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Thursday, 30 April 2015

Understanding Diabetes – How to Cure Diabetes Naturally, and What to Avoid To Live the Life You Want



You see, one of the biggest lies that the modern day orthodox health practitioners have succeeded in selling to you is the one probably telling you that diabetes is an inherited degenerative disease that has no cure whatsoever. They also tell you that diabetes is something you are going to have to live with for the rest of your life. But the truth your doctor probably does not want you to know is that diabetes can be cured; in fact the disease can actually be totally reversed and so you can be a free person after all.

Sheaves of whole grains

Understanding diabetes and the causes

You may be wondering why we so much need to be on this diabetes thing on and on. Well, diabetes is one of the world’s leading killers today; diabetes is a degenerative disease that cuts across gender, age, race and geography; diabetes is costing the world in the tune of billions of dollars in order to treat and sustain the sufferers of this disease which is also now known as a lifestyle ailment. And finally, diabetes comes with a series of side effects or consequent debilitating effects such as – high blood pressure, kidney disease, blindness, neuropathy which is a disease of the peripheral nerves. It could also lead to amputation, and Alzheimer’s disease.

The role of diet in dealing with this health condition is revealing, so much so that even type2 diabetes also can be completely reversed naturally. This is a fact that nutritionists, scientists and some medical doctors have come to agree upon. Today it is just possible for you to religiously follow a nutritional regimen and in due course you will soon be out of the entrapment of this lifestyle scourge we call diabetes, and especially the type2 diabetes. In the same token, type1 diabetes which is more difficult to reverse can also be well managed and equally dealt with in a matter of time - all by a dedicated natural nutritional means. In time your blood sugar will greatly improve with dietary changes, and diabetes reversed.

First of all we need to understand the two different types of diabetes and know what is causing them and then to know how and what to use to deal with them, but still by means of a dedicated regimen of natural diet and wholesome lifestyle.

Type2 diabetes

As you might have known by now, diabetes is a disease pertaining to an elevated blood sugar. Thus when you are dealing with Type2 diabetes which is the commonest type of the disease, you are confronted with insulin resistance through a metabolic disorder caused by a high level of blood sugar. Type2 diabetes is caused by the resulting abnormalities of glucose metabolic processes in the system that gives rise to the resistance of insulin produced by your body. This therefore leads to your body needing the intervention of an increased insulin production with which to enable a normal glucose level in the blood or body. 

But like I said earlier, it will only take a strict and dedicated and religiously guided dietary regimen to deal with, and for sure with time you can fully reverse your diabetes. You will therefore have no further need to depend on any form of insulin.

Type1 diabetes

Type1 diabetes is caused through the process of insulin destruction in the pancreas by an autoimmune action in the body. The damage so done to the pancreatic cells thus leads to the reduction or inability to produce insulin by certain factors that give rise to the autoimmune activities owing to inflammations in the entire body system.

Tuesday, 28 April 2015

How to Treat Diabetes with Garlic and Achieve Great Results



Diabetes is a chronic degenerative disease that is as a result of a disturbed body metabolism and consequent lack of harmony of the system. In modern societies like ours today, this ailment which has also been classified among lifestyle diseases, is fast becoming a common occurrence. But within our environment, and abundant in nature are wholesome solutions in terms of foods (fruits and herbs, etc) that you can easily access in order to adequately deal with or treat cases of diabetes. This list includes for instance - garlic, grapefruit, apple, broccoli which is closely related to cauliflower, bitter gourd, jambul fruit, kidney or French bean, lettuce, onion, soya bean, tomato, etc.

Garlic - a natural antibiotic

How diabetes occurs

However, diabetes (mellitus) commonly occurs due to the inability of the body to properly make use of foods that you have eaten sometimes due to the inability of your body to produce insulin, or again, the lack of proper use of the insulin produced by your body. Since ancient times however, healers have successfully deployed various forms of natural cure in treating diabetes. Among these many plants and herbal remedies that have been used to treat diabetes and achieve great results include also as listed above. But among them is one that you need to be looking at today - Garlic, an aromatic bulb used as seasoning.

The importance of garlic

Garlic, a vegetable that goes by the botanical name - allium Sativaum, has been found to lower blood sugar through the actions of its very active constituents. Garlic contains potassium which goes to replace the potassium that is lost by diabetics through the process of urination. It also contains the vital food nutrients - zinc and sulphur, which play active roles as constituents of insulin.

Also, experts believe so much that the absence or low levels of zinc and also manganese – both of them very important ingredients of insulin, in the system may be responsible for the onset of diabetes in the sufferers. What these trace elements do is really making sure that insulin is produced in the liver which leads to higher blood insulin levels and thereby lowering the blood sugar.

Friday, 24 April 2015

Plants and Herbs Used to Ease Childbirth and Achieve Painless Labour



In recent times the issue of infant/maternal mortality has become a quagmire and albatross hanging on the neck of modern childbirth healthcare delivery especially in high density urban, sub-urban and rural localities as is the case with societies like Nigeria. And the rest of the developing world is not left out, where adequate reproductive health services and facilities are either in short supply or are just not within the reach of the average individual due to poverty and sometimes, cultural practices.  

Great and pleasant expectations

Considering the enormity of the challenge and especially in the quest to stem the already high tide of women dying unnecessarily from childbirth, scientists and researchers have gotten together to look into the various plants and herbs which Nigerians for instance, have for long been using to achieve results in issues relating to aiding and managing the process of childbirth. These plants are said to possess very potent medicinal properties and so it has become so important to dig into them so as to properly document and utilise the full natural health benefits inherent in them.

These plants and native herbs have for ages been employed by professional herbalists, local birth attendants, and traditional healers alike to manage, treat and prevent any forms of issues relating to infant/maternal healthcare and childbirth delivery. 


These herbs have their various functions as they relate to infant/mother care right from conception to post natal i.e. after childbirth procedures. For instance, it is a fact that in the western parts of Nigeria, the popular vegetable called Ewedu (botanical name - Molokhia), is widely used to enhance smooth child delivery: What they do is get a bunch of leaves with its stems in a little water, squeeze juice out of it, and give to the woman to drink especially if there is any sign of delay or much pain during labour. It also enhances the flow of breast milk in lactating mothers.



African basil

Also, the Yoruba in Nigeria use unripe paw-paw to cure jaundice in mother and child after birth. This is an ailment observed by the yellowing of the skin and the whites of the eyes; it is caused by an accumulation of bile pigment (bilirubin) in the blood. In this instance, what you do is to cut the unripe paw-paw into little bits; soak them in water for about 12 hrs, and administer the drink to both mother and baby. If baby rejects the drink however, it’s okay. It will still get to the baby from mother’s breast milk. 

Monday, 20 April 2015

Your Daily Meals - How and When to Eat Your Fruits; Drinking Cold Water after Hot Meals



You may be thinking – ‘What is the big deal about how or when and what I eat or drink?” But to be frank with you, I am sorry - I will not leave you alone on this one. I will not sit back and watch you suffer ignorantly. It is my duty to let you know the truth about your health and nutrition, even as regards a simple thing as drinking ice cold water. Oh, no! You don’t stuff your system with food and gulp down water or whatever drinks you wish just anyhow. Truth is – there is a proper way and manner to combine and eat your different foods, even especially your fruits, and drink your water, for the most effective and beneficial natural health results.

There is a way you benefit most from your fruits

When to eat your fruits

For you to get the maximum health benefits from your fruits, be sure to eat your fruits on an empty stomach! Fruits are actually the most important set of your categories of foods; Once you eat them they go to cleanse and detoxify your system and get it ready to take something more solid and heavy. And so it pays to take your fruits before taking your main meals. The fruits you take on an empty stomach will further supply you with the needed dose of energy as well as help in the elimination of excess or inordinate fats such as tummy fats, etc.

And so it is very important I urge you again to always eat your fruits before your main meals and also do not make the mistake of eating your fruits immediately after you've just had a meal. If you must eat fruits after your meal, just make sure you wait for some hours – say three to four hours after. Do you know what happens if you eat your fruits immediately after your main meal? Well, you may have noticed it without knowing what was wrong with you.

If for instance you eat your main meal such as whole grain bread, yam, eba or rice, just before your fruits e.g. water melon, etc, what happens is that the fruit is ready to proceed straight and down to your intestine, but it is hindered from doing so. Meanwhile, the food you ate is busy rotting and fermenting and turning to acid; by the time the fruits now get in contact with the food together with the digestive juices in the stomach, the entire mass of food begins to spoil or putrefy.

Friday, 17 April 2015

How to Make Healthy Nourishing Home-made Soya Bean Milk



About Soya bean

Soya bean is one of the best gifts nature has provided as a remedy for malnutrition, protein deficiency, nutritional health stability, as well as economic survival because it is rich, yet cheaply sourced. It is highly recommended as a veritable alternative to animal protein and as a more affordable source of rich protein which is very healthful and of a unique plant source. Soya bean is a source of healthy edible oil and food, while it is also used for forage, and soil improvement.

Soya beans

The economic and nutritional importance of soya beans is unending; it is actually the most highly proteinaceous vegetable known; it is also known to be healthier than animal protein such as is found in beef, etc. Also, the fruit of the soybean plant is used in a variety of foods and as fodder - especially as a replacement for animal protein. Thus soya bean is valued for its high food and nutritional contents: apart from being a rich source of plant protein which is even richer than that obtainable from beef according to experts, it is equally fortified with essential vitamins like Vitamin B Complex, Vitamin E, and minerals such as calcium, phosphorus and iron.

But there is a very important product that you can produce easily from the comfort of your home by yourself, and this is soya bean milk which you can take as a refreshing drink anytime.

Soya bean milk production

First of all, you get your quantity of soya beans and soak it overnight or at least for twelve hours. By the next day, you wash your beans thoroughly and strain; you then put it in a pot to boil for about twenty to thirty minutes of continuous boiling. 

Tuesday, 14 April 2015

Preventing Maternal/Infant Mortality through Nutritional Healthcare and Wholesome Living



Just a week ago I read this pathetic story and I felt so disturbed and promised myself I would do this article. It is a sorry story of a woman, neglect, and a hospital and its obstetrics delivery services - one that is everything bereft of the cherished ethics of medical practice. And as to be expected, a huge outcry has been generated by the tragic incident that took place and it has again brought to the fore the recurrent decimal which is maternal/infant mortality in our clime, and Nigeria to be precise.

Dolapo

Intervention medicine Vs Preventive healthcare

But intervention healthcare as I will like to put it, is most useful for emergencies while nutritional health is more focused on prevention and therefore largely better than the curative or intervention approach. Hence we should by all means try to stem the tide of reckless and preventable deaths of our women as a result of childbirth by thoroughly embracing natural living and nutritional healthcare as a way of life. 

The preventable death of Dolapo

The neglect and shabby treatment that was meted out to a young lady by the medical team and staff of a supposedly renowned private hospital in Lagos has greatly revealed the sordid reality and inadequacies of modern maternal healthcare delivery and, or the lack of it. Meanwhile, medical research scientists have identified a number of issues leading to specific recurrent errors that account for a disproportionate share of maternal deaths, and these are primarily related to pulmonary embolism, severe preeclampsia, cardiac disease, and postpartum haemorrhage. These are the real problems which bother on long term choices of lifestyle and I dare say - nutritional behaviour.

Dolapo had gone to have her baby, being her third, at this uptown high brow hospital, but she developed complications which quickly led to her untimely death by noon on the following day. This certainly is one devastating episode too many; one that should make us take another critical look at the need to focus again on natural health and birth, for the purpose of achieving a better improved maternal and infant health delivery in our population.

Friday, 10 April 2015

Eating Sugarcane – Its Many Great Health Benefits



About the year 1990 I ran into a magazine which was given to me by a friend from the Cuban embassy in Lagos; it always had these series of very exciting anecdotes in it. In this series of humorous anecdotes was one that has made a lasting impression on me. It was a short humorous story bothering on the question it asked, “What is the difference between Cane Sugar and Sugarcane?” And there is a big difference! My guess is that with all the huge ‘campaign’ about diabetes and sugar, you would probably not want to imagine yourself consuming sugarcane like you may have been used to when you were a kid, that is if you ever did.

Sugarcane plants

No, sugarcane is not a kiddies’ candy or dangerous snack if I may put it that way. Sugarcane (juice) on the contrary, can actually be a very nutritious healthful snack or drink if you like. But before I go any further I will like to come back to give you a proper differentiation between sugarcane and cane sugar. 

Cane Sugar 

First of all, cane sugar is the everyday sugar you use on a daily basis in your tea and drinks, beverages, foods, etc. In other words, cane sugar is sugar derived or extracted from sugarcane; it is therefore a form of refined sugar which means it is devoid of the basic vital natural nutrients it originally came with. Cane sugar in this sense is processed sugar.

Sugarcane

On the other hand sugarcane is the cane containing raw sugar as it is harvested from the farm. Sugarcane is therefore not refined or processed sugar; it is whole and natural.

A brief on Sugarcane

The sugarcane belongs to the (perennial) grass family and is often described as the most important member of the plant kingdom - with a metabolism leading to the accumulation of sucrose. This sucrose is transported as glucose and fructose within the growing plant, and provides the cheapest source of energy giving food for us all.

Today this plant which mostly is of Indian origin is widely cultivated all over the world. India leads the world in sugarcane cultivation, followed by Brazil, Cuba, China, Mexico, Pakistan, USA, South Africa, and Columbia. Sugarcane is as well cultivated in Nigeria especially in the northern part of the country, and it is eaten by so many people usually during the hot weather as a means of quenching thirst.

Health benefits of sugarcane

Originally, sugarcane was grown for the purpose of chewing by the Pacific and South-Eastern Asian people as a form of refreshment, and it is important to note that this practice has continued to this day especially in the tropics. This is where the goodness of sugarcane lies. The reasons I want to emphasise while highlighting the remarkable differences between sugarcane and cane sugar is that sugarcane juice is both refreshing and nutritious. The juice comes with about 15 percent natural sugar, which is also rich in organic salts and vitamins such as calcium, phosphorus and iron – it is a complete natural food.

Sugarcane juice has proved over time to be very healthful and even having curative properties in conditions involving the kidneys, heart, eyes, stomach, sex organs, and the brain:

Tuesday, 7 April 2015

The Many Benefits of Drinking Adequate Amount of Water Daily



As I have been writing on the importance of drinking water and indeed the therapeutic use of water, I also want to let into the further benefits you can access through adequate daily water consumption. Let us now look at hydration again, as well as what other issues there are that relate to water therapy especially when you don’t drink enough of it, for as Dr. F. Batmanghelidj once said, if you are feeling unwell, you are not actually sick, but that you are only thirsty. He further emphasised by concluding that you “don’t treat thirst with medication”.

Water is the vehicle of life

Lubricating fluid

Water is the major lubricant surrounding your joint areas; in this wise, water helps you to prevent arthritis, backache and joint pains.

Immune booster

Also, water helps to boost your immune system because it helps to transport blood and nutrients to all parts of the body and its organs. Thus the brain, heart, kidneys, lungs, skin, eyes, muscles, blood vessels, liver, etc are all happy beneficiaries of adequate water consumption and hydration. As a result therefore, you are not likely to fall sick or catch infections easily.

Prevents clogging of blood vessels

Water helps to avert clogging of the blood vessels in the heart and brain, and by so doing it prevents you from having or alleviates, high blood pressure; it also prevents the conditions that would predispose you to a heart attack, and even stroke.

Brain function

As mentioned in my earlier article on water therapy, your brain is made up of 76 percent water, which is needed for the manufacture of neurotransmitters including serotonin. It helps in the manufacture of hormones produced in the brain such as melatonin, while it also aids in other brain functions. In functioning as attention span builder, water ensures that you do not fall victim of attention deficit disorder (ADD).

Friday, 3 April 2015

Balancing Act - Moderation in All as key to Enjoying Great Natural Health



I have been looking at several issues pertaining to life, nature and health, and I concluded when I came to discover, that indeed life is all about balance – a balancing act on the stage of existence. The fact about staying naturally healthy is really about moderation in all ways and in all things. Therefore our individual life style calls for utmost discipline and self control. It is this balancing act in all that we do that is necessary for harmony between us and nature or our planet, as well as an agreement within our body system. We must at all time see the need to resolve the coexistence of body, mind and soul.

Balance is necessary for harmony

The following ways are just a few aspects of our life where absolute moderation confirms the need for a total balance in our activities. Thus by modeling our lifestyles this way will always engender harmony within us, and with our planet earth.

It is a fact that too much sleep can cause stroke. This is a recent scientific finding by health experts which is still as shocking as you can just imagine. Subsequently, you should also know that by logic, too little sleep can at the same time cause stroke too! This is because if you do not have enough rest or sleep to be precise, you are already prone to a heightened blood pressure which could lead to a heart problem if not controlled, and even a stroke if there is further deterioration of the situation.

Inadequate drinking of water will lead to you becoming dehydrated. Dehydration of course can trigger off all manner of ailments such as headaches, arthritic and back pains, wrinkles, dry skin, etc. But it will also interest you to know that too much of water consumption can equally pose a health risk to you.

What about food? Yes, overeating will easily lead you to becoming overweight or obese, while not eating enough will cause you to be undernourished, thin and weak. You will not be able to carry out strenuous tasks if you do not eat very well because you will be frail and lacking in strength.