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Spring is right around the corner, meaning it's warming up, the birds are chirping, and flowers are blooming; in other words, nature is beckoning us to shed some layers and head outdoors. As you ditch that winter coat, try ditching those shoes while you're at it (even if for just a few moments)! While not something most of us think about on a daily basis, taking your shoes off and grounding yourself is actually one of the most healing activities that you can do, and spring is the perfect time to start doing more of it.

Grounding can have a positive impact on many aspects of our health touching on the physical, emotional, mental and even spiritual levels. As a society we're dealing with a kind of "electrical toxicity" from constant exposure to power lines, WI-FI signals, microwave energy from cell phones and towers, and even normal electrical household appliances. These Electromagnetic Fields (or EMF's) can disturb the human body, contributing to common ailments such as headaches, brain fog, and chronic fatigue, or even more serious issues like chronic anxiety, depression, low immune function, and degenerative disease. This is why grounding becomes imperative to help combat the effects of EMF's and restore energetic harmony in the body; and it's actually easier to do than you might think! It's time to take off those shoes and wiggle your toes in some sand, grass, or dirt.

The Benefits of Grounding

 

1. Boosts Healing and Immunity

While we might not think about it on a regular basis, the earth is actually a massive electrical object, and your body is a conductor of electricity. When we are connected directly to the earth's electric field through direct contact with our skin, the earth's negatively-charged electrons flow through us, and our electric charge goes from positive to negative. Negative electrons (those flowing from the earth) are known as healing electrons, while positively-charged electrons are those that contribute to disharmony and disease. Negatively charged electrons, or "ions", boost the bodies resiliency and vitality, and help increase our bodies immunity and rate of cellular repair.

2. Is Anti-Aging and Fights Inflammation

What is one thing that literally all chronic diseases have in common? Inflammation. it's imperative that we know the causes of inflammation in order to properly treat these conditions. When you break things down to a scientific level, considering the fact that everything is vibrating with energy, one of the biggest contributors to chronic inflammation may actually be a lack of electrons - meaning too many positively charged ions and not enough negatively charged ions. Connecting directly to the earth is one of the best things that you can do to slow down the aging process by lessening inflammation and free radical damage.






 

According to the American Diabetes Association, there are some early signs of diabetes which can give you a heads-up that you need to visit a doctor. These symptoms include:

• frequent urination

• constant thirst and hunger

• tiredness

• blurred vision

• a slower healing process for bruises

• unexplained weight loss

People who have type 2 Diabetes may also feel some tingling sensations in their extremities, but their symptoms go generally unobserved. However, if you know you’re at risk for diabetes – perhaps it runs in your family – it’s best to prevent it. The best thing you can do is alter your lifestyle and make healthier choices. Consider eating less chocolate and candy-canes, and more fruit and vegetables.

In fact, one of the fruit deemed to have miraculous properties, even when it comes to  diabetes treatment, is the kiwifruit. One study indicates that its extract was used two times everyday for three weeks on feet-ulcers caused by diabetes, which were subsequently reduced. The reason is that the kiwifruit is rich in Actinidin, an enzyme that helps heal wounds faster.

1. It’s a low-sugar, low-calorie snack. It’s always a good idea to reduce the sugar in your diet, especially if you’re at risk of diabetes. Another reason is that sugar  promotes weight gain and overweight/ obese people have more chances to develop diabetes, so you’d better look after your weight. Remember that even  low-fat products have huge amounts of processed sugar in them, so they’re  definitely a no-no. The best option for a delicious snack is a piece of fruit. That’s  why you might consider mixing up your fruit choices, by adding the kiwifruit to  the list. It doesn’t contain a lot of sugar, and it only has about 60 calories per 100  grams, so that makes it an excellent choice if you’re trying to prevent diabetes.

2. Its extract helps regulate the function of fat cells. A 2010 study showed that a  substance named Kiwifruit Methanol Fraction (KMF), which is basically a mixture from a kiwifruit extract called Actinidia deliciosa, regulates adipogenesis. Actually, if adipocytes don’t function properly, your body becomes more insulin resistant, which will put you at more risk for diabetes. These adipocytes are in fact fat cells, and their main function is to take care of the energy balance in your body. But if they don’t work properly, you might end up with more sugar in your system without knowing why. As a direct consequence, it is always a good idea to include more kiwis in your diet. They help increase the sensitivity to insulin and control your blood-sugar levels. As such, this Actinidia deliciosa extract may not exactly cure diabetes, but it’s a good way to prevent it.

3. Rich in fiber. You may have already heard that fiber is good for you, but you may not know why it can actually prevent diabetes. Since fiber is a carbohydrate that can’t be digested by your body, that means it can’t be transformed into sugar. Studies show that people who don’t consume enough fiber, while also eating foods with a high glycemic index, can double their chances of developing diabetes. More to the point,  kiwi is a great source of fiber, which turns it into the best choice when it comes to the prevention of diabetes. By consuming more such fiber, you won’t have to worry so much about your blood-sugar spiking. What’s more, you’ll also be less hungry. Since fiber is digested at a slower rate, you will feel satiated longer.

4. It has vitamin C. Vitamins are a great way to keep your body running at optimal levels. One of the most important vitamins in question is Vitamin C, which has been shown to effectively reduce blood-sugar levels. Vitamin C is supposed to interfere with the production of glycated hemoglobin, an indicator of high blood-sugar. This is why some specialists recommend a supplementary daily dose of 1000mg of Vitamin C for patients with type 2 diabetes, which is shown to reduce their symptoms. As the kiwifruit is a great source of Vitamin C, its daily consumption can be of great aid both in the prevention and treatment of diabetes.

Conclusion:

To sum up with, if you can manage to eat kiwis on a regular basis, you will reap the benefits they have to offer in regards to preventing diabetes, but particularly in regards to having a healthier lifestyle. You may also consider upping your daily portion of other fruits and vegetables which have the same benefits: vitamins, minerals and fiber.

References

https://www.consumerhealthdigest.com/general-health/10-things-to-eat-if-you-are-suffering-from-diabetes.html

http://www.everydayhealth.com/diabetes-pictures/best-fruits-for-diabetes.aspx

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Spring is right around the corner which means it's time to focus on freshening up! Spring cleaning isn't just about cleansing and de-cluttering your home, it's also something that you can do for your body to feel more energized, boost your immunity, and feel more vibrant. Internal cleansing doesn't necessarily mean nixing all food and going on a juice fast (however, those can be wonderful too!). Here are 10 simple things that you can start incorporating into your daily routine right now for a little extra self care and detoxification support

1. Drink More Water (with lemon!)

This is sort of a no brainer, but something so many of us struggle to do. Simply drinking more pure water can help improve digestion, aid in weight loss, increase energy, and provide relief for chronic headaches. Adequate hydration is also 100% necessary for flushing out toxins from the body. Make a habit of starting the day with 1 quart of water with 1/2 a lemon juiced in - this will help kick start the metabolism, digestion, and will support the liver. Shoot for 2-3 liters of water per day, depending on body size and activity level.

2. Cut Back on Sweets

While there is nothing wrong with indulging in healthy treats, sometimes we could all use a little conscious sugar reduction. Relying on sugar to satisfy cravings or energize the body can be hard on the pancreas, and can lead to blood sugar issues such as hypo or hyper glycemia, diabetes, unwanted weight gain, candida overgrowth, and fatigue. Try swapping out your usual sweet fix with another treat lower in sugar - such as a creamy Dastony nut butter . Cashew and coconut butter both have a subtle sweetness yet contain no added sugars, and the new Watermelon Seed Butter is to die for!

3. Go Blended

Swap out solid meals with blended foods and/or juices for 1 day per week or 3 days per month. This could mean smoothies (try to keep high glycemic fruits to a minimum and utilize things like avocado to help thicken), blended raw soups , and plenty of green juices (again limiting high glycemic fruits and leaning heavy on greens and non-sweet fruits like cucumber). This will give the entire digestive system a break, and promote cleansing with high water content and fiber-rich plant foods. Add into your blends and juices green superfoods like chlorella/spirulina and cleansing herbs such as cilantro for added detox support.





If you've ever walked into a spa and immediately felt calmer just from the lovely scents wafting through the air, you've actually just experienced one of many benefits of essential oils: aromatherapy. While essential oils can definitely effect the senses, specific oils can also be used externally and even internally for the benefit of the body, as well as help create a cleaner and more comfortable living space.

What are they?

Essential oils are natural, concentrated oils which have been extracted from plants - most commonly through the process of distillation. These potent plant oils have many profound effects on the human body. Essential oils are rich with specific plant chemicals which can enter through our semi-permeable skin tissue, just as certain transdermal medications can (such as hormone therapy, nicotine or even vitamin B12). This means that essential oils can enter into our bloodstream and lymphatic system and interact with the tissues and organs in our body.

How to Use Them

*Applied directly to the skin


 There is no doubt, our heart is one of the hardest working organs in our bodies, and is definitely deserving of some good old fashioned TLC. While reducing stress and getting adequate exercise are two very important facets of heart-health, incorporating more heart-healthy superfoods into the diet can have incredible effects. Your heart will thank you if you start eating more of these 12 superfoods, we promise.

1. Cacao (Raw Chocolate )

Raw cacao is rich with flavonol compounds which act as powerful antioxidants and also help protect the heart. Cacao is also an exceptional source of minerals magnesium, calcium, iron, copper, manganese and zinc, which help fortify the blood.

2. Berries

The diverse range of polyphenol antioxidants within berries, such as anthocyanins and ellagic acid, help fight free radical damage and inflammation, and keep LDL "bad" cholesterol levels in check.

3. Citrus

Citrus fruits such as oranges, lemons, limes, tangerines and kumquats are rich with Vitamin C and bioflavonoids, which help protect the elasticity of our blood vessels and also act as potent antioxidants.

4. Coconut Butter

Saturated fat has gotten a bad rap, but current research shows that the saturated fat contained in coconut butter is actually one of the best for your body, your heart included. The body needs saturated fats in order to produce necessary hormones, and coconut fat burns very clean as an energy source and also helps boost the metabolism.






 

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Have you ever gifted someone you care about chocolate as an expression of your love? Most of us can affirm that we have - and while it might just seem like the classic, fool-proof thing to do (who doesn't love chocolate?!), there is actually science behind why chocolate has remained synonymous with love throughout time, and why eating a little chocolate each day might actually be doing your body and mind a world of good.


1. That Mind-Body Connection

While processed, sugar and dairy-laden chocolate is a common comfort food, research shows that going for dark (and preferably raw) chocolate does more than just feed your taste buds, it also feeds your brain. While cacao contains over 300 different chemical compounds, there are several that have an incredible effect on our neurology. Compound phenylethylamine (PEA), a chemical that our adrenal glads naturally create during times of excitement, is found also within cacao - the base ingredient of chocolate. This chemical reacts with our neurology and can quicken our heart rate, increase focus, and mimic that happy fluttery "on cloud 9" feeling we experience when we fall in love. Anandamide, known as "the bliss molecule" triggers the release of endorphins, elevates the mood, and can even bring on a sense of euphoria. Sounds like true love to us!

2. Antioxidant Love

Cacao is rich with flavonoid polyphenols - bioactive phytochemicals that possess serious antioxidant capabilities; in fact, cacao is one of the richest sources of antioxidants on the planet. The ORAC (Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity) of raw cacao nibs is 62,100 per 100g, while goji berries rate in at 25.300, acai at 18,500, and blueberries at 2,400 - all of which being incredible sources of antioxidants in their own right, but as you can see, they are overshadowed by the antioxidant master: raw cacao. Antioxidants are anti-inflammatory, help guard the body against degenerative disease, and help our skin maintain elasticity and youthfulness.


3. Mineral-Love

Cacao is one of the richest sources of magnesium, a critical mineral for bone mass and also muscle relaxation and overall function. Magnesium also helps prevent muscle cramps, and can lessen the pain associated with menstrual cramps for women during their cycles (you're craving chocolate for a reason, ladies!). Cacao is also naturally high in calcium, zinc, sulfur, iron, copper, potassium and manganese. Nourished blood means a nourished body!

4. Cardiovascular Love

We mentioned the antioxidant capabilities of flavonoids above, but these powerful phytochemicals also have a particularly positive impact on the health of our cardiovascular system , including our blood vessels and our heart. Flavonoids help increase blood flow and reduce high blood pressure. They also help strengthen the integrity and elasticity of bloods vessel and capillary walls, making them less likely to burst.

5. Eat Chocolate...Stress Less

It turns out emotional eating might not be all bad. A study published by the Journal of Proteome Research found that eating 40 grams (about 1.4 oz) of dark chocolate per day for a timeframe of two weeks actually reduced cortisol levels, the stress hormone that is most known for activating the fight-or-flight response.

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For anyone starting to think about going down the road of veganism, many of the more "seasons" veterans of the lifestyle will often extole its virtues. As one would expect, it offers many benefits, such as losing unwanted weight more easily, increasing your energy naturally, and decreasing risks of some pretty bad diseases like heart disease and cancer. Certainly these are all excellent and great benefits, and should be lauded at every opportunity. Yet, there are even more benefits that vegans tend to forget about when talking to those making the lifestyle switch.

Veganism brings with it one of the best treatments for your skin you could ever imagine, often turning dry, more acne-prone skin into healthy, supple and beautiful skin after switching to this lifestyle. A recent study by the University of St. Andrews in Scotland found that fruit and vegetable consumption led to significant benefits for the user's skin health and significantly more appealing skin tones . This probably doesn't come as much of a surprise to long time vegans, but it shows one of the truly great benefits of choosing this lifestyle that goes beyond the typical internal health effects we often associated with cutting out meat.

 7 Big Vegan Foods that Give Healthy and Beautiful Skin 

Out there are a variety of foods which not only help clear up your complexion, but can help you to protect your skin from dryness, make a more pleasant skin tone. Fruits and vegetables with carotenoids are those that have been identified as some fo the most useful for improving skin tone, as they are the red-yellow pigments often found in vegetables we eat every day. These make our skin naturally more supple in color, better looking and healthier. They also actually do make our skin healthier as it turns out. 

 1. Tomatoes 

Tomatoes are natural antioxidants, containing lycopene, which helps to protect skin from free radical and other aging properties that produce wrinkles. They are rich in carotenoids, helping your skin stay healthy and have a rosy tone. Though you'll want to ensure you use sunscreen as normal, tomatoes have also been shown to help reduce sun damage to your skin as they have anti-UV absorption properties as well. Slice and dice them alone or put them in a salad, tomatoes are an awesome vegan staple with some real "omph" for your skin's health. 2. Flax Seeds 

2. Flax seeds

 Flax seeds are rich in what are known as omega-3 fatty acids, which have been show to keep skin hydrated. This helps fight wrinkles and improves complexion. Flax seeds have also been used for decades to help lower trigylceride levels and reduce inflammation in the heart, helping to prevent heart disease. Flax is a common addition to many recipes, however, there's a difference in ground flax seeds and the naturally encased varieties that's important to consider. Whole flax seeds typically have more benefits according to health specialists.

 3.  Sweet Potatoes (Yams)  

Sweet potatoes offer loads of Vitamin C, which is a vitamin that's been shown to reduce the appearance of fine lines by boosting collagen in the skin. With a full serving of this vegetable, you will typically receive around 2 times your daily suggested Vitamin C and it will be yummy as well!

 4. Spinach 

As a vegan, you probably already eat a lot of spinach, in salads, as toppings on substitute meats or in quiches. Yet, there's more benefits than just the fiber and iron that we usually associate with spinach. In a recent publication in International Journal of Cancer an 11 year study was conducted that showed that consuming spinach and collard greens helped reduce the risk of skin cancers by over 40%. This is certainly no small feat, and represents one of the highest natural benefits for skin cancer reduction from food known to exist. Spinach also tastes great, so load up on those leafy greens!

 5.  Walnuts 

Walnuts have recently been described as a “superfood” due to its high concentration of omega-3 fatty acids, which help tremendously with heart health. Walnuts also have natural oils which help to moisturize the skin and give your skin a much younger appearnce. Over time, wrinkles are slowed as well due to the reduction in fine lines. Not only do you improve your heart health by lowering cholesterol but you make your outsides match your insides. 

 6. Carrots 

Certainly won't come as a surprise to many people, since carrots have often been discussed as having great benefits to your skin. Yet, these orange veggies don't always get the credit they deserve on the plate. Carrots are rich in carotenoids just like tomatoes, and give your skin a beautiful sheen and healthy color. They are also rich in vitamin A, an essential vitamin for our bodies and one that fights cancer, and antioxidants. Beta-carotine has been shown in recent NIH studies to offer UV protection of the skin as well, lowering risk of sun damage and wrinkles. Something as simple as adding some babby carrots with a hummus dip can help you capture these benefits whenever you snack.

 7. Safflower Oil  

Many vegans are probably familiar with use safflower oil to make scrambled tofu or cooking those faux bacon strips in the morning, but new research actually shows that it helps to protect and moisturize your skin as well. This oil is actually great for external uses, not just for cooking your favorite veggies. However, safflower oil also has the added benefit of helping tremendously with dermatological health in the body, helping to treat skin conditions like acne or eczema. 

There is certainly a lot of skin benefits to be had from the vegan lifestyle, beyond the health benefits we always think about. It's something to keep in mind when selecting among these seven foods as well, that they also provide these added skin benefits, helping to boost skin tone, skin health and sometimes even reduce fine lines over the long term.

More About The Author 

Timothy is a regular writer on topics related to weight gain and maintaining a healthy lifestyle. He often writes for HCG Plus on their online blog and web shop for real, non-homeopathic diet supplements. These supplements aid in burning stored fat and help people to naturally lose weight




Chlorella has proven to be one of the most pertinent superfoods in modern times. It's exceptionally high nutrient content alone is enough for recognition, however it is also highly detoxifying with a unique ability to bind and pull out heavy metals within the body. 

This superfood algae is a form of single cell blue-green algae with a beautiful emerald hue. It has been touted as nature's multi-vitamin/mineral due to its well rounded and balanced array of food-based nutrients. While synthetic vitamins are often flushed out of the body due to their inorganic nature, the nutrients within chlorella are synergistically combined with all necessary co-factors and are thus easily utilized by the body.This is especially beneficial for those with compromised digestive systems or low vitality. 

Consume chlorella daily for a dose of plant based, organic Vitamin A (carotenoids), C, E, B1, B2, B6, B12, potassium, iron, calcium, as well as essential amino and fatty acids. Carotenoids in particular offer the body strong protection against cellular oxidation which can lead to things such as cancer or cardiovascular disease. It also helps protect our eyesight and can play a huge role in the treatment macular degeneration as well as vision loss due to diabetes.

Chlorella contains all essential amino acids in a form which the body can easily utilize to build protein. It's high levels of chlorophyll are 10 x that found in wheatgrass, barley grass and alfalfa! This green plant pigment helps to build healthy human blood cells, oxygenate the entire body, and detoxify the bloodstream and colon. Chlorella has also been shown to support healthy gut flora making it a great addition to your daily probiotic/prebiotic protocol for healthy digestion, elimination and immune support. With its high level of nutrition chlorella can help stabilize the blood sugar and increase energy levels by nourishing every aspect of your body!




 

nut milk image credit Ulyana Michailov

 

When it comes to making healthy dietary choices, being equipped with the proper kitchen tools can make a world of difference. Convenience is key. Our RawGuru Premium Nut Milk and Sprouting Bag is a must-have in every eco friendly and health conscious kitchen.

They are:

*100% re-usable and easy to clean. Simply hand wash after use with warm soapy water and let air dry. Drying time is quick making them a great option for travel as well.

*Made in the USA of high quality food-grade nylon. Our hearty nylon material has less tendency to stretch and tear making your nut milk bag last longer even with heavy use.

*The perfect size for conveniently making both small and large batches of fresh nut milk. Make extra and store it in an airtight container (preferably glass) in the fridge for use throughout the week.

*Highly versatile. Grow sprouts in your nut milk bag or even remove fiber from fruit and vegetable smoothies to create fresh juice.

A highly nutritious and delicious option, fresh nut milk has many benefits to your health.

Fresh nut milk is:


*High in nutrients. Store bought milks are most often heavily pasteurized. By using a blender and Zimtal nut milk bag you eliminate the use of heat, preserving valuable heat sensitive nutrients, proteins, and essential fatty acids. The result is a more nutritious milk!

*Alkalinizing and non-mucous forming. Dairy milk tends to be allergenic for many individuals and highly mucous forming. On the contrary milk made from freshly soaked nuts and seeds is easily digestible and doesn't contribute to toxicity or acidity within the body. A more alkaline diet means greater levels of health and well being and a more robust immune system.

*Pure and wholesome. You are in control of what goes into your recipe. Avoid additives, sugar, salt and artificial preservatives by making your own. Add ingredients like organic coconut sugar or dates to sweeten, real vanilla bean or extract to flavor, and Himalayan pink salt to add minerals and make flavors pop.

*Cost effective. Let's be honest, with food costs continually going up we're all looking for ways to cut some dollars without sacrificing food quality and safety. By making your own nut milk you can save big time! Buy your raw nuts and seeds in bulk quantities and make enough milk at a time to get you through the week. Simply store what you don't consume immediately in glass jars in the fridge. You'll be amazed by how much money you can save!

*Completely delicious. Nothing tastes better than fresh, real food. Experience nut milk like it's meant to be enjoyed: creamy, delicious, and full of natural flavors that come from REAL foods.

By replacing your dairy and processed non-dairy milks with homemade nut milk you avoid many of the health adversities related to these products such as:

*Added Sugars - most store-bought dairy alternatives such as nut, rice, oat, or soy milks contain cane sugar. This adds unnecessary empty calories to your diet, and can contribute to health conditions such as diabetes, hypoglycemia, and weight gain.

*Added Texture Modifiers/Enhancers - avoid questionable ingredients added for no other reason than to enhance and modify texture. Gums, starches, and carrageenan are most often added to store-bought dairy-alternatives. Carrageenan in particular has a very questionable affect on the body, and in fact has been proven to cause serious inflammation within the GI tracts of test subjects*.

*Synthetic Vitamins and Minerals - while added vitamin A, Vitamin D, and B Vitamins may seem like a beneficial thing, processed and fortified milks have synthetic vitamins added which are hard for the body to break down and utilize, are often not absorbed at all, and can be derived from things such as petroleum*. When you make your own nut milk from scratch you will get an abundance of food-based nutrition that your body can utilize right away without any toxic after-effects.

*Phytic Acid - soak your nuts overnight (for at least 8 hours) and help rid them of their naturally occurring phytic acid. This compound occurs within nuts, seeds, grains and legumes to prevent germination before ideal growing conditions. Once within the body phytic acid can have an "anti-nutrient" effect and inhibit the proper absorption of critical minerals such as zinc, calcium, copper, iron and magnesium. Phytic acid is also found heavily within soy beans and soy milk.

*Artificial Hormones and Pesticides - one of the main cases against drinking conventional dairy milk is the avoidance of growth hormones and pesticides. Bovine growth hormone is given to cows in order to stimulate more milk production and has been shown to contribute to early onset menstruation and puberty, general hormonal imbalances and even obesity. Pesticide residue is also a real problem in dairy milk, and can lead to toxicity and even more endocrine disruption.

*Phytoestrogens - soy milk contains naturally occurring phyto-hormones known as isoflavones. These powerful plant compounds can mimic our bodies' own estrogen. This can cause disruption to our hormonal balance and may even contribute to the growth of certain cancers.* With many other substances also acting as estrogen mimickers these days (other phyto-hormones within plants, chemicals found in household cleaners and personal care products, and even the pesticides used to grow conventional foods) it is best to keep soy consumption to a minimum.

Making your own nut milk can be quick, easy and fun! Try a variety of nuts and seeds such as the following:

*Almonds
*Cashews
*Pecans
*Macadamia Nuts *Brazil Nuts
*Hemp Seeds
*Black Sesame Seeds

Basic Recipe:


1 cup soaked nuts
3 cups water or coconut water pinch of Himalayan salt Sweetener and vanilla to taste

1. blend and strain!
 
Written by Anna Speaks - Resident Blogger and Social Media Manager at RawGuru and Windy City Organics 
 
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You might have known bitter gourd for its bitterness till date but from now on you will know this humble vegetable because of its sweet health benefits. Don’t judge this humble vegetable from its taste as it is a power house of health when taken in the right form. The research carried out by Nutrition Journal has suggested many health benefits of bitter gourd, which is also known as Momordica Charantia .

Check out these key health benefits of bitter gourd to make it the sweet truth of your diet plan from now!

1. Effectively treats Type II Diabetes

People think that the bitterness of bitter gourd balances the blood sugar and this is the reason it is good for those suffering from diabetes. This is just half-truth! It is true that bitter gourd is good for diabetes patients but not because of its bitter taste. The protein called kinase is activated on consuming this bitter veggie and this increases the sugar absorption. The resistance to the insulin is also reduced  keeping blood sugar levels are kept in check.

2. Enhances Liver Health

Healthy liver keeps many other diseases at bay. This wonder vegetable works as tonic for both bladder and liver. The regular intake would help in relieving gout pain. You can also fight the problems like kidney stone by regular consumption of bitter melon juice.

3. Natural Weight Loss

Bitter melon, which is the unique vegetable-fruit would work as the perfect blend for losing the extra fat. The potassium and iron rich vegetable would support digestion by relieving constipation. The body fat would be flushed out to get you a slimmer look.

4. Detoxification

Your body comes in contact with various toxins from environment, food, and drinks. These toxins slowly enter your organ system and affect it negatively. Detoxification is the process where all the toxins from the body are flushed out through proper diet plan. Including bitter gourd juice in your detoxification plan would accelerate the process of detoxification.

5. Keeps you young

The free radicals are removed from your body with the help of antioxidants and vitamin C. The damage to the skin and hair due to UV rays of sun is also nullified with the help of powerful antioxidants present in bitter food.

6. Relieves Hypertension and cares for your heart

The antioxidant rich vegetable would fight against bad cholesterol and removes the fat that clogs your artery walls affecting effective blood circulation. The unclogged arteries would slim down the chances of heart attack and eventually give you happy heart. This will also be quite beneficial to those suffering from hypertension as the pressure of blood on the arteries would be eliminated.

7. Cuts infection and boosts immunity

The infection of any type is tackled by this vitamin powerhouse. It is loaded with flavonoids like Beta-Carotene and other phytonutrients that enhance your immunity levels to fight against all types of infections.

The above mentioned sweet health benefits of bitter gourd would surely make this bitter tasting vegetable top the list of your favorites.

About the Author

Carol is a freelance writer, she loves spending her time of the day with her family. She writes regularly for Nutra Pure HCG , an online shop for homeopathic HCG drops that aids in burning unnecessary fat from the human body and results in weight reduction.


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