Gut Health Problems January 2018

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In the January 2018 issue of Gut Health Problems, get ready to learn yoga poses to fight bloating, aphrodisiac foods to increase libido, foods to avoid if you have arthritis, and more. We hope you enjoyed the holidays and are exciting for the new year. We certainly are, and there's tons of content headed your way in 2018.

6 NATURAL FOODS THAT ARE GOOD FOR YOUR EYES

Issue 12 I January 2018

Tips For

Progressing

5Towards

ALKALINE

EATING

4 NATURAL INGREDIENTS FOR

FULL BODY

Detox

7 Tips For

A Healthier

Gut

5 NUTRIENT TIPS TO

Sleep Better

5 CHEMICALS TO

STEER

AWAY FROM

FOR BETTER HEALTH

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9 APHRODISIAC FOODS TO SPICE UP YOUR LOVE LIFE


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CONTENTS

ISSUE 12 I JAN2018

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6 NATURAL FOODS THAT

ARE GOOD FOR

YOUR EYES

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5 CHEMICALS TO STEER

AWAY FROM FOR

BETTER HEALTH

5 TIPS FOR

PROGRESSING

TOWARDS ALKALINE

EATING

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7 TIPS FOR A

HEALTHIER GUT

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4 NATURAL

INGREDIENTS FOR FULL

BODY DETOX

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7 NATURAL WAYS TO

CONQUER HEARTBURN

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9 APHRODISIAC FOODS

TO SPICE UP YOUR

LOVE LIFE


ISSUE 12 I JAN2018

A 5-PART

WALKTHROUGH ON THE

SIGNIFICANCE OF

GUT BACTERIA

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5 NUTRIENT TIPS TO

SLEEP BETTER

8 FOODS TO GIVE YOU

AN EXCITING EVENING

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11 TASTY DETOX DRINKS

FOR WEIGHT LOSS

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3 SIMPLE

SALADS TO HELP

MANAGE DIABETES

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5 FOODS THAT YOU

SHOULD AVOID IF YOU

HAVE ARTHRITIS

6 YOGA POSES TO

CURB BLOATING AND

IMPROVE DIGESTION

7 QUICK AND EFFECTIVE

FIXES FOR HEARTBURN


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LETTER FROM THE EDITOR

Issue 12

JANUARY 2018

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Susan Barnes

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Welcome to the January 2018

issue of Gut Health Problems! We

hope you enjoyed the holidays

and are exciting for the new year.

We certainly are, and there’s

tons of content headed your way

in 2018.

In the last issue, you learned

about fighting diabetes through

your diet, protein-rich foods to

include in your diet, uses and

benefits of MCT oil, and more.

We covered irritable bowel

syndrome treatment, reasons to

take a bifidus probiotic, and the

benefits of inulin. In this release,

get ready to learn yoga poses to

fight bloating, aphrodisiac foods

to increase libido, foods to avoid

if you have arthritis, and more.

With the new year, make your

resolution to treat your gut

better. Better yet, start paying

attention to what you’re putting

in your body as of today. You’d be

surprised at how many problems

start in your body’s “second

brain”. Thanks for reading, and

be sure to have a look at our

next issue!

Regards,

Susan Barnes

SUSAN BARNES

Editor

Gut Health Problems Magazine

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5 TIPS FOR PROGRESSING TOWARDS

Alkaline Eating

by

Susan Barnes

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The best natural way to improving your overall health is by transitioning to

alkaline eating. Check out these 5 tips and tricks to help you get started.

sweets or drinking a lot

of coffee can start to make you

feel lethargic, fat, or ill during

the day. This is a feeling that

is unwelcome and can start

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to get triggered due to increasing levels

of sugar and caffeine. You have to realize

these foods are acidic and are going to

harm your body’s acid-base balance. It is

essential to look at the value of alkaline.


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keeping your gut in tip-top shape.


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INFORMATION ON

ACID-ALKALINE BALANCE

Let’s begin by understanding acid and alkaline’s

relationship. It starts with the pH

scale where acidic = 0, neutral = 7, and 14 =

alkaline. The body’s systems will vary when

it comes to the pH scale. However, studies

have shown it is far better to have a slightly

alkaline blood to maximize enzymes and

bacteria in your body. If your acid-base balance

isn’t consistent, you will not feel good

year-round. This is important for your lungs

and kidneys.

As the body starts to deal with an overload

of carbon dioxide, it will lead to reduced

lung functionality that isn’t ideal at all. This

goes by the name of respiratory acidosis

and will lead to things such as metabolic acidosis

(kidneys don’t produce enough uric

acid). The best way to combat this is by eating

balanced foods. If not, acidosis will lead

to issues such as arrhythmia, joint pain,

cholesterol, lethargy, immunodeficiency

disorders, chronic illness, cancer, heart

disease, osteoporosis, diabetes, and more.

You can also start to deal with issues such

as ketoacidosis, liver problems, and cancer.

CANCER AND THE ALKALINE DIET

You are often going to hear cancer patients

mention the alkaline diet and what it has

done for them. Studies have shown eating

an increasing amount of alkaline foods can

help your health as a whole. It was in the

year 1931 when Dr. Otto Warburg won a

prize for his work on beating cancer cells

using alkaline. In this study, the right level

for the body was a blood pH of 7.36 instead

of 7.00 that was pushed before.

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Modern medicine has also stated that to

be true because cancer cells don’t survive

well in alkaline environments. Cancer

patients are immediately put on this diet

because it bolsters their chances of recovery

in the long-term. Let’s take a look

at the top five changes to make as soon

as possible.

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SWITCH UP ROUTINE

You want to start by restructuring your

routine. It is all about beginning with a glass

of lemon water as it is going to improve your

liver’s functionality and digestion. Also, you

want to start looking at eating anti-inflammatory

foods full of alkaline. This is how you

are going to remove acid from your kidneys

and flush out harmful toxins.

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GET A BLENDER

Yes, smoothies are a must when it

comes to your change and will make it easier

to eat alkaline greens without getting

tired. You will be able to maximize the value

of fiber with smoothies. A great blender

should be able to get through crunchier

food items and make it easier to have a

great smoothie every day.

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REMOVE THE JUNK

Don’t ruin your health by making

bad decisions. This is going to include little

habits that add up over time. You want

to remove alcohol, junk food, smoking,

and other processed foods as soon as possible.

This is how you are going to ruin

your body.

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GO SLOWLY

You want to give your body a chance

to ease into the process when it comes to a

lifestyle change such as this one. You want

things to be sustainable, and it will take

time to adjust. You want to do it slowly and

methodically for maximum value.

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DON’T FORGET TO RELAX

All changes are significant when it

comes to alkaline eating, but that is one

part of the equation. You also have to think

about stress and the hormone cortisol in

your body. If you are not sleeping, you are

not going to maximize the alkaline eating.

You need to get rid of the acid, and that is

going to include what you are eating. You

want to focus on minerals such as calcium,

magnesium, potassium, and sodium,

so your body is neutral when it comes to

its acid-base levels. If you don’t, there are

going to be health issues to deal with such

as cancer, osteoporosis, and other related

concerns. You need the right amount

of alkalizing minerals to stay healthy, or

the toxins will store themselves in your

fat cells. It is all about making appropriate

lifestyle changes.

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NATURAL

INGREDIENTS

FOR FULL BODY DETOX

by

Michael Hall

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Cleansing the body is necessary as you need to remove all the toxic substances

your blood stream. Read this and learn how you can detoxify naturally.

Gone are the days when almost

everything was organic and

purely natural. Virtually everything

today is loaded with

chemicals - this includes the air

you breathe, water, and foods on our tables.

Unless you are careful and picky, you

could be ingesting toxic compounds unknowingly.

For this reason, a natural detox

is recommended to help get rid of most of

the harmful compounds from our bodies.

Luckily enough, there are plenty of natural

detox products and programs you can take

advantage of.

While detox is recommended for obvious

reasons, it can be hard on your body at

times, and even have some side effects on

your body. Nonetheless, going for natural

and gentler ways to cleanse can help take

care of such risks. Here are some of the recommended

ingredients for a natural detox.

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PECTIN (GETS RID OF HEAVY METALS)

Pectin works miracles in flushing out heavy metals from the system. The compound

is found in plenty in limes, lemons, oranges, and other citrus fruits. It can also be

found in grapes, apples, bananas, cabbages, and carrots. Adding these fruits and foods

in your diet plan could, therefore, help with detoxing, naturally.

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2 CILANTRO

Cilantro is an efficient natural detoxing agent. It helps flush out heavy metals, lead,

and mercury from the bloodstream. The herb also packs potent antiviral and antibacterial

properties too. Most people use the herb for cooking, though it can still be taken as

a fruit juice.

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3 CHLORELLA

(ELIMINATES MERCURY)

Chlorella is a sea alga (fresh water) with

powerful cleansing properties. It’s a delicacy

in Japan, where many people have it

for its potent mercury removing properties

among other benefits. Researchers also

believe that chlorella helps improve your

liver’s efficiency and health, hence excellent

for good health.

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BARLEY AND WHEATGRASS

Wheatgrass and barley grass provides

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an efficient way to remove toxic compounds

from the system. Both wheatgrass

and barley grass are excellent sources of

minerals, vitamins, and essential amino acids.

You can also add these to your regular

juicing ingredients.

Adding natural detoxing agents to your diet

plan is all it takes to induce natural detoxing.

Some of the natural detoxing agents used

not only flush out toxins, but also promote

good cell health and development. Doing

this also helps improve one’s quality of life.


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5 CHEMICALS TO STEER AWAY FROM FOR

BETTER HEALTH

by

Susan Barnes

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Not sure which chemicals

to avoid to keep your

family safe? Read on

and find out the top 5

most health-damaging

chemicals to look out for

and try to avoid.

Many of the products

(meant for

human use/

consumption)

on the market

today are loaded with

chemicals. Although most

of these substances may

be safe to use, some accumulate

in our bodies, and

are extremely toxic. Using

products with some of

these chemicals puts your

health at risk. Having an

idea about these substances,

and reducing/eliminating

the use of the same

is therefore recommended.

Outlined below are

the top five chemicals you

should avoid.

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BISPHENOL-A (BPA)

BPA is a common ingredient in most

plastic products. The chemical is widely

used in plastic food storage containers,

bowls, and lids. Canned food containers

too may have bisphenol-A as well. This

compound leaches from the plastic containers

into your food, hence easily ingested

unknowingly. The compound is known

to disrupt normal hormone levels as well

as cause many health problems.

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VOLATILE ORGANIC

COMPOUNDS (VOCS)

VOCs are commonly found in basic

household products such as pesticides,

paint, and cleaning compounds. This increases

the risk of exposure significantly.

Although some of the volatile organic

compounds may only have short-term

health effects, prolonged exposure to the

same can cause adverse health effects,

including cancer.

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3 PERFLUORINATED

COMPOUNDS (PFCS)

PFCs are commonly found in some fabrics

and nonstick cookware. Perfluorinated

compounds are known to cause child congenital

disabilities and cancer.

4 TRICLOSAN

Triclosan is a crucial ingredient

in many antibacterial soaps and hand

wash. While it may not have a direct impact

on your health, prolonged exposure

to the compound often leads to

antibiotic resistance.

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SOME HOUSEHOLD CLEANERS

Most detergents and other household

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cleaners contain compounds that can cause

a health concern to the consumer. Some of

these products are known to cause chemical

burns, eye irritation, skin irritation, respiratory

irritation, as well as long-term health

risks, cancer included. Due to the myriad of

health risks from using these products, consumers

are advised to stick to simple homemade

cleaners made from vinegar, lemon

juice, and essential oils.

If possible, avoid any of the mentioned

products or chemical about to avoid potential

health effects to your body. Getting rid

of these products from your house will also

protect your loved ones from the harmful/

toxic effects. Keep your family safe.


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7 Natural Ways To

Conquer Heartburn

by

Michael Hall

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Heartburn is something that most adults will experience at one point or another.

Here are 7 natural remedies that can help alleviate symptoms of heartburn.

When heartburn strikes, it can

sometimes feel as though

there is excessive heat and

irritation within the throat,

chest or stomach area.

Sharp spasms or shooting discomfort

can also be symptoms. When heartburn

is of a chronic nature, the esophagus

can sustain damage due to a weakening

of its lining.

Ongoing heartburn is known to be a contributor

to esophageal cancer. No matter

how heartburn manifests itself in your

life, it is important to be aware of ways to

fight back. Instead of going for typical antacid

products, consider trying the natural

methods of battling heartburn that follow.

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DO NOT EAT BEFORE BED

Heartburn can be triggered or exacerbated

by heading to bed shortly after

eating. The reason for this is that stomach

acids begin their digestive work as

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soon as food is taken. Research studies

have shown that individuals who eat within

three hours of sleeping have a much

greater chance of suffering from GERD

than those who do not.

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2

REDUCE DIETARY CARBS

It is important to realize that carbohydrates

in their simple form are characterized

by their acidic qualities and for

their ability to provoke bloating and inflammation.

Those who do not easily digest

gluten may find that ingesting carbs

can produce additional layers of intestinal

distress. Researches have suggested that

reducing dietary carbohydrate intake ameliorates

GERD for just about everyone who

tries it, and the results can be seen in as

few as 7 days.

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ALL IN FOR ALOE

Antibacterial, anti-inflammatory

and soothing in nature, aloe vera really

is something of a miracle. It is perfect

for bringing relief to esophageal tissue

that has been damaged. In its gel

form, aloe offers impressive pharmacological

properties, including those of

an effective antioxidant, an analgesic,

an anti-inflammatory, anti-diabetic and

anti-proliferative substance.

Also, aloe vera is famous for being a

would-healing, anti-ulcer and antimicrobial

agent. These aspects of aloe may be why

it is so useful in treating GERD and similar

conditions. A research study found that all

subjects who used aloe vera each day for

a period of four weeks saw a reductions

in GERD manifestations including nausea,

heartburn, vomiting, regurgitation, flatulence,

belching and swallowing problems.

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THE BENEFITS OF LEMON WATER

Small doses of lemon mixed into water works to neutralize stomach acid and can

fight against H. pylori bacteria, a potentially aggravating factor in GERD cases. Those interested

in drinking lemon water to treat reflux should mix a single tablespoon of fresh juice

from a lemon into an eight ounce glass of water. This should be taken 20 minutes prior to

eating in order to halt the emergence of symptoms that food can sometimes bring.

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HEARTBURN AND BAKING SODA

Stomach acid can be neutralized by

sodium bicarbonate (simple baking soda),

an effect which brings swift relief of heartburn.

In order to realize these benefits, simply

put a half to a full teaspoon of baking

soda into a full cup of warm water. Allow

the soda to dissolve before drinking. This

should be done following meals to keep reflux

at bay. The process may be repeated

every 2 hours, as needed. Patients suffering

from high blood pressure need to consult

with a doctor, however, before using baking

soda as a regular treatment for heartburn.

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THE POWER OF

GINGER AND CHAMOMILE

Ginger has long been recognized as an

effective digestive tool. It lowers inflammatory

responses and limits irritation of

the gastric system. Ginger’s phytochemical

properties help alleviate contractions

in the gastric tract known to send acids

into the esophageal space. Chamomile is

a soothing, calming influence on the body,

helping reduce reflux, pain and nausea.

Given its relaxant characteristics, chamomile

ought to be used only to deal with

stress or food-related cases of heartburn.

To achieve maximum results, use 1/2 tablespoon

of each and place in a tea strainer.

Pour enough boiling water to cover and

allow to steep with a lid on top for 10-15

minutes before drinking.

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MUSTARD SEEDS

Despite their small size, mustard

seeds really pack a healthy punch. They

are known to reduce heartburn within

mere minutes. They do this by serving

as a counterbalance to stomach and

esophageal acid. A teaspoon of organic

mustard swallowed in a slow fashion

can bring very prompt relief to

heartburn sufferers.

The ideas presented above are the best

way to begin treating a case of heartburn,

and they will generally work right

off the bat. However, those with an unhealthy

lifestyle may find that they need

additional help.

Prescription medications for heartburn

should be approached very carefully, because

they may cause more damage than

most realize, including boosting the risk

of heart attack. Over-the-counter heartburn

aids such as antacids are a bit safer,

though they usually have aluminum in

their ingredient lists. Kidney stones may

develop if such products are used for an

extended period.

In the end, natural methods are best when

it comes to addressing heartburn, and

they should be tried before anything else.

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6 Natural Foods

THAT ARE GOOD FOR YOUR EYES

by

Susan Barnes

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There’s more to eye nutrition than just carrots. Read this article and learn

which foods will help keep your eyes healthy and your vision sharp.

The increase in processed foods

that are ready to eat has caused

an increase in vitamin deficiency

across the entire world.

However, vitamin A deficiency

is less common in the United States that in

countries that are developing. Vitamin A is

an important and vital nutrient as it is an anti-oxidant

that is good for organ health as

well as the reproductive and immune systems

in the human body. Some of the best

sources of Vitamin A will be outlined below.

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ANIMAL LIVER AND OTHER ORGAN MEATS

Liver and organ meats are extremely rich sources of vitamin A, you can also eat

eggs, shrimp, salmon or drink cow’s milk to get a lot of this vitamin. If you would prefer

not to eat animal products there are many plant sources from which you can get vitamin A.

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ORANGE AND YELLOW

FRUITS AND VEGETABLES

Carrots are one of the best known sources

of vitamin A, they are packed full of beta-carotene

just like vegetables and yellow

fruits. Carotenoids are good for improving

vision, but they are also great for boosting

male fertility.

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SWEET POTATOES

Sweet potatoes are one of the richest

sources of carotenoids, much like

carrots. Eating one ounce of sweet potato

will give you the entire recommended

daily intake of vitamin A. Sweet potatoes

are rich in vitamin C and fiber which

makes them more nutritious than regular

potatoes or yam. Yams and sweet potatoes

are not from the same plant family,

yet they are often confused. Yams are

hard to find in North American supermarkets

and what you purchase at your local

supermarket is in fact, yellow or orange

sweet potatoes.

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GREEN, LEAFY KALE

This vegetable is tremendously good

for you. It is often used as garnish but it is

rich in iron, vitamins A and K, calcium, potassium

and omega-3 fatty acids. Dry it slowly

in an oven and sprinkle it with olive oil or

lemon juice, it is crunchy and nutritious,

whether in a salad or eaten on its own.

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GREEN ALGAE: CHLORELLA

Chlorella is a green algae that thrives

in water, it is one of the most nutritious

foods on earth. It is loaded with vitamin A

and zinc, the latter of which is vital for the

absorption of nutrients in the human body.

Chlorella can be taken in many ways, these

include, powder, capsule or tablet form,

however, you should be mindful of the

source from which you purchase chlorella

as it is not produced in the United States.

It is advised that you source it from either

Taiwan or Korea to ensure you get a quality

product, avoid buying it from China because

chlorella from China is often contaminated.

6 WHEATGRASS

Wheatgrass has about 12,000 international

units of vitamin A in every ounce,

when it comes to being a rich source of vitamin

A, only chlorella can be placed above

it. You can grow wheatgrass seeds on your

own and use it to make nutritious smoothies.

You may also consume wheatgrass

powder. Wheatgrass also contains antioxidants

such as vitamin C as well as vitamin

E, this is good for eye health and greatly

reduces the chances that you will ever suffer

from macular degeneration.

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7 Tips For A

Healthier Gut

by

Michael Hall

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To promote digestive health, it’s important to eat the right things. Probiotics

and prebiotics both encourage a healthy tummy. Read on to learn more.

The human body is a unique

system, and it’s all about learning

on a day-to-day basis. Researchers

have spent generations

learning about it and

every day brings something new to the

horizon leading to a change in how things

are managed. These studies include information

on the types of diets people go on

and how they exercise.

With more and more research pouring in,

a lot of focus has gone towards gut health

and knowing how it connects to the brain.

It was in the late 1990s when research

started taking a look at human health, and

its relationship with stress biology and the

connection was quite apparent. The brain

was a significant role player in how the gut

functioned and how the rest of the body

functioned as well including the gastrointestinal

tract, humoral systems, and autonomic

nervous system. However, modern

methods have started to go in reverse and

taking a look at how the guy has an impact

on the GI tract and the brain.

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DIFFERENCE BETWEEN

GOOD AND BAD BACTERIA

The gut encompasses a wide range of microorganisms,

and these bacteria are reliant

on a positive environment. However,

this doesn’t mean all bacteria are healthy

and good for the body. It is all about knowing

what the difference is and ensuring the

good bacteria remain on top forever.

Good bacteria would encompass clostridium

butyricum as this is a catalyst for fatty

acids and pushing away inflammatory

bowel disease. It is also essential for bifidobacteria,

which are responsible for

immune responses (vitamins) and lactobacilli,

which is responsible for boosting

immunity. On the contrary, bad bacteria

encompass enterococcus faecalis, which

is seen after a surgery (infection) as the

wrong type of food is digested such as uncooked

chicken. Bad bacteria also include

Clostridium difficile, which is renowned for

doing damage after taking antibiotics. This

is why eating healthy is a must to maintain

a healthy gut.

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PROBIOTICS ARE KEY

Probiotics are essential because they

can be found through lacto-fermented

foods. These are full of good bacteria and

are simple to digest. These can be found in

tempeh, sauerkraut, kefir, kombucha, and

kefir to name a few.

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USE PREBIOTIC FIBER

IN YOUR DIET

Prebiotics are also known as fermented

carbs. They are reliant on good bacteria

(unlike probiotics) and take time to digest.

They will not go through the digestive system

as quickly as probiotics. This type of

fiber can be found in foods such as dandelion

greens, leeks, asparagus, garlic, and

chicory root.

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EXERCISE OFTEN

Gut health is reliant on the amount

of work you’re doing during the day. It is

always smart to set up an exercise regimen

and include things such as yoga. You

are going to notice a change in your health

when it comes to IBS.

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STAY AWAY FROM GMOS OR ANY FOOD WITH PESTICIDES

A lot of damage can be done to your gut health when roundup or glyphosate are

added into the equation. You want to steer away from genetically modified foods as they

are going to harm you in the long-term. These are filled with chemicals and are going to

alter your body’s health.

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DECREASE CONSUMPTION

OF HFCS

HFCS or “high-fructose corn syrup” is not

suitable for your gut and is often found

in processed foods. You want to stay

away from HFCS and sugar as much as

possible for the betterment of your gut.

These sweeteners can do a lot of damage

and will lead to the growth of bad bacteria

(i.e., yeast/fungi). It is always smarter

to cut down on these foods as soon

as you can.

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ELIMINATE USE OF

UNNECESSARY ANTIBIOTICS

Antibiotics are necessary at times but

not all the time. It is a class of drug

that is rough on bacteria of all kind. It

doesn’t discriminate, and that can lead

to a complete change in the human microbiome,

which is a sign of bad bacteria

developing such as Firmicutes. If this happens,

you are increasing the chances of

developing obesity.

Studies have shown the animals’ microbiome

gets damaged after antibiotics are

used, and it leads to an increase in weight.

Cattle have shown to grow bigger in weight,

and the same happens to humans.

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LEARN TO MEDITATE

AND STAY RELAXED

Stress can be damaging to the body and

brain. You have to take the time to meditate.

This is how you are going to get more

out of the body and maintain a healthier

gut. All it takes is 10-15 minutes of your

time daily.

Get the brain in gear, and you are going to

have a great gut. This is a good stepping

stone and can help your body in general.

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9 Aphrodisiac Foods

TO SPICE UP YOUR LOVE LIFE

by

Susan Barnes

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If you are looking to improve your health as well as rev up your sexual arousal

naturally, then read on and find out the 9 best foods to boost your libido.

While their genuine effect is questionable

at best, everyone loves

a good aphrodisiac food. Even

if the food doesn’t cause any

chemical or biological reaction,

it can be a lot of fun to enjoy a Valentine’s Day

meal filled to the brim with subtext and double

entendres. To that end, here’s a great list

of foods considered natural aphrodisiacs.

Now, keep in mind that even though these

are great for any Valentine’s Day dinner

they don’t have to be kept for a special occasion.

Or at the very least, make the special

occasion that you thought it was fun, or

because it’s Thursday, or because you just

got home from work and you feel like cooking!

Even beyond the question of whether

or not they actually make you hornier, most

of these foods are easy to work with and

fairly healthy making them great foods to

add to almost any meal.

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1 ALMONDS

It’s hard to find a fitness enthusiast

who hates almonds. It’s one of several nuts

that contain a high concentration of mono-saturated

fats. It doesn’t take long to

consider why the ancient people associated

the almond with fertility!

They’re shaped like testicles. Luckily,

they’re also high in fiber as well as vitamin

E. So whether or not almonds actually

boost your libido, they’re at least good for

your heart!

2 CHOCOLATE

Chocolate is the usual go-to in terms

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of aphrodisiacs. There are so many different

types of chocolate out there that

there’s a style for almost every taste.

Chocolate is also high in anti-oxidants,

and some studies have found that it can

help relieve the pain of menstrual cramps.

Chocolate also contains phenylethylamine,

which is a stimulant that’s known

to interact with the parts of your brain that

light up during sex. The higher the cocoa

level in chocolate, the more of this chemical

the chocolate contains. You don’t have

to go super-dark chocolate, semi-sweet

chocolate chip cookies will work just

as well.


3 PEAS

Sweet peas are a great healthy addition

to any Valentine’s Day dinner! Peas

are high in fiber as well as low in calories.

They contain the same chemical as chocolate,

which is why they’re an aphrodisiac.

4 VANILLA

Everyone loves the taste and smell

of vanilla, but did you know it’s been considered

an aphrodisiac since the times of

early man? The Mayan and Aztec cultures

would use chocolate and vanilla as libido

and performance enhancers, at least according

to some historians. Vanilla is an

incredibly easy substance to use as well

since you can get it in almost every dessert

out there. Make sure to find high-quality

vanilla if you want the healthy kind. It’s

much more flavorful, which is the real

point of any use of vanilla!

5 HONEY

Organic honey is well known to help

deal with allergies. Honey can often act as

an immunity boost since it’s generally made

of local types of pollen. This helps trigger the

body’s immune system, at least a tiny bit.

The brain responds with excitement to

honey due to its natural sweetness. That

excitement easily translates into increases

sexual energy. And of course, it’s not

difficult to think about what one could

do after dinner with some “accidentally

spilled” honey.

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6 POMEGRANATE

This is a well-known superfood and

boasts a high concentration of antioxidants.

Pomegranate is often used in depression

and immune system treatments,

at least as part of a healthy diet. The fact

that pomegranates have so many seeds

has caused human cultures to connect

the fruit with fertility. This connection has

stuck around into the modern age, which

is why it’s considered an aphrodisiac. They

can be difficult to deseed, however, so try

watching the video below if you want to

avoid a mess.

7 WATERMELON

This fruit is naturally sweet, low in

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calories, and has a high concentration of

electrolytes. Water is great for hydration,

but the high concentration of electrolytes

helps the body utilize hydration more

quickly. If you’re drinking alcoholic beverages

or participating in a heavy activity

(which you may be doing on Valentine’s

Day for various reasons), then it’s especially

important to stay hydrated.

8 BALUT

This street food is incredibly popular

in the Phillippines, so if you’re not especially

adventurous you may want to give it

a pass. This is a duck egg that’s been fertilized,

partially developed, and then boiled.

You then eat the cooked half-developed


duck straight from the shell. While it may

not sound appetizing to some people, it’s

believed to boost stamina and the process

of eating balut - sucking the juice from the

egg first - has several sexual undertones.

9 CHERRIES

Cherries have been considered “sexy”

for centuries at this point, at least in the

western world. Cherries are also incredibly

healthy since they contain a high number

of antioxidants. While many aphrodisiacs

work questionably at best, cherries are one

of the few available foods that have been

scientifically proven to boost pheromone

production. And if you need to be told to

tie a cherry stem into a knot with only your

tongue then you need a remedial aphrodisiacs

class! Here’s a tip - maraschino cherry

stems are the easiest to do this with.

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A 5-PART

WALKTHROUGH

ON THE SIGNIFICANCE OF

GUT

BACTERIA

by

Michael Hall

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The digestive system plays a vital role in your overall health. Read this article

and learn the importance of keeping your gut in tip-top shape.

It’s only until recently that science

has started exploring

the role played by bacteria

in our digestive system in relation

to good body health.

Recent studies have revealed that these

bacteria are more influential than previously

perceived. In fact, bacteria directly

affects our brains.

The human body has ten times more bacteria

compared to human cells. It’s estimated

that the digestive tract, the habitat of most

of these bacteria, has a staggering three million

bacterial genes of close to a thousand

different species. This is like 100 times more

than our own genes. Besides being beneficial,

most of these bacteria are a necessity

for the proper functioning of the body.

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THE LINK BETWEEN YOUR BRAIN

AND THE DIGESTIVE SYSTEM

Unhealthy bacteria could result in illness

but our bodies know enough to attack and

kill the harmful bacteria. When the “good”

bacteria are compromised, our immune

system weakens and diseases could ensue.

Studies regarding how internal bacteria

impact our health have revealed very

surprising results.

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The most popular perception is that the

brain is responsible for controlling all systems

in the body. Links have been discovered

showing that the brain has an influence

on the digestive function. However,

it turns out that the influence is a two-way

traffic: the microbiota present in the gastrointestinal

tract have an influence on

brain function including motor activity,

memory, and cognition.

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UNLIKELY PARKINSON’S

DISEASE CAUSE

Parkinson’s disease is known to be a chronic

and progressive ailment that affects

cognition and motor control. Neurons in

the brain that are supposed to regulate

the production of dopamine start to die.

Reduced dopamine levels in the body have

an effect on motor function, which in turn

results in tremors in the hands, head, arms

and legs, rigid or stiff legs arms and torso,

and a slow body movement. Dopamine reduction

also leads to loss of balance which

could sometimes progress to ones inability

to stand, change in voice, loss of one’s

sense of smell and sleep irregularity.

The actual cause of Parkinson’s disease

was previously not known. There is a theory

suggesting that this disorder could be

partly genetic, but the presence of this

disease does not always show any symptoms.

Environmental factors like pharmaceuticals,

pesticides and herbicides,

chronic inflammation (which could be as a

result of a combination of factors like aspartame,

poor dietary habits, stress, lack

of exercise and food additives), and other

toxins aggravate the risk of developing

the Parkinson’s disease and many other

neurological disorders.

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CURRENT RESEARCH

In a recent research, the link between

the gut and the brain were clearly observed.

The findings of the research start by saying

that: “The intestinal microbiota has an influence

on modulating behavior, neurodevelopment

and has its contribution to neurological

disorders. However, the functional

link between neurodegenerative diseases

and gut bacteria is still unexplored.

Synucleinopathies are neurodegenerative

disorders that are usually characterized by

the accumulation of alpha-synuclein proteins

around the nerve cells and glia - the

brain cells responsible for supporting neurons,

removing waste and transporting nutrition.

A-synuclein is a protein commonly

found in our brains and when one is suffering

from synucleinopathies, it occurs

that there is an over-accumulation of these

proteins. The Parkinson’s disease is in this

group of diseases.

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ANTIBIOTICS VS. PROBIOTICS

The mice specimens that were used

in the study were conditioned to produce

an excess of the a-synuclein proteins. Scientists

discovered that administering antibiotics

aggravated the loss of motor control

and many other Parkinson’s disease

symptoms. When probiotics (gastrointestinal

bacteria) were administered to the

mice, brain activity increased and motor

function improved.

Some other groups of mice conditioned to

overproduce a-synuclein in the study were

administered with microbiota obtained

from people with Parkinson’s disease and

healthy people as well. The symptoms of

the specimen mice worsened after they

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were given bacteria from people diagnosed

with Parkinson’s disease. It was eventually

concluded that gut bacteria are responsible

for the regulation of movement disorders

in mice and suggested that changes in

the human microbiome could increase the

risk of suffering from Parkinson’s disease.

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THE IMPORTANCE OF

DIGESTIVE TRACT BACTERIA

Synucleinopathies aren’t the only conditions

affected by digestive tract bacteria.

If you need further proof that there is a

connection between the brain and healthy

bacteria levels, then here you go. A 2013

research linked digestive tract bacteria to

autism spectrum disorders. The symptoms

of these disorders were exacerbated by

administration of harmful bacteria and alleviated

with an introduction of probiotics.

References to many other studies still

point to a similar connection between the

gut and brain when studying emotional instability,

anxiety, and multiple sclerosis.

Microbial changes within the digestive

tract of mice led to a change in the metabolites

in serum which resulted in the manifestation

of autism-like behaviors. The administration

of a beneficial bacterium like

Bacteroides fragilis was found to reverse

immunological, neurological and physiological

anomalies. This is a good explanation

why in some instances, autism spectrum

disorder symptoms disappear when

a kid’s diet is changed. You must avoid eating

all the junk in genetically modified and

processed foods since they disorient everything

in the digestive system and brain

as well.

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11 TASTY DETOX DRINKS FOR

WEIGHT LOSS

by

Susan Barnes

Lose weight just by drinking water, juice, or smoothie. Here are 11 of the most

effective and delicious detox drinks for burning fat and losing weight!

Juicing is obviously the healthiest alternative to taking soda and other sweetened

drinks. Juice prepared by you in the kitchen using fresh vegetables and fruits is

highly nutritious, particularly when it is prepared as a smoothie. It will even aid

the body in eliminating toxins. On the contrary, store-bought juices are often

filled with dangerous additives such as preservatives, flavoring agents, and sugar.

What Is Detox?

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On a daily basis, our bodies are exposed to toxins through the food we eat, the air we breathe

and all the thoughts we harbor in our minds. Detoxification is a process in which the body

naturally isolates, neutralizes and gets rid of the unhealthy substances lodged in our bodies.

Some good examples of toxins are processed foods, fructose corn syrup, sugar, pesticides,

herbicides, medications, heavy metals and many other household chemicals. These toxins

tend to accumulate and find refuge in fat cells, where they could cause ailments.

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POMEGRANATE, LEMON,

AND PINEAPPLE

The pomegranate fruit is naturally flavorful

and sweet, which make it an excellent addition

to any of your smoothies. Additionally,

this fruit is rich in anti-aging antioxidants

and also a treasure trove of minerals

and vitamins. Actually, this fruit contains a

higher antioxidant percentage than green

tea. All you have to do is add a small pineapple

piece to your daily dose and a small

lemon piece to balance out the sweetness

of other fruits.

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GREEN JUICE

Green juices are highly sought beverages

when it comes down to healthy diets

and weight loss. There are numerous

recipes available but this one isn’t just

nutritious but also delicious. Spinach, cucumbers

and collard greens provide vitamin

A, vitamin K, cancer-fighting sulfur and iron

whereas lemon provides vitamin C, a nutrient

that aids the body in absorbing iron.

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GREEN SMOOTHIE

This is a recipe similar to what we’ve

just discussed above, but in this case, the

ingredients are blended rather than juiced.

For the right blend of ingredients, add 1

cup of coconut water followed by a few

vegetables and fruits. This smoothie can

be customized to suit your preferred taste.

And just like any other smoothie on this

list, be sure to take this juice on the same

day you prepare it for the best nutritional

value since some of the nutrients will die

hours after being processed.

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SPICY GREEN JUICE

Different from the last two juices

mentioned above, this juice has a small

touch of ginger that improves digestion

and fights inflammation. With this juice,

almost all the ingredients are sour and alkalinizing.

You could add some maple syrup

so that your juice isn’t so bitter.

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LEMON WATER

If you cannot harbor the thought of

preparing fresh juice every morning, this is

the detox drink for you. A major aspect of

detoxification is remaining hydrated so it

is imperative that you take water first thing

every morning to help the body flush out

any toxins it probably gathered overnight.

And to add some flavor to the water and

give it an alkaline feel, squeeze like half a

lemon into a glass of water every morning

and take it before breakfast when your

stomach is still empty.

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FRUITY DETOX WATER

Although lemon is a perfect addition

to water, there are many other ways to

dress the water and make it more appealing.

This recipe is a perfect replacement

for popular sugary drinks and summer

cocktails. All you have to do is slice some

strawberries or kiwi fruits and put them

in some chilled carafe of water for some

hours. To give it more flair, you could add

some mint, oranges or cherries.

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CARROT, GINGER, AND BEETS

This irresistible juice will help keep your stomach full in between meals, which

aids in curbing cravings and supporting all your weight loss efforts. To prepare this

juice, you only need a few glasses of water, two carrots, a small piece of ginger, a large

beetroot and a small cucumber.

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FAT-BURNING WATER

Vinegar is not actually what many

people think of when the word weight loss

is mentioned but it is definitely a key ingredient

in fat-burning water. Apple cider vinegar

aids in alkalizing the body, preventing

inflammation of the joints and improving

digestion. When combined with lemon,

apple, and cinnamon, you will not even

taste the vinegar so do not hesitate to try

this drink. And if it is too strong to take,

you could add some honey.

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CUCUMBER DETOX WATER

This simple water is just ideal for

anyone who cannot deal with the acidity

of lemon water. You just have to add a few

slices of cucumber to the flavored water.

You could also add 2-3 mint leaves for a

refreshing way to get rid of the toxins.

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NEW YEAR WATER

New Year is often a period of healthy

changes and new habits, so it is natural

that this recipe has been named after a

popular holiday. For a sense of well-being

each morning, detoxify your body with this

juice, which is a party mix of fruits. What

you need is some lemon slices, raspberries,

grapefruit, lime, cucumbers, a few

mint leaves and some pears.

FESTIVE COCKTAIL

This drink will take all your New

Year’s resolutions to another level by offering

a quick and easy way to eat your

vegetables and fruits every day. This drink

is so good that it can even be served as

a cocktail during the holiday parties.

Sweet, fresh and filling, this juice will

change your mind for good about eating

unhealthy snacks.

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5 Foods That You Should Avoid

ARTHRITIS

IF YOU HAVE

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by

Michael Hall

Managing arthritis means avoiding

activities, medication, and some food to

keep the pain levels low. Check out which

foods you shouldn’t eat to avoid pain.

Managing arthritis is almost a

full-time job. There are many

things to do to keep your pain

levels low. Avoiding certain

medications, foods, and activities

play an important part in this regard.

Here are five foods that you should avoid

in order to relieve the pain associated

with arthritis.

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FOODS THAT CONTAIN GLUTEN

You may have to stop eating some

of your favorite foods such as bread and

pasta when you have arthritis. These

foods contain gluten that can result in an

incredible amount of inflammation. Although

not everyone is sensitive to gluten,

the latest research shows that more than

13% of the population has some form of

non-celiac gluten sensitivity. In fact, more

than 1% of the population suffers from a

full-blown celiac disease.

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But 40% of the population carries the

gene for celiac disease in them. There

are certain environmental factors that

can trigger this gene to turn on such as

illness, pregnancy, use of antibiotics,

menopause, stomach flu, and gastrointestinal

infections. The best thing is to

avoid gluten foods when you are suffering

from arthritis.

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NIGHTSHADE VEGETABLES

Have you heard of the story of

Tom Brady (New England Patriot’s quarterback)?

If so, you might already know

about his super strict diet that has kept

him playing football for so long. He avoids

foods that are known as nightshade vegetables

such as eggplant, peppers, and

tomatoes. These foods are supposed to

cause inflammation.

Nightshade vegetables contain alkaloids.

They can alter the way calcium is metabolized

in the body. Higher concentrations

of alkaloids cause calcium to deposit in the

soft tissues of the body. This can result in

joint pain and arthritis over time.

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PROCESSED FOODS

Most of the fast food joints cook

their foods in oils that are full of trans fats

with omega-6 fatty acids. Although omega-6

is good in moderation, it can cause

inflammation in the body when consumed

in excessive amounts. Fast foods have

this component in excessive amounts.

Omega-6 triggers the build-up of fibrin in

your joints.

Fibrin is used by the body to heal injuries

for a short period of time. It does

this by causing partial inflammation to

bring in the white blood cells. But when fibrin

builds up when it is not needed, pain

becomes inevitable.

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4

BLACKENED AND

BARBECUED FOODS

Grilling doesn’t cause problems unless you

go for a charred look on meats and vegetables.

In fact, when you cook foods at

high temperatures over an open flame, it

releases a byproduct known as Advanced

Glycation End (AGEs).

AGEs are well-known to cause inflammation

of the entire vascular system of the

body. The latest studies reveal that people

suffering from diabetes are more affected

by Advanced Glycation Ends. These people

can suffer from accelerated heart disease

and increased inflammation as a result.

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FOODS THAT CONTAIN

PROCESSED SUGAR

You already know that soda is bad for you.

In fact, a bottle of full-sugar soda contains

more artificial flavoring and sugar than

an individual could ingest in a week. Processed

sugars in your favorite carbonated

drinks can trigger your body to release

pro-inflammatory cytokines.

Cytokines are usually released by your immune

system in order to send healing cells

to certain areas of injury, trauma, and infection

in your body. This process is ideal

when something is actually wrong in your

body. When these healing cells have nowhere

else to go, they can cause unnecessary

pain and inflammation in the joints.

Even though diet soda is supposed to cut

down on processed sugar, it contains artificial

sweeteners that could take the place

of processed sugars. That is why it is important

that you avoid full-sugar as well as

diet soda when you are suffering from a

condition such as arthritis.

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5 Nutrient Tips To

SLEEP BETTER

by

Susan Barnes

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Making slight changes to your diet can improve your sleep dramatically.

Check out these 5 nutrient hacks to help you get some good night’s sleep.

Many people are not familiar with

the fact that eating the right diet

can have an impact on whether

you are able to get a good

night’s sleep or not. Sometimes

it really only takes a few changes. Before you

know it, you could be sleeping like a baby.

The preferred method of improving on

sleeping problems is to find a natural solution.

When sleeping pills and other medical

solutions are used, it can have a negative

impact over the course of time. In some cases,

you may feel as if you are hung over the

following day or it could make it more likely

for you to get in an automobile accident

and it can certainly slow you down at work

and at home.

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VITAMIN C FIGHTS SCURVY

According to a recent study, there

is a direct correlation between being low

on vitamin C and not getting enough sleep

at night. The study wanted to identify differences

in people’s diets who were able

to sleep a long time as well as those who

slept for a short amount of time. According

to the study, those who slept less

than five hours nightly were lacking in

vitamin C.

Believe it or not, green peppers are fully

loaded with vitamin C and it has 119 mg

per cup. An adult only requires 40 mg daily

of vitamin C. In other words, the green

pepper is the go-to choice when you want

to fight insomnia.

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YOU NEED MORE CALCIUM

According to multiple studies, when

you are lacking calcium and magnesium,

you will likely wake after sleeping for only

a few hours and not be able to fall asleep

again. According to one study, calcium levels

are higher in the body during one of the

deepest phases of sleep, rapid eye movement

(REM) sleep. The conclusion was that

having sleep interrupted, especially when

you were in REM or REM disturbed sleep is

associated with a deficiency in calcium.

When the blood calcium levels were restored

by the research team, the test

participants were able to achieve normal

sleep patterns. The brain is assisted when

calcium is used because of tryptophan,

an amino acid that produces melatonin,

a hormone associated with sleep. Foods

that tend to be used for inducing sleep are

often rich in calcium. One green vegetable

that has loads of calcium is okra and

it tastes similar to eggplant. You will find

about 82 mg of calcium in okra for every

100 g that you eat. On a daily basis, adults

should have up to 1000 mg of calcium.

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YOU SHOULD ADD

MAGNESIUM TO YOUR DIET

A clinical study that was randomized

and double-blind showed that individuals

who supplemented their magnesium

were able to improve their insomnia.

Many factors were improved, including

the sleep time and efficiency, onset sleep

latency, and waking early in the morning

and it may be associated with the concentrations

of melatonin, serum renin

and serum cortisol in older people. 46

senior citizens were used in a study that

either provided a placebo or 500 mg of

magnesium at random over the course of

eight weeks. One way to add a significant

amount of magnesium to the diet is to

consume Swiss chard, as it contains 81

mg in every 100 g of the leafy vegetable.

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RBC CAN BE PRODUCED

WITH VITAMIN B12

According to a study, individuals who received

a 1.5 mg daily dose of vitamin B12

improved an issue with the sleep-wake

rhythm disorder. Vitamin B12 was provided

in the study for two patients who had

various types of this disorder. A 15-yearold

blind girl was one of the patients

who suffered from an issue known as

hypernychthemeral syndrome, or a running

sleep-wake rhythm of approximately

25 hours.

A 55-year-old man was the second patient

who had a delayed sleep phase syndrome

and he suffered from it for over three decades.

By the time the study was over, both

of the patients saw marked improvement.

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It’s difficult to get vitamin B12 from vegetables

but spinach does contain some significant

levels. Research done by the North

American Vegetarian Society showed that

there is more vitamin B12 in organic spinach

than conventional Spanish that was

sprayed with both pesticides and fertilizers.

This is yet another reason why organic

food is a good idea.

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JUICING FRESH VEGETABLES

Many people enjoy the nutrient-rich

benefits of fresh vegetable juice. Vegetable

juice that is freshly pressed and consumed

should be a regular part of your diet. Many

insomniacs choose fresh vegetable juice

over their daily cup of coffee. Coffee has

been repeatedly shown by many studies

to cause insomnia, perhaps because of the

caffeine in it.

If you’re looking for a way to improve a

problem with insomnia, it is hoped that

this article provides the motivation to get

rid of the caffeine and include more vegetables

in your diet. Living a healthy life is

an ongoing process and even though you

may not see immediate results, those results

will come eventually. It sometimes

takes longer for benefits to be recognized

through a healthy treatment program

in comparison with conventional medicine

but if you are patient, those benefits

will come.

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6

YOGA

POSES

TO CURB

BLOATING

AND

IMPROVE

DIGESTION

by

Michael Hall

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You could always use a

little help on fighting

bloating. Here are 6

yoga poses that can

soothe and relieve

belly bloat and other

digestive discomfort.

Nothing could be worse than

having a large meal that leaves

you feeling too full to do anything.

You might even swear to

never overeat again. However,

the truth is that holidays, dinner parties

and family meals mean that you will probably

feel bloated a few times in a year.

Overeating, however, is not the only reason

you could feel bloated. Eating too quickly,

eating a fatty meal, swallowing air and taking

foods like dairy and beans could leave

you feeling gassy and swollen. Despite all

your woes, here are some yoga poses that

get you rejuvenated and heal your sore

tummy in a short time.

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THE KNEES-TO-CHEST POSE (APANASANA)

To perform this pose, you should lie down on a yoga mat and tuck your legs into

your chest as you continue breathing. Proceed to rest your hands on the shins, slightly

below the knees. As you breathe in, slowly pull your legs onto your chest then release

your grip to breathe out. This will stimulate the digestive tract muscles to help the stomach

proceed with digestion. Hold for 60 seconds.

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THE SEATED SPINAL TWIST

Sit down on your mat with your

spine straight and tall and legs completely

outstretched. Bend the left knee, ensuring

that your leg is in line with the hip joint and

the left sole firmly gripped on the ground.

Twist the body to your left, with your left

arm behind the left hip and the right elbow

against the left thigh for better stability.

Hold in this position for half a minute so

that blood flows into the digestive organs.

You can then repeat on the right.

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THE CHAIR POSE (UTTKATASANA)

Start by standing up with the feet

being hip-width apart and the toes spread

out wide and facing forward. Cramp your

butt as you squat backward like you are

sitting on a chair. Your knees must remain

directly above your ankles. As you go lower,

get your hands above your head as you

keep them at shoulder width. Your arms

and back must make a straight line and

hold for half a minute.

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HIGH LUNGE VARIATION

Stand with your feet close together

and hands by your hip sides. You should

then step the left foot back straight, exerting

more weight on the left toes and right

sole as you bend your right leg. As you try

to drive your arms back to open up your

chest, keep your hips facing forward. Maintain

this position for five deep breaths, return

to your original position and then repeat

with your other leg.

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5

THE BRIDGE POSE (SETU BANDASANA)

This position will open up your body and aid in preventing constipation. Start by laying

down on your back with the knees being at hip width. Remember to keep the soles of your

feet firmly gripped onto your mat. Now lift your hips towards the sky, clasping your hands

together beneath your body and hold for 60 seconds while making some deep breaths.

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LEGS UP THE WALL

While this position might seem

strange, it will definitely get the blood

flowing and all the lymph back to the gut.

Lay on your yoga mat beside a vertical wall

and lie on the back with the but against

the wall and legs straight up the wall. Rest

your arms on the body as you take deep

breaths. Close your eyes and try to hold

onto this position for 60 seconds.

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8 FOODS TO GIVE YOU AN

Exciting Evening

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Susan Barnes

Aphrodisiacs are any food or

drink or drugs that stimulate

your sex drive. Check out this

article for the top 8 foods to

help you get in the mood.

Increasing one’s libido

is all about knowing

what triggers it and

that begins with using

aphrodisiac foods/

drinks. It can be something as

simple as a meal at a romantic

restaurant or a home-cooked meal

prepared for the love of one’s life.

However, the success you have is

going to depend on what aphrodisiac

foods or drinks are used, and

it has to start with a bit of research

on your part.

It doesn’t matter what time of the

year it is; you have to think hard

about this. You want to have

a good list on hand so you

can refer to it whenever

necessary. This is going

to boost the chances of

increasing the romance

in your life and also

helping your body too in

the long-term.

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1 AVOCADO

This is well-regarded for being one of the healthiest foods on the market because it is

nutritionally sound. It is going to have benefits such as potassium and vitamin E that are a

must-have when it comes to your diet, and it also looks like the male testes. This helps add

the erotic twist you’re looking for while preparing the meal and making sure it’s romantic. To

spice things up a bit more, you can play around with the idea of preparing guacamole as well.

To promote digestive health, it’s important to eat the right things. Probiotics and prebiotics both encourage a

healthy tummy. Read on to learn more.


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2 OYSTERS

Yes, oysters are something most people

will associate with when it comes to romantic

foods, and it has always been a favorite

option for those who adore seafood.

These are great because they help with testosterone

production and are also packed

with zinc, which is ideal for one’s sex drive

as a man or woman. This is also a versatile

option that is going to be easy to prepare

and can be included in a vast array of dishes

without getting in the way. It is all about

making sure you are preparing in advance,

so it comes out the way you want it to be.

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3 SALMON

Continuing with the seafood theme,

salmon is another good one that is great

when it comes to Omega-3 fatty acids.

These fats are going to help with your serotonin

levels. The reason you are going

to want to think about serotonin has to do

with how it eases the body and ensures

you are in the right frame of mind during

the meal. This is how your sex drive will increase,

and there is nothing better than a

fresh meal with salmon in it because there

is a lot you can do with it. This is going to

give a significant boost when it comes to

romance in the air.

4 CAVIAR

This is one of those food items that

are a given when it comes to high-class aphrodisiac

foods. It is packed with mineral zinc

and is going to give you a great-tasting meal

that is hard to deny. You are going to know

this has been around for ages and worked

well when it comes to romantic dinners.

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For those who are unaware, caviar is a collection

of fish eggs that have a salty taste

and can be a delight to have during dinner.

It is also associated with fertility, which is a

positive when it comes to one’s sex drive. It

is going to include protein and amino acids

that are good for the body.

5

RED WINE

Red wine is the beverage of choice

for those who are preparing romantic dinners,

and that’s a given in most cases. It

is one of those options that simply works

well and is going to add a relaxing presence

to the dinner that everyone can associate

with. Plus, it is packed with resveratrol,

which is an excellent antioxidant to

cleanse the body during the meal. It is one

of the most studied antioxidants and is

well-regarded for helping with cardiovascular

conditions in the human body. This is

a great way to get the blood pumping and

make sure you are in a healthy frame of

mind while having the meal. It is going to

offer a safe solution while also letting you

feel good.

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6 CHAMPAGNE

What if you are not a fan of red wine

and might want to spice things up a bit

more? You are not going to go wrong with

champagne because it is a high-end aphrodisiac

drink and is going to be well taken

when it comes to the romantic meal. You

can also add in the champagne glasses that

are going to lead to a romantic touch that

is hard to ignore as the champagne sparkles.

You can even make it a continuous

thing where the next morning is followed

up with delicious orange juice.

Depending on what you are getting, the

taste will vary as some will want to go out

and get champagne while others don’t

mind sparkling white wine. It is up to you,

and it will have similar effects on the body.

This beverage is well-known for being an

extension of the female sex hormone, and

it will work wonders.

7 GARLIC

This is great for romance and will

help battle conditions such as heart disease.

It is also going to help with blood circulation

and relaxing the body while you

are having a romantic dinner.

It is essential to stay subtle with garlic due

to its impact on your breath. You want to

make it a small part of the meal rather

than a big one. If necessary, think about

adding mints into the equation to lessen

the impact of garlic.

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CHILI PEPPERS

These are packed with vitamin

C and are going to provide tremendous

antioxidant benefits. They are also

a natural aphrodisiac making it ideal

for a romantic dinner. It will release

endorphins and make sure you feel

great in the evening.

In the end, this is going to give you all the

right hormonal changes and make it an

exciting evening.

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3 Simple Salads To Help

MANAGE DIABETES

by

Michael Hall

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Having high blood sugar levels can lead to health problems. Read this and learn

how to whip up easy salads that will help keep your sugar levels stable.

Do you often experience feelings

of fatigue or tiredness

right after eating? Do you feel

like taking a nap during the

day even after having a good

night sleep during the night? If the answer

is yes, then what you normally experience

in these cases is known as a sugar crash. It

is not a serious health condition if it occurs

every once in awhile, it may be an indicator

that your body is not processing sugars as

it should and this can turn into a serious

health concern in the long run.

High blood sugar levels are associated

with numerous medical problems. Some

of them include cancer, chronic inflammation,

heart disease and diabetes. Highlighted

below are some awesome salad suggestions

that can help keep blood sugar

levels stable thus managing conditions such

as diabetes.

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Heartburn is something that most adults will experience at one point or another. Here are 7 natural

remedies that can help alleviate symptoms of heartburn.


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SPINACH WITH

GARLIC VINAIGRETTE

This unique salad can be topped up with

some pumpkin seeds or chopped almonds

for extra protein. You will need 1/2 teaspoon

Dijon mustard, 1 tablespoon white

wine vinegar, 1-1/2 tbsp. extra-virgin olive

oil, 1/8 teaspoon salt, 1/4 teaspoon

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ground black pepper, 1/4 cup sliced red

onion, 2 minced garlic cloves and 6 cups

baby spinach leaves (about 6 ounces). Mix

all the ingredients together, except the

spinach and red onion in a large bowl and

make sure to stir properly with a whisk.

Add the red onion and 6 cups of spinach,

then toss to coat.

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2

ENDIVE AND CUCUMBERS SALAD

This is a delicious salad that can be a little bit bitter. You can add some sun-dried

tomatoes or delicious artichokes to achieve a nice taste. You will need salt, vinegar, olive

oil, 10 grams of black olives, 90 grams of endive and 200 grams of cucumber.

Ready the endives, peel and chop the cucumbers and then wash. Mix up all the ingredients

in a bowl. Season with some salt and vinegar then add some oil for taste.

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3

REFRESHING CUCUMBER SALAD

The following ingredients are needed;

1/4 cup rice vinegar, 1/4 teaspoon salt,

2 tablespoons toasted sesame seeds and

2 medium cucumbers or 1 large English

cucumber. Peel the cucumbers to achieve

some nice green stripes, then chop them in

half and remove the seeds using a spoon.

You can chop them into thinner slices using

a knife or a food processor then place in

a thick paper towel and squeeze gently to

eliminate excess water. Mix the vinegar and

salt in a bowl, stir properly, and then add

some sesame seeds and the cucumber. Mix

everything up nicely and serve immediately.

You can enjoy this salad on a hot and sunny

day to ensure you stay cool and hydrated.

You can also add some crumbled feta

cheese and chopped onions for extra flavor.

This particular recipe can be used to make

4 servings of approximately 1 cup each.

If you feel brave enough, you can add apple

cider vinegar, okra and bitter lemon

to your salad. These additions can help to

regulate your blood sugar levels. Eating

these salads can help prevent and manage

various medical conditions such as cancer,

chronic inflammation, heart disease, diabetes

and so on.

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7 QUICK AND EFFECTIVE

FIXES FOR HEARTBURN

by

Susan Barnes

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Suffering from acid reflux? Check out this article and discover these 7 home

remedies that may cure your heartburn and save you a trip to the drugstore.

The sensation you feel in the

upper abdomen and chest areas

after you eat is known as

heartburn. The name implies

that a person feels like his or

her heart is on fire. There are many causes

for this condition. But one thing is for sure:

when it hits, you want immediate relief.

WHAT DOES THE CONDITION FEEL LIKE?

You may experience a hot irritation in

your chest, stomach or throat when you

have heartburn. It may feel like a shooting

pain or spasm at times. The esophageal

lining deteriorates when the condition

becomes chronic. If untreated in a

timely manner, it can lead to esophageal

cancer over time.

Regardless of how it feels and how often

it occurs, you need to stop the condition

immediately. Before you rush to the doctor

or try OTC medications, you should

try these effective remedies.

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If you are looking to improve your health as well as rev up your sexual arousal naturally, then read on and

find out the 9 best foods to boost your libido.


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1

STOP OVEREATING

There is a muscle at the end of the

esophagus that controls the entry of food

into your stomach. This muscle becomes

weakened in the case of acid reflux. This

allows the contents of the stomach to flow

back into the esophagus. An over-indulged

stomach will put pressure on this muscle

allowing the stomach acid to push its way

up. This results in heartburn.

2

MANAGE YOUR WEIGHT

Obesity is linked to acid reflux. The

fat deposits around the stomach place excess

pressure on the abdomen. The food

you consume also plays a big part in acid

reflux. Excess body weight causes many

problems with the digestive system, including

diseases of the esophagus. Make

sure you manage the weight to get rid of

this problem.

3

APPLE CIDER VINEGAR (ACV)

Although vinegar is an acid, organic,

raw, and unfiltered ACV alkalize the body. It

stimulates the release of important stomach

acids to facilitate the digestive process. On

the other hand, unfiltered raw apple cider

vinegar contains a cloudy sediment which

has fiber, enzymes, and proteins to ease the

condition of acid reflux. Take it with a teaspoon

of honey in a cup of warm water.

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4

AVOID FOODS THAT

AGGRAVATE THE CONDITION

There are certain foods that over-stimulate

stomach acids. These foods can lead

to acid reflux when taken in excess. Make

sure you consume the following foods in

moderation - milk chocolate, alcohol, fatty

foods, fried foods, coffee, raw onions, garlic,

processed fast foods, and peppermint.

Avoid spicy and acidic foods since they can

overproduce stomach acids. Hence, make

sure to steer clear of tomatoes, citrus

fruits, black pepper, chili peppers, cranberries,

red meat, dairy, and blueberries.

5

CHEW NATURAL GUM

Chewing gum increases the production

of saliva which helps reduce the acids

in the esophagus. But you need to chew

natural gums that are not sweetened with

aspartame. Steer clear of spearmint and

peppermint flavors since they can relax

the LES and worsen the condition.

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6

REDUCE THE CONSUMPTION

OF SOFT DRINKS

Carbonated drinks have bubbles that explode

in your stomach and esophagus.

This places pressure on the LES. Commercial

sodas are acidic as well. Make sure

that you replace the cola habit with fresh

fruit and vegetable juices. A warm cup of

tea can boost your digestive functions.

7

CHANGE YOUR

SLEEPING POSITION

You can experience heartburn at night

due to the position of your stomach and

the pressure placed on the esophagus.

Many people who are suffering from acid

reflux have problems with sleeping. You

should raise the head of the bed by at

least six inches by placing a block underneath

the mattress. If not, you can buy a

wedge pillow that is specially designed for

this purpose.

The incline will help avoid putting excess

strain on your neck and shoulders. It prevents

pressure on the abdomen. Sleeping

on your left side aids the emptying of the

stomach. This will reduce the likelihood of

you experiencing heartburn at night. That

is why you should sleep on your left side.

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