Many of us suffer from sleep deficiency or sleep disorders, which influences our entire life and health. Namely, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, insufficient sleep is a public health problem and people have spent thousands of dollars and hours trying to find a solution to their problem.
You may have tried numerous ways as well, such as a better mattress, banana tea and other remedies, medications or relaxation techniques. If you haven’t solved this issue yet, then, this article will save you!
Probably the majority of you do not know that the quality of the air can affect their quality of sleep as well as their overall health and wellness. Mold and other airborne contaminants can be a major underlying factor in illness and disease.
As probably in all cases, we eventually turn to Mother Nature and try to find the solution in its numerous plants and herbs. This is not an exception.
Undoubtedly, the more indoor plants in your home, the purer air you will breathe. Moreover, you will see that the annoying symptoms you’ve been experiencing for years will begin to improve.
If you bring certain plants into your house, you can significantly improve your sleep and feel a great number of health benefits, including:
A recent research conducted by NASA investigated the calming and cleansing effect of plants on the environment. The following 5 plants are the most effective ones for improving your sleep and enhancing the vibe of your bedroom:
English Ivy Plant
NASA named the English Ivy the number one best air-purifying plant. This plant is classy and easy to grow. Research has shown that this beneficial plant in the home helps to reduce airborne mold by up to 94%!
It is especially useful in the case of asthma or breathing problems at night. As allergies, asthma and breathing problems occur mostly due to contaminants in the air, this affordable plant may significantly improve the quality of your sleep.
As they are easy to keep alive and are great for interior decorating, snake plants are already popular indoor plants. These plants improve air quality by filtering the oxygen and thus improving the overall atmosphere of a home. According to some studies, the snake plant may help to avoid eye irritation, respiratory symptoms and headaches and may also improve productivity levels.
Aloe Vera Plant
The Aloe Vera plant is also known as the ‘plant of immortality’ and can be reproduced easily. This excellent indoor plant contains numerous beneficial properties, and it is very easy to be kept alive.
Aloe Vera was also on the list of top air-improving plants by NASA. This plant has been shown to emit oxygen at night, which may help with insomnia and improve the overall quality of sleep. Hence, spread this popular medicinal plant all over you house and enjoy its benefits!
The smell of this exotic plant can provide numerous benefits. It reduces stress and anxiety, but it also improves the quality of sleep, as well as the alertness and productivity the next day! Just smelling this plant may help to reduce anxiety and stress.
You have probably used and felt all the benefits of the lavender oil, but growing a lavender plant will provide extremely positive effects as well. Lavender, in all its forms, has been shown to help reduce anxiety and stress, slow heart rate, improve sleep and may even help reduce crying in babies.
Take just a little time during the day and enjoy the ancient art of acupressure, and you will quickly be amazed of how it can relieve stress and prevent and alleviate numerous ailments, including flu and colds.
In this article we give you some useful tips on how to apply some pressure on a particular area of the hand and alleviate sore throat, cough, runny nose and pain.
Unlike acupuncture, where you have to get needles inserted into a certain point of your body, acupressure covers the entire surface, and has a stimulating effect on the entire body.
And you can do it all by yourself.
Step one: Relax
Before you start, make yourself comfortable in a chair or armchair.
Do not cross your legs.Breathe evenly.
Warm up your hands well, rubbing them together for about a minute, to increase the energy and make them more sensitive.
Grasp the opposite hand and place your hands on your thighs.
Start stimulating the desired acupuncture point.
If you feel any pain during the massage, do not forget to inhale and exhale slowly and deeply.
What area of your fingers to massage?
Cold: massage the first section of the tip of your thumb, to stimulate the nose and throat.
This type of massage relieves respiratory problems and difficulties swallowing, nasal congestion, cough.
Sore throat (pharyngitis and laryngitis): Stimulate the lower part of the thumb, to relieve sore throat, difficulty swallowing, hoarseness and other symptoms.
Pain in the sinuses and sinusitis: the points that correspond to sinus cavities are located at the tips of all four fingers except the thumb. Massage these points as close as you can to the tips of the nails.
This relieves pain in the sinuses, headache, dizziness, feeling of pressure in the head, stuffy nose and difficulty breathing and it also stimulates the secretion of mucus.
Influenza: apply some pressure on the pads of all fingers.
This relieves pain in muscles and the entire body, and provides a relaxing and soothing effect.
For a better effect, gently massage the delicate skin between the toes, as this stimulates the lymphatic system.
You will also stimulate the elimination of excess fluids and toxins from the body.
How does acupressure help your body?
Acupressure has several effects on the body:
Prevention: Applying regular pressure on the main acupuncture points helps in maintain good health and it can aid in the prevention and development of certain diseases
Diagnostic effect: Great discomfort or pain while pressuring certain points may indicate another problem, related to the function of a particular organ
Therapeutic effect: Systematic and regular stimulation can improve overall health
The most important benefit of acupressure is its ability to relieve tension, because the pressure on certain points directly affects relaxation and restores body balance.
The general state of the organism improves greatly, because the massage stimulates circulation and oxygen flow.
This stimulates the creation of lymph which regulates the elimination of harmful substances from the body and affects the creation of immune cells.
The application of acupressure stimulates the excretion of substances in the body that trigger pain.
Also, it can eliminate any blockages in the flow of life energy, and thus helps the body start its self-healing process.
Therefore, try to find some free time to pamper yourself with this ancient gift. It is simple and inexpensive, and your body will be more than grateful.
Making your own vegetable juice at home is beneficial from a number of aspects. It is easy, inexpensive, and not to mention healthy in so many ways. Natural vegetable juice can do wonders and it is effective against inflammation in your body and yet so few people find the time to make it themselves.
However, for those of you who are willing to live healthier, there are plenty of juice recipes who are delicious, easy to make and highly nutritious.
Below is a simple juice recipe for a popular Venezuelan beverage called jugo tres en uno (three in one juice). It is tasty, refreshing, helps against inflammation, and you’ll only need an orange, beet, and carrots.
Orange, beet, and carrot juice recipe
4 organic oranges (any size)
1 organic beet (any size)
2 organic carrots (any size)
Optional: 1 tablespoon honey, liquid stevia, or any natural sweetener of your choice
Wash, peel, and/or prepare the oranges, beet, and carrots, as desired.
Place the oranges, beet, and carrots in a juicer and extract their juice, or you can even mix the ingredients in a blender to desired consistency.
If prefer you can add natural sweetener.
This recipe shouldn’t take up more than 5 minutes of your time.
Of course, you can change how many oranges, beets, or carrots you use in the recipe. You may, for example, use fewer oranges so that your beverage won’t be too sweet, and substitute those oranges with celery, which is packed with vitamin C but low in sugar. Also, to lower the effect on blood sugar, consume the beverage just before you ear and this will limit the release of glucose in your blood.
Rich in potassium, vitamins C, B, and flavonoids (a kind of antioxidants), this juicy fruit is already popular for its many health-giving properties.
The flavonoids the orange contains eases chronic inflammation and wards off other chronic maladies such as osteoporosis, cardiovascular disease, cancer, and dementia.
Beets are packed with thiamine (vitamin B1), but are also rich in anti-inflammatory antioxidants, minerals like manganese, and nitrates. The beet’s antioxidants have been confirmed to help against inflammation and ease oxidative stress and can also be beneficial against chronic conditions such as high blood pressure and atherosclerosis.
Carrots, like the previous two, is also packed with anti-inflammatory qualities and contains minerals like iron, potassium, and magnesium, and is rich in vitamin A and carotenes. Vitamin A, along with fighting inflammation, can sharpen your vision, especially in those who have a deficiency of this vitamin. Moreover, vitamin A maintains your eyesight through the years and deters any potential age-related eye disorders.
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.
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.