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Supplements for the Party Season

With Christmas and New Year’s celebrations just around the corner, most of us will be enjoying plenty of food and the odd drink. The down side of the festive fun is that our bodies generally take in more calories than normal, and our immunity and detoxification organs are put under extra pressure. The good news is that there are a few natural supplements that can help maintain a healthy immune system to help get through the party season. Milk thistle is commonly used as a liver tonic. This herb is found as an ingredient in many modern detox supplements. This is mainly due to its effect on the liver, as the liver is one of the main organs for natural detoxification. The liver is the main organ for processing food, nutrients and fats. It is also a vital organ for neutralising toxins, from pollution, food, alcohol, drugs and medication. Milk thistle helps the liver to neutralise these toxins. The liver is continuously detoxifying but excessive alcohol intake can slow down the process by depleting levels of glutathione. This herbal remedy works by preventing the breakdown of glutathione. Glutathione is a peptide that acts as an enzyme in the natural detoxification process of the liver. Milk thistle works by supporting the natural detoxifying action of the liver. Studies have shown that Milk thistle can increase glutathione levels by over 30%.   Vitamin C (ascorbic acid) is the most widely known and used nutritional supplement. This vitamin is known for its immune boosting effects and is also required for healthy adrenal function, which helps the body cope with stress. Vitamin C sales are generally at their highest in the autumn and winter months. This is partly down to the immune boosting effects and the wide spread marketing by vitamin companies. There is no harm in taking extra vitamin C throughout the winter months and studies have shown that a dose of 1000mg vitamin C a day can shorten the duration of colds. Vitamin C is one of the most powerful antioxidants that we have at our disposal. This vitamin is our main water soluble antioxidant, and can help to fight damage caused by free radicals (e.g. from fried foods and alcohol)...

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Natural supplements for immune boosting

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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Flu Prevention?

What is the best method of flu prevention? The start of autumn brings a change of weather, shorter days and the new flu vaccine. The annual flu vaccination is heavily promoted throughout the country by all factions of the NHS. Everyone over the age of 65, asthmatics, diabetics, pregnant women and even young children (most of the population) are being pushed to get this vaccination. It is worth thinking before simply agreeing to the jab. The vaccine promotes protection against most strains of flu but this does not provide a 100 per cent guarantee that you will be protected.  The flu virus is continually evolving, so any specific vaccine can never be an identical match to the latest strain. Health authorities also promote an annual vaccination as the strains of flu evolve each year. By the time you have the vaccine, the new strain of flu is invariably in circulation. This mass vaccination programme, however, does not take into account the individual’s susceptibility to getting the flu symptoms. The medical authorities do not promote the use of vitamins, healthy diet and regular exercise as a means of naturally boosting the immune system. Taking immune boosting vitamins such as B vitamins, vitamin C and zinc throughout the winter months strengthens your natural defences irrespective of the specific strains of flu that are in circulation. We can even boost natural immunity through our diet. Fried foods and junk food deplete our stores of vitamins and minerals, whereas a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruit and water can supplement the immune system. Latest research is looking at a universal vaccine which boosts numbers of CD8 T cells in the body. Experiments have suggested that CD8 cells could protect against the virus, but further studies will need to be conducted. It is worth taking a bit of time to consider other options before having the seasonal...

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Green Apple & Ginger Healthy Smoothie Recipe

Green Apple & Ginger Healthy Smoothie Recipe

For this nutricious healthy smoothie recipe you will need the following ingredients: 1 Apple, Cored 1 Handful of Spinach 1 Celery stalk 1 tbsp. Flax Seeds 1 inch piece of Ginger 1 Cup Water or Coconut Water Blend all ingredients together to enjoy your healthy smoothie. Health advangtages of this smoothie… 1. Apple skin contains a compound called quercetin, which can help reduce seasonal allergy symptoms. 2. Spinach is a good source or iron, and it is enhanced when taken with vitamin C. 3. Celery is full of natural sodium, which can help balance the fluids in the body. 4. Flax seed or linseeds are an excellent source of omega 3 essential fatty acids. These seeds have multiple benefits such as improving circulation, reducing inflammation and boost the immune system. 5. Ginger can help ease sea sickness, and also gives the immune system a...

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Wheatgrass for Detox

Wheatgrass for Detox

Wheatgrass is often one of the main ingredients in detox juices and smoothies. It is a rich source of chlorophyll, magnesium, potassium, calcium trace minerals and amino acids. These nutrients make wheatgrass a potential super-food. Other nutrients included in wheatgrass include vitamins B, C, E and K. The downside is that wheatgrass is not very tasty, so it is usually added to other fruit and vegetable juices. Wheatgrass is also available in powder and tablet form. Wheatgrass has been claimed to stimulate metabolism (aide weight loss), reduce blood pressure, remove toxins (detox) and nourish the blood (treat anaemia). These properties can help to manage and treat a number of illnesses and diseases. Wheatgrass may also be helpful in treating digestive complaints such as ulcerative colitis and inflammatory bowel disease. Other properties that have been put foward include improving digestive health and preventing illnesses such as heart disease, diabetes and increasing energy levels. Nutritionists have also found that wheatgrass can strengthen bones and teeth. This is possibly due to the high amounts of calcium and magnesium found in this super-food. Wheatgrass is often included in detox juices and smoothies, as anecdotal eveidence suggests that it can remove toxins from the body. This can potentially help during a detox programme which includes plenty of fresh organic fruits, vegetables and water. Wheatgrass is considerably higher in nutrients than other vegetables and fruits of equal weight. One pound of fresh wheatgrass is equivalent in nutritional value to nearly 25 pounds of fresh vegetables. Many health experts have reported the similarity of the chlorophyll (found in wheatgrass) molecule to the haemoglobin molecule that is found in human blood. The key difference between the two is that the metallic atom in the middle of each molecule in haemoglobin is iron and in chlorophyll is magnesium. This similarity has been found to be invaluable in the treatment of...

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Tips to Prevent Hayfever

Here are selection of tips to help prevent hayfever. Avoid drying your clothes outside as the pollen collects on the surface of the fabrics Shower and wash your hair thoroughly when you come indoors after being outside to remove the pollen that collects during the day. Change your clothes after coming in from outside as the pollen sticks to your clothes, and wash these clothes before wearing again Shower before going to bed, as the pollen sticks to your skin and hair. Eat healthily, with plenty of fruits, grains, nuts, seeds and vegetables to help maintain a healthy immune system. Mow your lawn regularly before the grass flowers and releases its pollens. Avoid tobacco smoke which can also irritate your lungs and eyes. Try and minimise the time you spend outdoors, especially during the day, and early evening, when the pollen count is at the highest. Increase your intake of Vitamin C. This has natural anti-histamine properties. Garlic, apples and onions are a good source of quercetin, which is known to reduce the symptoms of hay fever. Eat plenty of blackberries, strawberries, blueberries, plums, cherries and grapes. These foods contain bioflavonoids that help to protect the mucous membranes from the effects of...

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Pear & Greens Healthy Smoothie Recipe

It’s important to drink your healthy smoothie right after you made it for the freshness. But if you don’t have the time, you can put it in a glass/ceramic container then freeze them. “Pear me with Greens” healthy smoothie recipe 1 Celery stalk 1 Pear ½ Frozen Banana ½ Cup of Cucumber 1 Handful of Parsley 1 Cup of Water or Coconut Water. These ingredients can simply be blended together to make a delicious smoothie. Fun Healthy Smoothie Facts: 1. Celery will help to lower blood pressure by helping to relax the blood vessels around the arteries.   2. Pear is high in vitamin C, which is important for your immune system.   3. Bananas can help to soothe an upset digestive tract.   4. Parsley is a blood cleanser, and can help rid the body of stored waste.   5. Coconut water is even more hydrating for your cells than regular...

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Top Tips For Preventing Hay Fever

There are some important tips to follow to avoid having your summer ruined by hay fever this year. Apart from taking your natural hay fever remedies, it is useful to follow some general recommendations so that you can enjoy the weather this summer. Avoid drying your clothes outside as the pollen collects on the surface of the fabrics. Shower and wash your hair thoroughly when you come indoors after being outside to remove the pollen that collects during the day. Change your clothes after coming in from outside as the pollen sticks to your clothes, and wash these clothes before wearing again. Shower before going to bed, as the pollen sticks to your skin and hair. Keep all car windows closed when driving. Use a good quality air purifier and air filter at home. This will help to filter out pollens and pollutants from the air. Eat healthily, with plenty of fruits, grains, nuts, seeds and vegetables to help maintain a healthy immune system. Mow your lawn regularly before the grass flowers and releases its pollens. Avoid tobacco smoke which can also irritate your lungs and eyes. Try and minimise the time you spend outdoors, especially during the day, and early evening, when the pollen count is at the highest. Increase your intake of Vitamin C. This has natural anti-histamine properties. Take a teaspoon of honey every morning. Increase the amount of live yoghurt or probiotics to boost your immune system. Studies have found that eating yoghurt every day reduced the incidence of hay fever attacks. Garlic, apples and onions are a good source of quercetin, which is known to reduce the symptoms of hay fever. Eat plenty of blackberries, strawberries, blueberries, plums, cherries and grapes. These foods contain bioflavonoids that help to protect the mucous membranes from the effects of pollen. Improve your summer by following our top tips for preventing hay...

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Benefits of Vitamin C: The Ultimate Vitamin!

Vitamin C (ascorbic acid) is the most widely known and used nutritional supplement. This vitamin is known for its immune boosting effects, but vitamin C has a number of other properties that might surprise you.  It is involved in most metabolic functions of the body, including tissue growth and repair and healthy gums. Vitamin C is also required for healthy adrenal function, which helps the body cope with stress. This essential vitamin plays an important role in transporting haemoglobin around the body, and allowing the body to absorb iron from foods. A deficiency in vitamin C can lead to scurvy. This disease causes poor wound healing, bleeding gums, weakness and weak blood vessels. Scurvy has also been linked with heart disease. Luckily, this disease is not very common, although a healthy diet and supplementation are essential to prevent scurvy. Health Benefits: Colds Vitamin C sales are generally at their highest in the autumn and winter months. This is partly down to the immune boosting effects and the wide spread marketing by vitamin companies. There is no harm in taking extra vitamin C throughout the winter months, but there is no clear evidence that suggests that this vitamin can prevent colds. Vitamin C can however shorten the duration of a cold. Studies have shown that a dose of 1000mg vitamin C a day can shorten the duration of colds. Antioxidant Vitamin C is one of the most powerful antioxidants that we have at our disposal. This vitamin is our main water soluble antioxidant, and can help to fight damage caused by free radicals. Free radicals have been linked with a number of diseases such as cancer, diabetes and arthritis. Vitamin C can help to provide protection against these illnesses by neutralising the free radicals. This vitamin works synergistically with vitamin E. These two vitamins work more effectively when taken together as opposed to taken individually. This effect makes them very powerful antioxidants as vitamin E is fat soluble and vitamin C is water soluble. This results in antioxidant action in both water soluble and fat soluble cells. Heart Disease A deficiency in this vitamin has been linked to heart disease. Several studies have shown that a lack of vitamin C...

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Can Vitamin C help Childhood Asthma?

Researchers from Tanta University in Egypt and the University of Helsinki in Finland have found that vitamin C can help children with childhood asthma. The study was conducted on 60 asthmatic children aged 7-10 years. The study found that by giving 200mg of vitamin C to an asthmatic child can increase lung capacity by 37 percent. This positive result was greater in younger children (7-8 years). The lung capacity of the older children (8-10 years) only improved by 21 percent. The researchers said that further work is required to identify the age group who have the greatest benefits of vitamin C. This is still a significant improvement, but further studies are required to confirm these findings. This small study does highlight the importance of vitamin C in our diet. 200mg of vitamin C can easily be obtained from eating a small portion of varied fruit a day. This further highlights the importance of a balanced diet for children. We hope you found our article on the benefits of vitamin C for childhood asthma useful. Please let us know by rating it...

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Health Benefits of Papaya

This fruit is traditionally grown in tropical countries around the world, but the Papaya was believed to have originated from Central America. Papaya was called “fruit of the angels” by the Conquistadors due to its heavenly taste. Papaya’s can be grown all year round and are available in many groceries and supermarkets. Papaya is often referred to as a superfood, as it has many health benefits. Papaya’s have traditionally been used to support the digestive system. Papaya fruit contains an enzyme similar to bromelain, called papain.This enzyme helps to breaks down protein, which makes it an excellent digestive aide. Papain, like bromelain is also helpful in reducing inflammation and in treating allergies. There are many health benefits of Papaya, and it is a very underused fruit. It contains many essential vitamins and minerals such as calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, zinc, B vitamins and vitamin C. Papaya is also a good source of fibre, which helps to reduce cholesterol levels. Together, these properties make papaya a good natural remedy for promoting the health of the cardiovascular, digestive and immune systems. Papaya has been touted as an anti-ageing food. This may bebecause this fruit promotes better digestion, and helps the body to absorbvital nutrients. Papaya also contains beta-carotene which can help to preventprostate cancer in men. This fruit is also a good source of lutein, which havebeen found to protect the eyes from macular degeneration. Papaya has also been found to be helpful in diabetes,although more research is required. Studies have found that papaya contains soluble fibre that helps to control blood sugar levels by slowing sugar absorption. This is promising as people who may be prone to developing diabetes can include papaya as part of their daily diet to help prevent the illness. In summary, this fruit has many health benefits and shouldform part of your diet. Alongside being a health food, it is a delicious fruitthat can also been made into a...

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Health Benefits of Pineapples

Health Benefits of Pineapples

Pineapples are not only delicious, they also have offer a variety of fantastic health benifits. They have outstanding succulence and a vivacious tropical flavour that tastes both sweet and sour. As you get closer to the bottom of the fruit, it has more sugar, is sweeter and a softer quality. One of the most important enzymes to be found in pineapples is called bromelain which is a useful anti-inflammatory. This is helpful in reducing swelling and assisting in the treatment of conditions such as acute sinusitis, sore throat, arthritis and gout. For a pineapple to be more effective, it should be eaten in between meals without anything else. Another bromelain property found in pineapple can also help with digestion. Pineapples contain a very good source of vitamin C; this offers an excellent protection against free-radicals, substances that attack healthy cells. As we all know, vitamin C is vital for the prevention of ear infections, colds, and flu. A build up of free-radicals can lead to atherosclerosis, diabetes. Heart disease, an increase in asthma attacks and an increased risk of developing certain cancers, like colon cancer. Free-radicals have also been shown to emphasize the problems associated with osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. Pineapples also contain a good source of manganese. Manganese is a mineral essential in some of the enzymes needed in the body for energy production. Thiamine (vitamin B1) which again is important in these energy producing enzymes is also found in pineapples. Molecules found in the stems of pineapples have been found to be beneficial in acting as a defence against certain types of cancer such as breast, colon, ovarian, skin, and lung...

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