By far the chief wreckers of our health today are sugars and bad fats. So which are the good ones and which ones are bad? My aim is to enable you to make better food choices for you and your family.
Sugars are more than just the white grains you put in your coffee or tea. Sugars are also to be found in the caffeine in coffee, alcohol, honey, fruit juice without the pulp and peeled potatoes. Even the so-called slow sugars, such as whole grains, are still sugars.
We are the descendants of Stone Age men. By an evolutionary twist, this man was a mammal whose liver was not capable of converting sugar into vitamin C (most mammals can, in fact, do this). Thus we need to get our vitamin C from external sources, such as vegetables and fruit. We are not genetically equipped to deal with a whole lot of sugar.
One needs to distinguish between fast and slow sugars. Fast sugars are sugars
which are not converted into energy by the liver but into fat instead. These are more or less immediately released into the bloodstream, causing your blood glucose levels to rise. This in turn provokes an insulin response by the pancreas to stabilize your blood sugar by bringing it down. Insulin is also responsible for the conversion of these sugars into fat. Basically your body is in survival mode because excess sugar levels can cause serious health complaints such as high cholesterol, cardiovascular disease, candidiasis and other bowel disorders, hypoglycemia, high blood pressure, diabetes, and even cancer, insulin shock and death. It is the job of your pancreas to prevent this from happening.
Western food is, however, loaded with fast sugars, causing a daily panic in our bodies. Since too much insulin in the system can also be sickening and because our body is constantly trying to find a balance, we develop insulin resistance. This causes you to be free of complaints for many years. However, it is a pseudo-balance and it is therefore no coincidence that most people develop complaints and ailments in midlife. As the accumulated damage spans a period of 20 to 30 years, most people will not trace their health problems back to the food they have been consuming all these years. We are currently experiencing an explosion of cancer, cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes. And these diseases are occurring at an increasingly younger age too!
Diabetes is not called sugar diabetes for nothing. Sugar sickens. Diabetes is nothing more than a used-up, weakened or worn-out pancreas. It has been working overtime for years and is now no longer capable of producing sufficient amounts of insulin to regulate the blood sugar, resulting in pancreatitis, pancreatic cancer or other afflictions of the pancreas. On top of this, insulin resistance causes your body’s insulin to be increasingly less effective. The only way to reverse the process is to eliminate fast sugars in your food.
Start drinking your coffee or tea black (without that dead, ultraheated creamer as well) and don’t eat products containing sugar. Which is kind of a pain because it’s in nearly all our food. Check the ingredients on the label – and that goes for products from health-food stores too. Watch out for glucose, fructose, dextrose, sucrose, invert-sugar syrup, but also ‘natural’ alternatives such as raw cane sugar, corn syrup, rice syrup, date syrup and wheat syrup. Our bodies were not made to process that much sugar, natural or otherwise.
Slow sugars are also sugars. They’re in whole-grain products such as brown bread, brown rice, brown pasta, etc. These are called whole grain because the germ, the outer bran as well as the inner starch, are used. Particularly the bran slows down the sugars of the starch. White bread is therefore a fast sugar because the bran has been removed from the grain, leaving only the starch. For that reason, brown bread, brown rice and brown pasta are healthier than their white varieties. It’s the fiber in bran which slows down the sugars, slowing down their release into the bloodstream.
The same happens with potatoes and fruit. Those of you who remove the skin from an apple are refining the apple by throwing away the fiber and leaving only the fruit sugar. Peel a potato and you’re doing the same. Without its skin, a potato is merely a starch bomb and therefore a fast sugar. For this reason, fruit juice without the pulp fiber is nothing more than liquid candy. Nature didn’t intend it this way, otherwise she would have produced apples and potatoes without pulp and fiber. So don’t buy commercial fruit juice from a pack but squeeze your own fruit juice and don’t forget to drink the pulp either. Choose sour and bitter fruits instead of sweet ones, particularly berries, sour apples and citrus fruits such as lemon and grapefruit. Sour and bitter fruits are the original fruits and were eaten by Stone Age men.
Though slow sugars are better than fast sugars, this does not mean you can consume brown bread, rice, pasta and whole sweet fruits unlimitedly! Once again, we were not made to pump large quantities of sugars into our system. Therefore you should eat no more than two slices of bread and have brown pasta or rice only twice a week. So what should you eat instead? A much more complex form of carbohydrates is in vegetables. Try eating a salad a day containing, for example, carrot, green leafy vegetables, alfalfa and sprouts with a dressing of lemon juice and extra virgin coconut oil or olive oil and see how long that keeps you going. I guarantee you will get more energy and feel less hungry. You will also shed those excess pounds fast because you have drastically lowered your sugar intake, reducing your risk of diabetes and making you feel healthier and more vital. Don’t forget that viruses, parasites and cancer cells feed on sugar too.
Though honey has many healing qualities it should nevertheless be regarded as a fast sugar. Nature made the stuff so darn sweet for a reason – you should eat it only in small quantities. Because of its healthy aspects, honey need not be avoided. Make sure you eat raw honey (available in health-food stores or from local bee keepers), though, and not the highly processed honey supermarkets sell, which has been industrially heated and robbed of all its nutrients. Very often the bees were fed ordinary sugar as well, so this kind of ‘honey’ is nothing more than sugar disguised as honey.
A very special role is reserved for the caffeine in green tea. Just like alcohol,
caffeine is a natural substance which, when used sparingly, can have a healing effect. In coffee, the caffeine is however released at lightning speed, which makes coffee a fast sugar. This is of course why we drink coffee in the morning, to kickstart the brain into action. If you don’t want to give up your coffee, limit yourself to two cups a day.
Drinking green tea is better, though. For reasons yet unknown, there is a substance in green tea which slows down the release of caffeine into the blood, making it a slow sugar and giving you only the health benefits of caffeine. It gets even better: green tea also ‘eats’ the glucose in your blood, helping you to stabilize your blood sugar and supporting the pancreas so it doesn’t have to produce massive amounts of insulin.
Please don’t let this be a reason for you to fall into the trap of using artificial sweeteners such as aspartame, sorbitol, saccharine and other cancerous chemicals! Teach yourself to avoid sweet foods and enjoy the natural taste of real food instead. People who add cream and sugar to their coffee are really drinking coffee-flavored candy. It’s time we become adults and appreciate all four tastes (sweet, sour, salt and bitter) instead of only two (sweet and salt). If we did this and used all the colors of the rainbow, we would automatically make better food choices. We have been conditioned since we were children toward sweet and salty foods by a powerful food industry and therefore as adults, we often still have the taste of a four year old.
Our government tells us that unsaturated plant fats are good for us and saturated animal fats aren’t. This is a little too black and white. Here’s the grey area:
First off, it’s essential that we look at the omega fatty acids in vegetable and
animal fats. Next to sugars, it’s necessary to reduce your omega-6 intake. Omega-6 is a natural and healthy fatty acid but only at the right ratio to omega-3. We can eat unlimited amounts of omega-3 fats but too many omega-6 fats will inevitably lead to health problems.
The omega-3 to 6 ratio in Paleolithic times was no more than 1:4. What is it today? Anything from 1:20 to a staggering 1:50! Time, therefore, to up your omega-3 intake and lower your omega-6 intake. Eat fewer grains and avoid grain-based oils such as corn oil. Other omega-6 oils which are best avoided are soy oil and sunflower oil. Commercial meat and dairy comes from animals fed grain pellets and therefore also contain too much omega-6. Besides the animals’ suffering and the antibiotics, growth hormones, and the GMO’s they get, this is another reason to choose organic, grass-fed meat and dairy. Cows are supposed to eat grass and clover. So are pigs. Did you know chickens also eat grass?
So where do we get all these omega-3 fats? From anything with a green leaf. Green leafy vegetables are an excellent source of omega-3, particularly when raw. For cooking, also use green veggies, such as kale, sprouts, broccoli, etc. Other vegetable fats containing omega-3 are flaxseed oil and walnut oil. Be careful, though, as these oils do not allow themselves to be heated. Use only extra virgin olive oil for this or use olive oil cold. The best animal source of omega-3 is wild fatty fish and cod-liver or krill oil. These contain the long-chain EPA and DHA omega-3 fats.
For years we’ve been hearing that saturated fats are bad because they increase cholesterol levels. This is a persistent myth. In Asian, African and South American countries people cook with butter, coconut oil, and lard all the time and look at the health of these people! Saturated fats can withstand high temperatures and can be used multiple times and are therefore perfectly suited for frying. The best fats for frying are butter, coconut oil and olive oil. Natural saturated fats (animal fats but also plant fats like coconut fat) are processed by the body without difficulty and are not fattening. What makes people fat and unhealthy are sugar and refined oils (trans fats). By all means, help yourself to an organic egg fried in butter, full-fat yogurt or organic grass-fed meat.
Trans fats are the missing link between unsaturated and saturated fats. It’s not saturated fats which are the enemy but trans fats. Trans fatty acids are formed by solidifying cheaply available unsaturated plant fats like sunflower oil, soy oil, corn oil, peanut oil, etc. Through a heating process, the liquid is extracted from these fats, either in part or whole. Then a hydrogen atom is added. This results in the transformation of unsaturated fatty acids into saturated fatty acids, a kind not found in nature and which is alien to the body. When you consume these fats, your body doesn’t know what to do with them, giving them free range to form free radicals and cause damage even at the cellular (DNA) level!
Which products contain trans fats? It’s better to ask which ones don’t nowadays. Frying oil, potato chips, coffee creamer, cookies – chances are they contain hydrogenated or partly hydrogenated fats. Even peanut butter is no longer exempt. And it isn’t just foods either: make sure you also read the labels of vitamin supplements, ointments, creams, gels, lotions, cosmetics – even the ones you buy in health-food stores. It’s very important that you check the labels for these and other ingredients. You will find empty foods very often also contain sugar, salt, flavour enhancers and chemical sweeteners to hide the fact that they taste like cardboard. Food should be prepared in a kitchen, not in a lab.
Interestingly enough, trans fats are not completely unnatural. Meat and dairy from hoofed grazing animals (ruminants) naturally contains 2 to 3% trans fats. Tests have been done to measure the potential harmful effects of natural and unnatural trans fats. Natural trans fats turned out to be completely harmless, whereas chemical trans fats did prove harmful to natural organisms, even though they looked identical under the microscope. Nobody knows why this is. My guess is other micronutrients play a role in cancelling the potentially harmful effects of natural trans fats in, for example, butter. We see the same mechanism at work with the caffeine in green tea. Nature works in complex synergistic wholes, never with isolates. We are only beginning to discover the complex interaction of these micronutrients.
The deadly cocktail of sugars and trans fats is responsible for the many health challenges we face today. Our blood and blood flow suffer particularly because of their devastating effect on the liver, guts, kidneys and heart. No wonder so many of our modern diseases affect exactly those organs.
About the author
Mike Donkers is an English teacher from the Netherlands who started taking care of his own health in October 2006 because doctors couldn’t help him. His interest in the connection between food and health has led to more in-depth research, particularly in the role sea minerals can have in the regeneration of cells. He is also a self-taught guitarist and singer. He is the songwriter and frontman of his own band, The Mellotones (www.nubluz.com).
Article extracted from: http://www.naturalnews.com/023085_sugar_fat_fats.html#ixzz24YuZGphH
Arthritis treatment primarily aims to provide pain relief. Effective pain relief can be obtained with natural healing remedies for arthritis which are gentle and mild. Conventional medications typically include analgesics, anti-inflammatory drugs or anti-inflammatory drugs. Treatment generally depends on the type of arthritis you have.
Natural healing remedies for arthritis include herbal treatments, nutritional supplements and vitamins. The key to getting great results from them is dosage and consistency. For example, if you are drinking herbal teas, you will need to be consistent in drinking at least 2-3 cups a day. If you are taking superfoods, again you must be consistent in order to get the maximum effect from the nutrients.
Osteoarthritis responds well to herbal remedies such as devil’s claw. It contains iridoid glycosides in its roots and has been proven effective in treating osteoarthritis. Another herb, Boswellia (also known as Indian frankincense), is quite effective in treating the symptoms of arthritis. It is a natural anti-inflammatory and contains boswellic acids which impede the chemical reactions that cause the inflammation.
A ready-made natural remedy containing both devil’s claw and boswellia as
well as glucosmaine is JointEase Plus from Native Remedies. Regular use of the remedy will help to maintain health and mobility in the joints without the risk of side effects of conventional medicines.
Cayenne is used in an infused oil and rubbed into arthritic joints for pain relief. Other useful herbs for pain relief is alfalfa. It can help to soothe the affected area in a gentle manner without any harsh side effects. Ginger and willow bark extract contain chemicals found in conventional pain-killers. You can buy all these pain remedies in health food and herbal supply stores.
Diet and nutrition
Eat a diet high in essential nutrients and low in processed foods, additives and sugar. Also avoid excessive caffeine.
Dietary supplements like glucosamine can also be used to provide natural pain relief as well as to repair cartilage, maintain joint mobility and diminish joint deterioration.
Another supplement, chrondroitin fish oil, contains omega-3 fatty acids and is
known for controlling inflammation. It improves the shock absorbing capacity of the arthritic joint by directing fluid into the cartilage. Sardines, salmon, and anchovies are an excellent source of omega-3 fatty acids. You can easily get fish oil capsules from health food stores.
Another kind of essential fatty acid known as gamma-linolenic acid has also been found to be helpful in treating arthritic pain. This acid can be found in black currant seed oil, borage and evening primrose oils.
Vitamins also help controlling pain. Vitamin E is an anti-oxidant and works effectively in osteoarthritis. Vitamin E curbs joint damage caused by free radicals and helps reducing the pain.
Helpful techniques to manage the pain associated with the various forms of arthritis include controlling your body weight and gentle exercise.
Swimming, biking and water aerobics can reduce joint pain. Exercise increases blood flow, builds strong muscles. Yoga and stretching exercises help you stay flexible while preventing stiffness and joint deformities.
If you are overweight you need to control your weight to reduce the strain on your knees or ankles. Follow a healthy eating plan or natural weight loss program under the supervision of a dietician.
You can reverse arthritis by giving your body what it needs to repair itself through natural healing remedies, exercise, nutrition, detoxification and diet.
People usually have a lot of things to say about the products they market. It’s unfortunate that sometimes the testimonials are either overhyped or completely untrue. Maybe some people consider it a marketing strategy to give a larger-than-life testimonial. But for me, I really have so much testimonies and experiences that I have no need to cook up stories.
I have been so impressed by the effectiveness of Swissgarde South Africa’s NAFDAC approved products that I am always at ease recommending the products, because I’m certain I won’t be embarrassed. I have had personal testimonies as well as the testimonials of my customers, friends and family.
I began selling the products without actually using them for the first one month of being a distributor. Then my upline encouraged me to take them so I could share my own testimonials with my customers. I obeyed and I started taking the Omega Plus and Royal Jelly capsules. The first thing that tension I used to feel in the head, frequent weakness were gone. I became a healthier person.
My second testimony was that of my sister. She had been relieved of her duty and asked to go home on a day that she was troubled by itching. She’d obviously taken something that caused an allergic reaction. All the doctors prescriptions had failed and she was so restless because she couldn’t sleep. I remembered that Defender capsules are antioxidants and can get rid of toxins with similar allergic reactions, so I decided to give her 2 capsules. She took and in less that thirty minutes, she slept off(Defender has a drowsy effect on those who take it for the first time) and woke up without the itching.
Testimony no.3 is about a colleague and another friend who had suffered persistent colds for over a week and couldn’t find any relief from pharmaceutical prescriptions. I recommended Swissgarde’s Defender to them and they were both free of catarrh and colds in less that an 45 minutes. I was really excited to prove that Swissgarde delivers on it’s promise.
Testimony n0.4. I had a married colleague who complained to me about an embarrassing case of weak erections. He really felt troubled and asked if I had any remedies for it. I recommended the AloePower(my standard practice is to combine it with 40 plus for men), since I saw he was overweight and that his problem may have been caused by cholesterol blockage. And he turned out to be very pleased with the product and even referred another colleague to me.
Testimony no.5 is about a customer who later became a distributor as a result of her husbands experience with Swissgarde products. Her husband was diabetic and hypertensive, his legs were getting swollen and he kept having persistent headaches. I recommended the AloePower, Diavite, Omega plus (and later Defender as an addition in the second month). A week later she and her kids expressed excitement at their husband and father’s improvement; his blood pressure was normal, the headaches stopped, his blood sugar was fair and his swelling legs were reducing. The lady signed up as a distributor a month later so she could be buying the products regularly at a reduced price.
Testimony no.6 is about my customers who buy products for Staph infection. I’ve had repeat purchases because the effectiveness of the products. I had a customer who stopped experiencing the wormlike movements in less than a week of taking the supplements. The others experienced and energy boost and reduction in joint pains in the first week. After a month, tests revealed that the Staph growth had reduced drastically and over 3 months, they had no need to take the products anymore.
Testimony no. 7 is about a customer who had contacted me regarding his frequent muscles spasms and numbness on one part of his body.I recommended just two products that are known for blood circulation, dealing with numbness and nerve tension. He also was so impressed that he finally became a distributor.
Testimony no’s 8. I think the most impressive testimony for me is that of a former colleague who’s dad was diabetic and had accidentally stepped on a nail. The wound wouldn’t heal for months. I recommended Defender because of it’s healing properties. I called her about 9 days later and she said she noticed that the wound was drying up and healing was evident.
I can go on and on about Swissgarde products but I am pressed for time. What a joy it is to represent a product that delivers on it’s promises. You are guaranteed success from the start. If you want to get into the herbal and nutritional market in Nigerian and Africa at large, do get involved in one that is credible. I choose Swissgarde and it’s my wish that you will too.
For information on becoming a distributor, contact me on 08023467737, 08060778264.
(CBS) NEW YORK — In the battle of the bulge, belly fat is an especially tough opponent. But there are actually a number of foods that are great for your taste buds and your waistline. They help you fight belly fat. And you may find this hard to believe, but they’re so delicious, you probably already eat them!
Belly Fat-Fighting Foods
Merely half of one avocado contains 10 grams of healthy mono-saturated fats, which stop the blood sugar spikes that tell your body to store fat around your midsection.
Not only do healthy fats in avocado help thwart belly bloat, they also help our bodies better absorb carotenoids, cancer-fighting compounds found in colorful fruits and veggies like tomatoes, carrots, spinach and winter squash. In fact, people who ate salads with avocado had 15 times higher absorption of carotenoids, a study from The Ohio State University at Columbus found.
The fruit packs 422 milligrams of potassium, a mineral that can help limit the
amount of belly swelling sodium in your body.
A cup encourages the growth of good bacteria in your gut, throwing out other bugs that can cause bloating.
Creamy Greek yogurt is yummy, but it’s also much more than that: Its combo of carbs and protein help stabilize insulin, a hormone that tells your body to store calories as fat when levels get too high.
Antioxidants can improve blood flow, delivering more oxygen to muscles — so ab revealing cardio is easier. Have some yogurt and berries before your workout to get those muscles ready for action.
5. Chocolate Skim Milk
A glass teams carbohydrates with protein to promote muscle building. Drink POST workout to speed recovery. Plus, you are getting that calcium to make your bones stronger. Chocolate milk is not just for kids!
6. Green Tea
Three cups daily may rev up your metabolism and burn 30 calories, a study in Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise shows. The compound ECGC in the tea makes it easier to burn fat.
Supermarket shocker: Vitamin C in colorful produce, like oranges and red
peppers can help you zap up to 30 percent more fat during exercise, research from Arizona State University at Mesa suggests.
8. Whole Grains
Carb lovers, Rejoice! The filling fiber in foods like oatmeal, brown rice, and bulgur aids in keeping your body’s insulin levels low. Researchers speculate this may shrink fat cells. Your body absorbs and burns these more slowly for longer-lasting energy than the refined carbs in white bread and rice.
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Flatulence is the emission of a mixture of gases called ‘flatus’ present in the intestine. This gas is produced by symbiotic bacteria and yeasts found in the gastrointestinal tract. Flatus is usually released under pressure through the anus which creates sound and is often accompanied by a foul odor. Flatulence, many a times causes discomfort and pain due to bloating, not to mention social embarrassment. Read more about Flatulence causes, symptoms and treatment on our blog.
Whether you like it or not flatulence is a condition that all of us experience at some point of time or the other. Flatulence can be a major source of embarrassment when it happens in social settings making for some really awkward situations. Flatulence is basically a digestive condition that occurs as a result of an excessive buildup of stomach and intestinal gas. Such an excessive buildup of gas causes a great deal of discomfort and a feeling of fullness and bloating, along with possible abdominal pain. The pressure that results from such a buildup of gas is naturally relieved through the passage of gas from the rectum –flatulence, or through the mouth with belching or burping. Severe flatulence and bloating after eating is therefore likely to have causes that can be easily addressed. Flatulence is a completely natural phenomenon for all of us, but it can become problematic when excessive. This is therefore likely to be most of problem for individuals who suffer from digestive disorders like irritable bowel syndrome or lactose intolerance, as well as for individuals with unhealthy eating habits or irregular bowel movements.
On an average it is believed that most humans pass gas at least fourteen times
in a day, producing around one to three pints of gas daily. Flatulence itself is not a cause for worry at all. It does not pose any health risk at all, but it certainly poses a high risk of social embarrassment which is why flatulence treatment and natural remedies for flatulence are so sought after. Excessive passage of gas or flatulence is often reason enough to seek medical treatment. It should be pointed out that in most cases of excessive flatulence it is important to identify possible underlying causes and treat them to eliminate the problem. As excessive flatulence causes would stem from digestive problems that are in most cases mild or easily treatable you could simply use diet modifications as the most powerful flatulence remedy to control the problem. Lifestyle changes may also be necessary and if the problem persists it could be because of a medical condition that requires additional medical treatment.
Gas accumulation of buildup in the digestive system occurs in two ways. When
we swallow any food or even water or our own saliva for that matter, we also ingest some amount of air. This mostly includes oxygen and nitrogen. This does contribute to a gradual buildup of gas. In addition to this gas is also released as part of the digestive process when food is broken down in the digestive system. Some of the gases released could include hydrogen, carbon dioxide and methane.
If you’re troubled by the problem of flatulence just keep in mind that this is a natural biological process, just like breathing for that matter and it affects absolutely everyone. Both men and women experience flatulence, but men tend experience flatulence a little more often than women. Age also holds no bars and the aged, children, toddlers and adults alike all experience flatulence. Flatulence may in fact more often than not go unnoticed as you may not even realize that you have passed gas because of the small quantities released and at most times the gas passed is odorless. Foul smelling flatulence in babies, children and adults alike are caused by the presence of trace elements of sulfur. This only tends to occur however if food has not been digested thoroughly and begins to decompose. Anyone suffering from constipation is therefore also likely to pass extremely foul smelling odor.
Excessive flatulence odor and excessive gas can be controlled through dietary and lifestyle changes. It is important that you minimize your intake of, or avoid consuming foods that cause flatulence for any flatulence relief. Lifestyle habits such as meal timings, regular sleep timings and most importantly regular bowel movements are also important. Some amount of physical activity is essential for the efficient functioning of your digestive system. Also make it a point to avoid controlling or delaying bowel movements. Treatment with such simple measures can help to control flatulence odor or excessive flatulence. In almost all cases of excessive flatulence the problem can be controlled with such home treatments. In cases of severe flatulence where such methods fail to reduce flatulence it would be advisable to seek a medical diagnosis as there could be some other underlying condition that contributes to the problem.
Article extracted from : http://www.home-remedies-for-you.com/remedy/Flatulence.html
The garden egg plant with its bitter taste and spongy texture could really make an amazing pot of stew with a nice aroma. When eaten with boiled yam or rice, it becomes a delicacy you don’t want to miss at the slightest opportunity.
The garden egg, also known as eggplant is a very good source of dietary fiber, potassium, manganese, copper and thiamin (vitamin B1). It is also a good source of vitamin B6, folate, magnesium and niacin. Eggplant also contains phytonutrients such as nasunin and chlorogenic acid.
The garden egg plant can be regarded as a brain food because it houses the anthocyanin phytonutrient found in its skin, Nasunin, a potent antioxidant and free radical scavenger that has been shown to protect cell membranes from damage.
Studies have shown that nasunin protects the fats in brain cell membranes. Nasunin is not only a potent free-radical scavenger, but is also an iron chelator.
Iron is an essential nutrient, necessary for oxygen transport, normal immune function and collagen synthesis, but when it becomes too much in the blood stream, it becomes a major concern, Excess iron increases free radical production and is associated with an increased risk of heart disease and cancer.
Menstruating women, who lose iron every month in their menstrual flow, are unlikely to be at risk, but in postmenopausal women and men, iron, which is not easily excreted, can accumulate.
By chelating iron, nasunin lessens free radical formation with numerous beneficial results, including protecting blood cholesterol from peroxidation; preventing cellular damage that can promote cancer; and lessening free radical damage in joints, which is a primary factor in rheumatoid arthritis.
The predominant phenolic compound found in garden eggs is chlorogenic acid, which is one of the most potent free radical scavengers found in plant tissues.
The chlorogenic acid performs antimutagenic (anti-cancer) activities in the
body. It also performs anti- LDL(bad cholesterol) activities by increasing the levels of HDL( good cholesterol) in the body and at the same time has antiviral and antimicrobial properties.
Consuming high amounts of garden eggs have been found to be beneficial for people with glaucoma because it lowers the eye pressure,
Eggplant contains measurable amounts of oxalates which are naturally-occurring substances found in plants, animals, and human beings. When oxalates become too concentrated in body fluids, they can crystallize and cause health problems.
For this reason, individuals with already existing and untreated kidney or gallbladder problems may want to avoid eating eggplant.
Though laboratory studies have shown that oxalates may also interfere with absorption of calcium from the body, recent research has concluded that the ability of oxalates to lower calcium absorption is relatively small and definitely does not outweigh the ability of oxalate-containing foods to contribute calcium to the meal plan.
Chewing thoroughly while eating, can enable you get significant benefits, including absorption of calcium, from calcium-rich foods plant foods that also contain oxalic acid. So, eating garden eggs does not stop you from meeting your calcium requirements.
Low in calories and high in fibe, the eggplant is good for carbohydrate counters and dieters can actually snack on garden eggs in-between meals.
By Funke Oshifuye
Bilberry – for night blindnes, cataracts, glaucoma, macular degeneration, scurvy, diarrhea, varicose veins, chronic venous insufficiency (CVI), menstrual cramps, blood sugar and cholesterol
Dong Quai – for menstrual cycle, menopause, PMS, blood pressure and blood sugar, uterine health, hormones, anemia, vaginal dryness, hot flashes, circulation, nervous system
Echinacea – for colds, flu, and respiratory system, antiviral, anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, infection resistance
Evening Primrose – for breast pain (mastalgia), PMS, menopause ailments, arthritis, eczema, psoriasis, and acne, bruises, hemorrhoids, anti-inflammatory
Garlic – for immune system, pain and swelling, blood pressure and cholesterol, cardiovascular system, digestive aid, gas, detoxification, antibacterial, anticoagulent, anti-inflammatory
Ginger – for colds, minor burns and skin inflammations, digestive aid for nausea, motion sickness, and dizziness, dandruff, cholesterol, pain, arthritis, and muscle aches, migraine headaches
Grape Seed – for antioxidant, diuretic, immune system; skin wounds, circulation, cholesterol collagen, skin tone, and elasticity, varicose veins, allergies, macular degeneration, arthritis
Green Tea – for weight loss, detoxification, cholesterol, triglycerides, and blood pressure, appetite suppressant, tooth and gum health, immune system, energy, depression, headaches
Guarana – for energy, mental alertness, fatigue; stamina and physical endurance, appetite suppressant, PMS headaches, astringent,diuretic
Psyllium – for appetite suppressant, constipation, diarrhea, ulcerative colitis, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), cholesterol, blood sugar, and blood pressure, hemorrhoids, diverticulitis
Saw Palmetto – for immune system, anti-inflammatory, aphrodisiac, sexual desire, benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), urinary tract and flow, reproductive system and sexual function
Siberian Ginseng – for circulation, rejuvenation, energy, and endurance, immune system, memory and cognitive function, cholesterol, sexual potency, reflexes and coordination, respiratory system
Spirulina – for immune system, cardiovascular system, cholesterol, triglycerides, and blood pressure, memory and cognitive function, hay fever
St John’s Wort – for depression and anxiety, seasonal affective disorder, antibacterial, PMS and menopause ailments, sciatica, nervous disorders, wounds, eczema, burns, hemorrhoids
Extracted from : http://www.nutriherb.net/herbs.html
1. Change Your Diet
The first step to shrinking your prostate is to adjust your diet. Try to keep your consumption of red meat to the minimum. Fish, particularly those high in omega-3 fatty acids, such as fresh tuna and herring, will help keep you healthy.
2. Consider Daily Supplements
There are a variety of nutritional supplements that will protect you from having an enlarged prostate gland. The trace mineral zinc can help relieve
3. Medical Treatment Options
Your doctor may recommend a course of medication to shrink your prostate. Medications like dutaseride or finasteride work by reducing the hormones that result in an enlarged prostate. These drugs will halt the swelling and reduce the size back to normal, providing the problem is caught early on. Alpha-blockers are also sometimes prescribed. These relax the muscles surrounding the prostate and bladder, lessening symptoms like frequent urination. Surgery is an option when medication is ineffective or does not shrink the prostate back to normal size. Surgical treatment usually involves removing part of the prostate tissue. Surgery is usually performed through the urethra and is done on an outpatient basis.
Extracted from : http://www.livestrong.com/article/12616-shrink-prostate/
Uterine Fibroid Tumors Q & A with Dr Akilah
Dr Akilah answers fibroid questions submitted to her by youtube subscribers. This is a very informative and educational Question and Answer video related to shrinking fibroids naturally. Please share it with your family and friends. You can also submit your fibroid questions to Dr Akilah for future Q & A video recordings. Here email address is located on the website link listed above. Please subscribe to be notified of future video uploads
Dr Akilah answers fibroid questions submitted to her by youtube subscribers. In this video Dr Akilah explains why fibroids and other diseases are not hereditary. Dr Akilah also warns women against the UFE (Uterine Fibroid Embolization) or UAE (Uterine Artery Embolization) procedure. Listen and learn why this surgical procedure is not only ineffective but very dangerous. Please share it with your family and friends. Please subscribe to be notified of future video uploads
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NATUROPATHIC TREATMENTS FOR FIBROIDS
Naturopathic treatments can be useful, especially to improve the symptom of
heavy bleeding and to control the underlying hormonal imbalance that is fuelling the growth of the fibroid. However, it is rare that these treatments will shrink the tumour.
A reduction in symptoms does not correlate with the size or growth rate of the tumour.
The naturopathic approach is based on self-healing, the key aspects being as follows.
• Eat regularly: 3 main meals and 2 snacks daily that stimulate your metabolism. If you skip meals, it slows your metabolism down and your blood sugar levels drop, so that you crave sugar or a stimulant to bring them back up again quickly.
• Protein. Having protein in all your meals controls your blood sugars by slowing down the absorption of sugars, stimulating your metabolism, and decreasing hunger and sugar cravings, as well as being important for liver
detoxification of the hormones. Vegetarian protein foods are dairy, eggs, beans, legumes, nuts and seeds.
• Preventing anaemia (low iron levels from excessive blood loss) is important. This should be checked by a blood test with your doctor – check ferritin (iron stores) as well as haemoglobin (iron in red blood cells). Increase iron-rich foods: red meat, whole grains, spinach, dried apricots, peaches and figs, almonds, molasses, parsley, prunes and others. Iron absorption is enhanced by vitamin C: squeeze lemon juice onto food or use in salad dressings, include berries, tomato, capsicum, broccoli and cabbage with your meals. Iron absorption is inhibited by the following: phytates that occur in whole grains, beans and legumes, but vitamin C, soaking and slow cooking counteract their effects; polyphenols found in black tea, coffee and cola drinks; calcium – take calcium supplements at different times from iron supplements or meals.
• Eliminate all sugar - sweets, chocolate, soft drinks, fruit juices (eat fruit maximum about 3 pieces/day), cordials, alcohol, anything with added sugar, honey, artificial sweeteners including Splenda and aspartame (Nutrasweet or Equal).
• Decrease intake of all refined carbohydrates : white-flour products such as white bread, white rice (Basmati or Doongara are acceptable as low glycaemic), noodles, pasta, packet biscuits, cakes and pastries. Dense seeded breads and whole grains, such as rolled oats and wholemeal pasta, are fine.
• Avoid all junk foods , processed foods and deep-fried foods: anything battered, hot chips, packet chips, doughnuts, packet cereals, packet biscuits, etc.
• What can I eat for breakfast? Plain rolled oat porridge or natural muesli with plain natural cultured yoghurt, fruit, nuts and seeds or eggs or baked beans with wholegrain toast.
[A fruit-only breakfast may suit some people - Editor.]
• Avoid coffee, alcohol, cigarette smoking or drugs as they all stimulate the stress hormones that exacerbate insulin resistance as well as providing numerous toxic chemicals!
• Eat more phytoestrogens because these help buffer against xenoestrogens and the stronger oestrogens produced in the body. Phytoestrogens may be obtained from 2 tablespoons of ground flaxseeds/linseed daily on your breakfast, ¼ cup of alfalfa or sprouts, use beans and legumes instead of grains, sunflower seeds and non-genetically-modified soy products such as tofu, tempeh and miso. However, I do not advocate other Western invented soy products such as soy sausages, soy protein powders, soy cheeses, etc.
• Omega-3 oils are anti-inflammatory and reduce the release of growth hormone. Consume daily: flaxseeds, avocado, walnuts and, if you are not eating vegetarian, cold-water oily fish such as salmon, trout, cod, sardines.
• Herbal teas: roasted dandelion root (a great coffee alternative) and green tea support liver detoxification, while a mix of nettle leaf, red clover and calendula is excellent for the reproductive system. Drink 2 – 3 cups daily.
• If you suffer constipation: increase your water intake to 2 litres daily; eat more fibrous fruits and salad vegetables such as celery, carrot, beetroot; add a couple of stewed prunes to your breakfast each morning; drink 1 teaspoon psyllium husks in a glass of warm water each morning upon rising; and add 30 ml of chlorophyll to your drinking water. If you have a history of constipation, perhaps try a colonic irrigation to rehydrate the bowel.
• Have regular moderate exercise. A minimum of 4 times a week of 45 minutes with stretching or yoga is essential to control insulin levels, increase the circulation through the pelvis, manage weight and reduce stress. Hip circling, pelvic thrusts and hip stretches are very beneficial – if done for 10 minutes every day – to increase circulation through the pelvis and uterus and free the blocked energy and blood flow in these areas.
• Castor oil applied to the lower abdomen with a hot water bottle on top is very anti-inflammatory: apply for ½ hour three times a week and pay attention to all thoughts, feelings and emotions that arise. Try to source an organic or pesticide-free castor oil.
• Caroline Myss, the author of Anatomy of the Spirit , teaches that, in energy terms, fibroids represent creativity that has never been expressed. Make time for some creative outlet for yourself, something you love doing or are passionate about so as to start to move the energies in the body – for example, singing, dancing, gardening, art, woodwork or cooking. Perhaps try journalising everything you would like to create, then letting your imagination and enthusiasm run with it. Our internal lives are very much reflected by our external lives and vice versa. Certainly, the uterus is the vessel of creativity through pregnancy, whether or not it is being used for that. Therefore, it is important to look at “where in my life am I being/expressing my creativity?”
• Myss extends the idea of blocked creativity into the concept of life energy that is stagnating into dead ends such as jobs or relationships that have been outgrown. Perhaps there is a need to re-evaluate your relationships with other people and make changes if you feel they are unsupportive of you. Physical therapies such as massage, acupuncture, belly dancing, yoga and tai chi and meditation also encourage the idea of “freeing blocked energy” in the pelvis.
• Christiane Northrup, a gynaecologist in the USA who wrote the book, Women’s Bodies, Women’s Wisdom, acknowledges that surgery alone will not change the fundamental pattern in the woman’s body that encouraged the fibroid to grow in the first place. “It is vital to listen to what our bodies are trying to teach us. … Fibroids, like other disorders, don’t just come out of nowhere and land on your uterus. When you become willing to be in a relationship with your uterus by letting its messages speak to you, you have taken the first steps toward healing, instead of just masking or eliminating symptoms. After you get in touch with the messages from your uterus, you can choose a treatment that works best for you, whether it’s surgery or brown rice or both.”
There is no single remedy that will shrink fibroids. For any remedies, the dosage will vary according to the potency and quality of the product, the size of the tumour and the severity of the symptoms. It is recommended that you see a practitioner experienced in treating fibroids to prescribe herbal medicines and nutritional supplements. Some supplements are contraindicated in pregnancy, breastfeeding and with some medications.
Appropriate nutrients include:
• Iron: for anaemia, excessive blood loss;
• Essential fatty acids: anti-inflammatory, prostaglandin regulation of hormone synthesis. Fish oils or evening primrose oil;
• Vitamin E: oestrogen balancing, repair of endometrial tissue, antioxidant, inhibits lipoxygenase pathway;
• Magnesium: relaxes painful muscular contractions, insulin resistance;
• Multivitamin containing all B vitamins: breakdown of oestrogens by liver, helps with stress, reduces the levels of homocysteine that causes inflammation of the uterus.
Appropriate herbs include:
• Hormone regulating herbs: chaste tree, peony, dong quai;
• Uterine toners: dong quai, ladies’ mantle, blue cohosh;
• Astringents to reduce bleeding: shepherd’s purse, tienchi ginseng, yarrow;
• Circulatory stimulants for pelvis: ginger, ginkgo, cinnamon;
• Liver herbs: schisandra, St Mary’s thistle, rosemary;
• Lymphatics and alteratives: thuja, calendula, e chinacea, poke root
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