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Apple Cider Vinegar Benefits

Apple cider is not just for salad, seasoning for dishes ,sauces, dressings and marinades. It has many benefits to our health. What are the benefits of apple cider vinegar?

Facial cleanser – apple cider vinegar is an effective face cleanser that removes bacteria and dirt from the face. Mix one fourth cup of warm water and tablespoon of apple cider vinegar, wash your face with it. Apple cider can also be an astringent toner to tighten the skin and protect it against other skin impurities. Mix one part of apple cider vinegar and two parts of purified water. After using the facial wash apply the apple cider vinegar toner on the face, using cotton ball or pad. If the skin have pimples and age spots, pure apple cider vinegar can be directly applied using cotton swab.

Relieves sore throat – the antibacterial properties of apple cider vinegar are helpful in soothing sore throat caused by bacterial infections. Mix one or two teaspoons of apple cider vinegar in a glass of warm water an a little salt .Gargle it for twenty to thirty minutes. Do this two to three times a day and you will feel relief.

Medicine for razor burns – itchy, redness, small red bumps ,rashes and burning sensation on the part of the body that has been shaved, these are the symptoms of of razor burns. To reduce the discomfort of razor burns and bumps, apply pure apple cider vinegar directly to the affected area or add it to a cold compress. This is a great help to reduces swelling, redness and itching. .Avoid shaving until the area are completely healed.

Lose weight – drinking apple cider vinegar is helpful in losing weight if it is done with exercise. The combination of apple cider vinegar and exercise is more effective than exercise alone.

Sunburn medicine – you can feel burning sensation if you use only apple cider vinegar for sunburn, mix it with water. Put equal parts of water and apple cider vinegar in a spray bottle and spray it on the affected area.. If there is no spray bottle , you can put the apple cider vinegar water mixture in a cup, wet a face towel , squeeze it and apply it on the affected area, or take a cold shower of water mixed with apple cider vinegar.

Helps kill bacteria – due to the antibacterial properties that apple cider vinegar has. It is effective in killing the bacteria that cause staph infection. It can also kill bacteria found in human feces and stomach.

Dandruff remover – mix half a cup of apple cider vinegar and one half cup of cold water , keep the mixture aside. Shampoo the hair and rinse well. Pour the apple cider vinegar mixture on the hair .Make sure to apply to the entire scalp, just leave it on and don’t rinse. Apply conditioner if needed. Apart from dandruff this mixture also removes oil and hair dirt, balances the Ph balance. The hair becomes shiny and smooth and the itching is reduced caused of dandruff. Stop using apple cider vinegar immediately if you experience itching, redness and stinging feeling.

Mix with bath water – apple cider vinegar effectively provides protection against infection, viruses, bacteria, fungi and other skin problems such as, small wounds, rashes eczema, and dry skin. This is because apple cider vinegar contains potent antibacterial compounds that help to experience a soothing effect after bath. Put one or two cups of apple cider vinegar in warm water. Soak for twenty to thirty minutes , then rinse with cold water to close the pores and get rid of the excess vinegar and its smell.

Effective against body odor – apple cider vinegar helps fight germs caused by body odor. Mix one part of apple cider vinegar and one part of water. Do not over use apple cider vinegar in the armpits , it can cause chemical burns and contact dermatitis.

Natural remedy for sinus infection – because of the thick mucus that builds up in the hollow cavities between the cheekbones, forehead and eyes, there is a blockage in the nose. This is the cause of acute sinusitis that can last up to four weeks. Apple cider vinegar has vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and malic acids that target mucus and nasal congestion. Take one to two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar everyday until the airways relax and the infection disappears.

Heartburn relief – there is a theory that people with heartburn and reflux acid are deficient in stomach acid. Drinking apple cider vinegar can help to increase the acidity in the stomach.

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Walking: Health Benefits

Did you know that walking provides many benefits to the physical and mental health of the body. What happens to the body when you walk everyday?

Improves digestion – walking for an half an hour everyday improves digestion and controls bowel movements. Walking also helps people with chronic constipation to have a chance to survive colon cancer.

Improves vision – walking can help fight glaucoma by relieving eye pressure. Walking is one of the best ways to reduce the risk of developing glaucoma and ease its symptoms. It also strengthens and stimulates the visual cortex.

Stronger bones and joints – walking can provide more joint mobility, prevent loss bone density, and reduce the risk of fracture. Thirty minutes of moderate walking everyday can reduce pain stiffness and swelling in the joints.

Lose weight – walking can help burn calories and reduce weight. Walking uphill will burn more calories than on flat surface.

Improve your mood – walking can reduce anxiety, depression and negative mood. It can also boost self esteem and reduce social withdrawal. Ten minutes walking can be done everyday.

Relief back pain – walking contributes to better circulation within the spinal structures, pumps important nutrients to the soft tissues and improve posture and flexibility which are important for a healthy spine. While walking, makes the spine more stable and strengthens the muscles to keep the body straight. Good posture added a few inches in the height .

Avoiding heart disease – thirty minutes walking everyday helps to prevent serious problems such as coronary heart disease, lowering high blood pressure and cholesterol levels and improving blood circulation.

Lung volume increases – walking is an aerobic exercise that increases the flow of oxygen in the bloodstream and helps remove toxins and waste which is good for the lungs.

Toned muscles – muscle tone can be obtained by simply walking . Ten thousand steps a day can be as effective as an actual work out at the gym especially if you add intervals or walk uphill.

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Ways to Get Rid of Bloating

Bloating is caused by overeating, food intolerance, constipation and air in the digestive system, which ca cause adverse effects on the digestive system. What are the ways to get rid of the bloated belly and its bad feeling?

Eat fruits – after eating a heavy meal, eat fruits such as bananas, papayas, pineapples, oranges, and mandarins to strengthen the digestive tract an prevent constipation and bloating.

Take a warm bath – the heat caused by the water give relief to a painful and bloated stomach . It also relaxed the feeling when warm water flows through the body and the tress felt is reduce . Because of this, the gastrointestinal tract improves and helps reduce bloating.

Eat slowly – don’t eat too fast just to finish immediately. Eat slowly to enjoy the meal. This way the amount of bubbles you swallow with what you eat decreases. When too many bubbles enter the stomach it becomes bloated, so eat slowly.

Massage the stomach – lie down and massage the stomach. This belly massage will help to lower the food to the stomach and relieve stomach stiffness as well as excessive pressure and bloating.

Drink tea – make a habit of drinking peppermint or chamomile tea after meals to relax the feeling of spasm in the stomach. It helps to reduce the pain felt when the stomach is swollen.

Slowly in salty – if you are bloated even if you eat just a little, check your salt intake, maybe you overdosed. Drinking probiotic supplement can help to fix the colon bacteria that produces gas and cause bloating. When you eat too much salty food, it is good to drink a lot of water to flush it out to your body.

Avoid sugar free foods – use natural sweeteners like stevia. It is low in calories, has no effect in blood glucose and has no allergic reactions.

Drink water to hydrate – drinking water to maintain the balance of body fluids and the normal of bowel function.

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Vitamins for Healthy Bones

How important is it for us to take vitamins especially for bones. What is the importance of taking vitamins in our body .

Vitamins that are good for bones are calcium and vitamin D . These two vitamins are the most important for healthy bones. Calcium can be found mostly in dairy products, dark green leafy vegetables, fish with edible bones and and calcium fortified products. While vitamin D can be obtained through sun exposure, oily fish and eggs.

Human needs calcium to build and maintain strong bones. It is the most abundant mineral in the body, and it is vital for bone health.

Vitamin D is important to absorb calcium. The more vitamin D you have , the better you can absorb calcium. The most vitamin D is obtained from mid day sun exposure. If you don’t want sun exposure , you can buy vitamin D pills.

It depends on the age what level of calcium should be taken. In between teens till forties, the usual calcium intake is one thousands to one thousand two hundred mg per day. For postmenopausal women and pregnant women, the recommended intake per day is 1500 mg. This is the general recommendation.

For vitamin D, the recommended dosage is eight hundred international units. As long as you know your target is, you can calculate how many pills you will take.

For those who are about to start taking calcium, its better late than never. If you notice that you need to store calcium in the body , its better to start already. Women need more calcium than men, because women’s hormones are different than mens, but men also need calcium.

Women develop bone problems earlier than men. The elderly are more prone to bone problems. This happens commonly because, the bones lack of calcium. Store calcium while young, it will help until old age.

Calcium is part of the bones, makes the structure of the bones harder when calcium is higher. When there is less calcium, the structure of the bone becomes like sponge and the foundation of the bone becomes thinner and breaks easily when getting older.

Vitamin D is important for the body’s calcium absorption. Through this vitamins, the structure of the bones can be greatly helped, and in old age it can reduce the risk of fractures.

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Signs of Vitamin D deficiency

Vitamin D is a prohormone , nutrients that the body does nit produce. The body produces vitamin D when you are exposed to the sun, eat foods rich in vitamin D and take a vitamin D supplement. Vitamin D is important to keep the body energetic and protect it against many diseases. How do you will know if you are deficient in vitamin D

Painful muscles – vitamin d is very important for the smooth running and strength of muscles. Taking a high dosage of vitamin D supplements helps to reduce various types of body pain

Head sweating – sweating of the head and scalp is an indication that you need to take a vitamin D supplement. Sunbathe and eat foods nutritious in vitamin D .

Bone pain – bone pain is an indication of lack of vitamin D and calcium. This can cause the risk of bone fracture, osteoporosis and rickets, especially in women. Vitamin D is important to maintain strong bones and bone tissue replacement.

Long healing wound – vitamin D plays a role in keeping the skin healthy. Vitamin D increases the production of compounds that are important to generate the skin. This is part of the wound healing process.

Feeling tired and weak – low blood levels of vitamin D cause weakness that may have a negative impact on quality of life . Raise the level of vitamin D by eating fish, fish oil and liver.

Overweight – people who are overweight usually lack of vitamin D. Probably because of of the large volume of fat, serum , in the liver, muscles and other mechanisms.. Eat seafoods, mushrooms, fatty fish and and vitamin D supplements, and above all lose weight.

Lack of strength – vitamin D is one that the body needs to achieve optimal athletic performance. You can take a vitamin D supplement or do walking exercise under the sun.

Hair loss – vitamin D stimulates hair growth and when vitamin D deficient, hair falls naturally. Apart from vitamin D, you also need to eat foods that make the hair grow like eggs, berries, avocado, fatty fish, nuts and seeds and sweet potato.

Experiencing depression – vitamin D helps people who are deficient in this vitamin to manage the feeling of depression.

The sun is the best source of vitamin D. When the skin exposed to sunlight it produces vitamin D from the cholesterol to maintain healthy blood levels.

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Foods for the Heart

There are foods that are good for the heart and veins. Here are the foods that will make our heart healthy.

Tomato, carrots, sweet potato and pumpkin – they are high in beta carotene, lycopene, vitamin c and potassium. It is good for the eyes and the heart.

Mung bean – it is high in protein, vitamin b, omega 3 fatty acids, calcium and fiber. It strengthens the body.

Nuts – nuts like almond and wall nuts. Peanuts have good fats, vitamin E, magnesium, and fiber. It helps our heart, nerves and skin.

Spinach and broccoli – it contains lutein, vitamin Bs, magnesium, potassium, calcium and fiber. It is good for the stomach, body and heart. It also improves our emotions.

Garlic – it contains allylsulfides, which help lower the cholesterol and blood pressure. garlic is highly nutritious and has very low calories, which is good for the body. Garlic extract is good for stimulating the immune system and helps the heart rate.

Dark chocolate – resveratrol and flavonoids, the special ingredients of dark chocolates. There is a possibility that resveratrol can rejuvenate. Dark chocolate is healthier compared to milk chocolate, which is full of milk and low in cocoa.

Banana – it contains potassium, vitamin c, tryptophan, and carbohydrates. This is important for patients with hypertension and taking maintenance heart medication.

Oatmeal – when you eat oatmeal every morning, your cholesterol will definitely decrease a lot. It contains magnesium, potassium, vitamin Bs, calcium, fiber, and omega 3 fatty acids.

Fatty fish – such as tuna, tilapia, sardines and salmon. It is rich in omega 3 fatty acids, which relaxes the nerves in the heart and brain.

Berries – all kinds of berries are rich in fiber, vitamin c and antioxidants, proven to help lower blood pressure and cholesterol, while reducing oxidative stress.

Avocado – regular consumption of avocados helps maintain healthy cholesterol levels that that improve heart rate.

Olive oil – extra virgin olive oil is rich in antioxidants. It is anti- inflammatory and good for vasodilation, the relaxation of the lumen or tubular organ of blood vessels.

Green tea -green tea helps to prevent cell damage that stimulates blood flow and lowers high cholesterol levels. Green tea is rich in catechins. Limit your green tea intake to four cups a day.

Red wine – the alcohol and substances in red wine called resveratrol, can help prevent hypertension and coronary artery disease, a condition that can lead to heart attack. Pinot noir is the healthiest red wine.

Legumes – black beans, peanuts, peas, lentils and soy beans, are rich in proteins and fiber. Most of them have quercetin at saponins that help protect the heart. Legumes are also good for cardio vascular health because they contain plant protein and other micronutrients . Legumes are also low in glycemic index, fat and zero cholesterol, which is good for the heart.

Apple – apples are loaded with pectin, a type of soluble fiber that can help prevent atherosclerosis. Apples are also rich in polyphenols that help prevent cell damage.

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Sore Throat: Home Remedy

There are many reasons for having a sore throat . It usually comes from an infection from a virus or bacteria. When the cause is virus, no need to take antibiotics. But if the tonsils are swollen and there is pus visible in the throat, it means that it has bacteria and it is necessary to take antibiotics.

The symptoms of inflammation of the tonsils are fever, cold ,and body weakness. When tonsilitis is not treated, it can cause rheumatic heart disease, where the heart valve is damaged and can reach surgery.

To speed up the recovery of sore throat, here are some home remedy that can be done:

Drink a lot of water and tea – Drink eight glasses of water during the day to dilute phlegm

Chicken soup – it helps to remove the blockage caused by cold and phlegm. It prevents the inflammation of the tonsils and the production of phlegm. Chicken soup has an amino acid ingredient, cysteine, which comes out when the chicken is cooked. Cysteine thins the phlegm in the lungs and speeds up healing. chicken is also high in protein.

Lozenges – if the throat hurts, lozenges can be dissolved in the mouth, a like candy that soothes the throat.

Gargle with salt water – salt water will reduce swelling of the tonsils. Put a teaspoon of salt in glass of warm water and stir, gargle for a few seconds. Gargle four times a day.

Not all sore throat is due to infection. Hyperacidity or stomach acid can also cause sore throat. It is important to check with a doctor.

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Slimming Foods

Did you know that there are some foods that can help you lose weight? Here are the foods that you should eat:

Grapefruit – eating grapefruit three times a day can help you lose four pounds in three months .According to researchers, the acid in grapefruit helps speed up digestion, making you feel fuller.

Salad – According to analysis, people who eat salad have a higher level of antioxidants in their diet. The vegetables is high in fiber, so its easy to fill up with just a few calories

Pears – people who eat three pears per day weigh less than those who don’t them. Pears are richer in fiber compared to apples.

Fatty fish – such as sardines, tilapia, mackerel and salmon. This fish are rich in omega -3 fatty acids, which help the heart and keep you full. It has also been proven that people who eat fatty fish have more leptin. Leptin is a hormone that tells the brain that we are full.

Oatmeal – Oatmeal has beta- glucan, a type of fiber that removes cholesterol from the body and is excreted in the stool. Oatmeal’s fiber content makes you full easily. A cup of oatmeal everyday can lower cholesterol by ten percent.

Low fat milk – milk is high in protein, vitamin Bs and calcium. Choose low fat or fat free milk that is low in calories.

Yogurt – yogurt is low in fat, calories and sugar. It contains healthy bacteria such as lactobacilli, which can help prevent ulcers and stomach cancer.

Apple – apples have pectin, a type of fiber that lowers cholesterol and blood sugar. Because of its pectin , it makes you feel full quickly.

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Food for Allergies

When allergens such as pollen ,plants, grass, dust, and mold find their way to the nose, your body may become allergic to it. Immune cells release histamine or chemicals responsible for allergy symptoms. Sinuses and nasal passages begin to swell and irritation of the nose and throat and sneezing occurs. Many foods can help reduce allergies and calm the immune system.

Oregano, lemon balm, rosemary, and other herbs – Add spices to the food to get many benefits.

Yogurt – the benefits of live bacteria found in yogurt and other fermented products such as kefir help to maintain good bacteria in the stomach.

Sweet potato, leafy vegetables, nuts, and avocado – these foods are rich in vitamin B and vitamin E.

Fatty fish – such as salmon, sardines, tuna, and mackerel are rich in omega 3 fatty acids, which helps reduce inflammation, the direct cause of allergy symptoms.

Garlic – garlic is high in antioxidants for the immune system. Use garlic as a food spice. You can also cut a whole garlic into small pieces and chew or swallow it like a pill every day.

Onion – onions have quercetin, an antioxidant that can help prevent the release of histamine from the body. you can include onions in salads, soups, vegetables and more

Reduce foods such as :

Red wine – some people with allergies may get a headache when drinking red wine, because the skin of the grape has histamine.

Fatty meats – allergy cases are high in people who eat a lot of fat because it contains arachidonic acid, which causes inflammation.

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Green Tea : Facts and Benefits

The fresh leaves of green tea are steamed to prevent bloating and to maintain the natural health promoting properties that help our health. It is also rich in healthy bio compounds that can help prevent serious diseases. What are the benefits of green tea in our body?

Good for anxiety – the L- theanine content of green tea is high, this is an amino acid that can help to reduce stress, chronic fatigue, and calm the feeling. It has been found that L- theanine increases the activity of the inhibitory neurotransmitter GABA, with an anti- anxiety effect, so the energy is more stable and more productive.

Cancer protection – with the amount of powerful antioxidants in green tea, it is a great help to protect the body against oxidative damage. Based on studies, people who drink green tea are less likely to develop various types of cancer.

Low risk of heart disease – green tea is rich polyphenols that help to reduce mortality due to cardio vascular disease. Drinking green tea has a good effect against the risk of cardio vascular and ischemic related diseases. Green tea is also helps to reduce inflammation, regulate epithelial function and blood flow. Adding green tea everyday in your diet may help positive changes against the risk of stroke.

Improves brain function – due to the caffeine contained in green tea which is a stimulant, it clears the mind and also stimulates the brain. Caffeine improves various aspects of mental functioning, including mood, reactions, attention, and memory .It also stimulates the central nervous system, so you are always alert. Green tea also helps to protect the brain as we age.

Helps in weight loss – green tea stimulates metabolism even if only for a short time. Because it contains catechin and caffeine, it increases energy and may help in weight loss, especially in the abdominal area. Regular exercise even simple walking and drinking green tea everyday will reduce body fat.

Bad breath – due to the antibacterial properties of green tea that fight germs inside the mouth you will have fresh breath. Green tea helps to prevent the growth of oral bacteria and reduce bad breath.

Help prevent diabetes – the number of people with type 2 diabetes is increasing. This is because of high blood sugar levels caused by insulin resistance or because the body cannot produce enough insulin. Green tea can improve insulin sensitivity and lower sugar levels. Make it a habit to drink green tea .

Effective in skin conditions – green tea has inflammatory properties that are effective in sin conditions such as inflammation. Tea extracts improve skin micro circulation when applied topically to the affected areas. EGCG has also shown a change in the treatment of acne and oily skin. It also reduces the increase of free radicals in the body and protects cells and molecules that cause premature aging and other diseases.

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