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Pumpkin Seeds A Tasty Treat For Better Health

Pumpkin seeds – if you have tried them you know that they are a delicious treat.   Did you know they also provide many health benefits?

Here are ten:

1. Prostate Protection – They promote overall prostate health and alleviate the difficult urination associated with enlarged prostate. Men should eat a handful of pumpkin seeds every day. They work as prevention as well as treatment.

2. Improved Bladder Function – Studies show that pumpkin seed extracts improved bladder function.

3. Depression Treatment – Pumpkin sees contain L-tryptophan, a compound naturally effective against depression.

4. Prevention of Osteoporosis – Pumpkin seeds are a natural protector against osteoporosis, because they are high in zinc. Studies show that low intake of zinc is linked to higher rates of osteoporosis.

5. Natural Anti-Inflammatory – Pumpkin seeds reduce inflammation effectively without the side effects of anti-inflammatory drugs.

6. Prevention of Kidney Stones – Studies show that pumpkin seeds prevent calcium oxalate kidney stone formation.

7. Treatment of Parasites – Many cultures use pumpkin seeds as a natural treatment for tapeworms and other parasites.  Studies have also shown them to be effective against acute schistosomiasis, a parasite contracted from snails.

8. Good Source of Magnesium – Only 1/2 cup of pumpkin seeds contains 92% of your daily value of magnesium. Studies show that most Americans are deficient of this important mineral.

9. Lower Cholesterol Naturally – Pumpkin seeds contain phytosterols, which are compounds that have shown to reduce levels of LDL cholesterol.

10. Cancer Prevention – Studies show that the same phytosterols that lower cholesterol also protect against many cancers.

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Add Curry Powder to Reduce Joint and Muscle Pain

Curry is a mixture of several spices. Different countries and regions each have their own special mix of ingredients with turmeric always being the main ingredient. Curcumin is one of the main substances in turmeric that gives the curry mix its yellow color. Extensive scientific research shows that curcumin contains many powerful antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties.  The curcumin in curry inhibits the production of Prostaglandin E2 (PGE2) in the body, an inflammatory compound that oversensitizes nerves. This can reduce joint and muscle pain as effectively as some prescription medications. In addition curcumin supports colon health, improves cognitive function and helps maintain a healthy cardiovascular system.

Combines well with: chicken, lentils, cauliflower, spinach, rice, mango.

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Treat Pain and Inflammation with Aloe Vera Juice

Aloe Vera may be the mother of all natural healing plants. Among other things its juice can help those who suffer from muscle aches and inflammation,  and maintain both muscle and joint health. It is full of the amino sugars needed for the regeneration of body cells, called mucopolysaccharides.  It can improve joint flexibility and strengthen joint muscles, reducing pain and inflammation in weakened or aged joints. Aloe Vera Juice promotes cell growth in these areas, and helps cells operate properly for healthy muscles and joints. Studies have shown Aloe Vera Juice to help with rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis and sore muscles.

Note: Please beware that Aloe Vera may lower your blood sugar levels and  consult a physician before using aloe products if you are suffering from diabetes or hypoglycemia, or if you are taking medications that are affecting blood sugar levels

Treat Heart Burn with Aloe Vera Juice

Aloe Vera is known for its soothing effects.  Most of us know that it soothes the skin. Aloe Vera Juice can help the stomach and intestines as they are lined with skin as well. It has long been used in Europe as a natural home remedy to relieve heartburn and acid reflux. Some people have even found that they can cure heartburn all together with Aloe Vera Juice.

The Aloe Vera juice should not contain aloe latex, aloin, or aloe-emoin compounds, substances in the aloe plant that are powerful laxatives.

 Note: Please beware that Aloe Vera may lower your blood sugar levels and  consult a physician before using aloe products if you are suffering from diabetes or hypoglycemia, or if you are taking medications that are affecting blood sugar levels.

Remedies for Losing Belly Fat

Let’s admit first that there’s no miracle cure for stomach weight. Getting a flatter stomach requires effort and patience. First, we have to recognize factors in our life that contribute to stomach weight, and then  do what is necessary to reverse the situation.

1. Diet

Diet pills are not the answer. Rather, evaluate your eating habits and select healthier foods such as lean meats, fresh  fruits and vegetables, beans and nuts, instead of the sometimes more convenient high calorie and high fat fast foods. Cut back on sodium, which  can lead to fluid retention, and alcohol consumption, which can  slow your metabolism.
Eat breakfast to jumpstart your metabolism in the morning. Then have small meals and snacks through the day to keep your body fueled. This will also keep you from bingeing when you get too hungry and cut back on cravings. Two to three hours before bed should be your last meal for the day. Eating any closer to your bed time will just keep you from getting a good night’s sleep.

2. Sleep

We all need our sleep to recharge and get back to work the next day. Even though, sleep may seem like a luxury sometimes, it is a necessity. Too little sleep over long periods of time will lead to weight gain, especially around the midsection. Besides the weight gain, lack of sleep can lead to other health problems, aches and pains. Aim for 7-8 hours a night, at least most nights.

3. Physical Activity

You knew this was coming. To speed up weight loss and get flatter ab muscles, a regular  exercise routine is a must. High-impact and low-impact cardio workouts burn fat and calories,  and help to shed belly fat. Just ab or core  exercises are not enough to sculp a slimmer, more defined  mid-section. Work out with resistance bands or weights will build lean muscle, speed up your metabolism and even strengthen your bones, ladies. Try different exercises such as Pilates and certain dances, like salsa, samba,  belly dancing, to target the abdominal muscles. Exercise at least 90 minutes a  week, more if possible. Keep it fun, that will make it easier to stick with it.

4. Increase Your Fluid Intake

Something as simple as drinking water can help with weight loss. Fluid retention, often brought on by a high-sodium diet and certain prescription  medications can add several pounds to your body, especially in the abdominal region. To lose water weight and slim the stomach, increase your  fluid intake. Water is best, and it works as a natural diuretic. Caffeine, in moderation, can also work as a diuretic, and flush excess fluids  from the body. 2 to 3 cups of green tea a day will speed up your metabolism. Drink about eight glasses of water a day to combat extra weight. Combine green tea with bitter melon for even greater results and more benefits. Check out the post on green tea and bitter melon and use this safe link to try it – TRY IT NOW!