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Raw Apple Cider Vinegar- The Elixir Of Life.

Raw Apple Cider Vinegar- The Elixir Of Life.

Apple cider vinegar has been considered a vital health remedy for centuries. It’s believed to have been used to treat various ailments as far back as 10,000 years ago. The Babylonians, the Greeks, the Parisians and the Japanese are just some of the civilizations that are believed to have used apple cider vinegar as a condiment, preservative and as a healing elixir.

 

What is apple cider vinegar?

Essentially, apple cider vinegar is vinegar made from apples. The apples go through fermentation, a process by which the sugars are broken down by bacteria and yeast into alcohol. The alcohol is then fermented further and that turns into vinegar.

 

What is the difference between raw, organic apple cider vinegar and conventional apple cider vinegar?

 

Raw, organic apple cider vinegar (I recommend Braag’s brand) is the kind that you want. It is cloudy and more amber in color and will have small pieces floating around in the bottle. These bits are referred to as “the mother,” the beneficial enzymes and gut-friendly bacteria that promotes healing.

Conventional apple cider vinegar is much more pale in color with no sediments floating around in the bottle. This kind of apple cider vinegar undergoes pasteurization, a heating process, which destroys “the mother” and therefore lacks the beneficial properties of the raw variety.

 

Benefits of raw apple cider vinegar

DIABETES

Studies have shown that drinking a teaspoon of raw apple cider vinegar before a meal increases insulin sensitivity and slows down the rise of glucose in the blood after a meal. In addition, taking 2 teaspoons of ACV vinegar before bed has been shows to reduce fasting blood sugar levels upon waking.

 

WEIGHT LOSS

Raw apple cider vinegar can aid in weight loss in several ways. Drinking 1-2 teaspoons of ACV in a glass of water before a meal will help to suppress your appetite. This is due to the pectin in the apples, which is a water soluble fiber that helps you feel fuller quicker. In addition, ACV stimulates the breakdown of proteins and the digestion of fats. Breaking down the proteins helps speed up your metabolism and decreasing the digestion time of fats, allows your body to absorb less of it.

 

GAS, BLOATING, HEARTBURN

Drinking raw apple cider vinegar diluted in water before a meal can thwart the symptoms of bloating and heartburn by increasing stomach acid. Too much stomach acid is often thought to be the culprit for heartburn, but the opposite is usually the case. In addition, drinking a glass of water with 1-2 teaspoons of ACV when you’re having stomach discomfort can help to calm it down. I’ve experienced amazing relief from this remedy when I’ve suffered from bad stomach pains.

 

DETOXIFICATION

The acids in raw apple cider vinegar bind to toxins and help carry them out of the body. In addition, it helps to purify the blood, detoxify the liver and improve circulation. Including raw apple cider vinegar in your diet can also help alleviate symptoms of constipation helping to release waste and toxic material from your body.

 

BLOOD PRESSURE AND CHOLESTEROL

Some studies have shown that the acetic acid and potassium in raw apple cider vinegar can help to regulate blood pressure and reduce cholesterol, by improving circulation and balancing the body’s pH levels. By alkalanizing the body, there is also less chance for disease to foster. While the change maybe be slower than taking medication, at least you don’t have to worry about all those scary side effects.

 

ALLERGIES AND SINUS INFECTIONS

Drinking 1-2 teaspoons of raw apple cider vinegar in a glass of water in the morning has been shown to improve symptoms of seasonal allergies by blocking the body’s histamine production and improving one’s beneficial gut bacteria and immunity. ACV can also help to break up mucus and reduce inflammation, easing chronic sinus infections.

 

ARTHRITIS

One of the more popular uses for raw apple cider vinegar is to ease arthritis pain. The high mineral and potassium content in ACV may help to reduce calcium build-up in joints and relieve pain. The vinegar’s ability to improve digestion also helps to reduce arthritic pain because poor digestion can lead to improper absorption of nutrients and more joint pain.

 

CLEAR SKIN

So many people have experience clearer skin by introducing raw apple cider vinegar into their daily routine. As discussed above, because of it’s detoxification properties, it’s only natural that apple cider vinegar will also help to detoxify your skin, your largest detoxification organ. You can drink it in a glass of water or even dab some on a cotton ball and use as a toner on your face.

 

These are just some of the many reported benefits of Raw, organic apple cider vinegar I’m usually a skeptic of remedies until I try them myself and I have to say that raw apple cider vinegar is and will forever be a part of my everyday diet. I would recommend always diluting it in water as the acidity in the vinegar can erode the enamel on your teeth (drink with a straw) and cause you throat discomfort. You can also add a bit of honey if the taste is too much for you.

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Munching Peanuts can Boost Your Fertility & Brain Power. 20 Other Health Facts.

Munching Peanuts can Boost Your Fertility & Brain Power. 20 Other Health Facts.

The peanut, or groundnut (Arachis hypogaea), is a species in the legume or “bean” family (Fabaceae). The peanut is native to South America, Mexico and Central America. Peanuts are also referred to as earthnuts, ground nuts, goober peas, monkey nuts, pygmy nuts and pig nuts. Peanuts are not the same as tree nuts (almonds, cashews, walnuts, etc.), which grow on trees but grow underground and are part of the plant family, legumes. Other examples of legumes include beans, peas, lentils and soybeans. Originating in Peru about 7,600 years, the plant was later spread worldwide by European traders. Although the peanut was mainly a garden crop and cattle feed for much of the colonial period of North America, it was in the late 19th and early 20th centuries that agricultural production and human consumption of peanuts really took off.

TOP 20 HEALTH BENEFITS OF PEANUTS:

  1. Promote Fertility: Intake of folic acid, before and during early pregnancy, reduces serious neural tube defects in the fetus by up to 70%.
  2. Blood Sugar Regulation: Manganese, abundant in peanuts, plays a vital role in fat and carbohydrate metabolism, calcium absorption, and blood sugar regulation.
  3. Cholesterol Control: The mono-unsaturated fatty acids, especially Oleic acid, present in peanuts, help lower bad cholesterol and increasing good cholesterol in the body. Copper also assists in the body’s defense against coronary diseases.
  4. Prevent Gallstones: Just eating an ounce of peanuts, or 2 tbps of peanut butter each week, can reduce your risk of gall stones formation or gallbladder diseases, by almost 25%.
  5. Fights Depression: Peanuts are good sources of tryptophan, an essential amino acid critical for the production of serotonin, which is one of the key brain chemicals involved in mood regulation.
  6. Boosts Memory Power: High levels of Vitamin B3 or Niacin content aid brain function and boosts memory power. Fatty acids provide excellent nutrition for nerve cells in the brain. Additionally, a flavonoid called Resveratrol helps improve blood flow to the brain significantly.
  7. Prevents Heart Disease: Peanuts are rich in heart-friendly monounsaturated fats (MUFA) and antioxidants such as Oleic acid. Along with Resveratrol, they prevent heart diseases, cancers, nervous diseases and viral or fungal infections efficiently.
  8. Prevents Cognitive Decline: A diet of Niacin-rich peanuts brings down the risks of neurodegenerative induced diseases like Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s, by almost 70%.
  9. Cancer Protection: Beta-sitoserol (SIT), a form of phytosterol, protects against cancer by inhibiting tumor growth. P-Coumaric acid has the ability to reduce the risk of stomach cancer by reducing the productions of carcinogenic nitrous-amines.
  10. Weight Management: Peanuts are rich in fiber which means that eating peanuts before your meal can leave you feeling fuller and make you eat lesser. They also are good sources of energy and helpful in increasing your metabolic rate.
  11. For Pregnant Women: Eating peanuts during pregnancy can decrease the risk of allergic diseases like asthma in newborns.
  12. For Growing Children: Peanuts are a good source of protein and amino acids, providing rich energy needed by active growing children for overall body development.
  13. Eliminates Toxins: Peanuts are loaded with fiber which helps in flushing out the excess toxins from your body. Toxins are responsible for breakouts, excess oil on our skin.
  14. Hair Care: Vitamin C aids production of collagen that keeps tissues in our hair together. L-arginine, is used in male pattern baldness treatment along with omega 3 fatty acids which strengthen hair follicles and promote hair growth.
  15. Reduces Stroke Risk: The poly-phenolic anti-oxidant, Resveratrol, in peanuts prevents heart strokes by increasing the production of nitric oxide.
  16. Anti-Oxidant: Peanuts contain anti-oxidants in high concentrations like Biochanin-A and Genistein, which fight against damage from free radicals produced in the body.
  17. Anti-inflammatory:  Omega 3 fatty reduce inflammation in the body to prevent skin eruptions, lowering the risk of developing squamous cell skin cancer. It also moisturizes and hydrates the skin from within to treat skin disorders like psoriasis and eczema.
  18. Skin care: Vitamin E in peanuts defends against cell damage through oxidative stress, provides UV protection. Vitamin C, which helps production of collagen, is required to sustain tendons, skin and cartilage. Beta carotene is converted into Vitamin A in the body which helps in the growth and repair of body tissues. Peanuts are very effective for treating skin problems like pustules, skin rashes and rosacea.
  19. Vitamin Store: Peanuts contain B complex vitamins like niacin, riboflavin, thiamin, vitamin B6, vitamin B9, and Pantothenic acid.
  20. Mineral Store: Potassium, manganese, copper, calcium, magnesium, iron, selenium, and zinc are some of the minerals present in peanuts.

 

Side Effects and Precautions:

  • Peanut allergy is one of the most common food allergies. Peanuts can cause a severe, potentially fatal, allergic reaction (anaphylaxis).
  • Excessive peanuts intake may lead to gas, heartburn, and a suddenly developed food allergy to peanuts.
  • Peanuts are susceptible to contamination of aflatoxin produced by a fungus, aspergillus flavus, which is very toxic and carcinogenic, especially a risk factor to liver carcinoma. If the peanuts turn greenish yellow, discard it.
  • Those who suffer from stagnancy of dampness-cold and lingering diarrhea should not eat it.
  • Alpha-linolenic acid (ALA) a fatty acid found in peanuts can increase risk of prostate cancer.
  • Weight gain: In spite of their nutrients and antioxidants, peanuts are high in calories, and eating too many of them could interfere with the absorption of minerals, and if you buy salted peanuts, you’ll consume a lot of sodium.
  • Peanuts are one of the most pesticide-contaminated crops


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14 Ways To Energize Your Aging Brain Cells With Cinnamon.

14 Ways To Energize Your Aging Brain Cells With Cinnamon.

Cinnamon is a spice obtained from the inner bark of several trees from the genus Cinnamomum in the family Lauraceae. While Cinnamomum verum is sometimes considered to be “true cinnamon”, most cinnamon in international commerce is derived from related species, which are also referred to as “cassia” to distinguish them from “true cinnamon”.

Cinnamon is the brown bark of the cinnamon tree, which when dried, rolls into a tubular form known as a quill. Cinnamon is available in either its whole quill form (cinnamon sticks) or as ground powder. The name “cinnamon” comes through the Greek kinnámōmon, possibly from Phoenician: qinnāmôn. In several European languages, the word for cinnamon comes from the Latin word cannella, a diminutive of canna, “tube”, from the way it curls up as it dries.

Cinnamon’s unique healing abilities come from three basic types of components (cinnamaldehyde, cinnamyl acetate, and cinnamyl alcohol) in the essential oils found in its bark, plus a wide range of other volatile substances.

 

Ceylon Cinnamon v/s Cassia Cinnamon:

While there are approximately one hundred varieties of for cinnamon, Cinnamonum zeylanicum (Ceylon cinnamon known as “true cinnamon”) and Cinnamomun aromaticum (Chinese cinnamon known as “cassia”) are the leading varieties consumed. While both are relatively similar in characteristics and both feature a fragrant, sweet and warm taste, the flavor of the Ceylon variety is more refined and subtle. Cassia, the less expensive variety, is the most popular variety in the United States.

 

History of Cinnamon:

Cinnamon was more valuable than gold in ancient times. Chinese medicine and Ayurveda have long revered cinnamon as a superpower herb which is reflected in its mention in one of the earliest books on Chinese botanical medicine, dated around 2,700 B.C. Cinnamon’s popularity continued throughout history especially in Medieval Europe. Due to its demand, cinnamon became one of the first commodities traded regularly between the Near East and Europe.

Top 14 Health Benefits of Magical Herb Cinnamon:

1. Regulates blood sugar: Cinnamon slows the rate at which the stomach empties after meals, reducing the rise in blood sugar after eating, making it ideal for diabetics and hypoglycemics alike.  It helps treat Type 2 Diabetes by lowering blood sugar levels and increasing the amount of insulin production in the body.
2. Reduces LDL cholesterol levels:  Numerous studies have proved the effectiveness of Cinnamon in reducing LDL (harmful) cholesterol levels helping reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease.
3. Antimicrobial properties: Cinnamon’s essential oils helps stop the growth of bacteria like E. coli,ulcer-causing H. pylori bacteria and other pathogens,  as well as fungi, including the commonly problematic yeast Candida.
4. Arthritis Pain Relief:  Studies have shown that the combination of Honey and Cinnamon reducescytokines linked to arthritic pain.
5. Anti Cancer: Cinnamon may reduce the proliferation of leukemia and lymphoma cancer cells,   holding promise for cancer prevention and sufferers of the disease.
6. Natural food preservative: When added to food, cinnamon antibacterial properties inhibit bacterial growth and food spoilage, making it a natural food preservative.
7. Relief from menstrual pain and infertility:  Cinnamon contains a natural chemical called cinnamaldehyde, which increases the hormone progesterone while decreasing testosterone production in women, helping to balance hormones.
8. Neurodegenerative diseases: Cinnamon reduces chronic inflammation linked with neurological disorders like Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis, brain tumor, and meningitis.
9. Boosts Brain Function: Chewing cinnamon flavored gum or just smelling cinnamon enhances your cognitive processing, mental alertness and memory.
10. Migraine relief: Cinnamon added to tea can help soothe the nerves and has been found to be an effective natural remedy for eliminating headaches and migraine relief.
11. Anti-clotting: Cinnamaldehyde (also called cinnamic aldehyde) prevents unwanted clumping of blood platelets by inhibiting the release of an inflammatory fatty acid called arachidonic acid from platelet membranes and reducing the formation of an inflammatory messaging molecule called thromboxane A2.
12. Anti inflammatory: Cinnamon lowers the release of arachidonic acid from cell membranes that can helps lessen inflammation.
13. Rich in Fiber: Along with essential oils, cinnamon is an excellent source of fiber,manganese and calcium. Calcium and fiber can bind to bile salts and expel them from the body preventing the damage that certain bile salts can cause to colon cells leading to colon cancer.
14. Beats the Flu: A herbal tea concoction of cinnamon and ginger has been an age old remedy to beat and provide instant relief from onset of a cold or flu, due to cinnamon “warming” properties.

 

Side effects and Precautions:

~Toxicity – As with most things taking Cinnamon over extended periods of time will build a certain level oftoxicity in your body. The recommenced dosage of Cinnamon according to the US Department of health, is 6 grams daily for 6 weeks or less.
~ Premature LaborPregnant women should not take Cinnamon as it can induce premature labor or uterine contractions. While Cinnamon helps with stomach pains, gas of indigestion, you should NOT be consuming or smelling Cinnamon for these purposes while you are pregnant .
~ Liver Damage – Coumarin which can cause liver failure if taken daily or in high doses and was banned in Europe for a while because of its effects on the liver. Choose Ceylon Cinnamon, which only has 0.04% Coumarin as compared to about 5% in Cassia.
~ Blood Thinner – The blood thinning property of Cassia Cinnamon must not be taken with other blood thinning medication.
~ Allergies – A small minority of people may be allergic to Cinnamon and symptoms usually include a runny nose, watery eyes or soreness of the eyes, shortness of breadth (usually by smelling Cinnamon Oil), upset stomach, facial or hand swelling, anaphylactic shock (unusual heartbeat, dizziness, confusion, dizziness, sudden drop in blood pressure) and nausea.
~ Skin irritation – Touching Cinnamon oil without diluting it will irritate your skin and create a burning sensation.
~ Increased Heart Rate High doses of Cinnamon could be dangerous for those with a heart condition as Cinnamon is known to increase your heart rate. Cinnamon oil is especially powerful and should be diluted to less than 2% before use.
~ Choking Hazard – Swallowing Cinnamon powder without water creates a serious choking hazard harming your lungs fatally.
Antibiotic Conflict – Taking Cinnamon with antibiotics is in many ways akin to taking a double dose of antibiotics.
~ Heat – Cinnamon  increases body heat so if you are going through menopause or any other ailment that aggravates due to increase in body heat, then avoid Cinnamon.
~ Drug Interactions:  If you take any medicines regularly, talk to your doctor before you start using cinnamon supplements. They could interact with antibiotics, diabetes drugs, blood thinners, heart medicines, and others.

 


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Control Your High Blood Pressure Naturally Before It Controls You

Control Your High Blood Pressure Naturally Before It Controls You

Did you know?

According to the American Heart Association, nearly one in three adults in the United States has high blood pressure or Hypertension.  However, nearly 1/3 of those people do not know they have high blood pressure, because it is a silent disease. People can have high blood pressure for years without experiencing symptoms or knowing that they have it.

Understanding your High Blood Pressure Reading:

The upper or first number in a blood pressure reading is the systolic pressure and the lower or second number is called the diastolic pressure. Normal blood pressure is below 120/80 mmHg.

  • Pre-hypertension: systolic pressure that is between 120 to 139 or diastolic pressure between 80 and 89.
  • Stage 1 hypertension: systolic pressure between 140 to 159 or diastolic pressure between 90 and 99.
  • Stage 2 hypertension: systolic pressure higher than 160 or diastolic pressure of 100 or higher.

 

What are the symptoms of High Blood Pressure?

High blood pressure usually does not cause any symptoms in the early stages. Symptoms associated with high blood pressure can include:

  • Dizziness or dizzy spells
  • Headache
  • Nosebleeds

 

What causes High Blood Pressure?

In most cases of high blood pressure, the American Heart Association says there is no one identifiable cause. High blood pressure is usually a combination of factors, such as:

  • Weight – The greater your body mass, the more pressure there is on your artery walls. That is because more blood is produced to supply oxygen and nutrients to tissues in your body.
  • Activity level – Lack of physical activity tends to increase heart rate, which forces your heart to work harder with each contraction.
  • Tobacco use – Chemicals in cigarettes and tobacco can damage artery walls.
  • Sodium intake – Excessive sodium in the diet can result in fluid retention and high blood pressure, especially in people sensitive to sodium.
  • Potassium intake Low potassium can result in elevated sodium in cells, because the two balance one another.
  • Stress Stress can raise blood pressure.
  • Alcohol consumption – Excessive drinking can, increase your chances of developing heart disease.
  • Age The risk of high blood pressure increases, as you get older.
  • Family history High blood pressure often runs in families.

Other Underlying Conditions:

  • Kidney Disease
  • Hormonal disorders
  • Thyroid disease
  • Adrenal gland disease
  • Use of certain drugs (oral contraceptives, or herbs such as licorice)

This type of high blood pressure is called secondary hypertension.

What can you do to help control your High Blood Pressure?

Lifestyle changes and natural remedies may help to control high blood pressure, but your doctor may also recommend medication to lower high blood pressure. It is important to work with your doctor, because untreated high blood pressure may damage organs in the body and increase the risk of heart attack, stroke, brain hemorrhage, kidney disease, and vision loss.

Vitamins that help lower High Blood Pressure: 

  • Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) – There is some evidence that the supplement CoQ10 may help to reduce high blood pressure
  • Garlic – Garlic can create a significant reduction in systolic blood pressure and in diastolic blood pressure.
  • Hawthorn – traditional herbal practitioners for high blood pressure often use the herb hawthorn.
  • Fish oil – Preliminary studies suggest that fish oil may have a modest effect on high blood pressure. Although fish oil supplements often contain both DHA (docohexaenoic acid) and EPA (eicosapentaenoice acid), there is some evidence that DHA is the ingredient that lowers high blood pressure.
  • Folic acid – Folate is a B vitamin necessary for formation of red blood cells. It may help to lower high blood pressure in some people, possibly by reducing elevated homocysteine levels.
  • Calcium, Magnesium, and Potassium – Calcium supplementation appears to have a modest but statistically significant reduction in systolic blood pressure
  • Potassium –Potassium can reducesystolic blood pressure and diastolic blood pressure.
  • Magnesium -Magnesium significantly reduces diastolic blood pressure.

Other ways to help lower your High Blood Pressure:

  • Mind-Body Interventions – Mind-body interventions, particularly autogenic training, biofeedback, and yoga, can reduce high blood pressure compared with placebo.
  • Autogenic Training -Autogenic training is a technique used for stress reduction and relaxation. It involves a series of sessions in which people learn how to control breathing, blood pressure, heart rate, and body temperature.  People learn six exercises that each involves a certain posture (e.g. reclining in a chair), concentration without a goal, imagination, and verbal cues. It requires regular practice.
  • Biofeedback -Biofeedback is a technique in which people learn how to gain control over internal body processes that normally occur against your will.  For example, blood pressure, heart rate, muscle tension, and skin temperature. Biofeedback is mainly used for high blood pressure, migraine, tension headache, chronic pain, and urinary incontinence. Of the different types of biofeedback, thermal feedback (which measures skin temperature) and electrodermal activity feedback (which uses a probe that responds to sweat) may be more effective than direct blood pressure feedback or electromyography (EMG), which measures muscle tension.
  • Yoga -Studies have found that yoga could help lower blood pressure.
  • Aerobic Exercise – Aerobic exercise is an important part of the natural approach to lower high blood pressure. A meta-analysis of 105 trials involving a total of 6805 participants found that aerobic exercise was associated with a mean reduction in systolic blood pressure with reductions in diastolic blood pressure too.  

Remember, people with high blood pressure should speak with their doctor first before embarking on a new exercise program.

Your health is in your hands, so make wise chooses and consult your doctors for advice and any questions you have about high blood pressure.


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10 Natural Remedies For Kidney Stones

10 Natural Remedies For Kidney Stones

1. Increase Your Hydration – This is by far the best natural remedy for any type of kidney stones you have. People diagnosed with kidney stones should be consuming a minimum of 10 glasses of fluids on a daily basis. People who are at risk of developing cystine stones should drink more fluids, at least 14 glasses every day. To determine if you are drinking enough fluids, check if your urine is colourless. If not, then you ought to increase your hydration and must be consistent with it.

Water remains the best fluid for everyone and should comprise at least half of their hydration routine. Although there is calcium concentration in water in general, it plays a diminutive role in stone formation. Lemon juice (up to half a cup per day) is a wonderful ingredient that can be added to your water or food (especially good with meats or fish) and is proven to be beneficial in the prevention of kidney stones because it contains citric acid. As citrate levels in the body increase, your protection against kidney stones also increases. The high content of vitamin C will also boost your immune system.

2. Dandelion – A taproot perennial that grows abundantly in North America, Europe and Asia, dandelion (Taraxacum Officinale) has anti-inflammatory and antiviral properties  that contribute to the prevention of kidney stones. On top of that, dandelion is a natural diuretic which makes it a great tonic and cleanser for our kidneys, often helping to dissolve stones and to prevent further formation of them. You can make an infusion of dandelion leaves or a decoction of the root, either by harvesting your own plants (the roots can be dried slowly in a warm oven for storage) or by buying ready-made dandelion tea bags or tincture. It is best taken unsweetened as the bitter taste stimulates the digestive system.

3. Pomegranates – Since pomegranates are low in potassium, they are great for people who are on a renal diet. A renal diet is generally low in protein, salt, phosphorus and potassium and is recommended for people who are suffering from renal problems like kidney stones and kidney failure. So if you are concerned about the risk of kidney stones, start your day with a glass of fresh pomegranate juice or make a habit of eating pomegranates.

4. Basil – Basil is commonly found in our kitchen, but did you know that basil is a known natural remedy for kidney stones? Basil can strengthen our kidneys.  Make a tea or juice out of fresh basil leaves, adding some raw honey. Drinking this delicious concoction everyday can help to alleviate the discomfort of kidney stones.

5. Grapefruit – Grapefruit ranks as one of the most powerful sources of antioxidants among fruits therefore the regular consumption of grapefruit can help you ward off urinary tract infection. Grapefruit juice is another powerful tool that reduces calcium oxalate kidney stones. In a study published in The British Journal of Nutrition, the incidence of calcium oxalate stone formation lowered among their subjects who drank half to one litre of grapefruit juice daily due to an increased urine pH and increased citrate levels.

6. Marshmallow Root – Marshmallow root has strong anti-inflammatory properties. This herb contains mucilages, which form a protective coating to soothe tissues that have become inflamed and irritated. This coating protects the digestive and urinary tract when kidney stones pass. Dr. James Balch, author of The Super Antioxidants, recommends a daily intake of two pints of marshmallow root tea to effectively flush out kidney stones from the body.

7. Green Tea – Perhaps everybody agrees that green tea is a wonder drink. A group of doctors from Nagoya City University Graduate School of Medical Sciences conducted a study in 2005 about the preventative effects of green tea in the formation of renal stones. The study showed that the antioxidant properties of green tea actually lowered the formation of calcium oxalate deposits thus preventing calcium oxalate urolithiasis.  Opt for the caffeine free green tea, and drink at least 2-3 cups a day.

8. Wild Carrot (Leaves and Seeds) – As an aromatic herb, wild carrot (Daucus Carota) is not to be confused with the common vegetable carrot. Wild carrot is a known diuretic, which means it encourages toxins and waste to be flushed out from our kidneys.  It has been said that a herbal infusion of the wild carrot leaves and seeds is a good natural antidote to kidney stone formation. Even if stones have begun to form, the same concoction is still reported to be capable of diminishing those harmful stones and reducing their recurrence.

9. Eat for the benefit of your kidneys – Too much salt, alcohol and preservatives top the list of food items to avoid. Go for meals that contain a minimal amount of salt and as much as possible cook your own food from fresh ingredients. Buying canned goods is not only more costly but also potentially dangerous to your kidneys. Invest in fruits and vegetables that have high antioxidant properties such as tomatoes, blueberries, squashes and carrots. Beware of red meats (such as pork and beef), oxalate rich foods (nuts, spinach and beans), cold water fish, refined foods like white bread and commercial fast foods like French fries and burgers.

10. A healthy lifestyle means healthy kidneys – Before taking any prescription drugs, always consult your doctor first. There are medications that can do more harm to your kidneys than good. Start a habit of doing at least 30 minutes of exercise every day – this will help your body’s fluids to circulate and to keep your system free from kidney stones.


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How To “Beet” High Blood Pressure.

How To “Beet” High Blood Pressure.

More than 60 million Americans have high blood pressure (high BP) including more than half (54.3%) of all Americans age 65 to 74 years old and almost three quarters (71.8%) of all American blacks in the same age group. High BP is a major risk factor for a heart attack or stroke. In fact, it is generally regarded as the most significant risk factor for a stroke.

Recently, there have been several studies showing that drinking fresh beet juice can lead to clinically meaningful reductions in blood pressure.

 

Background Information:

Beet juice has been a popular folk remedy for centuries. The primary focus has been in disorders of the liver, but they have recently gained recognition for their anticancer and heart health promoting properties.

The pigment that gives beets their rich, purple-crimson color–betacyanin–is a powerful cancer-fighting agent while naturally occurring nitrates are thought to be responsible for its beneficial effects on the heart and vascular system. Previous studies have shown that:

  • Drinking just 16 ounces of fresh beet juice a day significantly reduced BP by up to 10 mm Hg in healthy subjects.
  • Beet juice lowered blood pressure within just an hour with a peak drop occurring 3 to 4 hours after ingestion.
  • The decrease in blood pressure is due to the chemical formation of nitrite from the dietary nitrates in the juice.
  • Once in the general circulation, nitrite can be converted to nitric oxide (NO) by the cells that line blood vessels. NO is a powerful dilator of blood vessels resulting in lower blood pressure.
  • Drinking beet juice is considerably more effective in raising blood nitrite levels than eating a very high intake of nitrate-rich foods.
  • In a study conducted at the Baker IDI Heart and Diabetes Institute in Melbourne, Australia, 15 men and 15 women drank either 17.6-oz of a beet juice beverage containing 500 g of beet and apple juice (72% beet, 28 % apple) or a placebo. The participants had their blood pressure measured at baseline and at least hourly for 24 hours following juice consumption using an ambulatory blood pressure monitor. This same procedure was repeated two weeks later, with those who drank the placebo on the first round receiving beet juice on the second and vice versa. The results were that drinking beet juice showed lowered systolic blood pressure by an average of 4 to 5 points after only 6 hours. Here is the significance of this effect; drinking beet juice would cut the rate of strokes and heart attacks by about 10%. In terms of lives, that would mean about 60,000 lives saved each year in the United States.


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Iranian woman wins maths’ top prize, the Fields medal

 

A woman has won the maths world’s “Nobel prize” for the first time. Maryam Mirzakhani of Stanford University, California, will receive the Fields medal tomorrow at the International Congress of Mathematicians in Seoul, South Korea.

A female medallist, at last <i>(Image: courtesy Maryam Mirzakhani)</i>

The medal is awarded once every four years to at most four recipients, who must be aged under 40 at the start of that year. All the previous 52 Fields medallists, dating back to 1936, have been male.

Mirzakhani, who is Iranian, studies the geometry of moduli space, a complex geometric and algebraic entity that might be described as a universe in which every point is itself a universe. Mirzakhani described the number of ways a beam of light can travel a closed loop in a two-dimensional universe. To answer the question, it turns out, you cannot just stay in your “home” universe – you have to understand how to navigate the entire multiverse. Mirzakhani has shown mathematicians new ways to navigate these spaces.

Mirzakhani first attracted international attention as a high-school student in 1995, when she was the first Iranian student to achieve a perfect score in the International Mathematics Olympiad.

“She is very, very well known in Iran, where she is held out as an example for younger students,” says Ingrid Daubechies, the president of the International Mathematical Union, which selects the Fields medallists.

 

“Speaking as a woman myself, it is a wonderful thing to see her win,” Daubechies adds. “It will lay to rest the often-quoted fact that a woman has never won.” In future, she says, the idea of a woman winning the top maths award will no longer seem exceptional.

The three other winners are Brazilian-born Artur Avila of Denis Diderot University in Paris, France, who studies how chaotic systems evolve when constrained by certain rules; Manjul Bhargava, a number theorist at Princeton University; and Martin Hairer, an expert in partial differential equations at the University of Warwick, UK.