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Nourish Your Skin with Coconut OilBy Derrick Gray on Aug 22, 2013

Nourish Your Skin with Coconut Oil Coconut oil provides a simple way to moisturize and nourish your skin, protecting from both the weather and unfriendly microbes. It can also help to support your skin as it works to repair the damage it may have experienced over the summer months. Coconut Oil is a Great Natural Moisturizer Coconut oil’s role as a powerful moisturizer isn’t just hearsay – it’s been proven by a number of studies. One such trial, conducted by scientists at Makati Medical Center in the Philippines and published in the journal Dermatitis, looked at the ability of coconut oil to ease a common skin condition called xerosis, which is characterized by dry, rough, scaly and itchy skin. The complaint can be treated with moisturizers and researchers found that coconut oil produced a significant improvement in hydration and lipid levels in patients with mild to moderate symptoms. They described coconut oil as both “effective and safe” when used as a moisturizer for this condition. Another study, published in the same journal in 2008, found that virgin coconut oil can help to reduce the severity of atopic dermatitis, a common type of eczema that causes dry, itchy and inflamed skin. People with atopic dermatitis are prone to infections such as Staphylococcus aureus, but the researchers found that virgin coconut oil helped to combat these infections. Several studies have demonstrated the anti bacterial and antic fungal effects of coconut oil. How Does Coconut Oil Improve Skin Condition? As well as hydrating the skin and preventing unwanted dryness, coconut oil helps to make your skin feel softer. And despite being an oil, you needn’t be worried about greasiness as coconut oil will not make your skin oily. This natural oil works to improve the condition of your skin in a number of […]

Vitamin CBy Derrick Gray on Apr 23, 2013

Vitamin C Remember when you were little and your mum would shovel vitamin C down you at the first hint of a cold? Well, her concern for your health wasn’t unfounded. Vitamin C is an essential nutrient in humans, and without it we’d be in big trouble since we need it to help build connective tissues, capillaries, tendons and bone. Smokers need extra vitamin C because the chemicals in tobacco smoke damages blood vessels- another good reason to stop smoking! The History of Vitamin C The most serious consequence of a vitamin C deficiency is scurvy, which you may associate with sailors in the olden days and its symptoms include: bleeding gums, joint pain, extreme fatigue, and red spots appearing on the skin. Nasty. But why were sailors prone to getting scurvy? The reason is diet. The body can’t make vitamin C so we have to get it from the food we eat. Pre 18th century, before canned and tinned food was available, sailors who were at sea for long periods of time didn’t have access to fruit and vegetables so developed vitamin C deficiencies. The famous Portuguese explorer and navigator, Vasco de Gama, lost half of his ship’s crew to scurvy, and it wasn’t until 1753 when James Lind set up an experiment to try and treat scurvy, giving suffers lemons and limes to eat which eased the symptoms, was scurvy connected to a vitamin C deficiency. Dr. Linus Pauling Ph. D won the Nobel peace prize in Chemistry in 1954 for his research into vitamin C- identifying it as a vital vitamin essential to human health and development. Avoid Vitamin C Deficiency by Eating Lots of Fruit and Veg Although scurvy is a rare disease nowadays, certain groups of people are at greater risk from the disease than […]

Valerian Root: An Insomniac’s Dream?By Derrick Gray on Apr 23, 2013

Valerian Root: An Insomniac’s Dream? Finding a solution to sleep difficulties can be stressful and uncomfortable. Many ‘hypnotic drugs’ have dangerous side effects, especially for asthmatics as some induce slow, shallow breathing and they can also become addictive. Natural sleep remedies are popular amongst the medical profession, as they induce natural sleep patterns, are non addictive, and do not have dangerous side effects. One of these is Valerian root, which has been used for centuries as a sleep aid. It was documented by Hippocrates and Galen in the 2nd century, and used by physicians in the mid 19th century to treat nervous conditions. In modern times, there has been significant research into Valerian root’s effectiveness for treating insomnia. In 2006, the American Journal of Medicine said that: “The available evidence suggests that valerian might improve sleep quality without producing side effects.” More research needs to take place for valerian root to be hailed an official sleep aid, but studies continue as it could serve as a safe and powerful answer to insomnia. How Valerian Root Works This ancient herb has been used to treat anxiety disorders because of its calming and relaxing effect. This is down to the gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA), a neuron transmitter that reduces and anxiety and stress. Although conclusions are speculative, valerian root is helpful in increasing GABA receptors that “shut down” brain activity. GABA is sometimes referred to as the ‘euphoric amino acid’, calming nerves and promoting sleepiness. Where does Valerian Root Grow? This powerful herb likes to grow in damp meadows and can be found in parts of Europe and the US. You can even grow it at home if you have most, fertile soil in your back garden. How to Take Valerian Root Valerian is often drunk as a tea, but the taste is […]

Can Raspberry Ketones really Help Me Lose Weight?By Derrick Gray on Apr 23, 2013

Can Raspberry Ketones really Help Me Lose Weight? “Fat burner in a bottle” – The Dr. Oz blog – There are so many products out there promising to solve diet and weight loss problems without sufficient information to back them up. Doing your own research into these products is vital, so that you can avoid being scammed and sold products that don’t work, and be confident that you are buying the right product to suit your body. Read on to find out the facts behind raspberry ketone, one of the most popular weight loss supplements on the market since the Dr. Oz show featured it and declared it “The number 1 miracle in a bottle to burn your fat.” Scientific Research into the Fat Fighting Effects of Raspberry Ketones Scientists have identified the protein, Adiponetctin, which is present in raspberry ketones. This chemical affects how the liver processes fat and speeds up the body’s metabolic rate. In 2005, The Journal of Life Sciences published their results, proving that raspberry ketones helps dieters lose weight due to the higher level of Adiponectin in the supplement. “It basically slices up fat cells” – Lisa Lynn, Personal Trainer – Celebrities who Use Raspberry Ketones Health professionals and personal trainers have been quick to rate raspberry ketones as a natural weight loss supplement for their clients, and celebrities have come out to rave about their diet successes thanks to this new product that’s taking the diet world by storm. Talk show host, Oprah Winfrey, has been using raspberry ketones to lose weight and puts her diet success and trim figure down its remarkable properties. American socialite, Kim Kardashian, also owes her current svelte figure and huge weight loss success to raspberry ketones. What are Raspberry Ketones? You don’t have to be Sherlock Holmes to […]

Pamper Your Skin with Coconut OilBy Derrick Gray on Apr 23, 2013

The Tropics has been using coconut oil for centuries in cooking and as a natural beauty supplement. It’s incredible that the West has taken so long to catch on to the numerous health benefits of coconut oil. It is fast becoming a leading health and beauty supplement that is outstripping other leading brand names. Up until around a decade ago, coconut oil received a bad press for being an unhealthy oil due to its saturated fat content; (saturated fats are all solid at room temperature, like lard, which you don’t want to be putting on your skin!). However, thanks to the unique ingredients found naturally in coconut oil, it is now hailed as one of nature’s most precious, healing and nourishing gifts that has many different purposes and benefits to health, from fighting disease to treating dandruff. Here, we’ll be focusing on its benefits to skin care and why it’s a far superior choice to other synthetic cosmetics that are costly and damaging to skin.

Green TeaBy Derrick Gray on Apr 23, 2013

Green tea was first documented by the Chinese scholar, Lu Yu, who wrote about green tea in the ancient text ‘Tea Classic’ (‘Cha Jing’) in about 600AD. But green tea has been traditionally used in Far East Asian countries including Korea, Japan and Vietnam for at least 4,000 years. Traditionally, green tea was simply the leaves from the camellia sinensis plant gently steeped in hot water and sipped. But drinking tea in Asia is more about just glugging it back- it’s a whole ritual and art form that takes place during ceremonies and is used as a symbol to celebrate and honor special guests and occasions. In Korean Buddhism, tea drinking and tea preparation is part of the meditative practices of monks that live high up in the mountains. If you travel to the China or Korea, it’s possible to visit green tea plantations and walk in between the rows and rows of green tea bushes that grow on the hillsides. Many plantations still use artisan methods of drying, such as sun-baking in baskets and charcoal-firing. You can watch staff prepare the tea, handpicked from the bush, and even indulge in green tea ice cream and eat green tea infused noodles. How is Green Tea Beneficial to Health? Green tea traditionally undergoes very little processing, unlike black teas that have chemicals and preservatives added to them to make them palatable to Western markets. Because of the simple production processes, green tea retains its maximum health boosting properties, and the production of it has a low impact on the environment. All tea contains polyphenols, antioxidants, enzymes, amino acids and minerals but many of these are lost when tea is treated and refined. Green tea however retains much of its nutrition because of the simple processes it goes through, prompting scientific research […]

Can Green Coffee Extract Help Me Lose Weight?By Derrick Gray on Apr 23, 2013

“One of the most important discoveries we’ve made to help you burn fat.” – DR. Oz – You may have already heard the buzz about Green Coffee Extract that’s trending through the weight loss world at the moment. Perhaps you’re wary of all the hype and want to do some further research before trying it out. Good for you. It’s crucial that you select the right weight loss product from a source that you trust so you can be confident it’s not a scam, and that the products you are buying are safe. More and more people are turning to Green Coffee Extract (also referred to as Green Coffee Bean Extract) as a natural and safe way to lose weight. Health professionals, including medical celebrity Dr. Oz, have endorsed the product for its fat busting properties that helps people lose weight without even dieting. Those who diet and use Green Coffee Extract are seeing even more significant changes, making it an all round weight loss winner. Research and Studies The American Chemical Society based in San Diego sampled Green Coffee Extract with 16 overweight men and women and found that each person lost on average 17lb in 22 weeks, with no changes to diet or exercise. Dr. Mehmet Oz stepped up the research by doing a live experiment on his weight loss show. 100 overweight participants agreed to take the supplement three times a day for two weeks, and then take part in a weigh-in conducted by the show’s doctors. The results were remarkable, showing that the average person lost 3lb over the test period. Participants were also told not to make any changes to their diet or exercise routines, and simply carry on as normal. “A safe way to sustainably lose weight.” – DR. Oz – Who Rates Green […]

GlucosamineBy Derrick Gray on Apr 23, 2013

This amino sugar is found in the shells of crustaceans: lobsters, shrimps and other shell-dwelling sea creatures. Glucosamine is sometimes called chitosamine, and is available as a natural supplement to buy over the counter. It was discovered in 1976 by Dr. George Ledderhose, who identified it as a compound chemical essential to the making of fluid around joints. Glucosamine has been marketed at sufferers of osteoarthritis, a painful condition of the joints due to ‘wear and tear’ of the skeleton as people age. It has also been recommended for people recovering from joint-related injury, such as a knee or shoulder dislocation, suggesting that it helps repair damage in and around the joints and can help build cartilage and is often taken with a similar, complementary chemical, chondroitin. Does it Work? Doctors and physiotherapists have been recommending and prescribing glucosamine and its compound products (glucosamine sulphate and glucosamine chondroitin) for decades, and in 2008, spending on glucosamine products reached £2 billion in the UK. The UK’s Daily Telegraph published an article suggests that glucosamine was such a popular complementary supplement purely because it had no side effects, unlike other anti-inflammatory medication that is designed to relieve the painful symptoms of osteoarthritis. The newspaper reported a large set of trials and studies that took place at the University of Bern in Switzerland that concluded that the supplement had little or no effect on pain relief for osteoarthritis sufferers: “Compared with placebo, glucosamine, chondroitin, and their combination do not reduce joint pain or have an impact on narrowing of joint space.” – The DR. Oz blog –Results however have been conflicting, and throughout the decades various clinics and universities have produced results that demonstrated glucosamine does relieve pain for some osteoarthritis sufferers, but not everybody experiences that same success. What about chondroitin? Glucosamine […]

GingerBy Derrick Gray on Apr 23, 2013

I absolutely love the aromatic smell and zesty taste of ginger in cooking. It’s one of those truly distinctive flavors that add fragrance and kick to any curry, soup or stir-fry. This pungent spice has been used for centuries in South Asian, East African and Caribbean cooking, and it is making its way into medicine cabinets in the west as a potent antidote to a whole range of health problems. It is one of the most traded spices in the world, and during medieval times in England, one pound of ginger was worth the equivalent of one sheep, making it a precious bartering tool. Here’s an overview of how different cultures use ginger for its health boosting properties. Ginger for stomach trouble: Ginger tea is a tasty remedy to stomach trouble, including morning sickness, and anxiety related nausea. Koreans drink ssaengang cha, simply the ginger root sliced and steeped in hot water with brown sugar or honey as a natural sweetener. Ginger for coughs and colds: In China, people eat ‘ginger eggs’ to ease coughing and congestion on the lungs. This consists of scrambled eggs with bits of sliced ginger mixed in. Ginger for the flu: The Burmese treat flu symptoms with ginger boiled together with natural sweeteners from palm trees. Ginger for headaches: In parts of India, ginger is ground into a paste and rubbed onto the temples to relieve headaches. Ginger for a long life: Tribes in the Congo mix ginger with sap from trees as an all round life enhancing remedy. Ginger for back pain: The Japanese use ginger in traditional medicine to ease spinal pain such as trapped nerves, as it acts as an effective analgesia and anti-inflammatory. Ginger for menstrual pain: Forward thinking doctors as early as the 1900s prescribed ginger for menstrual pain in […]

Garcinia Cambogia Extract: Get Slim, the Healthy, Natural WayBy Derrick Gray on Apr 23, 2013

“Helps block fat and suppresses your appetite” – The Dr. Oz blog –Garcinia Cambogia is fast becoming one of the most popular weight loss supplements on the market, with shops and online stores regularly selling out of stock. Dr. Oz featured the supplement on his popular weight loss show, declaring it: “The holy grail of weight loss”, causing sales to skyrocket. Perhaps you’re still skeptical of products that come with bold claims, which is perfectly natural. It’s important to get the right information about any health supplement so that you avoid being scammed by false products, and that you buy the right supplement for your health needs. “The holy grail of weight loss” – Dr. Oz –Speaking to health professionals and nutritionists, Dr. Oz explained that those who were taking Garcinia Cambogia were losing, on average, around 1lb per week- and that’s without making changes to diet and exercise routines. If the statistics are accurate, imagine what you could achieve if you combined taking Garcinia Cambogia with a reduced calorie diet? “With proper weight-loss efforts (dieting and exercising), the average person taking HCA lost an average of four pounds a month.” – The Dr. Oz blog – Research into Garcinia Cambogia and Weight Loss Garcinia Cambogia and the important compound chemical found within it, Hydrotoxic citric acid (HCA), has been proven to have a two-fold way of promoting weight loss: first by suppressing appetite, so dieters natural eat less. Secondly, by speeding up the metabolic rate of the liver so that it turns glucose (sugar) into energy, and not the fat cells that like to accumulate around the belly. This helps reduce Body Mass Index (BMI), making the body leaner as well as slimmer. These results were published in The Journal of Obesity after Garcinia Cambogia was tested on 700 […]

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