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In Awe of the All-purpose Aloe Vera

posted by Cindy L. Tjol

Aloe vera has been used for centuries for such a wide variety of medicinal purposes that it is sometimes known as a miracle plant.

When used externally, aloe vera can help your wounds heal faster as well as alleviate your sunburn pains. It is sometimes even used in anti-aging creams.

When consumed, aloe vera brings even more benefits.

As a natural antibiotic, antibacterial, antifungal and antiviral agent, aloe vera can help with many ailments and conditions.

Aloe vera has traditionally been used for treating diseases of the intestinal tract, including ulcers. It can help improve digestion and assimilation of nutrients from the digestive tract. The gel of the plant has also been processed for use as a commercial laxative.

Aloe vera juice can help in stabilizing blood sugar levels and improving immunity. In fact, it was said that Gandhi was sustained on aloe vera juice during periods of long fast.

Rich in plant sterols, amino acids and polysaccharides, aloe vera is often used as a detoxification herb and a liver cleanser. This makes the plant food a useful weight loss aid. As a liver cleanser, aloe vera can help alleviate menopausal symptoms aggravated by a sluggish liver.

There is some suggestion that aloe vera is not suitable for pregnant ladies, nursing mothers and children. Hence, these groups should use the plant food with caution.

References
[1] Collins, Elise Marie. An A-Z Guide to Healing Foods: A Shopper’s Companion. San Francisco, California: Conari Press, 2009. Print.


Cindy L. TJOL is trained in Psychology, Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine. She has several years of experience writing on natural health on the internet. Follow her on her blog and read her other articles at Insights On Health.com.

Kale: Green Food Power

posted by Cindy L. Tjol

Kale is a green food that has much nutritious value to offer.

A member of the cruciferous vegetable family, kale is rich in phytochemicals like indoles, glucosinolates and isothiocyanates, as well as antioxidants like carotenoids lutein and zeaxanthin, which can help reduce your risk of cancer.

Rich in chlorophyll which helps oxygenate blood, increase red blood cell counts, as well as improve cell circulation and respiration, kale is especially beneficial for children and pregnant ladies, or those who need that extra blood.

In addition, kale contains more calcium than a glass of milk, and this calcium (and mineral balance) is more easily absorbed than that from milk. This gives more reason for children, pregnant ladies and those with osteoporosis to increase their intake of kale.

Kale can be eaten raw, juiced or cooked.

References
[1] Collins, Elise Marie. An A-Z Guide to Healing Foods: A Shopper’s Companion. San Francisco, California: Conari Press, 2009. Print.


Cindy L. TJOL is trained in Psychology, Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine. She has several years of experience writing on natural health on the internet. Follow her on her blog and read her other articles at Insights On Health.com.

Don’t Despise Durian Just For Its Smell

posted by Cindy L. Tjol

Some people find durian a put-off because of its smell. But many of those who have actually tried this thorny Asian fruit often cannot put it down.

Tasting like rich delicious custard, durians are actually rather nutritious.

The fruit is rich in minerals like potassium, copper, manganese and iron (needed for blood production). It also contains high levels of vitamins B, C and E. The fruit is also a good source of essential amino acid, tryptophan, which is crucial in the production of serotonin (a neurotransmitter crucial for emotional calmness and stability).

Rich in healthy fats and dietary fiber, durians are also thought to lower unhealthy cholesterol.

The richness of the fruit can make it a satisfying food for raw-foodish, or anyone who needs an energy boost.

But beware, practitioners of Traditional Chinese Medicine consider durians to be rather “heaty”. As such, if you are suffering from a sore throat or other symptoms where you experience excessive heat in the body, it is best to limit your intake of durians.

References
[1] Collins, Elise Marie. An A-Z Guide to Healing Foods: A Shopper’s Companion. San Francisco, California: Conari Press, 2009. Print.
[2] http://www.nutrition-and-you.com/durian-fruit.html


Cindy L. TJOL is trained in Psychology, Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine. She has several years of experience writing on natural health on the internet. Follow her on her blog and read her other articles at Insights On Health.com.

Consume Pears To Keep From Constipation, Clogging Cholesterol And Cancer

posted by Cindy L. Tjol

As sweet and juicy fruits, pears can offer you a whole lot of goodness.

Rich in soluble fiber, a single pear can provide you with a quarter of the dietary fiber you need each day. In turn, high fiber intake can help you reduce your risk of colon cancer.

Its high fiber content makes pears a good food remedy for constipation. The soluble fiber in pears can also help absorb unhealthy cholesterol in your gut before it reaches your bloodstream, as such helping to keep your unhealthy cholesterol levels in check.

In addition, pears can also provide you with vitamin C, potassium and some amounts of folate.

References
[1] Collins, Elise Marie. An A-Z Guide to Healing Foods: A Shopper’s Companion. San Francisco, California: Conari Press, 2009. Print.


Cindy L. TJOL is trained in Psychology, Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine. She has several years of experience writing on natural health on the internet. Follow her on her blog and read her other articles at Insights On Health.com.

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