Treating Gerd (Acid Reflux) Naturally

Gerd or Acid reflux is not an uncommon health problem as many people are affected by it.  The most apparent symptom is heartburn.

It begins as a burning sensation that is often felt behind the breastbone which then usually travels travel up the throat. At times, this condition can be so severe that it can be mistaken for heartburn.

Some health experts believe that it is caused by excessive amounts of acid in the stomach, while others say that the problem is as a result of too little acid in the stomach.

Acid blocking drugs are often prescribed for the condition, but there are other safe and effective alternatives.

Causes of Gerd (Acid Reflux)

As food passes along the esophagus into the stomach, a valve known as the lower esophageal sphincter (LES), shuts. This prevents stomach acid and food from moving back up.

When the lower esophageal sphincter relaxes in an inappropriate way, acid from the stomach backs up into the esophagus. The stomach is not producing too much acid, but the normal amount of acid is simply backing up into the esophagus.

Gerd is related to hiatal hernia or Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori). These two conditions are not related, yet people who have one usually have the other.

H. pylori cause low-level stomach inflammation which results in the other symptoms. A diagnosis of acid reflux is usually confirmed with an Endoscopy.

Common Gerd Symptoms

1. Heartburn

The most obvious and widely complained symptom of acid reflux is heartburn. Burning pain or other discomforts may move from your stomach to your chest. The throat can even be affected.

Stomach acid backs up from the stomach into the esophagus. Often, the pain that results can be mistaken for a heart attack.

Consult a physician to confirm that the pain you are feeling is only heartburn and nothing more.

2. Regurgitation

Regurgitation is the backflow of stomach acid into the throat and mouth. One may experience a bitter or sour taste in the mouth. Vomiting can also occur with regurgitation.

People have reported that regurgitation gave them a feeling as if they could not breathe. Others have stated even choking on the stomach acid that back flowed into the throat and mouth.

3. Dyspepsia

People who experience gerd or acid reflux often display signs of dyspepsia. Dyspepsia is a term for stomach discomfort.

Symptoms include burping, upper abdominal pain and discomfort, nausea after eating, and stomach bloating.

4. Bloody Stool and Vomiting

Acid reflux can affect regular bowel movements which can turn out to be black, bloody or both. If you see signs of these symptoms for an extended period, you might have acid reflux.

Vomiting and nausea are other unpleasant and common signs that can be related to acid reflux; however, they can be symptoms of other issues as well.

5. Dysphagia

Another issue that can be as a result of gerd is dysphagia. It occurs when the esophagus narrows, and there is a sensation of food being stuck in the throat. Dysphagia can be very frustrating and scary.

When a person experiences dysphagia, swallowing will be difficult. Several factors can contribute to this condition.

The functioning nerves of the mouth, pharynx, and upper esophageal sphincter malfunction and result in dysphagia. The malfunctioning of these nerves is usually attributed to acid reflux.

Other causes can lead to dysphagia besides acid reflux. Sometimes the nerves and muscles in the mouth and throat simply become sensitive.

6. Coughing, Wheezing, or Sore Throat

These signs can indicate respiratory issues, but acid reflux can cause these problems as well.

The backing up of stomach acid into the esophagus and throat for long periods can irritate the lining of the throat and esophagus.

This sensation can feel as if you are catching some respiratory infection or cold.

7. Hiccups

This is not really a common gerd symptom as most people have hiccups at least a few times during their lifetime for no specific reasons.

What makes some cases of hiccups unusual is the fact that they never seem to stop— extending for a long period of time.

Hiccups occur as the result of issues with the diaphragm. The stomach sits below the diaphragm.

When stomach contents come up to the esophagus, the diaphragm can be upset. Involuntary contractions can cause irregular breathing as well as interaction with the vocal cords.

The pressure to the diaphragm must be relieved for the hiccups to stop. One way to accomplish this is to try deep breathing—holding your breath for 30 seconds and exhale. Repeat the process a few times.

Sipping on water is another way to help get rid of the hiccups. Cold water is the best to drink for hiccups because it is believed that cold water relaxes the diaphragm and relieves the esophagus.

8. Unexplained Weight Loss

If tremendous weight loss experienced for no explainable reason can be as a result of acid reflux. In severe cases, food eventually stops staying down, and the individual vomits due to irritation of the esophagus.

How to Treat Acid Reflux (Gerd) Naturally

It is best not to leave these symptoms untreated. If a diagnosis of acid reflux is confirmed, there are a variety of natural treatments available.

Stomach acid can damage the esophagus which leads to other serious health issues. Cells in the esophagus can be altered which leads to cancer.

Making some alterations to your lifestyle can make all the difference you need. However, natural strategies are available to help you treat this condition effectively.

1. Ginger Root Tea

Ginger has a gastroprotective effect. It blocks acid and suppresses H. pylori. [R]

Add two or three slices of fresh ginger root to two cups of hot water. It should steep for about thirty minutes. Drink it about twenty minutes before eating. [R]

2. Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV)

Since gerd can result from having too little acid in your stomach, you can improve your condition by drinking raw and unfiltered apple cider vinegar (with the mother).

ACV can also help balance the stomach’s pH levels, thus, neutralizing stomach acid. Combine one tablespoon of apple cider vinegar in a glass of water.  [R]

3. Aloe Vera

Juice from the aloe plant naturally reduces inflammation meaning it reduces the symptoms of acid reflux.

It has been suggested that drinking a half-cup of aloe juice before meals will prevent any unpleasant symptoms associated with gerd.

4. Baking Soda

One teaspoon of baking soda in an eight-ounce glass can relieve acid reflux. It neutralizes stomach acid. [R]

Baking soda should not be used regularly, but if you are having a horrible episode of acid reflux, it will bring almost immediate relief.

5. Chamomile Tea

Drinking chamomile tea before going to bed can soothe the stomach and help reduce stress. You will rest better and lessen stress-related episodes of acid reflux.

6. Glutamine-Rich Foods

Glutamine can address issues associated with heartburn flare-ups. It also supports a healthy intestinal tract and keep inflammation at bay. [R]

The following are Glutamine-rich foods:

  • Seafood such as fish and mussel
  • Vegetables like red cabbage, spirulina, parsley, Asparagus, and broccoli
  • Nuts like almonds, walnuts, and pistachios.

7. Folate-Rich Foods

Folic acid intake has been found to reduce bouts of acid reflux. Folate is found in foods such as beans, okra, leafy greens, beets, asparagus, and Brussels sprouts, papaya, and nuts and seeds.

8. Slippery Elm

Slippery elm is soothing as it coats the throat, stomach, and intestines. It contains antioxidants and addresses bowel issues.  [R]

Slippery elm stimulates nerve endings in the gastrointestinal tract which will protect against ulcers and excess acidity.

9. Vitamin D

Vitamin D can address any infectious issue. Sun exposure is the best way to get the appropriate amount of Vitamin D.

There are also foods that contain Vitamin D—fatty fish, herring, oysters, egg yolks, mushrooms, and free-range chickens. [R][R][R][R]

10. Licorice Root

Licorice can treat indigestion as it is anti-inflammatory that can calm muscle spasms in the gastrointestinal tract.

A tea can be made adding one teaspoon of dried licorice root to 4-8 ounces of boiling water. Let it steep for 5 minutes and allow to cool.

Licorice root can also be chewed for relief.

11. Fennel Seeds

These little guys are rich in vitamins and minerals and have been known and used by the world for many years to aid with digestion.

Seep crushed fennel seeds into boiling water for a tea and sip it after a meal.

12. Kudzu (Japanese Arrowroot)

Kudzu is a Chinese remedy that has been used for years for the treatment of heartburn. Combining kudzu with apple juice has been said to settle the stomach. [R]

13. Lemon Water

Lemon water can improve ingestion as it can neutralize stomach acid. Make a soothing concoction by mixing one tablespoon of lemon juice in warm water. Let it sit for a few minutes then drink.

Other Recommendations

These are some other tips to avoid acid reflux:

  • Sleep in an upright position: Sleeping in an upright position will keep digestive acids in your stomach. Avoid bending over after a meal.
  • Stay on your left side while sleeping: It has been suggested that favoring your left side when you sleep keeps acid from coming back up into the esophagus.
  • Avoid overeating: Eating smaller portions of foods makes the digestion process more relaxed, regulating the production of digestive enzymes.
  • Quit smoking: Smoking has said to be a cause of acid reflux. It causes the sphincter to relax and acid to rise.

What to Eat

Parsley

Although parsley is generally used for decoration, this herb can do so much more than look pretty. It has been a traditional treatment for stomach issues over the years.

Ginger

Fresh ginger can soothe an acid ridden esophagus and stomach. Use it in cooking meats, when making drinks, and as suggested above, in tea form.

Organic Almond Milk

Almond milk is alkaline, the opposite of acidic. It is not wise to overdo it, but if the acid in your esophagus is extreme, the almond milk provides a tremendous neutralizing and soothing effect. [R]

You can find many good brands of organic almond milk such as Pacific Foods, 365, and Kirkland Signature in health food stores or on Amazon.

Organic Oatmeal

Oatmeal is a whole grain that is high in fiber, but it is not acidic. Consuming organic oatmeal can relieve acid reflux symptoms.

Kimchi

Kimchi is a Korean staple that is made from fermented vegetables. It is also loaded with natural probiotics. These factors are favorable for the reduction of acid reflux.

Cabbage, the main ingredient in Kimchi, also has alkaline properties. [R]

What to Avoid

Below are some of the foods to avoid when you have gerd.

Certain Fruits

Citrus fruits are usually the ones that irritate the stomach of a person with acid reflux. Oranges, grapefruits, lemons, and limes are the main culprits. Tomatoes should be avoided if possible.

Certain Beverages

Coffee, alcohol, tea, carbonated beverages, citrus, and tomato juices should be avoided. Even without caffeine, coffee can irritate acid reflux symptoms. Only consume beverages that you tolerate well.

High Fat and Fried Foods

Fatty foods delay the emptying of your stomach which can cause issues with acid. Decreasing your fat intake can reduce the risk of acid reflux.

The following foods should be avoided:

  • Deep fried onion rings
  • French fries
  • Creams and sauces
  • High-fat sour cream
  • Cheese
  • Whole milk
  • High-fat red meat
  • High-fat and creamy salad dressings

Spicy Foods

Foods that are hot, contain chili powder or barbecue sauces can cause extreme issues with acid reflux.

Occasional exposure to these foods does not always cause acid to rise to the throat and esophagus. Overdoing these can create stomach issues.

Always pay attention to how you feel after eating certain foods.

Other Foods and Supplements

Chocolate, processed foods, iron, potassium, nitrates, theophylline, bisphosphonates, alpha blockers, calcium channel blockers, and antibiotics are foods and supplements that can irritate acid reflux symptoms.

Treating Cancer Naturally

Cancer comes as a result of numerous issues in the body such as a poor immune system, lack of oxygen, excess acidity, toxic substances, and a host of other substances. Since many of these problems can be treated, cancer itself can be treated.

Approaches that are natural for cancer treatments are available, but it takes both time and dedication to the methods to be successful. There is no one herb or natural supplement that can treat this dreaded condition. It takes a variety of certain combinations of natural treatments and dietary adjustments—thus the need for patience.

Cancer is a group of diseases that cause varying symptoms. The symptoms and signs one experiences will depend upon the location of it in the body. If cancer spreads, there will be varying signs and symptoms throughout the body.

Often, it starts small and in places of the body that give no sign or symptom. For example, cancer of the pancreas does not cause symptoms until the tumor becomes large. When it grows large, they begin to press on other tissues and organs in the body.

Symptoms of certain cancers can be fatigue, fever, or weight loss. Cancer cells use up the body’s energy supply which explains the reason for these symptoms. It can also cause the immune system to react in various ways.

Causes of Cancer

Substances that cause cancer are known as carcinogens. Most carcinogens cause DNA mutation. Some types of radiation, bacteria, and viruses can lead to cancer.  The following are some various substances and factors that have been known to cause cancer.

  • Environmental exposure such as factories or plants in a community.
  • Geographical influences such as tropical places where fungi and mold is in excess.
  • Lifestyle choices such as smoking, excessive alcohol consumption, excessive consumption of certain foods, and drug abuse.

Symptoms

Symptoms of cancer have varying ranges, and many of them can be general symptoms that could also indicate 2 other issues.  If symptoms persist, you should consult a doctor.

1. Unexplained Weight Loss

Weight loss is inevitable at some point with most people who have cancer. If a person begins losing weight, and there is no explainable reason, it might be a great sign for concern.

Weight loss occurs most often with esophagus or pancreas cancer. [R]

2. Pain

Pain is most common with bone cancers or testicular cancer. Brain tumors cause headaches that will not go away.

Back pain can be a symptom of colon, ovarian, or rectal cancer. Unfortunately, pain is an indicator that the cancer has spread from where it originally started.

3. Fever

Fevers will rise when cancer has spread. Night sweats often accompany these types of fevers.

Most people with cancer will experience a fever at some point, particularly if it is affecting the immune system. Fevers can be an early sign of leukemia or lymphoma. [R]

4. Fatigue

When you remain tired even after you have had plenty of rest, you are fatigued. Fatigue happens early with cancers like leukemia. Certain colon or stomach cancers cause blood loss which leads to fatigue.

5. Skin Changes

Darkening, redness, and yellowing of the skin can be possible signs of cancer. Always have a doctor check sores that will not heal.

Freckles, moles, or warts that change in size, color, or shape are signs of skin cancer. Itching of the skin and excessive hair growth can also be signs of this condition.

6. Changes in Bowel or Bladder Function

Bowel issue such as diarrhea and constipation can be signs of cancer. People with prostate and bladder cancer have been known to have pain and bleeding during urination.

Any unusual bowel or bladder changes should be reported to your doctor.

7. Bleeding

Unusual bleeding should always be checked by a doctor. Coughing up blood or bloody stool are causes for concern.

Women with cervical or endometrial cancer will often have unusual vaginal bleeding. Bloody discharge from a woman’s nipples indicates breast cancer.

8. Changes in the Mouth

Patches in your mouth or on your tongue can often indicate precancerous cells that can turn to oral cancer.  Sores, bleeding, and numbness in the mouth are also signs of mouth cancers.

9. Indigestion

Frequent indigestion or problems swallowing are signs of stomach, esophagus, or throat cancer.

10. Swollen Lymph Nodes

Enlarged lymph nodes can be a sign of cancer.  If your lymph nodes stay swollen for more than four weeks, you should consult a doctor.

11. Lumps

A lump or thickening of the skin can be a sign of early or late cancer. People with cancer of the lymph nodes, breast, soft tissues, and testicular cancers will have lumps form.

12. Nagging Cough or Hoarseness

A cough that lingers can be a sign of lung cancer. If you remain hoarse for a long period of time, it could be a sign of cancer of the larynx.

Of course, it is normal to have some coughing and hoarseness with colds and other issues. However, if it persists for longer than normal, you should consult a physician.

13. Shortness of Breath

If a person is short of breath, it does not necessarily mean that there is a cause for concern.

Shortness of breath can be an indicator of several issues, but it can be a sign of cancer. Always consult a physician if you remain short of breath for longer than usual.

14. Breast Changes

Most breast lumps are not cancer, but they should always be checked.

The following changes in your breasts should be reported to a doctor:

  • Puckering or skin dimpling
  • Nipple discharge
  • Nipples that turn inward
  • Scaling or redness or the nipple or breast

15. Bleeding Between Periods

If you spot between periods, you should notify your doctor. Any bleeding that is not part of your normal cycle should be reported to your doctor.

All abnormal bleeding is not necessarily malignant, but it should be monitored.

16. Bloating

Women get bloated from time to time, but if a woman remains bloated, it might be a cause for concern.  If bloating occurs with bleeding and weight loss, consult your doctor.

Constant bleeding could be a sign of cancer such as colon, ovarian, uterine, or pancreatic.

How to Treat Cancer Naturally

A variety of natural approaches to treating cancer are available, but you must be committed to a lifestyle change in order to see positive results.

For diet choices, please note that we recommend eating only organic foods.

Ketogenic Diet

Food can be used as medicine in the natural approach for cancer treatment.

The keto diet consists of high healthy fats, moderate protein, and low carbohydrates. Ketones are released in the body that stimulates the production of mitochondria.

Diets that are high in carbohydrate content burden the mitochondria which produce free radical formation and the mutation of cells leading to cancer.

Cancer cells thrive on the energy created by glucose. The opposite occurs when the body is fueled by fat rather than glucose.

The following foods are recommended on a ketogenic diet: free-range poultry, berries, coconut oil, fish, avocados, olives, and low carb vegetables and fruits.

These foods contain properties that slow down the progression of cancer.

Juicing Greens and Eating Sprouts

Many experts recommend juicing to provide powerful nutrients to a body that has tumors. The digestive tract is given aid by juicing fruits and vegetables that are digested quickly. [R]

Antioxidants from these juices provide the immune system the power needed to fight cancer.

Anti-cancer properties of cells are naturally boosted by eating sprouts. Sprouts from kale, broccoli, and cauliflower are only needed in small amounts to contribute the protective properties needed. [R]

Natural enzyme processes are supported by sprouts. A variety of nutrients are available in sprouts such as Vitamin K, amino acids, minerals, beta carotene, glutathione, chlorophyll, and sulforaphane.

Vitamin D

You can get Vitamin D from the sun or approved supplements. Vitamin D is responsible for the development and nourishment of the nervous system.

Researchers are amazed by the anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties associated with Vitamin D. Killer cell secretion is limited during conditions such as pregnancy.

The body synthesizes GcMAF through Vitamin D. GcMAF is needed to influence tumor cells to proliferate and reverse the effect of certain cancers.

Turmeric

Turmeric contians anti-inflammatory agents that help to prevent cancer. It has the same inflammation prevention and control as Ibuprofen and Aspirin. Read more on this ancient healing spice.

This root tuber is a great addition as spices to most foods. As a result, oxidative stress damage is reduced.

Fermented Foods

Foods that have plenty of healthy bacteria have a vital role in regulating the health of your body.  If harmful microbes are in the gut, the risk for metabolic disorders is decreased.

The risk of certain cancers such as colorectal carcinoma, pancreatic cancer, and gallbladder cancer is decreased as well. Healthy bacteria produce what is needed to fight cancer. [R][R]

Enzymes

Enzymes stimulate and maintain normal biological functions. They also remove toxins from the body and enhance anti-cancer and anti-inflammatory agents.

Nutrient dense foods like broccoli have a vast array of enzymes. The body is given what it needs to remove toxins naturally.

Lemon and lime buffer PH along with natural enzymes to help the body metabolize nutrients.

Some foods that are rich in enzymes are avocado, papaya, pineapple, cucumbers, garlic, ginger root, coconut, sprouts, flaxseed, apple cider vinegar, lemon, and lime.

Detoxification

Certain detoxification pathways promote healing from cancer.  The following are some steps you can take to remove toxins from your body and bring healing:

  • Hydrating with lemon water
  • Infrared saunas
  • Coffee enemas
  • Dry brushing
  • Eating an anti-inflammatory diet
  • Castor oil packs
  • Cleanses (liver, kidney, lungs, lymph, colon)
  • Good oral hygiene,
  • Exercise
  • Deep breathing or getting enough oxygen

Healing your emotional health is as important as removing toxins from your body.  An aromatherapy massage stimulates the lymphatic system.  Essential oils relieve stress and provide good health.

Budwig Protocol

Budwig protocol combines organic cottage cheese that is low-fat along with flaxseed oil. Along with lifestyle changes, using this combination stimulates proper cellular function.

Flaxseed oil has electrons and saturated fat, and cottage cheese has a sulfur protein.

When these are combined, a chemical reaction occurs that causes a chemical reaction that brings certain dead cells back to life. Oxygen is attracted to the cells which kill cancer cells.

What to Eat

Cruciferous Vegetables

Kale, cauliflower, broccoli, cabbage, and Brussel sprouts are major cancer fighters. [R]

Studies show that these vegetables lower the risk of stomach and lung cancers. Other studies proved that eating cabbage lowers the risk of breast cancer.

These vegetables enhance your body’s natural detoxifying enzymes.

Foods Rich in Vitamin D and Calcium

The combination of calcium and Vitamin D can protect you from breast cancer and colon cancer.

Women under 50 need 1000 milligrams of calcium per day and 400 International Units of Vitamin D per day. Salmon and orange juice are good sources of both nutrients.

Foods High in Fiber

Fiber is a good protectant against cancer. Research has proven that women who have a healthy amount of fiber in their diets are less likely to have various types of cancers than those women who do not have the amount needed.

Since fiber speeds up the passage of stool, your cells have less exposure to toxins.

Tomatoes and Berries

Some evidence suggests that tomatoes and tomato products reduce the risk of prostate, pancreatic, gastric, and ovarian cancers. Experts believe that lycopene in tomatoes prevents cell damage.

Berries are also said to have anti-cancer benefits. Blueberries, raspberries, and strawberries have high anti-oxidant properties. They will protect the body against cell damage.

What to Avoid

Red and Processed Meat

Some studies seem to have found a connection between beef, pork, cold cuts, hotdogs, and lamb and certain types of cancers.

Carcinogens are believed to be created when these meats are cooked at high temperatures and processed with nitrates.

Alcohol

The risk of developing breast, colon, mouth, esophagus, and throat cancers are higher for people who consume alcoholic beverages in excess.

Alcohol has been specifically linked to breast cancer.

Sugar

Studies have shown that people who consume excessive amounts of sugar are more likely to develop mammary gland tumors. These tumors spread quickly. [R]

There are many ways in which sugar is not good for your body, but one of the main concerns is the risk of cells turning cancerous when the body burns sugar rather than fat.

Trans Fats

Not all fats are bad, but trans fats have been associated with breast cancer. Trans fats are found in processed foods. [R]

Some of these are fried foods, crackers, pastries, donuts, and packaged cookies.

What are the Best Alkaline Foods? Top 55 Choices

Alkaline foods are vital to keeping your body healthy. Your pH level is the measure of hydrogen ion concentration. The normal level is considered 7.3 to 7.45 which is more on the alkaline side. If it is less than 7, your body is considered acidic.

If your pH is too acidic, you are open to a wide variety of illnesses…and not surprisingly, most people are too acidic. It is vital to your body’s pH to maintain a balanced level for optimal health.

In the extreme scenario, acidosis can occur when your body’s fluids are too acidic. Ultimately, your kidneys and lungs can lose the ability to keep your pH levels in balance. [R]

 

The following conditions can put you at risk for acidosis:

  • Obesity
  • Dehydration
  • Diabetes
  • Aspirin or methanol poisoning
  • A diet too high in fat

Eating a balanced alkaline diet is one of the simplest but most important ways to keep your PH at the appropriate level. So, with that, we’ve compiled the following list of best naturally alkaline foods to help maintain the right pH for your body.

 

Best Alkaline Foods

Below is a list of the top alkaline foods to consume to balance your body’s pH levels. Please note that this website recommends eating only pure organic foods.

1. Almonds and Almond Milk

Almonds are one of the healthiest foods you can eat.  They lower cholesterol and increase muscle gain and fat loss. A small handful of almonds will do for nutritional value.

If you prefer the milk, you can drink it alone or put it in your coffee. Almond milk will give you the same health benefits as simply eating almonds.

2. Artichokes

Artichokes are not only known for their alkalinity, but they are also loaded with antioxidants which are wonderful for fighting free radicals in the body.

Artichokes are a source of Vitamin C, Vitamin K, and Folate. You can prepare artichokes by boiling them until they are tender then seasoning them with salt and pepper.

3. Asparagus

Asparagus is loaded with detoxifying properties and Vitamin A, Vitamin C, and iron. Best of all, it is an alkaline food. Asparagus has been known to have anti-aging effects as well.

4. Avocado and Avocado Oil

Most people are not surprised to find avocados at the top of the list of alkaline foods. They are rich in potassium and heart-healthy fats.

They also are a source of Vitamin A, Vitamin C, and fiber. Avocado oil can be used in place of olive oil or other cooking oils.

5. Banana

Ripe bananas are highly alkaline and contain high amounts of potassium an fiber. They can be used in smoothies, salads, nice cream, and drinks.

6. Basil

Herbs and spices can affect the pH level. Some spices are beneficial, and basil is one of them. Basil has flavonoids that help the body heal, and it is a source of Vitamin A, Vitamin K, and Calcium.

7. Beetroot

Beetroot is an excellent food with alkaline qualities as well as anti-cancer properties. It is a source of Vitamin C, Vitamin K, and folate. It can be used as a side or in salads.

Beets should be bought fresh. If beetroot is pickled, it loses nutritional value.

8. Broccoli

Broccoli has a great variety of health benefits. No wonder it is on the list of alkaline foods. Broccoli is a source of Vitamin A, Vitamin C, and Calcium.

This is a wonderful veggie to eat daily if possible. If not, try eating broccoli at least four to five times per week.

9. Brussel Sprouts

You should find a way to enjoy Brussel sprouts because they are loaded with vitamins, minerals, and fiber.

Brussel sprouts are a great source Vitamin A, Vitamin C, and iron. It is best to buy Brussel sprouts fresh and steam them.

10. Buckwheat

Buckwheat is an ideal food for those who try to remain gluten-free. It is a good source of protein, iron, and calcium. There are plenty of recipes available for buckwheat if you have never used it.

11. Cabbage

In addition to ranking high on the alkaline foods list, cabbage is known for preventing cancer. Not only is cabbage a great source of fiber and calcium, but it is also a source of Vitamin A and Vitamin C.

12. Carrots

Carrots are great for your eyesight. They taste great no matter if they are raw or streamed. Not only are carrots known for their alkaline qualities, but they are also packed with vitamins and fiber.

13. Cauliflower

In the same family as broccoli and Brussel sprouts, cauliflower is an excellent source of fiber and Vitamin C. Cauliflower can be eaten raw, in salads, or steamed.

14. Celery

Celery is a low-calorie food that has plenty of nutritional benefits. It can be eaten raw or put into a smoothie.  If you do not love the taste, it can be combined with other foods to avoid only having the celery taste.

15. Cherries

Most people do not normally think of cherries as a source of alkaline food, but cherries are also a great source of antioxidants. They relieve inflammation and can prevent heart disease.

16. Chia

Although its seeds are little, chia has much nutritional value. Of course, it is alkaline in quality, but it is an excellent source of calcium, manganese, and potassium.

Chia can be added to smoothies, soups, or even salads.

17. Chives

Chives are not an item that you would normally find easily, but you should seek them out. They add flavor to any meal as they can be used in soups, salads, potatoes, or they can even serve as a garnish.

18. Cilantro

Cilantro adds flavor to your plate while keeping your pH levels in balance. Cilantro provides Vitamin C, calcium and iron. If you want a food that helps with cholesterol and digestion, cilantro is a great choice.

19. Coconut and Coconut Oil

Since coconut is a natural food, it should come as no surprise that it is loaded with nutrients and alkaline qualities.

The packaged coconut shavings do not contain the benefits you need. You will want to use fresh coconut or coconut milk. Coconut is a source of Vitamin C, iron, and calcium.

20. Collard Greens

Collard greens have a great deal of both alkaline and cancer-fighting benefits. If you need a great source of Vitamin A, Vitamin C, and calcium, collard greens are just what the doctor ordered.

21. Cucumbers

Cucumber is a hydrating vegetable since it contains an abundance of water. They not only contain alkaline qualities, but they also are a source of Vitamin A, Vitamin C, and calcium.

22. Eggplant

Eggplant is a good buffer to acidic foods because of its alkaline qualities. Not only is eggplant low in calories, but it is also filling. Eggplant is a source of calcium, iron, and Vitamin C.

23. Flax Seeds and Flax Oil

Flax has plenty of benefits. It is available both in seed form and oil, and it can be added to most dishes. The seeds can be sprinkled on your food or made into a smoothie.

24. Garlic

For years, garlic has been known to be a cleansing food. It adds flavor to a meal and lowers blood pressure. Garlic fights inflammation and has detoxifying effects on the body as well as alkaline qualities.

25. Ginger

Like garlic, ginger has detoxifying properties. It is easy to add to most meals. Garlic is a source of calcium, manganese, iron, potassium, and magnesium.

26. Goat’s milk

Compared to cow’s milk which is acidifying, pure goat’s milk is highly alkaline and easier-digested by most people. It contains calcium, and vitamin A and C.

27. Grapefruit

Although its taste is acidic and sour, grapefruit has good alkaline properties once it is consumed. Grapefruit can boost your metabolism, and it is a good source of calcium and potassium.

28. Green Beans

The most popular of vegetables, green beans are a great side dish as well as a good source of Vitamin C. They are also high in fiber.

Green beans are easy to prepare and can be used with most meals.

29. Herbal Teas

If you are going to drink tea, stay with the herbal teas. Black tea has an acidic effect on the body. Ginger and chamomile tea are among the favorites in herbal tea. Herbal teas also have cancer-fighting agents.

30. Kale

Kale is a leafy green that is an excellent source of Vitamin A, Vitamin C, and calcium. There are also a variety of minerals in kale.

31. Kelp

Kelp is available in fresh form or capsules. It has wonderful detoxifying properties and can be made into a smoothie. Kelp is a great source of magnesium.

32. Leeks

Used in soups, leeks add an oniony quality to food without being overwhelming. Leeks are alkaline and a great source of Vitamin C. They also contain manganese, iron, and calcium.

33. Lemon

Like grapefruit, it is surprising that lemon is alkaline because of its sour taste. In addition to alkaline properties, it also contains anti-bacterial benefits.

34. Lentils

Lentils are a great source of fiber. You simply boil them. They are a great source of iron, manganese, and magnesium.

35. Lettuce

Many people say lettuce does not contain nutrients. Lettuce is useful because it provides an alkaline effect for the body. Romaine lettuce is one of the top choices for good benefits.

36. Lima Beans

Lima beans are popular among vegetarians and vegans because they are an excellent source of iron. They also counter acidic foods with their alkaline quality, and lima beans are packed with Vitamin C.

37. Lime

Limes are often thought to be acidic, but the opposite is true. They can be eaten by themselves or added to other dishes. Add a slice of lime to your water for flavor.

38. Millet

Millet is a grain that does not contain gluten. It can replace wheat, so, you can have gluten-free bread. Millet is a good source of iron and protein.

39. Mung Beans

Mung beans lower cholesterol and fight chronic diseases. They can also help manage diabetes. Mung beans are an excellent source of Vitamin C.

40. Mustard Greens

Mustard greens contain both anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. They also provide detoxification effects for the body and contribute to good heart health.

41. Navy Beans

Navy beans are not only on the alkaline side, but they also provide iron and fiber. These beans are a good source of manganese.

42. Okra

Okra has a unique blend of vitamins and minerals. It can be eaten in large quantities because it is completely alkaline. Okra is a source of Manganese with small amounts of other minerals.

43. Olive Oil

Olive oil is one of the healthiest to use in cooking or salads. It also has detoxifying properties. Olive oil is a significant source of Vitamin E and Vitamin K.

44. Onion

Most people eat this alkaline food on a regular basis. It is used in salads and a variety of dishes. Onions can be sautéed in olive oil, and onions are a source of manganese and potassium.

45. Parsley

Parsley not only adds variety to your plate, but it also has alkaline properties. It is usually used to season meats and vegetables and is a source of iron. Parsley can also be blended into a smoothie.

46. Peas

Peas have a variety of nutrients, and the fact that they are alkaline is a bonus. A great source of Vitamin, A, Vitamin C, and iron, peas have their own good flavor and usually need nothing added to them.

47. Pineapple

pineapple contains bromelain, a digestive enzyme that promotes healthy digestion and is also good in killing off intestinal parasites.

It helps the body reach an alkaline state though it’s acidic by nature.

48. Pomegranate

One of the latest trends is drinking pomegranate juice. This is one fruit that is not acidic. It is a good source of potassium, Vitamin C, and iron.

49. Pumpkin and Pumpkin Seeds

Pumpkin is not only good in the fall, but it can also be used all year. It can be cooked, or, the seeds can be used as a snack. At any rate, pumpkin is an excellent source of Vitamin A.

50. Quinoa

Quinoa is becoming more popular lately. It is a grain that is easy to use, and it is a gluten-free grain. It is a good source of magnesium and manganese.

51. Red Potatoes

While red potatoes cost more than regular potatoes, it is worth the price because they have excellent alkaline properties. They are not only delicious, but they are a source of potassium.

52. Spinach

Spinach is an alkaline green that is often included in cleansing juicing and anti-cancer protocols. It contains high amounts of calcium, iron, carotenoids, folic acids, and vitamin C and K.

53. Sweet Potato

Sweet potatoes are high-energy foods and are high on the alkaline foods list.They are packed with vitamins, minerals, and fiber.

54. Squash

Different types of squash have varying benefits, but they all have alkaline properties. They are wonderful side dishes and a vegetarian’s dream.

Squash in all varieties is an excellent source of Vitamin A and Vitamin C.

55. Wheatgrass

Wheatgrass has extremely powerful alkalizing effects that can help the body gain and maintain a balanced Ph.

It is high in amino acids, chlorophyll, and vitamins and minerals.

Compound in Cannabis Found To Remove Toxic Alzheimer’s Protein from the Brain

THC could quite possibly be the first working treatment for Alzheimer’s Disease. Alzheimer’s is a greatly debilitating disease.

The main symptom is memory loss, and that memory loss can be so severe that a person is left totally helpless and can die. It is a terrible way to go and currently, there are no treatments, let alone cures.

Affecting over 50 million Americans alone, it is definitely worth looking into absolutely anything that could possibly help.

Here we will discuss THC as an option.

What is THC?    

THC stands for tetrahydrocannabinol. It is found in marijuana and is what is responsible for the mind-altering effects that smoking or ingesting weed gives you.

It is also what provides pain relief from symptoms arising from ailments ranging from HIV to PTSD.

THC works by getting into the bloodstream and working its way to the brain, where it blocks certain receptors. Often these are pain receptors.

What is Alzheimer’s?    

Most people think of Alzheimer’s as dementia on steroids. While that is most definitely true, there are even more symptoms. It is an awful disease, both for the person suffering from it and for those who love and/or take care of that person.

In addition to memory loss, aggression, agitation, depression, mood swings, lethargy, and loss of appetite are symptoms. People can wander off. This is dangerous for a myriad of reasons since they rarely are able to find their way home. In time, Alzheimer’s will most likely just keep getting worse and worse.

Alzheimer’s is not just simple forgetfulness. It will eventually destroy a person. Imagine having to go to the bathroom but not remembering that you need to find a toilet in order to do so. Or that toilet paper exists. Or that you should clean up afterward. Or how to get back to where you need to be after you are done in the bathroom.

The list goes on and can get way worse, too. Often people wander off in the dead of winter, not thinking to bring warm clothing along and having no clue of who they are, where they came from or how to get home.

Even if they are lucky enough to have someone find them and try to help, it is still not an easy feat to get them back home if they do not know where home is.

Alzheimer’s patients also require around-the-clock care, which is not easy or cheap to come by.

How Can THC Help?    

It is thought that there is some sort of “plaque” that can turn to clumps in the brain, which may cause Alzheimer’s. This is similar to the plaque that can build up in your arteries or on your teeth — a devastating problem if left to grow.

These clumps of plaque can get in the way of normal brain activity and even cause tangles in brain tissue. The more clumps and tangles, the more severe the problem. Recently, a study suggested that THC can help to remove the “plaque” which may cause Alzheimer’s Disease from your brain by removing clumps of toxic protein. [R][R]

Needless to say, the fewer clumps the better. It would be beneficial to stop the clumps from growing or becoming more numerous. It would be literally life-changing if it were possible to get the clumps to shrink or disappear altogether.

While THC has not yet been proven to do so in humans, evidence found in studies of lab rats with memory problems is very strongly suggesting it may be possible.

THC given to these forgetful rodents did indeed show their memories to improve. With further research, a cure just might be had from THC. [R]

Conclusion

Alzheimer’s is one of the cruelest and worst diseases out there. Cancer is of course also absolutely terrible, but at least there are options for attempting to treat it. Many people are able to overcome cancer. No one is able to overcome Alzheimer’s, at least yet anyway.

With this recently acquired information regarding THC being able to assist with lessening if not eliminating protein clumps in the brain, the world may be in for a big change for the better in the future.

Even if you are opposed to the use of marijuana for recreational use, it may be worth looking in to for medical purposes, and not just people who claim to have migraines, either.

Early-onset Alzheimer’s can hit people even in their 30s. It can be so bad that they wind up in a nursing home. They can be there for decades, as their bodies are otherwise in nearly mint condition and it is just their mind that is affected. That is a terrible life for them and their loved ones.

If marijuana, or something that can be synthesized out of it, can help, it is by all means worth looking into.

13 Worst Foods to Eat If You Don’t Want To Feed Cancer Cells

100% of people will agree that cancer sucks. No one wants it and no one wants their loved ones to get it. Sometimes it is unavoidable due to genetics or environmental conditions that cannot be helped.

However, sometimes your chances of cancer can be increased or decreased depending on what you put into your body.

We all know that smoking can lead to lung cancer, but did you know that eating certain foods can also cause certain types of cancer?

Worst Foods to Eat if You Do Not Want to Get Sick

Read on to learn about the worst foods to eat if you do not want to feed cancer cells or get sick.

1. BBQ     

Most people love a good barbeque. Nothing says summer quite like throwing a few Italian sausages on the grill and opening a cold one with some friends while you wait for them to cook.

Grilled meats, especially red meats, taste awesome. But, when you grill meat, especially to the point of being well-done, carcinogens are released. This is what can cause cancer. [R][R]

A safer alternative to grilling red meat, although less tasty, is broiling or baking.

2. Microwave Popcorn     

While popcorn itself is not unhealthy, when it is made into microwave popcorn, it becomes one of the worst foods to eat because it now can cause cancer. [R]

This is due to the tremendous amount of chemicals that are added, both to line the bag (PFCs) and to the popcorn itself. [R]

Even though making microwave popcorn is fast and convenient, it is a much safer choice to use an air popper.

3. Canned Vegetables     

Vegetables are good for you, right? Believe it or not, the answer is no if they come from a can.

Most cans are lined with toxic materials like BPA that can cause cancer. In time, these chemicals will seep into the contents of the can, whether that is green beans or corn. [R]

Fresh or frozen organic vegetables are the way to go.

4. Farm-Raised Fish

Fish farms raise enormous amounts of fish to sell for consumption.

This is one of the worst foods to eat because while they are growing, they are treated with a myriad of antibiotics and pesticides, both of which cause cancer in humans. [R]

Fresh fish, when caught out of clean waters, are hands down a better option if at all possible.

5. Genetically Modified Foods     

At least 90% of soy and corn grown today is genetically modified. [R]

The long-term effects of human consumption of genetically modified foods is unknown, but evidence shows that it can cause several different types of cancers. [R]

Organic foods do not contain genetically modified things so are a better choice when they are available.

6. Refined Sugars     

In this day and age, it is just common knowledge that consuming large amounts of sugar is not good for you. But, there are more things to worry about than cavities and diabetes.

Refined sugar is sugar made from genetically modified sugar beets, and is therefore one of the worst foods to eat. It is a veritable double whammy of bad decisions. [R]

Instead of eating refined sugar, try using organic raw honey as a sweetener when possible. Or, better yet, get off your sugar addiction alltogether.

7. Foods Containing Nitrates     

Nitrates are found in salty foods such as pickles and hot dogs in an attempt to prolong shelf life.

When the hot dogs are cooked, the high temperatures activate the nitrites, which wreak havoc in your body, going as far as to possibly even cause cancer.

8. Soda     

Any dentist will tell you to lay off drinking soda, but did you know it can cause more than cavities?

That’s right, even soda can cause cancer. This is due to the high amount of high fructose corn syrup, often the main ingredient in sodas. [R]

It is terrible for your body and can lead to cancer. Try drinking water instead, or perhaps some tea.

9. Certain Oils    

Hydrogenated oil is vegetable oil that has gone through a rigorous and very unhealthy transformation.

Often what foods are deep fried in, it tastes great. However, it can cause cancer due to high levels of fatty acids. [R][R]

10. White Flour

White flour has absolutely no nutritional value. It has been bleached with chlorine gas, a chemical compound used to kill certain things. [R]

It is just plain terrible for you. If that isn’t bad enough, it can also cause cancer.

11. Corn-Fed Beef     

You just read that grilled meat is bad. You also just read that genetically modified food is bad. Now imagine a cow raised on genetically modified corn. See where this is going?

12. Milk     

It is increasingly common these days to shoot dairy cows full of antibiotics and other things that make them produce more milk. [R]

Whatever is shot into them goes right into their milk. If you then drink that milk, it then goes right into you.

13. Non-Organic Apples     

Apples are perhaps the most common fruit to eat in this part of the world. As a result, they are just doused in pesticides.

Not only can touching them cause you cancer but eating them is even worse. At the very least, try to choose an organic apple if possible.

Always wash the apples and your hands when enjoying.

In conclusion, with this list of the worst foods to eat, it may seem like nothing is safe to eat anymore. While that may be true, there are better options at least.

Organic food is supposed to contain no genetically modified ingredients. Try to eat less red meat.

Do not fire up your grill as much as you may like. Give up soda and as much sugar as you can. Good luck, none of this is easy.

Imitation Crab Exposed: You’ll Never Guess What You’re Eating

Whether you want imitation crab meat or not, chances are if you are eating crab somewhere other than a well-established seafood restaurant, you will be eating imitation crab.

You may think this is a good thing if you have seafood allergies or if you want to save a buck, but it can be very unhealthy because it is inflammatory, and packed with artificial ingredients.

Crab Rangoon is perhaps the main culprit for secretly inserting artificial crab meat unbeknownst to the average eater.

Due to the fact that they contain mostly cream cheese and are then deep fried, whether it is artificial or not, one can barely taste the crab, so it is easy to pull a fast one.

Read on to learn about why you should care whether or not the crab meat you are eating is artificial or not.

If it is imitation, what is it made of?    

The main ingredient in artificial crab is fish. Pollack fish, to be exact. This is a cheap fish to obtain in abundance.

It is frozen and then shipped to factories where it is made into a slurry paste and then frozen into thin sheets where a red paint of sorts is pasted on to made it look more like real crab meat.

During this process, a wide array of chemicals and other artificial ingredients ranging from sugar to GMO soy to propylene glycol (antifreeze) are added. The finishing touch is artificial crab-like flavor.

More than that

The ingredients list of artificial crab meat resembles that of a can of toilet bowl cleaner more than something to eat.

You should be especially leery of the amount of salt, sugar, sorbitol, food dyes, and carrageenan used if you already have certain health issues. [R]

Sneaky, sneaky, sneaky tricks of the trade    

Unless you are ordering straight up crab, chances are you are going to wind up with artificial crab meat.

This is especially true if you are eating somewhere located nowhere near an ocean or if you are eating frozen food such as a TV dinner.

You must also beware of artificial crab meat being slipped into dishes where it is well-masked by other ingredients, even in finer establishments. For example, in a gumbo would be very hard to tell whether the crab is real or artificial.

Alternatives to imitation crab meat     

If you are in the market for crab meat but do not want to risk getting stung with the artificial stuff, make sure to eat at a decent seafood joint.

These will, of course, be easier to find along various coasts and much harder to find when you are located inland quite a way.

Always ask whether the crab meat is made with real crab or surimi. [R]

Another idea is if you really want crab Rangoon but do not want to risk ingesting the artificial gunk, go ahead and order cream cheese wontons instead.

They taste nearly the same and contain no crab, artificial ingredients or otherwise.

It’s not the healthiest snack for your diet, but it’s healthier than imitation crab. As an added bonus, they are usually cheaper also.

Lessons

For the sake of your health, you should try your best to eat only real crab meat, not the fake. [R]

The barrage of salt, dye, and chemicals you will ingest is just not worth the potential savings, and that is if you even get any savings.

It is a dirty trick, but very common practice for restaurants to use artificial crab meat but make no mention of it and thus charge the going rate for fresh crab.

In any event, it is really no one’s responsibility but your own to confirm what you are putting into your body. There is really no benefit to eating artificial foods at all, especially fake crab.

Treating Systemic Lupus Erythematosus Naturally

Lupus, also known as systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE), is an autoimmune disease. The immune system of the body will mistake healthy tissue for bad tissue and will attack it in many parts of the body, in an attempt to fix it.

Symptoms can range from mild to severe, depending on the affected person. The cause of the autoimmune disease is not clear. Scientists believe it to be caused by a mixture of environmental factors and genetics, though it is still uncertain.

A study was conducted on systemic lupus erythematosus and twins. According to the findings, if one identical twin were to have it there was a 24% chance that the other would be affected as well. [R][R]

Things that are thought to have an effect and increase the risk of lupus are many and common. Smoking, sunlight, female sex hormones, certain infections, and a vitamin D deficiency have all been linked to an increased risk.

The disease involves an immune response made by autoantibodies that attack a person’s healthy tissues. Most commonly, these are antinuclear antibodies and will result in swelling. It is a long-term disease with onset from ages 15-45.

Systemic Lupus Erythematosus Symptoms

Ninety percent of the time, women of childbearing age are affected more than men. Diagnosis usually includes laboratory tests and examination of symptoms.

1. Skin Problems

Around seventy percent of those diagnosed with lupus will develop skin problems. It is one of the most common and infamous results of lupus.

The “butterfly rash” that is located on the cheekbones of a person has often been the poster child for the disease. Thick, red, and scaly patches appearing all over the skin is common. [R]

This is a result of the attack on the tissues that are closest to the skin. It is one of the most noticeable and hardest to deal with symptoms.

Hair loss on the skin where ulcers or spots may form is also normal for those suffering from the disease.

2. Blood Issues

One of the more common symptoms concerning children suffering from systemic lupus erythematosus is blood problems. Anemia will occur in around fifty percent of cases of children with the disease.

Low platelet and blood cell counts will often be found. It is unknown whether this is linked directly to lupus as a disease, or if it is due to the treatments. [R]

One of the antibodies found in SLE is the anti-cardiolipin antibody. This is dangerous because it can cause a false positive on a test for syphilis.

In fact, many of the antibodies are linked with other diseases or disorders.

3. Shrinking Lung Syndrome and Other Lung Problems

Though a rare syndrome in itself, SLE can greatly increase the chances of developing shrinking lung syndrome. This is caused by the inflammation of the pleurae in the lungs.

Another name for this inflammation is pleurisy, and it is the leading cause of shrinking lung syndrome. SLE has the capacity to cause pleuritic pain, creating a reduced lung volume.

A few of the other lung conditions associated with systemic lupus erythematosus are known as pneumonitis, pulmonary hemorrhages,  and pulmonary hypertension.

These are all linked to lupus because the risk of developing them with lupus is heightened.

4. Possible Kidney Failure

Issues in the kidney once diagnosed with lupus are common but often go unnoticed. This is because the passage of blood or protein through urine is often painless.

It is also one of the only ways to see symptoms of kidney involvement. With lupus, acute or terminal kidney failure could be produced. This is because of the failure to recognize the signs.

The glomerular basement membrane and its immune complex deposition is one of the other ways to judge kidney failure in the body.

While super rare, the abnormalities will be grain-like in appearance when tested. It is due to the need for medical testing that doctoral consultation is advised.

5. Muscle and Joint Pain

One of, if not the most common symptom when dealing with lupus is complaints of joint pain. The small joints found in the hand and wrist area are most commonly affected.

The current estimate is that more than ninety percent of those diagnosed with lupus will experience some sort of joint and muscle pain over the course of their time.

These joint pains are often less disabling than their arthritis counterparts and do not generally result in deformities.

Muscle pains following skin deformities have also been reported and are a telltale sign of lupus.

6. Heart Problems

Lupus has been known to have an effect on the heart. An inflammation of the heart’s outer and inner lining has been reported by numerous patients.

Endocarditis — the inflammation of the heart muscle itself- is another concerning symptom of lupus.

While supposedly not infectious, these heart inflammations are, in general, more extreme with lupus than in the general public.

How to Treat Systemic Lupus Erythematosus Naturally

After diagnosis, the majority (eighty percent) of patients will live an additional fifteen years. This is due to advancements in modern medicine.

Natural remedies, or alternative medicines, can be used to help with the treatment of symptoms. [R] Due to the severity of the disease, it is always recommended to consult a doctor for further help.

1. Avoid Excess Sunlight

One of the most common symptoms of systemic lupus erythematosus is problems with the skin.

Sunlight has been known to make these skin problems — rashes, bumps, and sores — even worse. It can aggravate the skin symptoms, causing increased inflammation and prolonged soreness. [R]

While sunlight by itself cannot be totally avoided, spending long hours in direct contact with the sun’s rays is not advised.

Covering up with long sleeves or pants when outside can also help protect any products of the disease on your arms or legs.

2. Check for Mold in Your Surroundings

Prolonged exposure to mold can lead to severe health issues such as cancer, lupus, tuberculosis, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue disorder, and the Epstein-Barr virus.

Mold will compromise and weaken a person’s immune systems if he or she has regular contact with it.

Check to see if mold is lurking inside your home, office or surrounding environs, and get rid of it or move away!

3. Avoiding Strenuous Activities

Those diagnosed with lupus experience fatigue faster than they would normally. It is much easier for them to become tired, performing even simple, everyday tasks.

This means that avoiding certain activities that may require more physical or mental strain should be avoided when possible.

The consequences of developing chronic fatigue out of stubbornness could lead to the possibility of becoming housebound for weeks or even months at a time.

4. Coconut Oil

An effective way to soothe and relieve the joint pain, swelling, and skin problems associated with lupus is to use coconut oil.

When applied topically, it seeps into the skin and the nutrients and natural chemical compounds within it start to work.

It is mainly for inflammation and dry skin, but it can be used for a variety of things.

5. Eat Foods High in Antioxidants

Incorporating whole foods such as leafy greens and berries into your diet can help with lupus symptoms.

These foods are high in things like fiber, magnesium, and vitamin C which will work together to help.

They can prevent free radical damage and repair possible joint damage caused by the arthritis pains. They can also help lower fatigue.

6. Essential Oils

To help ease the pains of inflammation and joint pain, which are two of the most noticeable symptoms of lupus, essential oils are recommended.

Frankincense and Helichrysum, in particular, are great for this. As natural remedies for addressing the very problem of inflammation and immune reactions, the oils are widely available for purchase.

Three drops of either oil mixed with a glass of water is one of the best ways to ingest it. Otherwise, they can be applied topically to the neck area to help with the regulation of the immune system.

7. Turmeric

The curcumin in turmeric can help fight inflammation and reduce joint swelling and stiffness.

Lupus patients are susceptible to develop other conditions such as arthritis, type 2 diabetes, osteoporosis, and heart diseases, to which turmeric’s properties can also remedy. [R]

8. Vitamin D

Vitamin D supplements are a good way to help combat the damage done to the immune system. They can help strengthen it as well as target any pains or swelling caused by its poor function. [R]

9. Ginger

Ginger contains gingerols, an anti-inflammatory component that can help with the reduction of muscle aches and improve cardiovascular and gastrointestinal health. [R]

10. Watch Alcohol Intake

When suffering from Lupus, it is important to be careful about your intake of alcohol. In moderate amounts, it is perfectly fine.

However, it can mess with drugs prescribed by the doctor such as naproxen or warfarin. It could render them ineffective, or it could increase the risk of stomach ulcers and bleeding. [R]

When this is combined with the already painful symptoms of lupus disease, it is not hard to see why regulating alcohol intake is important.

11. Avoid Excess Sodium

While too much salt in your diet can have health effects regardless, it is particularly important to limit intake with lupus.

Eating loads of salt raise blood pressure. It also puts a person at risk for heart disease.

When you are diagnosed with lupus, you are already at risk for heart disease due to the heart-based symptoms. Thus, it is best to avoid excess sodium to decrease this risk.

What to Eat?

Organic Bone Broth

One of the superfoods that can help to actually reduce the autoimmune and inflammatory symptoms that come with lupus disease is bone broth.

By incorporating it into your weekly meal schedule, it can help relieve some symptoms of pain and swelling. Eight to sixteen ounces daily is the recommended amount.

Drink Plenty of Pure Water

Staying hydrated is perhaps one of the best ways to take it upon yourself to relieve symptoms naturally.

Your body cannot function properly and attempt to ward off symptoms if it is dehydrated.

For clarity of mind and to ensure a working immune and digestion symptom, being sure to drink lots of water is advised.

Fish High in Omega-3 Fatty Acids

Fish such as salmon or sardines that are high in omega-3 fatty acids are essential when battling lupus symptoms. They can help reduce inflammation in the joints and muscles. [R]

They also have the potential to help lower heart disease and pain caused by heart liner symptoms.

Raw Vegetables

Organic raw vegetables can help promote an alkaline body. This is crucial when attempting to combat the symptoms of SLE. [R]

Inflammation reduction and digestion improvements can be made by incorporating the nutrients of raw vegetables into your daily diet.

Organic Foods on a Whole

Unprocessed whole foods that are high in antibodies and antioxidants are necessary to remedy the symptoms of lupus.

They can help reduce exposure to things that will make symptoms worse such as toxins or synthetic additives. They are also great for digestion in the body.

What to Avoid?

Gluten

If suffering from the lupus disease, taking on a gluten-free diet is highly recommended.

Gluten has the ability to make digestion harder, cause inflammation in the stomach, and cause a potential flare-up of lupus. [R]

This means that when you ingest gluten, the risk of causing more symptoms to arise becomes greater.

With many gluten-free options and alternatives on the market these days, the risk just does not seem worth it.

Added Sugar

An excess of sugar, especially added sugar, in a diet can be a cause for concern in anyone’s health.

When dealing with lupus symptoms, the added sugar has the capacity to cause increased inflammation all over the body.

This makes many of the symptoms — mainly the external ones — worse. It can also serve to increase pain both inside and outside of the body.

An Excess of Caffeine

An excess of caffeine can cause unnecessary stress by worsening anxiety.

It can also serve to increase any preexisting inflammation as well as increasing pain, dehydration, and many sleep-related problems.

When heavy fatigue is one of the worst symptoms of a disease, sleep-related issues are the ones to avoid. [R]

Trans Fats

Trans fats can lead to an increase in inflammation and pain. Thus, it is recommended to cut such foods out of a diet whenever possible.

Saturated Fats

There have been reported cases of people with systemic lupus erythematosus being unable to properly metabolize saturated fats. With such, an avoidance is recommended unless it has been cleared by a health practitioner.

Basil (Ocimum basilicum) Herb Profile

Basil can be used in a variety of creative ways in order to make use of its unique health benefits. With a Latin name of Ocimum basilicum, basil has been in use medicinally for ages.

The herb is said to have great healing power, and it is easy to grow indoors. It is as easy to use as it is to grow. Basil is believed to be one of the most important medicinal herbs.

It is simple to use. An aromatic herb belonging to the mint family, basil adds flavor to a variety of recipes.

The parts used are mainly the leaves and the flowering tops, though the seeds have been popular in Asian cuisine in the past.

Ocimum basilicum itself, when fresh, can be kept for limited amounts of time in the fridge as long as it is in a plastic bag.

To freeze it, blanching in boiling water is first needed. Neither method of preservation would do significant damage to the health benefits.

The most common way to use basil is its fresh leaves at the end of cooking.

Adding it at the last minute is normal. This is because cooking the herb results in a different, more bitter flavor than the known flavor that comes with the raw leaves.

Basil Health Benefits

Since Ocimum basilicum is one of the most important medicinal herbs, it has numerous benefits.

These benefits extend into various areas of your health. The following are some of the benefits of using basil. [R] 

1. Great for Brain Function

With relevant problems such as cognitive decline affecting millions, especially the elderly, having an option to counter it is a definite help.

Studies have shown that by incorporating this herb into your daily diet, your brain function will increase. Preventing cognitive decline and degradation is one of the helpful side effects of the basil herb. [R]

It is such an easy herb to add to any meal, that it can easily take the place of its pharmaceutical equivalents. The healing properties contained inside of basil are what help it give a person the necessary preventative measures.

Mental reflexes are particularly important when it comes to eating certain foods to balance them.

Manganese, which is present in fair amounts in basil leaves, increases the capacity of sending electronic transmitter activity from the body to the brain.

The minerals such as manganese are what promote good mental reflexes. In addition, elements such as copper, which are found in the herb, can have great effects.

Copper, in the quantities found in basil leaves, help to stimulate the mind. It is said that your diet is just as important as performing mental exercises.

Adding basil to your daily diet, which is possible due to its versatility, greatly enhances the functionality of the brain.

Another element found in the basil herb is Glycosylceramides metabolism. This has a direct link to the reflexes that the brain needs to function properly.

These Glycosylceramides can actually serve to act as a sort of preventative measure—a protective shield—that surrounds the brain.

This means that not only will the minerals and nutrients inside of Ocimum basilicum actually prevent the effects of mental deterioration, but it has things set in place that will help protect the mind from anything already hurting it.

2. Natural Aphrodisiac

The aroma alone of basil has shown to be enough to increase both libido and arousal. This is due to the immediate increase in blood flow, energy levels, and the reduction of inflammation. [R]

3. Protects Against Diabetes Development

Basil reduces blood glucose level and inflammation which protects against the development of diabetes. Diabetes patients are at a higher risk of developing high cholesterol and triglyceride levels.

Basil oil can lower these levels which present a more ideal situation for diabetics and those with other metabolic issues. [R] 

4. Aids Metabolism

The large quantity of Manganese found in basil helps the body release the enzymes it needs to benefit the metabolization of amino acids and carbohydrates.

This Manganese also helps the body to metabolize any of the vitamins that are related to glucose. [R]

5. Improves Digestion

Ocimum basilicum improves digestion by balancing acid and restoring the body’s normal PH level.

Healthy bacteria in the gut can be maintained by basil while harmful bacteria are decreased. Bloating, water retention, cramping, and acid reflux are reduced.

Basil also rids the body of harmful stomach worms and parasites. [R]

6. Regulates Blood Sugar

Balancing the glucose level is key to better health. Basil can help you achieve that goal.

Using basil as a seasoning for your food, drinking the tea, or using the oil in your water can regulate your blood sugar levels. [R]

7. Relieves Headaches

Since basil has analgesic and muscle relaxing properties, it can relieve a tension headache. [R]

A tablespoon of dried basil leaves, a handful of fresh leaves, or oil put in three cups of boiling water can bring quick relief. You can also massage a few drops of essential oil into your temples. 

8. Antioxidants that Help Fight Disease

One of the herb’s greatest feats is its ability to harness its antioxidants and fight off disease in the human body. [R]

At the same time that the minerals within it protect a person’s DNA structure and cells, it can actually help fight most of the free radical damage. This is due to the two flavonoid antioxidants held by the herb.

Orientin and vicinage, both water-soluble, serve to help prevent any harm directed to the white blood cells of the body. The white blood cells are key for preventing illnesses through the immune system.

The antioxidants help protect the body from sickness, as well as maintaining the cellular structures containing DNA.

Chromosomes are not altered by the antioxidant properties in basil which is important for the prevention of cancer. Toxins in food, radiation, and pollution can cause oxidative stress. Basil alleviates these problems. [R]

9. Thwarts the Growth of Cancerous Cells

Many of the aforementioned antioxidants that can be found in basil serve to keep any of the body’s chromosomes from being altered by outside forces.

It is these alterations that promote cell mutations that ultimately result in an increase of cancerous cells.

Repetitive mutations are what cause cancer, and so basil can prevent any of the oxidative stress that occurs within the cells in each bodily system.

This means that the toxins found in the body will be flushed out by the antioxidants in this herb, and cancerous cells can be slowed down. [R]

10. Antimicrobial

Basil contains microbial properties that effectively fight viruses. This will give you added protection against yeast and mold along with protection from skin infections and candida.

Basil essential oils protect you from what is viral as well as bacterial. [R][R] 

11. Anti-Aging

It can also slow the effects of aging through its capacity of fighting off oxidative stress. It is the free radical damage to the skin that can make a person feel and look older.

The antioxidants found in basil help combat this and act as a sort of preventative measure.

12. Maintains Bone Health

Women tend to lose bone density as they age which leads to osteoporosis leading to bone injuries and other physical conditions.

Basil is a great source of Vitamin K, which helps absorb the calcium needed to maintain bone health. [R] 

13. Anti-inflammatory

Due to its excessive amounts of essential oils, basil is great for combatting inflammation.

Eugenol, Linalool, and citronellol are all essential oils that inhibit enzymes while helping to stop the spread of inflammation that is the cause of diseases like rheumatoid arthritis. [R]

They also have the capacity to target swelling directly and can help soothe it.

14. Antibacterial

Basil provides protection against harmful bacteria. Studies have shown that its extract inhibits the resistant strains of bacteria.

In a case study, the oil was used against a strain of E-coli. Basil was effective against this strain of bacteria. [R]

15. Helps to Combat Stress

The basil herb is known to contain certain compounds, including adaptogens. It is these compounds that serve to help the physical and emotional stress on the body lessen. [R]

Balance is a large part of what these adaptogens found in basil leaves serve to keep. This balanced functionality is meant to be kept even during the most stressful of situations, such as test-taking or a doctor’s appointment.

Hormone levels balance themselves out through the aid of the adaptogens, and so basil is a great herb to help fight any physical or mental stress.

16. Manages Arthritis

Basil contains beta-caryophyllene which are anti-inflammatory chemicals that soothe burning sensations in the joints. Effective pain management for inflammatory issues is possible with this herb. [R]

17. Manages Epilepsy

The extract from basil has been known to reduce brain spasmodic activity. Eugenol in basil leaves benefits the nervous system. Both factors lead to the effective management of epilepsy.

18. Post Menstrual Syndrome

Many women experience painful periods. Cramps, depression, and fatigue can seem merciless at times.

Basil contains manganese that relieves the symptoms of post menstrual syndrome by balancing the hormones, thereby, relieving stress and fatigue. [R]

19. Healthy Eyes

Basil contains beta-carotene, an essential compound that prevents muscle deterioration. It also contains Vitamin A and Ascorbic Acid which is said to cure dry eye and Stargardt’s Disease.  [R]

20. Fights Depression

By positively impacting the brain function in the adrenal cortex, depression is directly targeted. This means that the compounds within the basil help to fight off depression.

21. Supports Liver Function

When the liver is not functioning properly, a great amount of toxins builds up in the body.

The production of detoxifying enzymes caused by the nutrients in basil promotes a reduction of fat buildup in the liver, meaning that there would be less risk for disease.

Detoxifying enzymes help the liver to do its job properly, keeping it healthy. [R]

22. Cardiovascular Health

The anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties in basil relax the muscles that control blood vessel function to contract and relax. Healthy blood pressure is promoted. Inflammation that causes heart disease is reduced.

Basil prevents dangerous platelet aggregation which is the clumping together of blood platelets that could form a clot. When a clot forms in the arteries, cardiac arrest is the most likely result.

23. Eases Congestion

Breathing in steam has been a proven way to reduce congestion. Adding this potent herb to the steaming water can enhance the effects of decongestion.

Basil has natural antihistamine and analgesic properties that will have you feeling better quickly.

24. Lowers Blood Pressure

Many people have high blood pressure due to poor diet and lack of exercise. Basil has been proven to lower blood pressure for a brief period. [R]

You can drink basil tea, or add a few drops of the oil to your water.

25. Source of Energy

Copper can be found in basil. Because copper is a vital producer of adenosine triphosphate, the effects of exhaustion and fatigue are eliminated.

Using the herb in smoothies is said to be a great way to maintain high energy levels. 

How to Use

A variety of ways to use basil are available. It can be used to season food, or, it can be used as a health supplement. The following are ways you can use basil.

1. Herbal Tea Infusion

The best way to make basil tea is either from the dried herb or from the leaf. To prepare it from the dried herb, the task is essentially just to pick what to put with the basil into a teabag. Little to no preparation is required.

To make a tea from fresh leaves, which may allow for more minerals than the pre-dried alternative, the process is simple. First, the basil leaves should be selected to find the freshest ones possible.

The plant and cuttings should be kept at room temperature, with the stems and roots evenly moist for storage. Storing fresh flowers should be the mindset when thinking about basil leaves.

Basically, the desire is to cut the leaves as finely as possible, for the flavor and nutrients to draw out quickly. Snipping them with scissors away from the plant is a good idea.

The typical ratio for a pot of tea would be 2 tablespoons of chopped basil for every 1 cup of boiling water.

The chopped basil should be put at the bottom of the teapot with the boiling water being slowly poured over it. The liquid should be covered with a lid.

For the most efficient vitamin, mineral, and taste output, a steeping time of 7-10 minutes is generally recommended. These pieces can be a great combination when used with lemon zest, turmeric, or marshmallow root.

The health benefits in these other three components balance out perfectly with the ones not found in basil. They also complement the taste.

2. Basil Essential Oil

Your own essential oil can be made from a homegrown plant in which you can reap many health benefits.

Basil leaves can be infused into a carrier oil such as olive or jojoba for three to six weeks.

Once the essential oil is ready for use, you can apply to the oil to insect bites, rub into sore muscles, or give a massage.

3. Herbal Butter

Like other herbs, basil can be used in butter as a delicious addition to your grilled meats, bread, potatoes, or pasta. Making your own organic butter can cut the cost in your food budget.

Combine garlic and some basil leaves in a good processor. Pulse until finely chopped.

Add in some lemon juice and a little salt. Place some butter into the mixture and process until smooth.

4. Vinegar or Oil Infusions

By creating a vinegar or oil infusion, the herb can be used well for its nutrients. To the fullest extent, its health benefits will be drawn out of the herb.

A vinegar or oil infusion is one of the easiest and most efficient ways to store excess leaves. The creation of a basil vinegar can be done without any fancy equipment.

It also has been known to help with the ability to incorporate the power food into any meal.

Basil vinegar can be used in recipes requiring the use of vinegar. The oil can be used for a variety of recipes including vegetables and bread.

5. Salad and Sandwiches

Basil’s leafy nature as an ingredient makes it a perfect addition to any salad. From a basil salad to an additive in a Caesar or Greek salad, the leaf is versatile.

The numerous health benefits contained within the basil leaf — including a variety of minerals — make it healthy. It is a light, fresh, and tasty leaf, which makes it essential to the fridge of a health guru.

The fresh leaves are wonderful chopped up with lettuce, tomatoes, cucumbers, and other salad ingredients. It can also be added to any cheeses that you plan to use with your salads.

Sandwiches can also have the added flavor of basil. The herb can be used on pita bread, flatbread, and wraps. Adding some basil to your sandwich meats is not a bad idea either.

6. Desserts and Drinks

Basil’s peppery flavor can work in sweet dishes. Strawberry basil shortcakes, basil ice cream, or basil sorbet are a few dishes you can use. Two other recipes you can use are strawberry galette and mint basil syrup.

A different flavor can be added to your cocktails with basil. Strawberry and basil margarita, basil and lime vodka cooler, and cucumber and basil vodka are just a few of the drinks you can prepare with this herb. 

7. As an Added Spice

Perhaps one of its most famous uses, basil is the perfect natural additive to replace a fattening spice component.

For ages, it has been used with pesto sauce to create the unique and scrumptious taste that is pasta with pesto sauce.

Ocimum basilicum as an herb can be added to a variety of different meals — from sauces to dips to omelets — to help add a touch of flavor.

Basil is usually added at the very end of the cooking sequence. This is because of the way that it loses some of its flavor potency as soon as it gets cooked too long or heated up.

Adding this spice to every-day recipes such as game-day snacks is one of the best ways to ensure that you get your daily dose of nutrients.

The mineral, vitamin, and electrolyte content make it a superfood. Even ingesting it in such small portions as a spice in a lunch or supper dish means that your health benefit intake will be increased.

It is one way to be sure that you are gaining your necessary nutrients naturally, without the need for medicinal supplements.

8. To Flavor Carbs

Another great and known way to get your daily dose of basil is to cook it into your foods such as bread or pasta. Not to use it as a spice or topping or garnish, but to bake it into your meal.

While it is true that some of the potency of the flavor may be cooked out, that is not usually too much of a problem.

When cooked, Ocimum basilicum tends to grow a slightly more bitter taste. This complements perfectly the soft and sweet taste of the bread or pasta and actually reverts most of the taste to normal.

Any lost nutrients are sucked up by the ingredients in the carbohydrate formula, meaning that an extra kick of nutrients is granted.

This is an easy way to get children to eat the leafy vegetable. It also allows them to get the minerals, vitamins, and natural chemical compounds that go along with it.

9. Dressings and Marinades

Fresh basil can be added to salad dressings or marinade sauces for extra flavor.

Available in most supermarkets, fresh basil makes a tasty addition to your salad dressings, especially if you are tired of the same dressings or sauces.

10. Natural Body Deodorizer

Toxic chemicals are in many deodorants that you purchase in various stores. If you are looking for a more natural alternative to avoiding displeasing body odor, basil oil can be used as a deodorizer.

11. Added to Bath

Basil oil or leaves can be added to your bath. Relieving anxiety is one of the benefits that come from using the herb. A nice relaxing bath will be just what you need.

Adding Epsom or Himalayan Pink Salt to the bath is a great idea. The antiseptic properties of Ocimum basilicum will keep your skin free from acne and other infections.

Side Effects/ Caution

Like any other herb, precautions should be taken concerning the use of basil. Certain medications could cause interactions with basil, and some people might have allergies to basil.

The following are some precautions you should take.

1. Prolonged Use May Increase Risk of Liver Cancer

Basil is a relatively safe herb as far as most go. It is safe when ingested, as food or as medicine, unless the medicine is used over extended periods of time.

The herb contains estragole, which means that prolonged use in medicinal forms may increase the risk of liver cancer. [R]

2. Pregnant Women/Breastfeeding Mothers/Children

Basil is most likely safe in food amounts for pregnant women, breastfeeding mothers, and children. Larger medicinal amounts could be unsafe.

Ocimum basilicum has been known to cause liver cancer in mice because it has a chemical compound called estragole.

3. Bleeding Disorders and Surgery

The extracts and oils can slow blood clotting and increase bleeding. People with bleeding disorders should not use basil.

If you have a scheduled surgery, you should stop taking basil at least two weeks before your procedure. Inform your doctor that you are taking basil if you are having surgery.

4. Low Blood Pressure

The extracts from the basil plant have the capacity to lower blood pressure. [R]

It would be wise for those with low blood pressure to be careful when ingesting copious amounts of basil, especially when combined with other foods.

As always, large amounts of any one food item has the capacity to do damage. However, this herb is generally safe when ingested in moderate and sparing amounts.

5. Drug Interaction

Some evidence exists that indicates drug interactions with basil. People who take medication for diabetes, high blood pressure, or cholesterol should avoid using basil. 

Where to Buy?

Basil, for the most part, can be found year-round in any supermarket or grocery store. It can be found either in its leaf form, in pre-made tea packages, in its dried bits form, or its ground herb form.

Even with its seasonal sprouting, there is almost always an abundance of the product, making its addition to a daily diet easy.

If you wish to order online, Amazon and The Growers Exchange have the dried herb, supplements, and tea available.

Oregano (Origanum vulgare) Herb Profile

Oregano or oreganos as some call it, is a perennial herb that has many benefits. The plant is approximately 50 cm tall, and its purple leaves are 2 to 3 cm long. Its scientific name is Origanum vulgare.

For thousands of years, oregano has been proven valuable in both medicinal treatment and culinary use.

It is native to the Mediterranean area, and it is closely related to mint. Its genus is in the same family as mentha.

The part of the plant that is used most is the leaves. Oregano is unusual because it has a better flavor and aroma when it is dried rather than when the leaves are fresh.

Its unique and pleasant smell is from carvacrol, ocimene, pinene, limonene, caryophyllene, and thymol.

Throughout the years, oregano has developed a popular following. From Australia to Egypt, it serves as an effective treatment for many ailments as it contains antibacterial and antioxidant properties.

Origanum vulgare has many potent ingredients which have been deeply studied. Since it is so potent, it must always be diluted.

This herb is used to flavor many foods such as pizza, vegetables, soups, salads, pasta, and sauces.

Oregano Health Benefits

Listed below are a variety of health benefits that come from oregano.

1. Antibacterial Properties

Due to thymol and carvacrol, Origanum vulgare compounds can defend the immune system against harmful bacteria. Some of the bacteria include that which affects the gut, the skin, and other areas of the body.

Since oregano is a slightly stimulating agent, it can increase white blood cell production and speed up the metabolism. This results in a more rapid recovery from various illnesses. [R]

The essential oils contained in Origanum vulgare are effective against 41 strains of Listeria monocytogenes, a known food pathogen.

Some medical teams have reported oregano as a possible source of protection against MRSA, the hospital superbug. [R]

2. Improves Immunity

Rosmarinic acid and thymol, components of oregano, have powerful antioxidant properties. Oxidative stress can be reduced in the body by using this herb.

Free radicals are destructive products that come from cellular metabolism that can cause cancer and chronic illnesses. Using oregano with your meals can keep your body safe from these dangers. [R]

Oregano has been used to treat headaches, sore throat, allergies, sinus infections, and colds. These irritating symptoms can lead to other serious illnesses.

Using this herb can keep you well which prevents you from having to make numerous doctor visits and take synthetic medications.

3. Heart Health Improvement

Origanum vulgare is a natural form of omega-3 fatty acids. These acids rebalance cholesterol levels and reduce cardiovascular system inflammation which will prevent heart attacks and strokes.

Adding oregano to your diet or using it as an essential oil can protect and maintain heart health. [R]

4. Digestion Aid

Packed with fiber, oregano can have a positive impact on your digestive system. Fiber in your diet is vital to a healthy digestive system.

Peristaltic motion is stimulated by fiber, and gut health is increased and maintain causing the food you eat to give you more benefits. [R]

Protecting against intestinal parasites and bloating, your digestive health is further boosted with the use of oregano with its fiber qualities.

Diarrhea and constipation are prevented which balances the digestive system.

In addition to these benefits, oregano is a preventative treatment for stomach flu since it contains properties that boost your immunity. [R]

5. Improves Bone Health

Manganese, iron, and calcium are needed in our bodies, and as we get older, we tend to lose certain levels of these minerals. The negative result of this is that our bones can become weaker.

Oregano has significant amounts of manganese, iron, and calcium. Having it in our diet can prevent osteoporosis which is one of the effects of losing minerals as you age. [R]

6. Rids the Body of Toxins

In addition to being rich in manganese, iron, and calcium, oregano is rich in Vitamin K. These vitamins and minerals are essential to detoxifying the body.

Origanum vulgare enhances liver function and speeds up the process of eliminating toxins. One teaspoon can give you up to 8% of the Vitamin K you need in one day. [R]

7. Protection from Cancer

Medical research has suggested that oregano demonstrates anti-cancer activity. Some scientists have stated that the Origanum majorana can slow and prevent the progression of breast cancer.

Indian physicians found oregano to be effective against colorectal cancer. Other cancers that oregano has been effective against are leukemia and brain cancer. [R][R]

The herb has been proven to have anti-mutagenic effects. Genetic material is altered through a mutagen, such as DNA, which leads to cancer.

Oregano suppresses the mutagens. Carvacrol, which is in oregano, is said to help protect delicate tissue, such as kidney tissue, from toxicity. [R]

8. Manage Type 2 Diabetes

Origanum vulgare contains compounds that can help manage type 2 diabetes. Some studies have indicated that the management of type 2 diabetes through oregano has been as effective as medication.

Experts have claimed that oregano safely lowers the blood sugar. [R]

9. Relief from Menstrual Cramps

Women can experience menstrual cramps in the legs, back, and stomach. Because oregano has pain-relieving properties, it can relieve menstrual cramps.

Some health experts recommend chewing the leaves when experiencing cramps. Oregano has been said to relieve menopausal symptoms and prevent the early onset of menopause.

10. Helps with Acne

Oregano is helpful with acne and other skin ailments because of its antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties.

Experts recommend that you dilute the oil before use since the phenol content can cause issues for sensitive skin.

One teaspoon of aloe vera gel along with 2 to 3 drops of oregano should be combined and applied to problem areas with a cotton ball. Avoid areas where the skin is broken. [R]

11. Oral Health

Bacteria, bad breath, plaque, toothaches, and even periodontal disease can be alleviated through oregano. One drop of oregano should be added to your toothpaste.

Another option is to combine 1 to 2 drops of oregano with 1 tablespoon of coconut oil, then, swish the contents in your mouth.

How to Use

There are numerous ways to prepare oregano for use to take advantage of the variety of health benefits it offers.

Oregano can be applied to various areas of the body to treat certain types of infection. It can also be mixed with water and coconut oil to be used as a natural antibiotic.

For sinus infections, it can be diluted in water to drink. Origanum vulgare can be used as a spice and applied to various foods and eaten.

The following are some detailed preparations and uses for this medicinal herb.

1. Barbecued and Grilled Meats

Fresh or dried oregano can be applied directly to meats as they are being grilled or barbecued. Animal proteins can produce free radicals as they are being cooked.

Not only will oregano buffer these negative effects, but it will also improve the flavor of the meat.

When using oregano with meats, it is important to understand the difference between fresh and dried. The type of oregano you use on your meats will depend upon the flavor you prefer.

The flavor of most herbs intensifies as they are dried. When using oregano, the flavor is more bitter when it is dry.

The fresh leaves have a less bitter flavor. If you use too much of the dried oregano, you could have a bitter flavor when eating your grilled meats.

Keep in mind that other herbs or spices that you add can make flavor alterations as well.

2. Salads

Both fresh and dried can be used in various salads. It is recommended that salt and pepper be put with one teaspoon of dried oregano in some salads.

Dried oregano works well with tomatoes and various types of cheeses along with olive oil.

If fresh oregano is being used in a salad, it is recommended that plenty of green vegetables be used as well as salt and pepper.

Olives and olive oil work well with fresh oregano too. If you love meat in your salad, grilled chicken will taste great with the fresh herb.

3. Soups, Stews, and Bone Broths

Dried or fresh oregano can be used in soups, stews, and bone broth. Most herbs should be added at the beginning of the cooking process, but the fresh herb should be added toward the end.

Adding it at this point will prevent the leaves from being overly cooked. Dried oregano can be added earlier in during the process.

4. Essential Oil for Ear, Nose and Throat Infections

When using oregano essential oil in water, place 1 to 3 small drops in your water.

Drinking the right amount of the essential oil in our water can serve as prevention or therapy for respiratory infections and sore throats.

If you are using the essential oil for ear infections, place 1 to 3 drops in your hand and rub it around the outer region of the ear.

5. Essential Oil for Oral Health

When using oregano essential oil to maintain or improve oral health, place 1 to 2 drops of the oil along with a one-half teaspoon of coconut oil in your mouth. Rinse for several minutes before spitting.

Using the essential oil in this manner will decrease the likelihood of cavities and gingivitis. If you already have oral health issues, the use of the oil can improve your condition.

6. Household Cleaner

Many people are concerned about the use of chemical cleaners in their homes. The health of some people has been put at risk due to exposure to chemicals in household cleaner.

You will be relieved to know that oreganos essential oil can be safely combined with water and white vinegar, or, water and hydrogen peroxide to be used for cleaning.

7. Burns, Wounds, Acne, and Warts

For a disinfectant and first aid treatment for burns and wounds, apply a drop of oregano oil with coconut oil, or another carrier oil to the affected area.

Acne and warts can be treated by dipping a Q-tip in oregano oil and applying the Q-tip directly to the acne or warts.

Applying the oil in this manner will reduce both bacteria and inflammation.

8. Hand and Laundry Sanitizer

Many people prefer a more natural method of hand sanitation. Often, good bacteria will be removed with some hand sanitizers.

Ten drops of oregano oil combined with two tablespoons of coconut oil will provide a natural sanitizer for you to rub on your hands.

Adding a few drops of the oil to your clothes while they are in the process of being washed will provide a pleasing aroma to your clothes.

Caution/Side Effects

Since oregano is extremely potent, it is important to be aware of the necessary precautions you should take before use.

1. Allergies/Pregnancy/Breastfeeding

People who are allergic to plants in the Lamiaceae family should not use oregano. A mild to severe reaction could result.

Women who are pregnant or breastfeeding should consult a physician before using. Insufficient research is available concerning pregnant and breastfeeding women and the use of Origanum vulgare. [R]

2. Surgery and Bleeding Disorders

If you are facing any type of surgery, or, you have a bleeding disorder, use oreganos cautiously. Bleeding can be increased in these cases.

If you plan on having surgery, this herb should not be used at least two weeks before your procedure.

Inform your doctor that you have been using oreganos to avoid any complications.

3. Drug Interactions

Lithium has been known to interact with this herb. Sometimes, the herb can have the same effects as a diuretic.

The way your body rids itself of lithium can be hindered with the use of oregano resulting in serious side effects.

If you take lithium, it is highly recommended that you consult a physician before using it. It is possible that your lithium dose might need to be changed.

Where to Buy

Oregano in its various forms is not difficult to find. Most supermarkets and health food stores have both fresh and dried forms. The essential oil can be purchased in health food stores as well.

Online stores such as Amazon and Puritan’s Pride carry oregano in dry form and essential oil.

9 Ear Infection Remedies That Work

Ear infection remedies is one of the most common search terms these days. An ear infection is more often than not caused by either a virus or a bacterial infection. Either of those two things will affect the middle ear, which is the spot directly behind the eardrum.

The middle ear contains the majority of the tiny bones of the ear. This makes it a painful and irritating place for an infection of the sort.

While ear infections can be found in adults, children are more likely to experience one. Small children, in particular, are especially prone to ear infections.

Ear infections can occur at any section of the ear — the inner, outer, or middle.

With such, it is important to note that middle ear infections are the most common, and are generally what people and doctors mean when they say “ear infection.”

What Causes an Ear Infection?

The buildup of fluids in this middle ear is the reason for the pain. The fluids cause inflammation, which brings about a sharp feeling of pain in the middle ear. This can be hard for a young child to cope with.

Managing the pain and soothing the symptoms are usually the only way to treat an ear infection. This is because they usually go away and heal on their own — despite how long it might seem.

A strong immune system can, for the most part, fight off the infection.

Ear Infection Symptoms

An ear infection usually feels like it is inside your ear, right at the eardrum; however, it is directly behind the eardrum. It can vary from a sharp pain to a dull throb and will often cause surrounding areas pain.

These areas include the sinuses, head, eye, and throat. Usually, these are all on one side of the face. This is due to, as will be mentioned, nerve problems due to the inflammation of the ear.

In most cases, as soon as the infection sets in, the symptoms hit immediately. If left untreated, the infection should eventually go away on its own, it will just be a time filled with discomfort.

If symptoms persist for more than a few days, seeing a doctor is the recommended course of action rather than sticking to at-home ear infection remedies.

1. Ear Pain

Perhaps the most obvious symptom that comes with an ear infection is pain. This is particularly hard for children. The pain generally worsens when lying down, so they may find it difficult to sleep it off.

It is recommended to prop them up on some pillows so that they are not lying flat. The pain should then lessen and allow them to get some relief through sleep.

While it is the most common symptom, it is not one that should be overlooked.

As previously stated, if ear pains persist for more than a few days, a doctor or health care practitioner should be consulted.

2. Difficulty Sleeping

As previously mentioned, the sufferer will likely experience increased ear pain when lying in a horizontal position. This makes it very difficult for a person to get the rest they need so that their immune system can fight off the infection.

Often, the patient will experience a loud beat as their ear throbs. The pain may also become sharper than normal. Lying at a minimum of a 40-degree angle is thus recommended.

3. A Decrease in Hearing Ability

As is a natural progression from the pain, the sufferer may experience a temporary and slight loss of hearing in the affected ear. An earache from where the pain is stemming from often feels like the ear is vibrating.

This can have an effect on outside noises entering the ear. In addition, the way in which the infection starts can also be a sign of a potential decrease in hearing ability.

The inflammation can act as a buffer between the ear and the outside world. This would mean that any sound waves entering into the middle ear could be changed.

The buildup of fluids inside the ear cavity could also be the reason for the, once again, temporary hearing deficiency. [R]

4. Fever

The ear infection, just like any other infection, has the capacity to cause a fever. This means an internal body temperature of 38°C (100°F) or higher.

This symptom is significantly more common in children than it would be in adults. This is due to the weakened state of the child in comparison to a fully grown adult.

Fevers from earaches should be fought in a regular way. This includes breaking it with sweat or taking usual fever remedies.

5. Loss of Balance

Especially prevalent in children, a loss of balance could be seen as a result of the ear infection. The pain could be causing this. It can be disorienting, especially when the infection is only on one side of the head.

The thumping sound residing in the ear may be a cause. The disorientation could also be as a result of the slight loss of hearing.

This would be disorienting for anyone, let alone a child who falls over at the best of times.

6. Acting More Irritable than Usual

This symptom is mostly seen in young children who are inexperienced with pain and find themselves unable to cope.

While an ear infection is more often than not harmless, it can be hard for a child to deal with. They may cry and scream and be more irritable than usual. Patience is advised since their ear is in pain.

Lying down for a nap is often hard and should not be enforced unless using the propped-up position described earlier. Horizontal lying causes even more pain, and so it is not always the child’s fault when they are being moody.

The child will eventually return to normal as the infection goes away and the internal and painful swelling goes down.

How to Treat Ear Infection Naturally

If a high and prolonged fever occurs, a doctor is always the best course of action. However, some antibiotics and meds such as Tylenol could actually serve to prolong the healing process.

It is for this reason that natural ear pain remedies are a good idea to look into, especially in irritated children.

1. Breastfeed Children Through Infancy

Except in cases where it can’t be helped, babies should be breastfed for at least 6 months after birth.

Breast milk is the most effective among ear pain remedies for babies as it will give them the antibodies they need to be able to properly fight off infections (e.g. ear, respiratory, and gastrointestinal). [R]

Breastfeeding helps to get a baby’s digestive system working smoothly and provides him his first — and easiest — immunization.

Infants who are not breastfed are starved of the right nutritional requirements and are much more likely to get sick. [R]

2. Neem Oil

While there are many ear infection remedies, neem Oil can help reduce inflammation, relieve pain, and kill the bacteria that cause most types of earaches. [R]

Q-tips are no longer recommend as being safe to be put inside your ear. Hence, wrap a piece of tissue around a matchstick (or similar), dip it in the neem oil and wiggle it inside your ear.

The healing process should start from there on.

3. Ice Pack

Another common one among ear pain remedies, holding an ice pack up to the ear may work to relieve the symptoms. It does so by numbing the pain and speeding up the healing process by reducing inflammation.

The cold, placed close to the infection, can also help combat the swelling.

4. Crushed Raw Garlic

Recent studies by Washington State University have shown the garlic can actually work 100 times better than popular antibiotics or commercial ear infection remedies. This is at fighting infection and speeding up the healing process. [R]

Killing bacterial strains is one of garlic’s main properties, and so ingesting raw garlic is one of the best ways to fight an ear infection.

Note that a whole clove must be chopped or crushed in order to combine alliin and alliinase to form allicin. Allicin has the healing properties associated with garlic. [R]

5. Massage with Essential Oils

Essential oils are considered ear infection remedies becuase they can be massaged to promote drainage in the ear as well as to help improve circulation in the blood vessels.

It is recommended to massage your oil of choice (thyme, peppermint, rosemary, oregano, etc.) around the ear and surrounding areas such as the neck and face.

Facilitating circulation in the blood flow could help speed up the healing process. Proper drainage of the fluids could result in temporary pain relief.

6. Elderberry Syrup or Tea

A study by the US National Library of Medicine shows that Elderberry syrup or tea could help with the treatment of ear infections. [R]

Elderberry has components that combat infections. It could also help in the prevention of inflammation, and is a great way to naturally care for the immune system.

7. Warmth

In contrast to cold, warmth can also work to relieve some of the symptoms of an ear infection; thus, finding its place on the list of ear infection remedies.

It loosens up fluids and can help improve circulation in the ear. Either through a hot water pack or a sack of rice that has been cooked, applying heat to the ear may be beneficial.

If using a rice sack, the outside should be either wool or cotton to be more effective. Filling the sack with sea salt would be just as effective.

Placing the heated item on the ear that has been affected will help to relieve the pain.

8. Tea Tree Oil

Health professionals recognize tea tree oil as a suitable natural antibacterial. Warm 1-2 drops of tea tree oil and combine with a carrier oil such as warmed olive oil.

By applying this mixture into the ear and letting it sit for about 5 minutes, it could help fight an ear infection. [R] Repeat 1-2 times per day for three days.

9. Basil Leaf Juice

Do not put this inside the ear. By crushing basil leaves and extracting their juice, the herb can be beneficial in fighting an ear infection.

Applying it around the outside of the ear could help combat inflammation and swelling found in the ear.

What to Eat?

Bananas

The magnesium content found in bananas is high enough to make a significant difference in the health of a person’s ears. The function of the magnesium in the ears is to expand the blood vessels. [R]

This expansion can be good for hearing and preventing hearing loss. What happens is that these expanded blood vessels promote better circulation.

With better circulation comes better hearing and overall ear health.

Fish

There are numerous health properties found in fish that can have a positive effect on the ears. Trout, salmon, and tuna are all examples of fish with health benefits such as omega-3.

The fatty acid of omega-3 can help with prevention against hearing loss. Studies have found that diets with regular omega-3 intake keep better hearing for longer.

The vitamin D also found in fish can help strengthen the bones in your ear, preventing hearing loss. It can also be a blockage against infection.

Dark Chocolate or Cocoa

The mineral zinc found in extremely dark chocolate is known to aid in a boost of the immune system. [R] In this way, it can help prevent an infection, especially one in the ear, where zinc tends to target.

Strawberries

The content of vitamin C found in organic strawberries is the perfect amount to help combat ear infections. It is often recommended by health practitioners to children when trying to overcome an earache.

Raspberries

Raspberries pass as natural ear infection remedies as they contain generous amounts of fiber, potassium, manganese, and folate. These are all known to work together in order to help the immune system fight or prevent infection.

What to Avoid?

Oily Foods

It is never a good idea to eat oily foods when dealing with an ear infection. The oils will cause ear wax to grow and build up.

This prevents aeration and could potentially cause swelling to grow. It is best to stick to fresh, healthy foods with lots of minerals to help lower the risk of pain.

High Salt Content

With an ear infection, it is best to avoid foods with high salt content. This is due to the way in which the salt affects the body.

High salt contents may result in a buildup of pressure where the fluids are stored in the inner ear. This pressure has been known to fluctuate, thus increasing symptoms of the ear infection.

Added Sugars

Sugary foods such as sweets or soft drinks may also have an adverse effect on the buildup of fluids inside the ear.

They may improve the balance of these fluids caused by the ear infection, increasing the length of time before the infection can heal.

Naturally sweet foods such as organic fruits or vegetables can provide the same sugary taste with less risk. They also can provide the nutrients needed to naturally combat the infection through a boost in the immune system.

Nuts

Nuts with a higher fat content have the ability to worsen an ear infection. This is not the case for everyone, but if eating nuts make your symptoms worse than this could be why. They may also trigger migraines.

Tyramine

Foods with a high quantity of Tyramine such as cheese and sausage can have an impact. They may also trigger migraines or worsen the ear infection.

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