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Tuesday, 25 November 2014

NATURAL SLEEP REMEDIES

Two days ago, I went to bed around 11 pm but unfortunately I tossed and turned restlessly before I eventually went to sleep .  The same thing repeated itself the next day I had trouble sleeping at night. .I decided to take time out the third day to find out what exactly was causing my sleeplessness( insomnia.)I was not worried about any thing obviously it was not anxiety that was causing the insomnia or any form of depression I decided to check what I had eaten in the past two days and the only new thing I had introduced to my system those two days was a 3-in-one coffee sachet drink and a lot of salad in the evening.
When I researched into the relationship between diet and insomnia, I discovered that scientist have found that what we eat directly affects our ability to sleep well .Just a few changes in our diet can make all the difference between a good nights sleep and a bad one .I decided to talk about natural sleep remedies.
Certain foods are known to contain high levels of an  amino acid that causes sleepiness in individuals
called tryptophan. such food can therefore be of great help in combating insomnia.foods that are also rich in calcium and magnesium have also been linked to promoting good sleep. such food include the simple banana .this wonder fruit is packed with potassium and magnesium that are natural muscle relaxants and also contains the sleep inducing  amino acid tryptophan which ultimately turns into  serotonin and melatonin  in the brain. serotonin promotes relaxation while melatonin  promotes sleepiness. Recent studies have shown that people who eat rice, bread ,pasta, and cereal  before bedtime fell asleep faster than those who didn't as these food items are  rich  in sugars which increase the production  of tryptophan. Whole grains and green leafy vegetables that are rich in calcium, folic acid and B vitamins are fantastic foods that promote good sleep. .
Having your meals about three hours before bed is optimum as this amount of time lets your body go into wind down mode and release the sleep promoting hormone melatonin
Most foods to avoid if you want to get a good nights sleep include fatty foods and caffeine containing foods.chocolate and tea should also be avoided at night since they contain the stimulant theobromine that has been shown to disrupt sleep.
In addition, protein-rich foods release amino acids into the blood. When amino acids such as tyrosine flood the body, they are quickly used to synthesize stimulant such as the excitatory neurotransmitters, epinephrine and norepinephrine, and thermogenic thyroid hormones.
Excitatory neurotransmitters keep the brain active and thyroid hormones increase the body’s metabolic rate. Both effects disrupt sleep.
Furthermore, by suddenly increase the amount of amino acids in the body, high-protein foods reduce the amount of tryptophan reaching the brain..
Flooding the body with multiple amino acids reduce the odds of tryptophan crossing the blood-brain barrier. This is because it shares the same transport mechanism with some of the other amino acids.
In conclusion what you eat will determine how you sleep.I hope the few tips above can help you plan your meal such that it will not disrupt your sleep
Article souces;
http://www.progressivehealth.com/foods-that-disrupt-your-sleep.htmhttp://www.mirror.co.uk/lifestyle/health/your-insomnia-down-what-you-1919884

Saturday, 15 November 2014

NATURAL HEALTHY REMEDIES FOR JOINT PAINS

Let us be very candid with our selves joint pains  is something you cannot run away from as you grow older some times it could even affect you at a younger age .My  mum was complaining the other day of severe lower waist pain and I decides to do a little research on how to mange joint pains before I get into the remedies .let us talk a little about the various kinds of joint pains and the course of the pain so that we can better understand the natural health remedies that we can use to manage it.
The cause of joint pains  for many people comes in the form of arthritis, or the inflammation of one or more of your joints. There are two main kinds, osteo and rheumatoid, both of which affect the joint in different ways. Osteo arthritis is when the cartilage between bones wears down, until bone grates on bone. Rheumatoid is little less straightforward, being caused by an autoimmune disorder that causes inflammation of the synovial membrane (a soft tissue that protects joints in the body) and that can lead to bone loss. Whichever you experience, there are natural remedies for arthritis to manage the pain and ease the symptoms .these  remedies include
1. Turmeric & Ginger Tea
Turmeric and ginger are both anti-inflammatories, and will help with osteo and rheumatoid arthritis. Turmeric in particular has gotten a lot of attention lately. Its active ingredient is something called curcumin, which is a powerful antioxidant. In addition, it lowers the levels of 2 enzymes responsible for causing inflammation (which is what we’re often fighting with arthritis.) You can take these in a capsule form or make a nice spicy tea to enjoy daily.
You will need…
-2 cups of water
-1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
-1/2 teaspoon ground turmeric
-Honey to taste
Directions
Bring 2 cups of water to a boil, and add ½ teaspoon each of ground ginger and ground turmeric. Reduce to a simmer and let it be for 10-15 minutes. Strain, add honey to taste, and enjoy twice daily. This yields 2 servings.
2. Epsom salt soak
Epsom salt contains magnesium sulfate which sounds kind of scary, but it’s really quite a wonderful substance. A naturally occurring mineral, magnesium sulfate has been used to get relief from pain for years, namely because of its high levels of magnesium (more on magnesium below.)
You will need…
-1/2 cup of Epsom salt
-A large bowl
-Warm water
Directions
Fill a large bowl with warm water and add ½ cup of Epsom salt. Stir it around, and then submerge your sore joints in the liquid. If you are experiencing pain in a less convenient place to soak, such as your knees, try taking a bath with Epsom salts. Run a tub full of warm water and add 2 cups of Epsom salt. Soak for 15 minutes (at least.)
3. Get more magnesium (seriously.)
Magnesium is something our bodies need, but we can’t make it ourselves. It is used in over 300 different biomechanical responses in our body. It relaxes all our muscles and nerve endings, relieving stiffness and pain. It is even part of what makes our heart beat. Not only does it relax muscles and ease pain (this goes for arthritis pain too, of course) it helps bones to mineralize. The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition conducted one of many studies on magnesium that showed people who had a diet high in magnesium/took supplements had higher bone density, and overall stronger bones. There are several ways to get more magnesium and utilize it for arthritis in particular.
Supplements: Magnesium capsules are a good thing to add to your day-to-day life, but they work best when used in conjunction with an improved diet. If you are not a capsule person there are some very tasty magnesium supplements you can dissolve  in a glass water and drink.
Diet: Really this is the clincher-as great as supplements are, they can’t do everything. Eat foods that are high in magnesium, which include dark leafy greens (like spinach), nuts, and legumes (beans.)
Oil: There is magnesium oil that can be applied topically and absorbed through the skin. Try rubbing it on sore joints to relieve pain.
4. Lubricate With Extra Virgin Olive Oil
The very consistency of olive oil makes it seem like something that would lubricate your joints and ease arthritis pain, and it turns out, it actually does. A main compound in extra virgin olive oil (EVOO) called oleocanthal inhibits inflammatory enzymes COX-1 and COX-2, just like Advil or aspirin does. The study showed that 1 ½ tablespoons is equal to 200-mg of ibuprofen. However, not every oil is created equal. Heat destroys oleocanthal, so it is necessary to use extra virgin olive oil or “cold-pressed.” The ripeness of the olives at the time they were pressed also determines the level of oleocanthal-generally the stronger tasting the oil, the higher the level there is present. It can be taken internally to reap the benefits, but being high in calories consider replacing any fats, such as butter, with it in cooking instead.
You will need…
-2-3 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil
Directions
Rub a bit of olive oil onto your sore joints twice a day, massaging in to each one gently. You can also take 2-3 tablespoons daily, but be sure to give up some other form of fat due to the high calorie count in the oil (rest easy, these are good calories.)
5.THE USE OF HOT AND COLD THERAPIES
Simple hot and cold treatments can make a world of difference when it comes to arthritis pain. Long, warm showers or baths—especially in the morning—help ease stiffness in your joints. Use an electric blanket or heating pad at night to keep your joints loose and use moist heating pads.
Cold treatments are best for relieving joint pain. Wrap a gel ice pack or a bag of frozen vegetables in a towel and apply it to painful joints for quick relief

Glucosamine

There is some evidence that suggests that glucosamine alleviates arthritis pain, but the type of glucosamine matters.

“There continues to be a lot of controversy about it. There’s a fair amount of data that glucosamine sulfate is beneficial, but glucosamine hydrochloride is not,” Dr. Altman says. “Almost all of the products that are sold here in the United States are glucosamine hydrochloride. There are no trials demonstrating that glucosamine hydrochloride benefits people with osteoarthritis.”

In the studies that did find benefit for glucosamine sulfate, Dr. Altman says, patients took 1,500 milligrams once a day, which resulted in better absorption in the body than splitting the dose. The GNLD full motion is also a good source of glucosamine.
BUT REEMBER, GOOD HEALTH IS ACONTINOUS HABIT NOT AN EVENT
Do you have any other ways of handling joint pains naturally, please drop your coments and let us know.
Article sources:
http://www.health.com/health/gallery/0,,20443624_5,00.html
http://www.healthline.com/health/osteoarthritis/arthritis-natural-relief#Exercise3
http://everydayroots.com/arthritis-remedies#comment-1437129




Monday, 10 November 2014

NATURAL CONSTIPATION TREATMENT: BY RUDY SILVA

All around the globe, there are still a great portion of the population who believe in the efficacy of natural constipation treatments. This is despite the existence of over-the-counter and prescribed medications
Constipation can be a great nuisance especially if you are someone who pays importance to time. Just imagine if you have to attend a conference or an appointment with a client, how would you handle the trouble YOUR stomach is giving you? Surely, nobody dreams of this experience.
The problem with being constipated is that you wouldn�t really know what might have caused it. So far, people often point at TWO things whenever constipation symptoms attack them. These TWO are stress and foods that cause constipation. 
However, for chronic constipation, doctors may point to other causes. Severe constipation could be a result of a gastric problem that you are not aware of. 
If you have this problem, you should not wait too much time before giving YOURdoctor a visit. But for normal cases, you can consider some of the recommended natural constipation treatments. 
With the existing natural remedies for constipation, it is almost impossible that you will not find one that can give you continuous constipation relief. Moreover, with the various references that we have now, it is very unlikely that you�ll have hard time looking for cures for constipation. 
As you search for a treatment, do not forget to START from your home. That is because every family knows a natural cure for something that others may not be aware of. Ask your mom or grandparents if they can suggest you anything before looking for solutions somewhere else. 
For some of the widely used natural constipation treatments, you may refer to books and the internet. Moreover, you may seek advice from your doctor, an alternative doctor or even your friends and other people that you know. 
Surely, if you will ask them what to do for constipation, you�ll come up with multiple remedies for bloating and bowel movement problems. 
On the other hand, while you are on the process of searching for natural constipation remedies, HERE are some alternative solutions that you can follow. These are inexpensive and simple processes that will keep you away from abdominal pains due to constipation. 
Above anything else, make sure that you have enough fluid in your body. For that, you have to drink at least 8 glasses of water every day. Aside from water, you can also enjoy prune juice to cure your bowel problem.A glass of warm lemon water before you sleep at night works wonderfully well in helping you empty your bowels in the morning 
Moreover, stuff your body with food that is rich in fiber. This will help you improve your digestion.
 Having an apple an hour after eating will stabilize your digestion. Papayas and guavas with their seeds are two more fruits that you can enjoy to stop your constipation problem. 
A tablespoon of your homemade coconut oil after your warm lemon drink last thing at night also plays a fantastic role in helping you empty your bowels the next day.
A simple enema treatment using a mixture of warm water and fluid squeezed from the common saint leaf  also does wonders for constipation.
If after using this natural remedies your constipation persist please consult your doctor
Article sources:

www.healthinstress.com
http://www.stop-constipation .com

Friday, 7 November 2014

THE HEALTH BENEFITS OF THE SIMPLE SNAIL

One of the staff in the hospital where I work came into my office the other day to ask if I was interested in buying snails I was of course  interested but when she told me that only 12 pieces of the snail was going for 2500 naira (about $15)I started calculating that 2500 naira  can buy me two and half kilos of goat meat that I can use to make two pots of soup.But when I remembered the health benefits of snail as against meat, I decided to buy it.I want to share with you, the health benefits of snail so that you can start making snail part of your diet if not every day , at least twice a week.
In Africa, snail meat has generally been a major source of protein in the diet
The edible portion is said to contain about 88.37% protein which contains all essential amino acids needed  for normal metabolic activities it also contains ,calcium ,magnesium, zinc, iron and very low fat content.In addition, there are claims that snail meat has medicinal values and can be used to treat ailments like whooping cough ,anemia and high blood pressure due to its relatively low cholesterol level, high mineral content and high potassium content.
In general, iron from animal sources are absorbed more readily than iron from vegetables and cereals which makes snail meat an excellent source of iron in the body and can also play a role in combating iron deficiency anemia.It is therefore advisable that women of childbearing age,pregnant women and teenage girls who are really in need of iron should incorporate snails as part of their routine diet.
Zinc supplementation helps in the optimal healing of burns,surgical incisions and reduction of child mortality.this observation is probably the reason for the use of snail by traditional  people in healing amputated fingers when adequately consumed as part of the meal.
Consumption of 100g of snail meat in diet can alone provide the daily requirements of zinc in adults
Snails are also a great source of the valuable  lectin,   possesses anti-cancer properties and helps in boosting the immune system and fighting against cancerous cells .The snail slime is extremely rich in  allantonin, collagen and elastin , which is beneficial for the treatment of skin diseases and broken bones. The secretions also have a copper peptide, which is regarded as the only source of a substance manufactured for creating creams that are useful in minimizing scars and wounds.Serum secreted by these snails is an excellent source of oligosaccharides that act as a hydrator for the skin. When applied directly on the skin, this serum works wonders for acne, enhances natural glow and protects skin cells from environmental damage.The venom extracted from the ocean snail is highly beneficial for people suffering from addictions, depression and Parkinson’s disease. This substance produces a synthetic version of the toxin that blocks or stimulates receptors, which release chemicals in the brain.In addition, toxins excreted by snails are valuable in stimulating dopamine, found lacking in people with neurological diseases.
Please do not hesitate to drop your comments and let us know of other benefits that you think snail has.
BUT REMEMBER, GOOD HEALTH IS A CONTINUOUS HABIT NOT AN EVENT  
Article sources.
http://recipeclout.india-server.com/snails.html
http://www.academia.edu/3192766/

DISCLAIMER

All articles in this blog are designed solely for educational and information purposes and is not intended to serve as a medical advice .If you have or suspect any health problem please consult your doctor/Health provider.