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The Healing Effects of Cherries

The Benefits of Cherries

Health Benefits of Cherries

Cherries like many other fruits are packed with antioxidants that fight free radicals in the body and may help prevent cancer and heart disease, as well as slow the aging process. Perhaps you’ve heard about the controversy between the FDA and the cherry industry and wondered what the fuss was about. Are cherries not as healthy to eat as you thought they were? Should you stop eating cherries? The answer is no.

The controversy is over certain health claims made by the cherry industry and those who sell products containing or made from cherries such as pills, capsules, and juice—and not the health benefits of cherries. While numerous scientific studies have demonstrated the health benefits of cherries, the FDA says that makers of products containing cherries cannot claim that their products prevent, treat, or cure a specific disease such as gout or cancer. The FDA says that these types of claims imply that cherries are “drugs” that cure a disease—without the backing of controlled double-blind clinical trials.

For the general population however, the bottom line is that there’s no reason not to eat cherries. There are two types of cherries, sweet and tart or sour cherries. The most popular type of sweet cherry is the Bing cherry, which is sold fresh in the grocery store. Tart or sour cherries are canned and used in pies, dried into fruit snacks, and made into juice concentrate. Like most other fruits, cherries are fat-free, low in calories and sodium, and high in certain minerals and vitamins such as potassium, Vitamin C, and B-complex vitamins.

Most of the scientific research has centered on the health benefits of tart cherries. Sweet and tart cherries contain pigments called anthocyanins, antioxidants that give cherries their dark red color. Tart cherries are among the top fruits as far as antioxidant levels go. Tart cherry juice and dried tart cherries are even higher in antioxidants than blueberries and more powerful than Vitamin E. Anthocyanins have powerful anti-inflammatory properties and according to the American Chemical Society, eating 20 tart cherries (or drinking the equivalent in juice concentrate) a day could provide the same pain relief that aspirin or ibuprofen do.

Researchers in Texas recently discovered that tart cherries contain high levels of melatonin; an antioxidant and substance produced naturally by the body that is thought to help slow the aging process as well as fight jetlag and regulate sleep. Eating tart cherries, particularly Montmorency tart cherries, can actually increase the levels of melatonin in the body.

Although many of the studies concerning cherries are preliminary and require additional research, the health benefits of eating cherries, both tart and sweet, and drinking cherry juice concentrate are indeed many. Cherries are a potential source of treatment for diabetes achieved by lowering blood sugar levels, may help prevent colon cancer, significantly reduce pain due to muscle damage, provide relief from the pain of gout and arthritis, and lower LDL (low-density lipoprotein) cholesterol, a contributing factor in heart disease and strokes.

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Akilah M. El, N.D. is a Naturopathic Doctor and board-certified Master Herbalist with a private practice in Atlanta Georgia and Berlin Germany. Join Dr Akilah El on Facebook and Twitter

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Health Remedy of The Month “Natural Treatment for Puffy Eyes”

Puffy eyes lack luster and can make you look tired or ill. Puffy or swollen eyes are one of the common beauty problems. It is caused by accumulation of fluids around the eyes.

There are other several causes of puffiness which are as follows:

  • Heredity
  • Water retention
  • Toxins build up
  • Weather changes
  • Hormones
  • Allergic reactions
  • Health issues or complications from medications

Use Potatoes To Treat Puffy Eyes

Potatoes are a South American plant, originally from Peru. They were imported to Europe in the 16th century. Made up mostly of starch, potatoes also contain citric acid and phosphoric acid.

Method

  • Peel a raw potato.
  • Grate the potato and pound it into a plaster.
  • Wrap the raw potato hash in clean cloth.
  • Lie down and apply the potato poultice to your eyes.
  • Leave in place for fifteen minutes.

Why It Works

Potato starch has anti-inflammatory properties which make it good for soothing redness and irritation. However, potatoes are not an astringent and will not reduce swelling.

Diet:

Avoid eating salty foods like pickles, chips, alcohol as they preserve fluids that settles in the eye region. Drink enough water to keep your body hydrated. It will minimize the puffiness around your eyes. Take adequate amount of essential fatty acids in your diet especially those from flaxseed oil and fish oil. Essential fatty acids help to reduce inflammation throughout the body.

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The Health Benefits of Psyllium Husk

Psyllium husk benefits are multiple and well documented.  It’s the fiber supplement I most often suggest to clients who may benefit from more fiber than they can consume in their diet.   In the my office in Berlin Germany as well as my wellness center in Atlanta Georgia I am constantly faced with clients who will benefit from a fiber supplement.  Their conditions  consist of hemorrhoids, irritable bowel syndrome, diverticulosis, constipation and watery diarrhea.  In our western diets we consume far less fiber than ideal for our bodies.  As a consequence we often struggle with bowel issues that are nearly unheard of in cultures where refined grain products are not consumed.

There are lots of fiber supplement options on the market, and I have come to the conclusion that psyllium husk benefits of lowering cholesterol tip the scales toward using psyllium rather than over the counter medicine. 

Psyllium is quickly becoming one of the top recommendations for people using low-carb Atkins-style diets. It is very difficult to get enough fibre in a diet when you eliminate the carbohydrates in cereals, whole grains and fruits. Psyllium capsules are an easy way to take care of this problem. It fills you with fibre, reducing appetite without overstimulating the nervous system; a much healthier approach than other harsh stool softners prescribed by medical doctors.

Psyllium has been used for irritable bowel syndrome (a stress-related disorder with alternating bouts of diarrhea and constipation). Because it will produce easy bowel movements with a loose stool, Psyllium is used by patients with anal fissures (cracks in the skin near the anus) and hemorrhoids and is often recommended following anal or rectal surgery, during pregnancy and as a secondary treatment in certain types of diarrhea.

Psyllium soaks up a significant amount of water in the digestive tract, thereby making stool firmer and, under these circumstances, slower to pass. Psyllium also has the additional advantages over other sources of fiber of reducing flatulence and bloating. It may be recommended by a physician to help soften stool and reduce the pain associated with hemorrhoids.

Psyllium husk  is what I consider the best option for most people.  You can also consume it as a powder and mix it into water or juice.  The key is to drink it immediately.  If left to sit it forms a gel that is essentially impossible to drink.  I tell my clients to mix a heaping, snow-shovel heaping, teaspoon in a small cup of water and to gulp it down.  Then chase it with a large glass of water to dilute it in the stomach.  Done this way it is palatable.  Psyllium husk unlike others OTC colon cleansers helps lower cholesterol, helps modulate postprandial glucose if taken with a meal, and helps lower the risk of heart disease.

Psyllium husk benefits digestion by keeping the colon contents moist, malleable, and in this way reduces cramps, pain, and bowel irregularity in irritable bowel syndrome.  It is also helpful in managing chronic constipation, hemorrhoids and anal fissures by leading to soft but formed stool that is easily passed and reduces the need to strain.  In cases of watery diarrhea the psyllium husk benefits by absorbing water and giving more texture to the stool which makes control of the bowels easier.

Research reported in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition concludes that the use of soluble-fiber cereals is an effective and well-tolerated part of a prudent diet for the treatment of mild to moderate Hypercholesterollaemia. Soluble fibers such as those in psyllium husk, guar gum, and oat bran have a cholesterol-lowering effect when added to a low-fat, low-cholesterol diet. Studies reported in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition have shown psyllium to be quite effective in lowering total as well as LDL (“bad”) cholesterol levels, which can be helpful to those with high cholesterol and those at increased risk for developing hypercholesterolemia, such as people with type 2 diabetes.

Studies and clinical reports suggest that psyllium may enhance the sensation of fullness and reduce hunger cravings. For these reasons, incorporating psyllium and other sources of fiber into the diet may aid weight loss.


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Akilah M. El, N.D. is a Naturopathic Doctor and board-certified Master Herbalist with a private practice in Atlanta Georgia and Berlin Germany. Join Dr Akilah El on Facebook and Twitter

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The Health Benefits of Aloe Vera Gel and Juice

Health benefits of aloe vera gel are abundant and we can maximize our experience by supplementing this healthy, non-tasty-nectar with other healthful components.

Aloe vera is a very convenient product that is available in many topical creams, ointments, as long as it is produced from stabilized aloe vera leaf ‘s gel.

Stabilization is the process that allows aloe to keep nearly 100% of all the ingredients intact by the oxidation until the moment we consume it.

Some of the most outstanding benefits of aloe are related to cicatrization. The substance in the aloe plant is conducive to regenerating and this is particularly effective for the skin. Topical solutions that contain high-conciseness pure aloe vera gel are naturally healthful for the surface of the skin for many reasons.

Skin readily absorbs aloe because one of many aloe’s components, Lignin has the ability to penetrate all three human skin layers (epidermis, dermis, hypodermis) and convey the health benefits of aloe vera gel. As well as, composition of the plant is much like the composition of the human body. The similarities make the gels and creams containing stabilized aloe vera gel more compatible with skin and organism than many other products.

Aloe Vera Juice

Thе health benefits οf aloe vera juice hаνе long bееn known. It hаѕ bееn used historically аѕ a soothing balm, applied externally fοr cuts, scrapes аnd burns. Modern uses οf aloe vera аrе extensive.

Thе health benefits οf aloe vera taken internally include: improved circulation, regulation οf blood pressure, promotes healing οf bones аnd joints, strengthens thе immune system, defends thе body against bacteria, heals internal tissue dаmаgе, heals ulcers, improves аnd even eliminates constipation, blood sugar regulation, аnd reduces itchiness іn psoriasis helping іt tο heal.
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Drinking two tο four ounces a day іѕ аll thаt іѕ required tο gain thе many benefits οf aloe vera juice. If уου drink іt daily, aloe vera саn aid уουr digestion, improve уουr circulation аnd detoxify уουr body аnd cleanse уουr colon.
Thе detoxification properties οf aloe vera juice аlѕο act tο detoxify уουr blood stream. If уου hаνе intestinal οr stomach problems іt саn hеlр уουr digestive tract tο work smoothly.
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Aloe vera аlѕο helps tο dilate thе capillaries аnd support cell growth, thereby improving circulation.
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One οf thе mοѕt іmрοrtаnt health benefits οf aloe vera juice іѕ іtѕ operation аѕ аn anti-bacterial аnd anti-fungal agent, helping tο prevent thе onset οf disease іn thе body. Thus, taking aloe vera juice daily helps tο maintain gοοd health аnd provide a sense οf wellbeing аnd energy.

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Supplementary Nutritional Health Benefits of Aloe Vera

Supplementary nutritional qualities in the aloe plant are wondrous and we can enjoy the effects on our skin, digestive system, external appearance and our energy levels. Aloe contains over 75 nutrients, among other 20 minerals, 12 vitamins and 18 amino acids, including 7 of the 8 that our body have to take them solely from food. Aloe vera juice is ideal for maintaining a healthy digestive tract. This element is naturally detoxifying, allowing nutrients to be readily absorbed.

Topical care is another great benefit of using aloe vera skin care products. Many people use this component to relief symptoms of skin conditions like psoriasis and eczema.

The solution is ideal for the first care of burns, minor traumas, abrasions, skin irritation and it can help skin recover faster, without inelegant, ugly scars after minor surgery.

Aloe is a natural anti-infectious that has been used to relief peptic ulcers. Results are readily apparent inside and out. People take aloe vera to boost their immunity to bacteria, disease and illnesses.

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Sitting All Day Is Worse For You Than You Might Think

Yes, exercise is good for you. This we know. Heaps of evidence point to the countless benefits of regular physical activity. Federal health officials recommend at least 30 minutes of moderate exercise, like brisk walking, every day.

Studies show that when you adhere to an exercise regimen, you can improve your cardiovascular health, lower blood pressure and improve metabolism and levels of cholesterol and triglycerides. You can reduce diabetes risk and the risk of certain cancers. And, finally, exercise can help you maintain a healthy weight, which can boost all of these benefits even more.

But now, researchers are beginning to suspect that even if you engage in regular exercise daily, it may not be enough to counteract the effects of too much sitting during the rest of the day.

Epidemiologist Steven Blair, a professor of public health at the University of South Carolina, has spent 40 years investigating physical activity and health.

“Let’s say you do 30 minutes of walking five days a week (as recommended by federal health officials), and let’s say you sleep for eight hours,” Blair says. “Well, that still leaves 15.5 hours” in the day.

Many of us, he points out, have sedentary jobs and engage in sedentary activities after work, like watching television or sitting around a dinner table talking. When you add it all up, Blair says, “it’s a lot more sitting than moving.”

Blair recently headed a study at the University of South Carolina that looked at adult men and their risk of dying from heart disease. He calculated how much time the men spent sitting — in their cars, at their desks, in front of the TV.

“Those who were sitting more were substantially more likely to die,” Blair says.

Specifically, he found that men who reported more than 23 hours a week of sedentary activity had a 64 percent greater risk of dying from heart disease than those who reported less than 11 hours a week of sedentary activity. And many of these men routinely exercised. Blair says scientists are just beginning to learn about the risks of a mostly sedentary day.

“If you’re sitting, your muscles are not contracting, perhaps except to type. But the big muscles, like in your legs and back, are sitting there pretty quietly,” Blair says. And because the major muscles aren’t moving, metabolism slows down.

“We’re finding that people who sit more have less desirable levels” of cholesterol, blood sugar, triglycerides and even waist size, he says, which increases the risk of diabetes, heart disease and a number of health problems.

‘Our Body Just Kind Of Goes Into Shutdown’

Dr. Toni Yancey, a professor in the health services department and co-director of the Kaiser Permanente Center for Health Equity at the University of California, Los Angeles, has worked for years on developing programs to motivate people to get up and move.

“We just aren’t really structured to be sitting for such long periods of time, and when we do that, our body just kind of goes into shutdown,” Yancey says.

She recommends routine breaks during a full day of sitting. Her book, Instant Recess: Building a Fit Nation 10 Minutes at a Time, offers readers a guide to integrating such activity into the corporate boardroom, school classroom and even at sporting events.

But even if your work site doesn’t engage in routine hourly breaks, there are things individuals can do at their desks to break up a day of inactivity and get moving, even if just for a few minutes. Yancey recommends a few minutes of movement every hour.

And she suggests sitting on an exercise ball instead of a desk chair, adding that it helps strengthen the core while improving balance and flexibility. It also requires more energy, so a few calories will be burned.

It may not sound like much, but an Australian study found that these types of mini-breaks, just one minute long throughout the day, can actually make a difference. You can simply stand up, dance about, wiggle around, take a few steps back and forth, march in place. These simple movements can help lower blood sugar, triglycerides, cholesterol and waist size.

“If there’s a fountain of youth, it is probably physical activity,” says Yancey, noting that research has shown benefits to every organ system in the body.

“So the problem isn’t whether it’s a good idea,” she says. “The problem is how to get people to do more of it.”

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Akilah M. El, N.D. is a Naturopathic Doctor and board-certified Master Herbalist with a private practice in Atlanta Georgia and Berlin Germany. Join Dr Akilah El on Facebook and Twitter 

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