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Just Take This Vitamin and You Will Be Mosquito Free All Summer Long!

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You surely often use mosquito repellents and they seem to prevent the itchy bites from these insects, apparently, they are full of toxic chemicals which cause harmful side-effects if ingested or absorbed into the skin.

Therefore, homemade repellents are much better, as they are safe, and still an effective, way to protect yourself and your family from mosquitoes.

It seems that the main culprits for attracting mosquitoes are certain odors.

People with high concentrations of steroids or cholesterol on their skin surface are more prone to mosquitoes, and those who produce certain acids, such as uric acid, in higher amounts.

These substances stimulate the sense of smell of the mosquitoes and lead them to a certain individual.

According to scientists, people who give off larger amounts of carbon dioxide, like obese people and pregnant women, attract mosquitoes the most.

Also, individuals give off more carbon dioxide when outside playing kickball than they would if they were sitting by a fire. The bites of these insects are not just annoying and itchy, but mosquitoes also carry diseases and can spread them to people, such as:

Malaria – leads to fever, chills, and vomiting

Jamestown Canyon Virus – causes flu-like symptoms

West Nile – manifested by joint pain, rashes, fever, vomiting

Zika – related to birth defects

Snowshoe Hare Virus – causes rashes, dizziness, vomiting

Dengue – causes hemorrhagic fever

Chikungunya – leads to rashes, joint pain, and nausea

La Crosse Encephalitis – causes fever and nausea

Rift Valley Fever – leads to eye damage, dizziness, weakness

Yellow Fever – causes jaundice, chills, and vomiting

Only in the United States, there are over 175 known species of mosquitoes, so you need to learn how to prevent their bites.

Vitamin B1

Apparently, studies have shown that vitamin B1 (thiamine), which is a water-soluble vitamin needed for the proper function of the body, can effectively boost the immune system and fight stress.

This vitamin can be found in foods such as kale, cabbage, broccoli, onions, spinach, green beans, summer squash, eggplant, and sunflower seeds.

If in high amounts in the body, this vitamin will produce a “yeasty” smell to mosquitoes, and they will no longer be attracted to you.

The following homemade bug spray contains only two ingredients, organic apple cider vinegar, and fresh parsley. This is how to prepare it:

In a mortar and pestle, add a handful of fresh parsley, and 4 oz of apple cider vinegar. Mash the ingredients and leave the mixture for a few hours.

Then, strain, and pour the mixture into a spray bottle. If you like, you can add a few drops of your favorite essential oil to give the spray a pleasant scent.

Spray it all over the body, as it is completely safe and causes no side-effects. You can keep the homemade spray in the fridge for continued use.

The following video will explain the entire process of preparing the spray in several simple steps:

Sources:
www.healthandhealthyliving.com
www.davidwolfe.com

7 Day Alkaline Diet Plan to Fight Inflammation and Disease

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PH levels show the extent to which something is acid or alkaline. On the pH scale, 0 is completely acidic, while 14 is entirely alkaline, while 7 is neutral.

Every single body system has its own ideal pH level, while even small fluctuations in this balance might cause disastrous consequences.

Our blood is on the alkaline side, with a pH level between 7.35 and 7.45, while the stomach acid needs to have a pH of 3.5 or below in order to break down food. To ensure the proper pH level of the blood, our urine changes its pH value.

Alkaline diets are rich in alkaline foods to balance the pH levels in the body, as modern diets are high in acidic foods that promote inflammation and disease.

Therefore, they prevent bloating, insomnia, poor memory, kidney stones, poor energy levels, high blood pressure, headaches, diabetes, heart disease, muscle pain and weak bones.

These diets are a popular trend these days, but despite this fact, they are a powerful tool against numerous diseases, including cancer.

Many people report their personal positive experiences with these diets, but there are also many others who cannot understand the way they work.

The medical community doubts the success of these diets as every body system has its own ideal pH levels. Yet, facts show they work and they energize the body and provide health and vitality. This is a 7-day alkaline diet plan that will transform the way you feel in your body!

Alkaline diets also support weight loss, treat arthritis, inflammation, and cancer.

Namely, high sugar and high-fat foods are acidic, so they increase the blood acidity, and the body leeches minerals from the bones and organs to restore the proper pH balance of 7,4.

High acidity or acidosis promotes inflammation, and thus causes diseases such as multiple sclerosis, joint pain, arrhythmia, immunodeficiency disorders, lethargy, and cancer.

Conversely, cancer cells cannot strive in an alkaline environment. The pH levels are also important for cell signaling, which is vital for your cells to perform their individual tasks.

The nutritional therapist Vicki Edgson and organic chef Natasha Corrett created the Honestly Healthy Alkaline Programme, whose goal is to maintain the pH between 7.35 and 7.45. They believe this could be achieved by consuming 80 per cent alkaline foods and 20 percent acidic foods.

These are the basic rules:

You should consume vegetables, most fruits, peas, legumes, beans, soybeans and tofu, some nuts, and seeds, and plenty of healthy fats such as olive oil, coconut oil, and flaxseed oil.

This is a list of the alkaline musts:

  • Artichoke
  • Asparagus
  • Broccoli
  • Beetroot
  • Dates
  • Figs
  • Cauliflower
  • Fennel
  • Lemon
  • Kale
  • Spinach
  • Watercress

On the other hand, you should avoid processed foods, sugar, dairy, meat, eggs, alcohol, most grains, caffeine, as well as soy, processed corn, safflower and sunflower oils, hydrogenated oil and margarine.

You should follow this plan and significantly boost your overall health. Moreover, we also give you the recipes of some simple, alkaline, but tasty meals.

7-Day Alkaline Diet Plan

Day 1

  • Breakfast: Chia and strawberry quinoa
  • Snack: an orange
  • Lunch: Sweet and savory salad
  • Snack: 1/2 cup toasted nuts and dried fruits
  • Dinner: Simple green salad with olive oil and apple cider vinegar, 3-4 oz. roasted chicken with roasted sweet potatoes and parsnips.

Chia and Strawberry Quinoa

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup cooked quinoa
  • 5 tablespoons chia seeds
  • ½ cup quartered strawberries + 4 sliced strawberries
  • 2 pitted dates
  • 2 tablespoons chopped almonds and unsweetened shredded coconut flakes
  • 1 ½ cup coconut milk

Instructions:

Cook the quinoa the night before, and in a blender, mix the dates and coconut milk to prepare a puree. Pour it in a jar, and add the chia seeds. Stir well, cover with a lid, and leave it in the fridge. In the morning, add the quinoa and chia seeds in a bowl, and add the toppings. Enjoy!

Sweet and Savory Salad

Ingredients:

  • ½ cucumber, sliced
  • 1 avocado, cubed
  • 1 large head of butter lettuce, washed
  • 1 pomegranate, seeded or 1/3 cup seeds
  • ¼ cup shelled pistachios, chopped

Dressing Ingredients:

  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • ¼ cup apple cider vinegar
  • ½ cup extra virgin olive oil

Instructions:

In a bowl, tear the lettuce, and add the ingredients. In the end, add the dressing.

Roasted Sweet Potatoes and Parsnips

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/4 pounds sweet potatoes, cut into 1/2-inch thick pieces
  • 1 1/4 pounds parsnips
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • Coarse salt and ground pepper
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • Chopped parsley
  • 2 tablespoons pure maple syrup

Instructions :

Peel and cut the parsnips, and preheat the oven to 450 degrees. Toss the parsnips on a rimmed baking sheet, along with the sweet potatoes. Season with oil, salt, and pepper. Roast for half an hour, until they become golden and tender.

In a smaller bowl, mix the mustard and maple syrup, and pour the mixture over the vegetables. Sprinkle with parsley.

Day 2

  • Breakfast: vegan apple parfait
  • Snack: 1 pear
  • Lunch: Savory avocado wraps and white Bean Stew
  • Snack: 1 Handful of toasted pumpkin seeds
  • Dinner: Simple cucumber salad with olive oil and apple cider vinegar. 3-4 oz. roasted chicken with roasted Brussels sprouts with red peppers

Vegan Apple Parfait

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup chopped apples
  • 1/3 cup rolled oats, uncooked
  • ½ cup soaked raw cashews (soak 20 mins-1 hour)
  • ½ cup unsweetened coconut milk
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon hemp seeds

Instructions:

Blend the coconut milk, cashews, and vanilla together. In a small cup, layer the ingredients, first pour the cashew cream, then the apples, and the oats and hemp seeds on the top.

Savory Avocado Wrap

Ingredients:

  • ½ avocado
  • 1 teaspoon chopped basil
  • Small handful of spinach
  • 1 tomato, sliced or chopped
  • 1 butter lettuce or collard leaf bunch
  • 1 teaspoon cilantro, chopped
  • ¼ red onion, diced
  • Sea salt and pepper

Instructions:

Spread the avocado onto the leaf, add the toppings, and fold in half.

White Bean Stew

Ingredients:

  • 2 (19-ounce) cans cannellini beans, rinsed and drained (3 cups)
  • 1 3/4 cups reduced-sodium chicken broth
  • 14 to 15 ounces of tomatoes
  • 2 large garlic cloves, chopped
  • 1/4 cup plus 1/2 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 (5-ounce) bag baby arugula (10 cups loosely packed)
  • 8 (3/4-inch-thick) slices baguette
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper

Instructions:

Over moderately high heat, cook the garlic in 1/4 cup oil in a 3 1/2- to 4 1/2-quart heavy pot for 1 to 2 minutes. Then, cut the tomatoes and add some oil.

Add the pepper, beans, and broth and bring the mixture to boil. Lower the heat, and leave it to simmer for 5 minutes. Add the greens and cook for a few minutes more, until it is wilted.

Brussels Sprouts with Red Peppers

Ingredients:

  • 1 ½ pounds Brussels sprouts, smaller
  • 2 plump garlic cloves (to taste), minced
  • 1 medium red bell pepper, cut in small dices
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped or grated lemon zest
  • Salt
  • 4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons finely chopped mint (to taste)

Instructions:

You should initially trim the Brussels sprouts at the base, in order to get rid of the unattached leaves. Then, cut them in halves and put them in a larger bowl.

Add a tablespoon of olive oil, and season with salt. Then, preheat the oven to 400 degrees and line a sheet pan with parchment. Over medium heat, heat 2 tablespoons olive oil in a large, heavy skillet.

Add the Brussels sprout halves, cut side down, and sear until they get a nice brown color, about 3 to 5 minutes.

Then, transfer them to a baking sheet, put them side down, and repeat with the other sprouts. Put the baking sheet in oven and roast until they become tender, for another 10 minutes.

Over medium heat, heat the oil and add the red pepper, stir often, and cook it for 5 minutes. Add the garlic and cook for another minute. Add the roasted Brussels sprouts, stir again, and then add the mint, lemon zest, and freshly ground pepper. Heat a bit and season. Enjoy!

Day 3

  • Breakfast: Berry Purple Smoothie
  • Snack: 1 mango
  • Lunch: Asian Sesame Dressing and Noodles
  • Snack: a handful of dried apricot
  • Dinner: 4 oz. oven-roasted salmon, ½ baked sweet potato, curried beets and greens

Berry Purple Smoothie

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup of frozen mixed berries, strawberries
  • 1 banana (peeled and frozen)
  • 2 cups fresh spinach
  • 2 cups homemade almond milk
  • 1 tablespoons chia
  • 4 tablespoons raw almond butter

Instructions:

In a blender, mix the almond milk and the spinach, and then add the remaining ingredients, except for the chia. As soon as it is smooth, add the chia, and blend again at low speed. Leave it a few minutes for the chia seeds to expand.

Chicken Sesame Noodle Salad

Ingredients:

For the salad:

  • 5-6 cups baby kale or spinach
  • 4 ounces brown rice noodles
  • 3 large carrots, cut into small, thin pieces
  • 3 bell peppers, cut into small, thin pieces
  • 1 lb. boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • ½ cup cashews or peanuts
  • 1 cup packed cilantro leaves, chopped
  • 4 green onions, green parts only, chopped

For the dressing:

  • 2 large cloves garlic, peeled
  • ¼ cup natural peanut butter
  • ⅓ cup soy sauce
  • ¼ cup white distilled vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 tablespoon ginger, minced
  • a few squeezes of lime juice
  • ½ cup coconut oil
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 2 tablespoons sesame oil

Instructions:

In a bowl with cold water, soak the noodles. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. In a food processor, mix the dressing ingredients apart from the peanut butter.

To marinate it, add the chicken in a plastic bag and add ¼ to ½ cup of the dressing for about 15-30 minutes. In the food processor, add the peanut butter, and pulse.

Mix all the vegetables in a bowl. Bake the marinated chicken for 20 minutes leave it aside for 10 minutes and then pour the vegetable mixture.

Then, drain the noodles, and cook them in a skillet over medium-high heat. Add some oil, a bit of the dressing, and toss them around while soft. Add some water if needed. In the end, garnish with cilantro and crushed peanuts.

Curried Beets Greens

Ingredients:

  • 1 bunch beet greens
  • 1/2 small onion, finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup stems, finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 serrano chili
  • 1/4 semolina
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • pinch of salt (or to taste)

Instructions:

Over medium heat, heat the oil in a skillet, and add the beet stems, garlic, chili, and onions. Cook them until the onions become transparent. Next, add the semolina and cook for 3 minutes.

Add the cumin, chili powder, and turmeric, and then the beet greens, salt, and water. Cover the pan and cook for 5 minutes. Cook for 5 more with the pan uncovered, and stir frequently. In the end, sprinkle with lemon juice.

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9 Foods That Fight Depression Better Than Medication

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Depression has its effects on physical health just like it has on the mental, so its treatment should target both in order to ensure overall health.

The following 9 drinks and foods can greatly help the treatment of this disease:

1 – Blueberries

Blueberries have potent antioxidant properties which reduce oxidative stress, which is the main feature of this disease. They also support the growth of new cells, which is also a way to treat depression.

2– Bananas

These fruits are rich n tryptophan, which is converted into 5-HTP by the brain. Afterward, 5-HTP is turned into positive neurotransmitters such as serotonin and melatonin. Moreover, bananas are also rich in potassium and magnesium, so make sure you have a couple of them daily.

3– Almonds

Magnesium is a miraculous remedy in the treatment of migraines and depression, and a 100-gram bunch of almonds contains 268 mg of magnesium.

This has been confirmed by a 1968 study which showed that the adequate levels of magnesium reverse migraines, irritability, and depression.

You should have a handful of almonds daily, and it is estimated that women and men aged 19-30 need 310 mg and 400 mg of magnesium, respectively, while 31 and older need 420 mg, and women 320 mg.

4 – Avocados

Avocados are high in potassium, 485 mg per 100 grams, and this mineral has been shown to treat stress and depression. Hence, make sure you consume an avocado during snack time, and some more during the day, as adults should get 4,700 mg of potassium daily.

5 – Asparagus

Asparagus is high in folic acid, and B vitamins, which improve mental helps by supporting the body’s tryptophan conversion, which in turn is converted into serotonin.

6 – Chocolate

Dark chocolate, or specifically, the cocoa in it, boosts the levels of serotonin and dopamine in the brain and lowers the levels of cortisol, the ‘stress’ neurotransmitter. Make sure you get 40 grams of dark chocolate daily.

7 – Spinach

Spinach contains more folic acid than all other dark leafy greens, and depressive people often lack it. Folic acid also boosts the levels of dopamine and serotonin in the brain. Spinach is rich in magnesium and improves the antidepressant effectiveness.

8 – Salmon

Salmon contains  omega-3 fatty acids, which soften cell membranes and helps serotonin to reach the brain. If you take anti-depressants, it will reduce the side-effects, and boost their effectiveness.

Yet, make sure you always consume farmed organic salmon, and a whole fish contains 1 gram of omega-3.

9 – Green Tea

Green tea has been used in the treatment of depression for millennia. It contains polyphenols which boost the brain’s supply of dopamine and increase insulin sensitivity, which ensures a steady supply of glucose – which serves as a brain fuel.

Studies have shown that the more green tea you drink, the more benefits you enjoy. Therefore, drink more and feel less depressed!

The following video from Barbara Mendes will reveal more about foods which will help you fight depression:

Source: www.davidwolfe.com
Other included sources linked in David Wolfe’s article:
Mayo Clinic
Psychology Today
Global Healing Center
MentalHealthDaily.com
GoFitLife.ca
CAMH

THIS IS THE BEST NATURAL CURE FOR HEMORRHOIDS! EVEN THE DOCTORS ARE AMAZED!

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Most common symptoms – well, the hemorrhoid symptoms include painless bleeding during bowel movements that results in bright red blood, itching, irritation, or swelling in the anus, the formation of a sensitive or painful lump near the anus, and sometimes anal leakage. But, you shouldn’t be worried, because in this article we’re going to show you how to treat and cure hemorrhoids – in all natural way! And, you probably already have some of these natural ingredients in your kitchen cabinet right now! Note: just follow the simple instructions.

  • CHARD:
  • Once you have the chard (in good condition), rinse well and let cool in refrigerator, apply enough leaves on the affected area at least 3 times a day.

  • ALOE VERA:
  • Aloe vera is an effective natural ingredient that assists fast relief from hemorrhoids. The anti-inflammatory action of aloe vera helps in resolving the symptoms in a fast and easy way. For internal hemorrhoids, cut stripes of the aloe vera leave discarding all the thorns and freeze it. Apply it on the inflamed area for the double action of a cold compress along with a reduction in inflammation. For external ones, just apply the gel extracted from aloe leaves to soothe and hydrate the swollen veins.

  • CLOVE:
  • Here’s what you need to do – just add two whole cloves, 3 garlic cloves and three bay leaves in a boiling water. Boil the ingredients for 10 minutes and then you need to remove it from heat. Then strain the water and wait until it’s cool enough! Apply this mixture on the affected area – 3 times a day.

  • CHAMOMILE:
  • Chamomile is a plant that can easily be found in any garden! Chamomile is famous due to its medicinal properties, among which include the treatment of hemorrhoids. This remedy reduces anal inflammation, stops small hemorrhages and helps scarring. To prepare this remedy, boil a handful of chamomile leaves in one liter of water for 10 minutes. Allow it to cool and use it to clean your hemorrhoids for as long as necessary.

  • POTATOES:
  • The power of potatoes to remove excess fluid form the skin surface acts as a boon when you have bleeding hemorrhoids. Potato paste will help in drying the area fast and this will help in stopping the bleeding and healing the wound as well.Grate potatoes to make a smooth paste. Apply on the anal area and wait until it turns dry. This can be done all throughout the day for fast relief. We really hope you find this article helpful and don’t forget to share it with your friends and family. Thank You and have a nice day!

    Doctors Confirmed: Red Onions Do Wonders for the Thyroid Gland (Recipe)

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    Thyroid gland diseases affect about 200 million people in the world, as the Thyroid Foundation of Canada informs. There are various treatments and medications for thyroid disorders, however, if left untreated, they can lead to serious issues in other parts of the body. For this reason, we are happy to introduce you to a novel discovery in regards to thyroid disease treatment.

    Igor Knjazkin, a renowned doctor from St. Petersburg, Russia, claims to have found the remedy for thyroid gland disorders. The incredible remedy consists of just one ingredient and that is red onion.

    Red onions can provide a real health boost to anyone. They contain powerful anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory, and cancer fighting properties. Moreover, they are rich in vitamins and minerals, including thiamine, folate, magnesium, manganese, calcium and vitamins C, K and B6.

    They nourish and clean the skin, destroy bacteria and germs and have phosphoric acid that

    is very beneficial. Owing to the recent discovery, we can also add that they are extremely helpful when it comes to thyroid diseases.

    The following natural remedy will immensely better the function of your thyroid gland.

    Thyroid Gland Remedy

    This treatment should be done prior to going to bed. Cut a red onion in two halves and massage your neck gently, making circular movements. Focus on the area where the thyroid gland is located.

    Do not wash your neck after the treatment and allow the compounds released from the onion to work overnight. The red onion juice will stimulate the work of your thyroid gland.

    As you can see, the treatment is very simple. Nevertheless, if you try it, you will see how effective it actually is.

    Try this treatment and experience the amazing results for yourself.

    Note: Before you decide to use any natural treatments, please consult your healthcare provider.

    9 Signs You’re Overstressed (And Don’t Know It)

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    Stress can be a very dangerous thing, especially because it’s usually masked under some pretty vague symptoms, making it nearly impossible to detect. However, you don’t do something to unwind and relax it can become the root cause of a number of conditions.

    Here are 9 of the tell-tale signs that you’re overstressed and you don’t even know it!

  • YOUR BODY IS IN PAIN.
  • When we’re in pain we tend to ignore it until it becomes unbearable, which is completely wrong. Every pain in our body needs to be addressed, especially because it can indicate a more serious issue. Stress can cause your body to start breaking down, leading to stomach issues, diarrhea, ulcers, tense muscles, chest pains and palpitations. Your entire body will start aching, your arthritis will kick in and the headaches will become more intense. Never ignore these pains, address the issue and accept the fact that you’re pushing yourself too hard. Managing your stress begins with accepting and become aware that things must change.

  • YOU AREN’T SLEEPING WELL.
  • If your sleep patterns have recently changed, be it too much sleeping due to exhaustion or insomnia, you need to change something. You’re probably overstressed and your body finds the best way it can to cope with the stress. Meditation, exercise and a healthier diet can help you with the sleep problems, but the root cause should be discovered and dealt with properly. Do you worry a lot before you go to bed? Are you having nightmares? Whatever happens throughout the day can linger on in your subconscious and cause you sleep problems. Stress can interfere with your inner peace. Even though your sleep habits can change as you age, when you’re overstressed your sleep is the first thing that gets affected.

  • YOU HAVE WEIGHT FLUCTUATIONS.
  • Any unexplained weight fluctuations can be a result of stress. It can slow down your metabolism and you’ll start gaining weight. If you suddenly lose your appetite and the pound start shedding away it can also be a result of stress, every person reacts differently to stress. Whatever the case, you should address the issue and fix the problem.

  • YOU CAN’T STOP THINKING ABOUT WORK OR PROBLEMS.
  • If you constantly think about work, finances, and other challenges without being able to unwind and relax, stress has a hold of your life. Mark Twain said, “Worrying is like paying a debt you don’t owe.” You cannot find a solution until you detach from the problem. Worrying can only escalate to cause psychological and physical problems. If you are constantly checking your phone, emails, and other forms of communication from work, it is time to really face what’s important in your life.

  • YOU CAN’T SIT STILL.
  • The inability to sit still is a sure sign of being overstressed. Anxiety and stress can make you uncomfortable with your own thoughts and your mind can be your worst enemy. If you can’t go for a walk, sit in contemplation, do gentle stretching exercises or just be with your own thoughts, there is a chance you are overly stressed. Find a way to manage your anxiety and fears and face what’s really troubling you. Avoiding the problem can only make it worse and soon you’ll be facing a much bigger one.

  • YOU HAVE LITTLE PATIENCE WITH OTHERS.
  • Stress can make you impatient and intolerant, making you snappy and irritated pretty quickly, even towards the ones closest to you. However, it’s not their fault that you’ve taken on too much and they should become your exhaust. If you snap on the smallest things and get angry for no reason you’re probably dealing with too much stress and you should find a way to slow down and relax.

  • YOU HAVE MAJOR MOOD SWINGS.
  • If you experience major mood swings, feeling happy one moment and crying the next, stress could be affecting your hormone levels. Bottling up and carrying the weight of the world on your shoulders doesn’t help you need to open up and talk to other people. Discover what’s really causing this because stress can enhance anxiety disorders, obsessive compulsive disorders and addictions (from alcohol, drugs, sexual or food) and other mental health issues.

  • YOU HAVE HAIR LOSS.
  • Carolyn Jacob, MD, founder and medical director of Chicago Cosmetic Surgery and Dermatology, says that “Typically, people shed about 100 hairs a day. Most people don’t even notice. Sometimes, a significant stress of sort may spark a change in your body’s routine physiological functions, and cause a disproportionate number of hairs to go into the resting phase at the same time. Then three to four months later, sometimes longer, all those resting hairs are shed. The effect can be alarming. The types of events that disrupt the normal hair cycle can be caused by the substantial physiological stresses on your body.”  If you start experiencing alarming hair loss you need to reevaluate your stress levels and find out what’s causing it.

  • YOU HAVE A LOSS OF LIBIDO.
  • Stress can affect your libido, and this is the last thing people think about. Whenever stress levels increase, the stress hormone secretions responsible for sexual response get affected. Stress causes exhaustion and the inability to experience any kind of intimacy. If you notice that your libido has weakened you should try stress management and some relaxation technique. Your relationship shouldn’t suffer the consequences, so open up and discuss your problems; it will make things easier for everyone.

    Source:

    http://houseofhealthyfood.com

    I Never Knew Being Lazy Could Do This To My Brain! This Changes Everything

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    We are constantly being told that physical inactivity, and not making the most of every waking minute in life is the worst thing we can do, so laziness is one of the biggest sins we make every single day.

    Yet, this may not be a complete truth apparently. Of course, being active and on the move is a good thing, but living life in the slow line is not a worse choice either.

    First of all, even though adults are not encouraged to take a nap in the afternoon, it turns out that napping is extremely beneficial for health. In the same manner, being slow and lounging around is believed to a flaw, but it is far from it.

    Studies have shown that it is an excellent way to stimulate your invention, creativity, and motivation.

    Let’s clarify things: we do not encourage you to spend your life lying on the couch, watching TV, and snacking, but we convince you that it would be useful to take several minutes of your time and rest when you need it. This will help you be more refreshed and energetic the following day.

    We will explain how laziness in good for you, so next time you need to take a nap of sit for a while, you will enjoy the time, rather than feeling guilty about it!

    Initially, laziness is completely normal, as humans evolved for lounging since the body is permanently trying to conserve energy.

    During the winter, the human body produces more melatonin, so we are sleepy, while in the summer, the heat prevents excessive activity.

    Yet, laziness also has mental and physical benefits, and these are the following:

    Improves Workouts

    Even though this seems a bit counterintuitive, if you are lazy you will not spend the entire day exercising, and you will focus on shorter, but higher intensity workout.

    This will leave you enough time to enjoy the day, but it will also get the blood pumping. Studies have shown that shorter, intense workout followed by rest promote weight loss and are much more effective than a long, dull training.

    Lowers Blood Pressure

    Stress negatively affects the entire body and influences the heart rate and the blood pressure, leading to anxiety. Yet, taking rest, breathing deeply and relaxing the body and mind lower blood pressure and provide peacefulness.

    Stimulates Creativity

    Numerous people have come up with the brightest ideas while lying and not thinking of nothing. If you let the brain perform its cycle and organize thoughts, it will arrange ideas in numerous new and interesting ways.

    On the other hand, trying too much to come up with an idea is often counterproductive.

    Strengthens Problem-Solving Skills

    If you give your brain some time to find a solution, it will eventually do. This does not mean that you should stay uninvolved and wait for things to happen on their own, but you should determine when it is best to relax the mind in order to restore its optimal power after a while.

    Enhances Efficiency

    The worldwide known and respected Agatha Christie stated that “Invention, in my opinion, arises directly from idleness… To save oneself trouble,” believing that numerous inventions that ease our life are only a result of laziness.

    Also, laziness may force a person to speed up the performance, just to finish it fast and save the time needed for rest. Yet, regardless of the reason, lazy people usually get things done quickly.

    Appreciation for the Present moment

    Laziness resembles meditation as it also appreciates the current moment. Enjoying the present atmosphere, like the warmth of the morning coffee, smelling the scent in the garden, or looking in the greenery outside, relax us, and help the body recharge.

    Supports Reflection

    Despite waking up the innovative thoughts, laziness also creates philosophical ideas. While wandering, a person may start solving some complex issues, and find out some more effective methods.

    This may also lead to a better understanding of things and people in life.

    So, what type of person are you? Are you a workaholic, or you belong to the ones who enjoy staying in bed all day? Are you able to balance your daily tasks and the needed rest to get the most out of your energy?

    Source: www.littlethings.com

    Oncologists Urge You To Stop Eating These 8 Foods That Can Increase Your Cancer Risk

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    According to medical experts, cancer is a complex set of diseases, which might be a result of various factors, such as: genetics, specific infections, poor lifestyle habits, like poor diet, physical inactivity, tobacco, and alcohol use and environmental exposure to various types of chemicals and radiation.

    These factors have been scientifically proven to raise the risk of cancer.

    The World Cancer Research Fund estimated that around 20% of the total American cancer patients are linked to weight gain, poor diet, physical inactivity, and excess consumption of alcohol.

    Fortunately, cancer can be prevented, and the risk of this disease is reduced by:

    • Regular exercise
    • Maintaining a healthy body weight
    • Avoidance of smoking
    • A diet rich in organic vegetables and fruits

    The following 8 foods are extremely harmful and can increase the cancer risk:

    Refined and Artificial Sugary Foods

    The excessive consumption of foods rich in refined sugar and artificial fructose sweeteners, such as high-fructose corn syrup causes the development of numerous health problems.

    These foods increase insulin levels and boost cancer cell growth. The American Society for Clinical Nutrition journal published a study in 2006 which showed that the participants who consumed higher amounts of sugar-sweetened foods had an increased risk of pancreatic cancer.

    Therefore, make sure you replace these foods with healthy and natural alternatives like stevia, raw honey, maple syrup, blackstrap molasses, or jaggery.

    White Flour

    Numerous processed foods these days are high in refined white flour, which is rich in carbohydrates, which negatively affect health, raise the blood sugar levels and raise the cancer risk.

    Studies have shown that women who consumed excessive amounts of carbohydrates had an increased risk of breast cancer. Therefore, substitute refined white flour with healthier alternatives like whole- wheat, almond, quinoa,  or barley flour.

    Smoked and Pickled Foods

    The regular consumption of pickled and smoked foods endangers health, as the smoking process of smoked meats leaves numerous toxic ingredients in the meat, while pickled foods are high in nitrates which are transformed into N-nitroso, an ingredient which raises the cancer risk.

    Plus, these foods are abundant in preservatives which ensure a longer shelf life and lead to cellular damage and cancer development. Hence, we recommend avoiding them completely.

    Red and Processed Meat

    Processed meats like ham, sausages, and bacon, are rich in harmful preservatives and salt.  Researchers have found that the excess intake of processed meat might lead to colorectal cancer.

    The excessive intake of red meat raises the chances of developing prostate and colorectal cancer as well. Therefore, make sure you consume grass-fed meat only.

    Farmed Salmon

    Farmed and wild salmon are two types with huge differences, as the latter offers numerous health benefits, while the first poses serious health risks.

    The consumption of farmed salmon might, in fact, cause cancer.

    Researchers have found that farmed salmon contain significantly higher levels of harmful chemicals and cancer-promoting ingredients, like mercury, dioxins, toxaphene, flame retardants, and polychlorinated biphenyls.

    Hydrogenated Oils

    Hydrogenated oils are converted into poisons when processed and manufactured. These oils are actually chemically extracted from vegetables in order to preserve and prolong the shelf life of processed foods.

    Yet, they are high in trans fats and omega–6 fatty acids.

    The small amount of these acids might be beneficial for health, but the higher amounts negatively affect the membrane’s structure and flexibility of cells, thus raising the risk of numerous cancer types, including skin cancer.

    Trans fats, on the other hand, increase the risk of breast, prostate, and colorectal cancer. Therefore, you should use extra virgin coconut or olive oil instead.

    Potato Chips

    Potato chips are produced at extremely high temperatures, which causes the creation of acrylamide, a popular carcinogen.

    According to a study published by the National Cancer Institute, this ingredient raises the risk of developing ovarian, breast, prostate, and digestive tract cancer.

    Potato chips are also rich in calories and fats which raise the blood pressure and cholesterol levels and lead to obesity.

    Potato chips are also rich in artificial flavors and preservatives, so make sure you avoid them and replace them with homemade ones prepared in olive oil.

    Moreover, you should definitely try baked banana or apple chips as well.

    Microwave Popcorn

    Microwave popcorn bags contain an extremely toxic chemical known as perfluorooctanoic acid, which has been found to raise the risk of kidney and bladder cancer and cause an impaired fertility in women.

    These products are also rich in numerous GMO products and preservatives, such as propyl gallate.

    Source: simplecapacity.com

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