Aloe Vera Drinks now come in New Packaging 2018

FLP aloe vera drinks now come in the 100% recycle Tetra Packaging and along with the new look our aloe vera drinking gels are even more pure, retain more of the vitamin and nutrients of the plant and hvae no preservatives added.

What a super exciting time to be apart of such a progressive forward moving company.

Did I mention we grow our own aloe vera which is hand harvested and organic. Here are some of the benefits when choosing our Aloe Vera drinks

Imagine slicing open an Aloe leaf and consuming the gel directly from the plant.

Our signature Aloe Vera drinking gels are as close to the real thing as you can get.

Aloe Vera has natural cleansing abilities that help the digestive tract absorb nutrients from the food we eat while unique polysaccharides and other nutrients help to support the immune system and natural energy levels..

Certified by the International Aloe Science Council for potency and purity..

Forever’s nutritional Aloe Vera Drinks combined hand harvested inner leaf Aloe Vera Gel with natural fruit juices to provide all of the amazing benefits of Aloe just as nature intended.

Our Aloe Vera Drinks are rich in vitamin C, gluten-free and are now more natural with no added preservatives; the new manufacturing process also results in 300% more vitamin retention in our inner leaf Aloe Vera Gel.

Each one liter gel drink comes in THE NEW TETRA packaging made from 100% recyclable materials so what’s on the outside is as good as what’s on the inside.

  • Forever Aloe Vera Gel provides 99.7% pure in early Aloe Vera Gel.
  • Forever Aloe Berry Nectar pears 90.7%  pure inner leaf Aloe Vera Gel with the refreshing zing of Cranberries and Sweet Apples for delicious taste and powerful antioxidant support
  • Forever Aloe Peaches provides 84.5% pure inner leaf Aloe Vera Gel with natural peach puree for a robust drink with a delicious sweet taste
  • Forever Aloe Vera Gel,
  • Forever Aloe Berry Nectar and
  • Forever Aloe Peaches

Enjoy all of the amazing benefits of pure aloe vera with no added preservatives and experience the power of Aloe Vera just as nature intended..

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I must come clean I have a tea addiction

There are many many people round the globe who don’t mind a good cup of tea. To be quite honest it stimulates memories and thoughts, good times had in me since I was a kid. The mums all coming over to each others home and making scones, biscuits, breads and pikelets; mmmmm the smells that came from those kitchens was powerfully delicious and sadly not something that is around anymore.

The kettle whistling meant the tea was on and us kids could come in and sample the fresh home baked delights. As a child your tea addiction was now born.

I could go on about the history of tea and bore most people who just like to drink the stuff and find the flavour strangely addictive. I could list all the different kinds of tea and give all the reasons why and times when you would drink those teas, but I’m not going to!  Today I want this article to be all about me, well not me exactly but more to the point, I want to talk about my tea addiction.

 

Addictions are thought of as bad things. So what about the Tea?

Now I have always loved a good cup of that full leaf flavour of tea and have even been partial to the occasional tea bag or 2 but for the most part of my life I always identified as having an addiction to my coffee, in fact in my younger day I was known for consuming up to 20 cups a day. I was always seen with a cup of coffee in hand where ever I went.  Funny that hey

However just recently over the last few months I have developed an addiction to My Tea, and not just any type of standard leaf tea.

OH NO!! not me I have crafted an addiction to a very very special blend of tea and it definitely is not just any type of tea.

My taste buds and peace of mind have chosen a very special tea blend for it’s taste enjoyment and one that is not readily available down in the local grocery store

The Tea That Makes My taste Buds Sing

Of all the teas across the lands I had to fall for of all things a sensational aromatic Herbal Tea. Yep you heard me right I have developed a craving for a herbal tea which I must tell you is really not me. Any one who knows me will laugh and say no way would Sandra be drinking a herbal tea.

Aloe Blossom Herbal Tea® is the One that’s right for me

A natural blend of leaves, herbs and spices for an outstanding flavor and rich aroma.

Refreshing cinnamon, orange peel and cloves impart a warm, fruity flavor, along with allspice and ginger which soothes my senses. Combined with aloe blossoms from our own plantations, this zero calorie tea is a great complement to your weight management program

This tea really is something special. The smell alone is enough to soothe your senses yet excite you at the same time.

What I love the most is and I don’t say this lightly but there is absolutely no need for milk, cream or sugar. You can dink it hot or cold and it is refreshing yet calming and man those spice and fruity notes really dance on the tongue. I’m in love with the aroma and flavour with every cup.

Matter of fact I am having one as I write this post. I love mine with a drizzle of really good quality Honey just for that added fragrance and flavour and nice and steamy hot.   Here are some more facts about this gorgeous herbal tea .

  • Zero Calories
  • No caffeine
  • Full spiced, fruity flavor

Aloe Blossom Herbal Tea® is a natural blend of leaves, herbs and spices, specially prepared to provide an outstanding flavor and a rich aroma. Caffeine-free, it has been formulated to leave you feeling revitalized. Whether you drink it hot or prefer it iced, Aloe Blossom Herbal Tea® has a great taste and is easy to prepare.

Refreshing cinnamon, orange peel and cloves impart a warm, fruity flavor, along with allspice and ginger to soothe. Combined with aloe blossoms from our own plantations, this zero calorie, refreshing tea is a great complement to your weight management program.

I don’t know what floats your boat but I can say without a doubt this is the best cup of herbal tea I have ever had. It is great in the morning and fabulous of a night. Relaxes me and helps soothe my mind and I sleep so much better now, must be the caffeine free before bed lol .

The best part is though I buy it from myself at a reduced price anytime I want. No fighting shopping crazed people dodging trolleys and kids and standing in that ever so long line at the checkout after work just for a box of tea leaves. No sir re I just jump on-line and order from myself, how beautiful is that.

Please leave me a comment below and let me know what new and wonderful flavours have taken you by surprise that you became addicted to. If you would like to know more about how I order these types of products from myself feel free to look around my site. If you have any questions drop them in the comment box or reach out to me on my Contact Page 

How To Cook Broccoli

One of my most favourite vegetables to eat is broccoli.!

I read a lot, in particular anything to do with health and good health really interests me. I also love my food especially the good old vegetables, fruits and some meats.

However if I have to I can do without the meat, for me it is not a must have item.

All these years and I had no idea that I was preparing my broccoli for cooking all wrong. I knew eating it raw offered many more nutritional benefits! but I never knew there was a particular way to prepare your broccoli before you cook it to get the most benefit from all the goodness broccoli hides inside.

 HOW TO COOK BROCCOLI

I came across this article about broccoli and similar vegetables by respected doctor and author Michael Greger M.D. FACLM  .

His article on the right way to cook broccoli to gain the most nutrient content from this powerhouse vegetable was so insightful and detailed, I am sharing it here on my website so that you can benefit from this technique to better your health as well

If you don’t eat Broccoli then this article may very well change your mind if you want to live longer and healthier at the same time reducing your risk of developing cancer.

Check out the video below on the very important enzyme in Broccoli we need to preserve to eat!

In this video Michael Greger M.D goes over the importance of a particular enzyme in broccoli and how to best prepare and cooked the vegetable to maximise your consumption of this powerhouse enzyme that has been linked to a variety of healthy benefits for the body

The main active ingredient in broccoli is thought to be sulforaphane, which may protect our brains, protect our eyesight, protect our bodies against free radicals, boost our detoxification enzymes, and help prevent and treat cancer.

You can read the full article and gain more insights and knowledge on the NutritionFacts website

I hope you enjoy the article and will take some time to prepare your broccoli before you cook it. Please leave your Feedback and comments below

Forever Bee Honey®

Bees make honey by travelling from flower to flower, removing the rich nectar. The nectar is temporarily stored in their bodies, where it mixes with their enzymes before being deposited into beehives.

Throughout the ages, honey has been recognized as a premium natural food – a storehouse of energy that is easily digestible. This great-tasting, all natural sweetener is loaded with nature’s goodness.

Easy to digest, Forever Bee Honey® is a quick and natural energy source for any occasion!

Honey contains many ingredients needed to maintain good health, including 78% sugars (glucose, fructose and sucrose), and other minerals, vitamins, enzymes, proteins and amino acids.

Forever Bee Honey contains only natural ingredients.
This great-tasting, nutritious sweetener is loaded with nature’s goodness, containing approximately 70 calories per tablespoon.

Easy to digest and rich in carbohydrates and the minerals calcium and phosphorus, Forever Bee Honey is a quick and nutritious energy source for any occasion!

Large image-bottle of Forever honey on a grey background
  • 100% Natural
  • Provides Quick Energy
  • Natural Sweetener
  • Easily Digested
  • Rich in carbohydrates
  • Contains the minerals – Calcium & Phosphorus
  • Tinted, easy-pour container prevents loss of any valuable nutrients caused by sunlight
  • Tastes like real honey because it is real honey.

Why Switch to Forever Bee Honey

Making the switch to Forever Honey will ensure you that the Honey is actually real honey.

Many honey products you purchase from the supermarket shelves are not real honey but a carefully crafted liquid product made by big companies to resemble the real thing.

According to the FDA (as well as the food safety divisions of the World Health Organization and the European Commission), the one test that authenticates honey is the presence of pollen. If the liquid gold doesn’t contain pollen, it isn’t honey.

76% OF GROCERY STORE TESTED “HONEY” HAD NO POLLEN IN IT!

and this is because it’s likely to have come from China, and Chinese honey is cheap, diluted with high-fructose corn syrup and sweeteners, and tainted with crazy chemicals, heavy metals and antibiotics

Forever Living Honey –  offers you a remarkable line of 100% natural bee products. Our beehives are in an ideal location where the pristine environment eliminates contaminants such as pesticides and pollutants.

We use specialy designed equipment to gather and preserve the ingredients in the condition nature intended. All our bee products – Honey, Royal gelly, Bee pollen and Bee propolis – are natural and nutritionaly rich, from the hives directly to you.

just as the honeybees have been making them for thousands of years!

ONLY THE BEST

When Rex envisioned the dynamics of what was to become Forever Living and Aloe Vera of America, one of the fundamental aspects was the ability to provide the highest quality products on the planet.

Rex’s devotion to quality has never changed nor has it been compromised. It is exactly why we will accept nothing less than 100% control of our process from planting to finished product. You’ve heard it before, but at Forever Living, “Nothing less than the best will ever do.”

And that’s just the plain and natural truth.

Forever Living demands nothing less than the most exemplary quality at every step of every process to insure the quality of all our products.

We remain equally diligent in making sure that it arrives at our manufacturing facility in pristine form.

When it comes to manufacturing our final products, you can rest assured that every single one has been just as carefully nurtured into existence with the same level of care, diligent attention and exemplary standards that we put into to every one of our so carefully tended and harvested Aloe plants.

That’s the Forever Living way – that’s the Rex Maughan way.

The fake honey practises are not only in the United States, I live in Australia and ever since I found out what really goes on in the honey market I have started viewing the honey I was buying from the supermarkets very differently.

Upon inspection of the ingredients labels, even the honey products labelled with the Australian made I noticed that almost all honey products on the shelf were derived or made with imported product. “NOT VERY AUSTRALIAN”  if you ask me.

Some History on Teeth Cleaning

Before we get into the why of using a tooth-gel/toothpaste to clean our teeth lets reflect back on some history in the arena of tooth cleaning shall we.

I have done a bit of a search around and found a couple of interesting facts

  • Oral hygiene was a top priority in society as early as 5000 BC? The world’s oldest-known formula for toothpaste was created by Egyptians
  • They crushed rock salt, mint, dried iris flowers and pepper and mixed them together to create a cleaning powder
  • Although this concoction is known to create bleeding gums, research suggests it is the most effective compared to most toothpastes used as recently as a century ago.

So from most of my research and the few facts that are around it seems we have been obsessed with cleaning our teeth. So much so that our ancestors it would seem, were happy to brave the pain of bleeding gums from the harshness of the gritting tooth cleaning processes

From all the data available to me it seems the very first T.V commercial to air was for a toothpaste called Gibbs SR Toothpaste. The commercial air in Britain on television screens in 1955 and from information sourced was a success. We sure have come along way since the old black and white tube days of commercials.

Teeth Cleaning and Toothpastes Today

Today we have a huge selection of teeth cleaners from toothpastes to tooth-gels and they all tout their benefits to your mouth.

Everything from whitening to fresh breath for hours after we brush, which logically speaking would be difficult since the moment you have a coffee or smoke a cigarette that fresh breath is long gone.

There are some other problems I have found with most mainstream toothpastes these day as well like :

  • Gritty ones – you feel like your brushing with sand.
  • Sickly sweet ones – tastes like you brushed with Fairy Floss.
  • They burn the absolute crap out of your mouth and gums

I have also noticed over the years that there really is no substitute for quality. I have tried so many different brands and even purchased some claiming to have things like aloe vera in them only to read the ingredients to see that the aloe vera is virtually non-existent – it’s the last ingredient on the list meaning it has the least amount of that ingredient in it 

Forever Bright Tooth-gel

The selection of toothpates for your teeth are endless and every-one is different but after many years of trial and error I use and trust Forever Bright Tooth-gel from Forever Living Products.

There are a few qualities I look for in a toothpaste or tooth-gel. Quality is also important to me and to know it is safe and effective for the whole family to use is also on the top of my list.

With Forever Bright, I love the gentle minty flavour and smooth texture. I also found that with regular use my bleeding gums stopped and my cold/hot sensitivity was reduced.

The biggest thing that lots of people say to me who use the tooth-gel is they love how clean and smooth their teeth feel.

My family’s biggest love of the tooth-gel is it doesn’t burn the inside of their mouth.

That is why I never go past Forever Bright Aloe Vera tooth-gel. I have been using it for over 10 years now and I love it. It ticks all my boxes for what a quality tooth product should be and I love that fresh clean teeth feel.

Tube of Forever Bright Tooth-gel

Formulated for the entire family to use, Forever Bright contains only the highest quality ingredients. It is also suitable for vegetarians since it contains no animal by-products.

Natural peppermint and spearmint flavouring leave your mouth feeling fresh and clean. The combination of stabilized aloe vera gel and bee propolis soothes gums and mouth linings, and can be applied directly when brushing is too painful.

The Benefits

 

  • Aloe Vera gel number 1 ingredient
  • It doesn’t burn your mouth
  • Non-Abrasive
  • Safe for the whole family
  • Kills germs and bacteria that cause tooth decay

     

     

     

     

Fit Feels Good.

Feeling healthy is an important part of your life. Feeling fit and healthy go hand in hand and can sometimes be harder to achieve then one realises.

Now there are many levels of fitness from average to peak performance and our diet, exercise and commitment levels will vary depending on what end of the fit scale you’re on.

Now that is plainly obvious right, well it should be, however in reality it actually isn’t!

So why am I saying this? Well take a look around you and you will see where I am coming from. Let’s take 2 examples of the scale shall we!

Someone with an Average Fitness Level

Will consume up to 40% more calories than needed

Will consume more processed/convenience food then recommended

Will consume less water than recommended

Spend less time doing healthy activity

Does not recognise unhealthy weight gain

Rarely understands fat to body mass ratio

Spends less time and money maintaining their fitness.

At higher risk of ending up  overweight and unfit by age 50

Are at higher risk of developing type 2 adult diabetes by age 35

These risks are all according to most of the general information available to us from doctors, nutritionists and in general.

These are generalised statements taken from many information sources, but on the whole most people who are in the average fit range have not had to work hard to get there and take their fitness for granted.

Peak Fitness Level

Will only consume the calories their body needs

Will consume less processed food and more raw foods

Will consume slightly above the recommended water requirements

Spend more time being physically active

Recognises unhealthy weight gain and increase physical activities to lose the weight gain.

Understand their fat to body mass ratio

Spend more money and time maintaining their fitness

Generally look younger and are healthier by age 50

Are in the low risk category of developing diabetes by 35

Being fit is and always has been a way for any of us to fend of health issues as we age. Staying fit is also linked with a lower risk of developing health complaints that are growing at an alarming rate in today’s fast paced heavily processed food driven society.

Now before you screw your nose up and walk away saying “I am not an Olympic sports person I don’t need this shit”, take a long deep breath and exhale your negative thoughts.

Now based on your current fitness level and your lifestyle today, picture yourself at age 50, 60, 70 or even 80, be honest don’t fool yourself, what health issues do you have now; even minor ones, they will get worse as you age if you don’t do something about your fitness level whilst you still can.

If you consume a high processed diet, drink alcohol excessively (even if it is only sometimes) and your physical activity is minimal, then you could be at a higher risk of developing health problems as each year goes by.

Things you can to Increase Fitness Levels

Don’t use the no time excuse – make time as not having enough time is a common excuse used to avoid just about everything. If you have time to sit on your but at the pub for some after work drinks, you have time to work on your fitness.

Replace the heavily processed foods – in your grocery cart. Processed food are carbohydrates and they register in your body as sugar. So a diet high in processed foods is also a diet high in the wrong kinds of sugars.

Steer Clear of Empty Calories –  Avoid buying foods that say low in sugar, low fat and diet, most of these products are heavily processed and full of empty calories. You will feel hungry faster after consuming these types of foods.

Choose High Protein or High Fibre Snacks – snacks that are high in protein or fibre and whole foods will do a better job of keeping you feeling more satisfied. Snacks like a handful of nuts and seeds or an apple or banana. Even a glass of full cream milk, cow, goat or even coconut are a better choice than a biscuit or muesli bar.

Drink Plenty of Water – Drink plenty of water at least 250 mls -1 cup first thing in the morning. Preferably filtered water if you can, but drink plenty of it. Between 2 – 3 litres a day depending on physical activity and weather but a minimum of 2 litres is your aim. Water is a natural cleanser and will help reduce body odour when consumed on a daily basis.

Choose to Stand – Stand-up when possible and make a conscious effort to tighten the muscles through-out your body, flexing each one a few time and move, this keeps the blood flowing and reduces the risk of pooling and clots forming.

By doing a few extra things that are good for you each and every day you will increase your fitness level over time. The more exercise you get is also very crucial to your fitness and health.

Avoid the trappings of society like convenient take-way foods like burger, fries, pizza and do-nuts. It’s not that you can’t have them at all just not in excess and on every other day of the week.

It goes without saying avoid consuming excessive amounts of alcohol ever as this is extremely dangerous for both your heart and liver. A small occasional glass of Red Wine is okay but remember not every day and no more then one small one just to be on the safe side.

Change your Life – Become Fit and Healthy

By changing a few simple things in your daily routine you will soon notice a difference in your energy levels and how good you feel.

Consider investing a little more time and money into your health and fitness, you will thank yourself as you get older.

Quality supplements can also enhance your dietary needs and here at Forever we have what is considered by many as the best quality nutritional supplements on the market.

This video below shows one of our fitness pack range that is used by even the elite fitness and sporting persons around the globe.

Due to countries regulatory bodies this product is not available in all countries. However similar packs maybe available. Visit the on-line shop in your country to check for availability.

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Visit our on-line shop in your country to see the prices and available product line.

When starting any new program or supplements always consult your doctor and always start slowly. 

Back Pain – Do you suffer from it?

Back pain, not something we like or want to discuss. Yet Back Pain affects over 60% of the world’s population at some time in their life and at variable levels of severity.

I was  and still am at times a back pain sufferer and I don’t like it, no I don’t, not one little bit and I am fairly certain you don’t either.

Now I am not a Back Pain medical specialist and I don’t hold any medical degree in this matter, I share my own experience with back pain and feelings of others who suffer back pain, so this is where my advice and information on this real problem is going to be based. Just everyday ordinary people who have to deal with back pain on a daily basis.

My Back Pain Story

About 10 years ago I suffered an injury to my lower back during a rather unwanted violent event. I still remember that moment so vividly it makes me cringe.

I can still feel the moment that pain shot through me at a crippling rate, the immense pain, like someone had taken a sharp steel rod, drove it into my lower back and connected it to the mains electricity supply, oh it was sickening, debilitating and I was doing all I could to control my breathing and not allow the tears to stream down my face.

I was in so much pain I just wanted to die and I sure as hell could not move enough to drive the car. I managed to make it home with the help of some friends.

It was a Saturday evening and I was in no shape to sit in a hospital emergency waiting room for 6 hours, the pain was so excruciating and by this stage I needed assistance just to walk and dress.

I sat down with a bottle of scotch and some over the counter pain pills and went to work on becoming so intoxicated I would barely feel the pain. Stupid yes I know but at the time that was the only logic I could come up with in my extremely fragile state after the events of the evening.

I managed to successfully induce an alcohol comatose state of sleep, but the next day man did I feel it, I knew I needed medical attention. Now to cut a long story short, yes there was severe damage that would be long term, and so began my life on morphine, prescription codeine and copious amounts of alcohol to go with it.

Not a great way to live life as any of you would agree, but when you become a back pain sufferer to the point where you have to get your daughter to help you stand up, just to get off the toilet! your life pretty much sucks, depression hits you coupled with constant pain and limited physical movement and before you know it you become comfortable being a recluse and consuming more and more prescription pain pills with alcohol and the nasty cycle begins.

Desperation and Back Pain

Long term back pain sufferers do start to become desperate and we try all sorts of weird, wonderful and untested methods to try and alleviate the constant pain that we feel has crippled our lives. We will search high and low for anything that is a better solution to all the drugs we constantly take just to function at some level of normality.

Late night info-commercials become your friend and before you know it your funds have been used up on useless products that did more harm than good. Now I am not saying it is all bad and some back pain sufferers do find something that works better for them than the 100 prescription pills they take in a week.

More often then not it is costly and just causes more pain.

What Worked For Me

After trying many things from physiotherapy to acupuncture, machines and gadgets very little did anything to ease the pain in my lower back and many times over the years I would revert back to the prescription drugs just so I could go to work and appear to function as a valuable member of society.

That was until I remembered a company a friend introduced me to many years before. I remembered this company was all about living a better life and talked a lot about looking after your health by making better choices in the areas of your foods exercise and nutritional supplement.

I also remembered this company knew a lot about the Aloe Vera plant and all the benefits people had found when including aloe vera based products. I even remembered I had used these products years earlier when I was first introduced to this company and I did enjoy and love the products I had been using from them.

Thinking back to those early years I remembered I had occasionally purchased some of the product here and there, but like so many other people I always gave excuses to myself for not purchasing the product regularly and sticking with my healthy lifestyle choices of good food and exercise.

Back then when I first hurt my back I listened to the hype from the media and medical professionals saying that the Aloe Vera drinks, nutritional supplements, healthy eating and exercise would do nothing to ease my pain or help me with my back problem, so I never gave them a second though until several years later when I had exhausted all medical options. I did not think alternative lifestyle until the doctors basically had no other options to help me.

I did not start thinking of giving alternatives outside the traditional medical path ,until I had wasted all my money and crushed all my hopes on so many traditional options for back pain that did not work.

Out of options and knowing that the many years of constant heavy medications taken daily with alcohol were destroying my liver, kidneys, heart and sending me to an early grave I decided one day, “enough was enough”.

I searched,found and went back over all  the information from this company my friend had introduced me to so many years ago. I logged onto the shop website and I started sifting through all the information I could get my hands on.

I pulled out all the old brochures and information leaflets that had been given to me in my members pack and from when I first met the Founder of the company himself.  I even remember that first seminar when I first met the founder and how pleasant he was sharing his vision of helping people to become healthier and feel good with the aloe vera products he first envisioned.

I started to research Aloe Vera in general and what I started to learn about this plant was astounding.

Many Claims and Scientific Research

Apart from being the go to plant for treating burns and skin problems, there was a ton of information on the miraculous benefits others were having from drinking the gel from this plant.

The Aloe Vera plant was being hailed as the unknown secret to internal health, helping people with conditions from IBS (irritable bowel syndrome) to easing pain in arthritis sufferers and that’s what sparked my hope and intrigue.

So many people so many claims and some history that dates back centuries,it was not always easy to decide if this plant which seemed nutrient based would be of benefit to me and my particular issue, but hey I had run out of options

I started purchasing a monthly supply of a couple of the products to include in my new health management plan I had drafted up for myself.

Then I set about making sure I developed good  habits of taking these products and following my health plan every single day without fail.

I was skeptic to say the least and I really didn’t expect to see any magical or miraculous results, but I had nothing to lose except the severe pain I had lived with for many years now that had stopped me from doing so many things in life..

After the first month of following my health plan I had drawn up, I noticed a remarkable difference in my general health, my depression wasn’t as bad, my skin and hair were healthier and my pain medication usage was down by around 10%.

My doctors were very happy with the results and told me to stick to whatever it was that I was doing. So I placed another order and continued on with my health plan.

After 6 months of following this health plan  I was now completely drug free. I no longer needed all the medication for my back pain.

I actually had no more back pain, unless I did something really stupid that put stress on the injured area of my back, like lifting something extremely heavy.

Every day I drink the aloe vera drink and take the nutritional supplements and stick with my health plan, has seen me  free from prescription pain medication for many years now.

Not a day goes by where I am not grateful for trying an alternative treatment process for my back pain management which is actually now very common place treatment advice from doctors in this country.

 My Basic Health Plan for My  Back Pain Management and Healthy Lifestyle.

The 3 core products I use daily without fail in my  health plan to manage my healthy lifestyle and stay pain free are

  1. Freedom2Go– patented, stabilized aloe vera gel, plus Glucosamine, Chondroitin and MSM, and the sweet taste of antioxidant-rich Pomegranate juice.
  2. Arctic Sea Capsules–A superior nutritional supplement combining Omega-3 with Omega-9. It provides a safe and balanced supplement that can favorably support healthy blood cholesterol, triglyceride levels, mobility and optimal joint function.
  3. Bee Pollen– The nutrients in bee pollen are readily digestible and easily absorbed by the human body. Forever Bee Pollen may assist in maintaining a healthy circulatory, digestive, immune, and nervous system.
Freedon2Go pouch-Arctic Sea - Bee Pollen

My go-to for back pain

These are the core nutritional supplements included in my health plan along with many fresh healthy fruits and vegetables and I try to do an easy walk each day along with the stretched designed for me by the physiotherapist.

My doctors are extremely happy with how I have managed to turn my life around and go drug free for pain management and increase my health on all counts. They encourage me to continue to stick to my health plan all the time..

What works for me may not work for you!

Now this may not be the answer to your pain management and living a healthy lifestyle as we are all different and unique. However if you have exhausted all resources then you may want to develop a health plan like I have done commit to it  every day without fail.

No matter what you find helps you, if it is better than popping handfuls of heavy drugs daily, then I would encourage you to stick with it.

What the doctors often fail to tell us is that the prescription pain medication is not a cure for our pain, it is just one possible solution to manage the pain. They will not tell you it can be addictive and over long periods of time with continued use you are destroying your liver, damaging your stomach lining and will face further complications down the track.

I have shared my experience with you to give you hope and inspire you to find a solution to your back pain management that doesn’t involve the daily taking of heavy duty drugs.

Please feel free to share what you have found that works for you or not worked for you in the comment box below and if you know of others who are suffering from back pain and may benefit from reading my story the share it with them also.

OH NO! Head-Lice Again

Children and Head-lice seem to go hand in hand and is a common global problem that causes any caring parent to cringe. Not only do we know how distressing this can be for our kids, we also know how time consuming the treatments on our child’s head for these nasty insects can be

Many parents feel embarrassed and shame at the fact their child has head-lice. So many parents suffer quietly and make up a fanciful story to explain their absence from work and their child’s absence from school, not realising that it is no reflection at all on their parenting skills.

What most parents don’t realize is, even the cleanest heads can get head-lice !

Parents Private Feelings of Shame

I mean honestly how many parents do you know will sit at a bus stop or in the break room at work and when someone asks how their child is doing will openly smile and say “Oh just great he/she came home from school on Friday and I found head-lice all through their hair”.

Yes well  and if you do voice this you certainly clear the area fast as if you have the plague because if your child has Head-Lice you must have Head-Lice and nobody wants to catch it from you, right!

So we make up a plausible story for everyone’s  benefit, whilst suffering the long arduous agony of having to treat our kids hair by dumping all the harsh chemical “Head Lice Treatments” on them till we find the one that we think has worked, “right” yes and we all know how that works out for us.

It is expensive, stinky, stressful and what’s worse we have no idea if and how much damage we are doing to our kids hair,scalp and health.

So today I am sharing with you 2 Gentle Effective ways to treat “Head Lice” in the whole family right down to the youngest in the family.

The first is the one that I use for my 2 granddaughters, both at school. We live in Queensland Australia, so summer being hot humid and moist giving  Head Lice the perfect breading conditions on any child’s head.

But first I would like to dispel some Myths about Head Lice before moving on to the 2 best natural treatments I feel are available on the market.

Myths about Head Lice

Wrong, total misconception so stop shampooing your kid’s hair daily with commercial grade shampoos destroying their hair and scalp ph balance. They will do a fine job of that themselves when they are older.

Human Head Lice do not infect animals so don’t put them through the horrid chemical bath you do to your child’s head or your liable to make them sick or worse, poison them to death.

Head lice eggs will only fall onto bedding when they are dead or already hatched in the hair. The live head-lice can only survive for about 24 hours away from the human scalp, as they need to feed on scalp tissue and blood every 6 hours to stay alive. So changing sheets and bedding every few hours is not a priority, and this goes for furnishings and carpets as well.

Wrong! most treatments off the shop shelves are pesticides and only kill the already hatched lice, even then it doesn’t always kill them due to the resistance they have built up to the pesticide you are dousing your kid with. Generally it just stuns them long enough for you to go through the hair with a head-lice comb to get them out.

Head-Lice do not fly or jump from head to head as they don’t have wings and their jumping distance is so minimal that it is only when children are hugging, sharing brushes or hats and sitting so close to each other their hair strands are almost touching and that is how the head-lice spread.

Each louse can live for approximately five weeks, but during that lifetime a female can lay up to 120 eggs

They lay their eggs (nits) on the hair shaft around 1.5 cm from the scalp.

head-lice life cycle from egg to adult

The head lice life cycle lasts between 33 and 35 days.

2 Non-Toxic Ways to Treat Head-Lice

Aloe Vera – You can use Aloe Vera to treat head-lice directly from the plant, if you know what species of plant you have and how to prepare the gel or you can use a recognised quality aloe vera based product which is my choice.

Now apart from the great benefits that aloe has for soothing skin what a lot of people don’t know is Aloe Vera is naturally pest resistant. Meaning bugs don’t like it and that goes for head-lice as well.

So I use 3 products from the Forever Living product range which I know are gentle, effective. I use them every year at the start of head-lice season on my grand-kids and we see a virtual nit free season after the first 2 treatments. We love them and swear by them.

Tea Tree Oil

I personally have never used this for Head Lice but after talking with a good friend of mine in New Zealand, Love you Kathleen McKay

I learned that you could not only treat Head Lice with Tea Tree Oil but you can also make up a spray with it and use as a repellent on the kids hair before they go to school as well.

So I asked Kathleen to assist me with putting some information out there about this and as always Kathleen with her big heart and willingness to share sent me an email in response with a link to her blog article she wrote on how she deals with head-lice.

You can check out Kathleen s article here:  http://kathleenmckay.com/arggggg-nits-head-lice-evolving/

Forever Living Aloe Vera Products

1 – Liberally massage our Aloe Vera Gelly through your child’s hair making sure to cover the scalp. Leave in hair for 30 minutes.

2 – Shampoo hair with Aloe Jojoba Shampoo and rinse well.

3 – Apply a good amount of Aloe Jojoba Conditioning Rinse, massage through hair. With head-lice comb, comb through conditioner until all tangles are smoothed, going over each section of hair a couple of times rinsing comb, the head-lice and eggs will easily come out of hair whilst combing.

Combing of hair to remove lice and eggs should only take about 5 minutes (unless hair is very long, thick or curly) rinse well and lightly towel dry hair and comb. Repeat this same process for the next  4 days to ensure complete removal of all eggs and adult lice.

Tea Tree Oil – As used and suggested by my friend Kathleen. This is some of her story.

For years it was like every other week one of the kids would come home with head lice or nits. Weekly the schools were sending home notices for people to check and treat.

I swear these things evolved to become untreatable with the common pesticides so I looked at organics. I was using a product called Nit Enz but even as mild as it was it absolutely reeked. It did the job though.

I did notice in one of the other products there was tea tree oil used with lemon as a preventative. Unfortunately that product has a pesticide in it also.

I did some checking on tea tree oil and found that head lice didn’t like it so I started putting tea tree essential oil in a spray bottle of water, spraying the kids frequently. This has kept them at bay and we haven’t had an infestation for over a year now touch wood.

Am really looking forward to reading the benefits of aloe as I’ve never noticed a scent or odour to aloe.

Full article available by Kathleen McKay on her website:  kathleenmckay.com/arggggg-nits-head-lice-evolving/

Final Thoughts

There are probably many other natural and gentle ways to treat head lice that I am unaware of so please share with us in the comments box your experience with head lice and any gentle or natural ways you have found in treating this problem.

I will say from my own experience with my grandchildren and treating their head-lice with the 3 Forever aloe vera products we have not seen those dreaded nits in their hair since.

I do know my daughter uses a spray of vinegar and water to lightly spray inside their school caps to help with repelling the nits and to keep the caps nice and fresh and odour free.  To make this spray it is just 1 part vinegar to 2 parts water.

If you have enjoyed this article and have your own story to tell comment below and share with others.

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Aloe Vera History

Aloe Vera, often called the Miracle Plant, the Natural Healer, the Burn Plant, goes by many names which have survived 4000 or so years, during which this amazing medicinal herb has benefited mankind.

George Ebers in 1865 first discovered it’s antiquity in an ancient Egyptian papyrus, dated 3500 BC, which was in fact a collection of herbal remedies. Other researchers have since found it was used by both the ancient Chinese and Indian cultures.

Greek and Roman physicians such as Dioscorides and Pliny the Elder used aloe Vera to great effect and legend suggests that Aristotle persuaded Alexander the Great to capture the island of Socotra in the Indian Ocean to get its rich supply of aloe vera plants to heal his wounded soldiers.

The Egyptian Queens Nefertiti and Cleopatra rated it highly as a beauty therapy, for in those days, health and beauty were linked far more than they ever are today.

Nefertiti photo credit – “Nofretete Neues Museum” by Philip Pikart – Own work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons –

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Cleopatra photo credit – “Cleopatra and Caesar by Jean-Leon-Gerome” – http://www.mezzomondo.com/arts/mm/orientalist/european/gerome/index_b.html. Licensed under Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons –

Over 200 Species of the Aloe Plant

Although there are over 200 species of Aloe Vera, only 3-4 t have medicinal properties. Of these, Aloe Vera Barbadensis (Miller), which is also known as Aloe Vera (Linne), is the most potent.

This is also the one we use in the production of all our aloe products.

Aloe Vera Barbadensis is a succulent, looking rather like a cactus but is in fact a member of the Lily family, related to the onions, garlic and asparagus.

It reaches maturity in 4 years when the content of its leaves, a mixture of inner gel and outer sap can be harvested, preserved and bottled to produce a product that is as near to the natural aloe vera plant juice as we can get.

To benefit from Aloe Vera, the gel can be taken internally for its nutritional effect or it can be combined with other ingredients to produce topical creams and lotions to nourish and improve the quality of the skin.

Why – Where – How Aloe Vera Works

Why does Aloe Vera Work?

Aloe works by providing a rich cocktail of nutritional elements whose combined action and balance, produce a more powerful effect together, then one would expect from the addition of each individual components. This is because they work as a team, enhancing each other’s effect – this is known as synergism. It also has adaptogenic properties- which means that the different individuals take from it what they need, therefore the benefits vary from person to person.

Adaptogenic is derived from Adaptogen meaning: 
Definition:  any of various natural substances that work through the adrenal glands to produce adjustments in the body to combat stress and increase resistance to stress, and which usually produce no side effects.
Example:  Adaptogens such as the herbs garlic, ginseng, echinacea, ginkgo, goldenseal, and taheebo are natural substances that benefit the body.
Etymology:  Greek adapto ‘to adjust’ and the suffix gen ‘producing’

So if I can sum up how Aloe Vera works in laymen terms it would be that, Aloe Vera is a nutritional plant that in its entirety supplies our body, when consumed internally, with the nutritional building blocks we need to function at a higher level of health and fitness. Thus in doing so enables us to heal from sickness and injury more quickly allowing our body and immune system to go about the jobs it was designed to do.

Where does it Work?

Because of its nutritional qualities and antioxidant properties, helps firstly to prevent injury to epithelial tissues-(Epithelial tissue covers the outside of the body and lines organs and cavities. Epithelial tissue helps to protect organisms from micro-organisms, injury, and fluid loss.) And when they are damaged, consuming Aloe Vera can promote healing.

Antioxidants fight the destructive “free radicals”, the unstable compounds produced by our metabolism and are found in environmental pollutants. They are thought to cause a variety of ailments including some cancers as well as contributing towards the ageing process.

An epithelium is an anatomical term defined as follows: An epithelium is a layer of cells that covers the body or lines a cavity that connects with it.

Our largest epithelium is our skin but also included are the lining of the gut, the bronchial tubes and the genital tract. No wonder Aloe Vera works just as well on damaged skin as it does on , say, an inflamed bowel or in asthma.

So How does Aloe Vera Work ?

The inner leaf gel from Aloe has proven to deliver natural anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial actions combined within its nutritional constituents promote cell growth and therefore increased healing rates.

However it is not only helpful for people with problems, most people taking it on a daily basis report a greater sense of well-being, they just feel better or they report feeling calmer and less anxious with more energy.

Dr Peter Atherton stated that “he believed this is due to Aloe Vera’s effect on the immune system”, which you may say becomes balanced or fine-tuned and therefore more efficient at defending the body from attacks of virus and bacterial nature.

Aloe also contains Amino acids which are used in every cell of your body to build the proteins you need to survive. All organisms need some proteins, whether they are used in muscles or as simple structures in the cell membrane. Even though all organisms have differences, they still have one thing in common: the need for basic chemical building blocks-Amino Acids

Inside the Aloe Leaf

Aloe Vera gel contains over 75 known ingredients which can be divided into the following groups

Group One

It contains a wide range, but the most important ones are the antioxidant vitamins C and E and beta-carotene, the precursor of Vitamin A. It is also one of the few plant sources in the world of Vitamin B12 – so very useful to vegetarians and vegans

These include magnesium manganese, zinc, copper, chromium, calcium, sodium, potassium and the important antioxidant selenium.

The human body requires 22 amino acids, the building blocks of proteins and Aloe Vera gel provides 22 of them. More importantly, it provides seven of the eight essential amino acids that cannot be manufactured by the body and which therefore have to be consumed as food

These include the important muco-polysaccharides which act on the immune system as well as helping detoxify the body

Group Two

Lipase’s and proteases which break down food and aid in digestion.

The three main types, act as powerful anti-inflammatory agents.

This woody substances bestows on Aloe Vera its penetrative ability to reach deep into the skin.

These are soapy substances that exert a powerful anti-microbial effect against bacteria, viruses, fungi and yeasts such as Candida or Thrush

The most important ones being aloin and emodin, together they are strong painkillers and are acknowledged to possess anti-bacterial and viruscidal activity. In their pure form they are very powerful laxatives.

Is using the Aloe Leaf Rind Beneficial

There is no real evidence to suggest the whole leaf aloe, which includes the rind but is filtered and usually concentrated, is any more effective than just the inner leaf gel or sap alone. However what is most important is the quality and quantity of aloe in the product being sold.

Unfortunately many products on the market labelled as “Aloe Vera Juice” may contain only a small amount or portion of the actual inner leaf gel.

If in doubt, look for the Seal of Approval of the International Aloe Science Council. This is an independent American regulatory body which monitors the quantity and quality of aloe in products. If their Seal of Approval actually appears on the container (not simply a claim) it is a bona fide aloe product.

Conclusion

Aloe Vera is not a panacea for all ills and there’s no magic about it.
I believe it works only in the two areas mentioned previously – epithelial tissue and the immune system.

This is largely backed up by anecdotal evidence, as many thousands of people over the centuries have reported benefit for various skin complaints such as eczema, psoriasis, ulcers, burns, acne even stings and bites.

Some people have reported they found relief for bowel disorders such as colitis, diverticulitis and Irritable Bowel Syndrome. However these are personal testimonial accounts and not yet backed up by documented scientific evidence.

Other conditions resulting from a disordered immune system such as arthritis, asthma and ME (post viral fatigue syndrome) and LE (lupus) have improved after a regular ingestion of Aloe Vera gel.

Aloe Vera therefore has a complimentary role to play in the management of various conditions. It is very important however that people should always seek the advice of their Doctor when the diagnosis is in doubt or where a condition does not improve.

Self-diagnosis can be extremely dangerous as many serious conditions can mimic more simple ones. As with any changes to your health management plan, be it exercise diet or nutritional supplements, it is always wise to consult with your doctor.

The bulk of this information has been sourced from leading experts in their field like Dr. Peter Atherton. MB. ChB. D.Obst. RCOG. MRCGP.
Qualified in 1968 at Leeds University and after six years in the Royal Army Medical Corps, he became a General Practitioner.

He is currently the Senior Partner of a training practice with a special interest in dermatology, having spent 3 years working in a dermatology department of a district hospital. This interest combined with an understanding of the power of herbal remedies gained whilst serving in the East and India led to his fascination with Aloe Vera.

Argi+ What is it

Argi  is now available in Australia. At the end of June Forever Living products announced the launch to all Australian Independent Distributor’s that ARGI plus was now available.

  • So why is this exciting news and why you would even care?
  • What difference is it to you?

Let’s try and break it down in simple terms that are relevant not only to the normal hard working person who does their best to stay healthy and to even the most die-hard health and fitness fanatics.

I am in the first group of people.

As an ordinary person enjoying what life has to offer, I was never one who became obsessed with the rigorous requirements of doing 100 squats, sit-ups, bench-presses, star jumps, leg curls and all the other forms of hard core exercises out there that everyone said we must do.

If anything the thought of giving up many of my leisure hours and committing to a hard core exercise routine seemed like too much hard work, yet I do understand the concept, to keep fit, healthy and burn fat you must exercise regularly and embrace a good diet.

I just never agreed that my whole existence should be dedicated to it when there were so many other things I could be doing and a diet high in sugar with processed foods like pizza was just so addictive.

So What is ARGI+

Argi+ is just one of the fantastic nutritional supplements released by Forever Living Product. Argi is basically L-Arginine an Amino Acid, one of the semi essential amino acids and Forever Living has put together a quality supplement containing this amino acid, complimented by a balanced vitamin complex.

L-Arginine is an amino acid that’s so potent, scientists refer to it as the “Miracle Molecule” and for good reason, because our bodies convert L-Arginine into nitric oxide, a molecule that helps blood vessels relax and open wide for greater blood flow. Greater blood flow supports many important functions in our body.

With so many health benefits, it’s no wonder L-Arginine is generating so much excitement.

  • Healthy blood pressure levels

  • Overall cardiovascular health

  • Immune function

  • Muscle growth

  • Bone & tissue growth & repair

  • Male sexual function

  • Fat and glucose metabolism

  • Anti-aging hormone production and more

Dr. Murad himself was first introduced to Forever Argi by a colleague in 2011. Today, he endorses Forever Argi as the best L-Arginine supplement he has seen in the market and looks forward to working with Forever’s Research and Development team to continue to expand research in this area.

ARGI packs a potent cocktail of benefits that will greatly assist in better health for everyone, from your most fastidious fitness elite to your everyday work and play family.

tin of ARGI  in front with a soft image of the inside of an artery as the background

Add optimal health to your family’s diet with the power of L-Arginine!

ARGI provides all the power of L-Arginine, plus:

  • Pomegranate – well-known for its strong antioxidant properties.
  • Red Wine Extract – to help maintain healthy cholesterol levels.
  • Grape Skin and Berry extracts for cardiovascular and immune system health.

 

Together, these ingredients create a new generation of supplement – one that supports better health throughout your entire body.

Just a scoop of ARGI mixed with water or your favourite Aloe drink helps provide a performance boost to every part of you.

So if your day to day life is filled with long work days and you don’t have time to spend following a rigid diet and exercise program and your health is important to you then pop in to the on-line store and checkout ARGI+ it may be just what you’re looking for

How Much Aloe Vera Should I Drink

In this article I hope to help clear up some misconceptions when it comes to drinking Aloe Vera juice.

Personally I have been consuming Aloe drinking gel from Forever Living Products for many years now on a daily basis.

When I am diligent and drink the aloe gel daily, I stay healthy, have more energy and am free from colds and flu, yes your read that right, I have not had the flu in over 5 years and no I do not get the flu shot every year.

I credit my ability to skip the flu season to the nutrients within the Forever Living Aloe drinking gel that help to strengthen your immune system.

For many of these years drinking Aloe Vera juice I was a full-time Taxi driver and spent over half my day, usually evening shift from 4 pm to 4 am inside a cab, transporting all manner of people with all manner of germs from point A to point B.

On many of these trips during flu season I was directly exposed to people coughing, sneezing and breathing inside the cabin of the cab and sometimes these trips were from home to the doctors because they were sick with the flu.

As long as I was drinking my Aloe Vera juice every day I did not ever contract any flu or cold from these sick passengers.

I am not an elite athlete, super fit or taking multi-vitamins every day, my diet isn’t that great and no I am not Wonder Woman or some super hero either

How Do I Know what my Optimum Level of Aloe is ?

This is a very valid question to ask when first starting out drinking Aloe. So why is there an optimum amount and why would you even worry about that, after all it is just a juice right?

WRONG.

 

Aloe Vera is much more than just a fruit or vegetable juice so you need to know what your optimum amount on a daily basis is. Everyone is different and some can tolerate and need more whilst others like children need less and in my opinion we all have our optimum level.

I say optimum because all of us depending on age, current health issues and past health issues will need the right amount for our own internal body balance.

How do you know what your optimum amount will be?

Well that will vary and be up to you to know by becoming aware and in touch with your inner self. Knowing your health and what works and doesn’t work for you.

I suggest that generally speaking for most people they will only need to consume between 50-100 mls a day for an adult and 5-50 mls for a child depending on the age of the child and so forth.

Dr. Peter Atherton is regarded as one of the world’s experts in the field of Aloe Vera’s medical properties. In this video he shares his view on how much aloe to have each day.

Why Only Drink a Certain Amount Of Aloe Juice Daily?

Well as I said above Aloe Vera is not just a juice per-say and most of the time it is thicker then juice as it generally comes from the inner leaf of the Aloe plant which is more like a gelly substance. The reason you do not consume it like a juice, cordial or water is because of the powerful properties the Aloe gel contains.

Aloe Vera detoxifies the internal intestine in your gut cleaning out all the built up rubbish caught in your villi from years of consuming processed foods and high fat, high sugar diets.

Opened bottle of Forever Aloe drinking gel

Drinking Aloe has a natural cleansing effect on the gut.
Aloe Vera contains over 200 vitamins and minerals
Aloe Vera has the natural ability to reduce inflammation and pain inside the body
Aloe Vera is known to help the body regenerate healthy new cells.

So because of detoxification properties of aloe, consuming too much on a daily basis will generally cause the need to go to the toilet on a more frequent basis. When the Aloe juice has worked it’s magic on the inside and cleared these stubborn toxins you will find your optimum amount on a daily basis will be somewhere in the range of 50-100 mls.

Your optimum amount daily will assist in reducing problems from bloating and you will just have a generally sense of wellness and energy.

If you are drinking too much each day you will pass loose stools more than once through the day and you could possibly suffer symptoms like cramping and nausea.

I know this sounds disconcerting but as in anything you consume orally, if you overdo it you will suffer some effects of that overconsumption in some way shape or form.

Once you find the right balance your absorption of nutrients, vitamins and minerals will be more efficient, giving your body more of what it needs for a healthy immune system which will help in the prevention of colds and flu.

Whatever you do, respect yourself, your body and start living for a healthier you today.

Forever living products celebrates 36th Birthday

In the Month of May Forever Living turned 36 and a very Happy Birthday shout out from me. I am so excited and so blessed to be involved in the Forever Living family. In just a little over 12 month I have grown my business to the point where I can happily say I will not be going back to my old job as taxi driver.
When you are part of a Business like Forever Living and you are wishing them a Happy 36th Birthday you know your business that Forever Living helped you nourish and build is safe for the long haul.

You know you will wake up tomorrow and all your hard work, time and tears you invested in building your Forever Living Business will not have been in vein, it is exciting to wish the company responsible for giving you the opportunity to grow your business a big Happy Birthday.

I could go on for hours about how life changing the Forever business opportunity can be and the noticeable health benefits from using the aloe products have been but this will mean little to you unless you can and have experienced them too.

If you would like to start your Aloe Vera business and join in the Birthday fun each year you can join my team by clicking on the image below … and I will see you on the inside

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