14 Benefits of Garlic and its Health Benefits

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  • Garlic contains a compound by the name allicin, which has medicinal properties

Allicin enters the body from the digestive track and travels all over the body, where its biological effect is felt. Allicin is also responsible for the distinct garlic smell.

Garlic contributes to several dietary factors with potential health benefits, which includes presences of arginine-rich proteins and depending on several factors selenium and flavonoids.

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  • Garlic prevents or lowers the risks of heart diseases

Garlic causes changes in cholesterol by reducing it, reduces blood pressure, inhibits platelet aggregation and increases antioxidant status. It is important to include garlic on our diets especially if you are affected by high cholesterol levels.

  • Garlic is best for combating diseases including common cold

Attack of a common cold is a sign of weak immune system. Garlic when taken on the onset of a cold it works best to fight of the cold as well as strengthen the immune system.

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  • Best for skin and hair protection

Garlic is known to protect the skin from the effects of free radicals and slows down the depletion of collagen, which leads to loss of elasticity in aging skin.

Just like onions garlic does magic to the scalp if properly crushed, rubbed gently or massaged on the scalp with the garlic-infused oil that is best known to prevent hair loss.

  • Garlic aids in digestion

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A digestive system consists of a network of organs that work together to break down food into usable nutrients. Garlic assist in the normal functioning of the intestines for good digestion, therefore eliminating any digestive problem.

  • Garlic regulates blood sugar

Garlic helps manage blood sugar by lowering the blood glucose, which will protect the kidneys from harm, hence protecting the patients from side effects which include heart disorders, poor eyesight etc.

  • Improves libido

Garlic contains allicin, which is thought to increase blood flow to sexual organ. This will definitely stir up your sexual desires and make your partner turn the other way in bed.

The serotonin will definitely go up improving your mood, boost your sex life and the odor from your partner is attractive.

  • Improves and maintains a healthy immune system

Garlic is a great source of Vitamin B6, which is needed for a healthy immune system and efficient growth of new cells. Vitamin B6 works best with moods swings and boosts your cheery disposition.

Garlic also has high level of antioxidants that helps eliminate free radicals and sickness-causing toxins.

  • Weight control

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Garlic offers several benefits when incorporated into a healthy, balanced diet by increasing fat burning and makes food flavorful without driving up the calorie count; after all, it is not easy to stick to weight loss diet.

Garlic helps reduce the spike of insulin and helps in metabolism of sugars.

However, it is advisable to cook the garlic lightly to maintain its healthy properties.

  • Great for brain function and memory

Active compounds present in garlic protect brain health and regulate neurotransmitters to improve memory. Garlic helps in protecting memory and improving function be strengthening the brain’s antioxidants defence.

Garlic improves serotonin concentrations and it is associated with improved brain functions such as learning, memory and mood.

  • Fungal and bacterial infections

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Allicin is a Sulphur compound that is a natural antibiotic. Garlic have been used for the longest time to treat infections. The garlic juice can be used both internally and externally, if used on opened wounds it is advisable to dilute it properly to void irritation.

  • Clears intestinal problems

Garlic as it is best for solving digestion problem it also takes away constipation problem and any other issue associated with the intestines.

  • Controls asthma

Garlic is rich in vitamin C, which helps fight asthma, it neutralizes free radicals, unstable molecules that cause contraction of airway smooth muscles in asthma sufferers.

Excess consumption of garlic may cause some mild side effects such as increased perspiration and body odor, heartburn, diarrhea, unpleasant burning sensation in the mouth or stomach.

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It is important before you add garlic to an asthma person’s diet consult a doctor if the person is under medication; most drugs are known to interact with compounds present in garlic.

  • Aids in prevention of multiple types of cancer

Breast cancer, prostate cancer, colon cancer, bladder cancer, stomach cancer among others have shown to have their tumors and other agents that are responsible for causing cancer reduced. Therefore, daily consumption of the right quantity of garlic will help strengthen the immunity of the body against cancer.

 

 

 

 

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Health Insight. The Changes Every Woman Experiences At Every Cycle.

Am glad to share the following cutesy of my menstrual app Flo.

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Did you know a modern woman has about 450 periods in her lifetime, but her grandmother might have had only 150 due to multiple pregnancies? Let us go deeper and get to know some of the questions and the answers that are helpful to the modern woman concerning what their body goes through.

Menstruation also known as period, is a regular discharge of blood and mucosal tissue from the inner lining of the uterus through the vagina.

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Most of us if not all, experience body changes. The changes occurs before and after menstruating. Am intending to base the discussion in form of questions and answers:

  1. Is your menstrual cycle regular?

Many women, menstruation is sometimes irregular. For others, the cycle remains irregular throughout their lives.

This can be caused by hormonal imbalance, illness, taking certain medications, menopause, excessive physical activity, poor nutrition, alcohol consumption, stress, sudden weight gain/loss or travel.

  1. How often is your period late and what should you do?

A period is not considered missed if it comes within 7 days of when it was expected. Therefore, don’t worry if you have to wait a few days.

If your period is later than days and this happens more often than every 5-6 months, then you should pay attention to it and try to find the cause.

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  1. How long or how many days do you receive your period?

As a rule, 5-7 days of period’s delay is not considered late and shouldn’t cause worries.

The reasons behind the prolonged period are those causing the period to be irregular as listed above. (Note 1)

  1. Do you notice changes in your general well-being shortly before your periods?

If yes, Premenstrual Syndrome PMS is a condition with emotional and physical symptoms, usually preceding your period by a week or two.

The most common symptoms include headaches, achy muscles and joints, low back pain, fatigue, acne tender breast, cravings for sweet or salty foods and of course, mood swings.

  1. Do you experience pain in the lower abdomen before your period?

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A frequent symptom of approaching menstruation is a tensive pain in the lower abdomen, sometimes shooting up the lower back, the perineum and the hips.

As a rule, such symptoms don’t indicate a problem. Pain is the body’s response to the hormonal levels changing at the end of the cycle.

  1. Do you experience cramping during your period?

Experiencing cramps during menstruation is very common. This happens due to intensive uterine contraction.

The first few days of your period are likely to be the most painful ones.

A little exercise, sex, or eating your favourite food will stimulate the production of hormones that will help ease the pain and boost your mood.

  1. Do you have spotting between periods?

Most women don’t have spotting between periods.

Your period has its own schedule, but spotting may occur in the middle of the cycle as it’s mostly linked to ovulation. However, sometimes it’s a signal of other changes in your changes.

  1. Breast sensitivity (pain, breast and nipple swelling, etc.)

Various types of breast pain including premenstrual pain, are observed in 70% of women. However, the reasons for such pain are many.

During PMS, female hormones levels change and, as a result, the breast can swell and ache.

Nodules in the breasts, a change in their size or shape, unusual sensation, liquid oozing from the nipples may indicate mastitis or other diseases.

See you next time as we get to learn more of our body changes. Thanks to my app Flo for the helpful health insights.

Remedies on How to get Rid of Bloating Overnight Naturally – Bloating Stomach.

Abdominal swelling is a condition in which the stomach feel full and tight due to the build-up, of gas in the small intestine. This can make the stomach visibly swollen. Often, the swelling is accompanied by other symptoms such as cramp, belching, pain, diarrhea, shortness of breath and low back pain.

A number of factors can cause swelling. The main reason is the accumulation of intestinal gas. Other causes include constipation, peptic ulcers, anorexia, anxiety, smoking, water retention, trapped air, overeating, indigestion, premenstrual syndrome (PMS), menopause and irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).

A good way to relieve bloating is to encourage the passage of gas and a bowel movement. But if you are not able to get rid of the swelling, then try some of these simple home remedies listed below:

Peppermint

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Peppermint contains menthol oil, which has an anti-spasmodic effect on the smooth muscles of the digestive tract. This helps relieve spasms in the gastrointestinal tract, bile duct and gallbladder.

It also calms flatulence and help food move quickly through the stomach. To receive maximum benefits from it:

  1. Chew fresh mint leaves to relieve bloating or
  2. Soak a bag of mint tea in hot water for about 10 minutes and drink two or three cups of this tea a day.

Hot lemon water

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Drinking hot water is good for your health as it helps remove harmful toxins from the body as well as keeps the body hydrated. Lemon are rich in vitamins B and C, riboflavin, calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, proteins and carbohydrates that aid in digestion.

Ginger

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Ginger is a well-known herb that can be used to reduce gas and bloating. It contains several active ingredients, including spicy gingerols and shogaols, which help reduce inflammation in the intestines and relax intestinal muscles.

Chamomile tea

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Chamomile tea is another effective option to get relief from bloating. This herbal tea has anti-inflammatory and anti-spasmodic properties that can help soothe the stomach and help with heartburn as well.

Pumpkin

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Eating pumpkin is a great way to avoid unwanted flatulence as well as bloating. Pumpkin contains a good amount of vitamin A, potassium and fiber that aid in digestion. Adding just a cup of pumpkin to your meals can help create smooth digestive flow and reduce gas. You can steam, bake or roast, or include it as an ingredient in your recipes.

Bananas

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As a good source of fiber, bananas can help reduce the swelling and gas associated with constipation. Bananas also contain potassium, a mineral that helps regulate fluid levels in your body and gives relief from bloating.

If you eat bananas regularly, you can eliminate the swelling. You can eat as an appetizer or add to fruit salads and baked desserts.

Fennel seeds

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Fennel seeds are very effective for digestive problems such as swelling due to its carminative diuretic, pain-reducing and anti-microbial properties. Fennel seeds help relieve swelling by relaxing muscle spasms in the digestive tract. For maximum benefit:

  1. Chew some fennel seeds after eating a large meal.
  2. Add a teaspoon of fennel seeds to 1 cup of hot water. Cover and drop for 5 to 10 minutes. Cut it out. Take this tea two to three times a day.

With all these you healthier and no more bloating.

 

 

How to Reduce Bloating Quickly

Bloating is a major problem that is affecting most of us. It makes you look like you have belly fat, it is very uncomfortable, it prevents sleeping and you can’t even fit in your cloths.

There are simple things you can do to reduce the discomfort cause by bloating:

Acupressure

Acupressure is basically pressing on different parts of the body. The best and the right way to press is by pressing underneath your right ribcage using your hand, where you press and hold it for about two minutes. You kind of massaging your gallbladder and that will help reduce all the congestion in there and you will feel less bloated, because the gall bladder stores something called bile and that is what helps you digest the fats. If you deficient in bile or it is the gallbladder sluggish you will get bloating when you eat.

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Also you need to press on other side right through, because you got the gallbladder on the right side and the left side you the pancreas. The pancreas is the other digestive gland that helps you make the enzymes to digest all these foods. Everything and time you eat your body set your pancreas senses what you eat and it generates certain enzymes to help break that down.

If you run out of certain enzymes, you are going to get bloated because the pancreas is not doing its job. Therefore, you need to work on both sides, two minutes on the right side and two minutes on the left and you feel less bloated.

But, we need to fix the diet because this is only temporary, so the next time you eat bloating will be right back. Instead of a temporary relief, we need to check on the true deeper root causes of bloating.

The common ones are:

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Grains – that would be the bread, pasta, cereal, crackers, biscuits, pancakes, noodles, juice, alcohol and others. The sugars especially gluten, gluten is a protein in the grains and it just creates a lot of bloating for people.

  • A combination of protein and sugar is really bad for bloating and it also causes a massive spike of insulin.
  • Also a combination of fat and sugar increases insulin too, more than eating them separate.

Starches – we have the rice, potatoes this will bloat you too. So you need to reduce or do away with them.

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Let’s say you reduce them and still have a problem, then we have to increase the acid in the stomach especially if you have acid reflux (acid reflux is caused by not having enough acid)

To increase the acid and not the bile, which help you digest fats. The recommended product is the Apple cider vinegar plus. Vinegar tablet is rich in betaine hydrochloride, which will basically build up your acids in your stomach.

There is also gallbladder formula, these are tablets that have purified bile salts. This will help you a lot with the bloating problem.

If the problem do not go away then you can try nutrition.

 

 

Key Changes that Occur in a Woman’s Body.

It is very sad that until date a good number of women around the world are still experiencing uneasiness and shame when it comes to their natural physiology, and the topic of menstruation is still a taboo to them.

It is our duty as women to uplift and educate each other on various changes that happen in our bodies. Surely, we are unique creatures and it is our duty too to take care of ourselves.

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Every single day our body goes through changes. This begins from birth until our last breath. It is so unfortunate that most of our parents do not take charge to explain these details instead they expect us to learn on our own. Thanks to technology for the wonderful outreach, gradually the topic will be household topic.

The menstrual cycle is the monthly series of changes a woman’s body goes through in preparation for the possibility of pregnancy. Each month, one of the ovaries releases an egg – a process called ovulation. At the same time, hormonal changes prepares the uterus for pregnancy.

Women around the world have created different nicknames for menstruation. The names are different depending on location. Names such as crimson wave, woman time, aunt flow, shark week, bloody mary, red army are at the top of this funny list.

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I would wish to dispel the myth about menstruation. There is no such thing as premenstrual syndrome (PMS).

PMS is a real condition with emotional and physical symptoms that usually precede your period by a week or two. This syndrome is the result of hormonal fluctuations during the menstrual cycle.

While PMS varies from woman to woman, symptoms may include nausea, headache, acne, fatigue, diarrhoea, tender breast, bloating, backache, body pain, irritability, mood swings and anxiety. However, the symptoms may not be for every woman some experience none of the above.

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A follicle in your body. What is it?

The eggs in women’s ovaries are stored in pockets or bags called follicles.

During puberty, the hormonal level changes and the follicles get an opportunity to grow, but they still stay in the ‘sleep’ condition.

During the follicular phase of the menstrual cycle (i.e. the time frame from the first day of menstruation to ovulation), multiple follicles in the ovaries simultaneously and rapidly develop.

But as rule, only one of them becomes dominant. It grows bigger than the rest, it becomes bigger than the rest, and is ready to burst and release an egg (to ovulate). The remaining follicles stop growing and degrade.

At a certain stage of development, the follicles become visible via folliculometry, an ultrasound investigation that doctors use to detect ovulation.

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Look out for more and learn more.

Are You Addicted to Puffed Bras As I Am? Read On How You Can Enhance Breast Size

Breast size is determined by a combination of genetics, lifestyle and body weight. If you are interested in increasing your bust size without giving your skin a knife route, why not try out these home remedies. With home remedies, you need to be dedicated and very patient because the results are not overnight.

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Having smaller breast due to any reason just try out these home remedies and feel the change yourself.

Regular breast massage

Massaging helps to increase the blood circulation in this area and it also releases the growth hormones through the sense of touch. The desired breast size can be achieved by use of the following ingredients:

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  • Using oils

Take any natural oil with which you want to massage your breast with,

Pour some oil on the palm and then start rubbing to create heat,

Now place your palm on the breast and move it in circular rotation, where you start pushing breast towards each other then up and then away from each other and then finally back towards pushing.

This completes a rotation. You have to complete at least 300 rotation at one time. Repeat the massage twice a day for at least a month or two to get effective results.

  • Using own hands

If you do not wish to use any oil you can simply do this massage using your hands, where you rub your palms together so that the friction makes them a little warm. Then do circular massage on each breast and repeat twice a day for at least 300 rubs.

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  • Onion juice

This is one of the simplest home remedy for natural breast enhancement.

Prepare a mixture with onion juice, honey and turmeric. Apply the mixture on the breast, leave this mixture overnight and wash this off next morning.

Not only will it help increase the size but it will also make the sagging breast firm.

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  • Red lentils

Red lentils is an ingredient readily available in our kitchens.

For red lentils to be usable in this case, soak them in warm water for a couple of hours until it becomes soft. Grind this to a fine paste.

Take this paste and apply it to the breast until the paste dries completely.

Then simply wash it off.

Use this daily for some months to see the difference

 

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Apply these useful home remedies and feel the change yourself. Don’t forget to share your experience and results.

 

Top Foods for Kidney Health and Cleansing

This is a continuation of the previous article on top foods for kidney health and cleansing:

  1. Cherries

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Cherries are rich in vitamin C, K, B6, folate, citrate and magnesium, all beneficial to the health of the kidneys. Citrate in particular reduces uric build up. When uric acid is too high in the body it leads to gout and arthritis.

  1. Chanca piedra

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Chanca piedra, (Spanish) means to break stones or in this case, to break up the kidney stones and other classified areas of the body. It is a herb that you can find online quite easily and if you have had or have kidney stones, it is worth taking. It not only benefits the kidneys, but the gall bladder as well.

  1. Avocado

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Avocado is a rich source of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. Avocado is in particular good for the kidneys because of its high levels of potassium. If you have any kidney disease, then your body loses its potassium reserves quickly and avocado’s range of nutrients including potassium, helps.

  1. Cinnamon

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Cinnamon helps to manage glucose (blood sugar) levels very well. Kidneys are damaged or harmed by unhealthy blood sugar patterns. Therefore, keep cinnamon handy to add to your beverages or meals.

      5. Kidney beans

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Kidney beans are obvious; they tell you they are good for the kidneys not just because of the name but because of the shape. Many foods in nature mimic the shape of the organ or gland that they benefit in the human body. Kidney beans are shaped like kidneys and correlate to benefit them. They have also been used for kidney stones reduction. Other beans have been found to benefit the kidneys as well, black beans in particular.

  1. Cranberries

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If you have ever had a urinary tract infection (UTI) or any urinary related irregular patterns you have probably been told to drink cranberry juice and for good reasons. Cranberries benefits the kidneys and urinary tract. They contain high levels of vitamin C and manganese. Pure cranberries or organic cranberry juice without added sugar reduces levels of oxalate and phosphate, which helps to reduce the formation of kidney stones.

  1. Parsley

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Parsley is an aromatic delicious herb that is used in many herbal routines. It has diuretic properties, which simply means that it is beneficial for removing the excess build-up of toxins in the kidneys and urinary tract.

  1. Marshmallow root

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Marshmallow has a variety of different medicinal applications. Its diuretic qualities are some of the best qualities. Marshmallow root is able to stimulate urine production and soothe the urinary tract quite effectively. Marshmallow is a gentle and effective way to support the kidneys.