The Health Benefits of Garlic

Exercise and Health

Garlic is one of my top three healthiest things that you should use daily, along with green tea and lemon juice.

Adding garlic to your diet can keep you alive for longer

If your parents were as health-conscious as mine, you’ve probably been told how garlic is a basically cure for everything. Is garlic really that good for you? Let’s find out.

Garlic Facts

Garlic is actually a part of the onion family, along with leeks and shallots. There are usually 10-20 cloves per head of garlic.

Hippocrates used to prescribe garlic for a variety of ailments

The father of medicine was a big fan of the medicinal properties of this bulb, and he wasn’t on his own. In fact, many ancient civilizations recorded the health benefits of garlic. These include Egypt, Babylon, Greece, Rome and China. Was it garlic that gave them the power to conquer the world?

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Natural Remedies For Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

It is perfectly normal to feel tired after doing some strenuous physical activity, such as chopping and gathering firewood or walking up a steep hill. Usually, after a short period of rest you should be well recovered. However, if you find yourself feeling tired for seemingly no reason at all and the feeling of exhaustion has been persisting for months, you may want to visit your doctor to enquire about chronic fatigue syndrome or CFS.

It is still unclear as to what causes chronic fatigue syndrome. Some theories suggest that it is due to a viral infection, mainly because the symptoms associated with CFS are very similar to those of common viral infections. For instance, headache, sore throat, muscle aches and joint pain are some common symptoms. Others symptoms include: brain fog, impaired concentration or memory, irritable bowel issues and feeling unrested after adequate periods of sleep.

So far, no medication has yet been developed that can cure CFS. Similar to viral infections that do not have a known cure either, current best practice to conquer chronic fatigue syndrome is to strengthen your immune system by regularly taking vitamins, exercising and resting as needed. The following are some helpful tips and home remedies that may help you boost your energy and feel more invigorated.

1. Eat more raw fruits and vegetables. The vitamins and minerals found in these healthy foods are excellent for strengthening the immune system and making you less susceptible to CFS. Drink at least 8 glasses of pure water a day to help flush out the toxins inside your body. You may want to supplement with Acidophilus or consume raw yogurt to keep your digestive system functioning properly.

2. Get regular exercise. Ideally, 20-30 minutes of moderate exercise each day is recommended. It is vital to keep your joints and muscles supple and your body strong to help protect against chronic fatigue syndrome. If you don’t have the time for this you may have to settle for a 15-20 minute workout 3 times a week.

Many people think they need to drive to a gym in order to get adequate exercise. This is not the case.

* How about incorporating a brisk walk into your day?

* Taking the stairs whenever possible?

* Jogging with the dog or mowing your lawn with more enthusiasm?

There are many ways you can add exercise into your day. Try doing lunges while you are brushing your teeth. Or perhaps doing triceps dips and abdominal crunches during commercials when watching TV? Get creative. Turn the music up and dance your way through your house cleaning routine!

3. Try natural supplements. Herbal medicines which have been found to contain immune system boosting qualities include Echinacea, Goldenseal and Ginseng root. Taking these supplements on a semi-regular basis is a great way to help protect yourself from CFS.

Herbal therapies are safe, natural and effective if you allow them time to work and follow directions. Some herbs such as Echinacea are not recommended to be taken more for more than 6 weeks to 8 weeks at a time, so be sure and check with your health practitioner. Glucosamine, Chondroitin and Devil’s Claw are successfully used by many individuals who suffer from joint pain as well.

Taking extra Vitamin C and Zinc can help boost your immune system. Taking Essential Fatty Acids, such as Omega 3, 6, and 9 oils, is not only great for your brain and cognitive function but also lubricates your joints from the inside out, making them even more useful if you are experiencing muscle pain and soreness.

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Top 10 Foods For An Incredible All Natural Energy Boost

Fatigue is one of the most common conditions that plagues everyone, from busy high school and college students to older working adults. While the most obvious cure for constant fatigue is to get a solid eight hours each night, or to take a quick nap in the afternoon, is it no secret that this is not always possible. 

In fact, studies show that most humans do not get nearly enough quality sleep that they need to have optimal energy throughout the day.

This lack of energy is the reason that this newest trend of energy drinks has become so prevalent. But, the problem is that energy drinks, including, but not limited to Red Bull contain high amounts of sugar and caffeine. Various medical experts have stated that these drinks are 'another form of drugs.'

These drinks contain stimulants that cause rapid heart rate, increased blood pressure and stimulation of the central nervous system, much like, stimulant drugs.  The FDA reports that the drink 5-Hour Energy might be linked to as many as 13 deaths in the past four years.

And, another important thing to consider is the fact that there is a very real crash and burn effect once these drinks wear off. And, often people will keep drinking them once the effect of the first one wears off.

For those who are low on energy, unable to make it to bed early enough, and living demanding lives that really have no room for fatigue and the lack of energy they continuously feel, there is another option to promote incredible energy in a healthy and natural way. And, that is through a sensible diet and foods that provide lasting, all natural and real energy to keep you going throughout the day.

The Top 10 Foods For Energy

1.	Eggs: Egg yolks contain high level of essential B-vitamins, which are in charge of converting the food you eat into energy, and Vitamin D, which helps build and maintain strong bones. While eggs are also a source of saturated fats, these unwanted additions can be avoided by making a breakfast of one full egg and up to three egg whites.

2.	Edamame: Edamame are green soybeans and are filled with energizing B-vitamins such as phosphorous and copper. These are important for breaking down carbohydrates into glucose which the body uses for energy. Edamame are also high in fiber, protein, and good carbs which make them the perfect snack to revive your energy throughout the day. 

3.	Coffee: It’s no coincidence that coffee shops and cafes can be found on almost every corner in most cities. Filled with energizing caffeine, coffee is a great way to get a boost of energy when you need it most. Some studies show that coffee is even effective for fighting cancer. A simple eight-ounce cup is perfect for providing the needed amount of energy to get through the average work day. 

4.	Whole Grains: Found in most cereals, whole grains are high in fiber and responsible for the slow release of glucose which helps keep you full, focused, and energized throughout the day. Instead of spiking blood sugar levels like one might after eating candy or throwing back an energy drink full of refined sugars, whole grains keep you consistently energized naturally. 

5.	Melons: These succulent fruits help fight chronic fatigue by keeping the body hydrated. Honeydew, watermelon, cantaloupe, and similar melons are 90% water, which means snacking on these fruits will flood the body with nutrients, minerals, and plenty of natural hydration to keep you awake and alert. 

6.	Cheese: Another protein packed food is cheese. Like eggs, cheese is filled with protein and other energy inducing B-vitamins. The best cheese to consume is farmer’s cheese as it presses the cheese curds until they have been separated from the liquid, whey. 

7.	Walnuts: A natural source of melatonin, walnuts are a great snack to eat before bed. Melatonin is a natural hormone produced by the body after the sun goes down to help make you sleepy. Of course, a good night’s sleep is the best plan to combat fatigue, so add walnuts to your pantry for the perfect bedtime snack. 

8.	Green Tea: For those who don’t enjoy the taste of coffee or can’t tolerate the high caffeine content, there’s green tea. This delicious tea is filled with L-theanine which is an amino acid that helps you feel exhilarated and alert to get through your day. 

9.	Quinoa: Known as a super-grain, quinoa is filled with more protein than any other grain. It contains high levels of protein and amino acids such as methionine, lysine, and cysteine. 

10.	Water: It may seem too simple, but water is one the best foods for incredible energy. By simply drinking at least eight cups of water every day, people can stay hydrated which in turn gives them energy, alertness, and consistent hydration.