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More Reasons To Eat Ginger for Good Health

Ginger is an ancient wonder spice and is given the status of a “natural medicine chest” in ancient Ayurvedic medicine. That’s because this wonder spice has time-tested, digestion-friendly properties, in addition to its numerous other health benefits.

If you want to improve your health, lose weight, fight inflammation, and maintain your brain performance, then you may want to always use ginger in all your foods. Here is a look at some of the best reasons for using more ginger.

  1. Natural Decongestant

You can use ginger as a natural decongestant. This could help you deal with common cold, sinusitis, and any other illness that causes congestion. Ginger contains anti-histamines that will help break up mucus, relieve headaches, sore throats, and other symptoms related to the cold or flu.

  1. Improve Digestion

Ginger can improve your digestion and digestive health. It increases the amount of digestive acid in your stomach, promotes better gastric motility and boosts your metabolism. If you have been suffering from digestive issues, try consuming more ginger.

  1.  Prevent Flatulence

You may think that spicy ginger would irritate the stomach, but ginger is in fact a soothing herb. It is an anti-flatulence that is used to reduce gas, bloating and flatulence. If you fight gas or flatulence often, try adding fresh ginger to your meals or have an after-dinner cup of ginger tea.

  1.  Fight Inflammation

One of the greatest benefits of ginger is that it can help fight inflammation. If you have arthritis or an condition that causes inflammation, then you should include more ginger in your diet. These benefits actually work quickly, so you may notice a reduction in your inflammation within a few hours.

  1.  Prevent Heartburn

If you regularly have to deal with acid reflux, consume more ginger. Ginger helps with digestion and reduce the symptoms of acid reflux, or heartburn. In fact, many people find that ginger is more effective than most acid reflux medications.

  1.  Prevent Nausea

Use more ginger to deal with motion sickness, morning sickness related to pregnancy, and general nausea. Ginger may even help reduce nausea related to chemotherapy.

  1.  Prevent Alzheimer’s Disease

There is growing evidence that consuming ginger on a regular basis can help prevent the development or the spread of Alzheimer’s Disease and reduce brain deterioration. When digestive health (our second brain) is healthy, our brain is healthy.

  1.  Maintain Blood Sugar Levels

If you have diabetes, consuming ginger could help you maintain low blood sugar levels. Ginger has anti-diabetic properties that can help prevent spikes in blood sugar levels, lower cholesterol levels, and lower high blood pressure.

  1.  Promote Weight Loss

Ginger can provide you with a boost of energy, improve your metabolism, and help you lose weight. In fact, almost all of the benefits listed could help you with your weight loss goals.

  1. Improve Absorption Of Nutrients

The final benefit in this list is the ability of ginger to improve the absorption of nutrients in other foods. By including more ginger in your diet, you can receive more vitamins and minerals from the foods that you eat. Ginger activates enzymes that promote the absorption of nutrients.

 

Deciding How Much Ginger to Use

 Now that you know why you should use more ginger, how much ginger should you use? You may not have to keep track of exactly how much ginger you use each day, but many people claim that including at least 2 tablespoons of fresh ginger in their meals and tea each day can help them get over the common cold or other illnesses.

Ginger is incredibly beneficial, affordable, and readily available. You have no reason to avoid ginger, unless you are allergic to it. So if you want to promote better health, grab some fresh ginger root and start adding it to your foods and juices.

 

 

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7 ‘Healthy’ Habits That Are Making You Fat

Habits that's Making You FatThere are many different myths that people follow, when trying to lose weight, that could lead to weight gain. When you try to watch what you eat and follow healthy eating habits, it is important that you find honest advice backed by medical research.

The following eight weight loss habits are actually myths that could backfire and cause you to gain weight. Before starting a new diet or changing your eating habits, look over these common weight loss myths.

  1. Counting Calories

Cutting calories is not always the best option for losing weight. Obviously, if you eat a lot of food, you are going to have trouble losing weight, so cutting calories can have some benefits; however, this should not be the focus of your diet. Just because you are counting calories does not mean that you can eat whatever you want.

Many people run into the problem, when counting calories, of filling their calories with junk food. Energy bars or granola bars sold with “low-calories” most often are not helpful as they are processed foods. Instead of focusing on the calories, you should focus on the food. Look for healthier options, instead of worrying so much about calories.

Tip: ALL fruits and vegetables have very low calories, and they are healthy too. Eat as much as you want!

  1. Eating Low Fat Foods

Don’t be tricked into thinking that a food with “low fat” on its label is better or will help you to lose weight. Many “low-fat”, “reduced fat”, and “fat-free” foods are really not what they claim to be.A recent study found that 10% of diet foods contain the same or more calories than the regular stuff, and that 40% had more sugar.

When food companies remove fat from their products, they will have to use more sugar, salt, and artificial additives to make the food taste better. These additives are really more harmful than fat itself.

A research also showed that a “low-fat” nutrition label leads all consumers, especially those who are overweight, to overeat. This certainly will defeat the purpose of your wanting to eat healthy and lose weight.

  1. Eating A High-Protein Diet

If you’re eating a high-protein diet that you think will help you to lose weight, eating a meaty meal is not desirable in late evening as your digestive system slows down in the evening.

The wrong foods that you eat at a late hour will not be used up as fuel, thus will be stored away as fats that you will find difficult to lose.

Try avoiding these types of food and realize how light you will feel the next morning.

  1. Avoiding Carbohydrates

The low-carb diets have become a popular way to try to lose weight. While some low-carb diets may be useful for dropping a few pounds, studies suggest that they can be bad for your health —in the long run.

A very low carb diet can lead to an imbalanced gut flora. When you avoid carbs, you’re also avoiding important prebiotics (i.e. food for your gut flora) like soluble fiber and resistant starch. These prebiotics are essential for promoting the growth of beneficial gut flora. Without them, your beneficial flora can’t produce as much gut-healing substances, and your microbiome composition may even shift in an undesirable direction.

You’re only as healthy as your gut is: an unhealthy gut contributes to everything from obesity and diabetes, to digestive illness, to autoimmune disease, to skin disorders and various other diseases. Opt for the healthy carbohydrates that you get from fruits and vegetables.

  1. Salad is Healthy

Salad is not always healthy—IF you add salad dressings full of unhealthy fat and fried or processed meats, then a green salad can quickly become an unhealthy meal.

If you want to eat a healthy salad, skip mayonnaise, thousand islands and the like. Make your own healthy dressing with balsamic vinegar or apple cider vinegar, with some extra virgin oil and a tinge of honey if you like. Focus on including healthy ingredients—dark, leafy greens and other fresh ingredients, such as fruit.

  1. Avoiding Fat

Fat is often thought of as something that you need to avoid. What many people do not realize is that there is healthy fat and unhealthy fat. Actually, fat should comprise at least 20 percent of your daily calories.

Unhealthy fats to avoid are foods

  • Vegetable cooking oil
  • Hydrogenated fats (read the labels)
  • Transfats
    Fried foods (French fries, doughnuts, deep-fried fast foods)
  • Margarine (avoid at all cost!)
  • Vegetable shortening
  • Baked goods (cookies, cakes, pastries)
  • Processed snack foods (crackers, microwave popcorn)

Healthy fats to include that will actually help with your weight loss:

  • Saturated fats
  • Coconut oil (for cooking)
  • Extra virgin olive oil (not for cooking)
  • Avocado
  • Shea butter
  • Fatty fish
  • Nuts and seeds

 

  1. Working Out While Hungry

Some people believe that skipping a meal before a workout can help them burn more fat. The thought process behind this is that if you deprive your body of fuel before the workout, you will be able to burn more calories. Unfortunately, this is not a good idea. Your body needs fuel, for you to get more out of your workout.

A glass of green juice may also keep you feeling full and provide you the energy you need for your workout that will continue to burn fats even while you’re sleeping.

If you have had trouble losing weight, before you start a new diet, you should make sure that you are not following any of these weight loss myths. There is no shortcut to losing weight. If you want to drop a few pounds, you need to focus on eating healthy foods.

You do not need to completely change your diet to start losing weight. Combine some moderate exercise with a healthy meal plan.

 

 

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The Health Benefits of Cucumbers

Most people are unaware of the immense health benefits of cucumber and would avoid eating cucumber where possible. Fresh cucumber may taste “bland” to some but its thirst-quenching and cooling properties are refreshing. It acts as an anti-oxidant when taken together with fried and barbequed foods.

Here’s a list of health benefits of cool cucumber:

Acidity:  The alkalinity of the minerals in cucumber juice effectively helps in regulating the body’s blood pH, neutralizing acidity. The juice is also soothing for the treatment of gastric and duodenal ulcers.

Blood pressure:  Like celery, this colorless drink can help regulate blood pressure because of its minerals and traces of sodium.

Connective tissues, building:  The excellent source of silica contributes to the proper construction of connective tissues in our body as in the bones, muscles, cartilage, ligaments and tendons.

Cooling:  During dry and hot weather, drink a glass of cucumber + celery juice. It wonderfully helps to normalize body temperature.

Diuretic:  Cucumber juice is diuretic, encouraging waste removal through urination. This also helps in the dissolution of kidney stones.

Fever:  The temperature regulating properties in cucumber juice makes it a suitable drink when you have a fever.

Inflammation:  The Chinese think that cucumbers are too “cooling” and not suitable for people with rheumatism. But we know now that cucumber can help counter uric acids that are causing inflammation in joints. When cucumber is taken it does its cleaning work at the joints, thus stirring up pain as it eliminates the uric acid. This means it also help other inflamed conditions like arthritis, asthma, and gout.

Hair growth:  The silicon and sulfur content in cucumber juice makes it especially helpful in promoting hair growth. Drink it mixed with carrot, lettuce or spinach juice.

Puffy eyes:  Some people wake up in the morning with puffy eyes, probably due to too much water retention in the body (or having cried to sleep). To reduce the puffiness, lie down and put two slices of cucumber on the eyes for a good ten minutes.

Skin conditions:  The high amount of vitamin C and anti-oxidants in cucumber makes it an important ingredient in many beauty creams for treating eczema, psoriasis, acne, etc.

Sunburn:  When there is a sunburn, make cucumber juice and rub it on the affected area for a cooling and healing effect.

Water retention: It supplies the necessary electrolytes and restores hydration of the body cells, thus reducing water retention.

Consumption Tips

Choose cucumbers that are dark green in color and firm to the touch. Avoid those that are yellowish or are wrinkled at either ends. Thinner cucumbers have fewer seeds than those that are thicker.

Store cucumbers in the fridge to retain its freshness. Cut cucumbers should be kept wrapped up or in an air-tight container and kept in the fridge. Consume within a day or two.

Caution

Where possible, buy organic as cucumbers may be waxed or have pesticides.

 

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7 Big Herbs You Can Grow at Home

By Erica Glasener – networx.com

I admit it, I live to eat. I also enjoy cooking and having fresh herbs to use for soups, stews and salads. With this in mind I grow herbs in pots and in the ground. As far as I’m concerned one can never have too much basil, parsley or rosemary. The good news is that many of these large herbs are easy to grow and not only are they tasty but they are pretty in pots whether you grow them on their own or combine them with other herbs and flowers.

For best growth and production most herbs need full sun (4 to 6 hours of direct sun) and excellent drainage but you don’t have to have a big garden to grow them. A balcony or window box will suffice. Depending on what part of the country you live in there are annual, biennial and perennial types.

1. Giant Italian Parsley

Giant Italian parsley (Petroselinum crispum) is a biennial in Zones 6 to 9, but often grown as an annual. I prefer the taste and look of this giant flat leaf parsley to that of the more common curly parsley. Plants get large and bushy and produce many leaves. In mild climates it stays evergreen all winter.

2. Rosemary

Another evergreen herb, native to the Mediterranean, is rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis). A perennial in Zones 8 to 10, it is great for seasoning meats and vegetables. Its delightful scented leaves make it a welcome addition to flower arrangements too. While often seen in small starter pots, rosemary plants will become bush-size if allowed to flourish.

3. Sage

Winter hardy in Zones 5 to 10, sage (Salvia officinalis) can grow 2 to 3’ tall or taller and 2’ wide. This aromatic herb is popular for seasoning meats, sauces and vegetable dishes.

4. Lemon Balm

Also known for its fragrance is the perennial herb lemon balm (Melissa officinalis) hardy inZones 4 to 9. The lemon scented leaves are popular for making teas or adding to baths for a calming effect. Plants easily grow to 2’ tall.

5. Lavender

If you love lavender scented soaps and sachets, try growing some of your own lavender, including the cold hardy English lavender (Lavandula angustifolia); perennial in Zones 5 to 9 and popular as a companion for roses. Spanish or French lavender (Lavandula stoechas) has large showy purple flowers and is also aromatic. Both of these lavenders are good candidates for containers.

6. Large Leaf Italian Basil

Basil (Ocimum basilicum) is a popular herb used (both fresh and dried) for Italian cooking including pizzas, salads, sauces and pesto. Large leaf Italian or lettuce leaf basil (Ocimum basilicum var. crispum) has leaves that look lettuce-like and can be up to 3 to 4 inches long on plants that grow up to 2’ tall. This annual can be started from seed indoors (under grow lights) in late winter and transplanted to the garden or a container outdoors, once the fear of frost is passed. For a contrast try growing the large purple sweet basil too.

7. Hyssop

Hyssop (Hyssopus officinalis) is a perennial herb in Zones 4 to 9. The aromatic leaves are used to season soups, salads, liqueurs and stews. The flowers attract butterflies and hummingbirds. Like rosemary, this herb will grow as high and wide as a small bush.

About the Author

Erica Glasener is an Atlanta gardener and horticulturist.

8 Habits That May Be Causing You Hypothyroidism

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Hypothyroidism (when the body lacks sufficient thyroid hormone) is especially common, and diet and lifestyle habits are a major contributor. When working on correcting thyroid issues it is important to calm the immune system down by reducing sources of inflammation. Inflammation is a result of poor diet and other stressors, dramatically altering the conversion of TH.

Here are the 8 habits that may be causing you hypothyroidism, and if you already have a thyroid issue, it may get worse.

1. A low fat diet. While a low fat diet is great for losing weight, we tend to overdo it and what happens is we are not getting the nourishing fat that we need. If you notice that your focus is off often or that you have a low attention span AND you have been on a low-fat diet, you may not be getting enough fat to feed your brain. Stop!

2. Take that nap! Are you getting enough sleep? There is something about our society that just holds in high esteem the idea that less is more when it comes to sleep but you can be causing your own hypothyroidism by not sleeping enough.

3.The Yes person! It is hard to say no to all the invites and gatherings but overdoing in the commitment department is just stressful for your body and it can put a strain on your system.

4. Diet soda habit. If you drink diet soda, just stop. It is loaded up with toxic sugar and artificial chemicals. Diet soda doesn’t mean it has no sugar, it is simply that it has artificial sweeteners that are really worse than regular sugar. Quit!

5. Drinking adult beverages. Alcohol even in small amounts can cause you a great deal of issues with your blood sugar levels. It is a habit that you should break immediately.

6. Drinking caffeinated beverages. Caffeine can mess with your entire adrenal system. We all reach for that cup of coffee in the morning or that nice hot cup of tea. Although freshly-brewed coffee may be high in antioxidants, people with thyroid issues should really just avoid it totally.

7. Vegetable oil. If part of your daily habit is to slather on margarine instead of butter and use vegetable oil when you cook, you are furthering the deterioration of your adrenal system.

8. Gluten. A thyroid problem typically means a gluten problem as well. No one is quite sure how they are specifically connected but there is a link. Gluten intolerance cannot really be tested for. Just give up gluten for 30 days and see how it works out for you. If you feel better after 30 days then you know that gluten is adding to your issues.

Hypothyroidism can cause so many problems in your life from health problems to relationship problems (because you are too tired to deal with people). Taking simple steps to adjust your diet and lifestyle can easily improve the quality of life while you get your thyroid back on track.

 

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