Amazing Health Benefits of Coconut Water

902After your next workout, reach for some anti-inflammatory coconut water. Not only does coconut water help balance your glucose levels, but it is also packed with electrolytes, vitamins, phytonutrients and minerals. Drinking coconut water will promote a healthy immune system, and you might even notice an improvement in the appearance of your eyes and skin.

You can purchase whole, fresh coconuts at most grocery stores. Carefully push a metal skewer though the “soft eye” found on every coconut, drain it’s sweet water into a cup and enjoy!

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*http://www.stylecraze.com/articles/amazing-benefits-of-coconut-water-for-skin-hair-and-health/
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Eat Anti-Inflammatory Foods

1404When your body is inflamed, it produces immune cells that, over time, can lead to arthritis, heart disease, or cancer. For this reason, it is important to eat natural anti-inflammatory foods such as fruits and vegetables. It’s also important to cut down on trigger foods that promote inflammation such as salt, sugar, wheat, and most processed and packaged foods.*

Need a simple and easy way to increase your intake of anti-inflammatory foods? Consider juicing fruits and vegetables. Try a sweet blend of turmeric, orange, grapefruit, and carrot juice.

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*http://theconsciouslife.com/top-10-inflammatory-foods-to-avoid.htm
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Health Benefits of Swiss Chard

1324A great source of antioxidants, Swiss chard offers anti-inflammatory benefits for your whole body. Swiss chard is a great source of healthy omega-3 fats, vitamins K and A, and beta carotene. And with only 19 calories per 100 grams of raw Swiss chard, it’s a snack that will give your body the phytonutrients it needs while keeping your weight down.*

For a healthy cooking method, boil Swiss chard uncovered for three minutes. By keeping the pot uncovered, you allow acids to escape, making the Swiss chard taste sweeter. Once boiled, press excess liquid out with a fork, toss with lemon, and enjoy!

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*http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=foodspice&dbid=16
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Health Benefits of Elderberries

berriesElderberries have anti-inflammatory, antiviral and anticancer properties. Rich in antioxidants, elderberries can repair cell damage and have been known to shorten the flu by three days. Also, by reducing the swelling in mucous membranes, the flowers and berries within this potent extract can help with sinuses and revile nasal congestion.•

The next time you’re beginning to feel sick, add a tablespoon of elderberry extract to your get-well regimen. Because elderberries serve as a natural diuretic with detoxifying properties, they can also be used to relive gas and aid in weight management.

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http://www.naturalnews.com/043430_elderberry_natural_antivirals_health_benefits.html
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Amazing Health Benefits of Coconut Water

coconutsAfter your next workout, reach for some anti-inflammatory coconut water. Not only does coconut water help balance your glucose levels, but it is also packed with electrolytes, vitamins, phytonutrients and minerals. Drinking coconut water will promote a healthy immune system, and you might even notice an improvement in the appearance of your eyes and skin.

You can purchase whole, fresh coconuts at most grocery stores. Carefully push a metal skewer though the “soft eye” found on every coconut, drain it’s sweet water into a cup and enjoy!

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Dr. Kim

*http://www.stylecraze.com/articles/amazing-benefits-of-coconut-water-for-skin-hair-and-health/
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Try Tart Cherries for Inflammation

tart-cherryRich in antioxidants called anthocyanins, tart cherries pack powerful anti-inflammatory benefits. Tart cherries cut down the risk for cardiovascular disease by reducing abdominal fat inflammation, cardiac inflammation and plasma inflammation. In fact, there have been claims that tart cherries contain the highest anti-inflammatory properties than any other food.*

Fresh tart cherries are best, but they can be hard to find. Typically the tart cherries you will find at your store will be frozen, canned or dried.

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*http://www.peoplespharmacy.com/2013/09/02/tart-cherries-fight-pain-and-inflammation-naturally/
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Butterbur for Migraines

butterburIf you’ve experienced migraines before then you understand how painful and debilitating they can be. What’s worse is that there are very few remedies that provide relief without side effects. Luckily, research is proving that butterbur, an herbal extract, can cut the frequency of migraines by 50%. Derived from the leaves and roots of its shrub, butterbur provides anti-inflammatory relief without the unpleasant side effects that come with the more common migraine medications.[1]

Be advised that some butterbur products may contain pyrrolizidine alkaloids (PAs), which have been linked to liver and blood circulation problems. Avoid this issue by only purchasing certified butterbur that is free of PAs.

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[1]http://www.lef.org/magazine/mag2008/aug2008_Preventing-Migraine-Pain-with-Butterbur_01.htm
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Drink Blueberry Juice for Pain

Of all the medicines you have for pain relief, do you have blueberries? These tasty little berries pack a good punch to aide against pain in the body. They contain salicylic acid, a natural version of aspirin that thins the blood and reduces pain; anthocyanins, the pigments that give them their dark blue color also have high levels of antioxidants; and phytonutrients, the anti-inflammatory agents in our bodies. With the stresses of life, we all suffer from pain and blueberries could be the better choice than reaching into the medicine cabinet.[1]

Go get some blueberry juice today! It has a great taste, it’s refreshing, and as an added bonus, it can help your body fight against pain and inflammation.

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[1]http://www.themediteckwellnessgateway.com/blog/1195/natural-remedy-superstars-101-blueberries-health-benefits/
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Wild Cherry Bark for Colds

We love cherry trees for their beautiful blossoms and delicious fruit, but did you know that even the bark of a wild cherry tree has many health benefits? Wild cherry tree bark used to be a common ingredient with cough and cold medicines up until the 1940’s. The bark is an efficient expectorant and cough-suppressing agent. It helps clear your lungs and helps fight against bronchitis, emphysema, asthma, cold and flu congestion. The bark is also used as an anti-inflammatory remedy due to its ability to reduce muscle pain that is caused by strain and swelling as well as helping women ease menstrual cramps. [1]

Wild Cherry Bark is available as supplements and as a tea. Next time you’re feeling a cold coming on, grab yourself some wild cherry bark to ease those respiratory problems.

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[1]http://www.wildcherrybark.net/benefits.php

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Dangers of NSAIDs

NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) have been used by almost everyone and they are probably in your medicine cabinet now. NSAIDs such as ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin) and naproxen (Aleve) are used for arthritis, back pain, neck pain and foot pain. It was reported that 107,000 people were admitted to the hospital for “NSAID related gastrointestinal complications and at least 16,500 NSAID related deaths occur each year among arthritis patients.” [1]

Even simple medications, when over-used, have big consequences. Be cautious of using these common over the counter medications.

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[1]http://www.healthsentinel.com/joomla/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=2668:more-hospitalized-from-nsaid-bleeding-than-all-american-war-casualties&catid=5:original&Itemid=24
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