Everything in the Japanese culture becomes a part of family traditional passed from generation to generation.
And a big part of this culture is herbal medicine. They've taken a lot from the Chinese, developed it and changed it according to their unique way of life.
Japanese healers are traditionally herbalists and, from ancient times, they've explored a variety of herbs to treat any type of disease.
One of those, that's actually part of a ritual that takes place in traditional ceremonies, is a tea that brings relief to joint pain.
Have you heard about Matcha? If you haven't and you have arthritis, you need to pay attention…... ››› more
Do you have a spice cupboard in your kitchen? Is it packed full of small glass bottles with different coloured plastic lids?
Sure you do!
Robertson's herbs and spices are an iconic part of any South African kitchen. But I bet there are a couple you never use because you don't know what flavours they will go well with.
Is rosemary one of them because you're worried about its strong, slightly bitter taste and the effect it'll have on the flavour of your dish?
Well, now you never have to worry about letting THIS jar gather dust or go mouldy. Because today, you'll discover not only what foods to add it to, but why you SHOULD add it…... ››› more
Mornings are painful.
No, I'm not talking about waking up and getting ready after a good weekend.
I'm talking about when you suffer from arthritis!
After all, if being in one position for short periods of time during the day is torture, being in bed for eight hours, moving only slightly throughout the night, it's absolute agony when you finally get out of bed.
And it's seems there's nothing that provides relief.
But what if there was a way to ensure your joints stayed supple and mobile throughout the night. And that doing the same thing during the day could be your key to pain-free joints?
Luckily, there IS something you can do… And it involves pumpkin seeds.... ››› more
Did you know the burn from chillies could be the answer you're looking for when it comes to natural relief from arthritis pain?
Think about it!
Yes, eating hot chillies and experiencing that burning sensation in your mouth is sure to take away the pain in your joints, but that's not the reason it works.
Researchers say it's because the active ingredient that makes chillies hot - capsaicin - causes reactions in your body similar to those when you hurt yourself. Especially through burns.
Think about it. If you place your hand near a hot stove, your body immediately sends signals to your brain telling you it's hot, it's going to burn and you'll be in pain. So you hand shoots away from the plate.
This process involves a compound called substance P. And it's the same compound that reacts when you eat chillies.
That's why you experience the sensation that your mouth is on fire. (Your body thinks it is, literally!)
Now think about how you become desensitised to chillies when you eat them a lot. This is because your body doesn't have an endless supply of substance P and it depletes over time.
And this is the reason turning up the heat is the perfect natural remedy to turn down the pain in your joints.... ››› more
You know alcohol isn't good for your health.
If you overindulge, it's even worse. You're likely to develop at least one on the long list of diseases associated with alcohol. Think heart disease, cancer, dementia…
But that all changes when you turn 60.
Shocking new research says light or moderate drinking after the age of 60 doesn't only encourage you to make new memories, it helps you hang onto old ones too!
Here's what the study revealed.... ››› more
Did you know your rheumatoid arthritis risk increases because of your diet?
If you already have the genes that put you in a higher risk bracket, you need to be extra careful with what you eat.
Sadly, as a South African, you'll have to change some of your “heritage” to avoid developing painful, swollen joints. And that means giving up going to those Saturday afternoon braais…
Any type of meat you heat, fry, grill or braai causes advanced glycation end products (AGEs) to form. These end glycation products make your body think it's under attack and that's when inflammation flares.
This ends up in your joints because they contain receptors for them. It's like your joints call them into their protected housing.
And because your body sees them as a threat, they attack them, at the same time, destroy your joint tissue. The result? They swell, become red and inflamed and leave you with rheumatoid arthritis.
Prevention is as simple as saying “no” to the next invitation to a Saturday afternoon braai. Your body then has time to heal and chronic inflammation doesn't destroy your joints.
But it's not only braais you need to avoid.
Here are three other foods to cut out of your diet to lower your rheumatoid arthritis risk…... ››› more
Imagine not being able to run around with your children during the upcoming December holidays. Or being at home in bed when your son runs after the dogs in the park on late Summer afternoons… What about having to get your neighbour to walk your daughter up to the school gate on her first day of school in 2015?
It could be your reality if you don't look after your joint health!
That's right. Rheumatoid arthritis can strike you at any age. And it's most common in people in their 30s.
Just when you need the joints in your knees, hips and hands to play ball so you can do the same with your son, they fail you…
That's why you need to get over the notion that arthritis only affects older people. You need start caring for your joints to lower your rheumatoid arthritis risk right now!
And it's a lot easier than you think. Just start by eating this tasty summer fruit…... ››› more
It might come as a shock, but one of the most common ages groups to show early signs of rheumatoid arthritis are those who are in their 30.
So your youth doesn't protect you from aching, creaky joints that steal your ability to live your life to the full.
Luckily, there's something you can do about it.
You can use this secret ingredient whether you're simply trying to prevent its onset or you're currently suffering from the disease. Because, in both instances, this healthy oil will keep your joints well-oiled and prevent RA from flaring up.
So start oiling your joints from the inside out, starting today…... ››› more
How do you measure how healthy you are?
It's simple! You step on the scale and it tells you, right?
And, if the number isn't what you want to see, you associate it with your current state of health. To change it, you automatically start restricting calories by eating less to bring the number down to a “healthier” one.
Unfortunately, you've been kidding yourself all along.
Researchers say the number on the scale has nothing to do with your current state of health! In fact, it's hardly a priority at all when it comes to the true measure of health, says Carolyn Coe from OP Integrated Lifestyle, a health and fitness centre in Dubai.
It's more about how happy you are, how well you sleep and whether you're able to take the stairs instead of the lift...
Keep reading to find out how to improve your health naturally - and lose weight - without weighing yourself ever again.... ››› more
If you eat apricot kernels, you MUST read this article…
This because, eating too many could have fatal consequences.
You see, some people have been eating hundreds of apricot kernels a couple times a day in the hope it'll prevent or even cure their cancer.
This because the active ingredient (amygdalin or vitamin B17) in apricot kernels has been used as a cancer treatment since the early 1800s.
Health experts believe amygdalin is a powerful cancer-fighting compound. And if you eat foods containing it, it kills cancer cells without affecting healthy cells.
Because people are eating too many they're overdosing on amygdalin and this is making them sick. And that's why local health shops have had to remove it from their shelves!
But should you carry on eating apricot kernels or not?... ››› more
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