• 08Jan

    Despite my best intentions to keep my eating under control during the food-filled year-end holiday recently, the excess cakes, pastries and meaty feasts with friends and family were near impossible to resist. With my parents here to celebrate the year-end festivities and hubby’s birthday with us, we had 3 large meals a day for almost a week. There was hardly any time for my stomach to digest each heavy meal before the next meal rolled along too soon. As a result, I felt miserably stuffed and had a terrible discomfort in my tummy on New Year’s day.  Dad made a pitcher of lemon juice with raw honey and this potion worked like magic! The moment I stepped into the kitchen while he was squeezing the lemons, the refreshing citrus scent of lemon gave me an instant lift. After sipping two glasses of chilled lemon juice with raw honey along with having a dinner consisting of only fruits and tomatoes, my tummy was healed the next morning.

    We all have our cheat moments, but is there anything you can eat or drink immediately after to help minimize the damage? Yes definitely!

    Adding some lemon or lime to your water will help extinguish your digestive flames better. No cheating here, though. Add the juice of half an organic lemon or lime to a glass of water; not just a slice, and not a lemon-flavored powder or drink.

    Lemon Juice, Honey & Hot Water for a Cough

    You might know that drinking a glass of honey and lemon juice (in warm water) early in the morning helps you to lose weight. But this mixture can also put an end to your indigestion problem.

    Yes, this mixture has been used as an age-old remedy to treat abdominal pain and bloating due to indigestion / overeating.

    Here’s what you need to know about this mixture before you start using it.

    Lemon juice contains high amounts of vitamin C, a potent antioxidant, which flushes out the harmful toxins from the body. As lemon is acidic in nature and might hinder the digestion of starch, mix it with honey. Also, honey helps the growth of gut bacteria (good bacteria) which in turn aids in better digestion

     

    Other Health Benefits Of Lemon 
    Besides aiding in indigestion, the health benefits of lemon are due to its many nourishing elements like vitamin C, vitamin B6, vitamin A, vitamin E, folate, niacin, thiamin, riboflavin, pantothenic acid, copper, calcium, iron, magnesium, potassium, zinc, phosphorus, and protein. It is a fruit that contains flavonoids, which are composites that contain antioxidant and cancer-fighting properties. It helps to prevent diabetes, constipation, high blood pressure, fever, indigestion, as well as improves the skin, hair, and teeth.

    Studies conducted at the American Urological Association highlight the fact that lemonade or lemon juice can eliminate the occurrence of kidney stones by forming urinary citrate, which prevents the formation of crystals.

    When life throws you lemons, make lots of lemon juice with them!

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  • 08Jan

    People who have decided that they’re no longer willing to deal with substandard health should know that they don’t have to tolerate unwanted outcomes like low energy levels, lethargy, mental fog, and/or mood instability. If you’re trying to overcome these issues and want to step into a world of great health now, consider the value of utilizing some or all of the following strategies:

    1. Examine Your Eating Patterns
    One of the best ways to make extraordinary health happen in your life this year is by examining your eating patterns. This approach can be empowering for multiple reasons, one of which is that doing so will help you determine whether you have a proclivity for consuming fat-laden, salty, processed foods that accelerate weight gain while also inducing lethargy and other unwanted physiological outcomes. Note that when you consistently eat the right foods, you avoid these unwanted outcomes while also optimizing your body’s ability to complete all of the functions that keep you in a state of vitality.

    Top Tips for Healthy Eating Whilst in Orlando, Florida

    If you lack basic knowledge regarding nutrition, don’t worry. The internet is full of tools, resources, and articles that will empower you to make prudent food choices. Utilize a free resource like Cronometer to start tracking and analyzing your eating patterns right now.

    2. Focus On Cultivating A Lifestyle Of Fitness
    In addition to analyzing and optimizing your eating patterns, be sure to start cultivating a lifestyle of fitness. This step will empower you to gain more body confidence, improve your metabolism, enhance your posture, and optimize the functioning of your cardiovascular system. There are multiple strategies you could deploy to start getting fit. One is working one-on-one with a personal trainer or yoga instructor. Another is joining a local gym where you can take a wide range of group fitness classes like pilates, yoga, kickboxing, and step aerobics.

    3. Make Mental Health A Must
    If you’re really serious about kissing mediocre health goodbye, get serious about mental health. Optimizing the health of your mind and brain plays a key role in promoting holistic wellness because it ensures that you will be thinking in a clear manner that enables you to make healthy decisions. There are many strategies that you can deploy to promote mental health, and one of them is meditation. This technique helps you gain access to your inner thoughts, thereby empowering you to change any cognitive patterns that may be detracting from your productivity and positivity. Also consider the value of learning more about the inner workings of your brain by gaining more knowledge about neurology. To get started, consider using some of the resources provided on the Peach neurology Palm website.

    Conclusion
    When you start thinking about cultivating a lifestyle of wellness, lack of knowledge or fear of the future may hold you back. Rather than remaining trapped in the realm of uncertainty and stagnation due to inaction, start implementing the strategies outlined above so that you can start experiencing the positive health changes that lead to greater dimensions of well-being!

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  • 05Jan

    Rice congee / rice porridge is my all-time comfort food, my go-to meal whenever I feel under the weather or fancy eating something easy to digest.  If you want to get congee with a smooth consistency, use rice grains that are easily cooked / soften easily. I only use organic baby porridge rice, bought from the organic store or the organic section of the supermarket.  The organic baby porridge rice that I use is a combo of quinoa, millet, buckwheat and white rice. It cooks/softens very fast.

    A cup of plain congee, made with just rice and water, has about 138 calories, 1.3 g of fat, 28 g of carbohydrates and 1.3 g of fiber. The same amount of pork congee with egg, however, has 208 calories, 10 g of fat, 170 mg of cholesterol, 16 g of carbs, 13.6 g of protein and no fiber. In contrast, 1 cup of plain cooked white rice has 242 calories, 0.4 g of fat, 4.4 g of protein, 53 g of carbs and 0.6 g of fiber.  So if you are on a low carb diet and fancy eating rice, choose congee with a thin consistency, i.e. cooked with more water/stock.  What’s more, congee retains heat for a longer time compared to rice, so you’ll tend to consume it at a slower pace. It takes the stomach around 20 minutes to communicate to your brain that it’s full. The slower you eat, the faster you’ll feel full and as a result, you’ll consume less.

    People of many cultures turn to rice congee as a go-to meal for those who aren’t feeling well. White rice congee/porridge is an excellent choice when your digestive tract is weakened from chronic or acute illness. It is easily digested.

    Thin rice congee cooked with carrots, vegetables and minced meat (cooked till really soft) is my go-to food whenever I need something easy on my tummy.  This is the meal that my mother would whip up for me whenever I fell ill when I was little and a bowl of hot porridge always made me feel better.


    My bowl of quinoa, millet, buckwheat and white rice congee cooked with chopped garlic, chopped cabbage, carrots, minced organic pork, dried oysters and seasoned with sesame seed oil, scallions, organic soy sauce and pepper. It’s my mother’s recipe.

    I encourage you to give rice congee a try the next time your digestive tract needs a bit of a break.  It’s definitely a healing dish but make sure you cook it with only healthy ingredients like carrots, sweet potatoes, vegetables, goji berries, red dates and ginger. Go easy on the meat, salt and oil in your porridge.

     

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  • 11Dec

    Cass has been having a bad patch of eczema on her right big toe for over a year. At times it seems to get better and at times, it would flare up and gets so itchy that Cass would scratch her toe till the skin breaks and bleeds. I think it must have been caused by the detergent used to wash her school shoes. I recently discovered that our part-time helper did not rinse off the detergent thoroughly. When I touched the shoes, they were still very soapy.

    Cass’s pediatrician recently gave her Potassium Permanganate Solution to soak the affected foot and Beprosalic ointment for topical application.

    Potassium permanganate, when diluted, is a mild antiseptic and astringent (something that dries the skin). It is for external use only.

    Potassium permanganate has a bright purplish color, reminding me of the color of ‘Barney’ the purple dinosaur.  Cass likes to see how I add drops of the purple solution into a container of water and seeing the dark purple color solution turn into a lighter shade of purple.

    Uses of Potassium Permanganate

    Skin Infections
    Potassium permanganate treats many skin infections, including eczema, canker sores, dermatitis, acne, vaginal thrush and vulvovaginitis. When applying to small, wet wounds, only a small amount of a very dilute solution is necessary. Larger areas, such as infected eczema on large areas of your body, particularly in the presence of blisters, pus or oozing, may require treatment with potassium permanganate water baths. These baths must contain very dilute potassium permanganate solutions. This dilution is essential, as potassium permanganate crystals and concentrated solutions burn skin. Even dilute solutions can irritate skin and repeated use may cause burns.

    Wound Cleansing
    Potassium permanganate wet soaks treat blistering wounds such as ulcers and abscesses. The astringent action dries out blisters, preparing them for further treatment. The broad antimicrobial properties kill bacteria, algae and viruses at varying concentrations, decreasing the potential for secondary wound infections.

    Fungal Infections
    Potassium permanganate foot soaks treat fungal infections such as athlete’s foot. Symptoms of these conditions include itching or burning, usually between the toes, as well as redness or a scaly skin appearance associated with the feeling as if your foot is on fire. These symptoms are relieved by killing or inhibiting the growth of the fungus using the oxidizing action of potassium permanganate. The affected foot is soaked in a solution of potassium permanganate dissolved in water for about 15 minutes twice a day for two to three weeks. One side effect of this treatment is that your foot will temporarily turn brown from the potassium permanganate.

     

     

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  • 06Dec

    Good things come in small packages when it comes to the nutrition benefits of pistachios.  These bite-sized and crunchy nuts have numerous health benefits and make for great mid-meal snacks.

    The vibrant colour of pistachio indicates high antioxidant content. Pistas are also high in beta-carotene and the compound oleanolic acid, both of which are potent anti-inflammatory compounds. They also contain phytosterols, a type of anti-inflammatory plant hormone associated with improved immune function.

    6 Health Benefits of Pistachios (Pista): From Weight Loss to Heart Health

    One ounce of pistachios provide:

    – More dietary fiber (3 grams) than 1/2 cup of cooked broccoli
    – Six grams of protein – the same amount as 1 ounce of soybeans
    – Good’ fat—7 grams of monounsaturated and 4 grams of polyunsaturated fats, which are considered heart healthy
    – Less than 2 grams of saturated fat
    – Phytosterols, which may decrease the risk of heart disease
    – As much potassium as 1/2 of a large banana
    – Vitamin B6
    – Copper
    – Thiamin
    – Phosphorous
    – Manganese
    – No cholesterol
    – No trans fat

    Pistachios also have more antioxidant power per 100 grams than blueberries, blackberries, garlic, and pomegranate juice.

    Lutein, an antioxidant found in green and yellow vegetables, is also found in pistachios. This antioxidant has been widely studied and shown to support eye health. Pistachios have more lutein in them than any other nut.

    Health Benefits Of Pistachios

    1. Healthy Heart
    One of the biggest health benefits of pistachios is that they are heart-friendly nuts. Research suggests that regular pistachio consumption can decrease the levels of bad LDL cholesterol in the body. The antioxidants, phytosterols, and unsaturated fatty acids (both polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fatty acids) are great for promoting a healthy heart.

    2. Weight Management
    Pistachios are also the first choice of people who are dieting. Evidence suggests that pistachios, with their lower calories, high protein, low saturated fat, and high unsaturated fats, are a perfect contender for ideal weight management.

    3. Pistachios Contain Beneficial Antioxidants
    As our cells grow older, they accumulate oxidative damage. This can be related to the presence of free radicals, which can cause considerable damage to cells. A class of molecules called antioxidants can sweep up these free radicals and reverse some of the cellular damage.

    Pistachios are an excellent source of antioxidants, including lutein, beta-carotene, and gamma-tocopherol (Penn State News, 2010). Beta-carotene serves as a precursor to vitamin A, while gamma-tocopherol is used as a precursor to vitamin E. Both vitamin A and vitamin E themselves have very high antioxidant activity, making pistachios a great way to reap some of the oxidative damage-fighting effects of these vitamins. In a randomized study of the effects of pistachios, researchers found that incorporating these nuts into the diet was associated with lower levels of harmful LDL cholesterol (Penn State News, 2010), possibly because of the antioxidants present in pistachios.

    4. Pistachios Contain Vitamin B6
    Vitamin B6 has myriad health benefits. Failure to get enough vitamin B6 has been associated with elevated risk of cardiovascular disease, certain types of cancer, and cognitive dysfunction (Office of Dietary Supplements, 2015). Thus, getting vitamin B6 through your diet may improve your cardiovascular health and keep your brain sharp. Women need 1.5 mg of vitamin B6 per day, while men need 2 mg per day. A 1-ounce serving of pistachios contains 0.4 mg of vitamin B6, helping you reach your daily recommended intake of this beneficial vitamin.

    5. Weight Control
    Snacking on pistachios can help you to lose weight as well as maintain a healthy weight. By snacking on a serving between meals, the healthy fats, fiber and protein of pistachio nutrition can help you to fend up hunger between meals. Snacking on pistachios can also help you not begin your next meal feeling so ravenous because they help you achieve satiety.

    Research from the UCLA School of Medicine showed that subjects who substituted pistachio nuts for food such as candy bars, dairy products, microwave popcorn, buttered popcorn and potato chips, with pistachios accounting for 20 percent of total calories for three weeks, did not gain any bodyweight, lowered their overall cholesterol and increased their good cholesterol.

    6. Eye Health
    Pistachios are the only nuts that contain a significant amount of the carotenoids known as lutein and zeaxanthin. (4) Dietary carotenoids are believed to provide health benefits to the body by decreasing the risk of disease, particularly certain cancers and eye disease.

    Lutein and zeaxanthin are the only carotenoids found in the retina and lens of the eye. The results of epidemiological studies suggest that diets rich in lutein and zeaxanthin may help slow the development of age-related macular degeneration and cataracts. Carotenoids are best absorbed with fat in a meal or in the case of pistachio nutrition, good fat is already part of the package, making it easier for the body to absorb pistachio’s lutein and zeaxanthin.

    7. Aphrodisiac Properties
    Pistachios have been shown to have a positive effect on men’s sexual vitality. A 2011 study conducted by the Department of 2nd Urology at Atatürk Teaching and Research Hospital in Turkey had subjects consume 100 grams of pistachio nuts at lunch every day for a period of three weeks, which was 20 percent of their daily caloric intake. These subjects were all married men ranging in age from 38 to 59 who had erectile dysfunction (ED) for at least 12 months prior to the study. The men were instructed to maintain similar daily dietary intake, similar physical activity and other lifestyle habits so the only major change was the addition of pistachios to their diets.

    The results of the study, published in the International Journal of Impotence Research, showed that these men with ED had a significant improvement in erectile function as well as improvement in their serum lipid levels. One reason pistachio nuts likely help ED and work as a natural remedy for impotence is the fact that they’re relatively high in the non essential amino acid arginine, which appears to maintain flexible arteries and enhance blood flow by boosting nitric oxide, a compound that relaxes blood vessels.

    8. Prevents Diabetes
    Pistachios may also have benefits for people with diabetes. In a study published in the Review of Diabetic Studies in 2014, diabetic subjects who ate 25 grams of pistachios, or about an ounce, daily for 12 weeks improved their blood glucose levels. They also reduced their blood pressure, body mass index and C-reactive protein, a marker of inflammation in the body.

    9. Absorption of Iron
    Pistachios have a high copper content, which helps in the higher absorption of iron into the body from food sources. This can help combat conditions like anemia.

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  • 06Dec

    Your health is the most valuable asset you have. You can’t buy it. You can’t replace it. You can’t waste it. You need to stay on top of any concerns that may arise. While preventative medicine is always the best course of action, there is always a chance that someday you are going to experience an issue with your help. If that day should come, you need doctors you can trust, such as a physicians group of South Florida. You’ll surround yourself with individuals who are going to help you to get to the bottom of what is causing any type of health problem you are experiencing.

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    All the Doctors You Need in One Location
    When you seek help from a network of doctors located at a physicians group, you can save yourself time. The staff will include many areas of specialty, including Bariatrics, Cardiology, General Surgery, Family Practice, and more. You might begin with your general practitioner and receive a referral to another specialist within the network. Everyone is located in one place and will be able to provide you with the services that you need.

    Experience Timely Help with Greater Efficiency
    A physicians group can treat you with greater efficiency. All of the data is accessible to the team of doctors on staff. In addition, medical professionals will be able to collaborate and communicate with each other about your health concerns. You will be able to cut down on the wait time. Instead of hanging on for referral after referral, the process will move along much more quickly to stay on top of matters related to your help.

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    Receive Comprehensive Care
    Whether you are seeking a doctor’s services for your annual exam or you are taking care of a severe issue, you want to know that you are in good hands. A physicians group can give you the assurance that you will be served by a group of qualified doctors who offer you the specialties that you need in order to maintain good health or get your health back on track. You’ll save time when you get pinpoint issues more quickly and address them. It will also give you peace of mind when you know that you are getting the proper care that you need. With a host of doctors at your immediate disposal, you will be pointed in the right direction.

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  • 21Nov

    People who have decided that they want to get healthy in 2017 should know that they can. One big secret to success is keeping the health optimization process as organized and systematic as possible. To make this happen, try integrating some or all of the following wellness techniques into your lifestyle:

    1. Purchase Wellness Products Via Online.

    One wellness technique that you can implement to improve the quality of your life is purchasing wellness products via online. This approach to health optimization is empowering because it makes the process of getting healthy convenient. Specifically, online shopping helps you avoid the inconveniences and irritations that can result from having to drive to a physical store, stand in long check-out lines, and deal with aggressive company representatives who just want to sell you things. By shopping online, you can compare and contrast prices on your own. And given that you’ll already be in the internet realm, you can do research via websites to determine which products and services would be ideal for you. If you want to buy fat blasters online, note that you can accomplish this objective through internet retailers like Health365.

     

    2. Start Meditating When You Wake Up.

    Another health strategy you can implement to take your life to another level is meditating when you wake up. This technique facilitates health by helping you start your day in a manner that involves gaining access to and control over your thought processes. Note that during meditation, you may be able to identify and subsequently eliminate any thought processes that are conducive to productivity and positivity. Also keep in mind that meditation is a wonderful way to fight stress, boost immunity, and enhance the functioning of your cardiovascular system.

    7 Renewing Benefits of Meditating 7 Minutes a Day

    3. Get Into Exercise.

    If you’re really serious about health optimization, get into exercise. This wellness strategy is beneficial because it helps you fight a wide range of diseases that are common in society. Some of those diseases include obesity, heart disease, diabetes, and depression. In addition to enhancing your body’s ability to fight disease, exercising regularly will empower you to think more clearly, enhance your energy levels, and accelerate the weight loss process. In the event that you’re not trying to lose weight, note that exercise is an effective weight management strategy.

    If you’re ready to start exercising, note that there are multiple modalities available to you. Some of them include:

    • yoga
    • weight-lifting
    • pilates
    • jump rope
    • running
    • cycling
    • step aerobics

    Also note that many gyms are now offering new forms of exercise within the group fitness setting. Some of these new forms include Zumba and POUND. In addition to providing members with group fitness classes, note that working out in the gym setting can grant you access to skilled, knowledgeable personal trainers who know how to put together customized exercise routines that address your unique wellness goals.

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    Conclusion

    If you’re tired of mediocre living, it’s time to begin implementing lifestyle changes that will help you take your life to a new level. By focusing on health optimization, you can attain a wide range of incredible benefits that enable you to lead a more productive, positive life. Three health strategies that you can implement to move beyond mediocre living are outlined above. Start making the mental shifts and lifestyle changes explained in this article so that you can begin seeing a dynamic difference soon!

     

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  • 16Nov

    Shiitake mushrooms are not only delicious, they are a powerhouse of diseases-fighting nutrients. The medicinal properties of shiitake mushrooms have been studied since the Ming Dynasty (1369–1644) when Japanese elders considered the shiitake the “elixir of the life”. Their use has a long history in Asian folklore for healing an extensive list of ailments. As research verifies the medicinal and gastronomic qualities of shiitake, it’s recently gained popularity in the West for its nutritional and medicinal value.

    These mushrooms are particularly sought after because of their rich nutrient content, which consists of significant levels of several types of B vitamins, phosphorus, manganese and zinc, as well as vitamin C, vitamin D, iron, magnesium and potassium. This is in addition to dietary fiber and a number of powerful antioxidants including alkaloids, phenols and diterpenoids. Experts recommend adding shiitake mushrooms to as many meals as possible to maximize your intake of these uniquely beneficial fungi.

    Fresh shiitake mushrooms, a cultivated fungus considered a delicacy and consumed as a cooking ingredient and for its medicinal properties

    Shiitake mushrooms contain lentinan, which strengthens our immune system, helping to fight off diseases and infections. The American Cancer Society says lentinan is believed to stop or slow tumor growth, too, though it notes that more clinical trials are needed to understand the mushrooms’ effectiveness.

    In some countries, lentinan is used as an intravenous anti-cancer drug with anti-tumor properties. Clinical studies have associated lentinan with a higher survival rate, higher quality of life and lower recurrence of cancer.

    Shiitake has been licensed by the Japanese FDA as a leading prescription for cancer treatments and Shiitake extracts are used in a wide variety of herbal remedies.

    Shiitake mushrooms also contain a compound called D-Eritadenine (DEA). DEA helps lower cholesterol and supports cardiovascular health.

    Shiitake has many health benefits, such as it’s ability to lower blood pressure and reduce cholesterol. It possesses powerful antioxidant properties that help the body fight the damage of free radicals. It is also known to reduce inflammation.

    Shiitakes are a good source of iron and antioxidants. The iron is key for vegetarians, whose diets may be lacking in it, while antioxidants help reduce free radicals.

    Shiitake Mushroom growing on tree branch

    Shiitake Health Benefits:
    Reduce cholesterol
    Strengthen the immune system
    Lower blood pressure
    Fight viral infections
    Improve liver function
    Treat cancer
    Fight free radicals as an antioxidant
    Prevent Thrombosis
    Help cure liver diseases
    Fight off colds and flu
    Combat viral infections
    Reduce tumors
    Induce weight loss
    Cure respiratory diseases
    Treat poor blood circulation
    Cure weakness and prevent exhaustion

    In general, Shiitake, and any of its extracts, have little to no side-effects. In addition, there appear to be no negative effects from incorporating Shitake extracts into existing health regimens as it seems to work well with other drugs, herbs and treatments. However, people with fungal allergies have occasionally developed throat, skin. nose or lung irritation.

    These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA and are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or mitigate any disease. Always consult with your health care provider before making any medical decisions.

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  • 03Nov

    I started taking fish oil supplements when I was about 18 years old. I cannot tell you how effective it is in relieving my sinus problem. As a child I used to suffer from chronic sinus. This went on until I was in my late teens. When I started taking Scott’s pure cod liver oil in liquid form (original flavor and the most foul tasting food ever), the sinus problem gradually improved and I seldom have sinus attacks. I hated the smell and texture of the cod liver oil and had to hold my breath each time I swallowed a tablespoon of it.  Later, I stopped torturing myself and switched to cod liver oil capsules. After the birth of my eldest daughter, I switched to fish oil with Omega 3 and have since been popping between 2-3 capsules of Omega 3 fish oil capsules enriched with DHA and EPA daily to nourish my brain, eyes and overall health.

    According to research conducted at Harvard University, omega-3 fatty acid deficiency is officially one of the top 10 causes of death in America, claiming the lives of up to 96,000 people each year. Out of the 12 dietary, lifestyle and metabolic risk factors examined in the study, omega-3 fatty acid deficiency ranked as the sixth highest killer of Americans. These deaths are considered preventable since getting enough omega 3-fatty acids in your diet can ward off this now common cause of death.

    The fish oil benefits include decreasing the risk of heart disease and stroke while also helping reduce symptoms of depression, hypertension, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), joint pain, arthritis and chronic skin ailments like eczema. Fish oil intake has also been associated with aiding the body in weight loss, fertility, pregnancy and increased energy. Prescription fish oil has even been approved by the FDA to lower unhealthy high triglyceride levels.

    Health Benefits Of Fish Oil 

    Boosts Heart Health
    According to the American Heart Association (AHA), clinical trials have shown that omega-3 is effective in reducing the incidence of cardiovascular diseases (CVD). Fish oil is a great source of omega-3 and therefore, reduces the risk of heart diseases and heart arrhythmias. It also lowers the level of bad cholesterol (LDL) and increases the level of good cholesterol (HDL). Fish oil prevents the accumulation of triglycerides and also reduces the level of excess triglycerides.

    Alzheimer’s Disease
    For several years now, the fish oil and Alzheimer’s disease connection has been studied with consistent results. The essential fatty acids vital for brain function that are found in fish oil can not only slow cognitive decline, but can help prevent brain atrophy in older adults.

    Anxiety
    The European Journal of Neuroscience published a study in 2013 showing that fish oil reversed all anxiety-like and depression-like behavior changes induced in rats. This is an interesting study because it stresses the importance of supplementing with fish oil at critical periods of brain development.   This is the reason why I have been feeding my children with fish oil since they were toddlers.  When they were younger, I used to feed them with orange-flavored cod liver oil in liquid form.  Now that they are older, they pop a fish oil capsule everyday.

    Improves Immunity
    It is believed that regular consumption of fish oil aids in boosting your immune system, thereby enabling you to resist the occurrence of common diseases like colds, cough, and the flu. Omega-3 fatty acids present in fish oil bolster the immune system by affecting the activity and amount of cytokines and eicosanoids present in our body. Researchers have also studied the effect of a fish meal and fish oil on the immune system of pigs and found that fish oil aided in the growth of the animals. Similar research conducted on mice at Taichung Veterans General Hospital, Taiwan, also gave positive results.

    Eye Care
    It is well known that fish oil has the ability to improve vision. It also helps in avoiding age-related macular degeneration.

    Fish oil has been shown to reverse age-related eye disorders. In March 2014, French researchers evaluated 290 patients with age-related macular degeneration (AMD), and they discovered that dietary oil fish and seafood intake were significantly lower in AMD patients. Due to the high EPA and DHA levels in fish oil, it was concluded that this kind of nutritional intervention could especially benefit those at high risk for neovascular age-related macular degeneration.

    A higher intake of polyunsaturated fats like those found in fish and fish oils have also been linked to reduced levels of cortical cataracts.

    Diabetes
    A study published in Brain Research shows how far-reaching fish oil can be for people with diabetes. Researches found that fish oil can help reduce the risk of diabetics from developing cognitive deficit because it protects the hippocampus cells from being destroyed. The study also showed that fish oil could help reduce oxidative stress, which plays a central role in the development of diabetes complications, both microvascular and cardiovascular.

    Skin and Hair 
    The health benefits of fish oil can be incredible for the body’s largest organ, the skin. This source of essential fats improves the health and beauty of human skin in several ways. Fish oil benefits and nourishes the skin with fats and contributes fat-soluble vitamins that help skin maintain a smooth, elastic texture. There is also evidence that fish oil prevents wrinkles and works against the aging process.

    The deficiency of EPA and DHA in diet contributes to skin conditions, such as dandruff, thinning hair, eczema and psoriasis, as well as age spots and sun spots. Without the essential fatty acids, too much moisture leaves the skin. The truth is your internal health can appear on your skin, and taking fish oil internally as a supplement may be as good as or better than applying conventional moisturizers.

    Fish Oil Reduces Triglycerides and Increases HDL
    Both EPA and DHA have the ability to reduce triglyceride levels, most effectively after several weeks of supplementation.

    Fish Oil Promotes Weight Loss
    EPA and DHA have the ability to activate receptors in the body that increase metabolic rate.

    DHA is correlated with weight loss in humans.

    Fish oil’s anti-inflammatory effects have the ability to indirectly aid in fat metabolism in people with high inflammation or metabolic syndrome.

    Fish oil can increase the secretion of adiponectin, which is responsible for breaking down fats.

    Fish oil increases enzymes in muscle cells, which is associated with fat loss.

    Combining fish oil supplements with exercise and a proper diet is effective in weight loss.

    Supports Healthy Pregnancy
    Fish oil is very beneficial for pregnant women because the DHA present in it helps in the development of the eyes and brain of the baby. It also helps to avoid premature births, low birth weight, and miscarriages.

    It is also believed that women who do not have a sufficient intake of EPA and DHA in their diet suffer from depression after childbirth, as there is a transfer of some amount of brain mass from the mother to the child in the last stages of pregnancy. Thus, it is very beneficial to consume fish oil either by eating fish or taking fish oil supplements, tablets, capsules, or pills during pregnancy for the overall development of the child and the well-being of the mother. However, it should be noted that fish oil obtained from the liver of the fish, example – cod liver oil, should not be consumed during pregnancy as cod liver oil is high in retinol and vitamin A, which are usually known to cause birth defects.

    Side effects from omega-3 fish oil may include:

    • A fishy taste in your mouth
    • Fishy breath
    • Stomach upset
    • Loose stools
    • Nausea

    Taking more than 3 grams of fish oil daily may increase the risk of bleeding.

    Fish oil can be hazardous when combined with aspirin or other blood thinners.

    If you want to take higher doses of omega-3 fish oil supplements,  consult your doctor first. Your doctor can guide you in supplementing your diet with omega-3 fish oil.

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  • 30Oct

    Whenever someone in the family has constipation, papaya will be the first thing that pops out in my mind to help them counter constipation. Papayas are very affordable and easily available in our country. Chilled papaya with a squeeze of kafir lime juice tastes incredibly refreshing, especially on a hot and sizzling day. While my girls are not big fans of papaya, I love this sweet fruit, not only the flesh but also the seeds.  Not that the seeds are delicious, in fact they are strong tasting with tinge of spiciness and bitterness, I eat the seeds solely to reap the healing properties.

    Papaya seeds contain nutrients that help heal cirrhosis of the liver and improve kidney health, preventing renal failure. Its anti-inflammatory properties help treat arthritis and joint disease. It contains an alkaloid called carpaine that kills intestinal worms and amoeba parasites. Papain, in papaya seeds, helps in effective digestion of protein. Papaya seeds contain agents that stop the growth of cancer cells and tumors. They contain isothiocyanates which work well for colon, breast, lung, leukemia, and prostate cancer.

    9 Incredible Benefits of Papaya Leaf Juice

     

    Believed to be a native of Central America, growing along the Caribbean coast, the papaya tree was considered sacred by the Mayans for its various medicinal properties. The fruits are not the only segment of the tree that was considered valuable, the leaves, seeds, and flowers too possess healing powers. It is also said that the great voyager Christopher Columbus used to refer to it as “fruit of the angels”. What makes papaya such an incredible ingredient is the presence of the enzyme papain along with other essential nutrients that work together to provide you nature’s best.

    According to an article by the Telegraph UK, papaya has been declared a new super fruit after scientists found that it can prevent and may be able to treat a wide range of cancers.

    Researchers found that papaya was an effective anti-cancer agent against cervix, breast, liver, lung and pancreas cancers.

    They tested their theories by using a tea made from the extracts of dried papaya leaves and put them in dishes which contain cancerous cells.

    The team of researchers found that the papaya leaf extract boosted the production chemicals that regulate the immune system.

    Scientists from the University of Florida, who were behind the study, say that papaya may be used as an alternative cancer treatment.

    Dr Nam Dang, of the University of Florida, said the findings published in the Journal of Ethnopharmacology were groundbreaking.

    Other health benefits of papaya include:

    1. Digestion – The enzyme papain present in papaya is known to aid digestion by breaking down proteins. Therefore, a glass of papaya juice is often recommended as a home remedy for digestion-related problems or constipation.

    2. Anti-inflammatory – Apart from papain, papaya also contains other effective enzymes that help against inflammation and promote healing of burns.

    3. Heart Disease and Cancer – Papaya is rich in anti-oxidants and phytonutrients that work against free radicals and therefore is said to protect the body from possible heart diseases and cancer.

    4. Diabetes – Many researchers have found that the consumption of raw papaya could help maintain blood sugar level and cholesterol because of the high fiber content, thereby keeping a check on diabetes. According to a study done by the Centre of Excellence for Biomedical and Biomaterials Research at the Mauritius University, green tea and fermented papaya work together as preventive means for diabetes. In some parts of India, especially the North East, papaya flowers are locally used as a preventive measure against diabetes. The bitter flowers are lightly sautéed in a little oil and consumed as a side to rice on a regular basis.

    5. Immunity – Papaya is a great source of vitamin A, B, C, and K and is known as an excellent immunity booster. It is great for the growth of body tissues, including hair and skin. It helps in maintaining collagen, the structural protein of connective tissues. It is said that a medium-sized papaya could provide you double your daily requirement of vitamins.

    6. Cleansing – Beauty experts too, often suggest using slices of papaya as a natural skin cleanser as the active enzymes work wonders to remove impurities.

    7. Arthritis – It is also rich in minerals such as calcium, potassium, magnesium and copper. Regular consumption helps in building up the calcium bank in the body and in the long run could help keep a check on arthritis.

    8. Dengue – Papaya leaves are commonly used in the treatment of dengue to help boost up the count of platelets. Dengue is an infection which affects the blood platelets massively. A simple remedy to get back the platelets count is to give the patient a glass of papaya leaf juice. It is prepared by grinding the leaves with a small amount of water to extract the juice. However, dengue can prove to be fatal once it develops into Dengue Hemorrhagic Fever which shuts down the circulatory system.

    Medicinal use of Papaya leaves juice in Dengue

    9. Weight Loss – papaya is low in calories and therefore proves to be the perfect option for breakfast. A serving of 140 grams of the fruit contains only 60 calories, with total fat 0.4 gram, no cholesterol, 15.7 gram carbohydrates and 2.5 gram dietary fiber.

    10. Prevents eyes related diseases and macular degeneration – Macular degeneration is a disease of the eye. In this condition, the ocular cells degenerate, which results in blurred vision and can cause blindness as well. This is an age-related illness and adding papayas to the diet is beneficial for reducing the risk of developing macular degeneration. An antioxidant named beta-carotene gives papaya its orange color. Just as carrots help to improve the eyesight due to the presence of beta-carotene, it is also known to be effective in reducing the effect of macular degeneration. According to a study published in the Archives of Ophthalmology, a consumption of 3 or more servings of this fruit on a daily basis day may lower the risk of age-related macular degeneration (ARMD).

    11. Prevents constipation – papayas consist of papain, a chemical which enables digest proteins (particularly food along with gluten). Focused amounts can particularly be located within unripe papaya. This kind of enzyme aids in preventing the buildup of mucoprotein (partly digested protein) within the body as well as lymphatic system. In reality, papain has been extracted to create health supplements for digestion of food. Therefore, the unripe papaya is recognized as to get much more recovery powers for bowel problems compared to the ripe one.

    How safe is papaya?
    Contraindications
    Papaya may cause severe allergic reactions and is therefore contraindicated in sensitive people.

    Pregnancy/nursing
    Possibly unsafe depending on the part of the plant being used and dose administered. Avoid use.

    Side Effects
    Papaya may cause severe allergic reactions in sensitive people. Papaya latex can be a severe irritant and vesicant on skin. Papaya juice and papaya seeds are unlikely to cause adverse effects when taken orally; however, papaya leaves at high doses may cause stomach irritation.

    Toxicities
    There are parts of the plant (eg, seeds) that contain benzyl isothiocyanate, which may cause poisoning at high doses.

    Skin Discoloration
    The papaya gets its orange color through beta carotene, a nutrient within the carotenoid family which also will provide you with vitamin A. Too much of beta carotene causes the palms of the hands as well as soles of the feet to have tinges of yellow or orange color. This is called Carotenemia. Carotenemia isn’t to be mistaken for jaundice, a yellowing on the skin which also impacts the whites of the eye. Jaundice is actually a symbol of higher-than-normal bilirubin levels; carotenemia is undamaging. Reducing your papaya usage will certainly solve the discoloration of your skin.

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