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Stevia

Stevia Extract
Stevia rebaudiana, a small plant that grows in Latin America as well as in parts of the southwestern United States, is becoming much sought-after for its sweet leaves and flower buds. It has been used for a hundred years as a sweetener in South America and now has wide commercial rate in Japan, where it is put in everything from soft drinks to soy sauce. With thirty times the sweetness of sugar, yet with negligible calories, this herb is expected by Japanese researchers to be the main natural sweetener in the future.


Because stevia is a whole herbal food, it contains other properties that nicely complement its sweetness. A report from the Hiroshima University School of Dentistry indicates that stevia actually restrains dental bacteria growth rather than feeding it as sugars do. Other studies have shown a beneficial ratio between stevia and the regulation of blood sugar levels. For instance, no signs of intolerance appeared in 24 cases of hypoglycemia. Similar results occurred with diabetic patients. In fact, no damaging effects have yet been reported. Japanese and Latin American scientists have discovered other attributes of stevia including tonic, diuretic properties; stevia also treats mental and physical fatigue, harmonizes digestion, regulates blood pressure, and assists weight loss.

Stevia is increasingly available in the United States as a powder or liquid extract in stores that carry natural foods. The sweetening power of stevia is immense as one to three drops of the extract sweetens one cup of liquid. The powdered leaf can be made into a simple extract by mixing one teaspoon in a cup of water and allowing it to soak during the night. Stevia's sweet flavor is not affected by heat; thus it can be used in teas and other beverages, canning fruits, and baking all kinds of desserts.

Stevia

Its use in desserts, however, does not add the wealth or moisture of most high calorie sweeteners; likewise, it doesn't appear to have the same damp-producing class in the body and therefore is potentially a good sweetener for the obese person or those suffering from mucus, Candida, edema, or other signs of dampness.
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Citrus Seed Extract

Citrus Seed Extract
Citrus seed extract is an extremely potent natural antibiotic derived primarily from the seeds of grapefruit. This extract was developed after observing that citrus seeds do not readily decompose in nature from microbial action. Slightly warming in thermal nature and exceptionally bitter, citrus seed extract works in the body like most bitters, but more effectively for purposes of drying damp conditions in the body.

This extract has been found to reduce members of several classes of microbes and parasites, among them: protozoa, amoebas, bacteria, viruses, and at least thirty different types of fungi, including the Candida yeast-like fungi. It is accessible as a major ingredient in liquid extracts, capsules, sprays, ointments, and a variety of other forms for treating a host of maladies. Among its more common internal utilizations are diarrhea (take daily while traveling to prevent "traveler's diarrhea"), allergies including hay fever, Candida overgrowth, giardia and most other parasites, flu, strep throat, and staph infections. Externally it is applied in various dilutions for warts, athlete's foot, nail fungi, dandruff and other scalp problems, and poison oak; specific liquid formulations containing the extract treat vaginal yeast infection, nasal and sinus problems, and ear infections. Uses in the home engage adding a few drops of the extract to water for soaking create to remove parasites and pesticides, sterilizing laundry (used this way in hospitals), cleaning infected surfaces, kitchen utensils and cutting boards, and ridding drinking, bathing, and swimming water of microbes. Individuals with signs of dryness and deficiency, including the deficient yin syndrome, should use citrus seed extract sparingly.
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Eat to Boost Your Energy


Oats are one of nature's super foods. They're low on the Glycemic Index (GI) scale, which means they don't cause a fast sugar high and then a dip that makes you feel tired, plus healthy amounts of protein and fiber.Like other wholegrains they contain high levels of B vitamins, magnesium, selenium and iron which all are important for energy production.
Energy Boosters
Nuts are high in energy - 50g/2oz of mixed nuts provides you with 300 calories of energy, and over half of that 50g is fat. But don’t worry about fat, because the fat is the heart-healthy unsaturated kind, and the mixture of ‘good' fats and protein in nuts means they're a low-GI, slow-burn food. Grab a packet of unsalted nuts instead of a Danish pastry as a snack. They contain about the same quantity of calories, but the nuts will keep going for longer.
Energy Boosters
Dried fruits such as raisins and sultanas provide strong sweetness without the blood sugar spike-and-crash you get when you guzzle chocolate and sweets. All the secret is in the fiber because it slows down the digestion of the fruit, keeping you full for longer.
Energy Boosters
Brown Basmati rice is the variety of rice with the lowest Glycaemic Index as brown rice is always lower-GI than white. So brown basmati is the lowest of the low, which is what you want for sustained energy. Brown rice is also a great source of B vitamins, which act as catalysts to spark off the reactions needed to liberate energy from your food.
Energy Boosters
Lean red meat (and especially liver) is rich in iron. While iron doesn't actually give you energy, if you don't get enough, you'll end up very weak. Your body needs iron in order to make hemoglobin - the chemical found in red blood cells that ferries oxygen around your body. It you haven't got enough hemoglobin, you'll end up anemic, with symptoms like sleepiness, lethargy and a lack of energy
Energy Boosters
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Chromium Picolinate

Chromium Picolinate
Chromium picolinate is often promoted as having the ability to even out blood sugar levels while enhancing the body's fat burning. Some studies have shown that adding chromium to a person's diet may help to normalize sugar levels in diabetics, but not in everyone. It is an ideal supplement for more mature adults, as the body absorbs less chromium as we age.

Chromium picolinate may also be helpful in suppressing appetites and cravings. Additionally, it has been shown to build muscle and trim fat simultaneously. If taken with exercise and as part of a calorie-controlled diet, the results can be noticeable. Dosage should not exceed 1,200 mcg per day, as this may result in liver and kidney problems. Pregnant or nursing women should avoid chromium picolinate.
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5 Methods to Rejuvenate your Heart


Persons with low HDL-cholesterol levels can have three times greater risk of heart disease. The key to increase HDL levels with routine changes is to respect the following strategies of living:

Drink Beer. Perhaps it is not the best for your abs, but it certainly has its benefits. Dutch researchers found that men who drank two pints a day increased their HDL levels by 7% after 10 days, and by 12% after three weeks. And this effect has been noticed over and over again.

HDL boosting

Use Calcium Supplements. The stronger your bones are, the stronger is your heart. People who took a daily 1,000-mg calcium supplement had a 7% rise in HDL levels, according to several studies. Calcium interferes with assimilation of fat from the diet and decreases fat mass in the body, both of which may help increase HDL.

HDL boosting

Do Squats Exercises. A research studied the impact of weight training on older men and its was proved that men who did lower-body work – squats, leg extensions, leg presses – twice a week for 16 weeks, raised their HDL levels by 19%. It is advisable to do three sets of six to eight reps of the half squat, leg extension and leg press, with a resting break of no more than two minutes between sets.

HDL boosting

Eat Nuts. In this case make sure you’re consuming out on macadamias, which Australian scientists found could increase HDL levels by 8% (eating 12 to16 nuts a day). Since macadamia nuts contain the highest percentage of monounsaturated fat of all nuts, this degree of HDL-raising effect may be unique

HDL boosting

Go for White Fish. Salmon and other oily fish are always good for your health, but white fish such as cod and haddock is also good. Researchers compared a diet of white fish with regular consumption of beef and chicken and the fish-eating persons experienced a 26% increase in HDL2, a protective form of HDL.

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Brush Your Teeth to Beat Heart Disease


It is a fact that keeping up with your day by day dental hygiene helps you avoid heart attacks. The links between gum disease and heart problems have been getting a brush up recently, and now it’s been proved. Cleaning your teeth twice a day reduces your risk by 70%. Poor oral hygiene increases bacteria that causes soreness in the body responsible for pump disease. So avoid heart problems and develop a Hollywood grin with just two brushes a day and you will have a pretty and healthy smile.
Teeth Brushing
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Let the Sun Shine!


Sunlight

The sun blesses our planet with life. In addition to washing the world with light, power, and warmth, its effect is felt right down to the molecules within our body chemistry which effort is to enhance the health of body, mind, and spirit.

The sun provides 98% of all the energy on earth. The other two percent is geothermal, originating in the earth’s hot liquid core. Light is in fact a relatively small portion of the massive energy the sun produces. There list is extracted from work done by Doctors Agatha and Calvin Thrash at their Uchee Pines Health Institute in Alabama.

  • Vitamin D is often referred to as the sunshine vitamin because it results from a sun-induced chemical reaction which converts cholesterol and ergosterol in the skin to vitamin D. Since this reaction uses cholesterol it reduces the stores of cholesterol in our body. Vitamin D plays a vital role in the absorption of calcium and utilization of phosphorus which are essential for strong bones and teeth. It is also essential in the thinking process.
  • Sunlight works to increase circulation, the number and efficiency of blood vessels in the skin, and cardiac output. It also increases the oxygen-carrying capacity of the blood and enables oxygen to reach tissues and joints by direct action and reflex action of the blood vessels. Thus it works in several ways to improve the circulatory system.
  • Sunlight contributes to a number of ways in which body functions are regulated. It has been found to decrease blood pressure, although other factors contribute to blood pressure levels as well. It also plays a role in regulating blood sugar levels, and by means of its action on the eye, it affects the pituitary gland which controls hormone production of the other endocrine glands in a beneficial way.
  • Sunlight increases the number of white blood cells and their capacity for fighting infection, and increases gamma globulin, which is part of the immune mechanism of the body. It promotes the healing of wounds and kills streptococci and other germs on exposure. Hanging your laundry outdoors in the sun to dry not only leaves clothes smelling fresh, but sanitizes them at the same time.
  • Sunlight increases liver function and stimulates the liver to produce a drug metabolizing enzyme which increases our ability to withstand pollutants in our environment.
  • Sunlight increases muscle tone and endurance. It has been found that people who exercise in sunlight build muscle faster than those who exercise indoors.

We are all familiar with the positive effect of sunlight on our mental outlook and sense of well-being. It fights depression, and lessens stress by working both through sensory receptors in the skin and well as by means of its psychological influence. As is the case with all good things, sunlight can become harmful by means of excessive exposure. One does not need to lie in the sun for hours to obtain its benefits. Outdoor exercise, gardening, or other activities will provide the necessary sun exposure to reap these benefits.
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Abs Will Help You Live Longer

Abs
Many studies show that the people with the largest waist sizes have the most risk of acquiring dangerous disease. The proof couldn’t be more convincing. According to the National Institutes of Health, a waistline larger than 40 inches for men may lead to heart disease and diabetes. Another study concluded that for maximum health, a man needs to keep his waist size at no more than 35 inches. When your waist grows larger than 35 inches, you’re at higher danger of developing two or more risk factors for heart disease. And when researchers examined a series of data in this sphere they discovered that men whose waists measured more than 36.8 inches had a significantly elevated risk for myocardial infarction, or heart attack, in which an area of the heart muscle dies or is totally damaged by a lack of bloodflow. Men with the biggest bellies were at 60 percent higher risk. It is alarming because the average American man’s waist size is a ponderous 38.8 inches, up from 37.5 in 1988..A woman with a flabby midsection is as well at increased risk for the same health problems. And American women have seen their weight rise just as men have.

Of course, abs don’t guarantee you a general health, but studies show that by developing a strong abdominal section, you’ll reduce body fat and considerably cut the risk factors associated with many disorders, not just heart disease. For example, there is a 33% incidence of cancer among obese persons.
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The Benefits of Live Shows


The chronically bored persons are twice as likely to die of a heart attack others. Here's how to engineer your downtime to maximize your health. Live music has proved to reduce blood pressure and relieve stress. Your brain is constantly processing, paying attention to the present moment and in this case there is no better distraction from everyday worries than live concerts. l

Rock Concerts maintain a healthy weight. Obesity was linked to low levels of the brain chemical dopamine and short bursts of loud music augment dopamine production.
Classical music boosts your brainpower. Researchers found that listening to short passages from Vivaldi increased peoples’ memory performance by up to 20%.
Acoustic gigs aid your cool-down. Listening to music below 100bpm reduces your heart rate by 20% and increases your sensitivity to recovery.

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Nutrients for Cleansing the Heart and Arteries

Heart Cleansing

There are a series of nutrients that decrease cholesterol and saturated fat in the blood and arteries. These are lecithin, vitamin E and vitamin C, and niacin. These nutrients function efficiently in cleaning the arteries when taken in whole food. Lecithin is found in most legumes, particularly in soybeans. Both soybeans and mung beans are recommended by numerous researches and mainly by Chinese medicine for cleansing arteries, although nearly all beans, peas, and lentils are helpful. This is partly because legumes are a good source of choline, a lipotrophic agent that controls fat metabolism; choline is also a main component of lecithin.


When heat symptoms occur with arterial problems, the cooling qualities of soy and mung bean sprouts are useful. These sprouts are usually found in grocery stores and markets with well-stocked produce. Sprouts are also an excellent source of vitamin C, as well as cabbage, parsley, bell peppers, and citrus. Eating the white insides of peppers, the core of cabbage, and a little of the pulp and inner peel of citrus provides bioflavonoids, which act synergetically with vitamin C to strengthen blood vessel walls.

Plant fiber, especially the one found in whole grains, helps to reduce fat in the blood and avoid hardening of the arteries. This is why many people have started to include extra fiber in the diet in the form of bran.

Too much isolated bran, however, can be unhealthy in other respects. Eating the whole grain with all of its fiber and other nutrients intact shows better results than eating the bran alone. Most useful for cleansing the arteries are the grains with a slightly bitter flavor: rye, quinoa, amaranth, and oats, but all other whole grains are useful for this purpose. Unprocessed grains are also an exceptional source of niacin, and they all hold the freshest type of vitamin E in their oils.
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Green Superheroes


Romaine. (Cancer Prevention) This celery-flavored green is one of the best vegetable sources of beta-carotene—712 micrograms per cup. Recent studies showed that high levels of beta-carotene impends the growth of prostate cancer cells by 50 percent.

Greens

Arugula (Bone Health). One cup of these mustard-flavored leaves has 10 percent of the bone-building mineral that can be in a glass of whole milk and 100 percent less saturated fat. There’s also some magnesium which assure more protection against osteoporosis.

Greens

Watercress (Protects the Pipes). It’s a pepper-flavored filter for your body. Watercress contains phytochemicals that may stop cigarette smoke and other airborne pollutants from causing lung cancer.

Greens

Endive (Heart Health). It’s slightly bitter but it offers twice the fiber of iceberg lettuce. A cup of endive also provides almost 20 percent of your day by day requirement of folate. People who don’t get enough of this vital B vitamin may have a 50 percent greater risk of developing heart disease.

Greens

Mustard greens (Brain Booster). These spicy, crunchy greens are packed with the amino acid tyrosine. In a recent study, there was found that of consumption a tyrosine-rich meal an hour before taking a test assists people to significantly improve both their memories and their concentration.

Greens

Spinach (Eye Health). Spinach is a top source of lutein and zeaxanthin, two influential antioxidants that protect your vision from the negative effects of old age. A study found that frequent spinach eaters had a 43 percent lower threat of age-related macular degeneration.

Greens

Kohlrabi (Pressure Control). Kohlrabi tastes like the love child from a tryst between a cabbage and a turnip. Each serving contains nearly 25 percent of your daily necessity of potassium (to help keep a lid on your blood pressure), along with glucosinolate, a phytochemical that may avoid some cancers.

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Vegetable Juices


Vegetable Juices

Beetroot. Beetroot juice has a strong taste and a dark, red colour and is usually mixed with other juices such as carrot, cucumber, apple or celery. It is an excellent all-round ionic and blood and kidney cleanser, as are the green beetroot leaves, if you can get bold of them. Cooked beetroots can he used for juicing, but raw are far belter. Beetroot juice is rich in vitamins B1, B2, B6 and folic acid (part of the B group), and the minerals calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium. sodium and zinc.

Carrot. The thick, bright orange juice of carrots is a mainstay of mixed vegetable juices, as its sweetness combines well with other varieties of juice. Drunk on Its own it has a slightly spicy taste and is delicious with a few sprigs of fresh chopped herbs. It is renowned for its ability 10 cleanse the liver of excess fats, and can aid digestion. Carrot juice is very high in beta-carotene, particularly so in more mature carrots, and rich in the minerals calcium and magnesium.

Celery. Celery juice has a slightly salty taste due to its high sodium content, and is more watery than other juices. It is known to have a calming effect on the nervous system, and reduces cravings for sweet foods, both of which are beneficial during a detox plan. Celery juke also has a diuretic effect and helps tackle fluid retention. It is especially rich in the minerals sodium, potassium, phosphorus, magnesium, chlorine and calcium.

Cucumber. Cucumber juice has a mild diuretic effect which can help reduce fluid retention. Because it is so watery ii makes an excellent mixer for thicker, more concentrated juices, such as beetroot spinach and watercress. Cucumber is high in the minerals potassium, chlorine, sulphur and calcium, and moderately high in the vitamin folic acid (part of the B group vitamins).

Spinach. Spinach juice is chock-full of vitamins, minerals and chlorophyll. As a result it is an extremely effective cleansing and strengthening ionic, particularly for the liver, me gall bladder, and the bloodstream. Because it is so concentrated and strong to the taste, spinach juice is mixed with other juices or drunk sparingly. You should not drink more than a couple of spinach juice cocktails each week, because it also contains oxalic acid, which can prevent the mineral calcium from being absorbed. Spinach is especially rich in vitamin C, vitamin B6, folic acid (pan of the B group of vitamins), beta-carotene, and the minerals calcium, iron, phosphorus, potassium and sodium.
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Healing Properties of Fruits: Apple


ApplesApple has cooling thermal nature, sweet-and-sour flavor. It reduces heat, especially summer heat and, creates fluids for the body in general, but particularly to moisten dryness and cool heat in the lungs—protects the lungs from cigarette smoking; stimulates appetite. Apple also has the property to remedy indigestion—this ability is due in part to the presence of malefic and tartaric acids in apples, which hold back the growth of ferments and disease-producing bacteria in the digestive tract. It contains pectin, which removes cholesterol, toxic metals such as lead and mercury, and the remains of radiation. This fruit is beneficial for low blood sugar conditions and emotional depression associated with it. A poultice of grated apple over the eyes for twenty minutes helps relieve inflammation and irritations such as sunburn or a eye disorder called "pink eye." Apples and their juice are also cleansing and favorable for the liver and gallbladder by softening gallstones.
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Get Lean With Peanuts


PeanutsEating peanuts can save your life and help you lose weight at the same time. Several studies found that men who ate peanuts four times a week were 50% less likely to die from both a heart attack and sudden cardiac death syndrome, and lowered their 'bad' cholesterol levels by 10 to 15 points. Another study at in Indiana State, found that 500 calories of peanuts a day provided heart-healthy folates, fiber and magnesium, and a higher satiety degree than other foods to stop you snacking and improve your metabolism.
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Prevention of Winter Flu and Bacteria


Mushrooms. They contain proteins called cytokines that could assist the body in defending itself against viruses. These beneficial effects you may find in ordinary button mushrooms, available at your local supermarket.

Flu Prevention

Probiotic Yogurt. Researchers have found that a daily probiotic yoghurt drink prevents diarrhea, one of the symptoms of gastroenteritis, otherwise known as stomach flu.
 Flu Prevention

Chamomile Tea. Scientists from London found that men who drank five cups of the herbal tea each day had significantly higher levels of phenols - antibacterial substances which assist in fighting the colds and diseases.
 Flu Prevention

Brazil Nuts. The micronutrient selenium provides you with all-round protection against influenza. Three Brazil nuts per day will give you the recommended daily amount.
 Flu Prevention
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