The Power of Leafy Greens – 5 Green Nutritional Heroes

The Power of Leafy Greens – 5 Green Nutritional Heroes

 

Leafy greens can be eaten from so many different types of vegetables and plants. When you make sure they are organic and not GMO, they will sustain your body and mind in incredibly surprising ways.

Here are 5 green herbs or veggies that you must start consuming for better health:

  • 1. Kale – This leafy green is full of vitamins A, C and K, carotenoids, and flavanoids – two important cancer fighting ingredients. It contains more iron than many red meats, too!
  • 2. Parsley– An amazingly healthful herb, parsley is often thought of as just a garnish, but it has much more to offer than just a pretty, green face. It is full of vitamins K, C, A and folate. Parsley also containsimportant volatile oils including myristicin, limonene, eugenol, and alpha-thujene as well as many flavonoids—including apiin, apigenin, crisoeriol, and luteolin. Parsely is considered a ‘chemoprotective food’ that helps to minimize carcinogens in the body. Here are some parsley health benefits.
  • 3. Spinach – This leafy green is so powerful it can reduce skin cancers, ovarian cancer, and prostate cancer. Spinach is full of vitamins A, K, D, and E, and minerals manganese, potassium, and magnesium. The pop-eye veggie also contains a substance called apigenin, which has specifically been shown to be help with several cancers. Spinach is a great source of Omega 3 fatty acids, and also supports bone health.
  • 4. Arugula– a.k.a. Rocket.       rocket
  • This leafy green is full of magnesium, potassium, and vitamins A, C, and K. The herb is also pact with phytonutrients to keep your body free of cancer. Ancient Romans also found that arugula was an aphrodisiac.
  • 5. Sunflower Greens – Sunflowers offer incredible health benefits, and you can eat many parts of the plant. Finding fresh sunflower sprouts is very difficult, but it is so simple to grow your own. Sunflower greens offer one of the most balanced forms of a complete plant protein around. They provide all the essential amino acids and help to repair muscle tissue while supporting the enzymes of the body to do their jobs as well. In addition, they are full of other health-boosting nutrients. Here are just 11 reasons to grow and eat sunflower greens.

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The Complete Guide to Understanding Probiotics and Prebiotics

 

The complete guide to understanding Probiotics

and Prebiotics

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By Mike Bundrant

Posted Friday, September 13, 2013 at 07:47pm EDT

Guest post by Alexander Shikhman, MD

The human gut contains a myriad of microorganisms which form a well-orchestrated ecosystem known as microbiota.

Human microbiota plays a vital role in the human body via regulation of immune and inflammatory responses, production of certain vitamins and biologically active substances, scavenging of non-digested food components and human body metabolites (for example, uric acid causing gout) and feeding the intestinal lining.

Disturbances in the human microbiota caused by antibiotics, excessive carbohydrate consumption, prolonged use of birth control pills, immunosuppression and anti-inflammatory drugs can result in colon inflammation, yeast overgrowth, leaky gut syndrome and eventually trigger chronic fatigue, brain fog, insomnia and headaches.

Probiotics are live microorganisms that improve intestinal microbial balance and suppress pathogenic microorganisms. They can be consumed in the form of food supplements or as a part of live fermented foods such as pickled vegetables, sauerkraut, live yogurt, buttermilk, kefir, kimchi and gluten-free soy sauce.

Clinical and research data demonstrate that probiotics benefit people with chronic diarrhea and irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). Certain probiotic strains (Lactobacillus acidophilus, Lactobacillus casei, Lactococcus lactis) may help with the digestion of lactose, soy and animal proteins (Lactobacillus plantarum). Probiotics (Lactobacillus salivarius, Bifidobacterium bifidus,  Bifidobacterium lactis) can be used for prophylaxis of colon cancer  and to lower cholesterol and blood pressure (Saccharomyces boulardii, Lactobacillus acidophilus, Lactobacillus casei).

Another important aspect of probiotics (Saccharomyces boulardii, Lactobacillus acidophilus) is their ability to eradicate Helicobacter pylori – a microorganism causing gastric and duodenal ulcers and to reduce symptoms of antibiotic-associated diarrhea due to Clostridium difficile.

Recently, a particular probiotic, Bacillus coagulans, was shown to possess strong anti-inflammatory activity and benefit people with rheumatoid arthritis and ulcerative colitis. Finally, probiotics (Lactobacillus rhamnosus) can be used to treat various skin diseases like eczema.

Selecting probiotics for individual use may be tough to navigate due to the broad variety of strains, strengths and brands available in the market.

Commercially available probiotics come in the form of single-strain or multiple strain preparations. For general purposes, it is preferred to use multiple strain products to imitate the diverse environment of the human gut.

The amount of consumed probiotics is counted in Colony Forming Units (CFUs).  In general, if you take probiotics just for maintenance of intestinal health, you should take 20-25 billion CFUs a day.  During antibiotic therapy, increase consumption to 100 billion CFUs a day. Treatment of chronic yeast (Candida) infection, leaky gut syndrome and colitis quite often requires the daily dose of probiotics in the range of 100-500 billion CFUs a day.

The use of probiotics is not recommended in individuals with acute and chronic pancreatitis, in individuals undergoing stem cells and organ transplantation, as well as in individuals with a severely compromised immune system.
What are prebiotics and why are they important?

Prebiotics are non-digestible carbohydrate-based food ingredients that stimulate the growth of beneficial bacteria (bifidobacteria and lactic acid bacteria) in the gastrointestinal tract. In contrast to probiotics, prebiotics are not live microorganisms but rather heat-resistant fiber like substances.

The health effects of prebiotics are mediated via increased production of short-chain fatty acids by the stimulated bacteria, which feed normal gut microbiota and provides the energy supply to the epithelial cells that form the intestinal lining.

Natural products rich in prebiotics include various vegetables including asparagus, garlic, leek, onion, and artichoke. Another valuable source of prebiotics is brewer’s yeast.

My preferred prebiotic is mannan-oligosaccharides or MOS, a product derived from the cell wall of the brewer’s yeast, Saccharomyces cerevisiae. MOS is not only a prebiotic but also an immune polysaccharide—a molecule possessing one of the strongest stimulatory effects on mucosal immune responses. Another unique property of MOS includes its inhibitory effects on the attachment of pathogenic bacteria to the intestinal lining, restoration of intestinal villi and stimulation of digestive enzymes.

Other helpful tips:

Initial consumption of pre- and probiotics, especially at high doses and high CFUs, result in excessive gas formation, bloating and associated abdominal discomfort. Be patient– these problems typically disappear in 3-4 days.

In general, we recommend taking probiotics on an empty stomach. If you take probiotics at a dose equal to or above 100 billion CFUs, divide their consumption between AM and PM.

You do not need to take pre- and probiotics together. Prebiotics can be taken with meals.

Try to use non-refrigeratable probiotics, such as Bacillus coagulans, when you travel.

If you take antibiotics, separate the consumption of prebiotics from the antibiotics by at least 2 hours.

Learn more about Dr. Shikhman at IFSMed and Gluten Free Remedies.

 

Natural Hair Colourants

 

 

 

 

How To Color Your Hair Using All Natural Herbal Ingredients

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Changing your hair color can create dramatic changes in your appearance. However, many people today are concerned that constant changing of hair hues may have negative effects on the quality and beauty of their hair due to the highly potent chemical ingredients found in many hair products. The good news is, we’ve just found a page with a whole list of all-natural hair coloring recipes that are chemical-free. Ok, you won’t get punk reds and blues, but these natural tints will still be of value for most people! Here’s a quick summary of a few of the ingredients used:

Henna

Probably the most famous natural hair color of all, henna’s glorious red is a fantastic shade and has been in use since really ancient times. We’ve written a full report on henna – including some important info about making sure you are getting pure henna that is not adulterated.

Chamomile

For people with light brown-colored or blond hair, chamomile shows promising results in enhancing the highlights of their hair. In fact, it is one of the most common ingredients of many hair products today. According to research, when mixed with olive oil, chamomile tea works best in cleansing, purifying and conditioning the hair until it become livelier and softer. Furthermore, this herb works efficiently in dealing with dandruff, oily scalp as well as dry and frizzy hair that normally comes with split ends. Chamomile is also capable of revitalizing the hair, strengthening its roots, and is reported to protect the hair against damages caused by the external environment.

Lemon

Applying the juice of this citrus fruit is probably one of the most effective natural ways in lightening the color of your hair. Known for its myriad health benefits, lemon acts as an excellent hair lightener that is capable of reducing the melanin pigment without causing adverse damages to the hair.

Calendula

Calendula is a useful herb for enhancing hair color and its quality. A flower best recognized for its bright golden blooms, calendula is fortified with powerful nutrients that sooth sensitive scalp and protect the hair against free radical damage. When used as rinse, calendula strengthens the hair roots and promotes better growth of hair. It can also be used to enhance hair highlights. This herb is also capable of making blond and red hair shinier and full of life.

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Eye Health and Help

19 Herbs for Vision and Eye Health

23rd May 2012

By Tony Isaacs – alignlife.com

What you consume has a tremendous affect on the health of your eyes, and lost vision can be restored by giving the body what it needs.

A plant based diets that provide ample amounts of vitamins, minerals and carotenoids is the first step in maintaining and restoring your eyesight.

When that is in place, the next phase is adding herbs and remedies that support and heal the eyes.  Here is a list of the top herbs for vision and eye health.

Herbs that keep eyes healthy

Pycnogenol is a powerful antioxidant derived from French maritime pine tree bark and the subject of more than 180 studies. Of particular note is its ability to reduce leakage into the retina by repairing capillaries in the eyes. While still largely unknown to American doctors, Pycnogenol is the leading prescription for diabetic retinopathy in France.

Coleus forskohliiPilocarpus jaborandi, and Triphala have all been used to lower intrarocular pressure via parasympathetic relaxation of the body. Triphala has long been used in Ayurvedic medicine for the treatment of glaucoma.

Saffron  is better known as the kitchen spice that gives curry its yellow color; however, it can have wonderful results for eye problems, including cataracts.  In a recent trial, every participant who took saffron had vision improvements and the researchers said the aromatic herb “may hold the key to preventing the loss of sight in the elderly”.

Saffron

Silymarin, the primary component of milk thistle , is a major liver support compound. The liver is the key organ for the eye, since all the fat soluble vitamins and glutathione are stored there and B vitamins are activated in the liver. The eye is subjected to bright light throughout the day and important ingredients for repair are stored in the liver.

Sillymarin

Bilberry  is high in a type of bioflavonoid that speeds the regeneration of rhodopsin, the purple pigment used by the eyes’ rods. British air force pilots in World War II ate bilberry jam to improve their night vision during evening sorties.

Ginko biloba  has been used for many centuries for eye and central nervous system problems. It is a selective cerebro-vascular dilator and seems to increase circulation to the back of the eye as well as increasing blood flow to the eye. It is also becoming an increasingly popular adjunct in the treatment of macular degeneration and glaucoma.

Remedies for the Eyes

* Bentonite clay poultices have been used successfully by many people with eye problems. Bentonite clay pulls out toxins that cause any different eye issues and is especially good for infections and eye strain. It has been reported to help restore vision in the instance of cataracts

*Mix one-half to one liter of a combination of carrot, celery, and parsley, and chicory juice to help nourish the optic nerve and muscular system. Amazing results have been reported using this formula.

*Use Fennel eaten raw, made into tea or used as an eyewash to help with vision problems, including cataracts.

*Endive juice is considered to be an effective remedy for myopia. It can also be mixed with other beneficial juices such as carrot, parsley, and celery.

*Cayenne is an anti-inflammatory for the mucus membranes and it increases blood flow to the eye when taken internally.

*Use Coleus dropped directly into the eye to increase blood flow to the eye and decrease intraocular pressure.

*Jaborandi is a herb that grows in the rainforest. It’s been used for well over 100 years in patients with glaucoma and it contains pilocarpine, an alkaloid compound which causes constriction of the pupils and reduces pressure within the eye.

Remedies Especially for Cataracts

*The use of carrots is considered beneficial in the treatment of cataracts. Take plenty of raw carrots daily or else drink two glasses of fresh carrot juice, one each in the morning and evening.

*Eat two or three cloves of raw garlic daily to clean the crystalline lens of the eye. The cloves should be chewed slowly.

*Mix an equal quantity of aniseed and coriander powder together with one teaspoon of brown sugar, and take the mixture in doses of 12 grams in the morning and evening.

*Place a few drops of  raw organic honey  in the eyes twice or more each day. This is an ancient Egyptian remedy which is reported to have benefitted many people with cataracts.

*Finely grind seven kernels of raw almonds together with half a gram of  black pepper and place in a half cup of water. Sweeten with raw honey and drink the mixture to help the eyes regain vigor and clarity.

*Twice daily, close your eyes and bathe them with hot (but not scalding) water containing Epsom salts. In addition, take an Epsom salts bath at least twice a week. Remain in the bath from twenty-five to thirty-five minutes till you perspire freely. After the bath, cool off gradually.

When it comes to eye remedies, the best results may well come from combining one or more of the suggested remedies.

Two final ingredients essential to improving vision and maintaining eye health are patience and perseverance.  Most vision problems do not develop overnight and it is unlikely to correct such problems overnight.  However, with patience and perseverance vision problems can often be improved and perhaps even corrected entirely.  And, with good a good diet, habits and other items such as those described in this article, you may be able to maintain good eyesight for a long, long time.

Article Sources

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hyperopia
mayoclinic.com/health/astigmatism/DS00230
sciencedaily.com/releases/2010/07/100701145537.htm
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zeaxanthin
mdsupport.org/library/lutzean.html
myopia.org/
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en.wikipedia.org/wiki/B_vitamins
tbyil.com/Deepak_Chopra_Eye_Exercises.htm
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About The Author:

Tony Isaacs, is a natural health advocate and researcher and the author of books and articles about natural health, longevity and beating cancer including “Cancer’s Natural Enemy“. Mr. Isaacs also has The Best Years in Life website for baby boomers and others wishing to avoid prescription drugs and mainstream managed illness and live longer, healthier and happier lives naturally. He is currently residing in scenic East Texas and frequently commutes to the even more scenic Texas hill country near San Antonio and Austin to give lectures in health seminars. Mr. Isaacs also hosts the CureZone “Ask Tony Isaacs – featuring Luella May” forum as well as the Yahoo Health Group “Oleander Soup“. He is working on a major book project due for publication later this year.

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Kidney Stones and Cleanse

Simple kidney cleanse with parsley

Kidney cleanse
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You would have most probably come across many articles on kidney cleanse using fruits, herbs and oils. Some are very straight forward, while others are more complicated.
Kidney Stones
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Before we go further on this topic, just a short refresher information on kidney stones. While our kidneys are filtering our blood, crystal-like substances are formed inside them. Over the years, these minute substances accumulated to form stones. These stones can be inside the kidneys or they can travel down the tubes which carry urine to the bladder. When these stones are too large to pass through the narrow tubes, the person will experience severe pain. So we need to do kidney cleanse periodically. But if you are having stones, then you must do kidney cleanse immediately.

Common kidney cleanse remedies
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The most common natural kidney cleanse remedies are fruit juices. Apples, lemons and even water-melons. While virgin olive oil is recommended to aid flush out the stones.

Here I would like to share with you a very simple herbal kidney cleanse treatment with parsley. Parsley is high in potassium and in Vitamins B, A and C. It is rich in iron and chlorophyll, together with sodium, copper, thiamin and riboflavin. Parsley is believed to be effective in increasing elimination of urea.

Just a word of caution. This remedy is not to be used during pregnancy or during menstrual period.

Easy steps for kidney cleanse
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Follow these easy steps for kidney cleanse.

1. Cut a bunch of parsley into smaller pieces.
2. Boil the parsley in a pot of water for 10 minutes.
3. Let it cool down and then sieve and discard the parsley.
4. Pour the filtered water into bottles or any container and keep in fridge.
5. Drink one glass of the water daily.
6. You should notice the sediments in your urine.
7. You should feel a sense of well-being after that.

Not a guarantee, try it. You have nothing to lose.
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For some strange reasons, natural remedies may not be effective for everyone. Maybe we have different constituents in our bodies. If this parsley treatment is not effective for you, just treat it as a “health” drink. You have nothing to lose. But make sure you consult your doctor for alternate treatment.

Plenty of water intake is still the best.
Be that as it may, all of us know that we should drink plenty of water every day to help our kidneys do the work effectively. Don’t take health for granted. Health problems may strike at any time to our surprise without warning.

Hope this simple kidney cleanse procedure helps you to keep healthy.

DISCLAIMER
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The information provided in this article is sourced from the internet, from friends and contacts, and from personal experience. As I cautioned in my article, not every remedy will work on everyone. So is conventional medical treatment. It very much depends on the constituents of the person and the conditions peculiar to that person. Whatever the reasons, this article does not claim the information provided is totally accurate and reliable and will cure everyone. The purpose of this article is merely to inform visitors that there are alternative cures for all ailments.

You are therefore advised to consult your registered medical physicians as a matter of due diligence.

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Candida

Kill candida overgrowth with these nine powerful herbs

by Elizabeth Walling

(NaturalNews) Whether you are battling full-blown candida overgrowth or simply want to prevent future infections from occurring, herbs are a powerful tool for naturally keeping candida at bay. Here`s a list of nine highly effective herbal remedies for candida:

#1 Oregano Oil

The phenols in oregano oil are highly concentrated and extremely effective in fighting bacterial infections, fungal infections and candida overgrowth. Wild organic oregano oil is known to be especially effective in fighting conditions like candida.

#2 Olive Leaf Extract

The oleuropein in olive leaf extract is used by the body to fight fungal infections caused by candida overgrowth. A high-potency standardized olive leaf extract can obliterate candida quite effectively.

#3 Pau D`Arco

Another popular anti-candida herb, Pau D`Arco is often brewed into a tea. Drinking one cup per day is an easy way to harness its antifungal properties.

#4 Garlic

Garlic is a powerful antibacterial and antifungal agent. Candida cannot survive when garlic is present, so consistency is the key. Garlic can simply be added to your normal meals, but most find it more convenient (and less odorous) to take standardized garlic capsules three times per day.

#5 Neem     Used extensively in Ayurvedic medicine, neem is known for stimulating the immune system and fighting infections and fungal overgrowth. It is also a potent detoxifier. Neem oil can also be applied topically as needed.

#6 Apple Cider Vinegar

Not quite an herb (but too effective to leave off this list), apple cider vinegar balances the pH level of your body and can prevent harmful pathogens like candida from growing out of control. A teaspoon to a tablespoon taken before each meal can aid digestion and prevent undigested food particles from feeding candida in the gut.

#7 Echinacea

Although echinacea is best known for stopping a cold in its tracks, this herb also provides anti-candida benefits. It supports your immune system in the fight against candida as well as other infections.

#8 Black Walnut

Black walnut is a natural herb which contains tannins that not only kill fungal overgrowth like candida, but also kill parasites. It may be especially useful for those who suffer from both candida overgrowth and a parasitical infection.

#9 Coconut Oil

Also not an herb, but coconut oil`s anti-candida properties are too powerful to ignore. The medium chain fatty acids that make coconut oil such a great energy source are also what fuel its ability to fight candida. Fatty acids like caprylic acid and lauric acid are potent antifungal agents. Work up to taking three tablespoons of coconut oil per day to harness its anti-candida power.

Note: Avoid jumping into any anti-candida regimen too quickly. Killing off candida too fast can produce a die-off reaction that includes symptoms like foggy thinking, headaches and chills. For some this can be quite uncomfortable. If you notice these symptoms, cut back on your dose and start again more slowly when symptoms subside.

For more information:

http://www.sheilashea.com/candida.html

http://www.naturalnews.com/025452.html

http://www.naturalnews.com/025478_g…

http://www.naturalnews.com/025199.html

http://www.naturalnews.com/z033459_candida_natural_remedies.html

About the author

Elizabeth Walling is a freelance writer specializing in health and family nutrition. She is a strong believer in natural living as a way to improve health and prevent modern disease. She enjoys thinking outside of the box and challenging common myths about health and wellness. You can visit her blog to learn more:
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