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The Alkaline Diet for Optimal Health

by Institute for Vibrant Living

When it comes to good health, it's all about equilibrium.  Too much acid in the body throws the pH balance out of whack and boosts vulnerability to viruses and disease.  When people eat acid-forming foods, the body releases alkaline minerals like calcium, magnesium and phosphorous into the bloodstream to restore pH balance.  If not available through food sources, these minerals are pulled from organs, teeth and bones, a process which compromises the health.  An alkaline diet can help. 

Fruits and vegetables like apples, carrots and cucumbers make great options for an alkaline diet.

The pH balance in our blood should be slightly alkaline for good health, which can be achieved by eating more high-alkaline foods and fewer foods that produce acid.  Good alkaline diet foods include vegetables like carrots, cucumbers, artichokes, asparagus, broccoli and celery. For high-alkaline fruits, people often turn to red or yellow apples, avocados, grapefruit, lemons, limes, pomegranate and rhubarb. Additional alkaline-forming foods include almonds and almond milk, buckwheat, quinoa, chia seeds, herbs and herbal tea. Acid-producing foods include meats, fish, dairy products, beans, processed foods and many types of grains.

Alkaline Diet Benefits for the Health

A diet full of alkaline-rich foods offers a number of benefits to the health.

Bone Health

Maintaining a healthy pH balance can benefit bone health.  A study from the University of California showed that chronic acidosis contributes to bone loss.  Research also shows that hip fractures among middle-aged females are often linked to diets low in vegetables and high in animal products.

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Muscle Mass

As people age, they lose muscle, which raises risks for falls and fractures.  Research published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition showed that diets with more potassium-rich foods (like fruits and vegetables) and less acid might help prevent the loss of muscle mass in aging individuals.

Cancer

Adding high-alkaline foods to the diet can help people with cancer.  Research published in the journal Cancer shows that an alkaline diet makes some chemotherapy medicines more effective.

Adopting an alkaline diet doesn't mean eating only alkaline-rich foods.  Foods high in alkaline should make up about 60 to 80 percent of the diet, with acid-forming foods making up the remaining 20 to 40 percent.  Because pesticides are acid-forming, shoppers should purchase organic produce when possible. 

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Three Gluten-Free Party Recipes for Italian Dinners

by Cindy Gray

Since pasta is a wheat product loaded with gluten, Italian food and gluten-free don’t seem to go together.  While gluten-free means wheat-free (and other grains like barley, rye or commercially processed oats) that doesn’t mean you can’t serve a delicious Italian feast with gluten-free party recipes. 

These three Gluten-Free Italian recipes are perfect for your next dinner party. They are simple to prepare and delicious, so send out those invitations and get cooking!

Gluten-free party recipes you’ll find easy and delicious

THE APPETIZER

Noodles do a great job of holding the sauce and meatballs. But you can skip them and enjoy these gluten-free party recipes for appetizers.

MEATBALLS

Ingredients:

3 Tbsp. nutritional yeast

½ Tbsp. red pepper flakes

1/3 cup chopped fresh basil

½ Tbsp. Italian Seasoning

½ Tbsp. dried parsley

1 lbs. package of lean ground turkey

2 egg whites

2 Tbsp. milled flax seed

1/3 cup dried chopped onions

1 Tbsp. minced, garlic

Preparation:

Preheat oven to 400 degrees

Put all the ingredients in a large bowl and mix well.  Form meatballs into one-inch diameter; makes approximately 30 meatballs. Place them on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper or a silicon baking sheet.

Bake meatballs for about 15 minutes, then turn and continue cooking for 3 to 5 minutes until golden brown. Remove from the oven and let them rest for 5 to 10 minutes before serving

MARINARA DIPPING SAUCE

Making homemade sauce instead of store-bought sauce ensures it is really free of gluten; plus it will taste better and have less sugar or preservatives.

Ingredients:

½ tsp salt

½ tsp black pepper

½ tsp dried parsley

½ tsp oregano

½ tsp rosemary

1-14.5 oz. can of stewed tomatoes

1-14.5 oz. can of tomato paste

One half red or yellow bell peppers (stem and seeds removed)

¼ cup dried or fresh onions, chopped

1Tbsp. minced garlic

Preparation:

Place all ingredients in a blender. Mix until mixture is fairly smooth.  Spray a saucepan lightly with oil and pour in marinara sauce. Simmer for about 15 to 20 minutes.

Serve with meatballs.

THE SALAD COURSE

This quick and easy caprese salad is healthy, and it’s an Italian dinner staple that’s gluten-free. 

Spinach Caprese Salad

Ingredients:

2 Tbsp. fresh chopped basil

1 Tbsp. balsamic vinegar

½ Tbsp. of olive oil

1 and ½ cups baby spinach

½ cup of cherry tomatoes, chopped

1 oz. of fresh buffalo mozzarella, cubed

Preparation:

Place the spinach in a bowl. Add cherry tomatoes, mozzarella cubes and basil. Drizzle with olive oil and balsamic vinegar and enjoy!

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THE MAIN COURSE

Nothing says Italian like home cooked lasagna. This noodle-less version is healthier than what mom used to make (sorry mom); it’s gluten-free and delicious.

Ingredients:

1 lb. lean ground turkey

2 large or 5 small zucchini sliced lengthwise

1 white onion, diced

1 small eggplant, sliced

1 green pepper, diced

16 oz. baby spinach

8 oz. mushrooms, sliced

1-15 oz. tomato sauce

1-12 oz. can of tomato paste

2 egg whites

1-15 oz. fat-free ricotta cheese

8 oz. fat-free mozzarella cheese, shredded

1 and ½ Tbsp. salt

2 Tbsp. basil

1 Tbsp. oregano

¼ cup nutritional yeast

1 Tbsp. garlic, minced

Directions:

Lightly salt and oil zucchini and eggplant slices. Bake in oven for 5 minutes.

Place turkey in a pot and cover.  Cook over medium heat till browned (about for 5 minutes.)

Add vegetables and sauté for 5 minutes.

Combine meat with sauce and mix well. Simmer 15-20 minutes.

In a separate bowl, blend ricotta, egg whites and parsley.

Preheat oven to 400 degrees and prepare a baking pan.

Layer lasagna in the following order: 1/3 meat sauce, 1/3 zucchini, 1/2 ricotta mixture, 1/2 eggplant slices, then all the mushrooms.

Bake for 15 minutes. Remove from oven and allow cooling for about 10 minutes before serving. Slice into lasagna into squares

Bon appetite!

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Five Super Seeds to Boost Your Salads and Your Health

by Health News

Seeds have a lot to offer. In this article, we are going to look at the five best seeds for health. Anyone looking to boost their overall health and nutrition levels will find that seeds are one of the top options. While it is true that nuts and seeds are high in calories, it is also true that nuts and seeds provide you with a lot of nutritional bang for your buck. 

Pumpkin seeds are among the best seeds for health

Seeds are not just loaded with protein, but also with healthy fiber and plenty of vitamins, minerals, heart and brain health boosting omega fatty acids such as omega-3 and omega-6, as well as antioxidants. They possess disease fighting properties. In short, seeds are packed!

Finding the Best Seeds for Health: Pick Chia

The best seeds for health provide you with nutrition, long lasting energy and, of course, plenty of protein. Chia seeds have become popular and for good reason. Chia seeds are packed with nutrition like all the other seeds on our list, but unlike many other seeds, chia seeds are often well tolerated by those who have nut and seed allergies. In a rather amazing trick, high-protein chia seeds expand considerably when soaked in water or after being consumed, which help them make you feel full. If you are looking to lose weight or control your appetite, then you should certainly consider chia seeds.

Finding the Best Seeds for Health Pick Hemp

Hemp is a nutritional powerhouse. Hemp is high in omega-3 fatty acids and an array of minerals such as magnesium and iron. Combine these facts with hemp’s high protein and fiber levels and you have one of the world’s greatest seeds.

Finding the Best Seeds for Health Pick Pumpkin

When you are looking to boost mineral levels, it is tough to top pumpkin seeds. Pumpkin seeds, like the other super seeds on our list, are high in heart and brain health boosting omegas and mineral dense. In fact, pumpkin seeds have high levels of magnesium, manganese, phosphorus and zinc. If you want to boost your immune system, then pumpkin seeds are a savvy pick as zinc has been shown in studies to help boost immunity! Having trouble sleeping? If so then you definitely want to check out pumpkin seeds, as pumpkin seeds have plenty of the amino acid tryptophan. Your body can convert tryptophan into melatonin, which is a hormone linked with great sleep.

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Finding the Best Seeds for Health Pick Flax

Flax makes our super seed list, thanks in part to its very high omega 3 levels. All the seeds on our list have omega 3, but flax is an omega 3 super star! Since omega 3 can help reduce inflammation throughout the body, you’ll find this seed particularly helpful when recovering from an injury. It is a good idea to consume flax seeds in moderation due to their high phytoestrogen levels; this is particularly true for men.

Finding the Best Seeds for Health Pick Sunflower Seeds

Sunflower seeds taste great, and like our other seed picks, they are nutrient, omega and protein dense. Perhaps the single greatest reason to select sunflower seeds is that they are high in many B vitamins as well as vitamin E and zinc, which of course helps boost the immune system. Sunflower seeds are a winner.

Together these five seeds can help you boost your health, your immunity and maybe even help you get more sleep. Best of all, these tasty seeds can easily be worked into salads, shakes, smoothies and more!

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Three Protein Packed Breakfasts

by Cindy Gray

Starting the day off with a protein rich breakfast has significant benefits. If you want your body and mind to perform their best, then the right nutrition is a must. Proper levels of protein are an essential way to boost your energy level, help your brain function and rebuild. In this article, we’ll look at three protein rich breakfasts that are fast, easy and, of course, packed with plenty of protein.

Example of a protein rich breakfast

Protein Rich Breakfast #1-High Protein Pancakes

High protein pancake mixes and recipes are fast and a great way to start off the day. Protein powder can be added to many recipes and that means an instant protein pump. Oats and eggs are staple ingredients in high protein pancakes as well as egg whites, pea protein powder, almond butter and other options. Adding chia seeds and Greek yogurt are two easy ways to boost the protein in your pancakes to a new level.

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If you are looking for variety, consider sweet potato pancakes, peanut butter or other nut or seed butters, such as walnut butter or pumpkin seeds or pumpkin seed butters. In this way, you’ll get tons of protein as well as vitamins, minerals and powerful antioxidants. The idea that a nutrient packed, protein packed breakfast must be a tough one to make is simply not true.

Protein Rich Breakfast #2-Oats, Milk and Berries

Can it really be that simple? Oats, milk and berries for a nutrient and protein packed breakfast? Oats have a lot going for them as they are easy to digest, packed with nutrition and are a source of low calorie protein and fiber. One of the best reasons to opt for oats in the morning is that oats leaves you filling full longer. You digest them slowly, which makes them great for dieters. Also, the addition of milk helps to add yet more protein. Berries, both fresh and frozen, are a way to boost the antioxidant and nutrition levels of your breakfast. A small serving of strawberries, for example, can provide nearly 100% of your daily requirement of vitamin C.

Protein Rich Breakfast #3-Omelets

When it comes to protein packed breakfasts it is tough to top what omelets have to offer. Eggs are more than just a source of protein, as they contain vitamins and minerals necessary for brain function, such as the all-important choline. Eggs are a complete protein and are high in many B vitamins including B12, B1, B2 and more. The seemingly simple egg is also a rich source of vitamins A and D as well as a range of minerals including calcium, iron, phosphorus and immune boosting zinc. It is no overstatement to conclude that eggs are nutrient dense. When selecting eggs for your omelet, it is best to opt for eggs that come from free-range hens.

Another key benefit of omelets is that they provide variety. You can easily incorporate other nutritious foods ranging from kale to mushrooms, peppers, garlic and onions into one super-nutrient dense meal.

If you are looking for easy and fast, nutrient and protein packed breakfast options, then these three options have you covered. A protein packed breakfast will help you stay full until lunch time and help you think more clearly during those early morning hours.

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How to Live with a Gluten Free Diet and Still Love what You Eat

by IVL Products

Gluten intolerance, also known as Celiac Disease, affects around one in every hundred Americans. You may suffer from it yourself, or know someone who does. Understanding the problem and learning to live with a gluten free diet can be challenging. Perhaps our diet tips and information will make it a little easier!

A gluten free diet may be the chance to start a new healthier lifestyle.

What is Gluten Intolerance?

A person is deemed gluten intolerant when their immune system reacts negatively to gluten, the protein found in barley, wheat and rye. When a gluten intolerant person digests gluten, the body produces antibodies to attack the gluten. It may cause damage to the intestines and can prevent the body from properly digesting other essential nutrients.

The internal inflammation triggered by eating foods containing gluten may cause severe bloating, nausea, gas and stomach cramps in anyone who is gluten intolerant. Some people have no internal symptoms but the resulting poor absorption of nutrients leads to tiredness, hair loss and malnutrition. The only treatment for gluten intolerance is to adopt a totally gluten free diet.

What You Can Eat on a Gluten Free Diet

Anyone forced to adopt a gluten free diet will quickly find that there are many foods that contain gluten. Bread, pasta, pizza bases, thickened sauces and soups, cookies, cakes, ice cream, canned and cured meats, condiments, breadcrumbs and spice blends…the list is depressingly long.

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It’s easier to focus on what food groups you CAN eat on a gluten free diet. You can freely enjoy as much as you like of the following healthy gluten free foods:

  • Fresh fruit
  • Vegetables
  • Potatoes
  • Non-processed meats, chicken and fish
  • Eggs
  • Natural dairy products, milk and unprocessed cheeses
  • Grains and cereals such as corn, rice, quinoa, buckwheat, amaranth and millet

How to Live a Gluten Free Lifestyle

As gluten intolerance affects around 3 million Americans, the food industry has developed a whole range of gluten-free foods to add to the above list of gluten-free staples. You’ll find gluten free bagels, muffins, pancakes, bread, doughnuts and desserts in most supermarkets and health-food stores.  

Treat yourself to a cookbook of gluten-free recipes and search for websites with more information on adopting a gluten free lifestyle. Pinterest is a good way to source gluten free meal ideas or try these tasty gluten free recipes as part of your new gluten free diet.

Read the Label

It’s important to understand that if you are gluten intolerant you can’t just reduce gluten intake, you must completely eliminate gluten to avoid serious damage to your health. Unfortunately, gluten is found in makeup, beer and in many ready meals. However, when dining out, most chain restaurants offer gluten free options.

If a product does not specifically say it is gluten free, you need to check the label for hidden gluten in words such as:

  • Spelt
  • Kamut
  • Triticale
  • Matzo
  • Licorice (made from wheat flour)
  • Semolina
  • Durum
  • Farina
  • Hydrolyzed wheat protein
  • Malt products
  • Maltodextrin

Although a gluten free diet may have been forced upon you by circumstance, embrace the opportunity it brings and establish a new healthier lifestyle for yourself and your whole family.

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6 Super Easy Ways to Get Rid of Indigestion Fast

by Cindy Gray

Indigestion affects most people at one time or another. It can range from mild discomfort below the ribs to severe pain that prevents you from sleeping. Understanding the cause of indigestion can be the first step in remedying this common health issue.

Indigestion is a common health issue

Causes of Indigestion

Indigestion is generally caused by what you eat. Spicy foods can be hard to digest, especially late in the evening. Fatty foods laden with oil and cholesterol may also be hard for the body to digest. Overeating and excess alcohol are further common causes of indigestion. These can all cause acid reflux or GERD, when the stomach contents and pancreatic juices flow back up the esophagus causing pain, irritation, inflammation or a burning sensation.

If none of these causes apply, there is a chance that your indigestion is caused by a medical condition such as a stomach ulcer, gastroparesis, irritable bowel syndrome or pancreatitis, so you should consult your doctor without delay.

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Treat Indigestion Naturally with:

  1. Fruit and Vegetables

Returning to a more wholesome diet based on fresh fruit, vegetables, legumes and whole wheat products can quickly remedy any ongoing problems of heartburn. In particular, bananas are high in potassium which alkalizes acid. They also prompt the stomach to produce more mucus which protects the stomach lining and esophagus. Apples also create an alkaline environment, reducing indigestion and acid reflux symptoms fast.

  1. Water

Sipping warm water can calm the stomach and aid digestion, particularly if the cause is overindulgence. However, you should not drink too much water or it may make you feel bloated.

  1. Peppermint Tea

Peppermint is a known digestive aid and is easily taken as peppermint tea to soothe indigestion. Immerse the peppermint tea bag in hot water for 3-5 minutes. Remove the tea bag and cool before slowly sipping this healthy remedy.

  1. Fennel Seeds

Fennel is particularly good for treating stomach upsets caused by spicy foods. Fennel neutralizes the acid and reduces nausea quickly and safely. Simply added ground roasted fennel seeds to a glass of water and drink twice a day until the indigestion has gone.

  1. Ginger

Ginger is another excellent treatment for indigestion, especially if it is caused by overeating. Ginger accelerates the digestive process by helping the digestive process juices break down the food, moving it into the intestine faster. Simply grate a little ginger root into a glass of warm water. Add a few drops of lemon juice and honey to taste, then drink it down.

  1. Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple cider vinegar is a versatile home remedy for all types of ailments including indigestion. Add one tablespoon to a cup of water sweetened with a little honey. Drink 3-4 times a day to relieve persistent indigestion naturally.

Of course, prevention is always better than cure, so try to work out what caused your indigestion, and take steps to avoid it in the future. 

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Signs and Symptoms of Vitamin K Deficiency

by Institute for Vibrant Living

When it comes to nutrients that help ensure good health, people remember vitamins A through E, but many forget about vitamin K.  Named after the German word, "koagulation," vitamin K is a fat-soluble vitamin important to the process of blood clotting.  This essential nutrient also helps build strong bones and contributes to heart health.  Because certain bacteria in the intestines manufacture vitamin K, shortage is rare.  However, infants and people with absorption issues are susceptible to vitamin K deficiency.  Learn more about the different types of vitamin K and signs and symptoms of inadequate levels. 

Kale is just one of many foods that help prevent vitamin K deficiency.

Types of Vitamin K

Vitamin K is available in three types:

Also called phylloquinone, vitamin K1 is a nutrient found in plants, particularly green vegetables.  Vitamin K2, or menaquinone, is the type made by bacteria in the intestines, and vitamin K3, or menadione, is a synthetic form of vitamin K.

Symptoms of Vitamin K Deficiency

Problems with coagulation are among the most common symptoms of vitamin K deficiency.  These include easy bruising, bleeding gums, nosebleeds, wounds that won't stop bleeding, blood in the urine, heavy menstruation, and vomiting blood.

Vitamin K Deficiency in Infants

Because they have very little intestinal bacteria, all infants are born with inadequate levels of vitamin K.  While a mother's breast milk contains the vitamin, amounts are too small to provide protection.  Research shows that a single vitamin K injection at birth helps prevent symptoms of deficiency until babies can make their own vitamin K. 

Problems with Vitamin K Absorption

Certain health problems can impair the body's ability to absorb vitamin K.  These include celiac disease, Crohn's disease, cystic fibrosis, gallbladder disease, or liver disease.  Studies show that certain drugs like blood thinners and antibiotics can also affect levels of vitamin K in the body, as can heavy alcohol use.

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Dietary Sources of Vitamin K

Foods that help prevent vitamin K deficiency include broccoli, kale, spinach, asparagus, dried basil, soybeans, olive oil, and dried prunes.  While freezing can destroy vitamin K in foods, heating does not.  Studies show that people whose bodies can’t absorb enough vitamin K can benefit from a multivitamin containing the nutrient, but in certain circumstances a vitamin K injection may be required.

Vitamin K is often called the "forgotten vitamin," yet it offers many health benefits to the body including the promotion of healthy coagulation, strong bones, and a vigorous heart.  With the exception of infants, regular consumption of foods containing vitamin K can help prevent deficiency for most people.  However, people with nutrient absorption problems or those on blood thinners should consult with a health care professional regarding vitamin K levels.

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Three Natural Remedies for Nausea

by Health News

Featuring a queasy stomach often accompanied by an urge to vomit, nausea affects all people at one time or another.  Common causes include excessive consumption of food or alcohol, food poisoning, motion sickness or seasickness, pregnancy, or viral infection (also known as the stomach flu).  While doctors can prescribe medication for ailing patients, three natural remedies have shown promise for easing discomfort. 

People who have nausea experience a queasy stomach often accompanied by an urge to vomit.

1.  Acupuncture

For centuries, Eastern practitioners have used acupuncture to treat a variety of physical ailments.  The process involves the insertion of paper-thin needles through the skin at certain points in the body.  According to Eastern medicine, the needles are thought to release a flow of energy (or qi) to reduce physical symptoms and/or promote healing.

Studies show that acupuncture is as effective as medication for control of nausea in cancer patients, and it reduces the need for medication for vomiting following chemotherapy treatment. 

2.  Ginger

Chinese health practitioners have used ginger root for centuries as a remedy for a variety of digestive ailments, from stomachache to nausea.  It contains chemicals called gingerols and shogaols that relax the intestinal tract. 

Ginger has been proven safe for pregnant women, and a study published in Integrative Cancer Therapies showed that women with breast cancer who took ginger after chemotherapy experienced less nausea from six to 24 hours following treatment than women in a control group. 

People can grate raw ginger into salads, add ginger to cooked dishes, eat candied ginger, or sip ginger tea. 

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3.  Peppermint

Peppermint is another remedy with a long history for treating nausea.  It relaxes stomach muscles, making the process of digestion quicker and more efficient. 

Research published in The Journal of Holistic Nursing examined 35 women with postoperative nausea resulting from C-section.  They were divided into three groups and given different treatments when they began to feel queasy.  One group inhaled peppermint oil, one inhaled a placebo, and the control group received standard medication. 

Participants rated levels of nausea at two and five minutes following intervention.  Women who inhaled peppermint oil reported feeling significantly less nauseous than women in the other two groups.  Researchers concluded that peppermint oil might be a valuable treatment for postoperative care.

Peppermint is available in the form of essential oil, tea, or capsules.  People with gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) should not use peppermint, as it can worsen symptoms of heartburn and indigestion.

Nausea is a symptom of a variety of conditions from motion sickness to pregnancy.  Uncomfortable queasy feelings sometimes lead to vomiting.  While doctors can prescribe medicines for nausea, some people prefer more natural alternatives.  Acupuncture, ginger, and peppermint have all proven to be helpful remedies.

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Healthy Foods That Taste Better Than Junk Foods

by Health News

Ice cream sundae or sugar-free jelly?  Chocolate brownie or granola bar?  Kettle chips or green salad?

It's often very difficult to stick to choices from your healthy foods list, since junk food, snacks and sweet treats invariably look and taste better than a healthier low-calorie option.  But just to prove that wrong, here are 10 foods that somehow manage to taste even better than junk foods—plus they help teach your body how to reduce food cravings.

Fruits rank high on the healthy foods list

1. Strawberries

Brimming with antioxidants and phytochemicals, it’s hard to beat the taste of a fresh sun-ripened strawberry. These lush summer fruits are high in vitamin C, carotenes, calcium, fiber and minerals yet are low in calories. Eating three or more servings a week of strawberries and blueberries is certainly no hardship, yet they provide a 32% lowered risk of heart attack.

2. Watermelon

Lycopene is normally associated with tomatoes, but it's present in watermelon, too. On a hot day there's nothing more refreshing than biting into a crisp triangle of juicy water melon—and that's a great tip for how to reduce food cravings too!

3. Mangoes

Mangoes are so versatile. Add them to fruit salads, eat fresh in slivers or make a delicious sugar-free dessert with them. They contain calcium, iron and lots of trace minerals as well as 17 of the 20 amino acids in the human body.

4. Almonds

Did you know that almonds are an excellent source of protein? The skins are high in antioxidants that are normally associated with fruits and vegetables. In fact, a one-ounce serving of almonds has the equivalent quantity of polyphenols as a cup of broccoli, but their calorie content is five times higher, so portion-size is the watchword!

5. Avocados

Another food where a little goes a long way is avocado. Low in fructose and high in healthy monounsaturated fats for energy, avocadoes are particularly high in potassium and B-vitamins.

6. Blueberries

Packed with fiber and antioxidants, blueberries contain high levels of nitric oxide which dilates the blood vessels and lowers blood pressure safely and naturally. What better fruit to add to your healthy foods list?

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7. Sweet Potatoes

It’s the beta-carotene antioxidant that gives sweet potatoes their healthy color. As well as countering the aging effects of free radicals, sweet potatoes also support the immune system.

8. Cherries

Sweet cherries are high in quercetin, the most potent type of antioxidant, along with fiber, vitamin C and anthocyanins which are important for cancer prevention. These glossy fruits should be top of your healthy foods list when they are in season.

9. Pistachios

Containing the same healthy oleic acid found in olive oil, pistachios are known to naturally help lower blood pressure.  High in lutein and beta-carotene (both good for ophthalmic health), pistachios are a good snack for dieters as they take time to shell and nibble slowly.

10. Dark Chocolate

Eating high-quality dark chocolate in small portions (1-2 squares per day) can reduce the risk of stroke, heart disease and diabetes. It helps control hypertension and fasting glucose levels and is a great snack choice for those looking for how to reduce food cravings. 

So maybe it’s not so difficult after all to stick to choices from your healthy foods list!  Choose a delicious and healthier low-calorie option from this tasty list of 10 foods that really do taste even better than junk foods!  

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Three Things You Don’t Know About Cranberries

by Health News

While most of us know that cranberries are regulars at our Thanksgiving dinners; that they can be made into lovely holiday tree decorations; and they are often prescribed for preventing urinary tract infections. But cranberries have many more health benefits you may not be aware of including the fact that they help to relieve ulcer symptoms; they aid in gum disease prevention; and they help to increase good levels of HDL cholesterol.

Cranberries are good for more than just urinary tract infections, as they also treat ulcer symptoms and more.

Cranberry Facts

Cranberries are only edible when cooked. They are hard, bitter berries that are primarily water harvested, meaning they are grown in bogs and harvested as they float on the surface.

American Indians harvested and cooked cranberries, sweetening them with honey or maple syrup.  They are grown around the world but in the U.S. you find them mainly Wisconsin, Washington and Oregon.

The dark red color of the berries is due to its abundance of tannins that not only make a great red dye, but also are astringents to help tissues constrict. They also have antibiotic properties and Native Americans used them to avoid infections and help wounds stop bleeding more quickly.

Cranberries are packed with good for you antioxidants, phytonutrients, anti-inflammatories, and proanthocyanidins (PACs).  These compounds can benefit a body in many ways.

Ulcer Symptoms and Prevention

A bacterium called H. pylori is one of the main causes of stomach ulcers, also known as peptic ulcers.  These are painful sores in the lining of the stomach and part of the small intestine called the duodenum.  The PACs in cranberries prevent H. pylori from sticking to the lining of the stomach and intestines and causing ulcers to form. They also reduce inflammation and their antibiotic properties keep infections from invading stomach tissues.

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Gum Disease Prevention

Plaque is a major cause of tooth decay and the development of periodontal (gum) disease. In studies conducted by New York University in Rochester, cranberries helped prevent harmful bacteria that causes plaque from sticking to teeth, much in the same way it prevents bacteria causing ulcers.

Increase Levels HDL Cholesterol

HDL cholesterol is a beneficial because it cruises around in your bloodstream and mops up excess bad LDL cholesterol. In a study published by the British Journal of Nutrition, men with moderately high levels of LDL cholesterol experienced a significant increase in the amount of HDL in their blood stream that lowered their overall bad cholesterol levels. The effect of cranberry juice on HDL is attributed to its extremely potent concentration of flavonoids.

Cranberries For Everyone

With virtually no side-effects and a host of positive health benefits, drinking cranberry juice (organic, without a lot of sugar) or making up a batch of sauce for your turkey sandwich could be a easy way to improve your health.  If you have a history of gum disease, ulcers or high cholesterol it makes good sense to start serving this Thanksgiving side dish ingredient year-round.

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Six Potent Probiotics

by Cindy Gray

If you are seeking a natural remedy to help with diarrhea, then look to probiotics.  These potent little strains of live bacteria and yeasts are very good for your digestive system and can bring relief to those suffering from occasional to chronic diarrhea.

Those who suffer from diarrhea will find probiotics a powerful remedy.

Probiotics are naturally helpful to your body; and you can ingest them easily from certain foods and supplements.  There are many kinds of bacteria classified as probiotics and they all have different health benefits, but almost all of them come from two groups:

  • Lactobacillus – the most common probiotic, it can be found in yogurt and other fermented foods.  It can help those who are lactose intolerant and ease diarrhea.
  • Bifidobacterium – this type is found in dairy products like milk and can help those with IBS relieve their symptoms.

You are not alone if you suffer from diarrhea. Those who have three or more loose stools per day for a period of four weeks or more are diagnosed with chronic diarrhea.

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Taking over the counter medications is fine if you only experience diarrhea occasionally. However, if your condition is chronic, you’ll want to consider these diarrhea natural remedies.

  1. Lactobacillus acidophilus – is found in foods like yogurt, kefir, pickles and soy products, and in supplement form.  It is very beneficial to the human GI tract because it helps break down sugars in milk products (lactose) and produces vitamin K.
  2. L. casei (lactobacillus casei) – is found naturally in fermented foods. It has shown to be a very effective way to speed up recovery time for those suffering from acute diarrhea. It helps the gut break down lactose, and relieve constipation. It also relieves gas and promotes healthy digestion, which improves your immunity.
  3. L. rhamnosus – is found in the human GI tract, mouth and vagina.  Its greatest health benefit is as an anti-inflammatory. This makes it beneficial for those with loose stools and vaginal infections.
  4. L.  plantarum – this strain of bacterial is a real powerhouse. It can take up residence in your gut and keep disease-causing microorganism from wreaking havoc there. It also has the ability to “stick” or coat the lining of your intestines and prevent dangerous bacteria from getting into your bloodstream
  5. Bifidobacterium breve – also known as B breve, a shortage of it in the intestinal tract has been linked to diarrhea, allergies, gas and irritable bowel syndrome. It can benefit you by balancing the acidity (pH) of your colon, reduce bloating and gas, and relieve constipation.
  6. B. longun (Bifidobacterium longum) – found naturally in the gastrointestinal tract and the vagina it is thought to be an effective way to help prevent certain diseases like colon cancer. It contains anticarcinogenic and antimutagenic properties that help keep the pH balance of your digestive track normal.

Eating fermented foods rich in the super six or taking supplements can improve your overall health by boosting your immune system, relieving painful gas or constipation and possibly even help lower your risk of developing some forms of cancer.

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Why the Color Orange Represents Good Health

by Health News

Acid reflux or heartburn is a common ailment that strikes nearly everybody at one time or another.  There are plenty of drugstore products you can use to help ease the pain and discomfort of heartburn, but if you want more natural heartburn relief, look to the color orange.

What Is Heartburn? What Causes It?

Heartburn is known as gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) or simply acid reflux. Symptoms included a painful burning sensation in your chest and a sour taste in your mouth. Stomach acids that have escaped into the esophagus are burning the lining. 

Orange foods, such as oranges, can help with natural heartburn relief.

Normally a muscle at the entrance to the esophagus opens when you swallow, but then tightens to close off the stomach from the esophagus. If for some reason it does not fully close, powerful digestive acids that break down your food into digestible nutrients can escape.  

There are many potential causes of heartburn:

  1. A hiatal hernia, when the stomach pushes into the chest
  2. Eating large portions that strain the stomach’s capacity
  3. Wearing tight, restrictive clothing
  4. Lying down right after eating a large meal

Food Triggers:

  • Alcohol
  • Coffee
  • Onions
  • Tomatoes
  • Tomato based sauces
  • Fried and/or fatty foods
  • Highly acid foods and juices like grapefruit, lemons, limes
  • Carbonated drinks

Related How Do You Naturally Prevent Acid Reflux?

Drugs:

  • Antidepressants
  • High blood pressure medications
  • Anti-inflammatory medications
  • Progestin found in birth control pills
  • Sedatives
  • Some medications prescribed to treat Parkinson’s disease

Orange You Glad You Read This

Some dietary changes may help to reduce the severity or avoid heartburn. Many of them are come graced with a lovely orange hue.

  • Carrots – carrot juice contains alkaline compounds that can help the neutralize acid that causes heartburn. They have other health benefits like beta-carotene, which becomes vitamin A in the body and helps heal sores in the intestinal or esophageal lining
  • Mangos – these exotic orange slices are loaded with powerful antioxidants like ascorbic acid (vitamin C), dehydro-absorbic acid and carotenoids. These compounds promote anti-inflammatory action in the body to sooth the inflammation associated with GERD or heartburn
  • Apricots – these small little orange fruits are loaded with catechins, which are anti-inflammatories. They also have a lot of fiber and beta-carotene without being high in fat or calories
  • Nectarines – similar to peaches, but with a smooth skin, nectarines are a sweet way to get more beta-carotene, vitamin C and fiber into your diet
  • Peaches – they come in a range of colors from white to yellow and orange.  Regardless of their color, you should be eating them.  These stone fruits contain vitamins C, E, and K.

Color Me Happy

Cherries are red, some berries are blue and foods that are orange are good for you too!

Eating a diet rich in beta-carotene, vitamin C and other vitamins and minerals in place of most fatty foods, alcohol and coffee can go a long way toward helping you maintain a healthy weight, boost immunity and enjoy natural heartburn relief.

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Healthy Licorice

by Cindy Gray

Candy for what ails you?  Forget the sweet stuff!  Licorice root is known to be helpful for treating an impressively long list of health problems, including as an effective chronic diarrhea treatment.

Licorice root may help those who suffer from chronic diarrhea

Licorice root, also known as Glycyrrhiza Glabra, grows wild across Europe. It is an herbal remedy that has been used for thousands of years by the ancient Greeks and Romans to treat many health issues.  Licorice has played a large role in Chinese medicine for many years.

Good For What Ails You

Western medicine is finally catching up and realizing just how beneficial licorice root can be for a very long list of health conditions including:

  • Upper GI health- it has been shown to ease coughs and the symptoms of cold and flu
  • Ulcers – packed with antioxidants and anti-inflammatories, it has been shown to be almost as effective as conventional medicine for reducing pain due to ulcers
  • Chronic Diarrhea Treatment – licorice roots blend of anti-oxidants and anti-inflammatory properties make it an effective treatment for this disorder

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There are two kinds of licorice root:

  • Glycyrrhiza, which has been shown to have some serious side effects like low blood pressure, headaches and heart problems.
  • Deglycyrrhizinated (DGL) seems to have less serious side effects but is just as effective in treating a long list of health ailments. 

The Right Stuff

The key therapeutic compound in licorice root is called glycyrrhizin. It has been shown in numerous animal and human research studies to have the ability to soothe and coat inflamed membranes.  That kind of anti-inflammatory ability is what makes licorice root a good treatment for the symptoms of chronic diarrhea.

Having occasional loose bowel movements can be normal, and it usually clears up on its own or with the help of over the counter medications.  However, chronic diarrhea is defined as having loose stools for four or more weeks, three or more times per day.  It can have a very harmful impact on one’s health.  The loss of fluids, nutrients and electrolytes for a prolong period of time can lead to poor health and a compromised immune system.

Taking licorice root can help ease the symptoms and provide pain relief. The compounds in the root inhibit spasms in the colon and sooth irritated membranes. It also enhances immunity by boosting production of interferon, a key immune system chemical that helps your body fight off attacking viruses.

Licorice root also has compounds called flavonoids that are powerful anti-oxidants. They help the body neutralize cell damaging free radicals that could be contributing to chronic diarrhea, severe coughing and other upper GI tract problems, and ulcers.  

Forms, Dosage, and Side Effects

You will find licorice root in several different forms:

  • Powdered
  • Thinly cut slices
  • In teas
  • Capsules and tablets
  • As an extract

For chronic diarrhea, ulcers and upper GI health, the recommended dosage for adults is two to four 380 mg tablets of DGL (see above) before meals and at bedtime.

If you or someone you know is seeking a natural treatment for ulcers, upper GI problems or an effective chronic diarrhea treatment, licorice root could be a good choice. 

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5 Green Veggies You Need to Eat on a Gluten-Free Diet

by Health News

Gluten-free diets have garnered a lot of attention in recent years as more and more people have been diagnosed with wheat allergies and celiac disease. Statistics indicate that three million Americans have celiac disease and nearly 18 million Americans have some level of gluten sensitivity. Unfortunately a large percentage of people with gluten intolerance don’t know they have it because the symptoms are similar to those of other disorders. 

Five Vegetable Vital to a Gluten-Free Diet

Gluten is a sticky protein that is found in wheat, barley and rye. It has a molecular structure that many human digestive systems cannot process properly. If they ingest foods containing gluten, people with sensitivities may experience bloating, constipation, sore muscles, dry skin, mouth sores, fatigue and weight fluctuations. While there is no cure for gluten intolerance most people find that symptoms disappear when they embrace a gluten-free diet.

For best results, a gluten-free diet should include plenty of fresh vegetables because they are packed with immune-boosting nutrients. The top five vegetable superstars include:

Broccoli: This bright green cruciferous vegetable is packed with top-shelf phytonutrients and is an excellent source of vitamin C as well as calcium, iron, magnesium, selenium and zinc. It is delicious raw, steamed or sautéed.

Related Why is Kale So Healthy?

Kale:  A nutrient-dense leafy green, kale is a member of the cabbage family and is rich in carotenoids as well as calcium and iron. It has so many nutrients per serving that many dieticians refer to it as the “king of greens.”

Spinach: Much like kale, spinach is high in carotenoids, calcium and iron. It is also rich in vitamin C. Research suggests that people who eat spinach on a regular basis reduce their risk for cancer and other inflammatory diseases.

Parsley: Because parsley is often used as a garnish, many people don’t eat it and are not aware of its powerful nutrient content. This small leafy herb is loaded with folic acid as well as vitamins A, K and C.  

Watercress: This little green is packed has more vitamin C per serving than oranges. It is also loaded with calcium, iron and folate.

By eliminating gluten and embracing smart food choices, you will feel and look your best.  Add these five veggie powerhouses to your gluten-free diet to ensure you are getting the nutrients you need.

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Why Aloe is So Amazing for the Reflux Diet

by Institute for Vibrant Living

Aloe vera has been one of nature’s medicinal remedies for centuries. As well as being effective in healing wounds, calming nerves, purifying the blood, reducing inflammation and promoting a healthy complexion, aloe vera now appears to be a key component in a reflux diet.

What is Aloe Vera?

The healing properties of aloe vera make it an important aid in any acid reflux dietAloes are spiky succulent plants with fleshy grey-green leaves. They grow wild in the Caribbean, southern USA and North Africa. The gelatinous extracts and juice from aloe vera have been used in herbal medicine for over 2,000 years.

Rich in vitamins, minerals and essential amino acids such as collagen and elastin, aloe vera is commonly used in beauty treatments to promote a youthful, healthy skin. Aloe vera also has natural antibiotic and anti-viral properties and boosts the immune system.

Related A Humble Houseplant Works Wonders with Skin Issues

Healing Properties of Aloe Vera

The excellent healing properties of aloe vera are well known. It effectively soothes burned skin, heals stomach ulcers, regulates the balance of intestinal flora and eases the symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome.

The alkaline juice from aloe vera can also aid digestion, making it an excellent component for those looking to counter troublesome stomach acid by adopting the Reflux Diet. Aloe vera contains beta-sitosterol to reduce bad cholesterol, campesterol to reduce the cholesterol absorption in the intestines, and lupeol which is a powerful anti-inflammatory.

What is the Reflux Diet?

The Reflux Diet is made up of foods and substances that naturally control heartburn and the unpleasant symptoms of acid reflux. Diets that are high in protein and low in fat are known to help reduce acid reflux. Taking aloe vera as a supplement is an important part of any Reflux Diet. Eating smaller portions and avoiding citrus or spicy foods can also help to naturally control the problem without having to resort to medication.

By taking aloe vera in supplement form, you can support a controlled Reflux Diet to improve your digestive health.

Here are 12 More Reflux Diet Foods that fight acid reflux safely and naturally.

 

 

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History of Green Tea in Indigestion Remedies

by Health News

Can you guess what the second most consumed beverage on the planet is, after water? Surprisingly, it’s not cola but green tea! It is widely consumed in Japan and China as part of their traditional culture and is used in natural indigestion remedies.

Green tea is one of nature’s most effective indigestion remedies

Green tea has a long history, going back almost 5,000 years. In 2,737 BC, Chinese Emperor Shennong drank water that had accidentally been boiled with a dead tea leaf in it. From then on it was the chosen drink of Chinese high society. It was not until the 14th century that ordinary Asian people could afford green tea, and they drank it for its medicinal qualities.

Traders brought tea to Europe from Asia in the 16th century, when it quickly became Britain’s national beverage. Of course, the early American colonists continued to enjoy drinking tea. When Britain imposed a Tea Tax on the drink, it sparked a revolt known as the Boston Tea Party in 1773 which culminated in American Independence. Tea has a lot to answer for in history!

How Green Tea Differs from Black Tea

Green tea is higher than black or white tea in polyphenols and antioxidants, which may be what makes it so effective in indigestion remedies. Green tea comes from the same Camellia Sinensis plant as more popular black tea. However, green tea is made by drying freshly picked green tea leaves using steam or heat to prevent the oxidization process.  The oxidation process is what makes black tea black.

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The speedy preservation process used in green tea retains more polyphenols, including catechin epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG) which is thought to have powerful health benefits.

Those who are affected by caffeine should look for caffeine-free green tea and green tea extracts to use as indigestion remedies; and people with existing liver problems should avoid taking concentrated green tea extracts.

Green Tea Indigestion Remedies

Green tea has been used effectively as a cancer prevention, particularly against skin, stomach, colon and esophagus cancers. In studies it appears to inhibit the growth of tumor cells in mice. Green tea has also been found to be one of the most highly effective indigestion remedies.

Drinking two to three cups of green tea each day is an effective aid to digestion without the chalky taste and dangerous side effects of antacids and other over-the-counter indigestion remedies. Green tea extracts also provide the same benefits by working in three ways:

  • Catechins slow down the digestive enzyme process
  • Its anti-inflammatory properties ease ulcerative colitis and inflammatory bowel disease
  • Green tea appears to affect fat oxidation and insulin sensitivity in the digestive process

You may want to learn more about green tea indigestion remedies in this informative article. 

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Four Foods to Reduce Stomach Pain and Diarrhea

by Cindy Gray

Do you, or someone you know, suffer from stomach pain and diarrhea after eating? By adding these four high-fiber foods to your diet, you can begin to feel the benefits almost immediately.

High fiber foods such as barley can help eliminate stomach pain and diarrhea after eating.

Common Causes of  Stomach Pain and Diarrhea after Eating

If your digestive health is causing you pain and discomfort, the most common cause is our modern-day diet. Inflammation, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), constipation, diverticulitis and GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease) are the most common causes of stomach cramps and diarrhea. It is worth changing your diet to include these high-fiber foods to help rule out common causes of stomach pain and diarrhea after eating, before seeking a medical opinion.

You can learn more about how to avoid stomach pain and diarrhea after eating in this IVL article on colon health.

Good Sources of Natural Fiber

It’s easy to add more fiber to your diet by adding the following ingredients to your diet. Stir them into your favorite breakfast cereal, sprinkle them on bananas and fresh fruit, add a spoonful on top of yogurt, or adapt your favorite muffin or oatmeal cookie recipe to enjoy them.

Related Indigestion Remedies: Top 10 Foods for Fantastic Digestion

Flaxseed

Flax is grown commercially for polyunsaturated oil. Flaxseed oil is unsuitable for cooking but it makes a great salad dressing and two tablespoons of flaxseed contains 4g dietary fiber. High in omega fatty acids, magnesium, vitamin B6 and folate, flax seeds are highly nutritious. You can learn more in this article about flaxseed  to help avoid stomach pain and diarrhea after eating.

Barley

One cup of barley contains a massive 32g dietary fiber, making it one of the world’s healthiest foods. It helps lower blood pressure, cholesterol and blood sugar levels as well as countering stomach pain and diarrhea after eating.

Rice Bran

Even higher in fiber, one cup of rice bran contains 60g fiber. It is sourced from the outer layer of the rice grain and is high in antioxidants.

Oat Bran

Oat bran delivers 14g fiber per cup. It is a good source of protein and iron and is low in sodium and cholesterol.

Armed with this knowledge, there’s no reason to suffer from stomach pain and diarrhea after eating. By improving your digestive process your whole body will benefit from increasing your intake of fiber for a healthier you. 

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Ease Chronic Constipation with Two Tropical Fruits

by IVL Products

One of the most common digestive disorders is chronic constipation. If you suffer from it, you will know that it can be painful, causing stomach cramps, discomfort and bloating. If left untreated, constipation and straining can lead to more serious problems, such as hemorrhoids, and even increased toxicity in the body due to waste retention. 

Eat, drink or blend tropical fruits to ease chronic constipation

Chronic constipation may be caused by medication, inadequate fluid intake or, most commonly, by a lack of fiber in the diet. Some of the delicious tropical fruits that can prevent or alleviate chronic constipation naturally are pineapple and papaya.

Pineapple for Improved Digestion

Pineapple, like many tropical fruits, consists of 85% water, which can help reduce the risk of chronic constipation. Pineapple also contains an enzyme called bromelain which aids digestion and helps break down proteins in the digestive tract. Bromelain also induces substances that help fight pain and reduce inflammation in the body.

Whether you choose to eat fresh or canned pineapple, you will get the benefits of improved digestion and less bloating. Just be sure to buy pineapple canned in natural juice rather than sugar-laden syrup. With an average 13g fiber per fruit, pineapple is a natural weapon to effectively lower the risk of chronic constipation. You can also benefit from pineapple’s natural nutrients by drinking a glass of pineapple juice or mixing a delicious drink with powdered energy green supplements.

Papaya for Chronic Constipation

Papaya, also known as pawpaw, is another good source of fiber, delivering around 5g per medium fruit. The high water content and fiber help prevent chronic constipation and they promote a healthy intestine and regular bowel movements.

This soft orange-colored fruit is another beneficial food to support the digestive system as it contains a powerful enzyme called papain. It is a great digestive aid and even makes an effective meat tenderizer!

Packed with vitamin C (one papaya fruit delivers 224% of your daily needs), along with vitamin A, lutein, beta carotene and the antioxidant lycopene, papaya is a good all-around aid to staying fit and healthy.

Add these two tropical fruits to your grocery list and look forward to a healthier digestive system, banishing chronic constipation forever.

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Three Fruits with Big Benefits as Constipation Home Remedies

by Cindy Gray

It’s a well-known fact that people who eat a diet high in fresh fruit and vegetables are less prone to ill heath, constipation, heart disease and sickness. If you are looking for natural solutions for increasing nutrient intake or constipation home remedies, buy guava, star fruit and passion fruit and experiment with them. These tropical fruits are packed with vitamins and antioxidants, and we highlight each one for its unique benefits to counter constipation.

Check out passion fruit for constipation home remedies

The Benefits of Passion Fruit

Passion fruit is a round fruit with a wrinkly skin containing soft green flesh. It is delicious to eat fresh, add to a smoothie or consume as a healthy drink. High in fiber and vitamins A and C, passion fruit is packed with antioxidants to counter harmful free radicals and reduce heart disease.

What’s special about passion fruit is that it has enzymes that aid digestion, which makes it an excellent food for constipation home remedies. Passion fruit appears to increase the digestive juices in the stomach during digestion. It boosts electrolyte levels and acts as an effective colon cleanser, which is what makes it so good for reliving constipation.

Guava is Great for Constipation Home Remedies

Ripe guava fruits are pear-shaped and soft to the touch with a pink blush to the light green/yellow skin. Inside, the fruit may be white, red or salmon colored and flavors range from ripe strawberry to fresh citrus, depending on the species.

Guava is high in fiber, giving it value as an important home remedy for constipation. The seeds are edible and can be chewed or swallowed whole as they are excellent laxatives. Guava retains water and cleanses the intestines as it passes through, making it ideal for those suffering with bloating or poor bowel habits.

Star Fruit Aids Constipation

Star fruits are easily identified with their five lobes which, when cut through horizontally, create a wonderful star-shaped slice of fruity goodness. The fruits are ready to eat when they are golden yellow all over and the taste is mildly sour.

What makes star fruit good for constipation home remedies is that it adds bulk and water to the bodily waste.

Enjoy experimenting with different ways to eat these three tropical fruits and enjoy the benefits of these natural constipation home remedies. You may also want to supplement them with a powdered green energy drink for an extra boost of energy and antioxidants.  Finally, here’s a tip for retaining the flavor in these tropical fruits: Never refrigerate them, unless they are over ripe, as they quickly lose their sweetness. Enjoy!

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Try Ginger for Nausea after Eating and Other Health Benefits

by IVL Products

While most people find eating to be a pleasurable experience, it generates an uncomfortable after-effect in a few:  nausea.  Whether caused by too much food, GERD, food allergies, pregnancy, or anxiety, nausea after eating is unpleasant and unwelcome.  Fortunately, ginger can provide relief

Ginger helps relieve nausea after eating by relaxing stomach muscles and neutralizing stomach acid.

How Ginger Works

Compounds found in ginger trigger the release of digestive juices and enzymes that help neutralize stomach acid.  Powerful phenols relax stomach muscles and sooth inflamed tissue. Ginger also promotes quicker digestion to move the offending food through the body faster.

Related How Do You Naturally Prevent Acid Reflux?

Ginger Sources

To relieve nausea after eating, people can try sipping ginger tea or authentic ginger ale, taking ginger supplements, or sucking on crystallized or fresh ginger.

Additional Health Benefits of Ginger

Ginger contains vitamins A, C, E, the B-complex vitamins, and beta-carotene. Valuable minerals found in ginger include calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, silicon, sodium, and zinc.  In addition to relieving nausea after eating, ginger offers anti-inflammatory properties for people with osteoarthritis, it protects against colorectal and ovarian cancer, and it boosts the immune system. By eliminating mucus and reducing sinus inflammation, ginger also helps relieve sinus congestion, and it offers anti-viral and anti-bacterial properties.

Precautions

Consumed regularly, some herbs and spices interact with prescribed medications.  People considering making ginger part of a regular dietary regimen should first consult with a health care provider.  Combined with certain blood thinning medicines, ginger may increase risks for bleeding, and paired with certain diabetes medicines, it may affect blood sugar levels.