Everything You Need to Know about Asian Cuisine

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Asian cuisine has been with us for a long time now but its popularity these days have increased dramatically. Throughout the world’s capitals, Asian restaurants have sprouted like mushrooms, from the lowly street food vendors to the most expensive eateries. Perhaps it’s because of the Orient’s exotic flavors and spices that people have been drawn to patronize its delicacies.

The demand for Asian spices started hundreds of years ago, where Europeans made routes, traveling east by land and sea just to avail themselves of this precious cargo. The western world was never the same again, at least with their taste buds. But one of the secrets of Asian cooking is, to the surprise of everybody, its simplicity.

Most dishes are simple and easy to make. A bowl of rice, for instance, taken with stir-fried vegetables would make for an easy-to-make, nutritious, and tasty dish. The greens are always crunchy, low-fat and very healthy. Other items like soup, bread, and rice will always make one feel full for a longer time. Let’s look at what the gastronomical world of Asian cuisine has to offer.

Most Well-known Asian Cuisines

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Being the biggest continent, Asia indeed has a lot to offer. From its people, their culture, traditions, and the food. Asia is comprised of various regions, each having its own culture and distinct cuisine. Here are the most popular countries and their cuisines:

Chinese Cuisine

Almost all cities in the world have their version of Chinatown. And the food in their restaurants is really to die for. People fall in line for their soups, noodles, rice, and various kinds of meat dishes. China is further subdivided into regions, and each has its special cuisines. Cantonese, Hunan, and Szechwan don’t only refer to the people but their special cuisine as well.

Japanese Cuisine

For those who relish Japanese food, their cuisine is healthy, delicious, and always aesthetically-presented. Food to the Japanese is part of their culture, and when one partakes of their meal, he gets an insight into their lifestyle and culture.

Traditional Japanese cuisine is simple and delicious. Ingredients used are seasonal and produced locally. One would expect rice and seafood to be served all year round since Japan is a rice producer and its shores abound with fish, shellfish, and seaweed.

Thai Cuisine

If one wants to rave about an experience with spicy foods, then Thailand is the land to visit. Just enter a Thai restaurant and be overwhelmed by the aroma of spices that could drive the senses mad. Dishes usually are prepared with an assortment of vegetables and spices. Balancing these ingredients is the key to Thai cooking. Thais also serve a lot of side dishes that will balance the richness of some dishes.

Indian Cuisine

When we talk about Indian food, we always associate it with curry. Other Asian countries took a cue from India about being “spicy” and rightly so because Indian food is spicy, rich, and varied. India has its regions and each with their spicy cuisine. We can broadly classify the cuisine into Northern and Southern, each with its own individual use of herbs, spices and cooking style.

Even the utensils used by these Asian countries are different and unique. What they may have in common are the herbs and spices used. But for most Asian countries, eating with the hands is a prominent tradition as its denizens want to feel their food. Experiencing genuine Asian cuisine will be an exotic and exhilarating experience.

Popular Asian Dishes

Asia is a melting pot of cultures, traditions, influences and of course, foods. The continent is so vast it makes choosing the best cuisine a daunting task.  But many Asian foods have stood out and have become popular almost everywhere. The Americas love them, so do Europeans. Often, it becomes difficult to pinpoint the dish’s origin because Asian countries use the same spicy ingredients. Nevertheless, these popular foods are delicious, hot and healthy.

Chicken Curry

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Scan over an Asian menu, and you will surely find this dish in the listing. But curry powder isn’t just one variety, there are several, and each country has its blend. Try eating the dish in restaurants in different Asian countries as the dish may taste different for each country.

Dim Sum

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Originally from China, dim sum are bite-sized morsels that can be  served as appetizers. Derived from Cantonese, Dim Sum means “a little token.” It’s popular in all Southeast Asian countries. These small surprises are usually served hot in tiny steamer baskets or small plates. Although the servings are small, one can order a lot of varieties.

Fish Balls

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This is usually bought as a street food which is relished as a snack. It’s maybe the Asian version of the American hot dog. The balls are made from pulverized fish meat, eaten on a stick or served as toppings for soup. You can get them at Asian stalls or through street vendors. The fish balls can be served fried, cooked or steamed.

Fried Rice

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This is the most popular staple food in Asia. Almost all households include this in their meals. Mainly, it’s cooked plainly with coconut milk and saffron added. Meat or vegetables complement the rice for a complete meal. To make fried rice, just throw all the ingredients into the wok containing some cooking oil. Some meat, vegetables, spices, eggs then the rice. It could be a meal or a side dish.

Hainanese Chicken Rice

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This dish is simple, very straight-forward, and very easy to make. It’s popular in Malaysia, Thailand, Singapore, and China. It’s made up of plain boiled chicken, served with white rice, and can be accompanied with condiments like cucumbers, eggs or lettuce or a bowl of clear chicken soup. It’s a dish that can stand on its own, without the spices. This signature dish is being claimed by more than one country as its place of origin.


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This is a very spicy noodle soup being claimed by Singapore as its inventor. More likely though, its origin could either be Malaysia or China.  Its popularity has become worldwide, from Asia to Australia, and beyond. The soup’s consistency can either be watery or thick with as less liquid as possible. Most eaters prefer the latter.


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For being the undisputed King or Queen of Asian foods, satay cannot even decide on a single name. Some people call it sate or satay or satay or sati or whatever. This dish is basically made from small portions of meat on a stick roasted over charcoal or an open fire.

Spring Rolls

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Each of the Asian countries has their version of a spring roll. But ask a seasoned traveler and he would point out that the best ones are those made in Vietnam. Maybe if one has the time, he can try the many Asian versions of this delicacy. The spring roll is usually fried pastries that are filled with meat or vegetables. But that will depend upon the country. As mentioned, each one has its spring roll version.


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There is no need for any introduction to this delicacy which has gained immense popularity internationally. It’s a “high-class food” eaten in classy restaurants. But these days, one can buy prepared sushi in supermarkets. Sushi is more than just some raw fish laid over a bed of rice. Especially in Japan, creating and rolling sushi is considered by many as a science and a work of art. Ingredients used are raw fish, a special kind of rice, seaweed, and soy sauce with wasabi paste,

Tom Yum

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This is a watery fragrant soup that has its origins in Thailand but is now popular in many Asian countries. When served, it can be an appetizer; the main dish is eaten with or without rice. But the soups unique spicy-sour taste has been relished by many. For the sour ingredients, the soup uses some heavily smashed lemongrass, tamarind, and lime.

What Should You Pair with Asian Cuisine?

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Is it red wine or white wine? What goes best with Asian food? Do we decide on the most traditional culinary rule of thumb where red is for meat and white are for fish? Maybe it can still be the most reliable rule. With Asian cooking, why not try local wines for local foods? People from the East are used to it, and perhaps they are right. As the saying goes, “what grows together, goes together.”

But choosing the right wine could pose a dilemma. How can one pair wine with foods that come from a country with no experience in wine production? How does one do the pairing with food ingredients that aren’t known in wine producing countries? With Asian cuisine, choosing the right wine could be a problem. But the absence of an Asian “wine culture” is not the issue. It’s more on pairing the flavors of the wine and the food themselves.

The ingredients used in Asian cuisine choose the right beverage challenging. Imagine these: fermented sauces, spices, and herbs, sweet and sour yin-yangs. All these combined can produce palate histrionics that can send the flavor of any wine run for cover.

Remember that Asian food isn’t just one dish. On the contrary, it’s a multitude of dishes. There isn’t a single wine that would go with all these varieties. But the good news is that most Asian foods go best with beer, except sushi and sashimi which tend to be delicate.

The choice of wine is determined by the main ingredient of the food being served. For instance, a grilled chicken breast is white meat and therefore, the right choice is white wine. Various cooking techniques can also influence the wine of choice. Pouched, steamed or raw dishes may work well with one wine but will not with those are deeply fried or very fatty foods.

For Thai food, a cold, crisp and hoppy beer is your best friend. The flavor of wine gets lost with the heat of Thai Cuisine.  For the Japanese, sushi, and sashimi, go white, light and crisp beer.  Chinese and Korean foods are the most wine-friendly. The flavor combinations are mildly spicy as compared to the volcanic Thai recipes.

Choosing the right wine for Asian cuisine could be an exciting experiment. Exploring new ingredients and techniques in food preparations in Asian cuisine may or may not tickle the taste buds but washing the results down with a good glass of “grape juice” should make the experiment worthwhile.

Common Misconceptions About Asian Cuisine

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We have stereotyped our conceptions of Asian food because that’s the way we ordered it and delivered to our doorstep. Steamed rice, noodles, stir-fried veggies, and maybe a side of dumplings plus that predictable fortune cookie. These are what we have in mind when we “go Chinese” tonight. But Asian food isn’t just rice, stir-fried veggies, noodles, and soy sauce. It’s much, much more than that. Here are the most common mistaken beliefs about Asian foods that should to the least, be remedied.

It’s Not All About Stir-Fry and Soy Sauce

There are no better-varied cuisines in the entire world than those we have in Asia. Each country has their cuisine and are as different as they are as many. Japan have their own flavors, Korea their techniques, Indonesia their spices. You will find all these and more, not just to tickle the palate but to experience the culture as well.

The whole continent is brimming with spices and concepts to incorporate them into food. Far from anything, Asian cuisine is not just soy sauce, rice, dim sum, and stir-fry. Asian cuisines offer healthy steamed dishes, barbecues with an Asian twist, a variety of noodle soups from different regions and steaks, served ala Asian.

Rice and Noodles Aren’t the Only Foods

Again, Asians are stereotyped, making the whole world think that Asians only eat noodles and rice. That’s a downer and should be remedied. True, Asians eat a lot of rice and noodles. After all, these are their staple foods. But certainly, they aren’t limited to these.

Rice and noodles are almost always components of every meal. That is where Asians draw their carbohydrates from. Other components could include steamed eggs, barbecued pork, veggies, deep-fried fish, and so much more, all with special spices.

In some Asian countries, rice or noodles can even be omitted in the meal. This most certainly demonstrates that Asians aren’t all about rice and noodles. Consider these dishes: Malaysia’s satay, Japan’s sashimi, Korea’s pajeon, and the Middle East’s kebabs.

Asian Foods Are Not Limited to Just Chinese, Japanese or Korean

This is truly a misconception. Asian foods are not limited to these three countries. There are more countries that can offer as much, if not better varieties of Asian foods. Even India and the Middle East are still considered part of Asia, and yet they are disregarded on the issue. The Southeast Asian countries are now coming on their own, and their cuisines are getting raves. They have their unique cuisines to offer, and it is about time they are recognized.



Everything You Need to Know About the Slow-Carb Diet

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You’ve likely heard of the low-carb diet, but what about the Slow-Carb Diet? The two are relatively similar. Both diets involve more focus on lean meats and fiber-filled foods. The differences are in the types of meals you’ll eat throughout the week. For some, the Slow-Carb Diet can seem boring, but it really depends on the focus you put on your meals and your life.

Before jumping into this diet, it’s important to understand as much as possible about it. You’ll also need to determine what you want out of your eating plan, as well as discussing your dieting options with your doctor.

Here’s everything you need to know about the Slow-Carb Diet. Not only will I go through all it entails, but also give you some ideas for meals throughout the week to make the most of the lifestyle choice.

What Is the Slow-Carb Diet?

The Slow-Carb Diet is a registered trademark. It was based on The 4-Hour Body by Tim Ferriss, who details his steps to get a lean and healthy diet.

Not only is the diet good for helping you lose weight, but you’ll also improve your overall health. The diet helps to avoid the foods that encourage the storage of fat. Your metabolism gets a boost, so you start burning more calories throughout the day. You’ll burn more fat and use energy more effectively throughout the day.

The great thing about the diet is that there’s a day known as the “cheat day.” Once a week, you get to binge on “cheat” foods that will help make your diet more realistic and make it possible to lose more fat.

Yes, it is a successful diet. However, you will need to put the effort in. This is also one of those diets that you’ll want to stick to as much as possible for the long term, or at least make some changes to follow the diet for the long term. It requires some major changes to your diet, especially if you eat a lot of potatoes, pasta, bread, and sugars.

One way that people have found success is by finding support. You’ll want a friend or family member to join you with the diet. Whether they track their progress and have the same goals is up to the two of you. Sometimes just having someone to hold you accountable is important.

The Slow-Carb Diet is also not just about the food you eat. There is an exercise program involved. This is a necessary step if you want a lean and fully-metabolized body.

Slow-Carb Diet Approved Foods

Of course, when it comes to any diet, one of the first things anyone wants to know is the allowed and banned foods. Just how much will you change your lifestyle and your diet?

The basic rules are:

Avoid all white foods. These include potatoes, pasta, bread, and other refined products. You want to cut out as many simple carbs as possible. You’ll also want to cut out cheese and rice. While they may be viewed as healthy options in some cultures, they’re not good for your metabolism overall.

You can eat beans, vegetables, and lean meat. Fruit is banned due to the natural sugars. Yes, even natural sugars need to be avoided for this diet. The only fruits that are allowed are avocados and tomatoes, but they need to be eaten in moderation.

Stick to the same meals each day. This is the part that many people find hard. You need to eat the same things for breakfast and lunch throughout the week. The only meal you can really change is your dinner, but even that should be focused on the same food groups and ingredients each day.

There is a cheat day. This is when you can eat anything that you have banned, making it much easier to stick to such a restrictive and somewhat boring diet for six days of the week.

Avoid drinking your calories. It’s very easy to consume extra calories through the drinks you consume throughout the day. Water is the best thing to drink, although you can have a little tea or coffee. You can also have 1-2 glasses of red wine throughout the week. Red wine is the best option out of all alcohol for all the antioxidants, but that needs to be in moderation.

Choose when you want to take your cheat days. You should have one cheat day a week and this needs to be on the same day each week. Tim Ferriss recommends Saturdays, but this is due to social calendars. If your social day is a Sunday or a Friday, you can opt for one of these days instead.

Try not to switch your cheat days. Every now and then shouldn’t be a problem, but constantly switching your cheat day will get your body out of sync for the sake of the diet.

Eat as much as you like of the approved foods: When it comes to the approved foods, you can eat as many of them as you like. These foods will all be high in protein and fiber, but low in fats. The list includes:

  • Egg whites (yolks in moderation)
  • Chicken thigh/breast
  • Grass-fed (preferable) beed
  • Fish
  • Pork
  • Black, red, soy, and pinto beans
  • Lentils
  • Mixed vegetables (including frozen)
  • Spinach
  • Asparagus
  • Broccoli
  • Green Beans
  • Peas
  • Sauerkraut and kimchee

Nuts are good for reducing your hunger levels, but they can be high in fat. Even healthy fats need to be consumed in moderation. Other vegetables should also be eaten in moderation throughout the week. The benefit of the ingredients above is that they’re extremely low in calories while keeping you feeling full for longer.

Listen to your body when you do consume them. Your mind may tell you that you can eat the foods since they’re approved for the diet, but your body isn’t necessarily going to need them. It’s still possible to consume extra calories than you really need.

Make sure you drink anything with zero calories. Avoid too many diet sodas. While they may be zero calories, they can disrupt your hormones. You only need one drink a day. You can drink caffeine but drink in moderation. The best option really is water. You can flavor your water with your vegetables or with some lemon slices

Managing the Diet When Eating Out and Travelling

Many people find socializing the hardest when following the Slow-Carb Diet. You need to find a strategy to work with you so you don’t get tired of the diet or have to skip extra days. The aim is to stick with the diet as much as possible.

When eating out, the best thing to do is look for the typical diet-friendly dishes. Burrito salad bowls are excellent options. You can also have other salads without the croutons and cheese and dressings. Beef burgers are perfectly fine, but you’ll need to skip the fries and the burger buns. Opt for vegetables and bean side dishes instead.

If you want curries, you can usually find some suitable options. You’ll want to skip the rice side dishes. You can usually ask for the dishes to come without the rice and even ask for vegetables on the side instead.

As you get used to the diet and the foods that are allowed, you’ll find restaurants close by that are best for your diet plan. From there, you can arrange for trips to these restaurants on your diet days. On your cheat days, you have the opportunity to eat out anywhere you want.

When it comes to eating out, many people opt for sticking to just once a week. They opt for the restaurant visits on their cheat days so they don’t have to worry about what they’re going to eat.

If you’re traveling, you can plan ahead. Opt for boxing up some tuna pouches, bean salads or even just some protein powder made up with some fruits. You can also enjoy nut butter. If you need to buy while you’re out, look for the tuna in pouches and cans that you can eat on the go. Not only will you stick to the diet, but you will also have easier portion sizes to control.

Make sure your cupboards are stocked up for the days that you’re in a rush. Have plenty of cans of tuna, stock up on eggs, and don’t forget about protein powders and tins of beans. You’ll be surprised at how easy these quick ingredients are to turn into full meals.

It’s also worth having a few go-to dishes when it comes to managing the Slow-Carb Diet.

Tips to Avoid Going Hungry

You should never feel hungry when on the Slow-Carb Diet. There’s absolutely no need to feel that way since you can eat as much as you want of the approved foods. Never cut the calories. This isn’t a calorie-focused diet at all, which makes it much easier to stick to for the long term.

The focus should be on eating until you’re full. If you’re still hungry, there’s nothing wrong with getting a second helping. Do give yourself a few minutes to see if you’re still hungry or the message hasn’t reached your brain yet, but don’t be afraid to eat if you’re still feeling the hunger.

Your body uses calories from proteins and fibers differently to the way it uses the calories from the carbs. While the carbs (including starchy ones) can encourage the metabolism to store some of the fat, the other nutrients encourage your metabolism to take all available calories. You’ll use more calories from the stored fat, rather than the metabolism slowing down.

It is important to get the right foods though. Protein is essential. This will help to build the muscle, as well as encouraging the body to burn more calories throughout the day. You’ll want to get at least 30g of protein for your breakfast and then 20g at each other meal during the day. The protein will help you feel full quickly, managing the calorie intake without you even thinking about it.

You’ll also want to control the speed that you eat. Many people end up eating quickly, often because they’re in a rush at work or because they’re distracted. Don’t watch TV while you eat. Encourage conversation at the dinner table, meaning you have to take longer between bites and chew your dishes. You’ll give your body time to tell your brain when you’re full, helping to manage your portion sizes naturally.

If you’re full, don’t force yourself to finish a meal. Remember you’re only eating until you’re full! When there are certain foods you overindulge in, reduce the amount you stock up on in the house. This will help to get rid of the temptation.

Don’t Exercise Just to Lose Weight

You need to add more exercise to the Slow-Carb Diet, but it’s not all about exercising to lose weight. You’d need to run three miles every day to be able to burn off your meals. The aim is to improve your flexibility and movement. It’s all about giving your body the activity it needs to remain healthy and supple.

This often means just getting a few extra steps into your day. Instead of parking as close to the grocery store door as possible, park at the far end of the parking lot. You can take the stairs instead of the elevator at work. It’s also possible to walk to the store instead of taking the car for a five-minute drive. At work, you can walk to the printer every time you print something off, instead of stocking up all your printing for the one trip.

Desk exercises are good if you have a desk job. Every hour, you can do 5-10 minutes of desk exercise.

You’ll Need Minimal Supplements

If you get a varied diet throughout the day, you shouldn’t need a lot of supplements. You’ll get the majority of the vegetables and protein you eat. However, there are some you’ll need to add in. You’ll reduce the amount of calcium, potassium, and magnesium because of the fruits and other white foods you’re cutting out. One of the foods you’re cutting out is milk, including many alternatives.

Tim Ferriss suggests that you get supplements for the nutrients you’re likely missing. If you’re eating avocados in moderation, you should get enough potassium, but the other two can be tricky.

Talk to your doctor if you’re worried about not getting enough nutrients. Your doctor will suggest the ones you’re likely missing and help suggest diet-friendly supplements to support your health.

Managing Your Cheat Days

Just because you get to eat the banned foods on the cheat days, doesn’t mean you should go crazy. You’ll need to help limit some of the damage and keep your body healthy. This means managing the amount of the cheat foods you do consume.

Start by opting for a Slow-Carb breakfast. Try sticking to the same meal you would usually have to support your digestive system. You can always add a bit of fruit if you would like to add a few banned foods but protect your overall health.

Before getting into your cheat foods, give yourself 30-60 minutes before your breakfast. As you get used to the diet, you’ll find limiting the cheat foods to between lunch and dinner is possible and helps you get your fill.

You can also limit the damage by making yourself feel fuller. Drink more water throughout the day. You’ll fill your stomach and help your body get rid of more of the toxins you put in through your urine. Grapefruit juice can also be a good option on your cheat day. While sugary, it can actually help to lower the insulin spike you experience during the day!

Stick to just one cheat day a week. Many people will start a Friday night and cheat all the way through the weekend. You only need a 24 hour cheat period to make the diet work.

The Slow-Carb Diet is one of those restrictive diets that offers fun days in the week. You can still have a life and manage the maintenance period once you’ve lost weight. This is one of the best diets and there are plenty of people following it on a daily basis throughout the year.

Everything You Need to Know About the Health Benefits of Bitter Melon

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Not a lot of people know the term “karela” or “Momordica charantia.” These are unfamiliar terms, but they mean the same thing. They are other names for bitter melon, otherwise known as bitter squash or bitter gourd in English. Anyone who has ever tasted bitter melon would understand why it’s named as such. This vegetable is light or dark green and has a rough exterior. The shade of green depends on the region where the bitter vegetable is grown.

Although it isn’t very popular because of its bitter taste, the bitter melon is healthy. It’s rich in essential vitamins as well as beneficial antioxidants. The bitter melon can be consumed in different ways. People pickle it, drink its juice, and even use it in different recipes. No matter how it’s consumed, the bitter melon would be very beneficial to the body.

Nutrition facts

Bitter melon goes by different names all over the world. Some common ones are a bitter gourd, karela, balsam, and bitter apple. This vegetable belongs to the Cucurbitaceae family of plants. Nowadays, this is grown in 2 different varieties, and it’s very popular because of its medicinal and health benefits.

All over the world, there are more than a dozen different species of the bitter melon plant. And they all differ from each other. They differ in texture, taste, size, appearance, and even in their beneficial properties. However, the most common type of bitter melon has a small, round appearance with a distinct and highly tart taste.

Even though the fruit is still immature, it can sometimes be eaten as a vegetable. It’s usually added to different recipes especially in Asia. People consume the bitter melon raw and cooked. It can also be used to make a potent extract which contains a lot of antiviral, antibacterial, and anti-inflammatory compounds.

According to studies, there are at least 32 active chemicals found in the bitter melon plant. It has also been found out that the signature flavor comes from a type of alkaloid momordicine. This compound is produced by the plant’s leaves and fruit. While still in its immature form, the bitter melon contains a lot of essential nutrients such as phosphorus, iron, and vitamins A and C.

One of the major attributes of bitter melon is that it contains antioxidants and phytonutrients which are biologically active. It also contains chemical compounds such as saponins, phenolic acids, alkaloids, glycosides, triterpenes, fixed oils, and peptides which are insulin-like. Finally, it also contains certain types of steroids and anti-inflammatory proteins.

Research done on bitter melon have identified distinct flavonoid and phenolic compounds in bitter melon which are responsible for a lot of its anti-cancer and anti-diabetic benefits. These compounds include epicatechin, tannic acid, gentisic acid, gallic acid, chlorogenic acid, caffeic acid, p-coumaric, and catechin.

These compounds have a lot of benefits to the health. These include regulating appetite, balancing hormones, reducing inflammation, preventing the growth of tumors, preventing obesity, and so much more. Here are the other common health benefits of bitter melon.

Constipation Cure

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Bitter melon contains a lot of fiber. Because of this, it helps ease the process of digestion. The properties in bitter melon help digest the food and throw out waste from the body. That’s why it’s considered as a great cure for constipation. When a person consumes bitter melon, it helps cure indigestion too, aside from constipation.

Diabetes protection

Another health benefit of bitter melon is it helps protect people from diabetes. In fact, drinking bitter melon juice may help people who suffer from type 2 diabetes. For years, this has been part of ancient Indian and Chinese medicine. But only recent studies have proven that it’s more than folklore. In part, type 2 diabetes is because of the cells’ inability to absorb sugar in the blood. And this is because the cells have developed a resistance to insulin.

In the body, the absorption of sugar occurs when the protein, kinase, is activated. Bitter melon helps actives the kinases in the cells. Because of this, the cells can absorb sugar better, therefore keeping diabetes under control.

Also, bitter melon contains special compounds like insulin which help lower the body’s blood sugar levels. Studies have shown that the vegetable reduces blood sugar levels by heightening the metabolism of glucose.

Hair benefits

Here’s a surprising benefit of bitter melon – it’s also good for the hair! It’s a great remedy for the hair, and people use it to treat hair problems and enhance longevity. Here are some hair benefits of bitter melon:

  • Some people use bitter melon juice to give their hair a natural shine.
  • It can also be used to treat dandruff which is a common problem for a lot of people. Using this vegetable on the hair for at least a month will show significant improvements in the condition.
  • Another condition it can help is split Use some raw juice from the vegetable on split ends and comb the hair gently.
  • A person suffering from scalp dryness and itchiness can also benefit from bitter melon. But this time, it’s more effective to rub a piece of the vegetable on the scalp in a circular movement to ease the dryness and itchiness.
  • Bitter melon can also be used to help reduce hair loss naturally.
  • People with rough and tangled hair can also use bitter melon to their advantage. Simple soak the hair in the juice for about 15 minutes and rinse with water.
  • The juice of the vegetable can also be used to treat the premature graying of a person’s hair.
  • Finally, it can also be used to treat oily hair. Aside from reducing the amount of oily food in the diet, application of bitter melon juice can lessen excess oils in the scalp and hair.

Kidney stone

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Anyone who has ever suffered from kidney stones knows that it’s a very painful medical condition. Fortunately, bitter melon can help rid the body of kidney stones naturally. The vegetable has components which help break down kidney stones. It also helps lower the amount of acid in the body which contributes to the production of kidney stones.

Liver booster

Bitter melon is an excellent liver booster. It aids in digestive processes, enhances the function of the gallbladder, and even reduces the body’s fluid retention. People who drink bitter melon juice can avoid hepatitis, constipation, and even cirrhosis of the liver. It would be especially beneficial if a person drinks a glass of the vegetable juice at least once in a day.

Bitter melon juice can help detoxify the liver. It contains hepatic qualities which help the liver filter the impurities in the body. Because of this, the liver can effectively rid the body of toxins and impurities which may have negative effects on the health.

Lower cholesterol levels

The healthy vegetable can also help lower cholesterol levels in the body. When this happens, it may significantly reduce the risk of stroke, heart attack, and heart diseases. The great thing about bitter melon is that it’s a completely natural remedy to help prevent dangerous health risks.

Skin benefits

Aside from the hair, bitter melon is also extremely beneficial for the skin. It can be used to treat blood disorders, fungal diseases, and other conditions which may affect a person’s skin. Bitter melon also has anti-aging properties which appeal to a lot of people.

The appearance of a person’s skin is hugely dependent on what he eats. Because of this, people who want to have healthy skin must always eat healthy food. Bitter melon naturally purifies the blood, and so it manifests some of its good effects on the skin. Here are some benefits one can enjoy from consuming bitter melon:

  • It can help prevent skin problems from occurring. This will help keep the skin glowing and blemish-free. Because of the blood-purifying properties, it can also help prevent acne.
  • Bitter melon can also be used to treat skin infections and diseases. These include psoriasis, eczema, and other fungal infections.
  • The vegetable also contains vitamin C, which is a potent antioxidant. It, therefore, helps fight and eliminate free-radicals which are harmful to the body. It also helps prevent wrinkles from appearing, hence, slowing the aging process down.

Weight loss

As we’ve discussed, bitter melon contains antioxidants, and these are very useful when it comes to flushing out toxins from the body. The antioxidant components also help improve metabolism and the digestive system. Therefore, it can also help promote weight loss.

Two important factors which help in weight loss are the filling components as well as calorie control. The filling component of bitter melon is water, which is a great hunger suppressant. While the calorie control component comes from the fact that it’s a low-calorie vegetable. So, anyone who’s looking for a filling type of food that promotes weight loss can start consuming bitter melon. And since there are many ways to eat this vegetable, there are a lot of options!

Boosts immune system

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Another helpful benefit of bitter melon is it helps boost the immune system. By far, this is one of the most important benefits of the vegetable. When the body’s immune system is strong, it will help protect the body from different illnesses. Even if the person catches a cold, if his immune system is strong, he’ll be able to overcome the illness a lot faster.

Research has shown that bitter melon contains antiviral and antibacterial agents. These agents can lower the risk of developing different kinds of infections and viruses, even HIV. In fact, in recent studies, the extract of bitter melon has been successfully utilized against ulcers.

Also, other studies have identified that bitter melon also has anthelmintic agents. This is a type of anti-parasitic compound which can help eliminate parasitic worms and other parasites found within the body. Such agents work by killing the parasites internally without damaging the host’s body. Therefore, a healthy immune system is crucial.

Since bitter melon aids in boosting the immune system, people who are susceptible to illnesses, diseases, and infections should consider consuming it. As a bonus, bitter melon is also an excellent remedy for indigestion and acid reflux.

Increase protection against cancer

According to studies, bitter melon juice contains elements which can eliminate pancreatic cancer cells. And tumor growth was also significantly reduced. And the best part is, that drinking the juice would cause no harmful side effects. By contrast, traditional treatments like chemotherapy and radiation have detrimental effects on a person’s body. They leave the person feeling tired, nauseous, and weak. And they also cause hair loss in people who get the treatments.

Aside from pancreatic cancer, some research has also shown that bitter melon can help prevent other types of cancer. These include melanoma, skin tumors, lymphoid leukemia, breast cancer, lymphoma, and others. The research also established that the vegetable is very effective because of its anti-tumor, anti-mutagen, and anti-cancer characteristics. Right now, though, more research is needed as the results are inconsistent. However, whenever tests are done, the results are always promising.

The extract of bitter melon promotes detoxification, increases metal chelating, inhibits the production of free radicals, and prevents the peroxidation of lipids. It helps hinder the elements and processes which contribute to tumor growth and mutation of cells. That’s why a lot of people believe that bitter melon is extremely healthy and should be studied more to discover the clinical applications it can be used for in the future.

Enhances eye health

Finally, bitter melon can also enhance a person’s eye health. The vegetable contains a lot of vitamin A. It contains enough of the vitamin to give you about a third of your daily recommended intake of vitamin A. Several studies have shown that there is a positive correlation between eye health and vitamin A.

Specifically, if a person consumes the appropriate amount of vitamin A, it can help slow down macular degeneration. Thus, it will reduce the likelihood of developing vision problems as one age. Bitter melon can also help improve a person’s night vision. Vitamin A is also essential for the optimal function of the cornea as well as the conjunctival membranes. So, the more bitter melon a person eats, the healthier his eyes may become!

Selection, storage, and preparation of bitter melon

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In different markets and grocery stores, fresh pods of bitter melon are readily available all year round. When a person buys bitter melon, he should look for ones which have a fresh, dark-green appearance. They shouldn’t have any blemishes or cuts on the surface either. It’s better to select the young and tender fruit-pods. The immature bitter melons have the least bitter taste. This is because the astringent level of the pods increases as they mature.

When it comes to storing bitter melon, the best way to do it is to place the vegetable in a zip pouch or an airtight container. Then place it in the refrigerator’s vegetable compartment. Doing this would keep the bitter melon fresh for up to 7 days.

When preparing bitter melon, wash it thoroughly first. One can use the fresh pods and the leaves of the vegetable for cooking. To lessen the bitter flavor, people usually marinate the vegetable in water with a bit of salt then drying it under the sunlight. Then one can start using the vegetable in different recipes. It’s versatile, healthy, and easy to prepare so why not start cooking?


Everything You Need to Know About Magnesium Supplements

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You know about the mineral magnesium, but possibly overlook the benefits of it. Most of us suffer from a deficiency in the mineral because we forget about it when it comes to food. It can be difficult to get enough through food alone, which means reaching for magnesium supplements is a consideration by many.

Before you reach for the supplements, make sure you know all you can about them. Getting magnesium naturally is the best way of getting the nutrient in your body. Here’s a look at everything you need to know about magnesium supplements.

Why Are So Many People Deficient in Magnesium?

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Did you know around 80% of adults have a magnesium deficiency? The severity of the deficiency ranges from mind to serious. Those with deficiencies in magnesium can have deficiencies in other nutrients, including vitamins B1 and K and potassium.

On the opposite end of the spectrum, some minerals can prevent the absorption of magnesium into the body. Calcium can cause the body to act negatively. This is especially a problem if you take too much calcium daily.

Women with a magnesium deficiency can also have worse PMS symptoms or be more likely to suffer from pre-eclampsia and eclampsia. There is also more risk of weakened immune systems, osteoporosis, mood swings, liver and kidney damage, high blood pressure, and many other health problems.

But why is a magnesium deficiency so bad?

One of the biggest issues is a chance in the lifestyle. More of us reach for processed foods, rather than healthier and organic alternatives. We eat food that is full of empty calories, instead of focusing on a balanced diet that is full of magnesium-high foods. There are various reasons for this, with cost often stated as one of the main reasons. Processed foods tend to be cheaper because they are made in larger amounts to keep up with demand.

Soil depletion is also a problem. The foods that used to be high in the mineral no longer have as much, as the soil doesn’t have it. The use of antibiotics can also lead to low magnesium levels. The body can’t absorb as much from the food that we eat.

And our bodies get rid of magnesium daily. It’s excreted through the urine and its used for normal bodily functions, including hormone production and heart rate control. So, if you don’t replenish it daily, you can end up losing more than you gain.

With all this in mind, opting for magnesium supplements can help you increase the amount you get. The supplements have a controlled amount of the nutrient, making sure you get enough daily. It doesn’t solve the absorption rate problem, but you put more in your diet to increase the chances of absorbing the amount that you need.

How Much Magnesium Does Your Body Need?

Remember that your body will get some magnesium from food. It is possible to take too much of a nutrient, leading to other health problems. Before you even think about using magnesium supplements, make sure you know just how much you need daily.

Children under a year old will usually get enough magnesium through the breast milk or formula. After the first year, you will likely move onto solid food. It’s worth considering child supplements when moving off formula or breast milk, as there is a chance that children won’t get as much as they need. Talk to your doctor or health visitor about the types of supplements that are best for children.

When it comes to the adult years, women need 360mg of magnesium a day in their teenage years and then 310mg between 19 and 30. The amount increases to 320mg after 31 years of age.

Pregnant women will need to get between 350mg and 360mg per day to support the development of the baby. When breastfeeding, get between 310mg and 320mg regardless of age. The baby will take the nutrients from you.

Make Sure You Get Other Important Nutrients

It’s not just about getting enough magnesium. Even if you get 320mg per day, there’s a chance that your body doesn’t absorb all the mineral. This is linked to the other vitamins and minerals that you get. If you don’t get enough vitamin K, your body can find it hard to absorb enough magnesium. High levels of calcium or not enough vitamin D can also lead to problems absorbing magnesium.

If you are going to take supplements, make sure you get enough of other nutrients. Multivitamins are usually advised because you’ll get a mixture of all the nutrients your body needs. It’s also worth focusing on a healthy diet, rather than opting for supplements for everything.

There’s nothing wrong with topping up with supplements, but don’t rely on just the supplements to get your daily amount. This could lead to other health problems.

The Different Types of Supplements for Magnesium

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There are natural and synthetic supplements available in stores. You can also get magnesium through some over-the-counter medications like laxatives and antacids. It’s important to look at anything you eat or take daily to keep the amount gained within the healthy ranges.

The various types of supplements will absorb differently within the body. Those that are dissolved in liquids tend to absorb much easier within the gut. Most of the hard work has already been carried out. Studies also show that magnesium in chloride, chelate, or citrate forms are also easier to absorb than those with sulfate or oxide forms.

Magnesium chelate is one of the most preferred and easier to find. It’s found in most of foods naturally, too, which makes it the most powerful. When bound with amino acids, the muscles get more of the nutrient and it can be used to replenish energy stores better.

When you get it through laxatives, you will usually get magnesium citrate. This is when it’s combined with citric acid, whether natural or synthetic. It is safe for the body to digest and can help to relieve constipation and other digestive problems. Not all this form is found in laxatives. It can also be found naturally in citric fruits. When eaten in large amounts, they can create the laxative effect.

You can apply magnesium to the skin through chloride oil. Magnesium oil is also something added to food, especially for professional athletes or given as a supplement for those with some digestive disorders. It can help to dull pain in the muscles, reduce skin irritations, and improve the normal absorption of the mineral.

If you need something that is highly absorbable, magnesium glycinate is something to consider. It’s one that isn’t linked to laxatives, which helps to avoid wasted magnesium through the stools. Doctors will often consider this form when dealing with patients with severe magnesium deficiencies. However, you will likely not be kept on the form for too long, if your doctor believes it’s safer to move onto other forms.

Magnesium threonate is also considered for those with severe deficiencies since it is also easily absorbed. The downside is that this isn’t a form easily available. More studies and research are also needed to make sure it’s safe for all and for any downsides noted.

You can also get magnesium in numerous natural forms. Epsom salts are considered for many, as the magnesium can be absorbed directly through the skin and treat skin conditions. The salts aren’t the type of salts we consider in the way of drying out the skin. They’re mineral salts, packed with various other health benefits.

Yes, It Is Possible to Overdose

Taking too many magnesium supplements is possible. The amounts for a healthy female have already been mentioned. Taking too many supplements can lead to diarrhea in most people. Magnesium helps to keep the bowel movements in order by softening the stools. It’s possible to soften the stools too much.

There are also risks for those with heart and kidney problems. In fact, if you do have either of these problems, you should speak to your doctor before considering magnesium supplements. The nutrient affects the kidneys directly and taken too much can lower blood pressure considerably and disrupt the level of electrolytes in the body.

If you currently take drugs to help manage diabetes, blood thinners, and diuretics, you will want to consider against magnesium supplements for now. Talk to your doctor about mixing the medications together, as magnesium supplements can affect the way your other medications work.

Take Your Supplements with Food

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Some people experience discomfort when taking magnesium supplements without food. It’s best to get a balance whenever taking any type of supplement. When taken with food, the digestive system is working naturally to break down all the nutrients in the food, so it’s easier to absorb all the magnesium from the supplements.

Taking with food will also make it easier to take the mineral with other nutrients. It’s easier to increase your vitamins D and K intake naturally. Watch out for taking magnesium with calcium. Too much calcium can lead to absorption problems.

You’ll also want to make sure you take with water. As mentioned, dissolving the nutrient can help to improve the absorption rate within the body. This is because the nutrient has already started to break down. Anything in liquid form is easier for the body to absorb. Drinking with some sea salt mixed with the water is even better. Sea salt naturally has magnesium, improving the amount of the mineral that you get into the body.

You may want to time taking your supplements properly, too. While you want to take them with food, opt for them with the last meal of the day. Magnesium can improve the chances of sleeping, as a magnesium deficiency is linked to insomnia and restless leg syndrome. You can find you relax better with the supplements at the end of the night, improving your overall hormonal balance and sleep benefits.

If you still struggle with sleep when taking the supplements, make sure you talk to your doctor. This could be a sign of another health problem.

There’s Still More Research Needed

While research has proven positive in many aspects of taking the supplement, it’s not conclusive yet. There is inefficient research in how magnesium supplements can help some parts of the health. More research is also needed into the downsides of taking the supplements, especially the prolonged use effects.

Before you start taking magnesium supplements, make sure you talk to your doctor. This is regardless of another health problem or not. Your doctor will need to know about all the supplements and medications you take. This will help with a diagnosis in the future and help them know symptoms and signs to look out for. You can also discuss the individual types of supplements to make sure you get the best options for your overall health.

Your doctor will also be able to check for a magnesium deficiency. This can be tested through the blood to determine if it’s really magnesium you need. There are many minerals that cause similar side effects and symptoms.

The best way to get magnesium is naturally, but some of the natural sources are failing. Soil, antibacterial use, and financial restraints are making it hard to get the right levels of the nutrient into your body. If you have increased the natural forms of magnesium and are still struggling with a deficiency, consider the use of supplements.

Do You Need Magnesium Supplements?

Now it’s time to look at your diet and lifestyle. Could a magnesium deficiency be your problem? Do you need to start taking magnesium supplements? Don’t instantly jump to the idea of medication. There are natural forms and your doctor will also help offer advice. If you do decide to take magnesium supplements, use the above guide to get the right type to improve your health and the absorption rate within your body.

Everything You Need to Know About the Karela Juice Trend (Plus Benefits)

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Have you heard about the current Karela juice trend? It’s currently sweeping the nation as the best way to get all your nutrients and lose weight. People swear by it as a power juicer.

Think you want to try it out for yourself? It could be beneficial, but you want to make sure you have all the information you could possibly need. With our guide, you’ll not just learn about all the benefits but also the best way to use karela juice in your diet. You’ll also learn about some of the dangers of having too much of the juice on a regular basis.

Are you ready to learn everything you need to know about the karela juice trend?

What Exactly Is Karela Juice?

Karela is a fruit, also known as momordica charantia. It’s extremely bitter, which is why it’s also sometimes referred to as bitter melon or bitter gourd. You may also hear it called bitter cucumber and carilla fruit. All the names are about the same type of fruit, so try not to get confused! To help avoid any confusion throughout this piece, we’ll keep calling it karela.

You’ll find the bitter fruit in Indian, the Caribbean, and parts of Africa. It’s been used in Eastern medicines for centuries, due to its multiple healing properties. Many cultures still opt for it as a medical item, especially when the fruit is unripe.

This is something that you’ll find in most of the Eastern cuisine. It can help to add flavor to curries, soups, stir-fries, and much more. When combined with other vegetables, the bitterness can be masked, which is why it’s so popular with the spices and herbs. However, eaten raw the bitterness can be too much and leaves a nasty taste in the mouth for many. Therefore, it hasn’t quite reached the Western world.

Karela juice is made just like any other fruit juice. The juice of the fruit is extracted, with the pulp left behind. It’s not that surprising that karela juice has become a trend, considering there are many experts that recommend juicing for energy boosts, weight loss, and more. Like other fruits, karela can be added with other ingredients to help lessen the bitterness, but it is more popular on its own.

Eating or drinking raw karela juice is the best way to get all the nutrients. Even boiling can lead to the destruction of some of the nutrients. It’s best to play it safe.

Health Benefits of Karela Juice

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If it’s so bitter, why are so many people opting for this juice? Well, the simple answer is the health benefits. Eastern medicine isn’t the only type that can benefit from it.

However, it’s worth pointing out that while patients have noticed these health benefits, studies haven’t proven them just yet. There is still research needed and there are some downsides to consider before you start stocking up on the fruit.

Here’s a look at the health benefits of drinking karela juice.

Treat and prevent Type II diabetes. One of the main reasons people drink karela juice is because of the abilities to treat and prevent Type II diabetes. This is a condition where the body doesn’t react to insulin properly, leading to high or low blood sugar levels. Having incorrect glucose levels could leave you with many health problems.

Studies have considered the claims that karela juice can help treat and prevent Type II diabetes. After all, a fruit juice is full of natural sugars, right? Scientists have found that there are compounds that can help activate the AMPK enzyme. This is a protein that you can naturally active through exercise, but you can do it throughout the day with karela juice, too.

The research is still in early stages. If you are taking medication to activate the AMPK then you will still want to take them. Adding a natural treatment can help further activate them and reverse your diabetes.

Reduce the risk of cancer. Another powerful benefit is the protection against cancer. When cancer spreads through the body, cells grow and form abnormally throughout. They take over and it can be hard to kill off all damaged cells. Doctors still know little about the formation of the cancerous cells, although there are toxins and chemicals blamed.

Karela juice can help prevent the formation of some cancer cells. This is especially beneficial for pancreatic cancer, which is still one of the most dangerous types of cancers around.

Scientists are doing studies into the effects, but again they’re still in the early stages. The good news is the early stages are proving beneficial.

Treating HIV and AIDS. Some studies have shown that the karela juice may help to treat HIV and prevent the formation of AIDS. HIV remains as one of the most dangerous viruses if you don’t get it under control. Medication to help prevent the development of the disease is available. There’s currently nothing to reverse it and get rid of it entirely.

Studies show that karela has a phytonutrient compound that could help to fight the HIV infection. So far, the lab tests look good, but the studies still have a long way to go before becoming a definite replacement for pharmaceutical medication.

The drugs can offer numerous side effects, so there are patients waiting for trial karela juice. It is something that could work alongside your current medication.

Protect against liver damage. Liver damage will affect your whole health. The liver is needed to get rid of toxins in the body, so if it doesn’t work properly all your organs are affected by toxins. Karela juice shows positive effects in protecting the liver from damage through the antioxidants. It’s these antioxidants that help to prevent the cancers mentioned above.

The studies are currently carried out in lab rats. Human studies are still to take place, but since there are minimal risks to adding karela juice to your diet it could be worth trying.

Treating psoriasis. There are many people around the world struggling with psoriasis, a skin condition that makes the skin look red and scaly. It’s annoying, painful, and unsightly. You just want rid of it as soon as possible. But there are very few skin products that can help, as usually something interacts with the skin and causes more problems.

Karela juice appears to be one of the best options. It inhibits the guanylate cyclise enzyme, which is partial to blame for the development of psoriasis in the body. Again, studies still need to be carried out, but you can just drink a glass of the juice a day and get all the vitamins into your diet. You can also use karela juice as a base for skin creams to apply directly.

The juice has also been used to treat skin abscesses and wounds in the past. So far doctors haven’t been able to prove these claims.

Improve stomach complaints. Feel nauseous or unwell? Karela juice can help. Many Indian remedies for stomach upsets have included karela juice. Sometimes the whole fruit has also been used. The juice has been considered good for treating constipation and indigestion and helping to get rid of stomach aches and flatulence.

However, it’s important to note that karela is an emetic. This means that it can cause vomiting. While you wouldn’t usually want to do this, in cases of poisoning it can be beneficial.

There are side effects of diarrhea and some stomach pain, so it’s not going to be the best option for stomach issues!

Get rid of kidney stones. Your liver isn’t the only organ that gets help. Your kidneys can too. Karela can be used to treat kidney stones, although studies are still underway to test these claims. The juice can help to cleanse the body and keep the kidneys functioning.

There’s also the hydration benefits. You get fluid in some sort of way, which can help to improve your bladder and urination health.

Claims of a Weight Loss Cure

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There are some claims that karela juice is the perfect weight loss cure. It’s supposed to increase your metabolism, helping to get over metabolic syndrome and burn more calories throughout the day. However, there are currently no studies to support this.

It’s worth pointing out that the body doesn’t always recognize calories in the form of liquid. That is, the body doesn’t recognize the calories as food. While the calories are there, the body will still tell you that you’re hungry after drinking juice. This can lead to an overconsumption of calories throughout the day and lead to weight gain.

Finding Karela Juice in Your Local Town

Because of its bitterness, the fruit tends not to be sold in normal grocery stores. There isn’t enough of an uptake like there is with many other Eastern fruits. Unless you have a specialist section, you will likely need to visit your local Indian or Asian markets for the fruit. You can then juice it in the way you would with any fruit.

You may also find karela juice in your local Indian or Asian stores. Look out for juice that has no additives and preservatives. You want it as pure as possible for all the health benefits.

It is also possible to get the juice in supplement form. This isn’t as good for the health, but it can help you get rid of the bitter taste of the fruit.

When you opt for the fruit to juice yourself, you want to find the unripe options. These offer the best health benefits. If the fruit isn’t grown locally, it can be difficult to get exactly what you want. Look out for green skin with minimal yellow. The skin turns yellow as it ripens. Think of it as a banana that goes from green to yellow as it ripens! The karela should also feel firms and have a crisp, watery texture when cutting; almost like a cucumber!

The Side Effects of Karela Juice

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While there are health benefits, there are also noted side effects of using karela juice. This is especially if you have more than one glass of karela juice a day.

Some studies show that the juice lowers the blood sugar levels. While this should be good for helping to treat Type II diabetes, if your blood sugars are at normal levels, you could end up suffering from levels that are too low. This is called hypoglycemia and is just as dangerous as hyperglycemia. It can also cause hypoglycemia in diabetes patients, especially those who take medications. If you are going to try adding it to your diet, let your doctor know so they can make sure your medication is the right dosage.

Doctors don’t advise karela juice for pregnant women. It can lead to some uterine contractions and bleeding. There are risks of hemorrhaging, early labor, and other complications for both you and your baby. Your doctor will offer alternatives if you are worried about any of the conditions karela juice can help to treat or prevent.

Your doctor will be interested in hearing about any herbal remedies you are trying. They don’t want to shoot your attempts to improve your health down but want to make sure you really do benefit from them. There is still very little known about all the benefits and side effects of karela juice, which can make it dangerous. Before you try any herbal remedy, you should discuss with your doctor.

Should You Try the Karela Juice Trend?

There are certainly many benefits to karela juice. This is something that could help to reduce your risk of Type II diabetes and cancer. You could even protect against kidney stones and liver disease, and treat HIV if you have it. However, it’s not the perfect cure. There are dangers to including it in your diet, especially if you are currently pregnant. The best thing to do is discuss the fruit with your doctor to determine the best way to look after your health.

Everything You Need to Know About Chromium Supplement

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There are so many minerals that our bodies need. We are left confused over what we need to take, how we can get them, and the amount we need daily. If you have never heard of chromium, do not fear. You are not the only one.

One of the only times you will hear about it is if you have been diagnosed with a deficiency. You may have also heard about it if you have had a history of digestive problems. Your doctor may have mentioned the mineral in passing as one of those that you may need to get more of.

Chromium supplements may be required. Before you start taking them, here’s a look at everything you need to know about them to help you determine if they are right for you. You also find out more about how chromium helps your health and supports your bodily functions.

Chromium for the Digestive Health

Chromium is needed for a healthy digestive system. Only a small amount is needed, and there are high chances that you get enough through your diet, especially if you have spices, whole grains, and cheese. In fact, you can get enough from plenty of fruits and vegetables daily.

In some parts of the world, especially in the Western World, even the drinking water includes chromium. Also, if you cook with stainless steel materials, you will naturally get the mineral into your diet easily. There are high chances that you will never need to take chromium supplements because of all the sources that you get it from.

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However, some people will be at risk of developing a chromium deficiency. Your digestive system may not be able to absorb it effectively, leaving you with some health problems. Those most at risk include the elderly and people with diabetes. Certain diets may also lead to a deficiency since you can overlook the foods with it. This is when you may need to take chromium supplements to help support you.

However, how exactly does chromium work in your body? It is needed to help transport your blood sugar into your bloodstream and your cells. The blood sugar can then be used as energy and help to turn the other nutrients in your body into energy, especially proteins and fats. The mineral helps to prevent the blood sugar levels from increasing and requiring as much insulin to tackle it.

Because of the effect, it is possible that chromium can help those with type II diabetes manage their illness. It is possible to control your blood sugar levels, reducing the amount you suffer and could help to reverse the need for more medications. Before you start skipping your insulin medications, you will need to talk to your doctor. More studies are required to see just how chromium can help.

Some studies show that the nutrient can help with fat burning and muscle building. This is linked to the ability to turn more proteins, fats, and carbs into energy. It is possible to burn through more calories and get the nutrients where they need to be. Your body can use up the carbs more effectively. Since there is not as much blood sugar to cause a problem, the metabolism is not as likely to store calories unnecessarily.

It is not just the digestive health that benefits from more chromium. Studies have shown that glaucoma is more prevalent in those with low levels of the mineral. There are currently no studies that show chromium can help prevent the development of glaucoma when you have it or reverse the condition, but you can lower your risk of the onset of the condition.

At the same time, studies show that the mineral can help prevent some bone loss. Chromium helps to slow down calcium loss from the body, which is something that occurs as we age. Calcium loss happens mostly during and after menopause, due to the hormonal changes. A lack of the mineral can lead to brittle bones and the onset of osteoporosis, so it is worth finding a way to prevent it.

When Should You Consider a Chromium Supplement?

If you can get the mineral through your natural diet, is there any reason you should consider a supplement? Well, like with other nutrients, there are times that our bodies cannot absorb everything. There are certain types of people who will find supplements will help to overcome some of their health problems.

As mentioned, those with diabetes may gain some help through the addition of the supplement. This is especially the case if you have a high blood sugar problem.

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The mineral helps to manage and reduce the glucose levels in your blood. If you have diabetes, you will know that your glucose levels affect your health. The higher your glucose, the more insulin your body needs. This can cause major health problems, especially since your body is not able to gain benefits from lower amounts of insulin.

By reducing your blood sugar levels, your body does not need to produce as much insulin. You find another way to tackle the sugars, helping to improve your insulin receptor activity.

Studies have shown that chromium can help to improve your insulin receptor, meaning that less insulin tackles the larger amounts of blood sugar. Some diabetes patients have reversed their condition and no longer need to take medications. You will want to discuss this possibility with your doctor.

Other studies have shown positive results in women with a hormonal imbalance. Your hormonal balance will affect so many elements of your health. Women with the polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) have seen the best results, but there is hope for women with other hormonal issues.

PCOS can affect your glycaemic control, which is linked to diabetes. In fact, women with PCOS are more likely to suffer from diabetes since the metabolism does not work properly and it is harder to get rid of the blood sugar levels and convert all nutrients to energy. With chromium, you improve the ability to convert food and calories into energy and naturally lower the blood sugar levels.

So far, studies are showing positive results. More studies are needed for a full consider how chromium can help.

While studies have not considered other hormonal imbalances, there is hope that chromium can help. This could help to manage some conditions caused by hormonal imbalances, including the struggle to absorb some nutrients.

Improving your mood could also be gained using chromium supplements. This is not just for those in a bad mood now and then, but for those with mood disorders including atypical depression and dysthymic disorder.

Theories into how the mood is helped involve the way chromium helps the cells. They become more sensitive to the amount of insulin in the body, making it easier for nutrients like tryptophan to pass around the body. Tryptophan helps to improve the amount of serotonin in the body. It is that nutrient that helps give you the warm, satisfied, tired feeling after eating plenty of turkey at Thanksgiving or Christmas!

Your body has more of the building blocks to release the happy chemicals from the brain. This makes it easier to overcome depression and other mood disorders since the right amount of serotonin is released. It is the low levels of serotonin that lead to low moods.

Chromium Safety

The big question many have, especially when they hear of a mineral for the first time, is whether it is safe to take. Chromium is a natural mineral that you will find in your food. It will help improve your bodily functions and health, and will not harm you.

However, this is only when you take the mineral in safe doses. If you take many supplements, you do put yourself at the risk of chromium overdoses. Like with anything, it is possible to get too much of a good thing.

Excessive chromium levels have led to low blood sugar levels in patients. Your body takes all the blood sugars to use for converting other minerals into energy. You are not left with enough for your short-term reserves, leading to problems with fatigue, dizziness, and nausea. If left to continue, you can have problems with hypoglycemia, which is just as dangerous as high blood sugar levels.

You may also experience stomach problems. Your digestive system is working overtime and can cause a variety of issues, including nausea and cramping. You may also experience some bloating and gas.

Some chromium supplements can make your allergies worse. There is also a case that you are allergic to the ingredients used in the supplements. You may find that getting chromium through natural methods is best.

More serious side effects of too much chromium include kidney and liver failure. You may experience an irregular heart rhythm, problems with your nerves, and other serious health conditions. The good news is many of these severe side effects are rare.

You do not just suffer from chromium problems from supplements. It is possible to get too much of the mineral due to your job since the mineral is gained through some metals. Some studies show excessive amounts can lead to some cancers and kidney damage. Skin conditions like inflammation and eczema are possible.

Taking Chromium Supplements with Other Medications

Before you start taking chromium supplements, you should discuss them with your doctor. This is especially important if you take other medications. Certain medications can affect the ability to absorb the mineral, while some medications are left ineffective because of the mineral.

For example, antacids can lead to the chromium not being absorbed into the body. This is due to the way the antacids affect the stomach acid and the breaking down of food to pass through the digestive system.

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Pregnant and breastfeeding women will also need to discuss taking the supplement. It is possible that the chromium will pass to the baby and studies are not sure how this mineral will affect the growth of a fetus or baby. This is the case with all types of dietary supplements.

The dietary supplements are not monitored by the Food and Drug Administration. While this does not mean they are dangerous, it does mean there are limited recommendations. A doctor’s care is always best to seek. In some cases, the chromium (and other dietary) supplements can interact with medications and conditions, making your health worse rather than better.

More research is needed into chromium supplements and how they interact with medications and health problems. Your doctor may want to keep a closer eye on your health if you do decide to take the supplements. If side effects are noted early on, your doctor will be able to make an educated decision over what to do next.

Getting a Safe Amount of Chromium

Now that you know the importance of the nutrient and getting the right levels, it is time to look at just how much you need. The body can work with very little, especially compared to other nutrients. However, the studies mentioned above did use larger amounts, with up to 1,000mcg per day to show the positive results.

Most females need 20-25mcg per day, depending on age. Those who are pregnant will need 30mcg, and those lactating will need to increase their intake to 45mcg.

You can get most of your daily requirement through your food and method of cooking. However, you may need more if you have a medical condition. This is when taking supplements is worth considering. Your doctor may recommend supplements if you struggle to get enough in your diet.

If you are going to take supplements to help a medical condition mentioned above, discuss with your doctor first. This will help to avoid any potential health problems.

Chromium Supplements Can Be Useful

In short, it could be worth your time taking chromium supplements. There are certainly plenty of studies that show benefits. However, there are also serious side effects to protect yourself again. The best thing you can do is make sure you get enough through your diet and discuss the option of supplements with your doctor.

Everything You Need To Know About Fiber Supplements

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Fiber Supplements Image Design 1 - Everything You Need To Know About Fiber SupplementsYou know that fiber is an important nutrient for the body. There are high chances that you have seen how weak your digestive system can become without it. Fiber helps to keep the whole digestive system working effectively. It ensures waste is removed, stools are comfortable to pass, and nutrients are absorbed into the body.

If you feel like you are not getting enough fiber in your diet or there’s an issue with allergies and sensitivities that make it hard to get fiber, you may look towards supplements. They can help increase the amount you get daily quickly and effectively.

However, they are certainly not a one size fits all option for getting more fiber. Here’s everything you need to know about fiber supplements to make sure they are safe for you.

There are No Proof Supplements Harmful

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You may hear many people telling you that supplements are not good for you. When you can get a nutrient naturally through your diet, why would you want to take something that’s human made? Many people view supplements as harmful ways to upset your hormonal balance. People view supplements in the way that they view pharmaceutical remedies for illnesses.

Well, don’t worry too much about taking the supplements. There is no evidence that the supplements are harmful to your health. In fact, the studies have shown the exact opposite.

Fiber is so good for your body that many doctors recommend that you take supplements to improve your health. Fiber helps to keep your bowel function normal.

Sure, it is better to get fiber from your food. You will also get a range of other nutrients through your food. When your digestive system is working efficiently, you will gain far more from the ingredients since you will be able to absorb more of the extra nutrients. Supplements do not offer other minerals, vitamins, and macronutrients as real food does.

However, that does not mean you should skip the supplements. Just because you eat foods with natural fiber,it does not mean you are going to see health benefits. Your body needs to be able to absorb it all. You need to get enough fiber through your food, and this is something that many people fail in.

Supplement Your Natural Meals with Man Made Fiber

The trick to gain everything is by using supplements the way they were designed. They are not to replace your natural fiber intake, but to supplement it. The clue is the name, right?

When you supplement your meals with the human made fiber, you will increase the amount of fiber that you get into your diet. You still get the vitamins and other nutrients from your food, but you get more fiber than you would have gained naturally. There is more of a chance of supporting your whole digestive health to take in all the other nutrients that you are getting.

It is worth looking at the amount of fiber you get naturally. You can then determine how much you are missing from your recommended daily allowance. This will help you find a way of using fiber supplements to contribute to your daily intake, so you are not stressing about the amount that you gain.

Fiber Supplements Do Have Some Side Effects

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While there is no proof that the supplements are harmful, not all the studies have only shown positive results. There are some side effects that you need to be aware of. This is especially the case if you take medications. If you suffer from certain health problems, you will need to talk to your doctor before you start taking the supplements as they could interact with your medications.

Fiber supplements can make it harder for your body to absorb some medications. This is common in those who take aspirin or carbamazepine medications. If you need these for a medical problem, you will want to make sure your doctor is aware of changing the amount you take in a day and find other ways to manage your medical conditions.

If you have insulin for diabetes, you will want to discuss fiber supplements with your doctor. The fiber can help to reduce your blood sugar levels, which could have a positive effect if you suffer from high blood sugar. You may find that you can reduce the number of medications you take for your health problem. However, this can make the fiber supplements a little dangerous if you naturally have low blood sugar levels. Your doctor may need to adjust your medication up to make sure your blood sugar levels remain healthy.

Other side effects are not as dangerous. Most people notice a little gas and bloating at first. This is because the body is getting more fiber than it has had in the past. It takes some time for the digestive system to get used to this and use it effectively. If you continue to take the supplements, you should find that the discomfort comes to an end after a few weeks.

You can minimize some bloating and gas issues using water. Make sure you take your fiber supplements with water and drink plenty of it throughout the day. The water will work with the fiber to keep your digestive system working effectively.

There Are Different Types of Supplements

While you likely initially think of pills that you swallow whole, there are many different types of fiber supplements. If you have mentioned taking them to your doctor, they will likely want to know which type you are considering. Make sure you go in with all your options that sound best for you to help your doctor determine if they are right for you.

Synthetic fiber is one of the most common. You can get powders that you add to your water, capsules that you take like painkillers or chewable forms that are more like candies. These supplements offer a “functional fiber” that will help to get to work on your digestive system immediately. While most of these forms are synthetically made, you can get some natural sources.

Natural extracts are popular options for those looking to avoid issues with their health. You just need to know the form of natural supplement you start to take. Lignin is one of the most popular as it is easy to extract. It is a compound that is naturally made of plant cells.

However, you can also opt for cellulose, pectin, or gum. These are sugars found in different sources. Cellulose is from the plant cells, pectin is from berries and fruits, and gum is from seeds.

Another option is psyllium. This is from Plantago plant husks and has shown excellent benefits against bad cholesterol levels in the diet. By lowering the bad cholesterol, it is possible to protect the heart and whole cardiovascular system. Studies have only shown this form of natural and unnatural fiber is beneficial for lowering bad cholesterol levels.

Taking a Right Amount of Fiber

Make sure you get the right amount of fiber in your diet. Adding too many supplements into your diet can be dangerous. Your body is not used to the amount that you get, and you can end up with many uncomfortable side effects. It is not just about the bloating and gas. Some people have more cramping, as their digestive system tries to handle everything.

Thisis not just a side effect of supplements. Increasing your natural fiber intake through your food can lead to the same side effects.

Doctors recommend that you increase the amount of fiber you get slowly. Allow your body a chance to adjust and then add a little more fiber. Listen to the way your body feels, especially when combine natural and supplemental fiber into your diet.

Experts suggest that you get around 14g of fiber for every 1000 calories that you eat. Women only need around 25g of fiberdaily for a healthy digestive system. When you get older, you can decrease the amount to approximately 21g. Taking a little extra is not going to do much harm, but you will want to avoid overdosing on this nutrient.

You do not need more than 50g of fiber in your diet daily. Studies have shown that any more than this can negatively affect the way your body absorbs all the nutrients that you give. You want to improve the natural absorption of other nutrients, not make it harder!

Too much can also lead to another discomfort in the gut. You can make the stools too lose or cause more cramping, as your digestive system struggles to manage the amount you are giving it.

The side effects are why it is so important to talk to your doctor before taking supplements. This is even the case if you are healthy. You want to make sure you do not cause other health problems by taking too much fiber daily.

Always make sure you take the fiber with water. You want to remain hydrated throughout the day. The fiber will absorb more water, which will leave your body without it in areas that it needs it. The best thing you can do is add extra water, especially in the beginning. Give your body a helping hand that you can for a healthier lifestyle.

Get Plenty of Other Nutrients

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You cannot just focus on the fiber in your diet. It is essential that you look at all the other nutrients, both macro, and micronutrients.

A high protein diet is essential for a high fiber diet. The two nutrients work together to avoid loose stools and ineffective digestive systems. They both break down slowly but help to absorb more nutrients into the whole body. The protein will help to keep your muscles building, while the fiber helps with digestive complaints and other health problems.

At the same time, you will need to think about vitamins and minerals. Remember that the fiber supplements will not include these. While you can take other supplements, it is best to get as many nutrients through their natural forms. Think about the food you eat daily to help improve your overall health.

Don’t Worry About Initial Weight Gain

You have likely heard that fiber can help you with weight loss. The nutrient takes longer to break down, so you feel fuller sooner than you would with some other nutrients. The nutrient also takes longer to break down over time, so you do not feel as hungry throughout the day. You can eat less throughout the day, helping to create a calorie deficit.

However, you will not initially see a weight loss because of the nutrient. Your body needs to adjust to the amount of fiber you are now adding in. You can find that you gain a little weight at first, as your body handles the digesting of the nutrient and you change the way and amount you eat throughout the day.

Bloating can make you feel heavier than you are. You can find that clothes do not fit well, despite the scales telling you that you have not gained any weight. This is your body adjusting slowly and managing the new levels.

Don’t worry too much about the initial weight gain. You will often find that after a few days the weight comes off and you do not feel as bloated as you once did.

You can minimize the feeling of bloating and weight gain. Start by increasing your fiber amounts slowly. This will give your body time to adjust. Drinking more water can also help, as your body can push the fiber through quickly and effectively.

Will You Add Fiber Supplements to Your Diet?

Fiber supplements are a popular way to add more of the nutrient to your diet. They are not necessary, but they can be useful. Make sure you follow the recommendations for fiber that you get and look at both natural and synthetic options.

There are no studies that show long-term health problems, but this will depend on your current health. Talk to your doctor before adding any supplements to your diet to protect your overall health.

Everything You Need To Know About The Gaps Diet

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Gaps Diet Image Design 1 - Everything You Need To Know About The Gaps DietWith all the different diets available right now, the best thing anyone can do is learn about the diets and find out which one to follow. The GAPS diet is a derivative of the SCD or Specific Carbohydrate Diet. This diet is primarily focused on avoiding foods which are hard to digest. Such foods may cause damage to the body’s gut flora. People on the GAPS diet will then have to replace these foods with nutrient-dense options. This will give the lining of their intestines a chance to strengthen and recover.

GAPS stands forGut and Psychology Syndrome and its protocol was created by Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride. The protocol is a short-term diet along with healthy lifestyle changes which are meant to heal a person. She used this protocol to treat her son who has autism. This diet is meant to treat 3 underlying causes of common diseases. These are nutrient deficiencies, imbalances in the gut flora, and leaky gut.

Simply put, this diet consists of the following:

  • Avoiding complex carbohydrates because they nourish pathogenic bacteria.
  • Focus on fermented foods and probiotic supplements to restore the body’s gut flora.
  • Focus on traditional foods which are nutrient-dense to heal nutrient deficiencies.
  • Reintroduction of a specific series of foods.
  • Healthy lifestyle changes including detoxification and other steps to boost the immune system.

A Brief History

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Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride was the one who designed the GAPS diet. She created it in Russia after she received her post-graduate degree. Back then, she was a neurosurgeon and a neurologist. When the doctor moved to the UK, she then received her degree in Human Nutrition. She wrote a book about the diet and now had a second edition.

In her book, she says that people need to understand the role and importance of the gut in a person’s overall health. Since the ancient times, people believed that many diseases start in the gut. Primarily, she created this diet to cure autism, which her son has. She claims that the diet can cure the disorder because its cause is an unhealthy environment of the gut.

According to Dr. Natasha, children develop gut flora which is abnormal from the very start of their lives. Because of this, their digestive systems aren’t good sources of nourishment. Instead, they become a major source of toxins. She further explains that when these microbes and toxins from the digestive system go into the bloodstream. When that happens, they also go into the child’s brain, which causes autism and many other diseases.

Because of her desire to cure her child, she researched the best foods to support a healthy gut flora and applied them to a diet, the GAPS diet. Although there may be changes in the diet in the future, it’s still becoming quite popular. This is because a lot of people who have tried it say that they’ve seen the benefits and results of the diet.

Who Should Follow the GAPS Diet?

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The GAPS diet isn’t for everyone. However, it may be the factor which turns a person’s health around. Anyone who has been experiencing issues with their gut should start thinking about following this diet. This diet is also ideal for certain people who are experiencing various illnesses and diseases. Here are other diseases people may have which should make them start thinking about following the GAPS diet:

Anemia. People may not know it, but anemia starts in the gut. If a person has severe anemia and the body isn’t responding to medicines or iron supplements, it may be a sign of pathogenic bacteria overgrowth. These bacteria protect themselves by using iron build biofilms.

When there’s an imbalance of the gut flora, such bacteria and other pathogens create structures in the gut where they start living. In these biofilms, they conceal themselves from the immune system, so they can multiply and flourish. The GAPS diet addresses overgrowth of pathogenic bacteria, which may cure a person’s anemia.

Arthritis. This disease also results from an imbalance of gut flora and a leaky gut. When a person has either of these conditions, toxic components from the digestive tract go into the bloodstream. When this happens, they tend to stick to collagen muscles which are found in the joints. Because of this, the body’s immune system sees the collagen as toxic,so the immune system responds by attacking it.

Therefore, the GAPS diet may help in reversing one’s arthritis. The body will get better at managing inflammation by cleansing the toxins. It may also seal leaky gut, which will further promote the healing process.

Autism or a learning disability in children. Such disorders all begin with the gut-brain axis. This happens to be the communication between the bacteria and nerve cells in the gut and the person’s brain. This connection is very complex, and scientists are just starting to learn about it.

The factors which the GAPS diet targets help in the treatment and healing of autism or other learning disabilities. Another reason why the GAPS diet is beneficial is that when a person has leaky gut, the toxins may start reaching the brain. This may be the reason why the disorders aren’t improving.

Autoimmune disease. Usually, all kinds of autoimmune diseases start in the gut. Usually, it begins with a leaky gut. The bodies of people with leaky gut can’t detoxify properly. Because of this, the toxins spread through the body which triggers an immune response. Then the antibodies start attacking the body’s healthy tissues.

When a person follows the GAPS diet, he won’t be consuming foods which promote a leaky gut. Along with this, it also floods the body with foods which help rebuild healthy tissues. So, the leaky gut may seal up, and the body will be able to recover.

Chronic candida overgrowth. Although there is such a diet called the Candida diet, it doesn’t deal with the cause of the fungal overgrowth. Because again, the main reason for this is a leaky gut. The Candida diet starves the fungus but doesn’t treat the cause.

Since the GAPS diet deals with the cause, it’s a much better way to treat the fungal infection. The person will be eating foods which will promote the healing of the leaky gut, therefore fixing the cause.

Depression or a form of mental illness. Studies have shown that such illnesses aren’t head problems, they’re digestive problems. The GAPS diet also addresses depression, anxiety, schizophrenia, OCD, and bipolar disorder. A lot of people with these conditions have claimed that they achieved incredible results because of this diet.

The GAPS diet addresses neurotransmitter deficiencies. This is done by enhancing digestion of proteins and balancing the gut flora. It also works with hormonal imbalances and leaky gut. Such things help in treating these illnesses, therefore improving them.

Eczema. Until now, no one knows what causes eczema exactly. However, a lot of holistic practitioners believe that the main underlying cause is again, a leaky gut. It might even be caused by intolerances to certain foods.

It’s a fact that a lot of people who followed the GAPS diet were able to reverse the effects of eczema. Some of them have even said that they noticed results just a few days after beginning the diet. No matter what the case of your eczema is, you’ll benefit from such a diet.

Hay fever and allergies. Many people are unaware of the fact that the origin of seasonal allergies in the gut. For the body to regulate histamine, the gut flora needs to be in the right balance. Gut pathogens produce histamine. It’s an essential kind of neurotransmitter in the body.

But when these microbes keep growing because there isn’t enough good gut flora, there’s an overproduction of histamine. This causes the body’s functions to react to the histamine in negative ways. Remember, the GAPS diet helps bring back balance to the gut flora. This means that it deals with the cause of too many histamines.

Highly susceptible to colds. The human body has a lot of bacteria in the gut. Aside from this, most of the immune system resides there too. This means that when there’s something out of balance in the gut, a person may start experiencing different diseases, especially the common ones like colds.

So, people who want to lessen the risk of getting colds should consider going on the GAPS diet. It will give the body’s immune system a boost while keeping the gut well-balanced.

People who have taken (or are taking) oral contraceptives. Studies have shown that oral contraceptives cause irreparable damage to the otherwise healthy gut flora. And the dangerous part about this is that when a woman conceives and gets pregnant, she may pass on her imbalanced gut health to her child. Then the child will pass it on to her child. That’s why it’s important to keep the gut flora healthy, especially for women. Aside from this, pills for birth control also cause different nutrient deficiencies as well as hormonal imbalances.

Fortunately, there’s a way to restore the balance of gut flora, and that’s to follow the GAPS diet. So, it’s highly beneficial for women who are taken or who have tried taking oral contraceptives in the past.

Stages of the GAPS Diet

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The GAPS diet has different or phases. Just like most diets, the very first stage is usually the hardest, and it’s also the one which puts most people off. People who can’t keep up with a specific diet from the beginning won’t be able to maintain it until the end.

The Introduction Diet. Just as previously mentioned, this part of the diet may be off-putting to a lot of people. This is mainly because it involves intense modifications in a person’s regular diet. This stage comes with its sub-stages.

  • First, the person may only consume a very strict diet, water at room temperature, and probiotic supplements.
  • Second, the person may add new foods to the diet. These include raw egg yolks (organic), fermented fish and homemade yogurt. The person may also consume some types of soups, casseroles, and stews.
  • Third, the person may add even more foods to his diet. Such foods are squash pancakes and avocados.

As the diet progresses, the person may be able to add more and more foods at each stage. These foods are mainly vegetables, some meats, and fermented foods. Any foods which are baked must be avoided. In this diet, some people may remove fruit, nuts, and honey altogether. However, if a person’s body has a severe reaction to the diet, he may go back to the earlier stages of this phase.

Supplementing the diet. Since this diet is very restricted, it means that a person may pass up some foods which are rich in nutrients. So, people following this diet will benefit a lot from taking some select supplements. The most recommended ones include:

  • Digestive enzymes
  • Essential fatty acids
  • Mineral supplements
  • Probiotics
  • Vitamin supplements

Detoxifying the body. Aside from following the diet, a person may need to start detoxifying his body. This means that one needs to ensure that the body is free of chemicals. Some people drink fresh juices made from fruits, vegetables, and herbs to help activate and regulate the bile flow in the liver.

A coffee enema is also a popular choice, but it’s not recommended. This involves injecting coffee into a person’s anus. This cleanses the large intestines as well as the rectum. However, a lot of medical authorities and experts see this as very dangerous.

There are many ways to cleanse and detoxify the body. But a lot of people agree that the best way to do it is naturally. No matter what method a person chooses, he must first research how to do the detoxification as well as the side effects of doing it.

Tips for following the GAPS Diet

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Before anyone starts thinking about following the GAPS diet, a person needs to do enough research. Each stage involves rules so one must be aware of all of them. It’s also important to look at the sources of the foods one will need for the diet instead. Go through different supermarkets in the area to find out where to buy the required food items. Here are some helpful tips for following this diet:

  • At each meal, be sure to combine vegetables (prepared in different ways) with fish and meats to balance the pH levels. Body pH levels which are too alkaline or too acidic aren’t ideal for the gut.
  • Avoid eating fruits (aside from avocado) with meals so as not to disturb the body’s digestion of the meats.
  • As much as possible, find food options which are organic and chemical-free.
  • Each meal must also contain a lot of natural fats. Animal fats are highly beneficial.
  • Also at each meal, consume a cup of meat stock or bone broth. This may help in the digestion of the meats and fats.
  • Focus on different fermented foods. If not used to such foods, introduce them to the body gradually. Also, try to observe how the body reacts to them.
  • Avoid canned and processed foods. These also include refined carbohydrates and foods which contain preservatives, chemicals, and artificial ingredients.

Everything You Need To Know About Almonds for Weight Loss

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Almonds have long since been considered a health food and their reputation for aiding weight loss is certainly well deserved.

Although regularly consuming small portions of all nuts can help to contribute towards a healthy and happy body, eating raw almonds for weight loss is by far the most successful way to wave goodbye to those unwanted pounds.

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Most people shy away from including almonds in their diet plans when they are trying to lose weight because of their relatively high-calorie content.

It is automatically assumed that all high-calorie foods are detrimental to diets.

However, this is a common misconception and studies have shown that using almonds for weight loss is an effective way to assist in shedding fat.

Why Should You Eat Almonds?

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Although almonds are made up of a whopping 72% fat, the majority of their fat content comes from the monounsaturated fats that contribute towards a healthily functioning body.

Consuming almonds is an excellent way to top up your “good” fats as they provide a quality source of the essential fatty acids needed to maintain a healthy heart and cholesterol levels.

Evidence from research indicates that regularly eating foods that are high in monounsaturated fats, such as almonds, avocado, and olive oil, can contribute towards successful weight loss.

One study found that individuals who followed a controlled diet incorporating a small portion of almonds lost more weight than those individuals who followed the same diet but with added complex carbohydrates in place of the high fat snack.

The people following the diet enhanced with almonds consumed a daily total of 39% fat whereas the diet enhanced with complex carbohydrates had a daily total of just 18% fat, completely dispelling the myth that high-fat foods are detrimental to weight loss.

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The International Journal of Obesity conducted a similar study which found that a restricted diet enriched with almonds improved the abnormalities contributing to metabolic syndrome in individuals.

The study concluded that the combination of diabetes, high blood pressure and obesity that results in metabolic syndrome were all eased by the simple inclusion of a small portion of almonds in the daily diets of the participants.

The group of participants were put on calorie controlled diets with one-half consuming a small portion of almonds and the other consuming the equivalent amount of calories from complex carbohydrates on a daily basis.

Although both groups did lose fat on the restricted diets, it was found that the weight reduction over the 24 week period was significantly greater in those individuals who had consumed almonds than in those who did not.

The findings suggest that eating almonds in moderation can play a crucial role in combating not just obesity, but other health problems that are associated with being over.

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Carbohydrates make up just 15% of each almond’s total nutrients meaning that they are an ideal addition to the diet of anyone who may be following a low carb diet such as the paleo diet.

It has been suggested that opting for a low carb diet which incorporates foods high in monounsaturated fats can reduce the risk of heart disease by helping to decrease the stubborn “bad” fats that encircle vital organs and can be found in the area surrounding the stomach.

Many individuals opt for snacks that are high in carbohydrates such as chips or muffins when they are on the go simply because these are the foods that are most widely available.

Most people do not realise how detrimental to weight loss this high carbohydrate convenience foods really are and rely on them to stave off hunger pangs when they strike.

Why not try using almonds for weight loss yourself and keep a small packet of them handy for those times that you need a quick snack on the go?

Almonds for Muscle Building

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Almonds have the highest protein content out of all the nuts and this, when combined with the quality source of omega 3 and omega 6 fatty acids that they provide, can contribute toward losing fat and achieving a lean look.

The amino acids found in almonds are the building blocks of muscle and are crucial when it comes to growing and maintaining the muscle mass needed in order to achieve the toned look that many people desire.

The combination of the high protein and fat contents in almonds also provide a boost in energy levels meaning that eating almonds can benefit you when participating in physical activity as they can help to enhance performance.

In addition to this, it has been suggested that almonds act as an appetite suppressant due to their ability to stabilize blood sugar levels.

Evidence suggests that the high levels of the monounsaturated fat present in almonds can leave people feeling fuller for longer, meaning that they are less likely to reach for that unhealthy cookie while in between meals.

The Nutritional Content of Almonds

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Almonds are by far the most nutrient dense nut and are absolutely bursting with the vitamins and minerals required to maintain a healthily functioning body.

They provide an excellent source of Vitamins E, K, B16 and B12 in addition to Riboflavin and Folate to name just a few.

Almonds also contain high levels of a multitude of minerals including Iron, Zinc, Potassium, Calcium and Manganese, all of which play a key role in aiding cellular processes in the body and help activate energy productively.

This means that simply including a small handful of almonds in your daily diet is enough to guarantee that your energy levels will soar, leaving you less likely to experience that mid-afternoon slump that can so leave you reaching for a sugary quick fix.

The seemingly endless health benefits of almonds do not end there though as, in addition to providing a good source of vitamins, minerals, and fatty acids, almonds also provide an excellent source of fiber.

Just 20 almonds per day provide 3.5 grams of fiber meaning that the tasty nut makes an ideal addition to the diet of anyone who struggles with digestive issues such as bloating and constipation.

Almonds and Heart Health

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In addition to easing the health problems associated with metabolic syndrome, it has also been suggested that including a small portion of almonds in an individual’s daily diet can prevent the onset of heart disease.

One report in the Journal of the America Heart Association examined a study that took place over a six-week period and concluded that regularly consuming almonds decreases the level of “bad” cholesterol in the body.

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In the study, a group of 48 individuals consumed a calorie controlled diet with one-half eating a small portion of daily almonds and the other half instead eating an isocaloric muffin substitute.

Although the two variations of the calorie controlled diet did not differ in terms of saturated fat or cholesterol levels, it was found that those individuals who had consumed almonds had decreased levels of non-HDL, or “bad” cholesterol, in the body.

It was also found that, although both groups lost weight, the group whose diet included almonds lost more weight than the carbohydrate group, particularly around their stomachs and legs.

These findings reinforce those from previous studies and indicate that the regular consumption of almonds is a simple and easy way to not only reducing body fat but to also prevent heart disease.

Almonds for Aesthetics

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In addition to having the ability to help reduce fat and maintain muscle in the body, the regular consumption of almonds is thought to provide a variety of beauty benefits.

Regularly eating almonds provides the body with an excellent source of Vitamin E which, not only helps to keep your heart healthy but is also imperative when it comes to both the protection and appearance of your skin.

The mixture of tocopherols and tocotrienols found in almonds help to protect the skin’s collagen and elastin proteins, meaning that regularly eating almonds can assist your skin in protecting itself from free radical damage.

The collagen and elastin proteins in the body are what keep skin firm and taut, therefore, by eating small portions of almonds and strengthening these proteins, your skin will adopt a more youthful appearance.

There is also evidence to suggest that eating almonds can help to defend your skin from damage caused by the environment.

Almonds provide a quality source of up to twenty different antioxidant flavonoids that work in conjunction with Vitamin E to protect your skin and keep it looking in great condition.

Almonds do not only contain the antioxidants and vitamins essential to keeping your skin looking great, but they can also contribute towards the improved condition and overall appearance of your hair.

Nutrients such as Copper, Manganese and Magnesium have all been linked to healthy hair, and high levels of each of these minerals can be found in almonds.

With fat loss, a healthy heart, youthful looking skin and shiny hair guaranteed, why wouldn’t you start to incorporate regularly a handful of almonds into your daily diet?

How to Include Almonds in Your Diet

In order to use almonds for weight loss and achieve the maximum health benefits from this delicious high-fat snack, you should aim to eat one handful of plain almonds each day.

Unfortunately, that means that salted, dry roasted or other processed varieties of the nut just won’t cut it.

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A pre-packaged bag of almonds in your handbag makes an ideal snack for times when you are away from home and hunger strikes.

Snacking on almonds will enable you to keep those hunger pangs at bay between meals without giving into

easily accessible and convenient junk food.

If the thought of eating plain almonds each day fills you with dread and you find yourself craving the salted or dry roasted variety, why not try making your own version of jazzed up almonds for when hunger cravings strike.

Try tossing a handful of almonds in some raw, organic maple syrup or honey and placing on a baking tray before sprinkling with chilli flakes and roasting for around thirty minutes.

This twist on the healthy snack will ensure that your taste buds are satisfied without compromising the nutritional value of the almonds.

Other ways to incorporate almonds into your meals include throwing a handful into salads, stir fries or even trays of oven roasted vegetables for added crunch.

Almonds also work well when chopped up and added to homemade muesli or smoothies, and they also make delicious toppings for yogurt when combined with mixed berries or chopped banana.

You could even include almond butter spread in your diet by purchasing a tub of natural almond butter; just ensure you check the labels to find one with nothing added to it.

This delicious spread is similar to peanut butter and can be used to top some wholemeal toast or even added to porridge to make a satisfying and nutritious breakfast.

You could also try spreading two tablespoons of almond butter over sliced apple or banana for a delicious and filling snack between meals.

Other ways you can reap the health benefits of almonds while minimizing your waistline include incorporating almond milk and almond flour into your daily diet.

Try substituting regular flour for flour made from ground almonds when making pancakes or baked goods and swap full-fat milk for almond milk poured over cereal and added to hot drinks.

Incorporating almonds into your daily diet plan assists in the fat loss helps keep your health hearty and provides an energy boost enabling you to reach your optimum performance during workouts.

Almonds have a multitude of nutritional benefits that positively impact the human body from the inside out.

Tocopherols and tocotrienols are true forms of Vitamin E found in almonds which are proven powerful. These two protect collagen and elastin which are vital for firm and young-looking skin.

With the guarantee of weight loss, endless additional health benefits and so many delicious ways to incorporate almonds into your daily diet, why aren’t you already on the way to the store to pick some up?

Share with us in the comments below, how often do you use almonds in your diet?

Alkaline Water Benefits (Everything You Need To Know)

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Last Updated: 5th October 2016

There are so many different products out there now that offer benefits to the health. It’s hard to know which ones to opt for and find out all the benefits that they can offer.

Alkaline water is just one of those products experts recommend.

Alkaline water certainly does have numerous health benefits. There are also scientific reasons for those benefits, based on the body being on the more acidic side.

However, finding out all the information about this one product is hard. You need to look through various books and websites to get it all.

Well, not anymore. In this article, you will find out everything you need and want to know about this drink and why you need to add it to your lifestyle on a daily basis.

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Before you learn more about alkaline water and the benefits, it’s worth understanding more about water in general; particularly when the body is involved. Just what are the benefits of drinking water and why is it so important for the body?

The body is mostly water. In some people, 78 percent of the body is made up of water. The exact figure depends on your size and shape. All cells need water to survive and thrive. Your organs need it to work at an optimum level and your brain needs it to help you concentrate.

By drinking water, you improve the ability for your body to transport blood around the system. You know that this is an essential function, so it makes sense to stay hydrated. Your blood doesn’t just keep you alive but keeps you healthy. Good circulation helps your organs work and improves the look of your skin and hair.

Another benefit is that your body will absorb nutrients better. Your body needs a variety of nutrients that you can mostly get from food. These include those vitamins that you will hear of all the time (A, the Bs, C, D and E) and the various minerals like iron, zinc and magnesium.

Without them, your body can’t function in the best way and you could end up ill. While you can take supplements, getting them from your food is better for you. And even if you do take the supplements, you need to make sure your body is absorbing them all completely.

Your body temperature is regulated by water, too. This is also essential for healthier living, and just to feel happier so you’re not too warm or too cold.

A fourth benefit is for your joints and muscles. Joints need to be lubricated so they don’t rub together and hurt. There is a lot involved in this, but getting enough water is part of it.

Now you know more about water and the body, it is time to find out more about alkaline water.

What Exactly Is Alkaline Water and Where Can You Get It?

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The “alkaline” in the title refers to where the water is on the pH level. You remember that being mentioned in science class, right?

The pH level measures the alkaline or acidic nature of a liquid and ranges from 0 to 14. Acidic levels are at the bottom end and alkaline levels at the top.

Normal tap water is neutral and sits around 6 and 7 on the scale. This can seem perfectly understandable. Why would you want something acidic or alkaline in your body?

The truth is your body needs to be slightly alkaline, and should sit around pH 7.8.

Alkaline water is closer to 8 or 9 on the scale. It’s not overly alkaline, but much more than your everyday tap water.

Experts believe that it helps to neutralise the body, which can sometimes be too acidic; just think about the stomach acid needed to help digest the food.

Let’s go back to science class quickly just to remember how this works. When an acidic liquid meets an alkaline one, they balance out.

So if something at around pH5 met something around pH9, they would neutralise to pH7.

But where do you get this alkaline water? Most grocery stores will sell it with the bottled water. You may need to ask a member of staff to help you, as they may have a specific section in the store.

This is also something you can make at home. More on that to come later.

Is It More Artificially Made Products In Your System?

Many people want natural, and that makes sense. The good news is alkaline water occurs naturally in the world. In fact, most water will be slightly alkaline in nature, due to the rocks it passes over.

Those that run through springs will usually pick up minerals, increasing the pH value. These can be bottled from the source and directly sold. You can also find the locations and bottle it from source.

There are some downsides to this since you don’t know exactly what it has run over. There are dangers of animals urinating in the water further upstream, for example.

Tap water can be gained from these alkaline sources. They are usually filtered to remove some of the minerals and work on the pH level before they reach your tap.

You can make your own alkaline water through the use of ionisers. They will use electrolysis to make the water more alkaline, meaning you can make tap water at the pH level that you require. One downside is that doctors claim there is no comprehensive scientific research done into the ionisers or proof that they really do work. It’s up to you if you want to use them, but nobody knows the potential long-term harm.

So, how can you make it at home if the ionisers are not recommended? Strangely enough, lemon or lime juice can help. These are actually acidic in nature, but mixed with minerals in the water, they actually turn the water alkaline! It is completely natural, and you benefit in many other ways. Lemon and lime juice have many other health benefits worth considering.

Adding these two will also help to add some flavour to your water naturally. Sometimes, people just want the extra flavour to encourage them to drink more tap water, and this is a great way to get best of both worlds.

Try to avoid using normal tap water or bottled water for making your own alkaline water. There are many other minerals and additives that you need to consider. It’s best to use distilled water to create the best option for your health.

Another option is to buy pH drops. These are available online and in specialist stores, and will offer guidance to make sure you only add enough to create water that is around the 8 or 9 level.

Too much alkaline can be far more dangerous for the body than beneficial. Again, you will need to use distilled water to make the most of the drops.

Some of the bottled water available in stores are more alkaline than others. This is something you can check on the bottles.

You won’t need to add anything extra, but it is worth checking the filtration process used to find out how many minerals have been removed during the bottling process.

Does Alkaline Water Really Work and Is It Safe?

Whatever you do to make your water, you need to know that it really will benefit your health. The last thing you want is to end up doing more harm than good.

As mentioned above, the safety will really depend on the method of turning your water more alkaline. Ionisers are popular, but there isn’t that much research into the use of them yet.

Nobody really knows the long-term effects, and doctors and even the World Health Organisation tend to recommend avoiding using them, as there are other options that are much safer.

There is certainly nothing wrong with adding a few drops of lemon or lime to your water. This has been recommended by health and lifestyle gurus for years, and not because of the alkaline water benefits. The two ingredients have been linked to so many other health benefits that it doesn’t make sense not to use them.

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Overall, the use of alkaline water is a controversial topic and one you certainly need to do your research in. Some health professionals recommend staying away from the water altogether (despite lemon water meant to be good for you) because there hasn’t been that much research into the long-term effects. There is little evidence to support some of the claims by sellers and even the drinkers.

Health professionals recommend drinking regular water. There’s been no evidence to show that this is harmful to the body, after all. That is debated, though, as some believe the minerals in tap water are dangerous.

That being said, studies have been conducted. IN 2012, one study showed that water with a pH level of 8.8 could help with the destruction of pepsin. Pepsin causes acid reflux, and is a problem for children and adults around the world, usually causing problems on a night and making it difficult to sleep. There have also been studies to show that those with high cholesterol, high blood pressure and even diabetes can benefit from drinking the water. However, these studies are short term ones, rather than showing the long term benefits.

So, is it safe? Well, the health professionals don’t exactly say it isn’t safe. They’re more concerned about some of the benefits shared. Medical experts wonder whether the claims are made for marketing, and that can make it dangerous if people choose alkaline water over medical treatment.

However, it is considered a safe option to drink, especially if you make it at home from natural ingredients.

There are concerns that artificially created water will not have all the minerals your body needs, and the pH levels could end up being too high.

There is also a worry that people will overuse the water as some tap water could be beneficial to avoid becoming deficient in some minerals.

Now that you know the possible risks and how to make it, it’s time to look at the health benefits people state alkaline water offers.

There are plenty of them out there, and some may surprise you. These benefits have not just been noticed by marketing experts or sellers.

Celebrities and everyday users rave about these health benefits of drinking this one type of water.

Who Are Making These Claims?

When you’re looking into the benefits of alkaline water and whether it is any better than normal water, you need to consider the people who are making these claims.

Can you trust them or is it just a bit of marketing?

The truth is the claims are coming from a mixture of people. There certainly are plenty of companies just marketing the claims that some people have made.

They don’t have any of their own research to back it up and the marketing team probably wouldn’t have tried it themselves.

These companies just want to sell their product and in some cases the claims don’t even need to be backed up by research!

Celebrities also commonly share their experiences with various products. Before you listen to them, you need to find out if they are spokespeople, are paid to endorse or whether they have just genuinely tried something and want to share their views.

There are plenty of celebrities out there that will do it into all the categories.

Mark Wahlberg and Kelly Ripa have both tried alkaline water and recommend it.

They have seen some of the claims mentioned below, including hydration benefits and improving the look of the skin.

They’re not paid by the water companies to endorse it, and do it because they really believe that they see the claims they make.

In many cases, they may see the benefits but could they see those same benefits with normal water?

It would take research to prove anything like this.

Nutritionists and health professionals have also made claims about alkaline water benefits.

For some, they see the benefits themselves. Others will use studies that have been positive and help their cases.

In some cases, though, the nutritionists have been paid to recommend a product, and while they may also believe what they are saying, you need to be aware that they are sponsored for this.

You need to know more about the celebrities or nutritionists, and not just about how they are potentially linked to the companies.

It’s worth finding out more about their lifestyles and whether they have recommended products that have turned out good or bad in the past.

Are they the sort of people who jump on the latest health bandwagon, or will they spend time focusing on the best things for their own health?

While considering the people recommending something, you also want to consider the people who are saying the benefits aren’t really there; that there’s nothing to back up the claims.

Could they have an ulterior motive to steer people away from a product?

Do they have something they want to promote instead to benefit them financially?

In many cases, it is the medical professionals telling people the claims are just claims; no research to back anything up.

At the same time, they can’t say that the claims aren’t real because there is no research to show the latter.

Alkaline Water Harmful to Plants

Some research carried out has shown that drinking alkaline water in the long term has been dangerous for plants.

They require more neutral water, as alkaline water may not have all the other minerals plants will need.

Of course, plants and people are very different. It could be that while alkaline water is not beneficially for plants, it is the complete opposite for people.

Studies haven’t shown that it is overly dangerous, but moderation is needed. This is the same with anything, even tap water.

Up to two litres of alkaline water, a day should be fine on a regular basis, and has shown no adverse effects in research.

It will also depend on how the alkaline water is made.

Water made naturally is going to be less harmful, because there are not other chemicals at work counteracting against minerals and other ingredients.

Neutralising the Acid Input

While the body is naturally slightly alkaline, we tend to eat food that is naturally acid. Think about the stuff that you’re more likely to eat on a daily basis, like fruits, yoghurts and milk.

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Why are high acid levels so dangerous? Well, there are a few problems. Higher levels will likely lead to more acid reflux and indigestion. Think about how you feel after a big cheesy, meaty pizza or those spicy curries. You can end up feeling a little worse in the hours afterwards, as your body deals with the consequences.

High levels of acid have also been linked to other health problems, including osteoporosis and metabolic issues. There can also be some damage to the organs in our bodies as the acid burns through them. It makes it imperative that the body remains on the alkaline side.

Refined sugar, processed foods and even meat are linked to making the body overproduce the acid. Health professionals state that high levels of acid are dangerous, and lead to osteoporosis and various chronic conditions. Some even believe that they can lead to cancer as the cells can end up damaged and repair in the wrong way. Just think of the benefits that you could face by creating a more neutral body.

On the other hand, some health professionals go against this claim. The intestines are alkaline, and foods turn alkaline once they reach this section of the digestive tract.

There are some who try to say that the urine levels change, which suggests foods change the levels within the body. However, the food does not affect the blood’s pH level so drinking alkaline water should have no affect on that at all. That means the idea of alkaline water helping to cure cancer could be debunked quickly, but surely there is also a placebo effect? If someone thinks they are more likely to be healthy, they could actually make themselves healthy. It has been known!

Of course, you can go too far the other way. The acid in the stomach is required, and it should sit at around pH 2. Without this, the food won’t digest. So you do need to find a balance between alkaline and acidic levels.

Your Blood pH Level Doesn’t Change With Water

As mentioned, the pH level of your blood isn’t going to change by drinking alkaline water. Your blood is what affects many aspects of your health, so if you’re looking at them changing due to alkaline water, then you won’t see anything positive.

The blood needs to be alkaline and the body knows this. There is nothing you have to do to make this happen because the body will do it all for you. It makes sure the blood sits between pH 7.35 and pH 7.45. As you can see, this is only very slightly alkaline, so it’s a good job the body takes care of this for you through evolution.

Soothes the Acid Reflux

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While it’s already been mentioned, this is certainly a benefit to touch on by itself, before moving onto anything else.

By drinking alkaline water, you are more likely to neutralise the stomach content. This is a major benefit to those who find acid reflux is a terrible pain throughout the day and night.

Acid reflux usually happens on a night, once you are laid down in your bed. The position makes it easier for the acid to travel up, rather than down. Pepsin levels can also make it worse.

As mentioned, studies have shown that pepsin levels reduce because of alkaline water.

The water will also help to neutralise the acid, so even if it does travel up it is less likely to burn!

It’s certainly worth a try if you are a reflux sufferer, and could be suitable for your children if they are.

You would usually use some over the counter medication, so why not try something natural to try and cure the issue?

Not only will you feel healthier, but you’ll also get a better night’s sleep, and that can do so much for your health!

Antioxidant Properties to Fight Cancer

Again, this is another one that has been briefly mentioned. Even if we take out the idea that alkaline water can benefit the blood pH level, there are still antioxidant benefits to drinking it.

The minerals found help to offer other anti-disease benefits, and cancer could be one of those diseases that they ward off.

Antioxidants have been linked to preventing cancer.

They are commonly found in raspberries and blueberries, but can be found in many other foods and minerals.

They fight off the free radicals, which can cause growing cells to form incorrectly. This leads to cancerous cells growing, in various parts of the body. Surely, just doing something to help prevent this from happening is better than nothing.

Of course, there are other anti-disease benefits on top of that. The immune system gets a boost, so you’re more likely to fight off various illnesses, such as common colds and the flu, without being knocked for six. By fighting off more illnesses, your body copes with other problems along the way much better. You also feel better about your mental health, because you’re not constantly feeling under the weather.

Make Your Skin Look and Feel Younger

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The antioxidants also have anti-aging properties. So, while you’re preventing cancer and another disease, you’re making yourself look and feel years younger.

This benefit isn’t just about the antioxidants, but also about hydration. Many celebrities recommend the water just to stay hydrated, which leads to many skin benefits. The collagen in the skin is more effective—this is the elasticity of the skin—so stretch marks and wrinkles are less likely to form.

The look of your skin is also improved, regarding colour and quality. The skin needs water to avoid flakiness and some skin conditions. There’s more on this to come as we touch more on the hydration benefit. Some of the properties help to aid in replacing tissues, which commonly cause the skin to look older and more worn.

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Detoxifying properties also lead to improving the appearance of the skin. Toxins can lead to discolouration and skin problems. They can cause pigmentation issues and marks to appear. Like normal water, alkaline water removes the impurities in the skin, leading to it looking more rejuvenated and smoother.

Even if you don’t want to drink the alkaline water, it could be worth bathing in or using to wash and clean your makeup on a daily basis. You’ll get to absorb all the benefits directly, improving your skin quality.

Helping to Boost Weight Loss Efforts

Alkaline water has been linked to weight loss. There are some experts who state that the water helps to boost the metabolism and improves energy levels.

Your metabolic rate determines the number of calories your body burns during the day. To lose weight, you generally need fewer calories in than the ones that go out.

By burning more, you can lose more weight sooner. And with more energy, you are more likely to get out and exercise, burning more calories to help you lose more weight.

That being said, alkaline water is not going to help you lose weight overnight. It’s not a miracle cure (otherwise, there wouldn’t be any overweight people in the world!) but a way to enhancing your current efforts.

You will still need to follow a healthy and balanced diet to make the most of your lifestyle and weight loss efforts.

Some of the ways you can use alkaline water are by drinking it instead of tea and coffee or using it with your diluting juice, or you could cook with it to soak into your foods.

Cooking and mixing with alkaline water do offer more benefits to weight loss. It helps to break down the fatty components in the food, making it all easier to digest.

You won’t just lose weight, but get more nutrients from your food, aiding in a healthier lifestyle.

Exercise is still important to see positive weight loss efforts. There are different ways that you can use it to help with this, and alkaline water can be used in conjunction.

Rather that filling your water bottle with sugar drinks or plain tap water, use alkaline water instead and benefit with energy boosts naturally throughout your day.

Suppress the Appetite

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Overeating is a common reason for weight gain. It also leads to other health problems, especially if you overeat things that are considered bad for you—like the foods that are going to lead to higher acidic levels in the body.

This is another way alkaline water benefits the body as a whole.

Water is a natural appetite suppressant. In fact, many experts will tell you that if you feel hungry, the best thing you can do is drink a glass of water first.

There are no calories and there are times that the body will make you feel hungry when you are actually thirsty.

When you have a glass of water, you can force off the feeling of feeling hungry, so you consume fewer calories throughout the day. You’re also getting all the hydration the body needs, and we’ll cover the benefits of that shortly.

Any water will work for this, but alkaline water offers all these other benefits. Plus, if you drink with lemon or lime juice to create the alkaline water, you will find that you offer your body more benefits with few calories while you keep your portion sizes under control.

Make a change to your lifestyle to make use of this health benefit. Rather than snacking, reach for a glass of water first.

If after 10 minutes or so you still feel hungry, there are chances that you needed food in the first place.

Before every meal, drink a glass of water and then have another glass for during the meal. You’ll fill the stomach, so you end up eating less food on your plate.

Improve Hydration for the Body

Touched on already is the hydration. This helps to offer the benefit of anti-aging properties, but it does so much more than that.

It helps the whole body and is something you should concentrate on whether you decide to use alkaline water or not.

The body is made up mostly of water. This can seem like a shock, but the organs all need water to function correctly.

Without it, your kidneys can create stones and your brain may not function in the way that you want it to. You can feel more tired throughout the day, meaning you do much less.

Organs not working properly can also make you feel sluggish. Remember, your organs include your stomach and intestines!

Organs that are well hydrated also won’t have to work as hard. It’s worth making life easier for them, as this puts less strain on your heart.

You’ll feel like you have more energy, and you have a heart that is ready to take on other strains in life that you may not be able to protect from or prevent.

Hydration also benefits the skin.

Yes, the skin desperately needs water. Without it, it becomes flaky and some skin conditions are more common, including psoriasis and eczema.

Dandruff in the scalp occurs more frequently, and you could damage the production of oil within your body.

Giving it the best chance in life will limit problems faced in older age.

The hydration will also improve the look of your hair. It helps with oil production, so you have luxurious locks, rather than dealing with dry or greasy hair.

Again, if you don’t want to drink the water, you could use it on your hair on a daily basis instead.

You don’t even need to wash it with shampoo every day. Just adding the water to your hair can make it look better day in, day out.

Reduce Injuries Experienced

There are people out there who seem more prone to injuries.

It could be from trips or falls, or they may experience muscle and tendon pain. Alkaline water can help with this because it helps to lubricate the muscles and joints.

Those who suffer from arthritis can find their symptoms subside. It’s a natural way to cure it and is good for you in some many other ways. It’s worth trying, right?

Some people have chronic pain in their joints and muscles, and it often seems like for no reason. It could be carpal tunnel that acts up seemingly randomly or fibromyalgia that affects the body now and then.

Taking pain killers and muscle inflammatory medication to stop the pain is often the go-to choice, but do you really know the long term damage this could be causing?

Alkaline water has been linked to pain relief and helping to prevent the pain from occurring in the first place.

While there may be no scientific evidence to currently back this claim up, there is no evidence to show that it is dangerous to try.

Plenty of celebrities and nutritionists have found that alkaline water has benefitted them.

To benefit from this, you will also need to follow other guidance for good joints and muscles.

If you regularly exercise, it is highly recommended that you warm up and cool down before and after.

This helps to get the joints and muscles ready for your workout, and then removes the buildup of lactic acid afterwards.

Warming up increases the blood flow to the muscles, something that alkaline water can reportedly help improve, too.

By improving blood flow, more heat is generated and the muscles and joints become looser and more sustainable to the hits and pressure placed during exercise.

Hydration has also been linked to reducing the risk of injury, and alkaline water certainly helps with that. Lubricated muscles and joints see better circulation than their counterparts, which means better blood flow.

It is also worth considering the minerals in the alkaline water. Water with iron, calcium, protein and other minerals are much better for the body. They keep the soft tissues and bones in an optimum state, meaning that they can handle much more.

Again, this does rely on a healthy and balanced diet, too. One that is rich in Omega-3 fatty acids will also benefit as they offer good joint health.

Linked with this, some studies have shown that alkaline water can help to reduce bone loss. This can lead to the reduction of other injuries and problems linked to bone problems, including osteoporosis.

The research carried out so far has been minimal, and more is needed to make sure it is completely safe.

Help Chemotherapy Treatment

There are some people who have found alkaline water—and the alkaline diet as a whole—as beneficial for chemotherapy and other similar treatment. They have found the treatment gets an additional boost, fighting off the cancerous cells.

While this hasn’t been proven, it is easy to see how this is possible; especially when you take the alkaline diet as a whole into account (more on this later). The diet focuses on healthy, natural foods.

The body gets all the nutrients it desperately needs, including antioxidants to help cells heal naturally.

A healthy diet also helps the immune system, aiding to fight off other illnesses than can affect treatment.

On top of that, you’ll feel happier within yourself and positive moods have been linked to improving health.

Reduction of Yeast Infections

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Many women suffer from yeast infections, often due to the build-up of fungus and yeast within their digestive systems.

Acid forming foods have been linked to yeast build-up, and therefore more infections. The yeast can also lead to other chronic illnesses.

Alkaline water can help to balance the build-up of acid and prevent the yeast and fungus growth. Because of this, people will find that they have more energy and don’t suffer from as many chronic illnesses.

Following an alkaline diet will be better than just drinking alkaline water. This way you really cut down on the acid forming foods and give your body the best start it needs.

Getting the Benefits of Lemon in Water

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As mentioned, lemon is one way to making your own alkaline water. This is a completely natural method and something you can easily do at home.

Not only will you get many of the benefits of alkaline water by making this, but also the benefits of using lemon juice.

Many productivity gurus will recommend that people add a slice or two of lemon to their water on a morning, and have it as the first thing they do.

This is before breakfast and before that morning caffeine fix.

The lemon and water are supposed to be refreshing and give the body the best start to the day.

This is without many people realising that adding the lemon to the water makes it more alkaline!

The gurus say wait for 15 to 30 minutes after drinking the lemon water before eating to get really all the benefits.

Lemons naturally offer health benefits to people. One of those benefits is the immune system boost.

Lemons are full of vitamin C, which is a vitamin your body can’t store and doesn’t make on its own.

It’s essential, so helping your body get the recommended daily amount as the first thing you do will really help boost your immune system and overall function.

If you’re stressed, the lemon will help even more. Your vitamin C levels drop considerably when you have too much going on and too much weight on your shoulders.

Vitamin C isn’t just for your immune system. You also need it to help your cells repair.

It is an antioxidant and prevents cancerous cells from forming. Your long term health will be greatly benefitted from drinking alkaline water made from lemons.

The vitamin C also helps to improve the look of your skin. It helps with collagen production, which helps to keep the skin elasticised.

You will have fewer wrinkles and stretch marks, and feel more confident about the way you look. It can also help you look much younger than you really are.

The fruit will also aid with digestion. This is beneficial for so many reasons, including feeling better within yourself and helping to lose weight.

This is why it is worth waiting to have your breakfast on a morning because you give your digestive system the best start after a long fast overnight.

The lemons work on the digestive tract by removing the toxin build-up. These toxins often lead to indigestion and heartburn, and can lead to some very uncomfortable moments throughout the day and night. Toxins also lead to bloating, which can make you feel sluggish and overweight.

People tend to find that the way they feel affects what they eat and do. Someone who is happier is likely to make healthier choices than someone who is sad.

They are more likely to skip the treats they know are bad for them, and focus on living a healthier life. This then leads to feeling even happier and the cycle continues. Someone who is sad tries to improve their mood through bad choices, and then feels guilty for them. This cycle then continues.

Your liver is also stimulated through the use of lemon, which helps to flush out other toxins from your body.

This is a great benefit for your organs as a whole. Your kidneys will work better when they are toxin free, and that means less chance of kidney stones (horrible to pass). Again, you’ll feel better in yourself, and will be more likely to make better choices throughout the day.

The water will also encourage your pancreas to work at its best level while helping your body deal with insulin within the system. The pancreas releases insulin to help deal with glucose (blood sugar).

Lemon juice acid encourages the body to process the food slowly, which means you benefit from more of the good stuff.

The body is able to cope with and absorb the insulin much better, so you get more nutrients from your food.

To further understand how this happens, it’s worth understanding that stomach acid and lemon juice are very similar in nature. When the lemon hits the system, the liver thinks that it needs to produce more bile.

This then helps to get rid of the toxins within the system. It sounds all very technical, but the lesson is to trust that lemons are very good for the overall body.

Another benefit of lemon water is all mouth related. The lemon can help to prevent and stop gingivitis, give you fresher breath and help to ease a toothache.

How is this all possible when something is acidic? Doesn’t acid lead to enamel decay?

Well, yes it can, which is why the experts recommend not brushing your teeth directly after drinking it. Try to wait 15 minutes at least, and consider your morning exercise routine beforehand. While it can erode the enamel, the acid will also get to work to fight off the bacteria in the mouth and killing it so it doesn’t cause other problems, like gingivitis and tooth decay.

You don’t just need to opt for lemon water to get rid of a toothache. Really, it’s all about getting the citric acid to the affected area, and you can do that by putting lemon slices directly on the part of the tooth that hurts. However, lemon water will help you get so many other benefits quickly and at the same time as this one.

Weight loss is much easier with the help of lemon water. The lemons are full of pectin, which is a type of fibre. Fibre takes longer to breakdown and is digested by the body, so you feel fuller for longer. By drinking lemon water first thing in a morning, you will likely eat less breakfast so you don’t consume as many calories.

On top of that, you’ll remember from above that you’ll feel happier; and happier people make healthier choices. By cutting down on the treats and focusing on foods that give you energy throughout the day, you’ll eat fewer calories. Of course, fewer calories in than out means that you are more likely to lose weight.

Drinking plenty of water is also linked to weight loss. The body can start retaining water, and you can end up feeling bloated. You’re also more prone to headaches and will feel like you have less energy and unhappy. We know what that leads to, based on the information above!

Cutting Out the Caffeine on a Morning

A cup of coffee is often the first thing people reach for on a morning. They believe the caffeine will wake them up, but that is not necessarily the case. Yes, the caffeine will help but only initially.

This stimulant will leave the body quickly and you can end up feeling more tired afterwards; often in need of another cup of coffee.

There’s also the thought that you need to have something to eat with your coffee, whether first thing in a morning or later in the day.

This leads to extra unnecessary calories eaten, so you end up consuming more and gaining more weight.

Lemon water on a morning is refreshing and the fruit will give you the energy boost you really need. You’ll also find that you have more energy throughout the day, without a top up at any time.

Having more energy naturally makes you feel happier within yourself.

So it really is worth cutting down on the caffeine and opting for lemon water instead. The lemon offers many health benefits and then you have the benefits of alkaline water on top of that!

Following the Alkaline Diet

Drinking alkaline water isn’t just about getting more hydration. The benefits come from following the alkaline diet, which is something that celebrities around the world have started following.

Some have said they went from being 20 and overweight to being 30 and running marathons. Well-known and respected stars like Victoria Beckham, Jennifer Aniston and Jared Leto have all followed the alkaline diet at some point, with many finding it a sustainable option overall and not just to lose weight.

It’s not all about drinking alkaline water, although that does help. There are certain foods involved that will help with the process of keeping the body in a more alkaline state for better function.

Yes, the blood will naturally stay in an alkaline state, but there is nothing wrong with actively helping your body do this. By making it do the hard work itself, you are taking processes away from other parts of the body.

It can’t work in full harmony and this could affect your health in other ways. By helping it, you can allow your body to focus on other important elements and processes.

When you follow the alkaline diet, you’re not necessarily just going to foods that are more alkaline on the pH system. After all, you know all about the benefits of lemons and that they can make water more alkaline.

When following this diet, it’s all about finding foods that take an alkaline form during the digestive process, and these could be acidic or neutral in their physical form.

It’s all about finding foods that have minerals that help to form an alkaline state.

These include magnesium, iron, zinc and calcium. So, foods that are high in these minerals could well be worth focusing on more, even if you don’t want to follow completely the alkaline diet.

When you do decide to make the most of the alkaline diet, you need to know more about the foods that you should and shouldn’t eat.

Foods to Avoid on the Alkaline Diet

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The main focus is on the foods that will process in an alkaline way in the body. That means avoiding caffeine as much as possible. Switching to just alkaline water on a daily basis will benefit your body.

After all, caffeine causes dehydration and can lead to other health problems, so you may just do your overall health some good by cutting it out completely.

If you do struggle to cut it out completely, look for drinks that are lower in caffeine. Switch your coffee for green tea, which has been known to help fight cancer and lose weight.

It’s time to cut completely out the processed foods and refined sugars. These will do you good anyway, and not just stop the body from becoming more acidic. Refined sugars are linked to higher risks of developing type 2 diabetes. The body releases more insulin because of the higher levels of blood sugar (glucose) in the body. If this happens too much, the body can end up being resistant or have far too much insulin being pushed through the system.

With processed foods, you don’t fully know the extra ingredients and chemicals that are added. Just think back a few years when the UK faced a horsemeat scandal in their processed foods. People were shocked to find out their beef and pork meals were actually horsemeat. How do you really know that the ingredients listed on the back are really the ones included? How do you know that something extra hasn’t been added?

Refined sugars and processed foods are also linked to weight gain and other health problems. By cutting them out as much as possible, you improve your overall health anyway. And that’s without all the benefits of the alkaline diet.

Artificial sweeteners are another thing to cut out when following the alkaline diet. These have an acidic process in the body, but they are also linked to many other health problems.

In fact, some artificial sweeteners have been linked to causing cancer. If you find you can’t stomach something without sweetener, look for a natural form. Honey or lemon could be great, healthier alternatives.

Meat and dairy products are also on the list. Some people will find it very difficult and depressing to cut them out completely. When following the alkaline diet, try to cut at least down on your consumption. Seafood could be a better option than red meats.

You don’t want to cut acid forming foods out completely. That means some dairy and meats are perfectly acceptable.

The aim is to reduce your acid forming intake to around 20 to 40 percent of your overall intake. That isn’t too much to cut down on really, is it?

So, What Can You Eat on the Alkaline Diet?

The aim is to focus mostly on raw and organic fruits and vegetables. No, you can’t live on them alone but they should make up the majority of your food intake. Aim for 60 to 80 percent of your food intake to be alkaline forming foods, including organic fruit and vegetables.

Why the raw form? When eaten in this way, you are more likely to get all the nutrients. Cooking, whether frying, baking or boiling, causes the loss of some of the nutrients. If you’re already struggling to get them, why are you risking losing the required ones?

That doesn’t mean you just have to eat carrot sticks or slices of lemon. There are various ways that you can get the raw forms, including through slices or chopped fruit in your water.

Another option, one that many celebrities choose, is to blend or juice their fruit and vegetables to create smoothies and juices. Beware with juicing as you do lose the pulp and will lose the fibre.

Beans and grains are other foods to start focusing on with your diet. They’re not just good for the alkaline forming properties but also for their fibre and energy.

Beans and whole grains are full of complex carbohydrates and protein, which both break down in the body slowly. Not as much sugar is released—limiting the insulin—and you feel fuller for longer.

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The great news for those considering the alkaline diet is that it is suitable for most vegetarians and gluten-free followers. Remember that meat is one of those foods to reduce, but you can cut it out completely.

While many meat lovers will question your protein intake, you can get that through many vegetables, especially from legumes and beans.

There’s also the encouragement to cut out wheat products, especially the refined options. You can cut them out completely with the alkaline diet, making it suitable for a gluten free lifestyle.

However, like with any type of diet, you will still need to check the labels of anything you buy to make sure it is suitable for gluten free.

And dairy free diets?

This is another diet that will suit your lifestyle. There’s no requirement to start eating diary and you can get plenty of calcium from other foods, especially those dark leafy greens.

If you are really worried, there are always supplements, but make sure they are suitable for alkaline-based diets. If you are in doubt, talk to your doctor about this.

Those who have food allergies will find the alkaline diet beneficial. The diet cuts out most of the common causes of allergies, including milk and nuts.

While you may not want to cut out fish and shellfish completely, it is very easy to keep them out of the diet if you are allergic to them. Most of the books about the alkaline diet will avoid them anyway, so you don’t have to find recipe substitutes.

The Cost of the Alkaline Diet

Like alkaline water, it doesn’t have to cost a lot to start following this type of diet. There are books and products for sale, but you can do it all from the comfort of your own home.

We’ve already looked at how you can make alkaline water with lemon in your distilled or filtered water, so it’s easy to see how you could change your diet without a huge cost.

Start off by making a list of all the foods that are good for you on the alkaline diet. A lot of them are fruits, vegetables, beans and grains.

While they may cost more than some of your processed foods, they will last longer, taste better and help you on your way to a healthier life.

It really is worth that extra cost, and you can budget for it as you become more involved with this lifestyle.

There are recipes online available, but one cookbook won’t cost you too much. You could even look at substituting the foods on the list not to eat in your favourite meals.

Still having the food that you love will make it much easier to stick to a new diet plan.

Avoid many of the products available if you don’t have the budget for them. Be sensible in your purchases, because this is one diet that you can do without a big outlay.

In Conclusion

Overall, alkaline water is extremely beneficial to the body. While many of the claims have not been backed by research, there are plenty of celebrities who aren’t endorsed to say anything that recommends the water.

Many others will even recommend the alkaline diet as a whole, which includes the water.

It is very easy to make alkaline water, and you can do it through the use of lemon slices in your tap water or distilled water. If you don’t like lemon, lime is an option or you can purchase pH drops to make the most of it.

Some of the ways you’ll benefit include increased energy, better-looking skin and improved weight loss.

Even if the claims aren’t backed, there is nothing to show that drinking alkaline water is bad for you.

And following the alkaline diet just means following a healthy and balanced mostly vegetarian and gluten free diet.

It may sound restrictive at first, but it is something you will get used to and over time you won’t even notice you miss anything.

If you want to get started with a healthier lifestyle, there is nothing wrong with making a switch to alkaline water once or twice a day. Lemon water first thing in a morning is certainly much better for you than a cup of tea or coffee.

From there, you can add more water into the day and then look at changing your diet. Smaller changes are less noticeable for you, but your body will soon start benefitting.

The results you will get from the benefits of alkaline water will make a difference in your life in the long run. The best thing about this is that it’s not very difficult to switch from normal water to alkaline water. You can incorporate it in your everyday life without much adjustments.

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