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The chia seeds exist for millennia, but many of you haven’t heard about it yet. It is first mentioned by the Aztecs, as a food used as a medicine and as a part of religious ceremonies.
This seed is extremely high in omega 3 fatty acids, protein, fiber, as well as antioxidants, minerals, and vitamins. It effectively regenerates the skin, burns fat, helps digestion, and strengthens the body.
Nutritionists recommend its consumption in the case of a weak body and low energy levels, and it is commonly used by athletes.
The chia seed also has 37% nutritional fibers that boost the work of intestines, so diets based on these seeds are perfect colon cancer prevention.
We give you several good reasons to consume chia seed daily:
You should soak the seeds in some water for 15 minutes, and they will grow in size, even 20 times bigger than their original size. Therefore, these seeds will keep you full for long.
You can also mix it with pineapples, almonds, or coconut oil, and prepare a delicious treat ;)
Do you have your own favorite way to use Chia Seed??
The thyroid is a large endocrine gland located in your neck/throat area, above your collar bone. This butterfly-shaped organ stimulates metabolism and controls the body’s circulation of calcium levels with the help of the parathyroid gland.
Most people do not pay much attention to this gland until there is a problem. The thyroids hormone production can be thrown out of balance. These imbalances can have a negative effect on the body.
Our thyroid is part of our endocrine system. The endocrine system has a unique delivery system, sending hormones to targeted organs and tissues. Essential oils can be beneficial since they use the same delivery system. There are specific oils that have been shown to support certain organs/glandular functions. Working together with your medical professional, you may consider the benefits of essential oils as well as modern medical treatments.
Here are some of our favorite ways to use essential oils for thyroid health:
1. Rub a drop of myrrh essential oil (mixed with coconut oil) over your thyroid area each day.
2. Rub a drop of basil essential oil on the adrenals each morning.
3. Make a roller ball blend and use it daily on the bottom of your feet:
Essential oil usage tips:
Apply selected oils, diluted with choice of carrier oil (to avoid evaporation and prevent sensitivity), directly over location of the glands or to the corresponding reflex points on the feet
Place 5-10 drops of selected oils into an essential oil diffuser, or inhale directly from the bottle, from drops placed in your cupped hands, or apply to your clothing.
Tomatoes at one time were thought to be poisonous until people came to the new world and found that the native people were eating them… and they were good. And tomatoes are full of wonderful healing abilities… and tomatoes grow all over the world.
Tomatoes are full of vitamins including vitamins A, B, C and E. Vitamins A and C are powerful antioxidants that help to stave off cancer and also get rid of free radicals thus slowing the aging process. And Vitamin E is great for nervous system health and for preventing diabetes, helping with cardiovascular health. And B vitamins for health and vitality… and the riboflavin in tomatoes has been shown to help prevent migraines.
Tomatoes also contain lots of lycopene that’s a powerful antioxidant that’s well known to prevent Breast, Prostate, and Stomach Cancer and boost your immune system. Studies show that eating tomatoes lowers your risk of prostate cancer by more than 30%. And another study shows that eating tomatoes lowered your chances of coming down with pancreatic cancer by over 40%. And low levels of lycopene have been found in people who come down with colon cancer and growths… so it’s very important to eat your tomatoes.
And at the same tomatoes help to prevent macular degeneration and night blindness… thus promoting good eye health. And tomatoes have been shown to contain chromium which is important for lowering blood glucose.
A study at the University of Charite in Berlin showed that eating lycopene foods was good for the skin thus helping to slow the aging process and preventing wrinkles. And another study at the University of Dusseldorf in Germany showed that eating tomatoes also worked as a natural sunscreen creating protection from UV rays. And lycopene can be found in all the different colored tomatoes including – yellow, purple, stripped, and more.
Plus a study was done showing that women who did not get lycopene in their diet came down with osteoporosis… so lycopene is very important for bone health.
Tomatoes lower LDL cholesterol and total cholesterol too, and they prevent the aggregation of platelets in the blood thus helping to prevent heart attacks, strokes, and prevent atherosclerosis. And in another study of foods that prevent blockages in the arteries by stopping aggregation of platelets… tomatoes came out on top. And a study at the University of Beersheva in Israel showed that eating tomatoes can lower blood pressure by up to 10 points.
Tomatoes contain powerful chemicals such as 9-oxo-octadecadienoic acid, esculeoside A, and chalconaringenin which are all important for preventing cardiovascular problems.
Tomatoes also contain Potassium for cardiovascular health and water regulation, fiber for colon health, tryptophan for a good night’s rest, iron and copper for anemia, molybdenum for preventing cancer of the stomach plus promoting enzyme reactions and helping with asthma, manganeses for muscle health and clotting, phosphorus for strong bones.
Tomatoes have so many phytonutrients in them that it’s almost impossible to list them all. These phytonutrients help to prevent cancer and promote superoxide dismustase and thus promote good blood cell health, kidneys health, bone health, and promoting good liver health too. Some of these phytonutrients include lutein and zeaxanthin for good eye health, beta-carotene for cancer prevention, quercetin, rutin, kaempferol, naringenin, and more… all important for health and vitality.
Plus tomatoes are a powerful anti-inflammatory agent that helps with chronic disease like arthritis and cancer. And eating tomatoes have been found to lower the risk or neurological disease and Alzheimer’s disease… and tomatoes can also help with obesity because they are low in calories.
And tomatoes help keep your body alkaline, and at the same time also helping to prevent fatigue, muscles aches, eczema, acne, balance your hormones, and help with depression.
And tomatoes can purify the blood and increase sperm count too. And tomatoes are one of the few foods that benefit from cooking thus making it easier to absorb the carotenoids and flavonoids.
Tomatoes are a nightshade veggie and some people don’t do well with them, but if you do… try to adding some tomatoes to your diet, it will do your body good.
Mosquitoes carry life-threatening diseases, but for most, the torturous itchiness feels like more of a threat.
While there are plenty of ways to try to prevent the bites in the first place, nothing is 100 percent foolproof. And most of us know all too well that mosquitoes have a knack for finding even the tiniest bit of exposed skin.
That’s why it’s helpful to be aware of some of handy ways to ease the itching:
Mix baking soda and warm water.
One tablespoon to one pint of water is a good ratio to use. Gently apply to the affected area. Use your clean fingers, a cotton swab or a popsicle stick to apply. Leave on for a few minutes, then wash off with warm water.
Apply vinegar to the bite.
Soak a cotton ball in apple cider vinegar. Place the soaked cotton ball over the mosquito bites. If you don’t want to hold it, tape it in place. Leave on for 5 minutes and the itching should stop. If you have many bites, you may want to take a very hot bath in a tub filled with water and 2 1/2 cups of apple cider vinegar.
Use an onion.
Other than making you produce tears, a fresh slice of onion can also help take the sting out of a bite. Simply place a fresh slice on the affected area for several minutes until the itching subsides. Be sure to wash the area thoroughly afterwards.
Local raw honey will take the sting out.
Simply, take a small amount of honey and apply directly to the bite. Honey also has anti-microbial properties that can help prevent infection.
Try a dry bar of soap.
Another remedy for mosquito bits is to rub a bar of dry soap directly on the bite. This will help provide temporary relief to the itching. Remember to wash it off throughly after the itch fades away.
Aloe vera has anti-inflammatory properties which will ease the itching. For even more relief, stash aloe vera gel in the fridge, since the cold will also help with the itchiness.
Rub a fresh basil leaf on the bite.
Basil has been shown to repel mosquitoes. It does have anti-inflammatory properties, which will stop itching.
Use raw egg white to cover the bite. As it dries and contracts on the bite, it will draw out some of the mosquito’s saliva.
Before you go to any store to buy some chemical acne treatments, visit first your kitchen cupboards or grocery store for some nice organic bananas, the best treatment for moderate to severe cases of acne.
Begin by eating and enjoying the other amazing health benefits of the banana, and save the peel, make sure it is yellow/black for more efficiency, and rub the infected area with it.
The inside part of the banana peel decays into black color as you rub due to whatever soot gets on your face, rub your face for approximately 10 minutes, if the banana peel gets entirely black, replace it with another one.
After rubbing your face, do not wash it, it will lose the effect of what you just did. The compound of the peel will help you remove the infection from the skin, wash your face just before you are going to bed.
This is no magical potion, you need to be consistent, do this every day, you’ll see improvements after the first day, but it takes a little time to fully work, with this amazing natural remedy the infection is weakened and cannot grow anymore.
With many millions of people suffering from macular degeneration and cataracts, it’s well worth adding foods that are good for your eyes into your daily diet. Enjoy learning about 15 best foods to eat to keep your eyes healthy and feel free to add to this list your foods after reading through!
Sure, carrots top this list of the best foods to eat for healthy eyes! Carrots don’t give you night vision, of course, but the beta-carotene will help lower your risk of both cataracts and macular degeneration.
Like any other oily fish, such as sardines, salmon is an excellent source of omega-3 fatty acids. It reduces the risk of macular degeneration by 38% and helps treat dry eye disease.
3. Leafy greens
Kale, spinach, and other leafy greens are packed with the antioxidants, zeaxanthin and lutein. Leafy greens absorb blue light, which is especially harmful to the retina. They also help your eyes to detect contrast better and keep your vision good in both the long and short term.
A yellow corn is rich in zeaxanthin and lutein, with only ½ a cup of cooked corn providing you with plenty of every nutrient to keep your eyes healthy. Consuming corn on a regular basis lowers the risks of cataracts and helps prevent the loss of yellow pigments in the eyes.
Perhaps, you have never even considered eating ostrich for healthy eyes, but it’s rich in zinc that helps the eyes stay healthy and lowers the risk of macular degeneration. Moreover, ostrich contains less than a third of the amount of fat in a lean beef, and much lower in cholesterol than chicken and other red meats.
6. Olive oil
The major reason why olive oil is so beneficial to your eyes is that it helps your body absorb nutrients from the other foods that can help keep your eyes healthy. So, drizzle olive oil over your mixed salad to absorb all of the nutrients from the tomatoes and leafy greens, and cook your sweet potatoes and meat in olive oil to get the most nutrients.
One of the best and tasty foods to eat for healthy eyes is turkey. It is rich in both the B-vitamin niacin and zinc and it is incredibly versatile. You can use it as a substitute for both beef and chicken. Plus, turkey is often more reasonably priced.
Tomatoes are packed with carotenoids, including lycopene. Lycopene helps prevent light-induced damage and the Vitamin C found in tomatoes helps to protect your vision. Tomatoes are also rich in vitamins, minerals and fiber.
9. Sweet potatoes
Finally, the last great food to eat for healthy eyes is sweet potatoes. It’s the beta-carotene you have to thank for helping to keep your eyes healthy when you eat sweet potatoes. I like sweet potatoes since they are very versatile. You can mash them, roast them, or even make them into chips and fries!
Eat regularly spinach along with other green vegetables such as kale, Swiss chard, turnip, mustard laves and collard greens to significantly improve your eyesight. Spinach contains a lot of nutrients such as Vitamin A, lutein and zeaxanthin, which are good for the eyes. Vitamin A helps protect the cornea, while lutein protects the eye from ultraviolet light and zeaxanthin contributes toward visual development. The best way to consume spinach is to have a glass of fresh spinach juice on an empty stomach in the morning. It can also be consumed as a side dish, in salad form, or sautéed.
Blueberries should be consumed regularly to enjoy better eye sight. Blueberries support healthy eye function through its antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, collagen stabilizing, vasoprotective, and rhodopsin regenerating properties. Regular consumption of blueberries improves the vision of your eyes. It also prevents weak eyesight and strengthens blood vessels in the back of the eye. At the same time blueberries contain anthocyanins, which help to lower down both high blood pressure level and inflammation and also prevent blockages to the arteries that feed oxygen to the retina. Along with blueberries, you must also eat blackberries, mulberries, cranberries, and bilberries.
Peppers are one of the richest sources of vitamins A and C. While vitamin A helps to preserve eyesight, vitamin C protects the eyes against cataracts. At the same time, peppers are also rich in vitamin B6, lutein and zeaxanthin, beta-carotene and lycopene. All these nutrients are essential for maintaining the overall health of the eyes. To include peppers in your diet, you can grill, stuff, steam, bake, and stir-fry them. You can also eat them in raw form after making a healthy salad plate.
contain a good amount of omega-3 fatty acids which play an important role in maintaining the overall health of the eyes. Also walnuts contain antioxidants, zinc and vitamin E, which work to combat inflammation and preserve cardiovascular health. Along with walnuts, you can also consume other types of nuts such as almonds, hazelnuts, pecans and peanuts. Eating a handful of walnuts daily can greatly improve the health of your eyes and keep it protected from many different kinds of vision problems.
They contain lutein and helps to prevent macular degeneration and cataracts and slow age-related eye diseases. It also contains other important eye nutrients such as beta-carotene, vitamin C, vitamin B6 and vitamin E which are essential to enjoy good eyesight and to protect the eyes from oxidative stress damage leading to poor vision. You can eat avocado as it is or else you can add it to salads, salsa, soups or sandwiches.
contains a good amount of vitamin B2. Deficiency of vitamin B2 can make the eyes highly sensitive to light which can cause inflammation, blurred vision and ocular fatigue. At the same time vitamin B2 prevents cataracts or delays their progress. It also contains powerful phyto-chemical antioxidants such as lutein and zeaxanthin, and Vitamin A which are essential for healthy eye-sight. The fleshy flower heads, stalks and leaves of broccoli can be used in different manners. To get benefited from the nutrients present in broccoli, try to consume the tender broccoli heads in raw or salad form.
Vitamin D is essential for bone health. Recent research suggests it may have other benefits, too, such as protecting against colds and fighting depression.
If you don't spend enough time in the sun or if your body has trouble absorbing the vitamin, you may not get enough.
Here are 8 best ways to ensure adequate intake:
Sunlight spurs the body to make vitamin D. But because of the skin-cancer risk, there isn't an official recommendation to catch some rays. However, a small amount of sun exposure without sunscreen can do the trick. About 20 to 25 minutes of exposure can be helpful.
The sun is less likely to provide your daily needs at higher latitudes, in the winter, or if you're older or dark skinned (skin pigment blocks light and the process is less efficient with age).
Light through a window won't work.
2. Fatty fish
Fatty fish can be a good source of vitamin D. Common options include salmon, trout, mackerel, tuna, and eel.
A 3-ounce sockeye salmon fillet contains about 450 international units (IUs) of vitamin D—a good portion of the 600 IUs that is the Institute of Medicine's recommended dietary allowance (800 IUs if you're over 70).
And you get a bonus—heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids!
3. Certain mushrooms
Just like humans, mushrooms have the capacity to produce vitamin D when exposed to ultraviolet light.
Mushrooms, however, are usually grown in the dark and don't contain the vitamin. Specific brands, however, are grown in ultraviolet light to spur vitamin D production.
Check to see if vitamin D–rich 'shrooms, like Dole's Portobello Mushrooms, are available at a store near you. They're perfect for vegetarians looking for plant-based foods that contain the vitamin. Dole's portobellos will give you 400 IUs of vitamin D per 3-ounce serving (about 1 cup of diced mushrooms).
4. Fortified milk
Some types of cow's milk (if not the most of them) are fortified with vitamin D, but ice cream and cheese are not.
In general, an 8-ounce glass of milk contains at least 100 IUs of vitamin D, and a 6-ounce serving of yogurt contains 80 IUs, but the amount can be higher (or lower) depending on how much is added.
Some soy and rice milks are fortified with about the same amount, but check the label since not all contain vitamin D.
5. Orange juice
Not a dairy fan? No problem. You can get vitamin D from fortified orange juice. One 8-ounce glass of fortified juice usually has around 100 IUs of vitamin D, but the amount varies from brand to brand. Not all brands are fortified, so check the label. Two fortified brands, Florida Natural Orange Juice and Minute Maid Kids+ Orange Juice, contain 100 IUs per 8-ounce serving.
6. Egg yolks
Eggs are a convenient way to get vitamin D. They're popular in many breakfast, lunch, dinner, and dessert recipes.
Since the vitamin D in an egg comes from its yolk, it's important to use the whole egg—not just the whites. One yolk will give you about 40 IUs, but don't try to get your daily vitamin D just from eggs.
One egg contains about 200 milligrams of cholesterol, and consuming more than 300 milligrams a day is not recommended for heart health.
7. Fortified Cereal
If you're a vitamin D seeker looking for a crunch, look no further than fortified cereals. Choose a low-calorie fortified cereal like Multi Grain Cheerios to get part of your daily fill of vitamin D. You can pair it with fortified milk too.
A 1-cup (29 gram) serving of Multi Grain Cheerios with one-half cup of fortified milk is 90 IUs; add in an 8-ounce glass of fortified orange juice, and your total is close to 200 IUs. :)
8. Ultraviolet lamps and bulbs
People at high risk of vitamin D deficiency may resort to UV-emitting lamps and bulbs. This includes people unable to absorb the vitamin (malabsorption) or those who can't get enough in winter months.
These are similar to tanning beds, but smaller. These lamps carry the same skin-cancer risks and need for protective eyewear, so they're best for those with a doctor's recommendation.
The two main ways to get vitamin D are by exposing your bare skin to sunlight and by taking vitamin D orally.
However, You need to know that you can't get the right amount of vitamin D your body needs from food. The most natural way to get vitamin D is by exposing your bare skin to sunlight (ultraviolet B rays).
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