• 16May

    Estrogen is a hormone that occurs naturally in the body. It influences the growth and functioning of both female and male reproductive, skeletal, and cardiovascular systems.

    Xenoestrogens are chemicals present in our environment that mimic estrogen and its affects. These, combined with the naturally occurring estrogen in our bodies, leads to an over-abundance of the hormone. This condition is commonly referred to as “Estrogen Dominance.”

    Estrogen Dominance is linked to increased risk of breast cancer, ovarian cysts, uterine fibroids, infertility and miscarriages.

    The best way to prevent estrogen dominance is to 1) support your body’s natural pathways for eliminating excess estrogen and 2) avoid xenoestrogens.

    Cruciferous (cabbage) family vegetables including arugula, broccoli, cauliflower, kale, cabbage, and brussel sprouts contain sulfur based plant compounds that encourage the breakdown and removal of estrogen.   These chemicals have been found to reduce the risk of breast cancer by almost 50 percent. Cabbage can also help break down estrogen at a faster rate. High levels of estrogen have been linked to breast cancer and ovarian cancer, and by reducing the concentration of this hormone, cabbage helps to prevent these forms of cancer.

    Cruciferous Vegetables

    Cabbage has been credited with lowering the risk of colon cancer as well as many other forms of cancer. Some plant chemicals found in cabbage have the capacity to protect the human body from harmful free radicals that can cause cancer. Bioflavonoids are chemical compounds that are plentiful in cruciferous vegetables such as cabbages.

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    Your liver and your bowel are responsible for filtering estrogen from your body. You can give your liver a helping hand by eating foods that contain sulfur such as egg yolks, onions and garlic.

     

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    Your bowel needs a diet high in fiber to remove excess estrogen from the body. Without the fiber, estrogen will not be cleared from the bowel and can be reabsorbed. Eating foods such as broccoli, cauliflower, brussel sprouts and cabbage provide fiber and they contain the phytonutrient indole-3-carbinol which breaks down estrogen its a non-carcinogenic form.

     

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  • 15May

    Eating a variety of foods high in short, medium and long-chain fatty acids is key to keeping your hormones in check. Your body needs various types of fats to create hormones, including saturated fat and cholesterol. Not only are these essential fats fundamental building blocks for hormone production, but they keep inflammation levels low, boost your metabolism and promote weight loss. Healthy fats have the opposite effect of refined carbohydrates, which lead to inflammation and can mess with the balance of your hormones.

    Getting the wrong kinds of fats can create havoc on hormones. Coconut oil contains specific fats that support the body’s natural hormone production.

    Coconut Oil is amazing for hormone health. It provides the necessary building blocks for hormone production, can assist weight loss, reduce inflammation, and even has antimicrobial and antibacterial properties. My favorite way to consume it is to blend into coffee and use it as bread spread sweetened with palm sugar syrup.

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    Coconut oil has some anti-estrogenic properties. The thing that makes coconut oil anti-estrogenic, is the fact that the oil (and whole coconuts too) is filled with sterols, which are anti-estrogenic and natural aromatase inhibitors.

    Health benefits of coconut oil:

    Hormone balancing – the fatty acids in coconut oil actually help the hormones get to where they want and need to go in the body, and so support the creation, processing and elimination of estrogen and progesterone, leading to hormonal balance.

    Weight loss-promoting – studies show that coconut oil increases the metabolism and prevents hunger, allowing for successful weight loss.

    Thyroid-supportive – coconut oil has the ability to transform cholesterol into pregnenolone, which is one of the essential building blocks for thyroid hormone-creation. When you add more coconut oil to your diet, you’re increasing the saturated fats made up primarily of medium-chain fatty acids that aren’t found in many other oils. These medium-chain fatty acids increase metabolism and promote weight loss, which is a big part of your healthy thyroid function. In addition, coconut oil can increase basal body temperatures, which is super important for women with low thyroid function.

    Gut-healing – coconut oil repairs gut tissue and encourages the growth of good bacteria in the gut. Like breast milk, coconut oil is powerfully antimicrobial and antibacterial. The high levels of lauric acid in coconut oil protects against infection from viruses, bacteria, yeast, parasites and fungi. Lauric acid inactivates harmful microbes in your gut that can lead to hormonal imbalance.

     

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  • 15May

    No matter how nutritious your diet is and how much exercise you get, your health will suffer if you don’t get enough restorative sleep.

    Poor sleep has been linked to imbalances of many hormones, including insulin, cortisol, leptin, ghrelin and growth hormone (1234567).

    Adequate sleep goes a long way in a hormonal imbalance treatment. For example, the stress hormone cortisol is regulated at midnight. When people go to bed late, the sympathetic flight or fight stress response occurs. There is a link between sleep and testosterone production. Peak testosterone levels coincide with the sleep onset of rapid eye movement, while nocturnal testosterone levels will rise during sleep and decrease from waking.

    Getting at least seven to eight hours of sleep will help correct hormone imbalance. Short sleep times are associated with weight gain, reduced insulin sensitivity, reduced oral glucose tolerance, and an increased incidence of type 2 diabetes. Limiting your caffeine intake is also associated with balancing hormones and better sleep quality. Lack of sleep will increase your cortisol levels and decrease thyroid hormone levels.

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    Sleep isn’t just important for your waistline and hormones balance- it will essentially affect almost any other system in the body. As you may be aware, there are different stages to sleep. The deepest sleep stage is the time of real repair for your body. Cells are able to repair damage from stress and trauma, the immune system gets a boost and your metabolism stays on track. A lot of this healing is due to higher levels of growth hormone, which does trigger “growth” in kids, but is used for healing in us adult folk.

    Long story short, not enough sleep will slow or halt your body’s critical repair time, will slow your metabolism to a crawl and isn’t doing you any favours when it comes to managing stress!

    Sleep Savers:

      • Remove yourself from the stressor: If your job, relationship or living situation is a constant source of distress or conflict, seek support and change it.
      • Talk over your feelings With an empathetic partner, friend or relative. If you’re experiencing trauma, depression or anxiety, see a counselor.
      • Keep a worry diary: Jot down your problems and a few solutions to debrief and get troubles off your mind before bed.

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  • 15May

    Once individuals realize that their habitual patterns, lifestyle, or mindset is leading them down a path of unhealthy living, they may consciously decide that they are ready to change. However, readiness to change is only the first step on the path to getting healthy. Once you make the decision to pursue personal wellness, you’ll need a game plan or several strategies that you can systematically implement for the purpose of optimizing your mental and physical well-being. Implement some or all of the following health strategies to begin facilitating wellness:

    1. Start Walking
    One of the best ways to get healthy is by regularly walking around your neighborhood, at a local trail, or on the treadmill in the gym. Walking brings a wide range of health benefits, some of which include improving your mood and managing unwanted conditions such as type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, and heart disease. Walking can also improve your coordination and balance. Another big benefit of walking is that it strengthens your muscles and bones.

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    2. Meditate Regularly
    In addition to walking regularly, make sure that you start meditating regularly. Regular meditation is imperative because it promotes clear thinking while also decreasing the incidence of unwanted cognitive patterns such as rumination. Although defined broadly, rumination is a cognitive process which involves continually thinking about a problem. It oftentimes involves thinking extensively about the darker side of life, and this practice can have an adverse impact on mental health. Luckily, meditation is a mindfulness strategy that ruminators can utilize to limit their experience of the negative thinking that typically results from rumination. Many people benefit from the mantra form of meditation, with this modality involving the silent recitation of positive words inside. Examples include “Love and light” and “Peace, love, and joy.”

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    3. Don’t Neglect Your Appearance
    Mental health is a big part of the wellness puzzle. When people maintain a stable mood and positive mindset, they’re much more likely to exhibit signs of health such as high self-esteem and healthy interactions with other individuals. Luckily, there are hundreds and hundreds of beauty strategies you can deploy to enhance your appearance. One of them includes attaining professional cosmetic services. If you’re seeking out a botox Cary NC company, know that the representatives of Cary Plastic Surgery can assist you.

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    Conclusion
    Three wellness tips that you can use in your life for the purpose of attaining optimal mental and physical well-being are outlined above. Begin using them now so you can lead the healthy life that will keep you in a productive, positive state of being!

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  • 11May

    Also known as Asian Pigeon Wings, Blue Bell Vine, Blue Pea, Cordofan Pea and Darwin Pea, ‘Butterfly Pea’ (Clitoria ternatea) is an amazing brain boosting herb native to tropical equatorial Asia.

    A traditional Chinese and Ayurvedic medicine, Clitoria Ternatea has been consumed for centuries as a memory enhancer, brain booster, anti-stress and calmative agent.  Its scientific  name is Clitoria Ternatea as the shape of the flower looks strikingly similar to one of the female organs.

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    I have been drinking an organic butterfly pea flower + lemongrass tea imported from Thailand everyday for the past one year. I seem to get hooked to this tea. The aromatic smell of the lemongrass in vivid blue is indeed a captivating and refreshing non-caffeinated tea to drink everyday.

    Once hot water is added to the tea bag, the deep blue liquid changes color based on the pH level of whatever is added next. Squeeze in some lemon or add in a bit of citrus juice, and the blue changes to purple. Its beautiful natural color and health benefits that come along with it have made Blue Pea Flower tea a hit with anyone who enjoys a little whimsy in their life.

    Culinary Uses of the Butterfly Pea Flower

    It is not only tea that the butterfly pea flower is used for. In Southeast Asia, it is used as a food coloring which is so much healthier than chemically processed colorings. Also, in Malaysia, an extract of the flower is used to color rice in the dishes, Kuih Ketan, and Nyonya chang. In Kelantan, which is in East Malaysia, they add a few buds of the flower while cooking white rice, just to have a bluish tint to the dish.

    In Thailand, a syrupy blue drink is made out of the butterfly pea flower, and this is called Nam doc anchan. Sometimes a drop of sweet lime juice is added to give it a more acidic taste. The lime juice turns the drink into a beautiful purple-pink color.

    On the other hand, in Burma and Thailand, the flowers are dipped in batter and fried.

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    Benefits of Butterfly Pea (Clitoria Ternatea):

    Improves eyesight
    Clitoria Ternatea contains an antioxidant called proanthocyanidin, which increases blood flow to the capillaries of the eyes, useful in treatment of glaucoma, blurred vision, retinal damage or tired eyes.

    Improves hair growth
    Rich in bioflavonoids, Butterfly Pea can promote hair growth and reduce greying of hair.

    Improves skin
    Butterfly Pea’s antioxidants stimulate collagen and elastin synthesis, which helps rejuvenate the skin and lessen wrinkles and other signs of ageing.

    Aphrodisiac
    Butterfly Pea has been traditionally used as an aphrodisiac particularly for women and used to treat menstruation problems or white vaginal discharge (leucorrhoea).

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    Antioxidant
    Flavonoids, anthocyanins and phenolic compounds in Butterfly Pea flowers activate antioxidant activity, which helps decrease oxidative stress caused by disease causing and ageing free radicals.

    Nootropic
    Butterfly Pea has been shown to enhance cognitive function and boost brain function.

    Diuretic
    Butterfly Pea promotes normal urination, which in turn lowers blood pressure

    Analgesic
    Clitoria Ternatea has been used traditionally as a local anaesthetic as it has been shown to help relieve pain and swelling.

    Anxiolyhic
    Butterfly Pea has a calming effect on the body, reducing stress and anxiety

    Anti-inflammatory
    The deep indigo flowers contain flavonoids. Found in almost all fruits and vegetables, flavonoids are powerful antioxidants with anti-inflammatory and immune system benefits.

    Anti-Asthmatic
    It is used in common cold, cough & asthma as it acts as an expectorant and reduces the irritation of respiratory organs.

    Anti-anxiety and depression
    Indications are that high doses of Butterfly Pea may be adaptogenic – helping the body deal with stressors.

    Anti-diabetic
    Butterfly Pea has shown to inhibit glucose intake from the diet.

    Anti-HIV
    Butterfly Pea is one of the few herbs to contain cyclotides, which have exhibited anti-HIV effects in studies.

    Anti-cancer and anti-tumor
    Clitoria Ternatea’s cyclotides can cause cancer cell death by disrupting cell membrane integrity.

    Anti-microbial
    In several Indian studies, Butterfly Pea exhibited significant anti-microbial effects against Staphylococcus Aureus.

    Anti-convulsant
    Butterfly Pea has been shown to help reduce the severity and stress on the body from convulsions useful in treating epilepsy.

    Anti-pyretic
    Clitoria Ternatea can help reduce fever by dilating the blood vessels right beneath the skin, whereby air can cool the blood easier.

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  • 09May

    Ancient Indians believed there were seven centers of spiritual energy within the human body, located along the spine and neck, and at the crown of the head. The power of these spiritual nexuses, which are called chakras, can be activated through meditation.

    With the rising popularity of yoga, reiki, and other alternative healing systems, chakras are once again in the limelight. One of the most effective ways to catalyze the power of your chakras is to meditate using chakra candles to focus the flow of your thoughts.

    What Is a Chakra Candle?

    Meditation candles come in seven colors. Each color is associated with a chakra that’s located in a specific part of your body and correlated with precise emotional and psychological functions.

     

    • Red candles: Red candles symbolize the Muladhara or Root Chakra, which is situated at the base of your spine. The Root Chakra rules vitality and self-confidence.

    • Orange candles: Reflecting on an orange candle can trigger the power of the Svadhisthana or Sacral Chakra. The Sacral Chakra rules love, sexuality, and intimacy.

    • Yellow candles: The Manipura or Solar Plexus Chakra is associated with the color yellow. The solar plexus or diaphragm provides the body with inspiration, so yellow candles can be used to sharpen intellectual processes.

    • Green candles: Green represents the Anahata or Heart Chakra. When you meditate using green candles, you’ll be able to unlock the healing powers in your deepest emotions.

    • Blue candles: Blue candles signify the Vishuddha or Throat Chakra. As its name implies, the Vishuddha Chakra is located at the very center of the throat and corresponds with expressiveness and the ability to communicate effectively.

    • Indigo candles: The Ajna Chakra is also known as the Third Eye. This chakra, which is correlated with the deep blue color called indigo, can connect you to intuition and spiritual wisdom.

    • Purple candles: You’ll find the Sahasrara or Crown Chakra at the topmost part of your head. Its purple color is associated with the purest state of consciousness and compassion, and by focusing on a purple candle, you’ll be able to tap into deep wellsprings of hidden creativity.

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  • 28Apr

    Spirulina is one of the nutraceuticals that I started to include in my diet since a year ago.

    Spirulina often gets misclassified as an herb because of its amazing health promoting properties, but it’s actually a bacteria, or a blue-green algae that’s found in pristine freshwater lakes, ponds, and rivers. It is most commonly recognized as one of the world’s most nutritionally complete superfoods, as it offers health benefits to practically every organ and bodily function.  Today, popular lifestyle personalities endorse Spirulina as a secret, potent “superfood,” and a “miracle from the sea.”

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    Spirulina was once classified as a plant because of “its richness in plant pigments as well as its ability of photosynthesis,” according to a study published in the journal Cardiovascular Therapeutics. New understanding of its genetics, physiology and biochemical properties caused scientists to move it to the Bacteria kingdom and the Cyanobacteria phylum.

    According to the FDA, Spirulina contains significant amounts of calcium, niacin, potassium, magnesium, B vitamins and iron. It also has essential amino acids (compounds that are the building blocks of proteins). In fact, protein makes up about 60 to 70 percent of Spirulina’s dry weight.

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    How well researched are the benefits and risks of spirulina?
    Most of the studies that have been conducted to date have been either on animals or in small human trials, so more research is needed before any health claims relating to spirulina can be confirmed.

    Reduces blood glucose levels and cholesterol – There has been some research into the benefits of spirulina and its positive effects on blood glucose levels. In 2017 a paper was published which demonstrated that spirulina decreased blood glucose levels in diabetic mice and the researchers suggested that this may be beneficial in the future to those with type 1 diabetes. This is further supported by another study in the Journal of Medicinal Food that found spirulina supplementation of 2g a day for 2 months on 25 individuals with type 2 diabetes helped control blood sugar levels and improved their lipid profile. However, more research is needed before we can say for sure that spirulina is helpful in managing conditions such as diabetes.

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    One 2008 study tested Spirulina’s lipid-lowering effects on 78 adults, ages 60 and 87. The volunteers took 8 grams of Spirulina supplements, or a placebo, a day for 16 weeks. At the end of the study, there were significant reductions in cholesterol among those who were treated, according to the abstract published in Annals of Nutrition and Metabolism.

    Reduces risk factors for cardiovascular diseases– A 2010 study on rabbits found that spirulina had anti-atherogenic effects (reducing the build-up of plaque within arterial walls) even when fed a high cholesterol diet.

    Reduces anemia – There is also some evidence that spirulina may help reduce anaemia, although more research is required. One study on 40 older people with a history of anaemia found that supplementing with spirulina helped improve the haemoglobin levels in red blood cells.

    Improves muscle strength and exercise performance – There have also been a few trials into spirulina supplementation in sport, and early evidence that it may help improve both muscle strength and exercise performance.

    Oxidative stress protection – Spirulina contains a phytonutrient known as c-phycocyanin, which also gives it a deep green/blue colour. Research has suggested that this phytonutrient has potential benefits, including anti-inflammatory propertiesoxidative stress protection and neuroprotective qualities.

    Removes toxins from body – According to one study, spirulina is capable of treating arsenic poisoning.  Because high concentrations of arsenic are consumed by drinking water worldwide, Bangladeshi researchers conducted a three-month study.  34 patients suffering from chronic arsenic poisoning were given spirulina, whereas 17 patients received placebos.  Results show that spirulina mixed with zinc twice daily for 16 weeks caused a substantial improvement in symptoms.  This proves that spirulina is a powerful detoxifier, which is owing to high levels of chlorophyll and its ability to remove toxins from the blood and improve bowel and liver function.

    Fights allergies – millions of people are having problems and irritations from allergies to dust mites, pet dander, pollen, and many more.  If you are having symptoms like stuffy nose, watery eyes, or itchy throat, there is no doubt you are suffering from one of those irritants.

    Animal studies suggest that spirulina stops the release of histamine, which is responsible for symptoms of allergic rhinitis.

    According to human studies, spirulina consumption improved symptoms like sneezing, nasal congestion, nasal itching, and nasal discharge when compared to the placebo group.

    Precautions and issues to be aware of

    As with anything, you can have too much of a good thing and that also holds true for spirulina. Though you may enjoy adding it to your diet and be open to the many health benefits it offers, you also don’t want to overdo it.  Taking the proper dosage, which really is centered around 1-2 teaspoons per day, is recommended.  Going over that may cause upset stomach or have adverse effects, which, of course, is never ideal.

    As mentioned before, you want to be very careful about where the spirulina comes to you from. In research, it was found that this type of algae in particular can absorb the materials that it grows within. If it grows in certain waters, then this may mean that the spirulina can get contaminated with these potentially toxic substances.

    Much of the research has pointed to the biggest problem areas being from waters in and around Japan and China.  Some of the potentially toxic substances may include lead, which can cause long-term damage to both children and adults.  Know where your spirulina is coming from and go for something outside of these identified problem areas.

    Also be sure that it’s a natural product because if you go with a blend, you may never be sure of what else is included within. Always opting for organic can also ensure that you get the highest-quality product.

    Be sure of what you are getting with this or any other natural product where the health standards aren’t necessarily in place to mandate the quality that you think you’re getting. Take your time when you begin taking spirulina because you should want to see how your body will react.

    If you have a seafood allergy, you’d want to avoid these algae as it can cause an allergic reaction.  If you have other health problems, make sure that spirulina is safe for you to take. For most people, this high protein superfood can be an excellent supplement, but just be sure that you don’t have any potential complications that may interfere with its effectiveness.

    Gradually increase your spirulina intake in small quantities and be sure that it doesn’t cause  an upset stomach.

    In the end, you may find that you enjoy it and the health benefits so much that it’s well worth it.

    Always remember that spirulina should come from the right source and that it should be pure, natural, and organic.

    Are there any side effects of spirulina?

    Spirulina also contains salt. One 5g teaspoon contains 0.13g of sodium which counts towards 2% of the recommended daily allowance (RDA) for adults. If you know salt is an issue for you, or you have high blood pressure then always check with your GP before supplementing. Others who should check with their GP before taking spirulina include those taking prescription medication, pregnant or breastfeeding women and anyone younger than 18.

    Those with the condition called phenylketonuria (PKU) should avoid spirulina completely as it contains an amino acid called phenylalanine which they cannot metabolise, as should anyone with an autoimmune condition such as rheumatoid arthritis, lupus or multiple sclerosis.

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  • 17Apr

    Organic foods may have higher nutritional value than conventional food, according to some research. The reason: In the absence of pesticides and fertilizers, plants boost their production of the phytochemicals (vitamins and antioxidants) that strengthen their resistance to bugs and weeds.

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    Benefits of eating organic food:

    1. Avoid chemicals. Eating organically grown foods is the only way to avoid the cocktail of chemical poisons present in commercially grown food.

    2. Benefit from more nutrients. Organically grown foods have more nutrients—vitamins, minerals, enzymes, and micronutrients—than commercially grown foods because the soil is managed and nourished with sustainable practices by responsible standards.

    3. Organic farming is better for the environment. Organic farming practices reduce pollution, conserve water, reduce soil erosion, increase soil fertility, and use less energy. Farming without pesticides is also better for nearby birds and animals as well as people who live close to farms.

    4.  Organically raised animals are NOT given antibiotics, growth hormones, or fed animal byproducts. Feeding livestock animal byproducts increases the risk of mad cow disease (BSE) and the use of antibiotics can create antibiotic-resistant strains of bacteria. Organically-raised animals are given more space to move around and access to the outdoors, which help to keep them healthy.

    5. Organic meat and milk are richer in certain nutrients. Results of a 2016 European study show that levels of certain nutrients, including omega-3 fatty acids, were up to 50 percent higher in organic meat and milk than in conventionally raised versions.

    6. Organic food is GMO-free. Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) or genetically engineered (GE) foods are plants whose DNA has been altered in ways that cannot occur in nature or in traditional crossbreeding, most commonly in order to be resistant to pesticides or produce an insecticide.

    Did you know?

    • Eating organic fruits and vegetables could increase your antioxidant intake by 20-40%.
    • Organic strawberries have more nutrients and antioxidants than their conventional counterparts.
    • Organic tomatoes are 50% higher in vitamin C content than conventional tomatoes.

    Antioxidants pack a bigger punch in organic fruit and vegetables.

    So, now you know: make sure you eat all your fruits and veggies and make sure they are organic for the biggest nutritional bang for your buck. If you’re on a budget and can’t stretch to organic, don’t panic. It’s better to eat non- organic fruit and vegetables than no fruit and veg at all. Just remember to wash the produce thoroughly.

    I am a big supporter of organic produce.  A big chunk of our grocery bills are on organic vegetables and meat. And I am only partially organic. If we go fully organic, this would bust our budget for sure.

    One of the activities on my bucket list for the next school holidays is to bring the girls to the Zenxin Organic Park in Kluang, Johor.  I have read positive reviews on Zenxin’s commitment to organic farming and would love  to visit the farm to see how organic farming is carried out. After our nightmarish 12-hour bumper to bumper horrendous jam from Singapore to KL during the December school holidays last year, I vowed never to do a road trip down south again during the school holidays. This time, I will be hopping over to Traveloka to check out the cheapest flights to Johor Bahru!  Air Asia flights listed on Traveloka are something that are really worth checking out.

    Traveloka has loads of deals on promotions on their already low-fare flights.  I especially like Traveloka’s Best Price Guarantee where, if you have booked through Traveloka and found a cheaper price for the same exact booking at another website, you can claim your compensation. Traveloka will reward you with a discount coupon of at least twice the difference up to RM500 for your next transaction. Do check them out and see what deals you can get!

     

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  • 12Apr

    For several hundred years now, the burdock plant and burdock root have been used for purifying and flushing toxins from the blood stream. In its capacity as a diuretic, the burdock herb and root increase the output of urine, thereby flushing out excess water.

    The taproot of young burdock plants can be harvested and eaten as a root vegetable. While generally out of favour in modern European cuisine, it remains popular in Asia. Burdock root is known as “niúbàng” in Chinese, which was borrowed into Japanese as gobo, and is still eaten in both countries. In Korea burdock root is called “u-eong” and sold as “tong u-eong”, or “whole burdock”.

    Burdock root has been valued across continents for thousands of years for its ability to purify blood and cool internal heat. Internally and externally, it has potent anti-inflammatory and antibacterial effects on the human body. Recent studies also show that burdock contains phenolic acids, quercetin and luteolin, which are all powerful, health-promoting antioxidants.

    Burdock has been used to treat both bacterial and fungal infections, including ringworm, urinary tract infections, and acne. Its antibacterial effects may also promote wound healing and help treat ulcers.

    In addition, the consumption of burdock root benefits the treatment of gastrointestinal conditions, stimulates the digestive organs and also treats various stomach ailments.

    Burdock is one of the only herbs that can stimulate lymphatic drainage (since lymph pumping is usually manual and requires exercise!) Because of this lymphatic cleansing ability, and its incredible plant chemical composition, burdock is a major cancer fighter, skin clearer, and liver healer.

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    Burdock is used as a tonic for its immune-strengthening capabilities. It has been used for centuries as a diuretic and to clear the blood of toxins by stimulating perspiration. When applied topically, it is used to relieve certain skin conditions, such as psoriasis, acne and eczema. Burdock is also being used to lower blood sugar, to treat digestive troubles, minor skin infections, colds, sore throat, flu, HIV and rheumatoid arthritis and to stimulate bile production. Historically, burdock has also been used to treat cancer. There have not been many studies performed on burdock, so evidence of its effectiveness is mostly anecdotal.

    As burdock goes to work on the liver, it is able to clear heat, anger, irritability, and restlessness. This has beneficial effects on arthritis, gout, infections, and other ‘angry’ inflammatory conditions. It further has a gentle diuretic action on the kidneys which helps clear the blood of harmful acids and aids in lower back pain, fluid retention, and sciatica.

    Eaten as a food (usually peeled) in soups, stews, and stir fry, burdock is a cleansing yet strengthening food that helps lessen sweet cravings and aids in treating diabetes. Because of its slight bitter qualities, it greatly improves digestion (same reason people have always eaten bitter green salads before the main course!).

    Burdock Root Possible Side Effects & Caution

    Burdock root is considered safe when consumed as a food, which is done regularly in Asian countries. However, pregnant and nursing women should avoid burdock root, as it may cause damage to the fetus.

    If you’re dehydrated, you should not take burdock because the herb’s diuretic effects could make dehydration worse. Additionally, if you’re sensitive to the Asteraceae/Compositae plant family, which includes ragweed, chrysanthemums, marigolds and daisies, you could possibly experience an allergic reaction to using burdock internally or externally, including dermatitis.

    There are no known scientific reports of interactions between burdock and conventional medications. However, you should talk to your doctor before taking burdock if you take diuretics (burdock could make the effect of water pills stronger), diabetes medications (burdock might lower blood sugar, causing hypoglycemia) or blood-thinning medications (burdock can slow blood clotting and, when taken with blood-thinning medications, may increase the risk of bruising and bleeding).

    If you’re going to undergo any type of surgery, stop taking burdock root at least two weeks before your surgery date. Burdock might increase the risk of bleeding during and after surgery.

    There are no known scientific reports on the pediatric use of burdock, so you should only give burdock to children under the supervision of a doctor.

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  • 12Apr

    People who have decided that they want to experience ongoing vitality throughout the day so they can excel at work and be fully present during social gatherings should know that getting healthy will help them realize the vision. If you’re ready to step into the world of dynamic health right now, know that the following wellness tips can take you there quickly and correctly:

    1. Participate In A Health-Based Community

    One of the best ways to make wellness a real thing in your life is by participating in a health-based community. This strategy will help you attain connection, information, support, advice, and community with individuals who are equally committed to attaining and/or maintaining high levels of vitality. There are many strategies you can deploy to find the right health-based community. One is using a free digital resource such as www.meetup.com to figure out if there are any wellness communities within a 30-mile radius of your home. If not, you may want to consider joining an online wellness community.

    2. Focus On Food Optimization

    Food is the single most important factor to consider when you get serious about making mental and physical well-being a permanent component of your existence. This is the case because the food we eat determines what type of nutrients and minerals are going into our bodies. When the body continually receives an adequate supply of key vitamins and minerals like iron, calcium, magnesium, folate, and more, its ability to complete regulatory functions is enhanced. When this happens, you’ll experience optimized functioning of key bodily systems such as the circulatory and respiratory systems.

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    3. Allow The Professionals To Assist You

    One final strategy you can deploy to make wellness real for you is attaining professional assistance with the health optimization process. Taking this step is important because it ensures that you’ll be attaining advice and assistance from industry experts who have extensive knowledge and experience in the field that pertains to you. In the event that you’re struggling with vericose veins, note that you can obtain assistance from a sclerotherapy Mobile AL company such as O’Gorman Vein and Vascular.

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    Conclusion

    If you’ve decided that you want to become a health freak in order to be happier, more social active, or increasingly productive, know that you can make it happen. Get the health optimization process underway immediately through the implementation of the wellness tips discussed in this article!

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I am a WFHM with 3 beautiful girls - Alycia, Sherilyn and Cassandra. I quit the job that I love to stay home with my 3 angels as that's what I've always wanted to do. I am a health freak, fitness freak and a clean freak too. I love to eat and live healthily and I want my kids and hubby to do the same too. Apart from being obsessed with good health, I am obsessed with fashion! I own an online store that sells ladies and kids clothing. Check out my online store at Old & New Stuff For Sale

I always believe that your health is your wealth and if you have good health, that's the best gift you can ever ask for from God.

Do check out my other blogs Health Freak Mommy and Health Freak Mommy’s Journal too!

I have been writing product reviews, food reviews / restaurant reviews and product advertorials since 2007. Please email Shireen at shireenyong@gmail.com to inquire if you are interested to place an advertorial or review in this blog.

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