Herbal Remedies – The Best Kept Secrets

How wonderful it would be if the answer to all our dreaded diseases costs around a dime, is closer to home and damn easy to practice! Come on, it is all too good to be true, right? WRONG! Read on to find out why…

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The Greek warrior Hercules is known to have had the habit of chewing flax seeds every now and then. Well, we do not know if this is indeed true, but what is true (with research backing) is that not only flax but a host of other herbs have miraculous healing properties.

Did you know that if you eat right, you do not need to take medicines at all? Most of the ancient medical philosophies were built on this solid foundation. BTW, eating right means eating the right amount of healthy foods at appropriate parts of the day. It also means making herbs part of our meal. You try the harder way because you have been misled for ages. THINK ABOUT IT!

Herbal Remedies: Too-Good-To-Be-True?

Nah! Too good AND True! Because…

• Herbs do not have side effects.
• Herbs are not expensive.
• Herbs are not exposed to chemicals and other toxins.
• Most herbs have very long expiry period and some, no expiry date at all!
• Herbal formulations are usually best prepared at home in small scale rather than at huge factories.
• The bio-availability of many herbs can be almost entirely preserved intact as herbs are not usually destroyed by heating to a certain degree.

Then Why Haven’t They Caught Up?

• Research backing for herbal remedies has not been established.
• There is a dearth of proper documentation with indications, contra-indications etc. The ancient Ayurveda text Charaka Samhita, originally written by the ancient Indian sage Charaka in Sanskrit, has been largely ignored by the masses as Sanskrit is now a next-to-extinct language.
• Speak of the ulterior motives of huge money-houses!

Can I Have the Menu Card Please?

Chew a few cloves of raw Garlic at least once everyday (preferably just before going to bed) to ward off Cancer, Diabetes, high Cholesterol, Hypertension (high blood pressure) etc. Too good to be true? Believe it or not, it works! Now we even have research backing. After all, you are not going to lose anything if you wanna try: there are no harmful chemicals, it costs only in Cents, it is available at your next door grocery etc! Remember, garlic is a pungent herb and so you need to know this before you consume it. Furthermore, do not cook garlic and do not cut it before eating it. Take a banana or dates or something natural after you eat garlic, so as to reduce the pungency to an extent.

Flax seeds are the richest plant source of Omega-3 fatty acids and they help you control your weight, mange your Cholesterol, Hypertension, aid in digestion etc. Take 2 tea spoons of this wonder herb, grind it using the smallest jar in your mixer and sieve it to make a super-fine powder. Consume it within 5 – 10 minutes, else it might turn rancid.

Diabetes and ED are some of the more chronic diseases plaguing mankind, however, Ginseng formulations come to your rescue. Consult with a qualified physician who would administer appropriate doses to you based on your specific condition. The wonder herb Ginkgo Biloba also has aphrodisiac properties.

As it is, you have just scratched the tip of the ice berg. There have been and are several civilizations, cultures, geographies and their climates in the ancient world, with 100% herbal remedies. You have miraculous herbs in Asia, wonder natural remedies in Africa, priceless home remedies in Latin America just to name a few geographies. Think about it: Man can at best attempt to duplicate nature’s offerings, not create it; artificially synthesized medicines are just one example of this. Isn’t it wise to turn to nature rather than fall for hyped-up, expensive, side-effect prone, unguaranteed artificially synthesized “medicines”?

Well, Any Caveats?!

Nature is not always consistent and some signs that it gives you may be misleading. Be wary of herbs that are not good for you! For instance, a herb called Yohimbe is not good for you; stay away from it. Do your homework before you take the plunge. Or, better still, consult with a qualified practitioner in the field before you pop anything into your mouth.

Disclaimer: This article is not intended to replace professional advice and should at best serve as general information or tips. You are urged to seek professional advice from practitioners in the field to help you further.

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Anti Aging Products: The Good and The Bad

Let us start with the realization that aging is natural. However, there are natural methods to prevent, slow down or reduce the intensity of aging. This article predominantly talks about the anti aging products available in the market with just a hovering on the natural methods.

Bad News First

• Aging is natural and anti aging products are artificial. Any attempt to defy nature will have its consequences.
• Chemicals are of course bad and the more we stay away from them, the better for us.
• Many of the products available in the market are expensive. Some of them are good, but some of them fail to justify the prohibitive cost they label.
• The effect of many of the products is not permanent. If you wanna stay young, you need to go for it again and again!

And Now For The Good News…
• There are anti aging products that are closer to nature and hence less expensive and more effective. A bit of research will get you there!
• Prevention is better than cure. There are some herbal products that will prevent toxins from setting in thereby slowing down the aging process, at least marginally.
• Safe anti aging products, if used properly with able guidance, are sure to turn on that glow on you. Remember, not all products are good, but not all products are bad either. Learn to choose or consult with an expert for him/her to do it for you!

And My Options, Please…
It is very difficult and is also not prudent to name specific product labels as the market is dynamic and also such a review may not be entirely accurate. It is best to do your research on specific products by checking about the credibility of the company that manufactures the product, whether it takes concerted efforts to use herbal products, the pricing of its products, proximity of its factories to urban/sewage areas (farther the better), its research facilities and patents etc.

There are some really good anti aging products, which are not-to-miss ones. They are called anti-oxidants and they literally delay the ‘rusting’ of your skin. Choose organic products for enhanced safety. You can even try out some of the chemical peels that weed out dead skin.

It is very important to maintain the pH balance (simply, the acid – base balance) and this is best done by Collagen. Think of collagen like an elastic. Sunscreen lotions and creams are a must have. Retinoids contain Vitamin A.

To complement your good looks thus attained, do not forget to flaunt your personalized fashion accessories as well.

Psst… A Few Tips
Look for the presence of Alpha Lipoic Acid in your anti aging products. This an agent that helps Vitamins A and E do their jobs. Another effective component is Methyl Sulphonyl Methane, which is a very effective agent for preserving skin health. A wonder supplement Resveratrol, is also very effective in anti aging.

Disclaimer: This article is not intended to replace professional advice and should at best serve as general information or tips. You are urged to seek professional advice from practitioners in the field to help you further.

Another interesting source: simplyanti-aging.com
Providing tips, techniques and information about a variety of subjects included in the broad subject of anti-aging.

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Personal Training: The ONLY Healthy Shortcut

Sensible, specific and smart personal training guidance for YOU!

Mindset control

·    Focus on staying fit, not slim.
·    Set realistic goals; the body builder on that poster should serve as an inspiration and not a model for you to emulate.
·    Accept plateaus as normal, use this personal training guidance and work towards inventing variations if you want to realize your goals.
·    Never panic or sulk if you do not get that “footballer” physique in a couple of months. Go easy and do not always dream of flaunting your 6-pack in a crowded beach.

Eating Right for Weight Loss

·    If you have got personal training guidance, you would know that eating right is definitely on top on your agenda. Banish those “mega” meals and eat only to your stomach’s needs, not your mind’s.
·    Do not punish yourself with a super-small diet. Eating lesser than what your body needs for energy does more harm than good. Switch to a balanced diet instead. Low-carb diets alone will not get you closer to your goal.
·    Eat more natural foods: fruits, vegetables, plenty of fluids like water, coconut water, fresh juices etc.
·    Eating slowly has two benefits: you enjoy the taste of the food that you eat and the urge to eat more gets reduced.

Eating Right for Weight Gain

·    Split your 2 large meals into 4 parts, meaning, eat medium-sized portions 4 times a day.
·    Consume a good amount of protein preferably from plan sources but it is always important to eat a balanced diet instead of only Proteins or only Carbs.
·    Make it a point to eat nuts and dried fruits. However, as a general thumb rule, eat no more than a total of 4 nuts per day be it single type (say almonds) or assorted (almonds, walnuts etc).
·    Drink lots of water.
·    Try fruit salads or whole wheat vegetable sandwiches between meals.
·    Eat lots of high fiber veggies like plantains, green leafy vegetables, carrots, legumes etc. Your primary goal is to stay fit and healthy; you do not want to bloat, do you?

I know these because I have personally received able personal training guidance from experts.

Exercising Right for Weight Loss

·    Real time jogging early in the morning has no substitute. If you want to shed the extra flab, keep running until you wear out your sports shoes every six months!
·    If you want variety, try tread mills or elliptical trainers. They are also very effective.
·    Do strength training with moderate weights but consult your physician before you start preparing your routine.
·    Staying fit is not always expensive. Try playing Shuttle badminton with your neighbors, or get a small membership at a swimming pool near your house, or even play hide-and-seek with your kid. Say No to lifts and use stairs instead.
·    Enrolling to a martial arts class like Kung-Fu or Krav Maga may also be helpful for some people. The advantages of this are that it lends variety, makes you fit and teaches you some self defense tricks as a bonus.
·    You will be completely blown out if you see the benefits of floor exercises such as sit ups, squats, push ups and some simple techniques like boxing in the air! Do not over do this and always remember that there is no substitute to professional personal training guidance.

Exercising Right for Weight Gain

·    A good personal training guidance course must never miss exercising in the right manner. Aerobic exercises are fabulous in general, but may not do much good for gaining weight. Techniques such as Yoga may also be beneficial, perhaps not as standalone but will surely complement your efforts.
·    Strength training should usually be done beyond the point of failure but exercise caution not to overload your muscles just too much.
·    Try dead lifts, bench presses, barbell rows, pull ups and bar dips but only with the help of a certified trainer.
·    Free weights such as dumbbells and other equipment like bull workers can be used to train the muscles for maximum gains.
·    Rest adequately – it is only during rest that your muscles get built, not during workout. For this reason, never work out the same muscle group daily. Leave a gap of at least two days between working out the same muscle group. If you exercise your biceps on Monday, train your legs on Tuesday, lats on Wednesday, back to biceps on Thursday and chest on Friday.
·    You could try a sample routine: 20 squats, 10 bench press, 15 Triceps routines, 10 military curls, 10X2 bicep curls, crunches, 25 pushups.

Disclaimer: This article is not intended to replace professional advice and should at best serve as general information or tips. You are urged to seek professional advice from practitioners in the field to help you further.

Another interesting site on weight management: Natural Weight Loss

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