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Natural Remedies To Help Prevent Heart Disease

Natural Remedies To Help Prevent Heart Disease

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Heart disease is now the number-one health threat facing women. However, dozens of studies show that keeping your heart in good shape can be surprisingly easy!

Have a pomegranate shot.

This juice is more effective than red wine at shielding your heart against several different dangers and sipping just 1 oz. each day cuts your risk of dangerous blood clots and your production of bad artery-clogging LDL cholesterol.

Pomegranate gets its power from the same pigments that give it its color, polyphenols, which thin the blood and help your liver break down cholesterol. Pomegranate contains another important nutrient, ellagic acid, which is so great at strengthening two skin-supporting proteins (collagen and elastin), it slows skin aging.

Eat roasted peanuts.

Eating a half-cup of humble peanuts daily proves your heart disease risk will drop. Peanuts are a top source of monounsaturated fats, which your liver needs to make artery-clearing HDL cholesterol.

Get a houseplant.

Just keeping your heart pumping slowly and calmly is enough to lower your lifetime risk of heart disease. Looking at greenery reduces your level of the stress hormone epinephrine, which reduces your heart rate five points or more. Spend several minutes each day strolling in a park or in any other green space, and your heart rate will drop as much as 15 points.

Listen to soft music.

Listening to relaxing background music for 30 minutes twice a day can decrease the number of stress hormones circulating in your system. Keeping your blood pressure in check helps prevent damage to artery walls and reduces plaque buildup, keys to ensuring that nutrient-rich blood flows easily to all your organs, including your heart. Tune your radio to an easy listening station or listen to calming background music for free online.

Up your intake of herbs & spices

Cinnamon, thyme, cayenne, cloves, garlic… Adding any of these to your recipes can transform an “okay” meal into something delicious and cut your heart disease risk. The antioxidants in these flavor enhancers block the formation of harmful inflammation inside blood vessels while also reining in the amount of artery-clogging triglycerides that your liver churns out. The recommended dose: 1-1/2 tsp. Daily.

Source: Woman’s World Specials: Reverse Aging

How To Boost Your Happiness Hormones to Live Longer

How To Boost Your Happiness Hormones to Live Longer

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The happiness hormones serotonin and oxytocin don’t only help fight depression. They also cut heart disease, stroke, and Alzheimer’s risk by strengthening arteries, so nutrient-rich blood quickly reaches your organs.

Send some love.

Taking one minute to let someone know that you’re thinking about them can bring about an increase in your oxytocin production 

Take a scented soak.

Relaxing in a warm bath scented with rose, vanilla, jasmine, or lavender can keep your blood levels of serotonin and oxytocin elevated by soothing your brain’s anxiety center. And when your brain is relaxed, it needs less serotonin and oxytocin to function, so more of those hormones are available to cells in the rest of your body.

Take 5-HTP.

Taking 100 mg. of 5-HTP increased serotonin levels, improving mood, energy, immunity-and even fat-burning. Want to sleep more deeply? Taking 5-HTP 30 minutes before bedtime can help. Cutting calories a priority? Take 5-HTP 30 minutes before your biggest meal each day.

Consume protein at breakfast.

After a night of not eating, blood levels of amino acids- the building blocks of serotonin and oxytocin- are low. The fix: Eat a meal containing 2 oz. of amino acid-rich protein, such as eggs, meat, or cheese. It’ll rev the enzymes that keep serotonin and oxytocin levels up, cutting your risk of the blues and blood sugar woes 33%.

Eat berries and kale.

Eating two cups each of berries and leafy greens (like kale) weekly could up your serotonin levels. Both foods are rich in anthocyanins, nutrients that encourage your brain to produce and release this “happy” hormone.

Watch TV.

Getting caught up in a fun, romantic, or emotionally gripping program-enough to make you root for one of the characters- will send your oxytocin levels soaring. Your brain processes movies as if they’re happening, and the empathy you feel for a character stimulates oxytocin release.

Source: Woman’s World Specials: Reverse Aging

Natural Remedies To Stop Thinning Hair

Natural Remedies To Stop Thinning Hair

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By age 50, two-thirds of us have thinner, more brittle hair. Thankfully, at-home remedies can stop it in its tracks and help reverse it if it’s already occurred! Here’s what may be causing your hair loss and how to fix it.

Wash your hair daily.

When scalp cells absorb testosterone, the waste product produced can damage follicles and trigger male pattern baldness, even among women, research shows. Most women cut back on them as their hair thins, hoping that handling their hairless will help. To fix, first, give your scalp a thorough shampooing daily. 

Up your iron intake.

Your ability to absorb iron can plunge after age 55 due to a gradual slowdown in the production of stomach acid and digestive enzymes-and one of the first signs of dipping iron levels in women is all over hair thinning. Eat four oz. of iron-rich beef, chicken liver, shellfish, turkey, chicken, or pork daily paired with something acidic, like tomatoes, bell peppers, strawberries, or orange juice. To maximize the benefit, avoid drinking coffee or tea or consuming calcium-packed dairy with meals containing iron-rich foods.  

Lower your stress level.

Try doing 15 minutes of relaxing yoga twice daily. Gentle stretching and rhythmic breathing help reduce the production of hair-wrecking stress hormones for up to 12 hours.

Watch your vitamin A.

You need vitamin A, but taking in more than 40,000 IU daily can trigger patchy hair loss. The ideal dose for vitamin A is 10,000 IU daily, but many multis have 10,000 IU per pill to add up fast. Get it from orange produce (such as carrots, pumpkin, and sweet potatoes) as beta carotene, a building block of vitamin A that is 100% safe.

Get your thyroid checked.

Losing the hair from your scalp and your eyebrows can signal an out-of-whack thyroid. People think they’ll be exhausted or gain weight if their thyroid isn’t functioning well, yet one of the earliest signs of thyroid trouble is often thinning head and eyebrow hair. Treating a sluggish thyroid can reverse hair loss in as little as ten weeks.

Source: Woman’s World Specials: Reverse Aging

Natural Remedies To Help You Avoid Getting Gallstones

Natural Remedies To Help You Avoid Getting Gallstones

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Gallbladder removal is now one of the most commonly performed surgeries nationwide, and women are twice as likely as men to need it. Women’s bodies have a higher fat content, and fat fuels the creation of gallstones. Here are some Natural Remedies To Help You Avoid Getting Gallstones.

Drink coffee or tea.

Drinking an extra ten oz. of caffeinated black tea or coffee each day can cut your risk of gallstones. Both brews contain plant compounds that, in combination with caffeine, stop cholesterol molecules from clumping in the gallbladder.

And butter to your veggies.

If crystals do form, keeping them small long enough for your gallbladder to remove them is important. Eating two cups of vegetables topped with 1 Tbs. butter or oil daily can help. To maximize this benefit, include 1/2 tsp. of turmeric in your daily diet, or supplement with 500 mg. of curcumin daily. This spice helps flush out gallstones while they’re still as tiny as grains of sand.

Consume coconut oil.

Consuming 1 Tbs. of coconut oil daily sends your risk of gallstones plunging. Coconut oil helps your gallbladder to clear a flood of bile, which sweeps stones out of your system. Coconut oil is great to spread on top of bread or crackers or mixed into rice, oatmeal, and fruit smoothies.

Take curcumin.

Taking a 500-mg. curcumin supplement daily flushes out gallstones before they grow large enough to become a problem. Curcumin helps the gallbladder empty during meals, which keeps bile from pooling and forming clumps.

Eat more lentils & veggies.

Eating 1/2 cup of lentils daily lowers your gallstone risk, and adding an extra cup of vegetables lowers it by another 25%. Both foods are full of soluble fiber and vitamin C, nutrients that reduce gallbladder inflammation, lessening the likelihood of it swelling and clogging.

Snack on nuts.

Adding one oz. of nuts or health nut butters to your daily diet could cut your risk of gallstones. Nuts are loaded with fats that help the gallbladder produce bile properly, so this digestive aid does not form stones.

Have some ACV.

Gallstones start out as tiny crystals, which is why preventing those crystals from forming is crucial. And apple cider vinegar can help. Sipping 1 Tbs. diluted in 8 oz. of water before each meal will stimulate your gallbladder to contract strongly, flushing out bile, a digestive fluid that contains particles from which those crystals can form.

Get your daily C. 

A daily 1,000-mg. dose of vitamin C can slash your risk of gallbladder flareups. C reduces swelling inside the gallbladder’s narrow ducts, making it easier for tiny crystals to flow right through instead of getting stuck and causing a painful blockage.

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Source: Woman’s World Specials: Reverse Aging

Natural Remedies To Soothe Sore Feet

Natural Remedies To Soothe Sore Feet

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Whether it’s your heels, toes, or your arches that are hurting, natural relief is at hand! Check out these natural remedies to soothe sore feet.

Stretch.

If you feel a needle-like pain in your heel whenever you stand, that’s plantar fasciitis. Plantar fasciitis is a swelling of the ligament that runs from your heel to the ball of your foot. Before you get out of bed, reach down and lightly pull your toes toward you to stretch your foot. Hold that for 10 seconds, then repeat twice. This stretch eases heel pain within two weeks.

Take B vitamins.

B vitamins keep your nerves healthy and robust. If your levels fall, you can get burning, tingling, and even cutting pains in your feet. Take a B-50 complex supplement daily.

Use a cream that contains urea.

To get rid of those bumps, apply a lotion containing at least 20% urea twice daily. Urea-based lotions soften corns within ten days, triggering an improvement in one month! To speed removal, also buff corns with a pumice stone when the skin is soft after bathing.

Take off your shoes.

Whenever possible, take off your shoes and walk around in socks, slippers, or bare feet. It’s a great way to increase circulation and quickly decrease bunion swelling and pain.

Use wintergreen oil.

Wintergreen oil is full of methyl salicylate, a natural anti-inflammatory that’s readily absorbed through the skin. Try massaging diluted wintergreen oil (six drops mixed with two oz. of any moisturizer) into your feet improves circulation and decreases spasms, ending the pain within five minutes and preventing future flareups if done daily. 

Practice cold & hot soaks. 

Fill a tub with cold water, the other with hot water. Sit down and dip your feet in the cold water for one minute, then in hot water for one minute; repeat three times. 

Heal heal cracks.

Mix five crushed-up aspirin with 1/2 tsp. each lemon juice and water. Spread on your skin; wait 10 minutes, rinse—buff with a pumice stone, and dab on a urea-based cream.

Source: Woman’s World Specials: Reverse Aging

Natural Ways To Take Charge of Your Feminine Health

Natural Ways To Take Charge of Your Feminine Health

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It’s smart to keep your uterus and ovaries in top condition so they can continue secreting disease-fighting proteins! Here are some great ways for you to Take Charge of Your Feminine Health in a natural way.

Eat fish.

Eating six oz. of any fish, three times a week lowers your risk of uterine or ovarian cancer. Fish’s omega-3 fatty acids are proven to enhance your immune system’s ability to kill cancerous cells before they can grow and spread.

Consume lots of green veggies.

Fibroids, benign uterine tumors, are the top cause of hysterectomies. But you can decrease your risk just by eating 1-1/2 cups of green vegetables a day. Natural plant compounds called isoflavonoids to assist your liver in quickly pass excess estrogen.

Take vitamin D.

The second most common cause of hysterectomies is severe menstrual cramping and heavy bleeding. Taking 2,000 IU of vitamin D-3daily can lower your risk of painful periods. 

Drink coffee or tea. 

Drinking three cups of coffee or four cups of tea daily can lower your risk of uterine and ovarian troubles. Both are full of tissue-nourishing compounds that rev your defenses against gynecologic cancers, fibroids, and other hormone-triggered woes.

Get enough dairy.

Adding a serving of dairy to your daily diet, that’s, one cup of milk, yogurt, or cottage cheese or 1-1/2 oz. of hard cheese, can reduce your risk of developing endometriosis. Dairy’s balanced blend of calcium, protein, and milk fats helps the uterine lining grow and normally shed each month so that excess tissue doesn’t build up in the pelvic area of women who are still menstruating.

Walk every day.

Getting 20 minutes of exercise a day will ease your symptoms and cut your risk of gynecologic cancers. Exercise increases blood flow to and from the pelvis, flushing away pain-triggering that can fuel the growth of fibroids, endometriosis, and cancers Prostaglandin hormones. It also reduces estrogen production.

Take probiotics.

Probiotic supplements not only help prevent yeast infections. Taking Lactobacillus gasseri helps protect against endometriosis. The same probiotic can decrease related pelvic pain, backache, and other symptoms in three months.

Get your greens.

Studies show that eating a cup a day of spinach or another dark leafy green cuts fibroid risk. Isoflavonoids in greens help your liver eliminate the excess estrogen that feeds fibroids. Taking 2,000 IU of vitamin D daily turns off enzymes that rev fibroid growth, shrinking small ones.  

Eat more nuts.

Eating two cups of nuts a week lowers your breast cancer risk, and it reduces your risk of benign breast disease-noncancerous lumps. Nuts have minerals and plant fats that stimulate breast cells to divide normally.

Have a berry smoothie.

Eating three cups of fresh or frozen berries weekly can cut your risk of uterine cancer. The fiber in berries blocks the absorption of uterus-damaging carcinogens in the digestive tract. The colors in the berries enhance the ability of white blood cells to kill precancerous growths. Eating berries helps stop menopausal brain fog and slows skin aging.

Source: Woman’s World Specials: Reverse Aging

Remedies To Fight Fatigue Naturally

Remedies To Fight Fatigue Naturally

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Often tired-even after a good night’s sleep? The chances are that a hidden nutrient deficiency could be a culprit. Finding the main cause of your fatigue, then eating the right food can help you stay focused and energized all day.

Eat raisins & almonds.

If you are tired by lunchtime, you may be low on boron, a mineral that stimulates midday production of energizing brain waves. Snacking on a 1/2 cup of raisins or almonds each day can fix a boron deficiency. Other sources of boron are apples and dried apricots. Or take a 3-mg. boron supplement daily.

Consume more protein.

One in five of us has too little iron right now, a problem often marked by a steep fall in stamina. Eating 4 oz. of iron-rich lean meat, poultry or fish daily could cut your tiredness.

Have a baked potato.

Potatoes are rich in potassium, a mineral that prods your adrenal glands to release energizing adrenaline. So if your potassium levels dip, so does your ability to get through the day. Other signs: foot cramps, charley horses, and/ or heart palpitations. Eating a potassium-packed baked potato with the skin each day could decrease your tiredness within a week. Other options are plain non-fat yogurt, mushrooms, or a 200-mg. potassium supplement every day.

Make some guac.

The cause of anxiety may be a deficiency of B vitamins, which are vital for healthy nerves and brain cells. Avocados are rich in B vitamins. Plus, they’re high in nutrients that help stop the exhausting blood pressure fluctuations that can be triggered by anxiety.

Eat red peppers.

As many as one in two of us has periodontal disease, which causes chronic inflammation, making it a common cause of chronic fatigue. If you have any bleeding in the gums when you floss or brush or redness or puffiness along your gum line, it could signal that you’re low in vitamin C. Eating a daily cup of red peppers-which pack nearly three times more vitamin C than an orange-will do the trick. Other foods that deliver lots of vitamin C include onions, kale, broccoli, cauliflower, and kiwis. Or you can take 500 mg. of vitamin C daily.

Natural Remedies to Avoid Type 2 Diabetes

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Cases of Type 2 diabetes have gone up 61% in the last few years, and many are on the brink of developing it right now. Yet nearly all cases can be prevented- a fact that’s truer today than ever before, thanks to new breakthroughs!

Take Panax ginseng.

Taking 200 mg. to 400 mg. of this herb daily lowers blood sugar by helping your pancreas produce a stream of insulin. Ginseng can lose effectiveness if used continuously, so take it for two months, then take two weeks off.

Add walnut oil to your diet

This light nutty-tasting oil could cut your risk of diabetes. Walnut oil has two healthy fats that help reverse insulin resistance, so your cells quickly burn blood sugar for energy—eating 2 oz. daily will do the trick too.

Snack on yogurt.

Eating on three cups each week of yogurt containing live probiotic bacteria cuts your diabetes risk. These healthy bacteria improve your pancreas’ ability to control blood glucose.

Whip up some spuds.

Getting within 10 pounds of your goal weight takes such a burden off your pancreas. It cuts your risk of diabetes five-fold-and eating one fiber-rich baked potato (with the skin) daily can help you shed those pounds.

Eat avocados.

Eating a few tablespoons of avocado each day can steady your blood sugar. Avocados are full of oleic acid and phytosterols, which help your body use glucose properly, stopping blood sugar from spiking.

Do your chores.

Getting in 25 minutes of activities like those into your day improves your insulin sensitivity and reduces your risk of diabetes.

Sip rosehip tea.

Drinking three cups of rosehip tea daily can stop the big blood sugar surges linked to full-blown diabetes. Compounds in rose hips nourish the liver, helping it absorb blood sugar and quickly burn it to produce heat.

Make homemade noodles.

Simply boiling up your own pasta instead of reaching for packaged instant noodles helps protect you from the blood sugar surges that mark prediabetes. Eat whole grains such as brown rice, slow-cooking oats, and homemade popcorn. They’re full of fiber that also stops sugar surges, plus they contain minerals that help your muscles use blood sugar for fuel.

Eat sweet potatoes.

Two cups of sweet potatoes weekly can cut your diabetes risk. Sweet potatoes are full of nutrients that heal and energize your pancreas, helping it produce sugar-controlling insulin.

Adopt a bedtime routine.

A nighttime routine that helps you drift off easily improves your blood sugar. It also can reverse prediabetes in 72 hours. Adequate sleep cuts your carb cravings, and that’s the ticket to great blood-sugar control.

Source: Woman’s World Specials: Reverse Aging

Natural Ways to Reduce Your Risk Of Colon Cancer

Natural Ways to Reduce Your Risk Of Colon Cancer

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A healthy diet tops the list for colon cancer prevention. Find out what to eat and what to avoid to reduce your risk of developing colon cancer.

1. SIP COFFEE

People who drink four or more cups of antioxidant-rich coffee a day, regular or decaf, have a lower risk of colon cancer than coffee abstainers.
 

2. GET MORE D.

People with the highest levels of vitamin D circulating in their bloodstreams are less likely to get colon cancer than those with the lowest levels. Vitamin D guards against colon polyps, which is the precursor to cancer. Try to aim for 1,000 IU of D each day.
 

3. SLIM DOWN.

Obese women are shown to have a higher risk of getting colon cancer. Dropping 20 pounds lowers your risk, and keeping it off decreases your risk to normal levels.
 

4. TAKE A MULTIVITAMIN.

Try taking 400 mcg. a day of folic acid, which is the amount in most multivitamins.
 

5. FLAVOR WITH TURMERIC.

Curcumin, the yellow pigment in turmeric, destroys colon cancer cells within 24 hours. Try for 1/8 tsp. of turmeric daily.
 

6. GET TESTED!

Getting a colonoscopy to find and remove precancerous polyps decreases your colon cancer risk. You should schedule one soon if you’re over age 50 or have a family history of colon cancer or inflammatory bowel disease.

 

7. ENJOY MORE BERRIES.

Enjoying two servings of fruit each day lowers your risk of getting precancerous intestinal polyps. While all fruit is full of things that nourish and repair damaged intestinal cells, fresh and frozen berries have an advantage. They are so full of nutrients that block troublemaking irritation in your digestive tract. Just including 1/2 cup of them can lower your risk.
 

8. TAKE SUPPLEMENTS.

Taking 2,000 IU of vitamin D-3 daily helps keep intestinal cells functioning properly, cutting your colon-cancer risk.
 

9. TOSS A SALAD.

Eating 1 cup of romaine lettuce and 1/8 cup of onions each day can cut your colon cancer risk. Romaine contains proven cancer fighters-4.100 IU of vitamin A, plus 1,000 mcg. of lutein and zeaxanthin per cup. Onions are full of sulfur, a compound that increases your immune system’s ability to destroy abnormal colon cells before they turn cancerous.
 

10. SNACK ON NUTS.

Nuts are rich in beta-sitosterol, a compound that stops the growth of abnormal colon cells. 1/4 cup daily does the trick. If your risk is a little higher than normal due to polyps or family history, a trio of nutrients in nuts-omega-3 fats, manganese, and magnesium is shown to switch off the genes that encourage abnormal cells to grow.
 

11. TAKE A WALK.

Getting at least 30 minutes of exercise each day-leisurely strolls count!-cuts your risk of intestinal cancers. Exercise helps keep you regular, and that gets rid of toxins from your digestive tract before they can cause harm.
 

12. EAT CORN.

It’s full of inositol hexaphosphate, a nutrient that a breakthrough study shows can lower your risk of colon cancer. IP6 encourages intestinal cells to grow and divide in a normal way.
How to Naturally Lower High Cholesterol Without Meds

How to Naturally Lower High Cholesterol Without Meds

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It’s never too late to decrease your bad LDL cholesterol, a fat that can attach to artery walls, increasing your risk of heart disease, stroke, Alzheimer’s, and cancer. When your LDLs decrease, your immune system starts cleaning out any bits of plaque, making them fade or even disappear. Here’s how to do it.
 

Eat oatmeal & berries.

Eating one cup of oatmeal topped with 1/2 cup of berries daily could cut your LDL level in one month. Oatmeal is rich in fiber that obstructs fat absorption in the intestines. They’re packed with plant compounds that help your liver rein in its LDL output.
 

Relax more.

Decreasing your stress level lowers your risk of LDL woes. Relaxing decreases your production of cortisol, a stress hormone that causes LDLs to increase, even if you’re eating a healthy diet.
 

Snack on raw veggies.

Consuming three cups of veggies a day, at least one cup raw, can decrease plaque buildup in your arteries. Vegetables include nutrients that coat cholesterol, making it too slippery to stick to artery walls. Raw vegetables have more nutrients than cooked vegetables.
 

Lift weights.

Weight training pushes your liver to burn cholesterol for energy. Twenty minutes of lifting light weights three times weekly can cut your LDLS! As long as you’re developing muscle, your cholesterol control will get better.
 

Track your LDLs.

To keep your arteries healthy and plaque-free, National Institutes of Health experts recommend keeping LDLS below 100 mg/dL-and getting them checked every five years to be sure you’re on track. For the most accurate reading, wait six weeks if you’ve recently had a bad cold or other illness. Fighting infections disrupts your liver’s LDL output, making blood tests less accurate.
 

Supplement with tocotrienols.

Tocotrienols are natural forms of vitamin E that can reduce your LDL level. How? By switching off, the liver enzymes churn out the artery-clogging cholesterol.
 

Have yogurt for breakfast.

Eating a cup of yogurt with cultures daily can cut your LDLs. The fatty acids and probiotic bacteria speed the breakdown of LDLs in your liver. To increase the benefit, eat up to 1/2 cup of cheese daily, too. The calcium and protein in cheese help clean out dietary fats before they are converted into LDLs.
 

Drink rooibos tea.

Drinking four to five cups of fruity rooibos tea daily can lower your LDLs. Rooibos comes from a South African plant and is the only natural source of aspalathin, which helps your liver keep blood fats balanced.