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Apple Cider Vinegar

Vinegar is believed to have been discovered around 5000 BC when unattended grape juice turned into wine and then vinegar. It was initially used as a food preservative, but soon, people found its medicinal properties.

Hippocrates used it to soothe wounds, and in the 18th century, it was a common remedy in the case of various issues, from poison ivy and croup, diabetes, to stomach aches.

Vinegar can be made from virtually any carbohydrate that can be fermented, like apples, grapes, dates, beets, coconut, and potatoes. It is made through a slow fermentation process, which preserves its bioactive components and boosts its antioxidant, antimicrobial, and many other beneficial properties.

The unfiltered, unprocessed vinegar contains the “mother”, a cobweb-like amino acid-based substance, which is a sign of its highest quality and is responsible for most of its beneficial qualities.

Vinegar can be a cooking and cleaning agent, can be used as a natural remedy, hygienic product, and much more. The consumption of 1-2 teaspoons of apple cider vinegar in a glass of water daily offers a myriad of health benefits.

As reported by Dr.Koop:


“Health expert Dr. Axe states that apple cider vinegar is a powerful healer, citing its twin anti-bacterial plus pro-biotic qualities for its ability to serve as a natural antibiotic for your body. Apple cider vinegar is packed with magnesium, digestive enzymes, acetic acid (naturally occurring vinegar), potassium and polyphenols (natural antioxidants). “

Moreover, you can apply it topically, add it to foods, use it in the garden, as a disinfectant and cleaning product, and much more.

Apple Cider Vinegar

Here is all it can do for you:

Candida Overgrowth

According to Dr. Joseph Mercola:

“Too much Candida bacteria, which is actually a naturally occurring yeast, in your body has been linked to many different health issues, including yeast infections, fatigue, poor memory, depression, headaches, sugar cravings.

Candida overgrowth usually happens when the body is too acidic from excessive intake of processed foods or sugar, or if there are insufficient good bacteria in your system. Because ACV is fermented with a beneficial yeast, it can serve as a prebiotic for healthy bacteria, essentially helping good bacteria grow.”

It slows down the conversion of complex carbohydrate from meals into sugar and thus prevents sugar spikes, and improves insulin sensitivity.

Sinus Congestion

It effectively treats sinusitis and nasal congestion, as it breaks up and reduces mucus. 


Sore Throat
Add it to water and gargle so that its strong antibacterial properties can relieve your sore throat.


Seasonal Allergies

Rachael Link, MS, RD says:

“Many people use apple cider vinegar as a natural remedy for seasonal allergies. The healthy bacteria found in ACV may promote immunity and support healthy lymphatic drainage to kick seasonal sniffles and allergies to the curb. Try to drink two tablespoons diluted in the water next time your allergies are acting up.”
      

Colon Cleanse

It is one of the most powerful ways to cleanse the colon and improve its function, preventing digestive issues.


Acid Reflux

A tablespoon of it in a glass of water will soothe the intestinal spasms and regulate the acid content in the stomach.


Heart Health

Apple cider vinegar improves heart health, since the polyphenols it contains, like chlorogenic acid, inhibit oxidation of LDLs and improve health by preventing cardiovascular diseases. It has also been found to lower cholesterol levels, blood pressure, triglyceride levels, and VLDL levels.


Skin Irritations

Apply it on the area affected by a certain skin condition, sunburn, or poison ivy or soak in a bath with a cup of apple cider vinegar to relieve the symptoms.


Weight Loss

Apple cider vinegar creates a feeling of satiety due to the presence of acetic acid, and thus reduces the total amount of food consumed, leading to weight loss


Energy Boost

The high levels of potassium and enzymes treat fatigue and energize the body.


Foot Odor

To destroy bacteria that causes the bad smell of the feet and prevent infections, wipe feet down with apple cider vinegar.


Warts

Its topical application will treat acne, and remove warts, due to the acetic acid it contains.


Hair Rinse
It can help you balance the Ph of your scalp and eliminate any product buildup from the hair. Mix it with water and use the solution to rinse the hair and make it clean and shiny.


Oral Health

To whiten teeth and fight bad breath, swish diluted apple cider vinegar for a few minutes in the mouth.


Natural Cleaning

Its antimicrobial properties make apple cider vinegar an excellent cleaning product in the household. You can dilute it in water and use it to wipe all the surfaces in your home.


Weed Killer

It is one of the most effective ways to control weeds in your garden, in a safe and toxin-free way.


Neutralize Odors

Pour it in a bowl with water and leave it in a room to neutralize the bad odors.


Fruit and Veggie Wash

Apple cider vinegar is a potent natural agent to destroy pesticides and bacteria, so you can use it to soak your fresh produce in order to freely consume them afterward.

In cooking, you can add apple cider vinegar to salad dressings, soups, broths, marinades, sauces, and smoothies. It can even be added to baked goods, on your fish and meat.

Rachael Link, MS, RD adds:

“Although apple cider vinegar consumption is healthy and safe for most people, consuming large amounts can lead to some negative effects on health. Apple cider vinegar side effects include erosion of tooth enamel, burning of the throat or skin and decreased levels of potassium.

Be sure to always dilute apple cider vinegar in water instead of drinking it straight to prevent negative side effects. You should also start with a low dose and work your way up to assess your tolerance.

If you’re taking blood sugar medications, talk to your doctor before using apple cider vinegar. Because ACV may help reduce blood sugar levels, you may need to modify your dosage of diabetes medications to prevent hypoglycemia symptoms.”


Additionally, make sure you consult a physician before you start using apple cider vinegar in case you take diuretics, laxatives, and medicines for heart disease.

himalayan salt, lemon, headache

In most cases, migraines are a sign of a deficiency in some mineral in the body. They can also be caused by dehydration of the body or even certain foods we consume.

Thirst is not the first sign of a lack of water in the body since, at that stage, our cells are already dehydrated. Thirst is actually developed when the body fluids are depleted well below levels required for optimal functioning.

The urine is the best way to check if you are dehydrated. It is colorless when the body is properly hydrated, yellow in a dehydrated body, and orange to dark-colored when you are severely dehydrated.

In the case of mild dehydration, one experiences dry skin, fatigue, poor coordination, blood pressure changes, decreased urine output, dry mucous membranes in the mouth and nose, and impairment of judgment.

UCD (Unintentional Chronic Dehydration) leads to stress, asthma, high blood pressure, migraines, headaches, and back pain. Dehydration, in this case, is the state of the body which has been living with insufficient water for many years and is severely deficient in certain minerals, especially magnesium.

himalayan salt, lemon, headache

Yet, before you reach for painkillers, you need to try this natural migraine remedy:
  • ¼ teaspoons of Himalayan Pink Salt or Celtic Sea Salt
  • 2 tablespoons of lemon juice

Instructions:


Add the salt and the lemon juice in a glass of water, stir well to dissolve them and drink it right away. You can sweeten with a teaspoon of raw honey. Drink another glass of water immediately afterward, and in the next 30 minutes, drink a glass of water every 10 minutes. Lie down, relax, and repeat if the pain is not gone completely.

The salt in this remedy is a way to address the dehydration. Salt retains water and can lead to water retention. But taking a bit of natural salt in water will just rehydrate the cells, and provide high amounts of minerals, electrolytes, and elements needed by the body.

They will energize the body, alkalize the system, boost immunity, and soothe the headache.

Moreover, make sure you also use the lemon peel when juicing, since it is high in flavonoids and essential oils that improve the absorption of nutrients in the body. Lemon will also alkalize the body, and make the minerals from salt even 5X more powerful.

Try this remedy and you will be shocked by the magic it creates!

Moreover, according to Rachel Nall RN, MSN:


“The Association of Migraine Disorders have created a list of “migraine safe foods” to guide a person’s food choices. These foods generally do not contain preservatives, yeasts, flavorings, and other substances that are potential migraine triggers, such as nitrites and phenylalanine.

Bread, grains, and cereals
Foods to eat:
  • most cereals, except for those containing nuts, dried fruits, or aspartame
  • plain or sesame seed bagels
  • quick bread, such as pumpernickel or zucchini bread
  • most plain pretzels and potato chips
  • unflavored crackers, such as saltines or Club crackers
  • white, wheat, rye, or pumpernickel bread from a store

Meats, nuts, and seeds

Foods to eat:
  • fresh beef, chicken, fish, lamb, pork, turkey, or veal
  • poppy seeds
  • pumpkin seeds
  • sesame seeds
  • sunflower seeds without natural flavors

Salad dressings and sauces

Foods to eat:
  • homemade dips that use fresh ingredients without artificial flavorings
  • homemade ranch dressings
  • oil and distilled white vinegar salad dressings

Vegetables and fruits

Foods to eat:
  • fresh fruits
  • fresh vegetables
  • preservative-free bagged lettuce

Examples of vegetables to eat include peppers, zucchini, fresh potatoes, carrots, and cauliflower.”

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coffee, liver

If you are a coffee lover, you will be happy to read this article, as it reveals all the pros and cons of the habit of drinking this delicious beverage. According to Statistic Brain, this good-morning brew is enjoyed by 54% of Americans daily.

Dr.Mercola states:


“Just like other plant-based foods, coffee has its own unique set of phytonutrients and beneficial compounds that can positively impact your health, such as those already known to fight inflammation, one of the most common and insidious contributors to age-related health challenges.

Coffee is said to improve energy levels and block an inhibitory neurotransmitter called adenosine. This, in turn, boosts other neurotransmitters such as norepinephrine and dopamine, leading to enhanced firing of neurons.

Coffee can help you burn fat because it boosts your metabolism and drastically improves physical performance, not just in increased adrenaline for sharper “fight or flight” skills — or agility and stamina during exercise — but because it breaks down body fat and turns it into fuel.

Additionally, coffee contains phytonutrients that enhance your health in several different ways, including providing healthy amounts of riboflavin, pantothenic acid, potassium, magnesium, manganese, and niacin in every cup. It may also supply more antioxidants than anything else in the standard Western diet.”


A typical 8oz (240 ml) cup of coffee provides: 

Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin): 11% of the RDA.
Vitamin B5 (Pantothenic Acid): 6% of the RDA.
Vitamin B1 (Thiamin): 2% of the RDA.
Vitamin B3 (Niacin): 2% of the RDA.
Folate: 1% of the RDA.
Manganese: 3% of the RDA.
Potassium: 3% of the RDA.
Magnesium: 2% of the RDA.
Phosphorus: 1% of the RDA.

coffee, liver

If you drink more cups daily, even though these amounts are small, coffee will add up to a significant portion of your daily nutrient intake, and provide high amounts of antioxidants.

Coffee Drinkers Have a Lower Risk of Liver Diseases

Our liver is sensitive to numerous toxins and foods present in modern society, as well as excess alcohol and fructose intake.

Yet, studies have shown that coffee drinkers have up to an 84% lower risk of developing cirrhosis, with the strongest effect for individuals who drink 4 or more cups daily. Moreover, coffee lovers have a decreased risk of liver cancer by 40% too.

Caffeine Improves Brain Function and Boosts Metabolism

Coffee contains caffeine, which is the most commonly consumed psychoactive substance in the world. It inhibits the function of an inhibitory neurotransmitter (brain hormone) called Adenosine, and thus enhances the brain activity and stimulates the release of other neurotransmitters like norepinephrine and dopamine, that keep us alert and energetic. Caffeine has also been found to improve mood and boost reaction time, vigilance and general cognitive function. Yet, note that these effects are short-term.

Moreover, caffeine boosts the metabolism by 3-11% and exercise performance by 11-12%.

Coffee Lowers the Risk of Depression and Suicide

Nowadays, depression and anxiety are unfortunately very common. Yet, a Harvard study showed that individuals who drank the most coffee had a 20% lower risk of becoming depressed.

Additionally, researchers have also found that people who drank 4 or more cups of coffee daily had a 53% lower suicide risk.

Coffee Lowers the Risk of Type 2 Diabetes
Studies have shown that coffee drinkers have a significantly lower risk of developing this disease, by up to 23-67%.

Coffee Lowers the Risk of Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s

Researchers have found that coffee drinkers have up to a 65% lower risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease, and a 32-60% lower risk of Parkinson’s disease.

coffee, liver

Coffee May Boost Athletic Performance

Coffee can be of great importance to athletes, as it has powerful performance-enhancing properties. According to Medical News Today:

“Athletes consuming 3 to 7 mg of caffeine through coffee saw an average improvement in endurance performance of 24 percent … [Lead author Simon Higgins] says: ‘This is helpful for athletes because coffee is a naturally occurring compound. There’s the potential that getting your caffeine by drinking coffee has similar endurance benefits as taking caffeine pills.”

Coffee Drinkers Live Longer


Since coffee lowers the risk of numerous chronic and deadly diseases, it makes sense that it could help you live longer. The New England Journal of Medicine published a study in 2012 that found that coffee drinkers had a much lower risk of dying over the 12-13 year study period.

However, we must reveal the drawbacks of our favorite drink as well.

Caffeine is Addictive
Caffeine can lead to addiction in some people. In case one consumes it regularly, coffee stops working, so a larger dose is needed. Despite developing tolerance, people can also experience withdrawal symptoms if abstaining from it, like a headache, tiredness, brain fog and irritability that can last for a few days.

Caffeine Can Cause Anxiety and Disrupt Sleep

The excessive consumption of caffeine can disrupt sleep and lower your sleep quality. Therefore, make sure you do not drink coffee late at night.

How to get the best out of your coffee

Decaffeinated coffee still contains caffeine, but much less than regular coffee, as the coffee beans are being rinsed with solvent chemicals for a few times in order to lower the percentage of caffeine. Yet, it does not offer the same benefits as regular coffee.

To maximize the beneficial effects of your cup of coffee, do not add anything to it, like sugar or creamers. Make sure you brew it with a paper filter, as unfiltered coffee contains cafestol that raises cholesterol levels.

Note that pregnant women, anxious people, and individuals who suffer from insomnia or high blood pressure should avoid or severely limit coffee consumption.

Otherwise, if you love your cup of coffee, feel free to enjoy it, as its benefits far outweigh the negatives!

liver

One of the most vital functions for our overall health is the liver’s function, because it is the only one that is eliminating harmful matters and a lot of toxins and waste from our body. The liver’s function might be disrupted by environmental toxins, poor dietary habits, etc.

One of the most common health risks today is the obesity, and the liver is the one that boosts our metabolic activity and with its detoxification process it is filtering the blood as well.

Which is why we decided to show you the Top 5 cleansing drinks during night time, which will detoxify your liver, help you lose some extra weight, and get the body the nutrients it requires.

According to the traditional Chinese medicine, our liver’s function is working at its best between 1 and 3 o’clock after midnight, which is the period when our body is resting. Which is why we want you to consume these drinks before going to sleep, that way they will burn fat, get rid of accumulated toxins, and support the liver’s function and cleanse it.

Chamomile Infusion

Chamomile Infusion:

This is a simple chamomile tea, it has the ability to improve sleep, control our nervous system and relieve a lot of stress, this is due to its powerful antioxidant and sedative properties. The tension in our inflamed tissues and muscles can easily be reduced by the tea’s strong anti-inflammatory abilities.

You just need 8 ounces of water, and mix a tablespoon of chamomile flower inside it.

Instructions:

Put the water on heat in a pot. Once the water starts to boil, remove it from heat and you can add the tablespoon of chamomile. Let it cool for a bit for about ten minutes, then you can drink it. You should consume this tea once on daily basis, and keep it up for at least two weeks.

Hot Lemon Water

Hot Lemon Water:
This drink is so amazing, you can drink it at night and in the morning, 2 times a day. Due to the lemon’s powerful diuretic and cleansing properties, it is able to improve our liver’s function.

You will only need 6 ounces of water and a medium sized lemon.

Instructions:

Squeeze the juice from the lemon and mix it in the water. But first you must heat the water a little bit, not boiling hot though. You should take this drink once in the morning and once in the evening, when you take it in the evening, make sure that it is at least 30 minutes before going to bed. Keep this up for 3 weeks.

Oatmeal

Oatmeal:

The oats contain a lot of minerals, vitamins and huge amounts of fiber, which makes them have the ability to relax our body, cleanse our liver and our intestines, and boost digestion as well.

For this drink you will need a teaspoon of cinnamon powder, 6 cups of filtered water and one cup of organic oats.

Instructions:


Fill a bowl with water and soak the oats inside, they should stay there for about 7 hours. After that you can strain the oats, and wash them with clean water in order to get rid of the enzyme inhibitors and anti-nutrients. Then you can add the cinnamon and the water with a little bit of ice, and you may drink it.

Lemon & Ginger Tea

Lemon & Ginger Tea:

These two ingredients are very rich with vitamin C and they are promoting weight losing. Due to their powerful antioxidant properties, they also can prevent from many diseases and illnesses, and their anti-inflammatory abilities can treat many conditions, including cellulite. The lemon is able to boost our immune system and can prevent and relieve stomach bloating, while the ginger is able to get rid of the waste and toxins.

You only need 8 ounces of water, a lemon half and a single slice of ginger.

Instructions:


Put the water on heat to boil, once it starts, remove it from heat and add the lemon juice and the ginger inside it. Stir and let it steep for about 15 minutes. Before going to bed, drink this natural drink. Consume it only 3 times in a week.

Peppermint Tea

Peppermint Tea:

The essential oils that are contained in the peppermint leaves, are able to get rid of waste in our liver and the colon as well. Also it has very strong digestion-enhancing properties.

You will only need 8 ounces of water and just 2 tablespoons of mint leaves, which should be about 20 g.

Instructions:


Put he water on heat, and when it starts to boil add the mint leave. Let them boil for about 2 minutes, and then you can remove them from heat. Let the tea steep for a while.

Drink this natural tea before going to bed, for 3 weeks. Make sure you consume it at least half an hour before going to sleep.

Broccoli

Broccoli is one of the healthiest vegetables we can consume, and its merit is not limited to its head, but its leaves, sprouts, and stalks are highly beneficial too.

According to Jillian Levy, CHHC:

“Broccoli was first cultivated as an edible crop in the northern Mediterranean region starting in about the sixth century B.C., and as far back as the Roman Empire, it’s been considered a uniquely valuable food when it comes promoting health and longevity.

Research links broccoli nutrition and cruciferous vegetable consumption with loads of health benefits, including these:
  • Lowered blood pressure and cholesterol levels
  • Slowed aging
  • Better teeth and gum health
  • Better bone health
  • Prevention of prematurely aged, irritated skin
  • Better wound healing
  • Better eye health
  • Detoxified blood
  • Balanced pH level and regulated blood acidity
  • Improved hormonal health and adrenal gland functioning
  • Improved fertility
  • Increased metabolism and better management of a healthy weight
  • Better cognitive function, even into old age”

Broccoli

It offers a myriad of other health benefits too, so here are some additional facts you need to know:

-- Broccoli is rich in glucoraphanin, which the body turns into sulforaphane, an antioxidant which fights oxidative stress and regulates cholesterol

-Sulforaphane improves the function of the liver and prevents liver issues

-- The high fiber content regulates blood sugar and improves the function of the digestive system

Broccoli is undoubtedly a superfood, but its excessive consumption can lead to harmful effects in some people:

-- In people with a sensitive digestive system, as it can lead to flatulence

-- People suffering from hypothyroidism, since it is a goitrogenic food, and can affect the absorption of thyroid hormone T4

-- In people who take blood-thinners, as it is high in vitamin K

Make sure you eat the broccoli raw or shortly steamed, as high temperatures weaken its nutritional value. Note that raw broccoli contains tenfold the number of antioxidants compared to broccoli steamed for more than three minutes.


Broccoli
Moreover, consider the following facts:

“100g of Raw Broccoli Stalks contains 93 mg vitamin C, 71 mcg folate, 48 mg calcium, 25 mg magnesium, and 66 mg phosphorous.

100g of Raw Broccoli Head contains 89 mg vitamin C, 63 mcg folate, 47 mg calcium, 21 mg magnesium, and 66 mg phosphorus.

100 g of Raw Broccoli Leaves contains 93 mg vitamin C, 72 mcg folate, 47 mg calcium, 25 mg magnesium, 68 mg phosphorus.”

You can add broccoli leaves to your smoothies and salads, or peel broccoli stalks and prepare them as broccoli heads. Then, enjoy the taste and numerous benefits of this fantastic veggie!

Our hair is one of the main aspects of our physical appearance, and now studies have revealed that the length of it can describe our personality points as well. 

See the pictures above and learn what the length of your hair and the shape of your face reveals about your personality:


The “Pixie” haircut

Wearing short hair means that you’re a sociable and mature person which usually makes friends for the long term. These people are usually smart when dealing with problems, and put comfort and appearance above everything else. They are energetic and impulsive as well, which makes them act without thinking sometimes, but by the end, they are always looking for a convenient solution to the problem. Everyone loves and respects these people as they do their work with passion.


The Bob

The Bob haircut is pretty popular nowadays and means that you’re an honest and simple person who always speaks the truth. You know how to achieve balance between your personal and professional life and always think fast. You like to experiment with things and hate routines. You are brave and not afraid of changes – you actually love them. However, you can sometimes be too moody, which can be a bummer.


Medium-long hair

The Lob haircut is for people who are comfortable with their physical appearance and who enjoy themselves. These people are happy with who they are and can always light up a friendship. They are usually smart and always trying to prove it in the simplest way possible. Other people are attracted by your beauty even when they don’t want to accept it.

Long hair

Long hair
Long-haired people are usually dreamers who love romance and are waiting for their prince to show up on a horse. They can be demanding, critical of others and jealous, but when they fall in love, they give it everything they have. People with long hair are emotional and never looking for a one-night stand. They’re also creative, but also disorganized due to the too many ideas in their head.

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ginger tea, ginger

Ginger is an incredibly versatile and healthy root, that has a unique taste and aroma which can be added to various dishes.

Ginger offers a myriad of health benefits, as follows:
  • It improves the function of the liver and prevents fatty liver disease
  • Ginger improves kidney health and prevents the formation of kidney stones and renal failure
  • Ginger soothes the mind and nervous system and relieves stress
  • Ginger has powerful anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties that strengthen the immune system and prevent various health issues
  • Ginger has strong pain-relieving properties that alleviate aches of all kinds, like muscle and joint pain, headaches, migraines, menstrual cramps, etc
  • This potent root helps digestion, and treats issues like heartburn and bloating
  • Ginger treats nausea, morning sickness, and calms an upset stomach
  • Ginger treats respiratory issues and is highly beneficial in the case of allergies, asthma, mucus buildup, and colds
  • This root improves heart health, accelerates blood flow, and prevents strokes
  • Numerous studies have found that ginger has potent anti-carcinogenic properties

Ginger is a powerful natural aphrodisiac that fights fertility issues and boosts sexual performance and stamina

Ginger tea is one of the most delicious and powerful ways to reap these health benefits of ginger.

ginger tea, ginger

According to Rachael Link, MS, RD:

“There are few things as comforting, flavorful and delicious as a hot cup of ginger tea. Frequently used as a quick fix for settling the stomach and easing digestive distress, fresh ginger tea benefits extend way beyond its ability to treat nausea. In fact, studies show that ginger can boost fat burning, alleviate inflammation and even control cholesterol and blood sugar.

While you can easily pick up a pack of ginger tea bags from the store, making it at home using fresh ginger is surprisingly simple and lets you customize what ingredients you add to make it all your own.”


So, here is how to make it:

Ingredients:
  • 1 piece of ginger
  • 1-2 slices of lemon
  • 2 cups of water

Instructions:

Bring the water to boil, and add the ginger and the lemon slices. Reduce the heat, and leave the tea to simmer for about 10 minutes. Then, strain the tea, and leave it to cool.

Drink up to three cups of ginger tea daily, and you will drastically improve your health!

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tamarind fruit

The tamarind fruit originates from Asia and Africa and is most often used in Indian cuisine, where it’s consumed in combination with salt and black pepper. The tamarind fruit has a unique taste and besides tasting great, it also offers a wide range of health benefits. 

Here are the main health benefits of the fruit:

Improves eyesight


Tamarind is rich in vitamin A, which can improve your eyesight and prevent problems such as macular degeneration.


Inflammation in the joints and connective tissues

These problems are common as we age, but you should know that they can be controlled and prevented with tamarind. The fruit is a powerful anti-inflammatory agent that can reduce the pain and protect your connective tissues, and its antibacterial properties can protect your body from infections. Tamarind has a rich nutritional profile that can reinforce your immune system, detoxify your body and prevent different diseases and conditions.


Treats diabetes
The fruit can regulate your blood sugar levels and treat diabetes – just buy some tamarind paste from your local health store and mix it with herbs and jamun to create a powerful mixture that you can consume to treat and prevent diabetes.

tamarind fruit

Treats hair loss

Tamarind is one of the best natural remedies against hair loss. Boil the fruit in water until it’s soft, then squeeze it to obtain liquid and apply it on your scalp. Rub the mixture gently, then leave it to work for an hour before rinsing with water. Repeat the process every day for best results.


Great for your heart

The tamarind contains nutrients such as potassium which are great for your cardiovascular health. It also contains fiber, which can keep your cardiovascular system healthy and control your cholesterol levels. Due to these nutrients, the fruit has been used in the ancient Ayurveda medicine as a remedy against heart problems for centuries.

As you can see, you don’t need to pop a pill every time you’re facing a problem. The key to every disease lies in nature, so try using remedies such as the tamarind to treat your health problems.

emotional abuse

When growing up, the raising that we receive has much to do with our coping skills as an adult. And I have noticed that I, and other victims of emotional abuse, have certain behaviors that separate us from the rest.

If you, or someone you know was a victim of abuse, then you may want to read through these. Just being able to understand where another person is coming from, or understanding yourself better, can make all the difference.

1. Asking Questions Even When You Know the Answer If you have ever been berated, you may doubt yourself, even when you know you are right. Due to this, you may find that you ask a million questions.

2. Constantly Saying “Sorry” Children of abuse may feel as though they were never able to do anything right. In turn, they always apologize, even when they didn’t do any wrong.

3. Second Guessing Everything When you have lived in the chaotic world of emotional abuse, you never truly believe in anything. Instead, you may always be in fear of something bad happening.

4. You Are Tough, But Also Very Sensitive During a hard childhood, you learn to be tough, because you have to be. However, you also experience a number of emotions at a young age, causing you to be especially sensitive to your own emotions as well as others.

5. You Are Indecisive It’s harder to make decisions if you spent your childhood hearing that you weren’t good enough.

6. You Are Self-Disciplined In order to combat a parent or caregiver that constantly was searching for what you hadn’t done, or had done wrong, you may become a perfectionist. You are timely, clean, and organized. Many victims of abuse learn to over-do because they want to people please.

7. You May Be Sensitive To Loud Noises If you have been raised in fear, you may be used to being yelled at, and associate loud noises with abuse.

8. Victims Of Emotional Abuse Can Be Introverted So many victims of abuse may be afraid of contact with people, and can sometimes try to distance themselves as much as possible.

9. You Have A Defensive Nature You may perceive people as negative or offensive because of your previous abuse.

10. Having Attachment Issues You may find that when you fear others leaving you, or abandoning you.

11. Issues With Eye Contact When speaking, you may become anxious to the point that you can’t even make eye contact with the person you are speaking with.

12. Running Away From Conflict Rather than face conflict, which gives you immense anxiety, it feels easier to just leave the situation entirely.

13. Constantly Beating Yourself Up After being abused, you may be used to some sort of repercussion for wrong doings. In turn, you may constantly bash yourself.

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14. Having Issues Getting Close To Others If you have been abused, you may not especially like people. Due to this, getting close to others isn’t something you take lightly.

15. You Are Quiet You may not feel as though you have a voice after you have been made to feel so small and errant your whole life.

16. You Can’t Take A Compliment When someone tells you how wonderful you are, you may doubt their words, because you can’t see yourself as good.

17. You Have Low Self-Esteem

18. You Don’t Feel Valid No matter what you do, you doubt that you are capable of doing it.

19. You Are Always Nervous Everything worries you and makes you nervous. Even the slightest sign of trouble, you may even feel overwhelmed.

20.
You Are Angry Underneath it all, you are angry. Your whole life you sat back and watched an angry person treat you terribly, and in turn, you may have outbursts of anger.

21. Self-Harming Behaviors Many abused children will abuse themselves. They feel as though they deserve it, and oftentimes these behaviors follow you into adulthood.

22. Constant Mood Swings Living with a toxic abuser can cause you to have a plethora of emotions come at you at random times. This could be due to the abused person being so used to a number of emotions and hardships. It is just how some people cope.

23.
Living In Auto-Pilot You may notice that you sometimes blank out entire conversations or events, because you simply weren’t present. And its not because you didn’t want to be present, you just disassociated from the situation.

24. Commitment Issues Committing to people is harder when you have been hurt. You may not be able to trust others enough to settle with them.

25. You Have Addiction Issues According to scientists and psychologists, victims of emotional abuse often cope through addictions. These can include hard drugs, alcohol, stealing, gambling, eating, etc.

26. You Are Humble Despite it all, when you do have something good in your life, you appreciate it. And you are humbled by your past to some extent.

Not that it was a good thing, but it didn’t change you into a bad person. Instead, you are stronger, grateful and a survivor.

SOURCE: Awareness Act
Vitamin D Deficiency

Vitamin D deficiency affects 42 percent of American adults, and numerous studies have shown that it increases the risk of numerous health conditions, including cardiovascular disease.

This vitamin is classified as a hormone, but it is actually a prohormone – a substance converted to a hormone within the body. Chemical alterations to vitamin D take place within the kidneys and secrete it as a hormone.

It is essential in numerous processes in the body, as it controls blood calcium levels, helps its absorption and utilization, inhibits the release of the parathyroid hormone, which is critical to bone health, fortifies the immune system, and much more.

BBC News says that vitamin D is important because:

“Its main function is to regulate the amount of calcium and phosphate in the body, which are vital for the growth and maintenance of healthy bones, teeth, and muscles. In extreme cases, low levels can lead to rickets in children — where the bones become soft and weak and misshapen as they continue to grow.

In adults, vitamin D deficiency can lead to osteomalacia — causing severe bone pain and muscle aches. But there is a balance — too much vitamin D can lead to high levels of calcium in the blood which can cause heart and kidney problems.”


Namely, it also prevents infections and illnesses, prevents diabetes, heart disease, multiple sclerosis, and hypertension, reduces the risk of breast, colon, and prostate cancer, and neurodegenerative diseases.

Dr. Mercola explains:


“A growing body of evidence shows that vitamin D plays a crucial role in disease prevention and maintaining optimal health. There are about 30,000 genes in your body, and vitamin D affects nearly 3,000 of them, as well as vitamin D receptors located throughout your body.

According to one large-scale study, optimal Vitamin D levels can slash your risk of cancer by as much as 60 percent. Keeping your levels optimized can help prevent at least 16 different types of cancer, including pancreatic, lung, ovarian, prostate and skin cancers.”

The primary source of this vitamin for our body is sunlight, as even the shortest exposure to sun triggers its production.

You can also get it from food and supplements, which is absorbed by the intestines and transferred to the liver, which turns it into a form that can be freely circulated throughout the body. The kidneys turn the vitamin D into calcitriol – a biologically-active form of “D.” The adequate synthesis of this vitamin is vital for the calcium absorption and reabsorption in the small intestine and kidneys.

These are the most common modifiable risk factors that contribute to vitamin D deficiency
  • Sedentary lifestyle
  • Calcium intake
  • Body weight and composition
  • Improper sunscreen use

Non-modifiable risk factors include:
  • Female sex
  • Older age
  • Non-white ethnicity (blacks and Latinos are at a much higher risk, as mentioned)
  • Diagnosis of inflammatory bowel disease or cystic fibrosis (possibly chronic kidney disease)
Vitamin D Deficiency

Despite these, this issue can be a result of various other factors, and these are some of the hidden causes:

1. Lack Of Sunlight

Getting enough sunlight is the main cause of vitamin D deficiency. Note that proper application of sunscreen does not impair the ability of the skin to produce vitamin D.

2. Age

As a result of aging, our body loses its ability to synthesize vitamin D, so the elderly need to take vitamin D supplements.

3. Crohn’s Disease

Crohn’s, an inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), interferes with the function of vitamin D. Intestinal inflammation inhibits its absorption. Also, this deficiency might also be caused by ulcerative colitis.

4. Darker Skin

Latinos and African-Americans are disproportionately affected by this issue, due to their darker complexion, and melanin, concentrated in the upper skin layers, if in high amounts, interferes with vitamin D synthesis.

5. Kidney Disorder

Disorders of the kidney, including kidney disease, can lead to numerous health issues, including a lack of this vitamin in the body. As the disease progresses, the liver produces proteins called fibroblast growth factor, which block the metabolism of vitamin D in the body.

6. Obesity

Excess fat in cells “sucks up” too much vitamin D, and thus lowers its levels in the body.

7. Cystic Fibrosis

Cystic fibrosis, a progressive genetic disease, leads to lung infections and difficulty breathing. Besides damaging the lungs, cystic fibrosis may also cause gut problems. Whenever the gut is affected, complications may arise in the proper absorption of fat. This, in turn, disrupts absorption of fat-soluble nutrients such as vitamin D.

8. Gastric-Bypass Surgery

This popular treatment for obesity can complicate the function of vitamin D, as it removes a large part of the intestine, which affects the amount of vitamin D absorbed by the body.

9. Whipple’s Disease

This is a rare intestinal infection caused by bacteria called Tropheryma whipplei. It negatively affects the ability of the body to break down food components, like fats, carbohydrates, and proteins, and blocks the intestinal openings, inhibiting the proper absorption of vitamin D.

10. Celiac Disease

Celiac disease is an immune reaction to gluten, a type of protein in wheat, barley, and rye. It causes numerous digestive issues, including the difficulty for the body to absorb certain nutrients, such as D vitamin.

The most common way to diagnose this issue is a blood test, and anything less than 20 ng/mL is diagnosed as a deficiency.

To correct vitamin D deficiency, you should increase the exposure to sunlight for between 10 to 30 minutes daily, several times per week. Moreover, you should consume foods like fresh fish, egg yolks, fortified dairy products, fortified grains, and fish liver oils.

According to the George Mateljan Foundation, which a not-for-profit food and nutrition science organization:
  • Four ounces of wild-caught Alaskan sockeye salmon satisfies 128 percent of the RDA
  • 3.2 ounces of sardines — 44 percent of the RDA
  • One egg — 11 percent of the RDA
  • Shiitake mushrooms — 5 percent of the RDA
According to the Institute of Medicine, the recommended dietary allowance (RDA) of vitamin D is 600 international units (IU) for people aged 1 to 70, and 800 IU for people older than 70. The safe amount of this vitamin that can be consumed for most people is 4,000 IU daily.

However, note that the insufficient magnesium levels in the body can also inhibit the activation of vitamin D in the body. Therefore, Mohammed Razzaque, professor of pathology at Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine in Pennsylvania says:

“People are taking vitamin D supplements but don’t realize how it gets metabolized. Without magnesium, vitamin D is not really useful. By consuming an optimal amount of magnesium, one may be able to lower the risks of vitamin D deficiency, and reduce the dependency on vitamin D supplements.”

stress, emotional stress

Millions of people suffer from chronic pain, without being aware that one of its main cause can be stress. Latest studies show that people who struggle with anxiety and stress constrict their muscles, which causes fatigue and cramps, headaches and IBS.

According to the American Institute of Stress:


“Stress is a natural physical and mental reaction to life experiences. Everyone expresses stress from time to time. Anything from everyday responsibilities like work and family to serious life events such as a new diagnosis, war, or the death of a loved one can trigger stress.

For immediate, short-term situations, stress can be beneficial to your health. It can help you cope with potentially serious situations. Your body responds to stress by releasing hormones that increase your heart and breathing rates and ready your muscles to respond.

Yet if your stress response doesn’t stop firing, and these stress levels stay elevated far longer than is necessary for survival, it can take a toll on your health. Chronic stress can cause a variety of symptoms and affect your overall well-being. “

Additionally:

“Your muscles tense up to protect themselves from injury when you’re stressed. They tend to release again once you relax, but if you’re constantly under stress, your muscles may not get the chance to relax. Tight muscles cause headaches, back and shoulder pain, and body aches. Over time, this can set off an unhealthy cycle as you stop exercising and turn to pain medication for relief.”

Moreover, Dr. Susanne Babel claims:

“Many studies have proven that the chronic pain can not only be triggered from physical injuries but also it can be caused by emotional issues and stress as well. Often we experience physical pain, but that is only a sign our body sends that there is still some emotional work left, that must be done.”


Therefore, the area where you experience pain might reveal your emotional status, so here are the 12 body parts pained by stress:

Head

Headaches are often a result of worrying about small things in life, and certain obstacles you face. Find a way to relax and not think about your everyday tasks and problems.

Neck

The pain in the neck is often linked to resentment or a grudge against you or others. Sometimes, it is too difficult to forgive, but find the strength to let go, in order to improve your own wellbeing.

Shoulders

You are probably indecisive, and the dilemma you face causes intense pressure. Find a person you can talk to, and even ask for advice, and you will find a solution easier.

Upper Back

In most cases, this pain is caused by the fear of love or a feeling of being unappreciated. Yet, communication is the best way to ask for support from your loved ones.

Lower Back

Pain in the lower back can be caused by the fear of loss or obsession with money. Remember, wealth is not the key to happiness, so try to find love and joy, and the profits will eventually come.

Elbows

Joint pain can be a result of illogical stubbornness. Try to let things happen in life, and do not resist to changes.

Hands

Pain in the hands is caused by loneliness. Try to go out more, meet new people, spend time in crowded places, and catch up with friends.

Hips

People who are afraid of change often develop hip pain. Life changes and you should go with the flow. Enjoy every single moment of it, since it can be a great adventure.

Knees

People with an inflated ego develop knee pain. Take a look at the world -- it does not revolve around you. Show care for your loved ones, and be there when they need you.

Calves

Pain in the calves might indicate tension in the relationship, possessiveness, and jealousy. Learn to trust your friends and partner, relax and do not opt to control people. On the other hand, if someone forces you to lose yourself, it is time to move on alone.

Ankles

Our busy and hectic lifestyles often force us to neglect our needs and stop chasing our dreams. Yet, you need to take proper care of yourself and do things that make you happy and help you accomplish your goals in life.

Feet


The pain in the feet usually appears in the case of apathy, or when someone believes that everything is going wrong. Just take your time and find beauty in your life. Smile more, do fun things, and enjoy life to the fullest.

stress, emotional stress

The Virtual Medical Centre suggests the following techniques to lower your stress levels:

Identify and change maladaptive ways of coping with stress: (e.g. sometimes people will notice that they smoke more cigarettes when they are stressed. While this may make them feel better in the short term, it is not a helpful way of coping with stress in the long term).

Sharing problems with friends or family who are willing to listen: It can often be helpful just to tell someone what problems you are having to deal with. They may be able to suggest a solution, support you or maybe just let you know that you are not alone.

Organizing your time more effectively and establishing priorities: Stress often makes it difficult to get things done and to concentrate effectively. Managing your time and prioritizing can reduce some of the “extra” stress and make it a little easier for you to focus on the important things.

Set short term goals: Having a goal can help to improve motivation, makes it easier to prioritize and can help to improve your self-esteem (when you achieve it). Without goals, it is very easy to drift along and not do very much of anything!

Get involved in regular physical exercise and other healthy physical activities:
Physical activity doesn’t just help by improving your fitness; it also results in the release of chemicals in your brain (endorphins) that make you feel better and less stressed. Thirty minutes of moderate activity is all it takes to get started.”

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ginger

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


1. Ginger Relieves Digestive Issues

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


2. Ginger Relieves Nausea

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



3. Ginger Can Relieve Pain

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


4. Ginger Reduces Inflammation

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


5. Ginger May Reduce Risk of Heart Disease

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

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


7. Ginger May Have Anti-Cancer Properties

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


8. Ginger May Improve Brain Function

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




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guava, guava health benefits

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

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

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

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

guava, guava health benefits

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

Impressive, isn’t it?

guava, guava health benefits

Here are some of its health benefits:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


According to Dr.Mercola:

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

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

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

1. Dehydration

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

2. Painkiller Abuse

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

3. Caffeine

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

4. Alcohol Consumption

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

5. Excess Salt Intake

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

6. Excessive sugar consumption

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

7. Too Much Animal Protein

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

8. Frequent ignoring of the urge to urinate

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

9. Sleep Deprivation

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

10. Vitamin And Mineral Deficiencies

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

kidney, kidney failure

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