5 foods your body would love you to eat

Written by Warren Whitfield. Posted in Acudetox, Health

lemonsIf your body could tell you what to eat when you’re not feeling great, you could solve all manner of ills

Eat tomatoes to be happy

Feeling down in the dumps? Add some tomatoes to your meals and turn that frown upside down. Researchers at the Tianjin Medical University discovered that eating tomatoes two to six times per week means you have nearly a 50 per cent less chance of being depressed. That’s because lycopene, the chemical that makes tomatoes red, is also a powerful antioxidant that helps battle depression. Not only that, but this super-antioxidant also helps keep you sun-safe by protecting your skin from UV rays.

Eat spinach to look young

It turns out Popeye was onto a winner with his love of spinach. This green leafy vegetable isn’t to everyone’s taste, but when you hear of the benefits it brings you might just change your mind. As well as being packed with fibre, iron and vitamins A, C and K, the combination of nutrients in spinach also increase the body’s natural rate of collagen production, which makes your skin look young and healthy. If looking young isn’t enough reason already, you’ll be happy to hear that spinach really does make you strong as well. According to scientists from the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, the high nitrate content of spinach helps to tone muscles.

Eat lemon to detox

Whenever you’re feeling tired and lacking in energy, your body is telling you that you need to cleanse your system with a detox. Luckily there are plenty of foods out there to help you do this, and one of the best is lemon. Lemons are high in the antioxidant vitamin C, and also help to balance out the natural pH level of your body. For an added boost, enjoy a slice of lemon in some green tea. Researchers at Purdue University found that citrus fruits such as lemon help the body absorb the antioxidants in green tea three times as fast.

Eat nuts for a flat stomach

Everyone dreams of achieving the perfect flat stomach, and if you add nuts to your diet you’ll be one step closer to washboard abs. Nuts like cashews, almonds and peanuts are all high in monounsaturated fat, which helps your body absorb vitamins. A study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that diets that are high in monounsaturated fats lead to greater weight loss than those diets that attempt to cut out fat all together. Nuts are also high in fibre, and that means they help to regulate your digestive system and prevent bloating.

Eat blueberries to de-stress

We all know antioxidants are great for our body, and in a recent study into antioxidant content carried out by the US Department of Agriculture, blueberries came out on top when pitted against over 70 other foods. That high antioxidant content comes with a whole host of benefits, including the ability to help you de-stress. As well as all those antioxidants, the high vitamin C content of blueberries also helps calm you down, with researchers in Alabama finding that vitamin C can reduce stress levels.

How To Remove Annoying Skin Tags The Natural Way

Written by Warren Whitfield. Posted in Acudetox, Articles, Health, Herbal Medicine

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Skin tags, also sometimes known as acrochordon, is basically a cutaneous outgrowth, usually non-cancerous and forms in areas of the body that overlap each other or in creases such as the neck, groin or the armpits. Skin tags are usually painless and harmless, however, when it comes to aesthetic appeal, they may look fleshy and of the size of a grain of rice.

While skin tags are usually cleared and treated by skincare treatments, you can also handle them the natural way- here we’ve listed down the 3 best ways to remove skin tags naturally and painlessly. Read on…

Herbal Goodness

Herbs are one of nature’s best healing agents- they hold vital therapeutic properties and aid the natural process of the body. Here we’ve put down some great herbs that you could use to deal with and treat skin tags, and other skin conditions.

Ginger: Chop some ginger and place it onto the area affected by skin tags for 5 minutes, twice everyday and for a week- your skin tags will shrink and you’ll have smooth skin in no time.

Fenugreek Seeds: Fenugreek seeds contain powerful antioxidants that stimulate removal of dead skin cells, including skin tags. Soak them in water and wash the area affected by skin tags with this water everyday.

Garlic: Crushed garlic, when applied to the area affected by skin tags, is believed to help shrink the skin tags naturally.

Natural Stuff

Some other natural botanical extracts, when used in the right way, could work wonderfully in reducing skin tags naturally and effectively. Here are some good natural remedies that are available right in your kitchen, and could help you manage skin conditions, particularly skin tags, more effectively.

Castor Oil: Castor oil, when mixed with baking soda and used as an ointment can act as a wonderful natural remedy for skin tags. Apply it to the affected area for 10 minutes 2 times a day for a week.

Apple Cider Vinegar: You may have used it for your salad dressings, but now’s the time to put apple cider vinegar to a better use- just dab some apple cider vinegar onto a small piece of cotton and apply it to the skin tag. It may cause a slight stinging sensation, but leave it that way for a couple of minutes and then wash. Do this 3 times a day for a week and your skin tags will shrink.

Tea Tree Oil: Tea tree oil has been known for its efficacy in dealing with a wide range of skin disorders, including skin tags. Apply diluted tea tree oil directly to the affected area, and massage gently in circular motion twice everyday till the skin tags shrink.

Banana Peel: Banana peel is yet another effective remedy for skin tags. Cut the peel into small bits, place it on the affected area and wrap it around so that the bits keep touching the area- let it stay overnight.

Lemon Juice: Lemon juice is a good source of citric acid, which helps the skin tags shed away the decomposing issue. Just apply some lemon juice onto the affected area with a cotton ball till it dries away.

Vitamin E: Vitamin E is believed to be the best natural treatments for all skin disorders. Rub the oil from a vitamin E capsule onto the skin tags, and massage gently – do this for a couple of days or until the skin tag vanishes.

How to Clean Your Liver with 5 Natural Liver Detox Tips

Written by Warren Whitfield. Posted in Acudetox, Articles, Health, Herbal Medicine

liver_4 Your liver is like the maid of your body, cleaning up all the toxins you put into it, and therefore keeping all internal systems running smoothly. The modern diet, environmental pollutants, and our increasing dependence on toxic personal care products have put our livers on serious overtime. For this reason, it’s important to know how to clean your liver thoroughly and effectively – oh, and naturally.

Your liver works to cleanse the blood and remove toxic substances that we’ve eaten, inhaled, or rubbed on our bodies. When it is overworked—as it is in many modern adults—or when you are under a significant amount of physical or even mental stress, your liver can struggle to keep up.

“The thousands of enzyme systems that are responsible for virtually every body activity are constructed in the liver,” explains Dr. Karl Maret, M.D. “The proper functioning of the eyes, the heart, the brain, the gonads, the joints, and the kidneys are all dependent on good liver activity.

If the liver is impaired from constructing even one of the thousands of enzyme systems the body requires, there is an impairment in overall body function and a resultant greater metabolic stress on the individual.”

Liver health is directly tied to your overall health, and poor liver health could very well be the root cause of many diseases that currently affect millions of people worldwide. Often assaulted with toxic substances like high-fructose corn syrup, which can ‘overburden’ the liver and subsequently lead to complications, it is very likely that your liver has experienced at least some degree of damage due to dietary and environmental factors. In fact, the only way to avoid the buildup of toxins in the liver would be to eat a nearly perfect diet free of additives, fillers, modified ingredients, or chemicals — virtually the opposite of the average American diet, which critically lacks any liver cleansing foods.

Thankfully, it is very possible to repair your liver naturally and help release excessive toxin buildup through the power of healing foods. Here are 4 natural liver cleansing food and another alternative approach using acupuncture that is extremely useful to combine with them:

1. Cleanse Your Liver with Avocados

Avocados have been shown to naturally protect and repair your liver. Containing a high amount of glutathione-producing compounds, avocados can actually help boost the ability of the liver to cleanse itself. Astonishing research has even shown that consuming one or two avocados per week for as little as 30 days can make a serious difference in the state of your liver health. The best part? Avocados can be enjoyed with virtually any meal, and are available throughout the world. Try adding in some fresh, organic avocados with your next meal to reap the benefits of liver cleansing foods like this one.

2. Garlic

The superfood garlic, which is known for its ability to fight against cancer and infections naturally, is also among the many great liver cleansing foods as it is very useful in repairing a compromised liver. While the benefits of garlic for liver health and beyond are many, one reason for its superior effects have to do with the fact that garlic contains numerous sulfur-containing compounds that are known to activate the liver enzymes responsible for expelling toxins from the body. Another lies in the presence of both allicin and selenium, two important nutrients that play an integral role in the protection of the liver from damage.

3. Turmeric

Turmeric can uniquely assist the enzymes that are responsible for flushing out known dietary carcinogens. The result is enhanced protection against liver damage, and even regeneration of affected liver cells. Turmeric is also notably responsible for improving the health of the gallbladder as well. These benefits are in addition to the shocking ability to turmeric to combat cancer in a number of studies. Researchers at the UCLA also found that curcumin — the ‘key’ compound within turmeric — exhibits cancer-blocking properties. The lab found that the enzymes in the patients’ mouths responsible for promoting cancer spread and growth were inhibited by curcumin supplementation. The ingestion of curcumin intake even blocked the spread of the malignant cells.

4. Lemon and Lime

While not exactly one of the liver cleansing foods, warm water with lemon or lime each morning could be one of the simplest and most advantageous methods of improving the health of your liver. High in vitamin C and potassium, lemons can help regulate biological functions. Some experts, such as A.F. Beddoe — who wrote the book Biological Ionization as Applied to Human Nutrition, have also stated that the liver produces more enzymes in response to water with lemon than to any other food.

5. Acudetox

Acupuncture Detoxification is probably the most powerful way to assist a liver detox diet because it directly affects the electrical function of the liver enabling it to release what its holding onto very quickly. The NADA 5 Point Protocol for addiction detoxification is a great help here. It not only detoxes the liver, but also the gall bladder, lungs, large intestine, small intestine, stomach, spleen & heart all of which play a vital role in overall health but also the health of the mind. A toxic liver results in a dysfunctional gall bladder and can lead to gall stones or even the need to remove one’s gall bladder entirely. Anger is the common state of being for people with toxic livers.

Kidney Cleanse Recipes

Written by Warren Whitfield. Posted in Acudetox, Addictions, ADHD, Alternative Medicine, Health, Herbal Medicine

green-drinkGot lower back pain and suspect it might be a kidney stone? Do you have lower back weakness, sciatica, weak legs & knees, hearing problems, tinnitus, blurry vision, sudden deafness, no will power, weak bone & muscle density issues? Try this cleanse before an expensive hospital visit. Small kidney stones can be dissolved a few weeks with a few changes in your diet and large amounts of water to wash out any toxins that have built up over time. Combine Kidney flush diets with Acupuncture Detoxification and you have a winning formula for treating all of these ailments very effectively.

This cleanse is not just to remove kidney stones though. The kidney filters out all kinds of toxic substances from your blood and is particularly sensitive to infections – keeping this organ clean and functioning properly is highly important for your health.

What are Kidney Stones?

A kidney cleanse is a great way to avoid kidney stones, but how do they form? If you are dehydrated or have consumed lots of toxic substances, the urine that passes through the kidney can crystallize, forming mineral deposits or kidney stones.

If the stones become too big they can block urine flow, causing extreme pain in your lower back. A kidney cleanse helps these stones to dissolve, easing your pain, and can also prevent them from forming in the first place.

How to do the Kidney Cleanse

The kidney cleanse is a 3-day fast during which you must drink large quantities of distilled water and organic apple juice. You can drink up to a gallon of each, separately or mixed together.

If you haven’t tried a fast before, don’t worry this cleanse is perfectly healthy. You may be a little hungry, but the apple juice will give you energy and help you feel more full.

You can start checking for kidney stones immediately after your first drink of apple juice. Use a simple tea strainer to look for them – they might be very small so look carefully.

Not everyone passes kidney stones on this cleanse, but even if you don’t its very healthy and will prevent any future problems.

Herbs for Kidney Cleansing

Try the following herbs before or after your kidney cleanse.

UVA URSI (BEARBERRY)

When taken orally, Uva Ursi transforms in the stomach into a compound with antimicrobial and disinfectant properties. It then passes down through the urinary system and so can also aid with urinary infections.

PARSLEY/CILANTRO

Parsley/Cilantro detoxifies the kidney by flushing toxins out, and is beneficial in the treatment and prevention of kidney stones. Parsley contains a compound named Apoil, which has now been isolated and used in medication to treat kidney ailments and kidney stones.

To make a Parsley tea, place 2 cups of water and 2 tablespoons of chopped parsley/cilantro into a pot with the lid on. Heat the water to almost boiling, then turn off the heat. Let it sit for fifteen minutes, then strain the parsley out and enjoy the tea.

NETTLES

Nettles are effective diuretics and anti-bacterials that can help to treat and prevent kidney stones. They are available as a tea or in capsules.

Kidney Cleanser Recipes ~

ULTIMATE KIDNEY CLEANSER JUICE

kidney cleanse juice recipeHere are two great kidney cleanse recipes. Just throw it all together in the juicer, then drink! You can also use a blender if you want it to be more like a smoothie.

Recipe 1
4 Stalks Celery
3 Sprigs Parsley/Cilantro
1 Cucumber
Half a lemon
Water

Recipe 2
2 Apples
4-6 slices Watermelon
Water

KIDNEY CLEANSING TEA

A variety of teas are available that can help with a Kidney Cleanse. Watermelon seed tea and Celery seed tea are both powerful diuretics that increase your water intake and flush water more quickly through the kidneys.

Source: http://www.justcleansing.com/kidneycleansing.htm

QWhich adds more nutritional value to a salad: fresh parsley or cilantro?

A: A quarter cup of chopped parsley is a good source of both beta-carotene (the plant form of vitamin A) and vitamin C, which are both found in much smaller amounts in cilantro. Parsley also provides small amounts of folate, potassium and iron that help total daily consumption add up more quickly than amounts in cilantro. Cilantro contains about twice the amount of antioxidant phytochemicals (natural plant compounds) as parsley. Both are great choices to add a fresh taste to salads, salsas, soup (warm or chilled soup for hot weather enjoyment), pasta and more. Use them both and know you’re getting great flavor and nutrition.

Karen Collins, MS, RD, CDN, writes this column for The American Institute for Cancer Research. (AICR) is the cancer charity that fosters research on the relationship of nutrition, physical activity and weight management to cancer risk.

Smile Your Way Out of Stress?

Written by Warren Whitfield. Posted in Acudetox, Addictions, ADHD, Articles, Health

smiling

by: Kelly McGonigal, PhD.
on March 31, 2014
Put a pencil between your lips in just the right way, and you’ll feel happier—though you won’t know why. The result is so reliable, I used this trick on students as a foolproof demo when I taught intro to psychology.

This effect demonstrates the “facial feedback” theory of emotion—but you can think of it as “fake it til you make it.” The idea is simple: your brain is constantly monitoring what’s happening in your body. It analyzes things like muscle tension, posture, heart rate, breathing, and, yes, facial expressions, to judge how you are feeling.

Put yourself in a happier position, and you can boost your mood. Practice a depressed face and slumped posture, and watch the gloom set in. The pencil trick works because it forces your face to mimic a genuine smile, recruiting just the muscles of the mouth, cheeks, and eyes that come to life when you are happy.

The study—published in Psychological Science, conducted by Tara Kraft and Sarah Pressman at the University of Kansas—took the old experiment a step further.

Participants were put through two stressful tasks—one a mental challenge, the other a pain induction—while they held a chopstick with their mouths. Some participants held it in a way that recruits the muscles of a genuine smile, some held the chopstick in a way that recruits the muscles of a fake smile (mouth only), and others in a way that doesn’t mimic a smile at all.

[I found the picture below, demonstrating these positions, in the lead author’s masters thesis. The little wires you see are attached to electrodes measuring muscle activity.]

Figure 1: Face Conditions (L-R) Neutral, Non-Duchenne smile, Duchenne smile

smile study

The researchers measured participants’ heart rate and stress levels during and after the mental challenge and pain task. Amazingly, those who were mimicking a genuine smile were less stressed and showed faster physiological recovery from the stressful tasks than those mimicking a fake smile or no smile.

The apparent take-home of this study is to fake a smile when you’re feeling stressed or in pain. But it may be a bit more complicated than that. The participants did not know why they were holding a chopstick in their mouths, and they certainly weren’t trying to make themselves feel better. An important part of the facial-feedback effect may be that it’s happening outside conscious awareness.

If you are trying to change your mood, the trick may not work as well (if at all). Your brain will know why you are activating those smiling muscles, and won’t misinterpret the expression as happiness.

So what can you do to put this finding to good use? I think you can’t go wrong broadening your approach to the whole body. Other research suggests that sitting up straight or standing tall improves self-confidence and moodhugging yourself reduces pain; breathing slowly and deeply reduces stress and improves mood; leaning toward something (or someone) make you less anxious or afraid.

Rather than limit yourself to a chopstick trick, practice putting your entire body into a more relaxed, confident, or supported position. Learn how to stand tall and breathe well. A basic yoga class should take care of this. Then, when you find yourself stressed out, anxious, or in pain, do your best to fully embody the attitude or emotion you’d like to experience.

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Study cited:
Kraft T & Pressman S (2012 in press). Grin and bear it: The influence of manipulated positive facial expression on the stress response. Psychological Science.

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The greatest con my ego pulled, was making me believe that he was me. If I change the rules on what controls me, then I change the rules on what I can control. — Warren Whitfield

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