Thursday, October 25, 2012

Varicose veins herbal remedies

When veins are subjected to increased pressure, they tend to distend and are unable to push blood towards the heart. Blood pools in veins causing them to swell. Varicose veins are generally seen in the legs due to prolonged standing, being overweight, lack of exercise, overexercise, pregnancy and age.

Foods and herbs can help to improve blood flow and reduce inflammation.
  • Citrus fruits and berries like oranges, cherries, blackberries and blueberries, rosehips contain vitamin C and bioflavonoids that help to strengthen the vein walls and also help to reduce swelling
  • Turmeric is useful for varicose veins as it has anti-inflammatory properties and also helps to prevent blood platelet pooling.
  • Ginger, garlic and onions also help in blood flow.
  • Arjuna, Manjishtha and Gotu kola are ayurvedic herbs that help in blood circulation and strenghthen vein walls.
  • Pilex is a herbal formulation of various ayurvedic herbs that promotes vascular health.
In addition to diet and herbal remedies that are various other natural remedies that help to improve varicose veins. Varicose veins natural treatment

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Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Adequate sleep helps prevent weight gain and diabetes

In a new study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine, it was shown that lack of sleep prevents fat cells from responding efficiently to insulin.

Lipids that are generally stored in fat cells can leak into the bloodstream and neighboring tissue when fat cells are unable to respond to insulin. This causes insulin resistance which often leads to Type 2 diabetes.

The study included seven participants of normal weight and under 24 years of age. After being allowed only 4 1/2 hours of sleep for 4 nights, the participants were found to have fat cells that were 30% less responsive to insulin than when they slept for 8 1/2 hours for 4 nights. In addition whole-body insulin sensitivity was also reduced by 16%. Researchers likened sleep deprivation for 4 nights to metabolically aging participants 10 to 20 years.

Adults generally need 7 to 9 hours of sleep daily. Deprivation of adequate sleep leads to reduction in mental alertness, slow learning and also slows metabolism.

New studies are being planned to see if increasing sleep in obese people will improve their fat cell metabolism.

Ashvagandha and Valerian are herbs that help promote restful sleep.

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Weight loss with foods

The following are some foods have been shown to actually help lose weight faster by triggering hormones that improve metabolism or send signals to the brain to indicate satiety
  • Berries including blueberries, strawberries, raspberries, blackberries and others.
  • Proteins like whole eggs
  • Beans and legumes
  • Bell peppers
  • Whole grains like quinoa
  • Nuts like walnuts, almonds and pistachios
contains Garcinia, Guggul, Gymnema, Fenugreek and Terminalia chebula which are ayurvedic herbs that help to lose weight by improving metabolism and burning fat.

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Turmeric health benefits

The health benefits of turmeric are numerous. This spice in root or powder form is kept in Indian households as a go-to home remedy for various conditions.

1. Turmeric applied topically helps disinfect and heal wounds, cuts and minor injuries.

2. Turmeric is used to clear skin of pimples and acne. For this it is applied to the skin as well as consumed.

3. It is used as a blood cleanser - which also accounts for its ability to improve skin conditions.

4. Helps to detoxify the liver.

5. Turmeric is used as a spice in almost all Indian cooking. Apart from flavor and coloring, some of the reasons attributed to it are that it is anti-bacterial and a food preservative.

6. The low incidence of Alzheimers disease in India is attributed to Turmeric and its anti-inflammatory properties.

7. Turmeric is very useful in drawing out pus from boils and reducing the swelling.

8. Several research studies have shown the benefits of turmeric with regards to various types of cancer.

9. Various health conditions caused by inflammation can benefit from turmeric.

Turmeric should not be taken by those who are taking blood thinners or who have gall stone. Turmeric is a uterine stimulant and therefore may not be suitable for pregnant women.

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