Herbal Diet Plan and Natural Calcium Sources
Answered by: Susan Eagles
Question from: Crystal
Posted on: August 1, 2001

I recently visited a herbal store this is what I was given:

Bragg’s vinegar: drink 2tsps with distilled water 3 x’s per day

seven flower extract: 2 pills, 2 x’s per day

cascara sagrata: 2 capsules, 3 x’s per day

tiao he: 1 packet, 2 - 3 x’s per day. This is a 30 per pack package, 6 capsules per pack, a 10 day diet plan.

My question to you is could you tell me what exactly did I buy, what exactly is each herb used for, and if it is a commercial herb organic herb please?

I am also taking prescribed medicines: 1/2 tablet hydrochlorothiazide for border line high blood pressure 1/2 tablet daily; 1 premarin tablet per day; advanced theragran m 1 tablet per day; 1 flexeril tablet for congenital disc disease as needed for pain. I just try 5 days out of a month if that much; 1 naprosyn tablet twice per day as needed, the same as above with the flexeril

I am 43 years old. I had a hysterectomy in 1995. I drink lactaid, but the lady in the store said not to drink milk because it has mucus in it. The calcium drink they suggested was dry formula tofu with calcium.

What would you recommend from the above? Which ones can I take together if any? And what would you recommend for at least 1500 mg of calcium? Also, what would you recommend for a colon cleansing and how often? And what would you recommend for a diet for me? I weigh 160 lbs, I am 5 feet 5 inches and would like to lose 10 lbs.

I suggest that you ask the health food store where you purchased these products for more information about the products you purchased. An natural, organic vinegar can be used short term to reduce toxic accumulations in the liver and abdomen. For example, 1 teaspoon of organic apple cider vinegar in water, 2 or 3 times a day, while your diet improves to one very high in organic fruit and vegetables and low in processed, refined and fatty foods. Cascara sagrada is a laxative herb that can be used for constipation until a diet high in fresh fruit and vegetables provides natural laxative action. Apples, rhubarb and prunes are natural food laxatives.

Weight loss is dependent on the foods you eat and your digestive and elimination systems. For more information on weight loss, please go to our website at http://www.richters.com, choose "Q&A" from the main menu, then choose "Search Richters Q&A", and enter the word "weight" for the search.

Depending on your health, colon cleansing may or may not be recommended. Nourishing herbs are often more helpful. A well-trained, local natural health care practitioner will be able to access your health and recommend a protocol for your specific condition.

Dairy products are mucus-forming and so problematic in respiratory conditions, and other conditions where there is a build-up of mucus. They also contain hormones that can upset the body’s hormone balance. Good sources of calcium include: dried parsley (1468 milligrams per 100 grams), sesame seeds (975 mg/100g), sesame butter (tahini) (420 mg/100g),fresh parsley (203 mg/100g). Other good calcium sources include dandelion greens, watercress, fish, soy products, black-eyed beans, millet, almonds, brazil nuts, sunflower seeds, oranges and lemons. An easy way of taking your daily calcium can be to grind a handful of sesame seeds, and sprinkle on your cereal, salad or vegetables, and include almonds and sunflower seeds as a daily snack. Natural foods provide calcium in a way that is more easily used by the body than supplements or unnatural formulations.

Avoid or minimize foods that cause calcium loss: sugar, salt, caffeine, alcohol, bran, tomatoes, potatoes, eggplant, peppers and phosphorus rich foods especially soft drinks; high protein (meat and dairy) diets lead to bone loss through calcium excretion in the urine; fat decreases calcium absorption in the stomach; refined flour is nutrient depleted, causing a loss of minerals in the diet; pre-packaged food is chemically treated, adding toxins and depleting minerals; non-organic fertilizers cause depletion of minerals in food.

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