Category Archives: Health

Mint

What exactly is it good for? Well, it is a well known fact that it helps with digestive problems, abdominal pains or nousea. But what else?

Mint has been used in herbal medicines since the begining of time. In medieval times, it was used for headaches and until now is widely popular treatment  with calming effects or antibacterial agent.

MINT TEA is great for gastritis and helps with problems caused by the irritable bowel movement. Mint leaves aid relaxation of divestive muscles, therefore it is used  to lessen bloating or constipation. It is recommended to drink mint tea after having heavy meals or meals causing gas. People, children included, who suffer from digestive problems should drink mint tea (preferably made with fresh mint leaves) at least 3 times a day. Other uses for the tea include muscle aches or joint pain. In that case, professionals recommend 1TBSP of mint tea brewed in half cup of water and drunk 2-4 times a day. In this case, mint tea can be substituted with mint oil, as well.

MINT ESSENTIAL OIL is great for healing throat, chronic caugh or breathing issues. in thsi case, it is recommended to use essential oil vaporizer for inhalation purposes. Add few drops of mint oil into the water and inhale the vapors for 3-5 minutes. It eases the symptoms.

COSMETIC USES for mint are many. The smell of mint is very invigorating. In addition to that, mint oil or menthol has a cooling effect so it ofted added to many summer-time products. Menthol oil is, also, added to many foot care creams and balms because of its antibacterial properties.

As you can see, the uses are countless and I probably didn’t mention many. If you know of some, do add them in comments. I am sure some readers will appreciate your feedback.

 

 

Dandelion – Overlooked Force Of Nature

You see this plant’s flower everywhere and many times treat it like a weed. Some have used its flower in a homeopatic remedies for years due to its many medicinal properties.  My family has been making a syrop out of it for years. It tastes like honey! I used it a lot prior converting to keto and I rarely get sick if at all. But very few people know about the power of its roots.

How can it help you? Well, it stimulates the production of enzymes (bile) so it is very beneficial for anyone who has digestive problems. Moreover, it detoxifies the liver, helps those prone to allergies, and lowers bad choresterol. Dandelion root is rich in iron, calcium, folic acid, magnesiuma and vitamins A&C.

It may come as a surprise, but scientists from the University of Windsor in Canada have recently discovered that Dandelion Root works better at fighting cancer than chemotherapy. While chemotherapy kills all cells alike – healthy and cancer affected. The dandelion root only attacks the cancer cells. Pamela Ovadje, who is the dandelion tea researcher, has been recognized for her anto cancer work. “The result of her was “eye-opening”  and it opened the door for more studies looking at different cell lines “to see that dandelion root extract does induce a selective form of programmed cell death in cancer cells in a very distinct manner.”

You can buy dandelion root tea at most health foos stores or online. But if you were to source it yourself, then try finding this plant far from major roads so it is protected from the modern world enviromental impurities.

 

 

 

 

Apple Cider Vinegar

Through the ages, apple cider vinegar has been used in a wide variety of ways that expanded beyond its culinary function.  It has been used in beauty remedies, as well as, to treat various health issues. Its benefits have not only been passed on to us (by the word of mouth) from one generation to another, but recently they have been scientifically proven. So what is it good for? What are its benefits? Let me list few below and you decide if you need a bit more ACV in your life.

Although it has no probiotics,  apples contain pectin and pectin promotes healthy digestion as it encourages the growth of good bacteria. Pectin is a carbohydrate that slows down nutrient absorption by attaching itself to items in your digestive tract that your body can’t use such as cholesterol, harmful bacteria and even toxins.

ACV is, also, used to treat and disinfect some fungal  and bacterial infections including foot and nail fungus or ear infections. Hypocrates, father of the epidemology, was said to use the ACV to disintect wounds. Another great use of ACV is to prolong the life of food. Did you know it blocks the growth of E.coli?

When it comes to the ketogenic diet, ACV is just as beneficial here. It is said to lower the blood glucose levels and it is often used by people suffering from diabeties. Dr. Jason Fung recommends adding this vinegar to foods higher in carbs to eliminate their blood sugar spiking effect. It is said that drinking 2 tablespoons of ACV before sleep, results in 4% decrease of blood sugar by the time you wake up.  In addition, many say that adding ACV to your diet helps with weight loss. Awesome huh? If you consider its blood sugar level  decrease qualities – it just makes sense!

Another reason why apple cider vinegar is such an important addition to any diet is its cancer fighting abilities. Although it is still being studied, many sources report that is has ability to kill cancer cells and or reduce its growth.

I say “drinking a spoon or 2 of the  ACV a day, may help keep doctors away.” Buttoms up!

 

Notes: I, personally, drink 2 TBSP before sleep and 1 upon waking up on an empty stomach. I use a straw and brush my teeth immidiately after use – vinegars can be abrasive to enamel.