Busy LifeIn our epoch of fast business life and constant lack of time for a good rest, relaxation and pleasure, a lot of people are not satisfied with their sexual health and performance. That is why recently, pubic interest in certain vitamins, stimulants, supplements or medications, which are recommended for improving sexual desire, has been increasingly growing. However, we should not forget that our Mother Nature has the keys to many problems, and herbal medicine can offer very effective solutions for all possible health related concerns. Read the rest of this entry »


The grapefruit is a very popular citrus fruit, and a lot of people like eating grapefruits believing that they are very useful to their health. Grapefruit is one of the most miraculous and mystic fruits. First of all, it is about its name, the grapefruit: what can a citrus fruit have in common with grapes? The secret is in the way the fruit appears on the trees: in a cluster of 5-10 fruits, Grapefruitresembling the cluster of grapes. Latin name of the fruit is “citrus paradisi“, or “the citrus from paradise”. The fruits are usually 6-10 inches round, they have smooth dotted peel and 11-14 juicy segments with membranous lemon-color walls and refreshing, a little bitterish juice.

The grapefruit was first discovered by Griffith Hughes in 1750 in Barbados and named “the forbidden fruit of Barbados“. In the end of the eighteenth century, several travelers reported about a miraculous citrus they found in Jamaica. In those times, grapefruit tree leaves were used for decoration, but later on it was discovered that the fruits have a very pleasant taste, contain a lot of vitamins and other useful elements, and can be used as food. That is why in the end of the nineteenth century the farmers in the U.S and Europe started actively cultivating grapefruit trees and receiving good profits from their plantations.

Grapefruit dietToday, there are more than 20 types of grapefruit, which can be divided for 3 groups according to the color of their flash: red, pink and white grapefruits. Like all citrus fruits, grapefruit is very rich in vitamin C: 100 g of grapefruit contain 50% of our daily norm for this Vitamin.  Also, grapefruit contains lots of natural antioxidants, known for their anti-aging and anti-cancerous properties. Finally, some recent studies proved that grapefruit can lower the level of cholesterol, have positive effects on our skin and lower the risks of having a heart disease. However, it is necessary to consult a therapist or a health care practitioner before taking grapefruit on a daily basis, because many people can develop allergy for this fruit. Besides, if you are taking some medications, it is not always good to mix them with grapefruit.

Probably, the majority of you heard about so called “the Miraculous Grapefruit Diet”, which is supposed to help you put off weight by drinking about three glasses of grapefruit juice every day. It is claimed that grapefruit contains certain agents which help to burn calories and fat more effectively. A famous brilliant actress Sophia Lorain was the first to publicize her success with the Grapefruit Diet, saying that she managed to preserve her youth and beauty by eating 1 grapefruit every day. She also attracted public attention to numerous positive properties of this natural source of vitamins, its abilities to quench one’s thirst, refresh and fasten detoxification processes, improve our skin and gums, and so on.

Benefits of GrapefruitThe Grapefruit Diet has its advantages and disadvantages. It can help you to put off some good weight for a really short period of time (something like 10 pounds for a fortnight). Besides, it is a fad diet which is not connected with hunger and includes eating full meals three times a day, plus a bedtime snack. In terms of this diet, a person is required to eat a half of grapefruit with every meal, or drinking 8 oz of grapefruit juice with every meal. However, it is very important to remember the dangerous sides of the Grapefruit Diet. It is quite risky and can not be used for a long period of time. Also, those people who are sensitive to all types of citruses, as well as the majortity of women after 40-45, should avoid this diet, despite all its advantages. Be careful about this famous diet, do not put your health in danger and talk to your doctor if you are believe that your health is strong enough to go through this diet.


HeartCardiac Arrhythmia (or irregular heartbeat) is quite a common health problem nowadays. As a result of certain changes or damages of heart nerves or muscle, a heart disease or heart surgery, injuries or chemical imbalances in the blood, some people may start having fastened heartbeat (tachycardia), and some may start having a slowed one (bradycardia). However, cardiac arrhythmia can be caused not only by the problems with heart, but also by some health concerns connected with digestive or urogenital systems, problems with thyroid gland or spine. Finally, arrhythmia can be triggered by increased consumption of caffeine, sugar, nicotine and other stimulants, excessive worries and nervousness as a result of stresses, overwork or overfatigue, and so on.

The symptoms of cardiac arrhythmia include various feelings or chest discomfort (like fluttering, feeling the heart pounding, a feeling of skipped heart beats, and many more), dizziness, breathlessness, general weakness, and so on. It is also necessary to mention that every person has own pattern of cardiac arrhythmia: some people have it as a temporary condition, as a reaction on certain stressors or stimulants, and some people have chronic irregular heart beat. Besides, there are various types of irregular heartbeat problem, including premature ventricular or atrial contractions, atrial flutter, heart block, sinus arrhythmia, long QT syndrome, etc. Fortunately, cardiac arrhythmia is considered to be a treatable disease, and there is a number of effective herbal remedies which can help to relieve the symptoms and anxiety connected with arrhythmia.

Calendula

First of all, to treat this ailment you can use such herbs as Hawthorn (Crataegus gen.) and Calendula (Calendula officinalis). Two table-spoons of dry Calendula flowers should be steeped for 1 hour in 0.5 liter of boiled water, and 100 g of this tea should be taken 3 times a day 30 minutes before meal. You can also use hawthorn tincture, tablets or capsules: this natural remedy assists in lowering blood pressure, strengthening heart muscle, regulating nerve function, improving coronary blood flow, stabilizing heartbeat and decreasing the symptoms of tachycardia.

Hawthorn

Hawthorn is one of the best natural cardiotonics and it is used in many tonics and special natural remedies for heart. Cornflower (Centaurea gen.) is another powerful herbal remedy, which can bring relief to those people who suffer from sudden attacks of increased heartbeat. Two table spoons of centaury flowers should be steeped in a glass of boiled water for 1 hour and taken 3 times a day 10-15 minutes before meal.

Besides, if you have heartbeat irregularities in the form of chronic problem, it can be very effective to use herbal remedies which have good relaxing and sedative properties. There are many various teas, tinctures and capsules containing such natural cardiac sedatives as Lemon Balm (Melissa officinalis), Motherwort (Leonurus cardiaca), Selenicereus Grandiflorus, Valerian Root (Valeriana Officinalis) and other ones. To receive maximum effects, you can prepare the following infusion from Melissa Officinalis: take a table-spoon of Melissa and steep it in 400 ml of boiled water, then let it rest for several hours in a warm place. 100 g of the infusion should be taken 3 times a day. In addition, Horehound (Marrubium Vulgare) flowers can be also used as an effective natural remedy which can correct heartbeat irregularities.

Arrhythmia

Also, specialists recommend using herbs and plants, which contain certain elements called natural calcium channel blockers. They are considered to be effectuve anti-arrhythmia agents and can be found in celery, garlic or angelica. It is possible to use the juice of these natural remedies, mixed with carrot, apple or orange juice with several  drops of lemon juice. Finally, in order to prevent possible problems related to irregular heartbeat, you should add more parsley and fennel to your meals. Try using these simple teas or mixtures, and your heart will work like a clock. But, certainly, do not forget to cosult your physician or health practitioner before taking all the above mentioned herbal remedies for arrhythmia.


Every person has own idea what is the best and the healthiest diet. In this context, we usually believe that eating certain substances or foods can be harmful for our health. For example, consuming a lot of fat or sugar on a regular basis is considered to be dangerous for normal function of all our body systems. However, many common consumptions connected with the diet are exaggerated or simply not true. Let’s take a closer look at few myths about our nutrition and nutrition-related recommendations and taboos. This will also give you a chance to see how effective and healthy diet you usually eat. Read the rest of this entry »


Potato FlowerThe potato (Solanum tuberosum) is one of the most favorite and popular vegetables in many countries of the world. It came to our lands from the Southern American continent, namely the mountains of Peru, and for centuries it has been used in many folk medicines (starting from Oriental or Russian and ending with Central American) for its numerous therapeutic properties. Recently, it was scientifically proven that the vitamins, organic acids, mineral composites, enzymes and microelements that can be found in raw potato juice have various positive effects on our health. Read the rest of this entry »


January 30, 2009

celeryThere are people who hate celery, its specific fragrance and taste. But many people like chewing on its crunchy sticks believing that they assist in calorie burning (according to a common myth). In many world’s cuisines celery, its root, seeds and leaves, are used as a spice for such dishes as soups, stews, salads and even bakery. This plant originated from Mediterranean Europe and the Middle East, where it has been used as a decorative and edible plant for more than 400 years. In the nineteenth century, celery was planted and harvested in the US for the first time. Read the rest of this entry »


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