Archive for March, 2015

Eastern Natural Medicine For Boosting Immunity And Blood With Sour Apples

To prep jam you’ll need:
1 lb sour natural apple jam
200g of black cumin seed
200g of flaxseed
200g of sesame seeds
50g tumeric
In the electric coffee grinder, grind seeds of black cumin, sesame and flaxseed. Like this obtained mixture, mix it with apple jam and turmeric. Stir well this mixture for a few minutes until nicely all ingredients are incorporated. Allow it to stand for several days and jam will be ready for use. As for flax, sesame and apple jam, they are available everywhere. As a replacement for black cumin you can use virgin oil from this compound. It should be taken every day for one to two tablespoons of the mixture before breakfast.
The mixture is designed to strengthen and purify the body and blood, and treating numerous medical conditions in a natural way.  You an use this mixture if you have liver problems, for its cleaning and regeneration, boosting the immune system, improve blood counts and problems with anemia or iron deficiency, improvement and recovery of the digestive system, for the regulation of increased triglycerides and cholesterol.  Especially is recommended to be used with inadequate nutrition to strengthen the body, instead of different chemical multivitamin supplements. Instead of using tablets with multivitamins and minerals you should take one or two tablespoons of this natural mixture for strengthening the body.

If you generally feel ill, weak and exhausted, if you are constantly tired,then this folk remedy is ideal for you.

Apple jam for years is been known as a very natural means to improve digestion, increase blood and iron in people suffering from anemia. Apple jam also strengthens immunity and helps in regulating of sugar in the blood and working of the thyroid gland.

The mixture of seeds will positively affect your digestion and cleansing of the liver. Seeds are packed with minerals that will strengthen your immune system and body, and beneficial fats from them will regulate regular use of your triglycerides and cholesterol.

The mixture is packed with ingredients such as calcium, iron, copper, protein and mono saturated fats from the sesame seeds, vitamins, especially B complex and magnesium, calcium, iron and copper from black cumin seeds, and omega 3 fatty acids and fiber from the flaxseeds. Turmeric is best known Indian spice and natural medicine throughout history. It is a golden yellow substance that gives color to Indian curry.

There are numerous studies in the west, which are implemented in the last 20 years, that unambiguously confirmed the almost incredible health benefits and the soothing of turmeric. The most significant effects of turmeric are its anti inflammatory and especially its anti-cancer effects. It is one of the most potent anti cancer herbs.

Antioxidants Important Part of Nutrition

Antioxidants are molecules that act as a defense mechanism toward free radicals. Free radicals are those compounds that cause disease within the cells of the body. Those poisons start up a chain type of reaction, and set off viruses, flues, and even unpleasant diseases.  Consumption of antioxidants will act as a protective guard against these free radicals.

Antioxidants are separated into two different types:
Water soluble. These types protect the body cells from the inside. The scientific term is hydrophilic.
Soluble are those antioxidants, which serve as protection for the cell membranes themselves. The scientific term for the soluble antioxidant is hydrophobic.

Berries are rich in many antioxidants. Eating blueberries, cherries, kiwi fruits, grapefruits, oranges and pineapples in one cup servings will provide many antioxidants for the health of your body and for the boosting of your immune system.

Vegetables are a rich antioxidant source too. Broccoli is wonderful and provides tons of nutrients as well as potatoes, dried beans, fresh green beans and carrots. Carrots are full of beta carotene.

Asparagus is a vegetable that has tons of Vitamin K for example, and will provide you with your total daily requirement in just a one cup serving size. Asparagus also has tons of B vitamins in it along with fiber as well.

Sweet potatoes are another great source of antioxidants.They have anti-inflammatory properties which help bone diseases as well as beta-carotene in the form of Vitamin A. Vitamin C is a big part of the sweet potato, and this vegetable carries 25 percent of your daily needed requirement. Manganeseis another great compound found in a sweet potato. Manganese is good for your bone mass and also helps rheumatoid arthritis.  Another helpful thing for bones in the sweet potato is the calcium they contain.

Grapes are a fruit that I need to mention here that is full of antioxidants.The purple grapes provide you with resveratrol, which is a compound that has many health benefits to your body. One cup of purple grapes kills the plaque formation that is in the arteries, causing you to have atherosclerosis. Grapes also contain a natural antibiotic called tannin.  Tannin helps the body cells to fight off colds and flues, and caffeic acid contained in grapes has several anti-cancer properties.

7 Day Bikini Body Meal Plan

Hey there!

Spring break and summer are quickly approaching, trying to get a beach body?  Whether you are, or aren’t check out these tips, they will help improve your health!

Bloating

Firstly, if you don’t want your belly looking like you’re 4-months pregnant, you’ll want to avoid eating vegetables like broccoli, cabbage and kale. Another gas-causing pest are legumes like beans, lentils and stuff like that. You should avoid drinking alcoholic beverages days before getting into a bikini since it also causes bloating. On the other hand, there are foods good against bloating so include cucumber, bananas and yogurt with probiotics in your diet to keep that belly nice and flat-looking.

High-sodium foods

Avoid salty food like sauces, salty cheeses, even some baked goods like doughnuts and cakes or at least keep them to a minimum. If you do eat high-sodium food than at least drink plenty of water to flush it out.

Make water your best friend

Drinking at least 8 glasses of water a day will help your digestion, make your skin softer and shinier and it’s good for your metabolism. Just be sure the water you drink is good-quality water. It might seem like the most natural thing, but drinking water regularly is a big obstacle to some people. For those of you who just can’t make yourselves do it, hack yourselves into it. Try sipping from a straw to make it more fun, or eating watery fruit, or drinking herbal tea. When there’s a will, there is a way!

Fruit and veggies

These are not only good against bloating or for supporting your water intake, but also contain minerals and vitamins that will keep you energized. Fibers are good for the stomach and raw fruit and vegetables can also make your skin look shiny. Nuts like almonds and walnuts are also great for the skin.

Don’t touch that candy!

It goes without saying that sugar is a major no-no if you’re determined to bring your body in a bikini acceptable state. Apart from the obvious sugar-containers, look out for the hidden ones in barbecue sauce, Chinese takeout or even bread. Always inspect the label for sugars and ‘ose’ guys like glucose, lactose, fructose, which are all forms of sugar.

Lastly, take a look at a sample 7 day meal plan courtesy of: http://www.healthandbeautymakeup.com/fitness/the-7-day-bikini-body-meal-plan/

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Childhood Trauma Alters Neural Responses to Stress

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Trauma experienced early in life has been linked to anxiety, depression, obesity, and substance abuse later on. Researchers examining the brain scans of 64 teenagers now say that these and other psychiatric disorders or risky behaviors may be the result of altered neural responses to both stressful and relaxing cues.

Previous neuroimaging studies have associated childhood maltreatment with abnormalities in certain brain regions, but these studies have been both too generic and limited. So,Yale’s Marc Potenza and colleagues examined functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) data for 40 boys and 24 girls between 14 and 18 years old with varying exposure to maltreatment-related trauma. This ranged from prenatal cocaine exposure to abuse and neglect. In particular, the team wanted to see which brain regions were activated in response to individually tailored stimuli: personally relevant stress, favorite foods, and neutral and relaxing scenarios (like sitting in the park or unwinding in your own room).

The team found that, compared to the low-trauma group, participants in the high-trauma group showed greater activation in several cortical regions in response to stress (pictured above). These areas showing “hyper-responsivity” to stress cues have important roles in emotional regulation. As for the neutral or relaxing cues, the high-trauma group showed a significantly decreased activation in the cerebellar vermis and right cerebellum. With their roles in processes like regulating arousal, this decreased activation might reflect diminished self-control. The two groups didn’t show significant differences in their responses to favorite-food cues.

The work indicates that “youth exposed to higher levels of trauma may experience different brain responses to similar stressors,” Potenza tells Reuters. “These findings suggest the possibility that there might exist different sensitivities to the relative allocation of brain resources to stressful stimuli in the environment and may hold multiple implications for prevention and treatment efforts.”

The findings were published in Neuropsychopharmacology last month.

Original Article: http://www.iflscience.com/brain/childhood-trauma-alters-neural-responses-stress

Children’s Lung Health Improves as Air Pollution Is Reduced, Study Says

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For the first time, researchers have shown that reducing air pollution leads to improved respiratory function in children ages 11 to 15, a critical period of lung development.

Scientists have long known that air pollution is linked to smaller lung capacity and compromised breathing in children. But it had not been clear whether, and to what extent, a reduction in air pollution over the years might prevent these problems.

Environmentalists have maintained that federal emission standards are not stringent enough to safeguard health, while some conservatives criticize the regulations as overly restrictive and expensive. The new study, conducted in Southern California and published on Wednesday in The New England Journal of Medicine, provides evidence that better air quality, a result of stricter regulation, improved health among children, experts said.

Morton Lippmann, a professor of environmental medicine at New York University School of Medicine, said the research would be influential and predicted that within the next few years, when federal emission standards are due for review, “this kind of information will play a major role.”

“It provides confirmation that the work we’ve done to improve air pollution has made a difference in kids’ health,” said Dr. Joel Kaufman, a physician and epidemiologist at the University of Washington, who was not involved in the research. “There are more kids comfortable running around.”

Over 17 years, researchers at the University of Southern California studied air pollution levels as they declined in five regional communities. The scientists also measured breathing capacity in 2,120 schoolchildren from the communities during three periods: 1994-1998, 1997-2001 and 2007-2011.

The communities included the port city of Long Beach, Calif., as well as the inland city of Mira Loma, Calif., where mountains trap pollution blown eastward from the coast and downwind from agricultural production.

During those years, federal and state emission standards lowered the billowing output of California’s automobiles, diesel trucks, refineries, ships and trains. By the study’s conclusion in 2011, fine particulates had fallen by 50 percent and nitrogen dioxide levels by 35 percent in the communities, changes that were representative of declining pollution across the Los Angeles basin.

The children studied were in a period of pubertal growth during which lungs almost finish developing. Using a device called a spirometer, the children exhaled into a tube that measured both how much air they could breathe out in one second and how much air they could blow out completely.

The second measure, capacity, is often used as a surrogate to describe the size of the lungs themselves.

As emission standards tightened and the air became cleaner, the scientists found that lung development in children born in later years was more robust than in those born earlier. Moreover, the percentage of children with significantly impaired lung function declined during the study period, from 8 percent to 3.5 percent.

In 2011, the third wave of 15-year-olds was assessed. Over the four years the children were tested, the growth in their lung capacity had been about 10 percent greater than that of the 15-year-olds measured in 1998. The positive effects were observed in boys and girls, and regardless of race and ethnicity.

The average teenager running around a soccer field might not notice an appreciable difference, said W. James Gauderman, a professor of preventive medicine at the University of Southern California and the lead author of the Children’s Health Study, from which the data was drawn.

The larger implication, he said, was that the latest group of children may have a jump-start on longevity compared with children who grew up breathing more polluted air. Absent factors such as smoking or asthma, normal lung function slowly begins to decrease in early adulthood.

“When they’re done with the teenage years, they’re stuck with the lungs they have for the rest of their lives,” Dr. Gauderman said.

Studies have shown that adults exposed to high levels of air pollution are more susceptible to premature death from pulmonary and cardiovascular disease.

Dr. Kaufman speculated that a 10 percent improvement in lung function might translate into a five- or six-year delay in the onset of clinical lung disease, although such results could only be determined years from now.

During the years of the study, ozone levels declined only modestly. Although ozone has been associated with acute health problems, such as asthma attacks, Dr. Gauderman and his colleagues concluded that its reduction does not have the long-term effects on overall lung function that fine particulates and nitrogen dioxide do.

This study adds to a growing body of research that addresses not only the deleterious effects of air pollution on health, but restorative possibilities when pollution is reduced, including lowered mortality risk of lung cancer and cardiovascular disease.

“Some have argued that the substantial improvements in air quality over the past 40 years are sufficient to protect public health and that there is little evidence to support more stringent standards,” noted Douglas W. Dockery, a professor of environmental epidemiology at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, inan editorial accompanying the new study. “However, the current report and other studies suggest that further improvement in air quality may have beneficial public health effects.”

Diane Katz, a research fellow in regulatory policy at the Heritage Foundation, a conservative policy organization, said it was good news that air pollution was reduced and children’s lung function had improved. But, she added, “The study doesn’t say anything about regulation. We don’t know what would have happened if we had had less burdensome regulation,” or whether automobile technology or other sources of emission controls alone “would have been just as effective.”

In an interview, Dr. Dockery said, “Ultimately, it’s a political decision about where we set the standards. There are trade-offs in restrictions in reducing automobile emissions and other industry curbs.”

“But if there is the opportunity to improve air quality,” he said, “we should think about those types of improvements to benefit our kids.”

Original Article: http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2015/03/04/childrens-lung-health-improves-as-air-pollution-is-reduced-study-says/?ref=health&_r=0