Nervousness, anxiety

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 I am always amazed that many professionals even not just the seniors have not yet learned about eating properly as well.
 
 I unavoidable have found that counseling others has become part of my duties the last many decades..
 
75 percent of people do not need professional counseling.. just the basics..
 
On top of that it was sad to discover many sicknesses are caused by poor eating habits.. many seniors face the same sicknesses too..
 
Needless to say I try to share what I have learned with others by also posting it on the net.. such as more people need to eat more vegetables daily too..
 
Sadly too many people try to save money by eating less , less healthy food, even especially seniors. Vitamin deficiency of potassium, iron, magnesium is common for many seniors too as a result.
 
 
 
Cereals for breakfast with a juice is recommended, and a piece of cheese too
Rice, vegetables and meat, or fish for lunch
Fruit, banana, Muffin for an afternoon snack.
Potatoes, pasta  with vegetables, meat for supper
 
Now lack of sleep, lack of exercise, bad eating habits are often compounded by a nervous condition. It seems too often this condition is related to being hungry. Ever meet a man who was just well feed next being now nervous, impatient?
 Food Sources of Magnesium ranked by milligrams of magnesium per standard amount; also calories in the standard amount. (All are >- 10% of RDA for adult men, which is 420 mg/day.)

Food, Standard Amount Magnesium (mg) Calories
Pumpkin and squash seed kernels, roasted, 1 oz 151 148
Brazil nuts, 1 oz 107 186
Bran ready-to-eat cereal (100%), ~1 oz 103 74
Halibut, cooked, 3 oz 91   119
Quinoa, dry, ¼ cup 89 159
Spinach, canned, ½ cup 81 25
Almonds, 1 oz 78 164
Spinach, cooked from fresh, ½ cup 78   20
Buckwheat flour, ¼ cup 75 101
Cashews, dry roasted, 1 oz 74 163
Soybeans, mature, cooked, ½ cup 74   149
Pine nuts, dried, 1 oz 71 191
Mixed nuts, oil roasted, with peanuts, 1 oz 67 175
White beans, canned, ½ cup 67 154
Pollock, walleye, cooked, 3 oz 62 96
Black beans, cooked, ½ cup 60   114
Bulgur, dry, ¼ cup 57 120
Oat bran, raw, ¼ cup 55 58
Soybeans, green, cooked, ½ cup 54   127
Tuna, yellowfin, cooked, 3 oz 54   118
Artichokes (hearts), cooked, ½ cup 50   42
Peanuts, dry roasted, 1 oz 50 166
Lima beans, baby, cooked from frozen, ½ cup 50   95
Beet greens, cooked, ½ cup 49 19
Navy beans, cooked, ½ cup 48 127
Tofu, firm, prepared with nigaria , ½ cup 47   88
Okra, cooked from frozen, ½ cup 47   26
Soy beverage, 1 cup 47 127
Cowpeas, cooked, ½ cup 46 100
Hazelnuts, 1 oz 46 178
Oat bran muffin, 1 oz 45 77
Great northern beans, cooked, ½ cup 44 104
Oat bran, cooked, ½ cup 44 44
Buckwheat groats, roasted, cooked, ½ cup 43 78
Brown rice, cooked, ½ cup 42 108
Haddock, cooked, 3 oz 42 95

a Calcium sulfate and magnesium chloride.
 

 

Lack of Magnesium is often a reason  for being now nervous, impatient?
 
Magnesium, a mineral, is used in building bones, manufacturing proteins, releasing energy from muscle storage, and regulating body temperature. Magnesium is needed for more than 300 biochemical reactions in the body. It helps maintain normal muscle and nerve function, keeps heart rhythm steady, supports a healthy immune system, and keeps bones strong. Magnesium also helps regulate blood sugar levels, promotes normal blood pressure, and is known to be involved in energy metabolism and protein synthesis . There is an increased interest in the role of magnesium in preventing and managing disorders such as hypertension, cardiovascular disease, and diabetes. Dietary magnesium is absorbed in the small intestines. Magnesium is excreted through the kidneys . The health status of the digestive system and the kidneys significantly influence magnesium status. Magnesium is absorbed in the intestines and then transported through the blood to cells and tissues. Approximately one-third to one-half of dietary magnesium is absorbed into the body . Gastrointestinal disorders that impair absorption such as Crohn’s disease can limit the body’s ability to absorb magnesium. These disorders can deplete the body’s stores of magnesium and in extreme cases may result in magnesium deficiency. Chronic or excessive vomiting and diarrhea may also result in magnesium depletion   Healthy kidneys are able to limit urinary excretion of magnesium to compensate for low dietary intake. However, excessive loss of magnesium in urine can be a side effect of some medications and can also occur in cases of poorly-controlled diabetes and alcohol abuse .  Early signs of magnesium deficiency include loss of appetite, nausea, vomiting, fatigue, and weakness. As magnesium deficiency worsens, numbness, tingling, muscle contractions and cramps, seizures, personality changes, abnormal heart rhythms, and coronary spasms can occur , Severe magnesium deficiency can result in low levels of calcium in the blood (hypocalcemia). Magnesium deficiency is also associated with low levels of potassium in the blood (hypokalemia) http://ods.od.nih.gov/factsheets/magnesium.asp
  

Magnesiun plays many roles in your body, including:2

  • Gives rigidity AND flexibility to your bones
  • Increases bioavailability of calcium
  • Regulates and normalizes blood pressure
  • Prevents and reverses kidney stone formation
  • Promotes restful sleep
  • Helps prevent congestive heart failure
  • Eases muscle cramps and spasms
  • Lowers serum cholesterol levels and triglycerides
  • Decreases insulin resistance
  • Can prevent artherosclerosis and stroke
  • End cluster and migraine headaches
  • Enhances circulation
  • Relieves fibromyalgia and chronic pain
  • Treats asthma and emphysema
  • Helps make proteins
  • Encourages proper elimination
  • Prevents osteoporosis

Magnesium is a magnificent mineral and imperative for good health.

But a poor diet of processed foods and a stressful lifestyle can lead to mineral deficiencies, including magnesium. If you ARE deficient in magnesium, you may notice a wide range of symptoms.
Magnesium Deficiency Symptoms

Because magnesium is active in so many different processes in your body, magnesium deficiency symptoms are varied and can include:

  • Insomnia
  • Anxiety, hyperactivity, restlessness
  • Constipation
  • Muscle spasms, twitches, soreness
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Back aches
  • Headaches
  • Chest tightness and difficulty breathing
  • Heart palpitations
  • High blood pressure
  • Extreme fatigue
  • Osteoporosis

Any of these common symptoms may indicate that you need more magnesium in your diet, but this simple mineral can help eliminate these symptoms and enhance your health.

Are Your Getting Too Much Calcium?

“Another risk factor for low magnesium status in older women is the use of calcium supplements without magnesium for bone health. High calcium intakes can make magnesium deficiency worse.”

 

The first step, of course, is to basically just eat more magnesium rich foods, especially beans, nuts and vegetables.
 
“I think it is better to get magnesium from your diet than to take supplements. Magnesium is an alkaline mineral and a common ingredients in antacids. We’ve noticed in my family that taking magnesium supplements for more than a day or two can sometimes cause cramping and diarrhea. Taking magnesium supplements too often can be like overdosing on antacids, which can lower your stomach acid, which in turn may prevent you from absorbing nutrients properly.”
 
 General Tips for Increasing Magnesium Levels
The first step, of course, is to basically just eat more magnesium rich foods, especially beans, nuts and vegetables.
 
 
 

The first step, of course, is to basically just eat more magnesium rich foods, especially beans, nuts and vegetables.
 
“I think it is better to get magnesium from your diet than to take supplements. Magnesium is an alkaline mineral and a common ingredients in antacids. We’ve noticed in my family that taking magnesium supplements for more than a day or two can sometimes cause cramping and diarrhea. Taking magnesium supplements too often can be like overdosing on antacids, which can lower your stomach acid, which in turn may prevent you from absorbing nutrients properly.”
 
 General Tips for Increasing Magnesium Levels
The first step, of course, is to basically just eat more magnesium rich foods, especially beans, nuts and vegetables.
 
 
 

 

 

Green vegetables such as spinach are good sources of magnesium because the center of the chlorophyll molecule (which gives green vegetables their color) contains magnesium. Some beans, peas, nuts, seeds, and whole, unrefined grains are also good sources of magnesium.
This is information to help you select foods that provide adequate daily amounts of vitamins, minerals, and dietary fiber as you follow the Dietary Guidelines . The Guidelines are –
  • Eat a Variety of Foods daily,  vary your food intake significantly
  • Maintain Desirable Weight for your height. Get plenty of physical exercise as well.
  • Avoid Too Much Fat, Saturated Fat, and Cholesterol, fried foods 
  • Eat Foods with Adequate Starch and Fiber, eat plenty of vegetables, generally a double of your normal portion.. 
  • Avoid Too Much Sugar, do use artificial sweeteners instead..
  • Avoid Too Much Sodium, salt, learn to live without it
  • If You Drink Alcoholic Beverages, Do So in much Moderation
  • Drink at least 1.5 liters of water daily, including juices
 
The  daily meal  requirement:
Foods that are High in Magnesium?

 

Foods that are High in Magnesium?

 

You should note that refined grains are generally low in magnesium. When white flour is processed, the magnesium rich germ and bran are removed. Bread made from whole grain wheat flour provides more magnesium than bread made from white refined flour. Tap water can be a source of magnesium, but the amount varies according to the water supply. Water that naturally contains more minerals is described as “hard”. “Hard” water usually contains more magnesium than “soft” water.

The people who need to increase their magnesium intake can select foods from this high magnesium food summary list. It is not necessary to take magnesium supplements, to achieve a high level of magnesium nutrition.

  From the
USDA Nutrient Database
 
USDA
NDB
Ref. #
Food Group Magnes.
per
measure
mgs
Weight
grams
Common
Measure
Notes
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FISH – Broiled
15037 Halibut 91 85 3 oz.
15221 Tuna 54 85 3 oz. Yellowfin, fresh, cooked
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FRUITS
11008 Artichokes 101 168 1 cup
09040 Banana 34 118 1 med.
09094 Figs, dried 44 76 4 figs (doubled – more reasonable)
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GRAINS
20005 Barley, pearled, raw 158 200 1 cup
20011 Buckwheat flour 301 120 1 cup Whole-groat
20033 Oat Bran, raw 221 94 1 cup
20037 Rice, brown 84 195 1 cup
20080 Wheat Flour, whole 166 120 1 cup
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JUICES
09294 Prune juice 36 256 1 cup
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DAIRY
01095 Milk, canned, condensed 80 306 1 cup Sweetened
01117 Yogurt, low fat 39 227 8 oz. 12 grams of protein/ ounce
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NUTS
12061 Almonds 156 56 2 oz. (doubled – more reasonable)
12078 Brazil nuts 128 56 2 oz. (doubled – more reasonable)
12585 Cashews 148 56 2 oz. (doubled – more reasonable)
12147 Pine nuts 132 56 2 oz. (doubled – more reasonable)
  .
VEGETABLES
(All cooked)
11008 Artichoke 101 168 1 cup
16006 Beans, baked 81 254 1 cup
16015 Beans, Black 120 172 1 cup
16034 Beans, Kidney, canned 72 256 1 cup
16072 Beans, Lima 81 188 1 cup
16038 Beans, navy 107 182 1 cup
16043 Beans, Pinto 94 171 1 cup
16103 Beans, refried 83 252 1 cup
16051 Beans, white 134 262 1 cup
11087 Beet Greens 98 144 1 cup
11093 Broccoli, frozen 37 184 1 cup
16057 Chickpeas 79 164 1 cup Garbanzo beans
20020 Cornmeal 155 138 1 cup
11192 Cowpeas 86 165 1 cup Black-eyed peas
16070 Lentils 71 198 1 cup
11281 Okra, cooked 94 184 1 cup
11299 Parsnips 45 156 1 cup
11313 Peas, frozen 46 160 1 cup
11424 Pumpkin, canned 56 245 1 cup
12516 Pumpkin Seeds 151 28 1 oz.
11451 Soybeans 108 180 1 cup
11461 Spinach, canned 163 214 1 cup
11458 Spinach, cooked 157 180 1 cup
11642 Squash, Summer 43 180 1 cup
11512 Sweet Potatoes, canned 56 255 1 cup with the skin
11674 Potatoes 57 202 1 potato most is in the skin
11546 Tomato, paste 134 262 1 cup
  Over 100 mg. in BOLD RED

 

List of Magnesium Rich Foods

Try to include as many foods rich in magnesium in your diet as possible, and supplement the shortfall with bio-available AlgaeCal. Below is a list of foods containing magnesium

Foods High in Magnesium Serving Size Magnesium (mg)
Beans, black 1 cup 120
Broccoli, raw 1 cup 22
Halibut 1/2 fillet 170
Nuts, peanuts 1 oz 64
Okra, frozen 1 cup 94
Oysters 3 oz 49
Plantain, raw 1 medium 66
Rockfish 1 fillet 51
Scallop 6 large 55
Seeds, pumpkin and squash 1 oz (142 seeds) 151
Soy milk 1 cup 47
Spinach, cooked 1 cup 157
Tofu 1/4 block 37
Whole grain cereal, ready-to-eat 3/4 cup 24
Whole grain cereal, cooked 1 cup 56
Whole wheat bread 1 slice 24

What Are the Health Benefits of Garlic?

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Garlic’s Food Value

An analysis of garlic shows it to contain high percentage of minerals and vitamins. It also contains traces of iodine, sulphur and chlorine.

Natural Benefits and Curative Properties

In herbal medicine, garlic has been traditionally used for such ailments as asthma, deafness, leprosy, bronchial congestion, arteriosclerosis, fevers, worms and liver and gall bladder troubles. Garlic is good for heart, a food for the hair, a stimulant to appetite, a strengthening food, useful in leucoderma, leprosy, piles, worms, catarrhal disorders, asthma and cough. Garlic is regarded as a rejuvenetor. It has been found to help remove toxins, revitalise the blood, stimulate blood circulation and normalise intestinal flora. Garlic juice has a most beneficial effect on the entire system. The ethers in garlic juice are so potent and penetrating that they help to dissolve accumulation of mucus in the sinus cavities, in the bronchial tubes and in the lungs. They help the exudation of toxins from the body through the pores of the skin.

Chest Diseases

Garlic has proved to be highly effective in certain diseases of the chest. It has been found to reduce fetidity of the breath in pulmonary gangrene. If garlic is given in sufficient quantities, it was a marvellous remedy in the treatment of pneumonia. Garlic can also be applied externally to the chest with beneficial results as it is an arritant and rubefacient. In Ayurveda, a decoction of garlic boiled in milk is considered a wonderful drug for tuberculosis. One gram of garlic, 240 ml of milk and 1 litre of water are boiled together till only one fourth of the decoction remains. It should be taken thrice in the day.

Asthma

Three cloves of garlic boiled in milk, can be used every night with excellent results in asthma. A pod of garlic is peeled and macerated and boiled in 120 ml. of pure malt-venegar. After cooling it is strained and equal quantity of honey is mixed and preserved in a clean bottle. One or two teaspoons of this syrup taken with fenugreek decoction once in the evening and before retiring, has been found effective in reducing the severity of asthmatic attacks.

Digestive System Disorders

Garlic is one of the most beneficial foods for the digestive system. It exercises a beneficial effect on the lymph, aids in elimination of noxious waste matter in the body. It stimulates peristaltic action and the secretion of the digestive juices. Crushed cloves of garlic may be infused in water or milk and taken for all types of disorders of the digestion. It has an antiseptic effect and is an excellent remedy for infectious diseases and inflammations of the stomach and intestine. The oil of garlic is absorbed into the alimentary tract and is eliminated partly through the urine. Garlic produces a very marked effects on the intestine. It is an excellent agent as a worm expeller. It has also a soothing effect on the various forms of diarrhoea. Problems such as colitis, dysentery and many other intestinal upsets can be successfully treated with fresh garlic or garlic capsules. One garlic capsule taken three times a day is usually sufficient to correct mild cases of diarrhoea or dysentery. For more persistent cases, upto six capsules a day can be taken. Garlic has be ability to destroy harmful bacteria in the intestines without affecting the beneficial organisms which aid digestion.

High Blood Pressure

Garlic is regarded as one of the most effective remedies to lower blood pressure. The pressure and tension are reduced because it has be power to ease the spasm of the small arteries. It also slows the pulse and modifies the heart rhythm, besides relieving the symptoms of dizziness, shortness of breath and the formation of gas within the digestive track. As these days garlic capsules are available with the chemist shops, the average dosage of two to three capsules a day to be given to make a dent in the blood pressure. Garlic had a dilatory effect on the blood vessels, that is, it had the effect of making the blood vessels wider, thereby reducing the pressure.

Rheumatic Affliction

Garlic has been shown to exhibit an anti-inflammatory property which could account for its effectiveness in the treatment of arthritis and rheumatism. The most popular method is to take the garlic cloves orally, although some reports indicate that pain can also be relieved by locally rubbing the affected parts with cloves of cut garlic. Garlic oil is rapidly absorbed through the skin and into the blood stream and quickly reaches the affected areas.

Heart Attacks

There is proof that garlic helps break up cholesterol in the blood vessels, thus helping in the prevention of hardening of arteries which leads to high blood pressure and heart attacks. If a patient takes garlic after a heart attack, the cholesterol level will come down. The earlier damage may not be repaired but its consumption will minimise the chances of new attacks.

Cancer

Garlic preparations, including extracts and juices, have been used successfully against cancer in both animal and human studies.

Skin Disorders

Garlic has also been used successfully for a variety of skin disorders. Pimples disappear without scar when rubbed with raw garlic several times a day. Even very persistent form of acne, suffered by some adults, has also been healed with garlic. The external use of garlic helps to clear the skin of spots and pimples and boils. The process is further helped by taking the garlic orally also, to purify the blood-steam so as to secure a long-term clearance of the skin. A regular course of the three garlic capsules per day should help to clear minor skin infections quickly.

Wounds and Ulcers

Garlic has been used as an antiseptic in wounds and ulcerations with beneficial results. Garlic juice with three parts of distilled water has been employed as a lotion for celansing infected wounds. Definite improvement is noticed within 24 hours and substantial improvement within 48 hours. Application of dressing containing 15% garlic juice once a day over an ulcer removes pus in a few days. It also relieves pain within a short time.

Diphtheria

Garlic is considered an excellent remedy for diphtheria. Its constant application by chewing a clove of garlic removes the membranes, reduces temperature and relieves the patient. About 30 or 60 gms. of garlic can be used in this way in three or four hours for a week. After the membrane disappears, the same quantity of garlic should be chewed daily. The diphtheric patient has no taste or smell and merely finds the garlic hot.

Whooping Cough

Garlic is an excellent remedy for whooping cough. Syrup of garlic should be given in doses of five drops to a teaspoonful two or three times a day in this condition. It should be given more often if the coughing spells are frequent and violent.

 

What Are the Health Benefits of Garlic?

 

What do you know about onions?

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Onions and their Nutritional values:

bulletrich in vitamins A and E, which are antioxidants. Oxidants are substances, like free radicals, that destroy the tissue.

bulletrich in vitamin C, calcium, iron (especially red onions) and sulphur

Did you know?

Onions constitute one of the most powerful remedies that can be commonly found in the average household. The healing effect of red onions is greater than that of white onions. While the white onion is rich in vitamin E, the red onion contains both Vitamins A and E. The onion is a powerful healer not only when eaten raw, but also fried, dried or boiled.

The fresh juice of an onion can be rubbed on burns, bites and stings. Influenza patients, given the juice of pounded onions in a warm infusion 3 times a day at the onset of the disease, can often recover within 2-3 days. Fresh onion juice mixed with honey makes a good cough syrup.

Natural therapeutic effects:

antioxidant, antidiabetic, antifungal, antiviral, antibacterial, anticancerous, anthelmintic, antiseptic, antispasmodic, carminative, diuretic, expectorant, stomachic, tonic

Beneficial in the treatment of:

bulletcatarrh

bulletanaemia

bulletcoughs and colds

bulletinfluenza

bulletliver cirrhosis

bulletdropsy

bulletkidney diseases

bullettuberculosis

bulletgerms in the mouth (chew raw onions for 3 minutes)

bulletascites (abdominal dropsy)

bulletbronchitis

bulletinsomnia

bulletjaundice

bulletsplenic enlargement

bulletdyspepsia

bullettoothache

bulletbruises

bulletearache

bulletnervous debility

bulletbrain fatigue

bulletanxiety

bulletheroine (morphine) and tobacco addiction

Onions also strenghten the lungs and cleanse the colon.

Respiratory Disease

Onion is said to possess expectorant properties. It liquifies phelgm and prevents its further formation. It has been used as a food remedy for centuries in cold, cough, bronchitis and influenza. Equal amounts of onion juice and honey should be mixed and three to four teaspoon of this mixture should be taken daily in these conditions. It is one of the safest preventive medicine against common cold during winter.

Tooth Disorders

If a consumes one raw onion every day by thorough mastication, he will be protected from a host of tooth disorders. Chewing raw onion for three minutes is sufficient to kill all the germs in the mouth. Toothache is often allayed by placing a small piece of onion on the bad tooth or gum.

Anaemia

Onions are noted for their easily assimilable iron content. They are, therefore, beneficial in the treatment of anaemia.

Heart Disease

Onion has been found helpful and beneficial in diseases of the heart. These benefits are due to the presence of essential oil, aliypropyl disulphide, catechol, protocatechnic acid, thiopropiono aldehyde, thiocyanate, calcium, iron, phosphorus and vitamins in onion.

To get rid of coronary heart or blood pressure disorders, one should take 100 gms. of onion per day. The onion are very valuable in heart diseases as they correct thrombosis and also reduce blood cholesterol.

Skin Disorders

Onion is irritating to the skin and stimulates the circulation of blood in the mucous membrane. Warts also sometimes disappear if rubbed with cut onions. Roasted or otherwise, onions are applied as a poultice to boils, bruises, wounds, etc., to bring the boils to maturity by its heaty sensation.

Ear Disorders

Onion juice dipped on cotton wool and put into the ear is a popular Russian remedy for ringing sound in the ears. Dropped hot in the ear, it relieves earache.

Cholera

Onion is an effective remedy for cholera. About 30 gms. of onion and seven black peppers should be finely pounded in a pestle and given to the patient of cholera. It allays thirst and restlessness and te patient feels better. It also lessens vomiting and diarrhoea immediately. An addition to little sugar to the recipe will increase its effectiveness.

Urinary System Disorders

Onions are highly beneficial in the treatment of urinary system disorders. For burning sensation in urine, six grams of onion should be boiled in 500 ml. of water. It should be removed from the fire when half the water has evaporated. It should then be strained, allowed to cool and given to the patient as a drink. It will relieve the burning sensation in urine. Onion rubbed in water and mixed with 60 gms. of sugar will be useful in retention of urine. It will bring abot free urination within a short time.

Bleeding Piles

Onions are valuable in bleeding piles. About 30 gms. of onions should be finely rubbed in water and 60 gms. of sugar added to it. It should be taken twice daily by the patient. It will bring relief within a few days.

Blood Sugar-Lowering Effects

The higher the intake of onion, the lower the level of glucose found during oral or intravenous glucose tolerance tests. Experimental and clinical evidence suggests that allyl propyl disulfide is responsible for this effect and lowers blood sugar levels by increasing the amount of free insulin available. Allyl propyl disulfide does this by competing with insulin, which is also a disulphide, to occupy the sites in the liver where insulin is inactivated. This results is an increase in the amount of insulin available to usher glucose into cells causing a lowering of blood sugar.

In addition, onions are a very good source of chromium, the mineral component in glucose tolerance factor, a molecule that helps cells respond appropriately to insulin. Clinical studies of diabetics have shown that chromium can decrease fasting blood glucose levels, improve glucose tolerance, lower insulin levels, and decrease total cholesterol and triglyceride levels, while increasing good HDL-cholesterol levels. Marginal chromium deficiency is common in the United States, not surprising since chromium levels are depleted by the consumption refined sugars and white flour products as well as the lack of exercise. One cup of raw onion contains over 20% of the Daily Value for this important trace mineral. http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=foodspice&dbid=45

Onion and Garlic Protective against Many Cancers

Making onion and garlic a staple in your healthy way of eating may greatly lower your risk of several common cancers, suggests a large data set of case-control studies from Southern European populations (Galeone C, Pelucchi C et al, American Journal of Clinical Nutrition).

Study participants consuming the most onions showed an 84% reduced risk for cancer of the oral cavity and pharynx, 88% reduced risk for esophageal cancer, 56% reduced risk for colorectal cancer, 83% reduced risk for laryngeal cancer, 25% reduced risk for breast cancer, 73% reduced risk for ovarian cancer, 71% reduced risk for prostate cancer, and 38% reduced risk for renal cell cancer, compared to those eating the least onions. Similarly, those eating the most garlic had a 39% reduced risk for cancer of the oral cavity and pharynx, 57% reduced risk for esophageal cancer, 26% reduced risk for colorectal cancer, 44% reduced risk for laryngeal cancer, 10% reduced risk for breast cancer, 22% reduced risk for ovarian cancer, 19% reduced risk for prostate cancer, and 31% reduced risk for renal cell cancer, compared to those eating the least garlic. http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=foodspice&dbid=45

FRENCH ONION SOUP

4 lbs. (2 kilos) or 6 medium-large brown onions
2 T. extra virgin olive oil
1/2 C. (118 ml) water 

4 cloves garlic, crushed
8 C. (1.9 liters) water1/2 C. (118 ml) tamari
3/4 t. salt
2 1/2 t. Spike seasoning
2 T. dry red wine

3 cloves garlic, cut in half
6 to 8 slices whole grain bread
6 to 8 vegan jack or mozzarella cheese slices or 2 C. (480 ml) shredded 

  1. Slice onions thinly, then cut slices in half.
  2. Combine onions, olive oil, and water in a large deep skillet. Sauté onions over high heat, stirring them frequently, for about 25 minutes. Turn heat down slightly, and continue cooking until well browned, about 20 minutes longer. Stir frequently and watch carefully to avoid burning onions.
  3. Transfer onions to a 10 to 12-quart (10 to 12-liter) stockpot, and add garlic and water. Cover pot and bring to a boil over high heat. Turn heat down to medium and simmer about 20 minutes.
  4. Add tamari, salt, Spike, and wine. Simmer about 5 minutes to blend flavors.
  5. To serve, rub each bread slice with a half-piece of garlic and toast until bread is firm. Ladle soup into ceramic or glass bowls (not plastic), and float bread on top of each bowl.
  6. Lay or sprinkle cheese on top of bread, and place bowls under the broiler until cheese melts. Place each bowl on a serving plate and serve immediately. Makes 6 to 8 servings.

Storage
Onions should not be store in the refrigerator because of its high moisture atmosphere,

Have you noticed that some onions seem to keep for weeks, while others become soft and spoiled rather quickly? The secret is in the moisture content. A firm dry onion will keep considerable longer than the sweet ones that seem soft and moist at the outset.

Onions keep best in a cool, dry place, perhaps a pantry or a low cupboard away from excessive heat or light. Plenty of air circulation is beneficial to prevent spoilage. Avoid storing them under a sink where excessive dampness will hasten their demise. It’s common practice to store onions and potatoes together but not an ideal one. Potatoes have a great deal of moisture and give off a gas that causes onions to spoil more quickly. Stored carefully, onions can keep for several weeks.

Peeling Without Tears
Many a cook has devised a favorite method for avoiding those inevitable tears while peeling onions, everything from holding a match between the teeth, to peeling and chopping the onions under running water. While peeling them under running water actually does wash away the irritating allicin, it may not always be convenient.

A method that does work successfully is to plan ahead and put the onion in the refrigerator until it is quite cold. Seems it has a chilling effect on the volatile sulfur oils. Voila! No tears!  

http://www.secretsofnaturalhealth.com/onions.html

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 I am always amazed that many  professionals even
 not just the  seniors have not yet learned  about
eating properly as well.  Most people do not know
 still  how to eat healthy, which foods  are good
and which ones are  bad for you, nor do they know 
that cancer, diabetes, heart  attacks, diabetes is
caused  mainly by what you eat..  So see all of my
blog on  Healthy living and pass it on  to many
 

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Dealing with a Cold or flu

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Many people perish because   of lack of knowledge, because of their ignorance..
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First Know the Difference Between Cold and Flu Symptoms and how next to deal with them.
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 Ironically some of the cold medications available can help, or instead seriously lead to heart problems.
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One of the most common recommendations on dealing with flu  is to drink plenty of fluids.. and precisely here is where many people do err, and do make themselves sicker..
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 For example taking orange or other related juices with your medications can nullify the positive effect of the medications?
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Now many people also wrongfully believe that drinking more tea, soft drinks, Coca-Cola, Pepsi is a  help here as well..  but it clearly is not.. these products contain caffeine, and caffeine helps to dehydrate you, to reduce the water, juices need to help your stomach to dissolve the food you eat, causing thus an increased stress on the both the stomach and next on the heart as well, leading to their increase  breathing difficulties problems next too. The quick and popular remedy — usually in the form of cola, ginger ale or clear sodas — is said to help settle the stomach with its slight fizz and replenish fluids and glucose lost by vomiting and diarrhea.
 
* Seniors especially need to take more care, precautions because they have a degenerated immune system that does not effectively protect them now from cold and flus, and on top of that they tend to reinfect themselves by not washing their own hands often enough, and not washing the areas they often come into contact such as door  knobs, handles, light switches, canes. A essential uncostly need, solution  is to buy a spray can of alcoholic disinfectant and to spray these places, even the whole room when you have had a flu to try to prevent it from coming back.
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A  flu shot! drink the pickle juice!

DRINK THE (fermented) PICKLE JUICE. Or the fermented sauerkraut juice. Fermented pickles and other “FERMENTS’ are packed full of good bacteria–lactobacilli–the ones that keep you well . Japanese scientists report that feeding a pickle microbe to mice infected with the flu alleviates the rodents’ symptoms.

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Your throat is so sore you can barely take a drink let alone talk to anyone and you pretty well exhausted all of the common remedies last time you had a sore throat, so what can you do to treat this sore throat and fast? Pickle juice – that’s right, gargle pickle juice for immediate, lasting relief. As unusual as it sounds, pickle juice is an effective remedy for sore throats and can actually help you heal!  Pickle juice contains two main ingredients that make it an effective treatment for sore throats – vinegar and salt. These ingredients function to cleanse the throat, fight infection, and reduce inflammation. Vinegar even helps balance out the body’s pH to establish a more controlled level of health and wellness.  The pickle juice helped tremendously!!! I used 3 tablespoons of pickle juice ….warmed it … then drank automatically it cleared my sinuses.  DO NOT ATTEMPT THIS PICKLE JUICE REMEDY WITHOUT FOOD IN YOUR STOMACH!
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I also tried the apple cider vinegar, honey and hot water for my sore throat and the pain went away almost immediately after the first sip. The honey & apple cider vinegar relieved the  pain.
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A bout of flu typically lasts one to two weeks, with severe symptoms subsiding in two to three days. However, weakness, fatigue, dry cough, and a reduced ability to exercise can linger for three to seven days.
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Best Foods for Cold-Like Symptoms

Broth-Based Soup.  . Now this one isn’t just an old wives’ tale—chicken noodle soup actually can help soothe a cold. …

Rice , bland foods that are easy on the stomach. … eggs,

Spicy and Acidic Foods.

Raw Tomatoes. …
Raw Citrus Fruits. …
Raw Garlic. …
Raw Ginger. …
Raw Avocado.
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When you have a fever, drink fluids to avoid dehydration.  Drink at least 2 liters each day of liquids With a fever, appetite is low (or gone), and most important is to remain hydrated.  Water, soup, fruit juice, and hot tea with lemon are all good choices. If fever is uncomfortable, sponge your body with lukewarm water to reduce fever. Do not use cold water or ice. Lowering the fever will not make your symptoms go away faster, but it may make you more comfortable Sip clear drinks to keep your fluids up , juices, sports drinks, ginger ale, clear broths, gelatin, and ice pops. Start with small amounts, like 4 to 8 ounces at a time for adults and 1 ounce or less at a time for children. Only use clear liquids (clear broth, juice, lemon-lime soda).
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Take a Steamy Shower  Steamy showers moisturize your nasal passages and relax you. If you’re dizzy from the flu, run a steamy shower while you sit on a chair nearby and take a sponge bath.

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Sleep With an Extra Pillow Under Your Head This will help with the drainage of nasal passages.

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Menthol Menthol products, Vaseline, tiger balm,  have a strong smell that can cut through blocked noses. A small dab of cream or gel under the nose can help open up blocked nasal passages and may sooth skin under the nose that may have become tender from a lot of nose blowing.

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What causes colds and the flu?

Viruses. Over 100 different viruses can cause colds. There aren’t as many viruses that cause the flu. That’s why there’s a shot for the flu and not for colds.

What can you do to feel better?

There’s no cure for a cold or the flu. Antibiotics don’t work against viruses. All you can do to feel better is treat your symptoms while your body fights off the virus (see below).

Ways to treat your cold/flu symptoms

  • Stay home and rest, especially while you have a fever.
  • Stop smoking and avoid secondhand smoke, which can make cold symptoms worse.
  • Drink plenty of fluids like water, fruit juices and clear soups. Fluids help loosen mucus. Fluids are also important if you have a fever because fever can dry up your body’s fluids, which can lead to dehydration.
  • Don’t drink alcohol.
  • Gargle with warm salt water a few times a day to relieve a sore throat. Throat sprays or lozenges may also help relieve the pain.
  • Use saline (salt water) nose drops to help loosen mucus and moisten the tender skin in your nose.

Should you take medicine for a cold or the flu?

No medicine can cure a cold or the flu. Medicine can, however, help relieve some of your cold or flu symptoms. Check with your doctor before giving any medicine to children.

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  Notice the importance of washing hands, since some viruses seem able to live up to 3 weeks on door knobs, etc., and hands are a common method of spreading a virus to your moth and next to the rest of your body
  
Symptom Cold Flu
Fever Fever is rare with a cold. Fever is usually present with the flu in up to 80% of all flu cases. A temperature of 100°F or higher for 3 to 4 days is associated with the flu.
Coughing A hacking, productive (mucus- producing) cough is often present with a cold. A non-productive (non-mucus producing) cough is usually present with the flu (sometimes referred to as dry cough).
Aches Slight body aches and pains can be part of a cold. Severe aches and pains are common with the flu.
Stuffy Nose Stuffy nose is commonly present with a cold and typically resolves spontaneously within a week. Stuffy nose is not commonly present with the flu.
Chills Chills are uncommon with a cold. 60% of people who have the flu experience chills.
Tiredness Tiredness is fairly mild with a cold. Tiredness is moderate to severe with the flu.
Sneezing Sneezing is commonly present with a cold. Sneezing is not common with the flu.
Sudden Symptoms Cold symptoms tend to develop over a few days. The flu has a rapid onset within 3-6 hours. The flu hits hard and includes sudden symptoms like high fever, aches and pains.
Headache A headache is fairly uncommon with a cold. A headache is very common with the flu, present in 80% of flu cases.
Sore Throat Sore throat is commonly present with a cold. Sore throat is not commonly present with the flu.
Chest Discomfort Chest discomfort is mild to moderate with a cold. Chest discomfort is often severe with the flu.
 
How do I treat a cold?
  • There is no cure for the common cold. You  can simply ease the symptoms while you have a cold.
  • Get plenty of rest and fluids

Take an Over the Counter medication to make yourself more comfortable by easing symptoms.

How do I treat the flu?
  • Like  the cold, there is no single “cure” for the flu. Look to ease symptoms while you have the flu.
  • Because the symptoms are similar, many of the treatments that work to ease cold symptoms also ease flu symptoms.
  • See a doctor if your symptoms include trouble breathing, faintness or very high fever.
How do I prevent colds and flus?
  • A good, healthy lifestyle including adequate sleep, moderate exercise and a balanced diet will help keep you and your immune system strong.
  • Wash your hands often and avoid touching your mouth and nose with your hands.
  • Avoid crowded places during the peak of cold and flu season.
What should I know about the flu vaccine?
  • The flu vaccine comes in two forms: injection and nasal mist.
  • The vaccine is not 100 percent effective in preventing the flu, but is generally believed to be about 70 to 90 percent effective.
  • Because the flu virus is constantly changing, you must get the flu vaccine every year, preferably at the beginning of flu season, in order for it to be most effective.

How can you tell if you have a cold or the flu?

A cold and the flu cause many of the same symptoms. But a cold is generally mild, while the flu tends to be more severe.

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Emergency Cold/Flu Symptoms:

In children:

  • High (above 102 F) or prolonged fever
  • A cold that lasts for more than 10 days
  • Trouble breathing, fast breathing or wheezing
  • Bluish skin color
  • Not drinking enough fluids
  • Earache or drainage from the ear
  • Changes in mental state (such as not waking up, irritability or seizures)
  • Flu-like symptoms that improve, but return with a fever and a worse cough
  • Worsening of chronic medical condition (such as diabetes or heart disease)

In adults:

  • High (above 102 F) or prolonged fever
  • A cold that lasts for more than 10 days
  • Trouble breathing or shortness of breath
  • Pain or pressure in the chest
  • Fainting or feeling like you are about to faint
  • Confusion or disorientation
  • Severe or persistent vomiting
  • Severe pain in your face or forehead
  • Hoarseness, sore throat or a cough that won’t go away

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Sleepless nights equal more colds in US study
Reuters –  WASHINGTON (Reuters) – People who sleep less than seven hours a night are three times as likely to catch a cold as their more well-rested friends and neighbours, US researchers reported on Monday.
Good night’s sleep may prevent a cold, study finds Boston Globe
7 Tips on Fighting Off a Cold U.S. News & World Report
Washington Post – Minneapolis Star Tribune – WebMD – AHN
all 422 news articles »
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All the adds, promises, health claims, advice on the net are to be   taken   with a grain of salt ? “(With) a grain of salt”, (or “a pinch of salt”) is an idiom of the English language, which means to view something with skepticism or not to interpret something literally. Meaning to take something lightly. In Latin the word for salt is the same as the word for wisdom One should to take into consideration the source of the information as possibly unreliable or prone to exaggeration and therefore the information itself should be “seasoned” to adjust for that bias.

One needs to be cautious about believing the information he has received.

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