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17 January 2015

25 Fantastic Uses for Olive Oil!

25 Fantastic Uses for Olive Oil!

Olive oil is one of the most popular ingredients in the kitchen, but it can also be found in the medicine cabinet and even on a night stand. The fact that it is rich in vitamin E and essential antioxidants, makes it one of the most efficient measures to balance blood pressure levels and cholesterol, to prevent heart attacks, cancer and fight aging. And if you thought that's where its benefits end, you are sorely mistaken...

Here are 25 more uses for this excellent material, the olive oil!
1. To prevent snoring - Swallow a spoon of olive oil before bed.
2. To reduce stretch marks - Massage olive oil on your skin.
3. To treat acne - prepare a mix made of 3 table spoons of olive oil with 4 table spoons of sea salt, and put on your face for 1-2 minutes. The mix will clean the pores and keep the moisture of your skin. Wash with hot water and soap.
4. To alleviate ear pain - Spill one drop of warm olive oil in your ear.
5. To reduce stomach ulcers and pain - Mix one table spoon of olive oil with a 3/4 cup of citrus juice or vinegar and drink.
6. Olive oil can serve as a substitute for shaving cream.
7. To strengthen your fingernails - Soak them in a bowl with olive oil.
8. To rehabilitate your skin - To treat dry skin of the hands, elbows and knees, warm a few table spoons of olive oil (until it's luke-warm) and smear on the relevant areas. 
9. To treat colds - Warm a mixture of 1/3 cup of olive oil, 1/3 cup of sesame oil, 4 drops of thyme, 2 drops of rosemary oil and massage the warm mixture on the chest area.
10. To treat dandruff - Massage olive oil into your scalp and leave overnight. Wash your hair in the morning and wash with a regular shampoo. Try this treatment for a week.
11. To treat dry hair with split ends - Warm olive oil and smear on the scalp for 45 minutes.
12. To treat after hair coloring - Soak a soft cotton towel with olive oil and wipe the spotted skin, it may take some time but the color will come off the skin.
13. To prevent hair loss - Mix 2 eggs with 2 table spoons of olive oil. Smear on the scalp and hair for 40 minutes and then wash with cool or luke-warm water. It's recommended to repeat this 3 times a week. 
14. To treat lice - Mix one table spoon of olive oil with 5 drops of the tea tree oil, and smear on the scalp for several minutes. Then comb your hair with a lice comb and wash with hot water.
15. Relieve toothache - Mix drops of clove oil with drops of olive oil, in about a ratio of 3:1, and use a cotton ball to put on the aching area. Not recommended for children and pregnant or breastfeeding women.
16. Remove Mascara - Drip a bit of olive oil on a cotton ball and wipe the makeup from your eyes.
17. Relieve Coughing - Swallow a spoon of olive oil mixed with a spoon of honey. Another option is to massage the upper back and chest with olive oil at body temperature.
18. Treating swollen / red gums - Wash your mouth with a mix of olive oil and water. 
19. Prevent diaper rash - Mix 2 spoons of olive oil with a spoon of water and smear on the baby's rear.
20. To polish furniture - Mix olive oil and lemon juice at a ratio of 2:1. Use a gentle towel soaked in the mix to polish the furniture.
21.To maintain garden tools - Smear a bit of olive oil on garden tools to keep them from accumulating filth and corrosion. 
22. To prevent squeaks - Smear some olive oil on screaming hinges to make them silent.
23. For digestive problems - Swallow a spoon of olive oil every morning on an empty stomach. Another option is to drink a glass of water with a spoon of olive oil and a spoon of lemon juice.
24. To maintain knives - After washing thoroughly with water and soap, wipe the blades well and then use a small amount of olive oil and gentle rub it on the blades with a towel.
25. Prevent wax from building up in the candlesticks - just drip a bit of olive oil and it won't stick.

16 January 2015

Treatment of Acid Reflex in a natural way

12 Heartburn and Stomach Ulcer Remedies
You would never think of tomatoes as being bad for you, but they can, in fact, make things even worse for your ulcers. You'll truly be amazed at which other health foods you should avoid to prevent acid reflux from occurring. Before we discuss the 12 natural home remedies for stomach ulcers and heartburn, it's important to have a better understanding of the causes and symptoms between each disorder. 
What are Stomach Ulcers?
Many people make the mistake of confusing peptic ulcers with heartburn, but they are far from alike, despite having similar symptoms. Ulcers consist of tiny open sores that develop on the inner lining of the stomach and small intestine areas, causing excruciating pains.
What Causes Stomach Ulcers?
Helicobacter pylori is the main bacteria infection that triggers stomach ulcers. Helicobacter pylori develops from certain medications, poor dietary lifestyle, and stomach acid buildup.
What Are the Symptoms Associated with Stomach Ulcers?
The most common symptoms attributed to ulcers are burning pains that begin at the top of your chest, eventually reaching your belly button area, and sharp pains that keep you awake at night. There are also pains that occur 2-3 hours after eating, which may provoke mild nausea. These pains generally go away after vomiting.
Foods and Beverages to Avoid with Stomach Ulcers:
•Coffee - Coffee stimulates acid production and can cause severe indigestion problems.
•Alcohol - Alcohol can irritate and erode the lining of the stomach and small intestine, triggering the ulcers. 
•Spicy Foods - Certain peppers found in dishes such as Mexican chili, can trigger heartburn in a flash. Avoid spicy foods as much as possible, since they simulate acid reflux buildup and gastrointestinal pains.
What is Heartburn?
Heartburn occurs when the stomach acid backs up from the esophagus, and eventually reaches your throat area. Heartburn is a very unpleasant burning sensation that can truly leave a bad taste in your mouth. Nearly 1 out of every 5 Americans suffers from it.
What Causes Heartburn?
The common cause of heartburn is a lower esophageal sphincter, or LES, that doesn't contract regularly. Unhealthy foods play a major contributor of heartburn, especially foods that are deep fried or cooked in grease. Overeating can also cause acid reflux buildup due to the excess amount of pressure on the stomach.
What Are the Symptoms of Heartburn?
Symptoms of heartburn or acid reflux, include a dry cough, a sore throat that causes difficulty swallowing, an increased burning sensation after digestion and tasting acid or food in the back of your mouth. These symptoms intensify the moment you lay down.
Foods and Beverages to Avoid with Acid Reflux:
•Citrus Fruits - Citrus fruits might be ideal for the common cold, but the acidity inside can cause heartburn, particularly on an empty stomach.
•Garlic and Onions - Although both vegetables are essential for a healthy dietary intake, they also wreck havoc on people suffering from heartburn.
•Carbonated Beverages - Carbonated beverages cause gastric distension, leading to acid reflux and indigestion. It's best to stay away from sodas, and just drink mineral water instead.
5 Natural Treatments for Heartburn
1) Eating a Healthy Diet - There are many foods that are extremely good for you, but bad for your heartburn. Some of these foods include; ground beef, sour cream, cottage cheese, onions, tomatoes, and citrus fruits. Make sure you avoid fried and greasy foods to prevent heartburn from occurring. Drink plenty of water in between meals and skip the carbonated beverages altogether.
2) Enzymes and Probiotics - Probiotics are often referred to as the “good bacteria”, since they promote healthy digestion. Probiotics minimize the growth of harmful bacteria, and boost the immune system. Probiotics are available in supplement form, and help combat acid reflux. It's recommended to take a hydrochloric acid or HCI enzyme supplement along with probiotics for smooth digestion.
3) Aloe Vera Juice - Aloe vera juice has been known to treat acid reflux and other medical symptoms. It's advisable to drink 1/4 cup of aloe vera approximately 20 minutes before a meal or whenever you experience acid reflux issues. You can even mix the aloe vera with tea or water if you don't like the basic taste of it. Do not drink aloe vera juice if you have diabetes, kidney failure or thyroid disease. Pregnant women and children should also avoid it.
4) Apple Cider Vinegar  - Apple cider vinegar is used to treat stomach acid buildup, as ironic as it sounds. The cider helps digestion by breaking down fats, despite the acidity factors. It is recommended to mix one or two teaspoons of the apple cider vinegar with a glass of water. Drink a glass of the cider before meals or when you feel a reflux attack coming on. 
5) Baking Soda - A little baking soda is all it takes to reduce your acid reflux problems. You may not appreciate the bland taste, but you'll feel much better afterward. Mix a half or a full teaspoon of baking soda with a glass of water. 
Natural Treatments for Stomach Ulcers
1) Cabbage Juice - Cabbage is packed with an abundance of natural anti-oxidant properties that help prevent stomach ulcers. Cabbage contains vitamins A, B1, B2, B6, C, E, K and folate, all essential for treating acid reflux and fighting cancer.
2) Zinc Carnosine - Zinc-Carnosine is used to treat stomach ulcers and other gastrointestinal problems. The function of the Zinc-Carnosine is to repair damaged tissues and heal ulcer wounds.
Recommended Dosage: Use for 8 weeks, with a daily dose of 75mg in divided doses.
3) Probiotics - Probiotics improve intestinal functions and help fend off Helicobacter pylori. They are also used to prevent other gastric disorders, such as diarrhea and inflammatory bowel disease, from occurring.
Recommended Dosage: Take a probiotic of 1 to 2 million CFUs daily.
4) Glutamine - Glutamine significantly reduces the amount of inflammation brought on by a Helicobacter pylori infection. Glutamine supplements can be purchased at any local health store. 
Recommended Dosage: Take 2 grams of glutamine daily for stomach ulcers.
5) Ginger Root - Ginger limits the harmful helicobacter pylori from acting up. Add several slices of fresh ginger roots to hot water, and drink the ginger mixture approximately 20 minutes or so before each meal for a quick soothing remedy.
6) Deglycyrrhizinated Licorice Powder (DGL) - DGL can work wonders for peptic ulcers. They protect the inner lining of your small intestine and stomach.
Recommended Dosage: Suggested dose is 200 to 400 mg daily dissolved in 200 ml warm water.
7) Astaxanthin - These powerful antioxidants help protect the gastrointestinal or GI tract and reduce symptoms of acid reflux. The free radical scavenging activity of astaxanthin also combats against Helicobacter pylori bacterial infection. 
Recommended Dosage: Suggested daily dose is 40 mg.
Bonus Recipe: How to Prepare an Anti Reflux Smoothie:
•alt1 cup diced fresh pineapple
•1 cup diced fresh papaya
•1/2 cup Greek yogurt
•1/2 cup ice
•1/2 cup pineapple juice or water

•Mix all in a blender and drink. 

12 January 2015

List of Healthy Foods that Raise Serotonin Levels

List of Healthy Foods That Raise Serotonin Levels
Serotonin acts as a neurotransmitter, relaying signals from one area of the brain to another. Researchers believe that an imbalance in serotonin levels can cause depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder, panic anxiety disorder and anger management issues. While certain antidepressants and anti-anxiety medications can raise serotonin levels in the brain -- and may well be essential for your ability to cope and function -- it's useful to recognize that foods containing certain vitamins and minerals can also give this important chemical a boost.

Foods Rich in Vitamin B Complex
Low levels of B vitamins, often referred to as "anti-stress" vitamins, may affect mood, anxiety and depression levels, cognitive function and memory, Natural News reported in the article, "Mood Food: Boost Serotonin Levels With Natural Treatments." The brain needs B vitamins to make neurotransmitters with a calming effect and serotonin. Cereals, whole grains, potatoes, pork, liver, kidney beans, chicken, wheat germ, bananas, peanuts, eggs, mushrooms, watermelon, grapefruit, shellfish and dairy products are all excellent sources of B vitamins.
Foods Rich in Essential Fatty Acids
Essential fatty acids make up every cell membrane and are vital for the brain's proper functioning, says Dr. Frank Sacks, professor of Cardiovascular Disease and Prevention at the Harvard School of Public Health. ALA -- alpha-linolenic acid -- is found in vegetable oils like canola and soybean, flaxseed and walnuts. Brussels sprouts, kale, spinach and salad greens are also rich sources of ALA. EPA, eicosapentaenoic acid, and DHA, docosahexanoic acid, can be found in fatty fish like salmon.
L-Theanine is an amino acid commonly found in green tea, which is believed to increase alpha waves in the brain, creating a feeling of relaxation, while maintaining mental alertness, Natural News wrote. It can improve the quality of your sleep -- without causing daytime drowsiness, a 2008 study in the "Asia Pacific Journal of Clinical Nutrition" reported. Evidence from EEG readings showed that L-Theanine had a direct effect on the brain and relaxed the mind of study participants. Similarly, a 2010 study published in "Nutritional Neuroscience" found that a combination of L-Theanine and caffeine may improve alertness, while increasing the levels of serotonin and GABA, another calming neurotransmitter.
Foods Rich in Magnesium
Magnesium is an essential mineral known to relax muscles and nerves, said Natural News. It increases energy levels and activates the B vitamins necessary for serotonin production. Almonds, spinach, cashews, soy milk, black beans, peanut butter, whole-wheat bread, avocado, potatoes baked with skin, cooked brown rice, raisins, apples and raw carrots are great sources of magnesium, according to the Office of Dietary Supplements.

1. Garlic

An effective fat-burning food, garlic contains the sulphur compound allicin, which has anti-bacterial effects and helps reduce cholesterol and unhealthy fats.
2. Cardamom

This is a thermogenic herb that increases metabolism and helps burn body fat. Cardamom is considered one of the best digestive aids.

3. Cabbage 

Raw or cooked cabbage inhibits the conversion of sugar and other carbohydrates into fat. Hence, it is of great value in weight reduction.

The probiotic food contains just 2.2 grams of fat and about 99 calories. Regular intake provides the body with all essential nutrients and does not add fats and calories to the body.

5. Chilies 

Chilies contain capsaicin that helps in increasing the metabolism. Capsaicin is a thermogenic food, so it causes the body to burn calories for 20 minutes after you eat the chillies.

1. Cinnamon and cloves

The spices have been found to improve the function of insulin and to lower glucose, total cholesterol, LDL and triglycerides in people with type 2 diabetes.

2. curry leaves

Incorporating curry leaves into your daily diet can help you lose weight. These leaves flush out fat and toxins, reducing fat deposits that are stored in the body, as well as reducing bad cholesterol levels. If you are overweight, incorporate eight to 10 curry leaves into your diet daily. Chop them finely and mix them into a drink, or sprinkle them over a meal.

 3. Honey

It is a home remedy for obesity. It mobilises the extra fat deposits in the body allowing it to be utilised as energy for normal functions. One should start with about 10 grams or a tablespoon, taken with hot water early in the morning.

4. Millet

Fibre rich foods such as millets – jowar, bajra, ragi, etc – absorb cholesterol and help increase the secretion of the bile that emulsifies fats.

5. Moong dal

The bean sprouts are rich in Vitamin A, B, C and E and many minerals, such as calcium, iron and potassium. It is a rich source of protein and fibre, which helps lower blood cholesterol level. The high fibre content yields complex carbohydrates, which aid digestion, are effective in stabilising blood sugar and prevent its rapid rise after meal consumption

1. Mustard oil

This has low saturated fat compared to other cooking oils. It has fatty acid, oleic acid, erucic acid and linoleic acid. It contains antioxidants, essential vitamins and reduces cholesterol, which is good for the heart.

2.  Turmeric

Its regular intake may help reduce low-density lipoprotein (LDL) and high BP, increase blood circulation and prevent blood clotting, helping to prevent heart attack. 

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