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Saturday, August 17, 2019

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!

Thursday, August 1, 2019

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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Monday, July 29, 2019

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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Friday, July 26, 2019

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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Saturday, July 20, 2019

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.

peanut butter
 
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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Friday, July 12, 2019

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.


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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.


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Sunday, June 23, 2019

soursop

In the world today, many people look to alternative methods such as herbs, plants, fruits and vegetables, rather than the doctor’s prescription drugs to cure diseases. The growing popularity of herbal medicines has grown tremendously and is taking a fair share out of the market. An example of a food that some are turning to, is a fruit name soursop, which some research claim can prevent and even treat cancer.

Soursop is a alkaline fruit that is native to the tropical parts of Africa but can also be found today in the Caribbean, South American and Southeast Asia.

According to the World Health Organization, there are roughly 8 million cancer related deaths a year in the world. Over the next 20 years, that number of cases is expected to increase by 70%. So preventing and treating cancer lies deep in many societies across the globe today.


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Soursop consists of a phytochemical called anonaceous acetogenins. Acetogenins have already been approved for its ability to treat cancer. According to The Truth About Cancer site, scientists from the Tepic Institute of Technologi in Mexico found out the that acetogenins found in soursop has chemotherapeutic properties.

“The research seeks to add value to the fruit so the least of it is wasted. We focus on acetogenins compounds because in Mexico, cancer is a disease that is increasing among the population and scientific research shows that the compounds found in this fruit can encapsulate tumors, but this depends on the [how much is] amount consumed,” Team leader, Montalvo González, explained.

Other health reports say that the benefits of soursop include the ability to treat different types of cancers including prostate, lung and breast cancers.


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Monday, June 17, 2019

mango, erectile dysfunction

Mangoes are the most popular fruit in the world. That’s a good thing, because not only is the alkaline fruit soft, sweet, and refreshing, but it has great health benefits too.

Historically, eating mango for libido dates back hundreds of years in parts of Southeast Asia. Mangoes are also synonymous with male sexual vitality across Southeast Asia and India. In fact, traditionally the fruit is often prescribed in these countries to men who complain of impotence issues.

Using mangoes for erectile dysfunction could be a cultural folk tale but modern scientific evidence may support the notion. Mangoes are very high in sexual enhancing minerals and nutrients that researchers have confirmed to be great for sex drive.

In fact, mangoes contains nutrients and antioxidants that have been linked to balancing sex hormones, which can result in a higher sex drive for both men and women.

Besides libido, mangoes also have powerful antioxidants that have been linked to slowing the effects of aging, lowering blood pressure and boosting heart health.

The alkaline fruit also contains copper, potassium and magnesium.

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green banana

Currently, cooked green bananas aren’t that popular in the United States but people in the Caribbean, Africa, South America, Pacific Islands, Central America, and other places where bananas grow eat them quite often. People in the US may want to start eating them more because the health benefits of the alkaline fruit are incredible.

Cooked green bananas are packed with minerals which are very important for the body. The fruit contain lots of potassium which helps helps with stress, lower blood pressure, prevent strokes, builds strong bones, and boosts the metabolism.

If a person aspire to loss weight they may want to start eating cooked green bananas because they break down in the GI tract easily and are digested almost effortlessly. Cooked green bananas also help burn more body fat and boost the metabolism.

The alkaline fruit is good for colon health and helps in the treatment of colitis, IBS, and other colon diseases. Eating cooked green bananas historically has been prescribed as a way of curing colon disease because they contain fiber that’s beneficial to the probiotic bacteria in the colon. Cooked green bananas also have large amounts of pectin in them which is vital for ending constipation and gut motility

If a person has diarrhea they may want to cook and eat a few green bananas. According to the Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal, cooked green bananas are very effective against diarrhea and diseases like shigellosis. In a research study with almost 3,000 children in Bangladesh the fruit was very effective in stopping diarrhea.

Other health benefits of cooked green bananas are that they boosts your immune system and help lower cholesterol and blood sugar too. They also help your body absorb more calcium.

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mango, alkaline fruit

The ancient alkaline fruit mango is the most popular fruit in the world. It’s a good thing because mangoes have been found to prevent or stop certain colon and breast cancer cells in the lab.

According to a new study by Texas AgriLife Research, scientists analyzed data of five varieties most common mangoes in the U.S.: Kent, Francine, Ataulfo, Tommy/Atkins and Haden.

“If you look at what people currently perceive as a superfood, people think of high antioxidant capacity, and mango is not quite there,” said Dr. Susanne Talcott, who with her husband, Dr. Steve Talcott, conducted the study on cancer cells.

The researchers investigated mangoes against cancer cells anyway, and concluded that they prevented or halted cancer growth in certain colon and breast cell lines, Susanne Talcott noted.

“It has about four to five times less antioxidant capacity than an average wine grape, and it still holds up fairly well in anticancer activity. If you look at it from the physiological and nutritional standpoint, taking everything together, it would be a high-ranking super food,” she said. “It would be good to include mangoes as part of the regular diet.”

The researchers tested mango polyphenol extracts in vitro on colon, prostate, breast, lung and leukemia cancers. Polyphenols are natural substances in plants known to promote good health.

The mangoes showed their ability to help against leukemia, lung and prostate cancers but they were most effective on breast and colon cancers.

“What we found is that not all cell lines are sensitive to the same extent to an anticancer agent,” she said. “But the breast and colon cancer lines underwent apotosis, or programmed cell death. Additionally, we found that when we tested normal colon cells side by side with the colon cancer cells, that the mango polyphenolics did not harm the normal cells.”

“We found the normal cells weren’t killed, so mango is not expected to be damaging in the body,” she said. “That is a general observation for any natural agent, that they target cancer cells and leave the healthy cells alone, in reasonable concentrations at least.”

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Tuesday, June 11, 2019

carrots

Carrot is another vegetable that is incredibly good for our well being, effectively and constantly available at a truly reasonable cost. This vegetable is normally utilized for the planning of different cooked dishes however is presently more ordinarily utilized for the readiness of new plates of mixed greens or new squeezes. Obviously, the utilization of carrots in new structure would be most prescribed, yet it can not be right to add it to different mellow or salty cooked strengths. Peruse on for the medical advantages of carrot utilization.

Carrots Deeply Cleanse And Detoxify The Lungs 
 
It improves vision.


Back in old occasions it was trusted that carrots were useful for your eyes. This conviction is legitimized by the way that carrots are a brilliant wellspring of beta-carotene, a shade that changes over into our liver in nutrient A. This nutrient, in the retina (some portion of the eye), is changed into the rhodopsin-violet color vital for night vision. Beta-carotene likewise shields from macular degeneration, and nursing waterfalls.

Aides in the counteractive action of dangerous sicknesses

Studies have demonstrated that carrots can diminish the danger of lung malignant growth, bosom disease, and colon malignancy.

It hinders maturing


The high centralization of beta-carotene in the carrot demonstrations cancer prevention agent and counteracts harm to the cells in the body that happens in typical metabolic responses. Accordingly, hindering the maturing of cells is accomplished.

It improves skin wellbeing

Nutrient An and different cancer prevention agents shield the skin from harm from the sun. Inadequacy of this nutrient can cause drying of the skin, hair, and nails. Nutrient A forestalls skin break out, dry skin, pigmentation of the skin and the presence of unequal skin shading.

Averts disease

Carrots are referred to in cultivators as inhibitors of contaminations. Can be utilized in crude or cooked structure.

Averts the event of coronary illness

Studies demonstrate that an eating regimen wealthy in carotenoids is related with a decreased danger of coronary illness. Notwithstanding beta-carotene, carrots additionally contain alpha-carotene and lutein. Standard utilization of carrots likewise diminishes cholesterol levels since it contains solvent strands that dilemma and oust bile acids from the body.

It purges the body


Nutrient A causes the liver to discharge the majority of the body’s poisons. Decreases the centralization of bile and fat in the liver. The filaments present in carrots help filter the digestive organs, and their better capacity.


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Secures teeth and gums

Carrot cleans your teeth and gums simply like a toothpaste. It additionally animates the gums and causes the emission of more salivation that is antacid and averts the development of microorganisms that produce corrosive and cause cavities. Minerals in the carrot forestall tooth harm.

Avoids stroke

In an investigation at Harvard University, individuals who ate at least five carrots for every week had less shot of encountering stroke, not at all like the individuals who ate just a single carrot for each month or less.

It brings down cholesterol

Notwithstanding weight, the carrot juice is likewise constrained by cholesterol. This is extraordinary for the strength of the entire body.

In juice you can include oats thus make an entire supper in an extremely brief time. In the event that you don’t care for the carrot juice, you can likewise devour it in general organic product.

Decontaminates the liver


Specialists suggest it for the treatment of the liver and stomach related tract, since it cleanses the liver by launching hurtful substances.

Carrots are useful for the kidneys


In stomach ulcer or duodenal ulcer, fasting 1 rapacious carrot squeeze each day averts the development of abundance gastric corrosive and consequently expels its aggravation impact on the mucous film. The carrot squeeze as a methods for decreasing gastric corrosive is superior to gastal and heating soft drink. It ingests overabundance gastric corrosive and rapidly evacuates it without destructive results. For this impact, it is sufficient to drink 2.5 dl of juice.

Carrots profoundly wash down and detoxify the lungs


At the point when aggravation of the throat or beginning irritation of the lungs, colds and, specifically, flu, the carrot syrup is fruitful in treating both the youthful and the older. Carrots likewise have simple purgative activity on the digestion tracts, and in the event that they drink as juice, it avoids blockage.

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Monday, June 10, 2019

beer, Liquor

Good news booze lovers - it seems the more you drink the more intelligent you are. Another added bonus is some studies have suggested that drinking moderate amounts of alcohol actually boosts your brain

That's right, a study has found a correlation between people's intelligence and the amount of alcohol they drink.

People who drink more tend to be more intelligent, a psychologist has claimed

Smarter people drink more compared to those who are less bright, who tend to drink less, according to evolutionary psychologist Satoshi Kanazawa.

The reason behind this hypothesis - why people want what they want - is important to understand.

Firstly, alcoholic beverages haven't always been around.

The earliest humans may have got drunk, but it would only have been from fermented fruit or other food.

Some studies have even suggested that alcohol can play a role in preventing dementia

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Production of alcohol came much later on, making it an evolutionary novelty.

"The hypothesis would therefore predict that more intelligent individuals may be more likely to prefer drinking modern alcoholic beverages (beer, wine, and distilled spirits) than less intelligent individuals, because the substance and the method of consumption are both evolutionary novel," Kanazawa wrote on Psychology Today.

"Consistent with the prediction of the hypothesis, more intelligent children, both in the United Kingdom and the United States, grow up to consume alcohol more frequently and in greater quantities than less intelligent children."

But it's not because those from a higher socio-economic background can afford to drink more or socialise in circles that drink more, he added.

The silicons in beer help protect your brain from a build-up of different compounds that can cause cognitive decline

"It appears to be their intelligence itself, rather than correlates of intelligence, that inclines them to drink more," he added.

Not only that, some studies have actually linked drinking alcohol to boosting your brain.

It's easy to assume that beer makes you dumber, especially after you've seen your mate after a few pints.

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But the silicons in beer help protect your brain from a build-up of different compounds that can cause cognitive decline.

Research from Loyola University in Chicago found moderate drinkers were 23 per cent less likely to develop Alzheimer's

Lead author Edward Neafsey said: "We don't recommend that nondrinkers start drinking, but moderate drinking - if it is truly moderate - can be beneficial."

Champagne has also been found to do the same thing.

That's because champagne contains a certain chemical that can stop the part of the brain responsible for memory from shrinking.

Phenolic acid has been linked to increased memory functions, studies have shown.

A team of scientists at Reading University tested the brain boosting benefits of champagne in 2013.

They gave rats the bubbly beverage everyday for six weeks and then challenged them to complete a maze.

The rats that consumed no champagne had a success rate of 50 per cent when put in the maze, but those who had enjoyed a little drink had a success rate of 70 per cent.