Treating Dandruff with Baking Soda

August 20, 2014

 

    

Treating Dandruff with Baking Soda
Dear reader, here is a simple remedy that will help you avoid dandruff, and save a lot of money and discomfort.
There was a time when I thought I would have to live with persistent dandruff for the rest of my life. This manifestation of seborrheic dermatitis had been my unwanted companion for over twenty years. My dandruff was usually accompanied by signs of eczema such as flaking or scaling in the eyebrows, sides of the nose, and the groin.
I tried every remedy and medication in the book; shampoo containing salicylic acid, selenium sulfide, zinc pyrithione, or coal tar. I also tried antifungal treatments or steroid lotions which are rubbed onto the affected areas. I even tried steroid lotions and creams when my dandruff got really bad.
Despite all of this effort and expenditure, nothing seemed to work. Then, I learned that my diet must have been the main cause of this annoying skin condition. Consequently, I changed my diet by eliminating most grains and cereals, especially, those containing gluten such as wheat, barley, and rye. I also cut down on sugar and most starchy foods. This change brought about a significant reduction in the severity and frequency of my dandruff, but it did not get rid of it completely.
Then, one day, I tried rubbing a little baking soda with water on my scalp, and I waited with bated breath for positive results. The amount I used was one tablespoonful diluted in a glass of water. Well, the baking soda did the trick! It worked wonders! My dandruff went away for good. However, if you want this solution to be permanent, you must use it at least twice a week. You must also allow some of the baking soda to stay in your scalp after drying it off.
Experts say that the sodium bicarbonate in baking soda changes the pH on the surface of the skin making it impossible for fungi and bacteria to live in such an environment. Furthermore, baking soda will take care of unpleasant body odor and flaking and scaling of other affected areas of your skin.

A Key Nutrient For Proper Calcium Absorption

February 17, 2014

 

The Amazing Health Benefits of Vitamin K2

If you haven’t heard about vitamin K, you certainly need to learn about this little-known nutrient. I hadn’t read much about this vitamin until I came across several reports citing studies that focus on the key role that a form of this vitamin (vitamin k2) plays in the proper absorption and utilization of calcium by the human body.

The studies indicate that if you take calcium supplements, you should also take vitamin K2 because taking calcium supplements alone could cause harm by building up in coronary arteries, initiating excessive clotting and causing heart attacks, which was demonstrated in those studies. So if you take calcium in supplement form, you should also take vitamin K2 in order to balance out their effects and get your calcium absorbed by your bones instead of having it deposit in your arteries or other unwanted places.

 According to an article in Dr. Mercola’s website, “there are several different forms of vitamin K2. MK-8 and MK-9 come primarily from fermented dairy products, like cheese. MK-4 and MK-7 are the two most significant forms of K2 and act very differently in your body”. The MK-7 form is the best option for us since it stays in the body for the longest time. It is recommended that people who wish take Vitamin K2  do it by taking supplements such as capsules or tablets.

In conclusion, I think that vitamin K2 plays a key role in the prevention of cardiovascular accidents as well as in keeping our bones healthy and strong. The best combination is to take vitamin K2 with vitamin D and magnesium, and ingest some good fats to help absorb them better.

Heart Health

December 27, 2013

Dear reader:

     Today I would like to share this information with you. These are tips to help you improve your cardiovascular health , and avoid health problems associated with lack of knowledge or misinformation on how to protect your heart and cardiovascular system from deterioration and disease.  
 
  1.   Avoid bad habits such as smoking, eating junk food containing wheat and hydrogenated oils. You should also avoid excessive sugar, bad fats, especially most vegetable oils, which are unstable and cause inflammation throughout the body. This damage is increased when vegetable oils are used for cooking. The exception to this rule is the tropical oils such as coconut, and red palm, and avocado oils, which are more stable when heated at the high temperatures. You should also consume animal fats such as lard, tallow, or butter, especially if they are organic or come from grass-fed animals.
  2. Incorporate high intensive interval training in your exercise routine. You can simply walk briskly for two or three minutes, and then slow down for about a minute. You should repeat these intervals for about 30 minutes. This will strengthen your heart and accustom it to sudden bouts of activity so that it won’t fail you when it is actually subjected to strain.
  3. Take cayenne with your meals or as a supplement. This popular spice can prevent and treat heart attacks.
  4. Take L-citrulline and L-arginine .  These two amino acids are potent vasodilators, so they help the blood flow throughout your body. As a bonus, they will help your sex life.
  5.  Take D-ribose as a supplement. This special sugar can do wonders for your energy and cardiovascular health.
Finally, you can never go wrong with small amount of aspirin, just to be on the safe side. A baby aspirin will do the trick, especially if you take it with some food at night.

Lemons

November 24, 2013

 

 Yellow_lemonsAs I write this post, the cold season is starting to hit me hard. Fortunately, I haven’t fallen victim to the flu yet. It seems that the beta glucans, and other good stuff I have been taking to support my immune system are working. However, I am not letting my guard down. Just to be on the safe side, I have decided to add another weapon to my flu-fighting arsenal: lemons.

Lemons are another wonder fruit that you can use to prevent and help cure the common cold, the flu, and other conditions and illnesses.

 Lemons contain a lot of nutrients such as citric acid, calcium, magnesium, vitamin C, bioflavonoids, pectin, and limonene which have been shown to promote immunity and fight infection. The two main properties that lemons possess are their strong antibacterial, antiviral properties. Furthermore, they can even be used to help you lose weight because lemon juice is a digestive aid and liver cleanser.

If you want to use lemons for preventive and curative purposes, I suggest using natural lemons, not the commercial juices sold at grocery stores and other markets as they have often been processed and lost some of its natural properties.

Here is a tip, you can squeeze some lemon juice into a bottle of water, and drink a little throughout the day, especially before meals. This will help with digestion, and prevent overeating. In addition, the lemon water will help keep the flu at bay.

 

Preventing the Flu

November 12, 2013

 fluAs I write this post, I can see the first signs of winter showing outside my window. As much as I like wintertime with the holiday season it brings, I also dread it because of the extremely low temperatures and the accompanying flu season that always takes a heavy toll in the general population no matter what people do to protect themselves from this modern-day scourge.

I used to be one the victims of every influenza outbreak that happened to be floating around at this time of the year until I learned the hard way that there are weapons we can arm ourselves with to defend our bodies just like a fortress that needs to be made impregnable. In other words, if you want to prevent catching the common cold or the flu, you should strengthen your immune system.

Here are some tips I have learned and applied on myself to win the battle against the flu:

1.     You should increase our intake of vitamin D, especially D3. Alternatively, you can ingest cod liver oil which contains adequate amounts of this key vitamin.

2.     You should use extra virgin coconut oil in your meals. This type of oil is probably the best type of fat you can eat to stay healthy.

3.     You should also increase your intake of vitamin C which has been shown to help strengthen the immune system.

4.     It is also important to take the mineral zinc and amino acids lysine and l-glutamine.

5.     We should take a beta glucan supplement, especially the type derived from baker’s yeast. Beta glucans are the secret weapon you can use to prevent or shorten the duration of the common cold or the flu.

If you want to learn more about beta glucans, you can always look it up online.  I was skeptical about the efficacy of beta glucans until I decided to incorporate them into my diet. Now I am a believer; beta glucans are a powerful weapon against the flu.

Chia Seeds

November 4, 2013

  172413_Green Bags_KDM_I first heard of chia in a commercial for Chia Pet. At that time, I didn’t know that the seeds of this exotic plant could be eaten by humans with a wide range of health benefits. Then, I learned that chia seeds are native to South America and have been used by the native inhabitants of that part of the world for centuries. Nowadays, chia is in the news for its many health benefits due to its numerous nutrients and antioxidants.

Chia is the amazing growing seed. The seeds of this plant can absorb up to twelve times its weight in liquid, so the form a bulky gel that will keep you feeling full and hydrated for a longer time. Chia seeds  can be eaten as a seed or in powder form. If you consume just two tablespoons of this food, you will be providing your body with the following benefits: 

  •   Chia seeds are rich in omega-3 fatty acids. The lipid profile of Chia seeds is composed of 60 percent omega-3s, making them one of the richest plant-based sources of these fatty acids — specifically, of alpha-linolenic acid, or ALA. The omega-3s in chia seeds can help reduce inflammation, enhance cognitive performance and reduce high cholesterol.
  •   They are rich in fiber which is associated with reducing inflammation, lowering cholesterol and regulating bowel function.They are also rich in antioxidants that help protect the body from free radicals, aging and cancer. The high antioxidant profile also helps them have a long shelf life. They last almost two years without refrigeration.   
  •   They contain important minerals. If you take just two tablespoons of chia seeds, you will get 18 percent of the daily recommended intake of calcium, 35 percent for phosphorus, 24 percent for magnesium and about 50 percent for manganese. These nutrients help you prevent hypertension and maintain a healthy weight, and are important for energy metabolism and a part of DNA synthesis.  
  • Last but not least, chia will make you feel full. The satiety you feel after eating chia, will help lower food cravings between meals. This effect is due to the combination of protein, fiber and the gelling action of chia seeds when mixed with liquids expand in your digestive system and contribute to their satiating effects.

I hope you found this information interesting. I think that the more we know about nutrition and natural remedies, the better we can help ourselves and those around us live healthier and happier lives.

Chlorella

October 27, 2013

 

 chlorellaI want to follow up on green foods today by writing about chlorella. You can incorporate green foods into your diet by adding this green alga in supplement form.

Chlorella’s name derives from the Greek “chloros” meaning “green”, and “ella” means “small”. This wondrous plant is eaten whole generally in powder or capsule, or tablet form.

Chlorella does what most green, leafy vegetables do and more. The many health benefits of this versatile supplement have been studied and reported in scientific literature.

Chlorella is one of the best foods there is because it is densely packed with the following nutrients:

  • Vitamin A in the form of caretenoids (beta-carotene) and alpha-carotene, and lutein.
  • Vitamins C, D, E, and K.
  • A high content of chlorophyll.
  • The potent antioxidant, alpha-lipoic acid.
  • The  energizing B-vitamins – thiamine (B1), riboflavin (B2), pyridoxine (B6), niacin, pantothenic acid, folic acid, vitamin B12, biotin, choline.
  • Minerals such as phosphorus, calcium, zinc, magnesium, and iron.
  • Protein.
  • Probiotic bacteria, inositol.
  • Healthy fats like alpha-linolenic acid, oleic acid, a balanced supply of Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids.
  • Nucleic acids for building DNA and RNA.

·         Chlorella contains the perfect combination of nutrients that your body needs for healing. Taking it may strengthen your body by helping it function better.

If these facts about chlorella have piqued your curiosity, I suggest you read up on this super food, and draw your own conclusions. In the meantime, I will continue to take my chlorella supplement on a daily basis.

 

Green, Leafy Vegetables

October 20, 2013

 

 gree, leafy vegetablesI am a firm believer in the health benefits of leafy, green vegetables such as lettuce, kale, Swiss chard, and collard greens.  I believe that our bodies require a dose of green stuff in order to function more efficiently and stay healthy. For that reason, I usually add one or more leafy greens to my daily meals. The health benefits of these types of vegetables are well known, and even the least informed consumer understands the importance of eating a little lettuce, broccoli, or cabbage with their main meal of the day.

Unfortunately, a lot of people don’t care for green, leafy vegetables or regard them as an unimportant addition to their diets. Scientific research shows that green, leafy vegetables should play a bigger role in a person’s diet because they actually contain more vital nutrients than other foods. 

If you are still not convinced of the importance of eating green, leafy vegetables, consider the following nutritional values of those types of vegetables:

1.     Green, leafy vegetables are rich in most essential vitamins, especially vitamin K which plays an important role in keeping our blood and bones healthy.

2.     They also contain many minerals in their natural form. Some of these greens may even contain more calcium than milk.

3.     They also contain phytonutrients including beta-carotene, lutein, and zeaxanthin, which protect our cells from damage and our eyes from age-related problems, among many other beneficial effects. Dark green leaves even contain small amounts of Omega 3 fatty acids.

4.     They also contain large amounts of fiber that has been shown to help with elimination and prevent obesity by making you feel fuller after eating.

5.     Last but not least, green, leafy vegetables contain chlorophyll which provides many healthy benefits.  One of the best properties chlorophyll has comes from the fact that its molecular structure is almost identical to hemoglobin. Consequently, when you take chlorophyll, it can actually help to do the job of hemoglobin. Chlorophyll helps to rebuild and replenish the red blood cells, boosting energy and increasing wellbeing almost instantly. Eating or drinking chlorophyll helps restore better health and vitality. It also helps eliminate bad breath and offensive body odor.

 Finally, you should know that green, leafy vegetables should be eaten preferably in their raw form, or lightly cooked in order to reap their full benefits.  After reading this post, I hope you will upgrade your greens to a higher spot on your priority list.

 

 

Guavas

October 12, 2013

  guavasFirst of all, I must tell you that I grew up eating guavas. I was lucky enough to live in a house that was next door to house where there was a robust, and prolific guava tree. As you can imagine, my brothers and I had our fill of green and ripe guavas from that generous tree. Looking back, I realize why we were so healthy then; the guavas had a lot to do with our good health.

The list of health benefits attributed to guavas is too long for this short post. However, I will mention some of the most common nutritional and curative properties attributed to this super fruit.

Guavas in their natural form have been shown to possess the following properties:

1.    Guavas are rich in vitamins A, B, C, E, and K. Their content of vitamin C is even greater than that of citrus fruits.

2.    Guavas also contain important minerals such as magnesium, copper, manganese, and potassium, which can help keep you healthy and stabilize blood pressure.

3.    They contain flavonoids like beta-carotene, lycopene, and lutein,  which are known to have antioxidant properties, and may protect your eyes, skin, and mucus membranes.

4.    Guavas have a high content of dietary fiber, which helps control diabetes, and protects the colon and the prostate. 

5.    Guavas are rich in astringents(compounds that make your gums feel tighter and fresher), so when you eat a raw guava your mouth feels healthier, and the astringent qualities also add substance to loose bowels, which helps treat diarrhea. These astringents are alkaline in nature and have disinfectant and anti-bacterial properties, so they help to treat diseases such as dysentery and gastroenteritis by stopping microbial growth and removing excessive mucus from the intestines.

6.    Even the leaves of the guava tree have healing properties. The juice of the guava leaves has been known to cure swollen gums, toothaches and oral ulcers. It can also accelerate the healing process of wounds.

Finally, guavas are one of the least sprayed and chemically treated exotic fruits so they are safer to eat in their natural form than other fruits and vegetables. If you eat guavas in this manner you will be getting the most benefits out of them.

Medicinal Mushrooms

October 5, 2013

 medicinal-mushroom-review-logo-useFirst of all, I must confess that I never ate a mushroom before I became an adult. I had only read or heard about edible mushrooms here and there. To be honest, I didn’t think mushrooms looked very appealing in the first place. However, I was intrigued by their look.   Eventually, I ended up buying some mushrooms at a local supermarket. Then, I began to develop a taste for them.

In my opinion, the problem with mushrooms is that you either like them or hate them. Personally, I like to eat them together with some type of meat. However, before you dismiss the idea of consuming mushrooms in any form, you should consider their medicinal properties.

 Nowadays, I use mushrooms mainly in supplemental form to strengthen my immune system. I have found that they play an important role in keeping me healthy, especially during the cold season. I think the reason for their beneficial effects on my health is their long list of health benefits.

Here is a list of some of the health benefits of medicinal mushrooms:

1.     Mushrooms contain potent antioxidants.

2.     They also contain vitamins such as some forms of vitamins B, and D.

3.     They contain minerals such as iron, potassium, and selenium.

4.     Mushroom extracts have been shown to increase immune system activity.

5.     Some types of mushroom have been shown to possess natural cancer-fighting properties because they contain a type of polysaccharide called beta glucan. Beta glucan is found in several mushrooms, yeasts, and other foods.  Beta glucan is believed to stimulate the immune system and activate certain cells and proteins that attack cancer, including macrophages, T-cells, natural killer cells, and interleukin-1 and -2.

If you are interested in trying any of these types of mushrooms, you should begin with some of the most popular types such as reishi, shiitake, maitake, cordyseps, or chaga mushrooms. Alternatively, you can try taking them in a multi-mushroom complex form. This way, you will be guaranteed to take advantage of their various benefits.

 

 


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