Cucumber water has been shown to help reduce high blood pressure — a major risk factor for heart disease — by helping the kidneys to get rid of extra sodium in the body.
Cucumbers are incredibly rich in vitamin K, which helps to form the bones matrix and keeps the bone dense and strong.
Dehydration can cause digestive problems, make circulation more sluggish and even promote weight gain, since many people eat when they actually are thirsty. The National Institute of Health, however, recommends between 6 and 8 glasses a day for best health: cucumber water, being delicious, makes getting enough water in your system a lot easier to do.
It is rich in antioxidants and compounds such as cucurbitacins and lignans which have been shown in clinical studies to help the body fend off cancer development.
Cucumbers, however, are a rich source nutrients like vitamins A and C and manganese to make up for deficiencies in our diet.
Cucumber water can help detoxify our bodies due to its high water and high fiber content, which make it easier for the body to eliminate harmful chemicals every time we go to the bathroom.
Sun exposure, cold or hot weather and air pollution can all take its toll on your skin, leaving it dry, red and itchy. However, cucumber water can help. When you drink it, you help to not only hydrate your skin from within, you also provide silicon and vitamin B-5, two nutrients your skin needs to stay healthy. When you use it as a toner, you can help reduce inflammation and irritation and keep your skin smooth and clear.
Table salt is not good for you because it’s stripped of all nutrients and bleached. Sea salt, from raised ancient seabeds (like Himalayan Rock Salt), is loaded with minerals and nutrients that are good for you.
You can actually drink too much water. Your body becomes ‘dilute.’ Dilute means you’re kicking out all of the things that make your cells run. You boot out electrolytes and minerals, flushing them out too quickly. Salt slows down the water re-absorption process (which is why too much salt water can severely dehydrate you). Digestion
Salt kicks your salivary glands into high gear, producing a protein called amylase, which is what starts your digestion by breaking down your food earlier so more can be absorbed.
Acne? The chromium in natural salt should fix that. Chromium should also reduce chances of infection. Eczema, dryscalp, or rough, uneven skin? You might be missing out on sulfur. Sick all the time? You might be zinc deficient, which is common in the US and sea salt is going to boost your immune system.
Salt minimizes the stress hormones your body produces (cortisol and adrenaline), so if you suffer from severe nighttime anxiety, this should help out. Salt also boosts serotonin, which makes you happy, creating an easier sleep.
Sea salt can boost the alkalinity of your blood, promoting stronger bones, more energy, provides an immune system boost, lowers incidences of painful arthritis inflammation, and reduction of Candida yeast overgrowth.
Recipe for "SOLE" .
Fill a quart-size Mason jar one-third full with unrefined, natural salt (Celtic Grey or Pink Himalayan)
Fill the jar with filtered water, leaving two inches at the top and cover with a plastic top (no joke. No metal.) Shake and let it sit for 24 hours.
Check in 24 hours to see if all salt crystals are dissolved, and add a little more salt.
When the salt no longer dissolves, the Sole is ready.
Add half a teaspoon of Sole to an 8oz glass of water for one glass every morning.
Source: The Hearty Soul
When you add epsom salt to your bath water, the salts will stimulate reverse osmosis. This is a process known to help eliminate dangerous toxins and salt from your body. It leaves space for magnesium and sulfate to enter your skin.
This natural salt is very different from others and has pure mineral compounds of magnesium and sulfate. Both of these offer great heath benefits and can detox your body. Your skin will naturally absorb the salt and remove your toxins.
Magnesium is especially important because it helps more than 325 enzymes, soothes inflammation, improves the function of muscles and nerves, help blood flow and boost oxygenation through the whole body. It is sulfates that are imperative for skin health, joints and nervous tissues.
The mixture of both sulfate and magnesium remove toxins and aids in building key protein molecules in our brain tissue and joints.
Use of Epsom salt baths are essentially useful in the case for muscle pain, toenail fungus, bruises, gout, sprains, treats pain and chronic diseases, soothes inflammation, regulate the sulfur and mineral balance in the body, and detoxify the body.
Note: Before any usage, pregnant women, those with open wounds or burns, people with cardiovascular diseases and dehydrated individuals should always consult with their primary care physician.
This is how you make an epsom salt bath:
Set your time in the tub for about 40 minutes.
The body will need 20 minutes to allow toxin removal, and another 20 minutes to to take in the minerals in the water.
Use: • Children under 60 lbs.: Add 1/2 cup of salts to a standard size bath
• 60-100 lbs.: Add 1 cup of salts to a standard size bath
• 100-150 lbs.: Add 1 1/2 cup of salts to a standard size bath • 150-200 lbs.: Add 2 cups of salts to a standard size bath
• For every 50lbs larger, you should add 1/2 cup of salts more.
To boost the antioxidant benefits, add a 1/2 cup of olive oil. It is healthy for your skin and has polyphenols.
Soap is to be avoided, as it disrupts the detoxification.
Source: Organic and healthy
By now, many of us have sprinkled chia seeds over our cereal, sipped it in our Kombucha, or blended some into a smoothie. But these healthful morsels are not just beneficial as food—chia has become a hot new beauty ingredient that boasts pretty amazing results.
Chia oil, when extracted, contains essential fatty acids omega-3 and omega-6, as well as antioxidants called tocopherols, explains dermatologist Dr. Julie Russak. In fact, it has highest levels of antioxidants in the oil family—beating out other popular oils like flax.
As we age, Russak explains, the barrier of the skin’s outer layer (the epidermis) becomes compromised due to thinning, weakening cells, making it harder for skin to repair itself. Topical omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, which chia oil has plenty of, actually help strengthen the epidermis. “The beauty of directly applying chia oil directly to the skin is you are delivering these potent, raw nutrients directly to the source of concern, enforcing the cell membrane and improving the texture and quality of the skin,” she says.
Omega-3 is not only an anti-aging property, it’s anti-inflammatory, too, making chia oil a great remedy for irritated and inflamed skin, Nazarian says. She adds that it’s even shown success in decreasing chronic and severe itchy skin.
Joshua Zeichner, director of Cosmetic and Clinical Research in Dermatology at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City, adds that these anti-inflammatory molecules not only soothe inflamed skin, they can even reduce UV damage, to boot.
Starting in 2010, researchers in Toronto, Canada, enrolled 121 patients with Type II diabetes and tested their blood sugar, blood pressure, cholesterol levels, and more. Roughly half of the study participants were randomly selected to add a cup of legumes per day to their diet. The other half were told to try to eat more whole-wheat products.
After three months, the patients were tested again on the same measures. Both the legume-eaters and the whole-wheat-eaters saw a reduction in their hemoglobin A1c values — a marker of average blood sugar, for a period of several weeks. But that reduction was slightly larger among the legume group than among the whole-what group: 0.5% compared to 0.3%. And while those changes may seem small, the study authors say that drops of this magnitude are “therapeutically meaningful,” and can lead to fewer diabetic symptoms as well as lower doses of medication to control blood sugar levels. The legume-eaters also achieved modest reductions in body weight relative to the wheat group, losing an average of 5.9 lbs compared to 4.4 lbs, as well as drops in total cholesterol and blood pressure.
In 2002, a large government trial found that overweight people on the verge of developing diabetes could dramatically lower their risk of the disease by changing their diet and exercising more. And in 2008, David Jenkins, one of the current study’s lead authors, published similar results that demonstrated the strong benefits of a diet high in vegetables, fruit, nuts, flaxseed, and, yes, legumes.
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Ellagic acid, a polyphenol compound present in berries and pomegranate, has received attention as an agent that may have potential bioactivities preventing chronic diseases. This study examined photoprotective effects of ellagic acid on collagen breakdown and inflammatory responses in UV (ultraviolet)-B irradiated human #skin cells and hairless mice. Ellagic acid attenuated the UV-B-induced toxicity of HaCaT keratinocytes and human dermal fibroblasts. Non-toxic ellagic acid markedly prevented #collagen degradation by blocking matrix metalloproteinase production in UV-B-exposed fibroblasts.
Anti-wrinkle activity of ellagic acid was further investigated in hairless mice exposed to UV-B, in which it attenuated UV-B-triggered skin wrinkle formation and epidermal thickening. Topical application of 10 micromol/l ellagic acid diminished production of pro-inflammatory cytokines IL-1beta and IL-6, and blocked infiltration of inflammatory macrophages in the integuments of SKH-1 hairless mice exposed to UV-B for 8 weeks. In addition, this compound mitigated inflammatory intracellular cell adhesion molecule-1 expression in UV-B-irradiated keratinocytes and photoaged mouse epidermis. These results demonstrate that ellagic acid prevented collagen destruction and inflammatory responses caused by UV-B. Therefore, dietary and pharmacological interventions with #berries rich in ellagic acid may be promising treatment strategies interrupting skin wrinkle and inflammation associated with chronic UV exposure leading to photoageing.
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Global spending on cancer treatment crossed the US$100 billion threshold for the first time last year, which was cause for celebration among pharmaceuticals companies. It was hardly good news for cancer sufferers though, as about eight million people still die from the disease every year, the World Health Organisation says.
In December, with the dollar figure close to its new milestone, Vietnamese retiree Nguyen Bao An was diagnosed with stage-four liver cancer and given three months to live. Almost 10 months after his fateful visit to the doctor, however, the 64-year-old former driver's health has improved considerably after receiving traditional treatment - absolutely free - at a Buddhist temple and clinic in rural Vietnam. The apparent cure has been traditional Vietnamese medicines, a vegan diet, and spiritual teachings to soothe his mind, says Hongkonger Paul Tarrant, Nguyen's son-in-law.
Nguyen's tumours have reduced in size to the point where he has a good chance of making a full recovery, says Tarrant, who, with his wife and two daughters, is a Buddhist.
Stage four is the most advanced at which the disease is diagnosed, when cancer cells are in the bloodstream and can spread to any part of the body. It's often a death sentence, and the diagnosis only adds to the patient's suffering.
Nguyen was cared for at home in the coastal city of Danang by Tarrant's wife Duyen and her twin sister Trang. Tarrant and Duyen are co-founders of two Karma Waters vegan restaurants and a responsible tourism company in the city. Tarrant says Nguyen was persuaded by his daughters to switch to a simple vegan diet or red rice and sesame seeds, supplemented by medicinal water from boiled lingzhi mushrooms, a drink of water and white turmeric powder, and a liver medicinal #tea. He was also encouraged to listen to recordings of Buddhist chants and read scripture.
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Oxidative stress and free radicals have been implicated in the pathogenesis of osteoporosis. Therefore, antioxidant compounds have the potential to be used in the prevention and treatment of the disease. In this study, we investigated the effects of virgin coconut oil (VCO) on bone microarchitecture in a postmenopausal osteoporosis rat model. VCO is a different form of coconut oil as it is rich with antioxidants. Three-month-old female rats were randomly grouped into baseline, sham-operated, ovariectomized control (Ovx), and ovariectomized rats fed with 8% VCO in their diet for six weeks (Ovx+VCO). Bone histomorphometry of the right femora was carried out at the end of the study. Rats supplemented with VCO had a significantly greater bone volume and trabecular number while trabecular separation was lower than the Ovx group. In conclusion, VCO was effective in maintaining bone structure and preventing bone loss in estrogen-deficient rat model.
Read the whole study at NCBI
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To evaluate the efficacy and safety of a standardized and highly concentrated extract of 2 ginger species, Zingiber officinale and Alpinia galanga (EV.EXT 77), in patients with #osteoarthritis (OA) of the knee.
Two hundred sixty-one patients with OA of the knee and moderate-to-severe pain were enrolled in a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled, multicenter, parallel-group, 6-week study. After washout, patients received ginger extract or placebo twice daily, with acetaminophen allowed as rescue medication. The primary efficacy variable was the proportion of responders experiencing a reduction in "#kneepain on standing," using an intent-to-treat analysis. A responder was defined by a reduction in pain of > or = 15 mm on a visual analog scale.
In the 247 evaluable patients, the percentage of responders experiencing a reduction in knee pain on standing was superior in the #ginger extract group compared with the control group (63% versus 50%; P = 0.048). Analysis of the secondary efficacy variables revealed a consistently greater response in the ginger extract group compared with the control group, when analyzing mean values: reduction in knee pain on standing (24.5 mm versus 16.4 mm; P = 0.005), reduction in knee pain after walking 50 feet (15.1 mm versus 8.7 mm; P = 0.016), and reduction in the Western Ontario and McMaster Universities osteoarthritis composite index (12.9 mm versus 9.0 mm; P = 0.087). Change in global status and reduction in intake of rescue medication were numerically greater in the ginger extract group. Change in quality of life was equal in the 2 groups. Patients receiving ginger extract experienced more gastrointestinal (GI) adverse events than did the placebo group (59 patients versus 21 patients). GI adverse events were mostly mild.
A highly purified and standardized ginger extract had a statistically significant effect on reducing symptoms of OA of the knee. This effect was moderate. There was a good safety profile, with mostly mild GI adverse events in the ginger extract group.
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A sugar-laden diet may raise your risk of dying of heart disease even if you aren’t overweight. So says a major study published in JAMA Internal Medicine.
Over the course of the 15-year study, participants who took in 25% or more of their daily calories as sugar were more than twice as likely to die from heart disease as those whose diets included less than 10% added sugar. Overall, the odds of dying from #heartdisease rose in tandem with the percentage of #sugar in the diet—and that was true regardless of a person’s age, sex, physical activity level, and body-mass index.
Sugar-sweetened beverages such as sodas, #energydrinks, and #sportsdrinks are by far the biggest sources of added sugar in the average American’s diet. They account for more than one-third of the added sugar we consume as a nation. Other important sources include cookies, cakes, pastries, and similar treats; #fruitdrinks; #icecream, frozen #yogurt and the like; #candy; and ready-to-eat cereals.
Nutritionists frown on added sugar for two reasons. One is its well-known links to weight gain and cavities. The other is that sugar delivers “empty calories” — calories unaccompanied by fiber, vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients. Too much added sugar can crowd healthier foods from a person’s diet.
Could it be possible that sugar isn’t the true bad guy boosting heart disease risk, but that it’s the lack of heart-healthy foods like fruits and veggies? Apparently not. In this study, the researchers measured the participants’ Healthy Eating Index. This shows how well their diets match up to federal dietary guidelines. “Regardless of their Healthy Eating Index scores, people who ate more sugar still had higher cardiovascular mortality,” says Dr. Teresa Fung, adjunct professor of nutrition at the Harvard School of Public Health.
Source: Harvard Health
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