Study Shows “High Cholesterol” Reduces Alzheimer’s Dementia Risk

Doctors usually prescribe drugs called statins to the patients who have high cholesterol levels. In fact, statin drugs are the most prescribed drugs in the whole world. Statistically, one of three senior women and one of two senior men take these drugs. The sale of statins is one the most profitable activities of pharmaceutical companies.

At the same time, we are also witnessing an epidemic of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease (which is now the sixth leading cause of death in the USA).

So does this mean that there is a connection between the wide use of statins and dementia (or Alzheimer’s)? And can statins really protect us from heart disease?

We will need to examine the following evidence in order to get the answers to these questions:

The Brain Needs Cholesterol!


  • The brain consists of 60% fat and most of that fat is cholesterol.
  • Cholesterol is a crucial part of every single brain cell.
  • Your brain cells will die if there is not an adequate amount of cholesterol.
  • You may find it hard to believe, but 25% of the cholesterol in the body is in the nervous system.
  • Drugs that reduce cholesterol levels prevent the production of neurotransmitters, which causes memory loss and impairs other cognitive functions.
  • It is scientifically proven that high cholesterol levels actually reduce the risk of development of dementia in elderly people.


Statin Side Effects


  • Statin drugs such as Mevacor, Crestor, and Lipitor are linked to memory loss and learning difficulties.
  • Regular use of statins reduces the production of a heart-protecting nutrient called CoQ10, which leads to constant fatigue and frequent pain in the muscles.
  • Some studies even suggest that people can become anxious, depressed and even suicidal if they take statin drugs.
  • According to Psychology Today, people whose diet is low in fats and especially low in cholesterol are at much higher risk of developing depression. They also have a higher suicide risk (click here for more info: http://www.livescience.com/46532-suicide-risk-adhd.html)
  • Pharmaceutical companies are legally required to put a warning label on every bottle, which states that the use statins increases the risk of memory loss, confusion, muscle weakness, liver damage, and diabetes.
  • One recent study has shown that 48% of the women who regularly take statin drugs will develop diabetes over time. It was also noted that this increases the risk of dementia.
  • The use of statins causes loss of libido because cholesterol is a building block of sex hormones.

Now when you know everything about the side-effects of statins, you must be wondering how to reduce cholesterol naturally? But, you may be asking yourself a wrong question since the real question that must be answered is – Do high cholesterol levels really cause heart diseases?

Here are some facts which will help you learn the answer


  • Statistically, only 25% of all the people who had experienced a heart attack have high levels of cholesterol.
  • The rest 75% have normal cholesterol levels.


The Cholesterol-Heart Disease Myth

There is scientific evidence which suggests that fat and cholesterol don’t cause heart disease. According to a study published in the National Institutes of Health, the participants who increased their fat intake to 50% of calories had actually experienced improvements in their nutritional status. In addition to this, this change didn’t negatively affect the risk factors of heart disease. It has been discovered that diets rich in fat reduces triglycerides and normalizes LDL (the bad cholesterol). This is a shocking revelation considering the fact that almost everyone believes in the theory which claims that “fat causes heart disease”.

The graph below made of data provided by the World Health Organization clearly shows that there isn’t a direct correlation between cholesterol and diseases. You can notice that Switzerland (whose citizens have highest levels of cholesterol) is a country with one of the lowest rates of heart diseases in the world.

The AHA’s “Prudent” Diet Is a Killer

The landmark Lyon Diet Heart Study included 650 participants who were overweight, smoked, sedentary, and with very high cholesterol levels. Or in other words, the participants were people at extremely high risk of experiencing heart attacks. Half of them were put on a Mediterranean diet while the other half were put on the so-called “prudent” Western-type diet that was recommended by the American Heart Association. After some time, the study was stopped before it was completed because it was deemed unethical. Not a single participant of the ones who were on a Mediterranean diet had experienced a heart attack despite the fact that their cholesterol remained at the same level. But on the other hand, many of the people on the “prudent” diet were dying, so the researchers thought that it was unethical to continue with the study.

The Low-Fat Fail

It looks like some of the experts are finally starting to believe that low-fat diets do not prevent heart disease or obesity.

Here is a statement of Harvard School of Public Health about the “low-fat fail”:

“Well, it’s time to end the myth regarding low-fat diets. The low-fat approach to eating hasn’t helped us control weight or become healthier. Why hasn’t cutting fat from the diet paid off as expected? Detailed research — much of it done at Harvard has shown that the total amount of fat in the diet is not linked to weight or disease.”

The graph below shows how the introduction of low-fat guidelines by the US government in the 1970’s is correlated with the ever-increasing rates of obesity among the citizens of the USA.

Treat the Patient, Not the Numbers

Unfortunately, most doctors are still more worried about reducing the levels of cholesterol than the state of the overall health of their patients.

The common testing for HDL (good) cholesterol or LDL (bad) cholesterol levels is completely outdated idea.

The test that can give you a good information about your risk of developing heart disease is the measuring of the LDL particle size. Large LDL molecules are just moving through the blood stream without making any harm. On the other hand, small LDL molecules are caused by oxidation and are very dangerous because they can attach to the artery walls and cause inflammation, thus leading to a development of plaque.

If the HDL and LDL levels of cholesterol are not good predictors of heart disease, then what is?

Two of the most important markers are your small particle LDL and your ratio of triglycerides to HDL. For instance, if your triglyceride level is 100 and your HDL is 50, this gives you a ratio of 2 (a ratio of 2 or under is a good one). If the ratio is higher, it is recommended to lower your triglycerides. You can do that if you reduce the intake of sugar and refined carbohydrates and increase the intake of healthy fats.

What is the real Cause of Heart Disease?

According to Dr. Jonny Bowden and Dr. Stephen Sinatra, the authors of The Great Cholesterol Myth , these are the five biggest contributors to heart diseases:


  • Inflammation is linked with every degenerative disease. It causes micro injuries to your arteries, which leads to a formation of plaque.
  • Sugar is highly inflammatory and its regular consumption leads to a formation of plaque. In addition to this, it is scientifically proven that sugar increases stress hormones.
  • Stress greatly increases blood pressure. In fact, blood pressure is a measure of stress applied to artery walls.
  • Free radicals attack LDL by converting it from large (safe) into small (harmful) particle LDL.
  • Trans fats increase the levels of bad cholesterol and reduce good cholesterol. They also increase inflammation and raise triglycerides.


Here are some simple recommendations of Dr. Bowden and Dr. Sinatra that can help prevent heart disease:


  • Immediately reduce the intake of sugar, grains, and vegetable oils that are full of omega-6 fats (such as canola oil).
  • Consume more heart-healthy fats like olive oil, coconut oil, nuts, and avocado.
  • Exercise more often.
  • Reduce stress.
  • Drink alcohol in moderate amounts.
  • Avoid smoking at any costs.
  • Add quality supplements to your diet (like omega-3 essential fatty acids)


Why Doctors Still Advise Their Patients To Use Statin Drugs?


One recent study has shown that 65% of doctors don’t warn their patients about the side effects of statin drugs because:


  • They don’t believe that there’s a connection between the use of statins and increased rates of heart diseases
  • Or they have been “influenced” by the pharmaceutical giants.

Pharmaceutical companies have a huge interest in continuing to promote the use of these drugs because the statins industry is worth a whopping 31 billion dollars.

source: http://www.healthy-holistic-living.com

13 warning signs of lupus that may put you in the hospital: here’s how to treat it quickly and naturally

According to the Lupus Foundation of America, about 1.5 million Americans have lupus and 9 out of 10 are women.  Both patients and specialists agree that this autoimmune disease is “unpredictable”.

“It’s a disability that you cannot describe because the whole thing about lupus is it’s so unpredictable,” says Mallory Dixon, 29.

Mallory is an attractive, petite brunette who sounds both young and determined at the same time.

In terms of the unpredictability of this disease, Dixon explains that it may affect anyone, regardless of their age, race, or ethnic preference. Moreover, the severity of the symptoms varies from patient to patient and the person often experiences symptoms which could not be explained.

Dixon was initially diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis, but six years later she was diagnosed with lupus due to the many additional symptoms she experienced. Two years later, she felt so miserable and even unable to breathe that she had to go the hospital and seek medical attention.

“The night before, I was afraid to go to sleep,” Dixon said. “I tried to downplay the pain, but I had the feeling I was dying.”

As a matter of fact, she “technically’ did die arriving at the hospital.  Then, the doctors brought her back to life and she remained attached to bed for 86 days. During this period, she fell into a coma, received chemotherapy, spent time on a ventilator, and was even treated with dialysis. It was later found that these symptoms were caused by the lupus which has spread to her kidneys.

“They do think with early prevention we can keep lupus from spreading to organs like the kidneys or in some cases, a patient’s heart or brain,” Dixon said. This is why she believes her most important mission is to “educate young women about what to look for.”

Lupus and The Effect It Can Have on Your Life
According to Sarah Stothers, a national nurse health educator at the Lupus Foundation of America, “debilitating fatigue” is the first symptom.  She also lists the following symptoms:


  • Abnormal blood clotting
  • Fingers turning white and/or blue when cold
  • Mouth or nose ulcers
  • A butterfly-shaped rash across the cheeks and nose (in earlier times this common rash reminded physicians of a wolf’s bite hence the name “lupus,” Latin for “wolf”)
  • Extreme tiredness
  • Headaches
  • Painful or swollen joints
  • Fever
  • Anemia
  • Swelling in the feet, legs, hands, and/or around eyes
  • Pain in chest when breathing deeply
  • Sun- or light-sensitivity
  • Hair loss

“Some people look completely normal yet they feel awful,” said Stothers, who added “doing the smallest task is impossible.” The disease is often isolating, “because you look so normal on the outside, and that’s probably the biggest thing: ‘But you look completely fine!’”

The lupus symptoms often mimic those of lung, bone, heart, or muscle disease as well as rheumatoid arthritis, Lyme disease, diabetes, blood disorders, fibromyalgia, and blood disorders. This is the reason why lupus is associated with hormonal and autoimmune disorders.

“Lupus does not run in my family,” Dixon said. “The only thing that does run in my family is psoriasis, which is another autoimmune disorder.”

And This is Key:  Due to the fact that many lupus patients are diagnosed with a second or third autoimmune disease, anyone who is diagnosed or has a family history of any of these diseases should be on watch. By doing so, a dramatic flare-up could be avoided!

The most common autoimmune diseases are type 1 diabetes, inflammatory bowel diseases, Hashimoto`s disease, Addison`s disease, vitiligo, reactive arthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, celiac disease, psoriasis, Graves’ disease, Sj√∂gren’s syndrome, and scleroderma.

Cause and Treatment
“We know there’s a genetic component to lupus,” said Stothers. However, carrying the gene doesn’t necessarily mean that one will develop lupus. Environment and hormones have a critical role too, especially estrogen, due to the higher prevalence among women.

“It is predominately diagnosed between the ages of 15 and 44,” said Stothers, who added “and that’s the time when women are most fertile.” In fact, many women are first diagnosed while pregnant or after giving birth, when their hormones are in flux, she explains.  Still, even this is not entirely definite as Stothers has seen patients diagnosed in their 70s and 80s.

Support
Even though most lupus patients live productive and happy lives, they must observe their symptoms very often to stay healthy.  Self-awareness is difficult to maintain in a busy world, meaning that one must make certain lifestyle changes. For instance, Dixon gave up her career and works from how now, advocating for the Lupus Foundation at the same time.

“That’s the hard thing with lupus, the unknown of when you’re going to have a really bad flare-up,” said Dixon, adding that patients have mild, moderate, or severe flare-ups at any time. “Everyone has to figure out her own triggers,” she explained.

Stothers find her patents to be very courageous and brave, saying that she is privileged to know them. Although people like Stothers and other health care professionals offer emotional support, the one received from the family and friends is as needed as the professional help.

source: http://besthealthyguide.com

7 10-second hand exercises anyone with arthritis pain needs to do in the morning

Arthritis thins the cartilage in the joints, causing inflammation, stiffness, and pain. In case the hands are involved, simple tasks like using a keyboard or utensil become difficult to perform.

The most common arthritis treatments include anti-inflammatory treatments, prescribed pain medications, steroid injections, and even surgical repairs, which are used as last resort.

Before one is subjected to something as dramatic as surgery, it is recommended to try out certain home exercises to alleviate pain and stiffness.  You can perform these exercises along with taking the prescribed medications, or on their own.  They can be performed anywhere and are designed to ease the joints the hands.

1.      Making a Fist

Hold your hand up straight without extending the arm. Then, bend it into a fist, keeping the thumb on the outside of the hand.  Don’t squeeze the hand! Once the fist is formed, open the hand and do 10 repetitions with each hand.

2.      Finger Bending

Begin with the same position as in the first exercise. Then, bend the thumb down so that it touches the palm, keeping the other fingers straight. Hold this position for about 10 seconds before straightening it back up. Do the same with each finger before switching to the next hand.

3.      Thumb Stretch

Instead of bending the thumb until it touches the palm as in the previous exercise, you need to touch the pinky finger. However, you don’t necessarily have to touch it, as your goal is to stretch as far as you can. Hold this position for a couple of seconds and do 10 repetitions with each hand.

4.      The Claw

Also known as “O” exercise, this exercise begins with your hands held up and straightened as if giving a high-five. To make a claw or O-like shape, curve the fingers until they touch. Hold for about 10 seconds before straightening out. Repeat the exercise a couple of times daily on each hand.

5.      Table Bending

Begin with the handshake position, resting the side of your hand on a flat surface, such as a table. Keep the thumb straight up while folding the fingers inward. Hold this position for a while before releasing. Do 10 repetitions with each hand.

6.      Finger Lifts

Put the hand on a table, keeping the palm down and the fingers spread. Lift the thumb as high as possible while keeping the other fingers flat. Hold this position for a few seconds and repeat the same with each finger.

7.      Wrist Stretch

Given the fact that arthritis in the hands doesn’t involve only the fingers, you should perform some exercises involving the wrists as well. Hold one arm out straight with the wrist loose, hanging the palm down. Press the other hand against the back of the loose hand, pushing it towards the body. You should push until you feel a stretching sensation in both the wrist and the arm. Hold for a while and then release.

OTHER REMEDIES

Even though the exercises outlined below are very effective at keeping the joints loose, there other alternatives as well. Check out the ones below:

1.      Ice pack

Ice can be very helpful with any form of inflammation or swelling, including arthritic hands.  There are many options, such as a sack of frozen vegetables, ice cubs in a bag, or an ice pack. You should place an ice pack on one or more joints at the same time for a while, remove for about half a minute, and then repeat.  To avoid frostbite, always place a towel between the ice pack and the skin.

2.      Tea

The combination of tea and cinnamon relaxes stiffened muscles and ginger possesses anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. So, teas calling for any of these can be beneficial in case of arthritis hands. For honey and cinnamon, mix a tablespoon of honey and half a teaspoon of cinnamon in your tea whole for ginger, boil some of it a cup of water for ten minutes and then strain. The first one should be consumed on an empty stomach while the second should be taken 2-3 times daily.

3.      Epsom Salts

Given the fact that Epsom salts are abundant in magnesium, they alleviate nerve pain which is important for bone mineralization. Combine two cups of Epsom salt in a bath and soak your hands for about half an hour.

4.      Turmeric

Turmeric acts as antioxidant and anti-inflammatory agent, which can be helpful for pain relief in arthritic hands. However, you cannot make a tea with turmeric, as in the case with ginger. What you can do is to add a teaspoon of it to a glass of hot milk or add a tablespoon of turmeric to a quart of boiled water and boil for a few minutes.

5.      Garlic

Instead of eating the garlic in order to reap the anti-inflammatory benefits of its selenium and sulfur content, you can prepare a nice mixture and use it topically. Fry two chopped garlic cloves in mustard oil, allow it to cool, and apply onto the affected area.

source: http://besthealthyguide.com

Smokers or Past Smokers: Six Ways To Cleanse and Revitalize Your Lungs

Did you know that even former smokers who gave up this habit very long time ago still have traces of lung damage?

One doesn’t necessarily have to be a smoker to be prone to some level of lung damage. As a matter of fact, the industrial pollution, vehicular exhaust fumes, and even second-hand cigarette smoke, makes people exposed to the nanoparticles which contribute to experiencing lung damage.

Therefore, regardless of whether you were once a smoker or have never puffed on tobacco, cleansing and revitalizing your lungs is still of utmost importance for you.

It is worth mentioning that contrary to the popular belief, lung damage is not irreparable. Proper care and nourishment can repair the damaged lung tissues.
Different do-it-yourself detox and regeneration methods

1.      Lifestyle changes

Lifestyle changes refer to staying away from artificial sweeteners, excess sugar, GMOs, high fructose corn syrup, junk, and processed foods. To reduce excess mucus, you should limit your wheat, dairy and meat intake as well as to add onion, ginger, cayenne, and garlic in your diet.

You should also exercise more, preferably away from traffic. It is recommended to practice certain breathing techniques in order to strengthen the lung tissue, such as yoga.

2.      Eliminate household toxins that are part of detergents, cleansers, bleaches and chemically scented “air fresheners”

Opt for chemical free alternatives which can be found in most health foods stores, even in Target.  Always use aluminum free deodorants!

All commercial pesticides release gasses or vapors which are irritating to the lungs, meaning that they must be eliminated as well.

3.      Improve your indoor air

The indoor air can be even worse than outdoor air. Replace carpeting with other type of flooring or vacuum on a regular basis.

Replace the store-bought air cleaners with natural ones or get indoor plants which purify the air and remove toxins.

4.      Herbal remedies for lung issues

There many herbal remedies for lung issues available and you only need to find out which one works for you.

For instance, antitussive herbs reduce respiratory spasms; antimicrobial herbs treat infections; demulcent herbs soothe irritated tissue, and expectorant herbs loosen the mucus.

Licorice root combines all the aforementioned characteristics. However, it contains glycyrrhizin, a compound which may cause adverse effects for some people. The good news is that there are licorice root extracts available whose glycyrrhizin content has been removed.  They are known as DGL licorice!

Lobelia, also known as Indian tobacco, allows easier breathing by clearing the airways and it helps in case of an asthma attack.

5.      Detoxification

Detoxing is crucial for any type of regeneration or rebuilding. In this case, it refers to the reducing of toxic load which helps relieve the immune system and stimulate the growth of new tissue.

You should incorporate foods like cilantro and chlorella in your diet as they promote detoxification and elimination of heavy metals from the liver. Raw zeolite (powdered) is very beneficial as well.

Moreover, drink plenty of purified fluoride free water and try to sweat as much as possible, such as by using a sauna or engaging in some physical activity.

6.      Serrapeptase enzymes

These potent enzymes have the ability to eat up scar tissue, hardened mucus buildup, or calcified tissue.

What The Placement Of Acne On Your Face Says About The Health Of Specific Organs

Did you know that the face is the mirror of your body`s state? Given the fact that skin issues, such as acne, redness or dry patches can be directly linked to the health of specific organs, face mapping has become an effective tool to determine internal health issues and address them appropriately.

What Is Face Mapping?

Face mapping is a time-tested method of diagnosing certain diseases. It originates from Ayurvedic medicine and it is known as a non-invasive method of treating various health conditions.

This practice is based on the idea that skin`s health is directly linked to an organ of the body, meaning that observing the skin, especially the face, can help you pinpoint the health of certain internal organ.

Diet And Lifestyle Face Mapping

Your face can tell a lot about your inner health, from smoking to hormonal imbalances. For instance, externally-induced health issues, such as stress, may lead to breakout on the skin.

T-Zone


  • Alcohol
  • Coffee
  • Puberty
  • Poor circulation
  • Stress

Cheeks


  • Bacteria build-up from cellphones or dirty pillows
  • Excessively touching your face
  • Smoking

Chin, Jaw and Neckline


  • Candida
  • Excess starchy foods
  • Hormones
  • Processed sugars

Face Mapping By Organ

The list above will help you determine the diet and lifestyle culprits, but pinpointing the location of breakouts has been proven to be directly linked to specific internal organs as well. Therefore, the list of diet and lifestyle acne-provokers is the first step while locating the specific organ involved is the next step.

Forehead:  Toxin buildup, dehydration and poor digestion

Solution: Drink plenty of water and green tea to neutralize toxins and get rid of the build-up.

T-Zone: This zone is directly connected to the liver. In case you have acne in this area very often, it may indicate liver dysfunction. As a matter of fact, alcoholics with liver damage are known to develop acne on the nose.

Eyes: This area is linked to the kidneys, so having dark under-eye circles may indicate malnutrition, dehydration, and poor kidney function.

Upper Cheeks: They are connected to the lungs and skin issues affecting the upper cheeks are indicators of inhaling polluted air.

Lower Cheeks: Acne on this area indicate poor dental hygiene.

Solution: Brush and floss your teeth on a regular basis and avoid sugary foods and drinks.

Nose:  The nose is connected to the heart and redness, acne or swelling on the nose indicate hypertension.

Solution: Reduce salt intake and consume more heart-healthy fruits and veggies.  

Chin: Last but not least, the chin is linked to the small intestine and the function of the digestive system.

Solution: To keep the digestive running properly, you need to follow a healthy diet and make some lifestyle changes.

source: http://besthealthyguide.com

See The Amazing Argan Tree Oil Benefits For Hair Loss, Hair And Skin Care

Argan tree oil benefits for hair loss are unbelievable! Just wait and see how it works for hair and skin care, and you’ll never stop using it!

Today we will share with you the wonderful properties that argan tree oil has for you, your body and the people you love the most. As soon as you know the argan tree oil benefits and all the things you can do with it, you will want to keep it for yourself. But you will share it with everyone. So pay close attention to what we have to tell you.

From the family of vegetable oils, we have argan oil. Thanks to its healing and nutritive properties, its anti-inflammatory effect due to its xanthomas and vitamin E, it is the ideal adjunct to fight against acne and other skin alterations.

Another of the uses given to the magnificent argan oil is as part of the first aid kit, as a remedy without chemicals or preservatives, that is, a natural remedy. Its use comes from traditional medicine, specifically from distant French Polynesia, on the exotic islands that make up the archipelago where Tahiti is located.

The Tahitians have implemented the use of the ancient argan tree oil, for centuries. Part of the uses that the Tahitians have given to this oil is like a mosquito repellent, as a lotion to give relaxing massages and closer to our times – they have used argan tree oil as a treatment for hair, skin and for stretch marks.

Argan tree oil benefits

Now we will tell you the medicinal benefits that you can give to the magnificent argan oil. Some of them are: preventing rashes, aiding in the natural healing of the skin, relieving sore throats, calming inflammatory reactions in wounds, cuts, rashes, alopecia and insect stings.

There are many other benefits that the argan tree oil can give you. For example, argan oil is also used for nails, as it has antifungal properties.

And it is the best in effectiveness to fight against the human and animal pathogens that can attack your body without you realizing it, day by day with the passage of the years.

Apply this oil on your skin

Part of the beauty treatments where you can implement argan oil are the healing and growth of new skin in cases such as diseases of: cuts and stings of insects, stretch marks, herpes, eczema, varicose veins, alopecia, blisters, among several others. This is solved with just applying this oil in the affected areas.

Another of the uses of argan tree oil is for acne, by simply applying this natural oil on the scars before going to sleep, your skin will improve considerably. It will lighten and soften the affected skin. You can get this oil in naturist pharmacies.

We recommend this incredible natural oil is to treat wrinkles. This oil is a natural agent that helps prevent the aging of the skin and helps to soften the expression lines and crow’s feet that will bitter many lives.

Argan tree oil for hair

This oil is also very for the hair effective, as it will give your hair its shine and strength, it will provide resistance and an exquisite smell, at the same time it will prevent its fall and increase its growth. You should apply it once or twice a week, depending on how often you wash your head.

source: http://healthandwellness365.com

What You Need to Drink Before and After Meals to Prevent Weight Gain and Diabetes

How Blood Sugar Spikes Work


As the name itself suggests, blood sugar is found in the bloodstream and it is the one which supplies the cells with energy. It reaches the bloodstream through the absorption of nutrients found in the food we consume.

Our bodies have the ability to regulate blood sugar levels on their own, but in a case of diabetes, the body is unable to do this as it is supposed to, leading to either spike or dip in blood sugar levels.

In general, the how great the spike will be, depends on the sugar content of the meal. Short term effects of these spikes include blurred vision, feeling unwell, and tiredness while long-term effects may lead to an increased risk of developing conditions like heart disease.

7 Ways to Balance Blood Sugar


Below you have a list of 7 things you can do to ensure your blood sugar levels remain stable. Choosing the meals you eat properly is the most direct way to impact the blood sugar levels. In brief, following these tips cam help you prevent chronic fatigue, weight gain, and diabetes.

1. Get enough fiber

Getting enough fiber promotes healthy digestion, moving digested food through the gut and it also helps improve blood sugar control and lower cholesterol levels. It is recommended to fill half of you plate with vegetables. Spinach, potatoes, peas, parsnips, and Brussels sprouts are some of the best sources of fiber.

2. Eat the right amount of protein

According to a research from the University of Missouri, consuming more protein can help prevent blood sugar spikes in people suffering from diabetes type 2.

Given the fact that protein is neutral for blood sugar levels, you can use it as a replacement for the carbohydrates you eat.

You should aim for around a palm-sized portion of protein on your plate, opting for seafood, eggs, chicken, or turkey. If you are not a fan of dairy, these foods are ideal for you.

3. Get good fats in your diet

Good fats, such as monounsaturated fats, should be an essential part of everyone`s diet as they have less effect on the blood sugar levels, just like protein.

Saturated fats, like those found in processed foods, negatively affect the blood sugar levels, meaning that you should limit their intake.

Good fats are still fats, meaning that they should also be eaten in moderation.  Olives, olive oil, and avocados are some of the best sources of good fats.

4. Avoid condiments with added sugar

Given the fact that sugar is hidden in many foods that we consume these days, avoiding it can be quite difficult. Remove sugar-loaded sauces and condiments from your diet as soon as possible if you want to avoid a spike in your blood sugar levels. Make sure you read the labels on everything you buy.

5. Drink only water with your meals

Even though most people don’t think of flavored drinks and natural fruit juices as main contributor of sugar spikes, the truth is that they have a huge impact on blood sugar levels.

Therefore, you should only drink water with your meals in order to stay on the safe side and avoid blood sugar spikes.

6. Take a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar before a meal

Apple cider vinegar is known for its wide plethora of health benefits and incorporating it into your daily diet can help you avoid blood sugar spikes. It has low pH balance and it increases the acidity of your stomach acid, promoting proper digestion of all components.

It has been scientifically shown that the consumption of apple cider vinegar along with a meal, such as in a salad dressing, will reduce the spike in blood sugars which may follow a meal for people with type 2 diabetes.

7. Drink green tea after a meal

Drinking a cup of tea after every meal is a good way to reduce the amount of glucose in the blood after the meal. The reason behind this is the antioxidant content of the tea, particularly the polyphenol group of green tea catechins. It has been scientifically proven that these polyphenols affect the way glucose is absorbed in the body, reducing the impact that any sugars absorbed during the meal might have.

source: http://besthealthyguide.com/

Miracle Drink – No Pain In 1 Week (Joints, Legs, and Back)

Due to the modern lifestyle which requires us to sit most of the time in improper posture, back pain has become one of the most common complaints.

Although rarely, back pain can indicate a more serious problem and this is why it seeks medical attention.  In case you feel shooting pain into the shoulder or numbness/ strength in the arms or hands, consult a doctor right away.

Medical Conditions that Cause Back Pain


  • A slipped disc ( a disc of cartilage in the spine that presses the nerve): It may lead to back pain as well as weakness, tingling, and numbness in other body parts.
  • Sciatica ( irritation of the nerve running from the lower back all the way to the feet): It may cause tingling, weakness, pain, and numbness in the feet, legs, buttocks, and lower back
  • Spondylolisthesis (a bone in the spine slipping out of position): It can cause lower back pain and stiffness, numbness and a tingling sensation
  • Ankylosing spondylitis (swelling of the joints in the spine): It causes pain and stiffness which typically worsens  in the morning and improves with movement


Luckily, there is an alternative way to address this issue and it is explained below:

Hydrolyzed collagen provides pure protein of low molecular weight which is quickly absorbed in the digestive tract, which in turn regulates the body`s metabolism. The absorption of specific amino acid groups in this formula positively affects many metabolic pathways.

After the age of 25, the body`s ability to repair supporting tissues, including bone, tendons, ligaments, cartilage, skin, hair, and nails, is significantly reduced.

Collagen is an excellent source of distinctive amino acids groups, such as proline, lysine, and glycine, all of which are needed by the body to strengthen the connective tissues and regulate cells` functions.

Hydrolyzed collagen is actually the same type of protein as the one found in bones, skin, and cartilage. It contains up to 90 percent pure protein which is rapidly absorbed by the body.

It produces synovial fluids which lubricate the joints and the build tissues, promoting rapid cell growth.

Instructions:


  • Take collagen along with hibiscus tea every morning on an empty stomach over the course of 30 days
  • The first improvements will be visible within the very first7 days

As reported by WebMD, hibiscus can be used as a gentle laxative and diuretic for dissolving phlegm, and for treating colds, stomach irritation, disorders of circulation, heart and nerve diseases, loss of appetite, swelling, fluid retention, and upper respiratory tract pain.

source: http://besthealthyguide.com/

A Ginger Compress That Will Reduce Your Waist Immediately

Although we know that eating a healthy and well-balanced diet as well as exercising on a regular basis are key to being healthy and fit, it seems that few people stick to these ‘rules’.

Rapid weight loss is unhealthy and could lead to many health issues. Therefore, it is important to look for more natural and safer options, which have nothing to do with fasting or over- exercising.

This is how we come to the ginger compress, a method which provides almost instant results. It is quite convenient, especially when you have a big event coming up and want to “sweat out” a few inches of belly fat fast.

The Ginger Compress:

Besides having a robust mineral profile, ginger contains antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and detoxifying properties, all of which work in synergy to help flush out toxic matter from the system. Body wrap is a good way to get firmer skin and slimmer body, and the ginger wrap below is one of the best, using slimming power of an amazing ingredient.

Ginger is already known to accelerate the metabolism and promote faster weight loss, so using it topically for this purpose does not come as surprise. It delivers the same effects like enjoying ginger tea, for instance,

To prepare a ginger compress, you should follow a few simple and easy steps. All you need is fresh ginger root or powdered / dried ginger in case you cannot find a fresh one.

The heating properties of ginger stimulate circulation and thus help melt fat.

Preparation:


  • Fill a large pot with water and bring it to boil
  • Grate half a cup of fresh ginger
  • Reduce the heat once the water reaches a boiling point
  • Place the ginger into a piece of cotton cloth and tie to form a tea bag
  • Soak the ginger in a hot water for about 5 minutes


Application:


  • Soak a washcloth into the ginger water and apply onto the body
  • Allow it to cool a bit prior to applying it onto the skin
  • Put a towel over the compress in order to keep the heat in
  • Replace the cloth every five minutes
  • Use two towels and alternate soaking one cloth while the other is placed on the body
  • Repeat the process a few times
Ginger water should be used within two or three hours of preparation. For optimal results, prepare fresh ginger water for each treatment. Repeat the procedure two or three times a week until you get the wanted results.

This method shouldn’t be applied on a person with higher fever, on a baby or elderly person, and on the lower abdomen of a pregnant woman.

source:http://holisticlivingtips.com

I’m so Glad I Learned This Trick! Learn How to STOP Suffering from a Stiff Neck

Neck pain is quite variable, with some people experiencing stiffness and some people being stuck with severe pain.  It may spread to the shoulders, upper back and arms, even causing headaches in some cases. Moreover, the neck movements may also be limited, usually more to one side than the other.

Neck pain is an umbrella term for pain anywhere from the area at the base of the skull into the shoulders.

The neck includes:


  • The bones and joints of the cervical spine (vertebrae of the neck).
  • The discs that separate the cervical vertebrae and absorb shock as you move.
  • The muscles and ligaments in the neck that hold the cervical spine together.

Injury to one or more of these areas is the most common cause of neck pain, although there are many different causes. For instance, a strain or spasm of the neck muscles as well as inflammation of the neck joints may cause neck pain.

Below you have a list of some of the most common activities which may cause neck pain:


  • Work or exercise which requires the use of your upper body and arms
  • Tension makes the muscles feel tight and painful, especially those that run from the back of the head across the back of the shoulder
  • Sleeping on a too high or too flat pillow which doesn’t support the head
  • Sleeping on the stomach, with your neck twisted/ bent
  • Spending a lot of time in the “thinker`s pose” ( resting the forehead on the upright fist or arm)
  • Holding the hand in odd position while reading, working, or watching TV

More Serious Causes of Neck Pain

The  neck pain is likely to be caused by some more serious condition, especially if accompanied by the following symptoms:


  • Sudden weight loss
  • Problems walking
  • High temperature ( fever)
  • A lack of coordination
  • Loss of bladder or bowel control

As prevention is always better than the cure, here are a few tips on how to prevent neck pain and stiffness:


  • Aim at having a good posture ( read about posture tips for PC and tablet users, how to sit properly, and common posture mistakes)
  • Make sure you take frequent breaks from driving, sitting at your desk, or from any other activity in which the neck is held in inappropriate position
  • In case you often feel stressed,  try out some relaxation methods to alleviate the tension in the neck
  • Use relatively firm mattress
  • Avoid sleeping on your front

The 90-Second Relief Technique for a Stiff Neck below presents great stretches which will help you alleviate pain in no time.

source: http://besthealthyguide.com/

This is nature’s most powerful painkilling essential oil – and you’ve probably never heard of it before

Did you know that there is an essential oil which outperforms even the most popular pain meds? What`s more, it has been found to work even better than certain natural remedies which are commonly used to relieve pain.  The best part is that it is completely safe to use and it doesn’t provide any adverse side-effects.  This secret remedy is the oil of the curry plant – Helichrysum Italicum.

What is Helichrysum?


Helichrysum Italicum is not actually where curry comes from, despite its nickname- curry plant. Its name derives from its curry-like fragrance and yellow flowers instead.  It is native to Europe and mostly cultivated in France, although it can be found in a few regions more as well.  There are many different varieties of helichrysum essential oil, so make sure you choose the one coming from this specific plant.


How does it work?


Many pain relievers, including ibuprofen (Advil) and acetaminophen (Tylenol), are known to be highly detrimental to the liver. On the other hand, Helichrysum essential oil is completely safe to use since it is non-irritating, non-toxic, and no-sensitizing.

Helichrysum extract is effective at:


  • Relaxing tight muscles and connective tissue
  • Promoting cellular regeneration
  • Reducing inflammation and removing toxins
  • Preventing bruising and blood clots

Most pharmaceuticals are effective at only two of the aforementioned instances. For instance, aspirin only works when targeting inflammation and thinning blood.  Helichrysum essential oil works almost instantly, unlike pharmaceuticals which take a few hours to deliver the wanted results. It is used topically and it works for pain in the muscles, tendons, joints, and ligaments. You can even use it for bruises, sprains, and back pain!

The leaves and flowers of this plant are prepared differently, depending on the condition being treated. Here are some of the conditions that helichrysum oil can treat both naturally and effectively:


  • Allergies
  • Constipation
  • Cold
  • Infections
  • Asthma
  • Candida
  • Liver Disease
  • Acne
  • Insomnia
  • Bloating
  • Stomach ache


How to use it properly?


It can be used one of two ways, depending on the severity of the pain.  In cases of acute pain like twisted ankle or burn, apply undiluted oil onto the affected area. Once it calms down, dilute the amount you apply with 20% carrier oil, such as olive oil or jojoba oil.

For chronic pain, start with helichrysum diluted in carrier oil, starting at low dilution such as 5 percent. To create a 5 percent dilution, you will need about 40 drops of helichrysum in an ounce of the chosen carrier oil.

Note: Make sure you check the labels when mixing oils, as some of them may be toxic at higher concentrations. Although helichrysum doesn’t provide any side-effects, don’t use it in case you are taking a blood thinner or you have open wounds.

source: http://besthealthyguide.com

How to make powerful ginger oil that can replace pain pills, cough syrup and Pepto-Bismol

Due to its anti-inflammatory properties, ginger is one of the most powerful home remedies you can use to relieve motion sickness and pain. Therefore, the fact that ginger oil provides whole body benefits doesn’t come as a surprise.

Ginger oil is extracted from the ginger root, which is a pungent, underground rhizome. Ginger is a perennial herb and it reaches about 3-4 feet height. It has spear-shaped leaves, white/ yellow flowers, and small rhizomes with brown skin. The flesh can be red, white, or yellow.

Ginger has been long used for both culinary and medicinal purpose, especially in ancient Indian, Chinese, and Greek civilizations. A 4th century BC Indian Sanskrit epic called Mahabharata gives an account of a meat dish which uses ginger as an ingredient.

Ginger was exported to the Roman Empire and it became eventually one of the most traded spices, along with black pepper.  Interestingly, a pound of ginger was traded for a sheep.

Ginger is quite versatile and it can be eaten fresh, dried, grated into a vegetable juice, or steeped as a tea. There are many tinctures and supplements available as well as ginger oil, potent oil with numerous uses.

Ginger oil has pungent aroma, thin consistency, and yellow color. Fresh ginger root is the most aromatic ginger oil and it is superior to other variations.

Uses of Ginger Oil

Although ginger oil is mostly used as a pain reliever, its health benefits go far beyond this. It provides a relief from pain when used topically but also improves blood circulation.

Ginger oil is also known for its warming and soothing properties, which is the reason why aromatherapists use it to address digestive issues. One of its most popular uses include relieving digestive upset, such as morning sickness, gas, diarrhea, nausea, and ingestion.

Below you have a list of some of the most popular uses of ginger oil:


  • Massage a drop of ginger oil onto the abdomen to relieve diarrhea and gas
  • Inhale dinger oil through a vaporizer or diffuser to relieve sore throat, runny nose, and sinusitis
  • Mix 2-3 drops in 1 oz of carrier oil and use it as a massage oil to relieve muscle pain, fractures, rheumatism, muscle pain, arthritis, and backache.
  • Add it to a hot bath or on a compress and then apply onto the affected area
  • Apply a few drops in a diffuser or on a cotton ball and then inhale to revitalize your body and boost your energy levels


Composition of Ginger Oil

Most of its benefits come from B-sesquiphellandrene, neral, geranial, 1,8-cineole, zingiberene, B-bisabolene, and other powerful mono- and sesqui-terpenoids. It contains other ingredients such as camphene, linalool, borneol, y-terpineol, nerol, geraniol, geranyl acetate, a-pinene, and B-pinene.

Benefits of Ginger Oil

Ginger oil acts as potent anti-inflammatory agent and it possesses expectorant, digestive, stimulating, carminative, analgesic, and antiseptic properties. Below you have a list of some of its benefits:

1.      Stomach and Bowel Related Issues

Ginger oil is great for people who would like to gain weight as it increases appetite. It promotes proper digestion and works against flatulence, indigestion, dyspepsia, and spasms.

2.      Food Poisoning

Due to its carminative and antiseptic properties, ginger oil can treat food poisoning, bacterial dysentery, and intestinal infections.

3.      Malaria and Yellow Fever

It has been scientifically shown that ginger oil repels Anopheles culicifacies mosquitoes, which are the major carrier of malaria.

4.      Pain

Ginger alleviates pain by reducing prostaglandins, compounds associated with pain.

5.      Heart Ailments

Using ginger oil on a regular basis lowers the risk of arteriosclerosis and it reduces the bad cholesterol levels in the blood.

6.      Hypertension

Taking ginger on a regular basis lowers the risk of developing hypertension by 85%. According to a 2005 study, ginger lowers blood pressure through blockade of calcium channels.

7.      Chronic Disease

According to a research published in the journal Nutrition, daily intake of 2-4 grams of ginger may prevent chronic diseases.

8.      Respiratory Problems

Ginger oil can relieve asthma, flu, bronchitis, breathlessness, and coughs. It is often added to tea due to its soothing effects and its ability remove mucus from lungs and throat.

How to Make Ginger Oil

To create your own ginger oil infusion at home, you will need the following:

–          Fresh ginger
–          1 ½ cups olive oil
–          Cheese grater
–          Oven-safe bowel

Directions:


  • Rinse the fresh ginger and allow it to dry for a few hours
  • Pour the olive oil in the bowl
  • Chop the ginger and shred it with the grater
  • Add the ginger into the bowl and mix the ingredients well
  • Simmer the mixture in the oven for at least two hours under low heat
  • Transfer the mixture into a cheese cloth in order to filter it. When done, squeeze out the remaining oil
  • Pour the oil into bottles and store in cool and dry place


How Does Ginger Oil Work?

Ginger oil is made of 90% sesquiterpenes, which are responsible for its antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. It has a warming and energizing effect when inhaled or applied topically.

Is Ginger Oil Safe?

Ginger oil is non-toxic and non-irritating, meaning that it is safe as long as used in normal concentrations. Do skin patches test prior to applying ginger on the skin in case you have sensitive skin.

Don’t apply ginger oil on areas which will be exposed to sun in the next 24 hours as it may be phototoxic. Pregnant women and nursing mothers are not recommended to use ginger, despite the fact that it helps relieve morning sickness.

Side Effects of Ginger Oil


  • Heartburn
  • Sores in the mouth
  • Skin rashes
  • Nausea

9 Excellent Anti-Cancer Fruits To Include In Your Diet

Fruits are beneficial for the overall heath, due to their robust nutritional profile, including phenols folic acid, fiber, antioxidants, and high vitamin C content.  What`s more, studies show that fruits also contain compounds with potent anti-cancer properties.

Specifically, fruits like grapes, tomato, lemon, apple, pineapple, avocado, and banana have been found to be the most effective in both preventing and fighting off cancerous cells.

Cancer Fighting Foods

Mounting evidence confirms the numerous benefits of fruits against cancer. According to a review of 206 studies, higher fruit and vegetable intake is linked to lower risk of cancer in the colon, stomach, pancreas, lungs and oral cavity.

A study done in California showed that the consumption of large amounts of fruits and veggies combined with regular basis led to reduction in the recurrence of cancer in women.

Additionally, a team of researchers from Ohio State University found that consuming fruits regularly caused inhibition of the proliferation of cancer cells, meaning that fruits are also capable of slowing down the rate at which cancerous cells multiply.

1.     Grapes

Cancer research has found that the grape seed extract has the ability to kill three-fourths of leukemia cells by stimulating JNK, a protein which causes apoptosis in cancerous cells.  Resveratrol, an antioxidant in grape seeds has been shown to affect natural death of cancer cells in prostate, breast, skin, stomach, bowel, and lungs.

2.     Citrus Fruits

Citrus fruits are packed with vitamin C as well as dietary fiber, beta-carotene, folate, and potassium.  They are particularly effective against larynx cancers, mouth cancers, stomach cancers, and pharynx cancers.

It has been scientifically shown that citrus fruits are beneficial for arthritis, gallstones, and heart disease, too.  A few studies have found that lemon has the ability to fight cancer, due to its vitamin C content which kills off malignant cells while leaving the healthy ones intact.

3.     Apple

Apples contain procyanidins,  a substance which promotes apoptosis in cancer cells.  The peel is packed with triterpenoids, compounds which are effective in inhibiting the growth of cancer cells, particularly those diagnosed with breast, colon, and liver cancer.

4.     Pineapple

Pineapples contain bromelain ,a compound which has the ability to break up the protective layer in tumors.  This enzyme is found in both the stem and fruit of pineapples and is also capable of promoting DNA repair and normal cell growth.  Therefore, it strengthens normal cells apart from providing strong cancer-killing properties.

5.     Banana

Certain compounds in bananas have been show to work against further production of liver and leukemia cancer cells.  High banana intake was also associated with a decrease in the risk of oral cancer, leukemia, brain cancer, esophageal cancer, and colorectal cancer.

6.     Kiwi

Kiwi is loaded with vitamin C, an antioxidant which prevents free radical damage. It also contains carotenoids and flavonoids, compounds which protect the DNA from the damage or oxidative stress.  Kiwi is especially effective against cancers like lung cancer, stomach cancer, breast cancer, and liver cancer.

7.     Soursop

Also known as Graviola, soursop is up to 10,000 times more effective in killing cancer when compared to chemotherapy drugs.  Extracts of this tree kill malignant cells in twelve types of cancer, including pancreatic cancer, colon cancer, prostate cancer, breast cancer, and lung cancer.

8.     Berries

Sweet berries are powerful anti-cancer agents. It has been scientifically shown that black raspberries exhibit reductions in colon cancer, oral cancer, and esophageal cancer.  They stopped the whole spectrum of tumors from being initiated, mostly due to their ellagic acid content.

Blueberries are one of the most potent sources of antioxidants as well as phytochemicals, resveratrol, and anthocyanoside.

Strawberries are also packed with antioxidants, vitamin C, and folic acid, all of which work against esophageal cancer.  As little as a cup of strawberries provides 100 percent of the daily recommendation of vitamin C.

9.     Pomegranate

Last but not least, pomegranate is high in flavonoids and tannins, both of which are packed with healing properties.  Pomegranate extract helps prevent the growth of lung cancer, breast cancer, colon cancer, and prostate cancer.

source: http://www.collective-evolution.com

Do This For 15 Minutes Before Going To Bed, It Can Change Your Skin Complexion Overnight!!!

Summer season can be very rough time for our skin, during this time skin becomes dull and dry and need some extra attention. Today I will tell you a 2 step treatment that can make your skin radiant and glowing instantly. This is a 2 step process, all details are given below

Step 1 – FIrst clean your face, for this purpose you can use a cotton ball soaked in rose water


  • In a clean bowl take 2 spoon rice flour
  • Add 3 spoon cucumber juice and 1 pinch of turmeric
  • Mix it well and your scrub is ready
  • Apply this scrub all over your face and rub gently for 5 minutes in circular motion
  • Wash your face with plain water


Step 2 – In this step we are going to apply a pack on our face


  • In a bowl take 2 spoon sandalwood powder
  • Add 2 spoon rose water and 1 spoon honey
  • Apply it on your face and leave for 15 minutes
  • Wash your face
  • Apply toner and moisturizer

Cancer Dies When You Eat These 8 Foods. Start Eating Them Today!

It has been scientifically shown that cancer is much easier to prevent than cure. However, whether you have a risk of cancer running in the family or you are battling the disease, diet can make a huge difference in helping you fight it off.  Just like some foods are shown to increase the risk of cancer, others are known to boost immunity and keep cancer at bay. This means that making the right dietary choices can go a long way in protecting your health and fighting off diseases like cancer.Below you have a list of 8 foods which both prevent and help kill off cancer cells. Check it out!

1.      Garlic

Garlic is an excellent source of allicin, manganese, copper, selenium, vitamin B6, vitamin C, and sulfuric compounds, all of which boost immunity and improve body`s ability to protect itself from cancer. Garlic is also able to reduce tumor growth.

Several studies suggest that increased garlic intake lowers the risk of certain cancers, such as breast, colon, pancreas, esophagus, and stomach cancer.

2.      Artichokes

According to clinical trials done in 2011, extracts from edible parts of artichokes negatively affect breast cancer cells. In other words, cancer cell movement and invasion were found to be “remarkably inhibited,” proving the cancer-fighting properties of artichokes.

3.      Broccoli

Cruciferous veggies are abundant in nutrients, such as fiber, folate, carotenoids, minerals, and vitamins C, E, and K.

It has been scientifically shown that they have the ability to stop cancer`s development in various organs in rats and mice, including stomach, lung, colon, liver, breast, and bladder.

4.      Citrus Fruits

According to Australian researchers, regular consumption of citrus fruits lowers the risk of mouth, stomach, esophageal, and throat cancer.

5.      Salmon

Wild salmon is an excellent source of vitamin D, a vitamin which is said to block the development of blood vessels which feed on tumors.  It also inhibits the proliferation of both precancerous and cancerous cells.

6.      Apples

The fiber found in apples ferments in the colon, which in turn stimulates the production of chemicals which fight off the formation of cancer cells.

It has been scientifically shown that procyanidins, an antioxidant found in apples triggered cells signals which lead to death of cancer cells.

7.      Cabbage

Cabbage is rich in antioxidants, such as vitamins A and C as well as phytonutrients like thiocyanates, lutein, and zeaxanthin.

According to the George Mateljan Foundation, cabbage contains anti-cancer properties and it is one of the best preventive measures against this debilitating disease.

8.      Dates

Moderate consumption of dates provides a wide plethora of health benefits, such as preventing damage from free radicals, preventing coronary heart disease and stroke, as well as preventing the development of pancreatic, prostate, colon, lung, endometrial, and breast cancer.

Note: Following a diet high in fiber helps prevent digestive system cancers such as colorectal, stomach, pharynx, and mouth cancer. Good ways to boost your fiber intake is by swapping white rice for brown one, snacking on popcorn, eating fruits like pear and banana, having a baked potato along with the skin, and eating fresh carrots, celery, or bell peppers with a hummus.

source: http://besthealthyguide.com/

If You Eat Garlic and Honey On an Empty Stomach For 7 Days, This Is What Happens To Your Body

Garlic is known as one of the most powerful superfoods and it holds a special place in many cuisines worldwide. Even though it has a quite strong smell and not everyone likes it, garlic is extremely effective in treating many health issues.

To name a few, garlic prevents atherosclerosis, coronary heart disease, heart attack and it also lowers both blood pressure and cholesterol levels. It successfully treats minor issues, such as common cold, flu, hay fever, fungal infections, diarrhea, and insect bites. It eliminates toxins from the system, boosts immunity, and it effectively treats the symptoms of osteoarthritis, enlarged prostate, and diabetes.

When combined with ginger and honey, garlic`s effects are even more enhanced and it even has the ability to detoxify a body which has been subjected to aggressive treatment like chemotherapy.

For optimal results, garlic should be used in its raw form. All you have to do is to crush it, chop the leaves, and leave them for about 15 minutes. Heat decentralizes its active compound called allicin, meaning that cooking reduces its healing properties.  Moreover, crushing it increases its bioavailability.

It is recommended to consume it on an empty stomach, before eating or drinking anything else as its nutrients cannot be fully absorbed when your stomach is full. To boost immunity and ensure your body is functioning at an optimal level, you should consume the tonic made of honey and garlic on a regular basis.

Natural Energy- Booster (Recipe)

Ingredients:


  • 2-3 garlic cloves
  • 1 tbsp of honey
Chop the garlic cloves and mix them with a tablespoon of honey.  Take this tonic on a daily basis (two teaspoons) to boost energy levels and improve your overall health.

Garlic-Flu Tonic (Recipe)

Ingredients:


  • 5 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 2 red chili peppers, chopped
  • 1 tbsp ginger, chopped
  • Juice of one lemon
  • Raw and unfiltered apple cider vinegar

Note:  The natural oils of the ingredients are strong and may cause rashes on sensitive skin. Therefore, make sure you wear gloves while preparing this tonic.

Instructions:


  • Take a 350-500 ml mason jar and place the chopped garlic in one layer
  • Then, add the hot peppers in another layer, along with the seeds
  • Finally, add the ginger and pour both lemon juice and organic apple cider vinegar
  • Seal the jar, leaving a centimeter of free space from the rim
  • Keep the jar in the pantry and consume on a regular basis (at least two teaspoons daily)

This amazing tonic is an extremely potent natural remedy immunity booster. It prevents and treats a sore throat and flu/cold symptoms in an all-natural and effective way.

Five Ingredients that Poison your Brain

These days there are so many toxic ingredients which are gut disturbing, liver compromising, and brain damaging.  The good news is that there are some things we can do to avoid them and protect ourselves. Below you have a list of five ingredients that poison the brain and which should be avoided at any cost.

1.      Gluten

Gluten is protein found in kumut, spelt, wheat, rye, and barley. It is sticky and tends to bind to the small intestinal wall, causing digestive and immune system disorders, such as celiac disease. Moreover, there is also non-celiac, gluten sensitivity, a condition which is the key factor to inflammatory disorders of the nervous system and the brain.

It has been scientifically shown that there is a strong link between gluten sensitivity and disorders affecting the brain, spinal cord, and peripheral nerves.  This ingredient has been linked to psychiatric disorders, dementia, cognitive impairment, and many more.

2.      Artificial Sweeteners

Aspartame, sucralose, saccharin and all types of artificial sweeteners are popular due to their zero calorie marketing. However, it turns out that these sweeteners are toxic and detrimental to the brain. For instance, aspartame, which is a combination of many chemicals, including methanol, phenylalanine, and aspartic acid, produces a brain-tumor chemical when broken down.

The consumption of aspartame causes different symptoms, including migraines, slurred speech, depression, and anxiety attacks. It is found in chewing gums, tabletop sweeteners, flavored water, cereal, sodas, yogurt, cooking sauces, and other sugar-free products.

3.      Monosodium glutamate (MSG)

Monosodium glutamate, also known as MSG, is a concentrated form of salt which is added to foods to enhance flavor. It actually tricks the taste buds and the brain into thinking that the food is delicious, but it also stimulates the production of excess dopamine, thefeel-goodd drug. Being an excitotoxin, this ingredient is associated with brain damage and other neurological diseases, such as lupus, dementia, MS, Parkinson`s disease, Alzheimer`s disease, etc

It is commonly found in salad dressing, canned soups and vegetables, barbecue sauce, bouillon cubes, and other processed foods.

4.      Refined Sugar

Refined sugar is both most popular and most dangerous ingredient in our food. Regular sugar intake is associated with many health issues which negatively affect the brain.

The problem with refined sugar is that it suppresses BDNF, a growth hormone which is of utmost importance for the brain.  The brain derived neorotrophic factor (BDNF), triggers new relations between the neurons in the brain which are important for the memory function. It has been scientifically shown that low BDNF levels in people suffering from schizophrenia and depression combined with sugar intake could worsen those conditions.

In addition to this, refined sugar increases inflammation, disrupting the immune and digestive system. Chronic inflammation increases the risk of schizophrenia and depression.  Both depressed people and those who want to improve their mental mood and clarity should eliminate refined sugar from their diets.

5.      Fluoride

It seems that the decision to add fluoride to public drinking water is one of the most dangerous effects on our brain as well as on the overall health.

As reported by the Fluoride Action Network, fluoride is associated with lower IQ. A study funded by UNICEF has shown that IQ was reduced at the level which is added to U.S drinking water, which is 0.88 mg/l.

Additionally, the Fluoride Action Network stated that 34 studies associate fluoride to lower IQ levels, while other studies suggest that it is linked to altered neurobehavioral function, fetal brain damage, and memory impairment.

source: http://www.naturalnewsblogs.com

The Fruit That Stops Insomnia and Boosts Brain Work After a Few Minutes

Have you heard about quenepa? If not, you will definitely become a fan of this fruit once you learn more about its amazing health benefits.

Most people know this fruit under the name of Spanish lime, a fruit which treats insomnia and enhances the function of the brain.

It is native to the north of South America but it also widely cultivated in Central America and the Caribbean. It has a hard shell but delicate and soft texture. It has bittersweet taste and it goes well with chilly, lime, and a pinch of salt.

The experts describe this fruit as a combination of lychee and lime. It is very similar to limes as they share the same characteristics, except for its color. It is colorful fruit with a pulp which surrounds the seeds.

It has an exceptional nutritional value and below you have a list of some of the nutrients it contains:


  • Riboflavin
  • Fiber
  • Tryptophan
  • Niacin
  • Tannins
  • Calcium
  • Iron
  • Thiamine
  • Amino acids
  • Vitamin C
  • Protein
  • Vitamins B1, B3, B6 and B12
  • Unsaturated fatty acids (oleic and linoleic)

Quenepa has the ability to prevent high cholesterol levels and chronic constipation due to its high fiber content.

In addition to this, quenepa is abundant in vitamin A, a nutrient which boosts immunity and prevents the formation of urinary tract stones. It is also high in phosphorus, a mineral which lowers blood pressure, treats asthma, improves digestion, and balances the hormones.

Its calcium content strengthens the bones and teeth while the antioxidants it contains prevents radical damage and development of cancer.

According to the experts, quenepa contains a phenolic acid which prevents heart disease and boosts immunity.

In a nutshell, this fruit provides a wide plethora of health benefits and it is believed to be one of the healthiest fruits on the planet. Below, you have a list of only few of its medicinal uses and benefits:


  • Soothes gum infections
  • Prevents and treats urinary and lung infections
  • Lowers high cholesterol and triglyceride levels
  • Treats skin issues
  • Treats constipation
  • Treats and prevents kidney problems
  • Stimulates red blood cell production, preventing anemia
  • Improves the reproductive system’s function
  • Eliminates parasites
  • Prevents bronchitis and the flu
  • Strengthens the immune system and prevents bacterial buildup in the body

To treat diarrhea, combine a couple of roasted quenepa seeds and honey and you will solve this issue in no time.

With this being said, it becomes evident that this fruit is extremely healthy and beneficial, which is why you should include it in your diet as soon as possible.

source: http://www.healthyfoodhouse.com

Mangoes Destroy Cancer, Blast Fat, Reduce Cholesterol, and More

Even though mango is in the same family as poison ivy and oak, it is far from dangerous. To the contrary, it basically provides a wide plethora of health benefits, from digestion to immunity.

1. Aids Concentration and Memory

Mango contains glutamine acid, a compound which is actually a very powerful brain-healthy protein. According to a study, “It clearly plays an important role in neuronal differentiation, migration, and survival in the developing brain… Glutamate also plays a critical role in synaptic maintenance and plasticity,” which means that it’s the ideal fruit for boosting memory and concentration.

2. Lowers Cholesterol

Being abundant in soluble fiber, which absorbs the cholesterol-rich bile which is produced by the liver, mango lowers cholesterol levels. It contains vitamin C as well, which is crucial for the protection against damage.

3. Boosts Immunity

Given that it is an excellent source of vitamins A and C as well as many carotenoids,  the consumption of mango is very helpful when it comes to preventing common diseases like cold and flu.

4. Hydration

Since they are quite juicy, the fact that mangoes promote hydration doesn’t come as a surprise.  To prepare a refreshing and healthy mango juice, simply chop the fruit, put it in a blender along with a bit of water, and blend until smooth.

5. Aphrodisiac

It has been found that mango increases virility in men and libido activity in both men and women. Its vitamin E content regulates hormones and it also improves sex drive, sperm production, and blood flow. Plus, the amino acid arginine found in mangoes has been found to treat erectile dysfunction.

6. Eye Care

As mentioned above, mangoes are an excellent source of vitamin A, a nutrient which is crucial for eye health. It also contains large quantities of vitamin C, which is critical for immunity, production of collagen, and the absorption of iron.

7. Digestion

Mango promotes proper digestion due to the enzymes and fiber it contains. According to a study done on the relation between mango and chronic constipation, “Compared to the consumption of fibre, the consumption of mango in the treatment of chronic constipation had higher subject adherence, improved parameters of intestinal evacuation, reduced the production of endotoxins, reduced inflammation, and increased the concentration of short chain fatty acids, all of which have been established to contribute to intestinal health and wellness.”

8. Alkalizes the Body

Mango is highly alkaline food which balances the internal acid levels.  A pH balance which is lower than neutral is associated with muscle impairment, osteoporosis, and kidney disease.

Its antioxidants have powerful antifungal, antiviral, and antibacterial properties while fisetin, one of the phytochemicals found in mango promotes brain health.

9. Fights Cancer

Mangoes contain powerful cancer-fighting antioxidants, such as methylgallat, quercetin, isoquercitrin, astragalin, fisetin,  and gallic acid. According to a study done at Texas A&M University,  “These results of the study indicate that the cell-killing effects of mango polyphenols are specific to cancer cells, where inflammation was reduced in both cancer and non-cancer cells, seemingly through the involvement of miRNA-21 — short microRNA molecules associated with cancer…The tumor-fighting potential of mango polyphenolics may at least in part be based on those same properties which reduced cancer cell proliferation and reduce inflammation that may be involved in carcinogenesis.”

10. Weight Loss

Mango works similarly to pharmaceuticals when it comes to treating metabolic processes and preventing the increase of fat mass and it also reduces LDL cholesterol at the same time.

This is probably due to phytochemicals which regulate blood sugar. This doesn’t come as a surprise, given that mango is low on glycemic index and it also boosts pancreas function.

According to a 4-week study, the blood sugar levels of diabetic patients were the same as those of non-diabetics when mango was added to their diets.

11. High Antioxidant Levels

Mango leaves are not available in the supermarket because they are skin irritant due to the high levels of urushiol.

However, the leaves have been long used to treat liver disorders, diarrhea, snakebite, asthma, anemia, insomnia, etc.

Mangiferin is the most abundant antioxidant in mangoes and it is present in all parts of the tree. This antioxidant is responsible for its capability to regulate healthy cell activity.

Note: Those who are not fans of the mango fruit are recommended to include mango kernel flour in their diet, a flour which can be used in all baked goods.

source: http://besthealthyguide.com

The Vital Key To Prevent Aging, Cancer, Heart Disease, Dementia And More

Our bodies are in a constant battle with the environmental toxins and stressors.  Therefore, giving them weapons (antioxidants) to fight off these stressors and prevent cell damage is of utmost importance.

Glutathione (GSH) is an antioxidant which keeps other antioxidants, such as vitamins E and E and CoQ10. It prevents free radical damage by disarming them before they get the chance to attack the cells. While only an estimate, our cells are attacked 10,000 times by free radicals on a daily basis. Glutathione is the most potent antioxidant in the body and it is made of three amino acids: cysteine, glycine, and glutamine. Due to its potency, it is referred to as “the master antioxidant.”

This antioxidant helps with oxidant stress by recharging other antioxidants. According to the scientists, our lifetime is determined by the amount of GSH in every cell in our bodies.

The ideal ratio of glutathione is 10 percent inactive and 90 percent active for the purpose of balancing antioxidants, cells, and removing toxins. The bad news is that our bodies are exposed to too many toxins for this ratio to remain stable.

The Importance of Glutathione!                                    


  • Lack of GSH leads to an overload of toxins and fat-soluble toxins which are then stored in the fat cells. The cells in the breast, prostate, and central nervous system are the most susceptible cells. Since the body produces more of the dangerous free radicals, it needs larger quantities of glutathione.
  • As mentioned a few times earlier, glutathione is one of the most protective against viruses, diseases, radiation pollution, drugs, oxidative stress, and toxins. It fights off carcinogens, cellular toxins, and it repairs damaged cells.
  • The percentage of GSH decreases as we age and it is estimated that it declines at a rate of 8-12 percent every ten years after the age of 20. The rate of depletion can be affected by infection, toxic load, and the use of drugs. A decrease at 70 percent causes serious health issues such as neurological disease and even cancer.


How to Increase Glutathione?


Increasing GSH is not that easy as taking a pill, so there is no need to waste money on supplementation.  But, there are other ways to increase our protection with GSH. Among them are:


  • Consume more antioxidants, such as glycine, glutamic acid, and cysteine. Even though low in amino acids, spinach, onion, turmeric, avocados, and cruciferous vegetables are a solid source. Other sources include wheat germ, asparagus, broccoli, watermelon, tomatoes, walnuts, organic eggs and grass-fed whey protein.
  • Sometimes, an IV of GSH would have an instant result, but once it stops, so does the flow of glutathione.
  • Vitamin D stimulates the production of GSH. Since our modern society is extremely deficient, the optimal levels of this vitamin should be 60-100ng/ ml.
  • Glutamine is nutrient which boosts intestinal health and serves as a precursor to glutathione, which is considered as the rate-limiting nutrient for the formation of glutathione.
  • Curcumin is of utmost importance when it comes to increasing glutathione levels.

To sum up, to prevent the damage caused by toxins, stressors, and radiation, it is important to be armed with antioxidants.

The foods you need to be putting in your breakfast to help you burn belly fat all day long

We are all familiar with the saying “breakfast is the most important meal of the day”, but it seems that we are not fully aware of its true value.

Five Ways to Increase The Health of Your Breakfast


1. Include Protein

Did you know that protein is the most fulfilling nutrient? Many studies have found that dietary protein has strong effect on the secretion of ghrelin. Ghrelin is secreted when the stomach is empty and when stretched, the secretion stops. Then, it causes the brain cells to increase hunger and increase the secretion of gastric acid.

According to a study, high protein breakfast is more fulfilling as it calm down the ghrelin outputs.  Easy foods you can include in your breakfast are nuts, yogurt, organic peanut butter, scoop of protein powder, or hard boiled eggs.

2. Add Fat

Healthy fats can help you feel fuller for an extended period of time and they also provide an energy-boost.  Some healthy fats you can add are coconut oil or avocados, almond butter, nuts and seeds, and flaxseed oil.  Keep it easy, and being with adding 1-2 tablespoons of fat to your meal. Avoid greasy high-calorie foods!

3. Swap Rolled Oats for Steel Cut Oats

The only difference between steel cut oats and rolled oats is the fact that steel cut are not rolled into flakes. Although the whole oat grain which is needed to produce rolled oats is cut into third to provide steel cut oats, they still have the same nutritional profile.

It is recommended to replace rolled oats with steel cut oats since the latter provide a feeling of satiety which lasts longer. They also have low-glycemic nature, which stops increase or decrease in blood glucose levels. With this being said, longer oats can be an ideal weight-loss tool.

4. Add Veggies

As odd as it sounds, adding vegetables to your breakfast is a good idea due to their fiber content and ability to stimulate bowel movement.  Adding a serving of veggies in the morning helps get the recommended 2 ½ cup daily, which is difficult to get for many people.

There many different ways to include veggies in you breakfast, especially if you are eating eggs.  Stir some onion, peppers, or spinach in your egg and that`s it.

5. Go Savory Instead of Sweet

Eating sweet for breakfast, such as cereals, muffins, or loaf breads, may lead to sugar spikes.  On the other hand, balanced meals don’t spike blood sugar and provide a feeling of fullness which lasts longer.

Make sure you take these five suggestions into consideration to ensure reaping their health benefits, feeling fuller longer, and maybe even lose a few pounds.

source: http://besthealthyguide.com/