I Had No Idea Dabbing This On My Scalp Could Fight Hair Loss!


Balding is more often associated with men, aging and rare diseases.

Actually, a lot of people have gone through hair loss, pattern baldness and different symptoms that tried to irritate scalps and caused thinning hair – but this doesn’t include men only. Millions of women all over the world are being affected every day by pattern baldness, alopecia and patchy scalps.

In this list below, we’ll show you the most well-known causes for hair loss, and how you can adjust your lifestyle in order to prevent further issues.

You may not be aware that a lot ov everyday habits can cause hair loss such as blow drying, flat-ironing, and dyeing our hair (as with this “mermaid hair” coloring technique) can all have awful dire consequences.

Read further and discover the most common reasons for hair loss, and learn about the most effective cures. Then, let us know your comments or experiences in the comments below!

Cause #1: Genetics

How much hair will thin out, or how quickly you’ll lose it, or when you can begin to lose your hair can  be determined by the genes.

Cause #2: Hormonal Changes

For some women, changes or an imbalance in hormones can cause temporary hair loss.
Also, during pregnancy or in the period of childbirth, women experience hair thinning.
There are cases, where women lose their hair in the process of menopause, or as a side effect of anemia ( a condition that diminishes the red blood cell count in your blood)

Cause #3: Certain Medications

Hair loss can also be caused by a slew of medical disorders and medications. More aggressive medical treatments, including radiation therapy to the head, may cause a more permanent form of hair loss.

Cause #4: Infections And Skin Disorders

Infections on the scalp like ringworm can attack your hair or skin, and give rise to scaly bald patches. If you have some of the symptoms, consult your doctor immediately.

Cause #5: Unique Hairstyles

Things like intensive hair treatments can cause inflammation and scarring, so it is advisable to stay out of those treatments.

Cause #6: Physical Or Emotional Shock

There are people who experience physical or emotional shock, in response to influential, external events.
Hair loss triggered by events can cause symptoms such as weight loss and illness.

Remedy #1: Take Biotin

Vitamin B7, more commonly known as biotin, contributes to the growth of hair and nails, so in order to maintain a healthy nervous system and metabolic processes , take biotin.
There are different type of foods that include eggs, lean red meat, bananas, sweat potatoes and dark green vegies. You can take biotin supplements as well.

Remedy #2: Rub In Jojoba Oil

Used to stimulate hair growth, jojoba oil is a powerful substance. You can rub a small amount into the scalp and hair, directly onto the affected areas.

Remedy #3: Drink Teas That Help Hair Growth

Many herbs are known to help healthy hair growth.
Rosemary has properties that can strengthen hair follicles and fight hair loss.

Remedy #4: Be Gentler To Your Hair

Protect your hair better and treat it with kindness.
Try brushing your hair regularly and gently to avoid breaking fragile strands. Also avoid using tools such as blow dryers, curling irons and styling appliances.
If you use hair spray or hair gel, don’t wait for the hair to dry and then comb through it because your hair will have hardened and it will become easier to break.

Remedy #5: Stimulate Blood Circulation

Oxygen and blood circulation are vital things for a healthy body, including your scalp.

If you have aloe vera gel try massaging your scalp with it. Apply a quarter-sized amount all over your head, and leave it like that for a few minutes.

Remedy #6: Get A ‘Volumizing’ Haircut

The next time you hit the salon, try to get layers in your hair, then ask the stylist for products that can bring volume in your hair.

The less you have your hair weighed down, the fewer you will damage it .

Warning: Stop Using Garlic If You Are in These 6 Types of People


Garlic is an herb best known as a flavoring for food. Over the years, people have used garlic as a medicine to prevent or treat a wide range of diseases and conditions.

Nevertheless, there are six types of people who should not eat garlic.

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1. People who have liver problems

Some people believe that garlic is an antibacterial and antiviral food and it can kill bacteria and viruses, so they are eating garlic in order to prevent hepatitis. Also, people who already have hepatitis eat garlic every day to cure it. Garlic cannot be used to treat or kill hepatitis virus.

Some elements in garlic may cause stimulation on the stomach and intestines, which may inhibit the secretion of digestive juice in intestinal tract, and affect the digestion of food, thereby aggravating many symptoms for the hepatitis patients, such as nausea.

Moreover, the exaggerated use of garlic can cause anemia because some its components decrease red blood cells and hemoglobin.

2. People suffering from non-bacterial diarrhea

If patients with diarrhea consume raw garlic, the spicy flavor of the garlic may stimulate the intestines which may cause intestinal mucosal hyperemia and edema aggravation, and make the condition even worse.

If the diarrhea has occurred, consumption of garlic should be careful.

3. People with eye diseases

Patients with eye disease should try to not eat garlic, especially those with poor health. Doctors of traditional Chinese medicines believe that the regular consumption of garlic in large quantities for longer period of time would damage the eyes and the liver, but also it may trigger hypopsia, tinnitus, front heaviness, memory loss and so on.

4. Patients before surgery

Patients who will undergo a surgery should stop taking garlic at least two weeks before a scheduled surgery because it might prolong bleeding.

5. Pregnant women and Women breastfeeding

When taken in the amounts normally found in food, garlic is likely safe to use during pregnancy. There is not enough reliable information about the safety of using garlic on the skin if you are pregnant or breast-feeding. Hence garlic is possibly unsafe when used in medicinal amounts during pregnancy and when breast-feeding.

6. People with low blood pressure

It can lower blood pressure. In theory, taking garlic might make blood pressure become too low in people with low blood pressure.

16 Reasons Sanskrit Is An Asset We Should All Be Proud Of


Sanskrit is reminiscent of India’s rich heritage – the same heritage most of us have forgotten about. Today, most of us re-visit the language only when we want to get a Sanskrit shloka tattooed on our body, or when we want to name a new born in the family. We’ve forgotten the basics of this language, but we’re busy trying to master other foreign languages. But Sanskrit, as a language, is a treasure and it has many features that we should be proud of. Here are 16 of them.

1. The order of words does not matter in Sanskrit.

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Any student can make a sentence is Sanskrit and it would make complete sense. Sanskrit has a complex inflection of nouns, pronouns, adjectives and articles to indicate number, case or gender. This means that the word order is free.

2. Believe it or not, but Sanskrit is older than Hebrew and Latin.

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And once upon a time Sanskrit was the traditional language of India.

3. Originally, Sanskrit was only an oral language. Today, the Devanagiri script is used to write in Sanskrit.

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Not many people know but the first inscriptions of this language were written in Brahmi script.

4. In Nepal, India and Indonesia, phrases from Sanskrit are used as mottos by social institutions.

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For instance, India uses Satyameva Jayate (Truth alone triumphs) extensively. On the other hand, Nepal says Janani Janmabhoomischa Swargadapi Gariyasi (Mother and motherland are superior to heaven).

5. Sa Dingding, a Chinese folk singer and songwriter, has written her pop songs in Sanskrit.

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6. According to Rick Briggs of NASA, Sanskrit is the most computer friendly language in the world.

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7. Sanskrit is one of the official languages in only one Indian state – Uttarakhand.

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8. The word ‘China’ is derived from the Sanskrit word ‘Cina’ referring to the Qin dynasty of China.

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Similarly, Burma is derived from the Sanskrit word ‘Brahamadesh’. Sri Lanka also has a Sanskrit connection – the word ‘Sri’ has been taken from a Sanskrit word that means Holy, and ‘Lanka’ means island. Interestingly, Thailand’s other name, Siam, is also derived from the Sanskrit term ‘Suvarnabhoomi’ which is also the name of their international airport.

9. Sanskrit is in high demand in different parts of the world. Germany has 14 universities that offer Sanskrit as a subject.

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10. Experts recommend Sanskrit as a tool for speech therapy.

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11. NASA scientists proposed using Sanskrit for artificial intelligence.

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12. India has a Sanskrit newspaper called Sudharma, in existence since 1970. It even has an online edition!

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13. Yoga and Sanskrit go hand in hand. A lot of yoga asanas have Sanskrit prefixes.

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14. Carnatic and Hindustani branches of music have a wide association with Sanskrit.

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15. There are only two villages in India – Mattur and Hoshahalli – where people converse in Sanskrit.

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16. It’s sad, but today, Sanskrit remains popular only in Kirtanas, bhajans, stotras, and shlokas in various parts of India, and not as a language.

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Learn that foreign language by all means, but give Sanskrit a chance too.

Scientists have improved the vision of blind rats using gene editing


Rats born with an inherited condition that leads to blindness have had their eyesight improved, thanks to a new gene editing technique.

The condition, called retinitis pigmentosa, is also a common cause of vision loss in humans and right now, there is no cure. This is the first time that scientists have shown that they can effectively ‘erase’ some of its damage from the genome – in rats at least – and that’s a pretty big deal.

 

The gene editing technique is known as CRISPR/Cas9, and if you haven’t heard of it already, you soon will. It’s a set of two enzymes traditionally used by bacteria that pretty much work like a cut/copy function for genomes. Because of this, it has the potential to relatively quickly and easily remove harmful genes from human DNA, as well as add new and improved features.

As you can imagine, CRISPR/Cas9 is as controversial as it is exciting, with the very real potential that it could lead to things like designer babies.

But if a current bid is approved, within weeks, we could see the first human embryos have their genes edited using the technique in the UK, so it’s definitely not going away any time soon. Chinese scientists have already admitted using the technique on human embryos.

The new demonstration by scientists at the Cedars-Sinai Medical Centre that CRISPR/Cas9 can improve vision in rodents destined to go blind adds yet another reason for why the technique is going to be highly sought after in future.

“This is the first time CRISPR/Cas9 gene editing has been used to prevent vision loss in a living animal,” said one of the team, Clive Svendsen. “It is a truly remarkable result and paves the way for more exciting studies and translation to the clinic in the future.”

In order to improve the rats’ vision, Svendsen and his colleagues designed a CRISPR/Cas9 system that would remove a mutated gene that causes photoreceptor cell loss in the eye from the rodent genome.

They injected this system into young rats born with a type of retinitis pigmentosa that’s known to affect this gene, and after a single injection, the rats were able to see better than control animals. (The team measured this by looking at how the rats turned their heads in response to stripes of varying degrees of brightness.)

The researchers will now continue to tweak their CRISPR/Cas9 system to further improve the rats’ vision further. But what’s really exciting is the implications for future human use.

“Our data show that with further development, it may be possible to use this gene-editing technique to treat inherited retinitis pigmentosa in patients,” said Shaomei Wang, lead author on the study, which has been published in Molecular Therapy. 

Hold on tight, kids, we’re on the verge of a brave new world of genetic editing, and if early indications are anything to go by, it’s going to be one hell of a ride.

New alcohol guidelines: How is drinking linked to cancer?


In an effort to address ongoing good health practices, which includes keeping various cancers at bay, the UK’s Chief Medical Officer (CMO) recently came forward with updated alcohol consumption guidelines. This wasn’t just any update that changes with the wind either; the last time they were updated was in 1995, making many people interested in the new changes and recommendations.(1)

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The recent guidelines stress that alcohol consumption – even in small amounts – may play a role in developing a range of cancers including mouth, breast and throat cancer. The essential takeaway, according to the new guidelines, is that the less a person drinks alcohol, the more they reduce their risk of developing such health problems. Of course, lifestyle factors such as eating a junk food diet, smoking, or living in harsh environmental conditions, also play a role. Therefore, this isn’t to say alcohol alone is an isolating factor behind a person potentially getting a cancer diagnosis. Still, it’s thought that less of it can’t hurt.(1)

But how is it possible to monitor what kinds of alcohol are consumed, and with what frequency? It’s virtually impossible, since every individual’s drinking preference varies, as does the quantity they have. Some people have a drink daily. Others reserve drinking for weekends only. The fluctuations of one’s drinking habits acted as an impetus behind one of the updated guidelines: whereas the 1995 standards set daily alcohol consumption suggestions, the updated one focuses on what a person consumes on a weekly basis.(1)

And the amount of alcohol a person should limit themselves to is …

That being said, just how much does the CMO suggest? To stay as healthy as possible, people are advised to have no more than 14 units of alcohol every week. It’s important to note that this isn’t a goal to meet, but an amount that should serve as a limit. In simpler terms, one unit is the equivalent of 2 milliliters (approximately 0.0676 fluid ounces) of pure alcohol. To put that in a better perspective, a bottle of wine comes in at just under 10 units, a small glass of wine at just under 2.5 units, and a pint of ordinary strength beer delivers about two units.(1)

Another significant change is that this recommendation doesn’t distinguish between the amount men and women should have. Under the new guidelines, both genders should stick to the aforementioned weekly recommendation. However, it is noted that each gender may face differing experiences upon alcohol consumption. Men, for example, are more likely to experience immediate drinking-related injuries, while women have a higher risk of long-term injury and premature death.(1)

The alcohol-cancer connection

When it comes to cancer – which the new guidelines tend to focus on a great deal – the link between alcohol consumption and certain cancers is made astutely clear. As previously mentioned, keeping weekly drinks to a minimum is an ideal way to keep cancers away. Indeed, a bevy of information seems to support this idea, including information from Cancer Research UK which explains the detrimental health effects of alcohol.

“Alcohol increases the risk of cancers of the mouth, pharynx (upper throat), larynx (voice box) and oesophagus (gullet or foodpipe). The more alcohol someone tends to drink, the higher the risk,” the Cancer Research UK site explains. It also notes that, “Regularly drinking even small amounts of alcohol can increase the risk of breast cancer. … the risk increases the more a woman drinks, several studies have found that each additional 10g of alcohol drunk a day increases the risk of breast cancer by about 7 – 12%.”(2)

Additionally, liver and bowel cancers may also develop with too much alcohol consumption.(2)

Are more people shunning alcohol?

While many people may shake their heads over these updated guidelines, pointing to stories of people who attribute their drinking habits to their longevity, or studies that say wine (it can be, but again, moderation is key), it’s wise to take the new advice seriously.

In fact, many people are easing up on their drinking habits.

It’s not uncommon for individuals to declare they’d rather have a cup of soothing tea or that they’ve simply had enough of all the hangovers. Others even participate in something called “Dry January,” in which they don’t have any alcohol whatsoever for the entire month – and reap the rewards of clearer skin, improved sleep quality and even necessary weight loss as a result.(

Learn more: http://www.naturalnews.com/052654_alcohol_drinking_guidelines_cancer_link.html#ixzz3xhbg71Bg

Wormwood Extract In Cancer Treatment: A Breakthrough


Today, the number of patients diagnosed with cancer or the people having a family member trying to cope with the disease is increasing. Experts claim that one out of every four people in the world develop cancer and two out of every five cancer patients die due to this disease.

This information has awakened the doctors and the people, who are asking more questions about the disease and taking care of their immediate environment and the food they eat to prevent it.

The medical community has also been forced to open up to the natural solutions like wormwood extract in cancer treatment to improve the outcomes and to minimize the side effects of conventional treatments.

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What is wormwood extract?

Wormwood extract, the little-known Chinese herb, is a powerful gift of nature to kill the cancer cells. An extract of the wormwood plant, Artemisinin, has been commonly used in the Chinese medicine for centuries to kill the abnormal cancer cells in the body.

The effective treatment strategy of using wormwood extract for cancer patients was lost over time. Luckily, the herb has been rediscovered with the help of an ancient manuscript that contains a list of medical herbs.

A team of scientists from the University of Washington has synthesized artemisinin from Wormwood extract that uses the higher requirement of the cancer cells for the minerals like iron to mark them as a target and kills them. Artemisinin can selectively kill the cancer cells without causing damage to the healthy cells.

How wormwood extract helps in cancer treatment

Artemisinin helps to destroy the cancer cells by reacting with iron and forming free radicals. It is known that cancer cells uptake a comparatively higher amount of iron than the normal cells, and they are highly susceptible to the toxic effects of artemisinin. The combined effect produced by these actions of artemisinin allows this extract to identify the abnormal cells, target them and then, destroy them.

The researchers are trying to enhance the effectiveness of artemisinin by attaching it to the iron-carrying glycoprotein called transferrin. This allows Transferrin to be transported into the cells via a process called endocytosis. This results in the cancer cells expressing a significantly higher level of transferrin receptors on their surface and thereby endocytose more amount of transferrin than the normal cells.

Thus, by tagging artemisinin to transferrin, artemisinin and iron are transported into the cancer cells in higher amounts. Once inside the cell, iron is released. It can react with artemisinin quickly and enhance its toxicity resulting in a more efficient destruction of the cancer cells.

The results

The results of several studies have put into question the safety of the conventional treatments for cancer including radiation and chemotherapy. There is evidence to prove that chemotherapy can stimulate the cancer growth and the chemotherapy drugs are toxic enough to cause serious side effects.

The use of Wormwood extract in cancer treatment has been encouraging and has given hope to the doctors and cancer patients about finding a complete cure for this disease

Only a Teaspoon of THIS in Your Morning Coffee Melts Pounds More Effectively Than Most Fat Burners – EVERYTHING for Your Health


Most of the people prefer a nice cup of coffee first thing in the morning. Among the benefits that coffee has is the protection of diabetes type 2, Parkinson’s disease, liver disease, liver cancer, and promoting a healthy heart. But you can use also coffee to lose weight, for example if you prepare coffee by this recipe you certainly will feel the benefits.

RECIPE:

  • ¾ cup coconut oil
  • ½ cup honey (use the same cup for measure)
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon cocoa (optional)
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All of the above mentioned ingredients have amazing health benefits. For one thing, caffeine boosts your metabolism and keeps your energy levels up. Coconut oil, which is full of medium-chain triglycerides, is a healthy fat source for your body. In addition, honey is the best natural sweetener and cinnamon is well-known natural fat burner.
So if you chose to drink coffee first thing in the morning do not forget to add some of this mixture. It will help you to boost your energy level and put your body in the fat-burning mode.

Directions:

Mix all the ingredients until well-blended. Pour into a cup with a lid.
The next morning add 1-2 teaspoons into your morning coffee while it’s still hot. Stir a few seconds and enjoy!
This mixture will speed up your metabolism and help in weight loss. Plus, your coffee will taste great.

Try the recipe and you will be amazed at how soon you’ll notice the difference!

UNBELIEVABLE WEIGHT LOSS STUDY: TRIPLE FAT LOSS WITH ONE TEASPOON OF THIS MIRACLE SPICE


Native to Egypt, cumin has been part of the culinary traditions of people in the Middle East, India, China and Mediterranean countries for centuries now.

Although it’s part of the same family as caraway, parsley, and dill, cumin has a more distinct taste, nutty and peppery at the same time.

Today cumin is used all around the world, but is most commonly found in Indian and Middle Eastern cuisines.

UNBELIEVABLE WEIGHT LOSS STUDY TRIPLE FAT LOSS WITH ONE TEASPOON OF THIS MIRACLE SPICE

According to latest research, this ancient spice packs many more health benefits than being simply a food additive. To be more specific, an Iranian study on cumin effects on excess body fat revealed that this spice can triply accelerate weight loss. The three-month study was published in the journal Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice.

Surprisingly, the results showed 50% greater weight loss in the cumin group as opposed to the control group. Also, the cumin group saw a 14.64% reduction in body fat – three times higher than the fat loss in the control group. Plus, they had considerably lower BMI and waist circumference at the end of the study.

According to the authors, cumin produces a thermogenic effect in the body, which temporarily accelerates metabolism and accounts for cumin’s weight loss benefits.

This spice also proved beneficial for reducing blood lipid levels.  As a matter of fact, the cumin group has a 23-point reduction in triglycerides as opposed to only 5 points in the control group.  Moreover, they had 10-point drop in LDL cholesterol levels whereas the control group had less than one point.

There are more than 100 different chemicals, including essential fatty acids and volatile oils, in cumin. Plus, it contains glycoside saponins, compounds which prevent cholesterol absorption and increase its excretion. There’s also a significant amount of phytosterols that control lipids by reducing cholesterol absorption.

Therefore, including small amount of cumin into your diet will not only reduce your triglyceride and cholesterol levels, but also lower your risk for metabolic syndrome.

However, the list of cumin health benefits doesn’t stop here.

As found in a 2008 animal study, published in the journal Experimental Biology and Medicine, cumin seeds can prevent loss of bone density and strength in a same way as estrogen does.  On the plus side, cumin didn’t lead to weight gain or uterine cancer like estrogen.

Cumin is also used in traditional medicine to improve digestive function. A number of contemporary studies confirm that cumin promotes the excretion of pancreatic enzymes, acids, and bile vital for proper digestion.  Also, cumin is extremely useful for predigesting food owing to the compound cuminaldehyde, found in the essential oil of the cumin plant, which stimulates salivary glands. Plus, it relieves gas and IBS symptoms and improves appetite.

According to a different study, published in 2010 in the journal Food Chemistry and Toxicology, cumin can reduce blood sugar as effectively as the drug glibenclamide (known as glyburide in the US).  Also, cumin proved beneficial for decreasing oxidative stress and preventing the advanced glycated end products (AGE) linked to the pathogenesis of diabetic vascular problems.

A separate animal study concluded that cumin was more efficient in reducing inflammation, cholesterol, triglycerides, free fatty acids, and blood glucose than the drug glibenclamide.

According to preclinical research on cumin effects on cancer, the spice can prevent cervical and colon cancer.

There is also evidence that cumin improves memory function.

Last, but not least, cumin is abundant in numerous antimicrobial properties.

HOW TO INCREASE YOUR CUMIN INTAKE

1# Savor your soups, stews, chili, rice, beans, or lentils with some cumin.

2# Add cumin to vegetable sautés; it also blends well with sweet potatoes, carrots, squash, and cauliflower.

3# Savor your marinades, salad dressings and mayonnaise with this spice.

4# Sprinkle on roasted nuts or chickpeas.

5# Use it as an additive in the meat mixture when making meatloaf, meatballs, or hamburgers.

6# Add to scrambled eggs before cooking.

7# Make some cumin seed tea by boiling the seeds in water and then leaving them to steep for about 10 minutes.

 

48 Hour Remedy to Boost Your Metabolism, Burn Fat, and Removes Toxins


Each detoxification method must be accompanied by a balanced diet that will supply your body with essential nutrients. The drink we suggest here is extremely beneficial for complete body cleansing and detoxification. Plus, it will help you burn excess fat and get you back in shape. The weekend is the best time to start this detox process. What’s also important during the process is to consume plenty of vegetables and grains abundant in lycopene in order to accelerate the detox process.

48 Hour Remedy to Boost Your Metabolism, Burn Fat, and Removes Toxins
Weight loss drink

  • 1 tsp. hot peppers
  • 1 tsp. ginger
  • 2 tsp. lemon juice
  • 1 tsp. maple syrup
  • 300ml water

Mix all the ingredients together until well blended. The best time to drink this is in the evening before bedtime.

Miraculous metabolism-boosting drink

  • 4 cloves of garlic
  • 6 tbsp. freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 2 tomatoes
  • 6 ice cubes
  • 500ml water

Prepare this drink in the same way as the one above, but consume before breakfast.

It’s vital to drink lots of green tea for the duration of the detox process over the weekend. Stay away from sugar and artificial sweeteners and increase your grain and vegetable intake!

– See more at: http://www.healthyfoodteam.com/48-hour-remedy-to-boost-your-metabolism-burn-fat-and-removes-toxins/#sthash.366lCfbq.dpuf

Can saturated fat be healthy? Grass-fed butter increasingly seen as a nourishing, healthy food


Mention the word, “butter” to most people, and they’re likely to say they avoid it like the plague. After all, it’s long-been considered a no-no – the antithesis of “healthy.” If you want to lose weight, keep your cholesterol in check and just stay in overall good shape, you shouldn’t even think about butter.

Grass-fed dairy

Or should you?

On a seemingly regular basis, there’s news that confirms the health benefits of butter – but not just any butter. In particular, grass-fed butter is considered a viable choice for health-conscious individuals. A great deal of information has been surfacing showing that this kind of butter can produce positive biological results thanks to its many nutrients.

Here’s why you might want to consider incorporating more grass-fed butter into your diet.

Health benefits of eating grass-fed butter

For example, it’s loaded with healthy fatty acids in an amount that simply blows the lid off of more traditional butter from grain-fed cows. While the latter is filled with the fatty acid CLA (conjugated linoleic acid) – considered a fat loss supplement – butter from grass-fed cows is said to have a whopping five times the amount of CLA. Five times!(1)

Additionally, when compared to grain-fed butter, grass-fed butter has higher amounts of Omega-3 fatty acids and vitamin K2. Omega-3 fatty acids, which are also common in foods like flaxseeds and salmon, help do everything from reducing cancer to boosting heart and cognitive function. As for vitamin K2, it’s linked to keeping bone, prostate and heart health intact.(2,3)

Busting the saturated fat myth

What about saturated fat, which grass-fed butter contains? Avoiding it is a good thing, right?

Not so fast.

Interestingly, numerous studies show that consumption of it may not be as horrific as previously thought.

In fact, it’s even been found to have no correlation with heart disease, as was shown among people living in Costa Rica, where grass-fed butter is commonly consumed. In that particular study, which was published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, it was determined that the more full-fat dairy eaten (like butter), the lower the risk of having a heart attack was, compared to people who consumed the least. Specifically, people were nearly 50 percent less likely to have a heart attack if they ate this kind of butter, along with other full-fat dairy foods.(1)

“Dairy intake was not associated with risk of MI, despite a strong risk associated with saturated fat intake,” the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition notes of that study. MI refers to myocardial infarction, which is more commonly known as a heart attack.(4)

Similar findings have also been found in other studies, including ones from Australia and many European countries; time and again, eating full-fat dairy has been associated with improved heart function and a reduced risk of strokes as well.(1)

Why choosing grass-fed foods are better than grain-fed foods

All of this also echoes what many experts have been saying all along: saturated fat is not the enemy we’ve been made to think it is. In fact, saturated fatty acids are beneficial for bone health, liver protection, toxin removal, digestive tract health and of course, heart health. Furthermore, when you make sure you’re getting such fats from grass-fed sources as opposed to grain-fed ones, you’re doing yourself a tremendous favor.(5)

For example, when it comes to beef, most American cattle live much of their lives confined in stalls, standing in their own manure. They’re highly susceptible to disease, and are fed grains that have been tainted with chemicals galore. In stark contrast are grass-fed cattle, which live in significantly cleaner, more natural open-field environments, where they’re free of such contaminants.(6)

Therefore, choosing grass-fed options is the healthier way to go, whether you’re enjoying meat or dairy.