Arnica flowers and roots have been used for health purposes for hundreds of years. If you are live an active lifestyle, consider adding arnica oil to your alternative health first-aid kid. Arnica oil is an exceptional treatment for exercise injuries, bruises and sprains.
It our last article, we explored the link between chronic inflammation and disease. Chronic inflammation is implicated in rheumatoid arthritis, cardiovascular disease, Alzheimer’s disease, type 2 diabetes, inflammatory bowel disease, and Crohn’s, among others. Often you have chronic inflammation without knowing it is present. So how can you prevent this threat to your health, or stop it before it attacks your health?
The origin of the word “inflammation” is the Latin word for “set afire.” The link is apparent for people who have some conditions, such as rheumatoid arthritis. People suffering from RA experience heat, pain, redness and swelling of their tissues. But in other health conditions in which inflammation is complicit, the connection is not obvious. The inflammation only reveals itself through blood tests.
The Egyptians called aloe vera the plant of immortality, and Native Americans referred to it as the “wand of heaven.” It has long been prized for its healing properties. Today, many people keep an aloe vera plant at home to treat scrapes, cuts and burns. But aloe is even more beneficial when taken internally.
Avocados are unique among fruit. While most fruits are composed primarily of carbohydrates, avocado is higher in healthy fats. Research has also proven they are an exceptionally healthy food.
The Healthy Food Team recently posted an article that cited a military doctor’s advice for eliminating pain in the back, joints and legs. People who have used this method consider it a miracle cure for the kind of pain that can be hard to manage. Best of all, you can expect to see results within seven days.
The treatment works because it restores lubrication in the joints. Healthy joints are important not just for movement, but for overall health. Everything in our body is connected and interdependent. Recent revelations about painkillers emphasize the importance of finding natural ways to manage discomfort.
Here is the recipe:
Purchase 150 grams of edible gelatin (this is enough for a one-month course of treatment).
In the evening, stir 5 grams of gelatin (two flat teaspoons) into a quarter cup of cold water (use water from the refrigerator).
Mix well, and let the mixture stand until morning at room temperature.
The next morning, the gelatin mixture will have swollen into jelly.
Drink the mixture in the morning on an empty stomach. If you like, add juice or water, or you can mix the jelly into yogurt, or any other combination that appeals to you.
The recommended duration of the treatment is one month, but most people feel significantly better within a week. Repeat the course in six months.
Gelatin is an animal protein obtained from connective tissue of large horned cattle, including tendons, bones, cartilage, and collagen. Gelatin improves the strength of internal fibers and small cells. Two amino acids are present in gelatin: proline and hidrosiprolin, which have a positive impact on the recovery of connective tissue. Gelatin works to improve diseased joints by increasing the growth and scope of the connective tissue.
In fact, the article says gelatin offers a number of advantages:
Strengthens joints and heart muscle
– Improves metabolism
– Increases mental ability
– Maintains healthy skin condition
– Gives elasticity and strength to the tendons and ligaments
– Prevents the development of osteoporosis and osteoarthritis
– Leads to improved growth and structure of hair and nails
– Irreplaceable at dysplasia
One user of this remedy said spinal pain and neck stiffness, the result of long hours spent sitting at the computer, both resolved in seven days. Within a month, all the back pain was gone, and he felt much better overall. He is continuing to use the remedy every six months.
Aloe vera is a short succulent plant that is widely used for a variety of healing purposes. It is used in treating autoimmune diseases, cancer, high cholesterol, bowel problems, and other health conditions. Remedies made of aloe vera are easily accessible and can be made at home.
It is well known and well documented that plant based nutrition is on par, if not superior to, drugs created by mankind. But even amongst the natural, alternative remedies in the world there are a few stellar “superstars.”
One such superstar is Turmeric root.
Turmeric is actually a popular spice used in curries across Asia. Responsible for the distinct yellow/orange color, turmeric’s deep yellow oxide hue is an indication of the powerful nutritional properties contained within.
So what’s so special about Turmeric root?
Turmeric contains Curcumin, which is one of the most potent anti-inflammatory agents known to man, natural or not.
As chronic inflammation is known to cause many of the chronic, degenerative diseases seen in the western world, any amount of natural anti-inflammatory agents added into your diet are going to be wonderful at helping to prevent the eventual onset of diseases.
By adding curcumin into your diet you can safely fend off disease such as cardiovascular disease, arthritis, cancer, metabolic syndrome, and a host of other conditions.
The way in which Curcumin works are several fold:
1. Curcumin fights inflammation by blocking NF-kB.
This molecule is known to travel inside of cell nuclei and then “switch on” the genes related to inflammation. Many experts agree that NF-kB plays a major role in chronic diseases.
2. Curcumin acts as a powerful anti-oxidant.
As oxidative damage is known to be one of the primary mechanisms for creating disease such as cancer, etc. anything you can add into your diet that helps to fight the occurrence of free radical formation (which occurs during oxidization) is going to be to the benefit of your health.
Curcumin’s chemical composition allows it to neutralize free radicals as they move through the body.
Additionally, the substrate of curcumin’s chemical make-up also allows it to fight synergistically with the body’s own antioxidant enzymes as well, essentially helping to boost your body’s free radical fighting power.
Very few substances in the natural world work so harmoniously with the body as curcumin does.
3. Curcumin works to boost the brain’s performance ability.
Curcumin has been observed in some studies to increase one of the brain’s essential growth hormones. Working in the brain to boost Brain-Derived Neurotrophic Factor (BDNF), Curcumin can actually help to improve function inside of the brain.
The exact mechanism by which this happens is still unknown. But the conclusion researchers are making is that with curcumin at work in the brain, brain diseases and age-related decreases in brain function can be reversed.
Though scientists have yet to decide exactly how this looks inside of the human brain, it is reasonable to assume that as curcumin works to enhance BDNF, it might help you become smarter and improve your memory.
And these are just a handful of benefits provided by curcumin.
Now one thing you should know is that while curcumin is found in Turmeric root, on average, turmeric root is only 3% curcumin by weight. This means that you should seek to supplement your curcumin intake with supplements, which are easy to find and affordable.
Keep this in mind too…
When taking curcumin, it’s also important to take it with a substance known as piperine.
Piperine is found in foods like black pepper, and can also be found in supplements. Studies have showed piperine can increase the absorbption of curcumin by as much as 2000%.