Sunday, February 18, 2018

Consistent Scalp Massage Is Key To Grow Long Hair Fast

How often do you give yourself a really thorough, good and effective scalp massage? I used to just simply press my fingers on my head where it hurt, but it did not really do the trick and left me still feeling tensed and stressed. But I did that only when my head hurt, not for anything to do with my hair.

Now I plan my weekly and monthly ‘hair accelerator recipes’ and schedule around this most important thing which is practically on the top of my daily to-do list (right after I brush my teeth and wash my face!). And I end my day in the shower or in my tub with this wonderful routine.

I started my scalp massage ritual after learning about how it does help make my hair healthy and grow long fast, but only if I do it right with the right stuff on my scalp, regularly.

Scalp massage can be done in many ways. I can massage my scalp by kneading it, rubbing it, putting slight pressure on it, gently tapping it with my fingers or with the right hair brush, grabbing, then slightly pulling my hair and then letting it go, or put pressure on my scalp as I move in small circles around my scalp.

I think many of us know the core benefits of massaging our scalp as it is written all over the internet. But do we also realize that to truly feel and see the great and lasting benefits or results, we need to be consistent in doing this ritual?

For my case, other than massaging with the right techniques, with the right potion on my scalp and being in the right environment, setting or body position, I have to say consistency is above all. For me, consistently massaging my scalp every day, at least twice a day, gave me the results I wanted. It took some form of discipline and planning on my part every day.

One core benefit of massaging your scalp is to more effectively get the blood circulating to your scalp. This then brings oxygen and nutrients to your hair follicles to help your hair grow and be healthy, especially for an ailing scalp that desperately needs nutrients to be ‘resuscitated’.

Your scalp and hair follicles need to be regularly fed with enough nutrients to stay healthy and help your hair to grow long fast. Therefore, consistently massaging your scalp means feeding it regularly with nutrients to keep it well and alive.

For example, when I started, I did this routine every morning for 10-15 minutes and for usually about 30 minutes at night. On non-working days I did this longer. Depending on which ‘recipe’ I chose for the particular week or month, I massaged my scalp with a kind of natural oil or natural juice.

In the mornings, I massage my scalp in standing or sitting position (I sit up straight in a regular chair). I have my potion, hair towel and hair brush lined up the night before, ready for me to use in the morning. And by the way, it is even better when someone else does it for me!

At the end of the day, you may prefer to massage while soaking in your tub for like a good half an hour or even an hour (if you are waking up later the next morning and not rushing to work). For me, this really satisfies and refreshes not just my scalp, but my whole body. And when I feel blue, this session can definitely put the smile back on my face.

And do you know that consistently pampering your scalp and body at the end of a long day takes your stress and tension away? Tension tightens your scalp which restricts the blood flow. So a good one hour scalp massage relieves tension, loosens the scalp, relaxes you and eventually helps your hair growth. This is a great way to end your day, every day.

Also, a boar bristle hair brush can be used to massage your scalp as you brush your hair sometimes or gently tap the hair brush around your scalp. You can do this in the middle of the day like during your lunch breaks for just about 5 minutes.

Then if you have more money to spend, you may get your scalp massaged by a trained massage therapist. And over here, when I do go for a hair wash in a regular hair salon, most will include a scalp massage before washing off the shampoo from my hair. This costs a fraction of the price of getting it done by a trained massage therapist.

Do take note though, if you find your scalp or hair getting a bit too oily, please reduce the number of times you massage your scalp, as your scalp may have been over-stimulated. This depends on your unique type of hair so take note of the number of times or maybe of the ingredient you used on your scalp.

Source by Cindy Loke

Kiefer – Noah’s and Moses’ Super Yogurt For Intestinal Health

Kiefer – The Mystery Milk from the Mountains

KIEFER – Noah’s Other Brew – Mohammed’s Ararat Secret – Russia’s Disclosure

Today’s term is Probiotics. And that’s a good term. It means FOR LIFE – Stuff that makes “good bugs in your bod”. What science has learned is the the “flora and fauna” of your intestinal tract is a highly variable world full of millions of micro bacteria. The balance of that microflora determines health. And since 80% of your immune system is in your intestinal tract, it has much to do with our blog topic.

Remember the last time you had a horrible intestinal upset. Think: “BAD microflora”. At any rate, if we move back in time, we can see that people have been benefitting from positive microflora at many points in history, even back, legend has it – to prehistory and myth times. There is a “mushroom” like substance that is used in Asian health drinks called KOMBUCHA. I won’t speak of that now, but cultural history is spotted with foods and teas and drinks that basically perform the function of directly working with your intestinal microflora. From Miso Soup to Pickles, there are lots of foods that pertain to our challenge here. I do not now pretend to talk about that whole world. However, today, I will talk about Kiefer because of its special and intriguing history.

Kidnapping a Princess for the Secret of Long Life –

At the turn of the Century in what was Armenia, there was a secret brew that Russian’s would put in a bag near their front door. It looked like a big bag of milk, and boy did it “work”. It sat there with its secret ingredients and burblied and bubbled and got sampled and eventually got to a point where it was ready to be consumed. Most of us would look at it, and call it Super Yogurt. Fast forward to present day. It’s now in your local super market.

Locals said it gave long life, prevented disease and gave youthful vitality. Through a bribe and a princess and a tale worthy of a movie, the local Russians revealed their secret to the public and people got possession of this special microbial making “mushroom” and it eventually got to the USA where small business innovation took over and made it available to all. The story is fascinating because it was so jealously guarded for so long. Something so wonderful took a bribe, a kidnapped princess and holding out, as if for diamonds, when it was just a formula based on some exotic substances that went kept on getting transferred from one bag to another for generations. (according to the legend)

Since this is the territory of Mt. Ararat, its tied to a Noah Legend. Besides drinking his wine, Noah had this brew to grant long life and prevent disease and enhance limited diets. Fast forward to Moses, and some say, Mannah, that white stuff in the desert, could be a reference to the Children of Israel’s saving consumption in the rocky Sinai. Who knows? But it is pretty well agreed that Mohammed’s influence came into the area in the 600’s. It is said that he wanted this kept secret. And it pretty well was “kept secret” from the world until 1900. That’s a cool 1300 years. But how powerful it really is, and how magical it is, only you can make a subjective analysis if you begin to use.

Don’t mistake Kiefer for regular sweet little yogurt packages –

Suffice it to say that the word “Probiotics” sums up science’s general commendation of this approach. It is no secret now, and more research is daily establishing that the biochemistry of the gut is a mysterious swamp of good and bad news. The good news is what we can hope to control and influence, and the bad may have to do with what we just don’t understand and just can’t influence. Kiefer is enlivening. I can tell you that. The little yogurt packages do go through your tummy and do their special little beneficial action, but they do not present a resplendent array of scores of bacteria that will actually recolonize. That’s what Kiefer pretends to do.

There is speculation that an out of control bacteria derived from excess starch in the diet also confuses the immune system of those with GLA B27, (TNF) the excess inflammatory responder cytokine that causes so much suffering. Chat rooms I have read talk about the Self/not Self problem developing here. When the special genetic marker starts overreacting, it can not determine self from not self and it starts to attack the spine and the lower intestinal tract and arthritic conditions, such as we speak of above, begin to develop.

Colonies sounds like Colonics, but not –

Kiefer regularly consumed, might rebalance this out of control bacterial growth and change the alkaline/acid balance, bringing Colonies of bacteria that can be the rebalancer of your insides. An important point here is the concept of Colonies of Bacteria. Little portions of yogurt are effective, but they basically go through your system on one trip and help out the bugs along the intestinal road. However, the deeply embedded colonies of bacteria that are entrenched in your tract are the indigenous populace that can not easily and quickly be changed. Changing the colonies to more beneficial bugs is what regular consumption of Kiefer is supposed to do. I like the theory. I love the history. I consume because as the old Jewish saying goes: “It couldn’t hoit”.

So think about Probiotics in general. I think it has everything to do with our modern, sugar based, starch based diets. With the beginning of agriculture in the middle eastern city states about 2000 BC changed the basic meat and roots diet that humans had. It did not allow the farm worker to leave the field in the middle of the day. The bosses said: “Eat your bread for lunch and get back to work. You can get your wild rabbit meat later.” Since then, many say, we with special genetic problems have been prey to this dilemma.

How do you eat for your body instead of your lifestyle? Eating is repetitive and habitual. To gain benefit here, you probably should buy several bottles a week, or at least dose pretty heavily every night or morning. The real stuff is wild tasting without fruit and flavors. Most Kiefers are soaked with pomegranate juice, or blueberry juice or some other new super anti-oxidant. If it was good for the Hebrew children, it could be good enough for you.

Source by Christofer French

Body Exercise Workouts – What You Need to Know About Body Exercise Workouts

It’s never too late to start learning more about body exercise workouts and good nutrition. And now is always a good time to learn about good eating guidelines and a good diet plan that you and your family can follow. If you’re worried that you won’t have the time or energy to give to body exercise workouts, don’t be – these suggestions will help you to balance your time, as well as come up with good eating recipes that you’re sure to enjoy.

One of the biggest ways that you can stick to your body exercise workout program is to plan a workout schedule around the things that you already have to do on a daily basis. If you’re a morning person, an early-morning walk at your local park or down your block may be best for you. If you function better in the evening, a body exercise workout program that allows you to take a jog or walk after dinner may be just what you need. When you’re trying to achieve your personal best in fitness, exercise is very important. A workout plan in addition to a good diet could help you to lose weight, reduce stress, have more energy, and even avoid some serious diseases.

A good eating plan is also an integral part of fitness; exercise alone is just part of the equation. You’ll have to make sure that you are eating lots of fruits and vegetables in order to get the most out of your body exercise workouts equipment, as well as lean meats and proteins to help build muscle. To create a guide for good eating, select foods that you love, and build meals around these items. For instance, if you like potatoes, use the potato as a starch for dinner or lunch, in baked or sautéed form, instead of deep fried. Exercises for your stomach, arms, legs, and waist can also be enhanced when you are consuming the right foods, so keep in mind that a good eating plan will help you to look and feel better.

The best thing you can do when you’re trying to improve fitness or exercise in your life is to be patient with yourself–you’re not going to have the diet or the body you want overnight, but you’ll definitely get there faster than you think if you come up with a body exercise workouts program that you know you can stick to. You should also practice a guide to good eating and continue to be disciplined in your lifestyle in order to be truly healthy.

Source by Robert W Mollers

Energy Drink Health Concerns

Energy drinks are huge in the United States and other parts of the world. As our lives get busier, the first thing we always seem to sacrifice is our sleep. Designed to proved both a shot of energy and act as a source of nutrients, these drinks allow us to make it through the day without passing out before lunch time. In recent years so many people have adapted their lifestyle around these drinks that stories have started to surface of the possible negative attributes of these drinks. Alleged death from consuming these drinks in clubs and during other activities have raised the red flag to legislatures worried about energy drink health concerns. What about these drinks is cause for alarm, and how much of these claims are accurate?

A Short History

The modern day energy drink evolved from a drink that was first marketed in Japan during the 1960’s. This drink, called Lipovitan-D (still available in Japan), contained a mix of B vitamins and taurine. Taurine, an amino acid, is a metabolic agent that is used to boost energy and concentration. The drink was originally created as a medical tonic for people suffering from chronic fatigue, but it grew in popularity as it was quickly adopted by the clubbing scene in Tokyo.

From Japan the energy drink was taken up by several Asian countries as it made its way towards Europe and the United States. The first commercially sold drink in the US was Red Bull. Taking the basic drink formula used in Japan, the creator of Red Bull added caffeine and sugar to the mix, a staple of energy drinks to this day. The energy drink market exploded once Red Bull hit the scene, and several other companies threw their hat in the ring to vie for the consumer’s dollar.

Energy Drink Health Concerns

i. The Ingredients

If you were to individually look at each ingredient common to most energy drinks, you wouldn’t find anything too harmful.

Taurine is an amino acid commonly found in meat and fish proteins. It stabilizes cell membranes in the brain and heart, and is essential in newborns since they cannot make it. Some studies even say that taurine can help improve athletic performance. Up to 3,000 milligrams a day of supplemental taurine is considered safe.

B-vitamins help your body make energy from the food you eat. They are also critical nutrients for improving mood, memory, and other brain related functions. These vitamins can be found in the proteins of fish, poultry, mean, eggs, and dairy products. Leafy green vegetables also contain B vitamins.

Caffeine is no stranger to most people as it is the feature ingredient in coffee. Coffee is consumed by millions of people with no ill effects, and most people require the caffeine to make it to work every morning. As most people know, caffeine is a stimulant which causes your heart rate to increase, your pupils to dilate, and your muscles to tighten up. Small doses of this substance can actually by quite beneficial to you by helping your metabolism or curbing chronic fatigue.

Sugar is probably the most harmful substance (at least isolated individually) found in these drinks. Sugar is the slow, silent killer as it is the main culprit in obesity and diabetes. Those sugary treats that you use to reward yourself or your child should be the first thing cut for those looking to improve their health lifestyles.

II. The Mix

If you’re drinking one energy drink every once and a while, then you should be fine. Taking Red Bull, the leading drink, as an example, it contains 1000 mg of taurine and 80 mg of caffeine. The consensus is that about 3000 mg of taurine and 200 to 300 mg of caffeine a day isn’t harmful. This of course does not apply to those who may suffer from high blood pressure, diabetes, or other ailments. The problem, however, is that not enough research has been done on the combination of all of these ingredients, such as the interaction between taurine and caffeine. Also, while the adverse effects of too much caffeine intake is well documented, such is not the case for taurine.

Energy drink health concerns are present in countries such as Germany, Australia, and New Zealand that have reported liver damage, kidney failure, respiratory disorders, agitation, confusion, seizures, psychotic conditions, nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, rhabdomyolysis, tachycardia, cardiac dysrhythmias, hypertension, myocardial infraction, heart failure, and death from excess consumption.

One of the chief energy drink health concerns is that many teens and adolescents are drinking them like they used to drink their juice boxes in elementary school. A culture is developing in which these drinks are consumed not for their intended purpose (to provide energy!). One report estimates that 46% of the caffeine overdoses in the US reported in 2007 occurred in people younger than 19 years.

Many energy drink companies market their drink toward athletes under the guise of performance enhancing. Many athletes have used caffeine to give them that extra energy before a match long before energy drinks have hit the market. Many athletes don’t realize the entire extent of the stimulant, however. Caffeine acts a diuretic that can actually cause dehydration if consumed in large quantities. For this reason, athletes should avoid drinking energy drinks after competition as it will not replenish all of their lost nutrients and may just exacerbate things for them.

III. The Alcohol Factor

One of the more popular drinks for the clubbing scene is mixing energy drinks with alcohol. This combination seems to allow your body to get high without that nasty feeling of sleepiness. If you’re a frequent club goer who consumes this drink, you should probably stop. The drink Four Loko, one part energy drink another part alcoholic, was recently banned in many states because of the energy drink health concerns it posed.

Many people believe that the depressant effects of alcohol can dampen the stimulating effects of energy drinks or vice versa. This is not true, however, and the stimulating effects of the energy drink may have you feeling less intoxicated than you actually are at the time. The fatigue you feel from drinking too much alcohol is your bodies way of saying, “Hey time to slow down.” If you continue drinking (since you don’t feel that fatigue) you only magnify the effect of the alcohol on your body as well as consume a potentially dangerous amount of caffeine (if you continue to drink the energy drink mix). This probably accounts for many of the club/energy drink related deaths.


Every persons’ body is different, and no one should know your body better than yourself. Energy drink health concerns are being looked at in many places and it may or may not be heavily regulated in several US states. No one can really force you to quit drinking these drinks, but hopefully this article has provided you with enough information to make an informed decision.

Source by Clinton Kanada

Traditional Food in Colombia – Know Some Facts

Colombia has a privileged location in South America, with part of its coast to the cool Pacific Ocean and part in the Caribbean with its warmer waters. Part of the country has mountains, other part has valleys. Therefore they can grow all kinds of fruits, vegetables and have all kinds of seafood. 

Through its history, Colombia has received influence of the Peruvian and Brazilian cuisine’s tradition, but also from the Japanese and Arabic way of cooking. To this add their own cultural heritage, as the Amerindians also raised different species of animals, with which they could make delicious dishes. And to this variety we also must add the Spanish tradition.

We could say that the Colombian cuisine uses different meats, fishes, plenty of vegetables and lots and lots of exotic and delicious fruits.   Also their delicacies depend on the regions, as food is different in the mountain regions than what is on the coastal regions. Its food is always, anyway, very tasty, with natural flavors, and not too spicy. Colombians also love soups, which are practically a must in each dinner or lunch. But the most important fact is that they love their food done with fresh ingredients, and fresh fruits.

In Colombia people have usually three meals a day. First one, breakfast, before to going to work. The most important meal is lunch. It is a meal consisting of three courses, soup, main dish and a drink, and dessert or fruit. Dinner is very light, taken around 9:30 PM. 

What is more fascinating about Colombia is that all changes according to the region where one is. If in the jungle, or in the coast, or in the valley, people have their own way of dressing, have their different food preferences, their favorite drinks. And this is what makes it such a rich country and so very interesting.

But in all these regions there are some things in common too. They take it very seriously what their food is, the recipes they use and the different techniques are they same as centuries ago, giving them a sense of nationalism, reinforcing the feeling of being all from the same country. Their typical meals are full of tradition and history and they won’t change that.

If we were to name some of the traditional dishes or food of Colombia, we could choose the arepa, the sancocho, the fritanga. Also lots of chicken, beef, fish corn, onions tomatoes, potatoes, rice and several different legumes.

To all this we should add a wonderful cup of coffee, the best in the world!

Source by Beatriz Alvarez

Chimichangas – Their History and How to Make Them

Chimichangas are deep-fried burritos. They are popular in the Mexican Sonora and Sinaloa regions and they also feature in Tex Mex cooking. To make chimichangas, a flour tortilla is filled with a variety of ingredients and then folded into a rectangular shape and cooked.

Popular fillings for chimichangas include ground beef, carne adobada, beans, cheese, rice, shredded chicken or shredded beef. They can be stuffed with a combination of these ingredients. The chimichangas are then deep-fried and serve hot with cheese, sour cream, guacamole or salsa. You can also make baked chimichangas which are just as good but less fattening.

How Did Chimichangas Originate?

There is some debate over the origin of this Mexican food recipe. Some people believe that the owner of El Charro restaurant in Arizona dropped a pastry into hot oil in 1922 and said “chimichanga” instead of a Spanish curse word which begins with the same letters.

The owner of Macayo’s Mexican Kitchen, also in Arizona, claims that he made the first chimichanga, as a way to use up unsold burritos. Yet another version of events claims that immigrants from Mexico introduced this recipe, along with other authentic Mexican food recipes, to the United States via Nogales into Arizona.

Chimichangas are very popular throughout Arizona and Mexico and there are various recipes for this delightful Mexican food recipe that you can make at home. If you are looking for some interesting Mexican recipes to make for your family, this would be a very nice recipe to start off with.

Recipe for Baked Chicken Chimichangas

These chimichangas are baked, rather than deep fried, to keep them healthy. Chicken is combined with chilies, onion, cheese, hot sauce and more for a mouthwatering flavor and you can serve these chicken chimichangas with Mexican rice and your preferred vegetable side dish.

What you will need:

  • 4 cups shredded, cooked chicken
  • 1 cup enchilada sauce
  • 4 oz can diced green chilies
  • 1 cup picante sauce
  • 1/2 chopped white onion
  • 4 flour tortillas
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 4 tablespoons sour cream
  • 6 tablespoons grated cheddar cheese
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro

How to make it:

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Saute the onions in the oil in a skillet, and then add the chilies, picante sauce and chicken. Warm the enchilada sauce in another pan. Heat the tortillas in the microwave until they are soft, and then divide the chicken mixture between them.

Grease a baking sheet using half the oil. Roll the tortillas up to make rectangular packages, sealing the filling inside, and arrange them on the baking sheet. Rub the rest of the oil on top of each one.

Bake them for about 12 minutes or until the chimichangas are golden brown. Spoon the warm enchilada sauce on each serving plate and top with a chimichanga, some grated cheese, cilantro and sour cream. Serve immediately.

Source by Christine Szalay Kudra

Food From Bolivia – Interesting Facts

Bolivia is a country in the very heart of South America. It is surrounded by Brazil, Argentina, Paraguay, Chile and Peru. And it has no way out to the sea. It has plenty of architectural rests of other cultures: the Tiwanaku civilization, the Incas, and a very important part of their population today are natives, such as Quechuas and Aymaras.

Because they have such a diversity of geographical regions, cultures and climate their food is varied and also their fruits and their vegetables. Though Bolivians eat three meals a day, the most important one, as in most South American countries, is lunch. Some people come from their works to their houses to eat lunch with the families, except in the mountains when they take their meals when out to work in the fields. But in the cities, they often get home for lunch.

One of the most used meats for their meals is pork. Though they also eat plenty of chicken and beef, pork is the most used. They love pastas, and rice, but definitely potatoes are a must in most meals. Like most countries belonging to the Andes region, they inherited from the Incas the potatoes and their love for them.

Bolivian food has its origin in different sources. The Incas, Quechuas, Guaranies, and all the natives from the region have left their recipes, their way of cooking potatoes, their taste for different meats. Then the Spanish came and brought many other recipes, and other ways and styles of cooking, then different immigrations, and also their neighbors added to this marvelous variety of dishes. It is a country, where every part of a cow is eaten! All of it is changed into a delicious dish.

There are certain vegetables like quinua that grows in the Andes and has a high nutritional value, which is actually part of a balanced diet in many countries and that has called for the scientific interests as a possible way to nourish people in poor countries.

Potatoes are dehydrated, or fresh, used in a thousand ways, any of the nearly 4 thousand different varieties of potatoes. The incas already had figured out how to freeze them and keep them in good conditions for a long time.

Due to the fact that Bolivia has different altitude levels, they have many different vegetables and use them in a generous way in their food. They also love to use herbs to make food tastier. Though Bolivian food is not too strong, but it has delicate tastes. They use trout from the Titicaca Lake, which prepared locally is an exquisite dish. From the same lake they take their frogs, with which they prepare many delicacies, as their frog legs are well known all over the world. Another strong point in the Bolivian food is their soup dishes, where of course, corn is always part of them.

If we were to summarize the main ingredients used by the Bolivians in their food, we would say potatoes, corn, pork, rice, trout, beef and a great variety of sauces. And adding to these ingredients, plenty of fresh vegetables and fruits, and the knowledge of what they inherited and what was brought new by the immigrations. All together, it is an exceptional enjoyment eating any of their dishes.

Source by Beatriz Alvarez

Candida Cleanse Diet Detox – 12 Tips for Success

Here are 12 diet tips to help you eat well, cleanse successfully, and keep your meals tasting great.

1) Remember to always check the list of ingredients of anything you buy at the grocery store… MANY foods, meats included, contain added sugars, yeast, and soy products that you wouldn’t expect! When cleansing Candida, keep in mind that fresh and organic ingredients will give you the most nutritional benefit.

2) Organic Vanilla extract contains no sugar. Regular Vanilla extract does. Check the label before buying.

Vanilla extract is something most of us keep around the house and use constantly without even thinking. There should be no reason not to continue using it while on the candida diet as long as you buy the organic vanilla extract that contains no sugar. Studies have shown that vanilla can help to relieve anxiety and stress. Not a bad thing!

3) Garlic ( real cloves, not powder) helps to combat yeast and is an anti-inflammatory. To get the most benefit from garlic, chop or crush several cloves and let them sit for 15 minutes before using. Doing this triggers an enzyme reaction that boosts the healthy compounds in the garlic. Use at least 2 cloves per day.

Chop it into your salads, or cook it with your vegetables, meats, and fish. It can also be good with eggs and tomatoes in the morning!

4) Cinnamon helps to combat yeast and inflammation. It also inhibits bacterial growth, and is a source of manganese, fiber, iron, and calcium. Just smelling cinnamon can help your concentration and memory, and can help to stabilize your blood sugar, as well. It is a delicious addition to your vegetables, chicken, or roasts.

5) Nutmeg can help to relieve bloating and gas and is also an antibacterial, killing bad bacteria in your mouth and throat, as well as helping to cleanse and detox your liver and kidneys, helping to get rid of candida yeast. It also contains many B-complex vitamins including vitamin C, folic acid, niacin, and vitamin A, as well as many antioxidants. Use in your recipes along with cinnamon.

6) Fresh ginger will increase your circulation and assist detoxification. It is also a very potent anti-inflammatory.

Steep 1-2 slices of fresh ginger in hot water to make a stomach-settling tea. Chop some into your main meals and soups for maximum candida-fighting relief.

7) The sweetener xylitol from Birch (or Birch Sugar) is OK to use as it is a proven anti-fungal and inhibits candida yeast. Don’t use the corn-based version if possible. Whole-leaf Stevia is OK, as well, but do not use extracts because of the chemical separation factor. They both reduce bad bacteria and inhibit tooth decay.

8) Plain, unflavored yoghurt will help the growth of healthy bacteria in your colon and is a rich source of calcium. Calcium discourages excess growth of the cells lining the colon, and studies have shown that people who have diets high in calcium have lower rates of colorectal cancer. The bacterial cultures in yoghurt have also been shown to produce infection-fighting white blood cells.

9) Drinking plenty of water will help in flushing the toxins and dead yeast cells out of your body, and help keep detox symptoms to a minimum. Squeezing the juice of a lemon or lime into all the water you drink will help to increase hydration and body flushing. Put it in your tea, too!

10) Drink plenty of Detox tea, Peppermint tea, and Ginger tea to help cleanse your body of the dead yeast.

11)Breads from Pacific Bakery are all yeast and sugar-free, and are made with ancient grains. They can usually be found in the freezer section of your local health food store.

12) Eat as large a variety of vegetables as possible, preferably organic and raw, to get as much nutrition and fiber as possible and to cleanse the yeast out of your body. Make them into soups and stews, as well as salads and chopped for snacks. Vegetables are great in smoothies, as well. Just use water instead of juice to get your blender moving, and you’ve got breakfast or lunch on the go!

Finding foods that you can eat and enjoy eating while you are cleansing Candida is not always easy, but worth it for the ultimate payback of feeling great and enjoying excellent health!

Source by Leslie Uhl

Fighting Obesity Through the Centuries – A Weight Loss Doctor Reveals Some Old Secrets

Without A Plan Permanent Weight Loss is Impossible.

The top resolution for 2010, just like it has been for every year is shedding weight and becoming physically fit. It also can become the hardest to do: changing the way we eat and exercise in a few days or even in a few months can overwhelm just about anyone. The first step is always to prepare a plan, weight loss without a definite plan is impossible. Whether you try low carb, count calories, points or eat specially prepared meals, you still need a plan. Before you jump on the first plan you hear about, take a long look and see that the task of losing weight is nothing new. It goes back to 5000 years to early Egypt. Take a look through the centuries and find a plan that is best for you.

Obesity and Dieting is Nothing New

The earliest indications of obesity can be traced back to the first modern humans in Europe about 35,000 years ago. In those days, efficient storage of energy (i.e., fat) in times of plenty was paramount to surviving the next famine. Times have changed and famine does not exist in our part of the world any longer. Therefore, our once lifesaving ability to store energy (i.e., fat) efficiently has since turned against us. It now shows up in our society as the constant concern of too much weight and ultimately, as obesity. For thousands of years, being overweight and obesity were exceptionally rare phenomena and were almost never studied.

The perception of obesity varied among cultures.

In ancient Egypt, obesity was considered a disease. Egyptians depicted their enemies as obese individuals. Obesity was certainly not the Egyptian beauty ideal, which instead featured long, slender legs, narrow hips with high breasts, and golden skin. Concerned that diet maintained their health, the ancients recognized that the quantity and quality of food were equally important. Their method of portion control was rather primitive. They

Vomited and purged themselves three times a month.

Ancient China was aware of obesity and the dangers that come with it. The texts tolled Gobi berries for strengthening the liver, preventing obesity, and fortifying the-Qi-(chi) or life force. The Aztecs believed that obesity was supernatural, an affliction of the Gods. They had a sophisticated vocabulary for obesity and locations of specific fat deposits, including a double chin and a -beer belly.

The ancient Greeks first recognized the dangers of obesity. Hippocrates, considered the Father of Medicine,believed that obesity led to infertility and even death.

  • Hippocrates was aware of sudden deaths being more common among obese men than lean ones. He correctly identified the energy balance equation:
  • Energy cannot be created or destroyed.
  • Energy is either used or stored.
  • When -calories in- are greater than -calories out- then body weight increases.
  • When -calories in- are less than -calories out-then body weight decreases.

After Hippocrates laid the foundation for understanding energy and weight management within the human body, another two thousand years went by before the general public in Europe, in the early 1600s, began to recognize diet and exercise as means to preserving one’s health.

Around the 17th century, links between diet, disease, and health were clearly acknowledged.

Study after study emphasized the benefits of leanness and the dangers of corpulence. beginning in the 17 the century. The term obesity was first used in 1650 by the English physician and medical writer, Dr. Tobias Venner. With the industrial revolution of the 19th century, England saw a growing abundance of food coupled with an increasingly sedentary lifestyle. The result was a vast increase in obesity among the middle and upper classes.

Unfortunately, as the medical society and the public in general began to look at obesity and its complications as serious health problems, knowledge on how to reverse it, especially permanently, remained unclear! Surprisingly, most 19th century doctors had no idea about its cause. Many thought obesity was due to sin or diseases.

Physicians of the time did not believe that what you ate had a direct impact on your body and on your general health. People typically ate bread, potatoes, pastry, puddings and cakes, and served their meat with thick gravies. Alcohol was part of daily life. Basically, people of that time ate as much as they could afford! After all, a big belly was a sign of prosperity.

Lights Begins to Shine in the early 1800’s with Graham Crackers in America

During the early 1830s, Reverend Sylvester Graham was the first American to relate food choices to health. He condemned the sin of gluttony,advocating a bland, vegetarian diet as the cure. Dr. Graham developed a recipe and encouraged people to eat flat bread made of coarse whole wheat flour. However, people who ate his Graham Cracker were described as -pale and sickly. Reverend Graham became known as Dr. Sawdust-not a very good start to reversing obesity, but these were the first efforts made to remediate the condition

Revelations Appear in early 19th Century London:

Across the Atlantic Ocean, in the early 19th century Dr William Wadd, a physician of the English Court, finally touched the heart of the matter. He connected overindulgence at the table with the dangerous conditions that resulted from an excess of fat deposits in the body.

Dr. Wadd’s first principle of treatment was taking food that has little nutrition in it.Was he describing eating food with less fat or carbs? He pointed out that many physicians refused to treat obese patients because they did not recognize the growing obesity epidemic of the early 1800s as a real and dangerous disease. That was in 1800. Sounds familiar?

In 1850, the medical profession in Europe had accepted the theory of German chemist Baron Justus von Liebig that carbohydrate and fat supplied the carbon which, combined with oxygen in the lungs, produced body heat. In terms of this theory, carbohydrate and fat were respiratory foods and the cause of obesity was believed to be an overindulgence of them.

Dr. Liebig’s patients were cut off from food for as long as possible and almost starved themselves to death. He exhorted establishing an hourly watch over the instinctive desires of his patients. Although this was only the first organized attempt to reverse obesity, a more humane treatment was needed. Nevertheless, the importance of limiting food intake to treat obesity became fairly well accepted by the mid 1800s. The challenge was then, as it still is today, the unbearable hunger that always accompanies the reduction of food consumption.

4 London Doctors Uncover the Secrets of Weight Loss: (Much of which we then forgot)

During the 19th century, three English doctors-Horace Dobell (1826-1916), Isaac Burney Yeo (1835-1914) and John Ayrton Paris (1785-1856)-turned their attention to the growing problem of obesity, researching methods and assisting obese individuals in overcoming their weight-related issues. They concluded that the excess food and increasingly sedentary lifestyle of 19th century England conflicted with the body’s biological need to efficiently store energy (i.e., fat) in times of plenty to survive the next famine. They recognized that quick fixes and miracle solutions offered no answer to this problem.

Jean Anthelme Brillat-Savarin, alerted his readers in 1825 to the dangers of fad diets. He warned against the common use of so called venagar to lose weight and was one of the first advocates of limiting carbs. His book, The Physiology of Taste is one of the first important books on food.

Dr Burney in 1842 Unravels the Secret to Successful Weight Loss:

Humans-like animals-are motivated by four basic drives: hunger, thirst, sex, and the need for security. Hunger and sex are the strongest, being necessary for the survival of our species. Dr. Burney-famous for his Yeo’s Treatment(treatment of obesity by giving large amounts of hot drinks and withholding carbohydrates)-noted that the sensation of hunger, although involving mainly the stomach, originates in the brain. Additionally, as this sensation is one of the most basic of the human emotions, its regulation must occur slowly and with the greatest care.

Hunger that is not satisfied creates morbid cravings,as Dr. Burney wrote. Probably the main reason why so many diets fail is that they ignore what Dr. Burney calls-our most basic of all drives-hunger.

Before we even started to count calories, points, fat, carbs or protein, and other metrics we use to help us regulate our food intake, Drs. Dobell and Burney had already concluded that all of these methods were too complicated. Both doctors noted that dietary changes should be based on the individual’s unique requirements concerning age, gender, and activity level. However, 1865 was the age of vapors, elixirs, potions, and liniments. Telling an upper class, overweight lawyer that his excessive eating caused the fat around his belly and that he had to physically exercise-like a farm hand-was problematic and almost drove Dr. Burney out of practice.

Diet is related to age, sex, occupation… and should correspond to what a person likes. Avoid any unnecessary changes in the number or variety of food and always give a patient what he likes, unless there is an unquestionably good reason for not doing so, writes Dr Burney in 1842.

You might think recognizing that overeating will make us fat is pretty obvious and was not at all a significant discovery. In reality, most weight loss plans today fail to take into consideration that not everyone can eat the same food, the same amounts of food, or react the same way to foods. This is why none of these generic diet concepts work. We are all different and every person requires personalized plans of action to achieve long-term success in managing sustainable and healthy weight levels.

How many diet plans even consider what the individual actually likes to eat? Drs. Dobell and Burney stressed that a successful weight loss plan depends on making as few changes as possible and then tailoring the food to the individual’s age, sex and occupation and, especially, to personal likings. This advice is even more relevant today than it was 175 years ago. Finding the real causes for your weight problems and then selecting foods based on these personal factors-including what you like to eat-was fundamental back then and is just as important today.

Keeping Weight Loss Plans Simple is Nothing New:

-Interference with a diet, like all good things, is particularly open to abuse for nothing is so easier than to lay down a complicated code of restriction and rules as to what to eat and what to drink and the patient is very apt to think that the skill of the doctor increases with the number and variety of the orders. But those who understand the principle of a diet know that the reverse is true…instead of meddling with unimportant details, seize the few essential points for which a diet generally will be found to turn. Those that are best off are those that abstain from all attempts to meddle-writes Dr Horace Dobell in 1865.

William Bunting, a London Undertaker Writes About His Experiences Fighting Obesity, Some Practical

Ideas from the First Celebrity Dieter:

In 1860, in what is considered one of the first diet books, a famous London undertaker and coffin maker William Banting, revealed how to lose and-most importantly-maintain, weight loss for years. At 5 feet 5 inches in height and weighing more than 202 lbs., Banting experienced rapid weight gain beginning at age 30. He was so overweight that he had to walk down the stairs backwards to avoid jarring his knees. He was unable to ties his shoes or pull up his pants. Despite vigorous exercise, spa treatments, self -induced vomiting, drinking gallons of water, low-calorie and starvation diets, he only kept gaining weight.

For many years, he went from one doctor to another in vain-They took my money but they failed to make me thinner. He was hospitalized twenty times for weight reduction, only to fail again. One of his physicians noted that putting on weight was perfectly -natural-; the physician himself had being gaining a pound a year for years. Fed up with physicians and failures, he created his own plan, bearing many similarities with the findings of Drs. Dobell, Burney and Paris and described it in his famous Letter of Corpulence, first published in 1864.

Amount of Food: People of larger frame and build require a proportionally larger quantity of… food… and foods that are beneficial in youth are prejudicial in aged.

  • Kind of Food: Starch, sugar and fatty meats tend to create fat and should be avoided all together. Experimentation is needed, to establish which foods cause weight gain for that individual and which do not. No attempt to restrict all carbohydrates — but sugar, potatoes, and some breads… Vegetables and fruits of all kinds are permitted freely.
  • Food Changes have to be gradual and kept to a minimum so as not to cause feelings of loss and… return to former habits.
  • Number of Meals -Four meals a day are preferred. (The fourth is a late evening snack.)-
  • Exercise- The rules of diet you found so beneficial have been long forced upon men who are under training for running or prize fights… most overweight people are unhealthy or lacking time and are unable to exercise and sweat-

Mr. Banting successfully lost more than 50 lbs. and kept it off until he died at age 80. Inadvertently, he incorporated the basic findings of the English doctors, including tailoring the amount of food for his age and activity level. He made only a few important and gradual dietary changes and ate three meals a day, along with a bedtime snack. His emphasis on eliminating starch, sugars, and fatty meats in his diet preceded Dr. Atkins by more than 100 years. Banting concluded that exercise was not as important as changing the food that he ate. As successful as it was, Banting’s plan seemed too obvious and simple. As much as his name became synonymous with slimming, he was ridiculed and denounced as a charlatan. The British Medical Society vilified his diet system as -humbug- and the basic principles on which it was based were ignored for another century.

Basic structure of daily foods revealed by Dr Paris in 1826!

Despite all controversy, some headway against obesity was made when Dr. John Ayrton Paris revealed the basic framework for moderate food distribution throughout the day in his book, Treatise on Diet (1826). His daily food framework includes the importance of breakfast, light lunches, and small evening meals. Dr. Paris also emphasized the importance of snacks and was the first to introduce the idea that eating a larger dinner after a day’s work may be more advantageous than eating large lunches.

–Everyone’s diet depends… upon the degrees of exercise, age and rapidity of growth. Usually, one large meal a day, the other light and small in bulk… again depends upon occupation. A light lunch is preferable to two large meals a day. Often a patient arises in the morning without inclination for breakfast but because of his occupation, he is compelled to force down food in order to protect himself against exhaustion latter in the day from lack of food. At least have a biscuit, eggs or toast for breakfast. Snacks become necessary in civilized life. Dinner, the large meal of the day, in this manner may be postponed to 7 PM- writes Dr Paris in 1826.

Obese Individuals Turn to Quackery beginning in the 1890’s

In the last half of the 19th century, both obese people and their physicians turned away from the newly discovered -secret– a big belly was the consequence of excessive eating. Instead, they desperately turned to the use of all kinds of medical quackery, including water, vibration and massage therapy, laxatives, purgatives, electrical and non-electrical corsets and belts, Epsom salts, various tonics, creams, liniments, and pills.

What We Can Lean From the Past:

During the 20th century, science revealed more and greater details about the human body, but some of the most fundamental and simplest truths about weight management seemed to have been lost or have faded into oblivion. Instead, modern-day weight loss methods such as calorie counting, weighing and measuring portions, points, phases, only protein, no carbs, as much fat as desired, no fat at all, whole wheat, natural, light, organic, pre-portioned, frozen meals– along with complicated recipes, diet schemes and specialty foods– took the place of common sense. Diets became restrictive, fundamentalist, ideological, and sometimes even contradictory. Clichés and myths do not help to clear up the issues related to obesity and what to do about it.

Maybe the ideas of the early 19th century London physicians can help you design a successful weight loss plan for 2010. Give their ideas a try. They Work!

Source by Richard Lipman M.D.

Three Easy Tips to Avoid Hemorrhoids

Hemorrhoids are rarely the topic of conversation unless you have them. More than 40% of all adults, and 90% of adults over 50 will experience hemorrhoids at least once in their life. This may range from a mild irritation due to constipation, to a lifestyle altering conditions that include bleeding, pain, extreme itching and embarrassment that prevents the sufferer from enjoying many parts of public life.

There are any number of treatments for hemorrhoids ranging from creams to surgery but they only treat the symptoms and not the cause. Curing hemorrhoids requires a healthy lifestyle, particularly a healthy diet, and is a lifetime commitment not a quick fix. 

What are hemorrhoids? Basically hemorrhoids occur when the veins surrounding the anus become weak and expand. They can then become inflamed by pressure or friction. These pressures can come from any source such as sitting, the increased pressure on the area caused by pregnancy, straining during a bowel movement or hard stools. The weaker the veins the less pressure is required to inflame them. 

Most treatments address the inflammation issue. The ultimate goal is to “shrink” the tissue thereby relieving the symptoms associated with the pressure. Regardless if you are using a medicinal cream or a natural poultice, both will act as an astringent “drying up” the tissue and reducing it in size. 

So that’s what they are and that’s how most treatments attack the problem. But what can you do to avoid hemorrhoids in the first place. Here are three tips that will not only help with hemorrhoids but any number of other circulatory issues as well. 

Get Off Your Butt!  

Part of the reason that the veins affected get weak in the first place is inadequate circulation of blood. Sitting on your rear puts pressure on the area and not unlike a tourniquet, restricts the flow of blood. People who spend a great amount of time sitting are far more likely to develop hemorrhoids than those who don’t. What’s really important is the duration of sitting.  

Would you be surprised to learn that hemorrhoids is an occupational hazard for Navy fighter pilots operating off of aircraft carriers? Those lean mean and muscular Blue Angels spend hours strapped to a hard seat, pull high G maneuvers, and then slam their butts onto the deck in the controlled crash that is known as a carrier landing. They are certainly fit, but they go way too long on their rear. Over the road truck drivers are another example of being in a career that is likely to produce hemorrhoids. 

So if you are like many of us and you sit behind a desk, stand up. When you take a phone call try standing up and pacing a little. Whatever you do, make sure you stand for a few minutes of each hour at the desk. Oh, and walk to lunch if you can.   Being pregnant is tough enough. Unfortunately pregnant women tend to get hemorrhoids in the last trimester simply because there is more pressure on the bottom due to the baby. Don’t stand for prolonged periods and when you sit, try to elevate your legs and sit more on your tailbone rather than dead center. This relieves the pressure. 

Eat Smart 

Stay away from processed foods. Yeah right! Obesity can already be attributed as the cause of 40%  of  all dollars spent on health care. Our American diet has changed dramatically over the past 50 years and we have become reliant on others to prepare our food. Canned food, frozen food, microwave food, fast food all have supplements that make digesting the food and extracting the nutrients (what little there is) more difficult. 

Digestive disorders have become big business thanks to the sodium and sugars that we consume in massive amounts. Eat fresh whenever you can. Eating “real” food will allow your body to metabolize naturally resulting in healthier tissue and less constipation. There are any number of websites that specialize in fresh recipes and while this may mean making more trips to the grocery store like your grandma did, your body will thank you. 

Avoid Fad Medicines and Foods 

Eat fiber! What is fiber? Basically it is filler. It is a form of carbohydrate that has a chemical composition that can not be digested by humans. It provides stability in the intestinal tract, encourages the absorption of nutrients and helps control blood glucose. 

Everybody is selling it. Powdered mixes, cereals, pills, you just can’t go a day without seeing several fiber ads on TV. Thanks to the FDA these products have to actually tell you what they are made of. Take the time to read the label and avoid those with high sugars and fructose syrups.  

What are the sources of natural fiber? Duh! It’s fresh produce. Beans, citrus fruits, nuts, corn and rice are great sources of fiber. 

So to recap, the three things you need to do to prevent hemorrhoids are avoid sitting for longer than an hour, eat fresh foods more often and get a daily dose of natural fiber. Your whole body will thank you for taking care of it. 

Source by Rachel Willson