Protect your body from the inside by eating healthy.
The good news is you don’t have to search far and wide or spend hundreds of dollars to acquire foods that curb illness;
just look around your kitchen.
Below are seven disease-fighting foods you can find at home.
Garlic and onions – Forget the not-so-pleasant smell and pay attention to the immense benefits of onions and garlic. Both contain bioflavonoids and allyl sulfides that may minimize the risks for cancer and heart diseases. Various studies have proven that these may have significant impact on lowering the risk of prostate cancer, minimizing the development rate of pre-cancerous tumors in the large intestines, detoxifying blood cells, fortifying blood cells’ ability to resist DNA damage, reducing calcium deposits and arterial plaque in coronary arteries, and preventing unhealthy blood clotting.
Ginger – Ginger is one of the simplest, most effective antidotes you can use. Its healing properties are hard to dispute; it’s been providing relief to people since the ancient times. As a matter of fact, ginger has been used as a cure for diarrhea and inflammation in China for more than 2,000 years. This flexible rhizome is packed with protein, carbs, dietary fiber, vitamins and minerals, and does more than curing morning sickness. It aids in strengthening the immune system, improving bone health, aiding digestion, treating nausea, alleviating pain, increasing appetite, reducing excess gas, and preventing several types of cancers.
Mint – More than a breath freshener, mint can also provide relief from asthma, headaches, fatigue, and nausea. It’s also effective in soothing discomfort caused by indigestion and inflammation as well as maintaining clear, pimple-free skin. Mint can also help improve mental alertness and cognitive function.
Citrus fruits – Citrus fruits do more than boost the immune system. A good source of fiber, they help regulate glucose levels and lower cholesterol. One study showed that bypass surgery patients were able to lower LDL cholesterol and triglyceride levels by consuming red grapefruit. Citrus fruits are rich in potassium, which aid in fluid regulation, muscle contraction, and mineral balance. Adding these delicious superfoods to your diet will help your body absorb nutrients better, maintain clear, supple skin, and regulate weight.
Turmeric – The curcumin found in turmeric may have a significant effect in preventing Alzheimer’s disease and soothing pain caused by arthritis. Its anti-inflammatory properties are also linked to cancer prevention and treating uveitis (inflammation of the iris). Other health benefits include lower cholesterol levels, better immune system, and improved cognitive function.
Beans – Beans are a nutrition powerhouse. These legumes are rich in antioxidants, protein, fiber, complex carbs, copper, folate, manganese, magnesium, iron, phosphorous, zinc, potassium and other beneficial nutrients. They can assist in reducing and/or maintaining weight, keeping the heart healthy, aiding digestion, and balancing blood sugar levels.
Cinnamon – Cinnamon contain antioxidants that remove free radicals from the body, which means you’re less likely to develop chronic diseases as well as suffer from premature aging. Its anti-inflammatory properties can ward off autoimmune diseases and regulate blood sugar levels, which reduces the risk of diabetes. Remember, however, to take only small amounts of the usual cinnamon (cassia) you have in your house. Adding too much may have a negative effect on your health, unless you’re ingesting ceylon cinnamon, or what they consider the “true cinnamon”.
The avocado is a rather unique type of fruit.
Most fruit consists primarily of carbohydrate, while avocado is high in healthy fats.
Numerous studies show that it has powerful beneficial effects on health.
Here are 12 health benefits of avocado, that are supported by scientific research.
1. Avocado is Incredibly Nutritious
What we refer to as “avocado” is the fruit of the avocado tree, called Persea americana (1).
This fruit is prized for its high nutrient value and is added to all sorts of dishes due to its good flavor and rich texture. It is the main ingredient in guacamole.
These days, the avocado has become an incredibly popular food among health conscious individuals. It is often referred to as a superfood… which is not surprising given its health properties (2).
There are many kinds of avocados, and the shape (from pear-shaped to round) and color (from green to black) can vary between them. They can also weigh anywhere from 8 ounces (220 grams) to 3 pounds (1.4 kg).
The most popular type is called Hass avocado.
This is what a typical avocado looks like:
It is often called “alligator pear,” which is very descriptive because it tends to be shaped like a pear and have green, bumpy skin… like an alligator.
The yellow-green flesh inside the fruit is eaten, but the skin and seed are discarded.
Avocados are very nutritious and contain a wide variety of nutrients, including 20 different vitamins and minerals.
Here are some of the most abundant nutrients, in a single 3.5 ounce (100 gram) serving (3):
Avocados do not contain any cholesterol or sodium, and are low in saturated fat. I personally don’t think that matters, but this is one of the reasons they are favored by many “old school” experts who still believe these things are inherently harmful.
2. They Contain More Potassium Than Bananas
Potassium is a nutrient that most people aren’t getting enough of (4).
This nutrient helps maintain electrical gradients in the body’s cells and serves various important functions.
Avocados are actually very high in potassium… with a 100 gram (3.5 ounce) serving containing 14% of the RDA, compared to 10% in bananas, which are a typical high potassium food (5).
Several studies show that having a high potassium intake is linked to reduced blood pressure, a major risk factor for heart attacks, strokes and kidney failure (6).
Bottom Line: Potassium is an important mineral that most people don’t get enough of. Avocados are very high in potassium, which should support healthy blood pressure levels.
3. Avocado is Loaded With Heart-Healthy Monounsaturated Fatty Acids
Again, avocado is a high fat food.
In fact, 77% of the calories in it are from fat, making it one of the fattiest plant foods in existence.
But they don’t just contain any fat… the majority of the fat in avocado is oleic acid.
This is a monounsaturated fatty acid that is also the major component in olive oil and believed to be responsible for some of its beneficial effects.
Oleic acid has been linked to reduced inflammation and been shown to have beneficial effects on genes linked to cancer (7, 8, 9, 10).
The fats in avocado are also pretty resistant to heat-induced oxidation, making avocado oil a healthy and safe choice for cooking.
4. Avocados Are Loaded With Fiber
Fiber is another nutrient found in relatively large amounts in avocado.
Fiber is indigestible plant matter that can contribute to weight loss, reduce blood sugar spikes and is strongly linked to a lower risk of many diseases (11, 12, 13).
A distinction is often made between soluble and insoluble fiber.
Soluble fiber is known to be able to feed the friendly gut bacteria in the intestine, which are very important for the optimal function of our bodies (14).
A 100 gram (3.5 ounce) serving of avocado contains 7 grams of fiber, which is 27% of the recommended daily amount.
About 25% of the fiber in avocado is soluble, while 75% is insoluble (15).
Eating Avocados Can Lower Cholesterol and Triglyceride Levels
Heart disease is the most common cause of death in the world (16).
It is known that several blood markers are linked to an increased risk.
This includes cholesterol, triglycerides, inflammatory markers, blood pressure and various others.
The effects of avocado on some of these risk factors has been studied in 8 human controlled trials.
These are studies where people are split into groups… one group is instructed to eat avocados, while the other is not. Then researchers see what happens to their blood markers over time.
These studies have shown that avocados can (17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23):
Unfortunately, all of the human studies were small (13-37 subjects) and short-term (1-4 weeks), but the results were impressive nonetheless.
6. People Who Eat Avocados Tend to be Healthier
One study looked at the dietary habits and health of people who eat avocados.
They analyzed data from 17,567 participants in the NHANES survey in the U.S.
Avocado consumers were found to be much healthier than people who didn’t eat avocados.
They had a much higher nutrient intake and were half as likely to have metabolic syndrome, a cluster of symptoms that are a major risk factor for heart disease and diabetes (25).
People who ate avocados regularly also weighed less, had a lower BMI and significantly less belly fat. They also had more HDL (the “good”) cholesterol.
However… correlation does not imply causation and there is no guarantee that the avocados caused these people to be in better health.
Therefore I don’t think this particular study carries much weight.
7. The Fat in Them Can Help You Absorb Nutrients From Plant Foods
When it comes to nutrients, the total amount of them is not the only thing that matters.
We also need to be able to absorb them… move them from the digestive tract and into the body, where they can be used.
Some nutrients are “fat soluble,” meaning that they need to be combined with fat in order to be utilized.
This includes vitamins A, D, E and K… along with antioxidants like carotenoids.
One study showed that adding avocado or avocado oil to either salad or salsa can increase antioxidant absorption by 2.6 to 15-fold (26).
So… not only is avocado highly nutritious, it can dramatically increase the nutrient value of other plant foods that you are eating.
This is an excellent reason to always include a healthy fat source when you eat veggies. Without it, a lot of the beneficial plant nutrients will go to waste.
8. Avocados Are Loaded With Powerful Antioxidants That Can Protect The Eyes
Not only do avocados increase antioxidant absorption from other foods, they are also high in antioxidants themselves.
This includes nutrients called Lutein and Zeaxanthin, which are incredibly important for eye health (27, 28).
Studies show that these nutrients are linked to a drastically reduced risk of cataracts and macular degeneration, which are common in the elderly (29, 30).
Therefore, eating avocados should have benefits for eye health over the long term.
9. Avocado May Help Prevent Cancer
There is limited evidence that avocado may be beneficial in preventing cancer.
One study showed that it may help reduce side effects of chemotherapy in human lymphocytes (31).
Avocado extract has also been shown to inhibit the growth of prostate cancer cells (32).
However, keep in mind that these studies were done in isolated cells and don’t really prove anything about what happens in a living, breathing human.
10. Avocado Extract May Help Relieve Symptoms of Arthritis
Arthritis is a common problem in Western countries. There are many types of arthritis, and these are often chronic problems that people have for the rest of their lives.
Multiple studies have shown that extracts from avocado and soybean oil, called Avocado and Soybean unsaponifiables, can reduce symptoms of arthritis of the bones, called osteoarthritis (33, 34).
Whether avocados themselves can have this effect, and not just the extract, remains to be seen.
11. Eating Avocado May Help You Lose Weight
There is some evidence that avocados are a weight loss friendly food.
In one study, people were split into groups. One group was instructed to eat a meal that contained avocado, the other a similar meal without avocado.
Then they were asked a series of questions related to hunger and satiety.
The people eating the avocado felt 23% more satisfied and had a 28% lower desire to eat over the next 5 hours (35).
If this holds true in the long-term, then including avocados in your diet could help you naturally eat fewer calories and have an easier time sticking to a healthy diet.
Avocados are also high in fiber, and very low in carbs, two attributes that should also help promote weight loss, at least in the context of a healthy, real food based diet.
12. Avocado is Delicious and Easy to Incorporate in The Diet
Not only are avocados healthy, they’re also incredibly delicious and go with all sorts of foods.
You can add them to salads and various sorts of recipes, or you can simply scoop them out with a spoon and eat them plain.
They have a creamy, rich, fatty texture and blend well with various other ingredients.
A notable mention is guacamole, which is arguably the most famous use of avocados. It includes avocado along with ingredients like salt, garlic, lime and a few others depending on the recipe.
An avocado often takes some time to ripen and it should feel slightly soft when ripe. The nutrients in avocado can oxidize soon after fleshing it, but if you add lemon juice then that shouldn’t happen as quickly.
If you’re serious about adding avocado to your diet, then I highly recommend that you watch this video about how to pick, prepare and eat avocados.
At the end of the day, avocados are an awesome food. They’re loaded with nutrients, many of which are lacking in the modern diet.
They are weight loss friendly, heart healthy and… last but not least, taste incredible.
What more could you ask for in a food?
How to Buy Avocado
Get to know the types of avocado
The first thing you need to know when buying avocado is its origin.
The produce and its quality may vary depending on your geographical location and on the season.
This is why you may find different types of avocado on the market.
If you are going to use an avocado for an immediate purpose, choosing a ripe, ready-to-eat avocado would be the best choice.
However, if you are going to buy avocado in advance, it would be better if you buy the firm types and then have them ripen and ready-to-eat at home.
Be mindful about the attributes of the avocados that you are going to buy
This means that the fruit is too ripe.
Dark blemishes, bruises, dents, and brown spots should also be avoided when choosing an avocado.
Potential health risks of consuming avocados
Although avocado is greatly beneficial for your health, you should take into consideration its side effects and be cautious about your daily avocado intake.It is the total diet or overall eating pattern that is most important in disease prevention and achieving good health. It is better to eat a diet with a variety than to concentrate on individual foods as the key to good health.
If you are taking blood-thinners such as Coumadin (warfarin), it is important that you do not suddenly begin to eat more or less foods containing vitamin K, which plays a large role in blood clotting.
For this reason, always make sure to ask your doctor for help prior to eating avocado and mixing it with medications.
Substances called saponins, found in avocados, soy and some other plant foods, have been associated with relief of symptoms in knee osteoarthritis, with further research planned to determine the long-term effects of isolated extracts.
Avocados also contain substances that have antimicrobial activity, particularly against Escherichia coli, a leading cause of food poisoning.
Avocados may even have a role to play in cancer treatment, with some research finding that phytochemicals extracted from avocado can selectively inhibit the growth of precancerous and cancerous cells and cause the death of cancer cells, while encouraging the proliferation of immune system cells called lymphocytes. These phytochemicals have also been seen to decrease chromosomal aberrations induced by cyclophosphamide, a chemotherapy drug.
When it comes to daily consumption, it is recommended that you eat somewhere between a half to a full avocado per day.
It is high in calories, which means that eating more than one avocado per day may cause harmful symptoms to your body, such as diarrhea or nausea.
Even though it may not seem like much, one full avocado is just enough for your body to get the most benefits from the fruit.
Avocado is a very potent, incredibly nutritious, and filling plant.
It is rich in many minerals, vitamins, and different plant compounds, and is also beneficial for heart health and prevents arthritis.
In case you are a person leading a healthy lifestyle, you can easily incorporate avocado into your diet.
With all these great health benefits, is it no wonder that avocados are becoming such a popular choice for healthy dishes.
Why not try some on your next salad or use them to top off a sandwich?
Or make sure that guacamole is on the table when you’re serving chips or veggies as a side dish?
You may be surprised at how healthy you will feel inside and how great your skin looks outside once you start adding avocados to your everyday diet.
Treatment and diagnostics methods
The doctor examines the patient: observes its appearance, behaviour manner, finds out details about the state of health during the survey. The doctor can be interested in all aspects of life of the patient: food preferences of the patient, what kind of weather he endures worse what psychological background is prevailing and so forth. The unique method of diagnostics is pulse diagnostics: all basic organs are projected at three points on arteries of wrists. Probing pulse and analyzing character of a pulsation the doctor receives the information on a condition of organs and the basic systems of an organism. Except pulse diagnostics the doctor can receive the information from survey of a morning portion of urine: the slightest details in a deposit, foam, colour of urine can tell much about inner condition of the patient. Often it is useful to make researches by the European methods: ultrasonic, MRТ, laboratory analyses.
Include correction of a diet, a way of life, a medicine and procedure.
The dietology, as well other sections of the Tibetan medicine is based on the theory of 5 elements. Disease — is balance frustration of elements in a body. It is possible to regulate it, prescribing products with different properties. Properties of a product are defined by what elements are prevailed in it. If disease is connected with “fire” lack — “warm” products are useful if it is a lot of “fire” — than cold. Without knowing properties of products, patients often do not suspect that the use of such familiar and habitual products actually worsens their condition. For example, frequent error of people with excess weight is their preference in a diet of raw vegetables is an error. Excess weight is more often connected with weakening of digestive heat, and raw vegetables and fruits weaken it even more. In spite of the fact that they refer to the low-calorie products, some patients even continue to gain weight, not to mention that fact that in strategic prospect it will even more weaken digestive fire that will strengthen a disbalance.
The dietology of the Tibetan medicine is good because the foodstuff is recommended to the person depending on a concrete situation. That is, the universal diet does not exist. People have different constitutions, and are in different situations, therefore it is impossible to find something obviously useful to all and always. In can be such period in life when it is necessary to emphasize cool qualities but when the condition changes, it is necessary to use products with other qualities.
The doctor of the Tibetan medicine seldom recommends something very special, more often is recommended to exclude products which are definitely harmful from the diet, and to take more those products which promote recovery.
2. A way of life
We are influenced not only what we eat but also how we move, how much we sleep, whether our work is connected with constant conversations or not; is our intimate life active or not and so on. Our activity influences balance of organism and can be a part of disease. The doctor of the Tibetan medicine reveals possible negative factors of a way of life during survey and recommends to eliminate them, or if it is impossible, to compensate. For example: person’s occupation is connected with constant speech activity (teachers, singers) often wind disorder arises that can be expressed in insomnia, disorder of concentration, etc. The doctor’s recommendations can eliminate risk of disease and help to recover. Such patients are recommended to put sesame oil on crown of the head before going to bed, have a good dinner before performance, to use aromas type “Agar-35”. It is interesting example of the patient whose disease has been caused almost exclusively by his way of life. (See “Cases from practice. 3”).
It is the basic tool of the doctor of the Tibetan medicine. Medicines of the Tibetan medicine are multicomponent mixes basically from vegetative raw materials: herbs, seeds, fruits, wood, flowers. Minerals and fauna components can be included: horns, bones, bile, etc. The doctor does not think out medicine by himself that is not that we see in national tradition of herbal medicine where personal experience of the expert, his “feeling of each herb” helps to select a certain mixture.
The combination of components is made on a scientific basis in medicines of the Tibetan medicine where the quantity of each component is strictly proved. The scientific basis of creation of medicines, as always in the Tibetan medicine is the theory of 5 elements. Knowing the structure of elements in each component the big summary tables were made up where qualities of each substance were compensated or amplified by the qualities of other substances. This section — “the internal structure” of substances was always the most closed part of the Tibetan medicine. The ways of processing of raw materials are also refer to this. It’s not always possible to include at once the collected raw materials in medicinal composition: it is often necessary to remove preliminary poisons, to change physical and chemical properties of a plant, mineral or animal component. For example, poisonous aconite it is very dangerous even in contact with skin. The Tibetan doctors have learnt to remove its “rough poisons”, having kept curative force of a plant. For this purpose aconite’s root can be cooked in broth of other plant, or soak in the cow’s urine.
Some spices can be infused for three days in milk, or in broth that strengthens and makes their influence deeper. Minerals can be pounded in a powder and infuse in lemon juice for some days, or to bake at high temperature, and then immerse in various liquids. Mineral substances and metals sometimes can be processed for weeks before they become suitable for a medicine, and other substances are involved in their processing.
Medicines can include very different quantity of components. Few-componental — 3-5; “medium-componental: from 5-6 to 18-20. There is variety of the classical 25 componental. Rare medicines from herbs to 35-37 components often include mineral or metal.
The top of the Tibetan pharmacology are the most difficult medicines of a class “Rinchen” — “the Jewelry” consisting of precious metals, minerals, possessing improbably multilateral effect. They consist of 70 to 140 substances. They are taken in a particular treatment, usually at a full moon and a new moon, 2-4 times a month. (The PHOTO of Rinchen)
Procedures — is a very big context section of the Tibetan medicine. It includes “soft” procedures — massage with oil, compresses; and rough — blood-letting, cauterisation of points with moxa, acupuncture.
In initial recommendations it is said that the doctor should appoint a diet at first and correct a way of life; if it didn’t helped — to give a medicine if it didn’t helped either — to appoint a procedure.
In our fast world all possible ways of correction are applied simultaneously.
5. “Secret” methods.
The method which is applied in the Tibetan medicine in especially hard cases could be named in scientific language the informational one. The modern science has already precisely established that sound fluctuations change properties of water — information carrier. Since ancient times doctors of Tibetan Medicine used sound combinations — mantras which were recited over the water and was given to the patient. There are a lot of medical mantras. There are mantras for all diseases. Doctor can give such “mantra-water” if he has received transmission from the authorized teacher.
The iconic mushroom commonly known as Reishi (in Japanese) or Ling Zhi (靈芝 in Chinese) is probably the most respected medicinal mushroom in Asia. The earliest mention of Ling Zhi was in the era of the first emperor of China, Shinghuang of the Ch’in Dynasty 221-207 B.C.E. Once reserved for royalty to extend life and improve health, this polypore mushroom is strikingly beautiful. Deep reddish brown and saucer-shaped, often emerging from a branch-like stem, its smooth upper surface looks lacquered when wet. Because of this glossy appearance, Western mycologists called them “varnished conks” for many years (conks are mushrooms that have pores instead of gills on their undersides, such as maitake and turkey tails). While reishi mushrooms have historically been prepared as teas or infusions, other modern preparations include capsules, tinctures, and fractionated extracts of mushrooms, mycelium, and spores. Reishi is also added to chocolate bars, candies, energy drinks, and even coffee blends!
“Reishi” is a common name for a complex of closely-allied species of the Ganoderma genus. Until recently the name reishi referred to the species Ganoderma lucidum; however, new DNA barcoding and phylogenetic techniques have revealed that this name had been inappropriately applied by taxonomists to what is in fact a group of close relatives. These new techniques are now revealing that “reishi” mushrooms once all thought to be Ganoderma lucidum may have been misclassified. This misclassification is understandable, as all these morphologically-similar species naturally grow on old or dead tree trunks and all display remarkable glossy cap surfaces that can vary in color from bright red to black according to their age and environmental factors. Although these species (G. tsugae, G. oregonense, G. carnosum, and G. oerstedii, and G. resinaceum) have 98-100 percent commonality of DNA using the common “ITS genetic region,” they are now considered separate species.
Because of its rich history and long tradition of medicinal use, Ganoderma lucidum (in the strictest sense) is now one of the few mushroom species whose DNA has been fully sequenced (16,113 genes). Others are button mushrooms (Agaricus bisporus) with 10,438 genes and oyster mushrooms (Pleurotus ostreatus) with 12,330 genes (Joint Genome Institute). Reishi is remarkable for its diversity of genes coding for cytochrome P450 enzymes. These enzymes not only afford this species a broad arsenal for producing secondary metabolites for digesting nutrients, but may also confer benefits to human health such as enhancing the degradation of toxins and free radicals and increasing the liver’s metabolic efficiency. The variety of these enzymes, among more than 400 active constituents that have been found, indicates to me that mushrooms such as reishi are like miniature pharmaceutical factories that can produce hundreds of medicinally-interactive compounds. Through trial-and-error and observable outcomes, our ancestors narrowed the field of edible mushroom candidates to just a few with remarkable, health-supporting properties. Today, reishi stands out as one the most valuable of all polypore mushrooms in nature for the benefit of our health. Many naturopaths and doctors prefer organically-grown reishi from pristine environments because they are more pure.
Reishi has been called the “panacea polypore,” in part due to a widespread popular belief that this mushroom can help alleviate certain age-related diseases. Although many such claims are exaggerated and unsubstantiated, a number of studies have documented a range of medicinal effects.
In 2000, a group of Merck pharmaceutical scientists at the Centro de Investigaci´on B´asica, Merck Sharp & Dohme in Madrid, Spain tested the mycelial extracts of 204 species of mushrooms for their antimicrobial properties (Suay et al., 2000). The mushrooms showing the most activity were “reishi” species (G. lucidum, G. resinaceum and G. pfeifferi) of which 73 percent of the strains showed activities against the bacterium Bacillus subtilis. However, while extracts of the reishi species group all strongly inhibited Bacillus bacteria, they were curiously inactive against other disease-causing bacteria and fungi. That these Ganodermas are species specific in their antimicrobial activities suggests a unique mode of activity, a benchmark test that attracts medical researchers interested in new antibiotic drug discovery.
In my work with the U.S. Defense Department’s BioShield BioDefense program, ethanol and water extracts of the living mycelium of Ganoderma resinaceum inhibited virus replication as measured by the viral yield reduction (VYR) assay of Flu A (H5N1) aka “bird flu,” and Flu B viruses. Notably, a “traditional” hot water extract of the fruitbodies arising from the same mycelium demonstrated no notable antiviral activity (Stamets, 2008).
A review of the scientific literature reveals that many of the traditional medicinal claims can now be validated, especially the antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. However, the anti-cancer claims have yet to achieve the credibility of comparable studies on Turkey Tail (Trametes versicolor) mushrooms (see Turkey Tail post). In a recent critique of reishi studies published through 2012, the authors concluded:
Our review did not find sufficient evidence to justify the use of G. lucidum as a first-line treatment for cancer. It remains uncertain whether G. lucidum helps prolong long-term cancer survival. However, G. lucidum could be administered as an alternative adjunct to conventional treatment in consideration of its potential of enhancing tumor response and stimulating host immunity. (Jin et al. 2012)
While such conclusions presume similar sample preparations and consistent taxonomic identification from study to study, one common theme emerges. The species in the taxonomic constellation of “reishi” mushrooms consistently activate, in vitro and in vivo, human immune cells: macrophages, NK and cytotoxic T cells, on a dose-dependent basis. Moreover, in the previously-mentioned comparison of peer-reviewed studies on reishi and cancer, the authors conclude that the adjunct use of reishi may augment chemotherapeutic drugs to treat cancer and may extend their effectiveness. This is particularly important since a common concern among oncologists is that the antioxidant properties of medicinal mushrooms may interfere with chemotherapeutic drugs. Addressing this issue, Simone et al. (2007) reported:
[280 peer-reviewed studies] have consistently shown that non-prescription antioxidants and other nutrients do not interfere with cancer therapeutic modalities. In addition, nonprescription antioxidants and other nutrients enhance the killing of cancer therapeutic modalities, decrease their side effects, and protect normal tissues, and in 15 human studies, 3,738 patients actually had prolonged survival.
Although the trends are promising and reishi mushrooms exhibit a number of interesting medicinal properties, modern scientific techniques have yet to affirm its traditional “panacea polypore” status. For now we can state that reishi use is generally safe and has high antioxidant value. While we cannot yet state that reishi mushrooms extend the disease-free period of cancer patients, reishi remains as an excellent candidate for augmenting chemotherapy, according to some cancer researchers. Since funding of clinical studies is either industry-based or from grants — few and far between — the jury is still out on the usefulness of reishi, the “mushroom of immortality,” for extending life. That said, I for one, join our ancestors in being drawn to this mushroom and regularly ingest it in many forms.
Financial Disclosure: Paul Stamets, author of Growing Gourmet & Medicinal Mushrooms and educator of mushroom cultivators world-wide, is also the Founder of Fungi Perfecti, LLC — a company that supplies mushroom related products including whole, encapsulated powders, and extracts of mushrooms.
Linchzhi Mushrooms (Reishi) are excellent for finding, decomposing and flushing out subpar cellular matter throughout the body. They can be called miniature pharmaceutical factories that produce hundreds of medicinally-interactive compounds.
For years, I have wanted to include something from Chinese Medicine into my protocol, something universal and not needing a Chinese herbalist to prescribe it. Finally, I have found the perfect answer. Lingzhi mushrooms has literally hundreds of unique bio-active compounds that have life extending  properties,  stimulates brain neurons,  searches out and destroys cancer cells  and prevents the development of new fat cells in obese individuals.  In terms of life span extension it has been shown to increase life in studies by 9% to more than 20% in animal studies.
Ganoderma lucidum, an oriental fungus, has a long history of use for promoting health and longevity in China, Japan, and other Asian countries. It is a large, dark mushroom with a glossy exterior and a woody texture. The Latin word lucidus means “shiny” or “brilliant” and refers to the varnished appearance of the surface of the mushroom. The iconic mushroom commonly known as Reishi (in Japanese) or Ling Zhi (靈芝 in Chinese) is probably the most respected medicinal mushroom in Asia.
While mushrooms such as shitake, maitake, and cordyceps, all share similar immune boosting properties, Red Reishi has also the longest history and has been known to be effective in the treatment of the widest range of health conditions. Unlike other mushrooms, only Lingzhi has many important compounds such as triterpenes (ganoderic acid) that gives them a unique characteristic of being bitter in taste.
Use of Lingzhi mushrooms as a medicine goes as far back as the Han Dynasty’s “Materia Medica” or Ben Cao Gang Mu (the earliest herbal pharmacopoeia text known, written around 1590 AD). No other plant is better at finding, decomposing and flushing out subpar cellular matter throughout the body, which then allows the surrounding organ and blood system to function at a higher level. Lingzhi is loaded with terpenes. It makes sense that one of its innate abilities is to do a similar breaking-down and dissipating action in the body.
Because of its rich history and long tradition of medicinal use, Ganoderma lucidum is now one of the few mushroom species whose DNA has been fully sequenced (16,113 genes). Paul Stamets, author of Growing Gourmet & Medicinal Mushrooms and educator of mushroom cultivators world-wide says,
“Reishi is remarkable for its diversity of genes coding for cytochrome P450 enzymes. These enzymes not only afford this species a broad arsenal for producing secondary metabolites for digesting nutrients, but may also confer benefits to human health such as enhancing the degradation of toxins and free radicals and increasing the liver’s metabolic efficiency. The variety of these enzymes, among more than 400 active constituents that have been found, indicates to me that mushrooms such as Reishi are like miniature pharmaceutical factories that can produce hundreds of medicinally-interactive compounds.”
Terpenes—Nature’s Internal Solvent
Out of the functional compounds found thus far in Lingzhi, the largest group is terpenes, of which triterpenes are a derivative. You know that aroma from pine trees? From clove? Or anise, oregano, menthol, cinnamon, and citrus? That largely comes from terpenes (more commonly referred to as essential oils). Terpenes are considered the strongest anti-inflammatory and anti-tumor compounds found in nature. Numerous triterpenoids have been shown to possess rapid acetylcholine action, our brain’s main neurotransmitter. Oral administration of Lingzhi show triterpenes appearing in blood plasma in high quantities in under 20 minutes from ingestion.
Aside from this speed and breadth of effect, the more fascinating property of all terpenes is their ability to dissolve, dissipate, and decompose cellular matter. One of the first terpenes ever extracted (12th century, by Arnaud de Villanosa) from nature was turpentine—yes, the paint thinner, which is natural.
For those looking for an ultra-low cost solution to part of what Lingzhi mushrooms can do know that turpentine has what we would expect from terpenes. Turpentine and petroleum distillates similar to kerosene have been used medicinally since ancient times and are still being used as folk remedies up to the present. They were used in ancient Babylon to treat stomach problems, inflammations and ulcers.
Dimethyl sulfoxide (DMSO), an organic sulfur compound that was used only as an industrial solvent, is also known for its positive health effects. (Look soon for an essay on the importance and use of biological solvents in medicine.) It is also important to know that marijuana is loaded with terpenes and that is one of the reasons it makes such a good natural chemotherapy agent.
The Adaptogen Concept
Regular consumption of Lingzhi mushrooms can enhance our body's immune system and improve blood circulation, thus improving better health conditions. Generally, Lingzhi is recommended as an adaptogen, immune modulator, and a general tonic. These mushrooms are also used to help treat anxiety, high blood pressure, hepatitis, bronchitis, insomnia, and asthma.
In some ways, similar to medical marijuana (which has regulatory effects of the nervous system) adaptogens are substances that work by adjusting altered body conditions back to normal, resulting in stabilization of cellular and psychological homeostasis. The traditional herbal texts, as well as these recent scientific studies, report that Lingzhi works both for insomnia and increasing mental clarity—two seemingly opposing problems. It’s also been found to work for both for high and low blood pressure symptoms; both over-active and under-active thyroids; both overactive immunity (Lupus, Fibromyalgia and other autoimmune diseases), and weak immunity (colds, flu, and viruses).
To a western approach, these health issues are seen as polar opposites, and medically treated as such. To any natural healing model, such as acupuncture, these are seen more as conditions of deficiency or excess. This is where the adaptogenic concept applied to certain herbs and plants works well, because their main end effect is homeostasis and balance.
Lingzhi fits the classic definition of an adaptogen. It has double-direction activity, meaning that it, as an example, improves functioning of the immune and organ systems, whether they are deficient or excessive. It doesn’t stimulate the liver, the kidney, the overall system. Rather, it regulates them. It doesn’t stimulate or suppress the immune system—it’s called an immuno-modulator. Lingzhi’s wide ability to repair the function of one person’s liver, while increasing the function of another’s lungs, or kidneys, or skin, or mental function, seems less odd once we view it from the adaptogen angle.
Table - Pharmacological effects of Lingzhi Mushrooms
In Chinese, the name lingzhi represents a combination of spiritual potency and essence of immortality, and is regarded as the “herb of spiritual potency,” symbolizing success, well-being, divine power, and longevity. Among cultivated mushrooms, G. lucidum is unique in that its pharmaceutical rather than nutritional value is paramount.
Part Two - Lingzhi Mushrooms - Enough Science to Drown Doctors
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Goji berries, also known as wolfberries, are bright orange-red in color and come from a bush native to China.
They are extraordinarily rich in antioxidants, primarily Vitamin A, Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin), and Vitamin C, all of which are known to prevent cell damage and lessen your risk of cancer and cardiovascular disease.
The Riboflavin contained in goji berries is important for glucose (sugar) metabolism, the health of eye tissue, skin tissue and the mucus membranes of the respiratory system. Vitamin A is vital for maintaining healthy tissues as well as supporting the immune system, bone development, eye health and protecting nerve fibers.
And of course, Vitamin C is necessary for improved immune function, healthy gums, and collagen formation for healthy skin and connective tissues.
The Longevity Properties of The Goji Berries
In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) the kidneys (or the “energy” of the kidneys) are essentially the vitality of life. In other words, they are considered The Fountain of Youth.
Kidney Qi (energy) is the initial Qi necessary to give us life at birth, and as we grow the Kidney Qi is fortified by how we live:
Li Ching-Yuen, a herbalist and martial artist from China, allegedly had one of the oldest lifespans ever recorded. There is no real proof, however, as to the exact number of years he lived, though there are some sources that put him as old as 197 and others as old as 256!
Whether these claims are true or not there is one thing that has been agreed upon, he lived well beyond the age of 100.
He said this about life,
“Keep a quiet heart, sit like a tortoise, walk sprightly like a pigeon and sleep like a dog”
And if you think about it, this is exactly what is necessary for strong Kidney Qi!
Li Ching-Yuen experimented with herbs throughout his life, so it is no surprise that he attributed his longevity, in part, to the consumption of Goji Berries.
Goji berries are not only known for their anti-aging properties, other health benefits include:
How To Eat Goji Berries
Goji berries are extremely diverse when it comes to how they can be consumed.
If you prefer to eat them raw (or hydrated), you will find that they have a sweet/tart flavor which is similar to the flavor profile of cherry tomatoes. This makes them a wonderful candidate for a pie filing!
Now, eating goji berries dry is probably the most common choice. When goji berries are dry their texture is much like a raisins, making them a wonderful addition to any salad, trail mix, or simply as a stand alone!
They also make a great tea! Just add some goji berries to boiling water and then squeeze the berries to allow the juice to come out. Try adding lemon or cinnamon for added flavor!
Aloe Vera Gel “Aloe Phoenix”
Gel Aloe Vera “Aloe Phoenix” composition is based on active Aloe Vera plant components that smooth, nourish and extra moisture the skin.
Gel restores skin softness and elasticity, in addition to a positive effect on mosquito bite, burns, cut, injured or frostbitten skin or hen suffering from hemorrhoids.
Functions and Effects:
Aloe Vera gel, Aloe Vera juice, hyaluronic acid, β-glucan, allantoin and dipotassium glycyrrhizinate, gialoplasma, glycerol acid, glycerin, propylene glycol, metilbenzoli, water.
Package contents: 50 grams in a tube
More information about the product:
Aloe vera gel & juice — It comes from the aloe vera gel which can be used both as medicine and food. Containing a variety of substances like aloin, aloe polysaccharides, phenols, amino acids, vitamins, mineral substances, organic acids, etc., the aloe vera juice has a multiple health care functions by both oral administration and external application. It can enable the convergence, softness, moisture and whitening of the skin, prevent the skin from drying and repair the harm by the sunlight radiation. In addition, the aloe vera juice can diminish the inflammation, stop the pain and accelerate the healing on wounds of burns, cuts, acne, insect bites, etc.. It can also prevent and mitigate the formation of scars.
Hyaluronic acid — Made by hi-tech biotechnological engineering from the natural moisture elements in tissues and body fluid, the hyaluronic acid can improve the water retention ability of the skin, persist in moistening the skin and promote the blood circulation. It is helpful for the absorption of nutrition and has a function of anti-wrinkle, increasing the skin’s elasticity and slowing down its aging. In addition, this product can also eliminate the harm to the skin by oxygen free radicals produced by UV radiation and promote the healing of wounds by advancing the proliferation and differentiation of the epidermal cells. It will be also helpful to reduce the striae gravidarum.
β-Glucan – Extracting from the oats produced in the tablelands, the β-Glucan can effectively penetrate into the skin, stimulate the generation of collagen, promote the regeneration of the skin, relieve the wrinkles, effectively resist the ultraviolet light and protect the skin cells.
Allantoin – Being fine chemical products, the allantoin is widely used in fields of medicine, cosmetics, agriculture, etc. It has functions of sterilization, analgesic and anti-oxidation. This product enables the skin to maintain the water, moisture and softness and at the same time it bears the physiological functions of promoting the growth of cells, accelerating the healing of wounds, softening the keratin, etc., which makes the allantoin the good skin trauma healing and anti-ulcer medicine.
Dipotassium glycyrrhizinate — It is extracted from the natural licorice which has antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, detoxification, anti-allergy and deodorant functions without side effects. Dipotassium glycyrrhizinate can prevent the irritation and allergic effects on skin by chemical agents and has functions of dispelling the freckle and sunscreen.
Sleep apnea can be a disruptive, annoying, and even dangerous conditions, but there are effective home remedies for sleep apnea, including regular exercise, losing weight, quitting smoking, sleeping on your side, taking up singing, lavender, magnesium, and regulating your sleep schedule, among others.
Affecting tens of millions of people around the world, sleep apnea is one of the most common sleep disorders, but is also difficult to diagnose, as many people don’t even realize they are suffering from the conditions. Put plainly, sleep apnea is a disturbance in the respiratory effort of the body while sleeping. A pause in breathing causes a lack of oxygen flow into the body, and a build-up of carbon dioxide in the body. This stimulates the body to wake itself up, or intake oxygen rapidly to compensate. There are three types of sleep apnea: central, obstructive, and complex (a combination of the first two). In central sleep apnea, all respiratory effort by the body stops, and often results in restless sleep and frequent waking episodes, thus resulting in fatigue and other characteristics of poor sleep patterns. Obstructive sleep apnea is a physical obstruction of the airway, so inhalation occurs through another route, namely through the nose, causing snoring. Complex apnea is when both of these types of apnea occur in a single night.
Sleep apnea can have long-term effects of chronic fatigue, and if you suffer from obstructive sleep apnea, the constant snoring can be very difficult to sleep through if you have a partner. Fortunately, that is how most sleep apnea is initially diagnosed, by someone else noticing your sleep behaviors and auditory emissions. Sleep apnea treatments include everything from nasal strips to open airways, all the way up to complex machines that must be work during sleep to ensure proper breathing. There are also a number of natural and home remedies that many people seek, due to the expense and inconvenience of more formal treatments. Now, let’s take a more comprehensive look at some of these home remedies for sleep apnea.
Quit Smoking: One of the major causes of sleep apnea, particularly obstructive sleep apnea, is smoking. This causes constriction and weakness within the airway, as well as inflammation, which can block breathing efforts when we sleep. If you want to stop snoring, eliminating cigarettes from your life is a wise choice, particularly because of all the other health issues that it can cause. Smokers are found to have sleep apnea three times as often as non-smokers!
Sleep on Your Side: When you sleep on your back, it is much more difficult for your respiratory system to compensate for sleep apnea symptoms, like airway blockage. The tongue and soft tissue of the throat will naturally fall to the back of the mouth when you’re sleeping on your back, thus blocking the airway and causing snoring. Sleeping with a pillow between your knees can help keep you on your side while you sleep.
Lose Weight: Obesity is closely linked to sleep apnea, as the body is basically overloaded with extra tissue. This exists in the throat and neck as well, and this extra fat can block the airway, thus causing snoring and the interruption of respiratory activity. Losing weight can also help boost your health in other ways, but it is particularly effective for preventing all types of apnea.
Exercise Regularly: It is believed that aerobic exercise in many forms can strengthen the respiratory system and prevent sleep apnea. Exercise also saps our energy and promotes healthy, deep sleep to repair and recover. Exercise has a wealth of positive effects on the body, and boosting the duration and quality of your sleep are two of them!
Practice Singing: This may seem a bit unexpected, but strengthening the soft tissues of the throat and soft palate. By boosting the muscle control in these areas, through activities like singing, there is a lower chance of loose or lax muscles allowing the airway to be blocked. If you aren’t a singer, or have no interest in that option, there are also a number of instruments that can promote a stronger soft palate, including the use of a didgeridoo to improve breath control and respiratory system strength.
Add Magnesium: Sleep apnea primarily affects the muscles of the upper throat region, you should ensure that your muscle regulation is optimal if you’re suffering from sleep apnea. Magnesium is an essential mineral that directly affects the muscles throughout our body, so proper levels of magnesium are recommended. You can take magnesium in the form of a supplement, or in high-magnesium foods, such as leafy greens, bananas, beans, avocados and various seeds.
Lavender: One of the most commonly used sedative and soothing herbs is lavender. As a traditional remedy for sleep apnea, it can reduce inflammation in the throat and the muscles that affect sleep apnea. It can also induce deep, restful sleep to prevent the common symptoms of fatigue that sufferers of sleep apnea commonly experience.
Regulate Sleep Schedule: The most important lifestyle remedy for sleep apnea is ensuring that you generally sleep at the same time each day. By having irregularities in your sleep schedule, your body cannot establish set cycles. This causes you to sleep “lighter”, making you more prone to the muscle irregularities and respiratory issues of sleep apnea. Try to get a solid 7-8 hours of sleep each night, and set a certain schedule for yourself, give or take 30-45 minutes, particularly on nights before you need to wake up for work.
Practice Yoga: A number of yoga exercises have been associated with reducing inflammation and opening up the airways. Yoga breathing techniques are very effective for reducing sleep apnea symptoms, and you can speak with a yoga instructor for take-home exercises as well.
A Final Word of Warning: Millions of people suffer from sleep apnea, and while most of the cases pose no immediate threat to your health and safety, sleep apnea can be a marker for more serious health conditions, and in very rare cases, can even be fatal. If you discover that you suffer from sleep apnea, speak to a doctor about possible treatments. These home remedies are effective, but can also work as complementary treatments to more formal strategies to eliminate sleep apnea.
Keeping a good resting heart rate is extremely important for long-term health, and there are many ways to maintain a healthy resting heart rate, including intense cardio exercises, getting healthy sleep, indulging in massages, adding fish oil to your diet, urinating regularly, quitting smoking, lowering stress, and many more!
Healthy Resting Heart Rate
When we exercise or exert ourselves, our heart rate rises. The same thing happens when we are in stressful situations, when we get excited, or when we see that special someone. While elevated heart rates are normal in some circumstances, it is important that our resting heart rate remain at a manageable rate. High resting heart rates are good indicators and predictors of heart disease and a variety of other health issues, so keeping your resting heart rate low is very important.
For those who don’t know, your heart rate is measured in beats per minute, and a resting heart rate is your pulse when your body is completely at rest. Imagine sitting in your office, working on something rather peaceful, stress-free, and yet your heart is beating furiously. That is unnecessary strain that can wear down your heart, and also lets you know that something may be seriously wrong with your cardiovascular system.
Fortunately, the importance of a low, balanced resting heart rate is well known, and a significant amount of research has been done on the subject. It is widely understood that resting heart rate tends to elevate as we get older, although genetics and lifestyle also play a major role too.
There are certain medications that can lower your resting heart rate, but that sort of artificial and pharmaceutical manipulation of your system is not recommended, especially because there are many lifestyle and fitness strategies that can help lower your resting heart rate rather easily. Now, let’s take a closer look at 10 Ways to Maintain a Healthy Resting Heart Rate.
10 Ways to Maintain a Healthy Resting Heart Rate
1. Add Fish Oil to Your Diet:
Fish oil, which is rich inomega-3 fatty acids and well known to be beneficial for heart health, can also help you regulate your resting heart rate and keep it nice and low. In fact, fish oil can help the vagus nerve in your heart function more efficiently, keeping resting heart rate lower for longer. Numerous studies have now shown a direct decrease in resting heart rate following a relatively short stint of regular fish oil capsule consumption. You can also add some extra salmon and tuna to your weekly diet.
2. Intense Cardio Workouts:
Perhaps the most important aspect of your lifestyle that can lower resting heart rate is regular and intense cardiovascular workouts. By pumping up your heart rate during these exercises, you actually strengthen your parasympathetic nervous system, making it more reactive to your activity and behavior. Therefore, once your exercising is finished, your parasympathetic nervous system is better at recognizing a “resting” state, and helps to keep your resting heart rate lower, as though in preparation for your next exertion. 3-4 workouts per week of 30-40 minutes should be enough to significantly drop your resting heart rate to healthy levels.
3. Go to the Bathroom Regularly:
This might seem a bit unusual, but in fact, regular urination and avoiding “holding it in” can lower your resting heart rate. When your bladder is full, it can increase your normal heart rate by as much as 10 bpm. It turns out that when you need to urinate, your sympathetic system activates, constricting blood vessels and driving up blood pressure.
4. Quit Smoking:
There are many reasons to quit smoking, but its effects on resting heart rate are particularly important to note. Nicotine is an astringent substance; the “nicotine rush” is a burst of blood pressure as our vessels constrict, driving up heart rate. If you want a lower resting heart rate, stop constricting your blood vessels and ditch the cigarettes once and for all!
5. Reduce Stress:
This can be easier said than done, but anything you can do to reduce stressful situations in your life will lower inflammation throughout the body, eliminate the chronic presence of stress hormones in your bloodstream, and lower resting heart rate. Meditation, yoga, tai-chi, and a better organized life can all help to eliminate daily stress and keep your heart rate calm.
6.Get a Massage:
Relaxation techniques of any kind are encouraged to reduce resting heart rate, as things like massage or aromatherapy can lower levels of stress hormones in the body. Things like adrenaline, cortisol, and norepinephrine function in your fight-or-flight response, which boosts your heart rate to give you the energy to act. By lowering these chemicals in your system, you can drop your resting heart rate by as much as 8 bpm.
7. Sleep Better:
If your sleep is constantly disturbed, either by restlessness or outside stimuli, your heart rate jumps from its sleep state to one of startled consciousness. It can often be hard to get that resting heart rate back down, making it more difficult to get to sleep, causing fatigue and non-restful sleep. It is important that your body gets continuous rest, so do your best to eliminate potential disturbances while you’re getting your shut-eye!
8. Cut Down on Caffeine and Alcohol:
Caffeine naturally raises your heart rate to provide that caffeine burst of energy, and can wreak havoc on your natural cycles of rest and activity. Similarly, alcohol has been directly connected not only with other health issues and inflammation in the body, but also with a higher than average resting heart rate. Ease up on the coffee and cut yourself off after a glass of wine or two – no more!
9. Vary Your Exercise:
Exercise of any kind is important for improving (lowering) your resting heart rate, but there are ways to make exercise even more effective. Namely, if you are able to switch up your exercises, using different muscle groups, and switching from resistance training and weights to cardio, the effects are even stronger. Your parasympathetic nervous system will have to be even more adaptive if you’re exerting yourself in different ways, making it even better at bringing your heart rate back to a low, healthy level.
10. Lose Weight:
Excess weight and obesity can cause a huge amount of stress on your body. The inflammatory effects of adipose tissue alone can cause your resting heart rate to be higher, and excess weight also makes normal activities more difficult, causing a natural strain on the heart, even when you’re not engaged in traditional “physical activity”. Moderating your diet and engaging in a fitness plan can help you lose the weight and keep your resting heart rate low and healthy!
Some of the health benefits of walking include good physical and mental health, protection from heart ailments, diabetes, cancer, and other types of chronic conditions. Further studies show that walking increases bone mineral density and prevents the condition of osteoporosis. It reduces the risk of colon cancer and arthritis.
A walk is a wonderful form of exercise for the body. This workout doesn’t cost you anything and it can fit into everyone’s lifestyle. However busy you may be - a brisk walk around your place of work or at home can prove to be a highly beneficial exercise.
The health benefits of walking include an overall improvement of your health and a reduction in excessive body weight. According to the US Dept of Health, walking has helped to reduce the mortality rate amongst various age groups.
Walking is a mandatory exercise for human beings. The more you walk, the better it is for your well-being. Some of the various health benefits of walking are as follows:
A short brisk-paced walk is all that you need to reduce your excess calories and fats. Walking aids in balancing the excess calories gained through eating. A one-mile walk can burn up almost 100 calories of energy. Therefore, walking at least 3 to 4 km in a day, 3 times a week, can make you slimmer by a whole pound.
Daily walking can keep you fit and healthy for a long time. It aids the normal functioning of cardio-respiratory organs and considerably increases your body’s power. Regular brisk walking for 30 minutes a day can help you stay slim and in robust health. Brisk walking is the ultimate option, but it should not overexert you; you can build up to faster paces as you become used to the consistent exercise.
We all know that walking does wonders for the physical body. What about mental well-being? Walking is also beneficial for your mental attitude as well. It elevates your mood, reduces depression, and lowers stress levels, in addition to improving your confidence and self esteem.
Group walks or with friends helps you maintain good social contacts. A walk through good, lush greenery would definitely lift your spirits and keep you fresh all day long.
All Around Benefits
Medical research and studies indicate that walking lowers high blood pressure and high cholesterol, thereby reducing the risk of strokes and other heart-related problems. Walking is best for mental fitness and assists in flexible weight control. Walking is good for increasing bone density and preventing chronic osteoporosis. It also restricts other illnesses and boosts the immunity of the human body.
A good walk makes you sweat and releases toxic waste from the body, making your skin glow with health and vitality and clearing out your system of unhealthy components.
Walking to Stay Fit
Walkers are less prone to falls and bone injuries, as their bones are strong and can sustain injuries. They have a more flexible body and good muscular movements, providing them with better balance and general abilities. Adults who remain physically active and do brisk walking in their early 50s have a reduced risk of heart problems, diabetes, and high blood pressure. Also, women regularly going for walks are less prone to heart diseases and diabetes, as recommended by the British Medical Journal.
Whether you are an active person or not, everyone has experienced a muscle cramp at some point in their life. While these are typically brief annoyances, for athletes or for those who regularly suffer from muscle cramps, it is important to understand how and why they occur, and some of the best ways to naturally treat them.
Regular exercise and an active lifestyle are both very important for overall health, but if you don’t quite know your limits, or if you aren’t in the proper condition to take on that sort of physical exertion, then you can injure yourself. Muscle cramps are often the first sign that your body isn’t quite ready to tackle the physical demands you’ve placed on it. These cramps can happen in any muscle group, not just the arms or legs, and is largely caused by the same basic things. When you get a cramp, it is your muscle involuntarily contracting, and while it is usually temporary, it may prevent your use of the muscle for a period of time. This can be caused by using the muscle too much, straining the muscle, or dehydration, in most cases. However, the reason that chronic muscle cramps can be serious is that they may indicate an underlying medical condition that could be much more dangerous. Some muscle cramps can be caused by nerve compression, inadequate or blocked blood supply, or mineral deficiencies. If not addressed, these issues will continue, along with the painful cramps.
The primary symptom of a muscle cramp is rather self-explanatory – your muscle cramps up and tightens painfully, usually beyond the comfortable level of “flexed” that you are used to. You will feel a sharp pain and a knot of hard, flexed tissue beneath the skin. The area can be tender when touched or pressed on. Most of the time, muscle cramps can be sorted out through natural remedies or stretching exercises, but in some cases, it is important for you to see a doctor. For example, if your muscle cramps are not preceded by any rigorous exercise, if they happen regularly, or if the area around the cramp swells or becomes discolored. In most normal situations, muscle cramps can be controlled with a number of effective home remedies, which will be explained in greater detail below.
Home Remedies for Muscle Cramps
Calcium: One of the most important minerals in the body is calcium. From bone mineral density to nervous system functioning, calcium plays a key role in all of our activities. In terms of muscle cramps, many specialists believe that calcium deficiencies are responsible for a large amount of these conditions, as a lack of calcium prevents proper muscle control and movement. Calcium-rich foods include leafy greens, cheese, almonds and fish.
Electrolytes: There is a good reason why so many energy drinks advertise the presence of electrolytes, as these important minerals are essential for fluid transfer and muscle movement in the human body. The two primary electrolytes that relate to muscle cramps are potassium and magnesium, so if you are suffering from chronic muscle cramps, there is a good chance you’re lacking these nutrients. Magnesium is commonly found in nuts, beans and grains, while potassium can be accessed in bananas and cantaloupes.
Wintergreen Oil: If you want to eliminate muscle cramps quickly, one of the best topical applications comes in the form of wintergreen oil. If you spread this oil over your skin and allow it to soak into the skin, the active ingredients will soak into the skin and positively impact pain and inflammation of the muscle, helping the cramp to unwind. Use this oil sparingly, as it is quite powerful, but very effective.
Heating Pads: If you apply heating pads to the affected area of a muscle cramp, it can induce blood flow to the area, which can re-oxygenate and hydrate the tissues, thus easing the tension of the cramp. Heating pads should be alternated with ice, particularly in the first few hours following the cramp, particularly if it lasts for an extended period of time.
Apple Cider Vinegar: Apple cider vinegar has many different benefits for the body, and is used for everything from improving the health of the skin to optimizing digestion. However, apple cider vinegar is also rich in potassium, which is essential for the release of muscle cramps. Potassium is important for fluid balance and transfer within the body, so consuming apple cider vinegar in small quantities can boost the body’s ability to ease tension in those cramped muscles.
Clove Oil: Strong anti-inflammatory medications are often recommended for people who regularly suffer from muscle cramps, but another alternative is simply applying anti-inflammatory substances directly to the site of the cramp, such as clove oil. Not only do the active ingredients in clove oil lower the swelling in the affected tissues, but they are also analgesic in nature, thus reducing your pain.
Stretching: Many times, people get a cramp in their muscles when they strain a muscle, and nothing will help you a strain a muscle faster than not stretching. However, stretching can also be a treatment for a muscle cramp, as it will induce blood flow to the site of the cramp and relieve the pressure and tension of the cramp. Therefore, stretching is both a prevention measure and an effective treatment.
Vitamin E: Many different studies have been done on vitamin E, as it seems to have an effect on many different aspects of human health. When it comes to muscle cramps, vitamin E is recommended because it has been shown to boost blood flow through the arteries, which can make it much harder for muscle cramps to form.
Water: Dehydration is probably the most common reason for a muscle cramp. When your muscles don’t get the proper amount of water being sent to them, they are unable to function, and they lock up, resulting in a cramp. Flooding your system with water is a quick and reliable way to eliminate a muscle cramp, particularly when combined with the next remedy.
Pressure: When you apply pressure to the site of a muscle cramp, that pressure can often induce more blood flow to the region, causing the muscle to loosen up. This can come in the form of a gentle massage, or simple pressure being put on the cramped muscle. Although many remedies are chemical or nutritional in nature, some solutions
Pickle Juice: While this comes purely from anecdotal evidence, a number of athletes have praised the benefits of pickle juice for the prevention of muscle cramps. Supposedly, it gives a surge of energy and blood flow, despite its high salt content. This remedy can certainly be tried, but should only be pursued on an individual basis, if it is found to be successful.
Some of the most important health benefits of reishi mushrooms include their ability to slow the aging process, detoxify the body, reduce blood pressure, eliminate inflammation, prevent cancer, improve cognitive ability, and boost energy.
Although some people don’t like the idea of eating fungi, mushrooms are one of the most popular and beneficial types of food on the planet. Reishi mushrooms, in particular, have been relied on for thousands of years in the Asian region, but has recently come to the attention of the wider world. Scientifically know as Ganoderma lucidum, “reishi” is the name by which these beneficial mushrooms are known in Japan, while in China, they are called lingzhi mushrooms. Lingzhi mushrooms as a group actually represent a species complex of fungal entities, many of which are in use throughout the world.These fascinating fungi are so potent because of their unique collection of organic compounds and components, which include triterpenes, alkaloids, sterols, and various essential polysaccharides. lingzhi mushroom
Although most mushrooms are eaten in order to enjoy the health benefits and nutrients, the most popular means of using reishi mushrooms includes crushing dried mushrooms and steeping them in water. The mushrooms are extremely bitter in taste, which makes them somewhat unpleasant to consume directly or in a highly concentrated liquid form. For this reason, and because traditional herbal remedies in most western nations have been replaced by more efficient herbal supplements, you can mainly find reishi mushroom supplements in pill or capsule form, but there are plenty of places in the world where reishi mushrooms are still processed and administered directly. Let’s take a more in-depth look at the fascinating health benefits of reishi mushrooms.
Health Benefits of Reishi Mushrooms
Anti-Aging: With popular names such as “king of herbs” and the “10,000-year mushroom”, reishi mushrooms have been highly praised in herbal medicine for thousands of years for its effects on longevity. In ancient times, those seeking immortality often used reishi mushrooms because of this belief. However, modern studies have positively linked reishi mushrooms to certain life-span expansion, namely due to the impressive polysaccharide content of these fungi. This is accomplished by boosting the health of the immune system and preventing certain abnormal blood vessel formations. Furthermore, certain antioxidant properties of other organic compounds in reishi mushrooms neutralize free radicals, which can cause chronic diseases and premature aging.
Cancer Prevention and Treatment: There are thousands of active studies on cancer, as it is one of the most widespread and fatal diseases faced by our society. A handful of those studies have also focused on reishi mushrooms and it has ben determined that the triterpenoids found in reishi mushrooms have the ability to reduce the metastasis of cancerous cells and prevent tumor growth. Furthermore, a second study found that the active ingredients of reishi mushroom extract can seek out and neutralize cancerous cells within the body.
Detoxify the Body: Our livers are delicate and essential organs, so decreasing the level of toxins in our body and liver is a huge goal for human health. Studies have linked reishi mushroom extracts to faster regeneration of healthy liver cells and a release of free radicals that have built up in that organ, thereby promoting overall health and wellness in our system.
Cognitive Disorders: Neurological diseases can be some of the most painful and unsolvable mysteries in human health, and for cognitive disorders like Alzheimer’s or Huntington’s disease, there is no proven cure. However, research has shown that the extracts in reishi mushrooms can stimulate cognitive activity and display certain neuroprotective effects, particularly in the stimulation of nerve growth factor, which is a key part of health cognitive function.
Anti-Inflammatory Qualities: One of the most important side effects of reishi mushroom extracts is its anti-inflammatory capacity. This is partially why it can help with cognitive disorders, by increasing the amount of blood flow to the brain, but for people suffering from arthritis or gout, reishi extracts can also be helpful. By reducing inflammation, reishi mushrooms have also been relied on for headaches and injury healing.
Respiratory Conditions: For those suffering from asthma, bronchitis, or other chronic respiratory conditions, reishi mushroom extract can have a strong effect on reducing irritation and eliminating the allergic reactions from this part of the body. By preventing the release of histamine from mast cells in the body, reishi mushrooms prevent allergic reactions, from mild skin irritation to potentially life-threatening anaphylaxis.
High Blood Pressure: Hypertension is one of the most common and pervasive problems in the world today, and cardiovascular disease and complications remains the major killer in our global society. Reishi mushrooms have been proven to improve the efficiency of blood flow to the heart and lower blood pressure; it also reduces the amount of oxygen consumed in the heart, meaning that there is more oxygenation for the rest of the body and organ systems. Furthermore, certain elements of reishi mushroom extract can reduce the level of “bad” cholesterol in your system, further protecting you from strokes and heart attacks.
Immune System Aid: Although we’ve already mentioned antioxidants, which are a key component of the immune system, reishi mushrooms also contain beta-glucans, one of the most effective and powerful immune system boosters that we know of. By increasing the amount of beta-glucans in your body, you can protect against a vast range of potential diseases and reduce the signs of aging. Some experts believe that it is this high glucan content that linked it historically with immortality and vitality.
Energy Booster: In addition to lengthening life, traditional medicine also suggested reishi for energy-boosting. As we age, our energy levels do tend to drop, but adding a boost of life and spirit in our golden years would be wonderful. Try reishi mushroom extract and see for yourself!
A Final Word of Warning: As with anything with so many good qualities, there is almost inevitably a flip side. As it happens, extended use of reishi mushrooms (1-2 months) has been connected with some side effects throughout history, including headaches, dizziness, nosebleeds, and dry mouth. Although those side effects seem mild, it is still a good decision to speak with a medical professional or trained herbalist before adding reishi mushrooms to your health plan.
Diseases characterized by a gradual worsening of a condition, including increased tissue damage, organ malfunction, and general poor health.
This can be caused by normal wear and tear on the body, lifestyle habits, exercise, or eating problems that exacerbate an underlying condition. These degenerative diseases can be cured through traditional medicines, but many of the diseases also have no established cure, so home remedies are often the best option for taking care of these conditions.
Some of the most common degenerative diseases are cancer, Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease,multiple sclerosis, muscular dystrophy, atherosclerosis,diabetes, Osteoporosis, and rheumatoid arthritis.
Many of these are terrible afflictions that affect millions of people around the world. Without proper medical care or coverage, they can severely impact the quality of life of those affected, and many of these diseases are inevitably fatal. The best way to reduce the associated symptoms and even keep the degeneration at bay is to use home remedies. Some of the most popular and successful home remedies for the conditions listed above are explained below.
Muscular Dystrophy: It is a group of 30 inherited diseases which affects the muscle leading to muscle weakness and muscle loss. It is another terribly degenerative disease that many people suffer from; some of the home remedies include staying away from coffee, tobacco, alcohol, and carbonated soda.
Proper nutrition is very important and one’s diet should include foods that are high on fiber, high on protein and low on carbs. You should consume reishi mushrooms, rhodiola, cramp bark, causticum, Lathyrus, and Plumbum Met. Also, one needs to be physically active to be able to maintain good muscle health.
Alzheimer’s Disease: Some of the most common solutions for Alzheimer’s disease are ginkgo biloba extract, valerian root, a well-balance diet, folate, vitamin B12, balm, sage, vitamin E, and garlic extract are all known to decrease the impact of Alzheimer’s disease, or dementia. Furthermore, avoiding alcohol, cigarettes, processed foods, and metal pollutants like mercury can also slow down cognitive decline.
Stimulating the brain with things like crossword puzzles, memory games, and learning new subjects can also build new neural pathways and delay the forgetfulness associated with Alzheimer’s disease. Also, recent research suggests that activities such as climbing a tree and balancing on a beam may help to improve cognitive skills.
Parkinson’s Disease: Parkinson’s disease can keep a person from living a normal life due to the general inability to control muscular activity, so it is often classified as a movement disorder. Some home remedies to slow down the degenerative effects of Parkinson’s disease are eating a healthy diet including fruits,vegetables, cereals, legumes, non-dairy products and fish and poultry. Other remedies include exercising and physical therapy, working with a speech pathologist, handling depression in constructive ways, visualization processes to continue walking normally, reducing hand tremors by strengthening the muscles in your hands and forearms.
Cancer: The home remedies for cancer include consumption of broccoli, grapes, ginseng, myrrh, green tea,aloe vera, lycopene, maitake mushroom, soybeans, and wheat grass in ether direct or indirect forms. Any foods that are rich in antioxidants are also very important for treating cancer from home, because they are rich in antioxidants, which can neutralize free radicals.
Free radicals can cause cancer by causing normal cellular DNA to mutate, resulting in cancerous cells. Research suggests that exercising an hour daily reduces the risk of contracting breast cancer in women of any age and any weight. Research also suggests that physical activity and healthy diet may help to reducerisk of cancer.
Multiple Sclerosis: Some of the home remedies for multiple sclerosis include reducing animal protein intake, eliminate dairy products, eat organic foods, ginger, turmeric, soy, extra-virgin olive oil, fish, walnuts, flax, hempseed, and wheat products. In terms of behavior, light to moderate exercise is a good idea, as well as visualization and meditation.
Atherosclerosis: Atherosclerosis is a condition where cholesterol and plaque builds up on the inside of your blood vessels and arteries, and it can lead to heart attacks and strokes. Besides reducing your overall omega-6 fatty acid intake (LDL cholesterol), you should eat more fruits and vegetables, use warm water enemas, and eat seeds, nuts, grains, and sprouts. Use olive oil and flax seed oil, while avoiding saturated fats, white flour, sugar, tobacco, coffee, salt, processed foods, sauces, and pickles. Consume garlic and onions, lemon peels,parsley, and beet juice, as well as anything that has a high vitamin C content.
Diabetes: Diabetes is the body’s inability to manage its insulin and glucose levels within the body, which can be very dangerous. Some home remedies for diabetes include consuming a diet rich in fiber, as well asbilberry, apples, apricots, beets, berries, carrots, citrus fruits, parsnips, cactus juice, basil leaves, and wintersquash.
Osteoporosis: Osteoporosis is the degenerative disease that gradually erodes bone mineral density, leaving people weak and unable to function properly in their normal activities. The home remedies for this disease includes increasing your intake of minerals in your diet, like calcium, magnesium, iron, zinc, selenium, copper, and manganese. Foods include black cohosh, red clover,spinach, collard greens, milk, yogurt, cheese, ice cream,salmon, and sardines. Also, quit smoking, exercise regularly, and try to reduce intense physical activity that causes repetitive impacts on your joints and bones.
Rheumatoid Arthritis: Rheumatoid arthritis is a disease which is mainly an inflammation of joints, bones, and other connecting points in the body. They can have associated pain as well, so any anti-inflammatory nutritional elements are ideal. Some of these home remedies include silicon, leafy vegetables, vitamin C-laden foods, and regular exercise to get blood flowing to the affected areas. Avoid things like eggs, pepper, and tomatoes, which have been known to make the condition worse.
Home remedies for acne scars include the use of sandalwood, ice, tomato, cucumber, eggs, turmeric, Aloe Vera, apple cider vinegar, lime juice, honey, water, lavender oil, fenugreek and a variety of other fruits and vegetables.
Home remedies for acne scars are useful in cases of severe infection or when acne has been irritated, squeezed, or scratched. The American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) reports that this intense skin condition afflicts as many as 50 million Americans. Mild acne scars heal on their own, while the deep scars might remain for a person’s entire life. Mild acne scars can be safely and effectively treated with home remedies using natural products.
What is Acne?
Basically, acne refers to the blackheads, whiteheads, and short pink bumps called papules, which appear on the skin in the form of cysts as a result of prolonged contact with dust, polluted air, sweat, or dirty water. Acne usually occurs on the face, but areas like the legs, buttocks, shoulders, chest, and back are also not spared by this skin condition. According to the dermatologists at the Acne Research Institute in California, men and women can even experience acne at 25 or 35 years of age, sometimes even older, which many people don’t know since acne is typically associated with teenagers and pubescent individuals.
Acne is caused due to plugged pores and an outbreak of lesions, as reported by the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases. Acne can be an embarrassing and unsightly condition to experience when you are a teenager and an adult, but once those hormonally charged years are over, and you have reduced the chances of acne flare-ups or recurrences, the scars, spots, and after marks of acne can still cause a lot of self-esteem and confidence problems. That is why curing the condition of acne is not enough, the acne scars must also be taken care of before you can firmly put acne behind you!
Home Remedies for Acne Scars
SOME OF THE COMMONLY USED HOME REMEDIES FOR ACNE SCARS INCLUDE THE FOLLOWING:
Sandalwood Paste: Apply a mixture of sandalwood paste in rosewater and leave it on your face overnight, then wash it off the next morning. Repeat this process until there is a marked improvement in scars. The usefulness of sandalwood in skin care is very well known. It has actually been one of the traditional, essential elements of make-up kits for women in India for many years. Even today, there are several brands that prepare soaps that names sandalwood as one of its key ingredients.
Tea Tree Oil: This is one of the most popular remedies for curing acne problems. This diluted oil is applied on the spots affected by acne. There is a strong belief that this oil consists of terpinen-4-ol, which eliminates bacterial activity and easily kills the bacteria permanently. It neutralizes the acne bacteria called Propionibacterium and other dangerous bacteria, which dwell on your skin and can quickly develop into acne.
Ice: Applying ice to the face helps to tighten pores and to reduce secretions of acne causing sebum. Ice also works as a natural astringent to tighten up pores around marks and scars, making scarring less obvious, by decreasing the size of the pores that were affected by the acne in the first place.
Aloe Vera & Sage: Sage and Aloe Vera are well known healing agents, which can bring relief to acne scars. Soak sage in hot water, allow it to cool, and then apply it on the skin. Aloe Vera can be applied directly to the skin.
Some of the most interesting health benefits of cordyceps includes its ability to improve respiratory health, increase oxygen uptake, boost heart health, detoxify the body, prevent certain types of cancer, slow the aging process, increases energy, and improves the immune system.
The name cordyceps actually describes a genus of fungi that includes more than 400 unique species of parasitic types. Fungi are essential parts of many ecosystems, but this particular genus also has a great deal of importance for people, as it has been traditionally used in herbal medicine for centuries. These “club head”mushrooms have a wide range of chemical components and compounds that make them particularly valuable in traditional medicine, as they are globally available and relatively inexpensive. The wide spread of the Cordyceps genus make it particularly desirable. Cordyceps fungi varieties contain certain biochemicals that mimic current pharmacological substances in a natural way.
As the popularity of Cordyceps increases, so too did access and variety of the herbal supplements. Around the world, you can utilize Cordyceps in liquid extracts, tinctures, powders, and capsules, but the mushroomsthemselves, when dried, look like long thing, brown/orange fingers. You can also buy whole cordyceps in certain stores and add them directly to soups for flavor, or brew teafrom the dried and powdered fungi. The origin of most Cordyceps species seems to be Asia, prior to its global spread, which is why it is so frequently found in the traditional medicines of that region. Now, let’s take a closer look at the many health benefits of cordyceps.
Health Benefits of Cordyceps
Energy Booster: One of the most undeniable health benefits of cordyceps is its ability to significantly boost energy levels and has long been known to athletes for the bursts of energy it can provide. Cordyceps increases the amount of oxygen uptake in the body and enhances cellular energy production, thereby providing that extra push for people who need a shot of energy!
Heart Health: Research studies on the effects of cordyceps have come up with many exciting results, especially in relation to cardiovascular health. One study showed that patients given a powdered supplement of cordyceps were significantly less likely to suffer heart failure. This is mainly due to the anti-inflammatory and antispasmodic properties of the herb, which can prevent heart arrhythmias and other complications.
Cholesterol Levels: On a similar note, one of the chemical pathways affected by cordyceps is closely related to cholesterol levels. “Bad” cholesterol levels go up, and “good” cholesterol levels can go up, effectively protecting the heart, as well as numerous other organ systems that are affected by cholesterol, such as our metabolism and endocrine system. You can help prevent atherosclerosis and subsequent heart attacks and strokes by making cordyceps a part of your weekly herbal treatments.
Respiratory Function: As mentioned above, cordyceps is able to increase the amount of oxygen taken in by the lungs, and while this is helpful for athletes, it is also beneficial for those suffering from respiratory conditions, such as asthma or chronic bronchitis. By increasing your oxygen intake, you help prevent respiratory distress and weakness. Also, increasing oxygen levels helps to oxygenate the body’s extremities better, so organ systems as a whole run more efficiently.
Cancer Prevention: People are always looking for the next big solution in the battle against cancer, and some of the unique biochemical compounds found in cordyceps certainly fit the bill in that respect. There has been direct correlations between the consumption of Cordyceps sinensis and tumor size reduction. By shrinking tumors, cordyceps can help slow the spread of cancer, and even make it easier to eliminate or put into remission. This is combined by the antioxidant activities of cordyceps, which helps to eliminate free radicals throughout the body.
Immune System Booster: Cordyceps directly stimulates the production of NK cells (Natural Killer cells), which are one of the body’s first lines of defense against infection and illness. These immunoprotective effects help with a wide range of ailments, from cancer to the common cold and everything in between.
Anti-Aging Properties: Although many people claim to know the secret to anti-aging, some of the most reliable research stands behind using cordyceps, which has powerful concentrations of anti-aging compounds that can help to rejuvenate the skin, eliminate dead or dying cells, and improve the appearance of blemishes, wrinkles, and age spots, effectively shaving years off your life!
Sexual Dysfunction: One of the most interesting effects of cordyceps is its apparent impact on sexual dysfunction in men. Numerous research studies have shown that men suffering from low levels of sexual energy or poor libido saw clear improvement after adding cordyceps herbal supplements to their diet.
Detoxify the Body: Although the exact chemical pathway of this is unclear, studies have shown that kidney health improves notably after only one month of regular cordyceps herbal usage.
A Final Word of Warning: Cordyceps does have a small effect on lowering blood sugar levels, which can be dangerous for diabetics, so they should be aware of the risks before adding that herbal element to their regimen. Also, as a blood-thinner, it shouldn’t be taken before or after surgery, by those already taking blood-thinners, or people suffering from bleeding disorders.
We talk a lot about “super food” here at Green Living Lifestyle, because indeed there are thousands of options we can choose and each of them contains a wide range of nutrients, vitamins, minerals, enzymes and other healing components which fight off diseases. But one “super” that stands out, and that would have to be taken every day for your health, it’s Spirulina. Spirulina is a special type of blue-green algae, full of chlorophyll and a host of other nutrients that give “life”.
1.SPIRULINA IS PARTICULARLY RICH IN PROTEINS THAT FIGHT INFECTIONS
It was scientifically proven that it increases the production of antibodies in the body. Because Spirulina consists of nearly 70% protein, the largest amount in comparison with all the other food, it is particularly effective in stimulating the production of macrophages, a type of white blood cells that prevent and fight off the infection.
2. SPIRULINA HELPS ALLERGIC REACTIONS
A study published by the Journal of Medicinal Food found that spirulina helps allergic reactions, inhibition and allergic rhinitis. It seems that those who take regular doses of Spirulina showed improvements in their allergic symptoms.
3.SPIRULINA HAS PROVED TO BE AN EFFECTIVE TREATMENT FOR ANEMIA
Paul Pitchford explains in the book “healing with whole foods: Asian traditions and Modern Nutrition” how Spirulina and many other forms of micro-algae effectively stimulates the production of red blood cells, especially when it is taken in combination with vitamin B12.
The correct breathing technique can heal. It can relieve pain, indigestion remedy and strengthen the brain. The better the cells are in fact supplied with oxygen and the more effective the removal of toxins is completed, the stronger and healthier we feel – both physically and mentally. Especially in a stressful everyday life, the proper breathing rhythm leads to improved energy supply and more robust health.
The breath gives life energy. We breathe, so long as we live. We breathe, without us having to think about it. We breathe during sleep. This is because there is someone watching over our breath. Someone who never sleeps: The respiratory centre in the brain. It works tirelessly and ensures that we are constantly supplied with oxygen and carbon dioxide can give. The respiratory centre feels exactly the situation in which we find ourselves. Are we stressed or relaxed? We sleep or we are awake? We sit in a chair or we run the departing bus afterwards?
THE BREATH ADAPTS
Finally, it is extremely important for our survival that we always have enough oxygen. In turn, the carbon dioxide must be excreted as a waste product of our cellular respiration again.
With increased physical the breathing activity automatically increases. Why? The body needs more oxygen. At the same time the increase in carbon dioxide emissions must be exhaled. It then comes to rest, the respiratory rate decreases again. The oxygen demand decreases and the amount of carbon dioxide exhaled carbon dioxide bring the levels back into normal ranges.
STRESS DESTROYS THE NATURAL AIRFLOW
Because breathing is unconscious and thus adapts to the individual rhythm of life, many people breathe shallow and cramped. Prolonged stress and anxiety can lead to a respiratory rate which is actually necessary only in escape situations. “Breathe Right” means letting the breath flow effortlessly through the body. The breath should flow up into the abdomen and pelvis and also be felt in the back and kidney area.
HEALTH BEGINS WITH PROPER BREATHING
An adult human breathes approximately twelve times per minute, but the way he HOW inhales and exhales, affected his health significantly. Many complaints can be alleviated if the consciousness is focused on healthy breathing.
INCORRECT BREATHING LEADS TO PAIN AND DISEASE
Optimal oxygenated blood always remains liquid and can quickly reach every cell of the body. On his way back, it can take away and drain out toxins and proteins. According to Dr. West a healing processes of any kind to provide optimal support. On the other hand if the blood is enriched with too little oxygen, the blood cells stick together and jam together with proteins in the lymphatic system. The natural transport mechanisms are severely disturbed. Toxins get stuck in the body and minerals don’t reach their destination. According to West, these toxins can accumulate, for example in the joints and cause pain, which are then diagnosed as arthritis.
Existing diseases such as asthma and chronic bronchitis, digestive disorders, migraine, tension headache, depression, insomnia and burnout can be alleviated proven through specific breathing exercises.
CORRECT BREATHING – PRACTICE
Always breathe through the nose. In contrast to mouth breathing is warmed in the nasal breathing the breath, moistened and filtered by coarse contaminants.
The flow of breathing can be particularly well recalled when you leave whistling the air flow through the teeth. Just five minutes a day with focused deep breathing makes a significant difference and is reflected in increased well-being. Anything that puts the chest and the organs therein in motion, results in better circulation. In addition to breathing exercises and movement and a hearty fit of laughter help the original mobility of the chest to restore.
BREATHING AGAINST FEAR
Recommended techniques of breath control are also found in Sudarshan Kriya Yoga, a breathing technique from yoga that can demonstrably lead, for example, from anxiety to relief. Even in the so-called. Posttraumatic stress syndrome can bring an improvement with the proper breathing.
The heart is a muscular body part, about the size of a fist. It pumps blood through a network of veins and veins called the cardiovascular system to the rest of the body. This blood provides the physique with oxygen and nutrients, and helps in the removal of metabolic wilds.
Heart disease is the leading cause of passing away for both men and women. In fact, according to the Centers for Disease Control and stop (CDC), more than 611,105 people pass away each year of heart disease.
Heart disease refers to difficulties that affect the structure and functioning of the heart as well as body fluid vessels.
The risk of developing heart problems rises with factors like excessive smoking, a sedentary way of life, aging, a family history of heart disease, high body fluid pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, fatness and excessive alcohol or caffeine intake.
Here are the top three herbs and spices for your heart.
Turmeric has a compound called curcumin that possesses powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory goods. Curcumin enhances cardiovascular fitness and reduces the risk of various diseases related to the heart.
Turmeric helps rise blood circulation and prevents body fluid clotting to prevent heart attacks. It even controls inflammation that can lead to heart disease. In addition, it stops hardening of the arteries by inhibiting fat corrosion and lowering cholesterol.
Use turmeric in your cooking or drink a glass of warm turmeric milk everyday.
As a relating to diet supplement, you can take 250 to 600 mg standardized curcumin capsules 3 times everyday. Consult your physician for proper dosage.
Hawthorn is another well-known herb for heart fitness. It helps in blood vessel dilation, which lowers body fluid pressure. It also increases blood flow to the heart and recovers cardiac muscle contractions, thus leading to an overall stronger heart that functions well. In addition, its anti-arrhythmic result helps steady the heartbeat.
In a 2010 analysis by Pharmacognosy Review, researchers studied clinical trials involving hawthorn and the basil’s safety profile.
They concluded that hawthorn may possibly represent a safe, effective, nontoxic agent in the cure of cardiovascular disease and ischemic heart disease.
The commended amount ranges from 160 to 1,800 mg per day in 2 or 3 divided doses. As it may act together with certain medications, consult your physician before taking this supplement.
Garlic is highly helpful for heart health due to its anti-inflammatory, antithrombotic and antiplatelet material goods.
A 2006 analysis study published in the American Society for Nutrition journal showed a heavy-duty correlation between garlic consumption and heart benefits.
Garlic is effective in curing raised serum total cholesterol, raised bad (low-density lipoprotein or LDL) cholesterol, increased platelet aggregation and hypertension, thus decreasing the risk of heart disease.
Eat 1 or 2 freshly crushed garlic cloves every day.
You can opt to take garlic supplements. Consult your physician for the correct dosage.
Note: Garlic may interfere with sure medications due to its blood-thinning properties. Consult your physician before taking it.
Your skin is a reflection of your inner being. Aside from way of life and genetics, what you eat plays a role in your epidermis health. Eating the right foods will not only enhances your natural attractiveness, it will help minimize wrinkles, acne, inflammation and other epidermis-related conditions. Most people treat their epidermis with chemical-ridden products, but don’t address the root reason, which may lie within. Your best-kept good looks secrets are sitting right there in your grocery store! Be sure to eat nutrition that include these nutrients often, and you’ll reap the benefits of having unattractive, glowing and healthy skin.
These essential fatty acids (EFAs) offer healing benefits in numerous inflammatory conditions such as eczema. Omega-3s also manage overexposure of cortisol levels, which in turn helps keep epidermis supple and guard against wrinkle formation. EFAs are also responsible for epidermis repair, moisture content and overall flexibility. Since the physique doesn’t produce these fatty acids, they must be obtained through your food. Food sources high in omega-3s comprise: walnuts, salmon, mackerel, sardines, flaxseeds, and chia kernels. You can also food with a fish oil pill.
Vitamin A + Beta-Carotene
Vitamin A is critical for epidermis repair and maintenance. If you suffer from flaky or dry epidermis, it could be a sign you’re deficient in vitamin A. Beta-carotene, the precursor to vitamin A, is an antioxidant found in brightly colored nutrients. This antioxidant helps to decrease free radical damage that occurs due to epidermis damage caused by sun overexposure. Foods sources high in vitamin A and beta-carotene include: liver, collard vegetation, asparagus, peaches, beet greens, kale, spinach, eggs, sweet potato, cantaloupe, and red sprinkles.
Like vitamin E, vitamin C is also uninfluential antioxidant. Vitamin C helps to reduce oxidative stress to the physique and may lower cancer risk. Vitamin C is also involved in the synthesis of collagen, an essential protein for making your skin supple. Many fruitlets and vegetables are great sources of vitamin C, so be sure to include them in your food. Food sources high in vitamin C include: broccoli, Brussels new growth, kale, bell peppers, guava, acerola, beet greens, grapefruit, strawberries, red and green bell sprinkles, kale, parsley, collard greens and turnip greens.
Selenium is aninfluential antioxidant trace mineral that is responsible for maintaining epidermis firmness and elasticity. This mineral not only stops acne but also aids in epidermis cancer prevention. It promotes absorption of vitamin E and increases the antioxidant function of vitamin E, which is mostly stored in the skin. The end result is glowing epidermis and less deterioration to the skin’s collagen. Food sources high in selenium comprise: Brazil nuts, walnuts, red snapper, tuna, liver, wheat germ, herring, onion, seafood, whole grains, brown rice and fowl.
Vitamin E is one of the key vitamins for epidermis health. When combined with vitamin A, vitamin E is particularly effective at preventing certain skin cancers. Because of vitamin E’s antioxidant material goods, it helps fight free radicals caused by toxic waste, smoking, processed foods and sun exposure. Free extremists are the catalyst for premature epidermis aging such as wrinkles. Food sources high in vitamin E include: almonds, eggs, walnuts, avocados, asparagus, sunflower kernels, pine nuts, spinach, oatmeal, and olives.
As the old sayings go, "An hour in the morning is worth two in the evening," and "a year's plan starts with spring." Countless Chinese people, especially the middle-aged and elderly, have developed the habit of exercising each morning to improve their health. When they do the exercises, they are filled with delight and youthful vigor. Are you curious about the unique exercises that Chinese people perform in an effort to prolong their youth? Women of China has asked Zhao Jun, a physician at the First Affiliated Hospital of Guangzhou (capital of South China's Guangdong Province) University of Traditional Chinese Medicine, to explain the proper way to exercise.
Secret of Youth
When the land is bathed, through the woods, in the first sunshine, hundreds of people do exercises on the lawn. That is the usual scene at the Temple of Heaven in Beijing. Most of the people performing the exercises are middle-aged or elderly. Many of those people are performing Taijiquan (a traditional form of Chinese shadow boxing), which has become a typical Chinese morning exercise. The participants' graceful movements somewhat resemble the movements — in slow motion — of ballet performers. Taijiquan requires a concentrated effort, but it produces little sweat. In the garden in the south of the park, some people perform a special exercise: They ask and answer questions loudly, and they clap their hands from time to time.
Many foreigners like to watch Chinese people perform their morning exercises, and the foreigners wonder how elderly Chinese, with their slim figures, flexible bodies and smooth skin, manage to look younger with each passing year. In fact, the secret is in the morning exercises they perform to stay fit.
Walking on Cobble Roads
In addition to the above-mentioned activities, some Chinese people perform other morning exercises, such as crawling and doing handstands. Zhao suggests such exercises are a great way to tone the body. During ancient times, monks used such methods to build up their bodies and stay strong and healthy. Now, people realize other benefits of the exercises, such as alleviating stress and promoting blood circulation.
Over the past few years, walking on cobble roads has become a popular exercise in China. As a result, many cobble roads have been built in parks, residential zones and residents' courtyards.
By walking on a cobble road, you can massage the soles of your feet, as the uneven stones stimulate the acupuncture points on your soles, which, in turn, improve your health. The principle is similar to the principles of acupuncture and moxibustion.
To avoid bacterial infection and to achieve the desired effects, you should wear socks, rather than walking barefoot. This may also prevent your feet from being injured. You should also walk slowly.
Zhao stresses, despite the benefits, this exercise is not for everybody. People who have pulled or twisted muscles in their feet, and people who suffer from bone spurs and/or cysts in their feet, should avoid this exercise.
According to the theories of modern sports science, walking backwards is good for your health, as it can help prevent the development of a hunchback. It also helps promote blood circulation and metabolism and helps prevent lumbago. This exercise also increases the bearing capacity of your knees, and strengthens the muscles and ligaments of the joints. As you must balance yourself when you walk backwards, the exercise improves the functions of your cerebellum, which coordinates and balances your bodily movements, as well as the flexibility of your body.
However, you should pay special attention when you walk backwards, to make sure that the road is even; otherwise, you might stumble.
Zhao recommends you do the following when walking backwards:
1. Warm-up exercises: Limber up your ankles and knee joints, and sway your body from side to side;
2. Mark time: Relax your body when you do the exercise, with both arms swaying forward and backward. First, raise your heels a bit, but keep your toes on the ground when you mark time. After doing the exercise for a minute, raise your thighs higher, so that your feet will be off the ground. Keep practicing for another two minutes;
3. After you have adjusted yourself to the movement of marking time, you may start walking backwards. While walking, you should keep your steps steady, and sway your arms forward and backward to balance yourself;
4. If you suffer from lumbago and/or arthritis, you should walk backwards two or three times a day. You may walk 100-400 steps at one go, take a two-minute break, and then resume; and
5. If you want to lose weight, you should do the exercise two times every day—in the morning and in the afternoon. You should walk 1,500-2,000 meters each time, and increase the amount of exercise by speeding up your steps, or jogging backwards.
Back Against a Wall
In some Chinese action movies, monks practice their skills by striking their backs against big trees. The exercise relaxes their muscles, enhances blood circulation and strengthens their waists and backs. You should not do it the same way. It is best that you choose a solid wall.
According to the theories of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), people who suffer from lumbago and/or backaches should regulate their vital energy and promote blood circulation, rather than striking their backs against solid walls. Those who suffer from heart disease and/or high blood pressure are advised not to perform the exercise. Elderly people, whose bones tend to be more fragile, should not strike their backs against hard things.
Zhao suggests clapping hands is a simple and convenient way to improve your health. The principle and function of the exercise are similar to those of some TCM therapies, such as acupuncture, moxibustion and massage. By clapping your hands, you stimulate the acupuncture points and remove obstacles from the main and collateral channels, which form a network of passages — through which vital energy circulates and along which the acupuncture points are distributed — on your palms. This will help you expel, through your fingertips, the cold and toxins in your body. It will also enhance blood circulation. As a result, it will improve your immune system.
When you perform the exercise, first clap your hands lightly, and gradually increase the strength. You may practice clapping your hands any time you wish, whether you are lying in bed, walking or standing. This is a great exercise for people confined to wheelchairs and the elderly who have difficulty getting about.
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