Cranberry – Tiny Fruit With Huge Health Benefits

Cranberries are perhaps best known for their effects on urinary tract health.


Cranberry
Cranberry

However, recent research indicates that these tiny berries are also great for your tummy, skin, gums and teeth because they are packed with powerful antioxidants and organic acids, including ellagic acid, citric acid, malic acid, quinic acid, flavonoids, proanthocyanidins, anthocyanins, and vitamin C. Several studies have shown that cranberries may even play an important role in reducing cardiovascular risk and preventing cancer.

Cranberries for Preventing Urinary Tract Infections (UTIs)

UTIs are usually caused by E. coli, a type of bacteria that is normally found in the digestive tract. They can also be found on the skin around the rectum, and may even make their way up into the bladder. Although UTIs are often associated with women, men and children can suffer from UTIs too. Symptoms of UTIs include an urgent desire to empty the bladder, frequent urination, burning sensation during urination, the feeling of having to urinate(even though little or no urine actually comes out), lower abdominal pain, and cloudy or foul-smelling urine. If left untreated, bacteria can travel up to and infect the kidneys, causing serious complications.

Due to the fact that strong antibiotics can irritate the stomach and kill off the friendly bacteria in the gut (and that more E. coli strains are becoming resistant to them), antibiotics are no longer the best solution for UTIs. According to the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), cranberries can offer great protection and relief from UTIs — including the ones that are resistant to antibiotic treatment.

Studies show that cranberries contain A-type proanthocyanidins (PACs) which are more effective in inhibiting the adhesion of E. coli to the urinary tract epithelium than the B-type proanthocyanidins found in other sources. When E. coli bacteria are unable to stick to the urinary tract walls, they are unable to cause any mischief. The beneficial effects start within two hours after intake and can last up to 10 hours in the urine.

Canberry extract inhibits UTI
Cranberry extract inhibits UTI

Other Benefits of Cranberry

Improves gastric ulcers

Helicobacter pylori infects up to 60% of the world’s population, causing gastric and duodenal ulcers and increasing the risk of gastric cancer. Although there may not be any obvious symptoms until a gastric ulcer has reached an advanced stage, some of the earlier symptoms include bloating, frequent burping, nausea, change in appetite, or a burning pain in the stomach. Helicobacter pylori is transmitted through saliva, so sharing food or eating out may pose a risk if the food or eating utensils are contaminated. Fortunately, studies show that cranberries can effectively stop Helicobacter pylori bacteria from attaching to the stomach crevices that can protect them from stomach acids. When exposed to stomach acids, the bacteria are destroyed, flushed out and expelled from the gastrointestinal tract.

Encourages healthy gums & teeth, & keeps breath fresh

Cranberries prevent bacteria from sticking to the teeth, keeping teeth cleaner longer. This helps to prevent the formation of plaque, tooth decay and bleeding gums. Cranberries have the power to crush offensive-smelling bacteria that can build up in the mouth and lead to bad breath.

Encourages healthy heart & reduces stroke damage

Cranberries contain significantly high amounts of flavonoids and polyphenolic compounds that help prevent the oxidation of LDL (‘bad cholesterol’). This reduces the risk of plaque formation that would otherwise restrict blood flow. Studies, including one by the University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth, concluded that cranberries may reduce the brain cell damage associated with stroke. These findings suggest that cranberries can reduce the severity of stroke, and aid in recovery, particularly during the earliest stages, when the most severe damage occurs.

Reduces the risk of kidney stones

The quinic acid in cranberries reduces ionised calcium, thus, reducing the risk of kidney stone formation, even among those prone to recurring kidney stones.

Promotes a fairer & more youthful-looking complexion

Free radicals destroy collagen in the skin, causing wrinkles and sagging skin. They can also cause skin to appear dull, red or inflamed. Cranberries have a very high ORAC value (which means that they have potent antioxidant capabilities and can effectively quench free radicals for fairer, more youthful skin)

Alleviates gout

Cranberries help to eliminate uric acid that could otherwise crystallise around the joints and cause the painful symptoms of gout.

Improves anaemia & relieves tiredness

Cranberries are naturally rich in vitamin C and aid the absorption of iron, which is crucial for the red blood cells in the body. Without sufficient iron, one can feel persistently tired, due to a lack of oxygen caused by low haemoglobin levels.


Noni Gia – Tahitian Noni – Natural Superfood

Noni GIA is an exciting new product from bHIP Global that is a blend of powdered Tahitian noni juice, pineapple juice and grape juice. The word Gia comes from the word “Energia” which means “Energy” in Spanish. Noni GIA supports your immune system by delivering a remarkable supply of antioxidants to help rid the body of harmful free radicals. It increases both energy and physical performance.  Click HERE or on the image to find out more.

ImageNoni GIA is an organic powdered product that is conveniently available in sachet format.


Temperatures in Tahiti range from 20 to 30 degrees Celsius year round, guaranteeing good harvests. Tahiti is far from the corrupting influences of global pollution. The water is fresh and pure, the winds blow clean air and
the soil is rich from tropical vegetation and the minerals of volcanic
activity. This pristine land provides an ideal environment to grow the
perfect noni fruit.

Noni Fruit

Pacific Islanders have enjoyed the health benefits of noni fruit for over two thousand years. Without any sophisticated or advanced technologies, they have relied on the noni plant for many medicinal uses. The modern medical world has taken note of the many benefits of the noni plant.

Through centuries of use as a folk medicine, the noni plant has been linked but not limited to the following:

IMMUNE SYSTEM

Strengthens the immune system and builds resistance against disease.

BLOOD CIRCULATION, TISSUES, AND CELLS

Delivers powerful antioxidants which helps to rid the body of harmful free radicals and to increase energy.

DIGESTIVE SYSTEM

Supports the natural function of the digestive system, improving nutrient absorption.

ANTIBACTERIAL AND ANTIFUNGAL

The presence of active compounds such as anthraquinones and terpenes helps the body to fight harmful bacteria and fungus.

OTHER BENEFITS

Enhances mental clarity, increases concentration and maximizes performance.


Colotrim – All Natural Ingredients


Colotrim contains a special blend of these powerful all-natural ingredients:

Goldenseal is a powerful natural disinfectant that helps kill harmful bacteria and unwanted parasite.

x Goldenseal is a cure-all type of herb that strengthens the immune system, acts as an antibiotic, has anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties, potentiates insulin, and cleanses vital organs. It promotes the functioning capacity of the heart, the lymphatic and respiratory system, the liver, the spleen, the pancreas, and the colon.

Taken internally, Goldenseal increases digestive secretions, astringes the mucous membranes that line the gut, and checks inflammation. It also aids digestion by promoting the production of saliva, bile, and other digestive enzymes. In addition it may control heavy menstrual and postpartum bleeding by means of its astringent action.

Buckthorne root assists in healthy stool formation.

x Buckthorne root aids liver congestion, helps to carry blood and liver toxins out of the body. Good for gall stones, and lead poisoning. Calms the gastro-intestinal tract, is amild laxative, good for chronic constipation, and keeps the bowels regulated. Relieves dropsy (excess fluid accommodation in tissues or body cavity). Used for hemorrhoids, colic (abdominal pain caused by spasm), obesity, acute appendicitis, ulcerative colitis (inflammation of the colon).

Pumpkin seed provides excellent assistance to help sweep out waste as it moves through the colon.

x Pumpkin seeds are one of nature’s almost perfect foods. They are a natural source of beneficial constituents such as carbohydrates, amino acids and unsaturated fatty acids. They contain most of the B vitamins, along with C, D, E, and K. They also have the minerals calcium, potassium, niacin, and phosphorous. Pumpkin seeds have mainly been used to treat prostate and bladder problems, but they have also been known to help with depression and learning disabilities.

Licorice root provides assistance in soothing gastrointestinal irritations and inflammations.

x Licorice was used historically to treat the skin and coughs. It is also used to treat constipation, bronchitis, inflammation, and arthritis. Licorice may be prescribed by health care providers to treat adrenocortical insufficiency, peptic ulcer, and chronic gastritis.

Traditional Chinese Medicine uses licorice to treat problems from tuberculosis to diabetes. Restrained production of cortisol and anti-inflammatory effects are caused by the flavonoids and glycyrrhizin in licorice. Research has shown that licorice flavonoids can kill the bacteria that causes stomach inflammation and ulcers, called Helicobacter pylori.

Ginger root helps to relieve weak digestion and malabsorption.

x Ginger Root has been used in Chinese medicine for thousands of years and is known to be greatly beneficial in reducing nausea and upset stomachs. It was used in Greek culture for making breads, the forerunner of the delicious gingerbread we enjoy today.

The plant is native to Southeast Asia, however due to the many benefits of Ginger Root, today it is cultivated around the world in many diverse locations.

Fennel seed is used to promote healthy digestion and support a healthy appetite.

x Fennel seeds often provide quick and effective relief from many digestive disorders. They help to overcome gas, cramps, acid indigestion, and many other digestive tract maladies.

These seeds are very rich in minerals including magnesium. Two of its main constituents are Anethol and Fenchone. Anethol and other terpenoids may inhibit spasms in smooth muscles such as those in the intestinal tract. Fenchone may be responsible for the medicinal properties associated with Fennel.

Recent studies have found that consumption of fennel can increase the production of bile and may also possess diuretic, pain-reducing and anti-microbial activities.

Cascara Sagrada is used to promote movement in the colon and alleviate constipation.

x Cascara sagrada has a long history of traditional use by native americans. Cascara sagrada contains compounds called anthroquinones, which are responsible for cascara’s powerful laxative effects. Anthraquinones trigger contractions in the colon, called peristalsis, which causes the urge to have a bowel movement. Today, it is one of the most common herbal laxatives.

In addition to being a powerful laxative, cascara is also believed to improve the muscle tone of the colon walls.

Rhubarb is a natural Laxative that promotes healthy digestion.

x It is recognized that rhubarb not only exercises a digestive action but it operates directly as a conveyer of bile salts. When it reaches the stomach its digestive effects come into full play, causing an increase of the flow of gastric juice and inducing their movement, thus favoring the processing of the contents of the stomach. Besides stimulating the secretions from the liver which convey the bile salts, it assists the intestine in regulating the absorption of fats.

Rhubarb is used as a laxative, antiphlogistic, and homeostatic in the treatment of constipation, diarrhea, jaundice, gastro-intestinal hemorrhage, menstrual disorders, conjunctivitis, traumatic injuries, superficial suppurative sores and ulcers.


Fruit & Vegetables – The Colors of Your Health


The Colors of Health

Consuming a full range of different colored fresh fruit and vegetables is important for you get enough vitamins and minerals. Fight cancer, heart disease, the effects of aging and more with the help of colorful fruits & vegetables
* Diets rich in fruits and vegetables may reduce the risk of some types of cancer and other chronic diseases.

“For optimum health, scientists say, eat a rainbow of colors. Your plate should look like a box of Crayolas.”
– Janice M. Horowitz, TIME, January 12, 2002

Colorful fruits and vegetables provide the wide range of vitamins, minerals, fiber, and phytochemicals your body uses to maintain good health and energy levels, protect against the effects of aging, and reduce the risk of cancer and heart disease.*

Many of the phytochemicals and other compounds that make fruits and vegetables good for us also give them their color. That’s why it’s essential to sample the complete color spectrum every day to get the full preventive benefits of fruits and vegetables.

But how many of us actually accomplish this? The cost of fruit and vegetables is soaring making it even more difficult. Plus there is the often misunderstood issue of lack of digestive enzymes. These enzymes provide you with ability to assimilate the nutrients in your food.

There is an easier way to consume your 5 a day, plus enzymes – Click HERE to find out how.

BLUE/PURPLE

Blue/purple fruits and vegetables contain varying amounts of health-promoting phytochemicals such as anthocyanins and phenolics, currently being studied for their antioxidant and anti-aging benefits. Include BLUE/PURPLE in your low-fat diet to help maintain:

* A lower risk of some cancers *
* Urinary tract health
* Memory function
* Healthy aging

* Low-fat diets rich in fruits and vegetables and low in saturated fat and cholesterol may reduce the risk of some types of cancer, a disease associated with many factors.

Get blue/purple every day with foods such as:

Blueberries
Blueberries
  • Blackberries
  • Blueberries
  • Black currants
  • Dried plums
  • Elderberries
  • Purple figs
  • Purple grapes
  • Plums
  • Raisins
  • Purple asparagus
  • Purple cabbage
  • Purple carrots
  • Eggplant
  • Purple Belgian endive
  • Purple peppers
  • Potatoes (purple fleshed)
  • Black salsify

GREEN

Green vegetables contain varying amounts of phytochemicals such as lutein and indoles, which interest researchers because of their potential antioxidant, health-promoting benefits. Include GREEN in your low-fat diet to maintain:

* A lower risk of some cancers*
* Vision health
* Strong bones and teeth

* Low-fat diets rich in fruits and vegetables and low in saturated fat and cholesterol may reduce the risk of some types of cancer, a disease associated with many factors.

Go green every day with fruits and vegetables like these:

Pears
Pears
  • Avocados
  • Green apples
  • Green grapes
  • Honeydew
  • Kiwifruit
  • Limes
  • Green pears
  • Artichokes
  • Arugula
  • Asparagus
  • Broccoflower
  • Broccoli
  • Broccoli rabe
  • Brussels sprouts
  • Chinese cabbage
  • Green beans
  • Green cabbage
  • Celery
  • Chayote squash
  • Cucumbers
  • Endive
  • Leafy greens
  • Leeks
  • Lettuce
  • Green onion
  • Okra
  • Peas
  • Green pepper
  • Snow Peas
  • Sugar snap peas
  • Spinach
  • Watercress
  • Zucchini

WHITE

White, tan, and brown fruits and vegetables contain varying amounts of phytochemicals of interest to scientists. These include allicin, found in the garlic and onion family. The mineral selenium, found in mushrooms, is also the subject of research. Including WHITE in your low-fat diet helps maintain:

* Heart health
* Cholesterol levels that are already healthy
* A lower risk of some cancers*

* Low-fat diets rich in fruits and vegetables and low in saturated fat and cholesterol may reduce the risk of some types of cancer, a disease associated with many factors.

Get all the health benefits of white by including foods such as:

Cauliflower
Cauliflower
  • Bananas
  • Brown pears
  • Dates
  • White nectarines
  • White peaches
  • Cauliflower
  • Garlic
  • Ginger
  • Jerusalem artickoke
  • Jicama
  • Kohlrabi
  • Mushrooms
  • Onions
  • Parsnips
  • Potatoes (white fleshed)
  • Shallots
  • Turnips
  • White Corn

YELLOW/ORANGE

Yellow and orange fruits and vegetables contain varying amounts of antioxidants such as vitamin C as well as carotenoids and bioflavonoids, two classes of phytochemicals that scientists are studying for their health-promoting potential. Including YELLOW/ORANGE in your low-fat diet helps maintain:

* A healthy heart
* Vision health
* A healthy immune system
* A lower risk of some cancers*

* Low-fat diets rich in fruits and vegetables and low in saturated fat and cholesterol may reduce the risk of some types of cancer, a disease associated with many factors.

Choose Yellow/Orange fruits and vegetables like:

Apricots
Apricots
  • Yellow apples
  • Apricots
  • Cantaloupe
  • Cape Gooseberries
  • Yellow figs
  • Grapefruit
  • Golden kiwifruit
  • Lemon
  • Mangoes
  • Nectarines
  • Oranges
  • Papayas
  • Peaches
  • Yellow pears
  • Persimmons
  • Pineapples
  • Tangerines
  • Yellow watermelon
  • Yellow beets
  • Butternut squash
  • Carrots
  • Yellow peppers
  • Yellow potatoes
  • Pumpkin
  • Rutabagas
  • Yellow summer squash
  • Sweet corn
  • Sweet potatoes
  • Yellow tomatoes
  • Yellow winter squash

RED

Specific phytochemicals in the red group that are being studied for their health-promoting properties include lycopene and anthocyanins. Include a variety of RED fruits and vegetables in your low-fat diet to help maintain:

* A healthy heart
* Memory function
* A lower risk of some cancers*
* Urinary tract health

* Low-fat diets rich in fruits and vegetables and low in saturated fat and cholesterol may reduce the risk of some types of cancer, a disease associated with many factors.

Include RED fruits and vegetables in your diet such as:

Blood Orange
Blood Orange
  • Red apples
  • Blood oranges
  • Cherries
  • Cranberries
  • Red grapes
  • Pink/Red grapefruit
  • Red pears
  • Pomegranates
  • Raspberries
  • Strawberries
  • Watermelon
  • Beets
  • Red peppers
  • Radishes
  • Radicchio
  • Red onions
  • Red potatoes
  • Rhubarb
  • Tomatoes

Information courtesy of www.5aday.org


Your Personal Firewall Against An Acidic Body – Part 5 – Regulate Your Body

Regulate Your Body pH To Restore & Maintain Prime Health

A healthy person’s blood pH level should be slightly alkaline (in the range of pH 7.35 – pH 7.45). However, most people today have an acidic blood level due to pollution, poor eating habits, stress and lack of exercise. This acidity adds to the stress of the organs involved in blood circulation and cleansing, such as the liver, heart, kidneys, spleen, pancreas, etc. As a result of this stress, many organs start to deteriorate, which may lead to health conditions, diseases and ailments such as fatigue, body aches and cardiovascular diseases that could develop into chronic diseases or even cancer.

An acidic body is primarily caused by a diet high in meat or refined carbohydrates. The lack of dietary fibre leads to the accumulation of animal fats, resulting in hardening of the blood vessels and stress on the organs. Once weakened, the body is susceptible to disease.

The Crucial Influence of pH Level on Health

The advantages of blood alkalinity

Blood that is slightly alkaline flows much smoother in the body. This efficient circulation allows greater amount of oxygen and nutrients to be transported and absorbed by the body. This helps to raise the metabolic rate, increase cell vitality, and improve overall energy. Slightly alkaline blood not only prevents arteries from hardening, but also reduces the amount of deposited fat on the arterial walls. This free blood flow helps reduce the potential for and symptoms of many cardiovascular diseases.

Slight alkalinity is a sign of good health; it indicates that the body’s immune system i.e. natural resistance and healing capacity, is in good condition, and able to resist the onset of many diseases.

The disadvantages of body acidity

Acidic blood has a higher viscosity. This prevents smooth blood flow, leading to poor oxygen transfer. The poor flow rate also leads to the hardening of blood vessels.

Cholesterol, adipose tissue, triglycerides, and other harmful compounds tend to accumulate on the cell wall when the blood is acidic. This can result in atherosclerosis (narrowing of arteries) and can accelerate hardening of the blood vessels, or lead to the accumulation of toxins in the body which can cause chronic disease.

Are you plagued by an acidic body?

Answer the following questions to find out for yourself!

If you have 5 or more of the listed symptoms, then there is a high chance that your body is acidic.

Move or perform tasks at a very slow pace. (You have the will but not the strength to perform tasks.)
Feel sleepy when you ride in a car or drive
Feel tired after mild exercise. Short of breath (panting) when walking up or down the stairs
Suffer from poor memory and concentration
Experience coldness in the limbs
Bruise easily, experience frequent skin breakouts, or bleeding gums
Prone to eczema
Have dull complexion or acne
Suffer from athlete’s foot
Tend to suffer infections (pus) on wounds
Suffer a protruding abdomen even though overall average in size.
Easily put on weight / Difficulty controlling body weight
Suffer from constipation or frequent diarrhoea
Have bad breath
Frequently suffer from tinnitus
Frequently feel dizzy, feeling very tired especially in the afternoons
Have weak immune system; prone to flu and fever
Frequently bitten by mosquitoes / insects


Lifestyle and diet

If you check 5 or more boxes, your lifestyle and diet could be contributing to an acidic body.

Frequent all-nighters or late nights (sleep after 1am)
Frequently eat supper, or have dinner after 8pm
Frequently skip breakfast
Smoke
Drink alcoholic beverages (beer, wine, whisky, etc.)
Drink more than 3 cups of coffee daily
Drink carbonated beverages daily
Frequently consume meat
Eat very little fruits and vegetables
Drink less than 2000ml of water each day, or drink water that is acidic (distilled water, RO water)
Like to eat processed food, fried food or sweet snacks
Lack physical exercise
Live or work under constant pressure , and usually find it difficult to de-stress
Constantly in a polluted environment (surrounded by second hand cigarette smoke, waste gas from factories, etc.)

Do not be “ambushed” by acid

Humans are born with a body that is slightly alkaline, but on average, our bodies tend to become acidic after the age of 25. This is due to ageing, environmental and food pollution, poor diet, stress, unhealthy, sedentary lifestyle, overworking, etc. Acidity can be the cause of many diseases because it impedes normal enzyme functions. In a study carried out by the University of Tokyo, up to 90% out of the 600 cancer patients surveyed have an acidic body, of which, 85% have pH levels of 5.8 and below. “Immune cells” are adversely affected by acidity and may succumb to cellular poisoning or death if exposed to it for prolonged periods. With the immune cells severely depleted or damaged, virus and other disease-causing agents can wreak havoc in the body. Approximately 40 million members of Japan’s various “golden years” clubs are actively promoting vinegar as one of the best products for reducing fatigue, and returning the body to its normal alkaline pH level. These Japanese in their golden years drink large amounts of “vinegar” during meals to improve overall bodily functions and revitalise the organs. It is no coincidence that the Japanese have the highest human life expectancy in the world!

The best way to overcome an acidic body is to consume more alkaline food and beverages.

Alkaline food

Most vegetables, garlic, mushrooms, onion, wheatgrass, etc.
Algae: chlorophyta, spirulina, seaweed, etc.
Most fruits: apple, banana, lemon, grape, orange, watermelon, pineapple, Japanese plum, strawberry, etc.
Sprouts like alfalfa…


Acidic food

Almost all meat products: beef, chicken, pork, duck
Almost all seafood: fish, oyster, prawns, etc.
Most grains & beans: flour, bread, corn, plain rice, noodles, pasta, biscuit, wheat, barley, etc.
Dairy products: butter, milk, cheese, cake, etc.
Almost all oil and fats, including corn oil and olive oil
Others: coffee, carbonated drinks, refined sugar, alcoholic drinks, medicine, food tainted with pesticides and insecticides, canned or pickled foods

Your Personal Firewall Against an Acidic Body – Vinegar – Part 2

The effects of vinegar are widely acknowledged.

3,500 years ago, a few winemakers made a mistake while making wine. The wine turned sour, resulting in the birth of vinegar. From that time onwards, vinegar has been used as a seasoning for food.

The Chinese discovered the goodness of vinegar long ago as a seasoning in food preparation. As vinegar became more widely used, its positive effects on health were quickly established when it was found to improve energy, prevent cold, and relieve aches and gastric pain.

The ancient Chinese used vinegar in their secret remedies; some of the countries in ancient times started using vinegar to maintain health and beauty. The last Egyptian Queen, Cleopatra used crushed pearls in vinegar as part of her skin care regime , and her flawless skin even at the hour of her death is attributed to this amazing concoction.

In some other countries said to be susceptible to plagues and epidemics, people believe that drinking vinegar can strengthen their immune system.

In line with the advance of medical science, many countries are progressively researching the medical properties of vinegar. The research results firmly establish vinegar’s pharmacological mechanism and its efficacy. There are numerous experts on vinegar in Japan alone, and many well-known pharmaceutical companies around the world, such as Roche, are actively involved in researching the extraction of the active compounds from vinegar. The benefits of vinegar have stood the test of time, and emerged stronger than ever! QUICK LINK TO THE SOLUTION & FAQS