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Thursday, February 21, 2019

ginger

You may know that ginger is a common ingredient in Asian and Indian cuisine, but did you know that it’s been used for centuries for its healing properties? Ginger has a long history of health benefits, including relief from nausea, digestive issues and pain. The most commonly used part of the plant for medicinal purposes is the root or underground stem, known as the rhizome. It can be consumed fresh, powdered, dried as a spice, or used in the form of an oil or as juice. If you don’t use ginger in your kitchen, here are 8 reasons why you might want to start!


1. Ginger Relieves Digestive Issues

The phenolic compounds in ginger have been shown to help relieve irritation in the gastrointestinal tract. They help to stimulate saliva and bile production while allowing food and fluids to move through the GI tract more smoothly. In a study of 24 healthy individuals, taking 1.2 grams of ginger powder before a meal accelerated emptying of the stomach, reducing indigestion by 50%.


2. Ginger Relieves Nausea

Drinking ginger tea or even consuming raw ginger is a common and safe home remedy for nausea, especially during cancer treatment or pregnancy and morning sickness. A review of 12 studies that included a total of 1,278 pregnant women found that 1.1-1.5 grams of ginger significantly reduced nausea.



3. Ginger Can Relieve Pain

A study conducted at the University of Georgia found that daily ginger supplementation reduced muscle pain by 25%. Ginger has also been found to reduce pain during menstrual cycles. Researchers also believe that ginger is effective at reducing the day-to-day progression of muscle pain.


4. Ginger Reduces Inflammation

Osteoarthritis is a common health problem that involves the degeneration of the joints in the body, causing joint pain and stiffness. In a trial of 247 people with osteoarthritis of the knee, those who took ginger extract had less pain and required less pain medication.


5. Ginger May Reduce Risk of Heart Disease

In a recent study involving participants with type 2 diabetes, researchers found that 2 grams of ginger powder each day lowered blood sugar and led to a 10% overall reduction over a period of 12 weeks. High blood sugar is a major risk factor for heart disease. With the effects of ginger on blood sugar, your risk of heart disease may be lowered by at leas 10%.
6. Ginger May Lower Cholesterol Levels

A 45-day study involving 85 people with high cholesterol concluded that 3 grams of ginger powder each day caused significant reductions in cholesterol levels. Researchers believe that ginger can aid in lowering cholesterol levelsand reducing the risk of heart disease.


7. Ginger May Have Anti-Cancer Properties

A substance in ginger known as 6-gingerol has been studied as an alternative treatment for several types of cancer. Research on this theory is still being conducted, but one study found that 2 grams of ginger extract each day significantly reduced pro-inflammatory signaling molecules in the colon.


8. Ginger May Improve Brain Function

Oxadative stress and chronic inflammation are two factors that can accelerate the aging process, and become a key driver of Alzheimer’s disease and other age-related cognitive impairments. Some studies suggest that the antioxidants and bioactive compounds in ginger can inhibit inflammatory responses that occur in the brain. In a study of 60 middle-aged women, ginger extract was shown to improve reaction time and working memory, suggesting that ginger supports brain health in multiple ways.




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guava, guava health benefits

Guava is an incredibly healthy tropical fruit, full of vitamins. The fruits are round, oval, or pear-shaped, with edible seeds and rind. They can be of different varieties, in white, pink, yellow and even red color.

These amazing fruits have been known for their sweet and tangy flavor for centuries, but they can also be used in numerous different ways, and are even considered “magical”, due to the array of nutrients and medicinal uses.

The guava fruit is incredibly rich in vitamin C, and it contains four times more vitamin C than an average-sized orange; and ten times more vitamin A than a lemon. The high vitamin C content destroys free radicals and prevents oxidation, lowering the risk of degenerative diseases.

Moreover, guava is also rich in magnesium, potassium, folate, iron, vitamins B2 and E, calcium, copper, manganese, phosphorus and has almost 70 times more fiber than an orange.

guava, guava health benefits

According to Dr.Axe, “100 grams of guava fruit contains the following:
  • 68 calories
  • 14.3 grams carbohydrate
  • 2.6 grams protein
  • 228.3 milligrams vitamin C (381 percent DV)
  • 5.2 milligrams lycopene ( 52 percent DV)
  • 5.4 grams fiber (21.6 percent DV)
  • 624 IU vitamin A (12.5 percent DV)
  • 49 microgram folate (12.3 percent DV)
  • 0.2 milligram copper (11.5 percent DV)
  • 417 milligrams potassium (8.8 percent DV)
  • 22 milligrams magnesium (5.5 percent DV)
  • 40 milligrams phosphorus (4 percent DV)

Impressive, isn’t it?

guava, guava health benefits

Here are some of its health benefits:

Immune system: The incredibly high levels of vitamin C strengthen the immune system, protect the body cells from damage, and fight disease-causing pathogens.

Cholesterol: The vitamin C helps the absorption of vitamin E, and thus lowers LDL cholesterol and increased the (good) HDL cholesterol.

Anemia: The high vitamin C content helps the absorption of iron and thus prevents anemia.

Digestive health: The high fiber content helps digestion, and treats digestive infections, diarrhea, and other digestive issues.

Heart disease: Guava is abundant in potassium and dietary fiber that lower bad cholesterol and improve heart health.

Bone health: The high sodium, magnesium, calcium and phosphorus content strengthen the bones.

Skin health: Guava prevents skin damage and delays premature aging. Moreover, the vitamins C and A boost the elasticity and firmness of the skin.

Eye health: The carotenoids and antioxidants in guava improve eye health, and prevent the development of cataracts and macular degeneration.

Ripe guava fruits are softer and better for consumption. You can eat them raw, dip them in prune powder, juice them, or add them to smoothies. Despite being a delicious and healthy snack, guava flesh can also be used as a cooking and baking ingredient and used medicinally.

Yet, note that you should consume guava fruits regularly in order to reap all these benefits!
kidney, kidney failure

The kidneys perform some of the most important functions in the body, since they filter the blood, detoxify the body, neutralize acids, produce hormones, absorb minerals, and more. Therefore, if we do not take proper care of their function w can develop serious health issues.

The kidney health can be damaged for years before we start experiencing any symptoms. Due to the ability of these organs to holster decline and disease, the diseases of the kidneysare also known as “The Silent Diseases.”

This proves that we need to make sure our kidneys are functioning properly, and lower the risk of any issues linked to them. 


According to Dr.Mercola:

“Poor kidney function is also associated with a number of other serious health problems, including diabetes, hypertension, and heart disease. Common signs of kidney problems include:
  • Frequent urination
  • Problems urinating
  • Pain or burning sensation during urination
  • Constant thirst
Good kidney function1 is essential for maintaining homeostasis in your body, starting with the composition of your blood. For example, your kidneys are responsible for maintaining the proper pH level and electrolyte balance (the ratios of sodium, potassium, and phosphates).

They also produce hormones that make red blood cells and those that help regulate your blood pressure.”

The following 10 habits put a lot of strain on the kidneys and gradually lead to decline or disease:

1. Dehydration

Chronic dehydration of the body leads to the buildup of waste and toxins that the kidneys cannot easily eliminate.

2. Painkiller Abuse

The frequent use of painkillers can cause damage to the kidneys.

3. Caffeine

Caffeine raises blood pressure and its excessive intake can place a lot of stress on the kidneys.

4. Alcohol Consumption

Alcohol is actually a legal toxin, so its excessive or frequent consumption overworks the kidneys and leads to damage.

5. Excess Salt Intake

Salt is an important mineral for health, but its excessive consumption elevates blood pressure and puts a lot of pressure on the kidneys.

6. Excessive sugar consumption

The excessive sugar intake endangers the health of the kidneys and reduces their functionality.

7. Too Much Animal Protein

The over-consumption of meats, especially red meats, processes too much protein into the system, boosting the metabolic load on the kidneys, causing dysfunction and kidney damage.

8. Frequent ignoring of the urge to urinate

If you are frequently delaying the trip t the bathroom when you need to urinate you put a lot of pressure on the kidneys, which can eventually cause kidney disease, kidney stones, kidney failure, and incontinence.

9. Sleep Deprivation

During sleep, the body gets the needed time to heal and recover, recuperating the stress and damage done on the kidneys as well, so chronic sleep deprivation elevates the risk of kidney disease.

10. Vitamin And Mineral Deficiencies

Vitamin and mineral deficiencies can lead to damage to the kidneys, so make sure you optimize the levels of important nutrients, such as magnesium, potassium, and magnesium, by eating a diet based on whole foods, and rich in veggies and fruits.

kidney, kidney failure

Furthermore, according to The Truth About Cancer website, the following 9 steps will help you protect and improve the health of your kidneys:
  • Control your blood sugar and check it regularly – 90% of all diabetes cases are type 2, which is 100 percent preventable and reversible
  • Know your blood pressure – 20% of people with high blood pressure don’t know they have it because they exhibit no symptoms
  • Exercise at least 20 minutes a day (even low impact exercise)
  • Lose weight or maintain a healthy body weight
  • Drink ½ ounce of water for each pound of bodyweight daily (eg. 150 lbs = 75 ounces of water daily)
  • Avoid refined sugars and flours that induce rampant inflammation
  • Eat organic when possible (fewer pesticides and additives that bio-accumulate)
  • Quit smoking now
  • Avoid use of OTC drugs and unnecessary prescriptions
celery juice

Celery is a member of the Umbelliferae family, together with fennel and parsley. Its white variety contains less chlorophyll compared to the greener celery since it is grown shaded from direct sunlight. Its ribs are crunchy and salty in taste and can be used to make various salads and soups.

Celery is a healthy vegetable, rich in vitamin A, vitamins B1, B2, B6 and C, essential amino acids, calcium, magnesium, potassium, folate, iron, phosphorus, and natural organic sodium, which is safe for consumption, unlike table salt, which is harmful in the case of high blood pressure.



Its consumption actually lowers blood pressure, combats cancer, and offers various health benefits.

According to Anthony Williams, New York Times best-selling author of Medical Medium, Life-Changing Foods, Thyroid Healing, and Liver Rescue, and the originator of the Global Celery Juice Movement, which saved millions of people by advising them to drink 16 ounces of straight celery juice on an empty stomach every day:

“Celery is one of the most powerful anti-inflammatory foods because it starves unproductive bacteria, yeast, mold, fungus, and viruses that are present in the body and flushes their toxins and debris out of the intestinal tract and liver. Pathogens like these are so often the underlying cause of inflammation—in their absence, your body is much better able to handle whatever life throws your way.

At the same time, celery helps good bacteria thrive. Consuming celery is the most powerful way to alkalize the gut. That’s in part because celery (which is technically an herb, not a vegetable) is high in bioactive sodium. It also contains cofactor micro trace mineral salts as yet undiscovered in research.


These are varieties of sodium and other trace minerals (more than 60 of them) that are present in celery and work symbiotically and systematically with each other and with celery’s regular sodium to raise your body’s pH and rid toxic acids from every crevice of your body, including your gut.

This process is ideal to cleanse and repair intestinal linings. At the same time, celery offers enzymes and coenzymes, and it raises hydrochloric acid in the stomach so that food digests with ease and doesn’t putrefy.”


Celery is an incredibly versatile veggie with potent medicinal properties that offer numerous health benefits, as follows:
Blood Pressure: celery juice lowers blood pressure, and the presence of phthalides relaxes the muscle around arteries, dilating the vessels and supporting normal blood flow.

Kidney function: This veggie helps the function of the kidneys by detoxifying the system, and prevents the formation of kidney stones.

Nervous system: Celery is loaded with organic alkaline minerals which soothe the nervous system and treat insomnia.

Diuretic: Celery juice is high in sodium and potassium which regulate body fluid and stimulate urine production.

Cholesterol: Celery juice lowers total cholesterol and LDL (bad) cholesterol.

Constipation: Celery has natural laxative effects and treats constipation.

Acidity:
Celery juice neutralizes acidity in the body, and balances the blood pH.

Weight loss: celery juice prevents food cravings and helps weight loss.

Urinary stones:
The diuretic effects of celery juice support the elimination of urinary and gall bladder stones.

Muscle pain: Celery juice rehydrated the body and is excellent as the perfect post-workout tonic.

Cooling: celery juice is excellent during the summer, as it is a refreshing drink that normalizes body temperature.

Inflammation: The polyacetylene in celery fights inflammation in the body and soothes the symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, gout, asthma, and bronchitis.

celery juice

If possible, choose green celery, since it is richer in chlorophyll. Also, make sure you pick firm ribs and keep them in a sealed container or in a plastic bag in the fridge.

Note that it should be avoided by people with low blood pressure, and you might also need to avoid it if you have skin issues after eating celery. This is a sign of sensitivity to psoralens, the natural protective “fungicide” this veggie produces.

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

chocolate cake, health


We all love chocolate, and it is always great news to find out that it can boost health in many ways. Dark chocolate slows memory loss and improves cognitive function.

The British Journal of Nutrition published a report which showed that the daily consumption of chocolate can be especially healthy. 

A team of researchers from the University of Warwick analyzed data from 1,153 people, aged 18 to 69, who participated in the Observation of Cardiovascular Risk in Luxembourg study, which evaluated the risk factors of heart disease. Their findings indicate that the daily intake of 100 grams of chocolate, lowers insulin resistance and improves liver enzymes than participants. Moreover, these participants were physically more active, looked younger, and more educated. 

According to the lead study author Saverio Stranges, a visiting academic at the Warwick Medical School:

“Given the growing body of evidence, including our own study, cocoa-based products may represent an additional dietary recommendation to improve cardio-metabolic health.”

This encourages the consumption of foods high in polyphenols, the metabolite that boasts chocolate’s health profile, and prevents cardiovascular and degenerative diseases. 


Medical News Today reports:

“Scientists at Harvard Medical School have suggested that drinking two cups of hot chocolate a day could help keep the brain healthy and reduce memory decline in older people.

The researchers found that hot chocolate helped improve blood flow to parts of the brain where it was needed.

Lead author, Farzaneh A. Sorond, said:

“As different areas of the brain need more energy to complete their tasks, they also need greater blood flow. This relationship, called neurovascular coupling, may play an important role in diseases such as Alzheimer’s.”

Researchers claim that it is important to make a difference between natural cocoa and the more processed forms of chocolate; dark chocolate has half the sugar and four times the fiber than milk chocolate.

chocolate cake, health

According to HealthLine:

“A 100-gram bar of dark chocolate with 70–85% cocoa contains:
  • 11 grams of fiber
  • 67% of the RDI for iron
  • 58% of the RDI for magnesium
  • 89% of the RDI for copper
  • 98% of the RDI for manganese
  • It also has plenty of potassium, phosphorus, zinc, and selenium

Of course, 100 grams (3.5 ounces) is a fairly large amount and not something you should be consuming daily. All these nutrients also come with 600 calories and moderate amounts of sugar.

For this reason, dark chocolate is best consumed in moderation.

The fatty acid profile of cocoa and dark chocolate is also excellent. The fats are mostly saturated and monounsaturated, with small amounts of polyunsaturated fat.”

chocolate cake, health

The principal investigator Ala’a Alkerwi adds:

“It is also possible that chocolate consumption may represent an overall marker for a cluster of favorable socio-demographic profiles, healthier lifestyle behaviors, and better health status. This could explain, at least in part, the observed inverse associations with insulin and liver biomarkers.”

Now, here is a simple recipe for a delicious homemade chocolate bar:

Ingredients:
  • 1 cup raw cacao
  • 1/2 cup organic, cold-pressed coconut oil
  • 1/4 cup 100% pure maple syrup
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 1/4 tsp. sea salt
  • A handful of almonds, chopped into slivers (optional) 

Instructions:

In a saucepan, melt the coconut oil, and then add all the ingredients, except for the almonds. Next, lay out a cookie sheet with parchment paper on it, pour the mixture over it, make a rectangle, and sprinkle with almonds. Leave to freeze. Enjoy!
dinosaurs, intelligence

While parents tend to believe that their children are too intelligent and talented, sometimes, there are really smart kids that can outsmart adults. This was the case of Charlie, from Essex, England, who managed to impress a whole museum of experts.

On the visit of The Natural History Museum with his family, this 10-year-old boy noticed that one of the signs was incorrect, and the sign in front of the Protoceratops was labeled as Oviraptor.

The family reported this to the Museum and later got a letter from it, thanking them and encouraging Charlie to continue in his interest for Paleontology. Children are often obsessed with dinosaurs, and apparently, it can be linked to their intelligence.

According to Psychology Spot:


“The incredible knowledge of children about dinosaurs is based on a phenomenon that in the field of Psychology is known as “intense interests”, a very strong motivation for a specific topic. In fact, a third of children develop at some stage throughout their childhood, as a general rule between 2 and 6 years of age, an intense interest.

An investigation carried out at the universities of Indiana and Wisconsin proved that intense interests are very beneficial for the intellectual development of children.”


Moreover,

“In practice, this type of interests, especially those that demand a conceptual domain as is the case of dinosaurs, not only make that the child have more knowledge about a certain subject but also enhance perseverance, improve attention and enhance skills of complex thinking as the processing of information. It has also been proven that linguistic skills are significantly improved and are an indicator of high understanding.

In fact, these psychologists explain that the way in which some children study dinosaurs or any other object of interest, in reality, reveals the strategy that they will then use to face new situations and problems throughout their lives. They will have to ask questions and look for answers on their own, asking for help when they think they need it.”

When a child is interested in a certain subject, he would do anything to find out more about it, from reading books and drawing pictures, to watching films and informational shows. This dedication helps the child to develop problem-solving skills, boosts the passion for learning new things, and teaches it to think complexly. 

dinosaurs, intelligence

However, psychologists say only 20% of children maintain their passion as they grow older, and usually, forget their interests when they enroll in school. Therefore, it is important to follow these tips:
-- Help your child to find the needed time to nurture the interests

-- Make sure you do not make your child feel uncomfortable about its passion, so back off when needed in order not to extinguish it. Leave it to discover their true love on their own.

-- Help your children to find the connection between what interests them and real life. For instance, they might be learning something at school which s closely related to their passion. 


Very often, we think that our child’s obsession with something is irrelevant, but apparently, it can have a significant impact on its intelligence and way of developing in life, so encourage it and be supportive, and next time, it might be your child that correct experts at a museum!

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Monday, February 18, 2019


Doctors and nutritionists highly recommend making oatmeal a part of your diet and having it as your healthy morning meal. The secret is simple: good-quality environmentally-friendly oats help you feel and look better on the inside and out.

Oats have some unique properties thanks to the wide variety of vitamins and minerals they contain. Zinc helps cleanse the skin and remove toxins and other harmful compounds. Iron is one of the most important elements for the nutrition and saturation of moisture in skin cells. Magnesium promotes blood circulation and noticeable skin cell renewal.

While protein is extremely important, your body also demands carbohydrates and fats, both of which you can find in oatmeal. Oats are also rich in antioxidants that help alleviate itching, inflammation, and high blood pressure.

The slow carbohydrates found in oatmeal help curb your appetite and maintain normal blood sugar levels. All those nutrients in oats not only boost your metabolism but also prevent the accumulation of fat and toxins in the body. Thanks to the antioxidants present in oatmeal, the probability of damage to the walls of blood vessels by free radicals is reduced significantly.

If you find it boring to just have oatmeal for breakfast every day, you’ll love the recipes we have put together to help you turn a boring oatmeal breakfast into something way more flavorful.

Sunday, February 17, 2019

weight loss, belly fat

This 2 minute a day Japanese method can help you get rid of that belly fat in 1 week

This method is very easy to do and proven to be effective and bring great results in very short period of time.

Belly fat is the most difficult fat to lose. It looks unsightly and ruins your looks and confidence, no matter what to try it's very difficult to go away.

But there is no need to feel hopeless. Here is a scientifically proven technique to help you accomplish your weight loss goal.

A Japanese actor known as Miki Ryosuke discovered a technique to lose weight very fast.

He managed to lose 28.7 Pounds and 4.7 inches from his waist in just few weeks.

He accidently found the effectiveness of this method which was prescribed to him as back pain relief exercise.

Guess what? It only requires 2 minutes a day.

This technique is called as Long breath diet. 


eggs

Eggs have been getting a bad rap in the health and fitness community because they are associated with cholesterol and weight gain. Others say they may trigger a heart attack. But you might be missing more benefits than you realized. Bright Side will crack the myths behind eggs, especially the egg yolks and let you know what will happen if you eat 3 eggs a day.

 

Thursday, February 14, 2019

cinnamon, honey

Traditional medicine has valued and used the countless properties of cinnamon and honey for centuries. These natural miracles offer a myriad of medicinal properties that help in the treatment of various health conditions.

Honey is created by honeybees from plant nectar, and it is a rich source of glucose, carbohydrates, and fructose. It has powerful antibacterial, antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. Honey is also high in phenolic compounds, which are responsible for many of its beneficial effects.

Cinnamon is a spice derived from the inner bark and leaves of several tree species that grow in China, Australia, India, Egypt, and Sri Lanka, and it also offers strong antimicrobial and antioxidant properties. Most of these are due to the presence of cinnamaldehyde, a major molecular compound in cinnamon.

When combined together, despite the amazing delicious taste, these two contain complementary agents that work together to even more effectively resolve health issues.


Here are some of the most important benefits of the use of this combination:

1. Colds

Honey fortifies immunity and prevents free radical damage, while the essential oils in cinnamon destroy species of bacteria characteristic to the common cold such as E.coli and L.monocytogenes.

All you have to do is to add a tablespoon of raw honey and a teaspoon of cinnamon to a cup of hot water, stir and sip the remedy twice daily to fight the cold.


2. Heart Disease

According to Becky Bell, MS, RD:


“A mixture of honey and cinnamon has the potential to lower your risk of heart disease. That’s because it may help reverse several health signs that significantly raise that risk.

These include elevated levels of “bad” low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol and high triglyceride levels. High blood pressure and low levels of “good” high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol are additional factors that can increase your risk of the disease. Interestingly, honey and cinnamon may positively affect all of these.



Additionally, both foods are rich in antioxidants, which have multiple benefits for the heart. Polyphenol antioxidants improve blood flow to the heart and prevent blood clots, lowering your risk of heart attack and stroke. Honey and cinnamon might also help prevent heart disease because they both reduce inflammation. Chronic inflammation is a major factor in the development of heart disease.”

3. Digestive issues

The mixture of honey and cinnamon treats digestive issues such as stomach gas, constipation, ulcers, and gastroenteritis. Honey destroys H.Pylori, a stomach-ulcer-causing bacteria, while cinnamon relieves gastroenteritis (food poisoning) caused by bacterial infections in the stomach.

The fructose and glucose from honey are easily transported into the blood and used as energy in the metabolism of food, and the long carbohydrate chains, oligosaccharides, have pre-biotic effects that activate helpful bacteria in order to help digestion.

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4. Arthritis

The potent anti-inflammatory properties of honey and cinnamon treat rheumatoid arthritis, relieve pain, and fight inflammation.

5. Weight Loss

This combination has also been shown to help in the fight against excess body weight. Katherine Marengo, LDN, RD says:

“A 2017 study found that the compound cinnamaldehyde may activate thermogenesis. During thermogenesis, your body creates heat — and burns calories in the process.

A 2011 study found that replacing sucrose with honey can help prevent weight gain. Another study from 2010 showed that honey can activate hormones that suppress the appetite.”

6. Acne

Nation of these two ingredients has strong antimicrobial properties and prevents the colonization of bacteria on the skin. Also, you should mix 3 tablespoons of honey with 1 teaspoon of cinnamon and apply this paste on the ace overnight to fight acne.

Therefore, start using honey and cinnamon together, and reap all their health benefits!

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ginger

The skin is the largest body organ, and it is constantly being exposed to various factors like pollution, weather, chemicals, and irritants, which can damage its health.

Moreover, commercial skin care products are often full of toxins that do more harm than good and make the skin damaged and dry. The skin also suffers from stress, a poor diet, hormonal imbalances, and other health issues.

Therefore, all these factors can cause the appearance of moles, warts, skin tags, wrinkles, age spots, and blackheads.

 Fortunately, all of these can be treated in a natural way, and here are the best methods to do so:


clogged pores

Clogged pores
Excess oil and dirt can easily clog the pores on the face, leading to acne, blackheads, and various skin issues, so here is how to clean them:
  • Mix some lemon juice with sugar, and use the scrub to exfoliate the skin on the face.
  • Lean over a pot with boiling water, and leave the steam to clean the debris from the skin, and unclog the pores.

warts

Warts

They are a result of the HPV virus and are treated cryogenically or with salicylic acid. Yet, the following natural remedies help too:
  • Crush a garlic clove, rub it on the wart every night and repeat for a few weeks.
  • Rub a banana peel on the area daily.
  • Rub honey on warts at bedtime, cover with a bandage, and leave it to act until the morning.
  • Soak a cotton pad in apple cider vinegar, apply it on warts, secure with a bandage, and leave to act during the night.
moles

Moles

Moles can be caused by excessive sun exposure and genetics, and here is how to remove them:
  • Rub a garlic clove cut in half on the mole, cover with a bandage, and leave it to act for a few hours. Repeat daily.
  • Mix baking soda and castor oil, and apply the pate on the mole. Cover with a bandage, leave it overnight, and in the morning rinse with water.
  • Soak a cotton pad in apple cider vinegar and dab it on the mole. Secure with a bandage, leave to act for 8 hours, and repeat daily.

age spots

Age spots

Age spots are a result of the aging process, but they can also be caused by excessive sun exposure or liver issues. In order to treat them:
  • Apply some lemon juice over them and leave to act for 10 minutes, before you rinse with water.
  • Apply Aloe Vera gel on the age spots, leave to act for half an hour, and rinse with water. Repeat daily.
  • Mix some apple cider vinegar with grated horseradish, and apply the paste on the area.
  • Mash a few onions, and rub their juice on the age spots, Rinse after 10 minutes, and repeat daily.
skin tags

Skin tags

Skin tags are small benign growths that appear on the chest, neck, eyelids, and underarms, and are caused by skin frictions. These are the best natural remedies:
  • Soak a cotton pad in apple cider vinegar and rub the area with it regularly, until it dries out and falls off.
  • Make a paste by mixing baking soda and castor oil, and apply it the skin tags. Secure with a bandage, and leave to act for a few days.
  • Rub a ginger piece against the skin tag daily for two weeks.
  • Soak a cotton ball in tea tree oil, place it on the skin tags, and secure with a bandage. Leave to act for a few hours, and repeat regularly.

We can actually do a lot in order to improve the health of our skin and prevent skin issues and conditions in the first place. According to the Mayo Clinic:

“Good skin care and healthy lifestyle choices can help delay natural aging and prevent various skin problems. Get started with these five tips:

1. Protect yourself from the sun

One of the most important ways to take care of your skin is to protect it from the sun. A lifetime of sun exposure can cause wrinkles, age spots, and other skin problems — as well as increase the risk of skin cancer.

2. Don’t smoke

Smoking makes your skin look older and contributes to wrinkles. Smoking narrows the tiny blood vessels in the outermost layers of skin, which decreases blood flow and makes skin paler. This also depletes the skin of oxygen and nutrients that are important to skin health.

3. Treat your skin gently

Daily cleansing and shaving can take a toll on your skin.

4. Eat a healthy diet

A healthy diet can help you look and feel your best. Eat plenty of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and lean proteins.

5. Manage stress

Uncontrolled stress can make your skin more sensitive and trigger acne breakouts and other skin problems. To encourage healthy skin — and a healthy state of mind — take steps to manage your stress.”

kidney, kidney disease

Chronic kidney disease is the gradual loss of kidney function, which eventually leads to permanent kidney failure. Kidney-related issues are more common that we are aware of, and they often go undiagnosed since their symptoms are not easy to detect.

As the kidney failure advances, and the function of the kidney is impaired, fluid and waste accumulate in the body, so the aim of the treatment is to slow down this progression.

The American Kidney Fund explains:

“If your kidneys stop working suddenly (acute kidney failure), you may notice one or more of the following symptoms:
  • Abdominal (belly) pain
  • Back pain
  • Diarrhea
  • Fever
  • Nosebleeds
  • Rash
  • Vomiting
Having one or more of any of the symptoms above may be a sign of serious kidney problems. If you notice any of these symptoms, you should contact your doctor right away.”

If one of the kidneys stops functioning, the other can perform its normal function, but this usually occurs when the disease is well advanced, and the damage is irreversible.

Therefore, early detection is essential in the prevention of serious kidney disease. These are the most common symptoms and signs of chronic kidney disease:

  • more frequent urination, especially at night
  • panting (shortness of breath)
  • protein in urine
  • a sudden change in body weight
  • anemia
  • blood in urine
  • dark urine
  • Poor mental alertness
  • Reduced urine output
  • male inability to get or maintain an erection (erectile dysfunction)
  • nausea
  • edema – swollen feet, hands, and ankles
  • fatigue and/or trouble sleeping
  • muscle cramps
  • muscle twitches
  • hypertension (high blood pressure)
  • insomnia
  • itchy skin
  • loss of appetite
  • pain on the side or mid to lower back
  • unexplained headaches


Chronic Kidney Disease Causes

The role of the kidneys is to filter or blood from excess waste and fluids and excrete them from the body. According to Web MD:

“Healthy kidneys:
  • Keep a balance of water and minerals (such as sodium, potassium, and phosphorus) in your blood
  • Remove waste from your blood after digestion, muscle activity, and exposure to chemicals or medications
  • Make renin, which your body uses to help manage your blood pressure
  • Make a chemical called erythropoietin, which prompts your body to make red blood cells
  • Make an active form of vitamin D, needed for bone health and other things”

In case the blood flow to the kidneys is somehow impaired, if the urine outflow is obstructed, or one suffers from some disease or damage, they cannot function normally, and this causes serious issues.

kidney, kidney disease

Progressive kidney damage is most often caused by chronic disease (a long-term disease), like:
  • Kidney diseases – such as polycystic kidney disease, pyelonephritis, or glomerulonephritis.
  • Kidney artery stenosis – This occurs when the renal artery narrows or is blocked before it enters the kidney.
  • Injury – a sharp blow or physical injury to the kidney(s).
  • Diabetes – chronic kidney disease is linked to diabetes types 1 and 2.
  • Obstructed urine flow – The flow of the urine can be blocked as a result of an enlarged prostate, kidney stones, or a tumor.
  • Certain toxins – including fuels, lead, and solvents
  • Hypertension (high blood pressure)
  • Fetal developmental problem
  • Systemic lupus erythematosus
  • Malaria and yellow fever
  • Medications – overuse of, for example, NSAIDs, like aspirin or ibuprofen.
  • Illegal substance abuse – like heroin or cocaine.
  • The following conditions or situations increase the risk of developing kidney disease:
  • diabetes
  • hypertension
  • a family history of kidney disease
  • age – chronic kidney disease is much more common in people older than 60
  • atherosclerosis
  • congenital kidney disease (kidney disease which is present at birth)
  • lupus erythematosus
  • overexposure to some toxins
  • bladder obstruction
  • chronic glomerulonephritis
  • sickle cell disease
  • some medications

Chronic Kidney Disease Diagnosis

A doctor can diagnose chronic kidney disease by checking the symptoms and signs, and performing the following tests:

Blood test – Persistently high levels of urea and creatinine indicate end-stage kidney disease.

Urine test – It will detect the presence of protein or blood in the urine.

Kidney biopsy – Doctors examine a small sample of kidney tissue for cell damage.

Chest X-ray – the check for pulmonary edema

Kidney scans – These scans check if there are any blockages in the flow of the urine, and may include a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scan, computed tomography (CT) scan, or an ultrasound scan.

Glomerular filtration rate (GFR) – It compares the levels of waste products in the patient’s blood and urine and measures how many milliliters of waste the kidneys can filter per minute.


Changes in the GFR rate can indicate the stage of kidney disease. In most countries, the stages are classified as explained below:

Stage 1 – Normal GFR rate, but evidence of kidney disease has been detected.

Stage 2 – GFR rate is lower than 90 milliliters, and evidence of kidney disease has been detected.

Stage 3 – GFR rate is lower than 60 milliliters, regardless of whether evidence of kidney disease has been detected.

Stage 4 – GRF rate is lower than 30 milliliters, regardless of whether evidence of kidney disease has been detected.

Stage 5 – GFR rate is lower than 15 milliliters. Renal failure has occurred.

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Chronic Kidney Disease Treatment

Currently, there is no cure for chronic kidney disease, but there are successful therapies that effectively control the symptoms and signs, and slow the progression of the disease.

Chronic kidney disease patients need to take numerous medications. Treatments include:

High blood pressure

High blood pressure is common in the case of chronic kidney disease, so in order to protect the kidneys, one needs to lower it.

Anemia treatment

A patient develops anemia when the levels of hemoglobin are now. These patients need blood transfusions, as well as iron supplements, either in the form of daily ferrous sulfate tablets, or injections.

Phosphate balance

In the case of kidney disease, the body cannot eliminate phosphate properly. Therefore, patients should lower their intake of phosphate, and avoid foods like eggs, fish, dairy products, and red meat.

Fluid retention

Most patients are asked to restrict their fluid intake, in order to prevent additional fluid buildup in the body.

Skin itching

To soothe the itching, patients usually take antihistamines, like chlorphenamine. NSAIDs (nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) Patients should take NSAIDs only if a doctor recommends them.

Vitamin D

The vitamin D levels are lower in patients with kidney disease, and it is essential for healthy bones. Therefore, patients are advised to take alfacalcidol or calcitriol.

Anti-sickness medications

To relieve nausea which occurs as a result of the toxic buildup in the body, patients are given medications like cyclizine or metoclopramide.

Diet

To treat kidney failure, the patient needs to follow a healthy diet, low in protein and salt, and restricted intake of foods rich in potassium and phosphorus. The DASH diet is a recognized treatment for hypertension, heart disease, and kidney disease.

The National Kidney Foundation recommends the DASH diet, “which can slow the progression of both heart disease and kidney disease. If you already have chronic kidney disease, you should speak with your doctor and dietitian before starting any new diets as you may have special restrictions to consider.

The DASH diet should not be used by people on dialysis. Individuals on dialysis have special dietary needs that should be discussed with a registered dietitian.”


End-Stage Kidney Disease Treatment

The American Kidney Fund claims:

“Most people with chronic kidney disease will be able to control their condition with medication and regular check-ups. Chronic kidney disease only progresses to kidney failure in around 1 in 50 people with the condition.

But if you have chronic kidney disease, even if it’s mild, you’re at an increased risk of developing other serious problems, such as cardiovascular disease. This is a group of conditions affecting the heart and blood vessels, which includes heart attacks and strokes.

Cardiovascular disease is one of the main causes of death in people with kidney disease, although healthy lifestyle changes and medication can help reduce your risk of developing it.”

When the kidneys are functioning at less than 10-15 percent of normal capacity, these measures are not enough, and the patient needs dialysis or a kidney transplant in order to survive.

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Kidney Dialysis

Dialysis is the elimination of waste products and excessive fluids from blood when the kidneys fail to do so. It can be of two types, and peritoneal dialysis.

In the case of hemodialysis, blood is pumped out of the body and goes through a dialyzer. The sessions last for about 3 hours, three times a week.

In peritoneal dialysis, blood is filtered in the patient’s own abdomen; in the peritoneal cavity. A catheter is inserted into the abdomen, into which a dialysis solution is infused and drained out for as long as is necessary.

Kidney Transplant

For people who do not suffer from any other condition than kidney failure, a kidney transplant is a better alternative. To lower the risk of rejection of the new kidney, the kidney donor and recipient should have the same blood type, cell-surface proteins, and antibodies.

Complications of Chronic Kidney Disease

If chronic kidney disease progresses to kidney failure, patients can experience the following complications:
  • Weak immune system
  • anemia
  • insomnia
  • lower sex drive
  • male erectile dysfunction
  • central nervous system damage
  • hyperkalemia – blood potassium levels rise, which can result in heart damage
  • osteomalacia – bones become weak and break easily
  • pericarditis – the sac-like membrane that envelops the heart (pericardium) becomes inflamed
  • stomach ulcers
  • dry skin
  • fluid retention

In order to prevent chronic kidney disease, one should:

-- control the chronic conditions that can raise the risk of chronic kidney disease

-- follow a diet rich in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, fish, and lean meat

-- exercise regularly in order to control blood pressure and chronic conditions like heart disease and diabetes

-- avoid alcohol and drugs, and long-term exposure to heavy metals, solvents, and fuels


As a conclusion, have the following important facts about chronic kidney disease in mind, listed by the National Kidney Foundation:

  1. 30 million American adults have chronic kidney disease and millions of others are at increased risk.
  2. Early detection can help prevent the progression of kidney disease to kidney failure.
  3. Heart disease is the major cause of death for all people with CHRONIC KIDNEY DISEASE.
  4. Glomerular filtration rate (GFR) is the best estimate of kidney function.
  5. Hypertension causes chronic kidney disease and chronic kidney disease causes hypertension.
  6. Persistent proteinuria (protein in the urine) means chronic kidney disease is present.
  7. High-risk groups include those with diabetes, hypertension and family history of kidney failure.
  8. African Americans, Hispanics, Pacific Islanders, American Indians, and Seniors are at increased risk.
  9. Two simple tests can detect chronic kidney disease: blood pressure, urine albumin and serum creatinine.

Pomegranate

The future of cardiovascular disease prevention and treatment will not be found in your medicine cabinet, rather in your kitchen cupboard or in your back yard growing on a tree.

Pomegranate Found To Prevent Coronary Artery Disease Progression.

A new study published in the journal Atherosclerosis confirms that pomegranate extract may prevent and/or reverse the primary pathology associated with cardiac mortality: the progressive thickening of the coronary arteries caused by the accumulation of fatty materials known as atherosclerosis.

Mice with a genetic susceptibility towards spontaneous coronary artery blockages were given pomegranate extract via their drinking water for two weeks, beginning at three weeks of age.

Despite the fact that pomegranate treatment actually increased cholesterol levels associated with very low density lipoprotein-sized particles, the treatment both reduced the size of the atherosclerotic plaques in the aortic sinus (the dilated opening above the aortic valve) and reduced the proportion of coronary arteries with occlusive atherosclerotic plaques.


Remarkably, the researchers also found that pomegranate extract treatment resulted in the following beneficial effects:


  • Reduced levels of oxidative stress
  • Reduced monocytie chemotactic protein-1, a chemical messenger (chemokine) associated with inflammatory processes within the arteries.
  • Reduced lipid accumulation in the heart muscle
  • Reduced macrophage infiltration in the heart muscle
  • Reduced levels of monocyte chemotactic protein-1 and fibrosis in the myocardium
  • Reduced cardiac enlargement
  • Reduced ECG abnormalities

How can something as benign and commonplace as a fruit extract reverse so many aspects of coronary artery disease, simultaneously, as evidenced by the study above?

The answer may lie in the fact that our ancestors co-evolved with certain foods (fruits in particular) for so long that a lack of adequate quantities of these foods may directly result in deteriorating organ function.

Indeed, two-time Nobel Prize winner Linus Pauling argued that vitamin C deficiency is a fundamental cause of cardiovascular disease, owing to the fact that our hominid primate ancestors once had year-round access to fruits, and as a result lost the ability to synthesize it. 

Pomegranate

Discussion.

This study adds to the already extant body of clinical research indicating that pomegranate can help unclog your arteries.

For instance, back in 2004, the journal Clinical Nutrition published the results of a three year clinical trial in an Israeli population, finding that the daily consumption of pomegranate juice reversed carotid artery stenosis by up to 29% within 1 year.

Remarkably, the blockages in the control group increased 9%, indicating that pomegranate’s artery unblocking effects were even greater than at first apparent. [ii]

Pomegranate’s value in cardiovascular disease is quite broad, as evidenced by the following experimentally confirmed properties:

Anti-inflammatory: Like many chronic degenerative diseases, inflammation plays a significant role in cardiovascular disease pathogenesis. There are five studies on GreenMedInfo.com indicating pomegranate’s anti-inflammatory properties.

Blood-Pressure Lowering: Pomegranate juice has natural angiotensin converting enzyme inhibiting properties, and is a nitric oxide enhancer, two well-known pathways for reducing blood pressure. Finally, pomegranate extract rich in punicalagin has been found reduce the adverse effects of perturbed stress on arterial segments exposed to disturbed flow.

Anti-Infective: Plaque buildup in the arteries often involves secondary viral and bacterial infection, including hepatitis C and Chlamydia pneumoniae. Pomegranate has a broad range of anti-bacterial and anti-viral properties.

Antioxidant: One of the ways in which blood lipids become heart disease-promoting (atherogenic) is through oxidation. LDL, for instance, may be technically ‘elevated’ but harmless as long as it does not readily oxidize. Pomegranate has been found to reduce the oxidative stress in the blood, as measured by serum paraoxonase levels. One study in mice found this decrease in oxidative stress was associated with 44% reduction in the size of atherosclerotic lesions.

For additional research on pomegranate’s heart friendly properties read our article: Research: Pomegranate May Reverse Blocked Arteries.

Wednesday, February 6, 2019

sleep hours

Sleep is very important for our general wellbeing and we will not function well without it. However there is a recommended amount if sleep that the human body requires and this depends on your age.

So Just How Long Should You Sleep


The recommended number of hours of sleep for an adult is 8 hours every night.

However, children under the age of 18 years of age are expected to sleep for much longer and for the elderly it is recommended that they sleep less.

What Is Your Recommended Sleeping Hours?

A chart has been designed by the National Sleep Foundation, this chart shows how much sleep is needed based on our age.

The chart was designed by a network of scientists from various fields including gerontology, physiology, pediatrics, sleep and anatomy, gynecology and neurology.

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Symptoms Of Bad Sleeping Habits


Persistent Back Pain
Excessive sleep could be a cause of your persistent back pain. This is because your back muscles will be weakened. You should exercise regularly to take care of this problem and if you have a day off rather than sleep-in try some low intensity exercises to help strengthen and buildup your back muscles.


Weight Issues
When you sleep for too long your metabolism slows down and you are more likely to store up energy rather than use it. In the process you will gain weight and if care is not taken you could even become obese.


Anxiety And Depression
Insomnia or oversleeping can be caused by anxiety or depression. It is believed that about 15% of sufferers of anxiety and depression are likely to oversleep and this can adverse effect a person’s mental state of health.


Persistent Headaches
Oversleeping can lead to a person having persistent headaches, this is caused by the damage to the neurotransmitters leading to poor sleep quality and headaches.


Type II Diabetes
When you do not sleep well enough or you sleep too much, your body may have difficulty processing glucose and this could lead to insulin resistance and type II diabetes.


Cardiovascular Condition
While the heart needs rest for it to function at optimal capacity, too much rest or too little can be detrimental to its activities. It has been proven through research by the Nurses’ Health Study involving about 72,000 subjects that people who sleep more are likely to have coronary heart disease compared to people who sleep an average of eight hours daily.


Fatality
This can be a culmination of several health risks caused by oversleeping like obesity, diabetes and coronary heart disease. These conditions can be fatal so oversleeping is dangerous in this respect.

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Ways Of Curbing Oversleeping
  • You can have a strict sleep schedule and adhere to it religiously.
  • Put off all electronic devices at least an hour before going to bed.
  • You can engage in meditation and yoga exercises, it will help you to relax before bedtime.
  • You can take a cold shower to help you combat sleep.
  • Regular exercises can help prepare you physically and mentally for the days challenges.
  • Drink plenty of water to keep you hydrated and fresh throughout the day, it will keep your mind active and alert.
  • Engage in an activity that will keep you active and alert throughout the duration of the endeavour.

Tuesday, February 5, 2019

fat, obesity, overweight

Do you ever wonder why you still end up fat even if you’ve exerted effort in dieting and exercising?

Well, that’s because you may be doing it wrong.

The answer lies on the type of obesity you’re dealing with. Unknown to many, there are different types of obesity and there are specific ways to get rid of it.

Here are six types of obesity and tips on how to specifically get rid of your unwanted body fat.


Which Group Do You Belong To?

Obesity Of Food
#1. Obesity Of Food

Known as the most common type of obesity in the world, obesity of food is caused by excessive intake of sugar and food. By reducing your intake of food and exercising at least 30 minutes a day, you can easily combat this type of obesity.

Obesity Of “Nervous Stomach”
#2. Obesity Of “Nervous Stomach”

This type of obesity is brought about by depression, stress and anxiety. People suffering from obesity of “nervous stomach” frequently consume sweets such as chocolates when subjected to stress. It is important to relieve stress and avoid frequent intake of sweets in order to get rid of excess fats.

Gluten Obesity
#3. Gluten Obesity
People who suffer from gluten obesity are mostly women in their adolescence, with present hormonal imbalance, or are menopause. To fight this type of obesity, you must avoid smoking, drinking of alcohol and long sitting. Affected individuals must exercise with weights.

Atherogenic Metabolic Obesity
#4. Atherogenic Metabolic Obesity

People with this type of obesity usually accumulate fat in their abdomen and have trouble breathing. You must reduce alcohol consumption to combat this type of obesity.

Obesity Due To Venous Circulation
#5. Obesity Due To Venous Circulation

Considered as a genetically inherited obesity, this type of obesity usually occurs in people with swollen legs or pregnant women. Those with this type of obesity must exercise by running or climbing the stairs.

Obesity Of Inactivity
#6. Obesity Of Inactivity

Obesity of inactivity affects parts of the body that was previously active, for instance in exercise or training, but is now currently inactive. In order to eliminate this type of fat, you must not skip eating for a long period of time.

So which type of obesity affects you? Don’t forget to share this story with your family and friends to help them fight obesity.

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