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Tuesday, 30 December 2014

Treating High Blood Pressure with Natural Remedies Such as Garlic, Apple, & Tomatoes

By now you must understand that the on-set of high blood pressure is brought about by the clogging of the walls of the (blood vessels) arteries. This blockage which is called plaque is a deposit of cholesterol which results in pressure being put on the heart as it pumps blood round your system. This is what later leads to high blood pressure and even heart disease. And the good news according to nutritional health experts is that high blood pressure or hypertension which is triggered by stress either emotional or physical can be well taken care of by natural approach through the use of appropriate healing foods, and also exercises.

Saturday, 27 December 2014

Understanding and Treating High Blood Pressure Naturally

High Blood Pressure is well known these days as a widely spread non-infectious disease that affects both young and old and cutting across populations and races, including both the low and high strata in society.

High Blood Pressure as the name connotes is a disease brought on by the pressure impacted on the heart of the individual due to stress. Now, what is stress? Stress is another word for strain, pressure, or tension. This tension or strain is put on the heart which forces it to pump blood with extra vigour and thereby in turn putting a strain on this vital organ. How does stress bring about a strain on the heart and blood vessels? 

As I go into this, I will like you to understand that in life stress is not all together a bad thing: stress makes us to be at alert; stress also makes us to achieve goals. But in life there are both good and negative stresses. The negative stress is the one that leads to one coming down with a disease such as high blood pressure. As the strain on the individual goes from positive to negative, ‘stress’ begins to build up. And as the negative strain persists for a period of time stretching beyond the individual’s capacity to cope, then a diseased condition might as a result just set in. This is high blood pressure situation.

You can fight off that stress

Again, let us now look at the intricate details of what goes on: At the onset of stress which by the way could either be due to emotional stress or physical stress, a panic measure by your body’s emergency  system is triggered off say in times of danger for instance  or any form of emotional disturbance. This trigger alarm signals from your brain – ‘shouting wolf’ as it were. The alarm tells your entire system of an imminent danger and your pumping adrenalin begins to race fiercely down your arteries.

At the instance of this, your body mechanisms gather (cholesterol) fat and deposit it at the walls or linings of the blood vessels as if to block off a city gate from an enemy attack. Apart from emotional stress, physical stressors that can precipitate high blood pressure can include – overweight, a high salt intake, diabetes, etc. But alas, when the danger is over it is already too late; the fat deposits are already in place, never to return to where they came from. 

As we go on, I will also right here and now let you know that there is an alternative to treating or even preventing high blood pressure, to the well known pharmaceutical approach to treating and managing high blood pressure or hypertension for that matter. The popular dictum among orthodox medical practitioners is that hypertension has no cure. But I say to you – this is not true! High blood pressure or hypertension can be well prevented, managed, and even treated by the wise application of what nature has freely provided in fruits, vegetables and, or herbs, and positive mindedness, etc. Also, and very important, is that we all must have to adopt a life style (changes) behaviour or habit that promotes our health needs in this direction. By life style changes, I am referring to your nutritional behaviours as well as physical exercise. 

Wednesday, 24 December 2014

How to Prevent and Deal with Colon Cancer Naturally

Exactly four years ago a very good friend of mine died of colon cancer and I was shocked and terribly saddened at the same time. My thoughts ran haywire because I found it difficult to come to terms with the fact that a young man of 41 as he was, would come down with such a deadly illness. What could be the cause of this colon cancer, and how can one deal with it? That was the question that continued to bug my mind since then. 

In my research I have come to believe that the problem of colon cancer is not too different from the case of diabetes. I discovered that colon cancer also could be as a result of life style and dietary behaviours. And I tell you, the role of fibre in our foods is just immeasurable. Also, the damage that junk foods which include processed foods, and the unending range of unearthly coloured, tasting fizzy drinks out there remain unimaginable as well.

Broccoli - A strong anti-cancer food

When colon cancer attack sets in, it spreads so rapidly, and treatment is not very easy to cope with the deadly nature of the disease; its attack spreads mainly from the lining and glands of the large intestine and moving towards the rectum and to the entire body of the individual. In the case of Sylvester, he ‘grew old’ over night when the disease had already eaten him up before the doctors who had been wrongly treating him for pile later discovered he had colon cancer. My friend had been stooling blood.

How to prevent and deal with colon cancer naturally:

1. You should make sure you consume a great deal of whole foods or foods rich in natural fibre such as whole grains, fruits and vegetables. Your diet must never be completely devoid of any or a combination of these. Chiefly among these fibrous foods is broccoli which contains apart from its rich fibre, a lot of anti-cancer and anti-tumour properties also.

2. You must ensure a reduction in your consumption of red meat and processed (red) meat especially. Some of these types will include such as bacon, steak meat, harm, sausages, and beef in general. 
 3. Be mindful also of the fact that too much of fat consumption especially animal fat can be very harmful to your system. Harmful fats encourage the development of the dangerous agents that give growth to colorectal cancer, such as bile acids that pile up in the cell lining of the colon when they break down these fats.

4. Empty your bowels regularly. You can achieve this all important action by increasing the bulk or roughage in your diet. This same fibre is well obtained from bulky foods like sweet potatoes. They contain high amount of vitamin C and E, pantothenic acid and manganese. I will even suggest you consume your sweet potatoes ‘whole’, that is – with its coat or covering on if need be. There is quite a lot to benefit from that. A good bowel movement at least once every day ensures that your body, especially the colon is free from absorbing back any poisons that may form in the system.

Saturday, 20 December 2014

Natural Honey Eye Drop: Renewed Hope for Eye Diseases

Natural honey is fast gaining grounds as a remedy for almost all manner of ailments and this highly excites me. The reason for this is not far-fetched: honey is an all round natural antibiotic because of the immense load of anti-bacteria and healing agents that are present in this natural sweetener. Take for instance the fact that the pollen in honey contains all 22 amino acids, 28 minerals, 11 enzymes, 14 fatty acids, and 11 carbohydrates. The honey comb where the bee produces its honey is said to be about the safest of places, where no bacteria can ever dare to survive. Honey as an efficacious eye drop is the current great news.

Researchers at the Queensland University of Technology (QUT) in Brisbane, Australia, are planning to add anti-bacterial medical honey in their clinical trials involving the use of honey as an eye drop. What has led to the effect and import of this is the frustrations that have been encountered by experts and patients in the use of traditional eye remedies such as eye drops, ointments, gels and steroids.

Another attraction for the inclusion of honey in the trending eye therapeutic approach is the disadvantages posed by the heavy chemical based forms of conventional eye medications that also tend to be resisted by the culprit bacteria in the cause of time.

And today honey in its very natural and raw form is becoming very popular for the treatment of various eye problems ranging from Dry ‘itchy’ Eye disease, Trachoma, Pink eye or Conjunctivitis which most people in Nigeria commonly refer to as Apollo, to even Glaucoma and Cataracts, etc. Apart from this presently growing resent medical discovery on honey, all through the ages natural honey has been employed in therapeutic remedies such as the treatment of mild bruises, cuts and abrasions, as well as simple allergies, common cold, etc. All of these are as a result of the fact that natural honey is packed full with anti-microbial properties.

Yes, it might sound very ancient a practice, but the ancients are a people also gifted with immense wisdom, or you may call it native intelligence as we say in Nigeria. But one of the greatest of the ancient Athenian (Greek) philosophers and pupil of Plato; teacher of Alexander the Great (384-322 BC) – Aristotle, once said “…honey is a good salve for sore eyes”.

Monday, 15 December 2014

Red Meat Increases Your Risk of Cardiovascular Disease

Recent research findings have revealed how bacteria that inhabit your guts turn a nutrient found in red meat into metabolites. These are any substances that are involved in metabolism (either as a product of metabolism or as necessary for metabolism). What do metabolites do to your body? They are substances that are involved in the organic processes in cells and living organisms that are responsible for life; these substances are very likely to cause your system to develop a high risk for heart disease.

In a research led by Dr. Stanley Hazen, of Lerner Research Institute and the Miller Family Heart and Vascular Institute at Cleveland Clinic in the USA, scientists have shown that by this behaviour as exhibited in the afore mentioned studies, red meat can promote the development of atherosclerosis which is the hardening of the arteries. In other words the bacteria which are naturally present in the gut - which is actually your bowel, or the part of the alimentary canal which stretches from, and between the stomach and the anus, convert L-carnitine which is a nutrient loaded in red meat, into a compound called trimethylamine. This compound in turn is changed to a metabolite called trimethylamine-N-oxide (TMAO).

TMAO as a metabolite is what induces the development of atherosclerosis – a coronary artery disease. It is a stage of arteriosclerosis involving fatty deposits (atheromas) inside the arterial walls, thus narrowing the arteries. Even though the culprit in this issue happens to be the chemical compound L-carnitine, it is often widely known also that red meat has loaded in it dangerous saturated fat and harmful cholesterol. This is abundantly present is many forms of red meat such as steak, hamburger, lamb, etc. This increases your risk of heart disease. And so it will be advisable to go it easy on red meat in order to keep your heart.

However, according to a respected cardiologist and epidemiologist - Dr. Mozaffarian, the highest risks are in the consumption of certain types of red meat – processed meat. Examples of these are in the class of sausages, harm, bacon, salami. 

This discovery has created a new awareness thereby boosting the already well known importance of useful natural bacteria that are found also in your system – that is to say probiotics. Probiotics are a group of beneficial bacteria found in the intestinal tract of healthy mammals; they are often considered to be plants, or as may be described by the term flora. Probiotics are also available today in the form of food supplements that you can easily purchase from your nearest health nutritionist shops for the purpose of improving your nutrient absorption, attaining immune system harmony as well as digestive system correction and perfection.

Monday, 8 December 2014

The Benefits of Dietary Fibre (on Diabetics)

By now you have realised the very and in fact critical importance of fibre or a high content of it in your diet. So many people have grown up with the misconception, or should I say myth of starchy or high carbohydrate foods regarding the lifestyle of the diabetic. Even for decades it has been erroneously advocated by the American Diabetes Association that high carbohydrate foods should be eliminated from the diet of the diabetes patient.

But like I have always stated in my articles regarding diabetes, and I will continue to emphasise that the problem has never been the issue of carbohydrates or even sweet foods per se. Rather, the problem is the issue of processed or refined carbohydrates and sugars! And so starchy or carbohydrate foods are indeed very essential to the body and indeed the diabetes patient. This is so because basic carbohydrate foods do contain the necessary fibre which is a vital ingredient in the prevention and also the treatment of diabetes. But when these carbohydrate foods go through the process of ‘refinement’, they are stripped bare of the all important food nutrients we refer to as fibre.

Whole grains

Fibre generally or roughage in any food variety will always go to aid your digestive tract to function maximally; it helps your digestion thereby preventing the deadly consequences of constipation, haemorrhoids, and elevated cholesterol, as well as sugar in the blood. Meanwhile we need to be careful not to take fibre in excess as it can also be harmful when you do that; but rather be sure to drink plenty of water as you increase your high fibre food consumption.
A high fibre diet is all important in this regard in that the more fibre the food contains, the more slowly the food is digested, and the more slowly the blood sugar will rise.

Dr. James W. Anderson of the University of Kentucky discovered in his research that the insulin dose required by the diabetic patient will be reduced by about 25%, and even in the long run there would be no need any longer for it to be given to the patient, neither would there be need for any diabetes medication of any form owing just to the regular consumption of high fibre diets.