7 Easy Ways To Heal with Ginger

Ginger is a wonder root. Its healing power is inversely proportional to how knobbly and unattractive it looks. Its role in easing digestive problems and healing painful joints is undisputed. It brings relief from coughs and colds and strengthens your immune system. And those are only a few of ginger’s amazing health benefits.

I cannot imagine my kitchen without a handful of young, pink-tipped, robust ginger root. Try these easy and health-boosting  ideas, and you’ll be a ginger lover, too!

For your tummy: Slice fresh ginger into matchsticks. Squeeze a whole lemon on it. Place in a small glass jar. Suck on those matchsticks or eat it as  pickle. Lovely punchy taste, and great for digestion.

For your throat: Grated ginger, mixed with a big spoonful of honey, brings instant relief to a sore throat.

For an Antioxidant bounty: A fresh tomato-ginger relish for your table: 1 tomato, finely chopped, tossed with finely chopped or freshly grated ginger, a little salt, some cilantro or parsley leaves.

For power soups: Stir a teaspoon of freshly grated ginger into your soups, for a dramatic burst of flavor and all the health-giving goodness of this wonder root.

For a guilt-free but delicious bite: Boil 4 potatoes. Cut them into cubes, and toss them with a teaspoon of finely chopped garlic, a teaspoon of finely chopped ginger, 1 green chili, salt and fresh herbs.

To wake up your sleepy grains: Grate some ginger and squeeze some lemon over freshly boiled rice, couscous or pasta for a tasty kick and loads of antioxidant benefits.

For an energetic day: Grate ginger and stir it into a cup of plain yogurt. Place them in a blender with ½ tsp roasted and powdered cumin seeds, a little sea-salt and  2 cups of ice-cold water and give a good whizz. This lassi is a supremely refreshing and digestion-friendly summer drink to kick start your day!

So off I go, to stir up some gingery lassi. Hope you’ll try some, too! Learn more about the incredible goodness of ginger here.

 

Read more: http://www.care2.com/greenliving/7-exciting-ways-to-heal-with-ginger.html#ixzz2f3CQrvJr

Antibiotics shown to cause eczema, IBD and autism

(NaturalHealth365) Antibiotics are used for a wide variety of health issues and have helped many when used for the proper reasons. However today, 40% of children who see a physician leave with a prescription for antibiotics – some for minor illnesses and even for those illnesses known to be viral – just to be safe.

As most of us have heard, the overuse of antibiotics has led to more stubborn infections caused by more resistant organisms, but are you aware that antibiotics have been association with gut infections?

How do antibiotics create pathogenic gut infections?

A September 2013 study out of Stanford University revealed that in the first 24 hours after taking oral antibiotics, a spike in carbohydrate availability takes place. This surplus of carbohydrates combined with the reduction of gut friendly bacteria (due to taking the antibiotics) allows at least two potentially deadly pathogens to blossom.

With the depletion of gut friendly bacteria, other problems arise as well. Researchers noted that friendly bacteria manufacture vitamins and help the immune system function. Antibiotics disturb the balance of good bacteria and can take a month or more to stabilize – however some of the bacterial strains seem to be permanently lost.

This is why supplementing with an effective probiotic is critical.

The connection between antibiotics and eczema

The British Journal of Dermatology reported, in June of 2013, that children who took antibiotics in their first year of life were 40% more likely to develop eczema. Simply put, the more antibiotics given to a child in their first year, the higher the likelihood of developing eczema.

For each additional round of antibiotics given, the risk of eczema rose an additional 7%. Amoxicillin and other broad-spectrum antibiotics were deemed to have the strongest impact on developing eczema.

Can antibiotic use cause irritable bowel disease (IBD)?

Pediatrics looked at data on more than 1 million kids aged 17 and younger. The children were followed for at least two years and 500 health practices across the United Kingdom participated. Researchers found that 64% of the children with IBD had taken an antibiotic at least once.

The risk of developing an IBD was five times greater if antibiotics were taken before the age of one compared to the infants that did not receive antibiotics. Overall there was an 84% increased risk of developing bowel diseases for the children given antibiotics, although researchers believe the real world risk is still very low.

In the United States, pediatric prescription for antibiotics is roughly 49 million. The research authors surmise that would be associated with an additional 1,700 cases of IBD every year. They suggest parents inform their pediatrician if IBDs run in the family so informed decisions regarding the use of antibiotics can be made.

Could autism be linked to antibiotics?

A study published in Medical Hypothesis (2005), in which researchers examined 206 children with autism, all under age three. The lead researcher reported that each child received an average of 12 antibiotics during their lifetimes – mainly for ear infections. The lead researcher believes that the introduction of amoxicillin (used in brand names such as Augmentin) correlates with the skyrocketing rates of autism observed in California and potentially the rest of the U.S.

References:
http://med.stanford.edu/ism/2013/september/sonnenburg.html
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23782060
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23008454
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15607562

Source:

– See more at: http://www.naturalhealth365.com/drug_dangers/antibiotics_ibd.html#sthash.AcBJsNUs.dpuf

HOW TO TREAT ARTHRITIS NATURALLY

How to Treat Arthritis Naturally

Arthritis is one of the most common diseases prevailing in the world today. Looking for natural arthritis treatments is not very uncommon. With over 100 different types of arthritis that exist today, nearly 75% of the human population above the age of 65 years suffers from some type of arthritis to some degree.

Arthritis as a disease attacks the bones and the joints of the body. It is caused due to nutritional deficiency within the body. There are many types of treatments available for arthritis today, depending on the type and intensity of the disease prevalent in the patient.

One of the most common forms of arthritis is osteoarthritis. This form of arthritis occurs due to aging wherein the cartilage between the bones in a joint gets reduced over time, causing the bones to rub against each other during motion, resulting in pain. This happens as the protein and nutritional content in the body gets reduced, thus the cartilage is unable to provide the ‘cushion’ between the bones that it is supposed to be doing.

Most doctors say that arthritis is a life long disease and there is no permanent cure available for it. However, there are many natural treatments available which can help the patient to overcome this disease.

Since the root cause of arthritis is the nutritional deficiency that occurs in the body, it is possible to cure certain types of arthritis by using arthritis herbal treatments and supplements. It is likely that such treatments might not cure the patient fully, but they will definitely provide him/her relief from the pain, if followed properly. However, these natural treatments take time to show results, ranging from two weeks up to three months or even longer depending from patient to patient.

Some of the various types of arthritis health supplements that a patient can take include Vitamins B6, D and E. These help in building strong bones. In addition to these, Vitamin C can also be taken in order to help build the bone matrix and the joints. Besides vitamins, a patient should also take essential fatty acids and amino acids.

The Health Benefits of Goji Berries

Himalayan Goji Berries

gojiGoji berries (Lycium barbarum) are the most nutritionally dense fruit on Earth. They are a member of the nightshade family (Solonaceae), which contains many other common vegetables such as potato, sweet potato, tomato, eggplant, and pepper, as well as some poisonous plants like belladonna and deadly nightshade. Native to the Himalayan Mountains of Tibet and Mongolia, the goji berry can now be grown in many other countries as well.

Although they have only been introduced in Western countries in recent years, gojis have been used for thousands of years in Tibet and China, both as a culinary ingredient and medicinally.
Unique among fruits because they contain all essential amino acids, goji berries also have the highest concentration of protein of any fruit. They are also loaded with vitamin C, contain more carotenoids than any other food, have twenty-one trace minerals, and are high in fiber. Boasting 15 times the amount of iron found in spinach, as well as calcium, zinc, selenium and many other important trace minerals, there is no doubt that the humble goji berry is a nutritional powerhouse.
This amazing little superfruit also contains natural anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial and anti-fungal compounds. Their powerful antioxidant properties and polysaccharides help to boost the immune system. It’s no wonder then, that in traditional Chinese medicine they are renowned for increasing strength and longevity.
In traditional Chinese medicine, the goji is said to act on the Kidney and Liver meridians to help with lower back pain, dizziness and eyesight. They are most often consumed raw, made into a tea or extract, or as an ingredient in soups.
Gojis are most commonly available in dried form, and make a great snack eaten as is, added to trail mix, muesli or oatmeal. They can also be soaked for a couple of hours in enough water to cover them. Then the soak water can be drained off and makes a delicious drink, or both water and berries added to smoothies.
Please note that there can be adverse interactions if you consume goji berries while also taking medication for diabetes, or blood pressure, or take the blood thinner warfarin. So be sure to consult your health care provider if that is the case.
Gojis can often be found in Asian food stores, but most of these come from the commercial growing regions of China and Tibet, and contain high levels of pesticides and synthetic fertilizers. Even some brands which claim to be organic may not be, so be sure to source your goji berries from a reputable source.

Health Benefits of Acai Berries

Acai-BerriesYou may well of recently heard of the current tend of branding certain fruits and vegetables as ‘Super foods’ one of these in particular that has been receiving a lot of attention is the ‘Acai Berry.’ Native to South America the berries are actually the fruit of the Acai Palm Tree (Euterpe oleracea), each berry is around an inch long and is purple in color.

There are thought to be a huge number of possible health benefits related to this natural fruit but most of the scientific research that has been carried out so far has been looking into its uses as an antioxidant. Being an anti oxidant means that by eating these berries you can help your body rid itself of harmful toxins.

It is said by many people that Acia berries have the highest nutritional composition of any fruit in the world, this means it can offer your body many nutritional requirements that may be hard to find elsewhere

Acai Berries and Acai Berry Juice can be put into everything from salad dressings, smoothies, even cocktails. It may take a little time to become accustomed to the taste. It is often described as a kind of combination of chocolate and cranberry. There are lots of ways to incorporate the health advantages of Acai as part of your nutrition plan. Acai aids in increasing your energy level and your metabolism so your body will use more calories naturally, you will discover this helps you to lose weight and to feel a lift in energy levels. Imagine what you could do if you had a boost in your energy level and a body that not only feels more youthful but appears younger too?

So why not join the craze and go grab some Superfruits today, it is also worth looking into the health benefits of Goji berries but we will cover them in another article coming up soon.

If you know of any cool uses for Acai fruits please leave us a comment bellow.

Packing Healthy Lunches for Your Children

Writen by Clarissa DeHarty

“I am not eating that!” Does this sound familiar? I have found that the older my children get, the pickier they are when it comes to what they will eat. In fact, each time I get ready to make dinner or fix them a snack, there is a mental checklist that I go through!

No pepper – the black ‘spots’ freak them out!

If it’s meat, each and every speck of fat must be cut completely off or they will not eat meat for a week.

No slimy green vegetables such as spinach, greens, asparagus and brussels sprouts.

I am not kidding. They are so picky that I am amazed they are not vitamin deficient! However, we make it work, using different foods that they love. Every once in a while, I will even trick them into eating something that they think they don’t like! Now that I am packing lunches, I have to wonder what they will eat. I can just imagine them dumping their entire lunch into the garbage and then starving until they get home! So, here are some tips and tricks that I’ve discovered to healthy lunches that kids love.

Meats –

italian meatsOne thing I like to do is include foods from each different food group. Since they are so choosy, there aren’t many meats I can send with them to school. However, I have found that good quality deli meats like ham and turkey go over well. They love what we call a ‘roly poly.’ I simply spread some mayo on a flour tortilla, add a few slices of ham or turkey and a slice of cheese and then roll it up. Wrapping it in some cling wrap will keep it together until they are ready to eat it. Another way that I can sneak meat in is to use leftover chicken or ham from the night before. I simply cut it into large cubes and add something to dip it in, like barbecue sauce or ranch dressing!

Fruits –

beautiful fruits wallpapers 28I don’t like sending canned fruits to school. In fact, I don’t like them much at all. I try to utilize fresh fruits and one way that I do this is by packing a plain yogurt for them to eat. I then slice up some different things like strawberries and peaches for them to add to the yogurt at lunch time. They think they are getting a good treat, but you and I know that they are getting tons of essential vitamins and nutrients! I like to add cubed cheddar cheese along with this treat as well, because both of my kids love it and it goes well with the fruit.

Veggies –

VeggiesOooohh…This is a real problem for us! My kids aren’t big fans of veggies, but because they are so healthy and essential, I sneak them in every time I can. One thing that I like to do is make eating veggies fun. For example, a slice of celery with some peanut butter stuffed in it and raisins sprinkled on top gives my kids a chance to eat ‘ants on a tree branch!’ Silly, but they love it and will eat it every time. My kids like salads, so when I make a salad, I add fresh spinach and herbs to the regular old Iceberg lettuce. This gives the salad a little kick, some extra vitamins and they really do enjoy it!

Grains –

wholegraingroupEvery kid loves cereal and I take advantage of that. I pack a Ziploc bag with a handful of Honey Nut Cheerios or another healthy cereal and add raisins, a few nuts and occasionally I will throw in some other dried fruit. Again, they think they’re getting a snack and it’s good for them. Also, whole wheat bread works well with peanut butter and jelly sandwiches or turkey and ham.

Dairy –

dairy-products-600I always pack a small carton of milk – regular and sometimes chocolate. They love ‘cheese sticks’ which I make by cutting cheddar cheese. I can even get them to eat cottage cheese if I add some pineapple chunks to their lunch.

Okay…so I am guilty. I do add something sweet for their lunches. Well, shoot! If they can eat all that healthy stuff the darn kids deserve a cookie! Sometimes I will send a pudding or even a piece of chocolate. Another thing

that I love sending is applesauce. To them it is a treat and to me, well…there I go again!

It’s not too difficult to pack healthy, good lunches that your kids will love if you have a bit of fun with it.