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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. 

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.

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.


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!


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.



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 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.


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.


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.


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.


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. 



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 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.

sleep hours
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.

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.

sleep hours

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.


Friday, January 25, 2019

headache, migraine

Headaches happen to everyone, and everyone hates them. They can be mild or severe, they can be all over your head or radiate from one side.

Whatever they are, they’re the worst. They make simple tasks seem insurmountable and make even a great day miserable.

What you might not realize is that different types of headaches come from different causes, and that means they can be soothed, at least a little, if you know what’s causing the pain.

Just like with any other part of your body, you can learn the habits of headaches, and have a better idea of how to make them hurt less, as well as how to avoid them in the future with some simple changes to diet and habits.

There are actually several types of headaches. The most common are migraines, tension headaches, and cluster headaches. They can be the result of illness, injury, or a problem elsewhere in the body. They can also occur from stress and emotional tension, overexertion, or even dietary issues.

In addition, there are primary and secondary headaches. Primary headaches are annoying and painful, but are harmless. A secondary headache is a symptom of another problem, and can be anything from harmless to dangerous.

If you have recurring headaches or ones that really inhibit living your life, talk to a medical professional to learn about your treatment options. And read on to see what your headaches are trying to tell you.

Headache Type 1: Allergies

Headache Type 1: Allergies

Allergies are a major source of headaches, especially as they can cause blockage of the sinuses and pressure in the head.

Allergy headaches are often accompanied by watery, itchy eyes, and the ache is usually felt all over the head and face. If you suffer from seasonal allergies, you’ve probably had these.

Treatment can include antihistamine and cortisone medications, which are typically prescribed by a doctor.

Headache Type 2: Sinus

Headache Type 2: Sinus

A sinus infection causes pressure, but the infection does too.

These headaches are usually felt in the forehead, around the eyes, and in the cheeks. They’ll usually get worse as the day wears on.

Sinus headaches can be cleared up with antibiotics and/or nasal decongestants.

If you get these more than most people do, talk to your doctor to make sure there isn’t an internal issue like a deviated septum.

Headache Type 3: Anxiety

Headache Type 3: Anxiety

If you’re stressed out, you might feel pain across your forehead in a “headband” formation.

These headaches usually come during periods of stress and anxiety, such as being overworked or going through an emotional time.

Stress management is the best way to prevent these headaches. Breathing and mediation help when your head starts to throb, and getting enough sleep is important in soothing these too.

Headache Type 4: Cluster

Headache Type 4: Cluster

Cluster headaches are severely painful and usually centered around the eye.

They can cause the eye to water and can also cause nasal congestion. Facial flushing is also common.

These headaches are more common in men than in women and often come in attacks. There’s no real known cause, although it may be genetic, and alcohol and smoking can exacerbate them.

Prescribed medication is typically the best way to soothe these.

Headache Type 5: Caffeine Withdrawal

Headache Type 5: Caffeine Withdrawal

If you drink a lot of coffee, you might notice that your head hurts after a while without a cup. This is a sign of withdrawal — caffeine is a drug, after all.

These headaches are throbbing, caused by blood vessels which were constricted by the caffeine, dilating again.

The best way to stop these is to cut down on caffeine. In severe cases, you may have to cut out caffeinated drinks altogether.

Headache Type 6: Migraine

Headache Type 6: Migraine

Migraines tend to run in families, so if your family has a history of them, you very well may experience them too. Pain is usually felt on one side of the head and is moderate to severe.

They can last anywhere from four to 72 hours, and can inhibit everyday activity. Some people experience nausea, vomiting, and sensitivity to light and/or sound.

Some people also experience an aura before the onset of a migraine.

Migraines are typically treated with medication, as well as biofeedback.

Headache Type 7: Tension

Headache Type 7: Tension

Tension headaches are the most common type and are usually felt in the temples, the back of the head, and down the neck.

They can be mild to severe, but can usually be alleviated with aspirin or other over-the-counter painkillers.

These headaches might be caused by strain on the muscles and connective tissue in the neck and scalp, and can be caused by both physical and emotional stress.

Treatments also include rest and stress management.

Headache Type 8: Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ)

Headache Type 8: Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ)

TMJ pain stems from muscle contractions in the temple and jaw, and can also come with a painful clicking noise in the temple when the jaw is moved.

It’s usually caused by the jaw being out of alignment, causing strain.

Treatment includes relaxation of the muscles and correction of the bite to align the jaw.

Headache Type 9: Digestive Issues

Headache Type 9: Digestive Issues

A headache that comes at the same time as stomach upset is likely caused by something you ate. Hunger can also cause headaches, so sometimes it’s something you didn’t eat!

Other times, these headaches can be caused by food allergies and sensitivities, as well as to additives.

Over-consumption of alcohol will also cause these headaches, which are felt across the forehead and in the eyes and temples.

If you get these frequently, reassess your diet, possibly with the help of a nutritionist, and keep alcohol consumption to a minimum.

Headache Type 10: Giant Cell Arteritis

Headache Type 10: Giant Cell Arteritis

Giant cell arteritis is an inflammation of the lining of the arteries, and is typically found in the arteries in the head, usually around the temples.

It causes headaches and scalp tenderness, as well as jaw pain and vision problems. Without treatment, it can even cause vision loss and increase risk of stroke.

This condition requires medication, so talk to your doctor.

Do you get headaches often? Do you have a tried-and-true remedy you’d like to share?

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Practiced for thousands of years by cultures around the world –detoxification is about resting, cleansing and nourishing the body from the inside out. By removing and eliminating toxins, then feeding your body with healthy nutrients, detoxifying can help protect you from disease and renew your ability to maintain optimum health. These foods will assist in boosting your metabolism, optimizing digestion, while allowing you to lose weight and fortify your immune system.



Artichokes help the liver function at its best, which in turn will help your body purge itself of toxins and other things it doesn’t need to survive. It ups the liver’s production of bile, and since bile helps break down foods which helps your body use the nutrients inside them, an increase in bile production is typically a good thing.



Apples are full of wonderful nutrients. You get fibre, vitamins, minerals and many beneficial phytochemicals such as D-Glucarate, flavonoids and terpenoids. All of these substances are used in the detox process. One flavonoid, Phlorizidin (phlorizin), is thought to help stimulate bile production which helps with detox as the liver gets rid of some toxins through the bile. Apples are also a good source of the soluble fibre pectin, which can help detox metals and food additives from your body. It’s best to eat only organic apples as the non-organic varieties are among the top 12 foods that have been found to contain the most pesticide residues. Organically produced apples also have a 15 percent higher antioxidant capacity than conventionally produced apples.


Almonds are the best nut source of Vitamin E. In fact, just one ounce contains 7.3 mg of “alpha-tocopherol” vitamin E, the form of the vitamin the body prefers. They’re also high in fiber, calcium, magnesium, and useable protein that helps stabilize blood sugar and remove impurities from the bowels.



Not only does asparagus help to detoxify the body, it can help you wage the anti-aging battle, protect you from getting cancer, help your heart to stay healthy, and is a general anti-inflammatory food. It’s also known to help with liver drainage, which might sound like a bad thing, but since the liver is responsible for filtering out the toxic materials in the food and drinks we consume, anything that backs up its drainage is not doing you any favors. Asparagus also helps reduce risk of death from breast cancer and increase the odds of survival.



This wonder fruit is packed with antioxidants, lowers cholesterol and dilates the blood vessels while blocking artery-destroying toxicity. Avocados contain a nutrient called glutathione, which blocks at least 30 different carcinogens while helping the liver detoxify synthetic chemicals. Researchers at the University of Michigan found that elderly people who had high levels of glutathione were healthier and less likely to suffer from arthritis. Consuming avocados is associated with better diet quality and nutrient intake level, lower intake of added sugars, lower body weight, BMI and waist circumferences, higher “good cholesterol” levels and lower metabolic syndrome risk.



Basil has anti-bacterial properties, and it’s full of antioxidants to protect the liver. The active ingredients are terpenoids. It is also wonderful for digestion and detoxification, too. It supports the functioning of the kidneys and also acts as a diuretic to help the body expel unwanted toxins. Basil has been known to have anti-ulcer qualities as well as antimicrobial effects that guard against bacteria, yeast, fungi and mold. Basil seed can also help with constipation. The anticancer properties of basil may also relate to its ability to influence viral infections.



A single serving of beets can do more for your health than most foods in the produce isle. Not only can they boost your energy and lower your blood pressure, but eating beets in the long-term can help you fight cancer, reduce arthritic pain, boost your brain as well as help you lose weight. Beets contain a unique mixture of natural plant chemicals (phytochemicals) and minerals that make them superb fighters of infection, blood purifiers, and liver cleansers. They also help boost the body’s cellular intake of oxygen, making beets excellent overall body cleansers. When you’re detoxing, beets will help by making sure that the toxins you’re getting out actually make it out of your body. Many detox cleanses go wrong when toxins are reintroduced to the body because they don’t make it all the way out.



Blueberries contain natural aspirin that helps lessen the tissue-damaging effects of chronic inflammation, while lessening pain. Just 300 grams of blueberries protects against DNA damage. Blueberries also act as antibiotics by blocking bacteria in the urinary tract, thereby helping to prevent infections. They have antiviral properties and are loaded with super-detoxifying phytonutrients called proanthocyanidins.



These tasty treats are packed with selenium, which is key to flushing mercury out of your body. The body uses selenium to make ‘selenoproteins’, which work like antioxidants preventing damage to cells and there is growing body of evidence to show it has a key role in our health. The consumption of brazil nuts has been found to be inversely associated with risk of pancreatic cancer, independent of other potential risk factors for pancreatic cancer.



Broccoli specifically works with the enzymes in your liver to turn toxins into something your body can eliminate easily. If you’re stuck for ways on how to make broccoli taste better try dehydrating or consider eating it raw. But don’t microwave it as this destroys both the nutritional and detox potential. Broccoli contains a very powerful anti-cancer, anti-diabetic and anti-microbial called sulforaphane which helps prevent cancer, diabetes, osteoporosis and allergies.



Broccoli sprouts can actually provide more benefit than regular broccoli as they contain 20 times more sulfurophane. They contain important phytochemicals that are released when they’re chopped, chewed, fermented, or digested. The substances are released then break down into sulfurophanes, indole-3-carbinol and D-glucarate, which all have a specific effect on detoxification. Add these to your salads and get creative with them in your meals. Researchers have found that an oral preparation made from broccoli sprouts trigger an increase in inflammation-fighting enzymes in the upper airways.


In addition to cleansing your liver, cabbage will also aid in helping you go to the bathroom, which in turn helps you expel the toxins, getting them out of your system so you can start fresh. It contains sulfur, which is essential when it comes to breaking down chemicals and removing them from your body. Along with other cole crops, cabbage is a source of indole-3-carbinol, a chemical that boosts DNA repair in cells and appears to block the growth of cancer cells.



The oils from cinnamon contain active components called cinnamaldehyde, cinnamyl acetate, and cinnamyl alcohol. Cinnamaldehyde has been well-researched for its effects on blood platelets helps prevent unwanted clumping of blood cells. Cinnamon’s essential oils also qualify it as an “anti-microbial” food, and cinnamon has been studied for its ability to help stop the growth of bacteria as well as fungi, including the commonly problematic yeast Candida. Cinnamon’s antimicrobial properties are so effective that recent research demonstrates this spice can be used as an alternative to traditional food preservatives. It has one of the highest antioxidant values of all foods and its use in medicine treats everything from nausea to menstruation and energy to diabetes.



While they are more popular as fruits that help prevent urinary tract infections, cranberries are antibacterial and are known to remove many different toxins from your body. Cranberries feature a rich profile of anti-inflammatory nutrients, provide immune and cardiovascular support, as well as promote digestive health. Consuming cranberry products has been associated with prevention of urinary tract infections (UTIs) for over 100 years.

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