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The Power Of Phytochemicals – 12 Foods You Should Have In Your Diet Now

What if I were to tell you that by simply eating certain foods you could decrease or completely prevent your risk of developing certain diseases? Truth be told- it is possible. By consuming a diet high in certain nutrients called, phytochemicals, you can decrease the likelihood of developing these diseases, plus feed your body with excellent nutrition. Phyto is derived from the ancient Greek word for “plant”, and phytochemicals are substances present within the plants that react and interact in complex ways within the body to prevent certain diseases and boost overall health.

There are hundreds of different phytochemicals found in certain foods, and it should come as no shock to hear that fruits, vegetables and whole grains offer a rich supply of these power foods. These foods are chalked full of essential vitamins, minerals, water and fiber that our body needs to stay healthy, feel vibrant and maintain our day-to-day activities. On another note, individuals who consume foods high in phytochemicals have reported weight loss, improved skin tone, thicker hair, stronger nails, increased energy and felt better. WOW- do you need any more motivation to include these foods in your diet?

Below you will find a list of the top 12 foods you should have in your diet, plus several tidbits to support their phytochemical function in your diet. The beneficial effects of phytochemicals are best realized naturally, not in pill or supplement form, although supplements are available if you’re not to keen on some of the listed foods. Make your grocery list and be sure to include the following 12 foods:

  • Tomatoes- Has shown to decrease the risk of certain cancers and also may even slow the progression of already developed cancers.
  • Cruciferous veggies- they include but aren’t limited to: broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, bok choy, kale, collard and mustard greens; they are packed with phytochemicals that can prevent various types of cancer.
  • Soybeans-been shown to lower blood cholesterol levels, decrease the risk of heart disease, and prevent certain types of cancer. Available in milk, tofu, veggie burgers, cheese, yogurts and tempeh. Contains compound genistein- a type of isoflavone- which appears to prevent cancer and also has shown to revert cancerous cells back to normal.
  • Whole grains- include the likes of wheat, oat, quinoa, kamut, spelt, and amaranth to name just a few. The fiber in whole grains plays a critical role in decreasing the risk of colorectal cancer, and also has been shown to prevent and treat a number of chronic diseases.
  • Citrus Fruits- these fruits have long been touted as preventative medicine in conditions such as scurvy.
  • Greens- dark green, leafy vegetables such as dandelion greens, kale, turnip greens, arugula, spinach, beet greens, and mustard greens.
  • Red/Orange/Yellow Fruits: include strawberries, raspberries, red grapes, cantaloupe, watermelon, papayas, mangos, and red grapefruit. The health benefits include protection of the body from devastating effects of cellular damage, including skin, eye, liver, and lung diseases.
  • Red/Orange/Yellow Veggies: Include squash, yams, sweet potatoes, pumpkins, red peppers, and carrots. Contain phytochemicals that prevent heart disease and cancer and help to ward off the common cold.
  • Fish- contain Omega 3 fatty acids which help to lower blood pressure and reduce triglycerides, decrease plasma levels of VLDL cholesterol, and help reduce the tendency of blood platelets to clump and adhere to blood vessel walls; they are crucial in the prevention of heart disease. Includes cold water fish like salmon or mackerel, sardines, anchovies, tuna, swordfish, rainbow trout, striped bass, even oysters and squid (both high in omega 3’s).
  • Nuts and Seeds- nutritional powerhouses containing numerous compounds including protein, Vitamin E and fiber. Examples are: sesame seeds, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, walnuts, Brazil nuts, chestnuts, cashews, almonds, pistachios, and pine nuts.
  • Beans and Legumes- important in the prevention of heart disease, mainly because of their ability to lower blood cholesterol (LDL), and reduce blood lipid levels. They also may help to fight cancer, stabilize blood-sugar levels, lower cholesterol and help prevent obesity. Some types are black-eyed peas, chickpeas, lentils, kidney beans, mung beans, navy beans, split peas, pinto beans, and soybeans.
  • Onions and Garlic- health benefits of garlic include stimulation of immune function, blocks the chemical cancer-causing agents to affect normal cells, suppresses cholesterol production and lowers LDL, protects cells against oxidation. Garlic and onions also may block the formation of nitrosamines, carcinogenic compounds created in the digestive tract. Studies have shown that people who consume a diet rich in garlic and onions have a lower risk of stomach cancer. Alliums include, garlic, onions, shallots, leeks, scallions and chives.

What we eat supports how we feel, think, do and be. Too much scientific evidence exists to see it any other way. If you want to feel good, enjoy your life to the fullest and obliterate the opportunity for disease to rest inside of your body then include these 12 foods into your diet as often as possible. I hate to sound like a broken record, but here goes: “You need to eat your fruits and veggies!”

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How a Simple Diet Can Help You Cure Tinnitus

The purpose of writing you this newsletter is to share information about tinnitus and how to cure it using diets. According to my research, there is a connection between food and tinnitus.

Tinnitus or unwanted ear sounds are as a result of high blood pressure or arteriosclerosis. High blood pressure occurs as a result of unhealthy foods such as red meat (animal protein), refined sugars, salt and flour, and other processed foods. These foods stress the body by constricting the arteries.

Salt and sugar only worsen tinnitus and so they should be avoided. Salt will restrict blood vessel, cause hypertension as well as reduce the flow of blood to the ears and brain thus worsening tinnitus.

Sugar on the other hand will only cause abnormal sugar metabolism to tinnitus patients. This will interrupt with the auditory system causing insulin levels to rise which is dangerous as it worsens tinnitus as well as causing other conditions such as Type 2 Diabetes.

To unclog your ears, you can take fruit and vegetable juice for three days. You can also lower blood pressure, dilate and relax blood vessels by taking garlic juice combined with raw vegetables and fruits.

Tinnitus can also lead to hearing loss. To improve your hearing, reduce the intake of vegetable shortening and margarine, and saturated fats. You can prevent vasoconstriction in the inner ear by avoiding sugar which provokes adrenalin release that promotes tinnitus.

You can also reduce tinnitus by increasing dietary magnesium and potassium. The best sources for these minerals are bananas, leafy green vegetables, apricots, nuts, beets, and baked potatoes.

Multivitamin mineral supplements can also be taken to compensate the mentioned foods.

You might find that you get tinnitus after eating certain foods. You can do some research or experimentation to find out which foods trigger your tinnitus. In some people, tinnitus is triggered by caffeine or other stimulants, salt, sugar, dairy products, or quinine or other preservatives and suppressants.

You can also cure your tinnitus by supplementing your diet with organically grown herbs such as ginkgo, sesame, black-cohosh, lesser periwinkle, goldenseal, spinach, sunflower seeds, fenugreek seed tea, castor oil, onion juice, passion flower, ramson juice, horsetail, mistletoe tea, and plantain.

These herbs help in improving the flow of blood to the brain. They also help in unclogging the ears as well as boosting your energy thus curing tinnitus.

Do not take garlic if you are taking ginkgo because they will react negatively to the blood by making it thin. So, if you have garlic in your diet, do not include ginkgo. The two never goes together.

Now that you have known the types of foods that help in reducing tinnitus, it is time to add them into your menu.

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Pre Menstrual Syndrome (PMS) And Diet – Kelp

As we mentioned in previous article, premenstrual syndrome is defined as faulty function of the ovaries related to the women’s menstrual cycle, it effects a women’s physical and emotional state, and sometimes interferes with daily activities as a result of hormone fluctuation. The syndrome occurs one to two weeks before menstruation and then declines when the period starts. In this article, we will discuss how kelp helps to treat PMS.

I. Definition

Kelp are seaweed plants belongs to the family Laminariales and exist only on the clean water coast line. It contains many nutrients and has been used as foods for thousand of years for people living in the coast line.

II. How kelp effects women with PMS

1. Vitamins

Kelp contains many vitamins including Vitamin A, B1, B2, B3, B12, C, E and K which are necessary for the body need for over all health as we mentioned in previous article. Remember, for what ever reason, women with PMS are found have above vitamins deficiency.

2. Iodine

a) Thyroid function

Iodine is vital to maintain normal function of thyroid gland. Deficiency of iodine increasing the risk of hyperthyroidism resulting in hormone imbalance causing fatigue, tiredness and depression and uncontrolled weight loss.

b) Immune system

It besides increase the immune system in protect our body against the forming the free radical and prevent irregular cell growth, it also stimulate the immune response against infection and inflammation.

c) Nervous system

It also helps to inhibit the estrogen response through up-regulating proteins involved in estrogen metabolism thereby, maintaining the right levels of estrogen and progesterone and lessening the risk of symptoms of PMS caused by hormone imbalance

3. Alkaili

Alkaili is important in helping our body to neutreulize the levels of acid because most of our diet today contains high amount of acid-genic foods including meat and eggs which causes acids accumulated in the blood resulting in nervous tension such as fatigue, anorexia, insomnia, headache and uncontrolled joint pain.

4. Chlorella

Besides helping to clean the plague in the arterial wall and making the arterial wall more elastic, chlorella helps to improve liver function in carbohydrate and fat and protein metabolism resulting in lessening the risk of hormone imbalance and insulin fluctuation for some women with premenstrual syndrome.

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How to Treat Bacterial Vaginosis Naturally Through Your Diet

If you are a regular sufferer, you may be interested to learn how to treat bacterial vaginosis naturally through your diet. Many of us regularly overlook the connection between common conditions and the health of our immune systems.

Bacterial vaginosis is caused by an imbalance of the pH levels within the vagina. These pH levels are influenced directly by our immune system which, in turn, is influenced by our diet. It is a well-known fact that a strong immune system can help increase the levels of healthy bacteria within the vagina and this in turn can fight any overgrowth of bad bacteria.

Following the general principles of a healthy diet is always a good idea-for example, eating regularly, eating well-balanced meals and healthy snacks and not missing breakfast. More specifically, your diet should be planned around fruit, vegetables and wholegrains, with lean meats, nuts and seeds also playing an integral part.

Over 80% of our immunity is in our guts. This is where much of the vital “good” bacteria which helps to fight of toxins from foods and other bugs which we unwittingly digest will live. If your digestive health is poor, you will generally struggle to fight off bugs. One very healthy element of a diet which will teach you how to treat bacterial vaginosis naturally is probiotics. Adding probiotics (which are, in essence, healthy bacteria) to those already present in the gut can mean that your immune system has even more ammunition to fight off harmful bacteria. You may wish to take a probiotic supplement or alternatively, eat a pot or two of natural probiotic yogurt daily.

Although it is recommended that you consume a wide range of fresh fruits and vegetables, particularly beneficial ones include pineapple, asparagus, kale and dark-green cabbage and cranberries. A good, general supplement can also be taken if you suffer regularly from bacterial vaginosis as this will help ensure that your immune system is kept at the optimum level. Some nutritionists recommend including a small raw salad with your lunch and dinner and this will certainly help to boost the immune system.

Drinking plenty of water and keeping your fluid intake up is good advice for women wanting to know how to treat bacterial vaginosis naturally. Insufficient fluid can mean that the vital organs become dehydrated and the body becomes generally out of condition and more prone to diseases of the immune system. The good news is that if you are a tea or coffee drinker, although excessive consumption is not recommended, a moderate intake of a few cups a day will not harm your immune system and can count towards your daily fluid intake.

Finally, linked in with your diet is your overall wellbeing. You should ensure that you are getting sufficient sleep and that you do not have abnormal levels of stress, as these factors can weaken the immune system. If stress is an inevitable part of your everyday life, practice relaxation techniques regularly to counteract this.

Although diet is not the only way to treat bacterial vaginosis naturally, it forms a good basis of sensible, long-term treatment rather than relying on the use of expensive over the counter meds and antibiotics for short-term relief.

Although bacterial vaginosis is not harmful in its earlier stages, if left untreated it can eventually lead to infertility or sometimes the less serious pelvic inflammatory disease.

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Mum’s Diet When Breastfeeding

During pregnancy it is important to be cautious about certain foods as the growing baby can not handle i.e. bacteria that can be found in unpasteurised milk products or alcohol. In contrast, breastfeeding does not require as much attention to one’s diet as pregnancy; however, it is still necessary to keep an eye on the diet in order to feed the baby safely. Luckily, the human body is designed to make the best of what it gets. Even if a diet is deficient, studies carried out all over the world have shown that breast milk still has the right combination of nutrients in order to feed the baby effectively. If the mother’s diet is poor the body’s own stores of nutrients will replace what is lacking in the milk – for as long as the stores allow it.

However, for mother’s and baby’s sake it is important to eat healthily. A broad dietary variety is also beneficial in that babies experience different taste and smell of breast milk. It helps develop the taste buds and may also help to create the foundation for cultural preference in cuisine. This explains why a baby nursed on a bland diet may push away a bowl of curried food for instance. Studies have shown that mother’s preference in food during pregnancy and breast feeding does affect the baby’s palate in the same way.

On the other hand, a number of mothers have confirmed that there may also be some foods with an adverse effect on baby’s health. They find that their babies get gassy after eating cabbage, Brussels sprouts, broccoli, onions or cauliflower. This view has not been scientifically proven. In addition, some babies may even show allergic reactions to the mother’s diet, most commonly dairy products. There may also be more accounts of reactions; so every breast feeding mother has to find out what her baby can swallow easily and what not. It takes between 2 and 6 hours from the time a certain food was eaten until it affects the taste and odour of the milk. Thus, if baby shows signs of discomfort while digesting the milk it is worth eliminating the suspected food for a few days and to observe whether it makes any difference in the baby’s symptoms.

What foods best to avoid

Nursing mothers should limit their alcoholic intake as much as possible. Ideally, they should drink no alcohol at all because it can be detected in the milk, though considerably less than what was drunk.

Caffeine in coffee and theine in tea should be kept to no more than a cup or two a day. If you drink too much it may affect your baby too. It should be noted that caffeine can not be passed through their bodies as efficiently as adults can and it may actually build up in their systems. It is worth considering caffeine-free alternatives while breastfeeding.

If a history of food allergies is known in the family, peanuts are best avoided. The consumption of peanuts has shown to leave traces of allergens in the breast milk and can add to baby’s risk of developing allergies in later life.

Try to avoid processed foods that show long lists of additives. So-called e-numbers do affect the mother’s and the baby’s health and should be avoided at all times. However, some e-numbers have natural origins and are allowed (visit The Soil Association for more information)

It is important to keep the amount of fish to no more than 340g (12oz) per week in order to minimize the exposure to mercury. In addition, the FSA advises to limit canned tuna to 280g (drained) and fresh tuna to 170g per week.

Lastly, sweetener known as saccharin should be consumed very carefully because long-term effects are yet unknown. The better option is sucralose (Splenda) which offers a safe calorie-free sugar substitute.

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Sugar Glider Diet

Since they are omnivorous, they are fond of many different types of food including meat. Some of the foods that Sugar Gliders, in general seem to enjoy, are as follows, but NOT limited to:

Apples, applesauce (baby Food Formula Only), apricots, bananas, berries, bread, cantaloupe, carrots, cherries, corn, dates, dried fruit, eggs, fig, grapes, honey, honeydew, insects, lettuce (Romaine or leaf only, Head or Iceberg can cause diarrhea), meal worms, meats (low fat turkey, boiled, skinless chicken & feeder mice), melons, nuts (assorted, unsalted and raw), oranges, papaya, peaches (not the pits, they are toxic), peanut butter, pears, pineapple, plums, pure fruit juices, raisins, strawberries, sunflower seeds, sweet potatoes.

I do not suggest broccoli cauliflower, or cabbage due to the gas producing properties once ingested, no one likes to have gas, even Sugar Gliders.

One of the things that might work well for you is to have a few different containers and chop up different fruits and vegetables in each until they are full. Then all you have to do each night is to open the container(s) that you wish to feed from and pull cut a few of the pieces you wish to feed. I would like to add here that I consider it cruel not to feed some type of insect (at least) during the week. In the wild, they will eat fruits and animals and they should not be denied that while in captivity. It does not have to be done every day, but should be done often.

Sugar Gliders can gain weight more easily in captivity due to lack of movement that they would experience in the wild. Babies born to overweight parents can sometimes be born blind or with impaired vision caused by fatty deposits in their eyes. This can be corrected by a controlled diet and measuring weight with a small scale. One of the things that help cause this condition is by feeding to many nuts, which are high in protein and fat. To reduce their weight you need to reduce their fat and protein and try to increase their exercise. It may take a few weeks to bring down their weight.

Do not get frustrated when trying to feed your pet. They are peculiar with their feeding since they may willingly accept a food for a few days and then not take the same thing after a week and then eat it the following week. The bottom line is that they each have their own personality and tastes, and it will take time to find out what they like. You may find it easier to go to your local grocery store and buy a bag of frozen mixed vegetables and use these along with fresh fruit. You also need to make sure that your Sugar Glider has fresh water every day. Keep in mind that tap water may not be best since it is usually treated with chemicals to clean the water.

A couple of suggestions that I will make concerning any type of feed bowls would be that you should at least have a bowl that will not tip or spill easily. Most Sugar Gliders will tend to climb up on the bowl and set on the edge of the bowl. If the bowl is not heavy enough to support their weight, it will tip over and the food will spill either causing a mess or creating a situation where the food falls through the bottom of the age and the Sugar Glider will not be able to eat. Another suggestion that has worked well for me is to have a type of feed holder that hangs on the side of the cage. I have done this because as the Sugar Glider climbs around the cage, they will excrete and droppings fall to the bottom of the cage hitting whatever is in its way, including the food bowl. My feeders are located at the top of the cage with enough room for a Sugar Glider to sit up, on the edge, without being uncomfortable while eating. This keeps them from climbing above the food (most of the time) and lessens the chance that they will soil in their food.

A sample Glider formula that works well and is as follows:

Adult formula:

  • 4-8 ounces Applesauce
  • 1/2 cup Gerber dry cereal (for protein)
  • 1/4 cup rice
  • 1/4 cup oatmeal
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 4 ounces plain non-fat yogurt
  • 4 ounces isomil or ensure plus
  • Apple or Orange juice to make soupy

Puree in blender until liquid form and put in ice cube trays and freeze and feed 1-2 times a week. Pull one out for an AM feeding and one for PM feedings. Discard after 5 hours. It is still a good idea to offer some type of solid foods for them too as this will help keep their teeth and gums clean and healthy.

Some people suggest feeding once a day at dusk, while others will feed twice a day. Which method you choose should be dependent upon your Sugar Gliders. Are they still hungry in the morning? Feed them a small amount in the morning or give them a little more in the evening. If I give too much food to mine, they tend to make a mess in their cage, so I do feed less at each meal, but fed twice a day. Try mixing up a few things that your Sugar Glider enjoys and are good for them and blending it together and freezing it. You can get a couple of ice cube trays fairly inexpensively and use those for freezing.

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Gall Bladder Diet – Digesting the Facts

The gall bladder’s function is to store the bile produced by the liver, which is important in the digestion and absorption of fats. Gall bladder disease impairs the proper digestion of food, hence those afflicted with it are advised to eat right and maintain the proper diet for their condition. However, “eating right” is just not as simple as eating your veggies and avoiding junk food anymore. Depending on the state of your health, sometimes foods normally considered as healthy may actually be bad for you.

The most obvious to avoid are of course fried foods, margarine, eggs, pork, fowl, red meats, alcoholic drinks, sodas, coffee, and foods with saturated fats, sugar, preservatives and artificial sweeteners. But then, this list of restricted foods also includes vegetables like beans, broccoli, brussel sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, corn, processed onions, radishes, turnips, and even nuts, as well as fruits such as oranges and grapefruits (even fruit juices). You are also to avoid oats, wheat, white flour and dairy products. And of course, you’ll also have to give up pleasures such as chocolates and ice cream.

With a long list of forbidden foods that seems to include every known food group, people suffering from gall bladder disease must feel like they are condemned to starvation. Fortunately, the list of foods they can eat is just as long, and even includes some unlikely items.

For instance, while saturated and hydrogenated fats must be avoided, not all fats are bad for you (that is, as long as you are not dangerously prone to gall bladder attack). In fact fat-free and low-fat diets are as much responsible for gall bladder problems as consuming too much fat. The “good” kind of fat can be found in Omega 3 oils like flax and hemp, which prevent build-up of cholesterol in the bile. These, as well as olive oils, make good salad dressings when used with vinegar and fresh lemon juice.

Speaking of salads, among the vegetables that those with gall bladder problems can eat are beets, carrots, celery, cucumber, green beans, okra, sweet potatoes, and tomatoes. Garlic and onions, helpful in cleaning the liver, should not be processed (powdered, for example), as some gall bladder sufferers may have trouble digesting them. Cooking food with spices, ginger and turmeric are good for the digestion.

As for fruits, it is still true that an apple a day keeps the doctor away. This is also true with apricots, artichokes, avocados, berries, coconuts, figs, grapes, guavas, lemons, melons, papayas, pears, and prunes. All other fruit juices must be avoided except for apple, grape and lemon, preferably self-juiced. Lemon juice in particular cleanses the liver when taken in the morning with hot water. And of course, for both fruits and vegetables, it is important that they be fresh.

Since gall bladder disease prevents the normal digestion of fat, it is essential to have a lot of fiber in your diet. This includes starchy foods such as rice, cereals, and whole grain bread.

As important as the kind of food one eats is the amount of what he eats. Avoid overeating; eat smaller meals at the daytime, avoid large meals at night. The day’s last meal must be eaten several hours before bedtime.

We all need to watch what we eat, but those with gall bladder disease must do so more than the average person. It is important to keep in mind the right kind of food as well as the right quantity and the right time to eat in order to continue to live comfortably through their condition.

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The Basics of the Medifast Diet Explained – What You Need to Know to Lose Weight on Medifast

In this article we are going to discuss the basics of the medifast diet. If you are thinking about starting a new diet program this Summer or Fall, my feeling is that the Medifast diet is a phenomenal one to look into! Why? It’s quite simple. People are having life changing experiences on Medifast, and finding themselves able to shed pounds often for the very FIRST time, and sometimes…in really large quantities! So continue reading as I outline some of the foundational elements of this particular program, so you can see (and taste.) whether it’s a good choice for you. Read on..:-)

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Medifast allows you 6 meals per day – 5 of these are going to be in the form of meal replacements (shakes, bars, soups and more) and one is going to be a “lean and green” meal you prepare for yourself. The lean and green meal is comprised of 7 ounces of protein and your choice of up to three servings of green (or otherwise colored) vegetables alongside it. For the sheer quantity of meals you are going to be consuming ( 6 is unusually high for a diet) make NO mistake about the caloric content: Medifast IS indeed a low calorie diet, with 800-1000 units of caloric energy a day.

What about expectations? Well, according to Medifast literature, most will lose 2-5 pounds per week for the DURATION of the time they are using the diet. According to a prestigious John’s Hopkins university study, the AVERAGE weight loss for men on Medifast was 67 pounds…and the average for women 57! (These people followed the Medifast program in a clinical setting)

What about costs? The monthly average is going to cost you $275.00 – this is for the 5 meal replacements per day, but you WILL need to furnish your own lean and green meal, so do keep that in mind when you calculate your budget! Overall, it’s still FAR cheaper for many that what they ordinarily consume in sheer FOOD, so many of us have found it has a value proposition to boot…which in today’s strained economy is a GOOD thing across the board!

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Pre Menstrual Syndrome (PMS) And Diet – Red Wine

As we mentioned in previous article, premenstrual syndrome is defined as faulty function of the ovaries related to the women’s menstrual cycle, it effects a women’s physical and emotional state, and sometimes interferes with daily activities as a result of hormone fluctuation. The syndrome occurs one to two weeks before menstruation and then declines when the period starts. In this article, we will discuss how red wine effects women with premenstrual syndrome.

It is recommended that women with PMS drink no more than 150 ml red wine a day

I. Definition

Red wine is an alcoholic beverage made of fermented grape juice without adding sugar, acids, enzyme or other yeasts. Moderate drinking red wine has been existed in Mediterranean cuisines for thousand of year in improving blood circulation in the body and decreasing the risk of heart disease and strokes.

II. How red wine effects women with PMS

1. Blood tonic

(Any food with red color is considered as blood and heart tonic in some traditional medicine). Red wine, in fact helps to release the blood stagnation in the body tissues and organs including the reproductive system thereby, decreasing the risk of premenstrual pain and cramps caused by blood stagnation in the abdominal region and increasing the transportation of nutrients to the nervous cell resulting in lessening the risk of fatigue, loss of concentration, and dizziness.

2. Melatonin

Moderate drinking (no more than 1 cup a day) red wine helps to improve the melatonin hormone thereby, increasing the function of internal clock in regulating “when it’s time to go to sleep and when it’s time to wake up” and lessening the risk of insomnia.

3. Flavonoids

Besides best known for it antioxidants property, it contains epicatechin, quercetin and luteol which also help to increase the digestive function in absorbing vital vitamins and minerals which are found deficient in women with PMS and inhibiting tumour growth.

4. Polyphenols

Red wine contains polyphenols which is a powerful antioxidant containing a polyphenolic substructure it has been used in combating neurodegenerative , some cardiovascular diseases. It also contains a chemical agent having anti-aging effects including slowing the process of skin wrinkling.

5. Resveratol

It also contains high levels of resvertol which is essential for immune system in inhibiting irregular cell growth and fighting against inflammation including the reproductive organs caused by cell oxidation.

finally, it recommend that you drink one to 2 cups of green tea to insure daily body detoxifying and increase production of stomach acid in absorbing vital vitamins and mineral. Green tea contains green tea oxidative agent, but is found to be absorbed by the body before reaching kidney.

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Best Diet For Gout – Prune Those Purines

If you’re looking for the best diet for gout then you will be very aware of purines.  Knowing which foods are high in purines and which are low is one of the simplest ways of modifying your eating to keep gout at bay.

Because gout is caused by the build-up of  uric acid in the blood and because uric acid is formed during the breakdown of purines, many people attempt to control their gout attacks by modifying their diet.

Foods that are high in purines are a common cause of gout. Meats such as liver, kidney, salmon, seafood and alcohol are all known to cause gout in some people because of their high purine content. But it isn’t only meats and seafood’s that have this gout causing substance in them – many vegetables do to.  There is one major difference, though.

Vegetables, even those with high purines levels such as black eye peas, split peas, great northern beans, small white beans, pinto bean, red bean lentils, lima bean, asparagus, mushrooms, cooked spinach, rhubarb,  and cauliflower do not cause gout.

Scientists have done studies and proven quite conclusively that high purine vegetables do not raise the blood uric acid levels in the same way as the organ meats and sea foods.  This simplifies modifying your diet because basically all vegetables are alright to eat even if you suffer from gout.  Fruits are also good to eat.

You do not have to overly complicate your diet to prune those purines and remove many of the causes of gout.

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