Dherbs - Herbal Supplements, Herbal Remedies, Natural Healing Remedies, Full Body Detox » Articles https://www.dherbs.com Buy herbal supplements, natural remedies, and herbal remedies from Dherbs, the #1 alternative medicine product store. Thu, 21 Jun 2018 23:05:23 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Put These Summer Fruits & Veggies On Your Grocery List https://www.dherbs.com/articles/put-these-summer-fruits-veggies-on-your-grocery-list/ https://www.dherbs.com/articles/put-these-summer-fruits-veggies-on-your-grocery-list/#comments Thu, 21 Jun 2018 23:05:23 +0000 https://www.dherbs.com/?p=82232 Check your grocery list and see if you have these summer fruits and vegetables on it. If they aren't, run to the store and grab some ASAP!

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The changing of seasons brings new seasonal produce. Summer produce items are some of our favorite produce items out there. Stone fruits (apricots, plums, peaches, and nectarines) are the best during the summer because they are so plentiful. There are also a lot of other fruits and vegetables you should buy on your grocery runs. You can even head to the farmers markets for the freshest varieties. Check out the best summer produce items below.

 

Apricots

Apricots have been shown to improve heart health, strengthen bones, improve metabolism, and treat anemia. Apricots are rich in fiber and are, therefore, good for smooth bowel movements. The impressive health benefits of apricots are due to the high vitamin content, including vitamins A, C, K, E, and niacin. Apricots are also rich in potassium, copper manganese, magnesium, and phosphorous.

 

Cantaloupe

Cantaloupe is a rich source of vitamin A, vitamin C, potassium, folate, and the micronutrients copper, iron, and zinc. Cantaloupe is naturally low in sodium and contains some dietary fiber and calcium.

 

Cherries

Cherries possess an anti-cancer compound, called ellagic acid, and are high in vitamins A and C. They also contain biotin, potassium and have antibacterial, antioxidant, anti-cancer, and anti-inflammatory properties. Also, eating cherries may help boost melatonin levels in your body, which can improve sleep quality.

 

Figs

Figs contain a plethora of beneficial nutrients, such as vitamin A, vitamin B1, vitamin B2, phosphorous, manganese, sodium, potassium, and chlorine. Figs have been shown to lower cholesterol, control diabetes, strengthen bones, and they are quite useful in treating various respiratory disorders like whooping cough and asthma. They also work to combat indigestion.

 

Cucumbers

Cucumbers contain vitamin B1, vitamin B2, vitamin B3, vitamin B5, vitamin B6, folate, vitamin C, Calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium and zinc. Who needs a multivitamin? Plus, they help to keep you hydrated because they are more than 90% water.

 

Watermelon

Watermelons have antibacterial and anti-cancer properties, vitamins A and C, iron, and potassium. Watermelon has been shown to reduce inflammation, improve digestion, and improve athletic performance. Watermelon also contains lycopene, which is linked with bone and heart health.

 

Celery

A great low calorie food, celery also makes a great juice ingredient that goes well with both fruits and other vegetables. The high levels of silicon in celery are beneficial for joints, bones, arteries, and connective tissues. It is said that chomping on a stalk of celery is just as good for your teeth as brushing them. Who knew!

 

Onions

Onions contain a naturally occurring chemical, which has been found to promote bone health and reduce the risk of osteoporosis. They also contain high levels of quercetin, an antioxidant that helps lessen free radical damage. Red onions can also help to lower blood sugar levels, due to their trace amounts of quercetin.

 

Summer Squash

Squash is an important source of many nutrients, including vitamin C, magnesium, and other antioxidant compounds. These vitamins and minerals are important antioxidant components, which help to neutralize free radicals throughout the body. Squash has been shown to boost the immune system and improve lung and heart health. It is also a good source of B-vitamins, which are essential for regulating metabolic activity.

 

Sources:

https://www.organicfacts.net/health-benefits/fruit/apricots.html

http://fsi.colostate.edu/cantaloupe/

https://www.rebootwithjoe.com/weight-loss/a-z-fruit-veggies/

https://www.organicfacts.net/health-benefits/fruit/health-benefits-of-figs-or-anjeer.html

https://www.organicfacts.net/health-benefits/fruit/squash.html

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How Do You Smoothie? National Smoothie Day 2018 https://www.dherbs.com/articles/how-do-you-smoothie-national-smoothie-day-2018/ https://www.dherbs.com/articles/how-do-you-smoothie-national-smoothie-day-2018/#comments Thu, 21 Jun 2018 09:40:33 +0000 https://www.dherbs.com/?p=82329 Welcome in summer the healthy way by blending some delicious seasonal produce and sipping to your health on National Smoothie Day!

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There are so many national days all year round, but we have a special affinity for National Smoothie Day. Not only is National Smoothie Day an excuse (not that we needed one) to drink more smoothies, it is also the first day of summer! We don’t think there is a better combination than a hot summer day and a cold smoothie full of nutrients.

 

Smoothies are appealing for a variety of reasons. They are easy to prep, easier to make, and the easiest to drink. One of the best things about drinking smoothies is that they are pre-digested. Because the ingredients are already blended, the body doesn’t have to work to digest the food and absorb the nutrients. Just make sure that you aren’t adding any sugary, bottled juices to your smoothies; all those chemicals counteract the consumption of the fresh fruits and vegetables.

 

If you need to include more green vegetables in your diet, smoothies are the answer. If you want to have a simple substitute for a meal replacement, smoothies are the answer. Finally, if you want to control your portions and avoid complex cooking techniques, smoothies are the answer. Are you ready to take part in the celebration of National Smoothie Day? Try some of our favorite smoothie recipes below.

 

Tropical Immune Boosting Smoothie:

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Pineapple contains beneficial enzymes that promote healthy digestion. The manganese in pineapples also helps to promote enzymes that help you feel energized, so drink this in the morning and you’ll be ready for the day!

Click here to make the smoothie.

 

Banana Berry Protein-Packed Smoothie Bowl:

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The great thing about starting your day with a smoothie or smoothie bowl is that your body doesn’t have to work hard to digest the food or absorb the nutrients. This helps you to stay energized until you consume your next snack or meal.

Click here to make the smoothie bowl.

 

You Can’t Beet This Breakfast Smoothie:

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Beets aren’t necessarily everyone’s first choice when it comes to smoothie ingredients, but they should be. They help promote natural detoxification and they are rich a ton of vitamins and minerals.

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Refreshing Strawberry Nectarine Smoothie:

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The refreshing flavors of summer are here! Embrace the seasonal fruits and use them in creative ways. People don’t usually put nectarines in smoothies, but they should because their inherent flavors work well with other ingredients. We hope you enjoy this summer smoothie!

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Healthy Carrot & Pineapple Smoothie With Bananas:

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Carrots are extremely beneficial for eye health, while pineapples and bananas can actually help you get rid of bloating. The enzymes in pineapples help to improve your digestion, which is a major part of being healthy.

Click here to make the smoothie.

 

Sip on a refreshing smoothie today and invite the summer season into your life. Let us know what smoothie you make and how you like it in the comments.

 

Sources:

https://www.blenderboyz.com/drink-mix-smoothies-blog/national-smoothie-day-a-day-to-celebrate-the-goodness-of-smoothies/

https://whatnationaldayisit.com/day/Smoothie/

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4 Herbal Remedies That Help To Relieve Joint Pain https://www.dherbs.com/articles/4-herbal-remedies-that-help-to-relieve-joint-pain/ https://www.dherbs.com/articles/4-herbal-remedies-that-help-to-relieve-joint-pain/#comments Wed, 20 Jun 2018 17:47:16 +0000 https://www.dherbs.com/?p=82155 Rather than living with sore joints all the time, be proactive and improve your joints by adding these powerful herbs to your diet.

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Any damage to the joints from disease or injury can cause a lot of discomfort. The pain can be sharp and quick, or it can be chronic and unforgiving. However, joint pain can also be caused by other conditions or factors. Fortunately, there are several herbal remedies that can help alleviate joint discomfort. We have detailed them below.

 

Turmeric:

The health benefits of turmeric come from the inactive ingredients, curcumin and cucuminoids, which have anti-inflammatory properties. This spice can be added to your diet, taken in supplement form, or even applied topically to sore joint to help decrease pain. The recommended dosage is 500 milligrams twice per day.

 

Ginger:

Ginger has been shown to have anti-inflammatory and joint-protective properties. Recent experiments show promise with the use of ginger to prevent joint inflammation. The fresh root is available in grocery stores and can be brewed into tea. Researchers at the University of Georgia in Athens and Georgia State College & University in Milledgeville reported in the Journal of Pain that a few tablespoons of grated ginger could help ease muscle pain caused by exercise.

 

Cat’s Claw:

Cat’s claw originated in the South American rainforests. A recent experiment on the effectiveness of cat’s claw had positive results towards the relief of joint pain. For medicinal purposes, the root and bark of the cat’s claw vine are made into tea, tinctures, or herbal supplements.

 

Green Tea

A recent study found that green tea may have an active compound that reduces inflammation and swelling. Green tea is high in catechins, a compound with joint-relieving properties. There are additional compounds in green tea that contribute to overall well being, such as polyphenols and antioxidants. Drink one or two cups of green tea per day to help relieve joint pain.

 

Sources:

https://flexcin.com/herbal-remedies-for-natural-joint-pain-relief/

https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2213434416300056

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/11950006

https://www.healthline.com/health/rheumatoid-arthritis/ultimate-guide-herbs-vitamins-supplements#effective

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5 Home Remedies To Get Rid of a Sinus Infection https://www.dherbs.com/articles/5-home-remedies-to-get-rid-of-a-sinus-infection/ https://www.dherbs.com/articles/5-home-remedies-to-get-rid-of-a-sinus-infection/#comments Wed, 20 Jun 2018 11:45:07 +0000 https://www.dherbs.com/?p=82235 Don't wait for your sinus infection to go away or bandage it with medications. Take action and naturally get rid of it with these remedies.

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The sinuses are small cavities in the skull that are normally filled with air. They make mucus, which helps keep the nasal passages clear of allergens and pollutants. When the sinuses are blocked and filled with fluid, germs can grow and cause an infection. Sinus infections are typically caused by inflammation in the nose and many cases tend to go away on their own without any medical treatment. Don’t wait for the infection to go away. Be proactive and use these home remedies to help get rid of the infection quicker.

 

Rinse Your Nasal Passages:

Nasal irrigation (as weird as that sounds) with a saline solution can clear out mucus and keep your sinuses moist. Use distilled, sterile, or boiled water to make up the irrigation solution. A saline wash thins mucus and helps flush it out of the nasal passages. Saline washes have been studied and proven to be effective, and should be the first line of defense against sinus infections.

 

Drink Water:

One easy and natural remedy to help thin out the mucus and clear any stuffiness is to stay hydrated. Drinking a lot of water will also help to thin mucus within the sinuses, which reduces any blockages. A general guideline is to drink half your bodyweight in ounces of water each day. If you weigh 150 pounds and divide that by two to get 75, you should drink 75 ounces of water.

 

Steam:

Hot water vapor can help loosen mucus in the sinuses. A hot, steamy shower or bath can also help to loosen up mucus and debris that is stuck inside your nostrils. You can also breathe in steam from a bowl of warm water. Create a tent by draping a towel over your head and the bowl. The steam vapors ease congested and swollen nasal passages. You can also add eucalyptus essential oil to the water to promote better breathing.

 

Spicy Foods:

Spicy foods such as mustard seed, hot peppers, curry, and fresh wasabi root may help clear sinuses. The reaction of a runny nose and watery eyes to spicy foods will help release the blocked mucus and open the blocked nasal airways. Another option is to make a tea with ginger. A useful tea is made with ginger, lemon, and honey to help decongest the sinuses.

 

Allergy-proof Your Home:

Get ride of excess dust, install an air filter system, use bedding with allergen-barriers, and keep any pets out of the bedroom to help alleviate nasal allergies. Remove items that collect dust, such as tabletop books and magazines. Find an air filter that has a small particle or HEPA filter. Encase pillows, mattresses, and box springs in dust-mite-proof covers. Wash sheets and blankets a least once a week in hot water.

 

Sources:

https://www.webmd.com/allergies/sinusitis-and-sinus-infection#1

https://www.everydayhealth.com/sinus-health-guide/natural-remedies-for-sinus-pain.aspx

https://www.thespruceeats.com/spicy-foods-that-help-fight-congestion-3877348

https://www.richmondent.com/sinus-allergy/patient-information/healthy-living/allergy-proofing-your-home/

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5 Awesome Chia Pudding Recipes For Breakfast https://www.dherbs.com/articles/5-awesome-chia-pudding-recipes-for-breakfast/ https://www.dherbs.com/articles/5-awesome-chia-pudding-recipes-for-breakfast/#comments Tue, 19 Jun 2018 11:25:11 +0000 https://www.dherbs.com/?p=82315 Fill your mornings with complete protein, calcium, and tons of omega-3s when you start eating chia pudding for breakfast. Try these recipes.

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Believe it or not, chia pudding is not solely reserved for dessert. In fact, you may be ahead of the game if you have been adding chia seeds to your morning routine. Chia seeds are fairly tasteless, but they are somewhat magical: they become gelatinous after being in liquid. Is chia pudding worth all the hype that is getting, though? Let’s find out.

 

Omega-3s:

People often turn to salmon or fish oil to get their omega-3 fatty acids, but chia seeds are incredibly rich in omega-3s. Two tablespoons of chia seeds contain the same percentage of omega-3s as four ounces of salmon. They are easier for your body to digest and they help to boost intellectual growth as well.

 

Protein & Calcium:

Two tablespoons of chia seeds contain about four grams of protein, but you also get a sufficient amount of calcium. The body needs calcium to maintain and build healthy bones, but calcium is also necessary for optimal nerve, muscle, and heart function.

 

Loaded With Fiber:

You can get 30% of your recommended daily intake of fiber by eating two tablespoons of chia seeds. A diet that is rich in fiber helps to keep your digestive system functioning optimally.

 

All the cool kids are eating chia seeds, so jump on the bandwagon! We have five delicious chia pudding recipes to enhance your breakfast game.

 

Golden Milk Chia Pudding:

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup organic unsweetened almond milk
  • ¼ cup filtered water
  • 5 teaspoons turmeric powder
  • 5 teaspoons cinnamon powder
  • 2 tablespoons chia seeds
  • 1 tablespoon pure maple syrup

Instructions:

  • Put all of the ingredients in a glass jar and shake well. Refrigerate this overnight and enjoy in the morning.

 

Strawberry Chia Pudding:

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup organic unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 cup strawberries, sliced and frozen overnight
  • 1 tablespoon pure maple syrup
  • 2 tablespoons chia seeds
  • a few fresh strawberries, sliced for topping

Instructions:

  • Put the almond milk, frozen strawberries, and maple syrup in a blender and blend until smooth.
  • Pour this mixture into a glass jar and add the remaining ingredients, except the fresh strawberries. Shake well and refrigerate overnight.
  • When you’re ready to eat this, garnish with the sliced strawberries.

 

Chocolate Chia Pudding:

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup organic unsweetened almond milk
  • ¼ cup filtered water
  • 1 tablespoon cacao powder
  • 2 tablespoons chia seeds
  • 1 tablespoon pure maple syrup
  • ½ banana, sliced

Instructions:

  • Put all of the ingredients in a glass jar and shake well. Refrigerate this overnight and enjoy in the morning.

 

Match Chia Pudding:

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup organic coconut milk
  • ¼ cup water
  • 2 tablespoons chia seeds
  • 1 tablespoon pure maple syrup
  • 1 tablespoon organic matcha powder

Instructions:

  • Put all of the ingredients in a glass jar and shake well. Refrigerate this overnight and enjoy in the morning.

 

Blueberry & Banana Chia Pudding:

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups organic unsweetened almond milk
  • ½ cup blueberries, frozen overnight
  • 1 tablespoon pure maple syrup
  • 2 tablespoons chia seeds
  • fresh blueberries, for topping

Instructions:

  • Put the almond milk, frozen blueberries, and maple syrup in a blender and blend until smooth.
  • Pour this mixture into a glass jar and add the remaining ingredients, except the fresh blueberries. Shake well and refrigerate overnight.
  • When you’re ready to eat this, top with fresh blueberries.

 

Sources:

http://healthawarenesscommunity.com/heres-why-you-should-eat-chia-pudding-for-breakfast/

https://rawvana.com/five-favorite-chia-puddings/

https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/health-benefits-of-chia-seeds-eat-them_us_568d42f8e4b0c8beacf52647

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The Best Home Remedies Using Raw Honey https://www.dherbs.com/articles/the-best-home-remedies-using-raw-honey/ https://www.dherbs.com/articles/the-best-home-remedies-using-raw-honey/#comments Mon, 18 Jun 2018 11:35:50 +0000 https://www.dherbs.com/?p=82110 If you don't keep raw honey in your house, you need to get some right away because it is way more useful than just sweetening herbal teas.

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Honey is much more than just a natural sweetener we add to our foods and drinks. Considered the nectar of life by our ancestors, raw honey has been a staple in the human diet for thousands of years. Its benefits have been published everywhere from ancient books to clinical trials in modern society. It is full of antibacterial and anti-fungal properties, it accelerates the growth of body tissues, and it can be a great natural remedy for many physical ailments.

 

Raw honey is honey that has not been filtered or processed by pasteurization or heating. This most natural state of honey has the most healing properties, which is why you should use it for the home remedies that are detailed below.

 

For Healthier Skin:
Naturally rich in antioxidants and antibacterial properties, raw honey has the ability to treat damaged skin and has been used in homemade skincare regimens for a long time. Not only can it help prevent acne, slow down aging, and unclog pores, raw honey is also extremely moisturizing and soothing for the skin. You can use it as a simple moisturizing mask by spreading a teaspoon of raw honey on clean skin, letting it sit for 15-20 minutes, and rinsing with tepid water. Or you may try it as a gentle exfoliator by mixing with ground oats, massaging the mixture on your skin for a minute or two, and rinsing off.

 

As A Natural Sleeping Aid:

One of the main reasons why raw honey can help you sleep at night is because it provides an adequate supply of liver glycogen, ensuring that you may get through the night before the brain triggers a crisis search for fuel. When you consume raw honey before bed, you are less likely to suddenly wake up from a deep sleep, due to the fact that your glycogen levels are stable. Try mixing a teaspoon of cinnamon and a tablespoon of raw honey in a cup of hot water and consume an hour before bed.

 

Raw Honey, Orange Juice, And Nutmeg To Treat Anxiety:

Research has shown that oranges have a calming effect that can provide relief from exhaustion and anxiety. Additionally, oranges are rich in vitamin C, which helps you curb the adrenal glands and calm the brain down in stressful situations. Nutmeg has anti-anxiety and antidepressant properties, while raw honey enables serotonin production, a neurotransmitter responsible for boosting your mood. Squeeze a couple fresh oranges into a glass before adding 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg powder and a tablespoon of raw honey. Drinking this mixture every morning may help alleviate anxiety levels throughout the day.

 

Ginger And Honey To Relieve A Sore Stomach:

Ginger root has been known to effectively treat stomach ailments because it reduces inflammation in a similar way to anti-inflammatory drugs. Raw honey also contains a number of enzymes that aid in digestion. This combo is easy to turn into a homemade drink by adding one-inch of finely chopped ginger root and a tablespoon of raw honey to 1 cup of hot water. Let the flavors infuse for a few minutes and drink when you have an upset stomach or feel nauseous.

 

Always keep in mind that honey is best when it’s raw. It may give you benefits by simply taking a spoonful of honey a day, but combining it with other healthy ingredients may also provide even more benefits to your body.
Sources:

https://www.lifehack.org/articles/lifestyle/25-ways-use-honey-home-remedies.html

https://www.care2.com/greenliving/14-healing-remedies-with-honey.html

https://allremedies.com/honey-for-anxiety/

http://everydayroots.com/healing-honey-infusions

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Lettuce Eat On National Eat Your Vegetables Day 2018 https://www.dherbs.com/articles/lettuce-eat-on-national-eat-your-vegetables-day-2018/ https://www.dherbs.com/articles/lettuce-eat-on-national-eat-your-vegetables-day-2018/#comments Sun, 17 Jun 2018 09:45:51 +0000 https://www.dherbs.com/?p=82107 You should be eating 3-5 vegetable servings a day! If you aren’t eating that many veggies, your GI tract could be in serious trouble.

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Annually observed on June 17th, National Eat Your Vegetables Day is a day to remind everyone about the importance of a healthy diet. Vegetables of all shapes, sizes, and colors (not the frozen ones!) contain phytochemicals, dietary minerals, carbohydrates, vitamins, and antibacterial, antifungal, antioxidant, and anti-carcinogenic properties. Fresh vegetables also contain fiber, which is integral for a healthy gastrointestinal tract.

 

Eat Your Vegetables Day is not just about eating the familiar vegetables like carrots, celery, lettuce, or onions; rather, it is about encouraging people to expand their vegetable horizons. Get yourself a diverse assortment of vegetables and then figure out what you can make with them. It can be fun to just pick out a couple new vegetables in the grocery store and find out that you end up liking them. Try getting things like bok choy, watercress, eggplant, purple kale, or summer squash varieties.

 

It’s important to spread awareness about Eat Your Vegetables Day because of the role vegetables have played throughout the course of human history. Vegetables are arguably the reason that people started to settle, as opposed to their previous nomadic existences. If they planted crops, they had to stick around and establish civilizations to harvest what they grew.

 

Vegetables were staples in our diet long before science proved what people already knew. Vegetables helped with growth, digestion, and longevity. Many tests have confirmed that vegetables provide nutrients that are impossible to get from animal sources, especially animal sources that contain hormones, antibiotics, and saturated fats. The nutrients in vegetables help to improve bone health, decrease the risk of heart disease, and work to offset diabetes.

 

Make sure that you are eating at least a half-cup of each vegetable you consume when you eat salads, stir-fries, or vegetable medleys. Don’t layer them with cheese or sauté them in a cream sauce. A little olive oil, sea salt, and pepper is all you need. Let us know what vegetables you eat today and which ones are your favorites.

 

Sources:

https://nationaldaycalendar.com/days-2/national-eat-your-vegetables-day-june-17/

https://www.daysoftheyear.com/days/eat-your-vegetables-day/

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DIY Sunburn Relief Gel With Aloe & Essential Oils https://www.dherbs.com/articles/diy-sunburn-relief-gel-with-aloe-essential-oils/ https://www.dherbs.com/articles/diy-sunburn-relief-gel-with-aloe-essential-oils/#comments Sat, 16 Jun 2018 17:50:47 +0000 https://www.dherbs.com/?p=81945 Avoid the chemicals, soothe your skin, and cool yourself down with this all-natural sunburn relief gel. Talk about fast and natural relief!

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It is almost summertime and that means that people are about to have some fun in the sun. We encourage being outside, but we also encourage you to take care of your skin. Sunburns and summer go together like two peas in a pod. Don’t let a sunburn get you down; rather, accelerate the healing process with the natural sunburn relief gel in this post.

 

Sometimes the sun can take its toll on the body, despite preventative measures. After getting burned, the skin becomes hot, itchy, and quite sensitive. While many people reach for creams, gels, or lotions that contain aloe vera, we prefer going to straight to the source for the maximum benefits.

 

Aloe Vera:

Aloe vera has long since been used to help remedy a variety of skin conditions. Primarily used for topical application, aloe vera works to reduce sunburn symptoms and promote healthier skin. The gel from the aloe plant is safe to apply to the skin, provided the person is not allergic to the plant. Homemade preparations can be made from 100% pure aloe gel, which is used in the recipe below.

 

Essential Oils:

This recipe utilizes lavender and peppermint essential oils. Lavender essential oil is commonly used to aid the healing process of bug bites, stretch marks, itching, and more. When it comes to sunburns, lavender helps the skin heal faster than aloe vera does. Peppermint essential oil helps to cool the skin down, which stops the burning sensation.

 

Together, the aloe vera, lavender essential oil, and peppermint essential oil help to soothe the skin, moisturize, reduce the likelihood of peeling, and offer an instant cooling effect. If you use this after sun gel, let us know how you like it.

 

Ingredients:

  • 3 tablespoons pure aloe vera gel
  • 15 drops lavender essential oil
  • 15 drops peppermint essential oil

Instructions:

  • Put 3 tablespoons of pure aloe vera gel in a small glas jar.
  • Add the lavender essential oil to the jar, followed by the peppermint essential oil.
  • Stir the mixture until the oils are mixed in with the aloe. It should look a little cloudy.
  • Seal the lid and store in the refrigerator for an extra cooling effect. Apply to the sunburn every few hours, or whenever you experience pain.

 

Sources:

https://www.livestrong.com/article/5163-need-using-aloe-vera-sunburns/

https://busycreatingmemories.com/aftersun-sunburn-relief-gel/

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How An Elimination Diet Can Help You Discover Food Sensitivities https://www.dherbs.com/articles/how-an-elimination-diet-can-help-you-discover-food-sensitivities/ https://www.dherbs.com/articles/how-an-elimination-diet-can-help-you-discover-food-sensitivities/#comments Sat, 16 Jun 2018 11:30:25 +0000 https://www.dherbs.com/?p=82168 It can be difficult to maintain a perfect diet. Certain factors can influence what we eat. Try this diet to identify food sensitivities.

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An estimated 15 million adults suffer from food allergies, but that doesn’t account for all the people who have food intolerances or sensitivities. These sensitivities don’t show up on allergy tests; rather, they cause certain reactions or symptoms, which people may pass off as “something that just happens,” so to speak.

 

Let us explain something: Things don’t “just happen.” Skin flare-ups, inflammation, motility issues, microbial imbalance, or digestive issues are common symptoms of food intolerances or sensitivities. The foods that cause these symptoms can be difficult to identify, especially if you eat a wide variety of foods. Doing a food allergy test may be illuminating for some people, but the rest can greatly benefit from an elimination diet.

 

The elimination diet is a short-term program that forces you to eliminate certain foods, which may be causing allergic or digestive reactions, from your diet. After about a month without the foods in your diet, you can reintroduce them in order to identify which foods the body does not agree with. People do elimination diets to figure out what is causing certain symptoms or health-related issues, such as acne, diarrhea, constipation, eczema, or bloating.

 

Eliminate The Usual Suspects:

Roughly 90% of all food-allergy reactions are caused by eight foods: eggs, nuts, wheat/gluten, soy, fish, shellfish, and dairy products. Elimination diets typically cut out all of the following foods:

  • Peanuts
  • Soy
  • Refined/added sugars
  • Alcohol
  • Shellfish
  • Meat
  • Eggs
  • Corn
  • Dairy
  • Gluten
  • Certain nightshades (tomatoes, peppers, eggplants, or potatoes)
  • All processed, packaged, or fast foods

 

Elimination diets last for about three to six weeks because it is believed that the antibodies, which your immune system makes upon disagreeing with certain foods, take about three weeks to go away. This allows the person time to heal from sensitivities and notice any improvements without certain foods in his/her diet.

 

When the body doesn’t agree with something, it constantly sends out inflammatory responses, which can cause harm to the entire body, especially if they are continually being sent. Before you start eliminating foods, take stock on certain things you experience, such as digestive issues, allergies, energy levels, skin issues, or brain fog.

 

What Do You Eat?

Your diet should be comprised of fresh vegetables, fruits, legumes (like beans and lentils), seaweeds, and gluten-free items like quinoa. You are essentially consuming a vegetarian diet, but make sure that you avoid processed, packaged, or fast food, even if it is vegetarian. Keep this diet for at least one month before reintroducing old foods back into your diet.

 

How To Reintroduce Food The Right Way:

After about a month, pick one food item, which you eliminated, and eat it. Only introduce one eliminated item at a time. You can’t introduce multiple items at once because you won’t know which food gives you a reaction, provided you get a reaction. See how you feel for the next 48 hours. If you don’t experience a reaction, it’s up to you which food you decide to introduce next. Follow the same steps and hopefully nothing happens. If you do notice a reaction, perhaps it is time to stop consuming that specific food or beverage.

 

Remember that not every blood test can tell you what you are allergic to. By doing an elimination diet, you may discover how to have a healthier body.

 

Sources:

https://www.precisionnutrition.com/elimination-diet

https://www.mindbodygreen.com/0-12540/the-simple-elimination-diet-that-could-change-your-life-forever.html

https://draxe.com/elimination-diet/

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The Best Plant-Based Sources Of Zinc https://www.dherbs.com/articles/the-best-plant-based-sources-of-zinc/ https://www.dherbs.com/articles/the-best-plant-based-sources-of-zinc/#comments Thu, 14 Jun 2018 23:55:33 +0000 https://www.dherbs.com/?p=81915 Zinc is a mineral that is often overlooked in many dietary recommendations. It can help promote healthy growth and a strong immune system.

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In the average human body, there is about two to three grams of zinc at any given time. Most of it is found in muscle tissue and bone, and more than 300 different enzymes require zinc to function normally. What many of us don’t know is that, because it is used up in various metabolic processes, it needs to be replenished regularly. If it isn’t, this can lead to zinc deficiencies, which can cause growth retardation, hair loss, and impaired immune function.

 

The importance of zinc in the body goes from regulating the cell production in the immune system, to improving metabolism, and increasing the rate of healing for acne and wounds. It is also helpful in terms of pregnancy, appetite loss, skin, and eye care.

 

Although most people try to attain their zinc intake from red meat and poultry, there are many plant-based foods that are rich in this nutrient and can easily make up for the daily recommended intake. What’s even better is that these foods provide an extra dose of anti-inflammatory benefits on their own, making it easy to get what your body needs to stay healthy.

 

Pumpkin Seeds:

Besides being highly rich in zinc, pumpkin seeds are rich in magnesium, and omega-3 fats. These also help prevent prostate cancer and promote liver health. A 100-gram serving of these seeds contributes 69% of the recommended daily intake of zinc.

 

Wheat Germ:

A 100-gram serving provides 17 mg of zinc, fulfilling about 111% of the recommended daily intake. Wheat germ is also rich in vitamin E, fiber, and healthy fats. You can make it a regular component of your diet by sprinkling some toasted wheat germ on your salads, or adding it to your smoothies.

 

Oats:

Recent studies have shown that the beta-glucans in oats work to lower LDL cholesterol levels (the bad kind). This is due to the improved digestion and nutrient absorption. One cup of oats boasts 2.34 mg of zinc. As a great breakfast food, it can also be topped with fruits that contain more of this nutrient, such as bananas, raisins, or raspberries.

 

Ginger Root:

This root is not only rich in zinc, but also has high amounts of potassium and vitamin C. Ginger contains anti-inflammatory properties, it blocks bacterial infections, and it may inhibit cancer growth.

 

Raw Cacao:

Note that we are saying cacao and not cocoa. Cocoa is the processed powder that has been commercially advertised and cacao refers to the tree, from which cocoa is derived. Raw cacao beans are packed with magnesium and antioxidants. They also provide more than 50% of the daily value of zinc in a 100-gram serving.

 

Sources:

https://veganhealth.org/zinc/

https://www.organicfacts.net/health-benefits/minerals/health-benefits-of-zinc.html

https://www.healthbeckon.com/zinc-rich-foods/

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