Wednesday, 24 May 2017

Another Reason to Exercise: Burning Bone Fat – a Key to Better Bone Health

Another Reason to Exercise: Burning Bone Fat – a Key to Better Bone Health

The benefits of exercise are numerous indeed as this article shows us.

Newswise — CHAPEL HILL, N.C. – It’s a fat-burning secret anyone interested in bone health should know. For the first time, UNC School of Medicine researchers show that exercising burns the fat found within bone marrow and offers evidence that this process improves bone quality and the amount of bone in a matter of weeks
The study, published in the Journal of Bone and Mineral Research, also suggests obese individuals – who often have worse bone quality – may derive even greater bone health benefits from exercising than their lean counterparts.

Tuesday, 23 May 2017

Before the Flood’ — A Global Exploration for Answers to Climate Change

Before The Flood - Answers To Climate Change

 We need to take note of this, people have ignored Climate Change for too long........................

Before the Flood

Whether you believe man-made climate change is real or not, I urge you to lay your judgments aside for an hour-and-a-half and watch this film. A fact that cannot be denied is that our world has become increasingly and devastatingly toxic, and these toxins are damaging our ecosystem, thereby placing the survival of mankind at risk.

We are eroding soils, polluting water, draining aquifers and contaminating our air. Any one of these issues progressing will have devastating consequences, and at our current pace we have roughly 50 years before time will run out. Some instances of pollution, such as the plastic now choking our oceans, or agricultural runoff contaminating our fresh water supplies, highlight serious damage that we can and must stop.

The decimation of forests, be it for the purpose of tar sands operations or paper milling or building cities and suburbs, also has an impact on the Earth. Whether man-made CO2 is instrumental in climate change or not, what's clear is that our Earth is in peril, and it's up to all of us, corporations included, to reassess our impact on the world at large.

Monday, 22 May 2017

The 12 Best Spices for the Most Common Health Problems

12 Spices For Common Health Problems

 This post is most helpful as it explains which spice is for which ailment or condition .............

Herbs and spices aren’t just something you sprinkle in the pan when preparing dinner.
They offer a vast spectrum of healthful benefits of which science is beginning to discover. The cuisine of every culture uses these aromatic plants for the taste they afford but more than that, many have been used since ancient times for their specific therapeutic values.
By exploring phytochemicals at the molecular level, researchers have come to understand how they work the way they do. We don’t have to know those kinds of details to benefit from their workings. The list of spices below is a great place to start to get to know how they work.

Why Use Spices?

It’s interesting to note that many pharmaceuticals are devised to mimic the mechanisms of plants. The difference, of course, is that the human body recognizes plants as food and uses them accordingly. Drugs are foreign to our cells and although they may mask symptoms, they don’t actually help our bodies to heal.
Herbs and spices, on the other hand, can help us with weight loss, sleep, cardiovascular health, cancer prevention, digestion, pain, and virtually every other malady.
We’ve put together some spices and herbs that can help with common health concerns. You’ve probably heard of all of them and may very well already have them in your cupboard or garden. If not, it’s worth adding this list of spices to your pantry.

List of Spices for Health

The spices below taste great and they work in a tangible, observable way!

1. Metabolism Booster

Mustard seed – One tiny seed can produce this beautiful leafy plant and it’s full of nutrition. In addition, spicy foods like mustard, chili peppers, and horseradish have a thermogenic effect when you eat them: they increase your metabolism and raise your body temperature. A 1986 study showed that mustard significantly increased the resting metabolism rate, with implications for weight loss. (1, 2) So for a zip in your mouth and in your step, add some mustard seeds or powder to whatever you’re eating.

2. Digestive Troubles

So much of our health is dependent upon our digestive system. How we break down food and use its nutrients affects everything.
Coriander – expedites the digestive process and soothes indigestion (dyspepsia), abdominal cramps, diarrhea, and flatulence. It’s also a diuretic and regulates blood pressure. (3, 4) The entire plant is edible; you can use the seeds and/or leaves in cooking or steep the leaves for a digestive tea.
To make a tea:
  1. Boil coriander leaves for a minimum of five minutes.
  2. Add honey to taste, if desired, and strain before drinking.
Fennel – stimulates digestion to properly metabolize food. Indians eats fennel seeds after a meal for this reason. The entire fennel plant is edible and adds a licorice flavor to foods. Fennel is an antispasmodic (among other things) that eases infant colic, heartburn, indigestion, and irritable bowel syndrome. (5, 6) It also eases symptoms of pre-menstrual syndrome. (7)
Ginger – it’s hard to say enough about ginger. This rhizome herb is anti-inflammatory and antioxidant, stimulating digestive enzymes and bile to effectively process food through the stomach and liver. You can cook it in food, drink as tea, or mix up in your next smoothie.

3. Joint Pain

Garlic – a potent anti-inflammatory, garlic is effective inside and out. Add garlic to cooking (or eat it raw, if you can, to get the most benefit). Click here for a few remedies that will warm and soothe painful joints while reducing inflammation.
Green Tea – all true teas (i.e., not herbal) contain anti-inflammatory phytochemicals. Green tea has more flavonoids (a type of antioxidant) than other types of tea and it’s this substance that is a major contributor to green tea’s anti-inflammatory effect. (8)
Steep green tea for at least 7 minutes before drinking to allow nutrients to release. Add some raw, unpasteurized honey if you like, for an additional anti-inflammatory.
Licorice Root – contains anti-inflammatory flavonoids that inhibit Lyso-PAF-Acetyltransferase, an enzyme that causes inflammation. (9) Licorice root can be taken in a capsule or drunk as tea. To make your own tea (rather than store-bought in a bag), add 1 teaspoon of licorice root powder to hot water and steep for 10 minutes. Strain and drink. Licorice root is naturally sweet.
Cautions: in large amounts over time, licorice root can contribute to hypertension and low potassium. Pregnant and lactating women should not take licorice root.

4. Detoxifying

With the environmental and food toxins to which we are daily exposed, we need to give ourselves a flush now and then to keep them from building up and causing harm.
Rosemary has antifungal, antiviral, and antibacterial properties. Antioxidants in rosemary protect the liver from damage and can even promote healing of cirrhosis. (10) The liver is the body’s primary filter and everything you take into your body goes through it. Rosemary prevents damage from free radicals by activating the body’s own defense mechanisms. (11)
In addition to its particular hepatic effects, rosemary protects the brain, improving memory, cognition, and stalling the accumulation of amyloid-beta, a protein that leads to the plaque accumulation in the brain that causes Alzheimer’s and other neurological diseases. (12, 13)
A hardy, aromatic herb, rosemary can be added to soups, stews, grilled proteins and vegetables, or taken as a tea.

5. Immune System Booster

Black pepper – piperine is a substance in black pepper with antioxidant properties. It’s been found to bind to immune cell receptors and increase cell viability. (14) In addition—and maybe more importantly—black pepper increases the bioavailability of other nutrients. The body can readily use many of the nutrients in food just as they are but some are more difficult to absorb. For example, turmeric is a super spice with many health benefits but is poorly metabolized as it is. Black pepper increases the body’s ability to absorb it by 2000%–a perfect pair.
Piperine also inhibits the growth of colon, breast, and other cancers. (15, 16) It’s effective in treating vitiligo as well, by stimulating skin pigment. (17)
Black pepper can be added as a spice in cooking or added as a finish to foods.
Turmeric – curcumin is the antioxidant pigment in turmeric that gives it the gold color. It is a powerful anti-inflammatory that has been found to:
Combine turmeric with black pepper and coconut oil to reap its full benefits. Heat applied while cooking will also release the curcumin and other phytonutrients.

6. Reduce Belly Fat

Cayenne – this spicy spice is thermogenic (so is black pepper), meaning that it produces heat when you eat it. Thermogenic foods increase metabolism (even while at rest) so you burn more calories. Cayenne contains vitamins C, B6, E and minerals manganese and potassium, plus flavonoid antioxidants. (18)
Research at Purdue University found that:
“consuming red pepper [cayenne] can help manage appetite and burn more calories after a meal, especially for individuals who do not consume the spice regularly…Other studies have found that capsaicin, the component that gives chili peppers their heat, can reduce hunger and increase energy expenditure – burning calories.” (19)
Capsaicin is an antioxidant pigment in cayenne that aids in digestion as well. It has been found to stimulate bile and pancreatic enzyme production, heal and prevent gastric ulcers and gallstones, and break down proteins in the small intestine. (20, 21)
Mix ¼ teaspoon of cayenne and 1 tablespoon of lemon juice in a cup of warm water and drink half an hour before breakfast to kick-start your digestive system and supercharge your metabolism.
Cinnamon – this is another anti-inflammatory super spice that can help with weight loss. It does so by stimulating insulin production to stabilize blood sugar levels, thereby improving cells’ insulin sensitivity so that glucose is absorbed by muscles for energy rather than being stored as fat. Cinnamon also regulates low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol.
You can find a recipe for a morning cinnamon tonic to assist with weight loss and detoxify your liver at the same time by clicking here.
Nature abounds with colorful, flavorful herbs and spices to make whatever you eat delicious and nutritious, supporting health in the process. The complexity and variety of plant chemistry can be targeted to help with whatever concerns you. You can find all of these ingredients at the local supermarket and all are easy to store in your pantry for whenever you need them. Spices add to the variety of life.

Sunday, 21 May 2017

100-Year-Old Fertility Technique Reduces Need for IVF

100-Year-Old Fertility Technique Reduces Need for IVF

These findings will bring hope to many couples who have been struggling to start a family.

Newswise — Infertile couples have a major opportunity to achieve a successful pregnancy without the need for IVF, thanks to new research into a 100-year-old medical technique.

The now lesser known technique – which involves flushing the woman's fallopian tubes with an iodised poppy seed oil – has been proven to have significant benefits for fertility, according to the largest study undertaken by a team involving researchers in the Netherlands and Australia

The results of the study will today be published in The New England Journal of Medicine. They will also be presented at the 13th World Congress on Endometriosis in Vancouver, Canada, by project leader Professor Ben Mol, from the University of Adelaide's Robinson Research Institute, and a member of the South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute's Healthy Mothers, Babies and Children theme.

Saturday, 20 May 2017

Cardamom - An Amazing Spice

All About Cardamom

We learn something new every day.  I was very surprised to find the benefits of cardamom.  But then, is it so strange when we know that our wonderful nature has produced a herb for every ailment.

This magical spice enjoys a colourful history dating back thousands of years. Spiritually, the energy of cardamom has the power to cut through the confusion of a busy mind, creating more clarity, whilst helping to lift heavy, depressed feelings. Cardamom encourages us to become more present, in the ‘here-and-now’, as well as helping to open the third-eye to awaken out inner realms of deeper insight.

Friday, 19 May 2017

Scarlet Fever Warning

Scarlet Fever Warning

Seeing this article really made me very uncomfortable.  This not good news and it is hoped that Scarlet Fever can be eradicated sharpishly.

 Scarlet Fever is Back and Every Parent Needs to Watch Out for These Warning Signs

Scarlet fever is an infection of Streptococcus A bacteria and accompanies “strep throat”. Its incidence has reduced drastically over the last 100 years due to the use of antibiotics to combat the infection. However, some countries have recently experienced a resurgence. (1) It’s not yet understood why this is the case.(2)

Even so, worldwide, scarlet fever is a relatively rare condition, affecting less than 10% of those with strep throat. (3)

Scarlet Fever Symptoms

Scarlet fever can occur when the bacteria secrete a particular toxin to which the affected person is sensitive. It occurs mostly in children aged 5-15 and manifests with specific symptoms.
They include (4):
  • Fever over 101°F
  • Red rash (hence the term “scarlet fever”) developing on the face, chest, abdomen, and back and spreading to other parts of the body. Skin looks like it’s sunburned and is rough and scratchy. However, the skin around the mouth retains normal coloration. Skin will start to peel about a week after the rash appears.
  • A sore throat with white and yellow patches
  • Swollen tonsils and/or other glands
  • White tongue with red spots (“strawberry tongue”)
  • Nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain
  • Headaches, chills
Scarlet fever can be dangerous if left untreated, as the infection can cause long-term health effects such as (5):
  • Rheumatic fever (an inflammatory disease that can affect the heart, joints, skin, and brain)
  • Kidney disease (inflammation of the kidneys, called post-streptococcal glomerulonephritis)
  • Otitis media (ear infection)
  • Skin infections
  • Abscesses (pockets of pus) of the throat
  • Pneumonia (lung infection)
  • Arthritis (joint inflammation)

Preventing Scarlet Fever

Scarlet fever is a highly contagious infection. Exposure to anything that the infected person has touched, coughed or sneezed on puts you at risk for contracting the infection.
Common sense efforts to reduce the risk apply:
  • Hand washing with soap and water, especially after blowing the nose and before eating.
  • Keep contaminated implements like toothbrushes, cups, and toys quarantined from the rest of the family.
  • No skin-to-skin contact with someone who has scarlet fever or strep throat.

Thursday, 18 May 2017

Curcumin - A New Treatment For Depression

Curcumin - A Novel Treatment For Depression

 Curcumin or Turmeric is much in the news these days and periodically we learn about new remedies with Curcumin.  This time for healing depression which can only be beneficial as it would eliminate the chemical medication that is often prescribed for depression.

  • Curcumin may be helpful against depression, especially atypical depression. No significant difference in efficacy between high and low dosages were found
  • Two active components in saffron, crocin and safranal, also have antidepressant effects, and at least three studies have found saffron is as effective as generic Prozac
  • One of the mechanisms behind curcumin’s beneficial impact on depression appears to be its ability to tame the flames of inflammation, which is now thought to be a foundational cause of depression