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Wednesday, 29 October 2014

The Healing Powers of Onion

The people of ancient Egypt had associated onions with eternity due to its unique healing potentials among other attributes. Even more so today this vegetable has continued to spring up amazing surprises due to the life saving properties that modern scientific research and discoveries have come to attach to it. Amongst nutritional and herbal experts, much consensus has been reached regarding the healing powers of onion just in the same way its relative in the vegetable-like herb in the Alliums family, Garlic has been regarded and esteemed. 

Longevity: Scientific proofs abound showing that onions can actually promote longevity for the fact that it is capable of keeping cancer at bay. If your health is free of the the toxins and free radicals that can stimulate cancerous growths and dangerous tumours by the actions of the phytochemicals and phytonutrients in onions, you are bound to live longer.

Cancer fighter: It is evident from medical research that the more you eat this vegetable, the farther away all forms of cancer are from you; this is going by the studies carried out on people who frequently eat onions compared to those who are not in the habit of large and regular consumption of onions. The good news is that it is able to lower cancer risk including many types of tumours, even in the mouth, oesophagus, throat, breast, kidney, colon, and prostrate.

It is stated that the more pungent the taste of the onion the more potent it would be in fighting and lowering the risk of cancer, just as the varieties of red and yellow onions are said to contain more of the cancer fighting antioxidants in flavonoids. But the sweeter and lighter in colour the onion variety, then the lesser the concentration of flavonoids which carry the super antioxidants that are able to clear out free radicals from your system. You will also be doing your arteries a world of good when you become really friendly with your onions because you will be safe from the risk of hardening arteries – especially in the legs.

Bone health: Bone resorption which is a process by which bone is broken down, can lead to osteoporosis which occurs when bone resorption happens faster than bone formation. Osteoporosis being an abnormal loss of bony tissue resulting in fragile porous bones and attributable to a lack of calcium is most common in postmenopausal women. 

Sunday, 26 October 2014

The Healing Powers of Olive Oil

Olive Oil is first and foremost one of the numerous forms of edible oil; it is indeed a vegetable oil squeezed out of olive. Olive oil is not ‘anointing oil’ per se as most Nigerian religionists are wont to label it. But rather, olive oil is medicinal and has been used since ancient times in the treatment of ailments and for the promotion of general good health and wellbeing. Even in the Bible days, it has been known that apart from the natural and spiritual dynamic of olive and olive oil, it has been used medicinally due to its inherent healing properties.

Olive oil is the basis for the world acclaimed Mediterranean type diet. The import of this is that research has found that people who live around the Mediterranean Sea generally have a very stable health, free of most of the diseases and illnesses that afflict most of their counterparts in other parts of the world.

Olive oil

Also and very importantly, it has been proven that these same folks who live on this side of the globe generally have longer life span or longevity compared to the rest of the world. It is also true that the frequency of the occurrence of cardiovascular diseases, a major cause of death in the world today is rare, all owing to the habit or dietary life style of incorporating plenty of olive oil in their diet.

The crux of the matter is that extra-virgin olive oil is loaded with antioxidants and healthy fats, and stands out as about the best edible oil available to man; it is a typical example of monounsaturated oil which has an unparalleled measure of safety as well as healing benefits to the human system. Olive oil is mainly used in salad dressing and many other forms of dietary preparations. 

Friday, 24 October 2014

Correcting Eating Disorders in Children

It could be a big problem getting kids to eat right; it is also very difficult at times trying to dissuade your kids from sticking to a particular kind of diet that they love. Naturally it may seem that children are usually wont to eat sweet foods all of the time. But I dare say this is just one of those myths about children and foods.

Sad news too is the fact that children willingly will not just go out of their way to eat or demand for fruits. Thus you could almost say to yourself – ‘I can just count the types of foods my kids love to eat, such as white bread, rice, eggs, spaghetti, macaroni, meat pie, burger, noodles’. Once the fruits are brought in, it is a no go area, they look the other way. Don’t even bother with salad. But you are to blame for all of these; it is the way you have brought them up. 

Are you surprised that the kids readily jump at anything sweet. Oh! The sugary foods are just their favourites. The taste buds are like domestic animals – you can train and tame them from day one. Every child loves sugary drinks, ice cream, cakes, doughnuts, cookies, biscuits, sweets and so on. You were the one who thought that ‘Junior’ would not, or is not yet ready for gari or eba with ugu soup, amala and ewedu soup, fufu, fish and all the fruits that lie around.
You deprived your kid of the opportunity to start a new habit early in life thereby denying him the benefits of growing up enjoying the great advantages deposited in natural foods and home cooking.

Solution is in making sure that the kids are grounded early in life, that is - you laying the foundation of getting them oriented in sensible nutritious eating habit. And so, it is not also true that babies will only love to eat bland foods, but they will gladly gobble up all manner of mixed flavours you present to them. The secret is simply by starting them off on wholesome feeding very early on in life. Likewise, babies who are started off from the onset on sugary mixed foods will certainly grow up preferring sweet foods, while babies who were fed on a variety of diet such as fruits, vegetables, whole cereals, flavours and textures, will grow up enjoying a more varied diet.

Babies usually will take more time to process foods and varieties of them and so when he turns his head away, it does not necessarily mean he does not like the food. He needs time to familiarise with the (new) introduction. But just keep insisting, it will only take him some time, and he will eventually come to accept it.

Thursday, 23 October 2014

Natural Arthritis Cure (3)

Healing Arthritis through Exercise: It is a well known fact that exercise will both prevent and even heal most of the debilitating and even terminal diseases that bedevil mankind today. Exercise will save you from Stress, Cancer, Heart disease, Diabetes, Hypertension, and also Arthritis; thus in the cause of exercise new cells are developed. While it is important to exercise yourself out of your problems such as arthritis, it is equally necessary to be careful not to overdo things. It must be stated here that some forms of exercise can actually worsen your arthritis while other forms will heal you. 

Though exercise could be painful at times; but imagine the kind of grades your son will have in school if he did not study hard. Surely hard work pays handsomely; the discipline is all you need to be free of your arthritis, and exercise will surely help you prevent any form of degenerative disease including arthritis. I will also at this point advise that you do good to consult your personal doctor before embarking on your routine physical exercise especially if you are in doubt. 
Arthritis pain
Exercise will enable your synovial fluid to properly lubricate the cartilage of your joints by moving in and out of the cartilage. Thus as a vehicle engine or machine requires lubrication, in the same manner does your cartilage require it as it keeps it healthy and moist. This activity will prevent your cartilage from drying and thinning out as we have seen in osteoarthritis due to friction leading to wear and tear.

As I have stated earlier article, overweight or obesity can be a danger signal to you developing osteoarthritis which has to do with the stress borne by your joints owing to your weight. Therefore if you are on this side, it becomes highly imperative that you lose weight, and exercise can very well enable you to shed that excess body weight and then maintain your ideal body weight. Your ideal body weight is according to your body mass index (BMI) which is a measure of your weight in relation to height, and is calculated thus: Multiply your weight in pounds and divide that by the square of your height in inches; overweight is a BMI greater than 25; obese is a BMI greater than 30.

Inflamed and swollen joints of the fingers

When you are ready to commence your routine exercise, be sure to start with aerobic exercises, and do workouts that is within your capacity. Do not overwork or stress your heart.  While you are at it, also make sure you drink plenty of water as a matter of daily (health) habit, because both exercise and good hydration are very important for the free movement of your synovial fluid which go in and out of (lubricates) the cartilage.

Wednesday, 22 October 2014

Natural Cures for Arthritis (2)

Having dealt with Rheumatoid Arthritis - an autoimmune disease in part one of this topic, we will now deal with the second popular grouping under which the ailment arthritis falls – Osteoarthritis. At this point it is important to note that at the extreme, arthritis could actually degenerate to a debilitating, even crippling disease. We all therefore need to take this matter very seriously experts warn. 

And so on the other side of arthritis, Osteoarthritis is caused by wear and tear of your cartilage; at first it will seem to affect the patient on isolated joints on only one side of the body within the adult age group of 40 and above. It is a chronic breakdown of cartilage in the joints; the most common form of arthritis occurring usually after middle age. Discomfort might also be much sometimes, but usually will not be accompanied by swelling of joints. Distress will mostly be felt around the weight-bearing joints such as the hips and knees. Morning stiffness is usually very brief but not with general weakness as is the case with rheumatoid arthritis.

Monday, 20 October 2014

Natural Cures for Arthritis 1

Very often I have heard people complaining – ‘I have arthritis’, others will say ‘I have rheumatism’. And I have discovered that sometimes it is either of the two or both that they actually have. In as much as the fact remains that both rheumatism and arthritis are similar and related, there is still a marked or maybe, a thin line separating the two.

Arthritis however is defined as inflammation of a joint or joints, while Rheumatism is defined as any painful disorder of the joints or muscles, or connective tissues. It is also a chronic autoimmune disease with inflammation of the joints and marked deformities. Something (possibly a virus) triggers an attack on the synovium which is a thin membrane or tissue layer, by the immune system, which releases cytokines that stimulate an inflammatory reaction that can lead to the destruction of all components of the joint.

Thus both rheumatism and arthritis can be placed in the same class of inflammatory joint disease(s). It is a combination of these two conditions and the attendant symptoms that is referred to as Rheumatoid Arthritis.  Here, we refer to any of a large group of diseases characterized by abnormal functioning of the immune system that causes your immune system to produce antibodies against your own tissues.

And so I will be discussing these two jointly, and more, as we delve into the issues under the generic name – arthritis, and also proffer time tested remedies by the application of the most appropriate nutritional approach.  As we deal with this generic term Arthritis, we shall be looking at it in two classifications among its two major groupings: The first question for you would be – what kind of Arthritis is confronting you? And so it could either be Rheumatoid Arthritis or Osteoarthritis.

Friday, 17 October 2014

Curative actions of Cabbage

In this second part of looking at the many health and curative or healing benefits of cabbage, I will be breaking it down to some specific ailments that this wonder vegetable is able to perfectly bring under control. Cabbage has been used both clinically and domestically to achieve cures that are almost baffling; it is loaded with unique healing properties as well as phytonutrients that aid in muscle building and general cleansing.

Constipation:                                                                                                                         Cabbage is a very rich source of roughage which is a non-digestible part of the food and so would go to form bulk. It stimulates the intestines for a perfect bowel movement. You can prepare a complete meal of raw cabbage which is perfect for handling your constipation. When you do this, first chop the vegetable into very thin slices and add a little salt, including black pepper, and lemon juice to the cabbage. It will be well received and perfectly tolerated by your system without any adverse effects.
A meal of Cabbage

Stomach Ulcers:                                                                                                                            More than three decades ago, Garnet Cheyney (MD) of Stanford University, did considerable work on this and was able to administer cure to so many ulcer patients by just using raw cabbage juice. Research has shown that duodenal or stomach ulcers tend to respond with wonderful effect to treatment with raw cabbage juice. It has also long been used in traditional societies to remedy such and similar problems. The vegetable is said to contain an important anti-ulcer agent, vitamin U, which is easily destroyed by cooking. 

The treatment is carried out by the patient taking between 90 – 180 gm of raw cabbage juice, three times daily, after which a regular meal should be eaten. To render the cabbage juice more palatable for consumption, you may need to add to it, pineapple juice, tomato juice, or citrus juice such as orange. You can also refrigerate this mixture so as to improve its flavor. However, it should not all be taken at once, but at many intervals throughout the day. Also, if you do not have access to a blender or juicer, or perhaps you do, but no power supply, you could still make do with chewing on a little portion of cabbage four to five times in the day.

Obesity:                                                                                                                                      Tartronic Acid, a highly potent phytonutrient has been discovered in recent research efforts to be highly present in cabbage. This substance plays a vital role in inhibiting the conversion of sugars and carbohydrates into fat and so it becomes a very practical and very effective way to handle problems of overweight. Thus taking a daily salad of cabbage would be an easy and painless way to stay trim and fit without any form of unnecessary harsh dieting exercise. It gives you a good feeling of fullness while your system tolerates and digests it very easily.

Skin Disorders:                                                                                                                       Cabbage has also been used in the treatment of various skin disorders by the careful application of the leaves: It is used in the form of compresses in the successful treatment of ulcers, infected sores, blisters and skin eruptions including psoriasis. Psoriasis is a chronic skin disease characterised by dry red patches covered with scales; it occurs especially on the scalp and ears and genitalia and the skin over bony prominences. Cabbage has been ably applied to effectively treat this very ailment, including others such as burns as well as carbuncles - an infection larger than a boil, and with several openings for discharge of pus.
It is the thickest and greenest outer leaves of the vegetable that are most effective when used as compresses. 

Thursday, 16 October 2014

The Healing Powers of Cabbage

Cabbage is a very popular vegetable that is eaten all over the world. It is a leafy vegetable that contains highly valuable food nutrients such as – high amount of minerals, vitamins and alkaline salts contents. Cabbage can be prepared and eaten in various ways including - eating it raw in the form of salad; it can be boiled, or even cooked with other ingredients and eaten as a whole meal. But research has shown that cabbage is better eaten raw since a good amount of its vital food nutrients are lost in the process of cooking or heating.

When cabbage is eaten raw it is also more easily digested by the human system, whereas the cooked one is not exactly so, or rather the longer it is cooked, the less easily it is digested. Also, the cabbage with a mix of green fleshly leaves is more nutritious because of its higher content of vitamin A. 
It goes without saying therefore that cabbage contains the following rich food properties for which this vegetable is highly valued. Apart from being stuffed with the food values such as Carbohydrates, Minerals, Fibre, Fat, Protein, and moisture, it also contains essential minerals and vitamins such as – Calcium, Phosphorus, Iron, Vitamin C, and a bit of Vitamin B complex, with a calorific value of 27.

As a result of all of these great endowments that are evident in cabbage, this wonderful vegetable is able to greatly enrich the human system due to a whole lot of natural benefits and the enormous amount of curative properties it possesses. 

Monday, 13 October 2014

Detoxify with Daily Immune Boosters

Have you sometimes noticed that when you eat a heavy dose of green vegetables, say in your soup, it tends to purge you? Well, your body was only trying to enlighten you on a few nutritional facts regarding dark green vegetable (foods) that you ought to know. It has been proven over the ages that green superfoods can do a lot of system cleansing and set your body free of free radicals and toxins. This is a process of immune boosting that protects you from infections and diseases.
Professor Adebukunola O. Adefule Ositelu, is a renowned Nigerian University Don, and Professor emeritus of the University of Lagos. She has recently formulated a research which has revealed a natural immune booster that is present in a local green vegetable or herb called Ewedu. The Ewedu (plant) leaf is consumed enormously especially in the western parts of Nigeria as a vegetable in traditional cookery. Ewedu is a flowering herb and the leaves are eaten throughout most of West Africa in sauces and soups but have not been widely known to boost immunity.
Ewedu leaves

The plant, which is also referred to as corchorus olitorius in Latin, is also known as kren-kren among certain folks. Its leaves have usually long been used to treat measles among traditional societies; it is also used widely in Yoruba land of Nigeria in aiding pregnant women who are nearing full term to child delivery. In this wise, it is specially prepared and taken as a delivery and labour enhancing herb so that many of these women are able to put to bed just like the Hebrew women as it were.

Ewedu can be used as an immune booster in this remedy formula according to Professor Ositelu: Take enough quantity of Ewedu leaves, rinse and wash it with liquid vinegar, then you blend it with clean water and cook for just five minutes. Take it first thing in the morning before any other thing, freshly made about 25cl of the herb in an empty stomach once a week for prevention of illness and as an immune boosting remedy. Apart from Ewedu (corchorus olitorius), all well known chlorophyll foods will detoxify, cleanse and boost your body’s immune system. 

Friday, 10 October 2014

Healing Benefits of Honey - 1

Honey is a natural anti-biotic and contains minerals and vitamins that your regular sweetener – refined sugar does not have. Among so many traditional folks, honey through the ages, have long been used in domestic remedies to treat simple issues such as heart burn and stomach ulcers, etc.

The food and healing values of honey is just immeasurable. Present in it are the various natural sugars such as – glucose, fructose and sucrose. The combination of these properties plays vital roles including restoration of oxygen in the onset of fatigue. These properties also aid in the building up of tissues.
Natural pure Honey
 It has also been discovered that the pollen in honey contain all 22 amino acids, 28 minerals, 11 enzymes, 14 fatty acids, and 11 carbohydrates. Therefore there is no gain saying or emphasizing the fact that when you go buying your honey, make sure that you go for natural, pure honey. Refined honey is just not it because in the process of refinement, honey is heated to a high temperature and the pollen is lost and so many of the vital properties are in turn reduced in potency and value. You do not want this because you will want to enjoy all of this natural goodness that can only come at once from the consumption of natural honey.

Honey is one of the finest sources of heat and energy, and indeed one of the best easily digestible sources of carbohydrate foods because it goes straight into the blood stream and therefore highly recommended for those with (slow) or (weak) digestive systems. All of the organs in the body do respond favourably instantly and very friendly with the intake of honey. Honey from old times has been known to be an all purpose natural medicine which even today has become useful in both preventive and curative remedies in so many ways.

Learn therefore how to defeat your constipation and stomach acidity problems by taking a table spoonful of honey mixed with the juice of half of a lemon in a glass of warm water. Take it first thing in the morning on an empty stomach. If you fast on this remedy, it will also take care of your obesity naturally without loss of energy or appetite.

Thursday, 9 October 2014

Herbal remedies for Stress

Some group of herbs have been known to handle stress by elevating the body’s ability to cope with the day to day bombardments thereby making it possible for it to adapt to these pressures so that untold destruction is not wreaked on the body’s immune system. This group of herbs are known as adaptogens; they are nature’s miracle anti-stress and fatigue fighters. These herbs practically take care of your stress levels by fortifying your body and equipping it to deal with the impact of stressors.

A list of these herbs of which can readily be found in measured capsules, tablets and gels, is inclusive of - Ginseng (Korean or Asian ginseng, Siberian ginseng and American ginseng). Ginseng being the king of adaptogens, comes in all these afore-mentioned varieties. Others are Rhodiola, Ashwagandha, Schizandra, Astragalus, Licorice root, Holy basil, and some mushroom species also referred to as Cordyceps. They are useful in their high potential ability to lower blood pressure and sugar levels, thereby stopping stress from draining your adrenal gland's ability to supply vitamin C.

Asian Ginseng
 Adaptogens generally react to your stressors’ effect on you while trying to normalise your physiological functions. These are plants and herbs that have phytotherapeutic effects on the body. That is, they administer healing to the body by the effect of plant nutrients. Other effective herbs that are popular as natural stress remedies include Passionflower herb, Lemon balm, and Kava root.

Monday, 6 October 2014

Causes of Stress and the Natural Remedies for Dealing with It

Stress can be defined as a psychological strain of the mind. It is a state of the mind - mentally or emotionally tensed, or in a state of suspense. It is a vasoconstrictor; it is a position of difficulty that gives rise to worry or emotional tension. Stress has to do with the pressures of life and how you perceive, believe, react and cope with those pressures.

It is important to note here that prolonged and chronic stress has been traced to so many diseases or ailments such as: Heart disease, High blood pressure, Sleeplessness, Cancer, Stroke, Asthma, Ulcers, Chronic fatigue, Panic attacks, Increased heart rate, Depression, Anxiety, Spastic colon, Skin rashes, Tension headaches, etc.

All of the above mentioned ailments have been brought on by the strain that have to do with our everyday life activities, pressures of life and all that we have to as a matter of human existence, deal with. Invariably, it is the life-style changes that bother on our everyday existence and our reactions to them that cause the effect that later materialise or otherwise.

The following life style changes are the resultant effects of our negative stress levels: Death of a loved one, Marital strains such as Divorce, Separation, Sexual issues, Infertility, Disagreement, etc. Others are – Financial stress including Loss of job, Unemployment, Indebtedness, Homelessness. We cannot also forget family issues like – Child leaving home, In-law pressures, Frustrating living environment, Hostility, Polygamous home, Involvement with the law, Pregnancy, Death of a close friend or family member, Retirement, Personal injury or illness, Work deadlines, Traffic jam, etc.

To ease your stress, try out these following procedures:

Learn some short Relaxation routines: Engage in a short (about 3 mins) relaxation routine which can be a life saver even in tense situations. This habit will usually reduce the occurrence of high blood pressure and heart disease. Start by being in tune with the rhythm of your heart - by listening to your own breathing. Take one deep breath and hold it there! While you are holding it, try firming up one group of muscles like the face, legs, arms, buttocks. Let out your breath, relaxing the tensed muscle group. Feel your tensions all melting away; drop your raised shoulders and rotate them in circular motion. Repeat this session, and watch your stress level dropping. 

Friday, 3 October 2014

Dealing with Tension Headaches

Tension headache is the ‘normal’ form of headache suffered by most people. 90% of the headaches that people experience are actually categorised as tension headache.  This is usually a steady dull pain radiating sometimes from the back of the head to the forehead and around the whole head, sometimes accompanied by a sore neck caused by contracted muscles along this region.

Tension headache is usually caused by stress or bad postures such as can emanate from sitting down, standing, and for a prolonged period of time, etc. In the cause of this, the muscles become fagged out as a result of tension resulting from so many stress factors, and then spasms that give rise to pressure on the nerves and the resulting head pain we call (tension) headache.

Tension headaches may usually occur in a person during a stressful period in that person’s life. Some other stress factors can be as listed below: 

Douse that Stress - Learn to relax
Inadequate sleep, food allergies, constipation, poor diet, hormonal changes, pent-up emotions such as anger, bitterness, resentment, fear and unforgiveness, etc.

As I have always emphasised – we all need to watch very carefully what we eat and drink, and I am not one to advocate the ever continuous use of, or dependence on chemical drugs in order to stay alive. For all you know, you could be killing yourself slowly. For instance if you have not been having a regular bowel movement – say once every day, then you better watch it. Or, if for instance again, you are the type that empties his or her bowel only once or twice a week; this is a dangerous sign and most probably is what is causing your headache.

At this point you should begin to drink at least two and a half litres of clean water every day as an informed remedy that is, apart from ensuring you consume more of whole foods.

Wednesday, 1 October 2014

Natural cures for Migraine

Migraine is a severe recurring vascular headache occurring more frequently in women than men. It presents itself as a one sided headache; usually the sufferer feels a pounding disturbance as if just behind the eye - either left or right. The aching usually will be aggravated when one perceives bright lights, loud noises around him, or tries to bend over. Most migraine sufferers usually feel some kind of relief or solace in dark places – away from the light.

Migraine pains sometimes tend to switch from one side of eye to the other, or frequently occurring behind the same eye. Migraines are described as vascular headaches and theories abound as to the real or actual cause of migraines. But it is clear that the pounding pulsation that the sufferer experiences is as a result of the constriction and dilation of blood vessels. 



However, some researchers have also stated that this experience could be due to the fact that the patient may be lacking in the chemical found in the brain called Serotonin – a neurotransmitter that is involved in activities such as sleep and depression, as well as memory.
If you have been having problems emptying your bowel, that is to say you are constipated and having indigestion, then try taking more water. Take at least two and a half litres of water daily because accumulation of toxins as a result could be the cause of your problem. But you must be pleased to hear that there are a few available natural approaches to handling migraine even right there in the comfort of your home.