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Colon cancer is one of the most prevalent types of cancers that can affect both men and women. Although there are a number of remedies that can help prevent this frightening disease, health authorities say there is not enough research to warrant prescription of these natural treatments. This is quite common when using food for medicinal purposes, since the pharmaceutical industry generally dominates science today.

This doesn’t mean though that research published in respectable peer-reviewed journals doesn’t have any significance. One great example is the recent study that shows how coconut oil has active anti-colon cancer components.

About 50% of the oil’s composition can help fight cancer and the main ingredient of coconut oil is known as lauric acid. This component is said to exterminate over 90% of the carcinogenic cells that can cause colon cancer (Caco-2) and it can do so in just two days.

How Coconut Oil Extinguishes Colon Cancer

Using its chief component, lauric acid, coconut oil can do the following:

  • Lauric acid poisons the cancer cells.
  • At the same time, it stimulates oxidative stress to the cells and helps release toxins from the body.
  • The acid also reduces glutathione levels of the carcinogenic cells.
Coconut oil is used to decrease the side effects of chemotherapy / PicHelp

Glutathione is exactly what the cells need to defend themselves from the oxidative stress unleashed by lauric acid. The study is published in the Cancer Research journal in which University of Adelaide researchers discovered how colon cancer cells die after just 48 hours of in both in vitro and in vivo treatment in a colon cancer cell line.

More about Coconut Oil

Lauric acid, the same component that kills cancer cells, is also found in breast milk. This medium chain fatty acid has the ability to enhance the immune system, along with antimicrobial properties. Because of these benefits, coconut oil – whether raw, virgin, or organic – is considered as a superfood. Here are other reasons why coconut oil is healthy:

  • The fats in coconut oil can help treat diseases, including diabetes, hepatitis C, osteoporosis, and herpes, aside from cancer.
  • For cancer patients who are undergoing chemotherapy, coconut oil is used to decrease the side effects of the treatment and even improve their quality of life.

For years, coconut oil was demonized mainly because of its high fat content. But after several studies, it has been proven this oil is one of the most nutritious ingredients we can use in preparing our food.

Most women suddenly find their thighs getting bumpy. Unfortunately, cellulite is not one to discriminate. This skin problem can appear in teenage girls – even those who are younger. But most women who complain about them are in their early 20s.

Cellulite isn’t a mysterious condition and although there are stories linking it to poor circulation or trapped toxins, it is simply old fat. You will find that it looks different from other fats in the body mainly because of its arrangement.

Although over 85% of women worry about this problem that can occur not only on the legs and thighs but also on the stomach and buttocks, there are ways to smoothen the skin again. Here are natural methods you can try to eliminate the problem at home:

1. Eat healthy.

You can start by eating healthy and it will really help if you avoid foods that are high in salt. Bad eating habits can cause the fats to swell, especially if you keep eating salty food. This causes your cellulite to look more pronounced. Watch your sodium intake and make sure you eat plenty of fiber as well as whole grain foods.

Bad eating habits can cause the fats to swell / PicHelp

2. Drink more water.

Aside from eating healthy, you also need to up your water intake. Hydration is important to improve your health, not just for removing cellulite. It can make your skin glow and improve its texture, while helping you digest the foods you eat so that your body absorbs the nutrients properly. Apart from water, you can also eat healthy foods that have high water content, including watermelons and cucumbers.

3. Start dry brushing.

This is the simplest and probably the most popular method in removing cellulites, especially on the thigh area. It is not backed by science, but many people believe it is effective. Dry brushing helps stimulate blood circulation and improves lymphatic drainage. As a result, toxin buildup is removed from the body.

Moisturize your skin with extra virgin coconut oil while dry brushing. The correct way to do this is to start on the higher lymph nodes, such as on the groin or armpits. Then, you can move to the outer areas of the body. Be sure to move towards the direction of the heart, unless you’re dry brushing the part of the buttocks.

Other methods of removing cellulite at home include drinking green tea to speed up your metabolism and burn fat, exercising regularly, massaging the skin using coffee grounds, and supplementing on omega-3s.

Guava tree or scientifically known as Psidium guajava Linnaeus is abundant in Asian countries as well as in Mexico and Brazil. The fruits are also readily available in other western countries.

Guava is primarily known for its fruit, but the tree’s leaves have long been used for traditional treatments. As they are rich in antioxidants, the leaves are popularly made into tea.

Guava leaf tea has been tested by Brazilian researchers and they have concluded that it can prevent infections due to staphylococcus aureus and even salmonella.

Other uses of guava leaf tea include:

  • Stopping diarrhea
  • Reducing blood sugar levels
  • Lowering cholesterol levels
  • Fighting coughs
  • Treating sore throat
  • Curing mouth ulcers
  • Fighting diabetes, particularly type 2 in its early stages

With its health uses, you probably want to start making guava leaf tea. Here are four recipes of the drink you can choose from:

Guava leaf tea can prevent infections due to staphylococcus aureus and even salmonella / PicHelp

Recipe #1: Regular Guava Leaf Tea

You will need:

  • Fresh leaves from guava tree
  • Water
  • Optional ingredients: black pepper, honey, mulethi, or green cardamom

With the ingredients ready, here are the steps:

  1. Add the leaves in water and cook for up to 15 minutes.
  2. Filter to remove the solids.
  3. Drink the tea.

You can add the honey or the other optional ingredients to improve the taste.

Recipe #2: Alternative Recipe

Instead of fresh leaves, use dried leaves. You can tie the leaf stems together and place in a paper sack. Close the bag and hang it in a warm, dark place. It usually takes at least three weeks for the leaves to dry completely depending on the humidity of the place. When the leaves are dry, perform the same steps as above.

Recipe #3: Crushed Leaves Tea

You only need tender guava leaves, which should be dried first before crushing them to powder. Then place one tablespoon of the powder to a cup of hot water. Let it steep for five minutes and make sure it is covered. Strain and drink the tea once every day.

Recipe #4: Iced Guava Leaf Tea

This recipe will make six glasses of the tea. Here are the ingredients:

  • Six cups of water
  • An ounce of guava leaves, dried or fresh
  • ½ cup of raw honey
  • Six black tea bags (organic is better)

Just like with the other methods, making the tea is quite easy. Just bring water to a boil and let it cool first before you add the tea bags. Add the leaves and stir. You can use crushed leaves as well. Strain and chill after transferring the drink to a pitcher.

Enjoy a glass of guava leaf tea that’s not only refreshing, but also healthy. As with other home remedies, check with your doctor first if this is safe for you.

We all want to have beautiful hair, which is why there are products like shampoos and conditioners to improve how our hair looks. While there is an ongoing debate as to whether or not we should regularly use these commercial products, there are tricks you can try to not only achieve better hair appearance, but also enhance its health.

Olive Oil

This oil has been prized for centuries because of its many health benefits. What’s more, it is very gentle that there are remedies out there that use this oil for treating scalp problems in babies. You can add olive oil to your shampoo to improve the texture of your hair. Here’s how to do it:

  1. Add one cup of shampoo to an empty bottle. You can use a funnel to avoid spilling the liquid.
  2. For those with normal hair, add two tablespoons of olive oil. Meanwhile, if you have oily hair, you can use just one tablespoon. For those with dry hair, ¼ cup of the oil will suffice.
  3. Close the bottle and start shaking the mixture.

Before using, always shake the bottle gently. Use the combination like you would with a normal shampoo.

You can add olive oil to your shampoo to improve the texture of your hair / PicHelp

Lemon Juice

If you have dandruff, this is one of the best natural treatments around. Just add ½ teaspoon of lemon juice for every two tablespoons of shampoo. You can substitute lemon juice with lemongrass oil.

Sugar

Sugar is actually one of the secret ingredients you can add to your shampoo to help clean not just the hair, but also the scalp. Just one spoonful of sugar to the shampoo can exfoliate the scalp and give the hair a squeaky clean feel. Sugar can help remove residue, while eliminating dead skin cells. After shampooing using your favorite shampoo that has sugar, you should use your conditioner to get better results.

Honey

Add just ½ teaspoon of organic raw honey for every two tablespoons of shampoo. This combination will give your hair that glossy look, while moisturizing it thoroughly. Honey has the same effect as with lemons as both ingredients can lighten your hair naturally. If you don’t want this effect, you should avoid using these two ingredients on a regular basis.

You can use the ingredients above to stop hair loss and improve hair volume, shine, and health. It’s so easy to use them all; just add, shake, apply onto hair, and rinse well. You can pair these hair tricks with smoothies you can drink to enhance your hair health and appearance.

When the effect of your morning coffee has worn off and you’re feeling sleepy in the afternoon, a study discovered that you should give in to that feeling. This will help your mind running smoothly and properly throughout the day. While the idea of an afternoon siesta isn’t completely new, the latest study showed that adults should take a nap for about an hour to boost their mental function.

The findings of the study were published in the Journal of American Geriatrics Society. There were almost 3,000 participants from China who were surveyed regarding their habits when it comes to napping. Data were presented about their cognitive function as well.

According to the study, those who slept for an hour or less after lunch showed that they possessed better cognition. The result is in contrast with those who didn’t take naps as well as those who slept for more than 90 minutes or less than 30 minutes. The study suggests that napping for a moderate amount of time can optimize cognition in adults, especially the older ones.

Napping and Brain Health

The study mentioned above isn’t the first one to prove that afternoon napping has positive effects on our mental health and even our well-being. Previous research showed that napping can help improve cognitive performance. Additionally, here are proven benefits of afternoon naps:

Afternoon napping has positive effects on our mental health and even our well-being / PicHelp

1. Memory Boost

One study indicated that those who regularly napped have better performance when it comes to cognitive tests of vigilance and memory.

2. Lower Blood Pressure

According to a study, which was published in the Journal of Applied Physiology, it was discovered that taking naps in the afternoon can reduce coronary mortality up to 37%. This could be due to lower cardiovascular stress that’s usually linked to daytime sleep.

3. Calmer Emotions

A study performed by the University of Berkeley showed that napping for an hour can keep you calm. The participants in this particular study were shown images where faces expressed fear, happiness, and anger. These images were shown again at six in the evening. The researchers found the participants were more upset after seeing the faces at 6PM. But they weren’t that affected when they nap after lunchtime.

Napping in the afternoon is more beneficial in older adults who are at least 65 years old since this is the age range when most of us start having problems with our memory. But even younger people can benefit from naps to take advantage of the positive effects of napping in our brain function.

Most of us blame sugar for our cavities, but this isn’t right. The real reasons behind our cavities are the bacteria that eat carbs, including sugar. Then they release acids that could melt our tooth enamel. This leads to weakened tooth and erosion.

Certain behaviors can increase dental decay risk, including some that will surprise you. Here they are:

1. Kissing

Smooching with your significant other may convey your love for that person, but at the same time, it can also transmit bacteria, most especially streptococcus mutans. When such bacteria start releasing acids, your risk of developing cavities increases – and vice versa.

But there are ways to help prevent such problem. The first and most important step is that you and your partner should practice good oral hygiene. This means brush twice a day, floss daily, and clean your tongue’s surface.

You and your partner should practice good oral hygiene to prevent cavities / PicHelp

2. Vigorous Brushing

Brushing is the key to ensure your mouth is healthy. However, you shouldn’t practice forceful brushing as this can actually cause problems. The biggest issue with vigorous brushing is that this leads to receding gums, which then exposes the roots of the teeth or at least a part of the roots. These roots are protected by cementum and though it covers the roots of the teeth, it is much softer than the tooth enamel. This means that when those roots are exposed, they become vulnerable to tooth decay. Plus, they are more painful than regular cavities.

Older people have this problem more than younger ones. To stop yourself from habitually brushing with force, use a softer brush. As much as possible, be gentle when cleaning your teeth.

3. Taking Some Drugs

There are some drugs that can cause the mouth to go dry. Saliva is the mouth’s natural defense against cavities. It’s the job of the saliva to neutralize the acids coming from the bacteria and it get rids of food particles from the teeth.

Unfortunately, there are over 400 medications that can lower the production of saliva. As a result, we have a dry mouth that is prone to cavities.

Some of the drugs that can dry up the mouth include those used to treat depression, diarrhea, urinary incontinence, and high blood pressure. Chemotherapy medication, decongestants, and antihistamines also cause the mouth to go dry.

To reduce the problem, chew gum that doesn’t contain sugar, but has xylitol as this can help stimulate the flow of saliva.

Since most of us know that sugar can lead to cavities, one of the best solutions is to simply drink water instead of sugary drinks. Also, it helps if you stop smoking as this doesn’t just reduce the production of saliva, but also causes other health effects.

Mangoes are among the quintessential fruits that people like eating during the summer season. They are perfect for desserts and are also a favorite snack with their delicious and juicy taste. The fruit is even considered a healthy superfood as it is rich in several vitamins such as A and C as well as minerals like potassium, magnesium, and copper.

Aside from the fruit, there is another part of the tree that is useful to our health: the leaves. Mango leaves have medicinal properties and there are a few ways on how you can enjoy them. Here are three recipes featuring mango leaves that you can try:

Mango Leaf Tea

This tea is perhaps the most popular way to use mango leaves. If you’re not new to making tea, you will find this recipe very easy. You will only need a handful of tender leaves of the mango tree and a cup of boiling water. Here are the steps:

  1. Get the leaves of the mango tree.
  2. Soak them in a cup of water.
  3. Leave the leaves there for the whole night.
  4. The next morning, strain the leaves until there are no more solids left.
  5. Place in a cup and drink before you have your breakfast.

It helps if you drink the mango leaf tea every day. The tea is used as a treatment for diabetes as well as hyperglycemia.

Alternative Mango Leaf Tea Recipe

Instead of tender leaves, use bright green leaves. You will also need honey for this recipe. To make the tea, crush the leaves first before boiling them in a pot. Add the honey unless you’re diabetic. Filter the drink and consume it. You can also add milk and sugar to make the tea tasty.

Mango Leaves Rasam

Rasam is a type of soup popular in Southern India / PicHelp

Rasam is a type of soup popular in Southern India. It is normally prepared with tamarind juice, tomato, pepper, and cumin among the main ingredients. For the mango leaves rasam, here are the ingredients you need:

  • A handful of young mango leaves
  • Two teaspoons of turmeric powder
  • ¼ cup of chili (green)
  • Four mango fruits
  • ¼ teaspoon of mustard seeds
  • Five toor dal
  • 4 teaspoon of asafetida powder
  • One teaspoon of ghee]
  • Salt

With the ingredients above ready, here’s what you need to do:

  1. Cook toor dal in a pressure cooker, along with turmeric and asafetida powder.
  2. Add two cups of water and stir well.
  3. Add the salt and mango to medium heat and turn it off when it boils.
  4. Cook ghee in a pan, and then fry the chili and mustard seeds for about 30 seconds.
  5. Combine all the ingredients into the rasam or the soup and stir.

While mangoes aren’t available all year round, the leaves are, so you can reap their benefits whenever you need them.

Bell peppers come from the nightshade family, which also include tomatoes, breadfruit, and chili peppers. Bell peppers are also known as capsicums or sweet peppers and are consumed as vegetables, which can be raw or cooked. Unlike chili peppers, they have a mild flavor and can give your salads and pizza that crunch and exceptional taste and color.

Bell peppers can be green (unripe), orange, yellow, and red, but they are all comprised of about 92% water. Nutrients in the veggies include:

  • Protein
  • Carbohydrates
  • Fiber
  • Fat

But what’s really notable is the high amount of vitamin C in bell peppers. Just one red bell pepper can give 169% vitamin C RDA, which makes it one of the best sources for the vitamin. Aside from that, bell peppers also provide the following vitamins:

  • Vitamin B6: Also known as pyridoxine, this vitamin is essential in the formation of red blood cells in the body.
  • Vitamin K1: Phylloquinone (K1) is useful for improving bone health and reducing blood clots.
  • Potassium: This mineral is good for the heart.
  • Folate: Also B9 or folic acid, folate has many uses, including preventing birth defects for pregnant women.
  • Vitamin E: This vitamin is essential for keeping the muscles and the nerves healthy.
  • Vitamin A: Bell peppers have beta-carotene, which the body converts into vitamin A, a nutrient that is essential for good eyesight.
One red bell pepper can give 169% vitamin C RDA / PicHelp

There are still more health benefits you can get when you eat bell peppers, especially on a regular basis. Here are some of them:

1. Good for Eye Health

Bell peppers have high amounts of carotenoids, particularly lutein and zeaxanthin, which can help people avoid macular degeneration as well as cataracts.

2. Prevents Anemia

When a person has anemia, his/her blood’s ability to carry oxygen is greatly reduced and one reason for this is the lack of iron in the body. Bell peppers not only have good iron content, but are also rich in vitamin C, which actually promotes absorption of the mineral.

3. Good for Weight Loss

Bell peppers have such low calories that are great for people who are counting their calories to lose weight. What’s more, they have vitamin E, which can help keep both your skin and hair looking young, so you not only lose weight, but also look great.

Bell peppers, just like their cousins the chili peppers, also have capsaicin, which is known for its many health benefits. There are several studies that show how it can lower bad cholesterol levels, ease inflammation, and even in diabetes management.

There are many cooking oils we can use today and among them is safflower oil, which comes from the seeds of the safflower plant. Aside from cooking, there are other uses of this type of oil. During the time of ancient Egyptians, they used safflower to color their clothing. Today, both the safflower plant and oil have many uses, including:

  • Dried safflower plant is used as a substitute spice for saffron, which is a costlier and sought after spice in the Middle East and Europe.
  • The oil is used in manufacturing surface coatings, including varnishes and paints.
  • The oil from the plant seed is also used as a substitute for linseed oil for painting.
  • Chinese women also used the safflower oil as a hair conditioner.

If you’re using safflower oil for cooking, you would be glad to know that this oil has many proven benefits. In fact, it has medicinal properties that have been discovered since the Middle Ages. It started with the juice of the plant when mixed with sweetened water or chicken stock for relieving constipation as well as respiratory problems. Traditional Chinese medicine used safflower petals to heal fractures, reduce phlegm, and improve blood circulation.

Traditional Chinese medicine used safflower petals to heal fractures, reduce phlegm, and improve blood circulation / PicHelp

Today, research shows that the oil from safflower can provide many benefits for our health, including:

  • The oil can help reduce heart disease risk through the effective prevention of atherosclerosis, which is a disease that causes hardening of the arteries.
  • Safflower oil can also help reduce skin imperfections, particularly whiteheads, blackheads and acne. It is believed that it can totally eliminate these facial problems as well.
  • For those with joint and muscle pains that may have been a result of a traumatic injury or arthritis, massaging the oil onto the affected area can ease what they’re feeling.
  • Women who keep suffering from menstrual cramps can get relief with the help of safflower oil. It is an effective remedy because it promotes blood flow and can even eliminate blood clots.

Safflower oil is indeed beneficial to our health. Bear in mind though that using safflower oil for cooking can lead to overheating it, which means you’re destroying its compounds that could be beneficial to our health. What’s even worse is that high heat can create free radicals that are dangerous to us because they can damage our body’s molecules. Compared to canola, corn, sesame, and olive oil, safflower has a higher heat tolerance, which makes it a good type of oil for cooking. Coconut oil, however, is still the best choice for cooking as it is stable and can withstand high heat better than safflower and other oils.

We all sweat, but some people sweat more than normal. This condition is known as hyperhidrosis and is usually benign, but may mean you should visit a dermatologist. Most of the time though, hyperhidrosis can cause embarrassment, especially in social situations. A lot of those who have this problem sweat excessively either on their hands or feet. If you have hyperhidrosis, you surely want to find solutions for it. Some medical treatments are available, including:

  • Iontophoresis which uses low electrical current
  • Botulinum toxin (Botox) which injects the medicine
  • Anticholinergic drugs which are taken orally
  • Surgery to correct problems in the sweat glands

Most of us though aren’t looking forward to the treatments above since they can be expensive and can have side effects as well. For instance, anticholinergic drugs can cause heart palpitations, urinary tract issues, and blurred vision. The good news is that there are tons of home remedies that can help stop your palms and feet from sweating too much. Here are some of the most effective ones:

1. Baking Soda

Fill up a big bowl of water and add two cups of baking soda. Soak your hands and feet for about 30 minutes every day.

2. Tomato Juice

Use two cups of tomato juice in a pail of lukewarm water. Soak your hands and your feet and start scrubbing for 30 minutes. You can do this every day as well.

Use two cups of tomato juice in a pail of lukewarm water to stop sweaty palms and feet / PicHelp

3. Baby Powder

If you sweat a lot, but the problem isn’t that bad, you can simply use baby powder.

4. Tea

Any kind of tea will do in this remedy for hyperhidrosis because of the tannins found in the drink. Tannins act as natural anti-perspirants, so take about five tea bags and make your tea like usual. Then, allow the water to cool down and soak your hands and feet for 30 minutes. Do this every day until you see a difference.

5. Iodine

Sometimes, excessive sweating is a sign of iodine deficiency, which can lead to thyroid disorders. You want to make sure that you consume as much iodine-rich foods as you can, so that you can avoid and correct the problem. Among the best sources of iodine are fish, eggs, and natural salt.

Believe it or not, you can also solve hyperhidrosis by hydrating yourself. Too much sweating can lead to dehydration, so you need to drink enough water every day. This is effective because it lowers body temperature as it refreshes you and therefore reduces sweating.