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Suffering from PCOS? Try These Natural Remedies

PCOS is Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome

We are going to try to help you understand the basics. Then below we added some additional research on a few of the things suggested in this original article that we found on the subject. 

At the end are some product suggestions that you may find helpful.

The research I found on Nattokinase & Phytoestrogen was info I felt was so important to share with you, so here we go… 

What Is The Best Diet For PCOS?

A balanced diet using whole foods that stabilize your blood sugar levels is the key. Banishing sugary food is especially important. Foods containing too much sugar cause rapid spikes in your blood sugar levels, placing unnecessary stress on your body. Over time this leads to the development of insulin resistance syndrome. Fast carbohydrates work just like sugar in the body so this includes white flour products like bread & pasta. 

What is Insulin Resistance Syndrome?

Insulin Resistance Syndrome is a condition marked by poor blood sugar control and weight gain. Insulin resistance is usually an underlying problem in women suffering PCOS, even when they are not overweight.

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Raising our next generation in a digital world

You have a young family 🚲 and with that comes a big responsibility – you are raising our next generation. I have all the confidence you are doing a great job.

With the real world becoming increasingly more meshed with the digital world, we often have to set boundaries so that we don’t lose ourselves in cyberspace. Like any other source of gratification, our mobile phones can prove to be quite addicting.

It is nothing new that addictions have torn families apart since long before our times. It breaks my heart to hear abuse and neglect that stems from alcoholism or drug abuse.

One thing that may be overlooked when it comes to the strength of families and their abilities to raise children, is the usage of electronic devices, such as computers, tablets, and cell phones. 

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Omega Fatty Acids: Getting down to the Grass Roots

by Mary Howard, RN

We will look at why some meat is better than others for you and why some fats are better than others for you. What are these Omega fats, anyway? We will also look at why the fat ratio of meat and eggs can be affected by the animal’s feed and living conditions. We’ll also touch on the fact that just because an animal was raised on an organic feed it still may not have the nutrients needed to make their meat healthy.

What are Omega Fatty Acids?

To figure out what Omega fatty acids are we will touch on just the basics. Fats are compounds called Lipids. They are chemical compounds of Carbon, Hydrogen, and Oxygen. Fatty acids are the refined fuel forms of fat and some cells, like the heart, prefer them over glucose (sugar). Fatty acids are named according to the number of carbons in their chain, for example Omega 3, Omega 6. Because there are fewer carbons in an Omega 3’s chain has some to do with why they are better for you. Your HDL (Good Cholesterol) comes from Omega 3’s.

Now we need to know this because there are certain Fatty Acids that are considered “Essential” meaning that we need to get them from the foods we eat. They are Linoleic, Linolenic and Arachidonic. But actually Linoleic is the only one that our body can not make so it is dependent on diet.

Grass fed cattle. Pastured beef
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Change YOUR Life with The Truth About Digestive Enzymes

What if the foundation of health and the way you understood it was INCOMPLETE?

Video with Dr FullerEnzyme Specialist

There is a lot of mystery around enzymes when in actuality they are very simple to understand.

  • You need them
  • They need to be present
  • They need to be in the cell for the cell to work
  • YOU need them for health!

Everyone needs supplemental enzymes …..they just don’t know it.

In the video 7 people were invited to learn more about heath… but were told nothing in advance.

See the Oat meal enzyme experiment & the live blood cell microscope experiment above.

In the medical field they often skip talking about enzymes

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The Cause of Acid Reflux, Heartburn & GERD

I’ve had someone close to me suffering with this and thought that you or someone in your family may be suffering from this as well. My friend got to having such bad heartburn that he quit eating anything spicy. Even high acid food like tomatoes and many other things in his diet would trigger acid reflux. Another friend of mine is taking anti-acids but doesn’t seem to think it is fixing anything because the symptoms come right back when he stops the medications. 

Healthy vs GERD graphic

If you look up GERD (Gastro Esophageal Reflux Disorder) You will find that it is the loss of pressure between the sphincter and the stomach. Medical experts say it is a relaxation of the sphincter (valve) at the top of the stomach. 

Heartburn is often a symptom of GERD caused by acid reflux. So it appears as if all of these issues are linked back to this one root cause.

Esophagus, esophageal sphincter, pyloric sphincter

Are you struggling with any of these symptoms? If so, you may learn from the struggles my friends have experienced.

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The Top 7 Herbs to lower Your Blood Sugar Naturally

I recently found this image and thought it such helpful info I had to share:  

Herbs that lower blood sugar: Cinnamon,  Clove, Rosemary,  Oregano, Sage, Curry, Garlic, Ginger, Turmeric, Cayenne & Marjoram.

Cinnamon – How does it help the blood sugar?

Cinnamon works by lowering insulin resistance. Researchers found that cinnamon cut cholesterol by about 18% and blood sugar levels by 24%.

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At Last! Vitamin B 12 May BE the Solution if YOU are Tired ALL the Time

What is Vitamin B12?

A vitamin important for the normal formation of red blood cells and the health of the nerve tissues. It is also important in helping with the energy levels in your body. 

There are 2 forms:

  • Methylcobalamin – the most natural and absorbable form 
  • Cyanocobalamin – is Synthetically made and less absorbable by the body. 

My friend asked me if Vitamin B12 would help her as she was feeling tired and exhausted all the time. She sleeps well at night but still feels tired. So tired that she can hardly drag herself through the day. She was pushing herself through every activity, still being productive, but not like her normal energetic self. We got to talking about vitamin B12. Vitamin B12 is a nutrient that helps keep the body nerves and blood cells healthy and helps make DNA the genetic materials of the cells. Vitamin B12 also helps to prevent types of anemia.

Vitamin B 12 Helps with energy

There Are Many Proven Benefits of Vitamin B12

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MCT Oil – Increase Energy While Losing Unwanted Body Fat Fast

MCT Oil – What is it? What makes it so great?

MCT (Medium-Length Chains) oil is a supplement often added to smoothies, bulletproof coffee, and salad dressings. As the name suggests, medium-chain triglyceride (MCT) oil contains medium-length chains of fats called triglycerides. Due to their shorter length, MCTs are easily digested and many health benefits are linked to the way your body processes these fats.

I have been adding MCT Oil to my Power Coffee, smoothies and salad dressings. I really like it – it is super slippery, doesn’t have a strong coconut scent and overall I like it. 

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Discover How Nurse Mary can Help YOU Avoid Feeling Unsupported in Your Journey to Better Health

My Why & Why Ask Nurse Mary…

If you are reading this you have been a follower of our Natural Solutions News for about a year. This year has been an amazing journey for me getting to know you better and learning to write about things that will help you in your day and on your journey to better health. 

Recently someone that doesn’t know me very well ask me a question that because I have been into natural health so long I didn’t even think about needing to explain to people. You have been following me a long time so you know who I am but then there are some who don’t. 

This new friend said to me you are a nurse – don’t nurses work in hospitals, give medications and follow doctor’s orders? Well, to be honest – yes most nurses do just that and to be perfectly honest that described my career as a nurse for a number of years.  Some folks may be asking so what’s the deal, how does a nurse fit into the natural health world? 

As you have probably noticed, I’m not like “those” nurses 🙂 No really though, we all start somewhere and anywhere we start in our lives or career is the experience for our future journey right? 

I did hospital nursing for a couple of years but as soon as I got enough experience I went into home health. I loved home health – seeing patients in there own homes, where they were in their health needs. We dressed a lot of wounds, drew blood for lab work and did a lot of patient and family teaching.

It worried me though, I began to see this common thread though that really bothered me. Often the nurse was the one setting up medications for the week. One thing that bothered me is that those folks that were on more than about 3 medications were now being medicated for side-effects of other medications. This really bothered me and I felt like there had to be a better answer. 

I did school nursing while my children were young and saw a big increase, over about 8 years, of how many medications children were taking. Even more scary than that, how many more child onset diabetics and severe allergies there are. I felt like there must be a better way, maybe it is what we are eating, maybe it is stress but we as a nation need to get to the bottom of this or the next generation is going to be where we will see the consequences. We don’t want to see our children and grandchildren suffer right? But what can one nurse do? Well, I can encourage one person at a time just like I have you. Encouraging you to make healthy choices in your life and in what you eat for yourself and for your children. 

I began to learn about herbs and re-open my nutrition books. The internet was still a baby back then but I also began to write some of my finding up into health articles for a friend that was writing for a blog. One thing led to another and I met the practitioner I work with today – Evelyn Hammon. I was fascinated at what she does for people and through her and many additional resources to learn more and more about natural solutions for health.

(If you want to get to know Evelyn Hammon RN here is a video that will introduce her and what she does to you) 

Over this past year of writing to you, my journey has continued to grow and change myself. I realized even for myself that I need to “get healthy” in mind and body. Tuning into you and the people around me has helped me grow so much. I am not sure if it is an age thing or what but I want to find a way to give back in this world more. 

As a nurse, I have had this growing desire to help customers with more than just what supplements, herbs & vitamins they need but a whole lifestyle of making better choices for health from what we eat to what we put on our skin to the company we keep. 

Another passion of mine has been to help other practitioners (like Evelyn) that are about things that are natural. I work with a Natural Pathic Doc – Dr. Jerry Petermann and help him with various things like website stuff, marketing stuff, FDA compliant labeling, etc… but wondered how can I help you my customer and natural practitioners as the same time? I realized something – I like being the “nurse”, I want to help natural practitioners – be the bridge between them and their customers. My goal is NOT to be a practitioner but a bridge between the client and the practitioner. Just as in traditional nursing, nurses do a lot of education to the clients – I want to fill that role so that practitioners can do what they do best for you. 

This podcast is to give practitioners a platform to share health tips with people that are on a journey to better health with natural solutions. Whatever that is, whatever it may look like. 

Ask Nurse Mary Podcast

That is when we came up with this podcast idea. Ask Nurse Mary Podcast will be a podcast that interviews natural practitioners and a few customers that have had amazing results from using natural solutions for themselves or their family members. Many natural practitioners are also small business owners so because that is another thing I am passionate about we will probably bring a few of those thoughts and hurdles to the discussion as well. 

I hope this explains a few things and has been helpful in your day. 

Here is a list and explanation of our different social media locations:

Powerline Health – fb page –

Ask Nurse Mary – fb group – a private group for discussion of all things natural. 

Ask Nurse Mary – fb page – will have podcast episodes and other info

Essentially YOURS – fb group – mostly about essential oils. Lots of recipes etc…
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