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Sunday, October 26, 2008

Manfaat Madu

1. Kerontokan rambut

Orang yang mengalami kerontokan rambut atau kebotakan dapat memakai campuran minyak zaitun panas, 1 sendok makan madu dan 1 sendok teh bubuk kayu manis sebelum mandi. Oleskan di kepala dan diamkan selama kira-kira 15 menit setelah itu baru dibasuh. Penelitian itu juga membuktikan ramuan yang didiamkan dikepala selama 5 menit pun tetap efektif.

2. Infeksi kandung kemih

Campurkan 2 sendok makan bubuk kayumanis dan 1 sendok teh madu ke dalam segelas air suam-suam kuku. Setelah itu diminum. Ramuan ini membunuh kuman-kuman dalam kandung kemih.

3. Sakit gigi

Buat campuran 1 sendok teh bubuk kayu manis dan 5 sendok teh madu.

4. Kolesterol

Kadar kolesterol darah dapat diturunkan dengan 2 sendok makan madu dan 3 sendok teh bubuk kayu manis yang dicampur dalam 16 ounce (16 kali 28 gram kira kira 1 pon = 454 gram) air teh. Ramuan ini dapat mengurangi kadar kolesterol dalam darah sampai 10 persen dalam 2 jam. Madu murni yang diminum sehari-hari meringankan gangguan kolesterol.

5. Pilek

Pilek ringan dan berat dapat disembuhkan dengan 1 sendok makan madu suam-suam kuku dan ¼ sendok teh bubuk kayu manis setiap hari selama 3 hari. Ramuan ini dapat menyembuhkan hampir semua batuk dan pilek kronis serta membersihkan sinus.

6. Mandul

Pengobatan Yunani dan Ayurveda telah menggunakan madu selama bertahun-tahun untuk memperkuat semen (air mani = sperma) para pria. Dua sendok makan madu yang diminum secara teratur sebelum tidur akan berefek menyuburkan. Wanita Jepang, C ina dan Asia Timur yang sulit hamil dan ingin memperkuat rahim, lazim mengkonsumsi bubuk kayu manis sejak berabad-abad lalu.

Wanita yang sulit hamil sebaiknya sesering mungkin mengoleskan madu dan sesendok teh bubuk kayu manis pada gusinya. Kayu manis akan bercampur dengan air ludah dan memasuki tubuh. Ada pasangan suami istri dari Maryland tidak memiliki keturunan selama 14 tahun dan nyaris putus asa. Ketika mengetahui khasiat kayu manis dan madu, mereka mengkonsumsi ramuan tersebut. Sang istri mulai mengandung dan melahirkan bayi kembar.

7. Sakit perut

Madu yang dicampur bubuk kayu manis dapat mengobati sakit perut. Juga dapat membersihkan perut, serta menyembuhkan bisul sampai ke akar-akarnya.

8. Kembung

Penelitian yang dilakukan di India dan Jepang menyatakan bahwa madu yang diminum bersama kayu manis dapat mengurangi gas dalam perut.

9. Bau napas

Satu sendok teh madu dan bubuk kayu manis yang dicampur dalam air panas dapat membuat nafas tetap segar sehari penuh. Orang Amerika Selatan biasa meminum ramuan tersebut di pagi hari.

10. Sakit kepala sinus

Minum campuran madu dan juice jeruk dapat menyembuhkan sakit kepala karena sinus.

11. Kelelahan

Studi terakhir menunjukkan bahwa kandungan gula dalam madu lebih bermanfaat daripada merugi-kan bagi tubuh. Warga usia lanjut yang mengkonsumsi madu dan bubuk kayu manis dengan ukur-an sama, terbukti lebih bugar dan fleksibel. Penelitian Dr. Milton membuktikan ½ sendok makan madu yang diminum bersama segelas air dan ditaburi bubuk kayu manis dapat meningkatkan vitali-tas tubuh dalam seminggu. Ramuan tersebut diminum setiap hari setelah menggosok gigi dan jam 3 sore pada saat vitalitas tubuh menurun.

12. Kanker

Riset terakhir di Jepang dan Australia menunjukan bahwa kanker perut dan tulang stadium lanjut dapat disembuhkan dengan madu dan kayu manis. Pasien cukup minum 1 sendok makan madu dengan 1 sendok teh bubuk kayu manis selama sebulan 3 kali sehari.

13. Kelebihan berat badan

Minum segelas air yang direbus bersama madu dan bubuk kayu manis setiap pagi ½ jam sebelum sarapan atau saat perut masih kosong. Bila dilakukan secara teratur dapat mengurangi berat badan, bahkan bagi orang yang sangat gemuk, minum ramuan ini secara teratur akan mencegah lemak terakumulasi dalam tubuh, meski tetap makan makanan kalori tinggi.

14. Influenza

Ilmuwan Spanyol telah membuktikan bahwa madu berisi kandungan alami yang membunuh kuman influenza dan menyembuhkan pasien dari flu. Maka minumlah madu ketika akan flu.

15. Jerawat

Oleskan 3 sendok makan madu dan 1 sendok teh bubuk kayu manis pada wajah sebelum tidur. Basuh keesokan harinya dengan air hangat. Bila dilakukan rutin setiap hari selama 2 minggu, akan menyembuhkan jerawat sampai ke akar-akarnya.

16. Infeksi kulit

Ambil 1 bagian madu dan 1 bagian bubuk kayu manis, oleskan pada bagian kulit yang sakit.

17. Mencegah penuaan

Teh yang dicampur madu dan bubuk kayu manis dan diminum tiap hari dapat mencegah penuaan. Ambil 4 sendok madu, 1 sendok bubuk kayu manis dan 3 cangkir air kemudian rebus seperti mem-buat teh. Minumlah sebanyak 4 kali sehari. Ramuan ini membuat kulit segar dan halus serta men-cegah penuaan. Harapan hidup juga bertambah

18. Arthritis (radang sendi / Encok)

Ambil 1 bagian madu dan 2 bagian air suam-suam kuku. Tambahkan 1 sendok teh kecil bubuk kayu manis. Campur madu, air suam-suam kuku dan bubuk kayu manis. Pijat ke bagian yang sakit secara perlahan. Rasa sakit akan berkurang dalam waktu 1-2 menit. Atau penderita arthritis dapat minum 1 cangkir air panas dengan 2 sendok madu dan 1 sendok teh kecil bubuk kayu manis setiap hari, pagi dan malam.

Bila diminum teratur, ramuan ini dapat mengobati penyakit arthritis kronis. Penelitian terakhir Copenhagen University menggunakan campuran 1 sendok makan madu dan ½ sendok teh bubuk kayu manis yang diberikan kepada pasien sebelum sarapan. Hasilnya dalam seminggu 73 dari 200 pasien yang diobati sembuh total. Kebanyakan pasien yang tidak dapat berjalan atau bergerak karena arthritis dapat berjalan tanpa rasa sakit.

19. Penyakit jantung

Oleskan madu dan bubuk kayu manis pada roti pada waktu sarapan setiap harinya. Madu dan kayu manis mengurangi kolesterol dalam pembuluh arteri, dan mengurangi resiko serangan jantung. Orang yang sudah terkena serangan jantung bila mengkonsumsi madu dan kayu manis setiap hari dapat terhindar dari serangan jantung kedua.

Konsumsi madu dan kayu manis secara teratur dapat memperlancar pernapasan dan memperkuat detak jantung. Panti Wredha (jompo) di Amerika dan Kanada, berhasil mengobati penghuninya yang memiliki gangguan pembuluh darah karena tersumbat, dan berkurang fleksibilitasnya karena usia, dengan ramuan tersebut.

Friday, October 24, 2008

Facts about BANANA

After Reading THIS, you'll NEVER look at a banana in the same way again!

Bananas: Containing three natural sugars - sucrose, fructose and glucose combined with fiber, a banana gives an instant, sustained and substantial boost of energy. Research has proven that just two bananas provide enough energy for a strenuous 90-minute workout. No wonder the banana is the number one fruit with the world's leading athletes.


But energy isn't the only way a banana can help us keep fit. It can also help overcome or prevent a substantial number of illnesses and conditions, making it a must to add to our daily diet.

Depression: According to a recent survey undertaken by MIND amongst people suffering from depression, many felt much better after eating a banana. This is because bananas contain tryptophan, a type of protein that the body converts into serotonin, known to make you relax, improve your mood and generally make you feel happier.

PMS: the pills -- eat a banana. The vitamin B6 it contains regulates blood glucose levels, which can affect your mood.

Anemia: High in iron, bananas can stimulate the production of hemoglobin in the blood and so helps in cases of anemia.

Blood Pressure: This unique tropical fruit is extremely high in potassium yet low in salt, making it the perfect way to beat blood pressure. So much so, the US Food and Drug Administration has just allowed the banana industry to make official claims for the fruit's ability to reduce the risk of blood pressure and stroke.

Brain Power: 200 students at a Twickenham (Middlesex) school were helped through their exams this year by eating bananas at breakfast, break, and lunch in a bid to boost their brain power. Research has shown that the potassium-packed fruit can assist learning by making pupils more alert.

Constipation: High in fiber, including bananas in the diet can help restore normal bowel action, helping to overcome the problem without resorting to laxatives.

Hangovers: One of the quickest ways of curing a hangover is to make a banana milkshake, sweetened with honey. The banana calms the stomach and, with the help of the honey, builds up depleted blood sugar levels, while the milk soothes and re-hydrates your system.

Heartburn: Bananas have a natural antacid effect in the body, so if you suffer from heartburn, try eating a banana for soothing relief.

Morning Sickness: Snacking on bananas between meals helps to keep blood sugar levels up and avoid morning sickness.

Mosquito bites: Before reaching for the insect bite cream, try rubbing the affected area with the inside of a banana skin. Many people find it amazingly successful at reducing swelling and irritation

Nerves: Bananas are high in B vitamins that help calm the nervous system

Overweight and at work: Studies at the Institute of Psychology in Austria found pressure at work leads to gorging on comfort food like chocolate and crisps. Looking at 5,000 hospital patients, researchers found the most obese were more likely to be in high-pressure jobs. The report concluded that, to avoid panic-induced food cravings, we need to control our blood sugar levels by snacking on high carbohydrate foods every two hours to keep levels steady

Ulcers: The banana is used as the dietary food against intestinal disorders because of its soft texture and smoothness. It is the only raw fruit that can be eaten without distress in over-chronicler cases. It also neutralizes over-acidity and reduces irritation by coating the lining of the stomach.

Temperature control: Many other cultures see bananas as a "cooling" fruit that can lower both the physical and emotional temperature of expectant mothers. In Thailand, for example, pregnant women eat bananas to ensure their baby is born with a cool temperature Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD): Bananas can help SAD sufferers because they contain the natural mood enhancer tryptophan.

Smoking: Bananas can also help people trying to give up smoking. The B6, B12 they contain, as well as the potassium and magnesium found in them, help the body recover from the effects of nicotine withdrawal.

Stress: Potassium is a vital mineral, which helps normalize the heartbeat, sends oxygen to the brain and regulates your body's water balance. When we are stressed, our metabolic rate rises, thereby reducing our potassium levels. These can be rebalanced with the help of a high-potassium banana snack.

Strokes: According to research in "The New England Journal of Medicine, "eating bananas as part of a regular diet can cut the risk of death by strokes by as much as 40%!

So, a banana really is a natural remedy for many ills. When you compare it to an apple, it has four times the protein, twice the carbohydrates, three times the phosphorus, five times the vitamin A and iron, and twice the other vitamins and minerals. It is also rich in potassium and is one of the best value foods around. So maybe its time to change that well-known phrase so that we say, "A banana a day keeps the doctor away!"

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Some Issues To Be Aware Of In A Diabetic Diet

by Brooke Hayles

Diabetes can be controlled effectively by taking exercise regularly and eating a healthy diet. The two main issues that need to be considered by anyone on a diabetic diet are sugar and fat intake. Constant weight monitoring is essential to prevent excessive weight gain as this can contribute to a number of problems.

Medication, Exercise and a Diabetic Diet

There is medical evidence that regular exercise can actually help prevent a person contracting diabetes as well as controlling it. The muscles in the body use up glucose during exercise, which leads to a reduction in the overall levels of sugar in the blood. The minimum recommended amount of exercise for it to be effective is 20 minutes taken three times a week. It is important to consult your medical practitioner before you take up a new form of exercise, especially if you have existing health problems apart from diabetes.

Exercise, on its own, is not sufficient to help control diabetes, which means that a diabetic diet should also be followed. Much of the advice that a dietician will give regarding a healthy diet applies to both diabetics and non-diabetics alike. The key is moderation in all things. However, a diabetic diet does have an emphasis on reducing the amount of sugary foods, especially cakes and cookies, and increasing the complex carbohydrate intake by eating more brown rice and whole-grain foods.

Medication is often not necessary to control diabetes as regular exercise and a diabetic diet is sufficiently effective. There are some diabetics for whom this is not enough and medication is needed. The majority of diabetic medications are taken orally. A diabetic may be prescribed one medication or a combination of different medications to properly control their diabetes.

The five main classifications of diabetic medication that may be prescribed are:

* Alpha-glucosidase inhibitors * Biguanides * Meglitinides * Sulfonylureas * Thiazolidinediones

Alpha-glucosidase inhibitors

This group of diabetic medications slow down the rate at which sugar is absorbed in the digestive tract. However, it is rarely prescribed on its own as it has potentially serious side effects, including stomach and bowel problems.

Biguanides

Overweight diabetics are most likely to be prescribed this form of diabetic medication as it can help with controlling their weight as well as their diabetes. They cause the insulin to be used more effectively by the body than normal. Side effects are normally minor but can include nausea and diarrhoea. Biguanides can be prescribed on its own or combined with other medication.

Meglitinides

This types of diabetic medication is particularly effective for maintaining low blood sugar levels after eating, especially if a diabetic diet is being followed. The tablets are taken with food and have few, if any, side effects.

Sulfonylureas

By far the most frequently prescribed type of diabetes medication, this helps with insulin production in the body. Although there are few side effects for most people they cannot be taken by anyone with a sulpha medication allergy.

Thiazolidinediones

Perhaps the least used type of diabetic medication, this increases the sensitivity of cells to insulin. There are few or no known side effects with this form of medication.

The majority of diabetes can be controlled by taking one or more of the above oral medications. However, there may be cases where diabetics need to inject insulin. This is especially the case if the pancreas has ceased producing insulin completely as in Type 2 diabetes.

Effective diabetes management can usually be achieved by adhering to a sensible diabetic diet and exercise on a regular basis. In fact, this is often sufficient for most diabetics. It is important to consult with your medical practitioner on a regular basis and monitor your blood sugar levels. He can prescribe some of the many diabetic medications, if necessary. If you are in any doubt whatsoever regarding meal plans for a good diabetic diet or anything else related to your diabetes, you should always seek medical advice. However, the internet has a wealth of articles that you can read to keep yourself well informed about your condition.

Summary:

Exercise, on its own, is not sufficient to help control diabetes, which means that a diabetic diet should also be followed. Much of the advice that a dietician will give regarding a healthy diet applies to both diabetics and non-diabetics alike. The key is moderation in all things.

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Wrinkles On Face - Collagen Can Remove Them In Minutes

by Richie Mont

Wrinkles- How do they form?

Wrinkles form as we age. Our face begins aging soon after we cross our twenties. It begins with fine lines on the face. As we age, the fine lines become deeper. At the same time our facial expression makes permanent changes in the skin. We develop laugh lines, lines on the forehead, etc. As we age the collagen that is the main constituent of our dermis begins breaking down. Let us see what happens s than and how a collagen injection, which takes minutes, can bring back the youth back.

Collagen- the wonder material

Collagen is a protein. It is mainly found in the dermis, the layer below epidermis (top layer) of the skin. this collagen in the dermis supports the epidermis. without the support of collagen the epidermis would collapse on the muscles and bones. The collagen gives us the plump and young look. Collagen forms the structure on which the epidermis rests. You can think of pillars in a building that support the roof. Collagen does similarly to support the epidermis.

Collagen- why it breaks down?

As we age, the collagen begins breaking don. Sun is the main culprit. As the collagen breaks, the skin develops wrinkles. The skin sags. In the youth collagen is replaced fast. But as we age, this replacement becomes slow. So there is insufficient collagen in the dermis and we begin looking old. What can be done about replacing this collagen? Let us find out.

Collagen Injections- it takes minutes

Doctors inject collagen below the wrinkled skin. The source of collagen is commonly bovine. If your doctor suspects that you may develop allergy to bovine collagen, he/she may use human collagen. As the collagen is injected, it removes the wrinkle in minutes and makes the face as young as it was earlier.

This article is only for informative purposes. This article is not intended to be a medical advise and it is not a substitute for professional medical advice. Please consult your doctor for your medical concerns. Please follow any tip given in this article only after consulting your doctor. The author is not liable for any outcome or damage resulting from information obtained from this article.

Richie Mont writes for http://www.clinika.org where you can find out more about wrinkle creams and other topics.

Friday, October 17, 2008

Is It Possible To Outgrow Eczema?

by Lisa Davis

Eczema is a chronic condition characterized by dry, red, swollen and extremely itchy skin. Eczema is not contagious but it is believed to have a hereditary connection. Research has identified the common trait that most of the time atopic dermatitis, the most common form of eczema, is inherited from one or both of an individual's parents. If a person has one parent who suffers from eczema, they have a one-in-four chance of developing the condition. If both parents have eczema, the likelihood is increased to one-in-two chances. Most individuals who have two parents who suffer from eczema do indeed develop the skin disorder. Additionally, many people who develop eczema also have a genetic tendency to develop other allergy-related health problems such as hay fever and asthma.

Approximately thirty percent of infants will develop eczema. Luckily, many will outgrow it by the time they reach three to five years of age. In babies, it generally first appears between the ages of four to six months and it begins with the appearance of a red rash that might ooze fluid. It then spreads to the cheeks and the forehead and sometimes continues to the baby's arms and legs. In the most severe of cases, a baby's entire body may be covered with the skin disease. When a baby has cradle cap, or infantile seborrhoeic eczema, a great deal of scaling appears on the scalp although it does not itch.

Some infants are not lucky enough to outgrow their eczema; they carry it into their childhood years. For those who are predisposed to develop it for heriditary reasons, but did not do so in their infancy, they have the potential to develop it anytime between the ages of two and four years of age. In typical bouts of childhood eczema, the rash first appears behind the knees, the ankles, in the creases of the elbows and sometimes will even affect the child's face, neck and ears. It is generally very itchy and subsequently requires a topical steroid cream. Childhood eczema normally disappears sometime between the ages of ten and twelve, although some children continue to suffer from it well into their teenage and adulthood years.

Adult atopic eczema often begins during a person's twenties. In this case it often continues throughout the majority of a person's life. It is normally characterized by large spots of itchy, swollen, red, and oozing skin. Adult eczema tends to affect people in the wrists, elbow creases, neck area, behind the knees and the ankles. Sufferers of adult eczema often see an improvement during middle age, particularly in their forties or fifties. Atopic eczema rarely begins in senior citizens. There is another form of eczema that shows itself in older people; it is called varicose eczema. This kind of eczema afflicts the ankles and is, for the most part, a result of poor circulation to the legs.

Despite the fact that many children outgrow their eczema, they commonly have a lifelong tendency to have skin problems. These problems include hand dermatitis; dry skin that chaps and gets easily irritated; skin infections like staph, yeast infections and herpes simplex, like cold sores, and eye problems such as cataracts and eyelid dermatitis.

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