How to Learn More About Your Physical & Mental Health

by Head Health Nutter on June 28, 2016

Everyday I hear more people sharing that they struggle with stress and anxiety. I am pleased to bring you today’s article by guest blogger, Rachelle Wilber, with a few ideas on how to learn more about both mental and physical health.

In today’s world, it’s important to know the facts about your physical and mental health. With all the stress involved in today’s personal and professional lives, it’s easier than ever to get bogged down to the point where your physical and mental health begin to suffer.

But as with most topics, information is the key to understanding a problem and finding a solution. If you want to learn more about your physical and mental health, here are some of the best ways to do so.

How to Learn More About Your Physical and Mental HealthTake Advantage of Apps

As technology moves into more areas of our lives, it has made learning about physical and mental health much easier. One of the best ways to do so is by using various apps, which can make it possible to find the information you need no matter where you are or what you’re doing. One of the best apps is GluCoMo. It helps diabetics track their blood sugar levels, insulin dosages, and foods eaten, then sends the data to doctors who provide feedback.

Nursing Informatics

For those with an interest in healthcare or who are already employed in healthcare, one of the most interesting and exciting ways to learn about physical and mental health is by earning a master’s in nursing informatics. This highly specialized field, which focuses on integrating nursing concepts and skills with various aspects of information management and analytical sciences, helps define ways to better understand healthcare. By working closely with patients and other members of the healthcare team, nursing informatics can prove to be a unique and interesting way to gather additional healthcare information.

Consult with Healthcare Professionals

As with any situation where you may have questions, one of the best ways to get the answers you need is to talk to those who have the necessary background and experience. With more healthcare professionals making themselves and their services available both online and in person, there are numerous ways to get in touch with doctors from all specialties, mental health counselors, substance abuse professionals, and many others. For those who live in rural areas, taking advantage of video conferencing services can allow doctors to interact with patients and conduct an exam from hundreds of miles away.

By taking advantage of these options, it’s quite possible to learn much more about your physical and mental health. And when it comes to your health, whether physical or mental, information is always the key to success.

About the Author

Rachelle Wilber is a freelance writer living in the San Diego, California area. She graduated from San Diego State University with her Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism and Media Studies. She tries to find an interest in all topics and themes, which prompts her writing. When she isn’t on her porch writing in the sun, you can find her shopping, at the beach, or at the gym. Follow her on Twitter and Facebook: @RachelleWilber; https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100009221637700

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12 Natural Ingredients to Detox your Liver

by Head Health Nutter on June 26, 2016

It’s not too late to do a little internal spring cleaning. In fact, our liver is super important to our health so if we can help clean it up on a regular basis with just eating the right things, why wouldn’t we? In today’s article by guest blogger, Jasmine Demester, she shares 12 foods that help to naturally detoxify your liver.

The world we live in has new kinds of diseases fostering on a daily basis. With the environment getting toxic as well, it is of the utmost importance to watch what we eat or drink. Keeping your liver healthy is imperative as it performs so many vital functions of the body. It can become prone to disease easily so it’s important to detox your liver.

Here are a few foods that can help you naturally cleanse the liver:

liver-detox1. Turmeric

Turmeric assists the enzymes in your liver to actively flush out carcinogens. It is rich in antioxidants. It also helps increase the glutathione production in your liver.

2. Green Tea

Green tea, while being rich in flavor, is also full of the plant antioxidant catechin, a polyphenol found in green tea known to assist liver function and prevent inflammation. Green tea is also a great dietary control agent. It helps protect the body from toxic substances.

3. Onion

Onions are rich in allicin, which helps maintain the digestive tract and flush out the liver. They’re also packed with other useful elements like fiber, potassium, flavonoids and phytonutrients. It helps your body to repel toxins. Onions are well known for their detoxifying nature. However, too many raw onions can also cause indigestion so it’s better to include them in light cooking to consume.

4. Garlic

Like onions, garlic is rich in allicin as well as selenium, also known as the two driving force nutrients for your liver. They help in cleansing the blood and nourishing the entire body. These minerals help ward off the invaders of your immune system and lighten the load on your liver.

Garlic is also known to activate the enzymes helpful in overall digestion and the flushing out of toxins. Whole garlic is better to consume rather than in minced or powder form.

5. Avocado

Avocados are highly nutritious fruits. They boost up glutathione, which is a very helpful compound when it comes to removing the toxins in your liver and cleansing your body.

6. Beets and Carrots

Beets and carrots are both bright vegetables known to naturally cleanse and purify your blood to help improve liver function and nutrient production. They are high in antioxidants and other important nutrients like glutathione, iron, pectin (a soluble fiber), folate, betanin and many others. They help you keep full as well as flush out the stored toxins in your liver.

7. Apple

Apples are rich in the soluble fiber Pectin. Pectin is essential in cleaning out and releasing the toxins, carcinogens, and cholesterol from your blood. It makes it easier for your liver to aid in your digestive tract.

8. Tomato

Like carrots and avocados, tomatoes are also rich in Glutathione. As mentioned above, glutathione is extremely helpful to cleanse your body and in removing the toxins from your blood. As a bonus, tomatoes also contain Lycopene, which assists in the protection against breast, skin and lung cancers.

9. Leafy Green Vegetables

Leafy, green vegetable are the natural solution for almost any kind of health issue. They’re especially good in aiding the liver. They are full of chlorophylls that absorb all the environmental toxins and increase your bile production, which helps in removing wastes from the blood and your organs. They also help neutralize heavy metals and pesticides included in the foods we consume.

They are a powerful working mechanism for your liver and offer strong protection. They can be consumed in any form. They’re best to be consumed organically, like dandelion roots, bitter gourd, and spinach or cooked in olive oil to get the most benefits out of them.

10. Cruciferous Vegetables

Cruciferous Vegetables like cauliflower, broccoli, cabbage and Brussels sprouts are extremely helpful in producing enzymes in your liver. These enzymes help flush out toxins and carcinogens and also significantly lower the risks of cancer.

They also increase the production of glucosinolate, which aids the enzyme production in the liver.

11. Citrus Fruits

Citrus fruits like lemons, limes, and grapefruits, which are rich in Vitamin C, are enormously cooperative in stimulating the liver. It also aids in synthesizing the toxic materials absorbed into your body with the consumption of water.

Drinking freshly squeezed the juice of lemons, limes or other citrus juice, especially in the morning, helps in the stimulation of the liver and also aids in digestion and losing extra weight.

12. Olive Oil

Natural oils, for example, olive, hemp, and flaxseed are good for the liver, when utilized as a part of balanced diet. They help the body by giving a lipid base that can drain off hazardous poisons in the body. Plus, it takes a slice of the weight (i.e. fat) off the liver which is often the main component of many life-threatening conditions, like diabetes.

As the liver is one of the most central organs in the body responsible for many vital functions, it is imperative to keep it healthy and naturally detoxed. By easing the burden off of the liver, we can look forward to an increasingly happy and healthy life.

About the Author

Jasmine Demester is working as a Health Coach at an online UK consultancy which also provides health instructions via dissertation writing service. Moreover, she guides teens about healthy diet plans and exercises on her social media channels three days a week.

Do you have any liver-detoxifying foods to add to this list? I know May just ended and I have a freezer full of fiddleheads while the strong smell and colour of our urine after consuming asparagus is a tell-tale sign of how much of a cleansing agent it is.

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Therapeutic Benefits Of Frankincense Oil

by Head Health Nutter on June 24, 2016

A friend of mine has recently been investigating the many uses of essential oils; in fact, she made me an anti-wrinkle face cream with Frankincense Oil! So I’m super excited to present today’s article by guest blogger, Abhinav Kumar Singh, who shares with us some of the therapeutic benefits of this ancient oil.

After a long day, everyone needs something refreshing that can help them to get over their stress. There is no doubt that getting a perfect aromatherapy treatment is the best option to avail instant relief from the conditions of stress and anxiety. And, if you have the perfect oil to be used in aromatherapy, it can work even faster and thoroughly.

So, do you wish to try something extraordinary to acquire the maximum benefits from your aromatherapy sessions? If your answer is yes, then get ready to learn about an excellent natural remedy that has been helping people for ages!frankincenseFrankincense Oil

This natural oil is considered to be the most effective natural remedy for relieving stress, anxiety, mental fatigue, migraine, nervous affliction and the other associated problems. Over the years, this oil has been used for treating such problems that affect people every now and then. After returning home from work, you can use this oil to rid yourself of tiredness either by getting a head massage or using it in your aromatherapy session.

Extraction Process Of Frankincense Oil

Botanically known as Boswellia frereana, frankincense belongs to the species of plant which is indigenous to northern Somalia and belongs to the family of Burseraceae. Renowned for various health benefits, frankincense has also carved a niche in the form of oil which is derived from the steam distillation extraction process from its oleo gum resin. It is clear to yellow color liquid with a hint of green that comprises spicy, warm and fresh balsamic fragrance.

Therapeutic Elements Present In Frankincense Essential Oil

The highly fascinating frankincense oil has gained much popularity for its potent therapeutic properties which can easily be attributed as antiseptic, astringent, disinfectant, carminative, cytophylactic, cicatrisant, digestive, emenagogue, diuretic, expectorant, tonic, sedative and uterine. Owing to these powerful therapeutic properties, frankincense oil is widely used for getting rid of various types of health related problems, some of which are listed as below.

Other Benefits Besides Alleviating Nervousness

  • Get gentle massages over sore joints and muscles with frankincense oil by diluting it with any carrier oil in order to overcome rheumatoid arthritis.
  • If you are the one who is suffering from oral pain and wish to treat it with natural remedy, soak a few drops of frankincense oil in a cotton ball and dab over the affected area to eliminate the pain.
  • Suffering from the problem of indigestion? If yes, ingest a few drops of frankincense oil by mixing in a glass of warm water. This will help you to get instant relief from indigestion.

These are only a few mystical benefits of this miraculous essential oil. There are other uses of this essential oil, too, so we suggest that you start your research and when you’re convinced, get a bottle of frankincense oil so you can get the most of it for your personal health.

About the Author

Abhinav Kumar Singh is a renowned aromatherapist and essential oil educator with 8 years of professional expertise. His passion is to help others by sharing crucial information about aromatherapy, information, usage and tips from essential oils and allied natural extracts. He has been advocating about the benefits of natural essential oils through writing and speeches to reach out thousands of persons through his blogs, articles, and speeches. Find more of his works at Allin Exporters. Apart from this, he loves travelling to new places and spending time in his backyard.

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Post Workout Snacks

by Head Health Nutter on June 22, 2016

Planning is everything, and our body isn’t an exception. To achieve our health goals, we should pay attention to details, as annoying as they can be. But the truth is that just working out isn’t enough. Nutrition also plays a large role in health and fitness. Keep reading today’s article, contributed by Nuts.com, for a few nutrition ideas to support all our hard work!

A common mistake that people make is to overlook the recovery period post-workout. Too many people, after their time spent at the gym, just leave and go back to their busy life, forgetting that they should feed their tired bodies. Indeed eating after a solid workout should never be optional.

Although fitness trainers strive daily to communicate that eating is part of the recovery phase, there are still many men and women who neglect this step. You’ll recover faster and build more metabolism-boosting muscle if you eat a snack within 15 minutes to an hour of your workout.

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So what can we eat to ensure our body gets what it needs in order to restore energy levels?

Studies show that snacks are the best option. According to the healthy snacks section of Nuts.com, women who reported two or more snacks per day had higher fruit and vegetable intakes compared to non-afternoon snackers. And one of the top choices for snacks: nuts. As we recently wrote, nuts, like walnuts, are packed with protein and healthy omega-3 fatty acids, which are great detoxifiers as well.

Now, for a few snack options that anyone can easily prepare at home to max out on post-workout recovery:

  1. Let’s start off with a quick one. Nothing is more delightful and refreshing than a Spirulina Smoothie. All you need is spirulina, banana, fresh spinach, apple juice, crushed ice, and lemon juice. The total time to prepare is approximately 2 minutes.
  2. Have few extra minutes? Then you can use them to prepare a detox smoothie. This smoothie is a blend of almond milk, frozen banana, spirulina, hemp protein powder (optional), fresh mint, chia seeds, hemp hearts. It’s delicious and it takes only 5 minutes to prepare. Who doesn’t love smoothies?
  3. Let’s close with a healthy snack that requires a bit more time. A tasty Veggie Quinoa Casserole is always a great post-workout option. This delicious dish offers complex carbohydrates and needed electrolytes to aid your recovery.

Need some more post-workout snack ideas? Check out: 5 Post Workout Snacks You Should Try Today, A Gamut of Healthy Recipes, Smokey Roasted Pumpkin Seeds, Easy Healthy Granola Recipe and Tips to Improve Recovery.

About the Author

Nuts.com is a family owned and operated company that has been restocking healthy pantries since 1929. In 1999, the owners launched NutsOnline to bring their savory selection of more than 2,000 items right to the customers’ doors. By 2011, NutsOnline became pretty well known across North America for great quality and service across a growing product offering. Today Nuts.com’s slogan, “We’re more than just nuts,” continues to ring true.

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Walnut – Health in a Nut Shell!

by Head Health Nutter on June 20, 2016

Yummers! Who doesn`t love walnuts? In today`s article by Karishma Pandey, she gives us a ton of additional reasons to indulge in this delicious nut!

Fast life, stress, and unhealthy eating habits have taken a toll on urban health. Polluted air and impurities in food have stripped human health of many vital nutrients. To overcome these health problems and prevent any undesirable surprises, health experts are coming up with various health foods that fight against the ill-effects of lifestyle changes and pollution on health.

While many foods and supplements are developed in a laboratory, there are some health foods available naturally. Amongst several health rich foods available in nature, nuts have the special significance. Nuts are loaded with oils, anti-oxidants, and phytonutrients that play vital role in human health.

walnutsThere are many forms of nuts available in nature and you can have all these nuts for better health and body, but if you are looking for the solution to complete health then there is no match to walnuts. This hard shelled nut has lot of health benefits preserved in its nut shell.

More about Walnuts

Walnut is the nut that was originally found in India on tree Juglans Regia. Initially this tree was found in India and many areas around Caspian Sea. Later in 4th Century AD, this super nut was introduced to European countries by ancient Romans. It is the part of tree nut family. Other distant cousins of this healthy nut are pecans, hazelnuts, Brazil nuts, macadamia nuts, cashews, pistachios, and pine nuts.

The widespread popularity of the walnut is due to it versatile use in global cuisines. The taste and texture of the walnut makes it suitable raw and cooked. It has remained the best snacking option too due to several health benefits and pleasant taste that would meet up your untimely food cravings.

This humble nut is very rich in omega-3 fatty acids and that makes it the best food for in-between food cravings. Studies have found that consuming one-quarter cup of walnut kernels would amount to your daily recommended dose of omega-3 fatty acids. Other important components of walnut that would enhance your health are manganese, biotin, molybdenum, and copper.

Composition of Walnuts

The outer shell of walnut is very hard and mostly difficult to crack by hand. You will require a mortar and pestle or a nutcracker to break the outer shell of this tough nut. Some are able to crack it with their teeth but not everybody can do it!

The next layer that protects the soft walnut kernel is white and flaky. This layer has the bitter taste that would tempt you to remove it before consuming the inner nut but if you are doing so then it is totally wrong! This layer is very rich in anti-oxidants and contains about 90% of the total anti-oxidant present in the walnut. It is therefore important to eat the walnut fully without removing the outer layer even if you are not fond of its taste.

There are many other reasons to have these tasty nuts. Here are some of the key health benefits of these health packed nuts, which may encourage you to consume them more.

Health Benefits of Walnuts

1. Healthy Heart

The role of walnuts to keep your heart healthy is quite known. They increase the good cholesterol levels and reduce the bad cholesterol levels, but the health benefits of walnut are even beyond that. It contains amino acid I-arginine known for offering vascular benefits to the people already suffering from heart disease.

Another vital component of the walnut is Alpha-Linolenic Acid (ALA) that prevents the formation of blood clots because of its anti-inflammatory properties. More consumption of ALA may reduce the chances of contracting fatal cardiac arrest or sudden heart attack. Studies have also shown one can get substantial amount of ALA on consuming just 4 walnuts per day.

2. Fights Cancer

Cracking cancer is difficult but walnuts have shown promising results in cancer prevention too. The regular consumption of walnuts has shown reduced tumor growth in breast cancer and prostate cancer. This is also supported by the studies carried out on mice where there was visible slowdown in prostate tumor growth when the mice were given 2.4 ounces of walnut for about 18 weeks. The risk of breast cancer and prostate cancer can be reduced to half by consuming about two handfuls of walnuts daily.

3. Crucial and Effective Anti-Oxidants

Anti-oxidants fight aging as they combat the free radicals in body which cause aging. Walnuts are rich in anti-oxidants and some of the key anti-oxidants found in walnut are found only in few food options. This makes this nut even more important to fight ageing. Some of the rarely found anti-oxidants present in walnut are –

  • Flavonol Morin
  • Tannin Tellimagrandin
  • Quinone Juglone

These three rare and many other anti-oxidants make it the perfect food to fight ageing. Researchers have found this nut capable of preventing some types of liver damage as well.

4. Healthy Brain

Walnuts resemble brain in appearance and this is why many people believe that it is good for brain health. Though it is a mere co-incidence, the brain health enhancing properties of walnuts are proven with valid studies. The neuroprotective compounds present in walnuts are melatonin, vitamin E, omega-3, folate, and anti-oxidants. These compounds together ensure the brain health of the person. It also alerts your brain while sharpening memory.

5. Weight Loss

There is no direct effect on your weight when you consume walnuts, but including more walnuts in your diet would prevent extra calories being added to your diet. You will get the vital nutrients from this humble nut and at the same time you won’t add to your calories. It will work as the perfect snacking option for those looking for quicker weight loss.

Other benefits of walnut include fighting diabetes, improving the reproductive health in men, glowing skin, and healthy hair. The list of health benefits offered by this hard shelled nut are many but if you want to have all of them then start munching on these tasty nuts today!

About the Author

Karishma Pandey is a freelance writer. She loves to share articles about healthy living lifestyle. Currently she is working for IshaPur, a brand that offers natural and organic healthy products.

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5 Steps to a Healthier Diet

by Head Health Nutter on June 18, 2016

We are literally made up from what we eat (our cells are created by the nutrients in our bodies). Also, everyone of us have different dietary needs because we are unique individuals. Please keep reading today’s guest article by Andrew from AimWorkout so you can have the basics of starting the right diet for you.

The diet which contains the right amount of carbohydrates, vitamins, fats and proteins is known as balanced diet or the healthier diet. And the diet which is balanced offers vast health benefits. With this diet, you can avoid obesity, diabetes and heart diseases. Therefore, diet is a crucial thing for maintaining fitness.

If you think maintaining a healthy diet is a difficult thing, you are wrong. For this, neither you need to change your complete diet, nor do you need to give up your favourite foods. Just by following some tips, you can maintain a nutritious diet and enjoy health benefits.

With these 5 easy steps, you can surely improve your diet and create a healthy lifestyle:

eat healthier1. Give up Processed Foods

If you’re in a habit of eating processed foods, you need to stop it. I am talking about foods that contain vegetable oils, additives, refined sugars and sweeteners. These foods not only increase fat but also cause stress and anxiety. Fast foods such as burgers and fried chicken contain taste but no nutrients. So, you need to avoid these foods as well. Instead, select sweet potato, vegan cheesecake and raw chocolate that offer both taste and health. Make these foods as your favourite foods.

2. Eat Regularly

By skipping meals, you cannot maintain health and fitness. Whatever exercise goal you have, whichever health program you follow, you need to consume three meals a day. In between your regular meals you should on snack on fruits and nuts. You should eat meals and snacks that provide sufficient amount of energy. Besides meals, shakes and drinks are other things for settling hunger. If you are looking for snack ideas, you can eat roasted chickpeas and other nuts.

3. Avoid Giving Up Too Much Too Quickly

Trying too much always leads to negative results. If you want to change your eating routine, you need to do it in a slow manner. You do not need to give up foods in an instant. First, you need to know how much of food is essential for your body. Then, you should know snacks to which your body is addicted. One by one, you need to give up those unhealthy foods. No doubt, it will take time. But, if you want results, you need to wait. By performing things in a proper manner, you can surely maintain a healthy diet.

4. Consume As Much Fresh Food As You Can

First, you should look for fruits and vegetables. Try to eat fresh fruits and vegetables throughout the day. Second, you should look for whole grains foods such seeds, nuts, bread and beans. In the list of snacks, popcorn is considered as a wonderful whole grain food. These foods contain essential fibres that help in controlling high cholesterol and high blood sugar. So, by eating these whole-grain foods, you can avoid several heath diseases. Last, you should drink an ample amount of water throughout the day.

5. Follow Your Plan

Once you have created a diet plan, you need to follow it sincerely. Most likely, you will face some problems. At times, your tongue will ask for tasty hamburgers and sandwiches. Sometimes, you will fail to get fresh fruits and vegetables. And at other times, you do not have money for purchasing whole grain foods. But still, you need to stick to the decent diet plan. Many health professionals suggest giving yourself a `cheat meal`once a week to avoid depriving yourself which can lead to falling off the wagon. You need to follow your diet plan for minimum 3 months or more.

Conclusion

If you want to maintain a healthy diet, you need to make a particular diet plan. First, you need to eliminate processed foods that contain sweeteners and vegetables. Next, you need to look for fresh foods, vegetables and whole grain nutrients. Last, you should try to eat these meals throughout the day. In a proper manner, you need to follow your new diet plan. So, make an effective diet plan and start eating healthier whole foods and watch your sex drive skyrocket and your mental focus and energy levels hit an all time high. Good luck!

About the Author

Andrew is the founder and CEO at AimWorkout. As a passionate fitness professional and tri-athlete, there is literally no adventure he won’t embark on. From mountain biking, deep sea diving, rock climbing and cycling to boxing and mixed martial arts, Andrew has a penchant for the wild and extreme.

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Five Natural Treatments for the Most Common Health Problems

by Head Health Nutter on June 16, 2016

We’re all about natural alternatives here on Live Lighter and so I’m especially pleased to share today’s article by guest blogger, Amanda Wilks. Keep reading for some interesting natural treatments our ancestors most likely used!

Every culture has its own natural treatments and herbal remedies for specific or more generic health problems. We might disregard them nowadays, given the technological progress and the developments in medicine we witness, but more and more people understand that nature is here to help us.

Hands holding an healthy fresh vegetarian salad in a bowl, fresh raw vegetables on background, top viewMaybe our grandmothers were on to something when they insisted we used potato slices to lower fever or drink green tea to balance our digestive system. Recent research studies are more open to the idea that fruit, vegetables, and herbs play a prophylactic role in cold and flu and act as natural remedies. Want to stay healthy and alleviate common health issues?

Let’s take a look today at five natural treatments which do just that!

 

1. Ginger

Medical research showed that ginger has enormous positive effects on our digestive system and on our immune system. Moreover, it has anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer properties as well.

  • Raw ginger root: include grated ginger in your diet to stimulate digestion, clean your colon and alleviate abdominal pain or gases.
  • Raw ginger root tea: boil grated ginger and drink the tea whenever you have a cold or flu – it has anti-inflammatory effects and strengthens your immune system.

2. Onions

Onions are true miracle workers when it comes to treating common health problems. There are over a dozen health benefits of onions, but let’s see how to use these vegetables to relieve some common health issues.

  • Raw onions: include them in your diet to protect your stomach from gastritis and ulcer, reduce inflammation and fight infections (when you have the flu), boost your vitamin C intake, alleviate asthma, allergies, and arthritis (red onions specifically).
  • Onion tea: it doesn’t sound delicious, but it will help you fight a cold.
  • Onion marinade: mix sliced onions with lemon juice and let the mixture marinate for a few minutes, then eat it on salads and other dishes – it will boost your immune system and kick your vitamin C intake
  • Onion juice: it has anti-inflammatory properties to help you fight the flu, an infection or an allergy. You can mix it with carrot and lemon juice for taste and even more vitamin goodness.

3. Potatoes

Our modern world frowns upon potatoes, and especially the fried ones, as they are associated with bad calories and weight gain. But potatoes have been a source of health since ancient civilizations started cultivating them. In their raw form, potatoes are considered the ultimate “skin medicine".

  • Raw sliced/grated potatoes: natural treatment for scars, skin cuts and wounds, small skin burns, dark eye circles and eye bags, face wrinkles, bruises on the body, black eyes, etc.
  • Grated raw potatoes: fill up your socks and keep them tight on your soles – they lower fever; place them on your forehead as a compress – they alleviate headaches
  • Raw potato juice: rebalances the nervous system, regulates sleep disorders, acute headaches
  • Boiled or baked potatoes: included in the diet they work wonders on the digestive system, prevent ulcer and gastritis, lower hypertension, lower cholesterol and blood sugar and significantly lower the risk of colon cancer.

4. Garlic

We all know garlic is good for our health, but how good is it anyway? Research shows that garlic is a true “wonder pill" in many health conditions, helping our organism fight better against diseases.

  • Raw garlic: included in diet it helps balance your blood pressure, raise your anti-oxidants levels, eliminate toxins (recommended for weight loss diets), strengthen your immune system (in colds and flu), and prevent cancer
  • Chopped/minced garlic included in alimentation: acts as antibiotic in flu, infections, and inflammatory diseases, balances the digestive system, helps alleviate bloating
  • Chopped/minced garlic as skin compress: heals wounds and bruises, tones and smoothes skin, hardens the nails and treats dandruff (if applied as a hair mask).

5. Green Tea

Known for its detoxification properties and weight loss, green tea has been used for more than 4,000 years to alleviate and treat other health issues. Even the NCCIH supports green tea research studies to find more about its effects on cancer, diabetes, and heart disease.

  • Green tea infusion: if regularly consumed, it lowers the risk of stroke, balances cholesterol, and hypertension, lowers the risk of cancer and completely and fully treats food poisoning, regulates metabolism, lowers blood sugar levels, alleviates headaches and even depression
  • Green tea as mouthwash: rinse your mouth with room temp green tea infusion to alleviate dental pains, swollen gums, abscesses, tongue issues
  • Green tea as skin compress: smoothens the skin, treats dark eye circles and eye bags and nourishes the face skin.

About the Author

Amanda Wilks is a Boston University graduate and a part-time writer, passionate about everything related to health, natural treatments, and general well-being. She loves helping people advance to a healthier, balanced way of living.

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Flu or Something Worse?

by Head Health Nutter on June 14, 2016

Regular contributor, Brooke Chaplan, is here today with a list of flu-like symptoms that can actually turn out to be something more severe. Please keep reading so next time you or a loved one are feeling under the weather, you’ll be more aware and head to the hospital, if necessary.

The common flu has a number of symptoms associated with it. These can include body aches, chills, a dry cough, fever, malaise, a lack of energy, generalized pain, and more. While these symptoms are usually due to the flu, they can also be indicative of a more dangerous condition. That’s why learning when to watch for certain symptoms may prove extremely beneficial to your health. Below explores some symptoms that may appear like the flu, but are potentially more serious.

Flu or Something Worse Symptoms to Pay Attention toHepatitis A: Flu-Like Symptoms with Dark Urine, Joint Pain, and Jaundice

Hepatitis A is considered a relative to hepatitis B and C. While technically considered a sexually transmitted disease, it is generally transmitted by coming in contact with an infected person’s feces. The symptoms of hepatitis A are similar to the flu with a few marked differences. Patients will often experience pain in their joints, dark urine, and jaundice.

Food Poisoning Symptoms

Food poisoning may stem from any number of contaminants present in food. These may be bacterial, chemical, organic, or viral. The interesting part is that it often produces symptoms similar to the common flu. You may feel nauseous, experience diarrhea, develop a fever, and experience vomiting. While mild cases of food poisoning tend to go away within 12 hours to 2 days, some cases may be more serious. If you experience high levels of pain, then consider seeking a doctor’s help.

Tuberculosis: Chills, Fatigue, Fever, and a Loss of Appetite

Tuberculosis is one of the most dangerous diseases. It can lay dormant for years without causing a problem in an infected individual. When tuberculosis advances, it will begin to create flu-like symptoms. These symptoms will peak as something far worse than any flu could create, and they will become increasingly worse as the tuberculosis infection spreads.

Meningitis: Flu-Like Symptoms with Serious Symptoms Later

Meningitis is defined as a bacterial, fungal, or viral infection that travels to the membranes in the spinal column and the brain. Given its nature, it can result in irreversible damage to the brain and tends to be fatal in the latest stages. This kind of infection looks benign, but it can be very serious. Getting a master’s of nursing online or even a local program or classes will generally include education that helps students recognize the symptoms of meningitis. Early-stage infections often have a good prognosis, but meningitis infections in later stages are generally fatal.

Flu-Like Symptoms May Be More than a Flu

If your flu-like symptoms feel like they’re worse than they should be, then don’t risk it. With diseases like tuberculosis and meningitis presenting similar symptoms, you should always seek a doctor’s professional diagnosis to safeguard your health.

Most diseases that cause flu-like symptoms are often treatable in the early stages, but ignoring these symptoms can lead to the progression of these diseases. Once they progress far enough, they may have a poor prognosis with even the best treatments.

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Brooke Chaplan is a freelance writer and blogger. She lives and works out of her home in Los Lunas, New Mexico. She loves the outdoors and spends most her time hiking, biking and gardening. For more information contact Brooke via Twitter @BrookeChaplan.

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How to Overcome the Most Common Fitness Obstacles

by Head Health Nutter on June 12, 2016

Most of us experience many obstacles when it comes to health and fitness – this is the main reason why I started this blog! In today’s article by Little Bloke Fitness, are tips to overcome the 5 most common roadblocks to fitness.

For most people, a relationship with the gym is almost as complicated as a relationship with a person. There’s love, frustration, satisfaction, and inertia, in equal measure. There are unconvincing excuses and more than a few wily avoidance tactics. In the end, just getting out to the gym can be a battle, never mind completing a proper workout.

Yet, the benefits of a carefully constructed and dedicated workout schedule are endless. Once you commit to spending enough time and effort on fitness, your body will start changing surprisingly fast. You’ll shed those troublesome pounds and see a leaner, more toned physique begin to take shape. In other words, the gains are most definitely worth the pain.

This guide to some of the most common fitness obstacles will show you how easy it is to overcome your workout limitations.

health-fitnessNot Enough Time

This is the most popular excuse not to work out. While our lives are much busier these days, a dedication to fitness is all about making time. And, to do this, you need a change in attitude. If you’re constantly approaching the gym as a chore and something that needs to be endured, you’re not going to try hard to fit it into your schedule. If you really can’t squeeze in a regular gym session, check out the equipment on offer at Little Bloke Fitness and start working out at home.

Getting Bored with Routines

The idea that fitness has to be something that happens at the gym is a common misconception too. While most people need that separation between home and workout space, one downside to this is the fact that it can get a bit repetitive. Even though commercial gyms are packed with equipment, we tend to use the same few machines every time. So, switching things up and working out with weights or resistance tools, at home, can be a positive change.

Lack of Confidence

It’s not just ladies who struggle with a lack of self-esteem at the gym. It can be a tough environment for newbies, because the equipment is unfamiliar and there’s always a steady stream of guys who are bigger and stronger than you. The thing to remember is that everybody starts from the bottom; even the brawniest bodybuilders were skinny guys and girls at one point. If you’ve tried the gym and you really can’t get over your confidence fears, working out at home can be an alternative option.

You’ve Failed Before

Something that’s often overlooked when it comes to fitness goals is the fact that failure is commonplace. You don’t get to have a perfect bod without a few slip ups along the way, because working out is a learning process. Failure isn’t the real enemy; it’s giving up. You could lapse and fail to turn up to the gym or workout at home for months on end. But, manning up and giving it another go is always going to be more useful than throwing in the towel, no matter how long it has been. Rectify your mistakes, instead of punishing them.

Choosing the Right Workout Equipment

Even if you do prefer to work out at the gym, it can be useful to have a few basic tools at home as well; things like weights, pull up bars, and exercise balls. Make sure that you buy your fitness equipment from a reputable retailer, because the quality needs to be very high for them to be safe and secure. These days, at home fitness equipment is more affordable than ever before, so spend some time browsing for products that suit you.

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Little Bloke Fitness is one of the largest dedicated gym and fitness equipment suppliers in Australia. We pride ourselves on providing honest product information to ensure you get the right equipment to match your specific needs and budget.

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There are so many fad diets out there that many of us get consumed with weight-loss rather than living a healthy lifestyle. Keep reading today’s article by guest blogger, Olivia James, who reminds us of 5 essential habits to create besides eating healthy everyday.

There is no way to put it in more modest words that everyone is going head over heels to achieve healthy living, since many people are doing so quite literally. Many are taking the course of Veg diet; some are even trying to live their life by liquid diet and fasting. But when it comes to an entirely healthy lifestyle, despite playing an important role, dietary plan is not all you should be concerned about.

workout-naturallyEnvironment Matters

Drinking detox liquids would not be of much help, if you are required to head in a polluted environment immediately after. Many surveys have proved that people living near green spaces are much healthier than people who are living in more built-up areas. Even though they have fewer facilities, and definitely lesser approach to health awareness programs, they are enjoying a healthy lifestyle without any deliberate efforts.

It is quite reasonable to assume that the environment you are spending your life in, does matter. However, this knowledge would do little or no good if you can not relocate yourself to a healthier location, or so you thought. For you can always implement the required modifications. Turn that AC to normal temperature, open the drapes and windows to let the sun shine in your home. De-clutter your rooms. Grow some indoor plants, or better yet, farm your own edible garden.

Early Morning Walk

Heard many times, implemented almost never. Morning walks are one of those habits we always dream of developing but somehow always end up getting home late, extinguishing every chance of waking up early; or getting up early indeed only to find a formidable ache in our limbs. These challenges, however sturdy, are conquerable. And with firm determination you can develop this habit, with or without the 21-days rule.

So, ditch that treadmill for once, and jog out to the nearest natural space for a morning walk. Reap the benefits of the early sun, that are no more a secret, for your advantage. In any case, the considerable reduction in the amount of electricity consumption is an assured great treatment to your otherwise overlooked anxieties.

Workout Naturally

It has been established that gymnasium workouts make us more rigid. It has become more of an adage now that flexibility has to be left out on the threshold of gyms. Apparently, the factuality of the statement is controversial when there are all sort of stretching exercises. However, no serious gymer would deny that flexibility is an issue that goes against bodybuilding. Moreover, gym exercises are designed to hype up certain body parts, and thence, certainly not an option for people who simply desire to have a healthy body.

Outdoor exercising, in such cases, is definitely a better option. Even studies have pointed out that outdoor exercises lead to greater vitality. So, instead of these urban style workouts, opt for its more primeval counterparts like yoga, skipping, swimming, running, etc. Your body will thank you for that.

Eating Habits, not just a diet plan

As discussed above, a dietary plan does play an important role in healthy living. However, there are more significant eating related rules that help in deciding your state of health.

When it comes to healthy eating habits, almost every other person suggests that one ought to drink a lot of water. But as it goes with everything else, too much of anything (even water) is bad for you. In fact, you should avoid drinking water completely during your meal time. Do not intake water half an hour before or after your meal. As contrary to the popular belief, it is detrimental for your digestive system.

As far as the meal division goes, most of us have our diet plan in such a way that makes us eat the least amount of food in breakfast, and all the dessert and heavy edibles are swallowed down at dinnertime. This, as many of you must have understood by now, is exactly opposite to what we are supposed to do. The perfect ratio of a three meals per day is 5:3:2. However, it is even more suggestible to have more than three meals a day. It helps your metabolism system immensely and in turns help you to be and look healthier.

Put Your Feet Up

Sounds great! Doesn’t it? And believe me, the effects are even greater. We have heard many tales how relaxing has saved people from incurable diseases. And we treat these tales as fables, losing the essence of the great lessons, our ancestors expected us to remember. It is noteworthy that most of the ailments in present days are linked with the lack of relaxation.

De facto, we all need repose, and considering the increasing hodgepodge of life, the significance of quiescence increases copiously. Though best relaxation techniques involve meditation, sound and aromatherapy, spas, etc. Taking a sweet, cool nap works just as fine. It reduces the chances of stroke, keeps stress away, boosts your memory, and most important of all, it helps in maintaining the perfect BMI! Moreover, a healthy amount of relaxation is also said to delay the progression of any disease, giving your immune system a better chance to fight it off.

After knowing so many benefits, it must be hard to resist the urge to recline right away. Well, you should do exactly that, but before that make a checklist of the changes you need to make in your life. A healthier lifestyle is waiting for you!

About the Author

Olivia James has always been a health conscious person. Being brought up near Alpine areas of lower Austria, she always prefer the natural way of life, and has collected a myriad of natural remedies for almost all the acute and chronic diseases. She loves writing and has written various blogs on healthy related issues. Presently, she is working as an academic writer with Assignment Desk, an online assignment help organization.

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