Internal Usage of Organic Aloe Vera Products

Internal Usage

Internally, Aloe Vera is used in the following Industries:

1. Natural Health Care Industry (Complementary and Alternative Medicine): The bio-active properties of the Aloe Vera are therapeutic and the plant has a long established reputation in the world of Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAMS). It is used for both topical (skin) and internal use.

Used internally it assists people who suffer from health concerns like immune deficiency (HIV, AIDS, flu, low energy, etc), digestive system (health concerns with stomach, intestine, ulcers, etc), cardiovascular concerns (high blood pressure and high cholesterol levels), diabetes (concerns with unstable blood sugar levels), arthritis (joint pain).

Research has also indicated that it is found in products related to animal health care. A lot of the healing properties which work on humans can also be applied to animals.

2. Food & Beverage Industry (Functional Food): In the beverage market, the drinkable juice provides beneficial properties due to its good regulating action in the digestive system and in complementary form for gastritis treatments, ulcers and others. It is also used in drinks for athletes and sportsmen, like tonic and purifier of the organism.

Aloe Vera is known to be used in assisting people with the following health conditions:

Diabetes

Diabetes mellitus is a disorder of carbohydrate metabolism characterized by lowered insulin secretion. Some patients take insulin daily to maintain healthy blood sugar levels and others only watch their diet to ensure that the blood sugar levels are maintained in a healthy way.

The wonder plant cannot replace or cure diabetes but is a great product to supplement diabetic treatments as it contains a large content of glycol-nutrients which will not elevate blood sugar levels and is also highly beneficial in wound healing. Wound healing with diabetic patients is very slow and sometimes in severe cases not present at all.

An early clinical trial in India was conducted where 3000 mildly diabetic patients were fed bread incorporating it’s gel – 90% showed a reduction in blood sugar levels. Many studies have been conducted in mice with very favorable results. However, fewer trials have been conducted on humans. Studies that have been conducted on humans have shown that it stimulates insulin secretion and lowers blood sugar down to its normal state.

Immune Deficiency Conditions

It has been shown to be a compound that may help neutralise the HIV by transforming the protein envelope, so it cannot invade human cells. This could help stop the virus from multiplying in the body and thereby helps to keep the immune system stronger. It also helps the absorption of vitamins and other minerals and nutrients. Additionally it lines the abdominal cavity and has been shown to reduce abdominal pains commonly associated with HIV patients.

Currently, more and more research is being conducted into the complimentary treatment of HIV/AIDS sufferers. Carrington laboratories have shown that the glycol-nutrients contained in it stimulate phagocytosis – where the cell can break down invading organisms and enhances antiviral activity of the HIV to produce a defective virus. Previously mentioned Aloe Vera contains, Beta-carotene, Vitamins C, E, B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, B12, Pyroxidien, Choline and Thiamine – These vitamins are all vital to keep up the immunity of the HIV patient.

Digestive Conditions

Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) refers to shifting abdominal pain with alternating constipation and diarrhoea. This is sometimes described as irregular or disturbed bowel function. In earlier times it was called ‘spastic colon’.

It has a tonic effect on the intestinal tract and can allow for reduced transit time in the bowel. A very important note, it can improve the bacterial flora with a decrease in the presence of yeasts and a reduction in pH – so with Aloe Vera this is normalized naturally. Tests conducted confirm that bowel putrefaction was reduced and protein digestion and absorption improved with the ingestion of the plant.

Tests conducted by Doctor Jeffrey Bland of the Linus Pauling Institute of Science and Medicine in California confirm that bowel putrefaction was reduced and protein digestion and absorption improved with the ingestion of Aloe Vera. The study involved the results of Aloe Vera on the gastro intestinal tract. There was a faster movement of food through the bowel with better protein digestion and absorption, an increase in water in the stool made it bulkier, and a normalization of stool bacteria, where there had previously been high levels of yeasts in some of the subjects. With such benefits, many of those suffering from I.B.S and Ulcerative Colitis have enjoyed much relief and a reduction in their symptoms, after using Aloe Vera. As Aloe Vera is not a cure for either of these conditions, it has been noted that if the use of Aloe Vera is discontinued, the symptoms will return within a few days.

Cholesterol Conditions

Aloe Vera contains a phyto-sterol/beta-sitosterol. Beta-sitosterol is a competing sterol that will enter the blood. The body can use and break down beta-sitosterol simply with no side effects. As a result the dangerous LDL cholesterol will pass out of the body without doing damage. With time – our body will produce less LDL cholesterol and so the levels will drop.

Natural News states that Aloe Vera Gel improves the quality of blood and helps re-balance the blood chemistry – this in turn lowers cholesterol and total triglyceride levels in people with elevated levels.

In a long term study conducted in Korea in 2003 revealed that the hepatic cholesterol levels significantly increased in a control group during aging versus the group that had been supplementing with Aloe Vera which decreased by more than 30%. The conclusion is that life-long supplementation with Aloe Vera suppressed free-radical oxidation damage and age-related increase in hepatic cholesterol.

High Blood Pressure

Blood pressure is controlled by the balance of Calcium, magnesium and potassium in relation to sodium. Should these ratios be balanced – a large improvement in high blood pressure will occur quickly. Homocysteine – High levels of homocysteine in the blood cause sticky blood or blood cells to clot and these then would also battle to go through blocked arteries.

Homocysteine levels can be reduced by supplementation of Vitamin B12. Vitamin B12 is also one of the components of Aloe Vera. Aloe Vera should decrease these levels, thus blood will then be better able to deliver life giving oxygen to the cells in the body. Aloe Vera also contains Vitamin C and Salicylic acid which will help dilate capillaries and strengthen these capillaries, assisting blood to flow more freely and reduce blood pressure.

Arthritis

Osteoarthritis is common in elderly people and describes a condition in which the cartilage in the joints wears away, inducing pain and stiffness mainly in weight-bearing joints. Rheumatoid arthritis affects the whole body and not just certain joints. It is an inflammatory disease and joints become inflamed.

Aloe Vera is widely known to reduce inflammation and taking it orally will help with both the osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. It is important to note, that for best results, Aloe Vera should be taken both orally and topically in such cases as rheumatoid and osteoarthritis; which will benefit from the anti-inflammatory properties of Aloe Vera – Topically Aloe Vera can be applied directly to the affected joints to reduce pain. Orally, Aloe Vera’s anti-inflammatory properties will reduce the inflammation in the body and so the inflammation will subside internally.

Regarding osteoarthritis, Aloe Vera stimulates collagen formation – Collagen makes up cartilage so will help to repair the joints where the cartilage has worn away. By taking Aloe Vera life-long, one could reduce their exposure to the inflammation or the wearing away of the cartilage leading to both forms of arthritis.

External Usage

Commonly, consumers find Aloe Vera ingredients in products like:

Facial and body cleansing and moisturizing products like day & night creams, anti-aging creams, facial wash products and body lotions and scrubs.

After sun, skin burn and laser therapy treatments.

Hair and scalp products like shampoos and conditioners

Skin cleaning products like liquid- and solid soaps, hand creams and bath and shower products.

Deodorants and antiperspirants.

Insect repellent products.

Aloe Vera is therefore used a lot in amenities for the Spa and Hotel Industry.

Natural Health Care Industry (Complementary and Alternative Medicine)

The bio-active properties of the Aloe Vera are therapeutic as well and the plant has a long established reputation in the world of Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAMS). The plant is well-known for its trans-dermal properties. It can reach deeper body tissues, allowing it to take all the nutrients of the aloe into the skin. Inflammatory type of skin problems such as eczema, psoriasis, and acne, can benefit from these high transdermal and anti-inflammatory properties. Further results have shown glycol-nutrients act as humectants- a substance that absorbs or helps another substance retain water and moisture. Aloe helps retain moisture in damaged tissue; the penetrating power of Aloe allows water and other moisturizers to sink deeply into the skin, replenishing lost fluids and restoring the fatty layer. Aloe Vera allows uronic acids (which strip toxic materials of their harmful effects) to penetrate deeply, making the cleansing astringent qualities of Aloe more effective.

Aloe Vera is known to be used in assisting people with the following skin conditions:

Skin Burns

Some of the most dramatic results to date are in the treatment of burns. Studies have shown the application of an aloe vera gel can reduce the healing process by one-third the normal time. Aloe Vera is widely used in burn treatment at the trauma centres in California, Illinois, New York and Texas in the US. Aloe Vera possesses the type of enzymatic action that can absorb purulent matter and keep festering sores clean.

Skin Rejuvenation

In studies conducted by Dr Ivan E. Danhof, M.D., Ph.D., president of North Texas Research Laboratories and a retired Professor of Physiology from the University of Texas, the interior gel from Aloe Vera was found to increase production of human fibroblast cells by six to eight times, as compared to normal cell reproduction. Fibroblast cells are found in the dermis of the skin and are responsible for fabricating collagen, the skin’s support protein. During sun exposure and through the normal aging processes, fibroblasts slow their collagen production. As aging continues, the quality of collagen is lessened and wrinkling becomes deeper. Dr Danhof found that it improved fibroblast cell integrity and also quickened the making of collagen.

Psoriasis

Studies have shown that aloe in a gel form can be more effective than using a cortisone product on burns and wounds. A recent study also showed that it is more effective in reducing itchiness, burning, inflammation and irritation on psoriasis skin than a 0.1% cortisone type cream.

Seborrhea

This is a fairly common skin condition, leading to oily, red, and scaly eruptions in areas such as the eyebrows, eyelids, nose, ear, upper lip, chest, groin, and chin. A double-blind, placebo-controlled study of 44 individuals found that four to six weeks of treatment with aloe ointment could significantly reduce symptoms of seborrhea.

Eczema

Many users suffering from eczema have also reported that their symptoms reduced, with smoother and softer skin. It is not surprising that Dr Peter Atherton-a leading authority on Aloe Vera and a research Fellow at Oxford University studying the medicinal effects of the plant supports the claims that it can treat damaged eczematous skin.

Acne

Other valuable components found in it, such as Salicylic acid-an important acne treatment-contains anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory, and exfoliating properties, valuable components in dealing with painful acne type skin. An added advantage is that Salicylic acid found in it will not dry out acne skin, which is quite common when using other salicylic type of creams.

How Does Whole Body CryoTherapy Increase Basal Metabolic Rate (BMR)?

It goes without saying that rapid cooling of the body’s surface causes blood vessels to constrict as the body goes into protection mode, and then once out of the Whole Body CryoTherapy sauna the blood rushes back to heat up those areas. No doubt this action increases metabolism. Now then, with continued regular use of Whole Body CryoTherapy sauna sessions the body will strengthen its immune system and blood delivery system. This will elevate your body’s long-term Basal Metabolic Rate (BMR).

Now then, why is an elevated BMR desirable? Well BMR is your base daily calorie burn before you do much of anything, just existing without workouts. If your base is 1500 calories, then you burn that amount automatically. If you increase your BMR you burn more calories each day. Certainly you will burn more calories warming your body up after a CryoTherapy sauna session, but that is just one day. What about the rest of the year?

If you can raise your BMR you will burn more calories, you can burn more calories by burning them more efficiently. Let’s discuss that for a minute. Increasing your BMR means you burn fat quicker, your body heals itself faster, and you are more efficient with energy as you demand it from your body. Increasing your BMR isn’t difficult; you can do it through a selective diet and high-intensity exercise, and/or get your system better at energy conversion and direct that energy where you need it quickly. The latter is where Whole Body CryoTherapy comes into play. It is interesting to note that a single 3-minute session of Whole Body CryoTherapy will burn as many calories during and after as a high-intensity anaerobic work out.

If you build more muscle in your body you will find it takes more calories to sustain it. You can build muscle through intense work outs. You can do harder workers with faster recovery times back-to-back when you use Whole Body CryoTherapy as part of your strategy. As your body replaces white fat with brown fat, it will take more energy to keep your body warm, thus you’ll burn more calories in doing so. Suffice it to say there are many ways Whole Body CryoTherapy will increase your BMR.

An interesting paper to read on this is; “The Influence of whole body cryotherapy on the levels of some hormones in professional footballers,” by Ilona Korzonek-Szlacheta, Tomasz Wielkoszymski, Agata Stanek, Elzbieta Świętochowska, Jacek Karpe, Aleksander Sieron. Endokrynologia Polska 2007;58(1):27-33.

The conclusion of this research notes: “Whole body cryotherapy leads to a significant decrease in serum T and E2, with no effect on LH and DHEAS levels. As a results of cryotherapy, the T/E2 ratio was significant increased. The changes observed are probably due to cryotherapy-induced alternation in the blood supply to the skin and subcutaneous tissue, as well as to modulation of the activity of aromatase which is responsible for conversion of testosterone and androstendione to estrogens.”

It’s getting harder and harder to deny that Whole Body CryoTherapy is just a fitness fad, the results seem to speak for themselves, which is why entire professional sports teams are now using it.

Lance Winslow is the Founder of the Online Think Tank. Lance Winslow hopes you’ve enjoyed today’s topic. http://www.WorldThinkTank.net – Have an important subject to discuss, contact Lance. Currently, Mr. Winslow is working on a non-fiction eBook about the Future of Human Sports.

Why and How Having Major Surgery Changed My Life for the Better

Here’s my story of why and how major surgery changed my life for the better. Recently I had two obstructed bowel surgeries in a month only eleven days apart. My luck the obstruction grew back, so know the second operation involved removing 6 inches of my bowel, going through all the pain again. The treatment at the hospital with the nurses and doctors was outstanding, let’s face it they saved my life at least twice. This second time around my bowels didn’t wake-up for 13 days. I hadn’t eaten in almost a month, lost 40 pounds starving to death literally. Finally, they put a pic line in me started giving nutritional liquids. Then after 32 days in the hospital they released me, and I could go home to recover fully, and start building backup eating again slowly. However, two days I was back in the hospital again…

The craziest thing happened I felt stabbing pains in my right side when breathing, lifting my arms, or walking wasn’t fun either. They figured-out it was gallbladder that needed to be removed. The problem was a third surgery in a little over a month was too risky. Instead they inserted a drain pipe into my gallbladder hopefully delaying the operation. The idea was to remove the sludge and rest the gallbladder. It worked with one snag instead of 4 weeks it was only in 3 weeks. The drain tube dislodged from my gallbladder so there was pain and burning. They also noticed my pancreas was 10 times the normal number it should be. The cause they believed was the pipe running freely irritating it. The nice part is there are no blockages in the ducts, we are hoping the gallbladder lasts for at least a year before needing the operation to removal.

Now you know what happened, here is why and how major surgery has changed my life for the better…

I’m now making healthier decisions such as stopping cigarettes. If this never happened, I believe my smoking would have gone on until something serious health wise occurred. It is going to take a few more months to eat totally regularly again, but moving forward consuming healthier food is prudent. My life has taken a turn for the better because of not sweating the small stuff, plus appreciating my family and friends even more. I’ve shared this story because it shouldn’t have taken this event to change my life for the better, and stop taking things for granted. I am hoping to inspire those who have or have not experienced major surgery! Now I truly believe the best is yet to come!

Clever Technique Uncovers the Role of Stem Cells in Cartilage Repair

Over 50 million people suffer from arthritis in USA alone. Arthritis is a common enough disease among the elderly, which makes it difficult to even undertake the basic chores like holding a spoon, eating, and walking. Arthritis degrades the cartilage between the bone joints making it a painful and debilitating condition. Over time the body is unable to heal the degeneration of the bones. All that the doctors can only do is to help reduce the pain. Many cases are managed just with the help of therapy, and surgery is only performed in severe cases.

Mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) are found in the bone marrow. The fat and blood in our body helps create cells of various types these include cartilage producing chondrocytes cells. These cells help in restoring arthritis affected joints. There are many sources of MSCs. Muscle-derived MSC is a cell source and sources are placenta, amnion, umbilical cord blood, and ear elastic cartilage.

Injecting MSCs into a joint cartilage has shown effective results. But the puzzle has not been deciphered so far as to how the stem cells work to repair the damage. MSC is said to release a protein factor which in turn helps the body repair its own cartilage damage.

Chondral injury also leads to small and long-term disabilities. There are many surgical treatments available. The cell therapies utilize stem cells by differentiating the many mesenchymal phenotypes and maintaining their multi potency. The MSC is delivered into the knee or injury site through an injection.

There are various tissues in the human body which contain MSCs. These are harvested from the bone marrow, adipose, synovium, and umbilical cord.

Clinical trials have given satisfactory reports on cartilage regeneration after the stem cell implantation. Collagen, polyglycolic acid, hyaluronic acid, and silk fibroin enhance the healing process. They have superior histological and mechanical properties.

Bone marrow-derived stem cell chondrogenic potential has been confirmed by the cell culture studies. Adipose tissue is harvested usually from the patient’s buttock region with the help of tumescent liposuction.

Chondral defect seen in early osteoarthritis knees that were implanted with MSC suspension alone or MSCs with a fibrin glue scaffold have shown better cartilage regeneration than the control group. A final follow-up done after a period of 2 years has shown that results have improved in both groups. While the arthroscopy has revealed better cartilage repair in knees that have been implanted with MSCs and scaffold.

Synovial tissue is another alternative source of stem cells which is utilized for cartilage repair procedure. Two studies have reported about the clinical results of synovial tissue-derived MSC.

Peripheral blood-derived MSCs (progenitor cells) are obtained from peripheral blood. In this procedure the bone marrow the iliac crest is taken at the time of cartilage repair surgery. The harvested bone marrow is then centrifuged, and the bone marrow concentrate is obtained. During the surgery itself, the concentrated aspirate is then transplanted at the chondral defect along with hyaluronic acid or collagen.

Cartilage regeneration is due to many various growth factors and biofactors like insulin growth factor, transforming growth factor-β, and SOX9 which enhance chondrogenesis of MSCs, and gene transfer. Healing is enhanced by these growth factors and because of gene transfer as well as pluripotent cells.

Vegan or Non-Veg, It Doesn’t Matter As Long As You Are Eating Healthy

Nutrition is something which is the cry in today’s fast running life of work and personal life. The balance creation is very necessary. Food is the fuel which we feed to our body that works like a fuel for it. The fuel must be apt for the body in order to work efficiently and protect us against diseases. Eating healthy is the need of the hour as the fast food culture is making the people fall prey to a lot of diseases. Also, it does lead to a proper diet. People go for them because they are easily accessible, cheap and they do not want to cook food as they are too tired to do that for themselves. But this is just not done!

Getting started!

Investing in your body is just as important as breathing. This article focuses on showing that making healthy food is a very easy job plus it is quick. Within no time you can treat yourself in the most healthy way and tasty way. There are some recipes which are very easy-peasy and will keep your body fit and your soul filled with energy so you work more and achieve your dreams.

Vegan Diet:

High intake of fruits and vegetables in the diet of a person leads to high levels of activeness and longer periods of freshness. The amount of salt, saturated fats and cholesterol are found to be less in amount in vegan diet than the non-vegetarian one. A lot of people contend that vegetarian diet are not complete however that is not true. A balanced diet can be made from the plants, foodgrains and pulses available to the people. There are a number of options available in the vegan diet, which you can choose from. Some of them are Potato Broccoli soup; Asiago roasted Brussels sprouts, salads, Lo Mein, cilantro lime rice, home-made vegan nutella etc.

Non-vegetarian diet:

The diet, which includes all sorts of meat, crabs, fishes, chicken, egg etc. Yes, all the non-vegetarians must have already felt the heat building up in their tummy while reading all these types of options available to them. The amount of energy these foods provide is enormous and the person must work out to burn up the calories accumulated in excess to remain fit. This diet usually contains highly saturated fats and hence the meat should be properly cooked, grilled and barbequed before eating. Eating fish can be of immense importance for a person suffering from high blood pressure as it contains the omega acids and magnesium which will help in lowering the blood pressure. Red meat should be avoided as it contains fats and oils which make your blood thicken. This results in making your heart work more and sometimes lead to blockage of heart. This can be dangerous and proper care must be taken before consuming it. Proper exercise must be done after consuming it. Veggies can be incorporated in the diet.

Combo:

A combination of both the diets will help the person to achieve proper balance in diet. This will ensure nutrition and increased levels of activeness. The body will work in its full efficiency as the benefits of both of the ways get incorporated in diet.

The recipes pininterest site is a single stop for ensuring all sorts of recipes being learnt with the help of it. Every sort of recipe is explained in detail with full details and the query box is always there to ask questions.

Things to Eat While Dieting

Gaining weight is an easy task, but losing weight can show you stars in the morning. It’s not a cup of tea for everyone. You have to go the gym, exercise regularly, control your food which is the worst. You workout and after that, you get a food craving, but you can only eat selected things. Here are a few dishes that you can eat while dieting that will fill you up and suppress your cravings.

Whole Eggs – Eggs are very fulfilling without much eating, are high in protein and nutrients, and contains healthy fats. It also helps in building muscles. Hunger can be satiated by whole eggs and it does not increase weight as well. If you have eggs for breakfast you will not feel the need for a snack before lunch. There is a myth about eggs that they raise the number of calories but it is wrong. On the contrary Whole eggs burn more calories and reduce food cravings. You can consume up to 2 eggs a day while on a diet.

Apples – “An apple a day keeps the doctor away”. Plus apples have the potential to keep fat away as well. Apples do have calories, but it is also filled with water and fiber which makes you feel full and is also efficient in reducing hunger pangs. The amount of pectin is high in apples which combined with water restricts your cells to absorb only a certain level of fat. Many doctors will suggest you include apple in your diet if you are in the process of losing weight. If you consume apple an hour and so before mealtime, you will find yourself cutting out on our intake.

Avocado – Avocado is an all-rounder. You can have them any time with anything, be it salads or main course. They are rich in nutrients and healthy fats. They also help in reducing fats, improves vision, benefits your heart. It also has the capacity to reduce food cravings. It is found out in researches that Avocado lowers cholesterol, reduces belly fat. It is the perfect food to consume during weight reduction. You should maintain an average of 1 Avocado per day. Avocado includes Vitamin K, Vitamin E, Potassium, Folate, Vitamin C, Copper, Magnesium, and antioxidants.

Bananas – Bananas are the home of potassium and starch that helps in weight loss. After your workout session if you consume bananas then it will fill all the nutrition needs at that time. Apart from diet benefits bananas can solve your digestion issues. They maintain your blood pressure, eliminating the risks of it shooting up or down. And studies have proven it also prevent strokes in women above 30.

Brown Rice – Brown rice resistant starch, which is a healthy carbohydrate that burn body fat. Brown rice looks after your heart health also. It’s low in calories and makes you feel filled after consuming. It is also considered much healthier than white rice as it has provided more benefits to your body than white rice.

There are many easy to make recipes which are low in calories which you can make at your home while you are dieting. Contact us for the recipes and nutritional guides to help you lose weight.

3 Best Foods for Kidney Stone Prevention

Suffering from stone formation in the kidneys is one of the most common concerns for most people out there. Unhealthy food habits and inadequate water consumption are considered as the prime reasons behind the formation of stones in the urinary tract.

The accumulation of dissolved minerals in the inner lining of the kidneys results in the formation of stones which can grow from small to the size of a large golf ball with a crystalline structure.

As mentioned earlier lack of adequate water intake in the body leads to the formation of stones in the kidney as the insufficient supply of water fails to dilute the uric acid which makes the urine more acidic that gradually lead to stones formation. The most common symptoms of this disorder are bleeding and burning sensation while urination, vomiting, the formation of pus in the urine in association with fever and shivering.

Medical practitioners and researchers suggested maintaining a healthy lifestyle backed up by a nutritious diet plan and most importantly regular consumption of a minimum of 8 – 10 glasses of water or healthy juices lower the risks of stone formation in the kidneys. If you are sufficiently hydrated it will help your system to dilute the chemicals responsible for stone formation.

Apart from water, the inclusion of top 3 food habits in your diet can plays significant role in kidney stone prevention. Such as:

1. Increase in citrus intake: The best sources of naturally occurring citric acid are lemon, oranges, and grapefruits. Citric acid builds a protective shield against the formation of stones in your kidney. It helps in breaking up the potential blocks of stone formation into smaller pieces which get expelled through urination.

2. Include calcium (Vitamin D): Lower your oxalate level by including more calcium into your diet. It is always advisable by the health experts to extract calcium from natural sources rather than from the supplements. Milk, cheese, and yogurt are considered as the prime sources to obtain calcium. Apart from these, dark green vegetables, nuts, seeds, and legumes are also the rich source of calcium. It is equally essential to increase the intake of vitamin D, as it helps in the absorption of more calcium. The lower is the calcium level in your diet, the more is the increase in oxalate level which is primarily responsible for the stone formation.

3. Watery fruits and vegetables: Though drinking sufficient water and healthy fluids are advisable to prevent stones formation, the consumption of watery fruits and vegetables are prescribed by the physicians to get rid of stones. The inclusion of watery fruits and vegetables like watermelon, raspberries, oranges, cucumber, and pineapple help in keeping the body well hydrated thus reducing the possibility of stone formation in the kidneys and urinary tract.

The build-up of stones depends on a lot of factors including hereditary and medical cases have also proved that one person may suffer from kidney stones for multiple times during his/her lifetime and men is the worst sufferer of chronic stone formation. Prevention of causes that are responsible for this complication is a bit tough process which requires some patience and determination. One must not ignore the primary symptoms of stone formation before it takes a fatal leap.

Tapu Goswami, a diet and nutrition expert has given us an insight on how our regular diet and routine lifestyle can acts as a powerful shield against kidney stone prevention. He also discusses about the causes and symptoms related to kidney stone.

Common Health Benefits of Clapping That Can Change Your Life Leading to a Healthy Future

Most people today would be surprised to realize that clapping or applauding with hands is a good exercise for the body that helps to stimulate the organs resulting in its smooth functioning hence scientific research have proved the fact that little babies who have the habit of clapping grow up with smart brains. This physical movement is the direct key to living a cheerful and stress-free life as striking with the palms is a therapy, related to celebrations as well as achievements thus play a major role in healing depression, hypertension, occasional headaches and problems such as hair fall. Clapping during the morning hours of the day such as while praying at the holy places or singing songs helps to activate a large section of the brain gradually improving the health. It is also a useful medicine for curing pains such as arthritis or any other form of ailment in the different parts of the body.

Doctors have suggested for applying to both the hands some coconut or palm oil so as to stimulate the pressure points in the fingers and make them active in order to create energy waves in the body. By striking both the hands helps in better blood circulation in the veins and arteries and is extremely beneficial for those with cholesterol problems. Also, children who are prone to clapping on a daily basis in the schools are likely to have bright academic prospects as they make less spelling mistakes than others as well as increase the levels of concentration. This exercise also helps to improve digestion and make the body more immune to diseases thus allowing to one to remain fit and healthy all life.

In present times the residential areas have established amusement parks for the people to gather for exercises and morning walks. Some of them go there for clapping as a routine affair to have positive effects both on the body and mind. A few minutes of claps can help in better secretion of hormones as well as keep the heart healthy by removing all the obstructions from the blood vessels and other channels. Patients suffering from low pressure can also raise their hands and clap for a faster recovery. It is also extremely effective for enhancing the nervous system hence those spend some time from their hectic schedules for clapping daily feel fresh and active throughout the day. It also acts as a medicine in reducing the blood sugar levels as well as help in curing certain mental diseases such as insomnia, protects the body from infections such as common cold and lungs related problems such as asthma and eye defects. Biologically the hands and palms are the settlements for reflex points that ensure the healing response to the entire body system thereby the health benefits of clapping as a yoga exercise is innumerably resulting in the healthy development of the body for the people of all ages.

Tapu Goswami has done extensive research in the field of health and fitness sciences to keep the mind and body active for a better future.

Immune System Development

Your immune system is your body’s defense mechanism against harmful pathogens, including bacteria, viruses, fungi and parasitic worms, etc. The system is an interactive combination of various ways in which the body recognizes foreign cells, tissues and organisms and proceeds to fight them. The body system is your own, silent intelligence network and private army that identifies harmful organisms and destroys them throughout your life.

The immune can be of two types: Innate and Acquired. All livings beings are created with an auto-immune system or innate immune system. However, while some people are born with a strong immunity, others have to develop it. This is acquired or adaptive immunity. If you need to acquire better immunity, the following practices can strengthen and reinforce it.

1. Good Diet:
All things related to the body start with healthy nutrition consisting of a well-balanced diet. Your immune system is also directly affected by the food you eat. Making some foods part of your staple diet can work wonders for your immune system. Citrus fruits (oranges, lemons, tangerines, grapefruits); berries, particularly strawberries, blueberries, and raspberries; papaya and kiwi are very potent immunity boosters.

Certain vegetables have ingredients, which can considerably enhance the potency of your resistant system. These are carrots, spinach, broccoli, sweet potatoes, red bell peppers, and onions. Even ordinary spices like turmeric, garlic, and ginger have medicinal properties that can toughen weak immune systems. Yogurt, almonds, flaxseeds, and mushrooms are some other foodstuffs, which can boost your immunity considerably.

2. Good Sleep:
Proper rest and sound sleep can perform miracles on your mind and body. It is common knowledge that fatigue, stress, and anxiety have a negative impact on health. Intense stress and fatigue trigger a hormonal imbalance that can wreak havoc on your body with far-reaching consequences for your body’s immunity and the diseases you may be exposing yourself to.

Stress may even lead to loss of sleep, becoming a vicious cycle, which can be catastrophic. Hence, learn to worry less and never compromise on your sleep, however busy you may be. We would do well to follow the old dictum of “early to bed an early to rise”. Make sure you get your minimum daily sleep quota of 8 hours.

3. Reduce Stress:
Exercise and physical activities are good stress busters. They are significant contributors to building better immunity. Physical exertion lowers the level of stress hormones in the body, thus enhancing your immune system. Another stress-preventer is meditation. Apart from keeping you mentally healthy, it also increases the body’s resistance to various bacteria, viral illnesses, and infections.

Spending quality time with your loved ones, being cheerful and having a positive attitude diminishes worries and keeps stress at bay. Stress has no place in the workplace either; you can take short breaks or go on annual vacations to revitalize yourself. Remember this mantra: The lower the stress, the stronger your immunity.

4. Lifestyle Habits:
Smoking and alcohol consumption is bad news for the body but they can be particularly harmful to your immune system as well. What’s more, the dangerous pathogens present in them can actually weaken a strong immune system.

So, try and quit smoking and drink only socially if you want to fortify your body with a strong immune system. Trying to quit smoking may seem difficult, but if you consider how much more potent you can make your immunity, it’s well worth trying. All the best!

7 Important Tips of Staying Hydrated

Water is life. About 98% of our Earth is filled with water and we are 70% water ourselves. Water is God’s best creation and we all know how important it is to stay hydrated. Sometimes, we forget to drink enough water and land ourselves in situations that could have been avoided. Read this article to remind you the importance of staying hydrated.

Flushes Out the Toxins

Make this a habit – Drink a glass of water after you wake up every morning. Water helps to flush out unwanted toxins and bacteria from your bladder and kidney.

Various diseases like Urinary Tract Infections can be caused due to the consumption of less water. Our kidneys are especially sensitive and succumb to diseases easily.

So, staying hydrated will keep the organs healthy, eliminate bodily wastes and keep you away from ailments.

You can even drink detox water every morning. An example of detox water is lemon, water, and honey.

Gives You a Healthy and Glowing Skin

Once we hit puberty, breakouts and acne can become a daily struggle. Using skin care products won’t be useful unless the epidermis is ridden of toxins that cause blackheads, pimples, redness, itching, and irritation.

Drinking water will do that for you. Hydration eliminates the unwanted particles to give you a healthy and glowing skin.

Water also slows down the aging process to keep you looking younger in the long run.

Keeps Your Body Cool

Staying hydrated, especially in the summers is a must. Dehydration causes all sorts of health problems.

The natural way of releasing heat from the body is by the expansion of vessels. Being dehydrated, a higher temperature is required to expand the vessels, making you feel hotter. Staying hydrated will keep you cool on the inside and outside.

Keeps Your Weight in Check

While attempting a diet, you must have read to drink ample of water.

There are two ways by which water keeps your weight in check. Firstly, when your body cells need water, the brain sends you a signal to get more and you start eating instead of quenching your thirst.

Secondly, if you drink water before meals, then your tummy will be filled and you will not eat as much as you would without it.

Keep your cells, body, and mind happy by drinking at least 1-1.5 liters of water everyday.

Your Muscles and Joints Work Better

Water ensures the proper functioning of your muscles and lubricates your joints. You will automatically perform better.

Have you noticed cramps that cause unbearable pain in your calf muscles especially at night? The reason may be dehydration or muscle fatigue. Staying hydrated helps to fight both.

Reduces High Blood Pressure

As we know, our bodies are 70% water. When you are well hydrated, the blood contains 92% of water, which means the blood can move easily.

The water prevents cardiovascular diseases and keeps your blood pressure under control.

Reduces Digestive Disorders

Water keeps your stomach happy. Staying hydrated eliminates toxins and reduces the chances of stomach ulcers, gas, and acid.

If you are suffering from constipation, water is the best medicine.

If you are suffering from a dry mouth, urine, which is darker than usual, fatigue, light-headedness and little to no urine then you are dealing with dehydration. It’s time to drink water more regularly and make sure the water you drink Is always clean.