Studies have shown that jalapeño peppers may provide pain relief for migraine headaches. Capsaicin, the chemical that makes chili peppers hot, is known to inhibit a key neuropeptide, Substance P, that is the key brain pain transmitter. The heat in a jalapeño pepper stimulates secretions that help clear mucus from the nose, thereby fighting nasal congestion. The pepper also has antibacterial properties that combat sinus infections and provide relief from sinus headaches. Jalapenos peppers have long been know as a strong anti-inflammatory diet based food. They contain key nutrients that can bring on a host of health benefits and increase wellness.
Depression and mood disorders are a huge topic of concern today. Why is there so much depression and mood dysfunction? We now know that there are natural ways to support the brain using essential oils from nature. Here are some ways to support a healthy brain against many low mood issues that is supported by research.
Research concludes that:
1. Lack of nutrition
2. Too much toxicity (chemicals in food, drink, cleaners, etc.) can be a huge factor in mood issues.
Health benefits from witch hazel come from its application, both internally and externally. Practitioners use different parts of the witch hazel shrub, including bark, branches, and leaves, that are anti-inflammatory to the skin, bruises, and wounds. Though witch hazel usually is a topical application, health benefits come from its use as a tea or mouthwash. The predominant benefit of witch hazel is its astringent and anti-inflammatory properties. It is used in cosmetic lotions and creams to lighten the skin, remove excess oil and dirt, and tighten facial skin. It is helpful to treat acne, psoriasis, and eczema.
“The Food and Drug Administration is currently looking into the safety of triclosan, a chemical found in some hand sanitizers, as well as in antibacterial soaps and body washes. Triclosan disrupts the body's
endocrine system and helps to create bacteria that are resistant to antibiotics.” http://www.mainstreet.com/article/family/family-health/hidden-health-danger-hand-sanitizers
Research on fish intake and joint protection has shown that the omega-3 fatty acids found in salmon can be converted by the body into three types of compounds that prevent chronic inflammation. What's especially interesting is that it combines these anti-inflammatory benefits with anti-inflammatory relief related not to fat but to protein. Recent studies show the presence of bioactive peptides in salmon may support healthy joint cartilage and other types of tissue.
It all starts with what you eat. It’s not a mystery….it’s the plain ol’truth! How you start your day determines how the rest of your day will go as far as your energy, less food cravings and feeling satisfied.
So here’s a great way to begin your day. Make this every morning and it won’t be long until you’ll wonder what you ever did without your Sunrise Smoothie! It’s full of anti-inflammatory nutrients including fiber, many important phytonutrients, a great balance of protein, carbs, and fat, and the essential oils provide cleansing, alkalizing, and an increase in your metabolism that will benefit you all day long. And this is a super way to get loads of veggies down you and your children - and love it too!
Lunchtime can be quick, simple and healthy and often times, a healthy food to grab is Hummus. It is a good source of protein, high in fiber and low in fat, and with an abundance of fresh vegetables and whole grain-seed crackers you have a complete meal.
Hummus is super simple to make and you can include a variety of essential oils for great flavor and benefits. With the variations below you can also experiment in adding other essential oils too. Here are some of the essential oil benefits:
A study published in the International Journal of Obesity and Related Metabolic Disorders that included 65 overweight and obese adults suggests that an almond-enriched low calorie diet (which is high in monounsaturated fats) can help overweight individuals shed pounds more effectively than a low calorie diet high in complex carbohydrates. The research now says that those on the almond-enriched anti-inflammatory diet consumed 39% of their calories in the form of fat, 25% of which was monounsaturated fat.
The pomegranate is one of nature’s powerful super foods. It contains certain polyphenols that can help fight against some of our toughest health challenges like diabetes, heart disease, and cancer. This fruit is packed with strong anti-oxidants that help support the body with many of the challenges we see today. The amazing part is that there is a secret ingredient that can potentially beat many symptoms off the flu, may reduce inflammation, reduce risk of heart disease, and can lower cholesterol. “The most important new issue is the cardiovascular protection of pomegranate,” says Prof.
Not only does Vitamin A strengthen "entry points" into the human body, such as mucous membranes, the lining of the eyes, respiratory, urinary and intestinal tracts, it is also essential for the lymphocytes, or white blood cells, that fight infection once in the body. Vitamin A, when converted into the retinal (retinaldehyde) form, is vital for healthy eyes. It allows the eye to effectively distinguish between light and dark, thus improving night vision. Furthermore, vitamin A is believed to fight against cataracts, macular degeneration, glaucoma and other age-related ocular diseases.