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Natural Anti-Inflammatory Teas

These 6 teas are not only tasty but also particularly suitable for calming the inflammatory processes in the body, be it chronic inflammation or an ordinary cold.

1. Turmeric tea is prepared from the roots of the turmeric plant. The roots are sold fresh, dried and, most often, in the form of a powder. Turmeric is common throughout Asia, and the bright golden roots of this plant were used in Ayurveda and traditional Chinese medicine for millennia. Powdered turmeric is also used as a natural dye.

Turmeric owes its anti-inflammatory effects to the active ingredient called curcumin which also gives the root its bright yellow color. Several studies using a turmeric supplement confirmed that it’s effective at relieving the pain and reducing inflammation caused by chronic inflammatory conditions, such as arthritis, inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), and heart disease.

Turmeric was also shown to help joint and muscle pain and increasing mobility both in osteoarthritis and post-exercise.

How to Prepare Turmeric Tea

Both turmeric spice and the fresh root can be used to prepare a delicious cup of turmeric tea. If you’re using fresh turmeric, you’ll need around 1 teaspoon of it to yield 1 large mug of tea, but if you’re using powdered turmeric, only half the amount or ½ teaspoon of the powder will suffice.

The preparation is simple as can be: simply simmer the water and turmeric mixture for around 10 minutes, and then drain into a cup. A little lemon and ginger complement the taste of this tea wonderfully.

2. Rosehip Tea (Rosa canina)

Rosehip tea is prepared from rose hips, small, bright red accessory fruits that grow on a particular type of rose, the dog rose. Rosa canina, the scientific name of the plant, is a widespread species of wild roses common all around Europe, northwest Africa, and western Asia, and its fruits were traditionally used to treat different ailments for millennia.

Rich in vitamin C, E and β-Carotene, these fruits were an important source of vitamins for the previous generations, especially during the winter, as dried rose hips can be stored for months without going bad. Only recently, however, we have discovered that rosehip is extremely rich in phenols, potent antioxidants that protect the cells from free radical damage.

Apart from that, the fruits contain several triterpene acids, which are known to prevent inflammation. Clinical trials have reported that rosehip powder can reduce pain in rheumatoid arthritis, one of the most common chronic inflammations.

How to Prepare Rose Hip Tea

Rosehip tea has a red hue and a fruity taste and can be enjoyed both warm and cool. Rosehip is usually sold dried, and both seedless and whole rose hips are available for purchase.

If you’re using seedless ones, simply toss around 7 pieces into a cup and steep them for up to 10 minutes, further draining the solids. If you have whole rose hips, you can boil the same amount on low heat for 10-15 minutes and drain them before transferring into a cup.

3. Green tea (Camellia sinensis)

All tea varieties are made of the leaves of the Camellia sinensis plant, but different growing and processing techniques yield different kinds of tea. Green teas are generally fermented and processed much less and more gently than red or black tea varieties, and so it contains a lot more antioxidants and other beneficial phytochemicals.

Green tea originated over 1.000 years ago in China, but ever since, it spread to other Asian countries and is popular worldwide today. The antioxidants we mentioned earlier are all polyphenols, and one of them, EGCG, is considered to be most effective at dealing with inflammation.

Japanese matcha tea is reported to have the highest amounts of EGCG, but most green teas will contain the beneficial ingredient as well. Research reports that EGCG can relieve IBD symptoms and can dampen the development of chronic degenerative diseases (Alzheimer’s, heart disease and some cancers).

Do keep in mind, however, that much like coffee, green tea contains caffeine, and so it can be harmful to certain patients, so talk to your doctor to check for any possible medication interactions.

Green tea comes in countless varieties, each having its own optimal brewing time and temperature, so follow the instructions on the packaging of the tea of your choice. We recommend opting for loose leaf teas, as those are generally made of younger tea leaves that have more antioxidants.

4. Fennel Tea (Foeniculum vulgare)

If you’re surprised to find out that fennel can be brewed into a tea, you’re likely familiar with the sweet and pungent vegetable that has its own health benefits, but not its seeds. Yes, both the seeds and the bulb of this Mediterranean plant are used for both culinary and medicinal purposes.

Fennel seeds, in particular, are rich in phenols, just like rosehip, and are often used to soothe digestive issues, particularly bloating, but it is also a potent pain reliever for menstrual cramps.

How to Prepare Fennel Tea

Fennel tea has a light yellow color and a sweet taste comparable to licorice. To prepare the tea, use 1-2 teaspoons of crushed fennel seeds and steep them for 10-15 minutes in a cup of hot water.

5. Ginger Tea (Zingiber officinale)

Ginger root needs no introduction, it’s one of the most popular tea ingredients and an extremely widespread spice. Ginger originated somewhere in Southeast Asia a long time ago, but today, its medicinal and culinary uses span worldwide and go far beyond traditional medicine and cuisine.

As of today, scientists discovered over 50 antioxidants in ginger, and these powerful phytochemicals can reduce the inflammation in your entire body. Studies involving diabetics, as well as patients suffering from osteoarthritis have observed a global reduction in many inflammation markers following a course of ginger supplements.

How to Prepare Ginger Tea

Although my favorite way to include ginger in my tea is to combine it with green tea or other herbal tea, you can prepare ginger tea alone as well.

If you’re using dried ginger, only ¼ – ½ teaspoon will suffice to prepare a cup of ginger tea. Steep the hot water and ginger mixture for 5 minutes. If you’re working with fresh ginger, around 1 tablespoon of the finely-sliced root will be enough to make 1 cup of ginger tea, but keep in mind that fresh ginger takes longer to brew around 10 minutes.

6. Tulsi (Ocimum tenuiflorum)

Also known as holy basil, this leafy plant native to the Indian subcontinent is a recurring ingredient in traditional medicine, especially in Ayurveda, where it’s known as a powerful adaptogen capable of helping the body to cope with emotional and environmental stress.

Modern research builds upon the traditional uses of the plant, with studies finding that tulsi has anti-inflammatory properties throughout the body, reducing blood sugar, blood pressure and LDL (bad) cholesterol levels. Other research found that the plant may also reduce swelling, decrease pain and inflammation by inhibiting enzymes that trigger the inflammatory response.

Finally, holy basil use was linked to a reduction of uric acid levels, alleviating pain in such conditions as gout and rheumatoid arthritis.

How to Prepare Tulsi Tea

Just 1 teaspoon of dried or fresh tulsi leaves will be enough to prepare a cup of tea. Simply immerse the herb into a cup of hot water and let it brew for 5 minutes.

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The after-effects of Covid

A report published in February by the World Health Organization, based on preliminary data, suggested that in mild cases the median recovery time from Covid-19 is roughly two weeks from the onset of symptoms, and in severe or critical cases about three to six weeks. However, some of those who appear to have only mild illness initially also end up wrestling with symptoms, including fatigue, that linger for weeks or months. For many COVID survivors, testing negative is only half the battle won. COVID-19, as an infectious viral disease induces a heavy burden on the body and can leave patients suffering from symptoms long after recovery, no matter how mild or severe the infection was. Latest findings from the National Institute of Health, Britain (NIH) suggest that infection possibilities not just multiply post-COVID, but can also launch a multi-pronged attack, causing possibly a ‘rollercoaster’ of symptoms affecting all parts of the body and mind.

While doctors suggest that full recovery would require a month or two post-infection, SARS-COV-2 can also leave lasting consequences for the body’s vital organs, and require acute health monitoring for a long time. From heart trouble, thrombosis to nervous disorders, there are some COVID signs which could indicate signs of long term trouble. Take a look:

Heart damage

People who have made successful recoveries from COVID are returning to hospitals complaining of discomfort, fullness and cardiac complications, despite having no pre-existing history for heart problems. Some have also been asked to go for preventive screenings in the long run. In fact, incidents of myocardial injuries and infraction are some of the most common post-COVID issues people face and leave lasting damage in the long run.

According to doctors, the heart is one of the most vital organs impacted by COVID, and the implications can be harsh for everyone, no matter what age, severity, immunity or condition they have. At a preliminary level, it may lead to a decrease in heart function. This could be a result of either the systemic inflammatory response to infection or direct viral infection in the heart. Excessive pressure or stress put on the lungs or the heart can also result in myocarditis, which can lead to arrhythmia or even heart failure, in rare cases. Hence, it’s important to look out for preventive signs, keep a check on essential vitals and take action accordingly. Making changes to your diet and lifestyle, as part of rehabilitative care should also be paid attention to in the long run.

Lung fibrosis

Apart from the heart, one of the ways SARS-COV-2 virus implicates your body functioning is attacking the lungs and scarring the linings across the respiratory organs, leading to a build-up of a threatening condition, commonly known as fibrosis. COVID-19 is primarily a respiratory infection and reduces vital functioning. Due to avid viral multiplication and compromised immune response, the virus can start to ‘clot’ parts of your respiratory system and make normal functions, such as breathing difficult for some. It is for the same reason, many experience bouts of breathlessness, fatigue, low oxygen saturation weeks or months after testing negative. All of these are some of the early signs of lung fibrosis and require acute care and support. Failure to take care at the earliest can have potentially faltering consequences for a person’s health, especially for someone who is over the age of 50, or is prone to respiratory disorders.

Thrombosis

Thrombosis refers to the formation of blood clots in the blood vessels, which prohibits proper blood flow through the body’s circulatory system. In some cases, a reduced, or compromised blood flow could lead to an increased risk of some patients developing blood clots in the veins that cause leg clots (deep vein thrombosis) and pulmonary embolism. Experts say COVID-19, of all diseases, carries the most risk for increased rates of thrombosis for patients who are infected by it, as well as those who have tested negative. This is far more damaging for someone who is immuno-compromised or is suffering from diabetes. It is for the same reason that patients diagnosed with COVID and those who have pre-existing medical issues are advised to take blood thinners like aspirin on a prophylactic basis to cut down on chances of complications.

Kidney damage

Studies emerging out of New York have detailed that intensive cases of COVID-19 caused long-term damage to the kidneys, with over 60% of critically ill COVID patients requiring support in the long term. Not only is this finding unexpected, but researchers also say that it is also one of the most ‘silent’ signs of degradation in the body. Problems like chronic kidney disease (CKD), renal failure are also being commonly reported amongst patients who have recovered from COVID-19.

Cognitive decline and brain fog

Brain fog, anxiety, depression, PTSD and a decreased quality of life are some of the symptoms COVID long haulers are talking about. It is just another way how a simple ‘respiratory’ virus could pose long term trouble for your brain and nervous system. Though it isn’t entirely clear as to how and why does the COVID causing virus to impact your brain functioning, effects on your mental health could have lasting problems, and further slowdown recovery. Cured patients are also reporting symptoms of memory loss, confusion, forgetfulness, likening them to dementia-like symptoms.

Mood and fatigue

People who have severe symptoms of COVID-19 often have to be treated in a hospital’s intensive care unit, with mechanical assistance such as ventilators to breathe. Simply surviving this experience can make a person more likely to later develop post-traumatic stress syndrome, depression and anxiety.

Hearing loss

COVID-19 is known to affect blood flow — which means it can impact your hearing.

Much is still unknown about how COVID-19 will affect people over time. However, researchers recommend that doctors closely monitor people who have had COVID-19 to see how their organs are functioning after recovery.

It’s important to remember that most people who have COVID-19 recover quickly. But the potentially long-lasting problems from COVID-19 make it even more important to reduce the spread of the disease by following precautions such as wearing masks, avoiding crowds and keeping hands clean.

Source: TOI, Internet

The views expressed in this article should not be considered as a substitute for a physician’s advice. Always make sure to seek a doctor or a professional’s advice before proceeding with the home treatment plan.


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The after-effects of Covid

A report published in February by the World Health Organization, based on preliminary data, suggested that in mild cases the median recovery time from Covid-19 is roughly two weeks from the onset of symptoms, and in severe or critical cases about three to six weeks. However, some of those who appear to have only mild illness initially also end up wrestling with symptoms, including fatigue, that linger for weeks or months. For many COVID survivors, testing negative is only half the battle won. COVID-19, as an infectious viral disease induces a heavy burden on the body and can leave patients suffering from symptoms long after recovery, no matter how mild or severe the infection was. Latest findings from the National Institute of Health, Britain (NIH) suggest that infection possibilities not just multiply post-COVID, but can also launch a multi-pronged attack, causing possibly a ‘rollercoaster’ of symptoms affecting all parts of the body and mind.

While doctors suggest that full recovery would require a month or two post-infection, SARS-COV-2 can also leave lasting consequences for the body’s vital organs, and require acute health monitoring for a long time. From heart trouble, thrombosis to nervous disorders, there are some COVID signs which could indicate signs of long term trouble. Take a look:

Heart damage

People who have made successful recoveries from COVID are returning to hospitals complaining of discomfort, fullness and cardiac complications, despite having no pre-existing history for heart problems. Some have also been asked to go for preventive screenings in the long run. In fact, incidents of myocardial injuries and infraction are some of the most common post-COVID issues people face and leave lasting damage in the long run.

According to doctors, the heart is one of the most vital organs impacted by COVID, and the implications can be harsh for everyone, no matter what age, severity, immunity or condition they have. At a preliminary level, it may lead to a decrease in heart function. This could be a result of either the systemic inflammatory response to infection or direct viral infection in the heart. Excessive pressure or stress put on the lungs or the heart can also result in myocarditis, which can lead to arrhythmia or even heart failure, in rare cases. Hence, it’s important to look out for preventive signs, keep a check on essential vitals and take action accordingly. Making changes to your diet and lifestyle, as part of rehabilitative care should also be paid attention to in the long run.

Lung fibrosis

Apart from the heart, one of the ways SARS-COV-2 virus implicates your body functioning is attacking the lungs and scarring the linings across the respiratory organs, leading to a build-up of a threatening condition, commonly known as fibrosis. COVID-19 is primarily a respiratory infection and reduces vital functioning. Due to avid viral multiplication and compromised immune response, the virus can start to ‘clot’ parts of your respiratory system and make normal functions, such as breathing difficult for some. It is for the same reason, many experience bouts of breathlessness, fatigue, low oxygen saturation weeks or months after testing negative. All of these are some of the early signs of lung fibrosis and require acute care and support. Failure to take care at the earliest can have potentially faltering consequences for a person’s health, especially for someone who is over the age of 50, or is prone to respiratory disorders.

Thrombosis

Thrombosis refers to the formation of blood clots in the blood vessels, which prohibits proper blood flow through the body’s circulatory system. In some cases, a reduced, or compromised blood flow could lead to an increased risk of some patients developing blood clots in the veins that cause leg clots (deep vein thrombosis) and pulmonary embolism. Experts say COVID-19, of all diseases, carries the most risk for increased rates of thrombosis for patients who are infected by it, as well as those who have tested negative. This is far more damaging for someone who is immuno-compromised or is suffering from diabetes. It is for the same reason that patients diagnosed with COVID and those who have pre-existing medical issues are advised to take blood thinners like aspirin on a prophylactic basis to cut down on chances of complications.

Kidney damage

Studies emerging out of New York have detailed that intensive cases of COVID-19 caused long-term damage to the kidneys, with over 60% of critically ill COVID patients requiring support in the long term. Not only is this finding unexpected, but researchers also say that it is also one of the most ‘silent’ signs of degradation in the body. Problems like chronic kidney disease (CKD), renal failure are also being commonly reported amongst patients who have recovered from COVID-19.

Cognitive decline and brain fog

Brain fog, anxiety, depression, PTSD and a decreased quality of life are some of the symptoms COVID long haulers are talking about. It is just another way how a simple ‘respiratory’ virus could pose long term trouble for your brain and nervous system. Though it isn’t entirely clear as to how and why does the COVID causing virus to impact your brain functioning, effects on your mental health could have lasting problems, and further slowdown recovery. Cured patients are also reporting symptoms of memory loss, confusion, forgetfulness, likening them to dementia-like symptoms.

Mood and fatigue

People who have severe symptoms of COVID-19 often have to be treated in a hospital’s intensive care unit, with mechanical assistance such as ventilators to breathe. Simply surviving this experience can make a person more likely to later develop post-traumatic stress syndrome, depression and anxiety.

Hearing loss

COVID-19 is known to affect blood flow — which means it can impact your hearing.

Much is still unknown about how COVID-19 will affect people over time. However, researchers recommend that doctors closely monitor people who have had COVID-19 to see how their organs are functioning after recovery.

It’s important to remember that most people who have COVID-19 recover quickly. But the potentially long-lasting problems from COVID-19 make it even more important to reduce the spread of the disease by following precautions such as wearing masks, avoiding crowds and keeping hands clean.

Source: TOI, Internet

The views expressed in this article should not be considered as a substitute for a physician’s advice. Always make sure to seek a doctor or a professional’s advice before proceeding with the home treatment plan.


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WATER BORNE ILLNESS

Tips to Keep Kids Infection-Free When Swimming!

When thinking about protecting our kids or grandchildren while swimming, most of us think about using life jackets, giving them swimming lessons, and childproofing the pool, but water-borne infections should be a concern as well. So how can you keep your kids or grandchildren safe in the water and free from these germs? Read on to find out.

Infections from Germs in Pool, Lake and Water Park Water

Many of us overlook the fact that kids can get sick from the germs found in the water of pools, water parks, and lakes. Taking some simple steps can help keep children – and everyone else – safe while swimming:

Germs in the Water That Can Cause Infections

One danger when swimming is that the water can be contaminated with germs that can cause recreational water illness, such as:

• Diarrhea – This is caused by swallowing water contaminated with parasites, viruses, and bacteria, including Giardia, Salmonella, Norovirus, or even E. coli. These germs can enter the water when someone with an infection defecates in the water or the water is contaminated with raw sewage.

• Pink eye – This category of viruses, known as adenoviruses, can cause pink eye, colds, sore throats, croup, and diarrhea..

• Molluscum contagiosum – This is a rash that is similar to a wart. Although it may not be spread in swimming pool water, it can be spread by sharing towels and toys with a child who has molluscum.

• Hepatitis A – This is a viral infection that affects the liver, causing jaundice, fatigue, abdominal pain, fever, and nausea. Although often associated with contaminated food, it’s also possible to contract it from contaminated water.

• Naegleria – A rare, albeit very serious and often fatal infection that is caused by the Naegleria fowleri ameba, which is sometimes found in warm freshwater lakes and ponds.

Chlorine and Water Germs

While chlorine does kill a lot of germs in water, it can take up to an hour for the chlorine in a properly-maintained pool to work. This means that if a child has diarrhea and gets into the pool, and another child gets in straight after them, that child runs the risk of getting ill because the chlorine has not had the chance to kill any germs from the sick child.

Preventing Recreational Water Illnesses

In addition to teaching a child not to swallow water when swimming, you can help keep your child and everyone else healthy in the water if you:

• Keep your child or grandchild out of the water if they have pink eye, diarrhea, hepatitis A, or other contagious diseases.

• Don’t let children who have open wounds into the water because it could lead to an infection.

• Don’t share towels.

• Encourage everyone to take a shower before going swimming.

• Take younger children to the bathroom frequently so that they are less likely to have an accident in the water.

• Don’t change diapers by the pool – take the child to the bathroom, wash their bottom, and then wash your hands.

• Cover any molluscum lesions with a watertight bandage.

Incidence of Waterborne Diseases

It’s difficult to say how common these waterborne diseases are, as not all infections that kids catch from swimming in contaminated water are reported. However, it is estimated that around 2,000 people a year in the US are infected with waterborne diseases. Most infections occur in community swimming pools, spas and wading pools at hotels. Most experts believe that waterborne diseases are on the increase.

Water Safety Tips

Of course, keeping children safe in and around the water is equally as important. As with most child safety measures, that usually begins with proper supervision, which is one of the best ways to keep children safe in the water. That means watching your kids or grandchildren when they are in or around water, even if they know how to swim.

Other important water tips include:

• Childproofing your swimming pool so that it’s enclosed by a permanent fence that has a self-closing and self-latching gate that is tricky for younger people to open.

• Have everyone wear life jackets when on boats, jet skis or other types of watercraft.

• Only let children dive in areas that are clearly marked for diving, or when you definitely know how deep the water is.

• Learn CPR.

• Apply sunscreen to children at least 15-30 minutes before going out in the sun to avoid sunburn, and then reapply it at least every two hours, especially if your child has been in the water.

• Make sure you have a phone nearby, so that you can call for help quickly if you need it.

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Have you tried QUINOA Milk – The Superfood?

Quinoa (pronounced KEEN-wah) may be the most widely recognizable of the so-called "ancient grains." It has been a staple in the diet of people in the Andes for thousands of years; the Incas called it “the mother of all grains.” Now touted as a modern-day “superfood,” quinoa has gained a worldwide reputation as a healthier substitute for white rice and pasta and a rare plant source of complete protein for vegetarians and vegans. Quinoa has entered our lives more and more in recent years, and it seems that today there is no home that has not heard about this special food and its many health benefits. In addition, thanks to its delicate and unique taste, quinoa can be added to a variety of dishes, salads and even various healthy energy drinks.

While we’re used to seeing it as a part of various dishes, not many know that it is possible to make healthy, nutritious milk from quinoa that will provide your body with a variety of nutrients, and will help you in ways that regular or plant-based milk can’t. In order to learn more about quinoa, its advantages and how to turn it into delicious and nutritious milk, continue reading the article below.

How to Cook Quinoa

You should rinse quinoa before cooking it to remove the outer coating, called saponin, which can leave a bitter and soapy taste. Some brands do this before packaging their quinoa, but it’s a good idea to do it again at home just to make sure you’ve washed it all away. You’ll need a fine mesh sieve so you don’t lose the tiny seeds down the drain.

To prepare quinoa, cover it with seasoned water, stock, or vegetable broth, bring it to a boil, then put a tight-fitting lid on the pot, and turn the heat down to low. Simmer it until it softens, about 15 minutes; look for the tiny spirals of the germ to appear, a sign that it’s done. Drain it with a fine mesh sieve, return it to the warm pot to rest for about 10 minutes, and then fluff it with a fork to separate the grains. Or use your rice cooker, with a 1:2 ratio of quinoa to water.

Use quinoa in just about any recipe calling for rice or another whole grain, such as rice salads, couscous recipes, or pilafs. If you keep some cooked quinoa on hand in either the fridge or freezer, you are always ready to toss it into any dish for added texture, body, and nutrition.

Storage

Similar to other dry grains, quinoa should be stored in an airtight container in a cool, dark place to prevent moisture and insects from getting into it. Once it is cooked, it will stay fresh in the refrigerator for five to seven days. You can also batch cook it and store it in the freezer in serving-size portions.

Store quinoa flour in the freezer to slow oxidation and extend its shelf life. Quinoa flakes last in the refrigerator for up to a year.

The Benefits of Quinoa:

Quinoa is considered a superfood thanks to the essential nutrients it contains which nourish the body and contribute to its overall health. The unique grain has a number of characteristics that make it a real health bomb, and the milk produced from it will provide your body with a concentrated dose in one gulp!

1. Gluten free

After years of gastrointestinal problems, many are discovering that they are sensitive to gluten, which requires them to maintain a unique diet without the component that harms them. Quinoa is naturally gluten-free, as opposed to other foods that do not contain it because of the chemical processes they undergo to make them so. This means that people who are sensitive to gluten can enjoy quinoa without fear of introducing harmful ingredient supplements, in addition to reaping the many other benefits of the unique grain.

2. Improves metabolism at the cellular level

We are used to thinking about metabolic rate at the general level, that is, in the context of processing the food we eat, producing energy from it and its effect on the body. But along with these processes, there are also internal processes at the cellular level in the digestive system, which allow it to work properly in terms of maintaining normal levels of sugar and fats in the blood. Quinoa helps to improve digestive activity at the cellular and physical levels, which contributes to overall health, prevents sedimentation of fats in the blood vessels, and helps maintain normal energy levels.

3. Strengthens muscles

Protein is an essential commodity for the body in all its forms, especially for people who exercise regularly. Besides building the muscle itself, proteins are also needed for other processes such as absorption of various minerals and other components essential for the health of the body, especially iron. In a study published in 2001, researchers found that insufficient absorption of iron leads to a poor physical condition even after consuming the required amount, so it is recommended to incorporate iron-rich foods such as quinoa in your daily diet if you wish to develop and maintain muscle mass over time.

4. Helps lower blood pressure

Quinoa is rich in dietary fibers that contribute to digestion and removal of wastes from the body, as well as lowering blood pressure. Many people who have high blood pressure do not consume enough fiber in their diet, which perpetuates the situation. Fortunately though, quinoa can help. The natural and healthy fibers of quinoa grains help lower blood pressure and thus reduce the risk of various illnesses caused by this condition, especially if it is chronic.

5. A good source of B vitamins

There are several types of vitamin B, eight to be specific, each with its own main role, such as preventing blood shortages, maintaining proper neural activity, strengthening memory, and more. Quinoa is an excellent source of vitamins from this group, and eating it or drinking milk made of it will help you maintain good overall health and improve your body’s functioning in ways you won’t even be aware of.

6. Prevents osteoporosis (bone depletion)

As time goes by, the bones in our body lose their density due to osteoporosis and other factors that sometimes lead to the development of osteoporosis. In this condition, the bones become very delicate and fragile, which can turn any fall or bump into a risk of fracture in the body. In order to prevent this condition, it is important to consume foods that are rich not only in calcium but also in magnesium, such as quinoa. This essential mineral affects the metabolism of calcium and is therefore essential for its absorption, and happily, one cup of quinoa contains about a third of its recommended daily intake. In order to optimize the absorption of magnesium in your body, it is recommended to soak the quinoa in water before cooking and then eating it normally.

7. Rich in zinc

Zinc is a mineral that is needed in the body in quite small amounts, but without it, life cannot exist. Lack of zinc interferes with insulin function, lowers sperm count in men and increases the risk of contracting infectious diseases such as colds and the flu. One cup of quinoa contains 13% of the recommended daily amount of zinc, therefore, it is considered one of the best sources of this essential mineral. In a study published in 2013, researchers found that zinc plays a vital role in maintaining the health of the skin and liver, so it is recommended to consume enough of it on a daily basis to reduce the chance of diseases that attack these and other areas.

A recipe for quinoa milk:

Now that you know a little more about quinoa and its many virtues, you can go to the pantry, take out a package of quinoa and prepare a nutritious milk with this simple recipe:

Ingredients:

1 cup quinoa

10 cups of water

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 teaspoon cinnamon powder

1 teaspoon honey (optional)

Preparation:

1. Place the quinoa in a large plastic container, pour 6 cups of water over it, cover it with a lid and put it in the refrigerator overnight for about 8 hours (this step should not be skipped because quinoa has a phytic acid that inhibits mineral absorption, and the soaking neutralizes its activity).

2. Drain the quinoa from the liquid, place it in a pot with 2 cups of water and simmer over medium heat until it softens.

3. Place the cooked quinoa in a food processor along with the remaining 2 cups of water and blend until you get a smooth drink.

4. Add vanilla extract and cinnamon to the resulting drink, mix and set aside for a few minutes.

5. Strain the quinoa milk with a cheesecloth or a fine sieve and, if necessary, add more water. Keep the milk in a storage container in the refrigerator and drink hot/cold. You can sweeten the quinoa with honey and drink it whenever you like.

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News Report: MILLENNIALS AND DEPRESSION 2020

  • A Blue Cross Blue Shield report from 2019 found that millennials are seeing their physical and mental health decline at a faster rate than Gen X as they age. Without proper management or treatment, millennials could see a 40% uptick in mortality compared with Gen Xers of the same age, the report found.
  • Depression is on the rise among millennials. According to a report analyzing data from the Blue Cross Blue Shield Health Index, major depression diagnoses are rising at a faster rate for millennials and teens compared with any other age group.
  • More millennials are also dying "deaths of despair," or deaths related to drugs, alcohol, and suicide, Jamie Ducharme reported for Time in June, citing a report by the public-health groups Trust for America’s Health and Well Being Trust.
  • Suicide attempts have especially increased among Black youths. Suicide attempt rates for Black youths increased by 73% from 1991 to 2017, wrote clinical psychologist Inger E. Burnett-Zeiggler in an opinion piece for The New York Times, citing a November 2019 Pediatrics study. According to the study, suicide attempts decreased by 7.5% in the same time frame among white adolescents. But there are other structural factors at play behind the uptick in "deaths of despair," according to the Trust for America’s Health and Well Being Trust — namely the myriad financial problems millennials are facing: student-loan debt, healthcare, childcare, and an expensive housing market.
  • While millennials are more likely than previous generations to attend therapy, one in five diagnosed with major depression doesn’t seek treatment, according to the Blue Cross report. That might be because of rising healthcare costs.
  • Millennials don’t always have someone to share their mental burdens with — they’re less likely to have social support than other generations, as they’re marrying later and less connected to political or religious communities, according to Ducharme.
  • Cases of burnout have been increasing at an alarming rate in recent years, Ivan De Luce previously reported for Business Insider. The World Health Organization recently classified burnout as a "syndrome," medically legitimizing the condition for the first time.
  • Over half of the workers polled in a new survey from the human-resources company Paychex said their jobs were negatively affecting their mental health. What’s worse, about 56% of the employees in the survey rated their company’s mental-health benefits as either "fair" or "poor."
  • Millennials working outside a full-time corporate office are particularly vulnerable to depression, according to a University of Exeter review of 28,438 worker reports on mental health. The review found people working irregular hours and the night shift were 33% more likely to develop a mental illness than the general population.
  • In a separate study, Kantar, a UK-based data firm, found just over half of workers worldwide don’t think their workplace does enough to respond to mental-health concerns. Kantar surveyed 18,000 workers in 14 countries.
  • Nearly half of millennials have left a job for mental-health reasons. That’s according to a study conducted by Mind Share Partners, SAP, and Qualtrics and published in the Harvard Business Review. The study, which looked at mental-health challenges and stigmas in the US workplace, polled 1,500 respondents ages 16 and older working full time.

Takeaway: If you or someone you know is struggling with depression or has had thoughts of harming themselves or taking their own life, get help. The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (1-800-273-8255) provides 24/7 free, confidential support for people in distress, as well as the best practices for professionals and resources to aid in prevention and crisis situations.

You can also call the SAMHSA National Helpline, 1-800-662-HELP (4357), or reach out to the Crisis Text Line by texting HOME to 741741.

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KNOW ABOUT COUGHS

A cough can be described as a rapid expulsion of air from the lungs to clear the throat and airways of mucus, foreign particles, fluids, microbes, and various irritants. Any cough that lasts for more than eight weeks can be regarded as chronic and it is therefore advised that you seek medical help. Yet despite the advice, many people let a persistent cough go untreated for too long. Here are seven signs that indicate your cough is symptomatic of something more serious.

Here are the common triggers.

  • Viruses. Colds and the flu are the most common causes. While annoying, coughs that are “productive” get germy mucus out of your lungs when you’re sick. Most will go away in a few days. After a cold, though, some "dry" coughs last weeks or months. That could be because coughing irritates your lungs, which leads to more coughing, which irritates your lungs, and so on.
  • Allergies and asthma . If you have them, inhaling a trigger like mold can cause your lungs to overreact. They’re trying to cough out what’s bothering them.
  • Irritants. Even if you’re not allergic, things like cold air, cigarette smoke, or strong perfumes, can set off a hacking spell.
  • Postnasal drip . When you’re congested, mucus drips down from your nose into your throat, and makes you cough. You can get postnasal drip from colds, flu, sinus infections, allergies, and other problems.
  • Acid reflux . When you have heartburn, stomach acids back up into your throat, especially at night. They can irritate your windpipe, vocal chords, and throat and make you cough.
  • Other causes. Many other problems — lung inflammation, sleep apnea, and drug side effects — can be triggers. Get coughs that won’t go away checked out to make sure you don’t have a separate problem.

Structural damage from coughing

A cough can affect your health in unexpected ways. It may indicate illnesses like tuberculosis (TB) and some cancers. In addition, a chronic cough can also cause social embarrassment, interfere with sleep patterns, and cause headaches and urinary incontinence. But it doesn’t just stop there! Violent, persistent coughing can actually cause ‘structural’ damage to your body. Let’s take a look at 7 such situations:

1. Muscular pain

Persistent coughing can lead to chronic muscular pain. So every time you have a coffee fit, strong pressure is generated which can strain muscles, causing pain.

2. Cracked ribs

Rib fractures which are caused by chronic coughing generally occur in women. The middle ribs along the side are mostly affected. One of the risk factors is lower bone density. But a cough-induced rib fracture is possible and can happen in people with normal bone density.

3. Damage to small blood vessels

A violent coughing fit may cause fine blood vessels, such as in the anus and nose, to burst, which can lead to a hemorrhage.

4. Rupture of the diaphragm

During the expiratory phase of a cough, the diaphragm contracts. During forced respiratory movements, the diaphragm is pushed upward while the ribs are pushed inward and downward. Consequently, this opposing action can at times result in diaphragmatic rupture.

5. Abdominal hernia

While damage to the abdominal wall after coughing is rare, it may require surgical intervention. Abdominal herniation and abdominal muscle tears have been reported. However, abdominal muscle tears are difficult to detect and mostly occur in patients who suffer from chronic bronchitis. Yet, abdominal hernias which are generally caused by a cough are easier to detect.

6. Tissue damage in the throat

Persistent coughing can cause throat infections. This can lead to an infection risk to other parts of the body. Inflammation in the tissues of the throat may also be caused by a chronic cough.

7. Coughing up blood

Known as hemoptysis, coughing up small amounts of bright red blood or frothy blood-streaked saliva and phlegm indicates that blood from your lungs is due to a prolonged coughing or a chest infection.

Home Remedy

  • You can drink warm fluids, inhale warm, moist air, and use cough drops. Add a spoonful of honey to hot tea, or choose a cough drop that has it. Never give honey to a child under a year old — it can make them very sick.

Source: CDC, Internet, & Others

The views expressed in this article should not be considered as a substitute for a physician’s advice. Always make sure to seek a doctor or a professional’s advice before proceeding with the home treatment plan.


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LATEST NEWS: BEWARE OF COVID

Nine in ten coronavirus patients reported experiencing side-effects such as fatigue, psychological after-effects and loss of smell and taste after they recovered from the disease, according to a preliminary study by South Korea. Fatigue was the most common side-effect with 26.2% reading, followed by difficulty in concentration which had 24.6%.


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Can you guess the riskiest thing you can do to get Covid?

The answer is …Going to a bar.

See other tips from CDC to mitigate the chances of catching a Covid infection

1. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) stress the importance of hand hygiene to prevent the spread of COVID-19, which includes washing your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.

2. CDC advises people not shake out their dirty clothes when doing laundry, as it could release virus particles into the air

3. Do not touch your phone unless you have used hand sanitizer first.

4. The CDC warns people not to share items that are "difficult to clean, sanitize, or disinfect."

5. CDC says to "stop handshaking," and instead advises people to engage in non-contact methods of greeting.

6. Hug if needed with a mask. The worst thing you can do while giving a hug, however, is breathing in the other person’s face.

7. Wash your hands before you put on contacts. CDC warns that not washing your hands before is even more dangerous now because research has found that the coronavirus can enter your body through the eyes.

8. If you’re wearing the same pair while running multiple errands, you could just be spreading the coronavirus around.

9. Use your credit card instead of cash.

10. Limiting the amount of people in the car and keeping the windows down can reduce risk, but if you "increase the number of people and shut the windows, the risk goes up."

11. If entering elevator, wash your hands after getting off an elevator, especially if you touched a button or railing.

12. public pools can be dangerous because they tend to be crowded (especially with younger children), making it hard to keep a distance and not touch things that others already have.

13. Wear a mask in public. You’re wearing a mask to protect others.

14. CDC lists people with underlying medical problems as high risk for infection and severe COVID illness. If you are sick, stay indoors

15. The CDC says you should wash your face mask after every use.

16. Public transportation via a bus isn’t really all that safe, especially if the windows are closed

17. Air travel requires "spending time in security lines and airport terminals," the CDC says, which can put you in close contact with other people and possibly contaminated surfaces.

18. Avoid Theater. Movies typically run around two hours, and that’s a long time to be in an indoor space with other people.

19. gyms are particularly risky because "you’re breathing heavy and more likely to spread the virus, which aerosolizes into the air regardless of limited capacity."

20. The CDC highly recommends any gatherings take place outdoors, if possible. If not, the agency advises "[making] sure the room or space is well-ventilated."

21. one study from Japan found that people were 19 times more likely to contract the coronavirus indoors (like malls, restaurant, wedding) than they were outdoors.

22. going to a bar is possibly the riskiest thing you can do during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Source: CDC, Internet, & Others

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MIRACLE OF TEA TREE OIL

What Is Tea Tree Oil?

Tea tree oil is an essential oil derived from the leaves of the Melaleuca alternifolia plant, also known as Narrow-leaved paperbark. This small tree should not be confused with the tea plant, Camellia Sinensis, used to produce tea. Narrow-leaved paperbarks are native to Queensland and New South Wales, Australia, where they have been used as traditional medicine for centuries. Native Australians used the crushed leaves of this plant in inhalations to treat respiratory infections. Medical research has found that tea tree oil contains a compound called terpinene-4-ol that has been shown to kill certain harmful microorganisms.

If you already have some coconut oil, olive oil or jojoba oil in your arsenal, you might think that you don’t need any additional oil. These oils are what is called a carrier or base oil, and while they have wonderful benefits of their own and are typically also moisturizing, they can be enhanced with the use of essential oils, such as tea tree oil.

Tea tree oil combined with any base oil will make an excellent mixture, as you only need a few drops of tea tree oil and would have to dilute it anyway, since it’s too strong and can cause dermatitis when used undiluted.

Finally, never take tea tree oil orally and keep away from children, as it is toxic if ingested.

1. Treats Fungal Nail Infections and Athlete’s Foot

The antifungal properties of tea tree oil are well-studied. It was shown to at least partially or fully treat nail fungus in 6 months in 60% of the participants in one study, and another study showed that 72% of participants with athlete’s foot benefited from applying tea tree oil.

The oil can help relieve the pain and inflammation associated with these conditions and may be effective in getting rid of the fungus altogether.

How to use: mix equal parts base oil (such as olive, coconut, jojoba, sweet almond oil, etc.) and tea tree oil and apply on the affected area. No need to rinse, just make sure to wash your hands immediately to avoid spreading the fungus.

2. Relieves Psoriasis and Skin Inflammation

People with inflamed sensitive skin, dermatitis, skin allergies, bug bites or psoriasis flare-ups may benefit from tea tree oil as well.

The oil can help relieve the symptoms of these skin conditions, such as redness, flaking skin, and itching, with one study showing a 40% improvement in symptoms after application in dermatitis, significantly more than standard topical medications. Tea tree oil is also effective at treating another common type of skin inflammation, acne, both on the face and the body.

How to use: mix 2 tablespoons of a base oil of your choice with 10 drops of tea tree oil and apply this mixture to the inflamed area 2-3 times a day until you see an improvement in symptoms.

3. Promotes Wound Healing

Tea tree oil will help keep wounds clean and reduce inflammation in the affected area. Avoid applying it directly onto the wound, however, as it can be dangerous. Instead, simply apply a few drops of tea tree oil on a clean wound dressing before covering the wound with it.

If the wound is a minor cut or a scrape, you can use just a little smidgen of the mix of 1 tsp carrier oil (e.g. sweet almond oil or coconut oil) and 1 drop tea tree oil directly on a CLEAN scrape and then cover with a band-aid.

4. Can Be Used as a Hand Sanitizer

The vast majority of hand sanitizers available in stores do more harm than good, drying out your skin in the long term and making you more susceptible to disease. Since tea tree oil has valuable antimicrobial properties, you can use it to make your own DIY hand sanitizer.

How to use: mix 4 drops of tea tree oil with 2 tablespoons pure aloe vera gel and apply when needed.

You can also use tea tree oil to make a sanitizer and air freshener in one for your home. To do so, simply combine ¾ cups water with ½ cups of vinegar and 20 drops of tea tree oil in a spray bottle. You can use this mix to clean your home, just don’t forget to shake before every use.

5. Mosquito Repellent

Tea tree oil naturally possesses quite a strong scent and one that most insects choose to stay away from. In a study with cows sprayed with tea tree oil, the researchers found that the cows that were sprayed had 61% fewer insects bothering them than the ones that weren’t sprayed.

How to use: In a spray bottle, combine 20 drops tea tree oil with 20 drops lavender oil, as well as 1 tablespoon alcohol and 1 cup water. Apply this mixture before going out, focusing on the areas that aren’t covered with clothing. Shake the bottle before every use.

6. Treat Dandruff and an Itchy Scalp

Tea tree oil is beneficial for an itchy or flaky scalp. In one study with individuals suffering from dandruff, 40% of the individuals exhibited a marked improvement, but the majority of them reported a reduction of symptoms, such as itchiness, dryness, and redness.

To use tea tree to treat dandruff, you can simply add a few drops of the oil into your regular shampoo, or try making an oil-based hair mask which can be accessed via this link.

7. Hand Sanitizer

Tea tree oil makes an ideal natural hand sanitizer.

Studies have shown that it kills several common bacteria and viruses responsible for causing illness, including E. coli, S. pneumoniae and H. influenzae. Moreover, a study testing several types of hand wash shows that adding tea tree oil to the cleansers boosted their effectiveness against E. coli.

8. Natural Deodorant

Tea tree oil’s antibacterial effects may help control underarm odor related to perspiration.

Sweat itself does not smell. However, when secretions from your sweat glands combine with bacteria on your skin, a moderate to strong odor is produced.

Your underarm area contains a large concentration of these glands and is mainly responsible for what is commonly referred to as “body odor.” Tea tree oil’s bacteria-fighting properties make it an ideal natural alternative to commercial deodorants and antiperspirants.

Source: Internet, & Others

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Latest NEWS: COVID-19 and Children

Per the American Academy of Pediatrics, more than 500,000 children in the United States have been diagnosed with COVID-19, and the rate of new cases among kids continues to rise. The largest increases were reported in six states: Indiana, Kentucky, Missouri, Montana, North Dakota and South Dakota. As many as 103 children have died, according to the report. A disproportionate number of cases are reported in Black and Hispanic children and in places where there is high poverty.

Takeaway:

Severe outcomes and complications of the coronavirus appear to be rare among children. While children may be largely spared the worst outcomes, experts say they can spread the virus to more vulnerable family members.

The academy recommends every child over age 6 months should get the flu vaccine before the end of October.


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LATEST NEWS: FLU SHOT

Vaccinating children against the flu is “more important than ever” this year, according to the new American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommendations for preventing influenza during the 2020-21 flu season.

Today, the problem is that less than half of the country (47%) got a flu shot last year. The CDC normally recommends that 60% to 70% of the country get the influenza inoculation to keep the virus under control, and it’s pushing for 65% compliance this year. The vaccine lowers your risk of complications or dying from the flu, even if you do get sick.

Last flu season, 188 children and teens under 19 died of complications from influenza, according to the CDC. About 80% of children who die are not vaccinated.

Takeaway: get the Flu vaccine for your kids, this year.


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ARE THEY HEALTH MYTHS OR TRUTH?

1. An apple a day keeps the doctor away

Eating an apple a day can keep the doctor away. According to researchers from Cornell’s Food Science and Toxicology Department found that one fresh apple contains the antioxidant properties equal to 1500 milligrams of vitamin C. To keep your immune system functioning, your body needs vitamin C. However, German researchers in 2009, found that vitamin C can’t prevent you from catching something like a cold virus, or make it any less severe. Still, sufficient levels can reduce the duration of the illness in healthy persons.

2. Bundle up or you’ll catch a cold

As such, a virus is what causes a cold, not the cold weather itself. However, there is some truth to this partial health myth. According to a 2016 study at the Children’s Hospital in Boston, “most strains of rhinovirus (the common cold virus) replicate better at cool temperatures.” This means that while you won’t catch a cold from the cold, the virus is more likely to stick in lower temperatures.

3. Fresh fruits and vegetables are healthier than frozen produce

A study conducted in 2015 at the University of California, looked at eight different veggies and fruits. While the results varied, researchers found that fresh peas had more vitamin B than frozen ones. Meanwhile, a 2010 study from the Department of Public health in Parma, Italy, discovered that when fresh, vegetables such as cabbage, kale, Brussels sprouts, and cauliflower maintained more antioxidants and phytochemicals.

4. Chicken soup can cure your cold

Chicken soup has long been deemed as a universal remedy for all that ails you. And, there is scientific evidence that this dish does make a difference. In fact, according to the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, chicken soup provides our bodies with protein, vitamins, and antioxidants that boost our immune system.

5. Milk does the body good

Growing up you heard that milk gives us strong bones. But, according to a 2014 study published in the British Medical Journal, there was no link between milk consumption and bone fracture risk. With this in mind, a 2011 study from McMaster University found milk to be more hydrating than water for children. This, researchers concluded that milk is better than sports drinks and water because it is a source of high-quality protein, carbs, calcium, and electrolytes. But be careful – choose organic dairy and only if your child is not allergic to dairy.

6. Cholesterol is bad for you

While some cholesterol is bad for you, there are two types, LDL, which is bad, and HDL which is good. According to the American Heart Association, “Too much of the bad kind, or not enough of the good kind, increases the risk that cholesterol will slowly build up in the inner walls of the arteries that feed the heart and brain.” High cholesterol is linked to a heart attack and stroke because of this build-up in your arteries, which narrows them, making them less flexible, and preventing proper blood flow.

7. Garlic can relieve a toothache

You’ve likely heard that garlic cures toothaches, and this has turned out to be true. When you crush garlic cloves, they release allicin. This is a natural antibacterial agent, and it can help you with your tooth pain. Of course, if your tooth pain persists, be sure to get it checked by your dentist.

8. Eating before bed will give you nightmares

Eating too late, be it sugar or something else, will impact your ability to stay asleep. Eating a large meal, especially a high-carbohydrate meal, could trigger night sweats because the body generates heat as it metabolizes the food. Also, gastroesophageal reflux (GERD), caused by lying down with a full stomach, may trigger symptoms that wake you up.

9. You should always eat your crusts

Crusts are a nutritious part of the bread. In fact, according to a German study conducted in 2002, it was found that bread crust has powerful antioxidants, containing as much as eight times more antioxidants than the bread itself.

10. Eating too many carrots will turn your skin orange

While hard to believe, this is actually true. You’d have to eat a lot of carrots for it to happen though. According to the University of California, Santa Barbara, carrots are rich in beta-carotene and consuming too much can cause excess beta-carotene to enter the bloodstream where it is not properly broken down. So instead, it is deposited in the skin, which leads to an orange skin discoloration called carotenemia. This is a common and harmless condition that affects infants when they begin to eat solid foods. However, your body will eventually break down the excess beta-carotene, and your skin will return to its normal color.

Source: Internet, & Others

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NATURAL REMEDY: FOOT SOAK

Here is a great foot soak you can make at home that will give your feet the perfect boost.

Many people swear by this remedy, yet it uses only two common ingredients we all have in our home. Here’s how you can whip up a fantastic mixture that will have your feet looking and feeling great this summer!

What you will need

• 2-4 Cups of Milk

• A liberal sprinkling of Baking Soda

• A large bowl, big enough to fit both your feet in at the same time.

How To Create Your Foot Soak

1. Warm your milk up. You can use between two to four cups, depending on how big your bowl is, how big your feet are and how much milk you have available.

2. Pour the milk into a good-sized bowl. You need to be able to fit both feet in the container at the same time, side-by-side.

3. Soak your toes in the milk for around five minutes, and then grab your baking soda. Lightly sprinkle a liberal amount of the powder into your foot bath.

4. Mix the baking soda into the mixture by gently moving it around the bowl with your feet.

5. Make sure you give plenty of attention to areas where the skin is usually harder or thicker. These include the bottom of your heels, the area underneath your toes, and the balls of your feet. Massage plenty of the mixture into these areas. Use your hands if you need to do so.

6. Don’t forget to work the mixture into the tops of your feet and ankles as well, even if they are not fully submerged. These are the parts of your feet that are most on display when you are wearing sandals or flip flops!

7. When you have scrubbed enough, sit back with a book or your favorite TV program and let your feet soak for another five minutes.

8. Clean your feet with warm water and dry thoroughly.

You should find that your feet look and feel healthy and rejuvenated! The combination works because the two ingredients complement each other. Milk contains lactic acid which softens the skin. Baking soda, meanwhile, has abrasive properties which can remove dry and rough patches once they have been softened up.


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NATURAL REMEDIES FOR SINUS PAIN

Many of us will suffer from sinus pain. Luckily, there are a number of steps we can take around our own homes to ease the likelihood of sinus problems developing, whether the issues are caused by a common cold, allergies (such as hay fever or dust aversion) or a sinus infection (otherwise known as Sinusitis).

What Are Your Sinuses?

Sinuses are air pockets located within the bones that surround your nose. They are connected to your nasal passage by a series of small tubes and channels. Although their purpose and use are actually unclear, there are theories that suggest they play a role in controlling the amount of moisture in the air we breathe. Another school of thought proposes that they help to project our voices.

If the nose is swollen and inflamed, it can obstruct the passages to the sinuses, which can, in turn, lead to a painful blockage. The sinuses also produce mucus, which can be affected by a blockage leading to congestion or nasal drip and sometimes even a tooth or an earache. If an infection develops, it can last for weeks or even months; far beyond the duration of the problem that originally caused the infection to develop (i.e. a cold or allergy).

So What Should You Do To Combat Sinus Pain?

There are a number of proven steps we can take to ease sinus pain, and most of them are cheap and easy for anyone to try…

1. Drink Plenty of Fluids

Staying hydrated is an important health concern for many reasons, but it also helps keep your sinuses moist. You should drink plenty of water but avoid caffeine and alcohol, which can encourage dehydration. Fluid intake requirements differ from individual to individual and also depend on the present weather conditions, but as a general rule, you should aim to drink around 68 fluid ounces (or approximately two liters) of water every day.

2. Take a Steamy Shower or Bath

Hot water vapor is an effective way of moistening your sinuses and helping to keep them clear. A hot bath or shower can help remove mucus and debris stuck inside your nose and keep the passageways that serve the sinuses free of obstruction. For a further boost, try dropping some Eucalyptus Oil in the bath with you – it’s a great, natural decongestant.

3. Eat Spicy Foods

Spicy foods are not for everyone but they can help clear your nasal passages. If you are a fan of fiery foods such as curry, hot peppers, and mustard, drop some extra into your evening meal to help open up your nasal passage.

4. Get a Humidifier

A humidifier helps to keep the air moist, providing you with a great way of eliminating arid air that is a leading cause of dry sinuses. You should only use a humidifier during dry summer months wherever you live and keep your eye on it – the humidity levels should ideally sit at around 30-50%. If condensation starts to form on your windows, you need to adjust the settings or turn it off! Any humidifier should be kept clean as mold can form on them – and that can cause allergies in itself.

5. Use a Warm Compress

Warm compresses can help with sinus pain as they help keep the nasal passage moist. Put uncooked rice or oats inside a clean tube sock, and add some lavender or cinnamon for a more pleasant fragrance. Microwave the compress for 30 seconds then test it. If you are happy with the level of warmth, remove it and apply it on to the nose and surrounding areas. Alternatively, fill a large bowl with steaming hot water, place a towel over your head to stop the air from escaping and lean over the bowl to breathe in the air. Again, adding some eucalyptus oil to the water can be beneficial.

6. Use a Saline Solution

A saline solution can be as effective as a decongestant in combating blocked passage ways that can lead to sinus pain. A saline wash thins mucus so that it can flow more effectively through the nose and surrounding chambers. Studies have concluded that saline solutions are some of the best lines of defense against sinusitis and can be used daily to prevent symptoms from developing.

7. Guard Your home Against Allergies

Allergy flare-ups are a common cause of sinus pain and we can take steps to avoid them. As allergies often flare in the evening, ensure your bedroom is kept free of factors that can contribute to irritation. Dust covers on your pillows and quilts can help eliminate pesky dust allergies and although it may leave you heavy of heart, stopping your pets from sleeping in your bedroom can help as well. If there are flowering plants in your room, you may also consider removing them if you are experiencing pain or irritation.

8. Try Bromelain Supplements

Bromelain is a protein found in pineapple stems and can be bought as a supplement from health food and natural remedy stores. It has been used by boxers and other combat sportsmen to reduce inflammation after fights and there is evidence of success when it is used to reduce swelling around the nose associated with sinus problems. You should, however, consult your doctor before taking Bromelain if you are on any other medication, as it may interact with them. Be sure to read the dosage instructions carefully.

9. Avoid Antibiotics Until You Have Exhausted Natural Remedies

Most sinus problems are viral, not bacterial. So antibiotics should not be used in the majority of cases. Antibiotics are our best defense against bacteria but they are not effective against viruses and are not an appropriate treatment for them. Overuse of antibiotics can actually lead to bacterial resistance and make you more susceptible to superbugs. Natural remedies and over-the-counter medication should be your first port-of-call and if problems persists.

10. See Your Doctor When Problems Persist

If the natural and over-the-counter remedies fail to improve your condition, you should consult a Doctor. Doctors can make a referral for a scan which may uncover anatomical blockages that require surgery, or they can send you to be allergy tested. Your Doctor can also refer you to an Ear, Nose and Throat Specialist if your problems require a more involved or integrated form of treatment than natural remedies can provide.

How To Make a Saline Solution at Home

You can buy saline solution from your local pharmacy, but if you want to make your own you can do so. Mix half a teaspoon (2.5g) of salt and half a teaspoon (2.5g) of baking soda in 1 cup of water at room temperature. Use clean bottled water if possible. If you use tap water, sterilize it and let it cool until it is lukewarm.

To apply the saline solution, whether it be homemade or purchased:

  • Use an all-rubber ear syringe which you can buy at a pharmacy.
  • User a water flosser, set on low.
  • Pour the solution into your hand, and sniff it up each nostril separately.

Aim the solution towards the back of your head, not the top, and it should run through your nasal passageways and into the back of your throat. Once it arrives in your mouth, you can spit out the remains, so apply when near to a sink.

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SHOULD I TAKE A FLU SHOT?

With the pandemic still in full swing, health officials are advising people to make a flu vaccine a top priority this year. Flu activity typically peaks between December and February, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), but flu activity can last as late as May. Experts are warning of a “twindemic,” or the overlap of flu season and COVID-19 when hospitals and medical professionals can be overwhelmed with sick people.

Although it has yet to be peer-reviewed, a June 2020 study found that people with COVID-19 who had received a recent flu vaccine were 8% less likely to need intensive care treatment than those who hadn’t received a vaccine. They were 18% less likely to need a ventilator and 17% less likely to die.

Both Flu and Covid are caused by a similar virus. One big difference is that COVID-19 symptoms may include loss of taste or smell. Because symptoms are so similar, experts say it’s important to reach out to your doctor or get tested if you are sick.

Takeaway: The CDC recommends you get vaccinated by the end of October. September and October are typically the best months for full seasonal coverage. The CDC recommends that nearly everyone 6 months old and up should get a flu vaccine, with few exceptions. Because some vaccines are made using chicken eggs, people with egg allergies have often avoided the vaccine. The CDC says that people with mild or moderate egg allergies can get any flu vaccine that is otherwise appropriate for their age and health.


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PARENTING: HOW TO RAISE KIDS WITHOUT JEALOUSY

Envy is an emotion that exists in every person and even in small children. This feeling can sometimes be toward siblings, friends or classmates, and almost always leads to negative consequences. Sometimes simple things a friend getting a new or a new baby in the family being doted on can ignite this problematic feeling in your child. While it’s true that you can’t completely eliminate feelings of jealousy, it turns out that there are ways to overcome them.

5 Causes of jealousy among children

1. Spoiling the child

Spoiling children is one of the most destructive things a parent can do, since a spoiled child may perceive themselves as an invincible person who gets everything they want. The truth, however, as we all know, is that your child won’t always get what they want. Your child will then look to blame those who have what they don’t, leading to them sometimes suffering feelings of depression and even inferiority.

2. Overprotection

Kids need protection but when you protect a child to an extreme, the child’s dependence on the parent may increase to the point where they won’t feel safe separating from their parent when the time comes, they’ll even feel deserted. This trauma can cause the child to be overly shy, hesitant and jealous, especially toward others who are confident in themselves.

3. Parental authority

Determining stricter rules and regulations without explanation can lead to jealousy and rivalry among children, especially if rules are unexplainably different for each child. Sometimes there are rules that are set for some children in the family that aren’t applicable to everyone for various reasons – however, the reasons need to be explained. If one does not explain the rule and a situation occurs in which one of the children violates it and isn’t punished for it, whether because of their age or some other reason, while another child who violates the same rule is punished, this creates jealousy and sometimes unnecessary conflict.

4. Comparison with others

One of the most harmful mistakes to make is to compare a child to their siblings or other children. This can lead to jealousy that could lead to hatred to the point of harming the “better.” This creates rivalry and self-confidence that will affect the victim in the long-term.

5. A new baby in the family

Sometimes parents tend to divide their attention to their children according to the order of birth, for example, the first child may be jealous of their newborn sibling when they see their parents giving the new baby more care and attention while investing much less of it in them. When the new baby arrives in the family, older children may feel vulnerable as a result of the attention shifting from them to the new baby, which may lead to increased jealousy and negative competition.

How to treat feelings of jealousy in children

1. Turn jealousy into ambition

Teach your children how to increase positive thoughts and reduce negative emotions. For example, if your child is sad because their best friend scored higher on a test, encourage them to study more next time. Once they do this, and score better than they did on the first test, this will show them how to take jealousy and turn it in to drive.

2. Listen and understand what is bothering them

Envy is an emotion that is rooted in almost every one of us and there is often a very significant reason for its appearance. So, when you notice a feeling of jealousy in your child, talk to them and try to find out why they feel the way they do. Sometimes this feeling results from low self-esteem or self-confidence, which can cause the child to show jealousy toward someone else who has what they lack.

3. Tell them fables

Fables often contain within them positive messages and lessons on how to deal with things. So, if you want to help your child learn how to deal with envy try telling them fables that teach lessons on positivity, being happy for others, rejoicing in others successes and the downfalls of envy. Sometimes these stories work better than direct conversations about the subject.

4. Provide a personal example

Another way to teach children how to emphasize their positive feelings toward other people is to set a personal example. Parents often serve as a role model to children with them modeling their behavior after one or both parents through imitation; If you compliment others on things they do, good behavior or even their sense of humor, the child will gain insight on looking at things differently. So be more open in front of your child, compliment them often, so that they too can acquire the skills to do so with others.

5. Teach them to share

Children, many adults, love what belongs to them and find it hard to "let go" and share with others. If someone takes something from them, some children tend to harbor resentment. If this is the case, you need teach them the importance of sharing. By teaching them to share, let go, and forgive, they can release any kind of insecurity. Sooner or later, you’ll see your child enjoying the company of a child they might have once envied.

6. Love your child

Of course, there isn’t a parent who doesn’t love their child, but this clause emphasizes how much they need to feel our love and affection at this stage of their lives. No matter what they did and how angry you are with them, parental guidance combined with love is usually the key to fixing things and bringing children back on track.

7. Avoid comparing

Don’t compare the abilities of one child to another. The comparison makes children feel that they or others are worthless to you, so don’t compare your child’s homework with that of their classmates, and even worse their siblings. This won’t motivate them to succeed, it will only create jealousy, tension and resentment.

8. Encourage cooperative behavior with positive reinforcement

Every child s to receive positive reinforcement from their parents and family, and this is a tool that can help them develop self-esteem and strengthen their self-confidence. You need to know how to find and nurture your child’s most obvious skill and cultivate it. This is one of the most effective and simple ways to get rid of jealousy among children. Compliment them around the family on their skills and teach them how to support each other and work together by praising them when they do.

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PICKY EATERS?

As parents, most of us are familiar with picky eaters. Children are picky about food at different levels, and since it’s important for our children to eat healthily and get all the nutrients they need, we often feel meal times turning into battlefields of anger and stress. The following 10 rules include some tips, ideas, and solutions for dealing with picky eaters, and they’ll help you make your meals more enjoyable and healthier for your children, and more relaxing and efficient for the whole family.

1. Use the "food chain" rule

Naturally, there’s nothing that picky eaters shy away from more than an unfamiliar dish on their plate. One of the most effective ways to expand your child’s palate is by avoiding just dropping something new and unfamiliar on to them. Instead, try introducing it to them slowly. For example, if the child dislikes fries, don’t immediately offer them sweet potatoes fries thinking they’ll take to it quickly, rather start by cutting the fries differently or buying a different brand.

After experiencing different brands, or shapes, you’ll see them start to approach their plate with more confidence, this is when you should move on to adding food that is similar in taste but different in texture, a baked potato. Later on, move on to mashed potatoes, then mashed potatoes with grave, and then finally to sweet potatoes. The reason the method works is that the food chain is customized to the child’s preferences, and the rate at which you move down it is customized to your child. In this way, instead of feeling pressure to try a brand-new food, the child makes their way to the target at their own pace.

2. Get rid of boredom eating

Many children are used to snacking throughout the whole day simply out of boredom. This shortens the time between each meal, therefore, leading to the child not being hungry. Of course, when we aren’t really hungry we grow pickier, and the desire to eat healthily is further reduced. This doesn’t mean that children shouldn’t have a snack between meals, but there is a difference between a light snack and eating to fill the time. If you find your child asking for one snack after another when they aren’t really hungry, try to get them busy with something else, or see if there would be a way to fill the time productively. Beyond breaking the boredom, activities also help create appetite so that by the time meal time comes around, they’ll be hungrier and more open to trying new foods.

3. Start eating healthy at breakfast

Begin by being organized in the morning. Give up the last-minute feeding attempts, and try to do your best to spend at least 10 minutes around the table. Try serving food options that don’t take long to make such as fruits, yogurts or even shakes. A more pleasant and relaxed atmosphere will turn the meal into a stress-free family moment that can really have its effect on the rest of the family’s day. Also, once you know that the children have eaten something healthy in the morning, you’ll feel less worried.

4. Understand that children eat with their eyes

When food is served more aesthetically we enjoy it that much more. Some kids might take to a veggie skewer better than a plain old salad, and some might enjoy their smoothie out of a cool cup instead of a plain old glass cup, the point is that presentation matters. Although none of us is a chef, everyone can find a creative way to serve food, trust us, it makes a world of difference.

5. Involve your kids in the cooking process

Let your child discover what goes on "behind the scenes" by making them your sous chef. Introduce them to the ingredients, give them some responsibilities and turn the meal from a stressful activity into a project your kid will be proud to have taken part in. During the preparation, taste the food yourself and suggest your child have a taste as well. allow them to experiment with the textures and look into the pots. If you see that your child enjoys tasting, promote them to “taste tester, explaining their importance in the end product. Bringing the child into the kitchen will enable them to develop a relationship with many types of food, make the final dishes less threatening and teach them what goes into making a meal. This process will encourage them to open up to new experiences in the field of food.

6. Turn it into a game

Another way to ease the introduction of new foods is by playing with them. For example, blindfold the child and have them guess the food using their senses: touch – the child will touch different foods (some familiar and some new) with blindfolded eyes and try to guess what it is, what the texture reminds them of and what other food is similar; smell – the child smells a few foods and says which they more and which less; taste – What does the food taste ? Is it similar to a different food they know? Is it sweet, salty or bitter?

7. Serve a meal in threes

In addition the whatever new dish you are serving, you place two more things on their play you know they like. Having familiar foods on their plate will reduce the pressure or having to eat something brand new and since the familiar part is larger than the new and unknown part, the child will feel that the food is under their control.

8. Do not lie about the contents of the plate

A suspicious look or being asked ‘What is it?’ when serving food may cause many of us to try to lie about how healthy something is, what it’s called or even attempting to hid it under a pile of familiar foods. However, this method works on few picky children, while the vast majority of them quickly uncover the lie. Some children will stop eating immediately, and others may refuse to eat familiar foods for fear of uncovering other hidden surprises within them. So, instead of sugar coating and lying, tell your kids what food is on offer and see if they want to taste it. show them that the rest of the family is eating the same food and enjoying it!

9. Get rid of policing and goal setting

During dinner, many of us do one of the following: First, we take on the role of a policeman, sitting down next to the child and supervising what is happening on their plate the whole time. This method may cause children to deliberately not eat because of the pressure – ‘if mom Is sitting next to me the food must be bad.’ Instead, try to keep your eyes of your kid’s plate during meals and about other topics. Keeping your child off the topic of food might have them eating through distraction. The second thing we do is set goals. A goal "Eat 3 more bites" eliminates the goal of eating a bite or two which the child might actually be able to do. If the child tastes the new food himself, don’t forget to compliment them at the end of the meal to end it with a positive feeling.

10. Gradually cut familiar foods out

Even when your child begins to experiment with new foods on a regular basis, don’t completely stop giving them their favorite foods, rather do it gradually. A sudden cut may cause children to think that this ‘progress’ Is actually ‘punishment’ making them revert back to their old habits. Wait until the child is completely comfortable with the new food, slowly reduce the amount familiar foods until the point that you’re only serving it once every few weeks.

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LATEST NEWS: COVID PREVENTION TIPS

According to CDC and NIH, even if the most optimistic projections hold true and a Covid-19 vaccine is cleared for U.S. use in November, the vast majority of Americans won’t be able to get the shots until spring or summer next year at the earliest. Now, we have over 20 million active cases worldwide and the pandemic is slowing no signs of making an exit.

Which implies that Prevention is our only viable option.

The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person.

  • Between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet).
  • Through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs, sneezes or talks.
  • These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs.
  • Some recent studies have suggested that COVID-19 may be spread by people who are not showing symptoms.

PREVENTION STEPS

  1. Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  2. Mouthwashes can prevent viruses from depositing in the oral cavities. Gargle!
  3. Avoid close contact
  4. Cover your mouth and nose with a mask when around others
  5. Cover coughs and sneezes
  6. Clean and disinfect

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SIGNS OF VITAMIN DEFICIENCY

Below are 8 signs that your body will give you when you need more vitamins.

1.. Hair Loss

Reason: A lack of vitamin B7 (biotin) from eating too many raw eggs. Raw egg whites contain avidin which blocks the body’s ability to digest biotin.

What to do: To increase your consumption of B7, eat more soybeans, almonds, potatoes, mushrooms, spinach, and bananas.

2. Cramping

Reason: Frequent cramping means that you lack calcium, potassium, and magnesium. This can occur if you do a lot of sports because when you sweat, a lot of minerals leave your body.

What to do: Eat more almonds, hazelnuts, bananas, and apples.

3. Rash on the Face

Reason: A lack of vitamin B7. Our bodies store other fat-soluble vitamins such as A, E, K, D, but the B-group vitamins have to be constantly restored.

What to do: Like with hair loss, you can increase your biotin levels by eating more potatoes, mushrooms, almonds, soybeans, spinach, and bananas.

4. Numbness in Your Limbs

Reason: Not enough foods rich in vitamins B6, B12, and B9. These vitamins influence the nutritional blocks which are used for the production of healthy blood cells that are necessary for transporting oxygen to cells.

What to do: Eat more citrus, seafood, poultry, and beans.

5. Cracks in the Corners of Your Mouth

Reason: Cracks in the corners of your mouth signal that the body lacks vitamins B2, B3, and B12 which are rich in iron and zinc.

What to do: You should try to eat more fish, eggs, poultry, beans, and nuts. It’s also recommended to combine these foods with vegetables since vitamin C helps to fight infection and improves the metabolism of iron.

6. Bumps on Hips and Hands

Reason: Acne-looking bumps appear due to the lack of vitamins A, D, and fatty acids.

What to do: Try to decrease the amount of consumed trans-fat. You should eat more nuts and salmon. Don’t forget about vitamin A which can be found in vegetables such as carrots or sweet red peppers.

7. Affected Dental Issues

Reason: Vitamin D deficiency. Research has shown that people who lack vitamin D often suffer from periodontitis.

What to do: A diet which includes foods that are rich in phosphorous, calcium, and vitamin D is very important for the health of your teeth. Consume more dairy products, tomatoes, brown rice, beans, fish, citrus, and grapes.

8. Yellow in the Whites of Your Eyes

Reason: Lack of vitamin B12.

What to do: Include more sources of vitamins in your diet. There’s a lot of B12 in chicken and cow liver, salmon, tuna, mutton, and milk.

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World Breastfeeding Week

This is world Breastfeeding week.

  • Many medical experts, including the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, strongly recommend breastfeeding exclusively (no formula, juice, or water) for 6 months. And breastfeeding for a year at least with other foods which should be started at 6 months of age, such as vegetables, grains, fruits, proteins.
  • Benefits of Breastfeeding: Protects against

· bacteremia

· diarrhea

· respiratory tract infection

· necrotizing enterocolitis

· otitis media

· urinary tract infection

· late-onset sepsis in preterm infants

· type 1 and type 2 diabetes

· lymphoma, leukemia, and Hodgkins disease

· childhood overweight and obesity

There are also maternal health benefits to breastfeeding such as:

· decreased postpartum bleeding and more rapid uterine involution

· decreased menstrual blood loss and increased child spacing (lactational amenorrhea)

· earlier return to prepregnancy weight

· decreased risk of breast and ovarian cancers

  • Who should NOT Breastfeed?

The only true contraindications to breastfeeding are the following:

· infants with classic galactosemia (galactose 1-phosphate uridyltransferase deficiency)

· mothers, in the US, who are infected with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV).

  • MYTHS about Breastfeeding:

You may breastfeed even with the following conditions:

· infants born to mothers who are hepatitis B surface antigen-positive

· mothers who are infected with hepatitis C virus (persons with hepatitis C virus antibody or hepatitis C virus-RNA-positive blood)

· mothers who are febrile (unless cause is a contraindication outlined in the previous section)

· mothers who have been exposed to low-level environmental chemical agents

· mothers who are seropositive carriers of cytomegalovirus (CMV) (not recent converters if the infant is term)

· mothers who smoke tobacco (though they should be encouraged to quit) or have an occasional celebratory drink

· the great majority of babies with jaundice or hyperbilirubinemia can continue to be breastfed without interruption

  • Breastfeeding and Covid-19: Research so far has not detected the ‘replication-competent active Covid virus’ in breast milk. However, limited evidence has detected strands of the viral RNA in breastmilk, which is not capable of causing infection in the baby. Thus, “breastfeeding benefits outweigh the potential risks of transmission and illness associated with Covid19”. Though the virus does not pass through breastmilk, there is a chance of spread through respiratory droplets/contact, which can be minimized if you sanitize and wear a mask before touching the baby.

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NATURAL SLEEP TONICS

etting a good night’s sleep is absolutely crucial to one’s long-term health and wellbeing, and a lack thereof is associated with a higher risk of cardiovascular issues, depression, and diabetes, among others. At the same time, about one-third of the US population alone have been diagnosed with insomnia, and nearly 95% of people have had at least one episode of insomnia throughout their lifetime.

Doctors also recommend exercising, avoiding heavy meals 2 hours before bed, staying away from TVs and other blue light screens an hour before sleep, and refraining from caffeinated beverages and alcohol in the evening. But today, let’s focus on the various beverages that can help you fall asleep. All 7 of these delicious teas, kinds of milk, juices, and smoothies have been proven experimentally to improve sleep.

It’s best to enjoy these drinks 1-2 hours before bed, to see a better effect, and avoid having to go in the middle of the night. Sleep experts also advise not to add any sweetener to these drinks, as excessively sugary drinks, too, have been shown to worsen the quality of one’s sleep.

1. Dairy Milk

Generations of parents have been offering their children a glass of soothing warm milk on a restless night. It turns out this trick may just work on adults, too, as milk has been shown to improve the quality of sleep in several small studies.

Researchers believe that a naturally-occurring ingredient in milk called tryptophan may be responsible for these beneficial effects. Tryptophan has been shown to naturally increase the levels of serotonin in the blood, the famous "happy hormone". Few people know, however, that serotonin is also a precursor of melatonin, which is essential for healthy sleep.

Thus, unless you’re lactose intolerant or can’t drink milk for another reason, there’s no reason not to try milk as a sleep aid.

2. Chamomile Tea

Chamomile tea is made from dried chamomile flowers (Chamomillae romanae) brewed in hot water. The tea has been known for its calming and soothing properties for millennia, and research supports the claim that chamomile is relaxing and thereby can make falling asleep and staying asleep much easier.

Researchers suggest that one specific flavonoid antioxidant called apigenin present in chamomile flowers may be responsible for the calming and anti-anxiety effects. Apigenin binds to specific receptors in the brain and has a pleasant sedative effect on the mind. The tea has a slightly sweet aroma and taste, and it can be easily prepared by brewing 1 tablespoon of dried chamomile in 1 cup (240 ml) of hot water for 10 minutes.

3. Almond Milk

If you’ve recently become sensitive to dairy and you’ve previously relied on cow’s milk before bed, we have an excellent replacement for you – almond milk. Just like cow’s milk, almond milk naturally contains tryptophan, as well as melatonin. In fact, almonds and almond oil have been used in traditional medicine for centuries to treat insomnia and studies seem to support the idea that almonds and any products made of almonds can improve sleep.

In addition to tryptophan and melatonin, almonds are also rich in magnesium, which has been suggested to help support healthy sleep cycles in humans, especially in seniors. Thus, a glass of almond milk actually makes a superior alternative to cow’s milk when it comes to its sleep benefits.

4. Valerian Tea

Valerian (Valeriana officinalis) is a plant with pink or white flowers, and both the roots and the flowers of the plant have been used as a sleeping aid in many cultures for centuries. Modern research likewise suggests that the herb may be beneficial at treating insomnia, especially in postmenopausal women.

Valerian is considered safe at relieving insomnia without upsetting the circadian rhythms, but it needs pointing out that high doses of valerian can make you feel anxious, so proceed with caution and don’t drink more than one cup a day. The National Institute of Health points out that kids under the age of 3, pregnant women, and breastfeeding mothers should stay away from Valerian.

Valerian root tea is typically available at health food stores. To prepare the tea, steep 2-3 g (1 tsp) of dried valerian root in 1 cup (237 ml) of hot water. Let the tea brew for 10-15 minutes, strain, and enjoy warm.

5. Cherry Juice

If you’re not a fan of herbal tea nor milk, but you still need some help with your sleep, try eating some fresh cherries or drinking 2 glasses of cherry juice a day. Like milk and almonds, cherries are naturally rich in both tryptophan and melatonin, with red tart cherries having the highest content of the latter.

Several studies have shown that drinking 1-2 glasses of cherry juice significantly improved participants’ sleep quality and increased their melatonin levels. The most noteworthy of these studies pointed out that drinking 2 cups (480 ml) of cherry juice every day for 14 days helped adults over the age of 50 suffering from insomnia sleep 84 minutes more every night and significantly improved the quality of their sleep.

6. Lavender Tea

While many of you will be familiar with this purple aromatic flower, and you may even use lavender essential oil from time to time to calm your nerves, many people don’t know that lavender can also be used in food and drinks. It seems like the calming and soothing qualities of lavender are not limited to the flower’s pleasant aroma, however, and lavender tea, in particular, can actually help you feel more well-rested after sleep and help you fall asleep faster.

Although it isn’t clear which ingredients in lavender are responsible for the beneficial impact, one study clearly showed a significant improvement of sleep in patients who drank lavender tea before sleep. To prepare lavender tea, simply steep 2 teaspoons of fresh or dried lavender buds in 8 oz (230 ml) of hot water for 10 minutes, then drain, and enjoy warm.

7. Banana Almond Smoothie

If you need something beefier than a cup of tea or milk in the evenings, and you want that drink both to nourish and prepare you for a good night’s sleep, it doesn’t get any better than an almond and banana smoothie. We previously detailed the various sleep benefits of and almonds an almond milk, and this recipe uses both almond milk and almond butter to double up on the almond goodness and make the smoothie creamier and more filling.

The third ingredient in this recipe is the humble banana, a fruit that’s likewise very rich in melatonin, magnesium, and tryptophan. In addition to that, bananas are an adequate source of dietary potassium, which is known to have a relaxing effect on the body and can ease falling asleep after a stressful day.

To prepare this super easy smoothie, simply blend together 1 fresh or frozen banana, 1 cup of almond milk, and 1 tablespoon of unsweetened almond butter until smooth and enjoy. Make sure to wait for at least 1-2 hours after drinking this smoothie before you go to bed, though, as it is quite filling.

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BENEFITS OF CINNAMON

If haven’t seen Cinnamon, Cinnamon is a spice obtained from the inner bark of several tree species from the genus Cinnamomum. Cinnamon is used mainly as an aromatic condiment and flavouring additive in a wide variety of cuisines, sweet and savoury dishes, breakfast cereals, snackfoods, tea and traditional foods.

(From Wikipedia)

But what’s special about Cinnamon? Cinnamon shows promise as an antioxidant, antibiotic, and anti-inflammatory. High levels of blood sugar can lead to some serious health problems. But the most important benefit of cinnamon is its ability to lower blood sugar. The human body naturally has sugar, or glucose, in the blood. The right amount of blood sugar gives the body’s cells and organs energy. But too much of it can be dangerous and, in extreme cases cause diabetes, heart disease, kidney failure, and more. A recent study has confirmed a possible, very accessible solution for those struggling to manage their blood sugar levels. The research, published in the Journal of the Endocrine Society, found that cinnamon, in large doses over time, could help improve measures of blood sugar control.

The study was conducted in both Joslin Diabetes Center in Boston and the Korean Medicine Clinical Trial Center in Seoul and involved 51 participants from both countries. Half of them received a supplement containing 500 milligrams of cinnamon three times a day for 12 weeks, while the other half received a placebo. After 6 weeks, all subjects reported for a check-in, and there were no significant differences between the groups. At the 12 week check-in, however, the patients that took the cinnamon supplement showed significant improvements in measures of blood sugar control.

What cinnamon does, essentially, is either imitate the effects of insulin and increase glucose transport into cells, or increase insulin sensitivity, and thus making it more effective at transporting the glucose.

The findings of the current study support similar evidence from a previous study, that found that the intake of large doses of cinnamon over several months is linked to stable blood sugar levels, with no apparent side effects, in people with type 2 diabetes. Type 2 diabetes is one of the most common chronic illnesses, affecting as many as 460 million adults around the world. Moreover, according to the CDC, about 1 in 3 adults in the US has a condition called prediabetes where blood sugar levels are higher than normal, but not high enough yet to be diagnosed as type 2 diabetes. If left unchecked and untreated, prediabetes is likely to progress and become diabetes.

How Much Cinnamon Should You Take?

Because cinnamon is an unproven treatment, there isn’t a set dose. Some experts suggest 1/2 to 1 teaspoon (2-4 grams) of powder a day. Some studies have used between 1 gram and 6 grams of cinnamon. Very high doses might be toxic.

If you are interested in taking cinnamon as a supplement, regardless of suffering from diabetes, it’s best to consult your doctor first. Unless you have liver damage, it should be perfectly OK to enjoy cinnamon in your food while benefiting from its health properties.

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LOSE WEIGHT BY BOOSTING YOUR METABOLISM

Some foods contain special phytonutrients that can increase your metabolic rate. And though most of us are familiar with the term ‘metabolic rate’, we often use it synonymously to how fast you digest food. However, metabolism is more complex than that, as metabolic processes also govern how effectively your body uses up calories, how well nutrients get absorbed by our bodies, and how well your body filters out toxins.

Metabolism-boosting foods, in turn, can increase your metabolic rate and help keep obesity, heart disease, digestive issues under control, especially if combined with physical activity and a healthy diet.

1. Green tea

Although scientists are not sure which nutrients are responsible for the effect, several studies reported that green tea can increase your metabolic rate. A 2013 study involving type 2 diabetes patients, for example, found that drinking 4 cups or more of green tea every day can significantly reduce body weight, body mass index (BMI) and blood pressure.

Some scientists suggest that caffeine may be at least in part responsible for the effect, and this makes sense, as coffee has been shown to increase the metabolic rate as well, but the positive effect is dampened by any additives, such as sugar, milk or cream.

2. Nuts

Nuts are not only making you feel fuller for longer, some of them, like brazil nuts, for example, can increase your metabolic rate because they are rich in selenium. This mineral is essential for our thyroid gland, the organ responsible for regulating our metabolism, but also reproduction and immune system.

Brazil nuts are so rich in selenium that only 1 nut contains 68-91 mcg selenium, which is more than your recommended daily need. Don’t eat more of these nuts, however, as they may cause toxicity symptoms.

3. Broccoli and dark leafy greens

Leafy greens, such as spinach, kale, and others can boost one’s metabolic rate because they contain a lot of iron and magnesium, both of which are essential for metabolic health. It’s best to pair these with fruit and vegetables rich in vitamin C, like tomatoes or lemons, which will not only enhance their flavor but will increase iron absorption.

Broccoli, in turn, also contains a phytochemical called glucoraphanin, which can normalize your metabolism and even protect you from certain types of cancer.

4. Chili peppers

For those of you who are all about the spice, you’re in luck, as it turns out that adding chili to your foods can actually improve your metabolism and help you lose weight. This is thanks to the component that makes chili hot, capsaicin, which was shown to boost metabolism and make you feel fuller for longer periods of time.

Research estimates that capsaicin can help you burn an extra 50 calories daily.

5. Lentils

Another food that can help you boost your metabolism and potentially promotes weight loss is lentils. These legumes contain a lot of protein, which, as we already discussed, can boost your metabolism on its own, but this is not the only nutrient in lentils that can help your metabolism.

Lentils also contain a lot of iron and fiber, both of which are essential for good metabolism. Finally, all beans and legumes were found in a 2016 review study to prevent metabolic syndrome, a condition that a group of conditions associated with low metabolic rate, high blood pressure and other symptoms that can increase your risk of diabetes, hypertension and other conditions.

6. Flaxseeds

The last, but definitely not the least item on this list are flaxseeds. These, honestly, boring looking seeds are everything but bland when it comes to your health and metabolism especially. They contain a lot of protein, essential vitamins and minerals, antioxidants and healthy fats, and just a sprinkling of these seeds in a dish can make a positive change on your wellbeing.

These seeds are often used as a complementary treatment for metabolic syndrome, and the fiber it contains is suggested to promote healthy gut bacteria, which, in turn, is suggested to boost your metabolism.

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