Tips, Tips & More Tips: Round Two

 

Awhile back I did a post titled Tips, Tips and More Tips, where I included a number of short health-related tips, rather than focusing on one particular topic. Well, here we go again…..today you get a wide variety of self-help health tips in one fell swoop. 🙂

 

 

# 1 – Here’s a tip, thanks to a blog post by Suzy Cohen. I’ve already done a post on the benefits of lemon water, but this gives a particular routine for helping clean out the lymph…

Lemon

Sip a little hot water every 3 to 5 minutes, with a little fresh lemon squeezed in it. You can grate the lemon *rind (the pith) in the water too, but definitely squeeze some fresh lemon in the hot water. Sip it about every 5 minutes, for an hour or two.  Do this at least twice a day. It acts like a pump in your body and cleans out your lymph. The more filtered your system is, the more dilute the toxins become and this makes you feel better. When I do this, I feel hydrated, and have more energy. Give it a try.

*Make sure the lemon is organic, especially if you are using part of the rind.

 

# 2 – Research has shown that citrus juice added to tea makes the antioxidants more accessible to your system…..

Milk, on the other hand, has an opposite effect. The milk protein casein binds catechins, the antioxidant compounds/polyphenols found in tea, and makes them unavailable to the body. This may explain why research has found that lower rates of heart disease and cancer are seen in Asians, who traditionally don’t add milk to their tea, than in people in the United Kingdom, where drinking tea with milk is commonplace.

I’ve read that the same also goes for adding milk to coffee, i.e. it interferes with antioxidants that are present,……so it would be better to add/use some type of non-dairy creamer (almond milk, coconut milk, etc.) if you don’t like your coffee black, but want to be sure you get all the benefit of the antioxidants it contains.

 

# 3 – Did you know that drinking aloe vera juice helps with weight loss?

Do you want to lose weight naturally? Aloe vera juice is the easy and natural weight loss solution. It reduces weight by stabilizing the metabolic rate, reducing lipid levels and helping burn fat. What’s great is it has so many other benefits as well. In fact it’s often called the miracle plant

 

# 4 – And tomatoes have the ability to help you burn more body fat…..

tomato.jpg(photo: http://www.sogoodblog.com)

Scientists at the China Medical University in Taiwan conducted a tomato juice study. Twenty-five healthy women between 20 to 30 years of age drank a glass of tomato juice everyday for 8 weeks, and at the end of the study the women averaged an inch off their waist lines.

Another research team at the Laboratory of Molecular Function of Food in Kyoto, Japan discovered that tomatoes could effectively activate a person’s DNA to burn more body fat. The researchers say that tomatoes contain a specific unsaturated fatty acid substance called 13-oxo-ODA that can decrease the amount of neural fat and prevent metabolic syndrome, even without exercise.

http://news.therawfoodworld.com/drink-tomato-juice-boost-bodys-fat-burning-mechanism/

# 5 – And speaking of tomatoes, I read in an article about food pairing that said combining avocados and tomatoes is even better than eating them separately….

This dynamic duo is known to reduce inflammation. Tomatoes are commonly used in Mexican foods, and adding a little avocado may take it to a whole new level. Avocado has a healthy fat and it can absorb lycopene in the body. A study from the Ohio State University showed that people who added avocado to their salsa mix were absorbing over 4 times more lycopene. Eating foods rich in lycopene, like tomatoes, plays a role in cancer prevention and can also help with inflammatory disease and help prevent cataracts.

 

# 6 – Here’s an interesting tip for stopping food cravings from myartico7…..

Stop your cravings with a fist clench. Research has shown that you can stave off your cravings by clenching your fists when you feel the urge. Fancy a burger? Or a pizza? Just clench those fists, as hard as you can… And you may need to keep clenching if you are prone to the occasional KFC. 🙂

I haven’t tried this myself, but plan to. Has anyone else had some experience using this?

 

# 7 – And speaking of cravings, here’s a tip from Ross Bridgeford at Energise for Life to help deal with sugar cravings….

coconut oil

When you get a sugar craving, reach for some coconut oil instead. The oil is made up of medium-chain fatty acids, or medium-chain triglycerides (MCTs). As soon as you consume them your body sends them straight to your liver to use as energy. In doing this, coconut oil gives you an energy hit that is exactly like sugar and other carbs, BUT it doesn’t cause an insulin spike in your bloodstream, meaning that it doesn’t put you into that blood-sugar spiral.

 

# 8 – Another thing to try that Ross mentioned is salt….

According to Robert Young of the pH Miracle Research Centre, what seems like a sugar craving could often be your body’s cry for healthy salts.

Remember, healthy mineral salts such as magnesium, potassium, calcium and sodium bicarbonates are vital to the body’s functioning. Without them we suffer.

Put this to the test: next time you have a craving for sugar or carbs, simply have half a teaspoon of pure sodium bicarbonate in 300 ml of water.

 

# 9 – Here’s several more coconut oil-related tips:

Many essential oils are too potent to be applied to skin on their own. Enter, coconut oil! Diluting your favorite essential oils in a base of coconut oil is a great way to make them gentle enough for your skin—for application to pressure points, joint and muscles, or for a general massage.

And a study conducted in 2008 at the Skin and Cancer Foundation in the Philippines, compared virgin coconut oil and virgin olive oil in moisturizing dryness and removing bacteria from colonized atopic dermatitis skin. The study, a double-blind controlled trial, found that coconut oil was more effective than olive oil in killing bacteria, mostly because of its lauric acid content.

A 2009 study at the Division of Dermatology, Department of Medicine, University of California, San Diego, looked at the antimicrobial properties of lauric acid and its potential to heal acne. The results were favorable for using lauric acid in place of antibiotics for the treatment of acne.

And supposedly coconut oil helps block out about 20 percent of the sun’s harmful rays. And it makes you smell so good! 🙂

 

# 10 -A recipe for a natural cough and sore throat elixir:

Why Everything is Better With Honey

Naturally soothe a sore throat or cough by adding 1 teaspoon of cinnamon and 1 tablespoon of fresh, grated ginger to a cup of almost boiling water and let it steep for 5 minutes. Then, add 1 tablespoon of lemon juice and 2 tablespoons of honey (use manuka honey for added immune support); stir until the honey dissolves and then drink.

 

# 11 – Another tip involving the use of honey…..

Add a few tablespoons of honey to your bath to soften your skin and sweeten the smell. For a little bit of extra softening, add a cup of milk as well. This honey and milk combination was a favorite of the beautiful Cleopatra, who supposedly used it to achieve soft, flawless skin.

 

Anyone have a tip they want to share?  Leave it in the comment section so that everyone can benefit.

Salud!

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Disclaimer: Please note that any information here is provided as a guideline only, and is not meant to substitute for the advice of your physician, nutritionist, trained healthcare practitioner, and/or inner guidance system. Always consult a professional before undertaking any change to your normal health routine

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