Health Benefits Drinking Apple Cider Vinegar – The Healing Effects Of Daily Consumption

Using apple cider vinegar is an ancient remedy for a wide variety of ailments. There are many health benefits drinking apple cider vinegar. Apple cider vinegar has anti-fungal, anti-viral, anti-bacterial properties. Throughout history, apple cider vinegar has been a cherished remedy. I have here included some of the most beneficial usages of apple cider vinegar:

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I have treated many patients with gastrointestinal discomfort such as bloating, flatulence, constipation/diarrhea by using apple cider vinegar. I here advise on starting the day with drinking a glass of lukewarm water with a splash of apple cider vinegar. Consume this every day for optimal effect.

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Many people suffer from fatigue, and the reasons are multifold. Even so, there is a great likelihood that adding apple cider vinegar to your diet will provide you with some relief. Here I would advise on following the same practice as stated above. Start the day with lukewarm water with a splash of apple cider vinegar, but also add ½-1 teaspoon of raw, unprocessed honey. This is what Hippocrates would call Oxymel.  If you want to read more about the wonderful effects of honey, go to my other article on the benefits of honey.

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If you have a dry, itchy skin, applying a diluted solution of water and apple cider vinegar to the skin may provide a great deal of relief. Leave it on the skin for about 15 minutes, and then apply a good moisturizer. Alternatively, adding apple cider vinegar to your bath could relieve an itchy skin. Some cases this practice has even proved beneficial for an eczematous skin rash.

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After shampooing and before conditioning your hair apply some apple cider vinegar to your hair, and massage it in. Then rinse off. This has a very good effect to alleviate scalp issues such as dandruff and dry/itchy scalp

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If you are suffering from smelly feet, this usually comes from the feet not being allowed to breathe properly, all day long stuffed in socks and tight fitting shoes. This may lead to flora irregularities in the skin. This may then potentially lead to a bad odor coming from the feet. This is a good sign that it is time to treat your feet better. One good way to alleviate this problem with bad food odor is to soak your feet in lukewarm water with a cup of apple cider vinegar. After a good soak dry the feet, and preferably apply a good moisturizer. Also, try to leave your feet out in the open for a while, so the pores in the skin can breathe properly.

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If you have warts on your feet or in the genital area you could possibly heal this with apple cider vinegar. Here you submerge a cotton ball in apple cider vinegar, then apply it directly on the wart, and fix it with some tape (you may also use a diluted solution of apple cider vinegar if it stings too much). This can be left overnight. Repeat every day for a period of days to weeks. Initially you may see a reddening of the area, but then the wart turns black/dark, and then gradually goes away.

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Mosquito stings may cause horribly itchy blemishes. Apple cider vinegar will here relieve a lot of the itch by applying a diluted mixture of apple cider vinegar to a cotton ball and dab it on the affected skin every half an hour. Alternatively, you can add the cotton ball to the affected blemish by fixing it with tape. Wasp stings can be very unpleasant, and the pain can also be relieved by using apple cider vinegar. Follow the same steps as above. Mind you that allergic reactions will not be relieved, and if you are prone to allergies, following the right precautions such as taking anti-histamines or even using an EpiPen may be necessary.

There are many other good ways to use apple cider vinegar. Please feel free to add your favorite use of apple cider vinegar here.

All You Need To Know To Heal Your Skin

A few months ago, I started down a brand-new path in my career. Earlier on last year I had quit my job at the clinic I had been at for many years, only knowing that I wanted to do something else with my career.

I then rediscovered an old passion of mine, that of skin therapy. You see, the skin is truly a very powerful organ. Just look at how the skin is supplied with intricate networks of blood vessels and nerves. Our skin is the first barrier against external influences, and is therefore highly specialized in detecting even the finest stimuli, partly to prevent us from harming ourselves.

A delicate touch from someone on the skin will trigger a cascade of sensor impulses and hormones. For instance will a caring touch by someone else trigger a boost in Oxytocin, an important hormone for our wellbeing and feeling of connectivity. This has probably played a big role in our evolution, at we thrive when we are together In a group.

The skin can in many cases absorb nutrients considerably better than if the nutrient is being ingested. For instance, making a vitamin liposomal (bound to fatty acids) may boost the absorption rate of that nutrient. One example of this is if you want to boost your antioxidant effect in the body, applying a good liposomal glutathione gel allow a lot of the active antioxidant capacity to be absorbed, in contrast to liposomal glutathione being ingested, where only about 10% will be absorbed.

Here is a quick guide to how to boost your skin vitality:

  • Drink lukewarm water upon rising, preferably with some lemon squeeze. After a night of sleep the body tends to be more dehydrated. Ingesting a few glasses of tepid water upon rising in the morning will quickly restore the hydration state in the body. Being properly hydrated in the body, will in turn hydrate the skin.
  • Start the morning with dry brushing using a natural brush. This has a good peeling effect for the skin and boost the lymphatic drainage from the skin.
  • Consider alternating with a hot and cold shower in the morning. Even though taking a cold shower in the morning may be the last thing you would want, after getting out of that warm and fuzzy bed of yours, many studies have shown a range of health benefits from doing this simple practice in the morning.
  • Do not use strong chemicals and other irritants on the skin. It is wise to be conscious of what detergents and soaps you use, as many of these products can irritate the skin and rid the natural barrier of beneficial bacteria flora from the skin. It is therefore wise to to for oily soaps with natural ingredients, and the most chemical friendly detergents for your clothing.
  • Use good oils and creams to nourish the skin. A good daily practice of applying a good moisturizer to the skin goes a long way for optimal skin care. This will hydrate the skin, and leave it better fit to handle the days stressors. According to some expert dermatologists, applying a good skin oil in the evening before going to bed, has an additional effect to boost the skins regenerative and rejuvenating capacity.
  • Drink plenty of water throughout the day. Along with many other health benefits, drinking regular amounts of clean water will replenish the skin with proper amounts of hydration. This also enable more nutrients to reach the skin and wash away more of toxins being clogged in the skin.
  • Daily supplementation:
    • 25 mg of chelated zinc
    • 2-300 mg of omega 3, preferably from marine sources as the omega 3 contain longer chains that will provide a better and more wholesome effect on the body
    • Gamma linolenic acid
    • Vitamin D 1000-2000 IU daily. Maybe more when severely depleted.
    • Vitamin B6 100 mg daily.
  • Regular exercise: In general, doing regular exercise is essential for your general wellbeing. Also for the skin, exercise proves to provide a lot of benefits.
  • Saunas and infrared saunas to perspire out toxins that circulate in the body and reside in the skin
  • Sleep well and soundly, as this benefits the hormones that enable a more optimal skin health
  • Limit intake of alcohol and other dehydrating beverages
  • Avoid nicotine as it has a detrimental effect of the skin

I would also strongly advice to have an emergency kit for accidents that inevitably may happen. At least make sure that you have some good plasters and bandages stored away. This will save you a lot of trouble when accidents happen. In Stanvanger dermatology department. we are fond of using honey for wound therapy. The reason for this is multifold. Firstly, it has shown to protect against skin bacteria that may prevent skin healing. Honey also provide a lot of nutrients to the wound site, and therefore speed up the healing process. This is particularly true for the honey produced by the leptospermum plants in New Zealand, and many honey products have been created from this healing honey. Mind you, when you apply honey to a wound, and then cover it up, there wound site will generate a lot of fluid. We therefore always recommend covering the wound site with an absorbent patch, such as Aquacell Extra.  I have seen many remarkable healing processes, where next step would have been amputation of the limb, and after application of honey, we could see a gradual healing of the wound.sunblock-skincare-healthy-skin-heart-161608

 

Why Is Chocolate Good For You?

First, a little history lesson. The Latin name for chocolate, Theobroma cacao, was first named by the famous botanist Carl von Linné. Theobroma literally translates as food for the gods, while cacao is similar to the names the people of Mesoamerica were using, such as ka-kaw. According to anthropologists, cacao was first used about four thousand years ago. In fact, we can see how important the Mesoamerican natives considered this food by the way it was emphasized in ritualistic traditions.

When the Spanish crusaders came to Mesoamerica in the 15th Century, they were initially greeted as guests of the Mayan and Aztec emperors. The crusaders could observe how servants of the emperor whisked up a brown drink made of cacao with a range of spices added to it, which was then consumed by the emperor frequently throughout the day. The traditional cocoa drink was bitter, and resembled coffee. When the crusaders, Columbus included, tried to drink this, they were quite disgusted by the bitter and spicy taste. Nonetheless, they brought the strange cacao plant back to Spain and Portugal.

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Due to high taxes in Spain and Portugal, for a while, only nobility could afford to consume cacao, infused with cane sugar and honey to make it palatable. Later, it was sold as a medicinal drink, well-known for its aphrodisiac-like effect. Interestingly, Spain and Portugal managed to keep chocolate a secret from the rest of Europe for a long time. Only in late 17th century did chocolate become accessible to the rest of Europe, and its popularity quickly caught on.

Now, moving past the hitory of chocolate, and reflecting on culture and wellness today, we can ask – Is chocolate good for you? And is all chocolate created equal? When we go to the supermarket and stand in line to pay for our healthy organic vegetables and produce, we encounter rows upon rows of enticing packaging and varieties. Sometimes it requires a LOT of will power not to suddenly find your arm uncontrollably reaching out for that dark chocolate with caramel and chili.

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While cacao itself has a whole range of beneficial effects to our health, I would say eating a Mars bar, lathered in sugars and refined products is definitely not healthy. In contrast to the healthy natural cacao, chocolate bars contain foods that are both addictive and unhealthy. The refined sugar in such products will directly and indirectly trigger the dopamine surge, giving you a rewarding feeling, the feeling of wanting more, while the sugar and dairy will also increase inflammation. In this form, chocolate becomes a complex food, making it hard to digest, and therefore further promote gut dysbiosis and inflammation.

Now, we then come into the subject of quality. The better quality of chocolate, the better it is in general. So, having a chocolate bar that is comprised of raw cocoa, with little or no sugar and no dairy is generally a very healthy choice. What is interesting is how healthy chocolate bars are popping up in the grocery stores. I have also advised many patients to substitute the dairy chocolate, with healthier choices, which has many beneficial effects, including lower inflammation, and easier weight reduction.

Chocolate is considered to be one of the most nutrient dense foods on the planet, but what is most interesting about chocolate is that it contains particularly high amounts of antioxidants. Some research say that chocolate contain higher amounts of antioxidants than any other berry, including acai and blueberries. This was measured according to the ORAC score, measuring the capacity to mop up the inflammation promoting free radicals, thereby reduce inflammation.

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So, what are the health benefits of chocolate? Here is a list of the medicinal properties of good quality chocolate:

  • Improves blood flow, by relaxing the tension in the blood vessel walls through the production of nitric oxide.
  • Lowers blood pressure.
  • Reduces oxidized LDL cholesterol and other free radicals (Due to its high antioxidant and ORAC score).
  • Helps prevent and manage insulin resistance, thereby balancing the blood sugar level.
  • Improves brain function, by boosting the circulation to the brain and enhancing the neural connections in the brain. Also, chocolate contain theobromine (a form of caffeine found in cocoa beans, only weaker), which then can stimulate the mind.
  • Improves the feel-good experience, by boosting dopamine and prevent breakdown of anadamide (also known as the “bliss chemical”). Some research say that some of this mood stimulating effect comes from the highly palatable taste of chocolate.
  • Lowers the risk of heart disease. Regular consumption of cacao has shown to lower risk of heart disease by 1/3.
  • Significantly lowers the risk of stroke.
  • Improves athletic performance, by boosting the blood circulation and lower the viscosity of the blood (meaning that blood flows more easily). Also, chocolate contain good amounts of magnesium, which is very important for muscle function and regeneration.
  • Treats obesity and make you stay slim.
  • Because it is bitter, it has a lot of beneficial effects for the gut flora and the digestion. (Bitter herbs are commonly used to treat gut related disorders.)

So, do not feel guilty about eating chocolate. Rather focus on getting good quality of chocolate. For chocolate bars, having cocoa content between 70- 85 % is generally the best. And if you feel particularly adventurous, you can attempt to make your own chocolate.

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So, how do you make your own chocolate version, you ask? Here is a suggestion – let´s make a delicious cup of hot chocolate.  Note that you will need either bars of good quality chocolate (like Valhrona) or chocolate powder (do not use cacao powder as the quality is much worse), a milk substitute (coconut milk or almond milk (unsweetened) and spices such as cinnamon, vanilla or nutmeg.

How to make a cup of hot chocolate:

  1. Heat up the nutmilk in a pot.
  2. Add the chocolate bars or chocolate powder, and stir until it has completely dissolved in the milk.
  3. Then stir in the spices, and heat up the milk again.
  4. If you want a frothier hot chocolate, you could try to add the liquid in the blender and pulse for a few seconds.
  5. Alternatively, you could try hot matcha chocolate. Here you put about ¼ – ½ tsp. high quality matcha powder in a cup, add a small amount of the hot nutmilk, and stir until dissolved, add in some more nutmilk and whisk until frothy. Add this to the hot chocolate.

The idea here is to experiment. There is no absolute rule, although if you use better quality chocolate, you will get a richer chocolate taste. Enjoy!

 

 

 

 

Drink Tea Like A Zen Master

In recent times this tea has by far become my favorite tea. The reason for this is the fact that this green, delicious drink contain rich amounts of antioxidants and other healthy nutrients, far more than any other tea. While feeling invigorated, it also gives a great sense of peace.

In Matcha tea, we actually drink the powdered tea leaves. The tea leaves are first ground to a very fine powder, and then a small amount is added to hot water (or other liquids such as milk or milk substitutes). Traditionally a whisk called Chasen is then used to properly dissolve the powdered tea leaves in the water, before being consumed in its entirety.

The tradition of grinding tea leaves and having it directly in the hot water for consumption started in the Song Dynasty (960-1279 A.D.) in China. Zen Buddhist monks brought this tradition to Japan in around 1181 A.D., where the process of harvesting the tea leaves and making the stoneground tea leaves was refined, giving birth to what we now called Matcha tea.

Originally this was consumed amongst Buddhist monks, but it soon spread in popularity throughout East-Asia. While Matcha tea contain rich amounts of antioxidants, the sought-after effect of Matcha tea was the invigorating and relaxing effect. Buddhist monks cherished this tea because it enabled them to stay focused in meditations for a longer time.

There are greater amounts of caffeine in this tea. This caffeine called Theophylline is not as strong as what you would find in coffee, but it still will give an invigorating effect. What counterbalances this invigorating effect is what researchers have now discovered to be L-Theanine, an amino-acid that leave you with a relaxed and invigorated state. Since the actual tea leaves are used to make the tea, and not just the brewing of the tea, Matcha has rich amounts of L-Theanine. This can therefore explain why you would feel a great sense of ease, while at the same time mentally alert.

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So, how can you make yourself a tasty cup of Matcha tea? In the tea-shop ask for premium or ceremonial grade of Macha tea. Ceremonial grade is of better quality, but also much more expensive. The nutrient contents are the same, and if you are not a Zen monk, who consume this regularly, you probably would not notice the difference. While in the shop you could also ask for a whisk called Chasen in addition to buying the tea. If you do not have this whisk, no problem. The only reason for using a whisk, is that it makes it easier to dissolve the matcha, and giving a more frothy and lighter feel to the tea.

Now, take ¼ – ½ teaspoon of Matcha in a cup, and add a small amount of hot water (not boiling), whisk or whip the mix of Matcha and hot water around until the tea has been dissolved. Add more hot water and whisk this in some more, until you get a frothy consistency in the tea. As an extra tip, I sometimes add turmeric to this tea, to make an even more potent drink…or, why not try out a matcha-turmeric-latte?

Matcha tea can be drunk throughout the day, but probably not late at night, due to the stimulating effect from the caffeine in it. I recommend you try this out. Maybe you can even substitute the cup of coffee in the morning with an invigorating cup of Macha tea?

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How To Take Care Of Your Lungs

We expose our lungs to constant strain, especially if we live in big cities. I remember in med school how I looked at lungs of people living in congested parts of the city (such as London when the air was filled with smog), and was horrified by the amount of soot accumulated in the tissue of the lungs. If you think about it, this is a natural consequence, as the lungs work as a filtration system. Optimally, only clean air is allowed to pass from the lungs and into the bloodstream, where oxygen is then transported to all the cells of the body. Furthermore, carbon monoxide is taken up into the blood stream, and expelled through the lungs. We know that the lungs are affected by the amount of toxins they are exposed to, and may eventually lead to inflammation and damage to the lung tissue. It is therefore advisable to know how to best take care of these precious organs.

Through digging deep into the ground and analyzing the different eras we now know that around 100 million years ago (when dinosaurs wandered the earth) the oxygen concentration in the atmosphere was around 35 %. Around 10 million years ago there was an enormous forest fire, that may be partly responsible for the reduction of oxygen concentration in the air. But chances are that the biggest change occurred during the industrial revolution, as the air quality decreased in the cities as a consequence of fossil fuel emission into the atmosphere. Since then we have had a poorer quality in the air we breathe, with oxygen concentrations usually around 20%. The lack of oxygen in the air is particularly evident in big cities, and has been measured as low as 10% in densely populated cities like Mexico City. Even so, there are ways to compensate for this, such as creating big parks in the middle of densely populated cities. This morning I strolled along Central Park in New York City, and thought to myself how mindful the architects of this big metropole had been in creating such a green lung smack in the middle of it all.

So, back to how to take care of your lungs. One sign that the lungs are inflamed is the production of mucus buildup, with coughing up of thicker mucus. If this is to happen, it is time to cleanse the lungs. Here are my recommendations on how to take care of your lungs:

  • Start the day with fresh lemon water, preferably with honey. This will not only detoxify the body, but also treat a buildup of mucus in the lungs.
  • Ingest turmeric root. For optimal effect for the lungs, it is advisable to ingest a small part of the fresh turmeric root, either by chewing it, or having it in a juice.
  • To expel mucus, eat a few pieces of pineapple or drink pineapple juice on an empty stomach. If this is done consistently over a course of two weeks, it usually relieves symptoms of excess mucus.
  • Drink chamomile tea. This has a general effect to soothe inflammation, and works particularly well for the lungs. Besides, it has a soothing effect on the nervous system, which in turn lower the blood pressure, and allow you to breathe with more ease.
  • Other herbs that may have a curative effect for the lungs are garlic, horseradish and ginger.
    • Garlic has a wide range of medicinal properties, the main effect for the lungs is the ability to cleanse and detoxify free radicals, toxins and other irritants, in addition to work as an antibacterial and antifungal therapy.
    • If you look at Chinese medicine, horseradish is a good herbal tonic for the lungs, just be careful not to overconsume this herb, due to its pungency.
    • Ginger is also an excellent herb, especially in cases of too much coldness in the body. Making a ginger tea, by steeping freshly cut ginger in hot water for 10 minutes, and then adding a small portion of raw honey to it is a very good way to expel some bacterial infections.
  • Some supplements that work very good for the lungs are zinc, vitamin c and Echinacea. In cases of lung problems, taking a regular supplement of 25 mg zinc, 1000 mg vitamin C and a few shots of Echinacea can work wonders.
  • Drink plenty of fresh water. This has a cleansing effect for the lungs, thinning out the mucus, and makes it easier to expel toxins from the lungs.
  • An occasional fast (while drinking plenty of fluids) is usually very curative for the lungs.
  • Using plants can potentially cleanse the air and produce more oxygen. I challenge you to try this out for a few months, and see If you notice any change. If you go to a botanist, you can ask for particularly cleansing plants, such as ferns and peace lilies.
  • Last, but definitely not least, is the healing effect of deep breathing. Even spending 10 minutes each day actively breathing deeply, filling up your lungs, will be very beneficial for the lungs oxygen exchange, and hence leave you more relaxed and energized. Even better is to do this while being out in nature. Also, a brisk walk, or other forms of exercise will make it easier to fill up the lungs with fresh air.Little girl on a swing in the mountain landscape

The Miracle of Water

How much water do you drink? Seriously? Let me tell you that water is by far the cheapest and healthiest drink you can have. Do you ever stop to wonder about just how important it is to drink enough water? We literally consist of 70-80 % water (interestingly enough just about the same number as the amount of water covering the surface of the earth).

Water has an enormous healing capacity when you have enough of it. Consumption of water will hydrate the body, while enabling toxins to more easily be flushed out of you. When the body gets rid of toxins, your body will function better and more smoothly. As an extra motivator, having enough water in your body will make your skin smoother, and hence your appearance more beautiful.water showerSo, how much is enough? How much water should you actually drink to make sure that your body stays healthy. Well, that depends. It depends on what you eat, what you drink, your fitness level, the climate where you live, and so much more.

Several drinks could function as a diuretic, meaning you more easily excrete fluids through your kidneys. In some cases, this is a good think, especially for people who more easily retain water in their tissue. Patients who take diuretic medications need to take this to lessen the burden on the heart. Even so, it is also here important to drink enough water.

So what about coffee. Coffee is not in fact a diuretic, but it causes a fluid loss due to its laxative effect. You see, we retain a lot of the water in the colon, and when it goes faster through, we lose more water. Therefore, a golden rule when drinking coffee is: By one cup of coffee, drink two glasses of water. The Italians are usually very good in this respect, where they always provide you with a glass of water with the shot of espresso.

water coffeeSo back to how much water should you actually drink? I have got this question a LOT in my practice. The answer is that there is no one exact answer. This depends on a lot of factors.

Elderly people have a tendency to more easily become dehydrated. If I mention this to my grandmother, who is now 101 years old, she finds the whole concept of drinking water rubbish. She thinks the sight of “all these people walking around with water bottles in their hands” to be amusing. Then again, every elderly person is not like her. I have had many elderly people come to my clinic with obvious signs of dehydration. One of the most obvious is the “skintest”, where you pinch and drag up a part of the skin, then let go, and see how long time it takes before the skin goes back to its normal position. If it takes more than a few seconds it is an obvious sign of dehydration, and I would generally advice on drinking more water (Not more coffee).water drinking

As a rule of thumb I say that it is wise to drink at least 1,5 liters of water, and if you are drinking caffeinated beverages (coffee, tea, chocolate) I advise you to drink around two liters of water. This number could drastically increase if you reside in a hot environment, where you are perspiring profusely. Sometimes, drinking four liters of clean water is essential to stay hydrated.

Of course we will function on less water intake, but we are here talking about how to really feel energized. Drinking water regularly is a great investment for your health. So drink up!Refreshing drink in the gardenYou could try to make water more exciting by infusing it with various herbs or fruits

Things You Didn’t Know About Turmeric

If you have ever eaten Indian food, I am sure you have encountered this colorful herb in your food. This herb is an extremely colorful root, and if you get it on your fingers, you will have an orange pigment stuck to your skin for days! Traditionally, besides using Turmeric in various cuisines in Asia, Turmeric has also been used as a coloring agent, due to its strong color.

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In my practice I have commonly used turmeric to treat chronic ailments, particularly related to inflammatory conditions. Turmeric has lately undergone a lot of research, especially the healing constituent called curcumin, plus a range of healing antioxidants and nutrients.

Research has shown that Curcumin has a potent anti-inflammatory quality. Recent use to treat inflammatory conditions such as arthritis, osteoarthritis, inflammatory bowel disease and psoriasis have shown remarkable effects, when used consequently over time. Also, I have seen great improvement on pulmonary inflammatory conditions upon taking turmeric for a period of time. In fact, in contrast to the NSAIDs (such as Ibuprofen), while Curcumin doesn’t usually have as swift effect, the long term effect has proven as good (or in some cases even greater).

I would argue that the main effect of Turmeric is on the gut lining. We now know that between 70-80 percent of the immune system is located here in the gastrointestinal tract. Upon ingesting Turmeric, the anti-inflammatory qualities will therefore have a direct effect on lowering inflammation related to the gut lining. I would therefore advice those of you suffering from irritable bowel syndrome or other digestive discomforts, to give Turmeric a shot.

Speaking of inflammation, I should also mention neurological inflammation. Recent evidence has linked the most common cause of dementia called Alzheimer’s Disease with the development of neurological inflammation. Due to Turmeric’s anti-inflammatory qualities, it has promising evidence in the treatment of dementia, and other neurological inflammatory conditions.

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One main biological effect of Curcumin is how it mops up free radicals. These free radicals are created when we are exposed to chemical irritants, heavy metals, bacterial or viral infections to name a few. When these free radicals are gathered, they can cause havoc in the surrounding tissue. Therefore, supplementation of Turmeric in the diet can prove to be an important preventative measure in making sure you stay healthier, and have less free radicals roaming around in the body. This also explains why Turmeric is known to have a healing effect on the liver.

I would advise to first heat up turmeric before consuming it. This potentiates the effect of this herb. Also, there is evidence that show the importance of adding other herbs to turmeric, to have a symbiotic effect, and therefore a greater healing effect on the body. Adding piperine (from pepper) or tea (green/black) have shown a better absorption of the healing constituent Curcumin in the gut.

There are several ways you can ingest Turmeric. The most common turmeric extract have a 95% potency. You could also ingest Turmeric (Curcumin) capsules as a supplement. The clue nonetheless is to use Turmeric on a regular basis for its health rewarding effects.

One way to ingest turmeric is to have what in Ayurveda is called “Golden Milk”. We in the west have adopted another name, notably “Turmeric Latte”. So, a daily intake of Turmeric can do you a lot of good, both as a preventative measure, and also if you want to heal any inflammatory conditions. So Cheers!

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Tips To Improve Your Eating Habbits

Here are some simple tips I generally advice patients so that they have a better and healthier diet:

  • Start the day with a fresh lemon/limewater. Simply squeeze 1/2 a lemon/lime in a glass of cold to lukewarm water, and drink this on an empty stomach. For those suffering from lack of energy, adding 1/2-1 teaspoon of raw, unprocessed honey is also good.
  • Drink some fresh juice on an empty stomach for an extra cleanse and energy boost. Any fresh vegetables will do, including cucumber, celery, wheatgrass.
  • Drink plenty of clean water, about 2 liters daily. Try to substitute some of the coffee/tea and other beverages with drinking clean water. Your body will thank you for it!

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  • Chew your food thoroughly, and do not stress when you are eating.
  • For a poor digestion it is wise to add some bitter herbs/vegetables in the beginning of a meal. Simply eat a fresh salad, with the additions of herbs such as rucola, dandelion, watercress and many more.

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  • In between meal snack I would advice eating nuts and seeds. For even better effect it is best to soak the nuts in water overnight. Then digestion of the nuts will be far better, and you get more out of eating them. Also, cutting up some vegetables and have it with a nice dip is a good snack in the middle of the day.
  • Skip the snacks that are overtly processed, salty, greasy such as chips and cookies. Focus on less processed foods. Rule of thumb is that what is fresh or home made is much better that what has been pre-packaged.
  • Limit intake of refined sugar since ingestion of pure white sugar have shown detrimental effects on peoples health, primarily linked to increased inflammation. Rather substitute refined sugar with some honey, maple syrup, stevia, yacon syrup, lucuma or dried fruits such as dates and figs. Remember, less is more in terms of these sugars!
  • If you really want to boost you gut functioning I would recommend adding fermented foods such as sauerkraut to your diet. This is great to help assimilate and absorb the food you eat even better.

Bon apetit!

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The Secret Power of Honey

Honey can be considered the edible gold, due to all its medicinal properties. Honey have been part of peoples diet since the ancient times. While excavating the great pyramids in Egypt, archaeologists recently discovered jars of honey in an old tomb dating back 3000 years, and the honey was still perfectly edible.  That means that due to many of the medicinal properties in honey, it can virtually last forever.

Honey comes from the laborious process of bees assimilating pollen from the flowers in the area. To make one pound of honey,  it is estimated that around 60.000 bees have collected pollen from about 2 million flowers! That is a lot of hard work, which I think is also good to be mindful of when consuming honey.

 

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In this article we will discuss the various healing benefits of honey, which are:

  • Reduce allergy symptoms to pollen. By eating a daily dose of honey, you also ingest trace amounts of pollen. Therefore ingesting honey on a regular basis, and at least several months before the pollen season starts, can be an effective way to reduce allergy symptoms to pollen. Additional tip: I would recommend using honey from your region for optimal effect, as the pollen in the honey comes from where you live.
  • Treat wounds to speed up the healing. Honey has long been considered a good remedy to treat woulds, dating back to the teachings of Aristotle. When you cut your skin, I would advice to put a bit of honey in the wound. This will speed up the recovery time of the healing. Recent discovery have found even better effect upon using a particular honey called Manuka Honey for this purpose. Further research have also found a healing factor, and the reason why this is so effective in treating wounds. At the time I am writing this, it is uncertain what this ingredient is, so it is simply called the “Unique Manuka Factor” (UMF).
  • Treatment of stomach ulcers. Here also Manuka Honey comes out as the most effective, as it has shown effect in killing the bacteria Helicobacter pylori, which are commonly causing stomach ulcers. Honey in general is good for the stomach lining, so therefore all honey is beneficial. Honey can therefore also help treating gastro-esophageal reflux (GERD) and soothe acid reflux and heartburn.
  • Treat herpes breakouts. If honey is applied directly on sores, it can have a healing effect. The reason for this healing effect is as with wounds, that it heals the mucosal lining and helps treating microorganism. Also, honey contain a bit of hydrogen peroxide, which further cleanses the wound.
  • Energy enhancer. Honey can be used to boost ones vitality. Honey is useful to give a boost when one feels fatigued. Ingestion of honey right before, during or right after a workout session can increase athletic performance.
  • Cough suppressant and treat sinusitis problems
  • Sleep inducer. The simple sugars in honey causes your insulin level to rise, which then elevates the neurotransmitter serotonin. This, in turn, converts to melatonin (also called the sleep-inducing hormone)honey-823614_1280
  • Treats a dry and itchy scalp. Honey has anti-fungal and anti-inflammatory properties, and therefore works well for an itchy scalp. To help with these matters, apply a diluted solution of honey and water to the hair and scalp, and leave for a few hours, before rinsing it out. Honey can also be great as a conditioner, as it moisturizes your hair.
  • Anti-fungal and digestive aid. Evidence have shown that honey have anti-fungal properties. Therefore, daily consumption of honey can be a great supplement as a digestive aid
  • Treat acne. Honey contain humectants that acts as moisturizer on your skin, and at the same time kills bacteria that causes acne. For best effect, leave raw, unprocessed honey on the skin affected with acne, and rinse off after 30 minutes.
  • Hangover cure. Honey helps to speed up the oxidation of alcohol in the liver, and at the same time gives you an energy boost. Try adding turmeric and lots of fresh water, and you will get back in shape in no time.
  • Boost libido. Honey is a natural aphrodisiac, and therefore good to boost ones desires in the bedroom. According to Hippocrates, intake of honey will increase your sex drive.

To boost ones energy, I recommend as a morning routine of lemonwater with honey.  In Ayurveda there is also a healing elixir called Golden Milk, a healing tea that is made by adding turmeric, honey, almond milk, and pepper to hot water and let it simmer for 10 minutes. This has anti-inflammatory and soothing properties for a good night’s sleep.

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The Benefits Of Fasting

Fasting is an ancient way to restore one’s health, from the Ezekiel’s 40 days’ fasts, to the Muslims 30 days Ramadan. Aristotle used to demand that his potential students embark on a fasting period before commencing his teachings.

If we go back in time several thousands of years (a speck in time for the history of the world), humans naturally fasted in times when there were scarce amounts of food. Hence, when we consider evolution, most of the human existence we were forced to have intermittent fasting. It is only in the modern time that we have a surplus amount of food available at all times. Don’t get me wrong, this is not a negative thing in its self. It is great that we are able to have a more varied and rich diet than our forefathers. The only problem is that in this time and age, where we tend to think more on efficiency and how to get food fast, food also tend to lack a lot of the essential nutrients that we have available, virtually at all times.  The diet tend to be too rich in fast sugars and starches, and nutrients lacking in enzymes that will leave a more sluggish digestive system. Studies have shown that in the west we typically carry many kilograms of partially undigested food in the colon. Fasting is therefore a way to restore health in the body by sweeping clean the gastrointestinal system of the excess food particles.

The concept of fasting is also a time where you focus not on what you ingest. This has the potential to relieve addictive behaviors.  It is also a good way to clear ones mind, as less energy goes to the digestive system. This is the reason why Aristotle demanded that his students fast before studying, as this increased the efficiency of their learning capacity.

There are many ways to fast. I do not suggest you start with a long fast if you are not used to fasting, as this may be too big of a shock to the body. Therefore, it is better to start with intermittent fasting’s, lasting a day or two. If you look at Anthony Weils recommendations to a healthier lifestyle, fasting one day a week is a good way to go.

Now, how does one fast. There are many ways to do this:

  • Water fast. This is the most common way to fast, where one only consume water for the entire fasting period.
  • Juice fasting. Drinking solely vegetable juice, alternatively with some fruits such as lemon and apple.
  • Absolute fast. This is where you ingest nothing for a period of time. An example of this is the days of Ramadan.
  • Fasting could also be just being conscious of eating/drinking more simply. Whole grain rice fast is a good fast, and could be particularly beneficial with parasitic infestations.

Once one gets more in the habbit of fasting one can try the 7 days fast. This commonly is a water fast, done once a year, preferably in the spring or autumn. Here it is advisable to do this in a time of less stress, as it turns out to be a contemplative period. Here it is advisable to consult a physician before the fast to make sure the liver and kidney values are up for the task. It is also advisable to consume lots of leafy green vegetables and herbal teas a few days prior and after the fast, to ease in and out of the fast.

Fasting is a way to reset the body and mind, where one can spend more time on doing other hearty things, such as being more out in nature, and bring the nature in to your home by buying plants or flowers. Fasting could also include fasting from media and news for a day, so as to relieve more of ones collective stress. Remember, fasting is about enjoying more of what life has to offer, while regaining more energy and clarity by doing so.

Happy fasting!