Benefits Of Pine

Pollen

Pine pollen is a powerful herb obtained from a pine tree. Some individuals and companies make the powder out of the pollen. This makes it easy for people to take it. There are plenty of benefits that come with pollen powder. These benefits include:

Rich in Phyto-Androgens

Two of the popular Phyto-androgens are Gibberellins and brassinosteroids. Gibberellins are similar to testosterone in structure and are heavily used in the first stages of germination. Professionals have found out that Gibberellins mimic testosterone thus stimulate the production of androgen. The Phyto androgens have also been found to regulate the action on the prostate. The sterol component of gibberellins regulates the size of the prostate. If the prostate is too big, it shrinks and vice versa. The brassinosteroids aid in removing xenobiotic substances from the liver thus keeping you healthier.

Beauty

The product is not only ideal for men-it’s also ideal for women. Experts have found out that the pollen supports elastin and collagen. To take advantage of this, you should apply it externally on your skin. You can also take it internally where you get to benefit from the vitamins, amino acids, minerals, and antioxidants that it contains.

Hotbed of amino acids, vitamins, and minerals

Pine pollen is a complete protein source as it contains all of the essential amino acids and many others. Some of these amino acids include: Alanine, Arginine, Asparic acid, Histidine, Serine, Proline, Phenylalanine, Leucine, threonine and many others. It also contains plenty of vitamins such as vitamin A, B1, B2, B3, B6 B9, beta carotene, and many others. When it comes to minerals, it contains magnesium, potassium, calcium, manganese, selenium and many trace elements.

How to take pine pollen

There is plenty of information on how to take the pollen. Some people advise that you place the pollen under your tongue so that it gets absorbed directly into your system. While this method is effective, experts have reported that it puts you in great danger of developing cancer of the digestive system. According to scientists, the best way of taking the pollen is diluting it in one or two cups of water and drinking it. This way you don’t put a lot of pressure on your tongue and still get some of the pollen absorbed directly into your body without going through the digestive system.

Conclusion

These are some of the benefits that come with pine pollen. Some people have developed reactions from taking it; therefore, to avoid complications you should always consult your doctor before you take the pollen.

Healthy Food

A Quick Guide to Healthy Food Choices

Nowadays we have access to everything. In fact, we can eat almost anything at any time, but does this mean we are eating better? Let´s look at some facts. In the United States:

– Nearly 38% of adults are obese (1)
– 9,3% of the population has diabetes (2)
– About 29% of adults have high blood pressure (3)
– The No. 1 cause of death for both men and women is heart disease (4)
– 1 in every 20 deaths is caused by stroke (5)

This data reflects not only the way people eat, of course, but also other factors such as lifestyle. However, food plays a very important role. Besides being part of our daily life, we need to eat in order to survive.

If we want to eat healthier options, going to the supermarket can be quite a challenging experience. Why? Because everything that is not good for us seems to be more appealing either by the way it looks or how the package looks (this is marketing at its best). As the saying goes, “don´t judge a book by its cover.” So what can you do?

1. Choose Local
If you are looking for fresh fruits and vegetables, then buy local products. By doing this you will be also helping the farmers in your area as well as the environment! Besides this, instead of going to the freezer section to find meat or fish, try to go more often to the fish market or to the butcher shop.

2. Choose Organic
Do you really want to pay for food that was grown using chemical fertilizers and pesticides or for GMO food? Or would you rather pay for quality? This is what happens when you choose organic: it is an investment in your health and well-being. Organic produce might not be so appealing because of its size and shape, but after you taste it you will not want anything else!

3. Choose Seasonal
Nature is so wise. It gives us what our body needs according to the season. For example, have you ever noticed that there is always more fruit available during summer time? Fruit hydrates us and has also a cooling effect on our body, perfect for that time of the year!

4. Choose Whole
Whole grains are slow-absorption carbohydrates and nutritionally more complete (6). Most people, however, eat refined carbohydrates. But did you know that white flour acidifies the body, taking away minerals (7)? Furthermore, food with a high glycemic value (e.g., refined flour products and also sugar), can act as opium does in our brains, which is why for some people it can be addictive, according to research conducted by Dr. Kathleen DesMaisons, specialist in nutrition and addiction (8).

5. Choose without Sugar
When I use the term “sugar” I mean sucrose that enters very quickly in the bloodstream, disturbing the sugar levels in the blood. In the long term, refined sugar increases fatigue and steals from the body minerals and B complex vitamins (7). But, of course, everybody loves eating a sweet thing! Fruit can be one of the best options available, but if you are looking for a sugar substitute you have, for example, honey and coconut sugar.

6. Choose Unprocessed
I know packaged food offers convenience, but next time you buy it please read the label. Do you understand the ingredients or are they too hard to spell? Rule of thumb: if you can´t spell them, then put the package back on the supermarket shelf. Besides this, keep in mind that the less ingredients a product has, the better.

7. Choose Diversity
Eating a bit of everything is probably the best option if you want to have a balanced diet. However, it is important to take into account certain factors such as the season we are in, as I have written above, and our personal characteristics like age, sex, lifestyle and what our organism reacts to certain foods, so listen to your body!

Next time you go to the supermarket think about the options available. You have the power to decide the best for you, so choose wisely.

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(2) American Diabetes Association. Statistics about Diabetes. In American Diabetes Association, 2016 (accessed October 2016).
(3) Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. High Blood Pressure Facts. In Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2015 (accessed October 2016).
(4) Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Heart Disease Facts. In Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2015 (accessed October 2016).
(5) Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Stroke Facts. In Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2015 (accessed October 2016).
(6) Varatojo, Francisco. Foods also Cure. Lisboa: A Esfera dos Livros, 2015.
(7) Pope, Alexandra. The Wild Genie: The healing power of menstruation. Bedfordshire: Authors OnLine, 2001, ed. 2014.
(8) Northrup, Christiane. Women’s Bodies, Women’s Wisdom: Creating physical and emotional health and healing. Rio de Mouro: Círculo de Leitores, 1994, ed. 2009, transl.

Most of us have no idea how our daily choices

Be Food Safe

Be Food Safe – Always

Food safety is one issue that we should always keep top-of-mind. Here are a few basic guidelines to remember during this season of the noshes, nibbles, buffets, potlucks, and office parties that are key to food safety.

Wash Your Hands

Hand washing is essential. Hand washing in warm soapy water will eliminate many of the culprits that can cause food-borne illnesses as well as the common cold and flu. The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics recommends washing your hands for at least 20 seconds before and after preparing food. Not sure how long 20 seconds is? If you sing or hum two verses of “Happy Birthday,” as you soap up, that should add up to the required amount of time you need to spend in the suds.

Safe Food Handling

In handling uncooked meat, fish and seafood take care to not splash or spatter any juices from the food onto other items in your food preparation area. In being careful to avoid spatter, you can limit the chances of cross-contamination. Cross-contamination occurs when uncooked protein food juices i.e. meat, fish or poultry are splashed onto the cutting board or colander where you will place produce; this will cross-contaminate and may create conditions that will cause a food-borne illness.

Produce

If purchasing pre-packaged salad greens, they have been washed in chlorinated water during processing. However if purchasing loose, unbagged greens, they should be rinsed in tepid or lukewarm water.

Fruits with rinds such as melons, oranges and pineapple should be washed before using to prevent any bacteria on the outside from being transferred to the inside when you cut into the fruit. Sturdy fruits and vegetables should be scrubbed lightly with a produce brush.

Keep Hot Foods Hot & Cold Food Cold

By keeping foods at the appropriate temperatures, you can minimize the risk of food borne illnesses. Hot foods need to be above 140oF and cold foods should be held at temps of 40 oF or below. Most refrigerators are at 40 oF or lower. Letting foods hold at temperatures between 40 oF F and 140 oF is not recommended-this range is considered the “danger zone.” It is considered the “danger zone” because this is the temperature range that will enable bacteria to grow and multiply rapidly. For example if you are using a slow-cooker, it is important to make sure the food you are cooking reaches a temp of 140 oF or above within four hours.

To insure that food reaches the recommended temperatures for doneness, I advise my clients to invest in a food thermometer. They are relatively inexpensive and will provide peace of mind. You’ll know the food has cooked to the recommended done temperature and you will reduce the risk of overcooking. Unfortunately it is a tough task to remedy overcooking.

On the Label

Read food labels and understand the dates on the packages. Sometimes when products are on special or appear to be a great value, that discounted price may be because the product is very close to the suggested use by date.

Products are often stamped or labeled with a date to give you an idea of when you should use the food to enjoy it at its best flavor and quality. Following are examples of the dating and what they mean:

“Sell-By” date tells the store how long to display the product for sale. You should buy the product before the date expires.
“Best if Used By (or Before)” date is recommended for best flavor or quality. It is not a purchase or safety date.
“Use-By” date is the last date recommended for use of the product while at optimal quality. The date has been determined by the product manufacturer.

Hinged Knee Braces

Hinged Knee Braces

This type of knee brace is used to support your knee joint along with the surrounding tissues but allows your knee to maintains flexibility. There are many different designs that come from a number of manufactures. A hinged knee brace, in general, will consist of some type of wrap that will wrap around your leg at your knee. There will be a hole over your kneecap and hinges on either side of your knee joint. This type of medical equipment is used by many recreational and professional athletes as a preventative measure and in response to an injury.

More than one type of condition or injury can benefit from using such medical equipment. Most of these are low-grade or minor but there are also different types of injuries that are more severe along with acute conditions that can benefit from this brace. There are two common knee injuries, which can benefit from such type of medical equipment. This includes two strains of the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) and the posterior cruciate ligament (PCL). When an athlete wears this hinged type of medical equipment, it helps to stabilize and support the joint. This can help to prevent further injury and bring relief from the pain.

Using such a medical equipment for the knee can also benefit people who are suffering from tendinitis, runner’s knee, and patellar or meniscus injuries. Other medical conditions that a hinged knee brace can help include inflammation from myositis, bursitis, and arthritis. The brace can also help those who have Osgood-Schlatters disease. Sometimes after having surgery on your knee you will wear this type of knee brace to help protect the tissues that have been repaired surgically during the process of healing.

You can get a hinged knee brace in many different configurations. These braces can be double or single hinged. They may or may not have a compression wrap or sleeve that will envelop your knee except for a window over your kneecap. In addition, some have only the bands and hinges that circle your leg below and above your knee. These types of braces only provide stability and lateral support.

You cannot purchase such a type of medical equipment over-the-counter. Only a qualified health professional or physician can recommend this type of brace. It is not a knee brace that should be used as a cure for any injury or condition. A hinged knee brace is only intended to help prevent various medical conditions and injuries or as one part of a treatment. On their own, they cannot repair or cure knee problems. A knee brace should not be a substitute for proper medical care because this could result in aggravating an existing condition or in a more severe injury.

Dealing With Influenza

Dealing With Influenza In Children

Everybody knows that influenza outbreaks happen every year starting sometime around the end of October and ending sometime in April. But did you know that it is not the same virus that causes these influenza symptoms every year? The virus that causes an outbreak one year is different from the virus that causes the next year’s outbreak. This is one of the reasons why the CDC advises people of all ages to get a flu shot every year to protect themselves before the flu season starts.

Flu Symptoms

Some of the most common symptoms of the flu include:

• Cold & sniffles
• Fever
• Sore throat
• Bodyache
• Headache
• Dry cough
• Chills and shakes
• Loss of appetite
• Extreme fatigue

While flu symptoms in children and adults are similar there are a few differences.

In newborn babies, an unexplained high fever with no other signs of sickness may be an indication of influenza. Immediate treatment is crucial to prevent any other complications from arising.

In toddlers and smaller children, signs of a flu infection often includes temperatures over 39.5°C accompanied by convulsions, stomach pain, diarrhea or vomiting. Some children experience severe back or leg pain because of inflamed muscles.

Complications Related To The Flu

In most cases, parents simply treat their children for a cold and do not bother to consult with a pediatrician. However, if left undiagnosed and untreated, the symptoms can become more severe and can result in other complications. Every year thousands of people of all ages are hospitalized because of the flu related complications. Smaller children are particularly susceptible.

In smaller children, flu that is not treated in time can lead to croup, barking cough, hoarseness and noisy breathing. As the condition becomes more severe it can even lead to lung infection or pneumonia. A child’s tiny airways can also get infected making it difficult for them to breathe and causing wheezing.

When To Take Your Child To The Doctor

Influenza can worsen very quickly and it is important to take your child to the doctor right in the initial stages itself. A visit to the emergency room is warranted if your child:
• Is finding it difficult to breathe and gasps for air
• Is coughing so violently that she is choking
• Complaints of severe chest pain
• Seems to be sleepy all the time and is too tired to go out and play
• Is drinking very little fluid

As with most ailments, prevention is better than cure and the best way to prevent the flu is to give your child a flu shot every year before the flu season starts, which is sometime in November.

Healthy Living

Healthy Living: Secrets You Need to Know

Healthy living is a term which makes us think about a right balance and a perfect functionality of mental and physical health. In most of the cases, we find the health of both, mental and physical one, quite connected. Accordingly, when one gets poked, the other automatically.

Diet, the healthy one, that clutches much importance as it aids in growth and healthy maintenance of the body. The eating requirements are different to us as an infant, child, and teenager, young, adult or senior.

Today, we will bestow some suggestions for a “healthy living”, mentally and physically both for all age group beings.

Healthy Living Tips

A healthy living cookbook is a big evidence where you may read about the daily meals, “three meals a day”, is the most significant line ever. Among these, the dinner should not hold the much quantity. Before going to bed, your tummy should not be overloaded. This will not lead to weight loss and decreased gastroesophageal reflux.
Go through the labels of the market products in the ingredients section. Pick the one with low added sugars, sodium, cholesterol, trans-fats and saturated fats.
By highlighting nuts and beans comparatively, you should pick eggs, beans, poultry, fish and lean meats.
The whole grains, low-fat or fat-free milk made products, veggies and fruits should cover your diet chart the most.
The most significant one among all is the amount, just satisfy your hunger having a smallest portion, after that just stop eating.
Sugar enhanced drinks and sodas should not be consumed much as these hold excessive calories. However, it’s not like the diet drinks should be picked because these raises the hunger of the people and thereby they consume more.
The people suffering from depression and anger can’t find eating a perfect solution to get rid of these kinda problems. This would make the situation even worse.
In summers too, the heavy meals should not be chosen.
To control the hunger, snacks are the best option. For the same, whole grains, fruits or nuts should be counted. It’s not like sugary snacks may get in. The children should not pick these as it may lead to a wild habit.
For weight loss and a healthy living, a vegetarian lifestyle should be promoted. Seek advice from your physician so that you may become quite sure about intake of enough iron, minerals, and vitamins in your food.
A cooked food kills the pathogens and harmful bacteria. On the contrary, it’s not like that uncooked food should not be the part of your diet chart. But yes, for that just prior eating you should thoroughly wash the fruits and vegetables with fast running and safe to drink tap water. Raw and undercooked meats should be avoided.

Some Healthy Living Facts

The above lines are crafted to offer you some of the best ever tips, about how to augment or enrich the acts in your daily life to live a healthy lifestyle. On the other side, few tips would stop you giving a reality to some of the bad actions that may make you live an unhealthy life.

Cinnamon Water Benefits

Cinnamon Water Benefits

Why Cinnamon water is good for health

In today’s world health is among the major concern for everyone. People are suffering from various disease because of the wrong eating habits and patterns. So, it is really important to have good food and nutrition to perform day to day activities. People who ignore the importance of eating right at right time suffers a lot in the later stages of life.

So, it is advisable to have good food along with the nourishing water. In this article you will explore the benefits of Cinnamon water and its effects. Cinnamon water cures various diseases as well as provides complete body nourishment. Cinnamon is completely non-toxic, repairs the receptors which reduces insulin resistance. It lower fasting blood sugar levels by up to 29%, which can reduce the instance of Type 2 diabetes. People suffering from diabetes must consume this water twice a day to cure their disease.

Cinnamon water can lower your bad cholesterol (or LDL) also raises HDL (the “good”) will cholesterol. If you regularly intake and make the habit of drinking this water will mitigate the effects of high-fat meals by slowing the increase in blood sugar post-meal. So, if you are suffering from bad cholesterol (or LDL) then you must consume cinnamon water empty stomach.

Apart from this consuming this water will provide the antifungal, antibacterial, and even antiviral properties that is going to fight fungal, bacterial, and viral elements in foods. It will clean the mucus and encourages circulation. Making a habit of drinking cinnamon water is very good for health and blood circulation.

Drinking this water treats the symptoms of Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s. Cinnamon has been shown to help neurons and improve motor function in those suffering from Alzheimer’s or Parkinson’s. It has a great tendency to calm the nerves and aids the nervous system too.

Cinnamon anti-inflammatory properties reduces both systemic and specific inflammation and treat certain types of pain and headaches, as well as arthritis pain. If you headache and wan to cure any kind of body pain then drinking or consuming this water is a great idea.

If women having a pain or want to mitigate heavy menstrual bleeding associated with common conditions of female health, such as endometriosis, menorrhagia, and uterine fibroids, then you must consume cinnamon water.

Cinnamon’s high concentration of antioxidants protect the body from damage from free radicals and reduce inflammation, reducing risk of cancer and other diseases. There are other great benefits of consuming this miraculous water. So, make a habit of drinking cinnamon water especially empty stomach.