Thursday, August 23, 2012

What's in a Cherry: A Natural Migraine Cure and Much More

Being a migraine sufferer, I have tried everything from meditation, taking magnesium supplements, to going under chiropractic care.  Yes, all these have definitely helped me, but I find they work more as preventative measures-which is great- but what about when you are suffering a full blown, pounding, migraine?  That's when cherries come in.

Cherries have compounds in them that help reduce inflammation in our bodies. These compounds, termed anthocyanin and bioflanoid work in the same way in our bodies as ibuprofen or aspirin would - of course without their potential negative side effects.

Cherries can also help improve sleep by increasing the levels of melatonin, which regulates sleep cycles in our bodies. Additionally, the high anti-oxidant content of cherries can help us fight premature aging and even prevent cancer and other diseases.  What's more, cherries can also provide pain relief from arthritis and gout.


Thursday, June 21, 2012

Himalayan Salt- The Better Salt

Salt is important to the functioning of our bodies. But is salt harming your health without you being aware of it?  Research has shown that normal table salt (sodium chloride) has many additional chemicals that your body may not be able to metabolize. When this happens, your body uses precious cell water to get rid of those chemicals leading to conditions such as cellulite, rheumatism, and even arthritis.  So what are the alternatives to normal table salt?  You can try sea salt  or even much better, Himalayan pink salt.

Himalayan pink salt is the best salt you can consume.  Research has discovered the many benefits of this salt, among which are:

  • regulation of water levels in the body
  • promoting ph balance in the cells, including the brain
  • helping with blood sugar health
  • reducing muscle cramps
  • reducing chance of developing kidney and gall bladder stones

I personally switched to Himalayan salt last year and would highly recommend you to do the same.


Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Tea is Healthy

Teas, especially herbal teas have many benefits.  Personally being a big tea lover I was excited when I found out that that tea is linked to many health benefits such as:

  • Reduced risk of heart disease and cancer
  • Improved insulin response and reduced blood sugar levels
  • Reduced pain and inflammation associated with rheumatoid arthritis
  • Reduced risk of dementia
  • Reduced glaucoma risk
  • Improved digestion
In addition, research has recently found that tea doesn't necessarily dehydrate, in fact it re-hydrates.  There has also been suggestions that the antioxidants in tea can protect against cancer.

Mind you, however, if you drink tea laced with sugar and milk you may not reap the same benefits.  Tea is most beneficial when it is made just simply with pure and clean water.  You may sweeten it with a little bit of honey or stevia, a natural plant based sweetener.

So what kind of teas have the most benefits?  Both Green and Black teas have healthful benefits.  Herbal teas are also very healthful.  I personally drink more herbal teas and I find that each kind has its own unique benefits.   If you decide to get started on herbal or any kind of teas I would suggest you always buy organic loose leaf tea., which means its not in a tea bag.

My favorite  herbal teas and some of  their benefits:

Chamomile:  calming, soothing
Ginger: helps in digestion and blood circulation
Mint:  helps in digestion, awakens
Rooibos:  thirst quenching, soothing,


Monday, January 2, 2012

Why Organic Meat?

Yes, organic meat is considerably more expensive than regular meat, but in the long run it may be a healthier choice. After all, nothing is more important than your health and well-being.

Organic meats have fewer toxins because they are hormone and chemical free. Additives, such as nitrates added to regular meat to give it an appetizing color are not present in organic meat –the long term effects of nitrates are not known to us.

Additionally, animals raised organically are raised in a humane manner. They can roam freely the way nature intended. In contrast, non-organic farms have large number of animals confined to small spaces for long periods leading to sickness and consequently use of antibiotics on their animals- which you end up consuming.

Moreover, artificial pesticides, artificial fertilizers, drugs, and genetically modified organisms are not permitted in organic farming. Organic meat is thus a healthier and a wholesome choice.