Natural Medicine

Nowadays, it’s been our nature to go to hospital and seek medical help from licensed medical practitioners but if you think about it, back then, they don’t have all these things. How do people from ages ago cure their diseases and heal? People from back then use natural medicine to prevent and cure diseases using traditional methods and practices, getting healing benefits from plants.

Aside from feeding the body with nutrients we need, plants provide us help in healing certain ailments. Some are just in our kitchens left ignored. Here are some of them:

Garlic

Garlic is very nutritious filled with vitamins and minerals namely manganese, vitamin B6, vitamin C, fiber and some calcium, copper, iron, potassium, phosphorus and vitamin B1. Garlic can help in eliminating toxins from the body and can also serve as antibiotic for some bacteria commonly with campylobacter bacterium which causes stomach-related diseases. Garlic is also thought to lower blood pressure as it helps relax the blood vessels.

Onion

Onion have been used to cure certain illness such as asthma, allergic bronchitis, cough and colds. It contains antioxidant compounds to help neutralize free radicals in the body. It also has antibacterial properties that could be used as antifungal. Onion can help in oral hygiene as it can be used to prevent tooth decay and oral infections. It may not sound so good but chewing raw onions for 2 to 3 minutes can kill germs in the oral area and the areas around it like the throat and lips.

Ginger 

Ginger, like onion and garlic, is one of the most common spices in our household since the ancient times. It is known that it’s good for the throat but it’s also good for a lot of other things like improving bone health, boosting the immune system, increasing the appetite, preventing several types of cancer, improving respiratory conditions and relieve pains associated with menstrual disorders. It is also used for curing inflammation and diarrhea.

Sometimes, all we need to do is to turn to what was originally designed for us. This world is already equipped with everything we need. We just need to have knowledge of what was and what is.

How Detoxification Boosts our Health and Wellness

We only have one body and with our lifestyle nowadays, we are prone to toxins that are harmful to our body that have increased today’s mortality rate. Since it’s difficult not to inhale the same polluted air and eat the same processed foods, especially when you’re living in the urban areas, might as well know how to protect and take care of the body. Detoxification is a process of cleansing and nourishing the body by removing the toxins, nourishing it with healthy foods and relaxing our body avoiding stress.

How does detoxification work?

Detoxification works by cleaning the blood by removing impurities from the liver where toxins are processed for elimination. Detoxification is also done to other organs that eliminate waste from our body namely our colon which eliminates fecal waste, kidneys which eliminate extra water called urine, lungs which eliminate carbon dioxide, lymph which eliminates dead blood cells, pathogens, toxins, and cancer cells, and the skin working together with the kidney eliminates excess liquid from the body through perspiration or sweat.

How do we detoxify the body?

Clean and purify your environment. Tidy up and get rid of pesticides, air freshener and other chemicals that are present in your surroundings.

Avoid additives and preservatives. Avoid processed foods which use a lot of additives and preservatives like canned goods, hotdogs, bacon, chips and any other foods that are not natural and have been altered during preparation.

Eat fresh. From the very beginning, nature is already loaded with all that we need. Go natural and take what nature has to offer. Eat fresh fruits and vegetables. Drink plenty of water and avoid anything else that has color and flavor that are manmade.

Be happy and stress free. Again, nature is the key. Go somewhere where you can relax and free your soul from the everyday toxicity of life. Go to the beach and get some tan, go hiking and see the world from above or go to anywhere that you feel relaxed and happy.

 Just like everything else, our body, and especially our body, needs cleaning from time to time to restore optimum health. Just like everything else, our body will work properly if taken care of properly.

Learning the ABC of Health and Wellness

We, whether we like it or not, will grow and our body will develop from infant to adult. It is important that we make it happen the right way. What do we need to grow properly, to reach our optimum body growth and development? We need vitamins and minerals as they control the absorption of other nutrients and without them, health issues may arise. Vitamin and mineral deficiency is one of the cause why our body fails to work properly and often times may lead to more serious problems. There are 13 major vitamins, which apart from vitamin K and D need to be taken from the food we eat. What are these vitamins and minerals and where do we get them?

A – Vitamin A is the generic name for retinoids and is a fat-soluble substance which means you should not eat foods that are high in fat when you are taking Vitamin A. It helps us have healthy glowing skin and better eyesight. We can get this from apricots, carrots, pumpkin, mangoes, dark green leafy vegetables, egg yolk, oily fish, melons, sweet potatoes, spinach, tuna and tomatoes.

B1 – Vitamin B1 is good for our nervous system and it helps break down carbohydrates. It can be obtained from most foods like cereals, wholegrains, nuts and brewer’s yeast.

B2 – Vitamin B2 helps to repair body tissues and can be found in brewer’s yeast, dairy products, eggs and wheat bran.

B3 – Vitamins B3 is essential for tissue chemical reactions and can be found in wheatgerm, wholegrain cereals, meat and fish.

B6 – Vitamin B6 is for the nervous system, skin and red blood cells. It is important to ensure proper function, including fat and protein metabolism, of the body. Also, it is vital in helping to create neurotransmitters that are essential for brain function. Vitamin B6 can be found in avocados, bananas, beef, chicken, egg yolk, fish, liver, meat, brown rice, potatoes, whole wheat and peanuts.

B12 – Vitamin B12 also known as cobalamin essential in keeping electric impulses moving through the body. It is good for healthy blood and nerves and can be found in eggs, fish (including shellfish), clams, ham, oysters, king crab, salmon and tuna.

C – This may be the most familiar vitamin to us. It helps strengthen our immune system to fight infections, protects the esophagus, oral cavity, stomach and pancreas from cancer by neutralizing free radicals. Vitamin C offers its own electrons reducing oxidative damage to DNA. It also helps keep joints and ligaments work properly. Vitamin C can be found in pineapple, broccoli, peppers, strawberries, oranges and other citrus fruits.

D – Vitamin D intake is essential for the regulation of calcium and phosphorus absorption. It also helps in maintenance of healthy bones and teeth and can be found in eggs, fatty fish, margarine, fish liver oils and from early morning sunlight.

E – Vitamin E may prove to be one of the most powerful nutrients. It helps fight fatal diseases of the heart and respiratory system, prevents cancer and boosts the immune system. Vitamin E can be found in vegetables, soybean, corn, sunflower seeds, whole green and spinach.

K – About 50% of vitamin k body needs is naturally produced by our own intestinal bacteria. Its main job is to help the blood clot when we are injured. It can be found in cauliflower, broccoli and green leafy vegetables.

Knowing the importance of vitamins and knowing how to get them is important when you want to live healthy and it is better to get them from the food we eat. The fresher the food, the higher the vitamin content so remember to eat them fresh!