What is toxic food?

TOXIC food is any food that is manufactured with additives, preservatives, and artificial ingredients.

TOXIC food effects:

Depress the immune system

Weight gain

Excite the nervous system

Slow down the digestive tract

Examples of TOXIC food:

1. Animal foods-processed meats, eggs, dairy products, meat and fish

2. White flour products-pastas, breads, breakfast cereals, cakes etc…

3. Refined white sugar products-candy bars, soda, packaged snacks, and other sweets

4. Refined salt- table salt

 

 

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20 facts about Obamacare (STAY INFORMED)

 

20 things to know about 'Obamacare': "Get Covered America" buttons during a training session on Sept. 7, in Chicago, Illinois before volunteers canvas a Chicago neighborhood to talk with residents about the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare.: "Get Covered America" buttons during a training session on Sept. 7, in Chicago, Illinois before volunteers canvas a Chicago neighborhood to talk with residents about the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare.

 

A breakdown of what you need to know about the Affordable Care Act, aka Obamacare.

What do you need to know about the Affordable Care Act, aka Obamacare, the health-reform law or the “federal health-care overhaul”? It’s big, it’s far-reaching and it will change many things about the way you get health care.

Here are 20 things to know about the new law:

1. Next year, you must have health insurance, one way or another, or pay a penalty. There are exceptions, but they won’t apply to most people.

2. Very likely, you already have insurance, so don’t panic. If you are covered by an employer-sponsored plan, Medicare or Medicaid, military or veterans programs, an individual plan or other group plans, you’re golden. If it’s very skimpy or unaffordable, you can buy on the state’s exchange marketplace, where you might get financial help.

3. If you have an individual plan, you’re considered covered, but your plan is likely going to change, and you’ll have to pick a new one.

4. Insurers can no longer reject you or charge you more because you have a health condition.

5. Your kids can be on your policy until they’re 26.

6. You can’t sign up for insurance coverage all year long. You’ll be able to sign up only during specified open-enrollment periods. This year, a special six-month period lasts from Oct.1 to the end of March 2014.

7. If you’re a mom, you’re the most-trusted adviser to over-26 kids. So you’re the one who needs to explain that, yes, they can pay the penalty and skip insurance.

8. There is a new way to compare and sign up for individual insurance. In Washington, the insurance-exchange marketplace will appear Oct. 1 as the Washington Healthplanfinder, a one-stop shopping site that will take care of a lot of messy details for you.

9. The Healthplanfinder will do some whiz-bang stuff behind the curtain. You’ll be able to find out, for example, if your income qualifies you for free or lower-cost insurance.

10. The exchange isn’t the only way. You’ll still be able to buy individual insurance through a broker, or through the insurer the same way you signed up before. But there are no subsidies for purchases outside the exchange.

Related: Under fire, ‘Obamacare’ going live — with glitches

11. If you work for a big, self-insured company, you won’t see many changes. At least not right away.

12. Expect new arrangements between insurers and doctors and hospitals. In general, they may lead to better coordination of care, but you may also see fewer choices of doctors, clinics and hospitals.

13. You might want to call way ahead of time to make that doctor’s appointment. If it turns out that more people are insured, there just might be a few more patients in the waiting room.

14. Don’t expect costs to go down soon. Once most people are in the pool, expect some slow ratcheting down of costs as businesses, insurers and health systems find ways to reward care that works and discourage care that doesn’t.

15. Expect more pressure from every direction to adopt healthful habits and choices.

16. Businesses aren’t required to insure workers this year. The federal government in July delayed the mandate for business coverage for a year. But in 2015, employers of more than the equivalent of 50 full-time workers will have to insure or pay a penalty.

17. Undocumented immigrants won’t get any subsidies. But legal immigrants can buy insurance on the exchanges and qualify for subsidies, if their income qualifies them for help.

18. Watch as hospitals pull out all the stops to sign up patients for insurance.

19. Soon, there will be information everywhere. There will be assisters and seminars and advertisements and info packets about the exchange and the ACA everywhere you turn.

20. Despite what you may have heard, Obamacare doesn’t change the world as we know it. There will still be hospitals, and doctors and insurance companies. Employers will still offer insurance to workers. Brain surgeons will still make a lot of money.

Check his site out to hear about others  Obamacare experiences: http://obamacare.net/

 

STAY AWAY from artificial sweeteners!

Artificial sweeteners (© Getty Images)

Your brain is neither fooled by nor pleased with artificial sweeteners

Your brain isn’t thrilled by your attempts to trick it with artificial sweeteners, and it’s making you want more sugar as punishment. At least, that’s what a new study from the Yale School of Medicine is suggesting, which scientists are hoping will explain why obesity rates have continued to rise even as artificial sweeteners have become more prevalent.

The theory is that your brain doesn’t release as much dopamine when it recognizes artificial sweetener, which is why aspartame and other sugar substitutes can actually make some people feel hungrier — your brain literally refuses to acknowledge that you’re full.

Study leader Ivan de Araujo told Nature World News that he hopes the findings will lead to a “happy medium” that involves “combining sweeteners with minimal amounts of sugar.” Our brains have to ruin everything, don’t they? LOL

Check out this link for more info: http://www.natureworldnews.com/articles/4104/20130923/why-eating-artificial-sweeteners-wont-help-lose-weight.htm

 

9 Reasons why Probiotics are mandatory in our lives

Here are some examples of foods high in probiotic content

First off I want to let you know what a Probiotic is…

Probiotics are cultured edible microorganisms that can be consumed to restore the natural balance of beneficial microbes in the gut. These include bacteria similar to those that naturally occur in the human digestive tract and specific yeast strains that complement gut bacteria. Common probiotics include Lactobacillus acidophilus and Bifidobacterium bifidus. Probiotics can be cultured in foods, such as yogurt and kefir, or they can be purchased as supplements.
Adding healthy bacteria, or probiotics, into your diet is key. Probiotic literally means “for life,” and probiotics like lactobacillus, plantarum and bifidis help immune cells fight disease, prevent diarrhea and constipation, protect the mucous lining of the intestine, assist digestion and provide nutrients for building blood. They also manufacture B vitamins and vitamin K right down inside your intestines where they are immediately absorbed. They are the most efficient way to obtain vitamin B-12.

Probiotics also help you fight the signs of aging. Here’s how:

  1. Probiotics can keep you slim. Microflora reduce cravings for carbohydrates, sugar and alcohol. And new research has found that obese people have different bacteria in their intestines than people of normal weight. Scientists think that good bacteria can keep you from gaining pounds.
  2. Probiotics clean your liver. Traditional Chinese Medicine teaches that the liver affects your skin and eyes. With a clean liver, you may notice younger looking skin with less liver spots, moles and skin tags, and bright, shiny eyes.
  3. Probiotics treat acne. One study found that teenagers ingesting probiotics saw improvement in their blemishes after only 2 weeks.
  4. Probiotics can prevent wrinkles. Good bacteria in your gut can help you eliminate the toxins and free radicals that can damage skin and cause early signs of aging.
  5. Probiotics give you a glowing complexion. Probiotics help you digest and better assimilate the nutrients from your food. That means your skin receives more of the antioxidants, vitamins and minerals it needs to be healthy.
  6. Probiotics help your hair grow long and lustrous. Hair may be dead, but each hair follicle is surrounded by nourishing blood vessels. Beneficial microflora help keep your intestines clean and healthy, they attack pathogens to keep your blood clean and healthy. Healthy blood nourishes hair, skin and nails.
  7. Probiotics make your fingernails stronger. Nails are made of proteins, and probiotics break down the proteins you eat into the amino acids that build healthy, flexible nails.
  8. Probiotics give you energy. It’s much harder to look and feel good when you’re tired, but consuming probiotics boosts your immunity and makes digestion easier, giving you more energy to look your best!
  9. Probiotics prevent yeast infections and bacterial vaginosis. Keeping live cultures in your body balances out the good and bad bacteria in your body.

If you are serious about looking and feeling your best, then it is time to add beneficial probiotics to your diet. Fermented foods and beverages are the perfect way to obtain the probiotics your body needs.

(We recommend foods and beverages as probiotic sources because they are more potent than supplements, which lose potency after time on the shelf. Once inside your body, probiotic supplements don’t always survive the acidic environment of your stomach unless they are taken along with fermented foods and liquids.)

Consider adding these fermented foods and beverages to a diet of nutritious, whole foods. You’ll be looking (and feeling) better in no time.

  • Young Coconut Kefir is a delicious, bubbly drink that is deal for anyone who wants to stay slim or improve their skin.            I will post a homemade recipe later today
  • Raw, cultured vegetables can provide you with probiotics at every meal. These vegetables not only taste great but help you digest your other food, making valuable nutrients for your skin, hair and nails.
  • Vitality SuperGreen, wholefood green drink, contains fermented greens, algae and potent probiotics.
  • Dong Quai newest, most convenient and economical fermented drink that supports overall body balancing and restoration for men and women.

 

As you incorporate fermented foods and drinks into your diet, keep in mind that probiotics are not the only piece of the beauty puzzle. Be sure to drink plenty of water, eat whole foods, sleep well, and exercise daily.

Instead of putting creams and lotions on your face, it’s so much more effective to eat a delicious menu plan that includes high-quality proteins, vitamins, minerals, virgin, organic oils and fats along with those wonderful probiotic foods. You’ll save money and have a whole team of healthy microflora at work to keep you healthy and young!

 

The 10 Best Foods for Flat Abs

Almonds

almonds

These delicious and versatile nuts contain filling protein and fiber, not to mention vitamin E, a powerful antioxidant.

They’re also a good source of magnesium, a mineral your body must have in order to produce energy, build and maintain muscle tissue, and regulate blood sugar.

A stable blood-sugar level helps prevent cravings that can lead to overeating and weight gain.

Let me tell you what makes almonds most interesting,  their ability to block calories. Research indicates that the composition of their cell walls may help reduce the absorption of all of their fat, making them an extra-lean nut.

Try: An ounce a day (about 23 almonds), with approximately 160 calories.

An empty Altoids tin will hold your daily dose perfectly.

 

Eggs

You won’t find a more perfect protein source. Eggs are highly respected by dietitians because of their balance of essential amino acids (protein building blocks used by your body to manufacture everything from muscle fibers to brain chemicals).

Soy

Dry-Roasted edamame

Soybeans are a great source of antioxidants, fiber, and protein. Plus, they’re incredibly versatile. Snack on dry-roasted soybeans, toss shelled edamame into soups, and slip a spoonful of silken tofu into your morningsmoothie.

Apples

A large apple has 5 grams of fiber, but it’s also nearly 85 percent water, which helps you feel full.

 

Berries

Most are loaded with fiber, every dieter’s best friend. The more fiber you eat — experts say that it’s best to get between 25 and 35 grams every day — the fewer calories you absorb from all the other stuff you put in your mouth.

That’s because fiber traps food particles and shuttles them out of your system before they’re fully digested. Berries (and other fruits) are also high in antioxidants, which not only help protect you from chronic diseases like cancer but may also help you get more results from your workouts.  Antioxidants help improve blood flow, which can help muscles contract more efficiently.

Leafy Greens

Spinach

Their cancer-preventing carotenoids won’t help shrink your waistline, but their low calorie count definitely will. One cup of spinach contains only about 40 calories, while a cup of broccoli has 55 calories and satisfies 20 percent of your day’s fiber requirement. Most leafy greens are also a good source of calcium, an essential ingredient for muscle contraction. In other words, they help fuel your workouts.

Try for: Three servings daily. Keep a bag of pre-washed baby spinach in your fridge and toss a handful into soups, salads, pasta dishes, stir-fries, and sandwiches. When you get sick of spinach, reach for a bunch of arugula, broccoli rabe, or broccolini, a cross between broccoli and Chinese kale.

Yogurt

Probiotics!!!!!  People who get their calcium from yogurt rather than from other sources may lose more weight around their midsection, according to a recent study published in theInternational Journal of Obesity. The probiotic bacteria in most yogurts help keep your digestive system healthy, which translates into a lower incidence of gas, bloating, and constipation, which can keep your tummy looking flat.

Try for: One to three cups a day of low-fat or fat-freeyogurt. Choose unsweetened yogurt that contains live active cultures. Add a handful of fresh chopped fruit for flavor and extra fiber.

Veggie Soup

Easy Lemon Lentil Soup With Spinach

Researchers at Pennsylvania State University found that people who ate broth-based (or low-fat cream-based) soups two times a day were more successful in losing weight than those who ate the same amount of caloriesin snack food. Soup eaters also maintained, on average, a total weight loss of 16 pounds after one year. “Plus, it’s a simple way to get your vegetables,” says Susan Kleiner, PhD, RD, author of Power Eating (Human Kinetics, 2001).

Try for: At least one cup of low-calorie, low-sodium vegetable soup every day.

Salmon 

Salmon

Seafood, especially fatty fish like salmon, tuna, and mackerel, is an excellent source of omega-3 fatty acids. These uber-healthy fats may help promote fat burning by making your metabolism more efficient, according to Kleiner. An Australian study showed that overweight people who ate fish daily improved their glucose-insulin response. Translated, this means that seafood may help slow digestion and prevent cravings. If that doesn’t hook you, consider this: Seafood is an excellent source of ab-friendly protein.

Try for: Two four-ounce servings per week. Wild salmon, though pricey, contains more omega-3 fatty acids than farm-raised. (If it doesn’t say wild, it’s farm-raised.) If seafood’s not your thing, you can get your omega-3’s from flaxseed (grind and sprinkle on your cereal) walnuts, or fish oil supplements.

Quinoa

Curried Quinoa Salad with Grilled Shrimp

Never heard of it? Pronounced KEEN-wah, this wholegrain contains 5 grams of fiber and 11 grams of protein per half cup. Cook it as you would any other grain (although some brands require rinsing). Quinoa’s nutty flavor and crunchy-yet-chewy texture are like a cross between whole wheat couscous and short-grain brown rice.

Try for: At least one half-cup serving (a third of your whole-grain requirements) per day. Try substituting AltiPlano Gold brand instant quinoa hot cereal (160 to 210 calories per packet), in Chai Almond and Spiced Apple Raisin, for oatmeal. Look for it in health-food stores.

 

 

20 Health Benefits of Turmeric

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1. It is a natural antiseptic and antibacterial agent, useful in disinfecting cuts and burns.

2. When combined with cauliflower, it has shown to prevent prostate cancer and stop the growth of existing prostate cancer.

3. Prevented breast cancer from spreading to the lungs in mice.

4. May prevent melanoma and cause existing melanoma cells to commit suicide.

5. Reduces the risk of childhood leukemia.

6. Is a natural liver detoxifier.

7. May prevent and slow the progression of Alzheimer’s disease by removing amyloyd plaque buildup in the brain.

8. May prevent metastases from occurring in many different forms of cancer.

9. It is a potent natural anti-inflammatory that works as well as many anti-inflammatory drugs but without the side effects.

10. Has shown promise in slowing the progression of multiple sclerosis in mice.

11. Is a natural painkiller and cox-2 inhibitor.

12. May aid in fat metabolism and help in weight management.

13. Has long been used in Chinese medicine as a treatment for depression.

14. Because of its anti-inflammatory properties, it is a natural treatment for arthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.

15. Boosts the effects of chemo drug paclitaxel and reduces its side effects.

16. Promising studies are underway on the effects of turmeric on pancreatic cancer.

17. Studies are ongoing in the positive effects of turmeric on multiple myeloma.

18. Has been shown to stop the growth of new blood vessels in tumors.

19. Speeds up wound healing and assists in remodeling of damaged skin.

20. May help in the treatment of psoriasis and other inflammatory skin conditions.

Turmeric can be taken in powder or pill form. It is available in pill form in most health food stores, usually in 250-500mg capsules.

Once you start using turmeric on a regular basis, it’s fun to find new ways to use it in recipes. My favorite way to use it is to add a pinch of it to egg salad. It adds a nice flavor and gives the egg salad a rich yellow hue.

Contraindications: Turmeric should not be used by people with gallstones or bile obstruction. Though turmeric is often used by pregnant women, it is important to consult with a doctor before doing so as turmeric can be a uterine stimulant.

WHAT IS VITAMIN D3?

What Is Vitamin D3?

 

commonly referred to as the “sunshine vitamin,” plays an important role in your health. Exposure to sunlight stimulates the body to manufacture vitamin D and convert it to vitamin D3 (cholecalciferol), the active form of this vitamin in the human body. Vitamin D3 acts as a hormone and performs a variety of functions.

How It Is Made

Vitamin D is unique because it is made by the body when the skin is exposed to ultraviolet rays from the sun. When this happens, a cholesterol-like compound is converted to a vitamin D precursor and then to vitamin D3 (or cholecalciferol). Vitamin D3 is activated by enzymes from the liver and the kidney. When activated, vitamin D functions as a hormone. Just 15 minutes under the sun (for most people, without sunscreen), three times a week makes enough vitamin D. It can be stored for several months in the body.

RECOMMENDED INTAKE AND DEFICIENCY

The recommended adequate intake (AI) level for the vitamin D3 is 5 micrograms (mcg) or 200 International Units (IU) for adults aged 31 to 50 years. After the age of 50, the AI increases to 400 IU or 10 mcg. Vitamin D deficiency, or hypovitaminosis D, is common in Americans, especially those who live in colder, northern climates, as well as the elderly population. This is because your ability to produce the vitamin declines with age.

Food Sources

While vitamin D is strongest and most potent in its natural form, as made by the body through exposure to sunlight, a few foods in nature contain vitamin D. Fish, such as salmon, tuna and mackerel, as well as cod liver oil, beef liver, cheese and egg yolks are among the best food sources. Vitamin D in these foods is primarily in the form of vitamin D3 (cholecalciferol). Some mushrooms provide another form of vitamin D, D2 or ergocalciferol, which can be converted to D3 in the body. Fortified foods provide most of the vitamin D in the American diet, such as fortified milk.

Functions

In its active form, cholecalciferol travels through the bloodstream, targeting certain organs, such as the brain, affecting what that organ does. Vitamin D3 is essential for regulating cell growth, increasing calcium and phosphorus absorption, and maintaining immune system integrity and cardiovascular health. It may play a role in cancer prevention. Vitamin D3 helps to maintain blood calcium levels for building bone and teeth, muscle contraction, and the transmission of nerve impulses. Vitamin D3 is important for regulating mood, alleviating depression and preserving cognitive function.

Reduction in Overall Mortality

Serum (blood) concentration of vitamin D (known as 25-OHD) is the best indicator of vitamin D status in humans. Serum vitamin D concentrations of greater than 15 ng/mL (greater than 37.5 nmol/L) are recommended. Higher levels are suggested by some experts as desirable for overall health and disease prevention (greater than 30 ng/ml or greater than 75 nmol/L). For example, an epidemiological study published in the Archives of Internal Medicine in 2008 showed that low serum vitamin D levels were correlated with increased mortality (from all causes). In addition, a meta-analysis research study published in the Archives of Internal Medicine in 2007 revealed that use of vitamin D supplements was associated with a statistically significant reduction (7 percent) in overall mortality.

Read more: http://www.livestrong.com/article/95770-vitamin-d3/#ixzz2SeiRbIkC

 

22 Health Benefits of Ginger Root & Ginger Tea

Ginger is not often used by the majority of Americans, even though it commonly appears in the kitchens of countries across the globe. With so many healthy properties to it, it makes sense to start adding this to more of your dishes, or to start brewing a daily glass of ginger tea. It’s easy enough to make ginger tea, simply add boiling water to slices of ginger root. Adding lemon is a way to make it taste better and get more benefits from it.

prevent health problems with ginger

Prevention and Treatment

Fights Cancer – There are particular cancers that ginger has been shown to help treat, including ovarian cancer. Research has proven that ginger can act to literally obliterate ovarian cancer cells. Even more promising is that the cells actually end up killing and attacking themselves. This is good news for those that already have cancer, and reason enough to start having more ginger show up in your diet if you’re currently cancer-free.

Helps with Irritable Bowel Syndrome – Those suffering from IBS will be happy to note that getting more ginger should spell relief from the symptoms of the condition. The interesting thing to note is that it doesn’t seem to matter how you get the ginger into your system, whether including more ginger root in your cooking, taking ginger supplements, or brewing ginger tea, they all seem to have a calming effect on the bowels and digestive system.

Protects Against Alzheimer’s Disease – If Alzheimer’s runs in your family, or you are just worried about coming down with the debilitating disease, you should think about incorporating more ginger into your diet and daily routine. Research has shown that ginger helps to slow down the loss of brain cells that typically is a precursor to Alzheimer’s. By protecting and preserving these cells you are prolonging the amount of good years you have being alert and coherent and aware of your surroundings.

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Weight Loss

Stimulates Appetite – If you have a sluggish digestive system and find that you need to get your digestive fires going before a meal, ginger can help. It may be the case that you don’t produce enough stomach acid, and ginger can act as an appetite stimulant, getting your digestive juices revved up so that you are able to digest your meal better. Improper digestion of foods leaves them fermenting in your digestive tract, and can contribute to weight gain.

Helps with Weight Loss – Losing weight is one of the most significantly positive things you can do for your overall health, and ginger can play an integral role in the process. The reason is because it acts as a fat burner, specifically helping to make sure that the weight you’re losing is from fat, and not just general weight or water loss. Another factor that helps shed the pounds is that ginger helps you feel full, so you’ll eat less and feel fuller longer, reducing your overall caloric intake.

Relieves Tired Muscles – The sort of muscle tiredness you get after strength training is the type that ginger works best on. This means that your muscles will recover better and allow you to take part in cardio workouts on your off days. It means you’ll be more likely to be more active instead of being out of commission on the days following your weight lifting workouts. Increased lean muscle mass generally equates to natural weight loss as you burn calories around the clock.

Helps Manage Glucose Levels – Research out of Australia suggests that ginger can help keep blood glucose levels in check. This is important because these levels have a direct impact on weight loss and weight gain, as well as how energetic or lethargic you feel throughout the day. If you’ve noticed that you get a midday crash it’s likely due to your blood sugar levels, and adding ginger to your lunch might help you stay focused and on task. An all-natural alternative to products like 5 Hour “Energy”.

Helps the Body Absorb Nutrients – When you’re trying to lose weight getting the right nutrients is essential. But if your body is overweight and not used to getting the nutrients it needs, it may have become used to not getting the required vitamins and now it doesn’t properly absorb them. More ginger means that you’ll be better absorbing the sort of nutrients that will help you in your pursuit and get you better results more quickly with the same amount of effort.

benefits of ginger

General Health and Well-Being

Helps with Morning Sickness – Pregnant women might want to opt for more ginger intake when they are suffering from bouts of morning sickness. The ginger acts as calming agent, and when compared to a placebo came through with shining colors in clinical tests. It’s always fun when an all-natural remedy gets backed by scientific research. It’s as if science is finally figuring out that natural herbs and foods have great value.

Reduces Arthritic Inflammation – The anti-inflammatory nature of ginger means that it can help with a host of inflammation-based conditions and diseases. Not least of which is arthritis, which millions of American suffer from, with millions more diagnosed each years as the baby boomer population grow older. There is even a bit of a pain relief characteristic to ginger, which is welcome news to those that don’t want to take a pill every day to relieve pain.

Opens Up Inflamed Airways – If you have asthma you have likely been scouring the Internet for ways to help open up your airways that don’t involve taking steroid-based medications. Ginger has been shown to open up airways by reducing inflammation, and it can also relieve any pain symptoms caused by the problem. This may not solve your asthma condition on its own, but it can be used as part of a comprehensive approach.

Improves Circulation – Ginger gets the blood in your body flowing, which will give you a feeling of having more energy, and can help you with any feelings of sluggishness or fatigue. It’s a great thing to drink if you live in a cold climate, because it will provide the sort of warmth you’re really after, the kind that comes from the inside and radiates out. This is because it is opening your pores and getting your overall circulation functioning better.

Looking for more superfoods? See why you should be using coconut oil & drinking green tea whenever you can.

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Minor Ailments

Heals Frostbite – Here’s a handy tip to remember if you ever come down with a case of frostbite. You can drink ginger tea during your recovery process to speed things along. Ginger will help to improve your circulation, which helps your body return the affected parts back to their normal state. You don’t have to drink very much of it in order to get the desired results, just about 8 ounces a day is all that’s necessary to have it work.

Stops Motion Sickness – Ginger has long been used as a natural remedy for motion sickness. It is most effective when used as a deterrent to motion sickness when on the water. It’s so good at what it does that it has even been shown to outdo OTC medications like Dramamine. It knocks out all of the accompanying symptoms of motion sickness, so you don’t have to worry about getting dizzy, feeling nauseous, breaking into cold sweats, or worse, puking out the window or over the side of the boat.

Blocks Acid from Heartburn – If you frequently get heartburn, you should consider using ginger as a way to get around it. The excess acid that leads to the condition can be undone by the properties of ginger. The nice thing is that ginger is far more economical than an over-the-counter drug or a prescription drug on most health plans. Another side benefit is that there are no side effects to taking it, and it can be used for the long term with no worries.

Relieves Gas – Gas can be embarrassing at the wrong times, and there are a ton of anti-gas products on the market. If you’re looking for a more natural way to treat it you should start buying and using more ginger. Ginger tea is easy enough to make and drink and if you drink it before you go to sleep you can let it work overnight while you’re sleeping. It should act to clear out your digestive system and neutralize the problem from the inside.

Provides Pain Relief – No matter what type of pain you’re suffering from, ginger can act as a natural pain reliever. It’s interesting to think that a root that grows in nature can actually affect how much pain you’re experiencing. It works on a hormonal level, and the anti-inflammatory nature means that overall you should have fewer aches and pains. Consider starting your morning with a cup of ginger tea and see if you notice improvements throughout the day.

Clears Sinuses – If you’re looking for sinus relief without having to resort to an over-the-counter drug, turn to ginger first. There is an active ingredient in ginger that has shown to work wonders on the sinuses, helping to unclog them and facilitate drainage. All you need to do is brew a nice cup of hot ginger tea to get the benefits without the use of medications with possible side effects.

Improves Your Breath – Unlike other foods like garlic, ginger can actually help to improve the status of your breath. Eaten towards the end of your meal it can cleanse the palate and leave your mouth feeling refreshed. You can also drink it as a beverage mixed with simple hot water. It’s a great way to flush out your mouth and neutralize a bad taste in your mouth, like the dreaded “coffee breath” from drinking coffee.

super spice

Super Spice

Increases Sexual Desire – With an increased function in the circulatory system, it’s no wonder that ginger has been referenced as an aphrodisiac for thousands of years. It didn’t take long for people to make the connection that after consuming ginger they felt an extra pep in their step and felt like things were firing on all cylinders. The nice part is that it works for both sexes equally, since both the clitoris and penis rely heavily on circulation in order to become aroused and engorged.

Strengthens Immunity – This is a fantastic feature to ginger that should pique the curiosity of anyone that was contemplating taking it or not. An improved immune system can mean that you get sick less often, that you recover more quickly when you do get sick, and that even if everyone else around you is coming down with an illness you can stay healthy. The research behind this property is solid, this is another instance where science is backing up an all-natural remedy.

Protects Against Nuclear Radiation – Hopefully not something you have to worry about in the near future, but still good to know in case World War III breaks out. But those living near the Fukushima disaster area have given strong consideration to upping their ginger intake with this news. If you want to get the full benefits of this feature you’ll have to have a daily dose of ginger so it’s in your system, and stays there.

22 Benefits of Ginger- protects against Alzheimer's disease, relieves tired muscles, improves circulation and much more.

Hopefully you’ve seen that it’s a good idea to add ginger to your list of things to buy on your next grocery trip. No matter what format you choose, whether you want to use ginger root in your meals, brew some ginger tea, or buy it in supplement form, you should be able to experience its many benefits. Just be sure that if you get it in supplement form you’re getting an organic brand, free of any other fillers.

Ginger FAQ

Does ginger boost metabolism?

One of ginger’s properties is to increase your metabolism, but it does so only slightly, and not enough to rely on as the sole way of getting the job done. But as far as part of a comprehensive plan to boost your metabolism, including increasing the amount of lean muscle you have, it could create a synergistic effect and leave you in a state of 24 hour fat burning.

Will ginger make you sleepy?

Because of its calming nature on many systems of the body, a common question is whether ginger will make you sleepy or drowsy. There are other properties of ginger that make it unlikely that it will make you sleepy. It increases the circulation and most users report that it gives them more energy, not less. When it is time for sleep though, ginger may help remove toxins that used to lead to sleeplessness, allowing you to fall asleep more easily.

Is ginger calming?

Because ginger improves the circulation, many report a feeling of warmth, and subsequent calm after taking it. It also has calming and soothing properties for the internal organs due to its anti-inflammatory effects. Many times ginger ale is served to someone that has an upset stomach, due to its calming properties.

Does ginger give you energy?

It may give you energetic feelings because it is increasing the circulatory system, allowing the blood inside you to move more freely throughout the body. The sensation this provides is one where you feel the get up and go that you once did in your younger years. It’s hard to define just what energy means, but this should help you feel like you can be more active.

Will ginger make you poop?

There is some anecdotal evidence that ginger helps keep you regular, or acts as a laxative, but it is not as reliable as other all-natural herbs and spices that are known to get things moving. Because it helps to cleanse your digestive tract, it can also lead to more frequent bowel movements, but isn’t by itself typically used to stimulate the bowels.

Is ginger easy to digest?

For most people ginger is easy to digest, and actually aids in the digestion of other foods. Of course there are cases where some have reported having trouble digesting and processing ginger. If you are worried about being able to process it properly, start off with a little bit and see how you respond to it, gradually increasing your intake as you get the all clear from your body.

Does ginger boost the immune system?

One of the properties of ginger is that it does help to strengthen the immune system. Studies have shown that cancer patients taking daily supplements of ginger are able to recover more quickly from anti-cancer procedures compared to those that take nothing or a placebo.

Is ginger high in vitamins?

Ginger isn’t really known for the high amount of vitamins it contains, but rather the effect it has on the body directly. It has small amounts of Vitamin A and C, but nothing to write home about.

Does ginger cause gas?

It shouldn’t, in fact it helps to neutralize gases from forming in your digestive system, and drinking ginger tea on a regular basis should cut down on the amount of gas you have overall.

Is ginger low carb?

There are 18 grams of carbs in 100 grams of ginger, so it’s about 18% carbs. Compare that to 80% of rice coming from carbs. It would likely fit well into a low-carb diet, and should help you feel full for longer periods of time, helping to overcome the strong feelings of hunger that come from low-carb diets.

Does ginger dehydrate you?

Ginger acts as a diuretic, so if you don’t keep yourself properly hydrated you might find that you get dehydrated more quickly. Be sure to drink an extra glass of water to account for your ginger intake.

 

23 Benefits of Coconut Oil & Why It’s So Darn Good for You

If you currently don’t use much coconut oil in your cooking, here are a list of benefits that will likely make you want to start. All oils are not created equally, and many of them are not beneficial to the body. But others, like olive oil have been shown to add extra health benefits. Coconut oil is the same way, with plenty of side benefits to taking it that make it a top contender to be the number one oil in your kitchen.

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Diseases and Conditions

Prevents Cancer – This is probably the biggest reason to use coconut oil instead of other less healthy oils. Promising experiments with rats show that those given coconut oil were less likely to develop tumors and more able to fight off cancer cells that were intentionally injected into them. While the correlation between rats and humans is debatable, it’s a good idea to play it on the safe side and simply buy coconut oil next time you’re out.

Fights Jock Itch And Athlete’s Foot – This involves some of the topical uses of coconut oil, applying it directly to the affected area. Be sure to apply it several times a day in order to see the best results, and also add it to your diet so that you’re getting a daily intake of it as well. This is one all-natural treatment that gives you an alternative to using prescription medications and over the counter options so that you don’t have to resort to medicine to fix the problem.

Fights Off Candida Yeast Infections – This is one very helpful attribute of coconut oil, and it’s been proven time and time again to work well as an antifungal. The reason this is such a good idea is because it’s natural, so you’re not resorting to medicinal treatments found in stores or prescribed by a doctor. The nice thing is that you can simply drink this down, if you don’t want to use it in your cooking. Just be suto get a daily dose until your condition subsides.

Helps Cure Some STDs – The antimicrobial nature of coconut oil helps with some STDs that are bacteria based. One such example is chlamydia. The use of coconut oil is safe, and without side effects, and is also one treatment method that your doctors probably won’t tell you about. It’s one option to try before resorting to medications, either by prescription or bought over the counter. The same effect could responsible for other colds and diseases, so it’s a good idea to add this as part of a comprehensive treatment.

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Good News for Dieters

Decreases Belly Fat – Belly fat is often the biggest offender when it comes to dieting. Most dieters say that they would want this problem area to go away. It just so happens that this is the area that is targeted by coconut oil. The waistline of those that took coconut oil instead of other oils decreased in a comparison test, with all else kept the same. If this is one of the areas you most want to treat you owe it to yourself to start taking in more coconut oil.

Helps In Weight Loss – The boost in metabolism is what does the trick, as this means you’ll be helping to burn calories 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. This is because your metabolism is always working, so if you have a sluggish one you tend to gain weight easily and have trouble losing it. If you speed it up you are able to burn more and more calories without doing anything extra like more exercise.

Controls Blood Sugar Levels – This is one huge reason to add coconut oil to your diet, since blood sugar levels have a direct impact on you ability to lose weight and keep it off. For many, getting ahold of their blood glucose peaks and valleys is enough to do the trick and help stabilize their weight. It also plays a big part in how sluggish or energetic you feel throughout the day. Keeping it stable means that you can stay focused and alert all the time.

Provides Energy by Stimulating the Thyroid – The fatty acids in coconut oil are effective at getting the thyroid going, which in turn keeps your body more energetic. This leads to feelings of increased energy, which leads to you being more active throughout the day, and in turn burns more calories, resulting in weight loss. A productive thyroid also has plenty of other health benefits for the body and your overall well-being. Just more reasons to start using it regularly.

Improves Digestion – A sluggish digestion means that you’re going to have a tougher time losing weight because your body isn’t absorbing the nutrients and minerals from the food you’re eating. It can also lead to putrification of foods in your digestive system, which can make your body more toxic and lead to waste being stored unnecessarily. Improving your digestion is one way coconut oil can help you lose weight, feel lighter, and be healthier all at once.

You may also like our list of 23 Green Tea Benefits.

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Overall Health and Wellness

Strengthens the Entire Immune System – This is good news if you’ve noticed that you catch colds and viruses easily. You can bank on this being effective at killing off things like the flu bug, measles, and even bigger concerns like Hepatitis C and HIV. The reason cited is the presence of medium chain fatty acids in coconut oil that kill off viruses and bacteria that lead to a host of problems. A strengthened immune system only yields benefits with no drawbacks.

Detoxifies the Body – If you’re looking for a way to have a cleaner body internally, you should add coconut oil to your detox regimen. It works to cleanse the body from the inside out, and the result is that you get a well-balanced digestive system, and are cleansed of several impurities and toxins that would otherwise fester in your body and contribute to other problems. A nice side benefit is that this sets you up for effortless weight loss.

Dissolve Kidney Stones – If you have a family history of kidney stones and are worried that you’re going to get them too, you should start taking coconut oil every day. This can help break them down so they are easy and painless to pass in your urine. The result is that you have less likelihood of developing problems in your kidney and gallbladder. Helpful if you have problems also have a family history of problems with these organs.

Heals Bruises Faster – A nice side benefit is that you’ll notice that your bruises heal more quickly. This is because the tissue that is underneath your bruise end up getting repaired at a faster rate. You can both rub it onto your bruise or take it as a supplement so that you get the benefit of both the outside use and internal use. This might not be enough of a reason to start using it more, but if you remember to that it works next time you have a bruise you’ll be all set.

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Fantastic Side Benefits

Increases Sex Drive – Here’s a fun effect of coconut oil that will probably send you to the store directly if you’ve been lagging behind in this area. It doesn’t happen for everyone that takes it, but a significant number to make it worthwhile and worth a try. Possible reasons are that it contains antioxidants which break down free radicals that can lead to a lowered libido and overall drive. This is one all-natural remedy to try before resorting to other means.

Increases Good Cholesterol – Coconut oil might have gotten a bad rap in the days when anything that raised your cholesterol levels was considered bad. But now that they’ve determined the difference between good and bad cholesterol it shows that this actually works to increase the level of good cholesterol. The cells of your body need healthy levels of good cholesterol and this is one good way to make that happen.

Combats Tooth Decay – It’s interesting that there are all-natural substances that can help to battle off tooth decay. But it only makes sense that some foods lead to tooth decay that others would help turn things around. The way it works is to help stymie the growth of the bacteria responsible for tooth decay. A great way to help keep the teeth healthy in between dental checkups!

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Skin, Hair, and Bones

Moisturizes Skin – Here’s a way to get supple and soft skin without having to resort to expensive anti-aging products with sketchy claims. You can use it topically to help with the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. If your skin is excessively dry, and is showing the signs of aging, you will find benefit greatly from the use of coconut oil. Add it to your nightly routine, moisturizing your entire body, or just your problem areas before you go to bed.

Conditions Hair – Dry and frizzy hair is a problem for many people, and there are so many conditioners on the market that you might feel that nothing can help you if you’ve tried a lot of them. But many report that coconut oil works better, and it’s totally natural and free of all of the sorts of additives and artificial colors, scents, and dyes. It’s supposed to leave your hair feeling well-moisturized and you don’t have to do anything special other than apply it to your hair.

Strengthens Bones – If you’re worried about conditions like osteoporosis than you should probably get more coconut oil into your life. It’s shown promise in rat studies to be able to increase bone volume and increase bone structure. So while a lot of attention gets placed on calcium, you can get more coconut oil so that you can take a more comprehensive approach to stronger, more dense bones throughout your body.

Lubricates Skin For Shaving – One interesting way to use coconut oil is as a shaving cream. It’s been reported that the oil does a fantastic job of getting the skin ready for a shave, and that it has a detoxifying effect other shaving creams lack, you know the ones that you buy in stores that are supposed to be specially formulated for shaving. Since it also moisturizes it’s like you’re getting multiple products in one, and it’s easier to rinse out of the razor as well.

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A Wonder Oil

Relieves Stress – Want to chill out with an all-natural product? This is one way to get into a relaxed state. If you’re getting a massage try using coconut oil as the massage lotion. Using it around the head and neck is very soothing, and even the smell can help you relax. Taking it internally can also have a similar effect, so it simply makes sense to have this be on your daily list of foods to take in.

Slows Down Aging – This is perhaps one of the most encouraging reasons to start using more coconut oil. It’s a healthy fat filled with antioxidants, and it helps your cardiovascular system. An improved cardiovascular system coupled with better-looking skin is a sure way to turn back the clock, or at least slow it down so you get more good years. Looking younger is great, but it should also help you feel younger as well.

Kills Germs – Those medium chain fatty acids (MCFAs) are at it again, this time helping to kill all sorts of germs, including bacteria, viruses, and fungi. This is one of the main properties of coconut oil, and more than half of it is packed with acids that act to neutralize these germs. This is quite useful for a number of reasons, and like Shrek says, it’s better out than in, so it’s better to get these germs out of the body than to have them stay in and do damage.

23 Benefits of Coconut Oil- prevents cancer, controls blood sugar levels, decreases belly fat, heals bruises faster and so much more.

Coconut Oil FAQ

Does coconut oil get rid of cellulite?

The medium chain fatty acids are said to help break down the cellulite in your body, which is welcome news to those that have been battling this pesky problem. Of course you shouldn’t rely on coconut oil on its own, but used as part of a comprehensive approach you should see some improvement.

Does coconut oil taste like coconut?

Even though it is derived from coconuts, the taste of coconut oil is not the same as the flesh of a coconut, so you don’t have to worry about your foods tasting like coconut, or the oil overpowering the taste of your meal. Many users simply drink it straight or add it to a smoothie without commenting that it tastes like coconut.

Will coconut oil make you fat?

Quite the opposite, coconut oil works to rev up your metabolism, detoxify the body, and raise your good cholesterol levels. The end result should be that you lose weight, and specifically body fat.

Is coconut oil bad for you?

No! All research indicates that coconut oil is quite good for you, containing antioxidants to battle free radicals, helping to lose weight, boosting good cholesterol, and having a calming effect. Compared to oils that don’t offer any of these benefits and clog your arteries, coconut oil is a godsend.

Does coconut oil go bad?

Yes, like any vegetable based oil it does go bad, but the shelf life of coconut oil is quite impressive, often last months on end, and even well over a year before it starts to show any sign of going bad. Since you’ll want to incorporate this into your daily routine, you should never have to worry about it going bad before you use it up.

Will coconut oil strip hair color?

It’s been noted that coconut oil is an effective way to remove hair dye, which is good news for those that are trying to get back to their natural color, because it also conditions the hair so you can remove the color without causing additional damage. For those looking to use it as a conditioner but wanting to keep the hair color they have, it is advised to hold off on using coconut oil.

Does coconut oil stain?

You should try to keep coconut oil away from clothing items because it can stain them, and the stains are not the easiest ones to remove. Baking soda is the recommended way to try and treat coconut oil stains, and you want to get to them as early as possible.

Is coconut oil good for your hair?

Yes, coconut oil provides a conditioning effect to hair that is said to outdo many of the fancy conditioners sold in salons. The best part is it’s all natural, and a whole source so you know there aren’t any fillers or artificial ingredients in it. Talk about quality control. This can be used as a once a week treatment, and you can heat the oil up so that you’re getting a hot oil treatment.

Does coconut oil cause acne?

There are several factors that go into the cause of acne, and using coconut as a moisturizer for your face or other areas that are prone to breakouts is not a good idea. That is topically, as in spreading it onto your skin. Taken orally as a supplement it can actually be beneficial to the overall condition of your skin, and it’s been stated that if you stick with virgin coconut oil you’ll see an improvement in your acne condition.

Will coconut oil help with stretch marks?

While it may not get rid of them once you have them, it can be helpful in preventing them from occurring in the first place. Be sure to use it daily when you’re expecting so that the skin is well-moisturized, and consider using additional products to help with the skin’s elasticity so it can stretch without scarring.

Does coconut oil raise cholesterol?

Yes, but only the good cholesterol that you want to raise. The body needs good cholesterol, or HDL, to function at its best, and coconut oil raises those levels. At the same time it is said to either lower or leave alone the levels of LDL cholesterol, or the bad kind. So while your cholesterol levels might see a net increase, the effect is a positive one.

Is coconut oil good for eczema?

There are mixed reports on whether coconut oil is good for eczema. On paper it seems like it would be perfect, both moisturizing the skin and killing off any microbial infections. But other reports suggest that it exacerbates the condition, and should not be used. You may want to try it on a small area and see if it shows improvement before treating larger areas.

Will coconut oil kill lice?

There is anecdotal evidence that coconut oil is an effective treatment against lice and nits. Although your experience might vary, others have stated that simply conditioning the hair with coconut oil is enough to do the trick. It has many properties to it that would suggest it to be effective, and since it also acts to condition the hair it’s a double bonus.

Is coconut oil antifungal?

Yes, it has shown to be an antifungal option for all sorts of conditions that are fungus based. Those that are trying to clean themselves of excessive candida levels have been advised to take this, as it goes to work on all sorts of harmful organisms residing in the body.

 

23 Benefits of Green Tea for Your Health, Weight Loss & Skin

Green tea makes the news a lot, and often we’re told that we should drink more of it. The benefits claimed range from weight loss to cancer prevention, with seemingly more added on a regular basis. Here we’ve assembled some of the scientifically proven benefits that should entice you to start drinking green tea, and if you already do, to start drinking more of it.

23 Benefits of Green Tea- for your health, skin, weight loss, detox, disease prevention and so much more. If your not drinking green tea, this is why you should.

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Health Benefits

Serves as a Stimulating Drink – Green tea can perk you up due to the caffeine it contains. This is caffeine from a natural source, not the kind you find in soft drinks, and in smaller amounts than in a cup of coffee. So you don’t have to worry about getting the jitters, unless you drink a ton of it. But it can provide a nice pick-me-up in addition to its other health benefits. It can serve as a healthier replacement to coffee and other “energy” drinks.

Hydrates The Body – A team of scientists in Australia recently concluded that your eight glasses of water a day don’t actually have to be straight water. The water used to brew green tea would suffice, and since it doesn’t contain a lot of caffeine it won’t act to dehydrate the body as was once believed. This might make it easier to get your recommended fluids each day, and they also suggest that the water contained in foods like lettuce also count towards your fluid intake.

Helps with Toothache Pain – Because of the antibacterial properties of green tea you can sometimes get toothache pain relief by swishing some in your mouth. Be sure that you brew a strong batch, letting the tea steep for a long time to get as much nutrients out of it as possible. This is not a cure, but a way to provide temporary relief to the area. You’ll still want to head to the dentist so that you can get the problem properly treated.

Fights Inflammation – The EGCG in green tea not only helps with weight loss, it also helps to fight inflammation in the body, and therefore diseases and conditions that are brought on by it. The number of problems caused by inflammation is pretty long, and can range from chronic conditions like arthritis to cancer. That’s why it’s a good idea to combine green tea with a diet that is high in anti-inflammatory foods. There are even certain diets available that are geared towards fighting inflammation.

Reduces Stress – The theanine in green tea has been shown to produce a calming effect. The only thing is that in order for you to feel less stressed from drinking green tea, you’ll have to drink several cups of it, up to six of them. By this point you’ll be up to the same amount of caffeine that’s in a cup of coffee, so if you don’t drink caffeine then you should probably stick to decaffeinated green tea to avoid getting too wired to feel the relaxing benefits.

Boosts Immunity – Give your immune system a boost by drinking green tea! It’s the catechins, the same things that help prevent cancer also help keep you from getting sick. They do this by creating an antibacterial state within the body, leaving you less prone to bacterial and viral infections. This is big during cold and flu season, when everyone around you seems to be getting sick you can share you secret of enjoying a hot cup of green tea.

Provides Pain Relief – The EGCG in green tea can help relieve certain types of pain. One proven way to help with arthritis pain is to drink a hot cup of green tea. You can do this twice daily for the best effects. While it may not help to treat acute pain, and doesn’t take the place of a consultation with your doctor to determine your best course of treatment, it can provide you with some pain relief.

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Risk Reduction

Reduces Risk of Heart Disease – Heart disease is the number one killer in the United States for both men and women. This is reason enough to start adding a daily cup of green tea to your routine. It’s been shown to be able to reduce the levels of bad cholesterol, increase the levels of good cholesterol, and generally improve the way your arteries function. The importance of a healthy heart can’t be understated, so taking steps to ensure that you’re drinking drinks and eating foods to help your heart is essential.

Inhibits Formation of Blood Clots – Keeping the blood flowing smoothly provides a great benefit to the body. Not only does it reduce the chance of stroke and heart attack, but it should also make you feel more energetic and active. Blood clots are actually normal, and helpful when they are re used to help the body heal, but it is the abnormal blood clots that are the problem. These are responsible for many of the problems that affect those over 50, and so it you fall into that category you should add green tea to your daily diet.

Reduces Risk Of High Blood Pressure – Blood pressure levels are one of the biggest indicators of how healthy you are. Good levels are usually associated with health and vitality, while bad levels are often a cause for alarm, or a wakeup call that you need to be more cautious about your lifestyle. Hypertension is often a precursor to serious conditions, and green tea has been shown to make noticeable improvements. They’ve also shown that the more you drink the better the results.

Reduces Unhealthy Blood Sugar – Your blood sugar levels play a big part in your overall health, and should not be overlooked. They can mean the difference between weight loss and weight gain, and are often a precursor to conditions like diabetes. Green tea has been shown to keep them in check by lowering them due to the presence of polyphenols and polysaccharides. The catechins it contains also helps round things out, making this a great drink for maintaining healthy glucose levels.

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Weight Loss

Helps with Weight Loss – If you’re looking for a way to lose weight without changing anything else in your lifestyle, you might want to give green tea a try. Compared to a control group, those that took a green tea supplement were shown to have lost weight in several key areas measured, such as total pounds lost, waistline, and Body Mass Index. This means that without signing up for extra exercise or going on a radical diet, you could notice positive changes in your weight and overall health.

Rids the Body of Excess Fluid – Getting rid of excess water weight is one way to lose weight, and provide a slimming effect. The diuretic effects of green tea have been used for centuries to help the body get rid of any extra fluid it’s not using. You might be surprised just how much better you look and feel when you aren’t carrying around extra fluid. When maintained as part of a daily process you should prevent excess fluid buildup as well.

Boosts Exercise Endurance – Those catechins are at it again! Here they’re helping the body to burn up fat as fuel, so your muscles can take more punishment at the gym. Being able to exercise more means you’re burning more calories, leading to a caloric deficit, and an increase in lean muscle mass. This results in natural weight loss over time, eventually settling into the ideal weight for you. Compared to taking unknown supplements with ingredients that can’t be pronounced, a natural tem like green tea is preferable.

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Skin

Protects Skin From Sun Damage – This is in reference to green tea being used topically, and in conjunction with sunscreen. The antioxidants it contains can work from the outside in, not just the inside out, and it’s being discovered that while it doesn’t necessarily block the sun’s rays, it does mitigate the damage that is done to the skin from the sun. The free radicals that help UV rays cause damage are neutralized, and the green tea helps with inflammation as well.

Tones Skin, Hair, And Muscles – This is another way to topically use green tea. You don’t even have to drink it to get some of its benefits. When applied to the hair it can help it grow stronger. When you drink it it should help your muscles function at more optimal levels, since it helps them contract. If you want healthier gums it is said that you can simply rinse green tea in your mouth and you’ll see an improvement of gum health.

Reduces Psoriasis – If you’re dealing with the redness and irritation that comes with Psoriasis, you may find some relief by using green tea topically. Research has shown that green tea can help to slow down the production of excess skin cells that seems to be the underlying cause of conditions like psoriasis. It can even help to alter the genes in your body, so this is one powerful all-natural remedy.

Reduces Redness In Rosacea – The redness that rosacea brings is the part that most people are trying to get rid of. The good news for green tea users is that in a controlled study it was shown to provide far superior redness reduction than a placebo. This was from using topical cream infused with green tea. This is most likely due to the calming effect green tea has, as well as the antioxidants going to work on the problem.

Prevents Wrinkles – Those trusty antioxidants are at it again. It seems like there’s no limit to the number of benefits they provide, and since green tea is so dense with them it’s the best bang for your buck as far as anti-aging goes. Several factors of aging hinge on free radical damage, and getting wrinkles is one of them. By keeping your body full of antioxidants it reduces the likelihood of getting wrinkles so you can stay looking younger for longer.

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Disease Prevention and Treatment

May Treat Multiple Sclerosis – Recent studies are showing promise in the use of green tea extract to treat MS. The credit goes to the polyphenol antioxidants present in the tea, and they way they help the body’s nerve cells stand up the degrading effects of Multiple Sclerosis. More research must be done in order for this to be applied and successfully used in humans, but the outlook is hopeful, and MS is a disease that has shown to be resilient to different forms of treatment.

Helps In Parkinson’s Disease – The scavenging effects of the antioxidants against the free radicals in the body make green tea a potential prevention and treatment method against Parkinson’s Disease. Free radical damage is at the heart of so many different diseases, it’s essential to fight them daily. Just another reason why you’d want to make sure to have your daily cup of green tea. It simply acts as a prevention method for so many different debilitating conditions.

Prevents Memory Loss – If you’re worried about losing your memory as you get older, it’s important to take steps to try to prevent it from happening. The EGCG in green tea helps brain cells to prosper. So far the tests have been limited to clinical research and trials on mice, but the signs are promising, and since the more we find out about green tea the more it lives up to the claims made about it, it just makes sense to drink it often.

Fights Cancer-Causing Cells – The catechins in green tea are special antioxidants that seek out and destroy free radicals that can do harm to the body’s DNA, setting the stage for cancerous growths. It sounds a bit like a Space Age battle, but it’s actually going on inside your body on a daily basis. That’s why it’s important to get a good number of antioxidants each day, to cut down on the free radical damage and improve your chances of staying cancer-free.

Hopefully we’ve shown that it’s in your best interest to drink at least a cup of green tea each day. The nice thing is that you can adapt it for the seasons. If a steamy hot cup doesn’t seem appealing on a hot summer’s day, pour it over ice and enjoy. While the best benefit is had from drinking it hot, there is also plenty of reason to consume it daily, so whether it’s hot or cold you’re still doing good things for your body, and general well-being.

Green Tea FAQ

Does Green Tea Have Caffeine?

Green tea has smaller amounts of caffeine than other common caffeinated beverages, and decaffeinated green tea has even less. You’d have to drink several cups of green tea to get the same sort of caffeine load as a cup of coffee. Depending on how long you let it steep, and how many times you brew from the same tea bag, the amount of caffeine it contains will vary.

Will Green Tea Help a Cold?

The antioxidants in green tea can help you recover from a cold more quickly than by not drinking it. The antioxidants it contains help support your immune system, and when you have a cold you’ll need all the help you can get. Drinking green tea daily will help you avoid colds you’d otherwise get, so it makes a great addition to your daily routine.

Is Green Tea Acidic?

Green tea shows up as an alkaline food, or at least alkaline forming, on most acidic/alkaline lists. The antioxidants it contains most likely help the body reach an alkaline state, and while many teas are considered acidic, green tea is not heavily processed, which is why it retains so many healthy features, and is less likely to be acid forming once consumed.

Does Green Tea Stain Your Teeth?

Yes, it does, but not as harshly as some other teas. It’s still a good idea to brush your teeth after having a cup of green tea. The many health benefits of green tea outweigh the drawback of it mildly staining your teeth. Just take steps to keep your pearly whites pearly and you’ll be fine.

Will Green Tea Give Me Energy?

The energetic effects of green tea are likely due to the amounts of caffeine it contains, but can also be attributed to the antioxidants it has in it. Low levels of antioxidants in your system can lead to fatigue as the free radicals in your body have a field day. It’s best to keep them topped up.

Is Green Tea Safe During Pregnancy?

Many moms-to-be forego all forms of caffeine and therefore would tend to pass up on the green tea as well. But you might be thinking that all of the good benefits it has are too great to pass up for 9 months. While drinking green tea in moderation seems like a safe bet, there are also no proven benefits for baby, so it may be better to simply wait until they’re born. Drinking it while you’re breastfeeding may be a safer bet.

Does Green Tea Help with Acne?

While there are many proponents out there saying that green tea can help with acne due to its detoxifying properties, most of this information comes from those trying to sell green tea acne products. It’s still unclear whether or not this has a beneficial effect on acne, and claims that it works as well as benzoyl peroxide are largely unproven.

Is Green Tea a Laxative?

While there may be some anecdotal evidence that green tea can stimulate the bowels, it is not known for its laxative properties, as some other teas are. It is known for its diuretic properties, so it may send you to the bathroom more often, but more for number one and not so much for number two.

Does Green Tea Make You Sleepy?

Green tea can have a calming effect if taken in large enough doses, but that is countered by the caffeine it contains. If you’re worried about having green tea at work and nodding off on the the job, it shouldn’t make you drowsy if taken in smaller quantities.

Is Green Tea a Diuretic?

Yes, green tea is a diuretic, and acts to flush the body of excess fluid.