Tuesday, March 31, 2015

40 Home Remedies for Reducing High Cholesterol

38 Home Remedies for Reducing High Cholesterol

Cholesterol is a greasy substance present in the blood that is required for building healthy cells and maintaining cell membranes. It is basically produced by the human body but can also be taken from food. It also helps convert the sunlight into vitamin D. However, having high cholesterol can increase the risk of heart diseases.


Hypercholesterolemia or high cholesterol increases the risk of coronary heart disease that causes heart attacks. Diet, exercise and weight are the three main factors that can affect cholesterol levels. It starts to rise after the age of 20. So, keep an eye on your weight and maintain a healthy lifestyle, in order to stay away from diseases.

Home Remedies for Dipping High Cholesterol Levels


1. Nuts

Nuts are loaded with healthy monounsaturated fats, proteins, fiber, nutrients, vitamins, and antioxidants. One should include a handful of nuts in daily diet. Peanuts, walnuts, hazelnuts, almonds, pistachios, pecans, and other nuts reduce blood cholesterol. Studies have revealed that eating a quarter cup of almonds a day can lower LDL by 4.4 percent. Moreover, you can consume some roasted almonds without oil. Walnuts contain high levels of omega-3 fatty acids. Chomp them to lower your LDL by 16 percent.

Note – All nuts are high in calories, so avoid overeating.

2. Oatmeal

Oats are considered as traditional cholesterol buster. It is packed with soluble fiber and contains beta-glucans that helps reduce the absorption of cholesterol and lower down its level naturally. You can drop your LDL by 12-24%, if you eat 1½ cups of oatmeal regularly.

3. Onions

Grind an onion in a juicer. Add one teaspoon of honey in a teaspoon of onion juice.  Alternatively, take one cup of buttermilk and mix one finely chopped onion along with one-quarter teaspoon of pepper in it. Consume it on daily basis.

4. Orange Juice

Orange juice is a rich source of vitamin C, flavonoids and folate. Drinking 3 cups of fresh orange juice regularly can help you reduce blood cholesterol levels.

5. Coriander Seeds

Studies have shown that coriander can lower the levels of total cholesterol and triglycerides. The seeds of coriander have hypoglycemic effects that are also beneficial for diabetic patients. Take one cup of water and add 2 teaspoons of coriander seed powder to it. Boil this solution for a few seconds, and then, strain. Add some milk, sugar, and cardamom for taste. Drink it twice a day.

6. Red Yeast Rice

Red yeast rice is a traditional Chinese medicine that has been used to lower the cholesterol levels. It contains monacolins, isoflavones, sterols, and monounsaturated fatty acids. For lowering the high cholesterol level, consume 1200 to 2400 mg of the supplement once or twice a day.

Note – It should be used under a physician’s direction.

7. Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple cider vinegar helps lower your triglyceride and total cholesterol levels. It is a very effective remedy for curing a number of ailments. Mix 1 teaspoon of organic apple cider vinegar in a glass of water and drink it 2 – 3 times a day for at least a month.

Moreover, if you don’t like its taste, you can mix some fresh orange juice, grape juice, apple juice or any of your favorite juice with apple cider vinegar.

8. Fish Oil

Fish oils and fatty fish such as tuna, mackerel, trout, salmon, herring, bluefish and sardines are loaded with omega-3 fatty acids. They lower triglycerides and prevent heart ailments. Consume around 1-4 gram of fish oil daily.

Moreover, eat at least 2 servings of fish once in a week, most probably fatty fish, as they are the richest source of omega-3 fatty acids.

Alternatively, if you are a vegetarian, then include ground flaxseeds which are also rich in omega-3 fatty acids.

9. Honey

Honey is loaded with a number of minerals and vitamins which makes it an ultimate cholesterol fighter. Besides, the antioxidants present in honey do not let the cholesterol move out of the blood and also prevents its entry into the lining of the blood vessels.

Add 1 teaspoon of honey to 1 cup of hot water. You can also add one teaspoon of lemon juice or 10 drops of apple cider vinegar to this solution. Drink it in the morning. This may reduce excess fat from your system and maintain cholesterol level.
Alternatively, take a teaspoon of ground cinnamon and mix it in a cup of boiling water. Cover it for 30 minutes. Afterwards, strain this solution and add one teaspoon of honey to this concoction. Drink it on an empty stomach half an hour before your breakfast.

10. Soybeans

Soybeans are well-off in magnesium, phosphorus, protein, calcium, B complex vitamins, and iron. It contains 10 times more calcium than meat. Eating soya nuts, soybeans and other food products made from soy (tofu and soy milk) are the modest way to reduce the production of new cholesterol. It is recommended that consuming 25 grams of soya protein in a day can lower the high cholesterol by 5-6 percent.

Note – Some people may face digestion problems when they eat soya. They may perceive loose stools, stomach ache, or diarrhea. So consult a nutritionist before including this smart food into your diet.

11. Indian Gooseberry

Indian gooseberry has high vitamin C content and abundance of minerals that can deal with a number of ailments. It is a powerful antioxidant that strengthens the heart muscles by reducing excess cholesterol build-up, thus, keeps the arteries and blood vessels clean. Add 1 teaspoon powder of Indian gooseberry in a glass of warm water. Drink it in the morning on an empty stomach.

12. Garlic

The high nutritional value and unique taste of garlic has made it a kitchen staple. It plays an important role in treating several diseases, apart from adding up an appetizing savor to food. The anti-clotting properties and sulfur contents of garlic balances the cholesterol level and reduce the formation of plaque in blood vessels and prevents clots that can cause heart stroke. Grate freshly peeled raw garlic onto your salad dressings, dal, rasam, pizza, or soups.

Alternatively, consume 2 – 4 cloves of garlic with water every day.

13. Brown Rice

Brown rice is affluent in lots of minerals, fiber and vitamins. If you want to lower your cholesterol level, then replace white rice with brown rice, as its  bran contain highly saturated oil which plays a vital role in balancing the cholesterol levels. One cup of brown rice provides 11 percent fiber.

14. Turmeric

Turmeric holds excellent wound healing properties. It also lowers the levels of LDL cholesterol; hence, it can cut down the build-up of plaque on the walls of the arteries. This may lower the blood cholesterol.

Adding a dash of turmeric powder to the curries and vegetable while cooking is one of the best ways to get a daily dose of this powerful herb.
Alternatively, boil 1½ tablespoons of water and mix ¾ teaspoon turmeric and 2 tablespoons of cooked mashed eggplant in it. Now, spread this paste on whole wheat bread and eat after meals.

15. Brinjal (Eggplant)

Brinjal is a reasonable and easily accessible vegetable that contains ample amount of dietary fiber, potassium, vitamin B1 and B6, manganese, niacin, folate, copper and many more essential nutrients that maintain blood cholesterol levels. Eggplant also contains nasunin, a free radical scavenger that improves the blood flow by relaxing the walls of blood vessels. Incorporate brinjal in your diet to reduce the harmful LDL cholesterol from your body. It can be consumed in any form – stuffed, marinated, grilled, roasted, or fried.

Alternatively, you can have an eggplant juice for balancing your cholesterol levels.
Note:

People with gall bladder or kidney diseases should avoid eating brinjals, as they are rich in oxalates.
Those who have acidity problem should avoid its consumption.
If you have excessive bile humor, avoid eating it.
It should not be consumed during pregnancy.

16. Coconut Oil

Although, coconut oil is a saturated fat, it is considered one of the most beneficial and effective home remedies for high cholesterol. It contains lauric acid that increases HDL and improves the LDL/HDL ratio. While cooking, add moderate amount of organic coconut oil. Consume at least one to two tablespoons of this oil daily.

Note - Do not use processed or refined coconut oil.

17. Fenugreek Seeds

Fenugreek seeds are rich in minerals like potassium, iron, calcium, selenium, manganese and zinc. They also contain good amount of vitamins B, A and C. The components, termed as steroidal saponins, present in fenugreek seeds reduce the absorption of cholesterol by the body that comes from fat-rich foods we eat. Take 2 ounces of fenugreek seeds daily to lower down the level of cholesterol by 14 percent. Besides, it reduces the risk of heart attack by 25%.

Alternatively, these seeds can be taken in powered form along with water.
The leaves of fenugreek can be added to salad to enhance the mineral intake.
Add these seeds to various recipes as a spice, or as an herb by adding its leaves.
Note:

The seeds of fenugreek have a strong bitter taste. So, be cautious on its quantity. In order to remove the bitterness, soak the seeds overnight.
However, fenugreek leaves are not bitter and can be used in large quantity. They render a very pleasing aroma and taste to food.

18. Beans

Beans are packed with cholesterol lowering soluble fiber. Hence, they bring down the LDL level and help keep your heart healthy. There are several types of beans, such as kidney, pinto, navy, chickpea, black, or butter beans. Eat, regularly, a cup of your favorite bean for 6 weeks, so as to decrease the cholesterol by 10%.

19. Avocados 

Even though avocados do not have any dietary cholesterol, they directly affect the cholesterol levels. This creamy fruit is filled with several nutritious qualities and contains significant amount of fiber and good fats such as oleic acid, healthy monounsaturated fat that lowers the unhealthy cholesterol level and boosts up the HDL (good cholesterol). It can be added to a variety of dishes. You can mix it into guacamole, slice it in salad or top a sandwich. Alternatively, make a fine avocado dip.

Note - Being high in calories and fat (30 grams fat and 300 calories per avocado), avocados should be used moderately.

20. Olive Oil

Olive oil is enriched with heart-healthy monounsaturated fats that can cut down the LDL cholesterol without affecting the HDL. Consume at least 2 tablespoons of olive oil in a day. You can also sauté or roast the vegetables in this oil.

Alternatively, use it in salad dressings or for marinating chicken and fish.
Moreover, use olive oil as an alternative for butter while basting meat, or can be used as a dip for bread.
Note - Olive oil contains lot of calories, so don’t consume more than the recommended quantity.

21. Apples

Apple is rich in pectin and contains natural antioxidants known as flavonoids in their skin that lower cholesterol level and keep your lungs healthy.  One medium sized apple contains vitamin A and C, around four grams of fiber and less than 100 calories. So, enjoy this healthy fruit.

Fruits like pear, oranges, grapefruit, berries, and pomegranate also decrease the cholesterol levels in the blood because of their high fiber content.
Note – If possible, consume fruits with their skin, as it contains additional fiber.

22. Celery

The high antioxidant content of celery lowers the risk of heart disease, as it prevents oxidation of LDL cholesterol. A component present in celery, called butylphthalide, balances the cholesterol level. You can include it in salads, vegetable juice, soups and any other dish.

Or else, have a juice made of celery leaves.
Instead of potato chips, fill your lunch box with celery sticks. Chomping  2 stalks of celery, every day, can lower the LDL by 7 points.

23. Mustard Greens

Mustard greens have anti-inflammatory properties, and are also abundant in sulforaphane, calcium, fiber, and vitamin C that regulate the blood pressure and cholesterol levels. These are low in sodium, hence, reduce the LDL. Consume half cup of mustard greens, in a day, to lower down the cholesterol level by 15 percent.

24. Broccoli

Besides possessing anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties, broccoli has a variety of nutrients such as calcium, potassium, fiber, magnesium, and vitamin C. The fiber in broccoli combines with the bile acids in the digestive tract and excretes it out from the body. This way, it drops the blood cholesterol level.So, make it a part of your diet by including it in soups and salads.

Note:

Don’t overcook it; otherwise, all its important nutrients will fade away.
Raw broccoli is less beneficial than steamed one.

25. Chocolate

Chocolate is a powerful antioxidant that maintains the HDL cholesterol levels. The cocoa flavanols and plant sterols found in dark non-milk chocolate can reduce the LDL cholesterol by 2-5%. The flavonoids in chocolates prevent blood platelets from sticking together and keep the arteries unclogged. Eat about an ounce of chocolate in a day to boost up the good cholesterol and prevent the bad cholesterol from oxidizing.

Note – Choose a chocolate that has bittersweet taste or dark one. Milk chocolate has no flavonoids.

26. Red Wine

Alcohol can lift up the HDL cholesterol level by 5-15 percent. Red wine is advantageous in lowering cholesterol level because of its polyphenol antioxidants. It is recommended that women should drink a 5-ounce glass of wine, in a day, while men can drink up to two glasses. If you don’t prefer to take alcohol, then substitute it with grape juice. It provides equal benefits.

27. Barley

It is the most nutritious cereal that helps lower the blood cholesterol and triglyceride levels and normalize the blood sugar levels.  A fiber called beta-glucan, present in barley reduces the cholesterol levels by 4 to 10 percent, depending on its consumption. It is an excellent substitute for wheat. Consume this healthy food in the form of chapattis and noodles.

28. Tomatoes 

Tomatoes are an important source of lycopene, an antioxidant that gives tomatoes their red color. Daily consumption of lycopene lowers the level of LDL cholesterol. Simply munch on raw tomatoes or sip tomato juice.

Note – Cooking tomatoes with some oil helps your body to absorb more lycopene.

29. Flaxseeds

Flaxseeds have abundant lignans that decrease blood cholesterol, promote a healthy digestive tract, and keeps the heart problems at bay. It is loaded with fiber and omega-3 fatty acids, which checks the production and absorption of cholesterol. Simply take flaxseeds with water to lower the LDL level.

30. Spinach

Spinach contains plenty of lutein that prevents the cholesterol from getting attached to the arterial walls and protects arteries from clogging. Vitamin E present in it checks the formation of plaque, hence, reduces the risk of heart stroke.

Alternatively, you can consume baby spinach leaves for a small meal. Just microwave them for 3 minutes. Add some Parmesan. Eat it with a whole wheat bread. It is a healthy snack that lowers your cholesterol level.

31. Yogurt

Regular consumption of one cup plain yogurt with active cultures can reduce your LDL (bad cholesterol) by 4 percent. Apart from this, it reduces the overall risk of heart ailments by 10 percent

32. Beets

Beets are loaded with carotenoids and flavonoids, which checks the build-up of LDL, and raises healthy cholesterol levels in the body. It also contains several essential nutrients – fiber, vitamin C, folate, manganese and potassium that heal various ailments.  Have beetroot juice or combine it with some other fresh fruit juice.

Note:

Drinking beet juice in abundance can cause temporary discoloration of the stool and urine.
Beets have plenty of oxalates which can crystallize, and cause stone problems.
The beetroot juice can stain hands and countertops, so use gloves while preparing it.
Herbal Remedies for Lowering High Cholesterol

33. Green Tea

Green tea is full of antioxidant compounds that can lower the cholesterol level as these compounds help the blood protect the LDL cholesterol particles from oxidation. Hence, it prevents the blood clot and relaxes the blood vessels. A single cup of green tea has more antioxidants than any other vegetable or fruit.  So, enjoy at least 3 cups of green tea every day.

34. Licorice Root

5 to 15 grams of licorice extract, three times a day, is recommended for lowering the high cholesterol levels. You can sip licorice tea. Boil 150 ml milk/water in a pan, then add 1 teaspoon licorice root. Lower the heat and allow it to brew for 5 minutes. Don’t add sugar/honey, as licorice itself is 50% sweeter than sugar. Filter this solution in a cup.

Note – People with high blood pressure, nerve problems, heart disease, hypokalemia (low potassium), kidney disease, erectile dysfunction, and pregnant women should not consume it.

35. Chicory Root

Chicory root is popularly known as an additive for coffee. Being a great source of vitamin C, beta-carotene and antioxidants, this root wondrously balances the cholesterol level and prevents cardiovascular ailments. It regulates the natural metabolism of body’s cholesterol, thereby, checks the high production of LDL cholesterol. It can be used as coffee additive and substitute.

Alternatively, chicory leaves and buds can be added to salad and other foodstuffs.
Note - Avoid products with chicory during pregnancy.

36. Rhubarb

Rhubarb is a cholesterol-buster herb that speeds up the metabolism and lowers the LDL cholesterol because of its high fiber content. Cook it in a double boiler. Add maple syrup or little honey as sweetener. You can also add cardamom or vanilla. It is better to consume this after a rich fat meal.

Note:

Don’t eat the leaves of Rhubarb, as they contain poisonous chemical called oxalic acid.
Cooking Rhubarb can increase the antioxidant capacity along with its polyphenol content.
Avoid it during pregnancy.

37. Artichoke

The leaves of artichoke plant contain a special type of compound, termed as cynarine, which increases the production of bile in the liver that results in rapid elimination of cholesterol from the body, hence, unclog the arterial walls. So, this veggie actually lowers blood cholesterol levels.

38. Hawthorn Berry

Hawthorn berry acts as a tonic for heart which nurtures the entire circulatory system, and thus, lowers the cholesterol levels. Its leaves, berries and flowers are used for curing heart problems. You should take it 3 times a day in any form – capsule, powder or tincture.

In order to make the tincture, soak 4 ounces of the berries in a pint of brandy for 2 weeks, and then strain.
Alternatively, you can have hawthorn tea. For preparing the tea, add 1-2 teaspoons of berries in hot water.

39. Margarine

Margarines are enriched with a substance called plant sterols that help lower the levels of LDL (bad cholesterol). Take it on a regular basis, for 3 weeks or more, to reduce the cholesterol level by 10 percent. Since margarines are made from plant oils, they contain zero cholesterol. It can be used in cooking and baking. You can also spread it on your bagel or toast.

Note – It reduces beta-carotene absorption. Hence, compensate this by eating lots of carrots, sweet red peppers, spinach and sweet potatoes.

40. Ginger

Ginger is an herb that not only adds flavor to your food, but also decreases the cholesterol levels. You can have ginger tea that prevents sore throats and controls cholesterol as well. Besides this, you can add it to your food while cooking.

These home remedies will check your LDL cholesterol to a great extent, but it is equally important to bring changes in your lifestyle for the best results.

Do’s

Eat a ‘heart-healthy diet’ and consume fresh fruits and vegetables.
Exercise regularly.
Maintain a healthy weight.
Sip a glass of red wine every evening with dinner.
Eat small meals in a day.

Don’ts

Avoid smoking.
Avoid foods containing high saturated fat.
Don’t consume butter, hard margarines, lard, fatty and processed meat, dairy fats.

This Garlic Drink is an Amazing Secret Recipe for Long-lasting Health and Beauty!


Although, garlic may taste pungent and has an absolutely unpleasant odor, but it is good for our heart and is enriched with anti-oxidants. It is useful in reducing the high cholesterol levels and lowering the blood pressure. It has been widely used to treat bronchitis, blood clots, skin infections, blood thinning, combat allergies, diabetes, improve iron metabolism, cold, and cancer prevention.

A lot of people have witnessed the health benefits of drinking garlic juice. While some say that garlic is an efficient antibiotic that aids our immune system in protecting us against colds, others believe that the antioxidants present in garlic expel toxins and prevent cell damage. It decreases the severity of asthma and stimulates a vigorous appetite. It helps eliminate the salt deposits in our body, fights viruses, purifies the blood, and strengthens the immune system, blood vessels and heart function.

Ingredients (For 1 serving)
½ liter or 17 oz of red wine
12 garlic cloves

Procedure
Take the garlic cloves and cut them into quarters. Add these chopped garlic pieces in a jar along with red wine. Close the jar with a lid and place it near the window where it can get direct sunlight, for 2 weeks. Shake the contents of the jar a couple of times every day. After two weeks, strain the liquid and transfer the content in a dark glass bottle. Consume a teaspoon of this prepared garlic drink 3 times a day for a month. Carry out this treatment after every 6 months gap.


Monday, March 30, 2015

Aloe Vera Juice and its wonders

Aloe Vera Juice and its wonders

Aloe Vera is a common plant found in the garden of each and every Indian house, also it is famous only for the moisturizing abilities which is why it forms the main element of several beauty products across the world. There are many people who surely know that the secret for beautiful women in the world Cleopatra is said to be goat milk but there are very few people who know that even Aloe Vera is the secret for her beauty.


It is a known fact that aloe vera grows perfectly in climate which is warm and dry hence there are many botanists who believe that this plant has its origins from deserts of Africa where the climate suits this plant’s growth. Apart from this the reason for availability of this plant across entire world so much is its ability to adapt to any nature apart from this people also have taken up the duty of carrying this plant from one place to other in order to gain advantages from this plant even in various other areas.

Though there is no duty taken up by anyone to officially promote this plant it can be surely said that aloe vera still stands to be hugely getting recognition across the world for being the main ingredient in healing any burns and bruises. However this does not mean that aloe vera has to be applied externally instead the juice extracted from aloe vera has to be included in the diet though it might leave the mouth with bitter taste.

However with the several advantages it has to offer it can be surely said that there are people who are willing to leave this bitter taste in their mouth for some time. For all those who are aware of cocktail might be happy to know that taking aloe vera juice will be something similar to a cocktail of vitamins and minerals like Vitamin A, B1, B2, B6, B12, C, E, Niacin and Folic acid. Well this is not the end to advantages since there are even minerals like Sodium, Iron, Copper, Calcium, Magnesium, Potassium, Chromium and Manganese along with 19 other amino acids among which 8 of which cannot be produced by the body on their own.

Also taking in aloe vera juice before meal will make help the body in getting all the necessary nutrients from the food being consumed, further it also increases the absorption of several vitamins which are taken daily. However it is not necessary for a glass of juice to be consumed but it will be sufficient to take 80gms of juice 3 times in a day to do its work on the body.

Here we are to give you detailed benefits that can be gained from this plant and its juice:


Helps in weight loss:

Presence of an element named collagen in Aloe Vera is the one responsible to feeding those cells present in hair and skin, also it is not easy to digest hence needs lot of energy for digestion resulting in losing lots of weight. For all those who have tried several weight losing methods should once give a try to aloe vera juice.

Boosts Immunity:

Anti-oxidants present in aloe juice are found to provide full support to the immunity system which helps in fighting free radicals and environment pollutants throughout the day. This juice also is said to regulate the process in which our body’s immune system works.

Treats Constipation:

People suffering with constipation can drink aloe vera juice after which it is necessary to wait for about 10 minutes to see the result, also this juice is known to help in bowel movement and treating chronic constipation. However it is also suggested to see that this juice will not be taken in larger quantities which otherwise will cause damage to the intestine lining.

Anti-inflammation:

Aloe Vera is found to have 12 substances which constrain inflammation apart from this it is also being considered best medicine for people suffering with arthritis, therefore reducing any swelling or pain in the joint.

Improves digestion:

Aloe Vera juice helps our digestive system by ensuring that the body takes in all the necessary nutrients by increasing bowel movements. This juice also lessens the development of bacteria and yeast in the gut, apart from which it helps in lessening the heartburns and any other problems in digestive system.

Treat diabetes:

If aloe vera juice is taken for 3 continuous months it has been proved that this will help in treating diabetes by having a check on the sugar levels. Apart from controlling diabetes it is also known to increase blood circulation and taking a reverse turn of sludge blood.


Get beautiful skin:

As informed in the start of this article presence of collagen is enough to help in keeping a check on the skin health, collagen is the main element which provides nutrition to the skin also preventing skin ageing. Aloe vera also is best medicine to cure minor cuts, burns or any skin irritation.

It is better to add aloe vera juice in the diet however it has to be taken care that this juice should not be consumed more than 2 to 4 oz daily which when crossed with result in allergic reactions or nausea which is also felt when vitamins are taken in huge quantities.


20 Super Foods for Weight Loss

superfoods weight loss

Is the weighing machine now making your dreams a nightmare? So it is now time to pull up your socks and run. No, you do not need to run for miles, just run into your kitchen and open the cupboard. Maybe you will find something that can lose the extra pound you have gained. Yes, this article will not restrict you from eating; rather, it will tell you a number of foodstuffs which are considered as super foods that can help you lose weight.


1. Apple

Apples, however, keep the doctor away, but they also keep weight gain at bay! The antioxidant rich fruit, apple, is considered a low calorie and fat-less food; and hence, it should be consumed daily in the morning by those, who want to lose weight.

2. Lentils

These authentic belly-flatteners are easy to cook and are available in a wide variety. Insulin spike is one of the reasons of fat accumulation in your abdominal area, and lentils help to curb it down.

3. Oats

Oats are latest buzzing breakfast choice of most of the people now-a-days after corn and wheat flakes. One bowl of oats in the breakfast every morning can keep you full for a longer time. This healthful filling food can also be eaten in dinner as they are easy to digest and are a great help for those, who want to shed-off.

4. Goji Berries

One tablespoon of these chewy berries contains only 35 calories, and they enclose miraculous power to keep you satiable for a long time. This way, goji berries are effective in weight-loss.

5. Salmon

This oily fish not only maintains the health of your heart, but also helps you in losing weight. Omega fatty acids in salmon are cooperative in maintaining the brain health, heart health, and shrinking tummy fat. However, it is better to eat them grilled. For vegetarians, flax seeds are an equally excellent and effective alternative.

6. Kale

Kale is that lush green and crunchy leafy veggie, which not only provides calcium to your body, but is also helpful for you in trimming down those extra inches. This easy cooking vegetable is rich in fibre, which assist in regulating the digestion process of the body.

7. Yogurt

Yogurt, especially low-fat plain yogurt, helps in fending-off hunger and keeps you satiable for long. It does so because it is wealthy in healthful nutrients, like protein, carbohydrate, and low-fat.

8. Pomegranate

These lovely red pearls can not only satisfy your sweet tooth, but are also great in helping you to shed off those extra pounds. Pomegranates are high in fibres and low in calorie contents, and hence, keep you filled for a long time.

9. Quinoa

Quinoa is a whole grain that is resplendent with both protein and fibres, and thus, it is useful in keeping weight gain at bay.

10. Avocado

The rich flesh of avocado is full of monosaturated fats, which besides keeping the heart healthy, also satisfies you well for a longer time period.

11. Strawberries

These antioxidant and fibre-rich berries are also helpful in losing weight, besides being great for skin and hair.

12. Lemon

This vitamin C affluent vegetable is considered a panacea for weight loss. Lemon should be imbibed every morning with warm water to lose weight fast.

13. Tofu

Tofu is an alternative to cottage cheese and is very low in cholesterol as compared to it.  Therefore, it is helpful in losing weight.

14. Watermelon

Watermelon is full of water, and consequently, it can keep you full without imbibing calories. Because of being water-packed, cucumber is also a good option to consume.

15. Mushroom

Mushrooms are one of those eatables which are zilch in the quantity of fats and cholesterol, so you can eat them as much as you want.

16. Clear Soups

Clear soups with lots of vegetables can give your appetite a pleasant contentment without the consumption of calories.

17. Broccoli

Broccoli is excellent for losing weight as it is rich in fibre and less in fats.

18. Eggs

People, who start their day with an egg, feel for consuming something after a long period of time. Eggs are considered to be a heavy breakfast, and to lose weight, it is imperative to have heavy breakfast.

19. Green Tea

Imbibe green tea as many times as you want in a day. Green tea leaves are believed to be containing certain weight losing elements and antioxidants. Moreover, hot water does the rest of the work.

20. Nuts

Nuts, like pistachios, almonds, walnuts, peanuts, cashews, etc. are really outstanding when it comes to weight loss.

21. Tomato

The red tangy tomatoes are profused with lycopene, which is an antioxidant that treats a number of ailments. Other than this, tomatoes are also considered good for losing weight. They must be eaten as salad daily as they are loaded with fibre and almost nil in fats.

Home Remedies That Are Quite Effective On Urinary Tract Infection


There are a lot of people in this world who suffer from urinary tract infection. It is now becoming a very common problem and the changing of the lifestyles and the fast paced life is one of the reasons why many people are contracting this health problem. Urinary tract infection is an infection that is caused in the urinary tract system that comprises of bladder, kidneys and the tubes that connect the bladder and the kidneys. The urinary tract system is where the urine is produced and it is one that caries the urine out of the body.

What Is Urinary Tract Infection?

The urinary tract is a very important system in your body. It comprises of kidneys, ureters, urinary bladder and urethra. There are tubes that connect the kidneys to the urinary bladder and these tubes are called the urinary tubes. When germs or pathogenic organisms like fungi, bacteria or parasites enter into the urinary tract system, it will cause an infection called the urinary tract infection. There are specific terms for the infections caused on the specific organs and parts of the urinary tract. Some of them are as follows:

Cystitis, which is a bladder infection
Pyelonephritis which is a kidney infection
Urethritis which is urethral infection
Ureter infection
Urinary tract infection is a very common disease and it is seen to offer more in females than in males. A person suffering from urinary tract infection might suffer from a burning sensation while urinating to organ damage or even death depending on the type of infection, severity of the infection and the organ or the area where the infection is prevalent. The urinary tract infection cannot be transmitted from one person to the other. But, there is a general argument that having sexual intercourse can sometimes cause urinary tract infection. So, it is better to clean your genitals thoroughly before a love making session. A bladder infection is not that serious if treated properly and the right way. Most of the urinary tract infections would be related to bladder. If you do not provide the necessary care to your bladder, then there is every chance for the infection to spread to the kidneys and this is a serious infection which can also cause permanent damage.

 Causes For Urinary Tract Infection

The most common cause of urinary tract infection is the E. Coli bacterial strains that normally live in your large intestines and are also found in your stool. The infection can occasionally be caused by fungi or some parasites as well.

The germs enter into your body through the urethra and this is the tube that helps in carrying out the urine in your bladder to the outside of your body through your penis or vagina.
The germs inside the urethra have the tendency to travel to the bladder or the kidneys and cause infections to kidneys and bladder.
As women have a shorter urethra than men, they are susceptible to bladder or kidney infections and the germs will be able to easily move up to the bladders.

Urinary Tract Infection Symptoms

Symptoms In Men
Some of the most common urinary tract symptoms that you will see commonly in men are:


Burning sensation while urinating
Urine is a bit cloudy
Desire to urinate frequently, but in small amounts
Strong unpleasant odor of the urine
Dark urine or sometimes bloody urine
Rectal pain, which means that you might be suffering from kidney infection
Back pain, a symptom of kidney infection
Penile pain while urine discharge
Abdominal and testicular pain

Symptoms In Women
The following are the common symptoms that you will come across in women suffering from urinary tract infection:

Urgency to  urinate frequently
Urinating in small quantities with frequent intervals
Cloudy, dark or bloody urine
Strong unpleasant odor of urine that you urinate
Pelvic pain
Fever and chills
Back pain or side pain
Discharge from vagina and bloating
Symptoms In Children
Burning sensation while urinating
Bloody, cloudy urine
Fever and vomiting
Temptation to frequently urinate though in small amounts
Poor feeding
Bed wetting
Jaundice and diarrhea

Urinary Tract Infection Diagnosis And Treatment

A doctor or a physician will ask for a sample of urine to see if there are germs in your urinary tract system that can cause bladder infections. If the test conducted in your urine shows traces of bladder infection, then extra testing will be done to find why you have suffered from this infection. Antibiotics are the most common medicines that doctors will prescribe for you if you are found to suffer from bladder infection. The treatments for urinary tract infections differ from one person to another and depend on a lot of factors like:

Medical condition of the patient
Type of pathogens responsible for the infection
Severity of the infection
The  parts of the urinary system that is affected by the infection
Vulnerability of the pathogens to treatments.
Some people might just need to take certain oral antibiotics and drink plenty of water to cleanse their bladder to get rid of the infection in their urinary tract system. There are other people who might have to undergo intravenous antibiotics as well as admission to a hospital to get rid of the infections affecting their urinary tract system.

Prevention Tips

There are quite a lot of prevention tips that you can make use of to prevent urinary tract infection.

Drinking plenty of water and other liquids daily will help to urinate frequently and this will help in flushing out the bacteria in the urinary tract.
Women need to immediately urinate after sexual intercourse.
Never hold back the urine and urinate as soon as you feel the urge to urinate.
Women need to change their sanitary pads often during heavy bleeding days.
Men should clean the tip of their uncircumcised penis regularly.
Try to avoid constipation.

Home Remedies For Urinary Tract Infection


Water
The first thing you have to follow when you are suffering from urinary tract infection or UTI is to drink lots of water. The ideal quantity will be 8- 10 glass of water per day. When you drink plenty of water you urinate frequently and this will help to reduce the concentration of bacteria in the urinary bladder and the tract. The bacteria get flushed out of your system along with urine.

Baking Soda
You can prevent urinary tract infection or nip the problem at the starting stage using baking soda. Add 1 teaspoon of baking soda into a glass of water and drink it twice a day.  The baking soda neutralizes the acidity in the urine of the infected people. Once the acid- base balance of urine gets corrected, it will help in the fast recovery of UTI.

Cranberry Juice
This one of the most effective home remedies for urinary tract infection. Studies have shown that drinking cranberry juice regularly is one of the best ways to prevent UTI.  You can drink half a glass of cranberry juice every day to protect you from urinary tract infections. If you are already suffering from infection, you will have to consume at least three to four glasses of cranberry juice a day. This will prevent damage to the kidneys caused by the infection. The proanthocyanidins present in cranberries prevent the growth of bacteria in the urinary tract and urethra. The cranberry juice also has an antibiotic effect. It is necessary that you take unsweetened cranberry juice to get better and faster results.

Pineapple
You can either consume pineapple as fruit or you can take pineapple juice to cure UTI. Pine apple has anti- inflammatory properties as it contains an enzyme called Bromelain. This will help to reduce the symptoms of urinary tract infection. It is better to consume fresh pineapple than the canned ones. The canned fruits may contain preservatives.

Blueberries
Blueberries have anti-bacterial properties which help to fight the urinary infection causing bacteria. You can add them to your breakfast or you can take the fresh juices of blueberries twice a day to get quick results. Do not add any sweeteners to the juice. Sugar promotes the growth of the bacteria.  The antioxidants present in blueberries also prevent the infections of the body.

Hot Compresses
If you want to get relief from the symptoms of UTI, you can try hot water compressions. Use the hot water bags or bottles to give the compression on the lower abdomen. The heat will improve the blood circulation in the lower abdomen area and reduces inflammations. This will reduce the pain associated with UTI.

Avoiding Irritant Foods
It is better to avoid foods that will irritate your bladder.  Chocolates, dairy products like cheese, spicy food and some processed food can worsen UTI. It is better to avoid caffeinated drinks, alcohol and soft drinks when you are suffering from a UTI.  These foods can aggravate the condition and can reduce the effect of other home remedies taken by you.

Apple Cider Vinegar
This natural remedy contains many enzymes and potassium which prevents the growth of bacteria. Apple cider vinegar acts as an antibiotic and fight the bacteria causing the infection. You can add 2-3 teaspoon of apple cider vinegar and a teaspoon of honey to a glass of water and drink it at least thrice a day to get faster relief from UTI.

Vitamin C
• When you are suffering from UTI you have to increase the intake of vitamin C containing food items.
• Vitamin C helps in maintaining the acid-base balance of the urine and restricts the growth of bacteria.
• You can include citrus fruits like lemon, orange, tomato, guava, kiwi fruit etc in your diet.
• It is better to avoid vitamin C supplements with added sugar when you are having the infection.

Tea Tree Oil
Tea tree oil helps in reducing the UTI as it has anti- bacterial effect. You cannot consume tea tree oil.
• You can add ten drops of tea tree oil to the bathing water and can use this to wash the genital areas.
• You can use a mixture of equal amounts of tea tree oil, sandalwood oil and juniper oil to rub on the lower abdomen area to reduce the pain associated with the infection.

Barley Water
Drinking barley water helps to reduce the infection. Boil 2-3 glasses of water with a teaspoonful of barley powder. Cool it and drink it 4-5 times a day.  Barley has diuretic properties which helps you to pass urine several times a day. Along with urine the bacteria will be removed from the body.


Uva Ursi
This herb helps to fight infections as it contains chemicals which have antiseptic properties. This remedy is not suitable for people with kidney and liver problems or for women who are pregnant or nursing.

Maintaining Personal Hygiene
Personal hygiene is necessary to prevent the infections in women and to get faster relief from infections. After urinating, a woman should wipe from front to back so that the bacteria from the anus is not directed to the urinary tract. Women should make it a practice to urinate after the sexual activity and the genital and anal areas should be kept clean. Do not use any perfumes near the genital area which may destroy the useful bacteria present here. Another way to avoid infection is to use sanitary napkins instead of tampons. The tampons can cause infections and they can also worsen the present infections.

Use Cotton Undergarments
Using undergarments made of nonabsorbent materials makes it difficult to get rid of the urinary tract infection. Along with trying the various home remedies for urinary tract infection, you have to change into cotton underwear and pantyhose. It is better to avoid the use of tight fitting jeans or shorts when you are suffering from a UTI. Nonabsorbent materials and tight fitting outfits cause the retention of sweat and moisture in the genital areas. This will promote the growth of bacteria in the genital area.

Are you a person regularly suffering from the urinary tract infection? Are you looking for a perfect home remedy for urinary tract infection? Try out the above given methods. You should immediately get medical attention if the symptoms persist for more than a week and if you develop high fever, vomiting or blood in the urine.

33 Home Remedies to Prevent Excessive Menstrual Bleeding

33 Home Remedies to Prevent Excessive Menstrual Bleeding

Are you exhausted of changing your tampon or sanitary pads after every 2 hours during your menstruation period? Excessive bleeding, also known as Menorrhagia, is a very common problem faced by most of the women. Excessive bleeding leads to numerous complications including anemia. There are several causes that lead to heavy bleeding like disorders of the endometrial lining of uterus, hormonal imbalance, uterine fibroids, adenomyosis, pregnancy complications, thyroid, endometrial cancer, weight gain or loss, polyps, pelvic inflammatory disease, endometriosis, usage of an intrauterine device (IUD) for birth control, changes in diet or exercise, and certain medications, like anticoagulants, steroids, and blood thinners.


Some signs and symptoms which are experienced during heavy menstruation periods are prolonged menses, anemia, weakness, laziness or lethargy, tiredness, headache, mood swings, soreness in breasts, severe cramps with heavy blood flow, shortness of breath and nausea.

Home Remedies for Excessive Bleeding during Periods


Instead of using medications, you should try some natural home remedies to normalize excessive bleeding and longer menstrual. If these simple home remedies do not work, then consult a gynecologist.

1. Tamarind

Tamarind, being rich in fibers and antioxidants, reduces the level of cholesterol and prevents excessive flow of blood. It also protects against cancer and heart diseases. Soak 8-10 pieces of tamarind and 4-5 pieces of dry plum in 500 ml water overnight. Next morning, take out all the seeds and crush the mixture. Add 2-3 tablespoons of honey in the mixture and stir well. Drink the mixture on an empty stomach. Drink it regularly for 4-5 days.

2. Orange Juice

Fresh juices are always beneficial for the health. Add 2 tablespoons of lemon juice to a glass of orange juice. Drink it 4-5 times a day. Vitamin C present in orange and lemon helps reduce the symptoms of heavy bleeding.

3. Coriander Seeds

Add 2 tablespoons of coriander seeds in a glass of water and boil it. Let it cool down and drink it. Alternatively, boil fresh coriander leaves in half liter water. When water reduces to half, add natural sugar to it. Drink it as tea 3-4 times a day to stop bleeding.

4. Gooseberry Juice

Gooseberry is helpful for various health problems. Mix mint juice and gooseberry juice in curd. Stir it well. Consume it regularly.

5. Broccoli

Broccoli juice is one of the best remedies for stopping menstrual bleeding. Extract juice from fresh broccoli and apple. Mix both the juices and drink 4-5 glasses every day.

6. Radish

Radish also works effectively against menstruation bleeding. All you need to do is blend 2-3 radish into a fine paste by adding a little water. Add one cup of buttermilk to this paste. Stir it well and consume it throughout the day. For best results, sip it regularly.

Radish seeds also work wonders in regulating the irregular periods. Grind some radish seeds and consume the grinded powder with buttermilk regularly when you suffer from delayed periods.

7. Pumpkin

Pumpkin is also a natural remedy for reducing heavy flow of blood during menstruation period. Take out the pulp of pumpkin and let it dry at room temperature. Afterwards, grind it and add natural sugar to it. Have this mixture with yogurt or milk regularly. This will show positive results.

8. Areca Nut

Take 5-6 areca nuts and boil them in two glasses of water. When water evaporates and reduces to one glass, let it cool down. Drink this solution two times a day.

9. Papaya

For managing the menstrual irregularity, one should eat one bowl of raw papaya on daily basis. An enzyme called papain present in papaya regulates the proper flow. Papaya juice is also equally effective.

10. Fennel

Grind one teaspoon of fennel seeds into powder. Boil one glass of water and add the grinded powder to it. Let it steep for five minutes. Filter the solution and drink it hot.

11. Buckwheat

To lessen heavy bleeding, consume buckwheat. Buckwheat is rich in bioflavonoid. It works effectively when consumed with vitamin C. You can have it in the form of pancakes.

12. Cold Compress

When you bleed excessively, try using ice packs. Put ice pack directly on the abdomen. Leave it for twenty minutes.

13. Sugarcane

Consume sugarcane juice 1-2 weeks before the menstruation period begins, it will regulate the proper menstruation cycle and flow.

14. Cayenne

Dissolve 1 capsule of cayenne in a cup of warm water. Drink it to normalize the symptoms of excessive menstruation.

15. Mustard Seeds

Prepare a fine powder by grinding some mustard seeds. Add ½ tsp of this powder in a glass of milk and drink it twice a day.

16. Apple Cider Vinegar

Take apple cider vinegar to overcome the problem of heavy blood flow.

17. Cinnamon

Take 1 cup of boiling water and steep 1 cinnamon stick in it. Drink it daily. Or else, take 3 drops of cinnamon bark tincture, two times a day.

Herbal Remedies to Reduce Excessive Menstrual Bleeding

18. Sage

Take 1 cup water and boil it. Add 1 tablespoon of sage to it and allow it to steep for 5-7 minutes. This herbal remedy will prevent excessive bleeding and blood clotting.

19. Ashoka Tree (Saraca Indica) Bark

The bark of Ashoka tree is used for curing several ailments including heavy bleeding during periods. Crush the bark into powder. Now take 200 ml water and add 25 gm of the powder to it. Let it boil until the water reduces to 50 ml. Then add 50 ml milk in the solution, and boil it down again to half its quantity. Strain the solution and let it cool down. Consume 20-30 ml of this solution in the morning, regularly.

Note - Prepare this solution fresh every morning.

20. Herbal Powder

Prepare an herbal powder to ease the excessive menstrual bleeding. Get 50 gm nigella seeds, 20 gm of bamboo sugar, 20 gm of red rose powder, 20 gm of amylase, and 20 gm oak tree gum. Burn nigella seeds in a pan. Mix all the ingredients and grind them to make a powder. For effective results, consume half teaspoon of this powder with snake root syrup.

Note - In case, you experience from very heavy bleeding, consume it after every 3 hours for 3 days.

21. Chamomile Tea

An effective home remedy for menstruation bleeding and severe cramps is chamomile tea. To prepare this tea, add a few chamomile leaves in a cup of boiling water. Steep it for 4-5 minutes. Strain and drink it.

22. Parsley

Parsley is another amazing home remedy for curing menstruation problems. Drink parsley juice daily. You can also add parsley to carrot juice. Drink this mixed juice regularly for controlling too much bleeding.

23. Aloe Vera

As we all know, aloe vera is a very effectual treatment for various skin problems. But, very few people know that it is also beneficial for menstruation bleeding. Have aloe vera juice regularly to reduce excessive blood flow during periods.


24. Bitter Gourd

Bitter gourd regularizes the menstruation period. Boil the roots of bitter gourd. Strain it. Drink this concoction once or twice a day.

25. Banana Flower

To control excessive menstrual bleeding, consume banana flower with curd in the morning. It will increase the level of progesterone, thereby, reduce the heavy bleeding.

26. Indian Lilac (Margosa)

Boil some margosa leaves and parsley in water. Strain the solution. For effective results, drink it thrice a day.

27. Snakeroots

Snakeroot is an effective herbal remedy for heavy bleeding. You are required to soak 4-5 snakeroots in a glass of water. Next morning, boil the water for five minutes. Strain it and drink.

28. Thyme Tea

Take 1 tablespoon fresh thyme leaves. Steep them for 8-10 minutes in 1 cup boiling water. Strain the solution, allow it to cool down, and then drink. Alternatively, fill an ice tray with thyme tea. Freeze it. Use these ice cubes on the abdomen as a cold compress.

29. Licorice

Grind licorice into a fine powder. Consume 3 grams of this grinded powder with water drained rice, thrice a day. Have it continuously for 4-5 days for positive results.

30. Mango Bark

Mix 10 ml mango bark extract in 130 ml water. Take 1 tsp of this mixture after every hour. Alternatively, drink juice of fresh mango bark.

31. Wood Apple Leaf

Crush some fresh leaves of wood apple and mix it with warm water. Drink it to lessen excessive bleeding.

32. Bamboo Leaf

A decoction made from the leaves and nodes of bamboo leaves is said to be effective in alleviating all the problems related to menstruation.

33. Jujube Tea

Boil jujube leaves (20 grams) with red dates. Have this tea to stop excessive bleeding.

34. Hawthorn Flowers

Prepare a decoction by combining 15 grams saffron and 30 grams hawthorn flowers extract. Intake this decoction when it is hot.

Do’s

Include apricots, pumpkin seeds, molasses, and potatoes to counterbalance the deficiency of iron resulted due to loss of blood during menstruation.
Manganese rich foods such as sesame seeds, watermelon, squash, oats, etc., can also help reduce profuse bleeding. Therefore, include them in your diet.
Deprivation of sleep can worsen the problem. So, sleep for at least 7-8 hours.

Don’ts

Do not lift heavy weight during menstruation.
Avoid the intake of ginger as it thins the blood, resulting in excessive bleeding.

Sunday, March 29, 2015

20 Home Remedies for Candida

20 Home Remedies for Candida

Candida is a yeast infection, which is caused by fungi, called “Candida Albicans”. When there is an over-production of this type of fungus in the body, it leads to various symptoms, such as vaginitis, fatigue, digestive problems, arthritis and several other issues. It can affect different parts of the body, like mouth, tongue, stomach, skin, throat, kidney, bladder and vagina. Candida generally affects people with weak immune system. Though, it is not a serious problem, but if left untreated, it can lead to a bigger health problem. So, it is better to cure it with some basic home remedies that will help to get rid of it quickly.


Cause


Candida is mainly caused due to an overgrowth of fungi, called “Candida Albicans”. The good bacteria are outnumbered by the bad bacteria, leading to an infection in the body.

Symptoms


Vaginitis
Skin infection in places, like groin, under or between breasts, toes and fingers
Infection around nails
Cracking around the mouth
Rashes on penis
Fatigue
Depression
Indigestion, bloating
Kidney or bladder infections
Sore throat
Hypoglycaemia, hypothyroidism
Swelling in the lymph nodes
Joint-pain
Home Remedies for Candida

1. Yoghurt

One of the most effective treatments for candida is yoghurt. Yoghurt contains natural or ‘good’ bacteria- lactobacillus acidophilus, which destroys the bad bacteria while curing the infection. For the treatment of vaginal infection, soak a tampon in plain yoghurt and place it in the vagina. Another option is to include plain yoghurt in every day diet. Yoghurt is also a panacea for indigestion.

2. Tea Tree Oil

Apply a few drops of tea tree oil on the skin infection caused due to candida fungus. For oral candidiasis, pour a few drops of tea tree oil in a glass of water. Use it to rinse your mouth. You can also utilize this solution as an external wash to get rid of candida infection in vagina.

3. Garlic

Garlic is the best anti-bacterial or anti-fungal remedy to treat candida. Eat raw garlic or insert a garlic clove in the vagina for a few hours in order to get rid of candida infection.

4. Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple cider vinegar is a natural anti-bacterial agent, which is perfect for treating candida infections on genitals or skin. Simply mix a few drops of apple cider vinegar in a glass of water. Use it to wash the affected area. Repeat this several times in order to get rid of the infection completely.

5. Boric Acid Capsules

Insert boric acid capsules in the vagina in order to cure the infection of candida.

6. Colloidal Silver

Take superior colloidal silver every day in order to get rid of candida quickly.

7. Bentonite Clay

Take bentonite clay to get quick relief from candida infection from the intestine.

8. Coconut Oil

Coconut oil is one of the most effective home remedies for treating candida. Add a spoon or 2 of coconut oil to your daily diet to get rid of candida.

9. Reishi

This is one of the best anti-fungal foods that clear up the body from harmful toxins while boosting up the immune system. Begin taking it in small doses for relieving yourself from candida infection.

10. Aloe Vera

Aloe vera is good for treating candida in the stomach as it is a good anti-bacterial agent. You can have 1-2 teaspoons of aloe vera gel to cure the infection quickly.

11. Ginseng

Ginseng is an amazing herb for boosting up the immune system.

12. Noni

Noni is another herb that has good healing properties. It also helps in making the immune system strong.

13. Goldenseal & Chaparral Leaf

For candida infection on feet, you can steep some goldenseal and chaparral leaf in water. Then, drench your feet in this solution.

14. Pau d’arco Bark

Drink at least 3-4 cups of pau d’arco tea daily. This also helps in reducing the candida infection.

15. Black Walnut Extract

Take black walnut extract to get relief from candida infection.

16. Thyme Essential Oil

Thyme essential oil can be used to treat an infection, caused by candida fungus. Oregano oil or cinnamon essential oil is also effective in treating Candida.

17. Olive Leaf Extract

Take olive leaf extract to get rid of candida quickly.

18. Garlic & Sesame Oil

Take a garlic clove and mix it with ¼ cup of sesame oil. First, apply raw honey on the area infected with candida, and then, apply this mixture. Keep it covered with a sterile bandage, and leave it for about 4-6 hours.

19. Eleuthero Root Tincture


Take eleuthero root tincture to boost up your immune system.

20. Camphor Essential Oil

Apply camphor essential oil to the infected area in order to get relief from candida.

Homeopathic Remedies for Candida


1. Pulsatilla

This remedy is often taken when candida causes thick green or yellowish vaginal discharge along with red rashes on the chest and abdomen.

2. Sepia

This remedy should be taken if candida is accompanied by symptoms, such as chronic constipation, itchiness on skin, along with chills, mood swings and irritability.

3. Sulphur

When there is a feeling of burning in the soles of the feet as well as in the vagina along with redness on face, nose, ears, and rectum, this remedy is useful. The person may also suffer from diarrhoea.

4. Calcarea carbonica

When the person is suffering from candida symptoms, like coldness of legs and top of the head, along with a thick creamy discharge, itchiness and burning in case of vaginal infection, this remedy is recommended. It may also be accompanied with constipation.

Preventive Measures for Candida


Drink ample of water to detoxify your body.
Avoid sugary foods, such as chocolates.
Avoid excess intake of milk products.
Avoid alcohol.
Decrease your intake of fresh fruit juices.
Avoid eating processed meats and yeast products.
Maintain proper hygiene.
Use cotton underwear, and avoid harsh soaps to prevent vaginal candida.
After using washroom, don’t forget to wipe from front to back.

How to Lose Weight Naturally

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Before you go on you should have a simple understanding of the process your body goes through when dropping the pounds. Fat (along with protein and carbohydrates) is stored energy, plain and simple. Calories are the unit that is used to measure the potential energy in said fats, carbs, and proteins. Your body will convert fat to usable energy through a series of chemical processes, and any excess energy (calories) that you don’t need will be stored away. To lose weight, you must expend more energy (or calories) than you take in. When you are using more than you taking in, your body draws on stored fat to convert it to energy, which makes the fat cells shrink. It doesn’t disappear; it simply changes form, like water to steam. While this is the basic process, you also have to take into account genetic and environmental factors. How well the above process takes place does vary from person to person.


1. Cinnamon Tea


Blood sugar has a direct impact on your weight as it affects how hungry and how energetic you are (if you have energy you’re much more likely to exercise!) If your blood sugar is balanced you are less likely to have a disproportionally large appetite, and your body will be more apt to use fat (energy) rather than storing it. While debate about its effectiveness drags on, more and more preliminary studies are coming out showing that cinnamon can help manage blood sugar levels, so why not whip up a spicy cinnamon tea?


You will need…

-1 teaspoon of ground cinnamon
-1 cinnamon stick
-8 ounces of fresh water

Directions

Place the cinnamon in a mug and cover with 8 ounces of boiling water. Steep for 15 minutes before straining. Drinking 1-2 times a day.

Cinnamon Metabolism Tea

2. Green Tea & Ginger


Green tea has long been debated as a weight loss aid, and more research is needed to confirm or deny how well it works. While some studies have turned up nothing, others have identified three main components in green tea that could help manage weight-caffeine, catechins, and theanine. Caffeine is just an overall boost to your system, and speeds up a number of bodily processes, including metabolism related to weight (technically speaking, metabolism refers to any and all biological processes in a living organism needed to sustain life.)

Catechins are considered anti-oxidant flavonoids, and are superior in green tea rather than black tea due to a difference in processing (black tea is fermented.) While the mechanism is yet to be determined, in vitro and in vivo studies have shown that catechins can help lower the absorption of lipids (fats) via the intestinal track. Theanine is an amino acid in green tea that can encourage the release of dopamine, the chemical that makes you “happy” and relaxed. If you tend to eat due to stress, this may be useful. It also counters the caffeine so you don’t get all jittery. The ginger added to green tea will help improve digestion and add a little flavor-no sugar or milk in this tea!


You will need…

-1/2 inch of fresh ginger root, peeled and finely chopped OR ½ teaspoon ground ginger
-1 teaspoon of green tea
-8 ounces of fresh water
-Raw, organic honey (optional)

Directions

Place green tea and ginger in a strainer or sieve and cover with 8 ounces of boiling water. Steeping green tea for too long can leave it with a bitter taste, so don’t exceed 3-4 minutes. You can stir in a little raw honey if you really need to sweeten it, but avoid milk or sugar at all costs. Drink 1-2 cups daily on an empty stomach.

Green Tea for Weight Loss

3. Rose Petal Water

The benefits of rose petal water are backed more by anecdotal evidence than anything, but that’s no reason to shrug off this mild yet refreshing drink. Rose petals act as a very gentle diuretic. Diuretics encourage your kidneys to put more sodium (salt) into your urine. This excess salt in turn draws water from your blood, decreasing the amount of water in your circulatory system. This is not “permanent” weight loss-just water weight-but the action encourages you to drink more and keep your system flushed clean and hydrated. Staying hydrated, believe it or not, can be hugely beneficial to losing weight.

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You will need…

-Handful of fresh or dried rose petals
-Distilled water (roughly 1-2 cups)
-A pot with a tightly fitting lid
Note: Be sure, especially if using fresh rose petals, that they have not been treated with any sort of chemical (insecticides, pesticides, herbicides, fertilizers, etc.)

Directions

Place the pot on the stove, put in the rose petals, and add just enough distilled water to completely cover them. If some float to the top it’s not a big deal. Cover the pot with a tightly fitting lid and simmer until the petals lose most of their color, about 15-20 minutes. Strain the liquid into a glass jar and keep in the refrigerator for up to 6 days. Drink about ½-1 cup every morning on an empty stomach.

Rose Water

4. Ginseng


Ginseng is any one of 11 perennial plants with fleshy roots belonging to the genus Panax. While there are different kinds of ginseng, the two that you should use –also the ones that have had the most controlled double-blind studies done on them-are American ginseng (Panax quinquefolius) and Asian or Korean ginseng (Panax ginseng.) While widely known as a stimulant to speed up a sluggish metabolism, that description doesn’t do it justice. Ginseng’s greatest quality is that it can help fight fatigue and boost energy as well as mental alertness (in a randomized double-blind study in 2010 290 cancer patients at the Mayo Clinic were given ginseng daily and it was found to fight even the crippling fatigue caused by chemotherapy.) This is huge when it comes to weight loss-without energy, it’s hard to exercise. Without exercise, it’s near impossible to lose weight-at least in a healthy way. In addition to boosting energy, there is tentative evidence that it can help manage blood sugar, which also affects energy levels as well as appetite.

You will need…

-1 teaspoon of chopped American or Korean ginseng
-8 ounces of fresh water
-raw honey/lemon to taste (optional)

Directions

Roughly chop the root and measure out 1 teaspoon per cup of water. Bring water to a boil and then pour over the ginseng, allowing it to steep for 5-9 minutes. Strain, add honey or lemon if you like, and drink 1-2 times daily.



5. Dandelion and Peppermint


Dandelion and peppermint tea is a fabulous drink that will help keep your liver healthy. The liver is an incredible organ. Not only is it the only way to truly detoxify your body, it is also plays a central role in many metabolic processes-a lot of which affect weight. In terms of fat metabolism, the liver is full of cells that break down fats and turn them into usable energy. These cells are also responsible for the flow of bile, which helps breakdown and absorb fats. In the metabolism of carbohydrates, the liver helps keep your blood sugar steady, therefore keeping energy levels up and regulating appetite. The list goes on, but the point is helping your liver helps your weight, as it plays a crucial role in managing fats and their absorption. Dandelion and peppermint both help your liver. Dandelion has hepatoprotection constituents, with hepatoprotection meaning an ability to prevent damage to the liver. Peppermint and dandelion both automatically stimulate the production of bile in the liver, helping with digestion and the absorption of nutrients. Mix these two together, and you have a powerful liver protecting tea!

You will need…

-1 teaspoon of dried dandelion leaves
-1 teaspoon dried peppermint leaves
-8 ounces of boiling water
-Lemon to taste (optional)

Directions

Pour a cup of boiling water over the dandelion and peppermint and steep, covered, for 5-10 minutes. Strain, add lemon to taste if you like, and drink a cup twice daily. You can also make this with fresh dandelion leaves/roots and fresh peppermint, just use a rough handful of the fresh leaves for the amount. If you do use fresh, be absolutely certain that there have been no chemicals applied to them- this is especially important for dandelion. If you use dandelion on a regular basis, I suggest growing your own.

6. Sip on Sage


We live in a hectic world, and most of us are stressed about one thing or another on a daily basis. The thing is, our bodies weren’t made to handle constant stress, and it can have damaging effects on a wide variety of functions-including weight gain/loss. When under stress, the body releases cortisol, a steroid hormone that is part of the fight-or-flight response. Cortisol can effect blood sugar level (therefore appetite), and cause energy to be stored more readily as fat. Neuropeptide Y is a neurochemical that is also related to stress. When released, it causes growth of fat tissue (energy is stored easily as fat around the abdomen) as well as an increase in appetite. One way to fight this underlying stress can be to ingest more sage, which has calming effects on both the body and mind. Making a calming sage tea, or even just adding it in dishes you cook, is one way to help combat your stress levels.

You will need…

-A handful of fresh sage OR 2 teaspoons of dried sage
-8 ounces of boiling water
-Lemon to taste (optional)

Directions

Pour boiling water over sage and steep for 4-5 minutes. Strain, add lemon to taste if you like, and drink 1-2 times daily.

Sage Tea Remedy

7. Chew Gum


Chewing gum is a great way to trick your brain (and your stomach) into thinking it’s getting more than it is. The flavor of the gum reduces appetite and curbs the urge to snack on something unhealthy, and also stimulates the flow of saliva, whose enzymes help break down starches and fats.

You will need…

-1 piece of natural sugar free gum

Directions

When you feel the need to start munching, pop in a piece of gum instead.

8. Have a Routine (and stick to it)


Having a routine is, in my opinion, in the top three most important things you can do to lose weight, right up there with exercise and diet. If you don’t stick to a routine, you won’t see results, and you’ll be discouraged. Several years ago I saw a personal trainer and, after paying a decent sum of money, I figured out that it was the routine of going to see her made the biggest difference. It’s probably the single hardest thing you’ll do when you try to lose weight, but once those habits become hardwired into your brain, things will only get easier.

9. Just Add Water


Staying hydrated is an important aspect of weight loss that people often brush off-you don’t want to gain water weight and feel bloated right? Either that or you hear that you should drink ice cold water to burn more calories. Not exactly. The idea that ice cold water burns more calories because your body tries to “warm it up” first may technically be true, but the effect is miniscule (like 8 calories miniscule.) Rather, you need to be hydrated for your body to run smoothly, and that includes burning fat. It flushes bad stuff through your system, and also helps curb appetite. And don’t fret about water weight-if you are staying hydrated, your body is less likely to retain water since it simply doesn’t have the need to-similar to how eating more can make weight loss easier, within reason. I should also say-DO NOT BUY INTO SPECIALTY WATERS! Get your vitamins through your diet or supplements. Those waters are not better for you-in fact some are so loaded with flavoring and what not they rival soda.

You will need…

-8 ounces of fresh water

Directions

Drink at least 8 cups of fresh water every day.

10. Coconut Oil (as a replacement fat)


In the 1970’s and ‘80’s, saturated fats got shoved into the spotlight as the main cause for obesity. Coconut oil, being a saturated fat, was tossed along with the rest of them. The healthier alternative that we created? Trans-fat. One could say that backfired a wee bit eh? Coconut oil isn’t just any old saturated fat though; it contains unique fats called medium chain triglycerides that help you use energy (aka calories) more efficiently. MCT’s are indeed a saturated fat, but they are not the same as many of the other saturated fats we hear about-those fats are long chain triglycerides. Why does the length matter? Its chemical makeup is what determines how our body processes it and breaks it down. MCT’s are not broken down in the intestines, and therefore do not get stored away immediately as fat. Instead, they absorbed intact and sent right to the liver, where they are used as energy. Now sitting around eating coconut oil isn’t going to make you lose weight, but using it as a replacement fat can be a good choice. In addition to that, just plain coconut oil is an incredible appetite suppressant (it’s almost scary, actually.) Tack on that it can raise energy levels and you are more likely to get out, move around, and exercise.

As far as studies on it go, here are some that I mentioned in The Everyday Roots Book. In 2002 the Journal of Nutrition concluded that it can aid weight loss when used in place of long chain triglycerides. It was also shown to strongly curb appetite and it appeared to increase the burning of calories. In 2003 Obesity Research found that it may help burn calories, probably due to the fact that it boosted energy. In 2010 the International Journal of Food Sciences and Nutrition also found that it could help boost metabolism and reduce appetite.

You will need…

-2 tablespoons of good virgin cold-pressed coconut oil

Directions

Twice a day, take 1 tablespoon of coconut oil. You can take it before, during, or after a meal. If you tend to struggle with proportions, I suggest taking it before you eat, or if dessert is your demon, take it right after dinner. In terms of substitution I’ve used it in place of olive oil and love it.

Coconut Oil Helps You Lose Weight

11. Plain Yogurt and Honey


This is an awesome breakfast/snack. It’s one of those “I wouldn’t guess this is good for me!” type foods. The probiotics in yogurt do wonders for the digestive track and maintains a healthy balance of gut flora that optimizes digestion and the breakdown of certain substances (like fat.) When you digestive track is running smoothly, your body is processing things better and it’s not as likely to pack on the pounds. The honey is just a little added (healthy) sweetness to satisfy any cravings you might have. The beautiful thing here is that you really don’t feel like you’re getting shorted any flavor or fullness when you eat it. For optimum weight-loss awesomeness, try low fat yogurt.

Note: There was once a time when certain large companies began to add so much sugar to their yogurt the amounts surpassed those found in sugary breakfast cereal, like Lucky Charms. People were gobbling it up and wondering how it could be so tasty and good for you, when really the image and wholesomeness of yogurt was simply being abused. Read the nutrition label first.

You will need…

-1/2-1 cup of plain (not vanilla) yogurt
-1 tablespoon of organic raw honey, or to taste

Directions

Eat this for a snack or breakfast, adding on the honey for flavor. Feel free to try adding fresh fruit or even oats for a little variety.

Yogurt and Honey

12. Get Enough Sleep


Our body is a cohesive unit, a complex system, not just individual parts. Everything has to be working harmoniously for things to be balanced and correct-like your weight. Studies have shown that even just a little bit of sleep deprivation over the short time frame of 4 nights results in increased insulin resistance, and essentially ages the metabolism 10-20 years in that time frame. The fat cells sensitivity to insulin dropped by 30% to levels usually seen in people who were obese or diabetic. By getting the right amount of sleep, you’re doing more than just resting your body-you’re ensuring that all systems are go, and that you have the best chance possible to succeed at losing weight.

13. Black Pepper and Lemon Juice


This spicy little concoction contains black pepper and lemon juice to create a drink that can help you keep ahead on your weight loss battle. Black pepper contains a naturally occurring chemical compound called piperine, which is responsible for giving it its pungent flavor. Several new studies have shown that piperine can interfere with the genes that control the generation of fat cells, as well as reducing fat levels in the blood stream and enhancing the absorption of nutrients from our foods. Lemon juice can help aid in digestion and give your G.I. track a helping hand when it comes to breaking down foods.

You will need…

-Several sprinkles of freshly ground black pepper
-Juice of half a lemon
-Fresh water

Directions

Mix lemon juice with water and sprinkle in black pepper (about 3-4 turns of the pepper grinder.) Drink once daily after a meal.

Lemon and Black Pepper Drink

14. Bottle Gourd Juice


Bottle gourds are old-world hard-shelled fruits that anecdotal evidence suggests can help you lose weight. People who swear by it find that, due to its high fiber content, it creates a sensation of fullness and curbs appetite. It also has high water content (always a good thing) and has a number of great nutrients. If you do decide to drink bottle gourd juice, do not do so in such a way that you use it to “starve” yourself (see below.) Your body needs all the (good) food and nutrients it needs to maintain a balanced diet, however, it’s a great way to help resist cravings and potential snacking sprees!

You will need…

-1 cup of bottle gourd juice, chilled
-A little lime juice

Directions

When you feel the urge to snack, drink a glass of cold bottle gourd juice with a dash of lime juice added.

15. Eat More (and figure out why you’re eating in the first place)


Deprivation never works. It is a painful struggle that will almost always result in failure. Instead of starving your body of the nutrients it needs to stay healthy, eat “more” good stuff. Break your meals down to 5 or 6 small ones a day to reduce snacking (which is when a good chunk of weight gain takes place for a lot of people) and to prevent your body from storing more fat-which is does when it feels “starved.” Also ask yourself why you’re eating in the first place-we so often eat out of boredom or nerves or stress. Wait until you feel a rumble and let your stomach tell you when it needs to eat.

16. Apple Snacks


An apple a day keeps the weight at bay! While not overflowing with nutrients like other fruits or vegetables, apples still have a number of benefits that can contribute to weight loss. First, they are packed with fiber, which helps curb appetite, so eat one when you feel the urge to snack on some less-desirable foods. Second, they can help regulate blood sugar levels, and therefore help regulate your appetite and energy levels. Third, the pectin in apples can lower cholesterol, and serve as another way to help regulate blood sugar, by slowing the absorption of carbohydrates. Finally, apples are a naturally low-sodium food, which can help prevent excess water retention and water weight.

You will need…

-1-2 fresh apples

Directions

Rinse and slice an apple, and eat one to two daily. Leave the skin on, as that contains a good amount of fiber.

Apples


17. Add in More Asparagus


Pay attention to seasonal fruits and vegetables, and pounce on the asparagus when it comes along. Asparagus is nutrient dense and, like apples, contains a lot of fiber to help curb appetite. It also contains a host of vitamins that work together to metabolize blood glucose, therefore regulate blood sugar. If you find yourself feeling puffy or bloated, asparagus is a mild diuretic that can help reduce bloating and leave you feeling your best. Try eating asparagus steamed on the side of your favorite dishes-this vegetable doesn’t need much to make it taste good

You will need…

-1 bunch of asparagus
-some water

Directions

Wash the asparagus and lightly peel the stems if they are thick. Place in a pan with ½-1 inch of water, and cover with a tightly fitting lid. Turn the heat to medium high and steam for 3 minutes, or until the asparagus is tender and can be pierced easily with a fork.

Asparagus

18. Put Your Fork or Spoon Down Between Bites


Your brain lags behind your stomach by roughly 20 minutes, which ,means that it isn’t the best thing to rely on when it comes to letting your know when you’re full. To avoid over-eating, and thus consuming extra un-needed calories, slow down your eating by putting your fork or spoon down between bites. You might feel a little silly at first, but it can really help when it comes to managing your weight.

19. Snack on Flax


Flax seed has been known to help with digestive ailments for centuries, and this goes hand in hand with weight loss. Flax seeds are high in fiber, as well as mucilage, which helps lower cholesterol. It has also been proven to lower blood sugar levels. With such a high amount of fiber, flax seeds also act as a natural gentle way to regulate bowel movements and help promote healthy gut bacteria, both which work well to help you manage weight. It is important to eat flaxseed ground, as it tends to pass through the digestive track undigested if eaten whole, thus depriving you of its nutritional benefits.

You will need…

-1 tablespoon of ground flaxseed

Directions

Once a day eat a tablespoon of ground flaxseed-sprinkling it over cereal or oatmeal if my personal preference.


20. Milk Thistle


Milk thistle contains active flavonoid compounds collectively known as simirilyn. Simalrilyn helps to protect the liver which is a vital organ when it comes to managing weight and encouraging weight loss. When your liver is bogged down and sluggish, weight loss can be slowed by up to 30%*. The simarilyn in milk thistle can help reverse this. There are several ways to take milk thistle, however I recommend a capsule form (make sure the source is reliable) or as a tincture, since milk thistle does not impart its benefits when steeped in water (such as when made into a tea.)

You will need…

-Milk thistle capsules or tincture

Directions

Follow

Directions

on the packaging for dosage.

21. Go Ahead, Eat That Chocolate


Remember deprivation hardly works? When you get the urge for a sweet treat, turn to dark chocolate. It will help curb your craving thanks to its insulin-resistance lowering flavonoids. The healthy fats in dark chocolate can also slow the absorption of sugar into your blood stream, preventing “insulin spikes.” Studies have shown that eating some can help put a stop to cravings for sugar, salt, and fat. However, the chocolate must be 70% cocoa, otherwise it has too much milk or sugar added to be beneficial.

You will need…

-70% dark chocolate

Directions

Directly after a meal, eat a piece of dark chocolate roughly the size of your thumb to glean its benefits.

Dark Chcolate

22. Join the Navy… Beans


Beans, beans, the magical fruit, the more you eat the more you…lose weight? Apparently, since the protein in navy beans can take a while to digest, therefore reducing appetite and aiding in weight loss management. The fiber in navy beans can also help lower cholesterol.

You will need…

-1 cup of dried navy beans
-3 cups of water

Directions

Prepare the navy beans by adding 3 cups of fresh water to a pot for each cup of dried beans, so that the liquid level is about 1-2 inches about the beans. Bring the water to a boil and then reduce to a simmer, partially covering the pot. Skim off any foam that develops, and simmer for 1 to 1 ½ hours until tender. Add to a salad or enjoy as a dish on its own.

When you’re trying to figure out how to lose weight, know that there really is no magic thing that works for everyone. Yes, diet and exercise are vital, but people are different, bodies are different, and you have to take into account things such as genetics, health conditions, gender, and age. You might be glaring at your co-worker chowing down on donuts at the office while you pick at a salad and wonder how they manage to stay so fit when they eat whatever they want-but don’t let this drag you down. The journey is different for everyone, but there is always a way to complete it. And when in doubt, simplify the situation-eat good food, get proper exercise. We’ve turned eating and weight loss into a science that delves into such minuscule things we feel like we aren’t capable of eating right or losing weight without professional help. Assuming you have no outstanding condition that complicates the situation, you can reach your goals on your own! It may be difficult, but hey, that’s where things like these remedies can lend a helping hand.

Tips


-Weight isn’t everything. Muscle does weigh more than fat, and being fit and healthy is more important than being incredibly “thin.” Healthy looks good on you, and don’t forget it!

-Never underestimate stress as a cause of weight gain. The body cannot perform any function, including burning fat for energy, optimally when under stress.

-There are no super-foods. Don’t rely on one thing to help you lose weight-always maintain a balanced diet.

-Don’t eat before bed. Your metabolism slams on the brakes when you go to sleep, so eating at night makes weight gain tough to avoid.

-Get a buddy to make goals that the two of you strive towards. When you lose willpower or motivation, a friend can be all that stands between success and setback.

-Read a book called Salt, Sugar, Fat: How the Food Giants Hooked Us In by New York Times investigative reporter Michael Moss. Just do it. It will give you something new and tangible to hold onto when you are trying to avoid junk food. At the risk of sounding corny, it actually changed my life.

-Along the lines of the first tip-manage your weight to be healthy, and ultimately, happy. Ignore images of perfect figures. Forget about the silly things society bombards you with, telling you what you should look like. To say that’s easier said than done is the understatement of the century, but do try to keep it in mind. When you are healthy, and happy, you truly glow from the inside out.