Category Archives: Digestion

Three Anti Cholesterol Foods You Should Consider

Regular consumption of artichoke, eggplant and avocado may yield potent health benefits that will significantly impact your overall health.

Artichoke leaves may
Lower cholesterol
All these foods are powerful antioxidants and have an important common denominator: They all share potent anti-cholesterol properties. Artichoke, eggplant and avocado have been known to help metabolize “bad” fats and inhibit enzymes that produce cholesterol.

Artichoke flower heads have one of the highest antioxidant capacities among vegetables. It is also known that Cynarin, a chemical compound found in artichoke leaves, increases bile flow contributing to an improved liver and gall bladder function and better digestion. Artichoke is used as a natural remedy for high cholesterol, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), arthritis, heartburn, kidney problems and even to relief symptoms of alcohol hangover.
Eat Avocado to improve heart health

Similarly, certain chemical compounds found in avocado such as aleolic acid, folate, carotenoid lutein and beta-sitosterol, have been studied in the treatment of oral and breast cancer and in the prevention of strokes, macular degeneration and cataracts. The vitamin E, monounsaturated fats, and glutathione in avocado are also great for heart health.

Eggplant lowers cholesterol and
regulates blood pressure
On the other hand, Eggplant is a low calorie vegetable featuring various vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients, including phenolic compounds, such caffeic and chlorogenic acid, and flavonoids, such as nasunin. These active substances not only may lower cholesterol, but also regulate blood pressure. Additionally, eggplant has been studied in the prevention and colon and skin cancer.
Note: A natural supplement can be added to your diet as complementary aid in the treatment of high-blood cholesterol. Artichoke Plus contains extracts of these three potent natural anti cholesterol foods.
References: 

Garlic: Not Just a Natural Antibiotic

 Garlic: Powerful natural antibiotic &
antioxidant effective in the treatment of
cancer, heart disease and obesity

If the subject of herbal/natural medicine is one of interest to you, then you probably know by now that garlic is often considered to be nature’s most potent antibiotic.

Allicin, a phytochemical formed once garlic is chopped, minced or chewed, has helped those who regularly consume garlic fight bacterial infections and prevent common colds, some viruses and even fungal infections.

Although the antibiotic benefits and medicinal use have been documented for more than 2000 years, recent research suggest that this popular cooking ingredient may be much more than just a great natural antibiotic.

According to The Angiogenesis Foundation, Garlic is one of the most potent anti-angiogenesis foods. This means that chemicals and compounds found in Garlic may help the body inhibit abnormal blood vessels growth; therefore ‘starving’ blood vessel-dependent diseases such as cancer, obesity, macular degeneration and more than 70 other diseases.

In addition, studies have shown evidence supporting the detoxifying properties of garlic; as well as, its antioxidant benefits and important contributions to the immune system. The Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle reports that eating a teaspoon of garlic and a half cup of onions per day increases the abundance of enzyme responsible for removing toxins in the blood cells in humans.

Garlic  improves circulation and
prevents calcium deposits
Other clinical studies have concluded that regular consumption of garlic may prevent calcium deposits and decrease arterial plaque in coronary arteries, improving circulation and in some cases preventing unhealthy blood clotting. Furthermore, The Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy indicated that raw garlic extract and garlic supplements may be helpful allies in fighting stomach ulcers.

Dr Herbert Pierson, former director of the United States National Cancer Institutes’ “Designer Foods” program, summarizes his view on garlic’s medicinal benefits by stating that “Garlic is a veritable pharmacopeia. That’s why garlic has been found in every medical book of every culture ever. For thousands of years, garlic had been used for the treatment and prevention of disease. So there has to be something there.”

Some of Garlic’s Health Benefits:

  • Natural Antibiotic, Antiviral and Anti-fungal
  • Promotes Anti-Angiogenesis: May Prevent Cancer
  • Powerful Antioxidant
  • Potent Anti-inflammatory and Expectorant
  • Stimulates Immune System
  • Prevents Heart Disease
  • Regulates Blood Sugar
  • Prevents Complications of Diabetes Mellitus
  • May Lower Cholesterol
  • Reverses High Blood Pressure
  • Promotes Weight Loss
  • Boosts Testosterone in Men
  • Assist in healing of skin problems
  • Natural Anti-parasite
  • Possible Natural Treatment for Asthma
References:
The Angiogenesis Foundation Angio.org

Naturally Eliminate Gas and Bloating with These 4 Steps to Better Digestion

Naturally Eliminate Gas, Bloating & Heartburn With Probiotics
Eliminate Gas, Bloating & Heartburn
With Probiotics

Gas is a normal byproduct of the digestive process that will either be absorbed into the bloodstream, released as flatulence or ‘gas’, recycled by microbes in the gut or accumulated in the small intestine creating pressure in the intestinal walls causing bloating, stomach discomfort and in some cases, intense abdominal pain!

Excessive flatulence and bloating may be a sign of large bacteria overgrowth which causes an imbalance of the normal intestinal flora (typically 80/20 ratio of good bacteria to pathogenic bacteria and its waste).

4 Steps to Better Digestion:

1. Take probiotics supplements and consume foods that are high in ‘good’ bacteria (fermented foods). This will help you maintain a normal intestinal flora balance.

2. Reduce your sugar intake by replacing table sugar with a natural substitute like Stevia – Bacteria feeds on sugar.

3. Increase the consumption of alkaline forming foods (fruits and vegetables) and lower the intake of acid yielding foods (Meats and Dairies). A proper pH balance is essential for normalizing bodily functions.

4. Increase digestive enzymes by consuming raw, unprocessed foods and chewing slowly. You may also add a brush border enzymes supplement to you diet.

References: 

Natural News:  Eliminate gas, bloating, and heartburn for good with these simple steps http://www.naturalnews.com/037035_bloating_heartburn_natural_remedies.html#ixzz25T4sEIae
Livestrong.com: Foods that are high in good bacteria. 
http://www.livestrong.com/article/89800-foods-high-good-bacteria/
Alkaline Diet plan
http://www.livestrong.com/article/221991-alkaline-diet-plan/
Bodyecology.com: 4 Steps to Naturally Eliminate Gas and Bloating
http://bodyecology.com/articles/4-steps-to-naturally-eliminate-gas-and-bloating#.UEVk6MFmQpA 

Omega 3 Linked to Brain, Cardio and Digestive Health

Omega 3 Linked to Brain, Cardio and
Digestive Health

According to an article published in the 2011 edition of Brain, Behavior and Immunity, a recent study has concluded that an increased intake of Omega 3 Fatty Acids has proven to lower anxiety and inflammation in 68 medical students.

The double-blind study showed that anxiety symptoms were 20% lower in students taking an Omega 3 supplement for 12 weeks when compared to those taking a placebo.

The study also revealed a 14% improvement in the levels of a blood marker of inflammation observed in the same group of students and in contrast to those given a placebo.

Omega 3 Fatty Acids (ALA, EPA & DHA) have been linked to a variety to health benefits. Although most recent studies suggest that these benefits are most prevalent in brain health, numerous studies have also shown significant benefits in cardiovascular health, immune function, digestion (crohn’s disease), joints (arthritis), skin (psoriasis) and even cancer.

Nutritional surveys suggest that American’s are not consuming enough Omega 3 Fatty Acids. Some studies indicate that in average people are consuming five times less than what the World Health Organization recommends: 0.3-0.5 grams of EPA and DHA; and 0.8-1.1 grams of ALA, per day.

The American Heart Association recommends consuming oily fish or supplements containing fish oils at least two times per week. People with history of coronary heart disease should consume at least one gram of EPA and DHA every day. Those wishing to lower triglycerides can consume two to four grams a day.

References:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Omega-3_fatty_acid#cite_note-118
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21784145
http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/fish-oil/NS_patient-fishoil/DSECTION=evidence

Wonder Ginger!

Ginger for Digestion, Nausea, Pain, Etc.

This famed underground stem of the zingiber officinale plant has been traditionally used as an important cooking ingredient; however, most tend to ignore its medicinal wonders.

Ginger has been used as a medicine for more than 2,000 years. Not only this tasteful cooking spice offers great support to digestion, but it also is a great aid in the treatment of nausea, arthritis, heart conditions, cold & flu, headaches and even painful menstrual periods.

During pregnancy, chemotherapy, following a surgery and for motion sickness, Ginger can safely, effectively and naturally relieve the severity and duration of nausea symptoms.

Ginger is also a well-known anti inflammatory. Its extract is used to treat ulcerative colitis and arthritis.

Researchers have also found that components in Ginger may have anticancer activity.

Natural Remedy for Diabetes

Add an natural supplement that promotes healthy blood sugar levels to your diet!

The Reader’s Digest recommends a list of 10 herbs and supplements in their article titled “The Best Herbs and Supplements for Diabetes.” 

One of these herbs, Bitter Melon (Balsam Pear) is the main component of Balsam Pear Plus, a complementary treatment for high blood sugar levels.

Balsam Pear Plus is a natural hypoglycemic supplement derived from 3 plants: Balsam Pear (Bitter Melon), Oregano & Eggplant.

This herbal supplement enhances insulin sensitivity of the receptors on cells which in turn reduces blood sugar levels without inducing patients to Hypoglycemia.

In addition to its Hypoglycemic properties, this natural supplement also acts as an appetite suppressant and helps regulate blood cholesterol and pressure. It supports digestion, circulation and protects the liver and the pancreas. Balsam Pear Plus also promotes pancreas cell regeneration and weight loss.



1 Capsule (300 mg) contains the following:

Balsam Pear/Bitter Melon (leaves)
-Momordica Charantia – 200mg ~ Hypoglycemic (lowers blood sugars), Appetite Suppressant
Wild Marjoram/Oregano (leaves) 
-Mintostachys Mollis – 50mg ~ Mild Hypoglycemic. Supports Digestion & Circulation

Eggplant (fruit)

-Solanum Melongena – 50mg ~ Lowers blood cholesterol, pressure and sugar levels

The Pineapple: A Tropical Medicine

Eating or drinking the juice of this sweet, tropical fruit may prove to be more beneficial than we originally thought!
Pineapple: A Tropical Medicine

Pineapples are a great source of antioxidants and provide amazing support to the immune system… meaning less sick days and more years of healthy living to enjoy your children and grandchildren.

More importantly, this “Tropical Medicine” contributes a great deal of protein-digesting enzymes found in a substance called Bromelain. These enzymes are believed to act as a powerful anti inflammatories and cleansers of the Colon.

Bromelain enzymes digest intestine waste helping mitigate digestive disorders, fight inflammation and in some cases reduce cancerous lesions in the Colon.

Their anti inflammatory benefits may also be applied as a complementary natural medicine in the treatment of Arthritis.

Lastly, Pineapples “tune-up” your urinary tract and may prevent urinary infections. Its remarkable diuretic effects make it a great fruit to combat water retention during PMS. Some use it to prevent bloating and even as a healthy boost to their weight-loos diets.
HealthAndNatureShop.com recommends this tasty Pineapple Tea recipe:
Peel a Pineapple, rinse the skin and cook it in boiling water for 5-10 minutes. Let it cool and drink this tea as much as you want. We recommend adding an natural sweetener like stevia, honey or brown sugar