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Monthly Archives: July 2018

Focus on Folate

Folate is needed in order to adequately produce red blood cells. Folic acid also works with B12 in reducing dangerous compounds in the body and for driving multiple metabolic processes. Folate is of the utmost importance to women of childbearing age, as folate is integral in the formation of the fetal brain and spinal cord during pregnancy.

Folate is found in green vegetables, such as spinach, asparagus, and broccoli (the word folate is derived from the word foliage). Like most B vitamins, folate is very easily destroyed by cooking and light, and folate levels decrease rapidly once the vegetables are harvested. The good news is that many foods are fortified with folic acid, an easily-metabolized and stable version of folate. Once serving of most fortified cereals contains your daily dose of folate. Lentils and other legumes such as pinto beans are also good sources.

Folic Acid Supplements:

Women of childbearing age should consider taking a folic acid supplement. Birth defects caused by inadequate folate intake can occur before women even know they’re pregnant, and the damage is unfortunately irreversible. As soon as a woman becomes pregnant, her daily requirement for folate doubles and it may be difficult to meet this requirement through diet alone. Folic acid is a commonly recommended supplement during pregnancy and for women who may become pregnant.

Folic acid supplements are just like getting folate from your diet – they are one and the same and your body processes them the same. Most multivitamins sold in the U.S contain 400 mcg, which is the Recommended Dietary Allowance. Check the vitamin’s label to be sure it says 400 mcg or “100%” next to folic acid or folate. Another option is to take a simple folic acid supplement if you prefer.

Herbal Teas

Ginger is well known for helping nausea and to settle the stomach but it is also good for colds and flu.

Chamomile will help you sleep better as it calms your nervous system. It is also good for digestion.

Green tea has become a substitute for normal black tea with many people. Green tea will help boost your immunity as it is an anti-oxidant. If the taste is not to your liking then add a bit of lemon to give it a bit of a lift.

Fennel is a great tea to help you with controlling that sweet tooth. It tastes like liquorice so it can satisfy your cravings for sweet feeds as well as help suppress your appetite.

Lemon grass tones your skin and is also good for digestion and fever.

Peppermint is a great stomach tea for digestion and to help with bad breath, congestion and fluid buildup. Peppermint is a stimulant so is a great tea to have in the mornings instead of that cup of coffee.

Spearmint is a good stand in for peppermint if you find peppermint too strong. Or you can add spearmint in with peppermint and chamomile if you want to make a great mix.

Brahmi tea will help your memory become a lot clearer

Dandelion is for fluid buildup and puffiness as it helps cleans the liver. If you feel unsettled when you drink it though see a naturopath as your liver function may need attention.

Raspberry leaf tea is for expectant mothers suffering from morning sickness and can also make for an easier delivery when baby is due.

So as you can see there are many teas to choose from each with their individual way of assisting you to get healthy. Maybe tomorrow instead of that cup of coffee or black tea, which both contain caffeine, which can be bad for you, try a cup of herbal tea and help clean up your body at the same time.

Amazing Ginger Health

Ginger as a powerful Antioxidant

Ginger is rich in antioxidants. The antioxidants play a vital role in neutralisation of free radicals. The antioxidative defense system of the body balances the free radicle production. Oxidative stress occurs in the event of alterations between reactive oxygen species generation and its neutralisation by the antioxidant defense. Moreover, ginger plays an essential role in the reduction of the lipid oxidation and inhibits the pathogenesis of diseases. 6-Dehydroshogaol, 6-shogaol and 1-dehydro-6-gingerdione are inhibitors of nitric oxide synthesis in activated macrophages. 6-shogaol has potent antioxidant properties due to the presence of unsaturated ketone moiety.

Anti-inflammatory activity

Inflammation is a complex immune process, involving various mediators such as interleukin-1, tumour necrosis factor and anti-inflammatory cytokines. Ginger oil significantly represses inflammation, especially joint swelling. Also, ginger extracts suppress the synthesis of pro-inflammatory cytokines and play a significant role in the inhibition of cyclooxygenase and 5-lipoxygenase, essential for arachidonate metabolism, and down-regulating the induction of inflammatory genes.

Anti-tumour activity

Ginger extracts suppress tumour development through up-regulation of tumour suppressor gene, induction of apoptosis and inactivation of vascular endothelial growth factor pathways. The development and progression of tumours involve multiple steps including genetic and metabolic changes. 6-gingerol suppresses the transformation, hyperproliferation, and inflammatory processes that involve in various phases of carcinogenesis, angiogenesis, and metastasis. Besides, ginger constituents induce apoptosis in prostate cancer cell line LnCaP by increasing the expression of tumour suppressor p53 and Bax and also decreasing the expression of Bcl-2. 6-shogaol is effective against breast cancer through the inhibition of cell invasion and reduction of matrix metalloproteinase-9 expression. On the other hand, 6-gingerol stimulates apoptosis through up-regulation of NAG-1 and G1 cell cycle arrest through down-regulation of cyclin D1.

Ginger root extracts and gingerol inhibit the growth of Helicobacter pylori CagA+ strains, which has a specific gene, linked to the development of gastric premalignant and malignant lesions. 6-shogaol induces apoptosis in human colorectal carcinoma cells via the production of reactive oxygen species and activation of caspase-31, and 6-gingerol inhibited pulmonary metastasis bearing B16F10 melanoma cells through the activation of CD8+ T-cells. 6-gingerol has anti-tumoral activity through induction of reactive oxygen species, which also triggers activation of tumour suppressor p53 and the cell cycle arrest and apoptosis.

Anti-microbial activity

Ethanolic extract, of ginger, prevent microbial growth. Ginger has antimicrobial activity against E. coli, Salmonella typhi, and Bacillus subtilis. Gingerol and shagelol are the active agents. The ethanolic extract of ginger powder and gingerol effectively inhibits Candida albicans. 6-gingerol and 12-gingerol, from ginger rhizome, is active against periodontal bacteria. 10-gingerol is an active inhibitor of Mycobacterium avium and M. tuberculosis.

Smoothies for Immune System

Provide solid nutrition:
Chronic fatigue, dehydration and slow metabolism indicate weak immunity. Researchers prove that dark green vegetables, for instance, broccoli, spinach, kale, cabbage, cucumber and arugula are a natural cure for the weak immune system. They are rich in essential vitamin and mineral, antioxidants, alpha lipoic acid, sodium, iron, magnesium, calcium, potassium and carbohydrate. Green vegetables contain many micronutrients that are essential for our body. However, cooking and processing vegetables can damage them; even can alter the chemical composition. Green smoothies prepared with raw vegetables provide solid nutrition. They help to strengthen our immune system for a long time.

Defend Infections:
Virus infection is a common sickness. Protecting our body from viruses and bacteria is the primary duty of immune system. Some fruit and vegetables are found to be directly useful preventing infections. Smoothies prepared with carrot, broccoli, spinach, kale, coconut, garlic, lemon, pineapple, curd, apples, papaya and tomatoes contain antibacterial components that fight infections naturally without side effects. Smoothies rich in vitamin E provide potent antioxidants that assist our body fight off infections. Drinking smoothies on a regular basis can be great for your kidney and liver health and prevent urinary tract infections as well.

Assist proper digestion:
Digestive system and immune system work together. The digestive malfunction can directly affect our immunity. Soluble fiber and healthy bacteria in the gut are essential for the active digestive system. You can easily find these crucial components in healthy smoothies prepared with fiber-rich fruits such as papaya, banana, apples, raspberries, pears etc. Besides adding kefir and yogurt to smoothies can provide extra benefit since they produce healthy bacteria for the gut and help proper digestion. They fight against digestive disorders including abnormal pain, diarrhea, belching, burning sensation after eating, insomnia, gas, vomiting, stomach infection etc. Drinking fruit smoothies regularly strengthen our digestive system and help our immune system working better.

Balance body weight:
Perfect body weight indicates that you are fit and healthy. Sudden weight loss and weight gain are an abnormal behavior of our body. It happens due to the failure of the immune system. When infections attack the body, the weak immune system gathers all available energy to fight off. This process reduces nutrients absorptions from food and it can result in weight loss. On the other hand, we suddenly gain weight if our body stores fat cells rather than breaking them down for energy. Your body needs balanced nutrition in both cases. Remember that our body absorbs nutrients in food better in liquid form. Smoothies have numerous benefits over solid foods. A blender breaks down fruits and vegetables into tiny pieces keeping the exact nutritional value. Smoothies are rich in soluble fibers and micronutrients that are easy to digest and absorbable for our body. They provide sufficient nutrition to our body and our immune system become stronger. Thus it helps is to keep healthy body weight.

Reduce stress naturally:
Stress is the silent killer. It happens due to problems in our lives and causes many health problems. When we are tensed, stress hormones start to be pumped around the body. These hormones can harm the ability of the immune system, reduce white blood cells, damage tissues and increase susceptibility to infection. No doubt, the pleasant mood is needed for healthy living. Did you know that some smoothies could make you feel happy? Fruits like bananas, apples, mangoes, papaya, coconuts, berries, orange and pineapples are famous as instant stress killer. Make a glass of refreshing smoothies mixing your favorite fruits and drink after a busy day at the office. Smoothies prepared with these ingredients are the excellent source of vitamin B complex, potassium, antioxidant, folic acid, selenium, pectin fiber, zinc, vitamin C and enzyme that help you to be more relaxed.