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How Spices Work Like Medicine

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I’m one of those cooks that combines whatever I find in the fridge or pantry without a plan. I’ll throw spices and foods together like a mad scientist, kind of how I did in Organic Chemistry in 1987 (hoping I wouldn’t blow up the lab). Recently, I went to my first cooking class, “Secrets of Indian Cuisine” at Sur La Table.
Focusing was difficult since I was distracted by the incredible aroma of the garlic, onion and seasonings which were simmering in the pot. Our chef taught us how to create the most amazing Chicken Tikka Masala I’ve ever tasted! In between bites and moans, I asked why his tasted so much better than the restaurant version. He said, “The secret is the spice you use.” He did not use the powdered spices you get from a regular grocery store. His were fresh and he turned both the cumin and coriander seeds into powder using a little electric coffee grinder.

Our eyes widened as he passed around his freshly ground spice with the same store-bought version. The color was completely different. One whiff and his point was made! I decided it’s worth the extra 5 minutes to use spices his way. Indian spices are some of the healthiest on the planet and can act as an aphrodisiac, antibacterial, immune booster, respiratory aid and digestive tonic. I recommend these:

Garam masala– This is not one spice, it’s a blend which differs regionally. It usually contains cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, peppercorns, bay leaf and mace (not the kind of mace you spray in a mugger’s face, this “mace” is a waxy red coating off a nutmeg seed.) Garam masala can help you with digestion and respiratory conditions.

Nutmeg– It contains myristicin which inhibits an enzyme in the brain that contributes to memory loss. Eugenol, isolated from cloves contains an antiviral that is so strong it can kill the virus associated with shingles and herpes cold sores. Garam masala is used as a finishing spice, not intended to be heated.

Curry– This contains a blend of spices, including turmeric known for it’s anti-cancer benefits and ability to reduce inflammation. Curry blends may cause diarrhea in sensitive people. In case you have ever experienced an Indian food reaction, curry is the ‘laxative.’
Coriander– It’s from the seeds of the cilantro plant but it tastes nothing like cilantro. Lightly toast them to extract more flavor. This spice reduces insulin and blood sugar and one study suggests it binds heavy metals such as lead.

Green cardamom seed– During cooking class, I gently popped open the seeds in a mortar and pestle by tapping them, and then simmered both the seeds and outer shells in oil. Cardamom is rich in minerals, especially potassium so it’s medicinal action on the body is to reduce blood pressure and control blood clot formation. Chewing the seeds helps with bad breath. What a difference compared to the store-bought powdered type. This spice is used in chai tea. There’s also a black cardamom seed which has more of a smokey flavor.

Cumin seed– This is rich in iron in case you have anemia. Cumin is the seed of a small parsley plant. It helps you secrete bile acids and pancreatic enzymes and that helps you break down your food. It also has anti-diabetic actions like the sulfonylurea medicines. Chewing and eating slowly can also help you break down food more efficiently. Cumin contains pyrazines, which are strong antioxidants. Cumin spice improves the action of enzymes in your liver so that you can detoxify better, and this will also help with constipation.

Fenugreek– You can buy the seeds and crush them. They have estrogenic properties so some women use them to control hot flashes, or to induce breast milk production. Older folks can benefit from the cholesterol lowering properties of fenugreek. In a 2011 edition of “International Journal of Experimental Pathology” lab animals fed a diet laced with fenugreek enjoyed reduced cholesterol by 42 percent and fewer gallstones by 75 percent.  Fenugreek also reduced oxidation of lipids in the liver by up to 22 percent.

Ghee– This type of butter originated in India. It’s butter that has been slowly melted to separate the milk solids from the golden liquid on the surface. It’s simmered slowly until the milk solids start to brown, so the resulting butter has a nutty, caramel-like flavor and aroma. You can make this at home or buy it an Indian specialty grocery store.

Basmati rice– It’s a long-grain rice native to India. You can buy this at any grocery store or specialty market. He soaked his grains for a few hours then poured off the water and cooked it like you would regular rice. This makes it easier to digest.

Here’s the recipe that I’ve adapted which originally came from Sur La Table. I highly recommend their cooking classes. They’re fun, and inspiring.

Tikka Masala sauce
4 tbsp ghee
1 small yellow onions, sliced
2 tea minced garlic
2 tea minced ginger
1/2 cup tomato paste
12 green cardamom pods
1 tea crushed red chile flakes
4 tea ground turmeric
2 tea ground coriander

2 tea ground cumin

1 can (28 ounce) crushed peeled tomatoes
2 cups heavy whipping cream

2 tea garam masala
Sea salt to taste
1 tbsp lemon juice (to taste)

Directions: Place ghee into a large saucepan over medium heat. When ghee is melted, add the onion and cook until tender about 5 minutes. Add garlic and ginger and cook another minute longer. Stir in the tomato paste, chili flakes, cardamom pods and seeds (which you gently break apart in a mortar and pestle). Cook and stir frequently until the tomato paste darkens in color, about 5 minutes. Add remaining spices until fragrant, about 2 minutes.

Add the tomatoes to your sauce and bring everything to a boil while stirring. Then reduce heat to simmer, scraping up the browned bits on the bottom of the pot. Stir in the cream and simmer gently, about 15 more minutes. Taste and adjust seasoning with salt and lemon juice as you wish.  This is your sauce. Some of you will just pour this over plain chicken and eat it, but the REAL way to make Chicken Tikka Masala is to use this sauce and pour it over chicken that has been marinated.  Here’s the recipe to marinate your chicken.

Chicken Marinade
You can do this the night before, or even a few hours in advance.

Mix together the following to cover your chicken: 
1/4 cup plain yogurt
1 tbsp minced real ginger (not powdered)
1 tbsp minced garlic
1/4 tea ground cumin

1/4 tea freshly ground mace
1/4 tea freshly ground nutmeg
1/4 tea ground green cardamom

1/4 tea chile powder
1/4 tea turmeric powder
3 tbsp fresh squeezed lemon juice
Add the 6 skinless boneless chicken thighs to marinate

Directions: Time to cook your marinated chicken. Preheat your oven to 450 degrees. Position the rack in the center. Arrange your chicken on a cooking sheet, or even better put it on top of a wire rack on the cookie sheet. Arrange it all on a single layer and cook thoroughly until it has begun to brown. This should take about 10 to 15 minutes.
To serve:
Place cooked rice on the plate and place your chicken on the plate. Cover with Tikka Masala sauce and serve immediately.

 

Source: http://www.betterhealthpublishing.com/

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Miracle Healing Soup – 100 Times More Efficient Than Any Antibiotic

A research conducted in the Washington University showed that garlic is up to 100 times more efficient than the most popular antibiotics used for different health conditions.

In this article we suggest you try this amazingly efficient garlic soup recipe:

Ingredients:

  • 50 cleaned and peeled garlic cloves (about 5 garlic bulbs)
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 large and diced onions
  • 1 tbsp chopped fresh thyme
  • 8.5 oz/ 250 ml chicken broth (as a base)
  • 1 bunch of fresh herbs, parsley, thyme, bay leaf
  • 3 cups diced stale bread
  • 1 cup sour cream

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Preparation:

Heat the oven to 180 °C. Cut off the top of the garlic bulbs, cover with some olive oil and wrap the garlic in a tin foil. Bake for 90 minutes, then let the garlic cool for a few minutes.

In the meantime, heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil and some butter in a saucepot, on medium temperature. Cook the onions for 10 minutes. Mash the baked garlic and add it in the saucepot. Stir well, add some chopped thyme, chicken broth and fresh herbs.

Turn the temperature on low, add the bread and cook for 5 minutes, or until the bread cubes soften.

Take the herbs out of the saucepot and blend the mixture well, until you get a nice and creamy texture. Take the mixture back in the saucepot, and add some sour cream or double cream. Add salt and pepper to taste.

Source: http://www.healthyfoodhouse.com/

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Sinus Infection Natural Remedies

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Almost 40 million americans suffer from sinus infections or sinusitis every year.

Sinusitis is an inflammation, or swelling, of the tissue lining the sinuses that leads to an infection and can result in mucus build up and pain.

Normally, sinuses are filled with air, but when sinuses become blocked and filled with fluid, germs (bacteria, viruses, and fungi) can grow and cause an infection.

Causes of sinus infections include a respiratory infection, allergies, nasal polyps and a weakened immune system.

Top Foods for Sinus Infections

Water – Adequate hydration is the key to flushing out the virus from your system. Try to drink at least 8 ounces every 2 hours.
Chicken broth with vegetables – This traditional remedy of bone broth helps sooth the nasal cavities and respiratory system, along with providing important minerals.
Horseradish – Anyone who has accidentally eaten too much horseradish has experienced its potent ability to clear nasal passages.  Mix some horseradish with lemon to make it even more potent.
Ginger – Make a ginger tea and add raw honey to aid in recovery.
Garlic and onions – Both of these vegetable help boost immune function.
Vitamin C rich foods – Consuming foods high in vitamin C can boost the immune system and speed recovery from sinusitis.

Foods to Avoid

Sugar – Decreases white blood cells that help fight off infection.
Fruit juices – Although orange juice contains some vitamin C, it is not as high in vitamin C as whole fruits or vegetables. If you want to drink juice, dilute it.
Dairy products – Milk and other dairy products are mucus producing so it is best to avoid them.
Refined flour and grains – All refined grains can cause more mucus production.
Salt – Without adequate water intake, salt can be dehydrating and slow healing of the inflammation of the sinuses.

Top 5 Sinus Infection Natural Remedies

#1 Oil of Oregano (500 mg 4x daily)
Oregano oil has a powerful antiviral and antibacterial effect.

#2 Grapefruit seed extract (spray 4x daily)
Has antiviral properties.

#3 Vitamin C (1,000mg 3x daily)
Boosts immune function.

#4 Garlic (500mg 2x daily)
Helps fight infection and drain sinuses.

#5 Echinacea (1,000mg 2-3x daily)
This herb can help your body fight off viruses and bacteria, but it is best to take it at the first sign of illness.

Bonus Therapy
Using a Netti pot can also greatly improve sinus issues and clear the nasal passage ways.

Essential Oils for Sinus Infections

To naturally clear the sinuses, using eucalyptus oil and peppermint oil are highly effective. These essential oils can naturally open up the sinuses, clear mucus and  eliminate infections.

Rubbing one drop of each at the roof of the mouth then drinking water as well as diffusing them in the air works well. Also, consider making homemade vapor rub.

Source: http://draxe.com/

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Psoriasis Diet and 5 Natural Remedies

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Psoriasis is an autoimmune condition that may start in the digestive tract.

Psoriasis occurs when skin cells replicate too quickly which results in swollen patches under the skin covered with whitish scales on top.

The scaly patches, also known as psoriatic plaques, are areas of inflammation and excessive skin production.

Skin quickly builds up in the affected area, because skin production is faster than the body’s ability to shed it. Areas with psoriatic plaques take on a silvery-white appearance.

Psoriasis varies in severity, some patients may only have minor localized patches, while others are affected all over the body. Psoriasis may also result in inflammation of the joints, as may be the case with psoriatic arthritis, which affects approximately 15% of all psoriasis patients.

According to Medical News Today:

The human body produces new skin cells at the lowest skin level. Gradually those cells move up through the layers of skin until they reach the outermost level, where they eventually die and flake off. The whole cycle – skin cell production to skin death and flaking off – takes between 21 and 28 days. In patients with psoriasis, the cycle takes only between 2 to 6 days; resulting in a rapid buildup of cells on the skin’s surface, causing red, flaky, scaly, crusty patches covered with silvery scales, which are then shed.

Most doctors are unsure about what causes psoriasis, but many natural physicians have found contributing factors.

The cause of psoriasis includes:

  • Poor diet
  • Difficulty digesting protein
  • Emotional stress
  • Hormonal changes
  • Genetics
  • Vitamin D deficiency
  • Poor liver function

If you want to overcome psoriasis, you can see great improvements following a psoriasis diet.

The Psoriasis Diet

Probiotic foodsConsuming foods high in probiotics can support digestion, reduce inflammation, and boost immunity.  Look for organic raw cultured dairy like kefir, amasai, yogurt, and cultured vegetables.
High fiber foods. Increase your intake of high fiber foods such as fruits, vegetables, and seeds to help keep the digestive system healthy.
Wild-caught fishOmega-3 fats can help improve psoriasis.
Foods high in zincZinc is critical for keeping skin healthy.  Pumpkin seeds are a good zinc source.
Foods high in Vitamin A – Add orange, yellow, and green vegetables to your diet to increase vitamin A which is critical for skin healing.

Psoriasis Foods to Avoid

Conventional Dairy – People with psoriasis have difficulty digesting A1 casein, a protein found in most cow’s milk.  Instead, look for cultured goat’s milk products or cow’s milk that is exclusively A2 casein.
Conventional Meat – Although fish may be beneficial, try to limit the consumption of other types of animal protein.
Hydrogenated oils and fried foods – These foods may be difficult to digest for people with psoriasis.
Food allergens – Food allergies may make psoriasis worse, gluten should be avoided.
Caffeine – Can cause dehydration and digestive problems.

Top 5 Psoriasis Natural Remedies

#1 Hydrochloric acid (1-3 capsules per meal)
Helps with protein digestion and decrease psoriasis flare ups.

#2 Fish oil (1000-2000g daily)
Fish oil is anti-inflammatory and can aid in the healing of psoriasis.

#3 Vitamin D3 (5000 IU daily)
Low levels of Vitamin D may be associated with psoriasis.

#4 Milk thistle (250 mg 3x daily)
Milk thistle helps promote liver detoxification and reduces cellular growth.

#5 Probiotics (50 billion units daily)
Probiotics improve digestion by increasing good bacteria and crowding out bad bacteria.  Digestive issues are linked to psoriasis.

Bonus Remedies
Other remedies that can reduce symptoms of psoriasis include cleansing, bone broth, vitamin B12, and digestive enzymes.  Also, getting 20 minutes of sunshine a day can greatly improve psoriasis.

Essential Oils for Psoriasis

Essential oils like lavender, frankincense, geranium and tea tree oil can bring relief to inflamed skin and support the healing process. Mix 3 drops of lavender oil and 3 drop of frankincense oil with 1 tsp of coconut oil and rub onto affected area.

Source: http://draxe.com/

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5 Natural Headache Remedies for Fast Relief

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Headaches are an extremely common ailment that affect millions of people across the world and come in many different forms.  The most severe form of a headache is known as a Migraine which can cause vision disturbance and vomiting.

Headaches can be triggered by: stress, fatigue, allergies, eyestrain, poor posture, alcohol or drugs, low blood sugar, hormones, constipation, and nutritional deficiencies.  The most common types of headaches include:

Tension Headache
This is the most common type of headache. It feels like there is a vice squeezing your head. Caused by the contraction of muscles that cover your skull, this pain runs from one ear to the other, around the front of your head. It’s often caused by stress and lack of sleep.

Cluster Headaches
The pain of a cluster headache is often described as an ice pick in the head because of its concentrated stabbing feeling. The name comes from the fact that the headache occurs in a cluster of days over several weeks. The pain is often followed by a runny nose or fever, so they are often known as “histamine headaches.” Cluster headaches are common in the winter due to temperature changes.

Migraine Headaches
This one-sided throbbing pain causes sensitivity to light and sound and may cause nausea. Migraines run in families and women are three times more likely to have them than men. Experts believe that migraines may be caused by nerve signals that the brain misinterprets as pain.

Sinus headaches – When the membranes of the sinus cavities become inflamed and swollen there can be pressure around the eyes, cheeks, and forehead area where these cavities are located.  This pressure then can result in a sinus headache.  These headaches are also very common during allergy season.

Today, the most traditional form of headache treatment includes taking NSAID medications and pain killers.  These drugs have been linked to kidney failure, liver damage and intestinal bleeding.  For this reason using natural remedies for headache relief is a much safer and more effective option.

Diet and lifestyle play a huge role in causing and helping cure headaches. Let me show you the top headache remedies and headache cures for fast relief.

Top Foods For Headache Cure

Clean lean protein – Helps avoid fluctuations in blood sugar which can cause headaches.  Also, pick protein sources that are organic.
High fiber foods – Aim for at least 30g per day from vegetables, fruits, nuts, and seeds to reduce constipation.
Water – Drink 8 ounces water or vegetable juice every 2 hours to prevent dehydration and flush out toxins.
Foods high in healthy fats – Can reduce inflammation.  Some of the best food sources for healthy fats include wild caught fish, seeds, and coconut oil.
Foods rich in magnesium – Nuts, green leafy vegetables, and bananas are good sources of magnesium the “relaxation” mineral.

Foods that Cause Headaches

Any potential food allergenFood allergies can trigger headaches. Eliminate common allergens such as gluten, cows dairy, peanuts, eggs, soy and shellfish.  Using the Elimination Diet is a good way to find out which foods trigger headaches.
Foods that contain tyramine – Can trigger headaches.  Foods such as cheese, chocolate, citrus, coffee, cold cuts, smoked fish, wine, pork, and vinegar should be avoided.
Alcohol – Can worsen headaches.   Alcohol causes dehydration resulting in headaches the day after consumption.
Sugar  – Can lead to spikes in blood sugar which can cause headaches.
Cold foods – Restricts blood vessels leading to headaches.

Top 5 Natural Headache Remedies

#1 Magnesium (200 mg 2x daily)
Magnesium the “relaxation” mineral can help eliminate migraines and helps prevent tension headaches.

#2 Feverfew (250-500 mcg daily)
Helps reduce the severity and duration of headaches.

#3 Butterbur (75 mg 2x daily)
Can reduce inflammatory effect of chemicals that trigger headache (especially migraines) and also acts as a beta blocker resulting in normal blood flow to the brain.

#4 B-Complex Vitamins
Many B vitamins are involved in the formation of neurotransmitters such as serotonin, which may be deficient in people who suffer from migraines.

#5 Adaptogen herbs (rhodiola, ashwagandha, and holy basil 500mg)
These herbs can reduce stress, cortisol and tension headaches.

Natural Headache Treatment

Begin regular Chiropractic care treatments to eliminate the cause of regular headaches. Tension in the neck and shoulders can cause spinal misalignments that cause headaches.  Chiropractors are able to remove this spinal pressure which can help eliminate headaches often in a very short period of time.

Essential Oils for Headache Relief

Mix peppermint and lavender essential oils with coconut oil and apply to upper neck and shoulders.  Peppermint oil improves circulation and lavender reduces muscle tension which can quickly relieve headaches.

Source: http://draxe.com/

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Natural Allergy Cures

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Allergies are a response to non-harmful environmental substances that can result in a variety of symptoms: sneezing, congestion, headache, coughing, sore throat and itchy eyes.  Although most allergies are generally non-harmful, some can cause a severe reaction that can be fatal. Some potential causes for this over-reaction include nutritional deficiencies andpoor digestion.

The most common form of allergies today are seasonal allergies which can be caused by pollen, grasses and weeds.  The natural allergy cures below may help relieve or speed recovery.

Top Foods For Allergies

Fresh fruits and vegetables – Provide important nutrients and generally do not cause allergic reactions. A juice fast can help with detoxification.
Clean lean protein – Helps the immune system. Aim for 3-4 oz at minimum per meal. Shellfish can be problematic so avoid consuming.
Flax and chia seeds – Can reduce systemic inflammation leading to a reduction in symptoms. Adding chia seeds or ground flax seeds to salads or a smoothie is a great way to consume these important foods.
GingerThis herb is anti-inflammatory.  Add a small amount to green juices or make ginger tea.
Cold-pressed oils – Coconut oil, palm oil, and olive oil are easy to digest and anti-inflammatory.

Foods to Avoid

Gluten – A protein found in most foods processed from wheat and related grains, such as barley and rye.  It is likely to be found in most packaged foods.   Gluten ranks at the top of allergy causing foods.
Conventional Dairy – The pasteurization of dairy destroys necessary enzymes which can cause allergies.  In addition, the protein found in most of our North American cattle contains a type of protein known as beta casein A1.  This protein tends to cause allergies because of its histidine amino acid which is a trigger for both food and seasonal allergies.
Trans fats and hydrogenated oils – These contain fats that increase inflammation which may lead to immune reactions.
Eggs – May be mucus producing for some people.
Processed foods – Contain additives (under the term natural flavors or certain food dyes) that can cause allergic reactions in certain people.

Top 5 Natural Allergy Supplements

#1 Stinging Nettles (300-500mg 2x daily)
Shown to be effective in reducing hay fever by reducing overall histamine production.

#2 Quercetin (1000 mg daily)
An anti-inflammatory flavonoid found in red wine, green tea, citrus, and onions. It has been shown to reduce inflammation and hay fever.

#3 Vitamin C (2,000mg daily)
A powerful antioxidant that has antihistamine properties. It can also boost the immune system.  Learn more about vitamin C here.

#4 Bromelain (250 mg daily)
An enzyme found in pineapple which reduces swelling especially in the nose and sinuses.

#5 Raw Honey (2 tbsp daily)
Look for local, raw honey. It’s vital for the honey to be local because the bees are making honey out of the common plants in your particular area and contain local pollen. Dosing yourself daily with honey made from these plants can help your body learn to deal with the common allergens from these plants.

Essential Oils For Allergies

Eucalyptus oil and peppermint oil can open up the lungs, sinuses and improve circulation reducing allergies.  Creating your own homemade vapor rub is an effective treatment or breathing it in with a diffuser.  Also, diffusing tea tree oil can destroy airborne pathogens that cause allergies.

Allergy Natural Treatments

Using a Neti pot is also an effective natural treatment for reducing allergy symptoms.

Source: http://draxe.com/

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Natural Remedies for ADHD

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) are neurological and behavior-related conditions that cause difficulty in concentrating, impulsiveness, and excessive energy.

Individuals with ADHD not only have a challenge in concentrating, but have a challenge sitting still. Those with ADHD are typically more disruptive than individuals with ADD.

ADHD often has an onset age of 7, but this disorder can continue through teen years, and well into adulthood. It is estimated that ADHD affects 9% of American children between the ages of 13 and 18, and over 4% of adults.(1)

According to the NIH’s National Institute of Mental Health, “the number of children being diagnosed with ADHD is increasing, but it is unclear why.” Most physicians, and research indicates the increase in ADHD is directly linked to the food we eat.

Root Causes of ADD/ADHD

According to several international studies, ADHD has a genetic link. In addition, there are environmental factors, and dietary concerns that many researchers believe increase the risk and in many cases, worsens the symptoms.

Refined sugar, artificial sweeteners, and chemical food additives, nutritional deficiencies, preservatives and food allergies are all causes of ADD/ADHD.

In children, a partial cause is related to a lack of interest or forcing children to learn in a manner to which they are not geared to learn. Some children learn better by seeing or doing (kinesthetic), rather than by hearing.

Symptoms of ADD/ADHD

The severity of symptoms can vary greatly from individual to individual, depending on environment, diet, and other factors.

Children may exhibit one or more of the following symptoms of ADHD/ADD(1) :

  • Difficulty in concentrating and diminished focus
  • Easily distracted
  • Easily bored
  • Difficulty organizing or completing tasks
  • Prone to losing things
  • Doesn’t listen
  • Difficulty in following instructions
  • Fidgety behavior, squirming
  • Extreme difficulty being still and/or quiet
  • Impatience

Adults may exhibit one or more of the following symptoms of ADD/ADHD(2):

  • Difficulty focusing and concentrating on a task, project, or conversation
  • Overwhelming emotional and physical restlessness
  • Frequent mood swings
  • Prone to anger and a hot temper
  • Disorganized
  • Low tolerance of people, situations, and surroundings
  • Unstable relationships
  • Increased risk for addiction(3)

The most common treatment of ADD/ADHD today is using medications such as Ritalinand Adderall both of which have been linked to suicidal thoughts and personality changes. Ritalin is a central nervous system stimulant, that can cause nervousness, agitation, anxiety, insomnia, vomiting, an increased heart rate, increased blood pressure and even psychosis.(4)

Adderall is an amphetamine, that is highly addictive with prolonged use. Side effects include tremors, hallucinations, muscle twitches, high blood pressure, fast or irregular heartbeats, and extreme mood swings.(5)

With these side effects, it is easy to see why so many people are seeking effective natural cures. The good news is there are natural remedies for ADD/ADHD that are both effective and without the scary side effects of prescription medications.

Top Foods For ADHD

Additive-free, Unprocessed Foods –Due to the toxic nature of food additives, it is best to eat unprocessed, whole foods. Additives including artificial sweeteners, preservatives, and colorings may be especially problematic for those with ADD/ADHD.

Foods High in B-Vitamins –B vitamins help maintain a healthy nervous system. Make sure to include organic wild animal products and lots of green leafy vegetables in your diet. According to the University of Maryland Medical Center, Vitamin B-6 is needed for the body to make and use essential brain chemicals including serotonin, dopamine, and norepinephrine. In fact, one preliminary study has found that B-6 is slightly more effective than Ritalin in improving behavior!(6) Incorporate wild tuna, bananas, wild salmon, grass-fed beef, and other foods rich in Vitamin B-6 for the improvement of ADHD.

Poultry –Tryptophan is an essential amino acid that helps the body to synthesize proteins and aid in the production of serotonin. Serotonin plays significant roles in sleep, inflammation, emotional moods, and much more. In many individuals suffering from ADD/ADHD, imbalances in serotonin levels has been indicated according to the University of Michigan Health System.(7) Serotonin is related to impulse control, and aggression, two of the symptoms of ADD/ADHD.(8)

Eat Breakfast –For some people, and especially those with ADHD, breakfast helps the body properly regulate blood sugar and stabilize hormone fluctuations. Eat a breakfast that contains at least 20 grams of protein. Try my Thin Mint Protein Smoothie that has 20 grams of protein from whey. It is a tasty and filling way to “break the fast”.

Wild Caught Salmon and Tuna –Not only are they rich with Vitamin B-6, they are packed with Omega 3 fatty acids. According to the University of Maryland Medical Center, a clinical trial indicated that lower levels of Omega-3 fatty acids had more learning and behavioral problems (like those associated with ADHD) than boys with normal levels of Omega 3s.(9) Individuals, including children, should consume wild salmon or tuna at least twice per week.

ADHD Foods to Avoid

Sugar – This is the primary trigger for most children, and some adults with ADHD. Avoid any forms of concentrated sugar including candy, desserts, soda, or fruit juices.

Gluten – Some researchers and parents report worsening behavior when their child eats gluten, which may indicate sensitivity to the protein found in wheat. Avoid all foods made with wheat such as bread, pasta, and wheat cereal.  Look for gluten-free or even grain-free alternatives.

Conventional Dairy – Most cow milk dairy contains A1 casein that can trigger a similar reaction as gluten and therefore should be eliminated. If problematic symptoms arise after eating dairy, discontinue use. Goat’s milk however does not contain the protein, and is a better option for many individuals with ADD/ADHD.

Food Coloring and Dyes – Children with ADHD can be sensitive to a variety of food dyes and colorings, therefore all processed foods should be avoided. Coloring and dyes appear in nearly every commercially processed food. Food dyes can be found in sports drinks, candy, cake mixes, chewable vitamins, and even toothpaste!

CaffeineWhile some studies have shown that caffeine may help with some ADHD symptoms, it is wise to minimize or avoid caffeine, as these studies have not been validated. In addition, the side effects of caffeine, including loss of loss, anxiety, and nervousness, can contribute to the symptoms of ADD/ADHD.(10)

MSG and HVPThese two additives are believed to decrease dopamine levels in both children and adults. Dopamine is associated with the brain’s pleasure and reward systems. For individuals suffering with ADD/ADHD, balanced levels of dopamine are essential.

Nitrites – Commonly found in lunchmeat, canned foods and many processed foods, nitrites are linked to an increase of childhood Type 1 Diabetes, certain types of cancer, and IBS. In addition, it can cause rapid heart rate, difficulty breathing, and restlessness which worsen ADHD symptoms.

Artificial Sweeteners – Artificial sweeteners are just bad for your health, but for those living with ADHD, the side effects can be devastating. Artificial sweeteners create biochemical changes in the body, some of which can harm cognitive function and emotional balance.

Soy – Soy is a common food allergen and can disrupt hormones that cause ADHD.

Personal Food Sensitivities/Allergens – Eliminate the top 7 allergens, including soy, wheat, and conventional dairy mentioned above, as well as peanuts, tree nuts, eggs, and shellfish. In addition, eliminate any foods or beverages that are personal allergens. This might include papaya, avocados, bananas, and kiwis (for those with latex allergies), and/or coriander, caraway, or fennel (all from the same family), and/or chocolate.

Top 5 Natural Remedies for ADHD

#1 Fish Oil (1,000mg daily)
The EPA/DHA in fish oil are critical for brain function and are anti-inflammatory. Supplementation has been shown to reduce symptoms and improve learning.

#2 B-Complex (50 mg daily)
Children with ADHD may need more B-vitamins to help with the formation of serotonin, especially Vitamin B6.

#3 Multi-Mineral Supplement (including zinc, magnesium, and calcium)
500 mg calcium, 250 mg of magnesium, and 5 mg zinc 2x daily.  All play a role in relaxing the nervous system and a deficiency may exacerbate symptoms.

#4 Probiotic (25-50 billion units daily)
ADHD may be connected to digestive issues, therefore taking a good quality probioticdaily will help maintain intestinal health.

#5 GABA (250 mg 2x daily)
A calming amino acid, ask your doctor before taking GABA as it can interact with other medications.

Bonus ADD/ADHD Remedy

Rhodiola Rosea has been proven effective at improving the focus of both adults and children. It works by increasing the sensitivity in the neurological and nervous system that produce serotonin and dopamine, which are both essential for effective ADHD symptom control.

Essential Oils For ADHD

According to a study published in the American Medical Association Journal, essential oils of vetiver and cedarwood are very effective in improving focus and calming down children with ADHD.

For memory and concentration, rosemary and peppermint oils have been shown to improve alertness while enhancing memory.

For a calming effect, Ylang Ylang and lavender are proven effective, while frankincense brings emotional wellness, clarity, and heightened cognitive function.

Lifestyle Changes for Children with ADHD

The challenge for the parents of a child with ADD/ADHD is not only to find an effective natural cure, but also to create an environment that supports their creativity, and spurs learning. Here are some lifestyle changes that may help.

Show Affection (and ask for it)Children living with ADHD need reassurance they aren’t a bad child. If you only respond to the negative behaviors, it can trigger more negative behaviors. Find ways to compliment your child while holding them accountable for their actions. Remember, they are more than just the behaviors of ADHD. Give them the chance to “WOW” you.

Provide Opportunities for Success – A child knows when you are truly excited and happy for them. Provide them with opportunities where they can succeed. Engage them in creative activities such as painting and sketching. Many top art competitions in the world have “quick sketch” competitions that force artists to provide their best work in 30 to 45 minutes. Celebrate your child’s focus and creative spirit in these types of challenges.

Regular Physical Exercise & Outdoor Playtime – For children with ADHD, burning some of the excess energy of the day can help to balance hormone levels, and provide your child with the building blocks for healthy bones and muscles.

Create a Child-Friendly Organizational System – Find the methods of organization that work best for your child. This may include a notebook with a checklist of daily “to dos”, a chart on the wall, or reminders in their smartphone or tablet. Teach them how to prioritize tasks including schoolwork, home chores, exercise, and fun activities.

Teach Your Child to CookSince ADD/ADHD is linked to the foods consumed, and has a genetic link, it is essential that your child learn what foods cause ADD/ADHD, and which ones can cure it. Spend time with your child exploring interesting ways to cook wild fish, grass-fed beef, free-range poultry, and fresh fruits and vegetables. Engage them in the menu planning and cooking process, and the dietary changes recommended above, will be significantly easier to implement.

Lifestyle Changes for Adults with ADHD

Create an Organizational System That Works for You –There is no 1 organization solution that works for everyone. Find the system that works best for you. A simple pen and paper checklist may be what some need, while others will need a more technical application that could include setting automatic reminders, prioritizing tasks, and more.

Use Technology to Your Advantage – There are a variety of apps available for smartphones and tablets for productivity. These tools can help you to plan ahead, and prioritize tasks. In addition, consider noise-cancelling headphones to help stave off the distractions in your home, or office.

Exercise – Regular exercise not only helps build muscles and bone, but helps to relieve stress. In addition to your regular exercise routine, try something that engages your “fun” gene too. Dance, martial arts, playing tennis or volleyball, are all great ways to burn calories, balance hormones, and reduce stress.

Get More Sleep – Insomnia is a common side effect for adults with ADD/ADHD. With a proper diet, exercise, and relaxation techniques, you can get the rest you need. Practice good sleep habits including routine bed times, and turning off technology 45 minutes prior to sleep.

The dietary changes, supplements, and recommended lifestyle changes below will help you conquer ADD/ADHD. The solutions above are equally effective for children and adults alike.

For many people, removing the ADD/ADHD trigger foods, and replacing them with healthy foods that naturally fight ADD/ADHD will dramatically help cure this common neurological and behavioral disorder. Remember, detoxing from years of chemicals and unhealthy foods takes some time. Stick with the program above, and kick ADD/ADHD for good!

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Homeopathy Treatment for an Autoimmune Skin Disorder – Psoriasis

The persistent skin problem “Psoriasis” makes patients to suffer with red and scaly formations over the skin. Joints are also affected and patients will feel discomfort while moving their limbs. It is not contagious like other skin problems. Psoriasis outbreaks the skin in patches after it is inflamed with excess cell production, medically these patches are called psoriatic plaques. These patches appear white and are accumulated with excess skin productive. They are observed mostly in the joints – knees and elbows. There are a few reports as per which, patients do suffer with these patches on their scalp.

In simple words, it is a chronic condition and its severity varies with patient to patient. Skin specialist doctors worldwide say that they have seen patients with minimal patches and patients with maximum patches all over the body. In a few cases, aching in the joints is also reported, mostly in severe cases. Talking about the exact cause for this condition cannot be specified. It is in the individual’s genes which makes him/her to suffer psoriasis. Till now, there wasn’t any exact reason reported, doctors say it is genetic. It is an autoimmune skin disorder.

How it causes and what actually happens?

The important factor for this disease is genes. If an individual’s immune system can block the viral infection, then there is no scope for the cause of the disorder. Here is vital information about “how the immune system is affected and psoriasis is caused”. With medical terms, doctors or experts explain it as T lymphocyte damage, one of the three types of white blood cells. Generally, the growth of the skin cells will be gradual. New cells will take the place of old as they shed, this doesn’t happen often, for every 4 weeks old cells flake away. When talking about the non contagious skin problem psoriasis, it alters the process of new cells replacing the old. The time period will be reduced to days instead of weeks.

Different age grouped patients suffer with this problem. The major percentage of patients belong to adult age group, whereas adolescence and teenage take minor percentage. The plaques, the thick patches, can be seen on the body parts like elbows, knees, scalp and back. It becomes embarrassing situation for a patient to show their body when they have to. For instance, teens with psoriasis will avoid activities like swimming as they have to show off the patches formed because of the non contagious health problem. In the similar way, patients face several embarrassing situations in their daily routine.

What are the symptoms and treatments available?

With different symptoms, the cause of psoriasis can be identified. In mild cases, small portions of skin are covered with a rash and in severe cases; the patient suffers with scaling, itching and tendering on a large portion of the body. We do have a few mild cases to know about. In mild cases, people reported large patches over the body causing discomfort. There are such severe cases, the joints of the body ache as they are swollen. Old skin piles up under the fingernail and toenails. The color of fingernails and toenails change can be observed along with the visibility in the separation from the bed.

People with this health problem may see the symptoms invisible sometimes even without treatment and that means they are still uncured, again symptoms appear after a few days. Doctors will name their problem as Psoriasis with a mere look at the body, which is covered with patches. No other tests like a blood test or urine test isn’t required. By prescribing a few medicines and by guiding a few care tips, mild cases are easily treated. Mostly, the problem will be solved with medicines and care tips. The same is not with severe cases; it becomes impossible to treat them.

Different combinations of medicines or treatment may not work, because of the severity. There are ample cases, where people got cured of psoriasis with homeopathy. In these days, homeopathy sounds pretty perfect treatment for this non contagious health problem. However, the combination of treatment and care will only work. Overexposure to sunlight should be avoided, moisturizing the skin, giving up of smoking & alcohol, controlling stress & anxiety and of course a balanced diet, all these are included in the list of care tips doctors recommend.

Are there any types?

Yes! There are a few types of psoriasis and they are: Plaque, Flexural, Guttate, Pustular, Nail and Erythrodermic.

  • The first “Plaque” is most generally diagnosed psoriasis among 85% of the patients and the symptoms include elevated, inflamed and white patches.
  • “Flexural” leaves smooth patches over the skin and the patients feel irritated when sweating.
  • In “Guttate” cases, small round patches are observed over a large area like arms, legs, core section and scalp.
  • “Pustular” makes the patients to suffer with elevated sores filled with pus. The affected body parts here are hands and feet.
  • “Nail” affects fingernail and toenails. It alters the appearance like discoloring and separating nails from the bed.
  • Erythrodermic is a severe case, a broad area of the body gets inflamed. Skin will have severe dryness and swelling, because of this, patients suffer severe pain.

Tips for patients with psoriasis

However, most treatments cannot cure the condition permanently, as it may occur again. If it is a homeopathic treatment, then permanent cure can be expected. The right treatment with improper care cannot improvise the condition, there should be proper care taken as well. Avoiding exposure to extreme heat or sunlight is always recommended. Sun burns may increase the severity and pain. Using powders will cause dryness; the condition becomes worse when the skin dry and this leads to itching. Moisturizing the skin is vital for itching. A balanced diet with all vitamins and minerals should be taken. Perfumes should be completely avoided. Drink plenty of water and avoid alcohol. Taking oatmeal baths can minimize the irritation. There shouldn’t be a usage of beauty products; the chemicals in beauty products are not favorable to the skin affected psoriasis. Bathing soaps with moisturizing agents must be preferred. Doctor prescribed medication will work effectively when all these tips are followed.

Homeocare International Pvt. Ltd is a Chain of World Class Homeopathy Clinics spread across south India. It offers safe and effective Homeopathy treatment for an autoimmune skin disorder.

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Natural Remedies to Cure Bad Breath

Mentha PiperitaBad breath is caused by sulfur containing compounds generally found in food and resolves within 24 after the food is fully digested. Chronic bad breath is a symptom of an underlying problem such as poor oral hygiene, poor diet, gum disease, tooth decay, or other more serious medical conditions such as liver disease or diabetes.

Often times bad breath can start in your digest tract and stem from candida, yeast and bad bacteria overgrowth.

If you want to beat bad breath for good you must make the proper dietary changes and improve oral hygiene.

Top Foods For Bad Breath

High fiber foodsFoods high in fiber help improve digestion and help your body expel toxins.
Water – Drink at least 8 glasses of water to flush toxins.
Parsley – This decorative green leafy vegetable is a natural breath freshener since it is high in chlorophyll.
Citrus fruits and vegetables – These provide vitamins A and C, antioxidants that are necessary for healthy teeth and gums.
Foods high in probiotics – Include kefir, natural yogurt, amasai, kimchi or sauerkraut for natural probiotics and a healthful digestive system.

Foods that Cause Bad Breath

Onions and garlic – These are the biggest problematic foods for bad breath, use them in moderation while cooking and do not eat them raw.
Fried foods or other high trans fat foods – These foods take a long time to move through the digestive system therefore producing halitosis.
Sugar – Sugar leads to tooth decay and gum disease contributing to halitosis.
Sticky foods – Avoid caramels or other types of “sticky” food that can stick to teeth and cause decay.
Sweetened beverages – Sugary drinks coat your teeth with sugar and many of us don’t think to brush after we consume them.

Top 5 Natural Remedies to Cure Bad Breath

#1 Chlorophyll (1 tsp after meals)
Will have the same effect as eating a sprig of parsley.

#2 Probiotic (15+ billion)
Helps increase the amount of friendly bacteria and reduce unfriendly (gas-producing bacteria).

#3 Milk thistle (200-250 mg x2 daily)
Milk thistle helps improve digestion and detoxify the liver.

#4 Peppermint essential oil (1-3 drops daily)
Peppermint oil is a natural alternative to breath fresheners, good for your digestive system and can give breath a pleasant scent.

#5 Coconut Oil Pulling (1 tbsp 5-20 minutes)
Oil pulling with coconut oil is an effective natural treatment for bad breath.  Oil pulling has even more benefits than flossing without hurting your gums.  Take 1 tbsp of coconut oil and lightly swish between teeth for around 20 minutes.

Natural Treatment For Bad Breath

Making DIY homemade toothpaste and mouthwash can help freshen breath.  Use both 2x daily.

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10 Wonderful Foods That Will Give You Perfect Skin

There are many tasty foods that can give you great skin, and including some of them in your eating plan is essential. When you have a healthy skin, you look much younger and fresher, no matter how old you are. The foods you consume every day play a significant role in the health of your skin as well as your overall health. Nowadays it’s hard to choose foods that are tasty and healthy at the same time. HopWonderful-Foods-That-Will-Give-You-Great-Skin1efully, this list of 10 foods to eat to have a gorgeous skin will help you keep your skin healthy and young.

1. Flax seeds

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Flax seeds are rich in omega-3’s that play a critical role in controlling the appearance of age spots and fine lines. A study shows that consuming flax seeds every day helps relieve skin redness and irritation and helps make skin look fresh and soft. Add some flax seeds to your oatmeal, smoothies or your favorite muffin recipe.

 

2. Purple and blue fruits

 

 

Purple and blue fruits are among the best foods to eat for a great skin. Blueberries, blackberries and plums are all rich in antioxidants, which combat free radical damage. If you don’t know, free radicals come from a poor diet or chemicals in the environment. Purple and blue fruits can also help keep your skin looking younger longer.

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