Dherbs - Herbal Supplements, Herbal Remedies, Natural Healing Remedies, Full Body Detox » Wellness & Prevention https://www.dherbs.com Buy herbal supplements, natural remedies, and herbal remedies from Dherbs, the #1 alternative medicine product store. Fri, 18 Jan 2019 17:47:21 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Are You Exhausted? Top 5 Ways To Boost Energy Levels https://www.dherbs.com/articles/are-you-exhausted-top-5-ways-to-boost-energy-levels/ https://www.dherbs.com/articles/are-you-exhausted-top-5-ways-to-boost-energy-levels/#comments Fri, 18 Jan 2019 10:45:16 +0000 https://www.dherbs.com/?p=82727 Do you find yourself constantly yearning for some sort of energy boost? Use these tips to naturally energize yourself every single day.

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If you constantly need a triple shot of espresso, which only keeps you half alert for a couple of hours in the morning, you may be driving yourself deeper and deeper into a state of continuously low energy. As you may already know, coffee is not the only option out there that can give you an energy boost. There are many things you can do to naturally enhance your own energy levels, while helping to maintain them in the long run. Here are five tips that can naturally boost energy levels.

  

Learn To Control Your Stress.

Stress-induced emotions consume huge amounts of energy. High levels of stress can lead to adrenal fatigue, which is a condition characterized by exhaustion, a weakened immune system, and sleep disturbances. There are many ways one can learn to control stress, but people also learn unhealthy habits to avoid exhaustion. To help control your stress, we recommend taking part in meditation, exercise, laughing (it works!), or taking baths with essential oils.

 

Eat For Energy.

It is better to eat small-portion meals and healthy snacks every few hours than three large meals a day. This can reduce your perception of fatigue because the brain, having very few energy reserves of its own, needs a steady supply of nutrients. Additionally, try to implement a balanced diet that includes a variety of unrefined carbohydrates, proteins, and fats, especially vegetables, whole grains, and healthy oils.

 

Opt For Complex Carbs.

These include whole grains, vegetables, fruits, beans, nuts, and seeds. The dose of glucose they provide the body with serves as food for the brain. This is their natural purpose, and they work much better than sugar or caffeine because these carbohydrates are slowly released into the bloodstream, giving you a constant energy, rather than a boost and a “crash.”

 

Stay Hydrated.

One of the first signs of dehydration is feeling tired or exhausted. It is ideal to drink half your bodyweight in ounces of water every day to keep your body well hydrated. If you weight 150 pounds and divide that by two to get 75, you should be drinking 75 ounces of water a day. Dehydration can lead to impaired thinking and an imbalance of nutrients in your body.

 

Get Enough Iron.

Iron is a nutrient that helps maintain energy and a healthy metabolism. It is also essential for the production of hemoglobin, which is in charge of carrying oxygen to your body’s cells, where it is used to produce energy. Try to get your iron intake from natural, plant-based foods. Spirulina, spinach, green peas, sesame seeds, and quinoa are all rich sources of iron.

 

Sources:

https://www.health.harvard.edu/energy-and-fatigue/9-tips-to-boost-your-energy-naturally

https://greatist.com/happiness/28-scientifically-proven-ways-boost-energy-instantly 

https://www.rd.com/health/healthy-eating/natural-energy-boosters/

https://www.health.harvard.edu/healthbeat/eating-to-boost-energy

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Drink It To Believe It: The Benefits Of Beet Juice https://www.dherbs.com/articles/drink-it-to-believe-it-the-benefits-of-beet-juice/ https://www.dherbs.com/articles/drink-it-to-believe-it-the-benefits-of-beet-juice/#comments Wed, 16 Jan 2019 11:24:07 +0000 https://www.dherbs.com/?p=90181 Offering a rich, earthy flavor, beets can satisfy your nutritional needs and should belong to any clean eating regimen.

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If you aren’t already a fan of beets, prepare to be wowed by this incredibly popular superfood. We know that beets aren’t the most attractive looking vegetables, but don’t let their appearance deter you from consuming them. Beets are loaded with vitamins A & C, iron, calcium, nitrates, potassium, and powerful antioxidants and anti-inflammatory compounds.

 

Beets are best enjoyed raw because cooking them can decrease their nutrient content. They can be thinly sliced and added to salads or they can be juiced or blended in smoothies. Depending on what you are aiming to do, beets can be paired with other fruits or vegetables that work to enhance their benefits. For example, a juice with beets, ginger, and lemon can help to promote natural detoxification and naturally improve digestion.

 

Ingredients That Go Well With Beets:

  • Ginger
  • Apples
  • Kale
  • Oranges & Lemons
  • Pineapple
  • Papaya
  • Cucumber
  • Mint
  • Carrots

 

Beets Improve Athletic Performance:

Beets contain nitrates that the body converts these into nitric oxide, which is a compound that helps to dilate blood vessels and improve overall circulation. Those same nitrates work similarly to stimulate vasodilation, which is the process of relaxing blood vessels and increasing oxygen/nutrient delivery to your muscles. One study found that drinking beet juice helped improve the cardiovascular system during endurance exercises. For the best performance during your workout, start exercising two to three hours after consuming beet juice.

 

Beets Give You Glowing Skin:

More often than not, people with a lot of impurities in their blood experience acne, dryness, or other skin conditions. Beets work to purify the blood and that helps to keep your skin looking young and healthy. The high amount of vitamin C in beets also helps to clear up blemishes and nourish skin cells.

 

Beets Detoxify The Liver:

The liver is constantly working to remove toxins from the body. When the body is overloaded with toxins, the liver cannot remove them fast enough and you start to experience the side effects of those toxins in the body. Beets contain betaine, which is an amino acid that helps liver cells get rid of toxins. Simultaneously, betaine helps to protect bile ducts and the liver itself in order for the liver to function properly.

 

We hope that we’ve convinced you to include beets in your smoothies or juices. To start you off on the right track, here are three juices that you can’t beet!

 

Burn Fat And Beet Cellulite With This Juice:

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Helping to speed up the metabolism, improve digestion, and break down food more efficiently, this beet juice is slightly tart and just the right amount of sweet.

Click here to make the recipe.

 

Purple Power Juice:

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The apple and pear in this juice provide you with a healthy dose of fiber, the carrots work to nourish the skin and vision, and the beets support natural detoxification.

Click here to make the recipe.

 

Help Reduce Inflammation With This Beet Juice:

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We don’t want to discount the health properties of beets, but the lemon and ginger are the superstars in this juice because they work to reduce inflammation, improve digestion, and nourish the skin.

Click here to make the recipe.

 

Sources:

https://www.brubroth.com/blogs/news/the-top-5-health-benefits-of-fresh-pressed-beetroot-juice

https://food.ndtv.com/health/6-incredible-beetroot-juice-benefits-why-you-should-drink-it-every-day-1656806

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Foods That Help You Fight Inflammation https://www.dherbs.com/articles/foods-that-help-you-fight-inflammation/ https://www.dherbs.com/articles/foods-that-help-you-fight-inflammation/#comments Mon, 14 Jan 2019 11:15:40 +0000 https://www.dherbs.com/?p=90106 The solution to lowering inflammation in the body is not in the medicine cabinet. Start eating these foods to naturally fight inflammation.

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When it comes to reducing inflammation in the body, focusing on the foods you eat is paramount. So many foods that people eat on a regular basis steadily increase the risk of living with chronic inflammation. People eat these foods without realizing the damaging effects they have on their bodies. There is a positive side, though, and that there are foods that work to reduce inflammation.

 

Is Inflammation Bad or Good?

Inflammation is the immune system’s natural response upon recognizing foreign invaders (microbes, pollen, or chemicals) in the body. This is the body’s way of protecting you from organisms that may threaten your health. However, inflammation can persist when there are no foreign invaders in the body. The very mechanism that protected you is now plaguing the body. Chronic inflammation has been linked to arthritis, Alzheimer’s disease, depression, diabetes, cancer, and heart disease.

 

While overlooked by many, the grocery store should be the first place you visit to naturally combat inflammation. A lot of studies have been conducted on the anti-inflammatory properties in various fruits, vegetables, and herbs. Including the right anti-inflammatory foods and excluding the inflammation-causing foods from your diet may be the exact remedy you need.

 

Anti-Inflammatory Cheat Sheet:

  • Focus on healthy fats (coconut oil, olive oil, avocados, nuts, & seeds)
  • Eat organic (non-GMO) as much as you can
  • If you are using protein powders, make sure to use plant-based, hypoallergenic powders (peas, rice, chia, and hemp are great options)
  • 75% of your plate should be comprised of plant-based foods and the remaining 25% should include healthy fats and protein.
  • Try to avoid starchy vegetables
  • Look for high-fiber foods and low-glycemic carbs

 

Foods That Cause Inflammation Foods That Fight Inflammation
Sugar Flaxseeds
Trans Fats Cabbage
Dairy Products Ginger
Soy Turmeric
Corn Spinach
Legumes Strawberries
Nightshade Vegetables Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Refined Carbohydrates Onions

 

Anti-Inflammatory Diet:

In order to reduce inflammation, it is beneficial to follow a diet that is high in fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, healthy oils, and wild-caught fish, if you must indulge in protein sources that are not plant-based. People who maintain diets like the Mediterranean diet, which is rich in all of the aforementioned foods, have been known to have lower rates of heart disease and diabetes, and they live longer than people who eat the Standard American Diet. This is attributed to the high amount of antioxidants, polyphenols, and other protective compounds found in the anti-inflammatory foods.

 

Balancing Your Omegas:

There are omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, both of which must belong to the anti-inflammatory diet. A lot of people eat too many omega-6 fatty acids, which can contribute to chronic inflammation. They are in foods like corn-fed beef, butter, and soy products, but better sources include dark leafy greens, flaxseeds, avocados, and wild caught fish. Omega-6s supply the body with messengers that are involved with inflammatory responses, while omega-3s trigger anti-inflammatory molecules. You can find omega-3s in foods like avocados, berries, leafy greens, chia seeds, walnuts, and almonds. It is beneficial to eat more omega-3s to avoid inflammation-related illnesses.

 

We hope this information helps you in your efforts to decrease inflammation in the body. Let us know if you have any questions in the comments below.

 

Sources:

https://www.health.harvard.edu/staying-healthy/foods-that-fight-inflammation

https://www.healthline.com/health/rheumatoid-arthritis/foods-that-reduce-inflammation#herbs

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5 Ways To Avoid Food Waste At Home https://www.dherbs.com/articles/5-ways-to-avoid-food-waste-at-home/ https://www.dherbs.com/articles/5-ways-to-avoid-food-waste-at-home/#comments Sat, 12 Jan 2019 11:30:53 +0000 https://www.dherbs.com/?p=90035 The amount of wasted food worldwide could feed about one billion hungry people. Use these tips to start reducing food waste at home.

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Children enjoy making a mess, and that includes throwing food all over the place. When children don’t want to eat their vegetables, the parent or adult commonly instructs them to eat their food because there are less fortunate, starving children in countries around the world. As such, many of us learn to feel guilty for wasting food at an early age, but the sad truth is that many people continue to waste food throughout their entire lives.

 

About 40% of the all the food in America is wasted. All of that wasted food could feed roughly 60 million people around the world. On a global scale, the amount of wasted food could feed about one billion hungry people in the world. Wasted food comprises about 20% of the solid waste in landfills, where it cannot properly decompose. The reason for this is due to the lack of air in landfills. The surrounding inorganic materials make it impossible for the food to break down. The organics begin releasing methane, which is about 20 times stronger than carbon dioxide, and this greatly contributes to climate change.

 

All of this is not to say that we should keep eating until we can’t move. That doesn’t have a positive outcome. You don’t have to let the guilt of wasting food paralyze you; rather, you can use the following tips to help reduce food waste at home.

 

One Bad Spot Does Not Mean It’s Bad:

A lot of people are disgusted by the slightest indication of mold. If there is a little speck of it on a tomato, for example, slice off that area and use the rest of it. Sometimes you can see that a vegetable or fruit will go bad if it isn’t used within the next day, so plan a meal that includes that food.

 

Start Composting:

This sounds intimidating, but it is quite simple and beneficial for the soil in your yard or garden. Get a large airtight container (can be a quart-size container) and keep it close to the area where you cut fruits or vegetables. Any stems, ends, bad spots, peels, eggshells, or seeds can all be thrown in that container. When the container fills up, go outside, dig a small hole with a shovel, and throw the scraps in the hole. Chop them with the shovel and then cover them with dirt. Worms will come, compost the food, and richen the soil with nutrients.

 

Learn To Use The Entire Produce Item:

Too often do people buy a produce item and throw a large portion of it away. The broccoli stem, for instance, is commonly tossed into the garbage. It can be shredded for salads or it can be thinly sliced for stir-fries. People who buy beets with greens typically throw the greens away, but they can be treated like chard or spinach. Eat them raw, sautéed, stewed, or boiled!

 

Befriend Your Freezer:

A lot of people purchase bread and meat (poultry, beef, or pork) in America and it can sometimes go bad before it is used. Freeze sliced bread or meat that you know you aren’t going to finish before it’s bad. You can also prep a lot of meals, for example, soups, smoothie bags, or sauces and then freeze them. A great way to save fruits or vegetables before they go bad is to freeze them and use them in smoothies.

 

Practice FIFO:

FIFO stands for First In, First Out. Upon returning home with a new load of groceries, move the older products to the front of the fridge, freezer, or pantry and the newer products in the back. This allows you to use the older items before they expire or turn bad. When you use up anything that comes in a glass jar, you can also wash it out and use that as a cup or container.

 

Lastly, try to take stock in your fridge, freezer, and pantry to know exactly what you need before you go grocery shopping. You don’t want to buy too much of one thing or buy an item you already have.

 

Sources:

https://greatist.com/health/how-to-ways-reduce-food-waste

https://www.epa.gov/recycle/reducing-wasted-food-home

https://www.goingzerowaste.com/blog/ways-to-avoid-food-waste

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Here’s Why And How To Support Your Liver https://www.dherbs.com/articles/heres-why-and-how-to-support-your-liver/ https://www.dherbs.com/articles/heres-why-and-how-to-support-your-liver/#comments Fri, 11 Jan 2019 11:10:18 +0000 https://www.dherbs.com/?p=89806 You cannot have a properly working metabolism, healthy circulation, or clean blood without the liver, so help it function with these herbs.

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The human body contains an amazing network of systems and organs, each of which has a unique function. Everything in the body is linked and that’s how we stay alive, but our health can decline if organs or systems are not functioning properly. All of the body’s systems need to work efficiently to ensure the natural elimination of toxins. Given that the average person’s toxin exposure has exponentially increased, it is integral for the body’s detoxification systems to be operating at peak efficiency.

 

What Does The Liver Do?

According to ancient Chinese medicine, a physician who can harmonize the liver has the knowledge to treat one hundred diseases. As one of the hardest working organs in the body, the liver converts nutrients from the foods we eat for the body to use. When the body metabolizes fat, protein, and carbohydrates, the liver helps to stabilize blood glucose levels in order to avoid blood sugar imbalances or metabolic problems. It also helps to filter out toxins from the environment and the foods we eat, working to clear the blood of impurities. Additionally, it helps to store blood, regulate blood supply, and break down damaged blood cells for elimination.

 

This is all to say that the body’s ability to naturally detox is greatly affected if the liver isn’t functioning properly. When the body is flooded with toxins, one can experience chronic inflammation that further impairs the liver’s ability to do its job. To avoid toxic build-up in the body, it is recommended to limit your exposure to toxins (from the environment and food) and support liver health. Use the following herbs to promote a healthier liver.

 

Licorice Root:

Licorice root has been used in Eastern medicine for centuries to aid with healthy liver function. According to a small study, consuming licorice root helps to increase the body’s production of interferon, which is a protein that is released to combat viruses. Licorice root also promotes the liver’s ability to naturally eliminate toxins.

 

Sulfuric Vegetables:

While these are not considered herbs, sulfuric vegetables like Brussels sprouts, cauliflower, broccoli, and mushrooms contain glutathione. Glutathione is a potent antioxidant that helps to destroy free radicals in the body. Adding these vegetables to your diet can activate phase one and two of liver detoxification. Eat your greens like your mother told you!

 

Milk Thistle:

Probably the most well-known herb for supporting the liver, milk thistle is rich in silymarin, which is a compound that protects liver cells from damage. Silymarin does this by repairing liver cells that have been damaged by toxin absorption. Milk thistle has also been used as a natural remedy for hepatitis and alcoholic liver disease.

 

Dandelion Tea:

B vitamins are essential to fuel methylation, the body’s biochemical “superhighway” that is responsible its detoxing abilities. Dandelions are rich in B vitamins, so it is beneficial for the liver to drink a cup of dandelion tea. While all parts of the dandelion plant can promote liver health, it is the dandelion root that is best. Note that dandelion can be a soft diuretic, so be careful not to take too much.

 

Sources:

https://draxe.com/liver-function/

https://livingthenourishedlife.com/four-herbs-for-restoring-liver-health/

https://www.mindbodygreen.com/articles/support-liver-detox-with-supplements-and-herbs

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How Cilantro Can Help Detoxify The Liver https://www.dherbs.com/articles/how-cilantro-can-help-detoxify-the-liver/ https://www.dherbs.com/articles/how-cilantro-can-help-detoxify-the-liver/#comments Thu, 10 Jan 2019 17:45:11 +0000 https://www.dherbs.com/?p=90031 Cilantro has been used to remedy a variety of liver and pancreas problems for years. Drink this juice to help cleanse your liver.

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With all of the commercial medications, chemicals in food products, and environmental pollutants in the world, it can be difficult to maintain a healthy body. Rates of heart disease, obesity, and diabetes are steadily on the rise, and many people are seeking alternative, natural remedies to rid the body of toxins and support the healthy function of organs and systems. Not to mention, using herbs and natural remedies can often be a lot less expensive than resorting to medications.

 

One of the best natural remedies in existence is cilantro, which is a versatile herb that contains a wide variety of antioxidants, phytochemicals, vitamins, and minerals. Many cultures have used the healing properties of cilantro to help improve digestion, lower cholesterol, regulate blood sugar levels, remove harmful chemicals, and improve liver function.

 

Removal of Heavy Toxins:

A lot of people are unknowingly exposed to heavy metals on a daily basis. When these metals get lodged in bodily tissues, organs and systems may not function as they should. Cilantro is known as a chelator, which is a plant that binds to heavy metals and aids with their elimination from the body.

 

For Liver Detoxification:

To have the best results with this juice, it is best to drink it on an empty stomach. The powerful antioxidants will take action more quickly without any other food in your system. Drink this juice a few times a week for best results.

 

Ingredients:

  • 1 bunch of cilantro
  • 2 (1-inch) knobs of ginger
  • 3 large cucumbers
  • 1 lemon, quartered
  • 1 lime, quartered

Instructions:

  • Process all of the ingredients through a juicer and drink the juice within 15 minutes of making it.
  • This juice is also beneficial for those with high cholesterol.

 

Sources:

https://thegoodinside.com/7-health-benefits-of-cilantro/

https://healthynewsmag.com/cholesterol-liver-problems-eliminate-fat/

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The 7 Best Superfoods For Diabetics https://www.dherbs.com/articles/the-7-best-superfoods-for-diabetics/ https://www.dherbs.com/articles/the-7-best-superfoods-for-diabetics/#comments Thu, 10 Jan 2019 11:00:54 +0000 https://www.dherbs.com/?p=74291 To help naturally improve the condition, it is beneficial for diabetics to eat these amazing superfoods. Eat them and see how you feel.

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There are foods that can make diabetes worse and then there are foods that can help out those with diabetes. It is possible for diabetics to eat foods that can help naturally reverse the condition. Many of these foods are known as superfoods, which contain tons of vitamins and minerals and help to lower blood sugar, burn fat, lower inflammation, and promote overall health. Eat the following superfoods to help naturally reverse diabetes.

 

Broccoli:

Broccoli is an essential food to eat for diabetics. It has amazing anti-inflammatory properties that help to control blood sugar and protect blood vessels from cardiovascular damage. This is why broccoli is recommended to eat if you have heart disease, which is a leading cause of diabetes.

 

Beans:

Beans work to make you feel full without damaging blood sugar levels. They are rich in fiber, which is important for diabetics. A recent study actually found that diabetics benefit from eating foods with magnesium and fiber. Additionally, beans are slowly digested, which helps to evenly distribute their health benefits throughout the body.

 

Steel Cut Oats:

Oatmeal is not always beneficial. The reason for this is because people eat instant or sugar-filled oat packets that are void of the real benefits of steel cut oats. People with type 2 diabetes who eat steel cut oats may actually experience a 19% decrease in their condition. Steel cut oats are rich in antioxidants, fiber, and a lot of other nutrients that stabilize blood sugar.

 

Kale:

Kale really does live up to its hype. Kale is loaded in vitamins, minerals, protein, and is low in carbohydrates and calories. Additionally, this cruciferous vegetable is rich in alpha-lipoic acid (ALA), which helps the body create its own antioxidants, ultimately reducing inflammation and resisting toxins.

 

Extra Virgin Olive Oil:

When using oil, extra virgin olive oil should be the one you use. No more canola, vegetable, or grapeseed oils. They are not conducive to your health and contribute to high cholesterol and increased inflammation. Extra virgin olive oil contains healthy monounsaturated fat that helps support weight loss and heart health. It may even help to inhibit complications that diabetics experience.

 

Cinnamon:

According to a few recent studies, cinnamon helps to reduce blood sugar. Cinnamon also helps to reduce triglycerides, LDL cholesterol, and overall cholesterol by about 25%. Cinnamon contains chromium, which helps to enhance the effects of insulin.

 

Turmeric:

Turmeric is an amazing spice that is truly beneficial for the entire body. It helps to regulate fat metabolism inside the body. The active ingredient, curcumin, works to decrease inflammation in the body and inhibit cancer-causing cells from developing. New studies are revealing that consuming turmeric may actually help people to overcome insulin resistance, high blood pressure, and other symptoms of obesity.

 

Sources:

https://bembu.com/foods-to-reverse-diabetes/

https://www.rd.com/health/healthy-eating/10-diabetes-super-foods/

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Cinnamon: Why You Should Have More Of This Spice https://www.dherbs.com/articles/cinnamon-why-you-should-have-more-of-this-spice/ https://www.dherbs.com/articles/cinnamon-why-you-should-have-more-of-this-spice/#comments Mon, 07 Jan 2019 11:15:57 +0000 https://www.dherbs.com/?p=58954 Cinnamon is one of the best herbal remedies out there! It has a world of benefits, so check out what you can do with this awesome spice.

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This signature spice of the fall season has some pretty amazing health benefits. Yes, it tastes amazing and has a long history of being an herbal remedy in various cultures around the world. Researches have even ranked it #1 out of the most popular herbs and medicinal spices, in terms of it being a powerful antioxidant.

 

Where do all the health benefits come from? The bark of the cinnamomum tree has amazing compounds, which promote better health. These benefits can be obtained from cinnamon’s essential oil, the pure bark, in its stick form, or in the popular ground form. So if you want something that has immune-boosting, antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory, and anti-diabetic properties, cinnamon is the spice that makes everything nice.

 

People love cinnamon for its signature smell, but let’s take a look at why you should spice up your life with cinnamon.

 

Improves Brain Health:

Cinnamon contains two compounds, cinnamaldehyde and epicatechin, both of which inhibit the accumulation of the tau protein. While tau is present in regular cell structure, it can accumulate and scramble brain signals, which is a trademark of Alzheimer’s disease.

 

Protects Heart Health:

Because cinnamon has strong anti-inflammatory properties, it has been proven to lower the risk of high cholesterol, high blood pressure, and other forms of heart disease. The properties in cinnamon help to reduce bad levels of cholesterol, while keeping good cholesterol levels the same. It also helps your blood clot!

 

Diabetes Fighter:

Cinnamon has anti-diabetic properties. By lowering blood sugar levels and increasing one’s sensitivity to insulin, which is needed for balancing blood sugar levels, it is a great herbal remedy for people with diabetes. People with type 2 diabetes have seen positive results on blood sugar markers when they used cinnamon extract.

 

Weight Loss Helper:

Cinnamon is rich in essential minerals, like calcium and manganese, which you need everyday. Because cinnamon helps regulate the amount of blood sugar you have in your blood after a meal, it helps on your weight loss quest. Cinnamon won’t magically drop pounds for you, but it can help if you’re eating healthy and exercising. It also improves digestion, so everything can function well on the inside.

 

Helps Fight Allergies:

The compounds and anti-inflammatory properties in cinnamon have been known to combat allergy symptoms by reducing inflammation and fighting histamine reactions. Additionally, cinnamon helps boost the immune system, which is beneficial for fighting off viruses and bacteria.

 

Keeps Skin Looking Healthy:

Because cinnamon has incredible antimicrobial and antibiotic properties, applying essential oil of cinnamon on the skin can help relieve skin irritations. If you mix several drops of the essential oil with coconut oil and continually apply it to your skin, it will hydrate the skin and keep it looking healthy and young.

 

Sources:

https://draxe.com/health-benefits-cinnamon/

http://articles.mercola.com/herbs-spices/cinnamon.aspx?utm_source=dnl&utm_medium=email&utm_content=secon&utm_campaign=20161021Z1&et_cid=DM122296&et_rid=1720913405

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Food Language Understanding What You Shouldn’t Eat https://www.dherbs.com/articles/food-language-understanding-what-you-shouldnt-eat/ https://www.dherbs.com/articles/food-language-understanding-what-you-shouldnt-eat/#comments Thu, 03 Jan 2019 11:20:26 +0000 https://www.dherbs.com/?p=89384 Additives and preservatives have been integrated into the American diet, but are they actually adding any real value to what you’re eating?

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It takes determination and work to maintain healthy eating habits. Sure, eating healthy is the ultimate goal, but things like sugar, chips, fast food, soda, caffeine, alcohol, and so many other foods can get in the way. All of those foods and many more packaged and processed foods are abundant in most grocery stores, and regularly consuming those foods may be more harmful to your health than you realize.

 

To avoid health complications down the line, it is recommended to refrain from eating anything that is unnatural and concentrated. The link between allergies/sensitivities and food additives/chemicals is strong, considering the average American household allots about 90% of their grocery budget for processed foods. Avoiding possible health complications can be as easy as consuming whole foods in their natural state. The bioavailability and nutritional profile in whole foods is more beneficial than any processed food that contains a small percentage of vitamin C, for example.

 

The 80/20 rule should be applied to clean eating. People will naturally indulge, and that’s acceptable, on occasion, but these indulgences should only comprise 20% of the diet. Let’s say that you eat a fruit and vegetable smoothie for breakfast, a salad for lunch, and quinoa and sweet potatoes with sautéed vegetables for dinner. That’s a perfectly balanced day, but then you decide to have a glass of red wine and a couple pieces of dark chocolate or some pita bread and chicken. That’s an acceptable 80/20 day. It doesn’t have to be an even 80/20 split all the time because some days you may get 87% of your calories from healthy foods and 13% from not-so-healthy foods. To help you make more educated food choices, here are ingredients to avoid at all times.

 

High Fructose Corn Syrup:

Known as HFCS, high fructose corn syrup is probably the number one source of calories consumed in the American diet. It is prevalent in a plethora of processed foods and it has been linked to weight gain, diabetes, high cholesterol, and tissue damage. It is important to be cautious when purchasing food because the food industry has noticed a decline in food purchasing with products containing HFCS. It has been renamed, so look out for fructose, fructose syrup, or fructose corn syrup on the ingredient lists.

Found In: Candy, flavored yogurt, salad dressings, most processed foods, cereals, canned vegetables, nutritional bars, and breads.

 

Artificial Colors:

When you look at labels, common artificial food colorings include Red #40, Blue #1, Yellow #5, Red #2, caramel coloring, bixin, or Citrus red #1. There are many more, but these common food dyes can lead to eczema, asthma or behavior problems in children, reduce one’s IQ, and interrupt the brain-nerve transmission.

Found In: Fruit juices, salad dressings, sodas, processed cheese, candy, and macaroni and cheese.

 

Sodium Nitrites & Nitrates:

These common food additives are used by food manufacturers to preserve, flavor, and add color to processed lunch meats, hotdogs, smoked fish, and bacon. Sodium nitrites and nitrates are highly carcinogenic upon entering the human body. They can wreak havoc on the bloodstream and damage internal organs.

Found In: Hotdogs, bacon, processed meat, corned beef, smoked fish, and luncheon meat.

 

Trans Fats:

These are the fats that you never want to consume. You can identify trans fats in foods if you see hydrogenated oils in the ingredients. Trans fats are used to extend the shelf life of processed foods and are dangerous because of their cholesterol-raising nature. People who consume a lot of foods containing trans fats have a higher risk of developing strokes, heart disease, high cholesterol, and heart attacks.

Found In: Chips, baked goods, fast foods, margarine, and crackers.

 

Sulfur Dioxide:

Sulfur additives are toxic and consuming them can lead to a variety of respiratory issues, hypotension (low blood pressure), and even anaphylactic shock. Sulfur dioxide kills vitamins B1 and E, and children are not recommended to consume it.

Found In: Dried fruit, juices, beer, vinegar, potato products, wine, and soft drinks.

 

BHA, BHT & TBHQ:

These three preservatives are used to keep foods from changing color, becoming rancid, or changing flavor. BHA, BHT, and TBHQ are oxidants that can negatively affect the neurological system and may form cancer-causing compounds in the body.

Found In: Jello, shortening, candy, frozen sausages, gum, potato chips, cereal, microwave popcorn, margarine, cooking spray, fast foods including processed hamburgers, chicken nuggets, and fries.

 

Monosodium Glutamate (MSG):

This amino acid is commonly used in Asian cuisine as a flavoring agent. MSG is an excitotoxin, which is a substance that overexcites cells to the point of serious damage or death. Regular consumption of MSG can lead to depression, eye damage, fatigue, obesity, and frequent headaches.

Found In: Frozen dinners, luncheon meats, cookies, seasonings, certain Asian restaurants, some canned soups, and many snacks.

 

Artificial Sweeteners:

Regular sugar, though still not great for the body, is actually safer to consume than artificial sweeteners. These are commonly found in “diet” or “sugar free” foods. Aspartame, which is a known carcinogen and neurotoxin, is the most common artificial sweetener that can have adverse effects on the brain. Regular consumption of artificial sweeteners can lead to fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue, emotional disorders, migraines, multiple sclerosis, or Alzheimer’s disease. Other artificial sweeteners you should stay away from or limit are sucralose, acesulfame K (ACE K), saccharin, and sugar alcohols.

Found In: Sugar free gum, sugar free sodas, pudding, breath mints, chewable vitamins, toothpaste, no-calorie waters and drinks, salad dressings, and drink mixes.

 

Sources:

https://mphprogramslist.com/50-jawdroppingly-toxic-food-additives-to-avoid/

http://www.hungryforchange.tv/article/top-10-food-additives-to-avoid

https://www.jillianmichaels.com/blog/food-and-nutrition/10-chemicals-avoid-food-products

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2802046/

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2892765/

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Here’s Why You Should Try Electro-Acupuncture https://www.dherbs.com/articles/heres-why-you-should-try-electro-acupuncture/ https://www.dherbs.com/articles/heres-why-you-should-try-electro-acupuncture/#comments Mon, 31 Dec 2018 11:25:56 +0000 https://www.dherbs.com/?p=89020 Are you familiar with acupuncture? You’ll love this new tool that may be the key to providing relief from chronic pain.

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Acupuncture is a widely known treatment that involves inserting needles into specific locations of the body to relieve pain. Originating over 2,500 years ago in China, acupuncture is much more than a pain-relieving practice. Traditionally, acupuncture helps to improve the flow of energy (known as chi or qi) throughout the body. There is no scientific evidence of this, but many people experience pain relief after restoring they internal energy flow.

 

Most people are afraid to try acupuncture because they have a fear of needles. Treatment sessions can also be expensive if you seek out skilled and reputable acupuncturists. Luckily, you don’t have to make an appointment or pay a lot of money anymore because there is a personal tool that can give you the benefits of acupuncture. Let us introduce you to the electric acupuncture pen.

 

What Is Electro-Acupuncture?

Using electrical pulses to stimulate acupuncture points, the electric acupuncture pen is a modern day fusion of traditional acupuncture and biotechnology. Electro-acupuncture is a new practice that has risen to popularity, due to its ability to stimulate nerves and muscles in a larger area than traditional needles. The current is typically 40-80 volts and you have the option to set the voltage to your tolerability. A personal treatment can last anywhere from 10-30 minutes.

 

The electrode on the end of the electric acupuncture pen provides a gentle vibration. You have to use it in the traditional acupuncture points in order for electro-acupuncture to be beneficial. Studies have shown that people with neurological disorders benefit from electrical impulses and acupuncture point stimulation. Additionally, electro-acupuncture helps to improve blood circulation and warm up muscles. See (below) why the electric acupuncture pen is a great tool to have.

 

Portability:

The great thing about the electric acupuncture pen is that you can have acupuncture sessions wherever you go. Many people require regular acupuncture visits to avoid pain. If you are traveling around for a week or more, you no longer have to worry about missing an acupuncture session. Apply the pen to the necessary points and experience sweet relief. No needles necessary!

 

Understanding Where Pain Originates:

It is recommended to visit an acupuncturist so that he or she can explain where pressure needed. The acupuncturist can use the tool to show you exactly where the pain is coming from and the necessary points you need to address to relieve pain on your own. It is important to remember that many points are associated with various muscles, organs, and systems, so don’t just press the pen around the painful area.

 

No Side Effects:

Well, the only side effect would be flinching too much if the voltage were too high for your pain tolerance. The acupuncture pen is a convenient, effective, and safe option for those with chronic pain. Taking painkillers or other medications to address the pain does not actually treat the problem, they can harm the digestive system, and they impair your motor skills. The acupuncture pen, on the other hand, helps to fully address the problem, increase circulation to the affected area, and improve overall energy flow.

 

Sources:

https://www.pacificcollege.edu/news/press-releases/2015/05/06/discover-benefits-electro-acupuncture

https://www.quora.com/Is-an-acupuncture-pen-helpful

https://redrainbuddhastore.com/blogs/news/why-you-need-to-try-to-amazing-new-electric-acupuncture-pen

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