A Solution For UTIs

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There is proof that natural simple remedies are beneficial for urinary tract infections, or UTIs. Cranberries play a huge role in acidifying the urine; this prevents bacteria from clinging to the urinary tract. Due to the undiluted cranberry juice containing substantial amounts of active ingredients, it is recommended over already-sweetened juice for the best results. Foods that are high in vitamin C work best with cranberry to protect against this condition.

When taking an antibiotic for the treatment of an urinary tract infection, healthy bacteria in the urinary and the digestive tract may be eliminated. Acidophilus and bifidus is a big factor in keeping the good bacteria in these two tracts by reintroducing friendly and fresh bacteria to the environment

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Posted by on November 24, 2013 in food remedies


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How To Reduce Rheumatoid Arthritis

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Although there is not a cure for rheumatoid arthritis, according to some studies, various nutrients and foods may assist in easing symptoms of this condition. There is also a possibility that it may slow down the damage to joints. Consuming a diet that is rich in unprocessed fruits, vegetables, whole grain, low fat foods and lean sources of protein gives an abundance of these healing substances, which includes bromelain, flavonoids, omega-3 fatty acids, vitamin C, E and zinc.

Drinking green tea and consuming ginger and turmeric may have its benefits. According to some studies, people who often drink green tea have a reduction of rheumatoid arthritis. The main ingredients in green tea, known as catechins, claims to reduce the breaking down of cartilage and decrease chronic joint inflammation. Ginger has potent antioxidant compounds, called shogaols and gingerols. These play a role as natural anti-inflammatory agents. Preliminary research, which involves ginger, suggests that it aids to alleviate symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis. Curcumin, the active ingredient of the yellow spice turmeric, is likely to reduce symptoms of this horrible condition by lessening the inflammation.

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Posted by on November 16, 2013 in food remedies


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The Remedy for Bad Breath

Brushing and flossing is not the only solution to combating bad breath; there are various natural way that can aid in fighting this horrible odor. In fact, a well-balanced diet can boost an efficient digestive system and limit the bacteria that cause bad breath in the first place.

Replace animal protein with an increased supply of foods that contain plenty of fiber. Fruits and vegetables are especially beneficial due to their richness in fiber and contain plenty of healthful enzymes that helps in cleansing that foul odor that is associated with bad breath, or halitosis.

It is best to eat crunchy, raw fruits and vegetables throughout the day. Excellent sources include apples, carrots, and pears, just to name a few. Parsley is also a natural breath freshener and a rich source of chlorophyll, the chemical which makes plants green. In addition, it is known as one of the most potent breath fresheners that exists on this planet.

Eat foods as in live-cultured yogurt. They include acidophilus (lactobacilus acidophilus), which is an intestinal-friendly bacteria.

Consume plenty of water. The goal: drink at least eight glasses of water every day to maintain the mouth’s moisture. Consult your dentist or physician to check for gum disease or other preexisting conditions that is causing bad breath. In order to build up gum health, consume vitamin C on a regular basis.

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Posted by on November 6, 2013 in food remedies


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Which Foods are Beneficial to Acne?

A nutrient-rich, balanced daily diet is the staple of maintaining healthy skin. A diet rich in foods that has beta-carotene, vitamin C and vitamin B6 is vital for a clear and healthy complexion. Generally, a daily diet that requires five or more servings of fresh vegetables and fruits (including at least one citrus) will give healthy amounts of skin-improving vitamins. Flaxseed oil and other foods high in Omega-3 fatty acids are recommended due to their role in skin health.

Consuming zinc-rich foods in combination with important fatty acids may be beneficial. Liver-strengthening nutrients are also recommended for the improvement of acne and include protein sources, as well as fresh fruits and vegetables. Since acne appears to be connected to Western diets (yes, these diets!), many researchers suggest that acne sufferers choose a diet that is high in fiber, low in fat and carbohydrates.

Recommended Foods to Eat and Why

Flaxseed oil: These important fatty acids in flaxseed oil play a huge role in healing the skin. In dealing with acne, these fatty acids encourage thinning of the oily sebum, which causes the pores to become clogged.

Another suggestion: To reduce the acne problem, cut down on the amount of greasy foods that you consume. (I am talking those juicy hamburgers and those “satisfries!”) It worked for me!

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Posted by on October 24, 2013 in food remedies


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The Food Cure for Psoriasis

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Diet may be important in managing psoriasis. According to research, it has been recommended that antioxidants, beta carotene, folate, omega-3 fatty acids and zinc should be nutritional factors. This may play a role in preventing and managing psoriasis. Since copper metabolism may be impacted by zinc intake, it is also important to eat foods that are rich in copper. Some evidence suggests that a diet rich in fresh fruits and vegetables and low in animal protein may have its benefits. Since a low fiber diet and psoriasis have been connected with toxins in the gastrointestinal tract, a fiber-rich diet is recommended. Dietary fiber is important in maintaininga healthy colon; fiber helps bind bowel toxins and eliminate them through the feces. Soluble fiber, as in psyllium, pectin and guar gum is definitely important in binding toxins.

Recommended Foods to Eat and Why

Flaxseed oil

The red, itchy patches or psoriasis is often in correspondence to the essential fatty acids in flaxseed oil. This have anti-inflammatory actions and many skin-soothing properties. Leading food sources of flaxseed oil: oil, flaxseed.

Folic acid

Folate is important in managing psoriasis. According to studies, folate may be difficult in people suffering from psoriasis; as a result, consumption of folate-rich foods is highly recommended. Leading food sources of folic acid include: asparagus, beets, broccoli, spinach, oranges.

Omega-3 fatty acids

Omega-3 fatty acids may also be important in dealing with psoriasis. They are the stapes in the regulation of prostaglandinsand may reduce the inflammation that is connected to psoriasis. Researchers suggest that individuals who have a diet rich in fish that are high in omega-3 fatty acids are more likely to have lower cases of psoriasis. Fatty fish that are also high in omega-3 fatty acids are mackeral, salmon, herring and sardines. Leading food sources of omega-3 fatty acids: trout, tuna, salmon

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Posted by on October 15, 2013 in food remedies


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Curing the Migraine Headache with Food

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Having a well-balanced diet guarantees protection from migraine headaches symptoms.  Supporting the system by consuming a well-balanced diet that consists of natural, whole foods aid in controlling the episode of migraine attacks. Fresh, organic fruits, vegetables, meats and whole grain give the required nutrients for the production of brain chemicals that will reduce pain.

Consuming small meals often throughout the day will make the blood sugar become more stabilized. It also protects against the constant plateau that results in a migraine.

Drink plenty of water to stay hydrated. According to scientific research, dehydration plays an important role in causing this type of headaches. The recommended water intake is half an ounce for every pound of body weight on a daily basis.

Vitamins, minerals and amino acids brings relief to migraine headache sufferers. Speaking of minerals, magnesium’s role in stabilizing blood vessels is proven, assisting in preventing capillary and muscle spasms. Individuals should increase their intake of magnesium-rich foods as in wheatgerm, garlic, oatmeal, seafood, kale and broccoli, just to name a few, to support the body and avoiding migraine pain.

Calcium soothes and relaxes in addition to promoting sleep and calmness. A calcium-rich beverage or snack that is made from raw milk during bedtime will promote sleep and muscle relaxation.

Foods high in the amino acid tryptophan stimulate the brain in producing serotonin, a neurotransmitter. Low levels of serotonin are connected to migraine headaches, depression and sleeplessness. Turkey has an ample amount of tryptophan; it also includes black-eyed peas, walnuts, sesame seeds, pumpkin seeds, and whole grains.

Vitamin B-2, or riboflavin, may also be beneficial to relieving the frequency of migraine headaches. It is sourced in foods as in broccoli, eggs, almonds, soy products, organ meats, whole grains, and almonds.

Omega-3 fatty acids help the reduction of inflammation and capillary constriction in the head; this is the main factor in migraine headaches. It is recommended to consume fatty fish, olive oil, avocados and flax seeds.

Additionally, chronic migraine headaches can be reduced with herbs. Here are a few food remedies that be very useful:

Cayenne pepper boosts the pain threshold in migraine sufferers. Dissolve just a pinch of this pepper in hot water. You can drink it as a tea or sprinkle it on food.

Eat at least one gram of ginger to relieve the nauseous feeling that is connected to migraine headaches. Use ginger in many ways such as ginger tea or powdered ginger capsules, just to name a few ideas.

Tea can be made from peppermint leaves for soothing nausea and vomiting. Peppermint also helps migraine sufferers to be more relaxed. In addition, a fresh peppermint leaf can be chewed for the purpose of pain and nausea relief.

Keep a food journal at all times. Record the foods that are causing the migraine headaches. Eliminate these foods from your diet; add healthy and healing foods. It will make a good difference with your head!

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Posted by on October 11, 2013 in food remedies


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The Good That Pineapples Do

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Who could resist that wonderful, sweet and yellow apple with those quirky little pines? Count me in–pineapples are my favorite fruit to eat–enough about that!

Did you know that pineapples are not only tasty and healthy, but they can also be a benefit to some of the ailments that we, as humans, can suffer from? It’s true.

Because of its content in bromelain, which consist of three different enzymes (bromelain, ananasa, and extranasa), the pineapple is ideal for circualtion. This component dissolves blood clots and is involved in thinning the blood.

This is excellent for avoiding circulatory conditions, as in thrombosis, heart attacks, and strokes. It also lowers high blood pressure, or hypertension.

In addition to its circulation and anticoagulant properties, bromelain is powerful in terms of digesting proteins so it will be beneficial in the digestion process. A good old piece of pineapple after finishing allows us to digest food better; it aids the stomach to feel less full faster.

This capacity to digest proteins can be used to our advantage for the elimination of microorganisms and parasites from our precious bodies. As a result, pineapple acts as a purifying agent of the digestive tract and aids to eliminate the bacteria that is a factor in intestinal putrefaction. It is also responsible for the feeling of pain in the bowels, also known as diarrhea. Pineapples are also used to eliminate intestinal worms. The different type of treatment includes eating pineapples only for several days.

Bromelain not only digests protein, but it is very powerful in digesting has been proven. This can be used in treating obesity. Its richness in fiber, pectin and vitamin C and its low calorie content can be beneficial in performing the same function. There is the possibility of the pineapple diet that involves consuming it everyday. This diet, if followed occasionally, can help reduce excessive weight after overeating.

Pineapples have anti-inflammatory properties; it is beneficial in pain reduction. Eating a pineapple is a common thing with athletes to prevent tenditis or bursitis.

Making pineapples a part of your dish can help overcome joint pain, not only for athletes but for everybody. Back problems, sprains, or dislocations could be less painful and heal if you include this particular fruit in your diet.

According to scientific research, this fruit may improve symptoms of inflammation in individuals suffering from lupus. It also showed that pineapple consumption with turmeric, the anti-inflammatory effect provides more of a benefit.

Pineapple is the ideal diuretic fruit. In addition, aspargague (the stuff in asparagus) and bromelain, it contains potassium that neutralizes sodium, caffeic acid and arginine. These elements aids in eliminating water in the body. This is the reason that they avoid the edema formation or liquid retention in the body and can be very helpful.

I guess that pineapples are not only delicious, beautiful and nutritious–it works wonders!

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Posted by on October 5, 2013 in food remedies


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Wheat: Its Benefits

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Whole wheat is great for our health. In the form of white flour, however, it is an imperfect, unbalanced food in terms of its deprivation of the phosphates that it is in the bran. Rickets and malnutrition are usually the result of the habitual use of white flour, unless the loss of mineral matter is balanced against other foods.

According to some studies, consuming whole grains rather than refined grains reduce the risk of various chronic conditions. While benefits are most pronounced for those eating approximately three servings every day, some research showed lowered risk from as little as one serving on a daily basis.

Other benefits of consuming whole wheat grains are as follows:

*reduction of asthma
*healthier carotid arteries
*inflammatory disease is reduced
*lower and healthier levels of blood pressure
*better weight maintenance
*reduction in tooth loss and gum disease

Bottom line: including whole grains in your diet is healthy!

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Posted by on October 1, 2013 in food remedies


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Are Nuts Really Beneficial? It is More Than What You Think

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Nuts are the true substitute for flesh meat. They contain everything in the way of nourishment that meat contains, minus the poisonous constituents of the latter. They are very rich in protein and fat. In addition, they possess all the constituents that go to make up a perfect food.

People who consume nuts as part of a heart-healthy diet can reduce their LDL, low-density lipoprotein or “bad,” cholesterol level in their blood. High LDL is one of main factors for heart disease.

Eating nuts reduces your risk of developing blood clots that can play a role in having a heart attack. Nuts also improve the health of the arteries’ lining. The evidence for the heart-healthy benefits of nuts is not concrete. The Food and Drug Administration only allows food companies to state evidence that says, “suggests but does not prove” that eating nuts will more likely to reduce heart disease.

Nuts are good for the heart, really?

Depending of the type of nuts, the majority of them contain at least some of these beneficial substances:

Unsaturated fats: Unsaturated fats are thought to be the “good” fats in nuts — monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats; reduces the bad cholesterol levels.

Omega-3 fatty acids: Many nuts are rich in omega-3 fatty acids. Omega-3s are a healthy version of fatty acids that assist your heart by preventing irregular dangerous heart rhythms that can eventually lead to heart attacks. In addition, omega-3 fatty acids are found in many types of fish. However, nuts are one of the best plant-based sources of omega-3 fatty acids.

Fiber: Every nut that exists contain fiber. This helps lower your cholesterol; it gives you that “full” feeling. As a result, you eat less. Fiber is also thought to play a role in the prevention of diabetes.

Vitamin E: Vitamin E may help stop plaque development in your arteries, which can narrow them. Plaque development in your arteries can cause chest pain, coronary artery disease or even a heart attack.

Plant sterols: There are various nuts that have plant sterols. It is a substance that can reduce your cholesterol. Plant sterols are often added to products such as margarine and orange juice for additional health benefits. Sterols are naturally sourced in nuts.

L-arginine: Nuts are also a source of l-arginine, which is a substance that may help the improvement of your artery walls with making them more flexible and less prone to blood clots. This can cause the blood flow to be blocked.

Overall, nuts are usually healthy. However, some are healthier than others. Walnuts are one of the best-studied nuts, and proves that they contain high amounts of omega-3 fatty acids. Nuts, such as almonds, macadamia nuts and hazelnuts are very healthy for the heart. Believe it or not, peanuts are not nuts, but a legume–they are very healthy. If they are nuts, why is there a -nut suffix? Who knows? Take coconut, it is not a nut, but a fruit. Although it is healthy, it does not appear to have heart-healthy benefits; it is pretty tasty! Coconut meat and coconut oil do not have the benefits of the mono/polyunsaturated fats.

Just think about it, if the nuts that you buy in the container have sugar, salt, or even that good and delicious chocolate, then it is likely that the nutritional benefits are pretty much out of the door! Bottom line: get pure and unsalted nuts, regardless of which type!

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Posted by on September 26, 2013 in food remedies


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The Barley Benefits

Barley is excellent food for people suffering from anemia and people with nervous conditions on account for its richness in iron and phosphoric acid. It is also useful in fevers and all inflammatory diseases, on account of its soothing properties. Since the beginning of time, barley water has been the recognized drink for people suffering from different ailments

How To Make Barley Water

When using pearl barley for making barley water, make sure that it is washed thoroughly.The fine white dust that adheres to it is most unwholesome. Boil the barley for five minutes, and discard the water. The best results are obtained by well washing it in cold water, but this must be done over and over again.

When barley water is being used for curative purposes it should be
strong. The following recipe is an excellent one. A half pint of barley to two and a half pints water (distilled, if possible). Boil for three hours, or until reduced to two pints. Strain and add four teaspoons of fresh lemon juice. Sweeten to taste with pure cane sugar.

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Posted by on September 20, 2013 in food remedies


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