Today I’ve got a special guest (it’s about David Novak, a syndicated newspaper columnist) who came from HealthLine.com to discuss with us an interesting subject. Hope you’re going to enjoy it and find this information useful.
Many people who suffer from ADHD are directed towards medicine and treatments that have strong side effects. For those who care for sufferers of this condition, especially parents, natural remedies are preferential to standard medical procedures. Of course such natural remedies, when not properly researched or when applied without proper medical supervision, can prove dangerous. As with the handling of any medical condition, you should always consult a medical professional before undertaking any alternative treatment.
That said, there is a high level of interest in natural remedies for sufferers of ADHD and their caretakers. For some children, many parents have reported that physical activity seems to minimize the symptoms. Activities such as bike ride, or running around, or just general outdoor play seem to have an effect that make it easier for the child to be able to sit and focus on a task without being distracted so easily.
The high interest in natural remedies has led to research as well. Behavioral researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have delved into the link between environment and the mind of children sufferers of ADHD. With references to the University of Michigan’s Rachel and Stephen Kaplan, they took a focused approach to why nature has such an effect on people who have this condition.
ADHD sufferers tend to have difficulty with what’s termed ‘direct-attention’ or the energy we use to focus on everyday tasks such as housework or driving a car. Essentially their capacity to actively focus themselves on such tasks is smaller and so it goes that maintaining focus is hampered.
One thing parents can do it so assist their children in restocking the supply from using their stores. The way to go about this is to provide your child with physical activity breaks in natural settings outside. Anything from a walk around the block to going to a playground and or playing ball can be effective. It is important to remember that the setting makes all the difference. Relaxed, green surroundings tend to be most effective.
Indoor versus Outdoor Activity
It may appear as though any kind of exercise can be beneficial, and that is true, however studies have shown that there is a dramatic difference between outdoor and indoor activity, as well as urban settings and natural settings. The issue is not just a matter of letting off steam. No improvement has been shown for physical activities indoors; as well urban settings (think concrete and structural settings) tend to have dramatically reduced effectiveness as opposed to natural settings.
The idea behind the results seems to be the impulse that arises when you feel the desire to get some fresh air. Everyone can benefit, including adults, from taking a walk outside in a place with minimal distractions. Most people generally like to take vacations in natural settings because it enables them to restore and recharge their batteries.
Some activities for ADHD sufferers in both warm and cold weather include the following:
● Bike riding
● Wandering in the woods or a forest
● Water sports or activities
● Going to a local park or playground
● Going for a hike in a wooded area
● Bird watching
For the colder months of the year, there are also things one can do to restore direct attention reserves. Some of these are:
● Staring at the fish within a fish tank
● An indoor fountain
● Throwing rocks or pine cones on a frozen lake, or into a stream
● Building a snow fort or having a snowball fight
Not only are these activities beneficial to ADHD sufferers, but also a lot of fun can be achieved for all involved.
1. Improved Digestion
Ginger is historically known for its effectiveness as a digestive aid. It aids in producing digestive fluids and saliva, helps relieve indigestion, gas pains, stomach cramping, and diarrhea.
2. Migraine Relief
In a clinical trial, 100 patients received ginger powder or a drug given to migraine sufferers. The results showed the ginger powder helped reduce migraine related discomfort… without side effects .
3. Cure for Morning Sickness
Ginger is believed to be one of the best natural cures for morning sickness as it can settle the stomach and reduce nausea and vomiting. It also helps with motion sickness for this same reason, which is why some people will drink ginger beer before going on boat, car or plane rides.
4. Anti-inflammatory Effects
Regular use of ginger reduces pain and improves mobility in people afflicted with rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis.
5. Treatment for Colds and Flus
One of the best known benefits of Ginger root is that it is antimicrobial and antiviral, and can be taken to lessen the duration of colds and flus by killing bacteria and fighting infection. It can reduce the severity of symptoms such as fever, sore throat, congestion, runny nose, and watery eyes.
 Mehdi M, Farhad G, Alireza ME, Mehran Y. Comparison Between the Efficacy of Ginger and Sumatriptan in the Ablative Treatment of the Common Migraine. Phytother Res. 2013 May 9. doi: 10.1002/ptr.4996.
Thanksgiving Day is a national holiday celebrated primarily in the United States. Being in Romania I don’t celebrate it, but I still wanted to come with an idea to inspire you. As I researched on the Internet, I discovered that the main ingredients used in this special day are turkey and potatoes. You can browse the archive to find a recipe that is proper for this day or/and try this vegetable stew. You can serve this stew as a garnish for roasted turkey (for example).
You don’t need to buy special ingredients for this recipe. You need a few vegetables, mix them together with a little water and tomato paste, then cook them in the oven for 20-30 minutes. Use whatever you like or have in your pantry. I used: onion, potato, broccoli, red bell pepper, carrot, peas, mushrooms, green beans and garlic. Experiment and let your imagination fly.
Soybean is the richest plant source of protein. It contains 43 percent protein as compared to other legumes which contain 20 to 25 percent protein. Soy protein is also of the highest quality among all legumes.
Soybeans are high in fat, too. Most legumes (except peanuts) contain between 2 to 14 percent fat, whereas soybean contains 19 percent fat. At the same time, most of the fat in soybeans is unsaturated and beneficial.
3. High in Fiber
A serving of soybeans provides approximately eight grams of dietary fiber. However, some soy foods are processed in ways that decrease the fiber content significantly. Tofu and soymilk contain very little fiber, while soy foods that utilize the whole bean such as tempeh, soy flour and textured soy protein are high in fiber.
Soy foods are a good source of calcium in comparison to the commonly used legumes. Processing affects the calcium content of soyfoods considerably. Tofu due to its processing methods can contain between 120 and 750 mg of calcium per 1/2 cup serving.
5. Iron Source
Soya is rich in iron, too. However, both phytate and soy protein reduce iron absorption which leads to the iron in soyfoods being poorly absorbed. Iron could be better absorbed from fermented soyfoods like tempeh and miso.
Hi everyone! Sorry for not posting anything lately, but I was busy with university stuff. It was a pleasure to discover that in my absence, people were still interested in my posts and accessed the blog looking for more. My 10 Ingredients to Keep the Cold Away post became quite popular and I received messages from followers who want to know more about the way you can use these ingredients. The reason why I’m writing this article is that I want to explain better the way these ingredients can help you.
How to use these ingredients?
Add the ingredients into your dish to spice it. They will improve the taste and also will protect you from getting a cold or flu.
Recipe Suggestions: Creamy Carrot Soup, Simple Indian Potatoes, Extremely Hot Potato Chips
2. Herbal Tea
Another way to extract the properties of an herb is to prepare tea. Water is, in general, a very good solvent for many of the herb’s properties.
Fill an empty kettle with 1 cup (250 ml) cold water. Bring the water to a boil and turn off the heat. Add the herbs and wait for 8-10 minutes to let the tea steep.
Recipe Suggestions: Onion Tea, Energizing Ginger Drink, Saint Nicholas’ Special Tea
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Here are three recipes that use some of the presented ingredients:
- Echinacea Tea
- Cinnamon Tea
- Hot Spiced Tea
Make a simple tea from this herb and drink 2 cups/day. Echinacea increases phagocytosis and lymphocyte activity, so it stimulates the immune system. Remember that you shouldn’t use this herb if you are pregnant, have asthma, auto-immune diseases, cancer or diabetes. Also, don’t drink this tea more than two weeks.
Use 1 teaspoon cinnamon powder, 5-7 black pepper grains, 5-7 cloves. Add honey or agave syrup to sweeten tea (if you want).
Use 10g ginger root, 5-7 black pepper grains and a pinch of red chili powder.
This tea stimulates the metabolism and makes you sweat, removing in this way the toxins from your body and it also reduces fever. Don’t use this recipe if you have stomach or intestinal problems.
Cactus fruit, also called cactus pads or nopales, is the edible part of the cactus plant, and you can have it in salads, soups or other dishes. It has similar nutritional benefits as other vegetables, and you may want to add cactus to increase the variety in your healthy diet.
Low in Calories
Each 100-g serving of raw cactus fruit provides only 16 calories. A high-calorie diet can lead to weight gain, and low-calorie foods can help you lose weight or prevent weight gain by helping you feel full without eating too many calories. About 94 percent of the weight of raw cactus is water, which is a natural, calorie-free appetite suppressant.
Cactus is naturally low in sodium, with 21 mg per 100-g serving. A high-sodium diet can lead to high blood pressure and an increased risk for heart or kidney disease or stroke, and healthy adults should have no more than 2,300 mg per day, according to the 2010 Dietary Guidelines from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
Provides Essential Nutrients
Vitamin C is an antioxidant and essential nutrient for proper wound healing and immune function. Each 100-g serving of cactus has 9 mg vitamin C, or 15 percent of the daily value. Cactus has 164 mg calcium, or 16 percent of the daily value, for this bone-strengthening mineral.
High in Fiber
Cactus fruit can help you increase your fiber intake because it provides 2.2 g fiber in each 100-g serving. Dietary fiber comes from the parts of plants that your body cannot digest, and a high-fiber diet may lead to lower cholesterol levels and better blood sugar control.
Anti-clotting may be a benefit of prickly pear cactus, according to a study published in the July 2003 issue of the journal “Prostaglandings, Leukotrienes and Essential Fatty Acids.” In the study, participants with elevated cholesterol consumed 250 grams of prickly pear and showed reductions in clot promoting compounds and improved platelet sensitivity.
Article Source: Live Strong
No goblin or ghoul will go thirsty at your Halloween party with this delightful Halloween drink recipe.
How It’s Made?
Step 1: Prepare some fruit tea or lemonade.
Step 2: Let it cool (if necessary) and then add cherry gelatin.
Fruit Gelatin Recipe:
Ingredients: 500 ml fruit tea/juice, 3 tablespoons blueberries liquor, sugar, vanilla extract, 15 g gelatin.
Preparation: Prepare the gelatin using the indications from the package. Dissolve it into the fruit tea/juice, add the liquor, sugar and vanilla extract and mix. Pour the liquid in a tray and leave for at least 4 hours in the fridge.
Here is another recipe that is perfect for Halloween. These cookies are wonderful and extremely tender. They are perfect for your Halloween party and the good thing is that they are really easy to do.
300g powdered sugar
How It’s Made:
Step 1: Mix the margarine with 150g sugar. When you obtain a cream, add egg yolk, vanilla extract, lemon zest and flour.
Step 2: Lay a thin sheet of 4-5 mm and cut ghostly shapes.
Step 3: Beat the egg whites with the remained sugar (150g) until you obtain a mousse. Coat every cookie with this mousse.
Step 4: Stuff with small candies and cook until golden.