How to Lose Weight by Identifying Hidden Sugars in Your Diet

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A new book reveals how and where sugars are hidden in your diet, and provides practical tips on how to wean yourself from this pernicious ingredient that will decimate your health Continue reading

Could Your Low-Sugar Diet Be Causing You More Harm Than Good?

Could your low-sugar diet be the reason for your plaguing stomach problems?

You’ve patted yourself on the back for always choosing low-sugar sweets, thinking you’re doing wonders for your health by avoiding the sugar nightmare. But did you know that low-sugar foods contain sweeteners that can actually be more harmful to your health than Continue reading

Dangers of Chlorine in Your Shower

Can taking a shower really be dangerous? It may come as a shock, but the very method most people use to keep their bodies clean could be exposing them to unforeseen health risks.

While many people are aware of the dangers of drinking unfiltered water, few consider the risks of showering in unfiltered water. Continue reading

Seven Methods for Creating the Best Digestion of your Life

Dealing with the symptoms of chronic digestive dysfunction can be discouraging for many people, especially when unknown dietary and environmental triggers constantly seem to create bloat, abdominal pain, gas, and other problems. But correcting the issue can also be as simple as eating certain foods while avoiding others, and Continue reading

Why a Healthy Digestive Tract is an Important Key to Longevity and the Prevention of Disease

More than 100 million Americans experience digestive problems.  But most people don’t know that digestive imbalances can severely damage one’s health. Continue reading

Using Coconut Oil for Natural Candida Treatment as Well as Alzheimer’s

Did You Know…that an exciting new natural Candida treatment is also one of the best remedies for Alzheimer’s prevention?

Caprylic acid (a medium-chain triglyceride) is an anti-fungal agent found naturally in coconuts. It’s also the active ingredient in a new medical food validated by scientific research as an effective treatment for Alzheimer’s. The medical food is being marketed under the name Axona. Continue reading

Clear the Mystery over Gluten Misery

Lingering, troubling health problems often stem from gluten. Gluten reactions can include digestive symptoms like gas, bloating, constipation or diarrhea; peripheral neuropathy (numbness or tingling in the extremities); mental and emotional imbalances; or autoimmune diseases such as Hashimoto’s thyroiditis and psoriasis. But your misery doesn’t have to remain a mystery: If a gluten-free diet improves your health or a lab test is positive, you can declare gluten the source of your difficulties. Continue reading

Five Hidden Causes of Digestive Trouble

Sometimes, when trying to ascertain the state of your natural health, it takes understanding the hidden triggers of any symptoms you have. On that note, let’s take a peek at five hidden reasons you might be experiencing digestive problems.

1. Fructose Intolerance
This is a hereditary disorder in which your body cannot metabolize fructose (a sugar molecule), resulting in its build-up in the liver, kidneys, and intestines. It causes abdominal pain and vomiting. You might suspect there is a fructose problem should you experience these symptoms continually after eating foods that claim it as an ingredient. For a diagnosis, see your doctor. The cure here is to avoid fructose and steer clear of sucrose and sorbitol, two related sugars. Gather nutritional information to see which foods are safe. A small list of safe foods includes milk, eggs, most meat, poultry, fish, asparagus, cabbage, cauliflower, celery, green beans, green peppers, salad greens, potatoes, spaghetti, butter, margarine, olive oil, coffee & tea, vegetable juice, and soups.

2. Gallstones
As many as one in 12 Americans Continue reading

The Power of Breath Comes from Breathing Correctly

Yoga, deep breathing and meditation continue to make strides in the healthcare industry.

More specifically, deep breathing is now widely recognized for its “profound impact on our physiology and our health,” says Mladen Golubic, a physician in the Cleveland Clinic`s Center for Integrative Medicine. Yet, the power of breath is still an unknown in our culture and within mainstream medicine.

Yogis understood the power of breath. In fact, postures (asana) were created to strengthen the body to sit for breathing (pranayama) and meditation. The breath is the most important aspect of the yoga tradition and one of the most important functions of the body in maintaining health.

The average American has 21,600 breaths every 24 hours (15 breaths per min X 60 min X 24 hours). The breathing process is the foundation of all brain function and 12 energy systems of the body. The respiratory system feeds our cardiovascular system and supports our digestive and lymphatic systems: two systems paramount to processing food and the removal of toxins and imbalances from the body. Breathing is also the only physiological function that can be controlled. Otherwise, it occurs involuntarily from the intelligence of the autonomic nervous system. Continue reading

Radon Gas the Second Leading Cause of Lung Cancer

BUCHAREST – A new study has shown that radon gas, generated by the decay of uranium, is the second leading cause of lung cancer after smoking.

The odorless and tasteless gas is generated by decay of uranium-238 (a natural radioactive element present in all rocks and soil in varying degrees).

The radon gas is emitted by the subsoil and seeps into houses – to a greater or lesser degree depending upon the permeability of the ground – through the pores and cracks in garages and basements.

The researchers from the University of Cantabria and the Romanian Babes-Bolyai University studied the exposure to this element in a uranium mining area in Transylvania and in an area of granite in Torrelodones, Madrid.

The authors estimated the death rate due to lung cancer attributable to radon and smoking in the areas between 1994 and 2006.

The result was double that which would have been expected based on a relative risk report produced in 2006 for the whole of Europe on cancer incidence and mortality.

“The study shows that radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer, after smoking, as has also been shown by many other studies carried out over the years in various parts of the world”, Carlos Sainz, co-author of the study and a researcher for the Ionizing Radiation Group at the University of Cantabria, told SINC.

“It is much more abundant in granite areas, such as Torrelodones and other areas in the west of the Iberian Peninsula, such as parts of Galicia, Salamanca and Cáceres”, he added.

The study conducted in Transylvania, Romania, where there are old uranium mines, showed higher incidence of lung cancer, almost 116.82pct higher than estimates.

The researchers suggest regular checking of gas levels along with ventilating cellars and basements with extractor fans (opening windows alone may not be sufficient, depending on the levels of the gas).

The construction of architectural barriers that are impermeable to radon is also recommended, above all in newly-built houses.

Home Remedies Series – Belching

Belching or burping is also medically referred as eructation or ructus. Essentially it is a process of releasing gas from the digestive tract through the mouth. A typical odor or sound may also accompany the process of gas release. Belching is a common universal phenomenon and not limited to few people with any specific disorder. Infants to older adults belch or burp to expel air that has been swallowed in excess. Belching relieves the abdomen of discomfort caused due to the excess air.

Belching can also form as a habit to many people and such belching or burping may not be related to the accumulation of air in their stomachs. Instinctively people resort to belching on account of any form of abdominal discomfort to expel gas and ease the existing discomfort.

Though it sounds like a simple exercise, technically belching is a co-coordinated activity. For egs: the larynx is raised to ensure no liquid or food passing with the air from the stomach get into the lungs and this process also relaxes the upper cardia (esophageal sphincter) such that air can pass more easily from the esophagus into the throat. The lower cardia (esophageal sphincter) also needs to open so that air can pass from the stomach into the esophagus. During these activities, the diaphragm descends such that it increases abdominal pressure and decreases pressure in the chest similar to taking a breath. The change in pressure ensures air flows from the stomach in the abdomen to the esophagus in the chest.

Remedies for Belching

– Eating slowly or have small meals

– Avoiding chewing gum and carbonated drinks

– Excessive consumption of onions and chocolates may also cause burping.Avoid such foods

– Avoid alcohol especially among individuals suffering from chronic belching or excessive belching

– Reducing stress, following exercise tips from medical practitioners and inducing relaxation can help treat belching

Diet for Belching

To reduce belching avoid gulping food or drink too rapidly.

– Some foods may initiate the belching process such as milk and sugars.

– Certain types of vegetables and fruits containing a particular type of starch are not well digested by the stomach but are effective tools to treat bacteria in the stomach such as: beans, lentils, cabbage, bananas, apricots, prunes, onions and sprouts. It is advisable to avoid such vegetables and fruits to prevent belching.

– Foods made from whole grains may also cause gas and consequent belching or burping.