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Can Cocoa lower Hypertension?

Can Cocoa lower High blood pressure?

By: Arlene Gentallan

        Cocoa is use to make delicious chocolates. It is rich is antioxidant flavanol, mainly epicatechin. Researches shows the health benefits of cocoa among those suffering from hypertension and diabetes.

Did you know that theobroma (the latin name of cocoa) means "food of the gods."
        We enjoy chocolate nowadays in huge variety, mostly containing mouthwatering but potentially dangerous sugar, so for the sake of our health, let's focus on it's bitter form.

Dark chocolate vs. White chocolate

        In a study by Rostami, Khalili, Haghighat, et al., they've compared individuals suffering from diabetes type 2, in which one group is assigned to eat 25 grams of dark chocolate for 8 weeks while another group consumes 25 grams white cholate for 8 weeks.

        After 8 weeks, those individuals who ate "high-cocoa polyphenol-rich chocolate" has reduce fasting blood sugar, systolic and diastolic …

8 Ways "good" bacteria works to your advantage

8 Health Benefits of Probiotics

By: Arlene Gentallan

        Probiotics is the term we use to refer to live bacteria that benefits our health. You may have already stumble upon these microscopic allies in your cup of yogurt. You know that they are healthy, but do you wonder what exactly they do once they get in your body?

Among the most popular beneficial types are Streptococcus thermophilus, bifidobacteria and lactobacillus strain such as:

Lactobacillus acidophilus
Lactobacillus casei
Lactobacillus bulgaricus

Streptococcus thermophilus, bifidobacteria and lactobacillusare normal inhabitant of your gut.

Are probiotics killed by stomach acid?

        The above mentioned probiotics are generally acid-resistant bacteria, so they generally can survive stomach acid and travel to your intestine where they multiply and thrive.

1. Allergy

Studies has shown that dietary intake of yogurt can prevent allergy. A study by Aldinucci, Bellussi, Monciatti et al., shows that eating yogurt benefits individua…

How to do Pencil push ups

Pencil push ups for Convergence insufficiency

By: Arlene Gentallan

Pencil push up is recommended for individuals suffering from convergence insufficiency, a condition in which eyes turn inward when focusing on a nearby object.

To do pencil push up?
Hold a pencil vertically with your hand at arm's length in front of you. Make sure the tip of the pencil is at eye level.Focus at the tip of the pencil as you slowly bring it close to you until your vision of it doubles.While still focusing at the tip of the pencil, move it back at arm's length.Rest your eyes by looking at something else  or close your eyes for about 3 seconds.Repeat for about 15 minutes.

4 Tips to Improve Eyesight

Tips to Improve Eyesight

By Arlene Gentallan

        Our eyes is our window to the world. Through it, we see, we explore, we live. But if you're not one of those individuals fortunate enough to have 20/20 vision, you may there a way to make your eyesight better?

1. Follow the 20-20-20 rule

        Did you know that eye muscles is the most used muscle? Your eyes deserve some rest too... Every 20 minutes of computer use, rest your eyes by looking at something 20 feet away for 20 seconds.

        Remember the 20-20-20 rule so you won't end up with tired eyes!

2. Eye strengthening exercise

        It's not just your arms and legs needing good ol' exercise...your eyes need them too. Although there is proof that eye exercise can increase visual acuity, it can improve your focus, relax, and strengthen your eye muscles.

Close your eyes
Squeeze your eyes shut for about 5 seconds. Open your eyes and let it relax for about 5 seconds. Repeat this for about 5-10 t…

10 Reasons Cinnamon is Good for your Health

10 Health Benefits of Cinnamon

By: Arlene Gentallan

        Cinnamon doesn't just make amazing teas and delicious cinnamon rolls, it's also packed with health benefits. In fact, this popular spice has been used as an alternative medicine since the ancient times.

        So the next time you indulge yourself with this treat, you know you're taking full advantage not only of it's flavour and fragrance

A word of caution

        But before you indulge on cinnamon, a word of caution, cinnamon contains coumarin, a fat-soluble anticoagulant compound which our body stores. High doses of coumarin in the body can damage kidneys and liver!

High doses of cinnamon is toxic to the body

        Avoid cinnamon cassia since it contains larger amount of coumarin. Cinnamon cassia is ironically the most widely available type of cinnamon in the market.

        It is recommended to use ceylon cinnamon (also known as "true" cinnamon) instead which contains lesser coumarin.


DIY: Cinnamon Mouthwash to get rid of Bad Breath

DIY: Cinnamon Mouthwash to get rid of Bad Breath

By: Arlene Gentallan

        Cinnamon is an indispensable spice famous for it's incredible aroma and superb taste. But it's not just a spice, it's also an ancient wonder with many health benefits which includes getting rid of bad breath or halitosis.

There are reasons to swtich to natural alternative medicine...

        Did you know that commercially available mouthwash contains ethanol which increases oral concentration of acetaldehyde which by the way is a carcinogenic compound. Studies have shown that using these products may increase your risk of developing mouth and throat cancer.

1. Cinnamon, Honey, Lemon & Baking soda Mouthwash

        We know that cinnamon has antimicrobial property, but it's not alone. Lemon, honey, and baking soda also kills bacteria. We can combine these natural ingredients to make a home made chemical-free mouthwash alternative.

Cinnamon powder (1/2 tablespoon)Fresh lemons (2 pi…

Does your eye show if you have high cholesterol?

Does your eye show if you have high cholesterol?

By: Arlene Gentallan

        Look into your eyes in front of a mirror...look closer. If you notice a greyish or  bluish ring surrounding your cornea, then you have what we call "arcus senilis." It's actually a lipid deposit at the periphery of your cornea. It may tell a number of things about your health.

Does having arcus senilis normal?

        Arcus senilis is normally present among the older population. However, if you develop arcus senilis at an early age, it may be associated with high blood cholesterol levels.

        The presence of arcus senilis increases with age. A study has shown that it's presence in men ages 30-39 years old is linked to higher risk of coronary artery disease.

Arcus senilis and cardiovascular diseases

        The association of arcus senilis to cardiovascular disease still remains debated. Several studies claims their is a link but others found none.

        In a study by Mirnaghi Moosavi, M…

8 Horrifying things Pesticide does to your body

8 Horrifying things Pesticide does to your body

By Arlene Gentallan

        "With great quantity comes less quality." Pesticide's worldwide use to increase production of fruits and vegetables feeds many at the cost of their own health.

        Pesticide poisons everything. It doesn't just kill pest and bugs, but it also poisons our air, water, and soil. Harmful chemicals are then passed on to supposedly healthy fruits and vegetables. Although you can wash away pesticide on the outer surface of those produce, you can't remove chemicals already absorbed inside.

        Pesticide content of a fruit or vegetable may vary from small to large amount depending on where it came from.

While eating fruits and vegetables with minimal pesticide residue may not show cause symptoms right away, long term consumption can lead to serious health effects:

1. Cancer & Tumor

        Pesticide contains many toxic compounds which are carcinogens. It promotes tumor and ca…

8 Cancer Facts that can save your Life

8 Cancer Facts that can save your Life

By: Arlene Gentallan

1. About half of cancer cases is a preventable. Did you know that about 90%-95% of cancer causes are due to unhealthy lifestyle, while only 5%-10% is attributed to genetics. Healthy lifestyle such as avoiding red meat and processed foods, quitting smoking, regular exercise, and enough sleep pays more days to your life.

2.If you can afford tobacco, then you can afford cancer. Smoking tobacco is the leading cause of lung cancer.

3. Indoor tanning causes more cases of skin cancer than smoking. This is because tanning lamps emit ultraviolet (UV) light.

4. Sleeping less than 6 hour each night like when you are working the night shift increases your chance of having colon cancer.

5. Eating processed meats and preserved foods can increase your risk of cancer because they contain nitrates as preservative. Nitrites in the form of sodium nitrate and potassium nitrate, is a known carcinogen.

6. Human papilloma virus (HPV) vaccines (Cervarix an…

What omega-3 fatty acid does to your body?

13 Health Benefits of Omega-3 Fatty Acid

By: Arlene Gentallan

        Omega-3 fatty acid supplement has gained worldwide traction due to it's amazing health benefits. It  is an essential fatty acid which our body can not make on it's own so we have to get it from our diet. It's time you know what it really does to your body.

1. Protects your Heart & Blood vessels

        Omega-3 fatty acid lowers serum triglycerides level. Triglyceride is a type of lipid associated the hardening of arterial wall referred to as "atherosclerosis" and other forms of cardiovascular disease.

        Omega-3 fatty acid also has anticoagulant property. Although this will prevent potentially fatal blood clot from forming, caution should be taken. It has found out that taking omega-3 in very high doses, like 15 grams per day, increases risk of hemorrhagic stroke.

2. Weight loss

        Taking omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acid has been shown to promote weight loss in obese individual. Omega-…

"Good" cholesterol goes "bad": A fatal turn

"Good" cholesterol goes "bad": A fatal turn

By: Arlene Gentallan

        High-density lipoprotein (HDL) is known as the "good cholesterol" because it removes "bad cholesterol" known as low-density lipoprotein (LDL) from the blood  stream. By doing so, HDL "good cholesterol" prevents LDL "bad cholesterol" from building-up fatty plaque (atherosclerosis) within the walls of the arteries.

        High levels of "good cholesterol" is linked to reduced risk of cardiovascular diseases such as heart attack and stroke.

...But as it turns out, high levels of "good cholesterol" isn't good for everyone.

It's in your genes

        Inevitably, our genes can influence our health. People who possess the genetic variant "P376L" on their genes have unusually higher-than-normal levels of high-density lipoprotein (HDL) "good cholesterol" which increases their risk of cardiovascular disease.
Researchers fo…

14 Facts How Light destroys your Eyes

14 Facts How Light destroys your Eyes

By: Arlene Gentallan

        Light plays a critical role in our daily lives, without which, we are not able to see the world around us. But today's modern technology has dramatically increased the exposure of human eyes to light. What does light really do to our eyes?

1. Is sunlight good for your eyes?

        Sunlight is both good and bad for the eyes. We need light to see! Sun exposure is our best source of vitamin D which, aside from aiding us to absorb calcium, also sharpens our vision, and according to research helps prevent macular degeneration. But sunlight is our major source of eye-damaging lights such as, blue light, ultraviolet and infrared light, which ironically increases risk of macular degeneration.

2. What happens to your eyes when you stare at the sun?

        Staring at the sun causes the clear outer part of your eye called "cornea" to be sunburned causing pain, gritty sensation, and blurring referred to as "photoker…

8 Tried and Tested Home Remedies for Dry Eyes

8 Home Remedies for Dry Eye Syndrome

By: Arlene Gentallan

Are over the counter natural tears no longer effective in relieving the pain and irritation brought about by your dry eyes?

Are you looking for natural alternative medicine you can replace those preservative-laden eye drops that's only making your symptoms worse?

Here are tried and tested home remedies you can try...but you may want a little background about dry eyes syndrome...

What is dry eyes?

        Dry eyes syndrome (also known as keratoconjunctivitis sicca) is a condition in which the eye produces insufficient tears to lubricate the outer surface of the eyeball. The tear produce can also be of sufficient quantity but of poor quality causing tears to evaporate more quickly, thus providing not enough protection to your eyes.

Tears is made up of mucus, oil, and water. It's oil component forms a layer which decreases the rate at which it's water layer evaporates. If the quality of your tears is poor, it's oil part c…


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