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If you experience any of these conditions, this article will be beneficial to you.

* Pains in the anus while defecating

* Redness, soreness, and itching in and around the anus

* A lumpy mass of flesh protruding from the anus

* Mucus (slimy) discharge and blood while defecating

* A feeling that the bowel is still full even after just using the toilet

These are some of the symptoms of piles or hemorrhoids, and in this article, you are going to learn why this happens and 10 things you shouldn’t be doing. First, let’s understand what the condition of piles is.

Piles or hemorrhoids are referred to a physiological (or abnormal functioning of the body system) condition whereby there is an inflammation of the vessels and tissues in and around the anus. When the vessels and tissues in this area are subjected to pressure, they become inflamed (swollen) and thrombosed (filled with blood).

When any or both of these occur, you may bleed after passing faeces. The color of the blood is usually bright red, and you may observe it on your toilet tissue paper. And while (and after) defecating, you may experience tenderness, pains, and itchiness around the anus and general discomfort.

There’s also the possibility of a mucus discharge, that may be foamy or slimy, as you defecate. Also, the hemorrhoids can prolapse (or hang down) outside the anus. And it’s also possible to have hemorrhoids and not feel any pains, or any of these symptoms, which brings us to the different types of piles or hemorrhoids.

Internal hemorrhoids

These are inflamed or thrombosed blood vessels and body tissues that lie up into the rectum, and you can’t see or touch them. And you most likely won’t feel pains and itching because of them, because there are little or no nerves that are sensitive to pains in the rectum. You may only be aware of them when you bleed, and when they prolapse or enlarge and protrude from the anus. When they protrude, they become irritated and itchy as they rub against clothing and the effect of sitting down.

According to the diagram, internal piles or hemorrhoids occur in 4 stages.

– Stage 1 – when you have small swellings on the inside lining of the anal canal. They cannot be seen or felt from outside the anus. This is the most common type of internal piles. In some people, they enlarge further to stage 2 or more.

– Stage 2 – the piles become larger and may push out while stooling. But they quickly spring back inside again.

– Stage 3 – this is when they prolapse more. The sufferer feels one or more small, soft lumps that hang from the anus. However, they can be pushed back inside the anus with a finger.

– Stage 4 – is when the piles permanently hang down from within the anus, and cannot be pushed back inside. Sometimes they become quite large and require surgery.

External hemorrhoids

These are inflamed or thrombosed blood vessels and body tissues that lie within the anus. They are easily seen and felt, and often uncomfortable. When they prolapse while passing stool, blood clots usually form within the protruding tissues, and cause an extremely painful condition (also called thrombosis.) When they become thrombosed, external piles look ugly and frightening and may bleed. But despite their appearance, they can resolve themselves within a week. And in some cases, they don’t, and the pains continue until surgery is recommended and performed to remove the thrombosed hemorrhoids and stop the pains. But, we always recommend a no-surgery approach to treating piles and hemorroids.

In either of these cases (internal and external piles), the best approach, as is always the case with medical conditions, is to take preventive measures. And these 10 crucial steps will prevent and ease the symptoms so that any treatment option you choose will have a better effect.

1. Don’t strain when moving bowel

This is one of the most common causes of piles and hemorrhoids. Straining pushes blood into the arteries and veins in the rectum. When this happens, the veins swell and push against the walls in the anus area. This results in weak and feeble muscles. When the muscles get weak, they start bulging through the anal walls.

2. Don’t get constipated

Constipation is another of the common cause of piles and hemorrhoids. Constipation occurs when digestive abnormalities make it difficult to move bowel. When this happens, the anal and rectal nerves swell and may even rupture. And this is one of the conditions that leads to ruptured hemorrhoids, bleeding, and severe pains.

3. Don’t get diarrhea

Urgent and loose watery bowel movements are often accompanied with bloating, cramps, and passing of gas. And that is how the the rectal and anal arteries and veins are strained and subjected to piles or hemorrhoids.

4. Don’t sit for too long in the toilet

When you spend too much time in the toilet, mostly reading or busy with your smartphone, there is the tendency to spend more time on the toilet seat and increase the amount of pressure that the veins around your anus are supposed to withstand, which brings us to the next don’t.

5. Don’t sit down for too long

Just as sitting for too long on the toilet puts a strain on the rectal and anal veins, prolonged sitting has the tendency to make the veins in the rectum and anus to swell and become inflamed, as it inhibits proper blood flow and circulation.

6. Don’t stand for too long

Too much of anything is bad. Thus, when you repeatedly stand for prolonged periods of time, the rectal and anal veins are also subjected to pressure.

7. Don’t get obese

Overweight is the cause of many diseased conditions, including piles. Besides the excess pressure on the veins around the anal and rectal area, obese people make poor (unhealthy) food and drink choices, which lead to constipation, diarrhea, and piles.

8. Don’t make poor (unhealthy) food choices

A lack of healthy diet, especially foods rich in fiber, causes constipation and straining while moving bowel. Junk foods, excessively spicy and peppery foods, eating plenty of meat, low water intake, inability to digest foods (due to intolerance or an infection), all lead to constipation, diarrhea, and piles.

9. Don’t leave your cough and cold untreated

The next time you experience a bout of coughing and sneezing, pay attention to the muscles in your anus area. And anytime to leave your cough and cold untreated, you subject those muscles to undue pressure that can cause piles and hemorrhoids.

10. For pregnant women: Pay attention to your body changes

During pregnancy, a woman is subjected to carrying more weight, the foetus puts pressure on the rectal veins, there may be minimal physical activity, a change in eating habits, which all contribute to cause piles. Avoid constipation, and all of the mentioned don’ts.

If you want to prevent piles and hemorrhoids, start with these steps. And if you already have them, you need to get proper treatment and make sure you continue with these preventive and corrective measures. For a viable treatment and preventive measure, an Aloe Vera based therapy is very effective for combating the symptoms and in the treatment of piles and hemorrhoids.

Aloe Vera can be taken by everyone, including pregnant women. And our exclusive Forever brand of stabilized Aloe Vera products have proven very effective for all shades of people who are suffering from piles and hemorrhoids. Click here to see the full product combination.

Bonus Tip: Excessive straining and pressure on the rectal and anal regions are the things to avoid if you want to prevent and treat your Piles or hemorrhoids condition. As is the case with internal piles, you may not know that you have them until it may get to the point where it requires surgery.

Thus, the best approach is to do something about them if you suspect that you have the symptoms. Embark on the preventive measures, and take some Aloe Vera based supplementation. The best part is that this therapy provides the much-needed supplementation and treats the condition of piles and hemorrhoids at the same time. Click here to check out stabilized the Aloe Vera based supplementation.

 

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latenight eating

Your day is far spent and winding down. You had dinner around 7 or 8 pm, but, you still have the desire to munch on something before you hit the bed. When the desire is at its peak, it’s hard to focus on anything.

To help yourself, you open the fridge and grab a quick bite, or, if you are really hungry, you warm up some food and help yourself.

There is absolutely nothing wrong with this picture, even if it is in the middle of the night, except if you are eating the wrong foods. (And trust me, this is one of the times when you really feel like eating foods that make you grow fat.)

Well, should you really be eating late, you may ask? I’m going to answer that question in this article and outline the best foods to eat before bedtime. You are also going to learn the food types to avoid at night if you are looking to lose weight.

Now, the problem with why people find it difficult to lose weight when they eat late at night is due to the nature of the foods we have or are used to. The typical Nigerian meal coupled with our ever sedentary (lack of exercising) lifestyle will make you gain weight. Factor in the fact that the body’s metabolism (ability to burn fat) slows down as the day winds down, and you will always have extra stores of fat.

However, following what you are about to learn, you should be able to eat even up to 15 minutes before your bedtime and still lose weight.

First, you want to remember that eating, rather than avoiding food, is one of the best ways to burn fat. If you get in the habit of starving yourself, you will set your body to a “starvation mode” and signal it to be storing, instead of letting go of fat.

So, what you want to do is eat when your body says it needs food. Sometimes, however, you may find that just drinking water when you feel like eating could assuage your desire for food. So, you want to be sure that your body says it needs food. Next, is to make sure you eat only foods that will naturally assist you in burning fat.

Which brings us to the food types to be eating especially in the night. But, before I get into that, I want to talk about the foods to avoid whenever you feel like taking a bite at night.

Top of the list are carbohydrate rich foods like white rice, white bread, garri, and indomie. You should also avoid foods that are high in sugar like ice cream, cookies, biscuits, and chocolate.

Carbohydrate and fatty foods will encourage your body to store excess fat and make it difficult to lose weight. These foods are loaded with fat and calories, and eating them in the night doesn’t give your body the chance to burn the extra calories before you sleep.

Best food to eat at night to lose weight

The number 1 food source to choose to eat from, especially late at night is protein. High protein foods like:

* beans

* moi-moi

* soybean

* chicken

* extra lean meat

* turkey

* sea foods

* low-fat dairy products like skimmed milk, yoghurt, cheese, nuts, and

* eggs

are associated with increased metabolism, regardless of when you eat them.

Protein rich foods will help to boost your metabolism and stimulate muscle growth. Muscles are actually good because they burn more calories than body fat. Plus, protein-rich foods contribute more to repairing and maintaining muscles after exercising.

And even while you sleep, you can be certain that your metabolism will still be on instead of shutting off. This will increase your resting energy expenditure and, according to studies, will still keep your metabolism high into the following morning, as compared to when you don’t eat before bed or when you consume carbohydrate foods before bedtime.

So, protein is the top food choice for when you have to eat at night before bed. In the absence of protein, you want to settle for fruits like carrots, apples, watermelon, cucumber, and banana. Fruits are mostly low in calories and are better when compared to ice cream or biscuits. Remember that it is the excess calories that cause weight gain.

Bonus tip:

It is already proven that eaten protein rich foods just before bedtime will do you a lot of good when you are looking to lose weight. However, you don’t want to eat as if you are going out to do some heavy work. Remember always to dish your meals into small plates to avoid over-stuffing yourself with calories.

If you eat more calories than you need, it will surely lead to weight gain, regardless of how the food type helps your metabolism.

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3 Secrets To Rapid Weight Loss!

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If you have gotten serious about losing weight, I am sure you must be taken aback by the amount of effort you need to put in to shed lose fat.

You also have to be on your toes constantly, doing the things you need to do, to ensure you trim down and keep your new found weight.

But many people never get to that stage where their body begins to burn fat on its own (naturally), because they adopt a system(s) that only provide temporary results. If the system or process is entirely floored (to the body), they never get to see any results.

In today’s article, I am going to reveal 3 simple (scientific) steps that will not only help you lose weight fast but also help you keep ugly fat away for good. These 3 steps will reduce your appetite significantly, keep you fuller for longer, so you don’t get hungry and run into energy crashes, and they will improve your ability to burn fat naturally. Enjoy the article, and more importantly, get right to work immediately. Start implementing the steps. They are simple enough.

1. Reduce your carbohydrate intake

High carbohydrate foods like rice, yam, and eba, are the foods you want to avoid for now because they can sabotage your efforts.

Do you know what insulin is? Insulin is one of the major hormones that store fat in the body. One of the jobs of the insulin hormone is to store fat in the cells. It processes the carbohydrate in the foods we eat and stores them as fat.

Now, guess what happens when you eat more carbohydrate foods. Your body stores more fat because more insulin is produced to process the carbohydrate. The more the carbohydrate, the more they (insulin) will work to convert them (the carbohydrate) into fat.

So, to get your body to store less fat, you have to lower or reduce your insulin level. Scientists refer to this, as creating a hormonal environment that allows the body to expend calories (burn fat) properly. The amount of insulin produced by the body is always in proportion to the amount of carbohydrate available at the time. Thus, a simple diet regulation is necessary to create a healthy environment for fat burning.

Another reason why you need to keep your insulin level low is that it allows the kidneys to shed excess sodium and water out of the body. When this happens, bloating is reduced, and the body doesn’t store water unnecessarily.

If you are fat and have tried for a long time to lose weight, with no result, it is likely that your insulin level is high, due to high carbohydrate consumption. If you have kept this lifestyle for long, the carbohydrate is now “locked” in your cells, and your body is now accustomed to storing fat.

So, here’s what you need to do to get your body to a healthy hormonal state for natural fat burning. You need to do a total internal cleansing of your body system.

2. Eat plenty of protein and vegetables

meat and vegetable

Changing your diet is another way to achieve this cleansing. Remember that the cause of the problem is too much of carbohydrate-rich foods. You want to reverse to reverse that trend now by eating less of carbohydrates and more of insulin-lowering foods.

Plant-based protein is one of the food sources that can “unlock” that fat-storing mode that has made your body resistant to losing weight.

To speed up this process, you have to avoid eating carbohydrate foods for a few days and concentrate on protein-rich foods.

These are foods like beans, soybean, eggs, fish, seafood, lean animal protein, beef, chicken, pork, etc.

Protein is excellent for boosting the metabolism (activating the chemical processes that lead to fat burning). In fact, eating high protein foods alone can help you burn 80 – 100 calories per day.

Also, high protein foods can reduce the thoughts of foods by 60%, reduce the desire to snack late in the night by half, and keep you full so that you automatically eat fewer calories per day. No other food source gives this kind of (weight loss) advantage.

In addition to protein, you want to eat more of vegetables. Consumption of large amounts of vegetables will make you feel full, less hungry, and control your sugar cravings. Vegetables also contain lots of micronutrients that keep the body functioning at optimum capacity.

Vegetables also help keep the body at a good alkaline level, which is suitable for creating a healthy fat burning environment.

Make sure you eat lots of vegetables, but these are good for rapid weight loss: cabbage, lettuce, spinach, cucumber, onions, garlic, red pepper, mushroom, green beans, tomatoes, and garden egg. Eat plenty of vegetables. They are very good. In fact, meat and vegetables contain all the fibre, vitamins and minerals the body needs to stay healthy.

Next, you want to include some fat (healthy saturated fat) sources to your meals. Cooking oils like olive oil, avocado oil (including eating avocado fruit), butter, and (especially) coconut oil are very good fat sources for cooking. They contain Medium Chain Triglycerides (MCTs) which are good for the health and can assist in metabolism.

So, your meal should consist more of protein, vegetables, and some good fat, and eat at least 3 times daily. This will drastically lower your insulin levels and make way for a healthy fat-burning environment.

3. Exercise 3 times per week (optional)

lift weights

This step is to boost your results. You don’t have to exercise if you strictly follow the first two steps.

The best form of exercise to help in rapid weight loss is lifting weights at least 3 times in a week. When you hit the gym, you want to do a warm up, lift the weights, and stretch afterwards. If you don’t have dumb bells, you can grab a pair of Ragolis water bottles.

When you lift weights, you will burn more calories and keep your metabolism up. A slowing metabolism is one of the reasons why many people find it difficult to lose weight. Lifting weights also make you gain muscle and lose fat. Muscles tend to feed on fat, so the more the muscles, the less the fat.

If you cannot lift weights, there are other options like running, jogging, swimming, and walking. Do them as an exercise and get your heart rate up to assist in metabolism.

These 3 simple steps will produce results if you haven’t been seeing any results, and will boost your efforts if you are already on track.

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Bonus tip:

Avoid sugary drinks and fruit juices as they can easily make you get fat. You can drink as much coffee or tea as you want. Drink water 30 minutes before your meals to increase your metabolism.

Use smaller plates to eat so that you don’t over stuff your plate with calories, and eat your foods slowly to allow for better metabolism. And make sure you get adequate (6 – 8 hours) sleep at night. It is equally important.

There you have it, the 3 simple steps that will help you lose weight fast, whether you have been trying so hard for long, or you want to improve your results. Remember that steps 1 and 2 are compulsory. They are simple enough and you can do it. So, start implementing the steps, now. Don’t wait! If you want even faster results, click here to get the 9 days natural weight loss therapy that helps you lose between 5 – 10 kg of body fat in just 9 days.

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The Nutritional Value In Our Local Fruits

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Your momma encouraged you to eat them, many people say they are good, and ALL Healthy Living experts say you must eat fruits. What’s the story behind them? Why do we have to eat fruits even when we don’t like them. I personally didn’t like cucumbers and watermelons, until I discovered they were actually good for my health.

Maybe you have some fruits you don’t admire so much, but why do you have to eat them? This article will answer the questions and recommend some very healthy local fruits that are critical to long-term health and fitness.

For starters, fruits contain a decent variety of vitamins and minerals needed by our bodies to prevent diseases and stay healthy. Take heart diseases, for example, if you consume the right and targeted fruits you can reduce the risk of heart diseases by as much as 20 – 40%. Even cancers can be prevented by as much as 20% by eating super nutritious fruits.

Fruits are excellent for weight loss because they contain large portions of fiber, an essential digestive substance. Fiber ensures regular bowel movements, increases the weight and size, and makes it easy to pass out. It maintains a healthy colon, it lowers cholesterol levels, controls sugar levels, and helps you lose weight.

Fruits come in many varieties, they are colourful, low in calories, fun to eat, they fill you up and keep the digestive system happy, keep the body energized, and provide valuable nutrients.

A list of the essential nutrients (and health parameters) found in fruits include:

* Calories – the energy value in foods

* Sugar – a source of energy

* Fiber – required by the digestive system to function optimally

* Antioxidants – protect the body against free radicals that damage the body cells

* Omega-3 – healthy fats that reduce the risk of cardiovascular diseases, heart attack, arthritis, and other conditions

* Glycemic Load – Glycemic Load (GL) and Glycemic Index (GI) measure the degree at which food increases blood sugar levels. Higher GL increases blood sugar rapidly, spikes insulin, helps store fat in the body and leads to diabetes and inflammation. A GL greater 5 is high, 3- 4 is medium, and 1-2 is low and good.

* Vitamin A – essential for healthy vision, skin, hair, immunity and reproduction

* B Vitamins – some of them are riboflavin, thiamine, niacin, B6, folate, biotin, B12, and pantothenic acid. They help in cellular metabolism, production of red blood cells, and allow the body to utilize energy from foods.

* Vitamin C – powerful antioxidant, boosts immunity and improves iron absorption

* Vitamin E – another powerful antioxidant, also good for the circulatory system

* Vitamin K – an excellent ingredient for blood clotting

* Potassium – essential for the proper functioning of all body cells, tissues, and organs, also very good for the heart and muscles

What types of fruits should you eat?

Eat all of them. Combine different colours, different kinds, and eat just every fruit you can find. They are all healthy! But if you are stuck with choice, I am going to list out some of our local fruits with their nutritional composition.

Avocado

avocado

Nutrition (Based on 100g of avocado)

* Calories – 160

* Sugar – 1 grams

* Fiber – 7 grams

* Omega 3 – 1,689 mg

* Antioxidants – 0.43 mmol

* Glycemic Load – 2

* Vitamin A – 3%

* B Vitamins – 68%

* Vitamin C – 17%

* Vitamin E – 10%

* Vitamin K – 26%

* Potassium – 14%

Guava

guava

Nutrition (Based on 100g of guava)

* Calories – 68

* Sugar – 9 grams

* Fiber – 5 grams

* Omega 3 – 112 mg

* Antioxidants – 1.20 mmol

* Glycemic Load – 4

* Vitamin A – 12%

* B Vitamins – 34%

* Vitamin C – 381%

* Vitamin E – 4%

* Vitamin K – 3%

* Potassium – 12%

Pawpaw

pawpaw

Nutrition (Based on 100g of pawpaw)

* Calories – 39

* Sugar – 6 grams

* Fiber – 2 grams

* Omega 3 – 25 mg

* Antioxidants – 0.42 mmol

* Glycemic Load – 2

* Vitamin A – 22%

* B Vitamins – 19%

* Vitamin C – 103%

* Vitamin E – 4%

* Vitamin K – 3%

* Potassium – 7%

Tomato

tomato

Nutrition (Based on 100g of tomato)

* Calories – 18

* Sugar – 3 grams

* Fiber – 1 grams

* Omega 3 – 3 mg

* Antioxidants – 0.35 mmol

* Glycemic Load – 1

* Vitamin A – 17%

* B Vitamins – 15%

* Vitamin C – 21%

* Vitamin E – 3%

* Vitamin K – 10%

* Potassium – 7%

Grapefruit

graprfruit

Nutrition (Based on 100g of grapefruit)

* Calories – 42

* Sugar – 7 grams

* Fiber – 2 grams

* Omega 3 – 8 mg

* Antioxidants – 0.75 mmol

* Glycemic Load – 3

* Vitamin A – 23%

* B Vitamins – 15%

* Vitamin C – 52%

* Vitamin E – 1%

* Vitamin K – 0%

* Potassium – 4%

Watermelon

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Nutrition (Based on 100g of watermelon)

* Calories – 30

* Sugar – 6 grams

* Fiber – 0 grams

* Omega 3 – 0 mg

* Antioxidants – 0.8 mmol

* Glycemic Load – 2

* Vitamin A – 11%

* B Vitamins – 9%

* Vitamin C – 13%

* Vitamin E – 0%

* Vitamin K – 0%

* Potassium – 3%

Orange

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Nutrition (Based on 100g of orange)

* Calories – 47

* Sugar – 9 grams

* Fiber – 2 grams

* Omega 3 – 7 mg

* Antioxidants – 0.93 mmol

* Glycemic Load – 3

* Vitamin A – 4%

* B Vitamins – 23%

* Vitamin C – 75%

* Vitamin E – 1%

* Vitamin K – 0%

* Potassium – 5%

Pineapple

pineapple

Nutrition (Based on 100g of pineapple)

* Calories – 50

* Sugar – 10 grams

* Fiber – 1 grams

* Omega 3 – 17 mg

* Antioxidants – 0.70 mmol

* Glycemic Load – 3

* Vitamin A – 1%

* B Vitamins – 22%

* Vitamin C – 80%

* Vitamin E – 0%

* Vitamin K – 1%

* Potassium – 3%

Tangerines

tangerine

Nutrition (Based on 100g of tangerines)

* Calories – 53

* Sugar – 11 grams

* Fiber – 2 grams

* Omega 3 – 18 mg

* Antioxidants – 0.53 mmol

* Glycemic Load – 4

* Vitamin A – 14%

* B Vitamins – 18%

* Vitamin C – 44%

* Vitamin E – 1%

* Vitamin K – 0%

* Potassium – 5%

Mango

mango

Nutrition (Based on 100g of mango)

* Calories – 65

* Sugar – 15 grams

* Fiber – 2 grams

* Omega 3 – 37 mg

* Antioxidants – 0.78 mmol

* Glycemic Load – 5

* Vitamin A – 15%

* B Vitamins – 22%

* Vitamin C – 46%

* Vitamin E – 6%

* Vitamin K – 5%

* Potassium – 4%

Apples

apples

Nutrition (Based on 100g of apples)

* Calories – 52

* Sugar – 10 grams

* Fiber – 2 grams

* Omega 3 – 9 mg

* Antioxidants – 0.31 mmol

* Glycemic Load – 3

* Vitamin A – 1%

* B Vitamins – 7%

* Vitamin C – 8%

* Vitamin E – 1%

* Vitamin K – 3%

* Potassium – 3%

Bananas

bananas

Nutrition (Based on 100g of bananas)

* Calories – 89

* Sugar – 12 grams

* Fiber – 3 grams

* Omega 3 – 27 mg

* Antioxidants – 0.23 mmol

* Glycemic Load – 8

* Vitamin A – 3%

* B Vitamins – 35%

* Vitamin C – 33%

* Vitamin E – 1%

* Vitamin K – 1%

* Potassium – 10%

There you have it, a comprehensive list of the healthiest fruits you can source locally, and their nutritional composition.

Bonus tip:

From the above list, you couldn’t really pinpoint that one fruit stands head above shoulders compared to the others. Granted some have excellent amounts of some essential nutrients, but if you look very well, you’d still find out that some of the other fruits contain some nutrients or factors in better proportion.

The best thing, for healthy living, is to eat all of them regularly, and if you have a challenge, say, your body requires more of vitamin E, eat more of the fruits with high vitamin E content.

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spices

Did you know that eating some spices could lead to better and prolonged health?

According to a recent research conducted in China, it was discovered that eating spicy foods can lower the risk of premature death. The study involved 490,000 people aged between ages 30 to 79 years.

They got them enrolled and monitored their health within a 7-year period. At the end of the study, it was found that those who ate spicy foods one or two days a week had a 10 percent reduced risk of death compared to those that ate spicy foods less than once a week.

And the people that ate spicy foods almost every day had a 14 percent lower risk of death compared to those who ate spicy foods less than once a week. Additional information is that the results were similar for both men and women, and stronger for those that were not habitual alcohol consumers.

And so, in today’s article, we are going to explore a few select local spices that you can add to your dishes more often to help improve your health. The interesting part is that you don’t have to go very far or spend much money to incorporate these spices in your diet routine. Enjoy!

1. Chili peppers

chili pepper

Fresh and dried chili peppers were used predominantly in the Chinese research, and it observed that the fresh variety produced better results than the dried variety. But, despite the fire they put on the tongue, what makes chili peppers healthy?

As was discovered, chili peppers contain an ingredient called capsaicin, which has anti-obesity, anti-oxidant, anti-inflammation and anti-cancer properties.

Capsaicin (chili peppers also contain antioxidants, including vitamin C and carotenoids) is responsible for the strong spicy flavour of chili peppers. Amongst the listed benefits it also helps fight inflammation, serves as a natural painkiller, reduces high cholesterol levels, helps decongest the lungs, enhances immunity, curbs prostate cancer, prevents stomach ulcers (contrary to what we believe), helps in weight loss, and lowers the risk of type 2 diabetes.

Best ways to eat chili pepper

Chewing them raw is the best way to get the most of the high vitamin C content. If you can’t chew them, that’s okay, make sure you don’t cook your pepper for too long.

Red and fresh peppers are more nutritious, cook with them often, your dishes will look and taste better. And your body will thank you in the long run.

2. Ginger

ginger

Ginger is another of the spices that come with a strong pungent and spicy flavour. Maybe the spicey-ness of these foods is what makes them superb for the health. Read on and you will understand what I mean.

Ginger has extraordinary health benefits. The Chinese and Indians have used ginger tonic to treat ailments for as long as anyone can remember, and it was a priceless commodity (because of its medicinal properties) of trade during the Roman Empire trade, in the days of Christ.

Ginger contains 115 different chemical components, the most prominent of them is called gingerols, a powerful and highly potent antioxidant and anti-inflammatory agent.

The top health benefits of ginger are:

* Helps in combating stroke and heart diseases, especially when eaten with garlic or onion

* Serves as an excellent digestive aid and a natural remedy for combating nausea

* Promotes proper digestion and metabolism, and good for stomach ulcers

* Prevents the accumulation of toxins in the body organs, especially the respiratory organ, thus improving breathing and immunity

* Has strong antibacterial and antifungal properties

* Effective against aches, pains, arthritis, headaches, sore muscles, and menstrual cramps

* Improves diabetes

* Improves vitality

Best ways to eat ginger

Raw ginger – add a few slices to your lemon water, include it in your homemade juice.

Ginger essential oil – this is where you get the highest concentration of gingerol, and hence, the most potent form of ginger. It is also the number 1 way to use ginger as medicine. Two or three drops, taken internally can treat health conditions. You can also mix it with a denser oil and apply it on the body on an area of pain.

Ginger tea – relaxes the body, settles the stomach, and relieves nausea. If you have inflammation, have a cup two or three times daily. You can also spice it with a bit of raw honey and lemon.

Ginger powder – this is another great way to take advantage of this wonderful spice. Cook with it regularly to spice up your meals and your health.

3. Garlic

garlic

Garlic is a common vegetable that contains countless vital nutrients such as flavonoids, oligosaccharides, selenium, allicin and high levels of sulfur, just to mention a few.

Allicin (responsible for the pungent smell) is a powerful natural antibiotic that is stronger than most antibiotic drugs.

Selenium is an indispensable element that is needed by the body to neutralize free radicals and prevent illnesses. Its high antioxidant properties help to slow down cell oxidation and premature aging.

Ajoene is another compound found in garlic. It impedes the formation of blood clots in the arteries, and thus prevents stroke. It also helps to control cholesterol levels in the blood.

Since ancient times, this miracle plant has enjoyed great fame from different cultures. The Babylonians used it as the miracle plant for combating illnesses of the respiratory tract, as well as skin infections and leprosy.

The Israelites craved the benefits of garlic after Moses led them out of Egypt.

The pyramid workers of ancient Egypt were given garlic (as one of the vegetables in their meals) daily.

And during the ancient and modern Olympic Games (and up till date), athletes rely on garlic for improved performance.

Some of the benefits of garlic include:

* Reduction of fat in the blood

* Relaxing and toning the digestive system

* Antidiabetic

* Lung decongestant

* Powerful against cancer

* Antibiotic and germicidal properties

* Effective against joint aches and pains

* Relaxes and tones the muscles

* Lowers high blood pressure

* Revitalizes, invigorates, and boosts physical strength

Best ways to eat garlic

Whether you consume it raw or cooked, garlic is beneficial to the health. If it upsets your stomach, reduce the quantity. You can also get ground garlic and add to your meals for flavour and the immense health benefits.

Bonus tip:

Spices are not only there to excite the taste buds, but they are also packed with essential phytonutrients, essential oils, antioxidants, minerals, and vitamins. They have been an integral part of our foods for as long as anyone can remember. Add them to meals, enjoy them, and enjoy the health benefits.

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