Health benefits of honey

Honey is a food formed by honey bees using nectar from flowers. These bees transform nectar from flowers into honey by a process called regurgitation. Honey has a long history in human consumption. It is widely used in countless cultures for ages. It is used in various foods and beverages as sweetener or for flavoring. Apart from that it has several extremely useful medicinal properties and is widely used for curing and preventing various ailments. Honey is the only food produced by the insects (honey bees) and consumed by the humans. It includes vitamins, minerals and enzymes that are necessary to sustain life. It is eaten the same as the nature provides us, meaning thereby that it re- quires no refining or processing. That makes it all the more powerful. Honey is the only sweetener that isn’t man-made or processed and has antibacterial properties and many healing effects. Honey contains vitamins, minerals and antioxidants, in fact one unique antioxidant called “pinocembrin” is only found in honey. So let’s start our journey to get more familiar with this wonderful gift of nature by looking at its long list of benefits. 

What Makes Honey a Real Health Treat  

Honey is not a recently discovered new age drug but it has been used by humans since ages to heal wounds, as a part of daily diet, as a preservative and for other uses whose evidence is to be found by the historians. Several rock paintings dating back thousands of years have shown man hunting down honey from bee hives. Archaeologists discovered honey combs in the tombs of pharaohs and surprisingly it was edible even today. In fact several references of the nutritional, medicinal and other valuable properties have been found documented in Vedas as well as the ancient books of Romans, Greeks, Christian, Islamic and many other faiths and cultures. Physicians of ancient times have all referred to the healing qualities of honey in their text. In fact some of these texts have mentioned in the use of honey in over 6oo remedies, which to say is truly mind boggling. It has been referred in Vedas as the “Nectar of Sun” and its use in Indian system of medicine called Ayurveda goes back to over 4000 years. Ancient Egyptians used honey in medicinal compounds about 5000 years ago and the Chinese Medicine have widely used it for Centuries and continues to use it even today. Even ancient Russian manuscripts have award- ed a lot of importance to the use of Honey in medicine.

Fat Loss: Replace Sugar with Honey in Your Diet and Accelerate Your Weight Loss  

Can something so rich in calories help you burn your fat? Yes, it is amazing, unintuitive, incredible but true, honey can do it. A natural sweetener making you lose weight is absolutely not a myth because other than the sweetness there are other properties of honey that make it special. . Results noticed from a honey diet plan in this regard have been remarkable. Honey is nature’s cure for hunger and assists you in losing weight. Table sugar when processed loses its nutrients and thus depends upon the other foods to get it-self absorbed, resulting to the body lacking those essential nutrients, as sugar has consumed them all in order to be digested by the body. Liver stores the sugar for the body but there is a limit to how much sugar it can store. So sugar when consumed in excess is delivered back to the blood by the liver resulting in fatty acids and fat deposits in body  thus  giving you a belly or butt fat. On the other hand honey, a natural food is packed with nutrients, vitamins and minerals. Unlike sugar, it does not require any nutrients from the body to get digested or consumed by the body as being natural it does not require much processing. All of them together work to regulate the proper functioning of the body thereby keeping your fat levels and cholesterol levels under control.

Honey acts as a fuel to make liver produce glucose. This glucose raises the brain sugar levels and forces the brain to produce fat burning hormones. Thus honey triggers the burning of fats in the body and attacks all the fat deposits in the body. These fat deposits begin to melt away and disappear. Thus honey helps get the body rid of its excess fat and regular consumption of it can help prevent the buildup of fat in the body. We all know the numerous dangers of obesity. Obesity or excess fat deposits in the body can lead to high blood pressure or hypertension, stroke, vascular dementia, kidney failure, kidney scarring, transient ischemic attack, heart failure, coronary artery disease, enlarged left heart, type 2 diabetes, cancer, sleep apnea, Fatty liver disease, osteoarthritis, gall stones, GERD ( Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease), Gout, Obesity Hypoventilation Syndrome and many more health risks. So in a way honey can save us from all these health complications by keeping our fat deposits in check. It has a healthier Glycemic Index (GI) than refined sugar and is smoothly ab- sorbed by the body. Glycemic Index is a system of classifying carbohydrate based foods depending on how much blood sugar they raise after being consumed. A variety of health problems such as diabetes, insulin resistance, heart disease and obesity can be prevented by eating foods according to their Glycemic Index. The lower the GI of a food the better and safer it is for your health, because it means it has a tendency to release sugar slowly in your body and does not cause any un- wanted spikes in sugar levels (and consequently insulin which is needed to handle this sugar)which are rather difficult to handle for the body. Lesser insulin in the body can delay or prevent the occurrence of diabetes, heart disease and help control hunger thus helping in weight control. Thus honey gives us all these advantages by having a lower GI than sugar.

Honey as an Immunity Booster 

Health is your asset. You take care of yourselves so that you look good and feel comfortable. Looking good would not matter to you if you feel lethargic at the same time. So your health is your wealth. In this digital age, most of our work involves sitting at one place in front of a computer screen or only limited physical movement in most of the cases. We work, eat, go home, eat, watch TV and sleep. Thus we have developed a very sedentary life style, where we have time enough only for every other activity but exercise. Also we tend to neglect the diet we have. We are too busy to cook our own healthy food and have increased our dependence on highly processed foods which are devastating for health and have little or no nutritional value. Since our body is ultimately made of the food we eat, if we feed it regularly with junk it will become junk itself Human body is designed in such a way that it remains fit only if we provide it with regular exercise and eat good nutritious food. But as we neglect  both these fronts, the result is a weaker immune system making us susceptible to more and more diseases. So we need to develop some natural strength in our immune system and this can come only through something natural.

Raw honey is known to have lots of phytonutrients that stimulate the antibody production thereby strengthening your immune system to a great extent. It is these antibodies that fight away all the harmful disease causing microorganisms. It is like an army developed by the body to prevent all foreign attacks. Antibodies (also called immunoglobulins) are specialized proteins that travel through the blood stream and are found in body fluids. These antibodies are used by the immune system to identify and prevent against foreign intruders or antigens like bacteria, virus- es, pollens etc. Antibodies recognize or identify these disease causing foreign intruders through a specific area on the surface of the antigen known as antibody determinant. Once recognized the antibody binds itself to the body of the antigen and thus it is marked for destruction by other immune cells. These antibodies do their job even before these antigens can enter or harm cells. Eating honey daily ensures that you have enough antibodies protecting you from a variety of diseases due to the antibody production stimulating powers of honey. Its antioxidant, antibacterial and antiseptic properties help you in fighting infection and thus aid you in building up your immunity. It prevents you from having cold and cough. There are vitamins and minerals present in honey which strength- en your body’s power to fight diseases. Honey is rich in vitamin C which is an excellent immunity booster. Abundant antioxidants in honey have a direct association with improved health and lower risk of disease. So have a spoon of honey be- fore breakfast regularly and see what wonders does it bring. It will definitely save you from having a great variety of medicines.

Honey Provides Stamina: Wonder Food for Athletes 

Honey is one of the richest sources of instant energy and increases the physical stamina since it is easily absorbed into the blood. Natural sugars in honey are al- ready in a pre digested form and therefore easily ingested by the human body. Sugar fructose in honey is easily absorbed by the body and thus it becomes a wonder food for the athletes. Carbohydrates in honey act as a fuel to the body and therefore it is the best food after a vigorous workout. One tablespoon of honey contains 60 Calories and about 17 gms of carbohydrates of which about 16gms come from sugar. Honey contains no fats or proteins and the rest is Vitamins and minerals. Consuming carbohydrates before and during an exercise can help improve performance. So athletes after an intense workout can immediately enhance their performance by having this magical food. One teaspoon is enough to sustain the stamina. Glucose in honey gives you instant energy whereas fructose helps you maintain the energy level as it is absorbed at a slower rate than glucose. You can prevent fatigue and muscle exhaustion while you are into an athletic activity. Having and maintaining a consistent blood sugar level is a must for all the athletes and honey is the safest source. No other energy drink or energy gel can be as safe as natural honey because honey has a lower Glycemic Index than sugar. Lower the Glycemic Index of any food better it is. Low GI (Glycemic Index) means slow absorption process and better digestion. Diets having low GI have better insulin responses and better cholesterol levels. Honey has gentler effects on sugar levels of the body and is sweeter than sucrose, so fewer grams of honey (as compared to sugar) can be consumed to have same sweetness. This also means fewer calories eaten for the same amount of sweetness. Thus honey is found to be safest carbohydrate source to replenish your muscles after a strenuous workout. According to a research conducted on a group of athletes, those who were given honey, they were found to be faster in time trials than those given placebos. Thus the effectiveness of honey as a stamina enhancing food was proved. Honey acts as a perfect carbohydrate for the job which provides instant energy through glucose part of the honey and continuous supply of energy through the fructose part.

Honey Prevents Insomnia  Good sleep is a must for a healthy body. Lack of sleep can result in serious health problems like obesity, mood swings, lack of focus, stress and much more. Irrespective of what your age is, you would never want to deal with a problem like insomnia. It has severe negative impacts on your body. Foods rich in tryptophan nutrient induce sleep. Honey is one of these super foods that aid your recovery from insomnia. It has sleep inducing properties. So you can mix honey in a cup of milk or tea before going to bed and have a good quality sleep. How does it work?  (a)  Taking honey at night causes a small increase in sugar level. This mod- erate rise in insulin level causes tryptophan to enter the brain. This tryptophan further gets converted to serotonin, a hormone that provides relaxation to your body. At night when it is dark this serotonin turns into melatonin which is a widely known cure for insomnia.  (b)  Our body stores glycogen in the liver for the brain. This glycogen is a readily available energy source for the brain. At night our liver may run out of glycogen. Then our brain releases stress hormones. So here honey acts as an adequate storage for glycogen and therefore prevents the release of stress hormones. Honey actually has both glucose and fructose. While the glucose part is readily used by the body for instant energy, the sucrose part is stored in the liver as glycogen as a reserve source of energy. This resource is consumed after the body has run out of the sugar in the blood.  Some people avoid taking honey at night thinking that they may gain weight. Honey taken in moderate quantity will serve you to have better sleep without making you gain weight. Taking a teaspoon of honey before bedtime is an easy solution to deal with sleeping disorders. So it is well worth taking a spoon of honey and enjoying a sound sleep.  

Honey Prevents Insomnia

Good sleep is a must for a healthy body. Lack of sleep can result in serious health problems like obesity, mood swings, lack of focus, stress and much more. Irrespective of what your age is, you would never want to deal with a problem like insomnia. It has severe negative impacts on your body.

Foods rich in tryptophan nutrient induce sleep. Honey is one of these super foods that aid your recovery from insomnia. It has sleep inducing properties. So you can mix honey in a cup of milk or tea before going to bed and have a good quality sleep.

How does it work?

(a)  Taking honey at night causes a small increase in sugar level. This moderate rise in insulin level causes tryptophan to enter the brain. This tryptophan further gets converted to serotonin, a hormone that provides relaxation to your body. At night when it is dark this serotonin turns into melatonin which is a widely known cure for insomnia.

(b)  Our body stores glycogen in the liver for the brain. This glycogen is a readily available energy source for the brain. At night our liver may run out of glycogen. Then our brain releases stress hormones. So here honey acts as an adequate storage for glycogen and therefore prevents the release of stress

hormones. Honey actually has both glucose and fructose. While the glucose part is readily used by the body for instant energy, the sucrose part is stored in the liver as glycogen as a reserve source of energy. This resource is consumed after the body has run out of the sugar in the blood.

Some people avoid taking honey at night thinking that they may gain weight. Honey taken in moderate quantity will serve you to have better sleep without making you gain weight. Taking a teaspoon of honey before bedtime is an easy solution to deal with sleeping disorders. So it is well worth taking a spoon of honey and enjoying a sound sleep.

Honey for a Healthy Glowing Problem Free Skin  

Who doesn’t want to look young and attractive? Everybody wishes to have a healthy skin. Honey is a natural cleanser and you must wash your face with honey at least twice a week to have a glowing skin. It is considered to be one of the best moisturizers that nature has ever produced, as it full of anti oxidants it will delay your ageing process and give you a wrinkle free skin for a prolonged period of your life. Using honey for skin will give a radiant and blemish free skin. It is also known to reduce scars. Anti bacterial properties of raw honey helps you in having a pimple free skin because acne is caused mainly by oil and dust. Honey does not permit bacteria to penetrate your skin and give you pimples. So enjoy pimple free skin with honey, a natural bliss. The most overworked part of our body is our feet and unfortunately the most neglected too. Make a relaxing foot soak for yourself using honey and smoothen your feet. Take an empty bucket. Pour equal quantities(say 1/2 cup each ) of honey and milk in it. Dip your feet in it for about fifteen minutes. You may add lemon for whitening effect. It will be a nourishing treat for your feet. Honey can also be a nice treat for our hair. Our hair are constantly exposed to dust and dirt and therefore must be regularly taken care of. Add two teaspoons of honey to two cups of warm milk. Apply the above mixture to your hair and let it stay for fifteen minutes. The antimicrobial properties of honey will tend to smoothen and nourish your hair. Honey can also be used as an alternative to chemical and expensive body wax. 

There are many recipes for your skin that you can try with honey.  

1.You can mix it with tomatoes and make a paste and apply on your skin. 

2.Honey also goes well with milk. Make a thick paste with either milk or curd and put it on your face before going to bed. 

3.Mixing rose water with honey and applying it for fifteen minutes will also do wonders. 

4.Making a paste of honey blended with olive oil and lemon also  becomes a natural skin brightener which soothes and softens your dry skin in winters. 

5.Taking two parts of honey and one part of baking soda becomes an excellent full body scrub. 

6.Make a combination of one tbsp of buttermilk, 1 tbsp honey and 1 egg yolk. Apply to your skin for 15-20 minutes. Wash your face with lukewarm water. 

7.You can also mix honey with some oil and use it for removing your makeup. 

8.Another way is to blend ground almonds with honey in equal proportions to form a paste. The mixture so formed will give you a wonderful body scrub. 

9.Lemon is rich in vitamin C and antioxidants. 1 tbsp of honey when mixed with one half of the lemon and then applied on face will give you a fantastic facial treatment. 

10.Blending one peeled apple with one tsp of honey and applying on the skin for 15 minutes will give a silky and luscious skin. 

11.The best and the easiest recipes with honey is by adding one fourth cup of honey to your hot water bath. Try it in winters and get yourself rid of dry skin. 

12.If you have dry and cracked lips use honey as a lip balm. 

13.Oats and almonds are perfect softening exfoliants. So blend 1 tbsp of hon- ey,1 tbsp of crushed almonds and 2tbsp of dry oatmeal. Massage gently the above mixture on your face and feel the difference in your skin. 

14.Make a honey face mask. Mix together honey with gram flour, rose oil, sandalwood and milk cream and fulfill your desire of having a flawless skin by applying it at least once a week. 

15.Want to get rid of tanning due to sun exposure? Here honey comes to your rescue. Mix honey, lemon juice, milk powder and almond oil in equal pro- portions and apply it on your face for about 20 minutes. Now see the re- sults that follow. 

16.You can also get rid of unwanted facial hair by mixing 1 tbsp of honey, 1 tbsp of sugar and little lemon juice. Apply this mixture on the area from where you want to pluck hair and use a strip to pull them off.  So these are few easy ways to soften your skin and make it glow. Anti inflammatory properties of honey make it best for anti ageing. It eliminates the free radicals from our system. So make the best use honey and have a flawless and a glowing skin. 

You can also get rid of unwanted facial hair by mixing 1 tbsp of honey, 1 tbsp of sugar and little lemon juice. Apply this mixture on the area from where you want to pluck hair and use a strip to pull them off.

So these are few easy ways to soften your skin and make it glow. Anti inflammatory properties of honey make it best for anti ageing. It eliminates the free radicals from our system. So make the best use honey and have a flawless and a glowing skin.

Surprising Health Benefits of Neem

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Neem (Its botanical name is Azadirachta indica) is such a spectacular plant that got me very interested in it-self and almost shocked me with its almost inexhaustible list of uses that it can be put to. And then began my love affair with the neem tree. The more I came to know about it the more I realized that there is still more to be known. 

There are many uses of this tree that there is hardly any herb or plant or tree which even comes close to its benefits. The only next best thing I can think of after Neem is green tea (another close friend of mine). I have always wanted to share my knowledge about this wonderful tree widely known in the east but still relatively un- known in the west. It is one of the most potent trees when it comes to medicinal uses and applications. So let’s begin our journey by looking into a bit of history and whereabouts of this wonderful tree.

 Neem tree is usually found in India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Burma and a few other Asian countries. Its recorded use goes back to more than 5000 years and is even referred to in Vedas as ‘Sarva Roga Nivarini’ which means the ‘The Healer of All Ailments’. Its name neem is derived from its Sanskrit name ‘Nimba’ which is further derived from the term ‘Nimbati Syasthyamdadati’ which means ‘good health’. It is also referred to as the ‘Divine Tree’ or ‘The Life Giving Tree’. It has so many medicinal uses and provides a cure for so many common ailments that it is rightly called ‘Nature’s drugstore’ or ‘Village Pharmacy’. 

It has another name in Sanskrit ‘Pinchumada’ which means destroyer of Leprosy. Neem has been used for so many thousands of years now that one of the earliest references to its medicinal properties is found in one of the ancient Indian texts ‘Arthashastra’, written by Kautilya in fourth century BC. In fact two of the most respected Ancient texts, namely ‘Karak Samhita’ and ‘Susruta Samhita’ which form the basis of Ayurveda, the traditional Indian system of medicine, mention many curative powers and uses of neem. 

In fact India which has more than 14 million neem trees is the largest producer of neem related commercial products in areas of medicine, cosmetics and pesticides. In fact every part of the neem tree is useful for making one product or the other. In the past few years there has been extensive research on the health bene- fits, beauty treatments and other uses to ensure the safety of use and study for its effectiveness and side effects. The results are just spectacular. 

The Uses of Various Parts of Neem Tree  

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All parts of neem tree confer innumerable benefits. Bark, leaves, seed, kernel, flow- er, fruit, seed oil extracts and wood make the neem tree as a whole, a promising re- source for medicinal and agricultural purposes. All parts of neem possess medicinal properties thus making this tree a cure for almost all illnesses. The entire tree is widely used for health care in ayurvedic medicines.  Neem plays the most important part in the ayurvedic system of Indian medicine.  In Indian villages it is commonly referred to as’ village pharmacy’. It has obtained this reputation as almost every common illness occurring in the village has its cure in some or the other part of the neem tree. Every part of the tree from the bark to flowers has a distinct medicinal use. Let us have an overview of the uses of each of the parts of neem tree. 

The Importance of Bark and Wood 

Neem bark has been used for centuries for curing various medical illnesses .Millions of people use neem twigs as tooth brushes because of its antiseptic properties. It is anti inflammatory in nature and is thus a cure for asthma too. Bark is a bitter, cool, astringent and a refrigerant herb. Bark is itself a cure of many skin diseases and helps in healing wounds. Neem tree wood is also termite resistant and is used for making charcoal. Fever, vomiting, malaria and many other ailments are cured by the neem twigs and bark. Even the life threatening ailments such as hemorrhoids and tumors can be treated effectively with neem bark. Bark powder of this tree is a pure immunity booster .It is also a perfect insecticide and can be sprayed on all agricultural crops without causing any side effects to those consuming the crop. You can even dust the powder on your bodies when you go outdoor keeping all the insects at bay. In- sect invasion in our homes can be controlled by spraying this neem bark powder at the doorsteps. It can also kill the bacteria on your body keeping your body free from skin dis- eases. This has great benefits for people that do not like to expose themselves to harsh chemicals or drugs and are looking for a more holistic approach to healing their bodies. 

How Leaves May Help Us 

The leaves of the neem plant have so many benefits that it is extremely difficult to decide where to start from. Neem leaves have so many compounds like  nimbin , nimbinen , gedunin , nimbidol , nimbolide , nimandial , ninbinene that make them powerful anti fungal, antibacterial and anti inflammatory agents. Just like the bark, neem leaves are also the sole of this plant. Neem leaves purify your blood and make you stay away from various digestive disorders and respiratory problems. They stimulate your immune system and detoxify your blood, thus preventing many diseases. Anti viral activity of the leaves keep you away from viral diseases for it inhibits the growth of virus in your body. They also soothe the itchiness caused by dreadful skin diseases like eczema and psoriasis. Neem leaves help you control diabetes, blood pressure and cardiovascular diseases. Consuming neem leaves will surely alleviate the growth of unhealthy cancer and tumor cells. They are also a sure shot treatment to ulcers and inflammation.  Skin moisturizing, curing acne and skin toning are also some of the uses of neem leaves. Anti bacterial activity of the leaves treats your dry scalp, dandruff and hair fall issues. We have had a very healthy introduction to the variety of uses the neem leaves could be put to. We will be going into the details of these applications in the sections to follow. 

What Good are Flowers of the Neem Tree 

Neem flower oil is used in aromatherapy and various cosmetic products for it provides a calming and restorative effect on your body. Dried neem flowers, aged for months when ingested will improve eyesight and cure digestive disorders including phlegm, intestinal worms and excessive bile. Neem flowers are also popularly used in Indian cooking. The flowers are dried and roasted and then used in sauces and rice dishes. Neem honey is also extracted from neem flowers. They are also used to treat stomachaches and parasitical infections. Flowers are used for balancing the body heat and cough formation. 

Consuming The Neem Fruits 

Neem gives an edible fruit which looks like an apricot. It is harvested at the monsoon and later dried up in the sun. Neem fruit also resembles an olive. It is purple or yellow in color. The fruit itself is used to cure tooth ache, urinary problems, coughs, eye diseases and much more. The most important point that needs to be mentioned is that neem fruit contains a natural pesticide that is not harmful for spiders, bats, birds and humans. It is also used for hemorrhoids, diabetes, wounds and leprosy. Neem fruit is also a perfect fertilizer for organic culture. They are also used in various cosmetic industries for making soaps, herbal shampoos, creams and ointments.

Significance of  Neem Seeds 

Fruits and the seed are the main source of extracting neem oil. Tea made from mature seeds is still a popular treatment for bladder, kidney and prostate ailments. Seeds of neem are used to cure intestinal worms. They are also used for birth control and leprosy.

It has the ability to make the male sperm infertile. Oil from the seeds is also used as a lubricant in vagina for preventing pregnancy. So it is important for all the people who are planning to have a child to stay away from neem.  The seeds can also be crushed and rubbed on skin afflictions, including scabies, giving you a clearer skin. Neem seed oil is an active ingredient for most of the skin care products. Neem seeds are ground into powder and soaked in water overnight. Solution so formed is a perfect pesticide and insecticide and can be sprayed on the crops. It will also suppress the hatching of pest insects from their eggs.

The Amazing Medicinal Uses of Neem  Most commonly used parts are the seeds, leaves and the bark and less frequently used are the flowers, roots and the fruits. It is a miraculous herb that provides us with innumerable benefits which very few natural products can do. Neem has an- tibacterial, anti fungal, anti inflammatory and anti parasitic properties that serve us in curing many health ailments. So it has been used as a vital ingredient in ayurvedic medicines for ages and therefore helps us to keep various diseases at bay. Neem’s medicinal properties have always been revered and worshipped. It is one of the magical trees which is widely used for medicinal purposes. Neem is so miraculously beneficial that it is even hard to construct a comprehensive list of all its benefits and healing powers. Antiviral, antifungal, anti inflammatory, anti microbial and anti bacterial  prop- erties of neem are bound to prevent a variety of  problems. It is almost unbe- lievable that so much power could be packed into a single herb. Maintenance of health and overall well being can be assured by the use or application of this herb. It is an amazingly versatile herb. So by now you must be eager and anxious to know the wonderful health benefits of this powerful herb. So let’s not waste time and get down to business straight away. 

The Amazing Medicinal Uses of Neem

Most commonly used parts are the seeds, leaves and the bark and less frequently used are the flowers, roots and the fruits. It is a miraculous herb that provides us with innumerable benefits which very few natural products can do. Neem has antibacterial, anti fungal, anti inflammatory and anti parasitic properties that serve us in curing many health ailments. So it has been used as a vital ingredient in ayurvedic medicines for ages and therefore helps us to keep various diseases at bay.

Neem’s medicinal properties have always been revered and worshipped. It is one of the magical trees which is widely used for medicinal purposes. Neem is so miraculously beneficial that it is even hard to construct a comprehensive list of all its benefits and healing powers.

Antiviral, antifungal, anti inflammatory, anti microbial and anti bacterial  properties of neem are bound to prevent a variety of  problems. It is almost unbelievable that so much power could be packed into a single herb. Maintenance of health and overall well being can be assured by the use or application of this herb. It is an amazingly versatile herb. So by now you must be eager and anxious to know the wonderful health benefits of this powerful herb. So let’s not waste time and get down to business straight away.

How Neem Can Work Wonders For Your Skin 

Our Skin is precious to all of us. Even the slightest of scratches to our delicate skin can send us into a wave of disappointment. Making you get rid of skin ailments is one of the most popular function that neem provides us with. So lets us discover how neem is beneficial to our skin. 

Forget About Acnes and Pimples 

Neem is popular for its detoxifying properties. It inhibits the growth of acne causing bacteria such as propionibacterium and staphylococcus epidermidis there- by giving you a pimple free skin. It gives you a healthier skin by combating skin infections. It has the power to tackle bacteria from its roots. It has a high level of antioxidants and thus prevents skin from environmental damage. Pimples and acnes on our face bother us like anything. So Neem is a home remedy for this problem. Just blend and grind together few leaves of Tulsi and Neem. Mix it well with rose water to form a paste. Apply it over the pimples and enjoy a pimple free face. The high fatty acid content in neem will not even let pimples to leave any scar. You can even consume neem leaves by making a decoction of it by boiling it in water. If you find a very bad taste you can simply add a teaspoon of honey to give it a pleasant taste. So it is simple. Try it and watch the miracle happen. 

Make Blemishes A Thing of the Past 

Blemishes are minor skin imperfections giving us areas of discoloration on the skin. So it is a small flaw in the skin which spoils your appearance. It is created by an oily matter called sebum and is often characterized by dark spots or pigmen- tation. If you wish to have a flawless skin, make the best possible use of neem. A very simple home remedy is available to get rid of blemishes with the use of neem. Take a handful of (about 20 leaves) neem and put them in half a liter of water. Let the water come to a boil. You will see the leaves getting discolored and the water turn- ing green. The liquid so formed is your skin toner. Wash your face before going to bed. Wipe it well and then apply this liquid (by dipping a cotton ball in it) on the blemish. Blemishes will soon fade away with the regular use of this toner. Another remedy for the same is available. Make a very fine paste by mixing tulsi powder, sandalwood powder, neem powder and rose water. Apply it regularly and it is sure to lighten your blemishes. So neem is especially beneficial for skin disor- ders and is an excellent healer of skin fungal infections.

Neem for Nourished Healthy Admirable Hair  

If you are a girl I am sure you must be dreaming of long and shiny hair. And for that you ought to be careful and concerned about your tresses. Do not run after those high chemical laden hair products that will give you nothing else but disappointment in the long run after temporary results. Hair problems like dandruff, hair fall, scalp itchiness, hair lice and much more bother us like anything. So what can be used to cure all these without providing any harm to your hair.  Neem is the answer. You name a problem and neem comes to your rescue. It is simply a mind blowing herb that the nature has blessed us with. Now let us discuss the solutions provided by Neem for Hair Problems

Now your Hair Won’t Fall Even With Gravity  

Every second or third person is worried about hair fall. Who does not want to have healthy hair? Everybody wants. Neem is sure to stimulate your hair growth and thus relieving you from the problem of hair loss. So use neem and overcome hair loss. Apply neem oil to your hair and keep it overnight. Wash it the next morning. You can also mix neem oil with coconut or almond oil for neem oil has a very strong odor which people with sensitivity to strong smells may find it difficult to tolerate. Repeat the process every second or third day for quicker results. When you massage your scalp it increases your blood circulation and thus helps you enhance your hair growth. The soothing and healing properties of neem on the scalp may also be attributed to its high fatty acid content. 

Secrets to a Dandruff Free Scalp 

One of the most common hair problems is dandruff but many of us aren’t aware of the best possible and natural ways to tackle this problem. We keep trying different anti dandruff shampoos and other hair products and unfortunately most of these fail to deliver what they promise. Even in cases where they are successful in getting rid of this menace you are left with noticeable side effects in each case. This is due to the use of harmful chemicals to control dandruff. Neem on the other hand contains natural dandruff fighting agents which kill dandruff without causing any hair damage. The antibacterial and anti septic properties of neem help you get rid of dandruff with ease. Take handful of neem leaves and put it in two cups of water. Let it come to a boil. You will soon find leaves get- ting discolored and water turning green. Once the color turns green you can use this water to rinse your hair after a normal head bath as it is now powered with all the anti dandruff properties. So, neem is a natural cure for dandruff and dry scalp.

Weakening Asthma With Neem  

Asthma is common, affecting millions of adults and children. It occurs when the bronchial tubes get inflamed or constricted. Its signs and symptoms range from minor to severe and vary from person to person. Pure neem seed oil is found to cure asthma permanently . Many experts have also said that asthma can be cured with neem. It is a very effective natural remedy for this chronic disease. Having a few drops of neem oil and increasing the intake will help you recover your breathing problem. Simply place 3 drops of neem oil on your tongue and swallow. Gradually increase the dosage and consume 5 drops and so on. Go up to one teaspoon over a period of six months. Probably you will get rid of your breathing problem .Neem oil also controls the phlegm, cough, wheezing and fever.

Preventing and Curing Diabetes

Diabetes is a chronic metabolic disorder that occurs when your pancreas are unable to produce the requisite insulin that is required by your body. Many people across the globe have fallen victim to it.

Neem tree extracts since time immemorial have been used to cure many diseases. Many pharmaceutical companies and herbal medicine manufacturers use neem as a key ingredient in their medicines. Consumption of neem will reduce your dependence on hypoglycemic drugs. It helps you lower the blood glucose levels.

Fortunately neem is found to have no adverse effects on your body thereby making it one of the safest herbs for curing diabetes mellitus. But still to be on the safer side, when you consume neem, monitor your sugar levels carefully so that you can adjust your neem dosage accordingly. Consuming four to five neem leaves on an empty stomach especially in the morning will show fruitful results.

Neem leaf extracts have reported to reduce your insulin requirement by 50 percent. It ensures good blood circulation by making it easier for the blood to travel throughout the system. The extract helps in dilating the blood vessels which improve the circulation of the blood. Poor circulation is a common problem in a

diabetic person which can further lead to limb amputations.

Researches have shown that extracts of Neem can cure diabetes mellitus as they contain the antibiotic constituents which can oppose autoimmune response helping the Beta cells to produce insulin. So, neem is a nature doctor for diabetic patients since its leaf extract contains a compound called Nimbidin which reduces the insulin requirement by performing anti hyperglycemic effects.

Fighting Cancer Cells with Boosted Immunity  

Extracts from neem tree have natural substances such as limonin, azadirachtin, beta carotene, ascorbic acid, glucopyranoside, quercitin and kaemferole which interfere with the growth of cancer cells. These phytochemicals help you enhance your immune system thereby inhibiting the growth of abnormal cells. But do not self treat your cancer with neem leaf. Do consult your physician before consuming neem. Cancer patients do have an immunity problem. If that is strengthened, their chances of survival can immediately go up. It is only by a weakness of the immune system that the cancerous cells get a chance to grow and multiply. If your immune system was strong enough it would have nipped the evil in its bud and ruled out the possibility of cancerous growths in the body. So, neem works by strengthening the natural immunity of your body thus rendering the cancerous cells ineffective to do their job. Immune cells are generally hostile to the cells that are dangerous tour body including cancer cells.

Prevent Tooth Decay Strengthen Your Teeth and Gums

Neem is popular for its antiseptic properties. It is used in most of the dental care products because it keeps the gums healthy and infection free. Neem leaf and neem bark extracts, contain valuable constituents that makes this plant an ideal and a healthier choice for all those people who wish to have healthy teeth and gums. It is good for tightening gum tissue and prevents tooth loss.

Scientists believe that the antibacterial compounds and neem’s ability to strengthen your immune response in the gums and tissues in the mouth account for healthier teeth. Its anti-inflammatory compounds will reduce the pressure on the nerves thus providing relief to your tooth ache.

Neem extracts have helped millions of people to avoid cavities and is a widely recommended treatment by the modern dentists. Evils like plaque, tartar, gingivitis and periodontitis can be prevented by the use of neem. If you are really serious about reaping the maximum benefits of neem for your teeth, its bark is the area that you want to really focus on. Here in lies the real nectar, the real magical juices that are going to prevent all sorts of problems with your teeth and give you stronger and healthier teeth.

Therefore if you can chew upon the neem twig itself, there is nothing like it. You can also buy a straight neem bark powder and load your tooth brush in to it and brush your teeth.

Don’t Let Mosquitoes Overpower You With Malaria  

Malaria is a dangerous disease that affects several million people worldwide every year and kills about two million of them. That gives an idea of how widespread and dangerous it is. What makes it spread like an epidemic is the fact that certain species of mosquitoes transfer it from an infected person to a healthy person. The malerial Gamete is sucked up from the infected person by the mosquito and kept in its gut until it bites another person. Neem can prohibit the development of gamete in the infected person. It thus not only saves that person but also prevents the disease from further spreading to other people. Neem Leaf extracts have been found to be quite effective against Malaria. It is believed that the stimulation and strengthening of the Immune System by Neem is a primary cause of its great effectiveness in treating malaria. It can lower the Body temperature of a person suffering from Malaria fever and improve the appetite hence leading to a stronger body which is more capable of fighting the disease. Neem Leaf extracts are found to increase the state of oxidation in red blood cells which hinders the growth of malaria parasite. Irodin A which is an active com- pound in leaves is very effective in killing the malaria parasites within a period of 2-3 days. Gedunin and Quercitin are two other compounds in neem which are effective against Malaria.

Natural Antibiotic Foods & General Recipes

Antibacterial and antiviral foods contain compounds that have natural abilities to kill bacteria, fungus and viruses that cause illnesses. They also stimulate the body’s immune system to increase the body’s ability to fight against infections and recover from sickness. 

Honey 

Honey was the first antimicrobial food ever used to treat infections; long before the first antimicrobial drugs were invented. Raw honey has very potent antibacterial and antiviral properties. Research has shown that honey contains several com- pounds working together to combat infections such as defensin-1 (antimicrobial peptide), methylglyoxal, and hydrogen peroxide. It also has high sugar concentrations and low pH. Another study found that honey stimulates the natural release of hydrogen per- oxide in the body, which kills pathogens. Experts are also considering the use of honey to combat infections caused by antibiotic-resistant microorganisms. 

Horseradish 

This root vegetable has a very strong, spicy taste that goes well with different kinds of foods. Besides culinary uses, horseradish has very potent antimicrobial properties. One of which is that it can be used to treat different kinds of respiratory and urinary tract infections. 

Lemon 

This citrus fruit has long been known to have antibacterial properties. The com- pounds tetrazine and coumarin in lemons are effective against certain pathogens, making it effective against both internal and external infections. 

Pineapple 

Pineapples are full of compounds that have very potent antibacterial properties. The compound bromelain is effective at treating throat and mouth infections. There have also been documented cases wherein pineapples were used as a part of the treatment of diphtheria in the 1950s. 

Milk curd 

Milk curd is very effective at fighting off bacterial infections. The fermentation process used to create milk curds also produces beneficial bacteria that can help fight infections in the body. These probiotic bacteria also help in restoring the balance of the normal intestinal bacterial flora. 

Turmeric 

The health benefits of turmeric have a strong scientific data to back it up. Studies have shown that turmeric is effective against specific pathogens like Bacillus cereus, Bacillus subtilis, Bacillus coagulans, Escherichia coli, Pseudomonas aeroginosa and Staphylococcus aureus.

Ginger 

This root has long been used as a treatment against bacteria that cause respiratory infections. Research found that the compounds called gingerols are effective in eliminating several gram-negative bacteria from the body. 

Onion 

This pungent root bulb contains potent antibacterial sulfur compounds. These compounds are effective at fighting several pathogens, most particularly Staphy- lococcus aureus. Onions can be used externally and internally to treat several kinds of infections. It can either be ingested or applied topically on infected areas. 

Garlic 

This is considered as one of the most potent antimicrobial foods. It contains sulfur compounds that are effective in fighting several infections. These com- pounds can kill bacteria, as well as worms, yeast and fungi. It can also fight Candida overgrowth (yeast infection). Coconut oil The medium chain fatty acid found in coconut oil, called lauric acid, has been found to have potent antimicrobial properties. 

Cabbage 

Cabbages contain compounds that can effectively kill infectious bacteria, and they are most effective against urinary tract infections. Studies have also found that cabbage juice is effective in controlling bacterial populations of H. pylori, the main cause of stomach ulcers. 

Herbs 

Herbs also contain compounds that are effective in fighting off bacterial, fungal and viral infections. Here are some of the herbs that have antibacterial properties:

 • Thyme • Rosemary • Mint leaves • Cinnamon • Basil • Sage • Chervil • Oregano• Lemon balm • Cumin • Cloves • Tarragon • Bay leaf • Caraway seed • Chili peppers • Dill • Marjoram • Coriander • Nutmeg • Pepper • Cardamom

Manuka Honey 

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 This type of honey is obtained from the nectar of the flower of the Manuka bush, a wild plant that is native only to New Zealand. Manuka honey has very effective antibacterial properties. It is known to stimulate a chemical reaction within the body which induces the natural production of hydrogen peroxide, an effective antiseptic that kills pathogens. 

Uses of Manuka honey: 

• Apply the honey directly on wounds to discourage bacterial infection and pro- mote faster healing. • To treat acne, use Manuka honey as a face mask. Leave it on for 15 to 30 minutes before rinsing well with water. • For seasonal allergies, gastritis, stomach ulcers and infections, add a table- spoon of Manuka honey to your tea or food. • For cough, sinusitis, and sore throats, a tablespoon of Manuka honey 3 times daily will help alleviate the symptoms.

Apple Cider Vinegar  

Apple cider vinegar (also called ACV or cider vinegar) is made from crushed apples. The resulting juice is fermented into vinegar by adding cultured yeast and bacteria. During the second fermentation process, bacteria that form acetic acid are added. All the added bacteria during the fermentation process are responsible for the healing benefits of apple cider vinegar. The color of ACV ranges from pale to medium amber, depending on how long it is fermented for. 

Uses of Apple Cider Vinegar: 

• As an antiseptic for treating acne and other similar skin problems. To use ACV, dilute it with equal amounts of water and apply on the face. Allow it to sit on the skin for 5 minutes before rinsing. • For dandruff (fungal infection of the scalp caused by Malassezia furfur fun- gus), dilute with equal amounts of water and massage on the scalp. • For yeast infections in women, add 2 tablespoons to a small basin of water and use as a douche. Use this with caution as it can irritate the vaginal mucosa and disrupt the normal vaginal bacterial flora.

Oregano Oil Uses  

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Oregano oil, as the name implies, comes from the oregano. The oil is extracted from the oregano leaves through steam distillation. There are actually 40 different species of oregano herbs known to exist, but among them, the oil from Oreganum Vulgare is considered as the most potent. 

The antibacterial properties of oregano can be used in the following ways: 

1. Relieve swollen glands and sore throat by diluting equal parts oregano oil and water. Apply topically over the throat. 

2. Mix 4 drops of oregano oil and 1 drop clover oil (or just use 5 drops of oregano oil) and put them in a capsule. Take a capsule 3 times each day until symptoms of flu and cold disappear. 

3. Place 15 drops of oregano oil in a capsule. Take 1 capsule three times a day to protect against bronchitis and strep throat infections. 

4. Place 5 drops of oregano oil in a capsule. Take 3 times a day to effectively and quickly treat urinary tract infections. 

5. Take oregano oil internally to fight off chronic fungal infections. 

6. Prepare 1/8 cup of water and add 1 drop of oregano oil. Gargle then swallow to relieve sore throat. 

7. Rub a diluted mixture of oregano and thyme oil over aching muscles caused by viral infections. 

8. Mix 1 part oregano oil and 5 parts olive oil. Place in a dropper bottle. For the first few hours of flu, place 3 drops under the tongue every 15 minutes. Then place 3 drops under the tongue once every hour for the next 24 hours. Then take several times a day for the next few days until full recovery from a flu infection. 

9. Dilute oregano oil to 50% with a carrier oil. Apply on the skin surface affected with athlete’s foot and other skin fungal infections. Use twice a day, every day. 

10. Place diluted oregano oil in a diffuser. Spray in the room to clear the air of infective microorganisms.

Natural Anti-Viral Recipes for Cold & Flu

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Flu and colds are viral infections that often recur several times in a year. Pharmaceutical antivirals are very strong. They can cut down sick days by as much as half, but tend to stay long in the body and cause negative side effects. There is another way to cure viral infections that cause colds and flu. Nature has a lot of foods that can naturally treat these infections.

Anise Tea for Cold Relief 

Ingredients: 

• 1 cup anise seeds 

• 1 cup hot water 

• Pinch of cinnamon 

• 1 teaspoon raw or Manuka honey 

Procedure: 

• Add anise seeds in hot water. 

• Steep for a few minutes. 

• Add cinnamon and honey. 

• Sip. 

• Take the tea 3 times daily until cold symptoms are relieved.

Turmeric Tea for Colds 

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Ingredients: 

• ½ teaspoon turmeric powder • 1 tea bag of mint tea (or 1 teaspoon of loose mint tea) • ½ teaspoon freshly grated ginger • 1 teaspoon of fresh mint leaves • 1 teaspoon lemon juice (or squeeze the juice from half of a lemon) • 1 teaspoon raw or Manuka honey 

Procedure: 

• Bring the water to a boil. Remove from heat. 

• Steep the mint tea bag in the hot water for 2 to 4 minutes. Or, if using loose mint tea, roll the loose mint tea into a ball and steep in the hot water. 

• Add the lemon juice, turmeric and freshly grated ginger. Stir. 

• Add honey and mint leaves. 

• Strain before drinking.

Raw Mushroom Soup for Colds 

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Ingredients: 

• 8 ounces of mushrooms 

• 2 cloves of garlic 

• 6-8 ounce of almond milk 

• ½ teaspoon salt 

• 1 teaspoon peppercorn 

• 1 sprig of thyme 

Procedure: 

• Wash the mushrooms and dry (or drain) them with the caps down. 

• Place the mushrooms in a blender and process. 

• Pour the almond milk into the blender. 

• Add the garlic, salt and peppercorn. 

• Blend until a smooth consistency is achieved. 

• Stir in the fresh thyme. 

• If preferred warm, heat the blended mushroom soup over medium heat for 6 to 8 minutes.

Natural remedies for reducing anxiety and stress

Anxiety is a very common problem suffered by many people today. Anxiety is sim- ply a state of apprehension or even fear in the face of danger or a perceived threat. When it is functioning correctly, it is a natural, healthy response to danger. With anxiety, the body increases adrenaline and allows the body to cope with danger. The problem arises when there is no real danger and the body cannot release the nervous energy caused by the anxiety and adrenaline rush. When we are faced with a frightening situation, our body prepares us for fleeing or fighting by pouring adrenaline into our system. If this nervous energy is not re- leased by taking action, a physiological confusion occurs and we experience a panic attack. Symptoms may include over breathing, dizziness, and shortness of breath, visual disturbance, clammy hands, dry mouth, sweaty palms, rapid pulse, headaches, general weakness, and fatigue, tightness in the chest, high blood pressure, abdominal pain, diarrhea, insomnia, and racing of the heart. As you can see, anxiety can be extremely problematic to your health, especially if it is chronic. Even though anxiety is a natural healthy response to a threatening situation, it can, however, take a person over. A person can experience chronic anxiety with a constant feeling of worry, as with depression, or the sufferer can have an acute anxiety attack, when a sudden overwhelming fear and feelings of dread come over the person. A persistent state of anxiety can self-perpetuate and sap energy. Anxiety is an element of many psychological disorders, including post-traumatic stress disorder, phobias, obsessive-compulsive disorders, and panic attacks. Al- ways consult a physician before using any treatments and make sure there are no adverse interactions with current medicine. A lot of time, energy, research and love went into the making of this manual; and it is the purpose of this manual to provide you with the easiest, safest and healthiest natural remedies for anxiety.

Understanding Anxiety

It is very important to understand anxiety in order to use a proper treatment that will work on a more permanent basis without making the problem worse; so, we may go over this several times throughout this book. Anxiety is simply a state of apprehension or even fear in the face of danger or a perceived threat. When it is functioning correctly, it is a natural, healthy response to danger. With anxiety, the body increases adrenaline and allows the body to cope with danger. The problem arises when there is no real danger and the body cannot release the nervous energy caused by the anxiety and adrenaline rush. When we are faced with a frightening situation, our body prepares us for fleeing or fighting by pouring adrenaline into our system. If this nervous energy is not re- leased by taking action, a physiological confusion occurs and we experience a panic attack. Symptoms may include over breathing, dizziness, and shortness of breath, visual disturbance, clammy hands, dry mouth, sweaty palms, rapid pulse, headaches, general weakness, and fatigue, tightness in the chest, high blood pressure, abdominal pain, diarrhea, insomnia, and racing of the heart. As you can see, anxiety can be extremely problematic to your health, especially if it is chronic. Even though anxiety is a natural healthy response to a threatening situation, it can, however, take a person over. A person can experience chronic anxiety with a constant feeling of worry, as with depression, or the sufferer can have an acute anxiety attack, when a sudden overwhelming fear and feelings of dread come over the per- son. A persistent state of anxiety can self-perpetuate and sap energy. Anxiety is an element of many psychological disorders, including post-traumatic stress disorder, phobias, obsessive-compulsive disorders, and panic attacks. Al- ways consult a physician before using any treatments and make sure there are no adverse interactions with current medicine.

Safer Home Remedies that Actually Work are the Answer

Some of the solutions treat specific symptoms, others are designed to return the body to a more balanced state; some are for specific types of problems such as when there is a sudden panic attack, and still others work to correct problems that may be causing your anxiety in the first place like vitamin deficiency. A good treatment plan will include several different remedies that will work on different aspects of the problem, such as: 

– A home remedy of oats to gently ease the nerves.

 – A homeopathic treatment of ignatia for anxiety following a distressing event. 

– Eliminating caffeine from your diet to prevent nervous conditions from happening. 

– Increasing your intake of B vitamins, which work on the nervous system. 

That is just an example of how you can use the treatments in this book inter- changeably and together in order to find the right remedy that works for you. The treatments are all safe, natural, and include suggestions of use and warnings within the descriptions.

Oats

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The thiamin and pantothenic acid in oats act as gentle nerve tonics. Taken on a daily basis, oats can dramatically improve one’s health in many ways, including the reduction of anxious tension. Among oats many health benefits, they lower blood cholesterol, control hormonal activity, are cleansing, rich in B vitamins, and are an antidepressant. They are often used to treat stress, depression, and nervous disorders. Cooked oats have been found to relieve fatigue, which often accompanies anxiety. Oats can be eaten raw, cooked, or made into a tincture. An oat tincture is made by adding 1 oz. oats to 6 fluid ounces alcohol (like vodka or brandy) and 3 fluid ounces water. This tincture should be put in a glass jar with a lid and left for 2 weeks. Shake occasionally. After 2 weeks, strain and place into a small clean bottle. Label, date, and store in a cool place away from children. Will keep indefinitely. A standard adult dose is 1 teaspoon 3 times daily. 

Caution: Even though oats do not contain gluten, they can be contaminated by gluten that has been processed in the same area. Oats that are certified gluten free are tested and safe; however, some people who are allergic to gluten are also allergic to the avenin that is in oats.

Ayurveda

Ayurveda is a holistic system of medicine that is traditionally practiced in India and Sri Lanka. Being holistic, this system of medicine takes into consideration our mind, body, and spirit in the diagnosis and treatment of illness. It is a complete system of healthcare, intended to contribute to a way of life, rather than a treatment used from time to time.

Panchakarma Cleansing

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The best Ayurvedic treatment for anxiety comes from an Ayurvedic practitioner who balances the three doshas, and uses panchakarma cleansing for balancing the vatha. It is recommended that only a skilled practitioner perform this cleansing.

Oil Massage

A full body massage with warm sesame oil will relax the nerves and balance the vatha. Make sure the oil is warm and not hot. Caution: A person who does not know what they are doing can cause serious dam- age to the body and muscles while attempting to massage. A person with poor blood circulation should consult a physician before attempting to receive a massage.  Back to Table of Contents  

Homeopathy

Homeopathy is a holistic treatment, which means that it looks at the individual as a whole – the person’s physical, mental, spiritual, and emotional health is taken into consideration. Like cures like – This is the principle that is adhered to while using Homeopathic methods for treatment, meaning that the treatment given is similar in properties to the ailment being treated. 

Homeopathic remedies are usually dangerous in large doses, harder to find than other treatments, and it is highly recommended that they be taken under the care of a homeopathic practitioner. 

A constitutional treatment plan from a professional homeopathic practitioner is best, but the following treatments have proven to be helpful: 

Calcarea

Calcarea has been used for individuals who have anxiety accompanied by forget- fulness, a fear for sanity, and the feeling of cold.  Back to Table of Contents  

Arsenicum

Arsenicum is a deadly poison, but in small doses it has been used to treat anxiety that is accompanied by restlessness, tiredness, insecurity, and when the individual fights anxiety by being excessively tidy.  

 Aconite

Aconite has been used to relieve a person with a sudden panic attack.   

 Nat. Mur.

Nat. Mur., commonly known as rock salt, is used to treat an individual who hates fuss, and has anxiety accompanied by morbid thoughts.   

Essential Oil Blend

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Thoroughly mix these essential oils: 1 part bergamot, 1 part lavender, 1 part geranium, and 4 parts almond or peach kernel oil. Use this mixture in a soothing and comfortably hot bath in order to relieve anxiety and stress. I use a ½ teaspoon to measure. Bergamot is a powerful antidepressant. It has been used with great success on balancing moods. It is rather strong and should never be used undiluted on the skin. Always mix with a carrier oil such as almond or peach. Lavender is the most versatile and well-loved of all essential oils. Among its many beneficial attributes, it is very soothing, calming, and it is an antidepressant. It is usually safe, but some with severe Asthma or hay fever sufferers may be allergic. Geranium is considered to be quite energizing and uplifting. Its balancing effect on the nervous system helps to alleviate anxiety, depression, hyperactivity, apathy, and stress. This is considered relatively safe, however those with sensitive skin or severe allergies can have irritation and should use with caution. A diluted mix should be ok. All of these essential oils can be found at any health food store

Herbalism

Skullcap and Valerian Tea

Either a tea or an infusion of these two herbs together has been proven helpful. Drink three times daily while suffering from anxiety. Add 1 to 2 teaspoonfuls (of leaves and flower for tea, of all parts of the plant for infusion) to a cup of boiling water and steep for several minutes before straining and drinking. A few drops of the extract can be used as well. Skullcap is an antispasmodic and it calms and strengthens the nervous system. It is often used for anxiety, tension, headaches, and depression. Valerian root is a sedative, antispasmodic, nerve restorative, and it calms the heart. It has a long history of use for anxiety and depression.

Chinese Herbalism

Chinese Herbalism is a holistic system of medicine that attempts to restore balance to the person as a whole, rather than being used as an occasional treatment of a specific disease. A Chinese herbalist will design a relaxing treatment that is designed to strengthen the spleen and enliven liver qi

Health Benefits of Eating Grapes

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The moment you hear the word “grapes”, you visualize a bunch of yellow or black – purple delicious, juicy fruit, which you enjoy plucking off their stalks and popping in your appreciated mouth. Believe it or not, grapes are just about the only fruit, which can be eaten in large quantities, without any sort of harmful side effects. The magic about grapes is that not only is this considered to be an extremely good way which you can cure yourself, but it is also such a good and delicious, easy to eat fruit, that even fussy and finicky eaters who touch fruits and vegetables very rarely cannot resist a fistful of grapes. The history of grapes goes back as long as mankind existed. In prehistoric times, grapes were gathered in the jungles, before man decided to cultivate them in his vineyards or gardens. The Bible says that Noah grew grapes on his farm. But before that, the classical age of Greece had already assigned a God Dionysius, as the God of grapes and wine, and you can see him sporting around with the grape vine leaves around his head as he blesses his worshipers with the gift of the grapes – wine. The Romans called him Bacchus.

The Global Scope of Grapes 

The most famous grape vineyards in Europe are in France and Italy. In the USA, California, is well-known for its grape production and so is Australia getting to be known for its high quality wine. The most popular, expensive and most delicious grape in the East is grown in a place named Chaman [literally – garden] since ancient times. This is in Afghanistan. It is not exported, because the local produce is taken up by local traders, who want to keep this grape to themselves. Here are some reminiscences about the people of that area. Since ancient times, the medicine in this area has had a Greek influence, thanks to Alexander the great’s soldiers, deciding to settle here, around 2000 years ago, and raise families. Instead of going back to Greece, they intermarried with the native women of Gandhaar, which was what that area was called since ancient times, going back to the Mahabharata – guess that age to be 7000 years ago – [this name is reflected in the name of that well-known city Kandahar]. I bet they brought this great grape and planted it here, in their garden, in Gandhaar. It is still grown with absolutely no artificial pesticide, and natural fertilizers. Accord- ing to the farmers, organic fertilizers poison the soil and poison the fruit.

Because of its particular medicinal values, the people of that area using the Greek idea of plenty of sun, good food and no worries, coming down from ancient times used to make sure that any old person, who was getting to be really sick was put into this grape orchard. Along with that he had easy access to other dried fruits, which are grown in abundance in Afghanistan. He lived in a thatched shed, to shelter him from the sun and the cold in the night. Just one family member replenished his earthen pitcher of water every day, and fed him home baked naan- the local bread – along with bowls full of soup [goat/sheep, chicken meat depending on the financial status of the family, for lunch, as well as for supper.] This sick old person was then allowed to spend his days in the open air, with healthy food, and eat everything that was growing in the orchards and as much as he could. The other adults in the family kept their day to day problems and worries and also them away from the ailing member of their family and tribe. That was so that he did not feel any sort of mental responsibility and tension. His care was the responsibility of just one family member, who considered it a matter of pride, when his grandfather came back to the tribe, all hale and hearty. This was the custom, even up to the 30s and 40s, and I do not know whether this is still being practiced, but the longevity of the people in that area, and their comparative better health is considered to be stuff of legends. I believe the idea of taking care of a family member came down from ancient Greece traditions, mixed with ancient Indian subcontinent traditions. And then, good food, open air, no medicines, – unless they were herbal remedies, coming down from Greek times and ancient times – cured the ailing aged elder, 98% of the time. 

Naturally grapes played a very important role in his recovery.

Using Grapes for Natural Cures

Constipation 

Suffering from constipation? Add grape juice to your diet. Small children suffering from constipation can get relief, if you give them one teaspoonful of grape juice. This is going to get their system moving.

Teething Problems 

In the same manner, if they are suffering from teething pains, just keep feeding them a spoonful of grape juice, along with a mixture of half a teaspoonful of ground roasted cumin seeds boiled in water.

Stress and Strain 

Now this is a good remedy for all those people were suffering from tension, stress and strain. Just make sure that a few raisins are added to a glassful of hot milk and boiled. Then drink it down with a teaspoonful of honey added. This is normally a winter recipe, so drink it only in the winter.

Tuberculosis (TB)

People suffering from tuberculosis have shown a marked improvement, when they were given plenty of red grape juice in large quantities.

Dry Cough 

A dry cough can be cured by taking 10 g each of powdered almonds, licorice, and raisins. Grind them together, and make small pellets with a little bit of honey. Now take two of the pellets at a time and suck them to get rid of that dry cough. Make sure that the raisins are unseeded.

Flatulence and Digestion Related Problems 

If you are suffering from digestion related problems, all you have to do is take 50 g fresh juice of grapes, first thing in the morning. You are soon going to find your digestion working perfectly. One tablespoonful of liquid is about 16 g. So you need 3 tablespoons and a little bit over. Follow up with a fistful of grapes.

Types of Grapes 

There are about 140 cultivars of grapes available to us today, coming down from the grapevines of yore. In fact, during war in ancient and medieval times, the farmers used to make sure, that they had some grape plant cuttings, stored away, some- where, because after the war was over, it would be the job of those cuttings to bring prosperity back to their destroyed farms. The color of grapes is definitely not restricted to just the ordinary yellow and the Black or Crimson. You have plenty of varieties, giving you pink, green, and even orange grapes. The color of the grape is going to depend on the amount of natural anthocyanins and other actual pigment materials present in them. Vitis vinifera is the grape extensively grown in Middle East, and in the way. Read your rainy and region. Along with that, the wines produced in Asia and in America comes from Vitis labrusca and the North American native Vitis riparia, which is excellent for jams. The muscadine grapes are famous for its wine production in France, United States and the Gulf of Mexico. Their scientific name is Vitis rotundifolia. Yes, they are to- tally rotund and rich in juice.

Green Muscadine.

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Vitis amurensis is what the Chaman grapes are. They are grown extensively in Asia, but they came here from Europe – especially from Greece. Some of the most popular grape varieties, which are planted in France to make their own special wines include Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blank, Grenache, Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay and Riesling. The ever popular Sultana grape, which is now called the Thompson seedless, as well as the Black Monukka are Vitis vinifera cultivars. Monukka is the traditional name for dried seedless plants grapes, which can also take the place of raisins in Eastern cuisine and herbal remedies. Many of the ancient herbal medicines and traditions start with – take four Monukkas and then… Aha, says the patient to himself, “I need to go and search for the black dried large variety of grapes which do not have seeds in them. That is what the wise ancient well-versed in herbal lore meant when he told me to eat this remedy with Monukkas.” Spain leads the word today, in grape cultivation. It is followed by France and Italy. However China tops the world in producing grapes, followed by the United States and then Italy. 67,067,128 metric tons of grapes were produced all over the world in 2012.

Difference between Wine Grapes and Table Grapes 

Wine grapes are sweeter, because they have a larger sugar content. Table grapes are different cultivars altogether. These grapes ready for the table have seedless grapes, and they are larger in size. Their skin is thinner than wine grapes. Grapes which are used in making wine are smaller in size, but juicier in content. They also have seeds in them. That is why they are used to make wine, because all the aroma of the wine comes from the skin. So if you find yourself making wine from grapes, which are completely skinned, you are going to wonder where the aroma went! The table grapes definitely do not have excessive sugar content, but because they are seedless, they are used to make what is now being sold as commercially pack- aged and produced “grape juice – hundred percent natural product.” Seriously speaking, this hundred percent natural product, is also going to be mixed up with fillers and additives to make up the weight. Also, you are going to find chemical preservatives added to this supposedly hundred percent natural product, in order to increase its shelf life. Also, people can get away with wines made from table grapes, by saying that they have just made them for private consumption, and thus they do not have to bother about strict and stringent quality testing rules from government officials.

Difference between Sultanas, Raisins and Grapes.

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The moment you hear about raisins, you think about dried grapes. Grapes are the juicy fruits that you pick off the vine or grab off the market shelves. Any dried grape – also known as “dried vine fruit” in the EU – can be called a raisin in the USA or in the UK. Raisin actually is the French word for a single grape. The bunch is called a grappe , so you request a grappe de raisins, (Oone graap duh rey san)when you go shopping in France. This word grappe became grape in English. The sultana is just a dried raisin coming from Turkey, and it is normally bleached in color. Currants, in the UK are dried, Corinth, black grapes, but in the USA, this term is used to describe red currants and black currants, which both happened to be berries, and are definitely not grapes

How to Get Grape Juice?

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Real grape juice is definitely not going to be seeded, and it is going to have the skin in. That is because the seed has plenty of beneficial oil in it. So if you remove the seeds, and the skin, you will just have juice from the pulp. Winemakers make sure that up to 23% of the grape juice content is made up of seeds, skins, and even stems to make real good quality wine. The grape juice that you drink in the USA, and which has been packaged commercially is made up of the locally grown and native purple Concorde variety. In the same manner, you are going to get white grape juice, from the indigenous Niagara variety. These are both different from the European varieties. In California, the Sultana variety is normally dried and sold as sun-dried raisins, but sometimes you may also find yourself drinking white juice obtained from the sultanas.

Natural Ways to Treat Dental Problems

BY PEXELS

Nowadays, numerous dental treatments have been developed, from cosmetic dentistry to surgery and root canals and our reliance on our dentist has increased. In fact, we have mostly forgotten about natural treatments that, at one point, were the only options available to cure toothache and promote good oral hygiene. An enormous variety of such treatments exist worldwide and have been passed from generation to generation, relying on plants available locally. Some of the earliest records available show that people from very early on in developing civilisations were already aware of the importance of keeping a clean mouth and toothbrushes and toothpastes were in use. It’s believed that early dentistry was practiced over 4,000 years ago in ancient Egypt, India, Greece, China and Rome. Furthermore, about 2,500 years ago, the Etruscans invented dental prosthesis, including bridges and retention bands. In those days, cavities were also a problem, and they were filled with garlic, incense and caraway seeds in Egypt, while in Rome, they opted for wood or lead. Patients complaining about toothache were prescribed hashish in Egypt, Greece and Rome, while in South-America, they used cocoa. Even to this day, there are many people, mainly in rural Africa, Middle East, India and South America that still continue the tradition of using chewing sticks and other natural products to prevent toothache. If you’re one of the growing numbers that prefers natural treatments or simply wish to avoid trips to the dentist, you can find some examples here, which can still be used today and are widely available to buy either in your local health shop or on more specialized online shops. These are just some of the most commonly used natural treatments that have some scientific basis, from teeth whitening to substances used to fight tooth infections.

The tooth and supporting structures

BY PEXELS

All mammals have teeth, and humans are no exception! These structures are located in the maxillary bone, protected by the gums. Teeth are designed to bite, break, grind and tear, which effectively puts a great deal of strain on these structures. Also, contact with different foods can contribute to bacterial development. Regular brushing and flossing, combined with low sugar consumption are essential to prevent dental problems. Learning about how your teeth are formed and common conditions, will help you decide the best way for prevention of dental problems.

Tooth

The four main constituents are enamel, dentin, cementum and pulp. Enamel is the hardest substance in the body (>90% mineral, mostly calcium phosphate), and is one of the major components of tooth. It is actually what gives your teeth their colour and ranges from light yellow to white/grey. Located under the enamel, dentin covers the more sensitive inner layers of the tooth, but it’s not as hard as enamel. Once enamel has eroded, dentin cannot pro- vide a very effective protection, and the tooth is more sensitive to cavities. The next component is cementum, specialized bone-like structure that covers the root of the tooth, providing a tissue to attach the tooth for stability (it’s like each tooth is concreted in the maxillary bone!). The final part is the pulp, filled with soft connective tissue, blood vessels and nerve endings. Infections in this part are extremely painful and need medical attention.

Supporting structures

Connecting the teeth to the maxillary bone are the periodontal ligaments, the alveolar bone and the gums. Periodontal ligaments cover the root, attaching the tooth to the alveolar bone. Every time you chew, your teeth move slightly, putting pressure on the periodontal ligaments. This information is then sent to the brain which “interprets” what you’re eating. Forming a socket around each tooth, is the alveolar bone, which is then covered by the gums. This is the only visible part in your mouth.

Precautions about using natural treatments

Using some of these natural treatments for the first time should be done with caution. In certain circumstances, you may suffer an allergic reaction with dramatic consequences. If you have never tried natural remedies before, it is recommended that you use a lower dose than prescribed to determine how your body can cope with it. You may find that you’re more sensitive than most people to that particular treatment and don’t need the full dose. With a minor complaint, you may be able to resolve the issue with natural treatments. But, if symptoms persist or get worse, seek medical attention at once. A treatable infection can become a serious health issue if left unattended. Pregnant or nursing women should be extra careful about using these treatments, as some can cause miscarriage or be transferred to the milk. Also, the use of natural products can be contraindicated if you take regular medication. It’s recommended that contact your doctor before starting any treatment. Remember that these are natural products and may produce varying results. Always tell your doctor and dentist about any natural products you take, as they may interfere with treatments or medication you may need.

Teeth and gum conditions

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Teeth are exposed to a variety of chemicals present in what we eat, which can be damaging if proper dental hygiene is not carried out, and problems may arise very quickly. It only takes 12 days without brushing your teeth for a layer of bacteria to form around the teeth and harden so much that it cannot be removed by brushing alone! From there, bacteria can reach the more sensitive parts of your teeth, causing extremely painful infections.

Plaque

Plaque is a layer of bacteria that continuously forms around the tooth and gums. If not removed daily, it hardens into a calcified substance called tartar, after which it cannot be removed. This means prevention is essential to avoid any dental problems. In addition to brushing and flossing your teeth regularly, you can use certain natural products to prevent plaque formation, which work by keeping the bacterial levels under control in your mouth. 

Tooth decay and cavities

After plaque formation, in the presence of fermentable sugars from food and drink, the bacteria present start producing acid, which is corrosive for the enamel on your teeth. Prolonged exposure to this acid destroys this protective layer, and means bacteria can reach the more sensitive part of the tooth, the pulp. This is when cavities develop in your teeth, which can increase sensitivity. It’s one of the most prevalent diseases in the world, but can be prevented with good oral hygiene, combined with regular use of some natural products as preventative measures. 

Gum disease

Gum disease (or periodontal disease) is caused by an infection in the gums. This condition can evolve from initial mild gum infection, which can be reversed (gingivitis), to severe infection (periodontitis) if left untreated, which can be extremely painful and cause teeth loss. Good oral hygiene is the best measure to prevent these infections. To treat mild infections, there are several natural treatments that can be used, but for more severe cases, you should contact your dentist. 

Tooth infections

Tooth infections can occur after the enamel is damaged, allowing invading bacteria to reach the pulp of the tooth. Infections can also start due to trauma to the tooth or the existence of a cavity. Unfortunately, if left unattended, they can result in abscesses filled with pus in the gums, which can be extremely painful. At this stage, you need to seek medical advice. If you notice it at the early stages, there are a variety of natural products with antimicrobial properties, which can be used to control the infection. In addition, if you want to avoid complicated and expensive visits to the dentist, you may want to start using products as preventative measures to avoid the development of tooth infections. These have mild anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties, which prevent plaque formation and gum disease, and generally keep your oral health in good condition. 

Halitosis (bad breath)

Bad breath can be caused by a variety of conditions, such as cavities, gum infections, dry mouth or excessive bacteria. You may think you’re doing the right thing by regularly using mouthwash, but you may just be masking the smell and not solving the problem. You can use some natural products to resolve the situation, but if persists, you should contact your dentist to rule out any serious conditions. 

Mouth sores

There are many types of mouth sores, including canker sores, cold sores, thrush, and ulcers. They usually disappear after a few days, but in the meantime, there are some natural ways to alleviate the pain and inflammation. If they take longer than 2 weeks to heal or keep recurring, you should consult your doctor. 

Teeth discoloration

Nowadays, a beautiful white smile is highly sought after and people resort to using products to whiten their teeth that can be dangerous to gums and can increase teeth sensitivity. Luckily, you have at your disposal a few natural products that can be used to whiten your teeth without any damage being done to your mouth and that are just as effective. They’re also cheaper as well! 

Natural treatments and prevention

Your next oral treatment can be lurking in your kitchen cupboard already! Lots of herbs and spices or even fruits have components with anti-inflammatory or antimicrobial properties just waiting to be unleashed. Read about some of the most common treatments.

Cranberries

Cranberries are rich in anti-inflammatory components that can be used to prevent gum disease. They’re also good cleaners, preventing bacteria sticking to your teeth underneath the gum line that can cause infections. Active ingredients: Proanthocyanidins, phenol acids and flavonols How to use it: Gently rinse your teeth in cranberry juice, and then rinse with warm water. 

Contraindications: None

Strawberries, oranges (or lemons), tomatoes and melon 

Unfortunately, some of your daily habits like smoking or drinking tea and coffee may contribute to the appearance of stains in your teeth. However, instead of going for commercially-available teeth whitening chemicals, why not reach for the fruit bowl? Combining these fruits with baking soda is probably the best teeth whitening treatments you can try at home, with fast results. Orange, lemon and melon can also be used to stop bleeding gums and prevent accumulation of bacteria. Active ingredients: Malic acid (strawberries, tomatoes and apples) and citric acid (oranges and lemons) How to use it: For teeth whitening, rub your teeth with strawberries, tomatoes or orange peel and leave for a few minutes. Rinse off with warm water with a pinch of bicarbonate soda (baking soda). Alternatively, go for a slice of melon, about an hour after finishing your meal to clean your teeth and prevent bacteria accumulation. To stop bleeding gums, squeeze the juice of half lemon into a glass of water and drink. Contraindications: Should not be used regularly on a long-term basis, as acid present in these fruits will start eroding the enamel in your teeth, increasing your teeth sensitivity.

Green, black and oolong tea

Next time you go for a cuppa, just remember that all types of tea are rich in cathecins and polyphenols, which are well-recognised antioxidants with a variety of health benefits. Another one to add to the list is their ability to reduce caries formation, prevent bacterial infections in the mouth and alleviate toothache symptoms. This popular beverage also contains fluoride, which can suppress bacteria development and prevent tooth decay and plaque. Active ingredients: Cathecin-based polyphenols, fluoride How to use it: To alleviate toothache, place a tea bag directly over the infected tooth and leave for a few hours. To use as prevention to decrease plaque formation, prepare a cup of tea and let it brew for a few minutes to allow the maximum amount of fluoride to get in the water. Use to rinse your mouth, especially after eat- ing sweets. Contraindications: Don’t use regularly, as prolonged contact with your teeth can cause damage to the enamel.

Onions and garlic

You may not like the outcome of using this treatment, but onions and garlic can fight tooth and gum infections by reducing bacteria present in your mouth. You’ll end up with temporary bad breath, but it’s beneficial in the long term. Active ingredient: Allicin How to use it: Chewing raw onion or garlic. Garlic capsules are also available to relieve infection. 

Contraindications: Garlic not recommended if you regularly take blood thinners.

Dairy products

We all know how important dairy products are as a source of calcium to maintain strong teeth and bones. It’s also true that regular consumption of dairy products, including milk, cheese and yoghurt, can prevent gum infection and tooth decay. Fatty acids present in these products have antimicrobial properties, while casein coats the tooth, giving them a natural protection of the enamel. Active ingredients: Fatty acids, casein How to use it: Regular consumption of dairy products, especially at the end of a meal if you can’t brush your teeth immediately. Next time you go out, why not go for the cheese instead of a sweet desert? 

Contraindications: Do not use if you’re allergic to milk. 

Herbal treatments

You may not have heard about some of these plants, and may be thinking where are you going to find them. Probably not sold in your local garden centre, but these treatments are available either in your regular health shop or on more specialized health stores online. Some are available as essential oils to use as mouthwashes, while others are sold in powdered form or even already incorporated in natural toothpastes and other oral products ready to use. These started as local treatments in various locations around the world, but now have outgrown their localized beginnings and are getting more and more popular in the western countries.

Neem (Azadirachtaindica, Melaphischinensis)

This has been traditionally used by East Indians for generations to prevent gum disease and plaque formation due to its antimicrobial and anti-fungal properties, which help stop the infection. You should consider this your last resort as it is a very powerful treatment and should be used with care. Active ingredient: Gallotanin How to use it: You can buy neem oil or powder, to apply directly on the infected tooth. As a prevention, there are also available on the market, toothpastes with neem, or you can buy chewing sticks to use in addition to regular tooth-brushing. Contraindications: Care should be taken in particular in long-term treatments, as it’s been shown that it affects the reproductive and digestive systems.

Licorice (Glycyrrhizaglabral) 

Licorice roots have traditionally been used in Indian culture for over 3000 years as a replacement for toothbrushes. Studies have confirmed that this popular plant has anti-cavity and antimicrobial properties and reduces plaque. Active ingredient: Not known How to use it: Chewing sticks, in the morning and evening and after every meal. Contraindications: It is a potent treatment and should be taken with care. It may cause headaches and water retention and should not be used by pregnant or nursing women, or people on blood thinners or suffering from high blood pressure. 

Blood root (Sanguinariacanadensis)

This plant is at the centre of some controversy. On one hand, some studies seem to demonstrate that it can stimulate blood circulation in the gums and also has a mild antimicrobial effect. On the other hand, there are some indications that it may be linked to increase in oral cancer, although this has not been confirmed. For further information, consult your doctor. Active ingredient: Sanguinarine How to use it: Available as tablets, dried root or extracts to make your own mouth- wash or apply directly to the infected tooth. Recommended doses are 0.06 – 0.5 g three times daily or 1:3 60% alcohol – 0.2 – 1 ml three times daily. You can also find natural mouthwashes and toothpaste with blood root as one of the main ingredients. Contraindications: Should always be used in low dosage. Large doses have a sedative effect, and overdoses can be deadly. Also, it is not to be used as a long-term treatment. If you’re planning to use bloodroot as an oral supplement, contact your doctor first.

 Clove oil (Syzygiumaromaticum)

Over the last few years, these 2 plants have received some attention from the scientific community. Preparations of both these plants have been shown to have anti- inflammatory and anaesthetic properties and are ideal for use in intense toothache, when chewing or talking give you throbbing pain. Active ingredient: Alkaloids How to use it: Tablets are available (follow recommended dose). Contraindications: Several side-effects may occur, including blurred vision, headache and nausea. Consult your doctor if you experience any after taking either of these plants. Echinacea should not be taken for longer than 2 weeks, as it de- creases your immune system, making you more susceptible to infections.  

Asafoetida (Ferula assafoetida) 

This plant has been used in alternative medicine for many years, with claims that it cures indigestion and chronic fatigue, to name just a few. It’s also used traditionally as a fast remedy for toothache. Active ingredient: Not known How to use it: Available as powder. Mix with warm lemon juice and apply directly onto the offending tooth. Contraindications: Not recommended to pregnant women, as it has been proved to cause miscarriages. 

Bay berry (Myricarubra)

Studies have shown that the bark of bay berry has anti-inflammatory properties. It can be used to relieve toothache or apply directly on mouth sores and ulcers to reduce pain and inflammation. It also helps strengthen the gums in the long-term. Active ingredient: Myricetin How to use it: Sold as powder, which can be prepared into a paste and applied to the tooth. It is also available as a mouthwash and extract. Contraindications: It may cause allergies and stomach discomfort, including vomiting. Stop taking this product immediately and seek medical advice. 

Tea tree oil (Melaleucaalternifolia), coconut oil (Cocusnucifera), sesame oil (Sesamumindicum), peppermint oil (Menthapiperita) and rosemary oil (Rosmaniru- sofficinalis)

Their impact on oral health was discovered in India, but now are also commonly available in health stores, these essential oils are known for their antibacterial properties and are used to prevent halitosis developing in your breath. Active ingredient: Cineole, terpine, piperitone and other similar alkaloids present in the essential oils How to use it: Most are common ingredients in natural toothpastes and mouth washes, or can be added to your regular toothpaste. These oils can also be massaged onto your gum to alleviate pain and inflammation, or you can gargle with warm essential oil to prevent gum disease (do not swallow). Contraindications: If you’re pregnant or nursing, suffer from conditions such as high blood pressure, kidney problems, or experienced allergies to essential oils in the past; consult your medical provider before starting this treatment. 

Vanilla

Vanilla is not only good for ice-cream; it can also provide temporary relief for toothache, until you can see your dentist. Active ingredient: Not known How to use it: You can chew the entire pod, concentrating on the site of the infection, or gargle with vanilla extract to relief pain and irritation. Contraindications: If you’re allergic to gluten, chose a gluten-free vanilla extract, so you don’t experience any reaction.

Conclusions

The list of natural treatments is long and includes many others not named in this book, using plants with similar characteristics. Different treatments have evolved in different regions, making use of local plants. For example, people in South- America commonly use cocoa beans to brush their teeth, while African tribes prefer to use chewing sticks. Over the past few years, science has become very curious about these treatments and has been assessing claims of antimicrobial and anti- inflammatory properties, revealing that most of them are real. Furthermore, new substances are being discovered with potential to improve our dental health, including shells of crustaceans, wasabi and even shiitake mushrooms. You’ll never know… you may be able to buy lobster toothpaste or wasabi mouth wash in the near future! Just a final word of caution, as with all natural treatments, you should consider consulting your doctor before starting any therapy, especially if you’re pregnant or nursing, or if you need regular medication. Also, in the event of a serious infection, you need to seek medical attention, as these treatments may be not enough to pre- vent the infection to spread throughout your body. Also, always remember to in- form your doctor dentist of any natural products you regularly take.

Why we sleep : The power of sleep

Do you think you got enough sleep this past week? Can you recall the last time you woke up without an alarm clock feeling refreshed, not needing caffeine? If the answer to either of these questions is “no,” you are not alone. Two-thirds of adults throughout all developed nations fail to obtain the recommended eight hours of nightly sleep.

I doubt you are surprised by this fact, but you may be surprised by the consequences. Routinely sleeping less than six or seven hours a night demolishes your immune system, more than doubling your risk of cancer. Insufficient sleep is a key lifestyle factor determining whether or not you will develop Alzheimer’s disease. Inadequate sleep even moderate reductions for just one week disrupts blood sugar levels so profoundly that you would be classified as pre-diabetic. Short sleeping increases the likelihood of your coronary arteries becoming blocked and brittle, setting you on a path toward cardiovascular disease, stroke, and congestive heart failure. Fitting Charlotte Brontë’s prophetic wisdom that “a ruffled mind makes a restless pillow,” sleep disruption further contributes to all major psychiatric conditions, including depression, anxiety, and suicidality.

Perhaps you have also noticed a desire to eat more when you’re tired? This is no coincidence. Too little sleep swells concentrations of a hormone that makes you feel hungry while suppressing a companion hormone that otherwise signals food satisfaction. Despite being full, you still want to eat more. It’s a proven recipe for weight gain in sleep deficient adults and children alike. Worse, should you attempt to diet but don’t get enough sleep while doing so, it is futile, since most of the weight you lose will come from lean body mass, not fat.

Add the above health consequences up, and a proven link becomes easier to accept: the shorter your sleep, the shorter your life span. The old maxim “I’ll sleep when I’m dead” is therefore unfortunate. Adopt this mind-set, and you will be dead sooner and the quality of that (shorter) life will be worse. The elastic band of sleep deprivation can stretch only so far before it snaps. Sadly, human beings are in fact the only species that will deliberately deprive themselves of sleep without legitimate gain. Every component of wellness, and countless seams of societal fabric, are being eroded by our costly state of sleep neglect: human and financial alike. So much so that the World Health Organization (WHO) has now declared a sleep loss epidemic throughout industrialized nations.II It is no coincidence that countries where sleep time has declined most dramatically over the past century, such as the US, the UK, Japan, and South Korea, and several in western Europe, are also those suffering the greatest increase in rates of the aforementioned physical dis- eases and mental disorders.

Caffeine, Jet Lag, and Melatonin

How does your body know when it’s time to sleep? Why do you suffer from jet lag after arriving in a new time zone? How do you overcome jet lag? Why does that acclimatization cause you yet more jet lag upon returning home? Why do some people use melatonin to combat these issues? Why (and how) does a cup of coffee keep you awake? Perhaps most importantly, how do you know if you’re getting enough sleep?

There are two main factors that determine when you want to sleep and when you want to be awake. As you read these very words, both factors are powerfully influencing your mind and body. The first factor is a signal beamed out from your internal twenty-four hour clock located deep within your brain. The clock creates a cycling, day night rhythm that makes you feel tired or alert at regular times of night and day, respectively. The second factor is a chemical substance that builds up in your brain and creates a “sleep pressure.” The longer you’ve been awake, the more that chemical sleep pressure accumulates, and consequentially, the sleepier you feel. It is the balance between these two factors that dictates how alert and attentive you are during the day, when you will feel tired and ready for bed at night, and, in part, how well you will sleep.

GOT RHYTHM?

Central to many of the questions in the opening paragraph is the powerful sculpt- ing force of your twenty-four-hour rhythm, also known as your circadian rhythm. Everyone generates a circadian rhythm (circa, meaning “around,” and dian, derivative of diam, meaning “day”). Indeed, every living creature on the planet with a life span of more than several days generates this natural cycle. The internal twenty- four-hour clock within your brain communicates its daily circadian rhythm signal to every other region of your brain and every organ in your body.

Your twenty-four-hour tempo helps to determine when you want to be awake and when you want to be asleep. But it controls other rhythmic patterns, too. These include your timed preferences for eating and drinking, your moods and emotions, the amount of urine you produce,I your core body temperature, your metabolic rate, and the release of numerous hormones. It is no coincidence that the like lihood of breaking an Olympic record has been clearly tied to time of day, being maximal at the natural peak of the human circadian rhythm in the early afternoon. Even the timing of births and deaths demonstrates circadian rhythmicity due to the marked swings in key life-dependent metabolic, cardiovascular, temperature, and hormonal processes that this pacemaker controls.

Ape Beds, Dinosaurs, and Napping with Half a Brain 

When did life start sleeping? Perhaps sleep emerged with the great apes? Maybe earlier, in reptiles or their aquatic antecedents, fish? Short of a time capsule, the best way to answer this question comes from studying sleep across different phyla of the animal kingdom, from the prehistoric to the evolutionarily recent. Investigations of this kind provide a powerful ability to peer far back in the historical record and estimate the moment when sleep first graced the planet. As the geneticist Theodosius Dobzhansky once said, “Nothing in biology makes sense except in light of evolution.” For sleep, the illuminating answer turned out to be far earlier than anyone anticipated, and far more profound in ramification.

Without exception, every animal species studied to date sleeps, or engages in something remarkably like it. This includes insects, such as flies, bees, cock- roaches, and scorpions;I fish, from small perch to the largest sharks;II amphibians, such as frogs; and reptiles, such as turtles, Komodo dragons, and chameleons. All have bona fide sleep. Ascend the evolutionary ladder further and we find that all types of birds and mammals sleep: from shrews to parrots, kangaroos, polar bears, bats, and, of course, we humans. Sleep is universal.

Even invertebrates, such as primordial mollusks and echinoderms, and even very primitive worms, enjoy periods of slumber. In these phases, affectionately termed “lethargus,” they, like humans, become unresponsive to external stimuli. And just as we fall asleep faster and sleep more soundly when sleep-deprived, so, too, do worms, defined by their degree of insensitivity to prods from experimenters.

How “old” does this make sleep? Worms emerged during the Cambrian explosion: at least 500 million years ago. That is, worms (and sleep by association) pre- date all vertebrate life. This includes dinosaurs, which, by inference, are likely to have slept. Imagine diplodocuses and triceratopses all comfortably settling in for a night of full repose!

Regress evolutionary time still further and we have discovered that the very simplest forms of unicellular organisms that survive for periods exceeding twenty-four hours, such as bacteria, have active and passive phases that correspond to the light-dark cycle of our planet. It is a pattern that we now believe to be the precursor of our own circadian rhythm, and with it, wake and sleep.

Many of the explanations for why we sleep circle around a common, and per- haps erroneous, idea: sleep is the state we must enter in order to fix that which has been upset by wake. But what if we turned this argument on its head? What if sleep is so useful so physiologically beneficial to every aspect of our being that the real question is: Why did life ever bother to wake up? Considering how biologically damaging the state of wakefulness can often be, that is the true evolutionary puzzle here, not sleep. Adopt this perspective, and we can pose a very different theory: sleep was the first state of life on this planet, and it was from sleep that wake fulness emerged. It may be a preposterous hypothesis, and one that nobody is taking seriously or exploring, but personally I do not think it to be entirely unreasonable. Whichever of these two theories is true, what we know for certain is that sleep is of ancient origin. It appeared with the very earliest forms of planetary life. Like other rudimentary features, such as DNA, sleep has remained a common bond uniting every creature in the animal kingdom. A long lasting commonality, yes; however, there are truly remarkable differences in sleep from one species to an- other. Four such differences.

Another remarkable difference in sleep across species is composition. Not all species experience all stages of sleep. Every species in which we can measure sleep stages experiences NREM sleep the non dreaming stage. However, insects, amphibians, fish, and most reptiles show no clear signs of REM sleep the type associated with dreaming in humans. Only birds and mammals, which appeared later in the evolutionary timeline of the animal kingdom, have full blown REM sleep. It suggests that dream (REM) sleep is the new kid on the evolutionary block. REM sleep seems to have emerged to support functions that NREM sleep alone could not accomplish, or that REM sleep was more efficient at accomplishing.

Yet as with so many things in sleep, there is another anomaly. I said that all mammals have REM sleep, but debate surrounds cetaceans, or aquatic mammals. Certain of these ocean-faring species, such as dolphins and killer whales, buck the REM sleep trend in mammals. They don’t have any. Although there is one case in 1969 suggesting that a pilot whale was in REM sleep for six minutes, most of our assessments to date have not discovered REM sleep or at least what many sleep scientists would believe to be true REM sleep in aquatic mammals. From one perspective, this makes sense: when an organism enters REM sleep, the brain paralyzes the body, turning it limp and immobile. Swimming is vital for aquatic mammals, since they must surface to breathe. If full paralysis was to take hold during sleep, they could not swim and would drown.

The mystery deepens when we consider pinnipeds (one of my all-time favorite words, from the Latin derivatives: pinna “fin” and pedis “foot”), such as fur seals. Partially aquatic mammals, they split their time between land and sea. When on land, they have both NREM sleep and REM sleep, just like humans and all other terrestrial mammals and birds. But when they enter the ocean, they stop having REM sleep almost entirely. Seals in the ocean will sample but a soupçon of the stuff, racking up just 5 to 10 percent of the REM sleep amounts they would normally enjoy when on land. Up to two weeks of ocean-bound time have been documented without any observable REM sleep in seals, who survive in such times on a snooze diet of NREM sleep.

Changes in Sleep Across the Life Span

Through speech or song, expecting parents will often thrill at their ability to elicit small kicks and movements from their in utero child. Though you should never tell them this, the baby is most likely fast asleep. Prior to birth, a human infant will spend almost all of its time in a sleep-like state, much of which resembles the REM-sleep state. The sleeping fetus is therefore unaware of its parents’ performative machinations. Any co-occurring arm flicks and leg bops that the mother feels from her baby are most likely to be the consequence of random bursts of brain activity that typify REM sleep. Adults do not—or at least should not—throw out similar nighttime kicks and movements, since they are held back by the body-paralyzing mechanism of REM sleep. But in utero, the immature fetus’s brain has yet to construct the REM-sleep muscle-inhibiting system adults have in place. Other deep centers of the fetus brain have, however, already been glued in place, including those that generate sleep. Indeed, by the end of the second trimester of development (approximately week 23 of pregnancy), the vast majority of the neural dials and switches required to produce NREM and REM sleep have been sculpted out and wired up. As a result of this mismatch, the fetus brain still generates formidable motor commands during REM sleep, except there is no paralysis to hold them back. Without restraint, those commands are freely translated into frenetic body movements, felt by the mother as acrobatic kicks and featherweight punches. At this stage of in utero development, most of the time is spent in sleep. The twenty-four-hour period contains a mishmash of approximately six hours of NREM sleep, six hours of REM sleep, and twelve hours of an intermediary sleep state that we cannot confidently say is REM or NREM sleep, but certainly is not full wake- fulness. It is only when the fetus enters the final trimester that the glimmers of real wakefulness emerge. Far less than you would probably imagine, though just two to three hours of each day are spent awake in the womb. Even though total sleep time decreases in the last trimester, a paradoxical and quite ballistic increase in REM-sleep time occurs. In the last two weeks of pregnancy, the fetus will ramp up its consumption of REM sleep to almost nine hours a day. In the last week before birth, REM-sleep amount hits a lifetime high of twelve hours a day. With near insatiable appetite, the human fetus therefore doubles its hunger for REM sleep just before entering the world. There will be no other moment during the life of that individual—pre-natal, early post-natal, adolescence, adulthood, or old age—when they will undergo such a dramatic change in REM- sleep need, or feast so richly on the stuff.

Carnivore Diet : Diet For Meat Lovers To Burn Fat Fast

Is the carnivore diet right for you? Does the idea of only eating meat and other animal products sound like something you could do? Better yet, does it sound like something you would want to do? We all know someone who doesn’t care much for green leafy things, and if that someone is you, the carnivore diet might be just the ticket. This is the diet for people who hate the word ‘diet’ and love a nice steak. The “diet” is simple enough it’s all in the name! The carnivore diet, as you probably know, entails strictly eating animal meat, and nothing else; no plant based foods, no fruit or vegetables, or any processed carbohydrate foods like cereals, breads, and grains. The carnivore diet is designed to have you totally subsist on fatty meats, especially meats like beef, lamb, goat, venison, or pork. Processed meats like sausage, salami, pepperoni and other deli meats can be eaten, but not if they have any fillers, so reading labels becomes increasingly important. Other meats, like fish, chicken, and other, potentially exotic meats like elk, rabbit, and bison are all on the list, although some of these meats are low fat and will need to be supplemented or cooked in a manner that adds fat. So long as you are not lactose intolerant or suffer from any other similar ailments, dairy items like milk, butter, hard cheeses and heavy whipping cream are also allowed, but some proponents of the carnivore diet eschew these additions, only focusing on the meats.

Has anyone done this Before?

You may be asking if there’s any historical precedent for people living long term on an all meat diet, and it’s a fair question. Very few cultures have ever tried to live on meat alone. The Inuits are the most well known group that subsists on an almost exclusive meat and high fat diet. This isn’t by choice, of course, there simply isn’t any way to grow anything in the Arctic regions that they inhabit. The fact of the matter is, however, that they not only live, but live well and thrive on their diet. but willfully define the carnivore diet.

What are the claims made about this diet? Proponents of the diet claim that it can help people lose weight, and contrary to popular claims, it can actually improve your cardiovascular health, or increase mental clarity. It is also claimed to alleviate certain autoimmune symptoms, clear up acne and other skin issues and ease depression and anxiety. This diet isn’t new, with a recorded historical proponent of the diet being a famous Harvard trained ethnologist Vilhjalmur Stefansson, who was born in Manitoba in 1879. He spent over a decade exploring the Arctic, nine years of which he lived, and ate, like the Inuit, almost exclusively on meat and fish. He and a colleague agreed, in a funded grant by the American Meat Packers, to agree to solely subsist on only meat for one year, not in the Arctic, but while living and writing and lecturing in New York. The men lost some weight during the

first week of the adjustment period, but maintained a steady weight afterward. Note that the men were not trying to lose weight, so they ate enough meat to maintain their weights. They spent the entire year living entirely on meat and water and claimed that there was no evidence of any loss of physical or mental vigor. There was no evidence that the all meat diet causes an elevation in blood pressure, nor was there any evidence of vitamin deficiencies.

Remember, that this is not a new diet, rather the opposite. It has gained popularity recently due to its ease and simplicity, as well as the fact that the results for most of the thousands that try this diet speak for themselves.

So, what can i eat? 

As stated above, your meals should consist of animal foods alone. That is as it implies your food sources can only be meat and the other products provided by animals. When should you eat? Whenever you are hungry and eat until you are sated. 

Here are some examples of foods that you can and should enjoy on the carnivore diet: Let’s start with the obvious – meat, Steak, roasts, burgers (without the vegetables or bun, of course) generally make up the main food source for those on the diet. It is essential that you eat enough calories, because even if red meat is nutrient dense, it is easy to feel full well before you take in enough calories in a day. Eat fattier cuts of meat to ensure you are taking in enough to keep your energy up. 

Game meats are generally much leaner than store bought meats, so meat byproducts like lard or dairy fats like butter and ghee should be used to supplement the lack of fat in game. Something that should also be mentioned is marrow, which is a soft, fatty substance found inside bones. You can cook down bones in water or create a stock from meat, bones, and salted water. If available from your butcher, you can get femurs from cattle, have them cut lengthwise to expose the marrow, and roast it in the oven for a decadent high fat and nutrient filled treat.

The diet 

Remember, as always, that diet is as its name suggests is an all meat and animal products diet. Also, take note that you are going to have to decide whether you will be supplementing your diet with a small number and amount of dairy products. 

Some choose to do this to ease into the diet or to add in a little variety, as well as some vitamin D. As before, I mentioned that some people take vitamin supplements, so feel free to adjust these few things to your own diet. We know that every person’s body is different and will react to the diet in their own way, so please make informed decisions when it comes to your own health and safety. Here is a condensed list of allowable foods on the diet. 

  • Type of Protein Example Foods 
  • Red Meat Beef, pork, lamb, wild game, duck, geese, or other wild fowl 
  • White Meat Chicken, turkey, fish, seafood 
  • Organ Meat Liver, kidneys, tongue, bone marrow, heart, brain 
  • Eggs Chicken eggs, goose eggs, duck eggs 
  • Dairy Heavy cream, whole milk, cheese, butter, ghee 

Remember that although meats and dairy are packed with protein, make sure that you eat enough to feel full. Do not just eat lean meats and low fat options, or you can reduce your caloric intake down to dangerous levels. The natural saturated and unsaturated animal fat on the meat provide necessary daily nutritional needs

for your body. Not just the need to keep your calories up to a safe level, but along with the fats and protein, there are necessary vitamins, minerals and amino acids in the meat, not to mention the fact that fat makes food taste better! As you won’t be eating any plant matter or plant based proteins like soy beans, it is necessary to eat until you feel full. As the diet goes on, after your adjustment period, your appetite will likely change. You should not leave any meal until you feel sated, as you will need to eat to your personal needs. Whether you exercise heavily or have a more sedentary lifestyle, eat until you are full. It is approximated that you will need to eat an average of two pounds of meat daily, unless you have a physically demanding job or work out heavily.

When Should I Eat?

When should you eat? When you feel hungry is the basic answer, but it’s not the only one. Eating three meals a day is perfectly acceptable; some people feel better having just one or two meals a day. Or if you like, you can stretch out your caloric intake to five or six smaller portions a day. Some even find that intermittent fasting works for them. Intermittent fasting (IF) is an eating pattern that cycles between periods of fasting and eating. It’s currently quite popular and has several methods in order to keep your energy up and can be used in this diet. In fact, because it retricts the same things that are restricted here, such as high carbohydrate meals, or detrimental snacking on junk food, it can pair with the carnivore diet to achieve faster results. Note that this is only for those who are able to do so, due to their daily schedule or by closely monitoring the results and listening to your body’s needs, and please remember that no particular method is a one size fits all and that it is optional. With the high caloric and protein rich diet, some people do find themselves less hungry and can easily employ one of the popular methods of IF. As this is a potentially useful method to add in more health benefits, here are listed the most popular variants of IF: The 16/8 method: Also known as Leangains, this method involves skipping breakfast and restricting your daily eating period to 8 hours, such as 12–8 p.m. This simple method by its nature has you fasting for 16 hours in between.

The 5:2 diet: With this method, you only consume 500–600 calories on 2 non consecutive days of the week, but eat normally the other 5 days. Like the Eat Stop Eat method, take care not to fast on consecutive days (like the weekend) as this could cause you too serious a drop in caloric intake. This method also has the added difficulty of counting calories, which adds some complexity to our simple carnivore diet. Eat Stop Eat: This involves fasting for 24 hours and should only be done once or twice a week, or you could find yourself losing too much energy and actually be starving your body, slowing your metabolism. The easiest example is simply not eating from dinner one day until your dinner on the next day. Any of these methods can be easily added to the carnivore diet, and only you can know if any of them are right for you. Please do NOT employ any of these methods until after your adjustment period, as your body needs time to adjust to this new way of eating and drinking.

Stay Hydrated!
Speaking of drinking, I cannot emphasize enough the necessity of keeping yourself hydrated with plenty of water. Depending upon how strict you want to be on the diet, I recommend you try and drink only water for your 30 day trial. It can be any type of non flavored water, such as tap, sparkling, or filtered water. You may need to add a little salt to your water to avoid muscle cramps and other issues. Tea and coffee are not technically allowed (as they both have their flavors derived from plant matter), but as long as you only add cream, milk, or ‘bulletproof’ your coffee with butter, you can have your precious caffeine without any adverse effects to the diet.

What can i eat and where do i get it?

As I have stated before, the diet is as simple as it can get. Only animal derived protein is allowed, but how do you cook it? On this diet, you can cook any of your proteins to your desired doneness. Although restaurants and chefs agree that you should not cook a good piece of beef to anything past medium rare to truly enjoy the flavor and tenderness of a good cut of steak, you are free to cook your proteins to any level of doneness you wish. The mineral, proteins, vitamins, and amino acids do not reduce any significant amount unless you cook the steak beyond well done. Some game meats are recommended to only cook them to medium rare as well, but that again is up to your personal preference. Some meats, namely most farmed poultry such as chicken and turkey, should be cooked more fully to make sure that they are safe to eat. Pork is another example that has a safe internal temperature of 145 degrees Fahrenheit, for health reasons. Fish and other seafood can be consumed from raw to cooked completely dry. Experiment! Go out for sushi or fresh oysters, but naturally, you will need to get it without the rice or other vegetable derived accouterments.

If you wish to experiment at home with these sorts of things, it’s important that you get the freshest seafood you can find and follow these simple rules for selecting and preparation of raw fish. First and foremost, you need to avoid albacore tuna and King mackerel, as they contain high levels of mercury. Lower mercury options include salmon and freshwater trout. Mercury is a heavy metal toxin that can build up in the blood and cause neurological problems, impairing memory and fine motor skills. Average adults won’t get mercury poisoning from an occasional sushi dinner as that would require eating large amounts of high mercury fish, but consuming less mercury is always better than consuming more. Pregnant women and adults 65 and older, or people with a weakened immune system, are particularly sensitive to mercury’s effects so eating any raw fish should be off limits to these groups. You should also make sure that you are buying your fish from a fish monger you trust. Buy your meats from a local butcher shop if you have one, as it is a great place to take your time and ask questions about different kinds and cuts of meat. Most proponents of the diet claim that you should focus on grass fed and grass finished beef cuts. Although more expensive than conventional cuts, the experts say the quality of the meat matters. You can also often find excellent deals on organ meat and wonderful advice on how to best prepare it from your local butcher.

Your local grocery is where most people get their meats, and that’s perfectly acceptable. Although it’s always best to get the freshest meats available, grocery stores often have some other more frugal options and you will find that every Wednesday the specials change! Speaking for a moment on grocery meat, some people complain that all grocery meat tastes the same due to the additional

solutions that are added to lengthen shelf life. This is because the vast majority of the beef sold in grocery stores is aged instead of dry aged. Wet aging consists of vacuum packing larger primal or sub primal cuts in plastic and letting it age in a refrigerator. The meat is packed in its own juices, allowing its natural enzymes to break down connective tissues but without the fluid loss or mold growth of dry aging.

My grandfather told me that all meat tastes like liver these days because of the wet aging method. This simply would not do! If you have ever had a dry aged steak in a steakhouse, here is a simple method to get close to that taste and texture at home. A simple trick once you get home with your steaks, is to take them out of the package and wrap them in paper towels before you place them into your refrigerator, on a plate or tray. You will almost immediately see a pink liquid staining the paper towels. Leave them overnight, unwrap them, and then rewrap them in fresh paper towels in the morning, and repeat this again the next morning. This method, in just three or four days, will render the steaks more flavorful, and will allow the fat of the meat to make the steak juicy, instead of the solution they’ve been prepared within the aging process that is so prevalent in our current grocery stores.

One of the other sources for your meat and animal products like fresh cream, whole milk, and cheese is your local farmer’s market. You will have the opportunity to talk to the farmer about their meats and methods they employ, often getting meat and dairy products fresher than any store, although you will be often paying a premium. Remember though, as you are ONLY subsisting on meat, it’s alright to splurge on a particularly nice cut. You may even find that even though meat can be quite expensive, you will still be spending less at the store because you are cutting out every other item that is normally on your list. No vegetables, fruits, sodas, chips, or anything else; just meat. Going further, how you cook your meat will be extremely important to you to keep the diet fun, easy, and interesting. This is why, even though the diet is supposed to be free of any vegetables, herbs, or plant derived spices, I can recommend if you find yourself growing tired of the same flavor profile each meal, there is little harm in using any of the no calorie spice blends. I, of course, recommend that you try with just simple salt and allow for the meat to shine through, but I also understand that people can grow tired of the same thing day in, day out. Seasoning aside, I can also recommend a lot of different gear for getting the most out of your meat.