Sunday, 17 January 2016

A cure for a cough

Chocolate can calm coughs.
I know that might sound like something out of Mary Poppins, but as an independent clinician who has spent years researching the mechanism of cough, I can assure you the evidence is actually as solid a bar of Fruit and Nut. 
We have just seen the results of the largest real-world study of an over-the-counter cough remedy ever undertaken in Europe.
This proves that a new medicine which contains cocoa is better than a standard linctus.
The head-to-head comparison found that patients taking the chocolate-based medicine had a significant improvement in symptoms within two days. 
ROCOCO, as it was called, was a well designed study, a randomised controlled trial involving 163 patients, and the results will be published in a journal within the next 12 months.

Friday, 25 December 2015

Set Yourself a goal.

Set a goal for your next holiday; it gives you something to look forward, something to be excited about and gives you an concrete goal, which we know always makes us feel a sense of contentment and happiness.

Allow for good quality and proper sleep; be sure to have healthy bed hygiene, clean sheets, decluttered bedside table, fresh air whilst sleeping, remove electronic devices. Waking refreshed and rejuvenated gives you the energy to face the normality of life again.

Keep a clean and fresh diet; enjoy lots of fresh vegetables and plenty of water to maintain high energy levels and combat the post holiday slump.

Spend time with close family and friends; share your holiday stories and relive the exciting or lovely time you had exploring, relaxing, visiting unique places. Positive memo ries give us pleasure and will chase the post holiday blues away.

Supplement with a good quality complex B vitamin which will provide you with energy to combat the return of the busy routine that is ahead of you, it will also help uplift your mood if the stress has already kicked in.

Thursday, 17 December 2015

Great natural news for your lungs

Try this super effective remedy that will cleanse your lungs and remove tar
Ingredients:
-ginger root
-400 g onion
-2 tsp turmeric
-400 g sugar or honey
-1l water
Method of preparation:
-Boil the water and add the sugar. If you decide to use honey, make sure you add it at the end. Chop your onions, grate the ginger root,and add them to the boiling water.
-Once the mixture boils again, stir in 2 teaspoons of turmeric powder and reduce the heat to low. Simmer the liquid until it reduces by half.
-Then, take the pot off the heat, strain your remedy, transfer the content into a jar and let it cool completely. The jar should be kept in the fridge.
-Take 2 tablespoons of this remedy twice a day – in the morning, before you eat or drink anything, and after your dinner or a late-night snack.

Health benefits of these ingredients

Onion
Onion is also a good lung cleaner. Onions can be of great help to prevent many diseases, including lung infections. In the case of people who already have cancer, it prevents the growth of new cells.
Ginger
Ginger as a natural medicine and food, helps to defend against malignant diseases. This is another strong tool to relive you from the toxins in your lungs. You can consume ginger root tea, because it facilitates breathing. Also, you can eat a piece of ginger with a meal.
Turmeric
This superb spice is popular due to its anti-bacterial, anti-viral and anti-septic effects, and it successfully cleanses blood and prevents inflammation.

Wednesday, 16 December 2015

Possible new cure for damaged lungs

British scientists have found that retinoic acid, a derivative of vitamin A, can reverse damage caused to the lungs by the previously incurable disease.
Tests on mice have found that damaged lungs have been repaired to normal by the compound, which is already used to treat chronic acne.
Trials are now being carried out to see if it could have similar success if used on humans.
Emphysema is one of the most common respiratory diseases in Britain and causes progressive damage to the lungs, which can eventually kill. There is currently no cure.
Early symptoms include breathlessness but sufferers can be left gasping for breath and reliant on oxygen.
It usually affects older people and is generally the result of long-term damage to the lungs caused by smoking or exposure to other harmful substances.
Professor Malcolm Maden, of the Medical Research Centre for Developmental Neurobiology at King's College, London, said his team's research held out "great hope" for the development of a treatment for emphysema in humans.
He said the retinoic acid compound worked on tissue cells in the lungs, causing them to regenerate.


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Tuesday, 18 August 2015

How to raise blood pressure

While low blood pressure is generally not viewed as a problem by doctors in the UK, my personal opinion is that it is worth taking note of for two main reasons.
First of all, low pressure can mean that blood is not delivering oxygen and nutrients to the tissues as well it might, and this may manifest as a variety of health issues including physical and mental fatigue.
Also, in my experience, low blood pressure (also known as hypotension) can be a sign of an underlying problem, specifically a weakness in organs known as the adrenal glands.
The adrenal glands sit on top of the kidneys are the organs in the body chiefly responsible for dealing with stress.
In some individuals, the adrenal glands can become weakened, and this may lead to low-than-normal blood pressure.
Individuals with adrenal weakness often find their blood pressure drops on standing, which can cause them to feel dizzy or light-headed for a few moments.
Individuals with this weakened adrenal function usually find they have reduced capacity for any form of exertion, and often feel wiped out after exercise.
Other symptoms of this condition include the need to eat regularly (skipping meals can lead to feeling anxious, light-headed, irritable or shaky) and a craving for salty foods such as crisps.
Certain herbal agents can help strengthen adrenal function, one of the most useful of which is liquorice. Liquorice helps support adrenal function, and also can help to increase blood pressure in time.
I would advise you to take liquorice in tablet, capsule or tincture form. The normal recommended dose is 2 - 15 g of dried root, 500 mg - 4 g of a 4:1 concentrated powder or 2 - 15 mls of a 1:1 tincture each day.
Because liquorice can raise blood pressure, it is important for you to have this checked from time to time.
It is best for you to work in concert with a practitioner experienced with the use of liquorice who can perhaps help monitor your blood pressure too.


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Friday, 17 July 2015

Three reasons to use Honey

There is something undeniably enchanting about honey; the product of flower nectar transformed by bees, as if by alchemy – but in fact through the far less-poetic act of regurgitation – into a sweet, golden elixir. Honey has held sway over humans since ancient times.
But aside from honey’s seductive color and flavor, it has some scientific superpowers that add to its appeal. Honey has an unusual chemical composition, one which makes it keep indefinitely without spoiling; as is seen whenever ancient pots of honey, still perfectly preserved, are found during excavations of early Egyptian tombs. It is uniquely low in moisture and extremely acidic, making it a forbidding environment for bacteria and microorganisms. On top of that, bees add an enzyme, glucose oxidase, to it that creates hydrogen peroxide as a byproduct. According to the National Institutes of Health, honey is hygroscopic, antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, and has remarkable debriding action. Who knew?
With this bonanza of properties, honey has been used for millennia as a medicinal remedy. As Smithsonian.com reports, the earliest recorded use of honey as a curative comes from Sumerian clay tablets, which convey that honey was used in 30 percent of prescriptions at the time. The ancient Egyptians used honey regularly to treat skin and eye problems; as did the Greeks, Romans, and a number of other cultures.
And ever since – along with being a favored gift to the gods and employed for sweetening cakes and drinks – honey has been used to treat that which ails us. It has been hailed as a fix for everything from scrapes to cancer. The following are some of honey’s best-known health benefits; whether confirmed by science or passed down through folk tradition, they prove honey to be as efficacious as it is delicious.
1. Soothes coughs
A 2007 study from Penn State College of Medicine that involved 139 children, found that buckwheat honey outperformed the cough suppressant, dextromethorphan (DM), in calming nighttime coughs in children and improving their sleep. Another study published in Pediatrics included 270 children aged one to five with nighttime cough due to simple colds; in this study, the children who received two teaspoons of honey 30 minutes before bed, coughed less frequently, less severely and were less likely to lose sleep due to the cough when compared to those who didn’t get honey. (For more ideas on fighting coughs, see 10 natural cough remedies.)
2. Boosts memory
According to research reported by Reuters, 102 healthy women of menopausal age were assigned to consume 20 grams of honey a day, take hormone-replacement therapy containing estrogen and progesterone or do nothing. After four months, those who took honey or hormone pills recalled about one extra word out of 15 presented on a short-term memory test. That said, some critics of the study say that it wasn’t scientifically sound because it was small and didn’t last long. But still…
3. Treats wounds
In numerous studies, honey has been found effective in treating wounds. In a Norwegian study, a therapeutic honey called Medihoney (a New Zealand honey that undergoes a special purification process) and Norwegian Forest Honey were found to kill all strains of bacteria in wounds. In another study, 59 patients suffering from wounds and leg ulcers – of which 80 percent had failed to heal with conventional treatment – were treated with unprocessed honey. All but one of the cases showed remarkable improvement following topical application of honey. Wounds that were sterile at the outset, remained sterile until healed, while infected wounds and ulcers became sterile within one week of applying honey.
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Tuesday, 7 July 2015

How to live longer

Would you like to live forever? Unfortunately we can't promise you that, but there are a number of changes you can make to your lifestyle in order to live longer and healthier lives.
We all know that eating sensibly can keep you healthy and happy, but did you know there are certain foods that have been proven to boost your longevity?
The type of exercise you choose to do can also have an impact on your life span. Weight-bearing exercises can beat age-related diseases and even choosing to do your exercise in the local park can help you live longer.

Supplements that could help you live longer are

Vitamin C 500mg per day.


Super Garlic  50mg twice per day

Hawthorn Berry 250mg twice a day

Cayenne Pepper 100mg twice per day.
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