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Friday, September 30, 2011

Scientists disarm HIV to prevent it damaging the immune system

HIV
After a long battle against HIV researcher found new hope in their study about HIV, from tokay gecko issues that hit South East Asian Countries which is believe to cure HIV, now scientist able to control HIV from damaging Immune system I have found a great article from www.wellcome.ac.uk I hope this will insight everybody and give us new hope.

Here is the article read:


Scientists disarm HIV to prevent it damaging the immune system


Researchers have found a way to prevent HIV from damaging the immune system, in a new lab-based study published in the journal 'Blood'. The research could have important implications for the development of HIV vaccines.

AIDS, which results from infection by HIV, is the third most common cause of death in low-income countries, killing around 1.8 million people a year worldwide. An estimated 2.6 million people became infected with HIV in 2009. No vaccine against the virus currently exists.

Usually, when a person becomes infected with a virus or bacteria, the body's innate immune response provides an immediate defence. However, some researchers believe that HIV causes the body's innate immune system to overreact, weakening the immune system's next line of defence - the adaptive immune response.

Now, in research funded by the Wellcome Trust and the National Institutes of Health, scientists from Imperial College London and Johns Hopkins University have shown that HIV is unable to damage the immune system if cholesterol is removed from the virus's membrane. When the researchers removed the cholesterol, they found that this stopped HIV from triggering the innate immune response.

This led to a stronger adaptive response, orchestrated by immune cells called T cells. These results support the idea that HIV overstimulates the innate response and hence weakens the immune system.

Dr Adriano Boasso, a Wellcome Trust Research Career Development Fellow at Imperial College London, said: "HIV is very sneaky. It evades the host's defences by triggering overblown responses that damage the immune system. It's like revving your car in first gear for too long. Eventually, the engine blows out.  

"This may be one reason why developing a vaccine has proven so difficult. Most vaccines prime the adaptive response to recognise the invader, but it's hard for this to work if the virus triggers other mechanisms that weaken the adaptive response."

Cell membranes contain cholesterol, which helps the membrane remain fluid. The cholesterol in the cell membrane is not connected to cholesterol in the blood, which is a risk factor for heart disease. HIV envelops itself in the membrane of the cell that it infects and uses it to interact with particular types of cell.

Normally, a subset of immune cells called plasmacytoid dendritic cells (pDCs) recognise HIV quickly and react by producing signalling molecules called interferons. These signals activate various processes, which are initially helpful but damage the immune system if switched on for too long.

In collaboration with researchers at Johns Hopkins University, the University of Milan and Innsbruck University, Dr Boasso's group at Imperial has discovered that if cholesterol is removed from HIV's envelope, it can no longer activate pDCs. As a consequence, T cells, which orchestrate the adaptive response, can fight the virus more effectively.
The researchers removed cholesterol using varying concentrations of beta-cyclodextrin, a derivative of starch that binds cholesterol. Using high levels of this molecule, they produced a virus with a large hole in its envelope.

This 'perforated' virus was not infectious and could not activate pDCs but was still recognised by T cells. Dr Boasso and his colleagues are now looking to investigate whether this inactivated virus could be developed into a vaccine.

"It's like an army that has lost its weapons but still has flags, so another army can recognise it and attack it," he said.

Let's pray that these study will be a great success.

Source of original article: http://www.wellcome.ac.uk/News/2011/News/WTVM052755.htm

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Is ginseng improve sex life?

Ginseng Root
For how many years use of ginseng to improve sex life is very popular. In Asian country ginseng is very well cultivated and taken care of. China, Korea, and other Asian countries produce juice extracted from ginseng. An old question, do you want to improve your sex life? Most peoples answer is no other than yes. If the stresses, demands, or monotony of everyday life have cooled your desire, what can you do to bring back the fire?

The root of ginseng plant is praised for centuries having rejuvenating powers that are said to help enhance vitality and sex drive in both sexes.
This Asian herbal discovery helped much to boil the growth of the ginseng-supplement industry – making it one if not the best-selling herbal remedies world.

Ginseng Benefits

For over the 2 decades, lot of clinical studies has been conducted to test if ginseng can help arouse or increase sexual activity. A studies in animal suggested that Asian ginseng may help treat male erectile dysfunction (ED), there is little compelling evidence at this time that suggests ginseng has the same effect if use in humans.

Due to the fact that human sexuality is complex than those of animals, the results from animal studies do not necessarily translate to humans.
Studies to humans reveal:

For Men

In a result of seven studies investigating the effect of Korean red ginseng on erectile dysfunction for men concluded that, while there seemed to be some suggestion that ginseng may have a beneficial effect on ED, the studies were ultimately too small and not methodologically robust enough to support the use of ginseng for ED.

For Women

Due to the difficulty of establishing a standard means of measuring female sexual response a studies involving women are rare. Another study reported that sex drives of female participants is improve by a dietary supplement containing extracts of Korean ginseng as well as ginkgo and other ingredients. But still it is not clear how the supplement act to enhance function and it needs more study and research to determine the role, if any, of ginseng tested. Clinical studies using consistent doses of pure ginseng are needed in order to assess the effect of ginseng on female sexual response.

Consistency and Claims

It is very difficult to identify the potency of ginseng supplements and pose another problem for consumers. The extracts in ginseng that are thought to be relevant to sexual function are called ginsenosides. However, because independent laboratory analysis reveals considerable variation in ginsenoside content among supplements, consumers can't be sure what they're getting when they buy ginseng supplements. Each products could contain very little of the active ingredient or could be contaminated with other substances.

In addition, the makers of herbal products are not required to submit their health claims to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) prior to marketing their products, so claims of ginseng benefits made by the manufacturer may not be evaluated or assessed before the products hit store shelves. Consumers may be seduced by product claims that don't stand up to scrutiny and must exert and extra careful in choosing any products that claims to be effective.

Careful in using Ginseng

Patients having diabetics who are being treated with insulin or similar medications should be careful it might experience a hypoglycemic reaction from American ginseng, also may trigger hypertension and rapid heart beat, so it should not be taken if you the above mention problem.

We don't hope that use of Ginseng may be the fastest solution we wanted for, but there are several other ways to improve our sex life, including healthy diet and life style, regular exercising is one of it.

I'm also using ginseng enhanced supplement and in my experienced it work well for me.


A study reveals that more Coffee may help women fight depression

Coffee
A U.S. researcher said on Monday that women who drink four cups of coffee a day are 20 percent less likely to become depressed than women who rarely drink coffee.

Caffeine is the most frequently used central nervous system stimulant in the world, and coffee consumption accounts for about 80% of caffeine use.
Alberto Ascherio of Harvard Harvard School of Public Health said that drinking coffee offers a boost of energy and a lift in well being.

He also said that "This short-term effect is what drives the consumption of caffeine," whose study appears in the Archives of Internal Medicine.
"Here we are looking at long-term chronic use of caffeinated coffee," Ascherio said in a telephone interview.

Ascherio team studied more than 50,000 women enrolled in a health study of nurses. These women had an average age of 63, and none were depressed when they enrolled in the study.

The Team Ascherio measured coffee consumption based on data on the women for 14 years dating back to 1976 and classified the women according to how much coffee they drank and followed them for an additional 10 years.

"We found that those women who regularly drink four or more cups of coffee a day have 20 percent lower risk of developing depression than those who rarely or never drink coffee," Ascherio said.

The team focused specifically on coffee, but they had similar findings when they looked at overall caffeine consumption, including caffeinated soft drinks and chocolate. They found that women who were in the top 5th of caffeine consumption had a 20 percent lower risk of depression than women in the bottom 5th.

The team built a two-year gap or latency period between when they measured caffeine consumption and their assessment for depression to make sure they were not just capturing women who were too depressed to be regular coffee drinkers.

Ascherio said there have been very few studies that look at the long-term effects of coffee consumption. One smaller study in Finland showed men who drank a lot of coffee were less likely to commit suicide.

And Ascherio's own team has shown that drinking a lot of coffee may be protective against Parkinson's disease in both men and women.
He said it is not yet clear how coffee might protect against depression, but there are some hints.

Animal studies have shown that caffeine protects against certain neurotoxins. And brain receptors that respond to caffeine are concentrated in the basal ganglia, an area that is important for both depression and Parkinson's disease.
Ascherio said low-dose, chronic stimulation of these receptors may make them more efficient. He also stressed out that the study does not prove that coffee lowers depression risk -- only that it might be protective against depression in some way.

There are lots of studies are needed to show whether coffee can be used to prevent depression, according Ascherio.

Original article http://www.abs-cbnnews.com/lifestyle/09/27/11/coffee-may-help-women-fight-depression-study


9 Natural Fertility Boosters that we must know


Many of us suffering from infertility and always searching for its development and remedy. An article written by By Lisa Farino for MSN Health & Fitness discusses about 9 Natural Fertility Boosters. I'm hoping that by sharing this article it will help to most of us.

1. Limit caffeine consumption


Several studies have shown reduced fertility for women who consume more than 300 mg of caffeine each day. Fortunately, the threshold is high enough that you can still indulge in that morning cup o' joe, since the average 8-ounce cup of coffee only has 100 to 130 mg of caffeine. Don't forget, though, that black tea, green tea, chocolate, and some sodas also contain caffeine.

For women undergoing in vitro fertilization, however, the threshold is much lower: A mere 50 mg of caffeine—the equivalent of one cup of tea—can negatively impact success rates.

Alice Domar, an assistant professor at the Harvard Medical School who also counsels women dealing with infertility, suggests that you may want to further restrict your caffeine intake if you've been trying unsuccessfully to get pregnant, even if you're not doing IVF. Since only limited research has been done on the topic, Domar worries that further research may show that lower amounts of caffeine still impact fertility.


2. If you're overweight, lose weight

Obesity can inhibit ovulation and wreak havoc with hormones. It also puts women at risk for a variety of health problems (such as diabetes, heart disease and high blood pressure) that negatively impact fertility and can create complications during pregnancy. Women who are morbidly obese are also less likely to be successful with fertility treatments.

Part of the problem is the hormonal imbalance that's created by the fat cells themselves. Fat cells produce extra estrogen, says Gerard Letterie, a reproductive endocrinologist at the Northwest Center for Reproductive Sciences. The more fat cells, the more estrogen, so being overweight is very similar to being on birth control pills.

Domar explains that although female fertility peaks with a body mass index in the low- to mid-20s, weight-related fertility problems are most common in women with a BMI greater than 34, which is considered obese. For instance, a woman who is 5 feet, 4 inches tall and weighs 200 pounds isn't just obese; she's also jeopardizing her fertility.


3. If you're underweight, gain weight


A normal, healthy Body Mass Index ranges from 18.5 to 24.9. Anything lower than 18.5 is underweight. For instance, woman who is 5 feet 4 inches tall and weighs 105 pounds has a BMI of 18 and is considered to be underweight.

Being even slightly underweight can dramatically reduce your fertility, as fertility starts to plummet for women with BMIs of 18 or lower.

Women who are underweight are less likely to ovulate. Some will stop menstruating completely. Others will menstruate irregularly. But experiencing a monthly period doesn't necessarily mean you're fertile, since it's possible to menstruate without ovulating.

For low body weight caused by an eating disorder, it's important to seek professional treatment.

Simply gaining some weight is usually enough for women to begin ovulating again, says Letterie. For those women who don't, Letterie stresses that there are simple treatments to help women ovulate again, but only after they've gained the necessary weight.


4. Try acupuncture


In May 2006, the journal Fertility and Sterility published two studies showing significantly increased pregnancy rates for women receiving acupuncture treatments in conjunction with the embryo transfer stage of in vitro fertilization. In one study, women receiving acupuncture were more than twice as likely to become pregnant. In another, acupuncture prior to embryo transfer increased rate of pregnancy by 50 percent.

Researchers aren't sure why acupuncture may be helpful. Some speculate that acupuncture may positively impact hormonal levels or increase blood flow to the ovaries and uterus. Another theory: Since acupuncture can induce a relaxation response, it may be counteracting the stress that often accompanies infertility. Reducing infertility-related stress and anxiety has been shown to increase success for IVF treatments.

Despite the positive findings, scientists agree that more research needs to prove that acupuncture is truly effective.

Although Domar herself has called for more rigorous testing of acupuncture, specifically to sort out the issue of the placebo effect, that hasn't stopped her from recommending acupuncture to her infertility patients. "There is some very promising data out there," Domar says. "Acupuncture is a safe, cheap, non-invasive and easy way to potentially increase your chances of getting pregnant."

5. Walk 30 minutes per day

Walking just 30 minutes each day is a simple, inexpensive form of exercise that helps ward off problems like heart disease and diabetes, diseases which may impact fertility and can cause complications during pregnancy. In addition, regular exercise helps maintain a normal body weight, which is an important part of maximizing fertility.

Walking may also help boost fertility by increasing circulation to the pelvis and the reproductive organs, since some research has linked decreased blood-flow to the ovaries with ovarian aging and reduced success with in-vitro fertilization.

"Many couples I see have jobs that require them to sit all day in front of the computer. This doesn't do much for circulation to the pelvis and the reproductive organs," says Dr. Susan Carr, a naturopathic physician at Fertile Path in Washington state. "Exercise is one way to support circulation to these organs."


6. Deal with depression

While many experts believe that depression doesn't cause infertility, proper treatment for depression can help increase fertility.

Since it's not uncommon for women struggling with infertility to become depressed, try joining a fertility-focused mind-body group. These groups teach techniques to relax and manage the stress and anxiety associated with infertility. Research conducted at the Harvard Medical School found that women undergoing in vitro fertilization who participated in a 10-week mind-body program were more than twice as likely to get pregnant.

If you were seriously depressed before attempting to get pregnant, it's important to seek prompt treatment from a mental health professional. "Women with severe clinical depression are much less likely to eat well, exercise, and otherwise take care of themselves," says Domar. "And women who are less healthy are less likely to get pregnant."

While anti-depressants can be effective in the short term, Letterie encourages women to work with their doctors to get on the lowest dose possible. Ideally, he'd like to see women weaned off of prescriptions before getting pregnant, since taking medication during pregnancy is not without risks.


7. Eat a balanced diet

To maximize your chances of conception and a healthy pregnancy, Carr and Domar both recommend eating a healthy, unprocessed diet rich in whole grains, beans, fresh fruit and vegetables, raw nuts and seeds (skip the ones with added oil and salt), healthy oils (like olive oil), lean meat, and cold-water fish like wild salmon that are high in omega-3 fatty acids.

A balanced, whole-foods diet will help you maintain a normal BMI, a critical component in maximizing fertility. In addition, by eating well and minimizing unhealthy fats, white flour, sugar, and salt, you'll reduce your risk of diabetes, heart disease, and high blood pressure—diseases that can decrease your fertility and also cause complications in pregnancy.

To further boost your chances of conception, Carr recommends emphasizing foods that are rich in omega-3 fatty acids, such as wild, cold-water fish, walnuts, and flax seeds. "Omega-3 fatty acids promote fertility, since essential fats are required for hormone balance and healthy cell function," says Carr. "Unfortunately, most diets are deficient."


8. Strictly limit alcohol consumption

Most reproductive experts agree that one or two drinks each week shouldn't impact a woman's chances of getting pregnant, while excessive drinking is clearly problematic. However, the jury is still out on exactly how much a woman can drink before her fertility is affected.

While a couple of studies have found no link between moderate alcohol (one to two drinks each day) intake and fertility, one Danish study from 2003 found that just seven drinks a week could negatively impact the chances of conceiving for women more than 30 years old. Another Danish study from 1998 found that even moderate drinking (6 to 10 drinks each week) reduced a woman's chances of getting pregnant, with more excessive drinking further decreasing the chances of conceiving.

For women who are heavier drinkers, Letterie recommends that they get their drinking problem under control before they try to conceive, especially since it's critically important that women cut out alcohol completely once pregnant.


9. Stop smoking and avoid second-hand smoke
More than 100 research studies have consistently linked smoking to decreased fertility and increased problems in carrying a birth to term, says Dr. David Adamson, a reproductive endocrinologist at Advanced Reproductive Care in Palo Alto, Calif.

Smoking damages eggs, reducing the chances of getting pregnant during any given cycle, and smokers may hit menopause several years earlier than their non-smoking peers. Smoking also negatively impacts hormone levels, further reducing fertility.

The problems don't end when a smoker gets pregnant. Smokers are more likely to suffer from miscarriage and complication during their pregnancies, and babies born to smokers are more likely to be underweight.

Although smoking does damage eggs, quitting now can still help boost fertility. Going smoke-free will prevent further reduction in egg quality, help reverse hormonal changes, and increase the chances of carrying a healthy baby to term.

According to the American Society for Reproductive Medicine, it's not enough for just the woman to stop smoking, since second-hand smoke has been shown to be almost as bad for a woman's fertility as actually smoking.


Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Acid Reflux Home Remedies

Acid Reflux Home Remedies

1. Increase the amount of water you drink daily. This is beneficial for your overall health as well. However, increasing your water intake will help to dilute the acids in the stomach, thus minimizing the acid reflux symptoms. You should also try to drink a glass of water after you have eaten, possibly two.

2. Almonds is another great way to eliminate the effects of acid reflux. In the morning, chew on a few almonds and after each meal. It is important that you chew them very well, the longer the better and you will soon begin to see relief in your acid reflux symptoms.

3. Fennel tea or chamomile tea have a soothing effect on the individual drinking it and it has been successfully connected to the relief of acid reflux discomfort. It is important that you take your time drinking the tea, only sipping it.

4. Could it be true, an apple a day keeps the doctor away? Maybe not, but eating an apple after a meal can surely keep your acid reflux symptoms at bay! Organically grown apples chewed slowly and well can reduce the acid in the stomach, thus eliminating the acid reflux.

5. Ginger in almost any form can be great for reducing acid reflux. You can have candied ginger, ginger tea or take ginger in a capsule form.

6. Apple cider vinegar is another of the top acid reflux home remedies. It is important that you are drinking organic apple cider vinegar and that you shake it well. There should be a pulp looking substance floating within, this is actually what you need to consume. This substance has enzymes that are ideal for keeping the symptoms of acid reflux a distant memory for you. Add the apple cider vinegar to a half a glass of water and drink it shortly before or after a meal.

7. Chewing gum, as you might already know is great for assisting in the digestion of food. However, did you know that this also stimulates the production of saliva? This in turn does the same thing as drinking water; it will dilute the stomach acids and limit the acid reflux symptoms.

Acid reflux diseases

Acid reflux


When I waking up early morning I feel too much pain in my chest that scared me of having a heart attack. Since I have lot of works in the office to accomplish I force my self to go to work even I have an intense pain in my left chest. My shift schedule is 6:A.M. to 2 P.M. before logging in to my office I go first to our company clinic and consult our company. Doctor diagnosed me of having heartburn causes by Acid reflux disease. According to wikipedia Acid reflux disease is chronic symptoms or mucosal damage caused by stomach acid coming up from the stomach into the esophagus.

Like most health conditions, there is no specific or accurate cause of acid reflux:

The most common cause of acid reflux follows:

• stress
• some antidepressants and sedatives
• elevated hormone levels during pregnancy
• eating before going to bed
• eating large meals
• slower emptying of the stomach
• frequently eating greasy, fried, and fatty foods
• smoking
• alcohol
• drinking lots of bubbly (carbonated) beverages such as soda
• diseases that weaken the esophageal muscle (such as scleroderma, mixed connective tissue disease, or hiatal hernias)


Most common symptoms of Acid reflux disease are:

• Heartburn
• Regurgitation
• Trouble swallowing
• Pain with swallowing
• Increased salivation
• Nausea
• Chest pain


Certain foods are considered to promote Acid reflux disease or lifestyle. A study found that too much body weight also causes acid reflux. Antacids based on calcium carbonate also used to reduce acidity. Sleeping position is also supported to help prevent acid reflux disease. Sleeping on the left side has been shown to reduce Acid reflux during night time in the patient. Elevating the head in the bed is an effective therapy.

Food diet is one way to avoid acid reflux disease below listed are safe foods that will help avoid Acid reflux disease and food to avoid.

Fruits – Apple- fresh, dried or juice, banana

Vegetables – Broccoli, carrots, cabbage, peas, green beans, baked potato


Meat Products – Skinless chicken breast, extra-lean ground beef, London broil steak, egg whites and substitutes, no fat fish


Dairies – Fat free cream cheese, goat cheese, low-fat soy cheese, fat-free sour cream


Grains – Brown or white rice, multi-grain or white bread, cereal like bran or oatmeal, corn bread, Graham crackers, pretzels, rice cakes


Beverage – Mineral water


Salads/Sweets – Low-fat salad dressing, fat-free cookies, jelly beans, red licorice, baked potato chips


Foods to Avoid:


Fruits – Tomato, lemon


Juices – Orange juice, Cranberry juice, Grapefruit juice, Lemonade


Vegetables – Raw onion, french fries, mashed potato


Meat Products – Ground beef, chicken nuggets, Buffalo wings, marbled sirloin


Dairy Products – Regular cottage cheese, sour cream, ice cream, milk shake


Grains – Spaghetti with sauce, macaroni and cheese


Beverages – Wine, liquor, decaffeinated or regular coffee/tea


Salads/Sweets – Creamy salad dressing, oil and vinegar salad dressing, high-fat butter cookies, chocolate, doughnut corn chips, brownies.


Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Health benefits of Lemon grass


Lemon grass abundantly grown in the Philippines it is widely used as spice in Philippine cooking. Lemon grass is locally known to us Filipinos as tanglad (Citronella Grass). The Lemon grass is the number one additive to chicken tinola a famous recipe in cooking chicken. Most of us did not know the health benefits of Lemon grass in this article we discuss some health benefits that we must know.

Lemon grass is beneficial in many ways; continue to know more about the health benefits provided by lemon grass. Lemon grass has antibacterial and antifungal properties which help to deal with lot of health problems. It is the herb which is used in many homes to cope mainly with cough, cold and fever. However, lots of people are unaware that this wonderful herb can provide lots of health benefits.

Health Benefits of Lemon Grass:

• It contains an antibacterial and antifungal properties
• It helps to detoxify the liver, pancreas, kidney, bladder and the digestive tract.
• Helps boost the immune system
• Helps reduce uric acid, cholesterol, excess fats
• It helps alleviates indigestion and gastroenteritis.
• Helps improve the skin by reducing acne and pimples
• It helps tone the muscle and tissues.
• Helps to cope with fever
• Helps battle with cough and cold
• Helps battle with stress
• Makes battle with high blood pressure easier
• It help lowers the cholesterol level
• Will helps to cleanse the body by eliminating toxic substances
• Cleanses other organs of our body including kidney, pancreas, liver, bladder etc.
• Helps to improve the digestive system
• Helps to improve blood circulation
• Helps to cope with excessive fats in body
• Helps to deal with menstrual problems
• Proves beneficial to cope with acne and pimples


How to us Lemon Grass

Lemon grass can be boiled and consumed in tea form it can also included in diet in many forms. Some people make use of lemon grass oil to add its flavour to food. Lemon grass is best when added in flavour along with ginger.

You can also prepare an extraordinary and medicinal drink with lemon grass. Just take few fresh strands of lemon grass, two to three cloves, a small piece of cinnamon stick, and turmeric powder and boil it with milk. After this mixture is properly boiled, drain it and drink it when it cools down to get relief from cough and cold.

This plant can be easily grown in backyard and resistant to different weather condition.


Health benefits of lemons we must know


Lemon Fruit


The origin of Lemon is mystery. Lemon is abundantly grown in South East Asia it has know having antiseptic properties and it was used as an antidote for various poisons. Lemon has a lot of nutritional value that is very good in our body and also in culinary.

Lemon has lot of varieties that came from different places of the world, namely Bush lemon tree, Eureka, Lisbon, Meyer, Ponderosa, Variegated Pink, Verna, Villafranca, Yen Ben and Yuzu.

Below is a compilation of Health Benefits we can get from lemon.

Good for stomach

Lemon can help relieve many digestion problems when mixed with hot water. These include nausea, heartburn and parasites. Due to the digestive qualities of lemon juice, symptoms of indigestion such as heartburn, bloating and belching are relieved. By drinking lemon juice regularly, the bowels are aided in eliminating waste more efficiently. Lemon acts as a blood purifier and as a cleansing agent. The intake of lemon juice can cure constipation. It is even known to help relieve hiccups when consumed as a juice. Lemon juice acts as a liver tonic and helps you digest your food by helping your liver produce more bile. It decreases the amount of phlegm produced by your body. It is also thought to help dissolve gallstones.

Excellent for Skin Care

Lemon, being a natural antiseptic medicine, can participate to cure problems related to skin. Lemon is a vitamin C rich citrus fruit that enhances your beauty, by rejuvenating skin from within and thus bringing a glow on your face. Daily consumption of lemon water can make a huge difference in the appearance of your skin. It acts as an anti-aging remedy and can remove wrinkles and blackheads. Lemon water if applied on the areas of burns can fade the scars. As lemon is a cooling agent, it reduces the burning sensation on the skin.

Aids in Dental Care

Lemon water is used in dental care also. If fresh lemon juice is applied on the areas of toothache, it can assist in getting rid of the pain. The massages of lemon juice on gums can stop gum bleeding. It gives relief from bad smell and other problems related to gums.

Cures Throat Infections
Lemon is an excellent fruit that aids in fighting problems related to throat infections, sore throat and tonsillitis as it has an antibacterial property. For sore throat, dilute one-half lemon juice with one-half water and gargle frequently.

Good for Weight Loss

One of the major health benefits of drinking lemon water is that it paves way for losing weight faster, thus acting as a great weight loss remedy. If a person takes lemon juice mixed with lukewarm water and honey, it can reduce the body weight
as well.

Controls High Blood Pressure

Lemon water works wonders for people having heart problem, owing to its high potassium content. It controls high blood pressure, dizziness, nausea as well as provides relaxation to mind and body. It also reduces mental stress and depression.

Assist in curing Respiratory Disorders

Lemon water assists in curing respiratory problems, along with breathing problems and revives a person suffering from asthma.

Good for treating Rheumatism

Lemon is also a diuretic and hence lemon water can treat rheumatism and arthritis. It helps to flush out bacteria and toxins out of the body.

Reduces Fever

Lemon water can treat a person who is suffering from cold, flu or fever. It helps to break fever by increasing perspiration.

Acts as a blood purifier

The diseases like cholera or malaria can be treated with lemon water as it can act as a blood purifier.

Other known health benefits of Lemon

• Lemon being a citrus fruit fights against infection. It helps in production of WBC's and antibodies in blood which attacks the invading microorganism and prevents infection.

• Lemon is an antioxidant which deactivates the free radicals preventing many dangerous diseases like stroke, cardiovascular diseases and cancers.

• Lemon lowers blood pressure and increases the levels of HDL (good cholesterol).

• Lemon is found to be anti-carcinogenic which lower the rates of colon, prostate, and breast cancer. They prevent faulty metabolism in the cell, which can predispose a cell to becoming carcinogenic. Also blocks the formation of nitrosamines in the gut.

• Lemon juice is said to give a glow to the skin.

• A few drops of lemon juice in hot water is believed to clear the digestive system and purify liver as well.

• The skin of lemon dried under the sun and then ground to make powder can be applied to the hair for a few minutes before bath which relieves head ache and cools the body.

• Applying lemon juice to acne dries the existing ones and prevents from getting more.

• Lemon juice acts as a natural hair lightner and skin bleach which reduces the pigment melanin and prevents the risk of chemical allergic reactions which is common with hair dyes and bleaches.

• Lemon juice is given to relieve gingivitis, stomatitis, and inflammation of the tongue.

• Lemon juice is given to prevent common cold.

• Lemon juice is given to prevent or treat urinary tract infection and gonorrhea.

• Lemon juice is applied to the sites of bites and stings of certain insects to relieve its poison and pain.

• Lemon juice relieves colic pain and gastric problems.

• Lemon juice soothes the dry skin when applied with little glycerin.
• Lemon juice used for marinating seafood or meat kills bacteria and other organisms present in them, thereby prevents many gastro-intestinal tract infections.

• Lemon juice with a pinch of salt (warm) every morning lowers cholesterol levels and brings down your weight.

• Lemon juice is the best drink to prevent dehydration and shock in case of diarrhea.

• Lemon juice can also be used as a mouthwash. It removes plaque, whitens the teeth and strengthens the enamel.

• A table spoon on thick lemon syrup everyday relieves asthma.

• Lemon juice relieves chilblains and itchy skin.

• Gargling lemon juice relieves throat infection and also used as a treatment for diphtheria.

• Lemon juice is an excellent treatment for dandruff and greasy hair.

• Lemon applies over the face removes wrinkles and keeps you young.

• Lemon juice helps to prevent and cure osteoarthritis.

Drink lemon everyday to keep healthy all day.


How to use Baking Soda TO Stop Body Odor Naturally

Baking Soda
Many people suffer bad body odor. Body odor is a result of bacteria multiplying rapidly in the presence of sweat, but sweat itself is almost completely odorless to humans. Individual body odor is influence by genetics, diet and food intake.
Body odor can be reduced or prevented using deodorants, antiperspirants, disinfectants, and soaps with herbs, ointments and baking soda.

As the body odor is associated with hygiene practices it can be change in diet as well as other factors discussed.

Baking soda is one of the simplest and cheapest solutions in body odor. Below are the instructions in using Baking Soda as body odor treatment.

Instructions

Step 1 – DEODORANT

Apply a slightly heavier coat of deodorant than normal. Then, apply baking soda on top of that layer, same with applying baby powder. Do not inhale baking soda. It's not toxic, but any lung contaminate can result in respiratory problems.

Step 2 – BAD BREATH

Purchase toothpaste with baking soda as an ingredient, or try adding baking soda to our toothpaste. We can also mix half a teaspoon of baking soda with our mouthwash and use it to swish and gargle.

Step 3 – HAIR

Hair also produce bad odor. Our hair traps odors and oils produced by our scalp. In fact, more body heat is released through our head than through any other part of our body. These oils not only look bad, but carry an unpleasant odor too.
We try adding a touch of baking powder to our grooming routine. In the shower, after washing and conditioning, lets mix a small amount of baking soda (2 tbs approximately) with enough water to create a paste. The paste is applied to our hair and massage in thoroughly. Allow to sit for 3 minutes, then rinse. Our hair may feel slick even after rinsing. This is because a small amount of baking soda will cling in our hair, helping to absorb odors throughout the day.


Step 4 – SHOES

We are probably aware that baking soda is a common additive to innersoles and other shoe inserts. However, we don't need to purchase the insert to have the same odor fighting effects.
Pour enough baking soda into our shoes to coat the inner sides. Spread the baking soda on all inner sides of the shoe as though we were coating a baking pan with flour. Allow soda several hours to absorb odors. Then, turn shoe upside down over a trash bin and pat with our hand to remove excess powder. Repeat as often as we need to keep up with foot odor.


Step 5 – HAND ODOR

If you are one of many people who find that any odor our hands come in contact with is difficult to wash away, baking soda is the answer. Baking soda is highly effective in removing unpleasant smells like onion and garlic. Simply wet our hands, apply baking soda liberally, scrub, rinse. Odor is gone.

Step 6 – LAUNDRY

Adding baking soda to our laundry will help stop body odor. This method works best with natural fibers like cotton, denim blue jeans, linen.

WASH METHOD ~ Wash clothes as normal with regular detergent, but add 1/4 cup baking soda to the wash.

DRYER METHOD ~ Wash clothes as usual. Moisten a clean washcloth, sprinkle with 2 tablespoons of baking soda. Add the washcloth to the load in our dryer. Dry as usual.

This method works best for ongoing prevention of body odor

Step 7 BATH

There are many benefits to adding soaking in a baking soda bath. It will help relieve skin irritation, moisten our skin, relieve itch. It will also help fight odor.
Add 2 tablespoons of baking soda to a comfortably warm bath. Soak.

Tips & Warnings

***NOTE*** If you are in a situation where showering is not an option, baking soda can be applied directly to our hair and combed through for a similar effect. Do not mix the baking soda with any water.

- If skin irritation develops, discontinue use of baking soda.

- If you have existing skin conditions, consult our doctor before using baking soda in any of the methods described in this article.
- Do not expose eyes to baking soda.

- Do not inhale baking soda.

Monday, September 19, 2011

10 Reasons Why Sun Is Good for Our Health


Sun


Even from the beginning our ancestors believe that sun give life to earth without it we can't live this planet. But too much exposure to sunlight is a disaster. In short it is depends on how we use it. Below are 10 reasons why Sun is good for our health.

1. The sunlight kills microbes. That's why it is important to put out in the sun carpets, blankets and eiderdowns that cannot be washed regularly. Exposure to the sun confers the skin a bright, healthy look and increased elasticity. A moderately tanned skin is more resistant to infections and sun burning than an untanned one. Many skin diseases (dermatitis) can be controlled and even cured through controlled exposure to the sun. The sun rays are proven to strengthen the immune system.

2. Due to the sun our mood and morals improve. Sunlight helps in cases of chronic or acute depression, by stimulating the synthesis of endorphins (good-feeling hormones). That's why we get depressed in the cold and dark days of the winter.

3. The sun is good against insomnia. Daytime exposure to sunlight increases the melatonin production during the night. This hormone helps regulate the sleep.

4. Under the action of the sunlight, the skin synthesizes vitamin D, which makes possible calcium absorption in the intestine, helping the organism grow strong bones. This way the sun prevents rachitism in both children and adults and osteoporosis in elders.

5. As vitamin D and some related compounds impede the development of some cancer cells, we can say the sun fights off this disease. Regular and controlled exposure to the sun has a preventive effect against cancer of colon, breast, leukemia and lymphomas.

6. Exposure to the sun strengthens the cardiovascular system. Blood circulation is improved; the pulse, arterial pressure, moderately high glycerin and cholesterol levels can be normalized.

7. Sun rays improve liver functioning, being effective in treating jaundice.

8. They help the kidneys with a part of their job, as the sun waves favor the elimination of waste products through the skin, when we sweat.

9. The sun also helps losing weight by increasing the metabolic rate through the stimulation of the thyroid. It also eases symptoms of premenstrual syndrome.

10. The sun rays also ease the healing of the swollen joints during peaks of inflammation in cases of arthritis.

I hope you enjoy reading this is so you are free to leave your comments.


Home remedies that can be found in Kitchen


Home remedies that can be found in Kitchen


I share to you some remedies that we must know. These are all commonly found in our kitchen most probably part of our life in kitchen.

Make muscle pain a memory with ginger

When Danish researchers asked achy people to jazz up their diets with ginger, it eased muscle and joint pain, swelling and stiffness for up to 63 percent of them within two months. Expert's credit ginger's potent compounds called gingerols, which prevent the production of pain-triggering hormones. The study-recommended dose: Add at least 1 teaspoon of dried ginger or 2 teaspoons of chopped ginger to meals daily.

Cure a toothache with cloves

Got a toothache and can't get to the dentist? Gently chewing on a clove can ease tooth pain and gum inflammation for two hours straight, say UCLA researchers. Experts point to a natural compound in cloves called eugenol, a powerful, natural anesthetic. Bonus: Sprinkling a ¼ teaspoon of ground cloves on meals daily may also protect your ticker. Scientists say this simple action helps stabilize blood sugar, plus dampen production of artery-clogging cholesterol in as little as three weeks.

Heal heartburn with cider vinegar

Sip 1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar mixed with 8 ounces of water before every meal, and experts say you could shut down painful bouts of heartburn in as little as 24 hours. "Cider vinegar is rich in malic and tartaric acids, powerful digestive aids that speed the breakdown of fats and proteins so your stomach can empty quickly, before food washes up into the esophagus, triggering heartburn pain," explains Joseph Brasco, M.D., a gastroenterologist at the Center for Colon and Digestive Diseases in Huntsville, AL.

Erase earaches with garlic

Painful ear infections drive millions of Americans to doctors' offices every year. To cure one fast, just place two drops of warm garlic oil into your aching ear twice daily for five days. This simple treatment can clear up ear infections faster than prescription meds, say experts at the University Of New Mexico School Of Medicine. Scientists say garlic's active ingredients (germanium, selenium, and sulfur compounds) are naturally toxic to dozens of different pain-causing bacteria. To whip up your own garlic oil gently simmer three cloves of crushed garlic in a half a cup of extra virgin olive oil for two minutes, strain, then refrigerate for up to two weeks, suggests Teresa Graedon, Ph.D., co-author of the book, Best Choices From The People's Pharmacy. For an optimal experience, warm this mix slightly before using so the liquid will feel soothing in your ear canal.

Chase away joint and headache pain with cherries

Latest studies show that at least one in four women is struggling with arthritis, gout or chronic headaches. If you're one of them, a daily bowl of cherries could ease your ache, without the stomach upset so often triggered by today's painkillers, say researchers at East Lansing's Michigan State University. Their research reveals that anthocyanins, the compounds that give cherries their brilliant red color, are anti-inflammatories 10 times stronger than ibuprofen and aspirin. "Anthocyanins help shut down the powerful enzymes that kick-start tissue inflammation, so they can prevent, as well as treat, many different kinds of pain," explains Muraleedharan Nair, Ph.D., professor of food science at Michigan State University. His advice: Enjoy 20 cherries (fresh, frozen or dried) daily, then continue until your pain disappears.

Fight tummy troubles with fish

Indigestion, irritable bowel syndrome, inflammatory bowel diseases…if your belly always seems to be in an uproar, try munching 18 ounces of fish weekly to ease your misery. Repeated studies show that the fatty acids in fish, called EPA and DHA, can significantly reduce intestinal inflammation, cramping and belly pain and, in some cases, provide as much relief as corticosteroids and other prescription meds. "EPA and DHA are powerful, natural, side effect-free anti-inflammatories, that can dramatically improve the function of the entire gastrointestinal tract," explains biological chemist Barry Sears, Ph.D., president of the Inflammation Research Foundation in Marblehead, MA. For best results, look for oily fish like salmon, sardines, tuna, mackerel, trout and herring.
Prevent PMS with yogurt
Up to 80 percent of women will struggle with premenstrual syndrome and its uncomfortable symptoms, report Yale researchers. The reason: Their nervous systems are sensitive to the ups and downs in estrogen and progesterone that occur naturally every month. But snacking on 2 cups of yogurt a day can slash these symptoms by 48 percent, say researchers at New York's Columbia University. "Yogurt is rich in calcium, a mineral that naturally calms the nervous system, preventing painful symptoms even when hormones are in flux," explains Mary Jane Minkin, M.D., a professor of gynecology at Yale University.

Tame chronic pain with turmeric

Studies show turmeric, a popular East Indian spice, is actually three times more effective at easing pain than aspirin, ibuprofen or naproxen, plus it can help relieve chronic pain for 50 percent of people struggling with arthritis and even fibromyalgia, according to Cornell researchers. That's because turmeric's active ingredient, curcumin, naturally shuts down cyclooxygenase 2, an enzyme that churns out a stream of pain-producing hormones, explains nutrition researcher Julian Whitaker, M.D. and author of the book, Reversing Diabetes. The study-recommended dose: Sprinkle 1/4 teaspoon of this spice daily onto any rice, poultry, meat or vegetable dish.

End endometrial pain with oats

The ticket to soothing endometriosis pain could be a daily bowl of oatmeal. Endometriosis occurs when little bits of the uterine lining detach and grow outside of the uterus. Experts say these migrating cells can turn menstruation into a misery, causing so much inflammation that they trigger severe cramping during your period, plus a heavy ache that drags on all month long. Fortunately, scientists say opting for a diet rich in oats can help reduce endometrial pain for up to 60 percent of women within six months. That's because oats don't contain gluten, a trouble-making protein that triggers inflammation in many women, making endometriosis difficult to bear, explains Peter Green, M.D., professor of medicine at Colombia University.

Soothe foot pain with salt

Experts say at least six million Americans develop painful ingrown toenails each year. But regularly soaking ingrown nails in warm salt water baths can cure these painful infections within four days, say scientists at California's Stanford University. The salt in the mix naturally nixes inflammation, plus it's anti-bacterial, so it quickly destroys the germs that cause swelling and pain. Just mix 1 teaspoon of salt into each cup of water, heat to the warmest temperature that you can comfortably stand, and then soak the affected foot area for 20 minutes twice
daily, until your infection subsides.

Prevent digestive upsets with pineapple

Got gas? One cup of fresh pineapple daily can cut painful bloating within 72 hours, say researchers at California's Stanford University. That's because pineapple is natually packed with proteolytic enzymes, digestive aids that help speed the breakdown of pain-causing proteins in the stomach and small intestine, say USDA researchers.

Relax painful muscles with peppermint
Suffering from tight, sore muscles? Stubborn knots can hang around for months if they aren't properly treated, says naturopath Mark Stengler, N.D., author of the book, The Natural Physician's Healing Therapies. His advice: Three times each week, soak in a warm tub scented with 10 drops of peppermint oil. The warm water will relax your muscles, while the peppermint oil will naturally soothe your nerves — a combo that can ease muscle cramping 25 percent more effectively than over-the-counter painkillers, and cut the frequency of future flare-ups in half, says Stengler.

Give your back some TLC with grapes

Got an achy back? Grapes could be the ticket to a speedy recovery. Recent studies at Ohio State University suggest eating a heaping cup of grapes daily can relax tight blood vessels, significantly improving blood flow to damaged back tissues (and often within three hours of enjoying the first bowl). That's great news because your back's vertebrae and shock-absorbing discs are completely dependent on nearby blood vessels to bring them healing nutrients and oxygen, so improving blood flow is essential for healing damaged back tissue, says Stengler.

Wash away pain injuries with water

Whether it's your feet, your knees or your shoulders that are throbbing, experts at New York's Manhattan College, say you could kick-start your recovery in one week just by drinking eight 8-ounce glasses of water daily. Why? Experts say water dilutes, and then helps flush out, histamine, a pain-triggering compound produced by injured tissues. "Plus water is a key building block of the cartilage that cushions the ends of your bones, your joints' lubricating fluid, and the soft discs in your spine," adds Susan M. Kleiner, Ph.D., author of the book, The Good Mood Diet. "And when these tissues are well-hydrated, they can move and glide over each other without causing pain." One caveat: Be sure to measure your drinking glasses to find out how large they really are before you start sipping, she says. Today's juice glasses often hold more than 12 ounces, which means five servings could be enough to meet your daily goal.


Heal sinus problems with horseradish

Latest studies show sinusitis is the nation's number one chronic health problem. And this condition doesn't just spur congestion and facial pain; it also makes sufferers six times more likely to feel achy all-over. Horseradish to the rescue! According to German researchers, this eye-watering condiment naturally revs up blood flow to the sinus cavities, helping to open and drain clogged sinuses and heal sinus infections more quickly than decongestant sprays do. The study-recommended dose: One teaspoon twice daily (either on its own, or used as a sandwich or meat topping) until symptoms clear.

Beat bladder infections with blueberries

Eating 1 cup of blueberries daily, whether you opt for them fresh, frozen or in juice form, can cut your risk of a urinary tract infection (UTIs) by 60 percent, according to researchers at New Jersey's Rutgers University. That's because blueberries are loaded with tannins, plant compounds that wrap around problem-causing bacteria in the bladder, so they can't get a toehold and creates an infection, explains Amy Howell, Ph.D. a scientist at Rutgers University.

Heal mouth sores with honey

Dab painful canker and cold sores with unpasteurized honey four times daily until these skin woes disappear, and they'll heal 43 percent faster than if you use a prescription cream, say researchers at the Dubai Specialized Medical Center in the United Arab Emirates. Raw honey's natural enzymes zap inflammation, destroy invading viruses and speed the healing of damaged tissues, say the study authors.

Fight breast pain with flax

In one recent study, adding 3 tablespoons of ground flax to their daily diet eased breast soreness for one in three women within 12 weeks. Scientist's credit flax's phytoestrogens, natural plant compounds that prevent the estrogen spikes that can trigger breast pain. More good news: You don't have to be a master baker to sneak this healthy seed into your diet. Just sprinkle ground flax on oatmeal, yogurt, and applesauce or add it to smoothies and veggie dips.

Cure migraines with coffee

Prone to migraines? Try muscling-up your painkiller with a coffee chaser. Whatever over-the-counter pain med you prefer, researchers at the National Headache Foundation say washing it down with a strong 12- ounce cup of coffee will boost the effectiveness of your medication by 40 percent or more. Experts say caffeine stimulates the stomach lining to absorb painkillers more quickly and more effectively.

Tame leg cramps with tomato juice

At least one in five people regularly struggle with leg cramps. The culprit? Potassium deficiencies, which occur when this mineral is flushed out by diuretics, caffeinated beverages or heavy perspiration during exercise. But sip 10 ounces of potassium-rich tomato juice daily and you'll not only speed your recovery, you'll reduce your risk of painful cramp flare-ups in as little as 10 days, say UCLA researchers.

I hope You found this article Interesting and knowledgeable.
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Saturday, September 17, 2011

How to make Oriental Herbal Nutrient (OHN)


Many People are advocating Natural Farming. Lot of them is experimenting to gain profit in Natural Farming business. To make it profitable some are making fermented juices for plants and animals for a better yield. In our previous article I have mentioned on How to make Fermented Plant Juice (FPJ) as well as Fermented Fruit Juice (FFJ). In this article I will try to explain another Fermented Juice, like fermented fruit and plant juices, Oriental Herbal Nutrient (OHN) is a fermented product that is of great help to natural farming.

Oriental Herbal Nutrient (OHN) can be to enhance the nutrients of livestock feeds.  Likewise in growing crop production Oriental Herbal Nutrient (OHN) is commonly used as natural Insect repellant. The Oriental Herbal Nutrient (OHN) is very much effective in enhancing the Immune system of both plants and animals.

Here is the procedure in making Oriental Herbal Nutrient (OHN):

Ingredients:


4 kilos of crushed ginger
4 kilos of crushed garlic
3 kilos of muscovado/brown sugar or molasses
10 liters of gin or liquor 30 to 40 proof

Procedure:


1.    Mix the some of the ingredients (4 kg, crushed garlic, 4 kg. crushed ginger and 3 kg muscovado/brown sugar or molasses). Store it inside the jar cover and keep it sealed. After three days, add 10 liters of gin or liquor. Keep the jar sealed again.

Note: See to it that the jar is not fully filled. Leave at least 2 inches unfilled.

2.    Draw off the liquid after 10 days. The first extract is good for animal. Together
3.    with other juices, fermented fruit juice, fermented plant juice, and fish amino acid, Oriental Herbal Nutrient (OHN) is incorporated in the animal feeds.

4.    After the 2nd procedure, add the same amount of gin taken from the first extraction. For stronger potency fresh or dry chili, neem tree fruit, curry fruit, makabuhay(panyawan in cebuano) and marigold can be added. After 10 days, extract the juice again. The extracted juice for the second time is good for use in growing plants.


5. For the 3rd time, add the same amount of gin taken. After 10 days, extract the liquid again.

The Oriental Herbal Nutrient (OHN) Juice can be mix with other fermented juices and spray on the leaves of the plants and on the soil every week.
It is good for all stages of plant growth. In animal it can be used as feeds additive together with other Fermented Juices.

Friday, September 16, 2011

How to make Fermented Plant Juice (FPJ)

In previous article we had mentioned on How to make Fermented Fruit Juice (FFJ) which is called the husband of Fermented Plant Juice (FPJ). In this article we focused in fermenting plant juice to help Fermented Fruit Juice (FFJ) produce a better yield in organic Farming.

Use any green colored leaves such as kangkong, kamote, kalabasa, alugbati tops, bambooshoots, malunggay, Banana trunk,stem and blossom, Water Spinach, Bamboo Shoots, Green grasses, Bamboo leaves, Duck Weed, azola and aloe vera and other fast growing plants can also be used. Fresh, juicy, succulent leaves are best. Seaweeds also can be used or whatever edible plants and vegetables you have in your area.

Here is the procedure in making Fermented Plant Juice (FPJ):

• Gather all the material before sunrise or early morning. Do not wash the material but please remove soil.

• Produce 3 kg of material mix of different kinds of materials.

• Mix plant material with 1/2 kg of sugar, coat the plant evenly and gently hand do not crushed.

• Put in a plastic or clay container, and must be at least 3/4 is filled.

• Add weight on top of mixture either big rock or anything heavy.


• Wait 5 hours. Remove weight.


• Sprinkle 1/2 kg of sugar to layer on top of plant material no mixing is needed.


• Cover with paper, tie with string, and keep 7-10 days. It is suggested to write the date on the paper when to harvest.


• After due date drain the liquid and place in plastic bottles always leave about 1/3 of bottle empty.

• After harvesting plant material can be used as animal feed or compost.

• The Fermented Plant Juice (FPJ) should have a pleasant smell and sweet, tangy taste. It can be keeps for about one year in cool place and must be not exposed to directly to sunlight.

Warning: Do not tighten bottle lid for 2 weeks wait until tiny bubbles disappears or before bottling to allow gasses to escape and avoid a sticky explosion.
The Fermented Plant Juice (FPJ) can be used by spraying directly to the leaves of the plant early morning or afternoon, just add 2 spoons Fermented Plant Juice (FPJ) to 10 liters water.

Natural or organic farming is the best way to achieve top quality and harvest with a lesser investment and most of all it help save our mother nature.

Thursday, September 15, 2011

How To Make Fermented Fruit Juice


Fermented fruit juice is important in organic farming. It can be used for human, animals and plants. In the Philippines it is commonly used by farmers practicing organic farming. In poultry and livestock it can be used as feed additives.

In making Fermented fruit juice (FFJ), you must prepare some ingredients:

• Any of the following fruits may be used in preparing the fermented fruit juice: ripe banana, mango, papaya, avocado or squash (citrus is not recommended)

• Clay or plastic jar


• Molasses or brown sugar (mascuvado)


• Clean sheet of paper


• String


Procedure
1.    Chop the above mention fruit. Include the skin and the seeds.

2. Put the chopped fruit into the clay jar and mix with one kilo of brown sugar.

3. Cover the mouth of the jar with a clean sheet of paper and tie firmly with a string.
4. Place the jar in a cool and shaded place.

5. Let ferment the mixture for seven days. It will produce  approximately two and a half liters of fermented fruit juice.

How To Use The fermented fruit juice

Just mix two tablespoons of the juice to one liter of water. Spray the resulting mixture directly to the leaves and soil of fruit-bearing trees, or it can be added to animal feeds.


Thursday, September 8, 2011

Onions Medicinal Value You Must Know

 

Onions can be started from seed or from sets. Sets are slightly more costly but give a much faster result than seeds. In the south, they can be planted in the fall for a spring harvest, but in the north, early spring is the best time to plant. When planting sets, be definite that you plant the bulb let with the pointed finish up.

Onions are so common in today's society that they tend to forget their importance and the variety of makes use of they have. They are valuable culinary vegetables, and also have medicinal value. Some make decorative contributions to the garden, and they are important Companion Plants for other vegetables.

 

The color of an onion gives you some insight in to it is properties. The white onions are the strongest, followed by yellow, with red or purple being the mildest-flavored types. The length of day affects the growth of some onions, so when purchasing onion sets or seeds, is definite to find out whether the onion in query is appropriate for your area. Some do better in the south and others do better in the north and some do well anywhere.

 

Onions prefer rich, well-drained, damp soil. They are simple plant to grow and need tiny maintenance other than weeding one time planted. Harvest young scallions at any time. To harvest mature bulbs, wait until the tops start to yellow. Knock the plants down & leave them there for a couple of days. Then carefully pull the plant. Move harvested bulbs to a dry area & set them on a screen for a few days for drying. They can then be braided together or placed in mesh bags for storage. They keep well if stored properly, and do not keep well in the refrigerator.

 

Onions Has strong Medicinal Properties

 

For centuries Onions have been used for medicinal properties. It has anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties, and Onion Ointment is said to prevent infection in wounds and burns. Another use externally for age spots, warts, or freckles is to mix onion juice with vinegar and rub on the affected areas.

Onion is a member of Allium family that is thought to have some impact on high cholesterol and blood pressure.  An onion Tea can be made and used daily, but the taste is not so good.  Onion can be adde to your diet for blood pressure and high cholesterol. 

 

Maybe there's a happy medium somewhere in there, but do experiment with onions and their extracts if you have blood pressure or cholesterol problems.  Onions are perfectly safe for ingestion and as such, you can experiment with different ways to make them work for you.

 

 

The down side to this is that onion compounds travel through the body when ingested and it takes time to process them out through sweat or breathing that resulted to bad odor to your self.
 
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