a particular health food, lotion, shampoo, drink, etc that you feel has contributed to your health.

Here are the guidelines:

*When writing about it, please write only one entry a day.

* If you have multiple supplements/health foods you enjoy, come back to the thread... read what others have written and make another entry.

* Tell us something about your supplement. Why you are taking it, what health benefits you're getting from it.

All participants will receive a goodie... not that this should be an incentive, but for those who need that push, there you go!

What I'm sharing today is a healthy food that I feel has contributed mightily to my well being by helping heal my leaky gut.

As you all know by now, the gut is the prime site of our immunity... most of us with thyroid disease have auto-immunity as its cause.

The gut can be a boon to your health when its properly maintained.
Or it can be a problem, allowing large proteins (rather than amino acids) to get into our blood stream and cause an auto-immune response. The body mistakes these proteins as invaders, bc that's how it identifies viruses and bacteria.. by their proteins.

There is some speculation that some forms of autoimmune thyroid disease develop as a result of this process gone awry... the chronic leaking of proteins in our bodies from our unhealthy gut, resemble the proteins native to our own bodies...our immune system mistakenly creates auto-immune antibodies to our own tissues or substances that our body makes like TPO and thyroglobulin... thinking they're bacteria or a virus.

Anywho, my first pick today is the organic chicken broth I make from chicken drumsticks and distilled water in my crock pot. Once the meat is removed and retained for a quick source of protein during the week, the bones are returned to the crock pot and allowed to cook for another 12+ hours. A couple of tablespoon of apple cider vinegar are added to the broth to soften the bone.

When done, the bones are so soft that you can eat them like a cooked carrot or put them in a blender to make a smoothie or blender soup.

Its a good way to get bioavailable calcium and whatever bone co-factors are needed, and helps ameliorate any guilt I may be feeling about the price of the organic chicken.With this method, you are literally eating everything you've purchased... there is no waste.

Plus its effortless as the crock pot does all the cooking and minding... no burnt foods or bubbling over.

Broth can be used to steam fry veggies, or to make quick, nutritious soup by simply adding a few sliced veggies, or using your blender to puree it.

Now its YOUR turn!
Pick something and if you've got more, come back tomorrow and add it.
I will, too... this way we can all learn from each other.

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