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5 Benefits of Healthy Living Habits

5 Benefits of Healthy Living Habits

Healthy living can be beneficial in so many different ways. Research has shown that those people who maintain a healthy lifestyle, including a healthy all natural supplement such as our awesome plexus pink drink, are far more likely to have a better life. Below are five of the benefits of living a healthy life.

  1. You are able to control your weight

Eating the right kinds of foods and having regular exercise is a sure way of losing weight and also reduces the chances of your adding weight or falling sick. You do not have to do vigorous exercises for you to remain active throughout the day. Minimal and easy exercises can also help you achieve the best results not forgetting the duration is what really matters. Eating a diet that is low in fat will also help you lose weight.

  1. Improves your moods

Treating your body right and giving it all the proper and healthy foods also does your brain a great advantage. Research has also shown that regular physical activity stimulates chemicals in the brain that will leave you feeling relaxed and happier. Eating healthy combined with regular exercise gives you a better looking physique which will make you feel better about your appearance thus increasing your self-esteem. Healthy habits and regular exercise is not the only thing that improves good moods. Studies have shown that the social behaviors and connections of people also play a great role in moods.

  1. A healthy lifestyle also combats diseases

Staying on track to maintain a healthy habit helps in the prevention of certain diseases; like high blood pressure, heart diseases, stroke among others. This is done by boosting the amount of good cholesterol in the body and also the boosting of high-density lipoprotein. The combination of this two helps to keep the blood flowing in a smooth way, thus decreasing the risk of getting any kind of cardiovascular diseases.

  1. Helps boost energy

Foods with high sugar and fat tend to decrease the amount of energy in the body. When you eat a balanced diet which also includes foods that are high in fiber, fruits, proteins and also vegetables, your body is able to fuel itself up and gain the energy that it needs. Exercising regularly also improves the strength of your muscles and also boosts endurance which in turn gives you more energy.

  1. It helps you live longer

When you live a healthy lifestyle and only go for foods that are healthy, your chance of living longer is very high. On top of opting for healthier foods, one can also opt for walking as a kind of exercise. A study shows that those people who walked for around 30 minutes in a day highly reduced their chances of dying prematurely compared to those people who hardly exercised at all.

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Acidic pH Levels Can Lead To Cancer

Acidic pH Levels Can Lead To Cancer

There is plenty of research showing the link between acidic pH and cancer. Cancer thrives in an acidic environment, and doesn’t survive in an normal, more alkaline environment. Cancer cells make your body even more acidic as they produce lactic acid. So if you have cancer, your pH levels are low and your body is too acidic.

Taking action to make your body more alkaline is vital in the battle against cancer.

Normalizing pH Levels Can Stop Cancer In Its Tracks

pH and Cancer – Balanced pH levels

pH and Cancer — Balanced pH levels in Healthy Cells


The majority of the foods and drinks we consume are acidic, such as meat, grains and sugar, with colas and other soft drinks being highly acidic. So unless you have been eating a very healthy diet, full of fresh fruit and vegetables, your body is way too acidic. Creating a very good environment for cancer to grow in.

Actually, too much acidity is an underlying factor in many degenerative diseases — diabetes, arthritis, fibromyalgia and more. A basic maxim of natural physicians is: Balance the bio terrain. Do this first, then everything can come back to normal.

Taking medicines or supplements for cancer while your pH is highly acidic is a bit like washing dishes in a sink of dirty water, even when you put in plenty of soap, you can’t get the dishes clean.

According to Keiichi Morishita in his book, Hidden Truth of Cancer, when your blood starts to become acidic, your body deposits acidic substances (usually toxins) into cells to allow the blood to remain slightly alkaline. This causes your cells to become more acidic and toxic, which results in a decrease of their oxygen levels, and harms their DNA and respiratory enzymes.

Over time, he theorizes, these cells increase in acidity and some die. These dead cells themselves turn into acids. However, some of these acidified cells may adapt in that environment. In other words, instead of dying – as normal cells do in an acid environment – some cells survive by becoming abnormal cells.

These abnormal cells are called malignant cells. Malignant cells do not correspond with brain function nor with our own DNA memory code. Therefore, malignant cells grow indefinitely and without order. This is cancer.

As you can see, he is describing, from a different point of view, the link between pH and cancer, a process by which low oxygen levels turn some cells cancerous. Alkaline water (including the water in cells) holds a lot of oxygen. Acidic water holds very little oxygen. So the more acidic your cells are, the less oxygenated they will be. To make matters worse, the fermentation process cancer cells use to produce energy creates lactic acid, further increasing acidity and reducing oxygen levels.

Sang Whang, in his book Reverse Aging, points out that toxins are acidic. If your blood is too acidic, toxins will not be released from your cells into the blood. So your cells can’t be detoxified. This buildup of toxins in your cells results in acidic, poorly oxygenated cells, which can turn cancerous. He explains,

“In general, degenerative diseases are the result of acid waste buildups within us. When we are born, we have the highest alkaline mineral concentration and also the highest body pH. From that point on, the normal process of life is to gradually acidify. That is why these degenerative diseases do not occur when you are young. Reverse aging requires two separate steps: chemical and physical. The first step is to lower the acidity of the body so that it can dispose of acidic wastes in the blood and cellular fluids safely and easily. The second step is to physically pull out old stored wastes into the blood stream so that they can be discharged from the body.”

As you learn about pH and cancer, you find there is a long history of reversing cancer simply by alkalinizing the body. It is one of the basic strategies in the battle against cancer and for improving your health in general.

Virtually everyone with cancer has low pH levels. This is because cancer is created, and thrives, in a body that has low pH levels, a body that is acidic. Low pH causes your body to store more toxins in cells, and reduces oxygen levels, both of which are fundamental to the development of cancer. When cancer cells grow, they produce even more acid. Making it very difficult to raise pH levels, especially when cancer is present.

When you take something healthy and all natural to increase pH levels, your cells notice the difference and start to dump some of the toxins they are holding back into the bloodstream now that they have a chance to get rid of them. (Toxins are acidic and the cells won’t release them if the blood is too acidic. The blood must be kept in a narrow range around neutral pH.) Because the cells are releasing some of their stored toxins, your pH levels drop again. This detoxification process can take months to complete. In addition, because cancer cells pump out lactic acid as a byproduct of how they produce energy, they create even more acidity. You need to work daily, for a long time at normalizing pH because of these factors but as you do, you will make your body, in a sense… cancer proof!

Now that you know about the link between pH and cancer, you can do something about it. Because of the basic fact of cancer thriving in acidic conditions, you need to oxygenate your body and get closer to pH neutral.

These are simply opinions of author, and you should always check with your medical doctor, before incorporating any supplement to your diet.

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Steps to Super Healthy Teeth and Gums

Steps to Super Healthy Teeth and Gums

So the other week my daughter was complaining of a toothache. Of course my husband and I just happened to be overseas and she was being taken care of by her Grandma, so there wasn’t much we could do. Sigh. In all honesty, I thought perhaps Akira might have been playing on it for some attention and sympathy because we weren’t home.

As it turned out, the day after we got home, Akira had to have one of her baby molars taken out!! Oh my goodness I almost died. I felt ashamed and disappointed as a parent. That somehow I had failed in helping her take care of her precious teeth. I’ve always had great teeth (apart from being crazy crooked as a kid – Yikes. And yep, my poor girl has my crooked teeth too, that being hereditary). So it didn’t seem right that my daughter of all people, who doesn’t have much sugar had a rotten tooth. Akira doesn’t drink fruit juices or soft drinks – water is her drink of choice. And treats are definitely known as ‘sometimes’ foods in our household. Not a daily habit. How did this happen?

Well, as it turns out, the outcome of our health is determined well and truly before we are born. And yep, that even means the health and condition of our teeth can be dated back to our parents and grandparents. What we do to our bodies now can affect generations to come. It’s truly amazing isn’t it?

You will see some children with an odd brown baby tooth which can be due to their mother being on Antibiotics either during pregnancy or in the lead up to falling pregnant.

As babies, we are born with all of our baby teeth already in our sculls, ready to come through. So those are developing during the mother’s pregnancy.

Hmm, so once we are born, it’s too late to change the past of our ancestors, but it’s just the beginning for future generations.

What’s the best way to take care of your teeth then? Some of the answers might actually surprise you. Some are glaringly obvious but I’ve included them anyway.

  1. Up Your Nutrition LevelsHealthy Teeth and Gums

Our teeth absolutely thrive from the vitamins and minerals that are taken from the food we eat. From a young age, the food we eat impacts our teeth. As we age, our teeth and gums change. Looking after your teeth as well as eating a broad, healthy diet can keep your smile beautiful and strong.

Certain vitamins and minerals will help to promote optimal oral health.

Vitamins A, C, D and Calcium in particular can support healthy teeth.

Vitamin A helps the development of healthy teeth and gums. Vitamin A contains beta-carotene, which has antioxidant properties. These antioxidants can help in getting rid of free radicals, chemicals that actually speed up decay.

Vitamin C promotes strong teeth and gum tissue. Because Vitamin C is water-soluble, it is washed out of the body once it has what it needs. Therefore it is important to take in Vitamin C every day.

Vitamin D is created after exposure to sunlight and can be found in supplement form. Vitamin D encourages calcium absorption as well as helping keep the right levels of calcium in the blood stream. Children especially need to get enough Vitamin D so that they will develop healthy teeth and bones.

Calcium is important, no matter what age you are, because this mineral is crucial in the development and maintenance of teeth and bones. It’s actually your jaw bone that forms the foundation that houses your teeth.

You can up your nutrition levels with food (always first option) and with Supplementation (supplements should always go hand in hand with healthy eating).

Eat a broad balanced diet and if you are going to supplement, look for a quality product that is free of nasty toxins (you’d be surprised how many well known products available on the market have contaminants in them!).

I use and recommend the Usana products. This is mostly due to the optimal levels of ingredients in each and every product and guarantee that there are no contaminants in their products. You can learn more Usana Vitamins and Minerals.

  1. Brush and Floss twice a day

Yep, your Mum was right when she nagged you to brush your teeth after breakfast and before bed. Use a toothbrush that suits you and get stuck into all of those toothy pegs. We choose a Fluoride Free, Natural Toothpaste which you can order here online Natural Whitening Toothpaste. It would take me more space than you have time to explain my reason for this. If you are good at researching, please do yourself a favour and do some research on fluoride.

Flossing also helps get in between all those hard to reach places.

I do not recommend Mouth Wash. Most contain alcohol and can leave a burning sensation in your mouth. Not fun at all. There are some studies that show links to Cancer. Plus rinsing with Mouth Wash doesn’t make any difference to your teeth. It’s the brushing and flossing that makes the difference. So the main consensus is to not waste your money.

  1. Minimise Sugars

It kind of goes without saying really doesn’t it? Sugar is hidden everywhere. If you haven’t had the chance to check out the latest Aussie Doco “That Sugar Film” or got your hands on a copy of “That Sugar Book”, do yourself a favour and check it out. You will learn so much about this drug, ahem, I mean sweetener.

  1. Avoid Soft Drinks / Flavoured Waters /Juice Bottles

These drinks are full of sugars and the soft drinks in particular have harsh chemicals in them that can destroy the enamel on your teeth over time. The acids in soft drinks can actually soften your enamel. If you do have any of these drinks, be sure to at least swish water around in your mouth afterwards.

I believe that many people understand the importance of Step 2, 3 and 4. But with step 1, it really is amazing how much the actual vitamins and minerals taken from your food really affect your teeth! I hope this helps you make great decisions in the food that you eat and give to your family.

Please comment below with any feedback below and be sure to share this article with friends and family so we can help future generations have healthy, pearly whites.

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Why You Need to Take a Fish Oil Supplement

Why You Need to Take a Fish Oil Supplement

Out of all of the different types of Supplements available on the market, I recommend that Fish Oil be your Number 1 Priority!!

Not only is Fish Oil fantastic for your hair and skin, it is incredibly supportive to your overall health.

So let’s talk more about the benefits of this little powerhouse in a capsule and what you need to be wary of when shopping.

Fish Oil is great for your Hair and Skin

For healthy, shiny hair, you need proper nutrition. Omega-3 fatty acids nourish your hair follicles for stronger, shinier hair. My daughter’s hair grows like a weed.Fish Oil

She gets comments on it alllll the time….how shiny it is and how healthy it looks.

Essential fatty acids have great health promoting qualities and can be good for the body’s largest organ, the skin. Omega-3 fats improve the health and beauty of human skin in a few ways. They improve cellular health and functioning, and help skin maintain a smooth, elastic texture. Some research has found that they prevent wrinkles and work against the aging process. I say that is a win-win.

Other benefits include supporting skin conditions such as dandruff, eczema and psoriasis, as well as dry skin. Without the essential fatty acids, too much moisture can be lost through the skin. So by taking fish oil internally as a supplement it may just be as good as or better than applying a moisturiser. Think of Fish Oil as moisturising your skin from the inside out.

Fish Oil is great for your Heart Health

Fish oil has been associated with supporting people to be free of heart disease. Some research also suggests that people who already have heart disease may be able to reduce their risk of dying if they take a Fish Oil Supplement.

Research has shown that taking fish oil can reduce levels of Cholesterol levels by 20 to 50 per cent. High levels of triglycerides raise the risk of heart disease.

Fish Oil supports Brain Function and Depression

Fish oil is a good source of omega-3 fatty acids, which play an important role in brain function. People with depression may have low blood levels of brain chemicals called eicosaWhy You Need to Take a Fish Oil (2)pentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA). Ha try and say that fast 3 times.

EPA and DHA can be found in fish oil.

Studies in adults suggest that omega-3 fatty acids may be beneficial in the treatment of mild to moderate depression. There’s more and more concern around the side affects of anti-depressants, that even Doctors are starting to really sit up and listen to the benefits of Fish Oil. One study alone of over 22,000 participants showed that Fish Oil reduced depression by 30%. It’s hard to believe that with such a high percentage more people don’t get told the benefit of Fish Oil!!

Brain tissue is rich in omega-3 fatty acids, particularly in the membranes of three different types of brain cells. The link between omega-3 fatty acids and brain health is hardly surprising. These essential fatty acids are required for proper growth, development, and function of brain tissue. The human brain is 60% fat, and omega-3 fatty acids are the fatty acid of choice for the structure of certain parts of brain cell membranes. Lack of available omega-3s in our body affects brain function and is associated with cognitive and emotional disorders. If you are feeling down, give a Fish Oil a go and see how you feel from it.

Fish Oil can be helpful for Arthritis

Fish Oil is a powerful anti-inflammatory, which is great for people suffering from Arthritis. This can relieve joint pain and stiffness.

Why can’t you just eat Fish?

Great question!! Fish is fantastic, yes, however to get the recommended amount of Omega 3-s per week, it can be a challenge to do this alone with fish and without the risk of too much Mercury. The National Health & Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Dietary Guidelines advise that we only eat fish once or twice a week with a limit of around 80-120 grams per serving of fish. So this is where Fish Oil comes in as a Supplement to a healthy diet. This will ensure your body is getting the right amount of omega-3s.

What to look for when buying Fish Oil

Look for a product that claims to not leave a fishy after taste as you will be more likely to take your Supplement daily.

Always look for a Fish Oil that is wild caught fish rather than farm raised.

What to be wary of when shopping for Fish Oil

We wary of products that over promise and under deliver. There are many products available that would do more harm than good for your health. With Mercury and Contaminants in a lot of the products available in Supermarkets and Chemists aimed as a budget conscious product. The cost of your health is farm more important.

Also look for potential allergens if you have dietary requirements such as Gluten/Dairy Free.

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Improving Your State of Wellness With Statins and Good Cholesterol Levels

Improving Your State of Wellness With Statins and Good Cholesterol Levels

Knowing your cholesterol levels is an important part of knowing your state of good health. Cholesterol levels is a fatty element that could be located in animal tissues and is thought about as an essential part of the body. It is manufactured in the liver and also shared in the physical body through the blood. Food products that are high in cholesterol levels are meat, fowl, shellfish, as well as dairy products. Cholesterol levels has a silver lining and bad side and comprehending them is vital for keeping the physical body’s correct balance.

Some cholesterol levels are important in digesting fat from fruit, creating bodily hormones, structure cells, and for other physiological procedures. Way too much bad cholesterol levels, however, may elevate the threat of having cardiac arrest or stroke. High cholesterol levels does not bring any type of apparent symptoms till it has created major damage consisting of hampered blood circulation due to solidified arteries. It is additionally responsible for the advancement of coronary canal illness, enlarged left heart, as well as heart failure. In addition to these problems, high cholesterol levels are likewise in charge of impotence amongst males. There is no clear reason for high blood pressure yet health professionals recommend that cigarette smoking, having a high body fat diet, extreme liquor drinking and various other aspects may contribute to the development of this problem.

People who are Twenty Years of age or older are urged talk with their doctors to see if their cholesterol levels should be examined. For individuals with no threat factors, regular screening generally begins at the age of 40 for men and 50 for females. Female patients must be evaluated as soon as they stop having regular menstruation.

High cholesterol that can not be decreased with workout and diet plan could be treated with the use of statins. Statins are a course of drugs that are used to lower the body’s bad cholesterol levels. They function by obstructing a material that the body has to generate cholesterol levels. Statins could likewise work by reabsorbing cholesterol that has been saved in the cavity enducing plaques of the artery walls as well as avoid additional clogging of the blood vessels. It is typically recommended by medical professionals to individuals which have a history of heart attack and other wellness ailments are associated with high cholesterol levels. Statins include popular medicines such as lovastatin, simvastatin, atorvastatin, pravastatin, rosuvastatin, and others.

Statins and various other non-prescription medicines can be purchased from reputable online pharmacies. Such pharmacies supply high-quality medications at extremely economical deals which can be accessed from the comfort of one’s house. Compared with traditional drugstores, purchasing medicines online saves one from the lengthy line or shutting times.

Good health ought to never ever be compromised. By maintaining a healthy and balanced way of life that entails doing modest physical exertions and also consuming healthy fruit– an individual could efficiently protect against the development of high cholesterol levels and also other physical conditions.

It should also be noted that though fruit is recommended, grapefruit and grapefruit juice should be avoided when taking red yeast rice and statins. Red yeast rice is a natural supplement used for centuries to reduce cholesterol instead of statins and increase circulation.

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What Are Cholesterol Levels Blockers?

What Are Cholesterol Levels Blockers?

Cholesterol levels is made by the liver as well as is a fat-like waxy compound. Cholesterol levels is normally assumed of as a “bad point”, the truth is that cholesterol is essential to your overall wellness and also helps body feature. Each of your cells within your physical body is sustained by good cholesterol levels. When cholesterol levels gets old or if it decays then degree becomes elevated, it could be dangerous. The “great” cholesterol assists to get the bad cholesterol levels back down to secure degrees. Whenever the bad (LDL & VLDL) cholesterol level climbs up greater it comes to be a serious situation. Unattended it could contribute to serious health problems including stroke, kidney damages, diabetic issues mellitus, as well as heart disease. Individuals with unrestrained “bad” cholesterol levels are 3 times most likely to have a cardiovascular disease, they are six times a lot more prone to establish congestive listen to failure, folks with high cholesterol will be 7 times more likely to have an ischemic stroke. Folks with high cholesterol might should take cholesterol levels blockers to decrease their cholesterol.

If you enjoy natural herbs and also solutions, you could check out red yeast rice supplements. Learn more about red yeast rice side effects here. Obviously Eco-friendly Tea * is an excellent cholesterol blocker also. Green tea is rich in a class of polyphenols (polyphenols offer the plant its shade) called catechins (obvious kat-a-kins). The best catechin in green tea is referred to as epigallocatechin gallate. We’ll call it EGCG to make life simpler. When your body would like to burn fat, it releases a compound called norepinephrine. Norepinephrine is one of the triggers that lights the body fat burning fire. However, norepinephrine has a minimal life expectancy in your body. That’s where EGCG aids. By maintaining norepinephrine alive for longer, EGCG could help your physical body burn much more fatty tissue, making it an exceptional cholesterol blockers.

Lead analysts think that high levels of caffeine and EGCG (both located in eco-friendly tea) collaborate to prolong the life of norepinephrine. These analysts also believe that environment-friendly tea essence, “has the capability to affect body weight as well as physical body structure through changes in both energy expenditure and also substrate utilization.” This is why eco-friendly tea makes good cholesterol levels blockers. The eco-friendly tea in this research gave 50mg of caffeine and also 90mg of EGCG each offering. Topics took 3 servings daily. Environment-friendly Tea is likewise an exceptional antioxidant, antiviral and ulcer defensive. Increases psychological understanding, battles fatigue, helps reduce hunger and regulates blood glucose.

Just like any sort of kind of health concern, make certain you speak with your physician concerning taking any kind of medication, also natural cholesterol blockers. Particular vitamins as well as prescription medications do not do well with each other and could cause major damage to your system. You want to improve, not make points worse. Care for your wellness as well as live happy.

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Red Yeast Rice Side Effects

Red Yeast Rice Side Effects

Many are interested in red yeast rice side effects as they are interested in using it to lower cholesterol more naturally than taking prescription statins medications. Doctors prescribe statins to lower bad cholesterol known as LDL which can cause heart disease.

Red Yeast Rice And Statins

Red yeast rice and statins both have possible side effects, but the side effects of statins are way worse. Unfortunately there have not been many studies on the topic so there is not much data to draw from conclusively. Of course it should be noted that it’s always our policy to be “safe rather than sorry.” So, be sure and read all you can on the topic before embarking on a new regime and always talk to your doctor about the possible issues with your medication and other health issues. This blog is not offering medical advice, just information on the possible side effects of red yeast rice.

The medical world does agree that red yeast rice has many of the same properties and chemicals as statins do, but they are not sure that those are the ones responsible for lowering cholesterol in those that take it. As such they suggest that you note the side effects and not use it for folks under 20 years of age until more studies have been done. (Also, again, if you have been prescribed statins do not quit taking your medication. Talk to your doctor about switching.)

It should be noted that statins have a litany of side effects themselves which many people find intolerable. Although nearly everyone over the age of 50 is prescribed statins almost 40% quit using them within a year due to the problems they encounter.

Because of this red yeast rice is a better choice not just as a treatment, but as a preventative for those 45 and above. Lowerol is a good resource for those who want to prevent high cholesterol in the first place or take it to lower their cholesterol.

So, first let’s discuss the problematic effects of statins medications. They include:

  • Headaches
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Skin flushes
  • Muscle pain, aches, tenderness, or weakness (myalgia)
  • Drowsiness
  • Dizziness
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Stomach cramps or pain
  • Bloating or gas
  • Diarrhoea
  • Constipation
  • Rashes

It’s important to note that these are the side effects generally accepted with statins meds. But some also carry warnings about memory loss, confusion, high blood sugar and type 2 diabetes. Get other interesting tips on Cosmopoker.

Muscle pains are ignored as being appropriate for aging people, but could also be caused by the statins. Giddiness and dizziness are also misdiagnosed as simply standing up too fast.

Now let’s look at the possible red yeast rice risks. They are rare but can include:

  • Headache
  • Stomach ache or bloating
  • Gas
  • Dizziness
  • Heartburn
  • Muscle aches and weakness. This can lead to a rare but serious condition called rhabdomyolysis. Stop taking red yeast rice immediately and call your doctor if you experience this one.

It should also be noted that red yeast rice is made by fermenting a fungus over red rice called Monascus purpureus. If you are allergic to molds in general you might should reconsider this as a natural treatment for cholesterol or at least wade in to using it by doing some tests first because it could be a toxin for your body. This is an ancient Chinese remedy used for hundreds of years to lower cholesterol, increase circulation and help with digestive problems. These are the types of red yeast rice overdose symptoms I would look for if you begin taking it.

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Hibiscus Tea Health Benefits And Side Effects

Hibiscus Tea Health Benefits And Side Effects

You might be surprised to discover the many organic hibiscus tea health benefits. I know I was. I have included just some of them below.

Some studies have shown that hibiscus tea lowers blood pressure. It’s the main ingredient in red zinger teas. What’s great about this is that it grows in the US so you can grow your own blood pressure medicine. The study was conducted by giving 54 people who had the malady 10 ounces of the tea for 12 days. It was found to decrease hypertension by 10 percent.

Two studies actually did testing against typical blood pressure meds.

One test showed tea worked just as well as the meds. In this study tea was administered once a day (10 grams of crushed hibiscus flowers which is about 5 teaspoons in 1 to 2 cups of water. Within 4 weeks their blood pressure had dropped by 11%.

Another study used hibiscus flowers in capsule form. In 4 weeks the results between those who took hibiscus and those taking meds were almost identical. 15% reduction for those with meds and 123% for those ingesting hibiscus. Talk about health benefits!

Dr. Mercola Discusses Hibiscus Tea and Why You Need to Stop Drinking Soda

“The natural health doctor, Dr. Joseph Mercola, discusses hibiscus tea and the answer to one of his favorite questions to ask: “What is the single, most powerful step that someone knew that natural medicine can take to make phenomenal improvements in your health?” The answer is to stop drinking soda and replace it with pure, clean water.”

How are the health benefits of hibiscus tea happening? First it has diuretic properties. It also opens up the arteries, letting blood flow rather than constricting it. And it inhibits the hormones that constrict blood vessels.

You’ll also find that hibiscus tea boosts our immune systems and gives us antioxidants.

Some say you need only one teaspoon, some say 5 teaspoons of the flower in a cup of boiling water, steeped for five to ten minutes. I would recommend taking your blood pressure and writing it down before you start this regime. Also regularly take it and test your blood pressure in an hour to see if there has been a change. This way you can see what dose works best for you.

Obviously check with your doctor before using this medicinally. You may also want to see the hibiscus tea health benefits Dr. oz mentions. Click here for that.

Other hibiscus herbal tea health benefits

Hibiscus tea has also been known to help the following health problems:

  • High Cholesterol – Hibiscus tea health benefits cholesterol, because the tea lowers LDL cholesterol levels, and prevents the build up of plaque on arterial walls. This lowers cholesterol.
  • The Common Cold – the tea is loaded with Vitamin C. It can help prevent the common cold, the flu, and infection illness.Be sure and drink it when you first feel the problems onset.
  • Heals Open Wounds – the high Vitamin C content helps would heal quickly.
  • Aging – high in antioxidants, this tea helps prevent aging by getting rid of free radicals.
  • Weight Loss – hibiscus tea health benefits of weight loss are well known. It’s a natural appetite suppressant. By just drinking a cup each day you will eat less, and eating less leads to weight loss. Additionally this tea slows fat absorption so you are burning more fat than storing it. It also acts as a diuretic which will flush toxins from your system while you are dieting and make sure you do not have water weight or bloating.
  • Laxative – It produces a mild laxative effect. Also helpful when dieting to remove toxins and impurities.
  • Depression – an 8 ounce cup of hibiscus tea can improve mood swings. Helps treat anxiety.
  • Cancer – Some studies show that hibiscus tea benefits us by preventing pre-cancerous cells that will eventually cause cancer from gowing.
  • Heart Disease – those drinking 14 cups or more a day had a much lower chance of a repeat heart attack.
  • Diabetes and Liver Disease – Both types of diabetes are benefited by hibiscus tea. The antioxidants help clean the liver.

Hibiscus Tea Side Effects

One thing to consider when adding anything to your routine, especially for health reasons, is to consider the side effects. Just what are the side effects of organic, herbal hibiscus tea?

Hibiscus tea can lower your hormone levels which is bad for pregnant women and those getting fertility treatments. Because of this estrogen can be lowered and can cause menstruation, or miscarriage. If you are undergoing hormone replacements including birth control pills stay away from this tea. And it’s not just the women either. It can decrease male fertility as well.

Another side effect of hibiscus tea is for those who already have low blood pressure. The tea is known to lower your blood pressure, so if yours is already low – don’t drink it!

It can also cause drowsiness. So, be smart and don’t “drink and drive” until you know how the tea effects you.

Another side effect mentioned by some is hallucinations. Again, don’t “drink and drive” until you know about this possible effect.

There are also some medicines that do not play well with this tea. Pain meds for one. And meds taken for the central nervous system like antidepressants, anticonvulsants and sedatives. Be sure and check this out with your doctor, okay? Also, if you are taking meds for cancer you don’t want to drink this tea regularly. It can reverse the effects of the meds.

Please note that typically hibiscus tea is red hibiscus. There are many other types, and their side effects and benefits are not as well studied. Be sure you are drinking organic red hibiscus herbal tea.

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Miso Soup Health Benefits

Miso Soup Health Benefits

If you are looking for information on the health benefits of miso soup, this is the spot to be. Miso should be part of any healing diet.

Perhaps surprisingly miso is a soybean paste from Japan that you can buy and keep in your fridge. It consists of soybeans, sea salt and koji which is essentially a mold starter much like sourdough bread. It can be mixed with rice, or other grains like barley. It ferments for anywhere from 3 months to 3 years which causes a great deal of enzymatic activity which is good for you.

There is a binding agent called zybicolin in miso that helps rid your body of toxins that come from industrial pollution, artificial chemicals, and radioactivity.

You can find it mentioned in Chinese and Japanese diets as far back as 2500 years ago. Culturally it is often taken in the morning to stimulate digestion and provide energy.

When you decide to try this be sure to stay away from the pasteurized kind. What you want is the live beneficial microorganisms.

Among the health benefits of miso soup you will find the following:

  • It is a complete protein meaning it contains all of the essential amino acids we need in our diet.
  • It helps the digestive system secrete necessary fluids that aid digestion.
  • It also helps digest and assimilate other foods in the intestines.
  • Great source of B vitamins, B12 in particular.
  • It helps to strengthen the quality of our blood and lymph fluid.
  • Reduces our risk of breast, lung, prostate and colon cancer.
  • As mentioned early it protects us against radiation because it contains dipilocolonic acid. This is an alkaloid that removes heavy metals from our system.
  • Helps the immunse system.
  • Lowers LDL cholesterol which makes it good for our hearts.

And, if that wasn’t enough, it is high in antioxidants which helps protect us from those pesky free radicals.

It also helps us lose weight. Go Miso! You might also want to learn about raspberries. They are really good for you too. Learn more by clicking health benefits of raspberries.

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Health Benefits of Raspberries

Health Benefits of Raspberries

Daily new information is gathered from studies on the health benefits of raspberries. Besides being a line from one of my favorite movies of all time (Thoroughly Modern Milly), it is something to consider when looking for ways be fit and healthy.

These delectable fruits, it has been discovered, prevent oral cancer. A study at Ohio State University has shown that raspberries have anit tumor agents. Anitoxidant qualites in the form of a polyphenol and an ellagic acid halt the progress of oral cancer. What this means is that abnormalities of the tongue, throat, nasal cavities and larynx can be stopped or prevented due to the health benefits of the raspberry.

Healthy Red Raspberries

Some hope that testing will also prove that they are beneficial for colon cancer and skin cancer.

They can be eaten fresh or dried into powder for consumption. Whichever way you choose to consume your raspberries you’ll be getting Vitamin C and K in good amounts. They also contain niacin, magnesium, calcium, copper and roboflvin.

Another benefit of raspberries is that they prevent inflammation of the blood vessels and arteries. This means they are good for your heart, too.

Polyphenol mentioned earlier in this article helps reduce plaque which can build up in your cardiovascular system, lowering blood pressure.

Okay, so they are good for your heart, prevent cancer, reduce inflammation. What other health benefit can you get from red raspberries? My favorite of all! They do wonders for those over weight. They contain phytonutrients called ketones or reosmin. These actual enter your fat cells and speed up the metabolism. Wow! I think that’s super cool and one of the reasons they are on my shopping list now!

I’ve already mentioned that raspberries help with inflammation, which is of course one of the leading causes of cancer, heart disease and cardiovascular disease. Additionally they contain ellagic acid that reduces enzyme activities that cause the inflammation to begin with.

Animal studies related to cancer involving breast, cervical, colon, esophageal, and prostate cancer, raspberry phytonutrients have been shown to alter the development of cancer cells. They actually change the body’s signal to the cancer cells causing cell death of the cancer cells.

And if that wasn’t enough, they are also beneficial for those with Type 2 diabetes.

Though we typically think of raspberries as being red-pink, there are several hybrids that produce a range of colors such as black, purple, orange, yellow and white.

Since they are low in calories and fat, they are good to eat even if you are on a diet. They are high in fiber and antioxidants. For example, one website I found noted that 100 grams of berries contain 52 calories, but 6.5 grams of fiber, which is 16% of the recommended daily intake for health benefits.

These sweet little fruits can decrease fat digesting enzymes released by our pancreas. It is thought that this causes us to digest and absorb less fat, thereby decreasing the risk of obesity.

The high levels of phenolic falvonoid phytochemicals play a role against cancer, aging, inflammation and neuro-degenerative diseases.

Vitamin C is abundant, fighting infections, free radicals. The same 100 grams of berries give us 47% of the daily recommended dose of Vitamin C.

A sweetener you may have heard of, Xylitol, is a low cal sweetener extracted from raspberries. This means they are a good source of sweet when you are on a diet or trying to keep your weight down.

You may not have heard of ORAC values, I hadn’t before writing this. It stands for oxygen radical absorbance capacity. ORAC foods help fight cancer in various ways. This berry is one of the top ranked ORAC fruits.

So, if I’ve convinced you about the health benefits of raspberries you may be wondering when you can buy them. Generally you can buy them all year round, but they are the freshest and cheapest from June to October.

They don’t stay fresh long, so be sure and eat them within a few days. Be sure and keep them refrigerated and wash them before eating.

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