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5 Healing-Foods: That Will Cure All The Diseases!

51.Beans: The Diabetes-Busters

Beans are superb Type-2 Diabetes-Beating foods and have immense power to balance your sugar level and keep it under check! Due to beans, natural compounds, that lowers blood-sugar,  and reduce the body’s requirement for insulin; and it also assists in keeping the pancreas, from work-stress!

In addition, legumes and beans are packed with so much fiber ;that adding them,  to any meals shrinks down its total glycemic load.

Beans are magic potion for prediabetics and diabetics alike.  According to Dr.James Anderson, Type 1 – diabetics who were given a single serving of beans to their meals; reduced their insulin by a 38%. While for Type-2 diabetics; beans completely eliminates their glucose or insulin-controlling medications.

Plus, beans due to tryptophan, (a brain-chemical) helps to induce quality sleep, improves moods and  also regulates appetites.

2. Arthritis, is No More Hurting! Thank you, Fish!

Want to reduce joint pain and tenderness by half-or more? I suggest, you have more omega-3 rich, fish! Such as wild-caught salmon, rainbow trout, herring, sardines and mackerel. Research has proven, the omega-3 fatty acids to be; “arthritis-healer”.

Inflamed joints really love the soothing, cooling comfort that the omega-3 delivers. Plus, omega-3s spur the body to create inflammation-fighting fats called resolvins.

According to a study, conducted by Albany Medical College; arthritis patients, who had one fish at the dinner, every night for 14 weeks, showed 50% relief from the pain.

Not, a fish-buddy? No-problem; I suggest you take, omega-3 from cabbage, cauliflower, walnuts and flaxseeds.

3. Tired of being “fat”; Eat, Veggies!

Studies prove;  the role of inflammation as the main-reason behind being “overweight” because Inflammation interferes with the leptin (a hormone), which regulates appetite and your fat storage metabolism.

I suggest, you tackle with this; by eating more phytonutrients present in carrots, broccoli, tomatoes, winter squash and onions (the fish is also your friend, in this regard). Plus, veggies are rich in fiber and helps to keep your sugar-levels low; so food-calories are not stored in your body as fats.

According to “George Washington University School of Medicine”, the overweight participants who had veggies as the main part of their diet; lost weight without feeling deprived. This proves that veggies are non-fattening, no matter, how much you eat.

Trick:

I suggest, you eat veggies with all your meals! This way, you will develop a liking; like you crave for other fattening foods!

 

4. Feeling “Sad and Low”; Have Carbohydrates!

Carbs are natural mood-boosters; and people, who eat more carbohydrates; experience less depression; in comparison with people who have smaller-portions.

Okay, so,  instead of Kraft cheese and macaroni;  go for simple “carbs”. As refined-carbs raises your blood sugar and increase your belly fat!

I recommend that veggies should be your ideal-source of complex carbs.

And if given chance, whole grains would hit the sweet spot when you are craving CARBY-Comfort food. That’s because they prompt your body to synthesize a steady flow of mood-elevating brain chemicals serotonin and tryptophan.

5. Heart Health: Do You Need an Oil Change?

Research has proven that adding extra-virgin olive oil to one’s  diet, improves cardiovascular health!

Several studies, show, that having cold-pressed, extra-virgin olive oil daily, reduced heart disease by discouraging plaque build-up, it also reduces inflammation in your arteries and joints. Research, shows the women who had two tablespoons of extra-virgin olive oil daily; along with leafy greens; cut their risk of heart disease by almost half!

Another one, the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, which is America’s most respected nutrition journal; 30,000 Italian women, of around 50 years; had around one ounce of olive oil daily; for eight years; found that it reduced their chances of heart disease by 44% in comparison with those who has less amount , of olive oil in their daily diet.

I suggest, you drizzle it on foods after cooking as olive oil loses its healing properties at high flame-cooking. Also buy cold-pressed and unfiltered extra-virgin olive oil; which appears green or dark golden yellow and is packaged in dark glass bottles.

Hungry for healing?

I bet you are! And I hope you can enjoy these healing recipes very soon. BTW … If you have time, please tell me what some of your favorite healing foods, meal, or diet is.

Do you have a story about how you or someone you know has been healed by turning to “Nature’s pharmacy?” Please pass it along below so we all can learn and heal ourselves by your example.

By Syeda Kiran Zahra Hussain

Certified Health Coach / Nutrition Therapist

 

Garlic Never Goes Bad!?Bring on Black and Sprouted Ones!

black_garlicGarlic is the natural cure for variety of ailments of fungal, viral, infectious and bacterial nature. Due to it’s richness in phytochemicals and sulfurous compounds, it is robust to fight inflammation and the disorders related to inflammation like osteoarthritis; and garlic also protect your heart against plaque and clotting; plus it lowers your blood pressure, and also maintains an overall healthy lipid profile.

However, recent research shows that  black and sprouted garlic  have; even more antioxidants that fights the disease better than the white ones!

Black Garlic on Surki (Headline :) ) How? Find out……

Black garlic undergoes through a long-process of fermentation; which gives it a soft chewy texture, balsamic vinegar type taste and it’s dark hue. In which the whole bulbs of fresh garlic are allowed to undergo fermentation for “30-days” in controlled- environment at the temperature of 140-170 degrees. They then go through a 45-days of oxidation period; after which they turn chewy and blackish in color.

This doesn’t sound appetizing, but the research has it ; that the compounds, formed, in between the process of fermentation are loaded in disease-fighting “ANTI-OXIDANTS.”

The black garlic contains sulpherous compound S-allylcyctene (SAC),  which is close to allicin compound present in fresh garlic, that makes it 100 % bioavailable and more stable; which means SAC is readily absorbed by the body unlike allicin; which should consumed quickly after cutting (read till the end to find out about allicin).

According to animal study taken placed in 2009, which showed; that black garlic , reduced tumor-size more effectively than fresh garlic!  Which clearly shows the role of black garlic as more powerful!

Sprouted Garlic is good! How? Read on…..

Have you, ever thrown out the sprouted garlic?! Considering it bad?! Please don’t do that from now on!!!! Why ? because according to the “Journal of Agriculture and Food Chemistry”; the sprouted garlic (for about 5 days) contains off limit antioxidant capacities than fresh garlic.

In that study, the sprouted garlic protected the cells in laboratory dish; from various damage. which is not surprising; for the researchers because in the plants-world; when a seedling transforms into a plant, it grows phytochemicals and sulpherous compounds to protect the plant against pathogens.

On the other hand, white-garlic; is packed with vitamin C and B6, and minerals like selenium, manganese, phosphorus, and calcium, along with more than 100 other phytonutrients.  White garlic  also contain sulphorous compound allicin which is natural’s antibiotic that is created whenever garlic is smashed, chopped or injured;  and which should be consumed within an hour’s time after the chopping; to take full-advantage of it’s anti-infectious properties.

Whatever, garlic you pick!!! Just stay true to it!!! For all the right reasons!! A little review done on GARLIC by me your health coach, to tell you; EVEN WHAT YOU CONSIDER,  AS INEDIBLE GARLIC IS NOT TRUE!!!! LOL GARLIC NEVER GOES BAD!!!

HAPPY EATING AND HEALTHY LIVING!!! :)

By Syeda Kiran Zahra Hussain

Certified Health Coach / Nutrition Therapist,

E Clinic

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Vitamin E in Corn, Soybean and Canola Oil; Your True Enemy!!!

tocopheralHere’s another fact to dump those vegetables oils like corn, canola and soybean varieties!!!! Apart from the extreme processing which forms trans fatty acids (the hydrogenated mess) , that further lead to:

• Free radical damage
• Heart problems
• Increased cancer risk
• Blood platelet abnormalities
Latest research has it that vitamin E in corn, canola and soybean oil damage your lungs. Due to presence of high levels of gamma-tocopherol, this is a form of vitamin E linked with asthma and overall decreased lung function.
Olive or Canola? It’s a No-Brainer!
The form of vitamin E , gamma-tocopherol; present in corn, soy, and canola oil is linked with impaired function of lungs. Whereas the vitamin E, present in monounsaturated olive oil- known as alpha-tocopherol is associated with increased lung function.

To prove it a little….

According a further research carried in 2012, by Joan Cook-Mills (Associate professor of medicine in Immunology/Allergy at Northwestern University); based on the prior study, that had concluded the prohibitory effects of alpha-tocopherol on lung airway hyperresponsiveness and it’s inflammation in mice (which are two of the main characteristics of asthma).

To expand that findings, in her research, she pinpointed the opposite effects of gamma and alpha vitamin E forms. She said that both forms of vitamin E bind with kinase C-alpha, but white gamma-tocopherol activates it; while alpha-tocopherol suppresses the protein.

In addition, She analyzed 4,526 subjects from “CARDIA”; which stretched for over 20 years at four intervals, in which She tested the tocopheral levels in the blood plasma at three intervals for over 15 years and concluded that 10-17% of decreased lung function was seen in subjects who had high levels of gamma-tocopheral.

Which according to herself is asthmatic condition.

So, coming to the conclusion…..

This study clearly shows the role of high level of gamma-tocopherol (type of vitamin E) consumption present in corn, soybean and canola oil; to decreased lung health and function!!!

So……

What do I want???!!!! :)

I want you to check out your options when it comes to food preparation, as it’s better to steam, boil your food or use sparse amount of extra virgin olive oil in the end of cooking to enhance it’s taste than cooking in large quantity of vegetable oils.

And please, please , pleeeaaseeeeee reconsider, my recommendations before buying another bottle of BOMB, your so-called heart-friendly the canola, corn and soybean oilsss!!!! (y)

By Syeda Kiran Zahra Hussain

Certified Health Coach / Nutrition Therapist,

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Vitamin Combination Necessary!

Vitamin combiinations

 

These vitamin combinations, enhance, the absorption power of the body to make use of the nutrients, to the fullest! So without, further amiss let’s focus on the following vitamins combos for the added health benefits to your body!

Combo #1: Vitamin D and Calcium

Vitamin D increases the absorption of calcium, thus preventing osteoporosis and improving bones health.

Natural Sources of Calcium:

Spinach, celery, cabbage, almonds, Brazil nuts, chia seeds, pumpkin seeds, sesame seeds, goose berries, broccoli, kale, etc.

Natural Sources of Vitamin D:

Mushroom and sunlight

Combo #2: Vitamin C and Iron

Vitamin C helps in better absorption of iron , which is needed by the body, for better transportation of oxygen and carbon dioxide in the body. Especially if the iron source is non-animal based. Plus vitamin C is also good for the heart, gums, and is an overall immunity booster!

Natural Sources of Vitamin C

Citrus fruits, berries, bell pepper,  pineapple; thyme and parsley, dark leafy green, tomatoes, melons etc.

Natural Sources of Iron

Pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, fig, coconut, parsley, potatoes, tomatoes, apricot, bananas,  kale, almonds, chia seeds, grapes etc.

Combo #3: Folic Acid and Vitamin C

Folic acid helps red blood cells to form DNA and also prevent birth defects like pina bifida. Where as to for better-absorption power, take vitamin  C with folic acid.

Natural Sources of Folic Acid:

Dark leafy green, citrus fruits, berries, beans, nuts, seeds, etc.

Natural Sources of Vitamin C

As mentioned above!

Combo #4: Vitamin A and Zinc

Vitamin A helps in absorption of zinc, which is required by body for quick healing and better immunity.  Where as vitamin A is good for hairs, nails, eyes and skin; it also protects you against cancer by inhibiting production of DNA in the cancerous cells.

Natural Sources of Vitamin A

Mango, tomato, melon, dark leafy greens (mustard greens, turnip green, collard greens, spinach), basil, parsley, oregano etc.

Natural Sources of Zinc

Blackberries, figs, medjool dates, bananas, peaches, apricot, plums, avocados, cabbage, pumpkin seeds, etc.

By Syeda Kiran Zahra Hussain

Certified Health Coach / Nutrition Therapist,

E Clinic

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Five Healthy Swaps for Good Health!

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Craving for sweet, fatty, salty snacks!? Don’t rush for the wrong choices, that will ultimately, make you feel guilty! Instead, if you crave sugar, go for fruits; as they are nature’s candies.

Wanting to eat, salty variety, wait, as they are prone to cause dehydration and might raise your BP leading to stroke and heart disease. Instead, have dried herbs and spices, as a substitute!

Going for butter laden food items!? Don’t as they are cause of artery-clogging saturated fats. Instead, if your recipe requires butter or eggs, get use of nature’s creamy, smooth avocados; they are superb replacement! Instead of mucus forming and hormones laden cow’s milk, go for almond milk. It is full of vitamins and minerals; and contains no casein, lactose, gluten and completely cholesterol – free. Unlike the Cow’s milk which cause mucus and brain fog according to the latest research.

If you crave bagel, go for banana! According to one study, grains contain Phytic Acid, which causes mineral deficit; as it impairs the body ability to absorb calcium, magnesium, zinc and copper! As the grains are sprouted the Phytic Acid level decreases ; and vitamins and minerals content increases, but now a days the grains consumed by the people are not sprouted; which leads to diseases like osteoporosis. Eat fruit carbs as they are more nourishing like in the case of fully – ripened bananas; which gives you all the nourishment without any depletion caused to your body.

By Syeda Kiran Zahra Hussain

Certified Health Coach / Nutrition Therapist,

E Clinic

 

 

 

Blood Pressure Drugs: More Harm Than Good!

blood pressureDid you know…the over- the-counter blood pressure drugs actually do more harm than good?

Would you take a medicine if you knew the side effects such as loss of libido, insomnia, and even death, if you knew that it would not give any of the promised benefits?

According to the Cochrane Collaboration, patients with slight hypertension at stage 1 level are being overly or wrongly prescribed with medication without any merits.

MD’s have assumed for many decades, the use of blood pressure medicines as best treatment options for hypertension at stage 1. However, according to the recent review by the Cochrane Collaboration, there were no benefits detected in the use of medicines to treat mild hypertension.  It was concluded that those medicines caused more harm than good literally.

Check the info-graphic for the review of the above mentioned study and the health conditions caused by the use of Big Pharma drugs for hypertension!

Let’s talk about “Disease creep” horrors

“Disease creep” is a medical term for treating patients for a disease that they have not yet developed. It refers to the growing trend amongst the medical doctors in prescribing patients with possible risk for a disease or a mild case of hypertension or any other disease, with the same drug as those with the full-blown cases.

After the Cochrane Collaboration’s review and it’s findings; that the side effects of these drugs outweigh its possible benefits for the patients. Still, the big pharmaceutical industry is the same regardless of whether their treatments are approved or effective.

Very rightly put by Craig Stellpflug, a lifestyle coach, cancer nutrition specialist, that big pharma medicines don’t cure but make repeat customers.

My suggestions:

I would advise you to go for eradication of the root-cause rather than treating the symptom of a disease; which is done plainly by popping a prescribed medicine pills. Instead, go for simple dietary adjustments; life style changes; and safe and powerful natural cures. Like you can consider, ditching blood pressure drugs if you are at mild stage or stage 1 of the disease, and go for Mediterranean diet; gluten-free diet; do exercise, giving up on heavy metals; they are definitely less dangerous and more effective ways to reduce your blood pressure.

By Syeda Kiran Zahra Hussain

Certified Health Coach / Nutrition Therapist,

E Clinic

 

 

 

Lemons and Lemonade Diet for Weight Loss

lemonCan lemons help you with weight loss? Fact or Myth?

Well this a fact.

Lemon is a great weight-loss booster, and it also has many health benefits, which includes staving off hunger, slow digestion, controlling blood sugar and insulin response and lowering of the glycemic index of foods (it refers to the food ability to raise the blood sugar level).

The weight loss and cleansing benefits of lemons might be the reason behind huge weight loss experienced by the people who go under my lemonade diet.

To answer the questions about its validity check out the research based info-graphic….

Also I’m adding my version of lemonade-diet for your rapid weight-loss. So here we go……

The Lemonade Diet (My version)

The lemonade diet, also called as the Master Cleanser, is ideal for detoxification and quick weight loss.

Makes 1 serving

• 10 oz room temperature water 
• 1/10 tsp cayenne pepper
• 2 Tbsp lemon juice (freshly squeezed)
• 2 Tbsp organic maple syrup 

Combine the cayenne, maple syrup and lemon juice with the water. Mix well.

Makes 6 servings (a day’s worth)

• 60 oz room temperature water 
• ½ tsp cayenne pepper
• 13 Tbsp lemon juice (freshly squeezed)
• 13 Organic maple syrup 

Combine cayenne, maple syrup and lemon juice with water. Mix well.

People with gallstones, intestinal obstruction, anemia, cancer, diabetes, or people who have a history of eating disorders or who are underweight are just some of the people for whom this diet is not suitable.

LEMON

By Syeda Kiran Zahra Hussain

Certified Health Coach / Nutrition Therapist,

E Clinic

 

8 Tips To Detox Your Body

As promised, today, I will show you, how to do detox of your body simply by following my eight tips!

81. Cut Back on Sugar

This sugar-detox is an effective way to clear out toxins and improve your overall health. You can start, by reducing your daily sugar consumption, be it honey, artificial sweeteners or molasses. As excessive sugar intake increases your insulin levels that might put load on your pancreas which contributes to obesity, cancer, diabetes and excessive fatigue.

2. Drink Lemon Water

I would suggest you take lemon water in the morning, as it will wash away the toxins, out of your body.

3. Keep Moving

Regular exercise keeps your blood circulation and lymphatic system pumped up. Doing just that keeps your body strengthen, promotes digestion, reduces stress and lubricate your joints. People who exercise regularly are much healthier as they have very few toxins in their bodies.

4. Drink More Tea

Tea is not only rich in antioxidants but it also hydrates you immensely and fills you up! (go for herbal ones!) Research proves that tea can curtail your hunger pangs and can make you choose healthy stuff! But just remember, one thing, caffeine in tea is different than caffeine in coffee. It is way gentler for your system! So, sip the tea more often.

5. Eat Organic

Go organic! Eat more colorful fruits and veggies! Also eat, legumes, seeds, nuts, and beans. Especially have more leafy greens, these are rich in micro-nutrients (like vitamins and minerals). Good new is that you can munch on them as much as you want, as they are really low in calories.

6. Fight Environmental Pollutants

Pollutants are present every where! I suggest, you to use Neti-Pot,  right before bed-time. This remedy here, will not just help you with the elimination of pollutants and help you to breathe naturally, but will also improve your sleep quality. So, go for Neti-Pot!

7.  Get Steam Bath Via Sauna

Sauna helps to eliminate toxins through lymphatic  system, which also boosts weight loss. Get sauna more often, as sweating is the best way to detox.

8. Exfoliate

Skin brushing and oil massage helps to exfoliate the dead skin and refreshes your circulatory system. Do it more often!

These are 8 simple tips to detox your body effectively. In my next blog, I will tell you about Neti-Pot.

 

By Syeda Kiran Zahra Hussain

Certified Health Coach / Nutrition Therapist,

E Clinic

 

 

Sugar, Not Fat, That Causes Heart Attack!

SugarAs we already know that consumption of alcohol, obesity, hypertension, cholesterol, smoking, poor diet and too many calories are the root cause of heart attack.

However, according to the latest study published in JAMA Internal Medicine, the real culprit behind heart attack is NOT SATURATED FATS but SUGAR! This study carried on 40,000 people concluded that high sugar intake increased the risk of heart attack by 400 percent.  Furthermore, if sugar intake is increased by 20 percent in your daily quota of calories, it doubled your chances of heart attack. Thus, proving sugar calories are the worst form of calories. This study proves, how sugar triggers insulin resistance and causes inflammation,  which is the root cause of heart disease.

Tomorrow I will, show you,  how to do Sugar-detox.

 

By Syeda Kiran Zahra Hussain

Certified Health Coach / Nutrition Therapist,

E Clinic

Black Seed – ‘The Remedy For Everything But Death’

black cumin seedBlack seed is a potent seed that heals the chemical weapon poisoned body, kills MRSA, stimulates regeneration of dying beta cells within the diabetic’s pancreas, and yet very few people know about it.

Nigella Sativa, have been prized for their healing properties since time immemorial.  While frequently referred to among English-speaking cultures as Roman coriander, black sesame, black cumin, black caraway and onion seed, it is known today primarily as black seed, which is at the very least an accurate description of its physical appearance.

The earliest record of its cultivation and use come from ancient Egypt. Approximately 3,300 years back, black seed oil was found in Egyptian pharaoh Tutankhamun tomb. Plus, black seed is known as Habbatul barakah which means “seed of blessing” in Arabic culture. It is also believed that the Islamic prophet Mohammed PBUH said of it that it is “a remedy for all diseases except death.”

There are over 40 health conditions that may be benefited from the use of this seed, few of them include:

  • Tumor Necrosis Factor Alpha Inhibitor
  • Anti-Ulcer                                  
  • Analgesic (Pain-Killing)
  • Anti-Inflammatory
  • Anti-Cholinergic
  • Anti-Bacterial
  • Anti-Fungal
  • Antioxidant
  • Ant-Hypertensive
  • Antispasmodic
  • Bronchodilator
  • Antiviral
  • Gluconeogenesis Inhibitor (Anti-Diabetic)
  • Hypotensive
  • Hepatoprotective (Liver Protecting)
  • Insulin Sensitizing
  • Leukotriene Antagonist
  • Interferon Inducer
  • Renoprotective (Kidney Protecting)

Black seed has been researched for very specific health conditions. Some of the most compelling applications include:

  • Type 2 Diabetes:  Intake of two grams of black seed daily led to an increased betacell function, decreased insulin resistance, and reduced fasting glucose in participants.
  • Epilepsy: Black seeds were traditionally known to have anticonvulsive properties. A 2007 study with epileptic children, whose condition was refractory to conventional drug treatment, found that a water extract significantly reduced seizure activity.
  •  High Blood pressure: The daily use of 100 and 200 mg of black seed extract, twice daily, for 2 months, was found to have a blood pressure-lowering effect in patients with mild hypertension.
  • Asthma: Thymoquinone, one of the main active constituents within Nigella sativa (black cumin), is superior to the drug fluticasone in an animal model of asthma. Another study, this time in human subjects, proved that extract of black seed in boiled water had relatively potent antiasthmatic effect on asthmatic patient’s airways.
  • Serious tonsillopharyngitis: Black seed capsules helped reduce the viral of bad throat significantly; it also elevated pain, and reduced the need for painkillers.
  •  Chemical Weapons Injury: A randomized, placebo-controlled human study of chemical weapons injured patients found that boiled water extracts of black seed reduced respiratory symptoms, chest wheezing, and pulmonary function test values, as well as reduced the need for drug treatment.
  • Colon Cancer: Cell studies have shown that it is important in the suppression of colon cancer growth, but with a far higher safety profile. Animal research has found that black seed oil has significant inhibitory effects against colon cancer in rats, without observable side effects.
  • Addiction/Withdrawal of Opiate: Research proved that opioid dependence pf 35 opiate addicts determined that it could be treated by black seed therapy.
  • MRSA (methicillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus): Black seed has anti-bacterial activity against clinical isolates of MRSA.

By Syeda Kiran Zahra Hussain

Certified Health Coach / Nutrition Therapist,

E Clinic