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15 Health Benefits Of Cucumber

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Article Source: Naira Land

Cucumber is often regarded as a healthy food because it is low in calories and fat. Cucumber also contains many vitamins and minerals that make them a healthy choice for cooking and snacking. Here are 15 health benefits of cucumber:

1. Keep body hydrated
Cucumber has 96% water content that is more nutritious than regular water, which helps in keeping the body hydrated and regulating body temperature. It also helps in flushing out the toxins from the body.

2.Skin care
The high water content, vitamins A, B & C and the presence of certain minerals like magnesium, potassium, and silica make cucumbers an essential part of skin care. Facial masks containing cucumber juice can be used for skin tightening. Ascorbic acid and caffeic acid present in cucumbers can bring down the water retention rate which in turn diminishes the puffiness and swelling under the eyes. Cucumber skin also can bring relief to the skin caused by sunburn or windburn.

3. Fight cancers
Cucumber are known to contain lariciresinol, pinoresinol, and secoisolariciresinol – three lignans that have a strong history of research in connection with reduced risk of several cancer types, including bosom cancer, prostate cancer, uterine cancer, and ovarian cancer.

4. Control Blood Pressure
Cucumber juice contains a lot of potassium, magnesium and fiber that work effectively for regulating blood pressure. This makes cucumber good for treating both low blood pressure and high blood pressure.

5. Beneficial for teeth and gums
Cucumber juice is also beneficial for people with teeth and gums problems, especially in cases of pyorrhea. Cucumber is a good source of dietary fiber and this fiber massage in the teeth and gums.

6. Aid digestion
Digestive disorders like acidity, heartburn, gastritis and even ulcers can be cured by the daily consumption of fresh cucumber juice. The high water content and dietary fiber in cucumber are very effective in driving away the toxins from the digestive system and hence aid digestion. Daily consumption of cucumbers can be regarded as a remedy for chronic constipation.

7. Promotes Joint health
Cucumber is an excellent source of silica, which known to help promotes joint health by strengthening the connective tissues.

8. Treat tapeworms
Cucumber seeds are used as a natural remedy for treating tapeworms. Bruised cucumber seeds mixed with water are also effective in the treatment of swellings of the mucous membranes of the nose and the throat.

9. Nail care
The high silica content of cucumber also helps to prevent splitting and spoiling of nails of the fingers and toes.

10.Relieve gout and arthritis pain
Cucumber is rich in vitamin A, B1, B6, C & D, Folate, Calcium, Magnesium, and Potassium, when mixed with carrot juice, they can relieve gout and arthritis pain by lowering the uric acid levels.

11. Cures diabetes
The cucumber juice has been found to be beneficial for the diabetic patients. This vegetable contains a hormone needed by the cells of the pancreas for producing insulin.

12. Reduces cholesterol
Researchers found that some compound called sterols in cucumber may help reduce cholesterol levels.

13. Stimulate hair growth
Cucumber contains silicon and sulfur and thus a regular intake of cucumber can help promote healthy hair growth. For best results, mix cucumber juice with the juices of carrot, lettuce or spinach.

14. Acts as a diuretic
The water content of Cucumber acts as a diuretic. It encourages the elimination of waste products from the body through urination. Regular intake of cucumber helps to dissolve bladder or kidney stones.

15. Aid in weight loss
Due to its low calorie and high water content, cucumber is an ideal diet for people who looking for weight loss.

When buying cucumbers, choose the ones that are firm to touch and dark green in color. Do not buy overly matured or yellow colored as they are prone to contain more insoluble fiber and mature seeds. Go for organically grown cucumbers to get a rich taste and nutrients content.

source: http://fitlife.tv/15-health-benefits-of-cucumber/

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8-Year Old Girl Raises pH levels And Shrinks Cancer Tumors By 75 % With Diet

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by Arjun Walia

Another story of a cancer patient treating themselves through diet has surfaced. Not long ago we shared a similar story of a man with stage 3 colon cancer who refused chemotherapy and cured himself with a vegan diet. I want to make it clear that surgery does not cure cancer, especially when an individual is already in the later stages of the disease. If it did, that’s all they would do. Cancer is a systemic metabolic disease, the result of a body that is nutrient deficient, overloaded with toxins and usually the result of a PH level that’s too low, meaning that the body is bathed in acidity. If the body is not given the essential nutrients it needs to repair, regenerate and detoxify, cancer will most likely return.

“Let food by thy medicine, and medicine by thy food” – Hippocrates

In this case, the pH levels were raised, and as a result the lactic acid goes down and the cancer activity goes down. This allows the body repair itself. It’s very concerning that most doctors don’t know that nutrition plays a vital role when it comes to cancer treatment. If you have cancer, the options you are given are usually drugs, chemotherapy and radiation treatment. Rarely is nutrition thought of when it comes to an effective cure for cancer. While each case is unique and no ONE treatment can be used in every case, it is important to look at multiple options that have been effective vs only looking at mainstream options which don’t have high success rates to begin with. For example, here is a list of 20 medical studies that prove cannabis can cure cancer.

Surgery, chemotherapy and radiation are constantly pushed as the only go-to options for cancer treatment, when this couldn’t be farther from the truth. How often does a cancer patient see a doctor who tells them that dichloroacetate can their cancer? That was recently discovered by researchers at the University of Alberta. Cancer is a multi-trillion dollar industry, it can be hard to believe that there are those who do not promote treatments that have been proven successful, but it simply means we have to go beyond what we are taught, use our critical thinking skills and find out the truth for ourselves.

source: http://www.collective-evolution.com/2013/09/04/8-year-old-girl-raises-ph-levels-and-shrinks-cancer-tumors-by-75-with-diet/
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5 Reasons why you should try Hemp Seed Oil

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By Marina Daniell

Hemp seed oil is probably one of the healthiest oils on the planet. If you’re not using hemp seed oil as an essential part of your daily diet, you’re missing out on one of nature’s most amazing health foods.

The main nutritional advantage of hemp seed oil over other oils is both in the composition of its oil (i.e. its fatty acid profile) and in its protein, which contains all of the essential amino acids at a ratio closer to other ‘complete’ sources of protein (such as meat or eggs).

For many years there was a misconception that hemp seed oil contained THC (tetrahydrocannabinol), the psychoactive element of the cannabis plant. Needless to say, there is no THC within the hemp seed.

Here are 5 reasons why you should try hemp seed oil:

1. Full of vitamins

Hemp seed oil is the only plant that contains vitamin D, which is necessary for calcium absorption. It also contains acids and antioxidants in the form of vitamin E and carotene as well as a number of minerals such as calcium, magnesium, sulfur, potassium and phosphorus.

2. Excellent for skin care

Hemp seed oil can prevent skin disorders like psoriasis, eczema, acne and dry skin. You can also use hemp seed oil as massage oil.

3. High in protein

Hemp seed oil is made up of 25 percent high-quality protein and provides the body with all of the essential amino acids in quantities and at a ratio similar to that of meats, milk and eggs.

4. Rich in essential fatty acids

Hemp seed oil’s high content of essential fatty acids is what makes it so exceptional. Our bodies don’t produce essential fatty acids so we need to ensure we are consuming good sources of it daily. Essential fatty acids don’t only provide our hair and skin with nutrients but they’re vital for the function and development of the brain and nervous system, as well as important to restoring health and immune function.

5. A great alternative to fish oil

Fish oil is rich in the essential fatty acid Omega 3 however some sources of fish oils can be contaminated with mercury and other toxins. Hemp seed oil, contains Omega 3, 6, and 9, and will provide the same benefits as fish oil without the danger of consuming toxins.

There are a lot ways to use hemp seed oil and just a few teaspoons a day could make significant differences in your health. With a pleasant nutty flavor, hemp seed oil is great to use in salad dressings, pestos and dips. It’s not suitable for frying however, as this reduces the benefits.

source: http://fitlife.tv/5-reasons-why-you-should-try-hemp-seed-oil/

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The Dangers Of Taking Aspirin or Ibuprofen

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A splitting headache, tense back pain, a high fever… just three of the experiences that the majority of us have come to know and experience at various points in our lives -some of us more regularly than others. Whether it be because of the busy nature to our lives or our desire to remove these pains as quickly as possible, many of us have become dependent upon pharmaceutical pain killers -primarily aspirin and ibuprofen -to rid ourselves of these experiences. We’ve become so dependent that in 1998 alone over 500,000 pounds of acetyl-salicylic acid (the main component used in aspirin) was produced in the United States alone, according to US EPA statistics -a number which has only grown annually since.

So many of us take both aspirin and ibuprofen because for the most part when it comes to a short-term analysis, they work! I remember 5+ years ago I had my wisdom teeth removed and there wasn’t any amount of fatigue that was going to make me capable of falling asleep while experiencing the throbbing pain the procedure had left me in. I tried to tough it out, but when I hit the 24-hour awake point I decided to give in, taking a pain-killing aspirin. The end result: I fell asleep within the hour.

If these drugs are effective for many people -including myself in a past experience -why would I bother putting together an article focused on the dangers associated with them? I’ve put this together because unfortunately research shows that the impact these drugs can have on the human body goes a lot more in-depth and long-term than the short-term potential relief.

Aspirin alone has been linked to numerous adverse side effects, including but not limited to: kidney failure, liver failure, ulcers, hearing loss and hemorrhagic stroke. A study conducted on the elderly in 2000 showed them to be even more at risk to being heavily affected, the study concluded that even when only taking an undersized 75mg/day dose significant changes were noted in their renal (kidney) functionality. The impact is not limited to the elderly however, as another study conducted in 2009 found 80% of individuals (previously qualified as perfectly healthy) experienced small intestinal toxicity, after just 14 days of low-dosage aspirin use.

Ibuprofen seems to outshine aspirin in its adverse effects being regularly linked to: anemia, DNA damage, hearing loss, hypertension, miscarriage and even influenza mortality (6 of the over 24 adverse health effects its been connected with.) An article published in Reuters, even went as far as saying:

Long-term high-dose use of painkillers such as ibuprofen or diclofenac is ‘equally hazardous’ in terms of heart attack risk as use of the drug Vioxx, which was withdrawn due to its potential dangers
The report went on to note that research indicated that the risk of heart attack increased by as much as a one-third amongst heavy users of these drugs.

The conclusion to be made from this information: drugs -such as aspirin and ibuprofen -need to be taken a lot more seriously then there non-prescription nature makes them out to be. No matter your age or state of health, the taking of these pain killers can impact your well-being both now and in the future. I personally suggest avoiding them whenever possible, especially if you have gotten yourself to the point where you have become dependent upon their relief in even the most minor of ailments (however I do give my opinion as simply that, an opinion, I am no medical professional.)

Luckily there are several alternatives researched to be capable in both preventing and combatting pain, making the potential transition away from these drugs that much easier. These alternatives include but are not limited to:

GINGER — A common ingredient in asian, indian, and arabic healing therapies, ginger is one powerful root. It can be taken in its whole form individually or as part of a meal/ dish, as a tea or even in capsule form. Ginger has been recognized as being particularly capable at combatting nausea and inflammation. A 2009 study even revealed 1000 mg of ginger a day as being very effective in relieving pain associated with a woman’s menstrual cycle.

TURMERIC — Another common ingredient in many dishes turmeric is recognized as a great alternative to reducing inflammation as well as aiding with digestion.

OMEGA 3 FATTY ACIDS — Found to be as effective as ibuprofen in reducing arthritis pain in a 2006 study. Can be taken in capsule form.

DIETARY CHANGES — It’s interesting to note that the science behind aspirin (acetyl-salicylic acid) is based in the naturally occurring pain-killing compound salicylic acid found in plants. Rather than needing an artificially created source -with ample side effects -to provide us with this substance, a simple dietary change could make us more naturally resistant to pain. The inclusion of more organically-grown fruits and vegetables into your diet will naturally increase the amount of salicylic acid in your blood, making you more resistant.

Let this article be the starting point for your own further research into aspirin, ibuprofen and other regularly NSAID drugs, as well as the various alternatives that do exist. Make your own informed decisions and be sure to pass on any findings (such as this article) to friends and family.

source: http://www.collective-evolution.com/2013/08/09/the-dangers-in-regularly-taking-aspirin-or-ibuprofen/

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The Sassy Water – A Flat Belly Diet Staple

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You’ve probably heard that you need about eight glasses of water a day for adequate hydration. Drinking water and even eating “watery” foods like melon, greens, and other fruits and vegetables has enormous health benefits, including warding off fatigue. But perhaps the most important belly benefit of proper hydration is how it helps maintain your body’s proper fluid balance and guard against water retention. It also helps prevent constipation, which can cause bloating.

Eight glasses of water is just a guideline; everyone’s fluid needs vary according to activity level and body. But eight is a good starting point for your anti-belly activity.

The Sassy Water Recipe

  • 2 liters water (about 8 ½ cups)
  • 1 teaspoon freshly grated ginger
  • 1 medium cucumber, peeled and thinly sliced
  • 1 medium lemon, thinly sliced
  • 12 small spearmint leaves

Combine all ingredients in a large pitcher and let flavors blend overnight. Drink the entire pitcher by the end of each day.

source: http://www.prevention.com

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