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David asks…

vitamins and minerals?

whats a mineral
and what is it good for?

nd i dont need to know biut vitamins but if i ddint habe that than ud think this question was about gold and stuff

vti answers:

A mineral is an inorganic substance (usually an element) that is needed in the body to perform vital functions. Examples include Calcium, Potassium, Iron, and Zinc.

Here is a link about minerals and vitamins. The links to the lower left describe some of the minerals.
Http://www.spartafit.com/nutrition/vitamins.php

Susan asks…

What vitamins and minerals does lettuce have?

This might sound dumb. but i need to know what vitamins and minerals lettuce has? does anyone know?

vti answers:

Vitamins
Amounts Per Selected Serving %DV 1 cup shredded iceberg lettuce
Vitamin A 361 IU 7%
Retinol 0.0 mcg
Retinol Activity Equivalent 18.0 mcg
Alpha Carotene 2.9 mcg
Beta Carotene 215 mcg
Beta Cryptoxanthin 0.0 mcg
Lycopene 0.0 mcg
Lutein+Zeaxanthin 199 mcg
Vitamin C 2.0 mg 3%
Vitamin D ~ ~
Vitamin E (Alpha Tocopherol) 0.1 mg 1%
Beta Tocopherol 0.0 mg
Gamma Tocopherol 0.1 mg
Delta Tocopherol 0.0 mg
Vitamin K 17.4 mcg 22%
Thiamin 0.0 mg 2%
Riboflavin 0.0 mg 1%
Niacin 0.1 mg 0%
Vitamin B6 0.0 mg 2%
Folate 20.9 mcg 5%
Food Folate 20.9 mcg
Folic Acid 0.0 mcg
Dietary Folate Equivalents 20.9 mcg
Vitamin B12 0.0 mcg 0%
Pantothenic Acid 0.1 mg 1%
Choline 4.8 mg
Betaine 0.1 mg

Minerals
Amounts Per Selected Serving %DV
Calcium 13.0 mg 1%
Iron 0.3 mg 2%
Magnesium 5.0 mg 1%
Phosphorus 14.4 mg 1%
Potassium 102 mg 3%
Sodium 7.2 mg 0%
Zinc 0.1 mg 1%
Copper 0.0 mg 1%
Manganese 0.1 mg 4%
Selenium 0.1 mcg 0%
Fluoride

Sandy asks…

Vitamins and minerals question?

1. Do all vitamins and minerals within a multivitamin get absorbed to their fullest extent, as if they were taken individually?

2. Would exactly would be the differences in taking various vitamins and minerals throughout the day vs. taking them together all at once? Would they all be absorbed adequately?

vti answers:

Unless vitamins and minerals are prescribed by a doctor they are totally unnecessary so it doesn’t matter when you take them.
It is possible to overdose on vitamins. Vitamin A for example if taken to excess by a pregnant woman can cause birth defects in the baby.

Ken asks…

Vitamins and Minerals?

If you take more vitamins and minerals than what you are supposed to everyday, does your body use all that you need then throw away the extra stuff, or does it use it then store it for later use?

vti answers:

Excess vitamins are excreted when urinating. They are not
stored up for future use.

William asks…

What kinds of vitamin or minerals help with bad eyesight?

i need to know what kind of vitamin or mineral that helps eyesight the best. Does Zinc work for eyesight?

vti answers:

Vitamin A and lycopene are the best vitamins for eyes. However, they only really help if you are deficient in them. Lycopene is found in watermelon and tomatoes, but normally isn’t in vitamin pills or fortified cereal, whereas vitamin A is found in both. Avoid high doses of vitamin A as it can cause psychosis is you take too much, so don’t overdo it. The type of problems you get with vitamin A deficiency tend to be things like night blindness, where you have almost no eyesight in low light. If you can see ANYTHING in your house with a lit candle or a nightlight, you are doing alright.

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James asks…

Dragon Age: Origins question?

Is the god child that Morrigan is suppose to have from the Grey Warden is that canon like part of the original story or a change to can make to the original story

vti answers:

Nope. On the cannon versions for booth games:

Origins: The warden is a warrior born from noble origin. He sacrifices himself to kill The Archdemon.

Hawke: He’s a blood mage who escaped from Lothering. He sides with the Mages and becomes the Champion of Kirkwall by chopping The Arishok into pieces. His sister is alive, unlikely his brother.

Joseph asks…

Help me find an app!?

Im looking for an app which you can edit photos to make them ginger or fat
like apps on the ipod touch/ iphone
ARE there any for android?

vti answers:

Yeah there is fat booth, aging booth, bald booth, camo booth …

Steven asks…

Hottest brunette actor aged 20-25?

need a handsome MALE actor preferably aged somewhere from 20 to 25 years old. Needs to a brunette (longish hair) and would be good to play an action role. good smile too.

vti answers:

Douglas Booth
http://www.freewebs.com/mortalinstrumentsobsessed/photos/Possible-Jaces/douglas_booth_3133375-1.jpg
Daren Kagasoff
http://www.rightcelebrity.com/wp-content/photos/Daren_Kagasoff.jpg
Ed Westwick
http://www.dailypinoyshowbiz.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/06/ed-westwick.jpg
Taylor Lautner
http://api.ning.com/files/9RwfQe*UvYlVjX*DSXgtarKKthI10SU8251-DMQsEOiC7QIPjhDa7dPGa8YYih7jRuTswyATkGGXYgklPQIN7Y0xuV1V3Mvb/spl107291_001.jpg
Connor Paolo
http://www2.pictures.zimbio.com/gi/Connor+Paolo+Stake+Land+New+York+Premiere+E-IJM4Zn4Jll.jpg
Jean-Luc Bilodeau
http://cdn.media.abcfamily.com/a/images/image-util/500×375/75ef4e502d16a056cfbf34b644da1143.jpg
Beau Mirchoff
http://data.whicdn.com/images/13754833/600full-beau-mirchoff_large.jpg

Nancy asks…

Multiple shots in Photo Booth?

can you get them? like just one picture after the other?
in Photobooth. or something?

vti answers:

It all depends on the type and age of the photo booth. The very old style will generally let you take one photo after another printing a single copy of each of them. The new style will let you take your photo multiple times but you will have to choose the best one either by a display or by simply decide if your currently displayed photo is the best you can take or if by taking another you can do better. This will generally print a set of 4 or 5 photographs all official passport size.

Hope this helps

Kitty -x-

Carol asks…

Poll: Your 5 favorite Iphone apps that are free?

vti answers:

1. Aging Booth
2. Skater Boy
3. YooNinja Free
4. Sketch Free
5. Speed Moto

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Daniel asks…

what is the best herbal tea?

do you like herbal tea?what do you think the best herbal tea is?i tried sleepy time by celeste tea,it taste nice with a little bit oh honey,but did nothing to help me fall asleep.

vti answers:

For sleeping and relaxing try chamomile…

…I really like peppermint and sage tea…

….I love green tea…

…none of the above teas should be sweetened…you should drink them warm and natural…

..also when you pour the watter into the tea pot …leave it covered at least for 5 minutes before drinking….

Steven asks…

How much herbs do i need for herbal tea?

Hi its my first time taking herbal tea and i was wondering how much do i put in? 1-3 teaspoons?
The ingrediants are
Passion flower
Damiana
Chamomile
Calea z

vti answers:

This is loose tea? Are they already mixed together in one package? A teaspoon is fine to start out with…let it steep for at least 5-10 min…can always add more or use less

Linda asks…

Which herbal teas would you recommend for me?

I would like to start drinking herbal teas mainly for the health benefits, specifically green tea and teas that would help aid in weight loss and a healthy bed time regiment. Which herbal teas should I begin with? Which teas should I avoid? Are teabags just as beneficial as the herb itself? Which brands do you recommend and last but not least where can I buy the best herbal tea.

vti answers:

Green teas are very good for helping you lose weight as it has pretty much 0 calories and no caffeine. If you don’t like the taste of plain green tea then you can get flavored ones that are just as good. I personally like green tea with Mango.
Herbal teas can have other health benefits too. I believe ones with ginger in are supposed to be good for your immune system.
Camomile tea is supposed to be very good for helping you sleep, but it’s not to every ones taste.
Avoid “iced teas” or “instant teas” as they generally have a lot of sugar in them.

Teabags tend to be ok, as long as they actually have the herbs in and aren’t just full of junk. Check the ingredients, good quality ones are generally ok though.
The thing about green tea teabags is that there tends to be too much in them, and so sometimes leaves are easier. You literally only need a pinch of leaves in a standard cup. If you have too much in then it can taste very nasty.

I’m not sure if they have it where you’re from but Whittard of Chelsea are a good company that sell a wide variety of teas.and they have several flavours of green and herbal teas.
Http://www.whittard.co.uk

Mary asks…

How many cups of herbal tea can i drink a day?

I’ve started being addicted to herbal teas and especially camomile! I don’t drink coffee or any caffeinated tea, just herbal. How many should i drink like what is the limit and also is it good for you e.g..skin, hair etc…? thanks

vti answers:

Herbal tea has no caffine it is just water with a bit of flavour from leaves. You can drink as much as you want, in fact drinking plenty of water is very good for you. If you have sugar in it, i would recommend replacing this with honey as its not so bad for you.

Chris asks…

Is it possible to make perfume with herbal tea?

Hey everyone,

I just bought a herbal tea and it smell EXTREMELY GOOD that’s insane (lychee/rose), do you know if it is possible to wear it as perfume?

vti answers:

Well not exactly but you can probably make perfume out of the same ingredients as the herbal tea. Hope it helped and im pretty sure it did. 😀

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Maria asks…

Cobra Starship’s Food List Bulletin on MySpace?

what does it say in that post? i can’t find it anywhere, someone please help! please, it would mean so much to me if someone could just copy and paste the bulletin onto here!

vti answers:

Here it is:

So check it out: we just got these free phones from AT&T for doing warped tour. They’re unlimited minutes until the end of the summer.
And I’m all “derrr! I already gots a phone—what do I need another one for??”
So then I say to myself, “gabe, why don’t you just give the number out to kids, so that they can call you.
” And I’m all “sure—why the #### not?”

But then I thought about it, and it’s like, I can’t give my number out to EVERYONE—so what should I do to decide whom to give it to? And as I was pondering said dilemma, I got a gnarly craving for some string cheese, but I was totally bummed when I realized we were all out.
And then it hit me!!! Why not give my number out to kids who bring me some snacks??! After all, people always ask me what kind of presents/food I like, so why not make it fun!

So this is the plan: anyone who brings any of the items below to us on warped tour will get my number.
I know it’s not the biggest deal in the world, but I think it’s a pretty cool prize for a Snickers bar, no? That way you can call me, and I can thank you for being awesome!

Our merch boy, Danny Hutto, will have my number. So all you gotta do is bring him a snack for me and he’ll give you my number in exchange. It’s hard to get around on Warped Tour, so we never really get a chance to buy groceries, and the tour doesn’t supply us with any groceries—they just give us some waters.

So here is a list of stuff I like; bring any of the following and you’ll get my digits.

Oh! And we still really want balloons! So bring us latex balloons filled with helium! We want to hang em over our merch tent!

Ok, here goes: (ps: some of this stuff is perishable, so if you think it’s gonna be too hot that day and the food might get ruined, then don’t stress about it, just grab some peanuts! 😉

Tonic Water
Arizona Diet Green Tea
Orange Juice
Pomegranate Juice
Gatorade
Starbucks coffees (espresso double shots or cappuccinos)
Emergen-C vitamin powder packets
Soy Milk
Regular Milk
Odwalla or Naked Juices
Pain Killers
Honey
Bread (any kind: we like white, multi-grain.
Pita, nan, whatevs!)
Pita Chips
Terra Chips
Percs
Humus (Sabra is best)
Honey Roasted peanuts
Wasabi Almonds or Wasabi Peas
String Cheese!!!!!!!
****Primal Strips (teriyaki flavor – these are vegetarian beef jerky strips that you can buy at health food stores – the bomb!!)
Snickers
Twix
Somas
Kit Kats
M&M’s
***Lindt Chocolate Bars with Wafers (my favorite – hard to find though)
Fruits – apples, bananas, pears, oranges etc…
Packs of Sliced Cheese (Provolone or Munster!)
Fresh Buffalo Mozzarella (in water)
Tofurkey slices (fake meat…peppered, ham or turkey)*
Progresso Minestrone Soup (in microwavable container)*
Philadelphia Cream Cheese
Yogurt – Activia or the drinkable yogurts!
Fun stuff (they may not let you bring this in – you might have to sneak it cobrastyle):
Kettle One Vodka (or Smirnoff)
Don Julio Tequila
Muscle relaxers

thanks guys!
Talk to you soon!
Xo
gabe

Susan asks…

Do people who cannot afford health care really get the medical attention the deserve?

Really, I know Medicare and Medicaid probably help, but are they enough?

vti answers:

Your question reflects the “entitlement mentality” that has developed in this country over the past few decades. Health care is a basic need just like shelter, food, transportation. We all make choices in our lives about what we want to fund with our resources. Those who choose not to spend on health care can hardly expect society to provide it. However, since recent laws prevent hospitals from turning away cases, that means that those who do have health care must pay higher costs to cover those who don’t. That makes it even more unaffordable for employers and people. Health care resources are not unlimited. The choices are how we ration it. Shall we allocate it to people who are willing to pay or let some bureaucrat make the decision?

Steven asks…

Why force employers to provide health insurance, what makes that their responsibility?

Isn’t that kind of arbitrary? Why aren’t employers forced to provide shelter or food since those are so important too? After all big bad businesses have unlimited amounts of money to play around with right?

vti answers:

It started during WWII, when wage and price controls were in effect. Instead of raising wages, employers were allowed to provide health insurance, tax free.

That suited the statists’ purposes, just as “temporary” withholding of taxes from wages as an emergency wartime measure, did. It got people used to not taking responsibility for themselves and letting someone else do it.

Employer-paid health insurance premiums are income, and should be taxed as such. Give people a tax credit for insurance and let them buy it on the open market that will develop. That has been the Republican plan since 2008. I think it’s a good one.

Ruth asks…

whats the best food to give to rabbits veg and fruit?

i’m new to having a bunni, getting used to him, just not really sure what to give him…i have been giving him the usual like his rabbit food and hay….
Serious answers please
Thanks in advance

vti answers:

Rabbits are designed to eat grass, plus a bit of bark and other tough materials. You should give your rabbit unlimited amount of hay and water as this forms the basis of a healthy diet.

Nibbling hay for hours every day reduces boredom and behavioural problems with most rabbits. Chewing strands of hay exercises the teeth – the grinding movement is essential for dental health and helps maintain healthy gut movement. This is why we feel hay is vital for any rabbit, even if you choose a good rabbit food which is labelled as nutritionally complete.

Commercially available foods make feeding rabbits easier, these may be convenience foods, but chosen carefully and used sensibly.

You can feed your rabbit varied selection of greens and vegetables every single day; plus a small amount of good quality mix or pellets. This is undoubtedly the most natural way to feed your pet rabbit

I feed my rabbit chunks of carrot, broccoli, herbs like mint, parsley etc, Banana, cauliflower, cabbage / broccoli / Cauliflower stalks, plus a commercially available food and fresh water and hay daily. The food and vegetables can be fed frequently once your rabbit is used to them.

There are also various treats marketed for rabbits ranging from milk-based yoghurt drops to sticks of cereals / grains. My rabbit goes mad for the milk-based yoghurt drops and if you leave chocolate on the sofa, he will jump up and eat this before you have a chance to get it away from him.

When I started to introduce fresh food, I was advised the following from my Vet.
* Introduce one at a time, in small quantities at first
* Build up gradually; aim to feed a selection every day
* Keep your rabbit’s vaccinations up to date, especially if you’re out collecting weeds!
* Grass is brilliant, but it needs to be a decent length – not lawn clippings
* Don’t pick greens/weeds from polluted verges or where dogs frequently foul

Things that I have tried on my rabbit, some he likes others he won’t eat for example if I cut up a normal size carrot and give this to him, he won’t eat it. But if I get the little carrots, he will go nuts over them and they will be gone in seconds it seems like.

Herbs: Basil, Coriander, Mint, Parsley, he wont eat Rosemary.

Vegetables: Spring greens, Broccoli (including leaves), Brussels Sprouts, Cabbage, Carrots and carrot tops, Cauliflower leaves, Celery, Green peppers, Pea pods, Radish tops, Sweet corn, Spinach and kale may be given in small quantities

Other: Clover, Dandelion greens and flowers

Fruits: (one daily; fresh or dried – one tablespoon per 2kg body weight) Apple, Banana, Pineapple, Melon, Peach, Pear, Strawberries, Raspberry leaves

I was also told don’t feed your rabbit lettuce as this is too high in water content and they can’t digests this easily.

Good luck.

Richard asks…

How do I boost my immune system following illness?

I’m 38 and I’ve had a bad lung infection over winter. It was treated in hospital with intravenous antibiotics and inhalers but I’m still very tired and caught a virus last week because the antibiotics have compromised my immune system. I’m a self-employed scuba-diving instructor and I’ve got to get back to work asap as I haven’t earnt anything for 2 months. Thanks for any serious suggestions/websites/cures!

vti answers:

Take a GNC multivitamin and 3 GNC 500 mg chewable vitamin C/bioflavin per meal. I had horrible case of shingles and so once healed started taking these and have not been sick since. GNC is General Nutrition Center. They have stores all over and a web site. Research and “Anatomy of an Illness” show that large doses of Vit C help one resist/fight illness and bioflavin also does this. Also, try to be a vegetarian for better health and eat at least two servings of fruit per day. Fruit is the ultimate health food (“Unlimited Power” Tony Robbins). I do all these and have remarkable health.

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Paul asks…

Why do like holy deceit poem by Akakwandu?

vti answers:

Because it’s holistically deceitful and very poetic.

Linda asks…

How do i break up this sentence ?

I am currently stuck in a rut and i cannot seem to break up this sentence or use grammar that will help its flow. Any suggestions ?

However, to holistically understand the historiography of crime in early modern England, we must not only examine why males committed more crimes but also acknowledge recent historical works that focus on women and role within crime

Thank you

vti answers:

However, holistically understanding the historiography of crime in early modern England involves multi-focal study. We must examine why males committed more crimes. But we should also acknowledge recent historical works that focus on women and their role within crime

I guess that is enough breaking.

Lizzie asks…

explain how the H.E.L.P method can be used to evaluate a decision?

vti answers:

Is it this one?

H.E.L.P. Method (Holistically Empowering students to Lead according to their Potential)

Steven asks…

how do i wear this ?

so im seriously sick of my ‘jeans and t-shirt’ style. but I can’t exactly just go out and buy new clothes. Any suggestions on how I can “spice up” my look without having to buy new stuff ? Please 🙁

vti answers:

Accessories, shoes, belt, and hair. Amazing how it changes casual slob to classy fashion. Think holistically.

William asks…

what is the remedy for backne?

what is the cure for back acne and pimples?

vti answers:

Acne No More Part 1 – The secrets to Curing Your Acne Holistically
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r1K60tZyJs0

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Steven asks…

whats a home remedy to remove pink eye?

i have pink eye, and i had work so i coudnt make it to the doctor. the doctor doesn’t work tomorow or the day after. I want to get rid of it so i can go to a party with NORMAL eyes. any ideas?

vti answers:

I’ll try and keep this simple, read one answer and had to eat a snack before I got done.
I was knocking down some rabbit hutches and developed a case of conjunctivitis and was actually told by my physician to see a particular eye surgeon.
My condition was so bad that my eye would seal up at night to where I had to put a warm compress on it to open it up and remove the fluid build up.
The surgeon checked it out and gave me an injection of antibiotics and a prescription to get additional medication.
He wanted me back in a week to see how my eye was responding, To make this short, if not treated you may have to have your eye removed, this is a worst case scenario but something you should be aware of, nothing to mess around with.

Susan asks…

Anyone know a quick home-made pink eye remedy?

I got pink eye two weeks ago, and albeit using hot compresses, wiping away from the eye, keeping it clean, no contacts etc., my pink eye has gotten worse. I have thick green goop in my eyes and milky film over the pupil and iris. My eyes are kind of purply when I wake up, but turn more pink towards the end of the day. I cant make a doctors appt. at the moment, so does anyone know a good, healthy, home remedy that can work quick? Anything would be great. Thanks 🙂

vti answers:

Here are a few home remedies:

Colloidal Silver — Put two drops of colloidal silver in your eyes two or three times a day. Colloidal silver has been known to cure pink eye as quickly as six hours. You have had your pink eye for some time so it will take longer. Be sure to use a few days after healing to be safe.

Castor Oil — Put one to two drops in your eyes two times each day. Your eyes will get better within one day but you should keep using it for a few more days to make sure it is completely gone. Your eyes will get blurry from the oil but it does not sting or hurt and in fact can be soothing.

Lemon Juice — Take an eye dropper and put one to two drops of freshly squeezed lemon juice in the infected eye. This will sting and hurt some but is well known to cause immediate improvement if you are looking for a really fast cure.

Sea Salt — Put a teaspoon of sea salt in one cup warm water and stir until dissolved. You can ether drop the saline solution you have created directly into your eye or use a cotton ball and get it really wet and put on your eye allowing the water to run into your eye. This is a tried and true remedy used in England.

Hope these are helpful and good luck.

Ken asks…

Home remedies for my dogs pink eye?

So my dog has pink eye and we don’t really have the money to go to the vet so do you know of any home remedies we could try?? Thanks:)

vti answers:

Sorry, there are no home remedies for conjunctivitis (pink eye).

Even if there were a way to treat it on your own, eyes are very tricky, and attempting to treat the wrong condition could make matters MUCH worse.
Your vet needs to actually look at the eye and determine what is causing the irritation. Then he can provide the proper treatment. Please remember. If you treat is incorrectly, you could cause major damage to the eye.

You need to get the dog to the vet, so start saving your pennies. It doesn’t need to be done right away, but within the next week or two she needs to go. Leaving an eye infection untreated can also lead to major damage to the eye.

ADD: Please, please, please do NOT take the first poster’s advice. It may have worked out fine for them, but the risk is too high. If you must, call your vet and see if there is anything you can do, but DO NOT take the advice from a random stranger. Pink eye has many different causes. Treating the wrong cause can hurt your dog!

Mary asks…

how do i use the black tea on my pink eye & is black tea a good home remedy to cure pink eye?

i’m nervous to use the black tea bag on my eye because i’m scared it will make it worse and i have no idea how to use it or make it. My eye has no irritation, itch, or goop. Its just a little red. I think its almost gone but i want it to be gone by Sunday night. which would be better, green tea or black tea. or is there any better home remedies i can use?

vti answers:

That’s the home remedy my mom gave me when i had pink eye too
and don’t worry, it won’t make it worse
i don’t know about green tea, though
make really strong tea with a tea bag and soak a tissue in the tea, then put it on your eye, maybe eyelid. Then hold it there for 30sec — a minute
i don’t know if it was the tea that made mine better or did it go away on it’s own but it wont hurt to do it
btw, i hope we never get pink eye again! It was horrible, mine lasted a week

Robert asks…

is there a home remedy for pink eye??

vti answers:

I don’t know, but when we were little, my mom used to make a solution of table salt and warm water and wash our eye out with it a couple times a day. I still do this and I’ve never had to go to the doctor for it. I also use this on my kids when it looks like they are getting pink eye. It always works for us. Good luck! P.S. Don’t put too much salt in the water, just about a teaspoon to 1 cup of warm water.

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Nancy asks…

What are good foods to eat to help remedy and keep hearburn ( acid reflux ) at bay?

What are good foods / drinks to have when you have acid reflux / heartburn?

Also are there natural cures, instead of meds?

vti answers:

I’m not sure about remedies but staying away from certain foods helps: acidic foods (tomato sauce, orange juice), spicy foods, caffeine, and sodas.

Hope that helps.

Paul asks…

What are good foods to eat to help remedy and keep hearburn ( acid reflux ) at bay?

What are good foods / drinks to have when you have acid reflux / heartburn?

Also are there natural cures, instead of meds?

vti answers:

Anything that isn’t greasy Myalanta liquid or tablets also
Quick-eze I have found always does the trick as it kills the acid in your stomach don’t drink coke or pepsi as that will wash the lining off your stomach and give you heartburn I have even stopped drinking too much water as this gives me heartburn and sometimes I expect you have had a drink of milk but unless you have no fat milk ordinary milk has fats in it
the only cures you can get is your eating habits stay away from burghers anything fried and soft drinks unless its pure apple juice that seems to cure a lot of things try smaller meals and stay away from food that gives you indigestion
There are tablets for reflux but they are under presciption but if you take a visit to your chemist and ask him he will give you some sound advice on what causes it

Lisa asks…

How can I stop my acid reflux from eroding my teeth?

I am 15 years old and I have acid reflux, which causes great stress on my teeth. Though I’ve only had heart burn a few times, I have been told by dentists that I have acid reflux. My teeth are riddled with cavities from this disease, and I’m getting really sick of it. How can I stop it from eroding my teeth?

vti answers:

How about I do one better and tell you how to get rid of it? I used to have it bad and used the cider vinegar. Unlike the medicines which have harmful side effects. Notice I said I used to have acid reflux.

Http://www.globalhealingcenter.com/natural-health/home-remedies-for-acid-reflux/

George asks…

I had my Gallbladder taken out 5 months ago?

As a result i have really bad acid reflux. It is really painful. I got a prescription from the pharmacy but it makes it worse…is there any natural remedies besides dieting?

vti answers:

You had your gallbladder taken out because of your poor diet. The liver has to take over the funciton of the gallbladder, but it does take a little bit of time for that to happen. If you don’t change your diet, you will still have problems, just more of them. Acid reflux is one, which will turn into GERD (same disease, just more severe). High cholesterol is another. Then high blood pressure and follow that with heart disease. You also might develop adult onset diabetes, but that isn’t related to having your gallbladder out, just your poor diet. If you want to be healthy, then just make the changes necessary in your diet. Or, you can continue to pay the doctor and pharmacy tons of money and still be miserable.

Charles asks…

How effective is the use of apple cider vinegar in acid reflux?

I have a friend who has acid reflux and I am wondering about methods of helping her without rx drugs or zantac. How effective is apple cider vinegar in the treatment of acid relux and are there other things out there that would help? Thank you

vti answers:

Apparently the most common natural remedy. 2Tsp Apple Cider Vinegar in water 3 times a day.
See URL Link www.earthclinic.com/CURES/acid_reflus.html
6 small meals a day vs 3 large
Do not lie down with a full stomach
Prop at least 3 pillows in bed for your head, so acid, food does not reflux back up the esophagus
Stay away from greasy, fatty foods, citrus, caffeine…irritants

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Steven asks…

Home remedies for a sore throat&sinuses? Pls!?

Nearly 3 days now of tea drinking&throat sweets, even tried having chilis last night to clear it out. Just wondering if you know any good remedies to get rid of this fast?
Thanks

vti answers:

Hey there, sore throat definately honey and lemon.. Two teaspoons of honey and half a lemon topped up with boiling water. Sip this and it sooths your sore throat.
Also if you have a bad throat, avoid dairy products and drink plenty of water as his hydrates your throat!
Dont smoke (obviously) and try to rest your voice, not talking helps a lot and with a sore throat you dont feel like talking!
For the blocked up…try burning tea tree oil, diluted with water, in a burner.
Also try putting your head over a bowl of boiling water and covering head with a towel.. Real old fashioned method but it clears all the blocked up areas!!!

Good luck, hop you feel bettter

George asks…

HELP.. need home remedies for swollen/sore throat ?

I normally use hot tea with lemon and honey, but I am still very hoarse, no other symptons than my usual spring allergies, I am just wanting to know if there are any other home remedies out there so I can try them and see if they work better. BTW, I have already seen my doctor, there’s no infection or other problem, my vocal chords just tend to swell if I have recently done alot of yelling.
OK two add ons… 1st I did’t mean I yell all the time, I meant I yelled for like 5 or more minutes at one time, I try not to yell very often, because of this reason. And number 2 I saw a doctor I do not have anyform of infection, and 3 thanks so far to all who suggested salt water, this took out the soreness and some swelling!

vti answers:

Gargling with warm salt water is good. Another way to help is to squeeze a lime in warm water with 4 teaspoons of honey and 1/4 teaspoon of salt then sip it. Also boil some milk to drink mixed with a pinch of pepper powder. Apply alternating cold and hot compresses to your throat. Gargle with 1 cup warm water and 1 cup apple cider vinegar. One teaspoon of coarsely powdered cinnamon, boiled in a glass of water with a pinch of pepper powder, and two teaspoons of honey can be taken as a medicine. Two or three drops of cinnamon oil, mixed with a teaspoon of honey, also give immense relief. Mix equal parts of hydrogen perioxide and warm water and gargle. Eat some hot soup. Mix half a pack of jello with hot water and drink. I know more so if you want more email me at peanutdurof@yahoo.com

Maria asks…

What is a good home remedy for a sore throat?

My throat is extremely sore from having bad allergies. The pollen count has been very high in GA. I was going to try drinking some vanilla chai tea, but it tastes horrible! Anything else I could try?

vti answers:

•1: Keep Your Nasal Passages Clear

2: Rest and Take It Easy

3: Gargle
Gargle with warm saltwater. If you can gargle without gagging, make a saline solution by adding 1/2 teaspoon salt to a cup of very warm water. Yes, when your mother told you to gargle with saltwater, she knew what she was talking about. It cuts phlegm and reduces inflammation. Dissolve 1/2 teaspoon salt in 1/2 cup warm water, and gargle every three to four hours.

Gargle with Listerine. Another good gargling fluid is Listerine mouthwash. If you share the product with anyone else in your household, don’t drink straight from the bottle; instead, pour a small amount into a cup (and don’t share that, either).

4: Drink Cider Vinegar
•For gargling: You’ll need 1 teaspoon salt, 1/2 cup cider vinegar, and 1 cup warm water. Dissolve the salt in the vinegar, then mix in the water. Gargle every 15 minutes as necessary.

5: Make a Horseradish Cocktail
Try this Russian sore-throat cure. Combine 1 tablespoon pure horseradish or horseradish root with 1 teaspoon honey and 1 teaspoon ground cloves. Mix in a glass of warm water and drink slowly.

6: Use Citrus
Sip lemon juice. Mix 1 tablespoon each of honey and lemon juice in 1 cup warm water and sip away.

Drink lime juice. Combine 1 spoonful with a spoonful of honey and take as often as needed for a sore throat.

7: Take an Analgesic
Plain old aspirin, acetaminophen or ibuprofen can do wonders for sore-throat pain

8: Eat a Juice Bar
Juice bars are cold and soothing to a hot throat. Don’t suck, though. Sucking may irritate the throat even more. Simply let small pieces melt in your mouth.

9: Drink Hot Liquids
Especially if you’re not good at gargling, drink hot fluids, such as coffee, tea or hot lemonade.

10: Keep the Fluids Coming
Drink as much fluid as possible — at least eight to 10 8-ounce glasses per day. Keeping your throat well lubricated with soothing liquids can prevent it from becoming dry and irritated and may even help banish the infection faster.

Source(s):
howstuffworks.com

Jenny asks…

Home remedies for sore throats?

My throat is killing me and I was wondering if there are any home remedies?

vti answers:

Depends on what’s causing the sore throat, honestly.

If you’re coughing a lot and your throat is raw from coughing, then making warm lemonade works, but have like a half-pound of honey per gallon of lemonade. The lemon will cleanse the throat and the honey will help lubricate it.

If it’s just sore with no real other reason, you might have anything from a minor cold virus to moderate dehydration going on. In both cases, drinking lots of liquids (NOT MILK) can help with upping your hydration status.

If it’s an air quality problem, then once again all you really can do is to hydrate.

If it’s a bacterial infection, you should see a doctor and get at least diagnosed so that if it’s something really nasty there are at least some treatment options. Garlic used to be great for most illnesses, but since we irradiated our atmosphere there are lots of nasty bugs that are mutating all the time. Our old treatments just don’t work as well as they used to. Antibiotics are about all that kill bacterial infections any more (but they do nothing for viruses). Just be aware that they are strong enough to kill lots of beneficial things, too.

If it’s from trying to swallow something too big, then the only solution is actually time to heal, and take your time and chew your food so that this doesn’t happen! Injuries like this just take a while to heal, and are generally not pleasant.

Hope this covers all the bases!

Linda asks…

What are some home remedies for a sore throat?

vti answers:

Green tea.
I wouldn’t suggest putting too much sugar in it, I find when putting sugar my throat seems to feel worse. But cream or milk is good. Hot liquids help with sore throats.

Gargle warm saltwater. My grandma used to do this with me when I had a sore throat. It works most of the time.

Rest, if you’re also experiencing other symptoms the best remedy is to just rest.

Popsicles help too, then kind of numb the throat, but wont last long. You can make your own with a flavored green tea (raspberry green tea) by adding some tea and honey then putting it in an ice cube tray with toothpicks to hold onto.

Also, another great thing to do would be to steam your face. Get a large bowl and put very hot water in it. Sit so your face is Parallel to the bowl and put a towel over your head so it also drapes over the bowl.

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Jenny asks…

Natural acne supplement i’m taking ?

I have taking a natural supplement for my acne and yea it is working for my acne but i’m not sure wether or not to continue taking it I have lost weight and Im pretty sure the pill has a lot to do with it, I can’t gain weight which is fine I’m the thinest I have ever been, what worries me a bit is if I take it before bed I’m a bit distracted and takes longer to go to bed it’s not I somnia though, I’m very irratated and I’m not sure if it the pill or the stress from starting college also when I take it I feel like twitches in my body like near the vein like the skin rises a bit but not painful

should I continue taking it I mean it’s suppose to be natural and I hate having acne

vti answers:

The less products you use, the better for your skin. Use a bath wash like Suave Bath & Body wash in the shower, use a washcloth. Treat your face like the rest of your body, take a shower everyday or wash your face everyday.

The secret is keeping your face clean and oil-free. I also don’t use liquid on my face for anything, and very little moisturizer, not even a dime size. Since my face is not dry. Good skin also comes from your good genes. Increase your fresh fruits & vegetables 3-5 servings per day. And programmed your mind to do this day after day, for the rest of your life.

No, I don’t think you should continue taking it.
That’s not acne supplement, it’s causing you to not sleep and it’s a weight loss pill. ALREADY it’s doing funky stuff to your body~
China, which has repeatedly been caught exporting contaminated products, is a major supplier of raw supplement ingredients. The FDA has yet to inspect a single factory there.

We have identified a dozen supplement ingredients that we think consumers should avoid because of health risks, including cardiovascular, liver, and kidney problems. We found products with those ingredients readily available in store.

Because of inadequate quality control and inspection, supplements contaminated with heavy metals, pesticides, or prescription drugs have been sold to unsuspecting consumers. And FDA rules covering manufacturing quality don’t apply to the companies that supply herbs, vitamins, and other raw ingredients.
Beginning in February 2008, he experienced one symptom after another: diarrhea, joint pain, hair loss, lung problems, and fingernails and toenails that fell off.
Http://www.fda.gov/ForConsumers/ConsumerUpdates/ucm228052.htm

Sources:
Everyday Health, Consumer Reports, Slate.com, CNN Health/herbal-supplements, FDA.gov for consumers protect yourself health fraud

Ruth asks…

Has anyone taken zinc supplements for acne?

Wondering if it actually works for acne? And how much would be enough to see results?

vti answers:

I’ve heard of people taking it and getting help, but unfortunately, whether it will work or not will depend on your level of Zinc. The short answer is that low levels of Zinc are bad for the skin and may impact your skin enough where you break out from it… But if the acne isn’t caused by low levels of Zinc, taking more isn’t going to help.
You can try it, but I wouldn’t go over 30 mg per day unless you know you’re low on Zinc (eg. From a doctor’s blood test) as too much Zinc (or most any mineral) can be bad for you. Good luck and I hope I helped!

Mark asks…

natural supplement versus doxycyline for acne?

I was on dorfyx from august to perhaps october/november and now I have been taking doxcycline for two months now. My skin clears up signifcantly, although I do get the occasional breakout from time to time even on the pills. However, my parents wish me to get off the pills since I have been on them for so long and are worried about the side effects.

Is there any natural supplement available to help with my acne?

vti answers:

In addition to following the Clear Skin diet, it is definitely worth taking some supplementary nutrients. Your ideal intake will depend on your individual needs, your lifestyle, your diet and, the environment in which you live. Remember, though, that supplements are just that – an addition to a good diet and healthy lifestyle, not a replacement for one.

This Natural Acne Treatment Formula works for all skin types and is available at pretty affordable prices.

Key Features:

* Helps you get rid of acne in a few days (normally in a week).
* It’s natural so has no side effects
http://www.naturalacneremedy.com/supplement/

you can buy this product at:
http://www.quickacneremedy.com/

James asks…

Do collagen supplements lead to acne?

For the first week my skin was as it was, but 10 days later my face broke out with acne all over my right cheek……
Help

vti answers:

I really doubt it, it could be an allergic reaction to the collagen supplements but no acne..

Steven asks…

Will fish-oil liquid supplement make my acne worse?

I recently started on fish oil supplement. My naturopathic doctor suggested 1 tbsp with 2 meals (2 tbsp in total) a day. I think my skin is getting oilier, and more whiteheads. Is this the fish oils doing?????

vti answers:

I don’t think so. If anything, fish oil is supposed to help reduce inflammation, which should help control acne.

The main causes of acne is toxins build up in the body and clogged pores caused by excessive oil and deadskin cells. THese provide a fertile ground for acne to spread and thrive.

To effectively fight acne and prevent acne from coming back, you have to attack acne from inside the body as well as outside on the skin. So, look for an acne product that fights acne internally as well as externally. They should also contains natural ingredients since they’re more safer to use and has less side effects.

There are also things you can do at home to get rid of acne. Take actions to detoxify your body and take care of your skin and soon, you will permanently end your acne and have clear, radiant, beautiful skin!

For the next couple of weeks, stick to the regimen below:
-Drink a glass of warm water with lemon and honey in the morning and evening
-Drink lots of water throughout the day to flush out the toxins
-Drink at least 3 cups of green tea a day – green tea contains antibacterial properties to kill the bacteria
-Try to do some exercise so you can sweat out all the toxins. Also, try to do meditation
-Eat as many apples as you can. You should buy organic apples at Wholefood. Dont buy apples at local supermarket. Supermarket apples contain pesticides that can toxify your body
-Eat oatmeal for breakfast
-Eat 2 cups of yogurt a day – yogurt boost ur immune system and contain microbiotic organisms that help your digestive system and control the acid/yeast
-Eat lots of green veggies (organic if possible)
-Stay away from coffee, sugar, carbohydrates, fatty and fried food
-Eat salmon and cantaloupe as much as possible
-Wash your face in morning and evening with gentle cleanser, use natural toner, and follow up with oil-free moisturizer

Check out http://www.amazingacnecure.com for more tips and secrets on the best acne product, how to get rid of blackheads, oily skin, acne scars.

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Jenny asks…

Vitamin E for acne………?

I know that vitamin e is great for acne scarrs, and people say that using the vitamin e capsules for the face as opposed to using internally is also great.
However, my acne isn’t gone yet, I still get spots. Will the vitamin e still help? or is it only effective for scarrs?

vti answers:

Hi there,
vitamin e certainly is great for your skin but if you really want to get rid of the acne, you should consider using a concentrated aloe vera supplement. I have been using aloeride myself and it completely cleared up my skin after having tried many other products without any success,

Good luck!

Carol asks…

Multi Vitamin & Acne?

Has anyone heard of a multi vitamin making someone break out?
I have never had very clear skin, but since I started taking “One A Day All-Day Energy” it seams like I have many more pimples. Usualy I only break out this bad when I am PMSing. I have been taking this vitamin for about a month and the whole time my acne has been bad. I know you all will say to stop taking it so see if it stops, but I want to find out if anyone has had the same problem first. I love how I feel. I really do have energy all day with this vitamin!
Along wit it I also take
1000 mg of C
600 mg Calcium
400 mg Magnesium
15 mg Zinc
The strange thing is that my hubby is having the same problem but takes no other vitimins. I hope this helps!

vti answers:

If the acne is getting worse with this vitamin, you are probably getting too much of something in the vitamin. In reality, taking vitamins is a good way to control acne, and B complex vitamins and Stress formula vitamins are the best for acne control.

Robert asks…

Vitamin A capsules…acne?

So I read somewhere that taking 4 vitamin a pills in the morning and 4 more at night are good for acne, which i have. I also heard that opening up the gel capsule and rubbing the gel on your face helps too.. help me out guys! idk what to do.

vti answers:

No. Too much vitamin A is toxic. If your body receives more than 25,000 IU of Vitamin A that is VERY BAD. More than that is considered a toxic amount. I think that if you ingest 8 vitamin a pills you may have to contact poison control. The average person should only have at most 800 IU of vitamin A daily.

However, I formulated a supplement program that will help your acne. First review the Perricone MD Skin Clear Supplements:
http://www.perriconemd.com/product/supplements/beautiful+skin/skin+clear+supplements.do?sortby=ourPicks

As you can see, it helped with acne. Now I will make an improved version that will not only help your skin more than the Perricone’s but is also more cost effective. Buy these at vitacost.com. Its cheapest there, even with shipping.

*Source Naturals Skin Eternal Plus
*Evening Primrose Oil (Source Naturals Evening Primrose Oil – 120 Softgels)
*Calcium+Magnesium+Vitamin D (I like Twinlab Calcium 500 with Magnesium & Vitamin D — 180 Tablets)
*Omega-3 (DEFINITELY CARLSON SUPER OMEGA-3!!!!! It was even featured in Oprah magazine as the purest fish oil)

Compare this program to that of the Perricone and you will find you get more vitamins from this improved version. Im actually using this supplement program lol.

Mandy asks…

vitamin E for acne? help?

if i puncture a vitamin E gel capsule and put it on my face will it clear up my acne or give me more acne? Ive tried EVERYTHING. my acne isnt horrible but I hate it. Ive tried so many products and nothing works because everything dries out your face because it has to dry out the pimpled for them to go away so I get horribly dry skin on my face. moisturizers DONT work for me they make me break out even more. so now Ive heard good things about vitamin E for acne but is it true that it works? I just need something to clear up my skin (besides water because I drink close to a gallon a day right now and still have acne!) so will this work? thanks!

vti answers:

Vitamin E will not curb acne bacteria. Vitamin B applied topically does.

Niacinamide face cleansing pads are effective and simple way to keep acne away. Just place a pad on the pimple and watch it fade away. Lavender Oil helps prevent skin drying.
Niacinamide pads are also known as Vitamin B3 pads or Nicotinamide pads.
Give them a try and you will be pleasantly surprised.

Ken asks…

vitamins to help/prevent acne, pimples, etc.?

i was wondering what kind of vitamins i need to take daily for acne prevention and to help.?
yes i do the usual rountine like washing my face 2 times a day, and i have a great diet- no junk food and no fizzy drinks. no smoking, drugs. nothing

vti answers:

Vitamins will only be of assistance if you are vitamin deficient. If you eat a proper diet, you shouldn’t need them. However, the only supplements that really help acne are Vitamin C and Zinc. Make sure you use a high quality, sustained release Vitamin C 1,000 mg a day and the Zinc should be in a highly absorbable form such as Zinc Picolinate and needs to be taken twice a day.

Sounds like you have the diet aspect under control so Vitamin C and Zinc are the only supplements you should take. B complex can actually increase acne in some people and when you combine Vitamin E with C and Zinc, it can increase Testosterone levels and therefore exacerbate acne. Also, make sure you get at least 8 hours of quality sleep a night.

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