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grape fruit

The grapefruit is a large orange-like fruit that belongs to the citrus family. It is a somewhat “new” addition to the family, deriving from a natural cross-breeding between orange and pomelo, thus its size.

The diameter of a grapefruit, depending on its variety, can range between four and six inches. Its albedo (the white matter under the skin) is about a quarter to half an inch thick. The fruit’s skin looks like that of an orange, but its flesh comes in white, pink or red.

It is called a grapefruit simply because it grows in clusters, like grapes. The taste of a grapefruit can be bitter and sour but it has so many health benefits.


Nutritional Benefits Of Grapefruit


Grapefruit doesn’t only contain vitamin C which is commonly known to be protective against cold or flu.

It is not just one nutrient that helps prevent a certain disease, but rather the combination of all the nutrients in it that does the trick. This is the kind of synergistic nutritional power that we can find only in the way that Nature provides in our natural food.

Grapefruit peel is rich in flavonone glycosides and polymethoxyflavones (PMFs). The citrus flavonoids have recently gained increased medical attention due to its protective effects against the occurrence of cancer.

This juicy fruit also have citric acid, natural sugars, essential oils like limonene, pinene and citral. It has high amounts of vitamin C, and smaller amounts of vitamin A, B complex, E and K.

In the mineral department, larger amounts of calcium, folate, phosphorus, choline and potassium are found.

The nutritive phytonutrients of this voluptuous fruit—liminoids, flavonoids, lycopene and glucarates—help fight cancer and various diseases.



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An Interesting Fact About Grapefruits

In a study using a specific variety of grapefruit, the “Rio Red”, common household processing practices were analyzed for their phytonutrient content. Grapefruits were processed by blending, juicing and hand squeezing.


Results suggest that: 
 
Grapefruit juice processed by blending had significantly higher levels of flavonoids (narirutin, naringin, hesperidin, neohesperidin, didymin and poncirin) and limonin, compared to juicing and hand squeezing!

Blending grapefruit juice also produced significantly higher levels of bergamottin. Bergamottin is an antimutagenic compound that inhibits the mutation of cells. It also inhibits CYP1A1—an enzyme that can activate some toxic compounds into cancer-causing agents.

Ascorbic acid (a.k.a. vitamin C) and citric acid were significantly higher in juice processed by juicing and blending, respectively.

Hand-squeezed grapefruit juice had significantly higher contents of dihydroxybergamottin (DHB) than juice processed by juicing and blending. DHB is a compound found in grapefruit juice that although interferes with the metabolism of pharmaceutical drugs, but in actuality prevents oxidation of drugs, increasing oral bioavailability of natural nutrients present in the body.

So there you have it. Looks like blending grapefruit is a great decision if you are using grapefruit to fight cancer. To boost your immune system or to recover from a cold, juice. If generally consuming grapefruit for all its rich benefits, any way of extracting the juice is better than not consuming!

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Health Benefits Of Grapefruit Juice

When eating or juicing grapefruit, peel off the skin but leave some of the albedo intact as it contains the highest amount of valuable bioflavonoids and other anti-cancer agents. Bioflavonoids will superboost the nutrients contained in grapefruit.


High antioxidant and anticancer activities

Grapefruits have a few important phytonutrients that are powerful antioxidants. Many of the little known phytonutrients are mentioned above in their nutritional benefits.

The more commonly known antioxidants are vitamin C, beta-carotene, lycopene and flavonones. On top of these, there are also anti-inflammatory properties, making grapefruit beneficial for fighting many ailments, even cancer.

Most of the anticancer agents found in grapefruit are in the albedo (just under the skin), so be sure to include some of the peel when juicing or blending. They were found to be particularly protective against cancers of the stomach and pancreas.


Improves blood circulation

It follows that when a fruit or a vegetable has very high content of antioxidants (and most of them do), they always make an excellent food that can help improve blood circulation.

Individuals with poor blood circulation for extended periods of time will find that their immune system is low. With poor blood flow, it sets the stage for any chronic disease to happen.

Drinking grapefruit juice regularly helps to improve blood circulation and along with that, reverses many health issues and conditions.


Treats overacidity

Although grapefruit has a sub-acid taste, it is really an alkaline-forming food. This has a profound effect in the treatment of acidity in the digestive system. An acidic environment sets the perfect environment for sickness and diseases to take a foothold. This includes overgrowth of yeasts, bacteria, viruses and parasites that can cause a whole set of other health problems.


Protects heart health

Pectin in this fruit has been found to be effective in reducing the accumulation of arterial deposits, and the vitamin C helps to strengthen and maintain the elasticity of arteries, preventing atherosclerosis.

If you are not on any hypertension medication, grapefruit makes an excellent food for lowering high blood pressure. Thanks to the high content of potassium, lycopene, choline and vitamin C, grapefruit juice can regulate and normalize blood pressure.

Eating higher amounts of flavonoids-rich food such as grapefruit, may also lower the risk of ischemic stroke in both men and women.


Detoxifies liver and gallbladder

There are good reasons why grapefruit is often used in liver and gallbladder cleanse protocols. First of all, the bitter in grapefruit makes it an excellent liver support food.

Naringenin is the bitter flavonoid in grapefruit, and it has shown beneficial effects on nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD). Studies are finding more and more benefits in using this compound for treatments of different liver diseases.


Strengthens the immune system

When you overwork, your body goes through a period of stress. Your immune system often takes a toll and you are more likely to catch a bug.

A common cold is your body signalling you that your immune system is low. Drink a glass of grapefruit juice regularly for its high vitamin C content, and give your immune system the extra boost to prevent any sickness coming on full-blown.


Lowers the risk of heart disease

A grapefruit a day can keep heart disease at bay. According to a study that was published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, drinking a glass of grapefruit juice every day keeps your blood vessels healthy and lowers your risk of heart disease. This study identified flavonones as health-boosting agents commonly found in citrus fruits.

Researchers from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem tested grapefruits for their cholesterol-lowering abilities. Participants were patients who recently had coronary bypass surgery with high blood cholesterol and had failed to respond positively to statin drugs.

The patients were divided into three groups, given servings of fresh red grapefruits, white grapefruits and no grapefruit, along with regular, balanced meals for 30 days.

It was observed that the fresh red grapefruit positively influenced serum lipid levels, especially serum triglycerides and serum antioxidant activity.

The white grapefruit also showed promising cholesterol-lowering ability although a little less than the red grapefruit. There was no change in lipid levels in patients who did not eat grapefruit.

It is interesting to note that pink to red grapefruits contain lycopene, a carotenoid that gives the fruits their colors. Eating diets rich in carotenoids have been shown to lower risks of heart disease and other diseases.

Lowers high blood pressure


There is evidence to show that grapefruit may reduce blood pressure. In a study on blood pressure in healthy, overweight adults, participants were given one half of a fresh Rio Red grapefruit with each meal (3 times daily) for six weeks.

Grapefruit consumption was associated with significant reduction in systolic blood pressure. Improvements were observed in circulating lipids, with total cholesterol and “bad” LDL (low-density lipoprotein) significantly decreased.


Prevents insulin resistance and aids in weight loss

91 obese patients participated in a study on the effects of grapefruit on weight and insulin resistance.

They were randomized into four groups with different combinations of apple juice, grapefruit juice, fresh grapefruit, grapefruit capsules and placebo capsules.

Metabolic syndrome parameters were measured at the beginning and end of the 12-week study. After 12 weeks, it was observed that the fresh grapefruit group had lost 1.6 kg.

The grapefruit juice group had lost 1.5 kg. The grapefruit capsule group had lost 1.1 kg and the placebo group’s weight loss was insignificant.

There was also a significant reduction in 2-hour post-glucose insulin level in the grapefruit group, compared with the placebo group.

In metabolic syndrome patients, the effect was also seen with the grapefruit capsules. Insulin resistance was improved with fresh grapefruit.


Promotes sleep quality
Studies show that there is a link between lack of lycopene in your diet with two sleep problems. “Short sleep”—meaning sleeping five or less hours in the night, and difficulty falling asleep.

People with these two sleep problems generally have lower levels of lycopene in their blood than those who get quality sleep.

Pink or red grapefruits contain high levels of lycopene that promote better sleep pattern. Eating a grapefruit before bedtime will help your body get that rest it needs.


Improves digestive health

Grapefruit contains many other medicinal properties that make it an excellent food for individuals suffering from digestive disorders such as indigestion, constipation, IBS, gas, bloating and the like.

Eating a grapefruit helps stimulate production of healthy stomach acid for proper digestion of food. Its high antioxidative and anti-inflammatory effects help to reduce digestive discomfort from a poor diet.

When eating the fruit, eat it with its albedo and pith (the white matters under the skin) for their extra fiber that aids bowel movements.


Soothes sore throats and coughs

Taking high doses of vitamin C is a great help to boost your immune system in fighting a cough, cold and sore throat that usually come in a cluster.

Although oranges are high in vitamin C, it is not advisable to eat them when you have a sore throat due to its “warming” nature. Instead, drink freshly-extracted grapefruit juice with a little raw honey that helps to relieve sore throats and soothes coughs almost instantly.

Grapefruit Consumption Tips

Choose grapefruits as you would oranges—firm and springy to the touch. If you can, choose the pink or red variety which contain more phytonutrients, and are slightly sweeter.
Keep grapefruits at room temperature before juicing to get maximum juice yield. To prepare, quarter the fruit and peel off the skin.

Cautionary Note

Grapefruit contains high levels of flavonoid naringin that will reject synthetic man-made drugs. This is beneficial for our human cells because it helps to recognize alien compounds which should not be in our body, therefore, are treated as toxins.

The presence of grapefruits may halt the metabolism of these drugs, leaving the drugs in your body, thus creating the risk of toxic poisoning. You may have been told that grapefruit is the cause of the toxicity, but in fact, it is really the drugs that is causing the toxicity.

If you are not under medication, grapefruit juice can do a world of good. However, despite all its goodness, always remember to take only in moderation.

celery

Celery is from the same family with parsley and fennel, the Umbelliferae family. It can grow to the height of up to 16 inches. The white celery is grown shaded from direct sunlight, thus has less chlorophyll, compared to its greener counterparts.

The ribs of celery are crunchy and are often used to make soup or salad. It has a salty taste, so celery juice is a good mix with the sweeter fruit juices. Depending on variety, some may taste very salty.

Nutritional Benefits Of Celery


Celery leaves has high content of vitamin A, whilst the stems are an excellent source of vitamins B1, B2, B6 and C with rich supplies of potassium, folate, calcium, magnesium, iron, phosphorus, sodium and plenty essential amino acids.

Nutrients in the fiber are released during juicing, aiding bowel movements. The natural organic sodium (salt) in celery is very safe for consumption, in fact is essential for the body. Even individuals who are salt-sensitive can safely take the sodium in celery, unlike table salt (iodised sodium) which is harmful for those with high blood pressure.

While many foods lose nutrients during cooking, most of the compounds in celery hold up well during cooking.


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Health Benefits Of Celery

Celery has always been associated with lowering of blood pressure. When combined with other juices, it provides different formula that help other conditions.

Recent studies have shown that celery might also be effective in combating cancer. Read on.


Some of the health benefits of celery juice:

Acidity: The important minerals in this magical juice effectively balance the body’s blood pH, neutralizing acidity.

Athletes: Celery juice acts as the perfect post-workout tonic as it replaces lost electrolytes and rehydrates the body with its rich minerals.

Blood Pressure: Celery has organic sodium that actually reduces blood pressure rather than increases it. Drinking celery juice every day for a week significantly helps lower blood pressure. A compound called phtalides help relax the muscle around arteries, dilating the vessels and allowing blood to flow normally. To be effective, drink the juice for one week, stop for three weeks, and start over.

Cancer: Celery is known to contain at least eight families of anti-cancer compounds. Among them are the acetylenics that have been shown to stop the growth of tumor cells. Phenolic acids which block the action of prostaglandins that encourage the growth of tumor cells. And coumarins which help prevent free radicals from damaging cells.

Cholesterol:
This humble pale juice has been shown to effectively and significantly lower total cholesterol and LDL (bad) cholesterol.

Colon and stomach cancer: The phytochemical coumarins prevent the formation and development of the colon and stomach cancers.

Constipation: The natural laxative effect of celery helps to relieve constipation. It also helps relax nerves that have been overworked by man-made laxatives.

Cooling: During dry and hot weather, drink a glass of celery juice two or three times a day, between meals. It wonderfully helps to normalize body temperature.

Diabetes:
Celery juice is an excellent drink for diabetics as it contains flavones (a type of antioxidant) that not only help to lower blood sugar levels, also prevent sugar spikes.

Diuretic: The potassium and sodium in celery juice helps to regulate body fluid and stimulate urine production, making it an important help to rid the body of excess fluid.

Inflammation: The polyacetylene in celery is an amazing relief for inflammation in rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, gout, asthma and bronchitis.

Kidney function:
Celery promotes healthy and normal kidney function by aiding elimination of toxins from the body. While eliminating toxins, it also prevents formation of kidney stones.

Nervous system: The organic alkaline minerals in celery juice has a calming effect on the nervous system, making it a wonderful drink for insomniacs.

Weight loss:
Drink celery juice frequently throughout the day. It helps curb your cravings for sweets and rich food.

Urinary stones, breaking of:
The diuretic effect of celery juice also aids the breaking and elimination of urinary and gall bladder stones.

You can expect many more healing benefits from celery juice as you consume its natural sodium.


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Consumption Tips

Choose green celery where possible for its chlorophyll. Ensure that the ribs are still firm, not limp. To store in the fridge, keep celery in a sealed container or wrap in a plastic bag.

Do not leave it at room temperature for too long as it tends to wilt quickly. If your celery has wilted, sprinkle it with a little water and put it in the refrigerator for a few hours. It will regain its crispness.

Cautionary Note


Celery is such a succulent plant that it produces its own “pesticide” to protect itself from fungi. This protective layer is called psoralen which although protects the celery, may not go down so well with some people.

If you begin having skin problems after eating celery, it might mean that you have some sensitivity to psoralens.

Some people with low blood pressure had complained that celery makes their blood pressure even lower. I personally didn’t encounter that problem so I believe it is also your overall make-up. But, you might want to avoid celery if you have low blood pressure. Listen to your body when you eat celery.


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lemon

They are pretty, they are fragrant and they are oh so powerful. Although you may be used to lemons as a garnish to brighten up your culinary favorites, they are a nutritional powerhouse that should not be ignored as a main event. Be sure to stay stocked up on this citrus superfood and learn how you can improve your health with a simple squeeze!

Here’s the key: Lemons are healthy because they’re high in vitamin C, vitamin A, vitamin E, and B vitamins; they contain an impressive collection of essential minerals; they are alkalizing, detoxifying, and they’re antibacterial, antiviral, and anti-inflammatory… to name a few of the many wonderful things lemons can do.

1. Lemons supercharge the immune system

Lemons bolster the immune system — it’s probably the best-known benefit of lemons, but it’s still worth discussing. The high concentration of ascorbic acid, otherwise known as vitamin C, found in lemons is an essential component of a healthy, functioning immune system. Not only that, lemons are high in potassium, which protects your brain and nerves from cellular damage. Lemons also contain saponins, which have antimicrobial properties that fight off cold and flu viruses.

Lemons discourage the excessive production of mucus in your body and make it easier to break down, meaning you’re less likely to get all gunked up and beset by coughing fits. The anti-inflammatory properties of vitamin C in lemon also encourage strong respiratory health and discourage respiratory conditions like asthma.


2. Lemons restore a healthy internal pH

Sure, lemons contain loads of citric and ascorbic acid, meaning they’re acidic before you eat them, but once you swallow that lemon water or pulp, these acids are broken down. The combination of minerals contained within that yellow goodness is released into your digestive system, thereby alkalizing your blood.

What’s the significance of all this pH mumbo jumbo? Well, it turns out that most common diseases occur in an acidic environment. The more acidic your blood is, the more susceptible you are to disease or sickness. Consuming lemon on a regular basis can, therefore, lower your risk of developing a disease or health condition.


3. Lemons aid in the digestion process

The acidic profile of lemons is very similar to the digestive fluids found in your stomach. Therefore, eating lemon pulp or drinking lemon juice can trick your liver into producing bile. As a result, the food you eat moves through your digestive system more smoothly and doesn’t overstress your gastrointestinal system.

The digestive benefits of consuming lemons don’t stop there. The ascorbic and citric acids found in lemons encourage your digestive system to break down foods in your stomach at a slower rate. This is good news for your health, as it means you absorb more nutrients from the food you eat and your insulin levels remain steady, rather than spiking.


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4. Lemons ward off free radicals

You’ve probably heard of these guys before (or perhaps the band, if you’re familiar with the 90s pop music scene), but you may not know what kind of havoc these little critters are wreaking in your body every single day. Free radicals are arguably one of the greatest causative factors for aging. The oxidative damage they impose results in cell death, and in some cases, the development of cancer.

The high concentration of vitamin C found in lemons is the natural enemy of free radicals. Vitamin C is one of the most powerful antioxidants available to us (anti-oxidant — get it?). Vitamin C not only helps our body to heal itself faster and prevent the development of cellular mutation, but it also keeps our skin looking young and producing collagen, which ensures it stays hydrated and prevents wrinkles.


5. Lemons detoxify the body

Lemons promote the removal of toxins from the body in a number of ways. Firstly, they increase urination frequency, meaning the body can remove undesirable or harmful compounds and minerals at a faster rate. Secondly, the high level of citric acid found in lemons encourages increased enzyme production in the liver, which is the primary organ responsible for eliminating toxins from the body. So, the next time you have a few too many glasses of wine and wake up with a throbbing headache the following morning, a nice glass of warm lemon water might be just the ticket.


3 ways to use lemons for great health

Lemon water – Yes, simply adding lemon to your filtered drinking water can have dramatic positive impacts on your health. Keep fresh lemons around and add one daily to your water bottle daily. For even more benefits, try warm lemon water.

Lemon and green tea –
The dynamic duo of lemon and green tea makes not only a soothing warm drink but also an internal cleansing superstar. Add fresh lemon to warm or iced organic green tea.

Lemon and honey –
If you feel a cold or sore throat coming on make yourself a warm and delicious drink by adding the juice of fresh lemon to warm water along with a tablespoon of organic local honey.

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tumeric ginger lemonade tea

Turmeric and ginger have been used since forever. Both spices have a strong anti-inflammatry power, and you can use them to relieve your pain and many health conditions. When combined together, turmeric and ginger do wonders for your body.


Inflammation as underlying cause for many diseases


Inflammation helps the body set up a healthy balance. However, chronic inflammation may lead to serious diseases, such as cancer, heart disease, diabetes, arthritis, and depression. Turmeric has an incredible anti-inflammatory effect, and you can use it to maintain your health at optimal level.

Health benefits of turmeric tea


Curcumin gives turmeric its color and healing power. According to Herbal Medicine, turmeric relieves gas and optimizes liver function. You can use it to reduce joint inflammation, rheumatoid arthritis, chronic digestive issues and abdominal pain.

Unfortunately, the body is unable to absorb curcumin on its own. Combine it with black pepper to increase its bioavailability. Piperine in black pepper increases the absorption rate of curcumin by 2000 percent.

Health benefits of ginger tea


Ginger relieves pain and reduces inflammation as confirmed in the book Herbal Medicine. Believe it or not, it’s as effective as ibuprofen. You can use it to treat arthritis-related pain, rheumatism, osteoarthritis, nausea, stomach cramps, and cardiovascular issues.


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Health benefits of turmeric and ginger tea 

Anti-inflammatory effect


According to the journal Advances in Pharmacological Studies, turmeric extract has been used in the treatment of swollen joints, indigestion, irritable bowel syndrome and rheumatoid arthritis.

Ginger has a similar effect to non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs when it comes to relieving pain and reducing inflammation. The good part comes when you realize that ginger has almost no side effects.


Brain health


Thanks to their antioxidant effect, turmeric and ginger improve cognitive power and prevent/treat neurological diseases.

Ginger contains 6-shogaol, a compound that gives this spice its anti-inflammatory power. Use it to reduce memory impairment and relieve the symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease and dementia.

Turmeric has a positive neuro-effect on patients with dementia.


Digestion


A 2008 study confirmed that ginger has an excellent effect on the gastrointestinal tract. It enhances digestion, and reduces inflammation. Ginger is also used in the treatment of nausea and intestines.

Turmeric can be used as an effective remedy for irritable bowel disease, indigestion, stomach ulcers, gastroesophaegal reflux disease and Crohn’s disease.


Heart health and blood pressure

According to the International Journal of Cardiology, curcumin extract lowers the risk of blood clots, and prevents irregular heartbeat.

Ginger lowers blood pressure and prevents palpitations.


Blood circulation 

The journal Current Cardiology Reviews reported that ginger stimulates blood flow and other cardiovascular issues. Curcumin prevents oxidative stress, too.


Cholesterol issues


Combine ginger and turmeric to lower your cholesterol levels and prevent heart disease and heart attack.

This powerful duo can also boost your immunity, and help you prevent and treat cancer. According to the journal Molecules, curcumin can suppress initiation, progression and metastasis. You can use this combination to manage diabetes symptoms, promote a healthy weight loss .

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Turmeric and ginger tea recipe

Ingredients:

  • 1 tsp. fresh ginger tea or 1/3 tsp. dried turmeric
  • 1 tsp. fresh turmeric root or 1/3 tsp. dried turmeric
  • ¼ tsp. black pepper
  • Raw honey and a lemon slice
Preparation:

First, bring a cup of water to a boil. Turn the heat off, and add in your spices. Steep for 5 minutes, and don’t forget to put the lid on. Strain and sweeten with honey. Add in your black pepper and lemon.

Caution

  • Avoid ginger and turmeric in any of the following cases:
  • You take blood thinners (drugs that prevent blood clots)
  • You use diabetes medication
  • You take medicine for hypertension
  • You deal with gallstones and kidney stones
Using large amounts of turmeric and ginger isn’t safe for pregnant women and nursing moms.
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milk,  skincare, beauty

A rich source of calcium and protein, milk usually features on the A-list of healthy foods for many of us. But if you are wondering whether milk can double up as an ingredient in your skincare routine, you are on the right track! Milk, especially when it is raw and unpasteurized or slightly fermented or sour (think buttermilk), can help your skin in many ways.


1. Fights Wrinkles

With age, not only do fine lines and wrinkles make their presence felt but your skin also becomes thinner and less firm. But sometimes, this skin aging takes place ahead of its time, due to factors like poor skin care or excess exposure to the sun. But the goodness of milk can help you fight these signs of skin aging. Milk contains an alpha hydroxy acid known as lactic acid that can boost skin health.2 According to one study, when participants used lactic acid on their skin twice a day for 3 months it reduced the appearance of wrinkles and lines, made skin smoother, and improved its firmness and thickness. Since lactic acid is formed when milk is fermented by bacteria, apply raw or slightly sour milk to make the most of this beneficial effect.


2. Works As A Gentle Exfoliator

It’s important to exfoliate skin regularly to remove dead skin cells which make your complexion dull and lifeless. Thanks to lactic acid, milk can work as a gentle exfoliator which dissolves dead skin cells, without any of the damaging effects you’d see with harsh chemical exfoliators.

Apply milk directly on your face or even add it to your bath water for a natural and gentle exfoliation treatment. If you have thick, oily skin, you may want to exfoliate 3–4 times a week. More sensitive skin calls for exfoliating just once or twice a week.


3. Revives Sun-Damaged Skin And Soothes Sunburns


Sun exposure can cause a lot of damage to your skin. It can thin out your skin, make it less elastic, and lead to wrinkles. But research shows that lactic acid can help mitigate sun damage. It results in the shedding of your epidermis, which is the outer layer of skin, thereby promoting the remodeling of skin. Studies have also found that treatment with lactic acid can increase collagen, which is a protein that imparts strength and firmness to skin. In fact, it can even help fade your suntan (more on this later).

Interestingly, milk is also recommended in the ancient science of ayurveda for soothing sunburns. The antioxidants in milk can help soothe the pain and inflammation while the fats lock in the moisture. Just dip a gauze pad in some cold milk and apply it to sun-burned skin for relief.


4. Helps Fix Uneven Skin


Freckles, brown spots, suntan, hyperpigmentation, skin disorders like melasma all have something in common. That’s melanin, the pigment which is responsible for skin color. As melanin increases, your skin gets darker.8 Excessive deposits of melanin can lead to a hyperpigmented or uneven complexion. Raw or sour milk can help here too. Studies show that skin treated with lactic acid has lower deposits of melanin.

You could even try a traditional recipe from South Asia for lightening skin. Combine raw milk or buttermilk with turmeric powder to make a thick paste and apply it to darkened or tanned skin. Rinse off once dry.10 Turmeric adds to milk’s skin-lightening power as it contains a bioactive compound known as curcumin which can inhibit the production of melanin.



5. Moisturizes Skin


Dry skin is a common problem that many of us face. Dryness can result in flaky, scaly skin that feels rough to the touch and may even itch or crack.12 Lactic acid present in milk is a powerful humectant, that is, it draws and preserves moisture and helps keep your skin supple. Meanwhile, fats present in milk can coat your skin and prevent the moisture from escaping. Milk proteins also help smoothen and soften skin, which is why they are found in the ingredient list of many cosmetic moisturizers.13 Apply some creamy full milk to your skin every day for plump, moisturized skin.


Milk In Your Diet: Effects On Skin


Healthy skin requires a nutritious diet and a balanced intake of macronutrients (carbs, proteins, fats) and micronutrients (minerals, vitamins).15. Milk that way is a nutritionally dense food which offers a range of nutrients such as calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, zinc, copper, selenium, vitamin C, thiamine, riboflavin, niacin, pantothenic acid, vitamin B6, folate, vitamin A, vitamin B 12, vitamin E, and vitamin D.16 Many of these nutrients are not only beneficial but even vital for skin health. While that’s reason enough to include milk in your diet, ironically, research shows that that the dietary intake of milk can be a mixed bag when it comes to your skin.

In one study, for instance, intake of milk proteins for 3 months was associated with improved skin appearance. It helped reduce skin roughness, discoloration, and peeling or flaking of skin.17 But, on the other hand, a study that looked at dietary factors and skin aging found that lower intake of milk products was associated with less wrinkling of the skin.18 Research has also found an association between acne and the consumption of milk, especially skimmed milk. Though the mechanism through which milk might promote acne is not fully clear, growth facts and hormones present in milk are thought to be implicated.19

The bottom line? See how your body reacts to milk in general and have it in moderation. Many of the nutrients it offers can also be derived from other sources like fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. So there are other ways to catch up! And needless to say, if you have a dairy allergy, steer clear of applying milk on your face or drinking it.

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guava leaves

Who doesn’t know guava fruits? It is a tropical fruit that is well-known throughout the world. Do you know that guava leaves have a lot of health benefits? The young leaves of guava have been used as one of traditional medicines for so many years. It is said that guava leaves are more beneficial than the fruit itself.

Asian people have steeped guava leaves in boiling water and drink the extract as a traditional remedy for diabetes. The leaves have many useful substances, such as antioxidants like vitamin C. No wonder, guava leaves are amazing for treating some diseases from diarrhea to cancer. Let’s see how amazing guava leaves are for your health.


Treating diarrhea


Guava leaves are effective in loosening the bowels and reducing stooling. It also reduces the pain of the diarrhea. You can simply drink guava leaf tea or guava extract in a form of capsule. To make the drink of guava leaves for treating diarrhea:

Prepare 30 grams of guava leaves with a handful of rice flour and boil them in 2 glasses of water. Drink the mixture twice a day.


Treating some cancer types
Guava leaves are very effective in preventing some cancer types, such as gastric cancer and prostate cancer. Guava leaves extract is so effective in treating patients with gastric (stomach) cancer. Guava leaves are rich in antioxidants, anticancer and antitumor properties coming from lycopene, quercetin and vitamin C. They work together as a compound to make the radical in the body get neutralized.

Prostate cancer can also be treated by consuming guava leaves. Guava leaves are rich in lycopene that are very effective in fighting some cancer. It inhibits androgen production, which is the male hormone that growing some cells in prostate cancer. Due to the fact that guava leaves are rich in vitamin A, they are said to be effective in treating prostate cancer.


Weight loss
Guava leaves are believed to have the ability to prevent complex starches to be converted into sugars. As a result, the carbs must be broken down in the liver by the body. Here is the role of guava leaves: to prevent the transition of carbs into usable compounds.


Prevent diabetes

When guava leaves are steeped into tea, it is proved to have a significant effect in lowering blood sugar in diabetes patients. It also prevents the sucrose and maltose absorption by the body so that it could lower blood sugar levels. Try drinking guava leaf tea for 12 weeks and you can lower the blood sugar level without increasing the production of insulin.


No more oral problems

Guava leaves are rich in antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties that could prevent the growth of bacteria causing dental plaque. Hence, guava leaves are also effective to reduce gum inflammation. Terrible mouth odor problem can also be solved by consuming guava leaves.


Infections, no more!

The existence of bacteria in your body system may cause some diseases, such as diarrhea, fever and dizziness. By consuming guava leaves regularly, you may prevent the infections because guava leaves are rich in antibacterial properties. Drinking a cup of guava leaf tea will also boost your energy and stimulate faster recovery process.


Treating allergic reactions

Surprisingly, food allergies both in adults and children can be treated by consuming guava leaves. There are some compounds in guava leaves called Polyphenolic and Eugenol that are very helpful to boost your immune system and eliminate the factors of allergies.


Promoting hair growth


Hair fall is a very terrible problems, especially for women. However, when you have guava leaves, it won’t be no more. If you apply the remedy regularly, guava leaves can stimulate the growth of hair. You just need to crush a handful of guava leaves, boil them in 1 liter of water. Wait for 20 minutes. After the water is cooling down, apply the water to your scalp and massage for around 15 minutes. Rinse it with clean water. This is a safe treatment for promoting hair growth as it doesn’t have any harmful effect.


Say no to acne!

Acne is also a big problem, isn’t it? It takes time to heal and the most annoying part is it has marks! You can choose guava leaves to treat your acne problem. Guava leaves are rich in antioxidants, antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. They are very effective in treating your acne problems. It also has a great effect in reducing redness and swelling on your skin. Read Benefits of Aloe Vera Gel for Acne to see other treatment of acne.


Dengue fever life saver

Guava leaves are natural remedy for dengue fever. The extract of guava leaves can boost the number of blood platelets. It does not harmful at all. To treat dengue fever, you can boil 9 guava leaves by using 5 cups of water and wait until 3 cups are left. Strain and cool it down. Give the concoction to the patient three times a day.


Anti-aging

Antioxidants in guava leaves destroy the free radicals that are very harmful to your skin. It is effective to protect your skin from getting ageing and improve your skin tone and texture. So, your skin will get tightened.




Side effects of guava leaves

Though guava leaves are very beneficial and effective for treating health benefits, there are some considerations you still need to pay attention to.
  • Guava leaves may cause:
  • Upset stomach
  • Loss in appetite
  • Insomnia
  • Vomiting
  • Sore throat
  • Might react with drugs related to high blood pressure
  • Bloating effect

Cautions


There are some cautions of consuming guava leaves. Pay attention to these:
  • Pregnant women are not suggested to consume guava leaves. It may cause complications.
  • Constipation may happen when you consume too much guava leaves.
  • There might be some allergies caused by guava leaves.
  • Do not consume guava leaf tea with other medicine related to pressure and diabetes.
So, now you have seen a lot of health benefits of guava leaves. Remember that you have to pay attention to the dosage of guava leaves before you consume it to prevent further reactions. Include guava leaves in your herbal tea and enjoy the powerful effect!

Home remedies can sometimes range from the super practical to the downright bizarre. I recently saw someone ask on Facebook if anyone had experience using a “mustard plaster” as a cure for a congested chest. Another person I know swears that duct tape cures a boatload of ailments, including warts.

The advantage of using home remedies is, of course, that they’re often low- to no-cost and they can quickly heal without a doctor appointment or an expensive trip to the pharmacy. They’re often more natural than other cures, as some rely on principals from Eastern medicine and others on tricks from grandma and grandpa. Plus, let’s admit it—they can be kind of fun and interesting (as long as you aren’t looking to home remedies as cure-alls and you’re seeking actual medical attention when necessary).

We’ve heard all these tips and tricks, and while some make sense, others can seem almost ridiculous or dangerous. So it got me thinking—which home remedies are tried and true, proven go-to answers? After a little research by my team, here’s what we’ve come up with.

ginger, nausea, sore throat

1. Ginger for Nausea & Sore Throats

What it is:
A spicy root used in cooking, ginger is available at most grocery stores, health food stores and Asian markets. It’s been used for thousands of years in Asian and Indian medicines.

How to use it: Try grating a teaspoon into warm water to create a tea to soothe sore throats. It also comes in a candied dried form, which you can use to soothe your stomach (or throat) as needed. You can also buy pickled, thinly sliced ginger, like you see at sushi restaurants. In restaurants, ginger is used as a digestif to end the meal and as a palate cleanser between courses. Use it the same way in your cooking or add it to spicy or citrus dishes.

olive, olive oil, nausea

2. Olives for Nausea

What it is: Believe it or not, an olive is actually a fruit. It’s edible and produces oil used in cooking and other applications. Olives are grown in the Mediterranean and they’re cured and fermented before they become edible.

How to use them: Simply eat a few olives to stave off feelings of nausea from morning or motion sickness. As we all unfortunately know, that awful watery-mouth feeling is usually a precursor to throwing up. Well, the tannins in olives dry up your saliva to ease that icky feeling. They also have a lot of “good fats” and vitamin E, so they’re a healthy addition to your diet. The green ones are less ripe than the black ones, and can have a milder, fruitier flavor.



peppermint, digestion

3. Peppermint for Digestion

What it is: Peppermint is a natural herb. The leaves are dried for tea or used to extract essential oils. You can find peppermint as an essential oil, dried leaves, or used as a flavoring for candy and foods. It’s also used to scent many things and can be used in aromatherapy applications as well.

How to use it: I love peppermint. (Who doesn’t?) It does all sorts of wonderful things. Sipping peppermint tea or adding a few drops of oil to a glass of water can help with digestion. (Hence, the popular after-dinner mint.) It’s a stress soother, and popping some peppermint (or cinnamon) gum can ease your anxiety and frustration when driving.


dandelion, bloating

4. Dandelion Tea for Bloating

What it is: We all think of dandelions as weeds, but they’re a surprisingly hearty and useful little plant. Their greens can be used in salads and as flavoring in root beer, plus they can even be used to make wine! While they’re definitely bitter, they contain loads of vitamin K and C—adding a boost of health and flavor to dishes all over the world. The leaves (and sometimes the flowers) are also dried for tea.

How to use it:
Dandelion tea is used for many detoxifying and liver boosting purposes in herbal medicine. It’s a diuretic, so it’s often used to ease bloating and cramping. The tea can be a little bit tannic and bitter, so add a little honey to help it taste smoother.

sugar, hiccups

5. Sugar for Hiccups

What it is:
That sweet, delicious white stuff in your cupboard, which comes from plants (sugarcane and sugar beet). Sugar is a carbohydrate, and we’ve all heard a lot about health concerns surrounding our overuse of sugar—from diabetes and weight gain to the effects it can have on the brain and nervous system.

How to use it: In the case of hiccups, sugar is one of the fastest and most commonly used remedies. Literally: a spoonful of sugar is the cure. It works by stimulating your vagus nerve, causing your diaphragm spasms to stop (the cause of the hiccup in the first place). Frightening someone or getting them to hold their breath can also work, but it’s a less “sweet” solution.

Baking Soda

6. Baking Soda for Bee Stings, Poison Ivy, Teeth Whitening, UTIs and Odors

What it is: Baking soda typically comes in that familiar little yellow and orange box. It’s a crystallized form of the alkaline chemical compound sodium bicarbonate. It can be used for a variety of applications from deodorizing to neutralizing acids to baking.

How to use it: For bee stings and poison ivy, make a paste from water and baking soda to soothe the burn of the sting, ease the redness and itchiness, and alleviate the soreness. For tooth whitening, try making yet more baking soda paste or even adding a little to your toothpaste. It can feel a little gritty, but it polishes your teeth and removes stains. Baking soda can be used to soothe (not cure) urinary tract infections until you can make it to the doctor. Dissolve a teaspoon of baking soda in a cup of water and drink to neutralize the acid in your urinary tract, soothing the urgency. The antibacterial properties of baking soda also help hold the infection at bay, but again, this isn’t a cure. You still need to get to the doctor as soon as possible. Lastly, baking soda is great at absorbing odors, which is why you put the box in the back of your fridge, sprinkle it on carpets and more. So if you have foot odor problems, sprinkle baking soda in your shoes to combat odor and keep things smelling and feeling fresh.


Apple Cider Vinegar, diarrhea

7. Apple Cider Vinegar for Diarrhea, Sore Throat, Stinky Feet and for Clear Skin


What it is: Made from fermented cider or juice, this acidic amber-colored liquid is a go-to for many applications. It’s used in baking, for pickling and preserving, and for adding flavor to dishes in the kitchen.

How to use It:
Adding two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar to a glass of water can soothe stomach and colon linings while fighting off bacteria. Mix two tablespoons with water (and if you need to, add a little honey) and gargle to soothe a sore throat. Apple cider vinegar has probiotic properties, which can oust harmful bacteria. Because of that, it’s also helpful as a foot soak to combat smelly feet and as an astringent for oily or acne-prone skin. (Use a few drops on a cotton ball after washing your face.)

cornstarch, dry shampoo
 
8. Cornstarch as Dry Shampoo


What it is:
Cornstarch is a thickener made from corn kernels. It’s a dry powder used in baking, soups and sauces. It can also be used as shampoo!

How to use It: When combined with a little cocoa powder (for color) and essential oil, cornstarch shampoo can absorb excess oil and sweat, prolong your hairstyle and make your mornings much easier. The best part about this dry shampoo is it smells amazing! Try cinnamon oil for a Mexican hot-chocolate scent or orange oil for a yummy chocolate orange. This stuff’s easy to make and keeps for a long time.


garlic, colds, flu

9. Garlic for Colds, Flus and Sore Throats

What it is: We all know what garlic is—a strongly scented and flavored root used in almost every style of cooking. It’s easy to grow, inexpensive and easy to come by.

How to use it:
Garlic has been touted as a miracle cure—a healthy remedy for many ailments from yeast infections to fatigue. With antifungal and antibiotic properties, this little root does have a lot of benefits, including boosting your immune system. When you’re sick, a hot bowl of chicken soup (with lots of garlic) just may clear your sinuses and speed along the healing process. It’s been well studied and proven to help give you a boost. If you can handle it, raw garlic actually works better, as cooking can dull the effects. Consider adding it to your salad dressing or after your dish is cooked to make it a little more effective.

listerine, dandruff, foot fungus
10. Listerine® for Dandruff and Foot Fungus
What it is: This antiseptic mouthwash has been a go-to home remedy since 1879. It contains menthol and eucalyptol, as well as alcohol.

How to use it:
Pour it over your hair after washing (dilute it 1:4 with water). The menthol can be soothing and cooling to your dry scalp and can help “break up” some of the flaking. For foot fungus, soak feet in a combination of 1:1 Listerine® and white vinegar for 30 minutes a day and your yellow and cracked toenails should show vast improvement.


witch hazel
 
11. Witch Hazel and Essential Oils to Enjoy the Outdoors Annoyance Free


What it is: Witch hazel is an astringent liquid made from the bark and leaves of a witch hazel plant. You can buy it near the toner and face wash and it makes a great cleanser. The astringent property of the witch hazel repels insects.

How to use it: Combine witch hazel and essential oils with distilled water and keep in a spray bottle. Citronella oil can be offensive to bugs. Baby oil is optional in this recipe, but it does add a skin-softening quality to the spray. Is it as effective as DEET-laden chemical sprays? Sadly, no, but you can feel better about spraying your children with it, and it’ll help keep the outdoors more enjoyable.


Essential Oils

12. Essential Oils for…All Kinds of Things

What it is: Distilled and concentrated oil made from a variety of herbs. Generally they carry the same properties as the plant they’re taken from, but in a higher and more pure form. We use Young Living Essential Oils for a variety of things.

How to use them: Add a few drops of essential oil to a carrier oil (such as coconut) and apply topically. They can also be diluted in a spray, diffused for aromatherapy, added to cotton balls and put in the vacuum, rubbed on air vents, added to your humidifier and used dozens of other ways. They can also be taken orally as a dietary supplement as well (but only use 100% pure oils).

Here are just a few to try:

Eucalyptus: Energizing, promotes alertness, cleanser, helps with muscle pulls and aches

Lavender: Calming, relaxing, soothes skin, helps dry skin and beneficial for sleep

Geranium: ,Can have anti-anxiety and soothing effects

Cinnamon: Eases stress, aids in alertness, helps support the immune system and circulation

Lemon: Elevates mood, is cleansing, great for household uses and for soothing digestive issues.

Coconut Oil
  
13. Coconut Oil for Hair & Skin

What it is: A fatty oil taken from the flesh of the coconut. It’s a little thinner than solid vegetable oil and a little thicker than olive oil. It has a wide variety of uses and it’s the favored internet cure-all sensation for the past few years. (Just don’t believe everything you read!)

How to use it: While it may not do everything the internet claims, we do know coconut oil makes a great moisturizer and smooths fly-aways, plus it can be used in cooking. It’s wonderful for moisturizing your elbows and lips, and it’s a gentle and effective makeup remover.

duct tape, warts

14. Duct Tape for Warts

What it is: The go-to adhesive for most household chores. Kids love it because it makes strong fabric and you can use it for lots of projects. Adults love it because it will literally fix anything you need to stick together.

How to use it: To remove warts. (For real!) Cut a small piece of duct tape to the size of your wart, cover, and let set until it falls off. Soak the wart, then cover again. Continue the process until the wart goes away. It’s hard to say how it works (it may work by simply keeping the wart covered) and the science behind this one’s still out, but you can find lots of evidence that this actually works…but perhaps not for everyone.



aloe vera, burns

15. Aloe Vera for Burns, Cuts and Scrapes


What it is: This little succulent plant is pretty easy to grow, even if you aren’t a plant person. It needs minimal care and it flourishes by a window. In warm climates it can be put outside over the summer and brought into the house in the wintertime.

How to use it:
Break or cut off one of the spiky broad leaves and squeeze out the “goo” from inside. Use the gel to cover a burn, cut, or other area needing soothing. Aloe is used as an ingredient in many skincare products and it’s safe for use by most people. It’s just one of those plants every house should have!

What are YOUR favorite go-to home remedies? It seems every family and household has their own, from sleeping with a bar of soap to cure leg cramps to drinking pickle juice to cure a hangover. As in all cases, if you suspect a serious medical concern, always visit a professional, but there are many solutions to healthy living right from your cupboards at home!

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banana

If some health websites are to be believed, bananas are more than a convenient snack: They're a miracle cure for many conditions. One of these is depression, based on the fact that bananas contain serotonin. You've no doubt heard about this brain chemical, a naturally-occurring neurotransmitter that carries signals along and between nerves.

An important function of brain serotonin is to balance mood and contribute to well-being and happiness, which is why many antidepressants are designed to increase levels of serotonin in the brain.

Bananas for happiness: It's an appealing idea, but does it pan out?

Serotonin in Bananas

There is no question bananas contain serotonin, but grabbing one for a snack or adding it to your smoothie won't lift your spirits when you're down because the serotonin in bananas doesn't cross the blood-brain barrier. In other words, it physically cannot get into the brain to supplement the serotonin that is naturally produced.

Bananas may play an indirect role in affecting mood, however, by shoring up the amount of serotonin the brain is able to make. This is because they're a rich source of vitamin B6, which is necessary for helping the body to synthesize its own serotonin. If you happen to get too little of this vitamin in your diet, eating more of it may help boost your natural serotonin production.

Even then, a banana a day will not keep the blues away. The Recommended Daily Allowance (RDA) for vitamin B6 for adult men and women ages 19 to 50 is 1.3 milligrams (mg). One medium banana has 0.4 mg of vitamin B6, about 20 percent of the RDA, so you'd literally have to eat a whole bunch of them, five bananas, per day if they were your only source of vitamin B6.

It's a good thing, then, that there are plenty of other ways to get the recommended amount of vitamin B6. Plenty of other foods are rich in this nutrient. For instance, a cup of canned chickpeas has 1.1 mg of vitamin B6.

The vitamin is also plentiful in proteins like beef liver, yellowfin tuna, sockeye salmon, and chicken breast. Cereal often is fortified with vitamin B6 and even potatoes can compete: a cup of boiled spuds has a much vitamin B6 as a medium-sized banana. (The U. S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) defines a medium banana as being between 7 inches and 7 7/8 inches long.)
Why You Should Eat Bananas Anyway

Just because bananas aren't the miracle mood-lifter they've been touted to be doesn't mean they're nutritionally worthless.

According to the USDA, a single banana is rich in fiber, for example, one medium fruit has around 3.1 grams of fiber—12 percent of the recommended daily value. Bananas are low in calories (105) and have virtually no fat. At the same time, they're a rich source of potassium, an electrolyte that supports cells in nerves as well as the heart and other muscles. Too little potassium can contribute to high blood pressure (hypertension). You'll also get a decent dose of vitamin C from a banana—17 percent of the daily value for this nutrient.

By Nancy Schimelpfening, verywellmind 
turmeric, black pepper

Researchers at the University of Michigan have discovered that black pepper and turmeric combined together could play an important role in preventing and even treating breast cancer. Though, turmeric is a powerful medicinal herb on its own, when consumed orally, it has a poor bioavailability (absorption) due to its rapid metabolism in the liver and intestinal wall. Thus, black pepper can increase the bioavailability of the cancer, inflammation and infection fighter, curcumin, up to two thousand percent.

Health Benefits of Black Pepper and Turmeric


Anti-Cancer Combination. Recent studies have found that a compound in black pepper called piperine makes the cancer-fighting curcumin in turmeric as much as 1,000 times more bioavailable. Without piperine, bioavailability of turmeric is really low. In a study published in the Breast Cancer Research and Treatment Journal, researchers discovered that curcumin and piperine, when combined, were able to target cancer stem cells.

Reduces Pain and Inflammation.
Piperine and Curcumin compounds have been shown to influence more than 700 genes, and it can inhibit both the activity and the synthesis of cyclooxygenase-2 (COX2) and 5-lipooxygenase (5-LOX), as well as other enzymes that have been implicated in inflammation.

Weight-Loss:
Turmeric and black pepper can help with weight loss. The piperine in black pepper is thermogenic, meaning it raises the metabolism and increases the number of calories burned by the body. It is also believed to help trigger a sensation of fullness.

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blackpepper water

According to recent research, there is one drink on this planet that can simply save you from pain and many health problems – and that’s water with black pepper.

Black pepper and water are one of the best drinks you can consume if you want to lose weight and get rid of certain diseases. Water with black pepper is consumed in ancient India and is known to help build strong immunity.

Black pepper and water also cure diseases like diabetes and, according to some studies, have the power to heal even cancer.

How to prepare this drink?

Put two cups of water in a bowl. Add two teaspoons of powdered black pepper. Allow boiling at a medium temperature. Add a little salt and one or two rose leaves. Pour the water and consume it while it’s still warm.

This drink gives energy, prevent constipation, prevent dehydration, help with weight loss, and are also great for your bones.


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black pepper

In folk medicine, pepper is used for better digestion of food in the body, in neuralgia and rheumatic pains. The water in which pepper was cooked is a component of medicines to treat gastric diseases. Pepper tea is recommended for angina, stomatitis, and also for intestinal infections.

He cleans the body. It dissolves the lymph, has antitoxic properties. It restores nerves and mind and is very useful against nerve diseases. Also, it is very useful to chew it with raisins to remove excess fluid from the brain and from the stomach. It enhances the stomach and liver, improves appetite and digestion of food in the body: it is one of the most powerful stimulators for digestion. It purifies the digestive tract. Also, it dissolves dense and solid matter from food, as well as other dense substances. It is useful against a cough and cold, against bronchial asthma and chest pain.

Together with honey, he greatly cleanses the lungs from the thick mucus and stimulates urination. The tea of black crushed or diced pepper is given when someone is bitten by a snake or a scorpion, drink it in a few sips and causes vomiting until the vomiting expires and the condition improves until the doctor arrives.

Cure A Migraine
Black pepper can be used through the nose as a medicinal oil to cure a migraine and even epileptic seizures. It fits perfectly with cold foods such as cucumbers, salads and plentiful food in general.

Note: Like all spicy foods, pepper is not recommended to people with “hot temperament”. He irritates them. It is forbidden in case of gastritis, gastroenterological pain, stomach ulcer and duodenal ulcer. It should also not be used in the case of anemia and in diseases of the urinary tract. The mitigation of these negative features is possible with the use of cold oils and fats.

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rain health benefits

Numerous people enjoy the sound of the pouring rain, many find it romantic and soothing, and others find its smell pleasant for the nerves. Walking in the rain can be a healing experience, as it calms the mind, and releases the suppressed thoughts and emotions.

The scent of the rain has a special name, Petrichor, so named by two Australian scientists in the 1960s.

The fragrance is a combination of chemicals released by soil-dwelling bacteria, oils released from plants during dry spells and ozone created when lightning splits oxygen and nitrogen molecules that then turn into nitric oxide.

The rainy days are ideal if you are a bit stressed, feel blue, or just need some time to relax and enjoy the present moment.

However, despite lowering your stress levels, walking in the rain offers the following 7 benefits as well:
  1. The smell of the rain refreshes the mind
  2. The high humidity keeps the skin and hair moisturized, and being alkaline in nature, rain is great for the skin and scalp
  3. Japanese researchers found that physical activities done in a cold, rainy weather burn more calories and fats than when done on a good day
  4. While raining, droplets absorb dust and microbes, so the air is purified and cleaner
  5. Walking in the rain makes one feel rebellious, so feel free to do it when you feel like you need to break a rule
  6. A walk in the rain helps people see problems from another perspective
  7. As fewer people go out in the rain, these walks give us a better sense of space, so our thoughts and emotions can roam free, and run wild.
Therefore, do not be afraid to go out the next time it rains, and it will give you a new lease of life!

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peanut butter

Peanut butter has been used since forever, and yes, we combine it with almost anything. Its nutty flavor works well with jelly, right? Well, your favorite treat is actually healthy, and we will give you a few more reasons to eat it with your chocolate, apples and celery. You read that right.

Peanut butter is rich in healthy monounsaturated fats, and promotes a healthy weight loss process.

The benefits of peanut butter


In 2015, a group of researchers at Vanderbilt University conducted a study to determine whether peanut butter is healthy. According to them, peanut butter prevents premature death and optimizes health.

Polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fats make peanuts incredibly healthy. These nuts are also rich in potassium, antioxidants and fiber. Eat peanut butter regularly to lower your LDL cholesterol. It may also help you lower your risk of type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure and heart disease.

You don’t need to eat tons of peanut butter to get the most of its benefits. Even the tiniest amount will do wonders.

It’s tasty


Peanut butter keeps you full for longer, and keep in mind that you should consume it in moderation. Two tablespoons will do just fine for you.

Energy boost


Eat peanut butter to keep your energy up. It’s a perfect idea for your midday snack, and will also help you prevent blood sugar crash in afternoons.

Calorie-restricted diet


Peanuts have more protein than any other nuts. Two tablespoons of peanut butter will give you eight grams of protein. Peanut butter improves the metabolic rate, too. Eat peanut butter every day to increase your metabolic rate by 11 percent.

Muscle and nerve health

A serving of peanut butter will give you 12 percent of your recommended daily requirement for magnesium. This mineral takes part in over 300 biochemical reactions in the body. Magnesium regulates body temperature, cleanses the body and gives you energy. It’s also important for your bones and teeth.

Omega-6 fats


Omega-6 fats in peanut butter reduce inflammation but this nut spread lacks omega-3 fats. In other words, you should combine your peanut butter with flax seeds, chia seeds, salmon and other foods reach in these fats.

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Brain health


Peanut butter and olive oil will give you a lot of monounsaturated fats. Stress affects brain function, and antioxidant and anti-inflammatory agents in peanut butter neutralize this damage. Eat peanut butter regularly to reduce anxiety and optimize your brain function.

Stress


Peanut butter reduces stress levels and optimize your brain function. Beta-sitosterol in peanut butter affects serotonin levels. When you are stressed, your cortisol levels go up, and the body has to work extra hard. Beta-sitosterol lowers cortisol levels and calm your body.

Allergy

About three million Americans are allergic to peanuts. That’s why experts suggest that pregnant moms should eat peanut butter to reduce the risk of allergies in their children. Pregnant women should eat peanuts and other nuts three to five times a week.

Fights toxins

Vitamin E relieves premenstrual syndrome, protects from air pollution, prevents cataracts and other conditions. Some experts say that vitamin E prevents Alzheimer’s too.

Vitamin K is important for the blood clotting process and allows calcium to flow through the body.

Caution

We usually eat peanut butter with bread and crackers. However, combining peanut butter with high carbs isn’t a good idea. Eat the butter with celery, apples and other low-calorie foods.

A tablespoon of peanut butter has 100 calories, so try to measure your servings. Opt for products that don’t contain hydrogenated oils as these make it hard for your cells to communicate.

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eating fast, eating too much

Brits only spend 41 minutes of their day, total, to eat breakfast, lunch and dinner. To break that down, that means an average eating time of 8 minutes for breakfast, 13 minutes 45 seconds for lunch, and 19 minutes 27 seconds for breakfast.[1]

Americans take just a bit more time, with an average of one hour and 14 minutes a day spent eating the three major meals.[2]

While any one of us could easily justify the need for speed when it comes to eating (after all, there are always so many more things to get done in a day!), people who eat too quickly are likely to become obese, or develop metabolic syndrome, both of which increase your risk of heart disease, diabetes and stroke – all of which can be deadly.[3]

Your Body on Eating Fast


When you rush through a meal, no matter what time of day it is, your digestive system can’t keep up. When that happens, it can’t trigger the little flags in your brain that let you know you’re full. Inevitably, you overeat.

When you’ve ingested something, it takes a while for your stomach to catch up anyway – about 20 minutes, in fact. The process doesn’t start until your stomach begins to stretch. So if you slow down and give yourself a little more time, you may find that if you stop eating sooner, you won’t eat excess foods.


Eating slower gives your stomach more time to start working on the food

Think about the last time you were really hungry. Once you got your hands on food, you probably found yourself capable of eating just about everything in sight, and doing it quickly! You also probably suffered from serious heartburn later on. This is due to your stomach trying to catch up with the pace at which you were sending all that food down.

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Eating slower and taking at least 20 minutes to eat at a time, allows your digestive tract to get a head start in the process of digesting the food.

Additionally, when you eat too quickly, air gets into your stomach and overloads it. While this can produce more acid leading to heartburn or gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), it can also make you embarrassingly gassy.

Eating at a slower pace can help you enjoy your meal


Granted, you’ll already enjoy your food more if you don’t have heartburn, GERD, gas and bloating, but slowing down when you’re enjoying a meal can help you savor whatever it is you’re eating, as it allows you to be more aware.

You’ll find that you’re more aware of the texture, flavor and smell of the food, making the meal more interesting and memorable. This is especially great if you’re eating at a restaurant and you want to enjoy the moment.


eating fast, eating too much

How to Adapt the 20 Minute Eating Rule
If you have a habit of eating a lot, and doing so quickly, you won’t change that overnight. However, there are plenty of tips you can use to improve the time you take to eat a meal and eat as slow as 20 minutes for each meal.

1. Choose high-fiber foods that take more time to chew

What could you eat faster, raw broccoli or a breadstick? The high fiber, fresh veggie will take you longer to eat, simply because of its texture. Plus, the nutrients will fill you up faster! While you’re learning to slow down your eating habits, you’ll also be building some really healthy ones!

2. Put down your utensils between bites

This tip can feel daunting, but it isn’t as bad as you might think. In between bites, set down your utensil. It’s a small move, but the action forces you to slow down, even the smallest amount, and really focus on checking in with your body to determine if you’re full or not yet.

3. Try setting a minimum number of chews per bite


When you aren’t breaking down your food into tiny pieces, it can be very challenging to digest later on. Try to set a minimum number of chews per bite. This can be five or thirty-five, whatever feels best to you. Once you get into the habit, you won’t even have to count anymore.

4. Find another slow eater and pace yourselves to them

If you are aware you eat quickly, it’s probably because someone you dine with has pointed it out to you. The next time you eat with them, focus on the pace in which they consume their meal and match up to them. You don’t have to mirror them to the point they are uncomfortable, just find some self-awareness.

5. Talk with people who eat with you and slow down your eating pace

Be sociable. When you’re dining with someone, carry on a conversation. You’ll be amazed at how much less you need to eat to feel full.
Slow and Steady Wins

As you approach your next meal, and every meal thereafter, try to treat the experience like a memory to be made. If you go into the experience aware of the need to make it memorable, you may find yourself having an easier time slowing down to eat.

No matter how you have to train yourself to slow down, you’ll be grateful you took the time to do so. No meal and no rushed timeline is worth losing your health.


Source: Lifehack