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Natural supplements for immune boosting

If you like this post - share it with others ! There are many immune boosting herbs and supplements available, but which ones are the most effective and safe to take? Which ones are a waste of money? Alongside taking natural immune boosting supplements you can also make some simple life-style changes that will have dramatic results. A healthy diet, good quality rest, minimal alcohol and caffiene consumption, regular exercise and cutting out smoking are simple measures that will result in a better functioning immune system. Here are some good quality natural supplements that can be taken to boost the immune system. Echinacea is one of the most commonly used herbs to treat the immune system. It provides a boost to the immune system and seems to have a beneficial action on all infectious conditions. Studies have shown that echinacea reduces the severity of cold symptoms and increases the speed of recovery. Echinacea is best taken at the onset of a respiriatory tract infection such as a cold or cough, and should only be taken for periods of no more than three weeks at a time. If you are taking any prescription medication or have a long standing illness, please consult your doctor or pharmacist before taking echinacea. Probiotics such as acidophillus provide good bacteria which protect the digestive system from infections. Research has shown that probiotics may boost the immune system by stimulating the immune cells that line the gastro-intestinal tract. Probiotcs should also be taken following a course anti-biotics, as they will replace the good bacteria that has also been destroyed by the anti-biotics. Acidophillus is also very good at treating candida infections such as thrush. Garlic and Ginger both have immune boosting, anti-viral and anti-bacterial properties. Garlic is also known to have anti-funal action, and can be taken to treat thrush. Vitamin C is a strong immune boosting nutrient. It has been shown to reduce the severity and speed up the recovery of a cold. The herb Astragalus is an adaptogen and works very well in stimulating the immune system. This herb can be taken for long periods as well as in speeding up the recovery during a cold or a respiratory tract infection. If you are taking any prescribed medication, or you have a long standing illness, please consult your doctor or pharmacist before taking...

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(No) Sex, drugs & excess alcohol

(No) Sex, drugs & excess alcohol

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With the start of Alcohol Awarenesss Week, this is the perfect time to look at how excess alcohol intake can impair health. New research has found that men who drink heavily or regularly take recreational drugs are more likely to have performance issues in the bedroom. The bad news is that these problems can last even after years of stopping heavy drinking and drug use. This study was published in the Journal of Sexual Medicine. The research was conducted on 906 men of which 550 (the study group) had been diagnosed with alcohol, cocaine, cocaine and alcohol, heroin, marijuana and speedball (cocaine and heroin) addiction. At the time of the study, the men were not dependent on drink or drugs. The other 356 men (the control group) had never taken drugs nor drank alcohol heavily. Researchers from the University of Granada, Spain, and Santo Tomas University in Colombia investigated four areas of sexual performance: sexual desire, sexual satisfaction, sexual arousal and orgasm. The results of the study found that the study group had a “moderately to significantly impaired sexual performance”, compared to the control group. The findings of this study contradict that of other studies which have reported that men… [read more]

If you like this post - share it with others ! With the start of Alcohol Awarenesss Week, this is the perfect time to look at how excess alcohol intake can impair health. New research has found that men who drink heavily or regularly take recreational drugs are more likely to have performance issues in the bedroom. The bad news is that these problems can last even after years of stopping heavy drinking and drug use. This study was published in the Journal of Sexual Medicine. The research was conducted on 906 men of which 550 (the study group) had been diagnosed with alcohol, cocaine, cocaine and alcohol, heroin, marijuana and speedball (cocaine and heroin) addiction. At the time of the study, the men were not dependent on drink or drugs. The other 356 men (the control group) had never taken drugs nor drank alcohol heavily. Researchers from the University of Granada, Spain, and Santo Tomas University in Colombia investigated four areas of sexual performance: sexual desire, sexual satisfaction, sexual arousal and orgasm. The results of the study found that the study group had a “moderately to significantly impaired sexual performance”, compared to the control group. The findings of this study contradict that of other studies which have reported that men spontaneously recovered their normal sexual performance a few weeks after stopping substance abuse. The researchers also found that alcohol was mainly responsible for causing erectile dysfunction. Men who had taken heroin, cocaine, alcohol and speedball had difficulty in achieving orgasm. If you have found our health article “(No) Sex, drugs and excess alcohol” useful, please rate it...

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Can you prevent a hangover with asparagus?

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New research has found that eating asparagus before a big night out could prevent a hangover the following morning. There are many so-called hangover cures that claim to work, ranging from a fry-up, drinking a glass of water before bed, yoghurt, and fruit juices. With the party season about to start, a hangover is an unwanted side effect. Drinking plenty of water alongside alcohol is a helpful tip, but there are also certain foods that can help to prevent the unwanted hangover. So let us explain how you could prevent a hangover. These potential “cures” may help, but it is very important to drink water alongside alcohol to prevent dehydration. Asparagus contains amino acids and minerals that can help prevent hangover symptoms by supporting the liver though the detoxification process. The study conducted at Institute of Medical Science, and Jeju National University in South Korea was published in the Journal of Food Science, analysed the components of young asparagus shoots and leaves and compared their biochemical effects on human and rat liver cells. B.Y. Kim, the lead researcher said, “Cellular toxicities were significantly alleviated in response to treatment with extracts of asparagus leaves and shoots. These results provide evidence of… [read more]

If you like this post - share it with others ! New research has found that eating asparagus before a big night out could prevent a hangover the following morning. There are many so-called hangover cures that claim to work, ranging from a fry-up, drinking a glass of water before bed, yoghurt, and fruit juices. With the party season about to start, a hangover is an unwanted side effect. Drinking plenty of water alongside alcohol is a helpful tip, but there are also certain foods that can help to prevent the unwanted hangover. So let us explain how you could prevent a hangover. These potential “cures” may help, but it is very important to drink water alongside alcohol to prevent dehydration. Asparagus contains amino acids and minerals that can help prevent hangover symptoms by supporting the liver though the detoxification process. The study conducted at Institute of Medical Science, and Jeju National University in South Korea was published in the Journal of Food Science, analysed the components of young asparagus shoots and leaves and compared their biochemical effects on human and rat liver cells. B.Y. Kim, the lead researcher said, “Cellular toxicities were significantly alleviated in response to treatment with extracts of asparagus leaves and shoots. These results provide evidence of how the biological functions of asparagus can help alleviate alcohol hangover and protect liver cells.” Asparagus contains glutathione, which is an amino acid that is required for the detoxification process in the liver. This amino acid helps to remove toxins during phase 2 of liver detoxification process. Phase 2 detoxification removes harmful toxic compounds from the liver. The researchers found that of the asparagus had higher amino acid and mineral content than the shoots. They therefore concluded that the leaves would be better at protecting the liver from damage and prevent the dreaded hangover. Previous studies have also found asparagus can help to stimulate the liver to speed up the breakdown and elimination of alcohol from the body. So we hope our advice can help you to prevent a...

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Natural Supplements for Insomnia

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Insomnia is a very common condition that can contribute to other health conditions and affect work and personal life. People usually turn to natural medicine for the treatment of insomnia after trying conventional medicine. The main problem with conventional medicine is the side effects, which can range from dry mouth, headaches and daytime drowsiness. These medicines are also very addictive and it can be very difficult to come off these drugs.  Long-term insomnia is associated with a number of heath concerns such as weight gain, depression and can speed up the ageing process. There are many natural supplements for insomnia that are easily available. The natural approach to treating insomnia is therefore a better option, and there are many therapies and alternative medicines to choose from. If you are taking prescription medication, please consult your G.P or pharmacist as these medicines could be causing your sleep problems or they may interact with the alternative medicines. Insomnia can also be a symptom of an underlying illness, such as depression, heart disease, hyperthyroidism, anxiety, stress or diabetes. A lack of regular exercise and a diet high in sugar and salt can also contribute to sleep problems. Natural Alternative Sleep Remedies There are many… [read more]

If you like this post - share it with others ! Insomnia is a very common condition that can contribute to other health conditions and affect work and personal life. People usually turn to natural medicine for the treatment of insomnia after trying conventional medicine. The main problem with conventional medicine is the side effects, which can range from dry mouth, headaches and daytime drowsiness. These medicines are also very addictive and it can be very difficult to come off these drugs.  Long-term insomnia is associated with a number of heath concerns such as weight gain, depression and can speed up the ageing process. There are many natural supplements for insomnia that are easily available. The natural approach to treating insomnia is therefore a better option, and there are many therapies and alternative medicines to choose from. If you are taking prescription medication, please consult your G.P or pharmacist as these medicines could be causing your sleep problems or they may interact with the alternative medicines. Insomnia can also be a symptom of an underlying illness, such as depression, heart disease, hyperthyroidism, anxiety, stress or diabetes. A lack of regular exercise and a diet high in sugar and salt can also contribute to sleep problems. Natural Alternative Sleep Remedies There are many natural sleep remedies that have been shown to be beneficial.  One therapy may be more beneficial than another for the individual person, so please do not give up if you find that the first therapy that you try doesn’t help you.  Please consult your pharmacist if you are taking any regular medication before taking these natural supplements, as there is a possibility that they may interact with your medications. VALERIAN This is a traditional herbal medicine that has been used for centuries as a natural remedy for anxiety and sleep problems. Research has shown that Valerian can increase levels of the neurotransmitter, GABA (gamma-amino butyric acid). This is associated with a decrease in CNS (central nervous system) activity, which results in better quality sleep. This herb is not believed to be addictive or cause drowsiness in the morning (unlike many conventional sleeping pills). Valerian has also been shown to treat mild anxiety, which could be responsible for the...

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What is Gluten Allergy & Intolerance?

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Gluten is a protein that is found in wheat, oats, rye, barley and oats. You will find gluten in foods such as bread, rolls, cakes, flour, pasta, biscuits, pastries, noodles, pizza, muffins and couscous. These are just a few examples, but you can see that gluten is present in many foods that are consumed in a western diet. We are exposed to a lot of gluten on a daily basis, which may explain why gluten intolerance and allergies are being increasingly diagnosed in the western world. Most people who have gluten intolerance are actually not aware that they have this condition. Before we continue, it is worth noting the difference between an allergy and intolerance. A gluten allergy results in a condition called coeliac disease. If we were to eat a food that we are allergic to, the body immune system reacts in such a way as to protect itself. The immune system produces antibodies (IgE antibody), in response to the allergic food (the allergen). The IgE antibody triggers the release of histamine from mast cells, which are found in the nasal passages, throat, eyes, intestines and other body tissues. This results in the usual allergy symptoms of runny nose,… [read more]

If you like this post - share it with others ! Gluten is a protein that is found in wheat, oats, rye, barley and oats. You will find gluten in foods such as bread, rolls, cakes, flour, pasta, biscuits, pastries, noodles, pizza, muffins and couscous. These are just a few examples, but you can see that gluten is present in many foods that are consumed in a western diet. We are exposed to a lot of gluten on a daily basis, which may explain why gluten intolerance and allergies are being increasingly diagnosed in the western world. Most people who have gluten intolerance are actually not aware that they have this condition. Before we continue, it is worth noting the difference between an allergy and intolerance. A gluten allergy results in a condition called coeliac disease. If we were to eat a food that we are allergic to, the body immune system reacts in such a way as to protect itself. The immune system produces antibodies (IgE antibody), in response to the allergic food (the allergen). The IgE antibody triggers the release of histamine from mast cells, which are found in the nasal passages, throat, eyes, intestines and other body tissues. This results in the usual allergy symptoms of runny nose, swollen throat and gastrointestinal upset. People who are diagnosed with coeliac disease should avoid gluten. You should also consult a qualified nutritionist or naturopath to help you manage the condition. There are many gluten free foods available in most grocery stores. David Reavely, author of The Big Fat Mystery has a number of practical gluten free food recipes. Gluten damages the lining of the small intestine and can cause inflammation and swelling of the lining. The lining of the small intestine is covered with tiny villi that become damaged by the gluten. These villi are essential for the absorption of nutrients from our diet. This damage can also lead to more foods allergies and leaky gut syndrome. The symptoms of coeliac disease are general indigestion, diarrhoea, loss of weight, abdominal swelling, cramps, and depression. This disease, if left untreated can lead to various health problems such as osteoporosis, nerve damage, kidney disease and diabetes. Most people who have...

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Broccoli – A superfood full of vitamins

Broccoli – A superfood full of vitamins

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Broccoli has numerous health benefits and is often named as one of the superfoods. This “superfood” should form part of the staple diet for many of us. Broccoli is full of nutritious vitamins, fibre and has powerful antioxidant properties. It is widely available throughout the year, and is very often grown locally. Broccoli is very versatile, as it can be steamed, fried, baked or boiled. To get most of the health benefits, it should not be over cooked as most of the nutrients are destroyed. The following health benefits highlight how this simple green vegetable can help you maintain good general health and vitality. Like many green leafy vegetables, Broccoli is a rich source of vitamin C. Vitamin C is of course essential for a healthy immune system and cardiovascular system. Vitamin C also helps the body to absorb iron from the diet. Broccoli has strong antioxidant properties. This vegetable contains selenium, vitamin E, beta-carotene, lutein and zeaxanthin (which help’s to keep our eyes healthy). Antioxidants play an important role in neutralising the effect of harmful free radicals which have been linked with numerous illnesses and diseases. This leafy green vegetable is a very good source of dietary fibre, which… [read more]

If you like this post - share it with others ! Broccoli has numerous health benefits and is often named as one of the superfoods. This “superfood” should form part of the staple diet for many of us. Broccoli is full of nutritious vitamins, fibre and has powerful antioxidant properties. It is widely available throughout the year, and is very often grown locally. Broccoli is very versatile, as it can be steamed, fried, baked or boiled. To get most of the health benefits, it should not be over cooked as most of the nutrients are destroyed. The following health benefits highlight how this simple green vegetable can help you maintain good general health and vitality. Like many green leafy vegetables, Broccoli is a rich source of vitamin C. Vitamin C is of course essential for a healthy immune system and cardiovascular system. Vitamin C also helps the body to absorb iron from the diet. Broccoli has strong antioxidant properties. This vegetable contains selenium, vitamin E, beta-carotene, lutein and zeaxanthin (which help’s to keep our eyes healthy). Antioxidants play an important role in neutralising the effect of harmful free radicals which have been linked with numerous illnesses and diseases. This leafy green vegetable is a very good source of dietary fibre, which can help reduce cholesterol levels. Broccoli has a strong anti-inflammatory action, which can help to reduce the intensity of allergies. This vegetable also contains quercetin, which has strong antioxidant and anti-inflammatory activity. Quercetin supplements are often given for the treatment of hay fever. It can help to regulate and balance blood sugar levels. Broccoli is a natural source of chromium, which helps to regulate insulin and blood sugar. This amazing green vegetable is an excellent source of calcium. It has been reported that broccoli contains as much calcium as whole milk. Calcium is important for bone health and can help to prevent osteoporosis. Broccoli, like other green leafy vegetables, is a rich source of vitamin K. Recent studies have found that vitamin K can help to strengthen bones. Broccoli can help to support the immune system, through its antiviral and antibacterial properties. This vegetable is also a dietary source of glucosinolates and isothiocyanates. These nutrients can help to...

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Top tips on how to keep your breath fresh

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Bad breath (halitosis) is often due to gum disease, tooth decay, throat infection, poor diet or problems with digestion. So what is the best way to keep your breath fresh? The most common cause of bad breath is a lack of dental hygiene. This can be improved straight away by brushing your teeth at least twice a day (not immediately after eating fruit). There are many fluoride free toothpastes and mouth washes available to buy. You should also change your toothbrush regularly. Certain foods such as garlic, onions and cheese are other causes of bad breath. Smoking also contributes to this condition. Chronic bad breath can be a sign of more serious illness such as diabetes or heart disease, so it is important to consult your doctor. The following tips can help to keep your breath fresh: Avoid too much caffeine and sugary drinks. Cut out smoking. Cut down on high fat, low fibre foods. Cut down on milk and dairy products. Eat plenty of green vegetables such as kale, watercress, cabbage and spinach. These vegetables contain chlorophyll which helps to promote the natural cleansing functions of the body. Eat plenty of fresh fruit. Papaya and pineapples eaten after a meal help… [read more]

If you like this post - share it with others ! Bad breath (halitosis) is often due to gum disease, tooth decay, throat infection, poor diet or problems with digestion. So what is the best way to keep your breath fresh? The most common cause of bad breath is a lack of dental hygiene. This can be improved straight away by brushing your teeth at least twice a day (not immediately after eating fruit). There are many fluoride free toothpastes and mouth washes available to buy. You should also change your toothbrush regularly. Certain foods such as garlic, onions and cheese are other causes of bad breath. Smoking also contributes to this condition. Chronic bad breath can be a sign of more serious illness such as diabetes or heart disease, so it is important to consult your doctor. The following tips can help to keep your breath fresh: Avoid too much caffeine and sugary drinks. Cut out smoking. Cut down on high fat, low fibre foods. Cut down on milk and dairy products. Eat plenty of green vegetables such as kale, watercress, cabbage and spinach. These vegetables contain chlorophyll which helps to promote the natural cleansing functions of the body. Eat plenty of fresh fruit. Papaya and pineapples eaten after a meal help to break down the proteins. Add herbs such as coriander, parsley, fennel and mint to your diet. These herbs help to kill the bacteria that cause bad breath. Start a course of probiotics containing acidophilus and bifidus. This should be taken daily for between 2-3 months.  This will increase the healthy bacteria and improve digestion. Digestive enzymes containing betaine will help to improve the digestion of proteins. (Avoid if you have stomach ulcers). Natural mouthwashes containing lemon, myrrh, peppermint oil, clove oil and tea tree oil can help to keep your breath fresh and free of bacteria. Supplement your diet with Co-enzyme Q10. This is a strong antioxidant that helps to improve the health of your...

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Male Pattern Baldness

Male Pattern Baldness

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Male pattern baldness, or androgenetic alopecia, accounts for the majority of baldness in males. This condition has a heriditary predisposition, but is mainly caused by a hormone imbalance. Hair loss usually starts at the temples and the crown. The hair initially thins over a number of years before causing baldness. The hormone Testosterone, which is present in high levels in males after puberty is converted to dihydrotestosterone (DHT) by an enzyme called 5-alpha reductase. High levels of DHT are responsible for causing hair loss and baldness. The hormone DHT attaches itself to the hair follicles and blocks blood flow to the follicle. This deprives the hair follicle of vital nutrients that are required for hair growth. This leads to a slowing of hair growth and eventually complete hair loss. There are a number of natural medicines that can be taken to stop the enzyme, 5-alpha reductase and therefore decrease the amount of DHT, the main cause of male pattern baldness. Studies have shown that the herb Saw Palmetto is an effective natural anti-androgen. It lowers levels of DHT by blocking the enzyme 5-alpha reductase. Zinc can also be taken to stimulate hair growth by stimulating the immune system aswell as lowering levels of DHT. Essential fatty acids from flax seed oil or fish oils are also very important… [read more]

If you like this post - share it with others ! Male pattern baldness, or androgenetic alopecia, accounts for the majority of baldness in males. This condition has a heriditary predisposition, but is mainly caused by a hormone imbalance. Hair loss usually starts at the temples and the crown. The hair initially thins over a number of years before causing baldness. The hormone Testosterone, which is present in high levels in males after puberty is converted to dihydrotestosterone (DHT) by an enzyme called 5-alpha reductase. High levels of DHT are responsible for causing hair loss and baldness. The hormone DHT attaches itself to the hair follicles and blocks blood flow to the follicle. This deprives the hair follicle of vital nutrients that are required for hair growth. This leads to a slowing of hair growth and eventually complete hair loss. There are a number of natural medicines that can be taken to stop the enzyme, 5-alpha reductase and therefore decrease the amount of DHT, the main cause of male pattern baldness. Studies have shown that the herb Saw Palmetto is an effective natural anti-androgen. It lowers levels of DHT by blocking the enzyme 5-alpha reductase. Zinc can also be taken to stimulate hair growth by stimulating the immune system aswell as lowering levels of DHT. Essential fatty acids from flax seed oil or fish oils are also very important to treat hair loss. Other important natural supplements include anti-oxidants such as Selenium, Acai, Vitamin E, Vitamin C, Co-enzyme Q10 and Silica. For maximum benefit it is important to combine these products or to take a combination...

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Herbal Remedies for Erectile Dysfunction (E.D):  Part 1

Herbal Remedies for Erectile Dysfunction (E.D): Part 1

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There are a number of natural herbal remedies for erectile dysfunction or E.D. This is not just a condition that affects older men. It can affect men at time of their lives. There are many potential causes of this problem, and these natural remedies all work in a slightly different way. There are several herbal remedies for erectile dysfunction available. Long term smoking, high alcohol consumption and the use of recreational drugs all contribute to developing E.D. Obesity and lack of regular exercise are also factors that can lead E.D. So if you think that you may have E.D the first thing is to cut out smoking and recreational drugs, cut down on alcohol consumption and start regular exercise. Anxiety and stress can also lead to men developing E.D. Certain prescribed medications have side effects that can also cause E.D. There are also certain illnesses such as diabetes and high blood pressure that can cause E.D. If you have diabetes or are on prescribed medication, please contact your G.P to discuss the natural remedies that are safe for you to take. It is also important to have your cardiac system checked before taking any herbal remedies for E.D. The following… [read more]

If you like this post - share it with others ! There are a number of natural herbal remedies for erectile dysfunction or E.D. This is not just a condition that affects older men. It can affect men at time of their lives. There are many potential causes of this problem, and these natural remedies all work in a slightly different way. There are several herbal remedies for erectile dysfunction available. Long term smoking, high alcohol consumption and the use of recreational drugs all contribute to developing E.D. Obesity and lack of regular exercise are also factors that can lead E.D. So if you think that you may have E.D the first thing is to cut out smoking and recreational drugs, cut down on alcohol consumption and start regular exercise. Anxiety and stress can also lead to men developing E.D. Certain prescribed medications have side effects that can also cause E.D. There are also certain illnesses such as diabetes and high blood pressure that can cause E.D. If you have diabetes or are on prescribed medication, please contact your G.P to discuss the natural remedies that are safe for you to take. It is also important to have your cardiac system checked before taking any herbal remedies for E.D. The following natural remedies can be taken for erectile dysfunction: Damiana. This herbal remedy is native to Mexico and other parts of Central America. It has been associated with improved sexual function in both men and women. This remedy works by improving blood circulation and stimulating the nervous system. Damiana should be taken for a few weeks before its beneficial action is seen. This natural remedy is often combined with Muira Puama to improve the stability of erections during intercourse. Damiana is available as a tincture, tea, tablet or capsule. If you have diabetes, you should not take this herb as it can also lower blood sugar levels. A common side effect of Damiana is mild indigestion. Muira Puama. This natural remedy originates from the Amazon rain forest. The herbal tincture is made from the tree, using the bark, root, flowers and fruit. Muira Puama has been used as an aphrodisiac historically. It is also used to treat nervous exhaustion...

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Natural remedies for impotence (erectile dysfunction)

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Today marks the start of Men’s Health Awareness Month, so to kick off this article explores the alternative remedies for this distressing condition. Erectile Dysfunction (E.D) or impotence is a common health problem amongst men of all ages, but is especially prevalent in those over 60 years. There are many potential causes of E.D. Chronic illnesses such as diabetes and high blood pressure can cause impotence. Certain prescribed medications can also cause a man to become impotent as part of their side effects. If you think this may be the case, do not stop taking your medication without consulting your doctor. However, there are many natural remedies for impotence available. Long term smoking, high alcohol consumption and the use of recreational drugs all contribute to developing E.D. Obesity and lack of regular exercise are also factors that can lead E.D. So if you think that you may have E.D the first thing is to cut out smoking and recreational drugs, cut down on alcohol consumption and start regular exercise. Anxiety and stress can also lead to men developing E.D. This can be helped by taking time to relax, or consulting a homeopath for treatment. Homeopathic and herbal remedies such as Avena Sativa and Passiflora can be taken to help… [read more]

If you like this post - share it with others ! Today marks the start of Men’s Health Awareness Month, so to kick off this article explores the alternative remedies for this distressing condition. Erectile Dysfunction (E.D) or impotence is a common health problem amongst men of all ages, but is especially prevalent in those over 60 years. There are many potential causes of E.D. Chronic illnesses such as diabetes and high blood pressure can cause impotence. Certain prescribed medications can also cause a man to become impotent as part of their side effects. If you think this may be the case, do not stop taking your medication without consulting your doctor. However, there are many natural remedies for impotence available. Long term smoking, high alcohol consumption and the use of recreational drugs all contribute to developing E.D. Obesity and lack of regular exercise are also factors that can lead E.D. So if you think that you may have E.D the first thing is to cut out smoking and recreational drugs, cut down on alcohol consumption and start regular exercise. Anxiety and stress can also lead to men developing E.D. This can be helped by taking time to relax, or consulting a homeopath for treatment. Homeopathic and herbal remedies such as Avena Sativa and Passiflora can be taken to help relieve strees. These natural remedies can be taken to help with short term stress that may be causing E.D. Bach Rescue Remedy or Ainsworths Recovery Remedy can also be taken to help with short term anxiety that may be causing E.D. The following natural remedies may help treat Erectile Dysfunction (E.D): Catuaba is a Brazilian herb that is a natural aphrodisiac and supports the nervous system. The herb Gingko Biloba improves circulation and blood flow. The nutrients Zinc and Selenium are important in the healthy function of the male reproductive sysytem, and are also good antioxidants. The amino acid L-Arginine is used to treat E.D. It works in a similar way to the drug Viagra, by enhancing the action of Nitrous Oxide, which causes the smooth muscle to relax. This results in improved blood flow to the penis. The drug Viagra works by breaking down the enzyme which destroys Nitrous Oxide, whereas L-Arginine helps to produce Nitrous Oxide. Other health benefits of...

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Foods to Boost Your Immune System

Foods to Boost Your Immune System

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As we are approaching the “flu season” it is time to start eating the right foods for our immune systems.  During the autumn and winter months, there are new strains of viruses and bacteria mutating and this puts a great strain on our immune systems. We are surrounded by all sorts of viruses and bacteria from buses/trains/underground, places of work, coffee shops to our homes. So which are the best foods to boost your immune system naturally? As you can see we are exposed to germs everywhere. The good news is that by eating the correct foods, getting plenty of good quality rest, cutting down on alcohol and by doing regular exercise you can reduce your chances of illness. It is also worth noting that certain foods can put a strain on your immune system and should be avoided or reduced. It also goes without saying that smoking will lower your immune function is best avoided. You should eat plenty of fresh vegetables such as broccoli, cabbage, green leafy vegetables, carrots and cauliflower. They will provide you with essential vitamins and minerals that will support and boost your immune system. These vegetables should not be overcooked, as the nutrients are… [read more]

If you like this post - share it with others ! As we are approaching the “flu season” it is time to start eating the right foods for our immune systems.  During the autumn and winter months, there are new strains of viruses and bacteria mutating and this puts a great strain on our immune systems. We are surrounded by all sorts of viruses and bacteria from buses/trains/underground, places of work, coffee shops to our homes. So which are the best foods to boost your immune system naturally? As you can see we are exposed to germs everywhere. The good news is that by eating the correct foods, getting plenty of good quality rest, cutting down on alcohol and by doing regular exercise you can reduce your chances of illness. It is also worth noting that certain foods can put a strain on your immune system and should be avoided or reduced. It also goes without saying that smoking will lower your immune function is best avoided. You should eat plenty of fresh vegetables such as broccoli, cabbage, green leafy vegetables, carrots and cauliflower. They will provide you with essential vitamins and minerals that will support and boost your immune system. These vegetables should not be overcooked, as the nutrients are destroyed by the cooking process. They can be steamed for a few minutes and then served. Pumpkin seeds, lentils, sunflower seeds, ginger root, pecans, and brazil nuts are all a good source of zinc and selenium. Several studies have found that daily doses of zinc caused dramatic improvements in the function of the immune system, especially the T-cells (they help to fight off infections). Eat more coloured fruits such as blueberries, blackberries, oranges, papaya, apricots and pomegranates. You should also aim to eat more coloured vegetables such as peppers, beetroot, sweet potatoes and tomatoes. These foods are high in vitamins A and C and they are full of antioxidants. Antioxidants help to neutralise free radicals which can damage our immune systems. Use more garlic in your cooking. Garlic contains nutrients that are beneficial to the immune system. Hot chillies are also effective at boosting the immune system, as they contain vitamins A and C. Ginger is another good...

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Are almonds beneficial to weightloss?

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A new study in America has found people who eat 1.5 ounces of dry-roasted, lightly salted almonds every day experienced reduced hunger and improved dietary vitamin E and monounsaturated fat intake without increasing body weight. So are almonds beneficial to weight loss? Snacking has become a regular habit in the US with an estimated 97 per cent of Americans consuming at least one snack a day. This is a good statistic, but only if the snack is a healthy one. With the rise in obesity rates in the US, it is increasingly important to choose healthy snacks that do not cause weight gain. This latest study, which was led by researchers at Purdue University, investigated the effects of almond snacking on weight gain and appetite. The study involved 137 adults who were at increased risk for type 2 diabetes. The participants were divided into five groups. The control group that avoided all nuts and seed, a breakfast meal group, and a lunch meal group that ate 1.5 ounces of almonds a day with their respective meals, and a morning snack and afternoon snack group that consumed 1.5 ounces of almonds between meals. The participants were not given any other instructions,… [read more]

If you like this post - share it with others ! A new study in America has found people who eat 1.5 ounces of dry-roasted, lightly salted almonds every day experienced reduced hunger and improved dietary vitamin E and monounsaturated fat intake without increasing body weight. So are almonds beneficial to weight loss? Snacking has become a regular habit in the US with an estimated 97 per cent of Americans consuming at least one snack a day. This is a good statistic, but only if the snack is a healthy one. With the rise in obesity rates in the US, it is increasingly important to choose healthy snacks that do not cause weight gain. This latest study, which was led by researchers at Purdue University, investigated the effects of almond snacking on weight gain and appetite. The study involved 137 adults who were at increased risk for type 2 diabetes. The participants were divided into five groups. The control group that avoided all nuts and seed, a breakfast meal group, and a lunch meal group that ate 1.5 ounces of almonds a day with their respective meals, and a morning snack and afternoon snack group that consumed 1.5 ounces of almonds between meals. The participants were not given any other instructions, other than to follow their usual eating habits and physical activity. The results found that monounsaturated fat (good fat) and vitamin E intake were significantly increased in all almond groups compared to baseline and the control group. The participants did not increase the total number of calories they ate and drank over the course of the day or gain any weight during the study, despite consuming approximately 250 more calories per day from almonds. The daylong ratings of hunger and the desire to eat were also significantly reduced in the almond group. “This research suggests that almonds may be a good snack option, especially for those concerned about weight,” says Richard Mattes, PhD, MPH, RD, distinguished professor of nutrition science at Purdue University and the study’s principal investigator. “In this study, participants compensated for the additional calories provided by the almonds so daily energy intake did not rise and reported reduced hunger levels and desire to eat at...

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