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Health Benefits of Kombucha Tea

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It is a fermented drink with a base of Black or Green Tea that provides several medicinal benefits. The fermentation process is started by a mixture of bacteria and yeast after it’s combined with sugar. Yes, that’s right! Organic cane sugar is recommended to create a healthy drink. However, a lot of the sugar is consumed by the yeast during the fermentation process so very little of it remains in the tea.

The bacteria and yeast comes in the form of a SCOBY (symbiotic colony of bacteria and yeast). A SCOBY is not a mushroom but people do often refer to it as a mushroom. A SCOBY can be purchased at a health shop or online. The tea helps improve gut health, detoxification, weight loss, energy, and the immune system and much more.

Gut Health: The drink has high levels of beneficial acid, probiotics, bacteria and enzymes that helps with the digestion system, leaky gut, and ulcers. The (apathogens) good bacteria increases leaving less room for the bad bacteria that leaves us feeling bloated and with negative digestion health.

Detoxification: Kombucha detoxifies different areas of the body due to the very many anti-oxidants.

Weight Loss:  It’s high in acetic acid and polyphenols which is helpful in weight loss.

Energy: The tea contains iron, small amounts of caffeine, and B Vitamins.

Immune System: There are several anti-oxidants and vitamins found in kombucha that support the immune system in a variety of ways.  A significant role that some anti-oxidants plays in kombucha is to control free radicals that are harmful to the immune system. A powerful anti-oxidant is D-saccharic acid-1, 4-lactone (DSL) that guards against cell damage and inflammatory diseases. Vitamin C helps to protect against inflammatory diseases.

 

 

Traditional Chinese Medicine: Acupuncture

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If your lacking energy, feeling common physical aches, need relief from severe pain, or to recover from an injury perhaps it’s time to try something different. Acupuncture isn’t meant to replace your medical treatment but accompany it.

What is acupuncture?

Acupuncture is Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) that involves placing needles in specific areas of the body. There are more than 2,000 points on the body.

From a traditional TCM practitioner’s perspective how does it work?

TCM is about balancing the flow of energy or life force known as qi or chi (CHEE). Qi is believed to flow thru pathways (meridians) in the body. It produces energy between the organs and surface of the body. Qi stabilizes your overall health in a variety of ways: physical, mental, and emotional. It is impacted by the yin and yang.

Good health is obtained when yin and yang are in harmony with each other and working with qi to help restore and maintain good health. The needles are placed in certain points that will rebalance your energy if meridians are blocked or unbalanced. The acupuncturist points connect with twelve main and eight secondary meridians. Acupuncture will balance yin and yang and keep the flow of energy unblocked producing good health.

From a medical personnel’s perspective who practices western medicine how does it work?

TCM stimulate nerves, muscles, and connective tissues that boost natural painkillers and blood flow of the body. One theory is that stimulated nerve fibers carry signals to the spinal cord and brain, activating the body’s central nervous system. The spinal cord and brain then release hormones responsible for making the body feel less pain while improving overall health.

There are some people including medical professionals who do not believe that acupuncture or any form of TCM works. Ultimately, it is up to the person receiving the treatment to decide.

How deep does the needle go into the skin?

The needles are inserted no further than an inch into the skin. Needles are not always inserted an inch into the skin but less depending upon the patient’s ailment.

Are there standards for acupuncture needles?

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) does have regulations regarding the manufacturing and sanitation handling of acupuncture needles. The needles must be sterile and labeled for single use.

What are the pros of acupuncture?

The positive aspect of acupuncture is that an individual may use the treatment to help with a specific condition but will experience an improvement in their overall health. The World Health Organization has listed more than twenty conditions that acupuncture has proven to be an effective treatment.

What are the cons of acupuncture?

There are possible negative side effects of acupuncture such as contracting a bacterial infection at the point of the needle entry. There are reports of contracting viral herpes. It is possible for a lung to collapse if punctured. It would seem the cons of acupuncture really revolve around the acupuncturist.

What is that stick that acupuncturists waive over a person’s back?

This is known as moxibustion. Mugwort is rolled into a stick like a cigar, heated, and held over acupuncture points of the body. Sometimes the moxa is even applied to the needle with the thought that the heat will penetrate the acupuncture point more deeply.

There is more information available about acupuncture so research before booking an appointment. Like many things the opinion acupuncture varies. It’s just something you’ll have to experience for yourself to be certain of it effectiveness.

 

What to Do if You Can’t Sleep

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You close your eyes but they just pop open again and so you go over various to do lists in your mind to kill time and hope to fall asleep. Of course, you don’t fall asleep. The next day you’re tired and maybe after consecutive days of sleepless nights you start to make mistakes at work or throughout the day.  There are prescription pills for insomnia but also natural options that you can try, too.

Below is a list of herbs that can be steeped in hot water to create a tea to induce sleepiness. Some of the herbs you can already purchase as a tea such as Chamomile Tea. It is best to consult with a medical personnel before using any herbs/plants and supplements listed below. Taking these items may not be suitable depending upon your health background and medication(s).

Kava Kava: Aids with restlessness and sleeplessness

Hops: Mild sedative for anxiety and insomnia

Chamomile Tea: Calms the body

Valerian: Helps with anxiety and insomnia.

 

Over The Counter Supplement

Melatonin: It’s produced in the pineal gland of your brain.  It regulates the daily patterns of your sleep wake cycle.  It is reported that melatonin decreases the time it takes to fall asleep. Melatonin can be taken as pills as over the counter medication.

 

In addition, to drinking a sleep aid tea. Try adopting these ideas to your nighttime routine from the list below.

1. Don’t watch tv or use a computer before bed. It’s stimulates the mind rather than relaxing it.

2. Lay on your bed only for sleep. No lounging on the bed.

3. Don’t eat before sleeping. Your body uses energy to digest the food. You want the body relaxed as much as possible rather using energy to digest food.

4. Of course, no caffeine or stimulants before bed. Try not to take any caffeine or stimulants two to three hours before bed. It is possible that your prescribed and/or over the counter medication(s) taken at night might be a possible stimulant.

5. If you sleep during the day try wear a sleep mask or use black out curtains to avoid exposure to the light. The goal is to trick the mind that it’s time for bed.

6. Try meditation or yoga before bed or even during the day (if this is when you can fit it in your schedule) to induce relaxation that can help to combat stress. Stress felt by the mind and/or body can definitely keep you up at night.

 

 

 

 

Fitness Activities and the Calories Burned

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Below are fitness activities and the approximate calories burned per hour.

 

Bicycling: 410

Circuit training: 555

Jogging: 480

Running: 550

Walking: 235

Green French Clay for Skin Care

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Other Names: Illite Clay, Sea Clay

Other components found in the clay: magnesium, calcium, potassium, dolomite, silica, zinc aluminum, manganese, phosphorous, silicon, copper, selenium, iron oxides, cobalt, decomposed plant matter, etc

-iron oxides & decomposed plant matter provide green color

This is not a complete list of the uses and functions of the clay.

Skin/facial Benefits:

-removes toxins from the body

-removes oil from the face

-removes dead skin cells

 

Health Benefits:

-analgesic and anti-inflammatory properties which make it beneficial for muscular pain, swelling, and arthritic or rheumatic conditions

-stimulates blood and lymph circulation

-absorbs impurities and fats

-tones and strengthens connective tissues

 

Related Topics:

Bohemian Black Organic Fango Clay

White Kaolin Clay

Bentonite Clay

Rheumatoid Arthritis: Natural Treatment Options, Part 2

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Rheumatoid arthritis is an inflammatory autoimmune disease that can cause debilitating pain in the joints. The fatty acid, vitamin, and mineral listed below are not a cure but will help to relieve the pain associated with rheumatoid arthritis and decrease the occurrence of inflammation. It is best to consult with a medical personnel before using any minerals, supplements, and fatty acids listed below. Taking these items may not be suitable depending upon your health background and medication(s).

 

Fatty Acids, Vitamins, and Minerals:

Vitamin D3: Vitamin D is important for the absorption of calcium and for the functioning of calcium in the body. The natural type is produced in the skin in the form of cholesterol. Your body can make Vitamin D3 from the sun. Its ultraviolet B (UVB) energy converts the precursor to vitamin D3. Supplements are available for Vitamin D3. Food sources include the following:

  • fatty fish such ass tuna, mackerel, and salmon
  • foods fortified with vitamin D, like some dairy products, orange juice, soy milk, and cereals
  • beef liver
  • cheese
  • shitake mushrooms
  • egg yolks

Magnesium: Magnesium is a mineral that is naturally produced in the body. It is very anti-inflammatory. Magnesium can be taken in the form of a supplement. Good dietary sources of magnesium can be found in dark green, leafy vegetables.  Also:

  • fruits or vegetables (such as bananas, dried apricots, and avocados)
  • nuts (such as almonds and cashews)
  • peas and beans (legumes), seeds
  • soy products (such as soy flour and tofu)
  • whole grains (such as brown rice and millet)
  • milk

Omega 3: Omega 3 is a fatty acid and very anti-inflammatory. Great sources of Omega 3 are deep water fish (such as salmon and anchovies). Grass-fed beef and farm-raised chickens are also healthy choices. Supplements may be used.

 

Bioflavonoids:

Bioflavonoids are plant compounds with medical benefits that comprise the pigments responsible for the bright colors of fruits and vegetables that are divided into four broad categories. Quercetin and proanthocyanidin are the two categories that concerns rheumatoid arthritis.

 Quercetin and proanthocyanidin are anti-oxdants with anti-inflammatory properties. Quercetin is found in citrus fruit, berries, dark leafy greens, onions, and other foods sources.  Sources of proanthocyanidins are grapes (seeds and skins), apples, pecans, pistachios, and more food sources.

Rheumatoid Arthritis: Natural Treatment Options, Part 1

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Rheumatoid arthritis is an inflammatory autoimmune disease that can cause debilitating pain in the joints. The herbs listed below are not a cure but will help to relieve the pain associated with rheumatoid arthritis and decrease the occurrence of inflammation. It is best to consult with a medical personnel before using the herbs listed below. Taking herbs may not be suitable depending upon your health background and medication(s).

 

Herbs/Plants:

Ginger: Ginger helps with inflammation. It inhibits the production of pro-inflammatory substances known as cytokines. The root is used in the form of decoction, tincture, fresh juice, powder, compress, candied, and as a spice. The essential oil of ginger can be applied to olive oil and massaged into the skin, too. Ginger shouldn’t be consumed if taking blood thinning medication.

Horse chestnut: Horse chestnut contains a compound called aescin which is anti-inflammatory. The seeds, bark, flowers, and leaves are what is used of Horse Chestnut. The extracted oil may be rubbed directly on the painful area. The unprocessed seeds, leaves, bark, and flowers of Horse Chestnut contain esculin, which is poisonous.

Properly processing Horse Chestnut seeds extract removes esculin. The processed extract is considered generally safe when used for short periods of time. Horse chestnut is usually taken in the form of a capsule.

Consult with a doctor before taking Horse Chestnut if taking lithium or diabetic medications. Horse Chestnut may cause a drop in blood sugar.

* For additional information related to aescin and its role with inflammation click on the subheading Mechanism of Action after clicking on the above link.

Stinging Nettle: The Stinging Nettle cleanses uric acid from the joints which relieves inflammation. An option for external treatment is to place a small amount in lotion to rub on the affected area. It is possible to apply the plant directly to the skin whipping the stems and leaves against the inflamed joint(s).

The sting creates irritation which draws the blood to the joint(s) that helps remove the inflammation.  The sting is painful and/or uncomfortable according to people but does go away. The sting is removed from the herb if juiced, cooked or made into a herbal remedy such as a tincture. Many people cook the leaves in soups, stews, or quiches.

Chaparral: Chaparral naturally grows in the Mediterranean, Southwest Australia, the African Cape Region, Central Chile, and California. Extracts or oils of Chaparral can be added to salves or lotions. The stem and leaves can be added to a bath to relieve the inflammation of arthritis. Some people do internally use this plant but it is recommended by medical personnel not to internally consume Chaparral due to the toxicity level.

 

Immunomodulating Herbs and Plants:

Immunomodulating herbs and plants build and strengthen the immune system.

Tulsi: The plant known as Tulsi is a plant. It grows abundantly in India, Western Asia, Malaysia, Central and South America, and even Puerto Rico. The parts of the plant that grow above the ground can be used. It can be used as a tea, decoction, tincture, fresh juice, poultice, or powder. Avoid using Tulsi if you have low blood sugar, trying to get pregnant, or taking blood thinning medications.

Ashwagandha: It is an herb that is commonly grown in India. Ashwagandha is grown in China, Nepal, and Yemen, as well. The roots are commonly used but the berries and leaves can be used, too. It can be taken and or used as a poultice, decoction, tincture, or, powder. Do not take this herb if taking medication for anxiety, seizures, or insomnia.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Herbs for Allergies & Sinuses Relief

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Runny nose, watery eyes, mucous … sound familiar? The all too common symptoms of allergies and sinuses. You can find relief that is gentle on the body in herbs and spices. You can take the herbs listed below daily as prevention against the symptoms of allergies and sinuses.

It is best to consult with a medical personnel before using the herbs listed below. Taking herbs may not be suitable depending upon your health background and medication(s).

Herbs that will help with inflammation and/or has antihistamine properties:

Stinging Nettle- decreases inflammation

Plantain Leaves- natural antihistamine and decrease allergic reaction to pollen

Lemon Balm- natural antihistamine and decrease allergic reaction to pollen

Reishi Mushroom- anti inflammatory

Cinnamon- anti-inflammatory

Yarrow- anti-inflammatory

Breaks up mucous and/or drains sinuses:

Elderberry- breaks up mucus, prevents and treats virus infection

Cayenne- drains sinuses

Hyssop- expels mucous

Thyme- loosen mucous

Ginger- eases pain and clears the head

Yarrow- dries the sinuses

Horseradish- drains sinuses

Horehound- helps thin and move mucus in acute and chronic allergies

Goldenrod- helps thin and remove excess mucus

Help with sinus infections:

Tea Tree Oil- treats and prevents sinus infections caused by reactions to molds and mildew

Cat’s Claw- fends off infections

Ginger- helps with pain of sinus infection

Helps with congestion:

Horehound- helps with chest congestion

Goldenrod- helps with congestion