Immune system

Benefits of Epsom Salt!

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Epsom Salt has been around for centuries and has fast gained popularity in home treatments. You probably know that it is great for relieving joint pains, but that Epsom salt is a suitable laxative or an excellent stress reliever as well.

What exactly is Epsom Salt?

It is a naturally occurring mineral, first discovered by Nehemiah Grew in 1695 at a bitter saline spring around Epsom in Surry, England.

Epsom Salt is a pure magnesium sulfate heptahydrate mineral compound. Magnesium is one of the most abundant minerals in the body; a deficiency of which can cause dietary, nervous, and heart-related anomalies. Using Epsom salt in baths helps in the absorption of magnesium throughout the body.

 

Here are a few health benefits of this miracle alternative compound.

  1. Reducing pain and inflammation

Epsom salt helps in reducing swelling and pain. Magnesium is proven to help people suffering from arthritis and fibromyalgia. By applying a solution of Epsom salt directly to the affected areas you can reduce pain and tenderness in maladies such as arthritis. Alternatively, you can even soak yourself in an Epsom salt bath to allow for magnesium to be absorbed directly.

Unfortunately, our body finds it difficult to absorb magnesium when taken as a supplement which makes Epsom salt baths a salient way to ingest magnesium and sulfates in the body.

  1. Improving insulin sensitivity

Magnesium has been known to increase insulin sensitivity. People with diabetes can find it very difficult to regulate their glucose levels, especially after a processed and sugary meal. There are many other modern health problems apart from type 2 diabetes, which are directly linked to insulin resistance, such as metabolic resistance. By taking regular Epsom salt baths, you improve magnesium content in your body, which further helps in controlling blood sugar.

  1. Relieving headaches

Even though the cause of headaches and migraines is not clear, many studies strongly point towards magnesium deficiency. An Epsom salt bath enables your body to regulate magnesium levels in your body better. A stellar hot soak goes a long way in relaxing your muscles and quickly eases your headache if you have one.

  1. Laxative and detoxifier

 The best way to take Epsom salt is orally mixed in water. This is a useful laxative as it replaces magnesium in your body, which is necessary to relieve constipation. Drinking a glassful of Epsom salt water can also aid in detoxifying your body. If you have trouble stomaching the taste, you can even soak in Epsom salt baths to replenish magnesium.

  1. Degrease oily hair

If you suffer from oily hair, then simply add a small handful of Epsom salt to your regular shampoo. Wash your hair normally and you should notice the difference. You can even mix equal parts of Epsom salt to equal parts of your hair conditioner. Your hair should shine after this which will only magnify your appearance.

  1. Face scrub

You can get baby soft skin right at home with Epsom salt scrubs. Simply mix a teaspoon to your favorite cream and apply to your face in a circular motion. This will get rid of all dead skin cells and leave you with soft, supple, smooth, and glowing skin. You can also use an Epsom salt mix with petroleum jelly to de-flake your lips and make them smoother.

  1. Pedicure at home

After a tiring day, an at-home pedicure is just what you need. You can soften calluses and remove dead skin with the help of Epsom salt. All you need to do is mix ½ cup of this salt into a tub filled with warm water and soak for about 15 minutes. Not only will this soak rejuvenate you, it will also soften hard skin and calluses. To completely remove the dead skin, you can take about a handful of Epsom salt in damp hands and scrub your foot. However, do not forget to moisturize afterwards.

  1. Sunburns and bug bites

In case you are left with an angry red splotch on your skin after a day of hustle in the sunshine, Epsom salt is the cure you need. In a sprayer, you can dissolve four teaspoons full of Epsom salt in a cup of water. Mix it well and spray it directly onto sunburn to reduce irritation and redness. Apply the same mixture to get relief from itchy bug bites as well.

  1. Handwash

If you suffer from dry skin after washing your hands with regular soap, you might want to switch to Epsom salts. Mix equal parts of Epsom salt and baby oil and keep in little bottles next to every sink in your house. Your hands will feel smooth and healthy after every wash.

  1. Blackheads

Exfoliate your skin first to remove oil and dirt from your pores. Thereafter, mix one teaspoon of Epsom salt and four drops of iodine solution in a cup of hot water. Once the mixture has cooled to a pleasantly warm temperature, apply it directly to the affected skin (usually on the nose bridge and under the lower lip.) Let it dry completely before you wash with warm water. A continuous use at least once a week will give you fantastic results against blackheads.

  1. Gardening

Epsom salt can help your vegetables grow at a faster rate. By sprinkling a tablespoon of this salt around the base of your plant a couple of times in a year will get you a very lush garden. It works especially well with tomatoes and other fruits. However, you need to ensure that your prized treasures are at least 12 inches tall. It is useful for indoor plants as well. Rather than putting it on the soil, mix it with the water you use for watering your plants.

  1. Tile cleaner

Epsom salt works really well in cleaning tiles. You do not have to use harmful and toxic chemicals anymore. Simply mix equal parts of liquid soap to Epsom salt and rub away.

  1. Splinter removal

A 10-minute soak in Epsom salt solution can make the whole process easy and less painful. Epsom salt softens the skin and makes it very easy to remove splinter.

  1. Dishwasher

If you have expensive cookware, then Epsom salt can work wonders for you. Removing stuck food and old cooking stains is very easy to remove with Epsom salt. Sprinkle a handful of these salts on pots and pans and scrub as normal. The abrasive texture of magnesium sulfate will make even the hardest of stains easy to remove.

  1. Clean your washing machine

After a time you would find gunk buildup on the inside surface of your washers. Detergents, cleaners, and other contaminants build up inside the washers and affect the capability of your machines. Cleaning your washing machine is very simple. Just fill it with hot water and pour a cup of Epsom Salt and a quart of clean vinegar. Let it cycle around a bit and then leave for an hour for the solution to soak. Afterwards, remove the water and wipe clean.

 

Epsom salt is natural and free of chemicals. It comes with a variety of benefits and is proven useful in many things. Apart from helping with aches and pains, it helps keep your skin supple and soft. It works well in cleaning your skin as an exfoliation agent and your insides as a laxative. You can add it to your cleaning regimen to avoid keeping toxic chemicals in your household. Epsom salt is indeed your miracle compound.

 

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Great uses for White Vinegar!

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For centuries, people have been using white vinegar to clean and protect their homes. The Chinese believed that vinegar was a tonic capable of increasing vitality and strength, while also containing healing properties. The magic ingredient is acetic acid. However, this ingredient is only about 5% of the finished product. Though there are many types of vinegar now on the market, white vinegar has the most diverse list of applications and uses. Many homes are choosing to go green with white vinegar. As well as being environmentally friendly, safe, and non-irritating to allergies, it saves you money.

Kitchen

  1. Try adding a few tablespoons of white vinegar to the water with poached eggs. The white vinegar helps the whites of the egg stay formed. Even if any shells are cracked or crack in the boiling process, the whites will not leak out.
  2. White vinegar can help wilted vegetables. First, soak the leafy greens in cold water with a little white vinegar. As a result, the greens will perk right up
  3. To get that seemingly impossible onion smell off your hands after chopping one up, rub your hands with vinegar. This will eliminate the smell from your hands.
  4. Cabbage family vegetables, like broccoli or cauliflower, can be cooked with white vinegar. By adding white vinegar to a boiling pot with these veggies you can reduce the gassy effects. Also, as a result, the taste of the vegetables improves as well. This technique also works on cooked beans.

Cleaning House

  1. If your garbage disposal is starting to stink, white vinegar is here to help. Mix equal parts of vinegar and baking soda and pour down the drain. After you let this fizzy concoction sit for a few minutes, flush it down the drain with warm water. Your sink will be clean and stench free!
  2. Dirty microwaves are a sight for sore eyes. In the event of unmovable and difficult food stains, a bowl of white vinegar will help. The steam from a boiling pot of vinegar and water will help loosen the food and get rid of odors.
  3. We all love fresh fruits but with fruits come fruit flies. Instead of ditching the fruit, place a bowl of white vinegar with mashed fruit and cover it with plastic wrap. Next, punch small holes into the top of the plastic wrapped bowl and watch your fruit fly problem disappear! The flies can crawl in, but they can’t crawl out.
  4. Cloudy stemware from your dishwasher will shine with a little bit of white vinegar. Take the glasses and wrap them in a paper towel soaked in white vinegar. After they sit for a while, the cloud deposits will rinse right off.
  5. Bleach to clean grout is one way to do it, but a better way is to use vinegar. Let the vinegar soak in the grout and then gently scrub with an old toothbrush.
  6. Dirty or scuffed CDs or DVDs can be easily cleaned with a soft cloth soaked in white vinegar.
  7. To remove water condensation marks on your wooden furniture or tables, try rubbing equal parts of vinegar and vegetable oil on the wood. Also, be mindful of the direction the grain is going. You always want to rub in the direction of the grain, never against.

Cleaning Clothes

  1. Unsightly mattress stains disappear when cleaned with a vinegar and water solution. Next, use baking soda on the stain and either brush or vacuum up the residue until dry.
  2. No doubt about underarm stains being one of the more embarrassing and very public stains one can have. Before you throw out a stained shirt, spray vinegar on deodorant stains before machine washing. Vinegar can also fight mustard, tomato sauce, and ketchup stains.
  3. Add a cup of vinegar to the rinse cycle, you can freshen up bright colored clothing. Acetic acid won’t harm fabrics but will dissolve the soap residue that dulls dark clothing. Vinegar also acts as a fabric softener, static reducer, and a mildew inhibitor.
  4. Chewing gum that is stuck to fabric or upholstery will loosen and thus be easier to remove with vinegar.

Outdoor Solutions

  1. Vinegar also functions as a car cleaner and an organic pest remover
  2. Easily remove the sticker decal with white vinegar, and the sticker will peel off in a few hours. You might need to spray it a few times to make sure it’s properly soaked.
  3. A 3 to 1 vinegar and water mixture will keep your windows and windshield frost-free during the winter.
  4. Vinegar kills weeds and unsightly crabgrass that grows in the cracks of sidewalks and driveways. A half and half solution of vinegar and water will do the trick.
  5. Extend the life of that beautiful bouquet by adding a few tablespoons of vinegar to the water along with a tablespoon of sugar.

Pets

  1. Itchy ears can be relieved with undiluted vinegar. This works for cats and dogs alike
  2. Cats avoid vinegar, so spray their usual scratching spots with a vinegar solution.
  3. Outdoor areas can be protected from cats marking their territory with vinegar. Soak a sponge in vinegar and wipe the area with it. This will eliminate the smell and keep them away for good.
  4. A pet that just got skunked should be washed in a half-and-half vinegar and water solution. It will get rid of the odor and make their coat shine.

There isn’t much vinegar can’t do. It disinfects, deodorizes, and cleans almost everything. Shower curtains, sofas, car seats, you name it, and vinegar will clean it. Instead of using expensive and harsh cleaning chemicals, switch to vinegar instead. This is a product that will clean your hair, your pet, your car, and your home.

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Cumin!

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Cumin spice with a nutty, peppery flavor is rich in phytosterols, plant chemicals that are known to inhibit the absorption of cholesterol in the body.

In addition to the benefits on cholesterol, it also has a good effect on the advanced glycation end products (AGEs) that are so damaging in diabetes. Cumin may help improve Blood sugar level, may promote weight loss and fat reduction.

AGEs are toxins that are generally found in high-heat cooked foods such as grilled items. They not only create oxidative stress and cell damage in the body, but also accelerate aging.

Cumin is a great supplementary source of iron and improves digestive health.

A few reasons to add cumin to your spice cabinet. You can use Cumin in powder or seed form in curries, rice and drinks.

Here are just a few ideas:

  •  Add a teaspoon of cumin to plain Greek-style yogurt.
  • Add several teaspoons to your favorite roasted veggie recipe – pumpkin, squash, carrots and sweet potato, etc.
  • Add a dash of cumin to spice up homemade guacamole.
  • Use it as an alternative to black pepper.
  • Sprinkle it onto lean, grilled beef.
  • Cumin with scrambled eggs.

Stay healthy!

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Natural Appetite Suppressants!

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Natural Appetite Suppressants

There are scientific explanations as to why your scale is refusing to move even though you are on a diet. Not only do you have to follow your diet correctly, but you also need to boost your metabolism and digestion to shed the fat. Some major ingredients shown by research to help the body burn fat: herbs and spices. Spicy foods can act as natural appetite suppressants, the active ingredient in many spicy foods is capsaicin, a compound that not only acts as an appetite suppressant but also boosts metabolism so that our body can burn more calories throughout the day.  

There are many reasons why you might feel like you’re always hungry, including nutrient deficiencies, a lack of fiber or healthy fats in your diet, fatigue, or high amounts of emotional stress. Natural appetite suppressants can help you achieve satiety and avoid overeating, and they can help you do that without the dangers of diet pills to decreasing your appetite through hormone regulation, nutrients or essential oils used for safely promoting weight loss

Below is a list of herbs and spices that are the most effective and beneficial.

Cayenne

As you’ve probably noticed when you add too much, cayenne is a warming spice. This means that cayenne raises the body’s temperature, helping to boost metabolism.

Cayenne Pepper Weight Loss Recipe

Ingredients:

¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper

1 lime

1 cup water

How to Prepare:

Squeeze out the juice of a lime into a glass.

Add a cup of water and ¼ teaspoon of cayenne pepper.

Stir well before drinking.

Cinnamon

Cinnamon plays a vital role in lowering blood sugar, LDL cholesterol, and triglycerides. No wonder it is recommended as a condiment for people with diabetes. Cinnamon is also a great help in curbing cravings and keep you feeling full longer. Try to drink cinnamon-infused water first thing in the morning every day for four weeks to get the desired results. The warm cinnamon tea helps to flush out toxins and support better bowel movement, thereby preventing bloating.

Green Tea

Green tea has been consumed for thousands of years and is still one of the healthiest beverages available to us today. Undoubtedly, green tea is the best herbal tea for weight loss. It is rich in antioxidants called catechins. Green tea can lower levels of ghrelin (known as the hunger hormone).

Garlic

Garlic has very powerful healing properties. It may cause bad breath, but it helps in treating cardiovascular conditions, improves the immune system, and can help the body burn fat. This herb contains a unique compound called allicin that suppresses hunger and boosts metabolism.

Ginger

Like cinnamon, ginger helps control blood sugar, meaning it can help prevent a spike in glucose levels after a sugar or carb-rich meal. The spice also has the same thermogenic properties as turmeric and cayenne. Ginger can boost metabolism by 20% speeding up the calorie burning process. It has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties that soothe the intestines, flush out toxins from the colon, and help to melt fat.

Grapefruit Essential Oil

Essential oils have many health benefits, but one in particular, grapefruit, may also serve as a natural appetite suppressant. Grapefruit’s role in weight loss has been the focus of dozens of studies and seems to be due to beneficial acids, antioxidants, volatile oils and enzymes that help reduce your appetite, lower cravings, and help stimulate the lymphatic system.

The scent of grapefruit oil excites sympathetic nerves that supply the brown adipose tissue and adrenal glands, which may help stimulate weight loss.

The ones explored here are just a few among a wide range of herbs and spices that may help with appetite control and weight loss. Because they’re loaded with benefits, virtually free from calories and easy to use on all sorts of recipes. There is evidence that including more spices and herbs in your diet reduces your intake of things like flavor enhancers, salt and sugar, helping you lose weight without the negative effects. On the other hand, popular weight loss pills come with a number of side effects, including jitteriness, anxiety, trouble sleeping, indigestion, diarrhea, rapid heartbeat and headaches, which is why natural appetite suppressants are always better options.

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5 Herbs for Liver health!

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Your liver is one of the most important organs in your body. Aside from your brain and heart, your liver controls the toxin levels in your body. Responsible for cleansing the blood and converting waste products, the liver also helps digest carbs and fats. Heavy alcohol consumption, heavy drug use, and poor diet are all factors in poor liver health. Poor liver function can lead to diabetes, hepatitis, and cirrhosis. While an overall healthy lifestyle and diet will keep your liver health in top shape, these 5 herbs can provide extra health benefits.

Milk Thistle

Several studies show that milk thistle helps protect the liver and is often suggested as a treatment for alcoholic hepatitis and alcoholic cirrhosis. Also known as silymarin, milk thistle is one of the most recommended herbs for liver ailments. Milk thistle has the ability to repair existing liver damage.

Dandelion

Another amazing herb is dandelion. Often prescribed alongside milk thistle or mixed with milk thistle, dandelion improves the health of the liver. Mostly found in capsules, teas, or bought in extracts, dandelions are rich in vitamins and minerals like iron, zinc, and potassium. Due to dandelion’s rich vitamin and mineral content, it helps the liver stimulate bile production.

Burdock Root

A fairly unknown herb, burdock root is great for healthy liver function. It is a blood purifier and stimulates bile flow. Since it helps stimulate bile flow, this is great for people who already suffer from liver damage.

Artichoke

Most people know artichokes as a delicious vegetable. What many don’t realize is that artichoke is actually an herb. Also known as cynarin, this herb helps stimulate the flow and production of bile. Many who suffer from liver damage struggle with adequate bile flow and production. Another great side effect of an artichoke is that it reduces the risk of developing jaundice, as well as prevents the development of gallstones.

Turmeric

One of the most studied herbs, turmeric is extremely beneficial to liver health. Turmeric has the ability to reduce inflammation, which also includes inflammation related to the liver.

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Foods that have more Potassium than Banana!

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The potassium-rich foods in your diet will help you stay healthy while losing weight. Bananas are great, but any extra potassium while working out consistently is highly recommended due to the loss of electrolytes. Also, it gets boring eating the same thing all the time. These foods help you avoid getting bored and reaching for something full of artificial flavors and sugars.

Avocado

Bananas contain about 487mg of potassium, while avocados boast a remarkable 708mg in just one cup of sliced avocado.

Sweet Potato

One sweet potato is about 5 inches long or 130 grams in weight. One sweet potato can give you about 438mg of potassium. This root vegetable also has a high amount of complex carbohydrates that help rev up your glycogen use.

Plain Yogurt

One serving of plain yogurt is about 579 grams of potassium compared to a bananas 487mg. This snack also contains protein, which is great for those who are trying to lose weight by keeping you full in between meals.

Coconut Water

Some people love it and others hate it. However, coconut water is excellent to rehydrate with after an intense workout. With 480mg of potassium in just one glass, you are sure to replace your electrolytes without all the sugar of other sports drinks.

Spinach

Popeye’s favorite, spinach, packs 839mg of potassium! That’s nearly double of what a banana gives you. Add this leafy green to smoothies, burgers, salads, and so much more.

Broccoli Seeds!

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Cruciferous vegetables like broccoli, cabbage, and kale contain a powerful and biologically active antioxidant – glucoraphanin. Through a process called hydrolysis, sulfur-containing glucoraphanin is metabolized into the biologically active isothiocynate sulforaphane, which is associated with a variety of positive effects stemming from its antioxidant activity.

For example, sulforaphane:

  • Releases hydrogen sulfide when cooked, producing a cardioprotective effect similar to that of garlic
  • Induces phase II enzymes, an important part of the body’s detoxification pathways
  • Increases expression of antioxidant enzymes
  • Exerts other protective antioxidant effects

Glucoraphanin is a type of glucosinolate, a sulfur-containing compound associated with a pungent aroma and spicy taste. Glucobrassicin and gluconastutin are two other types of glucosinolates – differentiated by their amino acid composition – produced by cruciferous vegetables like broccoli. When these glucosinolates go through hydrolysis, they enter their biologically active form, then called isothiocynates.

A novel antioxidant is a broccoli seed extract standardized to yield 13 percent glucoraphanin, which metabolizes to sulforaphane and activates Nrf-2 pathways to produce:

  • Antioxidants for reducing oxidative stress
  • Phase 2 enzymes, detoxifiers vital for the body’s natural detoxification process

Oxidative stress is a process caused by free radicals – unstable molecules formed during both natural body processes and from exposure to toxins. Activation of Nrf-2 pathways help target harmful inflammation, thus limiting the extent and magnitude to which inflammation occurs. 

Oxidative stress and unhealthy inflammation is often a primary cause for systemic imbalances in the human body. These imbalances are connected to conditions like cancer, cardiovascular disease, and diabetes.