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Natural Remedies for Hypoglycemia

takingBLOODLow blood sugar or hypoglycemia is a disorder of blood sugar metabolism. Hypoglycemia is the medical term for the condition in which blood glucose or blood sugar levels are lower than normal  levels. Glucose, which is one of the main sources of energy for the human body is mainly derived from carbohydrate rich foods. Foods like potatoes, rice, various fruits,  different cereals, and dairy products along with  sweets are also considered carbohydrates.

Craving for Sweets
A craving for sweets and starch in excessive amounts between meals is the first sign of a low blood sugar level.
Nervousness, Irritability, Fatigue
When the blood sugar level falls below normal symptoms such as nervousness, irritability, fatigue, depression, disturbed vision, and headaches appear.
Sweating, Trembling, numbness
Other symptoms are sweating, trembling, numbness, absent-mindedness, dizziness, palpitations of the heart, and some sexual disturbances. Most hypoglycemia patients feel hungry and eat frequently to get over the feeling of weakness and emotional irritability. They feel tense if they have to go without food for several hours. 
Low Blood Sugar Causes
Low blood sugar (which is also known as Hypoglycemia) is usually caused by an excessive intake of refined carbohydrates and sugary foods. Hypoglycemia is a condition characterized by abnormally low blood glucose (blood sugar) levels, usually less than 70 mg/dl. However, it is important to talk to your health care provider about your individual blood glucose targets, and what level is too low for you. Hypoglycemia may also be referred to as an insulin reaction, or insulin shock.

Low Blood Sugar Remedies

Certain vitamins have been found effective in the treatment of low blood sugar. These vitamins are  C, E, and B complex. Foods rich in these vitamins are therefore valuable in low blood sugar. Vitamins C and B increase tolerance of sugar and carbohydrates, and help normalize sugar metabolism. Pantothenic acid and vitamin B6 help to build up adrenals which are generally exhausted in persons with low blood sugar. Vitamin E improves glycogen storage in the muscles and tissues. Individuals should take vitamin C in large doses from 2,000 to 5,000 mg B6 – 50 mg, and vitamin E – upto 1600 IU daily

Treatment for Low Blood Sugar using Apples
Apples are considered valuable in low blood sugar. Two small apples with their peels should be eaten after each meal for treating this condition.
Treatment for Low Blood Sugar using Molasses
The use of molasses has been found very useful in low blood sugar. When blood sugar becomes abnormally low as a result of over exertion or under-nutrition, a glass of homemade lemonade made of molasses will serve as a tonic and prevent the feeling of faintness. It also serves the same purpose in the body as glucose.
Low Blood Sugar Diet – Grains, seeds, nuts, fruits and vegetables
The ideal diet for low blood sugar should be based on three basic food groups, namely, grains, seeds and nuts, vegetables and fruits. Seeds, nuts and grains should be the main part of the diet. Seeds and nuts should be taken in their raw form. Grains in the form of cereals, should be cooked. Cooked grains are digested slowly and release sugar into the blood gradually ( six to eight hours after meals). This will keep the blood sugar level normal and constant for a long period.
Eat 6-8 smaller meals per day
People suffering from a low blood sugar should eat six to eight meals a day instead of two or three large ones. Eating raw nuts and seeds such as pumpkin or sunflower seeds, or fruit juices between meals will be beneficial.
Avoid refined and processed foods, reduce salt intake
All refined and processed foods, white sugar, white flour and all their by-products should be completely eliminated from the diet. Coffee, alcohol, and soft drinks should also be avoided. The consumption of salt should be reduced as an excessive intake of salt causes loss of blood potassium, which causes blood sugar to drop.
Rest, relaxation, meditation
Proper rest is essential for those suffering from low blond sugar. A tranquil mind is of the utmost importance in this condition. Nervous strain and anxiety should be relieved by simple methods of meditation and relaxation. A prolonged bath at room temperature will also be helpful in relieving mental tension.

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Apple Cider Vinegar for All Hair Types (How to use and list of Benefits)

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Unfiltered apple cider vinegar can be used as an excellent treatment for the hair and scalp. When using it on your hair, apple cider vinegar is cleansing, gives the hair more body and luster and reduces hair-loss. It also reduces itching scalp and dandruff by destroying the bacteria and/or fungi that clog hair follicles.

When washing hair with this method, the alpha-hydroxy acid will help remove the build-up from styling hair products, enhancing the healthy and smooth the hair, making proper pH balance,  help hair growth and healthy scalp.

Also, washing your hair with apple cider vinegar will  kill bacteria and it is also an effective method of fighting dandruff . It also promotes blood circulation in small blood capillaries under the skin and is an antiseptic shampoo, anti-yeast, viruses and bacteria which  can cause infection in the scalp and hair.

The Benefits of using ACV Hair Rinse
– Neutralizes the pH levels of your hair follicles
– Removes dead skin cells and promotes healthy growth of hair
– Excellent for relieving itchy, dry and flaky scalp
– Relieves dandruff
– Removes build-up in hair
– Gives hair a nice shine

How To Use ACV for Various Types of Hair

Wave, Curly, Thick or Long Hair — 1/2 cup of ACV mixed with 1 quart of warm water

Straight, Fine, Thin or Short Hair –– 1 tablespoon of ACV mixed with 1 cup of warm water

Chemically straighten or treated hair — 1/2 cup of ACV mixed with 2 cups of warm water

Naturally Kinky or Thick Hair — 1 cup of ACV with 3 cups of water

HOW OFTEN CAN I USE THE ACV HAIR RINSE TREATMENT?

Wave, Curly, Thick or Long Hair — Use once every 2 weeks
Straight, Fine, Thin or Short Hair — Use once a week
Chemically straighten or treated hair — Use once a month
Naturally Kinky or Thick Hair — Use once every 6 — 8 weeks

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Delicious Drink Recipe – Homemade Ginger Ale

Light and sparkling, ginger ale has always been one of my favorite drinks. But drinking sugar-laden, chemically laced store bought soda is out of the question. This is the way Ginger Ale was made before it was commercialized and ruined. It was loaded with health benefits. The addition of real  vanilla in this recipe adds a wonderful depth of warmth to the spiciness of the ginger.

makes about 3 cups concentrate which should yield about 6 glasses of Ginger Ale

Ingredients

  • 4 cups water
    4- to 5-inch piece of ginger
    1 teaspoon white Stevia powder  (liquid Stevia works just as well)
    1 teaspoon natural vanilla extract
    a wedge of lime
    sparkling water (no artificial sweeteners)

Instructions

  1. Peel the ginger and cut it into slices.
  2. Bring the water to a boil in a medium saucepan. Add the ginger and simmer for 8 to 10 minutes.
  3. Strain the liquid into a heatproof glass container and add the Stevia and vanilla. Stir to dissolve.
  4. Store in the refrigerator until cold. Serve over ice with an equal amount of sparkling water and a wedge of lime. (I have also used lemon when I didn’t have lime)

As most of you know the ginger in this recipe has anti- inflammatory properties as well as being chemo-protective.  This is a great alternative for those of you who don’t buy store bought soda drinks!

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Salt Could Make You Stupid, Says Research

A new study suggests that eating less salt and exercising more may keep our brains smarter longer–in case you needed further motivation to put down the Doritos and head to the gym. This isn’t the first time that physical activity has been linked to better brain function, but the bit about sodium is something that might surprise you. Researchers didn’t investigate the mechanism by which salt makes us stupid (if that’s really true); they found a strong correlation between sedentary lifestyle, high sodium consumption and declining cognitive function. So should you put down the salt shaker?

If you love salty foods but you don’t love to exercise, the short answer is: yeah. The link between salt and brain function is hazy; researchers simply analyzed data from the Longitudinal Study on Nutrition and Successful Aging, and found a strong correlation between sodium intake, low physical activity and a decline in brain function with age. And that’s even after controlling for other factors like education level and overall diet. The researchers don’t claim that salt itself is responsible for eroding grey matter; they mainly see it as a marker that heralds poor overall health: Sodium is linked to blood pressure, and many think it also impacts bone health and overall cardiac health. But “this is  has been proven to cause high blood pressure.

But there is some good news in all this, especially for anyone who’s highly active. According to the researchers, your workouts could earn you a free salt pass. Says lead study author Carol Greenwood, a nutrition scientist and interim director of the Baycrest Kunin-Lunenfeld Applied and Evaluative Research in Toronto:

People who were physically active were protected, regardless of their sodium intake. What’s important is maintaining the integrity of the cardiovascular system, and the benefits of exercise are going to outweigh any negative effects we see with salt.

And Dr. David Katz, director of Medical Studies in Public Health at Yale University, adds:

It stands to reason that people who are more active, and fitter, and thus healthier overall, would better ‘withstand’ the potential harms of excess sodium than those lacking this immunizing benefit.

But at the end of the day, Katz reminds us:

Whether or not dietary sodium directly affects cognitive function in older people, its intake should be restricted to recommended levels, best achieved by eating fewer processed foods, and more foods direct from nature.

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10 Tips To Prevent Stomach Bloat For a Flatter Tummy

10 tips to prevent stomach bloat

You’d love to have a flat belly for the party tonight, but thanks to one too many sodas or that basket of tortilla chips, zipping your pants is a real struggle. Abdominal bloating not only looks bad, but can cause physical discomfort. The good news? Experts say stomach bloating is a condition you can avoid pretty easily.

We’re not talking about extra pounds of stomach fat here, but the temporary abdominal distention that plagues most everyone from time to time. Unless your stomach bloating is because of a medical condition, such as liver or heart disease, the only real cause is intestinal gas – not “water weight,” says Michael Jensen, MD, an endocrinologist and obesity researcher at Mayo Clinic.

It is a myth that bloating in the stomach is from fluid accumulation in healthy adults, because the abdomen is not a place where fluids accumulate first,” Jensen says. “Instead, you would see it in your feet or ankles as long as you are upright.”

So what causes gas to accumulate and wreak havoc on how you feel and look? Experts say there are several causes, from food intolerances to constipation.

 Flat Belly Tip No. 1: Avoid Constipation.

Too little fiber, fluids, and physical activity can lead to constipation, which can result in bloating, Jensen says.

To avoid this, eat a diet high in fiber (25 daily grams for women and 38 for men) from whole grains, fruits, vegetables, legumes, nuts, and seeds. Also, drink plenty of fluids (aim for 6-8 glasses a day) and aim for physical activity for at least 30 minutes, five times a week.

If you’re eating a low-fiber diet, gradually bump up the fiber level, making sure you also drink plenty of fluids for better tolerance.

Flat Belly Tip No. 2: Rule Out Wheat Allergies or Lactose Intolerance.

Food allergies and intolerances can cause gas and bloating, but these need to be confirmed by your doctor. Many people self-diagnose these conditions and unnecessarily eliminate healthy dairy and whole grains from their diets. If you suspect you have an allergy or intolerance, see your doctor for tests.

You may benefit from reducing the amount of the suspected food and/or eating it with other foods. In the case of dairy, it can help to choose aged cheeses and yogurts, which are lower in lactose.

Flat Belly Tip No. 3: Don’t Eat Too Fast.

Eating quickly and not chewing your food well can cause air swallowing that leads to bloating, says Dawn Jackson Blatner, RD, a spokesperson for the American Dietetic Association.

So slow down and enjoy your food. Your meals should last at least 30 minutes. Also, keep in mind that digestion begins in the mouth, and you can decrease bloating just by chewing your food more, Blatner says.

There’s another benefit to slowing things down: When you take your time to thoroughly chew and taste your food, your snack or meal becomes more satisfying. And studies have shown that if you eat more slowly, you may end up eating less.

Flat Belly Tip No. 4: Don’t Overdo Carbonated Drinks.

The fizz in carbonated drinks (even diet ones) can cause gas to get trapped in your belly, Blatner says.

Instead, drink water flavored with lemon, lime, or cucumber. Or just reduce the number of fizzy drinks you consume each day. Try some peppermint tea for a soothing beverage that may help reduce bloat.

Flat Belly Tip No. 5: Don’t Overdo Chewing Gum.

Chewing gum can also lead to swallowing air, which can cause bloating.

If you’ve got a gum habit, alternate chewing gum with sucking on a piece of hard candy or eating a healthy, high-fiber snack like fruit, vegetables, or lower-fat popcorn.

Flat Belly Tip No. 6: Watch Out for Sugar-Free Foods.

“Many of my patients suffer from bloating because they consume too much sugar alcohol in artificially sweetened foods and drinks,” which can lead to bloating, Blatner says.

Experts recommend consuming no more than 2-3 servings per day of artificially sweetened foods and drinks.

Flat Belly Tip No. 7: Limit Sodium.

Highly processed foods tend to be high in sodium and low in fiber, both of which can contribute to that bloated feeling, Jensen says.

Get in the habit of reading food labels, Blatner advises. When buying processed, canned, or frozen foods, shoot for no more than 500 mg of sodium per serving in any product — or a total of 2,300 mg of sodium per day. Look for labels that say “sodium free,” ” low sodium,” or “very low sodium.”

Flat Belly Tip No. 8: Go Slow with Beans and Gassy Vegetables.

If you’re not used to eating beans, they can cause that gassy feeling. So can the cruciferous family of vegetables, such as broccoli, Brussels sprouts, and cauliflower.

That doesn’t mean you should give up on these super-nutritious, high-fiber vegetables.

“Don’t be nervous about beans,” Blatner says. “Just work them into your diet slowly until your body adjusts to the compounds that can initially cause gas.”

Or, you can take an anti-gas product, which can help reduce gas from beans or vegetables.

Flat Belly Tip No. 9: Eat Smaller Meals More Often

Instead of three big meals per day, try eating smaller meals more often. This can keep you free of the bloated feeling that often follows large meals (think Thanksgiving). Eating more frequently can also help control blood sugar and manage hunger.

So go for five to six small meals each day, but make sure the quantity of food and calories are proportionate to your needs. To create a daily meal plan that includes the recommended amounts of all major nutrients, visit the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s “mypyramid” web site.

Flat Belly Tip No. 10: Try Anti-Bloating Foods and Drinks.

A few studies suggest that peppermint tea, ginger, pineapple, parsley, and yogurts containing probiotics (“good” bacteria) may help reduce bloating.

“These are safe foods that are good for you when used appropriately, so why not try them and see if they help you de-bloat?” says Blatner, author of The Flexitarian Diet.

A Final Word About Stomach Fat

Experts agree that laxatives, water pills, fasting, and skipping meals are not recommended, either to help you de-bloat or lose weight.

If you’re looking to flatten your belly for the long term, there’s no substitute for losing a few pounds, Jensen says.

“For most everyone, when you lose total body fat, your body reduces belly fat preferentially,” he says. “Even though people lose weight differently, there is a little more lost in the abdominal region than elsewhere.”

Experts also say that doing ab exercises all day long won’t get rid of the excess belly. Although you can’t necessarily spot reduce, you can strengthen abdominal muscles with routines like Pilates and exercise ball workouts. And, stronger muscles can help your belly appear flatter.

“Toning and strengthening the abdominal muscles can help you look less fat [and] improve your appearance, muscle tone, and posture, which is also very good for your back,” Jensen says.

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