Celery belongs to the Umbelliferae family and is a highly nutritious vegetable that can be of two varieties, white and green. It can grow to the height of up to 16 inches, and its ribs are crunchy and salty.
Celery is a rich source of fiber, and its leaves are abundant in vitamin A. Also, the stems are rich in potassium, calcium, magnesium, sodium, iron, phosphorus, vitamins B1, B2, B6 and C, and numerous essential amino acids.
A cup of chopped, raw celery (about 101 grams) contains:
3.5 grams carbohydrates
0.7 gram protein
0.2 gram fat
1.6 grams fiber
29.6 micrograms vitamin K (37 percent DV)
453 international units (9 percent DV)
263 milligrams potassium (8 percent DV)
3.1 milligrams vitamin C (5 percent DV)
36.5 micrograms folate (9 percent DV)
40.4 milligrams calcium (4 percent DV)
0.1 milligram riboflavin (3 percent DV)
11.1 milligrams magnesium (3 percent DV)
0.1 milligram manganese (5 percent DV)
0.1 milligram vitamin B6 (4 percent DV)
As well as vitamin E, niacin, pantothenic acid, iron, phosphorus, zinc and selenium.
When it comes to the antioxidant nutrients it contains, it is important to mention that celery is abundant in phytonutrients, many of which fall into the category of phenolic antioxidants and have powerful anti-inflammatory benefits:
— Phenolic acids
Studies have found that celery improves health in various ways, as follows:
Celery juice rehydrates the body and provides high electrolyte levels, so it is great after a workout;
Celery juice lowers total cholesterol and LDL (bad) cholesterol;
It contains at least 8 families of anti-cancer compounds, including acetylenics, which stop the growth of tumor cells, phenolic acids, which inhibit the action of prostaglandins that stimulate the growth of tumor cells, and coumarins which prevent free radical damage
Celery juice is rich in minerals that regulate the pH levels of the blood and neutralize acidity;
The organic sodium in celery lowers blood pressure, while the phthalides it contains relax the muscles around arteries and improve blood flow;
Celery has natural laxative effects that treat constipation;
Celery juice is rich in sodium and potassium that stimulate the production of urine and prevent water retention;
Celery juice suppresses appetite and helps weight loss;
The consumption of celery juice during dry and hot weather will normalize body temperature and cool your body;
The polyacetylene in celery fights inflammation and treats rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, gout, asthma, and bronchitis;
Celery detoxifies the body and prevents the formation of kidney stones;
Celery juice effectively eliminates gallbladder and urinary stones;
Celery soothes the nervous system and treats insomnia;
Celery juice is rich in flavones that lower blood sugar levels and prevent sugar spikes.
When buying celery, choose green celery, due to the chlorophyll they contain, and pick the firm ribs. Keep celery in a sealed container or wrap in a plastic bag, in the fridge.
Note that if the consumption of celery causes skin issues, you might be sensitive to psoralen, the protective layer of this vegetable.
In order to reap all the benefits of celery and treat hypertension, prepare the following juice at home and drink a few glasses of it daily:
A whole stalk of celery (about 12-16 ribs)
1-inch ginger root
2 green apples
Rinse the ingredients, cut them, and juice them together in the juicer. Enjoy!
NAFLD or non-alcoholic fatty disease occurs when the liver consists of 5-10 percent fat of weight and is the most common liver disorder.
Namely, the liver function is to produce bile which helps the body purify the blood, store mineral, and vitamins, digest fats and break down hormones.
In the case of a fatty liver disease, the liver is not capable of breaking down fats extracted from the blood, and fats form deposits and enlarge the liver. When you have fatty liver disease, the liver is unable to adequately break down the fats it has extracted from the blood. The fats accumulate and the liver becomes enlarged.
These are the causes and increased risk factors for NAFLD:
Poor diet and/or malnutrition
In addition of NAFLD, if you also suffer from cell damage and inflammation in the liver, the diagnosis is non-alcoholic steatohepatitis or NASH, and 2-5 percent of the people in the United States suffer from it.
According to the National Institute of Health, or NIH, 20-30 percent of the adult population in the western countries have NAFLD, and the incidence is also on the rise in the eastern countries.
This disease risk is raised due to age, but due to the high-fat diet youngsters consume nowadays, they are also at an increased risk of getting it.
Yet, the leading cause of NAFLD remains to be excess fructose. You should make sure you avoid fructose from your healthy diet, that is, all the sugar found in fruit juices, high-fructose corn syrup (HFCS) , honey, and agave syrup.
Namely, it resembles alcohol in numerous aspects and it damages the body, especially the liver. On the other hand, every single cell in the body benefits from glucose, but fructose is only metabolized by your liver, as it is the only one that can transport it.
In the case of high-fructose diet, all of it ends up in the liver, and it accumulates there, damaging the liver just like alcohol and toxins do, causing a metabolic havoc.
Dr. Robert Lustig, a neuroendocrinologist in the Division of Endocrinology at the University of California, claims that fructose is a “chronic, dose-dependent liver toxin.” It is directly metabolized into fat, and not cellular energy, just like alcohol.
He published his discoveries in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, where Dr. Lustig provided an explanation of the 3 similarities between fructose and its fermentation byproduct, ethanol (alcohol):
-Liver metabolizes alcohol and fructose the same as they act as substrates for turning dietary carbohydrate into fat, which leads to fatty liver, insulin resistance, and dyslipidemia (abnormal fat levels in the bloodstream)
-Fructose reacts with proteins in a Maillard reaction and leads to the formation of superoxide free radicals which may cause liver inflammation similar to acetaldehyde, which is an intermediary metabolite of ethanol
-Dr. Lustig stated that by “stimulating the ‘hedonic pathway of the brain both directly and indirectly, fructose creates habituation, and possibly dependence; also paralleling ethanol.”
The journal Hepatobiliary Surgery and Nutrition states that researchers found that the accelerated increase in NAFLD prevalence supports the role of environmental factors.
Moreover, the excessive consumption of high-fructose corn syrup (HFCS) in soda is linked to NAFLD. The study also revealed that “ingested carbohydrates are… more likely to directly contribute to NAFLD than dietary fat intake.”
Apparently, the fat-forming and pro-inflammatory fructose effects are caused by transient ATP depletion, which is the chemical storage form of energy, and thus leads to the formation of uric acid.
Fructose raises uric acid via a complex process that instructs cells to rapidly burn up the ATP, causing a “cell shock” and increased cell death. Following an excessive consumption of fructose, cells enter a state of shock and are starved of energy, as if they have lost the blood supply. Depleted-of-energy cells are more prone to damage from oxidative stress and become bloated with high quantities of fat.
The rise of uric acid levels is due to the massive die-off of cells. Uric acid is a normal waste product in the blood and has a pro-oxidant and antioxidant function.
Therefore, in the case of too high levels of uric acid, it acts as pro-oxidant and increases the harmful levels inside cells. Dr. Richard Johnson researched the role of fructose in obesity for years and found that uric acid plays the leading role in causing this issue if its levels are 5.5 mg per dl or higher.
It is linked to obesity, high blood pressure, diabetes, and kidney disease. The optimal range is 3- 5.5 mg per dl.
This connection makes it possible to test the levels of uric acid in order to examine fructose toxicity. The major source of fructose nowadays includes sugary beverages, like soda, fruit juice, fruit juice, and lemonade.
Tufts University revealed that this is quite serious, as even one sugary drink a day raises the risk of NAFLD and liver damage. The alarming rates of NAFLD in children are also due to this.
Moreover, the longer you leave NAFLD untreated, the bigger the risk that it will be developed in some even more severe issue, like NASH, liver fibrosis (accumulation of abnormal fibrous tissue), or cirrhosis (accumulation of scar tissue).
A study conducted by the Hepatobiliary Surgery and Nutrition related the consumption of HFCS to the severity of fibrosis in people suffering from NAFLD, so the increased rates in children are extremely alarming. These are some quite disturbing facts about pediatric NAFLD:
About 10 percent of US children suffer from NAFLD, including 1% of 2- to 4-year-olds and 17% of 15- to 19-year-olds
Approximately 38% of obese children suffer from NAFLD
Children with NAFLD are at extremely high risk of complications and poor prognosis, even a need for a liver transplant in adulthood
Furthermore, a great part of obese people has some degree of leptin and insulin resistance, as well as the ones suffering from diabetes, high cholesterol, and high blood pressure.
If you are one of them, you should limit the consumption of fructose to about 15 grams of fructose daily day from all sources, even if agave juices, processed foods, and the like.
Even if you are healthy, you should consider limiting the intake of fructose to 25 grams a day, and avoid or reduce the number of foods with high-fructose corn syrup or sugar, as their intake aggravate the situation to a severe extent.
Fruits do contain fructose, but they also have numerous antioxidants and nutrients. Yet, in the case of NAFLD, you should limit the intake of fruits as well.
It is safe to consume certain fruits, like limes and lemons, as they have minimal fructose amounts. Moreover, the amounts of fructose in kiwi, berries, and grapefruit are also low.
Yet, note that you should take moderate amounts of dried fruits, fruit juices, as well as fructose-rich fruits like pears, red apples, and plums.
Dr. Johnson states that regular exercise can allow the moderate amount of fructose intake as it will speed up glucose absorption in the gut and enhance muscle performance. Yet, it depends on the individual, and the ability of the body to metabolize it.
The body is not able to absorb it properly, and the more fructose you consume, the more the transporters that allow the uptake of fructose in the gut are activated, For instance, lean children can absorb only half of the fructose they eat while children with fatty liver disease absorb nearly all of it.
In the case of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, people experience the following symptoms:
Pain in the upper abdomen
Jaundice – indicated by a yellow discoloration of the skin or mucus membrane
Swelling (known as ascites and edema) due to a deficiency of proteins, created by the liver
If you are experiencing these symptoms often, you should consult your doctor and check if they indicate non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, as they may also be a manifestation of other diseases as well.
These are the best homemade remedies in the case of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease:
Milk thistle, both silybin, and silymarin have been shown that effectively reduce oxidative stress and inflammation in the case of NAFLD, and this has been confirmed by over 10,000 recently published papers.
Dietary changes are also crucial in this treatments. You should regularly consume ginger, bananas, raw vegetables, and sweet potatoes, in order to eliminate the fat in the liver, and you should definitely avoid alcohol.
This is one of the best ways to treat NAFLD, as you can effectively eliminate fat from the body, along with the one accumulated in the liver. You should also drink plenty of water, in order to make sure that the generated toxins are excreted through the urine.
It is a powerful antioxidant, and it efficiently treats inflammation due to NAFLD. It also strengthens the immune system, supports heart health, which can also suffer in the case of NAFLD.
Turmeric will effectively eliminate inflammation due to NAFLD and it will help digestion. Experts advise that you begin with 450 milligrams of turmeric or curcumin supplements on a daily basis.
Black Seed Oil
Black seed oil is a product of black cumin, and it can offer various benefits in the treatment of various ailments, such as NAFLD. Experts have shown that it reduced the progression of this disease, and lowers the risk of complications.
Resveratrol is a red grapes extract, and it is an extremely useful antioxidant, as well as an anti-inflammatory agent. Research has shown that it effectively fights inflammation and oxidative stress in the case of this disease.
Eggs are not the favorite food among researchers and nutritionists. This is because they are all convinced eggs contain high cholesterol, which harms the body.
This cannot be further from the truth. Eggs, just as coconut oil or avocados, are misinterpreted, but are in fact quite beneficial. As far as the cholesterol goes, eggs do not bring more of it to your body but replace on with the other.
Actually, the egg yolk offers plenty of nutrients and health benefits. Up to 90% of the egg’s calcium and iron are located in its yolk, which makes it totally healthy and recommended. On the other hand, the egg white offers some natural proteins, also significant for the human organism.
If you are still not convinced, read the top 10 eggs benefits and learn why eggs are, indeed, healthy:
1. Eggs boost the organism
This means, more energy, more activity and more everything. Just one medium-sized egg, contains 6g of high-quality protein and plenty of essential nutrients.
It does not contain vitamin C, though. So, for best results, always combine it with fruit or orange juice and whole-wheat/low GI bread. As breakfast, this may be the ideal combo.
2. Eggs increase the iron levels
The lack of iron in the system is often followed by tiredness, headaches and irritability. The iron has the role of carrying the oxygen to the blood, which makes it one important mineral.
Also, it encourages the immunity and takes care of the overall health. One egg yolk contains iron in the form of heme iron. This is the type of iron that absorbed all nutrients faster than any other kind of iron. Even experts assure that this iron absorbs more nutrients than iron supplements.
3. Eggs bring important nutrients to diet
Full of significant compounds, eggs are the product to consume all the time. People who avoid eggs are more likely to suffer Vitamin A, Vitamin E, and Vitamin B12 deficiency. Along with other nutrients, eggs bring in 10-20% of folate and 20-30% of Vitamin A, Vitamin E, and Vitamin B12.
4. Eggs stabilize the cholesterol
Unfortunately, eggs were targeted as high cholesterol products (210mg per egg yolk). However, studies have compared the egg consumption with the coronary heart disease.
Other foods, high in fat, and particularly saturated and trans fatty acids do worst job for the body than an egg yolk would. So feel free to consume them regularly and feel the major benefits they bring along.
5. Eggs provide weight loss qualities
An eggs toast has 50% higher satiety index than any other breakfast you would choose. Starting the day off with eggs will boost the satiety in overweight people and encourage weight loss.
6. Eggs improve brain functions
Eggs contain a nutrient called choline, which is responsible for strengthening the brain and improving the memory. One egg gives about 28% of a pregnant woman’s choline requirement. So, being especially important for pregnant women and breastfeeding, eggs are a huge YES for you.
7. Eggs ameliorate the vision and prevent cataracts
According to doctors, if you increase your intake of eggs, spinach, and broccoli, you will reduce the chances for cataracts (up to a 20% decrease) and other vision problems.
It even deals with blindness in seniors (up to a 40% decrease). Full of antioxidants and nutrients, eggs give a solid content of lutein and zeaxanthin, carotenoid vitamins which take care of the eyesight. The carotenoids keep the eyes safe from sunlight exposure and decrease the risk for cataracts by up to 50%.
8. Eggs give out healthy protein
Proteins are essential to leading a healthy lifestyle and keeping diet on point. Normally, the human body uses the protein to build new and repair old muscle tissue.
Additionally amino acids represent the building blocks of protein. Nine of these amino acids have to come through diet so they keep the body safe. Eggs contain nine of these essential amino acids, which help the tissues regenerate and strengthen.
Note: egg, milk, meat and fish proteins are all proteins. Out of these four, eggs are the best choice. Eggs have a rating of 100. Unlike eggs, milk is rated at 93 and fish and beef at 75. If you eat just one medium-sized egg you will make up for protein, just as if you ate 30g cooked meat, fish or poultry?
9. Eggs improve bone structure
Another vitamin in eggs is vitamin D. This one is very significant for absorbing calcium and preserving the bones. Therefore, eggs can reduce symptoms of osteoporosis and the same is true for dairy products.
10. Eggs take care of the hair and nails
The hair and nails are the first body parts which show lack of a vitamin or mineral. By consuming eggs you will provide both with high content of Sulfur, amino acids and the plenty of vitamins and minerals.
People have said that by consuming eggs they improved the structure of their hair and nails- this is achieved by eating eggs and other products high in zinc, Sulfur, vitamin B12 and vitamin A.
Just like everything else, the consumption with eggs should also be moderate. Only 2 to 3 eggs per day are enough to get the desired results and improve your quality of life.
Today we will tell the story of a man who manages to treat his diabetes 2 type completely naturally, after consuming raw vegetables and fruits and enhanced his general health.
Namely, he discovered hi diabetes completely accidentally, as he started feeling thirsty all the time. He visited his doctor and the diagnosis was shocking- as his sugar levels were 29!
His doctor informed him that he needed to be dependent on insulin for the rest of his life, as his pancreas was dying off. This man started the recommended therapy, took insulin daily, as well as other medications.
Yet, over time, his condition aggravated, the multiple drugs brought new health issues, increased the triglycerides to 16 and his blood pressure to 150/100, and the diabetes was just getting worse.
Therefore, he decided to change the approach and start something new. On New Year’s, he made a resolution to try and restore his life and healthy, but completely naturally.
This decision came after watching the show, The Edge of Science, on TV, where Dr. John Zirdum explained the benefits of raw foods and his personal experience after consuming them for 12 years.
The man bought himself a blender and started consuming only raw fruits and vegetables. Initially, the craved for food, but he managed to suppress it, and after only several days, his blood sugar levels fell to 5!
This made him quit the insulin therapy and rely on the healthy diet only. His blood sugar became stable, he lost weight, and his condition was improving.
After a month, he lost 20 lbs and had no health problems. In the next three months, he lost 2lbs more, never used insulin, his triglycerides dropped to 1.4., and the blood pressure was 120/70. He used no pills and started enjoying his restored health.
Mix all the ingredients, and add ½ l. water over them to prepare the natural juice.
You should consume half a liter of this juice in the morning, and sip the rest during the day.
This regime provides amazing health benefits to all that have tried it; it reduced cravings, provides a feeling of fullness, and maintains a good health. Be sure to consume only raw, fresh, vegetables and fruits, as well as tuna, as it is abundant in B12 essentials.
We all keep plants in the home to enrich and decorate the space.
However, there are plants which can really enhance the energy flow, purify the air, and create a sense of peace, relaxation, wellbeing, and happiness. The elimination of negative energy will reduce stress, improve health, and help you experience joyful moments. These are the 12 most effective plants to promote positive energy in your home of office:
This plant purifies the air and attracts the positive vibrations. Moreover, it emits oxygen 20 hours daily and also absorbs the dangerous gasses from the environment.
It also has potent antibacterial, antifungal, anti-inflammatory properties, and acts as a strong antioxidant. In order to enjoy its spiritual healing effect, grow it under full sun, placed in a north, east or northeast area of the home or garden.
Rosemary purifies the home from the harmful toxins, and thus promotes physical and mental well-being . Its smell immediately improves the mood, treats anxiety, insomnia, and fatigue, and improves memory. It also helps you achieve inner calmness. You should grow it in a sunny place, but do not water it too often. Peace Lily
This plant brings spiritual, mental, and physical prosperity. It enhances the energy flow by purifying the air and neutralizing the indoor gasses. It will also provide a tranquility and restful sleep. You should place it in a darker place, like in your office or a corner in the house.
This amazing plant brings positive energy and happiness, destroys negative vibes, and has potent healing properties. You should regularly water it, and keep it in indirect sunlight or artificial light, in a pot with a proper drainage.
This plant with a pleasant smell relieves the stressed mind, provides positive energy, builds romance, and boosts the relationships. Inside the home, place it near a south-facing window, and in the north, east or northeast area in the garden.
The chrysanthemum is believed to possess healing properties. Moreover, it promotes purity and honesty, cleanses the air and eliminates toxins. It is a symbol of longevity and wellbeing. You should keep it in spots where tension is generated in order to create tranquility.
Lucky Bamboo (Dracaena braunii)
This plant has been used in Asia for millennia, as it symbolizes prosperity and good fortune. Feng shui believes that the vertical shape of lucky bamboo represents the element wood, which affects our vitality, life energy, and physical activity. It is a low-maintenance plant, so keep it in a shaded corner, away from direct sunlight, in a glass bowl with about 1 inch of purified, or distilled water.
Areca Palm purifies the air, detoxifies it, leaving a pure and positive environment. The leaves of this plant soften the energy in the room.
This is one of the most effective air-filtering houseplants, eliminating the toxins from the air, and creating a positive, safe, relaxed, and calm environment.
Feng shui believes that this houseplant enhances the energy and the lives of the ones in the home. It has long-lasting flowers which can be in various shapes and sizes, with a sweet, pleasant smell which calms the mind and improves the mood. It releases oxygen at night, so it is best to keep it in the bedroom.
Its amazing cleansing qualities eliminate the negative emotions like fear and anger. It promotes the flow of positive energy and is also incredibly beneficial due to its numerous medicinal properties. You should not keep it on dry or low humidity spots.
Money Plant (Epipremnum aureum)
This houseplant is also known as golden pothos,silver vine, hunter’s robe, or ivy arum. According to feng shui, it supports the flow of positive energy and leads to fortune and good luck.
You can grow it as a climber or a trailer. In order to reduce stress, negative vibes, and anxiety, you should keep it in some angle or in front of some sharp corner, with the shoot pointed upward, to provide prosperity and wellbeing.
Smoking is one of the most harmful habits, as it leads to serious adverse effects, and significantly harms the health, especially the lungs, leading to various issues, such as bronchitis, and cough.
Fortunately, there is an incredibly useful natural remedy which will help you clean the lungs from the accumulated toxins and tar and help you prevent further complications.
Here is how to prepare it:
2 tablespoons of turmeric powder
400 gr. of garlic
1 smaller piece of ginger root
400 gr. of brown sugar
1 l. of water
In a bowl, heat the brown sugar, and then add the finely chopped ginger, onion, and turmeric root. Bring the mixture to boil, and then lower the heat, leaving the pot over it for several minutes. Next, let it cool down and then transfer the mixture to a glass container. Leave it thus for a couple of minutes, and then store it in the fridge.
You should use this remedy twice a day. Take 2 tablespoons on an empty stomach every morning, before your breakfast, as well as in the evening, a couple of hours after dinner.
Furthermore, make sure you exercise regularly, to help the elimination of toxins from the body.
If you are in the search for one of the healthiest foods on the planet, that provides numerous benefits, we have the answer.
Dates are pure miracle when it comes to dealing with various health problems, like elevated cholesterol and blood pressure, heart diseases and strokes and others.
Dates contain high levels of valuable nutrients that enable the body to stay healthy and fight off diseases with ease. To learn how healthy dates are and why, read the top 6 dates benefits below:
1. Dates are full of iron
This is especially important for anemic patients, pregnant women and children. Just 100g of dates can contain about 0.90 mg of iron. This number equals an amazing 11% of the preferred daily intake. Iron regulates the hemoglobin levels and red blood cells levels and enables oxygen flow in the bloodstream.
2. Prevents diarrhea
Another mineral found in dates is potassium, excellent for stopping diarrhea. Potassium heals the intestinal flora and enables the intestines to create more beneficial bacteria.
3. Deals with constipation
Aside from treating diarrhea, dates can help with constipation problems as well. Place dates in clean water during the night and the next morning, consume the dissolved juices to enhance the bowel’s performance. It is the most natural laxative ever.
4. Keeps the optimal body weight
Dates are full of nutrients which can regulate the body weight and prevent excess fat build up. Eat them on an empty stomach for best results. Since they contain no cholesterol, dates are the perfect slim down food to have at home. However, they are very rich in sugar, so take them moderately to prevent weight gain as a side effect.
5. Regulates the cholesterol level
The bad body cholesterol, also known as LDL, can be easily treated by consuming dates. They also provide blood vessels cleanse and do not allow fats to get attached to the heart and cause blood clots.
6. Natural heart strengthener
The heart benefits hugely from eating dates. To get optimal benefits, soak dates in water and leave the overnight. The next morning, strain dates and remove seeds. Blend seeds with water and consume during the day.
7. Blood pressure regulator
Alongside the heart, dates take care of the blood pressure, too. Full of potassium and almost no sodium, dates are strongly recommended for balancing the blood pressure levels. Furthermore, 5 or 6 dates contain about 80 milligrams of magnesium. This mineral expands the blood vessels and boosts the circulation. If you take around 370 mg of magnesium, as some studies suggest, this amount will lower your blood pressure instantly.
8. No risks of stroke
Dates are very powerful when it comes to keeping the nervous system safe, thus preventing strokes of any sort. All this happens thanks to the potassium content found in dates. Just 400mg or more of potassium a day can reduce the risk for stroke by 40 percent.