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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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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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The Health Benefits of Cabbage

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The anti-cancer properties in cabbage makes it a powerfully healing food in combating the much feared disease, cancer. Studies after studies have shown that fresh cabbage juice has been effective in the treatment of a number of cancers and ulceration in the digestive tracts.

Anemia:  The super healing effect of the superior chlorophyll in cabbage has been found to be good for blood building.

Breast engorgement:  Peel off the outer layers of cabbage, run it slightly under the rolling pin and cap it over the breasts as close to the skin as possible, to soothe breasts engorgement. Wear your maternity brassiere over the cabbage and leave till the cabbage leaves wither. I have tried this and found it to be rather soothing, the preferred natural and cheaper alternative over taking drugs.

Cancer:  Daily and frequent consumption of cabbage juice has shown to be effective in preventing and treating cancers of the breast, colon, liver, lung and ovarian. A compound in cabbage, sulforaphane, also helps protect cells from invasion of carcinogens.

Constipation:  The slightly laxative effect of cabbage makes it effective in stimulating bowel movement. Eat the uncooked cabbage, either on its own, or juiced.

Digestive system:  The amino acid glutamine in cabbage juice is totally gentle and cleansing on the digestive system, detoxifying, repairing ulcers, healing and regenerating. The juice is to be taken in small amounts of about 100 ml, three times a day on an empty stomach.

Immune system:  A compound called histidine in cabbage is found to be useful in treating allergies and regulating the T-cells in our immune systems.

Skin wounds:  Flatten layers of cabbage leaves with a rolling pin, and wrap it around affected areas of wound—blisters, sores, skin eruptions (as in psoriasis), burns and ulcers. Keep in place with a bandage, until the leaves turn yellow then change the leaves and repeat till wounds heal. In between changes, clean and dry wounds.

Stomach and intestinal tracts:  The high sulphur, chlorine and iodine content in cabbage have the significant ability in cleansing the mucus membranes in the tracts.

Weight loss:  A substance in cabbage inhibits the conversion of sugar and other carbohydrates into fat, definitely a painless way of dieting.

Consumption Tips

When buying cabbage, choose the smaller variety, they taste better.

Cabbage is easier to digest in its raw fresh form than when cooked. The longer it is cooked, the less digestible it becomes. Cabbage sprouts are delicate and easier to digest, and they also contain higher levels of nutrients.

Avoid buying precut cabbage that are either halved or shredded. The moment the cabbage is cut, it begins to lose its nutrient contents. To store, keep the vegetable refrigerated in a perforated plastic bag to prevent loss of its vitamin C.

Caution

Raw cabbage juice may be unpalatable for some people, but the health benefits of its raw state is immense. You can also use the purple cabbage as they are the sweeter variety.

To make it easier on the taste buds, mix your cabbage juice with any of these: carrot, green apple, celery, cucumber, spinach or even a slice of lemon (with peel).

Take raw cabbage juice in small amounts initially if you are unfamiliar with drinking vegetable juice, gradually increasing.

Cabbage consumption may cause gas in some people, especially when cooked. In this case, add a few slices of turmeric in cooking to prevent gas, or limit your cabbage intake.

 

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7 Ways To Add Protein To Your Morning Smoothie

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Here are 10 ways to add protein to your morning smoothie to boost weight loss without relying on protein powder.
1. Hemp Seeds

Hemp seeds are a great source of protein, along with iron, magnesium, and omega-3 fatty acids. They have a slightly nutty flavor that pairs well with just about any fruit or vegetable. Use two tablespoons of hemp seeds to receive about 9 grams of protein.

2. Almonds

Like most nuts, almonds are a good source of protein and monounsaturated fats. You can either use whole almonds or almond butter. This hearty nut can also help curb sugar cravings. Use one ounce of whole almonds for 6 grams of protein or two tablespoons of almond butter for 7 grams of protein.

3. Pumpkin Seeds

Pumpkin seeds are incredibly nutritious, yet many people simply toss them when they scoop a pumpkin. They contain magnesium, which is needed for strong bones and muscle growth, along with 5 grams of protein per two tablespoons.

4. Tahini

Tahini is a paste made from ground sesame seeds and is commonly used as an ingredient in hummus recipes. It has a creamy texture, a healthy dose of fat, and an adequate amount of protein. Scoop two tablespoons of tahini into your smoothie to add 5.2 grams of protein.

5. Chia Seeds

Chia seeds can be used for more than growing your own grass in a terra cotta pot in the shape of a cartoon character. They are nutritious seeds and a good source of protein. Two tablespoons of chia seeds provide about 4.7 grams of protein.

6. Oats

Rolled steel oats are a hearty ingredient with a moderate amount of protein; though, they also provide an abundance of fiber.

Studies show that eating oats can help you control your appetite. Use a ½ cup of oats to add 3 grams of protein to your smoothie.

7. Avocados

Avocados provide healthy fats and protein that will help you stay full for a longer period of time. This makes avocados a great ingredient for your morning smoothie. A ½ cup of avocado has 2.3 grams of protein.

Pair with spinach, dates, almond milk, and a small amount of cocoa powder to create a healthy chocolate smoothie.

These 7 foods provide a simple way to add more protein to your smoothies. Protein powder is definitely not your only option when it comes to creating a filling smoothie that offers the protein you need to maintain your muscle mass or develop stronger muscles.

 

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