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Chlorophyll: Nature’s Remedy for Fatigue, Bad Breath & More

by Cindy Gray

If you struggle with fatigue, bad breath and excessive sweating your body might need to detox with chlorophyll. Foods containing chlorophyll can help neutralize and remove the toxins that cause tiredness and body odors. Chlorophyll is the green pigment in plants that collects energy from sunlight. Eating foods rich in these green pigments helps to cleanse the blood. 

If you struggle with fatigue, bad breath and excessive sweating, you may need to detox with chlorophyll.

Algae, seaweed and wheatgrass are among the most potent sources of chlorophyll. Other good sources include green leafy vegetables, sprouts, green juices and wild edible greens. Foods containing chlorophyll detoxify the body and work with the liver to restore vibrant health. They also absorb toxins from the intestinal tract and support the growth of “friendly” bacteria.

Some of the major benefits of chlorophyll include:

Neutralizes Body Odor:  Because chlorophyll cleanses you from the inside out, it can help reduce body odor. Chlorophyll has antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties that fight body odor at the source. It is so effective that it is often referred to as “nature’s deodorant.”

Eliminates Bad Breath: Foods containing chlorophyll fight bad breath because they cleanse the digestive tract.  Chewing on the leaves of parsley, dill, basil and cilantro can immediately freshen bad breath. Chlorophyll provides a natural alternative to chemical-laden mouthwashes and breath mints.

Related What Everybody Ought to Know About Liquid Chlorophyll

Removes Toxins: Toxic metals in the environment can take a toll on your health. Chlorophyll attaches to toxins and heavy metals and removes them from your body. It also increases your blood's oxygen-carrying capacity by stimulating red blood cell production. Antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties of chlorophyll contribute to its cleansing effects.

Boosts Immune System: Chlorophyll-rich foods contain essential vitamins and minerals that are needed for disease prevention and vibrant health.

Speeds Healing: For the past 100 years researchers have studied the healing properties of chlorophyll. Studies show it speeds the healing process because it is a natural disinfectant and it fights inflammation.

Because it has so many beneficial health effects, many people use chlorophyll supplements to make sure they are getting recommended amounts. The supplements come in capsule, powder and liquid forms and can be obtained online and through natural health stores.

Boost your energy levels and eliminate embarrassing breath and body odors the natural way. Chlorophyll is a safe, plant-based detox method that can cleanse your body from the inside out. 

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Put the Pressure on Menopause Symptoms

by IVL Products

Holistic treatments such as acupuncture and acupressure for menopause are growing in popularity as they provide physical relief for unpleasant symptoms that medications fail to provide. While acupuncture uses needles to relieve symptoms and provide pain relief, acupressure relies on gentle pressure from the fingertips.

Menopausal women find symptom relief through holistic treatments such as acupuncture and acupressure for menopause

Around 85% of women have problems dealing with the disruptive symptoms of menopause. Finding natural remedies for hot flashes, mood changes, depression, insomnia, loss of libido and other menopausal symptoms can help women through this traumatic stage of their mid-life.

Acupressure for Menopause Symptoms

Acupressure therapists are trained to apply pressure on specific points on the hands, feet and body to release energy blocks and restore the proper flow of chi. In the case of acupressure for menopause symptoms, this pressure is applied to specific points on the skin to stimulate the ovaries, uterus, pituitary, thyroid and parathyroid glands to produce hormones. This restores the hormonal balance and is one of the best natural remedies for hot flashes currently available.

Pressure points used in acupressure for menopause include points on the balls of the feet known as "Bubbling Springs", the bridge of the nose known as the "Third Eye Point", the "Elegant Mansion" points on the collarbone, the "Sea of Tranquility" between the breasts and the "Gates of Consciousness" at the base of the skull.

Related:  Five Tips on Staying Healthy and Fit During those Fabulous  Fifties

Natural Remedies for Hot Flashes

In research studies, acupuncture and acupuncture are shown to be particularly beneficial for relieving menopausal symptoms such as hot flashes as they produce no side effects, unlike the controversial hormone replacement therapy (HRT).

In a Chinese study, 300 women between 41 and 60 years old were treated for the symptoms of menopause using traditional acupuncture. After just three 20-minute sessions, the women showed an impressive improvement in symptoms. Over half the group (51%) said they were cured of hot flashes, 28% reported a marked improvement, 18% saw some improvement and just 3% felt that the natural remedies for hot flashes were ineffective.

A similar Swedish study into natural remedies for hot flashes and other symptoms of menopause found that the frequency of hot flashes decreased by half in women who received needle-inserted acupuncture treatment.

Women receiving acupressure for menopause symptoms report fast and lasting results, helping them manage early and premature menopause symptoms without the dangers of medicinal side effects. 

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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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Powerful Heart Benefits of Pomegranate

by Cindy Gray

Pomegranate is an undervalued super fruit with a distinctive fresh taste. Packed full of potassium, sodium and folic acid, the tiny bubbles of tart juice and seeds have also been found to be one of nature’s best high blood pressure remedies. Consumed as a fruit juice drink, pomegranate is full of antioxidants which counter harmful free radicals and are credited with preventing serious health issues such as heart disease and cancer. 

High blood pressure remedies include tangy Pomegranate

Pomegranate Juice is one of the Simplest High Blood Pressure Remedies

According to a UK study at Edinburgh’s Queen Margaret University, drinking 500ml (16 fluid ounces) of pomegranate juice daily resulted in a significant lowering of blood pressure for 90% of the test group.

Other studies found that the punicalagin in pomegranates lowers blood pressure, cholesterol and reduces atherosclerosis (plaque build-up in the arteries). Patients with severe carotid artery plaque blockages were given one ounce of pomegranate juice daily for a year. Their blood pressure dropped by over 12% and plaque deposits were reduced by 30%. By comparison, the participants given a placebo saw their atherosclerotic plaque increase by 9% over the trial period. These studies all indicate that pomegranate juice is one of the best natural high blood pressure remedies around.

What is a Pomegranate?

Now that you know the health benefits that can be derived from drinking pomegranate juice as a high blood pressure remedy, you may be curious to know more about this tart fruit. Nutrient-rich pomegranates are high in flavonoids and polyphenols; in fact a glass of pomegranate juice has more antioxidants than red wine, blueberries or even green tea.

Often mentioned in ancient Persian writings, this red fruit has a tough outer peel. When broken open, the inside fruit is a mass of red jelly-like seeds. The best way to remove the seeds is by soaking the broken sections of fruit in a bowl of cold water for 5 minutes. Next, separate the seeds from the pithy membrane using your fingers under the water. The seeds sink, making it easy to drain off the water and collect the pomegranate seeds.

These can be sprinkled in salads, set in jello or added to cereal or yogurt to provide a delicious surprise when you bite into them and release the tangy juice. However, it is much easier to consume pomegranates in the quantities required for high blood pressure remedies as a tasty drink. 

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How to Use Stevia in High Blood Pressure Recipes

by Institute for Vibrant Living

Low calorie sweeteners are big business as people concerned about their health and/or weight switch to low calorie alternatives to sugar. Unlike aspartame, saccharin and even xylitol, stevia is completely natural. There are several reasons why stevia makes an excellent sugar substitute in high blood pressure recipes.

Stevia plants are a natural sugar-free sweetener for use in high blood pressure recipes

Stevia has been used in China and Japan as a sweetener for many years. Stevia extract comes from a green leafy herb (Stevia rebaudiana), native to Paraguay and other tropical areas of the Americas. Stevia has two compounds (stevioside and rebaudioside) that are 250 times sweeter than sugar (sucrose).

Reducing Hypertension with Stevia

In clinical trials, researchers found that stevia can reduce high blood pressure and improve insulin sensitivity. This makes it an excellent sugar substitute for diabetics, those following a weight loss program, and those who wish to lover their blood pressure safely and naturally.

Related What are the Best Sugar Substitutes?

Stevia has also been found to reduce inflammation and boost the immune system. Unlike other artificial sweeteners that may be carcinogenic, stevia has no reported side effects or adverse reactions. However, stevia does have a slight aftertaste when used in some drinks and recipes.

High Blood Pressure Recipes Using Stevia

High blood pressure diets and natural remedies aim to lower hypertension by balancing the body’s acidity and removing toxins. By eliminating fatty junk food and substituting it with fresh fruit and raw organic vegetables, blood pressure levels can be effectively lowered.

One of the benefits of stevia is that it is pH-stable, so including it in a high blood pressure diet is important. Try drinking cranberry stevia lemonade throughout the day (a gallon if possible) and then check your blood pressure levels after 10 days. As well as boosting hydration, cranberry stevia lemonade helps balance acidity and removes toxins, which all help lower hypertension.

Fill a gallon jar with distilled or spring water  and add the juice of 3 organic lemons. Add one cup organic cranberry juice, a dash of liquid cayenne and liquid stevia to taste.  

Another excellent High Blood Pressure Recipe using stevia is to puree seedless watermelon in a blender with stevia to taste. Freeze in a shallow container overnight. Allow to thaw a little then break down the ice crystals with a fork and spoon the frozen fruit into paper snow cones. The combination of fresh fruits and stevia provide multiple benefits for those wanting to lower blood pressure 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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Look Beyond NSAIDS For Inflammatory Arthritis Pain Relief

by Cindy Gray

More than 33 million Americans take NSAIDs every day to cope with the moderate to severe pain associated with inflammatory arthritis. While they may provide temporary relief, NSAIDs come with potentially serious side effects, and in some cases may even worsen the inflammation they are prescribed to relieve.

NSAIDs work by suppressing prostaglandins, which are lipids produced by the body to deal with injury. The body produces two types of prostaglandins, those that cause inflammation and those that fight inflammation. Unfortunately, NSAIDs suppress BOTH types of prostaglandins so the medications have the potential to do more harm than good.

It is important to note that NSAIDs are powerful drugs and they affect many organs in the body including the heart, kidney and liver. The gastrointestinal side effects are so well-documented that in 2009 the FDA ordered all manufacturers of NSAIDs to list the dangers on the product labels. Problems range from mild stomach upset to potentially fatal stomach bleeding and ulcers.

Related: Natural Anti-Inflammatory Supplements vs. NSAIDs

Many people risk the serious side effects because they think NSAIDs are their only option for pain relief, but there are many natural remedies that can ease the pain of inflammatory arthritis.  Millions of Americans use nutritional supplements to deal with arthritis symptoms.

Glucosamine and chondroitin supplements can speed the formation of new cartilage and help block enzymes that harm cartilage. A study conducted at Montreal Hospital found that patients who take supplements containing glucosamine and chondroitin have less pain and inflammation. Arnica Montana, often called “mountain daisy” for its bright yellow flowers, has been used for centuries to treat joint pain. It is available in capsule and powdered forms online and in natural health stores.

Talk to your holistic health practitioner to determine the supplement formation and dosage that best suits your needs. Treat your back pain the natural way and avoid the harmful side effects of NSAIDs.   

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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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Three Natural Arthritis Treatments

by IVL Products

While medical science continues to search for an effective cure for arthritis, many sufferers are finding the relief they need in natural arthritis treatments. Three different substances are known to provide pain relief naturally for those suffering with joint pain and arthritis. Best of all, these all-natural substances reduce pain and inflammation without the nasty side effects caused by pharmaceutical drugs such as NSAIDS (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs).

Three natural arthritis treatments hold the key to joint pain relief

White Willow Bark

White Willow Bark is an ancient natural remedy used for safe and effective pain relief. The active ingredient salicin in converted by the body into salicylic acid. It lowers inflammation and counters pain in a similar way to aspirin, but without the adverse side effects of stomach bleeding. White willow and bark hyaluronic acid are the main ingredients in natural arthritis treatments that offer safe relief from inflammation. 

Boswellia Serrate

Boswellia has been shown to have powerful anti-inflammatory properties. Researchers have found that formulas containing Boswellia Serrate can provide natural pain relief for arthritis. Extracted as a resin from Boswellia Serrata trees, it works by improving circulation and blocking the formation of leukotrienes which cause pain and inflammation in arthritic joints. It works particularly well in conjunction with white willow bark and cherry fruit extract, making it an excellent natural treatment for arthritis by trickling pain relief constantly.

Related: Boswellia Extract Is An Effective Therapy For Osteoarthritis

Hyaluronic Acid

Hyaluronic acid preparations are known to decrease arthritis pain and improve joint mobility, particularly in those suffering with osteoarthritis in the knee joint. It is thought to work as a natural arthritis treatment by changing the synovial fluid viscoelasticity and by lowering inflammation in the joint.

These three natural substances work together synergistically in scientifically balanced joint formulas. Natural treatments may combine these natural anti-inflammatory pain relievers with ginger root powder to create highly effective natural arthritis treatments.

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Heartburn Home Remedies in Your Refrigerator or Pantry

by Health News

Leaving a sour taste in the back of the throat or a burning sensation in the chest, heartburn affects millions of Americans every day.  It occurs when stomach acid is refluxed into the esophagus ─ the tube that connects the pharynx to the stomach.  While there are a number of antacids, H2 blockers, and other OTC products that offer relief from heartburn, they only mask the symptoms.  Making changes to the diet may offer a better solution over the long term.  Three types of food in particular make excellent heartburn home remedies

Green foods, apple cider vinegar, and papaya make excellent heartburn home remedies.

Green Foods

Green foods high in chlorophyll like spirulina, chlorella, and dulse help diminish heartburn by alkalizing the body and counteracting excessive stomach acid.  They contain nutrients that heal mucosal linings and digestive enzymes important to the assimilation of foods.  People can eat these foods fresh or powdered in salads or smoothies. 

Related:  How Do You Naturally Prevent Acid Reflux?

Apple Cider Vinegar

Organic apple cider vinegar (ACV) is one of the best natural heartburn home remedies.  The "mother," which resembles a cloud of material at the bottom of the bottle, contains healthy digestive enzymes, pectin, and other nutrients.  Pectin soothes the gastrointestinal tract to block the occurrence of stomach cramps, bloating, and gas.  ACV is also thought to help stimulate digestive juices for a more efficient breakdown of food and encourage the growth of beneficial bacteria which can help relieve heartburn and treat GERD.  People should shake the bottle of apple cider vinegar before each use to distribute the “mother.”

Papaya

The healthful nutrients found in papaya include papain and chymopapain, enzymes that help with the digestion of proteins and reduces inflammation in the lining of the gastrointestinal tract. These digestive enzymes also help people who suffer from nutritional deficiencies associated with GERD.  Other important nutrients found in papaya include fiber, antioxidants, carotenoids, vitamins A, C, E and K, copper, lutein, and magnesium.

While certain OTC medications help relieve the gnawing, burning sensation that comes with heartburn, the results are only temporary.  Changing the diet often proves a healthier solution.  Chlorophyll-rich green foods, apple cider vinegar, and papaya all make excellent heartburn home remedies that come straight from Nature to your refrigerator or pantry.  

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Understanding Rheumatoid Arthritis Symptoms

by Health News

Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is an autoimmune disorder in which the body mistakenly attacks the tissues in our joints.  In the U.S. alone, over 1.5 million people have RA, and it is three times more likely to occur in women than men. Knowing what rheumatoid arthritis symptoms feel like is critical so you can begin treatment immediately to slow down the progression of the disease in its earliest stages, and control the associated pain and limited mobility.

Learning about rheumatoid arthritis symptoms

Where and Which RA Symptoms Appear First

People experience the early symptoms of RA differently but, in general the first signs of the disorder are:

Fatigue – feeling unusually tired can occur weeks or months before any other symptoms of RA surface. It often comes and goes and can feel like depression or general ill health

Joint Stiffness – the feeling of stiffness is usually followed by tenderness and then pain when moving the afflicted joint; or even while at rest.  People often experience joint stiffness first in their hands.

Joint Pain and Tenderness – the discomfort can be felt while using your joints or even while you are at rest. Many RA sufferers first feel the tenderness in their fingers, ankles or wrists.

Swelling and Warmth – the inflammation that is the source of pain for RA sufferers causes joints to swell and feel unusually warm to the touch.

Numbness and/or Tingling – the inflammation caused by RA can put pressure on nerves.  In addition to the numbness and tingling sensation, cracking or squeaking noises can be heard when moving the joints. This is damaged cartilage grinding against bone.

Because the early symptoms of RA can sometimes mimic those of other diseases, a correct diagnosis can often be delayed. The sooner you seek treatment for rheumatoid arthritis, the better.  By addressing the symptoms when they first appear, you can slow down the progression of the disease and preserve joint tissue and mobility.

How Rheumatoid Arthritis Affects the Body

When the immune system begins to function improperly, it will often attack the synovial membrane, which is a thick swath of tissue covering the joints. It generally starts in the fingers, wrists, toes, ankles and knees; and if not treated right away, it can begin to damage surrounding joint tissue.

Related: Relieving Pain Without Drugs

As the tissue of the joints is destroyed, the body’s inflammatory response kicks in. Short bursts of inflammation are how the body rids itself of foreign agents and heals damaged tissue, but prolonged inflammation causes pain and swelling.

As the disease progresses, joints begin to thin; the cartilage, bone, ligaments and tendons begin to weaken, causing deformities, especially in the fingers.

Early Detection and Treatment

About one third of most cases of RA are diagnosed between 30 and 70 years of age, with the majority of those being diagnosed in their 40s.  Being aware of the earliest signs and symptoms, especially if you have a family history of the disease, is critical to begin treatment.   

The longer RA goes untreated, the more irreversible damage it does to the joints. By reducing inflammation with prescriptions, over the counter drugs and even natural remedies, you can keep flare ups at bay. A flare up is when the symptoms appear suddenly, they can last for days or even weeks, then they may dissipate and even disappear temporarily.

At the first sign of rheumatoid arthritis symptoms, don’t wait! Seek medical attention quickly and begin treatment right away.

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Indigestion Remedies: Why Slippery Elm Is Critical For GI Health

by Institute for Vibrant Living

Much of our health resides in the gut or gastrointestinal tract (GI).  If you are suffering from stomach troubles, the herb slippery elm can be one of the best indigestion remedies.  The slippery elm is a small tree that grows in several areas of North America. It has many other names like:

  • North America Elm
  • Red Elm
  • Moose Elm
  • Indian Elm

Its health benefits come from the inner bark, not the whole bark, which is tough yet very flexible.  It has a faint but distinct odor and is most commonly found in tablets, capsules or a very fine powder for oral ingestion.

Choose slippery elm for an effective indigestion remedy

Slippery Elm and a Healthy GI Tract

The inner bark of the North American elm has been used for centuries to treat a variety of disorders from the inside out of the body.  With no known negative side effects, it is a safe gentle indigestion remedy that can help keep your GI tract healthy.

Related: Foods the Health-Conscious Will Want to Avoid

Slippery elm (also known as ulmus fulva) forms a very thick, soothing gel and easy to digest complex carbohydrates when mixed with water. The mucilage, as it’s known, easily adheres to the lining of the digestive tract from the esophagus to the stomach and the large and small intestines.  It has a very soothing effect and can be used as an effective indigestion remedy for:

For Ulcer Symptoms – these painful breaks in the lining of the stomach and intestines can be treated with slippery elm.  The soothing mucilage coats the lining of the GI tract and helps heal the damaged tissue of ulcers.

Treating Diarrhea – slippery elm contains tannins that tighten and contract human tissue.  The resulting fluid retention helps halt loose stools and works as a diarrhea treatment.

Easing Heartburn – in the same way it coats and soothes the stomach and intestines, slippery elm can do the same for heartburn, caused by stomach acid that back washes through the stomach valve into the esophagus.  It also reduces inflammation and pain while it helps the damaged tissue repair itself.

Irritable or Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBS) - slippery elm can offer relief to those suffering from IBS because it is easily digestible and won’t worsen the symptoms of the disease like painful gas, bloating and diarrhea.  Its ability to reduce inflammation and coat damaged tissue helps prevent inflammatory bowel disease bouts and keep those suffering from it more regular.

There are no known, negative side effects to using slippery elm.  It has been used for centuries by people as indigestion remedy and topically to treat wounds to speed healing. 

Pregnant or nursing women should not use slippery elm simply because there is not enough data to determine if it might be harmful to a fetus or infant.  Otherwise, even small children can benefit from ingesting the herb to soothe upset tummies, or as a diarrhea treatment.

The herb can be found in many forms.  For ingestion, tablets, capsules or a fine powder are best.  The mild nutty flavor makes the powder and excellent additive to water forming a thick pasty beverage that you can drink.

If you are suffering from GI tract disorders and looking for safe natural indigestion remedies, give slippery elm a try.

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Why Ginger Should Be Your Gut’s Best Friend

by Health News

Ginger has been used as an indigestion treatment for centuries; use of the spicy, pungent root herb dates back over 2000 years to ancient China.  Its healing and health benefits have made it a staple in Ayurvedic medicine and many other cultures.

Ginger works as an indigestion treatmentThis rather bland looking root packs a powerful punch as an indigestion treatment for a long list of ailments, making it your gut’s best friend.

Tummy Trouble

Spicy, pungent and versatile, ginger is a proven treatment for nausea caused by motion sickness, illness, and even morning sickness in expectant moms.  There have been are numerous studies published that show ginger is even more effective at relieving nausea than drugs like Dramamine.

Since it is completely safe and natural with no known side effects, pregnant women suffering from morning sickness can get relief by drinking ginger tea, beverages with real ginger in the ingredients or mixing it into salads or other dishes.

Bathroom Bonus

Ginger can make trips to the bathroom a lot less stressful.  A grumpy gut can lead to constipation or diarrhea, but adding ginger to your diet can help alleviate the symptoms of both.  If you are seeking constipation relief, don’t miss this solution.

Constipation- hard infrequent stools leave you feeling bloated and irritable. Ginger has a laxative effect on the intestines thanks to chemical compounds that stimulate the wave-like contractions needed to get things moving regularly again.

Related: Safe Detox with Artichoke Extract

Diarrhea- on the flip side, ginger also can be an effective indigestion treatment for loose frequent stools.  The two compounds in ginger, gingerol and shogaol, can stimulate movement in the smooth muscles of the intestine to relieve constipation can also slow it down for diarrhea treatment.  Ginger decreases stomach spasms and helps eliminate gas, all common symptoms of diarrhea. 

This calming effect of ginger on the intestine and GI tract often relieves the abdominal pain associated with both constipation and diarrhea.

The I-s Have It

Indigestion and inflammation are common health problems that affect millions of Americans and result in many doctor visits.  Adding some ginger into your diet could help with both of these maladies.

Ginger has been used as an indigestion remedy for centuries for good reason.  It works!  Study after study has been published that finds ginger as, or more, effective than most synthetic drugs at relieving upset stomachs, gas, bloating, pain and discomfort along the GI tract.  It’s even an ingredient in many OTC drugs used to treat gas, constipation, and diarrhea.

Inflammation at the site of an injury inside or out of the body has its purpose, but when it becomes chronic it’s been linked to many painful disorders like Irritable Bowel Syndrome, heartburn and ulcers.  

Ginger has powerful anti-inflammatory properties that can aid the body in healing itself while it relieves pain and discomfort.

Ginger in Its Many Forms

You can ingest ginger as an indigestion remedy in many forms.  When raw, it can be a salad topper, stir-fry add-in or used to spice up a sushi roll.

You can also take ginger in capsule form, dried for tea, or ground into a fine powder for adding a little kick to most any dish.

With no serious side effects, making ginger a part of your diet may help to relieve a number of digestive problems and should be considered a top indigestion remedy that is safe, natural and effective.

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Three Simple Supplements for Acid Reflux

by Health News

Acid reflux is an unpleasant condition suffered by millions of Americans. It is caused when gastric fluid regurgitates back up into the esophagus and causes a burning sensation known as heartburn.

Common causes of acid reflux, also known as gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), are the presence of a hiatal hernia, being overweight or lying down shortly after eating. Eating certain foods can also cause acid reflux, such as carbonated drinks, citrus fruits, tomatoes, chocolate, garlic, spicy or fatty foods.

Some natural remedies to effectively reduce the risk of acid reflux include licorice root powder, DL-methionine and betaine.

Prevent acid reflux naturally

Deglycyrrhizinated licorice (DGL) has shown to be a very effective cure in clinical trials for acid reflux. This natural ingredient is a good alternative to medications such as Prilosec, Prevacid and Nexium. DGL has been used for centuries in traditional Chinese medicine. Most importantly, choose the deglycyrrhizinated form to avoid the problems of hypertension and water retention caused by licorice root in its natural form.

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Licorice root works by promoting the formation of mucus to line the stomach, soothing the spasms of the digestive tract that may cause acid reflux. As a guideline use one to three 400 mg tablets of DGL according to your weight and the severity of the symptoms.

Betaine Hydrochloride (HCL) is naturally present in the stomach so taking a supplement is a natural way to solve acid reflux problems. HCL is the primary digestive stomach acid produced by the body to break down proteins in the stomach as part of the digestive process. It is powerful and kills harmful micro-organisms in the food to protect the body and it counters acid in foods, creating hydrogen ions as a byproduct and neutralizing the food before it enters the colon.

Supplements of betaine HCL with pepsin can cause burning, so always take at the start of the meal to avoid stomach burning. If one 540 mg capsule fails to be effective, the dose can be gradually increased up to three capsules per main meal.

DL-Methionine is an amino acid found naturally in meat, fish and dairy products. It is commonly used in acetaminophen poisoning but can also be effective in treating acid reflux. It should be used with care as it has some serious side effects if not taken correctly, and it may cause a reaction if you are on other medications.

There are safe supplement available in formulas that work in conjunction with other natural ingredients to treat acid reflux safely and effectively.