calcium potassium

Useful Spices

Cayenne: Promotes circulations and boosts metabolism.

Turmeric: This spice is an immune champion. It boosts production of antioxidants and helps in the reduction of inflammation. Some claim that if you drink Turmeric-root tea daily you will live a long, healthy life.

Cumin: Is loaded with Phytochemicals, antioxidants, iron, copper, calcium, potassium, manganese, selenium, zinc, magnesium, and high amounts of B-complex. It also helps with insomnia.

Cilantro (Coriander): Is a good source of iron, magnesium, Phytonutrients, flavonoids, and are also very high in dietary fiber. Cilantro as been used for thousands of years as a digestive &  helping lower blood sugar as it has hypoglycemic properties.

Parsley: Is a nutrient-rich and detoxifying herb which acts as an anti-inflammatory  and anti-spasmodic, helping conditions from colic to indigestion.  Rub it on itchy skin for instant relief.

Sage: Very beneficial in treating gum and throat infections. Sage tea can help ease depression and anxiety as well. 

Ginger: Stimulates circulations and it is an excellent digestive, aiding in absorption of food and minimizing bloat.

Cinnamon: Can help lower cholesterol.

Thyme: Is a cure for hangovers and doubles to alleviate colds and bronchitis.

Clove: Is an anti-fungal and alleviates toothache.

anonymous asked:

hello! baby with w/ a question, if you have a minute :) Is there a difference between using sea salt vs regular table salt for protection magics?

Originally posted by thatstheworstguy

You don’t need to spend lots of money and buy fancy-schmancy salt that was collected by flying nuns from a hidden Tibetan monestary on a Friday at noon whilst hopping on one leg and chanting prayers.  No matter what name it has and whether it is black, white, pink or grey, use whatever you have in your kitchen cupboard because salt…….is salt.

(Most of the time, I use sea salt specifically because, well, I am a sea witch!)

a Little More Info on Salt

Salt is a crystalline mineral made of two elements, sodium (Na) and chlorine (Cl).  Most of the world’s salt is harvested from salt mines or by evaporating sea water or other mineral-rich waters.  It is cleansing, purifying and protective.It has a strong female energy, alchemists believed it to be the opposite of sulphur which was the male energy.  In European folk magic and Hoodoo (and other paths), it is common practice to sprinkle a pinch of salt in each corner of the room before starting any spell work.

Salt on its own is very protective but mix it with any kind of pepper – black, red or cayenne and you get a much stronger mix.

Salt’s Magical Properties:

  • Cleansing, purification, protection
  • Ruling planet – Earth
  • Element – Earth
  • Gender – Feminine

There are different types of salt. These are just some of them:

Table Salt

This salt is usually highly refined. It is heavily ground and most of the impurities and trace minerals are removed.  Some table salt has added anti-caking agents so that it flows freely, iodine is sometimes added as well.  Food-grade table salt is almost pure sodium chloride, or 97% or higher.

Sea Salt

Sea salt is made by evaporating sea water.  Like table salt, it is mostly just sodium chloride. However, depending on where it is harvested and how it was processed, it usually does contain some amount of trace minerals like potassium, iron and zinc.  The darker the sea salt, the higher its concentration of “impurities” and trace nutrients will be. However, keep in mind that due to the pollution of oceans, sea salt can also contain trace amounts of heavy metals like lead.

Himalayan Salt

Himalayan salt is harvested in Pakistan.  It is mined from the Khewra Salt Mine, the second largest salt mine in the world.  Himalayan salt often contains trace amounts of iron oxide (rust), which gives it a pink color.  It does contain small amounts of calcium, iron, potassium and magnesium. It also contains slightly lower amounts of sodium than regular salt.

Kosher Salt

Kosher salt was originally used for religious purposes.  Jewish law required blood to be extracted from meat before it was eaten. Kosher salt has a flaky, coarse structure that is particularly efficient at extracting the blood. The main difference between regular salt and kosher salt is the structure of the flakes which are quite large.  There isn’t much difference between table salt and kosher salt other than the size although kosher salt is less likely to contain anti-caking agents or iodine.

Celtic Salt

Celtic salt is a type of salt that originally became popular in France. It has a greyish colour and also contains a bit of water, which makes it quite moist. Celtic salt contains trace amounts of minerals and is a bit lower in sodium than plain table salt.

Black Salt

Ritual or Witches’ black salt is traditionally used in hoodoo and folk magic for protection and to dispel evil and negative energy.  It is a combination of usual salt mixed with charcoal.  You can make your own black salt very easily by mixing 2 parts salt with 1 part ash from your fire/fire pit or charcoal if you have some, you can even use black pepper in place of the ash/charcoal.

Black lava salt is black in color and is simply sea salt that is blended with activated charcoal. You may see it labeled as Hawaiian Black Salt.

Indian black salt, or kala namak, is an Indian volcanic rock salt. It is known by many names including Himalayan black salt, sulemani namak, and kala loon. It starts out as Himalayan pink salt or sodium chloride and is then heated to extremely high temperatures and mixed with Indian spices and herbs including the seeds of the harad fruit which contains sulfur. It also contains trace impurities of sulfates, sulfides, iron and magnesium which all contribute to the salt’s color, smell and taste.

Epsom Salts

Epsom salts are not actually salt but a naturally occurring pure mineral compound of magnesium and sulfate.  Use mixed with essential oils or herbs to create bath salts.  Use for beauty products, medicinal and relaxing baths, foot scrubs and cleaning – don’t eat them!

Menstrual Relief Tea Spell

A little back story: I struggle a lot with my reproductive organs and as a side effect, my periods are usually a special kind of hell. I created this spell/ritual as a way to help me cope with the roughness of my periods and any other painful days, and I hope it helps others too.

Needed:

🌿 1 bag of raspberry tea* (leaf or plain): classically associated with fertility, femininity, easing menstruation. Associated with Venus and water.

🌿 Water: you can use full moon water for its association with femininity, healing, intuition, and the like, or you could use solar water for healing, clarity, warmth, etc. Your choice, as certain energies work best for certain people.

🌿 Honey to taste: love, kindness, healing

🌿 Optional: crystals to charge the tea (rose quartz, golden healer, moonstone, etc. Do NOT put these in your tea, instead you can let them charge the empty cup and remove them before you make your tea.)

Make your cup of tea to taste and enjoy while focusing on the healing and pain easing properties of your beverage. Relax and treat yourself! 💖

*Red raspberry leaf is a reproductive toner. It contains fragrine, which has been said to tone and strengthen the pelvic muscles, including the uterus. It’s reported to be high in various vitamins and minerals, specifically Vitamins A, B, C and E, calcium, iron, and potassium. Historically, it’s been used for menstrual difficulties, preventing miscarriage and easing childbirth, among other uses.

I am not a licensed professional, and I strongly urge you to consult your physician before beginning to use this tea, as it may not be the right choice for you or your situation. If you are expecting, attempting to conceive, or generally uncertain about if this is a good fit for you, please consult a doctor.

Essential Oil Benefits: Basil

Health Benefits: Relieves nausea, digestive tonic, treats cramps, indigestion, and cramps, relieves colds, influenza, and associated fevers, treats asthma, bronchitis, and sinus infections, improves blood circulation, relieves depression, disinfects wounds and cuts, heals bladder infections, treats  nervous tension, mental fatigue, melancholy, and migraines when used for aromatherapy, increases metabolism, soothes arthritis pain, wounds, injuries, burns, bruises, scars, sports injuries, surgical recovery, and sprains, reduces inflammation, stimulates adrenal cortex and nervous system, boosts immune system, treats motion sickness, stimulates the appetite.

Vitamins, Minerals, and Related: Vitamin A, C, K, magnesium, potassium, iron, calcium, antispasmodic, antibacterial, analgesic, ophthalmic, antipyretic, hepatoprotective, antioxidant.

Beauty Benefits: Fixes dull looking hair and skin, calms irritated skin, treats oily hair.

Magickal Uses: Warding, astral projection, safe travelling spells, friendship spells, attraction, love spells, money spells, and protection.

Interesting Facts: European lore claims that it belongs to Satan and you must curse the ground as you plant it in order for it to grow properly. This is where the French idiom, “semer le basilic” “to sow the basil” came from, it refers to ranting.

Basil was used in English folk magic, like so many other things, to ward off harmful spells as well as to keep away pests.

Also, several sources say that if a gift of basil is given to a member of the opposite sex, he or she will fall deeply in love with the giver and be forever faithful. In Romania, this act is representative of an official engagement.

rallycxp  asked:

im sorry but what's American milk culture :c

ok……so……in america its pretty widely believed that milk is necessary for healthy bones n all that but it!! is!!!! false!!!!!!!!!

it turns out u dont need 2 drink milk (1 in 4 americans cant even digest it!!)…..however…….the american govt has been pushing it for decades and heres why

back in the day (before wwii) ppl in america didnt even drink milk very often!! it was really only used to survive long winters when it was difficult to grow crops but around wwii the US government started exporting a ton of milk overseas to soldiers bc condensed milk was easy n safe to send n a lot of farmers got rid of their crops & focused exclusively on dairy bc thats where the Biz was. since as u may or may not know the war is what brought the usa out of the great depression….the economy shifted entirely towards supplying the war !

however AFTERWARDS the demand for milk dried up but instead of producing less and letting their excess go to waste the dairy industry decided to convince ppl to drink MORE

“milk/dairy education” campaigns were launched to promote the idea that milk is essential for healthy bones but ITS NOT TRU!!! IN FACT…..a swedish study posted in the british medical journal in 2014 found that not only is there no correlation between stronger bones and milk consumption…..and in fact found that in both women and men higher milk consumption correlated with higher rates of death, and in women who consumed more milk the rates of bone fracture were actually higher. that study followed another large study from 2005 which examined 70k+ nurses and showed again milk had no protective benefit against fractures

SO ANYWAY during the 1940s and 50s THERE WAS STILL too much milk so the govt started buying it up and sending it to the military, schools, and foreign countries as food aid  (it was at this time “american cheese” n shit was created as well…..all bc of the surplus of dairy)

by the 1980s the govt was spending $2bil a year on excess milk!!! during the reagan administration however the milk buying program was finally stopped and the dairy industry was Freakin Pissed

they fought back by convincing congress (thru $$$) to pass a law in which dairy farmers had to pay a Mandatory fee to fund pro-milk advertisement campaigns. the fees also paid for partnerships with large restaurant and food corps to sell dairy heavy menu items (like dominos pizza w 40% more cheese!!)

BUT REMEMBER THE USDA (united states department of agriculture)??? they not only set dietary guidelines……theyre also in charge of most nuitrition-related public campaigns!!! those same ppl tellin u what u should eat……..theyre also the ones in charge of a multimillion dollar campaign to get you to eat cheese pizza (1 slice = 2/3 of a days max recommended amt of saturated fat)

there r A LOT of other foods that provide the same amount or more of calcium, potassium, and sodium as milk…….so why doesnt the govt encourage ppl to drink water instead of milk??? (#GOTMILK etc)

whats up is…..milk lobbyists donate a LOT of money to politicians who protect their interests when nutrition guidelines come up for review (hillary clinton is the 15th top recipient of donations from the dairy industry……if u need another reason to b Suspicious of her) 

SO ANYWAY………….tl;dr milk and dairy products can be part of a healthy diet but the idea that theyre essential is just GOOD OLD AMERICAN MARKETING

Redbush (Rooibos) Tea, a quick overview and 6 of it’s health benefits!

This tea is a great alternative to Green tea if it is not to your taste, and in many ways can be even better for you!

It is a herbal tea which has been enjoyed in Southern Africa for generations, most commonly grown in a small mountain range in the Western Cape province of South Africa. 

It can be enjoyed on it’s own or you can add different milks or sweeteners to it to taste. My favorite is a splash of Soya milk and half a teaspoon of honey if I want a healthier tea that tastes almost identical to English Breakfast Tea or if I have a cold/sore throat I love to add a squeeze of fresh lime juice.

Also it has no caffeine and less tannins than Black & Green tea so it is great for people who struggle with that.

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Okay here goes the health benefits:

  • 1. Antioxidants. This tea is absolutely loaded with antioxidants, having an incredible 50 more than Green tea. This makes it extremely powerful at maintaining overall health and reducing cell damage. This in turn makes it very effective at reducing the risk of developing cancerous cells in the body. This tea is a reliable defense against notorious free radicals
  • 2. Vitamin C and Minerals.  It contains Vitamin C, calcium, iron, potassium, copper, fluoride, manganese, magnesium, zinc and alpha hydroxy acid. This makes it a very effective way to help take in all the nutrients your body needs to perform optimally, this boosts over all health and will help keep various issues at bay such as joint pain, premature aging, muscular issues, common infections such as the cold and many other general complaints.
  • 3. Digestive Tract. It helps digestion run smoothly so it is great for people with IBS or regular Bowell complaints, it also reduces stomach cramps. Drinking the tea 45-30 minutes before a meal will ensure the Antispasmodic effects are working on the gut during the meals digestion period to help keep it from triggering cramps.
  • 4. Great for Asthma sufferers. The tea helps to open the airways in the lungs to increase airflow and thus oxygen intake. Regular drinking of the tea can help keep many asthmatic symptoms and potential reactions at bay.                                                                                                            - I personally have had asthma since birth and I had been stuck on a steroid for 10 years due to near constant asthma attacks. A combination of diet change and this tea has allowed me to come off of it and my asthma nurse agreed that it has helped many people. I now very rarely get asthma complaints.
  • 5. Anti-inflammatory. The polyphenols in the tea help to reduce overall inflammation which can reduce pains and discomfort. It also helps to ease Hypertension and Arthritis symptoms. The Polyphenols also give it strong anti-viral properties helping to aid the immune system in fighting off diseases like the Flu. 
  • 6. Blood sugar balancing.  Aspalathin is an antioxidant found in the tea that helps to balance blood sugar levels in the body, making it helpful for people with Diabetes or frequent blood sugar spikes.

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To summarize, this tea is a great alternative to others and has many health tonic effects if drunken regularly, if you want to add something to your diet that puts in lots of good stuff and little to no bad stuff then it is a great option.

Due to it’s lack of caffeine it can be drunken very regularly with no problems such as insomnia, nervous tension, addiction or other potential side effects of caffeine.

There are many other potential health benefits locked in this tea and many are being investigated, It has been shown to help in the treatment of HIV and can help protect the brain from age related deterioration.

To get all the benefits I recommend drinking it with each meal and before bed. For those of you who suffer with morning inflammation it might be particularly helpful in the morning.


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anonymous asked:

I really want to go vegetarian but i'm also an extremely picky eater what should i do?

Hey Anon!

Not a simple question, so the answer is yes and no.

It really depends on what you’re picky against when you eat. For example, if you can’t stand beans, seeds and nuts, then vegetarian, vegan or plant-based isn’t for you.

There’s a saying my mum says to me. It goes like this: It takes 12 times for your mouth to get used to food. This essentially means, on average, it’ll take 12 times of being introduced to a type of food for you to get used to and/or like it. This is one of the reasons people hate something when they have it initially, then after a few years start liking it. (that and age changes your taste buds)

Anyway, back to your question. When you become Vegetarian, especially as a picky eater, you need to make sure you’re able to balance what you eat. I’d recommend trying it out and keep track of what you’re eating. Most people jump to the “You’re not getting enough protein!” but as protein is in everything, if you’re having enough calories and not eating fast food as your source of calories, you’re fine for protein.
Your problem may be micro-nutrients. Picky-eaters often stray away from a flavour profile, a type of food (I.E. You don’t like squash so you won’t eat cucumber, squash, zucchini, eggplant, etc). This can cause an imbalance of micros. Now whats a micro?

Source: X

Micros are Vitamins and Minerals. Vitamin A, E, D, B, etc. Calcium and Magnesium. Potassium and Iron. And more. These can be found in all foods but in varying quantities. Some foods, like Spinach, for example, have high iron, very high vitamin A and vitamin C, but have negligible Vitamin D and Vitamin B.

I’d recommend getting an app to track what you’re eating, preferably something that tells you how many micros and macros (Fat, Carbs and Protein) you’re getting. Myfitnesspal does this, and I’ve been using it for about 2 years now. It’ll manage how many calories, macros and micros you need in a day and you can check to see if you’re low on something or getting too much of something else.

If you find you’re avoiding something that is a major staple in a vegetarian diet, (such as beans, nuts or whole grains) then you may want to look at a meat reduction diet instead. Flexitarian (Vegetarian with Chicken and Fish) or pescetarian(Vegetarian with Fish) diets may be better for you. Both of those diets do reduce your carbon footprint as well as decrease the suffering of animals. 

Do what seems best for you, and remember, you should enjoy your diet. Otherwise, you won’t stick to it.
Best of luck!

Vegan and Vegetarian Recipes!

BMC- Human SQUIP

Entire AU by the oh so amazing, sweet, and FRICKING THE BOMB ARTIST THAT I LOVE VV V V V V MUCH!!!!!!!!!!!!! <<<<< @ask-cyborg-squip! I love their blog to death. go follow them. n o w

A/N: I think i broke my back from leaning over my computer but i mean thats just usual writing position..



Jeremy was walking home. He was actually.. happy. He was rid of that evil iPod nano inside his head, he had all the friends he could ever want, and he was semi-popular! 

“JER..EMY…” 

Jeremy stopped in his tracks. Who was that? 

“JEREM…Y…PLEASE..”

“Who’s there?” Jeremy asked, rushing towards the sound.

“JER..EM..”

Jeremy turned the corner and let out a gasp, to see the owner of the voice. They were dressed in a hospital gown. They had a single gray streak in their hair, that was slightly covered in blood. The side of their head was dripping with blood, along with a few other parts of their body.

“JER..EM..Y..PLEASE…” they said weakly. Jeremy knew he had heard the voice somewhere before. The person fell onto the hard concrete, but didn’t take as much damage due to only lifting themselves up to look at Jeremy with one arm, still laying on the ground.

“Oh.. my.. god!” Jeremy panicked, hoping they weren’t dead. He lifted them up, the best he could, being so scrawny. He felt something around their chest area, guessing they had some hospital things on them. He saw a tag, ripped it off and left it on the grass behind him. 

He ran home, holding the kid in his arms. They looked.. around maybe 13 or 15. Or his age, and just really short. Their chest lifted up, and then went back down that let Jeremy know they were alive and breathing. He rushed inside, trying to open the door with one hand. He rested the kid in his bed, and grabbed some bandages. 

He wrapped the wounds as best as he could. The kid opened their pale teal eyes and looked up at Jeremy.

He was very concentrated, trying to wrap their leg that didn’t look that bad. He didn’t notice the child awake.

“JEREMY.. HEERE…”

“Wuh?!” Jeremy was so shocked about the sudden sentence he dropped the box of band-aids.

“WELCOME TO YOUR..SUPER..INTEL..”

“Wait, what?! Who are you?!”

“YOUR..SQUIP…”

“What?!”

“WHEN YOU DRANK THE MOUNTAIN DEW RED.. I WOKE UP… UNGH.” They let their head fall back onto the pillow with a grunt.

“You’re my SQUIP?! Prove it!”

“YOU’RE A FURRY.”

Shit. This was real.

“I thought we weren’t telling anyone that.” Jeremy snapped, walking downstairs to grab a bottle of Mountain Dew. Suddenly the doorbell rung. Jeremy opened it to see Michael.

“Heya, man.” Michael  smiled.

“I-uh! I’m busy! Emergency! My.. dad… uh..”

“You’re dad’s out of town-” Michael started, but Jeremy shut the door in his face.

Jeremy rushed upstairs, but only to see the kid fast asleep.

The SQUIP opened their eyes.

“Oh. Finally you’re awake. It’s been days. I was afraid you were dead.” Jeremy didn’t look up from his paper. He was working on homework.

“JEREMY…?” They sat straight up.

“What the hell?” He pointed to the glowing on his chest.

“IT’S MY LIFE PRESERVER.”

“Are you a SQUIP or not?” 

“WHAT ARE YOU TALKING ABOUT?”

“You don’t remember?”

They shook their head.

“I found you on the side of the street. I took you here, cleaned you up, and you told me you were my SQUIP and woke up when I killed you. You know I killed you for a reason, right?! You almost ruined the entire human race. You hurt some of the most important people to me. I had every right to kill you! I have every right to kill you now!”

“JEREMY, PLEASE!”

“Just give me an explanation!”

“OK..I..AM YOUR SQUIP.”

“Are you human or robot?”

“I DON’T KNOW..”

Suddenly a rumble echoed from their stomach. 

“MY INSIDES ARE MAKING NOISE.. I DON’T LIKE IT.”

“Eat something, you floppy disk.”

“PASS.”

Rumble.

“JEREMY IT HURTS.”

“Now you can feel pain? So you’ll feel my pain from all the times you electrocuted me?!” 

JEREMY, PLEASE..”

“Yeah, whatever. Just.. let me get you some food.” Jeremy went downstairs and grabbed some Mountain Dew.

He handed the bottle to the kid. They couldn’t get it open. Jeremy sighed and popped it open with ease and handed it back. The SQUIP started mumbling the ingredients between drinks.

“If you’re going to whisper, at least whisper me the answers to my history essay.”

“I’m going to sleep. Get in.” Jeremy opened up the closet door.

“YOU WANT ME TO SLEEP IN THE CLOSET?”

“Well you aren’t sleeping anywhere else! I don’t want you wandering around the house.. so goodnight!”

The SQUIP kind of.. awkwardly crawled over. They couldn’t walk yet. They were like a toddler trapped inside a robot.. trapped inside a kid’s body. Yeah, that’s a way to say it. Not the best way, but it’s a way.

The SQUIP laid down on the messy closet, curling up to kind of ignore the never-ending darkness.

They tried to make their breathing noisy, but without making any actual sound, so they didn’t have to listen to the scary darkness. 

Voices in their head started to ring. “You deserve to die!” “Jeremy should’ve left you!” “You’re awful!” and tears, that were made up of water, mucin, lipids, lysozyme, lactoferrin, lipocalin, lacritin, immunoglobulins, glucose, urea, sodium, and potassium, fell down their face. They looked around to find something that would distract the bad thoughts.

Something drifted in their head.. the awful night.. the play.

More  lysozyme fell from his eyes.

The door was pulled open, waking up the SQUIP. It must’ve cried itself to sleep. Jeremy stood in the doorway.

“Ack! I forgot you were here! I thought it was a dream… I guess I’m blowing off school today. Were you.. crying?” Jeremy asked, looking at the SQUIP’s tired face.

“I.. DON’T PREFER THE DARK.”

“Your eye gl-”

“NOT ENOUGH, JEREMY.”

Rumble!

“JEREMY.. IT HURTS.”

“It means your hungry.”

“STOP IT PLEASE!” Jeremy couldn’t tell if the boy was talking to Jeremy or it’s own stomach.

Jeremy tossed a blanket at their face, making them fall onto their back. They wrapped themselves, and laid on their side. Thy safely rested their eyes for the first time in hours.

“You’re hungry. Let’s eat.”

“Sounds from my stomach don’t necessarily mean hunger. It could mean signs of infection, a tumor, intestinal obstruction, an hernia, abnormal calcium and potassium levels.”

“I doubt all of the above.”

A silence hung in the air for a moment as Jeremy grabbed their backpack.

“Were you having nightmares?”

The SQUIP pretended to be asleep so they didnt have to answer.

“I can see your eyes glowing through your eyelids. I know you’re awake.”

“SNORE..”

“Saying the word ‘Snore’ doesn’t make you asleep.”

The SQUIP sat up and one of the band-aids ripped off their arm.. Blood slowly leaked out. The SQUIP let out a stifled scream and stuck their arm out as far away as possible from themselves.

“Don’t like blood?”

“I DON’T LIKE RED!” 

Jeremy sighed and grabbed another band-aid and stuck it on their cut.

Rumble.

“I’ll be right back.”

Jeremy left and grabbed a bowl of cereal and a bowl of strawberries. Upon walking back in he handed the bowl of fruit to the SQUIP, who hesitated due to the color. Jeremy sat at his desk, munching on the Lucky Charms.

“The sooner you eat them you won’t see their color and your stomach won’t hurt.”

“THEY CONTAIN-”

“Just eat it.”

“FINE.” They popped one into their mouth. “OH.. THIS IS GOOD.”

WONKA WONKA WONKA!

“I SEE YOU CHANGED YOUR RINGTONE BACK TO THE PAC-MAN.”

“Oh shitshitshitshit!! It’s Michael! Get back in the closet! Now!” 

The SQUIP scrambled back into the tiny closet as quickly as possible, bringing the strawberries, of course.

“Hey.. Michael.” Jeremy said awkwardly.

“What was yesterday about? You didn’t get another SQUIP, did you?” Michael joked. Jeremy let out the most noticeable and awkward nervous laugh possible.

“I was kind of worried about you at school today. Do you wanna hang out tonight? You can’t weasel yourself out of this one.”

“I.. have stuff.. I’m sorry Michael. Some.. family stuff.. Don’t really wanna talk about it.” Jeremy was mouthing “what do I do?!” To the SQUIP, who sat in the closet mouthing back instructions that were pretty lengthy and Jeremy wasn’t the best lip reader.

“Oh. Well I’ll see you soon, OK? Don’t forget about us!”

“I won’t, Michael! See you!” Jeremy’s heart fluttered. “You can come out now.”

“THE IRONY OF ME BEING THE ONE IN THE CLOSET.”

“Oh, shut up. Very funny, ‘I’m Bi.’ ‘I’m a furry.’“ Jeremy said in a mocking tone.

The SQUIP stood up, by sliding their back up the wall. He wobbled a couple steps and landed with a thud.

“This is going to a pain..” Jeremy face palmed.

!!!!!METH USERS!!!!! The Meth Medicine Cabinet

DO NOT PASS THIS INFORMATION - ADVICED BY METH USERS

The  information provided will help you remain healthier and your body will thank you for it.


Originally posted by ogicepun

Some people want meds to take the unpleasantness away after using methamphetamines. Others want to take “something” to keep from getting the same reactions before using meth. The wiser will be the second group. For those of you who know little or nothing about the upkeep of your body and what meth is doing to it: There is NO magic pill.

Obviously, we can’t cover every condition or medical problem associated with using meth, but we can give you an essential guide to using the basics of vitamins, minerals and even herbal supplements that can be used preventatively, during and after use.

We won’t discuss any chemicals that may be found in other sections of Drugs-Forum dealing with bringing down the high, forcing sleep or in any way induces the body to react in a manner you might like it to. We are not polyusers and don’t subscribe to it. Combining uppers with uppers, or uppers with downers can become quite dangerous—and that is not Harm Reduction.

The use of meth causes a rapid chemical change in the mind and body, and the body reacts to it as a toxin, which it is. Our idea is to reduce the damage caused.

Preparation for a meth session is extremely important. If the body is not ready for this onslaught, the damage comes on faster and with more force. Two things we might not find in the medicine cabinet, but more likely the refrigerator, are the essentials you need, in liquid and solid form.

Keeping the body hydrated is the #1 rule. What does this mean? Simply making sure we have consumed enough water and metabolites, and continue to do so, while meth does its thing. Water is the base liquid, but the addition of metabolites such as potassium and sodium, are critical to maintain your body’s fluid, regulate blood pressure and heart function. Sports drinks are recommended by many.

Once meth enters the body, it’s a fight for survival and blood is routed to the organs that cleanse the body. The blood has to be moving fast—free-flowing—and that means it’s not sticky and dehydrated. Those organs need to remain healthy to do the job at hand and survive while doing it.

Eating. A nutritious diet of fresh fruits and vegetables, as well as high protein foods such as red meats will give your body the majority of vitamins and minerals you need to keep you healthy. Fatty foods such as French fries and deep-fried cheese sticks do not contain them.

Hydrating and Eating are your 2 top priorities, bar none.

Now, let’s go see what’s in the medicine cabinet. On the top shelf—the most important one–the first item is Multivitamins (and minerals). Do you really need them? Do you eat 3 nutritiously balanced meals a day along with drinking 3, 8-oz. glasses of homogenized milk, including a good workout regimen in the sun? Most people don’t, and that’s why you need a multivitamin.

Many meth users have asked what kind of a multivitamin they should take. If you research them on the internet, it seems the ratings on each chart are somewhat dependent on who is sponsoring the charts of the best. I’ve looked around, read reviews, and come up with two that actually rate somewhere better than the middle of the charts and aren’t that expensive. Just remember: take one per day, and only one.

For Men: Centrum Silver Men 50+. The experts say you should ignore the “men 50+,” because the combination is correct for any male. These multis don’t contain any iron and you already get enough from your food. Go to the Centrum Silver website and get a $3.00 off coupon for them!

For Women: One-A-Day Women’s contain the amount of iron needed for premenopausal women, in addition to the other essentials you should find in a multi. Go to the One-A-Day Women’s website and get a $1.00 off coupon!

While included in the multis, there is one other vitamin that needs to be increased in the meth users’ diet, as well as those who also smoke cigarettes. It is Vitamin D3. You need vitamin D3 to properly absorb calcium. Meth leaches the body of calcium and it’s vital you maintain blood calcium levels. You also need D3 to help your body continue to build strong and healthy bones all throughout your life. It also can reduce inflammation and hold your immune system in check. The most natural way the body gets Vitamin D3 is from the sun. Milk is also fortified with Vitamin D3. But since you didn’t drink your milk and didn’t go outside to exercise in the sun, you really need these. I take one 5,000I.U. soft gel every day.

The next bottle on the top shelf is Calcium, Magnesium & Zinc. Even though they are already included in your multi (but only at 25%-30% of daily recommended value for Calcium and Magnesium), the way meth uses these minerals up, you really need more. Calcium, of course, builds strong bones, but it also makes muscles move and contract, allows nerves to carry messages, keeps blood vessels throughout the body healthy, and helpsneurotransmitter release! If you know and love dopamine, then you know how really important this is. Unless you are on a heavy fig and rutabaga diet, then you need this supplement.

Magnesium is important for the functioning of your heart, muscles, kidneys, and balancing other nutrients such as calcium and potassium. It also improves blood pressure. Once you know what the deficiencies of magnesium cause, you will ask no more questions. They are: anxiety, weak bones, low energy, weakness, inability to sleep, PMS and hormonal imbalances, irritability, nervousness, headaches, abnormal heart rhythm, muscle tension, spasms, cramps, and fatigue. Now get this—one of the biggest complaints we have—TEETH CLENCHING, or Bruxism, is also a Magnesium deficiency. And it seems the magnesium does a better job resolving it when it has a fresh supply of calcium helping it.

Zinc helps you maintain a healthy immune system and fights infections. (Take note, IV users.) Zinc is necessary for the functioning of more than 300 different enzymes and plays a vital role in an enormous number of biological processes.

What a one-two-three knockout punch these guys have. And only two tablets a day will take care of all these things for just pennies.

Potassium Gluconate. I think I was taking these tablets before meth was invented. Potassium is an electrolyte (along with sodium), which is why I encourage people to use sports drinks, as they are included. The potassium helps regulate (lower) blood pressure and heart function. As you know, when using meth, your blood pressure skyrockets, so why not help curb the possibility of a stroke? As a matter of fact, there was a Harvard study that showed taking potassium supplements along with a diuretic (yeah, give me a couple of those potassiums with a cup of coffee), reduced the incidence of a stroke by 60%. Potassium is what makes our cardiovascular and nervous systems function. I’ve found it also works with magnesium to prevent cramping, and it aids during the recuperation part of your meth escapades.

The tablets contain 595mg of potassium, which is slightly more than the potassium found in a medium-sized banana. Take your pick. Have one of each. But be sure to double that number over the period of a day. Potassium doesn’t stay in the system for a long time. Oh, and one more very important thing: potassium is one of the prime movers, along with zinc, in elimination of wastes. That’s where all of those toxins the body is trying to get rid of are hanging out. And if they hang out inside of you too long, you become a recipient of toxic buildup—not a good thing.

Those, believe it or not, are your “prepping for meth use” essentials. Food, drink, and 4 bottles of vitamins and minerals. And when you look at it, and how complete it really is, it reminds me of prepping for the flu. You know the invader is coming, and you are prepared.

Before we have a look at the 2nd shelf, let me tell you that the supplements industry brings in over $60 billion a year. Once some people start taking them, it becomes almost an…addiction. “Horny Goat Weed sounds good. I think I’ll try that along with the Horsetail Shavegrass.” About $1,000 later and a cabinet full of supplements, these people realize all they are doing is taking supplements. They can’t even remember the last time they cooked a meal. So, let’s not get too carried away and fill the shelf too full.

Another point of view involves human nature. If we make a list of things to take every day that is too long, because of the hassle and time involved, a lot of people will fall out of the program. However, if we have simply the essentials that will do the job, the tablets or capsules can be assembled and swallowed in less than a minute.

My first two personal picks not only are helpful when using meth, but also fulfill a couple of other needs I have. The first is L-arginine. It’s a dietary supplement that produces Nitric Oxide (NO). Nitric Oxide should not be confused with Nitrous Oxide, the laughing gas. But it’s still a gas and what is does is enter the bloodstream and drop off these little bubbles on the insides of the vein walls, stretching them out, making them wider. My primary use is because I have a slight high blood pressure condition, and it allows the blood to flow smoother. But, if you’re a meth user, too, you might have figured out it works against vasoconstriction, or tightening of the veins. Many men cope with vasoconstriction when high. The more meth they use, the tighter the blood vessels, until no more blood can get through to make an erection. Relief is possible with just a couple of capsules a day, two times a day. Also, for IV users who have a difficult time finding veins, I have discovered that as the veins plump a little, they also become more visible in some areas.

The next supplement is HGH Dopa 400, also known as mucuna pruriens. I don’t bother with the HGH (human growth hormone) efficacy as it is small, even if true, but the plant material ground up and put in these capsules is full of L-dopa, a precursor to making dopamine. Now why would anyone want their brains to produce more dopamine? Besides the fact I’m getting a bit old and maybe the dopamine production isn’t as good as it used to be (normal), maybe I just don’t want to run out of dopamine when I’m high and want to stay that way.

The next couple of bottles contain supplements that are popular, and effective.

Omega-3 fatty acids. Omega-3s are not produced by the body and naturally are derived from eating fish. Research shows that omega-3 fatty acids reduce inflammation and may help lower risk of chronic diseases such as heart disease, cancer, and arthritis. Omega-3 fatty acids are highly concentrated in the brain and appear to be important for cognitive (brain memory and performance) and behavioral function. It may also assist in controlling high blood pressure and, in people with Bipolar disorder, reduce mood swings. Symptoms of omega-3 fatty acid deficiency include fatigue, poor memory, dry skin, heart problems, mood swings or depression, and poor circulation. Daily dosing should be based on the amount of EPA (180mg) and DHA (120mg) acids, not total amount of fish oil.

Coenzyme Q10, or CoQ10 vitamin supplement, is naturally made in the body, but sometimes (especially with aging) the necessary levels of this enzyme-protein that speeds up the rate at which chemical reactions take place in the body, drop to below what is considered normal. Its main function, however, is as an antioxidant. While many trials have been run, peer reviews have not been overwhelmingly positive, due to the lack of further studies. The antioxidant function of CoQ10 appears strongest in reducing neurological damage or decline, including that of dopamine neurotransmitters. My next door neighbor, who is 80, says this is the closest thing to a miracle drug. Do you want to live that long? My answer is that I take this stuff. Since it is fat-soluble, I take it at the same time as my Omega-3. Daily dosage is 200mg-600mg.

At this point in time, I am satisfied with the above list. The dietary regimen that we started off with, along with these vitamins, minerals and supplements, are really the glue that binds in keeping our bodies whole, especially for the meth user. They are also the most protective and restorative additions we can make without breaking the bank.

There are other supplements that seem to be common with meth users. Perhaps the most often mentioned is melatonin. This is a hormone that is found in all biological organisms, and as such, we know we produce it ourselves, in the pineal gland from the raw material Tryptophan. Melatonin regulates our internal clock and maintains the Circadian Rhythm of our body. But we know what happens when we start using meth. All of a sudden our internal clock is shattered and we are officially on “Meth Time.” Depending on usage patterns and amounts, we find one Meth Day can extend itself past 24, 36, 48 hours and even beyond. At some point, the user may decide to end this prolonged day and get some sleep. But the meth is still active and sleep is hard to arrive.

Melatonin turns off the meth clock and helps reset the body to the biological clock function. It also promotes sleep and affords the body a long restful period, where deep sleep begins and allows the body to start healing itself. Taking the recommended tablets returns the body to normal levels of Melatonin where sleep becomes automatic.

Melatonin is also used by some people along with benzodiazepines; however there is a possibility of creating a benzo dependency with long term use. (As mentioned earlier, I can’t talk about or recommend using uppers with uppers or uppers with downers as there sometimes are consequences that cannot be predicted.) There are also several other chemical interactions with a supplemental dose of melatonin which can reduce the efficacy of other medications you may be taking. It was for that reason, I decided not to use melatonin.

If we were to look at the lower level of the Meth Medicine Cabinet, we also might find other things that might be used. For instance, that bottle ofisopropyl alcohol, which is mostly used to sterilize any areas of the skin that might be met by an IV needle, a broken piece of a glass pipe or other minor cuts and scratches. A tube of Hydrocortisone 1% Cream used to treat itching and small burns, and a tube of Triple Antibiotic Ointment (Neosporin) to be applied on a damaged area to prevent infection are a couple of great first aid musts. Not to mention only accidents that happen when doing your drug, think of all of those times you’ve experienced spun out people pulling things apart, moving things around, falling on their butts and creating minor mayhem.

What’s this bottle? Viagra! For those men who have really serious consequences trying to get their manhood going while under siege from vasoconstriction, a half-tab of this stuff may do the trick. The caution is that it’s trying to relax those veins while the norepinephrine release is doing just the opposite. There’s a tug-o-war going on here that can stress the body, especially the heart.

Yohimbe 2000 is over there in the corner. It’s a natural stimulant, what I call “Poor Man’s Meth.” One of the better features of this herbal product is that it actually acts as a vasodilator, while still stimulating the body. Yohimbe has been known as an aphrodisiac for centuries, which most likely has been based on how it stimulates. Let’s say you are all out of your man-made stimulant but still feel ready to go that extra mile. Using one or two of these capsules may just let you make it to the finish line. But be careful, as there is a very thin line between being good and being bad. Too much of this stuff, and the nausea and other bad vibe reactions kick in, simply spoiling the moment.

Sitting up behind the Yohimbe bottle are a couple of sanitary wrapped prophylactics. They are there as a reminder that meth users, as a group, become a pretty high percentage of people who spread STDs, HIV/AIDS, and other infectious diseases along with assorted cooties, which are not the same as meth bugs.

Below the Meth Medicine Cabinet, there’s a basket full of goodies. Let’s investigate. I see a couple of toothbrushes, some toothpaste and dental floss. I think we’re onto something! Taking care of your teeth and mouth are extremely important, whether a meth user or not. But when meth gets ahold of your mouth, the damage can increase at the speed of light. Next to those items is a big bottle of ACT Restoring Mouthwash, great for restoring enamel and it helps mineral recrystallization on the teeth. Next to the ACT is a bottle of Biotene, a mouthwash specifically made for dry mouth. Meth dries out the mouth and gives you the common “Meth Mouth.” A dry mouth means bacteria can form, causing ulcerations—mouth sores. Biotene also comes in gel form, which is designed to keep your mouth from going dry for 6-8 hours. There’s also a salt shaker and an empty glass. Falling short of the commercial methods, you can always gargle with warm salt water to kill off the bacteria. Just do it more often.

Recommendations—Good and Bad

Here are a couple of items I have seen people recommend, but they come with some advisories. There are many of our multivitamins that are also sold individually as Super Paks or under other marketing names. Let’s take the Vitamin B Complex group as one such item. And I am sure they have some benefits that your multis don’t have. But the fact remains that they are already in your multis at 100% Recommended Values. Before proceeding to take the both, and therefore at least doubling recommended amounts, I would want to research them to see at what level they become toxic.

Here’s another that I see recommended from time-to-time, and for the life of me I can’t understand why, except whoever started this trend did not do their homework. L-tyrosine is abundant in our foods and we get more than enough of it without supplementation. But, it’s also known to convert to L-dopa. And that’s where the research must have ended. They didn’t read how it also produces a lot of norepinephrine, that Dark Knight of Vasoconstriction–that bugaboo of irony created when using meth. But there’s more. It just might be that adding the supplement puts you over the top and actually shuts down your production of dopamine. That’s what L-tyrosine can do in larger amounts.

Some people simply cannot eat when high, due to other conditions they may suffer, or their own body chemistry. There is an alternative in liquid form that you can use to replace the solid food. Many meth users prefer to use protein shakes, such as Ensure.

Before we end this, let’s talk about dosages. More people than I want to imagine must believe that if one tablet is good, two must be better. That is not the case. Even vitamins and minerals have toxic levels. Always read recommended dosages and warning labels on any vitamins, minerals, supplements, and medicines you may also be taking. As I had to remind a friend one time: taking too many vitamins is not going to get you high, but it might get you sick.

There’s still more room in the Meth Medicine Cabinet. Maybe you have something you’d like to recommend. If you have something neat you have discovered and use, then let us know. But just don’t name it. Tell us how it helps your body, if there are any contraindications, and if there are any downsides to using it. You should at least be able to explain this, since you are using them.

QUESTIONS:

Originally posted by life-is-a-very-big-joke


Q:  Could you say anything more about exactly HOW stressful this is on the body? Or just how risky it is? I thought I saw where someone (maybe you?) said they take it a half hour before using. Is that what you would do? Are there different milligrams of Viagra pills?

A: There are a lot of variables involved here: How much meth you have in your system, what your body chemistry is, what age you might be, what physical condition you are in, how badly the vasoconstriction affects you…

I suggested a ½ tab of Viagra to be on the safe side and see if it is enough to make a difference. There have been several remarks on the subject in various threads. Some men use a whole tab of Viagra, some use Cialis, and even without using meth, men who have ED need to do some experimentation to be comfortable with it. I believe there is only one dose amount.

The reason I mentioned taking the Viagra about ½ hour before using meth is to let it do its work, be ready to perform and also reduce the conflict between it reducing blood pressure and the meth increasing blood pressure. It’s easier on the heart. However, some people have reported taking a Viagra after the fact, when the meth has given them dope dick.

Only you can decide what is right for you.


Don’t let Meth destroys ur brain 


Medicinal Herbs & Uses: Dandelion

Dandelion

Taraxacum officinale

Other Names Common Dandelion, Lion’s Tooth, Priest’s Crown, Pu Gong Ying, Swine’s Snout, Dent de Lion Dandelion

External Uses

The fresh juice of Dandelion is applied externally to fight bacteria and help heal wounds. The plant has an antibacterial action, inhibiting the growth of Staphococcus aureus, pneumococci, meningococci, Bacillus dysenteriae, B. typhi, C. diphtheriae, proteus. The latex contained in the plant sap can be used to remove corns and warts.

Internal Uses

Dandelion is also used for the treatment of the gall bladder, kidney and urinary disorders, gallstones, jaundice, cirrhosis, hypoglycemia, dyspepsia with constipation, edema associated with high blood pressure and heart weakness, chronic joint and skin complaints, gout, eczema and acne. As a tonic, Dandelion strengthens the kidneys. An infusion of the root encourages the steady elimination of toxins from the body. Dandelion is a powerful diuretic but does not deplete the body of potassium.

Research is revealing that the many constituents of Dandelion including Taraxacin, Taraxacoside, Inulin, Phenolic acids, Sesquiterpene lactones, Triterpenes, Coumarins, Catortenoids and Minerals, mainly Potassium and calcium, are very valuable in curing a number of disorders and illnesses. Dandelion is traditionally used as a tonic and blood purifier, for constipation, inflammatory skin conditions, joint pain, eczema and liver dysfunction, including liver conditions such as hepatitis and jaundice.

Other Uses

When placed in a paper bag with unripe fruit, the flowers and leaves of Dandelion release ethylene gas ripening the fruit quickly. A liquid plant food is made from the root and leaves. A dark red dye is obtained from Dandelion root. A cosmetic skin lotion made from the appendages at the base of the leaf blades distilled in water, is used to clear the skin and is effective in fading freckles.

Uses:

Dandelion Sap for
Warts
Calluses
Corns
Rough skin

Dandelion salad for
Sluggish liver
Constipation
Urinary problems
Fluid retention

Dandelion tincture for
Skin problems
Sluggish liver
Constipation
Urinary problems
Fluid retention
Arthritis
Gout
Hangovers
Chronic illness

Dandelion flower infused oil for
Muscle tension
Muscle aches
Stiff necks
Arthritis

Magickal Uses

Gender: Masculine
Planet: Jupiter
Element: Air
Deity: Hecate
Power: Divination, wishes, calling spirits

Drink dandelion tea or coffee to promote psychic powers. Leave a cup of this hot infusion by the bed to call spirits.

Dandelion Coffee:

Dig up the roots, trim off the leaves and stems and any small rootlets. Wash off the earth and scrub the roots well, leave them in a warm place to drain and dry. Cut any larger roots in half and into short lengths, spread the pieces on a shallow roasting tin and bake in a hot oven (400F, 200C, Gas 6) for 30 minutes until the roots are brown and dry all through. Allow to cool then grind. Spread the grounds on the roasting tin and roast them for 7 minutes in a moderate oven (350F, 180C, Gas 4). Put 5-6 tablespoons grounds in a warm jub, pour on 500ml/2 cups/1 pint boiling water, stir and stand for 30 minutes. Strain into a pan and re-heat.

Dandelion Fizz

Gather the dandelion flowers in the sun, when they are fully open. The drink is very mildly alcoholic, sweet and quenching.

1 litre/5 cups prepared dandelion flowers
1 ½ litres/4 ½ US quarts water
1 kilo/4 cups sugar
2 lemons

Trim the stalks from the flowers, but leave the green sepals on and discard any overblown flowers or unopened buds. The prepared dandelions should fill a 1 litre/5 cups measure when gently pressed down.

Wash the flowers in a colander and tip them into an earthenware, enamel or plastic container preferably with a well fitting lid. Pour the boiling water on to the dandelions, cover the vessel with a lid, board or weighted plate and leave to stand for 12 hours.

Strain the liquid through a double thickness of muslin into a large saucepan. Add the sugar and the pared rind and juice of the lemons. Heat gently and stir until the sugar has dissolved, but do not allow to boil. Strain the liquid into jugs and leave to cool. Pour into clean, dry bottles with strong screw caps. Store in a cool, dark place. The brew is ready to rink in three or four weeks.


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Big long nature noodle. Kelpie is healing up well. She and Bartok rejoined the big colony tonight now that she’s healed enough to run around. This dandelion was a late night snack last night.

I know people will ask, so yes, rats can have dandelion. Hamsters, gerbils, and guinea pigs can have it too. And humans. Feel free to eat them if you know they’re clean. The leaves are full of vitamins A, C, and K, calcium, potassium, iron, and manganese. They are pretty much the richest food for vitamin K which is important for clotting. Many rodents are prone to bleeding and reduced clotting, so we like to give our guys the occasional dandelion in their treats. The flowers are sweet while the leaves are bitter.

We pluck ours from our fenced in yard where I cultivate them in a number of places and then rinse them thoroughly just like any other veggie. #rat #rats #spayandneuter #dandelion #taraxacum

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GPCRs/7-transmembrane receptors (7TM receptors)

G-protein-coupled receptors (GPCRs) are the largest and most diverse group of membrane receptors in eukaryotes. 

Structure

  • single polypeptide chain comprising of seven transmembrane α-helices
  • extracellular N-terminal domain of varying length, 
  • intracellular C-terminal domain.
  • length of the extracellular N terminus and the location of the agonist binding domain determines family.
  • The long, third cytoplasmic loop couples to the G-protein 
  • Usually particular receptor subtypes couple selectively with particular G-proteins
  • For small molecules, such as noradrenaline, the ligand-binding domain of class A receptors is buried in the cleft between the α-helical segments within the membrane. Peptide ligands bind more superficially to the extracellular loops

G protein system

GPCRs interact with G proteins in the plasma membrane when an external signaling molecule binds to a GPCR, causes a conformational change in the GPCR.  G-proteins comprise a family of membrane-resident proteins
whose function is to recognise activated GPCRs and
pass on the message to the effector systems that generate
a cellular response. 

  • G proteins are specialized proteins with the ability to bind the nucleotides guanosine triphosphate (GTP) and guanosine diphosphate (GDP). 
  • The G proteins that associate with GPCRs are heterotrimeric, (alpha beta and gamma subunits)
  •  alpha and gamma are attached to the plasma membrane by lipid anchors 
  • Trimer in resting state 
  • activated alpha monomer and beta/gamma dimer

Guanine nucleotides bind to the α subunit, which has enzymic activity, catalysing the conversion of GTP to GDP. The β and γ subunits remain together as a βγ complex. All three subunits are anchored to the membrane through a fatty acid chain, coupled to the G-protein through a reaction known as prenylation.

  • G-proteins are freely diffusible so a single pool of G-protein in a cell can interact with several different receptors and effectors 
  • When GPCR is activated by an agonist, a conformational change causes it to acquire high affinity for αβγ (G protein)
  • bound GDP dissociates and is replaced with GTP, which in turn causes dissociation of the G-protein trimer, releasing α-GTP and βγ subunits - the ‘active’ forms of the G-protein
  • which diffuse in the membrane and can associate with various enzymes and ion channels
  • Signalling is terminated on hydrolysis of GTP to GDP through the GTPase activity of the α subunit.
  • resulting α–GDP dissociates from the effector, and reunites with βγ
  • Attachment of the α subunit to an effector molecule increases its GTPase activity
  • GTP hydrolysis is termination –> activation of the effector tends to be self-limiting

Second messenger targets for G proteins

Main targets:

  • Adenylyl cyclase (responsible for cAMP formation)
  • Phospholipase C (inositol phosphate and diacylglycerol (DAG) formation)
  • Ion channels, particularly calcium and potassium channels
  • Rho A/Rho kinase (system controlling the activity of many signalling pathways for cell growth and proliferation, smooth muscle contraction, etc.)
  • Mitogen-activated protein kinase (MAP kinase) system controlling cell functions eg division.

(notes on these coming soon)

What’s in the box?

I got a package in the mail from the lovely @star-trekkin-across-theuniverse, folks! 

For those of you who may not remember, Jo recently celebrated 750 followers with a contest. Reblog three of her wonderful fics, and you were entered in a random drawing to receive a care package in the mail.

Guys, I won.

Anna never wins anything, so, as you can imagine, I was frickin’ stoked! I had planned to do an unboxing video, but dammit, I’m a resident, not a videographer, so you guys will just have to be content with pictures, instead. 

Besides, I didn’t want to subject y’all to my atrocious Arkansas accent. ;)

I’ll start with the box itself. 

“Bad art by Jo,” she says, but actually, guys, I’m fucking impressed. Anna is not the least bit artsy, not by a long shot, and that Enterprise is pretty damn recognizable, right down to those ample nacelles. ;)

So, the outside decor? I give it 10/10.

Moving on…

Jo packed this sucker full of great stuff. So much stuff that it was actually hard to get a good picture of it all, but I did try. 

Keep reading

MUST HAVE MASKS

I hope you enjoy! 😊


Pink Australian Clay

I can’t even tell you guys how amazing this shit is. The reviews are true. After one use I notice a difference right away. My pores are smaller, my skin is brighter, my skin is matte, and feels super soft all at the same time. It helps with hyper-pigmentaion, acne, draws out impurities & toxins. It helps restore the skin’s natural defense shield and it is gentle enough for sensitive skin. I use this 1-2x a week. It costs $50 but it will last you a long time. 


Wash-off Black Sugar Honey Mask

I use this about once a week. Great for sensitive skin. The black sugar is unrefined and is enriched with minerals such as phosphorus, calcium, iron, magnesium, and potassium. It also has vitamins such as riboflavin, niacin, and pantothenic acid. Manuka honey has antioxidant and antibacterial properties so it’s great for acne. too I find this also helps fade blemishes/hyper-pigmentation while locking in moisture. I love how soft and radiant my skin feels after using!


Pumpkin Glycolic Mask

I use this every 2 weeks. After applying your skin feels kinda tingly and warm. It smells like pumpkin pie lol. I use this for hyper-pigmentation and scars. I also find it keeps my acne at bay. It has vitamins C, antioxidants, and beta carotene (resurfaces skin for even tone & texture). It takes time to see results but this stuff is really aiding in healing my hyper-pigmentation.


Derma 9 Zone Mask

I just ordered this stuff and I’m super excited to try it out. “T-Zone Mask helps treat the most common problem area. It cleanses the pores and eliminate impurities, without drying out your face or adding oil. The Eye Zone Mask is designed for the fragile skin surrounding your eyes, reducing the appearance of wrinkles, dark circles, and age spots, while locking in moisture. The S-Zone Mask revitalizes and nourishes your cheeks, reducing inflammation and blemishes, giving them a youthful, radiant glow.” (derma9.com). These masks are filled with turmeric, olive leaf extract, acai berry, and bamboo charcoal. 

The reviews on this stuff are great. I’ll let you know my experience with it! :)

Benefits Of Lemon Water

Ok, it took me a while to get on board with the lemon water thing. I was a hater and thought it was total BS, but then I actually tried it and I’m a convert. 

Here are some benefits of lemon water (from Life Hack), the photo is my own. 


Why lemons?

Lemons are packed like a clown car with nutrients, including vitamin C, B-complex vitamins, calcium, iron, magnesium, potassium, and fiber. (Fun fact: they contain more potassium than apples or grapes!)


Because of how hard lemon juice can be on the enamel of your teeth, it’s important to dilute it with water of any temperature (though lukewarm is recommended). Drink it first thing in the morning, and wait 15 to 30 minutes to have breakfast. This will help you fully receive the benefits of lemon water, which are listed below.

Reduces inflammation

If you drink lemon water on a regular basis, it will decrease the acidity in your body, which is where disease states occur. It removes uric acid in your joints, which is one of the main causes of inflammation.


Aids digestion

Lemon juice not only encourages healthy digestion by loosening toxins in your digestive tract, it helps to relieve symptoms of indigestion such as heartburn, burping, and bloating.


Helps you lose weight

Lemons contain pectin fiber, which assists in fighting hunger cravings.

Cleanses your system

It helps flush out the toxins in your body by enhancing enzyme function, stimulating your liver.


Keeps your skin blemish-free

The antioxidants in lemon juice help to not only decrease blemishes, but wrinkles too! It can also be applied to scars and age spots to reduce their appearance, and because it’s detoxifying your blood, it will maintain your skin’s radiance.


Gives your immune system a boost

Vitamin C is like our immune system’s jumper cables, and lemon juice is full of it. The level of vitamin C in your system is one of the first things to plummet when you’re stressed, which is why experts recommended popping extra vitamin C during especially stressful days.


Excellent source of potassium

As already mentioned, lemons are high in potassium, which is good for heart health, as well as brain and nerve function.


Freshens your breath

It also helps relieve toothaches and gingivitis (say wha?). Because the citric acid can erode tooth enamel, either hold off on brushing your teeth after drinking lemon water or brush your teeth before drinking it.


Gives you an energy boost

Lemon juice provides your body with energy when it enters your digestive tract, and it also helps reduce anxiety and depression. (Even the scent of lemons has a calming effect on your nervous system!)


Helps to cut out caffeine

I didn’t believe this until I tried it, but replacing my morning coffee with a cup of hot lemon water has really done wonders! I feel refreshed, and no longer have to deal with that pesky afternoon crash. Plus, my nerves are thankful.

Helps fight viral infections

Warm lemon water is the most effective way to diminish viral infections and their subsequent sore throats. Plus, with the lemon juice also boosting your immune system, you’ll simultaneously fight off the infection completely.


How much?

For those who weigh less than 150 pounds, squeeze half a lemon’s worth of juice into a glass of water. If over 150 pounds, use an entire lemon’s juice. You can of course dilute the lemon juice more, depending on your personal taste.

Not only are the benefits of lemon water endless, it’s one of the most substantial yet simple changes you can make for your health.