Natural remedies for hypothyroidism

Hypothyroidism is a condition wherein the thyroid glands do not produce enough hormones to sustain metabolic functions. As a result, people with this condition may experience a wide array of symptoms like fatigue, constipation, aches and pains, and depression. While this disease can affect both sexes, it is especially common in women and is normally treated with hormone replacement medication. However, this treatment is not without side effects — especially if the patient misses a pill. Forgetting a dose may wreak havoc to the body and produce more symptoms. Continue reading

Low Intake of B Linked to Depression

Feeling low? Get your B

When it comes to depression, the mainstream would rather have you wait until the symptoms are there before doing something about it. But what if you could help to prevent depression from affecting your life, simply by adding a couple of essential vitamins to your diet?

“B vitamins linked to depression risk in older adults.” Continue reading

A Refreshing Way to Help Cure Pneumonia Infection

Here’s an herbal remedy that could help you this flu season. In the latest health news, researchers have just discovered that mint could help fight respiratory infections that lead to pneumonia.

You may be familiar with some of the health benefits of mint tea. Continue reading

Ten Natural Ways Grow Hair and Reduce Hair Loss

Vitamins and lifestyle changes have been shown to encourage hair to grow and reduce hair loss. Balding is a genetic trait but good nutrition can play a part in hair growth. Hair products, such as masks, shampoos and leave on conditioners can also prevent hair loss and restore healthy, vibrant hair. Adding nutrients will help regrow hair. Continue reading

10 Health Benefits of Cucumbers

Cucumbers are the fourth most cultivated vegetable in the world and known to be one of the best foods for your body’s overall health, often referred to as a superfood. Cucumbers are often sprayed with pesticides so it is important to buy organic or even better, grow them yourself.

Here are 10 Benefits of cucumbers: Continue reading

Use Apple Cider Vinegar Rinses for Super Shiny, Soft Hair

Shimmery, vibrant and soft-bodied hair is something that everyone strives for. Apple cider vinegar (ACV) is a wonderful and surprisingly effective way to lay the foundation needed for this. After all, what is healthy hair that doesn’t also have the signature sheen and light reflective ability that we associate with Continue reading

10 Tips to Prevent a Painful Gallbladder Attack

Sometimes one of the compounds in bile — usually cholesterol — becomes so saturated that it forms a solid. This is called a gallstone. It is estimated that as many as one in 10 people have gallstones, though they might not know it. Gallstones may not necessarily cause you any problems, but sometimes when one is pushed out of the gallbladder, it gets stuck in your bile duct. This can cause a lot of pain and is what is known as a gallbladder attack.

Nobody wants to have a gallbladder attack. The best natural health advice is to avoid having one in the first place. With that in mind, here are 10 tips for avoiding stomach problems and painful attacks.

1. Get your doctor’s advice about testing for food allergies. Eliminate any food allergens you might have, such as dairy (milk, cheese, and ice cream), wheat (gluten), soy, corn, preservatives, and chemical food additives. Eggs, especially, Continue reading

Proof That Vitamins Make You Smarter

A new study has found that elderly people with higher levels of several vitamins and omega 3 fatty acids were, overall, smarter. They did better on mental acuity tests and actually had less of the brain shrinkage typical of Alzheimer’s disease. Meanwhile, junk food led to the opposite result. Score another one for nutrition.

This was the first specific measure of a wide range of nutrients in the blood and how they corresponded to mental health and cognitive function. It uncovered positive effects of high levels of vitamins B, C, D, E and the healthy oils most commonly found in fish. The study was published last week in “Neurology.”

The study included 104 people (average age of 87) who were not at risk for memory problems or poor mental acuity. Continue reading

These Berries Help Prevent Cervical Cancer

What could be better than a delicious fruit that is also a cancer-fighting food? Raspberries are an antioxidant food that contains some special compounds called “ellagitannins.” This family of compounds, which are almost exclusive to the raspberry, is reported to have anti- cancer activity.

In recent health news, a study performed at the Ohio State University has found that raspberry extract could inhibit cervical cancer growth.

Cervical cancer is the second most common female cancer worldwide. It is a challenge for doctors to treat this type of cancer. Because of this, the researchers at Ohio University set out to investigate food-based cancer preventative measures — specifically, the raspberry. Three human cervical cancer cell lines were treated with a black raspberry extract for the clinical trial. Various tests Continue reading

The Natural Biological Regulator Mumio (mumijo)

Since olden times MUMIO has been known to enhance regenerative processes in different organs and tissues and was used as an anti-inflammatory and antitoxic agent, as well as for general health improvement.

The word MUMIO (sometimes spelled “MUMIO”) comes from the Greek word “mumia”, meaning a preserved body. It is a natural substance found mainly in high virgin mountains (2,000 – 5,000 meters) of Asian parts of Russia and neighboring areas (Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan) as a resinous deposit in rock crevices.

MUMIO is a versatile, naturally occurring biological regulator, possessing a wide spectrum  Continue reading

How to Build and Maintain Healthy Bones

1. Be physically active.

No other facet of your life has greater impact on the health of your bones.

Your body is designed to adapt all of your organs – your bones included – to your specific needs. If you are physically active, your body will work to make your bones as strong and flexible as possible with its resources. If you lead a relatively sedentary lifestyle, your body will not work to produce and maintain strong and flexible bones since your lifestyle is not signaling a need for such bones.

Being physically active doesn’t mean that you have to jog “x” number of miles per day or attend aerobics classes at your local gym three times a week. If you are regularly doing chores around your living and work areas, walking or biking when you can instead of taking your car, and finding other ways to go about your daily routine while being physically active, there is no need to make time to “exercise,” since you are already exercising for most of the day. If you spend most of your day sitting for long stretches at a time, for the sake of building and maintaining healthy bones, you should incorporate more physical activity into your daily routine.

2. Stretch your largest muscle groups daily.

A regular stretching program can help ensure that your muscles, tendons, and ligaments stay at healthy lengths.

A sedentary lifestyle and/or lack of stretching can cause gradual shortening of muscles, tendons, and ligaments, and since these tissues insert into your bones, when they shorten, they can actually put significant stress on their insertion points. This is a primary mechanism of bone spur (osteophytes) development.

Foam rolling your biggest muscle groups is an excellent adjunct to stretching, and can almost certainly help keep your bones and soft tissues healthy.

3. Eat mineral-rich foods.

Your body needs much more than calcium supplements to build and maintain healthy bones. When you consider that your bones are comprised of calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, potassium, manganese, zinc, iron, silica, and many other trace minerals, it should be clear that eating mineral-rich foods is far superior to taking calcium-based supplements.

Generally speaking, green vegetables and herbs are the healthiest, mineral-rich foods that you can eat. If you want to ensure that you are actually getting the minerals in green vegetables and herbs into your bloodstream to become available to your bones and other organs, you must be mindful of chewing these plants thoroughly. Thorough chewing helps to ensure that the protective cell walls that surround all plant cells are sufficiently broken to allow your bones and other tissues to have access to the many minerals contained within those cells.

Drinking freshly pressed vegetable juices and well blended green smoothies are other ways of ensuring that you actually get the minerals in green vegetables and herbs into your bloodstream.

Use of high quality green food powders can also help provide your bloodstream and bones with a rich supply of minerals.

4. Consider drinking mineral-rich broths.

Broths that are made by simmering bones and a variety of vegetables for an hour or longer are a fantastic source of calcium and other minerals that can be used to keep your bones strong and flexible.

Mineral-rich broths are a chief source of dietary calcium in east Asian countries like China and Korea, where many people are unable to fully digest dairy products. These broths take significant time and effort to make on a regular basis, but they nourish your bones (and the rest of your organs) like few other foods can.

5. Ensure adequate vitamin D status.

Adequate amounts of vitamin D must be present in your body for calcium in your foods to be optimally absorbed and used.

When the weather is warm and sunlight is readily present, the best way to ensure adequate vitamin D status is to expose your skin to sunlight on a regular basis without getting burned. Sunlight acts on cholesterol found in your skin to produce vitamin D. Your body destroys any excess vitamin D that is made in this fashion when it has made enough for your needs. Please keep in mind that use of a sunscreen with an SPF of 8 or higher can prevent sunlight from acting on cholesterol in your skin to produce vitamin D.

When the weather is cool and sunlight is not readily available, the best way to ensure adequate vitamin D status is to eat one or more foods that are naturally rich in vitamin D on a regular basis. Different varieties of fish like wild salmon and sardines are good food sources of natural vitamin D. High quality cod liver oil is another good food source of natural vitamin D.

6. Eat high quality fats and cholesterol.

Consumption of high quality fats optimizes the absorption of vitamins A and D into your bloodstream. And vitamin A is needed to keep your intestinal lining healthy and readily able to absorb minerals in the foods that you eat. For these reasons, it’s virtually impossible to have optimally healthy bones and teeth without including healthy fats in your diet.

Here are some examples of foods that are rich in healthy fats:

  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • Avocados
  • Organic eggs from cage-free birds
  • Soaked nuts and seeds (about a handful per day at most)
  • Cold-water fish and high quality fish oils
  • Coconuts and coconut oil
  • Bone broths
  • Organically raised red and white meats (should be eaten sparingly if eaten at all – with proper planning, there is no physiological requirement for red and white meats)

Healthy cholesterol is also needed for a healthy intestinal lining that is able to optimally absorb minerals into your bloodstream. Healthy dietary cholesterol can help ensure adequate cholesterol status in your system so that sunlight has enough cholesterol to act on to produce vitamin D. While your body is capable of producing cholesterol from other nutrients, it makes sense to ensure adequate cholesterol levels via intake of healthy cholesterol.

7. Learn how to effectively manage emotional stress.

Chronic emotional stress can elevate the level of cortisol in your blood. Cortisol is useful for combating stress, but if it remains elevated in your system over the long term, it can cause the matrix of your bones to weaken. Corticosteroid drugs can also weaken your bones and cause osteoporosis if used in large quantities and/or over the long term.

8. Avoid regular consumption of foods that may cause your bones to lose calcium.

Acid-forming foods are foods that bring the pH of your blood down. Because you cannot survive if the pH of your blood moves outside a very narrow range (7.35 to 7.45), your body must buffer the effects of acid-forming foods to maintain a healthy blood pH level. One of the main ways in which your body buffers acid-forming foods is to take calcium from your bones and use it to neutralize the remnants of acid-forming foods. If your body is repeatedly forced to do this, your bones may be weakened.

Foods that are strongly acid-forming in your blood and should not be staples in your diet include:

  • Artificial sweeteners
  • Soft drinks (pop)
  • Sugar
  • Cookies, cakes, and pastries made with white flour
  • Table salt
  • Alcohol

9. Eat foods that are rich in vitamin C.

Collagen is a long, fibrous protein that is critical to providing your bones with tensile strength. In short, the more quality collagen that you have in your bones, the more physical stress that your bones can tolerate before breaking.

Your body needs vitamin C to synthesize collagen. Please note that there is a big difference between the full vitamin C complex found in real foods and synthetic forms of vitamin C found in many nutritional supplements. Some excellent food sources of real vitamin C are:

  • Organic goji berries
  • Bell peppers
  • Citrus fruits
  • Broccoli
  • Brussels sprouts
  • Acerola cherries

I hope that this post makes it clear that your bones are active organs that are slowly supported or eroded by every food and lifestyle choice that you make. Addressing osteoporosis with a calcium supplement or drug without regard for your overall health will not allow you to build and maintain the healthiest bones that your genetics and upbringing will allow. If you have been diagnosed with osteoporosis, please note that in early stages, weakened bones can become fully healthy again if you consistently make the good choices in the days ahead.

Boost Your Libido with Vitamin B

B vitamins help to regulate the sex organs. The amount of Vitamin B in the body is correlated with the amount of sex hormones released. Vitamin B deficiencies can lead to lethargy and fatigue, which usually means more sleep and rest is needed, not sex. Bs also play a large role in brain function and cognition and may be useful in relieving minor depression and anxiety. Each specific B vitamin offers your body something different in regard to your overall health as well as your sex health. Vegans need to pay especially close attention to their B intake, especially B12, to ensure that all their B vitamin needs are met. Also, as we age, this specific nutrient is not absorbed as well as it is when we are young. Those sexy elders need to keep an eye on their B levels as well if they want to keep the passion alive in the bedroom.

It is quite easy to meet all your B needs with a plant based diet, as long you are paying attention to what you are putting in your mouth. Ideally, you always want to get your vitamins directly from your food, but if you find yourself stranded in the desert, far from a grocery store, you can always supplement with a B complex. Since each B delivers different health and sex related fun to our bodies, here is a breakdown of each with specific sexy veggie food choices for that particular B.

B1-Thiamine:

-Enhances circulation, which allows blood to flow not only to your heart but below the belt as well.

-Boosts energy levels and is needed for optimizing brain function. We all know you need a little energy to get it on and that for us gals, foreplay begins with our minds.

-Has antioxidant affects, which can protect our bodies from aging. The younger we feel and look, the more confident and sexy we are.

B1 Sexy Veggie Food Sources: brown rice, peanuts, peas, sea vegetables like dulse flakes and kelp, wheat germ, rice bran and most whole grains

B2 Riboflavin:

-Aids in the metabolism of carbohydrates, fats and proteins. If we are not metabolizing the food we eat properly, we are storing it, usually as fat.

-Facilitates the use of oxygen by the tissues of our hair, skin and nails keeping us looking young, vibrant and sexy.

B2 Sexy Veggie Food Sources: legumes, spinach and whole grains

B 3-Niacin:

-Needed for healthy skin and proper circulation, which can actually help to enhance your skin’s tactile sensation, making each touch feel that much more exciting.

-It is also involved in the synthesis of sex hormones, affecting how your body uses those hormones and can help to lower bad cholesterol.

B3 Sexy Veggie Food Sources: brewer’s/nutritional yeast, carrots, broccoli, tomatoes, potatoes, wheat germ, whole wheat, dandelion greens, dates and peanuts

B5-Pantothenic Acid:

-Affects the production of the adrenal hormones and is said to help reduce stress which can really help put you in the right mood. If your adrenals are not working properly, your stamina may be lowered, your libido will be lower, you will feel more stressed and may even sweat more from very little physical activity, which isn’t really a turn on for most people.

B5 Sexy Veggie Food Sources: brewer’s/nutritional yeast, legumes, most raw vegetables, mushrooms, nuts, whole wheat and royal honey (if you are not a strict vegan)

B6-Pyridoxine:

-Helps to reduce symptoms of PMS and acts as a mild diuretic. No one wants to get their groove on when they are retaining water, feeling bloated and are moody to top it all off.

-Helps to protect the heart muscle from a chemical called homocystein, which allows cholesterol to deposit. When the heart is in tip top shape, the risk of erectile dysfunction lessons.

B6 Sexy Veggie Food Sources: brewer’s/nutritional yeast, spinach, sunflower seeds, carrots, peas, walnuts, avocado, bananas, beans, blackstrap molasses, tempeh, soybeans, dulse, broccoli and whole grains.

B12-Cyanocobalamin:

-Aids in fertility and can help to ward off impotence. Enough said.

-Required for proper digestion and absorption of food, which allows us to use our food as fuel and energy. More energy equals more sex.

B12 Sexy Veggie Foods: brewer’s/nutritional yeast and sea vegetables including dulse, kelp, kombu and nori.

Courtesy of besthealthsecret.com

Five Winter Wonder Foods

Now that we’ve officially entered the dregs of winter, the supermarket’s produce section has started to look a little dull and dismal and you may feel like your diet is lacking a bit on the nutrition front as a result. Here are five superstar foods you can add to your cart this week to give your meals an instant upgrade.

KALE

Kale is a nutrient-dense dark leafy green that offers a trifecta of ingredients for enhancing eye health: beta-carotene (a form of pre-vitamin A), lutein, and zeaxanthin. Lutein and zeaxanthin are a potent antioxidant pair that work together to protect the eyes from diseases such as cataracts and macular degeneration. Kale is also rich in fiber (for a healthy heart and regular digestion) and vitamins C and K (for healthy blood vessels).

Kale makes a terrific side dish when sautéed in a drop of olive oil with garlic and chili flakes. It’s also a great addition to hearty soups and stews.

BUTTERNUT SQUASH

This winter staple is brimming with beta carotene, a powerful antioxidant the helps repair and renew your skin to give it a youthful, radiant glow. Once converted to vitamin A, beta carotene also helps your immune system function at its best. Beta carotene, along with other carotenoids found in butternut squash, may also help fight arthritis aches and pains.

Butternut and other winter squashes, such as acorn, are also good sources of potassium and magnesium; two nutrients that help manage blood pressure and keep bones healthy and strong.

You can serve butternut squash mashed (like potatoes), or cut it into cubes and roast it to bring out the veggie’s nutty, sweet flavor.

FROZEN BERRIES

During the winter months, when fresh berries are out of season, frozen berries are your best bet. They’re riper, sweeter, and less expensive than fresh this time of year. To really get a good buy, pick up jumbo bags of frozen strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, or raspberries at club stores or discount retailers.

Berries deliver a generous dose of vitamin C, which helps keep skin looking firm and vibrant. That’s because vitamin C is essential for the production of collagen, a protein responsible for giving skin its structure and elasticity. In addition, berries are one of the top sources of anthocyanins, a group of antioxidants that give berries their deep purple-blue hue. Exciting preliminary research shows that anthocyanins may actually help preserve memory by protecting the brain from cellular damage that occurs as we age.

Add frozen berries directly to smoothies for a hit of natural sweetness and vibrant color. Or, thaw them in the fridge overnight and use them to top yogurt or a bowl of oatmeal.

LENTILS

Lentils are incredibly rich in fiber and protein, which means they’re digested sloooowly to provide a steady, sustained stream of energy. They’re also a good source of several B vitamins that are essential for energy production, as well as iron, which helps red blood cells carry oxygen throughout the body.

Unlike dried beans and other legumes, lentils don’t require pre-soaking, and they cook up quickly in about 20 minutes. To make a simple, fast lentil side dish, start by sautéing diced onions, carrots, and celery and a few cloves of minced garlic until soft. Then add 1 cup brown or green lentils, 2 cups water or broth, and a couple of bay leaves. Simmer, partially covered, until the lentils are just tender. Or, whip up a big batch of lentil-vegetable soup, and you’ll have a hearty lunch to warm you up for days to come.

GREEK YOGURT

A relative newcomer to the dairy case, Greek yogurt provides twice as much protein as traditional yogurt. Greek yogurt is strained to give it a thick, creamy texture, and this process also concentrates the protein. Incorporating protein-rich foods like Greek yogurt is critical to any weight loss plan, since protein helps you stay fuller longer so you can keep hunger pains at bay while dieting. Adequate protein also helps you build and maintain strong muscles.

Yogurt is one of the best natural sources of calcium, which helps keep bones dense and strong. A 6-ounce container typically proves 25% of the Daily Value for calcium.

Enjoy Greek yogurt plain, or jazz it up with nuts, seeds, chopped fruit, wheat germ, or a sprinkling of granola.