Have you ever wondered, why traditional breakfasts of many world’s cultures include boiled or scrambled eggs, omelets, various stratas, fritattas or other egg dishes? Egg is a really useful food, which can provide us with a daily dose of high-quality proteins, as well as with 14 essential nutrients and 9 essential amino acids. Eating eggs on a regular basis is known as an effective way to stimulate detoxification, satisfy the hunger for longer time and lower the risks of having some chronic diseases. However, recently American scientists found out that eating 2 eggs every morning (as a part of a low-calorie diet) can substantially boost a healthy weight loss in all overweight adults. The results of this interesting study were published in the International Journal of Obesity in August 2008. Read the rest of this entry »

ExercisesHow many of us do morning exercises regularly? Well, well… At least we all know that we should exercise, don’t we? Anyway, let’s check out the true facts about the effectiveness of doing morning exercises, and about the best timing for exercising.

1. The researches proved the effectiveness of regular exercising. 30 minutes of physical exercises 5 times a week is enough to keep your body in a good shape and improve your health.

2. If you feel lazy to exercise that much, remember that even 10 minutes of physical exercises a day can be useful. Such exercises can help to keep your blood pressure under control and even lower the risks of having some types of cancer up to 10%. Read the rest of this entry »

MetabolismMetabolism is a very important chemical process in our body, which can be described as the speed of calorie burning or a number of calories we burn every day. Every person has strictly individual metabolic rate, and that is why some of us can eat a lot and remain slim, and some have to eat a little in order to remain in a normal weight. In other words, some people have low metabolism, so calories burn slower in their body and the rest of the calories get stored. Some people have high metabolism, so they can eat a lot and have lower risks of putting on weight. Read the rest of this entry »

KiwiKiwifruit (the fruit of Actinidia Deliciosa) is one of the most tasty and delicious foods which are extremely useful for our health and can work for our benefit as natural remedies. It is commonly believed that Kiwifruit originates from New Zealand, where it received its name after famous Kiwi birds, an international symbol of New Zealand. However, this fruit is native to northern China (namely, the Yangtze River valley), where is it known as Mihou Tao, or”macaque peach”. This fruit was brought to New Zealand by Chinese missionaries in the beginning of the last century. Nowadays, Kiwifruit is popular in many countries of the world, and the largest plantations of Kiwi trees are located in California, New Zealand, Chile, Italy, Greece, Japan, France, South Africa and other places. Read the rest of this entry »

BackpainsIt is possible to say that back pain is a curse of our times. It is reported that every 8 of 10 American are familiar with this problem, and every 4 of 10 Americans have serious problems with back, which are connected with spasmodic and chronic pains, the necessity to stay in bed for long periods of time and so on. In many situations, back pain starts suddenly without any warning signs, that is why in order to stop it, many of us tend to use powerful anabolic and anti-inflammatory medicines. However, no one should forget that there are also very effective and well-known herbal remedies for back pains which can assist in reducing painful syndromes and fastening the process of total recovery. Read the rest of this entry »

coltsfootColtsfoot (Tussilago farfara) is a quite a popular herbal remedy in modern Europe and Asia which is used to suppress cough, relieve sore throat and other symptoms of bronchitis. The leaves and blossoms of this plant are used for various herbal teas, tinctures, syrups and infusions, which can be found in the pharmacies of the UK, Japan, Germany, France, Russia, China and many other countries of the world. At the same time, this small perennial plant from the family Asteraceae grows throughout the north, east and central regions of the United States and in the south of Canada. Therefore, those people, who frequently suffer from colds, throat irritations, chronic coughs and other related problems can gather the flowers and leaves of Coltsfoot, dry them and prepare therapeutic teas.

This herbal remedy has a great variety of therapeutic effects: anti-spacmotic, demulcent, soothing, antitussive, diuretic and so on. Active elements of Coltsfoot blossoms include mucilage, carotene and other flavonoids, tannin, arnidiol, taraxanthin, essential oils, etc., and the leaves contain zinc, glycosidal, sitosterol, inulin and so on. Before taking the products with Coltsfoot, it is essential to remember that the pyrrolizidine alkaloids containing in this plant can have negative and highly toxic effects on our liver. However, the majority of such alkaloids is destroyed when the parts of the plant are boiled.

Coltsfoot syrups and teas are very effective for relieving bronchitis attacks and the symptoms of asthma. You can use dry leaves of this plant for preparing a special tea: two table-spoons of the leaves steep in 300 ml of hot wanter and keep for 4 hours. Take 100 ml of the tea before having meal. Or, you can prepare a “fast herbal tea” using 1 teaspoon of the dried blossom and steeping it for 10-15 minutes in 250 ml of hot water. Such teas can help you strengthen your immunity and relieve the symptoms of cystitis. Coltsfoot tincture can be used for the treatment of wounds and various skin infections. Finally, some specialists recommend Coltfoot tea for improving the function of your digestive system and stimulating appetite. Do not forget to consult your health practitioner before taking Coltsfoot products on a regular basis, use this natural remedy for your benefit and be always healthy!